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Taking the plunge: some 100 Inverloch Primary School students including Abby, Jak and Kai enjoyed their open water learning program with Inverloch Surf Life Savers Ollie Collett and Olivia and Sophia Hughes at the Inverloch Inlet on Friday. See story page 55.

BURRA BEWDY By Tony Giles and Brad Lester

THE push is on to extend the Great Southern Rail Trail from Leongatha to Korumburra. The launch and branding of the rail trail was recently held for the rail trail between Leongatha and Welshpool, and there is now momentum for the trail to be extended to Korumburra. New owner of The Bicycle Fitting Store in Korumburra, John Kennedy, an ex-world champion cyclist, believed the link should happen sooner rather than later. The prospective expansion is another boon for Korumburra, in addition to the looming opening of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre Win for Korumburra: from left, Quinn, Hamish, Louise and Angus in January 2017. The centre will provide kindergarten, childcare, and Wilson checked out the new Karmai Community Children’s Centre, due maternal and child health services from a modern complex. to open in January 2017. The Korumburra community could then turn its Continued on page 4. attention to extending the Great Southern Rail Trail to town. ► See Karmai Children’s Centre opening feature, pages 32-35.

Horse crushes Loch girl A LOCH girl is expected to make a full recovery after a freak horse accident on Sunday. The four year old was hit by a horse and a gate after the horse took fright and tried to jump the gate. The horse lifted the gate from a fence post – even removing bolts and hinges - before landing on the child, with the gate. The girl had been on the other side of the gate at the time. Paramedics were called and treated the girl at the property before transporting her to Loch Recreation Reserve where she was placed in an induced coma and airlifted by air ambulance to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She suffered a fractured skull and bruising, and is expected to remain in hospital for one to two weeks. Leading Senior Constable Steve Van Hamond of Korumburra Police said the girl was likely to return to health. “It could have turned out worse than it was and the girl is recovering well, with no lasting injuries,� he said. The family had been training the horse, a two year old Palomino pony, at a property belonging to her grandparents on Loch-Wonthaggi Road.


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Chopper crash at Dumbalk THE 42 year old pilot of a helicopter spraying weeds on a hilly Dumbalk dairy farm last Tuesday is lucky to be alive after he hit power lines and crashed into a steep paddock. According to Dumbalk CFA lieutenant Robert Fisher the accident happened at about 5pm and close neighbors Margaret and Rod Cantwell were first on the scene and were quick to alert the emergency services.

Dumbalk CFA captain Janet Auchterlonie acted as incident controller and was in charge at the scene that was also attended by some eight to 10 members of the Dumbalk CFA, Leongatha CFA, Mirboo North CFA road rescue, Leongatha and Mirboo North Police and ambulance personnel. Mr Fisher said the emergency services did a great job and added, “the pilot was just so lucky to walk away”. “The pilot actually managed to get himself out of the helicopter and was transported to the Latrobe Regional Hospital by ambulance,” he said. “He is very lucky to be alive and it could have been a lot worse if the helicopter had rolled further down as the paddock became more steep further down and the situation could have been tragic.”

Pilot alive: a helicopter pilot is lucky to be alive after his crash at Dumbalk last Tuesday, November 29. He was treated at the scene by ambulance officers after walking away from the crash and transported to the Latrobe Regional Hospital.

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South Gippsland school affected. As Inverloch hadn’t received this sort of call before it was an opportunity to perform the drill the students and staff have learnt so well. Principal Wendy Caple said as it occurred at lunchtime most of the students were already outside and in a matter of a few minutes everyone had been evacuated onto the oval. Police attended and the “all clear” was given fairly promptly once it was known the nature of the call.

Chopper crash: the smashed helicopter lies in the paddock after the accident last Tuesday at Dumbalk where the pilot hit power lines and crashed into a paddock.

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Local legend attracts hundreds It was bought by Tim’s family in 1967. Tim was five years old at the time and has lived in the house ever since. The local legend lives on His family has worked hard to and mention of the Lady of the maintain the integrity of the house Swamp continues to pique interand the property is a working catest. tle farm. The house was built in 1905 Tim said there was no shortage and purchased by the Clement of interest in the house. sisters in 1907. “Seven and half years ago we They were wealthy, unmaropened the house for the public ried women. Their wealth came and the response was incredible. from their father, who earned We had about 3500 people come the money in the Walhalla gold down,” he said. mines. “This is the first time we’ve It was their brother who was opened the house in three years asked to maintain the land, but and we have people purchase tickhe was called to serve in World ets, which worked really well. It War One. provides a pleasant experience for He returned shell shocked the people who come through. and was unable to manage the “There is still so much interest property. and we are happy to cater to the By 1920, the party was over curiosity. Proceeds go towards and the sisters were losing monthe ongoing maintenance of the ey fast. house.” The house went into decline As well as kindly opening up and the land reverted back to the their house, the McRae family oforiginal swamp. fered guests coffee, cakes, slices By 1940, the ladies were History: Tim and Janet McRae welcomed the public into their home, Tullaree, over the weekend to share the local leg- and a barbecue. ageing and living in squalor. The end of the Lady of the Swamp. Visitors were also given the older sister Jeannie passed away opportunity to stop in and visit known as the Lady of the Swamp. and the case remains unsolved. in the house. Jane Scott at Avonleigh Farm at Tarwin for DeThe real mystery came in 1952. Margaret Today, the home is owned by Tim and Janet vonshire tea before making their way to see the Her sister Margaret lived on and became disappeared under mysterious circumstances McRae. house.

SOME 700 people toured the famous Buffalo house Tullaree on the weekend.

Bike it to ’Burra Contunued from page 1. Mr Kennedy said, “Now the tourist rail is no more and the rail line itself is almost beyond repair, we should be getting on with it and pulling up the line.” Speaking at the opening of his bike store last Tuesday, November 29, Mr Kennedy said the trail should initially stretch from Leongatha to Korumburra and then eventually to Nyora. “Has anyone got a backhoe; we can start straight away!” Mr Kennedy said. “We have a couple of councillors here tonight listening to this so let’s get a move on with it.” South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin welcomed the prospect from a personal perspective. “If we can get the railway line from here to Nyora, what a coup, and then maybe we could get it connected to Yarram,” he said.

“If we could link a bike path throughout our municipality from one end to the other, how good would that be?” Mr Tamlin said the new council was yet to formulate an opinion on whether to advocate for an extension of the rail trail and said council was still negotiating with VicTrack about access to the railway easement. Great Southern Rail Trail committee chairman Neville Pulham said while extending the trail would further buoy the region’s tourism, he believed any extension would need to come from the Korumburra community. “Our committee would be looking for another committee to start that,” he said. “We are getting to the stage where we have a few dinosaurs amongst us. We have got maintenance grants organised and in the next six to 12 months we will be looking to see if we can get an arm of the shire to look after it (the trail).”

Mr Pulham said while the committee always had reservations about taking on new projects such as trail extensions, he added, “If there is enough enthusiasm from that community (Korumburra), then I would say go for it. “They would need to canvas it pretty well. The biggest thing is to get grants from the State and Federal governments, and you need to get some support from the council as well.” Mr Pulham believed the best option would be to extend the rail trail along the existing line, rather than building a new trail next to the existing railway line. “Once you have done the basic work of taking the ballast off and putting in decent soft ground, the basic work has been done,” he said. “We’re just resheeting the section from Leongatha to Koonwarra for the first time in 18 years, so it’s weathered pretty well.”

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Coby wins top theatre award YOUNG Coby Fowles of Korumburra has received the Gippsland Associated Theatre’s (GAT) Most Outstanding Youth Performance (Under 13). The award for his role as Michael Banks in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s fabulous Mary Poppins musical this year, was presented at the annual awards night in Warragul on Saturday. Hundreds attended the GAT awards night at the racecourse from theatre companies across Gippsland. Leongatha Lyric Theatre and Wonthaggi Theatrical Group picked up some of the prestigious awards including Will Hanley, The Most Outstanding Lead Actor Musical – Male for his stunning performance as Seymour in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s Little Shop of Horrors; Colin Mitchell for set design and costume design for his amazing work on Wonthaggi’s Evita musical this year. Also Jo Howell, most outstanding program

design for Mary Poppins; Wonthaggi’s Audrey 11, Little Shop Of Horrors, most outstanding technical achievement; Trevor Wyhoon, Evita, most outstanding lighting; Cluanie Swanwick, most outstanding youth performance 13 and over and under 18 for her role as Anne Frank in Wonthaggi’s The Diary of Anne Frank; Judy Barnard, most outstanding cameo performance for her role as The Bird Woman in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s Mary Poppins. The Trio, Little Shop of Horrors, best small ensemble; The Ensemble, Evita, best large ensemble; best support male in a drama/comedy Bruce Grainger for his role as Oberon/Snug in Lyric’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, best support female in a drama/comedy; Christine Skicko who played Titania in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Bron Kalos, Evita, most outstanding choreographer; and Josh Gardiner, The Diary of Anne Frank, best director drama/comedy.

Winning smile: Korumburra’s Coby Fowles was awarded the Gippsland Associated Theatre’s Most Outstanding Youth Performance (Under 13) for his role as Michael Banks in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s brilliant Mary Poppins musical this year. He was congratulated by Jessica Geyer who played Jane Banks in Mary Poppins and was nominated for a GAT youth award.

Top award: Cape Paterson’s Will Hanley was thrilled to be awarded The Most Outstanding Lead Actor Musical – Male for his stunning performance as Seymour in Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s Little Shop of Horrors this year. He is pictured with Janie Gordon who Winning double: Colin Mitchell picked up was nominated for her cameo role as Peron’s Mistress in Wonthaggi’s Evita. two awards for set design and costume design for his stunning work on Wonthaggi’s Evita musical this year.

Outstanding Cameo Performance: the award presented to Judy Barnard, The Bird Woman in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s Mary Poppins.

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Bikes made with you in mind A NEW business has arrived in Korumburra which will help more people get out and about and enjoy the countryside on their bike. The new business The Bicycle Fitting Store will see owner John Kennedy customise a bike suited to you and not one of hundreds you pick from a store. A past World Masters sprint and Kieran champion with many other elite titles to his name, Kennedy has escaped the Melbourne “rat race” and set up shop here after successfully running a similar business on Beach Road, Black Rock for many years. And Kennedy’s theory is you don’t have to be a lycra clad weekend warrior to get out on a bike. This business has been set up for young and old

and for those of any ability. It was opened with great fanfare last Tuesday night with more than 80 Korumburra business people and a number of South Gippsland Shire councillors attending. Sited in the former Korumburra Holden building, the ribbon was officially cut by well known citizen John Kurrle whose father built the garage back in 1951. Kennedy was the first person to fit people to bikes commercially and welcomes anyone to call in, with or without bike, to discuss booking in a bike set-up. He can also look at your bike and make any adjustments. Alternatively Kennedy can build you a bike from scratch. Call in to 42 Commercial Street, Korumburra or phone 0433 238 174.

Gala opening: helping to celebrate the opening of The Bicycle Fitting Store are, from left, Cr Lorraine Brunt, owner John Kennedy and Meredith Freeman.

Officially open: Cr Lorraine Brunt and Cr Andrew McEwen help John Kurrle, middle, cut the ribbon to open Korumburra’s newest business, The Bicycle Fitting Store.

Bass Coast Council briefs Allowances set BASS Coast Shire Council voted to set its allowances at the November ordinary meeting. Councillor allowances will be $24,127 per annum plus superannuation, while the mayor will receive $74,655 per year, plus superannuation. Cr Clare Le Serve said this is not an increase on the previous council. “As a councillor, you put your hand up to work for the community. It is an allowance in a way, as you are not paid by the hour,” she said.

Ellis on library board CR Geoff Ellis has been appointed to the West Gippsland Library Corporation board as the Bass Coast Shire representative and mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield is the deputy representative

Border moved A BOUNDARY realignment between Ryanston and Glen Alvie has been approved unanimously by the Bass Coast Shire Council. Cr Les Larke said the realignment had been a longstanding issue and he was comfortable to support the request. Cr Clare Le Serve said it has been quite a pro-

cess, which goes back nearly 10 years. “It is not just important for mail delivery, but also for emergency services. It is important they know where they are going,” she said.

Land acquired BASS Coast Shire Council will acquire land in Pioneer Bay, in order to implement the Pioneer Bay drainage strategy. Cr Clare Le Serve said council staff worked tirelessly to get Melbourne Water to partner with the council to implement the drainage strategy. Cr Le Serve put forward an amendment to the original motion to include a community information session on the strategy. “It is important we have the community information sessions. We don’t want it to get confused with a special charges scheme which may or may not happen,” she said. Cr Le Serve said the strategy should alleviate flooding and erosion at Pioneer Bay and would be a great asset for the community. Cr Bruce Kent agreed and said, “I believe this will be a great outcome for the Pioneer Bay community in the future.”

Roadworks to affect Leongatha South TRAFFIC on the Bass Highway at the Whitelaws Track intersection in Leongatha South will be limited to one lane from early this month as the intersection is upgraded. The $400,000 project is funded and managed by Holcim (Australia) Pty Ltd as part of an approved planning permit for an extension of the quarry. The works will also include an upgrade and temporary road closure to Whitelaws Track between Bass Highway and Quarry Road from mid January to April 2017. Both projects are expected to cause minor disruptions to traffic for 12 weeks. The works will improve load capacity, road user safety and intersection turning. A temporary detour for Whitelaws Track traffic will be set up along Nortons Road for the duration of

works. Local property access for Whitelaws Track residents will be provided between Nortons Road and Quarry Road during the construction works. South Gippsland Shire Council’s manager engineering and assets, John Moylan, said the closure of Whitelaws Track was necessary to complete the works. He encouraged motorists to seek alternate routes during this time. The advice to Whitelaws Track property owners to the south of the works is to use alternate access via Koonwarra if travelling to Leongatha. “The upgrade to the Bass Highway intersection will improve safety for all turning traffic, particularly trucks entering and leaving the quarry,” Mr Moylan said. “The current road to the quarry doesn’t have the long term load capacity to handle the size and number of trucks expected to use the road once the quarry reaches full capacity.”

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Santa photos begin: professional photographer Shelley Price of SJP Studios has made a good start to photos with Santa this year in Leongatha. People can bring in their children at any time from now until December 24, no appointment necessary. (See page 21 for opening details). The new location at 46 McCartin Street (near Target) and new Christmas backing has been very well received. Shelley Price, left, is pictured with Father Christmas and elf Jenna Palmer.

Boy hit by 4WD A TEENGER was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne on Friday after he was hit by a four wheel drive at Cowes. Police said the 16 year old was walking along The Esplanade near Findlay Street at 3.45am with friends. A four wheel drive travelling in the opposite direction passed the group and turned around. Police said the vehicle swerved around another vehicle and collided with the victim, who hit the bonnet and fell unconscious before the four wheel drive left the scene. A witness gave a description of the four wheel drive to police. A Wonthaggi police unit en route to the collision scene sighted the vehicle and intercepted it, arresting a 17 year old boy from Cowes. The 17 year old will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving offences. The victim was treated by paramedics for head injuries and his condition improved before he was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

Man burnt A BASS man was taken to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne after suffering burns to his lower limbs and left hand on Saturday. Emergency services were called after an explosion at the Pilots Lane property at 10am set a farm shed on fire. Police said the explosion occurred after a portable battery ignited when the farmer was re-fuelling his tractor. The 65 year old was transported to The Alfred via road ambulance in a serious condition. Police from Cowes and Wonthaggi attended, along with Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit detectives. No suspicious circumstances were involved.

Tourists crash A CAR load of French tourists collided with a vehicle containing a father and his two children in Leongatha on Sunday. Leongatha Police said a vehicle driven by a 24 year old French woman with three French visitors on board, aged 18 to 24, failed to give way at the new traffic lights in Leongatha at 3.50pm. The woman was exiting Long Street and entering Bair Street when she crashed into the oncoming car, driven by a man from Drouin. His five year old son was treated by paramedics at the scene but did not require hospitalisation. His three year old sister was also in the car. Traffic was disrupted and both vehicles were towed from the scene. The French woman was fined $272 for failing to give way.

Beer stolen A DRUNK man was robbed of four Corona beers in Pioneer Bay on Saturday. Police said the heavily intoxicated victim was walking home from a house in Sonia Crescent to Daisy Avenue through Daisy Avenue Reserve at 1.45am when he was confronted by three youths. One was armed with a knife and they demanded his beers and property. The victim was searched by offenders and they stole his beer. Police said the victim apparently punched one offender and the other two helped him away from the scene towards Sonia Crescent. The victim returned home to his wife where he called police. Detectives from the Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating.

Schoolie assaulted A TEENAGE boy was kicked and punched in Cowes on Tuesday, November 29. The boy had been celebrating Schoolies Week and was walking with friends in Osborne Avenue at 1am. He told his friends he wanted to walk by himself so his friends walked ahead. The victim was approached by three offenders, all wearing hoodies and baseball caps, whom started talking to him. He became concerned and walked away before being tackled to the ground and assaulted. The attackers demanded his wallet, which he handed over and the offenders left. He received a cut to head as a result of the assault. The victim from Sassafras walked to a friend’s Schoolies house and reported the attack.

Fair go plea Council urged to help retailers fill empty shops By Brad Lester THE new South Gippsland Shire Council has been urged to reduce red tape in a bid to fill empty shops in Leongatha and other major centres in South Gippsland. The Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the new council to simplify planning regulations and promote pop-up shops in a bid to boost the region’s retail sector. Chamber president Brenton Williams said council must simplify the process for new retailers wishing to obtain permits to open new businesses. “I know of a couple of people who have tried to get liquor licences for their shops and they have nearly gone bankrupt in the process,” he said. Mr Williams suggested council encourage pop-up shops to occupy vacant premises and also prompted council to consider using large vacant premises in Bair Street, Leongatha for office space, given council officers often say the existing council offices are too small. Mr Williams said the chamber had approached major retailers, including fashion outlet Cotton On, to gauge their interest in opening in Leongatha but the chamber’s enquiries were often ignored. He hoped once council redeveloped the streetscape in Bair Street, that project would entice new businesses to Leongatha. Mayor Cr Ray Argento said he was aware of difficulties faced by local businesses and council could further promote towns. He said council may consider reviewing commercial rating levels and the ease of planning processes for new businesses, when the opportunity arose. “We will be looking at it as a whole picture,”

he said. Cr Argento said he was hoping to implement a novel way of consulting with the community and promoting local businesses. “I hope to implement a street walk where one a day a week the council will walk around a town and hear people’s concerns,” he said. Deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel suggested Leongatha and other towns struggling with empty shops could look to Mirboo North for a successful example of businesses working together to reduce costs. She said the Mirboo North Artspace brings together artists in the one location to share overhead expenses. “I could see that working in Leongatha. I can see this being the future of the towns, maybe artists and potters going about their business together,” she said. Danny McDonald, council’s manager of economic development, tourism and customer service, said earlier this year, council engaged consultants to work with business and community groups in the townships of Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster and Toora to develop a Main Street Reinvigoration Strategy. “The work is complete and will be presented to council in the coming months, before commencing work on implementation arrangements with the local business community,” he said. Mr McDonald said the Bair Street, railway projects and improvements to the Great Southern Rail Trail would help with economic growth, “although they don’t address empty shops directly”. “Leongatha seems to be really good at independent shops – most of which are small. Large format shops are harder to fill and these types have issues with rear access to the empty shops. Ultimately, this is an issue for the landlord,” he said.

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Happy birthday: from left, Bakers Delight staff Roland Jansen, Marnie Whiteside, Lyndall Party: from left, Leongatha’s Ashlee Spark, Nicholas Bongers, Brody Spark, Bella Sturtevant, Breadhead, Jake Stavroy and Matt Green celebrated the business’ 15 year mile- Spark, Katrina Spark and Elijah Smith helped Bakers Delight celebrate its 15th birthday stone on Saturday. on Saturday.

Bakers Delight turns 15 LEONGATHA’S Bakers Delight celebrated its 15th birthday on Saturday. The staff was in party mode and had plenty of exciting things happening to mark the occasion. There was a spinning prize wheel, and children had to opportunity to enjoy some delicious fairy bread, ice their own buns and take home a special balloon. Bakers Delight mascot Breadhead also made an appearance to help the bakery celebrate. Bakers Delight franchisee Lyndall Sturtevant said the bakery had enjoyed steady growth over the past 15 years. “Each year we started to get busier and busier. It’s been nice to have so much support from the lo-

cals,” she said. In a prime location in Leongatha, the business is often filled with customers who love the fresh bread made in store. Bakers Delight has been a long serving supporter of the community, offering sponsorship for local events, clubs and schools. “We have a Dough Raising program where we donate to local schools and provide bread for breakfasts and sausage sizzles,” Lyndall said. “We like to help out wherever we can.” On behalf of the staff at Bakers Delight, Lyndall thanked the community for its ongoing support and loyalty, and said they looked forward to continuing to provide the quality service.

Entertainers: from left, Mirboo North’s Judith Carnes, Liam Mitchell, Julie Trease and Garfield’s Adam Busico and Hailey Schreurs performed an ABBA cover with Spit the Dummy’s Merelyn and David Carter at Mirboo North Idol on Saturday.

Musicians star in Mirboo North “The pool is an important and beautiful asset to the town.” With around 10 contestants in each section, Pippa Mills won the primary section, followed by Aimee Greeted with fantastic weather, a great crowd turned Le-Page and Amy Whitlock. Just one separated each out to the outdoor pool to hear the performance. of these contestants. “We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” orThe winner of the secondary section was Janie Gorganiser Mary Baker said. don, followed by Tayla Clavarino and Nixon Hall. As well as musicians, pool activities, market Emma Volard and Jake Amy won the open secstalls and food vendors contributed to the exciting tion with Hailey Schreurs coming in second and Kaafternoon. tie Cantwell was third. Guest performers on the day were Merelyn and Emma and Jake received a recording package David Carter – also known as Spit the Dummy – who from Audio Productions. performed well known covers that had people up and Dokoda Jenkins received the encouragement dancing. award. This was the 12th Idol to be held in Mirboo North. This year, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, deputy mayor Maxine Kiel and Cr Don Hill officially opened the event. Cr Hill praised the pool committee for the success of the event over the years, which has gone a long way to ensuring the pool remained a community asset. “The pool committee and community have shown the pool is an important feature and they intend on keeping it,” he said. “The committee has kept this event running, which in time ensured the pool would not close. With the help of the community, we are working toward renewing the pool in 2019.” Crs Argento and Kiel said it was fantastic to be at Winner: Emma Volard took out the open section, which earned her a recording packthe event, which showcased fantastic local talent. “It’s great the committee can continue to put on age. She is pictured with Chris Gale of Audio an excellent event like this that brings the people to- Productions. She performed alongside Jake gether,” Cr Kiel said. Amy (not pictured).

TALENTED performers gathered in Mirboo North for the annual Mirboo North Idol on Saturday.

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Foster heralds school name change THERE’s a name change on the way with Foster Secondary College soon to be replacing South Gippsland Secondary College. The name Foster Secondary College has been approved by the Registrar of Geographic Names and will be published in the Victoria Government Gazette on December 8, officially changing the school’s name. The college, located in Foster, has been known as South Gippsland Secondary College for the previous 26 years. “Before that we went by Foster and District High School,” said long time business manager Colleen Smith. “It’s an important change for all of us,” said school principal Matt McPhee. “We are based in Foster and it makes sense to be known for the town in which the school is located. We love our local community which includes all our surrounding towns, but South Gippsland stretches from Mirboo North to Tarwin and Lang Lang to Yarram - far beyond our reach as a school,” he said. “For administrative purposes it makes sense and

Name change: school principal Matt McPhee prepares to change South Gippsland Secondary College to Foster Secondary College watched on by students.

Road workers out in force MOTORISTS will notice an increase in road works as improvement projects and maintenance are stepped up during summer. VicRoads Director Eastern Region Scott Lawrence said the works will improve the road network and make it safer for people travelling in Gippsland. Mr Lawrence said road rebuilding projects will be carried out during the warm and dry weather, including: - Bass Highway at Inverloch ($480,000) - Fish Creek-Foster Road, two sections ($630,000) - Waratah Road, Fish Creek, two sections ($685,000). Road rehabilitation works are larger scale projects that involve stabilising the existing road base and adding a new bitumen seal. “These works are done when the temperature is suitable for construction, however the time it takes to complete the works is dependent on the weather and may be delayed by rain, Mr Lawrence said.

“Typically, road rebuilding takes two to six weeks to complete.” The Eastern Region Alliance, a partnership between VicRoads and contractor Fulton Hogan, will deliver important road resurfacing projects and maintenance for the Gippsland region. The summer program includes important repairs to bridges and roadside maintenance including mowing and vegetation trimming to reduce fire risk and improve road safety. Mr Lawrence said the Leongatha Alternate Truck Route ($5.1 million) is now operational diverting 600 trucks a day away from the main street of Leongatha. Other VicRoads safety improvement projects include: - Inverloch-Venus Bay Road, Tarwin Lower - Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, Korumburra - Meeniyan-Mirboo North Road, Mirboo North - Boolarra South-Mirboo North Road, Boolarra “There may be speed reductions and some delays while the works are carried out and we thank motorists for their patience,” Mr Lawrence said. “The message is simple, slow down, drive carefully and let’s get everyone home safe.”

com omin ing to our will certainly make it easier for people coming school to find us and to associate our school with an area of Victoria. “We can’t wait to be known as Foster Secondary College, and to continue the terrific service our school provides the local community day in and day out” he concluded. Formally known as Foster and District High School, the name changed to South Gippsland Secondary College in 1990. The school did investigate changing its name back in 2002 but nothing came of the endeavour. Mr. McPhee, who became principal in 2014, led the school’s management team to change the name earlier this year and after much work and community consultation that change has now finally occurred. The school community is now considering new logo ideas and the school will begin transitioning its branding to the new school name immediately. Families can relax about uniforms though. “We did not want any financial impact from the new name so have reassured parents their students can wear out uniforms with the old name and logo” Mr. McPhee said.

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FROM GROUND UP: whenever the children at Tarwin Lower Primary School are hungry, they head to the school’s garden. Students recently planted seedlings they propagated to grow vegetables from which they will make meals in the school kitchen. The exercise is part of the school’s SEEDS program – Sustainable Edible Education Developing Students. “It just helps them widen their learning outside of the classroom,” acting principal Jenni Cox said. Students and staff also enjoy eggs they collect from chickens they raised with an incubator. Planting seedlings recently were students, from left, Ozzy, Georgie, Angel and Tyler. SHED FUNDS BUILD: members of the Inverloch Men’s Shed received a cheque for $5000 from the Lions Club of Inverloch recently. Members from both organisations were not deterred by the inclement weather as they gathered under the framework of the new shed under construction. Men’s shed president Julian Sellers thanked the Lions for their continued support and presentation of the cheque, which will be used towards the internal fit out of the shed. The shed is at lockup stage.


Sue Fleming, le left, and Catherine Pickett are new to the board of Gippsland Souther ern Health Service. They began th their term in July and have been to several meetings already. They replaced the retiring board members Lindsay Powney and Garry Austin.

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FOUR closely cropped heads and clean shaven faces were a source of entertainment at the Leongatha RSL last Thursday night. Leongatha men Jeff Berryman, Rod Bell, Frank Rooney and Adam Rockall raised $1529 for the Movember men’s health charity by losing their hair, on top and on their faces. Jeff’s daughter Andrea Berryman of Cranbourne urged her father to grow a moustache for Movember after hearing a representative of Lifeline speak about the issue of men’s health and the high rates of men’s suicide. That sparked thoughts of her dear friend who had taken his life 10 years earlier. Jeff and his friends Rod and Frank grew moustaches for the cause, each growing various styles ahead of the big shave at the Leongatha RSL. Hairdresser Breanna Savage of Bizz’s Scissors performed the honours. Frank paid to keep his mo but his donation was matched and he lost his mo, as well as his hair. Butch Hastings of Leongatha, who had not been without a beard for 46 years, stepped up and lost his beard for the cause. Adam Rockall, also of Leongatha, also supported by paying to have a haircut and shave. Andrea thanked the Leongatha RSL and Breanna Savage from Bizz’s Scissors, Korumburra. She is a mobile hairdresser and can be contacted on 0400 781 995.

DON’T miss the huge Leongatha Community Carnival this Saturday, December 10. As part of the $20 rides package you get six rides for just $20 and a free showbag. Businesses from the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry that donated to the free show bag are Murray Goulburn, IGA, Nextra Newsagency, Begin Bright, South Gippsland Splash, Evans petroleum, South Gippsland Shire, Leongatha Holden, Leongatha ANZ bank, The Gatha Foodstore and BJ’s Earthmoving. In the show bags are a selection of lollies, Christmas chocolate, Moo’s milk, chips, ruler, pen, work sheets, coloring in competition, eraser, children’s movie (DVD), summer puzzles, family swim pass and offers for swimming lessons. As part of Saturday’s action there will also be a cupcake decorating competition at The Gatha Foodstore, $1 children’s milkshakes at the Central Cafe and lucky dips at carnival for $1.50. More details of the carnival are on page 21 in today’s Star. INVERLOCH Primary School’s senior band combined with the community based South Gippsland Concert Band last night, Monday, December 5 for a combined carols concert at Rose Lodge Nursing Home, Wonthaggi. Eight budding musicians from grades 3 to 6 joined rehearsals with the 25 piece band in a first time event for these two groups. The students have worked extremely hard to learn the music for this occasion and have enjoyed

joining the larger group and the sounds it produces. The students have also been invited to join with the Carols at the Creek in Korumburra on December 23. DON’T miss the South Gippsland Singers annual Christmas concert this Sunday, December 11. It’s on at the Dakers Centre, Leongatha starting at 2pm. As well as singing traditional and modern Christmas songs, you’ll also discover why they’ve called this concert Christmas LOL! THE Korumburra Business Association has been doing everything it can to try and save its local NAB bank from closing on February 10, 2017. The KBA is currently in the process of getting letters written to the bank’s CEO, NAB regional managers and business managers, politicians Danny O’Brien (Gippsland South MLA), Russell Broadbent (McMillan MP) and South Gippsland Shire Council and councillors. The best way to get your message across is to contact the NAB and register a complaint on 1800152 015, select Option 3. KORUMBURRA Rotary Club members and partners will host a visit by district governor Lyn Westlan on Tuesday, December 13. On Saturday, December 17, Korumburra Rotarians will gather for their Christmas party.

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Foster school petition launched FOSTER and district residents are being encouraged to sign a petition calling on the State Government to build a new Foster Primary School. The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien has launched the petition with the school community in a bid to secure funding for a new primary school. “I’ve raised the need for a new primary school with the Education Minister in State Parliament and the next step now is to build the community campaign to let the Melbourne Labor Government know this is a priority for our region. “Foster Primary was built in 1965 and is showing plenty of signs of wear and tear, with leaking roofs and asbestos throughout the building. “To my mind it is certainly one of the highest priorities for replacements within the Gippsland South electorate now the Yarram Primary School

which was built about the same time is being replaced.” Mr O’Brien said the school was facing significant maintenance costs over the next few years and instead a new school should be built. “This petition will send a strong signal to the government Foster has to be funded and I’m encouraging as many people as possible to sign it over the summer months so I can present this petition to the State Government early next year.” The petitions are available to sign at the school and in some local businesses, or can be obtained from Mr O’Brien’s office by calling 5144 1987.

Pressure’s on: The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, pictured right, is launching a petition to build a new Foster Primary School with school council president, Matt Wallis.

Scholarship program to benefit Corner Inlet’s youth A LOCAL student will again benefit from a scholarship program, which will supplement their study costs in their first year of higher education. Toora & District Community Bank® Branch, Foster branch and Welshpool agency’s chairman Robert Liley said the Toora & District Community Bank® Branch Scholarship Program, which opens in December, was launched because the branch believed local students deserved a fair chance to achieve their dreams. “We know an investment in their education will help young people gain access to tertiary education and will yield great returns to the student, their families and the local community. “Ultimately, we want to be part of a system that transforms the lives of local students, so we’re committed to creating pathways to allow that opportunity. “Our young people are our future and we believe they need the best support possible to achieve their dreams.” Successful Toora & District Community Bank® Scholarship applicants will initially receive funding for one year and depending on academic performance, the scholarship may be renewed to assist in the second year of their study. Applications are invited from eligible students, starting their studies in 2017, from December 1, 2016. Applications close on January 27, 2017 and will be assessed in early February 2017. Last year, the Toora & District Community Bank® Scholarship supported local student Ade-

line Collins with her Bachelor of Education (secondary) and Bachelor of Science at Monash University. “The scholarship from our Community Bank provided me with the opportunity to start the first year of my degree without the added stress of wondering how I was going to afford living on campus. “To move from a beef farm just outside Fish Creek to the massive Monash Clayton campus was a huge step in my life, and the support from Toora & District Community Bank® Scholarship made this transition far easier, providing me with the funds for my books, accommodation and other university fees.” Miss Collins said. The Toora & District Community Bank® Scholarship is part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program, which partners with Community Bank® branches, Rural Bank, Community Sector Banking, La Trobe University, University of Melbourne and Haven Home Safe. The program has now supported 450 students, with $5.2 million in funding since its inception in 2007. For further information please contact either Toora & District Community Bank® Branch on 5686 2000, Foster Branch on 5682 2287 or visit

Last year: the Toora & District Community Bank® Scholarship supported local student Adeline Collins with her Bachelor of Education (secondary) and Bachelor of Science at Monash University.

Pottery on show nating distorted look due to the wood ash. The kiln is generally fired twice a year – in May and November – and is followed by a successful exhibition. Rob Barron has been busily unpacking his kiln For those who missed out this weekend, don’t since the last firing a couple of weeks ago, and the despair. Gooseneck Pottery will be open again this results are fantastic. weekend. From platters and baking dishes to jugs and bathCome along and check out the stunning pottery, room sink, the new range is simply breathtaking. and enjoy some wine and cheese. There is also a variety of sculptures that could be Gooseneck Pottery is also opened most weekends fitted to become magnificent water features. during the summer. In all, there are around 3000 new pieces to be showcased. “I’m really happy with the result. We have some new styles that are a little eccentric and it looks beautiful,” Mr Barron said. Mr Barron was particularly happy with a jug that sat at that front of the kiln and ended up with a fasci-

GOOSENECK Pottery opened its doors for the annual Christmas exhibition last weekend.

Admirers: Inverloch’s Joe and Tereza Szabo enjoy viewing the new items at Gooseneck Pottery, saying each and every one is a masterpiece.

Cheers: Rob Barron and Pie Bolton will welcome visitors to Gooseneck Pottery in Kardella for an exhibition next weekend. Visitors will be treated to wine and cheese.

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Drama at Waratah Hills PETER Philp, local author, was thrilled with the large crowd that attended the launch of his book Drama in Silent Rooms recently.

Festive banners: putting up Korumburra’s brand new banners last week were, from left, David Amor, member of Korumburra Business Association, Ian Wilson of Korumburra Lions Club, June Ramsay, president of Korumburra Lions Club and Peter Biggins, president of Rotary Club of Korumburra.

Korumburra’s bright new Christmas banners THE Korumburra Lions Club thought it was about time for new Christmas banners to be installed. The previous ones had served the town well but it was time for some new ones. So last Tuesday members of the business association (KBA), plus Rotary and Lions were out erecting the new banners on the highway entrance to the town from Melbourne. There’ll also be banners up near the CFA

building in Mine Road. Matt Gray from Gippy Signs was responsible for converting the designs into the artwork on the banners with stunning results. After Christmas new banners will go up representing some of Korumburra’s community groups including Karingal Ladies’ Auxiliary, the scouts, CWA, Lions, Rotary, the KBA and Coal Creek/Visitor Information Centre.


Country roads inquiry

AS The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, I know the state of our roads is one of the most pressing issues in our region.

Our roads are suffering due to Labor’s cuts to road funding. That’s why it’s positive that a new inquiry was established last week by State Parliament’s Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee. The Inquiry into VicRoads’

E D I T O R I A L Back rail trail extension THE push for the extension of the Great Southern Rail Trail has found new legs. Former world champion cyclist John Kennedy, who last week opened a bicycle store in Korumburra, suggested the rail trail be extended from Leongatha to Korumburra, and eventually to Nyora. The project has been discussed by the previous South Gippsland Shire Council but the new council, elected just recently, is yet to form an opinion on the matter. There are hurdles to overcome, including obtaining information from VicTrack about whether the State Government agency would consider allowing a rail trail to be built on the former railway line or whether it is being held on to in case rail services ever return to Leongatha. In the past, it’s been mentioned the easement is wide enough to accommodate both the existing railway and a rail trail, but that option would be far more expensive than building the trail on the existing railway line. At the official opening of the Black Spur section of the Great Southern Rail Trail earlier this year, then mayor Cr Bob Newton said, “A report commissioned by council in 2011 estimated economic benefits of the completion of the entire Great Southern Rail Trail will contribute $4.8 million a year to regional output, $2.6 million in regional economic flow on and sustain 31 indirect full time equivalent jobs.” Imagine the economic spin-offs of an even longer rail trail. While the new councillors have a lot to learn, formulating an opinion around whether to extend the rail trail should be added to their to-do list.

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The launch was held at the Waratah Hills Vineyard at Fish Creek and the audience became the stars of the ‘Theatre of the Mind’. Leading publisher Garry Eastman officially launched Drama in Silent Rooms, outlining his long friendship with the author, working with Peter as a member of the Corner Inlet Justice Group and recalled listening to Peter speaking publicly about assignments in Ethiopia during the worse famine in that nation’s history in 1984 and also first hand experiences of Peter’s in war torn El Salvador. “Even with these tragedies, Peter was able to find hope in his vivid story telling of these events,” Garry said. Neil Travers from Waratah Hills Vineyard interviewed Peter about some of the great radio dramas and the audience listened as episodes of Biggles, Martin’s Corner, Blue Hills and Nightbeat were replayed. Peter then invited the audience to imagine they were back in the 1950s on

Reminiscing: Peter Philp and wife Naim, back row, at the book launch with Judy and Neil Travers of Waratah Hills Winery. a Sunday night in the Macquarie Radio Theatre of Sydney watching the Caltex Theatre. He painted the picture of the crowded auditorium then described the stars coming on stage - Dinah Shearing and Ruth Cracknell in their glamourous flowing gowns; Leonard Teale, Bud Tingwell, Rod Taylor and Peter Finch in their tuxedoes and black ties. Then as the time signal rang out over 60 relay stations the mighty fanfares rolled in to open the Caltex Theatre.

Peter also described what he regards as one of Ruth Cracknell’s greatest theatre performances as Sister Betty Jeffrey in White Coolies, a radio drama so powerful that Ruth admitted that during the recording the cast cried. Peter said the program still brought tears to his eyes. Asked by Neil Travers why the dramas have disappeared, Peter replied that they were big budget performances “but like the train returning to Leongatha, the listening audience

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Management of Country Roads has been tasked with considering and reporting on: • the effectiveness of VicRoads in managing country roads; • the existing funding model and its lack of effectiveness for country Victoria; • the lack of consultation with regional communities and their subsequent lack of input into prioritising which roads are in dire need of repair; and • the option of dismantling VicRoads and creating a specific country roads organisation and separate metropolitan roads body. This topic is one of crucial importance to our region and I strongly urge the people of Gippsland to have their say and

contribute to this inquiry. You can access information about the Inquiry, including how to make a submission, through the Victorian Parliament website at http://www. article/3220 The committee will make its recommendations to the State Government by November 30, 2017. If you need any assistance accessing information about the Inquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact my office on 5144 1987. Danny O’Brien, Gippsland South MLA.

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would welcome them back but the managing authorities continue to refuse that request.” The night concluded with Peter and his wife Naim, also a broadcaster and writer, acting out with full production an episode of Dossier on Dumetrius which Peter argues was one of best dramas ever made in Australia. Copies of the Drama in Silent Rooms are available from the Fish Creek Post Office and the Leongatha Newsagency.

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the state for their first set of wheels, it is timely to remind them to put safety at the top of their shopping lists. Many first car buyers and their parents would be surprised to find dozens of used car models with potentially life-saving features like side curtain airbags and electronic stability control, are available for less than $3000. Gone are the days when the only cars first-time buyers could afford were old clunkers with little in the way of safety features. Victorians are 30 times more likely to crash in their first six months of solo driving, so it makes sense that young drivers do their research before buying a car. The Transport Accident Commission’s How Safe is

Your First Car website is a great place to start, allowing users to find four and five star ANCAP safety rated vehicles within their price range. While colours, sound systems and fuel economy may seem important to some, these features should all take a back seat to ensuring we all get home safe. Getting everyone in safer cars will help us in our Towards Zero vision for a future where no person dies or is seriously hurt on our roads. For more information on safe affordable cars head to www.howsafeisyourfirstcar. Samantha Buckis, road safety manager, Transport Accident Commission.

VOXPOP! VOX As would-be stars performed at Mirboo North Idol on Saturday, The Star asked, who’s your idol?

“Pink because she encourages people to sing and follow your dreams.” Mia Burke, Mirboo North.

“My uncle is my idol. He is an indigenous Australian singer and he is the reason I like to sing.” Christine Eaves, Mirboo North.

“I look up to my basketball coach (Stacey Briscoe) because she helps me out at school and helps me win grand finals,” Jewel Kendall-Jones, Mirboo North.

“My mum because she cares for me no matter what happens.” Holly Briscoe, Mirboo North.

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Memorable night: the Leongatha and District Netball Association are looking for interested young to people register for the 2017 Deb Ball. Pictured are the participants who enjoyed the event earlier this year; back, from left, Josh Boler, Brock Jones, Jack Ballagh, Jack Dunn, Matt Newton, Brandon Embury, Thomas Evans, Jake Rockall, Rory Harrington. Middle, Tom Brew, Chelsea Hofman, Kiera Brown, Ayla Deenen, Millie Hannon, Fasika Sommerville-Smith, Nikya Wright, Georgia Edwards, Will Collins. Front (seated), Milly James, Tanika McCaughan, Coral Johnston (trainer), Maxine Kiel, Nick Dudley, Anna Patterson, Vicki Neal (trainer), Christine Byrne, Ally Martin. Floor, flowergirls Tennessee Crimp and Remy Jans. Photo courtesy Foons Photographics.

Calling all debutantes THE Leongatha and District Netball Association is calling for debutantes to register now for next year’s event. The debutante balls are set to be held in March 2017 and are an excellent opportunity to learn dance skills and enjoy time with friends. Dance training will start at the end of January and run for nine weeks. Usually, there are two balls held with up to 12 couples in each set on the same weekend. Trainers Coral Johnston and Vicki Neal have been coaching debutantes for the past five years and work hard to ensure the dances interest everyone involved. “We do five dances in all. For some dances we use music the debutantes would be familiar with, and then we do dances that are more traditional that perhaps their families would know,” Coral said. Dance training takes place on Tuesday nights at Memorial Hall. The Leongatha and District Netball Association has been operating for 50 years, and the deb ball has been the association’s major fundraiser for many years. Clubs affiliated with the Leongatha and District Netball Association assist the committee with the preparation of the balls, and provide pageboys, flower girls and waitresses to make the night enjoyable for all. Debutantes don’t need to be part of the association to

participate in the deb ball. The ball is open to 16 to 17 year old girls from across the district – including Korumburra, Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Meeniyan, Stony Creek and Mirboo North. Male partners do not need to be the same age. Coral said the deb balls give young people more confidence. “From the first week, you see them blossom. It gives them the confidence to dance, and the boys embrace it just as much as the girls. They really surprise themselves.” The deb ball is an alcohol free event. “The ball gives young people the opportunity to have fun without alcohol and gives them the chance to enjoy an evening dancing with family and friends,” Coral said. “Dances aren’t held regularly anymore so young people don’t often get the opportunity to learn. There are three dances we teach that the debutantes can do anywhere to any sort of music.” Coral and Vicki are also teaching wedding dances and have found that some former debs and partners still remember dances they have learnt many years ago at deb practice. “I have been involved with the committee for approximately 30 years and it’s still something we always look forward to,” Coral said. Registrations close on Sunday, December 11 2016. For more information or to register, call Narelle on (03) 5668 6246.

A Star is born KALANI Lace Dunlop was born at Leongatha hospital on November 27. She is a daughter for Shane and Teagan Dunlop and is a sister for Makayla, 3. The Dunlops are from Wonthaggi.

Reserve revamps set for summer WORK on sealing roads around the Leongatha Recreation Reserve and Korumburra Showgrounds is set to start this summer. South Gippsland Shire Council will undertake underground drainage, kerb and channeling, and seal roads at the facilities. The Korumburra project is due to start late February or early March, while the Leongatha works could start earlier, depending on contractor availability. Design work is nearing completion for both projects, with the committees of management of both reserves to sign off on the projects before the first sod is turned. Council will allocate $800,000 to the Leongatha reserve and the reserve committee will contribute $150,000. Roads to the east and north of the main reserve will be sealed, as will the access road to the velodrome. The reserve’s heritage gates will be refurbished and a new car park constructed to service the new look skate park, war memorial, and car and table tennis clubs. The Korumburra Showgrounds project is valued at $600,000 and will entail drainage, kerb and channeling, and sealing of the road from the highway entrance to the showgrounds through to the Victoria Street entry.

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Celebrating excellence at Newhaven THE Newhaven College community gathered to celebrate the school year at the Year 5 – 11 Presentation Evening. A variety of awards were presented to students to recognise outstanding achievements in Academic Studies, Leadership, Music, Sport, Values, Public Speaking and Debating, Drama, and Design and Visual Arts. The strength and depth of Newhaven’s Performing Arts program was showcased with the Senior Contemporary Dance Troupe comprising Abi Boucher, Kate Maxwell, Phoebe Methven, Emma Ward, Pip Wayne and Taylah Williams giving a stand out performance. Their delicate and flawless piece, Heart Cry, the dance they choreographed themselves to win their section of the South Eastern Independent Schools Association Cultural Festival earlier this year, was a beautiful start to the evening. Many musical ensembles and bands have formed throughout the year and the audience were treated Senior awards: some of the major award winners at Newhaven College’s Presentation Eve- to an array of exceptional talent from White Picket ning were (L-R), Finnan Donohue – Luke Bolding Memorial Scholarship, Aaron Fraser – Fence, the Girls’ Vocal Group, Senior Folk Group, Year 10 Dux, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar, and Middle School Guitar Ensemble and the Boys’ Vocal Ensemble.

Ellie Pearce, also a recipient of the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar’s Award.

The Senior School Dux Awards for academic excellence went to Millie Thomas in Year 11 and Aaron Fraser in Year 10. An outstanding year for Aaron, he achieved his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and was also one of two Year 10 students awarded the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Award. Ellie Pearce was the other deserving recipient of this award that is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving young Victorian students. Byron Scothern from Year 11 and Martin Peters from Year 9 received Rising Musicians Awards. This $200 scholarship accompanying this prize is offered by the Phillip Island Jazz Festival to a Middle and Senior School student who demonstrate commitment, enthusiasm and passion towards their music studies. The RSL ANZAC prize was awarded to Kirby Fuller from Year 8 who will now fulfil the duty of playing The Last Post at ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day community services. Aidan Pouw in Year 7 achieved his Compass Award and will move on to commence the Duke of Edinburgh program. The Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award and $250 prize went to Year 10 student Harrison Smith. This award recognizes a student who demonstrates leadership and teamwork within both the school and broader community and displays strong values, respect and ‘mateship’. The Luke Bolding Memorial Scholarship is given to a student entering Year 12 in memory of 2014 alumni, Luke Bolding. The award and $2000 scholarship is given by Alex Scott and Staff for whom Luke was working in his dream job as a stock agent when he sadly passed away in 2015. Year 11 student Finnan Donohue was the worthy recipient of this prize. College Principal, Gea Lovell, praised all students who strived to be their personal best this year and thanked the College Board of Directors, families and the community for supporting the students and the school in what has been another year of high achievement for Newhaven College. Year 12 award winners were presented earlier in the year on their final day of school in October.

New NBN coverage Middle school awards: among the Middle School Award recipients at Newhaven College’s Presentation Evening were, back from left, BOOROOL, Bena and Walhalla will Sophie Henderson, Maddison Lethbridge, Bethany Scott, Caitlin Hunt, Mia Stratmann, Sophia Hughes, Holly van der Plight, Henry Bird, receive new mobile base stations to imAidan Pouw and Helena Leonardos, and front from left, Henry Peppard, Lucas White, Tamika Poustie and Sunny Lumsden. prove mobile coverage under Round 2


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of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent announced last week. “I’m so pleased to announce new coverage for these areas. Of course, Walhalla was announced as a place that would be guaranteed funding under the programme. Now two more areas have been added to the official list,” Mr Broadbent said. “Mobile coverage for these areas will ensure better communications and higher levels of safety for locals and tourists. “Round 2 of the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spots Program will deliver new or upgraded coverage to 6500 homes and business across 17,500 square kilometres via 266 new or upgraded towers. This includes 1900 kilometres of major transport routes.” Mr Broadbent said the previous Labor government had been remiss in its responsibility to rural constituents. “Labor did not help build a single mobile phone tower nor invest a single cent in mobile coverage in six years of Government. I’m proud to be delivering better mobile coverage to McMillan,” he said. Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash praised the program. “In total, Rounds 1 and 2 of the Coalition’s Program will deliver new coverage to 32,000 homes and businesses across 86,000 square kilometres including 7600 of major transport routes via 765 new mobile phone towers,” Minister Nash said. “I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and better mobile phone coverage is a big part of that.” Mr Broadbent said including co-contributions from carriers and state governments, Round 2 represents a total new investment of $213 million towards improved mobile coverage. The locations for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program were selected following an appeal to the public to nominate black spots. These locations were entered into the national map which was provided to mobile network providers to assist them to develop funding applications. These were assessed against the program guidelines by the Department of Communications and the Minister accepted the Department’s recommendations without change. “Funding for the new base stations in McMillan is due to the efforts of the community in identifying black spot locations and advocating for them to be fixed,” Mr Broadbent said. The locations of all of the 266 base stations can be found on the national map at More information about the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program can be found at

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Inverloch Men’s Shed gets festive WINES flowed and delicious wood fired pizzas were enjoyed by the large group of Inverloch Men’s Shed members and friends at Harman Wines at Wattlebank for their Christmas celebration where a special presentation was made to Jenni Deane, last Friday. Blokes get festive: some of the Inverloch Men’s Shed members attending the Christmas get together at Harman Wines last Friday were Owen Tyler, Inverloch Men’s Shed public relations officer, Frank Deane, Gerald Dixon, number one member Merv Riley, John Langford, Victorian Men’s Shed Association president Lindsay Oates, John Axford, Inverloch Men’s Shed secretary Trevor Key, John Dale, Geof Cole, Lex Van Saanr, John Mutsaers, and Inverloch Men’s Shed president Julian Sellers.

Mrs Deane was praised for the many hours she dedicated to compiling submissions for funding for the new shed. The group was started some four years ago by Merv Riley and now boasts 30 members and more are expected to join when the new shed, to be known as The Merv Riley Inverloch Men’s Shed, is expected to be completed in June next year.

Right, Surprise award: a special presentation of a bottle of wine was made to Jenni Deane for the many hours she dedicated to compiling submissions for funding for the new Inverloch Men’s Shed during the group’s Christmas lunch at Harman Wines on Friday.

FAMDA wins state award Delicious lunch: from left, Gerald and Pam Dixon, Marg Key, Ernie O’Connell and Trevor Key enjoyed the pizzas and fine wines during the Inverloch Men’s Shed Christmas lunch last Friday.

Performers vie for state awards

Awards will be presented this Saturday, December 10 at a special presentation night at the Frankston Arts Centre and some of the local nominations include: • Open: The Dancer’s Award (Tony McShanagh Award), Adrian Darakai, Bert, Mary Poppins, Leongatha Lyric Theatre; and Janie Gordon, Peron’s Mistress, Evita, Wonthaggi Theatrical

Group; • Settings (Grahame Murphy Award), Tad Hendry, Next To Normal, Off The Leash Theatre; and Colin Mitchell, Evita, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. • Design Award (Peter Blizzard-Allen Award): Dennis Leversha, Scenic Art, Evita, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group; • Wardrobe (Hazel Rodgers Award): Vicky Bristow, Evita, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group; and • Junior: Musical Direction of a Junior Production, Kirk Skinner, Into the Woods, Newhaven College.

Thirty two plays were judged in this year’s Victorian Drama League competition with an awards presentation in Melbourne which saw each of the four Gippsland companies entered earning nominations. In the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, three of the five nominees came from Gippsland. Genevieve Moore was nominated for her performance as Maree in FAMDA’s Austra-

lia Day and nominations for both Annette O’Shea and Julie Strini as the bridesmaids in Secret Bridesmaids Business staged by MoArtz, with Julie actually taking home the trophy. Vicki Bristow and Sandy Rippingale were among five nominees in the Best Costume Design in a Comedy or a Drama category for their excellent work on Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Todd Miller, from Warragul based Off The Leash Theatre, earned a nomination as Best Actor in a Comedy for his performance in the title role of Milo’s Wake. The coveted awards for Best Production went to Brighton Theatre Company for Bette and Joan in the Comedy section and The Basin Group’s Sleuth as the Best Drama.

Mayor’s message Cr Ray Argento

THIS week I would like to highlight the work of council’s statutory planning team. Much of their work is done behind the scenes. A lot happens from when you submit your planning application to when you receive your permit.


THE Music Theatre Guild of Victoria annual Bruce Awards for Excellence nominations for 2016 include members of both the Leongatha Lyric Theatre and Wonthaggi Theatrical Group.

FAMDA’s Australia Day earned a Judge’s trophy for the particularly apt music provided by the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band and a nomination for Tess Deyl for the Sound Design for the production at the Victorian Drama League Awards on Sunday night.

The team approves over a dozen planning permits, statements of compliance and certified plans every week. This involves site visits, advertising and meetings with applicants and referral agencies - all within a very strict statutory process governed principally by the Planning and Environment Act and the Subdivision Act. Within these state-wide planning laws, council has a local planning scheme that describes which types of activities or developments may occur in different areas of the municipality. Most applications rely on compulsory referral feedback from agencies such as South Gippsland Water, Country Fire Authority, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and VicRoads. This can also take considerable time and involve lengthy negotiations. The Planning Scheme itself is complex with 16 planning zones and 40 planning overlays contained within nearly 1000 A4 pages of documentation - all of which is generated by, and in the control of, the State Government. Of course most of these projects relate to the hopes and dreams of individual land owners and it is important to make sure all of the statutory requirements are met. As a result, council deals with 100 over the counter and telephone enquiries every week from those about to embark on their develop-

ment enquiring about how to start. I am honoured to be working with someone who knows a little bit about establishing his hopes and dreams in the business world, council’s youngest elected councillor for this term of council, Aaron Brown. Cr Aaron Brown “I am a fourth generation South Gippsland resident. I was born in Leongatha and although I spent some of my childhood overseas, I returned ‘home’ to the family farm at Wattle Bank in 2000. “I decided agriculture was what I was interested in and completed a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne. I have been involved with the Bass Coast Victorian Farmers Federation branch and more recently have been involved with the Southern Australian Meat Research Council as a committee member. “I currently operate a prime lamb and beef cattle enterprise at Wattle Bank which gives me direct insight into the issues faced by small businesses. “I enjoy mountain biking, bushwalking, playing squash and running. I also enjoy travelling, reading and cinema. “As the youngest councillor at South Gippsland I am inspired by those who, in some cases, have decades of continuous community service and involvement. The recently elected councillors bring a great mix of skills and life experiences to the council and I am excited to be part of this. “I am grateful and excited to be given the opportunity to serve as a councillor and will strive to do the best I can for the region, the ratepayers and residents who elected me.”

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Council don white ribbons BASS Coast Shire Council is proud to have been successfully accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace to coincide with White Ribbon Day on Friday, November 25. In the past 18 months, the organisation and its staff have had to demonstrate effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, human resources policy development, and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace. Responses to a survey by staff demonstrated they understand why men’s violence against women is a workplace issue, and how to help each other if affected by domestic violence. Council’s submission was assessed by two independent White Ribbon Workplace assessors. Bass Coast mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said council receiving three outstanding achievement ratings was the icing on the cake. “We are very proud to have received outstanding achievement ratings for our external communications, including the #chalkitup campaign council ran for White Ribbon Day in 2015, as well as for staff training, and managers and supervisors training,” Cr Rothfield said. “Accreditation is for three years and during this time we will continue our commitment to gender equality and supporting employees to be more respectful across all spheres.” White Ribbon Day is part of a global movement to end men’s violence against women and starts with changing the behaviours that support or excuse violence against women in Australia. Cr Rothfield said in Australia

one in three women has experienced physical or sexual assault in her lifetime; however incidents of family violence in Bass Coast are higher than the state average. “These women are our mothers, girlfriends, wives, daughters, colleagues and friends,” she said. “Council is one of the largest employers in the shire, and our female employees make up 58 per cent of the staff. We want to lead the conversation about domestic violence and continue to raise awareness in our community.”

Right, Safe space: Bass Coast Shire Council was officially accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace in time for White Ribbon Day on Friday, 25 November. Right, United: Bass Coast Shire Council CEO Paul Buckley PSM, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM Governor of Victoria, council’s social planning project officer Rebecca Scott, and Phillip Island Nature Parks CEO Matt Jackson stood against family violence on November 25.

Accredited: Bass Coast Shire Council’s Lisa Barham-Lomax, CEO Paul Buckley PSM, and Rebecca Scott with CEO of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies.

Penguin program waddles to schools

Kim Dunstan, education coordinator with Phillip Island Nature Parks said, “This recent announcement will allow our rangers to implement this program in classrooms in South Gippsland, Sale, Hastings, Altona and Williamstown. The Nature Parks has been fortunate to receive great support from ExxonMobil over many years, and this funding is another example of ExxonMobil’s ongoing commitment to environmental education.” The “Chirpy Chicks” program is for Prep – Year 2 students, and is linked to the Victorian curriculum.


FOLLOWING the success of the pilot “Chirpy Chicks” program in 2015/16, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ education rangers will be able to deliver this inclusive learning experience to an even greater number of students, thanks to funding from ExxonMobil Australia.

New program: Phillip Island Nature Parks’ education ranger Claire Jinnette helps deliver the Chirpy Chicks penguin program to schools through out South Gippsland and beyond. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about wildlife, living things, external features, habitat, adaptations, research techniques and threats. Students become research assistants by weighing, measuring and scanning penguin plush toys,

touching and feeling taxidermy penguins and dressing up in a penguin suit to discover penguin adaptations. Along the way they discover the many threats facing little penguins and feel empowered to take action to help protect our marine environment.

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Volunteer grants open “Community organisations can now apply for a share of $10 million in Australian Government grants to support their volunteers,” Mr Broadbent said. “Around six million Australians volunteer each year and they play a critical role in building stronger, more cohesive communities. “Volunteers help people to fully participate in community life and are the backbone of many aspects of Australian life, from surf lifesaving to Meals on Wheels, to helping new migrants learn English.” Mr Broadbent said the funding would “make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable”. “The grants, of between $1000 and $5000, will

enable community organisations to buy much needed equipment such as computers, train volunteers or improve fundraising efforts,” he said. “Grants can also be used to help with the cost of first aid training, background security checks or transporting volunteers with disability who cannot drive.” Funding priority will be given to organisations working in disadvantaged communities or those affected by natural disasters. Organisations in regional Australia and Indigenous organisations are encouraged to apply. The Volunteer Grants is part of the Commonwealth Government’s $28 million funding over 2016-17 for the Strengthening Communities programme that supports the capacity of communities to address local issues. Applications for Volunteer Grants close December 20, 2016. For further information go to Alternatively, contact the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.

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Carols to light up Leongatha TIS the season to be jolly and sing! Carols in the Drome is on again this Saturday, December 10 in Leongatha. This event will showcase the exceptional talent South Gippsland has to offer. Hosted by the talented Russell Hemming, the night will feature a long list of guest soloists includ-

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Special guest: known for her brilliant lead role in Mary Poppins for Leongatha Lyric Theatre, Kerryn Lockhart will sing at the carols. This is a free event so bring your picnic rug and singing voices and be ready for a great night of entertainment. The Carols committee would like to thank all of the performers who have generously given their time and talent towards this event and to the local businesses that have donated- it’s greatly appreciated and your support ensures another successful carols event can be held this year. All of you are what make the night so successful. Next year will be the carol’s 10th anniversary and the committee is looking at making the event bigger with the possibility of getting a high profile guest. If you are interested in performing or donating towards next year’s event please email for more information.


Host: Russell Hemming will again be master of ceremonies at the carols this Saturday night.

ing Kerryn Lockhart, Aaron Gale, Jackson Patterson, Ashley Geary, Marty and Hamish Box plus performances by The South Gippsland Shire Brass Band, Beggs 2 Differ, Combined schools choir, Mary MacKillop choir, Chairo choir, Combined churches choir, Leongatha Centre children and more. This year the carol’s committee is honoured to have the very talented Kerryn Lockhart take to the stage and sing a few carols; this will be Kerryn’s first time singing at the carols. Kerryn, of Inverloch, was recently nominated for the Most Outstanding Lead Actor-female for the title role in Mary Poppins, Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s highly successful show this year. “I loved the movie and Julie Andrews, and I love the style of the music. It’s a very relaxed, well written musical,” she said. Having only lived in South Gippsland since 2013, Kerryn has also wowed local audiences with her extraordinary talent after also performing with the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. She was a stand out as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar in 2014, and also played the cunning yet quirky character Fastrada in Pippin last year. With more than 20 years’ experience on the stage, Kerryn is a former Melbourne based performer with a stunning voice and incredible stage presence. Her first theatre experience was with the Latrobe Light Opera Society – now the Latrobe Theatre Company – in the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera Ruddigore, in which she featured in the chorus. Kerryn is very much looking forward to singing at Leongatha’s annual Carols in the Drome this Saturday night. The evening will start off with free activities at 5.30pm for the children; face painting, games, jumping castle etc. Carols start at approximately 7pm with fireworks topping off the night at around 9.30pm. Food, coffee, glow sticks/candles will be available to purchase on the night.

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Bair Street: Emma Smith was helping erect these signs and garlands along posts in Bair Street. The Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry has just erected its Christmas decorations for this year and was out recently putting the finishing touches to the giant Christmas tree at the courthouse, the signs and lights on the Bair Street poles and decorations entering the town. Below, Courthouse tree: Chamber members were out in force recently in Leongatha preparing Christmas decorations including this beauty outside the Leongatha Courthouse; from left, Glenn Wright, Shirleyanne Wright, Emma Smith and Brenton Williams.

Light show: make Christmas festive this year and think about decorating your house or business.

Let’s light up this town START decorating your home or business with Christmas lights in Leongatha and you could be judged best in town and win prize money. The Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding a “Let’s Make Leongatha Sparkle” competition and is asking you to register your town or business for judging. You still have time to get your displays together as judging is expected to take place in the middle of

this month. First prize is a $200 voucher, second $100 and third, $50. The vouchers can be used in any Chamber store. Jump on the Facebook page of the Chamber and like the page and there you will find details about the competition and give your opinion on the best lights in town. Come on, have a go and let’s see Leongatha lit up for Christmas this year and look the most festive it can be.


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Carnival fever to hit Leongatha LEONGATHA is in Christmas mode and to celebrate the festive season there will be a special Leongatha Community Carnival in the town this Saturday, December 10 from 10am until 2pm in the Safeway car park. This year the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce has added some more attractions and it is sure to be bigger and better. A balloon artist and space ball are new this year while the popular stilt walker and reptile zoo is back again. There will be activities galore for the whole family with a bungee run, jumping castle, face painting, go karts, and the Lions sausage sizzle all in place. All rides have been subsidised by the organisers with $4 for either the face painting, balloon artist or any ride. A family special will see six rides for $20 and a free showbag containing a whole lot of other offers throughout retail shops in Leongatha. Animals of Oz will be on display at the grassy area behind the historical society with reptiles including crocodiles and snakes, plus lots of other native creatures with a show on the hour and patting in between. Emma Smith, who is helping organise the carnival, thanked the South Gippsland Shire Council for coming on board and helping out with the running of this community event. Look out for Father Christmas around the streets of Leongatha in the lead up to the big day. Professional photographer Shelley Price will again be offering photos with Santa at a new corner location; 46 McCartin Street, Leongatha. Shelley has commenced this service with a new backdrop for Christmas. The shop is now open for photos weekdays from 10am until 1pm and 2pm4pm and on Saturdays from 9am-12.30pm until Saturday, December 24. Photos are printed on the spot and are priced at $25 per package.

Face paint fun: from left, Billie Fleming enjoyed having her face painted by Jenni Swan at the Leongatha carnival last year. Right, Python friends: from left, Arli, Tyson and Bella Houston got up close to a diamond python at the Leongatha carnival last year. See the Animals of Oz again at the Leongatha carnival this Saturday. The message about Christmas shopping holds again this year; support the local businesses that support you. Ask yourself this question; will an online business sponsor your next community fundraiser-probably not.

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The travel team: Leongatha Travel and Cruise can help you with all your holiday and travel product requirements, from left, Renee McLennan, Jill Carmody, Sarah Clark and Vanessa Roberts. N

Sweet gifts: Geoff and Jodie Clarkson of Sweet Life Cafe have a great selection of Santa stocking treats available this year, with ready to go gift boxes popular or perhaps you would like to select from their range of scrumptious individual chocolates and create the perfect gift this Christmas for your loved one.

Rev in now: Peter McNiven, Morgan Gale and Sophie McAlpine of Autobarn Leongatha have everything you need in-store this Christmas. Together with the rest of the team they can help you find the perfect gift for your favourite rev-head! Great gifts are available for all the family, so get in and visit Santa’s workshop this Christmas at Autobarn Leongatha.

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Great variety gifts: Nicole Whiteside and Maddi Noorbergen of Leongatha Nextra Newsagency are pictured in front of the great range of gifts available this year. With a cute new range of soft toys available, home-wares from Davis and Waddell, new book releases, CD’s, Big selection: Bronwen Russell from Gendore, Leongatha is pictured with a huge range of Koko eyewear, subscriptions and so much more to choose from, why shop anywhere else? New Holland Agriculture toys, perfect for Christmas. Create magic for your little helper with the brand new Irish Fairy Door Company and give the perfect gift this year.

Celebrate your way: Melinda Meade, manager at Voyage Leongatha is on hand to help you achieve your best Christmas yet! Mel is pictured in front of the entry to the new group exercise room. With so much more room to move Mel invites you to come along and have some fun this year. Voyage Leongatha and Wonthaggi have a great special running right now, so A.W. Smith and Sons Giftware: after a very successful shopping event recently Michelle Dwyer and Sarah Riley are ready to help out again in the lead up to Christmas. give yourself a gift or spread the joy with their 10 pass visit now only $30.

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Meeniyan’s festive Christmas SUNDAY trading and a town full of enthusiastic traders makes Meeniyan the ideal place to shop locally this Christmas. Lacy Jewellery Studio and Gallery and The Duck

Cathy, Annika, Naz and Yvette wish all their valued clients a very happy & safe Christmas. We look forward to caring for your hair in 2017!

Hutt are full of gift ideas, perfect for all budgets. Get the look for the holiday season at Catherine’s Hair Techniques and fill the table with food and drink from Meeniyan IGA. Meeniyan Traders Association secretary Gabi Willcocks said the whole town is embracing the Christmas spirit, with decorations and lights going up everywhere. She said Meeniyan has plenty of things planned in December, starting with the community Christmas party at the recreation reserve on Friday, December 9, from 5.30pm “The last midweek market before Christmas will be held on Thursday, December 15 from 10am to 2pm,” she said. “Carols by glow light is being held at the Meeniyan Town Hall on Saturday, December 24, from 6.30pm.”

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Friendly staff: Tracie Tomada and the team at Meeniyan IGA plus Liquor can help you with your Christmas food and drink preparations.

Looking good: hair is all important when you want to look your best this Christmas. The hairdressers from Catherine’s Hair Techniques can help you out! Pictured from left, Naz Hunt, Annika Ross, Yvette Renden, and Cathy Waldron

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Peaceful living on two acres M

ISTY Ridge is an immaculately presented lifestyle property set on two very private acres with beautiful established gardens bursting with colour from the wide array of roses, rhododendrons, exotic and native trees. This north facing well built homestead consists of four good sized bedrooms plus a study with heaps of cupboard space. The master has a walk in robe with a full ensuite including a corner spa bath and separate shower. The remaining bedrooms all have built in robes. An open plan kitchen/dining and family room enjoys north facing views through a lovely bay window. The spacious kitchen has a large breakfast bar with electric cooking, dishwasher and huge walk in pantry. Heating is well looked after with a free standing solid fuel heater, a new split system and electric zoned floor heating.

There are two more living areas, one adjacent to the master bedroom would make a perfect parents retreat and the other is a great big rumpus room with heaps of space. The main bathroom has a separate shower and bath with a separate toilet nearby. Outside there is a well sheltered undercover outdoor area, perfect for barbecues and entertaining. Some of the many other features of this eye catching property include new floating floors, quality drapes throughout, high ceilings, wrap around verandahs, 9mx7m shed with three phase power, extra sized double carport and 1.5kw solar power. There are also chook and garden sheds, netted vegetable garden, orchard, circular driveway, gazebo, abundant birdlife and two paddocks with a dam, ideal for a horse or a few sheep. Situated in a great location midway between Leongatha and Mirboo North, this well cared for property certainly has a lot to offer the most fastidious of lifestyle buyers.

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HAT a surprise packet this property is, situated only a short flat walk to the central business district.

kitchen and dining area that looks over the impressive covered outdoor areas and gardens. Heating and cooling is covered with a solid fuel heater, zoned This 1930’s fully renovated family home while ducted heating and reverse cycle air conditioning. Externally the feeling of quality continues with having all the trappings of modern living still manages with its 12 foot ceiling to ooze character and much sort after side driveway access to the huge garage/workshop, ideal for caravans and trailers. charm. The gardens and lawns are also home to an extenThis large home consists of four bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas with a formal lounge and sive veggie gara north facing light filled spacious open plan family, den with raised beds and fruit trees. This much Welcome loved property home. has been meticuStockdale and Leggo lously maintained Wednesday 12noon - 3pm inside and out and Leongatha comes with many and Saturday 2pm - 4.30pm 5662 5800 extras and quality or by appointment 5952 2150 touches which all 113-115 Parr Street, Leongatha adds to making this a property well worth an inspection.



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HIS super sized home on a double block of 1278m2 is perfect for the growing family.

This home features four bedrooms, three with their own ensuite and a fourth bathroom is located on the lower level. A central kitchen is on the main level as well as a formal sunken lounge, family/dining area and a large elevated undercover outdoor entertaining area. Downstairs is a large rum-

pus room, bedroom and study, bathroom, loads of storage and a carport. The home is heated by a wood fire as well as two reverse cycle air conditioners. Outside you will find extensive paving, off street parking for your caravan or boat as well as a private landscaped garden. There certainly is a lot of home here for the price. Call today to arrange an inspection.

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Rotherwood - true country elegance


XPERIENCE the heritage style with all the conveniences of modern day living. Situated in the beautiful popular town of Meeniyan, the home is in walking distance to schools, shops, parks and the South Gippsland rail trail. An open plan kitchen, dining area adjoins two rooms; a formal lounge with an open fire place and reverse cycle air conditioner. The second room suits either a relaxed family area or a more formal dining room that opens out to a cosy outdoor area. The master bedroom comes complete with walk in robe, and ensuite. The second and third bedrooms have built in robes and are central to the family bathroom with a spa bath and separate laundry. Outside is a real delight. For the hands on buyer the large 40x20 fully lockable shed is perfect for caravans and boats, complete with workshop area.

For the gardener there is assorted garden sheds, propagation area alongside a beautiful fernery with spacious lawn area. Rotherwood is a beautifully kept home with room to move with its large backyard and shedding in the lovely town of Meeniyan. For more information and inspections please contact Peter Bellingham or Irene Walker at SEJ Leongatha.

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A family delight O

NLY minutes along safe walking routes to schools and as neat as a pin, this family home at the top of a no through location is ready to go.

There’s no need to spend anything with fairly new flooring to high traffic areas and new carpet in bedrooms. An open plan living room features views over paddocks and township The kitchen features electric cooking, pantry, dishwasher, breakfast bar and adjoining this are spacious lounge and dining areas. Direct access from this room leads to an expansive covered outdoor entertaining area, a terrific all weather play area. All bedrooms have built in robes. A spacious bathroom and laundry complete a practical internal layout. Outside, drive through side access is available through the

carport to the backyard. There is a single lock-up shed, garden shed and useful woodshed. Backyard views will never be built out. Gardens are currently low maintenance, with some landscaping already in place. The opportunity is there for extension if desired, with plenty of room in the backyard. This property is priced to

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Willow Bend - a peaceful retreat N

ESTLED in the picturesque hamlet of Mt Eccles, Willow Bend is just 10 kilometres of bitumen road from Leongatha. This stunning property has many features. At the end of the beautiful tree lined driveway, tucked away from the road you will find this fully refurbished three bedroom brick home is beautifully positioned to enjoy spectacular views of the hills and grazing land. It includes an “all new” kitchen with gas and electric cooking, a dishwasher and a generous walk in pantry. Open plan lounge, living and dining, with a separate relaxation nook which would make a perfect office or library space. There is a stylish family bathroom with spa bath, walk in shower and a practically designed large laundry which incorporates a second shower, WC and storage, and access from the garden. Heating and cooling are provided by two reverse cycle air conditioning heating and cooling systems for year round temperature comfort. All bedrooms have built in robes and a beautiful garden outlook. You will find three outdoor living spaces in-

cluding an extensive front deck, under cover patio and private and romantic garden deck each with individual garden or district views. The beautiful gardens include a mixture of mature European and native trees, fruit trees, and a new terraced garden. Adjoining the home is a two car carport with easy access to the house. This property also benefits from the installation of a 4kw solar system. Water is abundant having 1 x 17000 gal and 2 x 5,000 gal tanks, plus a dam with pump for the garden and stock. There is a separate large shed and stable area with power and water connected. All paddocks are well fenced. The stockyards and loading race are in excellent working order. School busses run past the property each day. Don’t miss the opportunity to secure your peace of Landmark Harcourts heaven in beautiful South Mirboo North Gippsland. 5668 1660 Inspection by appointment.


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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Surprising and inspiring

GECKO Studio Gallery at Fish Creek ondary College student, Melanie Caple. In a Darkened Room will feature rewill welcome a new exhibition on Decent works by Melanie and will be officialcember 11, by former Leongatha Sec- ly opened on Sunday, December 11 at 2pm.

Be amazed: artist Melanie Caple will have an exhibition of some of her recent works on display at Gecko Studio Gallery in Fish Creek from December 11 until January 14.

Working as an artist, curator and arts manager she has worked in multiple capacities within the arts industry for the past five years. In 2015 and 2016, Melanie staged solo exhibitions around Melbourne as well as a major solo exMelanie enjoys subtleties. Although her work may appear bold and at times hibition in 2015 at the Latrobe Regional Gallery as complex with their rendering and juxtaposition of the recipient of the annual Dick Bishop Memorial imagery, it is the glow of light cast and a flickering Award. Most recently she was a recipient of the people’s of shadow, the tenderness of new growth and the unchoice award in the Roi Art Prize. expected that surprises and inspires. Melanie divides her time between her studio At once hesitant with the world and yet also brazen, the artist makes sense of imbalance by focusing in Melbourne’s north and the rolling hills of South Gippsland. on the minute happenings of things. Focussing on these elements – native flora blooming under a night sky, the shades and textures of a new leaf and by playing with gold, an abandon is released through each individual work. This exhibition also, in trying to realise those contrasts, sees the artist bring together two strong elements of her practice. Where she has spent much time focussing on her ability to draw and render imagery with pencil, the act of lino cutting has proven to be another way of utilising her skills of image making and working in a more physical way. By cutting, carving and hand printing each element, once the plates are printed, watercolour is used to bring them to life. Replicating the gardens that surround her, proteas, leucadendrons and falling leaves come to life in an almost graphic way on the page. Come to life: Melanie Caple’s linocuts will Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art be a feature of her exhibition In a Darkened (painting) with distinction from RMIT University in Room, to be held at Fish Creek’s Gecko Stu- 2012, and completed her Masters of Arts Management at RMIT in 2014. dio Gallery from December 11.

Soak up the soul COOL green lawn rolls forever at the Summer of Soul on Saturday, January 7, 2017. One hundred year old trees throw a glorious canopy of dappled sunshade over your picnic rug. You can see the stage from here. You can hear every note. If you were expecting the usual summer music festival panic, welcome to another green world. The spectacular leafy amphitheatre of Mossvale Park, 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. As the energetic, charismatic, and quietly spoken frontman of Melbourne powerhouse The Cat Empire, Felix Riebl has carved a reputation as a phenomenally gifted song-smith and performer. Since his late teens, he’s spun the magic of his musical vision around the globe, firmly establishing himself as one of Australia’s most passionate, durable, and genuinely engaging musical ambassadors. In following his musical horizons, Riebl has sung, danced, hooted, hollered, shouted, sweated and danced from hundreds of stages, in scores of countries. The lithe, charismatic, and gentle Melbournian has always exuded the joie de vivre and boundless love of music one associates with a life lived long, full and well. Felix’s first solo outing, 2011’s more rock oriented album Into the Rain, garnered serious critical attention and featured a few Cat Empire friends, and some of the most exceptional musicians in the country. Returning with a second solo album Paper Doors in September 2016, Riebl is taking stock of the still, contemplative post tour moments his life now affords him, making the rare quiet spaces and simple, still places add

He’s back: Summer of Soul welcomes an old friend, guitar giant Vieux FarkaToure.

up to something rare and special. 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 are online through Oztix and local outlets. For festival info or to book a bus from surrounding towns go to: Ticket prices: pre-sold $70 concession, $80 adult. Under 14 free. At the gate on the day: $80/$90.

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State of the art centre delivered KARMAI Community Children’s Centre is just a month away from officially opening.

The project was streamlined under Wonthaggi builder and contractor TS Constructions. TS Constructions is known for it’s unique design

and modern structures. This reputation speaks for itself when you look upon the intricate design of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre.

The entirety of the project included five spacious learning spaces, consulting suites, offices and landscaping. With intricate attention to detail, the facility is state of the art and will provide a stimulating environment for Korumburra’s young minds. TS Constructions has worked on valuable town assets in the past, with all finished projects establishing sophistication with modern and elegant design choices. “The majority of the tradespeople involved in this project were local. It was a challenging site – it was sloping and there was

quite a bit of cut and fill – but we’ve achieved a great result and the centre has been finished on time,” TS Constructions director Mark Patterson said. “Our site foreman Tim Trail played a pivotal role in bringing the project together, and of course we worked closely with (South Gippsland Shire) council and the community to make sure we completed the project in time for the opening in 2017.” It took just over 12 months to complete the project, including the construction of a new entrance road opposite the Korum-

burra Primary School. The facility was on three titles and two road reserves and the building itself is 1400 square feet. Mr Patterson said it was great to be involved in the project and to work alongside the community groups involved. “We pride ourselves on providing quality projects for the local community, and this will definitely benefit the local children,” he said. The concept of the facility came about eight years ago, and it has taken a lot of lobbying by volunteers to get to this point. “It was great to see a

project of this scale be instigated by the local community. It will certainly generate a lot of interest in Korumburra,” Mr Patterson said. There is still a few minor jobs to finish it off, such as the installation of IT equipment, but the facility will be ready for its first intake of children in mid January. “We are very close to being completely finished and it’ll be fully operating by the opening,” Mr Patterson. “The Karmai board will have plenty of time to get ready before the centre starts functioning.”

Engineering team produce strong results STRZELECKI Engineering made an excellent contribution to the outcome of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre.

Appreciation: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s project coordinator Tony Peterson shakes hands with TS Constructions director Mark Patterson, who’s brought the Karmai Community Children’s Centre project to fruition.

The company has specialised in structural steel for the past 25 years and was brought onto the project to complete the metalwork. Strzelecki Engineering director Paul Vanderydt said the project ran well with full attention to detail. “It shows that using local contractors with quality materials can be productive,” he said. “Using local resources, transport and craneage puts money back into the community.” Mr Vanderydt said South Gippsland Shire Council worked well to include local businesses in the project, and hopes to see more of it in the future. “The centre is beautiful – it’s fantastic. It was a really good project. It was well organised and it fits well,” he said. “It is a positive asset for young families and it’s great to see Korumburra get some progress in infrastructure. Modern infrastructure attracts young families and I think we will see some positive things in 2017.” Mr Vanderydt said council’s project coordinator Tony Peterson had been impressed with the collaboration of local businesses. “The project was run very professionally by everyone

involved and it has produced a high quality result,” he said. Strzelecki Engineering is based out of Mirboo North and works for several local builders in South Gippsland.

Raising the future: a team of workers including Andrew Soplakow from Mirboo North’s Strzelecki Engineering, aided by a giant crane, positioned steel for the flooring of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre during the building progress.

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Karmai Centre to amaze families THE word ‘wow’ accurately describes the Karmai Community Children’s Centre. It has been eight long years since Korumburra called for an integrated children’s facility, and it will have that and more when the centre officially opens in mid January. The project has been described as ‘the jewel in the crown of Korumburra’ by the Karmai Community Children’s Centre board. Korumburra is rapidly beginning to flourish with the introduction of new businesses, the new town app, and the growing residency. The children’s centre is the centrepiece of an exciting future for Korumburra. “It is possible for projects of this quality to happen in Korumburra, and Korumburra is very deserving. The shire has been amazing in helping us bring it all together,” board member Pee-Wee Lewis said. Vice president of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre board Rebecca Marriott said the past 18 months of collaboration with the community, local builders and contractors, and South Gippsland Shire Council has been fantastic. “We were amazed by the smoothness of the process,” she said. “This was a community driven project for many

Play space: from left, Karmai Community Children’s Centre board vice president Rebecca Marriott, board member Louise Cruickshank, board member Louise Wilson with children Quinn, Hamish and Angus, board member Karen Hanegraaf, South Gippsland Shire Council’s project coordinator Tony Peterson, council’s community project officer Shelley Fixter, TS Constructions director Mark Patterson, Karmai Community Children’s Centre’s operation manager Sue Ritchie and board member Pee-Wee Lewis in the stunning outdoor area, which will soon be decked out with play equipment for the children.

Massive: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s community project officer Shelley Fixter, Karmai Community Children’s Centre’s operation manager Sue Ritchie and vice president of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre board Rebecca Marriott show off the one of the spacious day care rooms at the new Korumburra facility.

years so we knew what we wanted, but the shire was absolutely amazing. Tony (Peterson, council’s project coordinator) and Shelley (Fixter, council’s community project officer) did a phenomenal job. The team from TS Constructions was wonderful to work with. It’s just amazing and we are all very excited about the outcome.” The community raised $100,000 towards the project. Ms Marriott recalls going to see council CEO Tim Tamlin in his early days in the role and introducing him to the idea. “Tim Tamlin, Jan Martin (former director of corporate and community services), Sally Baker (manager of children and family services) and Shelley have been a dynamic team and have always believed the centre is necessary for the community,” she said. On top of the $100,000, the Federal Government committed $1.6 million, the State Government committed $1.6 million and council committed $2.05million. The facility will come as a terrific benefit for

families in Korumburra. The former kindergarten and childcare facilities are aged and have served their purposes. The Karmai centre is state of the art with spacious day rooms, rooms for consultations, meetings rooms that can be hired out to the community, infant areas, and a beautiful outdoor area. With the ability to cater for 120 children, the centre was built to accommodate the growth of Korumburra. It has been built with the flexibility to meet demand as it comes along. As well as a kindergarten, a day care, and a maternal health centre, the facility will accommodate the needs of the community. There is room for medical specialists to consult with families and immunisations will be available once a month. The board is also working towards offering courses for parents, support for those affected by family violence, and access to technology families may not have at home. The centre is in walking distance of Korumburra

Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School, which eliminates the logistical challenges faced by families who attended the primary schools as well as the old kindergarten and the childcare centre. It is also a benefit because the centre will run an out of school hours program and primary school students will be able to walk safely to be involved in the program. “The strength of our organisation comes from the fact we support families. We always had in minds that having the facility within pram distance of the schools was non negotiable,” Ms Marriott said. “The shire was absolutely on board with this concept. We worked hard to sell the fact we needed an integrated service. “We have the biggest capacity possible and the site is amazing. It’s everything we envisaged. Once we have the playground equipment installed it will be just beautiful. It has been set up really well. It’s amazing to see it come together after the hours of volunteer work put into it. We can’t wait to see it come to life.”

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Children’s centre well on the way THE Karmai Community Children’s Broadbent. The estimated project cost of $5.35 million Centre is nearing its grand opening,

Collaboration: the team from R and R Bricklaying had the brickwork for the Karmai Community Children’s Centre ready to go within six weeks.

The community initiated project will provide families with access to a full range of children’s services in one location, reducing barriers for vulnerable families with multiple needs and transport restrictions. A feasibility study in 2009 confirmed the need to relocate both kindergarten and long day care (Birralee) together with maternal and child health and specialist children’s services into one purpose built facility providing a ‘best practice’ model of service delivery by the integration of services. Construction began on November 20, 2015, with the first sod turned by McMillan MP Russell

Brickwork wows THE Karmai Children’s Centre has come to be known for its unique design.

The company behind the fascinating brickwork was R and R Bricklaying. Based out of Leongatha, R and R Bricklaying was employed by TS Constructions to see the long awaited structure take form. R and R Bricklaying completed the block work and the outer brickwork. R and R Bricklaying’s Darren Reid said working on the children’s centre had been a positive experience and the facility was going to be an excellent asset for Korumburra. “It took us around four to six weeks to do the

brickwork. The whole team was involved and everything went pretty smoothly. TS Constructions is an excellent company to work for,” he said. “The centre is going to be excellent for the community 100 per cent. It’s good young children are going to have somewhere so big to play in. The design is excellent and there is a lot of open space. There’s heaps of room for the community.” Although the site of the children’s centre has been described as challenging, Mr Reid said his team did not have any problems bringing the structure together. “Everything came together well and ran as planned,” he said.

Fully functional: from left, board member Louise Wilson and South Gippsland Shire Council’s community project officer Shelley Fixter are pictured in the multipurpose room of the Karmai Community Children’s Centre, where community groups will be able to host meetings.

was a joint funding effort with a contribution of $2.05 million from South Gippsland Shire Council, $1.6 million from the Federal Government, $1.6 million from the State Government, and $100,000 community contribution from the Korumburra Kindergarten and Birralee Childcare Centre – now amalgamated into the Karmai Children’s Centre board. Council’s project coordinator Tony Peterson said a standout feature of the centre was its sustainability. Solar panels have been installed to run the centre during the day, and energy will be stored when the centre is not in use. Council has worked closely with the builders, contractors, tradesmen and the community to ensure the centre was finished on time. An added benefit to the construction of the centre was the ability to upgrade Princes Street, which increased access to the facility. “The (Karmai) board is very happy with the outcome. They instigated the project right from the start and their fundraising efforts snowballed into two government grants,” Mr Peterson said. “We also worked closely with the neighbours who were extremely supportive of the project.” The centre has turned the area into an education precinct, which will help families juggle the morning routine easier. “There is a visual link between the schools and the centre and children can walk right to it from school. Previously, parents had to drop children off at different sites and the older buildings were not running to best practice standards,” Mr Peterson said. It is expected the centre will reach capacity of 120 in 10 years, and it will have the flexibility to meet demand into the future. Services will begin to operate in the centre from January, 2017, with long day care and vacation care provided from January 9. Maternal and childhood services will start on January 11 and kindergarten services at the end of January. Immunisations will be conducted at the centre from February 1. An official opening for the centre is expected in March and is currently being confirmed with members of the state and federal governments.

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Countdown to children’s centre opening AFTER almost a decade of long volunteer hours, the Karmai Community Children’s Centre will officially open in January. Operating as a children’s centre and a

community hub, it will be a treasured asset for Korumburra. The project came together with the help of community groups, local builders and contractors, and South Gippsland Shire Council. The Star was given a tour of the new facility last week.

Tour: from left, Quinn, Hamish, Louise and Angus Wilson enjoyed exploring the new Karmai Community Children’s Centre last week. Quinn and Angus will be using the centre’s kindergarten service next year and Hamish will be in day care.

Dream achieved: this photo appeared on The Star’s front page on May 19, 2015 celebrating achieving final funding for the Korumburra Community Children’s Centre, from left, staff Tracey Anderton with Keesha Gooch, centre vice president Rebecca Marriott with her children Rani Marriott (left) and Regan Marriott, and staff Hannah Engel and Patrick Connor. At rear are former South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Jeanette Harding and CEO Tim Tamlin.

Sheds an asset For Karmai centre The storage sheds will be an asset to the centre. “As a business, it was good to have the opportunity to be involved in this project, and achieve good outcomes and have a real impact,” Gippsland Garages and Sheds’ Gavin Dobson said. Gippsland Garages and Sheds was contracted by “We understand the outcome was excellent and TS Constructions to supply and build the sheds on trust the centre gets value out of our sheds being the property, there.” Mr Dobson said the facility will be a terrific resource for the community and for childhood development. ALL communications installed in the Gippsland Garages and Sheds operates out of new Karmai Community Children’s Wonthaggi and services Gippsland within an hour radius.

THREE Colorbond sheds will service the Karmai Community Children’s Centre following installation by Gippsland Garages and Sheds.

Come on in: Karmai Community Children’s Centre board member Pee-Wee Lewis opened the door to one of the five learning spaces at the new facility. Generous in size, the rooms will be able to accommodate the expected population growth in Korumburra in the next 10 years.

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Walk to school success BASS Coast primary schools’ students and families recently took part in Walk to School month. VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign encouraged primary school students across Victoria to walk to and from school throughout October in a bid to get more people living happier and healthier lives. The month highlights the benefits of walking for children, such as improving fitness, friendships, their confidence and the environment. Inverloch, Wonthaggi St Joseph’s, Wonthaggi North, Powlett River, Bass Valley, San Remo, Newhaven and Cowes primary schools, and Bass Coast Specialist School, participated

in the initiative. Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said the initiative was a fun and free way for children to get active and promote healthy habits they can use for the rest of their lives. “Walking, riding and scooting to school during the month of October were really popular and parents also parked a few blocks away from school and walked the rest of the way to get some additional exercise,” she said. “Council also passed on VicHealth funding to support participating primary schools to hold healthy breakfast at their schools.” Some Bass Coast primary schools had a large number of students who

caught the bus to school; therefore four schools ran walking sessions for students who could not walk or ride home. Council and Victoria Police monitored school crossings and driver behaviour to promote safe behaviour around schools, particularly during drop off and pick up times. Walk to School month led to a significant decrease in congestion around schools while walking and riding increased. The schools, council and police hope this will continue. Council and police will continue to have a presence around schools and encourage parents and other drivers to drive safely and slowly in and around school zones.

Healthy options: Bass Valley Primary School students who catch the bus to school had the opportunity to be dropped off at the nearby V/Line car park and walk the rest of the distance to school during Walk to School month.

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Council spreads Christmas joy CHRISTMAS is a time for giving.

Gift of giving: from left, Bass Coast Shire Council’s Una Curtin and Kara Wilson are pictured with one of council’s Christmas Giving Trees, which is ready and waiting to accept gift donations.

Bass Coast Shire Council is once again participating in the annual Christmas Giving Tree program and is calling on the community to generously donate gifts to help disadvantaged families. The Christmas Giving Tree program helps ensure that Christmas is a special day for all Bass Coast community members. This is the 13th year council has worked with the Combined Welfare Group, which consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Davey House, to assist the underprivileged families in

the community. Last year, the group distributed 180 food hampers to families across the shire, with around 300 children able to celebrate and enjoy Christmas. The group has reported a considerable increase in children requiring gifts compared with previous years. “Donating a small gift may not seem like much to you, but could mean the world to the child waking up on Christmas Day to find that present under their tree,” mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said. “Every year, the Christmas Giving Tree has made Christmas a special occasion for so many local families who would have otherwise gone without, and knowing you’re supporting fami-

lies right here in our own community makes the whole experience of giving even better.” Council is asking the community to think of the difference their generosity can make to families in less fortunate situations than they are. Christmas Giving Trees will be on display in all council customer service centres in Wonthaggi, Cowes, Grantville and Inverloch, and accepting gifts until Monday, December 12. Any gifts received after this date will be held over until next year. It is also requested the gifts are new and left unwrapped under the trees. Food donations are not recommended.

Safety first: Bass Coast Shire Council’s Corin Spencer and Jo Breen have begun inspecting properties in preparation for summer as part of its fire prevention activities. Whole school: Toora Primary School students will have the benefit of visiting music teacher Sue Arney, back left, for four sessions this term. The students and teachers will be learning all about music across the sessions.

Making music at Toora TOORA Primary School has former local music teacher Sue Arney visiting this term to run a music program. Ms Arney is doing a research project with the University of Melbourne with the support of the Association of Music Educators, the Hal Leonard Music Foundation and Musical Futures Australia.

She will be running four music sessions at the school over several weeks, which will include singing, playing melodic percussion and ukulele, composition and movement. Ms Arney will also build teacher’s skills so they can continue to teach music at the school once the program is finished. Acting principal Andrea Penrose said the program would culminate

with a mini concert at the end of the term. “The program, nicknamed Toora Tunes, will incorporate the school’s high five values and motto,” she said. “Some of the instruments being used Sue brings with her, others have been purchased by the school thanks to a grant received from RATCH (Toora Wind Farm).”

Students host high tea STUDENTS at Federation Training’s Leongatha Campus hosted a high tea for the public at the Wildflower Café recently. Paddock to Plate and VETiS students prepared and served a range of delicious menu items, including roasted tomato and baby spinach tart, Thai chicken filo with coriander yoghurt, zucchini slice, baked lemon cheesecake, apricot crumble and more. This was the fourth time the students have hosted the high tea event. The luncheon proved so popular with Leongatha locals, the restaurant was booked out on all four occasions. “The high teas have provided a fantastic opportunity for members of the local community to come in and enjoy a delicious lunch for a very reasonable price, with everything prepared and served in-house by our Hospitality students,” Sheree Wells, education manager at Federation Training said. “The high teas have been a great

Fine fare: Federation Training student Kaitlyn Kennedy serves Eric and Hazel Metcalfe at the Wildflower Café, Leongatha.

way for our Paddock to Plate and VETiS Hospitality students to practise their customer service skills whilst engaging with members of the local community. “Our hospitality students gain the valuable hands on experience and confidence to prepare them for employment within the region.” The recent high tea was the last service at the cafe for 2016. The Wildflower Café will be open

again in 2017 for lunch services and other offerings where hospitality students will be showcasing their skills and looking forward to meeting members of the community. For restaurant bookings or further enquiries call 5662 6800. For more information on Federation Training’s range of hospitality courses visit www.federationtraining., or call 1300 133 717.

Protect yourself from fire risk WITH some warm weather finally on its way, Bass Coast Shire Council is asking property owners to prepare their properties for summer. Council is working on a range of fire prevention activities in the lead up to summer and, despite the recent rainfall, it’s important for residents to be prepared. Property inspections have begun this month, and council’s general manager health communities and governance David Elder said it is the responsibility of property owners to ensure their land is maintained throughout the year and doesn’t pose a risk to others. “In instances where properties are not maintained, council can issue a notice to comply, which requires property owners to cut long grass on their land,” he said. “If our fire prevention officers find the owner is clearly in breach of their responsibilities, however, they may be served with a fire prevention notice. “Fire prevention notices are only sent to properties where this process identifies a genuine threat of fire to life and property.” Council officers will be inspecting vacant land in particular and will be requesting that works to cut grass and tidy up blocks are completed by early December. To assist with preparing properties, council’s annual green waste amnesty period is also being held until December 14. “Residents and visitors are able to dispose of domestic sized loads of green waste free of charge at Grantville landfill, Wonthaggi and Inverloch transfer station, and Cowes recycling bank,” Mr Elder said. “Council offers this service to encourage residents and holiday homeowners to get ready for the fire season each year by removing overhanging limbs, dry leaves and cutting long grass, which they can dispose without charge at our local facilities.” Council has also been inspecting its own land and has reviewed its fire prevention works plans for high risk coastal and

bushland reserves, and updated plans will be available on council’s website in early December. “These plans identify high risk vegetation in reserves and foreshores and work is underway on maintaining fire breaks, fire access tracks and to remove ground fuel in high risk areas,” Mr Elder said. “We are doing this in a sensitive manner to reduce any adverse affect to native flora and fauna.” Rural property owners considering burning off should have a copy of council’s rural burning off guidelines to understand the precautions that must be taken. These guidelines include information about important things to check before starting to burn off, such as the weather forecast and pile size restrictions. They also let you know who you need to tell about the planned burn and what timelines apply, such as making sure you have notified adjoining landowners or neighbours 24 hours prior to burning off. It’s also important that you ensure fire services are aware of your planned burn. Please give the Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority two hours’ notice (1800 668 511) before you start burning off, as this prevents an unnecessary fire brigade response. You may also need to register your burn with council’s community health and wellbeing team if the area to be burnt abuts a residential area. Burning off in residential areas is not allowed. Council’s guidelines apply at all times except during the fire danger period and on days of total fire ban, when burning off is prohibited. The guidelines are available from council offices or downloadable from council’s website If you have any queries or concerns regarding the rural burning off guidelines, contact council’s community health and wellbeing team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.

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Plan ahead, water customers say SOUTH Gippsland Water customers are urging the corporation to look to the future. With the help of an advisory panel, South Gippsland Water recently sought feedback from people, groups, businesses and industry regarding matters of significance via a recent survey. The corporation is now reviewing the business and developing a five year plan that will include service standards, capital and operating expenditure, and the required prices charged to customers for the delivery of water and wastewater services. The first stage in the consultation process is complete and the results are in. The key area of South Gippsland Water customers feel is important to them is planning for future pressures, and threats to water and waste water supplies. This was followed by social obligations such as offering programs to support customers who are struggling to pay their bills and doing more than the minimum required to protect our natural environment. The next area of importance is the corporation going above and beyond to avoid leaks and interruptions and keeping customers informed about the progress in fixing them should an interruption happen.

Philippe du Plessis, managing director of South Gippsland Water, said, “The recent survey linked the improvement of levels of service to an increase or decrease in customer tariffs. This was quite confronting to some customers. “However, it is important for the corporation to have an understanding of where within the organisation the focus on improvement should be.” Being an active part of the community, making it easy to find information they need, being able to explain decisions in a way they can understand, and South Gippsland Water being quick and easy to deal with were the qualities customers sought from the corporation. This is the first stage in the Pricing Review customer engagement process. South Gippsland Water will further investigate tariff structures and service standards over the coming months. Mr du Plessis said, “This process is an opportunity for customers to help shape the corporation, every element of the business is open for discussion and examination. There will continue be a range of opportunities for customers to learn more, have a say and feed into the review process.” If you would like to receive regular updates about the Pricing Review visit the projects page at

Water bills among state’s cheapest SOUTH Gippsland Water has some of the cheapest water bills in Victoria. The average South Gippsland Water customer bill in 2015-16 was $952, with the highest in Victoria being $1328 with a state-wide average of $1097. The pricing news came as South Gippsland Water released its annual report. Highlights included: • ongoing reduced water and sewerage tariffs by an average of $48 per year, 2014-2018 as part of a government rebate; • $10.3 million investment in capital works; • $1.3 million in sewer system rehabilitation; • $1.2 million in water system maintenance and renewals; and • completion of the $20 million Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme on time and on budget. The corporation noted a pre-tax loss of $1.773 million was higher than the bud-

geted deficit of $1.241 million, mainly due to computer costs as the corporation responded to higher regulation and implemented mobile solutions, and repairs and maintenance. Philippe du Plessis, managing director of South Gippsland Water, said, “The level of deficit is in line with that which was budgeted and operating cash flow generation is the key measure of financial sustainability. “South Gippsland Water generated a positive operating cash flow in 2016-17 in line with expectations.” The corporation is preparing for new pricing, set to start in 2018-19. South Gippsland Water is currently developing its next five year pricing submission which covers 2019 to 2024 via the Essential Services Commission, as economic regulator. South Gippsland Water prices will be set to meet the economic efficient cost of delivering services to customers and will take into account the corporation’s financial sustainability.

NBN problems plague Inverloch INVERLOCH residents continue to face difficulties connecting to the National Broadband Network (NBN). Just weeks after The Star first reported of residents being without internet and phone services for up to three weeks while they waited to be connected to the NBN, the town is still affected by problems. A resident, who did not wish to be named, is not only without a proper service, but is also having to pay an extra $380 a month for internet services via a dongle, to provide free Wi-Fi to clients at his accommodation business. He had already advertised free Wi-Fi for guests and internet via a dongle is far more expensive than standard access. A NBN technician inspected the property to check the wiring before the resident installed the pre-programmed router. “Since that time we have reset the modem on various occasions as per repeated requests from NBN, installed two new modems and reset them, and have now reinstalled the original modem again after checking and confirming all the settings

are true and correct,” the resident said. “Our issue is that NBN sits behind its impenetrable email barrier responding only with orders to ISPs (internet service providers) to run repeated checks that keep buying it time, get us no further to a resolution and cost us money.” The resident said it was highly unlikely the three brand new modems were faulty. “Their settings have been checked and rechecked and still NBN will not claim any fault for non-connection,” he said. “It is either technically inept or hopelessly understaffed.” The resident said his enquiries had discovered ISPs were quoting fail rates of 30 percent and more on NBN installations. “The NBN system is flawed because it’s an ‘all or nothing’ proposition,” he said. “If you want NBN, you cut off your existing working internet connection and are at the mercy of NBN to make your new connection work. “Once you start the process there is no going back.”

Forward thinking: Bass Coast Health midwifes recently met to discuss their new traffic light system for the maternity unit at Wonthaggi Hospital.

Mums come first BASS Coast Health (BCH) has new ways of ensuring the safety of mothers and babies. All pregnant women who wish to birth at BCH will be individually assessed against the ‘Capability Framework’ using a traffic light system: • green indicates the mother does not have any identified risks and should be able to safely birth at BCH; • orange indicates the mother may or may not be able to birth at BCH due to increased risks. Further discussions and/or tests may be required and the mother may need to be referred to a higher level service,

such as Latrobe Regional Health, West Gippsland Health Service at Warragul) or Monash Health. During this time the mother will be kept informed of all discussions/decisions; and • red indicates the risks to the mother and/or baby are high and will need referral to a higher level maternity service. Along with the traffic light system, BCH has also developed three options of antenatal care: • care provided by the GP obstetricians from Wonthaggi Medical Group, with two visits with the midwives at the hospital, one before 20 weeks and the second at 32 weeks of

pregnancy; • shared antenatal care provided by both the GP and the hospital midwife. The women would see the GP obstetrician at visits and the midwives at other intervals in their pregnancy; and • the third option is a model where women see a consultant obstetrician and the pregnancy care is shared with a GP obstetrician from Wonthaggi Medical Group. These women would not be birthing at BCH. Women interested in finding out more about BCH’s maternity services are invited to call Linda Goltz, women and families manager, on 5671 4201.

Children protect beach ARE you sick and tired of picking up rubbish on the beaches day after day? Why not join the growing number of individuals and groups who are doing something about it? Powlett River Primary School students had a big beach clean up on Kilcunda beaches last Friday as part of a science unit on marine debris. The unit of study looks at the types of rubbish, how much there is, where it comes from, how it affects marine animals, and what can be done to stop it. The children classified the rubbish and counted it up. The data was sent into the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, which has a national marine debris data bank. Powlett River Primary School has conducted several beach clean ups at Kilcunda. Over that time, students

On a mission: Powlett River Primary School students cleaned up the Kilcunda beach as part of their science studies. have noticed the reduction in cigarette butts – one the most common item – on the town beach. This is most likely due to the cigarette litter bins provided at the pub and the shop.

However, the surf beach does not score so well with cigarette butts the most common item found at the observation decks at the surf beach. After studying the food webs in the ocean, the stu-

dents also wondered if we are in fact eating our own rubbish. Plastic breaks down over time into tiny pieces where it enters the food chain and stay there for hundreds of years.

Here’s cheers to our water SOUTH Gippsland has among the best tasting water in Victoria. The region’s local corporation, South Gippsland Water, progressed to the second round of judging in the Water Industry Operators Association of Victoria’s annual competition. South Gippsland Water won the event in 2014. Philippe du Plessis, managing director of South Gippsland Water, said, “It’s always a very competitive field and this year the Lance Creek Supply System was amongst 18 entries. “All water is different. It depends on which catchment it comes from, which treatment plant it’s processed through and the length of pipe it travels through to get to your tap.” Customers from Melbourne for example note a marked difference in

South Gippsland Water’s smaller water systems to their large metropolitan supplies. During 2015-16, South Gippsland Water maintained 100 percent compliance with requirements set out by the Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2005 and the Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2015. “The corporation has a stringent water quality monitoring program in place that is consistent with both sets of legislation. Water sample collection, storage, testing and reporting is consistent with regulations,” Mr du Plessis said. Algae in a reservoir will also change the taste and odour of water. There are many varieties of algae and any algae bloom that occurs within a water supply system is managed to ensure water supplied to customers is safe to drink.

“Human senses are very sensitive to the taste and smell that algae produce. Algae can give off a musty and muddy taste and odour,” Mr du Plessis said. “When algae are present in reservoirs, South Gippsland Water has activated increased monitoring and treatment processes to remove it, however, due to human sensitivity, not all the taste or smell can be removed. “It is usually during these times that members of the community notify the corporation of a change in the taste of their water.” Westernport Water was not a finalist but is conducting its Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey and expects a report to be made available later this month. This report will include a number of measures and provide insight into customer perception of water quality.

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Farming Insight

Climate project winds up The project delivered the message of planning to be resilient to climate change to 20 events which engaged more than 500 people. A number of workshops were implemented as part of the project that covered a range of topics including agridiversity, financial literacy and biosecurity. A series of climate change cafes were also delivered, providing an informal setting for farmers to build on their knowledge and develop meaning-

ful partnerships with other farmers facing the same issues. The project was a joint initiative of South Gippsland Shire Council, South Gippsland Landcare Network, Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Land Care Network and the State Government. Council’s Sustainability coordinator Geoff McKinnon said he was very pleased with the success of the project and how it has impacted South Gippsland farmers. “During the project we explored some of the things we thought were the most important about resilience to the weather curve balls that climate change is going to cause. “We looked at what some of the hero farmers were doing around us and saw that the most resilient had either adapted their practices or were planning to take advantage of some of the positives that may arise from climate change,” said Geoff. A key theme of the project was that climate change is happening and the agricultural farming community needs to ensure it is ready to respond to the changes that are occurring. South Gippsland Shire Council, Bass Coast Shire Council and the Department of Land, Water and Planning will continue to drive climate change adaption programs from Guests: from left, David Bassed, Fergus O’Connor and Deb O’Connor attended the wind up of the climate change resilience project last week. their departments.

Trade cattle in short supply THERE were approximately 1370 export and 100 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 120 head week on week.

ocks however trade cattle were in short supply and cow quality was very mixed. The limited selection of young cattle suited to the trade sold to firm demand for most, with the odd cheaper sale. The usual buying group was present and operGrown steers sold firm, along with most ating in a mostly cheaper market. bullocks although the best heavy weights were Quality was good in the grown steers and bull- off 8c/kg. Heavy weight manufacturing steers held firm as did the heavy weight grown heifers. Cows sold from firm to mostly 5c easier, with the plainer conditioned heavy weight dairy cows slipping 16c/kg as a result of quality. Heavy weight bulls eased 4c to 10c/kg for most. Heavy vealers suited to butchers sold from 330c to 365c/kg for a very limited selection. The few yearling trade steers made between 335c and 362c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 280c and 330c after a top of 362c/kg. Grown steers made from 306c to 324c/kg. Bullocks sold from 292c to 311c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish made between 268c and 305c/kg. Heavy weight crossbred manufacturing steers sold between 268c and 305c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 175c to 228c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 206c to 269c/kg. Heavy weight C and muscle bulls made between 260c and 298c, with the dairy bulls selling between 220c and 255c/kg. The next sale draw - December 7 & 8: 1. Elders, 2. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 3. Rodwells, 4. SEJ, 5. Alex Scott & Staff, 6. Landmark.


THE Southern Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project has come to a close with a case study and final report launch last week.

Prime Sale - Wednesday, November 30 BULLOCKS 13 K. & J. Rattle, T/A Whitelaw Park Angus 621.2kg 6 M. Standfield 550.0kg 1 N.W. & J.A. Batchelor, Winnindoo 595.0kg 6 B. & L. Cummins, Doomburrim 694.2kg 20 I. & J. Montgomery, Inverloch 574.3kg 8 G.A. Clarke, Inverloch 630.0kg STEERS 6 J. & M. Dyson, Allambee 314.2kg 1 P. & L.A. Whiteside, Leongatha 455.0kg 1 P. & B. Boag, Fish Creek 430.0kg 1 G.J. & C.M. Alford, Woolamai 445.0kg 3 I. & R. Hengstberger, Stony Creek 368.3kg 1 T. Maruzza, Dumbalk 415.0kg HEIFERS 1 G.J. & C.M. Alford, Woolamai 395.0kg 1 T. Maruzza, Dumbalk 360.0kg 1 P. & B. Boag, Fish Creek 360.0kg 1 I.L. & C.M. Nicholas, Kongwak 305.0kg 4 J. Cavill, Hazelwood North 391.3kg 1 P. & L.A. Whiteside, Leongatha 405.0kg COWS 1 R. Telling, Woodside 570.0kg 1 A.K. & D. Morrison, Glengarry 650.0kg 1 T.J. Miller, Woolamai 560.0kg 2 J. Carpinteri, Thorpdale 722.5kg 1 M. Tong, Woolamai 780.0kg 7 Northside Pastoral, Inverloch 615.7kg BULLS 1 S. Conway, Traralgon 940.0kg 1 Salinasville P/L, Boolarra 1090.0kg 1 T.G. & J.E. Milne, Won Wron 1120.0kg 1 I.A. & A.K. Nunn, Pound Creek 845.0kg 1 T.J. Grylls, Welshpool 770.0kg 1 G. Jones, Fish Creek 965.0kg

323.6 320.6 313.6 310.6 310.0 310.0

$2010.05 $1763.30 $1865.92 $2156.08 $1780.18 $1953.00

372.6 364.6 364.6 361.6 354.6 340.0

$1170.59 $1658.93 $1567.78 $1609.12 $1306.11 $1411.00

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$1428.32 $1244.16 $1218.96 $1023.58 $1297.39 $1275.75

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$2797.44 $3167.54 $3248.00 $2404.87 $2152.92 $2688.49

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Farming Insight Hampers to feed farmers HAMPERS for dairy farmers in need were delivered to Leongatha on Sunday, in a project of the Korumburra Leo Club, with local Lions clubs. The goodies were delivered by the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners and the Lions Club of Barooga, and were donated by the Hay Runners, Lions Barooga and Need for Feed. The hampers will be distributed to dairy farmers at a Christmas barbecue at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra this Sunday, December 11, from 10am to 2pm. The event will feature music by Paulie Bignell, comedian Beau Stegmann and free entertainment. Dairy farmers wishing to attend are urged to contact Katie Glassock, Leos club advisor, on 0414 414 055. The Burrumbuttock Hay runners have completed 11 hay runs since 2014 to help farmers in drought affected areas.

Ensure cattle trading is profitable By John Bowman, Agriculture Victoria livestock extension officer, Leongatha. PRIME market prices and store market prices are at an all-time high. So can you make a profit from a cattle trading enterprise? Let’s look at some of the components of a cattle trading business and consider some of the options. Over recent years steer traders have had the advantage where there was a slow constant climb in the prime market price. They were then in a position to take advantage of the store market price easing during mid-winter or the end of summer. However this hasn’t been the case this year as the prices have remained high. Currently any kilogram of live weight that you are able to put onto an animal will attain a high price in the current prime market; the difficulty is replacing that animal once it is sold. The old adage of buying in the same market as you have recently sold in is often spoken about to ensure you have a margin between the finished animal sold and the new lighter animal purchased. Purchasing stock that are in forward store condition that will finish earlier than backward store animals gives a quicker turnaround time and is recommended by some traders. Others prefer buying a younger, smaller animal which has the potential to grow out and gain more weight over a longer period. Heifers may be a good buying option due to a shortage of breeding females resulting from the extra slaughter numbers in recent months. There is also the option of joining heifers and offering them as springing heifers or cows with calves at foot next spring, but this is a longer term option. A shorter term option is to purchase light weight cull beef cows from the “chopper market” and add ex-

Step-up boosts farmers BURRA Foods announced a step-up of 10 cents a kilogram to farmers at its annual Supply Partner Christmas Dinner at Lardner Park last week. The step-up brings the price to $4.65/Kg of milk solids on the average Burra Foods farm. CEO Grant Crothers said he was encouraged by farmers’ optimism, “many of whom are in a good position with lots of good quality feed from our first good spring in recent times”. “I was reminded that this time last year we had already had 10-plus days of 30ºC, yet only two so far this year and no high temperatures on the immediate horizon,” he said. “It seems that with plenty of silage now cut and lots of affordable grain available, the season has been sympathetic to what started out as a low milk price/ break even at the very best year. When there is talk of a chance of a third silage cut, even I recognise that the season is close to ‘made to order’” .

tra kilograms of live weight, then return these cows to the prime market pre-Christmas or early next year. It is surprising how quickly these beef culls freshen up on good spring pastures. Light weight cows bought in at $2.20 per kg of live weight and finished beef cows at $2.60 per kg of live weight based on current day prices, presents a possible margin opportunity. You could do the same sums on well-bred steers yourself and compare the two options. Other options are: • to fully feed the cattle you already have at home and grow them out at a higher weight gain; • cut some silage and hay to utilise excess feed; and

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shorn store lambs will be coming on the market soon and they could finish in six to 10 weeks depending on purchase weight and will give a quick turn around and the conversion of excess spring pasture into saleable lamb live weight will be quite efficient. Key tips to consider: do your sums to make sure there is a proper margin; seek sound market advice, and keep your local stock agent in the loop; cost out the options to ensure you have a margin from the transaction; and keep the stocking rate low to gain more kilograms per animal.

Working together: hampers for dairy farmers were well received in Leongatha on Sunday, in a joint project involving Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, the Lions Club of Barooga and South Gippsland Lions, and Need for Feed.

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Three Exciting Opportunities Temporary Positions – up to 12 months HSE Coordinator | Assets Officer | Customer Service Officer South Gippsland Water is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are treated with respect and feel valued and supported. All three above positions are being offered as an opportunity to get a foot-in-the door of a leading regional employer. The successful candidates will be offered up to 12 months, fixed term contracts to cover leave arrangements for existing staff. Ideally, you will be looking for full-time work and keen to commence as soon as possible. Flexible working arrangements, including negotiable hours (FTE), may be considered for each position. Previous experience in the water industry is preferred, but not essential. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit for a copy of relevant position descriptions and a detailed outline of our application process. Please contact Paula Smith 03 5682 0403 with all enquiries. Applications for each position close 5pm Wednesday 21st December 2016

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COMMUNITY CLINICIAN We are currently seeking an enthusiastic Mental Health Clinician to work within the Mental Health and Police Response and Acute Community Intervention Service (ACIS) Team in the Adult Mental Health Service based at Wonthaggi. Applications are sought from Registered Nurses (with post graduate qualifications in Mental Health), Social Workers, Psychologists and Occupational Therapists to undertake this challenging role. The successful candidate will have highly developed interpersonal skills and a commitment to excellence. You will be required to carry out the full range of tasks required of a Community Clinician, including on call and the provision of a comprehensive assessment of needs for each service user, their families and carers. You will be required to develop and maintain collaborative Recovery Plans. For Further details please contact Bruce Metcalfe, Team Manager ACIS on telephone (03) 5173 8430. Applications Close: 13 December 2016

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for sale HAY for sale: New season vetch, first cut lucerne, can deliver, feedtest available. Phone Joe 0429138748. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200 x 50 x 2.4 $12.10 each, 200 x 75 x 2.4 $16.75 each, 200 x 75 x 3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261.

garage sales INVERLOCH 2 Meanderri Drive, Saturday, December 10, 8am until 12pm. Loads of ladies clothes, shoes, bags, odds and ends. Clearing out the wardrobe. LEONGATHA 46 Jeffrey Street, Saturday, December 10, 8am 2pm. Furniture, household goods, brica-brac, odds ’n’ ends, and much more. Moving house - everything must go.

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POULTRY / CAGE BIRD AUCTION Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavilion, Sunday, December 11, 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270.

BROWN - Lois Rae. The family of the late Lois Rae Brown wish to thank everyone for their cards and messages of sympathy on the passing of our mother and grandmother. A huge thank you to Dr Corina Budileanu and the wonderful staff, residents and volunteers at Woorayl Lodge for the friendship and care shown to mum this past year. Special thanks to the doctors and staff at Korumburra Hospital for treating mum with care and dignity during her final days. Thanks to Ray Sullivan at Handley Funeral Services and to Woorayl Golf Club for refreshments. Rod and Graeme Brown and family.

Nana Rene. Thank you for all the ‘chochie bikkies’ and ‘cuppas’ that we shared. We always wiped our fingers on your white tablecloth and yet you never seemed to mind. Probably because you were such a sweet tooth yourself. We will miss you very much Nana Rene. Love Zayda and Mylah. XXXX

NELSON (nee Worthy) Greta Evelyn (Lyn). 13.12.1922 - 3.12.2016 Loved wife of Arthur (dec). Mother and motherin-law to Allan (dec) and Margaret, John and Elizabeth, Peter and Gracie, Jenny and Paul, adored grandma of Alistair, Kaye, Benjamin, Zachary, Luke, Natarsha, Sarah, Daniel, Emma, James, and David. Great grandma to 16 beautiful children. Beloved sister of ten siblings. RICHARDS (nee Clarke) - Lesley Lilian. Formerly of Mortlake, late of Wonthaggi. Passed away peacefully on November 30, 2016. Loved and loving wife of George. Loving mum and mother-in-law of Philip and Leanne, Nick and Paula. Devoted nana of Matt, Dan, Adam, Aidan, Liam, Luhanna; Hayley and Kaitlyn. Great nana to Nina. Loved and loving sister to Patricia (dec), Nancy, Philip (dec), Glenise, Marjorie, and loved by all their families. Will be sadly missed. Rest in peace.

BULLEN - Funeral Prayers for Mrs Alma Irene (Rene) Bullen will be offered at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Korumburra Road, Wonthaggi on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 commencing at 11am. At the conclusion of Prayers the funeral will leave for the Kilcunda Cemetery.

BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762. SOUTHDOWN Poll Dorset and Border Leicester rams, flock registered, Brucellosis Accredited, Well bred from established breeder. Can deliver. Ph: 0428-356376.

used vehicles MAZDA 3 Max Sports, 2006, red, manual, one owner, 260,000km, rego to April, UBY983. Excellent condition $4,000 ONO. 0429832445.

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

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McINNES - Peter. Bev, Sandra, Andy, Darren, Emma, Dave and Stacey would sincerely like to thank you for the flowers, cards, gifts, food, phone calls and support on the sudden loss of our beloved Pete. To the ambulance men and women, Royal Melbourne Hospital for your care and dedication, Handley Funeral Service, Pam Herrald. Especially to our most amazing family for your ongoing love and support. From the bottom of our hearts please accept this as our personal thank you. XX

Dear Mum, If flowers grow in heaven, Lord, then pick a bunch for me. Then place them in my mother’s arms and tell her they’re from me. Tell her that I love and miss her and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her a while. Love and miss you heaps. Kaye, Peter, Maddison and Hannah. XXXX Dear Mum, to us you were someone special, someone loving, kind and true. You will never be forgotten, as we thought the world of you. Forever in our hearts. Daryl, Connie, Jessica and Meagan. XXXX GRIMES - Naomi. Nomsy (Stump). Best friends are hard to find, harder to leave and impossible to forget. Love you heaps. Miss you lots. Leeanne and Mick.

To our mum who spent many weekends entertaining our children as we built our family homes. To the memories of holidays, fishing and New Year’s Eve parties, these memories will never be forgotten. Love Gary and Dot (dec). We will miss you dearly. XO XO XO To our much loved and adored Nana. It’s time to say goodbye. You’ll be missed dearly. Can’t thank you enough for all the fond memories you leave behind. Rest peacefully with Pa by your side. I bet you and Dottie (mum) are already having a good old yarn. We’ll always love you. Tameka, Camilla, Letitia and Luke, Brad and Matt. XXXX

NELSON (nee Worthy) - A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mrs Greta Evelyn (Lyn) Nelson will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Peart Street, Leongatha on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 commencing at 11.30am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

Proprietors HARRIS - Frederick William (RAAF 159341) The president and members of Leongatha RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member and extend deepest sympathy to the family. Lest We Forget KERR Shirley Caroline. Passed away on December 2, 2016 aged 83 years. Loving wife of Peter, mother of Peter, Vicky and Tanya. Grandmother of 6, great grandmother of 5. She will be greatly missed and is now at peace. Please see Herald Sun for funeral details. KERR (nee Milbourne) - Shirley. December 2, 2016. Seahaven / Opal Nursing Home. The struggle is over now mum. R.I.P. Tanya and Paul, Helen and Peter, Kim (dec), Steve and Mirinda, Simon, Elle and Tyson. Great grandchildren: Jayden and Laughlin.

Out, about: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, met with Noelene Cosson, president of the Korumburra Business Association, during a mobile office visit in Korumburra recently and listened to members of the Arawata community under the shade of a tree outside the hall.

MP on the move GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny O’Brien was out and about in the electorate recently with mobile office visits to Kongwak, Korumburra and Arawata.

Mr O’Brien said the mobile office visits give constituents a chance to raise State Government issues face to face with their elected representative In lieu of flowers, donations to Starlight without the hassle of travelling to his Leongatha or Children’s Foundation Sale offices. “I met with around 30 constituents who raised iswould be appreciated. Envelopes will be sues as diverse as coal seam gas, weed control, the available at the service. Hazelwood closure, renewable energy, youth activities and crime to name a few,” he said. “In my role as The Nationals Member for Gippsland South I believe it is crucial that I am accessible to all of my constituents, no matter where in the electorate they live. “I am always willing to arrange appointments at locations that best suit constituents, but these mobile offices give me a chance to directly engage in a local deaths setting.” Mr O’Brien thanked the Kongwak Community Hall Committee, Kelly’s Bakery in Korumburra and the Arawata Community Hall Association for their hospitality and allowing him to set up his office in their venues.

Paul & Margaret Beck

deaths BULLEN - Alma Irene (Rene). Passed away peacefully on December 2, 2016. Dearly loved wife of Ron (dec). Loved and loving mother of Gary, Kaye and Daryl. Loving mother-in-law of Dot (dec), Peter and Connie. Very special Nana of Tameka, Camilla and Matt, Letitia and Brad and Luke; Maddison and Hannah; Jessica and Meagan. Special Great Nana Rene of Zayda and Mylah. Memories will last forever.



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Mayor’s message Cr Pamela Rothfield

IT’S been another busy week in Bass Coast, and now we’re officially into summer, it’s only going to get busier! While we’re all focusing on what’s happening here at home as we head into our peak holiday season, I recently attended my first Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN) meeting, which was an opportunity to meet with councils and representatives from across the entire Gippsland region. For those unfamiliar with the GLGN, it is an alliance of the six Gippsland councils, and it represents the collective interests of Gippsland and works cooperatively on issues and projects of mutual interest. Advocacy is certainly a feature of this group, and I understand the group were strong advocates for the funding secured earlier this year for the Penguin Parade’s new premises. The meeting at Sale was an introduction of the six mayors and CEOs, as well as the forum in which the chair for the forthcoming year, Baw Baw Mayor Cr Joe Gauci, was elected. During the day we had presentations from VicRoads regional director Scott Lawrence and Red Tape Commissioner and Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance Dr Matthew Butlin, and also discussed matters including the transition of the closure of Hazelwood and the Great Forest National Parks Proposal. I’ll be meeting with the GLGN bi-monthly and look forward to working with our neighbours for the betterment of our region. I was also fortunate enough to attend and speak on the Saturday of the fifth annual Shearwater Festival on Phillip Island last weekend, and must say the day was absolutely divine. A special moment in particular was the festival’s largest participation in the traditional smoking ceremony yet. Over 100 onlookers walked through the smoke, which is believed to have cleansing properties and the ability to ward off evil spirits. The festival has become an important part of our cultural landscape and with so many amazing performers and activities, including the inaugural Cape Woolamai Fun Run, it’s fantastic to see the weekend growing bigger and better every year. Do yourself a favour and keep an eye out for the 2017 dates to mark in your diary so you don’t miss out next year.

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Call to fix danger roads EASTERN Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath has highlighted some of Gippsland’s most dangerous roads in parliament, calling on the State Government to immediately release funding allocated to country roads.

On site: Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath and Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien inspect the Meeniyan–Promontory Road, one of many roads in the electorate requiring attention.

“With the Andrews Government cutting 10 percent from the road asset management budget and scrapping the $160 million country roads and bridges program, we have watched the roads in Gippsland deteriorate,” Ms Bath told the parliament. “There is an urgent need to invest in our country roads, and I have highlighted this through a campaign which allows constituents to identify which roads are in most urgent need of repair.” More than $970 million will be spent on regional and rural transport infrastructure with the Liberal-Nationals Coalition securing a 10 percent slice from the sale of the port of Melbourne. “The response from my campaign has shown that these funds are truly needed in my electorate, with constituents sending images of dangerously deteriorating roads,” Ms Bath said. Roads that have been identified include the South Gippsland Highway near the Korumburra South road intersection; the Strzelecki Highway between Mirboo North and Muirhead Drive; the Strzelecki Highway between Timmins and Lesters Road and Huntingfords Road; the

Boolarra South–Mirboo North Road; Walkerville Road, Tarwin Lower; Foley Road, Yanakie; and Waratah Road, Waratah Bay. “People have spoken about continuous patch-up jobs with roads continuing to crumble because they are never truly repaired or even worse roads that are completely ignored,” Ms Bath said. “The response to my campaign shows that concerned residents need action, and therefore the action I seek from the minister is for an urgent release of funding for local government and VicRoads to fix these hazardous roads in rural and regional Victoria in my Eastern Victoria Region.” A spokesperson for the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said the government had invested more than $10 million to improve the roads locals in Gippsland rely on every day. “Works to rehabilitate sections of road to make them smoother and stronger will be carried out on almost 18 kilometres of roads including the Princes Highway, Bass Highway and Hyland Highway,” he said. The spokesperson said other rural roads to receive funding in the region include Fish Creek-Foster Road at Fish Creek and Foster, and Waratah Road at Fish Creek and Waratah North. Works will reduce the level of deterioration of road surfaces and will support local primary producers to get their products to the market or to the factory, as well as support local residents as they travel to work and school.

Last market a success KOONWARRA turned on the weather for its final market for the year. A good crowd came along to enjoy the sunshine and explore South Gippsland’s finest produce. As well as a fantastic array of food, market goers found a great range of plants and organic products to finish off the Christmas gifts.

Left, Excellent finds: from left, Mardan’s Chelsea Fincher and Leongatha’s Leonie Baulch had a successful shopping experience at the Koonwarra Market.

Breathing easier: members of Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group and the Wonthaggi Wheezers Support Group at BCH’s recent World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day promotion held at the Wonthaggi Hospital. Back, from left, Lynnette Haddon, Marlene Myers, Graham Martin, Jutta Martin, Myrna Ferwenda, Kerry Rigby and Ernie Maloney. Front, Bass Coast Health staff Mairead Taylor, Denise Escreet, Sally Lowe and Jane Dell.

Support a breath of fresh air ALMOST 1.5 million Australians have the lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). For the people who live with it, it feels like breathing through a straw and makes everyday activities like hanging out the washing and walking to the shops difficult because they get breathless. November 16 was International World COPD Day and, like every year, Lung Foundation Australia encouraged all Australians to recognise the symptoms of COPD - breathlessness and cough - and ask their health professional for a lung health check. Bass Coast Health (BCH) supported the promotion of World COPD Day with an afternoon tea and games afternoon for clients who have attended BCH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program over the past year. They were joined by members of the monthly support group, the Wonthaggi Wheezers. Lung Foundation Australia CEO Heather Allan said, “Don’t wait until your lifestyle is adversely affected. If you are feeling breathless when doing simple activities like walking up a flight of stairs, it’s time to see your doctor to get it checked out.” Those most risk of COPD are people who are 35 years or older and have a history of smoking or occupational exposure to dust, gas and/or fumes and have a persistent cough with or without phlegm or are more breathless than others their age.

Great ride to start at Prom THE RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride will start at Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory next year. The event, which attracts thousands of cyclists, will start at the Prom and the first day, Sunday, November 26, will be a 58km ride to Foster. From there, cyclists will pedal to Yarram, then onto Seaspray and Bairnsdale for a rest day, before travelling to Maffra, Glengarry and finishing at Trafalgar.

Dr Nicole Dyer BCH said, “What starts as feeling a bit ‘puffed’ can develop into severe breathing difficulty quite quickly. Getting symptoms checked out early and being treated early can prevent an urgent trip to the hospital or a lengthy hospital admission. “Your doctor can advise a plan about what to do when you feel things are getting worse.” Ms Allan said COPD was not curable but it was treatable if properly diagnosed. “That’s why identifying the early signs of COPD and acting early is important. There are many easy strategies people can put in place to help manage COPD if it is diagnosed early enough,” she said. These strategies are provided locally through BCH’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program - an eight week exercise and education program for people with COPD, chronic asthma or other lung conditions, as well as people awaiting lung transplants. The program’s focus is on participants becoming more active, interacting with other people with similar conditions, increasing their confidence, becoming better at self-management and increasing their understanding of medications involved in their care. Denise Escreet, BCH’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation coordinator, said in addition to the pulmonary rehab program, people find value from the ongoing support a group can provide. “We also facilitate the Wonthaggi Wheezers – a monthly support group for clients with lung problems and their partners. It provides useful resources and practical information designed to make life easier for clients to manage their condition at home, all within in a supportive environment,” she said. To find out more information about these programs, contact Ms Escreet on 5671 3336 or by emailing

Bees nabbed POLICE are searching for a hive full of bees taken from a private property at Inverloch on the night of Friday, November 18. The property was located in Inverloch-Venus Bay Road.

Christmas spirit: from left, Koonwarra’s Sharon Weymouth and Nerrena’s Genevieve Ellt were festively selling coffee at the Koonwarra Market on Saturday.

Milpara Community House Korumburra WE are really pleased with the support shown for the Orange the World Campaign – Victoria against Violence 16 days of activism. It’s wonderful to see the main street proudly displaying orange. We’d like to send a heartfelt thankyou to everyone who has got behind the campaign by wearing/ displaying orange anddiscussing domestic violence and all its tricky bits. The orange sends a clear message that domestic violence/abuse is not ok in our community and beyond. We hope the campaign will allow people who’d like to get help to have more confidence and clarity on where help can be found. And finally that people who use domestic violence as their go to tool to deal with difficult situations, will decide it’s time to explore less negative ways, and support for that is available too. Fantastic support services are available and the more people are aware of them, the more people that will get the right help. 1800 Respect a national sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service 1800 737 732 The Men’s Referral Service provides telephone counselling and referrals for Australian men impacted by family violence; victim or when behavior is impacting on others. Call 1300 766 491 Safe Steps Family Violence confidential support and information response line 1800 015 188. Lifeline 24 hour telephone crisis support 13 11 14

www.lifeline Kids Helpline Private, confidential telephone counselling services for 5 – 25 years 1800 55 1800 www. Together we can make a difference. # VictoriaAgainstViolence

New road name SUMMERS Road at Fish Creek will be renamed to Kerrs Road. South Gippsland Shire Council recently voted to clarify the location for ease of navigation. Both road names are located on one continuous stretch of road which is confusing drivers. The general public, transport vehicles, and emergency services often find it difficult to navigate the road names and property numbers. There is also another road named Summers Road seven kilometres away to the north east of Fish Creek. Council called for community comment on the proposed renaming in September 2016 and received no submissions against the name change. The entire length of road will be called Kerrs Road if approved by the Registrar of Geographic Place Names. If approved, council will place a notice in local newspapers and advise adjoining land owners and others of the new road name. This change will make the overall extent of road approximately 6.8km from Fish Creek Walkerville Road to Buffalo-Waratah Road.

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Sullivan named park runner of the month THE start of summer was met with an excellent group of runners for the 119th parkrun. Once again, the volunteer team of Duncan Clarke, Georgia Burns, Grahame Treloar, Greg Dell, Rebecca Dell and Shirley Dell were amazing. parkrun has changed people’s lives, has brought groups together, introduced people who have become great friends or even their future partners. Mums and dads are out there to encouraging their children to live a healthy lifestyle and it has given many people a lot more confidence. parkrun isn’t just a sporting group, it is a movement that only has positives. However, none of this would happen if it wasn’t for the volunteers. Congratulations to Rebecca Dell. Last week Rebecca completed her 50th parkrun, and she has also volunteered seven times. Rebecca is a wonderful asset to our community and it was great to be able to congratulate her for her achievement. Congratulations to Glenn Sullivan on being awarded our November parkrunner of the month. Glenn has and still is an integral part of Inverloch parkrun as well as a local running group. Glenn has volunteered 21 times, and ran 110 parkruns. Glenn has inspired and encouraged many runners and walkers to set themselves personal goals and achieving them. Thank you Glenn for being a part of this community and sharing your love of running with others. Well done to Luke Reddie on winning November volunteer of the month. Massive congratulations to all those who achieved personal bests: Beau Vernon, Ina Kelly, Anna Harris, Vincent Green, Carmel Cattach, Georgia Riseley, Donald Smith, Richard Burton, Samantha Cronk, Seth Cropely, Linda Hams, Caitlin Castellan, Mal Dunn and Craig McIntyre.

A reminder to everyone that there is a ‘No Barcode, No Result’ policy at parkrun. Maybe print a whole new page and pack it in your suitcase, you can visit articles/200175001 if you aren’t sure how to access your profile. Don’t forget to only cross the finish line once. You are more than welcome to finish your five kilometre and go for another run or catch up with a friend and finish with them, just don’t cross that line a second time please, as it confuses our lovely volunteers.

Last week’s results Male placings: Glenn Sullivan (VM50-54) of Wonthaggi Road Runners was first over the line in 18:42 - 40th time in 95 appearances. Bill Barry (VM35-39) of Wonthaggi Road Runners, was second over the line in 18:54 - has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions. Vincent Green (VM45-49) (Unattached) was third over the line in 21:43. Female placings: Alison Gill (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (11th overall) over the line in 23:23 first appearance. Rachel H Tattersall (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 23:44 - was first to finish once before. Samantha Cronk (SW30-34) of Hogwarts Running Club, was third (16th overall) over the line in 24:42. The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Glenn Sullivan (VM50-54) was graded 78.88 per cent for the time 18:42 (first overall). Julian Walker (VM65-69) was graded 73.59 per cent for the time 22:47 (sixth overall). Mal Dunn (VM60-64) was graded 73.39per cent for the time 22:14 (fifth overall). This week there were 89 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 14 recorded new personal bests.

Great start: 89 runners greeted summer on Saturday morning with the first parkrun of the season. Representatives of four different athletics clubs took part. The female record is held by Charlotte Wilson who ran in a time of 00:18:11 on October 29, 2016 (event number 114).

The male record is held by Stephen Rennick who ran in a time of 00:16:36 on November 22, 2014 (event number 11). The Age Grade course record is held by Lavinia Petrie who recorded

a 106.20 per cent run (22:03) on November 26, 2016 (event number 118).

South Gippsland Field and Game RESULT of South Gippsland Field and Game Simulated

The weather was overField Clay Target Shoot held on Sun- cast and humid. Eighty shooters enday, December 4: joyed a 60 target novelty

Junior winner: J. Lieshout received a ham for first with a score of 51.

event which was the clubs Christmas shoot with prizes of hams and puddings, also our monster raffle allowed those who were not place getters a chance to win something. High gun. S. Silver 55. The other place getters are as follows. AA S. Silver 55, W.Lieshout 53, K.Jacobs 51. A S. Grattan 51, J.Powell 49, P.Knox 41. B R. Hemphill 49, T. Hardman 48, W. Bromby 45. C M. Peterson 46, L.E lliot 44, M. Hill 41. Vets. G.Hart 46, J. Robbins 43, J. Jennisson 35. Ladies.K. Matthies 46, M. Hogan 42, K. Stybosh 38. Juniors. J. Lieshout 51, J. Stockdale 46, C. Kleimtz 43, C. McClarens 42. The next shoot will be a 75 Tgt Sim Grd event held on Sunday. January 1 (New Years Day), starting at 11am at 940 Leongatha Yarragon Road Hallston. If you are interested in trying Simulated Field Clay Target Shooting just come along, you will be made most welcome.

New skills: more than 50 girls descended on Inverloch to participate in a valuable surfing program on Sunday. Photo by Liam Robertson/Surfing Victoria.

Girls take to the surf MORE than 50 of the next crop of female surfers participated in the Inverloch Surfing for Girls Program on Sunday at Inverloch Surf Beach. The eight location program covers the whole state and teaches girls some valuable water safety skills and surfing techniques in the lead up to summer. The program uses positive female role models and professional surf coaches to pass on skills and knowledge to the next generation of female surfers. Lead coach Ruby Campbell

was impressed with the response on the day. “We couldn’t have asked for much more in a day; more than 50 girls and perfect weather,” she said. “After seeing the Australian Junior Surfing Titles last week on Phillip Island, I am sure we will see some of these girls representing the state in the next 10 years.” For only $20 participants receive a surf lesson, learn how to perform a rescue and walk away with a show bag. This year, all participants will also go in the draw to win a brand new Modern BlackFish surfboard

valued at $750 thanks to Global Surf Industries. All you have to do is participate in the program to have the chance to win. Global Surf Industries will also be providing demo boards for participants to try out at each location. Participants can register for any sessions online at www.surfingvic. com. 2016 Surfing for Girls: Mallacoota December 6, Cape Conran December 7, Sandy Point December 8. The 2016 Surfing for Girls Program is presented by Surfing Victoria and supported by Global Surf Industries, VicHealth, HIF Australia and Cancer Council Sunscreen.

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• Leongatha Cycling

Lumby posts new record FRIDAY night club racing produced a normal cool to cold night at the Leongatha Velodrome. The early southerly wind dropped off by around

7.30pm and riders were able to post some personal bests for the one lap time trial. Will Lumby was quickest with a new personal best at 30.62 sec. Next in was Austin Timmins at 31.35 sec but Austin

was trying to punch out an 800m time as well. Visiting rider Chris Ray was next best at 31.63 sec. Oliver McLean pushed a new personal best at 35.06 sec whilst Thomas Fitzgerald crashed his personal

Close: Felicity Waddell has a narrow win over Kaleb Jans in a sprint heat on Friday night.

best time down to 34.87 sec which was almost one second improvement. In the B Grade group, Jack Allen took over 2.5 sec of his time with a new personal best at 37.94sec. Next in was Felicity Waddell at 38.96 sec just ahead of Kaleb Jans at 39.08sec whilst Caleb Murphy was also in by 1.5 sec for a new personal best at 41.59 sec. In the B Grade five lap scratch race Jack Allen continued to fire winning clearly from Kaleb Jans and Felicity Waddell. In the A Grade eight lap scratch race Steve Allen kept the family name in lights as he flew out from the bunch before bell lap catching the quicker riders napping and held on for the lap for a great win. Will Lumby was second and Austin Timmins third. The B Grade riders had a one lap handicap and, as she did last week, Felicity (20) was quick away from the start and raced home for the win ahead of Kaleb Jans (10) and Jack Allen (scr) in third. The handicapper re-

jigged the marks and second time around it was Jack Allen (15) winning from Kaleb Jans (Scr) and Felicity (scr) just finishing ahead of Caleb Murphy. Due to a lack of pushers, the seniors were not able to have a handicap but instead had a new race – a tempo race – over 12 laps. In this race the first five laps were as in a normal scratch race but there after each time over the line the first rider grabbed two points and the second rider over the line took one point. As soon as the points were on offer, Austin Timmins blasted away from the bunch and quickly accumulated points. Thomas Fitzgerald chased hard and grabbed one point just before Will Lumby went past chasing Austin. Will eventually hit the front and scored some two point places but Austin found his range again and took the last two laps to win with 12 points to Will on eight and Thomas on one point. The A Graders had a round of sprint heats and

heat one went to Oliver McLean from Thomas Fitzgerald and Rob Waddell. In heat two Chris Ray had too much speed for Steve Allen and in the third heat Will Lumby had the best track craft in his race with Austin and duly won. The B Graders raced a progressive points score race. In this race, each time they cross the line the lead rider takes the points which increase each time over the line – one then two then three etc. Kaleb Jans was quickly away and opened up a handy break. However, Jack Allen chased hard and eventually managed to take the last two laps and the win with 11 points to Kaleb’s 10 points. Felicity was third over the line. The A Grade riders had another endurance event with elimination. This produced some close racing and riders being caught out taking the wrong tactics. At the end it was Austin Timmins taking the win from Will Lumby and Oli-

ver McLean. The B Graders finished the night with sprint heats. Jack Allen had a win over Caleb Murphy whilst Felicity had a narrow win over Kaleb Jans. The A Graders finished the night with another eight lap scratch race. This race was an interesting race with Thomas Fitzgerald breaking away at the start and leading for four laps before it all came back to a bunch finish. Once again the superior speed of Will Lumby saw him grab the win from Austin and a close third to Chris Ray. It is great to see riders improving and setting new personal best times but also learning how to race and make the most of their opportunities. The next few weeks some riders have Christmas activities whilst Austin has racing at the Oceania Games in Melbourne so it will be a different field. The club is hoping to see some of the 20 odd riders training of a Wednesday night grab some racing as well.

• Meeniyan Basketball Junior Finals

Grand finals down to the wire THE juniors finished the season at Meeniyan on the November 25. Section two played a round robin, showcasing

the skills they had learnt throughout the season All players received a medallion after the game. Thanks go to Darlene

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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for helping each week with the skills for these young stars. A great program is running at Meeniyan for the younger players. A three on three game and skills start the first part of the night followed by two 10 minute halves for their game If you have turned seven or older and would like to join us next year, just let Darlene know via the Facebook page. Section 3 played an awesome grand final match. Sky Blue just crept into the finals in the last week of the competition, and then stormed into the grand final after playing an undermanned Green team in the elimination finals. Top team, Light Blue, took out the grand final in a great game. Both teams played a great game with Lucas Vanderzalm winning the most valuable player for the match with just one vote over Conor Salmons. A new voting system for the grand final was introduced with three cards given out. The umpires, the scorers and a spectator were all given a card. This was for Section 3 and 4. Final score: Light Blue 25 (L. Vanderzalm 13, H. Herbert 6, W. Oliver 4, J. Moss 2) defeated Sky Blue 19 (C. Salmons10, A. McInnes 6, Z. Bright 3). The Section 4 grand final was also a great game with the scores kept close

until Black decided in the last half to take total control and put no doubt in the game of whom would come out the winner. Yellow had no answers to quick hands and skills of the Collins boys. Yellow had one of its good defenders fouled off and without Angus the ring was left more open, helping the Black side to score. Will Collins was the winner of the most valuable player for the match. Finals scores: Black (W. Collins 18, H. Collins 16, H. Potter 8) defeated Yellow (M. Darmanin 16, R. Hanks 9, J. Lindsay, A. Wright, J. Mackie 2 each). Thanks go to the committee once again for a great season at Meeniyan juniors. Thanks to all the parents for your support at basketball. Helping with scoring coaching and travel is important and appreciated. To all those who put in the time to help coach the youngsters, it was great to have you. The umpires were also thanked for their time and knowledge. Juniors will start again in February. Notices will be in local papers and school newsletters. The association also has a face book page and a website that has all the information on it. The association wishes everyone a merry Christmas, and hopes to see everyone next year at Meeniyan junior basketball.

Great skills: back from left, Kate Lafferty (coach), Elly Jones (coach), Riley Ladiges, Sienna Musilli, Bella Mackie, Jordan Fisher, Ayla Lafferty, Brody Smedley, Ava Lord, Karlie Regester, Skaylah Pedley, Jade Cousins, Erik Webster, Lachlan Hibberson, Ryan Marshman, Jack Linke, Gary Webster (coach), Michelle Hibberson (coach), middle from left, Kye McMillan, Conner Sellings, Caitlin Hibberson, Kira Waldron, Henry Wynne, Sophie Kenney, Maddi Campbell, Charlie Robertson, Shanae Hicks, Tim Hibberson, Cameron Bruce, Tyler Laing, Pete Waldron (coach), Ostin Pedley, front from left Ruby Mackie, Farrah Vanderzalm, Tahlia Lafferty, Olivia Pedley, Angel Alexander and Will Campbell took part in a round robin event in the last round of Meeniyan junior basketball for the year. Absent: Danielle Mackie (coach) and Zekhai Giles.

Close match: back from left, runners up Isabella Mackie, Angus McInnes, Zak Bright, Kirra Jones, Conor Salmons and Tim Bright (coach) from the Sky Blue team with winners from Light Blue, front from left, Colleen Herbert (coach), Maddie Herbert, Kealey Oliver, Harry Herbert, Lucas Vanderzalm, Jen Moss, Brayden Sellings and Wade Oliver.

Section 4: back from left, runners up Matt Darmanin, Jasmine Mackie, Rhys Lindsay, Jay Lindsay, Rory Hanks and Doug Hanks (coach) with winners, front from left, Steve Collins (coach), Flynn Moore, Hayley Phillips, Hannah Potter, Hugh Collins, Will Collins and Ethan Tudor.

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| SPORT • South Coast Athletics

Relay team smash records WHAT a weekend for South Coast Athletics. The club had 12 members again join in the Athletics Victoria Shield round seven event held at Ballam Park, Frankston, on Saturday, December 3, with some very pleasing results. These athletes taking the opportunity to challenge their talent at the shield events are reaping the rewards. A very big congratulations to the Open Women 4 x 400m relay team for breaking the 2009 club record in a time of 4.38.90. The team consisted of Sarah Lewis, Rachel Aitken, Georgia Burns and Aleisha Wrigley. What an exciting result for the girls. Other Athletics Victoria Shield results are as follows: Open women: 200m Sarah Lewis 29.82, 800m 2.25.80. Under 18 women: 200m Aleisha Wrigley 28.24; Courtney Clark 34.62; Naomi Merrilees 38.43; 800m Aleisha Wrigley 2.27.3; Courtney Clark 3.25.2; Naomi Merrilees 3.28.9; Shot Put Courtney Clark 6.81, Naomi Merrilees 5.53. Under 16 women: Triple Jump Rachel Aitken 7.98; Piper Hastings 7.11; High Jump Rachel Aitken 1.45, Piper Hastings 1.40; Shot Put Piper Hastings 6.50, Rachel Aitken 5.60.

Long jump: Mark Coulter competes in the local meet in Leongatha.

Under 14 women: 200m Charli Burns 34.77; 800m Georgia Burns 2.26.4, Charli Burns 3.15.2; Triple Jump Alarna Gibson-Williamson 8.95, Georgia Burns 8.36, Charli Burns 7.53; High Jump Nicola Slade 1.50, Georgia Burns 1.45, Alarna Gibson-Williamson 1.45m. Men 40 plus: Shotput Mark Hastings 8.48. Under 14 men: Triple Jump Matt Merrilees 8.75; High Jump Matt Merrilees 1.60; Shotput Matt Merrilees 9.37; Hammer Throw 29.80. 4 x 400m open women relay. The local meet at Leongatha held on the November 29 saw good numbers of members compete again with pleasing results. The most notable result was that of Raymond Slade throwing the javelin a huge 33.24m taking a few leaves from the tree at the end of the pit as the javelin soared through it. Results as follows: 60m sprint: Harrison Clark 11.02; Georgia Burns 9.33; Beth Montogomery 12.80; Rob Gray 12.25; Charli Burns 10.88; Sarah Lewis 9.32; Courtney Clark 10.25; Nicola Slade 9.56; Meaghan Wilson 9.75; Alarna GibsonWilliamson 9.00; Brenton Taber 8.10; Mark Coulter 8.54; Raymond Slade 10.91. Long jump: Harrison Clark 3.03; Beth Montgomery 2.11; Brenton Taber 4.80; Vu Montgomery 3.42; Nicola Slade 2.45; Charli Burns 2.91; Alarna Gibson-Williamson 3.99; Meaghan Wilson 4.20; Colin Gibson-Williamson 4.08; Georgia Burns 3.85; Ray Slade 3.98; Rob Gray 1.85; Sarah Lewis 3.18; Mark Coulter 4.40; Courtney Clark 2.70. Javelin: Mark Coulter 271.0; Harrison Clark 14.19; Meaghan Wilson 12.40; Beth Montgomery 14.42; Vu Montgomery 27.72; Alarna Gibson-Williamson 14.36; Courtney Clark 9.88; Charli Burns 9.20; Ray Slade 33.24; Rob Gray 11.60; Colin Gibson-Williamson 24.84; Sarah Lewis 10.66; Nicola Slade 16.15; Georgia Burns 14.43. 1500m: Courtney Clark 8.17.50; Georgia Burns 5.35.97; Harrison Clark 6.33.93; Colin Gibson-Williamson 6.03.39; Brenton Taber 6.34.77; Mark Coulter 5.01.13. Congratulations also go to South Coast member Elly Radford, who competed in the Australian All Schools event over the weekend in Canberra placing sixth in the Under 18 high jump with a clearance of 1.68m. Next week the club will be having a barbecue night at Wonthaggi as a break up before Christmas. The night will start at 6pm with relays followed by a shared barbecue at 7pm.

Athletes step it up Those who travelled to Cranbourne last week received certificates showing their Multi-Day results. There were some great performances this week. Cruz Bettles (U6B) threw a recordbreaking 18.85 metres in the Turbo Javelin. Hope Oats broke the Under 8 girls 700m, clocking 2:42.59 while Felix Bathgate did likewise in the Under 8 boys with a time of 3.01.92. Alyssa Dennis set a new record in the Un-

Right, Speedy: from left, the open women relay team of Aleisha Wrigley, Sarah Lewis, Georgia Burns and Rachel Aitken broke the club record in the 400m sprint. The record has not been broken since 2009.

• Leongatha Little Athletics

• Wonthaggi Little Athletics

THIS week, 88 little athletes competed at Wonthaggi on a pleasant morning.

On your marks: from left, Brenton Taber, Colin Gibson-Williamson, Mark Coulter, Courtney Clark, Harrison Clark and Georgia Burns prepare to race in the 1500m.

der 9 girls 700m, running 3:11.20 and Jeremy Kelly set a blistering time of 2.41.31 in the Under 9 Boys 700m. Tevuro Ihomana Montgomery broke the Under 12 girls 60m Hurdles Record with a time of 10.69 seconds and Rachel Aitken broke the Under 15 girls high Jump record with a height of 1.47 metres. The following athletes all recorded multiple personal bests for the day: 5 PBS U8B: Jack Howell, Shot Put, 60m Hurdles, High Jump, 70m and 700m. U9B: Joshua Gallyot, Triple Jump, 60m Hurdles, Discus, 70m and 700m. U12G: Maya Fraser, Javelin, 60m Hurdles, Long jump, 70m, 800m 4PBs U6B: Jaedon Kindom, Turbo Javelin, Long Jump, 60m Hurdles and 70m. U8G: Zarah Duscher, Shot Put, 60m Hurdles, High Jump and 700m. U8B: Archie Moore, Shot Put, 60m hurdles, High Jump and 70m. U9G: Riahn Hawthorne, Triple Jump, 60m Hurdles, Discus and 70m. U9B: Codi Duscher, 60m Hurdles, Discus, 70m and 700m; Riley Rutland, Triple Jump, 60m Hurdles, Discus and700m; Jeremy Kelly, Triple Jump, Discus, 70m and 700m U14G: Harriet Fallaw, Shot Put, 80m Hurdles, High Jump and 200m.

Lots of fun: Jaedon Kindom enjoys the on track games at Little Athletics.

Big leap: Felix Bathgate competes in On track: Sophie Dalton takes on the Under 8 boys 60m hurdles race. the Under 11 girls 800m race.

Sprinters share success IT was another amazing week at Leongatha Little Athletics, with 110 participants, 199 personal bests and two new centre records. The centre records are; Zeb Anderson Under 6 Boy’s 200m 41:84secs and Paul McKeown Under 15 Boys 200m 25:40secs. In addition, Tahlia Zizic, Jack McNaughton and Hannah McKeown all achieved five personal bests for the day. It was a great day all round. Please see below the list of personal bests for the day; U6G: Mikayla Richards 200m 55.42, Vortex 6.92; U6B: Zeb Anderson 200m 41.84, 60m Hurdles 14.90, Discus 9.32; Lachie Bowler 200m 49.86, Long Jump 2.17, Raidyn Harrison 200m 49.86, 60m Hurdles 18.26; Frazer Livingstone 200m 47.07, Discus 8.72; U7G: Imogen Cruickshank 200m 52.37, Long Jump 2.02; Tayah Matheson Long Jump 1.82, Vortex 8.49; Christie Vandermeer 200m 49.63, 60m Hurdles 17.06; Ella White 200m 43.75, 60m Hurdles 15.47; Mia Yates 200m 44.27; U7B: Jacoa Cameron 200m 1.31, 60m Hurdles 13.86, Shot Put 4.60; Cohen Harrison 200m 46.64; Sam Kreutzberger 60m Hurdles 14.84; Jarrah Lowe 60m Hurdles 14.44, Shot Put 4.65; Harper Richards 200m 49.19, 60m Hurdles 18.25; Tyson Tumino 200m 50.05, 60m Hurdles 16.09, Long Jump 2.28; U8G: Lily Hanily 200m 46.49, 60m Hurdles 14.96; Leah Mark 200m 53.80, 60m Hurdles 18.47, Discus 4.50; Kitty Moon 200m 41.13, 60m Hurdles 14.53, Discus 6.63; Lily Reid High Jump 0.80; U8B: Jacob Bolge Turbo Javelin 7.39; Jackson Commadeur 200m 45.02, High Jump 0.75; Max Fowles 60m Hurdles 13.37, High Jump 0.95, Turbo Javelin 8.30; Tejamshu Gaddam 60m Hurdles 12.99, High Jump 0.90, Turbo Javelin 10.70; Miller Richards 60m Hurdles 14.70, Turbo Javelin 6.23; Lincoln Russell 60m Hurdles 18.98, High Jump 0.70; Ned Sheahan 200m 48.14, 60m Hurdles 15.36, Turbo Javelin 8.96; Ben Vandermeer 60m Hurdles 13.67; U9G: Melisse Bath Triple Jump 5.87; Tennessee Crimp 60m Hurdles 16.68; Alyssa Edwards 60m Hurdles 15.07, Triple Jump 4.12; Rahni Matheson 50m 10.09, Discus 4.35, Triple Jump 5.64; Casey

Tumino 60m Hurdles 15.58, Triple Jump 5.10; U9B: Jack Aeschlimann 50m 9.02, Shot Put 4.92, Triple Jump 6.50; Froley Anderson 50m 9.81, 60m Hurdles 13.90, Shot Put 4.73, Triple Jump 6.13; James Barry 50m 9.70, Shot Put 3.90; Josh Bowler 200m 44.78, 60m Hurdles 15.00; Mitchell Cooke 60m Hurdles 16.25, Triple Jump 4.44; Thomas Farbus 60m Hurdles 14.31; Jordan Fisher 200m 40.18, 60m Hurdles 13.39, Triple Jump 6.82; Lincoln Hamilton 200m 37.09, Triple Jump 6.90; Billy Horskins 50m 9.12, Shot Put 4.42, Triple Jump 6.33; Angus Livingstone 50m 9.75, 60m Hurdles 13.60; Jack McNaughton 200m 37.40, 50m 8.89, 60m Hurdles 12.73, Shot Put 4.96, Triple Jump 7.35; Connor O’Loughlin 50m 9.34; Max Sheahan 200m 39.40, Triple Jump 6.61; Jasper Shone 50m 8.67, 60m Hurdles 11.76, Shot Put 4.88, Triple Jump 6.53; Patrick Wilson 200m 40.80, 60m Hurdles 14.27, Shot Put 4.77, Triple Jump 6.84; U10G: Zara Borg Triple Jump 5.88; Ashlyn Matheson Triple Jump 6.91; Hannah McKeown 200m 41.15, 50m 9.70, 60m Hurdles 16.16, Shot Put 3.46, Triple Jump 6.01; Allison Tuckett 50m 8.98, 60m Hurdles 14.74, Triple Jump 6.60; Alex Vandermeer Shot Put 6.61; U10B: Reuben Gammon 200m 33.17, 60m Hurdles 12.73, Triple Jump 7.89, Turbo Javelin 9.00; Ryan Marshman 200m 34.14, 60m Hurdles 13.55, Triple Jump 6.80; U11G: Mia Burt High Jump 1.20; Lucy Patterson 50m 9.54, Javelin 11.68; Alannah Reid 50m 10.70, 60m Hurdles 15.76; U11B: James Heneghan 200m 40.53, 50m 9.51, Shot Put 5.59, Triple Jump 6.06; Scott Mackie 50m 9.25 60m Hurdles 14.70; Oscar Murdoch

200m 35.97, 50m 9.18, Shot Put 6.56; U12G: Chloe Battersby Shot Put 5.93; Chloe Caithness Shot Put 5.40; Nevada Crimp Shot Put 5.19; Georgia Hamilton 60m Hurdles 16.54, Shot Put 5.60; Zara Kreutzberger Shot Put 5.66, Triple Jump 7.18; U12B: Harrison Clark 200m 38.11, 60m Hurdles 15.42, Triple Jump 6.87; Eddie Colwill Discus 17.23, Triple Jump 8.75; Dylan Shone 200m 32.47, Discus 15.07; U13G: Georgia Burns 100m 15.11, 200m 30.66, Javelin 17.03; Lily Caithness 1500m Walk 10:42.77, 200m 35.17, Long Jump 3.26; Rebecca Mckeown Javelin 16.79, Long Jump 4.26; Bree-anna Roy 1500m Walk 12:21.21, Javelin 13.75; Tahlia Zizic 1500m Walk 12:53.99, 200m 35.94, Javelin 13.24, Long Jump 3.41; Evie Bath 1500m Walk 12:01.74, Javelin 19.26, Long Jump 3.38; U14G: Autumn Crimp 100m 19.21, 1500m Walk 13:04.23, 200m 41.02, Javelin 6.94; Beth Drury 200m 42.24, Javelin 11.69; Talei Falkingham Long Jump 3.24; Ella Osborne 1500m Walk 12:12.34, 200m 31.60, Javelin 11.55; Jasmine Woods 200m 29.33; U15G: Erin Clark 1500m Walk 13:59.07, Javelin 15.53; Maddi Cruickshank 1500m Walk 12:47.64, 200m 36.10; Courtney Martin 200m 30.55, Javelin 12.50; Kiara McJames-Court High Jump 1.32, Javelin 13.07; U15B: Paul McKeown 100m 12.59, 200m 25.40, Discus 24.25; Angus Ritchie 1500m Walk 12:10.29; U16G: Sophie Allen 100m 15.46; Jemma Caithness Javelin 14.77; Sienna Falkingham Javelin 14.97; U16B: Merlin Gammon 100m 15.24, 1500m Walk 9:04.00. The last competition day before Christmas is Thursday, December 15.

Dash: from left, Jemma Caithness, Siena Falkingham and Sophie Allen compete in the 100m sprint.

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SPORT | GOLF Korumburra ladies

Top team: from left, Lianne Adamson, Colleen Touzel and Julie Howard were the winners of the Irish 3BBB.

Leongatha ladies THE 3BBB Irish Stableford event last week was sponsored by club members Dot Stubbs and daughter Di Williams. More than 50 members competed in this popular stableford format which was followed by the annual presentations to the very clever golfers. The formidable combination of Lianne Adamson (definitely on a winning streak), Colleen Touzel and Julie

Howard amassed 101 points to win the event, well ahead of the rest of the field. Down the line teams were Toni West, Georgina Mitchell and Trish Miller 99 points, Libby Seebeck, Helen Mackenzie and Melinda Martin 94, Marg Raynor, Marion Chalmers and Gwen Chapman 94 and Jill Steer, Marg Berry and Fran O’Brien. Marg Berry was closest to the flag on the 14th and Libby Seebeck popped it in on her second shot. On the 16th, Julie Howard

won the nearest the pin and Lesley Renwick was closest with her second shot. Ann Blundy won a box of balls for her eagle on the 11th par five; her second eagle on this hole. Saturday, December 3: A Grade winner: Dot Stubbs 71 net. B Grade winner: Marea Maher 69 net. Down the line: Wendy Parker 72, Anna de Bondt 72, Fran O’Brien 74, Rebecca Wilson 77 and Anne Gibson 77.

IT has been a busy week for golfers and helpers during the Korumburra Summer Tournament. Thankfully, terrific weather came their way most days, although Sunday was a tad warm. Twenty-eight women enjoyed the fine weather for the Stableford event in the tournament. Div 1 (0-26) was won by Beryl Brown (26) with 36 points and runner up was Lee Clements (12), 33 points. Betty Thomson (33) won Div 2 (27-45) on a c/b from Sherrin Solly. NTPs were Barb Twite first, Lyn Perks 13th and Lee Clements second shot on the seventh. Many thanks are extended to Korumburra’s Guardian Pharmacy and Natio for kindly sponsoring this event. The winners received lovely trophies, and all competitors were thrilled to be given hand cream. Last week, the club presented Marg Young with some beautiful vases in recognition and much appreciation for the hard work and dedication she has put in as secretary of the Korumburra Golf Club. Marg has been in this role for eight years and has worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Twenty-four pairs played in the Shirley Johnson Memorial 4BBB, and it was great to see so many visitors in this special event. Thank you to Peter Johnson and his family for sponsoring this event in memory of Shirley. Sandy Heenan and Barb Davidson (Warr) won the Shirley Johnson Memorial trophy, with a fabulous 43 points. This pair was also the B Grade winners. Kerri Ahearn and Joy Marriott (Warr) won the Scratch event, with 79, after a play-off with Lee Clements and Anne Walker (Wont). Lee and Anne won A Grade with 41 points. A Grade Best Nine Holes went to Sue Traill and Wendy Gervasi (Mirb Nth), 22 points,

Winners: Marg Ryan was the Medal of Medallist, Alison Adams was the A Grade winner, Anne Poulton was the C Grade winner and Robyn Wilkinson was the B Grade winner.

Wonthaggi ladies THE club is coming to the end of the season and final events are being decided. This week’s event was a Stroke Day but within it was a competition to decide the Medal of Medallist - very difficult club to become a member of. The scores posted in all events showed how good the course has become and there were plenty of smiles on the faces as the ladies have got back “some run” in their shots which has been a long time missing. This 2016 Wonthaggi Medal of Medallist was Marg Ryan, who ended up having a day out.

Leongatha Golf SATURDAY was Medal Day and with the course in sensational condition Ken McKenzie had a great round of net 63 to take the Medal and C Grade honours. Geoff McDonald took out A Grade with a nett 68 and Terry Chipman won B Grade with a net 65. Balls were awarded to Craig Hams, David Vorwerg, Andrew Henley, Col Martin, Merv Stubbs, Jason Dennerley, Peter Brownlie, Doug Clemann, David Forbes, Fred Debono, Anthony Sparkes, Geoff Maher, Chris Leaver,

After the first nine holes (starting on the 10th) she wasn’t very happy with her score and managed to shave off 10 stokes on the second nine. A great effort, so her score was 96 (26) 70 net, and she also nearly holed her tee shot on the second. She got the NTP and the birdie, and not to stop there also the pro pin on the eighth. The daily event winners were A Grade Ally Adams 86(14)72 to continue her family success (her son Harry winning the D Grade men’s championship on the weekend), B Grade Robyn Wilkinson 90(21) 69 , while Anne Poulton had the round of the day to win C Grade 102 (34) 68 net.

NTP went to Anne Walker 17th. Other Birdies on the day went to Ally Adams and Di Grimmond BDL went to Maree Anderson 70, Chris Yann 71, Pam Hanley 73, Chris Hamilton 74, Di Grimmond 74, Irene Walsh 76, Sev Piasente 76, Marg O’Halloran 76 and Dot Garry 76 on c/b. Vale Lesley Richards, a stalwart of the Wonthaggi Golf Club. Lesley had been a former captain and handicapper and district handicapper for many years. She will be deeply missed by all the ladies.

Peter Walsh, Denis Wallace and Ross Evans. NTPs were Ron Findlay on the 14th and Denis Wallace who must have nearly holed out on the 16th to be only 15 cm away. In perfect conditions on Tuesday, 56 golfers enjoyed a Four Person Stabrose event with the team of Bert Borg, Frank Thomas, Bill Warren and Terry Grace taking the honours with a fantastic score of 63 points. Balls were awarded to the teams of Denis Wallace, John Simon, Trevor Seebeck and Keith Godridge, Mark Warby,

Arthur Nilson, John Renwick and Ray Barbour, Neale Gillin, Peter Horman, Ian Barlow and Bob Smith, and Wendy Parker, Neil Mackenzie, Peter Waters and Brian Fennessy. NTPs were Mark Warby who put his tee shot inside one metre on the 14th hole and Keith Finney on the 16th. On Thursday the good scoring continued with Trevor Seebeck having a great day to amass 41 points to win C Grade and the overall in a countback from Russell Williams Russell had a great round, with a 76 off the stick in

Appreciation: a presentation was made to Marg Young in recognition and with much appreciation for the eight years as secretary of the Korumburra Golf Club. amassing his 41 points, to take the A Grade honours. B Grade was taken out by Rob Martin with 39 points in a countback. Balls were awarded to John Eabry, Jim Arnott, Frank Smedley, Geoff Maher, Brian Fennessy, Jeff Brewer, Merv Stubbs, Fred Debono, Barry Day, Bert Borg, John Simon, Neale Gillin, John Renwick, George Misson and Keith Godridge. NTPs were Ian Barlow on the 14th and David Vorwerg on the 16th. Sunday nine hole competition:

Tournament stars: Beryl Brown, Lee Clements, Betty Thomson and Sherrin Solly were the winners and runners up last Wednesday in the Women’s Stableford Tournament event. They are pictured holding their trophies.

Champions: winners of the Shirley Johnson 4BBB Memorial Day at Korumburra were Kerri Ahearn, Joy Marriott, Sandy Davidson, Barb Davidson, Anne Walker and Lee Clements.

Great day: some of the winners of the mixed event in the Korumburra tournament were Don and Julie Hislop, Tim O’Neill and Joan Peters, Peter and Carol Johnson. and the Best Nine Holes in B Grade was won by Jenny Blackmore and Helen Coghlan (Warr), 21 points. NTPs went to Barb Walker first, Carie Harding 10th and Joy Marriott 13th. BDL winners were Leonie Bentick/Maree Anderson (Wont) 41 points, Viv Enbom/ Pam Eyers, 41 points, Carie Harding/Marg Young, 40 points, Fiona/Beth Curram (Foster), 39 points and Beryl Brown/Jan Beaumont (Wont), 39 points. Sunday was a hot day for the players in the Mixed Canadian event. Thanks to Djinta Djinta Winery and Korumburra Newsagency for sponsoring this event. The A Grade 18-hole Scratch winners were Tim O’Neill and Joan Peters, with 84, and Peter and Carol JohnIt was a great Sunday for golf with 19 broken handicaps. Wendy Brown scored the best gross for the ladies with 45 off the stick. Chris Leaver and Greg Paine with 37 were the men winners. The ladies best net was shared by Louise Schache and Libby Seebeck with 32. Greg Paine with 28 won the best net for the men. The team winners for the day were first L.L.T, second Chariots of Fire, third 7 UP, and fourth Rule 35. Thank you to sponsors

son won the Handicap event, with 32 points. Don and Julie Hislop won the 18 holes, B Grade Handicap event, with 25 points. The Best Nine Holes in A Grade went to Bill Hessells/ Heather Grist, with 17 points on a c/b and David and Viv Enbom had the Best Nine Holes in B Grade, with 13 points. The visitors who had the Best 18 Holes were John Enbom and Helen Coghlan from Warragal, with 29 points. NTP on the first was Michael Foote, Peter Johnson and Merrissa Cosson seventh, and Brian Clasby and Sandra Webster on the 13th green. BDL winners were Rod Spokes/Lee Clements, 29 points, Fred/Gale Tyers, 28 points, Marty/Anne DeLeeu, 28 points Ian Hopper/Jeanette Mitchell, 27 points and Lance/ Pauline Lancaster, 27 points. Kevin and Deborah Scott of the South Gippsland Kennels and Cattery. The next round will be played on Sunday, January 8. Happy Christmas to all.

Mirboo North ladies Presidents Trophy Stableford Aggregate: November 23: Winners: Jeanne St Ellen/ Chris Gunn 68 points. Runners up: Sandra Hughes/ Freeda Nair 65 points. DTL: Mary Beruldsen/ Barbara Stimson 65 points,

Thanks to Chris and Lee Clements for organising entries, time sheets and many other tasks relating to the tournament. Also, the club appreciates the help and support of all the people who assisted with catering and the jobs and responsibilities required over the week. Many thanks go to the groundsmen Chris and David who had the course in great p condition after some very challenging weather over the past months. Finally, and very much valued, are the sponsors of all the events through the tournament. It is much appreciated and golfers are encouraged to support the businesses that gen- b erously donate trophies for the numerous events throughout the year. and Wendy Gervasi/ Rhonda Evans 62 points. NTP: fourth Leanne Pennyquick, sixth Sandra Hughes, 13th Maree Thompson andp 16th Barbara Stimson. November 30: Sponsored by Lia Brent. b Winner: Freeda Nair 39 points. Runner up: Maree Thompson 38 points C/B, Anne Wood 38 points, Chris Gunn 38 points. NTP: sixth Jeanne St Ellen, and 13th Barbara Stimson. Mary Birdie: 16th Smeriglio.


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GOLF | SPORT Meeniyan golf THERE was a very busy golfing week at Meeniyan this week with three competitions plus twilight and Glow Golf on Friday night. Saturday was medal day proudly sponsored by Graeme Cope. Bob McGeary had a great front nine and held on the win the last Monthly Medal for the year with a 72 net. Nick Shaw took out B Grade, losing the medal to Bob on a count back. Scores were close at the top with any one of four players having the chance at the last medal. Tuesday saw a strong field for a weekday closely fight out the Singles Stableford competition. The ever reliable ‘straight down the middle’ Col Stewart took out the day on a countback. The unlucky runner up was Bruce Betts, both on 39 points. Only four players scored less than 30 points, with two at 29 points, one at 28 and one at 27. It was good golfing all round. Thursday’s game was all Col Stewart again. This time Col came in with a clear win of 42 points, including two four for fours and one two for four - this being on the 14th hole where Col chipped in from about 40

feet. The nearest to Col was Peter Wilson with 37 points. Members welcomed Jim Cusak to the clubhouse to join in the Saturday presentations. Twilight on Friday night was well represented with Dot Christie winning the ladies section with 18 points from Shiela Constantine a close runner up with 17 points. Steve Vuillerman took out the men’s section. The team of Hutchy, Joel, Gary and Ron took out the Glo Golf competition amid much laughter. Results: Tuesday, November 29: Single Stableford. Winner: Col Stewart (26) 39 points. Runner up: Bruce Betts (33) 39 points. Nearest the pin: second Dave McIntyre and 11th Rob Gourley. Best nine: Bob McGeary 23 points. Thursday, December 1: Single Stableford.

Winner: Col Stewart (26) 42 points. Runner up: Peter Wilson (20) 37 points. Nearest the pin: eighth Peter Wilson and11th Peter Wilson. Best nine: Daryle Gregg. Saturday, December 3: Stroke and Puts; Medal Day. Sponsor Graeme Cope with thanks from the club. Winner: A Grade: Bob McGeary(16) 72 net and medal winner. Runner up: Paul Robinson (17) 74 net. B Grade: winner Nick Shaw (26) 72 net. Runner up: Peter Riddle (26) 73 points. Down the line balls: Col Stewart 75 net, Reg Hannay 76 net and Craig Buckland 76 net. Least number of putts: Bruce Betts, 26. Pro pin: Paul Robinson. Members draw: Sibren Burggraaf - not present so jackpot to next week.

Glo Golf champs: Hutchy, Joel, Gary and Ron shared success on Friday.

Lang Lang golf LANG Lang Juniors shone at the Victorian Primary Schools State Final on Wednesday, November 30. Stand up and be proud Lang Lang, as three juniors have had top 10 finishes in the Victorian Primary Schools State Golf final with young gun Jacob Taberner winning the event with a great score of 69 off the stick on the modified Kooringal course. Charley McKenna came home fifth with a great score of 74 and the elder statesman of the trio Will Christiansen was ninth with a score of 77. A total of 2523 participants took part in the tournament, with 108 making the final. Not a bad effort from our little country golf club in the bush. Be sure to congratulate the boys when you next see them, in particular Jacob and well done boys this is a great effort. 2,523 participants took part in the tournament with 108 making the final today. Not a bad effort from our little country golf club in the bush! This week’s results: Date: Tuesday, 29 November. Event: Open Stableford 2BASTB Field: 42. Winner: Bob Sandiford (14) 42 C/B. Runner up: Colin Rangitonga (18) 42. 2BBBAGG winners: Colin Rangitonga (18) and Ian Stewart (16) 79. NTP: fifth Ron Smith, ninth, Colin Rangitonga, 12th Colin Rangitonga and 15th Noel Zunneberg. 1 Ball Neil Hammond 41; 1 Ball Richard Oldham 41; 1 Ball Ian Stewart 37; 1 Ball

Impressive: Lang Lang’s Jacob Taberner, Charley McKenna and Will Christiansen performed admirably at the Victorian Primary Schools State Final recently. James Hedrick 37; 1 Ball Robert Scott 37; 1 Ball Graeme Sullivan 36 Ladies results: November 30: Par A Grade: A. De Leeuw (20) +1. B Grade: D. Fraser (27) +1. NTP: L. Bishop and D. Fraser. DTL: R. May, S. Purser, P. Randall, C. Stockdale and K. Davey. Date: Thursday, December 1. Event: Golf - 2BBSTB. Field: 69. Winner: Ralph Stewart (17) 43. Runner up: Steve Fuller 38. 2BBB: Ralph Stewart and Colin Rangitonga 48. Eagle: 17th Buddha Harkness. NTP: fifth Angie Peluso, ninth Drew Pearson, 12th Bill Taberer and 15th Buddha Harkness. 1 Ball Steven Bray 38;

1 Ball Ron Constantine 37; 1 Ball Noel Zunneberg 37; 1 Ball Dave Austin 36; 1 Ball Gary Ward 36; 1 Ball Kevin Cresp 36; 1 Ball Michael Fahey 36; 1 Ball Michael Bushe 36; 1 Ball Bob Sandiford 36; 1 Ball Noel Welsh 35c/b. Saturday, December 3: Event: Saturday Monthly Medal – Stroke. Field: 160. Best Gross A: Graeme Spence (2) 74 Grades A: Andrew Dash (13) 69; Grades A: Brad Lovett (4) 71. Grades B: Scott Walker (14) 64; Grades B Colin Rangitonga (18) 69. Grades C: Peter Dovaston (36) 67; Grades C: Steve Wedlock (24) 68. NTP fifth Jacob Taberner 99cm, ninth Rick Pearce 160cm, 12th Chris Kelsall 171cm, 15th Graeme Spence 15cm and 18th Keith Stockdale 56cm

Ladies winner: Pam Anderson (29) 77. Runner up: Sue Purser (25) 78. Medal of Medalist: Lee Andrews (22) 79 c/b. NTP: fifth Jennifer Sullivan 400cm and ninth Kerri McKenna 1500cm. 1 Ball Harry Maxwell 71; 1 Ball Michael Quinn 71; 1 Ball David O’Donnell 71; 1 Ball Bill Tucker 72; 1 Ball Jacob Taberner 72; 1 Ball Kennedy, Wayne 72; 1 Ball Charlie May 72; 1 Ball Graeme Spence 72; 1 Ball Nick De Hey 72; 1 Ball Peter Butler 72; 1 Ball Will Christensen 73; 1 Ball Frank Ryan 73; 1 Ball Phil Williams 73; 1 Ball Colley, Michael 74; 1 Balls C Bishop, Graeme 74; 1 Balls C Bydder, Shane 74; 1 Balls A Cavigan, Andrew 74; 1 Balls C Herman, Michael 74; 1 Balls B Orchard, Ray 75; 1 Balls B Zunneberg, Noel 75; 1 Balls A Harkness, Buddha 75.

Meeniyan Golf Club to host singles golf championship Great effort: Bob McGeary, Medal Unstoppable: Col Stewart had a fantastic winner, being congratulated by captain run to win the Single Stableford event on Thursday. Peter Riddle.

Woorayl golf A NICE day was enjoyed on Saturday, with low winds and the greens were still challenging. Trophies were kindly donated by John Hassett. John provided so many trophies that the club had three winners in each grade. The A Grade second runner up was Robin Gourlay with 35 points, and the A Grade runner up was Jack Howard in good form, with 36 points. The A Grade winner this week was Brian Hogan. The B Grade second runner up was Jason Redmond. Jason hasn’t won anything for a few months, hopefully this will change all that and he’ll be back on the winner’s list soon. Runner up in B Grade was Pat Wallace with a nice score of 39 points. The B Grade winner this week, following on from his monthly medal win last week and continuing his good form, was Rod Goodwin with 41 points. In C Grade, sponsor John Hassett was the second runner up with 33 points on a count back from Robert Beilby. The runner up was Ivor McLennan with 34 points. Winner of C Grade this week was Rob Warren. NTP on the eighth was Jason Redmond, on the 17th no-one. The Hogans won the raffle. In the ladies golf, there were 12 players on Saturday in the second round of the Sum-

mer Cup. The winner was Ann Poole. Ann has had a great round with 42 points, from Sue Wakefield with 38 points, and second runner up was Janet Thompson with 35 points. DTL balls were S. Thomas and J. Pope. It was Sponsor’s Day on Sunday. This is the day when the club thanks the sponsors and has a bit of fun on the golf course. Thanks to Ash Peters for donating some lovely trophies on Sunday. The winners were Tom Ryan, Terry Lund, Jim Newton and Brenton Williams. Jim had an eagle on the 13th; the eagle ball went into the dam on the next hole. Everyone had a great weekend’s golf.

Foster golf THE course is drying out after a very wet period. The green on the eighth has undergone a major facelift and with the onset of good weather the numbers on the fairways are on the rise. Over the last five weeks the club has run a gold ticket promotion congratulations to all the gold ticket winners hope to see you all at Dingley Int for the big draw. Don’t miss the mega Christmas raffle, to be drawn on Friday, December 23. Tickets are on sale now. With Christmas nearly upon us, the club will be giving away hams for the Friday Nine

Hole Chook Run. Tuesday, November 29: Par Winner: John Mathers +2. NTP: fourth T. Johnson and 17th L. Giddy. DTL: F. Tyers (+1), N. Thompson (+1), T. Johnson (+1) and R McCallion (Sq). Wednesday, November 30: Par. Winner A: Sue Wylie (25) +1. Winner B: Frances McGlead (28) Sq. Runner up: B. Curram and D. Berryman. NTP: sixth J. O’Sullivan and 17th Deb Williams. DTL: J. O’Sullivan -3, A. McKenzie -4, M. Willder -4 and B. Fuller +1. Thursday, December 1: Stableford. Winner: R. Fulton 40 points. NTP: sixth R. Prain and 17th R. Fulton. DTL: F. Tyers (33). Friday, December 2: Chook Run – Stableford. Winner: three starters carry through to next week. Saturday, December 3: Medal Day, G and S Anderson Trophy. Medal winner: Kane Esler 66 points. Winner A: Kevin Flett 69 points. Winner B: Kane Esler 66 points. NTP: fourth nil, sixth R. Prain, 13th R. Rulton, 15th J. Chaseling, and 17th R. Prain. DTL: R. McCallion 68, Ray Prain 71 and Jake Chaseling 71.

THE South Gippsland District Golf Association will conduct the 2016 Singles Championships at Meeniyan Golf Club on Sunday, December 11. The event will be played over 18 holes for both A Grade and B Grade. The major events will be the C. Evans Shield for the District Championship and the C. McLean Shield for the District Ju-

nior Championship. In addition to the championship there will be several handicap events over the 18 holes. Entries are open to all members of South Gippsland clubs. Entrants are advised they can now enter the event via an online booking system by visiting the South Gippsland District website at and clicking on the online entries link. By simply filling in the details, an en-

trant can enter and send the entry electronically, or by picking up an entry form which is now available at all South Gippsland Clubs. Entry to the event is free and members wishing to enter the event should direct their entry to the tournament manager Denis Stanes by calling 5672 2787. Late entries will only be accepted depending on the capacity of the field. A strong field is expected to contest the event.

Adventurers retreat to Wallagaraugh River SIX members of the South Gippsland Walking and Adventure Club enjoyed two days on the river recently. Pat Williams, Peter Hosking, Sue Steward, Ron Kelly, Kay Walton and Roz Spratt travelled to East Gippsland to paddle on the Wallagaraugh River, East of Genoa. It was a wide, pristine, lazy river with abundant birdlife such as eagles, sea eagles, Azure Kingfisher and more. The surrounds as they paddled upstream on day one was thick bushland. Many water dragons lazed on the trees and rocks along the

edges and seemed in no hurry to move. On day two they paddled to Gypsy Point and into the

Genoa River, where there was still plenty of wildlife to see, as well as many fish. They stayed at the Wallaga-

raugh River Retreat on the bank of the river. They look forward to going back and doing it all again.

Memorable trip: from left, Sue Steward, Peter Hosking, Kay Walton, Pat Williams and Ron Kelly enjoyed paddling the Genoa River recently.

South Gippsland Bridge Club THE pair’s event was held at Inverloch on December 2. North/South First with the excellent score of 63.10 per cent were Jack Kuiper and Deborah Anglim. Second was the ever steady team of Anne and Bruce Gibson with 58.93 per cent. Third with a very sound 54.76 per cemt were the fatherson team of Neville and Philip

Chapman and fourth was the rapidly improving team of Barbara Axten and Curt Fisher. East/West First were Kaye Douglas and John Sutton with the best score of the week, a stunning 67.46 per cent. Second with a wonderful 61.64 was the excellent pair of Viv Westaway and Maureen Stiles. Third with a very fine 60.85 per cent were Matti Shub and

John Quayle and fourth with 43.92 percent were John Farr and Anne Williams and Marie Sands and Carol Sowden. A pair’s event was also held in Meeniyan on November 28. First with an excellent 64.85 percent were the ever consistent Colin Cameron and June Metcalf. Second with a wonderful 63.54 percent was the reliable pair of Clive Hope and Susan Ruffin.

Third with a very sound 48.96 percent was the sound pair of Rachel Brown and Heather Bligh. Fourth was the very experienced pair of players with 46.88 per cent were Margaret Munro and Barbara Axten. The club website lists all venues and competitions and we invite all interested parties to check out coming event, lessons for beginners, and all other information.

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Terrific trio: Pam Lawson, Gail Applin and Lola Marsh were the winners at Inverloch’s Wednesday Social bowls.

Inverloch bowls WEDNESDAY social bowls saw 21 bowlers turn up for two games of 10 ends. There was only one team that won both games. Congratulations to the team of Pam Lawson, Gail Applin and Lola Marsh. Social bowls will be back next Wednesday, December 7, starting at 12.30pm. A reminder that the last Monthly Triples for this year will be held on Wednesday, December 14, starting at 10am; there’s still time to get your team in for this event. The club competition matches have reached the final round. Please come along and see on Friday, December 9, starting at 3pm the play offs for the men’s pairs between Arthur Moule and Paul Davis against Mick Bowman and Dave Roberts; last season runners up in this event. Also the Ladies Singles Championship final sees Lorraine Dowson, last year’s runner up, against Janis Parks. The Men’s Singles Championship final will also be played between Frank Seaton and Wayne Parks.

Leongatha TUESDAY, November 29 saw our Division 1 ladies at home to Korumburra and took the spoils 62 to 53. J. Miller’s (s) team won 26 to 17 shots, M. Pearson (s) won 18 to 15 shots and Rosa James (s) lost 18 to 21 shots. Division 3 went to Phillip Island and won 67 to 62 shots: M. Jepson’s team won by one shot, M. Rayson’s team won by four shots and B. Thompson’s team lost. Tuesday, December 6, round 10 sees Division 1 away to Foster and Division 3 at home to Mirboo North. Wednesday, November 30 social bowls winners were H. Forrester (s), E. Thompson and P. Ellison with three wins plus nine. Runner-up was the team of R. McGannon (s), Les Wilson and M. Grant with two wins plus seven. Saturday, December 3 saw a celebration after the day’s men’s pennant with all three divisions having overall wins. Division 1 were home to Lang Lang and won 86 to 52 shots: B. Anderson (s) won 32 to 15 shots, R.

Trotman (s) won 28 to 17 shots and J. Hall (s) won 26 to 20 shots. Division 3 were home to Foster and won overall 83 to 63 shots. Division 4 travelled to Phillip Island and were overall winners 74 to 63 shots: R. Symmons (s) lost 19 to 30 shots, J. Kuiper (s) won 27 to 18 shots and M. Carnell (s) won 28 to 15 shots. Saturday, December 10, round nine sees Division 1 away to Phillip Island Blue, Division 3 also away to the Island and Division 4 will be home to Korumburra Gold. Apologies to skipper L. Wilson who was mis-reported in the last report in the game against Port Welshpool. Les won 30 to 21 shots not lost 21 to 30. Friday evening, December 2 saw the Kitty Club in action with some 75 plus in attendance, and again a good night was had by all. The club’s Christmas dinner will be held on Friday night, December 16, and if you propose to attend please make sure your name is on the list near the entrance to the match commit-

Good bowling will be assured. It is also the Friday Members’ Night so why not head down the club early and take your pick of what will be fantastic matches to watch. Saturday Pennant results: Division1: Inverloch Blue 83 defeated Phillip Island Blue 63. Best winning rink: G. Hardy, D. Roberts, R. Gabb and M. Coram. Division 2: Inverloch White 85 defeated Phillip Island White 65. Best winning rink: P. Davis, N. VanGrunsven, D. Muir and G. Butler. Division 3: Inverloch 62 lost to Port Welshpool 65. Best winning rink: D. Archer, B. Hensley, N. Everitt and H. Rybalka. Division 4: Inverloch 69 lost to Tarwin Lower 71 Best winning rink: R. Dowling, J. Duthie, R. Brevitt and A. Tschiderer. Division 5: Inverloch 58 lost to Fish Creek 81. Best winning rink: R. Huntriss, P. Sheedy, P. Dalmau and R. Paynting. tee door. Saturday, December 3 saw the winners of the social bowls being P. Ellison (s), E. Coulter and Janet Chalmers. Until the next report, good bowling ‘Jackhigh’.

SGBD Tuesday pennant bowls ROUND nine, November 29: Division 1: Inverloch 16/85 (37 shots) defeated Foster -/48. (L. Dowson 28 defeated G. Facey 20, C. Hughes 29 defeated B. Tyers 16, and J. Brown 28 defeated M. Climas.12.); Phillip Island 14/70 (9 shots) defeated Corinella 2/61.( P. Francis 25 defeated M. Hoy 15, R. Eames 24 defeated T. Durbridge 19, and J. Dyer. 21 lost to J. Carter. 27.); Leongatha 14/62 (9 shots) defeated Korumburra 2/53.(J. Miller 26 defeated J. Nicholl 17, M. Pearson 18 defeated J. McVeigh 15, and R. James 18 lost to M. Goad 21.) San Remo 14/80 (24 shots) defeated Wonthaggi 2/56. (R. Dennis 28 defeated K. Simpson 16, M. Forrest 33 defeated M. McBain 15, and S. Carvosso 19 lost to P. Wintrup 25.)

Division 2: Tarwin Lower 16/91 (37 shots) defeated San Remo -/54. (S. Browne 22 defeated J. Grindlay 21, H. Twite 33 defeated J. Farquhar 20, and H. Marshall 36 defeated W. Brunsden 13.) Wonthaggi 14/82 (15 shots) defeated Port Welshpool 2/67 (J. Kellow 36 defeated L. McLaine 18, S. O’Connell. 26 defeated B.Crawford 22, and S. Hamilton. 20 lost to M.McDonald 27.) Lang Lang 12/73 (7 shots) defeated Toora 4/66 (R. Geyer 27 defeated B. Curram 15, J. Prowd. 20 lost to K. Barwick 24, and B. Kitchin 26 lost to R.Richardson 27.); Inverloch 13/74 (10 shots) defeated Meeniyan 3/64 (M. Flett 30 defeated A. Maruzza 11; S. Phillipson 24 drew. B. Scott 24, and L. Marsh 20 lost to B. Dyke 29). Division 3: Mirboo North 16/89 (36 shots) defeated Korumburra -/53 (D.Stein 23 defeated S. Martin.17; A. Plowman 35 defeated M. Hams 19, and M. Briscoe 31 defeated M. Brown 17.); Leongatha 14/67 (5 shots) defeated Phillip Island 2/62 (M. Rayson 25 defeated L. Waters 15,

Celebrate: club stalwart and local legend Helen Twite enjoyed her 80th birthday at the Inverloch Bowls Club. She is pictured here with Graeme Dunlop.

Tarwin bowls TUESDAY was an enjoyable day for bowls with the sun shining and the wind chill factor not too bad. Division 4 had a great win at home against Inverloch and Division 2 was also successful at San Remo. Next week Division 2 play at home against Port Welshpool while Division 4 travel to Wonthaggi. M. Jepson 27 defeated D. Reynolds 26, and B. Thompson 15 lost to C. Hoffman 21.) Loch 16/93 (49 shots) defeated Fish Creek -/44. (V. Kennedy 29 defeated M. Bath.16; H. Garham 39 defeated N. Van Dyk 9, and M. Cochrane 25 defeated N. McKenzie 19.) Division 4: Corinella. 12/45 (4 shots) defeated Foster 2/41 (E. Johnston 25 defeated R. Raita 20, J. Brown 20 lost to G. Giacherini 21.); Tarwin Lower 12/55 (9 shots) defeated Inverloch.2 /46 (V. Martin 31 defeated V. Muir 21, J. Coates. 24 lost to M. Paynting 25.); Phillip Island 14/60 (22 shots ) defeated Wonthaggi . -/38 (D. Bateman 28 defeated L.Stanes17; I. Vezis 32 defeated T. Kavanagh 21.)

Ladders Division 1 Inverloch ...............104+110 Leongatha .................89+43 San Remo ...................72-43 Phillip Island..............68-19 Korumburra .................67-67 Foster...........................63-51 Wonthaggi ..................58+35 Corinella........................55-8 Division 2 Port Welshpool .....106+172 Lang Lang ..................79-22 Wonthaggi .................74+29 Toora ............................71-4 Tarwin Lower ............ 67+28 Inverloch .....................65-95 San Remo .....................59+4 Meeniyan...................55-112 Division 3 Leongatha ................94+76 Mirboo North .............79+5 Phillip Island...........78+118 Loch ..............................73-5 Korumburra ..................71+2 Fish Creek .................37-196 Division 4 Corinella.................89 +125 Inverloch .....................68-8 Tarwin Lower ............66-49 Foster.........................63+13 Phillip Island ...............53-19 Wonthaggi. ..................39-62

SGBD Saturday pennant results ROUND eight: December 3 Division 1: Inverloch (W) 16/85 (20 shots) defeated Phillip Island (W) -/65; Inverloch (B) 14/83 (20 shots) defeated Phillip Island (B) 2/63; Wonthaggi 12/75 (1 shot) defeated Korumburra 4/74; Leongatha 16/86 (34 shots) defeated Lang Lang -/52. Division 2: Wonthaggi 16/97 (32 shots) defeated Toora -/65; Fish Creek 14/69 (15 shots) defeated San Remo. 2/54; Corinella 12/82 (11 shots) defeated Loch.4/71; Mirboo North 14/64 (5 shots) defeated Tarwin Lower. 2/59. Division 3: Wonthaggi 14/70 (3 shots) defeated Meeniyan 2/67; Port Welshpool 12/65 (3 shots) defeated Inverloch 4/62; Phillip Island 16/75 (26 shots) defeated San Remo -/49; Leongatha 14/83 (20 shots) defeated Foster 2/63. Division 4: Wonthaggi 16/80 (33 shots) defeated Korumburra (M) -/47; Leongatha 14/74 (11 shots) defeated Phillip Island 2/63; Tarwin Lower 14/71 (2 shots) defeated Inverloch 2/69; Korumburra (G) 14/71 (2 shots) defeated Corinella 2/69. Division 5: Foster 16/96 (42 shots) defeated Loch -/54; San Remo 14/87 (29 shots) defeated Mirboo North 2/58. Fish Creek 14/81

Saturday was another beautiful day for bowls with Division 2 travelling to Mirboo North and Division 4 to Inverloch. The old teachers would have been impressed with the mental calculations going on in the heads of Division 4 bowlers on both sides as they tried to determine the difference between the teams and how many shots were needed to achieve a win. In the end Tarwin won by two shots – a great fight by both sides to the end. At the same time another great game was being played at Mirboo North but unfortunately Tarwin went down by five shots. Next week both divisions play Wonthaggi at home. Last Wednesday, November 30, was the 80th birthday of local legend Helen Twite. Helen travelled to Melbourne to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday with family and in turn they, and many friends, joined Helen for lunch on Sunday in Inverloch followed by afternoon tea at the Inverloch Bowls Club - a wonderful way to celebrate such a mile stone surrounded by so many loved ones, including her gorgeous great granddaughter, Phoebe. Thank you to the Inverloch club for providing a sumptuous afternoon tea in such beautiful surroundings. Happy birthday Helen. A reminder that Saturday, December 17, is the club’s Christmas dinner. Numbers will need to be finalised soon so please add your name to the list as soon as possible. The club’s thoughts are with Eric Gallop and his wife Ruth who is undergoing treatment in Traralgon Hospital and Geoff Hartshorn, who is still recovering in Leongatha hospital. Geoff is concerned about his wife Mary and knows she would welcome a visit from her friends from the bowling club. (23 shots) defeated Inverloch 2/58; Meeniyan 16/99 (60 shots) defeated Lang Lang -/39; Toora 14/69 (1 shot) defeated Phillip Island 2/68.

Ladder Division 1 Phillip Island (B) ....96+142 Inverloch (B) ...........90+109 Leongatha ...............83+108 Wonthaggi ..................70-65 Inverloch (W) ..............61-39 Korumburra .................51-31 Phillip Island (W)........37-75 Lang Lang ................24 -149 Division 2 Fish Creek .................82+52 Toora .........................75+66 Wonthaggi .................74+24 Corinella....................72+43 San Remo ...................68+18 Tarwin Lower ..............59-13 Loch ............................43-53 Mirboo North ............39-137 Division 3 Phillip Island.............76+37 Foster. ........................76+27 Port Welshpool ............69-7 Leongatha .................68+29 Meeniyan....................66+70 Inverloch .....................65-19 San Remo ....................52-51 Wonthaggi ...................40-86 Division 4 Wonthaggi .................88+50 Korumburra (M)......74+25 Leongatha ................68 +27 Korumburra (G) .........65-2 Phillip Island. .............60+13 Tarwin Lower ..............60-33 Corinella......................52-42 Inverloch .....................45-38 Division 5 San Remo ..............102+160 Toora .......................99+185 Foster...........................80+5 Meeniyan...................78+57 Inverloch ....................76+91 Fish Creek ..................70+42 Lang Lang ...................50-46 Mirboo North ............43-150 Phillip Island .............26-102 Loch ..........................16-242

Buffalo indoor Wednesday, November 30 EIGHT bowlers played at Buffalo this week, with four pairs and six bowls used. It was good to have Connie Occhipinti join us. In game one Toni

Heldens and Mary Tumino had a drawn game against Bill Wolswinkel and Connie Occhipinti, with the lead changing several times and low scoring at five all after eight ends. On the other mat Charlie Tumino and Joyce Occhipinti had a win over Joe Occhipinti and Carolyn Benson, scoring three on the last end to win 10-6. The second game saw Toni and Mary win over Joe and Carolyn and scores were level after seven ends, but one shot to Toni and Mary saw them win 5-4. On mat two scores were also level after seven ends but Charlie and Joyce scored five on the eighth end to win 10-5. The third game saw Joe and Carolyn start strongly, scoring 11 shots before Bill and Connie scored one, but Bill and Carolyn continued on winning, 15-4. Charlie and Joyce scored their third win with a 10-6 over Toni and Mary. Winners for the night being Charlie and Joyce (WWW) 13 ends, next Toni and Mary (DWL) 12 ends, third Joe and Carolyn (LLW) 13 ends and fourth Bill and Connie (DLL) nine ends. The Christmas breakup at Buffalo will be on Wednesday, December 14 at 7.30pm. Names to Toni and Peter Heldens 5663 6224 by Tuesday, December 13 please. Social bowls, Wednesday, December 7, 7.30pm at the Buffalo hall - all welcome.

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| SPORT Meeniyan bowls TUESDAY, November 29: Pennant was an away match to Inverloch. Two rinks got points but we were down overall. This week will be a home match against Lang Lang. Week three corporate bowls pairs winners were Animals with Noel and Ann runners up. Week four winners were Animals again with Brad and Adam runnersup. There are two more Tuesdays left. Thursday, December 1, was monthly triples sponsored by Cervus. Winners were Les Eastman, Keith Marsh and Rob Dorrity (Korumburra) with locals Alan Hanks, Kevin Robinson and John Cocking runners up. BLG went to Fish Creek’s Ray Barham, Tim McLean and Dave Christie. Saturday, December 3: Pennant was a home match for both teams. Division three playing Wonthaggi went down 67 shots to 70 with one rink successful. Division five had a big win against a badly depleted Lang Lang 99 shots to 39 with all rinks up. Next week threes are away to Inverloch and fives are away to Loch. The ladies single final is between Irene Hill and Lyn Bloch. The men’s final is in the semi final stages. Monday, December 12, is the annual Farmers Day event and the Christmas break up is on Friday, December 16. Upshot 2.

Fish Creek bowls A BIG thank you to Ray Barham for organising a great social evening held at KO’s on Friday evening; a great time was had by all. On the serious subject of bowls, both Fish Creek teams played at home on Saturday, December 3, and both divisions were successful overall. On Saturday, December 10, Division 2 will be playing away to Toora, the team listed below: R. Mortlock (S), R. Knight, M. Heywood and R. Staley T. McLean (S), A. Kerr, R. Grylls

(TM) and R. McKenzie D. Christie (S) N. McKenzie, B. Cooper and B. O’Keefe. The bus will depart from the clubrooms at 11:45am. Division 5 will take on Lang Lang, at Lang Land, departing from the Club rooms at 10:45am. The team is as follows: R. Poletti(S), J. Lindeman C. Bell and B. Vuillerman. K. Flanders (S), R. Constantine, C. McGannon and M. Angwin R. Barham (S), A. Atwell, A. Masson, J. Laurance Emergency: G. Hoskins. Club competition draw is presently progressing at a good rate. However, please still be aware of the time deadlines – because if games are not completed by these dates, they will be forfeited. Saturday heralds The Fish Creek Bowls Club Christmas dinner which will be held at the club starting at 6.30pm for 7pm. Ticket sales have been on a grand scale, and sadly are now all sold out.

Mardan bowls MARDAN Bowls Club celebrated its Christmas break up at the Mirboo North Bowling Club last Friday evening, November 25. A lot of bowlers from the South Gippsland Association also attended; this was appreciated by all at the Mardan Club. Members were asked to bring along a small gift to make a hamper to raffle. It was intended to have only one prize but due to the response of the members it was soon found that we could have three major prizes and some smaller ones as well. The first prize was won by the pesky Ian Hasty. Ian’s wife Helen was really chuffed about the size of the hamper. The second prize was made by Ann Plowman. A tower made of a big box then reducing in size to smaller boxes as the height of the tower increased was filled with lollies. Well done Ann. This prize was won by Nick Rutjens his wife Wendy warned of cholesterol. The third prize a Christmas pudding was won by Bert Bright and was promptly returned to the prize table to

be recycled. The next ticket was drawn by Ed Handley. Ed was unable to contain his excitement about gaining a home cooked Christmas pudding it made his night and maybe it was the highlight of his bowling season. Other tickets were drawn till the prize table was empty. The club announced the new office bearers for next season to all present. The office bearers are as follows: President Ann Plowman, vice president Denyse Menzies, secretary Ian Hasty third year and treasurer Vito Serfino. The club wished everyone a merry Christmas and a safe trip home and concluded the evening. Wednesday evening, November 30, was Mardan Club’s last night for the season. All the mats were rolled out and cleaned for storage till next season. Some time was used up doing this so after some conjecture it was decided to play two games of nine ends as a compromise to those that wanted to play eight or ten ends. For some unknown reason it was also decided to play the mats on the opposite diagonals to that normally used. The mats played as well as they usually do in this position. The runners up for the evening were led by Kristy Rutjens, second by Robert Campbell, third by Bev Greenwood and skipped by Vito Serfino. They scored one win and nine ends only to be piped at the post by our pesky Ian Hasty’s team with a score of one win and eleven ends. The third was John McColl and the second was Margaret Campbell the team was lead by Lorna Roberts. Well done Ian and team. The club had the usual supper. The outgoing president thanked the members for their support during the last two years and asked the membership to support the incoming office bearers. So that is all from me till next season of course I will see you all at the Buffalo bun fight in a couple of weeks. RG

Mirboo North and District Junior Tennis Association RESULTS from round nine – December 3 It was another perfect morning and hopefully the children (and parents) are enjoying the tennis. Don’t forget your drink bottles to stay hydrated, and hats and sunscreen as well.

A Grade Fish Creek 4 sets, 29 games defeated Wawrinka-Leongatha 2 sets, 21 games; Djokovic –Leongatha 4 sets, 28 games defeated Mardan 2 sets, 22 games; Leongatha North bye.

Ladder Fish Creek ..........................41 Leongatha North ..........35.44 Mardan..........................35.40

Wawrinka-Leongatha ..22.57 Djokovic-Leongatha ......21.75

B Grade Fish Creek4 sets, 27 games defeated Mardan 2 sets, 24 games; Federer-Leongatha 5 sets, 33 games defeated Williams-Leongatha 1 set, 14 games; Baromi-Yellow 5 sets, 30 games defeated Kerba-Leongatha 1 set, 16 games; Nadal-Leongatha 5 sets, 31 games defeated Baromi-Black 1 set, 19 games; Barty-Leongatha bye.

Ladder Fish Creek ..........................42 Mardan............................39.5 Federer-Leongatha............38 Barty-Leongatha ............31.5 Nadal-Leongatha ..............28.5

Baromi-Black ......................28 Baromi-Yellow ....................27 Williams-Leongatha ............25 Kerber-Leongatha ...............23

C Grade Murray-Leongatha 5 sets, 27 games defeated Tomic-Leongatha 1 set, 12 games; Fish Creek 6 sets, 28 games defeated Tsonga-Leongatha 0 sets, 11 games; Mardan 4 sets, 23 games defeated Berdych-Leongatha 2 sets 17 games.

Ladder Fish Creek .......................58.5 Murray-Leongatha ........31.5 Mardan...............................26 Tomic-Leongatha ...........25.5 Berdych –Leongatha ...........24 Tsonga–Leongatha ...........23.5

Supportive: from left, Grade 2 student Shayan, Hamish, Josh, Shem and Brodie cheered on their teammates during the junior athletics carnival at Leongatha Primary School on Friday. All students competed in seven events and the boys were cheering loudly during the sprints. ► More photos on page 55.

Allambee Mirboo & District tennis LEONGATHA and Koony had a close match on Saturday and Leongatha was the winner by eight games, with two tiebreakers. Phillip Island ladies were very strong and set up for a good win. A few Leongatha North players couldn’t make it to the game. Well done to the young fill-ins. In Section 2 the Baromi versus Koony games were level, Baromi won by a set. Outtrim and Berrys Creek were big winners against Korumburra and Korumburra and Leongatha Gold. Let’s hope the young players cope with the highs and lows of the

season. Hallston won the game against Leongatha Green. Gristy played with and against the young players he coaches and what good rallies there were. Also birthday time for the coach, went of with quite a bang. In Section 3 the Parrots won well and went to the top of the ladder. Baromi won the match against Mardan and Baromi won and are now equal on the ladder with Mardan. Abbey McColl had her first game with the seniors and did well.

Results Section 1: Phillip Island 7.66 d Leongatha North 2.33, Leongatha 5.61 d Koon-

Korumburra volleyball Preliminary finals results: A Grade: Golliwogs defeated Champions (3:1) 22:25, 25:19, 25:22, 25:21. B Grade: Falcons defeated Panthers (3:0) 25:18, 25:13, 25:11.

Swimming lessons in primary schools GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny O’Brien is calling on the State Government to help regional schools pay for lessons and student transport after swimming was made mandatory. The State Government announced last week that it will require students to learn how to swim 50 meters by the time they finish Grade 6. Mr O’Brien said while he was supportive of primary school students learning how to swim, he had concerns about how the schools will afford to implement the program if additional funding is not provided.

“Many of our rural and regional schools are year and it is a reminder to be vigilant and play it already constrained by tight budgets and it’s not safe by the water.” good enough for Daniel Andrews to not find funding for this important initiative,” he said. “For many of the schools in Gippsland, the biggest cost will be transporting students. “In places like Welshpool, Fish Creek and Loch, which have no pool, they’ll have to get a bus to take students to the pool. “The Premier has no trouble finding $1.3 million for its controversial Safe Schools program, but cannot find a single dollar for this program which will save lives. “Sadly 43 people have drowned over the past

warra 4.53, Inverloch - bye. Section 2: Outtrim 9.72 d Korumburra 0.26, Hallston 7.67 d Leongatha Green 2.27, Baromi 5.55 d Koonwarra 4.55, Berrys Creek 9.72 d Leongatha Gold 0.31. Section 3: Parrots 6.50 d Hawks 1.26, Baromi 7.54 d Mardan 0.18, Eagles - bye.

Ladders Section 1 Phillip Island................ 74.0 Inverloch ...................... 61.5

Leongatha North ......... 42.0 Koonwarra ................... 35.0 Leongatha...................... 33.0 Section 2 Berrys Creek................ 74.5 Baromi .......................... 68.5 Outtrim ........................ 63.5 Koonwarra ................... 58.0 Hallston ......................... 56.5 Korumburra ................... 29.0 Leongatha Green ........... 21.5 Leongatha Gold............. 17.0 Section 3 Parrots .......................... 51.0 Baromi .......................... 45.0 Mardan......................... 45.0 Eagles ........................... 37.5 Hawks ........................... 28.0

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• LDCA C Grade Division One

One sided clashes in C1 CRICKET in C1 grade on Saturday saw the top four sides play the bottom four and it generally showed on the scoreboard. Top side OMK has first innings points already having knocked over Inverloch on the first innings already. Inverloch bowled out for just 48 is no match for OMK already 0/62 and looking to win outright. OMK’s H James routed the Inverloch bats taking 4/7 from 10 overs. Dean Jeffries finished the day 35 not out for the Diggers. MDU won the toss and

put Club in at Meeniyan but Club fired up well with an opening stand of 58. A swashbuckling innings from opener Craig Harvey of 49 included 6 fours and 2 big sixes showed he was not going to hang around blocking deliveries. He scored 49 of the first 58 runs in the innings with Josh Schultz playing the support role. Club was also well served by that other C Harvey in the side, Chad, who scored a fine 91 in the middle order to give his side a total of 225. MDU’s best performer was John Phillips with 3/54. Korumburra, second, decided to bat at Phillip Island and hit a pretty good total of 7/190 against the Island. The innings was high-

lighted by a century for Cameron Smith, at 101 not out (10 fours and 1 six), with Jimmy Petrie scoring 30. Peter Cleary bowled best with 4/40. Nerrena fourth played Town seventh and the Red Caps made all out for 169. Town’s Nick Tuckett took 4/80 while Marcus Kreutzberger took 2/11. In reply Town is in a little trouble at 4/54 with two new batsmen at the crease. OMK v INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch J. Belli c. M. Gow b. H. James .............................2 R. Hughes b. H. James ...............4 R. Sparkes c. M. Gow b. D. Jeffries ...........................8 N. Bradley b. H. James ..............0 M. Woods lbw. b. H. James .............................0

A. Sparkes c&b. S. Matthews ....1 C. Bulter c. L. Whiteside b. J. Whiteside ......................16 J. Strickland r.o. .........................3 R. Bradley n.o. ...........................3 P. Harmer c. D. Jeffries b. L. Walker ............................1 A. Box b. D. Wylie.....................0 Extras ......................................10 Total .........................................48 Bowling: H. James 4/7, D. Wylie 1/6, S. Matthews 1/9, D. Jeffries 1/9, E. Lamers 0/3, M. Blackburn 0/4, J. Whiteside 1/0, L. Walker 1/4, L. Whiteside 0/2, P. Harper 0/1. 1st innings OMK D. Jeffries n.o. ..........................35 S. Matthews n.o........................18 Extras ........................................9 Total ......................................0/62 Bowling: R. Sparkes 0/22, P. Harmer 0/15, N. Bradley 0/6, A. Box 0/8, M. Woods 0/7. TOWN v NERRENA 1st innings Nerrena B. Croatto lbw.

b. K. Newton ........................28 B. Gannon c&b. K. Newton .....24 G. Giliam c&b. N. Tuckett .........5 J. Renden b. M. Kreutzberger ..21 M. Waltom c. D. Goss b. M. Kreutzberger .................8 M. Patterson r.o. .........................0 S. Martin b. D. Hume ...............28 M. Collins b. N. Tuckett...........27 R. Baudinette n.o........................5 P. Joseph c. M. Kreutzberger b. N. Tuckett.........................12 D. Grigg b. .................................0 Extras ......................................10 Total .......................................169 Bowling: M. McKay 0/15, N. Tuckett 4/80, K. Newton 2/24, M. Kreutzberger 2/11, R. Edwards 0/32, D. Hume 1/5. 1st innings Town T. Cashin lbw. b. J. Renden ............................2 M. Kreutzberger b. J. Renden ....8 M. Warren b. P. Joseph .............24 J. Goss b. B. Croatto ..................4 D. Goss n.o.................................0 R. Edwards n.o. ..........................4

Extras ......................................12 Total .........................................54 Bowling: M. Collins 0/29, J. Renden 2/8, P. Joseph 1/5, B. Croatto 1/4.

Bowling: S. Benra 1/12, K. Brown 1/35, L. Mercer 1/24, S. Riley 2/40, J. Brown 0/21, J. Phillips 3/54, A. Howard 1/17, C. Brown 1/17.

MDU v WON CLUB 1st innings Won Club C. Harvey c. b. J. Phillips ..........................49 J. Schulz c. D. Thomas b. S. Riley...............................5 J. Licis c&b. S. Riley .................7 J. Brann c. A. Howard b. J. Phillips ............................6 E. Dempsey c. b. J. Phillips ............................3 C. Harvey c. J. Brown b. C. Brown ..........................91 N. Dobbie b. .............................21 B. Van Agtmaal c. J. Phillips b. K. Brown ............................3 B. Harvey c. b. A. Howard ..........................4 M. Dobbie b. ..............................8 H. Dobbie n.o. ............................0 Extras ......................................28 Total .......................................225

PHILLIP ISLAND v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra A. Pyman b. P. Cleary ................2 C. Smith n.o. ..........................101 T. Morrison c. L. Keating b. R. Cleeland.........................4 P. Churchill c. M. Christopher b. P. Cleary .............................1 A. Balfour lbw. b. P. Cleary .............................1 J. Petrie lbw. b. J. Johnston ........................30 M. Wrigley b. P. Cleary ............13 I. Riddell r.o. ..............................6 D. Kemp n.o. ............................20 Extras ......................................12 Total ....................................7/190 Bowling: R. Cleeland 1/10, J. Johnston 1/75, S. Cox 0/20, P. Cleary 4/40, B. Quirk 0/22, J. Excell 0/15.

• LDCA C Grade Division Two

Top sides falter in C2 BOTH teams in the top two of C2 cricket, Phillip Island and Glen Alvie, look to be heading for defeat in what could be a round of upsets. Phillip Island journeyed to the Leongatha velodrome to take on fifth placed OMK. The Island batted first but made just 111 on the small oval which may prove impossible to defend. The Sharks’ Peter Francis was top scorer with 33 while Glen Marshall made 27. The OMK bowlers, namely George Lomagno 3/30 and Dean Wylie 2/27, made sure their side is in with a big chance to knock off the top side. Second placed Glen Alvie is in for a struggle in its match against second last Korumburra. Glen Alvie made just 107 with opener Jarrod Newsome almost carrying his bat through the innings, making 56 runs. Aaron Brinksma took

4/25 for Korumburra. Town 168 is in for a close contest against Club when the match resumes this Saturday. Town’s opener John Pouw was rock solid with 69 runs while John Schelling too with 40, kept the scores ticking over. Later on Luke Kleinert made 27. For Club, Sam Liddle got the magic 5-for, taking 5/52. Poowong-Loch journeyed to Koony recreation reserve and should be pleased with the score of 7/238 at the close. Jordan Knox 59, Adam Sheedy 44, Ricky Knox 35 and Neil Hancock 28 all got amongst the runs. Alex Stanley 2/28 was the best of the bowlers. WON CLUB v TOWN 1st innings Town J. Pouw c. S. Roche b. S. Liddle ...........................69 G. Pouw c. F. Brosnan b. S. Roche .............................0 J. Schelling c. M. Schreck b. S. Liddle ...........................40 C. Dowling c. M. Schreck b. D. Brosnan .........................0 M. Harry b. D. Brosnan .............1 A. Hanily c. S. Liddle b. D. Brosnan .........................4 R. Shields lbw.

b. S. Liddle .............................0 L. Kleinert n.o. .........................27 N. Fixter r.o. ...............................1 R. Lindsay b. S. Liddle ............10 J. Lindsay b. S. Liddle ...............4 Extras ......................................12 Total .......................................168 Bowling: M. Schreck 0/24, S. Roche 1/36, K. Dudley 0/33, S. Liddle 5/52, D. Brosnan 3/12, J. Baker 0/5. 1st innings Won Club K. Dutchman n.o. .......................5 D. McGuirk n.o. .......................14 Extras ........................................8 Total ......................................0/27 Bowling: J. Pouw 0/6, J. Lindsay 0/4, C. Dowling 0/8, N. Fixter 0/4. GLEN ALVIE v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Glen Alvie M. Hull c. A. Allaway b. A. Brinksma .....................19 J. Newsome c&b. A. Allaway ..56 M. Grieve c. V. Gopal b. A. Brinksma .......................4 L. McRae c. V. Gopal b. S. Hall ................................1 B. McRae b. A. Brinksma ..........6 A. Newsome b. A. Brinksma .....1 M. Dhar b. T. Crocker ................0 J. Lindsay c. A. Allaway b. A. Sinclair ..........................0 K. Hull b. V. Gopal ....................0 J. Standish c. G. Barrett b. V. Gopal .............................3 B. Hull n.o. .................................0 Extras ......................................17 Total .......................................107 Bowling: S. Hall 1/14, A. Brinksma 4/25, T. Sorrell 0/9, J. Whiteside 0/9, G. Barrett 0/15, M. Rowe 0/5, T. Crocker 1/2, A. Sinclair 1/5, V. Gopal 2/11, A. Allaway 1/4. 1st innings Korumburra T. Crocker r.o. ............................6 J. Whiteside n.o. .........................3 S. Hall n.o. .................................5 Extras ........................................8 Total ......................................1/22 OMK v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island C. Muscat r.o. .............................2 W. Paterson lbw........................ 11 R. Young c. .................................0 P. Francis c. ..............................33 G. Marshall c............................27 J. Walton lbw. ........................... 11 B. Caile b. ..................................0 D. Stevenson r.o. ........................2 A. Thompson c. ..........................2 M. Lee n.o. .................................8 G. Excell c..................................0 Extras ......................................15 Total ....................................... 111 Bowling: P. Green 1/35, G. Lomagno 3/30, D. Wylie 2/27, J. Cuman 2/9, R. Paterson 0/7, R. Wyatt 0/0.

Poise: Jordan Knox of Poowong/Loch shows good technique in this drive. He made the top score of 59. Photos by Mark Drury.

KOONWARRA-L/RSL v POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Poowong-Loch N. Hancock b. B. Manicaro .....28 A. Johnson c. L. Hughes

Above, Concentration: Callum Buckland sends one down for Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL. He finished with 1/47 from 12 overs. Right, Hard working keeper: Mitch Scrimshaw of Koonwarra/ Leongatha RSL made a run saving lunge on the leg side. b. B. Manicaro........................3 A. Sheedy c. N. Grimes b. D. Van Puyenbroek ..........44 J. Knox b. A. Stanley ...............59 B. Knight c. P. Buckley b. B. Thomas ..........................3 C. Loughridge c. D. Van Puyenbroek b. C. Buckland......................22 R. Knox n.o. .............................35 T. Sheedy b. A. Stanley ..............0 B. Ruyter n.o. .............................6 Extras ......................................38 Total .............................7/238 (cc) Bowling: P. Buckley 0/15, B. Manicaro 2/41, G. Clarkson 0/20, D. Van Puyenbroek 1/18, C. Buckland 1/47, A. Stanley 2/28, B. Thomas 1/21, S. Moore 0/33.

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CRICKET | SPORT • LDCA B Grade Division One

Nerrena steps up to the challenge SITTING just outside the top four on the ladder, Nerrena showed its determination to climb its way up on Saturday. Batting first, Jacob Beckwith set a steady pace for Nerrena, batting 14 runs. Shaun Helms took over and added 39 more runs to Nerrena’s score before he was run out by Sam Clark. James Kelly batting at number four and Jamie Cann batting at number five each made 22 runs and were the highest scorers following Helms. However, Town has demonstrated its strength throughout the season and was not about to give Nerrena an easy ride. Two wickets each were claimed by Clark, Zack Trease and Steven Fixter. After 72.5 overs, Nerrena

was all out for 221. Town will bat this Saturday. Taking on the undefeated Phillip Island side, the Wonthaggi Workmens came out strong. Opening partnership Daniel Turton and Jack Sherrin made excellent ground work, making 18 and 12 runs respectively. Batting third, captain Liam Sawyer stepped up and established the lead the Workers were looking for. Sawyer batted 78 runs before he was bowled by Clint Wilson. Although no one matched Sawyer’s score, collectively the team produced 218 runs before they were all out after 73.5 overs. Phillip Island defended its undefeated streak with four wickets each taken by Wilson and Matthew Wright. Two catches were taken by Jai Asbury.

Phillip Island will fight to retain its title this weekend. OMK was off to a flying start against MDU. Opening partnership Aaron McKinnon and Russell White cracked triple digits with McKinnon making 22 runs and White making a massive 89 runs. Ultimately, McKinnon was caught by Troy Sinclair and White was caught by Cooper Cary. Third batsmen Jacob Lamers put up an additional 21 runs before he was caught by Craig Hoober. The innings slowed once Lamers was dismissed, but OMK finished its innings with a handy 198 runs. Bowler Michael Patching was merciless, taking out five wickets during his 28.4 overs. Two wickets were also taken by Paul Vine and Michael Olden. MDU bats this weekend.

Inverloch had a slow start, but gradually gained its momentum as it took on Kilcunda Bass. Dylan Clark stepped up to bat for Inverloch fifth and managed to get the ball rolling. He batted 41 runs before he was run out by Jaydan Tregear. He was immediately followed by Jason Smith and Dean Cashin, resulting in the highest scores of the day. Smith made 53 and was caught by Ray Gardiner and Cashin was dismissed by the bowling of Rohan Duff after making 42 runs. After 69.2 overs, Inverloch was all out for 187. Duff was Kilcunda Bass’ stand out bowler, taking three wickets. Kilcunda Bass will bat this Saturday. KILCUNDA-BASS v INVERLOCH 1st innings Inverloch C. Fisher c. R. Gardiner

b. R. Duff ...............................0 D. Harris c. S. Tapscott b. R. Duff ...............................1 J. Bowring b. J. Tregear .............8 E. Cousins b. J. Tregear ...........12 D. Clark r.o...............................41 J. Smith c. R. Gardiner b. D. Bettles..........................53 D. Cashin lbw. b. R. Duff .............................42 L. Anderson b. D. Bettles .........13 A. Mujtaba c. J. Bastwrous b. J. Tregear ............................9 S. Hayes n.o. ..............................1 J. Williams c. R. Gardiner b. J. Tregear ............................4 Extras ........................................3 Total .......................................187 Bowling: D. Bettles 2/48, R. Duff 3/48, J. Tregear 4/45, S. Tapscott 0/24, C. Elliott 0/20. NERRENA v TOWN 1st innings Nerrena J. Beckwith c. S. Fixter b. S. Clark ............................14 S. Lester lbw. b. Z. Trease...........................13 S. Helms r.o. .............................39 J. Kelly c. J. Schelling b. A. Hickey .........................22 J. Cann b. S. Clark ...................22 A. Harrison stp. J. Schelling b. S. Fixter ..............................0

C. Baudinette r.o. .....................10 N. Battersby c&b. S. Fixter......18 A. Trotto c. J. Bolge b. C. Bruce ...........................15 N. Trotto n.o. ............................20 M. Croatto lbw. b. Z. Trease...........................19 Extras ......................................30 Total .......................................221 Bowling: B. Berry 0/26, A. Hickey 1/21, S. Clark 2/40, Z. Trease 2/39, S. Fixter 2/40, W. Turner 0/11, C. Bruce 1/8, J. Hume 0/6, J. Bolge 0/7. WON CLUB v PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Won Club D. Turton b. M. Wright ............18 J. Sheerin lbw. b. S. Boyack .........................12 L. Sawyer b. C. Wilson ............78 J. Wallace c. B. Insall b. M. Wright ...........................0 A. Geyer c. T. Hornsby b. C. Wilson..........................32 R. Geyer c. Z. Brown b. T. Hornsby ........................13 D. Herbert c. J. Asbury b. M. Wright .........................10 S. Williams c. J. Asbury b. M. Wright ...........................3 B. Evans n.o. ............................17 M. Davey b. C. Wilson.............23

L. McGuirk lbw. b. C. Wilson............................0 Extras ......................................12 Total .......................................218 Bowling: B. Christopher 0/23, S. Boyack 1/15, C. Andrews 0/40, M. Wright 4/47, C. Wilson 4?30, T. Hornsby 1/13, Z. Brown 0/41. MDU v OMK 1st innings OMK A. McKinnon c. T. Sinclair b. P. Vine ..............................22 R. White c. C. Cary b. M. Patching ......................89 J. Lamers c. C. Hoober b. M. Patching ......................21 J. Paterson b. P. Vine ................15 W. Dowel c. M. Patching b. M. Olden ............................8 D. McMeekin b. M. Olden .......19 J. Greenwood lbw. b. M. Patching ........................8 R. Dixon b. M. Patching ............1 L. Lamers n.o. ............................0 M. Nicholas c. B. Casbolt b. M. Patching ........................0 Extras ......................................15 Total .......................................198 Bowling: M. Patching 5/66, C. Hoober 0/43, P. Vine 2/31, C. Cary 0/17, J. Bright 0/7, M. Hoober 0/4, M. Olden 2/21.

• LDCA B Grade Division Two

Burke strikes high score AN early ton by opening batsman Joe Burke had Glen Alvie off to a fantastic start against the Imperials on Saturday. In all, Burke accumulated 118 runs before he was bowled by Tim McGrath. Batting fifth, Darcy Hale posted an impressive 58 runs. Hale was caught by Mitchell McGrath, but he was soon followed by Rohan Slade. Slade batted seventh and made 36 runs. He was not out at the end of the innings. However, after 56.4 overs, Glen Alvie was all out for 292. The Imperials’ star bowler was John Pykett, who took out three wickets within nine overs. The Imperials started its innings but it was a sluggish opening. Tim McGrath was bowled by Brodie Cox and Ethan Lavis was bowled by Burke with nothing to show for it. Mitchell McGrath made two runs and was not out by the end of the day. The Imperials left the ground 3/2, and will pick up where it left off this Saturday.

Korumburra won the toss and made a strong start against Koonwarra L/RSL. Opening partnership Jason Richards (40) and Shayne Harland (28) immediately put Korumburra in a comfortable position. Although Richards was caught by Kevin Thorne and Harland was caught by Jordan Pickersgill, the third, fourth and fifth batsman continued the high scoring trend. Travis Gray made 25 runs, Darren Scott made 28 runs and captain Jeremy Oxlee made 39 runs. Thorne claimed five wickets and Dylan Clark claimed three for Koonwarra L/RSL. After 69.1 overs, Korumburra was all out for 214. Poowong Loch kept the intensity high against the Wonthaggi Miners. The Miners batted first. Wayne Chapman batted 20 runs and Adam Zanella batted 33, which were the highest scores of the day. Poowong Loch’s Jordan Poynton caused havoc on the field, managing to bowl out Chapman and catch Zanella. Trevor Allen also performed well, taking three wickets.

After 62 overs, the Miners were all out for 127. Poowong Loch opened its innings. Nathan Allen batted four runs and was not out. Matthew Allen batted three runs and was caught by Matthew Greenway. After seven overs, Poowong Loch was 1/14. Its innings will continue this Saturday. Foster had the bye. KORUMBURRA v KOONWARRA-L/RSL 1st innings Korumburra J. Richards c. K. Thorne b. J. Geary ............................40 S. Harland c. J. Pickersgill b. K. Thorne .........................28 T. Gray b. K. Thorne ................25 D. Scott c. J. Geary b. K. Thorne .........................28 J. Oxlee c. K. Thorne b. D. Clark ............................39 N. Leppin c. A. Drury b. D. Clark ..............................6 M. Olden c. K. Thorne b. D. Clark ............................ 11 M. Patten c. J. Stockdale b. K. Thorne ...........................6 C. Mileto b. K. Thorne .............14 N. Arney n.o. ..............................3 H. McNeill r.o. ...........................0 Extras ......................................14 Total .......................................214 Bowling: A. Drury 0/28, M. Boswell 0/24, J. Pickersgill 0/16, J. Geary 1/14, B. Tomada 0/44, K. Thorne 5/68, D. Clark 3/14.

Consistent: Korumburra’s Darren Scott made 28 runs and was among the highest scoring batsmen on the day.

Bending the back: Koonwarra/LRSL’s Brendon Tomada applied the breaks after Korumburra got off to a flyer. He was unlucky not to be rewarded with a wicket. Photos by Mark Drury. POOWONG-LOCH v WON MINERS 1st innings Won Miners G. Kent c. B. Hall b. M. Allen .............................3 A. Hall b. G. Birnie ..................15 S. Farrington c. B. Hall b. S. Head ...............................2 T. Nelson r.o. ..............................4 W. Chapman b. J. Poynton .......20 A. Zanella c. J. Poynton b. T. Allen .............................33 G. Peters c&b. G. Birnie ............0 L. Granger c. M. Allen b. T. Allen ...............................7 C. Gooch lbw. b. T. Allen ...........5 P. Loos b. G. Poynton.................9 M. Greenway n.o........................8 Extras ......................................21 Total .......................................127 Bowling: S. Head 1/14, M. Allen 1/23, J. Poynton 1/21, B. Monson 0/4, G. Birnie 2/5, J. Hibbs 0/15, T. Allen 3/18, G. Poynton 1/16. 1st innings Poowong-Loch N. Allen n.o. ...............................4 M. Allen c. M. Greenway b. T. Nelson ............................3 T. Allen n.o. ................................0 Extras ........................................7 Total ......................................1/14 IMPERIALS v GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Glen Alvie J. Burke b. T. McGrath ........... 118

R. Slade c. T. McGrath b. J. Pykett ..............................5 J. Hamilton c. B. Vagg b. T. McGrath .........................2 I. Thorn c. T. McGrath b. J. Pykett ..............................1 D. Hale c. M. McGrath b. M. Portelli ........................58 D. Tiziani lbw. b. J. Pykett ............................ 11 R. Slade n.o. .............................36 J. Hull r.o. .................................12 D. Gilbert b. A. Meyer .............17 J. Thomas lbw. b. A. Meyer ..........................12 B. Cox c. A. Meyer b. M. Wardle...........................2 Extras ......................................18 Total .......................................292 Bowling: T. McGrath 2/62, E. Lavis 0/40, J. Pykett 3/60, M. McGrath 0/37, M. Wardle 1/30, M. Portelli 1/29, C. Mondal 0/17, A. Meyer 2/7. 1st innings Imperials T. McGrath c. b. B. Cox ................................0 E. Lavis b. J. Burke ....................0 M. McGrath n.o..........................2 M. Portelli b. J. Burke ................0 M. Wardle n.o.............................0 Extras ........................................0 Total ........................................3/2 Bowling: B. Cox 1/2, J. Burke 2/0, J. Hamilton 0/0, J. Thomas 0/0.

Focus: Koonwarra/LRSL’s Jordi Geary was a presence on the field and took a catch on the day.

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• LDCA A Grade Division One

Giles smashes a super century KORUMBURRA is in the box seat over OMK in A1 after a fine 172 runs by captain Michael Giles steered the Cobras to a massive 6/396. The Cobras, sitting fourth, was facing a big test against the fourth placed OMK and the ‘Burra side came out on top. The partnership between Giles and Shane Dole, who made 66, generated the second highest partnership in all grades of 165. When Giles departed the score was 4/316 but the Cobra’s run feast didn’t end there with Peter Edwards hitting 57 and Luke Zanchetta finishing not out 46, giving the Diggers a tough ask this Saturday on its home ground. Top side Inverloch has hit an impressive score in its match against Kilcunda Bass thanks to another century, this time by David Newman, the backbone of the innings with 124. Winning the toss and batting on Inverloch turf Nathan

Brayley and Brett Debono hit an opening stand of 44 before Brayley fell for 21. Then Debono, out for 54, and Newman shared in an 85 run partnership before Debono fell. Newman kept the scores ticking over and with solid partnerships with Kit Rotthier 27 (71 run partnership) and Will Rankin not out 18 (59 run partnership) Inverloch will be hard to beat. Town, third and Nerrena, sixth, played a tight game and this one is expected to come down to the wire. Town won the toss and batted on Scorpion Park with some solid innings by a number of bats the Scorpions are in good shape at 193 all out after 70.1 overs. Matt Davies opening top scored with 37, Jareth Hume made 34, Madura Weerasinghe-Silva 24 and Thinesh Sivatnanam 23. Despite noone going on to make a half century Town still posted a good score. Nerrena is also in with a chance and a win will put it in striking distance of the top four. Best of the Red Cap

bowlers were Josh Trease 3/30, Damien Symmons 2/3 and Tim Wightman 3/31. Phillip Island made a competitive 198 against Club despite a disastrous start when opener Lachie Cleeland went out for a duck with the Island 1/0. Some good innings by Mitchell Kinghorn 24, Asitha Samarawickrama 36, Charith Keerthisinghe 33 and Simon Kirton 35 made sure the Sharks are right in this one. Best of the bowlers for Club were Ryan G Thomas 3/25 and James Sherrin 3/51. INVERLOCH v KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Inverloch B. Debono c. D. Mock b. A. Wells ............................54 N. Brayley b. D. Blackney .......21 D. Newman n.o. .....................124 W. Taberner lbw. b. J. Mahood...........................2 K. Rotthier c. C. Peckett b. A. Donohue ......................27 W. Rankin n.o...........................18 Extras ......................................20 Total .............................4/266 (cc) Bowling: A. Wells 1/41, J. Dakin 0/24, D. Mock 0/31, D. Blackney 1/27, A. Donohue 1/61, J. Mahood 1/35, C. Peckett 0/40. TOWN v NERRENA

1st innings Town M. Davies c. H. Funnell b. T. Wightman .....................37 D. Burge c. J. Hoy b. J. Trease..............................6 A. Ratnaike c. P. Matheson b. R. Clark ............................16 M. Weerasinghe Silva b. J. Trease............................30 M. Smith c. M. Clark b. J. Hoy ...............................24 J. Hume b. D. Symmons ..........34 M. Borschman b. J. Trease .........1 T. Sivatnanam b. T. Wightman .....................23 S. Browne c. b. T. Wightman .......................6 N. Mahendrakumar n.o. .............6 L. Smith lbw. b. D. Symmons.......................1 Extras ........................................9 Total .......................................193 Bowling: J. Trease 3/30, P. Matheson 0/41, T. Wightman 3/31, R. Clark 1/50, J. Hoy 1/28, D. Symmons 2/3. PHILLIP ISLAND v WON CLUB 1st innings Phillip Island L. Cleeland c. S. Huitema b. R. Thomas ..........................0 J. Keating c. S. Huitema b. R. Birkett ............................8 M. Kinghom stp. K. Brann b. J. Thomas .........................24 E. Richards c. J. Sheerin b. J. Thomas ...........................4 B. Johnston c. K. Brann b. R. Thomas ........................16

A. Samarawickrama c. R. Birkett b. J. Sheerin .....36 C. Keerthisinghe c. K. Brann b. J. Sheerin ..........................33 G. Odgers c. K. Brann b. R. Thomas ........................19 S. Kirton c. K. Brann b. J. Sheerin ..........................35 J. Cox n.o. ..................................8 D. Johnston r.o. ..........................0 Extras ......................................15 Total .......................................198 Bowling: R. Thomas 3/25, R. Birkett 1/24, J. Thomas 2/35, Z. Macdermid 0/12, J. Sheerin 3/51, M. Thomas 0/9, L. McLean 0/28. OMK v KORUMBURRA 1st innings Korumburra I. Osman c. P. Dell b. K. Kerr .............................29 M. Giles c. N. Creed b. J. Cochrane.....................172 S. Dole lbw. b. A. Miller ...........................66 K. Rigby lbw. b. P. Dell .................................2 P. Edwards c. N. Creed b. J. Cochrane.......................57 L. Zanchetta n.o. ......................46 K. Dorman c. H. James b. N. Audino ...........................0 D. Salmon n.o. ...........................1 Extras ......................................23 Total .............................6/396 (cc) Bowling: P. Dell 1/65, N. Cant 0/36, J. Cochrane 2/75, N. Audino 1/87, K. Kerr 1/43, D. Lloyd 0/15, J. Dewell 0/24, A. Miller 1/32.

Big hit: the Cobras’ captain and coach, Michael Giles, made a big 172 run score for his team on Saturday against OMK.

• LDCA A Grade Division Two

Miners’ pair combine for 187 WONTHAGGI Miners cricketers Jason O’Reilly and Blake Andrighetto combined for the biggest partnership of the day on Saturday with the opening pair making 187. Andrighetto made 70 before being bowled and O’Reilly went on to make his century, 124, before being next to fall with the score being 2/237. As far as the opposition Imperials was concerned the damage had been done. The Miners would go on to post a mammoth 9/371 with Cameron Thomas finishing not out on 61 and Joel Piasente 56 keeping the runs flowing till the end. Imperials tried plenty of bowlers with a number claim-

ing multiple wickets; the best of these Lachie Wright 3/68, Luke Rogers 3/74 and Zac Price 2/76. Top two sides in A2 Poowong-Loch and Koonwarra/ Leongatha RSL met on Leongatha turf with PoowongLoch winning the toss and batting. The Poowong-Loch lost the wicket of Colin Knox early for a duck but Wilson Pollock 26 and Aaron Bardwell 39 settled the side to make a 69 run partnership before Pollock fell. But the highest score came from Jacob Bardwell who made 44. Despite the tail enders falling away Poowong-Loch’s score will make next week’s finale pretty interesting. In the third match MDU fourth was up against Glen Alvie fifth and this match too should have a fitting climax. MDU won the toss and

batted on Butch West turf, making 185 with the openers getting United off to a good start; Steven Arnup scoring 25 and Gary Webster 46. Darien Matthews made 20 and then later a good cameo innings by Cameron Harris netted 48 before the innings came to a close with his wicket. Glen Alvie’s John Reid took 4/51 and Kelvin Simpson 3/30 in a solid bowling effort. Foster had the bye. KOONWARRA-L/RSL v POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Poowong-Loch C. Knox b. J. Kennedy ...............0 A. Bardwell lbw. b. J. Guinan ..........................39 W. Pollock r.o. ..........................26 J. Bardwell r.o. .........................44 P. Dyer b. J. Guinan ...................0 R. Greaves c. J. Hughes b. J. Kennedy........................12 K. Miller c. J. Hastings b. B. Hastings .........................8 A. Jenkins b. J. Kennedy............9 A. Fisher b. J. Kennedy..............9 M. Hancock r.o...........................5

M. Loader n.o.............................3 Extras ......................................36 Total .......................................191 Bowling: N. Arnup 0/21, J. Kennedy 4/17, J. Hoy 0/16, B. Perry 0/5, B. Hastings 1/44, J. Guinan 2/51, J. Hale 0/17. GLEN ALVIE v MDU 1st innings MDU S. Arnup c. P. Palmer b. D. Hales............................25 G. Webster r.o...........................46 T. Harris c. P. Palmer b. J. Dalmau ...........................7 D. Mathews b. J. Reid ..............20 N. Eddy b. K. Simpson ..............4 M. Martin b. J. Reid ...................6 J. Mason b. J. Reid .....................0 M. Olden n.o. ...........................18 S. McRae c. J. Tiziani b. K. Simpson.........................3 M. Kewming b. J. Reid ..............0 C. Harris c. W. Luke b. K. Simpson.......................48 M. Cantwell n.o..........................0 Extras ........................................8 Total .......................................185 Bowling: D. Hales 1/38, W. Luke 0/48, J. Dalmau 1/14, K. Simpson 3/30, J. Reid 4/51. 1st innings Glen Alvie J. Reid b. S. McRae....................1

Short of crease: Wilson Pollock hits out for Poowong/Loch. He was later run out for 26. Photos by Mark Drury. P. Palmer n.o. ...........................31 S. Smith n.o. ...............................9 Extras ........................................4 Total ......................................1/44 Bowling: J. Mason 0/23, S. McRae 1/4, S. Arnup 0/8, D. Mathews 0/7, N. Eddy 0/2.

Long spell: Jake Guinan of Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL sends another one down. He bowled a marathon 27.1 overs, taking 2/51.

WON MINERS v IMPERIALS 1st innings Won Miners J. O’Reilly c. L. Wright b. Z. Price ...........................124 B. Andrighetto b. L. Wright .....70 C. Thomas n.o. .........................61 N. Tucker lbw. b. L. Wright ............................0 J. Andrighetto c. G. Sauvarin b. Z. Price ...............................9 J. Honeysett c. R. McLennan b. L. Wright ............................2 C. Honeysett c. J. Ginnane b. L. Rogers .......................... 11 J. Piasente b. P. McCaughan ....56 J. Loos b. L. Rogers ...................1 J. Rumbold c. L. Wright b. L. Rogers ............................1 A. Honeysett n.o. .......................1 Extras ......................................35 Total .............................9/371 (cc) Bowling: J. Ginnane 0/47, Z. Price 2/76, L. Rogers 3/74, D. Ginnane 0/33, L. Wright 3/68, P. McCaughan 1/48.

Maybe the yorker: Brock Hastings contemplates his next delivery for Koonwara/Leongatha RSL. He took 1/44 from 10 overs.

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Johnston win back to back LEONGATHA Primary School’s junior athletes participated in the annual athletics carnival last Friday. Grade Prep to 2 students in Wightman, Johnston, Herrald and Strzelecki houses went head to head in seven events; discus, sprint, high jump, long jump, the huff’n’puff relay, the baton relay and the obstacle course. Ultimately, Johnston House took the win for the second year in a row. This fun carnival is held in term four every year

to help students practice track events before they compete in the senior school. “The students have been practicing in PE classes since the start of the term and have taken to the track events really well,” PE teacher Joel Cahir said. “It’s a new experience for them and I look forward to teaching the older students new track events next year.” Grade 2 students will be straight back into it in term one next year when the senior athletics carnival is on again.

Winners: from left, Prep students Jacob, Charlotte, Aaron and Florence of Wightman House had a nice collection of ribbons from the junior athletics carnival on Friday.

They’re off: from left, Grade 2 students Charli, Chloe, Lauren and Jorja were quick starts in their sprint race.

Off and racing: from left, Grade 1 students Lincoln, Jack, Trent and Blake went head to head in the sprints at the junior athletics carnival.

Inverloch students take the plunge BRAVING the deep water at Inverloch’s Inlet near the pier on Friday were grades five and six students from the Inverloch Primary School who were taking part in the Open Water Learning Program run by the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club. The program was introduced at the school 10 years ago and coordinator Fiona McMahonHughes said it is designed to give local water knowledge to the children. Some 100 students participated in the program that included three sessions where students learn about the differences from the water, currents and dangers at the Inlet to those

at the Inverloch Surf Beach and changes from year to year and are taken through all the water safety signals in case they do need help out in the open water. “We try to build awareness in the students and encourage them to look for changes and know what to look for when they are at the beach,” Mrs McMahon-Hughes said. “The program has proved very successful and some of the students have never even been to the beach before. We want to equip the students with the knowledge they need to cope with different situations and be more confident and not panic,” she said. The program is run in a very controlled environment with experienced lifesavers running the sessions.

Training: Inverloch Primary School students listen in as Olivia Hughes gives instructions during the open water learning program on Friday.

Young athletes: from left, Grade 1 students Tara, Mia, Paige, Ruby Ann and Grade Prep student Will (front) competed in a range of athletic events for their houses.

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Snappy time: celebrity zoologist Chris Humfrey will be bringing along Julius the crocodile to the Stony Creek Races on Tuesday, January 3.

Stony Creek’s family bonanza STONY Creek Racing Club is gearing up for a double header of family entertainment at its two school holiday race meetings on Tuesday, December 27 and Tuesday, January 3.

The Tuesday, December 27 race meeting (the Christmas Day holiday) will feature a Kid’s Day Out with Kelly Sports providing four hours of fully supervised children’s activities in the form of arts and crafts, physical activities and entertainment. These activities are free of charge for all children to enjoy on the day, and include a mix of sports, dance, team and fun activities at no cost. A cricket zone will be set up so you can keep up to date with all the action from the Boxing Day Test, as well as free entry and for children. Join Stony Creek for a great day’s fun and entertainment. If you are looking for ways to entertain the children these summer holidays, bring the family down to the Stony Creek Kids Summer of Country Racing race day, with free entry for children.

There is a new attraction to accompany the Tuesday, January 3 meeting with the exciting announcement of a visit by television zoologist Chris Humfrey from the Wild Action Zoo entertaining the children with his interactive animal display extravaganza. The show will be running from 12noon-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. When he was three, Chris Humfrey found a green tree frog in a Coffs Harbour public toilet. Rather than getting upset, Chris promptly adopted the frog and named him Freddo and the pair are

still together. Freddo is just one of the many animals Chris works with in his career as a zoo owner and wildlife educator. Chris owns and runs his own 4.5-hectare private zoo at Macedon with 2000 animals and 10 staff, all of whom are trained zoologists. “All these animals have been bred in captivity,” he told The Star. “In a perfect world, animals should be out there in the wild, but it’s not a perfect world. “That’s what we try and teach people - that they’ve lost their habitats.” Sometimes the teaching happens at the zoo, but Chris also travels to festivals and schools. “We’re about getting people to have empathy for these animals and learn about why we need to protect them,” he said. “We still have a lot of beautiful forests and ecosystems to protect.” Chris 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 ko-

Have a pat: Chris Humfrey with one of his cute wombats. ala, Casper, a black-headed python and Julius, the 6ft long crocodile. Chris has been to South Gippsland a number of times, hiking in Wilsons Promontory, and looks forward to com-

ing back to the area again. Be sure to bring your cameras along, there’ll be lots of photo opportunities with the animals.

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