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All fired up LEONGATHA Primary School Prep students have been learning about the people in our community who help us, with firefighters among the most popular. On Friday, Finn, Sophie, Brodie, Micky, Alicia, Charlie, Luke and Sally performed a fire-fighter’s dance at the school’s assembly, giving an artistic interpretation of the day-to-day life of our brave CFA members.

Class action School strike to disrupt families

By Matt Dunn

care plans into disarray.

SOME South Gippsland schools were still yesterday (Monday) deciding how many teachers would join tomorrow’s state-wide strike, throwing family child-

While some schools, like Leongatha Primary School, informed parents last week which children should attend, other schools were keeping mum – giving parents little more than a day-and-a-half to decide whether they would need to take time off work.

Many schools refused to tell The Star how many teachers would strike and which classes would be cancelled, despite the paper’s Tuesday publication date. The stop work meeting, which will see tens of thousands of teachers from across the state converge on Melbourne, comes as the sector ramps

up its campaign against the State Government’s broken promises on wages and conditions. Leongatha Secondary College teacher and AEU representative Matt McPhee said the number of teachers planning to strike tomorrow was “almost absolute”. Continued on page 4.

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Farewell Bob Crouch MUCH loved Leongatha High and Secondary College maths teacher Bob Crouch died last Thursday

evening. Tributes from former students have been flowing on social media, with posts honouring the well respected man that he was.

By early yesterday (Monday) morning, an RIP Bob Crouch page on Facebook has more than 1100 likes. Retired vice-principal Vic Rowlands said Bob was a very good teacher and VCE co-ordinator. “Kids trusted him and liked him. “He was a bit unconventional but he was a very good performer; honest and not at all judgmental. He was loved by staff too. “He was fiercely loyal to the schools and the kids in them.” Bob was also idiosyncratic and one of Leongatha’s colourful characters. He had a strong personality and a beautiful speaking voice which made him the right fit for roles in Lyric Theatre. As Vic said, “Everyone who knew Bob will have a Crouch story.” Many were shared at his favourite watering hole on Friday, the Leongatha RSL. Others, including the time he did a mock strip tease to enliven a student skit, enlightened memories in The Star office. Posts on Facebook and The Star website included

Feature: Bob Crouch was his usual ebullient self at this year’s Leongatha High/Secondary College centenary, with former vice-principal, Vic Rowlands. the following: “A wonderful man, RIP,” from Jo Pickersgill-Brookes. Jesse Wray-McCann: “You were an absolute legend of Leongatha Secondary College and the whole Leongatha community. Definitely one of the best teachers the school has

ever had. It’s funny, as Year 7-9 students many of us found you cranky, intimidating and even disliked you. Yet, when we grew up and matured in Years 10-12 we came to fully appreciate and admire just how great a bloke and awesome a teacher you were”.

Shane Paterson: “l was one of the last to see you Bob. That meeting will last with me forever to have that last handshake with a brother and a mate R.I.P.” Others wrote “Farewell Crouchy. We’ll see you at the RSL bar up in heaven” and “So glad to

have known you Bob. So many laughs and always good times. You will be very sadly missed by so very many. R.I.P. xxx” Bob was 61. His funeral will be at the Leongatha Football Clubrooms at 2pm this Thursday.

Movie magic at Coal Creek IT was lights, camera, action at Coal Creek last week as the park became the set of a short film. Five budding student film-makers from Deakin University used the park to tell the story of bushranger Ben Hall as part of one of their course’s assignments. The team took over a section of Coal Creek for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for filming. Gunfire and fake blood were prominent in this fierce fictional tale based in the 1840s which follows Hall through his shoot ‘em adventures in the Australian bush. Film-maker Zoe Dahlenburg said Coal Creek was a great place to film. “In the film, the characters seek refuge in a cottage and there is a perfect one here,” she said. “It is actually originally from the 1840s so it’s what we were looking for.” Coal Creek wasn’t the team’s original idea for the set. “At first we wanted a cottage in the bush and we couldn’t find one that suited anywhere,” Miss Dahlenburg explained. “But then we got put onto Coal Creek through Film Gippsland and it turns out it is a fantastic

Interesting characters: a selection of the cast involved in a movie filmed at Coal Creek last week. setting.” Park co-ordinator Rowena Ashley said she welcomed film making in the park. “It gives the students a great experience of what film-making is all about,” she said. “All the safety procedures and policy they have

to adhere to makes it a great learning exercise. “It also gives us a bit of promotion at the same time, which is great.” Not only will the film be used as part of the students’ course, but also entered into various film festivals around the country.

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Wind farm could wipe $20m By Brad Lester PROPERTY values around the Bald Hills Wind Farm site would drop by around $20 million, South Gippsland Shire Council heard last Wednesday.

Don Jelbart of Tarwin Lower warned council of that risk before a packed gallery at the Leongatha council chambers. Construction of the 52 turbine wind farm is now underway. Objectors are concerned turbine noise would drive people from their homes. Mr Jelbart said the State Government had imposed a 2km setback from houses for all new wind farms, “with good reason”. “People’s health is more important than a large multinational’s profit,” he said. Another opponent, Don Fairbrother, said the wind farm would breach noise standards, with turbines too close together. He said 23 families had left houses around the Waubra wind farm near Ballarat because of wind farm noise. Mr Fairbrother said 50 turbines at Waubra failed to meet noise limits and that a wind farm there was engineered by the same designer of the Bald Hills project. Noise reports, and bird and bat reports at both sites were also undertaken by the one company, Mr Fairbrother said, and called for Bald Hills’ turbines to be up to 740m apart, not 300 to 400m. “It is hard for a small community to fight bureaucracy with the information and resources they have got,” he said. Another objector, Mark Burfield said no council would have “the guts” to issue an enforcement notice should noise limits be exceeded. “We have got the technology to make this work but it takes guts and leadership to make this work,” he said. Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd was told by David Hodge, executive director, State Planning Services and Urban Development, that 11 turbines would not meet noise standards. Bald Hills Wind Farm

Pty Ltd’s Matthew Croome disagreed with Mr Hodge’s view. “It appeared that the 11 turbines had been selected because they were the closest turbines to neighbouring dwellings. Our modelling and data confirmed that we would be able to comply with our permit,” he told The Star. Helen Gibson, deputy president of the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), sat on the hearing between Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd, and Planning Minister Matthew Guy that ultimately ordered the minister to approve the wind farm recently. Ms Gibson stated: “We are satisfied from such evidence, when read in conjunction with the Marshall Day April 2012 assessment and Mr Delaire’s (acoustic engineer Christophe Delaire) evidence statement that the wind energy facility can achieve compliance with the noise criteria set under the permit.” Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd has started construction on a site at Buffalo-Waratah Road, with a compound built and some roadworks done. Mr Fairbrother criticised the lack of signs on roads warning motorists of gravel trucks. One driver was pushed off the road by a truck, he said, and is concerned someone could be killed. Cr Jeanette Harding wanted to know if Mitsui would give council funding for roadworks, as Stanwell Corporation had done to upgrade Toora roads. CEO Tim Tamlin said roads would need to be

reinstated to the condition they were in before construction began. Council’s manager of planning and environmental health Bryan Sword, said Mr Croome had engaged council approved contractors to undertake road works throughout construction. Mr Sword said the condition of the Buffalo-Waratah road had worsened since construction began. Mr Croome said works had already been undertaken on the northern section of Buffalo-Waratah Road and would be upgraded in the future. Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd was forced to start work before its planning permit expired on August 19, but could only start after the minister gave approval. The company had 16 days to act. Mr Sword told council site signs, a survey for the site compound, site fill, construction of a compound, and drains and roads preparations were done before the deadline. Council’s planning department was satisfied enough work had been undertaken to constitute a start, but objectors and Cr David Lewis thought otherwise, believing concrete or other permanent works should have been completed. Mr Sword said council is working with Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd to establish a communications plan to share information about the project with the community. Construction must be completed before August 19, 2015.

Not happy: residents objecting to the Bald Hills Wind Farm at last Wednesday’s South Gippsland Shire Council session were, front, from left: Dorothy Fairbrother, Di Hooper, Dorothy Jelbart, Deb Bray and Andrew Kilsby. Back: Lindsay Overall, Paul O’Sullivan and Mark Burfield.

Powerline route revealed A ROUTE for a powerline linking the Bald Hills Wind Farm to the main grid has finally been chosen. The line will follow the Inverloch-Venus Bay Road west and then head north near Millars Road. The link with the main grid would occur near the intersection of Koonwarra-Inverloch Road and the Bass Highway. That route was confirmed by Bald Hills Wind Farm Pty Ltd’s Matthew Croome at last Wednesday’s council presentation session. Discussions are continuing with landowners, and technical and environmental issues still need resolving. Mr Croome told The Star construction of the foundations for turbines would start around May or June, 2013. “We have a fair amount of access track construction to do before we begin to dig the first foundations,” he said. The first turbine will be delivered in about 15 months’ time - towards the

end of next year - and turbines erected over the following four months. “Our target is to have construction completed by the end of 2014 and be fully operational by the end of 2015,” Mr Croome said. Mr Croome said

landowners affected by the powerline would be compensated. “The Land Acquisition and Compensation Act covers matters relating to the processes for acquiring easements and calculating the compensation payable,” he said.

“Compensation payments take into consideration, among other things, the area in relation to which the easement is granted, impacts on land use and impacts on amenity. We are in the process of engaging with directly affected landowners.”

Bald Hills complaints? ANYONE with concerns around roadworks or other issues during construction of the Bald Hills Wind Farm is urged to contact South Gippsland Shire Council.

People should ring council on 5662 9200 and ask for Matthew Patterson, manager of regulatory services. He oversees planning permit compliance and in the case of the wind farm, council is the responsible authority.

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Police uncertainty By Matt Dunn INSPECTOR Tess Walsh said the effect of having 25 new officers stationed in Region 5 (the police service areas of Bass Coast, Baw Baw and La Trobe) would be “quite broad”.

Last week The Star received the tip-off that no new police would be stationed in Bass Coast PSA. Local police have reported feeling under pressure through a lack of resources, and a push for them to work later into

the night to stem a rise in crime. “The police numbers are allocated divisionally. Now, I haven’t met with my managers yet and decided where the priorities are. Certainly most of the priorities are in the Latrobe Valley at the moment, but there’s lots of ideas about how to supplement Baw Baw and Bass Coast,” Insp Walsh said. “While there may not be a number attached to it, the impact will be quite broad.” Asked if the number of new officers that would be allocated to the region was, in fact, zero, Insp Walsh said: “Yes and no. They’re

allocated to me divisionally. Across the region that’s Bass Coast, South Gippy, Baw Baw and Latrobe.” “Will most of them start in Latrobe? Yes. Will I be busting my chops to try and get some impact in Bass Coast and Baw Baw? Yeah, I’ll be doing that too,” she said. “They might start up here, but we have a bit of a seamed response. For family violence, public policing and road policing, we’ll have people who go around to the areas and work them. “It’s less about where you start work and more about where you finish up.”

Power fault pinpointed By Matt Dunn A FAULTY circuit breaker near the Wonthaggi Wind Farm caused “considerable voltage disturbance” on Friday, leading to flickering lights and outages for 17,136 customers. The fault had nothing to do with equipment or conduct at the wind farm site, an SP Ausnet spokesman said. “This caused what is known as considerable voltage disturbance. Hopefully this wasn’t a major inconvenience. It was beyond anyone’s control and technicians got to it as soon as they could,” the spokesman said. “The issue was caused by a

power surge that welded closed the contacts on the circuit breaker. A feeder protection relay was flicking on and off. But when the contacts are welded closed they can’t flick fully off or stay fully on. “Unfortunately it’s one of those things that you can’t take any measures to prevent. They just happen.” SP Ausnet customers from Phillip Island to Venus Bay, and many places in between, experienced flickering lights for five minutes (2.32pm to 2.37pm), before technicians were forced to “out” the area’s substation for eight minutes – leading to a loss of power across the region. The technicians isolated the circuit breaker, before rerouting the power around it. The only customer that was left without power was the wind farm

(Wind Power Management Pty Ltd), which does not supply power directly to customers, but back into the grid. The wind farm’s power supply lost at about 6am Friday. Wonthaggi McDonalds stock manager Leigh Foster said the short outage led to an hour long closure of the business. “Basically everything turned off. Everywhere in Wonthaggi went off, I’m reasonably certain. Our lights were flickering for about 30 seconds and then everything went off for about half an hour,” he said. “You’ve got to take into account that everything cools. So we had to put everything away, back into the fridge. It was probably an hour that we were out of action. It was a bit of a mad scramble.”

School strike to disrupt families Continued from page 1. “This will mean everyone out, and when I say everyone, I mean everyone. It’ll be across the board and I think it’s looking like being the biggest strike in Victoria’s history from a teacher’s point of view,” he said. “The reason is union membership is through the roof – there’s more and more people in the union. Every single person at Leongatha Secondary is a union member.” Mr McPhee said education support staff at LSC – who include office workers, gardeners and IT technicians – were also ready to down tools. “I’m pretty sure all those people will be going out as well, and I certainly don’t think this will happen at this school alone. I think you’ll see it equally supported across the region,” he said. “They are two separate agreements, the teachers and the support staff, but the AEU negotiates them together.” Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the government had been “bargaining in good faith with the teachers’ union, just as we have negotiated with other unions over the terms of their EBAs”. “In all cases our basic position has been to agree to a wage increase of 2.5

per cent plus productivity gains. That remains the case in our discussions with the teacher’s union,” he said. “We value highly the vital role of education in our community and the critical part played by our teachers. We want them to return to the negotiating table. “The impending strike by teachers only serves to damage school communities. Parents are forced to make appropriate arrangements to care for their children for the day. Students miss a day’s tuition. The government is ready to resume discussions on the same basis as we have undertaken with the other unions.”

Catholic school teachers are also set to join the strike, even though the union representing them has been ordered not to encourage its members to attend. Teachers from Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College (Leongatha) and St Joseph’s Primary School (Korumburra and Wonthaggi) will join the Melbourne march. The Star believes St Laurence O’Toole Primary School (Leongatha) teachers will also attend. Newhaven College’s teachers will not attend the strike, a school spokeswoman said. The ban comes after the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

(CECV) went to Fair Work Australia to quell a planned mass strike. Despite the strictures of the Fair Work Australia order, the union will still be at the Royal Exhibition Building on the day “for supporters and members who are entitled to attend, including employees not engaged in work on that day, and employees in schools where the employer has given their consent for staff to participate in the meeting and protest”. Most school principals refused to speak on the record about the strike, but indicated they were broadly supportive of the reasons behind it.

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Too slow By Matt Dunn THE State Opposition has claimed that ambulance response times for life-threatening emergencies had continued to grow.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Wade Noonan, said that just 42 of 149 rural branches met the government’s own state-wide target of responding within 15 minutes in 2011. Foster (19.2 mins), Grantville (17.9 mins), Korumburra (18.1 mins), Leongatha (17.2 mins) and Mirboo North (18.5 mins) all failed the test. Of the local stations, only Wonthaggi (14.1 mins), Venus Bay (14.9 mins) and Cowes (12.6 mins) passed the test. “Before the last election, the Baillieu Government said that Victorians deserve the highest quality ambulance services and have the right to expect timely responses during emergencies,” Mr Noonan said. “However, now in government, ambulance response times are going backwards and placing Victorian lives at risk. These figures reveal that ambulances are taking longer to reach car accidents and heart attack victims in need of life-saving assistance. “Every minute counts when it comes to ambulance response times. We know that the speed in which a patient reaches hospital can affect their chances of recovery.” Mr Noonan said the latest data should be a wake-up call to the Baillieu Government. “Victorians are not only waiting longer for a hospital bed under the Baillieu

Government, but they’re also waiting longer for an ambulance and that’s placing lives at risk,” Mr Noonan said. “We know that one in four ambulances across the state are failing to respond to life-threatening emergencies within the Baillieu Government’s own state-wide target of 15 minutes.” “Our ambulance paramedics do a great job under extreme pressure, but at the moment they are being stretched to the limit by the Baillieu Government. “Mr Baillieu has been asleep at the wheel on this issue and now ambulance response times in many parts of regional Victoria are placing lives at risk.” According to Victorian secretary for the Ambulance Workers Union, Steve McGhie the “trends are going in the wrong direction”. “The government benchmark for code one emergency cases is 90 per cent within 15 minutes. My understanding is that most of the areas – particularly those in the country – are tracking in a very negative way, and getting worse as we speak,” he said. “It’s a concern that the government made all these promises about improving the ambulance service and yet the response times are getting worse. “Gippsland is the most under resourced region in the state. They need more paramedic crews there to improve the response time. If they don’t do that, with the increased demand and the greater distance the paramedic crews have to travel now, response times will not come in line with the government benchmark.”

Boost for ambos BASS MLA Ken Smith is crowing about a boost to ambulance services in Bass.

Cowes, Wonthaggi and Grantville have received 24 new paramedics and three patient transfer officers, with a resultant six MICA Single Responder Units, increased night shift crew, three non-emergency patient transfer staff and a new 24 hour branch at Grantville. “The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to ensuring all Victorians have access to the highest quality ambulance service delivering timely responses during emergencies,” Mr Smith said. “We are delivering on our $151 million election commitment to employ 310 additional paramedics and 30 patient transfer officers over five years. “I am extremely proud that we have already fulfilled our promise for 30 patient transport officers, with a new non-emergency patient transport crew now working in Wonthaggi.” But Victorian branch secretary of the Ambulance Workers Union, Steve McGhie said the extra paramedics would mean little, for the service was “not keeping up with attrition rates”. “They’re losing between 150 and 160 a year and their figures show they’ve recruited 113 this year. They’re not keeping up with pace,” he said.

Passing lane wait A PASSING lane planned for the Strzelecki Highway near Mirboo North will be completed by early 2014, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said. Mr Ryan met with VicRoads regional director Eastern Victoria Sebastian Motta and was briefed on the progress of the proposed works. “Plans for a Mirboo North-bound passing lane on the Strzelecki Highway have been developed, with the location of the passing lane to be situated approximately six kilometres south west of Mirboo North, near Stubbers Lane,” Mr Ryan said. Mr Ryan said a planning scheme amendment to reserve land to enable construction of the passing lane recently went through a formal exhibition and was reviewed by a planning panel. “The planning scheme amendment is currently being considered by the Minister for Planning Matthew Guy,” Mr Ryan said. “After gazettal of the planning scheme amendment, VicRoads will commence land acquisition, including interviews with affected landowners, who have been consulted throughout the development of this project.” Mr Ryan said VicRoads was doing work on designs, as well as conducting geotechnical investigations and looking at service locations to enable a contract to be advertised in mid-2013.

Supporting their team: Raising money were, back from left: Hamish, Noah, Carli, Maya, Pippa and Lucy. Front: Dylan and Ryan from Grade 4/5H.

Footy fun at Wonthaggi WONTHAGGI Primary School did its part for the Beau Vernon Appeal last Friday by holding a football themed day. Students and teachers were invited to wear their favourite footy colours for a gold coin donation, rais-

ing over $300 on the day. The day included a footy parade and footy

food, as well as a match between the senior students and teachers at lunch-time,

with the teachers defeating the students by only five points.

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Mayor reassured on TAFE and planning By Jane Ross A SPECIAL forum last week has left South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Warren Raabe with an excellent impression of two of the state’s ministers.

Erosion: high tides and swells have carved deep erosion in parts of Inverloch’s sand cliffs. Bass Coast Council officer Derek Hibbert is dwarfed by it.

Beach tracks shut SAND dunes along parts of the Inverloch coastline have been pounded by heavy seas, prompting Bass Coast Shire Council staff to temporarily close three beach tracks. The shire’s coast and bushland co-ordinator Derek Hibbert said

the damage has been caused by a combination of very high tides and large swell, part of a natural process. The affected area is around 1km from Goroke Street, near the surf life saving club and Ozone Street. Mr Hibbert said walkways have been closed for public safety reasons. In some spots, erosion has

carved a three metre drop. Signs have been placed along the stretch warning people to stay away from the sand cliffs. Mr Hibbert said this is because of the danger of falls or the collapse of sand. There has been no risk to infrastructure. An excavator is expected to restore walkway safety this week.

They are the Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy. The former gave the assurance Leongatha campus of GippsTAFE would remain open, while Mr Guy stressed the main thrust behind proposed planning changes was to hand planning power back to councils. Both appeared at a gathering auspiced by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). Cr Raabe said Mr Hall and Mr Guy were well versed in their portfolios and they deserved to be congratulated. The forum with Mr Hall was organised some time ago, with Mr Guy adding his presence 10 days before. Cr Raabe said council had spoken to Deputy Premier Peter Ryan and the Gippsland Local Government Network about the dizzying speed of the planning changes. “Mr Guy’s briefing showed he was on top of the feedback; he was obviously over his portfolio.” Cr Raabe is excited by the neighbourhood character inherent in new residential zones. “We have the opportunity to choose the flavour of an area. For example, it may be different in Loch and Korumburra – it will be an easier, smoother process. “Councils will need to make more decisions.” But they will also have the capacity to

hand a decision over to the minister if it’s “too hard”. Cr Raabe said the Business Four Zone south of Leongatha was a problem under the proposed regime, but Mr Guy said he’d look at that, promising to consider any feedback and indicating a willingness to discuss individual problems with individual councillors. Mr Guy told the forum he would look at all proposed Residential Zone feedback by Christmas, following that early next year with Industrial and Commercial zones. But Cr Raabe is nervous that VCAT may not be as keen as Mr Guy for councils to have control over the planning system. “I hope the reforms follow through with that.” The mayor said Mr Hall admitted changes to the TAFE system were in a state of flux while the state continued to monitor the impact of the new funding system. The shire was concerned about individual courses. Mr Hall said the state is gathering figures from all registered training organisations and comparing those. “The concept being to alert them to any dramatic changes as and when they happen,” Cr Raabe said, adding that would cut out concerns about Leongatha “not being watched”. “I felt less disquieted, particularly in light of this ongoing review process. And he’s willing to tweak changes as any anomalies become apparent to them. He’s just genuinely trying to watch. “The privileged position TAFE has had has been withdrawn a little. It has caused disquiet. Will that disadvantage our kids? We don’t know yet.”

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Help, Prime Minister By Matt Dunn AN Inverloch couple fighting against the construction of an SP Ausnet tower has written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, pleading for her help.

Not happy: Inverloch’s Allister Scott has been angered by the construction of an SP Ausnet ‘smart meter’ tower on the Bass Highway, not far from his home.

Allister and Belinda Scott say a 43 metre high ‘smart meter’ tower under construction near their farm on the Bass Highway (opposite the intersection of the Bass Highway and Ullathorne Road) is clearly in the wrong spot, though they knew nothing about it until work had started. Four other ‘smart meter’ towers – ranging in height from 30 to 43 metres – are also under construction within the shire, with sites recommended at Cowes (85 Ventnor Road), Newhaven

(Vietnam Veteran’s Museum), Coronet Bay (386 Agar Road) and Wonthaggi (12 -14 Keltie Avenue). Mrs Scott wrote to Ms Gillard in “utter hope that with your assistance, common sense and justice will prevail”. “Inverloch is a beautiful rural and coastal town in which local council works hard and very closely with the community to retain the protection of both coastal and farming land,” she wrote to Ms Gillard. “What is more frustrating is that less than a few hundred metres away is the industrial area of Inverloch and a public football oval, which would both provide logical unobtrusive ideal site selections.” Ms Scott complained to the Prime Minister that local residents had

Department will stay: Ryan By Matt Dunn DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan has deflected a rumour that the Leongatha office of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) would close. However, he could not say whether jobs would be lost in town. Whatever the effect in Leongatha, educators are predicting a downgrading of services in Gippsland, with plans to merge the region’s biggest office, Moe, with the department’s office in Dandenong. It comes as part of a planned merger of the Gippsland and Southern Metropolitan regions.

“Issues from Sale or Mallacoota could be dealt with in Dandenong,” a DEECD insider said. There is a rising tide of fear within the department as rumours abound about office closures and job losses. Australian Education Union (AEU) representative and Leongatha Secondary College teacher Matt McPhee said the Moe office would be stripped bare under the planned blood-letting. Under the Sustainable Government Initiative, 4200 public service jobs will be cut during the next two years. “What they’re saying is that Moe is amalgamating with the Dandenong office. They’re not saying Moe is closing. But in reality they’re cutting the guts out of it. They’re being a bit tricky there,” Mr McPhee said.

“They’re trying to get out of saying it’s closing by saying it’s amalgamating with another office. “How do you amalgamate an office in Moe and an office in Dandenong? They haven’t announced the exact job losses, but we know by talking to people over there that they’re looking for other roles. They know their positions aren’t going to continue. “Services will be significantly affected in the Gippsland region. You just can’t tell me that the level of support this school gets from its regional office will be the same if services are located in Dandenong.” Mr Ryan said staffing arrangements were a matter for departmental heads tasked with the job of working within budgetary constraints imposed by the

government. But he argued that the government job cuts were modest compared to other parts of the country, with the New South Wales government planning to scrap up to 15,000 jobs and the Queensland Government 25,000 jobs. “The Labor Government was growing the public service by 5.2 per cent when population growth was just two per cent and it was completely unsustainable,” Mr Ryan said. He said “frontline services” would not be affected by the job cuts. The AEU’s Victorian Branch president Mary Bluett said the climate of fear in the department had been fed by silence.

been left in the dark by the planned tower. South Gippsland Shire will also have the towers, with four sites being looked at. “We have a WiMAX site at Nyora which is currently under construction on a private rural property. Given the distance from neighbouring properties, we extended our notification boundary, and properties within 300 metres were notified of this construction,” a company spokesman said. “We also have three WiMAX sites still in the site selection stage: at Korumburra, Leongatha and Venus Bay. We cannot confirm the location of these sites at this stage and do not anticipate commencing construction on these until late 2012 or during 2013. We do not expect any other sites in the shire.” The towers are exempt from council planning approval because they are considered essential infrastructure. “We go through a process – and because it’s essential electricity infrastructure we don’t require council approval – where we consult with council and ask them, which sites do you recommend?” the spokesman said. “In the case of Inverloch we went to the council and we went through the process. That was identified by us as one of the potential sites. Council told us we were permit-exempt for that site. “We negotiated with the owner for a lease of the property. Generally, before construction we notify the neighbours. Wherever possible we try to have face-to-face engagement with residents.”

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Local businesses best in Gippsland By Simone Short

TWO South Gippsland Businesses have taken out accolades in the 15th annual Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards, held at the Monash University Churchill Campus last Friday.

The Big 4 Inverloch Holiday Park received the Tourism Award, while the Phillip Island Ten Pin Bowling and Entertainment Centre in Cowes won the Good Access is Good Business Award. Big 4 owners, Adrian and Kate Edwards, were “thrilled” with their win after finishing runner-up in the accommodation category for the past four years. “We were very confident as we’ve recently finished all our major works in the park after seven years of renovations,” Mrs Edwards said. “We’ve also spent the last seven years working at local, regional and state levels of tourism bodies; we’ve not only promoted

our park, but also Inverloch, South Gippsland and Victoria for years on different tourism committees.” Mrs Edwards said the team at Big 4 were dedicated to attracting visitors to the region and volunteered their time organising a number of events, and this was recognised in their award. “We totally understand that unless you’ve got events in your town, you fly under the radar; to go out and organise events in your town is a pretty big deal,” she said. “We’re into sustainable tourism – we need people coming back to Inverloch. We’re lucky there are so many people in our team that volunteer for so many different committees.” Big 4 beat Country Life Publishing, Coast magazine and Camp Rumbug for the Tourism Award. Mrs Edwards said it was also wonderful to receive an award sponsored by Destination Gippsland. “It was terrific having (CEO) Terry Robinson presenting the award

to us because we work closely with Destination Gippsland,” she said. This year, the Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards drew unprecedented interest from businesses across Gippsland according to chairperson Graeme Sennett. “The diversity and quality of nominations was outstanding, demonstrating that businesses can develop and thrive in a regional environment,” he said. “The pride the entrants have in their businesses is inspirational as is their passion and commitment

to the Gippsland region. Mr Sennett said it was challenging to select the award winners, with each finalist assessed and independently rated by five different judges across 10 judging criteria. “On behalf of the organising committee I would like to congratulate the winners, finalists and sponsors for their support of the Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards and encourage businesses that were not finalists or did not nominate this year to get involved in 2013,” he said.

Winners are grinners: some of the team at Big 4 Inverloch Holiday Park, Kate Edwards, Carole Adams, Orla Cummins and Laura Williams were thrilled to win the tourism award at the recent 15th annual Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards.

New equipment for SES LEONGATHA, Inverloch and Foster SES Units last week received new operational equipment as part of the ongoing annual sponsorship of VICSES by leading national insurer, AAMI. Foster SES Controller Peter Graham said the new equipment improves the ability of the unit to respond to emergency call outs. “The Foster unit is probably one of the best equipped in the state. In the last 12 months we have received an awful lot of new equipment,” Mr Graham said. “We will also soon be the new owners of a Ford Ranger utility, which will help us

to improve our ability to respond to floods and storms. It carries a lot of equipment and will be fitted with a heavy duty winch. “We hope to have that delivered in the next few months.” Mr Graham said that while the Foster SES is well equipped, they need more people to help operate the unit. “We train every second Tuesday evening in Foster, from 7pm to 9pm. It is a great way to learn a whole host of new skills,” he said. “We like to make sure our volunteers are well trained, so they can safely operate the equipment we use. “On average, we would respond to one call out a week, so it is not a lot of after-

hours work.” If you would like to volunteer for the Foster SES unit, phone Mr Graham on 0427 343 133. Leongatha SES unit received one large hydraulic ram and Inverloch SES unit received one MS 211 chainsaw, two Jackson weatherproof boxes, six Arlec cord safes, two window punches, one carabiner, one GPS unit, four headlamp helmets and four P14 torches. Foster SES unit received two power cord reels, seven Arlec cord safes, one spine board, one hi lift jack, one Milwaukee 28V cordless sabre and one Milwaukee 18V impact wrench.

Eaggar home sells after auction THE family home of the Eaggars for many years, 25 Jeffrey Street, Leongatha, sold immediately after auction on Saturday, September 1. Despite a beautiful day and a large gathering of

one hundred plus people, auctioneer Andrew Newton from Alex Scott and Staff was unable to find someone in the crowd with an opening bid. With a vendor bid of $480,000 then $500,000 thrown in, this also failed to ignite the crowd. The

property was passed in at that figure. However with a bit of interest pre-auction, negotiations continued and finally a purchaser was found. Mr Newton said that the final purchase price is undisclosed, however it

was “quite a bit above the passed in figure.” The home was in the ownership of the late Dr Ron Eaggar and Mary Eaggar for many years. The buyer is believed to be local. Mr Newton said the market was still reason-

ably tough at the moment but with the advent of spring “we’ll be working extra hard as there’ll be some nice properties entering the market.” Alex Scott and Staff and Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha were agents in conjunction for the sale.

POLICE BRIEFS Newhaven fatality ONE man died and three people were airlifted to hospital after a serious car accident last week. Last Tuesday at around 8.30pm, Bass Coast Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Hullick said a 40-yearold Cowes man was travelling in a Holden Commodore towards San Remo on the Phillip Island Road in Newhaven when the accident occurred. “For unknown reasons he has veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided head on with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction,” he said. “His car caught fire post-impact and we’re unsure whether he died as a result of the collision or because of the fire.” The driver and two passengers in the oncoming Nissan Maxima, also from Cowes, were airlifted to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police said a father in his 30s was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where he underwent surgery for lower leg injuries. A woman also in her 30s, who was 20-weeks pregnant, was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital with minor injuries, but Sgt Hullick said there was fortunately no concern for her unborn baby. The couple’s three-year-old

daughter suffered minor injuries in the accident and was flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for observation. Sgt Hullick said the accident was both a tragedy and disappointing. “We’re pretty disappointed to be honest,” he said. “We’ve put a lot of time, effort and resources into policing the roads to prevent this kind of accident. It is a tragedy that someone has been killed.” Sgt Hullick asked for any witnesses or anyone with information about the accident to please contact the Bass Coast Highway Patrol on 5672 1222.

Stolen goods

Car theft

A NUMBER of valuable goods were stolen from a house in Bena-Kongwak Road last week.

A FORD Territory stolen from Cowes was recovered in Rosebud last week.

Between 10am and 3.30pm on Monday, August 27, an offender smashed a rear window of a rural house, and proceeded to enter and steal jewellery and a laptop computer. Anyone with information about this incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5672 1222.

The vehicle was taken from Broadwater Court between midnight on Monday, August 27 and 6am on Tuesday, August 28 by unknown means.It was recovered the following day in Rosebud. Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Wonthaggi Police on 5672 1222.

Boating accident TWO men were saved after their boat began to sink last Sunday. At around 1.40pm, the men from Neerim North and Koo Wee Rup were fishing in Western Port Bay off Jam Jerrup in a 19 foot fibreglass boat when it was swamped by a wave and began to sink. Police said the men set off a flare which was sighted by an unknown person who contacted 000. The coast guard from Hastings was despatched and managed to tow the boat to Corinella. The men were reported to have no injuries.

So close: a woman was lucky to escape serious injury when her car rolled on the South Gippsland Highway between Leongatha and Korumburra last week. The accident occurred around 3km outside of Leongatha just before 5pm last Wednesday, with the driver receiving only minor injuries. Police are yet to discover the cause of the accident and investigations are continuing.

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Fun: Aidan Pouw and Matt Fowkes entered into the spirit of the book parade at St Laurence’s Primary School in Leongatha last Wednesday. Turn to page 26 for the full story and other literary activities across the region.

Zoning cons outweigh pros by Brad Lester THE Victorian Government’s proposed zoning changes carry more negatives than positives, South Gippsland Shire Council contends. Council formalised its submission to Planning Minister Matthew Guy last Wednesday. The submission raised concerns about serial excisions that lead to the loss of agricultural land, allow industrial uses in farming areas, affect strategic work already undertaken and lead to supermarkets beyond town centres. However the submission also welcomed bed and breakfast operations being able to accommodate more people, the prospect of tourism growth and more being permitted in the Mixed Use Zone. Cr Jim Fawcett was concerned about the prospect of unsuitable development alongside residential areas and supermarkets being developed in industrial estates. “I think the commercial reality of it is that it won’t occur, but there is the prospect of a supermarket being built on the highway of our main town,” he said, referring to the possibility of a supermarket south of the hospital. Cr David Lewis refused to back the submission, saying it was too negative. He said council wanted flexible planning rules and now that it had them, that flexibility was not appreciated. “Our problem in South Gippsland is not a surplus of development proposals but an overall lack of

them,” Cr Lewis said. He said the Rural Land Use Strategy was a mistake that “cost us a lot of money”. “Now we have a ridiculous situation where if you have a two acre lot you can build on it but if you had a 90 acre lot, you can’t,” Cr Lewis said. He doubted land values would be affected by having such untraditional

uses as car yards in rural areas, as permitted under the zoning changes. Cr Bob Newton was also against the submission, saying people had a right to build on their land. “People have been devastated after having bought a block of land and have not been able to build on it,” he said, referring to council’s rural land strategy.

Cr Kieran Kennedy successfully moved an amendment to the submission, raising concerns about the impact of increased traffic and land clearing in Rural Conservation Zones (such as at Venus Bay), due to the minister’s changes. Cr Mimmie Jackson noted council had limited time to respond, especially with the election looming.

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BEWARE of the treacherous Inverloch pot-hole riddled road. Drivers heading home on Friday faced ever deepening holes with no warning signs in place. By return trip on Monday, still no action had been taken, with drivers swerving across lines to avoid the holes.

ST LAURENCE’S school in Leongatha hosted a Father’s Day breakfast in the multi-purpose kitchen and foyer last Friday. The men and some grandparents sat down with their children to enjoy a beautiful cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs. Thanks to the ladies in the kitchen and some of the kids who worked hard to show how special the dads are in their lives! THE Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry has rewarded four local shoppers with prizes for their Father’s Day promotion. Winner of the $300 in vouchers to be spent in local chamber stores was Ryan Frank. Gretel Kennedy won the $100 while $50 voucher winners were Linda Sheppard and Ron Reiter. IF you were in Year 12 at Leongatha Secondary College in 1992, your reunion is coming up in October. Let your school friends know and ring Kirsty on 0407 865 867 for more details. THE Prom Plains Landcare Group is holding an information session on Sunday, September 16 at the Yanakie Hall. There will be some expert advice and discussion on Cyprus

canker, presented by Rod Hall and a further discussion session on coal seam gas exploration, presented by Jill and Howard Plowright. The information sessions will be followed by a barbecue. For more information or to RSVP, phone 0409 765 745. SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has provided an explanation for ‘sign of the times’ seen in Column 7, August 28: when the old Holden site was redeveloped, the line-marking for the parking bays was changed, but the two signs for the parking bays were not moved as part of these works. The appropriate department has been advised, and it should be fixed by the end of the week. A NEW public awareness initiative has launched, called Dare for Diabetes, encouraging Australians to dare themselves or a friend to undertake a positive lifestyle change whilst raising funds for Diabetes Australia. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the fast growing problem of diabetes and ultimately, inspire people to take steps towards better health. Australians can easily reduce the risk of getting

this disease by making simple adjustments to diet, exercise and losing weight. For more information about Dare for Diabetes and to set up your sixweek dare, go to www. SENSIS, publisher of the Yellow Pages and White Pages, wants to hear from people in Wonthaggi, Leongatha, Korumburra and surrounding towns, who are making their communities a healthier place. The request is part of the annual callout for inspiring people to feature on the covers of phone books. Whether they’re tireless charity fundraisers, ingenious doctors or warm-hearted volunteers, Sensis is searching for health care heroes as part of next year’s 2013-14 theme of Keeping Our Communities Healthy. For nomination criteria, or to nominate someone for the cover, visit www. whitepagescommunity. or alternatively you can email: coversprogram@sensis. Nominations close on October 13, 2012. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by Sensis or its agency. The cover subject will be selected by a panel of judges. CONGRATULATIONS to Newhaven College dancers who recently competed in nine sections at the Gippsland Independent Schools competition at Beaconhills College. Year 11 girls won the novice section and they were Karlee Hayes, Georgia du Plessis, Michaela Tancheff, Kate McWilliam, Charlee Gough, Emi McRae and Zoe Burrows.

Alpacas keep watch Alpacas are widely regarded for their inkling to protect sheep, and that is the case on Anne Vale’s Koonwarra property. Her alpacas Pete and Dud keep a watchful eye on their young charges, Wiltipole/Dorper cross lambs bred on the farm, Cluanie. As self shedders, the sheep are destined to become low maintenance designer lawn mowers for small acreage property owners. Photo courtesy: Anne Vale. LEONGATHA Fire Brigade will be donating the proceeds from its regular Saturday morning barbecues at IGA in Leongatha to the Beau Vernon Appeal. To support a great cause, make sure you keep an eye out for CFA volunteers at IGA whilst doing your Saturday morning shopping. A FEMALE fluffy cat has been found in the Leongatha area. If this is yours, please phone 5662 3362. A WOMAN shopping in a South Gippsland “$2 shop” last week was heard loudly arguing with the owner over the “ridiculous” prices. COASTAL ambassadors from Fish Creek and District Primary School visited Phillip Island recently to present their project, six months in the making. Students learnt the value of animals to the marine environment and the risk posed by rubbish in the sea.

Pugsley delivers By David Vance A SMALL but privileged band of locals was totally dazzled by the amazingly talented Pugsley Buzzard at Waratah Lodge at Fish Creek last Friday night. Pugsley, on keyboard and vocals, joined by Tim Kingsley on drums and Jeff Watsford on saxophone, was presented for our enjoyment by Dick and Judy Edwards, the new owners of the former Waratah Park Country House. Pugsley’s scintillating keyboard work, and unique and mesmerizing voice was an absolute treat, as he rollicked his way through hours of jazz, blues, boogie, ragtime and other numbers. His treatment of the classic Mack the Knife was particularly popular. Unlike so many drummers who think that drumming is all about belting the living daylights out of their instrument, Tim Kingsley’s relaxed and laid back style, was both integral yet complementary to the overall performance, using every component of his kit. Similarly, Jeff Watsford was quite magnificent on saxophone, energetically coursing his way through numerous improvised solos. Pugsley Buzzard is a must see, and should the good folk at Waratah Lodge see fit to present him again at some future date, make sure that you don’t miss out. Be there!

Starting something: Anne Vale of Koonwarra has every reason to smile after winning the overall prize for the Class J photography section of the 56th Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show with this photo. She also received a second prize and three highly commended placings as well. Not bad for her first photography competition.

Sorry sight: the former Sandy Point hall is still sitting at the top of Waratah Avenue, Waratah Bay. The hall appears to have broken up even further despite attempts made at keeping it together. The hall was meant to be removed for “demolition” but somehow was going to be reinvented for other purposes. The best place for it now appears to be the tip and hopefully as soon as possible so Waratah Bay is not the subject of another “eyesore”.

Buy a Legacy badge

MEMBERS of South Gippsland Legacy will be selling badges during this, the annual Legacy Week.

It is the organisation’s major fund raiser, with the money used to support the widows and children of current and ex service personnel. South Gippsland president Russell Spencer said Legacy is as relevant today as when it was founded by Sir Stanley Savige following World War One. Russell and fellow Legatees took a group of 45 widows to Melbourne on Sunday for the annual Legacy Week service at the Shrine of Remembrance. This was followed by lunch at Zinc where 400 Legacy widows shared memories and fellowship. Badges will be sold around the streets of South Gippsland’s towns, as well as in IGA and Safeway supermarkets. South Gippsland Legacy has been active in the community for 62 years.

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Councils face big bills PROPOSED State Government planning changes threaten to load councils with unwanted expenses according to Bass Coast Shire Hovell Ward candidate Neil Rankine. “These changes will reduce our ability to say how our towns should develop, and will place additional drain on the rate base. And the changes, if brought in as announced, could

lead to ugly ad hoc development along the shire’s major town entrances”, Mr Rankine said. He sees some advantages including “excellent zoning changes to protect residential character”. But good development needs certainty and under the proposals, all kinds of new activities will be allowed around farms, such as foul smelling effluent-producing industries. The consequences would be

disastrous for the shire’s clean green image, as well as for the many local businesses that rely on the rural sector. He has challenged fellow Hovell Ward candidate Alan Brown “with his Coalition contacts” to say whether he supports the changes. Mr Rankine said under the new regime, councils would have to deal with “mixed and mismatched activity all over the place” and that would drain the rate base.

Alarm: Bass Coast Council candidate Neil Rankine is very concerned about the State Government’s proposed planning changes.

Too close for comfort By Brad Lester KORUMBURRA residents have unsuccessfully urged South Gippsland Shire Council to not allow overdevelopment of residential lots in a new subdivision. Neighbours bordering a new estate in Sommers Crescent asked council for larger lot sizes, given the subdivision will adjoin larger blocks. Councillors instead voted to apply minimum boundaries and setbacks, and maximum building site coverage to the Sommers Crescent proposal, and also developments in Bena Road, Whitelaws Track and Jumbunna Road. That recommendation will go to an Independent Planning Panel that will decide on amendments C52 Jumbunna Road, C66 Western Korumburra and C70 Korumburra Structure Plan. Cr Jennie Deane supported smaller lots, saying those would support high intensity development. “This means we won’t be encroaching too much on the farming areas,” she said, adding smaller lots would also result in more affordable properties. Cr Bob Newton said land adjoining Korumburra Secondary College should

remain vacant to allow for future expansion of the school. “There is nowhere else for that school to go. There is not one piece of land suitable as a greenfield site for a new school for the future of Korumburra,” he said. Gary Chisholm of Beveridge Williams planning consultants, representing an owner of land in question, said there was no need for lot size restrictions as the land was zoned Residential and should be able to be developed as residential lots. Resident Stewart Wilson was concerned more people would use the Sommers Crescent-Jumbunna Road intersection and it was already dangerous. “I don’t want to live cheek to jowl like I did in Melbourne,” he said. Resident Steve Osboldstone said 60 people signed a petition objecting to the proposed subdivision abutting Sommers Crescent and Hillcrest Way. He said the block sizes proposed were too small, and would result in too many people, placing pressure on services in the town. Resident Richard Collyer believed newcomers to the area could become involved in conservation work, and was concerned about drainage and possible impacts of headlights shining into houses opposite intersections to be built.

“Ad hoc development could become the rule; towns could be split in two. “A lot of the careful planning efforts of the past 10 years or so about how towns, farms and open spaces fit together, could be destroyed.” Mr Rankine said under the new regime, councils would have to deal with “mixed and mismatched activity all over the place” and that would drain the rate base. For example, council-desig-

nated estates could remain half full, with property values stagnating or falling but the need remaining for maintaining and servicing the existing estate. “The removal of some environmental protections that benefit farming are being proposed, and the Coalition’s preelection desire to remove the ability of water catchment authorities to veto inappropriate activity, indicate that all manner of possibilities are now on the table.”

Funding pressure A REGIONAL transport lobby group will call on the State Government to allocate more money to roads. The South East Australian Transport Strategy group (SEATS) will help VicRoads lobby the government for funding to deal with crumbling roads. That pledge was made by SEATS member, South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeanette Harding, recently. Cr Harding attended a SEATS conference with council’s director of engineering services, Anthony Seabrook. “The roads all over Victoria are in a deplorable state,” Cr Harding said.

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Climate debate

OH dear! Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. I believe that Suryan Chandrasegaran (The Star, August 28) needs a lesson in basic maths. Climate is the study of averages. As we all know, weather varies from day to day and year to year. You can have days in winter warmer than days in summer but on average, summer is warmer than winter. Climate scientists use a 30year average as their base calculated from the yearly temperatures for the period from 1961 to 1990. This is what is meant by the “small print under the graph” that says, “Based on 30 year climatology (1961-90)”. The figures quoted in the bureau’s data are the differences between this average temperature and the actual average temperature measured during the years from 1850 to 2011. I stress these are the actual temperatures measured at more than 30,000 stations worldwide. Suryan Chandrasegaran implies that these figures are computer projections. They are not. Since the years 1991 to 2011 have already passed, all

the computer has done is work out the average from the measured temperatures and subtracted the 30-year average from that figure. That is clearly not a projection. As to the furphy that temperatures stopped rising in 1997/8/9 – I have seen varying dates – that is because the hottest year on record was 1998. This clearly shows in the data. 1998 was 0.53oC warmer than average. Years two, three and four are respectively 2005, 2004 and 2002 all after 1998. Again, in climate you have to look at averages. The fact that you have one hot day at the start of spring does not mean that on average it is not getting warmer. Brian Hoskins, Meeniyan.

Thank you I AM writing this as a very proud and humbled girlfriend and Gippsland community member. The response to Beau Vernon’s recent accident has been nothing short of amazing and, along with the unwavering support of our families, has given us the strength to look towards the future while we try


School’s out TOMORROW’S state-wide teacher strike is not only going to disrupt schools but also households and businesses. With children not needed at schools, parents will be forced to make alternative – and in some cases, last minute – changes of plan, forcing them to give up a day’s pay or scheduled activities. Bosses will be under pressure to fill staffing voids. All this could have been avoided if the State Government kept its promise. The Australian Education Union said that before the 2010 election, now Premier Ted Baillieu pledged to make Victorian educators “the highest paid teachers in the nation”. The union said the government’s pay rise offer of 2.5 per cent a year was lagging behind other states, with Western Australia’s teachers, at the top of the scale, already paid 10 per cent more than Victorian teachers. Non-teachers commonly joke about teachers having school holidays off and working 9-3.30pm, but that is far from reality. Teachers use school holidays to prepare lesson plans and mark material, and work into the evening to be ready for classes the next day, as well as on weekends. Teachers also contend with disruptive students and societal pressures to do the jobs parents should be doing in the first place. Quality teachers shape generations to come and their value cannot be underestimated. While the impacts of tomorrow’s strike are unfortunate, political parties should keep promises they make to convince people to vote for them, otherwise not make them at all.

Wrong priorities

and contemplate the present. While Beau has been showing amazing (but not uncharacteristic) bravery, good humour and determination in his recovery, we have been keeping upto-date with the seemingly tireless and similarly determined efforts of so many to assist in ensuring Beau’s future. We are still unable to comprehend the amazing outcomes of recent fundraisers held on Phillip Island (bring-and-buy auction), San Remo (sportsmen’s night) and Bass (car and bike cruise) as well as many other fundraising efforts over the past few months (wrist bands, stickers, chocolate drives, tin rattles, out of school uniform days, football games and bake sales to name just a few). These events and activities are not only a truly humbling acknowledgment of Beau, but a fantastic reflection of local community spirit. While ‘thank you’ does not, and will never be able to, communicate the gratitude we feel for these recent efforts, we will say it anyway with hope that those receiving it are able to comprehend the difference you have made in our lives. Thank you to the ideas-people, the delegators, the communicators, the planners, the decorators, the heavy-lifters, the media personnel, the ticket-sell-

ers, caterers, bringers-of-items, food and beverage-suppliers, food and beverage consumers, cleaner-uppers, sportsmen, MCs, Facebookers, buyers-ofitems and any other participants that can’t be pigeon-holed. While we were unable to be at any of these events in person, we were most certainly there in spirit. The funds raised for Beau over recent weeks will not only provide for necessities to assist him in achieving as much independence as possible, but will also allow us to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible in maximising his rehabilitation. Be rest assured that Beau’s fighting spirit is not confined to the sporting field. Thank you for giving him the opportunity to continue to fight the good fight. Lucy Bourke, Cowes.

Logic missing WHY are millions of dollars being spent on constructing barriers along the sides of the South Gippsland Highway while funding for fixing potholes has dried up? I am far more likely to have an accident avoiding potholes than driving off the road. Aileen Vening, Wonthaggi.

TAFE wins coveted awards GIPPSTAFE has continued its run of success at the much revered Victorian Training Awards. The GippsTAFE Innovation Department, located in Gippsland, was also recognised, taking home the 2012 Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award. Manager of innovation and international programs, Brad Beach and his team received the award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the enhancement of educational success in vocational education and training. The department is charged with the responsibility of assisting teaching staff to embrace the use of innovative technologies and create flexible learning programs. As a direct result of the support the team has provided to teaching departments, GippsTAFE is now considered by many to be the best TAFE provider of e-learning within Australia. “It is wonderful to see GippsTAFE’s staff and students continue to excel, in spite of these challenging times. It has shown the strength and resolve of the Institute community and the talent we have within the ranks,” said GippsTAFE president David Gittins. GippsTAFE telecommunications student Saadat Iqbal has been recognised as the 2012 Victorian Trainee of the Year. Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, offered his congratulations to all the winners on hearing of their success. “I congratulate GippsTAFE on their wonderful achievement in this year’s Victorian Training Awards. Taking out the Victorian VET Client Service/Support Excellence Award and with student Saadat Iqbal winning the coveted Victorian Trainee of the Year Award, is a great result for everyone involved at GippsTAFE,” he said.

Age of the email THERE’S an army of people in the ‘communications industry’ whose job it is to spin the truth as skilfully as a Shane Warne flipper. They work for governments, big business, corporations and even soft and fluffy organisations like charities. Spin is all about ignoring negatives and letting positives shine like diamonds (even if the positives have to be invented). Pointed questions by constantly frustrated journalists are ignored and what we get back is carefully constructed, and often confusing, answers that rarely say anything at all. Much of the trouble is that we are living in the ‘Age of the Email’. Journalists get better stories and better dirt when they talk to someone. Questions can’t be skated around or ignored. But when you send a government minister, or any other powerbroker, an email (via their ‘media advisor’, of course), it’s like lobbing a ball in tennis. The big wig and his ‘team’ set up carefully with their really big tennis racquet and invariably smash a forehand winner. Sometimes you might ace them on a return, but it’s such a rare occurrence that you’d bore your friends with the anecdote for decades to come. Of course, the people you can and can’t talk to – and the answers they give – will often change. This situation is truest in politics, when a pollie moves from being opposition to being in government. Pollies in opposition can shoot from the hip and promise the world and all its riches. In power, and enslaved by the party, the rules are vastly different. Unwritten law of politics, No 1: When pollies are in opposition you can call them anywhere, anytime and they’ll be desperate to speak. But when they’re in power they’re just so busy (unless they’re keen to announce something) that you’ve got as much hope of reaching them as touching the moon from a stepladder. Unwritten law of politics, No 2: When pollies are in opposition they will promise you anything. But when they’re in power they won’t promise you anything, and are often heard to say that the money has all dried up thanks to the financial mismanagement of the previous government. I have a massive file called ‘Favourite non-answers by people in officialdom’ in the top drawer of my desk. Flicking through it, I come across a few of my all time favourites. “Not in terms of anything I’ve said for the purposes of bringing this to some conclusion,” was the candid, if somewhat cryptic answer, former Roads Minister Tim Pallas gave me when I asked him if overseas drivers who were failing their licence tests in Leongatha would be taken off our roads. Mind you, as I said before, pollies are happy to speak to the media when they’re in opposition and will make the most outrageous promises should you elect them. Around the same time that Mr Pallas was confounding me, the now Deputy Premier Peter Ryan was dazzling me with his will-do attitude. Mr Ryan said Mr Pallas and his Labor cronies were ignoring the sorry state of country roads. Now the Labor party, not to mention more than a few shell shocked drivers, is levelling the same criticism at the Coalition. “The RACV has proved there is a direct link between improving roads and reducing the road toll. The simple truth of the matter is if you fix country roads, you will save country lives,” Mr Ryan said, way back when. “Better roads equal greater cost savings for transport operators and a more vibrant regional economy in rural areas that rely on roads as a freight link.” Some arguments remain the same, but the words are spoken by different players. Or, as is more often the case, sent by email.

VOXPOP! VOX What is your favourite thing about spring?

VICROADs yesterday announced it was offering USA-style custom number plates. While our roads are falling apart due to lack of money, the state’s roads authority is dedicating resources to offering number plates that seemingly idolise another country. The move comes at a time when Australian culture is already being eroded by an influx of American television shows and movies, leading our children to use American phrases and pronunciations. Come on, let’s be proud of who we are and not emulate another country. Our drive for self-respect could start by being able to drive on roads in a respectable condition.

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Leaving the cold weather behind and seeing the buds burst on the trees. Chris White, Mirboo North

The weather and getting out and mingling with people; I tend to do that a bit more in the spring. Cass Brown, Bena

The spring flowers, the birds and the weather. There is a lot to love about spring. Lyn Tuckett, Leongatha

Getting the shorts out, and the smell. It starts to smell like summer. Bek Buckley, Inverloch.

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Senator to kickstart nursing home PROM Country Aged Care (PCAC) residents, staff and volunteers are ready to celebrate, after an announcement that work on the 60 bed Foster facility would soon begin. The traditional ‘turning of the soil’ will take place on site at 11am this Friday, with long-time residents Kathleen Morris and Ron Ball helping Senator David Feeney wield the first shovel. Mrs Morris, currently residing at Prom View Lodge, celebrated her 100th birthday on August 21 with family, friends and staff.

“After reaching 100 the next thing I am looking forward to is moving into my new home,” she said. Mr Ball, a resident at Banksia Lodge since 2005, said: “I am really looking forward to enjoying all of the things our new home will have to offer.” The ClarkeHopkinsClarke designed building will be single storey, comprising three, 20-bed modules. All residents’ rooms will have en suites, internet and telephone ports, and be equipped to take overhead tracking for lifting. Each 20-bed module has its own internal

courtyard with a special feature, such as an aviary, gazebo or fountain. Special lifestyle features include the flexible recreational areas, incorporating the cinema/family dining room, reflection/ library room, coffee lounge and bar, consulting room and hairdressing room. “We are delighted to be commencing the building and have every confidence that ADCO Constructions will deliver a quality, state-of-theart facility of which our whole community can be proud,” said acting president of the PCAC committee of management, Tristan White. Victorian manager for ADCO David Rix said

Fracking confusion: Ryan DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan said some confusion still remained about the State Government’s pledged reforms to onshore gas exploration in Victoria. Mr Ryan has reaffirmed a hold on the issuing of all new exploration licences for coal seam gas until the upcoming national framework proposals have been considered; a hold on all approvals to undertake hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as part of onshore gas exploration, including coal seam gas, tight gas or the exploration of any other form of onshore gas; and a permanent ban on the use of BTEX chemicals (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) in any mineral exploration activities in Victoria. He said there were currently no applications to undertake fracking in Victoria, including the exploration for coal seam gas, tight gas or any

other form of onshore natural gas; and there were no approvals being sought for fracking to take place in Victoria and none would be granted until the national framework was in place. He said there had only been two examples in Victoria where fracking had taken place, with both companies being given the okay under the former Labor Government. Mr Ryan dismissed recent commentary that Gippsland would be “overrun” with coal seam gas wells. “There is currently no coal seam gas production in Gippsland or any other parts of Victoria,” Mr Ryan said. “Gippsland currently has 10 exploration licences for coal seam gas with approved work plans for drilling for core samples. Nine of these licences were issued by the previous Labor government. “There are a further eight exploration li-

cences for coal seam gas in Gippsland with no approved work plans, and a further seven applications which are not currently approved and which will not be approved until ongoing work by the states and Commonwealth on a national framework for coal seam gas is completed.” Mr Ryan said companies who held one of the 10 approved exploration licences in Gippsland could continue to carry exploratory drilling, but this would not involve fracking. “Conventional drilling for core samples can still be undertaken by licence holders after consultation with affected landholders. This process involves taking samples from the earth and having it tested in a laboratory,” Mr Ryan said. “This type of conventional exploration activity has been taking place in Victoria for decades and has a strong safety record, however this activity does not permit fracking.”

Gas exploration not welcome: candidate COUNCIL candidate Frank Hirst has pledged to keep coal seam gas exploration out of South Gippsland.

“I’m very much against it. We should be putting our energies into sustainable energy sources, not chasing down the last drop of fossil fuel,” he said. The Ranceby man will contest Strzelecki ward in the South Gippsland Shire Council election and is nominating with a desire to represent the community’s interests. He wants the shire to develop sustainably and keep land in agricultural production. Coming from a farming background and former employment as a farm forestry officer with the Department of Primary Industries, Mr Hirst believes the current council has acted appropriately in protecting farmland. As for zoning changes proposed by the State Government, he said: “Increasing flexibility is generally good

so long as it’s not throwing out safeguards.” Rate reform will be an issue he will pursue. “We need to be promoting good value for ratepayers,” Mr Hirst said. Farm rates in particular need review, he said, as some farmers are paying too much. “Individual farmers who farm a large area will pay a lot more in rates and we need to look at whether they are getting more in proportion of services,” Mr Hirst said. A football umpire with the Ellinbank league, Mr Hirst was urged to stand by friend and fellow council candidate, Don Hill, of Wild Dog Valley. “Council could do with some refreshing. It needs new people and a new approach and to be able to get things done,” he said. The father of two continues to be involved with sheep and forestry, is a table tennis player, and a member of the Rate review: South Gippsland Shire Council canSouth Gippsland Conserva- didate Frank Hirst said rates need consideration. tion Society.

the company was “delighted to be selected as builders of this new state-of-the-art facility and looks forward to working with our local contractors on this fantastic community project”. CEO of Prom Country Aged Care Inc. Claire Schmierer, said residents and staff “are all very keen to see the start of this project and eagerly await each new milestone as it arrives”. “We will be providing regular updates on our website (, which will include the building’s progress and fundraising achievements,” she said.

Cat plan slammed

SHADOW Minister for Agriculture John Lenders believes the State Government’s search for big cats is a farce and a waste of money.

“I think this is totally self indulgent,” he said. “We’re cutting 400 people out of DSE, 400 out of DPI. There’s programs being cut everywhere, there’s pressure on the department like you wouldn’t believe and suddenly we’re going to do this study into big cats. “The other day we were announcing the scaling back of the fruit fly checking. The government’s put a big effort into wild dogs and foxes, and I wouldn’t take that away from them. But if you had an equivalent of staff time and dollars spent on Big Cats or elsewhere, I know what people would prefer.” Deputy Premier Peter Ryan said the investigation would simply comprise “desktop studies” of existing data, together with information provided by the public. “Therefore it will be done substantially from existing resources,” he said. “This will not involve armies of people scouring the hills. On the contrary, it will have a full assessment of information substantially now held, together with any consideration of anything new provided by the public.”

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Harrison to contest Hovell ward A FOURTH high-profile resident is standing for Bass Coast Shire Council’s Hovell Ward.

She is Jessica Harrison of Wonthaggi, who is a well-known conservationist and desalination plant protester. Ms Harrison said she is standing as an independent candidate. “I have always worked outside government in community campaigns. Now I plan to make sure that local people have a representative on the inside. Council business should be based on openness and accountability. “I would like rates kept as low as possible, but without cuts to the valuable services provided by the shire. There will be no need for 1990s Kennett-style job cuts, and privatisation. “I understand the pressures on low income households. Our Harvest Centre Garden (in Wonthaggi) donates excess produce to the (St George’s) Anglican Church which cooks a free meal on Monday nights.” Ms Harrison said, “I look forward to working with new faces on the council. I am pleased to hear of a number of women standing for council as independent candidates.” Jessica’s children went to school in Wonthaggi and Newhaven, and she has been involved with many community activities. She was active in Rural Australians for Refugees and is a member of South Gippsland Conservation

Many issues: activist Jessica Harrison says there are many issues facing Bass Coast Shire Council. Potholes are just one. Society and Wonthaggi Urban Landcare. She served on the management committee of Mitchell House in 2010-2011 and is a founding member of the Harvest Community Garden. As vice president of Watershed Victoria, she calls for ocean-based environment monitoring of the de-

salination plant. Jessica is a researcher for Gene Ethics, campaigning on the risks of genetic engineering. She is keen to talk with farmers about how they can attract premiums while avoiding the risks of GM. Some issues people have already raised with Jessica are: • huge ratepayer bills for special charge schemes. “These schemes should not be imposed unless 90 per cent of the street residents agree”; • rates payable or a levy on the desalination plant to pay for road repair. “Potholes, rough patches and dangerous edges are causing damage to cars. VicRoads and the council need an urgent repair schedule”; • indoor pool expansion; a second pool is in the planning stages, but facilities for children, a spa and sauna are essential, she said; and • “The greatest threat to farmers and food producers is the number of coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licence applications in our region. The State Government needs to realise that we are united in opposing CSG and the water pollution, land value decreases and destruction of arable land that comes with it”. Jessica would also like an annual Wonthaggi street festival. Her contact details are: 0407 307 231, or visit Jessica Harrison for Hovell Ward in the Bass Coast on Facebook.

Protester in chains

REBECCA Harrison spent yesterday chained to one of the pillars at State Parliament House.

She was part of a climate change protest mounted by a group called Quit Coal. Two protesters abseiled down from the roof, unfurling a banner declaring “Coal is the single greatest threat to civilisation and all life on our planet. Why is Baillieu funding coal?” Rebecca, 22, is a past student of Bunurong Community School and Newhaven College. She is the daughter of wellknown activist Jessica Harrison of Wonthaggi, who said yesterday, “I’m very proud of her.” In another Quit Coal protest, Rebecca and her mother spent more than six hours chained inside the Premier Ted Baillieu’s office about three months ago.

Fighting for Inverloch LEADING a community-driven objection to a special charge scheme in Inverloch has prompted Jordan Crugnale to nominate for Townsend Ward in the October Bass Coast Shire Council elections. The scheme was recently abandoned by councillors, putting $700,000 back into the budget. Born in the coastal town of Albany, Western Australia to Italian working class migrants, Jordan said she and her husband Mark moved from Melbourne to Inverloch, seeing it as an ideal setting to raise their children, aged four and two. With over 20 years experience in the education, health and arts sector, her focus has been on identifying and developing projects and programs with community-based and notfor-profit organisations. “The reason I am running is primarily due to the wonderful and eclectic mix of people I met during this special charge scheme

process. You learn a lot by listening, asking and observing and I certainly gained a deeper insight into other more pressing issues and priorities for Inverloch and the shire.” Jordan is not aligned with any group, political party or powerbase. Her overarching platform is sustainable and sensible development, community, family, youth and protecting the unique local environment. “We are the fastest growing regional municipality in Victoria and development is inevitable. It can be done well, sensitively and intelligently whilst ensuring we retain the natural features and sense of community that we love about living here. “I would certainly help facilitate such development and ensure council shows great initiative in adopting significant water and road sensitive urban design principles in their delivery of infrastructure. I don’t think anyone wants the town ‘welcome mat’ to be an urban sprawl that is unplanned, high density and aesthetically depressing.

Candidate: Jordan Crugnale is standing for the Townsend Ward of Bass Coast Shire Council. “One of the most urgent issues for this town is ensuring people can get to popular places and move around our town safely. Inverloch has a really strong bike and foot culture but our paths let us down. Too many end abruptly or at a busy road and many of the crossings to beach access paths are dangerous with little to no visibility for people or traffic. “I have seen many families with small children in tow, elderly with their dogs and people with fishing gear scramble across the road in haste as

cars come racing around a bend.” She said the challenge of council expenditure is to reflect community priorities. Jordan is strongly supportive of farmers and community opposition to coal seam gas exploration. In the coming weeks Jordan will be meeting with local organisations and community groups to listen, discuss and expand on her platform and vision. She’d love to hear people’s ideas, issues and concerns. Her contact details are: 0405 218 228

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Mountain View takes shape PROGRESS has been remarkable at Mountain View Retirement Village in Leongatha, with the community centre nearing completion and eight villas in the final stages of construction.

A wet winter hasn’t slowed down development at the Dale Street site, with carpet being laid in the community centre, as well as final touches being done to the swimming pool and the glazing around the extensive balcony area installed. Expected to be completed in a week’s time, the opening of the community centre will be to be held on October 18, with the South Gippsland Shire Council mayor attending, as well as other local dignitaries and business people. Sales manager Trevor Davis said he is thrilled with the development at Mountain View. “It’s very good – with the winter rain, you never know what you’re going to get but I think we’ve made great progress on both the community centre and the villas,” he said. Five villas have been completed externally and are well on their way to being completed internally, with kitchens already installed and fresh paint on the walls as of last week, while another three villas are ready for bricking. “We expect them to be finished sometime in September or October, so in around six to seven weeks,” Mr Davis said. “Three of the villas will be display homes and will be open for inspection on October 18.” With plans for 45 villas in total, both two and three bedroom options will be available. Another option however, is a two bedroom unit with a ‘flexi-room’; that is, an extra large area of the living room that can be used as a multi-purpose space, whether it be an office, an expansion to the lounge room or a third bedroom.

Mr Davis said the response to the village had also been fantastic. “We have a good client base and now people are waiting to come in and have a look,” he said. “It’s a two year project in total, but we expect the residents to be able to move in around Christmas time.” Another information session about retirement will be held at the Leongatha RSL on Tuesday, September 18 from 2pm to 4pm. The session will include guest speakers advising retirees on consumer affairs, Centrelink, lifestyle choices and local real estate.

Almost ready: with works scheduled to be completed within a week, sales manager Trevor Davis is looking forward to the official opening of the Mountain View Retirement Village community centre on October 18.

Rein in costs, council told STAFF costs in Bass Coast Shire Council will have increased by a dramatic 33.8 per cent in three years come the end of this financial year. That figure is quoted by Alan Brown who is leading a ‘reform team’ of candidates in every ward. He said it raises concerns about current enterprise agreement negotiations. Mr Brown said he is not aware of any other organisation which has had such a dramatic increase in staff costs over a three year period. “It is mind numbing that staff costs in Bass Coast will have increased by $6.286 million (33.8 per

cent) in three years between 2010 and 2013,” he said. “There is real concern that the present council will commit to a deal which will again lead to dramatic rises in staff costs for the next three years. “The present council is within three weeks of going into caretaker mode in the lead up to the October council election and they should not be doing any deals which lead to outcomes such as the past three years. “Simply put, whatever is agreed to within the next three weeks will bind the next council for at least three years.” Mr Brown said staff costs will rise 12.2 per cent this year “which

will cost ratepayers an extra $2.7 million”. “The full increase in rates this year will be $2.5 million which will not even cover the increase in staff costs which are presently rising by $50,000 per week in Bass Coast. “This is clearly unsustainable and huge increases such as this must be reined in,” Mr Brown said. “I call on the Bass Coast Shire Council to make public what increases they are planning to agree to for the next three years. “With a difficult economy and inflation presently running at 1.2 per cent per annum clearly restraint needs to be shown. “The interests of our long suffer-

ing ratepayers as well as the needs of staff must be taken into consideration. The massive rises in staff costs we are presently seeing in Bass Coast are just not sustainable.” Mr Brown is also critical of the council’s results in the annual local government community satisfaction survey, describing them as “disastrous”. He said with one exception, council rated below the state wide and large rural group averages “on all core measures”. Mr Brown said the report recommended council pays extra attention to customer service, consultation and advocacy, as well as its overall performance.

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Save us from sea By Brad Lester

from inundation.

THE Corner Inlet community is urging South Gippsland Shire Council to help maintain seawalls that protect farmland

But council does want not to incur maintenance costs and last Wednesday voted to defer a decision about its next move until the October 24 meeting. Council officers suggested council help affected landowners re-establish

a committee and create a funding scheme to maintain the seawalls, now falling into disrepair. More than 50 farmers contributed to a financial scheme to maintain the seawalls in the past and council still holds $23,931 from that scheme

towards maintenance. The earth seawalls span 25km along the northern edge of the inlet near Toora, and protect about 200 rural and residential properties, totalling about 20,000 ha. The seawalls are on private land and were traditionally maintained by a section 86 committee, now relatively dormant. Deputy mayor Cr Mohya Davies said her Foster property is protected by a seawall and council should work with the committee to help ensure the walls remain intact. Council CEO Tim Tamlin said council’s insurers advised council it would not be insured for any works as council did not have responsibility for the seawalls. Cr Jim Fawcett said council’s decision was ultimately about recognising the “liability of the committee to protect an asset that is used by someone else�. A member of the original committee, Carmel Van Kuyk, told council on Wednesday many farmers were still to be contacted about council’s proposal. She called for council to defer making a decision about assigning full liability for maintenance to the committee. “It’s a big decision to make. I have been involved with the seawall committee for 21 years and we just want to know our legal stances on this,� she said. “We are putting our heads on the

chopping block and we need more time to go through this with adjoining landowners.� To which Cr Fawcett responded: “Your heads are already on the chopping block. It’s a question of whether council joins you, along with the ratepayers of the shire.� Cr Jeanette Harding defended Ms Van Kuyk, saying landholders had not had the opportunity to obtain advice whereas council had. “I find it grossly unfair. It’s a big problem from an insurance point of view for the shire and our farmers,� she said. The decision to defer created debate around the council table, with Cr Jennie Deane concerned council should not decide on the matter at the October meeting, during the caretaker period in the lead-up to council elections. Her bid to reschedule a decision to the November meeting was not supported by fellow councillors. Cr Kieran Kennedy supported an October hearing, saying the new council would not be able to grapple with the issue as well as learning about superannuation payments, the budget and briefings. Mayor Cr Warren Raabe felt councillors had the necessary information to make a decision last Wednesday. “It’s not about the committee’s risk. It’s about how we manage our risk,� he said.

On site: Corner Inlet sea wall and drainage committee secretary, Carmel Van Kuyk, with chairman Terry Dessent, inspect a section of the wall.

Climate change on the agenda By Sarah Vella MIRBOO North hosted a climate change meeting last Wednesday evening. Twenty people attended and South Gippsland Shire Council sustainability advisor, Lyndal Peterson said the meeting was held to ensure people in South Gippsland had access to information. Guest speaker was Matthew Wright, executive director of Beyond Zero Emissions. He presented his internationally acclaimed Zero Carbon Australia strategy. “The strategy shows how Australia can transition to a carbon safe future in a timely and economically responsible manner,� Mr Wright said. “The strategy only looks at commercially available technologies that will produce zero greenhouse gas emissions during operation and can be built in Australia within the timeframe considered.�

Beyond Zero Emissions is also in the process of completing reports on buildings and transport, detailing how these can be built for much lower energy consumption. Scientists say that globally, the planet cannot afford to go beyond an increase of two degrees Celsius above global average temperature. Currently, the planet is 0.6 degrees warmer. “This benchmark of two degrees increase is dangerous. In reality it should be a lot lower than that. The Arctic ice is already shrinking at a remarkable pace,� Mr Wright said. “The good news is we can do something about it, if we get a wriggle on. “Our plan provides 100 per cent of Australia’s electricity needs using concentrated solar thermal, wind power and existing electricity transmission infrastructure, geographically dispersed around an improved national grid.�

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Kelvin John’s still going strong WHILE Kelvin John’s Bi-Rite Electrical may have had a name change, you can rest assured it will continue to be your go-to store in Leongatha for the latest electrical appliances. Owner Kelvin Smith said he has closed the door on Retravision, but is more than happy to open another to Bi-Rite. “We’re still the same staff, there have been no changes there,” he said. “We’ve still got Telstra stock and everything else too. Now we just need to focus on catching up to where we were.” With former company Retravision going into receivership, Kelvin said it had obviously been a difficult time for the store. He added all the staff had been fantastic, and they had “fought out the sads” and were looking and thinking positive to keep

the store open. “It has been a very challenging three months, but as of September 1 we will virtually be up and firing again,” he said. “We’ll have all our stock back and even a few new brands that weren’t available through the former company.” Kelvin is proud to take on the Bi-Rite Electrical name, an established Australian company with over 70 stores throughout Australia. “They’re building up more every day too,” he said. “We’ll still run the shop like we were before and keep everything exactly the same.” So whether you need a brand new fridge, want to update your washing machine or think it’s time for a widescreen television, don’t be confused by the name change make sure to drop into Kelvin John’s BiRite Electrical in Leongatha.

Supportive staff: Kelvin Smith (centre) thanked his staff for their dedication and hard work during a testing time, including Diane Thiele and Bryan Billett.

Part of the team: Emma Smith, Narelle McEwan, Kelvin Smith and Steph Thoonen are just some of the familiar faces at Kelvin John’s Bi-Rite Electrical in Leongatha.

New stock arriving every day: Mark Lamers, Alan McEachern, Aaron Clearly and Kelvin Smith show off the new range of fridges in Kelvin Smith’s Bi-Rite Electrical.

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Teens immersed in Indonesian By Sarah Vella STUDENTS from Leongatha Secondary College have been through a competitive selection process for the Indonesian Immersion Experience, held at The Summit in Traralgon last week.

Around 12 students from the school attended the overnight camp, where they were expected to speak primarily in Indonesian and to create their own shadow puppet performance. Russel Ogden, the teacher attending the camp, said students first saw a shadow puppet display by an Indonesian performance company. “The kids were then taught the protocols and procedures behind putting on a shadow puppet show,” Mr Ogden said. “There were about 50 students from across

Gippsland attending the camp. There were also two visiting Indonesian language assistants to help out with the program.” Leongatha Secondary College is currently hosting two Indonesian students on a six week exchange program. The girls, Cindy MayMaguire and Anne Aziz, are two of 16 students currently on exchange in Victoria. While Cindy and Anne have enjoyed a lot of different experiences since arriving in Gippsland, some of the biggest differences they have noticed are the climate, class sizes and school hours. “There are 40 students in each class at my school and we have nine Year 11 classes,” Cindy said. “The students are very friendly. In Indonesia, some students are too shy to want to get to know new students, but here most of them are nice.” Anne commented their

Selamat siang: from left, Rediet Somerville-Smith and Tanya Derrick attended the two-day camp; Cindy May-Maguire and Anne Aziz are enjoying their exchange; and Olivia Cope and Justine Fowles are hosting Cindy and Anne while they are in South Gippsland. classrooms do not change during the day but their teachers do. “We also have 18 subjects we study and we have to do them all. We can’t choose our own,” she said. “In Indonesia, we start school at around 6.30am and go to around 1pm. We then do extracurricular ac-

tivities to about 4pm.” Both girls agreed that South Gippsland in the winter is cold compared to their home country, quieter and the terrain much hillier. “Our classrooms all have air conditioners, and there are not really any hills, or cows,” Anne said. Mr Ogden said in terms

of the Indonesian program, the school is experiencing an exciting time. “The numbers of kids showing interest in Indonesian, through these sorts of programs is really encouraging,” he said. “There has been a big push from both the State and Federal governments to increase the number of

students taking on Asian languages. “Our program is in response to these initiatives. Ten years ago, 80,000 school students were studying an Asian language. Now that number is around 40,000. “Indonesia is currently experiencing a huge increase in their economy at

the moment, which is expected to create a number of developments and job opportunities there in the next 10 years,” Mr Ogden said. “The government is really looking at helping students to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Tasty cause: staff at the Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch baked cupcakes to raise money for the RSPCA.

Cupcakes fight animal cruelty THE staff of Inverloch and District Community Bank Branch recently participated in an RSPCA Cupcake Day.

Staff baked more than 90 cupcakes and sold them all in just one day. Most of the staff are proud pet owners and were excited to take part in the day.

With a gold coin donation for each one, $210 was raised for the worthy cause. Funds raised from Cupcake Day will help give a

surrendered puppy a home, rescue a neglected pony,

provide emergency surgery to an injured kitten and save thousands of animal lives.

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Dispelling the myths around belly massage MASSAGE Therapy Week will be highlighting the health benefits of stomach massage. The theme of this year’s event is Love Your Guts. Love Your Guts seminars director (USA), Marty Ryan, is in Australia during Massage Therapy Week (September 2-8) teaching Australian massage therapists the major health benefits of massaging the stomach area, which according to Ryan, is one of the most neglected areas in massage therapy. “Massage has huge benefits for the belly and can make a real difference to the discomfort and pain people are experiencing,” says Ryan. The belly is an area that traditionally therapists have avoided as many people feel self conscious or avoid massage if they have digestive problems or pain. However, a stomach massage could be the very thing needed. “Like back, neck and head massage, a belly massage can help with circulation of blood and lymph, decrease inflammation, and release tension. It can also help improve digestion and ease common problems such as acid

reflux and constipation,” says Ryan. “Belly massage is a gentle practice and people can be massaged through a sheet for privacy to allay any feelings of selfconsciousness.” Ryan explains that it is often important to massage the belly when lower back pain is present. “The axial skeleton – spine, pelvis, ribs, and cranium, and the ‘core’ skeletal musculature and fascial pathways all connect our belly to our arms and legs. What happens in the belly affects other parts of the body, for example lower back pain can actually turn out to originate from our abdomen.” During Massage Therapy Week Marty Ryan will be teaching belly massage to members of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT). AAMT president Garry Lavi explains: “Our members are looking forward to learning this style of massage which can greatly benefit people with digestive complaints, people with reproductive concerns as well as people needing post surgery rehabilitation.” AAMT’s top five benefits of belly massage: 1. Improves digestion

Beauty meets health HEALTH, beauty and wellbeing all go together so well, so a beauty therapist in a pharmacy is a great idea.

Beauty and wellbeing: Rebecca Davies from the Terry White Chemist Beauty Room can help you with all your beauty needs.

Terry White Chemist in Leongatha has just that, and beauty therapist Rebecca Davies can help you with all your beauty needs. “We do all your beauty therapy services,” she said. “Swedish and deep tissue massages, waxing, tinting, facials, body scrubs, spray tans, piercings as well as manicures and pedicures are all available.” Having gained her qualifications at the esteemed Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College, Rebecca definitely knows her stuff when it comes to beauty. “It’s therapeutic and relaxing to get the massage and facials and that’s a great benefit for stressed out people,” she said. Rebecca also loves the advantage of having the beauty room in the pharmacy. “It’s great being here in the pharmacy because all the health and wellness fit in together really well,” she said. The beauty room is only open on Thursdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 5pm. You have to book in for all services, so give the pharmacy a call and book the time that suits you. Go on, treat yourself.

2. Reduces bloating and gas 3. Promotes whole body relaxation and enhances mood 4. Aids in detoxification 5. Helps alleviate abdominal pain and cramping.

Huge benefits: belly massaging has huge benefits including improving digestion and reducing bloating and gas.

Ema Coughlan: massage therapist and Reiki master with Shanti Moon Relaxation and Healing promotes a relaxing approach to healing.

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Taking shape: Cr Kieran Kennedy inspects construction of the Venus Bay path extension.

We’re worth billions That’s the value of all rateable properties in the shire, up from $6.3 billion in 2010. Most residential property values have increased by one to seven per cent a year, with Loch recording an average of 16.49 per cent, Prom Views Estate 12 per cent and Koonwarra 10.6 per cent, driven by demand for lifestyle properties. Residential units have grown from 0.05 to 8.45 per cent, with Foster recording 8.45 per cent, Leongatha 4.94 per cent and Korumburra just 0.62 per cent. Apart from Prom Views Estate, other coastal towns to rise were Venus Bay (4.18 per cent), Waratah Bay (1.45 per cent) and Port Welshpool (0.39 per cent). Commercial property in Leongatha

grew by 3.65 per cent and Korumburra 3.34 per cent. For industrial property, Leongatha and Korumburra rose by 8.11 per cent and 10.11 per cent respectively. Demand for vacant and improved industrial property in those towns is strong. Foster properties recorded moderate growth. Farming land has grown in value from 0.25 to seven per cent, with premium areas around Leongatha climbing by 3.52 per cent. These are the results of a general revaluation of all rateable properties in the shire. Council is required by wall to undertake the valuation every two years.

NYORA, Loch and Poowong are closer to receiving sewerage.

as “an extremely important project”.

HOW much is South Gippsland worth? $6.7 billlion.

Path on track Sewerage on way

A NETWORK of cycling and walking paths could be built around Venus Bay. That is the vision of South Gippsland Shire Councillor Kieran Kennedy. “I hope Venus Bay will become the riding capital of South Gippsland and that people will leave their cars in their garages,” he said. Cr Kennedy hopes to see a trail along Lees Road in the first estate, at a cost of $30,000, which will eventually link to the jetty. Cr Kennedy welcomed the construction of a $440,000

extension of the existing Venus Bay-Tarwin Lower trail that will include a shelter at a car park. The trail will be extended from the entry to town to the shops in the heart of Venus Bay. Eventually, the trail will continue to beach one. “The track is going to save someone’s life; that’s the most important thing,” Cr Kennedy said. “It’s going to be of great benefit to the Tour de Tarwin. Safety is a big issue so the kids can ride to the shops without their parents worrying.” Council will also resheet all unmade roads in Venus Bay.

Mayor’s message Cr Warren Raabe A WONDERFUL project is being implemented in Foster as part of the grant funded Improving Liveability for Older People Strategy. Called Tech Tasters, the project has Year 9 students assisting older people to work with new technologies such as the internet, Facebook, Skype and smart phones. The response has been fantastic, with the young people as delighted as the seniors. It is enriching for both parties, showing the young people that they can make a difference in the world, and opening up a whole new world for many older people who may be limited in their physical outreach. Another project under the liveability program has seniors meeting in public eateries to enjoy expanded social interaction over lunch. It is programs like these that make council proud of its community services team, staff who are passionate about their work and finding ways to enrich their clients’ lives. Following on from a position 12 months ago where council was faced with limited commercial waste capacity at its Koonwarra Transfer Station, a new waste disposal cell has been completed there and is awaiting the final signoff from the EPA before activating. The new cell will provide council with capacity for a further four years. Council will also take over the management of the commercial waste from the current contractors later this year. I was pleased to see the State Government’s response last week to the Gippsland wide calls to take a closer look at the coal seam gas issues that have so many communities worried. The government has announced reforms that will

provide greater certainty for regional communities in the lead up to the national reform process. These include a hold on approvals on ‘fracking’ and the issue of new exploration licences until the national framework proposals are considered in December, and a ban on the use of BTEX chemicals, such as benzene, in ‘fracking’ in Victoria. It’s a good outcome in that it acknowledges the power of a community to influence government, and while the government has not overturned the coal seam gas industry, it is now demonstrating the due caution and criteria being requested of it. Mitsui has begun work on the Bald Hills Wind Farm within the regulatory timeframe stipulated in its planning permit, and responsibility has now been placed with council to ensure that the company also complies during the construction phase and then during operation. The company has invested over $12 million in the venture which has divided the community over its appropriateness. It is an example of the dilemma of meeting the demand for new sustainable technologies and then where to place them. The NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) principle is pretty universal and creates great angst for those impacted. Council must now be vigilant in monitoring compliance. The CEO and I continued our advocacy campaign last Friday, meeting with the Minister for Education, Peter Hall for further assurance on the future of the Leongatha TAFE, and with the Minister for Planning to discuss the proposed reformed zones and explaining our position. Cr Warren Raabe, mayor.

Council finances complex BASS Coast Shire councillor Ross Smith is a little weary of the ongoing accusations that the council is wasteful. Having decided to re-nominate for Townsend Ward in the October municipal elections, Cr Smith said he believes much of the criticism is based on a lack of understanding of how local government functions. He is a long standing council representative on its independent audit committee and often compliments that body’s expert members during open council meetings. Cr Smith said a good example of the financial issues faced by council is the decision by the State Government to have local government collect the state’s new fire services levy. “The resources needed to comply with these legal obligations will be enormous. “To begin with, council will need to revamp part of

its computer system. In addition, the shire will have to develop new administrative procedures. “It must also work out strategies to handle the public outcry arising from this cost shifting exercise by the state government. “The average ratepayer would not see or understand the impact of this decision on Bass Coast Shire’s resources, including any subsequent rise in rates, which might follow. “Council’s critics will no doubt take the opportunity to further criticise the shire and its staff for ‘wasting resources’. “Such criticism would demonstrate a lack of understanding of the complexities of local government and see it as an opportunity to once again slam Bass Coast Shire. “It will be fascinating to see how the critics would handle this state government-enforced drain on resources,” Cr Smith said.

South Gippsland Shire Council recently considered an application by South Gippsland Water to amend the planning scheme to allow a sewerage scheme to be built at 65 Hills Road, Nyora. Council voted to ask Planning Minister Matthew Guy to approve the request and will refer submissions to an Independent Planning Panel. The amendment entails rezoning the Hills Road site from Farming Zone to Public Use Zone, and applying an environmental significance overlay over land within 700m of the first stage treatment lagoon.

Cr Jennie Deane described the works “The community almost thought it was never going to happen,” she said. “There are a lot of drainage problems from septic tanks and septic water flows down drains or sits in the back of people’s properties.” Cr Deane believed the completed project would result in attractive wetlands that would appeal to wildlife. Old and inefficient septic systems in the towns and greywater discharge pose health and environmental risks to people in the towns.

Green light for community gardens COMMUNITY gardens will be established on council land in South Gippsland Shire. Councillors recently voted to support the initiative to create community ties and grow food locally. Cr Kieran Kennedy welcomed the decision. “I think it will be good for the health and wellbeing of the people,” he said. Risk assessments will be undertaken to guarantee the safety of sites. Fruit trees will not be allowed to be planted on nature-strips due to the risk of people slipping. Each garden is expected to cost between $1260 and $1960, including a formal lease agreement. Groups must pay $800 to create a garden and a bond of $1000 in case the garden folds and the land is not reinstated.

Applicants can seek a Community Grant or money from councillors’ discretionary funds to help meet costs, and that created debate amongst councillors. Cr Jennie Deane opposed the fees and said discretionary funds should not be used to pay council staff. “The small amount of time that council staff would have to spend is just insignificant,” she said. Proposed sites must be suitable for such gardens and not needed for other council purposes. The move follows a decision by council on March 28 to formulate models for communities to create such gardens and call for a report. That report was given at the August council meeting.

Ticks all around SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Sustainability Strategy is already fulfilling ambitions. During its first year, the strategy has resulted in the creation of a carbon offset program with the South Gippsland Landcare Network, the third Sustainability Festival, opening of the Sustainability Centre at Coal Creek, and starting the Small Farm Workshop program. Information sessions about climate change were also delivered to the community and the growth of the Local Food Network promoted. As part of the carbon offset program, Landcare staff will plant 25 indigenous plants for a $50 donation to offset emissions from the average vehicle for a year.

More than 2000 people attended the sustainability festival and 60 stallholders took part. The farm workshops attracted more than 220 people. Council’s sustainability team has attracted several grants: $248,248 to develop a regional online directory; $45,000 for a radio program, and more food network development; $25,000 to develop a local food directory; and $173,000 to upgrade street lighting. The strategy was adopted in May 2011 and began to be implemented in July that year. Cr Mimmie Jackson congratulated council officers for their work.

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Shantal opens doors to opportunities By Sarah Vella SHANTAL Kelly is a Year 10 student at Mirboo North Secondary College, who volunteers her time with Interchange.

Time for a new home: Wonthaggi Citizens Band co-vice president and building co-ordinator Paul Jamieson and co-vice president and band trainer Fred Heesh point out attempts already made to kill off termites in the current band room. They are fundraising for a new building through a brick sponsorship program.

Band on way to new home

By Simone Short

BRICK by brick, the Wonthaggi Citizens Band is working towards its major goal of building a new band room – literally.

A State Government contribution of $80,000 as well as a personal bequest to the band helped cover a great deal of the $250,000 cost of the project. However, with $30,000 left to raise, the band decided to run a brick sponsorship program, where community members can ‘buy’ a brick ranging from $25 to $500. Co-vice president and building co-ordinator Paul Jamieson said as construction grew nearer, the brick sponsorship program had already been successful, with over $10,000 raised since the start of July. “The paperwork for the building is ready to be sent off for the title of the land we got from council, and all we need to do now is obtain planning and building permits,” he said, adding he expected this process to take around four months. “Hopefully by the time the

permits are done, we have raised $30,000 in total.” At around 40-years-old, the current band room is riddled with termites and lacking in space for the growing band. All 36 current members are eagerly awaiting the chance to rehearse in a building, with plans to add another 30 square metres of space to the band room as well as an additional 50 square metres of storage areas. But of course, the money is needed first. “Anyone who buys a brick will be a legend,” Mr Jamieson said. “Their name will be recorded and you never know – they might have a friend or family member who joins the band, and helped give them somewhere to play.” Band leader Craig Marinus said they were nearly ready to demolish the current band room and begin building, with construction expected to begin early next year, but were still a short way from their final target. “Fundraising efforts have gone really well,” he said. “We had the ticket sales from our concert and also sold hamburgers and hotdogs at the Woolamai Race-

course. We’ve also got another concert coming up on October 20. “Friends of the band have also been very supportive and made some personal contributions. We’re almost there, which is fantastic.” Once begun, the building should only take around three months to complete. “The old space is very old and cold; it’s served its purpose, but for the band to stay viable in the community we really need a new space,” Mr Marinus said. “Going forward, we need a good foundation as a home to rehearse in, and a safe one at that.” Brick sponsorships are $25 for bronze, $50 for silver, $250 for gold or $500 for platinum. Any enquiries can be made by contacting Chris Longstaff personally at 63 McBride Avenue in Wonthaggi, by mailing Box 196, Wonthaggi or by making a direct deposit at the Commonwealth Bank using BSB 063553, Account 10043607 and including your name and address. Anyone also interested in joining the band can contact Fred Heesh on 5672 1296.

Mayor’s message Cr Veronica Dowman THE State Government recently announced a moratorium on any further coal seam gas exploration projects until a national framework has been agreed upon. The ban on new licences will put a hold on the use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. As a council we welcome this announcement as a step in the right direction. The Bass Coast community has been loud and clear about their views on fracking and we have been proud to advocate to the State Government on your behalf. At our meeting on May 16, we resolved to request a moratorium on coal seam gas exploration and mining and we wrote to the Premier with that request. We believe the moratorium should be in place until there has been a comprehensive investigation into the effects on our natural environment, tourism and farming, including agricultural land, water and food security. Unfortunately we don’t believe the State Government moratorium goes far enough. While we agree a national framework should be in place, we believe the ban on exploration should be extended until the long term effects are known. We are meeting with Minister O’Brien in mid September to discuss the moratorium. We will be asking how the Government will ensure the protection of the environment and agricultural land. While this limited

moratorium is a good step we believe that it is important for the government to permanently protect our valuable environment and highly productive agricultural land. The impacts of coal seam gas extraction on aquifers are unknown and baseline studies are needed so that impacts can be monitored and addressed. Our aquifers have taken millions of years to evolve and the water in them can be thousands of years old. The impact of the extraction process could damage this valuable resource. It is anticipated coal seam gas will be extracted in Australia through to 2050 and the impacts of the extraction may not be known until after the energy source has been depleted. Completing research to understand what the impacts will be is so important for the sustainability of our community. Together, Gippslanders have been vocal in their opposition to fracking and I think we should all be proud of the moratorium. I look forward to reporting back to you the outcomes of our meeting with Minister O’Brien Cr Veronica Dowman, mayor, Bass Coast Shire Council

Interchange is a not-for-profit organisation that provides family support and social opportunities for children and young people with a disability. Shantal is modest about her involvement in the program and said it was a suggestion from her mum that prompted her to volunteer. “My mum suggested I give it a go, so I did and I really enjoyed it. I have been volunteering ever since.” Shantal started working with young disabled people in April 2011 and has no desire to stop anytime soon. “We go on camps and trips and do things like visit the zoo or go ice-skating. Mainly we do really fun group activities. “When we are on the trips, I am matched up with one of the participants and my role is to look after them throughout the day and keep them safe. “I really enjoy it. It is great to see the participants having fun and making new friends.” Shantal admits being involved with Interchange has its challenges, but in a

good way. “I have never done anything like this before. It’s hard to explain how it has affected me, but it has all been a really good experience. “It is also great for the participants, because it gives them a chance to do something they may not have done before and to have fun at the same time.” Shantal is involved with two Interchange programs, one in the Latrobe Valley and one in South Gippsland. The programs are slightly different, and Shantal is involved in camps, which occur over the school holidays and also day trips once a month on weekends. “I really just wanted to try something new and thought Interchange was a good place to start,” she said. “I am comfortable around the participants, which helps them to be comfortable around me. “It is also a lot of fun and makes me feel good about doing something good.” Shantal has also found being involved in the Interchange programs has helped her to come out of her shell and to gain more self-confidence. “I used to be really shy; up until about Year 8, I would barely talk. I now have a lot of self-confidence and my social skills have really improved.”

Good kid: Shantal Kelly from Mirboo North is a young volunteer with Interchange, doing what she describes as fun, rewarding work.

Students crack the case By David McAlpine YEAR 9 students at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College recently suited up in disposable overalls, masks and gloves to investigate a mock crime scene. The grisly lesson was all part of our studies for forensic science. Run by English firm CSI World, the workshop guided us through the basics of crime scene analysis and the skills involved in solving a case. We divided our group into different positions, including lead investigator, trace evidence, fingerprint, footprint and blood spatter specialists. We were taught how to dust for fingerprints on various surfaces, lift our own and analyse footprints. We were also instructed on how to collect trace evidence and distinguish between different samples of hair. In period three, we watched a slideshow on how blood spatters and how to identify if a substance is blood or not using a special test strip. After that, more than half of the groups suited up and ventured outside to investigate the crime scene. The remaining groups took ‘mug shots’ of each other. I spoke to Tina Bird, a real forensic scientist and crime scene examiner. CSI

World Ltd was established by Ms Bird and her partner Martin Treacy last year and aims to make “21st century science exciting and real”. Along with their two sons, the family is travelling throughout Australia this year, carrying out their workshops. Ms Bird worked as a midwife before heading back to university to study crime scene investigation as a blood spatter expert. When my group stepped under the ‘Crime Scene - Do Not Enter’ tape, we immediately began assessing the situation. On the ground, surrounding the outline of where the fictional victim was found, were a number of objects including a pair of spectacles, a plastic cup, a piece of paper, a drop of blood and a bucket containing a toothbrush, a cleaning brush and a pair of tights. Our trace evidence experts also discovered a few hairs on the brushes and a piece of fibre caught on the wall. The fingerprint specialists brushed the cup, glasses and the piece of paper, finding prints on all of them, which we would later compare to those of the suspects. Footprints were also uncovered and photos were taken of the area. After we had finished at the crime scene, we analysed all of our evidence and came to a conclusion the assailant was ‘Billy’, due to his fingerprints and footprints at the crime scene.

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Reason to Green streets celebrate SOUTH Gippsland is set to become greener.

IN its 25 years of fund raising for Gippsland Southern Health Service’s Leongatha and Korumburra campuses, the Lyrebird Auxiliary has raised more than $50 $50,000. th 000

All silver: Lyrebird Auxiliary president Lyn Yeomans and GSHS board chairman David Harvey with the auxiliary’s silver anniversary sponge cake.

That’s cause for celebration and six of the auxiliary’s members dined at Manna Gum Restaurant in Inverloch, to mark the group’s 25th anniversary. They were joined by health service board chairman David Harvey and his wife Colleen and board member Noelle Green. Money raised has paid for such things as reupholstering chairs, a baby heart monitor, baby scales, Able scales, birthing unit furnishings, pulse oximeter, tympanic thermometer, intravenous infusion pump, drug trolley, blood pressure machine and theatre trolleys. There have also been cash donations to the chemotherapy unit. A bush dance held earlier this year by the board and auxiliary, resulted in $4000 being handed over to the health service building fund. More recently, a movie night to see The Sapphires was followed by a 1960s themed supper.

South Gippsland Shire Council is planning to upgrade most street lighting with more efficient technology that will save almost $50,000 per year and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by over 400 tonnes – equivalent to removing 100 cars from the roads every year. Funding received from the Federal Community Energy Efficiency Program will cover about 30 per cent of the total cost of the project, to be rolled out over the next two years. The project will pay for itself in less than nine years and assist council to reach its target of reducing

2009-10 emission levels by 20 per cent over the next 10 years. “Council spends a significant amount of money each year on electricity and maintenance of street lighting,” mayor Cr Warren Raabe said. “Our current greenhouse gas emissions equate to approximately 1700 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, and this project, which is economically and environmentally sound, reaffirms council’s commitment to providing leadership through implementation of our Sustainability Strategy.” The strategy was adopted by council in December 2010 and 85 initiatives have been actioned since.

Community unites KORUMBURRA Community Development and Action incorporated held their AGM recently, with many local groups being represented. Among them were the Korumburra Koringal Ladies, Red Cross, Lions Club, bocce, Rotary, horticultural society, Korumburra Business Association, South Gippsland Shire Council and Korumburra Landcare.

Syd Whyte was re-elected as president, Vince Sgarioto as vice-president and Maurie Theile as treasurer. Items discussed included the Lions Convention and Dinner Dance proposed for October and the Korumburra Community Garden Walk. This walk will coincide with the Tourist Railway Garden Competition which will be supported by the Koringal Ladies and Korumburra Rotary.

All eyes on students

VCAL students from Korumburra Secondary College got an insight into what could make or break a job interview recently.

Selection skills: Jodie Mathews,VCAL co-ordinator Korumburra Secondary College (centre) with the interviewers, from left, Alex Todorovski (CCG), Lucy Mertens (Lucy Mays Café), Jake Frecklington (Rural Skills Australia) and Peter Gilbert. Absent: interviewers Helen Arestia (Burra Foods) and Janice Dunn (Jay Deez).

The 45 students then had a chance to try out their skills in the mock interview program organised by Andrea Evans-McCall, Community College Gippsland’s regional workplace learning co-ordinator. Maintaining eye contact, a firm handshake, clear speech, good posture, appropriate dress and confidence were some of the essential skills the group learnt before the mock interviews. “The program included a pre-interview session where students were advised on how to execute the perfect handshake and how to dress for success,” Mrs EvansMcCall said. On the day, the young people were matched up with local professionals who interviewed the students as if they were applying for a job. The students walked away with the skills to be able to make the final step into the workplace.

Cuts hit special schools FUNDING cuts to the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) have hit rural special schools particularly hard. There are two such schools in this district: South Gippsland Specialist School in Leongatha and Bass Coast Specialist School in Wonthaggi. Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Education Colin Brooks has highlighted the problem. He said a Victorian Parliament research report conducted by the University of Melbourne, found the cuts would place students with special needs at risk of disengagement and

unemployment. The Baillieu Government slashed VCAL coordination funding in the May budget, saying it was no longer needed. That is not the response detailed in the report called, ironically, A Helping Hand. The aim of the document was to investigate VCAL funding to rural and regional special schools. Mr Brooks said it shows State Education Minister Martin Dixon’s claim that the co-ordination funding is no longer needed, is a furphy. “It is clear from the report that the job of a VCAL co-ordinator working in a rural or regional area is particularly demand-

ing and time consuming. “Schools surveyed in the report admitted that they had to modify their VCAL programs since the funding cuts, because there were less staff available to organise and supervise students. “Scarcity of work placement opportunities for students in regional and rural special schools was another challenge commonly identified by school staff members. “Rural specialist schools have lost a larger proportion of their income, adding further strain on their already stretched budgets. “I urge the Premier to visit the state’s rural and regional special schools and see firsthand the daily challenges they face,” Mr Brooks said.

Meals roster (Leongatha) Rd 1: St Vincent de Paul (Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri), Yooralla (Tues); Rd 2: Christian Revival Crusade (Mon, Thur, Fri), National Bank (Tues), SG Specialist School (Wed); Rd 3: Leongatha Primary School (all week) will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning September 10, 2012.

Well done: John Duscher congratulates road safety policeman and volunteer Andrew Melbourne.

Roads are safer thanks to him HE’S a true believer in road safety.

John Duscher from the Victorian Community Roadsafe Alliance said this in congratulating the chairman of Roadsafe Gippsland Community Road Safety Council Andrew Melbourne. John said Andrew’s commitment and leadership over several years had been outstanding. This was the first roadsafe group in the state, formed in 1989. It now includes all six Gippsland municipalities, together with community representatives and state authorities. Programs include bike education, motorcycle safety, bus safety, L2P and new arrival program, truck safety, looking after your mates, keys please and hypothetical program in schools. Andrew said one life lost or one serious injury is one too many. He has put in many hours in his police role and as a volunteer, spreading an important message to the community.

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All smiles: Rowena Ashley, Coal Creek co-ordinator, was happy the park is a finalist in two sections of the Tidy Town awards, with the Sustainability and Food Network Centre and Literary Festival.

Coal Creek chases prizes COAL Creek Community Park and Museum is once again finnalists in the Tidy Town awards, for 2012. with two nominations nom The park’s S Sustainability and Food Network Centre and Literary Festival Fes have both received the accolade. Park c co-ordinator Rowena Ashley is very happy with the recognition. “It’s fantastic,” she said. “We go up against some big projects when we nominate for these awards and it shows how we are performing to a high standard in a small population. “These other projects have many more resources than us but we are doing just as good a job.” The Sustainability and Food Network Centre and the Growlightly idea grew from a concern about global and environmental trends. The centre was established to showcase sustainability initiatives within the region and the vegie boxes were an initiative of local produce providers who wanted local people buying local product. “Not only do we use the centre as a place for the volunteers to pack the vegie boxes but it is open as an education centre for people to learn about being sustainable,”

Welcome: Newhaven College students and families enjoyed an Olympics themed evening with their Ibaraki friends.

Rowena said. School groups are also taken through the centre and taught about sustainability and compare today’s process with those many years ago. “Our aim is to educate the benefits of sustainable communities and inspire more regions to adopt and establish the concept of a food network program similar to the Coal Creek model,” Rowena said. The other nominated event, the Literary Festival, began five years ago with a collective of community members who were authors, poets, writers and members of book clubs who wanted to see a festival that celebrated their craft. A workshop with experts in the writing field is part of the festival as well as panel discussions and awards for writing pieces. A gala night of theatre and music performances complements the festival, with proceeds going to a nominated charity each year. This is the only Literary Festival in South Gippsland, allowing direct contact with local and high profile writers. Winners will be announced on September 22 at a ceremony in Mornington.

Japanese visit NINE Year 9 students travelled Ibaraki Christian Junior from the Ib High School Schoo in Japan to take part in the 11th Newhaven College homestay program. p Their teach teacher Larry Weatherford came too. Each stude student was billeted with a volunteer Newhave Newhaven College family who generously offered to house and care for the students during their stay. Mostly attending Year 7 classes, the students were made to feel right at home during Japanese classes at both the junior and senior campuses. Kazuhiro Mori stayed with the Smith family in Cowes. Glenda, Andrew, and their Year 9 son Bailey, have hosted Ibaraki students before.

Books and penguins By Sarah Vella THIS year’s school book fair theme was Luau and the students of the Welshpool and District Primary school were excited.

Book worms: Fergus, Chloe, Charlotte, Kealee and Byron display some of the books available to purchase during the school’s book fair.

The school’s Carmel Sutherland said the fair gives children an opportunity to win prizes and get into the spirit of reading. “The amount of books sold at the fair will determine how much commission the school will receive, which fittingly, is paid in books,” Ms Sutherland said. In previous years, the school has received new books to the value of up

to $800. Prep, 1 and 2 students headed on a day trip to Phillip Island to experience learning related to their class theme of penguins. They fed pelicans and enjoyed lunch at Swan Lake. The students met with a ranger to talk about the penguin mission and enjoyed the evening penguin parade. After the parade, the kids rode the bus to Welshpool and spent the night at the school. The next morning, children were joined by their parents for breakfast.

“To make Kazuhiro feel at home, I checked his student profile to find out his favourite food,” Glenda said. “For the first night, we had steak and vegies with orange jelly for dessert! We also like to find out if our homestay students enjoy the taste of Vegemite. So far only one has, and we think that’s because his family owns a Miso restaurant in Japan, and he liked the salty taste. “We have found the universal language for teenagers that breaks down any language barrier is definitely electronic games like Wii and PlayStation. Our tennis table, good old-fashioned Jenga and jigsaws also prove popular, and Kazuhiro entertained us with his skill and patience in completing wooden puzzles.”

Singing and sport at Toora FOR young people who live in an isolated area, it can often be difficult to find an interest, let alone pursue it. With the help of enthusiastic staff and community volunteers, Toora Primary School gives all of their students the opportunity to pursue an interest through their newly introduced clubs program. The school community is delighted with the levels of enthusiasm shown by the students, as well as their achievements. This year’s clubs include table-tennis, cooking, craft, board games, electricity, ICT, photography, art panels, learning stone project and scrap booking. Ebony Jones, the

school’s fundraising leader, along with other school leaders, developed a mini Olympics program that was held recently. “We had heaps of fun activities, like target throwing, egg and spoon race, hurdles and an obstacle course set up around the school,” Ebony said. “It was also a gold coin donation for a non-uniform day.” Rochelle Storr organised the target throwing event and as part of fun day. The school has drawn a giant blue tongue lizard on the side of the gym to use as a target. “Eventually, the lizard will be painted in an Aboriginal style and have different zones worth different values.”

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Book Week creates own stories Quiz masters: congratulations to The Hunger Games quiz winners James Fraser, Alex Jones, Celina Alba and Hannah Thorson.

Tales shared at St Laurence’s By Jane Ross IT’S a tough gig being a teacher.

Activities galore THE library at Leongatha Secondary College organised a variety of activities for students and staff to celebrate Book Week. Daily quizzes were entered into by form groups in the morning as-

semblies, both staff and student were encouraged to review and recommend favourite books and the library staff organised a fantastic scavenger hunt. The activities culminated on Friday with a team challenge that focused on The Hunger Games. Brett Windsor, principal and quizmaster, asked questions about the

novel and six form teams buzzed in to demonstrate their knowledge. Prizes were given for each activity and the competition was fierce. “The activities were a great way to celebrate and recognise Book Week at the school,” teacher Jamie Cummins said.

Getting into character: Luke Bramley, Leah Zappa, Emily Turton, Koby and Deegan Wood, Levi Jones and Devlin Burnell had some fantastic costumes.

Weird and wonderful

WONTHAGGI North Primary School celebrated Book Week recently with a dress-up day.

You are expected to guide your charges in their ongoing learning, placate their anxious parents, share yard duty, attend myriad meetings, and pretend you’re enjoying being in front of the whole school in a white towelling bathrobe with a blue nightcap on your head and a pink candle in your hand. Paul McGrory was dressed like that last Wednesday morning when St Laurence’s Primary School at Leongatha celebrated Book Week. His colleagues and students thought he made an apt Wee Willie Winkie, but Paul eschewed his namesake’s habit of running through the town in his nightgown, preferring to change and return to his day job teaching the Grade 3s and 4s. The other teachers entered into the spirit of the Book Week parade too, deck-

ing themselves in a giddy combination of fairy wings, hideous masks, veils, tiaras, Viking helmets, beetle’s antennae and cleverly shaped garbage bags. One young miss in white with a long billowing tulle skirt, needed the assistance of a number of ’maids as she skipped into the multi-purpose room trying to keep her flounces out of the dirt. Judy Ryan scared the living daylights out of everyone with her terrifyingly real Ugly Step Sister Mask. The students loved the event. Dressed in all manner of outfits depicting animals, fairies, princess, princes, witches, wizards, Robin Hood, magicians, Cat In the Hat characters and many other outfits, they paraded class by class, to wild applause from the audience. On their way back to lessons, two young lads admitted to The Star that while they didn’t much like reading books, they did so because “it’s something you have to do”.

In the spirit: St Laurence’s Primary school staff joined in the fun of Book Week. Rhonda Mackie was a witch, Rosemarie Archer dressed up as Pocahontas, Margaret Gatehouse a book fairy, Fiona Dunning Little Red Riding Hood and Mikaela Thorp a garbage bag fairy.

Visitors from Wonderland: Elly Wingfield as Alice and Luke Bowler as the Mad Hatter found inspiration in the story, Alice in Wonderland.

Staff and students came dressed up in their favourite book characters and paraded around the gymnasium to show off their costumes.

The wonderful costumes displayed a wide variety of book characters and demonstrated the students’ passion for reading.

Entranced: these young girls loved watching their school mates parade in their outfits. They are Jorja Warren, Aliarna Wright and Mia Schneidruk.

Reader: standing tall on the champion readers’ dais was Year 1 student Lucas Chihotski who is a footy fan Dressed up: Chelsea Webber was excited to meet the White Rabbut also loves to read books about bit from Alice In Wonderland, who was really her Year 2 teacher Emma Wood. farming.

Newhaven’s champion readers THE whole school gathered for the highlight of Newhaven College’s Book Week activities – the book parade. Children dressed as characters from their favourite book, focusing

on the theme of the week, “Champions read”. Junior school librarian and head of literacy Helen Andrews, organised a fun week full of activities and special book studies. Local author Kerryn Pascoe also visited to share with

the children her book, My Boots In Season. College teachers also got into the spirit of the day, dressing in unique and detailed costumes of their own favourite book characters.

Robin Hood: John looked very Ahoy: Wade gave a good impression of much like Robin Hood, complete a pirate. He came complete with sword. with bow.

More photos online at www.thestar.

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Charming country cottage This delightful three bedroom home is available through Insight Real Estate in Leongatha. See page 28 for more details.

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Charm and character, beautifully renovated G

ORGEOUS, classic, delightful; the adjectives to describe this lovely property are too many to list. This cottage-style home is in pristine condition, having been lovingly renovated with great attention to detail. Pulling up in front of the home, excitement builds, because you can just feel the property is something special, with many delights waiting both inside and outside the home. Greeted by a cottage garden and sunny verandah (complete with lace-work), entry is via a lovely leadlight door into a warm and welcoming entrance hall. Polished floor-boards gleam here and through to the formal lounge and room beyond. A cosy gas log fire heats the formal lounge room. There is also a split system air conditioner. Quality of furnishings used is evident here, as throughout the rest of the home. Curtains framing long windows are hung on brass rods, light switches are brass, and exquisite paintwork defines features such as dado panelling, and fret work to the doorway. Leading off the lounge is a room currently used as a study, which would also be suitable as a TV room/small sitting room. Two very special and historical, etchedglass doors (featuring lyre-birds) can be closed to separate it from the lounge room. The spaciouskitchen /meals area looks out through French doors onto the covered patio, and beyond to the huge manicured back yard. Wooden floating floorboards, a timber kitchen, solid fuel heater, and ‘Savoirfaire’ gas stove give a country cottage feel to the room, with all the conveniences of a modern lifestyle. A very large walk-in pantry creates even more storage space to the kitchen area.

LEONGATHA Location: Contact the agents Bedrooms: 3 (plus bungalow) Bathrooms: 2 Car spaces: 4 Land size: ½ acre approx. Price: $440,000 Internet ID: 111370791 Agent: Insight Real Estate Contact: Lindsay or Robyn Powney on 5662 2220

Rich coloured paintwork extends into the bedrooms, which have built-in wardrobes. The main bedroom is an ideal ‘parent’s retreat’, as it has its own en suite, walk-in wardrobe hidden behind curtained French doors, and is spacious enough to house additional lounge furniture, creating a separate private area if required. A good sized bungalow could also be used for additional sleeping space. Both the en suite and family bathroom have feature heritage tiling to the floors and wall - tile edgings. A roomy claw foot bath sits proudly in the main bathroom. Outside, the surprises continue. As well as the huge outdoor patio/entertainment area, quiet and relaxing seating areas can be found in nooks and crannies throughout the back garden. The patio looks out over garden beds, raised vegie patches, fruit and deciduous trees, right through to the lovely old oaks lining the rear fence. A total of two tanks service the garden, plus one more for drinking water. Land size is approximately half an acre. Last but certainly not least, a major attraction in the back yard for the likes of ‘tradies’, caravan or car enthusiasts, is the huge Colorbond shed with its own rear lane access. The shed is approximately 8m wide x 10m long x 3m high, has a concrete floor and drive-through electric roller doors on either end. Doors are high enough to enable caravan /tall vehicle access. The shed is large enough to house at least four cars, be used as a workshop, car repairs/restoration or for storage. In addition there’s another lock-up storage shed with power, a converted garden shed and a small carport for trailer storage. The property is simply stunning and is a credit to the vendors. This is a home that will definitely surpass all your expectations upon private inspection.

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Often sought, seldom found L

OCATED in tightly held Koonwarra, this sizeable property has a lot to offer those looking for a small acreage starter. Two manicured acres provide a great space for a hobby farm and includes dam, fox-proof chook pen and a vast array of handy shedding for a workshop, cars and a caravan. The home boasts four large bedrooms with ample space for beds and additional furniture, or the option to utilise a room as a second living area. The kitchen, dining and family area with wood fire and reverse cycle air conditioner is the central hub of the home and is well appointed to the bathroom, with separate bath and shower. The property is located on a sealed road with good access for large vehicles and is handy to the popular Koonwarra Store and only five minutes from Leongatha.

KOONWARRA Location: 140 Inverloch-Koonwarra Road Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 1 Car Spaces: 2 Price: $390,000 Internet ID: 257780 Agent: Stockdale & Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 5800

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One of the best! T

HIS property is situated on a large corner block within close walking distance to shops and schools. This split level double brick veneer home comprises three bedrooms all with built-in robes with an additional large family rumpus room or large guest bedroom with built-in robe. The master bedroom has a walk-inrobe and an en suite with double shower. The main bathroom has a corner spa, separate shower and is bright, with natural light through a feature glass brick wall. The feeling that you get from walking into this home is one of its own, the floor plan is based around family living inside and out. The glass sliding door that opens onto the covered barbecue area from the kitchen /dining creates a modern open

plan feel. Cathedral ceilings with exposed beams in the living, dining and kitchen areas add a feeling of space, with warm, natural light. The kitchen has quality appliances dishwasher, wall oven and ceramic cook tops. There is direct internal access to the main part of the home from the generous double lock-up garage with remotes. Other features include: reverse cycle air conditioner, solid fuel heater, ceiling fans, ducted vacuum, awnings on all external windows, new solar hot water system and ducted heating. The property externally has an additional brick workshop with electricity and roller door, ideal for extra storage or room for the hobbies. Perfect inside and out!

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 8 Scarlett Street Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Price: $395,000 Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Mirboo North Contact: 5668 1300

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Cute, compact and available (with excellent long term prospects)


ITH its polished Baltic pine floorboards and wood heater, this well maintained two bedroom weatherboard cottage has plenty of charm.

Located within 600 metres of the main street and medical clinic, and not much further to the schools, you can leave the car in the lock up garage. This property’s charm doesn’t stop at the house, because it’s per-

fectly suited to further development (STCA), making it an attractive financial proposition as well. Live in or rent out, develop now or later, the choices are yours. At this price, you’d be best to look sooner rather than later.

LEONGATHA Location: 50 Hassett Street Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $185,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

Extremely neat unit close to Safeway R

EPRESENTING excellent value for money, this extremely neat two bedroom unit features semi en suite with bath and shower, separate toilet, generous size lounge, kitchen

with electric cooking, ample bench space, single car garage and all is in excellent condition. A short level walk to Safeway and Leongatha CBD, this home represents great value. Inspect today.

LEONGATHA Location: 5/10-12 Bellingham Street Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Price: $239,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff Leongatha Contact: 5662 0922

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This property must be SOLD! W

HEN does the opportunity come by to be able to find space right in the centre of town? This three bedroom home set on three flat acres is up for grabs and the vendor is keen to sell. Only a stone’s throw

from all of the town centre facilities and less than a 200 metre walk to the schools, this property is perfect for a family looking for space for the kids to run free, or someone looking for peace and quiet to enjoy the surrounding gardens in full bloom. The property has a

park-like setting, providing privacy from the outside world. The house’s floor to ceiling windows allows a relaxing reflection of the outside gardens into every room. The house consists of three bedrooms, all with built-in robes, a study and the main bedroom com-

A new ute could be yours W

OULD you like a new ute as a reward for simply doing business with Elders in August or September? Well with their new competition maybe you could be the lucky winner. All you have to do is complete a qualifying transaction between August 13 and September 30 and you will be automatically entered into the Elders’ prize draw. How do you qualify? There are many ways you can qualify for entry into the prize draw. A qualifying transaction is any one of the following: • Purchase farm supplies to the value of $1000 or more (excluding GST)

through an Elders Trading Account. • Sell 10 or more head of cattle or 150 or more head of sheep via an Elders Livestock Agent. • Deliver 25 or more bales of wool to an Elders Wool Selling Centre. • Have a new Rural Bank loan for $50,000 or more activated or drawn down, or open a new Rural Bank deposit account for $50,000 or more through an Elders District Banking manager. • List a property for sale via an Elders Real Estate Agent. You will receive one entry for each qualifying transaction type you make. For full details, terms and conditions, contact Elders in Leongatha on 5662 3523 or visit

plete with en suite. This house was built with family living in mind: a cozy lounge room with solid fuel heater, formal dining and an open plan kitchen and meals area complete with gas cook top and dishwasher. Outside is ready for the summer entertaining ahead, with a covered barbecue area. There is a large garage/ workshop with power and vegie patches. Inspection is a must – all offers invited.

MIRBOO NORTH Location: 7 Wembridges Road Bedrooms: 3 (plus study) Bathrooms: 2 Price: $380,000 Open day: Sunday, September 9 at 11am or by private inspection Agent: Stockdale & Leggo Mirboo North Contact: Natalie Couper on 5668 1300

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Blast from the past: the Wonthaggi Fire Brigade is bringing back the 1950s and ’60s with its first annual Rock’n’Roll Dance at the Wonthaggi Town Hall on November 17.

Ready to rock’n’roll GET ready to bop, swing and hand jive when Wonthaggi is taken back to the 1950s and ’60s for a night you do not want to miss. Just when you thought the days of town hall dances featuring classic moves like the twist, the mashed potato and the boogaloo were long gone, the Wonthaggi Fire Brigade is bringing them right back with its first annual Rock’n’Roll Dance on November 17. With live music by Billy O’Neill and the Headliners bringing you all the greatest hits from the 50s and 60s, and a dress code to match, you will literally feel like you have been transported back in time.

And if you know anything about old school rock’n’roll, it’s not only about what you wear and how you dance, but how you get there in the first place. For those who book early, a hot rod pick-up from the Wonthaggi area will be available for a donation, guaranteeing you rock up to the dance in one of the hottest rides of the ’50s and ’60s. And the biggest bonus of all? You won’t have to worry about curfew! Wonthaggi brigade captain Kim O’Connor and second lieutenant Paul Kennedy first came up with the idea of an old school dance as a fundraiser for the CFA when they started

talking about their shared passion for vintage cars. “We knew we had to do something to raise money for our new station and realised we were both pretty into our cars,” Paul said. “The penny kind of just dropped and we knew it was the perfect way to go.” Kim said while there are plenty of events happening around Wonthaggi, nothing quite matches up to a fantastic night of old school rock’n’roll. “There’s no other event like this around. It’s something out of the ordinary and I think it will cater for an age group that is not catered for at the moment,” he said. “That’s why we’ve decid-

ed to hold it at the Wonthaggi Town Hall too, so it’s just like the dances in the old days.” The event is proudly sponsored by Greg’s Panels, A and L Automotive, Autobarn and B and L Window Tinting, and all proceeds go to the Wonthaggi CFA. Kim said fundraisers like this are incredibly important for the survival of volunteer brigades like Wonthaggi. “It’s essential for operations and upgrading equipment,” he said. “The money we raise enables us to purchase better equipment and have better training facilities.” While the brigade is starting small this year with just the dance, there are big plans

for the event to grow in the years coming. “We want to make it an annual event that includes a car show, an afternoon cruise and the dance, followed by a breakfast the next morning,” Kim said. “We want it to become well known in the region and a must-do every year. We’ve already had a great deal of interest this year and we’re expecting it to sell out pretty quickly.” With only 200 tickets available, be sure to grab your spot early and don’t forget to book your hot rod pick-up to avoid disappointment. Tickets are $50 each and are available from South Coast Real Estate, 2/23 Mur-

ray St, Wonthaggi and South Coast Decor, 120 McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi, or by calling 0423 971 465 during business hours. Supper will be provided on the night, while drinks will be available at bar prices. Doors open at 7.30pm, with hot rod pick-ups happening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The night will also include prizes for best dressed and best dancer, as well as door prizes. So dust off your leather jacket or poodle skirt, book yourself a ride with style and get ready to jive when the Wonthaggi Fire Brigade brings back the 1950s and 60s.

Welshpool hub serves community By Sarah Vella THE Welshpool Rural Transaction Centre, op-shop and nursery are helping to keep the small town on the boil.

Local hub: on left, Frances Noble who is an employee of the Welshpool Rural Transaction Centre with Sharon Demaria, the social enterprise manager.

The nursery and op-shop is run by volunteers and employees and sells clothes, household equipment, books and furniture, as well as plants and gardening equipment in the nursery. Sharon Demaria, the social enterprise manager, oversees the Welshpool hub. “We were fortunate enough to be given a grant from the RE Ross Trust, that enables us to employ and train people for six month periods,” she said. “It is a work pathways program, offered predominantly to people who have been unemployed for an extended period of time. “We have the option of an administration pathway, through the RTC and a retail pathway, through the nursery and op-shop. will be employing a new “We wil and nursery op-shop co-ordinator co

manager shortly.” As well as the employees that are funded by the trust, the op-shop and nursery has the help of about 20 volunteers. A wide array of people volunteer in the shop, including people with a disability, and people who just enjoy the social interaction a day in the shop provides. “All the funds that are raised through the op-shop and nursery are put straight back into the community and also help to subsidise the services provided through the RTC,” Ms Demaria said. “The RTC offers banking and Centrelink services five days a week. We have people who come from all around the district to use those services. “We are big on education here too. We run computer classes once a fortnight, for which we have just received some new laptops. “The class size is limited so the lessons can be tailored to the needs of the group. We have a lot of seniors and long term unemployed clients who use that service. “We are also a tax help office

which means people can come into the centre to use the public access computers to lodge their returns, or ask any questions they may have. “We have a visiting accountant who comes from Traralgon once a week by appointment, which is of huge benefit to the area. “We have a diabetes clinic once a month, a masseuse most Fridays and three volunteers who work specifically on grant applications for the centre.” According to Ms Demaria, the centre exists to contribute to Welshpool and is considered to be the hub of the small town. The op-shop and nursery always welcome new volunteers. “It provides a great stepping stone for people who have had trouble gaining employment, to get back into the workforce,” Ms Demaria said. The Welshpool op-shop is overflowing with clothing and household goods and is currently offering a shopping bag full of clothing for $5.

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

Make an extra point of keeping track of time. It’s easy for important seconds to slip by. Variety is accented and this week sees you involved in cultural, fitness and educational activities. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

You become more able in fields that so far have been difficult for you to master. Instincts are generally strong, but blend intuition with logic. A good week generally for implementing plans. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

You are in a bold mood and if redecorating, this is a good week to experiment with colours. Careerwise, you feel you have been paying your dues long enough. This week you reap some benefits. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

Tensions ease once a rival steps out of the scene. This is a good time to review your relationships. You have an awareness of where they’re headed. Intriguing family news arrives by the weekend. LEO - July 23 - August 22

You are in a rare position of power and should use it to everyone’s best advantage. Short trips are highlighted during the week. A loved one is in a more cheerful mood. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

This is an upbeat week, especially in the spheres of career and community activity. News from a reliable source may require some further checking. Community activities lead to a new friendship. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Your ingenuity and creativity are in good form. This is a fine week for tackling tricky chores. Real estate or legal matters are featured and require meticulous care. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

Romance is highlighted in a week that accents sentimentality. Travel plans may be rearranged at the last minute. A relative is eager to settle differences with you. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

It is easier than you think to recover from an awkward position. The key is to act quickly and not dwell on the situation. Patch-ups are favoured in the friendship department. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

A platonic relationship is accented, but be sure your platonic partner knows precisely where you stand. A younger friend helps you over a hurdle - just don’t make the task too difficult. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

You receive important back-up and can proceed with a stalled project. Educational pursuits are positively spotlighted. Partnership ventures require an extremely careful review. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

You thread your way through a maze of details, but you have accomplished an important professional task. Business and pleasure blend quite nicely. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You handle emergency situations with effortless ease - and while you take charge even when you are not invited, your sense of interest is apparent. Increased authority either at home or at the workplace is focused.

Church Times ANGLICAN: Wednesday, September 5: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, September 7: 7.30pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk HC. Sunday, September 9: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Exploring Worship; 10.30am Union Church, Tarwin Lower HC. Tuesday, September 11: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. Sunday, 9.30am Eucharist, 11am Family Service, Wednesday 10am Eucharist. Anglican Church of the Ascension: The Crescent, Inverloch. Sunday 9am Eucharist, Tuesday 10am Eucharist. For details of Community Meal, Youth Group, Bible Studies & Kids Club, contact Rev. Graeme Peters 5672 4590 or visit www. AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (AOG): Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Rob Davey 5625 3226. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Equip Church - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday service 10am. Contact: John 0408 305 880. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES CREEK: Every Sunday 11am Worship, 6pm Faith Forum; 1st Sunday of each month simultaneous service for singles to age 25.

Tea/coffee and lunch provided. Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5678 7692, 0447 724 989. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School - 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: meets at the Baromi Centre Mirboo North, Sunday 4-5pm Family Communion, 5-530pm refreshments, 5.306.15pm Bible Studies for adults, teens and children. Friday-Home Fellowships. More info: Bob Stevens 0400 403 765 or www. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Sagala - Tuesday, 4 - 5.30pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Martyn and Heather Scrimshaw, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Sunday Service 10am, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Moderator

Rev. Mark Smith 5625 4112. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. All Sunday evening services at 5pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2527. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, September 9, 10am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 5664 9306. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.


ACROSS 7. Humorous writer (5,7) 8. Chap (6) 9. Gun (6) 10. Bird (7) 12. Content (5) 15. Ogle (5) 16. Refer to (7) 18. Rut (6) 20. Shed (6) 22. Dog (6,6)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 11. 13. 14. 17. 19. 21.

DOWN Cloth (8) Agreement (4) Waiter (7) Nationality (5) Plentiful (8) Group (4) Pastry (8) Likely (8) Maybe (7) Fruit (5) Breach (4) Midday (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8341 ACROSS 7. Glance at the names on the programme and seem unhappy (4,8). 8. Stop and pick up (6). 9. A man with a scar wandering about in the forest (6). 10. Controlled by the fore-woman inside (7). 12. Stand in the water (5). 15. Writing two letters, we’re told (5). 16. Abbreviate to: “Hornets fly.” (7). 18. To follow the entertainment, a commercial is inserted (6). 20. How you said “I always have the windows open”? (6). 22. He’s top of the waiting list (5,7). DOWN 1. School-children going up the gangway? (8). 2. The keys got lost in the island (4). 3. Baby-wear the insects also climbed into (7). 4. Find fault with and strike (5). 5. The nomad, quivering, drew near (8). 6. Sucks up to the celebrity! (4). 11. Takes the place of “is surrounded by” for estate agents (6,2). 13. A bigwig who’s superior to a peer? (8). 14. Sing one when I get through the wine (7). 17. What gave the insect a speedy death? (5). 19. The kick of a horse (4). 21. Lines for the girl to speak (4).

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LEILA Jane Andrews was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on July 6 to Lisa Tonello and Christopher Andrews of Wonthaggi.

SIIRI Arneis Roberts was born on at Leongatha Memorial Hospital on August 21. She is another daughter for Dean and Dayna of Leongatha, and a sister to Neve, 3.

LIAM Xavier Millar was born at Geelong Hospital on August 21. He is the first child for Kylie Jackson and Brad Millar of Torquay. Kylie grew up in Pound Creek and is the daughter of Lynette and Bruce Jackson of Pound Creek. Brad is the son of Nola and Bob Millar of Corinella.

Bioenergy could lead way THE debate over global warming is a non-event in Northern European countries.

They’re far too busy getting on with smart ways of obtaining their energy without causing more CO2 emissions. Sweden, for instance has had a carbon tax since 1991. EU countries are all moving to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, and they will manage it. This is just one of the interesting insights provided by Andrew Lang at a recent talk in the Bunurong Environment Centre in Inverloch. Andrew is a farmer and treegrower from Lismore in western Victoria, but also a member of the board of the World Bioenergy Association, with extensive knowledge of waste reduction and renewable energy production systems in Northern Europe. His visit to Gippsland was organised by Frank Hirst on behalf of two groups he’s a member of: the Gippsland Agroforestry Network and the South Gippsland Conservation Society. Biomass, including wood waste from urban and rural areas, putrescible wastes for composting, and straw from cereal farming, now supplies a large proportion of total energy demand in these countries. For example, one third of Sweden’s total energy use is already derived from biomass. This includes only a small amount of material specially grown for the purpose: willow coppice grown on boggy land and fertilised with sewage sludge. Buildings in towns are all linked to a piped hot water system for heating from a district heating plant, and they’re well built to withstand the cold, with 13cm of insulation and generally triple glazing. Sewage treatment plants produce biogas anaerobically and it’s then used for heat and electricity generation. Whilst most people are onside with sustainable energy systems, they are often backed up by legislation. For example, it’s illegal to spread pig manure on land as a direct fertiliser, as this causes odour problems, releases methane and pollutes waterways with nitrog-

enous compounds. Instead all goes through anaerobic digesters like the human sewage. It’s also illegal for combustible municipal waste to go to land fill. After the recyclables are removed it goes to high-temperature heat plants where the energy is captured and no pollutants can escape. This leads to only five per cent of waste going to landfill in Northern Europe, whereas our figure is around 70 per cent. Decentralised baseload renewable electricity generators are also common. Andrew showed a Danish plant which draws 50,000 tonnes of straw in big bales from a 40km radius to produce 10megawatts of electricity and 20megawatts of thermal power. Farmers can produce energy for the community too. An Austrian former dairy farm now uses the maize silage and grass it grows to produce heat, electricity, fertiliser and dry wood chips for heating. Wooden houses keep a lot of carbon fixed (about half the weight of the wood) compared to the high carbon cost of concrete and steel. Wood is making a comeback as a building material in Europe. Wood pellet heating is the way to go for small and isolated housing and this is now available locally. Pellets are expensive now but only one tonne is needed for a winter as their use is efficient. The price will drop quickly as usage increases and the pellets can be made in Australia. Unlike here in Australia, the Greens are quite relaxed about using wood chip waste from sustainable native forest timber harvesting for energy production. Andrew spoke of the Environment Minister for Upper Austria (a Green) who is steering that region towards 50 per cent of all energy production from renewable resources. Overall, Andrew sees plenty of potential here in Australia to become far more energy-efficient and much smarter in the use of our ‘waste’ products for energy whilst dramatically reducing landfill and pollution. The opportunities are greatest in the cities and larger regional centres, but clearly we can all lift our game.

SEBASTIAN Joel Trease was born on August 20 at Warragul Hospital. He is a brother for Vincent and second son of Geoff and Julie-Anne Trease of Kardella.

All helps: Bass MLA Ken Smith presents blankets to residents at Seahaven hostel at Inverloch.

Knitters keep needy warm EVERY now and then, a group of knitters gathers in the Wonthaggi office of Bass MLA Ken Smith. Since at least 1997, they have been accepting donations of wool from the community to knit into squares and other items such as beanies, kids scarves

and mittens to distribute to the needy. The Family Resource Centre at Bass Coast Regional Health is a big distributor. Seahaven aged care hostel in Inverloch recently received small lap blankets for people who sit most of the day and feel the cold.

Knitters make items in all colours, suitable for boys, girls and adult males and females, and while they accept donations of wool in any colour, they prefer eight ply. There is a shortage of colours suitable for males.

Doctor in the making James O’Sullivan is one of four A TARWIN Lower student plans to return to the region to practise medicine high achieving VCE graduates of the Xavier College Boarding House after finishing studies. from 2011 to have enrolled to study medicine. James will start his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree at Monash University in 2013. He deferred his placement for one year so he could take a gap year, filled with work and travel. James returned to work on his parents’ property as well as working parttime as a life-guard at two local pools. The year off from study has given him a good opportunity to get a better grasp of the business of beef and sheep farming, as well as earning sufficient funds to explore new countries whilst backpacking through Europe during winter. James came into the Xavier Boarding House in Year 9 and enjoyed meeting new friends and learning how to balance his

studies, sport and social life. He quickly learnt to organise himself to manage his time effectively. He captained the boarders’ football team in his final year, but the Xavier College Boat Club provided his most memorable experiences at Xavier. He first learned to row at the beginning of Year 9 and developed from a novice to an oarsman, good enough in Year 12 to represent the school in the firsts’ crew at the Head of the River. James has always wanted to practise medicine in the country and is passionate about improving the health outcomes for rural people. With this goal in mind he elected to spend his clinical years of study at Monash University’s rural training hospital at Bendigo and hopes to develop the skills to enable him to make a positive contribution to the health services in South Gippsland.

Will return: James O’Sullivan wants to practise medicine in South Gippsland after he graduates.

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Reading time: Amanda McMahon, Saoirse Lovett, Isabella Golding and Jmara Lovett enjoyed the reading hour at Inverloch with librarians Jo Bowler and Anna Gebrandt.

Hard workers: the team of conservation and land management students from Korumburra Secondary College has been working hard at Coal Creek on a Wednesday each week throughout the school year. This program is a win-win, with students walking away with a certificate of Conservation and Land Management at the end of the year and Coal Creek receiving upgrades like this platform, as well as planter boxes and retaining walls.

From pages past Historical snippets from The Star 30 years ago, September 7, 1982

10 years ago, mber 3, 2002 September

ANOTHER false alarm was expected at the hospital after the fire sirens sounded in Leongatha on Friday, for the third time in one week. And it was; the third false alarm at the Woorayl District Memorial Hospital in one week. Hospital fire officer Mr Courtney said there was a maintenance problem on the PMG lines and Friday’s alarm did not even register on the switchboard.

IT is almost certain the towns of Korumburra, Leongatha and Mirboo North will no longer be in “Gippsland” but will be added to the federal electoral division of McMillan. Meanwhile, voters in Wonthaggi and Inverloch will stay in the Gippsland electorate.

**** PLANS for a performing arts centre in Leongatha received a setback last week, when the Arts Minister, Mr Race Mathews told The Star there would be no new construction works undertaken by the department for two years. He said there was no way Leongatha could receive funding in that time and the construction schedule after the two years was almost set.

**** MASS orders for South Gippsland dairy heifers continue to flood in from Inner Mongolia. The Prefecture of Ulanqab has sourced cattle worth $6.7 million from Victoria since last October and is paying top dollar for South Gippsland heifers. The only problem has been keeping up with demand.

5 years ago, September 4, 2007 A MASSIVE whale carcass on Venus Bay’s number five beach attracted plenty of attention over the weekend. According to Parks Victoria, the male sperm whale is 15 metres long and would weigh 40 to 50 tonnes. Museum Victoria hopes to take part of the whale to conduct experiments and to bury the rest. **** THE tall ship Enterprize will visit Port Welshpool in November. The replica of the ship used in founding Melbourne will be docked at the wharf from November 22 to 25. The Enterprize is sailing to Gippsland, and will stop at many ports along the way.

1 year ago, September 6, 2011 DINGOES aren’t the animals you expect to see frolicking in the hills of South Gippsland. That’s why the staff at Korumburra Veterinary Clinic were amazed when two dingo pups turned up in their care. Clinic staff are not sure why the dingoes were in the area, but knew when they were handed in they were not the usual canine. **** DAIRY farmers could lose at least $20,000 a year if a campaign to target Gippsland’s $9 million bobby calf industry succeeds. Animal rights lobby group, Animals Australia, has revealed it has asked the industry to improve animal welfare.

Milpara Community House news MILPARA’S annual general meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 6.30pm at the Austral Hotel in Korumburra. Members and the general public are most welcome to come along and attend this dinner meeting. Our guest speaker will be Peter Hearn, a former customs officer. Please RSVP by Friday, September 7 to 5655 2524.

speak English with confidence in this friendly and relaxed class. Classes are held twice weekly, Tuesday from 10am to noon and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm.

Would you like to learn how to get the best results from your digital camera? Photographer Glen Wilson’s class starts on Wednesday, September 12 from 10.30am to 1.30pm for two weeks at Milpara Community House, 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra.

For the Blokes meets on a Friday morning from 10am to noon until September 21. This is a great opportunity for men to get together and discuss issues that are relevant to them. For further information contact Colin on 5655 2510 or leave a message on 0428 520 034.

Learn how to import photos into your computer and edit them. Learn how to scan and restore old photographs with a photo editing course. Course will be held over three Wednesdays commencing on October 17 from 10am to 1.30pm.

Would you like to be a member of Milpara and support your community house? Call Sandra or Belinda on 5655 2524 or call in at 21 Shellcott’s Road, Korumburra to find out how. Milpara’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 6.30pm at the Austral Hotel in Korumburra. Members and the general public are welcome but must book at place.

A Course in Construction (OH&S) Induction which legally qualifies the holder for entry to building and construction sites will be held on Monday, September 10 from 3.30pm to 9.30pm at Milpara. Is English your second language? Come along to an English for Migrants class and learn to read, write and

Recycle your old spectacles. Just drop them into Milpara to be given to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight project for third world countries.

If you would like to book into any of the above classes or would like further information on Milpara or our other programs, please contact either Sandra or Belinda on 5655 2524 or send us an email at or just call in. Bookings are essential for all of our classes.

Reading Saturday night away READING was the in thing to do on Saturday night. Libraries across South Gippsland opened their doors for special events as part of the National Year of Reading. Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Phillip Island libraries presented a special children’s story time, read by the libraries’

own master story tellers. Wonthaggi and Inverloch libraries also featured ‘grown up’ story times and duo, Steph Francis and Dave Evans, were at Inverloch weaving accordion music into the words of a short story. Leongatha and Mirboo North libraries opened for a special children’s story time.

Keeping Bass Coast beautiful GEORGIA Galton and Gary Mogford from Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria visited Inverloch on Wednesday to congratulate entrants on their participation in the Sustainable Communities Award. Bass Coast mayor, Cr Veronica Dowman, said four groups were finalists in the awards. “We have had a fantastic level of community participation in the Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards,” she said. “These awards are a great way to celebrate the good work that occurs all year round in Bass Coast. “Often this work goes unnoticed and unrewarded, so this is an opportunity to acknowledge the valuable contributions that

have been made by these groups. “We are proud of our local community and the work that has been done to make it a better place to live, work, play and visit.” Groups acknowledged during the Keep Australia Beautiful visit included: Corinella Residents and Ratepayers Association, Newhaven College Junior Campus and Bass Coast Shire Council (finalist), Cape Paterson Residents Association (finalist in two categories), Bass Coast Community Health, South Coast Access Alliance (finalist), and Bass Valley Primary School (finalist). The Tidy Towns – Sustainable Communities Awards Weekend will be held on September 22 and 23 in Mornington, where winners of each award will be announced. For more information on Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria and the Awards Weekend, visit

Meals on Wheels in spotlight ON National Meals on Wheels Day last Wednesday, South Gippsland Shire Council celebrated its outstanding team of volunteers. They delivered more than 18,000 meals over the past year to 250 clients in the shire. Council co-ordinates this service to its clients, providing the critical support that allows them to maintain their independence in their own homes. Volunteers range from school children, young mums, staff from local businesses and council, service club members and retirees through to people who can spare just an hour or two each week. “It is an extremely important service in our community, and our volunteers are vital in keeping people connected and nutritionally supported,” said manager of aged and disability services, Louise Brydon. “The three course meals are pre-

pared to meet the special dietary needs of our clients. “After an initial assessment is carried out, the Meals on Wheels service is available to frail older people, people with a disability and their carers, and those who are nutritionally at risk. Often this is the only contact the client has for the day and our bright friendly volunteers make it an occasion they look forward to. It is also an opportunity to assist in monitoring the health and well being of each client on a regular basis.” Hot meals are delivered from Monday to Friday to people living in Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Toora and Foster. Weekend meals are supplied cold and delivered on the Friday. Food options include soup, main hot meal, salads, puddings, fresh fruit and/or fruit juices. If you would like to volunteer a few hours on a regular basis or at times that suit you, contact the community programs team leader on 5662 9200 or email

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• Hassett Street Kinder social cuppa • Leongatha Senior Citizens Club lunch • relaxing at Henrietta’s café, Leongatha • Newhaven College trivia night

Day out: Kate and Will Fuller enjoyed a coffee and cake at Henrietta’s on Friday.

Lunch date: enjoying a bite to eat at Henrietta’s in Leongatha were Karen Cooper and Virginia Manks. Top lunch: Joan Cross and Rita Franklin couldn’t wait to dig in to their lunch of pies and chips on Friday at the Dakers Centre.

Well done: Elliot Gin (centre) congratulates Callum Baker (left) and Rex Kane-Hart on their fantastic job as MCs at the Newhaven College trivia night that raised $10,000.

Teachers’ hats: Newhaven College teachers Mitsuko Horiguchi, Mel Flower and Jane McGillivray enjoyed the school’s trivia night. Great couple: Otto and Rita Vandervorm were having a great time at the Leongatha Senior Citizens lunch at the Dakers Centre.

Chatting: Sue Ingley and Margaret Melvin were having a chat at the Dakers Centre, Leongatha on Friday.

Prizes: Newhaven College teacher John Ward is surrounded by generously donated prizes for his auction that was part of a trivia night.

Social bunch: Hassett Street Kinder Mums (and Dads) Group catch up for a cuppa, from left: Cassie Houston (and Arlie), Robyn Piasente, Tona O’Connor, Kirsty Bolge, Vanessa Collins, Ange Croatto (and Tess) and Laura Ellen.

Catching up: Val Pistrucci, Margaret Wood and Ray Debenham got together for a talk at the Leongatha Senior Citizens lunch on Friday.

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Gas documentary to premiere here LOCK the Gate Gippsland is proud to host the Victorian Regional premiere screening of Bimblebox a documentary from the front lines of Australia’s battle against coal and gas expansion. The event will be held on Tuesday September 11, 7pm, at the Dakers Centre, 20 Smith Street, Leongatha. Paola Cassoni, coowner of Bimblebox Nature Refuge, will be sharing her experiences at this event. Tickets are $10 at the door/$8 presale, and can be purchased from The Artisans Store, Mirboo North; Nikolina’s Flo-

rist and Gifts, Leongatha; Red Elk Cafe, Inverloch; and Boolarra Post Office. The film Bimblebox is about much more than the nature refuge in central western Queensland facing destruction to make way for Clive Palmer’s China First mine. It’s a cautionary tale, exposing the effects of mining in the Hunter Valley, and warning what might be in store for our region if planned massive expansions of the coal and CSG industries go ahead. It looks at the impact on farming communities, individual families and the environment from the Darling Downs to the Hunter Valley, from the black soils of Liverpool

plains to the sandstone and escarpments in the Illawarra and right along the length of the Great Barrier Reef. But communities can act and fight this destruction. Paola Cassoni’s story, along with others battling the impact of coal mining and the industry’s entitlement politics will inspire and motivate communities across Victoria. The film captures the transformation that mining causes to rural landscapes and their communities, many of which thought that their lands were protected against this kind of incursion and subsequent clearing. Dramatic footage shows the encroachment

Come along: learn how other communities are opposing coal seam gas. of mining on agricultural land. Interviews with Hunter Valley residents illuminate the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of mining in that region. The film features many

prominent members of the debate against coal expansion in Australia including Guy Pearse (Global Change Institute), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (University of Queensland) and Matthew Wright (Be-

Choir to sing CHILDREN from St Laurence’s Primary School will share the stage with the Australian Welsh Male Choir on Sunday September 9. The performance starts at 2pm in St Laurence’s Church Leongatha. The Welsh choir has recently returned from a tour of England and

Wales and is enjoying an upsurge in popularity. Its repertoire includes something for everyone, with a wide variety of music from much-loved traditional Welsh songs set to toetapping music. Members of the Welsh Male Choir have sung in the Sydney Opera House a number of times including in 2007 when they were part of a

On song: the Welsh Male Choir will perform in Leongatha on September 9.

mass international choir. Director of the choir is Anne Credlin, with Tom Buchanan the accompanist. Tickets for the St Laurence’s performance can be bought from the parish office at 31 Ogilvy Street, by ringing 5662 2020 or at the door on the day.

yond Zero Emissions) and the music of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, The Lurkers and The Horseflies. “This documentary isn’t just about Bimblebox Nature Refuge - it’s about landhold-

ers all over Queensland and New South Wales who are using all of their efforts to stem the tide of the coal mining and coal seam gas” - Paola Cassoni.

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Outdoor fun: pleased to enhance the environment at Foster North were, from left: Darcy Allen-Field, Liam Buckland, Luke Haitley, (behind) Keagan Orgill, Rob Gyles, Howard Plowright, Vivienne and Rob Jones and Eliza Vitols.

Landcare welcomes your help THERE are many ways to help the South Gippsland Landcare Network deliver onground action.

to an existing project. Join the Friends of Strzelecki Koalas to help restore koala habitat across the Strzelecki Ranges. Purchasing a koala

giftcard will in turn make a donation to the koala habitat restoration, in amounts starting at $20. There are Christmas cards and general purpose cards

Donate to the South Gippsland Landcare Network Fund. The fund offers grants to Landcare members to undertake such work as revegetation work to repair and restore landscapes, develop wildlife corridors linking areas of fragmented bushland or fencing off and repairing riparian areas to rehabilitate waterways. All donations over $2 are tax deductable. Offset your car for one year with a donation to the South Gippsland Landcare Network real carbon action program. Contributions of $50 will plant 25 trees in biodiverse plantings, contributing to the health and sustainability of the South Gippsland Landscape. Become a business sponsor or sponsor a specific project. The network can tailor make a project that suits your budget and needs, or simply add your donation

Digging deep: South Gippsland Secondary College Year 9 students helped the Foster North Landcare Group plant trees on Friday. From left: Eliza Vitols, Emma Watkins, Darcy Allen-Field and dedicated Landcare volunteer Rob Gyles of Foster North.

as well. These are suitable for any occasion: birthday, anniversary, thank you or wedding gift for the couple that has everything.

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Top notch: South Gippsland Landcare Network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan could be the country’s best.

Caring for the land

SPRING is here and just as the birds and the bees are coming out to play, the South Gippsland Landcare Network is also a hive of activity. The first big event for the South Gippsland Landcare Network will be the National Landcare awards night, on September 4 held at Darling Harbour in Sydney. Network co-ordinator, Belinda Brennan is one of

88 finalists contesting for an award at the ceremony. Ms Brennan received the Local Landcare Facilitator in the 2011 awards, and now has the opportunity it to t be b recognised i d att a national level. The networks’ annual general meeting will be held on September 15, which will also provide an opportunity to celebrate their honour roll inductees. Belinda Brennan said the meeting will give the network an opportunity to

celebrate cele l brate t hhow ow important the people are who have been involved with Landcare. “It is about recognising these people who have made a huge impact in South Gippsland, S th Gi l d over a long period of time,” Ms Brennan said. Rob Youl, the recipient of an Order of Australia Medal for service to conservation and the environment in Victoria through the Landcare movement and member of Australian Landcare

International, will be speaking at the meeting to talk about his work Landcare promoting overseas. South Gippsland Landcare N Network’s Dinosaur t k’ Di Dreaming program will be held over the weekend of September 22 and 23. “Landcare is not just about planting trees; it is about learning about the land and what has been there in the past,” Ms Brennan said. “On Saturday, there is a

talk at the Meeniyan Hall by Dr Tom Rich. He will talk about local pre-history and the diversity of fossils found at the Inverloch dig site. “He will also talk about the discover th potential t ti l tto di other dinosaur sites in South Gippsland and how you can help.” On Sunday, Mike Cleeland form Bunurong Coast Education will be leading Walking in the Steps of Dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Dreaming dig site at Inverloch.

Landcare staff secure By Sarah Vella

NO positions have been lost at the South Gippsland Landcare Network, despite suffering funding cuts earlier this year. Network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan said the funding for the next 12 months was currently being finalised. “We won’t have any more positions created, but we are able to fund the current positions that we have for at least the next 12 months, some beyond that,” Ms Brennan said. “Landcare is looking really good right now. We have number of long term projects and the funding details should be available in the next couple of weeks for these. “We have been fortunate with our Community for Nature money. Even though we have had to reconfigure a few projects,

we have managed to keep all of our positions, so it is full steam ahead for the network.” The network is currently focusing on remnant vegetation protection and revegetation including in areas inhabited by Strzelecki koalas. “We have received a $600,000 grant over four years towards Strzelecki Koala habitat protection. The money will be primarily used for revegetation and for community education,” Ms Brennan said. “We are trying to raise people’s understanding of the current habitat of koalas and other native animals and why it should be protected.” There is also some funding for soil health projects, which will allow Landcare to help their landholders make better use of their soil and is a project that will run over the next 12 months.

Bass Coast Landcare Network has also avoided any major network operational cutbacks following funding cuts from the State Government. Joel Geoghegan, the network’s Westernport co-ordinator, said they have had to cut one or two of their ongoing projects back. “We have been able to secure some Federal Government funding though, so while we have had to reduce some of our projects, we have others being developed,” he said. “We are, and will remain status quo for the next 12 months at least, even longer in some cases. “Bass Coast Landcare Network hasn’t lost any staff and we still have a fair chunk of project funding to work with. “Our State Government funding has not been completely cut back.” A new project that is currently being rolled out

by the network is the biodiversity fund project which has received $1.43 million over five years from the Federal Government. David Bateman, West Gippsland co-ordinator for the network, is heavily involved in the upcoming project. “The aim is to increase biodiversity in the Bass Coast Landcare Network area, by means of revegetation, remnant vegetation protection and pest, plant and animal control,” Mr Bateman said. “We are aiming to plant a total of 500,000 plants over the five years. “We are also aiming to protect 30 hectares of remnant vegetation each year over the five years, which involves removing stock and fencing off areas of remnant vegetation and controlling weeds. “The network will also be running a field day once a year on a topic selected by the network board.

The first field day will be based on landslips and erosion control, which we are aiming to run sometime in November.”

“You will need transport from the Bunurong Environment Centre to the site, sturdy shoes for walking on rocks and weather appropriate clothing,” Ms Brennan said. The 2012 One Million Steps for One Million Trees fun run/walk and tree planting day at the Meeniyan Wetlands has been postponed, and will now be held on October 7.

“Landcare is not just for primary producers; it is about looking after the land, which is in everyone’s best interests. Hopefully we have something for everyone to become involved in,” Ms Brennan said. To find out more about Landcare, contact the networks’s Leongatha office on 5662 5759.

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Farmers open books for learning’s sake IT WAS one of the coldest days of winter, but that didn’t stop more than 60 people turning up for a Focus Farm field day at Loch recently.

Receiving attention: Paul and Louise Sherar with their Focus Farm facilitator Matt Harms.

Dairy farmers Paul and Louise Sherar were under the spotlight during the day, which is part of the latest round of the highly acclaimed project that examines production methods, financials, environmental issues and farm family needs over a two year period. The Sherars, who share farm on a 60/40 deal with property owner Philip Ould, have taken an unusually candid approach by completely opening up their farm accounts to public scrutiny. The decision to open the books was applauded by Focus Farm facilitator Matt Harms, but Paul and Louise said it was an easy decision. “We don’t have anything to hide. We don’t have massive debt or anything so we thought, why not?” Louise said. “It could benefit other people as

well who are in a similar position to us.” The Sherars, who milk around 315 mixed-breed cows (Jerseys, Swiss Browns, Friesians and Ayrshires) on the 105 hectare farm, hope to use the Focus Farm experience to help them make some big decisions in coming years. Each Focus Farm has an experienced farm consultant acting as a facilitator and a support group made up of fellow farmers and local service providers. Paul said the advice of his support group had already proved helpful. “Our main goal is to keep building an asset and our main asset is our herd of cows,” he said. “We are actually too big for this farm with the cattle we have got and the number of heifers coming through, so we are trying to decide whether we sell them or lease them or move to a bigger farm. “It’s been interesting getting other people’s input and advice.” Farm consultant Matt Harms, who is the Sherar’s Focus Farm fa-

cilitator, said the willingness to take advice was a strength of the young couple. “They will take the guidance of the support group, but ultimately they know it is their decision, but they will take that advice,” he said. Paul and Louise have already gained a reputation as quality dairy farmers, so much of the discussion during their three year period will be over the big-picture issues of how they develop their business. “I think it has been a really challenging Focus Farm. There have been a lot of hot topics to talk about in day-to-day stuff and the business direction they take,” Matt said. “If it was a straight out growing grass issue, there would be no argybargy, because they do a good job. It’s just the fine-tuning and how to go about that fine-tuning.” Focus Farms are funded by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia using dairy levy funds. Anyone wishing to obtain field notes can contact John Gallienne on 0407 863 493.

Left His say: Bena’s Toby Leppin (left) makes a point during the Focus Farm walk, while Tim Cashin from Leongatha South listens intently.

Right Lots to learn: Matt Harms and Paul Sherar (centre) lead the discussion during a chilly farm walk at Loch.


Few surprises amongst plain yarding THERE were approximately 160 grown steers and bullocks, 100 trade cattle, 350 cows and 40 bulls penned. The usual group of buyers was in attendance. The quality of the yarding was generally plain, although there were small numbers of well finished steers offered. Almost half of the trade cattle offered were 500kg to 600kg yearling grass

steers of very good quality which gained 3c/kg. The cow pens were mostly occupied by plain condition dairy lines, with the better heavy weight cows gaining ground while the lighter cows achieved mixed prices. The bulls offered were a few cents easier. Yearling grass steers 500kg to 600kg sold from 207c to 214c/kg. Good quality yearling grass heifers to the trade 180c to 225c/kg. The four score grown steers sold from 200c to 202c, with the secondary lines 182c to 202c/kg. The four score bullocks made from 191c to 205c, with the secondary lines 173c to 197c/kg. Plain condition one score and light weight dairy

cows made between 84c and 135c, with a carcass price around 280c/kg. Good condition heavy weight two score dairy cows sold from 130c to 148c, with a carcass price around 300c/kg. Plain condition one and two score and light weight beef cows 108c to 146c, with a carcass price of around 290c/kg. Good condition three and four score heavy weight beef cows made from 140c to 160c, with a carcass price of around 305c/kg. Good condition bulls sold from 145c to 164c with a good Euro bull selling for 175c/kg. This week’s sale draw for September 5 and 6 is: 1. Elders, 2. Alex Scott, 3. David Phelan, 4. Rodwells, 5. Landmark, 6. SEJ.

Wednesday, August 29 BULLOCKS 18 E.L. & A.M. Deppeler, Yinnar Sth 10 N. & L. Sherlock, Leongatha

600kg 214.0 $1284 579kg 212.0 $1227

9 Nuntin Pines, Stratford 13 B. Dixon, Mirboo North 2 A. & W.A. Hunter, Kernot 9 N. Rowe, Outtrim STEERS 1 S. Blancato, Foster 1 R.H. & M. Greaves, Tarwin Lower 1 L. McKenzie, Won Wron 1 R.W. & H.J. Harrison, Korumburra 1 L.C. & G.L. Anthony, Meeniyan 1 J. Allott, Poowong COWS 1 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora 1 T.J. & C.A.A. Hulls, Korumburra 1 L.C. & G.L. Anthony, Meeniyan 3 S. Blancato, Foster 3 R. & D. Fisher, Wheelers Hill 4 J.M. & B.N. Cox, East Yarram HEIFERS 1 J.S. Chambers, Woodleigh Vale 1 R.W. & H.J. Harrison, Korumburra 1 S. Blancato, Foster 2 P. Kimmer, Jumbunna East 10 M. & V. Manks, Woodleigh Vale 1 R.J. Irwin, Mirboo North BULLS 1 T.J. & L.J. Smirl, Leongatha 1 Bangala Deer P/L, Newhaven 1 C. Webb, Poowong 1 Glenacres Nominees, Poowong 1 J.W. Kemper, Leongatha 1 J. Langley Nom P/L, Inverloch

586kg 701kg 655kg 652kg

207.0 205.0 205.0 204.6

$1213 $1437 $1342 $1334

350kg 315kg 430kg 380kg 525kg 430kg

235.2 $823 225.2 $709 215.0 $924 212.0 $805 208.0 $1092 201.2 $865

530kg 725kg 655kg 700kg 706kg 698kg

160.0 159.2 155.0 154.0 152.0 151.2

280kg 430kg 380kg 425kg 386kg 595kg

225.2 $630 225.0 $967 223.2 $848 207.6 $882 196.0 $757 180.2 $1072

875kg 795kg 545kg 740kg 845kg 665kg

175.0 163.6 155.0 155.0 152.0 152.0

$848 $1154 $1015 $1078 $1074 $1056

$1531 $1300 $844 $1147 $1284 $1010

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Opportunities at Pakenham AGENTS advertised 1500 cattle for the Pakenham sale on Thursday but only 1200 came forward. Gippsland had enjoyed a taste of better weather, but paddocks are still wet. Only the ‘early country’ is showing spring

growth and although the fortnightly store cattle sale was solid and prices consistent with recent rates, there were opportunities. All agents quoted best lines of cattle fully firm, and in some cases dearer. Angus steer weaners for example are consistently making 220 to 240 cents

per kg. Perhaps it’s a case of the bigger farmers stocking up, purchasing cattle on the expectation that spring is imminent. Secondary cattle, middle of the road types, cattle with no special provenance, did present buyers with sensible buying. Second cross Angus

heifers with relatives in another industry at $400, some stud Poll Herefords in exceptional condition making just a bit more than meat value, Charolais steer weaners for less than $600, and Angus Friesian cross steers rising two-year-old in the $600 to $700 bracket all found new homes. Agents commented farmers who choose farm aesthetics before farm profit have not yet given the green light to buy. They want to see feed in the paddock and the mud gone. Should the better weather appear before the next sale, the numbers will be there to accommodate any outbreak of grass fever. A large yarding is expected with Alex Scott, Elders, and Landmark all expecting big numbers. Landmark alone will yard 500 of the noted “Camoola” Angus cattle. Some representative lots were: A/c D J & J E Norton

Taking note: former Korumburra Shire president and Poowong farmer Bob Attenborough (left) and Leongatha trucker and beef producer Robert Findlay keep a watchful eye on proceedings at the Pakenham store cattle sale.

Income support still available INCOME support for eligible farmers is available through the Transitional Farm Family Payment.

That was introduced by the Australian Government in May, following the closure of the Transitional Income Support program. Peter Jennings, executive officer of the Rural Financial Counselling service in Gippsland, said that the Transitional Farm Family Payment recognises there are occasions when farming families may, for a range of reasons including weather extremes, experience financial hardship and have limited resources to call upon to provide their basic needs. The Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Rural Financial Counselling Service administers the Transitional Farm Family Payment on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The Department of Human Services is responsible for determining eligibility and making payments under the Transitional Farm Family Payment. “The Rural Financial Counselling Service will continue the role it had under Transitional Income Support, with modifications to suit the new Transitional Farm Family Payment, by providing assistance to eligible farmers through individual case management and progress reviews,” Mr Jennings said. Farmers who require further information regarding the Transitional Farm Family Payment should contact their nearest Rural Financial Counsellor, Ann Gilligan and Marshall Scott at the Leongatha branch on 5662 2566.

P/L Beaconsfield 24 Hereford steers rising 2yo sold up to $895 to ave $860, 188 cents per kg. A/c A.Houben Balnarring Shorthorn cross steers est 500 kg 2 year old sold to Poowong $905. A/c F & F Commisso Buln Buln 23 Angus steers 12 months 335 kg sold to Millgrove at $798. A/c R.Robertson Toomuc Valley 10 Angus steers 12 mths sold to Leongatha at $755. A/c TB & JB Looten Archies Creek 18 Angus steers 12 mths Vendor bred 380 kg sold to Yarck at $835. A/c R & A Bullen Colac 43 Angus steer calves sold from $655 (Coldstream) to $745 (Warragul) Ave $720. A/c North Side Past Co. Inverloch 9 Limousin steers 12 mths 303 kg sold to Glengarry at $700. A/c Netherwood Past. Bass 9 Angus steers 12 mths sold to Warragul at $755. A/c Powell and Dickson Moorooduc 14 Charolais steers 10 mths $675, second pen to Phillip Island at $575. A/c N & M Olsen Hallora 40 Angus cross steer calves 8 to 9 mths $570 to $655 to ave $608. A/c Morrunga Hastings 44 Angus cows 6 to 8 years, Angus calves 4 weeks at foot, sold to $1230 to ave $1148. A/c Dr K Adey Neerim East 7 Pure Poll Hereford cows and calves herd dispersal sold to Korumburra at $1420.

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

Jetski endorsement included

LEONGATHA Tuesday, September 18 6pm - 10.15pm

ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS 2013 Are still being accepted at Allora Kinder in our

Bookings essential Phone Bob 0417 524 005 Approved MSV course Australian Boating College. Provider No. 3399

Expression of Interest for general maintenance services for Wilsons Promontory National Park – EOI 1330

4 YEAR OLD GROUPS & PLAYTIME AFTERNOON GROUP (3 YEAR OLD KINDER) We offer a sessional based program with qualified and experienced staff. Our centre is purpose built with large outdoor play areas. Be part of our exciting, fun and innovative program in 2013 Contact Kylie 5662 5142

CAPE PATERSON CUSTOMERS INTERRUPTION TO WATER SUPPLY 29th AUGUST to 14th SEPTEMBER 2012 South Gippsland Water is commencing an “air scouring” water mains cleaning program, in Cape Paterson as part of water quality maintenance works for the area. Who will it affect & for how long ? The program will take approximately 2 and a half weeks to complete, with about 10% of customers being affected at any one time. A notice will be delivered to individual properties, giving a minimum of 5 days notice to businesses and 2 days notice to residential customers, of the planned interruption. The work will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm, on week days. Customers are advised to store water for their daily needs. Also to avoid using water, including all water appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers and toilet cisterns - when notified that the cleaning process will affect your property. After 3.30pm turn a tap on at the front or rear of your property until the water clears. Another option is to turn off your water supply stop tap prior to 9.30am. The stop tap is usually located next to the water meter. Due to the need to access all pipes in the system, it may be necessary to have more than one interruption to some customers. Our staff and contractors will do everything possible to minimise these occurrences, however, sometimes it is unavoidable. What is “air scouring” ? Air scouring is a very effective means of removing any mineral deposits or sediments from within the low lying sections of pipe lines. Air and water are brought together under pressure to form pulses or “slugs” which provide a strong scouring action – this ‘wave’ effect is far stronger than would be expected from the ordinary combination of air and water under pressure. The process also has the advantage of using a minimal amount of water. The compressor driving the scouring is fitted with a multifiltering system to ensure that the air used in the process is clean and pure. We hope this interruption to your water supply will only cause minimal inconvenience.

Parks Victoria is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified individuals or organisations to be on a preferred supplier panel for general maintenance services for Wilsons Promontory National Park. Maintenance tasks include general plumbing, carpentry, painting, electrical systems, tree works, concreting, road and walking track maintenance, plant maintenance, general labour, fencing and other miscellaneous works. The majority of the works will be performed at Tidal River with some works required on occasion at the Yanakie Parks Victoria office and depot, Wilsons Promontory Lightstation, Sealers Cove and Refuge Cove. EOI documentation and further information may be obtained from


Respondents are to lodge their EOI responses marked CONFIDENTIAL, EOI 1330 - General maintenance services for Wilsons Promontory National Park, by 2pm Wednesday 26 September 2012 in the Tender Box located at Parks Victoria, Level 10, 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. More information Phone 13 1963

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South Gippsland Water 1300 851 636


Bikers Ball

WILDFIRE HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAMS Fire is a natural part of the Australian eco system Wildfire hazard reduction programs ensure sustainable land management. Participants will learn how to: Rate wildfire hazard, develop strategies for wildfire hazard reduction and coordinate plans, strategies & operational procedures. Dates: Sat 15th & Sun 16th September 2012 Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm. Cost: $440.00 (no concessions) Location: Leongatha Campus & field locations Please contact CCG for more information. Ph: (03) 5662 6700 ~ ~


Band: The Esquires TICKETS $20 PER PERSON OR TABLES OF 10 Proceeds to local charities Raffle prizes on the night BYO drinks & nibbles Dress code: Denim or leather Contact Anne Gilligan 5663 6292 or Val Grayden 5662 3519, 0407 623 515

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public notices BOAT LICENCE COURSE Jetski endorsement included

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

CHIROPRACTOR Garry Harrison 19 Moonah Street Cape Paterson Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday

public notices WOORAYL LODGE Father’s Day raffle: 1st Julie McMicking ($100 petrol donated by Evans Petroleum); 2nd Pat Rodwell (a BBQ set in a case).

QUIT SMOKING WEIGHT LOSS Achieve Success in 60 Mins

John Simmons

Clinical Hypnotherapist Group & Private Sessions Wonthaggi - Thur Sept 13 Leongatha - Fri Sept 14 Bookings: 5333 1565 or 1800 110 660

By appointment Ph: 5674 8290

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Family Violence Outreach / Initial Assessment and Planning Worker Permanent/Part time 4 days per week (30.4 hrs) Gippscare assists individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness within the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires. An exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic and highly motivated professional to join our Family Violence and Initial Assessment and Planning Service. Applicants must have relevant qualifications and/or experience in Housing and Family Violence, knowledge of risk management, report writing, case planning, advocacy and have sound written and verbal communication skills. The successful applicant will have an ability to develop ways of engaging women at risk, and have an understanding of the issues faced by people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They will also possess the skills required to problem solve and assist with securing both crisis and long term housing. The position is based at our Leongatha office but on occasion the successful applicant may work from our Warragul office as required. The above position advertised will be required to meet the following criteria: • Applicants must be willing to work within the mission and values of The Salvation Army. • A driver’s licence is essential. • A satisfactory police check is essential. • A Working With Children Check is essential. • Proof of eligibility to work in Australia is essential. • All applicants are required to cite the names of three (3) referees. • Applications for the above position are to be received no later than close of business, Monday, September 10, 2012.

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South Gippsland Shire Council

Engineering Opportunities Join our dynamic and innovative team to deliver engineering advice and solutions to Council. These positions provide an outstanding opportunity for Engineers who wish to be part of the team guiding the municipality into an exciting future as we grow and develop.

Asset Planning Engineer Permanent full time $84,928 total salary package Option of 9 day fortnight You will be responsible for providing Asset Management Advice addressing future demands for civil assets in line with demographic growth. A key focus will be the provision of professional asset, trafďŹ c & drainage management advice to Council’s Strategic and Statutory planners in line with Council’s policies and engineering guidelines. QualiďŹ cations in Civil Engineering or equivalent and experience in trafďŹ c and drainage engineering are desired.

Project Engineer Permanent full time $84,928 total salary package Option of 9 day fortnight An opportunity exists for a suitably qualiďŹ ed person to assist with the delivery of Council’s Capital Works Program within budget through effective management of projects assigned by the Engineering Coordinator. Your role will involve the preparation of project design briefs for engineering consultants and civil contractors. You will prepare technical speciďŹ cations, engineering estimates and contract documents for inclusion in tender documentation relating to Capital Works projects. You will hold a degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent and be able to demonstrate experience in engineering design and construction of civil works. For more information go to our website or contact us on (03) 5662 9200. All applicants must submit an Employment Application Form and address the selection criteria outlined in the position description, by 5pm Wednesday 19 September 2012.

A position description can be obtained by contacting Reception on 5662 4502 or email South East Services Network is a Child Safe Organisation

Interchange Central Gippsland Inc. is a family centered community based respite care and support agency for families with a child with a disability within the municipalities of Latrobe City, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shires. We engage 50 staff and approximately 90 Volunteers to provide disability services throughout these regions. We create opportunities for young people with a disability and their family by providing individualised respite and support services. We are currently seeking a number of experienced and motivated individuals to join our team.

Attendant Carer – Casual Foster Region We are currently seeking a suitably qualified Attendant Carer to support a family in the Foster area with a primary aged child and parent with autism. The role involves supporting the family unit by providing respite, assisting with domestic duties, homework and teaching independent living skills such as showering. The successful candidate needs to be available Monday evenings with other hours also available.

Attendant Carer (Casual) Multiple positions

Latrobe, Baw Baw, South Gippsland, Bass Coast We have a number of positions available as Attendant Carer in our recreation program, community based and home based programs across the Gippsland region. Each has varying areas of responsibility (depending on program) and can include:   

           participants and volunteers;             on the clients individual needs and interest;           and volunteers;         home or the community;     

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CHEF - Koonwarra Store F/T kitchen professional, to join our family team, to produce handmade seasonal regional menu in our food, wine and produce store. Excellent work ethic and kitchen management skills, and positive attitude essential. Perfect role for passionate cook. Start date negotiable Call 0419 351 878 or email resumĂŠ to:

   !        obtained by contacting the ICG office on 5127 7979, email on or online at Questions regarding the positions can be directed to Shilo Wilson, Team Leader. To be considered for these positions you must address the Key Selection Criteria and complete the ICG application   "# $       and the successful applicant will be required to undergo a thorough screening process. Applications close at 4pm on 14 September 2012

Interchange Central Gippsland

See the world differently At Mount Isa Mines we encourage initiative and on-site decision making. As one of the world’s largest copper producers we pay well and reward motivated employees with career development opportunities. As Home to the Rodeo, we have everything that outback living has to offer. With all the facilities of a big town, Mount Isa is a great place to raise your family and our welcoming community will ensure that you feel at home.

Refrigeration Mechanic Mount Isa Mines, Mount Isa, Ref. No. BF003 You’ll be working within a dynamic team responsible for conducting planned and breakdown maintenance activities associated with company owned housing, site buildings and plant areas. You’re a person who also has experience in installation, repairs and fault ďŹ nding on domestic refrigeration and commercial air-conditioning systems. Refrigeration Mechanical trade qualiďŹ cations are essential along with a high commitment to safety.

Apply at Because the resources we value most are the people we employ.

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A D M I N I S T R AT I O N vacancy, knowledge of computers essential, 2 days a week, 10 to 4. Leongatha Veterans Welfare Centre, PO Box 385, Leongatha. 0418-373823.

Casual SHOP / PARTS SALES ASSISTANT Bass Coast & Gippsland Australian Home Care (AHC) is owned by Multiple Sclerosis Limited and is the largest private provider of in-home care, personal and domestic services to people with a disability and the frail aged in Victoria and NSW. The roles: AHC have Post Acute Care clients in Wonthaggi and Leongatha who require home support after a stay in hospital; assistance may include low level personal care, shopping, meal preparation, cleaning, respite and transportation. AHC also have clients living in Ventnor (Phillip Island) and Korumburra who require assistance with their personal, complex and home care needs; including personal hygiene, use of hoist, shopping, cleaning, meal preparation, toileting, continence management, bowel care, rehabilitation support, community access and Respite. Shifts: A variety of am, day, afternoon and evening shifts are available Monday to Sunday. We require: Current National Police Check, First Aid & CPR certificates, current drivers licence, reliable vehicle and a Working with Children Check (or willing to obtain). We offer: Penalty rates, Salary Packaging for PPT employees and an Employee Assistance Program. AHC also provides ongoing training including short courses in a supportive team environment. To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to Or Post To: Australian Home Care, PO Box 5000, Brandon Park Victoria 3150 Further enquiries please phone: 8581 1702 AHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer


With the busy summer season not far away we have a casual position for a person willing to work 2 – 4 days per week including weekends. The position will be ongoing throughout the year with reduced hours in the off season. Customer service experience required and as the position involves the use of parts sales/inventory software, computer skills essential. Mechanical aptitude/ boating skills an advantage. Email resumé:



CLERICAL SUPPORT 0.63 EFT (24 hours per week) Gippsland Southern Health Service seeks applications for the above position providing clerical support to the Palliative Care and other nominated areas within the Nursing Division at Leongatha Campus. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing prompt service to patients, families, carers and colleagues. Duties include, but are not limited to, data input, telephone enquiries and filing. Candidates will need to have excellent communication and organisational skills, the ability to work without direct supervision, strong computer skills and the ability to deal with patients and documentation in a confidential and professional manner. GSHS offers a comprehensive orientation program on commencement of employment. All staff have access to excellent staff mentoring, education and support programs. Salary Packaging is available to all permanent staff. All applicants will be required to provide a current satisfactory police check. If you are interested in joining a supportive and progressive team, please contact the Administrative Assistant, Jodie Duckworth, on 5667 5664 to obtain an application kit or visit our website at Applicants are also encouraged to contact Neil Langstaff on 5667 5504 to discuss employment opportunities at GSHS. Completed application kits can be forwarded by Friday 7th September 2012 to: Neil Langstaff Director of Nursing Inpatient/Residential Care Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953

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

Applications Close: Friday 14 September 2012


To apply for this position please go to “Careers” on our website,

A major health and support service provider, Latrobe Community Health Service is continually growing and strengthening its services across Victoria. With a strong emphasis on client directed care, this role exists to lead the management and development of a range of respite services.

VICTORIA’S LEADING BEACH CAMP Do you enjoy working with children? Are you energetic and enthusiastic?

To be successful in this role you will have: • A tertiary qualification in management or a related health discipline • Experience in developing new programs/services • Highly developed organisational and interpersonal skills • The ability to monitor and manage budgets • Experience in Continuous Quality Improvement activities including documentation of policies and procedures • Experience in managing an inter-professional team • A current police record check and driving license. For further information in regards to this position please contact Anne-Maree Kaser – Executive Director, Community Support on (03) 5136 5266.

Applications close 4.30pm, Friday 14 September 2012.

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

Due to family illness Phone 5668 9292 5668 9256

We require a:

CASUAL NIGHT LEADER (Immediate start required) The successful applicant will be required to organise and run activities including rock pooling, the ‘giant swing’, ropes courses, initiatives activities, beach games, campfires, indoor and outdoor sports, night walks, as well as many other activities. They would also be required to run afternoon tea and evening meals including food service. GENERAL HOURS 2.30pm - 10pm MONDAY TO THURSDAY Excluding school holidays A Working with Children Check required Driver’s licence essential Training provided Please send applications to Camp Waratah Bay Email: Post: 30 Gale Street, Waratah Bay 3959 Ph: 5684 1426 Applications close 7th September, 2012



PROFESSIONAL person seeks midweek selfcontained accommodation in Leongatha. Ph: 0431380089.

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FACTORY 4/10 McPherson Street, Leongatha. Long or short term, immediate possession. Factory: 180 square metres (10m x 18m x 5m high). Concrete floor and walls, iron roof, rollerdoor and personnel door. Ample car parking. $880 per month includes rates, water, sewerage, insurance, fire extinguishers and GST. Ph: 5668-5223 or 0407-057425 or call at factory 1/10 McPherson Street for inspection.

for rent FOR RENT Building a Healthy Community

You will provide leadership to a professional team and ensure that respite programs are consumer focused while striving for continuous improvement. You will pursue opportunities for service expansion in line with LCHS strategic direction. You will bring your managerial skills along with your experience in service delivery and working with budget parameters.


Manager Respite Services – 17645 Permanent Full Time position, base location Morwell Exciting opportunity to join the management team at a one of the largest providers of health and support services in Victoria. • Highly competitive remuneration package • Be part of an inspirational team

Experience preferred but willing to train the right applicant Nerrena area Graham & Neena Allen 0439 409 949


We are currently offering the following career opportunities:


An opportunity exists for a Registered Nurse with an interest in Cancer Care and Palliative Care to further develop specialist clinical and support skills under the auspice of our current program. Post graduate qualifications and/or experience in Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Support, Palliative Care, Grief and Bereavement Management or Counselling would be regarded favorably. The successful applicant will provide clinical support to GSHS registered Cancer Care and Palliative Care clients and families.

• Certificate III or IV in Pathology Collection • Supportive Management • Professional customer service Due to growth in the business at Yarragon, Moe and Leongatha the Healthscope Pathology Collections Department are seeking Part Time phlebotomists, preferably experienced, with a dedicated customer focus, who thrives in working in a busy, dynamic environment. The successful applicant will need to meet the following criteria: • Minimum 6 months experience • Good oral and written abilities • Good organisational skills • Excellent time management

Enquiries: Kerrie Gravener - Supervisor, 0428 217 386

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 more 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

LINCOLNDALE DAIRIES have available weekend work for applicants. Duties include assisting in milking dairy herd and general farm duties. Experience preferred. Phone Steve 0428-649212.

Pathology Collectors East Gippsland

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Flexihealth Case Worker

On 7 acres - $375pw Or house only - $350pw

0.6 EFT (22.8 hrs per week) 6 months maternity leave coverage with the possibility of extension Previous applicants need not apply

Reverse cycle air con Conditions apply Phone 0428 264 231

BCCHS seeks expressions of interest for the part time employment of an enthusiastic person who is committed to assisting older people to live independently in their homes. Remuneration as per the Social and Community Services Award. Enquiries to Anita Leyden, Co-ordinator Community Services Team. To obtain a position description and an employment application form, please telephone reception on 5671 9200 or refer to our website: All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria and include the application for employment form. Applications close 5pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012 and should be addressed to: HR Administrator Bass Coast Community Health Service 1 Back Beach Road, San Remo VIC 3925 or by email to:

3 BEDROOM HOUSE Central location Leongatha, close to shops. 5662-2607.

meetings Leongatha Agricultural Recreation Reserve Committee of Management


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 7.30pm at the Leongatha Croquet Club All members of the public welcome to attend Contact Frank Dekker 5668 5285

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EXPERIENCE REQUIRED Weekend work will be required. Applicants must be able to work well within a team. Please send your resumĂŠs to: Marion at 287 Commercial Road


Careers with the YMCA! Boost your career with YMCA Victoria. We’ll invest    

            because we’re as interested in your career as you are!

Members and Guests Team Leader An opportunity exists for an excellent communicator to take on the key leadership role of managing the Customer Service Team at SG SPLASH. The right person will have industry experience, be highly organised, ability to multi task and strong leadership skills. Applications must include cover letter and address key selection criteria. Applications close 14th September 2012 Visit to apply. Go online for PD’s and other careers available with YMCA.

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Tender Number CFA 2012 0035 CFA is seeking Registrations of Interest from building contractors to undertake the construction of Rural Fire Stations across Victoria. The proposed Rural Stations include up to three motor room bays, multi-purpose room, kitchen, office and amenities based on generic CFA standards. External site works and services also form part of the works. Tenders may be called for multiple sites (maximum of 3) under one contract. Contractors must be registered Commercial Building Practitioners and must submit a copy of their registration number. Prospective Registrants are required to register in writing and nominate the regions they want to work in By 2PM Monday 24th September 2012 Registration of Interest documents are available from Amanda Rechter on telephone number: (03) 9262 8353 For further information please contact Amanda Rechter on telephone number: (03) 9262 8353 mitch46938





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

5672 3127 BOAT aluminium Brooker, 12ft, cabin, marine radio, Mercury 20hp, $3,000. Ph: 5662-2394, 0419-690387. CARAVAN Goldstream Endeavour 2000 pop-top 16’6� awning, 3-way fridge, gas stove/griller, $16,000 ONO. VGC. Ph: 0429645429. DRESS Cocktail / wedding, Gerry Shaw creation, size 14, burgundy shot taffeta, lace overlay and bolero. Cost $530, sell $250. Worn 3 hours. Ph: 5662-2483. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408-980711, A/H 5662-5175. FRIDGE Fisher & Paykel 440 litre, white, as new $1,000. Ph: 0400-640019. HAY 5x4 rolls, various quality, from $22 plus delivery. Ph: 0428-177433. HAY CLEARANCE 500 small square bales, shedded, ex quality, suitable for horses. Must go $8 each. Can deliver 50 or more, conditions apply. Mardan 5664-1320, 0428999691. SILAGE ROLLS $40 each and small squares of hay $5 each. 0438-645377. 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, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 56812261. TOYOTA COASTER 1992, LWB, diesel, IHZ motor, 260,000km. Ideal camper $19,500 neg. 0427647534.


KOONWARRA 4749 Kookaburra Drive, Saturday, September 8, 8-12. No early callers. NYORA 42 Hatchs Road, Saturday, September 8, 8am - 3pm. Household items, collectables, old aeroplane parts. No early callers. VENUS BAY / Tarwin Lower. Over 25 Garage Sales and Car Boot Sale, September 8. Map at Liptrap Creations, Venus Bay. 0400-901060.


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


Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012


BULLS FOR HIRE OR SALE Friesian, Jersey, Angus, Hereford and Limo All tested Phone 0447 331 762 ALPACA SALE Herd reduction / retirement sale of good quality breeding alpaca - some pregnant.50% off packages. For prices and details visit DAIRY HEIFERS 3 yrs old, 2 FF, $800 + GST; 2 calves and 5 springing. Ph: 0402658001. WANTED urgently, paddock for one horse. Can be alone or with other stock. Leongatha area preferred. Contact 0409-528631.

used vehicles

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers

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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 classiďŹ or call in to 36 McCartin Street LEONGATHA to pick up your kit when you place your advertisement

5672 2946 0417 556 593



work wanted CASUAL work for butcher, 40 years experience. Last 8 years on farm butchering. Contact 5664-1320. FULLY Qualified Painter. No job too small. Good rates. Call Drew on 56624238 or 0418-517443. GUTTER Small homes $25 and large Contact Josh 0429-198606.

CLEANING and units homes $40. 5662-5037,

thanks Newhaven College Student Cabinet would like to thank these generous sponsors for their donations towards the annual trivia night:

CFMEU Purple Hen Winery Dandenong Image Centre Waterfront Computers PharmaSave Inverloch Vortex Surf and Skate Pioneer Kayaking Cross Over Cycle & Outdoor Sportspower Wonthaggi Inverloch Quality Meats Serious Surf Stuff Inlet Hotel, Inverloch Inverloch Books &Massage Manna-Gum @ Broadbeach Island Quality Meats & Seafood Deborucci's Cleanskin Kitchenware Phillip Island Golf Club Sarsaparilla Peters Family A Maze'N Things True Value Hardware La Bella Home Collections RACV Resort Inverloch

thanks THANK YOU to the person who found my prescription Bass sunglasses and took them to the police station. Jean Fletcher.

marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

message of hope THIS is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 1 John 3:11

birthday remembrance HUMPHREY - Mark. Thinking of you with love on your birthday. Love Mum, Dad, Sharee, Jodie, Daniel, Aleisha and Krystal.

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in memoriam HUMPHREY - Mark. Your memory lives on in our hearts. Love Mum, Dad, Sharee, Jodie, Daniel, Aleisha and Krystal. McLEOD - Tony. 15.2.61 - 7.9.2008 Four years have passed, But the memories still last. Love Mum. McLEOD - Tony. 15.2.61 - 7.9.08 Thinking of you today and every day with love. Have missed you so much the past four years and always will. Forever in our hearts. Your loving family Kez, Brent, Jaim and Kase. xxxx PICKERSGILL - Herbert John (Bertie). 15.02.21 - 04.09.07 Another year has passed so quickly. But 365 days of beautiful memories of a wonderful father and all he taught us. Keep watching over us all and guiding us. See you again one day Dad. Your loving and devoted son James.

Tropicana Motor Inn Rhyll General Store Malcolm Gin Optical Phillip Island Bicycles Kilcunda General Store Murray Goulburn Wrench's Footwear FoonsPhotographics Capeview Mitre 10 Victoria Street Gallery Rod Bendings Haze Clothing, Inverloch Earth Art Studio I Choose Awesome Fitness Cowes Hair and Beauty Island Appliance Warehouse Phillip Island Nature Parks Silverwater Resort Sports First Ward Family Lime Fusion Katie Hosking Clothing Island Healing Rotary Club of Phillip Island

in memoriam PICKERSGILL - Bert. 15.2.1921 - 4.9.2007 Always in our thoughts. Five years on remembering and missing our wonderful Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. Jo, Mark, Kasey and family, Liam and Heidi. xxxxx My Dad... Remember how we used to talk, as I sat on the edge of your chair. Of all the troubles in the world, and the solutions we could share. Remember how we would laugh, and enjoy a cup of tea or two. The times working on the farm, sometimes just me and you. I live my life to the fullest, as you taught me to always do. But one thing that I really miss, is just sitting and talking with you. Love Jo. xx WALSH - Arthur. 8.9.08 Still missing you like it was yesterday. Cherished memories of our great man. Your loving family.

deaths BOND - Maxwell. March 10, 1919 - August 28, 2012. HMAS Vendetta - Scrap Iron Flotilla. Balkans, The Battle of Matapan, Libya, Tobruk, Malaysia, Singapore. Formerly of Cranbourne, died peacefully at Myrtleford - aged 93 years. Life is not measured by the years you lived. But by the love you gave and the things you did. Reunited with his beloved Joyce. Side by side forever. My Dad, simply the best. Annette. Loved and loving father-inlaw of Arch for 49 years. Rest now Max until we meet again. Happy memories of a patient and loving grandfather. Vegemite toast just doesn’t taste as good unless it’s stolen from grandpa’s plate, and who could forget the monkey van. Denice and Tony, Susan and Michael, Glenn and Cobi, Stephen and Donna.


Another generation, more stolen Vegemite toast. Your loving grandchildren Aaron, Sarah, Kate, Chloe, Amanda, Ty, Ricky, Dean and Indigo. We love you. Rest in peace.

Dad it is not what we write, it is not what we say. It’s how we remember you, in our own quiet way. Graham and Pam Bond, Nikki, Christopher and Kylie.

You lived for those you loved, and those you loved remember. We will never forget all the special times we shared together. Grandpa you are forever in our hearts. Nikki and John Hulleman. Kodie and Jamie.

Grandpa we thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. Because you live on in our hearts, our thoughts often turn to you. Kylie and Greg Quick, Jesse and Tiahn.

A chapter has ended, a page has been turned. A life well lived, a rest well earned. Much loved father of Kaye and Bruce Sewell.

Memories are the loveliest things, they last from day to day. They can’t get lost, they can’t wear out, and can’t be taken away. Adored grandfather of Duane, Gareth and Sue, Lyndal and Troy, Paige and Tom. You held me in your arms when I was very new. The love and pride you felt for me, I could feel it too. Proud great grandfather of Kaylea.

CROUCH Robert James 29.3.1951 - 31.8.2012 After a short illness Loved son of Mona and Jack (both dec). Loved brother and brother-in-law of Bill and Elizabeth. Dear Uncle Bob of Edward, William and Sophia. Friend of Bridget and Charlotte. “A fellow of inďŹ nite jest of most excellent fancyâ€? In Memory of Bob Much loved nephew of Aunty Jean (dec) and cousin to Margaret. Singer, teacher, cousin and friend to Julie and Lenore, Boris Emile and Juliette.

CROUCH - Bob. Our fill-in driver, as you called yourself. Thanks for your help and friendship. The staff at Kelvin Johns.

CROUCH - Bob. Bob, to lose a true friend is hard. You will always be with us. Thanks for the memories and laughs. The Smiths.

CROUCH - Robert. We remember Bob as a former house-mate, respected colleague, gifted performer, wise counsellor, master of words, friend, and a character who knew his own mind. Rest in peace Bob knowing that you touched the lives of many. Mike and Jo Street.

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deaths CROUCH - Bob. We will miss you Crouchy. Rest easy and enjoy the beer! Soc, Sue, Cabbage, Vicki, McGrory, Rac and Nat. See ya Big Bob - Steele and Bede. CROUCH - Robert (Bob). A surrogate mum to the Read kids - Trace, Deb, Dash, Shell, Niece and Jamie. Back-up man for Pat and Maureen. Always in our hearts. xxxxxxxx CROUCH - Robert James ‘Bob’ We thank you for your enduring friendship and for sharing your stories, time and good humour. We are grateful that you gave us the opportunity to say goodbye, and for that last handshake. Longmire and Viv. Shane Paterson and Vivian Carroll. CROUCH - Robert. A colleague, a teacher, and most importantly a friend. A big man, with a big voice but a gentle, caring soul. Hope you find a shed in heaven Bob. We will miss you. Graeme, Glenis, Matthew and Bronwyn Calder and family. CROUCH - Bob. Great memories, with many laughs of a truly respected friend. Rest easy Collbro!!! From Jim and Helga Baum and family. CROUCH - Bob. A dear friend and colleague whose company and wit will be sorely missed. Vale Waggy. Tony (Santa) Heys and family. CROUCH - Bob. Sadly missed. A good valued guy. I’m sure ‘Nemo’ will be well cared for. Jan C. Trease Street. CROUCH - Bob. To a gentle giant who had all the answers. May your washboard be heard in Heaven. R.I.P. Miss you heaps. Elise Manning (SIS) and Craig Hall (BILC).

CROUCH - Robert ‘Bob’. Long time supporter and time keeper of more than 20 years for the Parrots. We were so fortunate to have you as part of our football family. You will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Committee, members, supporters and players of the Leongatha Football Netball Club. “Victory through harmony”. HUNT - Andrew Henry. VX64309 2/14th Fld. Rgt. Late of Corowa, formerly Leongatha. Loving husband of Lesley (dec). Dearly loved father of Darryl, Paula and Ann. Dearly loved father-in-law of Judy, Pete and Andy. Dearly loved Gramps of Michelle and Warren; Andrew and Penny. Adored Great Gramps of Joshua and Sienna. Lived life with honour, honesty and compassion. A friend to everyone. Forever in our hearts and memories.

deaths McLAREN (nee Francis) Marjorie Anna. Passed away peacefully at Korumburra Hospital on August 28, 2012. Aged 89 years, late of Glen Alvie. Dearly loved wife of Peter (dec). Much loved and loving mother and motherin-law of Anne and Jim, Peter and Kerena, Virginia and Robbie, Janet and Rod. Special grandma of Lucy, Peter and Chris; Aidan, Rhett and Angus; Sophie and Isabel. Forever in our hearts. Reunited with Dad. McLAREN Marjorie Anna. Mum, You are a beautiful lady who loved and cared deeply for us all. I’ll treasure every moment we had together. Miss you so much, forever in our hearts. Virginia and Robbie. Dearly loved mother of Anne, mother-in-law to Jim. Loving grandma of Lucy and Rob, Peter and Emma, Chris and Rency. A mother holds her children’s hand for a while, their hearts forever. Dearest Mum, May the winds of love blow softly, and whisper for you to hear, That we will always love and remember you, and forever keep you near. All our love, Janet, Rod, Sophie and Isabel. xxx

McLAREN - Marj A former Associates Champion over many years and a Club Life Member. Marj was a truly gracious lady and a long time supporter of women’s golf. Fond memories Committee and Members of the Korumburra Golf Club. McLAREN (nee Francis) Marjorie Anna. A long and fulfilling life, a gentle winding-down and a peaceful passing at the Korumburra Hospital where you were born meant that your life had truly come ‘full circle’. Precious memories always. A loving farewell from: Pete and Kerry, Aidan and Anna, Rhett and Christine and Angus. And a special ‘Goodbye dear friend’ from June Bell.


deaths RONALDS - Ernest John (Ernie). Passed away on August 28, 2012 at Wonthaggi, formerly of Leongatha and Pound Creek. Dearly loved husband of Lorna (dec). Loved father of Jenny and Brian, Alan and Tracy, and Geoff. Loved grandpa and pop of Sam, Kane and Georgia; Jared, Jessica and Cassidy. Resting peacefully now. Reunited with Mum.

RONALDS - Ernie. Members of the Pound Creek Rural Fire Brigade express their sincere condolences on the loss of their only remaining foundation member, Ernie Ronalds. An active firefighter for many of his 47 years service. Ernie will be greatly missed by all of his CFA friends and comrades. Our deepest sympathy to the Ronalds family. R.I.P. Ernie. STEPHENS Lorna Elizabeth. 27.8.12 aged 85 years. Much loved sister of Ron, sister-in-law of Glenda, auntie to Sharon, Tania and families. Peacefully sleeping.

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funerals CROUCH - The Funeral Service for the late Mr Robert James (Bob) Crouch will be held at the Grandstand Complex, Leongatha Recreation Reserve, Roughead Street, Leongatha on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2pm. Private cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Amnesty International. Envelopes will be available at the service.

HART - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Joan Margaret Hart will be held at our Leongatha Chapel (cnr South Gippsland Highway and Bellingham Street on Friday September 7, 2012 commencing at 1pm. Private cremation. No flowers by request please, donations in lieu may be made to Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the service.

McLAREN - The Funeral Service to celebrate the life of the late Mrs Marjorie Anna McLaren will be held at the Uniting Church, Korumburra on Wednesday September 5, 2012 at 1.30pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Korumburra Lawn Cemetery.

funerals BOND - A Thanksgiving Service for the life of Mr Maxwell Bond will be held in the Chapel of Tobin Brothers Funerals, 210 Sladen Street, Cranbourne on Saturday, September 8, 2012 commencing at 10am. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the service, prior to departing for interment at the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery arriving at approximately 2.30pm. All returned and services personnel are respectfully invited to attend. The RSL tribute will be conducted at the Leongatha Cemetery.` TATE FUNERAL SERVICES ROBERT TATE Wangaratta 5722-2525


RONALDS - A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Mr Ernest John (Ernie) Ronalds will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Leongatha on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 2.30pm. A Private Family Service for the interment will precede the above service. No flowers by request. All Pound Creek CFA members are respectfully invited to attend.

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$10,000 raised from cruise ANOTHER effort of fundraising for Beau Vernon came about with a car cruise last weekend.

of local and Melbourne based cars on show.

Showing for Beau: 350 car enthusiasts made the trip from Bass to Phillip Island to raise money for quadriplegic footballer Beau Vernon.

Leongatha basketball Results - Round 4 Under 12 Boys: Blue 14 lt Black 24, Silver 28 d Maroon 5, Red 40 d Light Blue 10, Navy Blue 20 d Light Green 12. Under 14 Boys: Green 40 d Royal Blue 18, Black 29 d Red 28, Silver 28 d Maroon 9. Under 17 Boys: Silver 20 lt Maroon 27, Red 28 lt Black 31, Green 41 d Royal Blue 24. Under 16 Girls: Light Green 20 d Royal Blue 14, Black 23 d Gold 14, Silver 10 lt Purple 20, Light Purple 10 lt Red 24. Men’s A Grade: The Graemes 48 drew The A Team 48, Amberfluids Revamped 43 lt NBA Ballers 56, Rollers 53 d Liquidamber 23. Men’s B Grade: The Knicks 25 lt Timberwolves 36, Tropics 57 d Team Stig 19, The Who Knows 44 d Bucks 40, Macca Mad Boys 41 d The White Team 35, Grain Train 24 lt Vales Apprentices 68. Under 10 Girls: Green 12 d Red 3, Navy 2 lt Black 3. Under 10 Boys: Royal Blue 10 lt Red 16, Green 15 lt Silver 20, Black 16 lt Maroon 21.

Ladders Under 12 Boys Navy Blue.....................226.92 Black.............................147.82 Silver ............................181.81 Red................................168.88 Blue ...............................100.00 Light Green .....................83.33 Light Blue .......................38.15 Maroon............................26.31 Under 14 Boys Black.............................143.56 Red................................118.09 Green ............................ 115.68 Royal Blue .....................84.03 Silver ...............................90.81 Maroon............................59.84 Under 17 Boys Green ............................143.63 Royal Blue ...................104.16 Silver ............................122.22 Maroon.........................121.55 Black ...............................72.38 Red ..................................56.84 Men NBA Ballers .................115.97

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More than $10,000 was raised for the Beau Vernon Fund on the day with 350 cars making the trip. Motoring enthusiasts from all over Victoria met at Bass McDonalds and cruised onto Phillip Island to the Cowes Recreation Reserve where they took part in a sausage sizzle while they got to show off what they had on offer.

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Despite an overcast day and some drizzle falling a grand contingent of cars made the

The Who Knows ......... 113.72 11 Rollers ..........................166.10 10 Tropics..........................120.83 9 Timberwolves ...............100.00 9 The White Team ...........125.34 8 Vales Apprentices .........124.42 8 Bucks ............................115.87 8 Macca Mad Boys ..........100.56 8 Liquidamber ...................82.97 8 The A Team ...................103.52 7 The Graemes.................101.46 7 Grain Train......................72.25 6 Amberfluids Revamp......55.08 4 Team Stig ........................37.36 4 I Love Richo ................................ 0 Under 16 Girls Black.............................326.08 9 Purple ...........................262.50 9 Red................................166.00 9 Gold ..............................123.33 5 Royal Blue ......................96.29 5 Light Green .....................70.83 5 Light Purple ....................18.51 3 Silver ...............................35.48 2 Men’s A Grade NBA Ballers .................115.97 12 Rollers ..........................166.10 10

Liquidamber .................82.97 The A Team..................103.52 The Graemes.................101.46 Amberfluids Revamp......55.08 Men’s B Grade The Who Knows ......... 113.72 Tropics..........................120.83 Timberwolves ..............100.00 The White Team..........125.34 Vales Apprentices .........124.42 Bucks ............................115.87 The Knicks....................114.48 Macca Mad Boys ..........100.56 Grain Train......................72.25 Team Stig ........................37.36 Under 10 Girls Green ............................533.33 Navy .............................230.76 Black...............................30.43 Red..................................15.25 Under 10 Boys Maroon.........................126.15 Green ............................126.08 Silver ............................ 112.50 Royal Blue ....................84.31 Red ..................................83.82 Black ...............................64.06

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

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Soccer finals action Under 13s

KORUMBURRA under 13s played Drouin in the 1st Semi on Sunday and the game started in perfect conditions and Korumburra went straight into attack. After five minutes Korumburra were awarded a corner and following a couple of deflections Aidan Richards calmly slotted home his 15th goal of the season. Zac Allman and Noah were dominating midfield and Oscar Drake was cleaning up at the back. After 20 minutes Drouin managed to score against the run of play. The rest of the half was pretty even and the half time score was 1-1. The wind really picked up in the second half and Drouin were coming into the game more with the wind behind them. Eight minutes into the half a mistake in front of the Korumburra goal led to Drouin scrambling the ball over the line. Korumburra were still managing to pressure Drouin’s goal and a Korumburra player managed to miss an open goal. As the game drew to a close and the Korumburra players were tiring Drouin scored two more goals. The score did not do justice to Korumburra’s team work and spirit. Well done to all.

Under 16s In perfect conditions on a Mary Mackillop pitch both Leongatha and Phillip Island contested a hard fought, nail bitting match. At the end of full time neither team had scored which resulted in extra time being played. Both teams scored one goal each a penalty shootout then applied. Leongatha’s goalie, Ryan Hill, saved the first goal. Leongatha’s Ryan Kirkus, Kevin McGavin, Dean Petersen, Fergus Warren and Tom Rycks all scored. Though Phillip Island were successful in their next four shots, Leongatha won six goals to Phillip Island five.

Under 19s

Korumburra and Leongatha faced up for a semi final clash on Sunday. The Knights opened the scoring at the ten minute mark after a header got past the Korumburra keeper. Three minutes later Korumburra keeper James Dunn scored a great goal from a kick from goal down the other end of the field to bounce over the Leongatha keepers head to score. With the scores level play settled down and both teams went hard at the ball. Leongatha scored again at the 34 minute mark to go into the half time break 2-1 up. The second half was a great display of tight football with most of the play in the mid field. It wasn’t until the 56th minute of the game when Hayden Smith scored the

equalizer. Leongatha had a quick reply two minutes later and held on to the one goal lead to the final whistle.

Women Leongatha played Phillip Island on a perfect day with playing conditions being slightly on the heavy side. Both teams were out to take an early advantage pressing hard into each other’s penalty areas and getting some shots on goal but no one could get a decent shot away as both defences were up to the job. In one Leongatha break forward a tough defensive Island challenge left Jess on the receiving end which saw her carried off the field. Tamara came on as attacker with Rachel and not long after a very nice long pass from the midfield saw Tamara run on and slot a great shot past the Island keeper for the first goal of the game. Island came back and kept on attacking the Leongatha defence, in one of these attacks a clearing ball from Maddie collided with a Island player which resulted with her being carried from the field and unable to play the rest of the game. The first half ended with Leongatha 1 Island 0. Leongatha came out in full spirits in the second half and were expecting a full on Island attack, but with Tash, Tamara, Marissa, Mimmie and Tayla all playing an outstanding midfield game took the game to Island and were feeding some great balls through to Rachel and Jess who were still troubling the Island defence. It wasn’t long before another great midfield pass was put through for Jess to run onto but was cleared by the Island defence only to have Kim return the ball straight back into Leongatha’s attacking area catching Island off guard and Jess toe poked the ball past the keeper. It was not hard enough to goal but Rachel followed up and slotted home an easy but well deserved goal. This spurred Island into action and they were soon pressing the Gatha’s defence in force and numbers but the Leongatha defence lead by captain Cassie repelled most of the attacks and what was good enough to get through brought out some brilliant saves from Danika in goals. Island looked most dangerous in their attacking corners but again Leongatha’s defence stood strong with Pauline making some good clearances and with Jess and Rachel even needed to come back and help out defensively. Loz was brought on for some short sharp bursts of play, but the game ended with Leongatha winning 2 – 0. Another fantastic game played by all Leongatha girls. The team will be a force to be feared in the coming final against Mirboo North. A reminder that grand finals are to be held at the Korumburra ground Sunday, September 9.

Quick feet: Oaklen Hamilton looks to get past his opponent on Sunday.

Shooting day on target ON Sunday, September 2 the South Gippsland branch of field and game conducted a come and try day at the range. This event gives people of any age group men and ladies the opportunity to be introduced to the exciting sport of clay target shooting. It is an initiative of Field and Game Australia is strongly encouraged and supported by all branches, and that is very evident with regard to South Gippsland, which has one of

the largest junior bases in the state. A mix of 35 young and older students were instructed in the safe handling and respect of any firearm, under the guidance of the clubs senior instructor Geoff Cooper. Firstly the students were permitted to shoot at a static target (not moving propped up in front of a mound of soil) so that they can adjust to the feel of a 12 gauge shot gun recoil. After shooting three or four of these they were presented with a moving target, thus involving some

distance between the end of the barrel and the target, and that is what simulated field shooting is about. Many will return to follow up with what they have learnt, but if you think you would like to give it a go, then feel free to contact someone in the club and come out. South Gippsland shoots the first Sunday of every month. Many thanks to Geoff Cooper, Rob Hemphill, and Janet and David Thompson. Their contribution to this day ensured its success.

Father’s Day: having a try out at the field and game shooting day were, from left, dad Andrew White with sons Aaron and Connor. Also pictured is one of the organisers, Rob Hemphill.


Leongatha Upsets in semi finals squash

THERE were two massive upsets in the finals series of Leongatha badminton this week which augars well for an interesting preliminary final night.

In A Grade, unbackable favourites Honeyeaters had a night they would rather forget. After an excellent start where they won the opening two doubles comfortably, the Rosellas then ignited a firestorm of inspired badminton. Greg Marshman, Neil Langstaff and Jim Newton all pulled off some special singles victories to get their team back in the match. The final two doubles sets were all the Rosellas. With a grand final berth up for grabs, they powered over the line to win by 20 points, in what was a total team performance. For the shell-shocked Honeyeaters, Jose Shelton was their standout player. The elimination semi final went much to plan, with the depth of the Kookaburras coming through. Frank Dekker and Merv Reilly got the ball rolling the Parrots’ way with a great doubles win, but then it became the Joel Langstaff show. He totally dominated his opponent Jason Comrie to set up his team’s win. Arthur Grabham and Brenda Eaton all provided excellent support in Cockatoos’ solid 22 point win. Keinen Hemming was the Parrots’ best player, reinforcing his stellar season.

In the B Grade semi final Wight also pulled off a massive upset, with Makita dominating premiership favourites De Walt, winning by a huge 30 point margin. Jaws were dropping with this result, Chris Holt playing his best match for the year, getting great support from Steven Holmes, Guilia Joyce and Emma Smith. For De Walt, it’s back to the drawing board, however there is still plenty of talent in this team and they are still right in the mix for premiership glory. The final B Grade semi final was as one-sided as it gets. After a few indifferent weeks, Tracey Ryan got her team together and fired them right up. They responded by not dropping a set and moving into the preliminary final. For their opponent GMC, not much can really be said about their match, however they have enjoyed a good season. Rhonda Newton is selling tickets to our presentation dinner on September 15 at Mun Heng Chinese Restaurant, so get in quick as tickets are selling fast.

MONDAY night squash starred the line two players with Darren Levarda playing against Steve Fowkes. Steve won the first game 10-9, which gave him the start he needed as Darren can steamroll his opponents. Darren hits a hard ball, which is hard to handle as it comes so fast being either a boast or a drive. Steve’s game plan is to chase hard and make his opponent overplay a shot. It’s hard work against Darren as his “go go gadget” arms seem impossible to pass. With the pair two all and Steve able to return Darren’s deep drives boasting from the back of the court, Darren started working him front to back. In the fifth game Steve

ran out of legs, the result Darren 3 games 42, Steve 2 games 30. Next the in-form Mike Bracecamp was up against top number two Vince Brennan, and found himself chasing ball with Vince dictating play. Vince delivered some reaching drives and delicate drop shops, but Michael’s soft drop shots won him many points, and high lobs put the pressure back on Vince. At two games all the pair traded points and the intensity lifted. After the fifth game it was Vince 3 games 36 to Michael 2 games 35.

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A Grade: Rosellas 5/109 d Honeyeaters 3/89, Kookaburras 5/116 d Parrots 3/94. B Grade: Makita 4/112 d De Walt 2/82, Bosch 6/126 d GMC 0/58. Next week’s preliminary finals: A Grade Kookaburras v Honeyeaters, B Grade - De Walt v Bosch.

Greg Marshman president, Michelle Charlton secretary, Kaylene Chapman treasurer, Mary Jepson score secretary, Matt Pocklington vice president, as Korumburra will be the host club next year. Executives Ron Richards and Grant McColl. All clubs were rep-

resented and there was a long discussion on teams. B Grade is the section there is a concern about as this grade is needed for somewhere for the juniors to advance to. Clubs are looking for any interested players to play in this grade. Please contact Michelle Charlton 0433 570 339 or Mary Jepson 5662 3787. Saturday competition starts on October 6.

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Leongatha to host state championship THE grounds-keeping team at the Leongatha Golf Course has been working hard to get the course in top condition and it’s showing.

Hard workers: Dylan McMeekin, Denis McDonald and Tom Davidson stand over a now sun drenched 16th green at the Leongatha Golf Course.


DOUG Clemann is unstoppable at the moment and his win in the monthly medal was his fourth event victory in less than a fortnight. His score of 78-9-69 enabled him to beat Russell Williams on a countback for the medal and to beat Ken Wardle, also on countback, for the best gross score. Allan Edney won B Grade with 89-17-72. Pro-pin went to Trevor Moss and nearest the pin to Merv Stubbs. Ball winners: R. Williams 69, K. Wardle, T. Lund 70, C. Leaver 71, G. Vanderzalm 73, T. McCarthy 75, A. Cameron, D. McDonald, R. Thurston 76, R. Rees, J. Feddersen 77. The Hyland Cup has reachedf the semifinal phase and sees Chris Leaver up against Peter Brownlie and David Poulton to face Alan Monahan. Tuesday Norm Hughes played fine golf to win the event on 36 points. Norm has reached good

form but will the bowls season interrupt this momentum? Nearest the pin winners were Andrew Smith and Ian Murchie. Down the line balls: A. Smith 34, D. Clemann 32, B. McCorkell, G. Spruzen, B. Fiek 31, D. Forbes, G. McDonald, O. Vandervorm 30. Thursday Geoff McDonald continues to play at a high level, his 36 points an excellent round off a 7 handicap. Geoff included nearest the pin on the 14th hole with Jon Smith winning on the 16th. Ball winners: J. Gilder 35, D. Vorwerg, P. Hobson 33, K. Finney, 32, A. Sperling 31. The Vern Pease ambrose board event takes place this Saturday. Teams of four players with a limit of one single figure handicap in each group. The following Saturday will be stableford with the Holden scramble on Sunday September 16.

Korumburra FORTY players competed in Saturday’s stroke M/M (CWMT) competition, with C.J. and K. and T. O’Neill winning the event with a CCR of 70. Goyne handicap winner: M. Belvedere with 61 net. A Grade winners (9 handicap): D. Austin on 68 net. Balls went to P. Hopkins 70, T. Herbert 73, M. Garnham 75 and P. Johnson 75. P. Hopkins took out the Parry Scratch with 77. B Grade winners (18 handicap): M. Belevdere 61 on countback. Balls went to B. Papadopoulos 67, R. Newton 73, C. Bull 75, A. Worthy 75 and P. Vanagtmaal 75. In the juniors, T. Jones hit 78 net while N. Alger won the C Grade with 74 net. Putting: P. Hopkins 28, M. Belvedere 24, R. Hamill 34. Nearest the pin: 1st J. Watts, 7th M. Belvedere, 10th D. Austin, 13th G. Wilson. Naga: Tim Fowles 81 net on countback I. Cash. Tuesday’s winner: R. Ludenia 39 points.




TUESDAY’S nine hole barbecue event saw 12 players compete. The winner with a very good score was Brian MacPherson 21 points. Balls down the line: Andrew Brown 19 and Tommy Welsh 15 on countback from L. Pope and A. Hayes. No nearest the pin. Achiever’s award David Bligh. Pub points: Welshpool 18, Pier Port 12.5, Toora 11.8, Port Albert 11. Other scores: L. Ralph 12, D. Harris 11, K. Hallett 10. Friday saw the course saturated again, so no golf was played. On Saturday in rather soggy conditions a small field braved the conditions for the 18 hole stableford Welshpool Hotel voucher. Low scores were the order of the day where Les Taylor with 30 points won on countback from Andrew Brown. Nearest the pin 17th Alan Hayes. Other scores: L. Pope, A. Hayes 28; P. Carroll 21, D. Bligh 20. Sunday in slightly drier conditions saw the monthly medal being played. Brian MacPherson with a net 70 won the day, followed by Lionel Pope 72, also nearest the pin 3rd and 17th Merv Lowe - the bottle of port. Putts won by Graeme Brennan 26. Other scores: G. Brennan 74, A. Hayes, M. Lowe 76; R. Barwick 78, E. Fischer 81, G. English 83, P. Westaway 84. The winter knockout winner, Merv Lowe defeated Alan Hayes. Merv now plays Greg Wilkinson for the championship trophy.

TUESDAY’S winner was Athol McGrath (19) 42 points. Athol’s golf is improving with age and he thanked Norma for keeping his flexibility up with all that time spent in the garden. Down the line balls were P. Dight (8) 39 points, N. Thompson (10) 38 points. Nearest the pin on the 17th was P. Dight. Saturday was Medal Day and the Pat McKay Trophy which saw 25 players take to the course. Winner in A Grade was D. Knee (16) 72 countback. Winner in B Grade was R. Reusch (22) 72, who was also the B Grade scratch winner. A Grade scratch winner was K. Flett (8) 8. Putting went to R. Ireland with 26 putts. Down the line balls were D. Hutchinson 72, K. Flett 73, P. Dight 74, S. Rathjen 74. Nearest the pin on the 4th P. Dight, 6th P. Schofield, th 13 N.Cooper and 17th K. Flett. Winner of the Frank McKenzie was Fred Tyers. Coming events include the Par Paul Ahern Trophy on September 8, the SGDGA. Fourball at Foster on September 9 and October 21 will see the rescheduled Mixed Foursomes Championship. On September 13 at 7.30pm at the clubhouse a extraordinary meeting will be held to discuss possible club alterations. All members welcome.

SATURDAY was Monthly Medal day with the sponsor for the day being Henry Holman, which is much appreciated. The A Grade winner was Col Graeme with a net 72. A Grade runner-up was Rod Matthews with a net 75. B Grade and medal winner was Jim Cusack with a net 69. B Grade runner-up was Reg Hannay with a net 72. Ball down the line went to Daryle Gregg 73, Lloyd Hemphill 74 and Dave Thomson with a 77 net. The putts was won by Reg Hannay with 27 on a count back. The pro pin on the 11th was won by Frank Peile. The members draw was won by Col Stewart who was in the clubhouse so he collected the money. The moo’s raffle winners were Wino Reilly and Russ Evans. Tuesday was a singles stableford event with the winner being Jim Cusack with 34 points on a countback. Balls down the line went to Brian Dewar 34 pts, Steve Collins 33 pts and Will Bullock with 33 points. Nearest the pin on the 5th was won by Jeff Wilson. Best nine was Col Stewart with 20 points. Thursday’s event was a wash out. Next week is a Singles Stableford event.

Dylan McMeekin, Denis McDonald and Tom Davidson have been preparing the course for the upcoming Men’s Victorian Country Teams Championships in October. The event will see 32 teams from around the state take to the Leongatha course aiming to take home the championship cup. “This is a massive thing for the club,” Mr McMeekin told The Star. “It’s the first time we’ve hosted an event like this and it just shows that the course is at a pretty high standard.” The grounds-keeping trio has

Korumburra ladies SIXTEEN women competed in a Fourball Stableford last Wednesday and the winning pair was Barb Twite and Heather Grist with a lovely 40 points and a broken handicap for Heather. The runners-up were Moira Rogers and Jan Follett with 35 points. The nearest the pin winners were, 1st Barb Walker, 13th Norrie Little. The raffle was won by Gwen Evison. There was no play on Saturday. It was sad to hear of the passing of Marj McLaren, a former champion of many years and a club (and district) Life Member. Her sponsorship of our Fourball Matchplay has been keenly contested over the years. A couple of reminders, the associates AGM is next week after golf and don’t forget to put your name down for the Club Foursomes to be held on September 19.

done tree removal around the greens of the 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th holes in preparation. “We’ve taken out some trees that were casting shadows over the greens,” Mr McMeekin said. “This is to achieve max sun and air flow to the greens and keep them from getting too soggy.” Not forgetting the native wildlife, the team will be revegetating the areas where trees have been removed with native plants in the coming months. Also in the pipeline is revamping the bunkers around the course. This year-to-date has been the wettest for the club on record, with 850mm of rain falling since September last year. Despite this the course has always been playable and carts have

been allowed all year. Club manager Michael JamesCull is chuffed with the work the grounds-keepers have been doing. “The course is in tip-top condition,” he said. “For a three man team the guys do a fantastic job and the course will be in the best condition for the upcoming events and the Men’s Victorian Country Teams Championships in October.” Other events coming up for the club include the Holden Scramble later this month, the John West Board Event Two Person Ambrose, the Gordon West Nine Hole Competition and the Footballer and Netballer Golfing Day all in October as well as the club tournament in November.


Woorayl ladies


LAST Saturday we played a par event sponsored by Paul Beck Handley’s Funerals. The A Grade winner was Paul Challis with plus 5, however the best score of the day was posted by our B Grade winner Bo Fiek, who had plus 6. C Grade went to Max Wood with square. The ball distribution was T. Burgess, B Robjant, P. McCaughan, Z. Trease, G. Young and B. Wilson. The nearest the pins went to Craig Hall and Brett Stubbs respectively. Next week we will play a stableford event sponsored by Jack Howard, George Johnson and the two Steves, Hannon and Duffield.

LAST week the qualifying round of the S and B Thomas Stableford Aggregate Board Event was played, with Jackson and Lawry Optometrists sponsoring the days’ event. Winners were Fay Maynard and Sue Wakefield with a combined score of 57 points and runners-up were Marg Higgins and Jo Fennell with 52 points. Nearest the pin on the 8th was Ann Poole, on the 11th was Jo Fennell and the 17th was Karin McKenzie. In two weeks time the next round will be played, with Fay and Sue to play Ann Poole and Heather Sullivan, Marg and Jo to play Shirley Thomas and Elsie McBride. We found the course much improved again last week and hope this finer weather continues for next week’s monthly medal.

CONGRATULATIONS to Colin Banks on having a hole-in-one on the second hole on Monday afternoon. Our Saturday monthly medal competition attracted 53 players. The A Grade and monthly medal winner was the ever popular Glen Turner with a great score of 67 net. The B Grade winner was Doug Munro on 75 net and the C Grade winner was Graham Ryan on 69 net. Balls down the line: P. Dell, 70, H. Mackinder 72, C. Jeeves 74, S. Scott 74, I. Baker 75, J. Sartori 75, B. Millar 75, P. Tilley 77. Nearest the pins: 2nd S. Scott, 8th J. Sartori, 13th P. Dell, 17th D. Crellin. With fine weather predictions for the rest of the week let’s hope for a drier course next Saturday.

Top players: The SGLGA Country Team players who recently competed in Melbourne, (back) Rebecca Thomas, Leslie Meadowcroft, Barb Warren, Gale Tyers, Toni West and Beth Curram and (front) Anne Walker, Lee Clements, Robyn Galloway and Reanna Matthews.

SGLGA team performs well THE South Gippsland Ladies Golf Association team recently competed at Heidelberg and Peninsula in this year’s country teams competition over three days. It was unfortunate to meet the eventual winners, East Gippsland, in the first round, going down to them 5-2.

Things turned around after that having a 4.5-2.5 win against Dalhousie in the afternoon. The following day, at Peninsula, the match against Ballarat was halved in the morning and then in the afternoon, the team had a good win of 5.5- 1.5 against North Western. The team was then left in second place with a bye on the last day. Compared to the previous two

years, finishing last and second last, coming second overall this year was a great result. Even though South Gippsland is only a very small district compared to most in the state, we have great players who not only love their sport but are great sports. Well done girls and a big thank you to the caddies and team manager, Anne Horstra.

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Interstate competition: Arthur Newsome (left) and Peter Tainton are bound for New South Wales.

Duo proud to wear ‘V’

TARWIN Lower bowlers Arthur Newsome and Peter Tainton will represent Victoria in a tournament against New South Wales this weekend.

The pair will play for the Victorian Dolphins against the New South Wales Woomeras in the 2012 Bowlers Arm Interstate Challenge. The event will be held at Beresfield Bowling Club, near Newcastle and will feature bowlers restricted to using a bowling arm due to injury. A team of 15 plus three reserves was chosen from a state-wide field. The pair was selected after four trial sessions at Heathmont Bowling Club. “We were just absolutely ecstatic,” Arthur said when told of the men’s selection. “Any chance you get to represent your state is a hell of an achievement.” Peter said; “I was just dumbfounded. I could not believe it. I used to play footy

and cricket for East Burwood and I never dreamt I would get a game for Victoria.” “If we can hold our form, we could get right around Australia,” he said. Arthur has won seven club championships at Tarwin Lower and Peter is a foundation member. Both have played pennant for Tarwin, and are the first players to represent the club at the bowlers arm challenge. “It’s like any sport. If you have got the confidence, you can do something,” Peter said. They practised at the Leongatha Bowls Club on the weekend to become familiar with the fast greens – 18 to 19 seconds - they have been told to expect at Beresfield. Peter has played with his bowling arm for eight years and while the device took some acquainting to, he now has the technique fine-tuned. “You have to get the swing right and you have to know when to let it go,” he said.

Gippsland clubs get funds FIFTY sporting clubs in the Gippsland Region will have the opportunity to make sweeping changes to become healthier places with new VicHealth funding. GippSport will be funded up to $650,000 over the next two years to deliver the Healthy Sporting Environments Program in the Gippsland Region. Clubs choosing to participate in the program will strive to become healthier by addressing six preventable illness risk factors. According to Barry Switzer, GippSport executive officer over the next two years clubs will be provided with direct support from GippSport staff to work through six modules. “This support will be provided to reduce alcohol use, offer more nutritious options at the canteen, work to reduce spectators’ and players’ exposure to harmful UV, reduce smoking in and around the clubs grounds, manage and reduce injuries and increase the number of women, culturally and linguistically diverse people and indigenous people in local sport,” said Mr Switzer. Ricky Ross the chair of the GippSport Board will be hosting a Gippsland launch of the Healthy Sporting Environments Program at the Traralgon Golf Club at 11am on Wednesday, September 5. According to Mr Ross sports clubs are more than just places that promote physical activity, they’re also places where the community gathers and are ideal for pro-

moting health and wellbeing beyond the match itself. “We are really hoping clubs across Gippsland will put their hand up to be involved and they will be strongly supported by GippSport staff as they address the six key areas,” concluded Mr Ross. Gippsland East MP Tim Bull, a member of the VicHealth Board, will be a guest speaker at the launch. In addition to the launch GippSport staff will also be conducting information sessions for interested clubs in all local government areas across the Gippsland region. For more information on GippSport go to:

Korumburra volleyball Results Round 7 A Grade: Pirates d Giants (2:1) 25:9, 25:21, 23:25; Golliwogs drew Champions (1:1) 25:27, 25:14, 17:16; Bugs d Warriors (2:1) 25:11, 25:13, 20:25, 12:6. B Grade: HELP d Plasted (2:1) 25:9, 21:25, 25:22, 12:9; Why d Shark Bait (3:0) 25:19, 25:12, 25:20; Panthers d M.G. Holy Cows (3:0) 25:18, 25:14, 25:18.

Ladders A Grade: 1. Bugs, 2. Pirates, 3. Golliwogs, 4. Giants, 5. Warriors, 6. Champions. B Grade: 1. Panthers, 2. Why, 3. HELP, 4. Chargers, 5. Shark Bait, 6. M.G. Holy Cows, 7. Plasted.

THE 2012/2013 bowls season is underway, and the last of the winter social bowls was played on Wednesday, August 29 when two games of 12 ends were played. The winners were A. Rayson (S) with A. Brown and S. Holch on two wins plus five, while the runners-up were R. Saunders (S) with M. Carnell and Jo Runciman on one win one loss, plus 10. The club also welcomed new bowler Rick Coleman and wishes Rick the very best in his bowls venture. The club opened the 2012/2013 season with its annual opening season dinner on Friday, August 31. Sixty people attended. The chairman of the board Alan Rayson opened the evening and welcomed all present and declared that the theme for the 2012/2013 season was T.E.A.M. - Together Everyone Achieves More. He went on to outline many of the club’s achievements and works that had been carried out over the winter period, thanking all the club’s sponsors for their support and wishing all bowlers, men’s and ladies, the very bet of success for the new season. In the absence of the president of the ladies affiliates it was left to Glenda Trotman on behalf of the ladies to speak and to wish the lady bowlers all the best for the 2012/2013 season. The president of the Bowls Victoria affiliated section Robert Young addressed the gathering and stated that the Leongatha Bowls Club has now been operating for 106 years. The club is very strong but there is still a need for new members if it is to remain strong into the future. Mr Young also thanked club volunteers including the board for their year-round efforts in ensuring that the club functioned well both on and off the greens and wishing all bowlers a successful season. The president also made a presentation of badges from Bowls Victoria to four Leongatha Club members who, during last season at Mirboo North, achieved what is knows as the Big 8, which is very rarely achieved by bowlers on the greens. The successful team comprised Alan Rayson and Wayne Walker with Ray Saunders and Eric Thompson (absent). Entertainment for the night was provided with stories and jokes by the club’s highly paid actors Jeff Pendergast (Gu-ru) and top footy tipster Ian Todd. The evening was catered for by members of the Hallston Tennis Club and all present enjoyed an excellent two-course meal. Upcoming events include a rules and etiquette night on September 27 and defibrillator training to be held from 1pm to 3pm on September 24. To register your interest in attending contact Jeff Pendergast on 5662 0974. On Saturday, September 1, 26 bowlers took to the greens in pleasant conditions for the opening day’s bowls. Ladies’ secretary Ellie McIntyre placed the kitty into position followed by the first bowl being bowled by Robert Young. A social game of pairs /triples comprising two games of 12 ends followed. Winners on the day were Ray McGannon (S) and Pat Fleming with two wins plus 16, while the runners-up were Russell Trotman (S) with Thelma Dean on two wins plus 8. Sponsors on the day were the Leongatha Club. Until next report, good bowling.

Inverloch WEDNESDAY’s Mixed Mufti was the last session for the year, 19 players participated in mixed triples and fours. Two games of 12 ends were played. Winners with 36 points were Diana Patterson, Doro-

thy Gilfillan and Christine Gillman. Runners-up with 32 points were Bev Kurrle, Shirley Morrissy and Harry Dunn. Participants remained for afternoon tea after the results were announced.

Buffalo indoor WE had another good night of bowling on Wednesday, August 29, following on from the Peter Mac night last Friday. Three games of eight ends were played with mixed results. Winners of the night were Lee Armstrong (S), Andrew Hanks and Dudley Harrison (WWW) 14 ends from Charlie Tumino (S), Peter Heldens and Joyce Occhipinti (WLW) 12 ends, then Rod McConchie (S) and

Kevin Robinson (LWL) 10 ends. Next was Toni Heldens (S), Mary Tumino and Joe Occhipinti (LLL) 12 ends. Best 1st game: Lee 12/7 on 3 ends. Best 2nd game: Rod 10/5. Best 3rd game: Lee 18/2. There will be no bowling at Buffalo on Wednesday, September 5, however bowlers are encouraged to attend Mardan’s tournament to be held on Tuesday, September 4, at Dumbalk.

Tarwin Lower

THE final Winter Pairs on August 21 was won by Les Cuman and Aldo Sartori of Wonthaggi, runners-up were Graeme Cridge and Peter Henwood of Tarwin Lower, with Best Last Game winners being Murray and Anne Oehems from Wonthaggi. Event sponsor Alex Scott Real Estate, Venus Bay. We commence our Summer Triples on September 12 with the day beginning at 9.30am, then on September 16 we are holding our Opening Day at 12.30pm for 1pm roll up, bowlers to wear club uniform and are asked to bring a plate for afternoon tea. Finally we congratulate our bowlers Arthur Newsome and Peter Tainton who will be representing our State in a bowling State of Origin at Beresfield, NSW on the weekend September 8 and 9. Good luck and great bowling.

Mardan indoor THIS week was a repeat of last week as far as turn-out was concerned, but instead of having more teams we decided to have four teams with the odd number being five in one team. So teams selected we played two games of 10ends leading to a great nights bowling with some exciting ends and indeed score-lines. Jeannie and Ronnie Baker celebrated their wedding anniversary in the past week along with Jeannie having her birthday, Jeannie capped this week off by being in the winning team. Congratulations to you both. A little bird tells me that Margaret Campbell is back from her travels and there might be a chance she will be with us next week. If this happens not only will the calibre of play go up another notch, I foresee the skips having to call their lady players to play their bowls due to a lot of catch up chit chat taking place. Well I guess it’s only natural in a club where we like to see members come along each week.

The results for this week were as follows: Runners up with a win a loss and 11 ends were: Diane Smith, Ron Baker, John McColl, Brian Kilpin and Andy Plowman (skip). Winners with two wins were: Jeannie Baker, Vonny Kilpin, Russel Grady and Vito Serafino(skip). Next week we will be holding our Annual Tournament at Dumbalk on Tuesday night and we would like to say a big thank you to Murray Goulburn for sponsoring the prizes for the winning teams on the night. Please also note that there will be no bowls on Wednesday, September 5.

Dumbalk indoor ON Monday night, August 27 there were 11 players, and we had three teams of three and one of two teams. The winners were Kay, Coral and Michelle 2-10, 6, 3.14.14. It was good to see Buffalo had a good night on Friday night, raising $2800. Well done.

Korumburra parlor

AT Outtrim, on Monday, August 27, four teams of three players continued to develop their bias bowling prowess as the emphasis on the night was draw bowling with no “heavy” shots allowed. The teams were evenly balanced with each having one win out of the two games played. Michael Matthews, Joe Occhipinti and Margo Maher won their first game but lost the second, finishing with the encouragement award (1W1L -8 shots). George Bentley, Arc Gammaldi and Connie Occhipinti lost their first game on the last end but then held on to a one point victory in their second (1L1W-2shots). Runners-up were Joanna Lomagno, Joyce Occhipinti and Jan Dowling whose massive improvement from one game (-7) to the next (+11) saw the racing stewards appear, to “swab the team”. But, it was Ashley van Duffelen’s team of Sally Gammaldi and Lee Armstrong who were victorious on the evening with 1W1L+6 shots. A gold star has to be given to Ashley, Joanna, George and Michael for the way in which they bowled as skippers. Club bias bowls continue to be played on Monday evenings through until early December and now the spring “balmy” weather has returned anyone wishing to have a fun night out is welcome to attend. Bowls start at 7:30pm at the Outtrim hall and tuition is given to new bowlers. For our parlor bowlers, this is a reminder that it resumes with our social bowling season on Thursday, September 13 in the Korumburra Uniting Church hall. All bowlers, friends, families and newcomers are welcome.

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Panthers to defend premiership KILCUNDA-BASS have booked themselves a spot in the grand final after a fantastic game of football against Fish Creek on Saturday.

The ground surface held up pretty well after the rain late in the week threatened to turn it into a slog. Fish Creek entered the game with just two changes to the side; Seccull and Jago returning for the unlucky Staley and Price. For Killy-Bass the two Attenborough boys Jess and Jared returned, along with Evans and Smith and out of the side went Casey Wells, Earl, O’Donoghue and the big ruckman Lange. Fish Creek won the toss and kicked to the east end of the ground, however there was no real advantage to either end, with the wind slight and the sun shining. The game got off to an even opening with both defences holding up well and both sides taking their turn to attack. The first score of the match was a point to Fish Creek, and not long after KillyBass goal sneak Jason Wells outpointed his minder Bilney to mark on the goal line and score the opening goal of the match at the five minute mark. Fish Creek then attacked and after a nice mark on a lead from Angwin their first goal was on the board only a minute or so later. The next minutes of the quarter resulted in further goals to both Wells for K-B and Angwin for Fishy and both guys had a good start to the match. When Wells scored his third goal from a beautiful shot from the boundary at the 13 minute mark Fish Creek were developing massive problems and needed to find a solution. Killy-Bass scored another two in a row when league leading goal kicker Luke James’ second effort and kick from 50m sailed through the goals to give the Panthers a nine point lead, with Wells lively and O’Bryan getting plenty of the ball. Fish Creek had to lift and when Jake Staley won a free kick and converted, the margin was back within a goal, this was followed by another goal to Fish Creek full forward Angwin, his third. Suddenly the Kangaroos had the lead for the first time, going into the quarter time break, the margin three points. It was a great opening to the match with the inside-50s 12 apiece and the Panthers holding a slight lead in the clearances nine to seven. The second quarter underway and again it was a tight opening with scoring difficult. Fish Creek moved Shaw onto the lively Wells to curb his influence and it wasn’t until the seven minute mark that the first goal of the quarter was scored to Killy-Bass young giant Ben Eddy after a free kick was paid downfield against Fishy centre-man Rouda. Both sides were inaccurate in front of goals with the Fish Creek misses probably the more gettable. Another goal to the Panthers when a Fish Creek kick in went astray only to be swooped on by Fitzgerald, a goal the result. The James/Pratt match up was again a

ripper with Pratt doing a good job, however with forwards as good as James the smallest opportunities lead to goals and this was the case when James got his second and then his third to open up a 23 point lead that was taken into the half time break. The Fish Creek camp was furious at the lack of intensity and commitment to run shown by their side and this was conveyed very convincingly during the break. The second half underway and a different Fish Creek side was evident controlling the play early, Hooker was moved into the ruck, Manne up forward and Jake Staley onto a half back flank, Seccull, Cooper, Jago and the Parks boys in everything and Blencowe and Pratt leading the Fishy backline. Cooper had the first goal of the half on the board only two minutes in and when Angwin kicked his fourth a beautiful snap from about 45 metres out the Fishy boys were up and about. Angwin goaled again shortly after and suddenly the margin was back to three points with Killy shell-shocked. Tom Gordon was now picking up O’Bryan in a bid to quieten him down and Miller and Fitzgerald continued to get their hands on the ball for the Panthers. A goal against the run of play to Holmes after getting away from Ireland on one of the very few occasions for the day gave Killy a bit of breathing space. Questionable umpiring then led to Jason Wells’ fourth goal of the match and again the margin was out to 16 points. Fish Creek had to be closer going into the final quarter and it was that man Angwin who again provided the highlight when he took the mark of the day, a hanger sitting on the head of the Killy big man Evans, his sixth goal the result and the margin was back to nine points at the final change. It was the Panthers that were into attack in the opening of the final quarter and although Pratt was going very well in the air against James it was James’ second efforts that resulted in shots on goal, however unfortunately missed. Fish Creek needed the all-important first goal of the quarter and their running machine Seccull provided it, as ripper on the run from 50 metres and we had a game on our hands only 10 minutes in and the margin only five points. The game was tight and scoring very difficult with again both defences doing the job for their respective sides. At the 14 minute mark of the term Fish Creek turned the ball over in the middle of the ground. This resulted in the ball ending up with Smith, his goal giving the Panthers some breathing space and pushing the margin back out past a goal. Time ticked on and neither team was able to capitalise on its opportunities, a short quarter ensued and when the siren sounded it was Kilcunda-Bass that had booked themselves a spot in the grand final with a 10 point win. The Panthers now have another week off to prepare for the grand final while Fish Creek will meet Dalyston in the preliminary final at Tarwin on Saturday.

Tight clash: Fish Creek’s Jordan Shaw (centre) and Lachie Pratt (right) battle for the ball, as KilcundaBass’ Luke James and Jason Wells (far left) close in.

One on one: Kilcunda-Bass’ Brett Anthony sprints in a bid to evade Fish Creek’s Jason Law.

• 1ST SEMI FINAL 2ND SEMI FINAL SENIORS Kilcunda-Bass 11.11.77 d Fish Creek 9.13.67 Kilcunda-Bass goals: J. Wells 4, L. James 3, B. Eddy 1, D. Holmes 1, T. Smith 1, R. Fitzgerald 1. Kilcunda-Bass best: M. Hendry, A. Miller, S. O’Bryan, J. Wells, D. Wells, R. Fitzgerald. Fish Creek goals: L. Angwin 6, J. Staley 1, B. Cooper 1, A. Seccull 1. Fish Creek best: C. Park, A. Ireland, S. Blencowe, L. Angwin, L. Pratt, B. Cooper.

MDU out of finals A CONVINCING win against MDU has kept Kilcunda-Bass Reserves in the final race. The match started slow and even, with the Demons and Panthers trading the lead several times. The second was much the same and had Kilcunda-Bass ahead by only three points at the main break.

The Demons were kept scoreless in the third as Kilcunda-Bass took over the game. The Panthers managed six goals and five behinds in the third and kept on pressing in the fourth and managed a 70 point win. Kilcunda-Bass goes up against Phillip Island on Saturday for a spot in the grand final against Korumburra-Bena.

Big clash: it was a rough and tumble game on Sunday at Phillip Island when MDU took on Kilcunda-Bass in the Reserves. Kilcunda-Bass proved the better team but MDU pushed hard all day. Photos courtesy Gerard

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Dalyston through to prelim IN a free flowing game of football, Dalyston won its way to a preliminary final berth against Fish Creek when they knocked Korumburra-Bena out of senior contention. On a magnificent playing surface at Cowes on Sunday in perfect weather conditions, Dalyston had too many potent forwards plus a superb midfield to run away with the game. Once again it was Rogan Jennings in the ruck for Dalyston, who controlled proceedings in the middle. Dalyston captain/ coach Paul Brosnan was a recipient of some of Rogan’s hitouts and played a superb leader’s game. The work out of the middle gave Dalyston’s forward bunch plenty of chances and they didn’t let the side down; spearhead Steve Pimm scored five goals, Matt Rosendale three, and a number of others with two apiece including Jackson Brooker.

Both clubs were giving it their all and it was a great spectacle with plenty of end-to-end footy, resulting in some 35 majors scored by both sides. At the last change it was still anyone’s game. Dean Wylie was swung into the backline and his work in the last quarter was critical to Dalyston’s victory. Rob Beaton was another solid defender all day. Dalyston was challenged by KorumburraBena on many occasions but the Magpies were able to answer every challenge to go on and win and compete in their first preliminary final for more than 10 years. Dalyston’s Frank Angarane was confident his side had a big chance against Fishy this week. “We had a pretty good game against them in our only meeting, they overran us in the end,” he said. The game between the two was way back in round four, April 21, with Fish Creek winning 14.10.94 to 9.8 62.

Thirds lead MDU THE Under 18 squad is all that is left in the finals race for Meeniyan Dumbalk United both on the court and field. However the young Demons are favourites for the flag after an eight point victory over Korumburra-Bena has secured them a spot in the grand final. From an eight point deficit at half time MDU clawed their way back to the lead in the last quarter against a valiant Bulldogs outfit. Jake McMillan led the charge for the Demons scoring five of the team’s 10 goals while Ben Thomas was making his presence felt on the field. Korumburra-Bena will face up to Kilcunda-Bass with the winner earning a spot against MDU on grand final day.



UNDER 18 MDU 10.6.66 d Korumburra-Bena 8.10.58

UNDER 15 Fish Creek 12.7.79 d Dalyston 4.3.27

MDU goals: J. McMillan 5, J. Broadway 1, T. Harris 1, J. Hoy 1, J. Krohn 1, C. Harris 1. MDU best: J. McMillan, J. Broadway, B. Thomas (Jnr), T. Harris, N. Moore, C. Harris. Korumburra-Bena goals: M. Edwards 3, T. Wyatt 2, B. Dorling 1, J. Hopkins 1, A. Harrison 1. Kormburra-Bena best: J. Breen, J. Hopkins, M. Edwards, L. Auddino, T. Wyatt, J. Kilpatrick.

Fish Creek goals: R. McGannon 5, G. Staley 2, J. Clifton 1, E. Park 1, G. Park 1, M. McGannon 1, B. Harfield-Park 1. Fish Creek best: G. Park, K. Byers, R. McGannon, E. Park, O. Straw, G. Staley. Dalyston goals: B. Atherton 2, J. Magro 2. Dalyston best: K. Kirk, O. Bates, D. Turton, M. Marotta, C. Collins, R. Scapin.

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Preliminary Final Saturday, September 8 at Tarwin Fish Creek v Dalyston

MID GIPPSLAND Preliminary Final Saturday, September 8 at Morwell East Trafalgar v Yinnar

1ST SEMI FINAL UNDER 18 Kilcunda-Bass 12.11.83 d Phillip Island 11.3.69 Kilcunda-Bass goals: J. Dakin 4, M. Manteit 3, K. Salama 2, J. Newsome 1, S. Jerger 1, D. Clay 1. Kilcunda-Bass best: M. Manteit, J. Turner, J. Dakin, S. Hammond, J. Homer, P. Babington. Phillip Island goals: G. Powles 3, E. Richards 3, A. Officer 1, J. Hughes 1, C. Phillips 1, C. Wood 1, B. Johnston 1. Phillip Island best: A. Redmond, S. Taylor, G. Powles, S. Fullarton, D. Hunter, C. Wood.

GIPPSLAND 2nd Semi Final Saturday, September 8 at Traralgon Sale v Maffra 1st Semi Final Sunday, September 9 at Moe Leongatha v Traralgon

ELLINBANK Preliminary Final Saturday, September 8 at Western Park, Warragul Cora Lynn v Garfield

1ST SEMI FINAL UNDER 15 Phillip Island 6.9.45 d Korumburra-Bena 5.3.33 Phillip Island goals: J. Taylor 2, J. Babare 1, T. Officer 1, A. Edwards 1, B. Insall 1. Phillip Island best: D. Matheson, J. Taylor, R. Marshall, A. Edwards, D. Wilson-Browne, C. Pollard-Virtue. Korumburra-Bena goals: K. Cosson 3, J. Ellams 1, M. Snooks 1. Korumburra-Bena best: N. Somerville, T. Jenkin, J. Harris, H. Suckling, J. Macri, B. Ammon.

“Once again we’ll need to put our best side out on the park and play with the same passion and commitment our players have shown so far in this finals series. We’ll go in pretty much full strength. Korumburra Bena will be happy with how they played despite the loss. They may rue some early missed chances which could have put scores on even terms. The Bulldogs got to within a goal in the last quarter but the Magpies wouldn’t surrender. The Bulldogs were well served by a number of players in an even team performance. These included Paul Patterson on the wing, Cam Woods in the backline, Aaron Hillberg at centre half forward, rover/forwards Ben Fitzpatrick and Justin Smith and Ash Snooks down back. Considering the Bulldogs are a few players down it was agreat effort. Shannon Gray the captain is out with a shoulder injury, Lachie Earl had

shoulder surgery halfway through the season, Dale Wyhoon is working in the mines and Shaun Paterson has a calf injury. The good news for the Doggies though is that they still have Reserves and Thirds left in the football race with the Reserves hoping this year will be theirs after losing the past five grand finals. The other positive is the reappointment of Peter Helms to coach the Seniors again in season 2013.

1ST SEMI FINAL SENIORS Dalyston 20.10.130 d Korumburra-Bena 15.12.102 Dalyston goals: S. Pimm 5, D. Wylie 3, M. Rosendale 3, P. McKenna 2, J. Brooker 2, P. Brosnan 2, K. Schrape 1, M. Schreck 1, S. Langenberg 1. Dalyston best: P. Brosnan, R. Jennings, D. Wylie, R. Beaton, S. Pimm, C. Samargis. Korumburra-Bena goals: C. Maskell 3, J. Smith 3, B. Fitzpatrick 2, I. Osman 2, S. Braithwaite 1, L. Palmer 1, J. Paterson 1, T. Mayo 1, A. Hillberg 1. Korumburra-Bena best: P. Pattison, C. Woods, A. Hillberg, B. Fitzpatrick, A. Snooks, J. Smith.

Bulldogs through to final KORUMBURRABENA Reserves are looking to get to what in the past has seemed to be an unreachable goal after Saturday’s victory. The Bulldogs have scored themselves a spot in the grand final after defeating Phillip Island by 23 points in the battle of the Bulldogs. Although Korumburra-Bena’s Reserves have been in a number of recent grand finals they have been unable to be the better team when it counts. Saturday’s game was an arm wrestle, with both teams pushing hard and showing why they finished one and two on the ladder. Korumburra-Bena led by three at quarter time and two at the main break. A red hot Phillip Island contingent burst out

of the blocks in the third and took the lead with two goals, having them lead by 11 at three-quarter-time. Korumburra-Bena needed to lift and midway through the last they ran away with the game, piling on five goals to take them to a 23 point victory. Phillip Island will now take on the Panthers at Tarwin on Saturday for a chance at winning the premiership.

Hard slog: Korumburra-Bena’s Ashley Zuidema (right) gives it his all to get in front of his Dalyston opponent on Sunday. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@

VCFL joins forces for the better FOLLOWING consideration of the findings of the Review of Football in Country Victoria, the Victoria Country Football League Board have joined forces with AFL Victoria to provide better support for country clubs. The VCFL Board believes the proposed reforms are a positive move, in the best interests of football in country Victoria and represent an efficient and effective structure for the future administration of football in country Victoria. From November 1 2012 onwards AFL Victoria intends to undertake various changes to the administration of football in country Victoria.

2ND SEMI FINAL RESERVES Korumburra-Bena 7.18.60 d Phillip Island 5.7.37 Korumburra-Bena goals: L. Wilson 4, J. Kyle 1, J. Wallis 1, D. Myors 1. Korumburra-Bena best: D. Caporale, L. Wilson, S. Hancock, S. Edwards, D. Myors, J. Meade. Phillip Island goals: P. Seidel 2, H. Harrison 1, T. Cole 1, J. Turner 1. Phillip Island best: B. Hamilton, P. Seidel, S. Gheller, D. Kirby, D. Garton, C. McPhillips.

Island out, Panthers advance THE Phillip Island Thirds season came to an early end as the Panthers advance after Sunday’s game. The Island started well, controlling the game from the outset. Brodie Johnston started the scoring for the Island, kicking their first goal from a set shot. From there the Island had a dominant four goal to one quarter and took an 18 point lead into the first break. Killy-Bass fought back in the second quarter taking control from the Bulldogs. Killy-Bass took the quarter by just one point but the Island still had the lead by

17 points. The Panthers started to take control of the match in the third quarter, dominating the Island all over the ground and their scoring starting to come a lot easier. With the Island only managing two goals to Killy-Bass’ five they relinquished their lead late in the quarter and gave the Panthers a six point lead coming into the last quarter. The last quarter was a bit of an arm wrestle for the two teams, with KilcundaBass proving too strong on the day and ran away with a 14 point victory. They now advance to the preliminary final against Korumburra-Bena.

These changes include increased locally based resources with locally based staff to be appointed to support leagues and clubs as well as Regional Commissions, which will be run by local people, will play a significant role in developing even stronger relationships with key football stakeholders, including government, councils, developers, corporate partners and other organisations involved in the delivery of football to country people. The VCFL Board strongly believes the new structures and arrangements proposed by AFL Victoria are in the best interests of country football, and looks forward to those reforms assisting in the development and growth of football in country Victoria.

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Alberton netball finals action A Grade

Korumburra 31 d Foster 27 A STRONG start by both teams with some long sharp shooting by Korumburra Bena’s Emma Kyle and Foster’s Therese Dalmau. A lot of defensive pressure down the whole court by both teams. Korumburra Bena up by five at the first break. After an injury to Foster’s Britt McKenzie the Tigers regrouped to level the score. Kim Hillberg, Korumburra Bena and Nics McKenzie, Foster started to ping in their shots from various ranges. Defences for both sides pulled in some great rebounds. A quick play before the time was up saw Korumburra Bena’s Tarli Hillberg handstand to avoid going off-side. Korumburra Bena were up by three and the change of Kate Kilpatrick on for Zoe Archer was the only change at half time. Some big intercepts from Korumburra Bena’s Christie Hillberg and Maree Donahue set up nice passages of play to their goalers. Foster’s Carla Jenkins and Hannah Bassett played tight defence and only let Korumburra Bena increase their lead by one. Only one change at three quarter time saw Zoe Archer back on for Ange Coratto, no change to Foster’s side. Tough pressure from both sides forced teams to send the ball back and reset. Foster brought the difference to within one with half a quarter to play. A short injury time forced Korumburra Bena’s Tarli Hillberg off.

2nd Semi Final results - Saturday Sept 1 at Foster A Grade: KorumburraBena 41 d Foster 36. B Grade: Foster 55 d Korumburra-Bena 39. C Grade: Dalyston 48 d Inverloch-Kongwak 27. 17 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 37 d Fish Creek 23. 15 & Under: Dalyston 43 d Korumburra-Bena 26. 13 & Under: Dalyston 21 d Foster 15.

1st Semi Final results A tight contest between Nics McKenzie and Christie Hillberg was on all day throughout the court. Some wayward passes by both teams caused many turnovers. Korumburra Bena came away with the win by four securing them a spot in the grand final. Fish Creek 38 d Stony Creek 31 Fishy jumped out of the gates early to take the lead. Stony then got into the game but it was a low scoring first quarter with Fish Creek ahead 9 – 4. Stony came strong in the second quarter to bring the score back to level at half time, 15 goals each. Fish Creek made some big changes at half time, moving Kara Wogan Browne into goals, Abby Shaw into defence and Kate Sperling into the centre. The changes paid off in the third with Fishy taking a five goal lead into the last quarter. Stony came out with a few changes in the last swapping the goalers, moving Cindy Winkler into WD and bringing on Holly Monaghan into GK, also the Browne’s Bec and Ash swapped positions. Stony took control at the first whistle to bring the margin back to two, but Fishy stayed strong to win by seven.

- Sunday Sept 2 at Phillip Island A Grade: Fish Creek 38 d Stony Creek 31. B Grade: DWWWW 46 d Dalyston 42. C Grade: Korumburra-Bena 32 d Stony Creek 22. 17 & Under: Inverloch-Kongwak 33 d Dalyston 29. 15 & Under: Foster 27 d Fish Creek 16. 13 & Under: Fish Creek 13 d KorumburraBena 12.

B Grade Foster 55 d Korumburra Bena 39 The game started out very physical with defenders on both teams working hard to get touches to every ball. Goalers soon settled to a one goal advantage to Foster at quarter time. One change the break saw Fosters Zoe WoganBrowne replace coach Bron Williams in goals, the extra height in goals made it harder for the Korumburra Bena’s defence. Korumburra Bena delivered the ball well and worked it around the ring to give their shooters the best opportunity. Foster led at half time by six. No changes to Foster, Korumburra Bena brought on Stacee Witton and Alanah Williams to replace Kerryn Gow and Bianca Maskell who added fresh drive through the mid court. A solid quarter by both teams with Foster increasing their lead to nine, going into the last quarter. One change for Foster, Bron Williams back on for Shannon Clearihan Jervis on the wing. Korumburra Bena took off Louise Christopher and Elle Burgess and made some mid court and defence changes. Foster started the last strong, securing the win. DWWWW 46 d Dalyston 42 Both teams started well with good work through the centre court. Sides were level at quarter time. The second quarter finished with Dalyston going into the main break with a two goal advantage. DWWWW came out hard and took the lead away in the third to a two goal advantage. The final quarter was a battle of fitness, nerves and determination, the DWWWW’s victors by four.

C Grade

Stretch: Taylah Staples fully extends to get her hands on the ball during the C Grade match.

Dalyston 48 d IK 27 Dalyston started strong with accurate shooting and strong defence, IK came back with a few late goals, 13-6 Dalyston’s way. Second quarter started much like the first with excellent shooting from Dalyston’s attack.

Dalyston’s defence continued to be strong with held balls on a couple of IK’s goals. Dalyston led 28-12. The third quarter started with Dalyston Centre, Ella Angarane taking a super flying intercept and passing straight down to their goals to score. A better quarter from IK 20-41. Final quarter both teams started to tire with errors coming from both sides. Dalyston took the win and the spot in the grand final. KB 32 d Stony Creek 22 A very tough first quarter, with some scrappy play and it seems nerves played a part on both sides. A long shot settled the nerves of Korumburra Bena’s goaler Ange Williams who combined well with Britt Kilpatrick against Stony’s defence of Di Schelling and Abby Taylor. Korumburra Bena’s GK Merissa Cosson was battling hard with her opponent Kayleen Morter’s height, but managed to scoop up some loose passes. Korumburra Bena went into the first break with a one goal advantage. Stony’s Michelle Moore and Korumburra Bena’s Bec Cant were picking off some loose balls and creating opportunities for their goalers. Korumburra Bena went into half time six goals up. A change at half time for Stony saw a swap of defenders and Michelle Moore into WD, while Korumburra Bena changed Taylah Staples for Shelby Arestia in WD. Stony took control of the first half of the third quarter and capitalised on some turnovers but couldn’t convert it into goals. Korumburra Bena regrouped and held their leads well to deliver the ball well down the court to increase their lead to 10 at three quarter time. Stony swapped their defenders back and Korumburra Bena swapped their centre Jac Hayes for Penni Storti who added some fresh legs. Korumburra Bena kept their 10 goal lead to the final whistle.

Mixed team success: the Victorian team which won the “Netball for All Abilities” match against South Australia include the following players; Cinn Braumann, Hayden Saegi, Steph Young, Jayne Awty, Sue Hoskin, Robert Allen, Danici McPhee, Brendan Backhaus, Nikki Egan, Donna Groves, Tamara Chumbley, Adam Simerina, Mitch Price, and Janet Parker (coach-Drouin).

Netballers national champions THE Victorian ‘Netball for All Abilities’ side came home victorious recently by winning the national title over South Australia. The open age mixed netball team had to play South Australia in a best of three finals. It managed to win two matches (31-2

and 26-2) and drew the third (20-all). Two Leongatha residents are members of the team; Mitchell Price and Adam Simerina, as well as Tamara Chumbley of Wonthaggi. All were ecstatic with the win. “We are expecting to receive our medals sometime soon,” Mitchell said.


C Grade still a chance NETBALL


QUALIFYING FINALS A GRADE Drouin 42 lt Traralgon 49 B GRADE Traralgon 38 d Drouin 33 C GRADE Morwell 38 d Leongatha 21 17 & UNDER Sale 48 d Maffra 27 15 & UNDER Sale 40 d Wonthaggi 31 13 & UNDER Sale 47 d Wonthaggi 21

ELIMINATION FINALS A GRADE Sale 51 d Wonthaggi 43 B GRADE Morwell 49 d Maffra 39 C GRADE Drouin 35 lt Bairnsdale 34 17 & UNDER Wonthaggi 33 d Bairnsdale 25 15 & UNDER Maffra 33 d Drouin 17 13 & UNDER Maffra 31 d Bairnsdale 21

AFTER a fantastic first quarter from the ’Gatha girls Morwell stepped it up and took control. After a tough week and a few outs it was always going to be hard. Let’s focus again for Sunday next week. Final score Leongatha 21 lost to Morwell 36. Awards went to Brooke Brown (Serafino’s) and Sandi Leask-Grylls (Evans Petroleum).

Leongatha & District netball Preliminary final results - Saturday September 1 13/Under: Town Green 31 d Mirboo North Purple 14. 15/Under: Town Black 27 d St Laurence Blue 17. 17/Under / C Grade: Town Black 48 d Mirboo North 31 B Grade: Town 47 d Mt Eccles White 42. A Grade: Town 64 d Mt Eccles Navy 50.

Grand finals Saturday September 8

Eyes on the ball: Mirboo North’s goal shooter Mia Cornell takes possession in the LDNA preliminary final against Town.

13/Under - 12 noon: Mirboo North Gold v Town Green (Crt 5). 15/Under - 12 noon: Meeniyan & District v Town Black (Crt 5). 17/U/C - 1pm: Town Tangerine v Town Black (Crt 5). B Grade - 1pm: Mt Eccles Navy v Town (Crt 5). A Grade - 1pm: St Laurence v Town (Crt 5).

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• UNDER 14s

Parrots finish off perfect season UNDEFEATED premiers is a title the Leongatha Under 14s side can proudly hold after their victory against Moe.

The team put in the hard yards once again and walked home with a solid 54 point win. Oliver McLean led the goal kicking for the Par-

rots, notching up four for the game. This group of players has been very successful in the past, winning numerous premierships as a team. This will leave them in good stead as they head into the next level of football and says great things for the Leongatha Junior Football Club.

GRAND FINALS UNDER 14 Leongatha 12.6.78 d Moe Maroons 3.6.24 Leongatha goals: O. Maclean 4, K. Cooper 3, N. Matsoukas 2, J. Patterson 2, K. Patterson 1. Leongatha best: K. Patterson, L. Nunn, O. Maclean, K. Cooper, J. Patterson, T. Sauvarin. Moe Maroons goals: B. Stansbury 1, J. Morrow 1, B. Smith 1. Moe Maroons best: T. Morrow, H. Sim, B. Smith, K. Attard, D. McIver, R. Sim.

Victors: the Leongatha Under 14s team pulled off a perfect season on Sunday, taking out the grand final after an undefeated season. Photo courtesy Dominic Amato. • UNDER 10s

Late goal secures the win A GOAL in the dying seconds of the game handed the Leongatha Under 10 side the premiership against Trafalgar. Flynn Materia got boot to ball just before the siren to put the team five points ahead for the win. The victory came after a hard fought match and a great team effort.

Team effort: Branson Amato supports team mate Sam Forrester while he tussles with an opponent. Photo courtesy Dominic Amato.

GRAND FINALS UNDER 10 Leongatha 3.7.25 d Trafalgar 3.2.20

Leongatha goals: C. Russell 1, F. Materia 1, E. Lamers 1. Leongatha best: A. Maxwell, C. Michael, C. Russell, K. Littlejohn, H. Kewming, R. Kemp. Trafalgar goals: J. McGrath 3. Trafalgar best: J. McGrath, B. Young, A. Connolly, B. Zimora, M. Heenan, D. Dyke.

High flyer: ruckman Julian Patterson was winning a majority of the contests in Sunday’s grand final for the Under 14s. Photo courtesy Dominic Amato.

• UNDER 12s

Painfully close THE Leongatha Parrots Under 12s came painfully close to a premiership win before going down to Trafalgar.

It came down to the last 30 seconds of overtime when Trafalgar broke the deadlock of the draw by sneaking through a goal.

The team was disappointed but played valiantly and fought hard all day after a great season.

GRAND FINALS UNDER 12 Trafalgar 4.9.33 d Leongatha 4.3.27 Trafalgar goals: R. Henkel 2, T. Bills 1, G. Cocksedge 1. Trafalgar best: D. Young, R. Henkel, G. Cocksedge, T. Bills, K. Jennings, B. Radford. Leongatha goals: D. Williams 1, B. Hastings, 1 J. Stockdale 1, B. Perry 1. Leongatha best: B. Perry, M. McGannon, S. McGannon, B. Hastings, B. Chisholm, T. Van der Kolk.

Game winner: Flynn Materia’s goal seconds before the siren put the Under 10 side over the line to win by five. Photo courtesy Dominic Amato.

Valiant competitors: the Under 12s were unsuccessful in their grand final efforts on Sunday after a close game. Photo courtesy Dominic Amato.

Sweet victory: Leongatha’s Under 10s were the winners after a close match in Sunday’s grand final. Photo courtesy Dominic Amato.

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Parrots’ finals struggle By Kate Pellicano IT is the serious end of the season and the second-placed Leongatha Parrots went up against the third-placed Maffra Eagles on Saturday in the qualifying final.

The Morwell ground was in great condition, with the sun shining and the ground looking perfect. Leongatha’s captain Col Sanbrook was back into the side, with Jason Tomada omitted. Both teams came out strongly, with Leongatha’s Julian Stone kicking the first goal of the match and applying great defensive pressure, stopping the Eagles from scoring by taking a great mark in the Eagles’ forward 50. Maffra’s key player Adrian Burgiel, missed his first shot at goal but was being vocal and encouraging all his teammates. Once again Julian Stone came up with the goods, setting up Dwayne Holt, who kicked it straight through the middle. Alex Carr kicked the first goal for the Eagles despite Leongatha applying great defensive pressure, and Jason Kennedy took strong marks in the Eagles’ forward line. Maffra were playing their A class game. A free kick from Tas Clingan, who misjudged a contest and jumped too early, allowed the Eagles’ Jack Tatterson to slot one through. Roy Mullins answered with a well needed goal for the Parrots late in the first quarter, which left the margin at one point in the Eagles’ favour. Going into the second quarter Maffra’s Daniel Bedggood received the perfect delivery from one of his teammates but was unable to kick straight, but teammate Alex Carr soon made up for it, kicking his second goal for the game. Leongatha’s Mick Otto set up for a shot at goal, but was unsuccessful. Great hands by Tas Clingan led to teammate Chris Verboon taking a pearler, then kicking on to Dwayne Holt who converted from a set shot for the Parrots. Maffra returned a quick firer soon after. Julian Stone kicked a great goal for the Parrots, boosting their confidence, and Chris Verboon with his great set of hands set up Dwayne Holt, who kicked another goal for the Parrots. Maffra got three quick goals late in the quarter with a drop in the Parrots’ defensive pressure. Leongatha started the third trailing by 23 points and Maffra were getting rough.

QUALIFYING FINALS SENIORS Maffra 26.17.173 d Leongatha 13.7.85 Maffra goals: A. Burgiel 8, D. Bedggood 4, A. Carr 3, B. Connelly 3, J. Tatterson 3, D. O’Brien 1, K. Porter 1, J. Lambourn 1, G. Jones 1, B. Coleman 1. Maffra best: B. Coleman, K. Porter, B. Connelly, M. Lee, A. Burgiel, S. Bates. Leongatha goals: D. Holt 4, J. Stone 3, C. Verboon 2, R. McLennan 1, Z. Vernon 1, J. Best 1, T. Clingan 1. Leongatha best: R. Mullens, C. Verboon, S. Westaway, Z. Vernon, D. Holt, J. Stone.

RESERVES Sale 9.8.62 d Maffra 6.4.40 Sale goals: N. Fowler 3, B. McAdam 2, S. Krusic 1, C. Elliott 1, J. Glenane 1, R. McAdam 1. Sale best: R. McAdam, B. Sayers, J. Cook, M. Davis, N. Fowler, B. Hudson. Maffra goals: T. Young 2, J. Langshaw 2, J. Weatherley 1, G. Semmens 1. Maffra best: T. Tudor, L. Wilson, G. Semmens, B. Langshaw, B. Horsford, B. Smith.

UNDER 18 Warragul 9.12.66 d Traralgon 9.8.62 Warragul goals: J. Patullo 3, R. Buttner 3, J. Davidson 1, J. Harlow 1, C. Carey 1. Warragul best: N. Kaljouw, A. Maric, C. Carey, R. Buttner, T. Davine, D. Proctor. Traralgon goals: A. Dugan 2, K. Lewthwaite 2, J. Merrin 1, Z. Guttridge 1, L. White 1, D. Fromberg 1, S. Christensen 1. Traralgon best: C. Sutton, M. Mustoe, B. Northover, S. Goddard, Z. Guttridge.

UNDER 16 Sale 18.20.128 d Maffra 9.1.55 Sale goals: B. Walker 5, J. Allison 4, L. Ronchi 2, B. Jones 2, C. Schuback 1, N. Holmes 1, M. Bristow 1, A. Dingwall 1, J. Jans 1. Sale best: J. Allison, N. Holmes, T. Holt, S. Hogan, B. Walker, B. Dessent Maffra goals: B. Connelly 2, J. Renooy 2, K. Renooy 2, J. Onley 1, T. Tatterson 1, B. Kemp 1. Maffra best: B. Kemp, C. Driffield, B. Rimington, J. Whelan, J. Onley, D. Alexander.

Clingan got a free for a high head tackle, and Dwayne Holt snuck through a well needed goal for the Parrots. The Eagles were getting a lot of the ball and had worn the Parrots down after a very hard and physical three quarters. Late in the quarter Clingan received a solid knock, which forced him off the field and left him unable to play the rest of the match. The Parrots started the fourth quarter trailing by 50 points. Maffra were coming out strongly in every contest and they kept the intensity up throughout the whole game. Maffra got most of play in the last quarter and ran away with the game. They have set the standard high, and the Parrots will have to regroup for next week’s game.

Team effort: Paddy Kindellan goes in for a pick up while teammate Zak Vernon backs him up. Photo courtesy Tracie ELIMINATION FINALS SENIORS Traralgon 14.9.93 d Morwell 10.12.72 Traralgon goals: L. Stockdale 3, J. Caldwell 2, J. Jennings 2, R. Hildebrand 2, M. Geary 1, J. Bird 1, D. McKenna 1, S. Dunbar 1, T. McQualter 1. Traralgon best: M. Jones, J. Hall, J. Sandy, L. Stockdale, A. Slottje, N. Freitag. Morwell goals: T. Ryan 2, D. Hutchison 2, R. Michaelides 2, J. Brown 1, Boyd Bailey 1, J. Ryan 1, M.J. Duncan 1. Morwell best: T. Crosby, J. Ryan, Boyd Bailey, Brandon Bailey, J. Soutar, S. Ryan.

RESERVES Morwell 9.9.63 d Wonthaggi 5.16.46 Morwell goals: S. Tobin 4, A. Caile 2, S. Tobin 1, B. Darby-Lock 1, D. Couling 1. Morwell best: M. Scholz, M. Giddens, M. Murphy, S. Tobin, B. Quinn, A. Morris. Wonthaggi goals: M. Coyne 1, L. Demunk 1, E. Shaw 1, M. Everitt 1, A. Sorenson 1. Wonthaggi best: E. Shaw, B. Foon, A. Zanella, M. Coyne, A. Blundell.

UNDER 18 Sale 19.11.125 d Wonthaggi 5.8.38 Sale goals: J. Freeman 7, N. Campbell 4, B. Rees 2, Z. Robertson 2, E. Johnson 1, C. Garrett 1, Z. Petrovic 1, J. Meade 1. Sale best: J. Freeman, L. Lange, B. Rees, H. Kaandorp, N. Campbell, N. Flint. Wonthaggi goals: P. Ryan 3, T. Huther 1, A. Ferreira-Neto 1. Wonthaggi best: A. Ferreira-Neto, S. Scott, P. Ryan, T. Huther, M. Combridge, A. Murray.

UNDER 16 Bairnsdale 19.16.130 d Drouin 3.0.18 Bairnsdale goals: W. Patterson 4, L. Webb 3, B. McCarrey 2, J. Porter 2, B. Timms 2, J. Sabell 2, B. Sauer 1, B. Commins 1, N. McConville 1, L. Robinson 1. Bairnsdale best: N. Dennison, J. Hammond, B. Timms, D. Sampson, L. Webb, J. Sabell. Drouin goals: J. Collins 2, A. Haymes 1. Drouin best: R. Kennedy, S. ReidHoey, A. Haymes, J. Collins, D. Burke, J. Kos.

Tigers’ season over A MORE fluent Yinnar ended Mirboo North’s season, when it defeated the Tigers by 38 points in the first semi-final, in windless spring sunshine at Tigerland on Sunday. Daniel Taylor, Brent Harriage and James Grande came into Mirboo North’s line-up to replace Ben Leach, Luke Gervasi and Chris Irwin. Ominous signs that the Tigers were headed for a Father’s Day disaster loomed in the first term, when the Magpies were doing all the attacking and peppering the goals at will. Yinnar’s decisive delivery was more dangerous than social media in the wrong hands and exposed Mirboo North’s inflexibility and lack of engine room creativity. The Tigers looked slow, were fumbling and hesitant in their attack on the Sherrin and sloppy and indecisive in their disposal of it. Magpies Leigh Cummins, Ashley McKay and Brendan Chapman used feverish concentration and athleticism to outsmart their opponents and brilliantly break lines and set up forward thrusts with the footy. Snappy rover Sam Mills, was also starring around the packs for the Magpies and teammates, Thys Stanistreet and Nathan Scurrah provided strong marking targets near the goal mouth. By quarter time, the Magpies had gate-crashed their way into Mirboo North’s space to lead by 20 points, after booting 3.5 and restricting the dispirited Tigers to three behinds. Mirboo North’s basic defensive errors allowed further goals to Chris Odgens and Reece Malcolmson as the Magpies kicked 30 points clear of their goalless opponents early in the second term. It was time for the mighty Tigers to take the bit between their teeth and impact the contest. Harriage grabbed two magnificent overhead contested marks across halfback for Mirboo North and also cleared the ball productively on several occasions, to lift his team’s morale. Mirboo North finally settled down midway through the second quarter, following goals to Joe Brooks and Kris Berchtold. Just as the Tigers were

clawing their way back into the match, the irrepressible Mills bobbed up again for his second major for the Magpies. Then Jacob Nash roosted home a 60-metre bomb, after marking a perfect pass into the corridor from Berchtold, to keep Mirboo North in touch. Mirboo North started the third term promisingly with a quick goal, but the Magpies were too strong everywhere and increased their half-time 19 point lead to six goals by three quarter time. Although the Tigers were throwing themselves wholeheartedly into the contests, they were mistaking activity for achievement and digging a huge hole for themselves. Mirboo North rallied bravely in the final term with a clever conversion from Matt Hinkley and three sensational goals from the high-flying Berchtold. Matt Holland, Jacob Nash, Kallum Nash, Damien Turner and skip-

2ND SEMI FINALS SENIORS Newborough 11.7.73 d Trafalgar 8.7.55 Newborough goals: D. Disisto 3, A. Payne 2, A. Battista 2, J. Bowden 1, J. Todd 1, A. Chandler 1, C. Weller 1. Newborough best: A. Battista, A. Philip, T. Boyle, D. Risol, A. Payne, J. Bowden. Trafalgar goals: D. Farrell 2, M. Farrell 2, B. Slater 2, L. Weymouth 1, H. Brock 1 Trafalgar best: B. Santurini, K. Butler, D. Long, A. Gringhuis, J. Hines, M. Farrell.

RESERVES Newborough 12.3.75 d Morwell East 8.6.54

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Stanlake, D. Maher, J. Crofts, J. Riordan, D. Tatterson.

THIRDS Yarragon 10.4.64 d Newborough 7.7.49 Yarragon goals: R. Wallace 4, S. Cougle 3, Z. Regester 2, J. Kilday 1. Yarragon best: A. McLachlan, J. Kilday, R. Wallace, S. Cougle, J. Borsato, J. Cropley. Newborough goals: R. Beck 3, M. Sawyer 1, J. Jacovou 1, R. Paulet 1, J. Brincat 1. Newborough best: M. Rosato, A. Wilson, M. Sawyer, J. Keyhoe, J. Grant, M. Somerville.

FOURTHS Yinnar 6.6.42 d Newborough 4.3.27

Newborough goals: L. Fanning 3, J. Donelly 3, B. Mizzi 2, D. Schembri 1, C. Harwood 1, W. Troy 1, D. Drowley 1. Newborough best: D. Drowley, K. Beasley, L. Fanning, B. Taylor, C. Ruecroft, S. Hibbs. Morwell East goals: W. Arnold 4, A. Frood 2, S. Julin 1, G. Stanlake 1. Morwell East best: A. Frood, G.

Yinnar goals: M. Dyke 3, T. Hillier 1, J. Maggs 1, B. Davey 1. Yinnar best: B. Davey, M. Lardner, M. Dyke, R. Hogarth, E. Suares, T. Hillier. Newborough goals: J. Van Dyk 2, L. Molesworth 1, M. Hibbs 1. Mirboo North best: L. Mulqueen, L. Molesworth, T. Wilson, L. Bauman, J. Hecker, L. Charles.

1ST SEMI FINALS SENIORS Yinnar 16.10.106 d Mirboo North 10.8.68

C. Sykes, L. Haustorfer, E. Stanton, J. Riseley.

Yinnar goals: T. Stanistreet 4, D. King 2, N. Scurrah 2, R. Malcolmson 2, S. Mills 2, P. Roberts 1, C. Hodgens 1, L. Cummins 1, L. Visser 1. Yinnar best: L. Cummins, A. McKay, T. Stanistreet, B. Chapman, S. McCulloch, D. Webster. Mirboo North goals: K. Berchtold 4, D. Pinneri 1, B. Waters 1, J. Brooks 1, J. Nash 1, M. Hinkley 1, M. Holland 1. Mirboo North best: M. Holland, J. Nash, K. Nash, S. Busuttil, K. Berchtold, D. Pinneri.

RESERVES Yinnar 12.6.78 d Boolarra 5.6.36 Yinnar goals: M. Nardino 2, L. Bremner 2, M. Webb 1, J. Mills 1, L. Maynard 1, B. Ross 1, D. Stanistreet 1, B. Young 1, J. Franssen 1, D. Nardino 1. Yinnar best: M. Nardino, M. Webb, J. Mills, B. Taysom, S. Durea, D. Nardino. Boolarra goals: J. Elson 2, D. Leys 1, C. Sykes 1, A. Fievez 1. Boolarra best: J. Elson, D. O’Neill,

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per, Simon Busuttil, all stepped up their intensity and were playing with passion and great self-belief. The momentum was now with the Tigers who had thrown caution to the wind and were within 13 points of Yinnar. Sadly, Mirboo North had run out of ammunition and fired its last shot for 2012. Veteran, Liam Visser, came to the fore behind the ball and closed the door on any more Mirboo North forward forays. Yinnar’s two-metre tall Stanistreet flew high to take a sky-scraper and booted a steadier, before Malcolmson added another. Three more unanswered goals from Leigh Cummins, Stanistreet and Kane Grinstead-Jones, buried the exhausted Tigers. Yinnar now meets Trafalgar in the preliminary final at Morwell East this Saturday and the winner will play Newborough in the grand final at Morwell on September 16.

THIRDS Trafalgar 15.15.105 d Mirboo North 7.3.45 Trafalgar goals: H. Malady 4, D. Brock 3, D. Barker 2, D. Wood 2, J. Noonan 1, H. Farrell 1, J. Smart 1, B. Tullett 1. Trafalgar best: D. Brock, B. Tullett, L. Faltum, H. Malady, H. Farrell, J. McGrath. Mirboo North goals: J. Peters 3, M. Wightman 1, P. Hinkley 1, L. Smit 1, L. Steenbach 1. Mirboo North best: M. Wightman, B. Taylor, J. Redmond, J. Gostling, N. Gervasi.

FOURTHS Yarragon 5.5.35 d Yallourn-Yall Nth 5.4.34 Yarragon goals: P. Robinson 2, A. Mattei 2, B. Cougle 1. Yarragon best: A. Mattei, J. Kilday, L. Axford, J. Cameron, P. Robinson, T. Turner. Yallourn-Yall Nth goals: R. Keyhoe 2, L. Thompson 1, R. Byrne 1, S. Smith 1. Yallourn-Yall Nth best: R. Reid, M. Twaddle, B. Paulet, T. Lawrey, R. Keyhoe, R. Hearn.

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Beau’s sports night raises $115,000

COLLINGWOOD Football captain Nick Maxwell and former North Melbourne Football Club great Glenn Archer were guest speakers for the Beau Vernon Sportsman’s Fundraising Night in San Remo last week that raised around $115,000.

The night saw a star studded line up of about 14 top sportsmen including triple Olympic rowing gold medallist Drew Ginn, formerly of Inverloch who has just arrived home after winning silver at the London Games. Drew attended with his father Dennis, along with AFL stars, Collingwood’s Scott Pendlebury, Tyson Goldsack, Dale “Daisy” Thomas, former Leongatha player and Hawthorn player Jarryd Roughead, Melbourne footballers Clint Bartram and Mitch Clark, legendary Hawthorn full forward Peter Hudson AM and his son, former Leongatha and Gippsland Power football coach Paul Hudson, who also played for the Hawks, Western Bulldogs and Richmond football clubs. Organised by the Phillip Island Football Netball Club and the Kilcunda Bass Football Club, secretary of the Phillip Island club Katie Colla said the night, attended by 450, proved a huge success with the silent auction generating thousands through the sale of some valuable sporting memorabilia, donated furniture, appliances and many other goods. “We have had great positive feedback from the night with some saying it was the best sportsmans night they had ever attended,” she said. At the start of the night Nick Maxwell said it was great to see the huge support from the local community for Beau. “We have to make sure we raise as much money as we can,” said Nick. A highlight of the night came at the very start with a stirring video clip of Beau speaking from his rehabilitation centre in Melbourne. In a moving thank you to all for their fundraising efforts, a courageous Beau said he was overwhelmed with the support and “it is hard to take it all in.” Describing what he remembered of the tragic accident while playing for Leongatha in a match against Wonthaggi in June this year, Beau said “I got a hip and shoulder to the top of my head”. Beau said he was lucky to still be conscious and was able to tell people not to touch him until the paramedics arrived. “I was then in the Helimed and airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne,” he said. “The first week was a massive blur, I was heavily sedated and I really thought I would choke to death, I had that many tubes in me. “But I have had really good support from my family and Lucy (girlfriend). It took me three weeks to be able to talk again, I never thought I would have to learn to talk and eat again. “I was moved from the Alfred to the Austin hospital and the five weeks there were really hard going, being in bed all day, and from there I have been in rehab and I am slowly building up the muscles in my arms.” With a bit of humour in his voice, Beau said he has been doing massive bicep curls, with his two kilogram weights. “Every day I am getting better and stronger and my short term goal is to keep getting stronger. A major goal for me will be to hopefully get into a manual chair next month and a long term goal will be to get in the pool for some swimming,” he said.

“The communities of Phillip Island, Leongatha and South Gippsland have been amazing, everyone is doing their bit and it is hard to take in, but I am so thankful.” On the video girlfriend Lucy said, “Beau is immensely tough and he always looks forward. “I’ve never been more proud of him than in the last five weeks and from both of us thanks for all your support,” she said. Beau’s father Daryl addressed the crowd at the sportsman’s night and told how he and wife Kerrie were in Uganda on holiday when they received news of their son’s tragic accident that left him with one dislocated vertebrae and a fracture to another, that left him a quadriplegic. “We were out in the middle of nowhere, and the time difference made it difficult to communicate. We were told by Zak (son) Beau had been airlifted,” Daryl said. “For the next 14 to 16 hours we were on our own and couldn’t get any more news; this was very hard for us both”, Daryl said. Talking about his son, Daryl said Beau has always been a hard worker, a great family person and has a “fantastic attitude”. “He is stubborn like his father and has a very giving heart like his mother,” Daryl said. “I class Beau as a good role model and he will continue to be that into the future. “The situation with Beau now is that he has movement in his shoulder, elbow and one wrist and I have promised before I die, he will walk again.” Daryl has hopes there will be some major breakthrough in stem cell research in the next 10 years and vowed he wouldn’t stop trying. “It is about what you can do and just getting those doors to open,” Daryl said. “He loves his footy and it was just an unfortunate accident. Football is still a fantastic game but I would like to see head high things taken out of suburban and country footy,” he said. Commenting on the evening, Drew Ginn said he was amazed when he heard the video clip of Beau sharing what he is going through since his accident and what is ahead for him and his family. “The community support has been significant and needs to be, as they are working to raise close to $1mil since a simple oversight with insurance forms has left them and Beau exposed to the huge cost of his injuries. “It’s hard but it is incredible how people rally around people in times of need and this is the case here as the turn out last night showed. “During the short video I was struck by Beau’s attitude and how I am sure he is going through some big ups and downs, but the way he spoke was so powerful and clear. Many people can learn from this and in years to come I sense he will achieve so much and inspire so many.” Talking to The Star at the start of the evening, Drew Ginn said he wasn’t sure if he would compete in the next Olympic Games in Rio. “I will be spending the next four weeks with family and then I will get back into training. I am keen but I am just not sure at this stage. I would like to but it depends on the body and the family,” he said. The San Remo Sportsman’s Night and the Phillip Island Auction events have helped to raise some $250,000 for the Beau Vernon appeal. Wonthaggi will stage a special fundraising auction next month at the St Joseph’s Hall and 200 seats will be available.

Burra support: from left Korumburra Football Club supporters Steve and Trudy McNamara, Warren Burgess, Roger Wittingslow and Shane Earl of Phillip Island.

Star studded: from left, seated, Hawthorn footballer and former Leongatha player Jarryd Roughead, Collingwood footballer Tyson Goldsack, and Melbourne footballers Clint Bartram and Mitch Clark were served up a delicious dinner by volunteer staff Cara Humbert and Ashlea Bell, both of Phillip Island during the special fundraising night for injured Leongatha footballer Beau Vernon at San Remo on August 27.

Father and son: Dennis Ginn of Inverloch was proud to attend the Beau Vernon fundraising night in San Remo with his son Drew, just home from winning silver in the rowing at the London Games.

Mum and dad: parents of injured Leongatha footballer Beau Vernon, Daryl and Kerrie were thrilled with the support shown for their son during a special fundraising night in San Remo last week.

Celebrity autograph: Darren Borg of Cape Woolamai was thrilled to have popular Magpie footballer Tyson Goldsack sign his Collingwood football jumper at the Beau Vernon fundraiser last week.

Magpie favourite: Emily Leenan of Lang Lang was all smiles when she got to meet Collingwood star midfielder Scott Pendlebury at the Sportsman’s Night in San Remo last week.

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Throwing for seventh gold WITH six gold, two silver and three bronze Paralympic medals Russell Short is no less than a Paralympic hero. Overnight last night Short would have battled it out on the Paralympic stage for the seventh time in his career and may have scored a medal. The shot-putter suffers from macular degeneration and has only two per cent peripheral vision. Short was born in Poo-

Going for gold again: Paralympian Russell Short is competing in his seventh Paralympic Games in London. Inset, Legend: Russell Short has taken home six gold medals including two at the Sydney Games. Photo courtesy Paralympics Australia.

wong, grew up in the area and attended Korumburra Secondary College. There he trained under PE teacher Don Hislop who commended him as an athlete. “He was a very good sportsman and he had very good coordination,” he said. “He did everything the other kids did and he never squibbed it once.” Mr Hislop said that Short’s vision didn’t hold him back. “Only once did he use his eyesight as an excuse not to do something,” he said. “That’s when I put him at short-stop at baseball, he said he could hear the ball but he couldn’t see it so then I put him out in right field because he still wanted to play. “He was a great kid and a great athlete.” Short showed promise in a range of sports throughout his schooling. “He got second in the state diving finals when he was in Year 7 I think,” Mr

Hislop said. “You’ve got to be pretty well co-ordinated to be a good diver and have good spatial awareness. “Then he just sort of got bigger and stronger and became a good solid kid. “He started to do a lot of weights and concentrating on his discus as well as javelin and shot put, but discuss was his main event.” Mr Hislop praised Short’s perseverance and attitude and said they were what got him this far. “He did it himself; if he didn’t have the get up and go he could’ve just quite easily blended into society,” he said. “As a teacher I’m really proud of him.” Not only is Short a gold medal-winning athlete but has kayaked across the Torres Strait and walked the Kokoda Track. He now lives in Glen Huntly, but loves to visit South Gippsland when he can.

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