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Imposing creature: the Australovenator is believed to have walked across what is now South Gippsland in the days of the dinosaurs. Illustration courtesy of Xing Lida/ Australian Geographic.

• Koonwarra dinosaurs may ho old secrets • Skull fragment found at Inverrloch

By Brad Lester FOSSILISED feathers found from dinosaurs at Koonwarra are among the most remarkably preserved in the world and could reveal crucial new information about Australia’s prehistoric past. A scientist who worked on the feathers of birds and dinosaurs from a renowned dig site in China has remarked the pres-

ervation of the Koonwarra featherss was better than those found in China. The news comes as a 10 year oldd girl i l visiting i iti Inverloch I l h found f d a piece of skull possibly belonging to a Qantassaurus last Monday, April 3. She made the discovery at The Caves beach – a fossil hotspot - during a dinosaur field trip run by Bunurong Coast Education’s Mike Cleeland. “It’s the first time a visiting school age person has discovered a

skull fragment,� he said. Digs have been held at Koonwarra since roadworks in fresh1961 uncovered d a rich i h ffossil il bed, b d the th site it off a former f f h water lake, on the side of the South Gippsland Highway near the Minns Road intersection. The dinosaurs at Koonwarra could have been more widespread throughout the region and therefore other areas could be sources of fossils. Continued on page 3.

Leongatha businesses set up shop By Brad Lester and Tayla Kershaw

SIX new businesses have opened, reopened or changed hands in Leongatha in recent weeks, injecting a new sense of confidence in the town

Earlier this year, The Star reported there were 19 empty shops around Leongatha’s central business district. However, more people have joined Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently to express their passion for revitalising the town. Continued on page 8.

Later Star THE Star will publish a day later next week due to the Easter public holidays.

Happy Easter: Daisy (left) and Lily (right) were thrilled when their older sister Poppy Miles received the third prize in Wonthaggi Primary School’s Easter raffle recently. The school raised $860 from the fundraiser. Poppy is a Grade 2 student of the school and Lily is in Grade Prep. The Star wishes readers all the best for Easter this weekend.

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Leongatha Sweet opening for cake shop railway ideas fair By Brad Lester

The newest shop in Leongatha opened to enthusiastic customers last Wednesday.

Sweet Life Cakes opened in Bair Street, just up from its sister store Sweet Life Cafe. Both stores are run by husband and wife team Jodie and Geoff Clarkson. The speciality cake shop tempted customers with free tastings and a scrumptious spread of cakes to buy. “We’ve had a steady stream of people through. Council has the opportunity to take over the lease of the railway site and intends to develop the area for the The signage on all the businesses on this corner just looks nice and fresh now, and just attracts everyone benefit of the community. Activities to be held on the day are a free barbecue, to this section of road,” Mr Clarkson said. “I’m hoping that after this we will start to see more car boot sale, live music, games, The Magic Theatre and shops open. We have got Rod Bending’s World (kayak displays. The fair will be held on Saturday, April 22 from store) opening up the road. It will be great to see that 11am to 2pm at the Leongatha Railyards. shop back open and it will give people more confiSouth Gippsland Shire Council’s senior strategic dence that Leongatha is starting to rebuild again.” planning officer Chantal Lenthall encouraged everyone At the official opening of Sweet Life Cakes, to come along and be part of the festivities. many cakes were sold straight out of the freezer, at “We are hoping to get as many people as possible 10 percent off, and customers who pre-ordered cakes down to the Leongatha Railyards on the day so they can and paid for them received 20 percent off. take a look at the site and consider what it could be,” “We’ve always had the cakes in the cafe but a she said. lot of people do not always go into shops and see “A number of great activities are going to be held what they offer. I think that’s the same with a lot of throughout the day that will not only provide an opportunity for people to have their say but have a little bit of shops in town. People just see a label outside,” Mr Clarkson said. fun as well.” Customers can also buy cake toppers and other People will be advised of further opportunities to be decorations, and customers travelling from Melinvolved in the project as it progresses. The Leongatha Railway Site Transformation project bourne, on their way to see local residents, have orseeks to improve the Leongatha railway yard and sta- dered cakes over the phone to take. The cakes available for tasting at last Wednestion area for the benefit of the community now that the tourist railway has closed. While the railway corridor day’s opening were Mud Slab, Orange Clementine, to Leongatha will remain open for future rail services, cup cakes, Cookies’n’Cream, Chocolate Addiction, the State Government currently has no plans for their and Raspberry and White Chocolate Decadence. return. Mrs Clarkson thanked South Gippsland Shire

SOUTH Gippsland residents are invited to the Leongatha Railway Site Ideas Fair to learn more about the site, consider ideas and share ideas they may have come up with.

Appealing offering: Geoff and Jodie Clarkson and their daughter Phoebe greeted customers to their new Leongatha store, Sweet Life Cakes, at the opening last Wednesday. Council for its assistance in issuing relevant permits Shane explained,” she said. to enable the business to open. Mayor Cr Ray Argento visited the shop with Le“Shane (Parker) from the council came out and ongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry presiinspected the premises and told us what we needed to dent Brenton Williams ahead of the opening. do and what needed fixing. Everything was straightforward and anything that I did not understand,

Koonwarra dinosaurs may hold secrets Continued from page 1. The scientist, Dr Martin Kundrat, an associate professor at Slovakia’s Comenius University, was part of a study of feathers from the Jehol Biota dig site in China’s Liaoning Province. The Jehol Biota is world-renowned for its abundance of feathered dinosaurs. Together with another scientist, Johan Lindgren of Sweden’s University of Upsalla, Dr Kundrat is now applying a range of modern imaging techniques to extract much information about the Koonwarra feathers that was unavailable to earlier workers. Together they will submit a paper to a prominent scientific journal, said Dr Tom Rich, senior curator

• Bunurong Coast Education’s Mike Cleeland.

of vertebrate palaeontology and palaeobotany at Museum Victoria. “What has been found at Koonwarra is a single feather that is considered by Martin Kundrat to be a non-avian dinosaur – that is a dinosaur in the conventional understanding of the term,” Dr Rich said. “Some of the other eight feathers from Koonwarra are clearly that of birds. But then there are others that could be either birds or dinosaurs. “There are dinosaurs from elsewhere in Australia and Victoria in particular that probably also had feathers but none have been found with feathers. “An isolated limb bone or tooth is not likely to be associated with feathers.” Dinosaurs known from the South Gippsland coast that quite likely also occurred near the Koonwarra lake are Qantassaurus, Serendipaceratops and Australovenator. Once the scientists’ paper is published, grant applications for the $800,000 needed to carry out another excavation at Koonwarra will be written and submitted for funding. “Because of the extraordinary preservation of the Koonwarra feathers, the recovery of more such fossils will be the primary rationale for the excavation,” Dr Rich said. “But that is not all. The Koonwarra deposit was formed in the bottom of an ephemeral polar lake that persisted for 5000 to10,000 years. “Documenting where the fossils come from centimetre by centimetre through the nine metre thickness of that lake deposit will enable a reconstruction of its history.” Dr Rich said that had never been done anywhere for a polar lake that existed at the same time

as dinosaurs. “What caused the lake to be formed in the first place on the broad flood plain that existed between Australia and Antarctica as the two continents were in the initial stages of separation?” he said. “Did the plants remain the same or did they change through time? “What was the average temperature in that polar location and did it remain the same or significantly change? In other words, how stable was the environment? “What was the character of the water filling the lake and was that a constant or systematically changing feature? Where did the sediment filling the lake come from?” The Koonwarra dig site is about 30 million years old and the new dig will try to refine that age estimate. “Owing to the weather pattern in South Gippsland, the two month dig is planned for a March to April. Because of the time needed to set up the excavation, it must be known by July 1 of the previous year that funding will be available,” Dr Rich said. “Given the calendars of potential funding agencies, in light of that necessary lead time, the earliest the excavation will occur will be in 2019. More likely it will be 2020. “If some private source not constrained by being part of a governmental funding body could be found, that could provide the funds at short notice and the dig could go ahead in 2018.” Bunurong Coast Education runs dinosaur discovery, rockpool ramble, astronomy and other activities over the school holidays. See au and follow links to Holiday Bookings.

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CWA exhibition wows THE 63rd Country Women’s Association Creative Arts Exhibition was a huge success in Loch over the weekend.

Tasty cakes: Glen Alvie’s Elizabeth Milner (right) congratulated Glen Alvie’s Pam Chapman for winner first prize for her sponge cake.

Talented: former Leongatha resident Stella Hyde demonstrated the art of metal thread embroidery at the CWA Creative Arts Exhibition on Saturday.

All displays were judged on presentation. Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield and South This year’s aggregate was won by Grantville Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento. with 355 points, followed by Woodleigh Vale with Cr Rothfield opened the event. 315 points, Glen Alvie with 136 points, Loch with “I have always been extremely fond of the CWA. Bass Group CWA branches put together some 132 points, Coronet Bay with 105 points and Cowes I think the CWA cookbooks are dear to all our hearts, incredible displays, showcasing the finest in local with 61 points. and I am always happy to support the Bass Group,” handcraft design and cookery. Bass Group’s Gwenda Swan said there were she said. Saturday was a big day for Loch’s Lois Jackson, around 850 entries this year. “Council values everything the CWA do, and this who was honoured for her 40 years of service to the The special guests on the day were Bass Coast exhibition is something to be proud of.” CWA. Ms Jackson has had many roles in the Loch CWA branch, including president, vice president, group secretary and flower secretary. She is also well known for her cooking skills, having won the cookery aggregate 13 times. Woodleigh Vale’s Dikki Dikkenburg celebrated the most success on the day, taking home awards for best wool and wool blend handicraft and best flower exhibits. The branches also worked as teams to produce the best displays. The Helen Bell Perpetual Trophy was won by Glen Alvie, followed by Loch and Cowes. The theme of this year’s display was ‘childhood memories’ and included precious items such as books, toys, and photos. The Florence Gunson Memorial Trophy was won by Cowes, followed by Woodleigh Vale and Loch. The theme for this display was ‘farmyard’ and called on branch members to produce five handcrafted pieces, including long stitch, knitted, and cross stitch pieces. The Lucy Greaves Memorial Trophy was won by Grantville, followed by Woodleigh Vale and Coronet Bay. In this section, branch members had to produce five pieces of different handcrafts and pull the dis- Winners: back from left, Lois Jackson, Gwenda Swan, Felicity Newberry, front from left, play together by colour. Barb Kerby, Dikki Dikkenburg, Agnes Veldhuisen, and Betty Young took home prizes at the

CWA Creative Arts Exhibition.

Bits and pieces: from left, Barb Kerby, Chris Mitchell and Val Foster from the Loch CWA Beautiful exhibits: from left, Grantville’s Babara Finch and Leongatha’s Evelyn Paterson branch admired some of the entries in the marvelled at some of the displays at the CWA Creative Arts Exhibition. Evelyn was one of CWA Creative Arts Exhibition on Saturday. the judges.

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Medical rush

Police, nurses quick to help mentally ill Previously, police would spend more than eight hours waiting for people to be treated, but by working with the cliniPOLICE can receive more than cians, that time has been cut down to one hour per job. six callouts to people suffering The clinicians work with police seven a mental health crisis in a single days a week during afternoon shifts as week in South Gippsland. part of the Mental Health and Police ReAn innovative program between sponse program. Wonthaggi Police and Latrobe Regional They attend cases where someone may be having an episode, are mentally unstable or threatening self harm. Police have also attended family violence cases. As well as working on site, the cliniBCH will use the funding to install a BASS Coast Health (BCH) will master key system and improve access con- cians take phone consultations, offer rereceive $323,296 to make sig- trol to individual departments and site ac- ferrals and help families. Clinicians from Latrobe Regional nificant safety and security up- cess. This will provide additional security for staff and visitors. Hospital have been working with police grades to Wonthaggi Hospital. Expansion of CCTV and upgrading ex- to deliver more timely responses to peoThe measures will prevent occupational violence, minimise security and safety risks, ternal lighting will improve visibility and ple in crisis since December. “As well as saving police hours, it has and maintain a safe environment for patients provide a safer environment. These improvements to its security infrastructure will reduced presentations to the emergency and staff. BCH’s successful submission to the greatly benefit staff, patients, clients, fami- department. There have been more than lies and visitors. Victorian Government’s Health 70 case since December, and of those, Service Violence Prevention only five people have had to be transFund was among 29 other ruported to the hospital,” nurse practitioner ral hospitals, nine metropolitan Kylie Burns said. hospitals and 10 mental health “It has been a benefit to the commuservices that also received a nity because we have been able to reach share of $7 million. out to people in their homes, which has Last year saw BCH further allowed them to maintain confidentiality its commitment to a zero tolerand their dignity. It has reduced the onance to violence policy, with call rate and we are no longer tying up staff receiving de-escalation and ambulances. breakaway technique training in “We’ve also had some repeat clients, response to the increasing numwho now know assistance is available. ber of occupational violence incidents faced by BCH staff. They aren’t abusing it, but it helps them In addition to this, environ- Safety first: Bass Coast Health’s director of to know they can get treatment readily.” mental modifications were made support services Lynne Winterburn discussPolice are still the primary responders, to minimise security and safety but will request the mental health unit as a ing plans for security improvements with dirisks as much as possible. secondary responder. rector of infrastructure Wimal Kirinde.

By Tayla Kershaw

Hospital is ensuring patients receive the medical help they need, even when episodes of illness create circumstances warranting police attendance. Wonthaggi Police has joined forces with a team of mental health clinicians from Latrobe Regional Hospital to quickly and effectively respond to people in crisis from Foster to Phillip Island.

Hospital safety overhaul

Working together: Acting Senior Sergeant Andy Boldiston and nurse practitioner Kylie Burns are able to discuss strategies to help people suffering mental illness at the Wonthaggi Police Station, as part of the Mental Health and Police Response program. “We reduce time by being on route before we are requested,” Ms Burns said. “Recently, we were called out to jobs in Pioneer Bay, Ventnor and Korumburra and were able to attend them all as requested because we were already on our way.” The program is a trial and will be reviewed at the end of the financial year. Wonthaggi Police hope funding will be available to allow the program to continue. “There is no downside here. When

there is no action during a shift, the clinicians are able to provide education to our members to further our knowledge about these situations,” Wonthaggi Police’s Acting Senior Sergeant Andy Boldiston said. “The more knowledge we have about conditions and behaviours, the better.” Ms Burns said the program has been well embraced by local police officers and the community. “We are in the stages of gathering data, so we can apply to continue the program,” she said.

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Cost concern for water order By Tayla Kershaw WITH more water orders on the way, locals have been left wondering who will foot the bill for the desalination plant. On top of the forthcoming 50 GL water order, a minimum annual water order will be introduced, which will be reviewed in three years. Minister for Water Lisa Neville said customers will not face additional charges on their water bills, and the annual order would have far reaching benefits in regional Victoria. However, Bass MLA Brian Paynter was adamant that the original water order remains unnecessary, and costs were unclear. “We are still not sure who is paying for this. We have yet to hear a response from Aquasure,” he said. “It’s a great waste of money, especially considering Melbourne’s water storages are above average.” Watershed Victoria fear the environmental impacts additional water orders will cause.

Driver nabbed ON Saturday, April 8 Foster police intercepted a 44 year old Foster North female for a routine check on the Dollar-Woorarra West Road. Enquiries revealed that the female had a suspended licence. She will be summonsed to appear at court at a later date regarding driving whilst her licence was suspended. Her vehicle will also be impounded for 30 days.

“We are still wondering why the first order was necessary. A minimum water order – roughly 15 GL – is nothing in the big scheme of things for Melbourne, and there’s no telling how the environment will be impacted just to fill this order,” Watershed president Mark Robertson said. “There is no way that they are running the plant just to support Korumburra. This is about the Government wanting to justify building the plant – at the cost of our coast. “They were prepared to bring in diesel generators just to run the plant – we don’t know what lengths they will go to. This is all just to help Aquasure, and I hope people will start to see through it. “Watershed will be continuing to push the rates issue and keep putting pressure on the government when we gather more information.” Korumburra has recently hit stage one water restrictions, and may be using desalinated water in three year’s time when the Lance Creek water security project is completed. The project will link Korumburra and neighbouring towns to the Lance Creek pipeline, which

will also connect the towns to the desalination plant and the Cardinia Reservoir. According to the State Government, the latest Bureau of Meteorology data suggests that rainfall across all four catchments is below the 30 year average, and water levels have been dropping since November. “We’ve learnt the lessons from the millennium drought and this secures our water supplies at a time when our reserves are decreasing. The

minimum water order will help with the operation of the plant while not impacting on water bills,” Ms Neville said. “The plant was not built to be turned on just when our water supply reached critical levels; instead its aim is to make sure that our supply doesn’t fall to those levels in the first place.” Aquasure has confirmed the 50GL water order will be provided before the June 30 deadline.

Fascinated: members of the Inverloch Men’s Shed enjoyed a day out to the National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum last Thursday. a trailer and police would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in area between these times.

Cannabis seized

DRUG Taskforce detectives executed a number of search warrants at commercial properties in Archies Creek Road, Archies Creek last Friday, April 7. Police seized a commercial quantity of cannabis at the address. Two men, a 52-year-old from Speeding fine ON Sunday, April 9 a 25 year old from India Noble Park and a 57-year-old from Sunshine was intercepted on the Foster Promontory Road North, were charged with cultivating a commerYanakie for speeding. He was issued with an in- cial quantity of a narcotic plant. Both men have been remanded in custody and fringement notice for $311. will appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Car damaged on April 13. The investigation is ongoing. A FOSTER man had damage inflicted on his car Cape Woolamai burglaries while parked in Station Road, Foster on Thursday, TWO homes in Cape Woolamai were burgled April 6. His car was left near the Foodworks Suover the weekend or sometime last week. permarket at about 7pm. In the first incident offenders broke into a When he returned to his car about half an hour later he noticed that someone had scratched the house on Golden Sands Road and ransacked driver’s door with a key or other sharp implement. the premises and sprayed the walls with tomato Foster police would like to hear from anyone who sauce. At the other house offenders broke in and stole witnessed the incident or has any information to keys to a Subaru before driving away. pass on. Anyone with information can contact Cowes Boat stolen police. A BOAT was stolen from an address in Waratah North sometime between Saturday afternoon, April 8 and Sunday, April 9 at 11pm. Boat was on

Men’s Shed pays tribute LAST Thursday, April 6, 12 members of the Inverloch Men’s Shed took the community bus to the National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum on Philip Island. On arrival they were warmly greeted by John Walton, a volunteer and committee member of the museum. The visit commenced with a film recording the involvement of Australian personnel in the Vietnam conflict. All agreed it gave them a better understanding of what actually happened and was deeply moving. A guided tour followed as John explained how the museum came into being and how the committee obtained the land they are now on when the original

location in San Remo became too small to cater for all the visitors. He then led a tour of all the various exhibits and the men were especially interested to see the Centurion tank, the troop carrier and three helicopters, including a Cobra helicopter on loan from the US army. The museum has a massive display of memorabilia such as treasured letters and medals on loan from family and friends of Australian troops. All shed members agreed that the visit was truly memorable and they thoroughly recommend it as an inspiring place to visit. Also they can recommend the delicious lunches served in the Nui Dat Café. Homemade chicken pies and beef and burgundy pies to die for. The museum can be contacted on 5956 6400.

50th celebrations coming soon LEONGATHA Senior Citizens will celebrate its 50th birthday with a week of activities, beginning on Monday, May 8 at 1pm at the Dakers Centre, 21 Smith Street, Leongatha.

Welcome aboard: Tarwin Valley Primary School principal Brett Smith recently greeted new school chaplain Shelley Hermens, who will be at the school two days per week and is currently in her ninth year as a school chaplain.

Free Car Boot Sale!

The seniors will roll out the indoor bias bowls mats for anyone to come and try from 1-2pm when a “friendly” match, beginners welcome, will be played until 3.30pm and afternoon tea will be served. There will also be many displays of photographs and official records of the last 50 years. Also on display will be many of the costumes worn by the concert Group members over the years, there may even be some “live” exhibits of these costumes wandering around the hall. From time to time there will be a slide show of past activities. On Tuesday, May 9 the group has a coffee morning and Silent Auction with lots of goodies for you to bid on. The auction starts at 10am sharp so you need to arrive a bit before this to get your bidding card organised. The club needs you to book for this so we can make sure there are enough scones to go around. Entry is $5, bidding closes at 11.30am. The hall will remain open until 4pm with film of past concerts being shown as well as slides and all the displays. On Wednesday and Thursday the centre will be open from 1pm to 4pm for inspections and various activities and on Friday May 12 we open at 10am, with a light luncheon at noon followed by Dave Allen and Ron Soul entertaining from 1pm to 2.30pm. The birthday cake will then be cut and some presentations will be made. Bookings are essential if you wish to come for lunch, which will be $10. “We especially invite the family members of our early year’s members who are now no longer with us. We would love to show you their achievements in getting our club started,” member Ian Rasmussen said. A special recipe book by Kay Cook and a compilation of 50 years of events book by Ian Rasmussen are available at $10 each. For further information or booking please contact Ian on 5662 5578 or 0400 574 923 or call at the Dakers Centre on Fridays from 10am to 3pm.

11.00am to 2.00pm Saturday 22 April Leongatha Railway Yards Bring your car along to the Leongatha Railway Site Ideas Fair with any items you want to sell. Please RVSP by emailing

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Burra longs for Hotel fire not water security suspicious By Brad Lester

By Tayla Kershaw KORUMBURRA has hit stage one water restrictions, but water security is on the way. Last year, a $43 million water security project was announced for Korumburra, and is now in the design stage of development. The project involves connecting a pipeline to the Lance Creek reservoir, which will service Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora. The connection will enable the use – as required – of an existing link to the Melbourne water supply system, including the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant and Cardinia Reservoir. Pump station construction will begin in the first half of this year, with pipeline construction set to start in the second half the year. The level of construction activity will reduce during wetter months to minimise disruption to affected land owners. The Korumburra Business Association said the restrictions had not impacted negatively on the community, but the town was looking forward to water security in the future. “I can’t say I have heard any complaints so far. I think knowing that we will be connected to the northern pipeline has made it tolerable. There is a foreseeable solution ahead,” association president Noelene Cosson said. “It is the best solution we have at the moment. There could have been better options, but it’s the solution we need to move forward.”

Vice president Brian Hess said he also hadn’t heard any complaints about restrictions and agreed the pipeline would benefit the community. “The restrictions have not been onerous. We had some rainfall recently which has helped our gardens. As for the pipeline, everything is on schedule and there have been no problems,” he said. “People have had some issues with the use of the desalination plant, but I think they have misunderstood that using the plant is only one option. Overall, people are happy they will be getting secure water supply.” Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville said the desalination plant is already linked to South Gippsland. “The Lance Creek Project will extend this link to Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora, providing water security to these towns. This is important as the region can experience significant falls in storages quickly,” she said. Based on current weather patterns, South Gippsland Water has predicted the restrictions will continue in the immediate future, and may need to be raised if warm, dry conditions continue. It is anticipated the restrictions will be in place until the winter break arrives. “Most years we see a period of intense rainfall that triggers the regions storages to replenish. During this period, the catchment areas become soaked and run-off is generated leading to good inflows into reservoirs and rivers. As for when this replenishment occurs, it varies year to year,” South Gippsland Water’s Amy Van Kuyk said.

POLICE believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man in a fire at Thorpdale’s only hotel last Tuesday (April 4). The body is believed to be that of publican John Bantock but forensic testing will be conducted to confirm the identity. Police will prepare a report for the Coroner. Neighbours notified emergency services of the fire at the Station Street hotel at 1.40am. Firefighters arrived to find the top level of the two-storey of the Travellers Rest Hotel well alight. The fire, which caused extensive damage, was brought under control by CFA firefighters. A search of the premises resulted in firefighters locating a man’s body amongst the debris. CFA operations officer Bill Alards said despite devastating circumstances, firefighters did a brilliant job. “Crews restricted the fire to the second storey of the building and took just over an hour to bring the incident under control,” he said. “The building roof had partially collapsed and we had crews on the scene battling the fire in breathing apparatus.” The fire was called under control at 2.55am. CFA vehicles from Allambee, Driffield, Mirboo North, Moe South, Morwell, Thorpdale, Trafalgar, Yarragon and Yinnar attended the incident. Baw Baw Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating. Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at

Devastating incident: residents console each other after a fire damaged the Travellers Rest Hotel at Thorpdale last Tuesday (April 4). Photo courtesy of Herald Sun.

Scrap clawbacks Farmers want pay grab to go

By Brad Lester

DAIRY farmers are hoping to avoid a repeat of the milk price crisis of 2016 by striking a new deal with milk processors. Farmer lobby group United Dairyfarmers of Victoria (UDV) is developing a new code of practice for contractual arrangements between dairy farmers and processors. UDV representatives were in South Gippsland last week to talk to dairy farmers about the code, which will remove the provision for clawbacks that allowed Murray Goulburn to require farmers to pay back money already paid to them last year, on the back of a substantial drop in price. UDV president Adam Jenkins said the UDV was working on the contract with national lobby group Australian Dairy Farmers. “The code makes sure the risk is shared along the supply chain. Up until now, farmers have been bearing the bulk of risk of management decisions,” he said. “There is a general agreement that the clawback practice has to go. What won’t disappear is the ability for processors to step down prices because that is because of company law to ensure they can’t trade insolvently. Clawbacks are more to do with one offs.” A draft code is expected to be released for public comment this month. The UDV held meetings with farmers at Fish Creek Hotel on Wednesday evening, and last Thursday held a

Learning from history: from left, UDV president Adam Jenkins shakes the hand of Leongatha South dairy farmer Les White at the Leongatha RSL last Thursday, after a discussion about the draft code of practice for contractual arrangements between dairy farmers and milk processors. They are watched by, back, from left, UDV Gippsland regional coordinator Ebony Arms, Yannathan dairy farmer Evan Campbell, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento and Arawata dairy farmer Chris Peters. morning tea at the Murphy family property at Dumbalk North, a lunch at Leongatha RSL and a dinner at Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club. Farmers at the Leongatha RSL gathering heard from Yannathan dairy farmer Evan Campbell about his participation in the UDV/Gardiner Foundation New Zealand

Study Tour in February this year. He noted NZ farmers face environmental issues due to shallow topsoil increasing the risk of nutrients entering waterways, a shortage of skilled labour and public criticism due to the high cost of dairy products on the domestic market.


What will you pay in rates? Council’s total rates income will rise by two percent under the State Government’s rate capping policy, with some people to pay less than two percent and some more, depending on property valuations. The table shows total rates bills people can expect to pay under the proposed budget in 2017-18, based on the value of their properties. Budget submissions can be made by addressing these to the Chief Executive Officer, South Gippsland Shire Council and sending via email to Submissions can also be addressed to Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or delivered to the Council Office, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha.

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Massive Leongatha sale on now THE pre-Easter liquidation sale is on again in Leongatha.

Top trio: from left, Sports First’s Sophie Thomas, Panthers Mensland’s David Panther and Shan’s Lingerie’s Shirleyanne Wright will be at Leongatha’s Memorial Hall until Thursday as part of the pre-Easter liquidation sale. Natural purposes: a planned burn at Wonthaggi was held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in the Wonthaggi Heathlands last Thursday. The five hectare ecological burn promoted the Eastern Spider Orchid and to promote habitat for the Southern Brown bandicoot.

Shan’s Lingerie, Panthers Mensland and Sports First have joined forces once again to offer fantastic deals on high quality products from Memorial Hall. The sale began on Sunday and will close on Thursday. Opening hours are between 9am and 5.30pm. This is the second time Sports First has been involved in the major sale. “We did the sale in November and it was very successful. We enjoy working with other local businesses, especially because we all have a similar goal. We all offer great bargains to the community and sell old season stock,� Sports First’s

Mark Lafferty said. “The three businesses complement each other really well. We attract different markets, so by working together we have people seeing our stock who might not think to come into our stores.� Shan’s Lingerie’s Shirleyanne Wright said the sale was extremely busy on Sunday morning. “We don’t usually open the sale on a Sunday and we had a terrific start. A lot of passing traffic came through, despite the cold weather,� she said. Panthers Mensland’s David Panther said the sale was a win for the businesses and customers alike, and encouraged the community to come along and check out some terrific pre-holiday bargains.

Stock must go: from left, Caulfield’s Jackson, Lachie and Sonya Sealie check out the range of Sport First runners available at the pre-Easter liquidation sale in Leongatha.

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Safety first: fire brigades conducted a planned burn at Koonwarra last Thursday. Planned burns help to reduce fuel loads in bush near houses and other buildings. Continued from page 1. More planned burns are proposed for South Gippsland in the next month, so if you see Chamber president Brenton Williams said smoke and are not sure if it a planned burn, ring the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on new businesses include Rod Bending’s World, Gatha Pizza, Elsie’s Florist and Sweet Life Cakes, 1800 226 226 or check the website: ? >   +$ @?O@ 5 " P+$ @?O@ P:OSSF?F== #OSSF@TOP D# U

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while Graeme and Sylvia Heath have taken over Bargains Plus, and the 60 Degrees Cafe has reopened. Mr Williams said the community could expect a new business to open in the former hardware premises in Bair Street and a new development in the former premises of Great Southern Saddlery, also in Bair Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I reckon this town is thriving at the moment,â&#x20AC;? Mr Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all happening. The town is abuzz.â&#x20AC;? Rod Bendingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World has just opened his shop in the former Henriettas showroom on Bair Street. In a previous article with The Star, owner David Walsh said he had chosen Leongatha for its country atmosphere, and its proximity to popular destinations like Melbourne and Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promontory. He was not the only business owner choosing to expand his business in Leongatha. Well known Leongatha identities Jodie and Geoff Clarkson filled another Bair Street shop with their business Sweet Life Cakes. Sweet Life Cakes is an extension of the Clarksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sweet Life Cafe. Mrs Clarkson said customers would come into the cafe, but were often unaware that cakes were available. Expanding into the new store would allow customers to order delicious, top quality cakes from an easily accessible location, as well as filling a need in the town. Mrs Clarkson thanked South Gippsland Shire Council for its assistance in issuing permits for the family business to open. However, mayor Cr Ray Argento said council canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take all the credit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These business owners saw a need in the town and showed initiative. We have supported these businesses as much as possible, but at the


end of the day it was up to them to put the first foot forward,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope the community supports these businesses to ensure they are successful.â&#x20AC;? Cr Argento said council assists new businesses by assisting with application processes, issuing permits, and ensuring the businesses abide by government regulations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope through these new investments, spirits will be lifted throughout the town. There are some great opportunities for businesses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; not just in the centre of town but in other industries as well, like the celery farm in Middle Tarwin,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Businesses such as these create local employment opportunities and boost the shire. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastic that we are seeing more people taking these opportunities in our town.â&#x20AC;? The chamber plans to be part of a reinvigorated Leongatha Daffodil Festival this year, with McCartin Street to be closed to traffic on Saturday, September 2 with a historical car display, market stalls, pop up bars and live music, all coinciding with the Blue September depression fundraiser held by Autobarn. Mr Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wife Clare Williams is driving the festival. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get people to come to the daffodil festival just to get people to know that Leongatha is a great town. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about putting the town on the map,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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Weeds in sights: South Gippsland Shire Council biodiversity supervisor Chris Rankin (second from left) spoke about roadside weed control with councillors recently, including, from left, Cr Meg Edwards, Cr Aaron Brown and mayor Cr Ray Argento, who have connections with farming.

Weed funds falls short

By Brad Lester

COUNCILS need more funding to effectively tackle roadside weeds and reduce the economic impact on the region’s agricultural industry. Councils assumed responsibility for controlling roadside weeds in 2014 when the State Government transferred the role from farmers. But the government failed to give councils adequate funding for the job and now councils are doing the best they can with limited resources. South Gippsland Shire Council received $46,000 this financial year and Bass Coast just $16,412. South Gippsland contributed $42,117 of its own funds and Bass Coast $20,000. Councils are also hoping the State Government continues to fund roadside weed control when the current round of funding expires in June. Mayor Cr Ray Argento said council would continue to lobby to lobby for additional funding from the government through the peak council lobby group, Municipal Association of Victoria, to help farmers. “The majority of farmers control their weeds and know they are a scourge on producers and need to be controlled,” he said. So far this financial year, council has sprayed weeds on 600km of roadsides, approaching the

Steam ruled out SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is legally required to use sprays that best control weeds they are targeting. Cr Alyson Skinner queried the type of sprays used by council and flagged the possibility of steam weeding, during a briefing to councillors by council’s biodiversity supervisor Chris Mr Rankin recently. He said the scale of council’s works made steam weeding impractical. Cr Andrew McEwen said council had encountered problems with spraying next to organic properties in the past and asked about any recent problems. Mr Rankin reported none, with sprayers now referring to maps indicating the location of organic properties and people with chemical sensitivities. Cr McEwen raised the prospect of a rate rebate for farmers who spray their weeds, similar to that applied in Bass Coast Shire. Cr Jeremy Rich said spraying by council staff had killed a windbreak of understorey vegetation alongside Walkerville-Tarwin Lower Road and asked if that could be avoided in future. Council staff spray the same roadsides for two consecutive years, then leave that roadside for a year before spraying it again in the fourth year to enable council to address as many roadsides as possible.

2015-16 figure of 857km – about half the shire’s rural road network and a 180 percent increase on the previous financial year. South Gippsland council’s biodiversity supervisor Chris Rankin said staff were targeting roads where previous weed control was undertaken to ensure more effective control and give a council “maximum return on investment”. Main targets are tourist roads, such as Turtons Creek Road, Turtons Creek, and roads with high conservation value, such as Dickies Hill Road, Mirboo North. “It has not been a great year for weed spraying this year because everything has continued to grow with the weather we’ve had,” Mr Rankin said. “If we control our weeds and the landowner is controlling his weeds, then we do not get that incursion going either way.” A government spokesperson said funding for the Roadside Weeds and Pests Management Program is now being considered as part of the state budget. Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said roadside weeds were a concern for his constituents. “This is frustration out there with absentee landowners who do not know the rules about their responsibilities for keeping weeds under control and are not there all the time,” he said.

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COLUMN 7 IN THE lead up to this year’s South Gippsland Relay For Life, Foster Secondary College, Welshpool, Toora, Foster, Fish Creek, Tarwin Valley, Tarwin Lower and Nyora primary schools hosted free dress days. The days raised awareness of the relay while raising funds for both the relay and the Tanner family from Toora, as Aaron is currently battling cancer. Schools were awash with yellow and purple, the colours of Relay For Life, as students got into the spirit of the day, donating a gold coin to take part. Just over $520 was donated to the Tanner family and $480 to Relay For Life. TARWIN Valley Primary School at Meeniyan received a cheque for $450 from Johanna Haasjes on behalf of the former Special Religious Education committee that used to deliver religious education at the school. The funding will go towards a new outdoor play and learning area.

Thrilling morning: The Today Show broadcasted live from Inverloch last Thursday as part of its We Love Australia tour. Young fan and Inverloch local Katie Harris (left) was excited to meet Today Show host Lisa Wilkinson on the day.

PERHAPS The Star should take a leaf out of Triple M breakfast radio that has a Slaps and Sledges segment. The Star would like to give the Wonthaggi

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Power young footballers a big pat on the back for being so polite, friendly and helpful when The Star popped into the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve to get some happy snaps during the Wonthaggi Toyota Good For Footy super clinic last Thursday. The Star reporter commented it was just a pleasure being surrounded by such enthusiastic and polite youth. So well done all you young Power players! LAST Thursday a Star staff member nearly collected a young girl crossing Leongatha’s Bruce Street from one supermarket to Michael’s IGA car park. The girl seemed oblivious to oncoming traffic as she appeared to be totally zoned out on her music with her ear plugs in and not hearing or looking either way to check for traffic. The Star staff member was shocked to see the girl just step out in front of her car and had to quickly hit the brakes. This is a warning to pedestrians that perhaps it is a good idea to ditch the ear phones and the music when crossing roads. At the very least, you are putting drivers in a very dangerous position!

Easter service by the sea A CROWD will gather at the beautiful Eagles Nest, Inverloch, at dawn on Easter Sunday, April 16, to greet the rising sun and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. People of all ages will get out of bed early, put on their coats, and share in a short ecumenical service organised by the combined churches of Wonthaggi and Inverloch. It’s always a great occasion and everyone is welcome. Following the service, many families will take the opportunity for an early morning stroll along the headlands or beach, with the glorious backdrop of the rising sun and the Bunurong coastline. Then it’s off to the hall at Cape Paterson for some

breakfast where each year free hot cross buns with tea and coffee are served. This is a great way to celebrate Easter, the most important event on the Christian calendar. The service will start at 6.15am, just before the sun rises. Gather near the Eagles Nest Car Park where parking can be a problem so where possible, please try to car-pool. Be early to secure a good park. Afterwards there is still plenty of time for Easter eggs and to share in an Easter service in a local church. If it’s raining then the service will be moved to the Cape Paterson hall. Queries to Reverend Ross Stanford 0402 343 124.

Worthy cause: the Leos Club of Korumburra held an Easter Raffle to raise $105 for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Pictured selling tickets are club members, from left, Brodie Kennedy, Connor Musselwhite and Leos advisor Barry Harms. The club is a service club for 12 to 18 year olds and meets every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm during school terms, above the Korumburra Swimming Pool, corner William Street and Lewry Place. Members gain leadership experience, teamwork, social skills, self esteem, problem solving skills and more. To find out more, contact Katie Glassock on 0414 414 055.


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Moving ceremony: people reflect at a past Easter Dawn Service at Eagles Nest, Inverloch.

Game on: Oscar and Alex played Easter egg hockey during the recent Easter holiday program in Korumburra. Children enjoyed games, music, an Easter DVD and craft in the Anglican Parish Hall. The activities were hosted by the Combined Churches of Korumburra.

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MP tables Foster school petition GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny O’Brien has tabled 1089 petitions in Parliament calling for the rebuild of Foster Primary School. Mr O’Brien said the petitions were a great credit to the school council led by Matt Wallis, principal Lorraine Gurnett, and staff and students. “These petitions deliver a clear message to the Melbourne Labor Government that Foster wants its school rebuilt. Foster has a population of around 2000 so more than half have put pen to paper to show their support for a new school,” he said.

“It’s at the point where the school can‘t continue to spend money on maintenance for things that really need to be replaced. “Foster’s environment is not conducive to good learning for our kids and needs to be upgraded. I call on Daniel Andrews to deliver the funding we need for this school in the next budget or at the very least deliver the design and development money that the school needs to plan for new buildings.” Mr O’Brien thanked the school community and local businesses that had hosted the petitions and congratulated the entire Foster community for supporting the new school push.

Refurbished: from left, pharmacy assistant Linda Goldsmith and pharmacist Sally Cairnduff showcase one of Miners Dispensary’s state of the art clinical rooms where flu vaccinations will be administered next month.

Protect yourself from flu INFLUENZA, or the flu, is a highly contagious condition that affects thousands of Australians each year, which is why it is so important to book in for a vaccination. Wonthaggi’s Miners Dispensary has you covered, offering flu vaccinations from its new state of the art clinical rooms at the rear of the pharmacy. A registered nurse will be administering vaccinations at the Miners Dispensary on Wednesday, May 3, from 10am to 1pm, and again on Saturday, May 6, from 9am to 12pm. Bookings for the flu vaccinations are essential. On the day, you will need to present your Medicare care and proof of guardianship to vaccinate a child. To make it easy for all, wearing short sleeved shirts is preferable. The entire process will take 15 minutes, and cordial and jellybeans will be available after the shot while patients recover in the new state of the art boardroom. The Miners Dispensary has recently been completely refurbished to provide a more functional and welcoming space for clients. Now partnered with Bass Coast Health, the flu clinics Flying Foster’s flag: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien tabled 1089 are just the beginning of a range of programs that will be petitions calling for the rebuild of Foster Primary School in Parliament. offered at the pharmacy.

Forthcoming programs will include diabetes education, first aid training and CPR training. The Miners Dispensary is also the new location for Bass Coast Health’s Maternal and Child Health Care for new mothers. “Maternal health is a good use of our new space as it can be difficult for mothers to make the trip to the hospital. There’s often limited parking and mothers find themselves having to walk long distances. Here, they are in a nice environment for their children and a trip to the clinic fits nicely into shopping or other daily routines,” general manager Michael Schuller said. The refurbished space extends into the floor of the Miners Dispensary. “Our aim is to increase the availability of our pharmacists to our customers. We want people to come in and feel comfortable approaching a trained health care professional to discuss their health care requirements,” Michael said. “We have employed more pharmacists so that there should always be one available to discuss your medicine or health care concerns.” To protect yourself and your loved ones from flu - or to learn more about future programs - call the Miners Dispensary today on 5672 1034.

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Letters to the Editor

Peter Brooks remembered


Brighter times for Leongatha IT’S PLEASING to see Leongatha is rising from a period of economic uncertainty. Although the dairy situation continues to have an impact, at least now the outlook for that industry appears to be more optimistic than in the past. With 19 empty shops in the central business district at one stage, new businesses have opened in town, offering new and expanded ranges of products, and all led by an enthusiastic group of business-owners who know the value of delivering quality customer service. The Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry has attracted many new members and is planning a range of exciting events to revitalise the town even further. The Star reported the town’s economic situation earlier this year and the topic created an overwhelming amount of discussion on Facebook. People showed their passion for the town and for the region, and suggested new ideas for what Leongatha could offer and how it could improve, as well as highlighting the valuable range of goods and services it already offers, provided by people who genuinely love their work. It was unfortunately the conversation that Leongatha needed to have and from it has come optimism. From negativity, albeit a realistic assessment, has come positivity. May shoppers and South Gippsland Shire Council continue to support Leongatha businesses, who in return support the community and its many groups that make living in Leongatha and surrounds a joy. With the region’s largest industry, dairying, expecting brighter times ahead, the forecast for Leongatha and district can surely only get even better.

IT is with great sadness that the Bass Coast Community Foundation farewells founder, Dr Peter Brooks, who passed away unexpectedly recently. Peter had an extraordinary and enduring commitment to the foundation, attending his final board meeting on Monday, March 20. As a loved, respected and trusted member of the Bass Coast region, Peter’s selection as our founder was universally embraced. The foundation will forever be grateful for his contribution and presence, and the credibility he brought to the establishment of a charity that has given so much to so many across the Bass Coast Shire. The instalment of a founder is part of the legal process required to establish organisations such as ours, but in taking on the role Peter was steadfast in his dedication to working to improve the opportunities of people in the community he loved. He maintained this even when his health was deteriorating. I would like to join with all supporters of the Bass Coast Community Foundation in sincerely thanking both Peter and his wife Alison for the won-

derful support, leadership and counsel that was always gratefully accepted. On behalf of the board we wish Alison, Stephen and Mark and family every condolence on Peter’s passing. Martin Keogh, Chair, Bass Coast Community Foundation.

Bypass headaches REGARDING the Leongatha bypass, here are the things that are going on and why it’s so wrong. There is no sign on the Korumburra side telling you there is a bypass of the main street. Traffic coming from Korumburra on Anderson Street, doing a right hand turn in to McCartin Street, has to give way to traffic coming around from Roughead Street, heading to Korumburra, which banks up with many vehicles turning right. I’ve seen up to 10 there. The traffic from McCartin Street going down Roughead Street, also has to give way to traffic coming along Anderson Street going left around on to Roughead Street. The traffic then ends up banking up McCartin Street. I have seen the traffic banked up through the Bair Street-McCartin Street roundabout, all the way up to the Peart Street–

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McCartin Street roundabout. Then this stops the traffic that is coming out of Bair Street in to the roundabout trying to do a right hand turn or go down Michael Place. The next problem is traffic coming up Roughead Street heading to McCartin Street roundabout is stopped by traffic using the roundabout. I have seen vehicles banked up over the old railway line. Next problem is the vehicles trying to do a right hand turn off Roughead Street on to Long Street. I have seen two B doubles with four cars behind them all trying to turn right, which also stopped the traffic flow. Too bad if a B double wanted to do a right hand turn out of Long Street down Roughead Street. There’s not much room to turn safely and it has to be clear on their left. Now what I have seen happening in Leongatha is vehicles avoiding this area, turning off Roughead Street, going down Turner Street past the caravan park to Anderson Street, then turning right to go to Korumburra. Vehicles coming from Korumburra turn right in to Smith Street to also avoid the intersection. I followed a B double truck down Turner Street, which

turned right on to Anderson Street and headed Korumburra way last week. Another way to avoid the area for trucks when coming in to Leongatha from Mirboo North, is to go down Horn Street in to MacDonald Street, right on to Parr Street, left to go Koonwarra way. I followed a truck one day that did this. There isn’t a bypass for heavy vehicles coming from Leongatha South way and there are many trucks driving down McCartin Street to this intersection as well. Some go right down Bair Street, to avoid the intersection. I am sure I am not the only one that has seen all of this happening. Everyone has to have a say, it’s your town, not VicRoads’ or the council’s and someone is going to be hurt soon. VicRoads has wasted $5.12 million of our money on this bypass. It’s not even funny what is happening. If I make a mistake doing my job I have to fix it at my own cost, so whoever decided to make this big mistake should be accountable as it was never going to work from the start. Any local would have told them. Noel Grayden, Dumbalk.


Would you like to see a purpose built equestrian centre developed at Stony Creek?

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Stolen property found DETECTIVES located a substantial amount of stolen property while executing a search warrant at a Cape Paterson home on Tuesday, March 28. The Wonthaggi officers found household items, tools, electrical appliances and furniture. As a result of this, police attended at a local caravan park and arrested a man and woman aged in their thirties. Police found more stolen property in their caravan. The pair was remanded in custody to appear at Latrobe Magistrates Court. The male was further remanded in custody to a court date in May. The female was released on bail. Seized property has been linked to several burglaries in the Cape Paterson and Inverloch area, dating back to August 2016. Some stolen property has been linked to burglaries at the Kongwak Primary School and the Wonthaggi Life Saving Club at Cape Paterson. Police believe other property was from local residences and holiday homes. Police are seeking to contact people who have reported burglaries and property stolen during this time. The owners of some property are yet to be identified and police wish to speak to any members of the public who may be able to identify property. Contact Bass Coast CIU if you have any enquiries in regards to retrieving stolen property on 5671 4190.

Truck overturns A CONCRETE pumping truck overturned at Poowong on Monday,

March 27, after the driver lost control on Lang Lang-Poowong Road. The 28 year old driver from Frankston suffered a nasty gash to his arm which was treated at the scene by a passing St John’s Ambulance officer and he was then conveyed to hospital for treatment. His passenger was not injured. The road was blocked for about six hours while emergency services waited for heavy haulage retrieval and then rehabilitated the road. Police are investigating whether speed may have been a contributing factor.

“Yes, definitely. It would be an all weather centre and it could be used to hold so many different events.” Brigid Johnson, Meeniyan.

“Yes, because we wouldn’t have to travel as far to get to an equestrian centre. At the moment, we go to places like Cranbourne.” Sarah McNair, Leongatha.

“Yeah, it would be awesome. It would be so much closer than having to travel to Phillip Island.” Skye Dorling, Corner Inlet Pony Club.

Caring for koalas

Lost property LEONGATHA Police have funeral documents and associated personal documents located in a Leongatha supermarket car park recently. Police have been unable to find details of the person named in the documents. They are available to the rightful owner for collection from the Leongatha Police Station. Police have also been handed a ring which was left in a local business last July and it can also be claimed upon providing a description.

THE communities of Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower have joined forces to support koalas in their region.

Motorcycle crash A WOMAN suffered minor scratches and bruises after her bike left the road at Ryanston on April 1. The Tanjil East woman, 50, was riding her motorcycle on Koetsveld Road, near the intersection of Dalyston-Glen Forbes Road, when she failed to take a right hand bend. She ran off the road and collided with an old wire fence. She was taken to Wonthaggi Hospital and released that day. Her motorcycle was towed from the scene.

“Of course we want it. This is a big interest in horses here and the area needs a focus.” Marni Dyson, Hedley.

Koala concerns: Venus Bay wildlife carer Kylie Laing with Ted the koala, who is recovering well from a potentially life threatening injury.

For the past three years the Venus Bay Community Centre, in partnership with Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula, has run a koala tree stall at the popular Tour de Tarwin on Easter Saturday. This year the tree stall continues with trees grown from local seed available at low cost, and a raffle of an original linocut print donated to raise funds for koala conservation. “Many people are concerned about the multiple threats facing koalas,’’ said Mae Adams, president of Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula. “The Easter raffle is the first of several actions our volunteer group has planned to raise funds for a koala hospital. “Helping koalas to survive helps other species, as the habitat koalas need supports many other native animals and birds. We don’t want to see koalas pushed out of this area due to lack of food and mature trees they can be safe in.” Local wildlife carers know well the threats facing koalas, and have been calling for specialist facilities to improve the recovery rate of koalas that have survived fire, road accidents and dog attack,

amongst other problems. Colleen Wood from Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter in Rawson said, “Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter is a non-profit organisation that specialise in the treatment and rehabilitation of injured/orphaned koalas. “We are completely dependent upon public donations to help us afford medications, vet care and feed for animals in care. “In order to provide continual, hygienic, specialised treatment of koalas and other native wildlife, a purpose built hospital facility is required. “This will enable continued first class care. It will work as a specialised burns unit, enhance work experience opportunities, and increase research and education opportunities on the medical treatment of koalas. “Obtaining this hospital will allow us to work toward long term strategies to help sustain our koalas and wildlife populations. With habitat loss and introduced diseases such as Chlamydia and mange, we’re seeing a decline in this intrinsic species.” Proceeds from the Easter raffle will be donated entirely towards establishing a koala hospital. Tickets will be available from 9am at the koala stall, Venus Bay, Easter Saturday with the prize winner announced at the end of the Tour de Tarwin.

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Family outing: from left, Mount Eccles’ Amelia, Steve and Temperence Humphrey turned out for the tractor rally in Wonthaggi on Sunday.

Ready to go: Korumburra’s Kevin Wylie was prepped and ready for a day long journey around Bass Coast in his Massey Ferguson on Sunday.

Tractors traverse Bass Coast

SOME 20 tractors journeyed around Bass Coast on Sunday morning.

Despite inclement weather, the Harry Ferguson Tractor Club rally went ahead, starting from the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve. From Wonthaggi, the rally could be seen travelling through Glen Forbes, Kernot, Krowera and

Glen Alvie. Glen Alvie opened its hall for the tractor drivers, where a lunch was catered by the Phillip Island Rotary Club. The entire trip was around 80 kilometres and – as they were travelling at around 22 km/h – took most of the day to complete. “The rally is an opportunity to give farmers

a day out, and we thank Glen Alvie for donating the hall and the Rotary Club for donating their time,” area coordinator Russell Sanders said. Tractor dealers journeyed from as far as Somerville, Bairnsdale, and Diggers Rest to enjoy the day. Locals from Korumburra, Hallston, Mirboo North and Tarwin Lower were also involved. Most of the tractors were Massey Fergusons,

with a Chamberlain being the special feature. The club is involved in around seven rallies a year. The Bass Coast rally was the third for 2017, with the club having participated in the Nyora Working Horse and Tractor Rally in the last month and a rally in Hallston in February. The next rally will be held in Heyfield in about a month’s time.

Council splashes $567,000 on legal costs By Brad Lester SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been urged to reduce its legal expenditure after spending $567,724 on legal costs in 2015-16. Cr Don Hill believes council needs to obtain more information about the reasons for the expenditure. “I was surprised with how large the expenditure figures were on legal services. It represents two percent of our budget and I believe council should make further enquiries on the matter,” he said.

The highest proportion - $226,529 – went to ‘executive services’, while property and revenue legal costs amounted to $116,475. Legal costs for the Long Jetty Caravan Park were $56,750 and the Yanakie Caravan Park $40,250. “The fees expended on the caravan parks would not have been unexpected given the problems incurred in that area,” Cr Hill said. Council and park annuals have been at loggerheads over council’s policy on running the parks. “Still I believe council should at all times be looking to solve issues without resorting to legal teams and the resultant costs to ratepayers,” Cr Hill said. ‘People and culture’ legal costs amounted to $62,324.

The Star asked council to clarify the reasons for the legal costs and was told to do so may breach confidentially under the Privacy Act. However Mayor Ray Argento contacted The Star via email on Monday saying “while it may seem a lot of money, when you put it into context it is less than one percent of our total income. “It’s the equivalent of a household with an income of $60,000 spending around $550 on legal advice. Having sound legal advice is an unfortunate but necessary cost that councils incur in order to protect ratepayers and Council against possible unforeseen risks and greater costs in the future,” Cr Argento said. The full list of legal costs is available in the minutes

of council’s March 22 meeting on council’s website. It was published in response to a request to do so by Venus Bay’s Gus Blaauw, a member of the South Gippsland Action Group. Mr Blaauw said he would have appreciated a breakdown of what the costs were for. “Transparency are just words to be used in expressions to provide for a ‘good look’ appearance, but behind all the waffle and bad spin there is little transparency and openness available. To me that is the mark of a culture badly in need of change,” he said. In 2015-16, Bass Coast Shire Council spent $233,000 on legal fees and debt recovery.

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Star Bulldog inspires Power footballers WESTERN Bulldog champion football Daniel Giansiracusa was the star of the show at the Wonthaggi Toyota Good For Footy super clinic at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve last Wednesday that saw

more than 80 keen young footballers enjoying the inflatable football activities and barbecue to finish. AFL Gippsland representatives joined Wonthaggi Power club football coaches at the training session for Under 10, 12 , 14 and Youth Girls.

Footy alive: young Wonthaggi Power footballer Eva Brown joined a large group of young Youth Girls: from left Wonthaggi Power footballers Jemmo Gilmour, Felicity Tack, Lily and enthusiastic players and AFL Gippsland representatives Chelsea Caple and Ben Hersey Sharples, coach Nicole Moresco and Macie Gilmour enjoyed the Wonthaggi Toyota Good at the Wonthaggi Toyota Good For Footy super clinic last Wednesday at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve. For Footy super clinic last Wednesday afternoon.

Coal Creek friends search for funds By Brad Lester FRIENDS of Coal Creek will continue to seek a grant to remove asbestos from a building at the Korumburra historical park. The building affected by the asbestos is the former Lands Department office, and requires a total of Tradition: the St Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church members took part in the Palm Sunday $25,000 worth of work, including removing asbesWalk of Witness last weekend. tos, re-stumping, re-roofing, re-painting, and replacing verandah and weatherboards. The office of McMillan MP Russell Broadbent advised no federal funds were available for asbestos THE Palm Sunday Walk of Witness was Equip Church from the Leongatha Recreation removal. The Lands Department office was the third buildReserve, St Laurence O’Toole Catholic Church, held in Leongatha last weekend. ing the friends adopted responsibility for. They have Despite the weather, the procession went the Anglican Church from the corner of Johnson already restored the cordial factory and have nearly and McCartin Street, and the Christian Revival ahead completed restoring the Auction Rooms. The Combined Churches of Leongatha con- Centre from McDonalds – to hang crosses at South Gippsland Shire Council’s 2017-18 proApex Park over Easter.

Palm Sunday walk defies weather

gregated at the Anglican Church to celebrate Easter and its meaning.. Walkers journeyed from four locations –

They united in song and prayer, and shared a lunch together to mark the occasion.

posed budget shows Coal Creek will cost council $384, 440 in 2017-18, with revenue of $268,660 and expenses of $653,100. Revenue will come from sales of goods, facility hire, education program, donations and grants. Expenses entail operational costs including salaries, building maintenance and materials. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said community interest in the cost of Coal Creek arose when every new budget was prepared. “It’s something that catches the eye of ratepayers. It does cost us money but we have to weigh up the tourism factor and the volunteers that contribute so much,” he said. “It’s just one of those things that we will look at in due course and whether anything is done differently is in the hands of the councillors.” The new council has received an initial briefing about Coal Creek but has not held further discussions.

Coal Creek bends on radar VICROADS has not ruled out a realignment of the South Gippsland Highway at the Coal Creek bends at Korumburra. The bends have been the scene of numerous accidents, including a fatality. VicRoads Eastern Region manager planning Pas Monacella said, “VicRoads is continuing to explore opportunities to progress the planning to better understand the cost, together with the economic and social benefits that would result for this piece of infrastructure.”

Mr Monacella said road safety was VicRoads’ highest priority. “We are aware of the challenges this particular section of road poses. After extensive community and stakeholder consultation, a preferred location for the future realignment of this section of highway was included on the South Gippsland Planning Scheme in July 2014,” he said. South Gippsland Shire Council recently named the bends at Coal Creek as a priority roadworks project and will lobby State and Federal governments to fund the works.

Leongatha Red Cross news

Helping hand: the Lyrebird Ladies’ Auxiliary including, from left, Maureen Casey, Cheryl Lamb, Lyn Yeomans, Kerry Burgess, Lyndy Elliott and Julie Drysdale, hosted a garage sale THE March meeting of the Unit was quite busy. to raise funds for the local hospitals on Saturday.

Garage sale helps the local hospitals A TOTAL of $1026.10 was raised for local hospitals following a Leongatha garage sale on Saturday. The Lyrebird Ladies Auxiliary kicked off the garage sale – and sausage sizzle – at 8am at Leongatha’s Lamont House, and was pleased by the constant string of customers right though to mid-afternoon. A range of items – including clothing, small furniture, toys and homewares – were donated by the ladies’ auxiliary and local residents to make the garage sale a success. Leongatha’s Marg Denbrok also donated a selection of Body Shop products, which were raffled off on the day. This was the ladies’ auxiliary’s first major fundrais-

er of the year. The auxiliary is also known for hosting movie nights and raffles to raise money. All proceeds from the Lyrebird Ladies Auxiliary fundraisers go towards the Leongatha and Korumburra hospitals, and the aged care facilities. “This was the first time we held a garage sale, and we were thrilled with the outcome,” ladies’ auxiliary’s Lyn Yeomans said. “We were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day with lots of donations – it was a real success. We are looking put the proceeds towards district nursing. We like to put money towards big ticket items, as well as the little things they need. “We’d like to thank the community for its incredible generosity.”

We have been collecting for Red Cross Calling during the month and also conducted a very successful coffee morning at the RSL Annexe, the proceeds of which also went to Red Cross Calling. Wendy Wyhoon from the RSL told us of the purpose of the Annexe and various aids which are available to Veterans. Also, Shelley Masters, Regional Officer for Red Cross, explained to those attending where the money raised would be spent - both overseas and at home. We are very grateful to the RSL for the use of their premises. Arrangements were made to deliver Meals On Wheels and also to attend the Anzac Day Parade and service. During the month, several members attended the Regional Meeting at Cowes where a representative from Parks Victoria gave an interesting talk about the Penguin Parade and the work that is being done there. Reports were given from the other Units as well as from Emergency Services and Regional Meetings in

Melbourne. We will be holding a Stall in the Memorial Hall Foyer on Thursday, April 13 in aid of the East Africa Famine Appeal. There will also be a great Easter Raffle. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 27th April 27 at 10.30am at Leongatha RSL. The Leongatha Unit would like to thank the Leongatha community for joining the many thousands of Australians this year who generously supported Red Cross Calling. The Leongatha unit organised collections, a stall and coffee morning, and raised $2559 to support the life-changing work of Red Cross, whether it’s responding to a disaster, providing clean drinking water for a remote Pacific village, or helping an elderly Australian to overcome personal hardship and disadvantage. Incredibly, this was the 69th year of this national appeal and the Leongatha Unit looks forward to doing it all again in 2018. If you haven’t donated yet there is still time. Go to or call 1800 811 700.

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Spotlight on highway’s safety Crash zone: an echidna crossing the road caused a three car collision on Bass Highway at Leongatha South recently.

By Brad Lester A LACK of shoulders on a major road in South Gippsland is increasing the risk of accidents, according to a concerned motorist. Lee Spencer travels the Bass Highway daily in his job as a technician and has major concerns with its safety, particularly after coming across a crash at Leongatha South recently. “It’s the major thoroughfare between the Valley and South Gippsland and Bass Coast. Accidents are common due to its poor condition and especially the fact that it has no shoulders between Leongatha and Inverloch,” he said. “This makes it harder to avoid any potential incidents. Much good work has been done on the Strzelecki Highway between the Valley via Mirboo North to Leongatha, but none beyond. This should be a VicRoads priority.” VicRoads Eastern Region manager planning Pas Monacella said VicRoads currently has no proposals to widen and seal the shoulders on Bass Highway between Leongatha and Inverloch, however, will continue to monitor the safety and operational per-

formance of this section of road. “We ask motorists to drive to suit the conditions and adhere to the road rules,” he said. Mr Monacella said VicRoads manages the arterial road network in accordance with its Road Management Plan. “Regular inspections are undertaken to identify potential hazards to road users and appropriate maintenance is carried out,” he said. Police said the Leongatha South crash occurred

after the driver of a Nissan sedan travelling south saw an echidna crossing the highway about 500m south of the Pound Creek Road intersection. An on-coming vehicle flashed its high beam to warn the Nissan driver, who braked heavily and stopped in the middle of the lane. A Holden sedan following the Nissan collided into the rear of the Nissan and then another vehicle collided into the rear of the Holden. All vehicles sustained extensive damage.

Inaction over crash hotspot IN less than a year there have been three collisions on Bass Highway at the Leongatha South-Outtrim Road, Leongatha South, causing injury and hospitalisation. Bass Coast Highway Patrol reported all three incidents were as a result of the same circumstances. Despite this, VicRoads reports there has been no trend in the crashes that have occurred at the intersection, as each was a different type of crash. There have been six crashes at the intersection since 2002, resulting in one person sustaining permanent lifechanging injuries, nine other people sustaining shortterm injuries, and 13 people not injured. Half of these crashes happened in the last 12 months.

A fatal crash on January 22 was the first to occur at this intersection in the last 20 years. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said he would lobby for changes to be made at the intersection. “Our council engineers will have a discussion with VicRoads,” he said. “They have meetings with them and they will be bringing this section up. It’s definitely on their agenda. “It is a VicRoads intersection but we will certainly lobby in regards to making sure something can be done at that location.” Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing is taking no action despite concerns of local residents that accidents will continue to happen. “I am deeply saddened by this recent loss of life and send my condolences to the victim’s family,” Ms Shing said.

“I share the community’s concerns following this tragedy. VicRoads is reviewing the location to look at factors which may have contributed to the crash and to see if safety can be improved. “Nothing is more important than ensuring everyone is safe on our roads.” VicRoads reviews the location of each fatality on the roads but there is no guarantee any changes will be made. Regional director of Eastern Region Debbie Findlay said, “Whenever a fatality such as this occurs, VicRoads reviews the location to understand what may have contributed to the incident and if the road could be improved to prevent further injury.” Safe and responsible drivers have been sent to hospital because of crashes at this intersection and still nothing is being done.

Energy hub intrigues minister By Brad Lester A PROPOSAL for a community energy hub at Mirboo North caught the eye of Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio recently. Ms D’Ambrosio met the group behind the project during a visit to Mirboo North. The hub aims to develop a solar farm and wind turbines to provide electricity to the town, while providing an opportunity for the community to invest in the project and create local employment. The project is now at the feasibility stage and could include the development of battery storage. “It was fantastic to visit the team behind the Mirboo North Community Energy Hub,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“They have an exciting plan, including wind and solar initiatives, with strong community support behind them. “It’s one of many projects across the state which has received funding through our New Energy Jobs Fund.” Project officer Ian Southall said ideally “a couple of turbines” would be located within 26km of the town. “We have got the wind resource available to us on the ridge and the grid is configured in such a way that we can do this too,” Mr Southall said. Possible locations for turbines are at St Ellen’s Road, Mirboo North. Mr Southall and fellow group member Trent Mair have also looked at sites at Boolarra South, Mirboo and Dollar. A video about the project can be viewed online at: Click on button in right hand corner.

On the ground: Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio (centre) learns about the Mirboo North Community Energy Hub from, from left, Ruth Rogan, Ian Southall, Trent Mair, Grant Irving, Rob Kiddell, Cr Maxine Kiel, Marg Lynn and Andrew McCarthy.

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Telehealth saves travel technology. The program will enable patients presenting to urgent care centres at night to consult an emerLEONGATHA, Korumburra, Foster and gency doctor at Latrobe Regional Hospital in TraYarram hospitals are introducing Tele- ralgon via videoconferencing. health. “We don’t have enough doctors here to supTelehealth is the delivery of healthcare from port overnight cases. That’s the reason that we a distance using information and communications have done this,” project manager Cathy Gresham said. “We will provide a video link between the rural hospitals and Latrobe Regional Hospital emergency department, after-hours. “It’s just as simple as using your mobile phone.” Yarram hospital will be the first site to go live. Shortly after will be Foster, then Korumburra and Leongatha hospitals. Latrobe Regional Hospital is committed to providing patientcentred specialist outpatient care for patients and their families. Telehealth reduces travel time to appointments, causes less disruption to family life, is cheaper, offers prompt communication between consultants and patients, and improves support for regional practitioners. The hospitals have their own network and will not be affected First aid: registered nurse Pinto Mathew was trained by any issues arising from the how to use the Telehealth machine by technician David NBN.

By Jessica Anstice

Stunning sight: Trilby Parise of Inverloch photographed this aurora at Inverloch with a Nikon D7200 camera with 35mm 1.8f lens, using an exposure of 15 seconds, ISO 2000, 1.8f on Monday, March 27 at 9:12pm.

Night sky lights up AURORA hunters have been flocking to the region’s coastline recently, in the hope of capturing the astrological events on camera. Trilby Parise of Inverloch was one of them, capturing a spectacular photo at Inverloch. “People often ask me when they see my aurora photos ‘Is this what you saw with your own eyes?’. The very short answer is ‘no’,” she said. The aurora she photographed at Inverloch to the naked eye was an intense white band across the southern horizon. “There was a slight lime green hue and occasional beams undulated and reached high up into the atmosphere. It lasted approximately 30 min-

utes,” Mrs Parise said. “We are currently in a period of solar activity called the Solar Minimum, which means there is minimal activity from the sun such as Coronal Mass Ejections that produce aurora when reacting with the earth’s magnetosphere. “However we still experience occasional events and the good news is that we will soon be heading into a period of more activity.” Mrs Parise recommended anyone interested in becoming an aurora hunter to join Southern Hemisphere Aurora Hunters on Facebook. “Each week accurate forecasts are given and administrators such as myself spend time assisting people on being able to capture their first aurora, with or without cameras,” she said.


Councillor on roads watch QUALITY roads and drains are one of the focuses of South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel. “We need to get our roads and drains right because at the end of the day, roads and drains affect everyone,” she said. Cr Kiel said the condition of roads was a concern

of many constituents and said council staff tried to ensure all residents received decent roads. “We have some roads that could be one kilometre long and might only have one house on it, but we have to maintain it,” she said. “How many times do you have people say, ‘Where do our rates actually go?’ and if they could see their road has been graded or the drains have been cleared out, then they see they are getting something for their money.”

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Festival commemorates seaside life FISH CREEK was abuzz with activity on the final day of the Prom Coast Seachange Festival for 2017. The Makers Market filled the Fish Creek Hall with a treasure trove of homemade goods and tasty treats, and the sights and sounds of buskers and circle dancers entertained those outside. Colourful paper planes, launched by a crowd of enthusiastic young aviators, flew high and far as part of the inaugural Paper Plane Challenge, with a distance of some 17m reached in the over eight category. At the end of two weeks, and with around 60 events having showcased the best the Prom Coast has to offer, festival chair Deb Bray acknowledged that support for the festival, both local and from further afield, has ensured a highly successful series of events for 2017. “The festival goes from strength to strength due to the huge amount of expertise and talent, financial and in-kind support, and pure hard work offered by many from within the community,” she said. “The festival committee is passionate about providing a structure that is driven from within the community; one that

not only makes the most of established activities and emerging skill-sets but, importantly, fosters quality events that draw attention to, and celebrate, this magnificent region.” Along with the festival’s major sponsors, Toora and Foster Community Bank and Welshpool Agency, Esso BHP Billiton and the South Gippsland Shire Council, and media partner ABC Gippsland, Ms Bray also recognised the many groups, businesses and individuals who funded or contributed sponsorship to stand-alone events. A great deal of media attention was given to the festival, with many local media outlets providing generous coverage that helped spread the word and promote interest in the region. From attracting internationally renowned artists and celebrating those within our community of similar calibre, to drawing community and visitors together through larger-scale events such as the Seachange Fun Food Fair and the Makers Market, the festival committee always endeavours to put forward a diverse program of events. In opening the festival for 2017, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said, “The support that goes into this festival provides cultural and economic benefit to the area. Events like the Prom Coast Seachange Festival give

us time to pause, reflect and engage with community and with the region.” Ms Bray said the Prom Coast community could be proud it had drawn together, worked incredibly hard, shown it’s best and represented itself as a great place to visit and a great place to live. Given the enormous number of people who have contributed to the festival the organising committee has extended an all-encompassing ‘thank you’ to people and groups involved. “Importantly, we need to thank those who attended events, stayed in local accommodation, shopped locally, invited friends to visit, helped sell tickets, ate in local eateries, put donations in tins, visited local sites, and generated traffic on the festival’s website and social media pages - it all helped make the festival a success,” Ms Bray said. “The organising committee always does an exceptional job. We’re all extremely proud of what’s been achieved this year, but as the festival grows so too do the opportunities for new people to be involved, there are so many talented people out there.” The festival runs every second year and new members are always welcome on the committee.

Amazing art: Meeniyan’s Elispeth McInnes sold artwork on behalf of her aunt Helen McInnes at the Fish Creek Makers Market as part of the Prom Coast Seachange Festival.

Discover the benefits of osteopathy FOR patients considering osteopathy to treat their condition, Osteopathy Australia has issued question and answer sheet to help patients learn more about how osteopathy can benefit them. Do I need a referral from my GP? No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment. What do I need to bring? Bring along any x-rays, scans or test results you may have.

Am I required to arrive early for my first appointment? Yes you should arrive early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out initial paperwork. Why am I asked to complete paperwork? An osteopath will need to record your medical history to assist in discussing treatment options. Under the law, an osteopath needs to obtain your approval to treat you, so you may be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form. What should I wear? It’s important that you feel comfortable, so wear a comfortable shirt and loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into. Do I have to remove my clothes? Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress

Proven technique: Dr Rose Wray-McCann treats a client with osteopathy at South Gippsland Therapy Centre, Leongatha.

Osteopathy in Leongatha OSTEOPATHY is a hands on approach of manual therapy and is available at South Gippsland Therapy Centre in Leongatha. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health and wellbeing for the whole body. Osteopathy uses a wide range of treatment techniques that may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation of joints and/or manipulation. Osteopaths treat a wide variety of conditions including: neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, pregnancy related complaints, sciatica and leg pain, shoulder pain, work injuries, hip pain, knee pain, wrist and elbow pain, ankle problems, sport Injuries, joint and muscle pain, arthritis, and TMJ/ jaw pain. Most osteopathic treatment is generally gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible. As osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treat-

ment, your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back to determine the cause of the problem. Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work. In Australia, osteopaths are university trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme. Osteopaths are registered providers for workers’ compensation schemes, motor accident insurers and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. You do not require a referral to visit an osteopath. All you need to do is ring up to make a booking. Also available at South Gippsland Therapy Centre are: chiropractic, myotherapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and pilates.

to your underwear. If this is the case you should be offered a gown. Can I bring a friend or relative? Yes, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment. What happens at my first consultation? Your osteopath will ask about your problem and symptoms. This will include your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. Your osteopath will advise you if they can treat you or you need to be referred. Your osteopath will conduct an examination and clinical tests. These include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, which will help determine how best to manage your condition. The examination may include passive and active movements. The osteopath may lift your arms or legs and you may be asked to bend over or stand in your underwear. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear. Osteopathy takes a whole of body approach to treatment. Your osteopath may look at the area that is troubling you as well as other parts of your body. For example if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back. Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work. Is osteopathic treatment painful?

Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible. There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain. You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns. How long will my appointment take? Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, examine and depending upon your condition, treat you. Follow-up treatments are usually shorter. Please check appointment length when booking. How many appointments will I need? This depends on your condition. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits. Long term or chronic conditions may require more treatment. Your osteopath will discuss this with you. How much does an appointment cost? The costs of an appointment varies from practice to practice and across the country. Ask when booking. Are there additional investigations or treatments? Following treatment, your osteopath may decide that additional investigations such as x-ray, scans or blood tests are required. Your osteopath may refer you to another health professional.

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Take care with gas WITH cooler weather approaching, Country Fire Authority is urging householders to service their gas heaters regularly. Gas heaters can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide when dust or dirt builds up, ducts become blocked or the combustion process does not properly occur. Victorians are encouraged to have their gas heaters serviced by a registered gasfitter at least every two years to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Natural gas appliances, such as hot water systems or heaters should be checked and maintained annuallyin accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines as a safety precaution and to ensure appliances are working in peak condition. This also applies to every type of gas heater including wall units, central heating units, decorative log fires and space heaters. Tips you should follow when you are near or operating natural gas appliances: • make sure you have good ventilation around your gas appliances; • never let children play near gas appliances when they are operating and be careful that they

do not turn knobs or dials on those appliances even when the appliances are not switched on; • ensure all appliances are regularly serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines; • never store or use flammable chemicals (including aerosols) near an operating appliance; • never keep flammable materials, such as paper or clothing, near an appliance; • before turning on a gas burner, light the match

or press the ignition button. If the burner will not light, turn off the gas and wait for the gas smell to clear before trying again; • do not tamper with safety valves or similar fittings on your appliances. Do not use force to open taps; • keep a gas oven and hot plates clean. Do not allow fat and burned food to build up; and • turn gas heaters off when you leave the house or go to sleep.

Warning issued: the Country Fire Authority is urging South Gippslanders to have their gas heaters serviced to reduce the risk of house fires.

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Firewood collection season underway THE Autumn Firewood Collection Season for 2017 will close on Friday, June 30. Gippsland’s assistant chief fire officer Chris Stephenson said, “Once the firewood collection season is underway, it’s important people only collect firewood from designated areas and stay within collection limits. “This includes taking a maximum of two cubic metres per person per day and a maximum of 16 cubic metres per household per financial year. “Designated collection areas are put in place to protect sites of cultural and environmental significance. Some households rely on firewood for winter energy so consider others when taking wood.” Mr Stephenson said people should check where designated collection areas are in their local area. “They should also check local weather and forest conditions to make sure it’s safe before collecting firewood,” he said. “Some firewood collection areas may be part of the autumn planned burning program, so it’s important you check where burns are happening. Go to, download the VicEmergency app or call VicEmergency on 1800 226 226.” For more information, go to: or call 136 186. Maps showing designated collection areas will be available through the website. “In addition to our regular collection areas, we are making other areas available for firewood collection this autumn where there have been works such as hazardous tree removal

Take care: firewood collectors are being urged to consider regulations before harvesting firewood from public land. or preparation of fuel reduction burn boundaries,” Mr Stephenson said. “The felling of any trees for firewood is strictly prohibited. DELWP and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing while collecting their firewood. “Concealed cameras may be installed on areas of public land where firewood is being removed illegally to assist with evidence collection.” Permission from local government is needed for the collection of firewood from roadsides under their management.

VicRoads does not currently allow firewood collection on roadsides it manages. Roadside collection of firewood in state forests is only allowed in a designated collection area. Infringement notices for illegal firewood collection are $622, with maximum penalties for offences under the Forest Act 1958 standing at $7773, one year imprisonment or both. Any information the community may have about the illegal removal of firewood for sale can be reported to DELWP on 136 186 and quote Operation Axe.

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Theatre teaches bushfire safety CHILDREN at Toora Primary School have slipped on their dancing shoes in the name of bushfire safety. Good convo: from left, local public transport advocates Max Semken and Fiona Fleming, South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel, Bass Coast Shire Council manager economic development and tourism Peter Francis, Bass Coast Shire Council Cr Les Larke and Regional Development Australia Gippsland chair Richard Elkington attended a meeting in Leongatha to discuss options for better public transport in the region.

Regional transport on agenda By Sarah Vella A LETTER will be sent to the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan, asking her to establish three regional transport advisory groups in Gippsland. The Regional Network Development Plan was released in May last year after considerable public consultation, however failed to address any of the transport issues facing South Gippsland. Now concerned members of the community, with support from the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Gippsland, want the minister to act. At a meeting convened by Leongatha public transport advocate Max Semken recently, attendees agreed to ask Ms Allan for a face to face meeting.

Bass Coast Shire Council Cr Les Larke, Bass Coast Shire Council manager economic development and tourism Peter Francis, South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel, South Gippsland Shire Council senior strategic planning officer Chantal Lenthall and RDA Gippsland chair Richard Elkington joined Mr Semken and fellow advocate Fiona Fleming from the Wonthaggi Newsagency at the meeting. In a letter signed by the mayors of the South Gippsland, Bass Coast and Wellington shire councils, as well as Mr Semken and Ms Fleming, Ms Allan will be asked to consider the establishment of three regional transport advisory groups for East Gippsland, Latrobe Valley and South Gippsland. If established, these groups will be tasked with developing a business case for enhancing public transport within and between the regions across Gippsland. Membership of the regional transport advisory groups would be ex-

pected to consist of as a minimum, a council representative, community representatives and a government representative. Mr Semken said the provision of improved public transport services to the South Gippsland region would boost economic development and tourism. He said the current public transport system was a “disgrace” and hugely inadequate. “An increase in public transport will help regional areas to grow. People don’t realise how buses can benefit entire communities,” he said. Mr Francis said while there was plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest the current level of public transport is inadequate, proposals for more won’t go anywhere without a detailed business case. He said council was keen to work with the community and government authorities to improve public transport within Bass Coast and to neighbouring regions including Melbourne.

The Bolder Bush Beats program, which took place at Toora primary, teaches children about bushfire safety and readiness skills through drama, music, comedy and of course fun. The program invited children from grades 3 to 6 to participate in workshops led by local musician Nick Fischer. The program finished with a quirky stage performance. Firefighters from the Toora Fire Brigade attended the performance to show their support and provided an opportunity for the kids to explore and fire truck. Brett Whittle, the leading teacher at Toora working on the production, said the children enjoyed their intensive drama les-

sons as they learnt new skills. “The music and performance was great. Everyone got involved with the project and learnt a lot about fire safety awareness,” he said. Sian Jepsen, project coordinator for the Summer Fire Safety Initiative, said Bolder Bush Beats encourages students to have conversations around bushfire safety and fire readiness. She attended the performance and was impressed by the wild and funny studentcentred production. “The story was great; it followed Stella and Dippy who are neighbours. Stella is a superstar in bushfire safety and readiness whereas his friend Dippy is an ill prepared ‘she’ll be right’, local larrikin,” Ms Jepsen said. “It was a fun day topped off by the childres signing autographs. They were a very energetic group of students.”

All together: Toora Primary School students learnt about bushfire safety through performance recently and were joined by Toora firefighters.

South Gippsland Shire briefs Batting for Meeniyan SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will campaign for community cemetery trusts to be exempt from paying rates, at the request of the Meeniyan Cemetery Trust. The trust asked council to endorse a notice of motion to that effect at the state council meeting of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), the peak lobby group for councils, on May 12. Council voted to do so and if the MAV approves it, the MAV will then make representations to State and Federal governments. The Meeniyan Cemetery Trust recently signed a lease with the NBN to lease a portion of land for the NBN tower. Unbeknown to the trust, the leased land was zoned commercial and therefore subject to payment of rates and Fire Services Levy. The contract excluded the NBN from paying the rates.

Petition calls for road closure RESIDENTS of Old Waratah Road, Fish Creek, have petitioned South Gippsland Shire Council to make the road a no through road by closing the exit to Meeniyan-Promontory Road and diverting traffic to the main road. Cr Meg Edwards presented the petition with 52 signatures from residents, concerned about road safety. The petition noted an increase in the number of vehicles using the road over

the last year, possibly due to vehicle GPS units advising the road is the shortest direct route to Wilsons Promontory National Park. Although there is a sign advising local road only and a 50km/h sign, the petition stated visitors take no notice of the restrictions, risking the safety of children and walkers. The petition also called for the 50km/h limit to be extended to the southern end of the road. Council officers will prepare a report for the April 26 meeting of council.

council road reserve that is also no longer required as a road. Council must first formally discontinue the land so it can also be sold to the adjoining landowner. Written submissions from the public are invited in order for council to formally discontinue each road.

Praise for first aiders

Council takes control

CR ALYSON Skinner congratulated the volunteers of the Venus Bay Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for providing first aid to the community until paramedics arrive. The group has been operating for 10 years and recently held a fundraising high tea.

Allambee roads discontinued THREE parcels of unused roads in Allambee are proposed to be sold to the adjoining landowner by South Gippsland Shire Council and consolidated into the one property. These include two portions of unused government road (the former MirbooYarragon Road), which are no longer required for the purposes of a road and can be discontinued and sold by the State Government. In between these two parcels of unused government road is a parcel of

Outtrim-Moyarra and Stewarts Roads. The site was historically set aside to supply gravel but has never been used for that purpose and is unlikely to be needed in the future. The DELWP may enter into an agreement with the adjoining landowner regarding the site’s future use.

Halls for hire

Risky business

THE terms and conditions for the hire of two halls have been reviewed. The changes apply to hire of Leongatha Memorial Hall and Korumburra Community Meeting Room.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has revised its risk management policies to enhance its protection against risk. Council shares a risk

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is seeking permission to be responsible for the land on which the SG SPLASH leisure centre sits. Council will write to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to increase council’s control over the building. The Leongatha Agricultural and Recreation Reserve Committee of Management is the current committee of management and council seeks that responsibility. Council now pays the committee an annual licence fee of $6000.

Outtrim land to go THE future of an Outtrim reserve could rest with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. South Gippsland Shire Council will contact the DELWP seeking to no longer be responsible for the land at the intersection of

management plan with Baw Baw Shire Council to save costs.

Clarity for McIlwaine Street TWO sections of McIlwaine Street, Meeniyan are set to be renamed to reduce confusion. South Gippsland Shire Council will rename the sections Hewett Street and Livingstone Lane to clarify their location. McIlwaine Street was causing confusion for the general public, transport vehicles and emer-

gency services as the street was divided by a section of no through road access, creating two entries from Morgans Road and MeeniyanPromontory Road. Both new road names have a historical connection to past Meeniyan residents. Mayor Cr Ray Argento said, “Changing the names of these sections of McIlwaine Street was a high priority to ensure travellers, in particular emergency services, could access this location without confusion. However it has also been

an opportunity to recognise past active Meeniyan community members. “Both names, Hewett and Livingstone, are family names of past land owners of these areas who contributed to the local Meeniyan community.” Council will forward the proposed name changes to the Registrar of Geographic Place Names for final consideration and approval. If approved, landowners will receive notification of the change and a notice will be placed in local newspapers.

Mayor’s message Cr Ray Argento SOUTH Gippsland is truly blessed with some of the most scenic landscapes in Australia. It never ceases to amaze me that just when you think you’ve been everywhere within our shire, you discover another piece of scenic beauty, often by accident. This was the case for me recently when I was invited to visit a concerned ratepayer at Turtons Creek. From the tall tree ferns to the large rain forested canopies, this area appears to be more like a postcard from Jurassic Park, rather than what you would expect to find nestled amongst our region’s productive farm land. Turtons Creek is part of the Tourist Corridor Landscape Project, initiated by council at the request of Turtons Creek residents. The project aims to investigate ways in which the area’s scenic beauty can be protected and how Turtons Creek can be promoted as a tourist destination. Some of you may not be aware that Turtons Creek has a waterfall set in

spectacular wet forests. Passion for Turtons Creek and the falls in particular, was evident during the community consultation process for the Turtons Creek and Falls Strategic Plan 2014. Issues identified as threatening the Turtons Creek area included weed infestations along the creek and willows. There is also an issue with the damage done by visitors, particularly large groups who monopolise the campground, damage the trees and local tracks, leave rubbish and camp fires not fully extinguished, contaminate the waterways and harm wildlife habitat. The community believes there is considerable opportunity to improve the environmental values of the area. If you live in Turtons Creek or within the surrounding area, or even if you are interested in preserving our region’s natural beauty then I encourage you to participate in the Tourist Corridor Landscape Project Reference Group. More information about this can be found on council’s website and by contacting the relevant council officer,

Chantal Lenthall, on 5662 9200. For me, visiting ratepayers is always rewarding, but I would like to also encourage ratepayers to visit council. Public Presentation Sessions and/ or Ordinary Council Meetings are a great opportunity to do just this. We are currently reviewing the Public Participation In Meetings With Council policy to ensure we effectively respond to questions and presentations in a timely manner during various public forums like these. We want to provide a welcoming, respectful and safe environment for all ratepayers, residents and community groups to present directly to councillors on issues that are important to them. Public presentations and question times are provided for discussion purposes to inform council of your views, but they are also an invaluable way for you to get the answers, directions or advice you need and from council’s point of view. The existing policy needs to structure this process better.

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Clay Duke receives band shield THE South Gippsland Concert Band awarded Clay Duke the Vic Riley Perpetual Shield at the band’s recent annual general meeting.

Deserving winner: South Gippsland Shire Brass Band named Stacey O’Malley (second from right) as the recipient of the most improved in senior band award recently. She is with band president Natalie Stewart, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento (left) and Leongatha RSL Sub-branch president Steve Wisdom.

Mr Riley, who died last year, is widely regarded as being the driving force behind the development of instrumental music in the schools in South Gippsland, commencing in the 1970s. Mr Riley’s passion and energy saw many students learn musical instruments from primary school and beyond, and he established the South Gippsland Concert Band in 1977. For this reason, each year the current band committee has decided to nominate a young player in the band who demonstrates a commitment and love of music. Percussionist Clay, a Year 11 student at Wonthaggi Secondary College, had the musicality and tenacity to win the award for 2017. Clay is studying VCE music at school and has a busy schedule, being a member of five different

Standout musician: Clay Duke received the Vic Riley Perpetual Shield from the South Gippsland Concert Band. bands, including the concert band. Clay is considering

studying music at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium.

Rising talent: Melissa Denbrok (second from right) received the most improved in training band award at the annual general meeting of South Gippsland Shire Brass Band recently. From left, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, band president Natalie Stewart and Leongatha RSL Sub-branch president Steve Wisdom.

Band seeks chances to entertain THE South Gippsland Shire Brass Band continues the tradition of performing for the community throughout the shire. Band president Natalie Stewart noted successful performances on Australia Day, Anzac Day, Daffodil Festival, and Carols in the Drome in the past year. “This past year also saw us playing at some other major events in the community, being the grand opening of the Toora dairy museum, Long Tan Day and Stony Creek races. We will look to proactively approach more community groups this year for

more play out opportunities at local events,” she said at the band’s annual general meeting recently, where she was re-elected to lead the band. Ms Stewart thanked musical director Rod Coughran-Lane, and helpers Darryl, Judy and Penny Hunt, Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, and training band helpers Bruce Jarrett, Darryl Hunt and Greg Wright. “My number one objective of this year was to start up a training program and thanks to my helpers we have been able to do that,” Ms Stewart said. “The training band has come a long way in 10 months and I am excited to see them grow and eventu-

ally join the senior band.” Ms Stewart also thanked the band’s two main supporters: South Gippsland Shire Council and Leongatha RSL Sub-branch. “Both have been very generous for many years and we hope to continue these partnerships for many years to come,” she said. “Their sponsorship ensures the band’s future and enables us to get out in the community and do charitable performances.” Awards were presented to Stacy O’Malley (most improved in senior band), Melissa Denbrok (most improved in training band) and band person of the year, Don Stanton.

Mayor’s message Cr Pamela Rothfield

IT is always a delight to see countless hours of work and commitment with a good measure of talent and passion culminate into one of our fabulous local events. The recent Wonthaggi Laneway Festival was no exception. I was so impressed by both the idea and the execution and, as they say, I think this one has legs. I look forward to seeing it grow and flourish over the coming years. The vibrancy of the Laneway Festival has lingered as school holidays begin. Our streets and open spaces are buzzing and busy with children and families. Easter is special time for many of us. While we all celebrate holidays in different ways, for many of us it is a good opportunity to get together with the family and enjoy some great company - and chocolate! Easter is also a busy time for Bass Coast. Our restaurants, beaches, streets and roads are filled with holidaymakers, visitors and locals alike. Please be mindful of the additional traffic, allow extra time to get from A to B, and remember to stay safe on the roads. I am looking forward to hosting our next Ordinary Council Meeting at the Heritage Centre in Cowes on Wednesday, April 19. Council decided in February we

would hold our meetings at locations across the Shire, including Wonthaggi, Cowes, Inverloch and Grantville. We feel this will make communication between the community and Council easier and more accessible, and as a Council, community engagement and contribution is one of our key focuses. Our commitment to community engagement was also demonstrated in our preparation of the 2017-2021 Council Plan, which saw the largest community engagement campaign to date undertaken at Bass Coast Shire Council. I am pleased to say we are in the final throws of getting the draft Plan out to you. I could not be prouder of the efforts from my fellow councillors and colleagues on their commitment to ensuring this plan is fit to help shape a better Bass Coast. Keep your eyes on and Council’s Facebook page where we will be launching the plan shortly and inviting your final comments to make sure we got it right. And don’t forget – registrations for Fido, Fluffy and every other family cat and dog should have been paid by April 10. If you haven’t received your registration renewal, please get in touch with council as soon as possible.

Leading the way: Catherine Basterfield, the new chief executive officer of Phillip Island Nature Parks.

Nature Parks names new CEO THE new chief executive officer of Phillip Island Nature Parks grew up on the Bass Coast. Catherine Basterfield was announced as the new CEO at a meeting of the Nature Parks board last Thursday. She transitioned from her current role of Nature Parks’ operations manager. Chair Jeff Floyd was delighted by the appointment. “The board was impressed by the very strong field of applicants,” he said. Ms Basterfield said, “I am excited by this opportunity to lead the dedicated management team and staff of the Nature Parks as we embark on this next chapter together.” She started her career with the Nature

Parks in 2009 as financial controller and has been operations manager for the last two and a half years. During this time she has developed a comprehensive understanding of the organisation and has played a significant role in its many achievements. Prior to joining the Nature Parks, she held roles at KPMG Australia in the auditing field, where she gained her qualification as a Chartered Accountant and at Bupa in the UK in a finance management position. “Having grown up on the Bass Coast, I have a strong personal connection to Phillip Island, and I am thrilled at the prospect of sharing my passion for this wonderful, natural environment,” she said.

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Patrol enters modern age THE Nissan Patrol has been reimagined. The stalwart of Nissan’s fleet of quality vehicles retains the reliability and durability it has been renowned for, with the benefits of technological developments that make driving safer and easier. The 2017 Patrol drives like a large sedan rather than what it is: one of the most spacious and powerful four wheel drives on the market, yet it’s so quiet and has an impressive turning circle. The new Patrol carries forward its proud heritage and also a distinct sense of refinement, ground-breaking technology and exceptional comfort in two models: Ti and Ti-L. The standout features capture fans’ attention: 5.6 litre V8 engine (298kW/560Nm), seven speed automatic with manual mode, 3500kg braked towing capacity, ALL MODE four wheel drive with Multi Surface Selection, round view cameras, a massive interior and the option of up to eight seats. With an engine that is the most powerful in its class, the Patrol boasts fuel efficiency of 14.5 litres/100km. Technology fans will admire the Satellite Navigation System, Bluetooth connectivity, seven-inch multiformat screens in the second row in the Ti-L model, front DVD player, front eight-inch screen, push button start, climate control, music hard drive, Intelligent Key with remote keyless entry and more. The rear view camera not only includes the traditional view from a rear mounted camera to help with revers-

ing, but also the Around View Monitor that gives drivers a simulate bird’s eye view of the vehicle. Warning signals alert the driver to the risk of forward and blind spot collisions, and there are numerous airbags: driver and passenger front and side, and curtain airbags across all three rows. Inside, the Patrol is stylish finished with black leather accentuated trim, woodgrain panels and chrome door handles. The Ti-L model can seat seven and the Ti model up to eight. DVD screens in the front headrests entertain Second row passengers. Both Ti and Ti-L models boast state-of-the-art Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) suspension system. a Acting both as shock absorbers and stabiliser bars, the HBMC system ensures you stay on the ground even when you’re off the beaten track. With 3500kgs of braked towing capacity, smooth ac-

celeration, outstanding steering stability and positive handling, the Patrol delivers even when towing the biggest toys. With the All MODE four wheel drive Multi Surface Selection technology, the Patrol really is an all road, all rounder. With a simple button push you’re ready to take on a snow covered alp, traverse through boggy bush or conquer an outback desert. Nissan owners enjoy the benefit a three year/100,000km warranty with 24 hour roadside assistance for three years, and of knowing the scheduled service pricing they will pay for each future scheduled service. Available in a range of colours, there is a Patrol to please everyone. Drivers from existing Patrol enthusiasts to potential new converts will appreciate what a Patrol can do for their lives. Contact Darryl or Heather at Edney’s Leongatha on 5662 2327 to find out more.

So much to like: whatever way one looks at a Nissan Patrol, there is much to admire about the reimagined 2017 model. Below left, Beautifully finished: the interior of the new Nissan Patrol is spacious, comfortable and stylish. Below right, Space galore: the rear of the Nissan Patrol offers impressive storage space or the capacity to accommodate passengers.

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Safe cars will help keep Easter road toll down TWENTY-SIX people have died on Victorian roads over the past decade during the Easter holiday period, so it’s about time vehicle safety became part of the safe driving message, says the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC). With thousands of families driving to holiday destinations over the Easter long weekend, motorists are often reminded about safe driving messages, such as speeding, drink driving, taking suitable rest periods, and the distractions of mobile devices. What is often neglected is the key message of driving only roadworthy vehicles. So, this Easter holiday, VACC is reminding motorists to check the condition of their vehicles. VACC executive director Geoff Gwilym said, “Before heading off this Easter, VACC is appealing to motorists to conduct a close inspection of their vehicles in order to check that the basic safety features are in sound working order. “Every motorist should visually inspect their tyres, seat belts, mirrors and wiper blades. If tyres are flat, pump them up to the recommended pressures noted in the vehicle’s handbook and if a tyre is worn, have it replaced. This goes for caravans too. “Top up the windscreen wiper bottle and check that the wipers are in good condition and, at the same time, check the condition of the battery and fill the radiator to the required level.” Mr Gwilym said brakes and suspension systems are harder for the average motorist to check, so recommended an inspection by a trusted mechanical business. “The safest thing to do is to have vehicles serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. This could mean returning to the dealership where the vehicle was purchased, or taking it to a local mechanical business that can carry out logbook servicing – and remember, this does not void any manufacturer warranty,” he said. “Having your vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanical business ensures that your precious cargo – your family and friends – are as safe as possible this holiday time.” Mr Gwilym said it was everyone’s responsibility to work towards a zero road toll. “Let’s consider all aspects of road safety this Easter – safe driving, safe roads and safe vehicles – and work together to get everyone home safely,” he said.

Don’t risk it

RACV is urging everyone to drive safely this Easter holiday period and obey the road rules. Rebekah Smith, RACV manager road user behaviour, warns Victorians about the danger of distraction caused by mobile phones and the risk of fatigue. “Simple measures like taking regular rest breaks when driving long distances and leaving your mobile phone out of reach to avoid distraction will dramatically reduce your chance of being involved in a crash,” Ms Smith said. RACV everyday driving tips: • remember the ‘POWER check’: Petrol, Oils, Water, Electric, and Rubbers. These are the vital checks everyone can do and should do at least once a week and before setting off on any road trip; • at all times, maintain at least a two-second gap from the vehicle ahead. Under less ideal driving conditions such as rain or fog, the gap should be doubled to four seconds; • when you stop behind another vehicle in a line of traffic, ensuring you can clearly see the bottom of the vehicle’s rear tyres will mean you are a safe distance to the vehicle in front; • keep to the left at all times unless overtaking or preparing to turn right; • be cautious on the roads and mindful of other drivers. Be patient and let other drivers in, rather than blocking them out; • when driving, your line of sight should travel parallel to the road, not down onto it. This allows you to be more prepared for what’s ahead, such as the vehicle in front braking suddenly; • use caution when overtaking - it is one

Take time: allowing plenty of time and ensuring your vehicle is safe are essential to enjoying a holiday this Easter, including to such destinations as Wilsons Promontory.

of the most dangerous manoeuvres a driver can perform, especially on a two-way roadway. Make sure it is clear ahead so you have enough room to go past the overtaken vehicle before you move back to the left; • drive smoothly and make decisions early so that you can accelerate, brake and change gears smoothly. Rough acceleration, braking, or steering, can easily cause your car to skid; and

• when you are driving a curve in the road, try to ‘flatten’ the curve out as much as you can. This will give you a better view around the curve, a smoother path and it will decrease the potential of the car commencing to skid. For example, when driving a left curve, approach as near as is safe to the right of your lane. When you can see where the road straightens out ahead, gently move across to the left of the lane and finish back in the middle of your lane.

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Running mum inspires mums everywhere NYORA’S Jade Cranton is a mother, wife, employee and keen runner, who is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for healthy and wellbeing with the rest of South Gippsland. This is her story.

Fit and fun: Nyora mother Jade Cranton (left) completed a past Mother’s Day classic at Wonthaggi with husband Daniel Cranton and son Rylen Cranton.

Milpara Community House news ONLY one more week and we’ll be starting term two of 2017. It’s exciting. We’re going to start the term with your wellbeing in mind. On Saturday, April 22 we will be welcoming John Julian who is providing a workshop called Introduction to the Science and Practice of Mindfulness and Compassion. John is the founder and senior mindfulness trainer at Thinking Healthy. He’d like to share his experience and passion with his new community. Depending on interest, this workshop may follow on with a weekly Mindfulness group on Thursday evenings. Next week we have our regular classes starting again. Tai Chi is movement meditation and promotes health and relaxation. Exercise your body, mind and soul. Why not

give it a try on Wednesdays with beginner and intermediate classes available. Yoga will be Thursday morning again, starting at 10.30am this term. It is one thing to extract a tale but quite another to turn it into writing that is so engaging the reader just can’t put it down. Whether your intent is to write a biography, family history or fiction the aim is to enthrall your reader. Our Creative Writing course is a fantastic pathway to transform your writing, enhance your skills and explore employment pathways available. The classes are held Thursday mornings and commence on April 27. If you’d like to improve your math, English, computer, language and other skills for employment, we can help. Milpara will be open again on Tuesday, April 18. Please call 5655 2524.

I was always that kid in sport class with a sore something. My mum would sign me out of cross country because I didn’t even want to walk it! Fast forward to 2012. I attended the Melbourne Marathon Festival with work. Seeing all those people run was amazing to me. I turned to my colleagues and said “To say you’ve ran a half marathon, that would be amazing”. Her answer was :”Let’s do it next year.” I’d never ran a day in my life. I couldn’t run. I’d tried but just couldn’t do it. I know of a local mum who was running. She took me under her wing and off I went. Twelve months later I returned to the Melbourne Marathon and completed my first full marathon - 42.2kms. Since then I’ve completed that race every year and this year will be my sixth. In 2014, I started a Facebook page runmum to keep myself accountable. It was more of a diary, a place I could vent and talk about my running. To my surprise, people were in-

terested. More people joined and followed what I was doing and soon we had a small group of amazing people training for events, pushing themselves and supporting each other to improve their health and fitness, as well as that of their friends and family. The ripple effect was incredible! Watching people discover what they are capable of is infectious and crossing the finishing line with ladies who ‘could never or would never’ run a marathon or ultra-marathon was incredible. Over the time I’ve been running, I’ve found support in many places: my family, friends, online groups, the runmum community and also with Running Divas Australia. Running Divas, for me is a positive, safe and embracing community that shares my passion for woman’s running. These are ‘real’ woman who understand the pressures of daily life and the juggle. Running has connected me with some amazing people and allowed me to explore spectacular parts of the world. In 2015 I ran the Paris Marathon and London Marathon. The courses were mind blowing and support on the ground was electric. Seeing the streets of Paris with close to 54,000 runners was amazing. This year I have been lucky enough to become an ambassador

for Running Divas Australia and am loving connecting with likeminded women. They are all about changing a woman’s life’s one run at a time and I know for me, that is what happened. The training programs, healthy mindset and nutrition, along with the support of an amazing online community, allows me to stay motivated, focused and be the best version of me. I am looking forward to the Good Friday fun run at Leongatha and to support the Good Friday Appeal. It’s a fantastic local event that I would encourage everyone to get along to. There are different distances you can walk or run, and it’s great way to give back and get out there with your loved ones too. If you’re thinking about getting started, just get out there go for a walk, take the kids for a ride, find the support that you need in friends, groups like Running Divas Australia, your local running or walking groups or the gym, anywhere, but now is the best time to start. Everyone runs for different reasons. For me it’s because I can, because I am lucky that I can and that one day I may not be able. I believe if you want anything hard enough, you can achieve it! Jade is willing to be emailed for advice:

Fire restrictions lifted across Gippsland THE Fire Danger Period and Seasonal Prohibited Period ended at 1am yesterday (Monday) in all Gippsland municipalities. These seasonal restrictions are based on local conditions and take into account fuel moistures, fuel loads, grassland curing, weather and rainfall. CFA’s assistant chief officer Trevor Owen said, “Although the weather is starting to cool down a little, people still need to careful. “Ring the Vicfire Burn Off Line on 1800 668 511 before conducting any burns and use common sense. Any fire left unattended in windy conditions can spread into bushland, onto a neighbour’s property or into other materials which could cause untold damage. “CFA places only limited restrictions on the lighting of fires in the open air outside the Fire Danger Period, but the lighting of fires may be fully or partly restricted under legislation and by-laws administered by municipalities and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).” Always remember to: • check local by-laws before burning-off and never leave a burn-off unattended; • tell your neighbours and call the Vicfire Burn Off Line so that brigades don’t get called out to burn-offs unnecessarily; and • check the weather fore-

cast before you burn off and never burn off in dry, hot, windy Conditions. “Anyone living in or travelling through Gippsland needs to keep an eye on the weather and be aware of their surroundings. We’ve had a relatively quiet fire season this year, but there’s no need to be complacent,” Mr Owen said. Forest Fire Management Victoria assistant chief fire officer for Gippsland, Chris Stephenson said, “People enjoying Gippsland’s national parks and state forests should be as careful with the

use of campfires over this period as they were in the Fire Danger Period, particularly along the coastal strip where most damaging fires are wind driven. “If people are in any doubt about the use of fire on private or public land, the best thing they can do is seek advice from either CFA or DELWP.” Information about fire restrictions is available in CFA’s Can I or Can’t I brochure available at or by phoning the Emergency Vic Hotline on 1800 226 226.

Raising profile: members of South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees held a rally in Wonthaggi recently, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees in detention. People spoke about the treatment of people who come to Australia for help after their lives were risked in their homelands, and rejected any amendment to the Migration Act to ban those arriving by boat from entry to Australia.

Learning comes to life

A Star is born

TARWIN Lower Primary School students have again had the opportunity to put their learning into action.

Gaining knowledge: Dianne Shaw of Leongatha (left) shopped for books at the Leongatha Historical Society last Thursday, when Johanna Haasjes ran the sale as a fundraiser for the society on Thursday and Friday. Many of the titles were from the estate of the Liz Coleman and included crime and ghost stories, children’s yarns and general fiction.

Senior students learnt about economics through the unit, Earn and Learn. They have been visiting local shops investigating how to run a business. This included understanding profit and loss, the importance of advertising and providing goods and services appropriate for their customer base. The students formed a business, and after undertaking market research, decided upon goods or service to sell. All preparation was completed at school and there was a large variety of ideas, from yoga to posters, to craft and mini-golf. The students’ learning culminated in a market day attended by parents, relatives and friends, who all had 50 Tarwin Lower dollars to spend. Many stalls sold out of products and there were many satisfied buyers and sellers. Some students reflected they had not realised hard it was to run a business. This was another example of how Tarwin Lower Primary School brings learning to life.

ZAHRA Catherine McKnight was born at West Gippsland Hospital, Warragul on March 7 to Brett McKnight and Natalie Goodfellow of Stony Creek.

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Children hunt for fossils POWLETT River Primary School had a fantastic day exploring the coastal environment of Inverloch last week. After a visit to the Bunurong Environment Centre to see the shell museum and dinosaur exhibits, the school explored the rock platforms at Flat Rocks.

The junior school – led by marine biologist Tabitha and former teacher Val – studied the life in the rock pools in the intertidal zone. The senior school – led by Mike Cleeland – went fossil hunting and were successful with several being found, one of which will be sent off to the Melbourne Museum for identification.

Young leaders: Wonthaggi Secondary College acting college principal Darren Parker (far left) and student leader coordinator Andrew Hay congratulated new Year 9 student leaders Chloe Bramley, Grace McRae, Emmet Dempsey, Zali Anderson, Max Bruhn, Jess Stevenson, Ollie Schmitt and Hajer Mohammed.

School leaders announced What a find: Powlett River Primary School student Lochie Knott with the dinosaur bone he found in Inverloch recently. This fossil will be sent to the Melbourne Museum for identification.

Art trail creates magic at Sandy Point VISITORS made kites and wind chimes and walked The Trail of the Merpeople during Sandy Point’s contribution to the Prom Coast Seachange Festival. Dads skipped with their daughters with kites in tow, and wind chimes were created under the tuition of Marg Grumley, who had a wonderful collection of driftwood and cuttlefish to which she added beads and bells. After a sausage sizzle, visitors tackled the trail, complete with a sheet of questions for sights to watch for along the way, including mermaids and mermen artworks placed along the route. The most popular was Peter Dailey’s sculpture Selfie depicting a merman riding on the back of a sea eagle while taking a ‘selfie’.

Made from stainless steel, it was set on top of the dunes at the end of the boardwalk as though about to take off into the blue skies above. Mr Dailey, of Foster, received $100 first prize, second prize of $25 went to Genevieve Brayley of Inverloch with her entry MerFamily and consisted of Grandmer, Mummer, and Babemer and were made as life size Merpeople. Mummer and Babemer were found lounging on the seat at the Fiveways Crossroad while Grandmer was seated in the playground keeping an eye on the children playing there. Third prize went to Nicola Gibson for her entry entitled Aerwynna which was a delicate paperwork picture of a mermaid sitting on a rock looking out to sea and for this she received $15.

Guide reveals shopping secrets A NEW, updated brochure listing shopping and dining establishments in Prom Country has just been released. The Prom Country Shopping and Dining Guide is a handy resource for locals and visitors to help find retailers and their contact details. Produced by Prom Country Regional Tourism (PCRT), the pocket sized publication lists each South Gippsland town and the businesses within. PCRT hopes the brochure will help to showcase the substantial range of shopping and dining options available locally. “We are fortunate to have a large and eclectic range of quality retail and dining establishments available right on our doorstep,” said Philip Botte, chair of PCRT. “The guide lists the businesses in a format that makes it easy to see what each township has on offer. Encouraging people to shop

WONTHAGGI Secondary College recently announced its 2017 leadership team. At a recent investiture, Year 12 students Nick Lawson, Tessa Sydenham, Jessie Burns, Megan Thomas and Kyle Ross became the student leaders. Elijah Gemmel, Jack Mendes, Chelsea McNamara and Jewel Massey-Chase are their Year 11 counterparts, and the Year 10 leaders

are Micah Condron, Tempe Davis, Erinn Harndon and Liam Peacock. This year’s arts captain is Sheona Bugbird and Katie Fisher. The sport captains are Chloe Moxey and Louis Paxton. Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield was a special guest at the investiture, and gave her best wishes to the new leaders. The students all heard a performance by some of the Wonthaggi

Church basks in new chapter SCOTS Pioneer Church at Mardan South is entering a new era, following the passing of former owner Margaret Castle last year. A group of volunteers has enabled the continuation of the Pleasant Sunday Afternoons held on the last Sunday of each month, with Vietnam veteran Tom Loughridge the guest speaker on April 30 at 2pm. To continue Margaret’s vision, the committee is eager to have the church and hall used by any interested groups or people, including for weddings, baptisms/naming, funerals and other commemorative services. The separate hall is also available for use with modern toilets, shower and refreshment facilities. Enquires are most welcome to Sam Nicita on 5664 9306 or Wendy McIndoe on 5664 9230. The church was a Presbyterian church for many years before becoming a Uniting Church before

closing its doors. When the building was offered for sale in 1994, Margaret bought the church and restored it to its former beauty as a place of worship. She worked hard to return the building to a functioning church, bearing large costs in repairs and renovations. She achieved her dream and Scots Pioneer was reconsecrated on February 17, 2001. Pleasant Sunday Afternoons were held at 2pm on the last Sunday of each month from March to November, and continue today. People from the local area and friends from Melbourne attend the services which are followed by afternoon tea. On April 3, 2011, the 100th anniversary of the church and 10 years of Pleasant Sunday Afternoons were celebrated with a special service. Margaret’s vision of the church as a place of worship, not just a historical building, has provided an important focus for people

Historical venue: the character filled Scots Pioneer Church at Mardan South is available for public bookings. who live in the area. On April 30, the ecumenical service will feature an Anzac theme with community singing supported by flutist Emily

Chadwick and devotions led by Reverend Geoff Pittaway, in addition to Tom’s speech. Afternoon tea will be served and everyone is welcome.

New Prom units open

Lots to like: from left, Marty Thomas, Moo’s at Meeniyan, and Dan Mildren, The Greenhouse, with the updated Prom Country Shopping and Dining Guide.

ACCOMMODATION at Wilsons Promontory National Park has been expanded following the opening of six new units at Tidal River.

locally is a key aim of the publication.” The guide is produced annually. Details are updated each year to help ensure the brochure content remains current. PCRT is keen to hear from businesses that would be interested in stocking the guides in their establish-

The State Government funded the $2 million project that provides improved access for people with a disability. Six newly built stylish accommodation units have replaced units damaged by floods in 2011. Each unit comprises a spacious living area, fully selfcontained kitchen, bathroom and sun deck, and offers sweeping views to Mount Bishop. Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said, “Investing in eco-tourism provides ongoing opportunities for the Gippsland region and it’s great to see that local tradespeople were used to build these units.”

ments. Collect a copy of the brochure at visitor information centres in Korumburra, Leongatha and Foster. To download an electronic copy of the brochure or to order stocks of the brochure for your business, please go to www.shoppromcountry.

Secondary College Concert Band members, as well as a presentation from alumni student Bri Copeland, who spent time teaching children in Nepal after graduating Year 12. The college’s junior campus also announced in Year 9 leadership team recently, which consisted Grace McRae, Chloe Bramley, Emmet Dempsey, Zali Anderson, Max Bruhn, Jess Stevenson, Ollie Schmitt and Hajer Mohammed.

Penguins on parade: rangers from Phillip Island Nature Park presented to Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School’s Prep, and grades 1 and 2 students recently. The rangers’ Chirpy Chicks program teaches students about Little Penguins and how they can help to look after them. The children heard a story, learnt about the behaviour of Little Penguins, what they eat and their lifestyle. Student Indi dressed as a Little Penguin. Pictured are students Mergie, Bonnie and Eden looking at a taxidermied Little Penguin.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Easter magic comes to life at Coal Creek

Hunting licences are just $5 each, and there is EASTER is a special time of the year and none more so than at Coal Creek the chance to win a lucky door prize and meet the Easter bunny. Community Park and Museum in Koru“We have allotted age group areas so everyone mburra. has a chance. The landscape of the park allows The historical village will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, April 16, from 10am to 1.30pm. Come along and hunt for three gold blocks to exchange for Easter eggs.

itself to be a great space for a family picnic as well. With the train going it lets everyone enjoy the day,” park coordinator Rowena Ashley said. “Locals and people from the Melbourne CBD have been coming to the annual Easter hunt for the past 10 years. It has always been an enjoyable family day.” Colour in an Easter bunny picture, learn to draw a bilby or bunny, or buy from the food and coffee vendors. Visitors can ride the bush tramway for $6.50 or take part in the following activities: • non-denominational church service from 10.30am to 11.30am; and • sketch and tell from 11.30am to 12.30pm. The general store will be open and the wool spinners will be at work creating craft. “This is an affordable event for all families. There are activities you can do for free or join in the Easter hunt for $5. Having a non-denominational church service in our lovely Krowera church allows those with a spiritual connection to the day to enjoy the service as well as the event,” Ms Ashley said.

Above right, Good hunting: from left, Phoebe, Riley and Ebony Collins from Leongatha found all the wooden blocks they could carry at the Coal Creek Easter Egg Hunt in 2016 and traded them for real chocolate. Great performance: Wonthaggi North Primary School students Lochie, Jessica, Courtney and Bradley were excited to recently meet Ago, Abli and Odai, who are members of the Ghanaian trio WALA.

WALA wows at Wonthaggi North MUSIC group WALA treated Wonthaggi North Primary School students to a dynamic performance of drumming, dancing, percussion and vocal harmonies during a recent visit. The talented trio – Ago, Abli and Odai – presented the students with an exciting display of Ghanaian culture. With 15 handmade African drums, flutes and stunning costumes, WALA engaged the students in a call and response song, an invitation to try out different instruments and to join in the dance.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Etchings founded in joy KAREN Barnes’ artworks depict the inspirations she finds in those unexpected moments of joy found in nature and her own creative mind. She will hold her first solo exhibition at Fish Creek’s Gecko Studio Gallery, entitled, There’s a Currawong in the Garden - etchings - Karen Barnes – from Sunday, April 16 to May 20. The public is invited to attend an opening event on April 16 at 2pm. Barnes, from Melbourne, is a visual artist working primarily with hard ground etchings. “In my garden or in nature, I am often caught by that moment of stillness or the sudden flash of a bird as it lifts from a branch,” she said. “Then I remember a goat I saw or a camel perhaps in a documentary, or a photo of a prize bull from the newspaper, and they all start to come together. “The Currawong, always a welcome visitor in my garden, surprises me and creates that instant moment where time is still and the creative act begins.” Barnes holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Monash University and has exhibited in a variety of group exhibitions around Melbourne. Gippsland has been the inspiration for much of the work.

Above right, Thought provoking: Camel and Tamarillo, a hard ground etching with hand colouring by Karen Barnes, will be on show at Barnes’ exhibition at Gecko Studio Gallery, Fish Creek. Digging deep: Karen Barnes’ art is inspired by nature.

Inlet Hotel digs deep for Royal Children’s Hospital INVERLOCH’S Inlet Hotel is holding a live music event on April 14, encouraging the community to dig deep and ‘give that they may grow’ for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. The event will feature Gippsland band The Paddy Cakes. Kicking off as the doors open from 8.30pm, tickets are $10 each. Half of the ticket price will be donated to the Good Friday Appeal. Currently, the Inlet Hotel is having a great Easter egg guessing game running; donate $5 to place your guess at how many Easter egg ares in the jar. If you guess correctly, you will have the chance to win an official Carlton Draught esky,

three bottles of wine, wine glasses, a picnic rug, and the eggs to feast on. “It’s such a fantastic cause and we are looking forward to raising as much money as possible. Last year, with last minute efforts, we raised $500 with our Easter egg guessing game,” the Inlet Hotel’s John McInnes and Matt Redmond said. Good Friday Appeal director Anne Randall expressed her gratitude to the Inlet Hotel. “We’re so grateful to the Inlet Hotel for their generosity and support. The money raised will help to make a huge difference to young patients at the Royal Children’s Hospital.” For more information about the event, go to www. The Good Friday Appeal raises much needed funds for equipment, research and education to support the work of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

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Lions help children CHILDREN with autism will benefit from a unique educational opportunity being offered by Lions clubs from across Bass Coast. Lions will sponsor one local a child a term to attend the highly regarded Mansfield Autistic Centre which offers a livein program that is benefiting attendees. The Zone 8 Lions clubs of Inverloch, Wonthaggi, San Remo, Phillip Island and Bass Valley will provide sponsorship. “The facility is achieving results that have never been achieved before,” Mr Edel said. Local children to attend will be students of Bass Coast Specialist School, Wonthaggi.

Bass Coast Health aces accreditation BASS Coast Health (BCH) recently celebrated passing its accreditation survey against both the National Standards and Human Service Standards with flying colours. BCH will be recommended for accreditation for the next four years under both standards. Four independent surveyors from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) attended BCH in March to conduct the organisation wide survey. The surveyors assessed the health service in such areas as governance, partnering with consumers, infection control, medication safety, identification and procedure matching and preventing harm from falls. Wonthaggi resident Isabel Rogan, a recent inpatient at the hospital, rated BCH’s Wonthaggi Hospital as “the best in Victoria”. “The staff are absolutely wonderful. It’s like being looked after by family or friends. They care for you with such privacy and dignity which is very reassuring,” she said. BCH’s CEO Jan Child was pleased, saying, “This result is a testament to the hard work of our staff and their passion for providing safe and high quality health services to our community.”

First class: Bass Coast Health patient Isabel Rogan receives care from nurse Shelley Mattock. Ms Rogan believes Wonthaggi Hospital is the best in Victoria.

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Johnston star at athletics carnival PERFECT weather conditions set the scene for a fun day in the sun for students competing in Leongatha Primary School’s athletics carnival.

All red everything: Leongatha Primary School Johnson vice house captain Lily, Ella, house captain Zara and school captain Katie dressed to impress at the school house athletics carnival last Tuesday.

More than 350 students competed for their house hoping theirs would come out on top. Johnston House was the overall winner while Roshan Werahiko, Angus Livingstone, Melissa Diggerman, Mason Selder, Mia Burt, Jude Fixter, Harper Mclennan and Xavier Bolge were age champions on the day. A big thank you goes to all Leongatha Primary School staff, Leongatha Secondary College volunteers and parents for helping put the event together and running it smoothly. A massive well done goes to the students who had smiles on their faces all day and put every bit of effort into each event.

Yellow team: Leongatha Primary School Grade 4 students Charlotte, Mackenna and Holley wore everything yellow to support their team at the athletics carnival on Tuesday.

Athletic stars: from left, Alana Hanagraas (U21), Tiana Heylen (U17), Paige Mitchard (U14), Tameah Beddegenoodts (U13), Madeline Smith (U15) and Seanan Trewin (U16) were the female age group champions at Korumburra Secondary College’s house athletics carnival.

Relays: Mary Mackillop Year 12 students from left, Eva Lindsay, Anna Kirk and Rani and Holly Knight opposed each other in the team relays at the college athletics carnival last Monday.

Red reign continues MCDONALD continued its winning streak at the house athletics sports for Korumburra Secondary College. Whitelaw led for most of the day and was in front until the relays. McDonald won both the girls and boys shields, the girls shield by only three points; a big congratulations to the McDonald captains Lachie Snooks and Molly Hopkins, both Year 11 students. Can they defend their titles again next year and be the first students to have their names on the shield twice? The school saw an impressive effort by Paige Mitchard of Year 8, who was again crowned the champion of champions for being the fastest female at school.

Josh Hill was the fastest male. Aaron Turton was the only student to break a record for the day, breaking Jordan Grabham’s long jump record by seven centimetres. Congratulations to the following who are the individual champions for 2017: U13: Kodie Walker (Howitt) and Tameah Beddegenoodts (McDonald); U14: Aaron Turton (Whitelaw) and Paige Mitchard (Strzlecki); U15: Oliver McLean (McDonald) and Madeline Smith (Strzlecki); U16: Jordan Grabham (Howitt) and Seanan Trewin (McDonald); U17: Joshua Hill (Whitelaw) and Tiana Heylen (Howitt); U21 Jacob Lesjak (Strzlecki) and Alana Hanegraaf (Whitlaw).

Ready to go: from left, Lucy, Kyla and Chloe had a ball at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School’s senior athletics sports carnival last Tuesday, March 28.

Blue Wrens dominate athletics BLUE Wrens were the champions at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School’s senior athletics sports day last Tuesday, March 28, breaking five records. Archie Terlich broke four, setting new records in discus, 800m, triple jump and 1500m, while

Asha Boyd-Metselaar broke the 12/13 years girls shot put record. Champions: from left, Oliver McLean (U15), Jordan Grabham (U16), Joshua Hill (U17), Age champions were: Erica Kibble and Georgia Wright, Jasper Shone, Mila Laub, Archie Ter- Jacob Lesjak (U21), Aaron Turton (U14) and Kodie Walker (U13) were the male individual lich, Lyla Richards, Riley Matthews, Asha Boyd- athletics winners at Korumburra Secondary College recently. Metselaar and Dylan Shone.

Garnham greats enjoy athletics success WONTHAGGI Secondary College held its school athletics carnival recently.

Up there: Seth takes part in the long jump at Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School’s senior athletics sports last Tuesday, March 28.

On a perfect day with the sun shining there was a competitive atmosphere around the grounds between the houses. The 1500m events were first off the rank with a large number of students participating. As the day went on students and teachers witnessed some great athleticism and individual achievements. The relays were saved for the end to cap off a great day and boost house points to try and claim the shield. Garnham once again proved to be too strong and claimed the shield for another year. Age Group Champions; Tyler Butcher (13 years), Sandra Gray (13 years), Thomas Zorzut (14 years), Nicola Slade (14 years), Cooper Smith (15 years), Lanni Pryor (15 years), Marcus Toussaint (16 years), Rose Coombs (16 years), Lochlan Scott (17 years), Alana McRae (17 years), and Bonnie Mullins (open).

Supportive: Year 7 students Kirra Sleeman, Niamh Murray, Tilly Peters, Ava Satchwell and Mikaela Notley cheered on their teammates at Wonthaggi Secondary College’s school athletics carnival.

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Horse trials a success ON Sunday, April 2 Meeniyan Pony Club ran its inaugural horse trials at Stony Creek – an event that tested the skills of horse and rider over the three

disciplines of dressage, cross country and showjumping. This was a qualifying event for the State Horse Trials Championships in May, thus the cross country course was to height and quite technical to ride.

Ready to go: Corner Inlet’s Sharli Hams and her horse Miracle prepped for the show jumping at the Meeniyan Pony Club horse trials on Sunday with fellow competitor Tanya Turvey (front).

The club was proud of how fantastic the venue looked, with the day well supported by West Gippsland zone riders, and other competitors from as far as Mornington, Cockatoo and Rosedale. The club thanked the judges Ellen Wilson, Barb Wright and Lisa Hocking, as well as the many volunteers and businesses that supported the event. A huge amount of work went into rebuilding the cross country course and developing a new grass arena over the last 14 months by members of the Meeniyan Pony Club and Stony Creek Riding Club. Input was also included from local equestrian experts Bev Shandley and Michelle Debenham, who set a very high standard of safety and excellence. The Meeniyan Pony Club was well supported by the West Gippsland zone of pony clubs, who organised for international course builder Mick Pineo to hold a cross country course building day at Stony Creek. Many zone club members took advantage of the opportunity to learn from an expert, with Meeniyan Pony Club being the recipient of newly built jumps and a great course plan. Meeniyan Pony Club

was able to purchase two Grade 2 portable jumps with a grant from VicHealth, and the new arena has been partially fenced to a safe level with assistance from South Gippsland Shire Council. The support from the local and state governments was greatly appreciated by the club, which will complete the arena fence this year. The club received many positive messages from riders about the venue, and is looking forward to the horse trials next year. Meeniyan Pony Club is running a training horse trials for Grades 5 and 6 on May 21, and hope many young riders can come and learn what it is all about. New members are always welcome. Results of the Meeniyan Pony Club horse trials: Allen’s Contracting PC Grade 2: best dressage – Fleur Timmins on Legally Blonde, Meeniyan. Mornington Horse Floats PC Grade 3: first and best dressage – Kathryn Bavaro on Kenlock Super Lex, Warragul. Gendore Tractors PC Grade 4: first Madeline Benson on Monsview Nakitta, Pakenham; second Sharli Hams on Miracle, Corner

Winner: Catherine Wilson and her horse Fraazu came first in the open Grade 3 horse trials at Stony Creek. Inlet; third Ebony Clavarino on Splash of Class, Corner Inlet; fourth and best dressage Ingrid Rachubinski on Ashcroft Park Inspiration, Bunyip; fifth Georgia Filippi on Mondo Blue, Bass Valley; sixth Sophie Newton on Tiki, Berrys Creek. Prom Meats PC Grade 5: first Eliza Mahoney on Millington Chester, Mirboo North; second Tanya Turvey on Zara, Corner Inlet; third Clementine Harvey on Shiloh; fourth Maddi Papa on Barrakee

Boston, Boolarra; equal best dressage Tanya Turvey and Clementine Harvey. South Gippsland Concrete Open Grade 2: first and best dressage Corinne Hoddinott on Castleburn Iceman; second Caitlyn Appleby on Regardez Secrets, Pakenham. Holcim Quarries Open Grade 3: first Catherine Wilson on Fraazu; second Paula Pilkington on WG Splashofcolour; third Lisa Browning on Commander Bunny, Berrys Creek; fifth

Brigid Johnson on Winter of Bennelong, Meeniyan; sixth Klaire Thomas on City Lights, Rosedale; best dressage Cherie Cowan on Jartilla. Ahern’s Fruit Market Open Grade 4: first and best dressage Kate Duignan on Primrose Lane, Mornington; second Janet Browning on Thief of Time; third Klaire Thomas on Wendllyn Park Pandora, Rosedale; fourth Sophia Lewis on Matilda, Cockatoo; fifth Linda Lewis on My Boy Scout.

Todd claims round one honours at Wonthaggi Motocross Track WONTHAGGI watched on as Churchill’s Wilson Todd raced in his first Motul MX2 round win for the 2017 race series. Held recently at the Wonthaggi Motocross Track, a number of riders stepped to the Motul MX2 class from the MXD ranks. It was hard to pick who would take the victory on the technical circuit. Todd was dominant from the outset. In what was familiar Victorian weather, qualifying took place in chilly conditions and it was a battle of the three Yamaha riders – Todd, Mitchell Evans and Jackson Richardson. After the 15 minute timed session, it was Todd who topped the time sheets with a 1:45.476 lap time – an impressive 1.4 seconds ahead of Evans and Richardson. After only two laps, Richardson had stretched out his lead on Todd to a healthy two seconds. However, as the first 30 minute plus one lap moto progressed, Richardson began to

feel the pressure from an in form Todd. In the closing stages of race one, rain set in but Todd continued to put distance between himself and Richardson in second position – and with two laps to go, Todd was more than a second quicker than any other rider on track. From there, that’s exactly where Todd remained – controlling the race until the chequered flag flew. Richardson crossed the line in second position ahead of Rykers and Evans. By the time the final moto kicked off for the Motul MX2 class, the skies had cleared and thousands of spectators watched on as the class headed out on the track for their 20 minute plus on lap moto. Davey Motorsport’s KTM rider Egan Mastin got to the race lead after only the first turn, but Todd was once again lurking in second position, threatening for the lead. In what was an upset for Serco Yamaha, moto one second place getter Richardson went done on the opening lap, and

was forced to rejoin the race at the rear of the pack. After only six minutes on the rough circuit, Mastin looked in no way to be slowing down, while Todd looked comfortable in second place. The top two riders were out in front with a healthy gap on the field. In the closing stages, Mastin continued to lead Todd, and Evans was in fifth position. Mastin put on a flawless performance from lap one to the chequered flag. However, the results concluded Mastin had wrapped up the day second overall, and Todd took the top step. Consistent Evans finished in third. “I’m stoked to come out this year and win the opening round. I had a lot of bad luck last season,” Todd said. “Obviously to come out and win the first round, we’ve got the season on the right track. I got two awesome starts and finished top two in both motos, so I can’t ask for much more than that.”

Avid fans: Korumburra’s Blake Webb, Warragul’s Tom Zeldenryle, Inverloch’s Oscar Fox and Lance Creek’s Henry Bird were excited to meet Newcastle’s Egan Mastin (far left) and Churchill’s Wilson Todd (far right). Egan came second in the Motul MX2 class and Todd took first place honours. Todd took over Jed Beaton’s place on the Yamaha team after Beaton left for Europe.

Swimmers star FOLLOWING on from the success of the 7-10 competition in November, Gippsland District has combined its top swimmers to record another victory this season.

Extraordinary team: Gippsland District won the 2017 Country Interdistricts Championships recently. The winning team included nine swimmers from South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club.

Its 2017 Country Interdistrict team topped the overall point scores at the championships in Melbourne on February 25. The Gippsland team consisted of swimmers from five of the seven local clubs, featuring four swimmers from East Gippsland Water Dragons, nine swimmers from South Gippsland Bass, six swimmers from Sale, two swimmers from Warragul, and 26 swimmers from Traralgon Swimming Club. Team captains Trent Morrow and Fabienne Schoutens – both from Traralgon – provided support to the team that won 48 gold, 12 silver and five bronze, in the meet consisting of 68

events. Gippsland District scored a total of 1370 points, with Barwon South West Distrcit in second with 1068 points, and Ovens and Murray District in third with 859 points. Ten districts from the country areas of Victoria competed on the day. Coaches for the team were Brian Ford (Traralgon), Dylan Muir (South Gippsland Bass), and Donna Rowand (Sale). Team managers were Tony Dowler and Renee Cargill (Traralgon). Team coach Brian Ford said this was one of the best teams that had represented Gippsland. “For the whole meet the team was focused, determined and drive to win another title,” he said. “They were simply an outstanding group of swimmers both in and out of the water. Gippsland Swimming and its coaches are so proud of this terrific young group of athletes and their achievements.”

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Dads love camp with children FATHERS have an important role in raising healthy, happy children. Using group discussions combined with fun indoor/outdoor activities, CatholicCare’s Refugee Dads and Kids Camp at Phillip Island recently aimed to explore the challenges of adapting to a new culture and new roles, while balancing respect for traditional culture. The camp provides opportunities for dads and children to spend quality time together, building understanding and strengthening bonds. During the camp, refugee families

took part in activities many Australians take for granted, such as surf life saving, beach soccer, and using surfboards and boogie boards. “We assume kids don’t know much about family relationships, but they’re smart,” said William, a refugee from South Sudan. “In our last session, the kids were defining respect, listening, love and helping others.” William’s son Moses, 9, enjoyed quality time with his dad. “My favourite part of the weekend was the beach,” Moses said.

Speaking out: whistleblower and keynote speaker, Simon Illingworth, (centre) with sponsor representatives, from left, Bendigo Bank sales and capability manager Andrew Loh, Federation Training acting education manager Sam Fenton, Bass Coast Shire Council acting general manager sustainable development and growth Peter Francis and Telstra Business Centre – Gippsland account managers Katie Gully and Marko Zivanovic at the Bass Coast South Gippsland Business Alliance event at Inverloch.

Whistleblower: good leaders act FORMER policeman and high-profile whistleblower, Simon Illingworth, delivered a powerful and inspiring speech to local Bass Coast and South Gippsland business and community members in Inverloch recently. Mr Illingworth shared his courageous story of being a whistleblower and exposing corruption in the police force to a captivated audience at the Gippsland Community Network Events series held in Inverloch, Warragul and Traralgon. As a young police officer, Mr Illingworth was first exposed to corruption at a Melbourne coffee house; a front for a gambling operation. He didn’t know what to do when superiors pocketed money in front of him – so he said nothing and walked out the door. He challenged the audience to explore and confront their own personal values and ethics. “What would you have done if

you were me? If you walk out of the door with me, then you own the rest of the story; and let me tell you it ain’t getting better,” he said Mr Illingworth told the audience that when people are faced with corruption, “some get on the bus, some run beside it ... but very few have the guts to stand in front of it”. He said that ethical dilemmas in business usually arise from “a lack of leadership somewhere along the line”. “We have to realise in life that being a leader is not standing on a podium with a cup above your head and it doesn’t occur because of a position you hold. It occurs because you have made a decision; a decision to fight,” he said. Mr Illingworth became the face of anti-corruption at a very young age. ‘Standing in front of the bus’ for what he believed in resulted in death threats and bashings. He was forced to move several times to protect himself and his family. “Although there was only about five percent of crooked police, un-

fortunately it seemed that most of the police force were willing to run alongside it, and that was the damaging thing,” he told the audience. Mr Illingworth believes one person can make a difference but that everyone must own an organisational culture. He encouraged the audience to challenge the status quo, give a pat on the back for a job well done, and to trust that the best, most ethical decision will always be the one that requires the most courage. The Bass Coast South Gippsland Business Alliance events are held quarterly with the support of Federation Training, Telstra, Bendigo Bank and Bass Coast Shire Council. The next event is Thursday, May 25 and will feature keynote speaker Geoff Green, a business exit strategist and author of the book The Smart Business Exit: getting rewarded for your blood, sweat and tears. Details of the event and registration can be made by contacting Kirstyn Krausz on 0413 187 576 or

Together time: William and son Moses enjoy CatholicCare’s Refugee Dads and Kids Camp at Phillip Island recently.

International accolade for midwifery program A MIDWIFERY program at Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Foster hospitals has links with an international award. Program facilitator Kylie Osborne, a clinical midwife consultant, won best oral presentation at the International PROMPT symposium in England recently. The symposium focused on sustainable, effective maternity emergency training across the world. Ms Osborne was invited to present her work after submitting an abstract on the Gippsland regional approach to implementation of the PROMPT program, which she facilitates.

PROMPT - Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training - aims to improve maternal and neonatal birth outcomes. The training is multi-professional, clinically effective and is delivered locally in maternity units. The Gippsland regional approach is the first of its kind in the world. PROMPT workshops have been facilitated at eight hospitals that provide birthing services within the region, including Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Foster. Since it started in June 2014, Ms Osborne has facilitated 40 workshops and trained 750 clinicians.

Dirty Dozen breathe life into Wheezers PHILLIP Island RSL recently presented Bass Coast Health (BCH) with a record $4,150 for its pulmonary rehabilitation support group the Wonthaggi Wheezers, raised from this year’s hugely successful Nell Haslett Golf Day.

Thanks a million: from left, Bass Coast Health allied health manager Jackie Goodman, BCH cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator Denise Escreet, Phillip Island RSL’s Rob Brown, BCH CEO Jan Child and Phillip Island RSL’s Chris Coulson at the cheque presentation.

Now in its 11th year, the charity golf day was originally run as a memorial event by friends and family of Nell Haslett, who was a founding member of BCH’s Wonthaggi Wheezers support group when it began 15 years ago. The popular Golf Day is organised by the RSL Dirty Dozen Golf Team, which originally included some of Nell’s family members, and now comprises of members of the Phillip Island RSL. Attendance at the fundraiser has grown steadily over the years, with some players even travelling from Melbourne and the Latrobe Valley to take part in the day. In fact this year’s event saw a record 104 players participate and attracted fantastic support from sponsors. Organiser, Phillip Island RSL’s Rob Brown said, “The amount of support from volunteers, players and sponsors was in-

strumental in the day being enjoyable and successful for all involved”. BCH staff were delighted to accept the cheque, with cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator Denise Escreet saying, “This is wonderful! The money raised this year will go towards much needed exercise and patient monitoring equipment.” Last year’s donation went towards buying a spirometer machine that records lung function. BCH CEO Jan Child said BCH was “very grateful for the money received from this fantastic event and hugely appreciated the efforts and generosity of the organisers, volunteers and sponsors”. BCH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group is an eight week exercise and education program for people who have lung disease. The Wonthaggi Wheezers is a monthly support group for people with lung problems. Individual appointments with a respiratory nurse are offered at BCH’s San Remo and Wonthaggi sites. Anyone wishing to attend either group, make an appointment or find out more information can call BCH on 5671 3343.

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Now’s the time to maintain tracks WITH dry weather continuing well into autumn, farmers now have the perfect chance to prepare their farm tracks for winter. Contractors are urging farmers to book early, however, as the nature of the season has meant they are particularly busy. Farmers are urged to hire an expert to ensure the job is done properly, as quality tracks contribute to herd health. Adequate track drainage is a vital consideration to be kept in mind, according to Agriculture Victoria. Without proper drainage, a track is unlikely to stand up to the wear and tear associated with cow movement. Drains are required along either side of the farm track to prevent water seeping into the base from the surrounding ground. They must be correctly graded and the water must have somewhere to flow if the drains are to function correctly. Agriculture Victoria suggests the water table should be kept about 600mm below the track surface. Fencing off of the track drainage is an important consideration. Be sure not to fence along the outside edge of the drain as cows tend to walk in the drains on the softer base.

This destroys the drain, leaves the cows muddy and does not allow the track to function properly. A solution may be to run to electric wires along the edge of the fence suspended on outriggers from the fence posts along the drain. This permits the drain to be cleaned and allows any build up of sludge at the edge to be removed easily. Alternatively, the track fence can be placed between the track and the drain. The lowest wire on track fences should be high enough to allow a blade to go underneath, and allow cleaning of material that inevitably tends to build up on the side of tracks and prevents adequate drainage from the track. When constructing tracks, Agriculture Victoria suggests removing the topsoil and grass before laying the foundation layer. Material removed from the table drains may be used provided it is not topsoil. Moist sub-surface soil is usually suitable unless you are in an area which has dispersive sub-soils which are unstable when wet. If not required for dam construction, the material dug out to make effluent ponds may also suitable for laneway foundations. Soft clay is unsuitable for use in foundations unless stabilised with other materials.

Hydrated lime, evenly spread and uniformly incorporated to a depth of 125mm, will allow a soft clay to become stable once compacted. Cement can also be used as a stabiliser in foundation layers. Surface materials must form an impenetrable barrier to water and not be harmful to cows’ hooves. The ideal material includes a mixture of gravel, clay (15 to 30 percent) and sand. The fine particles fill the gaps between the larger particles, binding the material together. It also gives the surface a long wearing and smooth finish. Correctly crowned, this material will shed water and protect the foundation. Incorporating 0.3 to one percent cement into the clay capping mixture can help stabilise the surface and prolong its life. Well rounded gravel less than 25mm in diameter is preferable to large stones they can be kicked aside, leaving the surface susceptible to water penetration and damage. Crushed limestone can make a suitable material for surfacing. It is generally spread as a 50 to 100mm layer, but needs firm compaction. Sand alone does not make an ideal surface it is abrasive oncows’ feet and washes away too readily. A temporary fix for rough or muddy

Act now: a dry start to autumn is providing farmers with the perfect chance to maintain tracks and clean drains before winter comes. areas includes usingmaterials like woodchips or sawdust. Maintenance Regular laneway maintenance also helps to prevent problems such as lameness and costly, major repairs. Any maintenance program should have two focuses – keeping the surfaces repaired and maintaining effective drainage. Ongoing repairs Potholes should be filled and compacted as they occur and it’s also a good idea to

deal with drain blockages quickly. Annual tasks Surfaces should be graded annually. Tractors on laneways cause the surfaces to lift and rut quite quickly as does regularly holding stock on laneways. Use a tractor blade to clean out the edges and drains, as a build up of grass and manure can affect drainage. Prune or remove trees near laneways as they block sun and wind and keep laneways from drying out.

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Farming Insight

Farm World hailed a success “The weather had an impact on the Thursday THE 50th Anniversary of Farm World at and Friday however several farm machinery Lardner Park brought a smile to many exhibitors noted the quality of buyers was strong faces. during those days. Crowd numbers of more than 50,000 were not far off those in 2016 which was a record attendance. Nicola Pero, CEO of Lardner Park, said, “This is very enthusing given last year was in the school holidays and the past year has been one of challenge for many in the agriculture sector. “Our aim is to seek to schedule Farm World to always be in the school holidays in the future. Of course this is impacted by Easter and many other major events.

“Saturday and Sunday attendance certainly made up with weather almost perfect for walking the Farm World site over the weekend, with many exhibitors celebrating great sales levels. This year was a sell out for exhibitor sites and a number of exhibitors called into the office on Sunday evening to express satisfaction on their sales results.” The Women in Agriculture Luncheon had an excellent attendance with 175 guests and sponsorship from Telstra, Commonwealth Bank and The Weekly Times. Guests thoroughly enjoyed sharing the personal journeys of the speakers Rebel Black and Emma Germano, with further insightful shares from Commonwealth Bank’s Nicole Brown speaking on Women in Focus, Natalie Collard sharing her perspective from the Telstra Business Women’s

Awards, and Annette Houlahan from the McGrath Foundation. Kevin Dale hosted the official luncheon with a trip down Farm World memory lane and a chat with a wide range of people involved over the year. The Farm World Equestrian Expo was popular in its second year with maximum entries by competitors, Olympic level riders such as Russell Johnstone and Gavin Chester an Olympian himself as the course builder. The Masterclasses were popular and will be held again. Mounted Games on Sunday was new with crowd engagement really positive and many non-equestrian people getting excited with the Sunday program. The Gippsland Jersey Milk Off Challenge showed to be a huge hit with high patron interest and people clamouring to be a milk off participant. They put on a terrific presentation, enabling

engagement with a lot of dairy farmers as well as imparting knowledge and information to nondairy people about commercial dairy farming and its economic importance to the region. Reflecting the theme of Food and Fibre 2017, the Food and Fibre Fiesta was well received with presenter demonstrations including pasta making, native bushfoods and composting being a hit. Ms Pero said, “Farm World would not be possible without the incredible support of the community groups that step up to assist with marshalling, ticket sales, ticket scanning, parking and so much more. “The Lardner Park Committee was in full force this year and we are thankful for all the hours that everyone puts in to ensure Farm World can be successfully hosted year on year. “Farm World is during the school holidays in 2018 and we are confident of attracting a bumper crowd and delivering more new programming.”

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Star performers: from left, taking part in the Gippsland Jersey Milk Off Challenge were Cr Dan Clancey (Latrobe Shire), Cr Michael Leaney (Baw Baw Shire), Cr Peter Kostos (Baw Baw Shire), Sallie Jones (Gippsland Jersey), Narracan MP Gary Blackwood, Cr Meg Edwards (South Gippsland Shire), Cr Mikaela Power (Baw Baw Shire) and Steve Ronalds (Gippsland Jersey).

Quality to be found in limited numbers THERE were approximately 1750 export and 280 young cattle penned representing a similar overall number week on week. The usual buying group was present and competing in a dearer market. Quality was good in the grown and trade runs although trade numbers were limited and there were 850 mixed quality cows penned. Vealers suited to butchers sold 8c to 14c/kg dearer while the grass finished trade cattle held firm. Grown steers and bullocks improved 7c to 14c/kg for a better quality selection with some very good heavy weights. Heavy weight grown heifers gained 12c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers lifted 9c to 10c/kg. Lighter weight cows lifted 5c to 6c for most while the heavy weights sold mostly 10c to 15c/kg dearer. Heavy weight bulls kicked 15c/kg. Heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold from 335c to 369c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 328c and 370c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 307c and 369c/kg. Grown steers made from 308c to 341c/ kg. Bullocks sold from 310c to 338c/kg. Heavy weight bullocks made between 324c and 327c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish sold between 290c and 320c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from 258c to 279c with the crossbred portion from 270c to 320c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows sold from 175c to 235c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly between 212c and 269c/kg. Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold between 265c and 299c with the dairy lots between 231c and 268c/ kg.

The next sale draw - April 12 & 13: 1. SEJ, 2. Elders, 3. Landmark, 4. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 5. Rodwells, 6. Alex Scott & Staff. Sheep sale Wednesday, April 19 at 12pm (fortnightly).

Prime Sale - Wednesday, April 5 BULLOCKS 18 Hurstdale Pty Ltd, Tarwin 9 A.& J. Winterhalter, Kardella Sth 15 I. & W. McLennan, Leongatha 7 B.A. Price, Koonwarra 16 P. Alicata, Thorpdale 19 Holt & Perry STEERS 1 J. Geary, Leongatha 1 B. Challis & S. Vagg, Mardan 1 J. & B. Beaumont, Alberton West 1 A.L. & S.J. Matthews, Dumbalk 1 G.T. Cummaudo, Mirboo North 6 L. & J. Vale, Toora HEIFERS 1 J. Geary, Leongatha 6 B. Challis & S. Vagg, Mardan 1 T. & I. Harrison, Milford 1 P. & M. Cummaudo, Narracan Sth 5 B.A. Price, Koonwarra 2 G. & D. Beyer, Allambee East

554.4kg 664.4kg 639.0kg 596.4kg 602.8kg 686.1kg

340.6 337.6 335.6 335.6 335.0 333.6

$1888.44 $2243.16 $2144.48 $2001.61 $2019.42 $2288.67

460.0kg 340.0kg 455.0kg 455.0kg 375.0kg 369.2kg

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BULLS 1 N. Stuart, Nerrena 940.0kg 1 P. & M. Lamers, Leongatha South 950.0kg 1 J. & M. Kee, Yarram 985.0kg 1 O’Loughlin Pastoral, Tarwin Lwr 1140.0kg 1 Vuillerman Past Co, Yanakie 1020.0kg 1 A. Dixon, Loch 805.0kg

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COWS 1 D. & H. Wyhoon, Koonwarra 12 Blackwood Grazing, Trafalgar 3 G. & J. Tuckett, Woodside 5 D. & K. Kuch, Darriman 3 Katelea Past, Toora 3 J.E. Bowron, Sandy Point

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Farming Insight Kindness flows for dairy farmers By Brad Lester A GENEROUS landlord has come to the aid of dairy farmers in need. The landlord has lent a warehouse in Inverloch to the Inverloch and District Lions Club to pack food hampers for distribution to Gippsland dairy farmers enduring ongoing financial hardship. Members of the Lions club and local fire brigades are coordinating the collection and distribution of food hampers to farming families. They are working with the Lions charity Need for Feed, which has already donated substantial volumes of stockfeed to farms across Victoria, in-

cluding in South Gippsland, after milk processors dropped their prices last year. Klaus Edel, an Inverloch Lion and Zone 8 Lions chairperson, was grateful for the use of the premises until a commercial tenant is found. “This building is perfect for what we want to do,” he said. “It’s rodent proof and there’s plenty of space for us to store and pack the donations. “We can see this going on for the medium to long term because farmers are still going to be having hard times.” Farmers receive a box of non-perishable food and groceries, a handbag of toiletry items for women, and a bag of dog food. All items have been do-

Here you go: Katie Glassock of Korumburra Lions Club, with daughter Jesinta Eadie, receives hamper donations for dairy farmers from South Gippsland Shire Council staff, from left, Amy Ketteridge, Vicki Poxon and Ian Mewburn.

Making a difference: Inverloch and District Lions Club’s Klaus Edel with donated hampers for dairy farmers in the Inverloch warehouse Lions have been given free use of.

Angus bulls will impress PINORA Angus will be retaining heifers to start herd conducting its 48th annual rebuilding. Pinora welcomes all visitors bull sale at Heyfield on Wednesday, April 19.

to their sale and look forward to welcoming both old and new clients on the 19th.

Selling 50 bulls, 18-20 month old bulls, this year’s offering will include the first sons of Milwillah Elevator H76. These bulls show outstanding growth for age, as well as great EBVs, along with a quiet temperament. Other sires include the much used AI sire Milwillah Gatsby G279, whose sons feature in many sales throughout Australia, and also the last progeny of the wonderful sire, Vermont RightTime E76, whose sons have topped previous Pinora Sales. Pinora not only sells a range of high growth bulls but also has many bulls suitable for heifer Standout cattle: Lot 7 by Milwillah Elevator E76 will be at joining, as many people are the Pinora Angus sale.

nated. “I’m just gobsmacked by what people are prepared to give,” Mr Edel said. “The donations are not going to solve farmers’ problems but they show people someone cares about them.” In response to a previous article in The Star about the hamper drive, staff at South Gippsland Shire Council decided to conduct a non-perishable food drive. Donated goods were collected by Katie Glassock of Korumburra Lions Club and taken to the Inverloch packing/distribution warehouse. “Thank you to those at South Gippsland Shire and donors of groceries. Keep up the good work. The need is ongoing,” Mr Edel said. Donations can be left in Wonthaggi at Woolworths, Dollar Curtains, Wonthaggi Newsagency and Wonthaggi Fire Station. Jacqueline Hay will receive donations in the middle of Wonthaggi Plaza between 10am and 2pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Fire brigades in the CFA’s districts of eight and nine are also collecting donations. Hamper cartons have been donated by Cardboard Cartons at Dandenong South. Dairy farmers wishing to receive hampers can phone Katie Glassock of Korumburra Lions Club 0414 414 055, Mr Edel 0417 361436, Bill Watson of Wonthaggi CFA 0417 494 253 and Graham Cockerell of Need for Feed at Pakenham 0459 444 111.

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public notice EASTER SUNDAY DAWN SERVICE Sunday April 16 6.15am at EAGLES NEST Followed by hot cross buns at the Cape Paterson Hall Organised by the combined churches of Wonthaggi and Inverloch

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TERMINATION ANZAC DAY SERVICES The Korumburra SubBranch will conduct two ANZAC Day Services Tuesday, April 25 at the Cenotaph located in Coleman Park, and all are invited to attend. They will be supported again this year by the Korumburra Scouts and Cubs who will provide a hot breakfast. The form up time will be 0545 hrs for the Dawn service commencing at 0600 hrs. The later service will be conducted at the same location at 1030 hrs later in the morning. Kevin Moon President

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Permanent Part-Time - 0.84 EFT Short Term LSL Replacement 0.6 EFT 19/06/17 to 30/07/17 Ongoing Casual Position

Applications are invited from Registered Nurses to join our busy Emergency Department and Short Stay Unit. You will demonstrate: • Effective time management • High standard of documentation • Competent medication administration • Experience in Emergency Department and Short Stay Unit essential • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Excellent patient assessment skills • ALS certified • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team • Must be able to work rotating roster • ED post-graduate certificate in Emergency Nursing or ICU desireable A Position Description is available on the BCH website. For further information regarding the positions please contact Cathy Jones, Nurse Unit Manager, Emergency Department on 5671 3124 / Applications, including a cover letter and two professional referees should be addressed to the Human Resources Officer - Email to: Applications close 12 noon on Friday 21 April 2017

Independent External Member AUDIT AND RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE South Gippsland Water is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to fill an independent external member vacancy on the Corporation’s Audit and Risk Management Committee. Interested applicants should have tertiary qualifications and/or be able to demonstrate experience at a senior level in a financial, commercial or governance role. An appreciation of the issues surrounding best practice corporate governance with a particular focus on business risk would be advantageous as would chartered accounting expertise. The Committee provides oversight and advice to the Board on matters of accountability, risk and internal control across the Corporation’s activities. The Committee consists of five members comprising four Board Members and an independent external member. The successful applicant will be appointed for a period of up to three years and is expected to attend four to six meetings each year. An information pack may be obtained from Ros Griggs 03 5682 0444. Written expressions of interest, including details of qualifications and experience, should be forwarded to: Confidential Audit & Risk Management Committee Managing Director, South Gippsland Water PO Box 102, Foster VIC 3960 E: Closing Date: 21st April 2017

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Sales Support Officer, Korumburra Office Administration Fixed Term Maternity Leave position Job share - Five day fortnight Elders have a great opportunity for a Sales Support Officer to join their team at Korumburra. Duties are varied and will include livestock sales processing, real estate admin, banking, reception and daily administration tasks. The successful applicant would need to have: • Strong organisation, communication & time management skills • Competent with Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook • Year 12 or equivalent experience • Agents Rep certificate (desirable, but not essential) • FSRA Tier 2 accreditation (not essential) Applications to: Elders Attn: Rohan McRae 11 Commercial St Korumburra Vic 3950 Or email Applications close Monday 17th April 2017

Graduate Nurse Positions July 2017 Intake Bass Coast Health is excited to announce additional funding to support a 2017 mid-year Graduate Nurse program. These positions will commence July 2017 for 12 months. Rotations will consist of a combination of at least 2 of the following areas - Haemodialysis, Medical Day unit, Acute Medical ward, Sub-Acute ward (GEM, Rehab, TCP and Palliative Care), Short Stay unit and Emergency department rotations. Registered Nurses who have completed their undergraduate training in the last 6 months are welcome to apply. To be considered applicants need to fulfil the following criteria: • Current Registration with Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia • Haven’t previously commenced a graduate program • An interest in rural health • Would like to be part of a dynamic, growing organisation • Have excellent communication and team work skills • Availability across all shifts Short term onsite accommodation is available at minimal cost. If you are interested please email a cover letter, CV, a recent passport size photo, academic transcript, clinical reports and two professional referees to Pat Grasby, Human Resources at Applications close 12 noon Wednesday 26 April 2017 For further information please contact Learning and Development at BCH on 5671 3280.

Browns Stockfeed has a fulltime position available at their Retail Division for an enthusiastic, multi skilled individual to join their team. The position is varied and will involve delivering products to clients, customer service, assisting in manufacturing of Browns Long Fibre Mix along with general store duties as required. In order to be successful in this role the candidate will need to: • have good organisational and time management skills • possess excellent communication skills • be well presented, courteous and adaptable to changing circumstances. • be available to work Saturday mornings The ideal candidate will hold a current HR driver licence and forklift licence and have some experience in customer service and use of computers. Training will be provided for job specific processes. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and covering letter outlining your qualifications and experience to: Email: Mail: The Manager Browns Stockfeed Pty Ltd 86 Yarragon Road Leongatha Vic 3953 Applications close: Thursday 13th April 2017

Retail Team Member Inverloch A weekend casual position exists as a Retail Team Member in our Inverloch store. This position requires an extremely high customer service focus and a high aptitude for products found in a DIY/Hardware store environment. The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate the following attributes: • Outstanding customer interface skills • Strong merchandising skills • Excellent communication skills • Highly organised and efficient • Able to work weekends • Team orientated Previous experience working in a DIY/Hardware store environment will be viewed as a distinct advantage. If you believe you have the qualities we are looking for, you are invited to apply in writing by Friday 21st April 2017 to: The Store Manager, Capeview Mitre10 - Inverloch, Bass Coast Highway, Vic 3996, or by email to

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Share farmer sought for Armour’s Dairy at Warragul. 390 ac milking area, adjoining 180 ac lease block, and 50 ac Lardner turnout block. 40 stand rotary with auto cup removers & cattle ID. Good infrastructure and tracks, fully renovated house. Prefer provide own herd and mobile plant for 50/50 share. Seeking Sept changeover.

Well presented reliable person wanted to work CASUAL HOURS between Monday to Friday & Saturday morning Apply in person

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WINDOWS FABRICATOR An opportunity exists for a suitably qualified person to join our Aluminium Windows production team. Experience is preferred but not essential. Full training is provided. The successful applicant will have the ability to work unsupervised, have excellent communication skills and be able to work in a busy team environment. The ability to be accurate and have an eye for detail are key requirements for this position. Applications close on Friday April 21st 2017 and should be forwarded to Peter Sheerin C/- Capeview Building Products, P.O Box 115 Wonthaggi 3995. Email :

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

Regional Development Coordinator

The following positions are available:

Clinical Lead headspace Morwell and Youth Services (22400)

Over the next three years, aged care and disability services are undergoing significant change. Latrobe Community Health Service is looking for a leader to guide that change in Gippsland.

Fixed term, full time – 76 hours per fortnight

This is a key leadership role that will provide oversight of the coordination and delivery of clinical services and staff supervision for our youth services based at headspace Morwell.

Clinical Lead Counselling Services (22399)

We need someone who can build bridges between a wide range of organisations; from state and federal health departments, to small aged care and disability service providers.

Permanent, full time – 76 hours per fortnight

This role will involve providing clinical leadership to staff delivering generalist and specialist counselling including gambling and family violence. You will be providing day to day practice support and operational supervision.

The role requires working as a trusted advisor to health and community service agencies throughout Gippsland. The right person will help service providers understand the implications of the changes to the aged care sector, then assist them to plan for a smooth, stable transition.

Counsellor / Group Facilitator Therapeutic Day Rehabilitation (22402) Permanent, full time – 76 hours per fortnight

Operating out of the Moe office, the Counsellor / Group facilitator for the Therapeutic Day Rehabilitation program will develop and oversee weekly program schedule’s and provide interventions using a variety of individual and group based approaches to facilitate change, improve mental health, recovery and wellbeing for clients.

Various Clinicians (22401) We are seeking to recruit various clinicians / health professionals within the following disciplines; social work, community welfare, counselling, psychology, occupational therapy, nursing, alcohol and other drugs and mental health. Applicants must address the selection criteria within the position description to be considered for this role.

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If you would like to know more about this role, please call Alison Skeldon, Executive Director Community Support and Connection on (03) 5136 5438, or email


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

The right person will have: • an intimate understanding of the aged care sector and government policy in this area. • exceptional networking skills • a keen eye for risk mitigation, to ensure ongoing public trust • the ability to drive change in a steady, even manner within a complex system. Latrobe Community Health Service offers an attractive package of workplace benefits, including: • career development • flexible leave arrangements • generous remuneration and salary packaging • strong workplace culture

Location negotiable, permanent / fixed term – full and part time positions

Applications are to be submitted online at and will close 11pm, Sunday 16 April 2017.

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situations vacant EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PROVISION OF 2 COURSE MEAL (main & sweet) MONTHLY ON 3RD FRIDAY Approx 70-90 people Commence Friday, July 21 For details contact: Topsy 5662 5950 Leongatha Senior Citizens Centre

for sale ALPACA fleece, suitable for spinning, white, brown, white/tan, $20 per bag. Nerrena 5664-9295. CARAVAN 15ft Windsor Little Shuttle, single axle with awning, 3 way fridge, island bed, 4 burner gas stove with oven, very well appointed. First to inspect will buy, $12,000 ONO. Phone Ian 0418528066. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175. FIREWOOD - local messmate/stringy bark, cut, split, dry. Discounts on bulk loads. Free delivery available. Pick up or delivered. $100 per cubic metre. Ph: 0437-176187. FISH CREEK General Store & Newsagency. Fabulous and successful business - the hub of the town. Ph: 0411-754430. 1 KELPIE female pup, 16 weeks, keen to work with sheep, needs broad acre home, vaccinated and microchipped, $150. Ph: 0429-139634. 956000005791822. LPG COOKER 70cm Lofra model No. LEF7 66 2SS, good order, quality applicance, $600. Ph: 0447-647458. PINE retangular table with 6 chairs, 1800mm x 1050mm, $250 ONO. Ph: 0437-247085. QUALITY oaten hay: 5x4 rounds, feed tested, central Victoria, from $30 + GST p/bale, lucerne rounds also available. Cartage available. Ph: 0488-106880.


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LORIKEET - Young, friendly. Ph: 0417763946, Leongatha.

livestock BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762.


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garage sales INVERLOCH 28 Tamara Crescent, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 & 16, 9am - 4pm. House clearing sale, everything must go. INVERLOCH 11 Artisan Way, Saturday, April 15, start 8.30am. Household items, DVDs, electrical items, general odds and ends. KOONWARRA 40 Caithness Road, Saturday, April 15. Moving sale - includes household goods, furniture and some shed furniture, 8.30am, strictly no early birds. MEENIYAN 44 Martins Road, Saturday, April 15, 9-3. Plants, books, and odds and ends.


ITEMS INCLUDING Table tennis table 4 burner BBQ Lawn mower Furniture / homewares Bric-a-brac

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SPREADER, small, suitable for towing by ATV, $250. Nerrena 5664-9295.

ANY OLD farm four wheelers, good or bad, 4WDs or trucks. Will pay cash. Phone Matt 0401194601.

8am - 2pm Final clearance - books, fishing / camping gear, bric-a-brac, household items, plants, ornaments Lots of bargains



TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261.

7 Heather Grove INVERLOCH Saturday, April 15


SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200 x 50 x 2.4 $12.10 each, 200 x 75 x 2.4 $16.75 each, 200 x 75 x 3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662.

TABLE and six matching chairs, in good condition, $150 ONO. Ph: 5662-3170.


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bereavement thanks BREEDIN - The family of Phil Breedin would like to thank everyone for their love, support, flowers and cards during this sad time. Phil touched many people in his own special way. Special thanks to Jim Fawcett and Jo Fennell. Thank you all. Bev, Colby, Reuben and family.

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BEEBY - Jack. 19.06.1924 - 05.04.2017 Passed away peacefully at Leongatha, aged 92 years. Beloved husband of Judith for 63 years. Devoted and loving father and father-in-law of Stephen, Michael and Tyrian and Ruth. Grandfather to Stuart, Samantha, Dane, Jessica, Georgia, Jack and Jonathan. One of life’s true gentlemen who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace. Thanks to all the wonderful staff at Leongatha Hospital for their kindness at this sad time.

BEEBY - Jack. The president, committee and members of the Meeniyan RSL are saddened at the passing of our respected member Jack on April 5, 2017. Our deepest sympathy to Judith and family.



CECIL Geoffrey Leonard. 12.04.1926 - 04.04.2017 Dearly loved husband of Mavis. Much loved father and father-in-law of David and Ann, Brian and Sue, Raelene, Neil and Wendy, and their families. Treasured Pa of eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren Sadly missed and forever in our hearts. D U N S E L M A N ROTHVOSS - Dorothee Elisabeth. Passed away peacefully at Leongatha on April 3, 2017. Aged 83 years. Late of Buffalo. Loved wife of Dick (dec) and life long friend of George. Rest in peace. D U N S E L M A N ROTHVOSS - Dorothee. Late of Buffalo, passed away peacefully at Leongatha hospital on Monday, April 3. Dear friend of Tony, Sandra and family for 30 years. Rest peacefully now.

CECIL - A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Mr Geoffrey Leonard Cecil will be held at Poowong Public Hall on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 commencing at 11.30am.

FISHER - Edward John. (PM2997) The president and members of Leongatha RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member and extend deepest sympathy to the family. Lest We Forget

GRAY - A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Daphne Mary Adele Gray will be held in our Leongatha Chapel, Cnr South Gippsland Highway and Bellingham Street, Leongatha on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 commencing at 2pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Inverloch Lawn Cemetery.

FISHER - Edward John (Ted). 1918 - 2017 The mayor, councillors and staff at South Gippsland Shire Council extend deepest sympathies to the family of former Woorayl Shire councillor, E.J. Fisher, who passed away peacefully on March 31, aged 99 years. His passion for the Shire of Woorayl was unrelenting from 1968 to 1990, serving as council president in 1971-72, 1979-80, 1983-84 and 1987-88. He gave his community 22 years of dedicated, loyal, tireless and exemplary service. GRAY - Daphne Mary Adele. Passed away peacefully on April 3, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and friends. Dearly loved mum of Janice and adored and loving nanna of Bradley, Catherine and Alex. Forever in our hearts.

funerals BEEBY - The Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mr Jack Beeby will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Leongatha on Thursday, April 13, 2017 commencing at 1.30pm. Private cremation. All ex-service personnel are respectfully invited to attend.

A private burial will precede the above service. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart Foundation would be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the service.

Fun and games: Satish really enjoys his table tennis. D U N S E L M A N ROTHVOSS - A Funeral Mass for the repose of the soul of Dorothee Elisabeth DunselmanRothvoss will be offered at St Laurence’s Catholic Church, Ogilvy Street, Leongatha on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 commencing at 2.30pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of Mass for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

• Leongatha Table Tennis

Competition is underway WITH competition well on the way, the A Grade top four seemed to look settled. The struggling Team 1 sprung a bit of a suspect recruiting manoeuvre last Tuesday, April 4th, by slipping both Mark Dowling and Michael Chang into the side to join Cam Dowling, result being a convincing 7-4 victory over the unfortunate Unfortunates team, who would have had it marked down as a win. While this was a first win for Team 1, should these two highly paid, regarded recruits continue to play; there will be fear spread throughout the rest of the teams. It lifted Cam’s game too, as he cruised to wins against Dom and Satish. Other results saw top team Mixtures too good for the Stallions winning 7-4 and Think About It too

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good for FAK, also with a 7-4 win. A Grade ladder Mixtures ........... 10 34 115 Think About It ... 6 33 114 Stallions .............. 6 33 114 Unfortunates ...... 4 28 107 FAK ....................... 2 25 89 Team 1 ................... 2 17 70 A Grade Aggregate Dirk Holwerda .................. 15 Bryce Holwerda ................ 13 Michael Westaway ............ 11 Neil Chilver....................... 11 Fred DeBondt .................... 10 Kevin Dowling ................... .9 Dom Murdica ...................... 9

A close doubles match was the decider in the Has Beans v CollieDogs match with CollieDogs winning 12-10 in the fifth game. Old Timers also snuck home by winning the fifth game of the double 11-8.

The Pies absolutely smacked the Scorpions 5-0 to take a strong hold on ladder leadership. A Reserve ladder The Pies ................ 8 15 48 CollieDogs ............ 8 12 43 Rustix .................. .4 12 41 Has Beans............. 4 11 42 Old Timers ............ 4 10 33 Scorpions............... 4 8 28 Tacet ..................... .0 7 33 A Reserve Aggregate Bob Calder .......................... 8 Ian Rasmussen .................... 7 Shane Derrick ..................... 6 Bill Haw .............................. 5 Matthew .............................. 5

The email is leongathatt@hotmail. com or contact Michael Holwerda 0429 641 354 or Kevin Dowling 03 5662 5578. You can also visit the Leongatha Table Tennis Facebook page.

• Wonthaggi Table Tennis

Champions to represent Wonthaggi THREE Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association players are competing in the New Zealand Veteran Championships at Christchurch on April 15 to 17. They are Mick Wright, Averil Roberts and Michael Ede; the association wishes them all the best. Wonthaggi association junior players Jack Duff, Beau Dobbins and Jack Donohue are competing in the Dandenong Junior Open Tournament on Easter Saturday. Jack and Beau will also compete in the Albury/Wodonga Junior Open Tournament on Saturday, April 29. There have been no A Reserve or B Grade

matches played over the school holidays. There was also no Access for All Abilities Program this week. The Table Tennis Centre will be open for practice on Thursday this week (April 13) from 11am to 12.30pm. All are welcome. A Grade player Dirk Holwerda is available on the day for coaching. A Grade resumes next Wednesday, April 19. Junior coaching and B Grade resumes on Thursday, April 20, and A Reserve on Monday, April 24.

A Grade matches were played last week and the ladder is as follows: Wollemi Pines ..20 18 (80) Willows ..........16 15 (74) Camelias ........ 12 12 (58) Blue Gum ......... 8 11 (54) The Oaks ..............4 1 0 (58) Wattle .....................0 3 (47)

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Bowen Gough reaches swim final FORMER Wonthaggi based swimmer Bowen Gough reached the final of the 100 metres butterfly at the Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane on Sunday night. Now representing his club Nunawading, Gough produced a great swim to finish in sixth position in the final behind winner David Morgan. Morgan’s time was 51.81 with Gough’s time being 53.49. The great Michael Phelps of the USA holds the World Record at 49.82.

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Ina’s 100 parkrun

C O N G R AT U L A TIONS to Ina Kelly for making it to her 100th parkrun.

She had a massive support crew running with her on the day. Ina has run 99 of her runs on the Inverloch course (plus one at Berwick). Her personal best time was run at the Australia Day weekend run at Inverloch this year in a time of 42:16 with a very credible 70 per cent age grade rating. Ina has also volunteered at Inverloch on 12 occasions. It is great to see Ina out on the course each week; she is a true inspiration. It was a very fast start to Inverloch parkrun on Saturday, in warm and windy conditions. Regular visitor Philip Champion ran the first kilometre in under three minutes 30 seconds; a sizzling pace.

He pushed all the way to the end, to take his second ever “first” token at Inverloch. He finished in front of regular front runner Glenn Sullivan, who just held off another visitor Jeremy Wilkinson in a sprint to the line. Amy Armstrong, visiting from Lilydale, was the first female across the line. She held a comfortable lead over Inverloch first timer Lisa Hussey, visiting from Diamond Creek. Junior runner Ebony McNamara was just a little further back in third place. This week 137 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 14 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of seven different clubs took part. Leah Baud beat her previous best time by just one second after sitting on the previous personal best

for over a year. Neil White beat his previous best, from July last year by just two seconds and Caitlin Castellan was paced by Heather Sullivan to record her fourth personal best for the year, smashing the previous mark by 32 seconds. Anna Harris set a five second personal best in her 22nd parkrun and Chase Bergmeier took almost two minutes off his previous personal best. Others to recorded personal bests this week were; Katrina Gardiner, Rohan Lomax, Amy Armstrong, Kevin Browning, Jacinta Browning, Jourdon Browning, Callum Browning and Joy Battiato. This week there was five parkrun debutants; welcome to the parkrun family Nick Harrison, Emily Rankin, Victoria Harris, Michael Kelly and Rowina Kelly. The event was made possible by nine volunteers; Felicity Castellan,

Wendy Green, Brooke Jones, Kate Lewton, Grace McIntyre, Cathy McKnight, Heather Sullivan, Glenn Sullivan and Anna Wilson. On Good Friday, the Leongatha Fun Run takes place at horticultural park in Leongatha and runs along the Great Southern Rail Trail. There is a five km, 10 km, 15.5 km and 21.1 km run to choose from. If you want to run then you can register online at: http:// www.leongathafunrun. com/. Next week Kirby is your run director. It should be a big Easter Saturday run, so it will be great to see you there. Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Inverloch parkrun results page. Male placings: Philip Champion of Diamond Valley AC was first over the line in 18:46 - second time in eight appearances. Glenn Sullivan of Wont-

Milestone: Ina Kelly ran her100th parkrun last weekend. haggi Road Runners was second over the line in 19:09 - has been first to finish on 46 previous occasions. Jeremy Wilkinson was third over the line in 19:09. Female placings: Amy Armstrong was first

(10th overall) over the line in 22:35 - second time in two appearances. Lisa Hussey was second (15th overall) over the line in 23:36. Ebony McNamara was third (20th overall) over the line in 23:57. The three highest age

grades were recorded by: Philip Champion– 79.84 percent for the time 18:46 (first overall). Glenn Sullivan– 77.02 per cent for the time 19:09 (second overall). Mal Dunn – 75.72 per cent for the time 21:33 (seventh overall).

Leongatha Small South Gippsland Bore Rifle Club Bridge Club 2017 50m Prone Pennant - Section C Round 7: Brunswick 543.009 defeated by Leongatha 582.029; Albury A 580.014 defeated Glenelg B 572.018; Wangaratta 562.011 defeated by Kyabram 576.022. The best shooter for round seven was Daniel Croatto (Leongatha) with 199.016.

Ladder Leongatha ..................28 Glenelg B ....................16 Kyabram ....................16 Albury A.....................16 Wangaratta ....................8 Brunswick .....................0 The club shoots on Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the recreation reserve. Any inquiries, please call R. Spratt 5664 2358.

Goanna compete in annual carnival THE Gippsland Over-60 cricket team, the Goannas, recently participated in the now annual carnival held in Echuca and around the GoulburnMurray region. The format of the competition is slightly different from the regular VOSCA games. Games are of 40 overs, with 12 players batting and batsmen retire at 25 runs but may return after the 12th batter to make a maximum of 40 runs. At least seven bowlers must be used, and each bowler has a maximum of six overs. The first game, on March 19, was played on a beautiful little ground in the dairying district of Bamawm, against the Sunbury Over-60 team. Batting first the Goannas completed their 40 overs at 4 for 176 with Ian Gibson 27*, Kevin Lanigan 26*, Fred Debono 25*, Graeme

Freshwater 25*, Rob Francis 21 and Ian Southall 12 the main contributors. In reply Sunbury were held to nine for 126. Phill Higgins 4/16 was the star with the ball while Murray Moore, Rick Pask, and Freshwater took one wicket each. Wicketkeeper Gibson had a brilliant day with three stumpings and two catches. Game 2 on March 20 saw the Goannas take on eventual champions, the Essendon Supplements at Kyabram. Bowling first on a notso-good new wicket at Kyabram, the Goannas held the Essendon Supplements to 164, but could only take two wickets (I Southall and K Lanigan one wicket each). In reply, the Goannas were restricted to eight for 111 with F. Debono 25*, M. Moore 24, R. Francis 13, K. Lanigan 12, G. Freshwater 11 the only batsmen to reach double figures.

RESULTS for last week: Friday, April 7, at Inverloch – pairs North/South First with a superb 62.76 per cent were Dina Drury and Richard Moss with the score of the week. Richard has recently rejoined the club from the USA. Coming a very close second with an excellent 61.81 per cent were Jack Kuiper and Deborah Anglim. Third with 57.81 per cent was the highly competitive and consistent pair of Jean Barbour and Greg Nicholson. Fourth were Anne and Bruce Gibson, the club champions, with a very sound 52.21 per cent. East/West First with an excellent 60.42 per cent was the ever steady pair of John Sullivan

and Alan Johnston. Second were Mike Dooley and John Sutton with a fine 56.02 per cent. Close by in third were Bron Sund and Clive Hope with a sound 52.08 per cent. Fourth was the very reliable and consistent pair of Norma Hannay and Marj Freeman with 50.69 per cent. Monday, April 3, at Meeniyan – pairs. First with a wonderful 62.50 per cent was the very reliable pair of Kathleen Dowd and Ellie McIntyre. Second was the very experienced pair of Susan Ruffin and Clive Hope with a splendid 60.42 and thirdwith an excellent 58.33 per cent were Faye Rowlands and Frank Arndt. Visitors are always welcome and the club will find a partner for you. Please check the club website for coming events.

South Gippsland mid week ladies tennis ladders Section 1 Inverloch Diamonds ................................................. 34 Phillip Island TC INC ...............................................29 Wonthaggi Turkeys ...................................................29 Inverloch Sapphires ..................................................22 Bena TC INC ................................................................9 Wonthaggi Chooks ........................................................3

Age champions: back from left Ashton Hewitson, Hannah Kelly, Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery, Sandra Gray, Elin Gray, Jacob Timmermans, middle from left, Riahn Hawthorne, Jack Howell, Baia Pugh, front from left, Archie Terlich and Jeremy Kelly were awarded for their efforts with Wonthaggi Little Athletics this year.

Wonthaggi Little Athletics WONTHAGGI Little Athletics held its presentation evening on Friday, April 7, at the Wonthaggi Primary School gymnasium. The club provided an Easter egg hunt and sausage sizzle while parents attended the Annual General Meeting. The club acknowledged the success of

its athletes this year in both weekly meets and in the more advanced competitions held at regional and state levels. The coming season will be a big one for Wonthaggi Little Athletics as it celebrates its fiftieth birthday. The club welcomes athletes from five to15 years old of any ability.

Section 2 Korumburra ..............................................................37 Foster..........................................................................30 Nyora TC INC ...........................................................24 Bena ............................................................................22 Phillip Island ...............................................................20 Inverloch Yellow .........................................................19 Wonthaggi Owls............................................................8 Inverloch Blue...............................................................8

Section 3 Inverloch Jigger Diggers ..........................................35 Phillip Island..............................................................32 Foster..........................................................................29 Grantville ...................................................................15 Fish Creek ...................................................................12 Wonthaggi .....................................................................3

Sportsperson of the Year: Reg and Phyllis Wilson present the Mason Wilson Memorial Award to Maya Fraser.

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Kiely brothers dominate A SMALL fleet braved Sunday’s chilly conditions for race seven of the Big 4 Holiday Park series. The blustery northerly wind meant it was hard work for the sailors who took part but in the end everyone had a good sail and agreed that it had certainly been worth the effort of rigging boats and setting a course.

Challenge accepted: Oscar Llewellyn has been putting pressure on the seniors.

Despite the early enthusiasm however, there were no takers for race eight in the afternoon. With gale force winds predicted at some stage it was probably the wisest choice. Sailors weren’t too disappointed as there will be plenty of sailing coming up over Easter with six races scheduled over three days. With the latest South Gippsland Yacht Club series completed, the results have again been dominated by the Kiely brothers. Pete comfortably took out A Division in his Windrush catamaran and

Matt dominated the other monohull sailors of B Division taking first place in five of the races. Congratulations also go to junior Oscar Llewellyn on achieving third place while sailing in the main fleet with the seniors. Big 4 Holiday Park Series Results: A Division: first Pete Kiely; second Rob McNair; third Jake Lurati B Division: first Matt Kiely; second Noel Owen; third Oscar Llewellyn C Division: first Alana Lopez-Freeman; second Vincent Trease; third Jess Beachley


Champions: the winners at Wednesday Social Bowls at Inverloch were Judy Parker, Linda Gallyot and Lorraine Dowson.

Inverloch BRIGHT autumn sun greeted Wednesday Social bowlers who played two games of 10 ends. The winners were the triple team lead by Judy Parker, Linda Gallyot and Lorraine Dowson (skip). Raffles were won by Marg Flett, Cynthia Hensley, Rhonda Davies and Linda Gallyot. Wednesday, April 12, is the final Nominated Triples for the season. Play starts at 10am.

Twenty three players presented for the weekly Thursday social bowls games playing in teams of four with one triple. Two teams won both games. Winners with 33 points were Harry Rybalka’s team, Steve Snelling and Kevin Woolstencroft. Runners-up with 32 points were Bryan Hensley’s team, Rob Howard, Jack Miller and John French. The social game returns next Thursday, April 13, with the usual 11.30am sign-

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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on deadline. Inverloch social bowls winners were Steve Snelling, Harry Rybalka (Skip) and Kevin Woolstencroft. As next Friday is Good Friday, there will be no members draw. The club does need members to help with the sorting and setting up of goods on Friday in preparation of the garage sale on Saturday, April 15. If you can help, please come to the club anytime from 2pm to 5pm. There is also a roster of two hour timeslots to be filled to help man the stalls for the sale. Please put your name in the time slot when you can help. The annual Wine and Dine is on with a Roaring Twenties theme.

It will be held on Tuesday, May 2, starting at 11.30am for sherries. Andy Dennis returns to provide the entertainment. Dress to impress, dance like no one is watching and enjoy a great meal. All this is for only $20. Men – ask the lady (ladies) in your life who are not part of the bowling scene if they would like to come along. They are most welcomed and we are pleased to invite them along to a fun social luncheon with great entertainment. Please RSVP by 25 April to Cynthia Hensley or Carol Waters. Nominations are still open for the following positions: secretary, treasurer, two directors, Tuesday and Saturday pennant

Men’s champions: back from left, Les Godkin, Max Brown, Bruce Lelliott, Peter Williams, front from left, Doug Kuhne, Bob Graeme and Wes Logan (president) received awards at Meeniyan Bowls Club’s recent presentation evening.

Meeniyan ON Friday, April 7, 55 bowlers and friends attended a presentation night with Brent Sinclair Catering supplying the meal. Presentations were made to the following championship winners and runners-up: Ladies: Singles – Irene Hill and runner up Lyn Bloch 100 up – Barbara Dyke and runner up Larraine Godkin. Pairs – Irene Hill and Larraine Godkin, runner ups Barbara Scott and Barbara Grant. Men: Singles – Peter Williams and runner up Bob Graeme 100 up – Peter Williams and runner up Bruce Lelliott President’s Handicap – Bruce Lelliott and runner up Chris Kelly. Pairs- Doug Kuhne and Bob Graeme, and runner ups Max Brown and Les Godkin It was pleasing to see a

number of newer bowlers featuring in these events. Concreting of the surrounds, shelter renovations and the laying of the new green, ditches and banks have been completed in the five weeks allocated due to the kind weather. A few minor jobs are still to be completed. Thanks are due to the many members who helped to make this such a smooth operation and particularly to Alan Hanks and Wes Logan for their input. The club will begin its weekly winter triples on Monday, May 1. The official opening of the green will be held on Wednesday, May 3, at 1.30 pm. This will be followed by the annual general meeting at approximately 2 pm. Nominations are up for committee and various subcommittees and can be made at the club house. Upshot 2.

Congratulations: back from left, Lyn Bloch, Lorraine Godkin, front from left Irene Hill, Barb Scott, Barb Grady and Barb Dyke were awarded for their efforts on the bowling green by president Wes Logan (back, far right).

selectors and Wednesday and Thursday match committees. Election for pennant selectors, if needed, will take place during the week ofApril 24, actual dates to be advised, with the results announced at the annual general meeting. An election, if needed, for the directors positions will happen at the annual general meeting on May 3. Did you notice the removal now complete of the old sun-shades from around both greens? This is in preparation for the erection of new all weather shelters along the north side of both greens with a grant helping with the cost and new shade areas around the rest of the greens to be reviewed by the board.

Buffalo indoor Wednesday, April 5 THIS week 37 bowlers were at Buffalo for its open night, with Peter, Rod and Andrew watching and chatting to everyone. An enjoyable night for everyone with three games of eight ends played and lots of chatter as well. Three teams won all three games while most teams had a win, loss or draw. Joe Occhipinti, Ann Plowman, Connie Occhipinti and Gwenda Bevan were declared the night’s winners with (WWW) 13 ends +32. Runners-up closely behind them were Robert Matthies, Glenys Pilkington and

Robert Campbell (WWW) 13 ends +30. The encouragement award went to Joanna Lomagno, Josie Bohn, Bert Bright and John McColl (LLL) nine ends. A delicious supper was enjoyed by everyone and lots of raffle prizes ensured many took home a prize. Many thanks to everyone who brought supper and also a big thank you to those who helped tidy up at the end of the night. Busy times ahead for bowlers as pennant will be starting soon. Social bowls, 7.30pm at the Buffalo hall - all welcome.

Well played: back from left, Maureen Leighton (Drouin), Trish McCormack (Leongatha), Karen Sheers (Neerim), Lorraine Dowson (Inverloch), Sheryl Atkinson (Drouin), Joan Goldie (Yallourn), middle from left, Dulcie Mortlock (coach), Marilyn Forrest (San Remo), Pat Aurisch (Neerim), Marjie Pearson (Leongatha), Carol Hughes (Inverloch), front from left, Janis Parks (Inverloch), Rosa James (Leongatha - who was awarded the best skip from 16 regions with greatest overall shots up) and Jenny Miller (Loch) excelled in competition recently

Strzelecki THE Strzelecki Bowls regional ladies sides team travelled to Murray Downs, Swan Hill, and competed against the top players from the other 15 regions across Victoria.

Leongatha WEDNESDAY, March 29 social bowls winners were C. Richardson (s) and P. Ellision with two wins, a loss and plus nine on a countback from W. Walker (s) and E. Coulter also on two wins, a loss and plus nine. Saturday, April 1 social bowls winners were H. Forrester (s) and Jeanette Chambers with three wins, plus 23 and the runners-up were J. Lye (s) and E. Coulter with two wins, plus 12. Wednesday, April 5 social bowls winners were A. Lye (s) and G. Vansinderen with three wins, plus 12 on a countback from R. McGannon (s) and Raeleigh Soderlund with three wins, plus 12. Saturday, April 8 winners were G. Drury (s) and E. Coulter with one win, plus 10. Congratulations to the Leongatha club member who

The Strzelecki regional ladies team excelled, winning six out of possible seven games and only losing by four shots to Sandbelt region, Metropolitan Melbourne. Truly a credible effort; the girls from the bush took them on.

travelled to the Richmond Union Bowls Club to compete in a tournament and made it to the semi finals, only to be beaten by the bowler who actually went on to win the final of the tournament. Well done John. On Friday night, April 7 the club held its Kitty Club tea night along with the club’s presentation night. There were some 115 people present for the tea and the presentation which commenced at 8pm saw over 80 present. The presentations were undertaken by the director of men’s bowls Harry Forrester and directors of ladies bowls Glenda Trotman and Sue Symmons. Kitty Club organiser John O’Connor addressed the gathering associated with the Kitty Club’s support to the club and the money made being put to good use in providing various facilities for the club. I will not try to cover all

the presentation awards in this report and will complete the list in the next report. Awards on the night were as follows: Ladies club champion was Marg Pearson, runner-up Rosa James. The men’s club champion for 2016-17 was John Hall, runner-up Ray McGannon. The B Grade ladies winner was Sheryll Kempster and runner-up being Glenice Emmerson. The B Grade men’s winner was Tas Haywood runner-up Vito Serafino. The ladies 100 up winner was Rosa James, runner-up Marg Pearson. Men’s 100 up winner was Gary Vansinderen runner-up Tas Haywood. C Grade men’s champion was Lloyd Hemphill, runnerup Neville Stone. The men’s pennant player for the Gordon Langdon Memorial Trophy was Bill Fisher. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

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Leongatha Joshua wows soccer in in the pool lights SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has been advised that an application for the Leongatha Knights Soccer Club to upgrade the lights and pitch of its home ground at the Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College has been approved.

LEONGATHA’S Joshua Wight has had some impressive achievements in the pool recently.

medley relay and came second. He then came third in the 12-13 years breaststroke with a time of 42.53. Joshua also competed in the 2017 Country All Juniors at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre held on March 19. He came first in the 13 year boys’ butterfly and first in the 50 metre backstroke. His times were 32.36 and 33.89 respectively. He was the first emergency in the 50 metre boys breastroke and the 50 metre boys’ freestyle. Joshua is a Leongatha Secondary College student who swims for the South Gippsland Bass and Leongatha Sharks swim clubs.

The young swimmer competed in the School Swimming Victoria 2017 Gippsland Region Secondary Swimming Championships on March 16. He came first in the men’s 12-13 years 50 metre butterfly, first in the men’s 12-13 years 50 metre freestyle, and men’s 12-13 years 50m backstroke. The application was submitted to the State His times were 32.11, 30.57 and 35.70 respecGovernment’s 2017-18 Community Sports Infratively. structure Fund. He also competed in the men’s 12-13 years Funding for the project has been made available from the Victorian Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Amazing: Leongatha’s Joshua Wight has showcased incredible skill at recent major swimFund. This fund was made possible due to the ming events. successful running of the 2015 Asian Cup across Australia, producing a surplus of funds which have been directed into upgrading and improving community infrastructure for football across Victoria. The project is supported by a council contribu- BASS Coast Shire Council have comtion of $40,000 along with a $40,000 community mitted to professional surfing with the contribution. The lighting and pitch upgrade will relocate and provide new lamps to existing light announcement of the Phillip Island Pro towers, install additional towers, resurface the QS1000 event on local shores this Ocpitch and relocate cricket nets to provide a safe tober. run off for players. To be held from October 27 to 31 on Phillip The Leongatha Knights identified the upgrades Island, the event will feature a 1000 rated World as the two highest priorities to meet the growth of Surf League Qualifying Series event alongside a the club. State Junior Event and Indigenous Invitational. The project was also identified as necessary Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson is exfor future soccer development in council’s 2016 cited to bring the Qualifying Series event back to Soccer Facilities Plan. Victoria. Mayor Cr Ray Argento said the lighting and “I am thrilled that Surfing Victoria, the Bass pitch upgrades would benefit the soccer commu- Coast Shire and World Surf League are able to nity. bring a Qualifying Series back to Victoria and “Participation in soccer across South particularly to Phillip Island, which has some of Gippsland has increased substantially over the the best waves in the state,” he said. last few years, particularly with female partici“The Qualifying Series is the stepping stone to pation,” he said. the World Tour and provides junior surfers with Passionate about surf: Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson, India Robertson, mayor Cr “Upgrading the lighting and pitch at the home some great experience against older surfers.” Pamela Rothfield and Sophie Fletcher are looking forward to the World Surf League Qualiof the Leongatha Knights Soccer Club supports Bass Coast mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield mirfurther development for soccer by providing fa- rors the excitement, commenting on the suitability fying Series to be held at Phillip Island in October. cilities that will assist with training for the club of hosting the event in Bass Coast. back up options being Flynns Reef, Penguin for its support and we can’t wait to see the WSL and competitions held in the region. “Bring surrounded by some of the best surf in Parade, Right Point, Smiths Beach and Surfies Qualifying Series return to the idyllic coastline of “Since the home ground is located at the Mary Australia means that many of the athletes we pro- Point. Phillip Island.” MacKillop Catholic Regional College the up- duce are surfers,” she said. “World Surf League is thrilled with the anEntries for the event will open via worldgrades will also provide better facilities for stu“By hosting this event, we are both validating nouncement of a new combined men’s and in April, 2017. dents utilising the ground.” the dream to our young surfers to strive to be their en’s QS1000 event on Phillip Island,” World Surf The Phillip Island Pro QS1000 is presented by best and providing a development pathway for League Australia regional manager Will Haydenthe Bass Coast Shire and State Government, and them by establishing a connection between our lo- Smith said. cal grassroots events and clubs, and professional “We’d like to thank Surfing Victoria for its supported by Surfing Victoria, HIF Australia and competitions.” commitment to giving surfers in their state oppor- Coastalwatch. The primary location for the event will be the tunities to pursue the professional surfing pathMore information on the World Surf League world class beach break Cape Woolamai, with way. We’d also like to thank the Bass Coast Shire can be found at

Pro surfers to compete at Phillip Island

Breakers ready for season opener THE Bass Coast Breakers will launch its 2017 season on May 7. As Bass Coast’s first women’s football team, the Breakers are looking to generate interest from women across the shire and promote the growing sport. Coached by experienced senior play Steve Kenny, the team is for women over the age of 19. Steve played football with Vermont and Aquinas Amateurs. Now retired, he runs Old School Fitness PT in Krowera. “It is exciting to be part of the first ever women’s footy team in the area. I am looking to build a culture where everyone feels welcome to come along and be involved,” he said. “The players range from teenagers to mothers in their late thirties, so we are flexible around family and school commitments. “I have been really impressed by the women’s

footy skills. Despite having different levels of experience and I can see everyone is having fun and improving with each session.” The women have been training since January, alternating between Dalyston and Inverloch recreation reserves. “We’ve been focusing on getting used to body contact and contested marking,” player Ella Angarane said. “We are seeing skills improve regularly and we can’t wait to start the season.” The Breakers will face Bunyip in a practice match on April 19. The team trains on every Wednesday night at 6pm, plus other varying sessions. All new players are welcome. No experience is needed and uniform will be provided. For more information, contact Steve Kenny on 0474 571 503 or head to the team’s Facebook New team: the Bass Coast Breakers will be led through the 2017 season by coach Steve page “Bass Coast Women’s Football team”. Kenny.

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Top effort: Toni West had a great day out, winning the Monthly Medal, A Grade and putting competition, while Marg Griffiths won the B Grade scratch and handicap winner and Sue Bowler won C Grade.

Leongatha ladies DESPITE the continuing work on the installation of the new irrigation system, the course is in excellent condition. Course superintendant Dylan McMeekin, his staff and the many volunteers, led by greens chair Peter Brownlie, are to be congratulated. The April Monthly Medal was undoubtedly won by Toni

West with 67 net, playing off a handicap of 10. This was Toni’s best scratch score on the red course. Apparently some brilliant putting was displayed, which earned her the putting competition for the month with only 27 putts. Marg Griffiths (28), also in good form, won B Grade and the B Grade scratch event with 102/74. Sue Bowler, currently playing very steadily, had a win in C Grade with 102/31/71. Thanks go to Louise Schache for her sponsorship of this event. Down the line balls were won by Melinda Martin 74 net, Loris Clark 76, Marg Berry 77, Dot Stubbs 78, Shirley Welsford, Karen Orford and Wendy Parker 79, Louise Schache and Colleen Touzel 81 and Pat Pease and Lianne Adamson 82. Nearest the pins: Toni West 14th and Louise Schache 16th Karen Bear won the nine hole event with 22 points with Chris Lay and Jill Steer close on her heels with 21 points. Saturday, April 8: Winner: Fran O’Brien 37 points on a count back. Down the line: Rebecca Wilson 37 and Wendy Parker 33 on a count back. Nearest the pin: Coral Gray.

Meeniyan ladies

Winners: Dot Christie, Lyn Jennison and Belinda Angwin had a successful week at the Meeniyan Golf Club.

Leongatha Golf ON Saturday, 77 golfers contested a Stableford Competition with Jason Dennerley winning the Overall and A Grade events in a count back with 36 points. B Grade was taken out by Neale Gillin with 35 points also in a count back and Allan

Successful: Thursday winner Peter Gornall being con- Well done: Tuesday winner Lloyd Redpath with president gratulated by best nine winner Nereda Scholte. Paul Robinson.

Meeniyan PLAYERS at Meeniyan this week were pleased to see the

Alan Kuhne: won Saturday’s Single Stableford at Meeniyan Golf Club.

renovated 14th green back in play and fairways responding well to the rain received the previous week. The weekend rain will certainly help and continue to brighten the course overall. Wins were well spread over the week and scoring tight. Best score of the week went to Alan Khune with 40 points on Saturday. Truckie Hughes was the sponsor for Saturday’s stableford event and the club thanks Truckie for his generosity. Nereda Scholte carded a wonderful 22 points on the first nine in Thursday’s competition, only to be beaten by the back

Great week: Jean White, Jan Hewitt and Lynette McIvor were the grade winners at Korumburra last week, with Jan also being the Monthly Medallist.

Korumburra ladies TWENTY four women competed in the Stroke event last Wednesday, with ideal golfing weather throughout the day. A Grade was won by Lynette McIvor, 98(18)80 on a count-back from Moira Rogers, 101(21)80. Jan Hewitt had a fantastic score of 97(27)70 to win B Grade and the April Monthly Medal. Julie Brannaghan was runner-up, with 106(24)82. The C Grade winner was Jean White, with a great score of 116(41)75 on a count-back from Lorraine Knox, who also had a good round to finish with 120(45)75.

NTPs went to Lee Clements on the first and 10th, and Jan Hewitt on the 13th green. Lee was also the scratch score winner with 95. Balls down the line were won by Sharon Adams, 76 net, Pam Eyers, 77 net, Jenny Blackmore and Jan Follett, 80 net and Heather Grist, 81 net. Next Wednesday is a Par event. The match play finals due date has been extended a week to April 19 due to the busy schedule with pennant and other district events filling the calendars for many people. The RWH 4BBB is planned for Wednesday, April 19, and there is a sign-up time sheet in the ladies’ change

nine, with Peter Gornall taking out the day with 38 points. Lloyd Redpath took out Tuesday’s comp with a consistent 38 points. Results: Tuesday, April 4: Single Stableford. Winner: Lloyd Redpath(22) 38 points. Runner up: Col Stewart (21) 35 points. Nearest the pin: eighth and 11th Brian Dewar. Best nine: Phil Johnston (16) 20 points. Thursday, April 6: Single Stableford. Winner: Peter Gornall (21) 38 points. Runner up: Reg Hannay (23) 35 points on room. Well done to the Section 2 pennant side for the 3/2 win last week, and with one week to play, cannot be beaten as premiership winners. This is very exciting for the club and congratulations to all the girls who have been part of the team; Lee Clements (team captain), Heather Grist, Chris Rickard, Joan Peters, Moira Rogers, Carie Harding and Barb Twite. Section 4 had a great 4 ½ / ½ win last week and is currently third on the ladder, with one round to play for the season. Thanks go to the women in the team for their commitment in representing the club; Jan Hewitt (team captain), Kath Welsh, Marg Young, Jenny Blackmore, Beryl Brown and Julie Brannaghan. So far, there have been many closely contested matches in both these sections, which help to extend each person’s golfing skills. Perhaps, more importantly, pennant also develops acquaintances and strengthens camaraderie within the wider golfing community. Thank you to all those who have helped with the various ‘behind the scenes’ tasks, to allow the matches played at home to run smoothly.

a count back from Col Stewart. Best nine: Nereda Scholte (35) 22 points. Nearest the pin: second Peter Wilson; fifth and 11th Bruce Betts Saturday, April 8: Single Stableford. Winner: Alan Khune (15) 41 points. Runner up: Rod Matthews (23) 38 points. Down the line: Ross Batten (32) 37 points; Lloyd Redpath (21) 36 points; Bob McGeary (13) 34 points; Daryle Gregg (20) 34 points. Pro pin: 14th Lloyd Redpath. Nearest the pin: eighth Craig Buckland. Members draw: Werner Lange, jackpot to next week.

Three teams played at Leongatha last Friday, competing in the South Gippsland Women’s Golf Association Bowl. Unfortunately, there were no wins but the weather was good and the company and overall day were most enjoyable. Due to many regulars playing golf three times already during the week and others away, there was a very small field on Saturday. Sandra Webster (38) had no trouble with the course, scoring a terrific 37 points. On Good Friday, April 14, there is a Stableford event and lunch is also available, to help raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. The signup sheet is in the foyer of the club house. The joint presentation night for the major trophies is Saturday, May 20, which is a good opportunity to meet up with club members and their partners. The evening format is BYO dinner/snacks at 6 pm, presentations at 7pm and entertainment provided by Fiona Curram from about 8pm. There is a small charge of $5 and members are asked to add their name to the list in the bar if able to attend.

Schache won C Grade with 36 points. Balls were awarded to Jon Smith, Bruce Hutton, Brett Windsor, Walter Taberner, Steve Vuillermin, Ron Findlay, Michael Thomas, David Barrack, Antony Gedye, Rob Martin, Peter Hartigan, Steve Fisher, Geoff Maher, Alan Briggs, Ryan Thomas, Andy Horvath, Ian Murchie and Brock Fennell. NTPs were Antony Gedye on the 14th and Bruce Hutton on the 16th. Tuesday’s Stableford event was also the first round of the Tuesday Championship. Club captain Andy Bassett had an excellent 39 points to lead the way in the Championship and win the B Grade and overall events. A Grade was won by Brett Windsor with 36 points and Terry Grace took out C Grade also with 36 points. Balls were won by Doug Clemann, Peter Walsh, Wendy-Anne Parker, Will Norden, Bryan McCorkell, Craig Hams, Grant McRitchie, Denis Wallace, Jon Smith, Geoff McDonald, David Vorwerg and Ted Bruinewoud. NTPs were David Vorwerg on the 14th hole and Norm Hughes on the 16th. On Thursday, 60 golfers contested a Par event with Hugh Goodman producing the best score of the day of +4 to take the Overall and C Grade events. A Grade was won in a count back by Rod Bride with +1 and Keith Finney took C Grade with +3 also in a count back. Balls were won by Tim McCarthy, Jim Arnott, Les Newton, Chris Leaver, Bruce Cathie, Barry Attwood, Grant McRitchie, John Payne, Wendy-Anne Parker, Ray Burton, Bruce Hutton, Mike Street, Neil Mackenzie, Kevin Castwood, Allan Schache, John Simon and Hans Hoefler. NTPs were Barry Attwood on the 14th hole and Chris Leaver on the 16th.

Woorayl SATURDAY’S event was the very popular two man Ambrose sponsored by Ross Winkler and John Bolge. The winners with a great score of 57 net were B. and T. Hogan, and the runner ups with 62 net were B. Stubbs and A. Peters. The winning scores are a reflection of the course condition, a credit to Greg and a number of supportive members. Down the line balls went to T. Walters and R. Goodwin, M. Grist and G. McKinnon, R. Sullivan and M. Herrald, C. Hall and G. Calder, B. Wilson and D. Dwyer, K. Miles and G. Price, E. Poole and R. Beilby, P. Wallace and J. Hickey and C. James and J. Diaper.

THE ladies at Meeniyan Golf Club enjoyed their golf day today in beautiful weather and great conditions. Trophies were donated by Tanya Thorson and the club thanks her for her generous donation. Winner of the medal this month with a fine 70 net (40) on a count back, was Lyn Jennison who enjoyed her day and particularly enjoyed winning her first medal for some time. Winner of Section 1 with a great 70 net (8) was Dot Christie who also won the putting competition with 27 putts. The best nine was won Nearest the pins went to C. James on the eighth and the 17th G. Calder. The raffle went to the winners the Hogan Syndicate. Next week is a Stableford event – good luck to all participating.

Woorayl ladies A BEAUTIFUL day greeted the field of 11 players on Wednesday, April 5, for the Monthly Medal sponsored by Sharyn Rayson. The greens had to be treated with ‘respect’ as they had been sanded so putting was an additional challenge for the day. The Monthly Medal and B Grade was one by Elsie McBride (35) with a wonderful 73 net on a countback from Alice Campbell. A Grade was won by Chris Perrett (22) with 75 net. Putting: C. Perrett 30 NTP: eighth A. Campbell, 11th S. Thomas and 17th A. Campbell. DTL balls: A. Campbell 73 net, and Lois Young 77 net on a countback Next Week: par.

Mirboo North WEDNESDAY, April 5– Ladies Monthly Medal Winner: J. White 100/32/68 C/B. DTLs: N. Allen (net 68) and C. Gunn (net 70). NTP: fourth (Gippsland Solar) J. White, and 16th (Ken Graeme Motors) C. Gunn. Putting: N. Allen (28 putts). Eagle: N. Allen (fifth hole, Gippsland Motor Group). Thursday, April 6 – Open Stableford. Saturday, April 8– Japara Healthcare Strzelecki House 4BBB Championship (round one) Leading scores: T. Bradshaw and P. Woodall (53 points), C. Long and R Celebrine (48 points), J. Blunsden and J. McFarlane (48 points). Final round – April 22.

Mirboo North ladies MONTHLY Medal Winner: Jill White 100/32/68 C/B. DTL: Nicole Allen 68 and Chris Gunn 70. NTP: fourth Jill White and 16th Chris Gunn. Putting: Nicole Allen 28 putts.Eagle: fifth Nicole Allen.

Lang Lang DATE: Tuesday, April 4 Event: Tuesday Competition - 2BBSTB Field 48 Winners: Ron Constantine (22) 42 points. Runner up: Charlie May (9) 41 points. Two ball winners: Ron Constantine (22) and Cameron Maguire (26) 49 points. NTP: fifth Robert Stead 299cm, ninth Chris Clark 22cm, 12th Bob Sandiford 1000cm and 15th Will Christensen 850cm. DTL: Keith Stockdale 38, Ron Smith 37, Noel Welsh 37,

by Belinda Angwin with 33 net (35) on a count back from Nancye Hammet also with 33 net. This week was also the qualifying round for the Lorraine Eddy singles knockout competition together with the second round of the Hoskin/ Christie eclectic competition and second round of the Mona Mcleod and Silver Spoon. Singles knockout matches will be played soon. Best nine was won by Belinda Angwin with 33 net (35) on a count back from Nancye Hammet. BDL was won by Jan Trease 74 (21) and Irene Holm 75 (13).

Brian Smith 37, Alec Hamilton 36, Will Christensen 36 and Chris Clark 36 Date: Wednesday, April 5 Event: Ladies Comp Stroke. Field: 22 Division 1: Winner: Pat Randall (22) 75 net C/B. Runner up: Cheryl Stockdale (20) 75 net. Division 2: Winner: Carolyn Cripps (24) 72 net. Runner up: Bev Kitchen (29) 74 net. Division 3: Winner: Anne Schellekens (31) 71 net. Runner up: Carol Lynch (31) 78 net. Medal winner: Anne Schellekens . Putting winner: Yvonne Trask 29 Putts Monthly Nine Hole winner: Noela Maxwell. NTP Div 1: Jennifer Sullivan. Div 2: Sue Van Gaal. Div 3: Anne Schellekens DTL- Bev Kitchen 74, Cheryl Stockdale 75, Yvonne Trask 76 and Maureeen Nankervis 77 C/B Date: Thursdaym April 6 Mid Week Medal - 2BBSTB. Field: 70. Winner: Doug Dorrat (22) 42 points. Runner up: Richard Schmeiszl (26) 40 points. Two ball winners: Richard Schmeiszl (26) and Bill Taberer (14) 48 points. NTP: fifth John Bellis 102cm, ninth James Hedrick 217cm, 12th Ron Constantine 80cm, 15th Colin Rangitonga 160cm and Eagle 14th Michael Fahey DTL: Peter Cooke 39, Henk Mauriks 39, Charlie May 39, Ian Stewart 38, Ralph Stewart 37, Jaymes Leahy 37, Michael Fahey 36, Charles Hodge 35, Fred Skepper 35, Thomas Johnson 35 and Steve Fuller 35. Date: Saturday, April l8 Event: Stableford. Field: 145. Grades A: Tony Andrews (11) 38 and runner up Daryl Barker (11) 37. Grades B: Arch Janssen (21) 39 and runner up Brian Hall (16) 38. Grades C: David Oswald (32) 38 and runner up Michael Quinn (28) 38. NTP: fifth John Hansen 142cm, ninth Charlie May 142cm, 12th Adam Simpson 306cm, 15th Aiden Bock 11cm, and 18th Tony Chandler 77cm Ladies: NTP: fifth Lee Andrews 750cm, ninth Sue Purser 500cm and 15th Kerri McKenna 700cm. Ladies winner: Kerrie Davey (20) 36 points. Runner up: Paula Sweeney (23) 35 points. DTL: Peter Cooke 38, Steve Fuller 37, Alan Courtney 37, John Bolton 37, Bill Merrigan 37, Mal Delzall 37, Gary Barker 36, Robert Volk 36, Vern Hall 36, Shane Elbers 36, Tony Kimber 36, Gary Wigham 35, James Hedrick 35, Neil Stafford 35, Keith Stockdale 35,Philip Grant 35, Daniel Cameron 35, Ray Dalrymple 34 and Ian Stewart 34.

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GOLF | SPORT Wonthaggi ladies GOLF is a game played by all ages, and on Wednesday the wonderful veteran player Pam Russell showed everyone how it is played. She swept the pool with a wonderful score of 96 (26) 70 net to take out B Grade, the April Monthly Medal; she also birdied the eighth, and took out both NTP on eighth and the 17th. A Grade and scratch was won by Ann Walker 86 (13) 73 who “found her swing” and, with a birdie on the 13th and a 200 metre drive on the 15th , showed her true form.

C Grade was a popular win. Donna Van Veenendaal was determined to get her game going and her practice paid off with a lovely 119 (45) 74 net. Other birdies on the day Marg Ryan with a gobbler chip in on the eighth. The putting was won by Bev Dobson 31 puts on c/b three others. BDL went to Jacqueline Loughran 72, Lorraine Peters 72, Ivy Ruby 73, Pam Hanley 74, Leonie Bentick 75, Marg Ryan 75, Maureen Masterman 76, Jan Beaumont 76 and Betty Bowmar 76.

Winners: the C Grade winner was Donna Van Veenendaal, and B Grade and Medal winner was Pam Russell. Absent: Anne Walker

Good cause: from left, Donna Veenendaal, Leigh Owens, Marianne Rankin and Gary Hart from the Bass Coast Adult Education Centre formed a team to play golf and raise money for the Bass Coast Specialist School.

School thanks golfers CLOSE to $25,000 was raised at a golf event in Wonthaggi on Friday.

Grade winners: the individual grade winners in the South Gippsland Women’s Golf Association Bowl event Winning team: Maxine Eabry, Marg Griffiths and Trish were Trish Owen (B Grade), Anne Walker (A Grade) and Owen from Leongatha won the South Gippsland Women’s Loris Clark (C Grade). They are pictured with association Golf Association Bowl. president Beryl Brown.

Organised by Bass MLA Brian Paynter and Holden’s Tony Cuzzupi, the funds will go towards a new bus for the Bass Coast Specialist School. The school lost one of its buses in an accident in Melbourne late last year. With nine teams on the Wonthaggi golf course on Friday, Mr Cuzzupi said the result was fantastic. “It was a great day and the funds raised

will go a long way to reach our target,” he said. “We hope to see a few more donations start to come in.” Prizes for the golf day and an auction were donated by local sponsors. “We would like to thank the Wonthaggi Golf Club for generously allowing us to use the facility and for catering lunch,” Bass Coast Specialist School principal Edith Gray said. “I’d also like to thank Brian and Tony – as well as my staff – who have worked so hard to put this event together.”

South Gippsland Women’s Golf Association Bowl THIS year’s event was played in perfect weather conditions on April 7 at Leongatha Golf Club. Sixty players from our nine South Gippsland Women’s Golf Association clubs competed for the prestigious bowl, awarded to the team of three players with the best combined stableford score. One of the host club’s teams, Leongatha 1, consisting of Maxine Eabry, Trish Owen and Marg Griffiths, made sure the Bowl made Leongatha Golf Club its home for the next 12 months, re-

Foster TUESDAY, April 4 Stableford Winner: F. Tyers 40 points. NTP: fourth N. Cooper and 17th C. Buckland. DTL: N. Cooper 38 and C. Buckland 38 Wednesday, April 5 Stroke Medal Merle Barham Trophy Winners: A Grade: T. Prue 73. B Grade and Medal Winner: M. Ellis 70. NTP: sixth M. Blake and 17th V. Soderlund. DTL: V. Soderlund 74 and K. Morris 74 Scratch

A Grade: B. Warren 88. B Grade: K. Morris 102. 9 Holes: V. Williams 35.5 Thursday, April 6 Stableford Winner: A. McKenzie +4. NTP: sixth F. Tyers and 13th P. Dight. DTL: G. Buckland +3, N. Cooper +1 and R. Smith +1. Eagles: 10th P. Spencer, and 12th N. Cooper Friday, April 7 Chook Run Winner: Alayne McKenzie 21 points. NTP: fourth L. McKenzie. DTL: L. McKenzie 19, C. Beer 19, T. Shackleton

turning a combined score of 88 points. Individual grade winners were Anne Walker (Wonthaggi), A Grade, with 34 points; Trish Owen (Leongatha), B Grade, with 33 points on a countback from Meeniyan’s Sue Hoskin; and Loris Clark (Leongatha), C Grade with 32 points. Nearest the Pin awards went to Dot Elliott (Meeniyan) on the seventh, Anne Walker (Wonthaggi) on the 14th, and Robyn Galloway (Foster) on the 16th. 19.

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Saturday, April 8 4BBB Stableford Winners: G Watkins and D Summers 47 points. NTP: fourth G. Tyers, sixth D. Summers, 13th S. Canning, 15th J. Freeman17th S. Reid and G. Reid. DTL: .J Freeman and N. Thompson 46, N. Cooper and B. Robinson 45, and G. Reid and K. Witheridge 43 C/B Pennant results: No play due to lightning The Golf Club bistro will be open for meals over the Easter long weekend; contact the

South Gippsland women’s pennant ROUND five: Section 1, at Foster, saw Meeniyan score a strong four to one win over Wonthaggi, thus cementing their top spot on the ladder. Foster put paid to Leongatha’s hopes by inflicting a 3.5 – 1.5 defeat. However, results in the final round will decide finishing places second through to fourth.

On the green: from left, Titch Loughran, Trevor Bowler, Daryl Vernon and Bass MLA Brian Paynter played a round of golf to support the Bass Coast Specialist School. Section 2’s round at Phillip Island also saw Korumburra cement their top spot, emerging victors after a very tight tussle with Leongatha, three games to two. Lang Lang defeated Meeniyan, 3.5 – 1.5, resulting in all the other final ladder positions being still undecided. Section 3 was played at

Welshpool, where the home team scored four games to one against Wonthaggi and Phillip Island won a tight match against Leongatha, three games to two games. The top three positions are all dependant on the final round results. Section 4 was played at Meeniyan where Korumburra

were able to overcome the home team by winning decisively, 4.5 – 0.5. In the other match, Leongatha and Woorayl squared their encounter, winning 2.5 games each. Again, the top three placings on the final ladder are all dependant on the last round matches.

• Leongatha Cycling

McLean stars in sprint race CLUB racing was at Kernot on a warm and windy Saturday afternoon. The racing finished just before the cold and wet front blew in, so riders were able to enjoy the 27 degree day. The club welcomed some Warragul riders along with some Caulfield-Carnegie juniors checking out the course prior to the end of the month Junior Tour. In the A Grade field there were 19 riders with a four strong scratch bunch chasing seven riders on four minutes, a further four riders on 10 minutes, two riders on 14 minutes and two limit riders on 22 minutes. The race involved two laps of the 24km circuit from Kernot out through Woodleigh, up the hills to St Helier before riding the ridge back through Almurta and past the reservoir to Kernot. The hills brought plenty of the riders undone along with a stiff northerly wind. By the end of the first lap, the limit

riders and other out markers were basically caught whilst the large seven minute bunch and the scratch bunch had also disintegrated first with the climb and then with pressure from Shane Stiles (Scr) (Warragul) and Brett Franklin (Scr). Only Oliver Mclean (4min) and Peter Hollins (4 min) managed to get anywhere near going with them up the climb on the second lap. At the end, Oliver McLean who had a dominant ride, took out the sprint from Shane and Brett. Peter Hollins followed in a further two minutes down. The Caufield-Carnegie riders Ryan Koroknai (4min) and Connor Bagot (4min) were close behind in fifth and sixth respectfully. Rob Monk (Warragul) (4min) and Chris Rowe (10min) were next in for seventh and eighth. Kerry Pritchard (14min) rode well with the climbs suiting his fitness to claim ninth whilst rounding out the top 10 was Harrison McLean (scr). Fastest time went to Shane Stiles in

1.22.41hr. In the B Grade race over one lap, Xavier Hart from Caulfield-Carnegie gave a three min start to Nash Snooks (Caulfield-Carnegie), Kaleb Jans, Jack Allen and Greg Bradshaw. Early in the race, the front quartet rode together but just after the Krowera turnoff, Nash Snooks rode away from the other trio and was never headed to take the win. By the time the field reached the downhill run to Almurta, Xavier had moved into second but still had a gap to chase to Nash and that proved to be about 250m too much. Xavier took second and fastest in 53 min whilst Jack Allen finished well to claim third ahead of Greg and Kaleb. Next weekend the club does not have any racing scheduled but riders can head to Warragul on Saturday for a team’s race. The weekend after Easter the club race will be at Poowong. Juniors are reminded to get their Fast paced: winner of the event Oliver McLean with second place and fastest entries in for the Junior Tour. time Shane Stiles (Warragul).

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SPORT | FOOTBALL Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Yinnar ..................... 390.38 Trafalgar ................. 194.57 Thorpdale ............... 105.15 Newborough ........... 110.69 Yall-Yall North......... 110.22 Morwell East .............. 94.20 Yarragon .................... 72.79 Mirboo North.............. 70.66 Hill End ...................... 62.66 Boolarra ..................... 43.13

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RESERVES LADDER Yinnar ..................... 643.33 Newborough ........... 473.81 Trafalgar ................. 152.56 Yall-Yall North......... 161.18 Yarragon ................. 145.24 Mirboo North............ 143.42 Hill End ...................... 79.44 Morwell East .............. 58.60 Thorpdale .................. 16.16 Boolarra ....................... 5.09

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THIRDS LADDER Newborough .... 13700.00 100 Hill End .............. 1476.19 100 Trafalgar .............. 271.70 100 Yall-Yall North...... 104.38 50 Mirboo North ......... 63.77 0 Yinnar ..................... 12.18 0 Morwell East ............. 1.82 0

FOURTHS LADDER Trafalgar ................. 381.82 Hill End ................... 230.77 Yinnar ..................... 143.53 Newborough ............. 62.50 Boolarra .................... 18.75 Mirboo North.............. 11.73

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• Mirboo North v. Trafalgar

Tigers trumped by Trafalgar By Rover A FIRED up Trafalgar comfortably defeated Mirboo North by 44 points in sunny and windy 28 degree weather on a bouncy, well-grassed surface at Trafalgar on Saturday. Compare this to 2016

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Yarragon 12.9.81 d Boolarra 12.6.78 Yinnar 11.7.73 d Hill End 5.9.39 Yall-Yall Nth 11.12.78 d Morwell East 6.5.41 Thorpdale 13.8.86 d Newborough 12.12.84 RESERVES Yarragon 11.13.79 d Boolarra 1.4.10 Yinnar 7.14.56 d Hill End 4.5.29 Yall-Yall Nth 14.17.101 d Morwell East 6.5.41 Newborough 23.17.155 d Thorpdale 1.0.6 THIRDS Hill End 18.14.122 d Yinnar 2.3.15 Yall-Yall Nth 20.22.142 d Morwell East 0.0.0 FOURTHS Hill end 9.16.70 d Yinnar 6.6.42

when the mighty Tigers comprehensively thrashed the Bloods by 132 and 127 points in Trafalgar’s annus horribilis of two wins and a draw for the season. Trafalgar’s overall fitness, determination, innovation and skill created an imperfect storm for Mirboo North. Although Mirboo North scored the opening goal of the match, a mountain of mistakes soon cropped up in its defence, where fumbles, tackling errors and shaky short kicks became prevalent. Successive majors from star import Matthew Van Schajik and Damian Mann, courtesy of a 50-metre penalty, set the Bloods’ scoring wheels in motion. Van Schajik, Lachlan Farrell and Mann would finish their afternoons of sharp shooting with five, four and three goals respectively. Jake Nash registered the visitors’ second major after a strong chest mark, but two goals in timeon gave the home side a 13-point advantage at

quarter time. An inspiring left-foot snap from first-gamer, Darryl Mayman, 40 seconds into the second term and later, another by Beau Ridgway, was all Mirboo North could muster during its turn with the gusty north-westerly. With Darcy Brock, Hayden Farrell, Jace Butler, Tyson Leys and Rhys Holdsworth starting to wield their influence, the Bloods’ work ethic into the wind was exemplary and helped produce four crucial goals for the term. During this period, Mirboo North’s defence was under constant pressure, as the Bloods frequently found teammates in space and the corridor became their pathway to prosperity Skipper Damien Turner, Zac Kilgower, Luke Palmer, Brayden Wilson and Nash were striving hard to keep the Tigers in the game, but the odds and weight of numbers, were always stacked against them. Trafalgar’s agility and strength, plus its function-

al management mobility and advanced transitional operatives, had systematically turned Mirboo North’s back line into an imploding disaster zone. One diehard Trafalgar supporter curiously compared some of the Bloods’ precision passing to the legendary Lash La Rue’s expertise with a bullwhip. Early in the third term, the Tigers’ Jacob Blair screwed a lovely left footer on the run from 45 metres, through the big white sticks. Thereafter, however, Trafalgar put the accelerator to the floor and banged on five unanswered goals that increased its lead to 55 points by the last change. As Trafalgar continued to ramp up its contested ball domination and free running authority, its game plan had a rhythmic harmony to it. With Daniel Puglia wearing Kilgower like a glove and Connor Noonan allowing Jesse Giardina little wriggle room deep inside Mirboo North’s forward 50, the Tigers’ effective avenues to goal were

severely restricted. Mirboo North’s hand and foot deliveries out of defence, through the midfield and into its forward line always seemed to be rushed and too often lacking in purpose. At three-quarter time, playing coach Clancy Bennett firmly asked his men to dig themselves out of the hole they had cre-

SENIORS Trafalgar 16.14.110 d Mirboo North 10.6.66 Trafalgar goals: M. Van Schajik 5, L. Farrell 4, D. Mann 3, D. Brock 1, T. Leys 1, M. Goodman 1, R. Holdsworth 1. Mirboo North goals: B. Wilson 1, J. Nash 1, J. Taylor 1, B. Ridgway 1, D. Mayman 1, J. Blair 1, L. Palmer 1, J. Brooks 1, J. Giardina 1, C. Le Page 1. Trafalgar best: D. Brock, M. Van Schajik, D. Puglia, L. Farrell, B. Dawson, H. Farrell. Mirboo North best: D. Turner, Z. Kilgower, L. Palmer, B. Wilson, J. Nash, C. Bennett.

RESERVES Trafalgar 6.9.45 d Mirboo North 5.5.35 Trafalgar goals: B. Tonkin 2, J. Morrow 1, R. Cornell 1, J. Rhodes 1, L. Weymouth 1. Mirboo North goals: K. Abas 2, J. Richards 1, T. Holland 1, S. Peters 1. Trafalgar best: J. Croxford, G. Kneebone, R. Evison, G. McMahon, R. Cornell, A. Weymouth. Mirboo North best: S. Peters, D.

ated for themselves by finishing the game strongly. The Tigers duly answered their leader’s impassioned call with character, commitment and conviction, by booting 5.2 to Trafalgar’s 3.3. Following the forthcoming Easter break, Mirboo North hosts Boolarra at Tigerland on Saturday 22 April.

Allen, D. McLean, B. Richards, P. Aveling, B. Linforth.

THIRDS Trafalgar 10.9.69 d Mirboo North 6.8.44 Trafalgar goals: B. Burgess 6, B. Bosman 2, B. Cameron 1, Z. Brown 1. Mirboo North goals: F. Austin 1, M. Green 1, R. Kratzat 1, E. Parker 1, B. Van de rydt 1. Trafalgar best: B. Burgess, J. Morrow, B. Kersten, B. Bosman, R. Farrell, D. Moss. Mirboo North best: L. Oddy, D. Fahey, R. Kratzat, T. Hart, B. Van de rydt , J. Edmondson.

FOURTHS Trafalgar 16.16.112 d Mirboo North 1.3.9 Trafalgar goals: R. Bills 3, J. Watts 3, N. Byrne 2, C. Dastey 2, C. Burgess 2, B. Zimora 1, B. Young 1, J. Giles 1, J. Nicholson 1. Mirboo North goals: M. Green 1. Trafalgar best: J. Vosper, J. Giles, R. Bills, J. Wheller, N. Byrne, J. De Graaf. Mirboo North best: S. Kennedy, J. Burgess-Pincini, D. Powell, J. Cummaudo, L. Stothart, B. Peters.

Miners close but Red Socks prevail THE Latrobe Valley Baseball League 2017 season opener was held in Leongatha at the South Gippsland Miners home ground on Sunday, April 9. With the weather unpredictable and the rain taking over at times, the battle was on for the Miners coming straight from winning the Gippsland Championships in their first match of the season against a determined Traralgon Red Socks. The Red Socks pushed hard with Blake Townsend achieving nine strikeouts, though Tim Katz let in the first pitch strikes with 27. Traralgon was just too tough in what

was a close match despite the final score line. Club brothers Tim Katz, Andrew Katz and Jeremy Katz were in fine form with Andrew playing well despite a double hernia, stealing second base and achieving home base in the first innings. New player for the Miners from America Phil Parker stepped up to the bat for the first time and the club couldn’t be happier to welcome him to their line-up for the season ahead. “The team was in high spirits despite the loss and was looking forward to meeting with Churchill on Sunday, April 23, at its Leongatha home ground,” club secretary Tim McGrath said. Final score: 10-5

Young stars: Leongatha’s young basketballers proudly represented their town at Basketball Victoria’s Country Championships recently.

Young basketballers take to the court in Victorian championship THE Leongatha Basketball Association was proudly represented at Basketball Victoria’s Country Championships held in Bendigo recently. The championships were only for the U12 age group and Leongatha Lightning had a team of U9 girls and a team of U8 boys compete at the three day event. The girls completed the championships finishing in Division 3 and the boys made the grand final and were runners up in Division 4. A credit and thank you go to the coaches and assis-

tants who have given up their time to train and develop the young players as they aspire to play at the highest level. A huge thanks goes to all families who attended; the association trusts that all the players learnt and developed over the three day event. The children were thrilled when Andrea and Kelly Wilson, former players from Leongatha and both currently playing WNBL for Bendigo and Townsville respectively, attended one of the games, provided autographs and shot some hoops with them.

New pitcher: South Gippsland Miners’ C Grade pitcher Wayne Prosser competed against the Traralgon Red Socks at Leongatha in the 2017 season opener on Sunday, April 9.

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Parrots netball A Grade Leongatha 52 d Bairnsdale 22 Auction player - Hannah Flanders. Awards: Lyn Rose Boutique - Hannah Flanders, 60 Degrees - Nicola Marriott, Rusty Windmill - Georgia Riseley. A great start to the 2017 season. A very young and talented squad took to the court and they didn’t disappoint. A hot and humid game and each player was able to keep composed and play four quarters of good hard netball. Great work girls, can’t wait to keep improving.

B Grade Leongatha 57 d Bairnsdale 49 Auction player - Kate Sperling. Awards: Baker’s Delight - Kasie Rump, Rusty Windmill - Kate Browne.

What a fantastic first game of netball. We played like we have played together for years. Welcome back Govers and what a game. Also welcome to the club Danie. Keep working hard.

C Grade Leongatha 53 d Bairnsdale 18 Auction player - Elicia Garnham. Awards: Sportsfirst - Sara Riseley, 60 Degrees - Tegan, Serafino’s - Danni Logan. Awesome effort for a brand new team. Great defensive pressure down the court resulting in heaps of turnovers. It was lovely to see the ball flow down to our very capable shooters. Bring on Wonthaggi next week.

Under 15 Leongatha 35 d

Bairnsdale 34 Awards: Bethany Scott, McDonald’s - Zali Rogers, Baker’s Delight - Taylah Buckley. Awesome work girls, we all gave 110 percent throughout the entire game. Amazing start to the season, let’s do it next week.

Under 17 Leongatha 42 d Bairnsdale 26 Awards: Lily Scott, Baker’s Delight - Taylah Brown. From the very start the Parrots flew over the competition producing some of the finest shooting 17s has seen in years. Numerous intercepts created game changing play that led to a fantastic first game win. Shout out to the 15s for filling in and well done 17s.

Gippsland netball Results - Round 1 A Grade: Drouin 42 drew Morwell 42, Leongatha 52 d Bairnsdale 22, Maffra 42 d Sale 39, Traralgon 68 d Wonthaggi Power 33, Warragul 49 d Moe 45. B Grade: Drouin 42 d Morwell 27, Leongatha 57 d Bairnsdale 48, Maffra 39 lt Sale 45, Traralgon 42 d Wonthaggi Power 35, Warragul 29 lt Moe 45. C Grade: Drouin 24 lt Morwell 39, Leongatha 53 d Bairnsdale 18, Maffra 23 d Sale 22, Traralgon 36 d Wonthaggi Power 31, Warragul 34 d Moe 16. Under 17: Drouin 61 d Morwell 21, Leongatha 42 d Bairnsdale 26, Maffra 52 d Sale 37, Traralgon 33 lt Wonthaggi Power 39, Warragul 26 lt Moe 40. Under 15: Drouin 29 lt Morwell 34, Leongatha 35 d Bairnsdale 34, Maffra 24 lt Sale 54, Traralgon 36 lt Wonthaggi Power 39, Warragul 27 lt Moe 45. Under 13: Drouin 3 lt

Morwell 35, Leongatha 0 drew Bairnsdale 0, Traralgon 25 lt Wonthaggi Power 30, Warragul 10 lt Moe 36.

Ladders A Grade Leongatha ....................236.36 Traralgon .....................206.06 Warragul ......................108.89 Maffra ..........................107.69 Drouin ..........................100.00 Morwell .........................100.00 Sale..................................92.86 Moe .................................91.84 Wonthaggi Power ............48.53 Bairnsdale .......................42.31 B Grade Drouin ..........................155.56 Moe ...............................155.17 Traralgon .....................120.00 Leongatha .................... 118.75 Sale ............................... 115.38 Maffra..............................86.67 Bairnsdale .......................84.21 Wonthaggi Power ............83.33 Warragul ..........................64.44 Morwell ...........................64.29 C Grade Leongatha ....................294.44 Warragul ......................212.50 Morwell ........................162.50 Traralgon ..................... 116.13 Maffra ..........................104.55 Sale..................................95.65 Wonthaggi Power ............ 86.11

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Drouin .............................61.54 Moe .................................47.06 Bairnsdale .......................33.96 Under 17 Drouin ..........................290.48 Leongatha ....................161.54 Moe ...............................153.85 Maffra ..........................140.54 Wonthaggi Power ........ 118.18 Traralgon .........................84.62 Sale..................................71.15 Warragul .........................65.00 Bairnsdale ......................61.90 Morwell ..........................34.43 Under 15 Sale ...............................225.00 Moe ...............................166.67 Morwell ........................ 117.24 Wonthaggi Power ........108.33 Leongatha ....................102.94 Bairnsdale .......................97.14 Traralgon .........................92.31 Drouin .............................85.29 Warragul ..........................60.00 Maffra.............................44.44 Under 13 Morwell ...................... 1166.67 Moe ...............................360.00 Wonthaggi Power ........120.00 Bairnsdale ........................0.00 Traralgon .......................83.33 Warragul .........................27.78 Drouin ...............................8.57 Leongatha..........................0.00 Maffra................................0.00 Sale....................................0.00

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West Gippsland netball Results - Round 2 A Grade: Nar Nar Goon 31 d Bunyip 29, KorumburraBena 94 d Garfield 11. B Grade: Nar Nar Goon 27 lt Bunyip 32, KorumburraBena 74 d Garfield 4. C Grade: Nar Nar Goon 18 lt Bunyip 34, KorumburraBena 41 d Garfield 26. Under 17: Nar Nar Goon 21 lt Bunyip 36, KorumburraBena 57 d Garfield 11. Under 15: Nar Nar Goon 22 d Bunyip, KorumburraBena 48 d Garfield 1. Under 13: Nar Nar Goon 5 lt Bunyip 18, KorumburraBena 20 d Garfield 1.

Ladders A Grade Koo Wee Rup ...............322.73 Bunyip ..........................222.22 Korum-Bena ................178.95 Dalyston .......................138.46 Nar Nar Goon ................90.77 Inverloch-K’wak .............88.24 Cora Lynn........................87.50 Phillip Island ...................72.22 Kilcunda-Bass .................30.99 Garfield ...........................19.72 B Grade Bunyip ..........................221.95 Koo Wee Rup ...............265.00 Korum-Bena ................125.00 Dalyston ....................... 116.22 Inverloch-K’wak .........103.61 Cora Lynn........................96.92 Phillip Island ...................86.05 Nar Nar Goon..................73.68 Kilcunda-Bass .................37.74

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Courts to be opened THE Wonthaggi netball courts will be officially opened next Thursday (April 20). The official opening will take place from 4pm until 5pm. Special guests including Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing, Victorian Fury netballer Lara Dunkley, representatives from the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association, representatives from Wonthaggi Power Netball Club, and Bass Coast mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield will be in attendance. The grand opening comes after Power’s first match on the courts against Leongatha in a Good Friday showdown.

Garfield ...........................23.73 C Grade Bunyip ..........................413.64 Cora Lynn ....................171.43 Koo Wee Rup .............1425.00 Dalyston .......................261.90 Korum-Bena ................ 118.52 Inverloch-K’wak .............70.59 Nar Nar Goon..................55.71 Phillip Island ...................38.18 Garfield .............................7.02 Kilcunda-Bass ...................7.02 Under 17 Bunyip ..........................182.93 Dalyston .......................258.82 Koo Wee Rup ...............185.71 Korum-Bena ................166.67 Cora Lynn ....................159.62 Inverloch-K’wak .............82.67 Kilcunda-Bass .................53.85 Garfield ...........................51.28 Nar Nar Goon..................42.70 Phillip Island ...................38.64 Under 15 Inverloch-K’wak .........120.83 Kilcunda-Bass..............325.00 Bunyip ..........................164.52 Cora Lynn ....................131.82 Phillip Island................122.22 Nar Nar Goon..................70.91 Dalyston ..........................81.82 Korum-Bena....................80.65 Koo Wee Rup ..................30.77 Garfield ...........................29.03 Under 13 Bunyip ..........................833.33 Cora Lynn ....................320.00 Korum-Bena ................209.09 Dalyston .......................100.00 Phillip Island................100.00 Inverloch-K’wak .............39.13 Nar Nar Goon..................30.23 Garfield .............................3.13 Kilcunda-Bass ...................0.00 Koo Wee Rup ....................0.00

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Scramble: Milly Ellen, Jade Cashin, Kelly McRae, Holly Hawkins and Cindy McKnight fight for the ball in a match between Stony Creek and Tarwin. Photo courtesy Gerard

Alberton netball results Results - Round 2 April 8 A Grade: MDU 57 d Foster 30, Toora 31 lt Fish Creek 43, Tarwin 38 lt Stony Creek 54. B Grade: MDU 33 d Foster 26, Toora 46 d Fish Creek 31, Tarwin 48 lt Stony Creek 54. C Grade: MDU 68 d Foster 20, Toora 27 lt Fish Creek 36, Tarwin 29 d Stony Creek 27. 17 & Under: MDU 70 d Foster 24, Toora 32 lt

Fish Creek 34, Tarwin 36 d Stony Creek 26. 15 & Under: MDU 8 lt Foster 29, Toora 5 lt Fish Creek 26. 13 & Under: MDU 3 lt Foster 31, Toora 5 lt Fish Creek 26, Tarwin 43 d Stony Creek 5.

Ladders A Grade MDU ...........................239.58 Fish Creek ..................170.69 Stony Creek ............... 142.11 Foster............................87.72 Tarwin ..........................59.09 Toora .............................48.51

8 8 4 4 0 0

DWWWW.......................0.00 B Grade Toora ..........................121.43 MDU ........................... 110.77 Foster..........................154.72 Fish Creek .................. 118.57 Stony Creek................. 112.50 Tarwin ...........................67.92 DWWWW.....................35.71 C Grade MDU ...........................350.00 Fish Creek ..................161.70 Foster............................93.67 Tarwin ..........................73.13 Stony Creek...................93.10 Toora .............................44.55 DWWWW.....................20.37 17 & Under MDU ...........................250.00 Fish Creek ..................130.91

0 6 6 4 4 4 0 0 8 8 4 4 0 0 0 8 8

Foster............................97.26 Tarwin ..........................92.19 Stony Creek...................72.22 Toora .............................62.63 DWWWW.......................6.38 15 & Under Fish Creek ..................368.42 Foster..........................362.50 MDU .............................63.16 Toora ............................33.33 Tarwin ...........................31.82 13 & Under Foster..........................822.22 Tarwin ........................372.22 Fish Creek ..................134.48 Toora ............................72.73 MDU .............................20.00 DWWWW.....................13.95 Stony Creek................... 11.63

4 4 0 0 0 8 4 4 0 0 8 8 4 4 0 0 0

• Mirboo North netball

Tigers battle tough competition A Grade

team effort.

MN 32 def by Traf 34

D Grade

Best: Jess Le Page. Coach’s: Abbey Nash. It was a good effort from the A Grade girls. There are lots of positives to take out of the game and still lots to work on. It’s only early, so they have plenty of time to regroup and work on play. It was hot, but everyone kept pushing right to the end.

MN 10 def by Traf 59 Best: Katie Symmons. Coaches: Dana Eaves. In very hot conditions, the defense was strong and the girls ran it out until the end. There are lots of things to work on at training, and the girls will be putting in their all to improve.

B Grade

MN 22 d Traf 25

MN 39 def by Traf 35

Best: Charlie Chila. Coach’s: Melissa Blackshaw. This was a really good effort for the first game together as a team. There were heaps of huge positives came out of it and lots to work on to improve even more.

Best: Christina Stoertebecker. Coach’s: Karli Densley. Fantastic team effort from the Tigers. Everyone worked hard for all four quarters in the heat. They worked so hard to bring the score back to level in the last quarter, but fell away by four in the end. All players should be extremely proud of their efforts. Thanks to Gregoria Castello and Alyce Turnbull for stepping up from C Grade.

C Grade MN 11 def by Traf 33 Best: Kirsty Koene. Coach’s: Tegan Bell. It was a hot game, but everyone gave it their best


U15s MN 33 def by Traf 43 Best: Jaime Chila. Coaches: Abbey McColl. This was a great first game for the season. The third quarter was the highlight with a new goaling combination bringing the gap back to four goals. A stronger start next week will hopefully see a very different result.

Advantage: Mirboo North’s A Grade wing defence Charlie Chila moves to ball out of Trafalgar’s scoring end.

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• MDU v. Foster

Tigers all the way winners SENIORS LADDER W L D

Fish Creek.... 2 DWWWW ..... 1 Toora... ....... 1 Foster ......... 1 Tarwin ............ 1 Stony Creek.... 0 MDU............... 0

0 0 1 1 1 1 1



0 152.14 8 0 426.67 4 0 222.22 4 0 97.40 4 0 73.33 4 0 74.19 0 0 17.04 0

FOSTER sprung back from its opening round loss to DWWWW by recording a thumping win over MDU. The Tigers opened its account with four first term goals to MDU’s three

behinds. Troy Van Dyke, a local 18 year old playing in the centre, was raking in possessions for Foster with James Cook tapping beautifully in the ruck. Jason Kennedy at full back/centre half back was brilliant for United as too

was Cameron Harris in the ruck and Tom Corry in the midfield kicked all three of the Demon’s goals. In term two the Demons came back with two goals, matching it with the Tigers. At half time it was Foster 6.9.45 to MDU 2.5.17.

But it was in the premiership quarter where Foster exerted its authority powering away to boot 6.5 to MDU’s no score. The Tigers’ Luke Globan through the centre and up forward gathered lots of possessions while Luke Galle will be a handy

GOALKICKERS R. Robertson (Toora) .......... (4) 15 K. Bergles (DWWWW) ........ (0) 10 J. Weston (Toora) ............... (2) 6 J. Smith (Fish Ck) ............... (3) 6 A. Seccull (Fish Ck) ............. (1) 4 T. Holman (Foster) .............. (3) 4 B. Cooper (Fish Ck) ............. (1) 4 R. Jaroszczuk (Toora) ......... (2) 4 T. Corry (MDU).................... (3) 4 T. Toussaint (Tarwin) ........... (1) 4 T. Hooker (Fish Ck) ............. (0) 4


Foster 17.18.120 M.D.U. 3.8.26 Foster Goals: N. Connellan 3, T. Holman 3, L. Mann 3, T. Van Dyke 2, L. Globan 1, N. Van Dyke 1, B. Rooney 1, J. Toner 1, J. Cook 1, P. Coelli 1 M.D.U. Goals: T. Corry 3 Foster Best: T. Van Dyke, L. Globan, J. Cook, B. Rooney, T. Holman, K. Bohn M.D.U. Best: J. Kennedy, C. Harris, T. Corry, B. Arnup, M. Laskey, M. Harris RESERVES



Fish Creek.... 2 0 0 340.68 MDU........... 2 0 0 201.37 Stony Creek .. 1 0 0 207.89 DWWWW ..... 1 0 0 138.10 Foster ............. 0 2 0 51.72 Tarwin ............ 0 2 0 48.84 Toora ... .......... 0 2 0 31.55 GOALKICKERS A. Bright (Fish Ck)............... (5) W. Thorson (Stony Ck)........ (5) D. Devonshire (Fish Ck) ...... (3) M. Bartlett (MDU) ............... (2) M. Dyer (Stony Ck) ............. (3) L. Park (Fish Creek) ............ (0) N. Mathieson (MDU) ........... (2) L. Fisher (MDU) .................. (0) L. Weston (Tarwin).............. (0) D. La Casa (Foster) ............. (0) B. Mead-Ameri (Tarwin) ...... (2) J. Segat (Foster) ................. (0) J. Arter (DWWWW)............. (0) B. Park (MDU)..................... (0) L. Borne (Tarwin) ................ (0) J. Bright (Foster) ................. (2) C. Hanratty (Toora).............. (0) B. McKnight (Stony Ck) ...... (2) K. Lipp (MDU) ..................... (2) J. Lamont (DWWW) ............ (0) M. Petersen (Fish Ck).......... (2) L. Campbell (MDU) ............. (2) P. Harris (MDU)................... (2)


8 8 4 4 0 0 0 9 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

M.D.U. 12.15.87 Foster 4.9.33 M.D.U. Goals: M. Bartlett 2, L. Campbell 2, P. Harris 2, K. Lipp 2, N. Mathieson 2, J. Peach 1, M. East 1 Foster Goals: J. Bright 2, L. Cripps


234.48 190.00 106.32 103.33 0.65 0.00

4 4 4 4 0 0

GOALKICKERS L. Lidstone (Foster)............. (1) J. Stockdale (MDU) ............. (2) Z. Duursma (Foster) ............ (4) B. Prain (Foster) .................. (1) L. Smith (MDU)................... (2) N. Van Dyke (Foster) ........... (0) J. Platt (Toora) .................... (1) A. Wilson (Fish Ck) ............. (3) L. Ireland (Toora) ................ (0) R. Angwin (Foster) .............. (0)

6 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3

Foster ......... 1 Fish Creek.... 1 Toora .......... 1 MDU........... 1 DWWWW ....... 0 Stony Creek.... 0

1 0 1 1 1 0

0 0 0 0 0 0

1, T. McWilliams 1 M.D.U. Best: M. East, P. Harris, L. Harris, L. Campbell, N. Mathieson, R. Livingstone Foster Best: D. Hateley, J. Smith, B. Smith, B. Armstrong, M. House THIRDS

M.D.U. 12.14.86 Foster 7.7.49 M.D.U. Goals: M. Hoober 2, L. Smith 2, J. Stockdale 2, S. Bright 1, J. Gourlay 1, S. Chadwick 1, G. Cole 1, S. Pearce 1, M. Scrimshaw 1 Foster Goals: Z. Duursma 4, L. Lidstone 1, B. Prain 1, K. Napier 1 M.D.U. Best: G. Cole, S. Bright, M. Hoober, S. Pearce, S. Chadwick, L. Smith Foster Best: B. Smith, J. Smith, R. Angwin, Z. Duursma, B. Armstrong

Tarwin fight for the win TARWIN made the most of the home ground advantage with a win against Stony Creek on Saturday. After losing in the first round to Fish Creek, the Sharks’ spirits were lifted after claiming their first win of the round in a turnover. Stony Creek had the up-

per hand in the first half, inching ahead of Tarwin by four points in the first quarter and by five points in the second. Some inaccurate kicking kept Tarwin’s score low, with nine behinds on the board by half time. Unwilling to concede defeat, Tarwin regrouped during half time and came out firing in the second half. Two unanswered goals in the third term pushed the

Sharks into the lead. Tarwin’s Alex Whalebone gave a stand out performance; in the midfield he was an indomitable presence, who backed up the team with intense defensive pressure. Digging deep in the fourth quarter, the Sharks stayed ahead of Stony Creek and enjoyed a 16 point win. The final score was Tarwin 8.14.62 to Stony Creek 7.4.46.


about 7-8 players. The Tigers’ ground is still not ready for play so this week’s Easter Saturday derby against Fish Creek will be played at Terrill Park, Fish Creek. MDU journey to Tarwin this Easter Saturday to take on the Sharks.

Defence: MDU’s Adam Trotto pulls away from his Foster opponents.


addition to the team. MDU is blooding a lot of its young, local talent and will improve over time. There are also a number of others still to come back from injuries. Foster has lost about 16 players from last year’s side but has picked up

Contested: Tarwin’s Luke Borne struggles to keep the ball away from Stony Creek’s Eli Taylor and Brenton Byrnes. Photo courtesy of Gerard Bruning-@

Along with Whalebone, Tarwin’s best were Andrew Murray, Brenton Taber, Ricky O’Loughlin, Travis Cameron and Nathan McRae. Stony Creek’s best were Sam Marriott, Jake Cameron, Clint Mackie, Kerem Baskaya, Jack Stuart and Dylan Zuidema. Tarwin coach Nick Lecchino put the win down to excellent camaraderie displayed by the new Tarwin side. “It was a great game; we won because the team came together in the second half. It was nice to have our first win for the season,” Lecchino said. “We play our cross town rivals MDU on Easter Saturday, which we suspect will draw in a big crowd. We are playing at home again, so we are looking forward to hopefully go into round four two – one. We have a bye in round four, so it would be good to come back from a week off refreshed and with two wins already under our belt for when we play Toora.” Stony Creek will face the Allies on Easter Sunday.

Reach: Stony Creek’s Mladin Josic and Tarwin’s Dermott Yawney compete for the ball. Photo courtesy of Gerard SENIORS

Tarwin 8.14.62 Stony Creek 7.4.46 Tarwin Goals: H. Black 2, R. Davey 1, A. Murray 1, T. Pastura 1, E. Yawney 1, T. Toussaint 1, B. Hasell 1 Stony Creek Goals: K. Baskaya 2, J. Cameron 2, J. Cann 1, J. Stuart 1, G. Gray 1 Tarwin Best: A. Whalebone, A. Murray, B. Taber, R. O’Loughlin, T. Cameron, N. McRae Stony Creek Best: S. Marriott, J. Cameron, C. Mackie, K. Baskaya,

J. Stuart, D. Zuidema RESERVES

Stony Creek 12.7.79 Tarwin 5.8.38 Stony Creek Goals: W. Thorson 5, M. Dyer 3, B. McKnight 2, J. Byrnes 1, N. Nowell-Svenson 1 Tarwin Goals: B. Mead-Ameri 2, D. Cardy 1, S. Clark 1, L. Anderson 1 Stony Creek Best: A. Verboon, G. Gray, B. Byrnes, B. McKnight, R. McGrath, W. Thorson Tarwin Best: B. Mead-Ameri, V. Van Dillen, D. Cardy, P. Houston, A. Chadwick, L. Weston

Chilly end for Stony races A COLD front affected crowd numbers for the last race meeting for Stony Creek Racing Club on Monday, April10.

Giddy up: enjoying the pony rides were Zinnia and Nevaeh Jackman from Poowong pictured with Adeline Sharkey of Tynong.

Rugging up was the order of the day for those who attended but there was plenty on offer for those who made the effort including a return of the very popular Wild Action Zoo, pony rides and the popular Kelly Sports. A small crowd attended which was hard to judge as many ventured indoors to make use of the dining rooms and bars on course.

Zoo land: getting up close with a Stump Tail Lizard from Wild Action Zoo were Phoenix, Carly and Tilly Krausz of Leongatha. They are pictured with handler, Deanna Howell.

“THE STAR” Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - PAGE 53

FOOTBALL | SPORT • Garfield v Korumburra-Bena

Giants shattered by Garfield ALTHOUGH the Seniors match was over and done with before the storm hit, Korumburra Bena could not beat Garfield’s storm. ROUND 2 SENIORS LADDER W L D

Garfield .......2 Inv-K’wak.....2 KooWeeRup..1 Dalyston ......1 Cora Lynn ....1 Nar Nar Goon ..1 Phillip Is .........0 Kil-Bass..........0 Bunyip............0 Kor-Bena ........0

0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2


0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

420.00 167.26 123.08 110.20 106.96 101.41 90.74 81.25 42.86 32.63


8 8 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS N. Langley (Cora Lynn) ....... (0) 10 T. Mahoney (Inv-K) ............. (0) 7 J. Drew (Garfield) ................ (2) 5 D. Johnson (Garfield) .......... (4) 5 Z. Stewart (Nar Nar) ............ (4) 4 J. McMillan (Kor-Bena) ....... (1) 4 S. Pimm (Phillip Is)............. (0) 4 R. Gillis (Cora Lynn) ............ (0) 4 A. Soumilas (Inv-K)............. (0) 3 S. Hawking (Inv-K).............. (0) 3 J. Wells (Kil-Bass)............... (0) 3 M. Stevens (Nar Nar) .......... (2) 3


Nar Nar Goon..2 Garfield .......2 Cora Lynn ....1 Kil-Bass ......1 Phillip Is......1 Inv-K’wak .......1 Dalyston .........0 KooWeeRup ...0 Kor-Bena ........0 Bunyip............0

0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 2

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



176.00 130.77 253.95 110.81 103.33 66.17 96.77 90.24 54.61 53.28

8 8 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS M. Lewis (Nar Nar).............. (4) M. Schreck (Dalyston) ........ (0) T. Dovaston (Nar Nar) ......... (3) M. Adair (Cora Lynn)........... (0) M. MacKay (Inv-K) .............. (0) T. McDonald (Garfield) ........ (0) S. Pugh (Kil-Bass)............... (0) S. Dillon (Cora Lynn)........... (0) J. Dowie (Inv-K) .................. (0) R. Dixon (Kor-Bena) ............ (1) D. Cortese (Cora Lynn) ....... (0) J. Frazer (Cora Lynn)........... (0)

7 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3 3


Cora Lynn ....2 Garfield .......2 Phillip Is......1 KooWeeRup..1 Bunyip ........1 Inv-K’wak .......1 Kil-Bass..........0 Nar Nar Goon ..0 Kor-Bena ........0 Dalyston .........0

0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


1416.67 672.00 1041.67 139.58 68.29 26.01 71.64 40.80 23.08 9.60


8 8 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS H. Briggs (Cora Lynn) ......... (0) 10 J. Verleg (Garfield) .............. (3) 8 Z. Williamson (Cora Lynn) .. (0) 5 J. Keating (Phillip Is) ........... (0) 5 B. Taylor (Phillip Is)............. (0) 5 D. Wilson-Browne (Ph. Is) .. (0) 4 Z. Baguley (Bunyip)............. (4) 4 J. Bow (Garfield) ................. (2) 3 B. York (Cora Lynn)............. (0) 3 P. Briffa (Nar Nar)................ (3) 3

Garfield 15.12.102 Korumburra-Bena 1.8.14

ny, S. Moore, P. Hicks, D. Robbins THIRDS

Garfield Goals: D. Johnson 4, J. Drew 2, D. Payne 2, D. Johnson 2, T. McDonald 1, S. Batson 1, T. Fitzpatrick 1, T. Payne 1, R. Hower 1 Korumburra-Bena Goal: J. McMillan 1 Garfield Best: D. Johnson, N. Marsh, S. Watson, T. Payne, J. Drew, D. Helmore Korumburra-Bena Best: L. Van Rooye, C. Trewin, S. Braithwaite, M. Snooks, B. Fitzpatrick, J. Ayama RESERVES

Garfield 15.10.100 Korumburra-Bena 1.4.10

Garfield 6.6.42 Korumburra-Bena 4.8.32 Leading Goalkickers: J. Barnes 2, R. Murphy 2 Gar Best: D. Clebney, J. Barnes, S. Clebney, T. McMillan, D. Vella KB Best: D. Muir, M. Olden, B. Antho-


Cora Lynn ....2 Bunyip ........1 Garfield .......1 Phillip Is......1 Koo Wee Rup..1 Inv-K’wak .......1 Kor-Bena ........0 Kil-Bass..........0 Dalyston .........0 Nar Nar Goon ..0

0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 2

0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



471.11 433.33 147.62 600.00 410.71 78.18 64.55 24.35 16.67 6.89

8 6 6 4 4 4 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS L. Taylor (Cora Lynn) .......... (0) M. Nadenbousch (Bunyip) .. (7) G. Da Costa (Cora Lynn) ..... (0) G. Wells (Kor-Bena) ............ (4) B. Font (Cora Lynn) ............. (0) N. Bee-Hickman (Ph Is) ...... (0) H. Morgan-Morris (Buny) ... (4) L. Murphy (Bunyip) ............. (4) J. Wilson (Ph Is) ................. (0) M. Voss (KooWeeRup)........ (0)

8 7 5 5 5 4 4 4 3 3

Leading Goalkickers: J. Verleg 3, B. Coffey 3 Gar Best: J. Bow, D. De Boer, B. Coffey, E. Sauze, A. McMillan, J. Chamberlain KB Best: R. Dixon, L. Fievez, P. Gillin, J. Grabham, B. Walker, J. Wyhoon FOURTHS

Garfield 9.9.63 Korumburra-Bena 5.3.33 Leading Goalkicker: G. Wells 4 Gar Best: B. Elliott, L. Sauze, J. Paterson, I. Norrie, M. Freriks, T. Miller KB Best: G. Wells, J. Grabham, W. Little, J. Harris, M. Nicholas

dled with clean skill. Garfield managed four unanswered goals in the first term, leaving the Giants scoreless. The second term did little to lift the Giants’ spirits. Another five unanswered goals appeared on Garfield’s scoreboard, and the Giants only managed one behind to show for it. Half time gave the Giants time to recuperate, and new recruit Jake McMillan put the first major on the board. Unfortunately, this would be the only goal for the game for the Giants. The Giants struggled to convert behinds into goals, and finished the third quarter with six behinds.

Meanwhile, Garfield’s score and lifted to 11 goals. The Giants kept the pressure up going into the fourth quarter, but the game was long lost. Garfield broke triple figures, while the Giants had 14 points at the final siren. The final score was Garfield 15.12.102 to Korumburra Bena 1.8.14. Although the end result was disappointing for the club, the Giants are looking forward to the week ahead. The Giants will have a week off over Easter, giving the team time regroup before a clash against Dalyston at home. The Giants are particularly looking forward to

the Dalyston match due to the return of the two Senior players – Michael Cooke and Nick Besley. As a tall forward and goal kicker, Cooke’s sup-

port has been missed in the forward line. With a full team at full strength, the Giants will be ready to fight in round three.

Nar Nar Goon 12.9.81 Bunyip 5.3.33

Morton, J. Masset, M. Sloan, T. Buckingham THIRDS

Nar Nar Goon Goals: Z. Stewart 4, K. Fowler 2, M. Stevens 2, T. Beck 1, M. Virtue 1, B. Hermann 1, J. Marcon 1 Bunyip Goals: J. Tonks 2, B. Jones 1, N. Lieshout 1, J. Gibson 1 Nar Nar Goon Best: Z. Stewart, K. Fowler, M. Stevens, B. Hughes, T. Clacy Bunyip Best: J. McLeod, M. Whyte, B. Jostlear, B. Walker, J. Williams, J. Gibson RESERVES

Nar Nar Goon 11.13.79 Bunyip 4.8.32 Leading Goalkicker: M. Lewis 4 NNG Best: T. Dovaston, T. Sherer, L. Thomas , J. Fromhold, M. Van Roy, L. Failla Bun Best: J. Boyes, B. Wolfe, B.

Bunyip 10.9.69 Nar Nar Goon 8.7.55 Leading Goalkicker: Z. Baguley 4 Bun Best: L. Taylor, T. Jayamaha, B. Stewart, S. Booth, T. Blakey NNG Best: P. Briffa, C. Tyler, M. Tweedale, J. Bell-Janke, C. Hampton FOURTHS

Bunyip 26.9.165 Nar Nar Goon 2.3.15 Leading Goalkicker: M. Nadenbousch 7 Bun Best: W. Papley, L. Murphy, P. Davis, B. Rose, M. Nadenbousch, J. Booth NNG Best: L. Dunne, C. Tweedale, J. Vogrig, D. Taylor, L. Motta, H. Tweedale

• Toora v Fish Creek

Roos win in stellar clash AFTER all the off season hype about the Alberton Football Netball League’s destruction, Toora and Fish Creek put on a football display to rival the new supposed powerhouse WGFL. With a couple of key players missing from both sides and on a balmy South Gippsland day on a pristine Toora Recreation Reserve, the game got under way at a cracking pace. Fish Creek won the opening tap through Taylor. Ethan Park gathered the ball and sent it forward to brother Lachie, whose handball found the running man Tom Cameron and the opening goal of the match was on the board inside 30 seconds. A very even opening term saw Toora open its account through coach Jack Weston, after he intercepted a wayward kick from Fishy backman Eade.



A tough match was anticipated, but Garfield was quick off the mark and proved to be a strong opposition. It was a fit and fast game, which Garfield han-

Round 3: April 15 - Easter Tarwin v MDU Foster v Fish Creek Toora - bye Sunday, April 16 DWWWW v Stony Creek

MID GIPPSLAND No matches over Easter

GIPPSLAND Round 2: April 14 Split round Easter/ANZAC Wonthaggi v Leongatha Morwell v Warragul April 22 Moe v Traralgon Sale v Drouin Bairnsdale v Maffra

WEST GIPPSLAND Round 2: April 15 Easter Inverloch v Cora Lynn Dalyston v Kilcunda-Bass Phillip Is v Koo Wee Rup

Small forward and onballer Smith for Fishy looked very dangerous and at the other end former Melbourne star Robertson was also looking dangerous and Fish Creek backman Hayes was in for a tough day. Toora hit the lead at the 17 minute mark when Weston intercepted another Fish Creek kick to register his second and the teams third. The lead wasn’t held for long however with goals to Seccull and Cooper finishing the opening term for Fish Creek and sending them to the break 5 points up. The second quarter had Fish Creek kicking with the aid of the breeze and they looked the better of the two sides through this period; a four goal to one term had them on top at half time with Coates, Cooper, Blenkinsop and first gamer Sam McGannon all going well whist for Toora new recruits Jaroszczuk and Wells looked very good and had good support from Scarcella and Weston. At half time, the margin was 29 points in Fish Creek’s favor and it would have been easy for the Magpies to throw in the towel. A good old fashioned spray from the Magpie coach Weston during the long break and Toora looked very confident going into the second half and goaled inside the opening minute through Robertson to reduce the margin to inside four goals. The Kangaroos however, are the reigning premier for good reason and they answered almost immediately through Smith and when he goaled again a few minutes later to extend the margin out the big-

gest of the match at 35 points, most people at the ground thought that Fishy would run away with it. The Toora boys, however, had different ideas and with their midfield getting on top they scored the final five goals of the third quarter to reduce the margin to five points at the last change. The final quarter was an absolute cracker with both teams giving everything they had; the wind almost unnoticeable and the sun beaming the heat was on the ball, with every contest hard fought and some great skills shown by both sides. A tough defensive effort from both sides saw a very low scoring final quarter and it wasn’t until the nine minute mark that another of the Fishy juniors Jai Stefani found some space up forward to get a mark about 45 metres out directly in front. His kick, under enormous pressure, was a beauty and this gave the Kangaroos some breathing space with the margin pushed out to 11 points. Toora continued to push and a couple of missed opportunities could have produced a different outcome had they been on target. The end result was a nine point victory to Fish Creek in what was a cracking game of football that thrilled everyone in the ground and showed that the Alberton is well and truly alive and well as far as the standard of football goes. Best players for Fish Creek were Coates, Cooper, Blenkinsop, Smith, Taylor and Sam McGannon while for Toora Jaroszczuk, Mulholand, Weston, Wells, O’Sullivan and Jenkins

were outstanding. Goalkickers for Fish Creek were Smith 3, Cameron 2 and singles to Cooper, Coates, Buckland G.Park, Stefani and Seccull and for Toora, Robertson 4, Weston and Jaroszczuk 2 each and singles to Manders and Toner. Next week sees Fish Creek at home to Foster in the Easter Saturday clash while Toora have the bye and a break over Easter.


Fish Creek 11.13.79 Toora 10.10.70 Fish Creek Goals: J. Smith 3, T. Cameron 2, J. Buckland 1, A. Seccull 1, G. Park 1, B. Cooper 1, B. Coates 1, J. Stefani 1 Toora Goals: R. Robertson 4, J. Weston 2, R. Jaroszczuk 2, L. Toner 1, L. Manders 1 Fish Creek Best: B. Coates, B. Cooper, J. Blenkinsop, J. Smith, S. McGannon, M. Taylor Toora Best: R. Jaroszczuk, D. Mulholland, J. Weston, B. Wells, M. O’Sullivan, W. Jenkins RESERVES

Fish Creek 15.18.108 Toora 1.7.13 Fish Creek Goals: A. Bright 5, D. Devonshire 3, M. Petersen 2, J. Lawson 1, C. Batten 1, G. Batten

1, J. Danckert 1, L. Edgelow 1 Toora Goals: P. Hollier 1 Fish Creek Best: D. Devonshire, J. Danckert, M. Petersen, T. Price, A. Bright, P. Mueller Toora Best: T. Crawford, C. Hanratty, S. Vening, H. Hanratty, C. Ferguson, J. Platt THIRDS

Fish Creek 8.9.57 Toora 4.6.30 Fish Creek Goals: A. Wilson 3, N. Denbrok 2, C. Buckland 1, L. Cocksedge 1, E. Clark 1 Toora Goals: T. Koolen 1, O. Cashmore 1, J. Platt 1, K. Swart 1 Fish Creek Best: L. Cocksedge, A. Wilson, D. Tracy, E. Clark, N. Denbrok, B. Hams Toora Best: D. O’Keefe, L. Ireland, F. Cashmore, R. Hewson, T. Koolen, J. Beecroft

Stand out performance: Fish Creek’s Ryan McGannon played a solid match on Saturday.

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Cougars celebrate the season A CAPACITY crowd filled the clubrooms on April 1 for the Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL Cricket Club presentation night.

A Grade: from left, the fielding trophy went to Ben Perry, batting and Cricketer of the Year went to Sam Hughes, and the bowling trophy was awarded to Jason Kennedy.

B Grade: Cricketer of the Year Brendan Tomada also accepted the batting trophy, Jake Rockall received the fielding trophy and the batting trophy went to Kevin Thorne.

The night kicked off with the junior presentations where the U12 and U14 players were recognised, and Britney Thomas was awarded the Rob Wood Junior Club Person for (amongst other things) her assistance organising the club’s U14 girls’ team. The U16 award winners were Billy Manicaro (batting and Cricket of the Year), Lockie Smith (fielding) and Spencer Chadwick (bowling). Then, following a fabulous carvery roast dinner prepared by Deb Vanstone and her amazing helpers, the senior awards were presented. A Grade: Sam Hughes (batting and Cricketer of The Year), Jason Kennedy (bowling) and Ben Perry (fielding). B Grade: Brendan Tomada (batting and Cricketer of the Year), Kevin Thorne (bowling) and Jake Rockall (fielding). C Grade: Paris Buckley (batting, bowling and Cricketer of the Year) and

Dylan Van Puyenbroek (fielding). The coach’s award went to Adam Drury for his dedication to training and continued improvement. Finally, the best clubpersons’ award went to Len and Jenny Buckland for their tireless work around the club this year.

Club awards: Adam Drury received the coach’s award for his dedication through training and Dylan Van Puyenbroek was the C Grade fielding trophy recipient. Club spirit: Britney Thomas received the Rob Wood Junior Club Person of the Year for her assistance in organising the U14 girls’ team. The award was presented to her by Rob Wood.

U16s: Billy Manicaro (batting and Cricketer of the Year), Lockie Smith (fielding) and Spencer Chadwick (bowling) were awarded for their efforts in the Koonwarra/LRSL team.

• Traralgon v Wonthaggi

Power struggle WONTHAGGI Power faced off against a tough Traralgon side, and unfortunately could not compete.

Team of the year: Inverloch Cricket Club saw out its season with a presentation night recently. Its team of the year for the 2016/17 season included Dean Cashin, Walter Taberner, John Belli, Clayton Fisher, Amad Mutjaba, Cameron Butler, Brett Debono and David Newman. They are pictured with club president John Muir.

• Pennant Golf

Meeniyan does it again THE ladies of the Meeniyan Golf Club have done it again, taking out the Division One golf pennant on Monday. This completes back to back wins for 2016 and 2017 after a hiatus of some 49 years without the flag. Meeniyan journeyed to Wonthaggi on Monday and, despite having it already wrapped up the previous week, went on to beat Wonthaggi 4-1 for good measure in the last round.

Ours again: Meeniyan Golf Club’s ladies pennant Division One team, from left, Dot Elliott, Sheila Constantine, Irene Holm, Andrea Thorson, Dot Christie and (absent) Veronica Park has now won back to back flags.

However, the scores on the board did not reflect the intensity of the match, and Power gave its all. The ball was played from end to end, seesawing in the goal zones. Power put up a strong front in the backline, demonstrating some impressive defence. It came as no surprise when the back line – Matthew Howell and Jarrod Membrey – were named the best players. Only three points separated the two teams at quarter time. Although intensity and pressure remained at an all time high, Traralgon began to take control of the game – for every goal scored by Power, Traralgon would double it in response. Power ran into trouble and lost two players to injury in the first half. By the half time siren, Traralgon was moving away from Power. The heat began to take effect in the second half, and three quarter time saw Traralgon double Power’s score.

By full time, Traralgon boasted six unanswered goals and appeared to have taken an impressive win. The final score was Traralgon 16.17.113 to Power 6.3.39. Along with Howell and Membrey, Power’s best players were Thomas Davey, Kane McCarthy, Aiden Lindsay and Patrick Ryan. Traralgon’s best were Adam Jaensch, Matthew Northe, Jackson Hall, Jake Bishop and Timothy

SENIORS Traralgon 16.17.113 d Wonthaggi 6.3.39 Traralgon goals: J. Neagle 4, J. Bishop 3, L. Stockdale 1, M. Northe 1, J. Hall 1, M. Jacobsen 1, B. Duve 1, J. McMahon 1, R. Hildebrand 1, J. Sandy 1, D. Loprese 1. Wonthaggi goals: T. Davey 2, R. Lindsay 1, J. Blair 1, C. Gilmour 1, D. O’Connor 1. Traralgon best: A. Jaensch, M. Northe, J. Hall, J. McMahon, J. Bishop, T. Johnston. Wonthaggi best: M. Howell, J. Membrey, T. Davey, K. McCarthy, A. Lindsay, P. Ryan.

RESERVES Traralgon 24.13.157 d Wonthaggi 3.1.19 Traralgon goals: R. Loprese 5, J. Sands 3, N. Quenault 2, H. Akram 2, L. Di Ciero 2, M. Membrey 2, D. Loprese 1, D. White 1, R. Burns 1, B. Marshall 1, J. Rohde 1, R. Battista 1, J. Van Iwaarden 1, S. Goddard 1. Wonthaggi goals: S. Roche 1, N. Tucker 1. Traralgon best: J. Vucenovic, D. White, K. Duncan, R. Burns, H. Akram, N. Quenault.

Johnston. The highlight for Power was the jumper presentation before the match for Jonathon Rocotas, and the return of Jack Blair for the opening match. Power was missing four players last week, and will be looking to be at full strength for the Good Friday clash against Leongatha. A home game for Power, the team will showcase its competitive spirit against the local rivals.

Wonthaggi best: A. Pugh, W. Joplin, J. Smith, J. Waters, S. Roche.

THIRDS Traralgon 23.18.156 d Wonthaggi 1.1.7 Traralgon goals: M. Williams 6, D. Barnes 3, M. Walker 2, H. Willaton 2, L. McDonald 2, J. Strong 1, C. Little 1, J. Twite 1, L. Johnson 1, J. Caile 1, B. Aurish 1, N. Catherwood 1, B. Cheetham 1. Wonthaggi goals: J. Vuyst 1. Traralgon best: L. Johnson, D. Barnes, M. Williams, J. Caile, H. Willaton, J. Strong. Wonthaggi best: D. Gardiner, K. Brann, J. Barry, J. Bates, C. McLean, J. Roylance.

FOURTHS Traralgon 13.13.91 d Wonthaggi 3.2.20 Traralgon goals: F. Shields 5, L. Noble 3, H. Leslie 1, C. Ruyters 1, D. Evans 1, K. Noda 1, M. Luckie 1. Wonthaggi goals: N. Anderson 1. Traralgon best: F. Shields, C. Ruyters, I. Copland, X. Taylor, D. Massaro, T. Webster. Wonthaggi best: K. Benson.

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Morwell ......1 0 0 1086.67 Maffra.........1 0 0 313.95 Traralgon .....1 0 0 289.74 Moe ...........1 0 0 265.79 Leongatha ....1 0 0 195.38 Bairnsdale ......0 1 0 51.18 Warragul ........0 1 0 37.62 Wonthaggi......0 1 0 34.51 Sale ................0 1 0 31.85 Drouin ............0 1 0 9.20 GOALKICKERS M. Bennett (Maffra)............. (6) D. Sheen (Maffra) ............... (4) J. Neagle (Trar) ................... (4) C. Dunne (Leon).................. (4) D. Grech (Moe) ................... (4) P. McGrath (Leon) ............... (4) R. Tatterson (Morwell) ........ (4) J. Blaser (Moe) ................... (3) D. Cupido (Bairns) .............. (3) R. Michaelides (Morwell) .... (3) H. Britten (Morwell) ............ (3) Z. Vernon (Leon) ................. (3) T. Jolly (Maffra) ................... (3) J. Bishop (Trar) ................... (3) J. McLindin (Sale) ............... (3)

4 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3




Maffra.........1 0 0 1742.86 Traralgon .....1 0 0 826.32 Moe ...........1 0 0 461.90 Morwell ......1 0 0 156.25 Drouin ........0 1 0 64.00 Warragul ........0 1 0 21.65 Wonthaggi......0 1 0 12.10 Sale ................0 1 0 5.74 Leongatha ......0 0 0 0.00 GOALKICKERS

4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0

R. Loprese (Trar).................. (5) H. Nettleton (Maffra) ............ (4) A. Gould (Moe) .................... (3) J. Van Dyk (Moe) ................. (3) J. Sands (Trar) ..................... (3) R. Horton (Moe)................... (3) N. Wozniak (Maffra) ............. (3) J. Chessells (Moe) ............... (2) T. Love (Maffra) ................... (2) L. Di Ciero (Trar) .................. (2) M. Duncan (Morwell) ........... (2) N. Quenault (Trar) ................ (2) H. Akram (Trar) .................... (2) L. Durkin (Moe).................... (2) J. Orlicki (Warr) ................... (2) M. Membrey (Trar) ............... (2)

5 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2




Traralgon .....1 0 0 2228.57 Moe ...........1 0 0 935.71 Maffra.........1 0 0 633.33 Leongatha ....1 0 0 318.75 Morwell ......1 0 0 110.91 Drouin ............0 1 0 90.16 Bairnsdale ......0 1 0 31.37 Sale ................0 1 0 15.79 Warragul ........0 1 0 10.69 Wonthaggi......0 1 0 4.49 GOALKICKERS H. Prestidge (Moe) .............. (6) M. Williams (Trar) ............... (6) L. Michie (Moe)................... (4) M. Pollutro (Morwell).......... (3) L. Shelton (Maffra).............. (3) D. Barnes (Trar) ................... (3) L. Edwards-Hayes (Drouin) .. (2) J. Murphy (Moe) ................. (2) D. Garnham (Leon) ............. (2) B. Perry (Leon) ................... (2) H. Willaton (Trar) ................ (2) T. Hall (Maffra) .................... (2) C. Olden (Leon) ................... (2) W. Anderson (Moe) .............. (2) S. Serramondi (Warr)........... (2)

4 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2


Maffra.........1 Traralgon .....1 Drouin ........1 Bairnsdale ...1 Moe ...........1 Warragul ........0 Leongatha ......0 Morwell ..........0 Wonthaggi......0 Sale ................0

0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



520.00 455.00 218.52 156.00 104.65 95.56 64.10 45.76 21.98 19.23

4 4 4 4 4 0 0 0 0 0

GOALKICKERS F. Shields (Trar) ................... (5) T. Nash (Leon) .................... (4) B. Bundle (Warr) ................. (3) A. Smyth (Maffra) ............... (3) K. Noonan (Bairns) ............. (3) L. Noble (Trar)..................... (3) S. Berry (Maffra) ................. (3) E. Kincaid-Shingles (Maff) .. (2) M. Bown (Sale) ................... (2) H. Cook (Bairns) ................. (2) A. Jaeger (Bairns) ............... (2) B. Maslen (Moe) ................. (2)

5 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2

Blistering: Tom Marriott was brilliant all day for Leongatha out of the middle, gaining a lot of clearances. Photos by Mark Drury

• Leongatha v. Bairnsdale

Solid opening for Parrots WITH a number of new faces in the line-up, Leongatha opened its 2017 season with a solid 62 point win over a competitive Bairnsdale. Debuting in the seniors, Ryan Olden, Sam Forrester and Harrison McGannon all had their jumpers presented to them by their fathers, Col Olden, Danny Forrester and Darryl McGannon at half time in the thirds match. All three players acquitted themselves well, Olden named in the best players while McGannon notably laid nine tackles, Forrester doing well at wing and half forward. Leongatha welcomed Josh Schelling back to the club and his sharing of the rucking duties with Ben Willis will work well for the Parrots this season. Schelling performed well and booted one goal while Willis, looking very fit, also did his fair share of heavy lifting. Justin Pellicano was rewarded with a key role at centre half forward and performed well; Louis Riseley played well off half back and

sneaked forward for a goal. Leongatha’s campaign started badly with two injuries early in the game; Chris Verboon suffered a broken collarbone which will see him sidelined for about six weeks while Luke Bowman was benched as a precaution after citing hamstring soreness; the club deciding to not risk him for the match. This meant the new four man bench was utilised immediately for Leongatha which played out the match with just two players rotating. Despite this the Parrots opened well kicking towards the Splash pool end and having the advantage of the breeze. This saw them score five goals in term one, key forward Chris Dunne booting two, Pat McGrath another, Jake Mackie off half back with a good dash and Justin Pellicano with a mark and set shot. Quarter Time Leongatha 5.3.33 to Bairnsdale 1.1.7 Bairnsdale was playing a strong physical game and came out in term two determined to make a game of it. The Gatha defence held

firm though and managed to keep the Dales to just two for the term as Leongatha managed three. Sean Westaway was having a good game on the dangerous Damian Cupido, a former Essendon and Brisbane Lions player. Cupido, looking a little overweight, was good when he got hold of the ball, booting three goals for the day. Half Time Leongatha 8.4.52 Bairnsdale 3.7.25 Bairnsdale had its best passage of play early in term three and with good pressure kicked the opening two goals to edge within a couple of goals. The Red Legs seemed to have gained momentum. Against the run of play Jackson Harry received a lucky free kick and a consequent 50 metre penalty resulted in a goal. This seemed to distract Bairnsdale but stunned Leongatha into action again. Hayden Browne was another very solid contributor down back. The Parrots went on to add another five goals as Bairnsdale added two more with Leongatha holding a

solid 45 point lead at the last change; 14.10 to 7.7. Tom Marriott played a brilliant four quarters of football from the middle, setting the tone with plenty of clearances, also kicking a goal in the third term, one of his two. Pat McGrath was very consistent all day playing midfield and ducking forward on occasion, booting three goals. Leongatha went on with the job in the last quarter booting five goals to Bairnsdale’s two and eventually running out comfortable winners. Zak Vernon finished the day with three goals while it was interesting to note the Parrots had ten players kicking goals. For Bairnsdale Timms played a quality game on the half back flank with Cowan doing a pretty good job in the midfield. Leongatha heads to Wonthaggi this Friday for a Good Friday blockbuster which should draw a huge crowd. Despite the first round loss Wonthaggi cannot be underestimated and a top match is assured.

Firepower: Leongatha’ s Josh Schelling did a fine job in the ruck and his presence will take some of the pressure off Ben Willis who shouldered much of the responsibilities in seasons 2015 and 2016. SENIORS Leongatha 19.13.127 Bairnsdale 9.11.65 Leongatha goals: P. McGrath 4, C. Dunne 4, Z. Vernon 3, T. Marriott 2, J. Mackie 1, L. Riseley 1, J. Schelling 1, J. Harry 1, R. Olden 1, J. Pellicano 1. Bairnsdale goals: D. Cupido 3, S. Park 1, S. Mooney 1, B. Holland 1, R. Marsden 1, R. Tatnell 1, R. Gardener 1. Leongatha best: T. Marriott, P. McGrath, S. Westaway, H. Browne, R. Olden, J. Schelling. Bairnsdale best: C. Timms, N. Dennison, R. Cowan, B. Holland, D. Donchi, J. Gilroy.

THIRDS Leongatha 15.12.102 Bairnsdale 5.2.32 Leongatha goals: B. Perry 2, C. Olden 2, D. Garnham 2, B. Motton 2, T. Vanderkolk 2, T. Brew 1, J. Patullo 1, L. Scott 1, N. Trotto 1, J. Patullo 1.

Bairnsdale goals: J. Wykes 2, Z. Kellow 1, B. Carroll 1, H. Cook 1. Leongatha best: B. Perry, C. Olden, N. Trotto, L. Scott, B. Motton, T. Sheedy. Bairnsdale best: D. McKendry, B. Carroll, N. Ward, C. Mein, J. Wykes, J. Ray.

FOURTHS Bairnsdale 12.6.78 d Leongatha 8.2.50 Bairnsdale goals: K. Noonan 3, A. Jaeger 2, H. Cook 2, M. Baylis 1, F. Thompson 1, J. Carroll 1, D. Fenning Chester 1, J. Dorsett 1. Leongaha goals: T. Nash 4, N. Hanily 1, J. Battersby 1, M. McKay 1, L. O’Neill 1. Bairnsdale best: R. Timms, H. Cook, D. Fenning Chester, B. Murphy, D. McNamara, K. Noonan. Leongatha best: H. VanderZalm, N. Hanily, T. Nash, W. Littlejohn, J. Hume, T. Vanderkolk.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Moe 14.17.101 d Warragul 4.14.38 Morwell 25.13.163 d Drouin 2.3.15 Maffra 21.9.135 d Sale 6.7.43 RESERVES Moe 14.13.97 d Warragul 3.3.21 Morwell 7.8.50 d Drouin 4.8.32 Maffra 17.20.122 d Sale 1.1.7 THIRDS Moe 19.17.131 d Warragul 2.2.14 Morwell 8.13.61 d Drouin 8.7.55 Maffra 14.11.95 d Sale 2.3.15 FOURTHS Moe 6.9.45 d Warragul 6.7.43 Drouin 8.11.59 d Morwell 4.3.27 Maffra 11.12.78 d Sale 2.3.15

Good tussle: Sean Westaway spoils Bairnsdale’s gun, former AFL player Damian Cupido. Cupido was dangerous when he snared the ball but overall Westaway proved the better on the day.

Crunch: this could have been the moment Leongatha’s Chris Verboon suffered his broken collarbone when the Bairnsdale player marked but collected Verboon heavily in the process.

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