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Island hospital dilemma

Inverloch beach party

By Tayla Kershaw FIGHTING for a hospital or a medical hub has divided the Phillip Island community.

Swimmers celebrate: beachgoers were delighted when they kept cool at Inverloch’s surf beach over the sweltering Christmas period. They were also impressed to see the beach patrol tower is now placed in a new position so life savers can patrol the beach this summer. Catching the perfect day last Friday, December 23 were visitors from Warragul, from left, Rory Hollier, Hamish Dastey, Ryan Hollier and Bella Lowe. See story on page 3.

While some have backed the medical hub – fearing they will not see a hospital redeveloped for some time – others believe the community should push for a hospital now as the Island’s population continues to grow. Securing adequate health facilities has been a priority for the Phillip Island community since the closure of Warley Hospital in 2008. Permanent residency figures on Phillip Island – and in San Remo and Cape Woolamai – have reached 10,000. However, on sunny weekends, numbers spike at 20,000. A $6.5 million medical hub is scheduled to go ahead but Phillip Island resident Greg Price said it was appalling Phillip Island was without a proper hospital. “We hope one day the State Government will wake up and see the population spike in these postcodes,” he said.

Continued on page 4.

RESCUE LIFE SAVERS Surf clubs raise hand for dollars Later Star

By Tayla Kershaw

SURF lifesavers are always there to rescue beach-goers and now need rescuing in the form of funding of their own.

Clubs across South Gippsland are calling for funding to help patrol the region’s beaches, which attract tourists by their thousands and underpin the region’s tourism industry. It costs clubs up to $20,000 each to patrol beaches each year, and they need more funding for ongoing maintenance and equipment. Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club president Craig Watson said clubs often turned to members for funding. The club has been promised $150,000 by South

Gippsland Shire Council to help expand the clubhouse and build public toilets, but ongoing government support was needed. “We apply for funding, but government grants are often hard to come by,” Mr Watson said. “The shops in Venus Bay and Tarwin make most of their money during three months of the year when the holidaymakers are down, so it’s difficult to lean on them and ask for sponsorship. Wonthaggi is next door but it has two clubs to look after already. It’s a tough market and it’s always difficult. “We are always asking our members to dip into their pockets and it’s a lot of pressure on them. We are a family oriented surf club and we can’t keep asking them to donate.”

Mr Watson said running the club costs at least $100,000 a year, in addition to any funding for capital works or improvements. “Our membership fees are eaten up almost entirely by insurance obligations,” he said. “This leaves us in the difficult position of supplementing the required $100,000 with fundraising and grants. Our teams work tirelessly to attract money via these avenues, but the ideal is that we secure an ongoing annuity for $30,000 from one of the levels of government. That would benefit all life saving clubs in providing safer beach environments.” Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club treasurer Rob O’Neil said paying the bills was a challenge. Continued on page 4.

THE Star will be out one day later next week, Wednesday morning, January 4, due to the New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, January 2. The office will be open as usual this Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30 and will reopen for the New Year on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

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Back in action Inverloch life saving club’s tower relocated By Tayla Kershaw INVERLOCH’s surf life saving tower is ready to use after being moved down the beach last week. The tower was moved after erosion caused it to become unstable. The tower was moved closer to the new access track, enabling lifesavers to monitor the beach and store first aid equipment. The club’s first patrol in the restored tower was on Christmas Eve. Club president Fiona Hughes thanked Bass Coast Shire Council for its diligence in moving the tower before the peak summer period. “The council worked with us fantastically. They really came to the party and now our tower is in a great location,” she said. “They consulted with the club and came up with a really good result.” In particular, Ms Hughes thanked the Bunurong

councillors Julian Brown, Les Larke and deputy mayor Brett Tessari for getting behind the club and pushing for the tower’s restoration. Should the beach become affected by storms again, the tower is now portable and can be easily moved to a new location if necessary. There is also a turning circle for emergency services. Club captain Rachel Fraser said the lifesavers were excited to retain the tower. “It was moved last Monday (December 19) with no issue and everyone is really happy about it,” she said. “Having full use of the tower makes patrolling much easier. It makes so much difference on a sunny day when there are heaps of people coming down to the beach.” The beach will be patrolled by paid lifeguards on weekdays, and volunteers on weekends and public holiday. Currently, the tower is not connected to any satellite services and the club is looking for people with knowledge about solar power. If you can help, contact Fiona Hughes on 0417 743 355.

Excited: from left, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s Reid Jones, Ben Price, Sasha Halabi and Finn Ballantyne are thrilled to still have the club’s patrol tower for summer.

Library leader honoured A LADY who contributed to Leongatha’s library has been commemorated for her work after she was killed in a car accident. Jenny Teague, 68 of Leongatha, was killed during a two-car collision at Runnymede in northern Victoria on Friday, December 16. Police investigators believe a Prado four-wheeldrive containing two women and four children was travelling south on the Northern Highway, towing a tandem trailer with a car on board, when it crossed onto the incorrect side of the road just after 3pm. The Prado collided with a north-bound Volkswagen sedan containing two women and a man.

Ms Teague was a rear seat passenger in the Volkswagen. She died at the scene while the two other occupants were conveyed to a Bendigo hospital. The driver of the Prado, two teenagers and a toddler were also taken to hospital. Michael Hogan, West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation’s principal librarian for South Gippsland, said, “Jenny Teague was a long term member and valued supporter of the Friends of Leongatha Library, and took up the role of president of the group in July 2016. “A passionate supporter of public libraries, Jenny will be greatly missed by her many friends, be they friends via the library or via the Probus club. Jenny also wanted ‘The Friends’ to enjoy each other’s company beyond book sales and raffles.”

Leongatha rampage A GROUP of men caused havoc in the streets of Leongatha on Tuesday night, December 20. The men pulled a speed sign from the ground outside McCartin’s Hotel and smashed a telephone box at Michael Place. They caused significant amounts of damage to the

police station fence and vandalised the library fence as well. A letterbox was ripped from the Re-Cycling bike shop and then offenders used the letter box to smash a window at the Equip Church. Police have identified two of the suspects so far. One of the men is assisting police with their inquiry and police expect to make more arrests.

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Surf clubs raise hand for dollars Continued from page 1. “We need money to run the day to day activities. We are so grateful to those who fund our equipment but at the end of the day, we have to pay the bills,” he said. “The beach is a harsh environment on equipment. The salt air and water causes it to deteriorate much quicker. “The average life of an inflatable rescue boat is three to five years, and money is always needed to keep the patrol truck and ATV full of fuel, so we need as much funding as possible.” Around 30 per cent of Inverloch’s club’s funding comes from its membership. The rest comes from its fundraising, including New Year’s Eve tin rattles, sponsorship, donations and the club’s kiosk.

Venus Bay club now has more the 500 mem- clubrooms to accommodate more than bers, including 180 nippers, and needs a bigger 500 members, other clubs are looking for facility to accommodate everyone comfortably. The club recently acquired a brand new ATV funding just to keep their facilities intact. Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club is on to help with the regular mobile patrols, but still the way to upgrading its facility after a visit from needs additional funding to update other assets. Premier Daniel Andrews earlier this year, which resulted in the employment of a government architect. Wonthaggi Surf Club is still waiting in line for its funding. “Funding is the same old battle; everyone is in the same pool,” president Mark Scott said. “We are looking to apply for the next round of WHILE Venus Bay Surf Life Saving State Government grants and sport and recreation Club is looking to increase the size of its grants.” As well as general building maintenance, the toilets need to be improved, the kitchen needs to be revamped, an access ramp needs to be built, and drainage needs to be fixed. “We need to redesign the car park. At this point, there is no sense of where to park. We need to upgrade the barbecue area, and we need to develop the playground and sheltered area so it’s more appealing for families,” Mr Scott said. On top of its dilapidated facilities, Wonthaggi

Surf clubs fight for rebuild

Surf Club had a disappointing start to the season with a break-in. “They forced their way in and stole a radio, a first aid kid and some fuel drums. Overall it was valued at around $3500,” Mr Scott said. “We will also be looking at changes to our security and getting some cameras. This was pretty disappointing; we haven’t had a break-in for around 20 years.” The Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club is on its way to funding a new building. The State Government committed $1.5 million, leaving the club to fund the second half of the project. “We still have a substantial gap but we will be applying for more grants when they become available early next year,” building project manager Kate McLoughlin said. “It has been a challenge, but we are proud to serve the local community.” The club’s main focus will be the funding the building until it is completed. While the club looks for government support at all levels, it will also be doing its regular annual fundraisers, including a tin rattle.

Island hospital dilemma Continued from page 1. “Phillip Island is the same size as Bairnsdale, which has a high level of health cover. The State Government has failed Phillip Island here.” Mr Price said Island residents have experienced life threatening situations with limited access to ambulances or medical treatment. Earlier this year, a man suffered acute appendicitis and was unable to get an ambulance. His family called the Wonthaggi Hospital, which was at capacity at the time. “The medical hub is important, but we still Proud club: front, from left, Wonthaggi Surf Life Saving Club’s Erin Gin, Denis McDon- need to be provided with a 24/7 accident and ald, Sam Parkinson and Seb Ellis; middle, from left, Kate Hyde, Sarah Gent and Tayla Scott; emergency department,” Mr Price said. The Phillip Island Medical and Health Action back, from left, Dan Freeman and president Mark Scott love keeping the community safe Group has been pushing for improved medical throughout summer, but need more funding to bring facilities up to scratch. facilities for seven years. However, after the State Government’s announcement that a standalone hospital was unlikely to go ahead, the group has been willing to compromise on a medical hub. The hub is due to be completed in February 2018, and open between March and April that year. It will include allied health, counselling, nursing services and specialist consulting rooms. Flinders MP Greg Hunt said he had been a strong advocate for improved medical services on Phillip Island. The Federal Government contributed $2.5 million to stage one of the medical hub project. “The hub will deliver a range of new health and medical services in a state of the art facility. It has been deliberately designed to facilitate future expansion and provide additional services for the community and visitors to the region,” Mr Hunt said. “In terms of after hours urgent care, I will con-

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tinue to be working with Bass Coast Health and will be lobbying the Victorian Government alongside the Phillip Island Medical and Health Action Group for much needed upgrades in this area.” Although this was not the outcome most residents had hoped for, the health action group is working to bring the best medical practices to Phillip Island. Once the medical hub is operating, the group will continue to lobby for further healthcare improvements on the Island. “We are not here to criticise, but healthcare has been seriously missing on Phillip Island. We are not here to fight, but we do need to fight for what is right,” group secretary Graeme Cock said. The group is advocating for the Wonthaggi Hospital to reach subregional status. “Wonthaggi becoming subregional is as important as the hub. The government says it doesn’t have the money for us, and this is our nearest hospital,” Mr Cock said. Bass MLA and resident of Cape Woolamai, Brian Paynter, said he has flagged the need for a new emergency facility in Wonthaggi in parliament, but would push for funding for a medical facility on Phillip Island. “I have seen firsthand the influx of people over the summer months. When you put the added population together with the congestion on our roads, with only one single entry and exit road onto the Island, there is an obvious need for a medical facility,” he said. The Phillip Island Medical and Health Action Group will be meeting with the community between December 29 and 31, and January 6 and 7, to listen to the concerns of the locals.

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Children in the spotlight WONTHAGGI’S St Joseph’s Primary School celebrated its graduating Grade 6 students recently. Mass was followed by the graduation dinner in the Parish Centre. Graduating students were farewelled by staff and received best wishes for their endeavours at secondary school. The school also saw out the year with its annual concert, with the matinee a success and a full house at the evening performance.


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Crime on the rise By Caroline Varrasso Crawford CRIME rates have increased by 9.06 percent for South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires since last year. The latest figures released by the Crime Statistics Agency take into account the amount of offences recorded from October last year until September of this year. In Bass Coast, overall crime rose by 13.27 percent whereas South Gippsland recorded a slight increase of 1.89 percent. Burglary/breaking and entering offences have

been on the decline over the past year in the Bass Coast Police Area, which encompasses South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires. Drug offences for the region are also down 27.9 percent, with Bass Coast’s rate falling by 40.95 percent and South Gippsland’s rates up by 11.43 percent. “There’s publicity about it all the time; people are taking heed and the message is getting out there,” Senior Sergeant Andrew O’Brien of Wonthaggi Police said. Dangerous and negligent acts endangering people are up 43.3percent, and alarmingly, arson offences have increased by 20 percent.

Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien expressed concern that community safety was at risk as the State Government failed to tackle a rising crime rate. “Local police work hard and do a good job. As I travel around the electorate I hear from many people they are concerned about increased violent crime and lenient sentences from the court,” he said. Police are remaining vigilant about protecting the community. “We just have to continue on with our efforts and be proactive,” Snr Sgt O’Brien said.

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Dancing to success FOUR students from Leongatha’s Lisa Pellin Dancers, Jackson Patterson, Morgan Mitchelson, Morgan Bolam and Jonti Westaway, stepped off the Wonthaggi stage after the recent end of year concert and will be heading to prestigious Melbourne dance academies. Jackson, of Leongatha, has been accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts secondary school in 2017 to complete his schooling. Morgan Mitchelson, Leongatha, is off to the Russian Choregraphy Academy in Camberwell. Morgan Bolam of Inverloch has been accept-

ed into Prahan’s The Space for a full time dance course and is waiting on news from the Victorian College of the Arts. Jonti, from Leongatha, has been accepted into Transit in Kensington for a two year, full time dance course. Lisa Pellin, owner of the Leongatha dance school, admitted while she was sad to see some of her top dancers leave her school, she was proud they had been accepted into some of the best dance colleges in the country. “They have all worked very hard, they are dedicated and all have a passion for dance and deserve every success,” Mrs Pellin said.

Dancing for causes: members of local groups received donations of $1000 from Gatha Rock recently. Back, from left, Glenn Wright, Lennie Gwyther Foundation; Tammy Turner, Leongatha Gymnastics Club; Darryl Hunt, South Gippsland Shire Brass Band; Cheryl Lamb, Leongatha Community Garden; Dawn Rasmussen, Leongatha Senior Citizens; and Anne Fleming and Angelina Polato, St Vincent de Paul, Leongatha. Front, are Gatha Rock instructors Judy and John Kerville.

’Gatha rocks ’GATHA Rock wound up rock’n’roll classes for 2016 with a Christmas themed dance at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha recently. The Leongatha group led by teachers John and Judy Kerville have had a successful year with up to 30 couples enjoying lessons regularly. The first Gatha Rock dance held in Leongatha during October was a major highlight. More than 150 people from all over the state enjoyed a great night dancing to the sounds of renowned band Fender Benders. It was so successful that plans are already in place to run the event again next year. The Leongatha dancers travel far and wide to rock’n’roll festivals and dances to enjoy great times with friends. Some of the functions attended by members were Geelong Jukebox Rockers festival, Gippy Rock Sale, Foreshore Festival Rosebud, Riverland

Rock‘n Roll Festival at Waikerie, Barossa Rockers Dance at Nuriootpa and Victorian Rock’n’Roll Championships at Thornbury. Gatha Rock is a non- profit organisation with many community groups receiving the benefit of generous donations over many years. This year was no exception with South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, Leongatha Gymnastics Club, Leongatha Community Garden, Leongatha Senior Citizens and the Lenny Gwyther Foundation all receiving $1000 to fund special projects or to buy new equipment. Special guests representing these groups were invited to attend the wind-up evening to receive their cheques. Men’s Health also received a donation from Gatha rock earlier when member Gareth Lancaster had his beard and head shaved as part of the November event Movember. Rock’n’ roll classes recommence next year at the Dakers Centre at 7.30 pm, Thursday, February 2.

Foster streetscape revamp to start THE Foster streetscape project is nearing the construction phase. Tenders to construct the new look streetscape have closed. South Gippsland Shire Council’s manager of engineering and assets John Moylan said works were likely to start late January, as soon as the peak school-holidays period is over. “The Foster Streetscape project will improve parking and drainage, help divert heavy vehicles away from the main streets, provide better visual features and increase overall street appeal,” he said. “The project will also see the enhancement of the laneway between the supermarket and neighbouring carpark. The design has been developed over a number of years through consultation with the Foster Community Association and Foster Chamber of Commerce. “There has also been input on landscaping and street furniture from the broader community. The project is based on making the main streets more pedestrian friendly by slowing traffic down and providing more opportunities for pedestrians to cross

safely.” Economic analysis undertaken for the Foster Streetscape project found it would have a direct beneficial impact of $8.9 million over the next 20 years. “This includes the support of existing businesses and 200 employees, creation of 41 new ongoing retail jobs and seven short-term construction jobs,” Mr Moylan said. “This is achieved through the attraction of greater retail expenditure by residents, holiday home owners and tourists. “The diversion of heavy vehicles and the streetscape works will create a significant improvement in amenity for pedestrians and businesses within the town centre. This enables local retailers to attract more visitors and increase expenditure through kerbside dining, a progression towards higher quality food and dining options, and higher volume of retail sales. “The Foster community should be commended for its input into this project and for its patience while council secured a supporting grant from the Victorian Government.”

Dancing dreams: from left, Lisa Pellin Dancers students Morgan Mitchelson, Jackson Patterson, Morgan Bolam and Jonti Westaway will all be heading to Melbourne in 2017 to attend some of the state’s most prestigious dance colleges.

Pool funding relief By Tayla Kershaw PHILLIP Island residents are breathing a sigh of relief now they are no long required to raise 50 percent of the funds for the development of an aquatic centre. Bass Coast Shire Council voted to alleviate the debt at its ordinary council meeting recently. The cost of the aquatic centre is estimated to be in the vicinity of $12-$15 million. “The plan for the aquatic centre is way down the track. We still have to find a location, consider design plans and look into state and federal funding. At the moment, it’s just one step at a time,” mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said. “It was a hard call to expect the community to stump 50 percent of the project. Money has certainly been raised for the aquatic centre and will contribute partly to the cost.”

The decision was met with applause from the gallery, leaving locals feeling like it was no longer a case of if the aquatic centre is built, but when. Cr Julian Brown said council needed to work as a united front and discuss ways to equally distribute rates across the shire. “We are one council, not three separate councils. We need to think like that in terms of funding,” he said. “Sometimes rates need to be shared. Bunurong rates may pay for Island projects and vice versa. I think in budget time we need to ensure there is equity across all three wards.” Cr Rothfield said as a major tourism destination, Phillip Island needed an aquatic centre. “The residents and school children will get great use out of the centre too,” she said. “Victoria has dropped badly in terms of the amount of school children who know how to swim. We are fifth out of all the Australian states. This is a great opportunity to ensure our local children learn how to swim.”

Moving forward: from left, Phillip Island Aquatic Centre committee members Walter Broussard, Don Turner and Peter McMahon thanked Cr Stephen Fullarton (centre) and deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari (second right) for supporting Bass Coast Shire Council’s decisions to alleviate the Phillip Island ratepayers of the requirement to fund 50 percent of the aquatic centre project.

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Councillor stifled Municipal offices claim labelled “misleading” SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor Don Hill’s latest bid to halt a new municipal precinct in Leongatha hit a roadblock at the recent council meeting.

Safe keeping: Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club lifesavers David Morris and Marcus Cehun are happy to be patrolling Inverloch’s surf beach this summer.

He submitted a notice of motion to remove the “$32 million municipal office complex from the 15 year budget”, but Cr Lorraine Brunt called a point of order. Mayor Cr Ray Argento backed her, and that’s where there motion stopped, without debate. Cr Brunt said the motion was misleading and should not be accepted, given Cr Hill’s motion implied the whole $32 million would be spent on new council offices, whereas the project was for a municipal precinct that not only included new council offices, but also a community centre and new library for Leongatha. “Council cannot cancel a $32 million office project because it does not exist,” Cr Brunt said. Cr Hill and colleague Cr Andrew McEwen vowed to remove the municipal project during the recent election campaign and no doubt garnered significant votes given they pledged abandoning the project would reduce rates. Cr Brunt said the municipal project had been exploited to raise votes during the campaign. The previous council voted to accept the findings of a consultant’s report that found new council offices were needed and recommended the existing council offices in Smith Street, Leongatha, be redeveloped to incorporate new offices, a community centre and library. The previous council also voted to defer further action to the current council in 2017. Cr Brunt said the current council had not had enough time to determine the best way forward. Cr Ray Argento said council had already planned to receive a report on the issue at the February 2017 ordinary meeting. “The councillors will then have all the information they need to make an informed decision,” he told The Star. The true budget for the project remains a point of contention, with Cr Hill saying $32 million was more accurate, given it included $24.72 million in capital costs plus $7.64 million in interest, bringing the total to $32.36 million. Cr Hill initially said he would lodge a rescission motion but later told The Star, “At the moment I am discussing with my fellow councillors how to bring the matter to council at the earliest opportunity since the community considers this such an important matter that they want this new council to address. “At this stage it might be brought to a special

meeting of council in January. “The municipal precinct comprises the new council office, the library and community spaces. I and the community are not against the new library or community spaces. Only the municipal office part is what we want removed.” Before council considered Cr Hill’s notice of motion, he said he and Cr McEwen had been praised by the community for being returned at the recent council election, but noted the community “expected to see some changes”.

“Fraud” claim A RETIRED accountant has criticised South Gippsland Shire Council for excluding interest costs from the true cost of the municipal precinct. Gus Blaauw of Venus Bay said for council to claim the project was budgeted to only cost $24 million was a “fraud”, as interest of $7.64 million raised the total to beyond $32 million. “Not one ratepayer is in favour of the $32 million precinct,” he told council recently. “Why does council not listen to the people?” Foster’s Ralph Gallagher told council it should not be saving for the precinct now when it was to be built in seven or eight years’ time, and when there was no clear requirement it would be needed.

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Stay safe on the roads THE Bass Coast Community Road Safe Committee is urging community members and visitors to be safe when driving in Bass Coast during the busy summer period. “With only a few days left before Christmas, life gets busy and we are encouraging all drivers to keep paying attention across Bass Coast during the holiday period,” Sergeant Jason Hullick, officer in charge of the Bass Coast Highway Patrol in Wonthaggi said. “We urge everyone to join the ‘Save My Seat’ safe driver campaign. “We want as many people as possible to make a commitment to friends and family to take care on the roads over the holiday period so they can be all sitting together at the Christmas table next year. The ‘Save My Seat’ campaign was developed by Sgt Hullick. “When drivers get behind the wheel of a car, we want them to take a moment to think about Warning: Bass Coast Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Hullick, Constable Michael Thatcher their loved ones and what actions they can take to and Leading Senior Constable Scott Simcock are encouraging everyone to make a commit- be a safer driver,” he said. ment to the ‘Save My Seat’ campaign over the summer holidays. There are a number of things to consider when

driving in Bass Coast during the summer. Summer usually brings two things – sunshine and holidays – so council’s acting general manager, healthy communities and governance Antoinette Mitchell said there’s no surprise there are lots of visitors and an abundance of events happening around Bass Coast to keep everyone entertained. “Whether it’s Christmas carols, New Years Eve or night markets, there’s nothing worse than sitting in traffic knowing that you’re missing out on all the fun, so it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead to ensure you arrive on time,” she said. “Getting stuck in traffic can be frustrating, but remember the only behaviour you can control is your own.” When travelling during peak times be courteous to others, be patient, make sure you allow plenty of time for travel when driving long distance or with children, ensure you pack enough food and water, and avoid travelling in the middle of the day when temperatures are at the highest. “Comply with all road rules, put a seatbelt on, slow down and arrive at your destination safely,” Sgt Hullick said.

Koonwarra back burning KOONWARRA Country Fire Authority members are doing everything they can to prevent bushfires this summer. Firefighters back burned around a property in Koonwarra recently to reduce the fire risk. Hazard reduction or controlled burning is conducted on cooler days to reduce fuel build up and decrease the likelihood of serious hotter fires. Fuel reduction within 150m of a house significantly increases the likelihood of house surviving a fire by minimising the impact of radiant heat and ember attack.

The CFA is urging the public to prepare and maintain their properties and manage vegetation to help reduce the risk around their homes and act on their personal bushfire survival plan. The fire danger period is now in place throughout Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires and will be in effect until May 1, 2017 unless revoked earlier. Fires are restricted and heavy penalties apply to those who fail to abide the restrictions. The restrictions during a fire danger period differ to those on a day of Total Fire Ban. For details of the restrictions, refer to the CFA or your local council.

Well done: Vincenza Alexander from Cafe First class: Dan Mildren from The Green- Escargot being presented with her People’s house with his Best Dish award as part of the Choice award by Christine Legg of Prom Prom Country Local Dish competition. Country Regional Tourism.

Best dish winners revealed THE winners of this year’s Prom CounControlled fire: Koonwarra CFA firefighters back burned a property to reduce the risk of try Local Dish have been announced. serious bushfires this season.

The competition, which was coordinated by Prom Country Regional Tourism, ran throughout November and involved local eateries creating a dish using 60 percent or more local produce. The dishes were then placed on the menu for customers to purchase and to vote for their favourites. The winner of this year’s Best Dish was The Greenhouse in Foster and the winner of the People’s Choice award was Café Escargot in Mirboo North. The Best Dish was selected by the competition’s mystery judge who visited each establishment during November, while People’s Choice was awarded to the venue that hosted the dish with the most public votes. Prom Country Regional Tourism’s executive officer Christine Legg said the results in both categories were close. “It was an extremely tight competition and judging the dishes would have been a fun, yet challenging experience,” she said. “All in all, we were pleased with the quality of the dishes and the response we had from producers, eateries and participants. Being the competition’s first year, there are a few things we would like to try

differently next time, but for an inaugural event we are pleased with how it went.”. The Greenhouse’s successful dish braised lamb was created using Colin and Sally’s Organic Lamb, Thorpdale potatoes, Mirboo North garlic, Koo Wee Rup asparagus and Bass Phillip wine. Café Escargot used Mediterranean and Australian influences to plate up Ebony and Ivory Mini Sliders using their home grown escargot, Thorpdale potatoes, Prom Country Cheese, local wine and homemade chutney and relish. The Prom Country Local Dish was the first competition of its type undertaken by the regional tourism and business association but, based on feedback, another may be considered for 2017. “We are so fortunate to have a huge range of fabulous produce available on our doorstep,” Ms Legg said. “The competition provided an opportunity to showcase our eateries and produce, and to encourage everyone to get out and try different things. We would like to thank all the participating venues for their amazing food creations and their enthusiasm for the event.” You can view all of the dishes from the competition at

Nyora festival to back farmers A THREE day boutique music and arts festival to be held at Nyora this Friday, Saturday and Sunday will support farmers. Non-profit organisation Charity Beats will run the event to help Blaze Aid, a Victorian initiative helping dairy farmers cope with the ongoing milk crisis, as well

as farmers in Queensland and New South Wales experiencing severe drought. The organisation uses dance and music to encourage young Australians to support social justice and charitable initiatives. The event, labelled Paddock Bash, will be held at Hills Road. Up to 250 people are expected to attend, with

ticket sales capped at 500 and about 40 additional staff and volunteers expected. Patrons will camp onsite and enjoy live music, local DJs, entertainment and mobile food trucks. Gates to the venue will open to ticketholders on Friday, December 30 at 9am and all patrons must leave by 4pm Sunday.

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FORMER Mary MacKillop student Xavier Pellin recently graduated as captain of the Australian Ballet School, which is the national centre of excellence in classical dance training. He has also had the honour of performing at the State Theatre for the Australian Ballet School’s September Showcase. In his role as captain, Xavier has been required to do more than dance. He has represented Mary MacKillop with distinction at a number of gala events where he has been required to speak at a number of public and private functions. He performed for the first time at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, December 4. Xavier is yet to return to the Arts Centre Melbourne to perform his first principal role as ‘Kai’ in the Australian Ballet School’s season of The Snow Queen. Xavier will be joining his fellow graduates on an international tour through January and February 2017 to meet directors from Europe’s top classical ballet and contemporary companies to train and perform. LEONGATHA Secondary College Year 9 students had a great time visiting Java and exploring Yogya, on their Indonesia tour. The students had lots of fun on the becaks, making batik and meeting with their new Indonesian friends from the university. Year 9 Outdoor Education students also helped the Leongatha school’s maintenance worker, Allan Beasley, plant trees around the junior and senior blocks.




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NEXT year brings two new directors to Leongatha Lyric Theatre. Louise Adkins will be directing Hairspray and Sue Lindsay will present Our Country’s Good subject to obtaining the performance rights. Hairspray is almost completely cast but they could do with more teenage or slightly older males. A new theatre company for Fish Creek will be opening on January 6. Chris Dickins, a man with a long history in regional theatre, has gathered a team of interested people about him to form the nucleus of a new theatre group for Gippsland, based at Fish Creek.

Coming together: children enjoyed exploring activities based on the birth of Jesus Christ at the Korumburra Combined Churches event last Thursday.

Churches unite for holiday fun THE end of the year is always full of anticipation and excitement as everyone gears up for Christmas. A team of 11 people from Korumburra’s churches held a free Christmas program for primary students at the Parish Hall last Thursday morning. There was a buzz in the air as everyone got in-

volved in the music, games and stories - centred on the birth of Jesus Christ, the reason for the season. Each child was able to take home a bag of various craft items they made during the session. Students should stay tuned for the next free holiday program offered by the Combined Churches, which will be on next Easter.

Stunning scene: as part of its fundraising for the 2017 South Gippsland Relay for Life, team Gale Force has created a 2017 calendar showcasing some of the natural beauty in South Gippsland. Calendars are on sale now for $20 each and would make a great Christmas present. To order yours, please contact Irene Gale on 0428 391 495. Pictured is Waratah Bay. The first production for this new company is already in rehearsal and will be performed early in January at Fish Creek. SOUTH Gippsland Bass Swimming Club is of-

fering an intensive swimming program over the January school holidays for Bass Valley Primary School. The four week program will aim at improving stroke development and competency in the pool.

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KORUMBURRA Primary School’s Grade 6 students graduated on Wednesday, December 14. The school gym had been beautifully decorated by a team of parents and former students led by Jasminka Tomkinson. The graduation ceremony saw each student formally introduced and presented with a special graduation pack. Awards were presented to many well deserved students. The children also sang their special graduation song to the tune of the song The Days by Aviici. The words were re-written by four talented Grade 6 students Charlee Walker, Raj Lamers, Connor Hewitt and Travis Hall. Korumburra Primary School captains Jahri Hogan-Van Rooij and Blake Webb presented a wonderful speech. After all the speeches and many photos, students, family members and staff shared a magnificent supper.

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He has been helping people complete basic returns at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau in Leongatha. Fewer people have needed the service as the tax office has moved to making completion of returns on-line more and more simple. “But many people prefer to deal with a person, especially if they are not comfortable with a computer,” Nicholas said.

The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau will continue to offer this service as long as there is a need. The program runs from late July or early August to the end of October. The service is free and confidential, and approved by the Australian Tax Office. The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is located opposite the post office in the Memorial Hall complex, Michael Place, Leongatha. It operates from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. People can call in or phone 0356 622 111. The centre also operates as a Community and Visitor Information Centre and is open in this capacity seven days a week.

Tax relief: Nicholas Peck (left) receives a 10 year certificate from Chris Ramsden, community liaison officer with the Australian Taxation Office, for helping people complete tax returns.

Leongatha Railway Site Transformation Council is looking for people to be part of a community reference group that will advise and assist Council throughout the preparation of a masterplan for the Leongatha railway station and yard area. If you would like to be involved in a Project Reference Group please complete the registration survey at or contact Chantal Lenthall on 5662 9200 for more information.

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Stop the sales Venus Bay urges council to keep reserves By Brad Lester THE Venus Bay community has issued a plea to the new South Gippsland Shire Council to review the sale of public land in the shire.

Save reserves: Venus Bay residents call on the new South Gippsland Shire Council to review the sale of this reserve at 3-5 Marine Parade, as well as 30A Inlet View Road. Front, from left, Janet Carey and Colin Suggett. Back, from left, Sue Flere, Ian Mooney, Peter Prysten, Michael Buckley, Michelle, Sue Peterson, Kylie Laing, Heather Shimmen, Michael Carey and Sally Moseby.

Venus Bay residents are outraged council continues to sell public reserves in the town for residential development, saying these are vital public open space and wildlife habitat, and preserve the environment. Council is now in the process of removing the reserve status of 3-5 Marine Parade and 30A Inlet View Road, after the previous council voted to sell the land. The Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula – a volunteer conservation group with 120 members - have been backed by residents in their push to have the reserves, and the 29 others in Venus Bay preserved. Friends secretary Janet Carey said, “We are hoping the new council will put a stop to the process.” In their objection, the Friends stated both reserves were set aside as reserves for community use when Venus Bay was originally subdivided, “not intended to be used as potential real estate for council to sell for profit”. The submission stated the Marine Parade allotment was a double block that served as “an important buffer against over development as further small vacant lots are cleared for housing in an already densely settled area”.

“The reserve contains important remnant indigenous vegetation and serves as a refuge for wildlife,” the submission stated. The submission said the sales would result in a further loss of public open space at Venus Bay. “We already have less than two percent of public open space, well below the current requirements for subdivisions of five to 10 percent,” the submission mentioned. The Friends used the reserve – and the 30 others in Venus Bay - to research the indigenous flora and fauna of the Venus Bay peninsula. Friends member Sue Flere said, “If we do not take a stand, anything can happen.” Sally Moseby said, “There are people who have put a huge amount of effort into maintaining these reserves for a long time, weeding and planting.” Wildlife carer Kylie Laing exercises young kangaroos in the Inlet View reserve, while resident Peter Prysten was concerned the ongoing clearing of vegetation in Venus Bay would affect property values and in turn council’s rates income. The Inlet View Road site is divided by a gully and situated on a busy corner, and would be difficult to build on. Mayor Cr Ray Argento said he had asked CEO Tim Tamlin to bring forward a briefing to councillors about the land sales program. “The council wants to look at it and make a determination about whether or not to continue,” he said. “We must understand the reasonings behind the previous council’s decision.”

Council to save rates THE new South Gippsland Shire Council has voted to transfer $384,000 in rate revenue to the general reserve fund to save for the future. That sum amounts to one per cent of rate income. Council will also transfer the equivalent of the average interest earned on investments during the financial year to reserve funds. These were among the long term financial strategies adopted by council for 2017-18 at the recent meeting, allowing council staff to start preparing the 2017-18 budget. Among the other strategies are: • targeting consistent surpluses; • budget savings will be transferred to general reserve unless needed to finance projects deemed ‘unavoidable’; • identifying funding gaps in service levels; • adopting key financial performance indica-

tors, including: underlying working capital ratio – greater than 1.25; underlying result – greater than 0; financial sustainability indicator – greater than 95 percent; self-financing greater than 20 percent; indebtedness – less than 40 percent; total debt as a percentage of rate revenue – less than 60 percent; and debt service costs as a percentage of total revenue – less than five percent; • any new, upgrade and expansion capital work proposals in the first four years of the Long Term Financial Plan must include a lifecycle cost evaluation that identifies the asset’s construction, maintenance and operating cash flow requirements and depreciation; • capital income must only be used to fund capital or ‘one off’ expenditure requirements; and • borrowing to be considered for new capital projects only when consistent underlying operating surplus results are being achieved.

Child locked in car THERE were concerns when a toddler was accidentally locked in his mother’s car in the Safeway carpark, Leongatha, last Wednesday. It is believed the mother was packing groceries into the boot and had the keys inside the vehicle. However as she was moving towards the driver’s door, the

toddler pressed the lock on the remote control. The RACV and Leongatha Fire Brigade were called to assist once it was realised the child could not activate the unlock button on the remote. Due to the high tech nature of modern cars, the RACV was unable to get into the car, leaving no option than for the fire brigade to smash the driver’s side window.

In a happy ending, the distressed toddler was reunited with his mother. The drama lasted for about 45 minutes and fortunately the day was not too hot. Leongatha CFA captain Dale Carruthers recommended drivers keep car keys on their person until they are safely inside the vehicle to avoid a repeat of this situation.

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Rubbish disgrace Dirty nappies dumped on roadside SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council would like to remind residents of the costs associated with dumped rubbish after a significant amount of household waste was dumped at a rest stop along Hulls Road, Leongatha recently. Any dumped rubbish left on council owned land requires

investigation by the local laws team and clean up by the depot crews. Not only does cleaning up the rubbish incur a cost to ratepayers, fines can be issued to perpetrators. On the spot fines of $311 can be issued for small amounts of litter while the court can impose fines of up to $9000 and/or a term of imprisonment for large amounts dumped.

Council’s local laws coordinator Bruce Gardiner was appalled by the rubbish dumped that included household waste such as spoiled food, dirty nappies and cardboard boxes. “It is frustrating that individuals are dumping their rubbish particularly for household waste if they have a waste service available,” he said. “Cleaning up dumped rubbish takes time out of our regular

duties which could be avoided if the rubbish is disposed of correctly. “South Gippsland is known for its natural beauty and we wish to keep the region clean of litter to maintain this identity.” Council

has been investigating the rubbish dumping and has been in contact with the individuals believed to be responsible. Residents are urged to dispose of their waste correctly and reminded that excess waste that cannot fit in their bins as part of a

household waste service can often be taken to local transfer stations. Travellers are encouraged to take their rubbish with them when travelling during the holiday season if areas do not have public litter bins available.

Help shape Leongatha railway site SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is calling on people to register their interest to shape the future of the Leongatha railway site. A community reference group will be formed to advise and assist council throughout the preparation of a masterplan for the Leongatha railway station and yard area. Nominations are open until January 31, 2017 and the group will be convened in February 2017. The railway corridor to Leongatha will remain open for future rail services however the State Government has no current plans for their return. Council has the opportunity to take over the lease of the railway land and

to improve the site and its surrounds. Broader community engagement is expected in early 2017 once discussions are held with the community reference group. Council’s senior strategic planning officer Chantal Lenthall said council had a great opportunity to revitalise the area to boost the town centre in Leongatha. “Although having rail services return to South Gippsland is still a priority for council, this is still not a State Government priority so council is interested in beautifying the area so it can be utilised by the community for enjoyment, parking and recreation,” she said. “We encourage all interested individuals to register their interest in the community reference group and are looking forward to hearing some of the ideas from

the community on how to utilise the space as we undertake more community engagement.” People wanting more information on the project can contact Chantal Lenthall on 5662 9200 or send an email to au. Those wishing to register their interest in the community reference group can do so by visiting Outrageous act: South Gippsland Shire Council’s local laws coordinator Bruce Gardiner and local laws officer Graeme Peters inspect the litter dumped on Hulls Road, Leongatha. LeongathaRailwaySite.


Letters to the Editor

EDITORIAL Road safety starts with clear thinking AS POLICE urge the community to take care on the roads these summer holidays, and particularly during the New Year’s party period, it’s a timely reminder to think of the consequences of actions that typically begin with poor decisions. Safe to drink: South Gippsland Water is monitoring an algal bloom affecting the taste of water from Lance Creek reservoir.

Strange tasting water still safe WATER tasted peculiar in Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson last week after an algal bloom affected the source, Lance Creek reservoir. South Gippsland Water reported many dams and reservoirs are seasonally affected by the growth of algae which thrives in warm dry conditions and when water in the catchment has high nutrient levels. The Lance Creek water supply system experienced an outbreak of algae but water was still safe to drink. Algae can give off a musty and muddy taste and odour. When algae are present in reservoirs, South Gippsland Water activates increased monitoring and treatment processes to remove it, however, due to human sensitivity (some algae can be tasted at 10 part per trillion, that is a single drop in two Olympic sized swimming pool) not all the taste or smell can be removed. South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said, “Customers should rest assured South Gippsland Water will continue to monitor the raw water and treatment processes through the Christmas period to adapt to the changed taste in water.” Unlike water supplied to Melbourne homes, South Gippsland Water’s catchment areas are open catchments, meaning they are not protected and are subject to various land uses including urban development, farms, forestry and other industry. As a result, South Gippsland Water works with local landowners to help protect source water within catchments. Any customers who have questions or concerns regarding their water supply can contact South Gippsland Water’s customer service team on 1300 851 636.

Decisions such as not being mindful of alcohol intake, forgetting to arrange non-drinking drivers and not having enough sleep can all lead to increased risk-taking and crashes with devastating consequences. Collisions not only lead to the inconvenience of not having a vehicle or being faced with costly repairs; that’s often the best case scenario. Crashes also cause physical injuries and mental scarring that will upheave victims’ lives to the point they will never be the

same. And that’s if they survive. Road safety is essentially about making good decisions that consider the risk of certain actions to one’s own safety and that of other drivers and passengers. It’s well known that slowing down and not overtaking unless absolutely safe to do so is the safest option and will lead to minimal loss of time. Cleaning up after an accident not only pulls emergency services personnel away from their families and friends, but accidents also lead to victims being engaged in time consuming and stressful dealings with insurance companies, courts, medical services and at worst, funeral directors, leaving family and friends in mourning. Giving simple thought to one’s actions while behind the wheel is all it takes.

VOXPOP! VOX What have you done to prepare for this year’s fire season?

“I’ve done the burning off down the back getting rid of all the debris. Reducing the fuel load in the bush and I’ve discussed the fire plan with the family.”

“I’ve cleaned out my gutters, gotten rid of any loose debris around the house, and made sure all my hoses and fittings are in working condition.”

“I’ve had the grass slashed around the house, set up water tanks and fire pumps. Got a 4000 litre water tank around the house and updated the fire plan for the community.”

Pete Hanily, Koonwarra.

Chris Anstice, Koonwarra.

Dave Corrigan, Koonwarra.

“Cut hay and cut silage. Checked the pumps and made sure it’s all working.”

Wayne Walker, Koonwarra.

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looks back on 2016 JANUARY 5 - SWIMMERS are being urged to swim between the flags after a woman drowned at beach five at Venus Bay on New Year’s Day. The bay has some of the most dangerous surf in Victoria and calls have been made to improve warning signs at the beaches and better educate the public about the risks.

FEBRUARY 23 - LEONGATHA’S central business district is in for a facelift, after South Gippsland Shire Council unveiled the Leongatha Revitalisation Project that encompasses three projects to improve the town: the Bair Street streetscape, Anderson Street town entry and railyards overhaul.

APRIL 19 - SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor Don Hill will appeal a panel finding that he breached council’s code of conduct relating to matters of honesty and respect towards fellow councillors and council staff, and supplying the community with incorrect information. He labelled the complaints as “trivial”.

APRIL 27 - THE State Government an-nounced funding for the $42 million water security project that will link Korumburra, Nyora, Poowong and Loch to the Lance Creek reservoir. The project would guarantee a water supply to the towns and was expected to boost jobs and attract new residents.

AUGUST 23 - BASS Coast Shire Council has not won friends in Inverloch after voting to shut the town’s transfer station, effective from September 2017. Council will rehabilitate the site into a reserve and Inverloch residents will have to travel to Wonthaggi to dump their rubbish.

SEPTEMBER 6 - FISH Creek Football Netball Club has won the Alberton football league premiership by defeating InverlochKongwak, 6.15.51 to 4.10.34. Dalyston won the A Grade netball flag with a three goal win over KorumburraBena, 37 to 34.

MA AY 31 - A LEONGATHA LE couple won $40 million in an Oz MAY Lotto draw, after buying their lucky ticket from Leongatha Newsagency – one of 600 sold by the agency. The winners have lived in Leongatha for many years and said they always planned to share any lotto win with the town.

SEPTEMBER 20 - THE region’s dairy industry is looking at brighter times during spring, with a recovery in global dairy markets boosting farmers’ spirits following the earlier price crash. Murray Goulburn has revealed its first step-up of the season.

J JUNE 7 - KORUMBURRA-BENA Football Netball Club has vowed to fight a decision by AFL Gippsland that it remain in the Alberton Football League instead of the new West Gippsland Football Netball League. The club believes its future is in West Gippsland, with Alberton a weaker competition.

OCTOBER 11 - THE South Gippsland Shire Council election has been marred by allegations of dirty politics, with claims of an illegitimate how to vote card being circulated and stooge candidates, who rejected those accusations.

retaiinedd JULY 5 - MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent has retained his long held seat of McMillan in the federal election, despite a strong challenge by Labor’s Chris Buckingham. Mr Broadbent was re-elected for his fifth consecutive team, despite Labor narrowing the margin by six percent.

OCTOBER 25 - THE Country Fire Authority is warning of a possible dangerous fire season following a wet spring resulting in significant vegetation growth. CFA volunteers undertook a major group fire exercise at Meeniyan to prepare for the coming bushfire season.

NOVEMBER 8 - LEONGATHA could become the latest town in South Gippsland to host a farmers’ market, 16 years after the farmers’ market movement in Victoria began at Koonwarra. Community College Gippsland is hoping to establish a new market in Leongatha.

MARCH M 16 - SOUTH Gippsland’s farmers fa fa were chasing hay, as fodder supplies pl dwindled as drought persists in the region. re Demand for hay in the region is higher than th it has been for many years, following in a low yielding hay and silage season and an then a hot and dry summer.

MARCH 30 - POLICE seized drugs from a Leongatha house where crooks had established a sophisticated cannabis operation. The plants carried a street value of more than $1 million and were being grown in several rooms of the house in Eccles Way. People were arrested at that house and also at another property in Shingler Street.

JUL 19 - THE Leongatha community JULY is dreaming of a modern performing arts centre in the town to cater for stage productions such as those held by Leongatha Lyric Theatre. The call comes in the wake of Lyric staging the successful show Mary Poppins.

AUGUST 9 - LEONGATHA’S rail yards precinct is closer to being remodelled with South Gippsland Shire Council seeking a lease on the site froom VicTrack. The site could become a parkland with all day parking for 50 cars and possibly a grand entrance to the Great Southern Rail Trail.

NOVEMBER 29 - A FORMER highway police officer is calling for the speed limit to be reduced on the dangerous bends in the South Gippsland Highway near Coal Creek, Korumburra. Wayne Bayne’s plea follows a spate of recent accidents there, including a fatality.

DECEMBER 20 - THE community is rejoicing after the State Government committed $25 million to realign the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan, and undertake highway widening works between Foster and Yarram.

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looks back on 2016 JANUARY 5 - SWIMMERS are being urged to swim between the flags after a woman drowned at beach five at Venus Bay on New Year’s Day. The bay has some of the most dangerous surf in Victoria and calls have been made to improve warning signs at the beaches and better educate the public about the risks.

FEBRUARY 23 - LEONGATHA’S central business district is in for a facelift, after South Gippsland Shire Council unveiled the Leongatha Revitalisation Project that encompasses three projects to improve the town: the Bair Street streetscape, Anderson Street town entry and railyards overhaul.

APRIL 19 - SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor Don Hill will appeal a panel finding that he breached council’s code of conduct relating to matters of honesty and respect towards fellow councillors and council staff, and supplying the community with incorrect information. He labelled the complaints as “trivial”.

APRIL 27 - THE State Government an-nounced funding for the $42 million water security project that will link Korumburra, Nyora, Poowong and Loch to the Lance Creek reservoir. The project would guarantee a water supply to the towns and was expected to boost jobs and attract new residents.

AUGUST 23 - BASS Coast Shire Council has not won friends in Inverloch after voting to shut the town’s transfer station, effective from September 2017. Council will rehabilitate the site into a reserve and Inverloch residents will have to travel to Wonthaggi to dump their rubbish.

SEPTEMBER 6 - FISH Creek Football Netball Club has won the Alberton football league premiership by defeating InverlochKongwak, 6.15.51 to 4.10.34. Dalyston won the A Grade netball flag with a three goal win over KorumburraBena, 37 to 34.

MA AY 31 - A LEONGATHA LE couple won $40 million in an Oz MAY Lotto draw, after buying their lucky ticket from Leongatha Newsagency – one of 600 sold by the agency. The winners have lived in Leongatha for many years and said they always planned to share any lotto win with the town.

SEPTEMBER 20 - THE region’s dairy industry is looking at brighter times during spring, with a recovery in global dairy markets boosting farmers’ spirits following the earlier price crash. Murray Goulburn has revealed its first step-up of the season.

J JUNE 7 - KORUMBURRA-BENA Football Netball Club has vowed to fight a decision by AFL Gippsland that it remain in the Alberton Football League instead of the new West Gippsland Football Netball League. The club believes its future is in West Gippsland, with Alberton a weaker competition.

OCTOBER 11 - THE South Gippsland Shire Council election has been marred by allegations of dirty politics, with claims of an illegitimate how to vote card being circulated and stooge candidates, who rejected those accusations.

retaiinedd JULY 5 - MCMILLAN MP Russell Broadbent has retained his long held seat of McMillan in the federal election, despite a strong challenge by Labor’s Chris Buckingham. Mr Broadbent was re-elected for his fifth consecutive team, despite Labor narrowing the margin by six percent.

OCTOBER 25 - THE Country Fire Authority is warning of a possible dangerous fire season following a wet spring resulting in significant vegetation growth. CFA volunteers undertook a major group fire exercise at Meeniyan to prepare for the coming bushfire season.

NOVEMBER 8 - LEONGATHA could become the latest town in South Gippsland to host a farmers’ market, 16 years after the farmers’ market movement in Victoria began at Koonwarra. Community College Gippsland is hoping to establish a new market in Leongatha.

MARCH M 16 - SOUTH Gippsland’s farmers fa fa were chasing hay, as fodder supplies pl dwindled as drought persists in the region. re Demand for hay in the region is higher than th it has been for many years, following in a low yielding hay and silage season and an then a hot and dry summer.

MARCH 30 - POLICE seized drugs from a Leongatha house where crooks had established a sophisticated cannabis operation. The plants carried a street value of more than $1 million and were being grown in several rooms of the house in Eccles Way. People were arrested at that house and also at another property in Shingler Street.

JUL 19 - THE Leongatha community JULY is dreaming of a modern performing arts centre in the town to cater for stage productions such as those held by Leongatha Lyric Theatre. The call comes in the wake of Lyric staging the successful show Mary Poppins.

AUGUST 9 - LEONGATHA’S rail yards precinct is closer to being remodelled with South Gippsland Shire Council seeking a lease on the site froom VicTrack. The site could become a parkland with all day parking for 50 cars and possibly a grand entrance to the Great Southern Rail Trail.

NOVEMBER 29 - A FORMER highway police officer is calling for the speed limit to be reduced on the dangerous bends in the South Gippsland Highway near Coal Creek, Korumburra. Wayne Bayne’s plea follows a spate of recent accidents there, including a fatality.

DECEMBER 20 - THE community is rejoicing after the State Government committed $25 million to realign the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan, and undertake highway widening works between Foster and Yarram.

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Graduates celebrate at Wonthaggi Primary WONTHAGGI Primary School’s Grade 6 students celebrated their graduation on Thursday evening. They presented a dance and song to their families and guests. Students were acknowledged for excellence with certificates of graduation and special awards. These special awards included citizenship, academic, arts, music, sporting, sporting encouragement, teachers’ encouragement, assistant principal and

principal awards. Students who received these awards demonstrated motivation and a growth mindset towards their learning, resilience, and worked towards a high standard. The families of students celebrated at the ceremony and again at the school’s final assembly on Monday. The school would like to congratulate the award winners and the graduating class, wishing them all the best in their first year of secondary school in 2017.

Award winners: from left, Grade 6 students Nichola, Cloe, Lola, Vu, Hayley, Braden, Paige, Tess and Alicia were awarded for their outstanding efforts at Wonthaggi Primary School’s graduation ceremony on Thursday.

St Laurence’s salutes grade students Congratulations: outstanding Leongatha Primary School Grade 6 students received awards at their final assembly recently. The students are pictured with school principal Rob Higgins.

Children create cakes TARWIN Valley Primary School Grade 6 students have been decorating cakes with Fay Sinclair as part of a special grade six event and surprise for their families.

Learning to bake: from left, students Conor, Angus and Malachi bake in the kitchen at Tarwin Valley Primary School.

Each year Fay contributes her time and expertise to help the students make a special cake for their family Christmas dinner. Grade 5 student Flynn came up with the idea of a small memorial feature within the school in order to remember past Grade 6 students. Grade 6 students were asked to come up with their favourite memory from primary school and

Grade award winners: at a recent end of year Mass presentations were made to students who are role models for others, show initiative, work co-operatively and demonstrate the ABC’s. Recipients were, Grade Prep, Lincoln Falls and Rachel Denbrok; Grade 1, Louisa Johnston and William Wang; Grade 2, William Isted and Angeline Tomy; Grade 3, Lincoln Hamilton and Lydia Giles; Grade 4, Sean O’Hare and Stella McGannon; Grade 5, Aliarna Wright and Rusira Alwis; and Grade 6, Charlie Wilson and Bella Kent.

their hobby. “We thought the Grade 6s weren’t going to be remembered so this will be a good way to remember them and it’s permanent,” Flynn said. The celebration end of year ceremony was held at the Dumbalk Hall recently to farewell the Grade 6 students. The Meeniyan CFA provided a barbeque and of course Santa made an appearance. The Grade 6 girls performed a dance and the Grade 6 boys pretended to be synchronised swimmers entertaining the audience. There has been an increase on enrolment numbers with 107 new Prep students ready to begin primary school in 2017.

New experience: students at Bass Coast Specialist School enjoyed a day out on the water as part of the Sailability program.

Students take to the sea WITH life jackets and smiles on, students from Bass Coast Specialist School boarded powered or sailing boats for a boating adventure.

Memorial posts: in front, Tarwin Valley Primary School Grade 6 school captains Lukas and Jen, and behind, Grade 5 student Flynn, the creator of the project.

Arts and craft: Fay Sinclair assisted Tarwin Valley Primary School student Rose in class recently.

The sailors departed from the Newhaven Yacht Club. The Sailability program provides an all abilities experience on the water for school aged to adults. Volunteers offer their time and boats for the event each year.

The students loved being able to go down inside and on deck of the boats, where they could wave to their friends across the water. Some students imagined all the creatures living under the seas while others felt the thrill of steering the boat. After a sail, the students enjoyed the lunch provided with other participants on the day. Sailability is a highlight amongst school outings for students of Bass Coast Specialist School during the school year.

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Logon to Meeniyan By Sarah Vella MEENIYAN is one of the only regional towns in Victoria to offer a free WiFi service, which has experienced nearly 40,000 logons since August 2014. The driver behind the service is Richard Powell, who said after visiting Newstead in Victoria’s north, the first regional town in the state to offer free WiFi, he was confident the idea would work in Meeniyan. “I got some pointers and came back home and applied for a grant,” he said. After producing a business plan, which included costings “down to the last brass tack”, Mr Powell and the town was successful and obtained $2581 to purchase the required equipment. The Meeniyan Progress Association also provided some funding for the project, which went live in August 2014. “The whole idea behind it was to encourage people to stop while they were travelling through the town,” Mr Powell said,

“More than 400,000 people visit Wilsons Promontory each year. If we get a proportion of those people to stop, it benefits the whole town.” Mr Powell said the program has been a success, especially with international tourists who find it hard to access free internet outside capital cities. “We get a lot of international tourists in South Gippsland and free WiFi isn’t as plentiful in Australia as it is overseas. Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand have more free internet than we do, which seems ridiculous,” he said. “People do talk about it. They may not remember the name of the town, but they remember the town with the free WiFi.” Mr Powell said the service adds to Meeniyan’s existing appeal as a place to visit and distinguishes it from other towns in the area. “You have to use every advantage you can get, especially in rural areas where towns can die,” he said. Another benefit the WiFi has brought with it is that the Meeniyan Hall is also connected to the internet, which has increased its appeal to a wider audience.

“It has already attracted more customers to the hall,” Mr Powell said. The WiFi in Meeniyan is free, but it does require a password to complete the login. It is available from any of the local traders and changes each month. Mr Powell said there was no download limit once people have logged on, but there was a time limit of 30 minutes. People are free to log back in straight away once their time expires. “DCSI gives us free data. We have to renegotiate the terms of the agreement each year, but it is a great help to us,” he said. Mr Powell said a possible extension to the free WiFi service would be the installation of CCTV along the main street of Meeniyan. “It is just a suggestion, but it would have its uses,” he said.

Free and fantastic: Meeniyan’s Richard Powell said the free WiFi service has benefitted the town since it went live in August 2014.

Mayor’s message Cr Ray Argento AS the year draws to an end it’s only natural that we look back at what was and what could have been; the highlights as well as the year’s low points. Reflection is a good thing. It helps us learn, but remember not to allow the past to consume our everyday life. After all, time spent on the past is often time taken from the future. The Christmas and New Year period is also a time to spend with family, friends and loved ones. To enjoy life in general; the noises and expectations of children as they celebrate Christmas as only children can, that crazy family member who enjoys Christmas a little more than others; yes, we all have one! We should all be conscious there are those in the community who aren’t as blessed as

some and this period is often a lonely time for them. I therefore ask that you think about what you can do to make this time of year more enjoyable and positively memorable for those less fortunate than ourselves. Spare a thought also for the countless number of emergency service volunteers who don’t get time off during this period. Let’s help them out this busy holiday season and drive safely on our roads, taking rests where required. And remember, the best gift of all is each other. Long after the presents and the wrapping paper have gone sharing our time with those around us is what is most treasured. On behalf of everyone at council, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and may 2017 be a safe and prosperous one for you and yours.

Campers, obey council rules SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council receives a number of complaints from residents regarding people camping on private land, particularly in high fire risk coastal areas where swift evacuation is hampered by the limited road network. Vacant land owners and visitors are reminded camping on vacant private land is generally prohibited unless a number of conditions are able to be met. These conditions include: • a maximum of one tent or one caravan is permitted on private vacant land at any time; • any caravan must be fitted with a smoke detector, an approved

portable fire extinguisher and a fire blanket close to cooking facilities; • any tent or caravan must be in good working order and in a good state of repair; • water must be supplied to the site and be fit for human consumption as well as adequate for domestic use; • an adequate number of toilets must be provided onsite, and may be chemical, composting, septic or sewered; • all sewage and wastewater generated onsite must be discharged to a system capable of collecting, removing and/or disposing of all sewage and wastewater, to the satisfaction of the council. This does not apply to sink waste where sink waste is the only form of effluent, providing it does not cause a

nuisance; • a vermin-proof rubbish bin with a tight fitting lid must be provided onsite for the disposal of all rubbish. • the site must be kept in a clean and sanitary manner at all times; and • any tent or caravan must be located at least three metres from any property boundary. Council would also like to remind people fires are not permitted in the open air during any declared fire danger period. Further information is available from council’s local laws team on 5662 9200 during business hours. Residents or visitors who wish to report a breach of the local laws can also contact the local laws team on the above number.



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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Summer of Soul almost here

MOSSVALE Park will once again host an amazing line-up of talent for the Summer of Soul on Saturday, January 7, 2017.

Welcome return: Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) will return, this time with a new band to present his latest album, Paper Doors.

The spectacular leafy amphitheatre of Mossvale Park, between the towns of Leongatha and Mirboo North near the Gippsland coast, is an open secret for lovers of soulful music who prefer good food, local brews and a relaxed circle of deckchairs to the frenzied multi-stage stampede. Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) will return, this time with a new band to present his latest album, Paper Doors. From Boston, Massachusetts comes the jazzpop-acoustic collision of Lake Street Dive, and from Mali, Summer of Soul welcomes an old friend, guitar giant Vieux FarkaToure. Often referred to as The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux is the son of legendary Malian guitarist Ali FarkaToure. Ali came from a tribe of soldiers, historically, and defied his parents to become a musician. History repeated when Vieux declared that he also wanted to be a musician and with help from family friend, the kora maestro ToumaniDiabate, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing shortly before Ali passed. Australia and NZ fell in love with LAKE STREET DIVE on their debut tour in Febuary/March 2015 and the now Brooklyn based US band have since released their

new album SIDE PONY on Warner/Nonesuch and we are totally thrilled to announce they are back touring Australia/NZ this summer. Gates open at noon, music kicks off at 2pm and will roll through to 10.45pm. This year’s blues-soul sojourn also features Melbourne’s latest rising soul ensemble The Meltdown, dreamy synth duo GL, horn-studded quintet The Sugarcanes, Rhythm and Blues inspired

tunes of The Do YoThangs and the Motown-skewed funk of That Gold Street Sound. Tickets online through Oztix and local outlets. For festival info or to book a bus from surrounding towns go to: One stage. Great sound. Ticket prices: $70 concession, $80 adult. Under 14 free. At the gate on the day: $80/$90

Ready to party: Meeniyan Golf Club members, from left, Frank Peile, Daryle Gregg, Col Stewart, Marilyn McGeary, and Bruce Betts are all set to bring in the New Year at the club’s second annual New Year’s Eve bash.

Start 2017 in Meeniyan with a bash THE New Year’s Eve bash at Meeniyan Golf Club promises to be a night full of fun that families can celebrate the start of 2017 together. For the second year running the golf club is the place to be for families come New Year’s Eve as the party ensures a family-friendly atmosphere. There is no need to drop off the children before you come. Bring them along for an entertainment-filled event everyone will enjoy. The event kicks off at 6.30pm. Children 15 and under have free entry and tickets for adults are only $10. Centred on community spirit, the party is a get-together for all ages, as there are not many child friendly events in the area that allow families to bring in the New Year together. There will be plenty of music playing throughout

the night, so feel free to dance around and say farewell to 2016. For the children there will be jumping castles available, face painting, and mini golf to try their hand at. If they are in need of some extra energy after running around trying all the activities; there will also be lollies and icy poles available for them. The adults also have their fair share of activities too. Items will be put up for auction, a spinning wheel will be available, cow lotto is being run, or let your competitive side come out at the putting or longest drive competition. Sparklers will be given out to light up the night with future dreams. There are drinks available all night at bar prices as there is no BYO available. A barbecue is also available until the early hours of the morning so get ready to have a great night.

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Stony Creek’s wildlife treats STONY Creek Racing Club will treat racegoers to a wildlife adventure at its race meeting next Tuesday, January 3.

What a squeeze: get up and personal with a non venomous behemoth python snake with Chris Humfry at Stony Creek Racing Club.

New Years Eve at the Workmen’s NEW Year’s Eve is being celebrated

at the Wonthaggi which is hosting Workmen’s Club a free night with entertainment for members with guests also welcome.

Jam out: The Blackhill Ramblers will be performing at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club from 8.30pm on New Year’s Eve.

The doors will open at 8.30pm for the New Year’s Eve celebration with the bistro opening for dinner from 6pm until 8pm. Live entertainment will be performed and the bar will be available. The Blackhill Ramblers will be performing live music in the Kirrak room from 8.30pm onwards. If you enjoy country, rockabilly, honky tonk and rock’n’roll come to the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on December 31. The price for guests is $25 per person. Come along and end 2016 with a cheer and start 2017 with a bang!

Paying his first visit to the club is television zoologist Chris Humfrey from the Wild Action Zoo who will be entertaining the kids with his interactive animal display extravaganza. The show will be running from noon-5pm. Chris will conduct three ‘family-friendly’ stage shows throughout the day (30 minute duration) with show times at 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Patrons will have an amazing and exclusive three dimensional experience, getting up close and personal with Chris’ gorgeous animal family. Animals will include adorable koalas, baby joey kangaroos, flying fox bats, dingo, echidna, endangered owls, behemoth python snakes, salt water crocodiles, ‘kissable’ frog species, eye licking leaf tailed geckoes, monitor lizards, a laughing kookaburra, colourful parrots and so much more! Chris owns and runs his own 4.5 hectare private zoo at Macedon with 2000 animals and 10 staff, all of whom are trained. He uses many of the zoo’s animals as ‘assistants’ in his role as wildlife educator. Included in animals you’ll meet is Connie the barking owl, Bruce, the

koala, Casper, a blackheaded python and Julius, the six foot long crocodile. Chris has been to South Gippsland a num-

ber of times, hiking in Wilsons Promontory, and looks forward to coming back to the area again. Be sure to bring

your cameras along, there’ll be lots of photo opportunities with the animals! Also on January 3 is ladies day so book now

for your place in the Pink Roses Marquee. For more information or bookings see www.scrc. or call the racing club on 5664 0099.

School holiday workshops BEGIN Bright Leongatha will conduct school holiday workshops from now until Friday, January 27. The school holiday programs have an assortment of fun ses-

sions. Numbers are limited Children are wel- so book early to ensure come to come to indi- a place. vidual sessions or to All the workshops stay for back to back are suitable for four to sessions. Please ensure your child wears clothes that can get messy to all classes.

Fun times: attending the ‘Nature: beautiful birds and grassy heads’ school holiday workshop at Begin Bright in September were, back, from left, Lachlan McRae and Imogen Foster, and front, Eden Foster and Lydia Giles.

11 year olds. Visit the Begin Bright Leongatha website for session information and costs.

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Fish finds please at Inverloch A GROUP of citizen scientists took to the water at Shack Bay in Inverloch recently, to participate in the annual Great Victorian Fish Count. Coordinated by the South Gippsland Conservation Society, seven divers and several spectators were involved in this year’s count. Rod Webster from the conservation society said the count was a state wide activity that was used to monitor around 20 species of reef dwelling fish.

“The count can help show the health of the reefs and helps to determine if fish populations are changing over time,” he said. “It is held at the same time of year, in the same location.” Some of the fish species spotted on Saturday included bluethroat wrasse, saddled wrasse, zebra fish, sea sweep and magpie perch. Mr Webster said the fish they really wanted to see, the blue groper, was not spotted on the day. “There was a bit of swell and visibility was poor. Conditions were difficult,” he said.

Underwater: plenty of different species of fish were counted off Shack Bay at Inverloch recently, as part of the Great Victorian Fish Count. Pictured is an old wife, photographed by Ash Belsar during the count.

Bruce Atkin from Coastcare Victoria said it was difficult to compare results from the fish count from one year to the next, but said the results provided valuable long term data. “Over a long period of time, around 10 years or more, we might start to see trends in some of the species we count,” he said. “Inverloch’s count is conducted in a marine national park and has been a protected area since 2002.” Ash Belsar from Outthere Outdoor Activities supervised the official count.

Fish finders: from left, participating in the Great Victorian Fish Count at Inverloch recently were Ash Belsar, Bruce Atkin, Peter Muskens, Ivan Leong, Ed Thexton and Chris Jolly.

Council focuses on jetty triangle By Tayla Kershaw THE Cowes Revitalisation Project will not be shelved despite a setback in funding, Bass Coast Shire Council said. Six of nine councillors opted not to let the multi-

million dollar project – including the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre and the transit car park – go to tender for detailed design until the council is in a more stable financial position. Instead councillors voted to go ahead with part of the project. Council will go to tender for detailed

design and construction of the jetty triangle. The jetty triangle on The Esplanade will be redeveloped to include grassed terraces and event spaces for people to relax and enjoy live entertainment near the foreshore. Cr Michael Whelan – and members of the gallery at the ordinary coun-

cil meeting on December 14 – felt this was an opportunity lost. “This is a majorly significant project for Cowes, Phillip Island and Bass Coast. It is a game changing plan and there’s concern it will fall off the table if we don’t make the big decisions,” he said. “The Federal Government hasn’t stepped up. We are a safe seat here in Flinders and there’s nothing to justify that. We have to get shovel ready, reapply for funding and put the pressure on. If we sit on our hands again, we will

be a laughing stock. It’s time we make a move.” Funding for the project was knocked back by the Federal Government prior to the council election in October. However, Cr Les Larke felt that the project was not financially viable at this stage. “When compared to other large shires, we are underperforming financially,” he said. “If we go ahead, we will fall into deficit by 2018-19. It would not be responsible to go ahead until we achieve long term

sustainability.” Deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari put up the alternate motion to focus on the jetty triangle in the short term, which was supported unanimously. “This is not a case of Wonthaggi versus Phillip Island; that’s not what we are about in Bass Coast. We need to be diligent and explore further funding. If we work on the jetty triangle now we will start to see some good things happening on Phillip Island,” he said. Cr Bruce Kent backed the decision of his fellow

councillors to move forward with the jetty triangle. “This is a fantastic project and there’s great to see many passionate people getting behind it. However, I don’t want my legacy to be leaving debt for the community. This is why I’m backing Cr Larke and Cr Tessari. If we can achieve it, that’s great, but if we don’t we will be leaving a debt that I can’t support,” he said. “I want to be clear that no one has said they want to shelve this project. This is a way to move forward without shutting a door.”

Libraries to receive technology boost THE West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation (WGRLC) Board has appointed Leanne Williams as chief executive officer, following an extensive selection process.

JAMES Adam Dawson was born at West Gippsland Hospital at Warragul on November 27. He is a son for Daniel and Diane Dawson of South Dudley, and a brother to Seth, 10, Ruby, 2, and Oscar, 17 months.

Leanne is a chartered accountant who most recently worked as manager corporate services at Alpine Shire Council. “Leanne brings a breadth of experience to the corporation and we’re delighted to welcome her to the organisation and to the region as a whole,” corporation chair

Cr Mikaela Power said. “In her previous role at Alpine Shire Council, Leanne managed the council’s branch libraries and processing hub, which provides library services to three neighbouring municipalities. “This experience has provided Leanne with a strong understanding of the important role that public libraries play in the community. “As CEO, Leanne’s goal is to enhance the availability and diversity of technology within our libraries and maintain a feeling of warmth, connectedness and inclusion.” Ms Williams started on

December 19 and will tour libraries to listen to staff and patrons’ ideas. She grew up in North East Victoria on a sheep farm before moving to Canberra to undertake a Bachelor of Business and Commerce. She then moved to Albury where she completed her Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting and worked as an auditor for six years. Ms Williams began working in local government in 2010 and has experience in economic development, risk, governance and most recently, corporate services. She is married with three children, Henry, 5, Madeleine, 3, and Charlotte, 1.

Fresh approach: new West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation CEO Leanne Williams.

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Farming Insight Book celebrates local producers By Sarah Vella A BOOK showcasing some of South Gippsland’s premier food and wine producers was released recently. Titled Love, Sweat and Passion: Producing Fine Food and Wine in South Gippsland, the book features seven agricultural businesses, from big to small, livestock to horticulture, raw produce to finished product. A joint effort by Jillian Stanton, Jenny O’Sullivan and Uri Fogel, the vision for the book was developed around a kitchen table overlooking a lush paddock in the Tarwin Valley. Featured in the book are Neil and Judy Travers from Waratah Hills Vineyard at Fish Creek, Bronwyn and Burke Brandon from Prom Country Cheese at Moyarra, Nic and Amy Paul from Ruby Hills Organics at Walkerville, Jill and Michael Vella’s Terramirra Park Deer Farm at Koonwarra, Gillian and Graeme Nicol from Montrose Dairy at Fish Creek, Lyn and Andrew Jamieson from Golden Creek Olives at Fish Creek, and Jenny and Paul O’Sullivan from Malabar Farm Lamb and Beef at Walkerville. Jenny, Uri and Jillian threw around ideas to celebrate South Gippsland’s incredible food, wine and landscapes to draw visitors to the stunning region sitting right on Melbourne’s doorstep. After considering a recipe book, they realised it was the stories behind the creation of South Gippsland’s food and wine that fascinated them. “We wanted to understand the relationships between the producers and the land, the land and the produce, the produce and the producers,” Jenny said. “So we decided to tell the stories of a handful of the region’s most exceptional farmers, captured

season by season, over a full year.” After much discussion, seven passionate farming businesses were approached to be involved. “We wanted to celebrate the beauty of the region and also the efforts of the farmers who have to deal with a great many challenges, such as drought (in that year), market fluctuations and regulatory demands,” Jillian said. “We also wanted to encourage people to think beyond their plate or glass and discover what happens day-to-day to get quality food and wine onto the table.” Jillian said it is critical people understand what goes on behind the scenes on farms. “A lot of people see things on social media about farming and animal welfare in particular and often share them without real knowledge of what is behind the image or comments that have been disseminated,” she said. “The majority of farmers look after their land and their animals exceptionally well - they could hardly run a profitable business if they didn’t - and we hope that our book captures some of that care and attention.” The producers chosen for the book all had a reputation for being excellent land stewards and producing a consistently high quality product. “We wanted to give readers an idea of the diversity of food being produced in a relatively small area but at the same time, wanted to be able to explore the personalities and businesses in enough detail that people could come away from the book feeling they had learned something,” Jillian said. Only released recently, Jillian said already the feedback for the book had been fantastic. “The most common comment I have had is that readers are drawn in by the photographs, but then

Out and about: a book by Jillian Stanton, Jenny O’Sullivan and Uri Fogel called Love, Sweat and Passion Producing Fine Food and Wine in South Gippsland was launched twice recently, first at Waratah Hills Vineyard and then again at My Bookshop in Melbourne.

Cattle underpass scheme opens again VICTORIAN dairy farmers will get a boost to improve farm safety and productivity with the launch last week of a new round of the Cattle Underpass Scheme (CUPS). The Victorian Farmers Federation is administering the $3 million program, which will make available grants of up to $50,000 for farmers to build cattle underpasses on their properties. “This is a great opportunity for farmers to invest in maintaining their efficiency while also improving workplace safety,” United Dairyfarmers of Victoria president Adam Jenkins said. “The CUPS program has always been very popular and in our experience it gets over-subscribed very quickly, so everyone needs to keep their eyes out for more information on how to apply.” The VFF has worked with successive Victorian governments to build 550 cattle underpasses since the program was first introduced in 2000. The schemes have taken thousands of cows

off the state’s roads, resulting in: • improved road safety; • improved workplace safety for farmers and their employees; • improved farm efficiency and productivity; and • the removal of impediments to the expansion of dairy farms and growth of the industry. “Safety is a big factor, not just for the public but for the stock,” Mr Jenkins said “As farms get bigger and bigger there is even more demand for underpasses. It’s just unsafe going over roads especially with the larger herds, so underpasses are just a must have now.” The CUPS program is being funded by the Government’s $200 million Agriculture Industry and Jobs Fund (AIJF), which aims to create jobs, boost exports, and support farmers in transporting their products from paddock to port. Anyone applying for the program can contact the VFF by emailing au or by calling 1300 882 833 and asking for the Cattle Underpass Scheme.

find themselves immersed in the stories,” she said. “City readers, in particular, are pretty amazed at how much is involved in operating a farming business. “We also had great feedback about the farmers - their passion for their work and their community really shone through.” The book is available at many outlets in South Gippsland including Udder and Hoe, Inverloch

Newsagent, Leongatha Newsagent, Koonwarra Storehouse, Tarwin Lower IGA, Meeniyan Foodstore, Meeniyan IGA, Moos at Meeniyan, Aherns Foster, The Gallery, Foster, Waratah Hills Winery, PBE Venus Bay, Prom Country Cheese, Golden Creek Olives (at Foster Farmers Market), Fish Creek General Store, Pakenham Produce, Grow Lightly Korumburra, Inverloch Information Centre and Leongatha Rural Supplies.

New MG chief spreads hope THE incoming chief executive officer of Murray Goulburn has offered suppliers hope of finding a solution to the crisis the company has faced this year. In a letter to suppliers, Ari Mervis wrote, “While I don’t pretend to offer an overnight solution to Murray Goulburn’s situation, I have had experience in similar situations and together we will hopefully be able to transform and refocus Murray Goulburn for a prosperous and successful future.” When he takes over his role in February, Mr Mervis said he would engage with suppliers, employees and other stakeholders to find out what they thought of the company’s recent past, “I intend visiting the regions to meet as many of you as soon as is practical, in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the key issues driving the business and the industry,” he said. “I know there has been a great deal of change in the leadership team over the recent past and a priority is to focus on the team, harnessing the knowledge we have and building new capabilities as needed. “While I can’t pre-empt any changes that will be considered, what I can ensure is that I will be focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for all stakeholders, and particularly our suppliers. “As someone coming in new to the industry, with your assistance and support, there is the opportunity to review the organisation through fresh eyes and to ensure that we make the most appropriate decisions.”

Mr Mervis’s career with SABMiller, the world’s second largest brewer, began in 1989 and included senior positions in South Africa, Swaziland, Russia and Hong Kong. In his most recent capacity, Mr Mervis was managing director of SABMiller in the Asia Pacific and CEO of Carlton and United Breweries in Melbourne, with responsibility for overseeing businesses across Asia Pacific including China, India, Vietnam, South Korea and Australia.

Fresh hope: the incoming chief executive officer of Murray Goulburn, Ari Mervis.

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Mayor gives a hand SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento delivered meals as part of the Meals on Wheels program recently. The event was organised in recognition of International Volunteers Day on December 5. He was helped by council’s volunteer officer Dana Hughes and community strengthening officer Barbara Look to complete the delivery. The Meals on Wheels program delivers meals to frail older people or people with disability and their carers. This helps to allow them to continue to live independently. Council’s Meals on Wheels program delivers almost 13,000 meals to 148 clients a year with the assistance of community volunteers. “It was fantastic to take my turn in delivering meals to members of the community and experiencing first hand a typical day of a volunteer at council,” Cr Argento said.

“Our volunteers add significant value to the community and we are extremely grateful for their efforts each and every year. “Without their service many programs could not be delivered to the standards they pride themselves on.” Council is always looking for people who may wish to volunteer for a range of services including Meals on Wheels, community transport, visitor information centres and Coal Creek Community Park and Museum. Those interested can visit or contact council on 5662 9200.

Yum, yum: South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento and council’s volunteer officer Dana Hughes and community strengthening officer Barbara Look deliver Meals on Wheels.

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MILK COLLECTION SUPERVISOR JOINERY SALESPERSON Capeview is the leading manufacturer and installer of joinery in South Gippsland and Phillip Island. Due to continued growth we require the services of a salesperson to join our team. Working with existing clients and sourcing new the role requires a person who can work through to process from enquiry to providing details for manufacture. The preferred candidate will need to demonstrate: • Outstanding communication skills & customer service • Ability to prepare initial layouts for quotation purposes from a client’s brief • Good liaison skills when working with design team to produce finished drawings for clients • Good computer skills are required • Knowledge of joinery materials and accessories would be an advantage • Valid driver’s licence required The successful applicant will enjoy an attractive salary, a good working environment and the opportunity to undertake ongoing training and career development. All applications must be in writing, with CV & cover letter addressed to: Peter Sheerin Capeview Building Products PO Box 115 Wonthaggi VIC 3995 Or email Closing Date for Applications – Friday, January 27th 2017

Food Services Assistant (Casual) Laundry Assistant (Casual) Prom Country Aged Care is a community-based residential aged care service located at Prom Country House in Foster. We are searching for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our Hospitality team. If you are a team player with excellent interpersonal skills call us now for a Position Description. Applications close 5pm Tuesday 3 January 2017 All enquiries and applications to: Emma Harry General Manager Business Operations T: 03 5682 0800 E:

Independent Finance, Audit & Risk Committee Member Bass Coast Health is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified people to join its Finance, Audit & Risk Committee as an independent member. Applicants must have knowledge and experience in the operations of a large organisation and an understanding of financial, management, reporting, risk management and governance practices. The Committee meets on the last Monday of each month except for December, at Wonthaggi. The term of appointment will be for three years. Enquiries to Danny Luna, Interim CFO on (03) 5671 3208. Applications close at 12 noon on Friday 6 January, 2017. Please visit for further information under the Employment tab.

Executive Director of Clinical Services/ Chief Nurse &Midwife Bass Coast Health is the major public healthcare provider within the Bass Coast Shire in South Gippsland. The service has provided quality care for residents of the Bass Coast Shire for over 100 years. It is an integrated health service providing emergency services as well as acute (medical and surgical), sub-acute and residential inpatient beds along with an extensive array of community and primary care services. Services are provided from a number of sites including Wonthaggi, San Remo and Cowes. The Executive Director of Clinical Services / Chief Nurse & Midwife is responsible for strategic leadership and operational management of the clinical services workforce, ensuring the delivery of high quality, contemporary clinical care to achieve a standard of excellence in clinical practice that reflects the vision, purpose and values of Bass Coast Health. To be considered for this position you will hold a graduate or post graduate qualification in the relevant field, be a Registered Nurse with current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (AHPRA) and have extensive senior management experience in healthcare including human resource management, financial management, and quality and risk management. A position description is available on our website: Applications should include your professional resume, a covering letter that addresses the Key Selection Criteria plus 2 professional referees to: Liz Winterburn, Human Resources Manager email: Applications close Friday 6 January 2017

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We are a Victorian, market leading, private transport company. Due to the expansion of our business, we are seeking a Milk Collection Supervisor with strong attention to detail. The successful applicant will be capable of ensuring 100% collection of farm milk as required on two shifts daily, simultaneously maximising fleet utilisation and minimising labour and operating costs. You must possess: • intermediate to advanced computer skills • personnel management experience • excellent time management • the ability to multi-task • good problem solving skills • customer service skills. The role is based in Leongatha and will involve a rotating roster that includes weekends. Email Sue at (quoting ref: L006) to obtain a position description or lodge an application. Applications close 4pm Friday 6 January 2017

Procurement & Fleet Manager Support Services

Endorsed Enrolled Nurse Kirrak House

Permanent Full Time Position Bass Coast Health is seeking a Procurement & Fleet Manager to provide leadership and management for the Supply Department. You will be part of a small but essential team providing procurement requirements and management of fleet vehicles across the organisation. Services are provided from a number of sites including Wonthaggi, San Remo and Cowes. You will have the ability to: • Manage a small supply team with minimal supervision • Interpret data and accurately record information • Work within set timeframes and meet deadlines • Perform audits • Communicate effectively Enquiries should be directed to Lynne Winterburn, Director Support Services on 5671 3281. A position description is available on our website: Applications, including a key selection criteria address and two professional referees, to be directed to Pat Grasby, Human Resources Officer Email: Applications close 5pm Monday 9 January 2017

Various positions and EFT available Applications are invited from registered Endorsed Enrolled Nurses to work in our Kirrak House Nursing Home. Qualifications / Experience: • Current EEN registration with NMBA • Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills • Experience in aged care an advantage • Sound knowledge of Workplace Health & Safety requirements • Current Police Check • Up-to-date mandatory training certificates A position description is available on the website For further information please contact Kerry Evans, Unit Manager on 5671 3166. Applications, including CV, a cover letter and 2 professional referrees should be addressed to: Kerry Evans, NUM, Kirrak House and forwarded to Pat Grasby, Human Resources, Email: Applications close on Friday 6 January 2017

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CARAVAN Suncoast, 21ft, ensuite, no oven, ex condition, w/machine, $50,000 ONO. 0407343671.

EXCELLENT quality F1 barley, vetch hay and lucerne hay. All under cover. Feed tests available. Delivery available. Phone Joe 0429-138748 or Matt 0427-040686.

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

Great aunt of Jed, Maisie and Stella. Now with Mum and Dad and at peace. Loved and remembered always.


SALVOCARE EASTERN Carer Support Worker Youth Services - Leongatha PART TIME - Ongoing We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced Carer Support Worker to be responsible for providing direct support and supervision to accredited foster caregivers in the Home Based Care program to ensure that they are meeting Duty of Care responsibilities and continuing to develop and grow in their caregiving role. For further information and to apply please visit

MEENIYAN AREA Phone 0448 128 851

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Jo Fennell


Please call 0408 175 388

0437 465 399

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

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LOCAL NAVIGATION WARNING GIPPSLAND PORTS The following navigation warning is published for general information



19 December 2016 - Effective immediately Local Navigation Warning No. 31 of 2015 is referred and cancelled. Notice to Mariners No. 328 of 2016 is referred. Gippsland Ports have been advised that confusion may exist amongst some Vessel Operators about the navigational significance of the Anderson Inlet aproach Fairway Buoy and the Anderson Inlet Landfall Light Beacon. To allay any confusion Gippsland Ports provides the following information as a local navigation warning to all Vessel Operators. Anderson Inlet Fairway Buoy The Fairway Buoy at the approach to Anderson Inlet is a SAFE WATER mark and by definition from the publication Aids to Navigation Manual Navguide; “Safe Water Marks serve to indicate that there is navigable water all around the mark. These include centreline marks and mid channel marks. Such a mark may also indicate channel entrance, port of estuary approach, or landfall” The Anderson Inlet Fairway Buoy is a port or estuary approach mark, that lies approximately 400 metres to seaward of the outer bar at the entrance to Anderson Inlet and does not represent a channel entrance, centreline, landfall or mid channel location. The Anderson Inlet Fairway Buoy (L.FI.10s) is anchored in position; Lat 38° 39.467’ South; Lon. 145° 43.483’ East. Datum WGS84 The Anderson Inlet Fairway Buoy is a stand-alone aid to navigation that serves as a reference point for vessels approaching the Anderson Inlet Bar and should not be used in conjunction with any other Aids to Navigation for crossing the Bar. Anderson Inlet Coastal Landfall Light Beacon The Anderson Inlet Landfall Light Beacon (Occ. 3s) is located on land at Ayr Creek Inverloch in position; Lat. 38° 38.391’ South; Lon. 145° 43.046’ East. Datum WGS84 The Landfall Light was established in November 2009 as a reference point for offshore mariners. The Landfall Light Beacon is also fitted with a diamond day shape to be conspicuous during daylight hours. The Anderson Inlet Landfall Light Beacon is a stand-alone aid to navigation to assist mariners to determine position from offshore and should not be used in conjunction with any other Navigation Aids for crossing the Bar. Vessel operators are reminded that the ocean entrance to Anderson Inlet is dynamic and continuously changes in position and depth and can do so over a very short period of time. Passage through the entrance and bar should only be attempted by experienced persons with sound local knowledge and only at times of fair weather, smooth sea conditions at higher water with no influence of the ebb tide. There are no established aids to navigation to guide vessel operators through the Anderson Inlet entrance or across the bar and the best available water may be different from one day to the next. Notice to Mariners No. 328 of 2016 is referred. Bar Crossings are regarded as extremely dangerous and can cause serious personal injury or death when unfavorable environmental conditions exist. “If in doubt don’t go out” PUBLICATIONS Anderson Inlet Boating Guide (electronic version) available at AFFECTED:


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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 for sale: New season vetch, first cut lucerne, can deliver, feedtest available. Phone Joe 0429138748.

@ The Angling Club SUNDAY 1st January 2017

HAY - small squares, new season, $10 each, Mardan. Ph: 5664-1320.

88 The Esplanade Inverloch Open General Public 7.30am

SHIPPING containers, $1,950 each, can deliver, at discount cost, phone 0419-313483.

Rail, hail or shine

SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200 x50 x 2.4 $12.10 each, 200 x 75 x 2.4 $16.75 each, 200 x 75 x 3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662.

Trash & Treasure, plants, used & new goods, sausage sizzle, face painting, home produce (jams & home made cakes), all varieties of stalls Inside & outside hall: come check us all out! Major raffle drawn 12 noon


MARINE LICENCE COURSE Vic. Boat Licence with Jetski endorsement

INVERLOCH Wednesday, January 4 6pm - 10pm BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone Bob: 0417 524 005 Approved TSV course ABN 43080057923

Did you receive a radio control airplane, drone or electric glider for Xmas? If you haven’t flown before, you’ll need lessons. Don’t smash up your aircraft. Come and join our group. Instruction in the field and on a flight simulator. Contact Ian Cole on 5678 2014 or visit the website for more info.

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We stock the largest range of New push and ride-on mowers in South Gippsland, including - Honda,Victa, Greenfield, Deutscher, Cub Cadet, MTD, Masport, Toro, Yard Machines & Rover from $149. Professional repairs and service for ALL mower makes and models. Also stocking a large range of parts and accessories. We also have a large range of secondhand mowers available.


Cnr Allison & South Gippsland Hwy, Leongatha. L.M.C.T. 2714

Ph: 5662 2028

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Newhaven College Early Years Reunion Students, staff, board members, life governors and founding college families from 1980 – 1990 are invited to a family picnic to farewell the Boys Home Road campus before the college relocates to the Phillip Island Road Campus in 2018.

SUNDAY 29 JANUARY 2017 12 noon to 5pm BYO Food & Drinks Catch up with founding Principal Frank Moore and share your memories of Newhaven College’s early days. Please help us spread the word by sharing this with friends from that era. Visit for more details and follow the event on the Newhaven College Facebook page.

garage sales INVERLOCH 9 Kennards Court, Saturday, December 31, 8am - 3pm. Loads of fishing gear, music, wetsuits, books, tools and household items.

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

used vehicles VY HOLDEN Calais V6, 2003, silver, auto, 275,000kms. Reg YTM981. Fantastic service history and very reliable car. $4,300 ONO with RWC. Contact: 0407-681317.

birthday rememberance FARRAR - Jack. 26.12.1923 Always in my thoughts, especially at this time of the year. May God bless you, your ever loving wife, Lily.

deaths LYNN - Eileen Ivy. Died peacefully in Leongatha on December 21, 2016. Beloved wife of Bernard (dec), dearly loved mother of Clive and Marg, Francine, Hilton and Kris, Corinne, Jo and Nick (dec); cherished grandmother of Jeff and Michelle, and Meredith; Simone and John, and Danielle; Holly, Brooke and Connor; Harry and James; and loved great grandmother of Noah, Nathan and Harvey. Thank you for being you. You will always have a special place in our hearts and memories. Grateful thanks to the wonderful staff of Leongatha Hospital and to Lesley Chisholm for the kind and respectful manner in which they cared for Eileen. RUSSELL - Maureen Elizabeth (Maus). Passed away peacefully at South Gippsland Hospital, Foster on December 20, 2016. Much loved wife of Peter for 34 years. Loving and caring mum of Adrian and Elise, and Bronwen. Adored Nan of Damon, Hamish and Patrick. Sadly missed. Now at peace. TEAGUE - Jennifer May (Jenny). Taken tragically on December 16 as the result of a traffic accident. Loved daughter of Norman and Elsie (both dec), sister, sister-inlaw of Dot, John and Jeanette, Beth and Bill, Linda and Rodney. Aunt of Daniel and Mel, Leigh and Jemma, Jenna, Brad and Marisa, James and Katie, Jess, Emily and Boyd, Richard and Katrina.


LYNN - The Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mrs Eileen Ivy Lynn will be held at the Salvation Army Corps Hall, Long Street, Leongatha on Thursday, Jess will never forget the December 29, 2016 gift of music you gave commencing at 1pm. to her, Brad, the care, Private cremation. concern and celebration regarding his recent health scares then triumphs and James, the warmest heart of all, loved you for you and RUSSELL - An invitation perhaps understood you is extended to join family the best of all. Recent and friends to celebrate shared times with us, the life of Maureen doing seemingly trivial Elizabeth (Maus) but pleasant things, will Russell, for afternoon now define you in our tea at the Meeniyan hearts forever. Bowls Club, Recreation Rest in peace with Reserve, Meeniyan on God’s angels. Friday, December 30, Your loving brother John, 2016 commencing at sister-in-law Jeanette 2pm. and family. A private family service for burial will precede Loved sister of Beth and the above gathering. Bill, aunt of Daniel and Mel, Leigh and Jemma and Jenna. Great aunt of Jed, Stella and Maisie. Go with our love, in time we will understand. TEAGUE - A Memorial Go with our blessings, Service for Jennifer May into caring hands. (Jenny) Teague will be held at the Leongatha RSL, corner of Michael Place and Smith Street, Leongatha on Thursday, December 29, 2016 commencing at 2pm. TEAGUE - Jenny. A private family service The West Gippsland for burial will precede Regional Library the above service. Corporation Board and staff would like to extend their sincere condolences to Jenny’s family and friends. Jenny was a respected Classified and valued leader of the Friends of the advertising closes Leongatha Library and 12 noon Mondays will be greatly missed.

Paul & Margaret Beck Proprietors

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

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

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Leongatha hosts bowls triples THE monthly triples competition had a great turn out this week.

New recruit: from left, Andrew Newton, Tim Snooks and Michael Grabham welcomed Jesse Henderson (second right) to the Giants.

The event gets about 32 teams together from all around South Gippsland and even teams from San Remo come down to enjoy the fun competition. “There’s a bit of banter,” co-lady president Sue Symmons said, with the day attracting bowlers of all different levels. Often more of a social competition, the monthly two-bowl triples players can enter teams of three to play a total of four games throughout the day. The competitors play two games in the morning and two games in the afternoon. “It’s my first time,” says bowler Tom Brown from

Korumburra, “it’s great.” The triples competition runs throughout most of the year and is expected to finish up early in April next year. The synthetic lawn of the Leongatha Bowls Club allows the players to be undeterred by inclement weather be there rain, hail, or shine. No stranger to competing herself, Ms Symmons admitted she “always thought bowls was a bit staid, but it’s really a lot of fun.” The club is encouraging new players to get involved in the sport through its twilight barefoot bowls competition starting in the new year. Ms Symmons said it is about “new bowlers going out and having fun, with a lot of hilarity.”

Young gun: Anthony Collier of Leongatha in his 12th year of bowling competes with a mixed club team.

Henderson Cobras keep cool joins the Giants KORUMBURRA Bena Football Netball Club is pleased to announce the signing of Jesse Henderson. Henderson is a former member of the Hallam Academy with Ben McGee (2017 Senior coach for Korumburra) and was twice runner up in the U18 competition before focusing on basketball. After playing BigV in 2012, Henderson moved to St Kilda City in the Southern Football Netball League. After the end of the year, Henderson

and McGee reunited at Clayton, where in their second year together in 2014 Henderson took out the Senior best and fairest by a landslide. In 2015, Henderson was again leading the best and fairest and was in the hunt for the league best and fairest before an ankle injury derailed his season. Last year, he played with Heatherton where he was nominated for the interleague team but a trip to Europe made him ineligible. Now he is excited, ready and committed to Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club in 2017.

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

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THE Koringal Women’s Service Group recently presented the Korumburra Cricket Club with a cheque for $2000. This money will go towards the purchase of a new reverse cycle air conditioner in its clubrooms. The club was very appreciative of the donation as it has many members who have babies and young children who will benefit along with players, members and supporters.

Kind donation: Koringal Women’s Service Group’s Helen Pearce, Bev Hall and Julie Watt present a $2000 cheque to Korumburra Cricket Club Jeremy Oxlee and Allan Summerfield.

Junior cricket championship coming to South Gippsland THE Leongatha and District Cricket Association and its member clubs will be hosting the Gippsland Junior Cricket Championships from Monday, January 2, to Friday, January 6.

Heath Dobbie, Jacob Whiteside, Evan Allaway, Bailey Harvey, Xavier Robertson, Ethan Lamers, Billy Manicaro, Jacob Strickland, Liam Dyson, coach Jareth Hume and team manager Warren Williams. There will be teams in each age group from the Bairnsdale Cricket Association, Sale Maffra Cricket Association, Traralgon Cricket Association, Central Gippsland, Warragul Cricket Association and the Leongatha and District Cricket Association. Matches will be played over the five days at various grounds throughout South Gippsland. The Under 15 teams will play their matches on the turf wickets at Korumburra, Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Leongatha. The one day games are of 50 overs innings for the U/15s. The U/14s, who play 40 over innings, do so on synthetic wickets throughout South Gippsland. The 15 member LD Cricket Association clubs are

supporting the week by each providing lunches etc for two of the 30 matches that will be played. As well, many of the LD Cricket Association Umpires will make a huge contribution by umpiring the games. We are also very fortunate to have support from Evans Petroleum and IGA Supermarkets to assist with the costs of conducting the championships. The championships will be a showcase of the talent throughout Gippsland and provide a great chance for players to display their skills and for family and supporters to enjoy their skills. The five visiting cricket associations will be staying at various local spots during the week. At the end of the week on Friday, there will be formal presentations at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve at around 4.30pm. These will involve the presentation of premiership medallions to the U/15 and U/14 top teams.

Individual awards will also be handed out in each grade to the batsman and bowler who have the highest aggregates of runs and wickets for the week. The Under 15 and Under 14 All Gippsland Teams will also be announced. Each day the games will begin at 10am. So, if you want to see some great cricket action; get along to any of these games.

January 5: Leongatha & District v Sale/Maffra, Inverloch Turf (umpires Graham Laird, Neil Grabham). Round 5: Friday, January 6: Leongatha & District v Traralgon & District, Scorpion Park (umpire Les White). Under 14 Round 1: Monday, January 2: Leongatha & District v Bairnsdale, Scorpion Park 2 (umpires Neil Grabham, Town). Round 2: Tuesday, January: Warragul & District v Leongatha & District, Inverloch Rec (umpires Ian Richards, Michael Heenan). Round 3: Wednesday, January 4: Central Gippsland v Leongatha & District, East Campus. Round 4: Thursday, January 5: Leongatha & District v Sale-Maffra, East Campus (umpires Les White, Jake Guinan). Round 5: Friday, January 6: Leongatha & District v Traralgon & District, Scorpion Park 2 (umpires Ian Richards, Jack Hale).

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THE final mixed event was played on Sunday, December 19, with 17 pairs playing a happy game of Canadian Foursomes.

The Championships are for Under 15 and Under 14 teams from the Gippsland Cricket Associations. The Leongatha and District U/15 team is cricket association captain Joel Brann, Levi Cocksedge, Jy Hull, Joshua Ryan, Rohan Slade, Emmett Dempsey, Kearny Hull, Mitch McKay, Aaron Bardwell, William Walker, Joshua Schultz, Ben McRae, Blake Christopher, coach Steve Brann and team manager Matt Hull. The U/14s team is cricket association captain Josh Williams, cricket association captain Keith Robinson, Darcy Hume, Callum Buckland,

LEONGATHA’S DRAW Under 15 Round 1: Monday, January 2: Leongatha & District v Bairnsdale at Scorpion Park (umpires Noel Graydon, Town). Round 2: Tuesday, January 3: Warragul & District v Leongatha & District, Inverloch Turf (umpires Graham Laird, Joel Piasente). Round 3: Wednesday, January 4: Central Gippsland v Leongatha & District, Leongatha Turf (umpires Gary Adams, Jake Guinan). Round 4: Thursday,

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There were some great scores in and Maree Anderson and Steve Kane had a day out. They scorched the field with 81 (16) 65 net to take out A Grade. The runners-up was the Hanley’s Peter and Pam,

who also combined well to return 82(14) 68 net. There was not much to decide the B Grade event but Rod Walker and Leonie Bentick 90(18) 72 squeezed in the win from Ken and Josie Cuman 96(23) 73 net. Ladies Pro Pin was Leonie Bentick, and men’s Pro Pin was John Richardson. Men’s NTP was Jim Jordan. BDL went to Norm Burne and Sev Piasente 70, B. Van Agtmaal and Anne Walker 71, Ross Yann and

Betty Bowmar 74, Joe and Delores Harvey 74, and Jim and Wendy Jordan 74. Ladies Summer Golf week one: Wednesday, December 21, saw 14 girls head out for a Stableford round and the scores reflected the great condition of the course. Anne Tschiderer (17) 39 points was the winner on countback from Betty Bowmar (28) 39. BDL were given to Pam Hanley 36, Jan Beaumont 36, Maree Anderson 36 and Dot Garry 35.

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Ready to learn to save a life WARATAH Beach Surf Life Saving Club’s new Community CPR Program is ready to roll out to as many members of the community as possible in January. The club is offering two-hour workshops each Saturday in January and participants are only required to consider making a donation in order to attend. “Our vision is that everyone in the community learns CPR skills that may one day save a life”, said club president Rob O’Brien.

Rob shared statistics from Seattle, USA where 95 percent of the community know CPR and the survival rates for a cardiac arrest out of hospital are significantly higher than the rest of the world – Australian survival rates for out of hospital incidents are 10 percent compared to 65 percent in Seattle. “The Sandy Point and local community populations swell significantly over the summer holidays and this is chance for the club to share our skills and to make a difference with the help of the community groups,’ says Rob. “Our vision is that 95

percent of our community know how to do CPR.” This vision is echoed by South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Ray Argento who attended the launch of the program. In thanking the patrol members for their service Ray also added, “This is a valuable initiative and I certainly encourage all members of the community to join in.” “We can learn a lot from these young people who are great role models and who will be sharing their skills so we all know how to respond in an emergency.” The program has received strong endorsement

Valuable lessons: Bendigo Community Bank Branch team member, Kate Whittingham and her daughters Jewel and Tara have their hands full with the new Baby Anne manikins along with Community CPR Ambassador Natalie Ashdown.

from the Sandy Point community, Andrea Adams from SEJ Real Estate and the Toora and District Community Bank who have all contributed donations to enable the purchase of equipment and educational materials for the program. “There is one thing to see a defibrillator machine out there in the community”, but it’s other thing to actually have the awareness to pull the machine off the wall and to use it with confidence in an emergency,” said Natalie Ashdown, Community CPR Ambassador. “At these workshops we want to build confidence in people to use the defibrillator machines, to know how to do a patient assessment and to administrator CPR if called upon to do so,”Ms Ashdown said. “The workshops are open to anyone over the age of 10 to participate but you can certainly bring along the whole family.” “When professional help in the district could be over 30 minutes away, we want to teach as many people the skills that may one day save a life.” For bookings go to this link: community-cpr.html

All hands on: Di and Phil Cornwall from the Sandy Point Community Group get some instruction on the manikin with Jamaica Wake. Right, Practice makes perfect: Alyssa Clark and Mitchell Clark get some assistance from Jamaica Wake on the correct CPR hand positions.

Woolamai expects huge crowds ORGANISERS are expecting a bumper crowd for Woolamai Picnic Races on the New Year public holiday this Monday, January 2. The race meeting will be beamed throughout the nation as all races will be televised live on both free to air and pay television. Broadcaster for pay television will cover the meeting on channel 529 which is also simulcast on free to air television through channel 78 and channel 68 in rural areas. Sky channel subscriber Channel 526is also expected to cover the meeting and also full TAB coverage across Victoria. The meeting is being promoted as part of Rac-

ing Victoria’s Kids Summer of Country Racing which aims to provide a fun filled and an exciting day out for both children and families. Kelly Sports will provide four hours of various activities to keep the children entertained. Pockets the Clown, a jumping castle and face painting will add to the fun. Some 250 show bags will be handed out to some lucky children at the race meeting courtesy of Kelly Sports. Bring a rug, take a picnic along or enjoy the facilities the club has on offer including two bars and two food kiosks. There is plenty of shade, making it an ideal way to enjoy racing in the New Year. A giant screen on course will make for easy viewing during the races.

Ironman promotes safety WATER safety will be reinforced as Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club members take part in the inaugural Enduro Ironman event on the Tarwin River. Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club is committed to reducing drowning incidents both on the beach and in the river. Lifesaving Victoria statistics revealed almost a quarter of drowning incidents in Victoria occur in inland waterways, which led to the establishment of the Federal Government’s ‘Respect the Rivers’ program. Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club set up the Enduro Ironman event to promote water safety in rivers. To be held this Thursday, December 29, the event is an ongoing six hour relay and will set the record for the longest Enduro Ironman event ever conducted. It is a lifesaving Ironman, comprising a 288 metre swim, a 388 metre board paddle and a 502 metre surf ski paddle. There will be 36 legs to the relay with everyone from Nippers to veterans taking part. “With an increase in the number of drownings

across Australia in the last 12 months, this is an important message to get out and reinforce in the community,” Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club’s Paul Hoffman said. “The South Gippsland Shire Council has got behind the event as well and is providing us with a grant for $5000 to the club to run the event.” Mr Hoffman has spread water safety messages in the past, having participated in a swim from Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance – along with colleagues Mike Gregory and Steve Klugman – last year to highlight the importance of swimming between the flags. The community is encouraged to come along and watch the event take place. Food vendors will be available on the day and the proceeds from the event will go back into the surf lifesaving club. “Craig Watson (club president) and the club members have been fantastic in the lead up and are really looking forward to this event,” Mr Hoffman said. “It’s all about reinforcing water safety so it would be great to see as many people there as possible.

He came third: Tearaway Tommy is led around the mounting yard before race five at the Woolamai Racecourse at the club’s first meeting recently.

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Riding into the future THE Leongatha Cycling Club has a long and proud history and is now looking to develop a plan to future progress the club.

Development: President Mark Bensley with cyclists Kaleb Jans, Jack Allen, Thomas Fitzgerald, Bernadette Fitzgerald and Felicity Waddell at the Leongatha velodrome.

The club has a range of activities that it offers its members that includes road racing on local roads in the Shire through to summer track cycling events on the velodrome which is located at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. The club also supports the development of the Great Southern Rail Trail and many local events including the Gippsland Cycling Tour and the Bass Coast Cycling Challenge. The club currently does not have a strategic plan but recently received a community grant of $5000 from the South Gippsland Shire Council. They will engage a technical consultant to conduct an inspection to report on the condition of the velodrome as the first step to the strategic planning process and to foresee the opportunities for the club to explore and support. The total project cost will be $9875 and will take action in the near future.

Alberton league upbeat about future THE Alberton Football Netball League remains upbeat about the future despite a reduced seven team competition for 2017.

League president Barry Stride said the season draw would be released early in 2017 and was currently being checked to ensure all clubs needs have been catered for. Asked about the seven team competition Mr Stride indicated all clubs, initially a bit concerned how it would all run, have now all shown new determination to see it through. “We will be working hard in 2017 to try to gain one club to make it eight in 2018. But the seven clubs which remain have come right in behind the board and this is very pleasing” he said. “There are a few unsettled neighbouring clubs in other leagues which we will be talking to about their futures from 2018 and beyond.” Mr Stride said the new Alberton league competition now enables more initiatives to take place like Friday and Saturday night games, Sunday games and incorporating the junior competition into weekend games a couple of times in the season. Fish Creek Football Netball Club initially feared the Alberton Football Netball League could fold as it shrinks next season from 12 teams to seven.

Fish Creek vice president Greg Buckland said the club fears losing players to the stronger neighbouring leagues. “I’ve heard a lot of the other clubs are losing players. Going forward with seven teams isn’t going to be ideal. But we’re still playing football and netball and we love our sport and the participation is great,” he said. The dwindled league comes as a blow to Fish Creek, after enjoying a success 2016 season – including two football premierships – against tough competition. Fish Creek has always been a dominant football club in its course of 125 years, winning 34 premierships. “On the positive the remaining clubs have a long, successful history,” Mr Buckland said. “Fish Creek is a very small club but we’re out on our own and we have proud history and we hope the other clubs are attracting players because we want to keep our competition and we’re open for changes going forward.” The five departing Alberton league teams, Inverloch Kongwak, Korumburra Bena, Dalyston, Phillip Island and Kilcunda Bass, all from larger surrounding towns, have abandoned the league to move on Winners are grinners: Fish Creek football team’s big win as the 2016 Alberton Football to a newly formed bigger competition the West Netball League Senior premiers. Gippsland league, consisting of an ideal 10 teams.

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