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Celebrating 120 Years



Souvenir edition

Foster Tigers AFL Premiers 2010

Huge crowd: a record gate of $34,718 saw Foster claim its first senior flag since 1993. On a magnificent ground at Inverloch, Foster triumphed by four goals over Stony Creek. Foster captain Tim Howe with coach Dean Duursma hold up the Premiership Cup in front of their adoring supporters.

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We did it: young Tiger footy supporters cheered their team to victory, from left, Kyla Green, Oliver Cox, and Xavier Duursma.

Second premiership: Justin Cowell amazingly played in Foster’s last premiership in 1993 and he did it again on Saturday, figuring well in the Tigers’ premiership of 2010. He is pictured celebrating with his son, Bayleigh.

Grand Final coverage continues on pages 2, 52 - 55

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Alberton Grand Final Footy Shorts

There was a record gate at the Alberton Football League grand final of $34,718. The previous record was $29,400 at last year’s Grand Final. AFL secretary Lynn Whelan said, even taking into account the price rise for the grand final of $2 for adults and $1 for concession/ students, the figure would represent about $1000 more than last year. Mrs Whelan said she fielded no complaints of the increase in price for the grand final. “A lot of leagues put the whole finals series up, but we only put the price up for the grand final,’ she said. AFL secretary was asked by The Star whether Inverloch would now be considered ahead of Foster for a grand final. Mrs Whelan said it depended on the circumstances but Foster would probably get the nod because it has upstairs clubrooms which would be ideal for elderly or disabled to watch the game. They also had a grandstand which gave more spectators cover if it rained on the day. But, she said, Foster wasn’t “locked in” and circumstances could change. There were not too many hiccups in the Alberton grand final. Except when the National Anthem was to be played there was a couple of minutes’ delay. When it did start it was a bit on the quiet side. The Inverloch Recreation Reserve was in superb condition to host the 2010 Alberton Football League grand finals at the weekend. The oval surface had been meticulously prepared by the volunteers of the Inverloch Recreation Reserve and drew favourable comment from fans. Even after three

games of football, the ground was virtually free of mud despite recent rain. Recreation reserve president, Craig Butcher, was pleased with how the surface held up. “In the lead-up to today, the ground has been fertilised and mowed to thicken it up,” he said. “We’ve just been looking after it through the year, so this is great.” Top dressing, drainage improvements and oversowing over the past three years continues to provide the league with a grand venue. By 7.10am, 20 minutes before the gates to the reserve opened, a queue of vehicles stretched from the entrance around Bayview Avenue and halfway down William Street. Many eager fans parked their cars in Sandy Mount Avenue on Friday night to guarantee themselves poll position when gates opened the next morning. Well done to Yarram Apex Club, who manned the gates and to the Allies for running the catering side of things on the day. Alcohol wasn’t allowed to be brought into the ground. Security staff checked boots of cars and bags etc. Most had realised purchases had to be made at the ground. That didn’t stop a lot of refreshments being consumed at the ground though, with the league having to order another skip to collect the “empties”. There was quite a lot of foul language at times coming from some areas of the crowd. These people should realise there are many families and younger people at the games and they should cut the language out. Liquor probably fuelled this behavior but it is very hard for security to clamp down

when it is so prevalent at football grand finals. Foster Football Club celebrated into the night at the Foster arts centre, with Geoff “Dog” Sparkes and band providing the music. A life membership was presented on the night to Mark Binding who, as a trainer and past secretary, has devoted many years to the club he loves. The Tigers continued their celebrations on Sunday morning with a breakfast followed by their annual presentation day. Some had obviously not slept at all, arriving in their football jumpers. The club enjoyed amazing success on Saturday, winning four out of four, with football winning a flag plus three netball teams. The Allies club did a massive job on the catering side with a total sellout of all drinks and food. Some 4800 heavy cans were consumed, 600 mid and light cans and 1680 mixed drinks. Murray Francis said the crowd was very patient and often had to stand four deep at one of the two booths. “They were all polite, there was no trouble with them having to wait,” he said. On the food side of things Shirley Vardy said she sold out of all food, including 30 dozen pies, 25 dozen sausage rolls, 1000 hamburgers, 300 sausages, 20 dozen salad rolls and plenty of cakes, dim sims, and sandwiches as well. In all the Allies had 50 helpers who did a magnificent job. More of both food and drink was ordered compared to last year but, again, it sold out due to the bigger crowd. Continued on page 41.

Not noticed: very little complaint about the umpires, well done guys and girls, you did a magnificent job. The umps line up for the National Anthem. Stony supporters: Prue Charlton and Kady Hemming showed their true colours and supported Stony Creek in Saturday’s AFL grand final.

Fitting end: great sportsmanship was shown by both sides on Saturday, both on and off the field. Stony Creek players came across to the Foster huddle to congratulate the Tigers on their premiership whilst Foster invited the Stony boys to have a drink with them. Security busy: the security employed for the grand final, Shadow Security, were kept on their toes, protecting the umpires and ensuring there were no flare-ups in the crowd. There were a several evictions from the ground after a few “spot fights” but fortunately no brawls erupted. The police were called after one person re-entered the ground after being evicted. He was also caught urinating in public. He spent several hours in the police lock-up and was fined.

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Burra Bulldogs: Meg Macri, Jacqui and Lachie Snooks cheered for the Korumburra-Bena A Grade netballers in their grand final against premiers Dalyston on Saturday at Inverloch.

Go Tiges: from left, Jayde McGlead, Taneka Roffey, Meg McGlead and Kyla Green cheered Foster to a win in the AFL Senior grand final on Saturday at Inverloch.

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Protests prompt action By Brad Lester PUBLIC outrage over a dangerous intersection at Ruby will pay off.

VicRoads will extend the existing bypass lane on the South Gippsland Highway, at the intersection with Ruby-Arawata Road, to reduce the risk of a collision. Residents of Ruby and Arawata have been calling for a dedicated right hand turning lane on the highway to make the junction safer, while waiting to turn into Ruby. While the works are not what the community asked for, VicRoads has guaranteed the intersection will be safer. VicRoads acting regional director Harvey Dinelli said the intersection would be addressed but not until after tender is awarded later this year. “This will improve safety by allowing more time and space for motorists to pass vehicles that have stopped or slowed down to turn right into RubyArawata Road,” he said. The work has been confirmed as part of the $7.13 million run-off road safety project for the highway between Bena and Meeniyan, announced by VicRoads recently. Highway campaigner and Ruby resident Margery Robson welcomed the action but was not satisfied. “If it just means they’re going to increase the traffic passing lane on the left, that will be useless because we need a dedicated right hand turning lane there as well,” she said. Residents continue to experience potentially life-threatening near misses at the dangerous section. Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said motorists on the highway overtake

Meals roster (Leongatha) Woorayl Lodge Auxiliary, Joy Hayward and St Peter’s Ladies Guild will be responsible for the delivery of meals on wheels, the week beginning September 20, 2010.

Community campaigners: residents at the intersection of Ruby-Arawata Road and the South Gippsland Highway. Front: Lisa Spaull and Madison McAliece. Back: Margery Robson, Liz Leigh, Julie and Les Boyd, Nigel and Rohan Hutchinson-Brooks, Lyn and Ken Boromeo, and Margaret Robson. without considering the possibility of traffic turning into – or out of – RubyArawata Road. “There should be double lines back to the bend because people see two kilometres of straight and just go,” he said. “They do not realise people can come out of here.” Ken Boromeo fears for his safety when he turns off the highway. “The car behind you can see what you are doing but the car behind that can’t and he just pulls out to pass you,” he said.

“When you slow down to turn, the traffic has to slow down because there is not a proper dedicated turning lane, but the traffic not always does.” Leongatha resident Liz Leigh narrowly missed colliding with a car while turning into Ruby-Arawata Road, after the driver of that vehicle overtook the car behind her, unaware of her intentions. “I would have hoped that I would have done Peter Brock proud the way I got around the corner,” she said. Long trucks have difficulty nego-

tiating the intersection, particularly when entering the highway. The only alternative road into Ruby, Ruby Road, was closed by South Gippsland Shire Council due to safety concerns with the highway intersection. Part of the road in Ruby has been pulled up and will be sown with grass seed. Along the Ruby-Arawata Road itself, council has widened the road slightly before the bridge. Ms Robson wants council to replace the 100km/h speed limit signs near the

highway with “End 60km/h” signs, in case people accelerate, unaware of the highway intersection nearby. Council’s director of infrastructure, Anthony Seabrook, said the final work design for upgrades to Ruby-Arawata Road would be completed soon. Council is also working with VicRoads to finalise closure of Ruby Road. He said council meets with VicRoads management at Traralgon every six months and the South Gippsland, Strzelecki and Bass highways were always discussed.

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By Bianca Fear, work experience LEONGATHA’S Josh Gardiner will be performing at the State Schools Spectacular this weekend.

Acting teen: Josh Gardiner is eyeing a career on the stage.

The Year 11 student at Leongatha Secondary College will take to the stage at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne. All government school students are given the opportunity of a lifetime to show off their talent and have fun. At just 17, Josh’s wishes are finally coming true. As a kid, he always loved to sing and dance in front of his parents. Popstar TV shows always inspired him. Josh will sing 12 songs, two of which are the main features of the show: “Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony” in German and “Giants in the Sky” from the musical Into the Woods. Rehearsals have been held at Collingwood and have entailed extreme concentration, practice and preparation. “Before the show this week, we will practice all day Wednesday, all day Thursday and all day Friday. It’s just really intense.” He auditioned in April and was put on the spot. He was called back for the second round - more competitive than the first. Josh did not let his guard down and pushed himself to achieve his goals. He finally got accepted for the position in this year’s State Schools Spectacular. “I always thought singing was the best thing ever, but then I was introduced to musical theatre which combines my love for music, dance

and drama all together,” he said. Josh was inspired by actress Jaz Flowers, who appeared in a previous State Schools Spectacular and now has the main role in the production Hairspray. “Knowing that someone who was in the same position as me can get that far in life just gives me so much hope to go further and achieve my goals.” Performing in musical theatre is the icing on the cake for Josh. “The feeling it gives me is indescribable. You just look out to a massive audience and it’s really breathtaking. You get an adrenaline rush.” In 2007, Josh participated in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s show Grease, which was a great experience. He was also in the ensemble of the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s Oliver! this year. Josh has also performed with the Foster Amateur Music and Drama Association and been involved in previous musical theatre shows. More than 2000 people will be watching Josh perform his act this weekend, with a massive range of songs to be heard. “You just feel so important and famous in a way.” Josh would like to go to the Western Australia Performing Arts Academy, which famous Australian actor Hugh Jackman attended, or study a university qualification in musical theatre. “I love doing musical theatre. It just makes me so happy and so satisfied.” Wonthaggi Secondary College students Cassandra deLacy-Vawdon and Mitchell Sanders will also appear in the lead vocal group.

Fine voice: Cassandra deLacy-Vawdon of Wonthaggi Secondary College will also perform.

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Families endure hardship By Jane Ross THE Salvation Army in Leongatha provides emergency relief for a minimum of 50 people a week. People ask for food or petrol vouchers, and help with paying bills. Many of the needy are families and the army has been left with no alternative but to limit how often they can return for help to ensure as many people as possible can receive aid. Emergency relief centres have been set up in Foster and Mirboo North one day a week, so that people do not have to travel. Community support co-ordinator Geoff Clarkson said he had no idea just how bad finances are for so many people. He started in the role last July and has just been joined by a case worker, his wife Jodie. She sits one on one with clients, helping them set financial and personal goals and undertakes advocacy. Often, she explained, having a neutral party to verbalise their problems to, eases the stress. And many do not know what they are entitled to if they are on a concession card, such as dis-

counts on water bills. Armed with that knowledge, many clients are able to see their way through the maze and its enormity lessens. “Once you have a budget on paper, you can see where it’s going,” Mrs Clarkson said. There is a lot of community support. For example, a local farmer donates big bins of potatoes. Donations of dry or tinned goods and blankets are always welcome. The Salvation Army’s lifestyle program run through its church helps clients too, covering dealing with loss, grief, stress and anger. The church and offices in Anderson Street have been painted and brightened, in keeping with the Clarksons’ aim of keeping things relaxed and welcoming. A low-cost café is run on Monday and Tuesday mornings between 9.30 and 11.30. Prices are kept at cost, so a cup of coffee is $2, or $2.50 for coffee and cake. “We set it up with the intention of keeping it cheap and open to the public,” Mrs Clarkson said, adding the aim is to provide an affordable treat in a social setting. Volunteers provide the service.

Power play

Deliver on promise, minister told

POPULATION growth predictions will result in South Gippsland wielding greater po- VICTORIAN Health Minlitical clout. ister Daniel Andrews must Max Semken of Leongatha, who has now make good on his stood in the past as a candidate for the seat of Gippsland South now held by Pe- promise that Bass Coast Reter Ryan for the Nationals, has pointed gional Health will receive $4.5 million if Julia Gillard this out. He retains a strong interest in popula- won the federal election, tion growth and its ramifications and is Bass MP Ken Smith said. an ardent supporter of rail transport. Mr Semken said the urban growth boundary is now only 5kms from Koo Wee Rup. Bass Coast’s population is predicted to balloon by 40 per cent in the next 20 or so years and Mr Semken can see the same thing happening in South Gippsland Shire. If that occurs and the growth continues in the municipalities of Casey and Cardinia, Mr Semken said the eastern region of Victoria will end up with up to eight Federal seats and up to 16 State seats. “That will be a good voting bloc.”

Anyone can go along to savour the omelettes, croissants, quiches and other goodies. Cooking on a budget classes are another way for Mrs Clarkson to help clients balance their budgets. The current class is full but she’s hoping to run more. The Salvation Army has a no interest loan scheme called “nils”, to pay for things like car repairs, new tyres, new white goods or other essential household items. These are for those on low incomes and Mr Clarkson has found that some Leongatha businesses will offer better deals to those accessing such loans. Money is paid to the business providing the goods and the scheme does not cover second hand items. Children are included in the Salvation Army’s efforts to reach out into the community. There’s an after school program similar to Scouts and Guides run on Thursdays. Children are given a drink and a snack and work with volunteers towards age-appropriate badges. It’s called Sagala and costs $1 a session, but no one notices if a child can’t pay. Older members of the program recently planned, cooked, prepared and served a meal for 50 people.

Mr Andrews made the conditional promise on August 16 that if Labor was returned, funding would be provided for two new sub-acute beds at Wonthaggi Hospital and a community rehabilitation centre. Mr Smith said at the time that the pledge was “nothing short of blackmail” and that he was “outraged” that the Minister was using the health of people in his electorate to blackmail them into voting for the federal Labor Party. “I am still outraged that he would

stoop so low. But now is the time to put up, or shut up - that is, if anything is left after millions are siphoned off to three so-called Independents who were intent on blackmailing the rest of Australia to boost their own egos,” Mr Smith said. “While these works will still not elevate the hospital to the sub-regional status it desperately needs, and the State Government has still not made any commitment to making it happen, any improvement is better than nothing. “Mind you, some of the money may be better spent getting the regional health services master plan developed so that we can get one more step in the long process of getting a hospital upgrade out of the way. “Mr Andrews may have won a few votes with his promise. Voters will expect a payoff – and soon.”

Support: Geoff Clarkson provides emergency relief at the Leongatha Salvation Army offices in Anderson Street, while his wife Jodie helps clients balance their budgets and reduce stress over debt.

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Murray’s last kick By Isaac McCallum MURRAY Wightman has finished his career at Leongatha Primary School. The long serving teacher was recognised for his famous activities with a surprise assembly last Friday. They sung his favourite songs, such as We Are the Champions, TNT and It’s My Life, but his biggest thrill was having a sports house named after him. Highland house, otherwise known as blue, will now be titled Wightman House – a dedication to Murray’s 16 years at the primary school. “That was a great honour. It’ll be a thrill to see my name in the paper next to the scores,” he said. Murray, who attended the school from Prep to Grade 6, led his staff footy team for one last game against the students. They have not lost a game yet. “We always kick with the wind and even if we don’t win we just tell them we did,” he said with a laugh. “The kids really enjoy it and it will be the last game here before it all moves up (to the new location).” Murray’s daughter, who often helps out with the footy days, was linked to the assembly through Skype, so she could see the event unfolding. The teaching gig meant a lot to Mr

Wightman, as he is known by the students, so he will not be able to give it up cold turkey. “I don’t think I could do that, I’ll definitely do a bit of relief teaching, I think that’ll be good,” he said. Murray certainly did not play like he was retiring, still able to run around and keep up with much younger students. Assistant principal of Leongatha Secondary College, Grant Kuhne, said Murray’s contribution to the college will always be remembered. “I think the best three words to describe Murray are dedication, organisation and commitment,” he said. “We will miss his super organisation; he planned everything down to finest detail. It’s like clockwork.” The assistant principal said the games of footy were always something the kids looked forward to, and that Murray had a special place in their hearts. “He always planned the assembly on the last day of term, so we decided to plan him one back,” Mr Kuhne said. “The children sent him cards, and I don’t think they were sad to see him go because we made the assembly a happy one.” Many of the students were keen to show off their skills against their retiring adversary on his last day, and Murray said that they put up one of the best games he had played in, but of course still, the teachers won.

Last hurrah: Murray Wightman pushes through the opposition during the teachers-students match.

Memorial unveiled INVERLOCH RSL is the site for a new Nasho memorial unveiled on Sunday. The National Servicemen’s Association will be remembered with a monument that sits outside the venue, chosen as it is a neutral venue and often used for general meetings for the association’s South Gippsland sub branch. Branch president, Don Earl, was pleased with the ceremony, in which he himself was involved, giving a speech. “It’s good to have a memorial. We can’t go to where our loved ones are, but we can go to Inverloch and remember,” he said. “It was made by the members, and unveiled by the members.” All who attended laid wreaths and left rosemary around the memorial.

In his speech, Mr Earl spoke highly of the service, and of those who were, and are, a part of the service. “The strength of a nation is determined by the character of its people. To the 278,000 national servicemen who served, wore

the uniform of this country in the navy, army and airforce - a big thankyou,” he said. “The sense of mateship is what brought us here today. It is the cornerstone of the Australian Military Service.”

Proud Australian: Don Earl makes a speech at the opening of the Nasho memorial outside the Inverloch RSL.

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Inlet danger risks tourism By Matt Dunn

INVERLOCH’S tourist numbers may be dwindling because mariners are too scared to cross the bar into ocean waters.

Mariners face a serious risk of capsizing as the bar remains shallow. Tim Edney of Inverloch Marine said he believes the perceived danger of crossing the bar “quite possibly does have some effect on tourism and the town”. “People who come here and have a bad experience don’t necessarily want to come back. But once you find the bar and you know your way around the inlet it’s quite usable,” he said. “There are definitely people who do come down here and have had trouble and get a fright.” Mr Edney commended the work of Gippsland Ports, for installing buoys in the inlet that had been “of great assistance” to mariners. David Walsh, who owns the Rod Bending fishing stores at Venus Bay and Inverloch, said people “definitely do pick their days to go out” on Anderson Inlet. “Inside the inlet I think there was definitely fishing throughout the season. Probably last year we didn’t have the pick of the weather, which probably had an effect on the amount of people who were out there,” he said. “Better facilities wouldn’t go astray

in helping encourage people to get out. The bar’s shallow, so it means people look at different options.” He believes many boat enthusiasts are happy to stay within the confines of Anderson Inlet, though “a lot of people who do go offshore are looking at other places to launch from”. Inverloch Tourism Association president Dom Brusamarello said the “organisation would always support endeavours which increase the safety of boat users in Anderson Inlet”. Like Mr Edney, Mr Brusamarello said Gippsland Ports had done well in that regard. Inverloch SES coxswain Charlie Deering, said rescuers would avoid bringing boats back through Anderson Inlet. “You can be stranded on the sandbanks going in and if there’s a bit of sea going over, you can be tipped over very easily. Our option now, if we’ve got to get a boat, especially if it’s getting towards dark, is to tow them to San Remo or Welshpool rather than risk coming back in through Inverloch,” he said. “Shallow Inlet, that’s out. About the only options we’ve got are San Remo or Welshpool. Like most of these places you do need local knowledge.” Mr Deering said the Inverloch SES would begin a training program to make sure “everyone’s fairly familiar with San Remo and Welshpool, so we can tow boats into either place”. He said that because there were few-

Land legs: Geoff Moore and Mark Drew fish from the safety of the shore at the entrance to Anderson Inlet. er boats launching from Inverloch, the SES had had to perform less rescues. “Because Inverloch’s been so bad, a lot of people have said they won’t go out. We’ve been fairly quiet this year, with about three rescues,” Mr Deering said. Warning signs placed at Inverloch by GippslandPortshadhelpedsteermariners away from the waters, Mr Deering said.

Supermarket opening nears By Isaac McCallum MEENIYAN will have a new supermarket by early next year, according to new owner Chris Bettles. The slab and structure should be ready by Christmas, and the shop is expected to open in February or March. Mr Bettles, the owner of the Foster and Mirboo North outlets is confident that the venture into Meeniyan will be a successful one. “We believe in the future of the town. We’ve done the numbers, and they all stack up,” he said, referring to the growth and positioning of Meeniyan. And although Mr Bettles said it may

be a while before the doors are open, he still plans to celebrate. “My intention is to get the store open as quickly as we can, so everyone can have a look. But we will open it the Meeniyan way, which will mean to have a party,” he said. The store, which is an IGA (midway between a Super IGA and IGA Friendly), is set to be 460 square metres, and hold up to 9000 lines in stock. “We’ll have liquor, cooked chickens, deli, meat and fruit and vegetables. Plus we’ll have over 2000 specials a week,” Mr Bettles said. The site will be owned by Melbourne company Newplay, which is run by Ken Scott.

Water strategy soon By Chris Brown SOUTH Gippsland water users will know in several weeks how the region’s water authority plans to provide for consumers and business in the next 50 years. A landmark water supply strategy covering the 10 systems operated by South Gippsland Water from Nyora to Yarram is currently at the draft stage. South Gippsland Water managing director Steve Evans said they were looking to get board approval for the documents. “It’s the absolute future of a secure water supply looking out 50 years. We’re not looking at the rainfalls we got this week or last week,” he said. The strategy will consider projected population growth for each system and the likely effects of climate change.

It includes a business case that will determine the cost effectiveness of upgrading and maintaining existing reservoirs versus taking water from the Melbourne grid as a backup to the core supplies. This business case will address any new costs to be imposed on water users. Mr Evans said the business case covered the costs of new infrastructure and the possibility of future government grants. He said South Gippsland Water was not looking at buying desal water as such, but rather looking at the average price of water for the Melbourne grid that includes desal water. “We are lucky enough to be able to get that (Melbourne water) using that grid price,” he said. The composition of water, whether from dams, desal or other sources, provided to South Gippsland would be determined by Melbourne Water. The Wonthaggi,

Inverloch and Cape Paterson systems were connected to the desalination plant to supply water for its construction. Once the 50 year water strategy is released, it will be widely publicised in local media and at public meetings.

“Most of them heeded the advice,” he said. Those who did get into trouble were generally guilty of “going out with the run out tide and a bit of a south westerly swell”. “That’ll pick the waves up and tip their boats over pretty quick,” Mr Deering said. Gippsland Ports CEO Nick Murray

said changes in local waters were “dynamic” and posed uncertain risks. “It’s a dynamic environment where the sand is constantly moving and we are seeking to bring that to the attention of recreational boaters and commercial boat operators, to exercise extreme caution because of the shifting nature of the sand,” he said.

’Burra boom mooted MORE land could be opened to residential development in Korumburra. A South Gippsland Shire Council proposal could rezone 20ha of land zoned Farming to Residential One. The land in question adjoins Korumburra Secondary College. Council received 15 submissions to the proposal – Amendment C52 - and believes it will be referred to an Independent Planning Panel. A planning scheme amendment request has also been submitted to council to rezone 40ha at Bena Road, Korumburra, next to Carinya Lodge. The developer seeks rezoning from Farming to Residential One. Council will prepare an outline development plan to guide development of land in south-western Korumburra before making a decision.

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National exposure to pay off

Prom proud: Christian Stefani, Catherine McGlead, Royal Carrington, Neil Morris, Cr Mohya Davies, Emma Harry, Lorraine Hughes, Craig Stubbings. Seated: Christine Legg and Ted Wlas.

SOUTH Gippsland has been promoted nationally in the past 12 months. Regional tourism body Prom Country Regional Tourism booked advertisements in Australian Geographic magazine and sent promotional emails to more than 15,000 people. A financial administrator has also been employed, a sponsorship plan developed and a crisis management strategy implemented. At the organisation’s annual general meeting, all candidates were elected unopposed. Returning executive members included Catherine McGlead (Promontory Gourmet Foods), Royal Carrington (Carrelly Garden Accommodation), Lorraine Hughes (Meeniyan Motel), Angela Morris (Bellview Hill Bed and Breakfast), Philip Botte (McCartin’s Hotel) and Rowena

Ashley (Coal Creek). Other board members included Craig Stubbings (Parks Victoria), Christian Stefani and Cr Jennie Deane (South Gippsland Shire Council). Ted Wlas from Venus Bay Getaways was a new addition to the executive committee. The meeting component ended with a farewell to retiring executive members, Lisa Williams and Georgia Wilson. Both had been long standing and active members. Also retiring was chair, Emma Harry. Emma bid farewell to the association after a productive year that saw the establishment of working committees and the successful implementation of new operational procedures. In her final report for the association Emma stated: “Despite the lag effects of the Global Financial

Crisis and the 2009 bushfires, PCRT is in a solid financial position with strong support from industry and partners.” Her final words to members were encouraging regarding the future of the industry association: “There is strength in numbers and by working co-operatively Prom Country Regional Tourism will continue to thrive and grow as a marketing force in Gippsland.” Guest speaker at the event was Neil Morris from VicRoads who provided an update on Tourist Signing Guidelines and how these may impact on local businesses. The presentation featured images of local signs and how they may feasibly look after application of the new guidelines. The Tourist Signing Guidelines aim to increase clarity for drivers and improve traffic management and road safety.


Flat out

KORUMBURRA Police intercepted a vehicle with two flat tyres on Friday night. The 18-year-old driver continued to drive despite the front wheel of the car being down to the rim. After stopping the vehicle, police breath tested the man and found he was over the limit. He received a summons to appear in court at a later date for driving in a manner that is dangerous to the public, and driving whilst over the legal blood alcohol limit.

Smashed window

THE front window of a shop in Commercial Street, Korumburra was kicked in early on Sunday morning.

Korumburra Police are searching through CCTV to indentify anyone who may have been involved. The vandalism was believed to have caused about $300 worth of damage.

Fraud alert

THE BASS Coast Crime Investigation Unit has received a complaint in relation to a fraudulent tax scam. A man claiming to be from the tax department is wishing to give residents their tax returns, according to the CIU. The man goes on to request a date of birth and either a credit card number or bank account details, then provides the person with a phone number, 9999 6942. All enquiries by police at this stage indicate the caller is making a fraudulent attempt to obtain personal details. It appears the caller may be calling from overseas and the call back number is going through a local call centre. Police urge that under no circumstances should anyone give out personal details over the phone. If contacted on a regular basis, you can report this matter to Telstra on 1234 and advise them you are receiving nuisance phone calls. Police can then be contacted by Telstra and track down the fraudulent caller. This message is issued as a warning to all residents within Bass Coast and South Gippsland.

Burglaries galore

POLICE are on the search for anyone who may have information in regard to burglaries at shops in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland area.

There have been more than 40 burglaries at commercial premises over the past two months, where the offender has forced entry and stolen cash. They have all occurred during night hours and Bass Coast CIU is appealing for any information about suspects, vehicles or people acting suspiciously. Police advise that no or minimal cash be left overnight at any business to avoid the risk of theft.

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No luck: the truck blocks the highway at the top of Korumburra. Inset: truck driver Carlos Ferreira waits for backup.

Stuck truck blocks highway TRAFFIC had to be diverted around the top of Korumburra last Wednesday after an oversized truck came to grief attempting to get through the town.

The South Gippsland Highway was blocked eastbound outside the Austral Hotel for several hours from lunchtime. Traffic was diverted into Bridge Street then along South Railway Crescent. Driver Carlos Ferreira was trying to deliver a

Enrolments rush in By Marli Draper LEONGATHA schools are getting ready for next year’s new students as the end of the third school term draws near.

Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College has already filled its enrolment quota for 2011 with a waiting list enacted. According to principal’s assistant, Jenny Damon, 109 students are enrolled already for next year’s Year 7. Enrolments at the school have been increasing steadily by about 10 students per year over the last several years. “Hopefully we can accommodate all families who want to enrol their children for next year,” Ms Damon said. Leongatha Secondary College principal Brett Windsor predicts about 80 Year 7 students in 2011. “We are hoping to have four classes in Year 7 next year as we have had this year,” he said. From the primary perspective the enrolment numbers are down. “There just aren’t the kids in the kinders this year,” Leongatha Primary School principal, Rob Higgins, said. While still finalising enrolment numbers, Mr Higgins encouraged those who have every intention of enrolling to do so sooner than later so the best teachers can be secured for the school. Last Thursday, new parents were invited to an afternoon with Kathy Walker, early childhood education expert. In this session the parents gained an understanding of the importance of play and project based curriculum. Ms Walker works with the school to mentor their teachers and her expertise is enhancing their programs considerably. St Laurence’s Primary School is well on track with enrolments and expects to have more than 30 Preps starting at the school in 2011. Principal Robyn Halliwell said parents enrolling children have commented on the school’s Christian values. “Many also believe that because we are a smaller school, we will be able to provide more individualised teaching and pastoral care,” she said. All principals urged parents to finalise enrolment early to assist in their planning processes.

very long pipe to Barry Beach for Doolans Haulage of Moorabbin. The length of the oversized load exceeded the width of the road in this section, bringing the truck to a standstill. Mr Ferreira thought he had “done an air line”

as the rig ended up on top of the bluestone median strip. He was remarkably good spirited despite the ordeal. Help eventually arrived, the rig was on its way, the road reopened and the delivery completed.

No surprise for Broadbent By Chris Brown MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent said he was not surprised the independents gave government to Labor last week. He spoke to The Star after attending a Liberal party room meeting on Thursday morning. The meeting was a mixture of happiness due to the addition of 17 new members, but disappointment as they had failed to reach government. He said the independents had considered their position and decided they would go with the Labor government. “That was always their prerogative,” Mr Broadbent said. “You always want to be in government; you don’t want to be in opposition, but that was the decision they took. The Australian community was split down the middle, and it still is, and the independents split down the middle as well.” Mr Broadbent said he was disappointed for Tony Abbott because he has worked so hard. The McMillan member since 2004 received a swing against him of 0.31 per cent, two-party preferred, according to the latest counts. But he still holds the electorate, which includes Pakenham, West and South Gippsland and Moe, by 4.48 per cent. Mr Broadbent said South Gippsland received good funding, especially for aged care and roads, during the Labor government’s first term. “I don’t think at any stage we have been left out,” he said. “In regards to the community centre at Sandy Point, a Labor government funded it.” He said great promises had been made for regional Australia this term. “We have a hospital that needs rebuilding at Leongatha and we need an upgrade at Wonthaggi to a full regional hospital and I’ll be writing to the Prime Minister and the independents as soon as I can to put our case for funding,” Mr Broadbent said. Warragul and Latrobe hospitals also require funding. He said the independents would not win any favours by getting a greater share (of funding) than the rest of Australia.

Russell Broadbent: the Liberal member for McMillan in Wonthaggi last week.

“I think they’ll be very careful about that…They wouldn’t want to be seen to be taking unfair advantage,” Mr Broadbent said. In response to a question about whether the recent focus on independents had made him consider becoming one himself, Mr Broadbent answered: “Not at all”. “I’ve been part of this party (Liberal) since 1980 and I’ve worked well with the National party and I am a very strong representative of my community,” he said. The Australian Electoral Commission last week officially declared Mr Broadbent the Member for McMillan. Final counting indicated Mr Broadbent won 41,868 votes, compared to Labor’s Christine Maxfield on 30,210.

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The Mardan family dance is on September 18 at the Mardan Hall from 8pm – 12am. The music will be provided by Rhonda Richards. Tickets cost just $6 for singles, or $15 for a family, so it should be a great night out for the whole family. Enquiries can be made to Alan and Julie Coulter 5664 1201. Further to our “magpie swooping” Column 7 last week, a lady rang The Star to say that she had been injured by a magpie. “This was more than just bluffing,” said the lady from Dumbalk. The bird swooped down, pecking and clawing the lady on the head. “The bird drew blood but I didn’t need stitches,” she said. The lady was ringing up as a warning to others that magpies may do more than just “swoop”.

Close shave: Andrew Hanks has his head shaved for charity.

Buffalo bowling bonanza COMMUNITY spirit is running high around Buffalo. The community recently hosted a Peter MacCallum charity night at the Buffalo Indoor Bowling Club, which proved a great success. Fifty-two bowlers played to the sound of a

bell so they would not dawdle too much. They each received a bunch of Col and Glenis Densley’s daffodils to take home for their efforts. The team of Toni Heldens, Joyce Occhipinti, Dudley Harrison and Sue Price won the night and meat tray prizes kindly donated by Rod Spokes of Leongatha Meats. Most players took

home a gift from the lucky ticket table as more than 30 items were available thanks to generous donors. The Foster table seemed to have the luck of the night. Neil Park did a fabulous job and thanks to the businesses of the district and the shallow pocket of bowlers, a very successful auction was held. Andrew Hanks got into the spirit of the evening by having his head shaved. The club wants to thank all involved, especially Peter Heldens “the nice Dutch man from Buffalo bowls club” as the folk from Peter Mac refer to him. The night capped off another very successful year of fundraising. With their garden walk, charity tin, raffles, donations and auction they have raised nearly $7000 to be donated to Peter MacCallum cancer centre.

Gippsland Region Draft Sustainable Water Strategy Customer Service Centre 136 186

The V8 Supercar tour display

every hour they will be standing together to read an anti-poverty pledge, as well as making noise for the eight Millennium Development Goals. Those interested can contact Johanna Haasjes on 5664 2232.

A holiday tennis coaching clinic will be held in Fish Creek from Monday, September 20 to Thursday, September 24. The clinic will start at 9am each day and run until 10.30am. The cost is $60 per participant. For more information contact Robin and Kerri on 5689 1238 or South Gippsland Tennis Coaching on 5664 5445.

Jennifer Robb, daughter of Joy and Greg Robb of Leongatha, graduated with a Bachelor of Naturopathy (Naturopath) from Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW. Jen attended Leongatha Primary School and Leongatha Secondary College. She is currently touring Europe and heading to the United Kingdom, where she intends to work. All those wishing to stand up and make poverty history will be standing up to take real action over the weekend. A group will be outside St Peter’s Anglican Church in Leongatha, from Friday, September 17, 10am - 5pm, and Saturday from 10am - 1pm. On the hour,

Fish Creek Primary School will be putting on an art show at the Rosser Gallery this Saturday, September 18. The gallery is open to the public, and art works will be available for purchase.

A meeting was recently held about the Leongatha Schools Centenary, which occurs in April, 2012. The meeting decided the celebrations would be held over two days and include a formal opening on Saturday morning, including the launch of the centenary history. A special centenary assembly is planned for Sunday, and a time capsule planted in 1972 will be unveiled. For those searching for more information, email or write to the college via Private Bag 1, Leongatha.

Kids to win

JO Stewart and Trevor Browning shaved their hair to raise money for Very Special Kids at Korumburra on Saturday.

Percy the pink pig was filled with donations of $3750. A few weeks ago there was a challenge put out to Trevor by June Ramsay at Café 61 in Korumburra to have his legs shaved as well, but he said this would cost at least $100. Until Saturday, this challenge had not been funded. Then as Trevor was having his hair shaved, a message was received that June would sponsor him for $50 to have the legs shaved. Trevor accepted, prompting cheers and clapping from the crowd. Apex kindly donated all proceeds from their sausage sizzle on the day. Jo and Trevor praised supporters and the staff

of the Korumburra Newsagency for hosting the event. “The community really

got behind us and gave us great support with the hair shave sponsorships and other fundraising activi-

ties,” Trevor said. If you see two bald people in Korumburra you will know who they are.

Good cause: Jo Stewart and Trevor Browning with a little less hair.

Honour for Matt MATT Cook of Leongatha is one of 71 early childhood educators from across Victoria to be awarded a State Government scholarship to help increase skills and qualifications.


The Victorian Government has released a Draft Strategy to guide water resource management in Gippsland for the next 50 years. The Draft Strategy includes a series of proposals to help secure our water resources in the face of drought, climate change, population growth, and land use changes in the Region. The proposals have been developed to: • Balance the water needs of Gippsland’s towns, industry, agriculture and the environment • Provide an efficient and flexible framework to manage water now and into the future • Improve reliability of water supply The Government is now seeking responses to the Draft Strategy, especially the proposals, to contribute to the final Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy, expected to be released in mid 2011. Copies of the Draft Strategy are available at gippsland/ Hard copies are available by phoning 136 186, or from your local DSE/DPI Office, your water corporation or catchment management authority. The Draft Strategy is being presented to a number of regional forums and stakeholder briefings. If you are interested in attending any sessions, please phone 136 186 to register your interest. Submissions to the Draft Strategy are due by Friday 3 December 2010. Submissions can be posted or emailed to: Department of Sustainability and Environment Attention: Sustainable Water Strategies Branch, Office of Water PO Box 500 East Melbourne VIC 3002 Email: (if emailing please supply address details)

Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s play Educating Rita had a very successful opening to the three week season last week. David Baggallay has molded his two actors to reach high quality performances. There are just two performances to go: Friday, September 17 and Saturday 18, at 8pm. The Dakers Centre doors open half an hour before the performances when you may wish to enjoy a beer or wine. The tickets are at the door or ring 5662 3940 for more information.

planned for Korumburra and Stony Creek go-kart track last Friday was cancelled due to wet weather affecting the number of cars able to take part.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand said the $1000 scholarships would help the workers with their study costs to complete an Early Childhood Certificate III qualification. “Through these scholarships, our government is taking action to ensure we have a more qualified early years workforce with more trained educators to deliver higher quality programs,” Ms Morand said. “We know that children’s services have a positive impact on children’s social and educational development and investing in our early years workforce is vital in helping children reach their full potential.”

Window dressing BASS Coast Mayor Cr Peter Paul is on the judging panel for the annual Motorcycle Grand Prix shop window competition. The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is sponsoring the contest to encourage local businesses to get into the spirit of the grand prix. There are award categories for different sized businesses and the three windows judged the best will be presented with certificates and a framed 2010 GP poster. Entry forms are available from council’s events officer Janine Temme on 1300 226 278 and must be lodged by Friday, October 1.

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Our roads: your say THE Star last week invited readers to contact the newspaper with their concerns about the state of the South Gippsland Highway and other roads. Here are their views. “I had my car checked out beTHE poor state of roads has cost the family of Leongatha cause I thought it might be damaged after hitting a pothole. There are man Adrian Minns $1460. potholes all along the highway until His son collided with a pothole on the South Gippsland Highway near Koo Wee Rup and sustained $1200 worth of damage. His son sought compensation from VicRoads, but to no avail. “The damage was just unbelievable. I wiped out a tyre going to Inverloch myself after hitting a pothole and that cost me $260. There will be a lot more accidents on the way to Inverloch,” Mr Minns said. “I’m still having trouble with my car. There are so many people out there that have had damage. Everyone just sits back and thinks ‘It’s just me having trouble’, but there has got to be thousands of people that have damage too. “It’s not getting any better. The highway is getting more damage.” Sue Macey of Leongatha travels the highway to Cranbourne at least twice a week and has noticed the condition of the highway deteriorating. “Every day there is a new pothole. There is one just out of Korumburra on the overtaking lane. There is a big one that has been disintegrating quite quickly. There is one at Ruby that looks like it is sinking,” she said.

you turn-off to the Bass Highway. All the way, it’s terrible.” Ms Macey was concerned the poor state of the highway would create a negative impression of the area for tourists. “It’s the main road to Wilsons Promontory. I have relatives that come and visit and they just reckon the highway is shocking,” she said. “They just fill the potholes up with loose, sandy stuff and they just stomp it in and we get rain later that day and it’s all washed out.” Meg Riseley of Leongatha firm Riseley’s Transport, said drivers have reported potholes from Leongatha through to Lang Lang, and also between Leongatha and Yarram. Moyarra man Trevor Browning has been lobbying politicians and VicRoads for improvements to roads in South Gippsland for the past 18 months. He most recently wrote to Victorian Roads Minister Tim Pallas, citing the poor condition of the South Gippsland Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, posting copies of last week’s edition of The

Star (which opened the newspaper’s roads campaign) to back his case. “The roads are getting worse by the day and there are spots that are a real danger. In view of the rising road toll, I would expect that urgent action will be taken to permanently fix the problem areas in Gippsland,” Mr Browning wrote to Mr Pallas. Dumbalk man Vaughan Eames has noticed potholes on the highway between Leongatha and Korumburra, and even on the relatively new Loch and Bena bypasses. “I don’t know if these roads have been updated to handle the trucks. There’s a lot of pounding of the road (by trucks),” he said. Mr Eames believes the bends in the highway at Black and Grassy spurs do not warrant straightening but merely more maintenance. Drivers must simply slow down, he said. He believes ongoing delays to the proposed route of the highway at Black Spur have cost the region tourism opportunities. With the roadworks yet to

be done, the Great Southern Rail Trail cannot be linked between Koonwarra and Meeniyan. “The South Gippsland Highway is a category of road that should just have bitumen shoulders but it has not,” Mr Eames said. Dumbalk resident Leigh Eames travels along the South Gippsland Highway every 10 days to Ferntree Gully to visit his mother and said he knows every pothole on the 100 kilometre stretch of the highway. “There’s a lot of them, making the road quite dangerous,” he said. “Because I travel the road a lot I know where most of the big ones are and there are a lot of large ones around Bena. “I know a lot of people who have done their alloy rims on their wheels after hitting the potholes. “Often you don’t see them ‘til you are in it and the damage has been done.” He described the route from Meeniyan to Pakenham as “rubbish”.

“I used to go up through Koo Wee Rup but there is a huge number of potholes on that stretch and VicRoads took the cheap option and put a 90 kilometre speed limit on the road rather than spend the money and fix it,” Mr Eames said. “The Koo Wee Rup road was constructed for horse and buggies, not for the heavy transport frequenting the road now. “There are channels on either side of the road, it’s like a big dipper and poses a real danger to all drivers. Basically it is little more than a goat track. “The road from Lang Lang to Tooradin is still rough also.” Like many drivers Mr Eames has now resorted to using the Cardinia Road but he said it is only lightly constructed and was being ruined by the heavy trucks. Mr Eames said the whole South Gippsland Highway needed urgent attention and called for a by-pass around Koo Wee Rup.

Roads Minister responds THE State Government has many plans to improve the South Gippsland Highway, but potholes will continue to be a problem. That is the word from a spokesperson for Victorian Roads Minister,

VOXPOP! VOX What do you think of the state of the roads in South Gippsland?

Tim Pallas. “Recent significant wet weather after a long dry spell has caused road surface damage such as potholes in places across the state,” the spokesman said. “VicRoads is continually looking to improve the safety and operation of roads across Victoria. “The South Gippsland Highway is inspected and maintained in accordance with the VicRoads Road Management Act and all modifications are considered on a state-wide basis.” As part of the $7.13 million runoff-road safety project along the South Gippsland Highway, VicRoad is currently surveying the approaches to the intersection of Gwythers Siding Road and the highway for shoulder sealing works. “At the Black Spur Creek Bridge

the existing guardfence will be upgraded and extended south to Caithness Road,” the spokesperson said. “A new wire rope safety barrier will be installed on the Meeniyan approach to Caithness Road, and the bus stop area and shoulder opposite Caithness Road will be sealed as well as a new guardfence installed. “An extension of the existing bypass lane for through-traffic will improve safety by allowing more time and space for motorists to pass right-turning vehicles at Ruby-Arawata Road. “The project to realign and straighten out the bends at Black Spur is still being considered and early stage designs and plans are still being developed, which will be compared and assessed against other projects statewide for funding.”

No access: Margery Robson at the Y-intersection of Ruby Road and Ruby-Arawata Road, part of which is now closed.

Tess Flaherty Inverloch

Mark Tapscott Leongatha

Johanna Haasjes Koonwarra

Ken Hogg Leongatha

It’s dangerous to avoid potholes but that’s your first instinct, they come on so quickly. It could cause an accident. The rain has made them worse I think.

I think they are fairly poor. I just try to avoid the potholes.

Between Meeniyan and Korumburra the road is deteriorating. Potholes are a danger to all drivers, and it doesn’t do much for tourism.

It’s in a bad state at the moment from here to the Bass Highway, but it’s alright there. Something has to be done.


Pothole crash A MAN was hospitalised after a pothole caused a car accident at Archies Creek last week. The 22-year-old man lost control of his vehicle on Main Road after hitting the pothole. He crashed into an embankment before the car rolled onto its roof. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Wonthaggi hospital.

Pirates closing in IS IT just the chance to wear an eye-patch, or to say “aargh!” or “ay, matey!” every five minutes that makes everyone want to dress up like a pirate? Who knows, but children of all ages will descend upon Coal Creek Community Park at Korumburra to celebrate International Talk like a Pirate Day with fun and games this Sunday, September 19. “It’s well known that pirates have been talkin’ trash and lootin’ treasure for centuries now, and we like to grab any opportunity for families to get together and have fun,” laughed Coal Creek co-ordinator Rowena Ashley.

“The day originated in 1995 and with the magic of the internet, it quickly spread across the world as an excuse for a bit of silliness.” Mums, dads and kids are all encouraged to dress up as pirates, practice their pirate jokes and lingo, and cross the palm of the Coal Creek staff with a gold coin for a treasure map. “Just follow the clues to find the hidden treasure, and all correct entries will receive a small prize and will be entered into a draw for a major prize. There’ll also be a best dressed pirate competition and some family games to make a great day out and enjoy the spring weather,” Ms Ashley said.

Not sure how to talk like a pirate? Start right away by dropping your “g’s” as in sailin’ or drinkin’; avoid any pronunciation of “r’s” so that “ever” becomes “e’er”, and “never” becomes “ne’er”; and if all else fails, begin every other sentence with a scowl and a hearty “aarrgh”. “The treasure hunt will start at 10.30am and continue until 3.30pm,” Ms Ashley said. “We’ll judge the best dressed pirates at 12.30pm (12 and under, and open), and then the games will begin at 1pm.” Lunch and snacks can be purchased at the park, or you might choose to bring a hearty picnic. For further information, call 5655 1811.

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Bring bus from Inverloch E D I T O R I A L

Campaigners rewarded THE proverbial squeaky wheel will be oiled. VicRoads will improve safety at the intersection of South Gippsland Highway and Ruby-Arawata Road at Ruby by lengthening the existing bypass lane. The project is part of $7.13 million worth of works planned for the highway between Bena and Meeniyan. But residents of Ruby and Arawata have long campaigned for action and have endured countless near misses at that junction, risking their lives simply waiting to turn into a road to take them home as cars, buses and trucks whizz past at close to 100km/h. And with the only alternative road from the highway, Ruby Road, closed, they are left with no other way home. The residents – young, old, families and couples – meticulously recorded their experiences, wrote to VicRoads, spoke at South Gippsland Shire meetings and wrote to the decisionmakers in government. Finally, their wishes look to be answered, albeit not with the dedicated right hand turning lane they requested. At least the work promised will be better than nothing. Regardless, governments should ensure our roads are as safe as can be in the first place, not wait for people to see their lives flash before their eyes and then invest hours of time and worry into lobbying for action. Well done to the people who took the courage to make their opinions known. Let’s hope the resulting roadworks do the trick.

Support needed THE committee of the Inverloch Recreation Reserve is to be congratulated for presenting a superb venue for the Alberton Football League grand finals on Saturday. The volunteers ensured the playing surface was in pristine condition and the surrounds well kept. While Bass Coast Shire Council assisted with mowing the days beforehand, the committee is largely left with the responsibility of maintaining a public facility for the ratepayers of both Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires, as well as visitors, to enjoy. Committees of any kind in country areas deserve as much help as they can get from our councils, especially when the pressure is on to host the biggest day of the region’s sporting calendar.

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

FRED Boreham (South Gippsland Shire Council) refers to a Transport Connections Survey in Tarwin Lower/Venus Bay, sent to 1400 residents and 600 were returned. The year of the survey he doesn’t mention. Of the 1400 residents, back then, there were roughly between 300 - 400 permanent residents in the district. The remainder were non-permanents. Of the 1400 copies sent out, 800 people, it appears had no interest. An estimated 200 were not living in the area, and most of the remainder had independent means of transport. However, for a couple of decades, there was already a community bus running (nothing to do with V/Line) that serviced a handful of aged and disabled residents and which council aborted in October 2009. In relation to the community bus, Peter Ryan confuses the issue by referring to it as the V/Line service, there were two runs a week; one to Wonthaggi, the other to Leongatha. Mr Boreham had initially stated the community bus would never be under threat by the introduction of a V/Line service and this proved to be correct with the first trial run of V/Line, the two services operated at the same time. The first trial run was a dismal failure due to lack of patronage. The second trial run began in October 2009, and as a result the community bus was terminated despite promises this would never occur. This left aged and disabled persons in hardship and distress as the intention was designed to force them onto the V/Line service. Also, it was an attempt to make them conduct their affairs in Leongatha only. As it turns out, the second trial run, celebrated as a success in January 2010 by council, suddenly by June, was again a dismal flop which led to public announcements, V/Line would be terminated because it only attracted 0.3 passengers per run. Peter Ryan on the other hand, insists the State Government should extend this extravagance until December 2010, for the many needy non-existent passengers.

Seemingly, this has more to do with the upcoming election. Then we find that close to 500 local residents have signed a petition in view of V/Line running a service to Wonthaggi. It doesn’t seem to matter that V/ Line already runs a service which stops at Inverloch. Extending that run to Tarwin Lower/Venus Bay would accommodate what residents really want/require. Although Cr Kennedy recently announced council intends reinstating the original community bus for a few specific people with special needs, the remainder of our community, unlike the rest of South Gippsland residents, will be disregarded and transport will not be a privilege residents in our district share with the wider community. Robert Field, Venus Bay.

Use bus REFERRING to an article in The Star on August 24 regarding the uncertain future of the Venus Bay community bus service. My wife and I have utilised the Venus Bay community bus service on 11 return trips from Leongatha since January this year and have found it to be very satisfactory. I am unsure of passenger loadings on the other services but this one is often very light-on. We usually spend every second or third weekend at our house in the second estate, catching the Friday evening V/ Line service from Koo wee rup, returning on the Sunday afternoon service from Venus Bay. Initially there was a 35 minute wait at Leongatha for the V/Line service on Sunday evenings, which was not much fun on dark cold winter evenings, however the timetabled connection has now reduced to 10 minutes which is fine. We will continue to use these Friday and Sunday services as long as they operate and urge others to give them a fair go and utilise it as much as possible, if they wish to retain the service. It may take a little longer than driving one’s car, but at least it is relaxing and relatively cheap in comparison. Compared to when I used to drive trains from Yarram in the

1970s - with one daily return passenger service - the South Gippsland travelling public have never had such a wide choice of travelling routes and times as they have now. Neville and Kaye Gee, Belgrave Heights.

What about McMillan? GIVEN the rise in power of Independents and their capacity to win massive handouts from government for their electorates, maybe McMillan MP, Russell Broadbent could take a more ‘independent’ stance in Parliament. After all, Russell stood shoulder to shoulder with Petro Georgiou and Judi Moylan in 2006, crossing the floor to vote with Labor against the Howard Migration Amendment Bill 2006. So let’s hope this independent streak will continue and Russell will now also demand a better deal for the neglected electorate of McMillan that he represents. If the Coalition was prepared to offer Andrew Wilkie $1billion of political sweeteners for Denison in Tasmania, in return for his support, then just imagine what McMillan could do with this level of pork barrelling? Why, it would be enough to build a new 500MW Power Station in the Latrobe Valley (with ‘clean’ coal of course) plus a lot of left over boiled lollies for our hospitals and roads. Yay! Go Russell. Brian Handley Moe

Hopes high I RECEIVED a letter from the Federal Government today, that is, one day before the Gillard team was installed to run Australia. I opened it wondering just what had I done wrong now? Perhaps they wanted me to become the prime minister? Unfortunately that was not the case. In May of 2010 I wrote to Mr Rudd encouraging him to start a dialogue to stimulate the simplification of our constitution. This I hoped would lead to the abolition of the state and the establishment of regional local authorities. Five months later, having


Right now, Victoria Police is searching for an extra 1700 members to add to our already strong team of 11,500 police. We’re after applicants who are ready to embark on a career that is highly rewarding, community-focused, challenging and secure. We are especially interested in hearing from women as well as men, those from ethnic backgrounds and individuals with existing qualifications that can be utilised within Victoria Police. To fi nd out more about a range of police careers, application requirements and to take a test, visit or SMS “Police” to 132 001.

forgotten my correspondence, someone replied. The reply ended with an excuse. The government could not take any action because it was in the ‘caretaker period’. However the writer generously said: “You are welcome to raise the question again once the new administration was established.” Well, thank you very much. Today I read in a local South Gippsland paper that a councillor, Cr Raabe, has proposed that at least five objectors to a planning request should be required before council involvement became necessary. I seem to remember another recent change that reduced, radically, the right and opportunity for the people to speak at council meetings. I disagreed with that change and I reject this one. Mind you, with such a conservative majority on council, such a deliberation would be pointless. One has to ask what is going on. From all appearances our wobbly political society is in a mess with governance being at the behest of sectional interests. I am pleased the Three Musketeers enjoyed themselves as King Makers, they certainly entertained me.With the Greens, these independents have an opportunity to bring about, in this age of broadband, the removal of one layer of government. Just think, half of those splendidly turned out pollies gone. Massive, often destructive interferences in regional affairs, gone. Massive cost saving provided and improved directions of funds becoming possible. We may even start practising real democracy, you know, the people actually having a say. What an experience that would be. To assist these changes and explain new proposals, Charles Mollison will be giving a series of talks during the summer months. He is the chairman of the Foundation for National Renewal. Your presence and suggestions may just help to solve some of our constitutional problems. In the meantime, give it some thought and watch this space. Ron Brown, Turtons Creek.

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New clinic has taken off THE medical clinic established in Leongatha and devoted to the needs of adolescents, has really taken off since opening in April.

The drop-in clinic (no appointments necessary) operates every Monday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm. Dr Sinead de Goyer runs the clinic for Leongatha Health Care along with practice nurse Anna

Close-Mewett. “It has worked really well; we have seen more than 120 kids in that time. We see an average of 10 per week, sometimes up to 15. Dr de Goyer told The Star. The facility is located upstairs in Lyon Street, Leongatha and has a waiting area with television and couches plus several offices. Adolescents can call in for any general medical enquiry, however

more than 60 per cent have presented for mental health issues like depression, anxiety, family crisis or drug and alcohol issues. The clinic has been able to attract a Centrelink outreach worker to the town on a visiting basis to deal with children and homelessness. “There’s been a misconception that we only deal with mental health issues, but we will see kids for any medical enquiry,” Dr de

Busy start: Anna Close-Mewitt and Dr Sinead de Goyer are in the waiting room of the adolescent health clinic in Leongatha every Monday.

Coal Creek springs into life COAL Creek Community Park and Museum received an excellent response to advertisements seeking new staff recently.

According to Coal Creek manager Rowena Ashley, people are now being hired. Teaching and tour guide staff were sought as well as waitresses. On Sunday, September 19 Coal Creek will host a pirates’ day. This is a free and fun family event with a treasure hunt and games as well as prizes for the best dressed swashbucklers. Saturday, October 9 promises to be a very busy day. The inaugural Coal Creek Farmers’ Market will be held. It is not yet too late for stallholders to apply. This much anticipated local market promises to be atmospheric and a new monthly feature on the calendar, to be held the second Saturday of every month. The Coal Creek Literary Festival also features on the same day so there is a real feast in store for all the senses. There will be workshops held with prominent

authors and a gala performance by Lyric Theatre that evening. If you haven’t been on a ghost tour of the park at night time, this is an experience to organise yourself into. Tours operate on the fourth Saturday evening of each month in all weather, but must be booked. Tickets are $25 for all and include light supper. The tour takes approximately two hours and is not suitable for small children. Halloween was hugely successful last year and is on again, Sunday October 31. Trick or treating tickets are on sale now and it is advisable to get in early. Entry itself is free and there will be a bonfire and plenty of free activities. Coal Creek is home to many groups and is experiencing greater than anticipated visitation. Despite the wet weather, attendances have been steadily increasing. Group bookings can be made for any day of the week and the free entry has been proven effective and now adopted by other public enterprises such as Werribee Park.

Beauty for sale THERE is nothing quite as beautiful as an exotic hand woven rug.

And no one knows this quite as well as Emine Ates, who has been buying and selling them for 20 years. “I was travelling and I fell in love with the rugs. I started bringing a few back to sell to friends and family,” she said. Her trips to Turkey were a wonder to her, not just for the sights and sounds of an ancient land with a family connection, but the glory of those wonderful hand woven rugs, which seemed to embody so much of the culture of the place. Emine was born in Turkey and opened her first shop in Australia in 1987. Based in Toorak Road, South Yarra for a number of years, she eventually moved on to High Street, Armadale. “I travelled regularly to remote areas once or twice a year to buy stock, mainly to Turkey and Iran,” she said. “I closed my shop in 2006 to start a fam-

ily and I put the rugs in storage until now. Now I find it’s the right time to sell them. For Emine, it will not be an easy thing to sell the rugs, of which there was a “big selection”. The sale represents the severing of an old life and the beginning of a new one. Once the rugs are gone, she has vowed never to sell rugs again. Her two young children are now the most important thing in her life. But she cannot deny the connections to her past. “My grandmother was from a tribal region and she used to make rugs. I guess it’s in me,” she said. She said rug making was a dying art because “young people don’t want to keep the tradition alive”. She has chosen to sell her rugs in Inverloch at the Anderson Inlet Angling Club, 88 The Esplanade, Inverloch, between September 18 and 23.

Goyer said. “There has been great continuity as they can see me each time. I have already had quite a few return for a visit. “We have been overwhelmed by the community response; kids are coming in by themselves, with a parent or with a youth worker,” nurse Anna Close-Mewett said. “They are more than happy to wait; we have the television on or a

movie running.” The services provided are all bulk billed, with Leongatha Health Care operating the clinic on a breakeven basis at best. Both Sinead and Anna thanked the community for getting behind the clinic. Rooms are so far provided rent free thanks to a generous landlord, couches and the TV have been donated, along with heaters and cash donations.

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Feed pig for kids SHOPPERS should not be surprised if they see a giant pink piggy bank outside Inverloch Tattslotto this Saturday, September 18.

Nor if they see pink fairy floss, face painting, a sausage sizzle, guess the lolly competition, pink donuts and raffles galore. The annual Very Special Kids fundraiser for families of children with a life threatening illness will be held at the Tattslotto agency. The charity supports 33 families in Gippsland alone. Last year, the Inverloch agency was the fourth highest fundraiser in Victoria with a sum of $4457.25 and this year, staff are aiming for more. Kids will be able to take part in pink Fashions on the Field at 2pm, with prizes for the best dressed winners in pink outfits. Male staff from Foodworks supermarket will shave their heads for the cause and dodge water balloons. The event will be held from 10am-4pm.

Kids first: Anni Roylance and Tracee Brusamarello of Inverloch Tattslotto urge people to support the Very Special Kids fundraiser.

Teaming up: network chair Mark Uren congratulates newly appointed vice chair Damon Stynes.

Landcare thriving WITH close to 50 people at the annual meeting and more nominations than positions available for the board, the South Gippsland Landcare Network is anticipating a bumper year.

Ready for Tomorrow is the Victorian Government’s $631 million blueprint to protect and strengthen our regional and rural way of life, now and for future generations. An important part of the plan includes investments in: Innovative water projects Green energy projects Key road and transport initiatives Arts, cultural and sporting facilities And that’s just the beginning. To find out how you, your business and community can benefit, call or visit our website. The future starts now.

The AGM was held on Saturday night and what a positive night with enthusiasm abounding about the future of Landcare in South Gippsland. Chair Mark Uren urged all Landcare members to encourage membership and support of what is the original environmental “direct action” organisation. He was returned as network chair for the coming year, Jean Carnell was returned as secretary/ treasurer and Damon Stynes from the Agnes River District Landcare Group was elected as vice chair. Four new board members were elected: John Fleming from Loch Nyora Landcare Group, Damon Stynes from Agnes River District Landcare Group, Mark Walters from Poowong Landcare Group and Rob Jones from Foster North Landcare Group. The network‘s One Million Trees had a great start in 2009-2010 with close to 75,000 trees planted. The network website was launched at the AGM. Check out the website to find out more about Landcare and donating on-line to help the Friends of the Strzelecki Koala project. The night ended with a presentation by Richard Appleton and Steven Wentworth from HVP talking about the Koala Atlas for their plantations and the work that is being done with the network to help koalas. “Every year in Landcare brings new challenges. This year will be no different, but with the continued support of all our stakeholders, we are more than capable of meeting whatever challenges we confront,” Mr Uren said.

Bass Coast signs up BASS Coast is the first Gippsland council to be part of a new initiative to employ people with a disability.

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CEO Allan Bawden has signed a charter, saying Bass Coast prides itself in being an equal opportunity employer. More than 70 employers across the region have committed to the charter. The program was officially launched by champion of workforce diversity Bob Ansett.

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Festival to delve between pages THE value of writing and reading will be celebrated at the Coal Creek Literary Festival on October 9.

New book: Bert van Bedaf’s new novel.

It is the third time the literary festival has been held at Coal Creek and it will conclude with a gala function. Entries are still open for the festival’s short story and poetry competition. There are categories for primary and secondary school students as well as adults. The competition closes on September 30, and further information and application forms are available at www. coalcreekliteraryfestival. com Expert guests include authors Honey Brown, Liz

Rushen and Bert van Bedaf, and poets Jillian Durance and Eyvette Stubbs. Honey Brown lives in country Victoria with her husband and two children and is the author of critically acclaimed novels Red Queen and The Good Daughter. She’s been writing novels and screenplays for 10 years. Before settling down, Honey worked and lived in various remote places throughout Australia. She spent her childhood in Tasmania, growing up in a convict-built house.

In her late twenties she was involved in a farm accident, and now lives with the challenges of a spinal injury. Liz Rushen is the author of Single and Free: female migration to Australia 1833-1837 (2003), was a contributor to the Encyclopaedia of Melbourne (2005), and co-author with Dr Perry McIntyre of three books: Quarantined! (2007), The Merchant’s Women (2008) and Fair Game: Australia’s first Immigrant women (2010). Eyvette and Jillian co-produced a book

of poetry together called The Naked and the Clothed, published in 2006. Bert has just written a new book called Ghosts and Angels: The Bowachter Miracle and Other Mysteries. He is a reporter for the Great Southern Star newspaper and lives in Leongatha. The festival will conclude with a gala night featuring Lyric Theatre performing The Droitwich Discovery. Proceeds from the Gala night performance will be donated to Relay for Life.

Liz Rushen.

Winner: Ashley Beaumont accepts his award from a representative of GippsTafe, after Beaumont Concepts won the Building Designer of the Year award.

Design wins award BEAUMONT Concepts have taken out this year’s HIA South Eastern Region Residential Building Designer of the Year. Ashley Beaumont went along to the awards and was overwhelmed by receiving the honour. The company entered a one-off design, but did not expect to take home the regional award. “It was fantastic and now we’re entered in the state award so it will be interesting to see how we go with that,” Ashley said. The state award will be decided in early November at Crown. The design constraints meant the

team of five had to work closely with a client’s wants and needs, before letting out their inner artist. “It’s good to be creative, but first we’ve got to respond to the site, work with the client’s needs and then throw our ideas around,” Ashley said. “We went for substantial views of the ocean and north facing windows.” Beaumont Concepts is also nominated for two further awards: a HIA eco leaf environmentally sustainable design, and a green smart house. The green smart house award will be announced in mid October, so it will be a busy couple of months for the team at Beaumont Concepts.

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School blessed with

THE $2 million redevelopment of St Joseph’s Primary School at Wonthaggi was officially opened by McMillan MP, Russell Broadbent last Wednesday. Family and friends of the school gathered to witness the occasion, after the Very Reverend Peter Kooloos blessed the newly constructed prep

classrooms, library, computer room and administration. Mr Broadbent was so impressed with the modern revamp, he felt the need to share his excitement with students. “When I walked in here today and I was with (principal) Mr Keogh, I said ‘Wow, what a school’,” he said. The theatrical MP then invited the children to stand and repeat those

words, aloud. He won the boys and girls over. “If we educate a child in Australia, we enrich and reskill this nation. Through the public education system, of which the Catholic system is part, we build a nation that can lead the world,” Mr Broadbent said. Large glass panels alongside timber pillars greet visitors at the remodelled front entrance. The office

space is light and spacious. The computer room has a contemporary edge and boasts a class set of laptops. Glass doors link this space with the library, featuring curved shelves, walls and seats, and an appealing colour scheme of gray, blue and green. The 40 students of the two prep classes enjoy a shared open space, illuminated by natural light and enhanced with ample colour. The setting is inviting. The old library has become a dedicated music room – the first time the school has had such an area. Principal Martin Keogh said the facilities will serve existing students as well as increase enrolments. Prep enrolments have been to capacity for the past two years and so will next year’s class. Thirty-four children have already been enrolled for prep in 2012. “It’s because of the parish, the staff, everyone who works in this place, that we are able to do a good job,” he said. CH Architects, the same company behind the Grade 3/4 classroom, were creative when designing the new rooms and on a constricted block of land. “Building on the positive elements of that design, the new space has allowed once again the new to integrate with the old,” Mr Keogh said. “TS Constructions completed the works and once again were very mindful of safety and disruption to the school

during the construction phase and put in place all the necessary procedures. “The generosity of TS and the suppliers and trades have meant that the school was able to direct saved funds to improve even further the outcome. “As has been the case in every building project at St Joseph’s, the generosity of the community has always made the result better than what was first envisaged.” Staff and students were patient and overcame the inconvenience of ongoing building work. Rev. Kooloos praised the Federal Government for funding the redevelopment under the Building Education Revolution program – a true revolution, he said, as never before had a government treated Catholic schools on a par with government schools seeking funding. That sentiment was backed by Peter Ryan, director of Catholic education, Diocese of Sale. “The Building Education Revolution program has come in for a lot of criticism, but in our Catholic education system, it has worked very well,” he said. “What we do in our Catholic schools is build buildings for a lot less money than what other schools can, partly because we have wonderful parents, students and teachers.” The opening and blessing was attended by representatives of the trades involved, surrounding schools and Bass Coast Shire.

Flooring experts: Jayden O’Connor and Jo Charman display some of the many commercial floor coverings available at the Carpet Call Floor Centre in Wonthaggi. The company is very proud to be associated with the newly opened rooms at S Joseph’s Primary School in Wonthaggi, having supplied all the floor covering, including carpet and commercial floor and wall vinyls. For the latest in all floor covering for your business or home-contact the friendly, local staff at Carpet Call.

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School captains Elise and Sean were delighted with the final result. Elise said: “The school’s changed a lot. There’s more space and I like it.” Sean added: “My favourite thing is the new laptops and the new rooms. It’s all pretty good.” The works complement the new Grades 3 and 4 rooms built last year, and

complete stage one of the school’s master plan. The next stage entails improving the school surrounds, with a focus on playgrounds. The project is yet to be costed. St Joseph’s caters for students from Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Cape Paterson, Archies Creek and as far as Kernot.

Play time: Prep K students Jessica and Hamish savour the ample space in their new classroom.

Official welcome: school captains Sean and Elise join with principal Martin Keogh to greet McMillan MP Russell Broadbent.

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Much to see: kids will love exploring the past at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum.

Lasting lesson at Coal Creek EDUCATION programs at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum are bridging the past and the present. There is so much to explore within the park itself as well as a large selection of guided activities for groups. Participating schools can choose from a large range of lessons that their students can enjoy. Local and metropolitan schools are embracing the programs that teach subjects such as history, social sciences and the environment via unique experiences.

Students can learn how they learnt in the olden days by using pen and ink in the old schoolhouse. Or they can explore the coal mine to gain a pioneer’s perspective. Old fashioned skills such as timber cutting and peg doll making can be explored. Children really relish such a novel hands-on approach. The popularity of the programs is growing as their reputation rises. Book early to avoid disappointment. Further information is available on the website or contact the friendly staff on 5655 1811.

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Wineries honoured LEONGATHA South’s Koongunya Winery came home victorious from the recent Gippsland Wine Awards night at Lardner Park with two gold medals for their pinot noir. The newly emerging winery is owned and operated by Geoff and Helen Davis, and their wines have been developed in conjunction with noted local winemaker Marcus Satchell. In total, nine South Gippsland wineries delivered 32 wines for judging at the prestigious event, four of which gained recognition.

They were: • Koongunya Winery, Leongatha South, gold 2009 KO Pinot Noir, gold 2008 KO Pinot Noir; • Bull at a Gate, Tarwin Lower, bronze 2010 Riesling, silver 2009 Pinot Noir; • Djinta Djinta Winery, Korumburra, bronze 2007 Chardonnay; and • Windy Ridge Winery, Foster, silver 2008 Pinot Noir, bronze 2008 Malbec. The other local wineries competing were Cape Liptrap Estate, Fat Jack Vineyard, Lithostylis, Lyrebird Hill Winery, and Waratah Hill

Vineyard. South Gippsland Shire Council was a major sponsor of the Awards Program and Winemakers’ Forum which support excellence in the wine industry. Sustainability director Andrew McEwen was a guest speaker at the afternoon forum. “It is exciting to see so many new wineries opening up in the region and developing with such professionalism,” said Jeannie Hicks, council’s communications coordinator who worked closely with the local wineries in her former role in the economic

development team. “I recall a winemaker’s comment that the Mornington Peninsula wine industry took a good 10 years to find its feet, and it seems that stability is starting to materialise here, despite some difficult market conditions in recent years.” Information on local wineries and cellar door access can be obtained from Council’s Prom Country Visitor Information Centres at Coal Creek, Korumburra and Stockyard Gallery in Foster. Enquiries: 1800 630 704.

Blooming success for orchid show THE sweet perfume from hundreds of stunning orchids filled the Wonthaggi Town Hall, with a magnificent array of colourful orchids on display at the 21st annual South Gippsland Orchid Society Show. The milestone birthday orchid show was staged last Friday and Saturday, with Wonthaggi orchid grower Enring Smith winning the champion orchid of the show with a beautiful first flowering seedling. Enring was all smiles when her stunning bloom took out the major prize at the show, judged by nine of Melbourne’s top orchid judges. Success was also heaped on avid Wonthaggi gardener Lita Gill, who won five firsts from her 42 entries.

Lita is a member of the local Wonthaggi Garden Club and has won champion of the show many times at the Bass Coast Agricultural Show in Wonthaggi with her plants. Lita has been growing orchids for 15 years and as many in the South Gippsland Orchid Society attest, once you start growing orchids you quickly become obsessed. The word is, there isn’t much to growing orchids. They love the cold weather, shade in summer, a bit of water, a bit of sun and a little fertiliser. Society member Tricia Jones of Inverloch said basically anyone can grow orchids. “They survive on neglect but they are better with a little TLC (tender loving care),” she said.

Beginner’s luck: Inverloch orchid grower Betty Wacker was thrilled to win the best novice entry at the South Gippsland Orchid Show.

Champion orchid: from left Wonthaggi orchid grower Enring Smith was congratulated on taking out the champion orchid by society member Tricia Jones of Inverloch.

Success: Lita Gill of Wonthaggi was congratulated on her five first prizes by society president Vincent Vale of Phillip Island.

High praise: from left South Gippsland Orchid Society vice president Glenda Smith, Korumburra and president Vincent Vale, Phillip Island were thrilled with the stunning array.

Lions roaring along What a week! THERE’S no doubt that a week as mayor brings with it a variety of experiences! In a recent week, I was ‘impersonated’, ‘smoked’ and attended the launches of our photographic exhibition and the Mirboo North Community Foundation, as well as the regular administrative obligations. Perhaps I should clarify... Grade 4 students from Leongatha Primary School participated in a Junior Council session in the chamber, impersonating incumbent councillors to experience the decision making processes that guide our community. It’s a fun and innovative way for students to learn about the machinations of local government and the diverse range of services that it provides. This is the second year I have been involved in this exercise and it’s a delight to see these bright young minds contributing to thoughtful discussion after they conquer some initial shyness. Yes, I was ‘smoked’... part of a cleansing ceremony conducted by local indigenous leaders when council raised the Aboriginal flag outside council for the first time. The ceremony represented another step in the maturing of our culture, engendering inclusion and acceptance on so many levels. I was extremely impressed with the professional exhibition at Coal Creek of the 223 entries in the recent

South Gippsland Photographic Competition. The freshness and authenticity we sought in running this competition were achieved, and we were gratified by the obvious enthusiasm to help promote all that is great about the shire. It is really worth a look: it’s free and open every day until the end of September from 9.30am- 4.30pm. The Mirboo North and District launched its Community Foundation last week, with seed funding coming from the sale of their aged care facility. It represents an increasing trend for communities to provide a formal process for individuals and groups to invest in the community’s future. It offers both tax deductible benefits for contributors, and financial support to organisations and projects that demonstrate a clear benefit to the community. I congratulate the Mirboo North community on their innovative approach. Just recently they launched their own bank, and earlier this year gained national recognition through a TV feature that earned them a $5000 prize for their community pride. For a town impacted heavily by last year’s fires, their indomitable spirit deserves recognition. Cr Jim Fawcett Mayor

KORUMBURRA Lions were looking forward to their Youth of the Year presentations yesterday (Monday). Three talented young local women were presenting on the night and the competition promised to be exciting. Lions have been lending a lot of local support to events and other organisation in the area. They are gearing up to help at the inaugural Coal Creek Farmers’ market on October 9 as well as cooking up a barbecue storm for the Buskers Festival on November 27 and

at the Halloween celebrations to be held at Coal Creek on Sunday October 31. Raising money with their local work, they have distributed these funds back into the community to the local scouts and guides and well as the hospital and many other worthy organisations. Membership chairman Bob Newton recently nominated and welcomed new member Ronnie Layton into the club. In his 19 years of involvement with the local Lions, Bob mentions this as “one of my proudest moments, he’s such a great guy.”

Kids win science prize GRADE 6 students at Newhaven College won second prize in the NATA “Young Scientist of the Year Award”, a national science competition which aims to foster an interest in science among school children. Every



Australia is invited to participate, with this year’s theme being “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution”. Students investigated the five senses in animals: touch, smell, sight, sound and taste. They completed a biography of Charles Darwin to gain a better understanding of evolution and the ‘survival of the fittest’ theory.

Students demonstrated how the selected sense had developed in their chosen animal. The class also made a supporting DVD focusing on the sense of smell. The DVD demonstrated how smell evolved in various animals and the ways smell is used by animals to increase their chances of survival.

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Guides plant for future THE girls of the Leongatha Guides know Landcare is for everyone and so they have joined the South Gippsland Landcare Network.

Guides take action: the future of Landcare is looking great in Leongatha.

The Guides are working with network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan on a Landcare program. The 14 members aged five-ten years meet every Tuesday afternoon at the Guide Hall in A’Beckett Street, Leongatha. They have drawn images about what they would like South Gippsland to look like and these illustrations now adorn the Guide Hall walls as a reminder. They decided to prepare and plant their very own Landcare garden at the hall, with the network covering the cost of establishing the garden as well as the plants, watering cans and gardening gloves for the girls. Last Tuesday, during Landcare Week, the girls planted native plants and added mulch. The garden looks great and the girls are eager to see the plants grow and flower. “It is fantastic to get

young people involved in Landcare. Their level of knowledge of how to look after the planet is great and their enthusiasm is wonderful,” Ms Brennan said. “If we can get lots of young people involved now, we are ‘sowing the seeds’ for the next generation of Landcarers.” All the plants selected

are native with a variety of flower colours and growth habits. If you are looking for something great for your home garden, drop in and have a look – the selection is gorgeous. For more information about joining Landcare, contact Ms Brennan on 5662 5759.

Planting partners: Kate Brennan and Alannah Arnason.

Prizes aplenty

Landcare looks to future

THE winner of the Father’s Day raffle, run by the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce, was Toora’s Terese Saunders.

The South Gippsland Landcare Network has joined with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to work on several projects. Landcare staff will be protecting bush along waterways in the Tarwin River catchment and working with farmers in the Corner Inlet catchment to enhance water quality. Network co-ordinator Belinda Brennan said more than $600,000 worth of projects would be undertaken this financial year. Although government funding for a facilitator is no longer available and federal funding is less, Landcare staff have found new ways of delivering projects. “Despite the doom and gloom we are strong and well set up and we are helping to make connections and build community capacity to make a difference,” Ms Brennan said. New landholders have been well supported by the new landholder program, which introduces people to Landcare and the need to protect bush, revegetate and control weeds. The One Million Trees project is progressing well and South Gippsland Water is contributing another $20,000 towards the project this financial year. Ms Brennan believes Landcare will always continue because many people maintain an environmental ethic Land carer: South Gippsland Landcare Network and caring for the land is in everyone’s interest.

Some of the prizes she took home included luggage, a car GPS, a Darrell Lea Dad’s Bag, two beautiful hampers from

local pharmacies, a gift voucher for sporting goods, an X-Box, a ratchet set, board games, hair products, a Ford Racing Shirt and a jerry can. She also got to keep the wheelbarrow. “My husband will probably get most of this, being Father’s Day,” Terese said.

LOCAL Landcare is on the rise again.

facilitator Tony Gardner at a recent river forum.

Congratulations: Sportspower owner Ben Elliott congratulates Toora’s Terese Saunders on her win in the Father’s Day raffle.

Contacts galore online ACCESS to the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau directory is now available to anybody who is connected to the net. One of the bureau’s services to the South Gippsland Shire is its continual updating of the community directory. This directory can be accessed through the shire’s website. Simply go to the South Gippsland shire website (www.southgippsland., and click on the Directory link along the bottom of the home page. The rest is easy once you’re there. “It’s amazing how quickly contact details for groups and organisations

change,” said the bureau’s community directory officer, Cheryl Savage. “So it’s important to stay on top of it through the year. Our volunteers contact those on the directory at least once a year to maintain an up-to-date service.” The directory lists sporting clubs, service clubs, schools, churches, JPs, hall committees and much more. It’s the way to find those hard to obtain numbers, contacts and AGM dates. People wishing to have their nonprofit community organisation listed in the directory can phone the bureau on 5662 2111.

Gamblers tighten belts SOUTH Gippslanders spend the least on pokies of any municipality in Gippsland. Gamblers in the shire spent a total of $6,199,170 on gaming machines in the 2009-10 financial year. More than $129 million was spent on the pokies in Gippsland. That’s nearly five per cent less than last year. The highest expenditure was in Latrobe City ($45,883,283). But Gambler’s Help Gippsland’s Anne-Maree Kaser, said research showed that 40 per cent of gaming machine revenue comes from problem gamblers. So that means in Gippsland, about $51 million was spent on the pokies in the past year by problem gamblers. Ms Kaser said the Gippsland expenditure was lower than the previous year, but still represented “a massive amount being spent on gaming machines”. She said if people – or members of their family – feel gambling is getting out of control, they can access Gambler’s Help Gippsland on 1800 242 696. Gambler’s Help Gippsland also has a Facebook page.

Bank shines THE Inverloch and District Community Bank will pay shareholders a four cent dividend for the 2009/10 financial year. Rather, the financial enterprise that oversees the bank will pay the dividend. Its chair, Alan Gostelow, said the company was thrilled to be able to pay a second dividend to its supporters, without which the community would not have its own bank branch. Bank manager Jackie Laurie, said the branch continued to perform strongly, with more than $75 million in banking business and 1670 accounts. In the past year, the bank has donated $100,000 to the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club for its new clubhouse and $5000 each to the Inverloch Tennis Club and Inverloch/Kongwak Football Netball Club.

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Gardening experts inspire

SHARING a passionate interest in Australian plants for more than 30 years, Rodger and Gwen Elliott of Heathmont were guests of the Australian Plants Society – South Gippsland at Inverloch recently.

An appreciative audience heard a beautifully illustrated and practical talk on “Coastal gardening in South Gippsland”, given by Rodger. In introducing the Elliotts, long-standing APS member Olga Shaw of Inverloch said: “It’s a privilege to have you here.” It was a sentiment endorsed by the large gathering of Australian plant enthusiasts from coastal and inland areas in South Gippsland. Ms Shaw said in the ear-

ly 1960s the Elliotts started an Australian nature plant nursery and over the years have both become noted Australian plant experts and celebrated authors of books on Australian plants. Both were appointed members of the Order of Australia for their service to horticulture in 2001 and continue to share their knowledge and expertise. Rodger spoke of establishing a native garden in the coastal area, advising gardeners to first explore local plants already growing in the area as a good starting point and basis for initial planting. He gave valuable information on climate considerations, soil types, problems with wind and harsh environment, effect of salt on plants and suitable plants for specific areas. APS member Jim Lyons thanked the Elliotts for the

“beautifully illustrated and practical talk”. There was time for questions and discussion and plant identification by Rodger and Gwen from a collection of specimens brought along by members. The Elliotts passed the test with flying colours, easily naming each plant giving both horticultural and popular names. During the afternoon APS member Graeme Rowe announced donations from the South Gippsland group to the Leongatha and Inverloch primary schools to go towards establishing native gardens at the respective new schools. Orchid expert, Ralph Laby will give a presentation at the APS South Gippsland October meeting at ECG McMillan, Leongatha.

Fascinating speakers: guest speakers Gwen and Rodger Elliott with Australian Plants Society member Olga Shaw of Inverloch.

Mayor’s message Cr Peter Paul

Make switch A RECENT carbon emissions audit showed that 80 per cent of council’s CO2 emissions came from street lighting. Street lighting also contributes to 50 per cent of council’s energy costs. If you multiply these costs and emissions across Victoria, the results are frightening – however there is good news. New energy efficient lighting has been developed and is available. The problem however is cost. The cost of changing to energy efficient street lighting in Bass Coast has been estimated as between $600,000 to $1 million. Replacing old street lights with new energy efficient technology would save significant greenhouse gas emissions – according to the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) the equivalent to more than 340,000 cars off the road for a year. But we need your support to encourage the Victorian and Federal Government to help local councils with the high upfront cost of switching to more energy-efficient street lights. Victorian Councils and the MAV have launched a campaign called ‘Give Our Streets the Green Light’ and we’re calling on our communities to be a part of it. Bass Coast Shire Council is committed to reducing our carbon emissions through our Local Greenhouse Action Plan.

Energy efficient street lighting has been tested in Surf Beach and was found to be highly effective. We’ve been insisting on energy efficient lights being installed in all new estates. Street lighting is an important community safety tool. Lighting is a way of crime prevention as well as lighting up the way for those who are walking at night or early in the morning. As council we also need to look at where street lighting is needed where we don’t have it. Many residents have made the switch to energy-efficient globes at home; now help us make the switch in your street by signing the online petition. It only takes a minute; help Bass Coast lead the way and log onto Finally, don’t forget to tune into council’s weekly radio show on 3MFM. This week I interview Patti Wenn, council’s community and economic development director, who also sits on the board of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation. The show runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8.30am and 4.30pm, so there is plenty of opportunity to catch it. To check the frequency in your area, log onto Cr Peter Paul, Mayor Bass Coast Shire Council

Keen: from left Ella McKae, Josh Stuchbert, Jesse Zuidema and Nadine Shields with teacher John Long, trying out for the South Coast Christian College team to compete in the inaugural Gippsland Inter School Dart Challenge.

Darts challenge is on

COACHING is well underway at local secondary schools ahead of the inaugural Gippsland Inter School Dart Challenge.

Students at Mirboo North Secondary College enjoyed the expertise of a member of the Powlett Darts Association, which is organising the challenge. Staff member Allen Riseley helped out. A dart board has been set up in the college gym so the school’s team can play as often as possible. Members of the darts’ association joined forces with staff member John Long to help a large group of South Coast Christian College students learn the finer points of the game of darts. Challenge organiser Gordon McFarland, said students were keen and will practise hard in order to have the chance of being one of the six team members chosen to compete in the inter school contest today (September 14). The venue will be the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club.

Leongatha Red Cross ONLY 10 members attended the August meeting of the Leongatha Unit of the Red Cross. Support from the public has made the Father’s Day raffle a great success; the money having been promised to the Vietnam Clean Water Appeal. Winners were: first, Paul Harris; second, Marg Boag; third, R. Berry; and fourth, L. Whiteside. The Red Cross regional conference will be held at Woorayl Golf Clubhouse on September 14 at 10.30am and the next Leongatha Unit meeting will be on September 30 at 10.30am at the Leongatha RSL. New members welcome.

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An inspection of this Inverloch property will blow you away. Prepare to be impressed with this stunning and private beach house. See story on page 26

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Beach house beauty T

HIS property is one of a kind in Inverloch.

An inspection will blow you away. Prepare to be impressed with this stunning and private beach house. Only three years old, it is nestled ideally on a north facing 806 square metre corner allotment, with caravan or boat access. If you are seeking a unique and sustainable family home, then look no further. This delightful home, designed by award winning Beaumont Concepts and built by renowned builders Beachhouse construction, is spectacular. It features three bedrooms, including a large main bedroom with en suite and walk-in robe. A fantastic open plan lounge, kitchen and dining with a sensational Tassie Oak finish are all under a spacious pavilion roof. There is also a second living or guest room. If you want a home with integrated outdoor living and entertaining, this is it! Open for inspection Sunday 12 and 19 of September, at 1pm.

Looking for greener pastures? T

HIS superbly presented four bedroom brick veneer home is in exclusive Koonwarra.

Set on 2.5 acres with manicured gardens and one paddock, this property is perfect for those wanting a tree change or room to move. The home features a large open plan living area with a sunny north facing bay window, huge kitchen with induction appliances and a sliding glass door to an

outdoor entertaining area. The second living area also faces north and is ideal for a parents’ retreat or toy room. The generous master bedroom with bay window has walk-in robe and en suite. Other features include double garage with remote door and direct access inside, 8 x 10.5m shed with remote door and room to house a large caravan or boat. This property is the full package and offers something for everyone.

At a glance: Location: 4 Jazmine Court, Inverloch Price: $515, 000 Agent: Alex Scott and Staff Inverloch 5674 1111 Contact: Tim Harris 0427 547 939

At a glance: Location: 15 Manna Court Koonwarra Price: $650, 000 Agent: Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha 5662 5800 Contact: Christie Bowler 0407 812 904

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Great for entertaining T

HIS excellent family home in Inverloch is great for entertaining.

The as new four year old, three bedroom home has a large open plan family room with both wood heater and split system for comfort and the spacious style of cathedral ceilings and covered outdoor living. The family room opens onto the 6.5 x 5 m timber deck, ideal

for entertaining. The home has an appealing entry that offers privacy. The kitchen is designed for creativity in the cooking department, with a wonderful 900mm stove with gas hot plates, a two drawer dishwasher, walk-in pantry, appliance cupboard and wide breakfast bar plus a north facing window. The family room has a built

At a glance Location: 4 Queenscliff Drive, Inverloch Price: $495,000 Agent: Harcourts, Inverloch Contact: Heather Atkins 5671 1212

in office hidden behind a wall of doors, very clever. The master bedroom is north facing with a sub wall behind the bed head, hiding the walk-in robe and large en suite. The walkin shower is very large and the bathroom is well lit. The family bathroom has shower and bath with a separate toilet. Both kid’s rooms have built-in robes.

The home has excellent storage throughout, including in the double garage, no clashing of the family car doors here. The garden adds to the appeal of the home. For dad there is space for a vegie garden and a 6.5 x 3m all steel shed. This is a very well planned family home and an investment for the future.

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Opportunity presents A

SPACIOUS home close to Leongatha’s CBD now presents an opportunity to live in or develop. The four bedroom brick veneer house is zoned Business One and while ideal to move in and live, the home also presents a chance for someone to operate a business or invest. Just one block from the town’s shopping centre, the house has a tiled roof and backs on to a council carpark. Three of the four bedrooms have built-in robes and the kitchen is huge. There are ample cupboards, including overhead and floor to ceiling cupboards, and a pantry and electric oven with hotplate. The open lounge has a gas heater and sliding doors with etched glass linking to the kitchen. A shower is in the bathroom and the sunroom/utility room off the laundry has a hand basin – ideal for cleaning up after playing outside. Outside there is a single bay garage, garden shed, established gardens with concrete edging and extensive paving. Retirees would find this home a pleasure, with no work needed before occupation.

At a glance Location: 13 Bruce Street, Leongatha. Price: $330,000. Agent: SEJ, Leongatha. Contact: Lyle Miller 0408 515 665, Barry Redmond 0418 515 666.

Prom Country T



Andy’s Pizzeria

One Out of the Box!

Family Fun

A Pizzeria with a difference. Serving up pizzas, fish & chips, curries, ribs and pasta, Andy’s is a popular casual dining choice for locals and tourists. Prom traffic stopper, BYO license, pavement dining. INSPECT By Appointment Address 106 Whitelaw Street MEENIYAN $69,500 - $75,000 WIWO $550,000 - $600,000

Light and nature are integral to the ever-changing mood in this highly contemporary 3BR home with stunning views. Featuring floor-to-ceiling glazing and messmate floors in the living zone, extensive decking, fully spec’d kitchen with in-built Miele Espresso maker and SS appliances. 66 acres (mainly pasture) and long creek frontage, orchard, veggies and low maintenance garden. Follow your farming vision or continue with agistment agreement with neighbour. 2 hours Melbourne CBD. INSPECT Sunday @ 1.30 - 2.00pm Address 200 Fox and Fanckes Road, BOOLARRA SOUTH





This 3 BR home aims to please. The 12yo home provides rural views from the upstairs living room and wraparound deck, & has 2 bathrooms, a downstairs rumpus and garaging for 3 cars. INSPECT Sunday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 3 Grogan Court MIRBOO NORTH $285,000 - $295,000


Selling Properties

24/7 Rustic Contemporary - On 40 Acres

A Farmhouse for the Fastidious

An unapologetic appreciation for classy modern inclusions blends with an earthy love of timbers, trees and sky, resulting in an impeccably appointed, elegantly rustic, country retreat. Features modern, light filled living spaces, stunning views, a meticulous hostess kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 studies, and 2 bathrooms. New shedding, undercover parking, water storage, fenced paddocks and a 40 acre mix of pasture and timbers, round off this substantial rural property, filled with benefits.

On a gently undulating 8 acres, minutes from town with privacy & rural vistas, is this immaculately presented, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home, with equally immaculate outdoor living, garden & farm infrastructure. The home has been thoughtfully renovated for minimum maintenance & includes a new roof, windows & external cladding outside, & period features & colours within. Plus orchard, veggies, fowl manor, 3 bay shed with concrete floor, hay sheds, 2 paddocks, cattle race & crush.

INSPECT Sunday @ 1.30 - 2.00pm Address 970 Boolarra-Mirboo North Road, BOOLARRA

INSPECT Sunday @ 1.30 - 2.00pm $490,000 - $540,000 Address 200 Old Nicholls Road MIRBOO NORTH

$450,000 - $475,000

allen bartlett 0417 274 624



kaz hughes 0417 516 998

INSPECT Sunday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 225 Darlimurla Road MIRBOO NORTH

Farmers Delight

Village Fare Coffee Shop

Rail Trail And River Lifestyle

Successful business opposite Safeway and walk thru to McCartin St. Immaculately presented, impressive food display, seats 50 and good catering sideline. Ready-made, established and respected operation. INSPECT By Appointment Address 7 McNamara Place LEONGATHA $155,000 - $170,000 $330,000 - $360,000

“Dell Serene” is a delightful more-than-4 acre property that combines an impeccable 3 bedroom home with ample living space, charming gardens, manicured level lawns, great car, van and machinery storage, and farm infrastructure too. Well fenced paddocks fall gently down to the Little Morwell River which flows permanently through the property (eyes open for platypus and crays), with outlooks beyond to state forest. And the Rail Trail is “at the front gate” for walks or riding.

93 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan ~ 5664 0224

On approx 3.7 acres, gorgeous views and heaps of shedding, neat 3 bdrm character home. Features wood heater, polished floorboards, sep bungalow with OFP, pool, disused dairy, shelter plantings. INSPECT Sunday @ 12.00 - 12.30pm Address 930 Dollar Road DOLLAR $280,000 - $310,000

lisa williams 0438 133 385

84 Ridgway, Mirboo North ~ 5668 1660

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Family wanted T

HERE is room for everyone in this six bedroom home.

You’ll be amazed at the space available, as well as impressed with the presentation of this proudly maintained family home. Upstairs offers four bedrooms, a bathroom and a lounge area which was used for dance practice in a previous life and consequently, features a full mirrored wall - perfect for the narcissists. Complete the picture downstairs with two more bedrooms, L-shaped lounge and separate kitchen/meals area, bathroom with spa and a laundry. Outside offers undercover parking for three cars, brick workshop, covered outdoor area, and a manicured back yard (complete with cubby house), all tucked away in peaceful Millicent Street, within 600 metres of schools, the sporting hub and the main street. This home really has to be seen to appreciate how so much has been offered in a residential allotment. Call us today to arrange an inspection - you’ll be glad you did.

At a glance Location: 9 Millicent Street, Leongatha Price: Reduced to $360,000 Agent: Alex Scott & Staff, Leongatha 5662 0922

Entire antique collection to be auctioned STOCKDALE & Leggo have recently sold a grand old landmark property, “Aeroview” forlifetime residents of Leongatha Alan and Pam Steele. “Aeroview” was built in 1896 and it was home to Alan’s parents for many years. Alan and Pam moved into the property in 1994, but they have been quietly collecting antiques since the 1970s. For health reasons the Steeles are moving north to a warmer climate and their home full of treasures and quality antiques must be sold. Auctioneer John O’Connor has advised that this will be an outstanding opportunity with no fancy reserve prices, it will all be sold on the day, he said. The sale includes a lot of small

items: cup saucer and plate sets, figurines, vases, items of carnival glass, stone wear items, four standard lamps, kero lamps, doilies, doonas, leadlight lamps and a collection of dolls and teddy bears. Larger antique items include an open pine dresser, leadlight kitchen dresser, marble top oak wash stand, mirror back side board, Oak rough edge table and four chairs, carved oak pedestal, marble wash stand, sideboard with carved mirror back, Beaconsfield carved wardrobe. All of Alan’s outdoor gear is going too. A 5x4 trailer, ride-on mower and trailer, power tools, ladders, barrows, milk cans, it all has to go. A detailed list is published in this paper. The Clearing Sale will be held at 13a Steele Street Leongatha on October 2, commencing at 10am. A good day out is assured.

Bid and buy: Stockdale & Leggo auctioneer John O’Connor and vendor Alan Steele are ready to sell.

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All smiles: Josh Chavarioli from Loch primary.

Good sign: Austin Wood enjoyed his day.

Delicate balance: Alicia Williamson steers her course.

Standing start: Riley Murphy poised for action.

Kids star on two wheels GORGEOUS sunshine greeted riders competing in the South Gippsland Bike Ed Challenge at Koonwarra last Wednesday.

Children from several schools, including South Gippsland Specialist School, and Poowong, Nyora and Loch primary schools, participated. The children learnt bike and traffic skills in a fun and supportive

atmosphere. Many groups rode into Koonwarra along the rail trail from Leongatha. The day was a huge success and many weary limbs were nursed afterwards.

Kids to bend and stretch PARENTS, take your seats for the St Laurence’s Primary School gymnastics spectacular this Thursday. Students will perform routines for the community’s entertainment and the scrutiny of judges from the Leongatha Gymnastics Club. Boys and girls from St Laurence’s have been diligently rehearsing up to three times a week for the event.

Donate, please, AGM told JEANETTE Teague spoke of the joy of being able to donate a kidney to her son, at the annual general meeting of Milpara Community House, Korumburra, recently. The guest speaker at the meeting, Ms Teague spoke about organ donation and of her son’s congenital defect and the impact on family life. She encouraged the audience to make a difference in somebody else’s life by becoming an organ donor. She is a volunteer for Transplant Australia and Donatelife. Transplant Australia promotes awareness of organ donation and supports people who have had a transplant or are waiting for a transplant.

Donatelife is an organisation hosted by the Red Cross to provide a co-ordinated approach to organ and tissue donation. For further information about these programs contact Milpara on 5655 2524. The annual meeting at the Austral Hotel, resulted in John Davies being reelected president, Barbara Hosking is secretary, and Nicki Belling was reelected as joint treasurer, with newly appointed Maureen Sivyer. Belinda Smart and Sandra Webster were re-elected as minute secretaries, and the general committee elected was: Caroline Parturzo, Colin Hardy and Barbara Look. Forty people attended the 21st AGM. Co-ordinator Sandra Webster said people

Climate recognition Deluge of visitors BASS Coast Council has been recognised for a climate change initiative.

Taking stage: Eliza Loy, Belinda Denbrok, Riley Levey and Thomas Carmody are as flexible as kids come.

came to Milpara for many reasons: to participate in adult education, art and craft, visit the well women’s clinic, a newcomers luncheon, men’s group, men’s shed, playgroup, childcare, Centrelink agency and get information. John Davies and Sandra Webster made a presentation of gifts to all volunteers from the past year. Ms Webster thanked all retiring committee members for their support and in particular Ruth Cashin, who retired as joint treasurer after three years, Irene Lynch who retired after three years on the committee, a childcare volunteer and as childcare licensee, and Judy Ife who retired after 12 months.

Under the program, householders were advised about low flow shower heads, window shades, water tanks and lighting. The aim was practical home energy efficiency and water conservation. Since 2008, 62 residents have taken part and council has applied for further funding to continue the program. The initiative was a finalist in the State LGPro awards. LGPro is the peak body for local government professionals.

VISITS and phone calls to Bass Coast visitor information hubs have increased by 43 per cent since 2001. During the 2009/10 year, 244,623 visitors had trooped through the centres at Cowes and Newhaven and 24,326 phone calls had been taken. The centre at Newhaven has been judged the second best in Victoria according to Tourism Victoria’s Tourism Excellence Program.

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From pages past Poets impress Historical snippets from The Star One year ago, September 15, 2009 THE Leongatha fire-alert siren is back up and running after a couple of silent years. CFA captain Andrew Kay said CFA hierarchy took some time to be convinced of the need to fix the siren but there were sound reasons for doing so. It is quicker and easier to alert people by sounding the siren. **** Inverloch Police, Parks Victoria and the South Gippsland Shire Council are fighting hard against hoons on quad bikes who are destroying native flora in Venus Bay. This could cause problems such as erosion in the future. The hoons have been spoken to before but have chosen to ignore warnings. Parks Victoria ranger Bill Gurnett said quad bikes have been an issue for about 18 months. Five years ago, September 20, 2005 FIRE destroyed a classroom and general purpose library at the Tarwin Valley Primary School in Meeniyan. In just seconds the Grade 2/3 classroom went up in flames. The Leongatha CFA took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Denise Poletti, who lives opposite the school, saw the fire and was the first person who informed the fire brigade about the incident. The cause of the fire is unknown but was not deliberate. Fortunately there were no injuries at the school. **** Peter Harley was sucked under a passing truck on the South Gippsland Highway while riding his bicycle. The 45-year-old was on his way back to the Djinta Djinta Winery. Peter suffered seven broken ribs, his left leg was broken in two places, one of

his kidneys had shut down and his liver was lacerated. Peter spent more than five weeks in hospital, 11 days of which he was in intensive care. Fortunately he is still alive because he was so fit. 10 years ago, September 26, 2000 HENRY Jackson is claimed to be South Gippsland’s best fisherman due to his incredible catch, an 111kg Striped Marlin. He was on board a boat with Col Graham and Glen and Tammy Matthews in Bermagui when the Striped Marlin snagged his 15kg line. “Catching a marlin gives you a huge adrenaline rush. It’s the fisher’s dream catch,” he said. **** WONTHAGGI Police officers witnessed truck bolts, horse manure and urine-filled balloons being thrown through the air at the World Economic Forum protests in Melbourne recently. Demonstrators were protesting against global economy and up to 5000 protestors were cleared from Crown Casino. Some police suffered black eyes and had their arms in slings. The dispute lasted three days. 30 years ago, September 30, 1980 CR Arthur Ashenden has released a new book about the research of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The book was inspired by experiences he and his wife, Nola had whilst discovering the outback Australia. He chose to write about SIDS because he was associated with people who had suffered tragic losses. The book has only just been published and Cr Ashenden would like to donate the proceeds to a worthy cause. Most of the material is fact except for the names of people and places.

IT WAS easy for f the th regionally renowned German poets to get lost in the crowd of students at Mirboo North Secondary College, because they help make up the student body. Eleven students from years 7, 8 and 9 attended the regional final of the German poetry recitals recently. Students read a poem to the judges, which did not sound like a difficult task until they found out it was in German and the poem had to be memorised to perfection. Elke Frank, the Ger-

Poetry takes a turn: the German poetry team after their successful stint at the regional recitals. man teacher at the secondary college, said the students were judged on pronunciation, their ability to memorise the poem, the tone and also the

phrasing. Year 7 student Thomas Geitenbeek is the regional champ for his year, as was Williow Sizer for Year 9. Katy Stewart and

Milpara Community House News Milpara Community House would like to wish Tracy Lewis all the best for the future and we welcome back Gunter Binder as our painting and drawing tutor. Classes will commence on October 11 from 12.30-3.30pm. This course teaches oils, acrylic, pastels, water colour or any other media. ****** Our annual general meeting was held on Thursday, September 2 at the Austral Hotel. Forty people attended a celebration of 12 months’ hard work and enjoyed a delicious meal. All positions on the committee were filled with the exception of vice president. We thank the volunteers from the past 12 months for all their hard work and effort, without them we could not con-

tinue as we do. ****** We have vacancies for our next Well Women’s Clinic, which will be held on Wednesday September 15 and Wednesday October 13 with Evie Harle from Gippsland Southern Health Service. This service provides pap smears, blood pressure checks and women’s health information. Bookings through Milpara Community House on 5655 2524 are essential. ****** Our Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Support Group meets on the third Thursday of the month from 1pm-2.30pm at Milpara Community House. The next meeting is to be held on Thursday, September 16.

ARIES - March 21 - April 20

Children can influence your major decisions this week. Be aware of the changing moods of friends. An out of town shopping spree or travel plans proves a diverting tonic. TAURUS - April 21 - May 22

This is a great week to sharpen those rusty skills and renew old business contacts. In romance, it’s your turn to make the first and second moves. Be quick to recognise your loved one’s achievements. GEMINI - May 23 - June 21

You could be wearing many hats during a week that accents versatility and new responsibilities. A favour seeking acquaintance tries a new strategy. It’s best to follow your instincts. CANCER - June 22 - July 22

The emphasis is on revision. Ideas and plans can change several times through the week. Perception skills seem uncanny. In romance, take the initiative - even if it isn’t your turn. LEO - July 23 - August 22

Financial complications and romantic entanglements get the week off to a hectic start, but the trend snaps by Friday. A financial bonanza and a romantic celebration may reverse the situation. VIRGO - August 23 - September 22

On the homefront, tiffs seem a way of life so the Virgo special brand of diplomacy is crucial. The accent should be on exercise and health, no matter how busy you are. LIBRA - September 23 - October 22

Marvellous buying and selling opportunities abound through this week. Meditation and philosophical conversations help you formulate ideas. Insignificent issues become controversial. SCORPIO - October 23 - November 21

A rival at the workplace may be changing tactics - don’t try to beat them at their own game. Long term relationships should not be taken for granted. Make an effort to enhance this friendship. SAGITTARIUS - November 22 - December 22

Don’t be subtle when making requests - you can’t expect anyone to be reading your mind. After a weak start, a happy new friendship is ready for takeoff. A colleague is willing to compromise. CAPRICORN - December 23 - January 20

Your management skills are impressive, but don’t give instructions all the time. A friend’s romantic success may upset your own week your patience and humour will help you through. AQUARIUS - January 21 - February 19

Hobbies are accented as a diverting and perhaps profitable outlet for your energy. Weigh pros and cons objectively as you approach a career or academic crossroad. PISCES - February 20 - March 20

Curiosity becomes increasingly active, and with good reason. Stay alert especially to changing trends in the neighbourhood. If seeking advice or information, visit top specialists. BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK

You are down-to-earth and dependable and your taste is inspiring. On the flip side, you are stubborn and self indulgent. Good companionship and surprise travel could highlight the rest of the year. You may be less successful at reaching short term goals than planning long term ones.

CREEK: Meeting every Sunday at Archies Creek. Morning Communion Service 11 am: Evening Holy Spirit Revival 6pm: Phone: Ps. Chris Chetland 5674 3867 or 5672 4660. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST: Saturdays, Church service 10am., Leongatha Sabbath School 11.30am. CATHOLIC: St Laurence’s Parish Leongatha: 5 pm Mass Saturday, 11am Mass Sunday. Tarwin Lower: In St Andrew’s Union Church, 5pm winter, 6pm summer Mass Saturday. Meeniyan: 9.30am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 11am, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Mirboo North: 11am Mass, 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays and 9.30am Mass, 2nd and 4th Sundays. St. Joseph’s Parish Korumburra: 9.30am Sunday Mass. Loch: 5pm/6pm Daylight saving Sunday Mass. Wonthaggi: Saturday evening 6.30pm: Evening Mass; Sunday, 10.30am: Mass. Inverloch: Sunday 9 am: Mass. KORUMBURRA’S AGLOW: First Monday every month at Korumburra Day Centre, Korumburra Hospital, Bridge St., Korumburra at 7.45pm. Inquiries phone 5657 2214. GIPPSLAND CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Strongly family oriented church meets at the Senior Citizens Centre, Mirboo North, Sundays: 4-5.10pm Communion, 5.15-6pm Bible Studies for Adults, Youth and Children. Friday evenings: Home Fellowships 7.30pm; Youth Activities. Enquiries: 5668 2226 Bob Stevens. SALVATION ARMY LEONGATHA COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 52 Anderson Street (South Gippsland Highway) - Sunday: Family Worship at 10am: Kid’s Club - Tuesday, 4 - 5pm; mainly music, Thursday 10am. All welcome. Please contact Captain Claire Emerton or Lieutenant Rachael Collins, ph. 5662 5122. SALVATION ARMY WONTHAGGI COMMUNITY CHURCH meets at 149 McKenzie Street every Sunday at 11am for Family Worship. Kids' Club - every Tuesday at 4 pm, Women's Group - Wednesday at 1.30pm, and Playgroup - Friday 9.30am. Evening Ladies' Fellowship - First Monday each month and Youth Groups held monthly. All welcome. Please contact Lt. Robyn and Max Lean. Ph. 5672 1228. PRESBYTERIAN: Weekly Worship Service 10am Sunday, corner Bent and Turner Streets, Leongatha. Phone Rev. Dr D. Clarnette

0409 236 981 or elder Col Rump 5662 2107. CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH: Reformed Church meeting at the corner of Peart and Brown Streets. Sunday family service at 10.30am. (10am daylight saving time), creche and Sunday School available. Teaching service at 7.30pm. Fortnightly youth activities. Home Bible Fellowship groups. Contact 5662 2762. Minister: Rev. Ron Nauta. UNITING CHURCH: Leongatha: Sunday, September 19, 9am and 10.45am. Tarwin Lower: 10.30am. Mirboo North: 9.30am. Meeniyan: 10am. Wonthaggi: Sunday 9.30am, Family Service, all welcome. Inverloch: Sunday 11am: Korumburra: Sunday, 9.30am: Rev. Pastors Gavin and Sue Sharp, 5655 1997. Arawata: 11.30am 1st & 3rd Sundays. Kongwak: 11.30am 4th Sunday. BAPTIST CHURCH KORUMBURRA: 39 Mine Rd, Korumburra. Service and Sunday School 10.30am. Pastor Ian Wilkinson. Phone 5658 1366. BAPTIST CHURCH WONTHAGGI: Cnr McBride & Broome Crescent, Wonthaggi. Morning Service & Children’s Activities, Sunday 10am. Weekly activities see www., Pastor Geoff Pegler 5672 4769. MEENIYAN CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: Sunday, 10am: Meeniyan Youth Club Hall. COMBINED CHURCHES WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH: 4th Sunday each month at 7pm. SCOTS PIONEER CHURCH: Mardan South. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons on the last Sunday of each month at 2pm. See occasional ad in this paper for details. For enquiries phone 9853 6627. FISH CREEK UNION CHURCH: 1st & 3rd Sundays, 9am; 2nd & 4th Sundays, 7pm. Contacts: Fran Grimes 5683 2650, Sue Poletti 5663 6325.

****** The Creative Writing class currently has vacancies and meets on Thursday at 9.30am. They are preparing to print their third book as a celebration of their achievements over the past two years. ****** Milpara Community House is seeking a facilitator for Playgroup sessions. We are looking for a volunteer to help set up and engage our playgroup for approximately three hours each week during school term. This is not a childcare position as carers/parents of the children are in attendance at playgroup. Please contact Belinda or Sandra on 5655 2524 and register your interest.


Church Times ANGLICAN: Tuesday, September 14: 7pm St Andrew’s, Dumbalk / St David’s, Meeniyan Fellowship. Wednesday, September 15: 9.30am Woorayl Lodge HC; 10.15am Koorooman House HC; 11am St Peter’s Mid-Week HC. Friday, September 17: 7.30pm St David’s, Meeniyan HC. Sunday, September 19: 8am St Peter’s HC; 10am St Peter’s Contemporary Worship with HC. ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Mirboo North. Phone 5668 1346. Holy Communion 8.30am: Worship and Sunday School 10am. ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Korumburra: Sunday 9.30am and Wednesday 11.30am. Poowong: Second and fourth Sundays, 11am. ST GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH: Wonthaggi. Sunday, 10.30am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Monday, 7.30pm: Holy Communion; Wednesday, 8.45am: Christian prayer & meditation, 10am: Holy Communion. CHURCH OF ASCENSION: Inverloch, Sunday, 9am: Holy Communion & Sunday School; Tuesday, 9am: Christian prayer & meditation; 10am: Holy Communion; Thursday 7.30pm: Holy Communion. 5th Sunday services, alternating at Wonthaggi & Inverloch, contact Rev Bruce Charles for details, 5672 3984. ASSEMBLIES OF GOD: Prom Coast Community Church Inc. - Foster Community House, Station Street, 10am: Sunday. Sunday School and Creche operates. Pastor Bill Watson 5686 2248. A.O.G. Inverloch - Cnr Bear and McIntosh Street, Inverloch. Sunday Service 10am; Imagine Christmas Day Service 9am. Contact: Jeff Robertson, 0418 125 832 or Imagine Burwood 9888 7466. Korumburra Southern Hills A.O.G. - 4 Mine Rd, 10am and 6pm: Sunday. Also Children’s Church and Creche. Contact: Pastor Vic Butera 5655 2478. Youth: Neville Stuart ph. 0407 343 219. Leongatha South Gippsland Liberty Fellowship - 17 Michael Place, Leongatha. Sunday services: 11 am and 7pm. Office: 5662 3100. Wonthaggi A.O.G. - Billson Street, 10am: Sunday. Contact: Pastor Barry Smith 5672 3984. CHRISTIAN REVIVAL CRUSADE: 40 Hughes Street, Leongatha. Sunday, Morning Service 10.30 am: Inspirational Service, 6.30pm: Children’s Church 10.30am: Home cells weekly; Kids Club Wednesdays 4pm Guide Hall. For all enquiries contact 5664 5455. THE CHURCH AT ARCHIES

McKenzie Kell came in second and third respectively for Year 8, while Year 9’s Aimee Dawson came third.

7. 8. 9. 10. 12. 15. 16. 18. 20. 22.

ACROSS Dispute (12) Insist (6) Revenue (6) Bird (7) Lift (5) Coin (5) Speak of (7) Drive (6) Insect (6) Echo (12)

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

DOWN Educated (8) Story (4) Spear (7) Cloth (5) Trader (8) Stalk (4) Trachea (8) Flower (8) Sauce (7) Coquette (5) Uncommon (4) Money (4)

CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8239 ACROSS 7. How long Nick takes? (5,2,1,4). 8. Show marks on the body (6). 9. General the agent caught napping, perhaps (6). 10. An extra goal? (7). 12. Feel just a little (5). 15. Fitting the party in, you assume (5). 16. The bars are irritating (7). 18. A little girl at last having learned to swim (6). 20. Get the better of the young gentleman (6). 22. Change hands fraudulently (5,2,5). DOWN 1. Left the bit in the document (8). 2. Talent is something you can’t buy (4). 3. King for only a day (7). 4. Was it packed in some part of the trunk? (5). 5. Scolds when it runs short (5,3). 6. Observe the backward glance (4). 11. Turned out again to have been given a ticking off (8). 13. Claims one does look after the interior (8). 14. At first capturing what might be a monkey (7). 17. Announce to the nation (5). 19. The fellow one will confront (4). 21. Beside Ed, looked light (4).

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ELLISON Anne Bickerton was born on September 6 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Ellison is the second child for Steve and Shareen of Mirboo North and a sister for Charlie, 17 months.

Jeff and Claire Buckland welcomed the birth of ALISTAIR Thomas on September 5 at South Gippsland Hospital at Foster. He is a brother for Lucas.

MOLLY Louise Brown was born on September 5 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital. Molly is another baby girl for Chris and Jodie of Leongatha, a new sister for Chloe, seven and Will, four.

LOGAN James Grayden was born on September 3 at Leongatha Memorial Hospital to Stuart and Tenneale of Leongatha.

RIVEN Ebony Wolf was born at Bass Coast Regional Health on September 4 to Leonie and Peter Wolf of Cape Woolamai. Riven is a new sister for Sebastian, three-and-ahalf, and Willow, two.

HOLLY Louise Walsh (Holtschke) was born on September 3 at the Freemasons Epworth Hospital in Melbourne to Annette and Richard. Holly is the first granddaughter of Bernie (pictured) and Lorraine Holtschke, formerly of Fish Creek.

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Artists provoke reactions KORUMBURRA artists Tracy Lewis and Boyd Maddock are both showing their exciting work in a new exhibition, entitled Melange, at Gecko studio gallery. The space in this popular Fish Creek gallery will feature Tracy’s brooding and atmospheric oil landscapes. These are a treat for the senses, usually

arousing great response from the viewer. Boyd’s sculptural work is more whimsical and vaguely medieval. Tracy has had a long and distinguished fine art career but Boyd came to work with clay more recently. Suffering from a very bad fall, Boyd discovered clay during rehabilitation and has enjoyed the ability to express humour and thoughtful elements through his work.

Tracy finds great inspiration in the rolling hills she calls home and uses strong technique and bold colour to impart drama. Changing weather and plays of light are particular themes. Gecko is proud to present Melange which will open this Sunday, September 19 and be on display until October 16.

Evocative piece: a cheeky jester by Boyd Maddock. Moody work: Cook’s Hill by Tracy Lewis.

Entertaining elderly: the residents of Carinya Lodge Hostel at Korumburra enjoyed an evening of music last Wednesday when the musicians of the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band performed a program of old time favourites. Residents Ray Irving and Paddy Hawkins shared a chat with band president Darryl Hunt and tuba player Neville Drummond after the show.

Rita delights LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre’s play, Educating Rita, continues this weekend. The play tells the story of the relationship between young hairdresser, Rita, and Dr Frank Bryant, a middle-aged university lecturer. The show features well known Lyric actor David Tattersall as Frank and Jo Street as Rita, under the direction of David Baggallay. The show is at Leongatha’s Dakers Centre. Tickets from Mushroom Crafts or at the door.

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Bikers back charities REVENUE from the Ulysses Club Bikers Ball was handed over to the Ruby CFA and the Salvation Army recently.

Fire funds: Val Bremner, Trudi Haw, Ulysses club president Brian Rintoule, Ruby CFA captain Darren Hardacre and Dennis Bowler and Ross Richards.

The eighth annual ball raised $1000 which was split between the two groups. Leongatha Salvation Army captain Claire Emerton said the money would go towards the charity’s welfare program, for families who need it in the area. The Ruby CFA planned for the money to go towards their new training centre, which will be built with a kitchenette and media unit, enabling them to train from Ruby. The ball was a big success, with 200 people enjoying the festivities of the night.

Handover: Trudi Haw, Ulysses club president Brian Rintoule, Salvation Army captain Claire Emerton, Ross Richards and Val Bremner were on hand to help the Salvation Army along.

City calisthenics success SOUTH Gippsland FunFit Calisthenics Intermediate girls were successful at two separate Melbourne competitions recently.

The nine girls are now working towards the State Championships on October 3. They received medals for each of their six core items at the recent competitions. At the Mount District Competition they received: first march, third clubs, second free ex, first rods, third aesthetics and first calisthenics revue. At Longbeach Comp they received honourable mention march, second clubs, first free ex, first rods, third aesthetics and first calisthenics revue. The girls had an amazing result for their calisthenics revue, which is a four-and-ahalf minute routine performed with a combination of singing, dancing, acting and basic calisthenic skills. The routine was titled “Best of Both Worlds (Hannah Montanna versus Miley Cyrus)” and scored 90 out of 100. This was seven points clear of the nearest club at the Mount District and a clear win by nine points at the Longbeach Competition. This item secured the overall aggregate wins at both competitions. The girls have worked really hard this year and it’s great to see them rewarded for their efforts. For further information about calisthenics contact Louise on 5659 8249 or email: Classes are held in Korumburra and Wonthaggi.

Future growth: Ivor McLennan and Frank Dekker are hoping to see new trees at the recreation reserve.

Trees brighten reserve A GRANT from the Department of Sustainability and Environment has allowed more trees to be planted at Leongatha Recreation reserve. Winners: South Gippsland FunFit Calisthenics Intermediate girls; back, from left: Katelyn Adkins, Rachel Adkins, Angelique Dunlevie and Michelle Green. Front, from left: Maddie Cant, Neesh Felton, Emily Smith and Sophie Adkins; centre: Shelley McCormack.

The five trees are the Leongatha Agricultural Recreation Reserve Committee of Management’s attempt to maintain and beautify the reserve. The two men who planted the four Claret Ashes and one Oriental Plane,

secretary Frank Dekker and treasurer Ivor McLennan, welcomed the grant. The duo faced heavy rain for three hours while planting the trees and erecting protective barriers. But they believe the hardship will be worth it in time, when the trees have grown to full size, offering shade for people using the reserve. Frank and Ivor thanked the DSE for the grant and Martin Sullivan, for organising the trees.

Kids go homeless Walked for Parkinson’s SOUTH Gippslanders took part in the Parkinson’s 2010 Unity Walk in Melbourne recently.

STUDENTS from Mirboo North Secondary College’s Year 10 English class had a brush with homelessness recently. The class has worked on the topic of homelessness during term two, watching documentaries and researching organisations. The group decided to write a letter to several organisations asking for donations and raised $1000 - enough to buy 15 swags for homeless people. To find out what it felt like to be homeless, the group slept in the school’s quadrangle in cardboard boxes overnight. Fortunately the night was of a reasonable temperature and there was no rain.

Boxed in: Scott Marriott gets comfortable in his sleeping chambers.

The Parkinson’s Victoria event was an outstanding success, with more than 1900 people coming together at Federation Square for a 4km walk along the Yarra River to raise awareness and funds for research and Parkinson’s support services. The walkers included people living with Parkinson’s, family members, friends, canine companions, workmates and the general community. The event raised more than $80,000 which is a tremendous achievement and will make a real difference in the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. “While the Parkinson’s Victoria Unity Walk is about raising awareness and funds for research and services, it is also about people connecting, united in a common cause that makes it a special day. The walk gives people a sense of belonging to a very special community,” Glenn Mahoney, CEO of Parkinson’s Victoria, said.

Local voice: South Gippslanders marched to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

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Yarding firm STREAMS and rivers may be flooded around here, but this made no difference to supply as the number of cattle penned was only seven fewer.

Catch up: Peter Notman, footy legend Tom Hafey and Matt Rogers.

A ‘maizing’ night with footy great

NOTMAN Pasture Seeds and Pioneer Seeds hosted a maize information night at the Fish Creek hotel recently.

Maize silage has proven a benefit on a number of farms through the region. With one of the wettest winters for many years being experienced, many farmers came to hear how more feed could be grown using maize. The night focused on the economics of growing and using maize silage as a supplement for their dairy cows. Simon Nihill from Pioneer Hi – Bred seeds opened discussion by running through a spread sheet to determine the cost of growing, harvesting and feeding of maize silage using current fertiliser and other input costs. The outcome suggested a very low yielding crop of 10 tonne DM would cost around $240 / tonne DM. If a decent crop yield of 16 tonne DM was achieved, costs would come down to around $160/tonne DM. The crop yields would generally expect to be somewhere between the above figures. Simon also spoke about new varieties that Pioneer have been trialling around Australia, with two lots of South Gippsland trial results being presented. The quick season variety for the season ahead he suggested was 38F70. For longer season areas and for those wanting more grain yields for higher energy, 36B08 was his recommendation. Peter Notman from Notman Pasture Seeds raised the subject on how to get good yields, and targeting paddocks with good moisture retaining soils was high on the list. Other key points addressed were timing, fertiliser strategies and weed control.

What did change was the quality, with more plainer condition cattle offered, especially in the cow section of the market. The competition was unchanged, but stronger demand saw most cattle sell at rates from 2c to 7c/kg dearer. There were 35 vealers penned, which made up to 220c with most sales between 179c and 205c/kg. For the quality offered these results were very good. In the penning of 190 yearlings there were a number of grown heifers penned. Lighter weight steers made from 176c to 195c, while better quality heifers were between 170c and 190c/kg. Because of the plainer nature of the yarding, a number of sales were noted from 145c to 176c/kg. The grown heifer portion sold very well, with better quality making to 176c, and most sales were from 154c to 168c/kg. In the penning of 300 bullocks and steers, the quality was very mixed, and some of the bullocks were muddy from the wet weather. Some were also in plainer condition for similar reasons. There were a few pens of yearling steers weighing between 530kg and 640kg lwt, and these made from 186c to 196.2c/kg. Prime C3 and C4 bullocks averaged 4c dearer, making from 187c to 196c/kg. Manufacturing bullocks made mostly between 162c and 181c, but there was one pen weighing 914kg that made 178c, or $1627/ head. All of the 530 cows sold very well because of the price paid for quality purchased, with a lot of larger frame Friesian cows in lean and poor condition sold. Prices for most of these were between 122c for very poor yielding cows, to 154c, with the best quality 2 scores to 167c/kg. Better quality beef cows reached 167c, with most sales from 155c to the top figure. Very poor quality, and light weight cows made from 83c to 134c, which assisted in the carcass weight price average of 308c/kg.

Wednesday, September 8 BULLOCKS 12 A. Hughes, Kernot 13 Dandy Premix, Lang Lang 21 R.J. Grylls, Yanakie 11 R. & L. Brooks, Korumburra

Standing tall: Peter Notman inspects an impressive maize crop. Peter also made the point that careful consideration of the feed out area is very important as wastage of the maize can occur at this stage. With present grain prices around $300 per tonne,

it looks like we can expect to see more maize planted this season. A great night was concluded with some motivation and humour from special guest speaker and AFL/VFL legend Tom Hafey.

642kg 621kg 607kg 585kg

196.0 195.6 194.4 193.6

$1258 $1214 $1180 $1131

18 Condoluci Produce, Leongatha 11 P. & C. Davis, Yarram

623kg 192.8 $1201 595kg 192.3 $1144

STEERS 1 P.D. Stapleton, Foster 1 C.P. Mahomed, Foster 1 J.M. & R. Ryan, Welshpool 3 G. Wallis, Inverloch 18 Ms A Baker, Koonwarra 1 A. Gheller Family Trust, Dalyston

355kg 315kg 405kg 482kg 578kg 400kg

219.6 $779 218.6 $688 212.2 $859 196.2 $945 195.1 $1127 195.0 $780

COWS 1 Clay Mabilia, Bass 5 T. & C. Hulls, Korumburra 1 Marcrita P/L, Driffield 1 S. Shepherdson, Korumburra 1 A.R. & E.G. Trenery, Wonga Wonga 1 W.T. & K.J. Bodman, Won Wron

705kg 538kg 725kg 650kg 858kg 700kg

166.6 164.0 163.6 160.6 160.6 159.0

$1174 $882 $1186 $1043 $939 $1113

HEIFERS 1 J.M. & R. Ryan, Welshpool 1 P.D. Stapleton, Foster 1 C.P. Mahomed, Foster 1 T. & R. Browne, Tarwin 5 DJP Automotive, Leongatha 5 G. Wallis, Kongwak

385kg 320kg 260kg 400kg 234kg 325kg

215.0 205.0 195.6 189.6 188.2 186.6

$827 $656 $508 $758 $440 $606

BULLS 1 P. & R. Butera, Reservoir 1 Mackenzie, Leongatha 1 C. Hempel, Koonwarra 1 W.P. & K.A. Cocksedge, Doomburrim 1 Burrobridge Nom, Doomburrim 1 J. Rich & Partners, Walkerville

745kg 915kg 880kg 770kg 810kg 905kg

169.2 168.6 168.0 168.0 166.6 166.6

$1260 $1542 $1478 $1293 $1349 $1507

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Hard work pays off By Marli Draper WHEN a young couple puts everything they have into something, they can achieve so much. Simon and Meghan Greaves have worked very hard to get where they are. The young couple started out their married life on 40 acres they bought at Buffalo. “We’ve always lived out of our comfort zone, so to speak, to get to where we are,” Simon said. This is not to say he has not loved every bit of it. When one enjoys something, it is not really a chore but a pleasure, and consequently pride is taken in the effort. This is the way the Greaves have gone about things. They have had their Nerrena farm for almost eight years and have bought adjacent land as they could, bringing their holding up to 520 acres. Fencing and tracks have been improved substantially as they have

progressed and they have just finished building new steel and timber yards and a truck turning circle. They have fenced remnant bush to protect it from stock and planted over 50, 000 new trees in gullies and alongside the three creeks. There is about 50 acres of bush and new plantations on the property. Creating new habitat has had multiple benefits. “There are birds here now I’ve never seen before, it’s quite incredible,” Simon said. He milks about 240 head with a new plant designed to be a one person operation. He looks for ways to maximise efficiency and is as capable as he is diligent. “If he can get the best out of something, he will. He always tries his hardest,” Meghan added. They supply to Burra Foods, whom they have found pay well and been straightforward to work with. The cows are Jersey and Jersey/ Freisian cross and they are also running a beef herd using Limousin and Charolais over Hereford and Angus.

Simon has run a mobile butchering service since 1990 and is a fastidious and highly regarded operator. He has four mobile coolrooms. “My stock skills really help with this business,” he said. John Charlton helps him with the butchering as well as farm maintenance such as fencing. During summer, Simon sows about 40 acres down to a mix of millet, rape and peas which is later strip grazed. Regular applications of two in one urea are applied where possible and Lilydale lime has also been spread over the entire farm. There are red and grey soils on the property and an abundant spring is apparent where the two soil types meet. The couple’s children, Josh and Lucy, love farming and helping their parents with the calves. There are many goals still to be achieved for the family, but they have made fine progress so far.

Family effort: Josh, Simon, Meghan and Lucy Greaves with some of the calves.

Curious calves: the Greaves’ beef calves.


Sale Draw September 15 1. Rodwells 2. David Phelan 3. Elders 4. SEJ 5. Landmark 6. Alex Scott

SALE DATES Leongatha Wednesday, September 15 Prime Sale - 8.30am

Pakenham Monday, September 20 Prime Sale - 8am Tuesday, September 21 Export Sale - 8.30am

Check dams SOUTHERN Rural Water is warning all landowners to check the safety of their farm dams after heavy rain. The key things to look out for include: • ensuring the spillway is of adequate size and is free of debris or long grass; • if a compensation pipe is installed, that it works and is easily accessible; • the dam slopes are not showing signs of leaking or slippage; and • the dam crest is even and not eroded and there are no cracks present. If uncertain, seek advice from a qualified engineer with farm dam experience. For more information about farm dams or other farm water management issues, phone Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510.

Devoted farmers: the Greaves’ Nerrena property.

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Alberton grand final footy shorts

Here’s hoping: Korumburra-Bena Reserves players Justin Caporale, Peter Edwards and Jordan Myors with Emma Fraser, supporting the Bulldogs’ Thirds.

Right advice: PINP’s Stuart Murphy and SGLN’s Kate Williams at the fox control field day.

Focus on foxes FOX control was the subject of a recent field day held at Coal Creek, Korumburra. The South Gippsland Landcare Network organised the event to help landholders tackle this ongoing problem. Stuart Murphy, fox control project officer

with Phillip Island Nature Parks, explained how they had addressed the problem on the island. The mixture of farmland, reserve and urban areas is apparently an ideal habitat for foxes, providing multiple food sources as well as refuge. As such the co-ordinated approach to their eradi-

cation on the island has faced an uphill battle, but according to Stuart they appear to be winning it. “Only about two lambs per farm rather than 50 is a strong indication of fox numbers dropping,” Stuart said. As it is an island, their goal of eradication is not unrealistic. “We’ve established a buffer zone around the bridge in San Remo; preventing their immigration is a strong part of our approach,” Stuart explained. Foxes were deliberately introduced to the island around 1901 and have gone on to decimate wildlife and stock, including many of the penguin colonies. Penguins are beginning to re-establish colonies in sites other than the parade area, another indication the eradication program is effective. Stuart described the fox population on the island as “probably the most persecuted in Victoria” and outlined the strategies they have employed, including snaring, hunting, fumigation and baiting. Baits are not deployed anywhere near the urban settlements, but he did say dog owners need to observe signs in reserve areas and ensure their dogs are leashed, to minimise the risk of poisoning. Farmers and landholders were urged to work together in a similar co-ordinated approach to achieve ongoing improvements.

Go Pies: cheering on Dalyston’s Fourths were, front: Susie Kirk, Sharyn Williams and Chloe Stott. Back: Michelle Williams, Karlee Williams, Pam Williams and Judy Stott.

Eagle eyes: Ryan Sparkes, Will Little, Lachlan Scott and Zane Javier, all of Inverloch, enjoy the game from a home-made grandstand.

Go Bulldogs: Steph Wylie, Meg Macri and Bec Wylie show their colours.

Magpies fans: supporting Dalyston’s Fourths were, front: Daniel Van Agtmaal, Ben Craigh, Tom Davey and Joe Magro. Back: Jakeom O’Grady and Hayden Birkett.

Blue, yellow: Keely and Jake Dennerley cheer on dad and Inverloch-Kongwak coach Jason, with Jaxon Hayes, Zachary Burke and Brad Hayes.

Go Sea Eagles: cheering on InverlochKongwak were Lauren Dinger, Eden Wilson, Josh Clottu, Tamicca Clottu and Justin Bertuleit.

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An Application for Planning Permit has been made which may affect you The land affected by the application is: 129 Nerrena Road, Leongatha Vic. 3953 being CA 12G Parish of Leongatha, CA 2004 Parish of Leongatha Township. The application is for a permit to: Licensed premises - Restaurant and Café. The applicant for the permit is: Central Gippsland Institute of Tafe. The application reference number is: 2010/260. You may look at the application and any documents that support the application at the office of the Responsible Authority. The responsible authority is: South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953 Viewing of documents can be done during office hours (8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing, include the reasons for the objection and state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will inform you of its decision. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: 14/9/2010. * Please be aware that copies of submissions received by Council may be made available for inspection to any person for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

An Application for Planning Permit has been made which may affect you The land affected by the application is: 2-8 Bair Street, Leongatha VIC 3953 being L8 SP31183M Parish of Leongatha, L4 SP31183M Parish of Leongatha, L9 SP31183M Parish of Leongatha, L2 SP31183M Parish of Leongatha. The application is for a permit to: Variation to Liquor Licence. The applicant for the permit is: P. Botte. The application reference number is: 2010/249. You may look at the application and any documents that support the application at the office of the Responsible Authority. The responsible authority is: South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953 Viewing of documents can be done during office hours (8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing, include the reasons for the objection and state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will inform you of its decision. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: 14/9/2010. * Please be aware that copies of submissions received by Council may be made available to any person for the purpose of consideration as part of the planning process.

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public notices CHIROPRACTOR NORMAN G. VRADENBURG “NON-FORCE PRACTITIONER” 28 Reilly Street, INVERLOCH HOURS - Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday by appointment Phone and fax 5674 3666 South Gippsland Chiropratic Services & Adjunctive Therapies P/L

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TRAVEL CONSULTANT Minimum 12 months experience in a travel agency.


ENROLMENTS FOR 2011 Enrolments are now being taken in both the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten groups for 2011. Please contact Mirboo North Kindergarten Enrolment Officer by Monday, October 4, 2010 on 5169 6278 if you would like to enrol your child.

Email resumé to Contact Travelscene Wonthaggi 5672 1168.

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situations vacant

We require a mature, committed

SALES ASSISTANT for our new Wonthaggi business. Full time position including Saturdays Apply in writing to: The Manager 19 Bair Street Leongatha 3953 Applications close Friday, September 24, 2010

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

FUNCTION CO-ORDINATOR RESTAURANT STAFF The Inverloch Esplanade Hotel is looking for energetic, committed staff for their restaurant Captain’s Lounge. You must present well, have a fun bubbly personality and pride yourself on service excellence. Previous hospitality and restaurant experience is desired, however if you have the right attributes, we are looking for you! You must be available nights, weekends and public holidays. Full training will be provided. RSA certificate essential. Please contact Lisa or Sue (03) 5674 1432 or forward resumés with a cover letter to



Child Protection Practitioner Community Care, Children, Youth & Families Ongoing / Full Time $47,625 p.a. - $58,477 p.a. + Superannuation Every year thousands of children get help from Child Protection. If you want to make a difference for these children, come and join our busy team working with families challenging situations. Positions are currently available in Gippsland. You will enjoy:• working in a strong enthusiastic team. • ongoing professional development and opportunities for career advancement. If you have a social work or welfare qualification (or other relevant qualification), we welcome your application. For further information and details on how to apply online, please refer to our careers web site below. Applicants who do not hold a social work or welfare qualification should contact DFP Recruitment Service on 1300 888 033. Please quote reference number DHS/CPW2/OCT2010. Closing date for applications is Monday, 27 September 2010. Safety Screening requirements including Police checks apply to DHS recruitment practices. Applicants need to be committed to the DHS Values - DHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values Diversity To apply online and view the job description, visit For other Victorian Government opportunities, please visit

The Sporting Capital of South Gippsland NO TRAFFIC JAMS ONLY 1.5 HOURS FROM CITY CHALLENGING CAREER PROSPECTS PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Perrett & Associates No. 2 Pty Ltd CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS 5662 4111 Email current resumé to

business opportunities

business opportunities

RUN YOUR OWN BUSINESS Leongatha Driving School • • • • •

Perfect for a sole trader or partnership Strong turnover with flexible hours Relocatable, successful business Enormous growth potential 2 Registered dual control vehicles, both in excellent condition • 2002 Ford Laser (auto) RLT777 • 2004 Toyota Conquest (man) SRV139 Phone Jo after 7pm for details:

0409 451 542

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LEONGATHA Permanent Part-Time Capeview currently have a position available for Saturdays and Sundays. We require someone who has excellent customer service, computer literate, and willing to learn all aspects of the hardware industry. Retail experience would be preferred, but not essential. Please forward resumés to: Capeview Mitre 10 Attention: Ben Davey Lot 2 Cusack Road, Leongatha 3953

POSITION VACANT Staff Educator Registered Nurse - Division 1 Grade 4 48 hours per fortnight Gippsland Southern Health Service invites applications for the above position. The successful applicant should have the following: • Extensive clinical experience in acute and residential care. • Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment or an undertaking to complete this. • A post graduate education qualification (or working towards same) is desirable. • Ability to be able to communicate at all levels. • The ability to be able to plan, develop and evaluate education programs to achieve best practice. 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 supply a current satisfactory police check. If you are interested in joining a supportive and progressive team, please contact the Executive Assistant, Dianna Mollica on 5667 5504 to obtain an application kit. Applicants are also encouraged to contact Neil Langstaff on 5667 5507 to discuss the employment opportunities at GSHS. Completed application kits can be forwarded by Friday, September 17, 2010 to:Neil Langstaff Director of Nursing Inpatient/Residential Care Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953

Corporate Information Management Coordinator $76K package including super Permanent full time including option for 9 day fortnight Council has an exciting opportunity for an experienced information management specialist. Reporting to the Information Services Manager, you will be responsible for the effective delivery of information management practices, systems and processes and compliance with relevant legislation, policies and procedures. You will have tertiary qualifications in Information Management with relevant experience or extensive experience and certifications and knowledge of relevant legislation including Public Records Act, Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act. Your knowledge and understanding of records management preferably in Local Government, your strong communication skills and your ability to lead and influence others to achieve agreed outcomes, will be highly regarded. We welcome direct discussion with Raelene Bennett, Manager Information Services on (03) 5662 9200.

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum

Customer Service Officer 2 x permanent part time positions 37.5 hour fortnightly roster including weekends An exciting opportunity exists to provide customer service and administrative support at Coal Creek Community Park & Museum. You will have experience in providing exceptional customer service, cash handling and office administration within the hospitality and tourism sector. You will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of a range of customer service and administration duties including answering enquiries, taking bookings for groups, special functions and use of various facilities within the Park. You will have strong and accurate keyboard, word processing and spreadsheet skills. Your good communication skills and ability to work as part of a team will be highly regarded. We welcome direct contact with Rowena Ashley, Coal Creek Coordinator on (03) 5655 1811 regarding this role. Applications for the above positions addressing the selection criteria are to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 22 September 2010 addressed to: Human Resources, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or emailed to Further information and position descriptions Human Resources on (03) 5662 9200 or

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BAR ATTENDANT Must be TAB accredited

FOOD WAITRESSES / KITCHEN HANDS Experience preferred but not essential. Will train Must be prepared to work weeknights / Saturday / Sunday and Public Holidays Call Garry on 0418 278 290 for appointments

2 Tilson Court, Leongatha Vic 3953 Phone 03 5662 5554 Fax 03 5662 5244 Email

South Gippsland Cars & Offroad require an

EXPERIENCED MOTOR MECHANIC for an immediate start We have a modern well equipped workshop and require a person who is highly motivated and able to work without supervision. We service and repair all makes and models of cars and four wheel drives. We are an ARB stockist and supply and fit four wheel drive accessories to a wide range of customers in the Gippsland region. Wages are negotiable based on experience. If you wish to be part of the successful team at South Gippsland Cars & Offroad please apply in person to Glenn Markley at South Gippsland Cars & Offroad, 2 Tilson Court, Leongatha. All applicants will be treated confidentially.

SALES PROFESSIONAL Due to business expansion Leading Edge Computers Leongatha currently has an opening for a Sales Professional. The following attributes are essential: Previous sales experience. Outstanding work ethic. Ability to work as part of a team. Ability to work within our existing business structure. Ability to provide exceptional customer service. Computer industry knowledge would be an advantage. In return we will provide a relaxed and enjoyable working environment in our modern, customer focused store. Duties may vary but will include sales, pre-delivery set-up of computers, housekeeping, inwards goods handling, etc. Remuneration will initially be at the award rate plus bonuses with regular reviews. Applications close 24/9/10 Please submit written applications to: The Manager, Leading Edge Computers 32 Bair Street, Leongatha 3953


Integration Aide Term 4 2010 Approx 7 hrs pw We require: ● A commitment to Catholic Ethos & Education. ● Interest/experience with children with special needs. ● Current Working with Children Certificate. Apply in writing with three referees to: Ms Robyn Halliwell St Laurence’s Primary School PO Box 313 INVERLOCH 3996 Applications close: Friday, September 24, 2010

FOOD SERVICES ASSISTANT (FULL / PART TIME) Bass Coast Regional Health is seeking an experienced Food Services Assistant to work at Wonthaggi Hospital. You will be required to work flexible shifts, including weekend work. A Food Handlers Certificate Level 1 (obtained within the past 12 months) and current Police Check (obtained within the past 6 months) are required. Opportunity for further education may be offered after a qualifying period. Written applications close Monday, September 20, 2010 and should be forwarded to the address below (marked ‘private and confidential’) or email to: tracey.bugbird@ David Allen Acting Food Services Manager Bass Coast Regional Health PO Box 120 Wonthaggi Vic 3995

We are currently seeking the following positions:

Cooks/General Hands Based in Wilsons Promontory, we are seeking allrounders for the General Store over their peak season. Must have GREAT customer service skills. Previous experience as a Barista and cook is an advantage. Ideally your responsibilities will be involved with the running of the store. From counter service, short order cooking, making of coffees to re- stocking the shelves and general cleaning duties. Own transport is a must. Expressions of Interest are being sought for the following upcoming permanent and casual positions:

Plant Operators • HR licence, Roller, Excavator and Loader ticket holders is an advantage.

Labourers • with chainsaw ticket, Horticulture certificate and previous gardening experience. To apply for any of the above positions contact Jacqui Leek at GBS Labour Hire 5176 0588 or submit your resumé to

for sale

for sale


Royal Standard Hotel TOORA

for sale Wednesday, Sept 22 Commercial crossbreds. Fully vaccinated. Not debeaked. 12wk (Red - Brown) $13 Available from Elders Past., Leongatha 10.30am Phone 5662 3523 to order now (Brian Larkin Poultry)

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

5672 3127

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AG Plumbing Applications open for a

PLUMBING APPRENTICESHIP South Gippsland region including Venus Bay, Inverloch, Leongatha, Korumburra, Fish Creek. Must be reliable, self-motivated and physically fit. Driver’s Licence essential Please forward applications to or PO Box 86, Tarwin Lower 3956

Junior Café Assistant Required for a busy café in Leongatha Monday to Friday 4pm - 6pm For enquiries call

0427 475 681


PANEL BEATER (FULL TIME POSITION) We are seeking a qualified motivated individual to join our team in Leongatha Please contact Fons on 0459 623 346 or 5662 3346

CARAVAN, 2003 Galaxy Series 2 pop-top, 17’6” x 7’, excellent condition. Single beds, side kitchen, rollout awning, 3-way fridge, $23,750. Ph: 0417-673581.

CARDS, Bibles, CDs, giftware available New Beginnings Christian Bookshop, 38 Bair Street, Leongatha. 5662-0999.

FIREWOOD Redgum, split & Deliverd 0409-218775.

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

FOR SALE: Kelvinator 220 ltr frig/freezer; Simpson heavy duty WM; single bed & base; 3-piece lounge, quality fabric, metal frame; table & 4 chairs. VGC. Ph: 5662-5844.

GENERATOR, new, 7kva, digital 13hp, 25 ltr fuel tank, remote control / key start, 10 & 15 amp outlets, hr metre, wheels, ideal for blackouts or farm, save $1,600 on rrp. Sell $1,390. Can deliver. Ph: 0402551678.

HAY, barley straw suitable for bedding, 8x4x3 bales, $44 incl. per bale. Phone Greg 0429-822544.

HAY, small squares, clean, fresh local, this season, $5.50 per bale. Ph: 0427622700.

HAY - small square bales, VG quality, $7 per bale. Ph: 5662-2074.

HAY - small square bales, $6 each. Fully shedded, suitable for horses, never been wet. Quality guaranteed. No weeds. Mardan - 5664-1320, 0428999691.

BEAUTY THERAPIST Leongatha Terry White Chemist, Leongatha, is seeking a motivated and passionate part time Beauty Therapist to join their team. The successful candidate will have strong selling skills, be fully competent with skin care, waxing and meeting the beauty needs of our customers. Highly developed people skills and the desire to drive the business to the next level are all essential elements of this position. This role will see you building and maintaining a loyal client base. If you are customer service focused, have a professional approach and exceptional references, please contact the Chemist on 5662 2183 to arrange a copy of the position description, prior to sending your resumé and covering letter outlining your previous experience, current certificates and how you would meet the criteria within the position description. Applications close Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MILL OPERATOR Riverbank Stockfeeds is a family owned business, manufacturing and delivering exceptional feed, to farmers throughout Gippsland from our mill in Leongatha. We seek an operator / general hand to join the mill team. Tasks will include operating the mill, unloading and loading trucks, testing grain, cleaning and maintenance. Job specific training will be provided. You will need to be an active person with a calm disposition and a strong work ethic, able to fit into our team. The job needs high mechanical aptitude, computer literacy and careful attention to detail. A forklift licence will be required. Experience in a similar role will be highly regarded as will a truck licence. Send applications to: The Manager Riverbank Stockfeeds 6 Cusack Rd, Leongatha VIC 3953 or

ASSET ENGINEERS (Civil/Mechanical)

Are you an enthusiastic and output focussed individual, looking to apply your engineering skills in a diverse and challenging environment? Do you have well developed communication and interpersonal skills that enable you to effectively work with others and deliver project outcomes? You now have a rare opportunity to acquire one of several key roles involved in the maintenance and development of Loy Yang Power’s varied civil infrastructure assets. With a detailed knowledge of systems, infrastructure and asset management, you will co-ordinate and manage civil infrastructure projects and provide whole of life asset management systems. You will provide engineering expertise and support, participating in planning processes to integrate civil/asset activities with those of operational and maintenance functions. With a focus on budget development and expenditure control, your project and contract management skills will be used to extend and maintain civil assets, while ensuring maintenance and construction projects satisfy safety, time, cost and quality requirements. Applicants must hold and maintain a current drivers licence and possess a tertiary qualification in Civil or Mechanical Engineering, or an equivalent qualification which enables them to be eligible for Membership of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. In addition to excellent employment conditions, successful applicants will receive an industry competitive salary, plus superannuation and be entitled to company benefits. A Loy Yang Power Job Application Form and Job Descriptions (including pre-requisites and selection criteria) for these roles can be downloaded from (refer positions vacant). For further information or assistance, please contact Mr Rob Darby at GBS Recruitment, telephone (03) 5174 2665 or email: Applications, which must address the selection criteria, are to be submitted on the Loy Yang Power Job Application Form, by Monday 27 September 2010 to: Mr Rob Darby, GBS Recruitment, PO Box 1030 Traralgon 3844 Loy Yang Power is an Equal Opportunity Employer LOY YANG POWER MANAGEMENT PTY LTD ACN 077 985 758

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for sale HAY: 5x4 from $38.50 inc. SMALL SQUARES: From $5.50 inc. SILAGE: Knifed, inoc, clover and rye, excellent quality, $66 inc. Delivery available. Contact 0417532262.

HEN HOUSES, fox proof, good quality, 6-8 chooks. Plus dog kennels. Ph: 5664-2443.

MEAT CHICKS, day old, real meat breed, 2kg 6 weeks. Order now for Christmas. Ph: 0415305323 or 5657-2233.

NSW red gum, split and delivered. 0412-486353 or 5664-9208.

OATEN HAY, 8x4x3, shedded, feed tests, single or BD loads, $88 per tonne. 0418-501548.

OLD PORT Poultry Farm. Delivering 20 w.o. laying hens to your area Saturday, September 18, $17 each. Ph: 0438-832535 (b/h), 5183-2515(a/h). SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417-530662. STOCKFEED - shedded A Grade vetch hay and oaten hay, dry cow hay and straw, whole and crushed grains. Ph: 5380-8220, 0438544259. TIMBER - kiln dried blackwood, clear pine, silver wattle. Most sizes for furniture and craft. Also builder’s graded structural pine. Phone 5681-2261. TREATED pine posts, 100mm x 100mm x 3 metre, $5 per metre. Half price. 0427-641326.

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

GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $31.90)


• 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Marker Pen • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

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

used vehicles

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

Bass Coast Metal Recyclers 5672 2946 0417 556 593



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


Phone JOHN GOULD 5664 0012

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Saturday, September 18 8am - 2pm Relocating - furniture, household, shed items, and lots more

GARAGE SALE TARWIN LOWER BOWLS CLUB Walkerville Road Saturday, September 18 8am Bargains galore Household goods Furniture And much more

work wanted RESPONSIBLE PERSON available now, to mind house and pets and babysit. Janice 0417-106242.


1965 3.4 auto S type 73,000 miles Original Jaguar tool kit Interior very good Exterior average Registered JEM200 Goes well, new master cyl, gearbox seals Old English white, blue int. $16,000 ONO Ph: 0428 283 998 HOLDEN VE Commodore SV6 MY 2006 (Reg. UKA939). Locally owned from new, 114,000km, ex condition, 6 speed manual, metallic paint, tinted windows, tow pack, alloy spare wheel, full service history, $21,000. Call 0418381615. HYUNDAI Getz 2006, 5 sp manual, 3 door hatchback, 93,500km, mostly highway, female owner, RWC, unregistered. All new tyres, new battery, EC. Chassis no. G4ED6512998XP22. $6,700. Ph: 5664-7444. NISSAN Navara 1992, 4x2 petrol ute with alum. tray, VGC, runs well, 194,000km, Reg. EIO561, as is $2,750. Ph: 5668-2023. SUBARU FORRESTER MYO8X, auto wagon, blue, excellent condition, Dec 2010 reg (WBF647), 63,700km, RWC, towbar, $22,000. 0408-121872. TOYOTA Prado, 2000, 4x4, petrol, white, 245,000km, 7 seats, RWC, roof racks, towbar, USM116, $9,999. Ph: 0409-426042, 0418586148, Korumburra.


AGM A’Beckett Street Leongatha Tuesday, October 19 at 5pm BBQ PROVIDED All welcome Phone Anne Challis 5662 3256


NOTICE OF 56th Annual General Meeting 6:30pm Tuesday, October 5, 2010 Building B: 64 – 80 Murray Street Wonthaggi In accordance with the rules of the association the following business will be attended to at the meeting: 1. Confirmation of the Minutes from the 55th AGM 2. Presentation of the 2009-2010 Financial Statements 3. Election of Board Members in place of those retiring 4. Election of an auditor for 2010-2011 5. For the transaction of business of which at least 7 days notice has been given Retiring members are: Neville Goodwin, Ros Combs, Liz Wright, Kathy Moore Following the meeting a light supper will be served.

thanks I WOULD publicly like to express my thanks to firstly my family. Wonderful staff kind and caring, all medicos and my understanding friends Marie-Jean Liviston-Kent.


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

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

BUCKLAND (Birrell) - Jeff and Claire are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their son Alistair Thomas born September 5, 2010 (7lb 14oz). A little brother for Lucas. Special thanks to Dr Iser, Ros and Karen and all the staff at the South Gippsland Hospital. WALSH (Holtschke) Congratulations to Annette and Richard on the delightful arrival of Holly Louise born Friday, September 3. First loved grandchild for Lorraine and Bernie.

marriage celebrant

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

CAM ABOOD Leongatha 5662 4191

MERLENE STRATTON Leongatha 5662 2574

bereavement thanks VIERGEVER - Will. Will’s family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and concern, the phone calls, flowers and cards. Many thanks for the support of dear friends, district nurses, Leongatha hospital nurses, palliative care, clinic nurses, Dr Hugh Chisholm, MS Auxilliary and Handley Funeral Service. Sue, Paula, Natasha and Rebecca.

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funerals HULANDS - The Funeral Service for the late Mrs Joan Mary Hulands will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Leongatha on Thursday, September 16, 2010 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

message of hope GOD is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10.

in memoriam PEACH - Hilda. 16.9.1915 - 13.9.2007 Spring is your favourite time of the year, missing you so because you are not here. Love always. Barb, Peter, Nat, Rory and Paul, Paul and Vicki Steele, and Bede.



GITTOS - Albert William. Loved father of Lesley, father-in-law of Peter, much loved Pa Bert of Christopher and Anne Marie. Reunited with Mum. Dad we will miss our phone calls and your garden walks and talks, footy cards and nick nacks. Will have coffee soon, your shout. Fly high with those mighty Pies Dad. Miss you forever. GITTOS - Albert William (Bert, Bunny). 17.12.1930 - 06.09.2010 Late of Leongatha. Husband of Lillian May (dec.). Son of the late Alfred and Dorothy Gittos, father of Dorothy, Lesley, Sandra, Faye (dec.), Dianne (dec.), Gary, Craig, Trevor and Samantha. Brother of William (dec.), Stanley (dec.), Douglas (dec.), Elsie Connera and Elizabeth Conti. Grandfather of 20 and great grandfather of 20.



5662 2717

FOSTER Paul and Margaret Beck

5662 2717

WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH Ray and Maree Anderson

5672 1074

PHILLIP ISLAND Ray and Maree Anderson

5952 5171


GITTOS - Albert William.

“Bunny”, Pa Bert, Dad Much loved Dad of Dorothy. Pa Bert of Shane and Belinda, Lynda and Wayne, and Kym. Great Pa Bert of Jesse, Jared, Jake, Caitlyn, Luke, Abby and Sherre (dec.), Kyle, Rhys and Hayden. Gone but not forgotten. Be with your brothers on Grand Final Day and bring your boys home. The tradition will be carried on. All our love always.

• GITTOS - Albert William (Bert). 17.12.30 - 6.9.10 Greatly loved brother-in-law of Ray and Helen. Uncle of Joe, Steven, Norman and Kylee. Great uncle of Kylieann. Bert, you may be gone but you will never be forgotten. Reunited with Lil. GITTOS - Bert. Long time supporter of the “Parrots”. With deepest sympathy to the family. President, committee and supporters, past and present L.F.N.C. HULANDS (nee Fern) Joan Mary. Passed away peacefully September 9, 2010. Aged 79 years. Reunited with loving husband Johnny on their 60th wedding anniversary. Much loved mother of Jenny, Marg, Lorraine and Kev and their partners Steve, John, Eddie and Sue. Nanna to seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Forever in our hearts.

Top bloke: Allira Best congratulates her boyfriend, Foster assistant coach and captain Tim Howe on his team’s premiership victory in the Alberton Football League grand final on Saturday.

Proud dad: Foster legend Justin Cowell shared his team’s premiership win with his favourite fans son Bayleigh and daughter Zalia.

crossword solutions CRYPTIC PUZZLE NO. 8239 - SOLUTIONS Across - 7, Devil of a time. 8, Tattoo. 9, S-Lee-py. 10, Stardom. 12, Touch. 15, A-do-pt. 16, Grating. 18, A-Flo-at. 20, Master. 22, Cheat at cards. Down - 1, De-part-ed. 2, Gift. 3, Solo-Mon. 4, Waist (anag.). 5, Gives out. 6, Keep (rev.). 11, Re-proved. 13, Con-tend-s. 14, Prim-at-e. 17, State. 19, F-ace. 21, Star(Ed). QUICK PUZZLE NO. 8239 - SOLUTIONS Across - 7, Disagreement. 8, Demand. 9, Income. 10, Lapwing. 12, Raise. 15, Penny. 16, Mention. 18, Propel. 20, Cicada. 22, Repercussion. Down - 1, Literate. 2, Saga. 3, Trident. 4, Denim. 5, Merchant. 6, Stem. 11, Windpipe. 13, Snowdrop. 14, Ketchup. 17, Flirt. 19, Rare. 21, Cash.

Best on court: Dalyston A Grade netballer Jess McRae received a big hug from her sister Hannah following her team’s win in the grand final on Saturday when she also won the Best on Court award.

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Mardan indoor


IT was good to see an increase in bowlers last week, with Helen and Keith Taylor enjoying their first attempt. Five teams of three and one of four bowlers, all played three games of eight ends in a close evening. Two teams finished with two wins and a draw, they also both finished with 15 winning ends, so it went down to the most shots scored to decide the winners on the night, Lorna Roberts, Russel Grady and Bob Matthies (skip) getting home by two shots. Runners-up were Jeannie Baker, Brian Kilpin and Cliff Smith (skip). Two more 75up matches were played early in the evening, Andy Plowman winning his match against Lorna Roberts and Tony Allen-Clay winning against Ann Plowman. A change to the normal schedule this week had the Mardan tournament at Dumbalk Hall on Tuesday night. The club looks forward to the usual excellent support from all clubs around South Gippsland. Due to the tournament there will be no social bowls on Wednesday evening, although there will be some 75up matches played, all players will be notified.

TUESDAY September 7 saw the first of our ladies pennant practice take place, with our ladies plus a few of our men helping to fill the absences of some of our ladies who are not yet back from their annual getaway up north. The practice pennant was at Leongatha against teams from our neighbours Korumburra and overall it was a very good testing time for our pennant ladies who are seeking selection in the Division 2. Our ladies thank the men who filled in on the day. Wednesday September 8 saw 30 bowlers take to the greens in a triples event. Winners on the day were J. Kuiper (s) with Ron Cook and Bob Young on two wins plus 7. Good to see Ron back on the greens after his recent health setback. Runners-up were Rex Withers (s) with A. Brown and G. Elliot who finished with two wins plus 5. Sponsors for the day were the ‘Gatha Hardware and the club sincerely thanks them for their valued support. Saturday September 11 saw our friends from the Hastings Bowls Club arrive in full strength for a pennant practice game against Leongatha. After a great lunch, the battle began on the greens. Twelve rinks were in operation with four bowlers from each club on each rink out to impress their respective club’s selection committee. On the day Leongatha won 10 out of the 12 rinks with some surprises for the selectors. This was a test for our Division 1, 2 and 4 for this season’s pennant games. Results Rink 1 Col Watt’s team, 24/15 plus 9; win rink 2, J. Hall’s (s) team 4/36 loss -32; rink 3, J. Turner (s) 14/13 plus 1 win; rink 4, F. Sauvarin (s) 8/19 loss 11; rink 5, R. Withers (s), 23/10 plus 13 win; rink 6, J. Kuiper (s), 26/13 plus 13 win; rink 7 saw two Hastings teams do battle - rink 8, J. Pendergast (s) 19/15 plus 4 win; rink 9, G. Washfold (s), 19/14 plus 5; rink 10, R. Young (s), 18/19 plus 9 win; rink 11, G. Trotman (s), 17/8 plus 9 win, and rink 12, T. McCormack (s), 17/8 plus 9 win. The Hastings team on rink 2, led by Alan Worthington (s) gave Leongatha a lesson in bowling. Well done to the Hastings team. On the other side of the ledger, the Leongatha team led by Trish McCormack came away with the biggest Leongatha margin win. Well done also. At the end of the day’s play, over refreshments the president of the Leongatha VBA section, Harry Forrester, expressed our club’s sincere appreciation to Hastings for their support in attending the practice pennant event and making the day a very enjoyable one. Responses from the Hastings club came from their senior vice president, Mr Gordon Gribbin. Reminders: events for the coming week. Ladies pennant practice Tuesday 14, and Wednesday 15 affiliated social bowls. Thursday the ladies social bowls, and on Saturday another SGBA pennant practice along with the mixed social bowls. Sunday September 19 a mixed social bowls commencing at 1pm. Kitty club tea night will be held on Friday October 1 at 6pm.

Meeniyan MONDAY, August 30: Winter triples was sponsored by member Russ Thorson and his wife Marie. Winners were Inverloch’s Peter Shaw, Ken McIntosh and Jim Hutton. Runners-up were Mirboo North’s Don Birks, Ken Smith, Brian Harris and Trevor Henn. A Port Welshpool team also had three wins. The drawn card prize donated by Peter Shaw went to a Tarwin Lower / Meeniyan team. Our final September 6 game of fours for the season got off to a very soggy start and was played between a few light showers. Sponsors were Craig Young Butchers of Mirboo North, Jim Hutton and members Peter and Irene Hill, and Don and Evelyn Paterson. Winners were Port Welshpool’s Latna McLain, Jack Newton, Marg Allott and Mal Ellis. Runners-up was a combined team of Rob McKenzie, Dudley Harrison, Barb Scott and Henry Scheerle. Peter Shaw’s drawn card went to a Meeniyan team. Friday, September 3 was our opening night, with delicious casseroles supplied by members, and the ladies supplied sweets. Fifty-five people attended and enjoyed catching up. Our own SGBA president, Alan Hanks officially opened the season. Rain on the Saturday put a stop to a social bowls afternoon. As with most clubs, we have had quite a few wash outs this season, as was the case with social bowls on September 1. September 8 was the annual McKitterick Day in memory of Rene Gillett’s parents who were founding members of the club. Winners were Sam Thorson and Kath Brown. Lucky draws went to Ev and Ron Thorson, and Michelle Douglas, a new member. Last Saturday was our annual Mirboo North challenge. Burgie Day is on Wednesday, September 15 (note these days are now a 10.30am start for summer), and a club practice is on Saturday, September 18. To assist the selectors a list is up for those unable to play in practice matches or pennant.

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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Fish Creek OUR club welcomed Association president Allan Hanks and wife Leonie to the opening of our green. May Young (93 years old) bowled the first bowl and it was a toucher and finished a foot away. There was plenty of applause by the 40-odd bowlers watching. A casserole tea finished off the night. On Saturday Fish Creek played Foster in a practice match and although they were beaten, some good things came out of the game. This Saturday they will play another practice game against Toora at a club to be appointed.

Korumburra OUR first official event for season 2010/11 was the men’s triples last Monday with 26 teams taking part. After three games, there were three teams with three wins. Missing out on the prizes were the team from Inverloch, Trevor Scott, Jim Scott and Norm West. Runners-up on the day were the Warragul team of Terry Dawes, John Vickerman and Des Stephens with 14 shots up. The winners on the day, with 20 shots up, were the Mirboo North team of Phil Stimson, Joe Pinneri and Doug Berryman. BLG winners with 10 shots was another Warragul team - Joe Coyle, Ken Brown and Bill Dye. Also a group of Inverloch bowlers, Bert Baines, Dave Roberts and Alan Easter with 10 shots. Our thanks to our sponsors on the day Auddino Real Estate, much appreciated by the club. Thanks also to George Auddino and Katie Zuidema who presented the winners with their trophies and all present with a shopping bag. Thanks to the ladies who helped in the kitchen - the soup was very welcome at lunch time; to Mary in the bar; and to David who kept the result board up to scratch.

On Wednesday the ladies opened their season with 30 ladies on the greens. The ladies enjoyed a shared lunch for this special day. At the end of the day, with two teams having two wins, Margaret Goad, Margaret Claney, Natalie Opray and Lynnet Robertson were the winners. The men were back on the greens in the sunshine. After three games, the winners with three wins and eight shots up were Ray Saunders and Emanual Sgarioto. The drawn card went to Chas Blogg and Hugo Paradiso. On Sunday the men travelled to Tarwin Lower for a pennant practice. With another practice over the next week, members are reminded of our grand final breakfast on September 25, starting at 7.45am. To all our sickies, a big cheerio, especially Ian and Wendy, Wilf and Esma and Helene Harris. Pennant starts for the ladies on September 28. The Division 2 ladies have a bye whilst Division 3 are home to Inverloch. Division 4 men will be starting on October 2 and Division 1 and 3 on October 9.

Korumburra Parlor WHILE our trusty scribe has been travelling outback Australia for the past six weeks, it is pleasing to note that the club has continued to be active in tournaments throughout this period. Most noteworthy performance was the terrific win by Charlie and Mary Tumino and Joe and Joyce Occhipinti in the prestigousTrafalgar Invitational in late July. Eleven club representatives will also line up in South Gippsland`s top club event for the season next Tuesday night, in the annual Mardan Tournament where Korumburra representatives have performed so well in recent years. Also, the larger parlor bowls group at Korumburra commenced its summer bowls season last Thursday night in the Uniting Church hall, and sixteen bowlers joined in for a night of excellent bowling and much mirth and merriment in this social and fun part of the parlor bowling calendar. Overall winners for the night with two wins were Joyce Occhipinti, Lee Armstrong, Nancye Harley and Gary Shelton. Bias bowls at the Outtrim hall on Monday, September 6 saw 15 bowlers, including visitors from two other South Gippsland clubs, join in for some spirited bowling. Best performances for the night were as follows: First place: Charlie Tumino, Joyce Occhipinti, Jos Kemper and Geoff McCord with two wins and 13 shots up. Second: Rob Armstrong, Russell Grady, Lee Armstrong and Michael Mathews with two wins and two shots down. Third: Andrew Hanks, Joe Occhipinti, Mary Tumino and Ashley Van Duffelen with one win and two shots down.

Buffalo indoor ON Wednesday, September 8, 13 players, on a nice night to bowl saw four teams, one of four and three of three. There was a countback third to second. In fourth (LWL), skipper Rod McConchie, Joyce Occhipinti and Mary Tumino. Third (LDW) 11 ends, skipper Rob Armstrong, Toni Heldens and Joe Occhipinti. Second (WDL) 13 ends, skipper Charlie Tumino, Peter Heldens, Sebastian Terranova and Bill Wolswinkle. First (WLW), skipper Ian Benson, Lee Armstrong and Carolyn Benson. The best first game Charlie 10-4, second Rod 10-5, third 11-4. There will be no bowls next Wednesday.

Inverloch Last Wednesday, September 8, was the ladies’ first game of the season. It was pleasing to see about 30 ladies share afternoon tea with our “Golden Oldies”. The winner for the day was Rita Everitt, and Cynthia Hensley was runner-up. Last Friday was the meal night, which was prepared by Carol Hughes and her helpers. Wednesday, September 15 is the first of our monthly triples. Unfortunately we are only able to use one green this week. This will restrict the amount of teams and we are sorry for those who miss out. We will make up for that at the next monthly triples. There will be pennant practice again at Phillip Island next Friday, September 17. This will be mufti and roll up at 9.40am. Friday evening will be the footy tipping wind up night and presentation of prizes. Nibbles will be provided. Ron Rees is taking names, sheet in the club rooms to help with the catering. Monday, September 20 at 10am, is a clean-up day, please come and help. There will be a general meeting on Monday, September 27 at 10am.

Loch THE indoor bowling season was wound up on Sunday evening, with the presentations being made after a lovely meal catered for at the Cosy Kitchen in Loch. Singles winner was Val Kennedy with Gay Garry as runner-up, while the pairs winners were John Kennedy and Bev Bowcher with Gay Garry and Maggie Hunter as the runners-up. Les Kirk was the winner of the Thursday aggregate with Maggie Hunter as runner-up and the Saturday aggregate also went to Les, this time with Val Kennedy as runner-up. It sounds like a happy season was enjoyed by all participants. So, with the closing of the indoor season it is time to get on the greens once again.

Members are advised that the opening of our green for this season will be next Sunday September 19 at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to enjoy an afternoon of bowling (in uniform please) with afternoon tea to follow. Hopefully the weather gods will be on our side. All bowlers who can, are asked to meet at the club house from 12.15pm the day before, Saturday 18, in mufti, to proceed to Lang Lang where a pennant practice match is to start at 1pm. On the following Friday evening, September 24, at 7.30pm we are holding our annual trivia night. If you would like to participate, please contact ladies secretary on 5662 4467. Looking forward to seeing everyone and wishing a successful season to all.

Leongatha Cycling Club at Woolamai MORGAN Barnes held off a late challenge from his father Ken to take out the club handicap race held over the challenging but scenic Woolamai circuit on Saturday. Only 10 riders lined up for the 38km race on what was a pleasant, sunny afternoon. A cool, but stiff westerly wind, blew up and made the early part of the race along the flats to Glen Forbes tough riding, especially for those riders on their own. Ken Barnes set off first with a 12 minute gap on the lone scratch rider, Tom Debenham. He was followed two minutes later by Morgan Barnes and Rod Cheyne who rode well together and picked up Ken by the turn around point near the Bass Highway. A further seven minutes behind were Eamonn Feely, Phil Hanley and Steve Piasente followed by the one minute group of Tony Clark, Kevin Feely and Tony Smith. These riders had formed one group just after the turn and were making life difficult

for Tom. Kevin Feely set a cracking tempo up the long gorge climb and only Tony Clark could follow. These two set off in pursuit of the leaders, but could not quite make up the time on the hilly run home along Mill Rd. Tom had caught some of the other riders by the top of the climb and was beginning to make some progress. Rod Cheyne had dropped off the pace out front, leaving Morgan and Ken to fight out the sprint. As expected the powerhouse younger Barnes took it out for his first win of the season. Rod held on for third while Tony Clark took the sprint for fourth and fastest time from Kevin Feely. Next week racing will be held at Korrine with graded scratch races testing riders out on the hilly circuit. Several club members are training hard in preparation for the Australian Masters Road Racing Championships being held in Ballarat from September 24-28.

Woolamai winners: second Ken Barnes, first Morgan Barnes and third Rod Cheyne. Photo courtesy Lynton Clay.

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New life members at the Leongatha Golf Club THE highlight of the annual general meeting on Sunday was the granting of life membership to two stalwarts of the club. This is a rare honour for Trevor Steer and Jon Smith. Also at the meeting Chris Leaver took over the reins as president from Jack Cummins. Trevor joined the club in 1994. He was vice president in 1995 and when the club faced a financial crisis he took over as chairman of the committee formed to try to get the club moving again. In his own words he offered no guarantees, but with support he would try to “right the ship”. As president for the next four years he did just that. He was captain for six years, vice captain for six years, vice president, now president of the South Gippsland Golf Association, organiser of the classic for South Gippsland for 10 years and president of the same for five years.

A wonderful sportsman, Trevor captained the Collingwood Football Club, played 88 games, was best and fairest in 1965, vicecaptain in 1966, and yet it is felt that his outstanding contributions to Leongatha Golf Club surpass this. Jon Smith joined the club in 1973. He was secretary from 1975-77/79/80, captain 1994-95/99, board member for 12 years, South Gippsland delegate 20002004, pennant player and captain, treasurer of the bingo team for 20 years, junior golf involvement officer, club delegate for South Gippsland Veterans, has written all newspaper reports, and in his 37 years at the club has always had some involvement. One of his greatest contributions has been the reviewing, restructuring and updating of the club’s history. His contributions have been outstanding, and he has always earned respect as a member and a person.


On Wednesday, September 8 a stableford aggregate first round Brian and Shirley Thomas Trophy was played, four pairs to qualify. The event was sponsored by Jackson & Lawry and the AWCR was 72. The winner and 1st qualifier was T. Scoble 31, D. O’Connor 31, 73 pts; 2nd S. Wakefield 19, E. Maynard 36, 66 pts; 3rd P. Lancaster 23, J. Riseley 27, 61 pts; 4th S. Thomas 19, M. Rayson 26, 61 pts. Nearest the pin: 8th E. McBride, 17th P. Lancaster, 2nd shot on the 11th P. Lancaster. Next week is stableford 2nd round for qualifiers in B. & S. Thomas Trophy, sponsored by Woorayl Golf Club.

Mirboo North

New life members: Trevor Steer and Jon Smith at Leongatha Golf Club.

Indian, G. Marsham, B. Simon 59½.


THE Hyland Cup competition has narrowed to just two players. Alan Monahan and Peter Rayson have advanced to the finals after convincing wins over Max Kavanagh and Jon Smith. Both members of our winning Division 3 pennant side, Alan and Peter will play off for the cup. Saturday’s Ambrose was again popular and the winning team set a standard that none of the others really got near. Chris and Maryanne Leaver, along with Keith Columb and Kevin Scott scored 68 - 13 5/8 - 54 3/8. The runners-up were John Feddersen, Nick and Mark Lafferty and Bruce Hutton with 64-61/8 - 57 7/8 after a countback. Brendan Simon won pro pin and Keith Godridge won nearest the pin on the 16th hole. Down the line balls: D. Reedy, G. Morrison, P. Walsh, P. Hobson 571/8; P. Rayson, S. Kenny, A. Monahan, N. McKeon 58½ - J. Smith, C. Sperling, R. Thurston, R. Paice 59 1/8; A. Phipps, C.

Tuesday The quality of the scores made up for the lack of quantity in the field. The bar for winning a golf ball was set almost unbelievably at 37 points. Joe Lowell was the day’s star player, winning with 39. Kevin Scott (14th) and Jon Smith (16th) were the nearest the pin winners. Ball winners: J. Eabry, K. MacFarlane 38, P. Hobson, M. Oliver, K. Scott and J. Stewart 37.

Thursday Geoff McDonald was the A Grade winner after a good round of 39 points while John Eabry played well inside his handicap of 21 to record 42 points in taking B Grade. Tim McCarthy won nearest the pin on the 14th and Peter Hartigan won on the 16th. Ball winners: P. Hobson 38, M. Stubbs 37, K. Gardner, J. Lowell, P. Hartigan, G. Maher 36, A. Sperling, C. Leaver, B. Cathie 35, K. Godridge 34.

Wonthaggi table tennis THE A Grade doubles combination of Michael Ede and Steve McIlvena (Ours) was too strong for Michael Chan and Ashley Hewlett (A Team).

The seven game result went to Ours and clinched a final win at three sets to two. A Reserve matches were extremely competitive. Brittney Taylor, filling in for an absent player with Odd Angry Shot, won a singles and a doubles. Her partner, Dean Snelling was in top form and they deserved their 3-2 win over Go-Go Girls (Nancy Pattinson and Rosemary Perry). There were some very tough sets in B Grade. Previously unbeaten Brittney Taylor (Hippopotamus Crew) went down to an on fire Tanya Milnes (Sprink) 6-11, 11-3, 6-11. Brittney’s team-mate Daisy Filippi had a mammoth tussle with Freddy Mariajoseph for an eventual 15-13 win to edge closer to the top spot on the ladder. Ben Beischer (Smithereens) had a surprise win over Daniel Chetland (B Team) but he had to fight

for it. Heitor Hilberto (Mario Brothers) is in good form.

Juniors Numbers: Freddy Mariajoseph. Round the table: Freddy, Hector Hilberto, Jesse Condron. Doubles: Freddy / Caitlyn Taylor d Hector / Jesse 2-1. Ben Beischer / Hector d Freddy / Jesse.

Ladders A Grade Eleven Love ............ 8 Ours ......................... 8 Combos ................... 4 50s Mixed * ............. 4 A Team ..................... 0 Maggies .................. 0 The Island ................ 0

7 6 5 3 4 3 2

(30) (27) (22) (13) (25) (17) (10)

Kool Bananas ...... 12 13 Odd Angry Shot .. 12 12 Bejays .................... 8 10 M & K ...................... 8 8 Go-Go Girls ............. 4 9 Whiskers................... 4 8

(45) (45) (39) (32) (33) (25)

A Reserve

B Grade Sprink ................... 20 17 Hippo Crew........... 20 17 Smithereens ........ 12 16 B Team ................. 12 15 Slugs .................... 12 14 Choc Monkeys ...... 8 16 Mario Brothers ...... 8 1 R’bow Tim Tams*.... 4 7 J & N ......................... 0 7 * Bye

(40) (37) (37) (34) (29) (35) (28) (20) (18)

Leading players A Grade Michael Ede .................. 4 Michael Chan................ 3 Justin Licis .................... 3 Bruce Harmer ............... 3

(16) (13) (13) (12)


LAST Saturday we held a stableford event sponsored by Jason Kennedy. It was a day out for Challis’s. Paul won A Grade with 38 points. B Grade was won by Mark James with 41 points and C Grade and best score of the day went to Bruce Challis with a great score of 43 points. Balls went to J. Diaper, Ben Challis, K. Riseley, I. Smith, J. Maynard, B. Hogan, B. Fiek, I. Balfour and G. Calder in a four-way countback. The nearest the pins went to John Hickey and Graeme Calder. Next Saturday we will play a two man Ambrose event sponsored by Edney’s Nissan and don’t forget the Guy and Dolls Day on Wednesday September 22.

A Reserve Beau Thompson ........... 8 Nancy Pattinson............ 6 Dean Snelling ............... 5 Jarrod Donohue ............ 5 Sam Watson ................. 5 Michael Veal ................. 4

(24) (20) (19) (16) (16) (13)

B Grade Tanya Milnes ............... 11 Daniel Chetland .......... 10 Brittney Taylor ............... 9 Micah Condron ............. 6 Heitor Hilberto .............. 6 Ellen McIntosh .............. 6 Ed Beischer .................. 6

(23) (21) (19) (14) (14) (13) (12)

South Gippsland Bridge Club Results MEENIYAN – Monday evening: 1st Margaret Munro, Ellie McIntyre. 2nd Susan Ruffin, Clive Hope. 3rd Frank Arndt, Faye Rowlands. 4th Brian and Sally Hoskins. 5th Marion Francis, June Metcalf. Inverloch – Friday afternoon: north/south: 1st John Sutton, Kaye Douglas. 2nd Faye Rowlands, Pat West. 3rd Hannah Martin, Beth Hopcraft and Margaret Bray, Ian Leonard and Margaret and Noel Smith. East/west: 1st John Sullivan, Althea Drew. 2nd Mavis Parks, Ron Webster. 3rd Julie and Ian MacPhee.

The September monthly medal will be played this Saturday after being cancelled a fortnight ago. The following Saturday is grand final day. It will be a stableford event in two parts; a shotgun start at 8.30am for the morning players and a booking sheet from 12.45pm for the afternoon players.

Ladies THE September monthly medal on Wednesday, September 8 was won by the in form golfer of the moment, Deb Miller. She scored 108-3870 to also be the C Grade winner. Wendy Surman won A Grade with 93-2271. She tied with Toni West for the best scratch score of 93. Julie Howard won B Grade with 98 - 26 - 72. Toni West (14th) and Wendy Surman (16th) won nearest the pins. Julie Howard 28, won the putting. Balls down the line went to Marg Griffiths 72, Fay Quilford 74, Marea Maher 74, Dot Stubbs 76, Shirley Welsford 76, Jan Paice 76, Coral Gray 77, and Di Williams 77.

Leongatha table tennis A RESERVE team, Inspiration (Andrew, Kathy and Allan), are proving the team to beat.

thons 5/16.

Ladders A Reserve Inspiration ............... 30-118-408

They increased their lead to secure a podium position going into the finals after a convincing win over Slappers. In B Grade, Girl Power (Kathy C., Kathy L. and Jackie), have secured first podium position going into the finals, but the other top four positions are still closely contested.

Zoltan ......................... 22-89-331

Weekly game scores A Reserve

Flying Kangas .......... 20-100-344

Round 17, September 8 Inspiration 8/25 d Slappers 3/12. Hopefuls d Zoltan 5/23. Kestrels d Under Dogs 5/16. Heifers 6/22 d Pot Bellies 5/20.

Funky Monkeys .......... 10-87-315

B Grade Girl Power 8/27 d Almighties 3/13. Flintstones 6/22 d Flying Kangas 5/19. Funky Monkeys 8.25 d JYD 3/11. LAK Skill 6/20 d Py-

Slappers.................... 18-100-350 Heifers ........................ 16-95-341 Kestrels....................... 16-86-322 Under Dogs ................. 14-89-309 Hopefuls ...................... 12-87-333 Pot Bellies ................... 12-82-306

B Grade Girl Power................ 30-119-381 LAK Skill ................. 24-104-345 Flintstones ................ 24-103-351 Pythons ....................... 18-97-321 Almighties ................... 16-98-330 JYD ............................... 6-66-254

Aggregate status as at September 2. (Top six only) A Reserve: Neil C. 48, Dom M. 42, Allan F. 42, Michael H. 41, Sebastian V. 39, Michael B. 33 and Andrew H. 33. B Grade: Bryce H. 52, Alex C. 47, Stuart C. 45, Tammy H. 41, John P. 38, and Daniel C. 38.

A STROKE event and the second round of championships on Saturday September 11 with 42 starters in attendance and a CCR of 71. A Grade was won by Peter Chapman (14) 66 net. B Grade was won by Gary Shandley (36) 71 net on countback. Down the line balls: Shayne Stimson (5) 68, Ron Anderson (16) 69, Mal Payne (12) 70, Dave Woodall (6) 71, Phil Stimson (19) 71 on countback. Second shot first hole: Shayne Stimson. Nearest the pin: 4th Dave Woodall, 6th Terry Donnison, 13th John Woodall, 16th Bryan Randall. Birdies: 4th & 16th Martin Sullivan, 4th Phil Stimson,

13th Ray Matthews. After two rounds, the championship leaders are: A Grade Tom Whitelaw 156, Shayne Stimson 157; B Grade John McFarlane 177, Phil Stimson 179; C Grade Ron Funnell 190, Connor Williams 195; Veterans (Over 55ers) Peter Chapman 80 gross, 66 net.

There were 24 starters for the stableford event on Thursday, September 9. The CCR was 72. A Grade winner was Bryan Randall (11) 38. Down the line: Mal Payne (12) 35, Ray Matthews (8) 35, Peter Chapman (14) 34. Birdies: Bryan Randall (6th), Joe Kus (16th), Joe Taylor (6th).

South Gippsland Veteran Golf ONCE again the wet weather meant veterans golf was moved from Meeniyan to Woorayl for stableford slaughter in September for 57 of our finest. The day remained dry and generally sunny. The winner with a fine 41 points was Roy Fisher of Woorayl while fellow club member Brian Thomas came second with 39. Nearest the pins went to Rob Davison of Phillip Island on eight and, (last month’s winner), Graeme Calder of Woorayl on the 17th. Ball run down went to 32 points on a countback. Given the winter we have experienced the course was a credit to Woorayl Golf Club. The lady volunteers could make their fortune with the home made oxtail soup and substantial sandwiches. Next month we should be playing at Wonthaggi Golf Club on Thursday, October 14 in a two man ambrose.

Power in granny

GIPPSLAND Power will play in the TAC Cup grand final after despatching the Oakleigh Chargers with a storming finish to their preliminary final.

It all seems a little surreal as the Power are now a great chance to pull off a fantastic, fairytale finish to what has become an outstanding run home where they have won their last nine games in a row. For the rest of the TAC Cup clubs, the fact that the Power and Calder Cannons, their opponents in the big one, were sixth and seventh respectively on the ladder by the end of the regular season is something to ponder long and hard on. The 2010 season for Dyson Heppell has been one highlight after another and yet, despite having a busy week after his Morrish medal win, he was able to take his game to even greater heights and lead his side magnificently. He almost singlehandedly dragged the side back into the contest and then inspired them to hang on once they were able to seize the initiative. It was one of the best individual efforts ever by a Power player and franked his standing in the elite of the competition. It all comes to a head for the boys now next Sunday at Etihad stadium when they meet the Calder Cannons as a curtain raiser to the VFL grand final. The Cannons have also stormed home late in the season and they too play determined, team oriented football. Final scores Loy Yang B Gippsland Power 14.20.104 def Oakleigh Chargers 14.9.93. Goal kickers: Tim Northe 3, Simon Deery and Shaun Wyatt 2, Tom Bugg, Dyson Heppell, Dean McDonald, Dale Hoghton, Jed Lamb, Brayden Salton and Clay Smith 1. Compiled from information written by Bryan Mitchell.

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Mirboo North wins B Grade MIRBOO North won the B Grade netball premiership on the weekend, with Louise Rogers taking best on court honours. It was the third year in a row they faced Morwell East. Most of the girls had made full use of the expertise of Louise Letson and encouraged by captain Kim ‘Disco’ Shiels, trained on Tuesday nights to help reach their full fitness potential. After losing to Morwell East in the second semi, and also losing two of their players along the way, Mirboo North’s B Grade team was left to the bare seven players. This was always going to be a hard game to win, with Alice Pratt and Hayley Rogers playing their second game of the day. The girls put aside tiredness and disappointment from their 17 & Under loss to put their heart and soul into a new game. A tight game saw scores level right up until half time, the girls only breaking away during the third quarter. Even though the Tiger girls had a slight lead at three quarter time, it was never assumed that the game was theirs. With a fierce determination and a superior composure Mirboo North’s B Grade girls finally realised the dream of a premiership flag for their coach. Final scores: Mirboo North 35 d Morwell East 29.

A Grade Morwell East 48 d MN 37 This was the third year in a row these teams had met, with one win each before the day.

The original team, which had beaten Morwell East soundly in the first half of the season had gradually been depleted. After their goal attack and coach, Rachael Vansittart, became pregnant Beccy Dyke filled in, teaming beautifully with Jess Hilliar in goals. But when Mirboo North midcourter, Melissa Orgill, became injured, Lexie Andrews came up and fit in beautifully. Captain Shona Chila, Jas Friend, Abbey Nash and Katrina Pocklington joined their team-mates. Morwell East came out of the blocks quickly, confidently and determined that the rematch of the second semi final would not have the same results. By quarter time they had an eight goal lead and unfortunately Mirboo North were never able to close the gap. MN best: Abbey Nash.

17 & Under Morwell East 46 d MN 37 MN best: H. Rogers. The girls, coached by Jess and Dani Hilliar, were well prepared. Led by co captains, Hayley Rogers and Alice Pratt, the girls were keen to turn the tables on last year’s loss to Morwell East. Despite superb goaling, backed by tight defence and a fast passing mid court, the girls could not match the height of the Morwell East goalers. At one stage the girls managed to come within four goals. The young girls played a fantastic team game and listened to their coaches, but this day was not to be theirs.

Mirboo North B Grade Premiership team: Louisa Pratt (em), Louise Rogers (best on court winner), Emily Loh (em), Ella Windsor, Mirj Geisler, Merryn Joustra, Hayley Rogers, Michelle Roberts (squatting), Alice Pratt, Dani Hilliar, Kim Shiels (captain) and Leanne Taylor (coach).

Tigers’ Reserves outclassed

By Rover

MORWELL East completely outclassed an equally determined, but less gifted, Mirboo North, to win its third consecutive Mid Gippsland Reserves premiership by 67 points, at Morwell.

Mirboo North coach, Brendan O’Loughlin, delivered a magnificent prematch speech to his troops, prior to sending them into battle. “Definitely equal to anything I’ve heard from a football coach before,” whispered one Mirboo North fan as the fired-up Tigers left the changerooms and entered the arena. “He made Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address sound like garbled rhetoric,” noted another impressed listener. O’Loughlin’s inspirational message lasted about 10 minutes, with the Tigers getting plenty of the footy early and booting the opening goal through Andrew Soplakow. But then, it was virtually put down your glasses, as the talented Morwell East high-marking, hard-hitting and fast-running machine took control of the match and breezed to an effortless victory in the windy conditions. Nick Talerico and Roger Henry toyed with their slower opponents, booting

three goals each and runaway 2010 league Best and Fairest winner, Adam Duncan, had a picnic in the midfield for the Hawks. Chris Harmer, Gregg Duncan and Chris Demicoli were other Hawks who had a field day and proved that one-way traffic is extremely hard to stop. The contest had quickly become a game of contrasts; Morwell East was proactive, calculating and confident, whereas the Tigers were reactive, indecisive and unsure. Mirboo North fell down badly in the skills department, with too many fumbles under pressure and wayward kicks ending up in no man’s land or Morwell East’s hands. The Tigers were missing the speed and agility of classy rover, Aaron Tangusso, who severely injured his knee in the qualifying final at Boolarra. Brent Harriage and Nick Gardiner battled their hearts out in defence for Mirboo North, but lacked consistent support from team-mates downfield. Too often, the Burley would come flying back over their heads from a Morwell East interception and a long rebounding kick into the forward 50. Despite losing further ground in the third quarter, ruckman, Christian Numa took some nice contested grabs for the Tigers. Dale Banks was handy around the packs and Pat Aveling’s groundwork was tidy, safe and sure. Morwell East slammed

the door shut on any potential last quarter fightback from the Tigers. The rampaging Hawks rammed home six unanswered goals and didn’t allow many Mirboo North opponents the privilege of putting their fingerprints on the ball. Having nine individual goalkickers, emphasised Morwell East’s forward line dominance. In musical terms, the Hawks resembled a Shubert

tune with a Gershwin touch, and the Tigers were as flat as Stephen Kernahan’s woeful 1987 version of “Stand By Your Man.” Not to worry, despite their comprehensive loss, the mighty Tigers can hold their heads high. They did their best, their sportsmanship took precedence over everything else, and they’ll be back again in 2011 to have another crack at a premiership.

Final score: Morwell East 15.6.96 d Mirboo North 4.5.29. Mirboo North goals: A. Soplakow 2, J. Grande, P. Gilpin. Mirboo North best: B. Harriage, C. Numa, D. Banks, A. Soplakow, P. Aveling, N. Gardiner. In other matches Trafalgar defeated Morwell East, in Thirds Newborough defeated Hill End and in Fourths Trafalgar defeated Yarragon.

Korumburra domestic basketball Results A men: Bird 37 d Wildcats 26; Amberfluids 82 d Molten 56. Under 18 boys: Jeffs 50 d Mortimer 39; Olden 37 d Rodwell 34. Under 16 boys: Spurs 57 d Jazz 18; Bulls 70 d Celtics 23. 14 boys: Suns 32 d Magic 29; Lakers 42 d Pistons 20 12 boys: Hawks 24 d Bullets 9; Sixers 31 d Balze 15. 10 boys: Breakers 15 d Crocs 11; Kings 10 drew Tigers 10.

Midweek bowls THE opening of summer midweek was held at Phillip Island on Tuesday September 7. Thirty-six were in attendance and we had a lovely sunny day despite the heavy fog earlier. There were three two game winners. The winning team on percentage with 36 shots were Stewart Farmer (s), Jim Donahue (3rd), Verna Donahue (2nd), Betty Merlin (lead). Runners-up, beaten on percentage also with a score of 36 were John Hill (skip), G. Coleman (3rd), Ian Stubbs (2nd), Diane Young (lead).

Jacob Vuillermin: slips through Morwell East’s defences. Photo courtesy Peter Richardson.

McNiven stays third LEONGATHA driver Peter McNiven has strengthened his hold on third place in the Hertz Mini Challenge following racing at Phillip Island on the weekend.

After round 5, McNiven is 27 points ahead of fourth placed Sean Carter. Round six of the Hertz Mini takes crews to the surf, sun and fun-pack Armor All Gold Coast 600, October 22-24.

Peter McNiven: driving at Phillip Island on the weekend.

A women: Grovers 53 d Bird 42; Harp 42 d Shamrocks 31. B women: Bunch of Grapes 31 d Hoodies 22. Masters Mixtures: 49 d BXC 44; Doggers 40 d Witch’s Hats 25; Travelling Gilmores 34 d Local Blokes 21. 16 girls: Boomers 80 d Spirit 24; Capitals 51 d Rangers 29. 12/14 girls: Dononhue 25 d Cosson 22; Blair 29 d Fitzgerald 26. Under 10 girls: Black 15 d Color 4.

The best one game winners with a score of 23 were: Eric Wild (skip), Joan Farmer (2nd), Terry Biddulph (lead). The encouragement award, with a score of seven went to Ray Sherman (skip), Pat Smith (2nd), Julie Naylor (lead). John Routley’s team got a seven on one end and received a tube of grippo. Our best wishes go to Daniel Leong and George Rhodes on our sick list . Our next game will be on Tuesday September 14 at Corinella at 11am. New members welcome. Happy bowling.

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’Gatha Thirds into final LEONGATHA’S Thirds side has booked a place in this year’s Gippsland League grand final after a convincing win over Maffra at Maffra.

The 32 point win means they will now face Traralgon, who narrowly defeated them two weekends ago in a tight clash, and are undefeated in this season so far. The Eagles jumped Leongatha at the start of the game, finding loose players around the ground and linking up well with them. The midfield was working well, however, with Matt Willcocks and Nick Phelan swapping in the ruck and giving the players first use. Leongatha found their groove in the second quarter, with the defence much

tighter than it had been in the first term. Still the Parrots were over-using the handball, rather than playing direct flowing footy, but the game was still being played on their terms. At half time the scores were close, with the Parrots just nudging their way in front, and after that the visitors, and in particular Nick Nagel, took over. Co-captain Nagel kicked four goals and took the match away from Maffra, with much help from Paddy Kindellan in the middle, Jamie Tuckett in the backline and Nick Phelan in the ruck. With one term to go the Parrots led by 11 points, and at the start of the last quarter the margin was looking like it was going to be challenged. But after a struggle in the first part of the quarter, Leongatha seized control

to kick three majors to surge five goals clear. Tom Marriott, co-captain Lochie Dumont and Dylan Westaway were the best players in the last quarter, and were good all day in setting up the win. The Parrots will play at Morwell next week in a bid to bring home the premiership. Final score: Leongatha 9.9.63 d Maffra 4.7.31. Leongatha goals: N. Nagel 4, D. Gordon 2, R. Kelly 1, T. Gordon 1, L. Castagna 1. Best: J. Tuckett, N. Phelan, T. Marriott, N. Nagel, D. Westaway, M. Willcocks. Maffra goals: J. Tait 2, J. Conway 1, D. Sutherland 1. Best: J. Johnstone, A. Phelan, T. Bourke, T. Young, C. Smart, T. Allman.

Leongatha Parrots Under 18 team THE Parrots Under 18s team will take on Traralgon in the grand final on Saturday at Morwell.

In their last match a few weeks ago the Parrots only lost by three points. 1. Marty O’Loughlin: gritty small forward who can also play in defence. 2. Luke Castagna: hard tackling midsized forward, leading goalkicker with 41 and strong in the air. 3. Rhett Kelly: midfield leader who is a hard at it ruck rover who provides good run. Six senior games in 2010. 4. Jess Hickey: small pacy forward or half back. 5. Sam Sperling: elusive goalsneak, has been a senior regular in 2010. 6. Dylan Westaway: hard working and silky midfielder, reads the play and has great delivery. Senior regular in 2010. 7. Nick Nagel (cap): key forward,

strong overhead, 38 goals from eight games. Senior regular in 2010. 8. Paddy McCaughan: midsized forward/wingman, provides great tackling pressure. 9. Christian Eva: running wingman who finds space. 12. Tom Gordon: hard midfielder who runs with the best opposition onballer. Senior debut in 2010. 13. Tom Marriott: hard at it ruck rover. Senior regular in 2010 and top 10 in senior B&F. 14. Jason Kennedy: running wingman/ halfback, excellent delivery to forwards. 15. Lachie Dumont (cap): inspirational leader who lifts when his team needs him to, elusive runner. Three senior games. 16. Tim Burgess: mobile centre half forward, good hands and an accurate kick at goal. 17. Matt Sullivan: strong key defender who runs with the best opposition forward.

18. Matt Willcocks: key forward/ ruckman, strong in air and an accurate kick. Senior regular in 2010. 20. Phil Williams: hard running half back, has no fear with his attack on the ball. 21. Paddy Kindellan: tough half back/ onballer, league B&F, able to break open the packs. 23. Mitch Elliott: hard at it defender, reads the play well to cut off opposition entries. Great finals series. 24. Jamie Tuckett: key defender/ ruckman, excellent attack on the ball and run from half back. 29. Ricky O’Loughlin: tough full back, opposition forwards have a difficult time on him. Great leap. 43. Nick Phelan: strong ruckman/ forward, has dominated ruck all season. Good around the ground. 69. Dan Gordon: has come up from the Under 16s, running defender who can also be dangerous up forward.

Solid win: Leongatha captain Lachie Dumont kicks inside 50.

The Parrots will come up against league powerhouse Drouin, who will play

Ebony Best - captain/ coach - position GD. Experienced and dominating player with excellent skills who can play in any position on the court. Also shows great leadership both on and off the court.

Mel Hughes - co captain position GS. In her first year with Leongatha. Has brought lots of experience into the team, with excellent goaling skills and space making ability.

Gippsland League Other matches Seniors Drouin 10.12.72 d Traralgon 9.9.63

Reserves Traralgon 10.6.66 d Morwell 9.7.61

Under 16s Sale 8.17.65 d Maffra 8.8.56

Grand final Saturday September 18 at Morwell 8.30am: Under 16 Sale v Traralgon 10.30am: Under 18 Leongatha vTraralgon 12.30pm: Reserves Maffra v Traralgon 2.30pm: Seniors Maffra v Drouin

in their sixth straight grand final. The two teams have faced off three times this year, with Leongatha winning one and the Hawks taking out the other two, including the semi final.

Kasie Rump (nee Salmon) - position WD. Excellent defender with great skills. Reads the play extremely well. Another player who gives great drive out of defence. Never gives up.

Laura Higgins - position GK. Youngest team member who plays an excellent defensive game. Applies lots of pressure, works extremely hard under the ring. Great offensively, too.

Preliminary final played at Maffra September 11 A Grade: Leongatha 44 d Maffra 31

Leongatha A Grade grand finalists LEONGATHA’S A Grade netball team has reached the grand final with a win over Maffra on Saturday.

Parrots netball

Sally Trease (nee Rayson) - position WA. Tireless and courageous player who works hard all day. Great play maker who has excellent vision with great passes into the goal ring.

Awards: Ebony Best (Leongatha Skin Therapy) and Laura Higgins (McCartins Hotel). Maffra shot the first three goals but not long after, our girls gained their rhythm with Kate Govers making a great intercept. Sally worked consistently in the mid-court, executing lightning passes to our goalers. Awesome defensive work was displayed by Laura, Ebony and Kasey, giving us a valuable break and a few goals up as the siren went. The second quarter saw an even more determined Parrots side. Megan passed wisely from the centre and Kate Govers and Sally continued to make strong leads. When it was Maffra’s turn for the centre pass, Kasey was as persistent and determined as ever. Sally continued to feed the ball accurately into the goal. At half time it was 19 -16 our way. The Parrots kept up the pressure in the third quarter and Kate McCarthy moved into the centre. Ebony took a great intercept in the goal ring and Laura stood strong and managed to hold a much taller player than herself. Some accurate shots at goal by Mel saw the Parrots’ lead increase by six at the conclusion of the quarter. The girls were determined to finish the game with a ‘bang’ and applied strong pressure. Great passes and consistent play from Kate McCarthy were seen in the centre for the win. Congratulations to Ebony Best who received a well deserved best on court award! B Grade: Drouin 49 d Leongatha 43 Awards: Abby Dowd (Clipit) and Megan Lester (Evans Petroleum). The ’Gatha girls came on to the court with confidence, breaking a centre pass and shooting three consecutive goals. Strong pressure was made by all players across the court with accurate shooting by Tayla and Amy. The Drouin girls however, began to pick the pace up and gained a few goals which evened the scores. Errors began to be costly. with Drouin up by five goals at the siren. The Parrots entered the second quarter determined and strongminded with coach Nat Anderson making wise position changes. Kate Sperling was a key mid-field player, feeding the ball beautifully to the shooters. Tameka made a brilliant intercept in the defence end. Drouin continued to push on, playing their own game and were five up at half time. The third quarter saw an even more determined Leongatha. Abbey drove hard in the centre, making smart passes. Amy and Tayla continued to shoot consistently and Tameka made another great break in the goal third which scored us a precious goal. At one stage the girls got the scores back to a three point difference, but silly errors were costly which resulted in a seven point difference at three-quarter time. The girls continued to strive on in the last quarter; Becky entered the court in defence and was consistent throughout the last 15 minutes of the game. The girls fought back, gaining two intercepts and narrowing the score down to a one-point difference in the final quarter. This however, was not enough as Drouin continued to dominate and won. Congratulations to Amy Lester who received the best on court award. A and B Grade reports by Prue Tyson. Under 13: Sale 35 d Leongatha 23 Awards: Jess Clark (Serafinos) and Aimee O’Loughlin (Network Video). This game marked the end of a fantastic season for our U13 team. Sale came out strong and confident from the start, giving them a four goal lead at the end of the first quarter. Leongatha held their heads high endeavouring to regain the lead but Sale continued to break away. Well done to each Parrots team member for their contribution throughout the season and to our ever positive and enthusiastic coach Kath Clark.

West Gippsland netball

Kate McCarthy - position C – GS/GA WA/WD. Strong hard working attacking player with great skills. Very versatile who plays any position well. A very important team member who never gives up.

Megan Hall - position C An attacking player with good speed and skill. Shows great consistency and is very reliable. A tireless player who runs all day.

Kate Govers - position GA/C. Very quick and athletic player who shows lots of tenacity. Very versatile player who is accurate in front of goals.

Nicola Marriott - position C/WA. A great young player from Under 17s with a huge future in netball. A hard working attacking player who creates lots of drive going forward.

Maree Crofts - assistant coach. Experienced coach who has helped Ebony get the girls into the grand final.

Results - Week 3

Grand finals

Preliminary finals A Grade: Leongatha 44 d Maffra 31. B Grade: Drouin 49 d Leongatha 43. C Grade: Morwell 46 d Drouin 45. 17 & Under: Traralgon 45 d Sale 41. 15 & Under: Maffra 35 d Drouin 18. 13 & Under: Sale 35 d Leongatha 23.

Saturday September 18 at Morwell 13 & Under, 8.30am Wonthaggi v Sale. 15 & Under, 9.45am - Traralgon v Maffra. 17 & Under, 11am - Leongatha v Traralgon. C Grade, 12.15pm - Maffra v Morwell. B Grade, 1.30pm - Morwell v Drouin. A Grade, 3pm - Drouin v Leongatha.

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Dalyston wins Alberton netball final A Grade – Dalyston 44 d Korumburra-Bena 39 WHEN these two teams met in the semi final there was only a goal the difference, so the expectations were high for a tight match.

However Dalyston had a different idea, getting off to a strong start. They had an eight to one lead midway through the first quarter. Korumburra-Bena struggled to find any rhythm in their attack end. Tess Angarane (Dalyston) and Angela Marotta (Dalyston) were closing down any space, so passes had to be pin point accurate. In the early stages this caused many errors. Jarney Thomas (Dalyston) was shooting beautifully and the passes in were to space, creating problems for KorumburraBena. Towards the end of the quarter Korumburra-Bena was able to reduce the margin to five. Dalyston continued where they left off. Alyce Abriola and Jess McRae were putting accurate passes over the top of Korumburra-Bena defenders. Korumburra-Bena lifted the pressure through the mid court, but still the Dalyston pressure in the circle caused problems for the Korumburra-Bena goalers. Dalyston extended their lead to eight at the long break. Korumburra-Bena needed to try something new so they interchanged to bring on fresh legs. Korumburra-Bena was starting to take advantage of their limited opportunities and the transition through the midcourt was beginning to flow. Terryn Olden (Korumburra-Bena) made the most of her opportunities in goals. This did not improve the deficit, but the momentum of play had changed. The last quarter started with eight goals the difference. Korumburra-Bena sensed a lift in their team. Midway through the lead was reduced to three and Korumburra-Bena had possession, but Dalyston pressure lifted at the right time to force a passing error. Dalyston was able to score the steadier and back out to four. Dalyston had to play to their best and they did. Jess McRae (Dalyston) was awarded the Retravision best on court by the umpires.

Magpies swoop: Dalyston A Grade netballer Ella Angarane fought hard all day to help her team to a premiership win at Inverloch on Saturday against Korumburra Bena.

B Grade

C Grade

Foster 43 d Inverloch-Kongwak 37

FOSTER were the undefeated favourites going into this match.

B Grade: Foster defeated Inverloch-Kongwak on Saturday.

17 & Under

The Foster attackers settled quickly from their first centre pass. Letitia Bullen (Foster) helped out in defence by picking off some loose balls, putting her team back into attack again. This was enough for Foster to have a three goal advantage at the first break. Foster came out from each stoppage refreshed and gained the momentum quickly to increase the gap on the board. I-K would regroup and gradually work their way back into the game towards the end of each quarter. This was the pattern set for the entire game. Kate Turner (I-K) maintained her form from last week. Tarryn McKenzie and Therese Dalystonmau were combining well in the Foster circle with rebounding becoming a problem for I-K. Tarryn’s height proved to be an asset. The gap opened up to five, still in favour of Foster. I-K started the third more organised. They couldn’t afford to miss their chances and gradually reduced the deficit to two. The I-K defenders were moving around their opponents and getting vital touches. However as quickly as the gap closed it opened again. Foster steadied to be back out to five. A penalty was awarded right on the whistle that had Sindy Boyd (I-K) with her toenails inside the ring. A fantastic shot brought a smile to the I-K team and the lead was now only four. Unfortunately for I-K that was not enough. Foster quickly pushed the score out to eight early in the last. Catie Eales (Foster) made some great touches in defence when the pressure was really on. Foster maintained their strength every time it was needed and ran out eventual winners. Therese Dalystonmau was awarded the Retravision best on court as chosen by the umpires.

15 & Under

Korumburra-Bena 40 d Yarram 30

Korumburra-Bena 29 d Dalyston 18

ONCE again a strong start proved important with Korumburra-Bena scoring five goals on the board before Yarram scored, however Yarram were unable to settle into their own game.

The first half of this game belonged to the undefeated top side, Korumburra-Bena.

Korumburra-Bena maintained pressure on each pass, especially through the midcourt. Kimberley Hillberg (Korumburra-Bena) was shooting well and rebounded her own misses. Korumburra-Bena had a seven goal break at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw the Yarram team that played in the semi arrive. Lara Dunkley (Yarram) was making strong positions and each shot count. Rachel Ronaldson (Yarram) was getting her hands on rebounds, so Yarram sent the ball into attack more often. The gap was still six at half time, but the momentum was building. Yarram had their best quarter in the third. Each pass had hands over the ball forcing passing errors. This was the lowest scoring quarter by both teams, indicating the close contest. The difference was three going into the last and it was still anyone’s game. Lauren Cosson (KorumburraBena) took a timely intercept on the Yarram centre pass to add to their lead. This lifted her team and they did not look back from there. Korumburra-Bena made great touches and their shooters didn’t miss. They pushed their lead out to 10 goals by the final whistle. Lauren Cosson (Korumburra-Bena) was awarded the Retravision Best On Court by the umpires.

They came out from the first whistle firing. Tayla Smith (Korumburra-Bena) wasn’t letting any high passes into the Dalyston ring. Ellen Sorrell and Hayley Maskell combined well at the other end to score accurately for KorumburraBena, while Ash Cuff (Korumburra-Bena) fed her shooters with some great passes. By half time they led by 10 goals. This is a big gap anytime, but in finals it is even more difficult to turn around. Dalyston would have been happier with their second half. Gabby Bloch (Dalyston) did most of the shooting for her team. Abby McNish (Dalyston) was getting more touches in defence and making some timely intercepts. They gradually gained confidence in themselves and showed some of the great passages of play they displayed in the preliminary final. However they were unable to make a dent in the deficit. In true Dalyston style they never gave up. Korumburra-Bena remained in control to take out the premiership. Tayla Smith (Korumburra-Bena) was awarded the Retravision best on court as chosen by the umpires.

Foster 42 d Dalyston 27 C GRADE has been a closely contested grade all season and the first quarter showed that. Deb Hams and Jess Wogan-Browne were working the ball well in the Foster circle. But Clair Burns (Dalyston) was making her presence felt by contesting strongly in defence. Gayle Bloch (Dalyston) was the goaling focus for her team. There was only three goals the difference in favour of Foster at the first break. In the second quarter Foster restricted Dalyston to just two goals in a very polished performance. Pauline Angwin (Foster) had closed down the space in the Dalyston circle and the Foster defenders were quick to pick up the loose ball. The Foster attackers kept driving the ball into their end to score confidently. The gap was now 13 at half time and Foster were confident. Although Dalyston regrouped after this crushing quarter they were unable to bridge the gap. They certainly played out the match, with only two goals added to the deficit by the end of the game. Jess Wogan-Browne (Foster) was awarded the Retravision best on court by the umpires.

13 & Under Foster 32 d Dalyston 31 THE court surface was excellent and these young players started fast and furious, nerves did not seem to be an issue. The first quarter was a tight struggle as both teams tried to establish dominance. As one team would get a break the other would turn the tables. Scores were level at the first break. Kobe McKenzie (Foster) was running hard in goals and working to the front position. He was also shooting accurately, so Dalyston tried to pressure passes to him. As the second quarter progressed some small errors proved costly in such a close battle. Dalyston held a two goal lead at the long break. Hannah McRae (Dalyston) was providing the link in the centre for her team and pressuring the Foster centre pass, forcing errors. Foster came out in the third and played excellent netball to out play Dalyston. Their passing was sharp and the timing was good. Kobe combined well with Britt Roffey to capitalise on Foster possession. Britt Thomas (Dalyston) and Kelsey Angwin (Foster) were working hard against each other to gain possessions. Now Foster had the two goal advantage as the last quarter started. Foster came out firing again to extend their lead to four early in the last, but Dalyston fought back hard. The pace lifted and the crowd grew louder, and this excitement caused a few passing errors. Mollie Bloch (Dalyston) was finding the mark in goals and the lead narrowed. Dalyston had possession as the whistle blew for full time. The Jack Charlton trophy went to Kobe McKenzie (Foster) and the Retravision award was presented to Hannah McRae (Dalyston).

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Paddy and Sarah are league’s best LEONGATHA’S Paddy Kindellan and Sarah McCahon have taken out league best and fairest awards, Paddy in the Under 18s and Sarah in the Under 13s netball.

Paddy Kindellan: the Under 18 league Best and Fairest winner played most of the year at half back.

Paddy came in two votes ahead of Wonthaggi’s Tom Harley, while Sarah scored a whopping 42 votes at the Gippsland League presentations on Wednesday night. Sarah scored her 42 votes from a possible 48 to claim the award by a street. Wonthaggi Power’s Nikki Cengia came in second with 30 votes, enough to be in front of any other division, but not the Under 13s. Sarah has enjoyed a great season, but unfortunately for her and the team they were knocked out of the finals race by Sale on the weekend. Paddy scored three votes in the final round of the season against Moe to win the Gippsland League Under 18 Bruce Wilkinson medal for the Best and Fairest player. Kindellan had the lead for most of the night, but Harley had pulled one vote clear on 22 with just round 18 to play.

But with a big loss he was no chance to poll, so all the Leongatha youngster needed was a vote to tie up the medal. Instead he took three votes, capping off a brilliant display against Moe, and jumped to 24 votes - two clear of Harley. The two boys both came from the Alberton Football League last year to be among the best players in the Gippsland competition this season. They were at the top of the Alberton Under 18 vote count in 2009, with Harley winning the equivalent honour, knocking off Kindellan by one vote. The Gippsland League Best and Fairest has played parts of the season as a ruck rover, but has been most comfortable across half back in a Luke Hodge-type role. His coach Glenn Sullivan came out of the night with two winners, having coached both players. “I have been fortunate to have coached both Paddy and Troy,” Glenn said. “They are completely contrasting players; Troy is at his best as an outside receiver. He runs hard for position and

has an excellent delivery. “Paddy is a hard in and under player. He has no fear and plays the game at full pace all of the time. Paddy has an excellent ability to retrieve the hard ball and team-mates walk tall playing

beside him.” Paddy will be playing in the grand final this weekend against Traralgon at Morwell. Other honourable mentions went to Wonthaggi Power player Alice Young,

who placed second in the Under 17 netball award, just two votes short of Maffra’s winner, Tayla Egan. Leongatha’s Ben Graham polled 20 votes to come third in the under 16s Best and Fairest.

Best in the league: Leongatha’s Under 13 league Best and Fairest winner Sarah McCahon with runner-up, Wonthaggi Power’s Nikki Cengia.

LDNA grand final Results Saturday September 11

13 & Under: Town Tangerine 16 d South Gippsland 11. Best and Fairest: Tanya Derrick, Mt Eccles. Runner-up: Madison Funnell, Town. 15 & Under: St Laurence 32 d Town Green 14. Best and Fairest: Kaila Bentvelzen, St Laurence. Runner-up: Chelsea Moscript, Mt Eccles. B Reserve: Mt Eccles Navy 27 d Town Green 23. MVP in final: Sandra Cashin, Town Green. Sponsored by Kelvin John’s Retravision, Leongatha. Best and Fairest: Monique Goss, St Laurence. Runner-up: Sandra Cashin, Town.

B Grade: Mt Eccles Pink 38 d Mt Eccles Aqua 30. MVP in final: Jo Callister, Mt Eccles Pink, sponsored by Kelvin John’s Retravision, Leongatha. Best and Fairest: Cheryl Glasby, Town. Equal runners-up: Teagan Brammer, Mt Eccles and Jo Callister, Mt Eccles. A Grade: Town Green 31 d St Laurence 28. MVP in final: Phil Smith, St Laurence, sponsored by Kelvin John’s Retravision, Leongatha. Best and Fairest: Sue Mills, Mt Eccles. Equal Best and Fairest runners-up: Michelle Chandler, Town and Stephanie Goss, St Laurence.

A Grade: Town Green - Karli Tucker, Nicole McQueen, Andrea Funnell, Teresa Chadwick, Michelle Chandler, Kerri Bentvelzen, Melissa Beardsworth, Tenille Bentvelzen.

13 & Under: Town Tangerine - Kerri Bentvelzen (coach), Matilda Mc Neil, Sarah Paterson, Nikita Wight, Elly Egan, Tyla Riley, Ella Clark and Maddison Wright. 15 & Under: St Laurence - Bree Allen, Kaila Bentvelzen, Louise McKean, Hanna Engel, Sophie McHarg, Jo Allen (coach), Steph Busana, Emma Wilson and Angelique Dunlevie. B Reserve: Mt Eccles Navy - Claire Anderson, Ellie Edwards, Tara Pearce, Carly O’Malley, Racheal Brydon, Samantha Anderson. Absent: Amy Hardie.

Junior trophy winners: Madison Funnell, Tanya Derrick, Kaila Bentvelzen, Chelsea Moscript.

B Grade: Mt Eccles - Brooke Jones, Sharee Murray, Cindy Munro, Jo Callister, Jeanne Dekker, Nicole Hayward, Sharon Spencer, Danielle Standeven.

Senior trophy winners: Sue Mills, Michelle Chandler, Stephanie Goss, Cheryl Clasby, Teagan Brammer, Jo Callister, Monique Goss and Sandra Cashin.

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Goal feast secures trophy A STUNNING third term set Korumburra-Bena up for certain victory in the one-sided Thirds grand final against Yarram.

Aiming to repeat last year’s win, the Bulldogs broke away fast, ending the first quarter with a six point lead. Early in the second term, a goal by Bradley Jamieson for Yarram gave the Demons a one point advantage, but Korumburra-Bena soon responded. By the 11 minute mark of the quarter, the Bulldogs had more than doubled their tally while keeping Yarram scoreless. The Demons seized a loose ball but only managed to find a point, before the Bulldogs broke away and booted a goal to be leading 39-18. By half-time, Korumburra-Bena had

found another point and entered the second half with a comfortable 22 point lead. During the main break, Demons’ coach Paul Clavarino called on his players to give more and talk to their team-mates. His words resonated and early in the third quarter, Yarram dominated play and made the Bulldogs fight for every rare possession. But the magic was not to last. James Rippingale took a soaring mark and goaled, leaving only Bulldogs’ fans daring to look at the scoreboard. Yarram soon responded with a goal of their own. Players fought for the ball in tight contests on the Bulldogs’ half forward-line and Michael Thomson took a high mark on the 50m line to direct play in Yarram’s favour. But possession soon returned to the in-

form Korumburra-Bena and a goal was added to their growing score. The Demons booted two quick goals, driven by a smooth sequence of plays, to bring the margin down to 17 points. For a short time, Yarram was able to contain the Bulldogs, before Tyson Findlay booted a long goal against the light breeze to give Korumburra-Bena 59 points so far. Ilan Osman booted another goal for the Bulldogs, settling the three-quarter time scores at 65 to 36. Korumburra-Bena opened the final term with a quick goal, consistently able to find loose players from the centre and making use of possessions. The Demons struggled to get the ball out of the middle and the Bulldogs kicked another major to more than double Yarram’s score.

Fine form: James Rippingale played a major role in Korumburra-Bena’s victory.

Fumbles cost the Demons possession and the Bulldogs continued to score, despite to-ing and fro-ing on the wing. Korumburra-Bena seized the dying minutes to push their score out even further, while Yarram’s forward-line remained idle as the ball rarely came their way. On the podium, Bulldogs coach Neil Edwards paid tribute to the Demons. “For Yarram to come from sixth and make a grand final, you have done a magnificent job,” he said. Speaking in the rooms after the game, Edwards said Yarram was no doubt tired after three hard games in the lead-up to the final. “We started to control the game by holding on to the football and using it to our advantage,” he said. “We kicked four or five goals in the

third quarter into the wind and that helped to set the game up.” He named Chad Macri, Tyson Findlay, Ashley Meade, James Rippingale, Ben Fitzpatrick and Ilan Osman as among the Bulldogs’ best. Final score: Korumburra-Bena 16.15.111 defeated Yarram 5.6.36. Goals: Korumburra-Bena: I. Osman 5, T. Sorrell 4, T. Findlay 3, J. Rippingale 2, C. Kyle 1, C. Macri 1. Yarram: B. Jamieson 3, D. Borgia 1, D. Coulthard 1. Best: Korumburra-Bena: C. Macri, T. Findlay, A. Meade, J. Rippingale, B. Fitzpatrick, I. Osman. Yarram: J. Anderson, M. Clavarino, M. Mason, S. Rendell, R. Coulthard, D. Borgia.

Done it again: the victorious Korumburra-Bena Thirds side.


Underdogs win thriller A SCORING blitz in the final stages of the match gave Dalyston the Fourths premiership for 2010. The Magpies secured the lead against Kilcunda-Bass by five points at the 13 minute mark, before booting a major on the siren to confirm the silverware as theirs. Entering the match as premiership favourites, the Panthers lived up to their reputation early in the match,

Cup in hand: Dalyston’s fourths have reason to smile after a comeback win. Right Up high: Kilunda-Bass’s Thomas Bone and Dalyston’s Lachlan McRae vie for the ball.

dominating play and producing results on the scoreline. The first term was even until Kilcunda-Bass kicked two quick goals to break away, before Harrison Wright responded with a super snap to put Dalyston back in the match. The Panthers’ Darcy Clay and Sebastian Hammond consistently kicked the ball out of the defence line and towards goal, and the forward-line did not let their team-mates down. The Magpies regularly

found an opening on the wing and were able to send the Sherrin towards the big sticks, but inaccuracy – and the Panthers’ tight defence hindered Dalyston’s rise on the scoreboard. But the Magpies’ centre and half back-lines were just as competitive and slowed the Panthers’ attack, with the ball being delivered along the top side of the ground. Entering the final term, the Panthers led 2.6.18 to 1.4.10. Sensing a close outcome, Kilcunda-Bass performed admirably across the ground, passing accurately and marking flawlessly. Jacob Dakin attempted a shot at goal for the Panthers, but his long kick fell short and the ball was soon returned to the middle. Kilcunda-Bass regained possession and kicked again, only for the ball to fall short and into Dalyston’s hands. The Magpies also had trouble finding a goal, finding a point before Tim Landells found the middle of the goal posts to bring Dalyston within a point. The Panthers responded quickly, taking the ball to the 50m line but a fumble resulted in a turnover and with a

roaring crowd urging them on, Dalyston rushed the ball down the wing. Both sides endured close contests for the ball before the Magpies broke free with a goal courtesy of Nathan Bainbridge to take the lead, 23 to 18. Another goal to Bainbridge as the siren sounded gave Dalyston premiership glory. Addressing players after the game, coach Fred Angarane told his boys they would always remember this day. “You were the best for this year. That is something no one can take off you. This one will stick for ages,” he said. The same Dalyston side won the Under 13 AFL premiership last year. Final scores: Dalyston 4.5.29 defeated KilcundaBass 2.6.18. Goals: Dalyston: N. Bainbridge 2, T. Landells 1, H. Wright 1. Kilcunda-Bass: J. Dakin 1, T. Bone 1. Best: Dalyston: M. Schreck, H. Wright, B. Wardle, J. Ray-Angarane, T. Landells, S. Joma. Kilcunda-Bass: D. Clay, J. Andersen, S. Hammond, T. Thatcher, P. Babington, J. Turner.

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Reigning premiers unleash lesson INVERLOCH-KONGWAK claimed back-toback premierships with a thrashing of Korumburra-Bena in the Reserves final.

The Sea Eagles quashed the Bulldogs in the opening terms, running away to a 15-point lead by the middle of the second quarter. Playing across the centre, Inverloch-Kongwak managed to overcome pressure by the Bulldogs in the middle. Both sides passed short, struggling to find loose men. Inverloch-Kongwak was able to break free and send the ball down the outside, eventually finding Matthew Shaw who snapped for a superb goal. At half-time, the Sea Eagles led 4.5.29 to the Bulldogs 1.2.8. Inverloch-Kongwak opened the third quarter in grand fashion with a goal from a tight angle. KorumburraBena tried hard to push the ball past the defence line but opportunities were few. Walter Taberner snapped an amazing goal on the run to push the Sea Eagles out to 42, while KorumburraBena lingered on eight. Players fought for the ball in the Bulldogs’ pocket on the pavilion side, but the Sea Eagles remained strong and soon goaled. Michael Ford gained regular possessions for Inverloch-Kongwak, gathering the ball whenever the Bulldogs failed. Time and time again, the Sea Eagles exploited the Bulldogs’ fumbles, winning man-on-man contests as Korumburra-Bena struggled to kick past their half forward-line. The Bulldogs did not score until 22 minutes into the third quarter and even then, booted just a point. Heading into the final break with a 47 point lead, Inverloch-Kongwak was taken by surprise as the Bulldogs came back into the game, but the turnaround was short lived. The outcome of the game was evident long before the siren blew. Coach Jason Dennerley said the boys’ commitment was rewarded. “They just kept working hard for four quarters of footy,” he said. While the home ground advantage may have helped, Dennerley said persistence got Inverloch-Kongwak over the line. Club president Andrew Burns praised the side. “You went out there to play today and you knew that was what you had to do,” he told the players. Final scores: Inverloch-Kongwak 11.8.74 defeated Korumburra-Bena 5.6.36. Goals: Inverloch-Kongwak: D. Houston 2, J. Jackson 1, T. Phillips 1, S. Buxton 1, W. Taberner 1, B. Dryden 1, L. Metselaar 1, M. Shaw 1, J. Dowie 1, A. Powell 1. Korumburra-Bena: L. Allott 2, R. Quaife 2, M. Walker 1. Best: Inverloch-Kongwak: B. Dryden, T. Thornby, B. Rigby, R. Tegg, S. Buxton, M. Shaw. Korumburra-Bena: J. Caporale, A. Miller, D. Caporale, L. Allott, S. Hancock, B. Kelly.

Victorious again: Inverloch-Kongwak’s champion Reserves. Rhys Tegg, Blake Rigby, Tim Thornby, Thomas Whelan, Jason Dennerley, Ryan Minns, James Brosnan, Matt Miller, Michael Ford, Peter Wayman, Barry Withers, Daniel Connelly, Matthew Shaw, Shane Buxton, Byron Dryden, Justen Jackson, Josh Dowie, Luke Metselaar, Walter Taberner, Tristan Phillips, Aaron Powell and Daniel Houston. Left Top play: Matthew Shaw snaps a stunning goal around Bulldog Christopher Paterson to increase InverlochKongwak’s lead.

Right Nice work: best on ground, Sea Eagle Byron Dryden, gets a hug from coach Jason Dennerley.

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Tigers soar to AFL flag

FOSTER has claimed its first Senior flag since 1993 in defeating Stony Creek by a four goal margin at Inverloch on Saturday.

The battle was tough and close for most of the game. with an inaccurate Foster looking early like it may kick itself out of the game. At half time though, it was anyone’s game, with scores tied. Foster really signaled its intentions in the third quarter when it came out all guns blazing to kick the opening two goals quickly. Although Stony Creek replied with two, the tide was running Foster’s way, with a lot more inside 50s, setting up plenty of opportunities. Although Foster was looking the stronger side and held a near three goal lead at the last change, Stony Creek had the slight breeze and still had a big chance. With a fine Lucas McMillan goal early in the last term, Stony Creek could not go on. The legs had deserted them as it was Foster who ran out the game stronger. Foster’s prominent number 7, Brad Rooney, collected the Bill Pollock Memorial Medal for his best on ground performance while Tom Bartholomew collected the umpire’s best vote. Stony Creek was well served by Cameron Stone who ran all day, booting three fine goals. Coach Brad Hutchinson gave plenty, as did Stony ruckman Brenton Byrnes and Lucas McMillan up forward with opportunities being limited.

Match details

It was a very late start of 2.45pm before the umpires bounced the ball to start the game. Foster won the toss and kicked towards the end favouring the breeze towards

the netball courts, which was good enough for a 2-3 goal advantage. Despite this advantage the Tigers booted just two goals and some nine behinds. Brett Eddy was leading out well early and his mark and goal brought up the first major. A clever tap from McMillan to Shields brought up the first for Stony only a minute later. Vanderpluym was running plenty out of defence for the Lions. Another good set-up allowed Julian Stone a running chance at goal but this just missed. Myhal was being creative for Stony, running the ball quickly and handballing it away to team-mates. However a few of these were either intercepted or went to a player standing still who got caught. Foster had been wasteful but finally Jake Best converted to give the Tigers their second. McMillan snapped a beauty and the Lions went into the huddle thinking Foster had blown the advantage. The second quarter was very even. A goal to Foster was quickly matched by one from Brenton Byrnes. Cameron Stone was really starting to run, bringing up a couple of magic goals, including one from his non-preferred left boot! Foster’s Bartholomew kicked a nice running goal but coach Tim Howe missed a set shot from close range. Stony’s Leigh Andrews and Brad Hutchinson were gathering plenty of possessions while Vanderpluym was in there as well. Huggins snagged a goal for Stony, with the Tigers scoring a late one through Brett Eddy. At half time scores were locked at 41 points apiece. Foster exploded out of the blocks with a goal to Jake Best and another one to Justin Cow-

Over the back: Chris Verboon claims a mark for Stony Creek.

ell in the opening two minutes of the third. Despite a nice snap and goal to Vanderpluym, Foster was throwing everything at the Creek, who looked a bit flat. Foster’s confidence had gained considerably and they replied again quickly through Bartholomew. Another snapped goal by Brett Eddy set up a near three goal lead at the final change. Stony would have to attack early and this they did when Verboon over to McMillan saw a much needed goal. But Nathan Grylls and others were taking away Stony’s opportunities with safe hands in the backline. Eddy was unlucky not to post another goal but his kick hit the man on the mark. But Casey Ratcliffe made no mistake with his snap and goal. Stony was again three goals down and didn’t look to have the energy to strike. Richard Johnston to Brad Rooney and the best stab pass

you would ever see found Brett Eddy in front for another Tiger goal and Stony looked sunk. When Tim Howe received a free and kicked a major for the Tigers this sealed the match. Vanderpluym got a late one back for Stony but the siren sounded soon after. Final scores: Foster 13.20 98 d Stony Creek 11.8 74. Goals: Foster: B. Eddy 4, B. Rooney 2, T. Bartholomew 2, J. Best 1, J. Stevenson 1, C. Ratcliffe 1, T. Howe 1, J. Cowell 1. Stony Creek: C. Stone 3, L. McMillan 2, A. Huggins 2, K. Van Der Pluym 2, J. Shields 1, B. Byrnes 1. Best: Foster: B. Rooney, T. Bartholomew, C. Ratcliffe, J. Stevenson, T. King, N. Grylls. Stony Creek: C. Stone, B. Hutchinson, B. Byrnes, L. McMillan, D. Zuidema, L. Andrews.

High flyer: the mark of the day was taken by Foster’s Tom Bartholomew as Stony’s Jacob Byrnes tries to spoil.

Pollock medallist: Foster’s Brad Rooney collects the Bill Pollock medal from Stuart Storr with AFL president John Schelling looking on.

Celebration time: Foster’s premiership team (and a few kids!) takes the podium as premiers. They are Shaun Everington, Tim Howe (captain), Shem Hawking, Brad Rooney, Tom Bartholomew, Casey Radcliffe, Nathan Grylls, Tyson King, Jake Best, Scott Zachariassen, Brett Eddy, Jamie Stevenson, Callan Van Dyke, Stewart Gilchrist, Justin Cowell, Brendan Weston, John Williams, Richard Johnston, Matt Aabryn, Martin Fleming and Josh Bowman. Not forgetting the coach, Dean Duursma.

Umpy’s best: Tom Bartholomew took out the umpire’s Best On Ground medal.

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A Grade premiers: Dalyston A Grade netballers, back, from left Britt Simpson, Jarney Thomas, Jessica Puppetti, Angela Marotta, Caz Thomas (coach), front Jessica McRae, Ella Angarane, Tess Angarane, Alyce Abriola, Bonnie McRae and Chloe McRae defeated Korumburra-Bena in the Alberton Netball Association grand final at Inverloch on Saturday.

B Grade premiers: Foster B Grade netballers, back from left Nics McKenzie (coach), Kara Wogan-Browne, Catie Eales, Tarryn McKenzie, Nat Van Dyke, Kelly Howell, and Anne Cowell, front, from left, Therese Dalmau, Jackie Howell, Letitia Bullen and Shannon-Clearihan-Jervies defeated Inverloch-Kongwak in Saturday’s grand final.

C Grade winners: the Foster netball team, back from left, assistant coach Jen Davies, Ashleigh Angwin, Anabelle Davies, Zoe Wogan Browne, Jess Wogan Browne, Sophie Lyon, Robyn Todd and coach Kate Pulham; front, from left, Kate Lyon, Deb Hams, Pauline Angwin and Racheal Francis.

Boy oh boy: Foster’s Kobe McKenzie had a day out in the Under 13 grand final and was judged Best On Court for his efforts.

Equal best: Foster B Grade netballers Therese Dalmau and Letitia Bullen were presented with their B Grade Best and Fairest trophies following their team’s win on Saturday.

17 and Under winners: Korumburra-Bena, back from left, Kimberley Hillberg, Alannah Williams, Katelyn Kilpatrick, Lauren Cosson, Alanna Besley, Taylor Kyle and coach Julie Hillberg; front from left, Shelby Arestia, Tarli Hillberg and Loni Jeffs.

15 and Under winners: Korumburra-Bena, back from left, Abbe Moriarty, Gabbie Felton, Jac Snooks, Erin Hopkins, Madi Dunn, Cindy Lemasurier and coach Karen Sorrell; front, from left, Tayla Smith, Ellen Sorrell, Ashlee Cuff and Hayley Maskell.

13 and Under winners: the fabulous Foster team are, back from left, assistant coach Nicky Roffey, Kelsey Angwin, Sharni Cripps, Jaime Worboys, Shania Bentley, Brianna Atkins, Kobe McKenzie and coach Alana Bassett; front, from left, Jamaica Wake, Brittany Roffey, Jade Thompson and Sarah Midwinter.

Best on court: Korumburra-Bena’s Under 15 netball champion Tayla Smith was judged Best On Court. She is pictured here with Emma Smith, representing Kelvin John’s Retravision - who donated the award.

League best: Alberton Netball Association A Grade Best and Fairest winner Christie Hillberg of Korumburra Bena was presented with her trophy after the A Grade grand final on Saturday.

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