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South Gippsland remembers Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Respect: the inclement weather wasn’t going to stop Inverloch Primary School Grade 6 students Claudia Leys (left) and Abby Van Den Broeke last Friday as they helped lay crosses at the graves of war veterans and ex-servicemen at the Inverloch cemetery in the lead up to Anzac Day today. See story page 6. Anzac Day services continue today across South Gippsland. Top right: Andrew Richard Larkin and his brother, Michael Edward Larkin (bottom right), both of Tarwin Meadows were both killed during World War One.

Today’s Anzac Day Services Meeniyan - 9.30am Wonthaggi - 9.45am Inverloch- 10am Korumburra - 10.30am Mirboo North - 10.30am Leongatha - 10.45am Foster - 10.45am

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Razzmatazz at Leongatha station By Jessica Anstice THERE was a hive of activity at the Leongatha railway station on Saturday morning, not seen since the last passenger train rolled out of town years ago. No, the train isn’t returning just yet, but that didn’t stop the many people turn up to voice their opinions on what should happen to the Leongatha railway land. With the help of the Inverloch Horn Jam and later the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, people were drawn to the precinct to give South Gippsland Shire Council feedback on the land at its Ideas Fair and car boot sale and various displays. As the State Government currently has no plans for the return of the train service to Leongatha, council has the opportunity to take over the lease of the railway land and to improve the Leongatha railway site and surrounds. The turnout was wonderful with walls filled with ideas and opinions, the Leongatha community exceptionally passionate and eager to express its suggestions. “Unfortunately the railway site had to close and now we have this big piece of land in the middle of town owned by the government,” council’s manager of planning Paul Stampton said. “The point of the ideas fair is to get as many people’s opinions and ideas as possible so we can make drawings and designs for the use of this area.” The main ideas expressed included an expansion of the Great Southern Rail Trail, multiple access points from Bair Street, an arts centre, a car park and a market area. “I think it should be made into a rail trail through to Korumburra and toilets are definitely needed,” Jenni Rose from Berrys Creek said.

Other ideas were a laser tag/paintball arena, an outdoor cinema, an off leash dog walk and play area, a festival area and a restaurant precinct. Several members of the community are disheartened to see the railway site transform into something different. They believe the site should be kept in the hope of a train service to eventually return. Hundreds of different ideas were noted on Saturday. Building a ramp or even an arcade to create access from Bair Street seemed to be a priority on most people’s list, along with car, truck and caravan parking. A percentage of people suggested the old railway station to be transformed into a restaurant or cafe, using an old train as the dining area. It was suggested that an old style drinking area could be incorporated in the designs for the older generation who would prefer that rather than the town’s pubs. An exclusive place where people can relax and enjoy the inviting atmosphere was said to be ideal. Ideas ranged from a bike education school, backpacker accommodation or the site of the Leongatha Men’s Shed to an open air stage for festivals and market area. People believe there aren’t enough activities for teenagers to enjoy in the town and that a games area or activities such as bowling or gokarts would be appropriate, and would also act as a tourism attraction for the town. Nature enthusiasts proposed a walking track with a beautiful botanical garden that has fountains and picnic/BBQ areas. A large amount of people want the old station to be renovated into a historical railway museum to retain the history. Other suggestions included moving the coach terminal to another part of town to open up the

Loud but fun: the Invy Horn Jam really had the Leongatha railway station buzzing, attracting many to the station on Saturday to give South Gippsland Shire Council their views on the Leongatha railway land.

land between Long Street and the station and converting the current station building into a Station Cafe. Council has a lot to think about and will come back to the community once all ideas have been distilled.

Dinosaur tooth discovered By Tayla Kershaw KOONWARRA may become the site of a large scale fossil excavation following the discovery of more prehistoric remnants in the local area. A 125 million year old Plesiosaur tooth was discovered by a Year 7 St Bedes student Flynn Mayberry in Inverloch last week. A Plesiosaur was an ancient marine reptile, which some suggest may be the origin of the Loch Ness Monster legend. The tooth was about one centimetre long. “Flynn’s find was the first from a visiting student. Conditions were hot and difficult that day at the dig, but his persistence has paid off,” Inverloch palaeontologist Mike Cleeland said. “Plesiosaurs are one of the creatures that may be discovered at Koonwarra, if sufficient funding can be raised to reopen the dig site in the future.” The tooth is on its way to the Museum in Melbourne, and Flynn will receive an official certificate of discovery. A fragment of armour plating from an Ankylosaurid was also discovered in Inverloch last week. Mr Cleeland said if funding became available for a large scale excavation, complete skeletons may be found in Koonwarra. Koonwarra has proved on several occasions to be the prime location for prehistoric discoveries. Koonwarra local Lyn Wilson (nee Bolch) said she and her family had been discovering fossils since well before 1961. Mrs Wilson’s father Bill Bolch had a 99 year lease on the railway paddock. She recalled exploring the area with the family while growing up.

Prehistoric: a tooth of this ancient marine reptile, a Plesiosaur was found in Inverloch last week. Illustration courtesy of Andrew Plant. On top of dinosaur feathers in sandstone rock and several fish fossils, one of their most exciting finds were footprints of a prehistoric bird in Tarwin, of which they have a plaster cast. “We used to dig in the bank near the river (in Koonwarra) and hunt near the railway bridges; we found all sorts of things,” she said. Mrs Wilson said she had met with Mr Cleeland, who expressed interest in seeing her collection. Mr Cleeland said excavation could happen in the next few years. However, a museum at Inverloch with an extended display of local prehistoric discoveries is still a dream of his. More schools are booked to visit the Inverloch dig site in second term through Bunurong Coast Education, and more digging sessions are planned for the winter school holidays.

Right: What a find: Year 7 St Bedes student Flynn Mayberry found a tooth from a Plesiosaur in Inverloch last week. St Bedes is a Melbourne school.

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New feel for Daffodil Festival By Sarah Vella THE 2017 Daffodil Festival will have a new direction, as the organisation of events outside Memorial Hall is handed over to a new committee.

Claire and Brenton Williams are on the committee and spoke at the South Gippsland Shire Council’s public presentation session last Wednesday. “The Leongatha Horticultural Society came to the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce late last year to say it won’t be organising any events outside the hall for the 2017 Daffodil Festival,” Mr Williams said. “It was taken to a chamber meeting and everyone was keen for it to keep happening, so eight of us formed a subcommittee.” The subcommittee plan to host a day of activities in Leongatha, focussed on and around Bair Street on Saturday, September 2 from 9am to 3pm. Mr Williams said the plan is to restore the Daffodil Festival to its former glory and foster some excitement within the community for the event. “We want to get to a point where Melbourne people come here in their droves and recognise how beautiful Leongatha is,” he said. “We used to have the Leongatha Show, the Cycling Carnival, the Christmas Carnival and the Daffodil Festival used to be huge. “Now we have children of our own, we want to show them Leongatha is a fun place to grow up with fun things to do.” Mr Williams said the committee has already submitted a grant application into the council for the event. “At the moment we have zero dollars to fund it,” he said. The theme for the festival this year will be daffodils and dairy. Councillor Lorraine Brunt said because it has the dairy theme, the committee could also source funding from the council’s Dairy Tight Times Support program. Mrs Williams said they want to rejuvenate the Daffodil Festival, give it a new feel and keep it as a free event. “We want to show our children how to be active members of their community. A positive, thriving community fosters a positive thriving community for future generations,” she said. Deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel said volunteering breeds volunteering. “We all grew up with volunteer run shows and it is good to see young people who want to continue that,” she said. Involvement in the festival has already been secured from local schools, the Leongatha Community Garden, the SES and the CFA, Autobarn and the Leongatha Children’s Centre. Mr Williams said a band, dance groups and the South Gippsland Ladies Choir have also committed to the festival. “We want to shut down Bair Street for the day, as well as Michael Place and Lyon Street,” Mr Williams said. “The plan is to encourage both locals and people from outside of town, including Melbourne, to come and see what Leongatha is like and hopefully encourage repeat visitation.”

Festival feels: South Gippsland Shire Council Cr Jeremy Rich, Daffodil Festival subcommittee members Claire and Brenton Williams and Cr Don Hill are keen to see a rejuvenated Daffodil Festival in 2017. Mr Williams said they have plans to display children’s artwork in some of Bair Street’s vacant shops, as well as run pop up bars and live music. “We have got six local artists to play on the day so far,” he said. Mrs Williams said she had collected more than

100 signatures from local businesses, all pledging their support for the event. “That is basically every shop owner from the CDB and the industrial estate,” she said. The next committee meeting will be held on Friday, May 12.

Supporting lifeguards for safe summers SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has supported local lifesavers in Venus Bay and Waratah Bay to keep locals and residents safe this summer. Council provided funding to Life Saving Victoria to support paid lifeguards that patrolled local South Gippsland beaches. This season six minor first aid actions, 14 rescues and 1217 preventative actions were undertaken at Venus Bay and Waratah Bay by Council supported lifeguards. While minor first aid cases were reduced by 70 percent and major first aid by 100 percent there were twice as many rescues performed compared to last season. Volunteer lifeguards at the same sites also completed two major first aid actions, seven rescues, 13 minor first aid actions and 1263 preventative actions. South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Ray Argento was pleased Council could contribute to the safety of

residents and visitors to South Gippsland beaches. “The work of both our contracted and volunteer lifesavers at Venus Bay and Waratah Bay do a fantastic job at keeping our communities safe. “The increase in rescues performed demonstrates the necessity of their service and is also a reminder for everyone to be mindful when swimming in the ocean. “It is our pleasure to support Life Saving Victoria to provide these vital services in our region and we hope this will continue in the summers to come,” said the Mayor. LSV General Manager Andrew Foran endorsed Council’s comments. “The work of our volunteer and paid lifesaving services is critical to keeping the community safe and this wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support of the South Gippsland Shire,” Mr Foran said.

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Rail trail at the crossroads By Sarah Vella THE South Gippsland Shire Council was asked to consider taking over the management of the Great Southern Rail Trail (GSRT) at last Wednesday’s community presentation session. The GSRT committee of management will step down at the end of its current term, which has been extended to June this year. Of the 17 rail trails in Victoria, 15 are managed by local councils. The GSRT and the Grand Ridge Rail Trail are the only two managed by volunteers. Committee secretary Robert Knight said he and fellow members are excited about what they have achieved with the trail. “We have realised the job is a big one, beyond the capacity of a volunteer group to continue to manage,” he said. Mr Knight said the committee was on call 365 days a year and the work had become onerous since the trail was completed in 2016. “We believe council is the appropriate body to take over the rail trail’s management. Current committee members could become ‘friends’ of the trail at the end of their term,” he said. Mr Knight said the reason a new committee hasn’t been appointed is because it was too difficult to find people with the required skills. “We have tried. The problem with this sort of

project is committee members end up becoming burnt out. Time is of the essence,” he said. “Council has the skills and is already heavily involved.” The cost to maintain the rail trail’s 77 kilometres is around $120,000 per year, plus additional capital works of around $30,000 annually. Works are financed by a fund inherited by the committee and council’s contribution of $60,000 per year. It also receives around $37,000 annually from licences along the trail, however the committee’s cash reserve will be mostly used by the time of handover. “The role of maintaining this $6 million asset is too much for a volunteer committee,” Mr Knight said. Cr Jeremy Rich asked why a long term plan for the management of the rail trail was not put in place. Committee president Neville Pulham said the first committee of management fell away after six years. “In the next four years, we struggled to get enough people. The current committee has been the most effective and dedicated,” he said. “It has become apparent there are less and less people available to sit on the committee.” Cr Meg Edwards said the committee model may not be attractive to people willing to volunteer to help maintain the rail trail. She said if council resolved to take over the

Edneys looks after men’s shed members LEONGATHA’S Alan Hoy was entitled to receive Hyundai’s National Fleet Pricing when purchasing his brand new Tuscan Elite. Mr Hoy is a Victorian Men’s Shed Association member and the offer is available to him to purchase, if he wishes, one Hyundai motor vehicle per annum. That offer is open to any men’s shed member in Victoria.

At times some of Hyundai’s retail offerings will be at a higher discounted level. “It’s beneficial on my behalf with the fleet discount,” Mr Hoy said. “This is my third Hyundai car in a row. “I am very happy with the car and the service from Edneys.” Mr Hoy is the first Victorian Men’s Shed Association member to purchase a Hyundai with the National Fleet Pricing discount.

Where to: Great Southern Rail Trail committee of management president Neville Pulham, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento and committee secretary Robert Knight discuss the future of the trail at last Wednesday’s community presentation session. management of the trail, an advisory group may be more acceptable. Mr Knight said there is potential to develop

the Friends of the Rail Trail group further. “That is a resource that needs to be tapped into,” he said.

Inverloch outraged by stingray slaughter by Brad Lester

THE killing of two stingrays at the Inverloch jetty has saddened residents and visitors who saw them as icons of the town. The animals were slaughtered just days apart, with parts of the rays removed and the carcasses tossed back into the sea. Raewyn Petracca of Inverloch posted on the Inverloch Community Voice Facebook page, “So sad and angry to hear one of our beautiful majestic stingrays was caught and killed at the pier last night. Although not protected, they should be. They are part of Inverloch jetty and enjoyed by locals and visitors young and old.” Her post prompted an outpouring of sympathy from the community, with people calling for the stingrays to be protected. Facebook comments included: • Kelly Hamilton: “That is horrible”; • Donna Lancaster: “What an awful thing to do”; • Patricia Saultry: “This is dreadful! They should be protected! They need to extend the marine park!”; • Josie Eynaud: “Some people are so sick”; • Jason Tonkin: “Only locals could understand the luv for these local identities as many including myself have swam with them”; • Julianne Bakogiannis: “So sad. My daughter loves to go to the pier to see if they are there. It’s part of the joy of coming to Inverloch”; and • Alena Kosciuk: “Inverloch is changing. Heading down to the off lead beach we wandered through spat out cooked chicken bones and food stuffs when a bin was only metres away. Cooked bones are a

choking hazard for the unsuspecting dog. The pier was barely standing room with every contraption to haul in anything that dared float in (I am not referring to the recreational people out with their families).” Fisheries Victoria’s Chris Angwin, based at Cowes, said while he understood the community was distraught, the anglers who killed the stingrays were acting legally. “It’s unfortunate but it’s no different to catching a gummy shark and filleting off the fillet and tossing the carcass back into the water,” he said. “If a person from out of town does not know the stingrays are residents and comes in and catches one, there is not a lot we can do about it. “I would hope people would dispose of the carcass properly and not just leave it on the beach.” Mr Angwin, regional supervising fisheries officer for central region, is also aware of problems with crab pots being left at the Inverloch jetty. The Star was told the rope of a stray crab pot became entangled in the propeller of a boat, causing several thousand dollars damage. Pots are often left unattended and become entangled around jetty pylons. Mr Angwin said anglers are allowed to use two hoop nets each and if left unattended, the nets must be affixed with a tag with the owner’s name and address above the waterline. People caught leaving hoop nets unattended face fines of several hundred dollars, depending on the offence. A litre of crabs or a total of 30 per person can be caught daily. ► Inverloch girl saddened by stingray slaughter, letters to the editor, page 12.

Big discount: Edneys Leongatha dealer Heather Walker handed over the keys of a brand new Tuscan Elite to Victorian Men’s Shed Association member Alan Hoy which he purchased with Hyundai’s National Fleet Pricing.

Motorcyclist killed A FRENCH Island man died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a minibus on French Island on Sunday. Police understand a motorcycle travelling east, through a left hand bend, along Tankerton Road collided with a mini-

bus travelling west on the same road about 4.20pm. The driver of the bus, a 26 year old Warneet man, was uninjured and stopped at the scene. Three passengers on the minibus were also uninjured. The motorcyclist, 27, died at the scene.

Somerville Highway Patrol unit members are investigating the collision. Anyone with information about the collision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www. Popular animals: Inverloch residents are angered by the killing of two stingrays at the town’s jetty. Photo: Facebook.

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Inverloch remembers veterans

The children helped make the crosses in the ute to local veterans and ex-servicemen includ- lead up to Remembrance Day last year. This was ing RAAF, army and navy servicemen by laying an RSL initiative supported by the Inverloch Inverloch Primary School students paid trib- 80 crosses in the Inverloch cemetery on Friday Men’s Shed. morning. The men’s shed members built the crosses with the children. The initiative is about recognising local identities who made their country proud and to help the younger generation understand the sacrifices they made. John Langford, member of the Inverloch RSL and men’s shed, said children need to be involved to keep the Anzac spirit alive in years to come. “For a long period of time, school children were not involved in commemorating Anzac Day. That has all changed in the last 10 years,” he said. RSL and men’s shed members undertook significant research to ensure all servicemen would be acknowledged. Local Legacy widows also provided help to ensure their loved ones were well represented. “Laying the crosses gives a personal touch and helps children understand Anzac Day on a local level. They might see graves overseas on televiLest we forget: Inverloch Primary School sion, but this is a way for them to realise the local Grade 6 students Kyla (left) and Lucy paid Community spirit: from left, Inverloch RSL secretary Jan Millington, Inverloch Primary significance,” RSL secretary Jan Millington said. their respects to some of Inverloch’s local he- School students Ashton and Jack, Maria McDonald and RSL president Trevor Scott worked The crosses will be laid twice a year on Anzac roes in the lead up to Anzac Day last Friday. together to recognise local war heroes last Friday. Day and Remembrance Day.

LOCAL war heroes will not be forgotten in Inverloch.

CWA exhibits talent Kallay Drive saga continues

THE Gippsland Hills Group of Country Women’s Association (CWA) branches held its 63rd exhibition of handicrafts, art and home industries in Mirboo North Hall on Saturday. There are 11 branches in the Gippsland Hills Group.

The day branches include Bena, Inverloch, Kardella, Korumburra, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Mirboo and Woorayl. Evening branches are Leongatha Twilight, Poowong and District and Mirboo North Night Owls. The group has 174 members, including 16 junior members. “Membership is growing, especially in the evening branches,”

Craft winner: Country Women’s Association Mirboo North Night Owls member Judith Johnston won the best exhibit for sewing and patchwork at the CWA exhibition on Saturday.

Country women: Country Women’s Association members from left, chief steward of the CWA Evelyn Paterson, South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel, CWA group president Jillian Matthies and convenor Pat McNamara are a few of the ladies behind running the successful exhibition.

Clever hands: Country Women’s Association Mirboo North Night Owls members from left, Mary Leech, Judith Johnston, Sandra Kreun and Robyn Hoekstra won second place in the handicrafts branch exhibit competition.

Meeniyan branch member Heather Scott said. One hundred and 13 members participated in the exhibition, with 829 individual entries and 29 branch entries, in 218 sections in 17 classes. “Handicraft, art and home industries entries were judged by qualified CWA judges who come from other parts of the state to judge the exhibition,” Ms Scott said. Local judges were invited to judge photography, and the horticultural sections were judged by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria. Mirboo North Night Owl Pat NcNamara played the role as the exhibition convenor, Meeniyan’s Evelyn Paterson was chief steward, Woorayl’s Samantha Wearne was the ticket secretary and Jillian Matthies from the Mirboo North Night Owls branch is the group president of Gippsland Hills Group. Meeniyan branch won first place in the branch awards aggregate with 588 points, Woorayl branch received second place on 580 points and Inverloch branch came third with 430 points. Special commendation was awarded to Korumburra, Meeniyan, Mirboo and Woorayl branches as every member participated in the exhibition. First place in the individual aggregate, and winner of the Elinor Scott individual aggregate cup, was Maryke Dann of Bena branch. In second place was Marilyn Mackie of Meeniyan branch and in third place was Patricia Griggs of Inverloch branch. Best exhibit award winners are: • knitting, crochet, lace and handkerchiefs award, Heather Bennett, Woorayl branch; • sewing, patchwork, appliqué and quilts award, Judith Hohnston, Mirboo North Night Owls branch; • embroidery and canvas work award, Penny Wolswinkel, Kardella branch; • toys and dolls award, Margaret Hyde, Woorayl branch; • craft award, Maryke Dann, Bena branch; • art award, Theresa Bateman, Woorayl branch; • photography award, Ellen-Jane Browne, Leongatha Twilight branch; • jams, jellies and preserves award, Maryke Dann, Bena branch; • cookery award, Lynnette Andrews, Mirboo branch; • floral art award, Marilyn Mackie, Meeniyan branch; and • cut flowers and containers of plants award, Lesley Beakley, Inverloch branch. Neighbouring groups awards: handcraft went to Margaret De Niese, Yarram branch and cookery, Barbara Kerby, Loch branch.

By Tayla Kershaw

PIONEER Bay residents are still living in a dust cloud, as their road battles with Bass Coast Shire Council continue. A bitumen seal was put down on Kallay Drive in 2005 and was expected to last until 2012. The mayor at the time said the road would be constructed as a functional sealed road, due to the extent of local traffic. However, council ripped up the Pioneer Bay road in 2013 and turned it to dirt, which negatively affected residents. Kallay Drive was just one of the roads selected to be ripped up at the time. While Kallay Drive resident Mike Thomas believed some of the roads on council’s list were in poor condition and needed to be fixed, he did not agree Kallay Drive was one of them. Mr Thomas appealed for council to reseal the road with a petition at the recent community connection session. “It was a useful road for families with bikes or pushers. Now it’s an absolute disaster; it’s dangerous and it’s a health hazard,” he said. “There are seven residents who have health prob-

lems who are affected by dust. We can’t use the doors or windows on hot and windy days. Why destroy something that didn’t need to be fixed? “What we want council to do with this petition is to remove the rubbish road and return it to what it was.” Mr Thomas said the dust issue was so intense that solar panels have been affected, even on two storey properties. Around 600 metres of road would have to be resealed to restore the road. Mr Thomas said Cr Clare Le Serve went to look at the road at the request of opposing residents back in to 2013. She asked council to reject the recommendation to tear up the road, but did not receive support from her fellow councillors at the time. “The condition the road is in now is far worse than before. When it was originally done, we were left with such a mess that people couldn’t get out of their driveways without causing damage to their cars. People were seen shovelling gravel out of their driveway,” Mr Thomas said. He believed there is a hard surface underneath the gravel that could be used in restoring the road. Councillors Bruce Kent and Clare Le Serve expressed their support at the meeting.

Mayor’s message Cr Pamela Rothfield

FIRSTLY, what a fantastic effort from the Bass Coast community in doing our part for the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital! While we’re still waiting for the official total, we contributed well over $100,000. The Wonthaggi community raised over $70,000 and counting, Phillip Island collected just over $30,000, San Remo set a new record for the town with $26,670, and Cape Paterson certainly pulled its weight with over $12,500 raised – just to name a few. As I said last week, it really is incredible what we can achieve when we work together for a common cause. The Easter long weekend was one of the busiest Bass Coast has seen, with visitors and locals spoiled

for choice when it came to events and activities. I had the pleasure of opening the Art Society of Phillip Island Easter Art Exhibition just in time for the long weekend, which no doubt attracted hundreds of visitors. The past four months have been decorated with various arts events from exhibitions, to performances, to festivals. Each event is unique and valuable, and, together, contribute to the strong and diverse arts community we have right here in Bass Coast. I sometimes take the opportunity to recognise and thank the stand out contributions of groups or individuals in our community, and this week I would like to highlight the work done by our local volunteer Justices of the Peace (JPs). I’m sure everyone knows, a JP acts as an independent and objective witness to documents that people use for professional and legal purposes, however, what a lot of people

do not realise, a JP must re-qualify every five years, and achieve an 80 percent pass mark on a 70-question exam. To put the work they do into perspective, in 2016 our JPs certified 9729 at the Wonthaggi Police Station. This saved our local police members almost 650 hours of work, giving them more time to focus on other pressing matters. This is an extraordinary effort and is a great service to our community. A big week is coming up for council, with a special meeting being held on Wednesday, April 26 to consider the draft Council Plan and Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan 2017-21, and the 2017-18 Budget. A huge amount of work has gone into developing these documents, with a significant amount of input from you – our local community – and we can’t wait to hear what you think.

Sally wins the chocolates INVERLOCH Inlet Hotel congratulated Melbourne’s Sally Chadwick for winning the Easter guessing game on Good Friday. Sally took home an esky full of chocolate and win after guessing the winning number of 194 eggs. The Inlet Hotel’s event featured a performance Winner: Melbourne’s Sally Chadwick from Gippsland band the Paddy Cakes, and 300 tickets with her prize after winning the Inlet were sold prior to 10pm. A grand total of $1355 was raised on the night, with Hotel’s Easter guessing game on Good all proceeds donated to the Good Friday Appeal. Friday.

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Dairy downturn still hurts By Sarah Vella IT has been almost 12 months since the country’s largest milk processor, Murray Goulburn, slashed milk prices and demanded a clawback from its suppliers. Just days after the MG announcement, New Zealand milk company Fonterra dropped its price even lower, spreading the pain further across the industry. Koonwarra MG supplier Shawn Hollingworth said between last April and the start of the new financial year, there was a lot of work done on his farm’s cash flow budget. “We were looking alright before the announcement, but it meant we had to trim right back so we didn’t make a loss,” he said. “After that, the 2016-17 budget also took a massive amount of work. We basically had to go through every line item and review it. “We put things in place to make sure we didn’t make a loss such as cutting back on fertiliser and repairs and maintenance, which could have been to the detriment of the business. “We have three months left to see how it all unfolds. At the moment, we are on track to where we thought we would be.” Mr Hollingworth said the season was good and the spring was exceptional, which brought with it a bumper silage and hay crop. He said while the hay and silage season was bountiful, it was also a large expense at a time when cash flow was traditionally at its lowest.

Ups and downs: Koonwarra dairy farmer and Murray Goulburn supplier Shawn Hollingworth said the dairy downturn which occurred in late April last year has had a lasting impact on his farm business. “In a way, it was more of a struggle because with the low milk price and a big harvest, it was a bit of a double whammy,” he said. “We had no cash flow, but we had to spend money to make the hay. While we have big stockpiles of feed sitting there, it is essentially dollars that we need to convert into milk.” Mr Hollingworth said on the flip side, he will not need to purchase any additional hay this year and grain prices have eased. Mr Hollingworth said while they are slightly

ahead on rain so far this year, everything is quite dry. “I think everyone is waiting for some good rain before they start their autumn sowing,” he said. Last year’s price drop continues to hurt farmers like Mr Hollingworth, who is expecting to play catch up for a little while longer yet. He said it has had a significant impact on his business. “This is the fifth season we have been here.

In the first four years, we spent a lot investing in infrastructure,” he said. “In March last year, we purchased 80 acres next door, then the price crash hit in April, which put pressure on the business as well.” Mr Hollingworth said at the end of four years, all capital works were undertaken, which should have meant an excess in the budget. “We were going to put some money into off farm investments to spread the risk and diversify, however that excess virtually disappeared last year,” he said. “There will be no surplus this year either. Essentially we have been mining the business of its assets, by not doing the improvements and maintenance we would normally do.” Mr Hollingworth said leading into the next season, he is expecting little change due to European stockpiles of milk powder. “Until that stockpile is consumed, I don’t see any relief in the short term, unfortunately,” he said. Mr Hollingworth said at the time of the announcement, he was angry and disappointed, but at no time did he lose faith in Murray Goulburn or the cooperative model. “I love what I do. I am a third generation MG supplier and I still believe in cooperatives, or I wouldn’t stay there,” he said. “I would have liked to have seen some positive recommendations come out of the ACCC inquiry, but that has all gone quiet and so has the Federal Government. “Realistically, if the government is not going to assist us the dairy industry needs to come back to a regulated market to see it go forward.”

Black Spur funding hurdle THE State Government will need to contribute more funding to the realignment of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan if the project is to proceed, according to Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien.

Pushing barrow: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, in Leongatha recently, will continue to lobby the State Government for roadworks on the South Gippsland Highway.

Car fire A CAR sustained extensive damage after it caught alight in Wonthaggi. The incident occurred in White Road sometime between after midnight Sunday, April 23 and 1am Monday, April 24. The cause is still undetermined. Fire brigades and police attended. No-one was in the parked vehicle.

Witness sought POLICE would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the theft of a four-wheel motorbike at Inverloch over the Easter long weekend. The bike was a Honda TRX 300, and was predominately red with black racks. It was taken from Old Ford Road, which leads to the transfer station. Anyone with information should contact Senior Constable Neubauer at Wonthaggi Police Station on 5671 4100.

Surfboard theft A SURF board was stolen while the owner was distracted on Sunday. The incident occurred around midday at Cape

The Federal and State governments have both contributed $25 million to highway works, but Mr O’Brien said the federal funding comprised of $20 million for the realignment of the tight bends known as the Black Spur, with a further $5 million for highway works east of Foster. “The Federal Government is not going to fund half of the Black Spur, so Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan needs to kick in more,” Mr O’Brien said. The total cost of the Black Spur project was initially flagged at $51 million, meaning the State Government must find an extra $6 million for that project, plus another $5 million to match the federal funding for the other highway works. The latter project was to include roadworks between Foster and Welshpool, and possibly an overtaking lane.

Paterson’s First Surf Beach. The board was valued at around $500 and police are investigating.

Ute stolen A UTE was stolen from Corinella between April 17 and 23. The white Toyota Hilux was taken from a Bowman Street residence. Police are investigating.

Bicycle taken POLICE are investigating the theft of a mountain bike from a Wonthaggi home on Sunday, April 16. The black Repco Sumo 74 was taken after 11am. Any information can be given to Senior Constable Shaw at Wonthaggi Police Station on 5671 4100.

Gold ring found A TOURIST found a gold ring in the main street of Cowes in February. The ring was handed to police at Knox. If you know the owner, contact the property officer at the Knox Police Station on 9881 7929.

Mr O’Brien said some 15 years ago, VicRoads bought farmland alongside the highway just west of Toora for an overtaking lane and despite that strip of land being fenced off from farmland, the lane is yet to be constructed. “I have told Mr Donnellan the section of highway between Foster and Toora is the worst in terms of the alignment and having no overtaking lane,” he said. “I want to see general improvements as well as shoulder sealing and an overtaking lane, and I will continue to agitate for it, as well as the Black Spur. “If it was not for the intervention of the Federal Government, I suspect it would not be happening.” The Star asked Mr Donnellan if the State Government believed more funding was needed to ensure the Black Spur eventuated, and if so, if the government was willing to contribute the funding. He did not answer the questions and stated, “We’re getting on with upgrading the South Gippsland Highway, including the notorious Black Spur, to save lives and reduce the risk of serious injuries.” David Gellion, VicRoads South Eastern Projects manager project delivery, said the Black Spur project was still going ahead. “VicRoads has worked closely with local residents and the freight industry to identify the most appropriate route to eliminatedangerousbendsandimprovedriversafety,”hesaid. Significant pre-construction works will be carried out before works can begin on ground. The 2.6km route of the realignment will start south of the Koonwarra township and cross the Great Southern Rail Trail, before crossing the Tarwin River. The route will re-join the existing highway west of Minns Road.

VicRoads is currently undertaking pre-construction works ahead of construction starting. This includes ensuring all existing approvals are up to date.

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Operating theatre upgrade for Wonthaggi AS part of the commitment to provide safe and quality health services to the Bass Coast Shire, Bass Coast Health (BCH) will be upgrading its operating theatres from May 26 until July 23 to

ensure it can continue to offer safe, high recovery room and central sterilising area. Given quality surgical services to the commu- the extensive nature of refurbishment, BCH will close the operating theatres during this period. nity. “The quickest and safest way to get the the-

The upgrade will include the installation of atres completed is to close them for a short period new air handling units and modifications to the of time. This allows the workmen easy access and guarantees there is no risk of infection to our surgical patients,� Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child explained. “Because the theatre is closed, BCH will also be unable to undertake caesarean sections. After consultation with the specialist obstetric medical staff it was determined that for this short period of time, BCH will also close its birthing service. “This reduces any risk to mums who come in thinking they will be birthing normally, but then experience a complication and need to have an emergency caesarean. In the interest of mother and baby safety, we have deemed the safest way to manage the closure is to arrange for births to occur at a facility that has the capacity to respond in the case of an emergency� Mrs Child said. BCH is working with other health services including Leongatha, Foster and Casey to make sure birthing women are booked in and cared for at neighbouring hospitals during this time. Women will still be able to continue to receive their Essential works: Bass Coast Health’s operating theatres will soon be upgraded to keep up ante-natal and post-natal care at BCH during this period and will be able to return to BCH followwith the shire’s growing need.

Open space on shire radar A NEW open space strategy will be completed by the South Gippsland Shire Council, to replace the current strategy which is more than 10 years old and incomplete. The strategy is supported by the council’s paths and trails and recreational strategies. Council’s manager of planning Paul Stampton said the former policy is out of date and “well worth updating�. He said the council has applied for funding for the project through the Victorian Planning Authority, for which the outcome should be known by mid May. Council’s senior strategic planning officer Chantal Lenthall said the existing strategy is not particularly specific and no longer informs council’s everyday operations. One of the first aims of the new strategy will be to define what open space actually is. “Things like pocket parks, beaches, national parks, streetscapes and town squares could all be classified as open spaces,� Ms Lenthall said. “Open spaces have a lot of different roles and how we use open space is always changing. We need to be flexible when we talk about what the land is used for.�

Ms Lenthall said the current strategy doesn’t identify where there isn’t enough open space provided within communities, or when there may be a surplus. She said the new strategy will identify what current open space is used for and its value within the community. “We need to look at what we have and for what reasons and how it impacts on council operations,� she said. “There will be a lot of information gathering, evaluating, mapping and analysing.� Ms Lenthall said they have already started the project, which has included researching how nearby councils have completed similar strategies. “We have already learnt a lot from what other councils have done,� she said. The final strategy is expected to take up to two years to prepare. “It will be a lengthy project, as we have to look at every bit of open space,� Mr Stampton said. “If we receive the funding we have applied for, it will speed things along.� Once all of the information has been gathered a draft strategy will be released for public comment, which should occur before the end of the year.

Life savers reflect on busy summer INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club packed up its patrol flags and equipment for the last time this season on Easter Monday.

Job done: Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club members, from left, chief instructor Maxine Lockie, Xavier Korbel and Dylan Edwards pull down the flag for the last time during the 2016-17 season.

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PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS Bookings for speaking times are essential, phone 5662 9222. PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (Council Agenda Topics only) Wednesday 26 April - 10.00am ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING Wednesday 26 April - Council Chambers, Leongatha - 2.00pm 1. Assembly of Councillors: 22 February - 21 March 2017 2. Documents sealed and awarded varied or extended by CEO: 17 February - 24 March 2017 3. Petition - Old Waratah Road, Fish Creek - road closure 4. Age-friendly South Gippsland 2017-2021 Plan 5. Planning Application 2016/225 – use and development of the Land 3 Millar Rd Yanakie 6. Appointment to Active Retirees Advisory Committee 7. South Gippsland Shire Council 2016 Election Report 8. Adoption of the Mirboo North and Korumburra swimming pool masterplans 9. Proposed compulsory acquisition - Mirboo North pool site 10. Proposed sale of unused road in Mirboo North (part former Munros Rd 11. Poowong public park reserve - relinquishment of Council appointment as Committee of Management 12. Planning Scheme Amendment C110 - Nyora town centre adoption 13. Leongatha Memorial Hall complex & Korumburra Community Meeting room - terms and conditions of hire 14. Policy review: C19 Fraud and Corrupt Conduct 15. Policy review: C57 Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillor attendance at functions 16. Policy/strategy review: C04 Asset Management Policy and Strategy 17. Closed session: nil

ing the birth, should they wish to do so. BCH is also working closely with local hospitals, GP’s and Ambulance Victoria to make sure requirements for emergency surgical and maternity patients during this time are safe, timely and well-coordinated. Leongatha Healthcare’s Dr Hugh Chisholm told The Star he didn’t anticipate the brief changes would have an impact. “We work closely with the Wonthaggi doctors and they are helping with our on-call rosters and with managing deliveries during this time, Dr Chisholm said. Dr Chisholm said the doctors had worked out about 15 deliveries were expected during this period and was confident the system would cope. BCH’s operating theatre will re-open on July 24 and surgery and birthing will commence immediately from this date. Mrs Child said this was yet another step towards Bass Coast Health strengthening its capacity to meet the growing needs of the Shire. “Our updated theatre facilities will ensure we have the best environment to expand our surgical and obstetric services into the future. We anticipate doing more surgery, more complex surgery, and more births over the coming years as we continue our journey to providing sub-regional services,� she said.

Rachel Fraser took on the club captain role in August last year and reflecting back on the season her first words were “it’s been busy�. These few words aptly sum up the club when one considers all that has taken place in the past six months. The possibility of patrolling without a patrol tower when Bass Coast Shire Council gave the order to remove the tower from the beach was a huge concern considering Inverloch is one of the most popular beaches in the shire during the holiday season. The outcome of a new beach pathway and moving the patrol tower onto skids and re-positioning it was a win-win situation for everyone. The club ran three successful bronze camps, including one specifically for adults and another in conjunction with Kew High School. Rachel said, “The Nipper program was once again a huge success with almost 200 children involved. Twenty of the older Nipper age group attained their Surf Rescue Certificate and joined the patrolling members. “A huge thank you to all our members who have volunteered their time on the beach and behind the scenes, including in the kiosk and tin rattling on New Year’s Eve. The support we receive from holiday makers and the local community ensures we can continue to provide this valuable service at the Inverloch Surf Beach.�

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      applicants for the following: RFT/140 ANNUAL SUPPLY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; PLANT HIRE AND CARTAGE CONTRACTORS RFT/141 ANNUAL SUPPLY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; QUARRY PRODUCTS AND ROAD MAKING MATERIALS RFT/142 ANNUAL SUPPLY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CONCRETING SERVICES All Tenders close 2.00pm Tuesday 2 May 2017. Documentation is available on Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. FLU IMMUNISATION SESSIONS 

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COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK Sealed Roads Maintenance & Tree Requests: Whole Shire Zone Maintenance: Toora, Port Franklin, Mardan, Nerrena Carpark & Sealing Works: Leongatha Rec Reserve Footpath Renewal: George St & King St, Korumburra Pavement Stabilising: Geale St, Meeniyan, Soldiers Rd Fish Creek, Walkerville Sth Rd, Walkerville Roadside Slashing: Mirboo North, Buffalo Streetscape Works: Main St, Foster Pavement Rehabilitation: %

" ) ;' %  Guardrail Renewal: Lower Toora Rd, Bennison & Greens Rd, Loch Road Reconstruction: King St, Korumburra Guardrail Extension: Cooks Outlet Rd, Loch Unsealed Road Resheets & Vegetation Maintenance: Poowong North Gravel Road Drainage & Maintenance: Eastaways Rd & Mt Nicoll Rd, Fish Creek Intersection Works: Walkerville Rd, Walkerville Road Resheeting & Drainage Works: Beilbys Rd & Egans Rd, Koonwarra, Carmodys Rd, Leongatha Sth & Meeniyan Nerrena Rd, Nerrena IMPOUNDING OF VEHICLE A 1993 red Toyota hatchback on 15 March from Latta Lane, Leongatha - engine #6T164AE9409648341. Unless collected and relevant fees paid within 14 days of the date of this notice, the vehicle will be offered for sale to the public. Contact Luke Mullen for more information. VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES REVIEW CONSULTATION Thursday 27 April 7.00pm-7.30pm Coal Creek ? ) J Q) V+XZ[\+ZZ    "   Centre CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY Wednesday 3 May, 6.00pm - Council Chambers, Leongatha.

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Festival smells of sweet success By Sarah Vella THE inaugural Meeniyan Garlic Festival held in February attracted more than 7000 people and provided an estimated economic benefit of over $600,000. The brainchild of Mirboo garlic farmers Kirsten and David Jones and their daughter Felicity the festival was hosted by the Meeniyan Tourism and Traders Association. Mr Jones presented a report on the festival to the South Gippsland Shire Council’s community presentation session last Wednesday. He said the festival placed a strong focus on the regions high quality food and produce and of the 65 stall holders, more than 45 were South Gippsland based vendors. The event raised a net profit in excess of $29,000 which will be used to fund the 2018 festival, with the rest allocated to a community project by the traders association. Local community run stalls and the Meeniyan Area Community Store raised more than $11,000 in sales on the day of the event, and retailers saw a 250 percent increase in trade. Many of the festival’s stall vendors received record sales as well. Mr Jones said the planning for next year’s event is already underway, but the question remained, where to for the festival? He said due to its popularity it could become a weekend long festival, include events in other

South Gippsland towns and provide a real boost to visitation in the area. “The question is how to build it up and still keep the community interested,” he said. Councillor Alyson Skinner said Mr Jones was right to be thinking about the future direction of the festival, but cautioned him not to grow it too quickly. Cr Jeremy Rich said the event was incredibly successful in its first year and there are other groups in the shire that could learn from the garlic festival committee. Mr Jones said he has 20 years experience in leadership roles and is currently working with the Leongatha Daffodil Festival committee. Cr McEwen noted there are more people attending events in South Gippsland than events in the Latrobe Valley. “We have seen anecdotally that the garlic festival created a lot of repeat visitation for the area, which is something to build on,” Mr Jones said. “That was part of the reason for the festival, to attract people to South Gippsland’s food offerings.”

Tasty aspect: one of the six themes of the inaugural Meeniyan Garlic Festival was cooking shows. Melbourne restaurant Pastuso’s executive chef Alejandro Saravia, left talked the hungry crowd through a few Peruvian inspired dishes, with the help of Richard Cornish, food writer, author and the festival’s garlic champion.

Jetty restoration drives real estate interest THE Port Welshpool Long Jetty restoration project has progressed, with work expected to start before the end of the

ect control group. The group comprises members from the DepartFive tenders were received for the restoration and are now being assessed by the Long Jetty proj- ment of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources, Gippsland Ports, Regional Development Victoria, South Gippsland Shire Council and community representatives. The council was unable to tell The Star when work on the jetty might start, however according to reports, work must start before the end of the finanCr Ray Argento cial year. The Port Welshpool General Store’s Peter Rose to take advantage of the passing trade and the gen- said it will be great to see the work on the jetty beeration of tourism employment is already showing gin. proven returns. “Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien has been a The second project currently being considered in great asset to this community, helping and encouragour Council Plan is to progress the development of a ing through the whole process,” he said. business case to support the establishment of a mulMr Rose said council and Gippsland Ports have tipurpose undercover equestrian/expo centre. This met at the foreshore for discussion on building a maproject proposes to construct a new facility for, not rina on the reclaimed lands. only local pony clubs, but for other uses similar to the “It is hoped this would provide employment for National Centre for Dairy Education in Tatura. The vision for this centre is to host various events and functions. Some ideas could include equestrian events, undercover farmers’ markets, through to an all-weather agricultural training and exhibition area. The opportunities are endless. A project of this type GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny needs a sound business case, matching State Govern- O’Brien has rejected the State Government funding and a good deal of community support. ment’s criticism of the Coalition’s stance If you haven’t already read and provided your on fracking. feedback on our Proposed 2017-2021 Council Plan Minister for Resources Wade Noonan accused then now is a great time to do so as submissions close Victorian Liberals and Nationals of betraying farm5pm Wednesday, April 26. You can learn more about ers and abandoning regional Victoria by voting the projects I have mentioned and much more. against a motion calling on Commonwealth support Send your feedback via email to submission@ for the State Government’s historic Fracking Ban A public hearing of subBill. mitters that have requested to be heard will be held on Mr O’Brien said, “Wade Noonan can do his May 17, 2017 at 10.45am. Council will consider and stunts. What he should be doing is working to prodetermine submissions at a special meeting of council tect jobs in Gippsland which the latest statistics on May 24, 2017.

financial year.

Mayor’s message COUNCILLORS are often called upon by their respective communities to lobby for funding for various local projects. While councillors are strong advocates for their community, we must practice due diligence in all our approaches to endorsing major projects - particularly when large amounts of ratepayers’ money is involved. Our decisions must be made collectively, they must be informed and of benefit to the broader community. Council is only too aware of the need to be forward thinking and adaptable to our community’s changing needs, to ensure we get value for money and to foster economic drivers that promote growth within our shire. Two large ticket projects council has listed for further consideration in its Proposed 2017-2021 Council Plan focus on the Great Southern Rail Trail and an expo/equestrian centre. The first is the proposed investigation into the feasibility of a further extension and upgrade to the Great Southern Rail Trail, particularly between Leongatha and Korumburra. Council is well aware of the significant contribution our existing trail (from Leongatha to Port Welshpool) has made, not only our towns and businesses along this route, but also to the health and wellbeing of many. The rail trail project has seen a number of new businesses sprouting along the route

the young ones down here,” he said. Council said there is “not much to report on the Port Welshpool Marina other than the fact that a consultant team has been appointed”. Mr Rose said the impending Long Jetty restoration and plans to beautify the foreshore from the business end to the jetty have meant an increased interest in real estate around the town. “There has been a lot of interest down here lately, quite a few blocks have been sold already,” he said. Real estate agent with Paragreen Real Estate in Foster Wendy Wright said they have noticed a recent increase in enquiries for property in Port Welshpool, as well as Welshpool. “Even as much as a month ago, we had mid range enquiries on properties there,” she said. “The people who are looking are certainly talking about the Long Jetty as being a focus. My guess would be, once work on the jetty starts, it will promote more sales in the area.”

O’Brien rejects ‘political stunt’ show are disappearing under his government. “We supported the ban on fracking and Mr Noonan knows that. We also put forward sensible amendments that would have given farmers greater rights and reserved some Victorian gas for Victorian households and industry, but Labor opposed them both. “He also conveniently forgets that in conjunction with the former State Coalition Government, the Federal Coalition has already funded significant studies on our groundwater resources for exactly the reason he is talking about. “The motion he moved in Parliament had no legal status. It was simply a political stunt.”

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INTERCHANGES Gippsland Roadies South group gathered for a four day beach adventure during the Easter holidays for its holiday camp at Waratah Bay. Roadies South is one of Interchange Gippsland’s innovative programs and is designed for teenagers aged 14 to 17 years with a disability living in South Gippsland and Bass Coast. Pictured are Matilda and Brodie having some time on the beach at Waratah Bay.

Well done Von: the Topic Club, Leongatha held a celebration recently to congratulate Von McAlpine. She achieved her target weight loss of 23kg. Von has been a member since October 2005. She is a much loved member of the group and a very multi-talented lady, be it floral arranging, sewing, or cooking. Anyone wishing to come along and join the happy group would be most welcome at Leongatha Community House at 12.30pm any Thursday. Von McAlpine, left, received her certificate and flowers from president Kath Brown.

THE Ecumenical pleasant Sunday afternoon at Scots Pioneer Church, Mardan South this Sunday, April 30 from 2pm will feature Vietnam veteran Tom Loughridge. The day will have an Anzac theme and will feature community singing and afternoon tea will be served, everyone is welcome.

so that it can be dug up and its contents discovered. If you or someone you know may be able to shed some light on the time capsule, please let Tarwin Valley Primary School know. The school is looking at a community event and a reburying of treasures from 2017.

THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is encouraging the local community to celebrate the achievements of exceptional local businesswomen by nominating them for the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Mr O’Brien said the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, now in its 23rd year, seeks to raise the profile of women in business by recognising and rewarding their courage, leadership and creativity. To nominate or enter go to or call the Telstra Business Women’s Awards on 1800 817 536 for further information.

THIS Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 200 Altitude Shift participants will abseil 113m (27 stories) down Melbourne’s iconic St James building to raise essential funds for young people in care. Altitude Shift was established by Anglicare Victoria, providing everyday Victorians with an extraordinary means of helping those less fortunate. Sam Gregory from Bass is among the first to sign up for the challenge and is part of a team of professional firefighters in the event. Good luck Sam!

THE time capsule buried in Tarwin Valley Primary School is due to be excavated and opened in October this year. It was buried during the school’s centenary celebrations in 1992. The school is seeking information from the local community about how it was buried

Billy cart derby: there was fun and thrills to be had at Waratah Bay Caravan Park over Easter when the annual Billy Cart derby was held with the theme of a dress up day this year. Helping out at the finish line were Kayley Williams, Bhavani Harry and Bernadette Harry.

THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is participating in the Nappy Collective Giving Project and encouraging locals with leftover unused disposable nappies to donate them. Mr O’Brien said the Nappy Collective Project aims to collect hundreds of thousands of leftover nappies from 340 official drop points in 50 towns and cities across Australia. “The unused nappies collected through my office will be distributed to local organisations that support victims of domestic violence and young mothers in need,” he said. Mr O’Brien’s office, located at 54B Cunninghame Street in Sale, is a registered collection point for unused nappy donations with donations being accepted from now until Friday, May 19.


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Huge day: it was a big day of activities at Waratah Bay over the Easter break with the running of the annual Charlie Brown day with a sand castle competition, Easter egg scramble, music, strawberries and cream and, of course, the old fashioned races. Pictured is new commentator Mark Huntington left with Joan Newman, representing the Waratites (town residents) who won the sport’s day over the Parkies (caravan Park residents/visitors). It’s now five-all after 10 years so it will be a big challenge to see which team edges ahead next year.

Correction: Pictured are Bella Aitken, left, and Ashleigh Kruss holding a snake at the recent Inverloch Primary School fete. The Star incorrectly captioned this photo in last week’s edition.

Leading the way: on April 30, the Three Creeks Landcare Group will be recognised as part of the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority’s Green Carpet Landcare Awards. The Landcare Green Carpet Awards are held every two years to honour and celebrate local Landcare legends who have led the way in improving Gippsland’s environment. This year’s Green Carpet also coincides with the celebration of 30 years of Landcare in Victoria. Located in Bass Coast, the Three Creeks Landcare Group operates in a precinct that is attracting a high proportion of new landowners, mainly due to its proximity to Melbourne. Current treasurer of Three Creeks, Roger Lee, pictured, found out how great a resource Landcare was when he made the move from Melbourne to the Bass Coast, and joined up with Landcare six years ago.

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Where was Alberton league?

A COLOURFUL magazine of football in all Gippsland for the 2017 season launch is available for $2 in our area. It is filled with information on all leagues and clubs, only one big mistake, there’s not one small article about the Alberton league or its clubs in the 63 pages of the publication. Is this the same group that took five teams from the Alberton league and put them in the West Gippsland league, leaving Alberton with just seven teams? It would have only taken an extra page or two to write up about the league and clubs in Alberton. The Alberton league has been in existence since the war and also before the war and some teams have won many premierships and also seen 20 or more players go on and make it in the ‘big’ AFL in Melbourne over the years. Can we in Gippsland have an apology or an explanation of this problem, from the Gippsland football netball committee? Jack Charlton, Life member of the Alberton Football Netball League.

Stingray sadness I AM really sad someone caught and killed two giant stingrays at the Inverloch jetty. Now all the other stingrays are spooked and don’t hang around the jetty. Hope you are aware, everyone, the stingrays are loved by locals and visitors, young and old. Tomieka Petracca, age eight, Inverloch.

More public transport needed OVER the Easter break a friend

had been asked to help at the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. She then planned to join her husband and young family who were coming to stay in the area. To save driving a second car down and knowing the roads would be busy on the return, she looked up the public transport options to get to Inverloch on Friday. Her shift was to finish at 6.30pm in the city and she was astounded to discover there was no way to get here other than drive. She ended up having to pull out of the shift It’s time the State Government stopped ignoring the needs of a major tourism region and it’s visitors and residents and started treating us to the transport system the region needs. On one of the busiest weekends of the year, it is appalling we did not have services to help ease the congestion on our roads. Later night options for people leaving Melbourne on weekends and public holidays are long overdue. Donna Lancaster, Inverloch.

Letters to the Editor

tion of $2 million for their part of the arrangement. Until a couple of hours before the decision was to be made, councillors (nor apparently the administration) had any idea of the assumed costs of these extra two highball courts nor what contribution was being asked of council. Many felt that a dearth of rushed information was not the preferred or responsible way in which to make such a decision, and the result was the majority of councillors rejected the motion. The cost assumptions, which were presented to council just before the commencement of the council February meeting , were based on $2 million per court. The officers report also mentions the scope of the highball facility was to comprise change rooms; storage for basketball, netball; administration areas, small social area and combined meeting space, kiosk, spectator seating and first aid room. Upon the motion being defeated in February, the council administration has apparently gone back

to the drawing board and when the subject rose its head last week, the price tag is now $6 million. What has caused this extra $2 million increase? Looking at the detail within the officer’s report at the April council meeting, it relates to “community facilities through inclusion of meeting facilities, ancillary office spaces and car parking”. Did not the February cost estimates already include this in the scope of the works? Information on the car parking costs show the proposed gravel car park will be negligible (less than $100,000), which means there has been an extra $1.9 million added to the project for (extra) “meeting facilities and ancillary office space”. I wonder how many smaller community associations across the shire, battling for years to be supported with new clubrooms, meeting rooms or office space, feel, when they witness, that in an instant, an extra $2 million can be magically found (however funded) for such a purpose, as has happened with this project.

Highball saga MANY commentators have applauded Bass Coast Shire Council’s surprising change of mind at last week’s council meeting, which saw councillors apparently bow to community pressure and give the nod to the Wonthaggi highball courts after rejecting the project , two months earlier. Looking into the detail, the story may not be quite as simple as just a change of heart. At the February council meeting, five councillors voted to reject what was a rushed motion, authorising council to apply for a $2 million grant from the Victorian Government Shared Facilities Fund, which would mean council would have to make a co-contribu-


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Moreover, the question is, is this extra money allocated to this project, really covering ‘meeting facilities and ancillary office space’ , or is this perhaps a way to surreptitiously correct a gross under estimation for the project cost, which was produced in such a rushed environment in February? If council had carried the motion in February – and the costs subsequently increased to this $6 million figure – who would have carried the extra burden of $2 million? I think we all know the answer to that one. Perhaps the decision made in February was in hindsight the right decision. John Swarbrick, Rhyll.

WaterAid thanks FOR the last month I have promoted WaterAid and raised funds for its projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. Safe water is essential for life, yet one in 10 of the world’s population still does not have access to it. For 10 days I walked an ex-

tra 10,000 steps a day, pushing a stroller with a big shiny bucket, to attract attention for the millions of women and girls who walk that distance every day to collect water for their families. I found it exhausting enough, walking the distance on pavement in a peaceful country town – a breeze compared to the task they face every day again. They have to spend so much time and energy collecting water from wherever they can, with no guarantee the water they collect will be clean or safe. The walks, talks, stalls and garage sale raised a total of $2205, which will make a difference because clean water is a life saver. Safe water is the first essential step in overcoming poverty, improving health, education and livelihoods. Thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged me in my efforts (done on your behalf), so that together we can make a difference. Johanna Haasjes, Leongatha.

VOXPOP! VOX What are your ideas to improve the old railway site in Leongatha?

“I think the arts centre idea is a wonderful idea but it would have to be designed in a way to get a daily use out of it. It’s a fantastic opportunity to recentre the town.” Marg Lynn, Berrys Creek.

“There are lots of good ideas. The town needs a car park and there needs to be access to this area from Bair Street. The railway station should be turned into a museum to retain the history.” John Runbelow, Leongatha South.

“There are some good ideas but definitely connecting this area to Bair Street is critical. We need a bike shed to keep bikes here over night for when the rail trail comes to this point. It would be the perfect area for a farmers market.” Jeremy Curtis, Berrys Creek.

“I think they should build something like the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. Also a car park and a market area.” Neville Drummond, Inverloch.

Team effort to get Rural counselling service unveils new head office THE head office of town’s heart ticking Rural Financial CounTHE Leongatha railyards have long been the forgotten centre of town, a wasted opportunity often talked about but with no action – until now.

South Gippsland Shire Council held an innovative Ideas Fair at the Leongatha Railway Station on Saturday to ask the community for its ideas about the future use of the site. Council has been given the opportunity to take over the lease of the railway land and to improve the Leongatha railway site and surrounds. Coupled with the redevelopment of Bair Street, the two projects present council with a fantastic chance, even a once in a generation opportunity, to reinvigorate the centre of the shire’s major town that will in turn benefit the rest of the region. Among the ideas suggested by the community were a stronger link with Bair Street, a stunning park and a historical railway museum in the old station. Another access point to Bair Street would certainly be appreciated by residents to the town’s east, and the site could provide additional parking, particularly for caravans and longer vehicles, but improved vehicular access to the railyards site would need to be considered. Many towns, especially those the size of Leongatha, have a central park combined with parking that is an ideal central space for relaxing, playing, performing and exercise. With a vibrant horticultural society and other picturesque, albeit smaller, gardens, Leongatha does need a larger park and the prospect of a botanical garden deserves serious consideration. Council has done well in asking people for their input and community minded locals took council up on the offer. The public awaits the next stage of the project with interest.

selling Service has moved to a new location in Leongatha.

Grand opening: Rural Financial Counselling Service executive director Kylie Holmes and chair Richard Habgood welcomed guests to the new head office at 1 Peart Street, Leongatha, last Friday.

The service has moved across the road to 1 Peart Street. The move has marked a significant change in the service. The move was a result of expansion to the team, which now includes executive director Kylie Holmes, rural financial counsellor Wayne Sanders and small business financial counsellor Robert Lee.

Rural Financial Counselling Service is a not for profit organisation that covers 11 councils across south eastern Victoria and Gippsland region. The service has supported farmers for more than 30 years by providing free, independent and confidential counselling to farmers, fishing, forestry and small businesses experiencing hardship. Following a turbulent year of drought and industry downturns, 80 new clients have sought support since mid 2016, approximately 75

Supporters: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s coordinator of economic development and tourism Ken Fraser and Cr Meg Edwards, Rural Financial Counselling Service chair Richard Habgood, Department of Human Service/Centrelink’s Peter Armour, Leongatha IGA’s Chris O’Leary and John Markham, Lions Need for Feed coordinator Graham Cockerell and Rural Financial Counselling Service executive director Kylie Holmes were acknowledged at the opening of Rural Financial Counselling Service’s new head office on Friday.

per cent of clients are dairy farmers, and 80 per cent of clients exited the service with a positive outcome. The current client activity focus includes pre planning for succession, concessional loans, creditor management flow, cash flow management, and – for small businesses – understanding the inputs of business cost structures to better manage budgets. “We have seen an impact of financial on the mental health of our clients, and we working with our health providers, and in particular with dairy industry mental health coordinator Ash Horsburgh,” Kylie said. “We are currently undergoing a refresh of our image with new logos and brochures, and we have recently embarked on two campaigns – planning for the future, and take a break/ breath campaign.” IGA and Lions Need for Feed are acknowledged as ongoing supporters of Rural Financial Counselling Service, and were thanked at an opening presentation last week. “The Lions Need for Feed provided our service with IGA vouchers and hampers to distribute to those farming families that were going to be doing it tough over Christmas. The hampers included lots of goodies for the family, gumboots for mum and/or dad, and games for the children, as well as a food voucher from IGA,” Kylie said.

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The wedding scene: Linda (Holly Knight) is betrothed to Mickey (Isaac Muldoon).

Lively: the Blood Brothers cast was lively and entertaining. Brook Materia, pictured right, was brilliant as Mrs Johnstone.

Big tick for Blood Brothers MARY MacKillop College students brought the West End’s third longest running production in history Blood Brothers to life on the Wonthaggi stage last Friday. The show delighted opening nighters with an emotionally charged show of a very high standard. Brooke Materia was outstanding in her role as Mrs Johnstone with her strong and beautiful singing throughout the show. Narrator Jacob Beckwith showed great timing and confidence in his role. It is a tricky role as the timing is critical and he nailed it as he guided the audience through the plot of twin boys separated at birth but connected throughout their lives by friendship, secrets and tragedy. Twins Mickey, played by Isaac Muldoon, and Edward, played by Aidan Clark, both gave polished performances in their demanding lead roles. One of the most impressive aspects of Muldoon’s performance was his ability to convincingly portray a seven-year-old child all the way up to adulthood. Clark meanwhile, also gives a sterling performance as ‘Eddie’. His portrayal of a quintessential English schoolboy toff was pitchperfect. Other solid performances came from Ethan Bath as Mr Lyons, whose transformation from public school principal to over-worked comprehensive teacher was outstanding, and Madelyn Krausz, whose Mrs Lyons had paranoia in abundance. Special mention to Holly Knight for her betrayal of Linda, who found herself as the rope in a game of tug and war between the two brothers, and Lachlan Verdon as the desperate Sammy. It’s a talented ensemble of great actors. The orchestra and choir brought great energy to the performance and the set design was creative and simple with brick slums and old rickety fences on one side and painted brick terraces complete with lanterns, window sill gardens and new fences on the other. Well done to director Bron Kalos, musical director Elly Poletti, producer Sam Wright and all who played a role in keeping the show fresh, alive and relevant to young theatre audiences. This show is funny at times, touching and heart-breaking and the result of some marvellous work on behalf of everyone involved at the school.

Finale: the tragic end to Blood Brothers as the leads and cast sing the final number.

Budget hopes for Wonthaggi By Tayla Kershaw WITH Bass Coast Shire Council now on side, the Wonthaggi highball facility now relies on the State Government to show its support.

Friendship or more?: Edward, played by Aidan Clark, and Linda, beautifully executed by Holly Knight, get close in Blood Brothers.

Specifically, the State Government must decide to fund the Wonthaggi education precinct in the state budget come May 2 if the highball facility is to go ahead. Council voted to apply for two state grants to fund the highball facility at its recent meeting. These grants include $3 million from the Victorian School Building Authority 2016-17 Shared Facilities Fund, and $1.5 million from the Sport and Recreation Victoria Better Indoor Stadium fund. However, the site of the stadium will be the education precinct, so it is crucial funding is made available for the new school.

“The facilities would be built in conjunction, so this was a crucial time for council to apply for funding,” Bass MLA Brian Paynter said. “This facility could become the backbone of the community. Originally, only one basketball court was proposed for the education precinct, which was never going to be enough. Having the stadium built on the premises of the education precinct will be a huge asset. “I am constantly advocating for the education precinct in parliament, and will continue to do so as much as possible. I believe the case is clear cut and the demands of the community are necessary. This funding will help this community take the next step.” Mr Paynter said the news of council’s support was excellent, and the public was rapt with the outcome. “It was a sensible decision that shows the community has a council that listens,” he said.

Cr Brett Tessari said he was happy with the result of the council meeting after councillors voted unanimously to treat the facility as an expense to council in the 2017-18 budget or the long term financial plan. The cost to council is $1.5 million. “It was a good result for the residents and I think the whole shire will reap the rewards,” he said. “It will bring people in from all across the state because Wonthaggi will be able to host tournaments on courts that are up to standard. “For now, we will just have to see what happens in the upcoming state budget. Hopefully we will be able to start our design strategy, and we could be seeing things start to happen as soon as 2018.” Mr Paynter will be meeting with Shadow Minister for Education Nick Wakeling to discuss Wonthaggi Secondary College this Thursday.

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Improved courts: Wonthaggi Power netballers trained on their brand new netball courts after the official opening on Thursday, April 20.

New courts spark Wonthaggi netballers The new courts are a partnership between WonTHE Wonthaggi Power Netball Club is set thaggi and District Netball Association, Wonthaggi to grow its ranks in 2017 thanks to a maPower, Sport and Recreation Victoria and Bass jor makeover of the now ready for action Coast Shire Council. home courts. “The Wonthaggi netball courts are a hive of acMember for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing of- tivity. Players here finally have the modern, safe and ficially opened the more than $787,000 Wonthaggi accessible courts they deserve,” Ms Shing said. netball courts redevelopment at Wonthaggi Recre“This project will go a long way towards helpation Reserve on Thursday, April 20. ing the Power meet growing demand, now and into the future. Little guns: Wonthaggi Net Set Go players “We want more budding netballers to be able to from left, Jasmine Hitchings, Macey Hodson get on the court when they want to play the game and Amelia Thomas enjoyed their new netball they love.” courts last Thursday at the official opening. Netball is booming in Victoria with more than 300,000 players across the state and the new actionpacked Suncorp Super League underway. Wonthaggi is no exception, with around 500 netballers of all ages and abilities registered to play

this year. The revamp of the seven courts features a modern and safer playing surface, as well as new drainage and fencing to protect players from injury. It means the Wonthaggi Power can host more players than ever before and more people can get on the court when they want to play the game they love. Wonthaggi district netball will also be able to run more training programs to fine tune skills and unearth the next elite Aussie champion. The upgrade was made possible with $100,000 from the State Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. Ms Shing said the fund is delivering on its promise to upgrade tired grounds and ageing clubrooms at grassroots sporting clubs across the state.

Official opening: netballers and Bass Coast Shire Council members gathered around for the official ribbon cutting and opening of the new refurbished Wonthaggi netball courts.

Accomplished: from left, president of the Wonthaggi and District Netball Association Vicky Donohue, Victorian Fury netballer Lara Dunkley, Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield at the new Wonthaggi netball courts.

New approach to conserving Wilsons Promontory PARKS Victoria is adopting a new approach to conservation planning for managing the extensive parks estate across Victoria, and the first plan to be launched in Victoria is the Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan. Using the conservation action planning meth-

Come along: from left, Jack Allen, Kasey Stoops and Alex Webb open the door to potential odology, Parks Victoria can identify and focus on strategies that will achieve the greatest improvenew students to Leongatha Secondary College.

Leongatha Secondary College opens its doors LEONGATHA Secondary College (LSC) is extending an invitation to all Grade 4, 5 and 6 students along with their parents, to attend an information evening on Wednesday, May 3 at 6.30pm. This will be a great opportunity to visit the classrooms and view the school’s programs and facilities. Student led school tours around the college

are available between 5pm to 6.15pm and will provide a great insight of what LSC has to offer. Teaching staff, co-ordinators and principals will be in attendance to meet with you and to answer any questions. The evening will be held in the Performing Arts Centre and supper will be provided. For further information please contact the College on 5662 4333.

ment in the overall health of ecosystems. This planning process is being used by many conservation agencies around the globe, and can help Parks Victoria share information with international partners when tackling similar problems. The Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan covers the marine and terrestrial habitats of the Prom. It has been in development over the past four years involving a number of stakeholders, researchers, and scientists and specifies clear objectives to be achieved by 2021. Restoration of the Coastal Grassy Woodlands in the northern section of the park; landscape wide deer, fox and cat control; marine and estuarine management and an ecological fire program are

some of the key strategies identified in the Conservation Action Plan that will be undertaken over the next 5 years to restore and conserve the park. “The Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan has used a thorough process to identify the Prom’s environmental values, what’s at threat and the priority actions needed to protect and restore the Prom’s unique environmental values for current and future generations,” Park’s Victoria’s Director Environment and Science, Dr Mark Norman said. “Conservation action planning has identified one area of the park in rapid decline; the Coastal grassy woodlands, and a comprehensive restoration program is planned as a priority measure. ”The key to success for the Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan will be the continuation of collaborative partnerships that were established in the preparation of the plan. We look forward to working with our key science, research and agency stakeholders to deliver the crucial program”. The Wilsons Promontory Conservation Action Plan is available at wilsonsprom-cap

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Experience European history by cruising THE new APT Battlefields Centenary Series of tours and cruises to the Western Front including the Anzac Day Dawn Service are a unique opportunity. These travel experiences are for anyone who has a connection with the history to World War One through a relative, who fought for freedom and were fortunate to return home to their families, or who was less fortunate and courageously lost their lives on the battlefields of France or Belgium to protect the freedom we are so fortunate to enjoy today. Travellers may also have a special interest in this important part of history even if they do not have a personal connection. This series of tours includes the Western Front Explorer with Anzac Day Dawn Service, a 14 night luxury river cruise that will visit many of the battlefields of World War One in France and Belgium. Travellers will attend the Dawn Service on Anzac Day at Villers-Bretonneux to commemorate the Australian servicemen who fought alongside the Allies during the battles to preserve freedom for all people. With APT’s outstanding level of service and

inclusions, travellers will fly free to commence their journey in Amsterdam, and enjoy fine dining, complimentary beverages on board and allinclusive sightseeing in up to 14 destinations. With arrival and departure transfers, a welcome reception, sightseeing and full board on your luxury river cruise, you will be taken care of, including the signature experiences on offer. You will have the privilege of paying your respects at some of the War Cemeteries, and on Anzac Day depart for the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux. April 25, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Anzac victory at the Second Battle of VillersBretonneux. Later, visit the first and second Australian Division Memorials at Pozieres. APT will conclude the tour in Amsterdam, but not before the doors of the Van Gogh Museum are opened to enjoy a private tour, and a visit to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens before the Magnificent sight: an APT ship docked near the centre of the city of Passau, Germany. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board your luxury Concerto River Ship. To find out more about one of these unique tours, contact the team at Leongatha Travel and Cruise on 5662 3601.

Remembering them: destinations such as Somme War Cemetery, France, ensure the events of the past are never forgotten.







War history: the APT Tour includes a visit to the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.

Council comfortable with aid for events SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council believes it is capable of helping the public run community events without employing an events coordinator. Bass Coast Shire Council has a dedicated events coordinator and officer to help the public run events, recognising the value of such events to boosting the economic and building the community. South Gippsland council’s stance follows a push by the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry to run three festivals a year in Leongatha to help buoy the town. The Star asked South Gippsland council whether it had a dedicated events coordinator to help run such festivals. A council spokesperson said, “While council does

not have a specific events coordinator there are a number of staff from across the organisation who assist with community members wanting to organise events depending on what they entail.” Bass Coast council’s Peter Francis said council’s events policy recognises the importance of events from both an economic development and community building perspective. “Bass Coast hosts a number of international events and it is important the community receives the best economic return from them, and the disruption to the community is kept to a minimum,” he said. “Effectively, the events team’s (coordinator and officer) role is to facilitate safe and sustainable events across the shire across the calendar year.” Mr Francis said the team’s main duties are to:

• work with community groups to help them safely manage events across the shire; • provide planning and other assistance to all events in Bass Coast; • assist with the successful operation of major private events in the shire (Moto GP, Superbikes etc), ensuring communities’ interests are served; • work with commercial event organisers to encourage events in Bass Coast and assist with their delivery; • conduct training and skill development of community and other event organisers; • work with neighbouring councils to encourage regional events and to provide support for events in neighbouring municipalities where appropriate; and • help run council’s corporate events.


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Fishy residents fed up By Sarah Vella THE issue of speeding drivers through a populated Fish Creek street was again highlighted at last Wednesday’s council briefing session.

Shut down: Helen Ritt and Peter Woods are just two of the residents of Old Waratah Road in Fish Creek, sick of speeding drivers. They are calling for the road to be closed to through traffic.

A petition was presented to the South Gippsland Shire Council’s March meeting, calling for the closure of Old Waratah Road in Fish Creek to through traffic. Council will consider the petition at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) meeting. Residents of the Old Waratah Road, Peter Woods, Helen Ritt and Mary Ellis presented to council at last week’s public consultation session regarding the petition. Speeding drivers are the biggest concern for residents. Mr Woods said the petition showed residents of Fish Creek and the Old Waratah Road overwhelm-

ingly agree something has to be done to address the volume of speeding traffic. “Most of the population of the Fish Creek township lives on Old Waratah Road, there are over 50 homes on the road,” Mr Woods said. “The petition calls for the closure of the southern end of the road, which would solve our problem.” Mr Woods said of all the people approached for the petition, one resident and one business owner expressed a desire for the road to stay open. “But they still agreed something had to be done to address the traffic problems,” he said. “There may be other solutions, however closing the road is the most popular with residents and is the one guaranteed to work.” Near misses involving children and pets, abusive comments and threats of physical violence only add to the concerns of the residents. Mr Woods said it is amazing how

many people have lost pets, or been on the receiving end of verbal abuse from drivers incorrectly using the road. “The 50 kilometre per hour signs are completely ignored, as are the local traffic only signs. Anyone who lives in the region thinks they are local,” he said. “There is no footpath, which puts pedestrians at risk.” Part of Old Waratah Road is a designated 80km/hr zone, faster than the main road which is limited to 70km/hr. Mr Woods said this was “ridiculous”. “It is a residential street, the whole of it should be 50km/hr and it needs to have more conspicuous signage,” he said. Councillor Meg Edwards asked Mr Woods if reducing the speed limit could be an alternative to closing the road. “If it had the desired outcome, that would be fine,” he said.

Last call for H3O Challenge registrations SOUTH Gippsland and Bass Coast residents have until the end of April to register for the H30 Challenge.

I’m in: Evie Carey signed up at the VCAL Expo.

Over 550 people in South Gippsland and Bass Coast have registered to switch sugary drinks to water for 30 days. That is the equivalent of 182,160 teaspoons of sugar avoided if each participant has skipped at least one soft drink a day for 30 days. Taking a break from sugary drinks can kick start weight loss and lower other health risks making the challenge a worthwhile change for improving your health. H3O Challenge Project Worker Rachel Sands was pleased the H3O Chal-

lenge has been such a success. “The H30 Challenge has been heavily supported by South Gippsland and Bass Coast residents who have actively made a change for their health,” said Ms Sands. “We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone who registered for the challenge so far. “Changing daily habits can be difficult at times but taking even little steps towards improving your health can make a world of difference.” To sign up for the challenge please visit southgippsland or www.h30challenge. according to your region.

Hands up: Kerry and Glenn Smith have registered.

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Mavis celebrates her century TWO exciting birthdays were celebrated at Woorayl Lodge last week. Mavis McGaw turned 100 on Monday, April 17, while Evelyn Nunn celebrated her 104th birthday on Wednesday, April 19. The ladies celebrated their birthdays in the company of friends and family at the lodge. Mavis enjoyed a cake made by the lodge and made a wonderful speech on the day. She also enjoyed a birthday celebration with friends and family at her son Peter’s home. The lodge ordered in a cake for Evelyn as part of a celebratory luncheon. Evelyn celebrated her day with her daughter Pat Dodson and had her nails done to mark the occasion. The ladies are residents of Leongatha. Evelyn moved to the lodge in 2012, just after her 99th birthday while Mavis moved to the lodge two years ago. The ladies enjoyed their special days and thanked those who celebrated with them.

Left, Milestone: Woorayl Lodge resident Mavis McGaw turned 100 on April 17. She is pictured with her letter from Queen Elizabeth, letter from the Prime Minister and her christening robe. Right, Celebrating in style: Woorayl Lodge resident Evelyn Nunn had her nails painted pink to celebrate her 104th birthday on April 19. She is pictured with her daughter Pat Dodson.

Yanakie business seeks expansion By Sarah Vella A PLANNING application before the South Gippsland Shire Council to develop a Yanakie business has received six objections related to adverse amenity impacts and car parking concerns. The application lodged by the Wilsons Prom Cafe Bakery included the addition of a beer garden and a request to licence the whole of the building. Business owner Bill Clappers presented to the South Gippsland Shire Council’s community presentation session last Wednesday, to respond to the objections. Mr Clappers said the nature of tourism at Wil-

sons Promontory is changing and denied his proposal would change the nature of Yanakie. He said families are increasingly making day trips from other regional areas to the Prom in real numbers. “During their trip they look for quality meals, good coffee and locally made products,” he said. “Our observations have provided us with a good snap-shot of Prom visitation. We see cars stream in and out of the Prom moderated only by the weather. “As the sun sets vehicles stream past our shop, doubtlessly looking for a meal, but there is very little on offer South Gippsland.” Mr Clappers said a vast economic opportunity pours into South Gippsland daily and then mostly leaves via the same route taking their “enormous

collective wealth” with them. “In expanding our operation, we are seeking to address this opportunity and offer something for local residents and tourists,” he said. “By extending our operations we wish to showcase the best South Gippsland has to offer.” Mr Clappers said expanding his establishment will create employment for up to 10 people and will have a beneficial effect on local commerce. In response to objections regarding car parking, Mr Clappers said his plans include a car park of increased capacity. “In the past 18 months our current car park has managed well under some serious congestion,” he said. Mr Clappers said he appreciated the concerns from objectors with regards to excess noise and

that the business will always put local concerns “front and centre”. “We do play music in the café all day week in week out to provide the atmosphere we desire,” he said. “The beer garden will be built with high and dense acoustic walls guaranteeing there will never be an issue. “On the occasions when we do have live music, we will have them set up inside the cafe should we feel there are any concerns with noise management.” Mayor Cr Ray Argento congratulated Mr Clappers on his presentation and said it addressed the concerns of objectors. Council will vote on the planning application at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) ordinary meeting.

Island pool on hold By Tayla Kershaw A NEW location for the Phillip Island aquatic centre will be considered. Bass Coast mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield appealed to council to reconsider the design plan for a centre in Church Street, despite its proximity to other recreational services. “The aquatic centre would be shoehorned into a small area, and would need to be two storeys. It didn’t sit right with me,” she said. Cr Rothfield referred to aquatic centres in Mildura and Ballarat, which have been successful well Concept design: a proposed ground floor plan of the Phillip Island Aquatic Centre. outside their respective central business districts. “Ballarat’s aquatic centre is in a park, not squashed in a CBD. This is not a good move LEARN to make authen- gaps. Over the weeks you will weeks starting on Wednesday, for Phillip Island and we need to

Milpara- Korumburra’s Community House

tic Chinese dumplings using traditional ingredients this Friday, April 28.

Angie will teach you to make wraps from scratch and how to fold them correctly. Learn the tips and tricks to make your own delicious dumplings at home. Next week we hope our Computers for Beginners Class will start on Tuesday, May 2. This course runs over nine weeks and is an excellent introduction to using computers and filling in those learning

cover how to create and save files including how to find them again. You’ll learn to navigate the internet. Emails and basic work processing is also covered. Our class sizes are small and friendly. Group Guitar Jam is a new class we are adding this term. If you have the basic guitar chords underway – you don’t have to have mastered them – this is the group is for you. It’s a great fun way to further develop your skills. All ages are welcome. Please bring your own guitar. This class will run over eight

May 3. Learn to speak Mandarin. Children and adults welcome, Fridays starting May 5. Cindy is back offering her popular and powerful one day workshop Creating Confidence and Calm Within for adults on Sunday, May 7. Designed to motivate, energise and inspire you to move forward with clarity and clear negative emotions and create greater self-awareness. Children’s workshops are coming up on Saturday, May 20. Bookings and information please call Milpara 5655 2524.

consider this further. This is not to say Phillip Island won’t get an aquatic centre.” With the population of Phillip Island expected to increase by 37 percent in the next 20 years, Cr Rothfield also felt the location was inappropriate due to impacts on the transit hub and cultural centre. “The transit hub was designed to take the weight of the traffic and solve the parking problem,” she said. “The aquatic centre would reduce parking opportunities by half. There would also be more demand from those visiting the aquatic centre. The cultural centre would have the same problem. It would simply be in the wrong position.” Choosing a new location will be based on the property strategy, which will be released on May 31. While most councillors were

disappointed to make this decision without community consultation, the majority sided with Cr Rothfield on the grounds that Church Street remains an option if the property strategy reveals it is the most suitable location. Only councillors Stephen Fullarton and Les Larke were against the motion. “The community has undergone 25 years of funding and it is excited. We need to be doing something,” Cr Fullarton said. Cr Rothfield said this project was too important to make uninformed mistakes. “The centre wasn’t going to be built in the next two months. It would be short sighted not to wait, and we would regret it,” she said. “We aren’t closing the door on this location, but we need to consider the fact traffic will expand. We need to think about the future and plan for the long term.”

Council control pests BASS Coast Shire Council is undertaking rabbit pest control in council managed foreshore reserves. A licensed contractor will be baiting foreshore reserve sites from late March until mid April. The baiting program aims to minimise the impacts of rabbits on the indigenous vegetation in these conservation reserves, as well as reducing the affect on the nearby properties. The targeted areas include Ventnor, Red Rocks, Cowes, Newhaven, Cape Woolamai and Kilcunda foreshores.

Signage will be displayed on all access tracks and areas which will be affected. “The baiting program is important in upholding our responsibility to preserving and protecting our foreshore and reserves,” Cr Rothfield said. Dog owners should follow the normal council regulations and have their dogs under control and on a lead when walking them in these areas. For more details, contact council’s natural resources officer David Martin on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211, or via email d.martin@

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Celebrate the Spirit within CATHOLIC schools across the Diocese of Sale will have the opportunity to celebrate their ‘identity and mission’ with their local communities during Catholic Education Week. The 2017 Catholic Education Week theme is Unity in Diversity. Catholic Education Week this year will be celebrated from April 28 to May 5. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale will participate in a number of activities during the week, including a Mass and Leadership Dinner. Catholic schools, as has been the case in recent years, will be encouraged to organise activities and celebrate with their local communities. Catholic school communities during Catholic Education Week will be invited to consider the prayer in John’s Gospel “…that they may all be one” (John 17:21). In a speech to a group of Catholic charismatics in October 2014, Pope Francis reminded us that “… the same one who creates diversity … is the same one who then creates unity: the Holy Spirit.” He also said, “…it is through the agency of the Holy Spirit that unity in diversity is

Playtime fun: St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra Grade 1 students from left, Phoebe, Amity, Emelia and Bella enjoy exploring all things nature at recess. possible. “Unity does not imply uniformity; it does not necessarily mean doing everything to-

gether or thinking in the same way. Nor does it signify a loss of identity. Unity in diversity is actually the opposite: it in-

volves the joyful recognition and acceptance of the various gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each one and the plac-

ing of these gifts at the service of all members of the Church.” The Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of

Sale, Maria Kirkwood, has encouraged each school community to be open to the presence of the Holy Spirit. “I invite all community members to be prepared to use the gifts the Spirit confers to work for unity and offer service in each of the 43 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale and within their communities,” she said. “It will be a challenge to consider how we might work to reveal Jesus Christ to others and encourage them and ourselves to come to know him more deeply during this special week. Through the grace of God and a process of listening to others with hearts and minds that are open to diversity and difference, we can continue to grow into communities of respect and love,” said Ms Kirkwood. “It is my great hope during Catholic Education Week that families, parishes and schools embrace this week and that schools continue to flourish as places of unity where each person may come to know and experience God’s great love for them.” Further details about Catholic Education Week in the Diocese of Sale can be found at the Catholic Education Office website at: the Diocese of Sale website at:

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Active learners at Mary MacKillop IN 2017, students and staff at Mary MacKillop College have embarked on a new path to further engage and connect students to the process of learning. Earlier in the year, the school launched its Active Learning framework with the students and families. Through this launch and framework, the school endeavours to help students discover the path to achieve their personal best, grow their resiliency and capacity and to encourage them to become lifelong learners. The school focusses on four approaches (Characteristics of Active Learners) which are a priority to embrace this new way of thinking and behaving both in and outside the classroom. These are: • Taking Ownership • Thinking Deeply • Making Connections • Being Courageous A prime example of how Active Learning has been embraced at the college has been the recent project in-

corporating senior business studies and the Supercar Races held at Phillip Island. Year 10 students as part of their Humanities classes – Money and Markets, and Law and Finance will be examining the management and operation of business enterprises. So how is this active learning? As part of their courses, students will actively plan and run business activities when they organise a whole school event - ‘The MacKillop 500’ to implement their theoretical understanding of how to initiate, plan, perform and evaluate a business activity. Supercars racing theme promises exciting times ahead. This will allow students to have some ‘handson’ experience as business operators. The ‘businesses’ will be initiated and organised in small groups within their classes and operate during the event. The activity will require the students to utilise their recording, researching, management, reviewing, leadership and interpersonal skills. The students attended

the supercars at the ‘WD40 Phillip Island 500’ as part of the Students on Track program. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to observe a major Victorian sporting event before they embark on their own event and business planning. Mary MacKillop learners are certainly going places - fast! The school curriculum is challenging, relevant and innovative and it encourages students to reach for their personal best. Junior and Middle school students all participate in a ‘Launch’ program catering for individual students’ passions and personal expertise. Senior students are offered a breadth of subject choices, which incorporates VCE, VCAL and VETis Programs, including Applied Fashion Design, Music Composition and Building and Construction. Students may have the opportunity to extend themselves with extra VCE subjects while our connection with local businesses and TAFE has also created many valuable opportunities and experiences for the

more ‘hands-on’ students.

Supercar races: Mary MacKillop Regional College students Reid Jones, Mitchell Worsfold, Bryce Judd, Ryan Thomas and Aidan Hall were at the Phillip Island race circuit to embark on their business studies.

Talking business: the business development manager from the Phillip Island race circuit, Peter Mitchell addresses Mary MacKillop College students about their business studies.

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Important week for St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Wonthaggi SAINT Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primary School, Wonthaggi celebrates Catholic Education Week as an important week in the school calendar. Students will be involved in a number of activities that reflect this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme Unity in Diversity. The school, along with the 42 other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Sale, will celebrate Catholic Education Week from April 28 to May 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a Catholic school, we are called to do more than just pass on the faith: we are invited to translate our faith into deeds so we are truly living Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Word,â&#x20AC;? principal Ronan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Mahony said. Classroom activities and whole school celebrations will centre on the important message of unity and the joyful recognition and acceptance of the diverse gifts and backgrounds each person has to of-

Understanding words: St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wonthaggi students Conor Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Mahony and Nate Shields develop their word knowledge.

fer and the special contribution each one makes to the community. Mr Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Mahony also said celebrating Catholic Education Week brought into focus the distinctive educational experiences St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had to offer the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This annual event is held to promote the special ethos of Catholic schools and to highlight the great things that take place in Catholic schools every day.â&#x20AC;? To find out more about St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school and what they can offer for your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education, information is available through its website www.stjwonthaggi. or by phoning the school office on 5672 1052.

Great location: Oscar Dellamina and Harry Howell enjoy their study location at St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primary School in Wonthaggi.

Why choose a Catholic education? THE role of the Catholic Education Office is to provide support, service and leadership to Catholic primary and secondary schools in the Diocese of Sale. The office seeks to engage with and influence the people who make a difference in schools. Its central purpose is to build capacity in principals, leaders, teachers and students to ensure the continuing development and growth of individuals. Catholic schools nurture students throughout their educational journey with a deep connection to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Working in partnership with parents, parish and the broader community our schools provide an environment which enables all students to learn and flourish as a part of their human development. The Diocese of Sale encompasses a range of schools including several small schools in rural and remote areas as well as large schools in regional centres. In partnership with schools the Catholic Education Office ensures each school is adequately and equitably resourced through the provision of centralised services. This requires a system approach to funding and the establishment of a range of Catholic Education Office positions to deliver school based

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services. At the same time, the Catholic Education Office works toward creating an atmosphere of local autonomy and responsibility within each school community. Schools take seriously their responsibility for achieving real gains in a range of outcomes for their students. Schools always look to improve the quality of teaching and learning and the supports that surround them. Indeed, the Catholic school is called to offer the best learning experience it is able to do in the best circumstances it is able to provide. This commitment is evidenced in a public way through the efforts schools make to keep parents in particular, and the wider community in general, informed about school successes, activities and priorities for improvement. Schools have well established means of examining themselves in a positive, self-critical way, seek-

ing to improve the quality of its life across all its dimensions. Our schools are also acutely aware of their responsibility to their community. Each school is accountable to its parents, the first educators of their children, to the parish and to the Bishop from whom its mandate derives. That accountability requires honest and comprehensive processes of self-appraisal and clear reporting to those with a right to know. Schools have well established means of reporting information about the performance of the school to their community. The Catholic school is fully aware, too, of its accountability to Governments, both State and Federal. There are obligations and expectations that must be met, which include administering the NAPLAN tests and for reporting on school performance information to all parents. The school keeps these obligations always in mind and ensures they are always met.

Arts and crafts: St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primary School, Korumburra Grade 6 students Albert and Noah prepare for Catholic Education Week in art class.

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Creative: St Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primary School, Korumburra Grade 6 students Valentino and Ella in art class together learning how to sew.

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Veggie patch: St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra Grade 3 students from left, Charlotte, Sophi, Bella and Cilla are proud of the pumpkin they grew in the school vegetable garden.

School community comes together

Posterised: St Laurence’s Primary School prep students created posters of their world in a ST JOSEPH’s Primary school in Kojar for Catholic Education Week, from left Elizabeth, Julian, Matti and Lacey.

St Laurence’s gets ready ST LAURENCE’S Primary School has been busy preparing for Catholic Education Week.

rumburra will be celebrating Catholic Education Week as an important week in their school calendar.

On Monday, May 1 at 9am a liturgy to celebrate Catholic Education Week and St Joseph the Worker “Catholic Education Week mass on Friday, May 5 to herald Feast Day will be held. The remainder of the day will involve the stuis open to anyone who supports the start of Catholic Education our school and our beliefs,” Week, with a special invitation dents participating in multi age activities which will to grandparents, members of be led by both senior students and teachers. principal Kate Dourley said. A sausage sizzle will be organised for lunch. The school will be holding a school families and of the wider On Tuesday, May 2, from 11.30am until 1pm the community. The preps drew pictures of school will be hosting a grandparents or special per-

son’s day. Students will be given the opportunity to invite their grandparents or special persons to their classroom for this session and participate in an activity with them. On Thursday, May 4 from 9am until 11.15am its open morning. The school will be open to all parents and prospective parents to come for a tour of the school. A morning tea will be held by St Joseph’s senior students to thank the members of the school community for helping out and to welcome any prospective new parents.

their world in a jar for Catholic Education Week recently. “The theme is Unity in Diversity,” St Laurence’s teacher Margaret Gatehouse said. “Every child has different dreams and expresses them in different ways. Plenty will be happening at St Laurence’s including plenty of in class activities for the students to learn and enjoy. “We teach our students using a Catholic perspective.” Ms Dourley said. The school will be open for tours on Tuesday, May 2 at 10am Learning: St Laurence’s Grade 6 students Brandon and for prospective families interPlay area: St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra Prep and Grade 1 students from left, Mary made slideshows on their iPad’s in preparation for ested in getting to know more Kaiya, Alex, Claire, Lizzie, Georgia and Tegan at recess time. information about the school. Catholic Education Week.

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Senior Citizens thank community THE initial formation of the Leongatha Senior Citizens Club in 1967 was under the direction and control of the Health Commission of VictoriaIn 1982.

Back them: the Rotary Club of Leongatha assisted the Leongatha Senior Citizen’s Club a lot in the early years.

A letter from the Commission directed that the name be changed from “Club” to “Centre” and the age limit be dropped to 55. This now reads as “persons of senior age” in the club’s new constitution. There were many vital helpers along the way and it is important this help be recognised. The first cab off the rank was the Rev Symington of the Presbyterian Church who offered the use of the Church Hall free of charge until such time a clubhouse could be built, this continued until the clubrooms were built in 1973. The Rotary Club of Leongatha sponsored the Public Meeting to discuss the formation of a Seniors Club and later organised the “Watson Garden Party”, a truly amazing event, with aerobatic displays, sheep shearing and sheep dog exhibitions, karate and judo demonstrations, donkey, train and hay rides, merry go round, 1000’s of plants for sale

and a home cooked afternoon tea. Fashion was also on display as evidenced in a colour photo, on display, of Marj Jarvis taken in the 1960’s at the party. A 1977 flyer of the event will also be on display at the club’s week of celebrations. Rotary made many significant donations towards the “Building Fund” which enabled the original centre to be built. Rotary also held a number of “Old Folks Day” concerts which attracted large audiences, but may not be quite politically correct now. The Lions Club of Leongatha has also been a fantastic supporter, in taking care of our members at the Mossvale Concert for 40 years. The club provided transport to and from the venue as well as a light lunch and afternoon tea This has been much appreciated and looked forward to by members over those years. The Leongatha Apex Club held a dinner in 1971 for prospective members explaining the benefits of joining, and also contributed to the enjoyment for our members in providing a bus for outings to the Melbourne Aquarium and Puffing Billy and more.

The Fairbank and Koonwarra Young Farmers also contributed by taking members to Kernot Hall in Morwell to a Young Farmer organised concert for senior citizens and running wood raffles to raise funds. The Fairbank Social Club, the CWA groups, the Woorayl Municipal Band, the 3UL Friendly Circle, and the many entertainment groups that have performed for us over the 50 years, you have been amazing. Thank you all, you are all invited to come along to our celebrations. We will be open for visitors from 1pm to 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday May 8, 9, 10 and 11. Tuesday May 9 the club is having a coffee morning and silent auction which starts at 10am sharp, many bargains to be had, and Friday the club opens at 10am with luncheon at noon and entertainment by Dave Allen and Ron Soul at 1.30pm. Bookings are essential for the coffee morning and the Friday luncheon. Please contact Ian on 5662 5578 or 0400 574 923 or call at the Dakers Centre on Fridays from 10am to 3pm.

Road safety for seniors YEARS Ahead Road Safety for seniors is a one hour road safety awareness presentation designed especially for older road users. The sessions are provided by RACV and supported by funding provided by VicRoads through the Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee. The Community Road Safety Committee, which includes representatives from Bass Coast Shire Council, VicRoads, Victoria Police, Bicycle Users Group, and the local community, is inviting senior road users to come along to one of the sessions being held. Two sessions will be on Wednesday, April 26; the first at 10 at Mitchell House in Wonthaggi and the second at 1.30pm at the Inverloch Community Hub. On Tuesday, May 2, a session will be held at 10.30am at the Phillip Island Senior Citizens Club in Cowes. The sessions cover information and advice on driving safely and aim to promote safer road user behaviours, continued mobility and quality of life

for older people. Bass Coast mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said Australia’s population is aging, which means there will be older drivers on our roads who may require support. “Council, through the Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee, is excited to be able to support these events without shire,” she said. “Specially trained RACV staff visit groups of older people, presenting road safety information to assist them to remain safe on the road. “RACV believes all drivers should continue to drive for as long as they are safe to do so and these sessions encourage drivers to have regular checkups and discuss their fitness to drive with their health What a trek: Woorayl Probus Club member Len Hanks rode his tractor all the way from professionals.” Local police members will also be in attendance at Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. these sessions to provide some local information and advice on driving in and around Bass Coast Shire. The session covers information including driving and road safety tips, the importance of choosing a safe vehicle, the importance of being fit to drive, the imSome of Len’s highlights were Ayers Rock, pact of health and medications, how to assess your THE Woorayl Probus Club had a most driving ability, information about alternative transport interesting speaker at its meeting this King’s Canyon and Hermannsburg Mission. Along with the tractors and drivers there were options, and how to plan for future mobility. month, none other than one of its own

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member, Len Hanks. In 2015 Len drove his tractor in a convoy of 17 Fergy tractors from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, a journey of 2500 kilometers. The journey took just over a month, with 25 travelling days, averaging 100 kilometers per day and some rest days in between for sightseeing.

23 support vehicles and 26 extra personnel. Most nights were spent bush camping, with just a few nights in caravan parks. Although there were some minor problems for the group such as broken springs, punctures and a slashed tractor tire, Len enjoyed every minute of the journey and plans to join the group again later this year for a tractor trip along part of the trail followed by Burke and Wills.









Outback: Len Hanks in the bed of the Finke River with Mt. Sonder in the background.

Pathways on the way BASS Coast Shire Council is continuing to research the priority projects for pathways in Bass Coast through a series of community engagement sessions and an easy to use online map. Last year, council developed the Aspirational Network Pathways Plan 2016. This plan identified 53 aspirational paths that have not been built and are not currently on any work plans. Council is now embarking on a month of community consultations to determine the areas of priority. There will be four community engagement sessions and an online survey in the form of an interactive map. The map shows the existing aspirational pathways and allows users to join in the conversation by commenting their support or ideas on proposed pathways, adding a new ‘Like Spot’ or ‘Idea Spot’ to a location on the map, and commenting on other ‘Spots’. This map opened for comment recently and will open until May 7, and available via the webpage For those who prefer face to face engagement, there are four open hours sessions planned for community members to talk with staff in person: Saturday, April 29, from 11am to 1pm at Cowes Cultural Centre; Tuesday, May 2, from 11am to 1pm at the Inverloch library; Tuesday, May 2, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at the Wonthaggi library; Wednesday, May 3, from 3pm to 5.30pm at the Grantville Customer Service Centre. Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said the new information gathered through these sessions, and the online map, will inform future pathway construction plans and will feed into pathways and asset management strategies. “We had a great response from community groups in continuing the development of the Aspirational Network Pathways Plan. Now we need to finish the job by identifying the most important areas so we can begin developing work plans and budgets to make these aspirations a reality,” she said. To find out more about how you can have your say, or for further information, visit http://www. or contact Bass Coast Strategic Planning Department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.

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Tax changes could affect you THERE’s a lot to consider with your taxes before the end of June to maximise the benefits from superannuation. For those in small business the tax rate changes should also draw your attention.

Superannuation contributions Changes to super have now been legislated and for most people it is worth considering making extra tax deductible or personal contributions. From July 1 the annual limit on how much can be contributed from pre-tax income to super will be reduced to $25,000. Therefore anyone who has the ability to do so should consider making additional deductible contributions by June 30, 2017. Likewise, employees should consider exploiting the current super contributions limits through salary sacrificing, assuming their employers are flexible and will allow them to divert money into super at the end of the year. Individuals over 50 can contribute $35,000 in 2016-17, including super guarantee payments. Everyone else can contribute up to $30,000. New limits on post-tax contributions come in at the end of the financial year so individuals should utilise the current system while they can. Under the existing rules taxpayers can make up to $180,000 in post-tax contributions a year, or $450,000 over three years. On July 1, posttax contributions will be limited to $100,000 a year, or $300,000 over three years. The $1.6 million cap applies per person and couples with uneven balances should think about sharing the amount. Those over 60 years of age may still have an opportunity before July 1 to draw down a tax-free withdrawal from their super fund and re-contribute up to $540,000 to their spouse’s account to even things up. Despite the super changes investors should still use this as a tax advantaged option. Super will still be a concessionally taxed structure for high wealth individuals as the maximum tax rate is 15 percent, and much less if you take into account imputation credits, which can reduce the tax bill to nil or result in a refund of excess imputation credits.

income levels, and up to 1.5 percent for singles Small business changes The Enterprise Tax Plan cleared Federal Par- earning more than $140,000 and couples earning liament at the end of March. The plan lowers the tax rate for small businesses to 27.5 percent, with a retrospective starting date of July 1, 2016. The change also redefines a small business to be an entity with an annual turnover of less than $10 million. The changes will encourage some sole traders and contractors to incorporate to take advantage of the small business rules. It has moved the goal posts for access to a range of tax concessions for businesses with $2 million turnover to those with $10 million turnover, including a lower company tax rate and the $20,000 instant asset write-off. Small businesses can also get an immediate tax deduction for certain pre-paid business expenses, such as insurance premiums made before the end of the financial year. New small business restructure rollover provisions make it easier for sole traders and contractors to incorporate. The gap between the small business rate at 27.5 percent and top marginal rates at 49 percent has widened. Overlay that with the rollover restructure relief and you start to see the benefits.

Capital gains and losses Individuals, or family trusts distributing to individuals, receive a 50 percent discount on capital gains from selling investments that are held for at least 12 months. It’s important to remember capital losses can be offset against only capital gains. And those losses can be offset against a capital gain that occurs only in the same year or in the following year. Where capital gains arise in a trust, and an individual beneficiary has capital losses from other investments, the trustee will often distribute all capital gains to the family member with the capital losses, noting that the tax rules specifically allow trusts to stream capital gains differently to other categories of income.

Health insurance Private health insurance has some important tax effects. The Medicare levy surcharge applies an extra one percent tax for singles earning more than $90,000, or couples earning more than $180,000. This rises up 1.25 percent at higher

Watch out for tax scams TAX scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and it can be hard to know if an email, SMS or phone call is really from the Australian Tax Office. Scammers are constantly changing tactics and using digital technology to develop new scams to steal money and security information. Examples of scams include; requests for security information to ‘confirm’ your details, provide you a service, update your registration, or process/ download your activity statement; emails tricking you into clicking on links or opening attachments that contain malicious software that locks your computer and/or gives them access to important business information such as your AUSkey.

Bonuses for employees DO you reward employees on top of their usual salary to show your appreciation for a job well done? It is important you keep track of the benefits you provide. It will also help you work out if you can claim any deductions for your business. A company car or motorbike, use of a holiday home, gym memberships, accommodation, concert tickets or other lifestyle assets are usually considered fringe benefits, so it’s important to keep a record of each asset and how it’s used. With the deadline for FBT returns on May 21 approaching, up-to-date records can help you get things right when you lodge your activity for the year. Remember, registered tax agents and BAS agents can help you with tax and super advice.

To help you and your business stay safe, follow the ATO’s Top cyber security tips for business. If you believe you’re a victim of a tax scam or you want to verify a phone call or SMS is really from the ATO, phone 1800 008 540. Do not reply or engage with the sender, click on links, or open attachments. Next steps; forward any suspicious emails to then delete it from your account; subscribe to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service External Link; find the ATO on social media for updates and alerts and subscribe to ScamWatch Radar Alerts.

more than $280,000. The surcharge can be avoided if you take out hospital cover.

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Art to enhance San Remo BASS Coast Shire Council has commissioned artist Paul Jesse to create an innovative and engaging public artwork for the San Remo foreshore. His design celebrates the identity of San Remo from past to present, referencing the historical importance of San Remo as a port, as well as the fishing industry, wildlife and sea life. “My work is homage to San Remo from its beginning to present day,” Mr Jesse said. “It is a glimpse of San Remo’s culture, and obviously fishing is an important part of this. The work is intended to have a whimsical nature to make it engage with as wide an audience as possible.” The $45,000 Tides of Change public art project is being delivered as part of council’s annual public art program. Mr Jesse’s design was chosen by a selection panel of representatives from the local community, Phillip Island San Remo Rotary, Tides of Change group, San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management, San Remo District and Tourism Art project: Tides of Change community group members Carol Blair and Miranda Sage Business Inc., council staff and Regional Arts Victoria. with successful artist, Paul Jesse (centre).

“This sculpture demonstrates the continued importance of the arts to our community, a place that has inspired artists for at least 100 years,” Tides of Change community group member Miranda Sage said. Working from his studio in Boolarra, Mr Jesse is a qualified artist with experience in delivering public art in both regional Victoria and Melbourne. Some of his recent work can be seen in the City of Latrobe and CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick. He currently has works on display in the Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition 2017 in Main Street, Yinnar, which is open until the end of May. Tides of Change community group member Carol Blair said the project received attention from artists from across Victoria and New South Wales. “We received good quality concept designs from 13 artists, making it very hard to choose,” Ms Blair said. “We are confident of a great outcome for San Remo.”

Improve access in Bass Coast BASS Coast Shire Council is calling for nominations from community members for its Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice and guidance to council on disability related issues and supports development and implementation of council’s disability action plan. Nominations for the next two year term of the committee closes on April 28. Committee members must have a good understanding of issues facing people with a disability across Bass Coast. Each day, people with disability face a range of challenges and issues far different to those encountered by most people. If you are interested in issues that affect people with disability and have direct experience that could provide useful insights and advice, you may like to nominate for a position on the committee. The committee is made up of six community

representatives and three representatives from organisations, as well as council officers and a councillor. Community representatives volunteer their time but may be offered attendance at training or conferences to support them in their role. Meetings are held every two months; there is provision for support for people with disability on the committee. “With the National Disability Insurance Scheme due to be rolled out in our community on October 1, the committee will be a valuable resource in identifying and supporting community information needs,” mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said. The committee also supports accessible events such as Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with disability. For nomination forms or for more information, go to or contact the community Great event: community members enjoyed Fun in the Park 2016 for Social Inclusion Week development team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278). in Wonthaggi.

Revitalising Bass Coast BASS Coast Shire Council is enhancing the Cowes foreshore as part of its commitment to asset renewal across the shire.

New team: a community tourism reference tourism in Phillip Island and San Remo.

Having identified the need for maintaining and upgrading existing assets –such as footpaths and public buildings – in its long term financial plan, council will soon begin works to update public infrastructure, to be completed after Anzac Day. Areas along the Cowes foreshore to be refurbished include around the esplanade, toilet block, the area to west side along the Cowes foreshore, and around the Findlay Street toilet block. The esplanade toilet block work will involve refurbishing the lookout on top of the toilets and group was recently launched to help increase replacing the existing concrete surrounding the lower level into the toilet block in order to improve access. There will also be landscaping works at the nearby picnic table area to the west of the toilet block. Floor coating renewal works will take place at the Findlay Street toilets. The group will assist council and its partners Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said these renewal with the implementation of the strategy in relation works will also complement the recent works at the to coordination of the Global Sustainable Tourism cenotaph, as well as the jetty triangle redevelopment Criteria certification process for Phillip Island and that is currently in planning stages. San Remo, preservation of beaches and natural “Maintaining our existing assets is just as imbeauty, prevention of deterioration of foreshores, maintenance of wildlife reserves, and improvement of facilities that would lead to the better enjoyment of the Island by the community and visitors. Members of the group will act as advocates for priorities of the strategy, and increase networking WOMEN in need can reach out and and collaboration between key stakeholders in the receive support from a newly formed tourism sector and the community. The group is made up of community representa- group in Wonthaggi. tives nominated through an expression of interest Initiated by Wonthaggi’s Theresa O’Dea, the process, representatives from council, Destination meetings are a social get together to help women Phillip Island, Phillip Island Conservation Society, feel strong and empowered if they are going through Phillip Island Nature Parks, Phillip Island Tourism hardship – particularly family violence. and Business Association, San Remo District Traders “It is a way for us to help each other out. You can Association, and San Remo Foreshore Committee. call places like Lifeline, but there is only so much For more information, please contact coun- help they can give. The battles are ongoing, and it cil’s coordinator tourism Teresa Mahood on helps to talk to someone in the same situation,” Ms 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211, or email O’Dea said. “We haven’t had any compensation, we have

Tourism group launched PASSIONATE community members and representatives came together recently for the first community tourism reference group meeting. The group was formed as one of the high priority actions determined by the recently developed Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy: Growing Tourism. The strategy was prepared to help ensure the long term viability and sustainability of the tourism sector in Phillip Island and San Remo. The chair of the group Cr Michael Whelan said the strategy recognises the importance of both the community and the natural environment in achieving this outcome. “The delivery of a world leading destination experience, along with the management of an important eco system and tourism destination such as Phillip Island and San Remo, requires a network of partners working towards a common goal,” he said. “The group will ensure an open and productive relationship between Bass Coast Shire Council, the tourism sector, and the community.”

portant as setting aside funds for new and exciting projects, such as the development of the Cowes jetty triangle,” she said. “Finding the balance can be difficult, but I am confident these upcoming renewal works are in perfect alignment with the plans for further development in and around the Cowes foreshore. Other renewal projects underway include: 1.1km of South Dudley Road footpath from the wetlands to Wonthaggi Secondary College; a concrete path between Cowes-Rhyll Road and Ramada Resort; 800m of path renewal works between Coghlan Road and the Koala Conservation Park on Phillip Island; works at the Inverloch Hub, including painting the library and resurfacing the timber floors; works at the Bass Coast Aquatic Centre, including painting, and replacing the air conditioners; various public facilities in Corinella, Grantville, Glen Alvie, Kernot, Dalyston and Wonthaggi; renewal of the pedestrian timber bridge on the Bass Coast Rail Trail near the Mouth of the Powlett River; replacement of the Inverloch boat ramp public toilets. The total cost of these renewal works is estimated to be $1 million. For more details on council’s renewal works and projects, visit or contact the infrastructure maintenance team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.

Women supported suffered horrific injuries, and in some cases we have seen murder. The police give a lot of good advice, but they are limited. This is a way for us to be strong, empowered and confident so we can heal and sustain the better parts of life.” The self help group will meet at Wonthaggi’s Mitchell House on May 5, and again on June 2. The meetings are from 9am until 10am. If the meetings are successful, more will be scheduled on the first Friday of the month. “It is a battle, but we hope to give women the support they need to turn their lives around,” Ms O’Dea said.

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There are Baltic pine polished floor boards throughout, and the internal timber work and joinery is faultless. The spacious master bedroom is complete with a walk in robe and ensuite, and the other two bedrooms are very generous with built in robes, and all have French doors opening onto the veranda. The cosy lounge is heated by way of a gas log fire heater and a reverse cycle air conditioner. The open plan kitchen /dining area is appointed with exceptional fixtures and fittings, a large pantry and plenty of space for entertaining, and there is also a spacious study. The home is faultless and the attention to detail is exceptional. The finer details of this home are too numerous to mention, and upon inspection you will be appreciative of the amount of labour and love the current owners have poured into this home. Just imagine yourself on the veranda, soaking in the sun and the views. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have your own piece of paradise.

145 Backmans Rd Landmark Harcourts Leongatha Barry Redmond 0477 622 292

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room home, exudes elegance. Situated on approximately six acres, you will be entranced by the ambience and serenity. Surrounded by a perfectly manicured garden, beautiful established trees, vegetable gardens and plenty of shedding complete the surrounding landscape.


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Family home on 9.8 acres


HIS family home, set on 9.8 acres just minutes from town, is the ideal country lifestyle property. The home features four bedrooms (or three plus study), with the main bedrooms, lounge, dining and kitchen on one level and a large rumpus room downstairs. A full ensuite is offered in the master bedroom and a second bathroom services the other three bedrooms. The home features a wood heater plus a reverse cycle for your convenience.

There is also a secret attic in the roof for storage or children’s retreat. The acreage is generally undulating and easy to manage. You will discover stunning views in all directions across the rolling green hills and you can soak them up even more from the large undercover north facing deck. Outside you will be pleased to find a lock up 12m x 6m (approx) shed, large water storage tanks, secure paddocks for grazing, landscaped gardens and more. This is a great home at a realistic price. Call to arrange an inspection.

ARAWATA 95 One Chain Road Alex Scott and Staff Leongatha 5662 0922

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Prestigious property with 180 degree views I

T is very exciting to have this spectacular property of approximately 4.94 acres for sale. This creatively designed residence merges stunning 180 degree panoramic rural views with an equally stunning interior. Features are noticeable whichever way you turn, right from the entrance hall which is decoratively tiled, to tasteful contrasting paintwork in several of the rooms. Central to the design is a fabulous open plan living room. A north facing curved wall of floor to ceiling windows immediately draws the eye to beautiful South Gippsland views. At one end, a kitchen with the lot incorporates quality appliances with plenty of storage plus island bench. Bench tops are warm coloured granite. Choices of two lounge areas are currently separated by a large dining section, where there’s direct access out to verandas and outdoor entertaining area. In one wing off the family room a storeroom, powder room, second lounge/parent retreat or possible fourth bedroom and master bedroom are located which includes an ensuite with separate shower and bath. At the opposite end two more large bedrooms, laundry, separate toilet and spacious family bathroom are located. Some of the many extras include a built in study off the family room, six kilowatt solar electric system, in-floor heating, double glazed windows, beautiful veranda decking - a mixture of timber slats and tiles, chook pen and double garage with attached carport. The property is divided into eight paddocks, suitable for running a few steers, alpacas, horses or your choice of livestock. Stockyards with loading race and head crush are in excellent condition. Close to the Insight Real Estate township of LeonLeongatha gatha, this lifestyle offers the 5662 2220 property best of both worldscountry living with town facilities close 4 2 3 by.


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Fit for a family T

HIS home provides ample space for a growing family.

Built in 2011 and situated on a large flat block, the home consists of four bedrooms plus a large study or fifth bedroom and two living areas including a formal lounge. The large open plan kitchen, dining and living area complete with corner pantry, 900 millimetre electric oven and gas hotplates is perfect for the baker and/or entertainer with plenty of space, including vast stone bench tops and island bench. The master bedroom boasts an ensuite and spacious walk in robe, whilst the remaining three bed-

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rooms all have built in robes. There is an enclosed outdoor area entertaining area that doubles as an additional all year round room offering the perfect place for the children to play in the winter months or the summer barbecues. The home also boasts solar power, ducted gas heating, reverse cycle air conditioning and double blinds to the windows. Outside there is an attached double garage with remote access and a large back yard with side access. Overall it is a neat and tidy property, perfect for those looking for a near new home without the hassle and time constraints of building.

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Learning skills: Welshpool Primary School students from left, Elsa, Bree, Sofie and Alyssa Representatives: Leongatha Primary School students from left, Jude, Chloe, Katie and attended the GRIP leadership program in Korumburra last Tuesday to learn new leadership Gabby took part in the GRIP leadership program held in Korumburra last Tuesday. skills for their roles as school captains.

Young primary school leaders excel PRIMARY school students from across the region united last Tuesday, April 18 for a leadership program in Korumburra.

Networking: working together from left, Maddi from Foster Primary school, Elsa from Welshpool Primary School, Blake from Poowong Primary School and Amber from Korumburra Primary School with Emily Taylor from the GRIP leadership program at the leadership program last Tuesday.

The day was run by GRIP leadership, an independent organisation that exists to train and develop leaders with a special focus on school students and the educational sector. The program has been running in Korumburra for five years. “It ran really well and it was a great opportunity for smaller rural schools to network whilst developing leadership skills at the same time,” structured workplace learning coordinator and event organiser Karena Kerr said. Students from 18 schools from across the region came together to not only learn new leadership skills but to network with other small rural schools nearby.

The program concentrated specifically on training students for their role as school leaders. “I learnt that you don’t

have to be good at everything, even as a leader you can still ask for help,” Welshpool Primary School student Alyssa said.

Gaining knowledge: Mia and Alexia from Nyora Primary School learnt new leadership skills at the GRIP leadership program last Tuesday.

Transitioning coal communities THE Mirboo North and District Community Foundation is co-hosting a community forum

A Star is born

BRODY Keith Arnup was born on April 5 at the Leongatha Hospital. Brody is the second son for Nick and Jodie of Leongatha and a baby brother for Wade, 16 months.

to hear two outstanding community organisers from the United States share wisdom gained from 20 years helping transition coal communities in Kentucky. Justin Maxson and Lisa Abbott come from the Appalachian region, once the biggest coal producing region in the United States. They will share their experience of transforming old mines into community assets, creating new jobs and more comfortable homes through energy efficiency programs. They will bring the community together around a shared vision for a just transition and creating political will for community based economic development. Justin and Lisa are coming to Australia under the auspices of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. The AEGN is working with key community organisations and local philanthropic partners to ensure the Latrobe and Hunter Valley communities can share knowledge and experience that might help fast track their transition processes from an economy relying principally on coal extraction to a flexible modern economy. As the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation’s district covers many communities which adjoin the Latrobe Valley including Thorpdale, Mirboo North, Mirboo, Dumbalk, Allambee and Hallston as well as communities within the Latrobe Valley such as Yinnar and Boolarra the foundation is keenly aware the closure of Hazelwood will significantly impact the economy of our district. It is therefore pleased to co-host this community forum, confident in the resilience and energy of the local community organisations and individuals, to come together and discuss how our region will make this transition. The Community Forum is taking place on Wednesday, April 26 at the Premier Function Centre, 29 Grey Street, Traralgon between 7pm and 9pm. Please register your attendance at www.eventbrite.

Newly weds: Cindy and Ryan McKnight celebrated their wedding on Saturday, February 25.

Happily married CINDY Winkler and Ryan McKnight married on Saturday, February 25. The couple married in Peter and Maureen Graham’s Garden in Meeniyan. Cindy wore a Q’nique bridal gown with an ivory fitted lace gown with a full train. Ryan wore a dark navy suit. Cindy’s sister Jodie Arnup acted as maid of honor and her other sister Kaye Tumino was a bridesmaid along with Ryan’s sister Kaila Hutchinson. Ryan’s attendants were best man David

Thomson, a long time friend, his brother Brett McKnight and brother in law Brad Hutchinson. The reception was held in the vintage car club rooms in Leongatha, completing a wonderful happy occasion shared with family and friends. The newly wedded couple will be enjoying their honeymoon in Hamilton Island and then will head off to Europe at the end of May for four and a half weeks. The young couple will return to start married life in Meeniyan.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Celebrate art in Bass Coast BASS Coast is teaming with creativity. It is home to artists, performers, musicians and imaginations that often draw stimulus from the dramatic landscapes and colourful community. Come and Play – All of May is a Gippsland wide arts event led by Creative Gippsland to celebrate and promote this creativity. Creative Gippsland is a network of the six Gippsland councils, including Bass Coast, that come together to promote the fabulous art and cultural communities of Gippsland. As the title suggests, the event runs for the month of May and will include a variety of arts and cultural activities across the region including exhibitions, performances, workshops and demonstrations. Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said Bass Coast is proud to embrace this celebration by showcasing the creativity of this region. “I really enjoy these events and I feel arts and culture play an important role in keeping Bass

Coast vibrant and dynamic, providing enriching experiences and encouraging people to visit,” Cr Rothfield said. “Our creative community boasts some of the most talented in the area and I hope that they embrace this opportunity to share their skills and gifts.” This year’s celebration will again play host to an artist in residence and the host in Bass Coast will be the Rhyll Community Association. Something new in this year’s program will be Come and Play Up Late – an evening of creativity, culture and artistic flair. Artists, businesses and organisations will open later in the evening to celebrate their creativity and engage with audiences in new and unique ways. Come and Play Up Late will take place on May 6 in Phillip Island and May 13 in Wonthaggi, Inverloch and surrounds. For more details, contact Bass Coast’s Come and Play – All of May coordinator Esther Gyorki by emailing or

Poetry slam coming to Wonthaggi LOCAL residents are warned to take cover just after 7pm on Wednesday, May 3 when combat poetry comes to Wonthaggi Library. Alternatively, they may like to come down to the library and watch or even have a go at performing their own original poetry. “A few years ago we were one of the only libraries outside a major city to host a heat for the Australian Poetry Slam,” Wonthaggi Library’s Poet in Residence, Jon Dixon said. “And it went so well we swore we would run a local one just for our local poets.” Jon said all poets over the age of 15 will be welcome at the slam, although he added parents should be aware slam poetry can sometimes be hard edged and honest about the realities of life. “Modern performance poetry isn’t always about flowers, puppies and sunshine. The format is simple—each poet will have a microphone, an audience and two minutes to impress both the judges, who will be chosen on the night, and everyone else in the room. “Gippsland and Melbourne based performing artist Monica Karo will play the important role of MC for the evening and we’re hoping she’ll share a poem with the crowd too,” said Jon. One thing a Poetry Slam does need is a loud crowd, and everyone is invited to come along and to scream and shout encouragement to their particular favourite, or at every performer, if they feel the urge.

The library is in the process of contacting local secondary schools, drama groups and other people they think will be interested, and anyone who wants to have a go is invited to write something original and to go for it. Registrations are open from 6.30pm on the night, and by the end of the evening the community will have crowned the winners. Apart from the glory of being the top Bass Coast Poet, there will be prizes—one for the best poet aged 15-18, and the other for the best poet aged 18+. This night is not about rhyming This night is not about art This night is all about winning So let the battle start! For more details visit www.wgrlc. Eventbrite. or pick up a copy of the Autumn What’s On guide from your local library. Or contact Jon Dixon at Wonthaggi Library, on 5672 1875.

POETRY SLAM WONTHAGGI LIBRARY Wednesday 3 May – Register at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start Enter on the night or come along as a spectator and support our home grown talent. Prizes for the best poet aged 15 – 18, and best poet aged 18+. Bookings are free, but essential via

Lucky door prize: Annabelle Fallu was the winner of the Easter Egg Hunt door prize.

Top job: Arielle Humphreys of Croydon won the 8 to 12 years colouring competition.

Coal Creek’s achiever’s announced COAL Creek has congratulated all the winners of the various competitions run in conjunction with its huge Easter Sun- Prize colouring: Zoe Koci of Korumburra day Easter Egg Hunt. won the 5 to 8 years colouring competition.

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Road funding not speed limit reductions MEMBER for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath has backed a call from the RACV for the Andrews Government to restore funding to rural and regional roads. Ms Bath has also added her voice to the many concerned about the speed limit on many rural roads being dropped to 80km/h, which she says is a consequence of the funding cuts to road maintenance. “Budget cuts by the Andrews Labor Government two years ago are obviously now having a negative and visible impact on rural roads,” Ms Bath said. “The Country Roads and Bridges Program was axed by this government, and VicRoads had its maintenance budget cut by 10 percent in 2015/16, too.” “Every day I see roads in need of urgent repair.” “The solution to this seems to be dropping the speed limit on many rural arterial roads to 80km/h, although this is happening on roads in good condition as well,” she added. Ms Bath said the RACV’s budget submission to the government for 2017/18 further highlighted the

need to reinstate funding to the levels provided under the previous Coalition Government for the management of roads in rural and regional Victoria. The RACV submission states: “RACV commissioned an independent review of the funding and condition of Victoria’s regional highway network that has found the network is seriously underfunded and its condition is declining.” The RACV has called for “substantial increases in funding to repair and maintain Victoria’s highway network, which has deteriorated alarmingly in recent years and is now causing increased safety risks” among its critical initiatives in the 2017/18 budget. Ms Bath said many people across Gippsland had expressed their concerns to her around reductions in speed limits. “We all want to do things that are reasonable to promote road safety, but the limit on more and more rural roads seems to becoming 80km/h overnight. What these roads need is to have their funding restored to allow for overdue maintenance work.”

Fix roads instead: Melina Bath questions a speed limit change on a South Gippsland road. In many sections the road is straight and long while repairs are required in other parts.

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Farming Insight Aboriginal heritage commemorated ABORIGINAL use of land was the subject of a field day at Powlett River recently. More than 35 people involved with natural resource management met with members of the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation to better understand traditional land use. The event, organised for Close the Gap Day, provided staff and volunteers from West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), Port Phillip Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA) and Bass Coast Landcare an opportunity to learn more about Bunurong/Boon Wurrung Heritage. Event organiser Mandy Leggett from WGCMA was thrilled with the response. “Members of the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Council were extremely generous with their time and knowledge,” she said. “They shared information about traditional land use, how to recognise artefacts, stories from the past and also information about the land council.

Looking back: from left, meeting for Close the Gap day, overlooking the Powlett River, were Rhys Collins, David Buntine, Dan Turnbull, Rob Ogden, Rohan Henry, Martin Fuller, Mandy Leggett and Adam Magennis.

Psssst, learn about Psittacosis Dr Jeff Cave, District Veterinary Officer

MANY people get great pleasure from interaction with wild or caged birds. An unfortunate aspect of this interaction or contact, is that birds, especially parrots, can pass a disease to humans called psittacosis. Psittacosis is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia psittaci, and for this reason sometimes the disease is also called chlamydiosis. For us, psittacosis causes a flu-like illness. Breathing in bacteria from an infected bird’s droppings, or nose or eye secretions may lead to psittacosis. Birds commonly become infected through contact with wild birds or through the introduction of an infected bird into their enclosure. An infected bird does not have to be sick to

excrete the bacteria and can remain a carrier of the bacteria for a considerable time. There is an increased risk of psittacosis in birds and excretion of bacteria when birds are stressed, for example through overcrowding or rehousing. A bird with psittacosis will appear sleepy, off its food, have ruffled feathers and a nasal discharge. Sick birds can be readily treated with antibiotics, which can be acquired through your veterinary practitioner. Be aware the bacteria are also able to remain in the environment for some time. As part of the treatment, the cage should be thoroughly wetted down with a disinfectant before being cleaned. During cage cleaning it is important to wear gloves, a dust mask and overalls to avoid contracting the disease. It is also important to not allow birds to come close to your face, to always wash your hands after handling birds, and to limit your exposure to wild birds. If you think you may be infected with psittacosis it is important to inform your doctor of your contact with birds so your doctor will know to run the appropriate tests and prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. For further advice contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria veterinary or animal health officer.

“Many WGCMA staff work on waterways to help improve and enhance them – members of the Bunurong Land Council were able to share information about cultural methods of river restoration.” The corporation’s Dan Turnbull said members were humbled by the level of respect and interest received from the many participants. “It was a great chance for us to pay our respects to our ancestors, their stories and places,” he said. As part of the day, WGCMA CEO Martin Fuller was presented two pieces of artwork by Bunurong artist Adam Magennis. These pieces will be displayed in the WGCMA Leongatha office and will form part of a collection on display during NAIDOC week in July. National Close the Gap Day is an annual awareness event that aims to close the health and life expectancy gap between the Indigenous and the non-Indigenous communities in Australia. This program is supported by WGCMA through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Counselling support for dairy farmers continues SOUTH Gippsland dairy farmers will be among those to benefit from the continuation of counselling support. The State Government recently extended crucial mental health support for another year, to help farmers facing financial pressure in the wake of problems in the dairy sector. Last year the State Government announced a $1.5 million package of mental health supports for dairy farmers, in response the global fall in milk prices and decisions by some processors to cut the prices paid to their suppliers. The package included funding for mental health first aid training, counselling, community grants and services such as the VFF’s Look Over The Farm Gate and the National Centre for Farmer Health. All of these initiatives have been developed and implemented over the past 12 months. To ensure the support provided meets the

needs of dairy farmers, the government has consulted with farmers and their families, and worked with local health services, community groups and industry. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said, “This is very welcome news for dairy farming families who have been doing it tough. “While the season ahead looks more promising, many of our farmers are still feeling financial pressures. This is why the Labor Government will continue to give our dairy families the support they need.” Latrobe Regional Hospital is receiving more than $150,000 for the project, which will then be disseminated across all of Gippsland, including South Gippsland, through formal counselling, informal assistance, group sessions and mass information and more.

• VLE Leongatha

Good numbers of steers and bullocks THERE were approximately 2200 export and 340 young cattle penned representing an increase of 2000 head week on week due to the holiday affected supply of last sale. The usual buying group was present and operating in a mixed market which saw prime categories selling firm while the 1000 cows eased under the weight of numbers. Quality was mixed with a good selection of grown steers and bullocks and a patchy trade run with a wide variation in quality. Trade cattle, grown steers and bullocks sold firm. Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers eased a few cents. Heavy weight grown heifers sold firm. Cows sold mostly 5c to 10c/kg cheaper although grazier competition for some isolated lots sent prices through the roof. Heavy weight bulls improved 5c to 10c/kg. Vealers suited to butchers sold from 324c to 371c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 315c and 361c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 300c and 350c/kg. Grown steers made from 310c to 337c/kg. Bullocks sold from 305c to 335c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish made between 275c and 320c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 260c and 279c with the crossbred portion between 279c and 320c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 170c to 238c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 212c to 262c after a top of 270c/kg for a couple of high yielding Euro cows. Restocking cows made between 150c and 292c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold between 269c and 326c/kg. The next sale draw - April 26 & 27: 1. Rodwells, 2. Landmark, 3. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 4. Alex Scott & Staff, 5. Elders, 6. SEJ. Sheep sale Wednesday, May 3 at 12pm (fortnightly).

Prime Sale - Wednesday, April 19 BULLOCKS 23 L. Vuillerman, Foster 10 M. Peterson 11 N. & S. Geary, Leongatha 19 P.J. Daly, Archies Creek 18 J. Hawkins, Mirboo North 1 K. Arnup, Leongatha

625.9kg 656.5kg 713.2kg 689.5kg 580.6kg 550.0kg

336.6 335.2 332.6 332.6 332.0 332.0

$2106.68 $2200.59 $2372.04 $2293.19 $1927.44 $1826.00

STEERS 1 B. Whittaker, J. Staton, Waratah S 1 R. Pocklington (Jim), Stony Creek 2 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora 1 P. & I. Tiziani, Doomburrim 2 K. Foote, Fish Creek 2 N. & L. Andrews, Mirboo North

405.0kg 310.0kg 305.0kg 450.0kg 427.5kg 375.0kg

370.6 362.6 361.6 361.2 360.6 358.6

$1500.93 $1124.06 $1102.88 $1625.40 $1541.57 $1344.75

HEIFERS 2 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora 1 W. & D. Joyce, Jumbunna 2 K. Foote, Fish Creek 1 Paddy Brand - M. Watts 6 R. Pocklington (Jim), Stony Creek 3 B. Whittaker, J. Staton, Waratah S

347.5kg 405.0kg 355.0kg 280.0kg 306.7kg 353.3kg

355.6 350.0 349.6 346.2 340.0 340.0

$1235.71 $1417.50 $1241.08 $969.36 $1042.67 $1201.33

COWS 1 S. & D. Pocklington, Dumbalk 2 P. & S. Campbell, Mirboo North 2 G. & C. Beard, Inverloch 3 A.G. Mitchard Pty Ltd, Nyora 1 T. & R. Rees, Strzelecki 1 W. & A. Cumming, Longford

535.0kg 552.5kg 405.0kg 406.7kg 570.0kg 740.0kg

291.6 286.6 277.2 277.2 273.2 271.6

$1560.06 $1583.47 $1122.66 $1127.28 $1557.24 $2009.84

1060.0kg 910.0kg 925.0kg 930.0kg 895.0kg 760.0kg

325.6 312.6 306.6 305.6 302.6 298.6

$3451.36 $2844.66 $2836.05 $2842.08 $2708.27 $2269.36

BULLS 1 D. Pilkington, F. Toohey, Waratah N 1 Northside Pastoral, Inverloch 1 D. & K. Clark, Nerrena 1 I. & A. Nunn, Pound Creek 1 G. & R. Castle, Jeetho 1 R., J. & M. Kershaw, Archies Ckeek

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Farming Insight

Tight times may ease for dairy By Sarah Vella TIMES remain tight for the region’s dairy farmers, despite an improvement in international commodity prices and the global supply and demand balance. This was the main message in Dairy Australia’s 2017 Situation and Outlook report, released recently. Dairy Australia senior analyst John Droppert said production margins remained tight or negative and many farmers faced a significant task rebuilding their equity position after the past 12 months. “The 2017 calendar year has started on a more positive note for the industry, but the overhanging issues from the events of 2016 will not be erased overnight,” he said. “Better seasonal and margin indicators are encouraging, but ongoing challenges surrounding confidence and trust remain big impositions for many farmers. “Improved farmgate profitability would help.” Leongatha South dairy farmer Andrew Lamers said kind weather, lower grain prices and a good spring all contributed to making it an easier season than it could have been. He said with things looking to improve further next season, it gives him more confidence in the industry going forward. “This time 12 months ago we were digesting what had happened and looking towards what was expected to be a difficult season ahead,” he said. “We have gotten through it up to this point better than we thought we were going to, which allows us to feel more positive moving forward.” Mr Lamers said the dairy industry would always suffer from up and downs, although the distance between the peaks and troughs seems to be increasing. He said to remain profitable, farmers need to

Positive outlook: Leongatha South dairy farmer Andrew Lamers said the current season could have been worse and he is confident things will improve for the industry as the year goes on. manage the downs effectively and take full advantage of the peaks when they occur. “Coming in to the end of this season, it would be nice to think there were more step ups coming and it would be good if it rained sometime soon,” he said. “Otherwise, we just need to make sure we are set up for the next season.” Mr Droppert said margins are still tight but seasonal and market developments are encouraging. “These headline improvements highlight the challenges surrounding other key factors such as confidence and trust,” he said.

Profitability in sights DAIRY farmers are expected to see a much-needed return to profitability in the 2017-18 season, according to a recently-released report. The Australian Dairy Sector – Climbing off the canvas, by agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank, says extenuating circumstances have meant the recovery in global dairy markets is yet to flow through the value chain. However, some of the forces should dissipate in 2017-18, and this will help deliver higher fullyear milk prices for Australia’s dairy exporting regions. Based on Rabobank’s latest commodity price forecasts (outlined in its upcoming Global Dairy Quarterly) and assuming a currency rate of USD 0.75, the report says the global market would deliver an average commodity milk return equivalent to AUD5.30/kgMS in 2017-18. While the prospects of global commodity prices remaining elevated throughout next season are sound, the report warns there are some risks to the commodity and currency outlook, which need to be carefully monitored. “With this recovery being largely supply driven, recent price trends highlight how improvements in milk production across the export ‘engine’ can alter finely-balanced fundamentals,” report author, Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey, said. Providing global commodity markets remain at, or near, current levels and domestic market returns improve with greater efficiencies in the processing sector. Mr Harvey said it is possible for the Austra-

lian export sector to capture a market premium. “Historically, the Australian export sector has captured a premium beyond commodity returns and with the right conditions this could see full-year milk prices reach AUD5.70/kgMS,” he said. For dairy farmers selling to the domestic fresh milk market, Mr Harvey said premiums remain elevated compared to export regions, with these regions largely immune from recent global forces. “However, while the outlook suggests the price floor for fresh milk will be lifted in time – given the reduction in availability of milk for transport and improving export milk prices – it is not all smooth sailing for those in the fresh milk regions,” he said. “The biggest risk facing dairy farmers in these regions hinges around security of their supply contract and the timing of contract renewal, which was evident recently with the supply imbalance in Western Australia.” Mr Harvey said after last year’s favourable spring, many farmers had plenty of homegrown feed and silage, and combined with a large local wheat crop, this has reduced the volume of feed they need to purchase and the price paid for any they do buy.

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SHARE FARMER WARRAGUL 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.


150 Autumn Calved 150 & Close Holsteins Featuring Two Outstanding Dispersals

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Church Farm Holsteins a/c R & A Jones of Woodleigh. DECADES OF DAVID JAMES CORRECTIVE MATING. COMPLETE DISPERSAL SALE OF AUTUMN CALVERS Selling 83 Magnificent Cows & Heifers, all freshly calved or close • Prod. to 12443 litres 390 kgs protein 455 kgs fat Backed by massive lifetime production !! Sired by - Shottle, Bolton, Medallion, Zelgadis, Mascalese, Beacon, Gerard, Altaiota, Shout, Dundee, Jeeves, GGJardin, Informer, Dundee. a/c M & D Robertson of Tarwin Lower FINAL COMPLETE DISPERSAL LINE 23 Exceptional Close to calving Heifers to Bushlea Jersey Bulls • Dams prod to 12738 litres 407 kgs protein 498 kgs fat Sired by - Guthrie, Golden Dreams, Alta Meteor, Mogul Pety. Tremendous heifers - gens of Orchard Mating Service. JD 7 status. a/c Various Vendors 40 Freshly calved and springing Holsteins and xbreds Those in search of absolute Type & Production cannot go past this offering. Further entries invited Catalogues available - Please contact DLS Office 03 9338 9259 Terms are cash or cheque on day of sale or settlement by your Agent - Letter of Introductions MUST be provided Brian Leslie 0418 365 934 Andrew Mackie 0419 595 932 Luke Russell 0408 313 815

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Registered Nurses Grade 2 Emergency Department & Short Stay Unit - 3 positions Readvertised 1. 2. 3.

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 5 May 2017

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CASUAL CLEANING POSITIONS x 2 The College has vacancies for two cleaners to be employed in casual positions. Immediate start. 12.0 hours per week (3 shifts per week) The hours of work are from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm each day, Monday to Friday during term times. Hours may vary each week. Experience in commercial cleaning would be an advantage. Written applications (including two referees) should be directed to the Business Manager, Mr Rod Bowman. Email address: Telephone 5662 4255


Customer Services and Dispatch Officer Full Time Permanent Role South Gippsland Water is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are treated with respect and feel valued and supported. We are currently seeking a person with experience in a customer service and/or dispatch team environment to join our Maintenance Planning Team. The successful person will be required to work collaboratively with the Maintenance Team, as well as efficiently and effectively deal with all areas of Customer Service. The position will initially be based in Wonthaggi, with an ongoing requirement to start work between 7:30am and 9:30am on a cyclical basis. Well-developed communication skills, coupled with competent computer skills and proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and email will be highly regarded. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit for a copy of the Position Description and for a full outline of the application process. Please contact Lee Hamilton on 03 5682 0471 for enquiries relating to employment at South Gippsland Water, or Rod Murray on 03 5682 0302 for specific information on this role. Applications close Monday 8th May 2017 at 9am.

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DINING SETTING, polished table and 6 upholstered chairs, VGC, $225. Ph: 56620415.

FISH CREEK General Store & Newsagency. Fabulous and successful business - the hub of the town. Ph: 0411-754430.

FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175.

HAY, shedded small squares, new season, no weeds, $9 each, Mardan. Ph: 5664-1320, 0428-999691.

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

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.

agistment AGISTMENT WANTED Agistment / lease wanted for quiet cows and calves. Long term preferred. Ph: 56687234.

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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HAY - small squares. $5.50 this season’s at Ruby. Phone Carrick Barter Ph: 0427-795330 DINING table, pine, retangular with 6 chairs, 1800mm x 1050mm, $150 ONO, vgc, Ph: 0437-247085. SILAGE for sale, 5x4, $60 inc. Ph: 0439685250 SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200x50x2.4 $12.10 each, 200x75x2.4 $16.75 each, 200x75x3.0 $20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662.

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

thanks TO everyone who sent cards, phone calls and cooking while I was in hospital and rehab, thank you very miuch. A big thank you to Kim for organising our family birthday party for my 80th. It was wonderful, and then a high tea a little later. Thank you to everyone who sent cards and phone calls. It was a wonderful three weeks.

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Posions Vacant Gippsland PHN is a federally funded primary health care organisaon with a focus on supporng general pracce, health planning, health system integraon and commissioning services in line with naonal and local health priories.

Gippsland PHN currently has two employment opportunies available: Educaon and Training Officer This full me role supports the delivery of educaon and events including connuing professional development for stakeholders working in health organisaons to improve skills and competencies relang to the health needs of Gippsland.

Health Planning Officer This part me role (0.8FTE) will assist in the collecon, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantave populaon health data, through preparaon of reports to describe the data, current health services, system gaps and consumer and community views to inform service planning.

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bereavement thanks

Leongatha 2nd Scout troop turns 100 LEONGATHA 2nd Scouts celebrated its 100 year anniversary on Saturday. Past and present members attended the celebration at the Leongatha Scout Hall. There was tea, coffee, food and a birthday cake, and a wonderful selection of old and new photos and memorabilia

deaths CANOBIE Lewis William Passed away at Koorooman House, Leongatha on Apr. 21, 2017, aged 90 years. Loved husband of Val (dec.). Proud father of Wayne, Jan and Wendy. Fatherin-law of Andrea, Trevor and Gerald. Grandpa of Jason, Hayley, Matt, Jack, Jenna and Kyralee. Always Remembered.

for viewing. A scout medallion presentation was held where Leongatha Scout Ryan Frank received an Australian Scout Medallion. “I’m happy with the amount of people who came, including all of the former scouts,” leader Barry Ferguson said. The 2nd Leongatha Scouts cubs recently held a three day camp at the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve in preparation for the upcoming Cuboree at Gilwell Park in Gembrook at the start of October. There are also many upcoming leadership activities for cubs and scouts this month.

funerals CANOBIE - A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Mr Lewis William Canobie will be held at St Andrews Uniting Church, Peart St, Leongatha on Momday, May 1, 2017 commencing at 11.30a.m. All ex Service personnel are respectfully invited to attend. A Private Burial will precede the above Service.

True scout: assistant chief commissioner of the youth program Michael Thomas, Leongatha scout Ryan Frank who received the Australian Scout Medallion and Gippsland Scout commissioner Alan McRae at the Leongatha Scouts 100 year anniversary cel100 years: Leongatha Scouts eldest member ebration on Saturday. Jim Geary with the scouts youngest member Julia Spencer at Leongatha Scouts 100 year anniversary celebration on Saturday.

Paul & Margaret Beck Proprietors

Caring for our Community, personal dignified service to all areas 5662 2717 Pre-need Funeral Plans available Office and Chapel: 24 Anderson Street, Leongatha MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

CARFRAE - Evelyn Evelyn’s family wish to express their sincere and heartfelt thankyou to relatives and friends for their kind support, caring messages, cards and flowers on the recent loss of our treasured mum, nan and great nan. ROBSON - Geoffrey Alan 22.7.1948 - 14.3.2017 On behalf of all family members, Chris, Margery and Margaret offer their thanks for all the support shown over time, and for the kind and thoughtful expressions of sympathy given on Geoff’s passing.

Cake time: Leongatha Scout members front row, from left, Sam Duvoisin, Jonah Wearne, Brayden Greaves, Stephan Tumino, Jacob Tumino, Annalise Harbert, Julia Spencer, Liam Considine, Alex Considine and Cooper Jacobs.Top row, from left, James Spencer, Ryan Frank, Riley Harbert, Barry Ferguson, John Simpson, Nick Poople, Shayan Siddique, Leigh Pouwell, Marc Harbert, Georgie Spencer and Vince Campsie.

Scott and Sharon Anderson With care & dignity we serve South Gippsland and Phillip Island Main Office: WONTHAGGI / INVERLOCH 5672 1074 176-178 Graham Street, Wonthaggi 3995 Fax: 5672 1747 email: PHILLIP ISLAND 5952 5171 15 Warley Avenue, Cowes 3922 (by appointment only) Pre-paid & pre-arranged funeral plans available CARING & PERSONAL 24 HOUR SERVICE MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION

Right: Past scouts: Leongatha cub leaders of 1972 from left, John Hattam, Jim Geary and Arthur Van Boven attended the Leongatha Scouts 100 year anniversary celebration on Saturday.

Ambulance response improves AMBULANCE response times for a Code 1 accident or emergency in South Gippsland have improved. The average time for an ambulance to reach the scene of a Code 1 is down 52 seconds to 19.02 minutes in the December quarter from 19.54 minutes a year earlier. “Our statewide performance is improving year on year,” Ambulance Victoria Gippsland regional director Simon Jemmett said. “In South Gippsland, our recent quarterly reporting data shows an improvement in response times to the most urgent cases. “Our latest quarterly reporting figures show that we’re reaching 44 per cent of Code 1 cases within our 15 minute target, which is an improvement of more than four percent in comparison to the previous quarter.” “However, we know more needs to be done to meet our targets and community expectations and we are committed to improving our performance in South Gippsland and delivering the best patient outcomes possible.” The State Government is rolling out a $500 million plan to improve re-

sponse times across Victoria which is the biggest ever investment in ambulance services. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said, “With more paramedics on the road, people in South Gippsland will begin to see faster response times for life-threatening emergencies.” The new investment will employ 450 more paramedics, buy new vehicles and build new ambulance stations across the state. “One of the ways in which we will continue to improve our response is through the new Paramedic Community Support Co-Ordinator (PCSC) for South Gippsland, as announced by the government last year,” Mr Jemmett said. “This PCSC will be an experienced paramedic who will have a role developing and supporting first responder teams across South Gippsland, as well as providing emergency response. “We respond on a medical priority basis to ensure we provide the best possible care to the community and South Gippsland residents can be assured they have highly trained and readily available teams of paramedics.”

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All things wild DORIS Pozzi ran an edible fungi workshop in Foster on recently. “Around 35 people attended and everyone was very interested,” Dorris said. Dorris has been an avid forager and food gardener most of her life, starting out in an Italian household in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. She enjoys her veggie patch but also regularly adds a range of healthy and delicious edible weeds to her and her family’s diet. As her passion for edible weeds developed, Doris found herself doing more and more research to discover the range of weeds available locally, their properties and ways of preparing them in the kitchen. Doris has been running all different types of sustainable living workshops for 10 years. Her workshops include natural soap making, DIY green cleaning, natural bathroom products and foraging for edible weeds. “I thought other people might be interested in wild things so I decided to start running workshops,” she said. People came from all over the region to participate in the workshop. “It was really fantastic. Dorris had a Mushrooms: Juneen Schulz with edible fungi huge amount of knowledge and experiworkshop teacher Doris Pozzi at the Manna ence,” Simone Cicero from Sandy Point Community workshop recently. said.

Foxes to go to save bandicoot WORK to protect the Southern Brown Bandicoot within a number of reserves in South Gippsland is underway, with a pest control program to be rolled out. The Southern Brown Bandicoot is in danger of extinction in south-eastern mainland Australia and is listed as endangered under Federal Government legislation and threatened under Victorian legislation. One of the major threats to the Southern Brown Bandicoot is pest animals such as foxes and cats. Over the next few months Parks Victoria will be implementing important fox and cat controls to protect this threatened species, which will also improve habitat for other native species including the Hooded Plover. Gerard Delaney, Parks Victoria area chief ranger South Gippsland and Bass, said the fox control program will be implemented using a number of methods including (1080) poison baiting.

The potential impacts on wildlife other than foxes is extremely low, however a number of precautions will be taken to protect non-targeted animals, including burying baits, and spacing baits at least 500m apart. Warning signs will also be installed within the reserves. Neighbouring landholders will be informed before baiting commences. “It is important to keep your dog on a leash at all times. The best way to prevent dogs from picking up baits is by ensuring they are kept safely away from any source of the poison and staying on existing tracks. A muzzle is also recommended,” Mr Delaney said. Poison baits will be laid in Wonthaggi Heathlands Nature Conservation Reserve, Kilcunda – Harmers Haven Coastal Reserve and Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve, Nyora. Further information, including brochures, can be obtained by contacting Parks Victoria Wonthaggi office at

Land sale objection too late By Sarah Vella THE South Gippsland Shire Council’s decision to sell “unused” land in Welshpool caused unrest in the community as it faced the loss of what it deemed valuable open space. The Welshpool and District Advisory Group was disappointed to learn the land was going to be sold and now wants to take over its management. However, it may be a case of too little too late, as council has already acted on its decision and has prepared the property for sale. A spokesperson for council’s property department said, “For council to reconsider its decision it would be via a notice of rescission. “This can only be done provided the actions on the land to date would not have an adverse effect on anyone, such as an interested party who may have gone to some expense in researching the land for purchase.” The land proposed for sale is Lot 1 and Lot 16 on Sutherland Lane, located between the rear of the shops and the Great Southern Rail Trail. Council said the land is being sold because it

is unused. “It has never been used for any community purpose, has no community infrastructure on it and is not identified in any strategic documents of council for a future community purpose,” the council spokesperson said. Advisory group president Eddie Fowler said the council knew about the community’s opposition to the sale early on. “The whole town needs a freshen up. If you look at some of the larger towns in the shire, we start to feel a bit neglected,” he said. A community meeting was held which attracted around 20 people, who agreed the town should be given the opportunity to manage the land. “The community is behind retaining the land and the council indicated it may consider a lease,” Mr Fowler said. “It lends itself to be left how it is. It is currently used for parking by long vehicles and the area does flood, so if someone bought it, they couldn’t use it.” The decision to sell the land was made in May 2016, after council had considered submissions pursuant to Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989. There were two submissions made to council, opposed to the sale of the land.

Biological rabbit control underway THE introduced European rabbit is recognised as Australia’s most destructive pest, threatening biodiversity and revegetation, and estimated to cost up to $200 million annually. A new strain of Calicivirus (RHDV1 K5) has been developed as a new biological control agent to help in the fight against rabbits. Phillip Island has been selected as one of around 600 sites across Australia where a coordinated release of this new strain of RHD will occur. Phillip Island Nature Parks, with support from Bass Coast Shire Council and Bass Coast Landcare Network, are facilitating the release and conducting monitoring on Phillip Island. Phillip Island’s cool climate is expected to provide optimum conditions for this new strain of RHD to work most effectively. A benign form of the virus currently exists on

the island which provides immunity to the strain released in 1996, an obstacle which will hopefully be overcome by the new RHDV1 K5 strain. Carrots inoculated with the virus will be laid at several sites on Phillip Island to introduce it to the rabbit population and once infected, insects such as flies will spread it to rabbits in other areas of Phillip Island and the adjacent mainland. RHDV1 K5 is specific to rabbits and will not affect any other animals or humans. Pet rabbits can be immunised against RHD at local Vets. When used with other conventional control methods such as baiting in rural areas and warren destruction it is hoped the release of this new strain of Calicivirus will provide another tool in the rabbit control toolbox to reduce the rabbit population. For further information on the release of the new strain of Calicivirus, contact Stuart Murphy, Phillip Island Nature Parks, on 0419 369 365.

Reserve works enter final stages SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has funded $950,000 towards the Leongatha Recreation Reserve upgrade. They intend on completing the kerb reworks and asphalting surrounding the main oval by April 28. Stage two of the works incorporates the golf

club car park area and the balance of the area near the grandstand. Kerb works will be on-going through this area until complete, then pavement and asphalting works will follow as weather allows. At this stage, and if weather holds, council aims for works to be complete by mid June.

At risk: pests will be reduced to increase the survival rate of the Southern Brown Bandicoot.

Man wanted POLICE are asking the community to help locate Dean Wright, believed to be in the Mirboo North area. The 42 year old has four outstanding warrants for his arrest. Anyone with information that will help police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Public help needed: police believe Dean Wright is around Mirboo North.

Progress being made: the Leongatha Recreation Reserve is undergoing improvement works by South Gippsland Shire Council.

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Great results at Easter comp VENUS Bay Angling Club hosted a four day Easter competition that started on Good Friday and finished up at 1pm on Easter Monday. Weather conditions were generally good for boat fishing on Anderson Inlet and for surf fishing along the beaches. It was pleasing to see a number of both senior and junior visitors weighing in as well as the usual members. Results were: Senior members First: Phil Nebel – Tre-

vally – 1000g for 500 points Second: Dale Walker – Flathead – 880g for 440 points Third: Shannon Forrest – Trevally – 860g for 430 points Senior non members Melinda – Salmon – 400g for 200 points Junior non members Ella – Flathead – 320g for 160 points The Angling Club also ran a sausage sizzle and children’s Easter egg hunt as its contribution to the community as part of the annual Second place: Dale Walker with his Tour de Tarwin festivities haul after the Easter competition at the held throughout the weekVenus Bay Angling Club. end.

Easter fun: children search for Easter eggs at the Winner: Phil Nebel with his prized Venus Bay Angling Club. Trevally at the Venus Bay Angling Club.

Age champions: pictured are some of the winners, Lachlan Gale, Lachlan Rathjen, Cooper Smith, Cade James, Manuale Alessandro, Mitchell Benvelzen Big jump: Prep Ola Binch (McHaffie) and Xavier Duursma took home medals following the 81st annual interschool certainly got into the spring of things dur- All smiles: Bede Prideaux from Sambell House was positively beaming as he crossed the line of his 100m race in first place. ing the sack race relay. carnival recently.

Records fall at interschool carnival THE six schools in South Gippsland again travelled to Newbourough for the 81st annual interschool carnival. It was a very close day of competition, considering the school range in size from under 300 students at Foster Secondary College to almost 1300 students at Wonthaggi Secondary College. The local talent was on display and the standard was very high with 15 records being broken; the most impressive was Zali Rogers of Foster breaking Christine Wrench’s 100m record from 1972. Jasmine Woods of Mirboo North was also outstanding breaking two records, one of them being Lanni Pryor’s 2016 record in triple jump by almost 1.5m. Lucky Lani set another record on the day to keep her name in the record books. Ebony Jones also broke two records in the U17 triple jump and the U17 hurdles. See below for a full list of the records broken. F 13Yr 80m Hurdles New Record: Ihomana Montgomery, Tevuro WSC 13.22 Old Record: 13.97 Lavinia Mitchell (LSC 1994) M 20Yr Discus New Record: Manuele, Alessandro MNSC 40.85 Old Record: 40.68 Cody Hams (WSC 2007) M 14Yr 100m Hurdles

New Record: Rathjen, Lachlan FSC 15.88 Old Record: 16.22 Wes Graeme (MNSC 2012) F 14Yr Triple Jump New Record: Woods, Jasmine MNSC 11.34 Old Record: 9.90 Pryor, Lanni (WSC 2016) F 17Yr 100m Hurdles New Record: Jones, Ebony FSC 16.17 Old Record: 16.21 Lavinia Mitchell (LSC 1998) F 17Yr Triple Jump New Record: Jones, Ebony FSC 10.04 Old Record: 9.97 Lavinia Mitchell (LSC 1998) F 15Yr 100m New Record: Rogers, Zali FSC 11.16 Old Record: 12.30 Christine Wrench (KHS 1972) F 13Yr Javelin New Record: Ihomana Montgomery, Tevuro WSC 34.71 Old Record: 25.98 Jezeloni Montgomery (WSC 2008) M 16Yr 200m New Record: Bentvelzen, Mitchell MKCC 23.68 Old Record: 24.05 Tree, Daniel (LSC 2015) M 15Yr 400m New Record: Smith, Cooper WSC 56.43 Old Record: 56.45 Duursma, Xavier (SGSC 2015) F 17Yr Shot Put New Record: Hogg, Chloe LSC 10.98 Old Record: 10.91 Kristie Bryden (WSC 2010) F 15Yr Triple Jump New Record: Pryor, Lanni WSC 10.52 Old Record: 10.47 Claire

Jobling (LSC 2012) F 14Yr 4 x 100m Relay New Record: Mirboo North S.C. MNSC 55.83 Old Record: 55.90 (FHS 1972) M 16Yr 4 x 100m Relay New Record: Mary McKillop C.C. MKCC 47.93 Old Record: 48.25 (KSC 2005) F 14Yr Long Jump New Record: Woods, Jasmine MNSC 4.73 Old Record: 4.56 Gemma Martin (LSC 2012) Mary Mackillop won the grand aggregate for the day while Foster Secondary College took home the handicap shield. Congratulations to all students who participated with a high level of talent and sportsmanship. The following students were awarded age group champions on the day and showed how close the competition was equal winner in two age groups. U13: Lachlan Gale FSC and Yasmin Dursma FSC U14: Lachlan Rathjen FSC and Jasmine Woods MNSC U15: Cade James MMK, Cooper Smith WSC and Zali Rogers FSC U16: Mitchell Bentvelzen MMK, Brylee Angwin FSC and Tayla Brown MMK U17: Xavier Dursma FSC and Ebony Jones FSC U21: Manuale Alessandro MNSC and Keighley Starret FSC

Newhaven athletes shine A BEAUTIFUL sunny day proved a good omen for Newhaven College junior house athletics carnival on Friday, April 21. Yellow house, Clarke, took out top honours for the second consecutive year.

Nathan Patch set the under nine boys high jump record to 1.15 metres. Lara Smyth is currently holding the under 10 girls 1500 metre run after completing it within 6.39 minutes. Lily Debono jumped 3.04 metres in long jump in the under 10’s competition setting a new record. Sophia Hungerford ran the 100 metre sprint in 16.55 seconds making it record time for under 10 girls. Lily Debono threw the shot put 6.27 metres in the under 10 girls category. Yianni Caffieri set the new under 10 boys shot put record when throwing it 7.89 metres. Lucas Allen jumped 3.34 metres in the under 10 boys long jump. Junior School Clarke Cap-

tains Nathan Patch and Sophia Hungerford accepted the winning shield on behalf of their team mates at a special assembly. They congratulated all students for trying their best, and thanked

their teachers, the Year 9 leaders and all of the parent volunteers for contributing to a great day. 24 young college athletes will compete at the District Athletics Carnival on Friday, April 28.

Bass house came in second, McHaffie was third and Sambell finished the day in fourth place. Prep and Grade 1 students enthusiastically participated in a half day program of fun events including sprinting, discus, a sack race relay, minihurdles and rainbow tail throwing. Go Clarke: Newhaven College PE teacher Marcelle Grade 2, 3 and 4 stuKrieg congratulated Junior School Clarke Captains dents did their best at evNathan Patch and Sophia Hungerford with the winery running event from ning athletics shield. 100 metre sprints right through to 1500 metre distance runs as well as a full program of field events. Perfect conditions produced many outstanding performances and 10 new school records were set. Daniel Patch is now currently holding the under eight boys shot put record after throwing it 13.8 metres. Harvey Strachan now holds the under eight boys long jump record when he jumped 2.87 metres. James O’Neill set the under nine boys long jump Well done: Bailey Dean (McHaffie) presented ribbons to the girls U11 100m place getters; first Sophia Hungerford (Clarke), second Grace Farmer (Clarke), record to 3.18 metres.

third Chelsea Fox and fourth Lily Debono.

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Addy to ride in US By Sarah Vella FISH Creek horse rider Adeline Collins, 19, will be taking her talent to the United States at the end of June, to compete in the Inter Pacific Pony Club Exchange Rally. She is one of four Australian riders selected for the biennial event, in which teams from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA compete. The Corner Inlet Pony Club member will fly out on June 26 to North Carolina and will tour the US state from June 28 to July 10. “During that time we will have two friendly competitions, one riding in our Australian team and one in a mixed team with riders from other countries,” Adeline said. “This will be my first time competing overseas, it still doesn’t quite feel real to be honest. I know it will be nerve wracking, but at the same time I am looking forward to the challenge.” As well as competing Adeline will tour North Carolina, learning about its history, attractions and

Riding high: Corner Inlet Pony Club member Adeline Collins has been selected to ride for the Australian team at the 2017 Inter Pacific Pony Club Exchange Rally in the United States. American culture in general. Obviously unable to pack her own horse in her suitcase, Adeline will be competing on a horse from

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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the selection pool. “Getting on a horse you don’t know and hoping it jumps fences over a metre high safely is fairly daunting, even more so when we only have about an hour or so to familiar-

ise ourselves with them,” she said. “All riders ride slightly differently, so in that time I am going to have to find out what makes my ride tick. “Does anything upset

him, does he have any quirks that might catch me off guard and what do I need to change about how I ride to make this horse work well for me. “The real challenge is being adaptable in your-

• Leongatha Table Tennis

Mixtures triumph over Team 1

The best game of the night was played between the “Big Man” Cam Dowling and the “Barefoot Bandit” John McCarthy with Dowling sneaking home 11/9 in the fifth game. This week, Team 1 went down 8/3 to the The Unfortunates were again Mixtures, whose Inverloch import Dirk is unfortunate to run into the Think leading the aggregate table. About It team in top form and suffered a humiliating defeat 8/3. Bryce was the chief wrecker A Grade ladder for the Mixtures, winning his three Team Rubbers Games Points singles and two doubles. Mixtures .............39 ........... 133 ...............10 The Stallions were rearing to go, Think About It ...39 ........... 136 .................8 and there was no horsing around as Unfortunates ......34 ........... 128 .................6 they showed no mercy towards the Stallions ..............33 ........... 139 .................6 FAK players who could only manFAK .....................32 ........... 116 .................4 age to win two singles games for Team 1 .................21 ............ 88 ..................2 the night, going down 9/2. In A Reserve the CollieDogs, Aggregate A Grade after downing the Pies last week to Dirk H ................18 take top spot on the ladder, came Bryce H ..............16 crashing down to earth this week Neil C ..................13 losing for the first time when cellar Kevin D .............11 dwellers TACET sprung a surprise Dom M ................11 and defeated them 3/2 to get their A Reserve ladder first win of the season. Team Rubbers Games Points The Pies regained ladder leadThe Pies ..............21 ............ 71 ................10 ership by crushing the Old Timers CollieDogs ..........17 ............ 61 ................10 4/1, while Bob Calder’s Has Beans Has Beans...........17 ............ 64 ..................8 were too good for Rustix with a 3/2 Rustix .................18 ............ 61 ..................6 win. Old Timers ..........13 ............ 47 ..................4 Bob Calder is Aggregate leader Scorpions..............9 ............. 32 ..................4 in A Reserve having not lost a rubTacet ....................10 ............ 43 ..................2 ber yet.

WITH Team 1 unable to come up with a suitable contract to keep its gun recruit Michael Chang playing, it fell back into its old ways, copping another shellacking.

self and having the ability to adjust your riding technique to the horse you are on, rather than the other way around - the latter is much harder.” To prepare for the tour, Adeline said she is keeping fit and constantly pushing herself to improve her riding technique. “I won’t know the challenges of the horse I am riding until I sit on it for the first time, so I need to ensure my position and techniques are strong and challenge myself by riding unfamiliar horses and adjusting to their needs quickly and efficiently,” she said. “All I can hope is the hard work pays off.” Adleine applied for the Inter Pacific rally in 2015, but at the time was completing Year 12 and with a lot of strong contenders fighting for the spot, she was not selected. “This time around I am far more prepared and I feel like I will get a lot more out of it, though the thought of competing for Australia is no less daunting than it was two years ago,” she said. “I am looking forward to riding an unfamiliar horse and the competitions, but also the touring and socialising with the other riders. “Equestrian sports, any sports, often get so

competitive the social aspect is lost, so I am looking forward to getting to know the other riders outside of the competition arena.” Adeline is fundraising for the tour and has set up a GoFundMe page under the name ‘Addy rides for AUS’. She has been overwhelmed by the support of the local community, friends and family. “It’s humbling to know how many people are behind me and willing to help me get to what really is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said. Other fundraising efforts will include a freshman’s showjumping day on Sunday, May 14 at Kardella Farm. “A massive thank you to Russell Morrison and Amalfi White for generously offering the venue for the event,” Adeline said. “There will be a silent auction and other fundraising activities throughout the day, as well as jumping rounds of various heights for anyone who would like to get some schooling in on a lovely course. “We will be organising some more fundraising activities as we get a little closer to the departure date.”

Miners enjoy first U16 win THE South Gippsland Miners U13 played for the first time this season at Morwell in the new Saturday time slot, meeting the Churchill Braves in a friendly scratch match on Saturday April 23. Competition then continued on Sunday with the Miners achieving a good first win in the U16 section, taking out the Churchill team in a 10-6 victory. This was followed by a tough loss in the C Grade competition, with the Braves proving too strong and the Miners going down 13-5, despite

digging deep. A Grade took the field at 2pm but unfortunately the day belonged to the Braves, defeating the Miners 19-9. The competition will continue next week with the Juniors competition on Saturday at the Traralgon ground, where the junior Miners team will combine with the Moe/Newborough team and meet the Morwell side. On Sunday, the Senior section will play against Morwell at Morwell. With the season just starting, the Miners urge anyone interested in playing to get in touch via the Facebook page and play ball.

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BOWLS | SPORT Mardan Indoor IT was good to see Bruce Douglas and Jan Curtis here this week. There were 12 bowlers so doubles were played; this worked well as everyone got plenty of bowls and we finished a bit earlier than usual. The winners this week were Vito Serafino and Jan Curtis with three wins, and runners up with two wins were Rob Campbell and Bev Greenwood It was the first week of pennant this week and the team of Vito, Ann, Margaret and Denyse had a win.

Fish Creek THE social evening held at the Wonthaggi Club was once again a great success, with some arriving home a little richer and some a little poorer. Renovations to the ladies cloak rooms are well underway. It would, however, be great to have a few more hands to assist, so any members who have a bit of spare time and are willing to lend a hand, please contact Tim (0419 540 901) or Colin (0422 035 871). Building skills are not nec-

essary, as there are many other jobs that can be done. The presentation night will be on Friday, May 5. The monthly casserole night and the club’s annual general meeting will be on Wednesday, May 17. Both events will be held at the clubrooms. The final Summer Turkey Triples will be held on Thursday, April 27.

South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association WELCOME back to another Indoor Bowls season. The competition is well under way already. There have been club opening nights at Dumbalk, Mardan and Buffalo earlier this month. All were very well attended and enjoyed. Last Tuesday saw the first game of Pennant. It was an interesting start to the competition with some good bowling across the board. Korumburra Blue had a draw with Buffalo, decided on the last end. Korumburra White defeated Foster Fishy by eight shots,

after Foster Fishy came back towards the end. Mardan defeated Dumbalk also by eight shots. After a little mathematical refresher with percentages, the ladder was worked out with Korumburra Blue and Buffalo placing equal third. There are a couple of events coming up for the calendar; firstly on Sunday, April 30, the association is holding a ‘Hospital Day’ at Dumbalk. A great day of bowls, with all monies raised going to the three local hospitals. Everyone is welcome. For further details call Bev on 0408 369 298. A challenge day with Mid Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association is coming up on Sunday, May 7, at Trafalgar. Hope to see you all around the mats. Happy bowling to all.

Ladder K’burra White..........4 ....... +8 Mardan ......................4 ....... +8 K’burra Blue ............2 ..........0 Buffalo .......................2 ..........0 Dumbalk .....................0 ........ -8 Foster Fishy ................0 ........ -8

Cycling stars: the A Grade winner was Cyrus Monk (Warragul), B Grade went to Leigh Stott, C Grade went to Bryce Edhouse (Warragul) and D Grade was won by Peter McLean.

• Leongatha Cycling

Poowong hosts club racing CLUB racing was held at Poowong on Saturday, using the NyoraLoch-Poowong circuit with riders split into four grades. The club enjoyed the company of some of the Warragul club members along with some juniors checking out the circuit prior to the Junior tour next weekend. With no wind and warm conditions, the riders were able to enjoy some great riding although a few found the steep climb up to Poowong very demanding. The A Grade field had nine starters including Cyrus Monk, who is currently one of the top elite riders in the National Road Series. The riders raced three laps of the circuit and the undulating terrain meant riders were under pressure all race. Cyrus had a puncture just as he rounded the corner into the main street at Poowong but a quick wheel change from a supporter enabled him to regain the bunch. Cyrus did not waste the

opportunity as he easily led the field in at the finish. The steep climb made the judging easy as riders generally finished alone. Second went to Daniel Thurston (Warragul), third to Shane Stiles (Waaragul) just ahead of Brett Franklin in fourth. Mirboo North teacher Chris Joustra claimed fifth just ahead of Harry McLean, Peter Hollins, Will Lumby and Oliver McLean. In B Grade, there was a field of eight riders and they also rode three laps. Leigh Stott, who just prior to Easter rode the Baw Baw Classic finishing in the snow showers atop the mountain, found the climb in to Poowong was not quite as challenging. He was able to have a clear win at the finish from Alan McCulloch (Warragul) and Geoff Thompson (Warragul). Fourth place went to Rob Monk (Warragul), who had led the field through on laps one and two. Chris Rowe was home in fifth followed by Kevin Feely and Jayman Prestage (Warragul). The C Grade field of 10 riders only had two laps to race. This group was split up

after the first lap with Thomas Fitzgerald and Bryce Edhouse (Warragul) doing the damage. Bryce managed to dig deep and shake Thomas on the second climb into Poowong to score a clear win. In a dash to the line, Michael Park grabbed third just ahead of Xavier Hart. Fifth went to Brad Bouquet, sixth to Damien King, seventh Morgan Barnes, eighth Tony Giles and Kerry Pritchard was ninth. The D Grade field of four riders also raced two laps and after the first lap it was Peter McLean and Kaleb Jans who led the field through Poowong. The climb into Poowong saw Peter dig deep to lead the field home and take the win. Kaleb was easily home in second with Nash Snooks in third and Greg Bradshaw persevering with the climb taking fourth. Next weekend the club has the two day junior tour to host. Saturday will see racing at Kernot from a 9am start whilst Sunday will see a 9am start at Poowong. All club members are needed for help over the weekend.

Inverloch WEDNESDAY Social Bowls was played as a mixture of triples and fours. There were two games of 10 ends. Only one team managed to win both games. Congratulations to Judy Parker, Lola Marsh and Joyce Arnold. It was great to see Lola return to the greens, and she returned in style, being in the winning team. Raffles were won by Lois Luby, Carol Hughes, Pam Sutcliffe, Jan Fraser, Rhonda Davies and Laurel Lee. The final Wednesday Social Bowls will be played on April 26 starting at 12.30pm. Prior to the game, a news and views session will be held from 11am. This is a great opportunity to raise any issues that may need to be discussed at the annual general meeting. Inverloch hosted its last monthly Turkey Triples on Thursday, April 20. The event was played in two 12-end games before the lunch break and two 10end games after lunch, in warm and pleasant autumn weather. No team managed to win all four games. Two teams had three wins and a draw. The winners with 60 points were Rob Howard (S), Brian Phillipson and Peter Dalmau. Runners up with 58 points were Alan Hanks (S), Max Brown and Rob Butterworth. Next Thursday, April 27, the normal Thursday Social Bowls returns with the sign on by 11.30 am for play starting at 12.30pm. Results from Inverloch’s

Winning trio: the winners of the last Monthly Nominated Triples for the season at Inverloch were Brian Phillipson, Peter Dalmau and Rob Howard.

Outstanding: Judy Parker, Joyce Arnold and Lola Marsh were the only team to win both games at Inverloch’s Wednesday Social Bowls. participation in the state finals elimination round played at Bendigo, will be published in next week’s paper. Voting is required to decide the Tuesday and Saturday pennant selectors. For Tuesday pennant selectors, voting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, from 2pm to 3pm, and Wednesday, April

26, from 9.30am to 10.30am. For Saturday pennant selectors, please come to vote on Thursday, April 27, from 9.30am to 11am, then 4pm to 5pm. Results will be given at the annual general meeting on May 3. The final event for the season will be the annual Skirts

v Shirts. This will be held on Saturday, April 29, starting at 12.30pm. Bowls attire please. A sheet is available in the clubrooms to write your name if interested in playing. Please bring a small plate to share for afternoon tea. This Friday is the members’ draw, with the jackpot amount on the rise.

National accolades for local swimmer LOCAL swimmer Bowen Gough is the newly crowned Australian Champion for the 200m butterfly for boys 17/18 years. Competing at the 2017 Australian Age Championships held at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre from April 16 to 21, Bowen was outstanding over the six days of competition, coming home with six national medals.

Bowen won three individual medals; gold in the 200m butterfly, silver in the 100m butterfly – narrowly missing the gold by 0.02 seconds – and silver in the 200m backstroke. He was also just out of the medals with a fifth placing in the 100m backstroke. Bowen and his Nunawading teammates also asserted their team dominance, winning three national relay medals; silver in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays and bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay. In the week prior to the National Age Group Championships, 18 year old Bowen competed at the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships, also held in Brisbane from April 9 to13, with phenomenal success.

After outstanding heat swims, Bowen made a spectacular debut into the Australian senior ranks qualifying for two Australian Open finals in the 200m and 100m butterfly events. Bowen was the youngest in both finals and finished fifth in the 200m Fly and sixth in the 100m Fly, asserting his competitiveness with the very best butterfly swimmers in Australia including the two Rio Olympians. The finals were broadcast live on Channel 7. Bowen, a former Inverloch Primary School and Newhaven College student, began his swimming journey with the local South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club which trains at the Wonthaggi and Leongatha pools. He also competed in the local South Gippsland Swimming Association for the Leongatha Swimming Club. Bowen now trains with the High Performance Squad at the Nunawading Swimming Club under the guidance of coach Scott Talbot. In 2017, Bowen had the honour of being se-

Champion swimmer: Bowen Gough is now the Australian Champion in 200m butterfly for boys 17/18 years. lected as captain of the prestigious Nunawading Swimming Club. Bowen has a very rigorous training schedule with nine swim sessions and three strength/conditioning sessions a week, commuting to Melbourne on a

daily basis from his home in Bass. After a week’s break, Bowen will be straight back to training before leaving to compete overseas leading into next year’s exciting Commonwealth Games trials.

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Friendly competition: golfers from around South Gippsland supported Beyond Blue at Meeniyan Golf Club recently.

Golfers raise funds for Beyond Blue A LOVELY, friendly day at Meeniyan Golf Club was enjoyed by 60 players from all over South Gippsland. It was the ladies day of the tournament and the event was ‘Bendsomes’, a combination of Stableford and Ambrose where players choose the best drive then continue playing Stableford with their own handicap.

Scores were totalled for the whole team. The sponsor for the day was Veronica Park and Nutrimetics and the club thanked her for her generous sponsorship. The charity the club supported on that day was of course ‘Beyond Blue’, and players were greeted with lots of love when they arrived; one of the sponsors’ stipulations. Winners of A Grade were Bec Thomas (4), Andrea Thorson and Sev Pia-

sente (23) with a whopping 122 points. Runners up in A Grade were Toni West (9), Sue Hoskin (23) and Jo Fennell (30) with 116 points. The B Grade winners were Trudy Prue (19), Susan Straw (30) and Heather McCaughan (45) with 114 points. The runners up were Fay Smallman (31), (Maureen Hams (30) and Rhonda Evans (30) 112 points.

A Grade winners: Andrea Thorson, Bec Thomas and Sev Piasente won Meeniyan Golf Club’s charity event with a whopping 122 points. They are pictured with sponsor Veronica Park (second left).

Winners: Heather Grist and Lee Clements won the Royal Women’s Hospital 4BBB qualifying round at Korumburra. They are pictured with Lynette McIvor who represented the accountants Williams, Edwards and Findlay, that sponsored the event.

Korumburra ladies THE weather was fine and extra warm for the golfers last Wednesday. Ten pairs competed in the Royal Women’s Hospital 4BBB Qualifying round and much appreciation is extended to the accountants Williams, Edwards and Findlay for their generous sponsorship on the day. Lee Clements (12) and Heather Grist (21) won the event with a very nice 45 points. Runners up were Kath Welsh (31) and Julie Brannaghan (24) with 44 points, on a count-back from Jan Hewitt (26) and Pam Eyers (40).

Good luck to Lee, Heather, Kath and Julie, who will compete in the Royal Women’s Hospital District play-off in June. NTPs were won by Beryl Brown first, Jenny Blackmore 10th and Sandra Webster on the 13th green. The lucky draw winner was Pam Eyers. Balls down the line went to Jan and Pam 44 points and Lorraine Knox and Jenny Blackmore 43 points. Congratulations to the six women who played off in the finals of the match play championships over the last week. Lee Clements defeated Heather Grist in A Grade, Jan Hewitt won B Grade, with Betty Yann the runner up, and

Sharon Adams defeated Marg Harper in C Grade. Next Wednesday there is a seeded time sheet for the first week of the Club Championships. The times have been emailed to some members; alternatively the list is at the club house or individuals can phone Heather Grist to check their starting times. Three girls played at Meeniyan on Friday and, although a bit damp, enjoyed the different type of game for the team event. There was lovely weather for the small field of golfers on Saturday. Chris Rickard (19) won with 30 points and Lynette McIvor was NTP on the first and 13th greens.

Winners: Elizabeth Gedye and Lianne Adamson combined well to win the Royal Women’s Hospital 4BBB. Loris Clark and Sue Bowler were the runners up.

Leongatha ladies A LARGE field competed in the Golf Victoria Royal Women’s Hospital fundraiser last week. Proceeds from entry fees are forwarded to the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Leongatha SATURDAY’S 4BBB Par event was the first round of the McCaughan Board event. Leading the way and winning the daily event with an excellent score of +10 was the team of Chris Leaver and Peter Hartigan. Runners up and close behind on +9 was the team of Keith Finney and Mick Oliver. DTL balls went down to +5 by count back and were awarded to the teams of Bruce Hutton and Grant McRitchie, Daniel Ruffin and Walter Taberner, Alexander Hill and John Wheatley, Andrew Smith and Glenn Marsham, Gordon Morrison and Peter Hobson, Jessica and Stuart Harry, Rod Hopcraft and Brett Windsor, Tim McCarthy and John Feddersen and Oscar Harry and Ron Paice. NTPs were Craig Hams on the 14th hole and Rod Brown on the 16th. Tuesday was the third and final round of the Tuesday Championship in which Denis Wallace had a great 39 points to snatch a thrilling one point victory ahead of Andy Bassett, with Joe Lowell, Geoff McDonald and a great effort by Wendy Anne Parker to finish one point further back in equal third place. Congratulations to Denis on taking out the championship and also winning the B Grade event with his 39 points. Nathan Wardle won A Grade and also had the best score in a count back with 39 points. C Grade was won in a count back by Allan Schache who continued his good form to amass 36 points. Balls were awarded to Norm Hughes, John Housey, Keith Godridge, Brian Fennessy, Wendy Anne Parker, Doug Clemann, Evan Jenkins, John Simon, Geoff McDonald, Lee Wilson (Moe Golf Club), Bill Bittlemann, Haley Raymond (Drouin Golf Club), Ian Nunn, Andy Bassett, Peter Hobson, John Eabry, Rod Brown, Hugh Goodman, Barry Attwood and Will Norden. NTPs were Keith Godridge on the 14th hole and Bruce Hutton on the 16th. On Thursday, 86 players bid a fond farewell to friend and great club man John King. Best to John and thanks go to him for his great contribution to the club over many years. Today’s winners with 45 points were Josh Hall and Michael Thomas. A stunning 30 off the stick on the back nine helped them beat Peter Hartigan and Trevor Moss on a count back. John Dumont and Alan Kuhne took out third prize with 44 points. DTL balls went down to 40

Club member Alison Strong sponsored this annual 4BBB event. Elizabeth Gedye and Lianne Adamson combined well to win the event with 43 points. They won the event on points by count back and were awarded to the teams of Alan and Colin Sperling, Jocelyn and Bill Howson, Andy Bassett and Colin Bear, Ray Burton and Peter Hobson, Kevin Scott and Grant O’Callaghan, Ken Smirk and Geoff Maher, Merv Stubbs and Bruce Cathie, Russell Williams and Barry Attwood, Ron and Janice Paice, Antony and Elizabeth Gedye, Peter waters and Doug Clemann, Barry and Glenys Day, John Moor and Rob Martin, Hugh Goodman and Ian Nunn, Frank Gill and Hans Hoefler and Will Norden and Fred Debono. NTPs were Ian Watson on the 14th hole and Peter Hobson on the 16th.

Woorayl ladies IN the continuing beautiful autumn weather a stableford event was played on Wednesday, April 19. The A Grade winner was Thel Scoble (23) with 34 points and B Grade winner was Alice Campbell (27) with 35 points. Balls down the line were received by Heather Sullivan 33 points, with Pauline Lancaster and Inge Giliam both with 32 points on a count back from Ann Poole. Nearest the pins were won by Janet Thompson on the

a count back from previous winners, mother and daughter combination, Loris Clark and Sue Bowler. This pair has been successful at both district and state level two years ago. These four qualifiers now eighth, Ann Poole on the 11th and Fay Maynard on the 17th. Come along next week and enjoy the Annual Challenge Match with the girls from Mirboo North, this year being played at Woorayl.

Foster NO golf was played on Tuesday. Wednesday, April 19 Stableford – Barb Warren Trophy Winners: A – Fiona Curram 35 points, B – Mary Ellis 38 points. NTP: sixth Fiona Curram and 17th Anne Heywood. DTL: Maxine Symmons 36, Anne Heywood 35, Barb Fuller 34 and Gayle Tyers 33 c/b. Thursday, April 20 Stableford: Winner: Jim Parry 41points. NTP: fourth Nev Thompson and17th Robert Fulton. DTL: Nev Thompson 40 points, John Mathers 38 points, and Fred Tyers 38 points. Friday, April 21 Chook Run Winner: Paul Spencer 21 points c/b. NTP: sixth B. Ameristar. DTL: G. Nott 21 and S. Studham 18 c/b. Saturday, April 22 Stableford- Peter Dight Trophy Winners: A Grade: Pat Mc-

proceed to the district final held at Korumburra Golf Club in June. Down the line ball winners went to Jocelyn Howson and Chris Lay, Trish Owen and Maxine Eabry, Marg Griffiths and Jan Brownlie 42 points, Rita de Bondt and Marg Berry, Nancy Sperling and Dot Stubbs, Glenyce McRobert and Gwen Chapman 40 points, and Karen Bear and Shirley Welsford 39 points. Nearest the pins were Rita de Bondt and Alison Strong (14th and 16th), and Karen Bear second shot on the 16th. Noreen Williams scored 16 points to win the nine hole competition followed by Marie Sands with 15 points. Saturday, April 22: Winner: Peter Buttinger (18) -2. Down the line: Di Williams -3 and Coral Gray -4. Nearest the pin: Marea Maher. Kay (7) 41 points. B Grade: Nick Shaw (21) 40 points. NTP: fourth C. Downing, sixth C. Pulham, 13th C. Downing, 15th F. Tyers and 17th P. Dight. DTL: D. Summers 39, R. Prain 39, D. Studham 39, C. Pulham 39, G. Paine 38. Nine holes: D. Knee 19 points. Ladies: Barb Warren -1. DTL: G. Reid. NTP 17th B. Warren. Eagle: D Knee fifth, eight balls. Sunday, April 23 Pennant Division 2: round five at Phillip Island –Foster won 5/2 Division 3: round five at Foster –Foster won 5/2

Mirboo North ladies THE 36 hole championship was played on April 12 and 19. Winner 36 holes: Amy Wilson 76 points. Winner first18 holes: Barb Stimson 37 points. Winner second18 holes: Sandra Hughes 38 points C/B. DTL: Maree Thompson 66 points and Lia Brent 65 points. NTP: fourth Barb Stimson, sixth Lia Brent, 13th Maree Thompson and 16th Wendy Gervasi.

Weekend game: from left Col Stewart, Lloyd Redpath, Jeff Wilson and Bruce Betts had an enjoyable round at the Meeniyan golf course on Saturday.

Competitors: from left, Winno Reily, Trucky Hughes, Collin Graeme and Brian Erving spent Saturday morning playing a fun yet competitive game of golf in Meeniyan.

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GOLF | SPORT Lang Lang DATE: Monday, April 17 Event: Stableford. Field: 32. Winner: Ryan Daymond (23) 36. Runner up: Michael Grass (19) 35. NTP: fifth Neil Daymond, ninth Buddha Harkness, 12th Geoff Leeton and 15th Tony Cheles. DTL: Neil Daymond 35, Troy Harrison 35, Chris Banks 34, Mark Holmes 34 and Kay Leeton 34. Date: Tuesday, April 18 Event: 2BBAGG: Par. Field: 51. Winners: Bob Sandiford (16) 5. R/Up: James Hedrick (12) 4. 2 Ball winners: Michael Fahey (11) and James Hedrick (12) 3 C/B. NTP: fifth Bill Merrigan, ninth Mark Griffin, 12th John Roberts and 15th Robert Stead. DTL: Noel Zunneberg 3, Alwyn Burd 3, Bill Stainsby 2, Noel Bradford 2, Peter Gulliver 1, John Rodakis 1, George Morozoff 0 and David Oswald 0. Date: Wednesday, April 19. Event: Par. Field: 17. Division 1 winner: Sue Van Gaal (26) +1. Runner up: Pat Randall (22) -1. Division 2 winner: Anne Schellekens (31) Square C/B. R/ Up: Gillian

Nowell (38) Square. NTP: fifth Jennifer Sullivan, and 12th Sue Van Gaal. DTL: Gillian Nowell Sq, Pat Randall -1, Maria Warburton -1, and Maureen Nankervis -1 Date: Thursday, April 20 Event: 2BBSTB. Field: 69. Winner: George Hendry (23) 43. R/Up: Ken Mooney (25) 41. 2 Ball winners: George Hendry (26) and John Bellis (21) 53 points. NTP: fifth Michael Colley, ninth Peter Sellers, 12thJames Hedrick, and 15th Robert Hill. DTL: Grant Johnson 41, Rod Robertson 39, John Bellis 39, Ron Smith 38, Richard Schmieszl 38, Rod Cameron 37, John Lynch 37, Noel Welsh 37, Neil Hammond 37 and John Roberts 37. Date: Saturday, April 22 Event: Saturday – 4BBB Stableford. Field: 147. Winner: Bill Tucker (25) 49. Winner: Graeme Sullivan (36) 49. Runner up: Colin Rangitonga (20) 47. Runner up Martin Barry (16) 47. NTP: fifth Ben Spierings , ninth Laurie Burgess, 12th Andrew Dash , 15th Henk Maurikz and18th Troy Harrison. Ladies winner: Leanne Marshall (29) 37. R/Up: Lee Andrews (24) 32.

NTP: fifth Pat Randall and 15th Pam Anderson. DTL: Grant Close 47, Jim Welsh 47, Darren Rooke 46, Peter Dunbar 46, Bob Sandiford 46, Bill Stainsby 46, Buddha Harkness 45, Jason Filip 45, Daryl Barker 45, Gary Barker 45, Adam Tuckwell 45, Chris Tuckwell 45, George Morozoff 44, Trevor Cridland 44, Simon Tayler 44, Clint Harriss 44, Mark Holmes 44, Troy Harrison 44, Peter Butler 44, Brenton Adams 44, Paul Moore 44 and Ben Spidering 44.

South Gippsland pennant Division 1 (at Phillip Island Golf Club): Woorayl 4 defeated Meeniyan 3; Wonthaggi 4 defeated Lang Lang 3. Division 2 (at Phillip Island Golf Club): Foster 5 defeated Phillip Island 2; Leongatha 4 defeated Korumburra 3. Division 3 (at Foster Golf Club): Woorayl 4 defeated Meeniyan 3; Foster 5 defeated Leongatha 2. Division 4 (at Foster Golf Club): Lang Lang 5 defeated Phillip Island 2; Korumburra 5 defeated Wonthaggi 2. Division 5 (at Korum-

burra Golf Club): Lang Lang 4 defeated Leongatha 3; Welshpool 4 defeated Wonthaggi 3. Division 6 (at Korumburra Golf Club): Korumburra 7 def Aussie Golf 0; Woorayl 4 def Phillip Island 3.

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi ............3 – 15 (50.32%) Meeniyan .............2 – 17 (52.24%) Woorayl ................2 – 11 (49.16%) Lang Lang............1 – 13 (48.22%) Division 2 Leongatha ............3 – 15 (53.03%) Korumburra........3 – 15 (51.22%) Phillip Island........1 – 13 (49.66%) Foster ....................1 – 13 (45.98%) Division 3 Woorayl ................3 – 14 (50.43%) Meeniyan..............2 – 17 (52.37%) Foster ....................2 – 14 (49.44%) Leongatha ............1 – 11 (47.64%) Division 4 Lang Lang............4 – 18 (53.16%) Korumburra........2 – 16 (51.08%) Wonthaggi ............1 – 13 (49.14%) Phillip Island..........1 – 9 (46.56%) Division 5 Lang Lang........... 3 – 15 (54.73%) Welshpool.............3 – 15 (50.11%) Leongatha ............2 – 15 (46.60%) Wonthaggi ............0 – 11 (48.73%) Division 6 Korumburra........3 – 20 (57.64%) Woorayl ................3 – 17 (51.43%) Phillip Island........2 – 16 (51.73%) Aussie Golf .............0 – 3 (38.99%)

• Inverloch Soccer

Stars outdazzle Korumburra Seniors INVERLOCH Stars Senior Men’s team had a very different look about it when it took the field for its first game of the season. Playing a new formation and with a host of new faces, the Stars started the game with confidence and passed the ball around excellently. Korumburra, as always, closed down the space well but some crisp and accurate passing ensured the Stars dominated the first 20 minutes. Stuart Hutchinson opened the scoring for the Stars with a sweet left-footed volley that just squeezed past the Korumburra keeper. A host of opportunities for the Stars could not be converted however; and Korumburra got back into the game towards the end of the half. The Stars started strong again in the second half and scored two goals in quick succession. A well taken finish by San Oo and a well taken goal at the near post from debutante Jordan Thomas gave the Stars a comfortable buffer and they continued to play some dazzling football. Michael McLean was always a threat down the left hand side for the Stars and almost scored on his debut but couldn’t convert a difficult volley. Sean McCrossan, Riley Coleman and Marco Orr all had excellent first appearances for the Stars and young Aaron Frasier popped up to score at the back post from another fine Stars move.

Korumburra battled on to the end and should be happy with its performance; the Stars will be happy with the win and, more importantly, the way they played together as a team.

Reserves It was a beautiful day at Thompson Reserve in Inverloch. Some great work by the Inverloch Stars’ grounds team ensured the pitches were in brilliant playing condition. The Inverloch Stars fielded a strong team with lots of new, young faces - and it was one of these faces on debut who popped up to score the first Stars goal. Jasper Kempster on debut has moved up from the U16’s and scored the first Stars goal in Reserves. The Stars attack continued at a frenetic pace, with Mark Farmer netting shortly after and Nick Matheson, on his debut, scoring next. Korumburra got one goal back before Farmer scored again, and at half time it was 4-1 to the Stars. Korumburra started strong in the second half, but Andrew Bedford and Simon GibsonGoldsmith snuffed out a couple of promising attacks. After some great running by Aaron Frasier and debutant Riley Coleman, Nick Matheson was set up for his second and third goals. The Stars were now in control and started pushing forward; Joe Licciardi was able to slot one home and Eddy Halajuan and Eli Cousins both took their op-

In play: Korumburra’s Colby Rumbold challenges Stars’ Harvey Welsford for the ball. portunities to score for the Stars. Marco Orr took a great half volley to score from distance on his debut and it was just left to Nick Matheson to add to his hat trick with a fourth goal in almost the final kick of the game. Korumburra never gave up; but on this occasion the Stars were too strong and will be pleased with their magnificent start to the season.

Women’s Korumburra City was away at Inverloch for the opening round of the 2017 season. The women’s team started off the season with a two nil win over Inverloch Stars. First gamer Jess Halkett found the net and a determined forward line forced an own goal to kick the season off in style.

U10 The match day excitement built early, and Inverloch U10s were in formation and ready to play well before the kick off whistle blew.

With a mixture of new players and more experienced players, the club didn’t know what to expect from the U10 team. Early on, Korumburra looked very threatening, and appeared that they might prove a real handful. However, with some wonderful goal saves, it was in fact Inverloch that scored the first two goals of the game. At half time, coach Luke was happy with the dribbling and passing to team mates, which has been a focus of the pre season training. In the second half there were plenty of positional changes to give all of the players an opportunity to learn different positions, and whilst Korumburra probably had more possession and field position throughout the half, the players continued to work hard, and also managed to score again late in the game. Special mention goes to the goal keepers, who did a great job providing plenty of in play coaching and support to the supporting defensive players. There’s plenty to build on for future games, and plenty of happy children at the end looking forward to another home game next week.

U12 Korumburra City’s U12 goal machine took a great win over Inverloch Stars with City’s Liam Richards, Harrison Clark, Julien Rosse and new player Julio Declan all having a share of the eight to two victory.


Hard at it: Korumburra City managed to secure a win against the Stars in Inverloch on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Rose Hurst.

It was a great coaching debut by Riley and Marco in the U14s today. A 10-1 result by the team was just the way to kick off the season.

Wonthaggi ladies AUTUMN golf is magnificent; a foggy morning turned into a glorious warm quiet day. It was perfect for a round of Par golf. Twenty one ladies played in the field, so only two grades were made. The A Grade winner was Sev Piasente (21) one down on countback from Geraldine Prentice. B Grade was won by Donna Van Veenendaal, who came in with the best score on the day (45) square Pam Russell had two lovely shots to win NTP on the second and the eighth while Lorraine Peters was the closest on the 17th. BDL G. Prentice 1 down,

Great effort: the A Grade winner was Seve Piasente and the B Grade winner was Donna Van Veenendaal. L. Peters, P. Russell, C. Yann all two down, J. Watson and I. Ruby 3 down, and A. Tschiderer and I. Walsh both four down The finalists in the singles

knock out have been decided with Anne Walker defeating Jan Beaumont, and Marg Ryan defeating Pam Hanley. Good luck Anne and Marg in next week’s final.

Tylar debuts in TAC Cup TARWIN Sharks may have given a young footballer the start he needed to reach his dream of playing AFL. Tylar Watts played his first TAC Cup game last Sunday, with the Ballaratbased Greater Western Victoria Rebels. The 17 year old starred in the ruck and forward line against the Calder Cannons, with 16 hitouts to the Rebels’ advantage and five tackles. “I was pretty happy with it, for my debut,” he said. The Rebels overcame the Cannons to win the Anzac Cup, and now Watts is hoping to be a regular part of the Rebels’ list. “They seemed to be pretty happy with me so that will help to get another game,” he said. Watts lived in Tarwin Lower until 2012 and played Under 15s footy with the Tarwin Lower Football Club for several years and also the Corner Inlet Stingrays, winning two premierships. His mother Wendy Watts took photographs of the Sharks for The Star. He now lives in Dartmoor – up to three hours’ drive from Ballarat - and is undertaking Year 11 at Heywood Secondary College. This year, he began playing senior footy with the Portland Tigers in the Hampden Football Netball League. Watts dreams of playing with his AFL club of choice, Richmond, but would be happy to play with any national level club. “I love the competitiveness and you feel good out there with everyone,” he said. “I remember my first game for Tarwin against Toora as a little kid wearing a helmet. It took me four years to get my first goal.”

Starring role: Tylar Watts, a former footballer with Tarwin Lower Football Club, played in the TAC Cup for the first time on Sunday, with the Greater Western Victoria Rebels.

Leongatha Junior footy CGJFL ladders UNDER 10 W L Moe Maroons ....... 1 0 Yinnar ................ 1 0 Trafalgar ............. 1 0 Moe Blues ........... 1 0 Morwell Royal ...... 1 0 L’gatha Green ............0 0 L’gatha Gold ..............0 0 Mirboo North.............0 0 Morwell Navy ............0 1 Newb Reds ................0 1 Hill & Rovers .............0 1 Yallourn Nth ..............0 1 Newb Blues ...............0 1


D % Pts 0 100000 4 0 100000 4 0 571.43 4 0 200.00 4 0 142.86 4 0 0 4 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 70.00 0 0 50.00 0 0 17.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

UNDER 12 W L Yinnar ................ 1 0 Moe Maroons ....... 1 0 Trafalgar ............. 1 0 L’gatha Gold ......... 1 0 L’gatha Green ....... 0 0 Morwell Navy ............0 0 Morwell Royal ...........0 0 Mirboo North.............0 1 Hill & Rovers .............0 1 New Blues .................0 1 Moe Blues .................0 0 Yallourn Nth ..............0 1 New Reds ..................0 0

D % Pts 0 100000 4 0 5200 4 0 933.33 4 0 159.09 4 0 0 4 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 62.86 0 0 10.71 0 0 1.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

UNDER 14 W L Trafalgar ............. 1 0 Yinnar ................ 1 0 Mirboo North ........ 1 0 Moe Maroons ....... 1 0 L’gatha Green ....... 0 0 Morwell Royal ...........0 0 Morwell Navy ............0 0 New Blues .................0 1 L’gatha Gold ..............0 1 Yallourn Nth ..............0 1 Hill & Rovers .............0 1 Moe Blues .................0 0 New Reds ..................0 0

D 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

% Pts 6100 4 561.54 4 134.88 4 134.48 4 0 4 0 2 0 2 74.36 0 74.14 0 17.81 0 1.64 0 0 0 0 0

UNDER 10 No Game UNDER 12

Leongatha Gold 5.5.35 Mirboo North 3.4.22 Leongatha Gold Goals: P. Winmar 2, K. Jarvis 1, R. Reardon 1, R. Checkley 1 Mirboo North Goals: M. Woodall 1, H. Reville-Gent 1, W. Dawson 1 Leongatha Gold Best: J. McRae, B. Grabham Andrews, J. Clark, X. Bolge, P. Winmar, R. Checkley Mirboo North Best: B. Melbourne, I. Hose, L. Anders , J. Chila, H. Reville-Gent, W. Dawson

UNDER 14 Mirboo North 8.10.58 Leongatha 6.7.43 Mirboo North Goals: T. Eden 2, L. Smith 2, J. Carnes 2, E. Woodall 1, A. O’Loughlin 1 Leongatha Gold Goals: H. Kewming 2, E. Lamers 2, J. Wrigley 1, R. Giliam 1 Mirboo North Best: H. Mahoney, I. Linn, J. Carnes, T. Eden, B. Watson, B. Peters Leongatha Gold Best: A. Battersby, J. Burns, J. Friend, N. Clark, D. Hanily, R. Giliam

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Knights battle Lang Lang Seniors:

L E O N G AT H A Knights senior men’s team was eager to get its season underway, and with new coach Glenn Bainbridge in charge, it was interesting to see what they could offer. With a number of new players, the Knights started well in putting the Lang Lang defence under early pressure. Goals were looking very hard to come by, with both keepers in Charlie Doughterty and Michael Kompa very experienced in their trade. Knights defensive unit of Curtis Rintoule, Fergus Warren, Stuart McNaughton and Dylan Van Puyenbroek controlled all balls that came their way and helped to start many attacks. With Yani Zorzos and Blake Moscript holding up the mid field, it allowed Jack Bainbridge to push forward along with PJ O’Meara and Sean Villasevil.

Knights seemed to have the majority of the ball in the Lang Lang half of the ground but somehow couldn’t score that elusive goal. It fell to United to have the first goal of the game when a corner wasn’t controlled in the Knights defence and unluckily an own goal resulted. Half time score 0-1. The second half saw the introduction of some new Knights players in Sam Bainbridge, David Simon and Caleb Gale. With players now looking at attacking harder, it seemed that the inevitable goal would finally fall to the Knights, but it was a Lang Lang attack that resulted in some forward pressure and a tackle that went wrong for the Knights which resulted in a penalty to Lang Lang. Score: 0-2. This seemed to fire the Knights up and they improved their passing game. With Sam combining with brother Jack, they took the ball down United’s wing and Jack was able to get

past the Lang Lang defender. He was able to cross for PJ to score in front of goal. Score: 1-2. Lang Lang started dropping the ball back inside its own defence and utilised its passing game to draw the Knights team away from their own half, which resulted in a long ball through to Grant Spence to run onto only for Charlie to make a great save. Unluckily, the ball fell to a United player who was following up and he was able to score to put Lang Lang up 3-1 in what had been a very competitive and well played match. Great to see the league provided umpires, especially when they do a great job and you don’t notice them. The Leongatha Knights will now have a week off, with the next game in a fortnight at Phillip Island.

Reserves: In the season opener, Leongatha Knights played Lang Lang United in a Grand Final replay. On a warm sunny afternoon the result unluckily for the

Knights went the same way. Knights started with a new line up which included a number of new players both returning to the club and new to football as well as some old campaigners. Leongatha weathered some strong attacking football from Lang Lang early and it seemed as if it wouldn’t be long before the defensive line of Chris Wightman, John Wilson, Stuart McNaughton and Paul Wynne would be broken. To their benefit they were able to repel the many attacks and it was one of these return balls that saw Matt Wardle score the opening goal after a run and shot from Brian Gannon fell to Matt for him to put it away in the corner. Knights’ second goal was from a corner which saw Matt take a shot on goal which was kept out by the Lang Lang defence, only for Stuart to intercept the ball and, after taking a touch, was able to also slot the ball in the back corner 2.0 Knights. This seemed to spur on the Lang Lang side and

when Grant Spence goaled past Shem Murphy he was quickly followed up by Jaechun Jeong to level the scores. The second half saw new player Chris Gale pressure the Lang Lang keeper and when he fumbled the long throw from David Simon, Chris was able to take control of the ball and score the Knights’ third. Unluckily for the Knights, every time they scored Lang Lang responded and when Grant outpaced the Knights defence he was able to score the team’s third to keep scores tied. The game continued with both sides throwing everything at the ball. In the 70th minute, Jaechun was able to get a deflected shot from Grant back passed the Knights keeper in Charlie Dougherty. Knights players in Caleb Gale, Same Bainbridge, Wade Bashaw, Sean Villasevil, Patrick O’Meara and Ethan Bath threw everything they could to try to get a ball into the Lang Lang

net but it wasn’t to be. When Grant scored his side’s last goal, it confirmed that they had the Knights measure in this the first game of the season. Final score: 5-3 to Lang Lang United.

Women’s: Leongatha Knights Women started their 2017 season with a decisive win over Lang Lang United. While Lang Lang was down on numbers, the Lady Knights showed promise and poise with all players, returning and new, working well together. The Knights made United feel the pressure all game with the score at half time 7-0 and at the end of the game 11-1. Special mention goes to the Leongatha goal kickers Kathy Zacharopoulos with six goals and returning players to the club Rachel King and Marissa Preston with two and three each respectively. This is shaping up to be an exciting year for the women’s team with four new players to the club,

three returning players and two stepping up from the U16s.

U16’S: The first game of the 2017 season was a home game for the Leongatha Knights. The Leongatha U16’s played Lang Lang for the first game and it was an even game in the first half. The score was 0-1 Lang Lang’s way after a goal towards the end of the first. Teamwork between Shem Murphy and Curtis Rintoule resulted in Curtis scoring the first goal for the season. The second and third goals were also scored by Curtis Rintoule, and that brought Leongatha up to a 3-1 win. The last two goals couldn’t have been scored if not for the overall team work. Vincent Trease was strong in the back line and helped goal keeper Phil Smith to keep the goals away. Overall it was a great game to watch.

Breakers star in opening match THE Phillip Island Breakers are off to a great start to the 2017 soccer season with convincing wins across all age groups against Mirboo North on Sunday. The Miniroos teams, Under 8s and 10s, went extremely well. The Breakers have great numbers and many talented

players. It is exciting to see their progress over the years, they are beginning to play a distinctive style of soccer and work really well as a team. U12’s PI 10 – Mirboo 0; U14’s PI 8 – Mirboo 1; U15 Girls, PI 2 – Mirboo 1; Women PI 13 – Mirboo 0; Reserves PI 8 – Mirboo 0; Seniors PI 7 – Mirboo 2

Funds needed: Phillip Island Breakers Soccer Club president Geoff Russell and Bass Coast mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield with players from the club’s Under 10s and 12s teams. The club and Bass Coast Shire Council are working together to invest in new lights for the club.

Light up the Breakers PHILLIP Island Soccer Club was amongst 11 soccer clubs in Victoria to receive funding from the Andrews

Government to improve lighting facilities thanks to the Legacy Fund from the 2015 Asian Cup recently.

Gippsland Soccer League Senior Men: Lang Lang 3 d Leongatha 1, Phillip Island 7 d Mirboo North 2, Wonthaggi 6 d Drouin 2, Inverloch 4 d Korumburra 0. Reserve Men: Lang Lang 5 d Leongatha 3, Phillip Island 8 d Mirboo North 0, Inverloch 11 d Korumburra 1. Women: Leongatha 11 d Lang Lang 1, Phillip Island 13 d Mirboo North 0, Drouin 7 d Wonthaggi 2, Korumburra 2 d Inverloch 0. LADDERS Senior Men pts gd Phillip Island..................... 3 5 Wonthaggi United ............ 3 4

Inverloch Stars ................. 3 Lang Lang United ............ 3 Leongatha Knights ............. 0 Drouin Dragons.................. 0 Korumburra City ................ 0 Mirboo North ..................... 0

4 2 -2 -4 -4 -5

Reserve Men pts Inverloch Stars ................. 3 Phillip Island..................... 3 Lang Lang United ............ 3 Prom Coast ....................... 0 Leongatha Knights ............. 0 Mirboo North ..................... 0 Korumburra City ................ 0

gd 10 8 2 0 -2 -8 -10

Women pts Phillip Island..................... 3 Leongatha Knights ........... 3 Drouin Dragons ................ 3 Korumburra City ............. 3 Prom Coast ......................... 0 Inverloch Stars ................... 0 Wonthaggi United .............. 0

gd 13 10 5 2 0 -2 -5

“We’re excited to be one of the clubs receiving $100,000 towards the installation of new lighting towers which will light up the two pitches at the Newhaven Recreation Reserve,” club president Geoff Russell said. “Soccer is growing in the Bass Coast at a rapid rate and it’s great to see the investment in facilities which will help us cater for the demand and future requirements of our community. “The number of people in our community is growing every year and our one light pole limits the amount of people that can use the pitches, and safety is always a concern. “I’d like to acknowledge the effort of Bass Coast Shire Council staff that supported our application and thank our councillors for committing $65,000 towards the Newhaven lighting project. “However, the hard work is just beginning, we now need to shift our focus to raise another $65,000 to cover the

balance of the funds required for the $240,000 project. “We will be setting up a fundraising committee in the next few weeks and will be looking for community support. So if you see us out and about over the next year fundraising, we would love your support. “I look forward to working closely with council on a Master Plan for Newhaven Rec Reserve to ensure facilities continue to meet our needs and encourage more people to play soccer,” said Geoff. Bass Coast mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield supported the soccer club’s campaign. “It was great to see how excited the children were; Nice grab: Jessica Stephens takes possession in the centre for St Laurence’s the new lighting means they in the Under 15’s in the opening round of Leongatha and District Netball will be able to play and train after school during winter,” Association. she said. “We’re pleased be a funding partner in this wonderful project that will improve the facilities and enable more people to get active.”

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West Gippsland netball Results - Round 2

Catch: Stony Creek’s Zali Deenan received a clear pass despite oncoming defence from several MDU players. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @

Alberton netball Results Round 4 April 22 A Grade: Fish Creek 118 d DWWWW 6, Foster 41 d Toora 23, M.D.U. 68 d Stony Creek 27. B Grade: Fish Creek 74 d DWWWW 17, Toora 62 d Foster 43, M.D.U. 90 d Stony Creek 26. C Grade: Fish Creek 50 d DWWWW 4, Toora 34 d Foster 17, M.D.U. 59 d Stony Creek 35. 17&Under: Fish Creek 55 d DWWWW 7, Foster 34 d Toora 33, M.D.U. 82 d Stony Creek 11. 15&Under: Foster 28 d Toora 19. 13&Under: Fish Creek 45 d DWWWW 6, Foster 40 d

Toora 4, M.D.U. 15 d Stony Creek 6.

Ladders A Grade Fish Creek ..................250.98 MDU ...........................237.74 Stony Creek ...............142.15 Foster..........................108.40 Tarwin ..........................53.63 Toora .............................50.70 DWWWW.......................9.17 B Grade MDU ...........................160.56 Fish Creek ..................152.94 Toora ..........................130.09 Foster..........................104.82 Stony Creek...................62.71 DWWWW.....................47.20 Tarwin ...........................71.51 C Grade MDU ...........................221.93 Fish Creek ..................181.82 Foster............................87.07 Stony Creek ...............124.49

16 16 8 8 0 0 0 14 12 10 4 4 4 0 16 12 8 4

Tarwin ...........................70.31 Toora .............................66.95 DWWWW.....................15.24 17 & Under MDU ...........................322.73 Fish Creek ..................156.86 Foster..........................104.32 Tarwin ..........................62.60 Stony Creek...................45.93 Toora .............................71.43 DWWWW.....................21.26 15 & Under Fish Creek ..................312.50 Foster..........................122.81 MDU .............................69.84 Tarwin ..........................60.94 Toora .............................47.14 13 & Under Foster..........................366.67 Tarwin ........................557.14 Fish Creek ..................171.88 DWWWW....................41.94 Toora .............................38.36 MDU .............................26.42 Stony Creek...................18.82

4 4 0 12 12 12 4 4 0 0 12 8 4 4 0 16 12 8 4 4 4 0

A Grade: Cora Lynn 62 d Garfield 23, Phillip Island 75 d Kilcunda Bass 26, Inverloch-Kongwak 48 d Bunyip 20, Korumburra Bena 47 d Dalyston 26, Nar Nar Goon 35 d Koo Wee Rup 34. B Grade: Cora Lynn 66 d Garfield 17, Phillip Island 66 d Kilcunda Bass 24,Inverloch Kongwak 47 d Bunyip 25, Dalyston 50 d Korumburra Bena 39, Koo Wee Rup 40 d Nar Nar Goon 27. C Grade: Cora Lynn 54 d Garfield 9, Phillip Island 47 d Kilcunda Bass 17, Bunyip 41 d Inverloch Kongwak 22, Dalyston 41 d Korumburra Bena 23, Nar Nar Goon 34 d Koo Wee Rup 31. 17 & Under: Cora Lynn 67 d Garfield 8, Phillip Island 39 d Kilcunda Bass 21, Inverloch Kongwak 62 d Bunyip 14, Dalyston 38 d Korumburra Bena 30, Nar Nar Goon 30 d Koo Wee Rup 28. 15 & Under: Cora Lynn 46 d Garfield 9, Phillip Island 43 D Kilcunda Bass 12, Inverloch Kongwak 42 d Bunyip 13, Korumburra Bena 32 d Dalyston 11, Nar Nar Goon 29 d Koo Wee Rup 22. 13 & Under: Cora Lynn 37 d Garfield 1, Inverloch Kongwak 23 d Bunyip 9, Korumburra Bena 20 d Dalyston 18, Koo Wee Rup 34 d Nar Nar Goon 3.Ladders A Grade Korum-Bena .............278.67 Cora Lynn .................120.95 Koo Wee Rup ............ 211.84 Dalyston ....................155.77 Inverloch-K’wak ......108.28 Nar Nar Goon...............94.95 Bunyip ........................129.03 Phillip Island ................97.79 Kilcunda-Bass ..............28.95 Garfield ........................21.15 B Grade Dalyston ....................159.22 Cora Lynn .................143.44 Korum-Bena .............175.56 Koo Wee Rup ............147.73 Phillip Island.............131.82 Bunyip ........................221.95 Inverloch-K’wak ........ 112.34 Nar Nar Goon...............71.13 Kilcunda-Bass ..............37.37 Garfield ........................17.59

12 12 8 8 8 8 4 4 0 0 12 12 8 8 8 8 8 0 0 0

Down the court: Phillip Island wing attack Jessica Gysberts steps around Kilcunda Bass wing defence Juliette Townsend to make an unobstructed pass. C Grade Cora Lynn .................198.82 16 Bunyip .......................300.00 12 Dalyston ....................270.00 12 Koo Wee Rup ............234.48 8 Korum-Bena .............102.13 8 Phillip Island ................73.33 4 Nar Nar Goon...............72.28 4 Inverloch-K’wak ..........68.42 0 Garfield ........................25.66 0 Kilcunda-Bass ..............21.76 0 Under 17 Dalyston ....................225.00 12 Inverloch-K’wak ......142.98 12 Korum-Bena .............173.68 8 Cora Lynn .................166.97 8 Phillip Island...............95.35 8 Bunyip ..........................96.41 8 Koo Wee Rup .............107.14 4 Nar Nar Goon...............58.12 0 Kilcunda-Bass ..............40.68 0 Garfield ........................23.93 0 Under 15 Inverloch-K’wak ......145.45 16 Phillip Island.............368.75 12 Korum-Bena .............244.19 8 Cora Lynn .................161.73 8 Nar Nar Goon .............88.31 8 Bunyip ..........................87.67 4 Kilcunda-Bass ..............84.71 4 Dalyston .......................78.67 4 Koo Wee Rup ...............29.75 0 Garfield ........................15.20 0 Under 13 Cora Lynn .................456.00 16 Korum-Bena .............210.00 12 Bunyip .......................203.45 8 Phillip Island.............182.61 6 Koo Wee Rup ............138.71 4 Inverloch-K’wak ............59.52 4 Dalyston .........................94.12 2 Nar Nar Goon.................20.78 0 Garfield ............................3.37 0

Under pressure: Dalyston’s Grace McRae looks for her options with Korumburra Bena’s Annelise Van Rooye putting up solid defence.

• Mid Gippsland Netball

Vision: St Laurence’s Blue Under 11 player Amy Treacy gets a possession in the wing attack position.

LDNA netball starts Results - Saturday, April 22 11 & Under Section 1: Parrots 9 d Mt Eccles Purple 5, Mt Eccles Pink 7 d St Laurence Maroon 6, St Laurence Blue 7 d Mt Eccles Silver 3, Town 9 d Mirboo North 5. 11 & Under Section 2: Mirboo North 20 d Mt Eccles 1, Town 6 d St Laurence 3. 13 & Under: Mirboo North Purple 24 d St Laurence Maroon 3, Mt Eccles Purple 4 drew St Laurence Blue 4, Mirboo North Gold 17 d Meeniyan & District 6, St Laurence Gold 18 d Mt Eccles Blue 11, Parrots 20 d Mt Eccles Silver 20. 15 & Under: St Laurence Maroon 11 d Mirboo North 6, Meeniyan & District 23 d St

Laurence Gold 6, Mt Eccles Blue 28 d Town Black 12, Mt Eccles Yellow 34 d Town Tangerine 5. 17 & Under / C Grade: Mirboo North Purple 49 d Town Tangerine 18, Meeniyan & District 40 d Town Black 24, Mirboo North Gold 62 d St Laurence 11. Open: MDU 47 d Mt Eccles White 32, St Laurence Maroon 58 d Town Tangerine 37, Mt Eccles Blue 35 d St Laurence Gold 17.

LDNA umpires Saturday, April 29 11am: Phil Smith, Mariah Grant, Katrina Spark, Anita Gourlay, Cayli Lane, Erin Baudinette, Lauren

Baudinette, Emma Smith, Jesseme Arnason, Mitch Price, Sam Anderson, Pat Kuhne, Maddie Brew. 12noon: Lauren Baudinette, Maddie Brew, Julie Grant, Bridget Eldred, Sam Anderson, Lori McKenzie, Mariah Grant, Pat Kuhne, Jemma Caithness, Erin Baudinette, Cayli Lane 1pm: Julie Grant, Bek Vagg, Emma Smith, Katrina Spark 2:15pm: Mary Gourlay, Anna Patterson, Phil Smith, Anita Gourlay Any queries, please contact Erin Baudinette 0448 487 492.

Tigers outplay Boolarra U15: Mirboo North 66 defeated Boolarra 11 Best: Jaime Chila, Coaches Award: Jasmin Woods IT was a fantastic win for the young Tigers. They put into play everything they have been working on and never looked back. U17: Mirboo North 39 defeated Boolarra 17 Best: Melissa Blackshaw, Coaches Award: Lucy Palmer. IT was a great, hard fought game. The girls played hard for four quarters and the timing of their leads was much improved. D Grade: Mirboo North 23 defeated by Boolarra 28 Best: Katie Symmons, Coaches Award: Kelly Mc Carthy. IN a close game, a couple of unforced errors resulted in goals for the opposition. The girls will go back to training and work on improving in these areas. C Grade: Mirboo North 23 drew with Boolarra 23 Best: Emily Robertson, Coaches Award: Tylah Wilkins. A HARD fought game with contributions from everyone resulted in a draw. The girls were up in the third quarter but went to four goals down in the last before clawing back to draw. B Grade: Mirboo North 51 defeated Boolarra 24 Best: Jaime Chila, Coaches Award: Lexie Andrews. THE girls played a strong three quarters, fading off in the last when they were tired. This is where fitness really kicks in. A great effort by all players incorporating some of the drills practiced at training. Defensive pressure was strong all game. Good drive through the mid court and strong shooting and rebounding at the goal end.

Intense game: Mirboo North’s goal keeper Tylah Wilkins defended Boolarra’s goal shooter Jenna Bailey in Saturday’s match.

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• Fish Creek v. DWWWW

Kangaroos hand on against fast finishing Allies IT was another great day at Terrill Park on Saturday; the conditions were fantastic for footy and again the crowd was treated to a very good game of football with both sides determined and very aggressive at the footy.

Stand out: Fish Creek’s Tom Cameron got plenty of the ball on Saturday, and received quite a bit of attention from the opposition.

Silky: Ethan Park gets a handball to Blaine Coates on the run with Allies’ Ben Mayers and Darcy Atkins trying to stop him.

Fish Creek, missing its captain Callan Park through injury, won the toss via vice captain for the day Brent Cooper and the Kangaroos were heading to the Creek end. The Allies had the better of the opening minutes and attacked early. The crowd didn’t have to wait long for the first goal when Phillips for the Allies marked strongly and kicked truly from 50m out, directly in front at the two minute mark. Fishy answered immediately through Seccull who snapped truly after a fine pick up under pressure at full speed. Fishy was starting to get on top around the ground and looked good with its ball movement and run across the ground. Further goals for Fish Creek went to the little dynamo Smith, big man Manne and another to Macri, who the club is rapt to have back in the Senior side after a wretched run of injuries over the last couple of seasons. Fishy back man Hayes had the big task of curbing the Allies star forward Bergles and did a great job in the opening quarter.

The Kangaroos had a handy 17 point lead at the first change. Fishy opened the second quarter looking very dangerous with goals to Lachie Park and youngster Sam McGannon and the margin was out to 31 points. The Allies are a good side though, and it wasn’t going to lie down. Two very quick goals to the dangerous Bergles reduced the margin and the game was red hot. The pressure from both sides was tremendous and neither side was taking a backward step with the footy very hotly contested. A steadying goal to Fishy through Coates took the Kangaroos into the main break 28 points up. The second half got underway in the same fashion as the first ended, and that was with plenty of feeling in the game and both sides going extremely hard at the footy. The opening goal went to Fish Creek via the dangerous Smith and with a little longer delay getting the ball back to the centre after a trip into the creek tempers boiled over and there was a bit of push and shove on the Allies half forward line. This resulted in a free kick being given against the Allies Brandon Nolan back in the centre and the Kangaroos made them pay when Taylor’s kick found a leading Cooper, who passed to a leading Buckland. The kick from Buckland was a good one and the lead was out to seven goals. Once again, however, the

Allies answered through Phillips only a minute later and there was still plenty left in the game. A fairly even last 15 minutes of the third quarter was a crowd pleaser with neither team backing down and both sides adding a further two goals apiece. The Allies added another after the three quarter time siren to the lively Egerton who was getting plenty of the ball. Both sides went to their respective huddles fired up and there was plenty of banter and feeling left in this one. The final quarter remained very entertaining; the Kangaroos started the better of the two sides again and Buckland added two goals to his tally in the opening 10 minutes that was going to make it very hard for the Allies. The margin out to seven goals again but to their credit the Allies came again, a couple of quick goals to Brandon Nolan and Anthony Sigeti had them up and about again and the Kangaroos defending hard. Some strong defensive marking to Fishy’s Hayes, Blenkinsop and Ryan Mc-

Gannon cut off some scoring opportunities but the Allies continued to come. A strong mark and goal to Allies’ McKenzie and then another goal to Allies livewire Atkins got the margin back to three goals, but time was running out and the Kangaroos had done enough to hang on for a very hard fought and well-earned 18 point victory. Best players for Fish Creek were Blenkinsop, Hayes, Cameron, Buckland, L.Park and Cooper For the Allies, the best players were Homer, M. Sigeti, Sabec, McKenzie, McKay and Atkins. Goal scorers for Fish Creek were Buckland three, two each to L. Park and Smith and singles to S. McGannon, Straw, Coates, Macri, Seccull and Manne. For the Allies, two each to Phillips and Bergles and singles to Atkins, Sabec, McKay, Egerton, B. Nolan, A. Sigeti and McKenzie. The Kangaroos on top of the ladder have the bye next weekend while the Allies take on MDU away again at Meeniyan.



Fish Creek 13.10.88 DWWWW 11.4.70

Fish Creek 17.6.108 DWWWW 10.13.73

Fish Creek Goals: J. Buckland 3, J. Smith 2, L. Park 2, A. Seccull 1, C. Macri 1, B. Coates 1, O. Straw 1, S. McGannon 1, T. Manne 1 DWWWW Goals: K. Bergles 2, J. Phillips 2, D. Atkins 2, A. Sigeti 1, H. Egerton 1, C. McKay 1, C. McKenzie 1, B. Nolan 1 Fish Creek Best: J. Blenkinsop, J. Hayes, T. Cameron, J. Buckland, L. Park, B. Cooper DWWWW Best: M. Homer, M. Sigeti, T. Sabec, C. McKenzie, C. McKay, D. Atkins

Fish Creek Goals: D. Devonshire 7, A. Bright 5, C. Batten 3, J. Standfield 1, J. Danckert 1 DWWWW Goals: L. Fakos 2, J. Arter 2, L. Sketcher 2, M. Daoud 2, L. Thomas 1, K. Dorling 1 Fish Creek Best: D. Devonshire, L. Edgelow, J. Danckert, T. Mills, T. Redpath, T. McGannon DWWWW Best: J. Arter, L. Fakos, J. Lamont, M. Daoud, S. Bishop, L. Sketcher

First game: the Bass Coast Breakers (left team) defeated Bunyip in a practice match last week. The Breakers’ season starts on May 7.

Breakers beat Bunyip in practice match THE Bass Coast Break- tice match against Buers women’s football nyip under lights last team had its first unof- Wednesday. Bunyip will play in the ficial hit out in a prac-

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Round 5: April 29 MDU v DWWWW Toora v Tarwin Foster v Stony Creek Fish Creek - bye

same league as the Breakers this season. It was the Breakers’ first game – and the first footy match for many in the team. The players were nervous, but this did not show out on the field. At training, the women had been focusing on preparing everyone for body contact during the game. This paid off, as they won seven goals to one. “I was rapt with the team-

work and support the women showed each other,” coach Steve Kenny said. “It was a great opportunity to mix the team up and give everyone a chance to get involved and try different positions.” The Breakers have been training at Dalyston, Inverloch and Wonthaggi to build its profile across Bass Coast. Recently, the Breakers enjoyed a session of training with Ben Soumilas and the Inverloch Youth Girls. More sessions have been planned with the Phillip Island and Wonthaggi Youth Girls, in hopes of

inspiring future recruits to the women’s league. While Dalyston will be the Breakers’ home ground, the team plans to plays a few home games in Wonthaggi and Cowes. The season kicks off for the Breakers on May 7 at 1pm at the Dalyston Recreation Reserve. An official season launch will be held at the Wonthaggi Club on May 19 at 8pm. This event will feature guest speaker All Australian and GWS best and fairest Jess Dal Pos.

MID GIPPSLAND Round 4: April 29 Hill End v Mirboo North Yall-Yall Nth v Yarragon Newborough v Yinnar Thorpdale v Morwell East Boolarra v Trafalgar

GIPPSLAND Round 3: April 29 Bairnsdale v Warragul Maffra v Morwell Leongatha v Moe Sale v Traralgon Drouin v Wonthaggi

WEST GIPPSLAND Round 4: April 29 Cora Lynn v Koo Wee Rup (Sun) Bunyip v Dalyston Kilcunda-Bass v Garfield Phillip Island v Kor-Bena Nar Nar Goon v Inverloch

New Parrots don the green and gold New Parrots: LEONGATHA’S newest Under 10 recruits and their coach Jareth Hume are in full flight and ready for the 2017 after the Leongatha Junior Football jumper presentation night on Friday that followed their training session at 4.30pm on the top oval. On Sunday Leongatha Gold travelled to Mirboo North where the Under 14’s went down to Mirboo North 58 to 43 while Leongatha Gold Under 12’s kicked 35 to claim the win against Mirboo North 22. Next Sunday, April 30 all Leongatha teams will be playing. Leongatha Green heads to Hillend and Leongatha Gold will take on Yinnar on its home ground.

Fired up: wearing his commemorative Anzac Day jumper Shem Hawking and all the IK players had high spirits in the big win over Bunyip.

“THE STAR” Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - PAGE 49


Contested: Stony Creek’s Glenn Gray and MDU’s Michael Smith battle for the ball, carefully watched by Brenton Arnup and Andrew Logan. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

Defence: Liam Harrington attempts to smother a kick by Brenton Arnup. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

• Stony Creek v. MDU

Baskaya bowls over MDU A MASSIVE 13 goal haul from Kerem Baskaya solidified a win for Stony Creek on Saturday. Facing off against MDU, the game belonged to Stony Creek from the start. Quick off the mark, Stony Creek’s forwards booted five goals in the opening term, four of which were kicked by Baskaya. MDU was kept scoreless by the powerful backline. Coming back in the second quarter, MDU got two goals and one behind passed Stony Creek. However, Stony Creek had accumulated four more goals into its account going into half time. In the third quarter, MDU was still under the pump, and could not get a goal passed Stony Creek’s defence. Stony Creek continued its campaign, but inaccurate kicking led to 16 behinds alongside its 16 goals. MDU finished the day with three goals to Matthew Smith, Matthew Laskey and Michael Smith.

However, Stony Creek finished the day strong with a total of 25 goals. A highlight of the day was Hayden Funnell playing his 100th club game. Funnell is the Thirds captain and played Seniors for the second time for his 100th match. Jack Stuart also reached the 100th club match milestone, and Eli Taylor played his 100th match in the Reserves. The final score was Stony Creek 25.19.169 to MDU 3.2.20. Stony Creek’s best players were Jake Cameron, Kerem Baskaya, Jamie Cann, Sam Marriott, William Collins and Dylan Zuidema. MDU’s best players were Tom Corry, Matthew Smith, Jason Kennedy, Cameron Harris, Samuel Wilson and Dean Thorson. Stony Creek will play Foster this week, which is expected to be a close match. MDU will play the Allies at home.

Preliminary senior interleague squad revealed GIPPSLAND League’s Senior interleague coach Harmit Singh has announced his preliminary squad ahead of next month’s Worksafe Community Championships clash with AFL Yarra Ranges. Singh shortlisted 37 names, with every club represented in what, on paper at least, appears a very competitive group of players. The squad features plenty of household names including AFL Victoria Country representatives Bob McCallum and Mark Collison, Bairnsdale’s exAFL star Damian Cupido and reigning Trood Award and Rodda medallist Brad Scalzo. Reigning premier Maffra leads the way with seven selections, while beaten grand finalist Leongatha and Traralgon provide six apiece. Singh said support from the league’s member

clubs had been extremely encouraging and the door was not closed for players that catch the eye in coming weeks. “It’s a pretty strong and well balanced squad that will play an attractive brand of footy that hopefully all the players will buy into,” Singh said. “It’s just an initial squad and we’ll add to it over the next couple of weeks as required.” The squad also includes three of the league’s rising stars – Bairnsdale’s Corey Timms, Morwell’s Ryan Hearn and Traralgon’s Michael Jacobsen – that Singh hopes will make the most of the opportunity to be involved in a senior interleague program as development players. The first of five training sessions will take place on Wednesday, 19 April, and will be immediately followed by a team dinner and coaching presentations. The league will meet with Yarra Ranges in the coming weeks to finalise

details such as squad numbers for the match, which will take place at Woori Yallock on Saturday, 13 May. The 2017 Gippsland League preliminary Senior interleague squad: Russell Cowan, Damian Cupido, Corey Timms* (Bairnsdale), Bob McCallum (Drouin), Chris Dunne, Cade Maskell, Tom Marriott, Zak Vernon, Aaron Hilberg, Hayden Browne (Leongatha), Sam Pleming, Darren Sheen, Mitch Bennett, Kel Porter, Danny Butcher, Daniel Bedggood, Jack Johnstone (Maffra), Tom Long, James Blaser (Moe), Jack Brown, Ryan Hearn* (Morwell), Adam Wallace, Lachlan Ronchi, Jack Lipman, Jordan Dessent, Kane Martin (Sale), Mark Collison, Tim Northe, Adrian Slottje, Ben Amberg, Matt Northe, Michael Jacobsen* (Traralgon), Nate Parades, Brad Scalzo, Brayden Fowler (Warragul), Aiden Lindsay and Jack Blair (Wonthaggi Power).


Stony Creek 25.19.169 M.D.U. 3.2.20 Stony Creek Goals: K. Baskaya 13, J. Cameron 3, J. Cann 2, J. Byrnes 2, W. Collins 1, G. Angelopoulos 1, J. Gee 1, S. Marriott 1, C. Mackie 1 M.D.U. Goals: M. Laskey 1, M. Smith 1, M. Smith 1 Stony Creek Best: J. Cameron, K. Baskaya, S. Marriott, J. Cann, W. Collins, D. Zuidema M.D.U. Best: T. Corry, M. Smith, J. Kennedy, C. Harris, S. Wilson, D. Thorson RESERVES

Stony Creek 13.13.91 M.D.U. 5.2.32 Stony Creek Goals: J. Byrnes 4, B. Byrnes 2, B. McKnight 2, E. Taylor 1, S. Cope 1, M. Dyer 1, R. Harrington 1, N. Nowell-Svenson 1

M.D.U. Goals: N. Mathieson 1, D. Park 1, L. Campbell 1, L. Harris 1, B. Park 1 Stony Creek Best: E. Taylor, B. Byrnes, J. Byrnes, T. Jenkin, N. Nowell-Svenson, T. Stone M.D.U. Best: N. Mathieson, R. Livingstone, N. Tuckett, L. Harris, A. Campbell, M. Newton THIRDS

Stony Creek 9.12.66 M.D.U. 2.1.13 Stony Creek Goals: C. Cary 3, B. Bacon 2, J. Bright 2, J. Phillips 1, D. Williams 1 M.D.U. Goals: B. Cantwell 1, L. Smith 1 Stony Creek Best: J. Phillips, J. Bright, L. Thomas, A. Lacanaria, D. Williams, R. Baudinette M.D.U. Best: S. Bright, S. Pearce, S. Murphy, B. Cantwell, J. Tom, J. Gourlay

• Toora v. Foster

Toora prevail TOORA soared well over Foster in Saturday’s clash. However, Toora was slow off the mark, and the game was still well within Foster’s reach in the first half. Foster’s Luke Mann – who was out with injury for most of last season – returned and played his best game of footy for Foster, and was a presence across the ground. James Cook was reliable in the backline, and put the pressure on Toora early. Little over 10 points separated the teams by half time – but Toora was ready to put its foot down in the third quarter. Playing the game very cleanly, Toora began to dominate, with Luke Manders kicking four of his seven goals in the third term. The run from Toora’s backline improved and the ball transitioned quickly down the ground. By the end of the third term, Toora was five goals up and the last quarter did not bring anymore joy to Foster.

In the third term, Manders and Jack Weston were the only Toora players with goals on the board. However, by the end of the match the goal scoring was shared between seven goal kickers. Toora chipped away with a couple of late goals to come away with a sensational result. The final score was Toora 17.11.113 to Foster 6.9.45. Toora’s best players were Michael O’Sullivan, Luke Manders, Jayden Attard, Ben Wells, Jack Weston and Brett Scarcella.

Foster’s best players were Josh Toner, James Cook, Luke Mann, Josh Steen, Brock Cripps and John Williams. Toora will face Tarwin this weekend. Tarwin has improved on last season, and Toora anticipates an interesting match. Foster will come up against Stony Creek in its first home game of the season. Foster will be hosting a president’s lunch on the day, and anticipate a big crowd for the main match. After Stony Creek’s win against MDU this week, Foster is ready for the challenge.


Fish Creek.... 4 Toora... ....... 2 DWWWW ..... 2 Tarwin ........ 2 Stony Creek.... 1 Foster ............. 1 MDU............... 0

0 1 1 1 2 3 4

0 0 0 0 0 0 0


185.04 230.56 205.07 116.89 140.72 55.03 18.65


16 8 8 8 4 4 0

GOALKICKERS K. Bergles (DWWWW) ........ (2) 21 R. Robertson (Toora) .......... (0) 15 K. Baskaya (Stony Ck) ....... (13) 13 J. Smith (Fish Ck) ............... (2) 12 J. Weston (Toora) ............... (4) 10 L. Manders (Toora) ............. (7) 8 A. Seccull (Fish Ck) ............. (1) 8 T. Holman (Foster) .............. (3) 7 T. Toussaint (Tarwin) ........... (0) 6 T. Cameron (Tarwin)............ (0) 5 J. Cameron (Stony Ck) ........ (3) 5 R. Jaroszczuk (Toora) ......... (1) 5 H. Black (Tarwin)................. (0) 5 J. Buckland (Fish Ck) .......... (3) 5


Fish Creek.... 4 Stony Creek .. 2 DWWWW ..... 2 MDU........... 2 Tarwin ............ 1 Toora ... .......... 1 Foster ............. 0

0 1 1 2 2 2 4

0 0 0 0 0 0 0


280.95 131.90 114.87 73.50 101.00 70.53 33.94


16 8 8 8 4 4 0

GOALKICKERS A. Bright (Fish Ck)............... (5) 14 D. Devonshire (Fish Ck) ...... (7) 12 J. Arter (DWWWW)............. (2) 9 W. Thorson (Stony Ck)........ (0) 6 M. Dyer (Stony Ck) ............. (1) 6 C. Batten (Fish Ck) .............. (3) 6 C. Macri (Fish Ck) ............... (0) 5 J. Byrnes (Stony Ck) ........... (4) 5 B. Mead-Ameri (Tarwin) ...... (0) 5 A. Sheedy (Toora) ............... (5) 5 L. Borne (Tarwin) ................ (0) 5 B. McKnight (Stony Ck) ...... (2) 5



Toora 17.10.112 Foster 6.9.45 Toora Goals: L. Manders 7, J. Weston 4, J. Attard 2, B. Wells 1, P. Grant 1, B. Scarcella 1, R. Jaroszczuk 1 Foster Goals: T. Holman 3, M. Howell 1, L. Galle 1, T. Van Dyke 1 Toora Best: M. O’Sullivan, L. Manders, J. Attard, B. Wells, J. Weston, B. Scarcella Foster Best: J. Toner, J. Cook, L. Mann, J. Steen, B. Cripps, J. Williams RESERVES

Toora 12.9.81 Foster 3.4.22 Toora Goals: A. Sheedy 5, G. Jones 2, B. Scammell 1, D. Knee 1, S. Benton 1, L. Toner 1, M. Stone 1

Foster Goals: S. Brett 1, J. Midwinter 1, J. Bright 1 Toora Best: H. Hanratty, K. Pavlou, L. Toner, C. Ferguson, M. Stone, A. Sheedy Foster Best: S. Dobson, D. La Casa, B. Campbell, J. Moore, J. Bright, D. Hateley THIRDS

Toora 8.12.60 Foster 4.6.30 Toora Goals: A. Hewson 2, J. Gay 1, A. Rhodes 1, L. O’Neill 1, D. O’Keefe 1, J. Platt 1, K. Swart 1 Foster Goals: R. Angwin 2, Z. Duursma 2 Toora Best: A. Hewson, L. Ireland, K. Pavlou, J. Gay, O. Cashmore, L. O’Neill Foster Best: Z. Burrowes, B. Cripps, R. Angwin, L. Rathjen, B. Prain, O. Cox

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

0 2 1 1 2 2



0 1623.08 8 0 145.50 8 0 128.80 8 0 126.44 4 0 73.66 4 0 0.33 0

GOALKICKERS C. Cary (Stony Ck) .............. (3) 10 Z. Duursma (Foster) ............ (2) 7 A. Wilson (Fish Ck) ............. (0) 6 L. Lidstone (Foster)............. (0) 6 L. Smith (MDU)................... (1) 5 R. Angwin (Foster) .............. (2) 5 K. Napier (Foster) ................ (0) 5 L. Thomas (Stony Ck) ......... (0) 4 J. Platt (Toora) .................... (1) 4 J. Stockdale (MDU) ............. (0) 4 B. Prain (Foster) .................. (0) 4 C. Preston (Stony Ck) ......... (0) 4

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• Mirboo North v. Boolarra

First win for the Tigers By Rover

performed Boolarra by 54 points at Tigerland MIRBOO North engi- on Saturday. neered its first win of As a result, the mighty the season when it out- Tigers have climbed into

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Yinnar ................... 261.67 12 Thorpdale ............. 105.73 12 Trafalgar ............... 154.61 8 Newborough ......... 117.45 8 Mirboo North ........ 102.08 4 Yall-Yall North .......... 89.75 4 Morwell East ............ 84.83 4 Yarragon .................. 80.00 4 Hill End .................... 76.62 4 Boolarra ................... 48.52 0

RESERVES LADDER Newborough ......... 347.56 12 Yinnar ................... 328.00 12 Trafalgar ............... 178.76 12 Mirboo North ........ 281.18 8 Yarragon ............... 165.62 8 Yall-Yall North ........ 131.88 4 Hill End .................... 65.48 4 Morwell East ............ 54.32 0 Thorpdale ................ 23.08 0 Boolarra ..................... 5.78 0

THIRDS LADDER Newborough ......4842.86 100 Trafalgar ..............271.70 100 Hill End ................410.34 67 Yall-Yall North......107.11 67 Mirboo North .........94.83 50 Yinnar .....................31.70 0 Morwell East .............2.26 0

FOURTHS LADDER Trafalgar ............... 381.82 12 Yinnar ..................... 143.53 8 Newborough ........... 121.88 8 Hill End ................... 119.40 8 Boolarra .................... 50.00 4 Mirboo North.............. 40.81 8

fifth spot on the Mid Gippsland ladder and Boolarra remains at the bottom. Within minutes of the opening centre circle throwup, it became evident to any football expert that Boolarra’s game plan execution was going horribly wrong. Early on, the Demons’ delivery mistakes were plentiful and hitting targets proved harder than passing bills in the Senate. A lack of accountability through the midfield and a prevalence of irrelevance in defence were adding to the Demons woes. The Tigers’ poise, equilibrium and steadiness created a hotbed of activity that also increased Boolarra’s problematic issues of gaining quality possessions. Mirboo North certainly had its kicking boots on in the first quarter, when it registered seven straight majors to Boolarra’s 1.2. Jack Salan was the visitors’ only first term goal scorer, after receiving a free kick from close range. In an interesting move, Boolarra’s playing coach James Holmes assigned each Demon to a specific opponent, with the instruction to follow his man wherever he may go. Although the Demons bounced back to kick the first two goals of the sec-

Next move: Zac Kilgower looks to deliver a handball in Mirboo North’s match against Boolarra on Saturday. ond term and draw within 15 points, Mirboo North quickly answered with three majors of its own. One of these came from talented long kicking youngster, Jayden Hohmann, who slammed home his first goal in senior football from 50 metres. Nuggety left-footed full forward Jesse Giardina finished with 10 magnificent goals for the Tigers in a superb display of crafty sharpshooting in front of the big white sticks. The Demons were unable to contain or restrain Giardina, whose matchwinning double digit haul came in many and varied ways from all distances and angles. A highlight was Giardina bringing up Mirboo North’s tenth goal after Damien McLean, Brayden Wilson and Tom Bolton

had combined to transport the ball almost the length of the oval to his waiting arms. Mirboo North joyfully welcomed back star club best and fairest rover Jack Roberston for his first appearance since wrecking his left knee against Thorpdale in round six last year. Darryl Mayman was a great contributor for the Tigers against his old side, whilst Brayden Wilson, Beau Ridgway, Damien Turner, Dom Pinneri, Jake Nash, Jacob Blair and Kilgower were also in excellent form. At the main break, Mirboo North held a significant 46 point advantage and a Boolarra victory was as unlikely as Venus De Milo taking a chest mark. The Demons had succumbed to the falling domino principle, as one by one,

In play: Mirboo North’s Blake Van Roy shone through as he took the lead during the match against Boolarra on Saturday. their players dropped by the wayside. However, Boolarra’s resolve lifted in the last half when it used a mixture of skill, determination and adrenaline to win more of the contested ball and restrict Mirboo North running away with the match. After some serious soulsearching behind closed doors, two goals followed in the third term and then another five in the last quarter ensured the Demons left the field with their heads held high. Luke Conway, Owen Lack, Tom Reiske and Thomas Beamish bravely gritted their teeth and classy spearhead Chase Saunders ended the day with five

• Inverlock Kongwak v. Bunyip

IK blitz Bunyip TWENTY two unanswered goals kept Inverloch Kongwak’s stellar West Gippsland Football Netball Competition

campaign going on Saturday. Coming up against Bunyip – which has since crashed to the bottom of the ladder – IK secured a 145 point win on its home ground.

On the run: Inverloch Kongwak’s leading goalkicker Toby Mahoney makes a grab for the ball in Saturday’s match against Bunyip.

The boys were focused on playing as a team following a moving Anzac Day ceremony. The boys were honoured to be wearing commemorative Anzac Day jumpers. The jumpers were presented to them before the match, which lifted their spirits and fired them up for the game ahead. Although IK was playing with a slight breeze in the first quarter, five goals quickly accumulated on the scoreboard. Bunyip contested the ball well in the first quarter, but some inaccurate kicking quickly resulted in only three points to show for its efforts. Unfortunately for Bunyip, IK was only just getting warmed up. The second quarter was a stand out for IK, as it posted another eight goals and kept Bunyip scoreless. By the end of the match, the goal total was shared between 11 goalkickers. Back against the breeze in the third quarter, Inverloch Kongwak’s roll began to slow. Some inaccurate kicking saw it accumulate a total of 11 behinds, and only two goals. However, its defensive end remained impenetrable, and Bunyip remained score-

less once again. Although the victory was well and truly in IK’s sight, the team finished the game strongly and delivered seven more goals before the final siren. Bunyip worked to build its score in the last minutes of the match, but only managed two behinds. The final score was IK 22.18.150 to Bunyip 0.5.5. President Bruce Clark said the Seniors played as a unit, making the announcement of best players at the end of the game extremely difficult. The best players for In-

Inverloch Kongwak 22.18.150 Bunyip 0.5.5 Inverloch Kongwak Goals: T. Mahoney 4, W. Hetherington 3, T. Hams 2, A. Soumilas 2, J. Purcell 2, C. McCaughan 2, P. Jobling 2, T. Wyatt 2, C. Casey 1, S. Hawking 1, A. Cross 1 Inverloch Kongwak Best: C. Casey, X. Hughes, T. Hams, J. Purcell, W. Hetherington, P. Jobling Bunyip Best: L. Petch, B. Wolfe, S. Smith, J. Gibson, M. Miller, B. Jostlear RESERVES

Bunyip 12.8.80 Inverloch Kongwak 7.5.47 Leading Goalkicker: T. Buckingham 5 Bun Best: C. Jenkin, T. Buckingham, D. Jameson, R. Miglas, J. Masset, R. Hughes IK Best: B. Withers, B. Huitema, M.

verloch Kongwak were Corey Casey, Xavier Hughes, Thomas Hams, Joshua Purcell, William Hetherington and Patrick Jobling. The best players for Bunyip were Lachlan Petch, Brad Wolfe, Shane Smith, Joel Gibson, Mathew Miller and Ben Jostlear. IK will play Nar Nar Goon this weekend. This match will be played at IK’s home ground, as Nar Nar Goon’s ground is currently unusable. This match is another unknown for IK, but the team is feeling confident and will strive to continue its form.

MacKay, J. Sheerin, D. Newman, T. Whelan THIRDS

Inverloch Kongwak 11.13.79 Bunyip 7.8.50 Leading Goalkicker: Z. Caughey 4 IK Best: R. Sparkes, Z. Caughey, C. McInnes, H. McInnes, M. Toussaint, L. Paxton Bun Best: L. Taylor, T. Jayamaha, B. Allan, L. Dunn, B. Stokes, J. Peacock FOURTHS

Bunyip 15.8.98 Inverloch Kongwak 1.3.9 Leading Goalkicker: H. MorganMorris 5 Bun Best: J. Murphy, L. Murphy, D. Mooney, H. Booth, H. Morgan-Morris, S. Tapner IK Best: A. Box, P. Holian, J. van der Pligt, T. Vanderkolk, M. McCaughan

goals to his name. Although Giardina and other Tigers continued on their merry ways, they were forced to fight tooth and nail for all remaining goals.


Mirboo North 20.7 127 Boolarra 11.7 73 Mirboo North Goals: J. Giardina 10, Z. Kilgower 3, B. Wilson 3, D. Mayman 2, J. Hohmann 1, R. Kratzat 1 Boolarra Goals: C. Saunders 5, J. Salan 2, L. Conway 2, J. Elson 1, B. Smith 1 Mirboo North Best: D. Mayman, J. Giardina, B. Ridgway, J. Nash, B. Wilson, J. Blair Boolarra Best: L. Conway, O. Lack, T. Reiske, T. Beamish, C. Saunders, K. Alexander RESERVES

Mirboo North 20.10.130 Boolarra 1.3.9 Leading Goalkicker: M. Green 7 MN Best: B. Vanrooy, B. Harriage, M. Green, B. Richards, P. Aveling,

Afterwards, delighted playing coach Clancy Bennett praised all of his players for contributing significantly towards Mirboo North’s hard earned victory.

A. Irwin Bool Best: A. Peter, E. Stanton, B. Mazou, T. Holley, S. Keilty, J. Battersby THIRDS

Mirboo North 9.12.66 Hill End 6.11.47 Leading Goalkicker: S. Kennedy 3 MN Best: T. Melbourne, T. Hart, S. Kennedy, C. Rudling, M. Fahey HE Best: D. McIver, A. Brown, R. Powell, M. Philip, J. Paulet, R. Richards FOURTHS

Mirboo North 11.6.72 Boolarra 9.7.61 Leading Goalkicker: B. Peters 2 MN Best: S. Kennedy, L. Stothart, L. Dight, B. Jones, P. Lewis Boo Best: B. Watson, J. Carnes, T. Ryan, S. Birkbeck, M. Bremner

Diggers honoured in Anzac match INVERLOCH Kongwak was among football clubs around the state to wear Anzac Day jumpers on the weekend. This was an initiative by the RSL and TLA Worldwide to commemorate those who fought for the country, Puma ambassador Grant Birchall said playing football on the Anzac Day weekend is an honour that should be given to footballers at every level. “Every club should have the opportunity to commemorate Anzac Day on the footy field and this initiative gave local AFL clubs the chance to do that,” said Birchall. “It is fantastic community footballers at a grass roots level can pay their respects and contribute to the Anzac Appeal by playing in these jumpers.” RSL Victoria president Dr Rob Webster is pas-

sionate about giving communities all over Victoria an opportunity to support the cause. “Wearing the Anzac Appeal mark was once a privilege reserved for elite players but now footballers across Victoria will don the iconic mark in honour of our servicemen and women,” said Webster. “It is a great chance for communities across the state to get behind a cause that is close to the hearts’ of many Australians.” The branded jumpers will be sold or auctioned by the club, raising funds for the Anzac Appeal through their local RSL sub-branch. Funds raised throughout the Anzac Appeal enables the RSL to fulfil its primary role, of supporting current and former servicemen and women and their families when they are in need.

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Dalyston overwhelm the Giants WITH a strong opening quarter, Korumburra Bena was no match against the fierce Dalyston side. Dalyston dominated the game from the first siren, kicking six goals in the opening term. However, the team let plenty of opportunities go to waste, kicking eight behinds as well. Korumburra Bena was back in the game by the second quarter, picking up the intensity and contesting the ball. This was the first match forwards Jake McMillan and Michael Cooke have played together, and both enhanced the match. Dalyston supporters were impressed with the improvement of the young Giants side, as it worked to keep up with the opposition. The Giants’ pressure worked to stifle more of Dalyston’s opportunities, keeping it to just two goals for the quarter. Meanwhile, the Giants secured four goals and five behinds going into half time. Despite the lack of wind on the day, Dalyston seemed to be favouring one side and came out firing in the third quarter. Onballer Michael Marotta was moved to the front and set a spark in motion for Dalyston. He and Brad Fisher each kicked five goals for the

match. Dalyston kicked six goals in the third term, but again wasn’t capitalising on its opportunities, sending its tally of behinds up to 19. Unfortunately for the Giants, Dean Wylie and Kristian Butler were working overtime in the backline, and only one goal was scored. The last quarter was much of the same. The Giants displayed some good passages of play, but Dalyston was too strong. Korumburra Bena fielded a few U18s in the match, and they performed well. The final score was Dalyston 17.22.124 to Korumburra Bena 7.10.52. Dalyston’s best players were Marotta, Kyle Kirk, Butler, Wylie, Kainen Schrape and Matt Rosendale. Korumburra Bena’s best players were Jake McMillan, Cameron Trewin, Luke Van Rooye, William Jeffs, Ashley Snooks and Alexander Johnston. Dalyston will play Bunyip this weekend. This is the first time Dalyston has come up against a team outside the former Alberton League, and it is looking forward to seeing what West Gippsland has to offer.




Inv-K’wak.....4 0 0 233.51 16 Dalyston ......3 0 0 146.82 12 Cora Lynn ....2 2 0 122.12 8 Garfield .......2 1 0 115.43 8 KooWeeRup..2 1 0 96.32 8 Phillip Is .........1 2 0 112.73 4 95.26 4 Nar Nar Goon ...1 2 0 Kil-Bass..........1 2 0 94.39 4 Kor-Bena ........0 3 0 36.31 0 Bunyip............0 3 0 21.38 0 GOALKICKERS N. Langley (Cora Lynn) ....... (5) 16 T. Mahoney (Inv-K) ............. (4) 15 S. Pimm (Phillip Is)............. (1) 10 D. Johnson (Garfield) .......... (4) 9 J. Wells (Kil-Bass)............... (5) 5 B. Fisher (Dalyston) ............ (5) 8 R. Gillis (Cora Lynn) ............ (3) 8 M. Marotta (Dalyston) ......... (5) 7 L. James (Kil-Bass) ............. (0) 7 J. Rout (Cora Lynn)............. (7) 7


Garfield .......3 Phillip Is......3 Kil-Bass ......2 Nar Nar Goon..2 Inv-K’wak.....2 Cora Lynn.......1 KooWeeRup ...1 Bunyip............1 Kor-Bena ........1 Dalyston .........0

Pressure: Dalyston’s Flynn Brosnan reaches to tackle his Korumburra Bena opponent.

Dalyston 17.22.124 Korumburra-Bena 7.10.52 Dalyston Goals: M. Marotta 5, B. Fisher 5, M. Rosendale 2, D. Brosnan 2, K. Thomas 1, C. Tait 1, K. Kirk 1 Korumburra-Bena Goals: M. Cooke 2, R. Dixon 2, J. McMillan 1, L. Van Rooye 1, J. Henderson 1 Dalyston Best: M. Marotta, K. Kirk, K. Butler, D. Wylie, K. Schrape, M. Rosendale Korumburra-Bena Best: J. McMillan, C. Trewin, L. Van Rooye, W. Jeffs, A. Snooks, A. Johnston RESERVES

Korumburra-Bena 8.8.56 Dalyston 4.10.34 Leading Goalkicker: N. Cant 5 KB Best: J. Macri, N. Cant, B. Anthony, J. Winderlich, Z. Walker, R. Muir

Dal Best: A. Powell, K. Kerr, T. Osbaldeston, S. Coldebella, J. Legione, P. McKenna THIRDS

Dalyston 16.12.108 Korumburra-Bena 0.4.4

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



139.64 111.11 141.13 108.61 71.03 143.81 120.55 85.80 74.73 59.49

12 12 8 8 8 4 4 4 4 0


Leading Goalkickers: K. Wilson 4, L. Ion 4 Dal Best: B. Monson, L. Ion, J. Thomas, K. Wilson, B. Lewis, J. Loughridge KB Best: C. Miller, P. Gillin, W. Little, K. Waetford, M. Nicholas, L. Fievez FOURTHS

Korumburra-Bena 6.7.43 Dalyston 2.3.15 Leading Goalkicker: R. Pattison 2 KB Best: J. Anthony, M. Nicholas, A. Turton, W. Little, J. Grabham, H. Dawson Dal Best: A. Geyer, K. Benson, C. Smith, L. Ibrhaim

0 0 1 1 2 3 2 2 2 3

Too strong: Korumburra Bena’s Willie Jeffs goes for the big spoil but the big hands of Dalyston’s Brad Fisher saw him take the grab.

S. Pugh (Kil-Bass)............... (3) 10 S. Dillon (Cora Lynn)........... (2) 9 M. MacKay (Inv-K) .............. (2) 8 M. Adair (Cora Lynn)........... (2) 7 M. Lewis (Nar Nar).............. (0) 7 R. Hughes (Bunyip)............. (4) 6 J. Dowie (Inv-K) .................. (1) 6 T. Buckingham (Bunyip) ...... (5) 6 T. Dovaston (Nar Nar) ......... (0) 5 M. Schreck (Dalyston) ........ (0) 5 J. Barnes (Garfield) ............. (2) 5 N. Cant (K-Burra/Bena) ....... (5) 5 M. Cameron (Koo Wee)....... (0) 5


Inspiring win for the Panthers DESPITE dwindling numbers, Kilcunda Bass (KB) fought back to claim its first win for the season against Phillip Island on Saturday. Tragedy struck early for the Panthers when key forwards Luke James and

Matt Moore were forced to pull out of the match on Saturday morning. The Panthers were going into the clash against their rivals as the underdogs, but an Anzac ceremony to honour the Diggers prior to the Seniors match spurred the boys on. Putting the pressure

on early, Panthers’ Brent Macaffer was brilliant in the centre, and Adam Stock made a great impact on the match. Only a few points separated the teams at half time. Matt Edwards was dangerous in the backline, affecting Phillip Island forward Steven Pimm’s influence on the game.

However, Phillip Island’s Shaun Everington and Jaymie Youle were still a force to be reckoned with, and Phillip Island fought back to be up by three in the last quarter. With no bench, the last thing the Panthers needed was another injury. However, playing coach Ben Vague was forced off the

ground with an injury, leaving Kilcunda Bass to face its rivals with 17 players. The huge crowd including past players drove the boys to keep going. Keen to claim the win, they showed a lot of character in the last quarter. KB managed to turn the score around, and Jason Wells snapped the winning goal in the last 60 seconds, totalling five majors for the game. The final score was Kilcunda Bass 8.13.61 to Phillip Island 8.8.56. The player who showed the Anzac spirit was awarded a medal to

commemorate Anzac Day. The medal went to KB’s Ben Law, in his first game for 2017. Kilcunda Bass’ best players were Jason Wells, Brent Macaffer, Ben Law, Danny Wells, Timothy Smith and Matt Edwards. Phillip Island’s best players were Jaymie Youle, Jack Keating, Mark Griffin, Nick Higginson, Jarrod Witnish and Jarrod Andreatta. Kilcunda Bass will play Garfield this week, which will be another big test. Phillip Island will come up against Korumburra Bena.

Kilcunda Bass 8.13.61 Phillip Island 8.8.56

Gibson, S. Pugh, N. Tamburo, D. Clay THIRDS

Kilcunda Bass Goals: J. Wells 5, A. Stock 1, M. Golby 1, T. Smith 1 Phillip Island Goals: J. Taylor 2, S. Pimm 1, S. Everington 1, A. Edwards 1, J. Taylor 1, N. Higginson 1, L. Barda 1 Kilcunda Bass Best: J. Wells, B. Macaffer, B. Law, D. Wells, T. Smith, M. Edwards Phillip Island Best: J. Youle, J. Keating, M. Griffin, N. Higginson, J. Witnish, J. Andreatta RESERVES

Phillip Island 9.11.65 Kilcunda Bass 9.3.57

Concentration: Phillip Island’s Shaun Everington watches as the ball soars into his hands as Kilcunda Bass’ Timothy Smith and Mitchell Golby approach.

Leading Goalkicker: T. Gibson 4 PI Best: J. Spottiswood, B. Johnston, T. Cleeland, A. Redmond, S. McIntyre, C. McPhillips KB Best: A. Harrison, J. Evans, T.

Phillip Island 11.8.74 Kilcunda Bass 7.3.45 Leading Goalkicker: M. Freeman 4 PI Best: M. Mattock, B. Anderson, N. Anderson, J. Montgomery, C. Farrell, M. Fletcher KB Best: A. Honeysett, J. Bastwrous, J. Rosenow, L. Alford, M. Graham-Edden, N. Bradley FOURTHS

Phillip Island 15.11.101 Kilcunda Bass 0.2.2 Leading goalkicker: M. Sellars 5 PI Best: N. D’Angelo, C. Farrell, M. Sellars, N. Anderson, Z. Mattock, T. McMillan KB Best: C. Logan, C. Sinniah, J. Flory, W. Lindsay, M. Graham-Edden, F. Homer


Cora Lynn ....4 Phillip Is......3 Garfield .......2 Inv-K’wak.....2 KooWeeRup..1 Kil-Bass..........1 Dalyston .........1 Bunyip............1 Nar Nar Goon ..0 Kor-Bena ........0

0 0 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 3



0 517.65 16 0 282.98 12 0 174.36 8 0 49.05 8 1 93.71 6 0 88.82 4 0 79.68 4 0 66.34 4 1 55.98 2 0 14.74 0

GOALKICKERS Z. Williamson (Cora Lynn) .. (4) 14 J. Verleg (Garfield) .............. (2) 10 H. Briggs (Cora Lynn) ......... (0) 10 L. Dowsett (Cora Lynn) ....... (1) 7 C. Sungalis (Koo Wee) ........ (2) 7 B. Taylor (Phillip Is)............. (0) 6 Z. Taylor (Inv-K) .................. (4) 6 L. Ion (Dalyston) ................. (4) 5 C. Hampton (NNG) .............. (2) 5 J. Keating (Phillip Is) ........... (0) 5 N. Bradley (Kil-Bass) ........... (1) 5 Z. Baguley (Bunyip)............. (1) 5 D. Wilson-Browne (Ph. Is) .. (0) 5



Phillip Is.......3 0 0 903.57 Cora Lynn .....3 1 0 210.86 Bunyip .........2 0 1 542.59 Garfield ........2 0 1 242.17 Koo Wee Rup...2 1 0 203.85 Kor-Bena .........1 2 0 91.20 Dalyston ..........1 2 0 63.91 Inv-K’wak ........1 3 0 33.91 Kil-Bass...........0 3 0 13.24 Nar Nar Goon ...0 3 0 12.42 GOALKICKERS


12 12 10 10 8 4 4 4 0 0

L. Taylor (Cora Lynn) .......... (0) 10 M. Sellars (Phillip Is) .......... (5) 10 H. Morgan-Morris (Bun) ..... (5) 9 M. Nadenbousch (Bun) ....... (1) 8 B. Font (Cora Lynn) ............. (0) 7 N. Anderson (Ph Is) ............ (2) 7 G. Wells (Kor-Bena) ............ (1) 6 R. Grange-Lylak (KWR) ....... (2) 5 B. Friend (Garfield) .............. (5) 5 G. Da Costa (Cora Lynn) ..... (0) 5 J. Wilson (Ph Is) ................. (1) 5 N. Bee-Hickman (Ph Is) ...... (0) 5 L. Murphy (Bunyip) ............. (1) 5 J. Ventura (KWR) ................ (5) 5

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Sea Eagles soar

Inverloch’s reign continues: making a big statement in the new West Gippsland Football Netball Competition, Inverloch Kongwak produced another massive win against Bunyip on the weekend. Leaving Bunyip with just five behinds on the scoreboard, Inverloch Kongwak racked up 150 points. Pictured is Inverloch Kongwak’s Lewis Rankin, booting the ball down the ground. Match report on page 50. | 5662 5000 | 32-34 Bair St, Leongatha

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