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LOGGING SHOCK Mirboo North to fight forestry plan

By Brad Lester

THE Mirboo North community is rallying to fight a sudden proposal to log spectacular bushland north of the town they feel could affect the town’s water catchment, tourism and environment. VicForests, a State Government owned business, has revealed a proposal to log coupes north of Mirboo North, but not before 2018. One coupe will entail native forest around the popular Lyrebird Forest Walk and destroy the scenic drive along the Strzelecki Highway to Morwell. Another coupe of native forest is south of Samson Road to

Doug’s Track and is within the town’s water supply, The Star has been told. The community became aware of the proposal late last week. Members of Friends of Lyrebird Walk, who built and then rebuilt the popular trail after a bushfire, are angered by the proposal. The group’s Grant O’Neill said old growth forest would be felled, and all trees on the eastern side of the highway from Ricardo Road to the pumping station would be removed – and that is part of the Lyrebird Forest Walk, he said. Of the Samson Road site, he said, “It is the only area in the entire state that has old growth Messmate that is not logged or even had a fire in it. It’s very unique. Continued on page 6.

Pride of Leongatha EXCITEMENT is building in Leongatha, as the town prepares for the new look Daffodil Festival this week. Among those taking part are St Laurence’s Primary School Grade 6 students Georgia, Luke and Vismaya, who have been helping Leongatha businesses get into the spirit by selling daffodils to decorate shops for the occasion. The festival is set to close off Bair Street and Lyon Street in Leongatha on Saturday, September 2 with food trucks, children’s activities, market stalls and music. There will be the annual flower show in Memorial Hall, the car show in the Smith Street supermarket car park and more. See more on page 3 and a special feature on pages 18 and 19.


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Blooming street fun Festival to celebrate Leongatha By Jessica Anstice GORGEOUS daffodils will welcome visitors on the first weekend of spring at the Leongatha Daffodil Festival, which commences this Friday and runs until Sunday. A highlight of the event will be a free street festival right in the heart of Leongatha on Saturday, September 2. This is an event that will go down in history, connecting the community in a way like no other. There will be musicians, free children’s activities, dance displays, children’s rides, food, art and craft exhibitions, exhibits by local service providers and more. The Leongatha Horticultural Society will present daffodils and wonderful spring blooms in the annual flora show at the Memorial Hall from Friday, September 1 until Sunday, September 3. A brilliant line up of musical talent will showcase on the stage in Lyon Street this Saturday. There is something for all during the six hours of selected musical entertainment, ensuring everyone enjoys themselves. Bair Street and Lyon Street will be closed off to vehicles from 9am until 3pm and detour signs will divert traffic to alternate routes. “The festival is being held in a very central location and every business along Bair Street and Lyon Street are all on board,” Sophie Clarkson said, on behalf of her mother Jodie Clarkson, a member of the Leongatha Daffodil Festival committee. This year, activities include everything from the ever-popular show bag stand and market stalls to car display shows and the Leongatha CFA open day. There are also craft workshops including the South Gippsland Gemstone Club at the Leongatha Bowls Club

and the Leongatha Community Garden cooking workshop. The festival will provide a great open air shopping opportunity with the best produce and craft work in the region. The festival will feature around 26 stalls, selling homemade jam, honey, relish, chutney and sauces, handmade clothes and accessories plus much more. Also, be sure to attend the Prom Country Art and Photography Show at Mesley Hall, run by the Rotary Club of Leongatha. Come along and soak up the exceptional atmosphere, and experience the colour, excitement and value of the 2017 Leongatha Daffodil Festival. See feature on pages 18 and 19.

Community event: from left, Sophie Clarkson, Andrew Checkley from Leongatha AutoBarn, Leongatha Daffodil Festival committee member Jodie Clarkson, president of the Leongatha Community Garden Scott Cameron and Leongatha Daffodil Festival committee member Clare Williams are thrilled to turn Bair Street in Leongatha into the venue of the Leongatha Street Festival this Saturday. Talented singer: local musician Janie Gordon will be performing on stage in Lyon Street at the Leongatha Daffodil Festival on Saturday, September 2. Janie, left, is pictured with Leongatha Daffodil Festival committee member Clare Williams.

Leongatha eyes water restrictions LEONGATHA could face water restrictions in spring unless more rain falls. The town’s Ruby Creek system is only 65 percent full, despite receiving 100ML of inflow over the last week. South Gippsland Water’s managing director Philippe du Plessis warned, “there is potential for spring time water restrictions for Leongatha if the coming weeks do not provide significant inflows to refill the reservoirs for this system”. The Ruby Creek system is taking longer to fill as it has a relatively small catchment area in relation to the size of its reservoirs. With low rainfall in May and June, the catchment did not yield the expected volume of water and the system is still catching up. All other reservoirs are full. Rainfall was recorded at South Gippsland Water’s storages from August 19 to 25 was: Lance Creek 45mm, Ruby Creek 24mm, Coalition Creek 42mm, Deep Creek 42mm, Little Bass 66mm and Battery Creek 25mm.

Smashed car: a truck rammed into a sedan at the intersection of Koonwarra Road, and Long, Bair and Ogilvy streets in Leongatha yesterday (Monday) after the car failed to give way, police said.

Lucky to be alive AN ELDERLY man was fortunate to be alive after his sedan collided with a truck in Leongatha yesterday (Monday). The Ford sedan and truck crashed at the intersection of Koonwarra Road, and Long, Bair and Ogilvy streets at around 3pm. Police said it appeared the Ford was turning right onto

Ogilvy Street and failed to give way to traffic entering Koonwarra Road from Long Street. Both drivers were taken to Leongatha Hospital and the Ford was written off. The driver of the truck was a man in his late fifties and the driver of the Ford was said by police to be an elderly man. Police, SES, fire brigades and ambulances all attended the scene. SES assisted with diverting traffic.

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Fish Creek eyes new look kinder By Brad Lester and Sarah Vella FISH Creek is on the way to receiving a $230,000 upgrade of the town’s kinder-

garten that will service the community for 15 years. South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday voted to apply to the State Government for a grant to

Upgrades: Fish Creek Kindergarten students Addie, Fred, Damian and Andy are excited their kindergarten could soon be refurbished and extended, thanks to South Gippsland Shire Council.

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undertake major works. The project will entail constructing a new compliant access ramp and new entry area, upgrading the existing kitchen and office, and extending the building to provide a new compliant toilet area. The current layout of the building makes teaching a challenge in order to meet the Federal Government’s National Quality Framework for education and care services. Council has allocated $160,106 towards the project in the 201819 budget but if the state grant Brick work: Fish Creek Kindergarten students Savannah application is successful, council’s and Mya with one of the pavers that will be sold to past, contribution would be about current and future students, teachers and families, as a fund$57,500. Cr Meg Edwards said Fish raiser for the kindergarten. Creek, her home town, needed the project will be. The project cost estimate and a modern preschool building for the benefit of the council’s contribution will not be fully understood community. until the drawings are at a more complete stage.” “This kindergarten feeds into the school and it To coincide with the upgrade of the Fish Creek is important to our towns to maintain children, so Kindergarten in 2018-19, a feature wall and pathway we need to invest in this now and also in the longer of brick pavers will be incorporated into its new term,” she said. entrance. Cr Alyson Skinner said the kindergarten and The wall and pathway are expected to be unveiled primary schools were the lifeblood of country in late 2018 or early 2019. towns. The pavers will feature the names of past, current Cr Edwards had a child attend the kindergarten and future students, teachers and families, who are and she commented on the lack of privacy for being invited to purchase a brick as a fundraiser for children in the current toilet area. the kindergarten. Mayor Cr Ray Argento said, “Providing vital The preschool’s Kim Smith said it was a services to our young people ensures our future “wonderful opportunity to recognise and remember generations will thrive in South Gippsland. each and every individual who has been involved “The proposed Fish Creek Kindergarten Upgrade with and influenced by such a wonderful and special Project will ensure this support is provided for our place”. young children now and into the future.” Council has also pledged to improve Council will ask the State Government for up to kindergartens at Toora and Welshpool, which 75 percent of the total project cost. together with Fish Creek and Foster preschools, A council spokesperson said, “At this stage operate under the banner of Prom Coast Centres we are unsure of what the final cost estimate of for Children.

Housing hopes LANDOWNERS could be closer to having a better chance of selling their properties. South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday voted to advance a plan to combine housing lots, which would give landowners a better chance of obtaining housing permits and therefore selling the lots. Under current planning controls, development cannot occur on the land in question. Prospective buyers will also be advised the development of a house on every existing lot in old subdivisions was not appropriate, as many old lots are too small to satisfy modern septic requirements.

Locations affected by the change include Buffalo, Darlimurla, Dollar, Hedley, Port Welshpool, Stony Creek and Toora. Council will now seek the authorisation of Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne to revise and exhibit Planning Scheme Amendment C90 – Housing and Settlement Strategy. According to council, the old subdivisions related to mining, rail or marine transport. In the late 1800s, this land was anticipated to develop into towns or closer settlements – a form of small lot farming now not considered viable. Some of these areas, such as Outtrim, were dismantled and others were never fully developed, such as Hoddle near Fish Creek.


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Hip pocket hurt Ratepayers demand relief after bill shock By Brad Lester THE community has overwhelmingly called for cheaper rates in South Gippsland Shire. Recent rates notices have caused bill shock in households and businesses across the region, as expressed on The Star’s Facebook page last week (see separate story). Ratepayers are fed up with paying exorbitant rates bills, while others say they get far too few services for what they pay in rates. Leongatha accountant Tim Kemp said South Gippsland Shire rates are much higher than most other shires, while Venus Bay ratepayer Donna Miller said, “Venus Bay, one acre house and block, no rubbish collection included in rates. No post. Nearly $3000 per year. Absolute rip off. Keeps going up every year!!! Disgraceful”. The community now has a chance to influence future rates. Council is calling for nominations from the community to join a Rating Strategy Steering Committee that will review the rating principles and differentials. The previous Rating Strategy Review resulted in a lower differential for farmers but increased the differential paid by commercial and industrial ratepayers, as well as vacant landholders, whose rates rose by 50 percent. That review deemed farmers were less able to pay higher rates due to being asset rich but cash poor, while commercial and industrial rates were paid from pre-tax money and so those ratepayers effectively received a higher tax benefit. The municipal charge was also phased out over two years as the review committee assumed people living in lower valued properties were also on lower incomes

and therefore less likely to be able to pay. The first review, chaired by former councillor Jim Fawcett, also involved Cr Don Hill and the pair clashed over differences of opinion, as revealed by subsequent panel hearings that considered, in part, the pair’s conduct. Cr Hill last week said many people in the community were interested in joining the new review committee. “I believe we will get a higher quantity of people this time and the calibre will go up because the community sees this as something to be involved with,” he said. Cr Hill confirmed he would nominate as a councillor representative, saying he believed overall rates could be reduced. “One of the main reasons I stood for council in 2012 was to bring equity to the rate system,” he said. “I moved the motion in this year’s budget council meeting to direct the CEO to reduce the rates by three percent over the four years of this council.” Cr Lorraine Brunt, who was part of the previous committee, will not be nominating this time round, believing “the committee must be a complete new set of eyes”. “Then we can see if the new committee comes up with a completely different rating system or much the same as four years ago,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for new councillors to support the selected community without having a biased view to any rate category, whilst gaining a thorough understanding of the rating system, and then making a fair and equitable decision at the table on the rates system. “I would love to be on the committee but this would be unfair to those councillors who wish to put their hand up and have not had the opportunity previously.” For this review, council will seek an independent

Here’s what you had to say..... THE Star asked Facebook users last week: What spend money on”; • Dale Foster: “Venus Bay vacant block, dirt do you think of rates in the shire? • Debra Lee Carmody: “We live in town on half an road, no water, no sewerage, no paths-$900. Money acre, over $3 grand and we have an unsealed road and for nothing”. we get a bin!! Can’t afford it so selling!! First home buyers after renting for years!! I love my house so much and don’t want to sell!! It’s heartbreaking!!”; • Teresa Pors: “Well, our farm rates bill is just over $10,000 this year. We have no road maintenance of our dirt track, no town water and no rubbish collection. Please tell me what I’m getting for my 10 grand”; • Robyn Palles: “Too much considering we are on a dirt road, and the only thing connected to the street is power and we have to pay for our own rubbish disposal”; • Margie Denbrok: “Too expensive as I don’t see anything being done so where does our rate money go as the roads need more attention and the side of the roads as well”; • Darren Bone: “To South Gippsland Shire. Ask ratepayers how they are coping with the rising cost of living?” Do they have a general understanding about this? Do they understand how people are coping in these times, when power bills are skyrocketing? Will you have three tiers of government asking for higher taxes? “It should be up to local government to control the spending and send a great example to the community how you can budget. Seemingly everyone has their priorities. It is about prioritising what you

chair and pay them a sitting fee of $300 per meeting for committee meetings and to attend council briefings, in a bid to attract a quality chair. The chair would not have voting rights. At last Wednesday’s council meeting, councillors debated whether to ensure the chair came from outside the shire but did not support this idea of Cr Hill’s. Cr Meg Edwards attempted to reduce the chair’s fee to $150, saying the fee was meant to just cover costs, but other councillors voted for $300. The community committee member will receive a sitting a fee of $50 per meeting in recognition of their time and travel costs. No more than three councillors will be nominated

to the committee, with plans to have at least twice that number of community members appointed. Council will further discuss councillor nominations. Community members will have an opportunity to have their say on the proposed changes outlined by the committee once developed. People wishing to be part of the Rating Strategy Steering Committee are encouraged to nominate by September 29. An information kit including the terms of reference and a nomination form is available from council’s website, council offices at 9 Smith Street, Leongatha, by phoning Faith Paige on 5662 9200 or by emailing council@southgippsland.vic.gov.au

Talented band: from left, Korumburra Secondary College students Justin Wong, Mitchell Mussel-White, teacher Richard Morrison, Beau Connell and Liam Anderson form the band for the Total Eclipse of the Heart production to be held from Thursday to Saturday. Read more on page 31.


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Toora’s weekend of history

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THE Toora and District Family History Group presented a fantastic display for the community and interested visitors who travelled from Phillip Island, Neerim South, Leongatha, Wonthaggi, Dumbalk, Ringwood, Mooroolbark and other local towns on Saturday. The Toora Hall looked amazing with old photos of local happenings on the paper clippings from 1914 to 1980 around the walls. The tables were covered with information, rate books, cemetery records, maps from early 1900 and photos from the early days in Toora, Mount Best, Welshpool, Port Welshpool, Port Franklin, Mount Best Hall Group, Toora Lions Club and Port Welshpool Maritime Museum group. Guest speaker Cheryl Glowrey spoke about cattlemen taking the cattle to Snake Island and explained how many ships came into Corner Inlet to pick up timber brought down

from the hills. Liz Tomlinson from Victoria Adoption Information Support and Help explained how to find family members who have been lost over the years. Neil Everitt told the story of the hydro electricity in 1900 at Toora North. “The guest speakers all were very interesting and were enjoyed by all,” president of the Toora and District Family History group Meryl Agars said. “It was interesting to hear the difficulties they had during this project where the pipe went underground from the Agnes River to the Franklin River. “ Mr Everitt congratulated the small but enthusiastic family history group for its presentation of history for the public.

Top right, Big changes: from left, Rae Knee, Jan and Bruce Best and bottom, Tully Knee looked through old photos taken of Toora on Saturday.

Mirboo North to fight forestry plan Continued from page 1. “It is the only area known around here where the eastern barred bandicoot survives, let alone the sugar gliders and one of only two places that a particular rare orchid exists; the other being Lyrebird Forest Walk.” Mr O’Neill said the logging would be a blow to the efforts of Lyrebird Forest Walk volunteers and the area’s tourism. “What will we tell our visitors, bushwalkers, campers, motorbike riders, horse riders or the people who just want to drive around and smell our bush flora Looking back: guest speaker Neil Everitt and president of the Toora and fauna?” he said. Lachlan Spencer, VicForests’ general manager stakeholders and planning, said and District Family History group Meryl Agars enjoyed sharing their VicForests had developed preliminary plans for two areas of state forest in the knowledge on Toora with visitors on Saturday. Mirboo North area, which have been zoned as suitable for timber harvesting. “As harvesting has not occurred in this area for some time, VicForests began discussions with local community members last week about these plans,” he said. “The areas discussed are under consideration for timber harvesting but the planning and community consultation is still underway. No harvesting could take place before 2018.” Mr Spencer said the two areas planned to be harvested cover an area of approximately 50 hectares of state forest, which was native forest zoned as suitable for timber production. “The timber harvested from these coupes would be supplied to local saw milling businesses. The harvested wood produces high-quality hardwood timber products used in construction and furniture. They also produce lower-quality timber that is used for paper and firewood,” he said. The proposal will be in the VicForests Timber Release Plan available online soon at www.vicforShow time at church: Coral Johnston and Marion Dewar display a few of the items that ests.com.au/planning-1/timber-release-plan-1/timwill make up the Flowers in Praise and Lace in thread, yarn, wood and metal displays at ber-release-plan St Peter’s Church, Leongatha this week. VicForests will be asking for public input for a month. The exhibition will be held from 10am to 4pm, Thursday to Saturday for the Leongatha A proportion of the money made from VicForDaffodil Festival. Missing is a sample of their delicious refreshments! ests’ operations is returned to the government as a Joanne Horn contributed the flower arrangement. The lace work was made by members of dividend. the Scott family while Pearl Christoffersen bought the fan on an overseas holiday and pur-

chased the saw made by Jim Geary in Leongatha. Flower arrangements from the various churches will make up the floral display. Lace work from wedding dresses to bloomers, knitting to wood and metal work will delight visitors. Photos of Leongatha buildings snapped last week by Marion Dewar will show as a powerpoint presentation along with photos of Indian lace work from her January holiday.

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A PREFERRED site has been identified for a new skate park for Venus Bay. About 25 people attended a public meeting on August 21 to discuss the location and features of the park. After consideration of potential sites, most people supported a property on the corner of Jupiter Boulevard and Centre Road as the preferred location. That site is owned by South Gippsland Shire Council. The current zoning of the preferred site will require a planning permit to be approved for the development of a skate park to occur. Information will be prepared for planning permit application and the community will be able to provide feedback. Experienced skaters have called for a skate bowl,

while most felt a street style layout would appeal to skaters, BMX and scooter riders, and bladders. Council’s recreation officer Ian Murphy said best practice now was to locate skate parks in busy areas, in full sight and with surrounding amenities for the safety of park users. Concept plans for the park will now be developed and then released for further consultation before being finalised. The skate park meeting held in Venus Bay was the first part of the engagement about the project. About 25 people attended, including parents and their young children, teenagers and 30-somethings, many of whom were the young people who built the original skate facility in Venus Bay. Council has allocated $125,000 to the project in the Community Capital Works Allocation Project.


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Lesson not learnt Councillors call for unity, then fight SOUTH Gippsland Shire councillors continue to clash despite claims of a united team, and council spending $45,730 on panel hearings to address rifts in the previous council. Tensions simmered at last Wednesday’s council meeting, inflamed by a report detailing the outcome

No bullying, says mayor SOUTH Gippsland Shire councillors have agreed to treat each other with more respect, in the wake of an investigation into bullying allegations among councillors. Mayor Cr Ray Argento last Thursday issued the following statement: “A recent independent investigation into allegations of bullying within the South Gippsland Shire Council has concluded. “I requested the investigation after I read about allegations regarding bullying circulating in the local press. The investigation was facilitated by the chief executive officer. “In order to meet its occupational health and safety obligations, council engaged an independent investigator to conduct a preliminary investigation. “Although allegations were reported in the local press, no formal complaints were received, and no bullying allegations were substantiated. “As a way forward, councillors have all agreed to be more respectful, and there is a commitment between all councillors that the appropriate reporting procedures are used in future if required.” The bullying complaints were raised by Cr Meg Edwards.

of an appeal by Cr Don Hill against a Code of Conduct Panel finding against him. His appeal to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) exonerated him of the conduct panel’s finding he was dishonest with the community and had accused council staff of being misleading. The VCAT report brought an official end to personality clashes in the previous council that cost council $45,730 in panel hearings. Tensions still remain between councillors Hill and Lorraine Brunt, who were both a party to the panel hearings, and disputes among the new councillors frequently occur at public meetings. During discussion about Cr Hill’s VCAT appeal at last Wednesday’s council meeting, Cr Jeremy Rich accused Cr Meg Edwards of being adversarial when she called a point of order during his speech about the need for councillors to learn from the VCAT outcome and work collaboratively. Cr Edwards said Cr Rich was not talking to the motion, which was to note the VCAT appeal outcome and withdraw Cr Hill’s reprimand and requirement that he undergo training. Cr Edwards said Cr Rich’s claim she was adversarial was in breach of the councillors’ Code of Conduct. Cr Andrew McEwen said “there was serious bullying going on within that (previous) council” and it was a “not a safe environment”. It seems the current council is no better, with an independent investigator probing allegations of bullying (see story this page). Cr McEwen’s bullying claims prompted Cr Alyson Skinner to call a point of order, saying his commentary was irrelevant to the motion. Mayor Cr Ray Argento upheld that. Cr McEwen said the VCAT report “was a total and utter vindication of Cr Hill” and demonstrated his “integrity” and “honesty”. Cr Edwards called another point of order, saying Cr McEwen was off topic. The mayor rejected it. Cr McEwen said the whole saga had damaged council’s reputation, the original complaints by then

councillors were “frivolous” and claims by Cr Brunt the VCAT report had factual errors was close to contempt of court. Cr Edwards again raised a point of order, saying Cr McEwen’s statement was an act of disorder. Cr Argento backed her. Cr McEwen retracted his statement and said there was no bullying within the current council and it worked collaboratively. Cr Hill took to his feet to read out the VCAT findings and stated “I have been exonerated of all the charges against me”. He said VCAT had found then councillors Jim Fawcett, Mohya Davies and Brunt had made a political decision to make a complaint against him to damage his reputation and affect his chances of re-

election last year. He said those councillors should reimburse council’s expenses. Cr Argento said while VCAT found the two Code of Conduct panels had been the result of differences of opinion, those differences had “cost the council quite significantly”. The factual errors in the VCAT report alleged by Cr Brunt related to dates of hearings and a claim another councillor supported a report Cr Hill had written about council’s rating strategy. “There has to be a better formal process to deal with differences between councillors,” Cr Brunt said. Council voted to accept the report and withdraw Cr Hill’s reprimand and training order.

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Don’t miss Chicago THERE are only a handful of shows to go before Wonthaggi Theatrical Group closes its season of Chicago.

Dazzling cast: Will Hanley as coldhearted lawyer Billy Flynn is joined on stage by the amazing male and female ensemble in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s Chicago.

Venus Bay escapes pipi hunt By Sarah Vella VENUS Bay has been excluded from a State Government proposal that will see 2500 kilometres of Victoria’s coastline opened to commercial pipi fishing. National Parks and Port Phillip Bay will also be excluded from the commercial fishing zones. The opening of the coastline will happen under a draft management arrangement, while the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) completes community consultation ahead of the release of its final management plan. Victorian Fisheries Authority director policy and licensing Dallas D’Silva said the proposed changes were for commercial fishing and were therefore not

expected to result in increased recreational fishing at Venus Bay. “There will only be nine commercial fishers operating under the proposed management arrangements across Victoria,� he said. “Most of these fishers will operate in the far west of the state near Portland. Restrictions such as catch and size limits will apply to all commercial fishers. “The VFA will continue to monitor fishing activities and compliance with regulations. Compliance with pipi regulations at Venus Bay is generally high and above 90 percent.� At Venus Bay, recreational fishers are limited to collecting two litres of pipis per person per day, however elsewhere the limit is five litres. In recent years questions have been raised about the sustainability of pipis at Venus Bay, with fears

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PUBLIC BRIEFING TO COUNCIL (Council Chambers, Leongatha) Wednesday 6 September 2017 11.15am - Population Census 2016 Highlights / Introduction to using id population websites IMPOUNDING OF VEHICLES Council impounded a 1970 white Mercedes Sedan (engine number 10801822065063) and a 1998 blue VW Sedan (engine number WVWZZZ3BZWE254933) in accordance with Schedule 11 of the Local Government Act 1989 on 19 July 2017 from Thornbys Road, Nerrena and Bates Avenue, Korumburra respectively. As these vehicles have not been collected/relevant fees paid within 14 days of impoundment, they will now be offered for sale. Offers marked â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Abandoned Vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and addressed to the Coordinator Local Laws, South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 are hereby invited. Offers close 2.00pm on 6 September +   <   before the said time and date. The vehicles can be viewed at the Council Depot by appointment. The highest or any offer will not necessarily be accepted. For enquiries contact Local Laws.

IMMUNISATION SESSIONS Tuesday 5 September Foster: War Memorial Arts Centre, Main Street, 10.00am - 10.30am Leongatha: Uniting Church Hall, Peart Street, 12.30pm - 1.30pm Wednesday 6 September Mirboo North: Maternal and Child Health Centre, Brennan Street, 9.00am - 9.30am Korumburra: Karmai Community Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre, Princes Street, 11.30am - 12.00pm Nyora: Nyora Community Hall, Henley Street, 1.00pm - 1.30pm

PROPOSED ROAD DEVIATION AND LAND EXCHANGE PART OF MOYES ROAD, STONY CREEK Pursuant to ss. 204, 206, 207A, 207B, 207E, 223 and Schedule 10 Clause 2 of the Local Government Act 1989 Council at a meeting held on 23 August 2017 proposed to: 1. Deviate part of Moyes Road, Stony Creek described as Crown Allotment 77A (Part) Parish of Doomburrim with an area of 310m2 (shown as cross hatched in the plan below and declare this area of 310m2 as a public highway; and RATING STRATEGY STEERING COMMITTEE 2. Exchange the former road being part of Moyes Road, Applications are open for up to nine ratepayer Stony Creek described as Crown Allotment 77A (Part) representatives. Written applications are to be received Parish of Doomburrim with an area of 310m2 (shown by 5.00pm 29 September 2017. An information kit hatched in the plan below) for the 310m2 area of land including the nomination form is available from Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owned by the adjoining landowner to be declared a    =   

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    X   companies/applicants for the following: RFT/153 SUPPLY/DELIVERY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SIGNAGE & ASSOCIATED PRODUCTS (RETENDERED) RFT/152 ANNUAL SUPPLYâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;WORKSITE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SERVICES Tenders close 2.00pm AEST on Tuesday 12 September 2017 and Tuesday 19 September respectively. Documentation is available from Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s e-Tendering Portal www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/tenders WORKS THIS WEEK Sealed roads maintenance: Whole Shire Tree requests: Whole Shire Zone maintenance: Korumburra South, Outtrim, Foster, Foster North Roadside slashing: Agnes, Welshpool, Mirboo Streetscape works: Main Street, Foster Road and drainage upgrades: Anderson Street, Leongatha Road shoulder maintenance: Ferries Road, Nyora Drainage installation: Korumburra Show Grounds Culvert maintenance: Toora area Gravel road resheeting: Beilbys Road and Carmodys Road, Leongatha South Retaining wall construction: Corner Lewis and Keane Streets, Port Welshpool and Station Street, Korumburra

the resource is being overfished. Mr Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Silva said a number of studies have shown the pipi resource in Venus Bay is sustainable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A research project is currently being undertaken by the University of Melbourne which is also investigating the pipi resource in this area,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pipis are highly valued for the food market and they are also great bait for King George whiting and other species.â&#x20AC;? Earlier this year, high levels of diarrhetic shellfish poison were detected in pipis harvested near Venus Bay. At the time, people were advised to avoid consuming pipis from the area. Mr Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Silva confirmed with The Star recent testing of pipis at Venus Bay and Discovery Bay had shown they are now clear of biotoxins.

Noticeboard PROPOSED SALE OF COUNCIL LAND - KORUMBURRA Pursuant to ss. 189 and 223 of the Local Government Act 1989 Council at its ordinary meeting held 23 August 2017 proposed to sell by private treaty to facilitate a Supermarket Development: 1. 155-165 Commercial Street, Korumburra being the    

 

       folio 283, volume 4989 folio 766, volume 3235 folio 873, volume 3111 folio 124, and volume 2973 folio 574 being approximately 2,023m2 2. 1 King Street, Korumburra being the land contained  

         volume 10077 folio 104 being approximately 1,056m2 3. 28 Victoria Street, Korumburra being the land   

      !" ! being approximately 1,631m2.

Any person may make a submission to the proposed sales of land. Submissions must be in writing and received no later than 5.00pm, Tuesday 26 September 2017. Please indicate in your submission if you wish to be heard in support of your submission. Submissions should be addressed to the CEO and lodged at Council #   $%  Bag 4 Leongatha 3953. Submissions may ultimately be contained within a report to Council. The minutes of Council meetings are available for public inspection and published on Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Submissions may contain personal information. Submitters may request in their submission that they do not want their personal A person may make a submission to this proposal. information published and it will be removed from the Submissions must be made in writing and received no submission. If submissions are received Council later than 5.00pm on 26 September 2017 by. â&#x20AC;˘ &   '*  #   Submissions should be addressed to the CEO and lodged date, and place to hear, submissions      â&#x20AC;˘ Hears submitters who have elected to speak to their posted to Private Bag 4, Leongatha, Vic 3953. Please submission at a Special Meeting of Council in open indicate in your submission if you wish to be heard in session support of your submission. If submissions are received â&#x20AC;˘ Considers and determines submissions at the these will be heard at a Special Committee of Council in Ordinary Council Meeting to be held 22 November closed session. Submissions, if any, will be considered 2017 in open session at an Ordinary Council Meeting on 25 October 2017 in If there are no submissions received Council will open session. If no submissions are received Council will implement the proposal. proceed with the proposal.

Ticket sales have gone through the roof since an utterly successful opening night on August 19, so get in quick to book your seat. After a sell out opening night, fantastic numbers are anticipated for closing night on September 2, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t delay. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re opportunity to be wowed by the iconic musical performed by an amazingly talented local cast at the Wonthaggi Community Union Arts Centre. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot to love about Nina Barry-Macaulay and Bron Kalosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; portrayal of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, especially teamed up with familiar local performing identities like Will Hanley, Elly Poletti, Wayne Moloney and Jay Nelson. In a short time, the musical was pulled together by director Karen Milkins-Hendry, supported by an equally talented crew. Come along and be in awe of the way the professional lighting and set tells a story just as well as the dialogue. The cast is joined on stage by the band, giving audiences a rare glimpse at the extent of the local talent. With well known songs, dazzling choreography and a wicked storyline, this show is too exciting to miss. To book your tickets, head to www.wtg.org.au, or visit the foyer of the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre from 10am to 2pm, Tuesday to Friday.

Stolen wheels: these wheels were taken from a car at an address in Wonthaggi.

Wheels nabbed MAG wheels were stolen from an unlucky victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car from an address in Wonthaggi. The theft occurred overnight between August 4 and 7. If you recognise them or have information concerning this incident, contact Senior Constable Brinkman at Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

House ransacked ALCOHOL was stolen during a ransacking of a house in Lohr Avenue in Inverloch. The front door was kicked in and intruders entered the house between August 19 and 26 while the owners were away. A 700ml bottle of Johnny Walker and a set of keys valued at a total of $100 were stolen.

Expensive theft AROUND $2000 worth of items were stolen from a house in Ebor Avenue in Inverloch. A TV, a guitar, a camera and antique ornaments were taken from inside the house. Offender/s entered the house by kicking in the front door between August 4 and 25.

Generator theft A PETROL generator worth around $600 was stolen from a property in South Dudley. Offender/s gained access into a rear shed by breaking a padlock overnight on Monday, August 21.

Stolen car found A CAR stolen from Korumburra has been found in Frankston after being involved in a hit and run. The unlocked vehicle was taken from outside a business on Bridge Street between 2pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday, August 22. The Ford Territory was later found in Frankston on Thursday, August 24 by a relative of the owner who observed it parked outside an address. It had been involved in a hit and run in Seaford.

Drunk trapped A DRUNK man driving on his own private property has had his licence disqualified for six months. The 73 year old Wonthaggi man crashed into a fence and his vehicle became stuck on an embankment between Kilcunda and Dalyston. The man was unable to get out and police were called. The man blew a blood alcohol concentration reading of .099 and received a fine of $479.


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Supermarket comes closer KORUMBURRA is closer to receiving a new supermarket after South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday voted to sell the former council offices. The sale to Michael’s IGA will pave the way for a new IGA supermarket, tipped to be worth up to $30 million and create new jobs for the district. Council voted to sell the site of the Federation Art Gallery, Korumburra Library, Korumburra Community Meeting Room, and Korumburra and District Historical Society to Michael’s IGA. The sale also includes a home at 1 King Street owned by council, 28 Victoria Street (former Birralee Childcare Centre) and the former car yard next to the art gallery. Council will sell the land via private treaty, a process that must be approved by the AuditorGeneral. “It will inject $20 to $30 million into Korumburra and that is sorely needed,” Cr Andrew McEwen said. Council has spoken with Korumburra Rotary

Club, which runs the gallery, the library service and historical society about relocating these services. “We have made a clear commitment to the community that there will be an interim accommodation solution and there will be a community hub that will most likely be the future location of all of these services,” Cr McEwen said. “All of the existing users of the building will be looked after.” Cr Jeremy Rich said he hoped the supermarket development would give Korumburra the vibrancy it needs. Council’s manager planning Paul Stampton said, “Discussions have been had with Rotary regarding future locations for art display and ongoing engagement is being undertaken with the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation. All discussions to date have been satisfactory and future locations and arrangements are being determined.” Council will invite written submissions until September 26 and if submissions are received, for council will hear these.

Dressed to impress: from left, Tarwin Valley Primary School Grade 5 students Ava, Bella and Kierra dressed as characters from the book The Cat in the Hat, during Book Week celebrations last Wednesday. More photos on pages 16 and 17.

Gymnastics club’s sporting chance LEONGATHA is closer to receiving a redeveloped gymnastics facility valued at $220,000. South Gippsland Shire Council will apply for $100,000 from the State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund towards the Leongatha Gymnastics Club’s project at St Laurence’s Primary School. The project will entail extending the current building to allow heavier equipment to remain

setup. If the application is successful, council will allocate $60,000 from its 2018-19 Community Infrastructure Projects budget. Council will also apply for $100,000 from the State Government for the Korumburra Skatepark Development Project, which will entail building a new skatepark in town at a cost of $250,000. If that funding is forthcoming, council will allocate $100,000 from the 2018-19 Community Infrastructure Projects budget.

Council has already allocated $50,000 through its Community Capital Works Allocation Project. Council had also planned to seek funding for new changerooms at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve but this has been withdrawn at the request of the reserve committee and the Korumburra City Soccer Club due to the cost of the project more than $500,000. Potential expressions of interest for state funding for change facilities at Leongatha Town Cricket Club and Tarwin Lower Recreation

Reserve were also withdrawn, due to the estimated costs of these projects. Both were tipped to cost more than $500,000 each. Cr Don Hill and deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel last Wednesday asked why most of the projects were for Leongatha and Korumburra, and wondered if council had a priority list of recreation projects. Chief executive officer Tim Tamlin said council did not have such a list, but said the projects were shovel ready.


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THE realignment of the South Gippsland Highway at the Black Spur between Koonwarra and Meeniyan, has been welcomed by palaeontologists believing construction may uncover more fossils. Bass Coast palaeontologist Mike Cleeland said the roadworks may allow the existing fossil site in Koonwarra to be expanded or create new sites. Mr Cleeland said historical finds had become a rarity in Koonwarra, but Australia’s oldest feather and fossil flower had been found on the site, both upwards of 125 million years old. “From a palaeontologist’s point of view, there is a possibility of new discoveries,” he said. “It’s likely there are more fossils to be found in the area, and who knows, there might even be a possibility of discovering a dinosaur in the area.” WELSHPOOL and District Primary School received two $1000 donations last week, from the Toora Lions Club and the Toora and Foster Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank. These donations will allow the school to provide a whole school excursion to ArtVo, an interactive art installation in Harbour Town in Melbourne. FISH Creek Primary School students are raising money for the RSPCA and local wildlife carers by collecting five cent coins. The school will be collecting five cents and other silver coins until the end of the term. GIPPSLAND Southern Health Service’s Lyrebird Hospital Auxiliary is holding its annual

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general meeting on Monday, September 11 at 6.30pm at Bairs Hotel, Leongatha. All welcome. For enquiries, phone Lyn 0419 565 711. A NEW timetable now applies for the V/Line bus route from Yarram and Leongatha to Melbourne, effective from August 27. See the timetable online at www.facebook.com/TheGreatSouthernStar CANCER Council Victoria is bringing its biggest community fundraising event, Relay For Life, to Korumburra. Relay For Life is a fundraising event to raise money for Cancer Council Victoria’s research, education, prevention and support programs. It is a fun overnight event, with the challenge of completing a relay style walk/run within a festival atmosphere. THE Korumburra Showgrounds will be the venue for the Relay for Life event in March, 2018. Members of the community are invited to be Reading time: Korumburra Primary School students, back from left, Bailey, Obssa, Miinvolved in what will undoubtedly be a fantastic kaela and Lillica, and front from left, Ally, Matilda, Lavi and Roquell enjoyed relaxing in the event. To find out more about joining the library reading some of their favourite books for Book Week last week. committee, having a team in the relay and other ways you can be involved, meet at the Korumburra Fire Station on Tuesday, September 12 at 7.30pm. The information night will teach you about LEGACY Week is the annual appeal to the event and what your involvement means to raise awareness and funds for the famiCancer Council and your community. The success of this event relies on the valuable lies of our incapacitated and deceased

Support Legacy’s work veterans.

Exciting visit: Wonthaggi Secondary College students gave students from sister school Hakui High School in Japan a tour of Bass Coast recently. The Japanese students stayed with host families from the college and enjoyed activities such as watching football and learning about farms. They also explored popular tourist sites such as the Penguin Parade and Churchill Island. There were 28 students from Hakui High School this year, which is a record number for this biennial program. This is the fifth time Hakui High School has visited Wonthaggi Secondary College, and Wonthaggi students have visited Hakui seven times. The college thanked Japanese teacher Kenji Misawa for organising the trip.

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Funds raised from Legacy Week help Legacy continue to assist widows/widowers, children and people with disabilities Australia wide with essential services such as, counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support. The South Gippsland Legacy Group consists of and supports 328 widows/widowers and disabled dependants from Phillip Island/San Remo, Wonthaggi, Corinella, Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Korumburra, Leongatha, Mirboo North, Meeniyan and Foster/Corner Inlet, with 33 dedicated local voluntary Legatees to provide care and assistance to the widows/widowers and disabled. Legacy also relies on the help of many volunteers from the Legacy clubs and RSL during Legacy Week and from Monday, August 29 through to Saturday, September 3 will be no exception, with many throughout South Gippsland braving the cool weather to sell badges.

Spreading word: from left, Inverloch Legacy widows Thelma Hewson, Margaret O’Halloran and Grace Schellenbach prepare to sit their shift selling merchandise for Legacy Week.

Budding wine connoisseurs take notice IF you’re an oenophile (a lover of wine), you’re probably wondering what’s keeping you from becoming a true wine connoisseur? Luckily, you don’t have to be a wine-maker or have a basement cellar in order to appreciate fine wine. With wines now costing from as little as a few dollars and the varieties available seeming to forever grow, maybe now it’s time to cut through the maze of choices. Wine educator and South Gippslander Rob Hicks has decided to offer wine appreciation sessions, one in each month of September, October or November. The first one will be held at the Jeetho Hall on Friday, September 22 from 4pm to 6pm. Rob will first take you through an understanding of wine; he will then talk about value wines and Gippsland’s best wines before winding up with a masked tasting to test your identification skills. Against a background of 32 years as a broadcaster, Rob’s affair with wine began in the 1960s, fermented into wine education in the seventies, export and commentary in the eighties and, from the nineties onwards, multi-media, presentation and more education both at home and abroad. Rob taught his first wine appreciation class in September 1977, at Melbourne’s ‘William Anglis’. Classes at CAE (Coun-

Thirst for knowledge: get to know more about wine by attending one of the three wine appreciation sessions being held this spring with wine educator Rob Hicks, pictured at The Gilded Lily Steakhouse Restaurant at the end of a four week trade class. cil of Adult Education) followed shortly after. In 1989, Rob started broadcasting Grape Expectations - a one hour wine, food and destinations program on Melbourne radio. The program ran variously at 3AK, 3UZ and 3AW (and 2GB) for 13 years. The program offered an on-going series of lunches, dinners and destinations over its lifetime. From 2002, Rob spent an increasing amount of time working with the consumer based Good Food and Wine Show (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide). Along with his wife Joan, Rob was responsible

for producing and presenting about one thousand wine appreciation sessions to a total of about 50,000 participants. Across these four decades, Rob played roles in the Melbourne Wine Show Awards Dinner, the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge and many regional wine and food events. Some of that continues today. Rob will offer understanding wine classes for both the wine interested public and trade from this spring. To take part or enquire about one of the courses, ring Rob Hicks on 0419 106 093 or email robert@ grapeexpectations.com.au


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Farmers united Suppliers stand behind MG By Sarah Vella DESPITE recording a large net loss and an expected reduction in milk supply, South Gippsland Murray Goulburn suppliers remain dedicated to the cooperative. The company recorded a net loss after tax of $370.8 million for the 2016-17 year, but managed to reduce its debt from $480 million at June 30 last year to $445 million at the end of June this year. The cooperative now expects total milk intake to be around two billion litres this season, down from the 2.3 billion litres predicted in July. Fonterra is also expecting to process around two billion litres of milk in the season ending June 2018, up from 1.5 billion litres last season. A Fonterra spokesperson said the growth had come from both new and existing suppliers. Murray Goulburn CEO Ari Mervis said MG’s milk intake this season “remains firmly in the hands of its suppliers”. According to reports, the cooperative has lost more than 400 suppliers since June last year, including 80 to its Leongatha factory, however MG would not confirm this information. The company confirmed it would maintain a southern region milk price of $5.20 per kilogram of milk solids, but said a final farmgate milk price of more than $5.20kg/MS remained “under review”. It said the final price was subject to exchange rates and dairy commodity prices, as well as retaining appropriate levels of milk intake. Buffalo dairy farmer Peter Young said without a cooperative, the dairy industry in Australia could not function. “It is farmer owned cooperatives that keep the industry strong,” he said.

Despite MG going through “a tight period”, Mr Young has not considered changing companies. His family has been supplying MG since the 1960s and he remains confident in the company. “Even if MG’s milk intake falls to two billion litres, it is still the same size as Fonterra after all of its gains,” he said. “I think MG will come back, but I am not fussed on whether or not it is the biggest processor. My hope is that it remains a strong cooperative. If it is not a cooperative, it is not worth having.” Mr Young said while he would like to earn more money for his milk, he understands MG has to look after its long term future. “The good thing about all this is that it has helped MG to refocus on its core values as a cooperative and I have confidence in Ari Mervis and (board chairman) John Spark,” he said. Mr Mervis said numerous small processors were very profitable. “You can be a small, efficient processor and you can deliver very good farm gate milk prices to your suppliers and you can be large and inefficient,” he said. Leongatha South MG supplier Gordon Vagg said MG has been in worse situations in the past and was confident the cooperative would “bounce back”. He said MG was open to more public scrutiny than other milk processors. “Other companies don’t have to divulge their losses. Everything in the Australian dairy industry is about Murray Goulburn,” he said. Mr Vagg said he has heard of farmers in other areas of Victoria struggling to get a second milk pick up because factories were full. He said that wouldn’t happen to an MG supplier. “Because MG is a cooperative, if you are a mem-

Keeping upbeat: Buffalo dairy farmer and Murray Goulburn supplier Peter Young remains confident in the cooperative, despite a poor end of year report. ber it is compelled to pick up your milk. Other big companies pick the cream of dairy farms. They are not interested in individuals,” he said. Adviser Grant Samuel warned it was critically important Murray Goulburn delivers the $5.20/kg MS milk price to minimise the risk of any further significant milk loss and the consequences that could follow. MG also confirmed its adviser Deutsch Bank AG had received a number of unsolicited proposals from third parties, since announcing its strategic review.

Cheesemaker tastes victory A MOYARRA cheesemaker was the only South Gippsland business to win at the Federation Business School Gippsland Business Awards on Friday night. Prom Country Cheese won the Food and Wine Production category, with judges praising the business’s vision and “balance between size of farm, ongoing growth and maintaining quality of product”. “They have identified new opportunities without impacting negatively on their core business. Significant technological and energy efficiency enhancements have increased productivity. A unique manufacturer of cheeses from a sustainable farm, focused on the delivery of a quality product,” a judge stated. The business is run by Burke and Bronwyn Brandon. Internet service provider Aussie Broadband took out the Services - Busi-

ness and Professional category on the way to winning the Business of the Year Award. Businesses from across Gippsland were well represented and had their time in the business sun in front of almost 400 people at the gala awards dinner at Premier Function Room, Traralgon. Other South Gippsland finalists were Venus Escapes at Venus Bay, Promhills Cabins at Yanakie, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese of Fish Creek, Harman Wines of Wattle Bank, Begin Bright of Leongatha, The Meeniyan Store at Meeniyan, Phillip Island RSL at Cowes, Cheeky Goose Cafe at Cowes, Prom Coast Ice Cream and Sorbet of Toora, Country Cart Waste Disposal of Leongatha, Hotondo Homes Inverloch Pty Ltd of Inverloch, and Blue Tree Honey Farm of Dumbalk. The 2017 Hall of Fame award recipient was the late Henry Donohue, Coldon Homes, Wonthaggi. He established Coldon Homes in 1966 and in 20 years the company became the largest builder of homes in re-

Win with flavour: Prom Country Cheese of Moyarra won the Food and Wine Production category of the Federation Business School Gippsland Business Awards. Pictured are the company’s Burke and Bronwyn Brandon with sponsor representative Cr Joe Rettino, East Gippsland Shire Council. gional Victoria, one of Australia’s leading volume builders and remains one of Victoria’s largest builders. In addition, Henry also established a chain of hardware stores throughout South Gippsland and a major frame,

truss, window and joinery factory in Wonthaggi, providing a livelihood to thousands of people. He was also a committed contributor to his community. The award was accepted by Anthea and Keith Donohue.


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OPINIONS

$44 for a trailer load?!

I RECENTLY took a small (level) 6x4 trailer load of waste to the Koonwarra tip. It cost me $44. It’s been some years since I took anything to the tip. At this exorbitant outrageous cost, I may well look at alternatives like many farmers I know do. I have just paid our rates that have tripled since I acquired our small property in the early 1990s. I am left wondering exactly what we get for our rates? I recall a time when ratepayers were rightly allocated several passes to the tip annually as part of their rates. Where we live, there are no rubbish collection facilities. Why has this been discontinued? It’s time our new councillors directed the CEO to either start providing realistic tip fees or else take a walk. I am sure there are other capable CEOs keen to take on the role for half the money. Why are we having to pay extortionate rates yet when we rarely utilise a required facility that is ours, we have to pay extortionate

fees as well? Discussing this with a friend over lunch, he advises everybody is complaining but as usual nothing gets done. That’s not acceptable. Are we seriously encouraging everybody to take their waste to one central point? I think not. I am aware of many who dig holes in their own property and dump their rubbish therein. That’s not what we as a community should be accepting. Equally we should not be accepting near $50 costs for a small trailer load. It’s akin to highway robbery. I’m sick of this council sucking exorbitant rates from ratepayers yet not providing core services. Council, attention please, sort the problem! Tony Griggs and Linda Nicol, Hallston.

Silenced, unhappy I PREVIEWED the brief South Gippsland Shire Council meeting agenda online. This indicated there were no community questions. I drove to town to then attend 100 minutes of council deliberations, including a protracted 40 minutes of what could only be described as immature bick-

E D I T O R I A L Let’s keep our forests THE fight to save beautiful bushland at Mirboo North from forestry should not just be that community’s responsibility alone. VicForests, a State Government owned business, will today (Tuesday) officially unveil a proposal to log native forest north of the township. Most South Gippslanders would know the forest as bordering the Strzelecki Highway, creating a scenic drive that is rare not only in our region but also further afield. This bushland is a perfect example of the forest that once graced the Strzeleckis and while most people would admire this forest because it is easily visible, that does not mean we should overlook its significance while more remote forests are logged without public complaint. In a day and age where there is relatively little forest to be appreciated, we must preserve what we have, not only for human enjoyment but for ecological benefit too. State forest holds tourism appeal in addition to its environmental benefits, as shown by the popularity of the Lyrebird Forest Walk, which The Star has been told will be affected by the logging. This walk is the result of the tirelessness of volunteers who have created a spectacular trail and then rebuilt it after the walk was destroyed by bushfire. We’ve also been told logging will be undertaken within Mirboo North’s water catchment, putting the quality of town water at risk. How can VicForests guarantee water quality will not be affected by likely sedimentary run-off? The best aspect of this proposal is that it’s just that. VicForests will seek community feedback on the logging plan and that’s why all South Gippslanders, South Gippsland Shire Council and community groups are urged to lodge submissions to preserve this serene forest that we still have. Once the axemen move in, we’ll never get it back.

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Letters to the Editor

ering over a 10 minute VCAT report vindicating Cr Don Hill. Thank you Don for your humble yet forthright response. Many in this council seem oblivious to the $32 million plus that Don’s persistent stirring has saved the ratepayers of this shire in not proceeding with the highly controversial municipal precinct. Unfortunately we have had to spend $45,000 or 0.14% of the municipal precinct project to achieve this outcome. Small fry you will agree! Congratulations to Don for winning the appeal and commiserations to those councillors who have been forced into signing the current council Code of Conduct which I believe limits both their freedom of speech and their ability to represent the ratepayers. At the conclusion of the council meeting I asked for permission to make a personal two minute statement on a matter of significant urgency for council. It was regarding the unofficial Koonwarra-Meeniyan detour to avoid Black Spur project delays. My request was denied without explanation. I learned it was due to C45, a document devised locally to silence both dissent and constructive comment from the public, comments seen by certain councillors as ‘time wasting’! This document needs to be replaced immediately to enable ratepayers and residents to make useful suggestions to this council. Over the course of this year there have been many issues needing consideration by both councillors and staff, particularly the bureaucracy. I get the feeling that we are not wanted or needed by them. Bring back freedom of speech and questions without notice at the end of council meetings. Otto Ippel, South Gippsland Action Group.

Chicken lives matter I WAS dismayed to read about

the proposal for a 400 thousand bird broiler farm at Wooreen. Not only will this be devastating for the residents living close by but also isn’t it time we begin to change from the practice of factory farming animals in what many regard as crowded and cruel conditions? Society is already moving away from the practice of caged hens for eggs. Isn’t it time to begin treating animals in a more humane and respectful way? Stavroula O’Reilly, Pound Creek.

Logging outrage DID you know that VicForests is planning to cut all our trees down at Mirboo North – clear felling of old growth? Did you know it has already removed track signs, road signs and any other identity markers? Did you know it has already calculated the amount woodchip timber and milling timber in these coupes? But that is not available for public knowledge, nor is the dollar value. I thought it was ours, the people and friends of Mirboo North. Did you know they are mill quality logs and chipping timber in the Bath’s Road Reserve? Did you know when travelling from Morwell to Mirboo North all the trees on the left hand side (east) to Ricardo Road will all be gone; from Ricardo Road to the pumping station will all be gone and that is part of the Lyrebird Forest Walk? Turn right off the highway and everything on the south side of Samson Road will all be gone, including every tree bounded by Doug’s Track (named in honour of Doug Randall who maintained the area throughout his life). It is the only area in the entire state that has old growth Messmate (stringbark) that is not logged or even had a fire in it. It’s very unique. It is the only area known around

here where the eastern barred bandicoot survives, let alone the sugar gliders and one of only two places that a particular rare orchid exists; the other being Lyrebird Forest Walk. Did you know all the trees along Railway Road bounded by the rail trail all the way to Old Darlimurla Road will be gone? That is all the trees at the north side of the cemetery and beyond. Did you know that VicForests do not wish to tell the children at the schools it is going to cut all the trees down? Did you know the dirty money from the logging is not even going to come back to Mirboo North? It is to be put in general revenue. What will happen to our environmental tourism plan? What will we tell our visitors, bush walkers, campers, motorbike riders, horse riders or the people who just want to drive around and smell our bush flora and fauna? What about all the volunteers who have spent tens of thousands of hours maintaining tracks that allow Joe public to have access if they wish? Leave our nature alone. We will not be dictated to by shiny seated bureaucrats who are going to interfere with our community for a dollar. There are words to be said. The department seems to be good at lighting fires. Let’s see if they can put this one out. Grant O’Neill, Mirboo North.

Desal waste BARELY six months ago, Aquasure was quite prepared to burn 200,000 litres of dirty diesel fuel per day, and literally drive residents from their homes, in order to fulfill a politically-expedient and pointless water order. Five years of preparations and $3 billion of our money were not

sufficient to ensure its timely delivery. Blame is being attributed to a faulty power cable which was designed, constructed and maintained by Aquasure. We should be due for a large refund. The public/ private partnership model used was supposed to protect us from such corporate incompetence. Perhaps, in the words of our premier, the contract is not worth the paper it is written on. Strong capability and performance-validated - hardly! Had the $30 million water cost been spent on rebuilding Wonthaggi Secondary College, generations of students and the long-suffering staff could be enjoying a world class educational experience. A few maths classes and taxdeductible scholarships are an insultingly poor substitute. The voluminous Environmental Effects Study asserted the Bass Coast was unlikely to be important whale habitat. Our question was if all the experts could not see something as big as a whale, then what else had they missed? We advised two federal environment ministers (Garrett and Burke), the head honchos of the financing banks (Westpac and NAB), and the EES panel, all to no avail. We even sent them photographs! Mr Brassington has now admitted there are indeed many Humpbacks and Southern Rights. All the experts were obviously wrong, so how can we now be reassured by his claims that there will be minimal environmental damage from the Great White Elephant? To his credit, Greg Hunt was the only politician who took our concerns seriously. Aquasure has never provided any evidence to back up its claims. Our requests for transparent environmental monitoring remain unheeded. Mark Robertson, president, Watershed Victoria.

VOXPOP! VOX

Why do you think it’s important for Leongatha to host the Daffodil Festival?

“I think it’s really important because Leongatha never really has major events to attract people to the town. Hopefully the Daffodil Festival will bring people into town.”

Glenys Paterson, Leongatha.

“It’s good because it will attract tourism as well as locals to the small businesses in the town. It gives people a reason to visit Leongatha.”

Scott Cameron, Leongatha South.

“It’s important because it will get the community involved and it’s a good opportunity to celebrate all of the businesses in town. It’s also a chance for young people to show off their talents.”

“It’s a point of interest attracting people to the town. It will bring the community together to have a good time.”

Clare Williams, Leongatha.

Sophie Clarkson, Leongatha.

Second crash in two months A VEHICLE pulling out onto the South Gippsland Highway at Foster failed to give way, causing a collision, on Friday, police said.

Danger zone: a driver failed to give way and caused an accident at Foster on Friday.

Police said this was the second accident that had occurred on this black spot intersection in the last two months and advised drivers to be aware. On Friday, A 53 year old Toora woman driving

a Peugeot turned right onto the highway, hitting a Ford Territory travelling west around 4.15pm. The 67 year old man from Mount Eliza driving the Ford Territory was unable to avoid the Peugeot pulling out and crashed into the side of it. The passenger of the Ford Territory, a 65 year old Mount Eliza woman, and the Peugeot driver were taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traralgon, but were not admitted.


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Peter Pan is coming to Leongatha PRIMARY and secondary students at Chairo Christian School’s Leongatha campus, together with staff members and families, are excited to be presenting the musical Disney’s Peter Pan Junior this week. “Our productions are always combined primary and secondary events because they build community and provide opportunities for everyone to use their different gifts as they work together as a school family,” teacher and director Christine Hibma said. “Each student from Prep to Year 10 will be involved in some way, whether performing on stage or working behind the scenes with lighting, sound, costumes, choreography or props.” Campus principal Anthony Collier has been impressed by the involvement of so many members of the school community. “Parents have been building sets and making costumes, along with searching through op shops to find the perfect props for Peter Pan,” he said. Peter Pan Junior is an adventure full of pirates, lost boys, Indians and mermaids. The set is complete, costumes are coming together and classes have been practising songs. Mrs Hibma said, “It’s not uncommon to walk around the school and hear songs

from Peter Pan being sung by students of all ages. “Two years ago, when we staged Fiddler on the Roof Junior, a Chairo dad played the role of Tevye to provide some added support for the young cast. “This year students are playing all of the parts in Peter Pan.” Students have been attending lunchtime and after school rehearsals, and are now counting the days until the performances in Chairo’s Pioneers Hall in Horn Street, Leongatha on Friday, September 1 at 11.30am and 7.30pm and Saturday, September 2 at 7.30pm. Everyone in the community is welcome to purchase tickets at the school office and come along to enjoy Disney’s Peter Pan Junior.

Meet the cast: Chairo Christian School students and Peter Pan Junior cast, back row, from left, student Eva Sande playing Wendy, Toby Gale playing Michael, Anton Shields laying John, Natasha Hibma playing Tiger Lily, Shekinah Hart playing Mr Smee and front row, Rafalea Ball playing the crocodile and Levi Boucher as Peter Pan have been busy rehearsing for their school production to be staged this week.

South Gippsland Shire briefs Boundary shifts SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is proposing to re-align part of Moyes Road, Stony Creek to clarify land boundaries with an adjoining land owner. The owner of the adjoining property has made improvements on a portion of the road, while part of the road was formed on private property. The adjoining landowner is keen for the process to proceed to clarify the property boundaries. Council’s acting manager sustainable communities Geoff McKinnon said the land could be exchanged to rectify the issue. “As the area of the road being used privately is a government road the changes are subject to ministerial consent which has been received,” he said. “The pieces of land identified as part of the exchange are of similar value due to their matching size, irregular shape and access. “Due to these factors, the land exchange should be relatively straightforward and will ensure property boundaries are clear for the future.”

Submissions can be made in writing to the Chief Executive Officer, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953 or via email to council@southgippsland.vic.gov.au until September 26. Submitters will have the opportunity to speak to their submission at a Special Committee of Council in a closed session. If no public submissions are received the proposal will go ahead with a notice published in the Victorian Government Gazette.

Praise for money makers MEMBERS of Grants Only Group (GOG) at Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay continue to bring money to the coast. The volunteers work with community groups to write grant applications and have a 43 percent success rate, Cr Alyson Skinner told South Gippsland Shire Council recently. GOG charges an administration fee of between

$50 and $400. “I congratulate the volunteers who put in a significant amount of time for our community,” Cr Skinner said.

Gallery role STOCKYARD Gallery at Foster needs a new secretary, Cr Alyson Skinner told South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday. The gallery and shop is run by volunteers, and hosts exhibitions and art prizes.

Transport action A MAJOR transport advocacy group may come to South Gippsland. South East Australian Transport Strategy (SEATS) campaigns for transport improvements from Melbourne through to south of Sydney, including South Gippsland. Cr Jeremy Rich is South Gippsland Shire Council’s representative on that group and he is

hoping South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils may be able to host a meeting of SEATS in February 2018. Cr Rich said council, and the region, needs to have shovel ready projects – such as roads – ready to go in case funding opportunities suddenly arise. At the recent SEATS meeting at Sale, Cr Rich spoke about the Black Spur realignment on the South Gippsland Highway at Koonwarra, improvements forthcoming to the South Gippsland Highway at Korumburra, near Coal Creek, and possible improvements to the Bass Highway between Leongatha and Anderson.

Ambitious women DEPUTY mayor Cr Maxine Kiel has praised the Southern Business Women’s Network for hosting a successful annual general meeting at Inverloch recently. Cr Kiel said of the 112 ladies present, she was delighted to see so many young women attend and join the network committee.


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Children will love scouts GIRLS and boys ready for adventure are welcome to join 2nd Korumburra Scout Group.

Celebrating children: Taylen Hutchinson received the Cub Scout of the Year Award at the 2nd Korumburra Scouts annual general meeting on August 1. The leaders behind are Cliff Dent, Gippsland Region Commissioner for Scouts, Heidi Marshall, Jarrod Dubignon, and Steve Cue, 2nd Korumburra Cub Scout leaders.

The unit offers Joey Scouts for five to eight year olds, with lots of fun and chances to make new friends. Play games, read stories, sing songs and do craft activities. Learn about nature, fly a kite or go bushwalking. Joeys also learn useful skills, like how to help in an emergency, and be rewarded with badges. Cub Scouts for eight to 11 year olds offers many outdoor activities such as camping and canoeing, gliding and billy-karting. You can also learn traditional Scouting skills like tying knots, using a map and compass, play games and make friends, and aim for badges. Scouts, for 11 to 15 year olds, offers more adventurous outdoor activities, bush navigation, water safety and how to tie useful knots.

Scouts gain life skills such as resilience, leadership and responsibility, and make friends across Australia and the world. Venturer Scouts, for 15 to 17 year olds, is a do it yourself mix of fun, adventure, personal development and friendship. New leaders are always welcome. The group meets at the Scout Hall, 39 Queen Street, Korumburra. Contact details for each group are: Joeys Scouts: Tuesdays, 5-6pm. Phone Michael 5659 2122. Cub Scouts: Thursdays, 7-8pm. Phone Heidi 0418 384 128. Scouts: Tuesdays, 7-9pm. Phone Belinda 0407 838 268. Venturer Scouts: Wednesdays, 7-9pm. Phone Belinda 0407 838 268.

Councillors explain expenses bills By Brad Lester CR LORRAINE Brunt reckons she provides good value for money for South Gippsland Shire Council ratepayers. Her council expenses amounted to $31,379 for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. At $9000 less than Cr Andrew McEwen, another councillor re-elected, she said her lower bill was further evidence she should not have to pay back money to council in the wake of conduct hearings that cost council $45,730. Cr Brunt, along with former councillors Jim Fawcett and Mohya Davies, took action against Cr Don Hill, claiming he was dishonest and intimidating towards council staff. An appeal exonerated Cr Hill and he wants Cr Brunt to pay back some of council’s costs. Cr Hill’s council expenses amounted to $34,601for the 2016-17 financial year. He said his expenses proved he was not rorting the system, in the wake of concerns about him using council resources to print a ward newsletter last year. He said he had spent $900 several times repairing his personal car after colliding with wombats while travelling for council business.

• South Gippsland • South Gippsland • South Gippsland • South Gippsland Shire Councillor Shire Councillor Shire Councillor Cr Shire Councillor Andrew McEwen. Meg Edwards. Lorraine Brunt. Don Hill. Cr Hill believed councillors with high travel costs should be praised as those bills proved they were meeting with constituents. Cr McEwen explained his travel reimbursement of $11,978 by saying, “I am on two committees in Melbourne and the waste forum in Gippsland which involved, at times, significant travel. I attend innumerable meetings and constituent enquiries. “I understand that the recompense level is significantly below the RACV recommended levels. It is only a reimbursement for costs.

“The sign of a good local member is their diligence and commitment to the community.” Cr McEwen said he was unsure why his mobile phone/ iPad expense of $1348 was high and said he would seek an explanation from council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin. Cr Meg Edwards said she was reimbursed $3018 for childcare costs incurred while attending to council business. Commenting on that, Cr Lorraine Brunt said, “If we can’t fund that, we can’t get younger people.”

Teens jab to beat meningococcal TEENAGERS in Bass Coast and South Gippsland are doing their bit for the community by getting the free meningococcal vaccine. To combat a recent rise in cases of deadly strains of meningococcal disease, the Victorian Government has introduced a free, time limited vaccination program for young people aged 15 to 19 in Victoria. The councils’ immunisation nurses are rolling out the vaccine to students in years 10, 11 and 12 at secondary schools. To receive the vaccine at secondary school, 15, 16 and 17 year olds need consent from a parent or guardian, while 18 and 19 year olds can provide their own consent. Parents or guardians must complete and return the consent card that eligible young people bring home from school. Bass Coast deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari said local young people were mostly welcoming of immunisation initiatives in spite of the ‘needle factor’. “The more young people and their parents take up the offer to protect themselves, the more effectively we will

be able to halt the spread of this very serious disease,” he said. There were 48 cases of the previously rare ‘W’ strain in 2016, up from just one in 2013. Cases of the ‘Y’ strain are also increasing. Young people receiving the meningococcal vaccine will be protected against the ‘W’ strain, as well as the ‘A’, ‘C’ and ‘Y’ strain. • Bass Coast Shire Fifteen to 19 year olds Council deputy are the most common aged mayor Brett Tessari. group to carry meningococcal disease. Although uncommon, meningococcal disease can become life threatening very quickly. After initial flu like systems, which can include sensitivity to light, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting or mental

confusion, a rash of red or purple pinprick spots or larger bruises can appear. If somebody close to you experiences there signs and symptoms, and seems sicker than you would expect with a normal infection, seek medical help immediately. Survivors often lose fingers, toes or limbs. Invasive meningococcal disease causes death in about five to 10 percent. The vaccine is safe and effective and free until December 31 at scheduled school vaccination days, council immunisation sessions or from local GPs. For health advice, call Nurse On Call on 1300 60 60 24, or call 000 in an emergency. For more information about local immunisation initiatives, contact council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211. To find out more about meningococcal disease or the free vaccine program, call www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/ menvax. In Bass Coast, vaccine programs will be held at Newhaven College Boys Home Road campus on September 5, Bass Coast Specialist School on September 7, and Wonthaggi McBride campus on September 21.

Mayor’s message Cr Ray Argento On Friday night I had the great pleasure to attend the Gippsland Business Awards. Nine South Gippsland businesses were recognised as finalists in the 2017 Gippsland Business Awards. They were competing with many other Gippsland businesses in seven different categories. This is a recognition of the quality and diversity of businesses across the shire. Many of these businesses have been consistent winners in industry and other awards. The finalists from South Gippsland were: • Begin Bright Leongatha: Franchise; • Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese: Food and Wine Production; • Blue Tree Honey Farm: Tourism; • Country Cart Waste Disposal: Services – Personal and Other; • Prom Coast Ice-Cream and Sorbet: Manufacturing and Export; • Prom Country Cheese: Food and Wine Production;

• Prom Hills Cabins: Accommodation; • The Meeniyan Store: Retail; and • Venus Escapes: Accommodation. It is a credit to the passionate owners of these enterprises that they stand out from amongst all the hundreds of businesses across the region. It also says a lot about the future of economic growth in South Gippsland that the majority of these businesses are involved in the fine food and tourism industries. I hope that when you are next inclined to take a day trip, buy a treat, use a service or recommend a place to stay that you think of these awarded local businesses. And without further ado I’d like to congratulate the only South Gippsland winner: Prom Country Cheese! This is a fabulous achievement as they have now won in the same category for a second time. On behalf of all my fellow councillors I’d like to commend everyone involved with the awards, but particularly those South Gippsland finalists. You do us all proud.


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Tour Europe with Trafalgar Tours in 2018 THIS year as Leongatha Travel and Cruise celebrates 25 years under the same family ownership, they are very excited to be working closely again with another family run travel company in Trafalgar Tours, which is celebrating 70 years of guided travel in 2017. Like Trafalgar Tours, Jill and Ed Carmody, owners of Leongatha Travel and Cruise, believe travel should be fun, while being “effortless and authentic”. “That’s why I have held annual film and information evenings for the past 25 years with Trafalgar Tours as our choice of touring company,” Jill said. “Our relationship is well established and we have been an award winning agency with them throughout that time. Our confidence is well founded with Trafalgar Tours delivering carefully crafted itineraries that delve deep into each destination with trip styles that showcase the best of every location. “With the core values of unrivalled value, stress free travel and a focus on local knowledge, it is no surprise Trafalgar Tours consistently win awards for travel excellence. “Their commitment to excellence is highlighted by the use of independent review company Feefo, where past and current passengers can add their unfiltered and unadjusted reviews online. Jill said Leongatha Travel and Cruise is proud of

its long partnership with Trafalgar Tours. “Having travelled with them on many occasions, including our successful Christmas Markets group departure in 2015, I have found we have a mutual respect for our clients and work to bring their travel dreams into reality,” she said. “This is also why I have chosen Trafalgar Tours to arrange our forthcoming group departure to Britain in August 2018. “For this year’s information evening, we are not only hosting Trafalgar Tours and Costsaver by Trafalgar but also their sister companies, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises and Creative Cruising.” Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has been traversing the world’s waterways for more than 30 years in luxury river ships. With a focus on an allinclusive boutique travel experience, passengers want for nothing while on-board, and can achieve more flexibility to select their own shore excursions. This year Uniworld is introducing its newest product, U by Uniworld, Boutique River cruising with an innovative and fresh approach to cruising for 21 to 45 year olds. With a relaxed style of travel, the ships have been specially fitted out to include rooftop lounges and single occupancy rooms. Creative Cruising offers a choice of cruise companies for International Ocean cruising. In reality this means cruises operated by all the major shipping companies, from Azamara to Voyages to Antiquity.

Charming place: the town of Oban in Scotland reflects the unique architecture travellers will enjoy.

Marvel at the beauty of Great Britain AFTER the success of their Scandinavia group departure in July this year, Jill Carmody, manager of Leongatha Travel and Cruise, could not wait to get started on this exclusive itinerary. “After many years of being a top selling agent with Trafalgar Tours, it’s very exciting to be working with them so closely on this itinerary,” Jill said. “Being a local business in a regional area, I feel it’s really important that we continue to offer our clients unique and diverse itineraries that depart from here in South Gippsland.” The carefully handcrafted itinerary combines the very best of the historic cities and beautiful scenic counties throughout Great Britain. “I am so excited to be presenting this itinerary,” Jill said. “There is nothing else like it currently on the market and I look forward to sharing it with the travellers of South Gippsland.” Your journey begins in the capital London, where you will immerse yourself in the history and grandeur of Westminster, St Paul’s, The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace. You may wish to spend some free time exploring one of the many great museums, take in a West End show or indulge in some shopping in the many specialty and department stores in the city, including the world famous store, Harrods. After several days of exploring the old and the new in this cosmopolitan city, the tour travels on to the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge to walk the hallowed halls in these centres of learning. Next will be historic York and Edinburgh where

you will be able to admire the precision, timing and incredible sounds of the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo. No visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to St Andrew’s and the hallowed turf of golf. Embrace your inner highlander as we travel onto Inverness and enjoy a cruise on beautiful Loch Ness. Discover the unrivalled beauty of the Isle of Skye before boarding the Jacobite Steam train for the iconic journey over the Glenfinnan aqueduct. Travel back to Glasgow via Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle, home of many of the kings and queens of Scotland including the infamous Mary, Queen of Scots. Crossing the border back into England visit UNESCO listed New Lanark and Gretna Green before taking in the scenic beauty of the Lakes District. Then we are off to visit the home of the ‘Fab Four’ and explore the Beatles Story museum. Spend the next couple of days admiring the rugged beauty of Wales as we travel through Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons. The Cotswolds and Bath are our next destinations on this incredible journey, where there will be plenty of free time to immerse yourself in the Georgian architecture and famous Roman Baths. Continuing south down to Cornwall and Devon, we follow the coast along to Plymouth, Penzance and St Michael’s Mount. To end our wonderful journey we travel back to Windsor for our final stay and to visit the last Castle on our journey through Majestic Britain. For more information on the itinerary or to secure your place today, contact Jill on 03 5662 3601.

Historical setting: the Roman Baths in Bath are an iconic British destination. They have a ship for everyone, from boutique small ship sailings to the giants of the sea, so there is no corner of the globe you can’t explore. Cruising in Europe has never been more popular with itineraries taking in the very best of the Aegean, Mediterranean and Baltic seas, you can even match an ocean cruise to your Trafalgar Tour to create a truly individual holiday experience. “The Trafalgar preview will give one a taste of what is to come for the 2018 summer season,” Jill said. “After a sell-out season in 2017, we are very excited to see the new brochure and what specials will be offered to our clients.” While Trafalgar is synonymous with touring in Europe it is important to note their award winning tours span three other continents. “The two new Americas brochures are now in store for travel in 2018, with special offers still available on many departures in North, South and Central America,” Jill said. The 2018 Asia brochure is also available with spectacular itineraries available in Japan, India and

China, to only name a few. While the 2017 brochure will be superseded, the Autumn, Winter and Spring 2017-2018 brochure will continue over coming months to provide first class tours throughout Europe and Britain, including a fine collection of Christmas Markets tours. “These companies are all part of The Travel Corporation, whom we love to work with as they maintain the same core value as our business,” Jill said. Creative Cruising sums it up best with their mission statement of “We pride ourselves in providing an enjoyable, enriched travel experience by offering the highest standard of product, service, value, reliability and financial stability”. With the events of the past week, never has it been more important than passengers having trust that their travel provider and agent is secure and reliable. To register for the film and information evening on September 19, or to find out more about any of these products please contact the friendly team at Leongatha Travel and Cruise on 5662 3601.


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Children bring book St Joseph’s celebrate reading STUDENTS, teachers, parents and a handful of preschool siblings gathered to parade their costumes for Book Week on Friday morning at St Joseph’s Primary School in Korumburra. Characters came to life during the parade. There were witches, superheros, princesses, The Cat in the Hat, fairytale figures, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and even a unicorn. “We had a fun morning Story time: from left, Tarwin Valley Primary School students Lylah, Holly showing off our costumes and Olivia captured many stories including The Little Lie Lylah, Marge in to parents as part of the paCharge and Too Many Pears for Book Week on Wednesday. rade,” principal Michelle Charlton said. “This week we had a book fair with lots of students purchasing some books. TARWIN Valley Pri- great “There was a prize for mary School celebrat- the best dressed boy and

Characters galore

ed book week with a special parade on Wednesday morning.

Fun day: St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra students dressed up as their favourite characters for Book week on Friday. From left, Bella dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, Charlotte dressed as Hermione from Harry Potter, Brodie dressed as Steve from Minecraft and Sophie was Harley Quinn. girl from each level of a $10 voucher to be used at the book fair.”

Students dressed up as their favourite character from their favourite book for the day. “It was great seeing so many students dress up for the book character parade,” Tarwin Valley Primary School principal Brett Smith said. “The creativity of the students and parents/carers always amazes me; I hope all the students take fond memories of the event.”

Looking the part: Emily and Isabelle coordinated their costumes for Book Week held at St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra on Friday. The girls dressed as the Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

Disney dress ups: Tarwin Valley Primary School Prep students Hannah and Hayley dressed as Elsa and Ana from the book Frozen for Book Week celebrations on Wednesday.

Love books at Tarwin STAFF and students at Tarwin Lower Primary School dressed as a characters from their favourite book to celebrate Book Week last Tuesday, August 22.

Left, The boys: St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra student Owen dressed as Cyril Rioli from Hawthorn Football Club and Ky dressed as Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

Chairo on parade THERE was an excited buzz in the air as Leongatha’s Chairo Christian School community came together to celebrate Book Week and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards.

array of ingenious costumes based on book characters on Monday, August 21. Throughout the week students participated in a range of activities including the very popular Cook a Book Students have been readcompetition. Students decoing each short listed book in rated cakes using a book as their library time. their inspiration. Members of Everyone took part in a the school community voted whole school parade, where students guessed the charStudents and teachers on which cake they liked the acter and book they were came dressed in an amazing best. Prizes and certificates dressed as. were awarded for cakes that Above left, Reptile received the most votes. theme: from left, Reeve, “Book Week at Chairo Kodie and Cody J were is about encouraging students to read, learn about the Ninja Turtles at Tarnew books, share favourite win Lower Primary writers and illustrators, look School’s Book Week through old favourite books event last Tuesday, Auand to take time to be alone gust 22. and just read,” Chairo library teacher Margy Bishop said.

Left, Disney flavour: Lucy and Angel were inspired by Minnie Mouse when they chose their costumes for Tarwin Lower Primary School’s Book Week event on Tuesday, August 22.

Big rawr: Elly-May dressed as the lion from the book A Lion in the Night for the Chairo Book fun: Chairo Christian School students Tilly book parade held on and Daniel dressed to impress at the Chairo book Monday, August 21. parade in Leongatha last Monday, August 21.

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characters to life

Fairytale favourites: from left, Imogen Lindsay, Milli Cicala, Mia Plenkovich, Eve Pollitt, Marli Carter, Tess Wingfield and Grace Burns recreated the seven dwarves for Book Week at St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi.

Creative characters at St Joseph’s STUDENTS and teachers transformed themselves into real life versions of their favourite book characters as part of the Book Week celebrations at St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi, on Wednesday. At the annual parade held in the school gym, there was much excitement as family and friends came to watch each grade show their ideas and creative costumes. Grades 5 and 6 students showed their amazing skills in the kitchen for the Bake a Book display, which produced some fantastic entries

Creative bunch: from left, Inverloch Primary School Preps Sass, Indi, Dal, Charlie and Ellie loved the chance to dress up for Book Week on Thursday.

for the whole school to marvel at. Book Week is an anticipated highlight of the school year. It is a great opportunity to focus on the importance of books and why students love reading. The theme for 2017 was ‘Escape to Everywhere’, and during the week, the students immersed themselves in reading and activities supporting the theme.

Oompa Loompas: from left, Eva Brown and Estella Kane Dipaolo took inspiration from beloved children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Costumes through the pages THE pages of their favourite books were brought to life by the students of Welshpool and District Primary School last Tuesday, August 22 as part of Book Week.

Great effort: Welshpool and District Primary School was full of characters as part of Book Week last Tuesday, August 22, including students Lucy, Chelsea, Thomas, Brydee, Katelyn, Isiaha, Charlee, Abbey and Michael.

A lot of work was put into the costumes, which portrayed characters such as The Cat in the Hat, The Hungry Caterpillar and Franklin the Turtle. The school also ran a book fair for the week, from which a portion of the money made will be returned to the school in credit. The school will use the money to purchase new books and classroom readers for students.

Magical group: from left, Sian, Grace, Ruby, Poppy and Tyla as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter fame during Book Week at Inverloch Primary School last Thursday.

Children show off INVERLOCH and Kongwak primary schools students enjoyed a whole school reading of The Cat in the Hat for Book Week last Thursday. The assembly was followed by a parade of characters before children split into multi-age groups to work on activities about stories. Some activities included making cartoon books and storyboards, listening to stories and acting them out, designing a book cover, a Nintendo fan: Mario Brothers Riley and Mason scavenger hunt and creating from Kongwak Primary School looked their parts a mural. during Book Week last Thursday.

Students celebrate Book Week WONTHAGGI North Primary School celebrated Book Week with a dress up day on Friday. The students kicked off the morning with a parade, which allowed them to show other students, parents and teachers their exciting costume ideas. Under the theme ‘Escape to Everywhere’, a range of diverse characters were brought to life on the day.

Right, Cool costumes: from left, Grade 1 and 2 students Shae, Kyra, Matilda (front) and Cruze dressed up as their favourite characters for Book Week at Wonthaggi North Primary School on Friday. Left, Mix of costumes: from left, Grade 5 and 6 students Ryan, Oliver, Kade, Jaxon and Harry had some interesting ideas for Book Week at Wonthaggi North Primary School on Friday.


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Autobarn backs beyondblue All genres of vehicles are welcome with a cost of LEONGATHA Autobarn is on a mission, $20 per vehicle. Visitors can expect to find a diverse so start your engines. Join the Cruise and Meet to support beyondblue on Saturday, September 2. The cruise will be starting at the Caldermeade BP at 7.45am for an 8.15am departure and arriving at Inverloch boat ramp at 9.10am. Participants will be finishing at Michael Place in Leongatha at 10am. Everyone is welcome to come along. Vehicle owners are welcome to display their vehicle in the Autobarn car park, the RSL car park or Michael Place prior to the Cruise and Meet if they do not wish to participate.

and interesting range of street and race cars. “In years gone by we’ve seen impressive turnouts and I think this year has the potential to be a lot bigger due to more going on,” owner of Leongatha Autobarn Peter McNiven said. “I’m generally overwhelmed with the amount of support we have received in the lead up to the event.” Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. In Australia, there are more than 3000 suicides each year and 75 percent of victims are men. “It’s for a great cause and it’s not often people realise how many people it affects. It tends to be an ignored subject, so this is a great way to bring awareness,” Mr McNiven said. Cool Classics Club of Australia Korumburra sub-branch will hold a barbecue and all proceeds will go towards beyondblue. All funds raised will go directly to beyondblue so it can continue supporting Australians suffering with depression or anxiety. Blue wristbands are available for purchase on the day and all proceeds will go to beyondblue. Check out Autobarn Leongatha’s Facebook page for details regarding the Cruise and Meet. Give Autobarn Leongatha a heads up on 5662 Supportive team: from left, Leongatha Autobarn crew members, Chloe Rodda, Sophie 2329 if you’re planning on putting your vehicle on McAlpine, Gary Goodwin and owner Peter McNiven will be supporting beyondblue with a Cruise and Meet as well as a display on Saturday, September 2. display.

Gemstone experts to shine THE South Gippsland Gemstone and the rooms of the Leongatha Bowls Club Lapidary Club will set up a display in on Saturday, September 2 as part of the Leongatha Daffodil Festival. It will be Leongatha’s biggest and best gemstone exhibition with sales and displays of gemstones, minerals, club members’ polished stones all on display, demonstrations, showcases and more. “It’s an opportunity for people to see the things the South Gippsland Gemstone and Lapidary Club do,” secretary of the Leongatha Gemstone and Lapidary Club Chris Rump said. “It’s pleasing for us to be able to show people how we can turn nothing into something really quite beautiful and precious.” Visitors are welcome to bring in their own stones they have found for feedback from club members in regards to the stones potential. Items such as greeting cards, soaps, pot plants and homemade cakes will be available for purchase. An opal expert and a faceting expert will be present on the day for visitors to speak with.

Polished performance: Leongatha Gemstone and Lapidary Club secretary Chris Rump will help set up a display of gemstones in the Leongatha Bowls Club rooms on Saturday, September 2 for the Leongatha Daffodil Festival.


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Stunning garden to open DISCOVER one of the finest gardens in Leongatha this Saturday and Sunday during the Leongatha Daffodil Festival. Vibrant lawns, meandering paths, beautiful flowers and unique garden ornaments define Glenys and Barry Paterson’s magnificent two acre garden at 48A Parr Street. Bring your own picnic to enjoy any of the numerous picnic spots throughout the garden. The features of the garden include stunning ponds with water features and an impressive daffodil section. “We always like talking to people when they visit. We’re very social people,” Mrs Paterson said. “Visitors are welcome to spend as much time in our garden as they like. They can even bring a picnic if they want.” Mrs Paterson has been working on the garden every day for the past two months in the lead up to the open days. There will be tea and coffee available in the garden. Come and experience the Patersons’ extraordinary garden. Relax and enjoy the quiet side of the festival. The garden will be open to the public on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 from Breathtaking: pop in and explore Glenys and Barry Paterson’s spectacular garden this Saturday in conjunction with the Leongatha Daffodil Festival. 10am to 4pm.

Embroidery to inspire THE Leongatha Country Group is part of the Embroiderers Guild Victoria, which has branches and groups covering Victoria. The Leongatha group has approximately 30 members and the 30 Years of Needle and Thread exhibition will display both retrospective and current pieces produced by members at the Leongatha Daffodil Festival. Works will cover all techniques of embroidery. The display will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Peart Street, Leongatha on Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturday from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Some pieces have their origins such as stitches, methods and designs dating back centuries and others are very contemporary using threads, wires, fab-

rics and other materials not normally associated with embroidery. On display will be utilitarian pieces, table runners, mats, stunning framed pieces and contemporary 3D pieces. Several quilts and a Christmas display will delight all who see it. The public is invited to vote for their preferred piece in the No 30 Challenge, with the number 30 being somewhere in the piece. A special feature of the exhibition will be the Joyful and Triumphant Johnston Collection pieces. Leongatha was privileged to be part of this prestigious exhibition in 2015. There will be a range of boutique items for sale all handmade by members. A light luncheon and refreshments will be available for a gold coin donation.

Creative talent: Leongatha Country Group members Judy Eddy and June McIndoe will have their embroidery work on display at the Leongatha Daffodil Festival on Saturday, Visitors can enjoy the artwork September 2. Mrs Spencer has produced in the

Joan to show her talent JOAN Spencer of Leongatha is a woman known for her many craft talents.

• Gifted artist, Joan Spencer.

The Leongatha Salvation Army will host an exhibition of her creations on Saturday, September 2 in conjunction with the Leongatha Daffodil Festival. Mrs Spencer welcomes the community to explore her large variety of art and craft works. Expect to find handmade quilts, bags, greeting cards, clothes and much more, as she enjoys cross stitching, hand embroidery and photography.

friendly, relaxed atmosphere, as well as speaking with her first hand. Mrs Spencer will have artwork she created when she was 10 years of age on display. “My mother taught me to knit when I was just five years old and from there my interest grew,” she said. “I hope it will encourage people to go home and try making their own things.” There will be a gold coin donation on entry and all proceeds will go towards The Salvation Army.


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DCSI ready to help with NBN changeovers A LOCAL business is helping other businesses to make the transition to the

National Broadband Network (NBN). With the old copper network expected to be re-

Smooth sailing: well regarded Gippsland internet service provider DCSI can assist residents and businesses connect to the National Broadband Network. Photo: Facebook.

tired towards the end of 2018, DCSI is a trusted, reliable internet service provider that will support your business through the transition and be available to explain any queries or address any issues. DCSI business specialist Rob Rhodes said, “Moving over from the old network doesn’t have to be stressful. It can absolutely be done with minimal impact to your daily operation. “The main thing is to do your research on your internet service provider and make sure you’re talking to the right people who can help make the transition as smooth as possible. “There are plenty of options out there aside from NBN. It’s about getting the right technical advice from a service provider that can deliver the results.” To make the transition from the old network smooth, DCSI provides business customers with a dedicated local project manager, who will provide a personal, efficient service and understanding the needs of your business. Many large internet service providers do not provide this service, meaning busy business customers have to call through and speak to a different person to explain their situation each and every time. With years of experience in information technology support, the team at DCSI has an in-depth understanding of the demands of business. Your dedicated project manager will spend the time to understand your business and create a plan to make sure your business experiences a smooth transition to the NBN with a data plan tailored to your needs. Aside from internet, DCSI’s comprehensive tele-

communications services means the team can also assist with all other business requirements including internal network, phone and IT requirements. To make the transition as smooth as possible for your business and customers, DCSI can even arrange for you to keep your existing 1300 and local numbers. “We’ll recommend the best way to connect and discuss a suitable timeframe for the business to switch over. We can also recommend several options that could be suitable for their internet needs because some technology will work better for their business than others,” Mr Rhodes said. “Here at DCSI we work with businesses to find a custom solution. Our resources are specifically structured around our customers to give them the very best support.” GJ Gardener Homes, Bass Coast, recently transitioned over to the NBN. Business manager Gill Hardman explained the experience, “We recently engaged DCSI to work with us in upgrading our systems in the office to allow for NBN and a faster and more efficient office and environment. “The team at DCSI has been fantastic with both installation, service and efficiency across all aspects of the upgrade. “Their customer service is friendly and articulate, quick to respond to our phone calls and more than happy to help with minor technical issues. I would highly recommend their services.” For more information about what DCSI can do for your business, call Rob Rhodes on 0499 446 680 or visit http://business.dcsi.net.au

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As a wholesaler, NBN Co offers these speeds to the phone and internet service providers customers deal with. This means choosing the right speed and plan through your service provider is vital if you want to transform your online experience into something spectacular. When selecting your plan, keep in mind that 25Mbps (megabits per second) or above is considered a superfast broadband speed. Not all speeds greater than nbn 25 are available at all premises. Consider the breakdown of the speed tiers below and then talk to your phone and internet service provider about the plan that suits your needs. • nbn 25: fast broadband perfect for everyday use. Suitable for browsing the web, streaming videos and emailing;

Choices available: the NBN plan most suitable for your home or business will in part be affected by the number of devices likely to be using to the NBN at once. Photo: Facebook. • nbn 50: for homes where multiple people are online at the same time. Ideal for streaming in high definition, working from home, and uploading and downloading large files; • nbn 100: superfast internet even when numerous people are online at once. The right choice for 4k video streaming, uploading and downloading large files, and

multiple device web browsing. Another plan, nbn 12, is also available for households with basic phone or internet usage. It’s not considered a superfast broadband plan and maybe similar to what housesholds or businesses now experience on ADSL2. Speak to your phone or internet provider about the plan that best suits your needs.


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Protect yourself from NBN scams NBN Co is alerting the community to be aware of scammers asking for personal information and financial details. With one in two Australian premises now able to connect to the National Broadband Network (NBN), scammers are increasingly taking the opportunity to impersonate NBN and take advantage of consumers. NBN Co chief security officer Darren Kane said, “To protect yourself from scams, it is important to be aware that NBN Co will never make unsolicited calls or door knock to sell broadband services. “NBN Co is the company building and operating Australia’s wholesale broadband network and as a wholesale-only company, we do not sell broadband packages directly to consumers. There are times when NBN Co may contact you directly as part of the network roll-out but this will never be to sell you a service. “If you would like to make the switch to the NBN network, please check if your area is ready for service, contact your preferred retail service provider and arrange a time to switch your service over. “Protect your personal information by being on guard, verify who are you are talking to and make an informed decision before signing up

to the NBN network.” NBN Co advises the following steps be taken to protect yourself from scammers: • visit the NBN Co website to check if your home or business is able to order an NBN service and find the list of retail service providers available in your area; • contact a retail service provider to sign to an NBN service; • do not share your details with

an unsolicited caller or with those who door knock claiming to be from NBN Co and trying to sell you an NBN service; • if you think you have been a victim immediately report the scam to your bank or financial institution; and • to protect others, report scams via the SCAMwatch report scam page or by calling 1300 795 995. Further information is available at www.scamwatch.gov.au

Take care: NBN Co is urging Australians to be mindful of scams when connecting to the NBN.

Australians are fast connecting to NBN NBN has reached another significant rollout milestone, with six million homes and businesses now able to connect to fast broadband from their preferred internet provider over the network. NBN is building a new and upgraded, fast, wholesale broadband network to enable communities across Australia to access fast broadband from their preferred internet provider. The company’s goal is to provide universal high speed wholesale access and connect eight million homes and businesses by 2020 in partnership with industry. The Fibre to the Node (FTTN) and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC, also known previously as pay TV cable) deployments are driving the increased rollout

pace, with the two technologies now serving more than half of the six million premises able to connect to retail services on the NBN network. The NBN network is being deployed faster than ever with an average of close to 100,000 premises made serviceable per week over the last three months. Activations are also increasing with 2.7 million premises now accessing retail services over the NBN network, with around 40,000 new premises signing up with internet providers each week. The network is more than halfway built today and is scheduled to be three quarters built by mid-2018 and complete by 2020. NBN chief executive officer Bill Morrow, said, “The pace and scale of this project is unparalleled anywhere in the world and this latest milestone – six million ready for service – is testament to this fact.

“Very few operators have built a network as fast as we are building the NBN with more than 1.1 million premises made serviceable over the last three months. We are extremely proud of everyone who has helped us to this point. “The last three years have been dedicated to getting the network on track for a 2020 delivery. We won’t be taking our foot off the pedal until we are done, but our focus on the actual end user experience is more important than ever as we work with industry to connect the country at scale. “The numbers and the momentum are important but contented end users are the key to success and we have every intention of delivering on our plan of connecting eight million happy homes and businesses by 2020.” For more information, visit www.nbn.com.au


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VET provides a head start VOCATIONAL Education and Training (VET) allows school students to include vocational studies within their senior secondary certificate.

Learning on the job: Jared Lovie from JSL Light Engine Repairs in Leongatha participated in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program while at school and now runs his own business. His apprentice Fraser Stefani, left, also completed a VET program before starting his apprenticeship.

As part of a VET program, students undertake nationally recognised training that contributes to their VCE or VCAL. VET offers students the opportunity to combine general and vocational studies, explore career options and pathways, undertake learning in the workplace and develop skills to equip them for the future. Leongatha’s Jared Lovie from JSL Light Engine Repairs participated in VET when he was in years 9 and 10, before pursuing a mechanical apprenticeship. Jared said being involved in a VET program allowed him to cut down the amount of time spent on the schooling side of his apprenticeship. “This allowed me to focus more time on the practical side of it,” he said. While Jared always knew being a mechanic was what he wanted to do for a career, he still had to consider what sort of mechanic he would become. He said one of the great things about the VET program was that it was applicable to all facets of the trade. “It gives you a taste of what is ahead and if you want to commit the next part of your life to following that career,” he said. “I was always passionate about becoming a mechanic, so that wasn’t an issue for me.” Because he started with the program at a young age, Jared said it also taught him what being in the workforce was like. He said it gave him a good indication of what it would be like to leave school and transition into actu-

ally working in the industry. “It helped prepare me for the workplace. By the time I started work, I knew about occupational health and safety requirements and had basic tool knowledge. I wasn’t completely green,” he said. “It can be a daunting prospect, leaving school to go into the workforce, so one of the benefits of VET is that it gives you an indication of what you are going to be facing.” As a small business owner, Jared said it is nice to be able to give back to the program that gave him so much early in his career. “I donate time when I can to assist young people who want to come into this industry,” he said. “This industry in particular is screaming out for young apprentices, so anything we can do to help that grow is important.” Jared said he would recommend the VET program to anyone who is passionate about learning more about their career path. “It just gives you such a good indication of what is ahead. It also gives you a leg up when it comes to attending trade school,” he said. “It is a nice feeling to walk into trade school already competent in certain areas.” As with all education, Jared said the quality of the qualification at the end is reliant on the work put in by the student. “Because I finished school ahead of time, I was able to do some additional specialty courses which helped me immensely,” he said. Jared has had several students do their apprenticeships in his workshop, while his current apprentice Fraser Stefani also completed a VET program. “We also provide a workplace for placements, for interested students,” he said.

Vocational Learning Pathways return benefits VET or Vocational Education and Training is most recognisable as the TAFE training students can access within their VCE and VCAL programs.

agronomy or architecture to have experience in the practical application of learning. Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) is on-the-job training that allows students to develop their work skills and understand employer expectations. As a student, enrolling SWL allows learning in a VET program and also beyond the classroom and undertaking a Structured gives students anauthentic Workplace Learning or experience in the real world SWL placement, a student or work. SWL is available has a great way to meet peoto Victorian school students ple working in that industry undertaking a VET proin our own community. gram as part of their VCE Developing relationor VCAL studies. ships with industry mentors It’s more than work excan lead to an offer of work perience, school student is but these networks can also expected to learn/or demongive you a deeper insight strate a set of skills or cominto related industry path- • South Gippsland petencies related to their ways and future learning Shire Council’s coVET program on the job. options. ordinator economic Host employers superAs parents supporting development and vise and instruct the students your child to make career tourism, Ken Fraser. as they practise and extend choices it is important to the industry skills they have understand that VET is a learned in their VET programs. choice in both VCE and VCAL. By becoming a host employer for VET contributes to a student’s ATAR SWL, you are able to directly participate score and it can be particularly advantain the education, career development and geous in courses such as engineering,

training of young people in your community. You are able to promote the attitudes and skills you want in your workforce and identify young people with potential for your industry and increase the supervisory, training and mentoring skills of you and your staff. SWL is not work experience. Work experience is generally undertaken in years 9 or 10. It involves secondary school students in short-term industry placements, which broadens their experience and understanding of the world of work and career opportunities. In general, students observe different aspects of work within the business or industry and may assist with tasks allocated by their supervisor. Students will often approach employers themselves to organise a work experience placement. SWL students however, must undertake tasks or activities that enable them to acquire skills and knowledge in an industry setting as part of an accredited VETprogram. As an employer, once you have made the decision to have a student on placement you can contact South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN to discuss how to proceed. LLENs work closely with local

schools to create a broad range of op- for continuous upskilling and education portunities for students to engage with through options like VET.” That view was echoed by Bass Coast local industry and businesses and can answer any questions you may have. You Shire Council manager economic dewill find additional information at www. velopment and tourism, Peter Francis. workplacements.education. This council also supports vic.gov.au SWL. South Gippsland Shire “Strong relationships Council’s coordinator ecobetween local employers nomic development and and vocational education tourism, Ken Fraser, said and training providers are council is proud with work vital for helping young with the LLEN in SWL. people develop the skills “South Gippsland Shire they need to enter and sucCouncil is committed to asceed in the workforce,” he sisting the development of said. skills and training through “Bass Coast Shire vocational education and Council’s economic develtraining pathways offered opment and tourism team by local training providers, works hard to develop these to grow the local economy,” • Bass Coast Shire relationships and to assist he said. Council’s manager employers to stay ahead in “Some of the major ina rapidly changing work dustry sectors in the region economic develop- environment. include dairying, horticulture, ment and tourism, “Hospitality, agriculagriculture, food processing, Peter Francis. ture, construction, health, advanced manufacturing, education and professional transport, construction and tourism. services are industry sectors that are “It is important to highlight that ad- growing strongly in Bass Coast, provances in technology are changing work viding great opportunities for young within these industries and there is a need people.”

Training opens many doors to trades TO find out more about VET courses on offer for secondary school students in South Gippsland and Bass Coast, visit the South Gippsland Trade Skills Alliance (SGTSA) website at www.sgtsa.com.au.

Feeling good: potential hairdressing students learned about the options available for training at the South Gippsland Trade Skills Alliance open day recently, at Federation Training, Leongatha campus.

There is course information, including proposed units of study and career pathways. SGTSA is a partnership of local schools and registered training organisations providing students access to

VET programs in secondary schools. The SGTSA has industry standard training facilities specialising in programs such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Automotive, Building and Construction, Electrical and Plumbing. Facilities are located at Federation Training Leongatha Campus and Apprenticeships Group Australia (AGA) Korumburra. SGTSA recently held an open day with approximately 300 Year 9 students from all over South Gippsland and Bass Coast attending. Students had the opportunity to tour facilities and

Bright sparks: Apprenticeships Group Australia, Korumburra, staff take prospective students through electrical training at the recent South Gippsland Trade Skills Alliance open day. engage in hands on information sessions learning about

the VET courses and career pathways on offer.


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Community focus: from left, Leongatha Victoria State Emergency Service award recipients and officials, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, unit controller Matt Saario, Andrew Humberstone (Victoria Police regional emergency response coordinator East Region), Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing, Geoffrey Murray (25 Year Bar and Certificate), Judy McLeod (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Diane Lindhard (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Katrina Bahen (VICSES director human resources), Aaron Wilson (20 Year Bar and Certificate) and Anthony Costigan (regional manager VICSES East Region). Absent, Michael Grigglestone (Five Year Pin and Certificate) and Kenneth Griffiths (10 Year Medal and Certificate).

Coastal area: from left, Inverloch Victoria State Emergency Service award recipients and officials, Andrew Humberstone (Victoria Police regional emergency response coordinator East Region), Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing, Deborah Kemp (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Katrina Bahen (VICSES director human resources) and Anthony Costigan (regional manager VICSES East Region). Absent, Richard Mahony (10 Year Medal and Certificate) and Brett Radcliffe (10 Year Medal and Certificate).

SES celebrates volunteers VICTORIA State Emergency Service (VICSES) volunteers were honoured during the VICSES East Region Awards ceremony at the Leongatha RSL recently.

Serving proudly: from left, Wonthaggi Victoria State Emergency Service award recipients and officials, unit controller Jarrod Hargreaves, Andrew Humberstone (Victoria Police regional emergency response coordinator East Region), Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing, Barry Tyack (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Victor Wood (10 Year Pin and Certificate), Katrina Bahen (VICSES director human resources) and Anthony Costigan (regional manager VICSES East Region).

Teens learn Indigenous culture KORUMBURRA Secondary College has this year facilitated a whole school Indigenous experience with a focus on the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In the past, students have enjoyed excursions to Melbourne to visit museums and various sights and talk about indigenous culture. “This year we thought we would try something special, something memorable for our whole school,” English teacher Melissa Neill said. “We wanted to provide students with a genuine opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture and to proudly share in a complete and balanced perspective of Australian history.” The college recently welcomed three members of the organisation Cultural Infusion to learn about Indigenous culture, including

dancing and face painting techniques.

Indigenous experience: Korumburra Secondary College student Kayla Thomas enjoyed learning about traditional Indigenous culture.

Twenty-one recipients were presented with awards recognising more than 200 years of service to the community. Over the coming months, a further 76 volunteers will be recognised for their service to the community through a combined 1385 years of service. VICSES provides emergency assistance to the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week and has responded to more than 2300 calls for assistance in the last 12 months. These requests vary from assisting police in searching for missing people, to house damage, road crash rescue and removing trees that have created a traffic hazard over roads. Leongatha unit award recipients were: Geoffrey Murray (25 Year Bar and Certificate), Judy McLeod (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Diane Lindhard (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Aaron Wilson (20 Year Bar and Certificate), Michael Grigglestone (Five Year Pin and Certificate) and Kenneth Griffiths (10 Year Medal and Certificate). Inverloch unit award recipients were: Deborah Kemp (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Richard Mahony (10 Year Medal and Certificate) and Brett Radcliffe (10 Year Medal and Certificate).

Wonthaggi unit award recipients were: Barry Tyack (10 Year Medal and Certificate) and Victor Wood (10 Year Pin and Certificate). Phillip Island unit award recipients were: Martin Baker (10 Year Medal and Certificate), Brian Asbury (Five Year Pin and Certificate), Kyle Asbury (Five Year Pin and Certificate), Jess Asbury (Five Year Pin and Certificate), Dianne Duncombe (Five Year Pin and Certificate), and Clare CassellsTimmermans (30 Year Bar and Certificate). VICSES East Region awarded its first Life Membership Award to Morwell unit controller Mick Vanderzalm. He joined the service in March 1989 as an operational member and has undertaken various roles with in his unit on his journey to unit controller. He has attended more than 2000 requests for assistance. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, who attended the awards ceremony, told council last Wednesday, “This council is indebted to the work that our emergency services do in our area.” East Region stretches from Phillip Island to Warragul in the west, throughout the Latrobe Valley and Wellington Shire and onto the East Gippsland Shire. VICSES also helps councils and their communities with emergency management plans, providing advice, information, education and training. For emergency assistance call the VICSES on 132 500. In a life-threatening situation, call Triple Zero (000).

Traditional: from left, Korumburra Secondary College students Aaron Turton, Jay Walker, Jed Harris and Tyson Fievez learnt Indigenous dance routines.

Scam hits hospital A LETTER being sent to local businesses to gain sponsorship and advertising for a program for sick children and their families at Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Wonthaggi Hospital is not as altruistic as it first appears to be. BCH was originally contacted by a ‘health care’ organisation that offered free USBs and CDs containing games for hospitalised children. However, local businesses then began receiving letters from the com-

pany soliciting money for sponsorship and advertising. This was never made apparent to Bass Coast Health and the health service has since advised the company it has no desire to be associated with it. BCH CEO Jan Child said, “Unfortunately, the ‘initiative’ that at first sounded so wonderful to one of our staff members, turned out to be something that was not of the staff member’s understanding and the organisation began seeking money from the public as a consequence. “We have contacted the company

and been very clear that its representation of Bass Coast Health is to cease and desist”. Two businesses in Wonthaggi became suspicious after receiving the letters recently contacted BCH to query their legitimacy, with BCH confirming it has severed its association with the company. Ms Child thanked those businesses for raising this with the health service and requested that anyone wishing to confirm the bonifides of people fundraising for or representing BCH should contact the CEO’s office by phoning 5671 3209.

Emerged victorious: from left, the Victoria Police team to win the Emergency Services Challenge at Voyage Fitness in Leongatha was Constable Natasha Collison from Wonthaggi Police, Senior Constable Rohan Michael from Leongatha Police and Senior Constable Clint Goff from Bass Coast Highway Patrol.

Police win fitness challenge VICTORIA Police won the Emergency Services Challenge held at Voyage Fitness in Leongatha recently. Police took on representatives of the Country Fire Authority and State Emergency Service. The event was held to raise money for Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute to

improve support services, fund research and raise awareness of mental health issues. This Saturday, September 2, representatives of South Gippsland fire brigades, including Leongatha, Ruby and Inverloch, will climb 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of equipment. If you would like to donate, visit https:// www.firefighterclimb.org.au


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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Creative writers wanted THE 10th Coal Creek Literary Festival will again feature a short story and poetry writing competition, and entries are now being sought. The main competition will again be the Bert van Bedaf Memorial Award for the best short story. Entrants can enter as many times as they like. Each entry must have a $15 entry fee. Bert was an integral part of getting the Coal Creek Literary Festival off the ground 10 years ago. After Bert passed away in 2010, the open short story competition was renamed to honour his memory. The prize money was increased to $500 and has since drawn a very high standard of entries. Now entering its seventh year, the Bert van Bedaf award has proved to be a popular part of the Coal Creek Literary festival with entries coming from all over Australia. Entry forms can be downloaded from the www. coalcreekliteraryfestival.com or www.coalcreekcommunityparkandmuseum.com websites or pick up a hard copy from Coal Creek Community Park and Museum in Korumburra. Conditions and entry fees are all on the entry form with tips from judge Peter Sharpe. Peter has been a keen supporter of the Coal Creek Literary Festival since 2008. He has been a presenting author, chaired the discussion panel and judged the Bert van Bedaf short story competition last year. Peter is one of the most experienced book publishers in Australia. He has worked with and published for many multinational publishers including Thomas Nelson and Prentice Hall. He has served as managing director at the University of New South Wales Press, and has operated his own publishing company. Peter has also edited and designed books, and has extensive book marketing experience. He has also written several books himself. The festival will also be running the open poetry competition which offers a $200 prize and entries cost $10 per submission. Poetry judge is Julie Maclean who arrived in Australia in 1970 as an English dance and drama teacher, and obtained a position at the Leongatha Technical School. Now based on the Surf Coast, Julie is widely recognised and is a published poet. Her published poetry collections include When I Saw Jimi (2013), Kiss Of The Viking (2014) and Lips That Did (2017). She has had her work published in anthologies and magazines including the Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, The Bond Street Review and Cordite Po-

Words captivate: Zoe Sargant, a staff member Cast ready: Korumburra Secondary College Year 9 student Kaylah Thomas, Year 12 stuof Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, dent Alana Hanegraaf and Year 12 Deanna Chiavaroli are playing lead roles in the Total Korumburra, is engrossed in a good story. Find Eclipse of the Heart production. out more about enjoyable reads at the Coal Creek Literary Festival on Sunday, October 8.

Teens to star on stage

etry Review. Julie was one of the featured authors at the 2016 Coal Creek Literary Festival, and also judged the Open Poetry Prize that year. The committee of this year’s festival is delighted she has consented to judge the Open Poetry Prize again this year. The competition is open to anyone with an imagination, a pen and paper or word processing program. Entry guidelines form part of the entry form which you can access online. Payment can be made by either Paypal, EFTPOS, cheque or by cash at the counter in Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. So if you have a story crawling around in your head, something grandpa did when he was a kid, a weird dream crying out for a meaning, get it down on paper and send it in. It could be worth $500. Past winning entries have been posted on the Coal Creek Literary Festival website at http://www. coalcreekliteraryfestival.com/ Authors confirmed to attend the festival so far are Paul Mitchell, Rhys Hagan, Sue Williams, Penny Mackieson, Beth Montgomery, Alice Robinson, Margareta Osborn, Kathlyn Gibson, Liz Rushen and Sandi Wallace. The festival is on Sunday, October 8.

Prized cymbidium: Korumburra’s Pat Fell picked up a number of ribbons at the 2016 South Gippsland Orchid Society Orchid Show, including best novice cymbidium, best cymbidium in show and large flower cymbidium.

Floral delight at Wonthaggi GARDENERS and admirers of all things floral should not miss the South Gippsland Orchid Society Orchid Show. The show presents spectacular displays of orchids and other flowers at the 2017 show in the Wonthaggi Town Hall, Baillieu Street. The show will be held on Friday, September 8, 9.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday, September 9, 9.30am to 4pm.

If you are interested in growing orchids, and would like to share your interest with others, then come along to the club’s meetings at the Angling Club Rooms, Recreation Reserve, Korumburra Road, Wonthaggi on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7.30pm. Receive advice on culture of orchids, peruse the sales bench, hear from guest speakers, take part in monthly raffles and enjoy bus trips. If you only grow one plant or 1000, you are welcome to come along.

KORUMBURRA Secondary College (KSC) students will this week perform their first production in seven years. Some 35 students have been rehearsing since the beginning of term two in the lead up to this show, Total Eclipse of the Heart. The production story follows a family of strong women: the teenager, Jorja played by KSC Year 9 student Kayla Thomas, the working mum Tania, played by KSC Year 12 student Alana Hanegraaf and the grandmother Mary, played by KSC Year 12 student Deanna Chiavaroli. The women go through the beginning of doctor

appointments and ramifications of an early onset dementia diagnosis. Families are complex organisations and this family is no different. Koringal Women’s Service Club, Dementia Australia and Korumburra Secondary College Community Engagement Group are all sponsors of this not to miss production. The first show will be held this Thursday, August 31, Friday, September 1 and Saturday, September 2. Performances start at 7pm each evening. Tickets are available for purchase at the college office. Adults are $15 and students and children’s tickets are $10.


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Balloon cars and paper planes inspire FOSTER Primary School students have been experimenting recently, while investigating forces and motion as part of science class. Students in grades 3 and 4 have experimented with different materials to experience magnetism, gravity, applied force, static electricity, tension, friction, spring force and air resistance. Paper plane designs were tested for how far they could fly and students took on the challenge of how to make a rubbersoled shoe and a tennis ball travel down a slide at the same speed, by adding

Published: Wonthaggi’s Robyn Butler had her short story published in the 10th edition of Award Winning Australian Writing. The book will be launched on August 30.

Award winning story to hit the stands ROBYN Butler’s award winning short story is now in print. The Wonthaggi author had her short story My Grandfather, the Fish published in the 10th edition of Award Winning Australian Writing. The anthology showcases the best short stories and poems that won competitions around Australia. To earn her spot in the book, Robyn won Waterline Writing Competition. “After winning the competition late last year, I submitted the story to be published and it was accepted,” she said. “I found out a few weeks ago. This is a really good publication for writers as it makes sure these short stories don’t just disappear.” Robyn’s short story, My Grandfather, the Fish, is about a girl visiting her grandfather on the coast. Their relationship is strained, with the grandfather much preferring his own company down on the beach. Her grandfather’s love of the beach leads the girl to believe her grandfather might actually be a fish, and the story follows her journey of discovering the truth. While the characters are entirely fictitious,

the setting of the story is based on Inverloch’s Lohr Avenue, where her grandparents live. Robyn said she had always enjoyed writing, but only began taking her talents seriously three years ago. “I started to enter competitions, and I won a couple and was highly commended for others,” she said. “This story is quite light and whimsical, but more often I enjoy writing darker fantasy or speculative fiction.” For 10 years, Robyn was a beta reading for author Stephen R. Donaldson, which prodded her decision to further her own writing. She has participated in several online courses to develop her skills, and highly recommended aspiring authors look into online tutor groups to share their work. Robyn also joined the Wonthaggi Wordsmiths, which was a writers’ group based in Wonthaggi led by local author Beth Montgomery. Award Winning Australian Writing is set to be launched on August 30 at the Anthenaeum Library in Melbourne. “I’m very excited; I set myself the goal to be in the anthology and now I can tick it off my bucket list,” Robyn said.

only newspaper and sticky tape. Students were required to build a vehicle from recycled materials, which would be powered by an air filled balloon and was required to travel at least five metres. Students Royce, Lucas, Gypsy and Noah created a successful balloon powered vehicle. Royce said some of the challenges were “making sure the wheels didn’t wobble on the axle and finding a good way to attach the balloon so it wouldn’t fall off”. Lucas said, “Five metres is a really long way for the car to go. You have to put lots of air in the balloon”.

Fast car: Foster Primary School students Royce and Lucas experimented with force and motion in science class recently, while building a balloon powered vehicle.

MP’s refugee advocacy applauded MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent has been praised by refugee advocates for his stance on the resolving the refugee issue on Manus Island and Nauru. Refugee and asylum seeker support group, South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees (SGRAR), thanked the MP “for having the courage to be true to his conscience and ask the government to bring the refugees here”. The group’s Felicia Di Stefano said there were now more than 2000 children, women and men in the refugee camps of Nauru and Manus Island who have been sent and kept there for more than four years by the Federal Government. “The conditions in the refugee camps have been described by a doctor who worked there, as similar to a concentration camp,” she said. “In Nauru, women and children have been raped and

abused. People have died because of medical neglect or because of being driven by the conditions and hopelessness to commit suicide. “United Nations bodies have repeatedly criticised the camps and have said that they must close and the people there must be resettled in a safe place. “Yet the Australian Government refuses to make significant attempts to resettle the people there and refuses to bring them to Australia.” Ms Di Stefano said the Federal Government made an agreement with Barak Obama that the USA will take some of the refugees from the islands. “The Trump Government is reluctantly choosing some of the people to be resettled in the USA,” she said. “This slow process will leave over 1000 people on the islands with nowhere to go. “The proposal that the refugees integrate into the PNG and Nauru communities has been repulsed by those communities who have used rapes, beatings, muggings and machete attacks

Refugee advocate: McMillan MP Russell Broadbent’s campaign for the improved welfare of refugees has been welcomed by South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees. against the refugees. The citizens of the island do not want to share the scarce resources there.” Ms Di Stefano said the refugees need to be welcomed into Australian communities like we did the South Sudanese people and the Karen people who are living in Wonthaggi and surrounds, contributing to the culture and economy. Mr Broadbent told par-

liament recently, “I’m happy that the process with the Americans is being worked through very effectively at this time. And there will be a resolution. Once that time comes, it will be time for this nation, through its parliament, to act and resolve the situation on Manus and Nauru.” If you would like to join SGRAR, email Ms Di Stefano on sgrar07@gmail.com

Bass Coast Council briefs Subdivision denied at Red Rocks BASS Coast Shire councillors rejected a proposal for a 10 lot subdivision on Red Rocks Road, Cowes. Cr Michael Whelan called for his fellow councillors to deny the planning permit to protect Cowes’ environment. “We don’t want to see Cowes become part of suburbia,” he said. “What concerns me in relation to the environment is down the hill the Banksia wetlands is constantly under threat of urban development. This proposal is not consistent with the neighbourhood character.” Cr Bruce Kent supported Cr Whelan’s bid to protect the environment. “I went for a walk in this beautiful location and I don’t think anyone could not fall in love with it,” he said. “I can see that it will be subdivided one day, but I think we need to get the block sizes right first.” Councillors voted unanimously to reject the proposal on the grounds the development would not fit the environment.

Bins raise concerns COWES resident Stephanie Dal Castello questioned council’s decision to bring in a new green waste bin system. Ms Dal Castello felt residents were not given a choice, with some residents already choosing to compost their waste and having no need for a new bin. She also raised concerns that the odour would attract flies – particularly in the hot weather – and health issues would result. Council said the garbage charge was universal and the community had expressed its desire for a new bin system. Council also reiterated that the green waste bin would be a weekly pickup and does not foresee health issues.

Council encourages residents to continue composting.

Lifesavers applauded BASS Coast Shire councillors Julian Brown and Les Larke were invited to the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club annual general meeting recently. As special guests, they were asked to hand out medals to lifesavers who excelled during the last season. The councillors commended the club for its dedication to protecting beachgoers during the peak holiday periods.

Planning permit refused BASS Coast Shire Council refused a planning permit for a house on Shetland Heights Road, San Remo. This decision was made due to the significant landscape overlay and the fact development would require variations to the covenant, which would affect other property owners. “The restrictions would have been known to the buyer,” Cr Geoff Ellis said. “These restrictions are fair and reasonable, and allowing this planning permit would be detrimental to others that live there.”

Decision ongoing CORINELLA resident Barbara Oates asked council if it had decided to remove green space from the Heritage Bay Estate. This would allow the creation of more housing blocks. Council said the application was still being assessed by officers and would be put to council at a later date. The application received 30 submissions.

Council vies for safer roads BASS Coast Shire Council adopted its road management plan at its

recent council meeting. It resolved to amend the plan in May, which allowed time for the community to send in submissions for consideration. The plan includes processes for safer roads and footpaths in Bass Coast. “We are required to have this plan in place. We can now wrap it up and move forward with it,” Cr Michael Whelan said. Cr Julian Brown commended council officers for ensuring the best outcomes were produced in the plan.

Concerns cleared up POTENTIAL errors in the agenda were cleared up by council at the recent meeting. In regards to the Wonthaggi subdivision proposal on White Road, Wonthaggi resident Kevin Griffin said the report omitted the proponent’s plan for a rear access driveway, and a wrong date had been provided for the meeting with residents. Council said the initial plan included a rear access driveway, but the application was amended and readvertised. Secure accesses will be constructed from White Road. Council said it would amend the wrong date in the minutes, which can be viewed online.

Cowes revamp THE Cowes Activity Centre Plan will be amended following a recent council meeting The plan will introduce development plan overlays for the Isle of Wight and Warley Hospital site. These are key sites in Cowes, and changing the planning controls will help facilitate the redevelopment of these sites. The Cowes Activity Centre Plan was put in place to rebuild and improve the Cowes streetscape. The plan was fully supported by councillors.


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Korumburra greets Chinese visitors KORUMBURRA Secondary College recently embraced the chance to share Australian life with six visitors from the college’s sister school in Changshu, China. The visit was the second made by the sister school - Changshu Foreign Language School - in as many years and the hospitality shared by KSC’s community was inspiring. The Chinese visitors experienced flora and fauna, breathtaking scenery, sporting matches, a tour of Korumburra dairy factory Burra Foods, local primary and secondary education, and shared in the Australian way of life with a host family. Adventures included trips to

Healesville Sanctuary, local football, basketball and netball matches, and AFL games in Melbourne. The sister school relationship helps connect the Korumburra community to the rest of the world, and provides future generations with the opportunity to embrace cultural diversity and better understand the world beyond their own backyard.

Aussie welcome: Korumburra Secondary College’s Jazmine Findlay, Ella Roberts, Maddie Smith, Mackenzie Findlay, Erin Clarke, Jean Cause and Justin Wong welcome staff and students from KSC’s sister school in China.

Protect Blue Gum Alley Back off CFA, says MP COWES residents fear the Blue Gum Alley road is being over used by motorists. Residents say this road is not suitable for traffic flow, and should be used by emergency vehicles only. The residents also called on council to improve the road’s infrastructure to suppress the excess dust. Cowes’ Margaret Hancock brought the issue to Bass Coast Shire Council’s attention to protect Blue Gum Reserve. “I always come in from the north-

ern end and it’s quite interesting because for a long while it said emergency vehicles only. Then it said speeding means dust and now it says local traffic only, but in 2001 the shire council moved to close Blue Gum Alley to traffic, apart from the emergency vehicles,” she said. “The conservation society was delighted when the shire moved this motion. It was something followed with considerable interest. When we did the report on the subdivision, great care was taken to enable to garbage trucks

to pick up garbage without going into Blue Gum Alley. Apart from one resident, nobody else has right of access.” Ms Hancock said there was one driveway leading into Blue Gum Alley, and suggested the road should be closed beyond that point. She said council needs to reinvoke its initial decision, or rescind the motion to explore other options. Council told Ms Hancock it would look into the issues facing Blue Gum Alley, and keep her up to date on its findings.

A Star is born

SKYLER Kathleen Miles is the first baby for Ben and Sarah Miles of Leongatha. She was born on August 19 at Leongatha Hospital.

CHRISTINE Lyn Le is the first baby for Khay Le and Hue Dao of Dollar. She was born on August 17 at Leongatha Hospital.

BASS MLA Brian Paynter has accused Premier Daniel Andrews of playing politics with Victorians’ safety. A Parliamentary Committee has recommended the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) be referred for investigation for interfering in an inquiry into Victoria’s fire services. The Legislative Council Fire Services Bill Select Committee report was handed down recently and recommended the government’s fire services bill be withdrawn

from parliament. The inquiry found “the actions of DPC constitute a material obstruction of the processes committee, including the giving of evidence”. “Our CFA brigades should be focused on preparing for the fire season, not Daniel Andrews’ plans to tear our fire services apart,” Mr Paynter said. The report also concludes that Presumptive Rights Compensation that would help protect firefighters should be introduced to the parliament as a separate bill.

DepuMayor’s message ty Cr Brett Tessari

WITH our mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield away on a well-deserved holiday, as the deputy mayor, I’m taking over the reins for the next two weeks. This means not only writing the weekly Mayor’s Message, but also stepping into the mayor’s shoes for meetings, openings and presentations. If there’s anything I’ve learnt, it’s that Cr Rothfield wears very busy shoes – yet another opportunity to appreciate just how hard she works for our shire. On Friday, we welcomed attendees from across the state at this year’s Victorian Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Summit in San Remo. Council was very proud to host the 17th annual event this year, with the summit an opportunity for all VIC personnel, economic development staff and regional tourism bodies to learn, develop skills, exchange ideas, and celebrate the important role that VICs play in many communities across Victoria. Welcoming over 1.85 million visitors every year, we understand just how big an impact visitor economy has on our local economy, community and environment. Every year, visitation generates $339 million in direct expenditure, and equates to 3,100 jobs in our shire, and we recognise the importance of this industry through the development of the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035, and our investment in visitor infrastructure, events, regional tourism boards, preservation of the natural environment, advocacy and visitor servicing. You could say we’re a big fan of tourism here in Bass Coast!

At the recent August ordinary meeting, we committed to continue construction of the Surf Parade shared path in Inverloch, and construction of the section between Ayr Creek and Veronica Street will begin in early September. The path should be ready to use in time for the upcoming Christmas and summer holidays, and will provide pedestrian and cyclists with a safe, off-road option further along Surf Parade. We’ve also committed to completing the following stage of the path between Veronica and Goroke streets, and funding for this will be considered in next year’s budget. I’m looking forward to seeing the path eventually connecting the centre of Inverloch and the Surf Life Saving Club and the Surf Beach, meaning Inverloch community members and visitors can leave their cars at home and walk or ride to their favourite beaches. Last, but not least, after a six-month long education period, it’s finally time to start using our new three-bin system! The three bins, which include the new green-lidded organics bin, will begin to be collected the week starting September 4, meaning residents can start separating their organic waste following their bin collection the week starting August 28. From the enthusiasm we’ve received during our education sessions in our local schools, our younger generations are already on board and excited to help our environment, so I have no doubt our new system will become the norm in homes across Bass Coast in no time.

Milpara Community House news WE are currently looking for some new tutors. We have openings for people interested in teaching Basic Computers, Microsoft Software, MYOB and Reckon Accounts. If you’d like to find out more, please call Milpara and speak with Jenni or Belinda.

ARTHUR John Fisher was born on July 12 at West Gippsland Hospital, Warragul. Arthur is the second son for Clayton and Vanessa Fisher of Tarwin Lower and a brother for Ryan, 8.

ZAC Riley Verboon was born at West Gippsland Hospital, Warragul, on August 8 to Andrew and Rebecca Verboon of Ruby. He is a brother to Amber, 5, and Lana, 3.

This week we have a great workshop scheduled on Friday, September 1, Introduction to Essential Oils and the Special Needs Child. In this class learn about oils and how they can support brain health, muscles, detoxification, sleep, concentration/focus, behavioural issues and emotions. The tutor is excited about sharing her experience and knowledge, particularly with people who’d like to help their spe-

cial needs child thrive. This is great information for anyone to put into practice and is open to anyone interested in attending. Each attendee will be given a class summary, as well as simple recipe ideas and how to use the oils. There is no charge for this workshop, a donation towards room hire is appreciated. Do you use Facebook at your business? Would you like to know how to use it better? Tap into the power of social media and learn how to market your business effectively at our evening Facebook Marketing Workshop on Monday, September 4. We have set dates for all of our accredited courses for term four and are ready to take bookings. For more details or bookings either call Milpara on 5655 2524 or check our webpage milparacommunityhouse.org.au.


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Farming Insight New technology improves quality BOWDEN’S Agricultural Contracting in Yarram will be introducing film on film technology for this year’s silage season, using McHale Fusion 3 Plus balers. The new balers eliminate the need for string or net wrap by binding the bale together with film as it passes from the baler to the bale wrapper. The Fusion 3 Plus first wraps the bale with four layers of plastic, which goes on with between 20 to 30 percent stretch and compresses the bale. The Fusion 3 Plus keeps the bale tight, so when the bale is transferred to the wrapping table, it doesn’t expand. In an average baler, net goes onto the bale with between two and five percent stretch, which means the bale will expand and absorb around 100 litres of air before it gets to the wrapping table. Research has shown that film wrapped silage bales creates better quality silage than net wrapped bales,

with better fermentation and lower losses of dry matter. The film, which replaces net wrap is tensioned onto the bale in the bale chamber of the Fusion 3 Plus baler, forcing air out of the bale to promote faster fermentation in the early stages. It also maintains a more oxygen free environment while the bales are in storage. Film on film bale wrapping enables automation of the feeding process and easier recycling after use. Film on film bales also benefit from greater protection from damage, provided by the extra film layers around the bale. Wayne Bowden from Bowden’s Agricultural Contracting said the new balers will be ready to go by the start of the upcoming season, which was exciting. “The new technology won’t cost the farmer any more, but will provide Wrapped up: Bowden’s Agricultural Contracting in Yarram will be a huge benefit in terms of quality and using new McHale Fusion 3 Plus balers this season, to provide the yield,” he said. latest film on film wrapping technology.

• VLE Leongatha

Trade cattle in demand THERE were approximately 830 export and 80 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 40 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and operating in a generally firm market. Quality improved in the limited selection of grown steers and young cattle suited to the trade were in short supply. The limited selection of trade cattle sold to firm demand. Grown steers sold up to 10c/kg dearer while there were no bullocks to quote. Friesian manufacturing steers sold a little cheaper with quality the issue while the cross-

breds held firm. Cows sold generally firm on most sales with the odd dearer lot as the sale neared its conclusion. The handful of heavy weight bulls sold firm. Yearling trade steers reached 300c with the heifer portion selling from 272c to 291c/kg. Grown steers made between 285c and 300c, with a pen of heavy European steers reaching 318c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 243c and 258c with the crossbred portion selling between 260c and 286c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 170c to 225c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold from 207c to 257c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made between 230c and 260c/kg.

The next sale draw - August 30 & 31: 1. SEJ, 2. Rodwells, 3. Elders, 4. Alex Scott & Staff, 5. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 6. Landmark.

Prime Sale - Wednesday, August 23 BULLOCKS 2 C.E. & C.A. Bye, Kilmany 15 Wiruna, Leongatha 15 D. Timmins, Glengarry 10 T. & M. Dwyer, Leongatha 6 G. & B. Pocklington, Dumbalk 3 T.J. & H.D. Robb, Leongatha STEERS 6 C.E. & C.A. Bye, Kilmany 2 R. & R. Mooren, Lysterfield 1 C. Hart, Kilcunda 1 T.J. & H.D. Robb, Leongatha 1 B. Roberson, Yarragon 3 R. & J. Edwards, Fish Creek HEIFERS 2 C. Townsend, Wonthaggi 6 R. & J. Edwards, Fish Creek 6 T.J. & H.D. Robb, Leongatha 1 Future Plains, Kilmany 7 G. & B. Pocklington, Dumbalk 2 C.A. Jeffery, Driffield COWS 1 R. Car & L. Bennett, Blackwarry 1 C.W. Trudgen, Dollar 5 S. & W. Bordonards, Koorooman 2 Pearson Beef, Meeniyan 1 K. & M. Thomas, Meeniyan 1 M. & J. Chatfield, Toora BULLS 1 Future Plains, Kilmany 1 G.R. & W.J. Calway, Gormandale 1 D.B. & E.S. McCormack, Devon 1 M. & E. Smith, Longwarry 1 J. & B. Beale, Boodyard 1 R., J. & M. Kershaw, Archies Creek VEALER BULLS 1 C. Townsend, Wonthaggi

575.0kg 619.0kg 605.7kg 567.0kg 555.0kg 583.3kg

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Farming Insight Steamy, aerial attacks on ragwort By Sarah Vella THE South Gippsland Landcare Network held a ragwort control field day in Fish Creek last Thursday, which demonstrated alternative methods to combat the noxious weed. The field day was held as part of the network’s innovative solutions to controlling agricultural weeds project. Network coordinator Jill Vella said more than 50 participants attended to see the Yamaha R-Max demonstration and Weedsteamers’ steam weeder in action. “Field day participants also looked at our ragwort control trial plots where agronomist John Gallienne explained the trial setup,” she said. “The aim of the trial was to evaluate some practical control options for ragwort growing in established pastures that are appropriate for the region, including determining the costeffective outcome of these options for landowners.” The Yamaha Sky Division provided a demonstration of the Yamaha RMax unmanned aerial vehicle, which is designed to combat weeds in areas

inaccessible by manned aircraft, vehicles or on foot. Property owner Tim Farrell also demonstrated how steam weeding is being used in his organic blueberry orchard. Yamaha Sky Division UAV/drone pilot Brent Love said the R-Max was developed in Japan, where it is used to eradicate weeds growing in rice paddy fields. He said more than 2500 are currently being used in Japan. “The technology has been in Australia for six years and in the USA and New Zealand for around two years. It is also being used in Korea,” he said. Mr Love said last Thursday’s demonstration was well received. “Everyone was interested in it and were pleased the technology of the R-Max was available to them,” he said. Property owner and Weedsteamers CEO Tim Farrell said his company works mainly with metropolitan councils, to phase out the use of herbicides around children. He said the technology was also often used around waterways, coastal regions and on organic farming operations.

Worth it: Fish Creek property owner and Weedsteamers CEO Tim Farrell and South Gippsland Landcare Network coordinator Jill Vella were thrilled with the turnout to a ragwort control field day last Thursday.

Good ideas: David and Michelle Caldwell from Mirboo North and Anne Bowden from Agnes were keen to hear about alternative weed control methods at a South Gippsland Landcare Network field day held at Fish Creek last Thursday.

How to: agronomist John Gallienne, right outlined a trial currently being run on the Farrells’ Fish Creek property, using grazing and fertility management to out compete ragwort in pasture as part of a South Gippsland Landcare Network field day last Thursday.

Flying high: Yamaha Sky Division representatives demonstrated the weed spraying capabilities of the Yamaha R-Max unmanned aerial vehicle at a South Gippsland Landcare Network field day held at Fish Creek last Thursday.

Scholarship refreshes farm thinking for Gillian GILLIAN Hayman will investigate opportunities for efficiencies on the farm she manages with her husband at Hoddle after receiving a scholarship from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. Ms Hayman was one of two dairy farmers in Gippsland to receive a scholarship under the Farm Business Management Program, managed and funded by the foundation in partnership with Victorian Regional Development Programs. The program aims to develop the business management and leadership skills of Victorian dairy farmers. The other recipient was Alex McArthur of Maffra. The Rabobank Executive Development Program scholarship took Ms Hayman to Sydney for a week recently, where she met with 35 other agricultural business manag-

ers from around Australia and New Zealand to discuss strategic business planning, business management and marketing. Scholars are required to develop their own project and Ms Hayman will consider efficiencies within her business, which she runs with husband Graeme Nicoll near Fish Creek. “It’s really valuable to have a closer look at the business after having our heads down for 15 years,” she said. Ms Hayman said there was more to running a farm than some people thought. Her operation alone uses the services of many local contractors and while running a 300 cow milking herd, they do so with the health of the environment, employees and the herd at the forefront of their operation. Foundation chief executive Mary Harney said the scholarships provide recipients with valuable development opportunities that would benefit the Victorian dairy industry. “It is essential for farmers to be

Always improving: Hoddle dairy farmer Gillian Hayman received a scholarship from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation. equipped with the skills required to manage their own businesses and take control of their future,” she said. Each scholar will also join the

Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni, which will provide extensive opportunities for further collaboration and personal development.

VFF calls for rates relief THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) believes farmers should only be charged a rate on their house and garden area. A VFF spokesperson said, “In terms of differentials, we feel strongly that rates should be equitable and fair for all the services that ratepay-

ers receive.” The VFF’s call came after farmers in Ararat Rural City shire were relieved, after Victorian Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins rejected the council’s plan to slug farmers with a 45 percent rate hike. A commission of inquiry into the Rural City of Ararat draft rating strategy, urged by the Victo-

rian Farmers Federation, handed down 12 recommendations including that the council maintain its current differential rating strategy, which charges farmers 55 percent of residential property rate. The outcome follows a sustained campaign run by the VFF and local farmers, who were outraged at the council’s plan to scrap its differential rating strategy in favour of a uniform system.


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MEMORIAL HALL COMPLEX

NERRENA CRICKET CLUB

TEMPORARY CLOSURE The Memorial Hall Complex will be closed from

TRAINING COMMENCES SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 3

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 to MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Consequently The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau, The Leongatha Gallery and The Centrelink ofďŹ ce WILL BE CLOSED ON THOSE DAYS

Expressions of Interest for Board Directors  Do you have a strategic vision for tourism in Gippsland?  Do you have the time, desire, and connections to contribute through an active, not-for-proďŹ t peak body?  Do you have a range of excellent skills which you believe would enhance our Board of Directors and committees? Destination Gippsland is calling for expressions of interest from individuals seeking appointment to its skills-based Board of Directors. A whole-of-region view, and the ability to think strategically and create value for tourism stakeholders is essential. Current Directors whose terms are expiring are eligible to re-nominate. These are voluntary positions however a modest allowance is available to assist with travel and printing expenses. The Board generally meets six times per annum throughout Gippsland during business hours. To apply: Expressions of interest forms may be downloaded from our corporate website, www.destinationgippsland.com.au and forwarded to the Company Secretary, Helen Rose helen@destinationgippsland.com.au by 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017. For further information please contact our Company Secretary, by email or by phoning 03-5156 1303.

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MARINE LICENCE COURSE

NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PLANNING PERMIT

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Pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987

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The Department of Health and Human Services Human Research Ethics Committee (the Committee) undertakes ethical reviews of research proposals conducted or commissioned by the department or otherwise carried out under its auspices. The Committee meets eight times a year. Membership of the Committee conforms to the requirements of the National Health and Medical Research Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2015). Recruitment is now being undertaken for the following categories of membership: â&#x20AC;˘ chair; â&#x20AC;˘ person with expertise in the nature of moral deliberation (for example, a philosopher or theologian); â&#x20AC;˘ religious (imam, monk, priest, pastor); â&#x20AC;˘ solicitor; â&#x20AC;˘ researcher; â&#x20AC;˘ persons with experience and knowledge of the care and counselling of others; â&#x20AC;˘ a layman; and â&#x20AC;˘ a laywoman. Accordingly, expressions of interest in the above positions are now sought. Applicants should be familiar with the National Statement and have an understanding of the application of ethical principles to research. Appointments are for a period of three years with the possibility of re-appointment. Expressions of interest should include: a covering letter detailing relevant experience and interests, a curriculum vitae and nominate two referees. Expressions of interest may be submitted online at: careers.vic.gov.au And be received by Midnight Sunday 24 September 2017. Enquiries: Mr Jeffrey Chapman Secretary, Human Research Ethics Committee (03) 9096 5239 Further information about the Committee can be found at: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/clinical-trials-and-research/ human-research-ethics-committee The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring government boards and committees reflect the composition of the Victorian community. This includes appropriate representation of women, regional Victorians, Aboriginal peoples, young Victorians, Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culturally diverse community and Victorians with a disability.

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The land affected by the application is located at: 2 Langham Drive, Korumburra VIC 3950 being RD1 PS439054D Parish of Korumburra Township, RES1 LP 116539 Parish of Korumburra, RES2 LP116539 Parish of Korumburra. The application is for a permit to: Remove reserve status and easement. The applicant for the permit is: South Gippsland Shire Council. The Application Reference Number is: 2017/197. You may look at the Application and any documents that support the Application at the office of the Responsible Authority - South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953, Telephone: 5662 9200. This can be done during office hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. Applications are also available to be viewed on Council's Website at www.southgippsland. vic.gov.au Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must: â&#x20AC;˘ be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing â&#x20AC;˘ include the reasons for the objection and â&#x20AC;˘ state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will tell you its decision. Privacy Notification: The responsible authority must make a copy of every objection available at its office for any person to inspect during office hours free of charge until the end of the period during which an application may be made for review of a decision on the application. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application before 14 days after the date of this Notice. Submissions can be received after this date up until a decision is made. Dated: 29.8.2017

Monday, September 11 6pm - 10pm BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone Bob: 0417 524 005 Approved TSV course www.abcboating.com ABN 43080057923

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EXPERIENCED EXCAVATOR OPERATOR Required minimum 5 years Experience HC licence preferred CONTACT DAVE 0438 056 987

EARLY MORNING DELIVERY PERSON REQUIRED Must be reliable Must have current driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licence Vehicle supplied Contact Peter at Leongatha Newsagency

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WOORAYL LODGE INC. 71-73 McCartin Street, Leongatha Phone 5662 2053, Fax 5662 3967 Inc. Assoc. A0025521Y

INDEPENDENT LIVING UNITS EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Woorayl Lodge has one bedroom self contained units available for retired singles or couples who may be looking to downsize their accommodation. The Lodge has a total of 30 Independent Living Units within well maintained grounds and on occasion, vacancies do arise. The Lodge is within easy walking distance of all of the key amenities and services of Leongatha. For further information concerning these units, please contact Carolyn Little, Administration Manager on the above contact number.

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Experienced Tractor Drivers Looking for experienced tractor drivers, required on a casual basis leading to full time work. Truck and Forklift licence would be preferred. Must be able to work some weekends. Please email resumés to: Melinda@selectproduce.com.au or alternatively send them to (PO Box 206) 21 Langham Drive, Korumburra 3950

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A.W. Smith & Sons P/L Hardware & Outdoor Living & Garden Centre

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FARM HAND 520 COW DAIRY FARM LEONGATHA AREA

RETAIL POSITION This full-time position requires an enthusiastic person to be involved in the daily running of our business, must be available to work weekends as rostered. The successful candidate will demonstrate sound customer service skills, have good computer knowledge and a willingness to learn. Previous experience in Hardware Sales or Horticulture would be beneficial, although not essential. Please forward hand written application and resumé to: Manager A.W. Smith & Sons P/L 7 - 13 Roughead Street Leongatha 3953 Or Email: accounts@awsmith.com.au Applications close 1st September 2017

Uniting is the coming together of 22 UnitingCare agencies and two church business units. Uniting for greater change. UnitingCare Gippsland as one of those agencies is a quality accredited community service agency. The Agency has a vision to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. Uniting Gippsland are looking for:

30 hours per week approximately 6 MILKINGS: TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY No weekend work Phone 5664 9294

For information on this position call Carrie Jagusch on 5662 5150 Further information is available at: www.ucgipps.org.au Employment is subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check Uniting Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and wellbeing of children and young people

VOLUNTEER SHOP COORDINATOR Lifeline Wonthaggi Shop • Are you looking to volunteer for an organisation which provides vital services to its community? • Do you have experience in retail, customer service or merchandising? • Are you able to lead a team of dedicated hard-working volunteers? We would love to hear from you. Call Lifeline Gippsland’s CEO now on 5136 3500 or email claire.davis@llg.org.au for more information. Training provided. Be a member of a great team that raises money to help us answer calls from people in crisis on 13 11 14

We are currently seeking Registered Nurses for permanent full time and part time positions. What can we offer you? • Potential to grow your career in Management • CPD advancement with ACN • Opportunities to work Nationally • Competitive salary • Career longevity with a growing organisation • Permanent role with various shifts available RN Requirements: • Be registered with AHPRA • A Good understanding of ACFI and excellent communication skills. • A passion to improve the lives of our residents. To apply, please email a copy of your CV to alyssa.moon@opalagedcare.com.au or alternatively feel free to drop a copy of your CV into the home directly.

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TRUCK DRIVER Ryans Transport is looking for both Full Time and Part Time truck drivers. MUST have MC licence and good driving record If you want to work with an award-winning family business, offering excellent conditions and driving modern equipment, then give us a call. For more information please call Tom 0409 613 664

• Do you have some spare time and would like to give back to your community? • Would you like to make new friends? Widen your social network? • Are you interested in helping the environment by actively recycling? Call Lifeline Gippsland now on 5136 3500 or email reception@llg.org.au for more information. No prior retail experience necessary, all training provided. As a shop volunteer you will be assisting to raise funds to support our 24/7 Crisis Support line 13 11 14

SM McRae Engineering is currently seeking a

BOILERMAKER/STEEL FABRICATOR to work in its fabrication workshop and/or onsite

A quickly expanding company based in Meeniyan and Inverloch is recruiting for the following positions:

Venue Manager A Venue Manager to play a lead role in the running of a busy restaurant to drive its ongoing success and continued development as the go to eatery for locals and tourists alike. This restaurant is focused on delivering authentic cuisine, a great atmosphere and excellent customer service. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, energetic and customer focused with an ability to engage customers and manage staff. Key elements of the role will include the following: • Relevant experience in the hospitality industry • Excellent customer service skills • Successful sales experience • Rostering and organisational skills • Ability to train, manage and motivate staff • Strong interpersonal skills • A successful track record in managing Food and Beverage outlets.

Prep Chef

Opal Seahaven, Inverloch – Currently recruiting RNs!

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VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED Lifeline Wonthaggi Shop

Inner Gippsland Integrated Family Services Worker Full Time Position Based in Leongatha Maximum term contract until 30 June 2018

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A part time (perhaps increasing) Prep Chef. Roster will be 2-3 weekday shifts per week. Must be able to work independently and efficiently. Please send your resumé with cover letter to rhia@trullipizzeria.com.au

This is a full time permanent position for immediate start and is an ideal opportunity for a hard working experienced tradesman to work as part of a team or as an individual on jobs varying from construction of hay sheds and dairies, fabrication and repairs to farm and earth moving equipment, fabrication and erection of structural steel for housing to small jobs for the general public. Work hours are 7:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday with the opportunity to work overtime. Wages negotiable. To apply please phone Shaun on 0427 343 498 and arrange a time to drop off a resumé and discuss further.

QUALIFIED MOTOR MECHANIC Foster Tyres & Service Centre require a full time suitably qualified Motor Mechanic (3rd or 4th year apprentices welcome to apply), for their busy workshop in Foster, South Gippsland. Foster Tyres is an expanding business, specialising in car and 4WD repairs, tyre sales and we are also an Ironman 4x4 dealer and Repco authorised service centre. Duties will include light vehicle servicing, all repairs and maintenance on car and 4WDs, some 4WD accessory fitting and auto electrical work. Above award wages will apply for the right candidate. Must be able to work every second Saturday. Email applications to fostertyres@dcsi.net.au before 5pm September 22. For more information contact Clint during business hours on 56 821 211.

ELECTRICAL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 6 MONTHS FIXED-TERM • • • •

Full time (negotiable) RDO available Family-friendly, flexible workplace Idyllic South Gippsland location

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. The above position is being advertised as a full-time fixed term opportunity. Flexible work arrangements may be considered. Your base location is also negotiable with the requirement for regular travel across the service delivery area. You will hold a current A/E Grade Electrical Trade qualifications and will have experience in the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment, preferably gained within a similar maintenance-based industry. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit www.sgwater.com.au for a copy of relevant Position Description and for a detailed outline of the application process. Please contact Paula Smith on 03 5682 0403 for enquiries about the application process. Questions regarding individual role requirements should be directed to Greg Baud on 03 5682 0440. Applications close Monday 4 September 2017 at 5pm.


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Roadside Service Technician Edneys Leongatha are seeking a suitable qualified service technician to carry out after hours RACV road side service calls, applicants should have excellent communication skills, diagnostic ability and be able to work unsupervised. Rotating roster will include week nights and weekend hours. Applications can be addressed to: Att: Service Manager Edneys Leongatha 1 Roughead Street, Leongatha 3953 service@edney.com.au 03 5662 2327

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RELIEF MILKER, casual, weekend and/or week days, 200 cows. Leongatha North. A/h 5668-9292.

BITUMEN ROADS AND DRIVEWAYS

Trulli Pizzeria in Meeniyan

2,000m2 to clear AT REDUCED COST

Is looking for Experienced

Hot bitumen spray (Chip-seal) on roads, driveways, also bitumen restoration FREE QUOTES Phone Hans 0427 483 017 WINTER GRADE RUNOUT

PART TIME FLOOR STAFF to join our team You must be available evenings and weekends Please send resumé and cover letter to rhia@trullipizzeria.com.au

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Stony Creek Racing Club Inc.

THIS MONTH’S SPECIAL

for sale 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 0417-530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261.

TRACK MANAGER The Club is seeking to appoint an energetic and enthusiastic track manager.

livestock

If you have turf management qualifications or substantial experience in a similar position together with strong communication and leadership skills and can demonstrate an ability to solve problems within a multi-stakeholder environment you are warmly encouraged to consider applying for this position.

BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762. OLD PORT POULTRY FARM Delivering 18 wk old Isa Brown laying hens to your area on Sunday, September 10, $21 each. Ph: 0438832535.

Contact CEO Sarah Wolf for a full position description by telephone 03 5664 0099 or via email sarah.wolf@scrc.com.au. Applications must reach the Club before close of business on Friday 8 September, 2017

used vehicles A FULL-TIME POSITION has become available for a

LEADING HAND AT OUR STONY CREEK POULTRY FARM The successful applicant will have: • Ability to work both unsupervised and in a team • Good positive attitude • Basic computer skills • Keen eye for detail • Practical handyman skills • Basic animal husbandry • Willing to work a range of different hours and weekends In return you will receive: • Full on job training • Above Award rates • Flexible work hours Reply with references to Keenan on 0417 380 995 or at bokbok@homebushpastoral.com.au

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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. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175. HAY 4x3x8 bales, vetch $253, lucerne $319, barley straw $165. All prices delivered to Leongatha area. Phone Joe 0429-138748, Matt 0427-040686.

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Call For Board Directors For Latrobe Community Health Service Ltd. Do you believe in better health & better lifestyles for your community? Help guide the development of community health services. Latrobe Community Health Service is a large and fast-growing independent community health service, delivering a range of community-based health and support services across Victoria. The organisation is seeking applications for two appointed vacancies that exist on its Board. Monthly Board meetings will predominantly be held in Morwell. Further information can be obtained by visiting lchs.com.au, or by contacting Rosie Johnson at LCHS on (03) 51365411, or email rosie.johnson@lchs.com.au Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday, 1 September 2017. Interviews will be conducted on 18 September 2017.

Latrobe Community Health Service Ltd. Better health, Better lifestyles, Stronger communities.

TOTOTA HILUX 2001, 4x4 single cab, 3lt diesel, 245,000kms chassis, only 120,000kms engine. Good work ute (1CV20E), $10,500. Ph: 0417-990558. WANTED CARAVANS and Poptop. All models to 2007. We will be in Inverloch and surrounds Monday 28th - Wed 30th Aug. If you’re tired of waiting for buyers, call us now for a quick sale. Affordable Caravans - Warragul. Ph: 0418336238 or 5623-4782.

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

meetings Meeniyan Area Community Shop Inc

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 at 10am in the MEENIYAN HALL Supper Room

meetings GSHS LYREBIRD HOSPITAL AUXILIARY

AGM

Monday September 11 6.30pm BAIR’S HOTEL Leongatha All welcome Enquiries Lyn: 0419 565 711

AGM

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 7.30pm at the Leongatha Croquet Club All members of the public welcome to attend Contact Frank Dekker 0487 433 208

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RENDEN - Lacey Maree and Shae Louise. Our two precious Angels were born sleeping at 3.20am on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Lacey Maree and Shae Louise came out hugging and are now together for eternity in God’s loving arms and will forever live in our hearts. Dearly beloved daughters of Brad and Yvette and adored sisters to Brock. Loved granddaughters of Art and Nicki and Teresa. Great granddaughters of Bill (dec) and Rena, Ron and Joy and Tom (dec) and Valda. Nieces to Jess and Dave, Tania and Greg, Sharelle and Drew, Corrina and Damien, Vanessa and Preshan and Kirby and Kyle. and cousins to Summer, Will and Aaron; Tarryn, Summer and Bryson; Bayden, Laikyn and Zahlie; Monique and Claudia; Ethan, Izak, Noah and Zoe.

MILES - A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mrs Julie Rosslyn Miles will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Leongatha on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 commencing at 1.30pm.

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deaths CRELLIN Dr John Royston OAM FRACS 18.7.1941 - 20.8.2017 The Board, Executive and Staff of Bass Coast Health are saddened by the death of Dr Crellin. He was a great contributor as surgeon, teacher, honorary medical director, Chair and Board member and instigator of major infrastructure developments. We extend our sincere condolences to Wendy and the Crellin family.

garage sales GARAGE SALE 14 Burrows Way Leongatha SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 2 8am Izuzu D-M4 sports car, cement mixer 4 stroke 2hp, 394 chainsaw, bench grinder, petrol generator,petrol pressure washer, petrol lawn mower, used chainsaw bars, chainsaw sharpener on stand, wood electric drop saw, caravan porch awning, 6ft stepladder, numerous other items

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

$27.50 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $33.00) • 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

Total package valued at $41 ADVERTISE by calling 5662 5555 or emailing classifieds@thestar.com.au or call in to 36 McCartin Street LEONGATHA to pick up your kit when you place your advertisement

marriage celebrant PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Wendy Rutjens

Weddings ~ Funerals ~ Namings

Leongatha Agricultural Recreation Reserve Committee of Management

births MILES (Kemper) To Sarah and Ben, a daughter Skyler Kathleen on August 19, 2017 at Leongatha Hospital, 6lb 2oz. A big welcome from the Kemper and Miles families.

0429 688 123 e: rutjenswendy@gmail.com

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123 jenny_milkins@hotmail.com

Email your adverts to The Star ads@thestar.com.au

The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

Email your adverts to The Star ads@thestar.com.au

HELMS Daisy Constance. 1927 - 2017 Passed away peacefully at Prom Country Aged Care, Foster on August 21, 2017. Dearly loved wife of Frank (dec). Much loved mother of Helen, Anne, Robyn and Wendy. Loved mother-in-law of Robert, Malcolm, Jim and caring friend Pat. Loved grandmother of Julie, Steven, Susan, Penny, Joanna, Jennie, Peter and Kit. Beloved great grandmother. Reunited with Frank. Forever loved. HELMS - Daisy. We all loved and cherished you and will miss you greatly. Helen and Robert, grandchildren Penny and Mike, Joanna and Ryan, Jennie and Leigh, Peter and Amy, and all the great grandchildren. MILES (nee Freeman) Julia Rosslyn. Passed away peacefully on August 21, 2017. Aged 75 years. Beloved wife of John. Much loved mother of Andrea and Lisa. Mother-in-law of Michael and Andrew. Adored Nanna of Miles and Sabine, Joshua, Luke and Oliver. Finally at peace after a long courageous battle with MS. Forever in our hearts. MILES (nee Freeman) Julia Rosslyn. Second daughter of Stan and Jean Freeman (both dec). Dearly loved sister of Pat and Barry. Sister-in-law of Daryl and Jill. Much loved “Auntie Ju” of Jacqui, Kate, Adam, Simon, Joel and their families. Inspirationally strong and brave.

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: randm33@bigpond.net.au PHILLIP ISLAND 5952 5171 15 Warley Avenue, Cowes 3922 (by appointment only) Pre-paid & pre-arranged funeral plans available CARING & PERSONAL 24 HOUR SERVICE www.handleyandandersonfunerals.com.au MEMBER OF AUSTRALIAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION


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Poowong move on to semis POOWONG Fourths played Neerim South in the elimination final at Catani, and with a solid win advance to the semi final at Neerim next Sunday. Poowong’s senior netballers also advance to the semi final next Sunday after defeating Neerim South by eight goals. With the conditions chilly and showers about, Poowong kicked to the club room end at Catani against the breeze. The ground surface was good after the rain for the week. Poowong was looking for a good start and, with Jacksen Barlow’s strong play from the bounce and a good mark from Lachie DeKleuver, it had a goal in the first minute against the breeze. The rest of the quarter was tight with Neerim managing a goal; a point was the difference at quarter time. Poowong’s determination and strong team play in the second quarter resulted in a 22 point lead at half time. Two great captain’s goals from Jai Newcombe, a goal off the ground by Mitch DeKleuver and a good goal from Matt Burr set the lead up.

Powerful: Poowong’s Kyle Loveridge barrels through his Nerrim South opponent during the Fourths’ elimination final. The Poowong lads knew Neerim would come back at them in this quarter and every player worked hard around the ground. With Bailey Murphy’s strong runs, Matt Burr, Jacksen Barlow, Joel Darts and Jai Newcombe, Brian Kelson led the way

but Neerim managed two goals one from a 50 metre penalty to reduce the lead at three quarter time to 16 points – 5.5.35 to 3.1.19. The last quarter was Poowong’s with Neerim players tiring. Poowong managed four goals with the whole team contributing to the

great win. With two goals to Lachie DeKleuver, one to Jerimiah Barclay off the ground and a great kick from Kaden Fullarton, victory was ensured. Poowong’s endeavour and concentration together with all the player’s contributing and following coach Russ McNally’s

Possession: Poowong’s Katelyn Miller pulls the ball in during the A Grade final. game plan and working hard at training was paying off. Best players were hard to pick in a team effort; Jai Newcombe (2 goals), Lachie De Kleuver (3 goals), Brian Kelson, Bailey Murphy, Jacksen Barlow and Darcy Burgess. Next game is at Neer-

im next Sunday against Ellinbank. If the boys play with the same endeavour as the last few games, they will have the opportunity to go on. Poowong senior netball finished fifth and played Neerim South, that started favourites. Poowong started strong-

ly and held a four goal lead at half time. This was increased to eight goals by the final bell and it now goes on to play Lang Lang next Sunday. Abbey McNally was awarded best player for Poowong.

August rising stars revealed Stony racing club celebrates nomination STONY Creek Racing Club was congratulated as a finalist for the Country Racing Victoria Club of the Year Award. Although Ballarat took out the top prize, the nomination is a feather in Stony Creek’s cap. It was nominated based on its community engage-

ment, membership, sponsorship and club profitability. The club’s membership increased in the last 12 months, and it prides itself on involving the community. Local footy clubs, Rotary clubs and school groups have been supported with opportunities provided to raise money

by working the bar, gates and supplying car park attendants. The club has maintained strong partnerships with local businesses, and uses local goods and services where possible. Following the excitement of the nomination, Stony Creek Racing Club is looking forward to its 2017/18 season.

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club 2017 20m Bench Pennant - Section G Round 9: Numurkah 582.007 (bye); Frankston B 595.018 defeated Mildura C 583.011; Leongatha 581.008 defeated by Shepparton 588.015. The best shooter for round nine was David Rowe (Frankston) with

200.005. Round 10: Mildura C 393.008 (bye); Frankston B 597.022 defeated Leongatha 582.012; Numurkah 578.012 defeated by Shepparton 598.022. The best shooter for Round 10 was Steven Mills (Frankston) with 200.011.

Ladder Frankston B.......................40 Shepparton........................32 Leongatha..........................24 Numurkah.........................12 Mildura..............................12 The club shoots Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the recreation reserve. Any inquiries, please call R. Spratt on 5664 2358.

FISH Creek’s Liam Howard and Toora’s Madison Roberts were announced the August Rising Stars for the Alberton Football Netball League.

Liam Howard started his footy career early, participating firstly in Auskick and then started playing with the Corner Inlet Stingrays in 2010, where he had his first taste of playing in a premiership team. He has always played hard football and has been a huge asset to Fish Creek Football Netball Club, always polling well in club best and fairest votes. A highlight of his career was winning the 2016 premiership with the Fourths team. He has represented the Alberton Football Netball League on multiple occasions in its interleague teams, and due to his enormous skill set he debuted playing his first Senior football match at the young age of 16 this season in round 11 against the Allies. He has played some

• Fish Creek’s Liam Howard. fantastic Thirds and Senior football this season and certainly matches it with the big guys. The club is immensely proud of Liam’s achievements and he has a bright future ahead of him in regards to his football career. The club wishes to congratulate him on being a Rising Star.

• Toora’s Madison Roberts.

Madison started playing netball when she was nine years old and has played at three different clubs, having now been at Toora for three years. She has been club best and fairest in U13s, runner up in U15s twice and league runner up in U15s in 2016. She played goal defence in younger years

and then played centre. She has returned to goals in the past few years, now playing a mix of goal defence and goal attack and shooter; wherever she gets put. Maddie’s netball goal would be to win a premiership in the next year or so; she just enjoys playing netball to socialise and keep fit.


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Knights draw with Dragons LEONGATHA U14s lined up for their final match for the season against Drouin on Sunday. They knew they needed to win or draw this game to have a better chance to get into the final four. The first half was taken on with great determination and the team kept the pressure on the entire session. Gerard stepped up from the U12s to help out as goalie and did an outstanding job, saving lots of Drouin’s great attempts at goal. After a heavy night of rain, the pitch was very wet and became muddy. Eddie was covered in the first few minutes of the game diving to help out the

goalie whilst playing in defence. Evie, Jarrod, Charlie, Finn and Eddie worked hard in defence and backed each other up well. Tom was very active in both halves attacking the ball. The first goal came in the first half when Tom crossed the ball into the opposite corner and it snuck through the gap. This helped to motivate the entire Knights team. Angus Kemper managed to chip the ball later in the first half that was heading down the wing and claimed a well needed second goal. At the end of the first half the score was sitting on two to one. The second half was busy; Brayden was so close from scoring his first goal for the

season. Great work was demonstrated in the midfield by Samuel, Aiden, Tom, Toby and Brayden, who up many close results. There was lots of nice attacking play amongst Bri, Angus, Angus and Hayden in the forward line. Hayden scored the much needed third goal. The entire team worked well this week which made it an enjoyable match to watch. The final score was three all.

Women’s THE Lady Knights slayed the Drouin Dragons in a solid five nil win, keeping their place on the top of the ladder.

The game was played in great spirit and a very competitive. An evenly played first half saw the Knights score their first goal for the game by a determined Marissa. The Knights defence was ‘super’ again, keeping all of Drouin’s efforts out of the net. The talented Rachel was stopping everything and the amazing Jordan, Pauline, Alice and Iznaya started many forward moves. Keeper Reen (Lorena) with her spectacular penalty save worthy of the ‘Matilda’s’ again finished the game with a ‘clean sheet’ for the third week in the row. In the second half, Marissa broke through again for her second goal and fin-

ished with three goals for the day. Sarah was dangerous all day and was unlucky to not finish with more than the one goal she kicked. Annemieke played another wonderful game and also kicked a goal. Hard running ‘wingers’ Sophia, Hayleigh and Tammy kept the pressure on and Bethany worked incredibly hard to keep the ball in the Lady Knights attacking half. The talented Mimmie played her last game of the season and again played with her typical determination starting many forward moves. Again, it was a great effort from the Lady Knights against a strong Drouin Dragons opposition.

Stars finals ready U14 THE Stars U14s rounded off their home and away season with a solid win over an undermanned Lang Lang at Thompson Reserve.

Role change: James Starkey has his eye on the goal after taking off his goal keeper gloves.

The win confirmed them as the minor premiers in the U14s for 2017 and they now look forward to a finals campaign with confidence. The game started in a familiar pattern with the two speedy wingers Toby Challinor and Luca Gleeson both quickly on the scoreboard. Ben Clements, showing good touch, chimed in with a well taken chance and with the defensive twin towers of Oscar Gibson-Goldsmith and Maverick Matteson combining to control the dangerous Lang Lang striker Hayden Bonner, Inverloch were able to go into half time up five to one. In the second half, the side was thrown around a bit;

Liam Chiappini quickly made the most of his opportunities and Sam Leifting also bobbed up to get on the score sheet. Finn Gleeson rounded off the match with a well taken hat-trick to see the Stars take out the match nine to two. Well done to all the whole team, who really combined well as a unit and now the semi finals await.

U10 IT was another great turn out of players for the U10s, despite the arctic wind coming across the ground.

Impressive: Hamish Gleeson showed his foot skills as he battled it out with his Lang Lang opponent.

The first thing to be done was to swap some shirts to help out the undermanned Lang Lang and it was great to see the sportsmanship with all the Stars putting their hands up to do it. The crowd was then entertained with another great game, showing just how far the U10s had come in a season.

One play to mention being a run by Harvey Welsford, followed by a pass under pressure to Augustus Finsterer who crossed it to Hamish Gleeson who goaled under immense pressure from Lang Lang. It was fair to say the crowd went wild. Coach Luke Wilkinson

was happy to see the foot skills, dribbling, the passing, long kicks into space and general team play and was really proud of how confident the U10s had become with playing the game. With plenty of goal kicking attempts, special mention goes to the goal keepers on both sides Connor Robinson

(Stars), James Starkey (Stars) and Finn (Lang Lang) who all made some fabulous saves. Despite going down three to seven, the Stars were smiling as they came off the ground for their last game of the season; there were plenty of cheering and high fives for their fabulous coach, the Lang Lang teams and their mates.

TIDES Mixed bag on the soccer pitch

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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Seniors KORUMBURRA stepped onto the pitch full of confidence and played in the wet heavy conditions superbly. Showing just what this team is capable of when it can play the ball directly and quickly, playing coach Rory Cull was vocal on the pitch, leading his team by example with a strong defensive game supported by captain Craig Wallace. Defensive clearances turned into opportunities on goal for the forwards. Korumburra hit the net

twice in the first half; solid goals from Liam Cull and Josh Crook. Mirboo North tried to regroup at half time and hit the pitch hard, physical and somewhat aggressive, managing to rattle Korumburra but not able to shake it. Another one in the net would seal the game, and Bowie Crook found it. Aidan Richards had a couple of chances but uncharacteristically didn’t connect cleanly with the ball. Korumburra would take a fantastic three nil win, leaving Mirboo North behind.

Reserves IT wasn’t to be Korumburra’s day. Although upbeat from a win last week, Mirboo North clearly planned to bring Korumburra down. Mirboo North managed to kick away to a two goal lead at the half time break. Korumburra defender Joe Veltri saw stars when the ball and boot connected with his head; it was a good save though, preventing a goal. Starting where it left off, Mirboo North netted another two before Harry McNeil found the net for Korumburra to keep some hopes alive. Mirboo North powered home, giving City’s goalie Michael Smith a hard time. The end result was a convincing seven to one win for Mirboo North.

Women’s KORUMBURRA showed up strong with a compliment of 16 fit players.

Tough competition: Korumburra City and Mirboo North’s U12s were hard at it in the muddy conditions, with Korumburra taking a two nil win. Photo credit: Dave Hurst.

Rotation would be critical in the very wet and heavy conditions. The center corridor of the pitch was very muddy after copping 25mm of rain the previous night. Mirboo North, keen for a home town win, showed more pace through the muddy center than City could match and managed to break through Korumburra’s defence and slot one into the net. Both goalies would be

busy all day and neither would let another goal through, strong hands and great skill would see Mirboo North take the win, holding that single goal lead for the remainder of the game.

U15s Girls UP against the talented Mirboo North squad, Korumburra City girls started strong holding off the league standouts for eight minutes. Dakota Decarlo had a run in goals and was kept busy. At the half time break, it was a four to zero lead for Mirboo North. After the break, coach Rose Hurst moved Audrey Lamers into goals to have some fresh legs in the forward line from Dakota who had a couple of shots on goal but couldn’t land any in the net. Korumburra tried hard but was caught offside on a few occasions. The skilled Mirboo North defenders read the play well, forcing the offsides from the fast paced City forwards. Alana Lopez-Freeman and Zhi-Xia McNeil proved valuable in the midfield, supported by youngster Abbey Nichols. Alayiah Nagel and Estelle Rosse tried hard to press on for goals and Burra’s backline of Amelia Downie, Amelia Hurst and Fernanda Hurst were kept busy for the match, Fernanda gaining praise from

the opposition coach. The good spirited game resulted in a convincing win to Mirboo North, 6 nil.

U14s A THRILLING match saw the U14s all tied up for a one all draw. Korumburra had to work hard after conceding an early goal and work hard they did Jaxon Checkley finding the net keeping Korumburra’s finals hopes alive during the game. Korumburra was unable to find the need for the valued points to move it into fourth place on the ladder. Ending the game tied with second placed Mirboo North is a great credit to the team. Coach Peter Jacques was pleased with the team’s performance and its consistent effort over the season thus far.

U12s COACH Graham Beech took the U12s closer to finals. “U12’s two nil win was a great effort in slippery, muddy conditions. Everyone contributed with Liam Richards and Liam Dole getting the goals in the first half,” he said. “Good goal keeping by Mirboo North and some unlucky misses stopped the team from scoring more, with the ball in our forward line for most of the game. Overall, a very pleasing result.”


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Leongatha WEDNESDAY, August 23 saw the monthly triples in action and the winners were Liz Beale (s), Peter Ellison and J. Chadwick with four wins plus 27. Runner-up was the team of Morice Gardiner (s), Nosla Michaels and Barry Daley with four wins plus 24. The best last game went to Janice Sing (s), Lloyd Hemphill and Raeleigh Soderland. Sponsor for the day was Landmark and the club thanks it for its valued support. Saturday, August 26 social bowls winners were R. Jackson (s) and P. Ellison with two wins plus 17, runners-up were B. Fisher (s) and Jo Runciman with two wins plus five. Saturday, September 2 will be the club’s opening day social bowls (uniform) with a 1pm start; Wednesday, September 6 social bowls, 1pm start. Friday, September 8

Buffalo indoor Wednesday, August 23 A quieter night at Buffalo this week, after the big night last Friday for Peter Mac. It was decided to have the ladies play against the men using nine bowls and giving all players three bowls each. In game one Mary, Carolyn and Illene started off well but some steady bowling by Charlie, Bill and Peter saw them catching up fast. On the eighth end the ladies were holding all nine shots (all yellow bowls under chair) until Bill bowled the last bowl, cutting it back to two shots - what a save. The ladies won 11-10 after the men scored four on the last end.

Winners: Laurel Lee, Ray Paynting and Rob Howard won Inverloch’s social bowls on Wednesday. is the club’s opening dinner combined with the Kitty Club first night for the 2017/18 season. In regard to the dinner names are to be in as soon as possible, and for the opening day social bowls (uniform), names in before 12 noon. In game two a change of skippers saw the men step up the pace to comfortably win 19-6 and finish the night (LW) 12 ends to the ladies (WL) eight ends. At supper time a report from the SGIBBA meeting and a chat, and then out in the cold to travel home Social bowls 7.30pm on Wednesday at the Buffalo hall. All welcome.

Foster lawn THIS was the last week of winter Saturday bowls. A good roll up of 12 players enjoyed the day as usual. The winners were S. Blancato, I. Rogers and C. Middleton. Foster has had great support and interest for its winter

Also entry sheets for the ladies State event are on the noticeboard. For Leongatha lady members an infomation briefing will be held at the clubrooms on Monday, September 18 at 10am. A meeting of the South Saturdays. The official summer season begins next week, so hope to see you all then.

Foster indoor FOR the last Saturday night of the season, it was a little quiet. With some away and others unable to come, there were the usual six keen players. The winners for the night were Bev Tyers, Ian Rogers and Peter Stapleton; a nice stacked team to end the season. The bowlers have all enjoyed these nights, which went for 19 weeks. It has been a lot of fun for one and all. They will pack away the indoor mats and bowls now ready for next year, and look forward to everyone returning then.

Gippsland delegates will be held at the clubrooms on Monday, September 4. Finally if you have not paid your subs as yet, please do so. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

PLAYERS are still a bit thin on the ground at Mardan. Bowlers played two games of 12 ends. The runner up was a two player team with Andy Plowman skip and Graeme Trease as lead; they achieved a score of one win and 12 ends. The winners of the night with a score of two wins and 14 ends were led by John Chadwick and skipped by champion bowler Vito Serafino. Next week will be busy as bowls are at Dumbalk on Monday night and also at Mardan on Wednesday. That’s all for this week, RG.

A draw in the semis The Leongatha Badminton Club’s rules state in case of a draw the highest team on the ladder goes through to the grand final. In this case the Mazda team which finished second will go through and play off in the season decider. A heart breaking result for the Subaru team which offered so much during the season. To add to the drama, gun player Trent Hughes went down with the flu prior to the match so the always reliable Greg Marshman took his place and played magnificently, being the catalyst of the

win for Mazda. Wonderful support was provided by Jamie Davidson who turned back the clock and played an outstanding match. The desperately unlucky Subaru team was best served by Kristen Bentley and Gail Beer. Both ladies trying their hearts out and winning their singles matches in fine style. The draw in this semi final reflects on what a close, well fought season we have had and let’s hope the grand final is just as close. The other semi final was a little more definite in its result. Toyota was the convincing victor, winning five sets to three. Steve Johnson was back to his brilliant best, as was Joel Langstaff and Ian Cole. If all these players click next week

then the grand final could be theirs. Kia seemed to lose its way towards the end of the season, especially without old war horse Neil Jeremiah, but to its credit it did battle along and pushed Toyota in the early part of the match. They can certainly be proud of its season. The grand final between Toyota and Mazda should be an absolute sensation and spectators are encouraged to come down to the stadium this Tuesday to see a top match. Once again our presentation dinner is at the Leongatha RSL on September 2, starting at 6.30pm. Semi final results: Toyota 5/102 d Kia 3/78, Mazda 4/83 drew Subaru 4/83. Mazda go through to the grand final. Grand final: Toyota v Mazda.

Leongatha Table Tennis ON Tuesday, August 22, DON, with its main man Dirk Holwerda back from his European tour, was able to win both of the doubles to clinch a six to five win. This takes them from seventh to fifth on the ladder. Ladder leaders Triple Trouble continued its winning way with a seven to four win over MKM. Trish Denier clinched a tough singles five game wins over both Martin Stone and Kevin Dowling plus another

five gamer win in the doubles with Allan Robic. Wackos was a convincing winner over NJAs and are hot on the heels of Triple Trouble in the fight for top spot on the ladder. Dead Foxes was far too good for the cellar dwellers Hit Men, who are not scoring many hits, and are in a three way battle with MKM and DON for the other top four positions. In A Reserve, the undefeated OGOM were no match for Team 4, going down one to four with young gun Jack the destroyer winning both his singles and also the doubles. The Pies clipped the wings

of the TTTable Wings team to take a three to two win and hang on to second spot on the ladder just in front of ACE who had a three to two win over The Dons. TT also had a three to two win beating the Special Ks in a very close five game doubles match to clinch the win.

A Grade Ladder Triple Trouble . 10 Wacko’s ........... 10 Dead Foxes........ 6 MKM................. 6 DON .................. 6 NJA’s ................. 4 Motor Heads...... 4 Hitmen............... 2

34 33 37 21 24 29 28 30

113 116 140 98 99 90 105 113

A Reserve Ladder OGOM .............. 8 The Pies............. 6 ACE................... 6 TT...................... 6 Team 4 ............... 4 Special K’s ........ 4 Table Wings....... 2 Old Timers ........ 2 The Dons ........... 2

15 13 13 9 11 9 10 10 10

August Monthly Triples: Leongatha Bowls Club’s Wednesday winners were Peter Ellison, Liz Beale and John Chadwick. They won the day on four wins plus 27. up north. Attendance was good and if bowling is available, they will come. Thanks to the match committee for organising and running these days throughout the winter months. Be sure to mark your diary for the Club Opening Day that will be held on Wednesday, September 6, starting at 12.30pm. The Ladies’ Champion Janis Parks and Men’s Champion Frank Seaton will

put down the first jack and bowl to welcome the new season. There is a sheet in the clubrooms to add your name if attending. As it is the opening of the season, club uniform is the dress code. A contribution of a plate for afternoon tea would be appreciated. This Friday is members’ night.

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AFTER a season with no draws, the semi final between Mazda and Subaru produced a sensational draw.

SOCIAL bowls continued on Wednesday, August 23, with triples and fours. Bowlers finished both games just before the skies opened and the greens got very wet. There was only one team that won both games. Runners up with a win and loss, and 24 points, were Brian Growse, Linda Gallyot and Mike Yates. Congratulations to Laurel Lee, Rob Howard and Ray Panyting on winning the day. Raffle winners were John Madden, Judy Parker, Brian Growse, Mike Yates and Harry Rybalka. The last Winter Bowls will be held on Wednesday, August 30. Names are to be in by 10am for an 11am start. There will be no social bowls on Sunday, September 3. The Winter Bowls season was enjoyed by all the hardy bowlers who did not escape

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Leading Players

A Grade Allan Robic .......................18 Michael Grist ....................17 Case Debondt ....................16 Michael Chang ..................15 Bryce Holwerda ................13 Jason Comrie.....................13

BRIDGE results from last week: Friday, August 25 – Inverloch pairs North/South First with an excellent 65.74 percent was the very experienced pair of Jean Barbour and Greg Nicholson. Second with the strong score of 63.66 percent were Shirley Stewart and Jack Kuiper. Third with 57.14 percent were the ever reliable family team of Philip and Neville Chapman and close by were the steady pair of Julie and Ian Macphee with 51.62 percent. East/West First with the outstanding score of the week was the ever talented pair of Alan Johnston and John Sutton achieving 69.68 percent. Second, achiev-

ing a fine 57.71 percent was a pair new to playing together, Michael Dooley and Beth Banks. Third with a very sound 55.09 percent were Bron Sund and Clive Hope and fourth with 51.62 percent were Hannah Martin and Margaret Munro. Tuesday, August 22 – Tarwin Lower pairs First with a strong 60.94 percent was the talented pair of Alan Johnston and Neville Chapman. Alan has had a very successful week with two wins. A close second with 60.42 percent were the ever reliable pair of Faye Rowlands and Pat West, and third with a well earned 59.90 percent were Margaret Munro and Margaret Smith. Monday, August 21 – Meeniyan pairs

First with 61.31 percent was the always steady pair of Susan Ruffin and Clive Hope. Second with 57.14 percent were Faye Rowlands and Pat West; a strong pair coming home among the top group again. Third with 55.36 percent were June Metcalf and Colin Cameron, and Kathryn Smith and David Baggallay. Well done to all the successful pairs. Spring teams will be played on Friday, September 15 and Friday, September 22, at Inverloch. Entries of teams of two pairs each must be posted on the noticeboard as soon as possible. Please check the club website for details of events, and playing partners for guests.

Search on for Gippsland football’s outstanding contributors NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2017 AFL Gippsland coach and volunteer of the year awards. More than 15 awards are up for grabs at the second annual AFL Gippsland Coaches and Community Awards dinner at Traralgon on Friday, October 6. Hosted by AFL Gippsland and the Gippsland branch of the Australian Football Coaches Association, the event is designed to recognise the region’s outstanding coaches for season 2017 and thank volunteers for their significant contribution to the sport. Reigning Gippsland Coach of the Year Darren Brown encouraged the Gippsland football community to support the award and put candidates from their club forward. “If you think enough of the person coaching your child or your team, then nominate them because it will mean a lot to them,” Brown said. “I was rapt that I was even nominated; it gives you confidence that what you’re trying to do is the right thing, especially as a youth coach you always hope you’re sending the right message and it’s not just about footy but helping develop good people as well.” The Wonthaggi Power U16 coach said premierships were not the only measure of success when it came to rec-

Time to nominate: nominations are open to recognise Gippsland’s inspiring footy club coaches and volunteers. Pictured is 2016 Coach of the Year Darren Brown from Wonthaggi. ognising coaching excellence and acknowledgement of an individual also had the potential to raise the profile of clubs and communities. Coach award categories include senior, youth, junior, female and Auskick, with individual awards for each league, as well as the overall Gippsland Coach of the Year Award. Clubs are also encouraged to nominate standout individuals for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Nominations for Coach of the Year awards close Friday, September 1, while nominations for Volunteer of the Year awards close Friday, September 15.

Awards shortlists will be announced by Friday, September 22, with all finalists invited to attend the awards dinner as guests of AFL Gippsland and the Gippsland AFCA branch. Nomination forms are available at www.aflgippsland. sportingpulse.net. Hawthorn Football Club assistant coach and former Gippsland Power coach Damian Carroll is guest speaker for the night. Tickets for the dinner are $45 per head, including a two-course dinner, and can be purchased at www.trybooking. com/mnot or by calling AFL Gippsland on 5134 8733.


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Congratulations: captain Shirley Welsford congratulated Pat Pease after she was elected for a life membership at Leongatha Golf Club’s annual meeting.

Pat awarded life membership CONGRATULATIONS to Pat Pease who was granted a life membership at the annual meeting of the Leongatha Golf Club last Friday night. Pat has been a member for over 55 years, and has been a great contributor to the club for many of those. She served on the board for three years in

2001, 2002, 2003, has been captain, handicapper for a lengthy period, on match committees, pennant organiser, and has volunteered many hours in helping with juniors, volunteer hours in the clubhouse, and more. She shares her considerable experience and knowledge gained over these years at club and association level with incoming office bearers, and is a great asset to the club.

Leongatha ladies THE course was in extremely good condition last week for the annual Grandmother’s Trophy, despite the recent spate of wet weather. Not all women are eligible for this event and the ultimate winner is presented with a prize later in the year. The day event was sponsored by Lynda Bassett. Wendy Parker scored 31 points to win A Grade. The raffle donor Lianne Adamson had 37 points to take out both B Grade and the Granny award, and take a bit of a slice from her handicap. Barb Miller had a good win in C Grade with 31 points. Down the line balls were won by Maryanne Gartner and Toni West with 28 points, followed by Trish Owen 27, Loris Clark 26, Maxine Eabry, Marg Griffiths, Julie Howard, Nan Meagher and

Winners: Wendy Parker won A Grade, claimed Lianne Adamson B Grade and the Grandmother’s Trophy and Barb Miller had a win in C Grade. Rebecca Thomas 25 with Melinda Martin just sneaking in on a count back with 24 points. Toni West won the nearest the pins on both the 14th and 16th, and Barb Miller was closest with her second shot on the 16th. The nine hole competition was won by Jill Steer with 16

points. On Saturday, 14 players competed in a Stableford event. Marea Maher was the winner with 33 points, with down the line balls going to Wendy Parker 31, Dot Stubbs 28, Rebecca Wilson and Marg Griffiths 27.

IT was heavy going this week, although still good fields on Tuesday and Saturday. Winston Reilly defied the heavier conditions on Tuesday, winning the day with a magnificent 42 points. His playing partners said he just couldn’t miss a putt, and chipping was right on too. Brad Wright was unlucky to meet Winno in such good form, scoring 41 points himself on the day for the runners up prize. Col Stewart continued to be accurate on the second hole with two nearest the pin scores for the week. Col also was runner up on Thursday with 36 points. Likewise, Bruce Betts was consistent with nearest the pin shots on Thursday scoring on both the eighth and fifth holes, and Bob McGeary replicated this on Tuesday. Saturday’s competition was an Ambrose event sponsored by Brian Erving.

Leongatha golf FIFTY four players battled it out in tough scoring conditions on Saturday. Colin Bear took out A Grade with a score of 34 points. Best score of the day and winner of B Grade was Denis Manners with a fantastic score of 37 points. DTL balls were won by Malcolm Gin, Fred de Bondt, Tyler Marotti, Geoff McDonald, Ray Burton, Bruce Hutton, Glenn Marsham, Merv Stubbs, Rod Mackenzie, Grant McRitchie, Greg Welsford, Matthew Bowey and John Wheatley. NTPs were Ray Burton on the 14th hole and Fred de Bondt on the 16th. In beautiful spring weather on last Tuesday, 42 players contested a stableford competition, with trainee Pro Tyler Marotti producing an outstanding round of 40 points off a handicap of three to win the overall and A Grade events. He also was NTP on the 14th hole. B Grade was taken out by Mick Oliver also with an outstanding round of 39 points, just ahead of John Eabry who got a ball for his very good 38 points. Other ball winners were Geoff McDonald, Brian Fennessy, Ted Bruinewoud, Peter Hobson, Terry Grace, Ian Barlow, Russell Williams, Doug Clemann, Fred de

Wonthaggi ladies

Well done: Korumburra Golf Club’s ladies played a two person Ambrose last week. Pictured are runners up Barb Walker and Jean White, and winners Lee Clements and Sherrin Solly.

Korumburra ladies LAST Wednesday, a small field enjoyed getting out on the course after not playing the previous three weeks. Twelve girls played a two person Ambrose in the mild but dry conditions. The best score of 42 points was achieved by Sherrin Solly (33) and Lee Clements (12) with a combined playing handicap of 12. They narrowly beat the pair of Barb Walker and Jean White, who had 41points. The nearest the pins were won by Kath Welsh on the first hole and Lee Clements on the

fourth and 10th. The club extends thanks to Betty Thomson for her years of volunteering to prepare counter teas. Betty has recently found that the task adversely affects her and so has decided to finish up this volunteer role. Although the weather was favourable on Saturday, there was no competition. Hopefully the weather will be kind as the girls venture to Devil’s Dams for the bus trip this Wednesday. Players are asked to arrive at 9.30am for a 10am hit off. Those in attendance will be able to discuss the proposed amalgamation of the district’s

men’s and women’s associations. Wednesday, September 6, will be a stroke competition and the September Monthly Medal with a committee meeting afterwards. Then the women’s annual general meeting will be held on September 13, after golf. The competition on this day is Canadian Foursomes (organised on the day) with trophies donated by Dot West. The women would like to congratulate Pat Pease, who was recently honoured with a life membership of Leongatha Golf Club. Pat is a regular supporter of the club’s golf events.

IT was good to be back after two weeks of no golf for the ladies at Wonthaggi. With a fine day and the course opened for foot traffic, 12 ladies satisfied the need for their weekly golf fix; the scores being a secondary consideration. However, Marg Ryan had a beaut day out and managed the conditions very well.

The club thanked Brian for his generosity. Close scores saw the team of Peter Wilson, John Dumont, Brian Dewar and Ron Findlay taking the win with 57.75 net piping Will Bullock, Mat Vanboven, Phil Hutcheson and Paul Robinson by .85 of a shot. The club welcomed Gavin Cook to join the field on Saturday, rewarding him with a down the line ball. Week’s results: Tuesday, August 22: Single Stableford. Winner: Winston Reilly (28) 42 points. Runner up: Brad Wright (22) 41 points. Nearest the pin: second Col Stewart; fifth and eighth Bob McGeary. Thursday, August 24: Single Stableford. Winner: Peter Wilson (19) 38 points. Runner up: Col Stewart (26) 36 points. Nearest the pin: second Col Stewart; eighth and fifth Bruce

Bondt, Peter Buttinger and Bruce Hutton. The other NTP was Ian Barlow on the 16th hole. On Thursday, Kevin Scott had a great 39 points in difficult conditions to win the overall and C Grade events. A Grade was taken out by Wayne Keen with 35 points and Nick Lafferty took B Grade with 33 points. Balls were won by Terry Grace, Jim Arnott, Barry Attwood, Alan Kuhne, Joe Lowell, Geoff McDonald, Merv Stubbs, Chris Leaver, Josh Hall, John Dumont, Garry Friend, Nicholas Perrin, Terry Chipman, John Eabry and Ian Nunn. NTPs were Keith Finney on the 14th hole and Ian Barlow, who seems to have taken a real liking to the 16th hole, to be NTP for second time this week.

Woorayl THIRTY six players braved windy conditions on Saturday to contest the August Monthly Medal, sponsored by JSL Light Engines. Winner of A Grade and this month’s medal was A. Hickey with 71 net, helped with his eagle on the 11th hole. B Grade was won by J. Redmond with 72 net and C Grade was won by J. Bolge, who is back in career best form with 72 net. Balls down the line were shared throughout all three grades. She topped the scores returned to take out the winners’ prize with (23) 34 points, an excellent score on the day. Marg also won the pro pin eighth to take hone the balls as well. Geraldine Prentice was the best shot on the second. BDL were given to Delores Harvey 31, Robyn Wilkinson 30, Donna Van Veenendaal 30 and Geraldine Prentice 29. Vale to Dr John Crellin,

Winston Reilly: won the Single Stableford event on Tuesday. Betts. Saturday, August 26: Ambrose. Sponsor: Brian Erving Winners: Peter Wilson, John Dumont, Brian Dewar and Ron Findlay 57.75 net. Runners up: Will Bullock, Mat Vanboven, Phil Hutcheson and Paul Robinson 58.5 net. Winners were Damien Burge, M. Grist, Dan Dwyer, P. Burgess, G. Fennell, T. Hassett, D. Perrett and the last ball of the day went to president G. Winkler. Nearest the pins were won by M. Grist on the eighth, who also had the least putts on the day with 25. R. Riseley was nearest on the 17th. Raffle syndicate winners were C. Hall. Good luck to all competitors competing in next week’s event.

Woorayl ladies AFTER the wild Gippsland weather the previous week where there was no play, it was the total opposite for Wednesday, August 23. There was a welcoming sunny blue sky overhead for the 12 ladies who arrived for the drawn partner Ambrose event. However, there was a forecast for rain in the early afternoon which did eventuate but fortunately everyone completed their round before the downpour. The course was in great condition considering the weather it had endured and you could certainly see spring is on its way with new fairway grass shooting and many of the deciduous trees sprouting new leaf. Di O’Connor and Elly Berryman (11¾) combined extremely well as a pair and were the winners for the day with a great score of 68¼.

Peter Wilson: was the winner on Thursday and a member of the winning Saturday team. Nearest the pins: second Brod Courtney and fifth Mat Vanboven. Down the line: Col Graeme, Michael Darmanin and Gavin Cook 59.77 net. Pro pin: Jeremy Riddle. Members draw: Andrew Dunn; jackpot to next week. NTP: eighth H. Sullivan and 17th S. Thomas. DTL balls: S. Thomas and L. Young (11¾) with 73¼ on a countback from C. Johnson and A. Poole (12¾). This week: Stableford.

Foster TUESDAY: Stableford. Winner: D. Summers 41 points. NTP: sixth P. Dight and 17th D. Summers. DTL: J. Mathers 31 and R. Smith 31. Wednesday: Two Person Ambrose. Winners: B. Warren and Joy O’Sullivan (9 3/4) 65 ¼. NTP: 17th Jan Best. DTL: D. Williams and A. McKenzie 67 ½. Thursday: Stableford. Winner: D. Summers 36 points. NTP: 15th N. Cooper. DTL: P. Dight 32 and N. Cooper 31. Friday: Nine Hole Chook Run. Winner: carried over. Saturday: Single Stableford event. Winners: A: T. Vanin. B: G. Dreager. NTP: fourth N. Cooper, sixth T. Vanin, 13th D. Summers and 17th N. Cooper. DTL: S. Canning 34 and K. Flett 33.

Mirboo North ladies WINNER: Amy Wilson 37 points. Runner up: Maree Thompson 34 points. NTP: 16th Lia Brent.

a well respected member of the Wonthaggi Golf Club for many years who passed away last week. Attention all members: the Thursday night members draw is up to $500 and must go off on Thursday, August 31 –be there for a chance to win.

Day out: Marg Ryan returned excellent scores after two weeks of no golf at Wonthaggi Golf Club.

Woorayl to host District Fourball Golf Championships THE South Gippsland District Golf Association Fourball Championship will be conducted at Woorayl Golf Club on Sunday, September 10. The Championship (K. Macdonald Shield) for the South Gippsland Championship will this year be played over 18 holes and is expected to attract a good field of local talent. In addition to the 18 hole Cham-

pionship, there will be various handicap trophies for A and B Grades. Entries are restricted to members of South Gippsland golf clubs who comply with the Country Week eligibility rules. The eligibility rule for entrants having to belong to the same club has been deleted, which now means that entrants now only have to be a member of a South Gippsland affiliated club. The entry fee for all District Championships is free. Entry for the event can be made

online via the district website at www. southgippslandgolf.org.au and click on the online entry link or may be forwarded to the tournament manager Gary Young C/o Woorayl Golf Club; P.O. Box 77 Leongatha, 3953. Entries for the event will be accepted up until the event, but late entries will only be accepted depending on the capacity of the course, by telephone to 5672 2787 or 0419 887 396. Entry forms are now available at all South Gippsland clubs.


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Gym challenges: St Laurence’s Primary School Grade 6 student Georgia worked the ropes on gymnastics day on Thursday, August 17.

Routine time: St Laurence’s Primary School students from left, Tori, Chloe, Braesyn, Charlotte and Lenny showed off their beam skills on gymnastics day on Thursday, August 17.

Students show off gym talent ST LAURENCE’S Primary School in partnership with Leongatha Gymnastics Club (LGC) and Sporting Schools Victoria offers students the opportunity to take part in a developmental gymnastics program each year.

During term two and three students participate in weekly lessons developing their acrobatic and floor skills on a variety of apparatus. With expert assistance from Miranda Wilson (LGC) and PE teacher Lachie Hughes the students learn to set high expectations for themselves, take on challenges and achieve great success. At the end of the program students took part

Players wanted for ladies tennis

• Leongatha Cycling

L E O N G AT H A’ S Thursday ladies’ social tennis began back in 1983.

THE road season ended with a good field racing from Tarwin Lower to Walkerville and return on Saturday.

It has been very well represented and very successful over the years. However, numbers have been declining in membership. Years ago, the age was lowered from 45 years to 40 years old to help increase numbers. It helped tremendously for a time, but now due to women returning to the work force, going on extended trips and having pleasure of helping with grandchildren, the numbers have dwindled again. The club is calling for interested ladies who would love to return to tennis, or who have never played and would love to have a hit, to join in the fun. Everyone will be made most welcome. If you are interested, contact Lorna on 0488 574 284 or Isobel on 5664 7306. Entries must be in no later than September 14, as the competition begins on October 5.

The B Grade field raced in with the A Grade field with the scratch quartet giving out a 20 minute start to the two limit riders. Whilst the day was fine, the riders had to battle a cold and gusty westerly wind. This was largely a tailwind for the outward journey and the two kilometre climb up to the Cape Liptrap turn it meant riders suffered on the return run. By the time the riders reached the turn, it was riders from the 15 minute bunch just in front, with the girls from the eight minute bunch right behind. However, the big movers were several from the eight minute bunch – Damien King, Brad Bouquet and Thomas Fitzgerald as they turned within a minute of the leaders. They were being well hunted by riders out of the five minute bunch – Anthony Mitchell, Leigh Stott and Austin Timmins. Meanwhile the scratch bunch had lost Harry McLean with mechanical trouble and consequently they had not closed the gap to the five minute bunch by any great margin. The run back starts off with a steep pinch up to the Cape Liptrap turn and a fair blast of wind over the ridge before a long grind into the wind back to Tarwin Lower. By the time the fi eld hit the ridge it was Damien King pushing the pace with his eight minute co-markers who had hit the front. Kaleb Jans from the 15 minute bunch and Bernadette Fitzgerald managed to hitch a tow on this fast moving bunch. The bunch kept working hard and dropped sev-

in a gym routine assessment day, on Thursday, August 17. Students who choose to take part in a competitive routine are judged on their skill on floor, rings, beam and bars. Students can also choose to work with a small group and perform a short floor routine to music in which they demonstrate their learning over the

gym training period if they prefer not to participate in a competitive routine. All routines were judged and students were given feedback on their efforts. Students who showed great skill in the competitive section are able to go onto a competition in Melbourne.

Road season closes for cyclists eral on the run back in including Mark Bensley and Bernadette Fitzgerald. The road has some long straights and if chasing bunches can get to around one minute back you can grab a sighter on the bunch ahead. However, with a large bunch together out front and scratch not being able to hitch up with the five minute bunch it was still a gap of two minutes to the chasers at the finish. The dash to the line saw Damien King take a win ahead of Brad Bouquet and Thomas Fitzgerald. Kaleb Jans was right there at the finish in a good performance by him for fourth. Next home was Leigh Stott just outsprinting Anthony Mitchell, Bernadette Fitzgerald, Austin Timmins and Mark Bensley in ninth. Will Lumby led the scratch bunch in to claim 10th and fastest time of one hour seven minutes, 12 seconds. The club adjourned to the Riverview Hotel for presentations and a quiet chat. Brett Franklin won the season aggregate award for best and most consistent rider over the season from a very close challenge from Harrison McLean. The B Grade aggregate went to Kaleb Jans, who has shown some great development over the season. The riders have some Gippsland combines over the coming weeks prior to the track season getting underway in October. Any riders keen to have a try on the track should contact the club. The club has track bikes available for riders wishing to experience the buzz of close racing at the velodrome.

In action: Thomas Fitzgerald, Bernadette Fitzgerald and Kara Landells as they climb the ridge past the Cape Liptrap turn off.

Place getters: Brad Bouquet came in second, Damien King was first and Thomas Fitzgerald came in third.


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Star player: MDU’s Kaila Bentvelzen in action on the court, positioning herself to block Fish Creek opponents as she passed the ball.

Next stage: Mirboo North’s B Grade and U15s are set to play in the preliminary final at Hill End next Saturday.

Second chance for the Tigers B Grade: Morwell East 49 d Mirboo North 27. U15: Trafalgar 49 d Mirboo North 35.

Both teams progress to the preliminary final at Hill End next Saturday.

Alberton netball Semi final - Saturday, August 26 A Grade: MDU 36 d Fish Creek 28. B Grade: Toora 26 lt MDU 28. C Grade: MDU 33 d Fish Creek 30. 17 & Under: MDU 40 d Foster 27. 15 & Under: Fish Creek 29 d Foster 8. 13 & Under: Foster 23 d Tarwin 22.

Elimination final - Sunday, August 27 A Grade: Foster 39 d Tarwin 33. B Grade: Fish Creek 54 d Foster 52. C Grade: Toora 37 d Foster 27. 17 & Under: Toora 34 d Fish Creek 27. 15 & Under: Tarwin 27 d Toora 23. 13 & Under: Fish Creek 40 d Toora 7.

Gippsland netball Results - Round 18 A Grade: Drouin 70 d Bairnsdale 45, Leongatha 59 d Maffra 31, Moe 38 lt Morwell 54, Sale 53 d Wonthaggi Power 45, Traralgon 79 d Warragul 40. B Grade: Drouin 61 d Bairnsdale 47, Leongatha 69 d Maffra 46, Moe 56 d Morwell 35, Sale 41 d Wonthaggi Power 32, Traralgon 53 d Warragul 32. C Grade: Drouin 49 d Bairnsdale 17, Leongatha 35 d Maffra 25, Moe 28 drew Morwell 28, Sale 25 lt Wonthaggi Power 34, Traralgon 34 d Warragul 30. Under 17: Drouin 53 d Bairnsdale 22, Leongatha 29 lt Maffra 47, Moe 42 d Morwell 18, Sale 41 lt Wonthaggi Power 49, Traralgon 49 d Warragul 20. Under 15: Drouin 17 lt Bairnsdale 51, Leongatha 59 d Maffra 38, Moe 29 lt Morwell 46, Sale 33 lt Wonthaggi Power 47, Traralgon 58 d War-

ragul 21. Under 13: Drouin 7 lt Bairnsdale 44, Leongatha 29 lt Maffra 35, Moe 24 lt Morwell 26, Sale 46 d Wonthaggi Power 21, Traralgon 42 d Warragul 1.

Ladders A Grade Traralgon .............................180.31 Morwell ................................149.09 Drouin ..................................140.72 Leongatha ............................112.70 Moe .......................................106.12 Warragul ..................................82.24 Maffra......................................77.61 Wonthaggi Power ....................82.55 Sale..........................................68.00 Bairnsdale ...............................56.87 B Grade Moe .......................................134.68 Leongatha ............................134.63 Traralgon .............................135.04 Drouin ..................................105.77 Sale .........................................91.25 Wonthaggi Power ....................81.64 Bairnsdale ...............................89.13 Morwell ...................................87.38 Warragul ..................................79.30 Maffra......................................79.22 C Grade Leongatha ............................148.98 Wonthaggi Power ................135.36 Maffra ..................................117.62 Warragul ..............................125.55 Traralgon ............................. 111.78

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Moe .........................................97.35 Drouin .....................................87.69 Morwell ...................................87.39 Sale..........................................86.85 Bairnsdale ...............................50.47 Under 17 Maffra ..................................166.85 Drouin ..................................133.09 Traralgon .............................123.40 Sale .......................................115.70 Moe .......................................112.85 Wonthaggi Power ..................108.36 Leongatha................................88.36 Morwell ...................................59.83 Bairnsdale ...............................75.52 Warragul ..................................51.17 Under 15 Wonthaggi Power ................165.74 Leongatha ............................137.79 Sale .......................................117.17 Bairnsdale ............................131.51 Morwell ................................108.22 Traralgon ...............................119.70 Moe .........................................87.14 Drouin .....................................86.32 Maffra......................................66.82 Warragul ..................................45.07 Under 13 Sale .......................................353.63 Bairnsdale ............................190.63 Maffra ..................................132.25 Traralgon .............................129.08 Wonthaggi Power ................145.07 Leongatha..............................104.12 Morwell ...................................82.69 Moe .........................................87.14 Warragul ..................................17.42 Drouin .....................................11.13

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Inverloch to host first semi-final INVERLOCH Recreation Reserve will host this Sunday’s Alex Scott and Staff West Gippsland Football Netball Competition first semi finals. The fixture was originally scheduled for Cowes Recreation Reserve, but, in consultation with Bass Coast Shire Council, the decision was made to relocate the games due to the heavy conditions of the ground and limited preparation time. The competition administration and advisory committee were keen to ensure the games remained in South Gippsland and considered all available options before settling on Inverloch. All clubs have been advised of the change. The second semi finals will be played at Nar Nar Goon Recreation Reserve, as originally allocated.

Good dodge: Fish Creek’s Abbey Shaw strategically worked the ball around MDU opponent Kayla Redpath.

Grab: Parrots’ Laura Higgins takes the rebound and prepares to send it back to the attackers.

LDNA netball Preliminary final Saturday, August 26 13 & Under: Mirboo North Gold 20 d Town 18. 15 & Under: Town Black 31 d Mt Eccles Blue 30. 17 & Under / C Grade: Meeniyan & District 37 d Mt Eccles 36. Open: Mt Eccles 53 d MDU 27.

Grand finals Saturday, September 2 13 & Under: Mir-

boo North Purple v Mirboo North Gold, 12 noon, Court 3*. 15 & Under: Meeniyan & District v Town Black, 12 noon, Court 5*. 17 & Under / C Grade: Mirboo North Purple v Meeniyan & District, 1.30pm, Court 3*. Open: Town Black v Mt Eccles, 1.30pm, Big jump: Fish Creek’s Elysia Shaw fought Court 5*. * Please note starting for the ball off opponent Kayla Redpath while it was still up in the air. time for these games.


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LDNA moves forward LEONGATHA and District Netball Association received a $10,000 community grant from the South Gippsland Shire to create a business plan. The association plan to expand the courts run off zone to fit the Netball Victoria compliant court specifications.

Currently, there are eight courts in total, the association plan on eliminating one of the courts to make for more run off space. “It’s a work in progress,” president of the association Anna Patterson said. “We’re starting to look ahead; these courts aren’t just used by Leongatha players. “Every week players from all of

the surrounding regional towns are drawn together to use these courts.” Potentially, the association will be looking at improving the drainage and landscape in immediate areas of the court. The association is crossing its fingers for funding to proceed to the next step eventually. The cost of this redevelopment project is yet to be determined.

Future umpires: Leongatha and District Netball Association umpires in training, from left, Abigail Exelby, Jade Hamilton, Lily Caithness and Hannah Giliam are thrilled with the $10,000 community grant they received from the South Gippsland Shire Council to expand the run off space surrounding the courts.

Tough contests in West Gippsland netball Qualifying Final U13 – Cora Lynn 26 defeated Phillip Island 22

THE opening quarter saw both teams trade goals and a number of fumbles with nerves evident on both sides. Amelie Wragg, goaling early for the Island, held a one goal lead at quarter time. Early in the second, the Island skipped out to a three goal break, but Amber Douglas from the Cobras was shooting with accuracy and clawed a couple back to be only one down again at half time. The Cora Lynn coaching staff made a game changing move in the third with Lexi Schade, the smallest player on the court, moving into goal attack. She dominated her much bigger defenders with her speed and accuracy, shooting eight third quarter goals to give the Cobras a five goal lead going into the last quarter. The Island was not done with yet, opening the quarter with a four goal run, with Jarah White in everything and feeding her goalers well. Cora Lynn was able to steady with Shelby Abdallah solid in defence and Schade goaling accurately. Best players: Cora Lynn: Lexi Schade and Tylah Harris. Phillip Island: Jarah White and Amelie Wragg.

Qualifying Final U15 – Korumburra-Bena 39 defeated Inverloch Kongwak 37 THIS was the game of the day. It was a fantastic display of junior netball played in an excellent spirit. The first term was very even with goals going with centre possessions. Sophia Hughes was controlling the mid court for IK and feeding her goalers nicely. The Korumburra-Bena girls playing with speed and precision, but IK held a one goal break at quarter time. IK opened the second with a three goal run; Ella Sadler in goal attack for IK making the most of every opportunity. The Giants fought back late in the quarter with a four goal run, Maddie Smith starting to dominate the mid court. The scores all tied up half time. The third was a tense af-

fair. Both teams’ defensive ends doing a fantastic job. For the Sea Eagles, Laynee McKenzie was making life very hard for the Korumburra goalers, while her opposite at the other end Ellie Newton made a number of well-timed interceptions and deflections. Again, scores tied 24 all at three quarter time. The final quarter was a cracker. Mia Scott from IK made some fantastic pressure shots, with great feeding from the around the ring by wing attack Hughes. But every time IK looked like breaking away, the Korumburra-Bena girls found a way to answer. The full time score again tied at 31 a piece, which saw an extra five minutes each end. The Giants goalers Elisha Nicholas and Darci Holmes displayed excellent patience and sharing of the ball in the extra period and shot with composure and huge pressure. Ella Sadler again making some late high pressure shots, but the extra time ran out with Giants girls two goals up. Best players: Korumburra-Bena: Ellie Newton and Maddie Smith. Inverloch-Kongwak: Sophia Hughes and Ella Sadler.

Qualifying Final U17 – Korumburra Bena 38 defeated Inverloch Kongwak 23 KORUMBURRA-Bena jumped the IK girls in the first quarter. Chloe Hogg was on fire early, shooting all 10 of the Giants’ first quarter goals to IK’s four. The second quarter was much the same as the first with the Giants too big and strong at both ends. IK captain Mille Sadler was trying hard to lift her team with a three goal run, as was Lanni Pryor in the centre. The Korumburra-Bena girls were nine goals up at half time. IK threw the changes around in the third with Pryor heading to goal defence and Sophie Bolam in goal shooter. The Giants also made a few moves with Seannan Trewin into wing attack and Casey Walker into the game in wing defence. The Giants midcourt was well on top with Trewin and Ellie Holmes combining on numerous occasions to drive them into attack. The sting was definitely out of the game but IK didn’t give up.

Alex Burke drove hard through the mid court for the Sea Eagles, but the Korumburra-Bena defensive end was very tight. In the final quarter, Shae Kyle and Esther Evans continued as they had all game, taking multiple intercepts and deflections. The Giants ran out 15 goal victors. Best Players: Korumburra-Bena: Chole Hogg and Shae Kyle. Inverloch Kongwak: Millie Sadler and Lanni Pryor

Qualifying Final B Grade – Dalyston 44 defeated Inverloch Kongwak 34 DALYSTON flew out of the blocks to take an early four goal lead. Mollie Bloch, Dalyston goal shooter, couldn’t miss, hitting eight goals in the first quarter, to help Dalyston to a three goal lead at the first break. Jessica Pupetti (WA) was doing well to lift the Sea Eagles and feeding captain Sam Cox (GA) around the ring. Cox, with her lovely fluid action, was goaling well and feeding Courtney Teakle (GS). However, the Dalyston girls were playing a more aggressive brand of netball with Melissa Beveridge (C) beginning to dictate terms in the mid court. Dalyston was five goals up at the main break. The third quarter was physical. IK changed sisters, with Kasey Teakle taking over from Courtney in goal shooter with good results early in the quarter with a three goal run but Dalyston was making the most of its opportunities. Laura Williams in defence for Dalyston was a steadying influence late in the quarter. Dalyston going into the final term with a six goal lead quickly grew that with Dayle Egan (GA) converting some early attempts and being urged on by a vocal Dalyston bench. Linsey Boddy (GD) battled on strongly in the last for Inverloch-Kongwak, but it wasn’t enough, Dalyston running away to a 10 goal win. Best Players: Dalyston: Mollie Bloch and Laura Willams. Inverloch-Kongwak: Sam Cox and Jessica Pupetti

Qualifying Final A Grade – Phillip Island 38 defeated Dalyston 30 IT was a much anticipated game with both teams having

a win each during the home and away season. The scene was set for a high intensity game and it didn’t disappoint. The opening quarter was high pressure with both teams feeling each other out. Phillip Island using Janelle Smyth (GS) and Kelly O’Neil (GA) in the goal ring had a clear height advantage over Alana McRae(GD) and Tess Angarane (GK), but the Dalyston defenders certainly made up for it in athleticism, proving to be an enthralling contest. The game tied at quarter time. The Island started the second quarter with a fantastic five zero run and moved the ball through the mid court with ease. Hannah McRae (WA) and sister Jess (C) were having none of it and rallied the Magpies midcourt and started to win more of the ball. Kasey Beattie (C) for the Dogs and Jess McRae were going hard at it and it was a great duel to watch for the big crowd. The Island held a one goal lead at half time. Dalyston coach Jenny McRae was looking for more height in the defence end and 15 year old Gemma Thomas entered the game in goal defence. It appeared to be an inspired move with Thomas grabbing some early intercepts and looking a good match for O’Neil. Island defender Lawri Piera (GD) was working hard to contain Britt Thomas (GA), making the Magpies girls work the ball around the ring to find an open look. The Dalyston goalers failed to convert a couple of good opportunities and the Dogs skipped out to a four goal lead. An injury substitution saw Alana McRae re-enter the game into wing defence with four minutes to play and the affect was instant. Britt Thomas converted some high pressure shots to tie the game up 25 all at three quarter time. The start to the final term was intense and physical with teams trading goals with centre possessions. The Island goalers started to get on top of the Dalyston defenders despite Thomas and Angarane’s best efforts. Island goal keeper Emily Donvan was playing a sensational game and took a number of crucial incepts that swung the momentum the Dogs way. Best Players: Phillip Island: Emily Donavan and Janelle Smyth. Dalyston: Alana McRae

and Jess McRae

Elimination Final U13 – Dalyston 29 defeated KorumburraBena 26 THE Giants started strongly, skipping out to a three goal lead in the first few minutes of the game. Sophie McKenzie (GA) was very accurate. The Dalyston girls settled and worked their way into the quarter and ended up with two goal lead at the first break. The Magpies started the second strongly through Zoe Verboon (GA) having a huge height advantage over the Korumburra-Bena defenders, with her team mates using it to their advantage. The Giants rallied just before half time with a four goal run, set up by Bronte Whyte (C) providing the drive from the mid court. Dalyston was up by a goal at half time. In the third, Dalyston made the most of its opportunities in attack, with Verboon goaling and rebounding everything in her goal ring. Giants goal keeper Charli Walker made a number of sensational intercepts but the ball was coming back as quick she could get it out with the Magpies midcourt getting on top. Dalyston was up five goals going into the last. The Giants started the last with some fantastic long range shooting from Rani Marriott (GS) making three long bombs to get her team with in one goal. The teams traded goals in line with centre possessions, with the game still in balance with two minutes to play. Acaica Wallace (GD) for the Magpies was playing a super game and made two crucial intercepts to get her team some breathing space. Dalyston won by three goals. Best Players: Dalyston: Acica Wallace and Zoe Verboon. Korumburra-Bena: Charli Walker and Bronte Whyte.

Elimination Final U15 – Dalyston 26 defeated Cora Lynn 24 CORA Lynn went into the game undermanned, missing a main defender in Morgan Harris. The Cobras certainly came out with clear focus and a high intensity to start the game. Georgia Larsen (GS) for Cora Lynn and Rachle Aitken (GK) looked to be a great match up, with Larsen getting the early points. The Cobras were three up

at the first break. Dalyston controlled the midcourt in the second, mainly through pocket rocket Dallas Loughridge whose run could not be matched by the Cobras. The Magpies were up by a goal at the main break. Cora Lynn moved Charli Rout out of goals and into the centre to try and stop Loughridge’s control of the mid court. This worked to a certain extent, with Rout’s attack and never say die attitude getting the Cobras a handy two goal break for most of the quarter. Larsen was proving to be a handful for the Magpie defenders, sinking eight goals for the quarter. Cobras were up by two going into the last. The final quarter was intense with goals going with centre possessions. Dalyston’s goal attack Kathryn Scott came into her own, making some pressure shots to level up the game with two minutes to go. Goal shooter Catherine Moutafis hit a great long shot to give the Magpies the lead, the ball heading back down the Cobra’s attacking end but they couldn’t convert. Dalyston took out the entertaining game by two goals. Best Players: Dalyston: Kathryn Scott and Dallas Loughridge Cora Lynn: Charli Rout and Georgia Larsen.

Elimination Final U17 – Phillip Island 39 defeated Cora Lynn 23 PHILLIP Island started the game focused and strong, jumping Cora Lynn with a five to one lead. Abbey McCaughan (GD) took many intercepts. The Cobras found their feet and settled to pull back the lead. Jazmine Nolan (C) gave some drive in the midcourt, but still down two goals at quarter time. Cobras made four positional changes to start the second, but the Island was more settled, its mid court, lead by Nell Chaston (C) feeding goalers Kate Kalis (GA) and Emily Lethbridge (GS) who were working well together. The Dogs held a five goal lead at half time. The third quarter proved the turning point of the game with the Island dominating most positions, having a 12 to two goal quarter. Katelyn Downes (GK) was battling hard in defence for the Cobras, but the ball

was coming in too frequently. The Island was well in control a three quarter time, up 15 goals. Cora Lynn again made a number of changes trying to find a combination that could make some head way on the lead. Sophie Balfour (GS) made an impact with three goal run. But it was the Island’s day, far too strong in a great team effort. Best Players: Phillip Island: Abbey McCaughan and Nell Chaston. Cora Lynn: Katelyn Downes and Jazmine Nolan.

Elimination Final C Grade – Bunyip 35 defeated Korumburra-Bena 30 GOALS went with possession for almost the entire first quarter, creating a very even contest. Tenae Dixon (GK) with a deflection and chase of a loose ball late in the quarter allowed for the first consecutive goals for Burra-Bena, leading by two at the first break. Bunyip goalers Kelly McMillian (GS) and Tanya Roberts (GA) lifted in intensity and were feed well by wing attack Hannah Whyte. Meg Newton (C) for the Giants and Dannielle McFarlane (C) for Bunyip were having a great tussle in the midcourt. The Dogs were up by three at half time. Bunyip jumped out quickly to a six goal break in the third, led by Elise Harrison (GK) who was controlling her team from the defensive end. Korumburra-Bena worked hard to get back into the game, with its goalers Amy White (GA) and Heidi Greenwood (GS) working hard to get a free look from the Bunyip defenders. The Giants down three at the last break. No changes for either team going into the final, which had been the same for the entire game. Some costly turnovers early in the quarter by the Giants gave Bunyip some breathing space and it was able to hold a four goal lead for most of the quarter, winning the game by five goals. Best Players: Bunyip: Tanya Roberts and Elise Harrison. Korumburra-Bena: Tenae Dixon and Meg Newton.


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• Cora Lynn v Dalyston

Cobras outplay Magpies DALYSTON is still holding on to finals hopes, despite going down to Cora Lynn

in the qualifying final on Saturday. Playing at the Koo Wee Rup Recreation Reserve, Dalyston was going into the

match with a slight advantage, having played on the ground in the final round of the home and away series. However, Cora Lynn

was not about to lie down to Dalyston, and the finals clash was on from the first siren. The first quarter was tight tussle with Cora Lynn just ahead by seven points. Dalyston’s backline including Dean Wylie and Rhys Harrop were named in the Magpies’ best as they fought hard against the tough opponent. By the second quarter, the Cobras had found their rhythm and were pulling away from Dalyston. Going into the long break, Dalyston was faced with a four goal margin. The long break was just what the Cobras needed, and it came out fighting. Cobras’ key forward Jai Qualifying Final Cora Lynn 19.10.124 Dalyston 10.9.69

Uncontested: Brad Fisher gets a clear kick against Cora Lynn in Saturday’s qualifying final.

Cora Lynn goals: Jai Rout 6, Ryan Gillis 4, Nathan Langley 3, Jackson Dalton 1, Brady White 1, Jeremy Monckton 1, Christopher Johnson 1, Nathan Gillis 1, Travis Woodfield 1. Dalyston goals: Michael Kraska 3, Blake Carew 2, Christopher Samargis 2, Brad Fisher 1, Matt Rosendale 1, Travis Krause 1. Cora Lynn best: Nathan Gillis, Jeremy Monckton, Andrew Green, David Main, Rylan Smith, Jackson Dalton. Dalyston best: Kristian Butler, Brad Fisher, Dean Wylie, Rhys Harrop,

Rout was causing Dalyston headaches. He kicked six goals for the game, while teammate Ryan Gillis kicked four. For Dalyston, Michael Kraska led the goal kicking with three, followed by Chris Samargis and Blake Carew with two each. Dalyston was held to one goal in the third quarter, which secured the win for Cora Lynn. Both teams kicked four goals to close the match, but Cora Lynn had gained too much ground. Cora Lynn will face Inverloch in the second semi at Nar Nar Goon on Saturday. This game will determine who will go straight to the grand final.

Dalyston will be fighting to stay in the game against old rival Phillip Island on Sunday. Initially this match

was scheduled to be played in Cowes, but has since been moved to Inverloch due to poor ground conditions.

Christopher Samargis, Kyle Kirk. RESERVES

Phillip Island 4.6.30 Nar Nar Goon 3.7.25 THIRDS

Garfield 10.7.67 Phillip Island 6.1.37 FOURTHS

Phillip Island 8.10.58 Bunyip 3.6.24 Phillip Island goals: Nick Anderson 3, Jack Wilson 2, Marvin Sellars 2, Jay Curran-Mani 1. Phillip Island best:Nick Anderson, Noah Bee-Hickman, Jarrod Anderson, Jack Wilson, Cale Farrell, Joshua Ryan.

Heads high: Blake Carew leads a determined Dalyston outfit out at Koo Wee Rup. Dalyston took on Cora Lynn in the qualifying final.

• Breakers v Warragul

Breakers win finals ticket THE Bass Coast Breakers won its way through to the South Eastern Women’s Football Development League grand final after a hard fought win against Warragul. Making history: Bass Coast first women’s football team the Breakers secured a place in the grand final on the weekend.

• Phillip Island v Nar Nar Goon

Island smash Nar Nar Goon PHILLIP Island defeated a well rested Nar Nar Goon in the elimination final at Inverloch on Sunday by 73 points. Phillip Island flew out of the blocks against Nar Nar Goon, dominating the game from the outset; the Island added five goals to one in the opening term to take a 25 point lead into the first break. At quarter time, the score was Phillip Island 5.2.32 to Nar Nar Goon 1.1.7. The Island showed its

class in the second term. Now kicking into the breeze, it still managed to comfortably out score Nar Nar Goon by four goals to zero and stretch its advantage out to 48 point at the half time break. During the long break, the score was Phillip Island 9.3.57 to Nar Nar Goon 1.3.9. The third term saw the Island’s scoring get shut down by Nar Nar Goon, and it restricted the Bulldogs to just two goals. However, Nar Nar Goon didn’t do any damage on the

scoreboard for the quarter and this saw the Island increase the margin out to 63 points at the final break. At three quarter time, the score was Phillip Island 11.8.74 to Nar Nar Goon 1.5.11. Phillip Island took its foot off the gas in the final term but it still managed to streak away to a 73 point win and see its finals continue onto next week where it will take on Dalyston in the first semi final on Sunday. The final score was Phillip Island 14.10.94 defeated Nar Nar Goon 2.9.21.

Elimination Final

Phillip Island 14.10.94 Nar Nar Goon 2.9.21 RESERVES

Dalyston 5.6.36 Garfield 4.6.30 Dalyston goals: T. Burley 2, A. Wallis 1, P. Dunlop 1, D. Pruysers 1. Garfield goals: M. McInroy-Howard 3, J. Barnes 1. Dalyston best: J. Brooker, K. Wilson, M. Schreck, A. Chetland, B. Monson, M. Harris. Garfield best: A. Mitchell, M. McInroy-Howard, T. Hatherall, B. Marsh, S. Clebney, B. Scamporlino. THIRDS

Inverloch Kongwak 5.4.34 Bunyip 2.3.15 Inverloch Kongwak goals: H. McInnes 2, J. Scott 1, C. McInnes 1,

Z. Caughey 1. Bunyip goals: L. Taylor 2. Inverloch Kongwak best: M. Toussaint, H. McInnes, H. Smith, T. Heislers, J. Pryor, Z. Javier. Bunyip best: E. Knight, B. Stewart, S. Booth, M. O’Halloran, Z. Baguley. FOURTHS

Cora Lynn 7.5.47 Korumburra-Bena 2.4.16 Cora Lynn goals: J. Lino 2, B. Font 1, M. Hanks 1, G. Da Costa 1, V. Sua 1, Z. Rofet 1. Korumburra-Bena goals: M. Nicholas 1, G. Wells 1. Cora Lynn best: D. Vela, N. Davies, B. Font, T. Cornelis, Z. Rofet, B. Howard. Korumburra-Bena best: J. Grabham, W. Little, J. Anthony, M. Allen, T. Newton, J. Anthony.

With the top two teams meeting for the first time, the game started physical with both teams trying to stamp their authority early on. Against the wind, the Breakers broke through for the first goal of the game and kept Warragul to just one goal for the quarter. The Breakers responded to coach Steve Kenny’s call for a bigger effort in the second quarter. With Mollie Bloch providing first use in the ruck and marking well around the ground, and Ella Angarane and Sophie Bolding winning plenty of contested ball through the middle, the Breakers were able to take control of the game, scoring four goals to one for the quarter. Trying to the look after their lead against the wind in the third, the Breakers kept Warragul to one goal but it was still game on at three quarter time with Breakers leading 5.3-33 to

3.4-22. In the last quarter the defence end stood up under pressure with Gemma Tschiderer keeping the league’s leading goal kicker to one goal for the match. Tayla Stahl-Smith’s burst of speed and awareness of goal proved a challenge for Warragul and she finished with five for the match. Three goals in the last secured the win for the Breakers and their chance to play in a grand final in their first season. Final score was Breakers 8.5-53 defeated Warragul 4.4-28. Goal kickers: T. StahlSmith 5, S. Bolding, E. Volard, E. Cargill Best players: M. Bloch, T. Stahl-Smith, S. Bolding, E. Angarane, H. Mills, G. Tschiderer The Breakers will face Tyabb in the grand final on Sunday, September 10, at 9.30am at Casey Fields.


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thestar.com.au • Mirboo North v Newborough

Tigers’ run continues

By Rover

AFTER leading narrowly at every change, Mirboo North won a brutally tough, bone-jarring first semi final clash against Thorpdale by 14 points at Hill End Recreation Reserve on Sunday. For nearly 100 minutes of aggressive football, it was heads over the ball and bodies on the line by all combatants in a gritty in-andunder grind out between neighboring clubs and traditional rivals. Hasty decisions under pressure often resulted in costly turnovers and missed opportunities to score from close range. Both game plans called for consolidated work rates in multifunctional team environments, where individualism was outlawed and higgledy-piggledy play produced nothing of worth. Although the ground’s surface was soft and muddy in spots from recent rains, the high winds forecast for the district, didn’t eventuate. Instead, players

quickly adapted to a blustery southerly breeze that blew towards the mountains and favored neither end of the oval. Mirboo North now travels to George Bates Reserve Yallourn North to meet Yallourn Yallourn North in this Saturday’s Mid Gippsland preliminary final. Waiting for the winner is Yinnar, which secured a grand final berth following its hard fought four point second semi final success against YYN at Yinnar Recreation Reserve on Saturday. Proficient, eager and determined tackling meant clear space was hard for ball carriers to find during much of the afternoon. Zac Kilgower, Jake Nash and Josh Taylor all kicked two goals for Mirboo North, whilst Josh Collie and Thomas McDermott contributed three and two majors respectively for Thorpdale. Leading contributors in the mighty Tigers’ victory were roaming midfielder, Darryl Mayman, Josh Taylor, Jake Nash, Jack Robertson and rugged forward Brayden Wilson. In defence, Ben Richards, Julian Blackford,

playing coach Clancy Bennett, Luke Palmer and Jacob Blair were stoically imperturbable for Mirboo North throughout the Blues’ relentless inside 50 entries. Bennett even sneaked forward and slotted a crucial goal for the Tigers. Each side attacked the ball hard in the opening term, with Mirboo North booting four goals and taking a handy 13 point lead into the quarter-time huddle. Thorpdale’s ball movement improved in the second quarter, where Trent Gibson, Luke Collie and Zac O’Connell frequently broke free

Mirboo North 9.8.62 Thorpdale 7.6.48 Mirboo North goals: Z. Kilgower 2, J. Nash 2, J. Taylor 2, R. Oddy 1, C. Bennett 1, D. Pinneri 1. Thorpdale goals: J. Collie 3, T. McDermott 2, T. Lappin 1, H. Greene 1. Mirboo North best: D. Mayman, J. Taylor, J. Nash, J. Robertson, B. Wilson, B. Richards. Thorpdale best: J. Collie, T. Gibson, L. Collie, D. Martin, Z. O’Connell, C. Celima. RESERVES

Yinnar 9.5.59 Mirboo North 6.9.45 Yinnar goals: C. Harwood 3, McGrath 2, T. Darby 2, D. Giles S. Famularo 1. Mirboo North goals: M. Green K. Berchtold 2, J. Giardina 1,

P. 1, 2, D.

and forced the Sherrin towards forwards Josh Collie and McDermott. Both defenses increased their ferocity and were on top during the third term, where each side only managed one goal. After two decisive goals, Thorpdale hit the front early in the last term, but Mirboo North steadied and used its flexibility, strength and stamina to close the match with three majors of its own that finally sank the Blues. The final score was Mirboo North 9.8.62 defeated Thorpdale 7. 6.48.

In the air: Mirboo North’s Mitchell Richardson went head to head with his Yinnar opponent in the Reserve’s first semi final.

Taylor 1. Yinnar best: J. Findlay, D. Webster, N. Linton, S. Famularo, E. Hicks, M. Dowling. Mirboo North best: D. Taylor, L. Gervasi, B. Stoertebecker, B. Harriage, K. Berchtold, T. Taylor. THIRDS

Hill End 6.12.48 Mirboo North 3.6.24 Hill End goals: C. Millsom 2, L. Mirams 1, B. Paul 1, J. Paulet 1, B. Clymo 1. Mirboo North goals: R. Kratzat 2, C. Alexander 1. Hill End best: L. Mirams, J. Paulet, A. Brown, J. Harrison, B. Paul, C. Millsom. Mirboo North best: T. Melbourne, A. Irwin, L. Oddy, G. Erbs, M. Fahey, B. Van de rydt.

Right, Still in it: Mirboo North’s Seniors will face Yallourn Yallourn North in the preliminary final after defeating Thorpdale on Sunday.

Parrots soar into grand finals Good defence: Parrots player Kyle Brown pushed the ball into the goals while Parrots gold player Jesse Burns attempted to get hold of it.

LEONGATHA Gold will take on Mirboo North in the Central Gippsland Junior Football League U14 grand final this Sunday. The Parrots won the first preliminary to Leongatha Green on the weekend with a score of 8.3.51 to 4.11.35. Mirboo North defeated the Moe Maroons in the second preliminary final 3.5.23 to 2.3.15. It will be a massive

Left, Quick escape: Parrots gold player Alexander Battersby attacked the ball then made a run for it during Saturday’s preliminary final.

U12s grand final for Leongatha, with Green and Gold going head to head. On the weekend, Leongatha Gold defeated Mirboo North in the second preliminary at Mirboo North Reserve. The Parrots finished the day with a score of 1.2.8 to Mirboo North’s 1.0.6. Meanwhile in Newborough, Leongatha Green defeated Morwell Royal with a final score of 5.7.37 to 4.1.25. The U10s Leongatha Green team also excelled to the grand final and will face Yinnar. Leongatha Green played Mirboo North and won 2.5.17 to 0.0.0. All grand finals will be played this Sunday at Ted Summerton Reserve, Moe.

Leongatha Junior footy PRELIMINARY FINALS UNDER 14

Leongatha Gold 8.3.51 Leongatha Green 4.11.35 Leongatha Gold goals: H. Kewming 3, J. Burns 3, J. Wrigley 2. Leongatha Green goals: F. Materia 2, D. Hume 1, T. Hanily 1. Leongatha Gold best: N. Clark, E. Lamers, L. VanderZalm, H. Kewming, A. Battersby, R. Giliam. Leongatha Green best: N. Hanily, N. Fixter, K. Brown, T. Neal, A. Van Hamond, C. Riseley.

Mirboo North 3.5.23 Moe Maroons 2.3.15 Mirboo North goals: J. Carnes 2, C. Westbury 1. Moe Maroons goals: D. Parr 1, D. Benson 1. Mirboo North best: B. Peters, M. Hosie, C. Pinkerton, B. Watson, W. Jacka, M. Porykali. Moe Maroons best: L. Summersgill, T. Sultana, C. Hawkett, L. Luke, L. Balzomeris, D. Parr. UNDER 12

Leongatha Gold 1.2.8 Mirboo North 1.0.6 Leongatha Gold goals: P. Winmar 1.

Mirboo North goals: W. Dawson 1. Leongatha Gold best: F. Dunn, X. Bolge, J. McRae, R. Checkley, B. Grabham Andrews, J. Clark. Mirboo North best: B. Peters, J. Chila, I. Hose, H. Barnes, L. Anders , N. Giardina.

Leongatha Green 5.7.37 Morwell Royal 4.1.25 Leongatha Green goals: T. McRae 2, T. Hanily 2, T. Richards 1. Morwell Royal goals: H. Stockdale 1, N. Tobin 1, L. Reynolds 1, Z. Cheffers 1. Leongatha Green best: T. Hanily, T. McRae, T. Richards, W. Brown, J. Fixter, M. Burggraaff. Morwell Royal best: R. Jiath, C. Lappin, Z. Cheffers, N. Tobin, T. Fenton, L. Reynolds. UNDER 10

Leongatha Green 2.5.17 Mirboo North 0.0.0 Leongatha Green goals: A. Williams 1, J. Brown 1. Mirboo North goals: Nil. Leongatha Green best: C. Richards, A. McInnes, M. Sheahan, J. Brown, A. Williams, F. McLennan. Mirboo North best: O. Budd, M. McQualter, S. Bradley, M. Woodall, X. Berquez , T. McDuffie.


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Dead even: Stony Creek’s Jayden Gee and Toora’s Josh Griffin locked into battle over the ball in the semi final. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@ fourcornersframing.biz.

• Toora v Stony Creek

Toora trump Stony Creek FROM the first quarter, it was clear that the spot in preliminary final had Toora’s name on it. Up against Stony Creek, Toora came in Contest: Toora had hands over everything in its semi final clash against Stony ready to fight with its eye on the prize on Sunday. Creek. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@ fourcornersframing.biz. Toora kicked with the wind in the first quarter, and set itself up nicely Toora goals: D. McSherry 2, K. HolElimination Finals for the remainder of the mes 1, L. Ireland 1. Toora 19.11.125 game. Fish Creek best: L. Howard, C. Stony Creek 5.4.34 Coates, A. Wilson, A. Thomas ireCoach Jack Weston THIS WEEKEND Toora goals: L. Manders 6, J. land, D. Edgar, T. Price. Weston 3, L. Jenkins 3, J. Pintus kicked two early goals Toora best: B. Stone, K. Morgan, ALBERTON 2, W. Jenkins 2, M. O’Sullivan 1, J. T. Allott, K. Holmes, M. Hilder, L. and Luke Manders kicked Preliminary final Griffin 1, J. Attard 1. Haustorfer. three, opening the floodStony Creek goals: K. Baskaya Saturday, September 2 THIRDS 2, J. Cameron 1, S. Marriott 1, J. DWWWW v Toora gates for a nine goal quarMDU 10.9.69 Byrnes 1. at Foster Showgrounds Foster 6.1.37 ter for Toora. Toora best: J. Weston, M. O’Sullivan, MDU goals: B. Thorson 3, J. StockMID GIPPSLAND L. Ferguson, B. Scarcella, L. Virtually winning all dale 3, S. Benra 1, J. Brown 1, M. Preliminary final Manders, B. Wells. of the clearances through Hoober 1, J. Yates 1. Stony Creek best: D. Zuidema, J. Saturday, September 2 Foster goals: N. Van Dyke 3, Z. Cameron, S. Marriott, W. Collins, M. ruckman Lincoln Toner, Yall-Yall Nth v Mirboo North Duursma 2, J. Thornell 1. Josic, J. Byrnes. at George Bates Reserve the ball was mostly in MDU best: B. Thorson, S. Bright, RESERVES C. Krohn, J. Stockdale, J. Tom, J. Toora’s forward 50. Stony GIPPSLAND Fish Creek 8.7.55 Gourlay. Qualifying final Creek ruckman Dylan Toora 4.8.32 Foster best: L. Rathjen, J. Thornell, Saturday, September 2 Fish Creek goals: A. Wilson 4, D. EdN. Van Dyke, M. House, B. ArmZuidema battled hard Maffra v Traralgon strong, J. Smith. gar 2, A. Bright 1, D. Devonshire 1. against him, but Toner was at Sale Rec Reserve

FOOTY DRAWS

Elimination final Sunday, September 3 Moe v Morwell at Traralgon Rec Reserve

WEST GIPPSLAND 2nd Semi final Saturday, September 2 Inverloch v Cora Lynn at Nar Nar Goon Rec Reserve 1st Semi final Sunday, September 3 Dalyston v Phillip Island at Inv Rec Reserve

unstoppable on the day. Stony Creek managed to get one goal passed Toora, but the Magpies’ defence all proved to be in form on the day. Michael O’Sullivan and Lewis Ferguson worked well in the backline, and Ben Osborne kept Stony Creek’s key forward Kerem Baskaya to just two goals. Many of the Lions were already battling the flu, but times got tougher for the side after it lost Nathan Brown to a serious ankle injury in the first quarter. It would later lose George Angelopoulos to another ankle injury in the third quarter. The second quarter proved to be a little tougher for the Magpies, with the wind causing headaches. Toora only managed to kick one goal for the

quarter, but the defence stepped up to the plate and kept Stony Creek out. Although kicking with the wind, Stony Creek couldn’t convert and did no damage to the scoreboard before going into long break. The second half was much of the same with Toner dominating in the middle. For Stony Creek, Kurt Newton played an impressive game in the back line against the formidable Toora forwards. Toora’s goal kicking pace had slowed since its first quarter effort, but the margin was too great for Stony Creek to make a comeback. Wellesley Jenkins kicked an impressive goal from out of the pocket early in the third term, which spurred on his teammates.

Toora added another six goals to Stony Creek’s one. By the last quarter, Toora had completely outrun Stony Creek and took its place in the preliminary final. Toora is at full strength and is going into its preliminary match against the Allies with confidence. The Allies just missed out on the grand final ticket after a thriller against Fish Creek. Whilst the Allies are going in as the favourites, Toora has had an impressive season and has been in its best form over the past three weeks. If Toora comes to Foster this weekend with the same endeavour it has shown in previous weeks, the preliminary match will be interesting.

Finals season heats up CLOSE scrapes in the semi finals saw fights to stay in the finals go down to the wire.

In the Reserves, Tarwin fast tracked its finals season and earned its spot in the grand final after a

14 point win over Stony Creek. A handful of points separated the two teams

throughout the match, but McLean topped the goal Tarwin managed to hang kicking with a haul of six. on until the end. Stony Creek will now Tarwin’s Kevin face Fish Creek this weekend at the Foster Showgrounds. Fish Creek defeated Toora by 23 points. The Kangaroos had control of the match, but the windy conditions contributed to the low scores with both teams finding it hard to convert against the wind. In the Thirds, Fish Creek is waiting to find out who will be its finals contender. In a battle of the creeks, Stony Creek went down to Fish Creek by 29 points. Although it took the Kangaroos a little while to

warm up, once they did the game was theirs. Stony Creek has the second chance and will play MDU in the preliminary final. MDU defeated Foster by 32 points. While MDU had the upper hand for most of the game, it was another match where the conditions caused headaches for both sides. MDU’s Jack Stockdale and Brett Thorson topped the goal kicking with three goals each. Foster’s Nathan Van Dyke also kicked three goals on the day. All preliminary finals will be played at the Foster Showgrounds this Saturday.

Battle of the Creeks: Fish Creek’s Thirds cemented a place in the grand final after defeating Stony Creek. The Lions will face MDU in a preliminary final showdown this weekend. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@ fourcornersframing.biz.


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thestar.com.au • Leongatha v Maffra

Leongatha finish top THE Parrots have been guaranteed the week off after defeating Maffra and finishing atop the Gippsland league ladder following the last round on Saturday. Leongatha players did all that was asked of them and that was win to ensure a slightly easier run through to the second semi-final. The main negative to

Rising high: Chris Verboon stretches out to take a fine grab in defence.

Clear space: Leongatha’s Brok Davidson gets a quick boot to ball before his Maffra opponent applies a tackle.

come out of the win was the hamstring injury to young defender Louis Riseley which may well see the end of his season. Riseley has been a regular senior and his loss will require a reshuffle of the Parrot defence in a fortnight’s time. Zac Vernon is to come back in and he can play defence while Chris Dunne, who had thumb soreness, will also fit back into the team. Maffra had at least three players due to come back to its team also. Maffra will now face off against Traralgon this Saturday at Sale in the second semi-final; the winner to play the Parrots the week after. In the Elimination Final on Sunday at Traralgon it will be Moe up against Morwell. The footy was of a good standard and Leongatha supporters liked the result. The ground came up pretty well despite the rain during the week with the Parrots kicking into a breeze towards the chook sheds end in the opening term. A stingy backline led by Sean Westaway, Ben Chalmers and Chris Verboon saw Maffra kick just 1.4 with the breeze while the Parrots added 2.5 in the tricky conditions. The Parrots made better use of the conditions as it kicked with the breeze to the swimming pool end where it added four goals to lead 6.8 to Maffra’s 2.5. With Danny Sheen at centre half forward starting to get on top of Chris Verboon he sparked a Maffra revival and added several goals in the process.

The standard of the game raised a notch, as too did a bit of niggle, as the Eagles sought to claw its way back into the contest. Maffra added four, third quarter goals in the dropping breeze but importantly the Parrots added three of its own to maintain a 16 point buffer going into the last quarter. There was certainly plenty of time for the Eagles to get up in the final quarter but both sides added 2.2 and the 16 points was the final margin. Ben Chalmers did a superb job all day on the dangerous Daniel Bedggood holding him goalless. Sean Westaway and Sam Forrester also did well down back. In the midfield the Parrots were best served by Luke Bowman, Ryan Olden and Josh Schelling in the ruck.

Leongatha’s 11goals were shared around by nine players in a very even forward line effort; Schelling and Maskell the only multiple goals kickers with two apiece. The Leongatha reserves got beaten by 11 points to drop from top to second and will now play Traralgon in the qualifying final on Saturday. The thirds had a big win to finish on top of the ladder and will also have the week off. In a nailbiter the Parrots’ fourths side scraped into the finals after drawing with Maffra. The Parrots were in front but a rushed behind late in the game tied the scores with the siren sounding 30 seconds later. The Parrots will play Maffra again in the Elimination Final this Sunday.

SENIORS

THIRDS

Leongatha 11.10.76 d Maffra 8.12.60

Leongatha 10.15.75 d Maffra 4.0.24

Leongatha goals: C. Maskell 2, J. Schelling 2, K. Cooper 1, A. Hillberg 1, P. McGrath 1, B. Davidson 1, J. Hopkins 1, J. Ginnane 1, C. Stone 1. Maffra goals: D. Sheen 3, T. Jolly 2, D. Alexander 2, K. Renooy 1. Leongatha best: S. Westaway, B. Chalmers, L. Bowman, R. Olden, S. Forrester, J. Schelling. Maffra best: D. Sheen, A. Carr, K. Porter, J. Johnstone, D. O’Brien, T. Jolly.

Leongatha goals: C. Olden 4, J. Norton 1, B. Perry 1, J. Hastings 1, D. Garnham 1, J. Patullo 1, N. Trotto 1. Maffra goals: O. Henry 2, L. Carman 1, J. Allman 1. Leongatha best: J. Norton, T. Evans, N. Trotto, T. Sheedy, B. Rogers, T. Bernaldo. Maffra best: C. Avage, B. McKenzie, L. Shelton, J. Allman, J. Edey, R. Thatcher.

RESERVES

Leongatha 10.10.70 d Maffra 10.10.70

Maffra 8.9.57 d Leongatha 7.4.46 Maffra goals: B. Rimington 4, J. Oldham 3, J. Saunders 1. Leongatha goals: M. Borschman 3, R. Kelly 1, J. Pellicano 1, L. Wright 1, G. Fleming 1. Maffra best: B. Rimington, M. Higgins , J. Whelan, D. Gray, J. Callahan. Leongatha best:R. Kelly, C. Rump, J. Monaghan, M. Borschman, J. Hickey, M. Chalmers.

FOURTHS Leongatha goals: J. Hume 4, J. van der Pligt 2, J. Battersby 2, J. Lamers 1, R. Kemp 1. Maffra goals: J. Giles 2, M. Gravener 2, S. Berry 2, A. Smyth 2, T. Thatcher 1, D. Scriven 1. Leongatha best: J. van der Pligt, M. McGannon, J. Hume, C. James, T. Vanderkolk, R. Kemp. Maffra best: M. Gravener, S. Berry, A. Smyth, M. Huts, C. Jones, M. Harrigan.

• Sale v Wonthaggi

Wonthaggi’s season over W O N T H A G G I ’s season on the football field is over after bowing out in the last game at Sale on Saturday. After having looked a slight chance of making finals a few weeks ago, the narrow loss to Maffra combined with injuries meant the season

didn’t finish as well as expected for the club. The Power’s loss to Sale by just under 10 goals saw the club drop from seventh to eighth on the ladder but Wonthaggi competed well over much of the season, being just a couple of key players short of where they want to be. Phil Young, 34, was playing his 241st and final game for Wonthaggi, the popular

player chaired off the ground after the game despite the defeat. The ground conditions at Sale were good with a bright, sunny day but the strong wind was a factor with Sale benefiting in the opening term. The writing was on the wall early for the Power when Sale jumped them in the first term booting 5.2 to Wonthaggi’s 1.0.

Going nowhere: three Wonthaggi players pounce on this Sale player who struggles just to take his kick.

The Power tried hard in term two to get back into the game but scoring of 1.7 didn’t help its cause as Sale kicked three straight goals to jump out to a 8.2 to 2.7 lead at the big change. It just wasn’t Wonthaggi’s day with turnovers and use of the footy again an issue. A much tighter third quarter prevailed with Sale adding two to Wonthaggi’s one but

the Magpies held a commanding six goal lead at this stage. The last term saw Sale extend its lead, adding four goals to Wonthaggi’s one. Aidan Lindsay as usual gave his all in the in and under contests for the Power with other on-ballers Kane McCarthy and Tom Davey contributing well. Davey had a tagging role on the dangerous Kane Martin and did very

SENIORS Sale 14.6.90 d Wonthaggi 4.8.32

THIRDS Sale 10.16.76 d Wonthaggi 4.2.26

Sale goals: J. Freeman 3, K. Dunkley 2, B. Dessent 2, K. Martin 2, J. Dowsett 2, J. Dessent 1, L. Heywood 1, B. Jones 1. Wonthaggi goals: D. O’Connor 2, W. Joplin 1, J. Smith 1. Sale best: M. Todd, J. Allison, J. Freeman, K. Martin, J. Dessent, K. Dunkley. Wonthaggi best: A. Lindsay, K. McCarthy, P. Ryan, J. Membrey, T. Davey, T. Harley.

Sale goals: J. McLaren 3, J. McLindin 2, W. Mayne 1, J. Ziino 1, K. Simpson 1, D. Barnett 1, B. Sandeman 1. Wonthaggi goals: L. Burns 1, D. Gardiner 1, J. Dawson 1, J. Barry 1. Sale best: T. Stephenson, J. McLaren, T. Dessent, J. Wegener, C. Morrison , D. Sclater. Wonthaggi best: J. Barry, D. Gardiner, F. Anderson, L. Burns, K. Brown, J. Dawson.

RESERVES Wonthaggi 9.8.62 d Sale 5.2.32

FOURTHS Sale 7.11.53 d Wonthaggi 4.6.30

Wonthaggi goals: J. Waters 4, L. Membrey 2, M. Davey 1, R. Birkett 1, C. Waters 1. Sale goals: D. Lewin 2, J. Sandeman 2, L. Kelly 1. Wonthaggi best: M. Coyne, D. Tiziani, J. Waters, J. Gilmour, D. Turton, A. Papodopoulos. Sale best: T. Hallett, L. Kelly, J. McGrath, C. Hudson, Z. Sayers, J. Dyt.

Sale goals: L. Williams 2, J. Ziino 2, M. Bown 1, H. Anderson 1, E. Dyer 1. Wonthaggi goals: N. Anderson 3, H. Dawson 1. Sale best: M. Bown, L. Williams, B. Safstrom, L. Jones, M. Jones, B. Crozier. Wonthaggi best: C. Cummins, N. Anderson, B. Wingfield, H. Dobbie, S. Sharples, J. Gilmour.

well limiting his influence. Pat Ryan and Jarrod Membrey off half back were solid while the best of the forwards in a tough day were Troy Harley and Dom O’Connor snared two goals. Michael Todd, one of the Magpies onballers, was its best player while big Lipman dominated in the ruck. Wonthaggi has been active in the recruiting area and have been eyeing off some potential players already for next season.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Traralgon 16.17.113 d Warragul 6.5.41 Bairnsdale 13.19.97 d Drouin 13.9.87 Moe 12.13.85 d Morwell 7.6.48 RESERVES Traralgon 10.15.75 d Warragul 4.4.28 Morwell 4.13.37 d Moe 2.4.16 THIRDS Traralgon 25.21.171 d Warragul 0.0.0 Moe 14.14.98 d Morwell 1.0.6 Bairnsdale 9.10.64 d Drouin 6.5.41 FOURTHS Traralgon 15.13.103 d Warragul 1.4.10

ROUND 18 SENIORS LADDER W L D

%

Pts

Leongatha ...16 2 0 199.58 64 Maffra........15 3 0 166.93 60 Traralgon ....12 5 1 154.64 50 Moe ..........12 6 0 129.01 48 Morwell ......9 8 1 112.39 38 84.23 28 Sale ................7 11 0 82.11 28 Warragul ........7 11 0 78.32 24 Wonthaggi......6 12 0 81.39 20 Bairnsdale ......5 13 0 33.33 0 Drouin ............0 18 0 GOALKICKERS M. Bennett (Maffra)............. (0) 48 C. Dunne (Leon).................. (0) 47 B. Fowler (Warragul) ........... (0) 45 D. Sheen (Maffra) ............... (3) 41 L. Stockdale (Trar) .............. (3) 41 N. Paredes (Warragul) ........ (0) 39 B. McDonald (Morwell) ....... (0) 38 J. Freeman (Sale) ................ (3) 37 D. Bedggood (Maffra) ......... (0) 36 D. Cupido (Bairns) .............. (0) 35

RESERVES LADDER W L D

%

Maffra........14 2 0 327.95 Leongatha ...13 3 0 218.73 Traralgon ....12 4 0 233.33 Morwell .....12 4 0 193.00 Moe ...........8 8 0 166.57 Warragul ........5 11 0 63.60 39.92 Wonthaggi......5 11 0 Drouin ............2 14 0 40.95 11.44 Sale ................1 15 0 GOALKICKERS

Pts

56 52 48 48 32 20 20 8 4

J. Somers (Warr) ................ (4) 38 N. Wozniak (Maffra) ............ (0) 33 L. Durkin (Moe)................... (0) 33 M. Duncan (Morwell) .......... (2) 33 L. Wright (Leon) ................. (1) 31 R. Loprese (Trar)................. (2) 24 P. Yates (Moe) ..................... (0) 23 M. Webb (Morwell) ............. (0) 19 J. Oldham (Maffra) .............. (3) 18 J. Piper (Morwell) ............... (0) 17 R. Horton (Maffra) .............. (0) 17 B. Davidson (Leon) ............. (0) 17 B. Rimington (Maffra) ......... (4) 17

THIRDS LADDER W L D

Leongatha ...17 1 0 Traralgon ....16 2 0 Moe ......... 15 3 0 Bairnsdale.. 11 7 0 Maffra........11 7 0 Drouin ............5 13 0 Wonthaggi......5 13 0 Sale ................4 14 0 Warragul ........3 15 0 Morwell ........3 15 0

%

410.54 572.05 301.19 107.37 103.28 55.14 29.94 39.63 33.24 32.782

Pts

68 64 60 44 44 20 20 16 12 12

GOALKICKERS C. Olden (Leon) ................... (4) 61 A. McLaren (Bairns) ............ (2) 47 J. Van Iwaarden (Trar)......... (2) 44 R. Anderson (Moe) ............. (0) 36 L. Michie (Moe)................... (3) 33 H. Prestidge (Moe) .............. (0) 31 H. Willaton (Trar) ................ (0) 31 J. Wykes (Bairns) ................ (3) 30 L. Carman (Maffra) ............. (1) 26 L. Johnson (Trar) ................ (1) 26 O. Henry (Maffra) ................ (2) 26 D. Garnham (Leon) ............. (1) 26

FOURTHS LADDER W L D

Moe ..........18 0 Traralgon ....16 2 Bairnsdale ..12 6 Leongatha .. 10 7 Maffra....... 10 7 Warragul ...... 10 8 Sale ................7 11 Wonthaggi......4 14 Morwell ..........1 17 Drouin ............1 17

0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

%

Pts

825.48 555.45 98.54 131.36 105.41 122.84 95.92 48.26 19.98 13.32

72 64 48 42 42 40 28 16 4 4

GOALKICKERS M. Luckie (Trar) .................. (3) 44 J. Ziino (Sale) ...................... (2) 35 B. Maslen (Moe) ................. (0) 35 I. Copland (Trar) .................. (3) 33 H. Kellow (Bairns) ............... (3) 33 S. Flanders (Moe) ............... (0) 31 M. McGannon (Leon) .......... (0) 31 R. Baldi (Moe) ..................... (2) 30 K. Noonan (Bairns) ............. (5) 30 R. Taws (Moe)..................... (1) 30


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• Fish Creek v DWWWW

Fish Creek bounds into grand final

Dash for it: Fish Creek player Blaine Coates made a hard lead with the ball, while teammates fight off Allies opponents.

Good play: Fish Creek’s Bailey Harfield-Park snatched the ball up off the ground before looking for his next move.

Fast paced: Fish Creek’s Blaine Coats and Allie’s Jake Weightman only had eyes on the ball during Saturday’s second semi final.

FINALS football is a whole new game in which ladder positions and the number of wins for the season are no longer factors when you step out onto the ground. Fish Creek found out very quickly on Saturday that the Allies are a real threat, as the Allies took it right up to the minor premiers Fish Creek for much of the day. The Kangaroos went into the game without their ball magnet and 2016 league best and fairest Tom Cameron, who sustained a leg injury the week before. The Allies were at near full strength, with Ben Mayers the only obvious exclusion from the side. Toora’s ground was a picture, but the wind was difficult to negotiate. DWWWW won the toss and elected to kick with the wind advantage to the southern end and the match got underway. The opening quarter was a defensive battle between both sides with neither side able to break the shackles. The opening score was a behind to the Allies in the fourth minute and only two minutes later the Kangaroos had the opening goal to Seccull who pounced on a loose ball sinking the slipper onto one from close range to open the Kangaroos accounts. DWWWW evened up through Bergles midway through the quarter and the game continued to be a very intense defensive battle. At the first break the scores were locked at 1.2 apiece. The second quarter was more of the same with both sides playing hard contested footy and neither able to break the shackles on the scoreboard. That was until the Fish Creek captain Callan Park produced a little piece of magic that had the opening goal of the quarter from a freakish snap for goal that finally broke the shackles. Nothing changed however, and there would be no opening of the flood gates on this day. The only other goal for the quarter would be an encore performance by the Fish Creek captain Park when he once again snared the ball deep in the for-

ward pocket and snapped truly for his second to give the Kangaroos a tiny little bit of breathing space going into the main break 12 points up. The second half continued on as the first half had been with neither team able to take any real ascendency on the game. DWWWW, led by its small brigade of Edgerton, Atkins and McKenzie, were in everything as was Coates, Harfield-Park and Smith for Fish Creek. The first part of the third quarter was tight with neither team able to score, but Fish Creek threatening. The second half of the quarter was an about face and the Allies started to get on top and with a stiff breeze they were able to firstly bridge the gap on the scoreboard and then for the first time in the match they were able to hit the front and extend their lead out to nine points going into the final quarter. The final quarter, although not reaching the lofty heights that were expected, was enthralling. It was a ding dong battle between two sides desperate to win a spot in the grand final. Fish Creek went straight into attack and the ball stayed there for much of the quarter. It reduced the margin slightly, registering several behinds but was having some difficulty with the wind. It’s kicking for goal and around the ground disposal was inconsistent; on the other hand the Allies were taking their opportunities and kept the pressure right on their more fancied opponent. A couple of goals to the Kangaroos had them in front again and they looked as though they were taking control through the second half of the quarter. A 13 point lead to Fish

Creek was reduced to seven when Bergles got his fourth for the day, but Fish Creek still looked as though it would hang on. A further behind to the Allies had the margin to one straight kick going into the final couple of minutes of play. When a 50m penalty was paid against Fish Creek for a late tackle, the Allies’ Sabec was on the goal line kicking for goal, after kicking truly and when the siren sounded only a minute later the scores were even. The umpires had the situation in hand and both sides were informed that they had to play an additional five minutes extra time kicking to each end and that there would be no break in between. Supporters of both sides were on the edge of their seats as the match started into overtime. This would be the best 10 minutes of footy that the Kangaroos would put together all day. Straight into attack against the wind, it was firstly Seccull who marked and kicked a great long goal from the 50 kicking into the wind. The Kangaroos goaled again shortly after and then hit the post not long after that and after the opening period of extra time the margin was out to 13 points. The second period of extra time was played just as hard as the rest of the game had been but the Fishy team continued to make the play and when Chad Macri scored a goal for the Kangaroos the game was over; Fish Creek winners by 19 points and into its third grand final in succession. The Kangaroos have a week off now while the Allies will take on Toora, which had a strong win against Stony Creek, at Foster next Saturday.

Semi-Final Fish Creek 9.9.63 DWWWW 6.8.44

Preston 2, S. Browne 2, B. Renden 1, M. Dyer 1, G. Gray 1. Tarwin best: A. Bell, S. Brand, J. Carmody, R. Davey, C. Buxton, K. McLean. Stony Creek best: B. Byrnes, D. Gilliatte, B. McKnight, W. Thorson, R. McKnight, J. Byrnes. THIRDS

Fish Creek goals: B. Coates 2, A. Seccull 2, C. Park 2, J. Buckland 1, M. Taylor 1, C. Macri 1. DWWWW goals: K. Bergles 4, A. Sigeti 1, T. Sabec 1. Fish Creek best: B. Coates, B. Harfield/Park, T. Manne, J. Smith, J. Blenkinsop, C. Macri. DWWWW best: C. McKenzie, H. Egerton, D. Atkins, J. Nolan, L. MacKenzie, S. Scott. RESERVES

Tarwin12.6.78 Stony Creek 10.4.64 Tarwin goals: K. McLean 6, R. Davey 2, T. O’Loughlin 1, V. Van Dillen 1, L. Borne 1, L. Weston 1. Stony Creek goals: J. Byrnes 3, D.

Fish Creek 7.8.50 Stony Creek 3.3.21 Fish Creek goals: J. Standfield 1, Z. Clark 1, J. Stefani 1, E. Clark 1, C. Buckland 1, A. Wilson 1, L. Bradbury 1. Stony Creek goals: L. Elliott 2, C. Preston 1. Fish Creek best: N. Denbrok, A. Denbrok, C. Tracy, L. Howard, E. Clark, A. Wilson. Stony Creek best: L. Elliott, J. Bright, H. Funnell, J. Phillips.

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