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Food for thought $4.61m Bair Street face lift Page 3 Suspicious behaviour LEONGATHA Salvation Army’s food bank has been overwhelmed this winter. Pictured Corps officer Kerry Smith in the food bank. See Page 5.


By Tayla Kershaw FIFTY local jobs could be lost in South Gippsland if the Home and Community Care program is axed. Losing the service would also disrupt the lives 1300 people, who rely on a friendly face helping them to live comfortably and independently at home. South Gippsland Shire Council said no services have

been cut yet, but council is exploring its options in response to funding changes by the Federal Government. “The Federal Government is changing its method of supporting people with disabilities and older frail citizens who need support services by redirecting funding directly to these people to enable them to select their own service providers,” council’s director of corporate and community services Faith Page said. “This commences with disability support services later this calendar year, with aged care services follow-

ing in 2020. Under the existing model, block funding is provided to council to provide services directly to those citizens of South Gippsland who require support. The new model is better suited to health service providers who provide a broad range of home care, health and allied services.” Ms Page said council’s objective is to ensure sustainable and consistent quality service provision for its clients, delivered by people employed locally.

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CENTRAL Gippsland Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives are appealing for public assistance following a disturbance in Leongatha on July 11. The incident happened at Mary Checkley Reserve, in Worthy Street, Leongatha at 1.30am. A local resident in the vicinity of the reserve heard a woman screaming and sounding distressed. Investigators were told he went to investigate and noticed two men and a woman leaving the area but could not provide descriptions of them. Detectives would like to speak to anyone who was in the park at that time or who has seen or heard anything suspicious to contact them. Anyone with information is urged to contact Central Gippsland SOCIT on 5120 0350, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report online at

Truck driver on drugs SOUTH East State Highway Patrol police intercepted a commercial truck driver under the influence of drugs in Leongatha on Tuesday, July 11. Police intercepted a 16 tonne truck in Anderson Street for a routine check at 11.30am It was found that the truck’s load was not secured properly and that the 53 year old man from Drouin was driving under the influence of illicit drugs. It was also discovered he had made false entries in the log book and also failed to make entries in the log book. The man now faces a three month licence suspension and has fines totalling $960. ► More police news on page 7.

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$4.61m Bair Street facelift By Jessica Anstice BAIR Street Leongatha will be enhanced, developed and practical if South Gippsland Shire Council receives the $3.06 million funding it has applied for to add to the $1.55 million council budget. Dates including commencement and completion are dependent on when and if funding is announced. Construction will commence within three to six months of signing a funding agreement. The project is an opportunity to reduce dominance of road pavements to create an inviting character into Bair Street and to introduce greenery and shade into the streetscape. Alex Scott and Staff is located on Bair Street, Leongatha and agent Alan Steenholdt said, “I’m sure anything the council do will be positive.” “I’m assuming that whatever changes are made will be positive for the town and can imagine will enhance the street and make it more user friendly. Bair Street’s Sweet Life Café owners Jodie and Geoff Clarkson are confident the Bair Street development will bring more positivity to Leongatha. South Gippsland Shire Council’s manager of engineering and projects John Moylan said the process of sourcing external funding from the State Government for the Leongatha Business Precinct development has now commenced. Safe pedestrian crossing points and consistent quality public realm are a part of the plan. The plan creates opportunity for activation to shop frontages and encourages a lively street

environment. Curb side seating will be implemented along with formalised pedestrian crossings. The Rail Trail plays a vital role in the plan, connection signage will be visible from Bair Street and the Rail Trail will connect to town. The width of Young Street may be reduced. Connectivity to the underutilised Horticultural Park will be improved and additional tree planting within the park would improve vista from Bair Street. Improvement will be made to the gradient and path link from the Rail Trail to Bair Street. Gollers Lane will be improved with greenery, colour and activation. Near Gollers Lane, at the back of IGA car park will have shelter, bike storage and vehicle access will be maintained. The vacant area will facilitate events and gatherings and greenery will be inserted to diminish the impact of car parking.

Lyon Street is planned to become a shared zone, between pedestrians and vehicles, the street could be temporarily closed for events and gatherings. As has been the case for the Foster Streetscape works, Council will require the contractor to keep Bair Street open at all times. There would be need for traffic management arrangements to be put in place including lane closures to facilitate the works. Access to businesses will be kept open at all times during the works. Bron Beach said on The Star’s Facebook page, “I love South Gippsland. Not just the beautiful little town I live in (Korumburra). “It would be wonderful to see all South Gippsland towns get behind each other and view our region as a place where each little town has its own unique flavour and a point of difference.”

Other comments on The Star’s Facebook page were: • Faye Harris: “Not much point in doing facelift, without shops. Too many currently empty. Shops bring people, not pretty trees.” • Elsie Armstrong Willis: “Save the ratepayers money until there are occupied shops to patronise. It’s pointless having a beautiful street with so many empty shops.” • Wendy Brown: “Don’t waste our rates. It’s okay as it is as half the shops are empty anyway.” • Sharna Cope: “More parking would be great in the main streets, on both McCartin and Bair Street. Get rid of the parking now and bring in diagonal parking. You only need one lane anyway not two. • Heather Drury: “Why do empty shops need a fancy street?” • Janelle Stokes: “More parking for sure.” • Jacque Telfer: “I reckon a kebab shop would be great.” • Tracey Neal: “Time to update Target, add a Kmart and fill the empty shops, but not with any more coffee/food shops.” • Jessica Audrey: “I think the whole of Leongatha needs a facelift. Why not build a shopping complex like Wonthaggi. Everyone from Leongatha and surrounding areas have to drive to Wonthaggi to do any good shopping. Kmart would be a great contribution to the town. The closest one is Traralgon or Cranbourne.”

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Reimaging: owners of Sweet Life Cafe Jodie and Geoff Clarkson look forward to the positive changes the revamped Bair Street will deliver to Leongatha.

Parents plea for school funding PARENTS of Wonthaggi Secondary College students are fed up with having their children’s education used like a political football. Bass MLA Brian Paynter said the lack of State Government funding is still a hot topic in the school community, and recently launched a petition to ensure the issue remains front and centre. “They (DL cards with a petition on the back) call on the government to stop ignoring the needs of the Wonthaggi community and fund the school,” he said. “The funding should’ve been included in the 2017 State Budget and the project underway now. “I will raise the issue again when we resume parliament in August. We are using the DL cards to collect data, and we can keep in touch with people on the issue.” Mr Paynter said close to 100 cards have already been signed and returned. The petition will be open until the end of July. One concerned parent – who wished to remain anonymous – said the school was too crowded, which could

potentially impact on the students’ success at school. “This has been a political game for the better part of 10-15 years. We are seen as a safe marginal seat so we keep going backwards, and the community is suffering,” the parent said. “The school community is doing everything possible, but there’s no funding to support it.” The parent said you need only look at the school to know it needs significant upgrades. There school is at capacity with inadequate sporting facilities, cramped locker bays and too many flights of stairs for appropriate accessibility. “There’s just not enough room and nothing is new,” the parent said. “The teachers do the best they can with the facilities they have, but it has got to be hard on the students. Thirty years ago there was room to go out and kick the footy, but that area has been taken up by buildings. Education is bound to suffer in the long run.” School will resume for term three next week, and the issue of the education precinct will continue to be discussed by the school council.

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Spotlight shines on Mesley Hall By Sarah Vella

growing rapidly and contributes to employment and tourTHE development of an arts centre in ism. South Gippsland could be investigated He said the State Government had inas part of the South Gippsland Shire vested $200 million Council’s new arts strategy. into its creative inThe art, culture and creative industry strategy dustries strategy. was adopted at the May council meeting. “To look at a South Gippsland Shire Council manager commushare we might be nity strengthening Ned Dennis said council is still able to expect from interested in seeing how Mesley Hall in Leongatha that, we should be can be developed. able to access a sigHe said the strategy will include an in depth innificant amount of vestigation of the facilities that already exist within money,” he said. • Peter McAlpine. the shire. Cr McEwen said “This will ensure we know for sure what we have there was potential for a performing arts centre to be got, so we can develop a master plan which identifies developed as part of council’s new arts strategy. priority projects,” he said. “There are potential opportunities that need to be “Without question, it will look at Mesley Hall Many uses: Leongatha’s Lyric Theatre is just looked at and Mesley Hall may well be a sensibly and what role it can play within that plan.” one of many community groups who would affordable option,” he said. Michael Lester from the South Gippsland Arts benefit from an arts centre. Lyric Theatre president Peter Western and treaAlliance said while the shire does need facilities surer Peter McAlpine are putting together a prededicated to the arts, the question is how to provide ered way of getting the best out of existing assets. sentation to take to council in the next two months them. He said there is a strong community desire for He said choosing whether to build a major com- infrastructure not to be concentrated in one place proposing for the development of better facilities at Mesley Hall. plex in one town or refit existing venues and build within the shire. As the major user of the hall, improving its fasmaller complexes in several locations was a pre“We need to make sure we are supporting the cilities has been a long term goal of the local theatre dicament. whole shire and not concentrating things in one area group for more than 20 years. “Major venues and small venues are both needed to the exclusion of others,” he said. Some improvements already completed include but what has the priority? As Mesley Hall is an existSouth Gippsland Shire Councillor Andrew McEing venue it makes sense to develop it and then turn wen said the arts and creative industries sector was the recent purchase of 280 comfortable seats for the attentions to other facilities - existing and new,” he said. Mr Dennis said one the bonuses of having a detailed four year strategy is that it provides a consid-

• Peter Western.

tiered structures that cost $110,000, of which Lyric funded $80,000. Mr Western said they have also added three phase lighting, lighting bars, carpets and curtains. “We are very proud of the improvements to date and take great pride in the fact that for our productions we take a school hall and create a per-

forming arts centre,” he said. Mr Western said they are looking at creating an entirely new style of multi-use theatre in the town... and a facility that can be utilised by many community groups, for many years to come. As well as Lyric Theatre, the hall is used for the annual Rotary Club of Leongatha art show, the Leongatha Dance Eisteddfod, as a polling centre during elections and by the Leongatha Secondary College and Leongatha Primary School. Lyric Theatre has had informal discussions with the South Gippsland Education Precinct schools and council, while local State and Federal politicians have been exploring possible sources of funding.

Water restrictions - a thing of the past

community for many decades,” he said. “We see any threat of water restrictions will be severely diminished, if not eliminated (once the project is complete).” Mr Crothers said to meet international quality standards, a diversified, The Lance Creek water connection modern milk processing plant such as project will link the towns which have Burra Foods requires a secure, quality faced water restrictions in recent years water source. to the Wonthaggi Desalination Plant. He said in concert with local auThe project incorporates existthorities and the State Government, ing infrastructure that connects to the Burra has invested heavily to reduce Wonthaggi Desalination Plant pipeline, its water consumption in recent years. so water can be sent from Melbourne’s “This reflects our commitment to Cardinia Reservoir to the Lance Creek • Burra Foods chief efficient processing and a sustainable water treatment plant via the pipeline. water source for Burra Foods and the Water security will encourage local executive officer Grant Korumburra community,” he said. Crothers. investment by local food processing “The completion of the project businesses such as Burra Foods and will not curtail our efforts to be more GBP Exports, who employ about 350 locals. efficient with water; however we welcome this signifiBurra Foods chief executive officer Grant Crothers cant investment in infrastructure and the increased wasaid the Lance Creek connection project was welcome ter security.” and provided increased security for the whole KorumKorumburra Business Association president Noelburra community. ene Cosson said the connection to the state’s water sup“Korumburra enjoys the luxury of being in a high ply is great news for the town. rainfall region; however we live with a quick to fill, “Particularly for our larger water consuming busiquick to empty reservoir that has served our growing nesses where the restrictions have caused interference

WORK on the $43 million project which will connect Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora to the state’s water grid will begin later in the year.

with their production capacity,” she said. “This project will certainly assist in enticing new businesses to the area knowing water will no longer be an issue.” Ms Cosson said the project is great news for businesses and residents. “Korumburra is a high rain fall area and it has been extremely frustrating to think that we have had the need to be on water restrictions,” she said. “Our reservoir capacity has reduced over the years and is quick to empty, as the town’s water requirements have increased. “Korumburra’s population is steadily increasing and this gives great confidence to anyone looking at investing in the town.” The State Government is contributing $30 million to the project. Minister for Water Lisa Neville announced the signing of contracts for the project last Wednesday, following a thorough tender process. Ms Neville said, “Providing access to Melbourne’s water system will give local businesses confidence in their water supply and the security they need to continue investing in the region.” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said, “These communities have been doing it tough with water restrictions in the past. That’s why we’re investing in this project – to deliver the water security these towns need.”

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Winter without hunger By Jessica Anstice THE number of people accessing food banks in the region has risen this winter. Sufferer’s income isn’t keeping up with modern day winter expenses. “Coming and accessing the food bank is their way of being able to make their money go that little bit further,” Milpara Community House manager Jenni Keerie said. “Their money is just not going as far as it used to.” Utility costs go up a lot in the colder months leaving them less money to pay for basic expenses. With winter well and truly apRevamp: Bass Coast Shire Council is developing a new website, and proached, Ms Keerie said people tend to needs your help and feedback. have to decide whether food or heating is more important. “If they’re cold they’ve got to make that judgement call about whether they actually use their power to heat their room or whether to go without food,” she said. “Our food bank is definitely a way of being able to extend peoples resources.” The Leongatha Salvation Army assists those in need with their food bank BASS Coast Shire Council is eryone’s resources and time,” she said. and other services. “Importantly, the new website needs to seeking your help as it plans its focus “Many families are struggling to pay on the user and their needs. It should bills and feed their families in today’s new website. use common, community language and be The current Bass Coast website has orientated around the user and their rea- economy,” Leongatha Salvation Army Corps officer Kerry Smith said. over 800 pages and users often find it sons for visiting the website.” “Often people get behind in their bills difficult to find what they are looking for You do not need any experience of or they can’t afford to register their car so and complete tasks online. specific skills to be involved in the web- they drive around unregistered cars and Consolidating and mapping all of site development workshops. risk fines and if that happens it all adds to council’s information into a new website Council encourage any community the financial pressure.” will require thorough research and con- members with an interest in commuMilpara Community House distribsultation with users. nications, or who are simply happy to utes emergency relief vouchers as part of Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said the volunteer some time, to represent their Anglicare Victoria’s project. new website will community. Around $1300 in emergency relief provide an important and helpful comIf you have any feedback on the cur- vouchers have been distributed out in last munity resource. rent website, or month from Milpara Community House. “The community need to be able to would like to be involved in a commuFrom May 9 to June 8 this year 184 access information and complete tasks nity workshop to brainstorm and develop bags of groceries have been distributed. quickly and easily. Enabling a smooth on- plans for the new website, please email “We’ve got more produce available to line process via a well developed website your interest or feedback to website@ distribute, we’re really fortunate because means we will be making the most of ev- people of Korumburra like to help oth-

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Stocked: Milpara Community House Korumburra manager Jenni Keerie has a pantry full of food for those in need. ers,” she said. “We don’t receive any funding for the food bank so we rely very much on the donations.” Milpara Community House volunteers use the donated meat to prepare homemade meals to store in the freezer to distribute. “It’s an opportunity for us to be able to talk to people about what they can put together to make a meal go further and to make sure it’s nutritious and healthy for them,” Ms Keerie said. The main things people need to take are the stable items, pasta, rice, milk, bread and tinned meals. “Our only criteria here is, don’t take more than you need and remember other people might be doing it just as tough,” she said. “We have a balance of single people and families come through from all around the district. “A number of people who come in are in a one off predicament and other people might be in a generational type of situation.” It’s about establishing relationships

with the people at Milpara Community House, their aim is to be able to assist people further than providing food. People stuck in that cycle of poverty tend to struggle with underlining issues. They may not have basic life skills, they might’ve grown up into generational poverty, they may not have parenting skills, not know how to budget or how to cook, and they might not have skills for getting a job. “We have lots of victims of family violence and people struggling with substance abuse,” Leongatha Salvation Army’s Corps officer Mrs Smith said. “A lot of the time unemployment, by the time they pay their rent and their bills they’ve got no money left for food. “Their whole life revolves around survival.” Milpara Community House volunteers teach people how to cook on a budget, how to prepare home cooked meals and how to extend the life of food. “It’s about helping people acquire skills to be better prepared to care for themselves and their family members,” Ms Keerie said.

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Dennis Sea Secrets offers the Phillip Island lifestyle FIND your home away from home on security. People need only bring their suitcase and move straight in. Phillip Island. In peaceful Rosewall Court, Wimbledon Heights, Dennis Sea Secrets provides quality accommodation at an affordable price. The rooming house – licensed to house up to 10 people– is rentable by anyone from all walks of life, from students to overseas visitors. Owner Lucy Cirona and her husband Raj recently opened Dennis Sea Secrets following the success of their first rooming house in Northcote. Ms Cirona said their ambition was to help rectify the growing rental crisis in regional Victoria. “We want to give people the lifestyle they’d never thought they’d have while they save up for the Australian dream,” she said. “There are also many people going through the trials and tribulations of life. This is a safe environment where they can meet new people and make lifelong friends.” The rooming house is fully furnished and serviced by basic utilities, NBN, Foxtel, Netflix and

There are two fully equipped kitchens and an all access bathroom. Maintenance staff have been hired by Dennis Sea Secrets to keep the rooming house looking its best. It is also an eco friendly space. The rooming house has solar panels installed. All comforts are included in the rent, which totals between $270 and $350 a week, depending on the room size. Ms Cirona said a social environment is encouraged, and she holds pizza nights for the tenants to celebrate occasions such as birthdays and inspire community spirit. “It is a beautiful space and we truly want to make people feel like this is their home away from home,” she said. To rent a room, a perspective tenant must call Ms Cirona for an interview, which will be followed by an inspection of the house. Rooms must be rented for a minimum of six months. Tenants must be above the age of 18. For more information, visit or email denniscoaching@ Fully furnished: owner of Dennis Sea Secrets Lucy Cirona sits in the stunning dining area of the Wimbledon Heights rooming house. To contact Ms Cirona directly, call 0418 504 537, and enjoy a breathtaking stay on Phillip Island.

Museum expansion to preserve Wonthaggi history

THE Wonthaggi and District Historical Society is looking to expand. Set up in the beautifully preserved old railway station, the society want to make the most of the space and improve its museum displays. To do this, the society sought the support of Bass Coast Shire Council to build a ‘west wing’ at the community connection session last Wednesday. Proposed as a 15x6 metre add on to the WoolReady to move in: owner of Dennis Sea worths side of the building, the west wing would Secrets Lucy Cirona invites people from all allow the society more space to bring the museum walks of life to find their home away from up to its full potential. home on Phillip Island. A quote from TS Constructions estimated the

cost would be roughly $150,000 for a development that’s 20x6 metres. The west wing at 15x6 metres would be slightly cheaper, and the society can already contribute $100,000 of its money. Currently, the museum feels cramped with years of history stashed away inside. The society can’t display its whole collection for people to see due to spatial issues and, in order to conduct meetings, most displays need to be packed away weekly. Its full display includes local newspapers, photographs, objects, articles, manuscripts and books. Continued on page 8

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Campsite crime

More animal bait?

School’s back

DAMAGE was caused to the campgrounds at Turtons Creek between June 23 and 30.

POLICE are investigating the recent A MAN was detected driving at 81km/h poisoning of a pet cat near Mary Rod- through a 40km/h school zone on Mongers Crescent in Leongatha. day morning.

Damage reported included the burning of a wooden picnic table, gunshot damage to signs and paint damage to trees. Five wombat carcasses were also located near a fire pit. It is unknown if the offender killed the wombats or if they were collected from the side of the roads after being hit by cars. One of the carcasses had been burnt. Anyone with information is urged to contact Foster Police on 5682 2407 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

On Thursday, July 13 a tabby cat returned home The 27 year old man from Welshpool was driving foaming at the mouth. past the primary school in Welshpool’s main street. The cat was rushed to a local vet but unfortuHe was fined $595 with his licence suspended nately had to be euthanized. for six months. An examination from the vet confirmed the cat had consumed snail bait. With cats being fussy eaters, police believe it POLICE intercepted a driver on the was likely the cat had consumed the poison secreted South Gippsland Highway in Koruin meat bait. Please keep a look out for baits, keep a close mburra for travelling at 116km/h in a eye on your pets and report anything suspicious to 100km/h zone. police. The 44 year old Dumbalk man was issued an infringement notice for $317 and three demerit points

Going over

Threat to elderly and disabled Continued from page 1. However, the Australian Services Union believes council has jumped the gun to strip vulnerable residents from its care. “It’s a move that breaches multiple clauses of the enterprise agreement,” the union’s Cameron Wright said. “Clearly there’s been no consideration for the hard working, loyal staff that have provided many years of quality care in the region. One concerned support worker said they were told the service would no longer be provided in three to five months. “In Victoria, it has been shown that shires that support the Home and Community Care service produce better quality of life for its residents. Why pass on that?” the support worker said. “The service allows people who are elderly or disabled to live at home for longer. We help them out with tasks such as housework, shopping, showering and meal preparation. We become a part of their daily life.” News of the job threat broke following a closed council meeting. “Our members were buoyed by the reception. It’s common knowledge that Victoria’s home care service delivery is unique. Since South Melbourne Council first offered a Meals on Wheels service in 1952, Victorian local government has played a sig-

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nificant role in the delivery of home care services and we will work to ensure it stays that way,” union secretary Richard Duffy said. “South Gippsland’s councillors snuck off in private to make a disgraceful decision to save a few bucks at the expense of older Victorians. These people are our mums, dads, grandparents, neighbours and friends. They are the most vulnerable people in our community and they deserve to be treated with dignity in their latter years and not shipped off when there’s a whiff of funding instability in the area.” Council CEO Tim Tamlin confirmed that discussions are ongoing. “I would like to stress that as discussions are ongoing there will certainly be no job losses in the next six months, contrary to some reports. No services have been cut and no decisions have been made to cut services,” he said. “I have met with the aged and disability staff over the past few days and have made a commitment to work with them and to support our clients during our discussions regarding future delivery service models.” The union is calling on members and staff to engage with their community leaders, sporting and community groups, neighbours, and friends to voice their opinion about the pending decision of council. If any arrangements are made, they will need to obtain both State and Federal Government support before finalisation.

on Friday, July 14 at 3.25am.

Slow down A YARRAM driver was intercepted on the South Gippsland Highway in Foster for travelling at 119km/h in a 100km/h zone on Friday, July 14 at 9.16pm The 27 year old woman received an infringement notice issued for $317 and three demerit points.

Out of date A WOMAN was caught driving with an expired licence in Toora on Saturday, July 15 at 9.34pm. The 49 year old from Agnes was intercepted for a licence check and received an infringement notice issued at $396.

Perry’s 25 years as a Legatee KORUMBURRA resident Perry Neil has been honoured by Legacy for serving the South Gippsland Group for 25 years. At a recent Legacy group meeting at the Inverloch RSL, Legatee Perry was presented with a certificate of recognition by Melbourne Legacy president Graeme Plumridge. Group president Tony Kamphuis said Perry was “one of our most popular and dedicated members”. Having been sponsored by Legatees Tom Loughridge and the late Ron Hutton, Perry was inducted by then group liaison officer Bruce Wilson. That ceremony also took place in Inverloch. Perry was group president in 2000 and is known as a kind and dedicated Legatee who cares deeply about the welfare of the widows for whom he is responsible. He is also noted for his great skill with wood craft and this was on particular display at the presentation meeting. Fresh from a battalion reunion in Tasmania, Perry treated his fellow Legatees to a detailed description of a finely crafted structure he had made especially for his reunion. Its purpose is to memorialise those who fought and died in the battles of Coral and Balmoral during the Vietnam War. Perry himself was badly wounded during Coral and had to be evacuated back to Australia.

Every piece of timber and adornment in the magnificent memorial is an important evocation of the Vietnam War. He is hoping it might find a home in the National Vietnam Veterans Museum at Newhaven.

Honour: Perry Neil (left) receives his 25 year certificate for service to South Gippsland Legacy from Melbourne Legacy president Graeme Plumridge.

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Museum expansion to preserve Wonthaggi history

Big ideas: the Wonthaggi and District Historical Society member Dennis Leversha and president Fay Quilford have developed plans to extend the displays in the Wonthaggi museum without detracting from the original building’s integrity.

Continued from page 6 “Thanks to the generosity of our members, we store some of our collection in their garages. However, we do also hire a storage unit offsite, which costs us $1500,� society president Fay Quilford said. “The added cost of electricity and water for the new part won’t be a problem for us, because we will save money on storage.� The society has yet to gain approval from Heritage Victoria, which is set to visit the museum this Friday. Once it is given approval, the society will seek official support from council to follow through with its plans. “This is the first part of our development plan. It’s most important because we want to present the building and tell its story properly,� Ms Quilford said. “Once we have the space, we can properly mount some of our displays to be viewed and maintain the integrity of our history.� The second part of project is to glass off the platform, which could then be used to house more displays without having them ruined by the weather. As a security measure, the platform is fenced off with cyclone wire. However, after

freshly painting the Goods Shed and developing the community garden, the fence has become an eyesore. “It will be designed in such a way that we can store big items on the platform,� society member Dennis Leversha said. “We know there will be a certain amount of sun exposure which will heat up the room significantly, so we want to put in a steel wall and cut out the word ‘museum’ so people can see it from places like Big W. We’d also cut out a pattern for the glass, which would provide a certain amount of shade.� Ms Quilford said this was an important project, as the historical society plays a major role in the community. “We have a good relationship with the schools. We deliver knowledge for what the curriculum requires and become involved in their learning, rather than just giving a tour of the museum,� she said. “We also engage in community activities. For example, we have a lot of activities planned for Seniors Week. “We’ve also had a lot of sports clubs in here recently, researching for milestone anniversaries. We have digital catalogues here, which makes researching a lot easier.�

Indigenous lessons first-hand Balnggarrawarra Gaarraay Melsonby people to see it in practice on their traditional land.� Last week’s workshop attracted 120 participants from across the country, including Gippsland representatives from the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association of Victoria (MCAV) and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC). “For millennia, indigenous people moved through the country, reading and living off their environment. Through cool burning, they kept forests clear of undergrowth; promoting plant growth and animal food sources.� “Mega fires are an ever present threat. Whilst large scale planned burns by government agencies reduce fuel load, they often they kill off the forest crown and reduce biodiversity. This in turn creates an inviting environment for opportunist plant species which then adds to fuel loads.� “Australia’s original inhabitants had the balance right. We should recognise the value of traditional fire management techniques and learn how to incorporate them into 21st century Victoria.� “Government and the community needs to work with agencies such as GLaWAC to build capacity in our indigenous people to re-learn these valuable practices, and to implement cool

“IT is vitally important to re-establish indigenous firestick land management practices in Victoria.� That’s the message from Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath, who has returned to Victoria after attending the National Indigenous Fire Workshop at Cape York last week. The workshop, held 70 kilometres inland from Cairns, was run by indigenous fire practitioner Victor Steffensen and hosted by the Balnggarrawarra Gaarraay Melsonby people, who shared their culture and fire management practices. Ms Bath has been following developments with the return of indigenous cool burning in other parts of the country, and wants to see this underway in Victoria too. “Victoria is is one of the most fire-prone regions in the world,� Ms Bath said. “Over recent years we have seen the devastating impact wildfires have inflicted on humans, industry and livestock, along with native flora and fauna.� “After attending events in Gippsland where Victor had explained traditional fire burning techniques, I was delighted to be invited by the

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS (Council Agenda Topics only) *Expressions of interest to present are made by accessing Council’s website Public Presentation page, contact 5662 9222 for details. Wednesday 26 July - 10.00am (by COB 21/7) 11.00am – Proposed Offshore Wind Farm (1 hr) ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING *Register your questions (by COB 21/7) by accessing Council’s website Public Presentation page, contact 5662 9222 for details. Wednesday 26 July - Council Chambers, Leongatha 2.00pm Please note that Council live streams and records its Ordinary Council Meetings, refer to the Policy on Council’s website for more details. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Proposed priority projects 2017/18 Application to the 2017 Country Football Netball Program Waratah Bay caravan park - proposed lease Korumburra railway station building project - lease and business case Compulsory land acquisition - Bena Kongwak bridge 2017 Tree Management Plan adoption


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mosaic firestick techniques in country Victoria. In the long term, this will heal our forest environment as well as improve public safety.� “It may take some time to incorporate and integrate indigenous burning practices in cooperation with various agencies; however the outcomes will most certainly be worthwhile.�


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PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS *Expressions of interest to present are made by accessing Council’s website Public Presentation page, contact 5662 9222 for details. Wednesday 19 July - Council Chambers, Leongatha 12.30pm – Building Asset Management Plan (30mins) 1.00pm – Aquatic Facilities – 2016/17 End of Season Report for Outdoor Pools (1 hr) 2.00pm*; 7.00pm* (by COB 14/7) 3.30pm – Rating Strategy Review (30 min)

Inspiring: Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, Oliver Costello, Firesticks coordinator and Aboriginal project officer, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Chris Commins, Ensay, (MCAV) and Michael Franham, Sale, (GLaWAC) attended a special Indigenous workshop.

Formalise the road opening / naming and road access restriction in Leongatha - Mitchells Rise Estate Award contract - management and operation of the Toora outdoor swimming pool Council response to resolution 2017/18 staff costs Audit committee report - 5 June 2017 Assembly of councillors: 22 May 2017 to 21 June 2017 Documents sealed, awarded or extended by CEO 26 July 2017

CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY South Gippsland Shire Council Citizenship Ceremony Wednesday 2 August 2016 6:00pm Council Chambers, Michael Place Leongatha 2017/18 COMMUNITY GRANTS OPEN The 2017/18 Community Grants program is now open. The program aims to support community initiatives that enhance the quality of life, heritage, recreation and cultural opportunities for South Gippsland residents. For more information, please visit COMMUNITY GRANTS WORKSHOP Those wishing to apply for the 2017/18 Community Grants Program are encouraged to attend the Community Grants Workshop on Tuesday 25 July from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in Council Chambers. The workshop will provide useful information in regards to the program and the application process. Please RSVP to Virginia Stacey on 5662 9200.


    companies / applicants for the following: RFT/146 CONSTRUCTION OF FOOTPATH AND KERB & CHANNEL RENEWALS – VARIOUS LOCATIONS RFT/147 SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION OF GUARDRAIL – VARIOUS LOCATIONS Tenders close 2.00pm AEST on Tuesday 1 August 2017. Documentation is available from Council’s website. ADOPTION OF AMENDED ROAD MANAGEMENT PLAN The South Gippsland Shire Council has conducted a review of its Road Management Plan in accordance with s.8 of the Road Management (General) Regulations 2016 and s.125(1) of the Local Government Act 1989. Council, at its 28 June 2017 meeting, resolved, pursuant to ss.54 and 55 of the Road Management Act 2004 to adopt the 2017 Road Management Plan. The Road Management Plan 2017 and the associated Referral/Incorporated Documents and Revisions Report are available online at Council’s website. WORKS THIS WEEK Sealed roads maintenance: Whole Shire Zone maintenance: Korumburra, Arawata, Strzelecki, Stony Creek, Buffalo Roadside slashing: Toora, Foster North, Outtrim, Kongwak, Moyarra Streetscape works: Main Street, Foster Endwall replacement & drainage works: McIndoe Park, Leongatha Road & drainage upgrades: Anderson Street, Leongatha Tree trimming: Foster, Foster North Culvert maintenance: Various areas in whole Shire Drainage installation: Korumburra Recreation Reserve Drain & lane maintenance: Loch Township

Fired up: Melina Bath, Member for Eastern Victoria Region and Balnggarrawarra ranger Larry Banning at the National Indigenous Fire Workshop at Cape York last week.

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Thumbs up for Leongatha NBN By Jessica Anstice LEONGATHA has embraced the newly connected National Broadband Network (NBN) with many residents happy with how easy the transition has been. The NBN has been turned on in Leongatha for approximately one month. The new service has turned out to be a great success for most Leongatha and surrounding residents. Carolyn Hall was recently connected with Telstra in Leongatha, “It was hassle free and so far so good, no issues,” she said. “The speed is about four times faster and happy with it at the moment.” Leongatha Hitech Connections, located on McCartin Street are transitioning three or four people per day. “It’s been quite busy since the NBN has become available in Leongatha,” manager Matt King said.

“We’ve got it in the shop and we haven’t had any issues. “It’s one of those things where time will tell but so far we haven’t had any customers complain about it. “People are welcome to come in store to see us and we can arrange their connection.” If you are not connected to the NBN within 18 months you will be disconnected altogether. Jodie Duckworth of Leongatha wrote on The Star’s Facebook page, “The connection process was easy, no issues. “Speed is much faster, although it does sometimes slow back down to normal speed during peak times. “Our home phone line has had some issues, have to sometimes move closer to the box as the line cuts in and out a bit.” Hitech Connections have been transitioning selected surrounding towns for the past two years, where available. Tanya Thorson from Dumbalk wrote on The Star’s Facebook page, “Dumbalk fixed wireless is really good, it’s faster than before, especially

during peak times and with multiple devices using wifi in the house. I kept copper wire for phone.” Other comments on The Star’s Facebook page: • Alison Taylor: “I connected with Aussie Broadband yesterday and it was simple and the speed is good.” • Jodie Lunn: “Leongatha with dodo. Finding it great, it’s much faster than expected.” • Ole Mann: “Connected Monday in Leongatha, it tripled our best adsl2 speed very happy.” • Georgie Kibble: “Inverloch with Dodo, no problems.” • Karli Duckett: “Working great here in Bena.” • Charmaine Bob Clifford: “Dumbalk with Aussie Broadband was good to start now our outdoor unit (bit on the roof) keeps dropping out, so frustrating.” • Cara Collins: “Aussie Broadband connected about a week ago and it has constantly dropped out. Very disappointing so far • Sharon Jones: “Don’t have access and in Korumburra.”

Community College opens doors LEONGATHA Community College Gippsland opened its doors to local people for an information and enrolment day last Wednesday, July 12. Prospective students were encouraged to enter midyear for semester two. People seeking fresh direction in their studies or career, CCG offers practical hands on training and flexible learning opportunities for young people and mature aged students alike. Potential students interested in signing up for the mid-year intake are warmly invited to explore their options and chat with staff and trainers on the day. Trainers at the college are gearing up again, ready to welcome new and returning students to semester two courses this week. “Our open day attracted some extra new faces to the local campuses which is great but there’s certainly still time for others to come on board to study semester two units,” CEO Sue Geals said. “We offer a rolling intake to our courses throughout the year which suits many individuals seeking a change direction including those juggling family and work commitments.” Leongatha’s open day attracted several enquiries across CCG courses including VCAL, general education for adults, hair and beauty, horticulture, aged care and disability. “People are welcome to make an appointment at any stage of the year to chat about enrolling in

Switch over: manager of Hitech Connections in Leongatha, Matt King, has been helping customers transition to the NBN for approximately two years, with more customers every day since NBN became available in Leongatha.

Mental Health First Aid for Teenagers

Join Bryan Jeffrey, Director of MOAT Mental Health Services, for this practical and free presentation that will focus on teenage anxiety and dealing with challenging behaviour. Busy day: Gippsland Community College Leongatha had their open day last Wednesday. From left, Andrea and prospective Gippsland Community College student Sarah Sanford, beauty teacher Samantha Tomkins, manager Julie Thomas, admin Julie Knight, teacher Rhonda Tregent, VET manager Bridget Cronish and rural teacher Yvonne Clothier. our courses and help to increase their job ready skills,” Ms Geals said. “Students in our Community Services courses at Leongatha campus have a great chance to build their practical skills and knowledge for careers in aged care, disability services, early childhood education and care and education support roles

in schools. “CCG’s Hair and Beauty training salon at Leongatha allows students to build skills with customers of all ages to prepare for their careers. “The college also offers accredited training for apprentices providing quality hands-on training close to home.”

Bookings essential at: Monday 21 August, 6.30 - 8.00pm Newhaven College Middle School 1770 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island

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Jess Anstice

Thinking of others

A MORE senior resident of the South Gippsland Shire called in to the Star last week asking for the reinstatement of a hard garbage colREEVE Meikle of Venus Bay gave up a lection. The lady, who didn’t wish to be named, day of his school holidays to assist with said many elderly and infirm residents find it imto convey heavy articles to the tip. She the packing up clothing for the sick chil- possible said rates should be used to cover an annual hard dren and adults with cancer. garbage collection which should be an essential Reeve packed 10 knitted and crocheted throw rugs, service. nine child’s jumpers, four scarves, 19 beanies, two capes and 19 football colour tea cosies. These will be delivered to Peter MacCallum depot in Leongatha for distribution to Grattan Street, Melbourne. Reeve hopes these brightly knitted and crocheted articles will bring smiles to all their faces. With a donation towards wool from Grants Only Group and with the generosity of the following ladies these articles were hand made by Joan Harloff, Anda Everitt, Helen Ohia, Susan Smith, Margaret Verdon, Robyn Payne all from Venus Bay and Mary Hartshorn from Wonthaggi.

CANCER Council Victoria is reminding people how important community participation on Left, Donations: Reeve Meikle spent some Daffodil Day is to raise funds for cancer research, services. Fritime during his school holidays to pack prevention programs and support day, August 25 marks the 31st Daffodil Day in clothing for sick children and adults. Australia. There are many ways people can get involved


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and show support; by wearing a pin, buying some merchandise, volunteering at a site or donating on Daffodil Day, people are showing their support to the 87 Victorians who are newly diagnosed with cancer every day. PLANS are well underway for the proposed extensions/renovations at the Meeniyan Men’s Shed. Finances have fallen short for various reasons. The grant received was only half the amount required and building requirements have been upgraded causing more expenses. Members of the shed are applying for every known source of funding which is desperately needed. The Men’s Shed is a great outlet for many of the men in the district and they are very busy with many projects including many more Christmas street decorations for the town. New members are welcome, every Tuesday at 1pm. THE dog bait found Korumburra last week was found in the town, not within the Korumburra Caravan Park as reported last week.


Pearly Mates Leave your pet in the care of a local business when that sad day arrives

LISA Pellin Dancers are putting on their annual performance on this Sunday, July 23 at the Wonthaggi Arts Centre at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are on sale online at TryBooking. com or at the door. Lisa Pellin is now taking enrolments for the second half of 2017.

Sarah Vella

Pearly Mates is a family owned business that has been operating in South Gippsland for five years. We offer affordable rates and a caring service.

Phone 0488 373 429 or visit


Giveaway time: local author Rachel Barnett is giving away one of her There’s a Crocodile on the Golf Course books.

Something for the children

Gippsland meets: Attendees pictured were Daniel Mulino, MP – Member for Eastern Victoria Region and Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance, Mary Aldred – CEO of RACHEL Barnett grew up in Leongatha, the Committee for Gippsland, Jane Leslie – Chair of the West Gippsland Healthcare Group, attending Leongatha Primary School and Dan Weeks – CEO of the West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Tim Weight – Deputy Chair of Leongatha High School before moving the RDA Gippsland Committee and C4G Board Member, Clinton Rodda – CEO of Southern Rural Water, and Sean Dignum – President of Neerim South Hospital, member of Landcare with her family to the Northern Territory. and C4G Board Member Recently Ms Barnett had her children’s book There’s a Crocodile on the Golf Course. Illustrated and written by herself, the book was distributed Australia wide and is available for purchase at the Leongatha newsagency and the Meeniyan post office. The Star has a copy of the book up for grabs. To enter, email naming who you would like to give the book to with a contact number. The winner will be contacted on Tuesday, August 1.


COACHES REPLACE TRAINS ON THE GIPPSLAND LINE Saturday 22 July and Sunday 23 July Due to Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project works, coaches will replace Gippsland line trains between Southern Cross Station and Pakenham.

Allow an extra 50 mins

Bairnsdale, Stratford, Sale and Rosedale customers

To check times and for more information visit, call 1800 800 007 or follow us on Twitter @vline_gippsland

Authorised by V/Line Pty Ltd, 750 Collins Street, Docklands


Coaches will replace trains for the entire journey for customers travelling between Melbourne and Rosedale, Sale, Stratford or Bairnsdale.

Leongatha hosts Mulino visit ON Friday, July 14 the Committee for Gippsland hosted a Victorian Budget Briefing for members in Leongatha. . The Committee for Gippsland’s roundtable discussion provided an opportunity to discuss key announcements in the Victorian State Budget relating to Gippsland, as well as a forward looking conversation about Gippsland putting forward priorities for next year’s budget. CEO of the Committee for Gippsland Mary Aldred said there was a high level of interest in local roads and infrastructure funding. “From both a safety and efficiency perspective, additional investment in roads is always welcome,” Ms Aldred said. Other areas discussed were water, includ-

ing the Northern Towns Pipeline Connection for South Gippsland which was funded in this year’s state budget, and more broadly opportunities for agribusiness development across Gippsland in dairy, horticulture and cropping. Health was another big topic, including regional support for a new West Gippsland Hospital. Other discussion topics included local environment initiatives and regional development. The Committee for Gippsland will be working with its members and stakeholders through August to prepare a new Strategic Plan, and also commence preparation for its submission to next year’s budget. The Committee for Gippsland would welcome input and ideas from the community via

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20 years on PANTHERS Mensland 20 year anniversary celebration sale is on this week with 20 percent off all menswear.

Funding projects: the Stronger Communities grants program help not for profit organisations fund projects, including the Dalyston Hall Committee, which spent its grant on a reverse cycle air conditioner. Pictured is Flinders MP Greg Hunt dancing with committee president Dorathy Slade, along with committee members Peter Dawson, Lorna Dawson, Grant Davies, Stephen Wilbourne and Gael Cresp.

Flinders grants build stronger communities able. These grants are open to not for profit organisations or community groups for local projects across the electorate, covering 50 per cent of project costs. Grants between $2500 and $20,000 are availCommunity groups in the Flinders electorate will share in funding of $150,000 to support capital projects that deliver social benefits to the wider community. A CAPE Woolamai woman remains in “I will be consulting closely with eligible a life threatening condition in hospital organisations to identify projects and welcome after a serious collision on the Bass community groups to approach me with ideas,” Highway Sunday afternoon, July 16 Mr Hunt said. Applicants must be able to demonstrate just after 4.20pm. matched funding for the project, either in cash or The 75 year old woman coming from Soldiers in kind. Road turned on to the Bass Highway when she was Previous rounds of the program have been struck by a vehicle travelling north along the highhighly successful with many worthy projects now way. She sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to completed across the Flinders electorate. Alfred Hospital. “I look forward to seeing some valuable local The male driver of the second vehicle was taken to projects completed as a result of this terrific initiaDandenong Hospital with minor injuries and shock. tive,” Mr Hunt said. Both drivers were the sole occupant of their ve“I encourage local groups to contact my office hicles. on 5979 3188 or complete an initial project proThe Melbourne bound lane on the Bass Highway posal form through my website www.greghunt. was closed for three and a half hours following the Initial project proposal forms must be incident. fully submitted to my office by July 28.” Investigations are ongoing; anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact the Bass Coast HighFor more information on the program, visit way Patrol on 5671 4100.

FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt was pleased to announce round three of the Strong Communities grants program is now open.

Critical condition

“Wow, does time fly or what!” co-owner David Panther said. The company has evolved over the years as fashions come and go but what has remained the same is the team. Panthers have an experienced and friendly group of employees including Tiffany Stephenson who started working for Panthers prior to David and his wife and co-owner Susan buying the business. Sue Hodson, well known to many locals, has been working most recently in the Wonthaggi Panthers store. Ms Hodson worked for many years in Leongatha. She has recently retired and moved to Wangaratta. Other long term staff are the well known locals, Judy Patterson and Lina Chizzoniti. “Our current and former employees have done an outstanding job looking after the fashion needs of guys throughout the region and Susan and I are most grateful of their tremendous commitment and efforts,” Mr Panther said. “The store continues to work well because we listen to what our customers want and offer fashion leadership. “Most men need help and advice when it comes to clothes, and our experienced team offer the best help with a huge range quality menswear to choose from. “It is the honest service and fashion advice that is not found online or in big department stores, that’s what sets us apart.”

Celebratory: from left, owners of Panthers Mensland Susan and David Panther with long time employee Tiffany Stephenson celebrate the business’s 20 year anniversary last week. Panthers Mensland originally purchased the business in 1993 from the Pease family by David’s father Bill who was CEO and owner of a chain of menswear and work wear stores based in the Latrobe Valley. David and Susan left the family company and purchased the Leongatha store from the group in 1997. Panthers Mensland have a large range of suits, shoes, accessories and labels not often seen outside Melbourne. “Our team know how to fit a man for a suit and will find the right cut and correct product for their lifestyle and purpose,” Mr Panther said. “We look after many wedding groups in the area and are passionate in assisting couples finding the look they want for the men’s outfits.” They also offer men’s formalwear hire as part of their overall service package. This is particularly popular

for debutante balls; recently David was at a secondary college measuring suits for the ball when the school principal approached him and mentioned he had also supplied him with his suit 19 years earlier. Panthers are proud stockists of Mary MacKillop College uniform and keep a quality range of school shoes from Clarks, Roc and Doc Martins. Panthers are also stockists of Samsonite and American Tourister Luggage and regularly have great specials on these world famous brands. Casual Menswear though was where the store evolved from 20 years ago and Panthers run great fashion labels not found much outside the big centres. “These brands will continue to evolve as Leongatha continues to grow and develop,” he said. “We look forward to meeting new customers and we thank the community for shopping with us over the 20 years.”

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OPINIONS Union scare campaign

IT appears that the union is running a campaign which is as disingenuous as that which the Union says the Shire has undertaken. The HACC landscape is changing and more changes are coming our way. Firstly, the Commonwealth Government has started the program “My Aged Care” which allows those over 65 years of age to manage their needs independently of Council. Secondly, the NDIS will impact this area in the next 12 months and it is expected that 25percent of the current HACC clients will move to NDIS and also will be able to manage their care and select their care providers. These people do not need Council HACC services. The only area where Council HACC may still have a client base is for those

under 65 years of age. This means that the many union workers at the Shire HACC service will not have clients who need their services. These Council HACC workers could look to transition their services and skills to other providers who are seeking to establish services for their respective clients. Various service providers have already been advertising their services to the people of South Gippsland. There are already seven out of 79 Councils who do not run a HACC service. Other providers offer services to residents in those communities. This means that ratepayers are not footing the bill for these services and rates should then be lower. These social service needs should be the responsibility of Federal and State governments who have the power to raise the appropriate taxes. It should not be the burden of ratepayers.


Balancing act THE Bob Dylan song goes, The Times they are a Changin’. Well the same could be said for the provision of aged care services in not just our region but all over Australia. The impending arrival of the Commonwealth Government’s NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and the “My Aged Care” program means a shake-up of services in South Gippsland too. The Shire has an interesting challenge ahead of it. When and where to wind back the provision of aged care provided by this Shire whilst at the same time not doing it ahead of time to affect those elderly who currently use the service. The cry is out to reduce rates and reduce staffing levels at the South Gippsland Shire and this must mean looking at how the Council provisions its Home and Community Care (HACC) program. Commonwealth Government changes have effectively forced South Gippsland Shire to take a look at the program in light of funding changes, after all the last thing anyone needs is the duplication of funding and services. It would be imprudent of council not to look at the current arrangements and plan for the future. There’s no doubt going to be changes and jobs lost to the Shire down the track but how many of those losing jobs will be able to pick up employment with the new NDIS and aged care service changes due in 2020. The Australian Services Union has said Council has jumped the gun but others like Lindsay Love and Steve Finlay from the South Gippsland Action Group have applauded any planned Council exit from the HACC program. Finlay says current clients will get the same service from other providers more efficiently than Council and workers will be taken up by these providers. Love said the Union is just running a scare campaign and expects the seven Councils in Victoria which don’t run HACC services at all will almost certainly grow. Council CEO Tim Tamlin has confirmed discussions are ongoing with no decisions made and no cuts have been made to services. It’s not a time for hysterics but a time for planning so that changes which will undoubtedly come won’t affect those it was designed to help. “Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call. Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall. For he that gets hurt, will be he who has stalled. There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’. It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, for the times they are a changin’,” lyrics by Bob Dylan.

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South Gippsland Action Group (SGAG) support the efforts of our Councillors to make substantial cuts to the Council HACC services. This is done as the HACC service will suffer a drastic cut in Client numbers and hence the work force needs to change accordingly. Lindsay Love, Secretary, SGAG.

Income imbalance COUNCILLOR Les Larke in his proposed amendments at the June Council Meeting was obviously trying to address the problem of BCSC high employment costs and the top heaviness of the organisation. Many ratepayers have been pointing out this problem during budget debates over many years without success and nothing seems to change. Have councillors looked at some of their ratios and compared them to other like councils? For example comparing total income and the number of employees. This shows that Baw Baw on average manage income of $348,200 per employee whilst Bass Coast on average manage income of $241,500 per employee. Baw Baw has 24 percent more income than BCSC and 14 percent less staff than BCSC. Cr Larke understands the financial position as a practicing CPA and should be congratulated by ratepayers and fellow Councillors for trying to do something to correct the situation. John Swarbrick, Rhyll.

Home cuts applauded CONGRATULATIONS to South Gippsland Shire Councillors on making the decision to exit council from providing Home and Community Care services. Current clients will get the same service from other providers who are able to provide the government funded service more efficiently

than council can, and workers will be able to be taken on by those providers. Dianne and Steve Finlay, Leongatha.

Times are a changing SUDDENLY almost overnight the return of the rail to South Gippsland has gone from near impossible to a real possibility. The proposed airport, the growing congestion on the Monash and to a lesser extent the proposed development at Port Anthony have crystallized people’s thinking and started to change deeply held opinions. Talking about the return of the rail in the past has tended to evoke two deeply held responses. One that it makes sense to have another way to Melbourne; the other bred by two broken promises by Labour governments has produced despair and resignation. But a divided house never prevails. South Gippsland has been its own worst enemy in seeking improvements to transport. It has been too often the uncomplaining mendicant waiting for the scraps off the table. Yet overnight the airport with support, we understand of the Wagner Group (Toowoomba private airport), Singapore and Middle East investors is a game changer. Not only 3500 local jobs, but it will demand the logistic systems to support export of our high quality produce to Asia. Politics is the art of the possible. Until people see not only the urgency, but the possibility action will not follow. I believe we are undergoing a sea change. Two mayors have seen the opportunity for it return. There is a growing realisation that when the rail returns for freight the passenger traffic will be a major stimulus to new residents, new businesses and tourists. Towns on the line like Nyora, Loch, Korumburra and Leongatha, will boom. Korumburra will become the new Daylesford sooner rather than lat-

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er. The value of properties along other lines which has seen return of passenger services have risen by 20 percent as well as local population growing. We have a long way to go. We need an integrated transport plan and solution for South/West Gippsland. It is not only about return of passenger train services. Primarily it’s about freight and freight access to Melbourne and the ports; it’s about having our fair share of bus services; it’s about having sufficient invested in our road network to facilitate communication, farming, business and commerce. We have to stop being so meek and be prepared to join common cause and take action for our fair share. The reality is, another 300,000 people are moving into South East of Melbourne/ Gippsland. Our one and only transport corridor to Melbourne won’t cope and it will make life intolerable and freight and bus movements more time consuming and costly. Join our Facebook page for SWGTG. We are aiming to have 5000 people as a platform for changing priorities at the next state election. Join us and standup up for South Gippsland! Cr Andrew McEwen, Chair South and West Gippsland Transport Group.

Hospital action now THE Phillip Island Medical and Health Action Group (PIMHAG) warmly welcomes the Wonthaggi Business and Tourism Association (WBTA) joining the campaign to advocate for a much needed funding for the Wonthaggi Hospital. Along with the Phillip Island Progress Association (PIPA) and the Bass Coast Rate Payers Association (BCCRA) organizations across the Bass Coast Shire and surrounding areas are coming together to see the Wonthaggi Hospital is funded according to the community needs.

Where is the Master Plan for the development of the hospital? When will the hospital become sub regional? These issues were front and centre of the 2010 review and seven years on they remain unanswered as a result of inadequate funding by the State Governments of the day. Inadequate funding has been a consistent theme of the hospital. There have been reports after reports, recommendations after recommendations, but very little implemented to the detriment of the communities. The communities of the Bass Coast cannot, should not and must not wait any longer for services that should have been provided years ago. Political parties will hear our message very clearly as more groups and individuals stand up and speak with a united voice. Shaking off the APATHY is not a great price to pay in comparison to the current lack of services, the continual diversions to hospitals and appointments in Melbourne. The time and financial costs need to be considered. We have been part of the problem. Now is the time to be part of the solution. The 2010 Report was only released after filing an FOI. The 2017 Clinical Services Review must be released to the public if the current Victorian Government values transparency and accountability and wants to build trust in the community. A hospital with 21stcentury facilities and equipment and staffed accordingly is Priority 1 for the Bass Coast now and leading up to the State election next year. As the Secretary of the WBTA, Terry Earl stated, this is a no brainer and we are more than happy to lend our voice to the campaign. Please contact Peter Paul at or Linda Marston for further information. Peter Paul, Supporting community groups for a new Wonthaggi Hospital.


“How are you coping with the cold weather?”

“I hate winter. It’s too cold, but I do like to watch Disney movies and spend time with my daughter inside baking.” Cara Haeffney, Wonthaggi.

“Sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate and a good book.” Siaan Grinham, Wonthaggi.

“I struggle first thing in the morning before I have my hot coffee.” Jodie Clarkson, Leongatha.

“I don’t mind the cold weather, it doesn’t really bother me.” Geoff Clarkson, Leongatha.

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Rail travel packed with excitement DISCOVER amazing new ways to hit the tracks with Great Southern Rail’s 2018/19 itineraries, launching this month. The upcoming travel season is packed with new destinations and experiences designed to deliver a fresh take on the classic rail adventures aboard The Ghan and Indian Pacific. For almost five decades, the Indian Pacific has crossed the continent from Perth to Sydney, spanning the epic Nullarbor Plain. From April 2018, the Indian Pacific will take to the peaks as well as the plains, offering an optional Off Train Excursion in the picturesque Blue Mountains for all departures from Perth. Take in the beauty of this World Heritage listed landscape via the scenic walkways and cable car before continuing your journey into Sydney. Whether you travel east or west on the Indian Pacific, a suite of new South Australian experiences awaits you. Walk through the players’ race just like a world-class cricketer at the legendary Adelaide Oval or go behind the scenes for an intimate dinner at the South Australian Museum. Or, if you’d prefer to delight in the sumptuous food and wine in the acclaimed Barossa Valley during the winter program, or McLaren Vale in the summer season, with details of these tours to be announced shortly. While the Adelaide Hills are a delight to behold in any season, as a very popular alternative off train excursion whilst stopping in Adelaide on an east or west bound journey. For travellers craving a luxury Australian holiday that ventures deep into the heart of this incredible continent, the popular Ghan Expedition journey is back for an

extended season, departing Darwin weekly between April and October 2018. The Ghan Expedition offers the ultimate Outback itinerary, featuring the ancient wonders of Katherine, the fascinating Red Centre and the remote underground mining town of Coober Pedy. As with all Great Southern Rail journeys, you are free to craft your own custom itinerary with a selection of all-inclusive Off Train Excursions. For Expedition travellers, the adventure is yours to choose – from cruising Nitmiluk Gorge, meeting true-blue horse wranglers or taking in the magnificent Simpson’s Gap or breathtaking Breakaways Reserve. Often cited as one of Australia’s most iconic destinations, Uluru is available as an upgraded excursion option on The Ghan Expedition. Fly into Uluru, lunch at its base and spend some time taking in the iconic monolith from all angles, including its incredible rock art and its rich Indigenous storytelling. Return to Alice Springs in the evening in time to dine and dance under the stars at a magical Outback location. The Ghan’s classic three-day journey, featuring Off Train Excursions at Alice Springs and Katherine, is also available year-round from Adelaide and from Darwin between November and March. Whether your travel is aboard The Ghan or the Indian Pacific, your fare is inclusive of superb restaurant-quality dining and onboard beverages. The team of highly qualified chefs prepare fresh, regionally-inspired cuisine to complement the diversity of your transcontinental journey. To make a booking for the 2018/2019 season contact the Travel Experts at Leongatha Travel and Cruise now, and take advantage of advance purchase savings.

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New operations manager for District 9 SIMON Bloink is the CFA District 9’s new Operations Manager. Mr Bloink was selected to fill the position made vacant by our previous Operations Manager Mark Jones’ decision to start his transition to retirement. Bloink began his career with CFA as a junior at Valencia Creek in 1977. He joined as a recruit firefighter in 1989 and worked at Frankston, Boronia and Dandenong. As an Operations Officer he served across the Region, in District 13, 14, 11 and D9. Bloink joined District 9 in 2006 and has served as

Operations Officer across the district, most recently focusing on working with the Strzelecki Group of Fire Brigades. OM Bloink said he was happy and excited to be selected to lead a district which has such an exemplary reputation in CFA. “I am honoured to not only be a part of District 9, but now also to help lead it,” he said. “District 9 has worked hard to develop its good reputation and when we all – staff, volunteers, brigades and Groups, strive to maintain that through continual improvement, we all work together to protect lives and property.”

Innovative equipment: from left, Federation Training second year placement students Claudia Smith and Annie Reggardo and nursing manager Tracey Edmonds with Gippsland Southern Health’s new Sapphire infusion pump at Korumburra Hospital. New boss: new Operations Manager for District 9 Simon Bloink with staff.

Busy time for Red Cross Pump hits chronic pain DURING a recent meeting of the Leongatha Red Cross Unit, a report was given of the last Regional Meeting when all units in the Region gave their reports. Various events had been held to raise funds, particularly during March for Red Cross Calling and we are very grateful to members of the Community for their generosity. Members continue to assist at the Inverloch Red Cross Shop and in delivering Meals on Wheels. We have also been knitting Trauma Teddies which will

be available to those who have been affected by a trauma of any kind such as children suffering from injuries. A raffle will be conducted during August and there are some generous prizes on offer. It will be drawn for Father’s Day and members will be selling tickets at various locations around town. Arrangements were made for the Annual Meeting of the Unit, which will be held on Thursday, March 27 at 10.30am in the Leongatha R.S.L. Guest Speaker, Adele Prescott, will give a short talk on preparing for emergencies of all kinds and everyone is welcome to attend.

GIPPSLAND Southern Health Service (GSHS) in Korumburra has bought a new Sapphire infusion pump valued at around $3000.

The pump, at the Korumburra Hospital, was bought via the hospital’s private patient initiative. The pump is used for ketamine infusions, a form of pain control for people with chronic pain issues. “It’s really good because it now enables us to provide a service that we haven’t been able to provide before,” GSHS nursing manager Tracey Ed-

monds said. “This one is lockable so the patient can’t access it and there is no interference which keeps the patient safe. “We have a few regular patients that come in to use it on a fairly regular basis. They can be on the pump for either 12 or 24 hours. “Patients who need it are dealing with chronic pain that hasn’t responded to any other course of treatment.” GSHS is hoping to buy another such pump, more acute beds for the nursing ward and new mattresses.

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Murray’s underwater vision WILSON’S Promontory has some of Victoria’s best diving

sites and so Foster’s Murray MacDonald wants to promote the

area by creating dive trails, complete with their own app.

Endless: the development of dive trails around Wilsons Promontory could create additional interest in the national park and give visitors an opportunity to explore more of the region. Photo courtesy Parks Victoria.

Mr MacDonald said Pillar Point is easily accessible and although it isn’t a marine reserve, the diving is still quite spectacular. While diving in the waters around Wilsons Promontory some of the marine life people could expect to see include fish, stingrays, crayfish, abalone, anemones, coral and more. “Pillar Point backs on to a marine reserve, so it does see some good numbers of marine life, but it is nothing compared to what would be there if it was protected,” Mr MacDonald said. He said while recreational fishing is allowed at Pillar Point, populations of fish are still impressive. Once the trails are developed, the opportunity to impose voluntary fishing restrictions in the area could arise. “This would mean people could decide for themselves to fish there, that is what I would like to see,” Mr MacDonald said. “Regeneration is a pret-

ty quick process. At Goat Island (in New Zealand) it took less than a year for it to start looking like it had before (it was a marine reserve).” Mr MacDonald said the beauty of an accessible marine reserve is that it allows an area for marine biologists to perform research and has the ability give the general public an idea of what things used to be like underwater. He said currently, visitors to the Prom are only seeing half of what it has to offer. “Without seeing underwater, they are missing out,” he said. Mr MacDonald is currently working with The Friends of the Prom to obtain funding to develop the dive trails project, which is expected to cost around $7000. He said he is also working closely with Parks Victoria to get the idea up and running. “If it is developed for

Come and see: Foster’s Murray MacDonald is keen to see the development of dive trails around Wilsons Promontory, which will give people information on specific areas before taking to the water, by way of an app. the whole of the Prom, the app will recommend the experience level needed for each trail, as well as data on

currents, species visible and topography,” he said. “It works incredibly well in New Zealand. People who go on the dive trails at Goat Island are blown away by the experience.” Mr MacDonald spends most weekends in the summer diving at the Prom and said he does scuba diving as well as free diving. He said Pillar Point and the next point on Norman Bay are both suitable for snorkelling. “Pillar Point is good because the trail can start from the shore and go out into the water as far as you want and it is accessible to everybody,” he said. Mr MacDonald said the development of the dive trails would be fantastic for the area and encourage people to experience a different side of the Prom. “It works on all levels. In New Zealand, the people have really taken ownership of the resource and are proud of what they have,” he said.

Mayor’s message Cr Ray Argento You may not be aware that this year is the centenary of the first Maternal and Child Health service in Victoria.

Solid program: the Foster Primary School held its last rock and water program in the last week of term, which was run by Jim Walsh from Child and Youth Mental Health Service. Parents also attended the final session.

Program winds up THE Foster Primary School held its last rock and water program session on Tuesday, June 27, run by Jim Walsh from Child and Youth Mental Health Service. Parents attended with their children, learning alongside them and sharing their experiences. Students ended the program with a bang, literally. After choosing a statement they would like their teacher to say about them at their Grade 6 graduation, students wrote this on a piece of wood then summoned

all their energy and broke the piece of wood in two. This took confidence and selfcontrol and was not about pure muscle, but about self belief. All students successfully broke the wood, as did their parents. Student Jemima said the program taught her that you can be like a rock, you can be strong and stand up for yourself. “You can also be like water, which is being flexible,” she said. Dakota said her favourite part of the program was role playing with being the bully. “My dad was Popeye which was a kind brave person standing

In an era where things weren’t so complicated it was simply called a Baby Health Centre and it was established because people in and around Richmond, where the centre was located, were concerned about the unacceptably high infant mortality rates at the time. Its success prompted more centres, first in the city, then around the state. A century later there are 662 centres – that’s the equivalent of one opening every eight weeks of the hundred years! There are more than 1,100 trained MCH nurses employed in Victoria and between them they undertake more than 827,000 sessions a year with families across the state. The service includes free regular check-ups and health support for children at key developmental stages up to the age of six, and is relied on by parents to ensure the ongoing health of their children. This is where council comes in. Local governments provide Maternal and Child Health services, with the costs being split 50/50 between councils and the State Government.

up to the bully,” she said. Scott said breaking the wood was his favourite part, because he didn’t know how if it would be possible without it hurting. “I did it. I broke the piece of wood,” he said. Taj enjoyed the personal space THE South Gippsland Citizens Advice game and said, “I like my space so Bureau in Leongatha can help wage it was weird.” The Chinese boxing and rock/ earners with their tax returns. The service is absolutely free and confidential, water pushing games were what and approved by the Australian Tax Office. Ruben enjoyed the most. It runs until the end of October. “I also liked the relaxation at “This year we will again be using tax time to the end, lying on the ground with help our clients transition to myTax,” said Nicholas the eye pillows,” he said. Amy said, “My favourite part Peck, the Bureau’s Tax Help coordinator. “We will be assisting clients to create a myGov was everything. It was awesome.”

South Gippsland Shire Council currently employs five Maternal & Child Health nurses who provide consultations at Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo North, Foster, Tarwin Lower, Nyora and Welshpool. This service also includes home visits to cater for families with greater needs. The Maternal & Child Health service also supports families via the MCH Line, which offers support and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In the 2015/16 financial year there were 325 births in South Gippsland. With South Gippsland Shire Council having been in its current form for more than 20 years there must be thousands of families across the municipality who have been supported by our Maternal & Child Health nurses. I remember very well the support that my wife and I received when our children arrived. It is an invaluable service – any wonder it has lasted for 100 years! The centenary offers the perfect opportunity for us to extend our thanks to the calm, willing, knowledgeable and supportive Maternal & Child Health nurses both here in South Gippsland and right across the state. I wish you all a very happy hundredth birthday.

Tax return advice for wage earners account and lodge a myTax return,” he said. To make an appointment, just ring the Bureau (5662 2111) to arrange a time, or you can drop in and arrange it in person. The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is located opposite the post office in the Memorial Hall complex, Michael Place, Leongatha; you can call (03) 5662 2111 from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, Saturdays and public holidays (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 10am to 2pm and Sundays from 11am to 3pm.

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Firearm surrendering SEVEN firearms have been handed into the Wonthaggi Police station since the national firearms amnesty started July 1. During the amnesty, Victoria Police will not prosecute a person in possession of unregistered firearms, cartridge ammunition, imitation firearms or weapons for the purpose of surrender. “With a large farming community there’s a lot of old firearms that have been passed down from generation to generation that are probably not registered or are in the possession of unShort wait: South Gippsland Shire Council councillors Jeremy Rich and mayor Ray Argen- licensed holders,” Wonthaggi constable Scott Morrison to are looking forward to work progressing on the Port Welshpool Long Jetty rehabilitation Police said. project in the coming weeks. “If people have got unwanted firearms or if they illegally possess firearms then this is their opportunity to hand them into the police, they can do it anonymous“The official announcement is not very far off,” ly without being prosecuted. By Sarah Vella he said. “It’s a good chance to hand in Once complete, the restored jetty is expected to those firearms. AFTER more than 15 years since a fire generate more than $6 million in increased expendi“We do get a lot from dedestroyed the Port Welshpool Long Jetty ture in the region during the first 10 years of opera- ceased estates and that type of and closed it to the public, work on the tion and $32 million in total economic impact over scenario where the old farmers the first 10 years of operation. have had them stored away.” jetty’s rehabilitation is expected to start The $10.85 million project has been funded with Non prosecution will not exbefore the end of the month. $1 million from council, $5 million from the State tend to possession in any other The tender for the work on the Long Jetty has Government and $4.85 million from the Federal circumstance. been approved, with an official announcement on the Government. In Victoria, any person who successful contractor expected in coming weeks. The Long Jetty Project Control Group and Gippsland Ports have both endorsed the winning tender. While the project has been progressing behind the scenes, the local community is desperate to find out what is happening next. Welshpool’s Peter Rose said the lack of information on the progress of the project was disappointing, with nothing current available online or at the jetty itself. “We need to know what is happening,” he said. South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said a sod turning ceremony would occur when all levels of government were available to come together on site. He said the work should start on the Long Jetty by the end of the month, with the project completion date forecast for around October 2018. “Paul Macphail has been a fantastic advocate for the community in regard to the Long Jetty and his views have been held in the highest regard throughout the process,” he said. Cr Argento said once construction starts, it would bring valuable employment to the area, anticipated to include 96 jobs during construction and five ongoing jobs.

Jetty’s long wait nearly over

The flu is here so vaccinate now AS the winter chills descend, it is timely to remember to protect yourself from an unwanted visitor and be vaccinated against influenza. Victoria’s deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton, said there was no shortage of vaccine supplies across Victoria and everyone, especially people at most risk of contracting the flu, should be immunised. “We know our seasonal influenza rates are up, with the overall number of confirmed influenza cases in Victoria up 81 per cent, compared to the same time in 2016,” Dr Sutton said. “It’s not too late to vaccinate to provide protection against the top four circulating strains of influenza. “Influenza vaccine is available from general practitioners, many of whom also have practice nurses who are skilled at immunisation and also from pharmacists who are qualified and trained to give immunisations. “The elderly, infants, those with chronic conditions such as heart or lung disease, renal failure, diabetes and chronic neurological conditions, the immuno-compromised, pregnant women and smokers should all be immunised. Typically, the annual influenza season in Victoria occurs between April and October. Dr Sutton said the flu is a highly contagious viral infection, spread by contact with fluids from coughs and sneezes. “The most common symptoms of the flu are sudden high fever, a dry cough, body aches, and feeling very tired and weak. Further information on influenza is available at the Better Health Channel:

Handed in: Wonthaggi Police constable Scott Morrison urges people to hand in illegal and unwanted firearms during the firearm amnesty. Seven firearms have been handed into the Wonthaggi Police station already. wants to surrender a firearm, firearm related article including cartridge ammunition and barrels or weapons should surrender these items. Where a person is appropriately licensed they may be able to register or sell surrendered items. Items surrendered to licensed firearms dealers that are not acquired by appropriately licensed individuals will be forfeited to police for destruction. Victoria Police will collect information about the items sur-

rendered during the amnesty for reporting purposes and for registration of surrendered firearms using records kept by Licensed Firearms Dealers accepting surrendered items. This information not will be used to identify a person surrendering items under the amnesty. If you have firearms or weapons for surrender that you think may have military or historical significance please contact the Victorian RSL. The amnesty ends September 30.

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Sunnies important in winter too OPTOMETRY Australia is reminding Australians of the importance of protecting their eyes all year round with the sun lower on the horizon in winter so we get more damaging UV directly entering the eye. Importantly, 90% of UV radiation can penetrate clouds (so it’s not just on super bright days that we can be getting UV damage. The message from Optometry Australia is that from around 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm these are the most important times to be wearing our sunglasses. It’s also important to remember UV radiation can also be reflected – from five percent off grass to 25 percent for concrete and sand and 30 percent for sea surf and 90 percent for snow. Optometry Australia recommends all day, year round UV protection to protect from the following conditions: Cataracts It is estimated that around 20 percent of cataracts

are caused or made worse by UV exposure. Cataract is where the normally clear lens inside the eye becomes cloudy, causing blurred vision or blindness if not removed. Surgical extraction of cataracts costs Australia $320 million each year. Pterygium Light which enters the side of the eye closest to the ears can be internally reflected (like fibre optic cabling) and come to a focal point on the side of the eye closest to the nose. This can cause ptergyium, which is a wing of fleshy tissue which grows over the front surface of the eye. These can become very irritated and as they grow over the central area of the eye they can start to affect our vision. These are also referred to as surfer’s eye as they are very common in this group and in occupations where people spend a lot of time outside. To solve this problem Optometry Australia recommends close fitting or wraparound styles, or for those bound to fashion first there are numerous Eye for detail: from left David Lawry, Leah Meulendijks and Rod Jackson of Leongatha sunglass frames which have a thicker arm which Optometrists to provide a high level of care to patients. achieves great side protection.

Sunglasses: Leongatha Optometrists stocks a beautiful range of sunglasses.

Macular Degeneration Short wavelength radiation and blue light in bright sunshine can cause damage to the sensor layer at the back of the eye (the retina), along with the part of this layer responsible for central vision (the macular). Follow these tips from Optometry Australia to protect your eyes from the sun all year long: • Make a habit of wearing UV protective sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you’re outside. • Don’t be fooled by clouds or the fact that you’re in the shade: a significant amount of damage to the eye can come from indirect light, whether it is from the side or reflected off surfaces such as the ground, sand or water. • Sunglasses are also available with tinted and

polarised prescription lenses for those requiring glasses for clear vision. • Remember the kids and older family members. • When purchasing sunglasses, remember to check the sun protection factor on the swing tag, look for high category (Australian Standard) lenses and remember that a high retail price doesn’t always mean better protection. • Polarised lenses can be particularly helpful for reflected glare such as when at the beach or snow. • A close fitting, wraparound pair or classic style with thick arms can help prevent glare and damaging rays from coming in the sides of sunglasses. • If in doubt, your optometrist can assist with fitting and advise you on the best lenses for your protection. • Find an optometrist in your area.

Hearing made easy SOUND provides us with a powerful means of communication and hearing enables us to connect to the world around us. It’s been proven that hearing health is directly connected to overall health and well being. People who are able to hear and engage with their friends and loved ones live better and healthier lives. “New advancements in hearing aid technology, combined with personalised solutions and exceptional client care means that we can tailor a hearing plan to meet your unique lifestyle needs,” principal clinician and director of HearCare Mrs Irene Pillay said. These technological advances have revolutionised hearing aids in recent years making them more discreet and sophisticated than ever before. “Starkey’s Halo 2® hearing aids are virtually invisible, and my patients love the freedom this allows them,” Mrs Pillay said. Starkey’s Halo 2® hearing aids offer unparalleled sound quality, enhance speech clarity in the presence of background noise and can be completely customised to fit your hearing needs. They are engineered to work with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Apple Watch. “If you, a family member or any friends are experiencing hearing difficulty, no matter how gradual the decline, arrange an appointment to see us for a free hearing screening,” she said. “This quick 10 minute check has the potential to improve your hearing health and transform your quality of life.” HearCare is dedicated to improving hearing health in their wider community, and is offering a free two week trial of Starkey’s Halo 2® hearing aids.

Hearing awareness: drop in and visit HearCare at health centres in Leongatha, Korumburra, Yarram, Drouin, Hazelwood, Latrobe, Lang Lang, Foster, Toora, Bunyip, Koo Wee Rup or Cardinia to check out the Starkey Halo 2® hearing aids.

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Trail needs to be noticed THE Great Southern Rail Trail is arguably one of the shire’s best tourist attractions, however without a properly promoted starting point it may as well not exist. Lack of signage at the Leongatha end of the trail makes it hard for people who are unfamiliar with the area to locate the beginning of the trail. Online, the start point is listed as Horticultural

Park, off Young Street. But then the diagram on the same page suggests the start point is Holt Street. So where is the start point, actually? You have to walk through the park, out the other side and then if you are lucky, you will stumble upon the track. South Gippsland Shire Council’s manager planning Paul Stampton said there are plans to increase the prominence of the Leongatha end of the trail, but it is likely to tie in with the Leongatha railway site transformation project. “Feedback about where the rail trail should start in Leongatha was a popular and recurring theme during railway site consultation,” he said. “Signage will be erected once the start point has been determined. No further money is available from the rail trail funding.”

So there is a problem with the lack of signage at the start of the trail, but there is no money to do anything about it so it will have to wait. The railway site development doesn’t even have a starting date yet, although draft options will be presented to council in August. The council received $3.3 million in government funding to construct the rail trail and spent $1.45 million of its own money as well. Some of this money was set aside to develop new marketing for the trail, including signage. However, when visitors enter Leongatha, from

either end, there is no signage to let people know the trail exists either. How about a big sign that has ‘Leongatha, home of the Great Southern Rail Trail’ at its entry points. Tell people the rail trail exists. A tourist sign, pointing people in the direction of Horticultural Park wouldn’t go astray either. We have this great asset, which has already proved itself as a great drawcard for the region, why not make sure all visitors know it exists, not just those who are looking for it and probably can’t find it.

Grand sight: Friends of Gunyah Reserves secretary Susan Purdy admires a tree in the Gunyah Reserve.

Hangouts: from left, Jake Newton, Kaelin Littlejohn and Kohdie Simpson often enjoy riding their bikes along the Great Southern Rail Trail in Leongatha.

Preserve our beauty Campaign for new national park continues By Brad Lester A CONSERVATION group is not giving up on its campaign for native forest in the southern Strzelecki Ranges to be classified as national park.

contains cool temperate rainforest that is listed as a threatened community on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee schedule, and is home to the rare Slender Forkfern, the Slender Tree-fern and Skirted Tree-fern. The reserves also contain wet forest, a depleted ecological vegetation class in the Strzelecki Ranges, and grand mountain ash trees that host many animals, including the Superb Lyrebird, Powerful Owl and the Greater Glider. The threatened fish, the Australian grayling, is in the Agnes and Franklin rivers. The Friends hope Parks Victoria will assume sole management for a new national park, as the two reserves are now jointly managed by Parks Victoria and DELWP. The Friends believe the joint management has confused the departments and the public as to who is responsible for managing which section. The rainforest reserve was once even mistakenly shown as available for timber harvesting, causing a public furore.

The Foster-based Friends of Gunyah Reserves still wants the Gunyah Reserves north of Foster and Toora to become a national park despite a failed request to the State Government in 2015. The 700ha site is bordered by Grand Ridge Road to the north and encompasses the Gunyah Scenic Reserve (150ha) and the Gunyah Rainforest Reserve (550ha). The Friends group wrote to Victorian Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio recently, asking for a review of its previous request to upgrade the reserves’ status to national park. “The Friends believe that the Gunyah reserves deserve the highest protection that Victoria can offer, that is, national park status and that management of the consolidated park under Parks Victoria would simplify management and reflect community expectations,” Friends secretary Susan Purdy wrote. “This upgrade to the Gunyah area will demonstrate the government’s commitment to the environment and biodiversity protection in the Strzeleckis, and promote the region’s tourism industry.” A spokesperson from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) said the State Government does not have plans to create a national park at Gunyah. “The Gunyah reserves are already managed for conservation and they are identified in the Gippsland Regional Forest Agreement as being a part of the conservation reserve system,” he said. “The Gunyah Rainforest Reserve is a flora reserve under section 50 of the Forests Act 1958 and the Gunyah Rainforest Scenic Reserve is also managed for its scenic features. “The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning works with Parks Victoria on a range of land management issues including pest plant and animal control, fire management, and the conservation and pro- Worth preserving: the Foster-based Friends of Gutection of environmental values.” nyah Reserves are asking for the Gunyah Reserves The land forms the headwaters of the Agnes and Franklin river catchments, and north of Foster and Toora to become a national park.

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Loch fun run raises much needed funds LOCH Primary School students and families raised $4,477 after hosting a Credit Union Australia (CUA) school fun run on Thursday, May 25. In the lead up to the event, students pounded the pavement and raised funds online by seeking sponsorship from their local community. “We’re definitely going to hold another fun run next year, but instead of just having colour, we want to include mud,” Loch Primary School teacher Dayna Lightowler said. “It’s was a very successful event.” CUA school fun run organiser Benita Spence said the teachers were excited to get behind a fundraising activity that promoted such a healthy interaction with the community and taught kids about setting and achieving financial goals. “Not only could everyone get out of the classroom and exercise but the students were keen to set and meet their fundraising targets so they could earn prizes like scooters and sporting equipment which of

course promote further healthy activity,” she said. “Parents enthusiastically supported the initiative as it steered their kids away from traditional fundraising events which often involve selling junk food.” The CUA school fun run program also provides students and families with additional tools and practical advice from the online health hub to encourage ongoing healthy habits at home.

ing the school fun run and I am proud that CUA has stepped up its commitment in 2017 as the major sponsor,” CUA chief of corporate affairs and community Jo Kearney said. “CUA supports our members to reach their financial goals and look after their health needs. “Similarly the CUA school fun runs help kids learn about setting and achieving financial goals and establishing healthy habits that will stay with them throughout their lives.”

The school fun run program has been running Australia wide since 1987, with participating schools raising over $90 million in extra funding over that period. Many schools rely on this additional revenue to enhance facilities and upgrade school equipment and supplies. “This was now CUA’s ninth year of support-

Active fun: Loch Primary School student Patrick joined in on the colour fun at the school fund raiser.

Funding to target post polio syndrome THE Federal Government is providing $450,000 to Polio Australia to run clinical practice workshops for health professionals to improve awareness of post polio syndrome,

Woohoo: Loch Primary School student Geoffie participated in the CUA school fun run recently.

Health Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt said a greater professional understanding of the symptoms associated with the late effects of polio would lead to improvements in the quality of life experienced by Australians with the condition. “We are fortunate today in Australia that many young people have had limited or no firsthand experience with polio and its crippling effects, thanks to vaccination programs that have largely eradicated

the virus from our shores,” he said. “This funding will particularly benefit polio survivors who experience late effects of the illness, which can occur up to 40 years after their initial infection.” These symptoms of fatigue, muscle weakness, joint pain, and sleeping, breathing and swallowing difficulties are often confused with other medical conditions, meaning some may not receive the right treatment and support. Mr Hunt said Polio Australia’s clinical practice workshops would provide up to 1200 primary and allied health professionals with an opportunity to learn more about the effects of this illness, particularly if it recurs later in a patient’s life.

















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Donate now: to the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve cantilever fund. Donations can be made via direct deposit, contact the Friends of Agnes Falls via Facebook or email for more details.

Agnes Falls proves popular ANOTHER working bee was held at the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve at the end of June, to tidy up the grounds. Friends of Agnes Falls members attended the bee and got to work pruning, raking, moving mulch and logs and some planting.

Milpara Community House news WELCOME to term three. We hope everyone has had a nice break. This week we have Adult Tap Dancing starting on Wednesday, July 19. Milpara singers are back in the house Wednesday afternoons. It’s a friendly group that meets each week for a social sing and there is always a lot of fun and laughter. South Gippsland Coeliac Support group meet at Milpara this Thursday, July 20. Don’t forget to book into our semester classes that start next week. New this term is Creative Writing on Monday evenings; it will continue to be offered on Thursday mornings also. If English is your second language we have Speak English and Learn English. We also have classes for anyone interested in improving their English and or Maths. Learn the time honoured craft of knitting over four sessions; our class starts next Thursday, July 27. You’ll create sample items to take home as you learn the basic stitches. Also suitable for people with UFO’s (Unfinished Objects) they are stuck on and need some assistance. Growing your own vegetables can be rewarding and save dollars. It isn’t hard but timing and good advice can make a big difference. Our Men’s Shed Hospital Gardeners are providing a Seasonal Veggie Gardening session on Thursday, July 27. Warhammer 40 K is a day to relax, paint and play the new edition. No army, no problem as we have two studio armies to use on the day, Saturday July 29. For bookings and more information call 5655 2524.

Leongatha Community House News TERM 3 has arrived, and the busy schedule at Leongatha Community House has resumed. All our regular groups and activities are back, and we have some new opportunities for you too. Photography Group: this newly-formed group is open to anyone with an interest in photography with SLR cameras. Expand your knowledge and your skills, and share your interest with others who also love taking photos. The Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, at 7pm. Patchworking and Sewing Group: this is another new group, starting on Tuesday July 18 and weekly thereafter, from 1pm to 4pm. Gather with others to design, sew, and finish off your sewing or patchworking projects. Share ideas and motivation, and make new friends too. Beginners or those who want to expand their skills in sewing or patchworking are very welcome. Machines and supplies are available, if needed. Tai Chi for Health sessions happen every Tuesday. The 10.30am session is full, and we’ve now opened an earlier session starting at 9.30am. If you missed out last term, here’s another opportunity to enjoy this fun and rewarding exercise. The sessions cost $5 and are suitable for women and men of all ages, and have a special focus on improving strength and balance. Circle-dancing: this “new-to-us” activity begins on Tuesday, July 18 at 12.00noon and will continue on a weekly basis. The aim of modern circle-dancing is to experience the joy of dancing with others to create a sense of well-being and community. Cost is $5 per session. Scrapbooking/Card-making: Explore the fun and experience the satisfaction of playing with paper every Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm. BYO materials and equipment is preferred, though beginners are encouraged to come along and they will be helped to get started. Participants can also buy page kits and card kits. Scrapbooking/Card-making Crop Day: the next of our monthly all-day papercrafting events is on Saturday, July 22 from 9am to 4pm. Entry fee is $10. For more information on any of our classes or groups, contact the Coordinator, Eunice Donovan, on 5662 3962 or email

The reserve’s popularity continues grow, with 32,910 visitors officially counted during the 2016-17 financial year, which was around 4150 more than the previous year. There have also been 17,217 visitors already counted for this half of the 2017 calendar year. Friends group secretary Kathy Whelan becoming a member of the group or renewing a current membership will further assist with the ongoing improvements to the reserve. “We hold four or five meetings per year, usually at a local pub for a social dinner prior to the formalities and about the same number of working bees, under the auspices of Parks Victoria,” she said. “We also hold occasional open days at the reserve, which help to promote the falls as well as providing us with an opportunity for some fundraising, through the sale of refreshments, limited edition souvenirs and a raffle.” Membership fees are $10 per adult, or $25 per family, valid from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Next time you visit the reserve make sure to take a look at all the information on display in the new cabinet, which was installed in the rotunda by Parks Victoria recently. The friends groups is still working towards the installation of a cantilevered viewing platform at the falls, however the project is being stymied by lack of funding. “In spite of the best efforts made by the friends group and the South Gippsland Shire Council, no state or federal government grant applications that have been submitted have been successful,” Ms Whelan said. “To this end, FoAF is now fundraising, to assist with the $450,000 cost of the cantilever, to show the powers that be the community would truly value such an improvement. “Please consider making a $10 donation towards this fund.” Contact Friends of Agnes Falls for donation details, either through Facebook or by emailing Ms Whelan at

TOM Mathew Wrigley was born on the July 11 at the Leongatha Hospital. Tom is a son for Mathew Wrigley and Tanya Hooker of Korumburra and a baby brother for Aliesha, 17, Jacob, 14, Billie, 8 and Hannah, 1. LACHLAN Allen Giliam was born on the July 4 at the Leongatha Hospital. Lachlan is the third son for George and Jaimee of Dumbalk and a baby brother for Max (3 yo) and Heath (2 yo). Thank you to all the staff for their help.

Another big term ahead for Toora TOORA Primary School junior students have been enjoying a well earned holiday after a jam packed Term Two learning ukulele, investigating healthy eating and learning from student teacher Hope Haughie. Once a fortnight, parent Pete Snell has been coming into the school to teach the students the art of playing the uke. The students are also in the middle of writing a school song. Students studied healthy eating and investigating what makes a person healthy. As part of that program, students made healthy apple pies from some apples which were donated to the school. The school is aiming to start a kitchen garden program in Term Three, which will continue the theme of healthy eating with the students. Yarram’s Hope Haughie is in her final year of her education degree at Federation University and as part of her study, she has been attending Toora Primary School once a week. At the end of Term Two Miss Haughie was at the school for a full week of placement. “It has been great doing

a diverse range of things during the week, it is a very creative school,” she said. “Because I have been coming here from the first week of school, one of the benefits for me is that I knew all the students and the staff before I came in for placement.” Miss Haughie said it was great to be a part of a small community school. As part of her degree, Miss Haughie is also taking part in an oral literacy research project at Toora primary, which is linked to Federation University. “Literacy is one of my passions and sometimes oral language can tend to be forgotten,” she said. “It is a very contemporary thing to be studying in the field of education at the moment so I am lucky to have the opportunity before I go out and teach.”

Student teacher: Hope Haughie was on a weeklong placement block at Toora Primary School, teaching in the junior class with Louise Gilbertson, back right. Yum yum: from left, Hamish, Bella, Scarlett and Phoenix from Toora Primary School made healthy apple pies in class recently as part of their healthy eating inquiry unit.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Chicago set to dazzle less musical Chicago by Kander and Ebb. As a well known and iconic musical, Chicago has a recognisable sense of style. Mentioning the muWith style, humour and a touch of ‘razzle sical or one of the classic dazzle’, the theatrical songs like All that Jazz group presents the uni- often brings to mind imversally loved and time- ages of fishnet stockings and black sequins, or the Glamorous show: intoxicating choreograof Bob Fosse. Wonthaggi Theat- phyThe Wonthaggi prorical Group is per- duction will be directed forming Chicago by Karen Milkins-Henfor its second major dry, who is thrilled to production for 2017. bring this much loved Pictured is Wonthag- musical to the local gi Theatrical Group’s stage. “Our supportive auKeryn Moren. Photo dience is in for a treat by inverloch3996 with one of the most photography. highly experienced casts our talented community can provide coupled with the expertise of a committed and creative production team all bringing their ‘A’ game to provide a power packed night of pure entertainment,” she said. Set, costumes and music form an integral part of this iconic stage show. Musical director Ben Stein is both excited and

WONTHAGGI Theatrical Group is gearing up for its second major production for 2017.

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nervous about the fact he and his band will be on stage for this production. “It’ll be great fun, being able to interact with the cast and audience. It will also bring something different and special to this show,” he said. Costume designer Khaseem Warren, who wowed with her stunning work on Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s production of Pippin in 2015, is equally excited. “It has been such a treat working on the costumes for Chicago. The style of the show is full of elegant detail, glamour, lots of dark smoky tones, and a vibrancy that is both loud and classy. Our production will be a modern twist on the 1920s style,” she said. Chicago is set to be one of those shows people talk about for years to come. You can book your tickets online by visiting

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Wonthaggi North combine cultures ZIONISM Victoria facilitated a unique cultural exchange program between Wonthaggi North Primary School and Leibler Yavneh College recently.

Motivational: from left, Wonthaggi North Primary School students Lucas, Harry, Brad, Charlotte, Olivia, Amelie and Maya were inspired by Leongatha’s Beau Vernon, who shared his journey recently.

Beau talks resilience LEONGATHA Parrots football coach Beau Vernon inspired Grade 5 and 6 students to be resilient at Wonthaggi North Primary School recently. Beau shared his incredible journey he has made since 2012 after

suffering a spinal cord injury whilst playing footy. During the presentation, Beau spoke about his life before the accident and shared the difficulties he faced living with his injury. Beau is passionate about disability awareness, and often makes presentations at schools, personal development days and award pre-

sentation nights. He is currently a national champion for his category in hand cycling and is looking at developing this further. As a school community, Wonthaggi North Primary School saw huge value in listening to Beau, and a second presentation was held for the parent community.

This is the second year the program has gone ahead as part of Zionism Victoria’s Connecting Cultures program. Connecting Cultures is a free program offered to Victoria schools and communal organisations to foster cultural awareness. It forms part of the State Government’s vision to equip children with the knowledge and skills to participate and contribute in a multicultural society. Participants learn about Judaism, Israel, the Holocaust and the Jewish contribution to Australia. Wonthaggi North Primary School and Leibler Yavneh College have decided to meet annually. Wonthaggi’s Grade 6 students visited to the Jewish Museum of Australia before travelling to the College on June 22. The two groups enjoyed a falafel lunch and had the opportunity to ask questions about the different lifestyles. As a parting gift, Yavneh

Parting gift: Wonthaggi North Primary School student Saher helped plant a tree with his new friend from Leibler Yavneh College. students presented Wonthaggi with a menorah. In return, the Wonthaggi students conducted a tree planting ceremony, which would symbolise their friendship. “This is one of the best programs I’ve seen. I’m looking forward to a lasting relationship between the two schools,” Wonthaggi North Primary School teacher Rob Robertson said.

Zionism Victoria’s mission of connecting Victorians with Israel is bolstered by this important Connecting Cultures program. By educating and informing students and their teachers, Zionism Australia enriches their understanding of Jewish culture and history, the Jewish connection to Israel, and helps cultivate the values of tolerance and respect.

Mayor’s message Cr Pamela Rothfield

WITH the release of the 2016 Census data recently, it was fantastic – yet not surprising – to see that over 23 per cent of our Shire’s population reported doing some form of voluntary work.

Amazing music: students at Wonthaggi North Primary School learned about Andean music through a performance by Inka Marka.

Students embrace Andean music INKA Marka wowed the students at Wonthaggi North Primary School recently. Inka Marka is one of Australia’s best known and respected ethnic folk groups, and performs regularly

at schools, festivals and functions Australia wide. Formed more than a decade ago in Jose Diaz, Orlando Arias and Michel Bestrin, the band has grown to include six full time members com-

mitted to bringing their love of traditional Andean music to Australia and the world. This was a rare opportunity for the students to share a different culture and listen to world class musicians.

Learn good governance in Bass Coast HAVE you ever wondered what makes a not for profit community organisation run well and achieve good results? Bass Coast Shire Council is hosting a free Good Governance – Great Results session on Friday, July 14. The session is presented by Our Community, a leading not for profit group that supports people and organisations working to build stronger communities. Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said the session would be valuable for the many volunteer organisations within the shire. “Bass Coast is fortunate to have a high level of volunteers, and we are pleased to invite community mem-

bers to this valuable opportunity to learn from Julie-Ann Rose, one of Our Community’s well respected trainers,” she said. “The information will particularly be of interest to anyone who is on a not for profit committee or board, or would like to be.” Attendees will learn the basics of governance including legal issues and compliance, and how to recruit and keep volunteer committee members. There will also be a discussion about understanding whether your group is being effective and tips on how to best manage change to keep your group functioning well. There will be plenty of useful resources and the opportunity to ask questions for your own group.

The session is free, though bookings are essential and limited to four representatives from a single organisation. There are only 50 tickets available, so register to secure your place. Good Governance – Great Results is on Friday, July 14, from 10am to 12pm with an opportunity to network afterwards. It will be held at the Old Wonthaggi Post Office building. Book at, or contact Kristen Yates-Matthews or Melissa Hayes on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211. Good Governance – Great Results is part of council’s ‘We are Bass Coast’ Community Builders Network learning calendar.

This is much higher than the state and national average, and is a reflection of our passionate, kind and inclusive community. This was only highlighted this week by the Australian Red Cross Long Service Awards I recently presented to members of the Phillip Island Branch. Awards ranged from 10 to 30 years, as well as one member who has been volunteering since 1950. The recipients are a wonderful example of the many volunteers we have across the Shire. I congratulate and thank them all for their selfless contribution to our community. Whether it be at council, with the emergency services, at a local sports club, aiding the elderly and needy, working in the op shop, or with animal welfare, many services would not run without the dedicated and enthusiastic support of volunteers, to whom we should all be very grateful. Speaking of volunteers, my fellow councillors and I recently took part in a Land-

care tour of our region to see and learn more about our natural environment and the work done by Landcare volunteers, supported by council. We learnt about the value of sustainable agriculture, shelter belts on farmland, and a successful biolinks project on private farm land with the help of the community. We went for a walk through an amazing revegetation project in Archies Creek where a creek line has been rehabilitating to become a temperate rainforest and micro environment for 21 different types of fungi. It’s only taken 30 years! We then visited the Bass Landcare offices and viewed the River Garden Project, trial plots for organic weed control and propagation of indigenous species. The day finished at the Rail Trail bridge across the Powlett River, which has become the ‘Kakadu of the South’ with the natural closure of the mouth of the Powlett attracting significant birdlife to the area. It was a brilliant tour and really opened my eyes to just how much our local Landcare networks are achieving here in Bass Coast. Our environment simply wouldn’t be the same without their commitment and hard work.

Stay in the loop and have your say FOLLOWING a very successful engagement campaign to ‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’ earlier this year, Bass Coast Shire Council has launched its Community Sounding Board to help keep people informed about upcoming consultation opportunities. The new online tool enables community members to opt-in to receive email notifications of consultation council is undertaking around their areas and topics of interest. Bass Coast mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said council wanted to continue the momentum created during the engagement campaign for the development of the Council Plan 201721 and Annual Budget 2017/18.

“Over the past six months, we have had hundreds of face-to-face conversations, received thousands of comments and reached tens of thousands of people through social media, our website, public notices and posters, and pop-up stalls throughout the Shire,” Cr Rothfield said. “The adoption of the Council Plan and Budget, however, doesn’t mean the community consultation stops for a breather. If anything, we are more motivated and excited than ever to continue these community conversations. “To ensure we are connecting with our community on a regular basis we’ve launched the Sounding Board as another way to stay informed.” Council is hoping to have as many people as possible signed up to the Sounding Board so please visit to get involved.

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Let’s talk about foot-and-mouth THEY are three words that Gippsland farmers never want to hear consecutively, but GippsDairy’s Tony Platt is determined to talk about foot-and-mouth. Tony recently travelled to Nepal where he studied with the European Commission for Foot-and-Mouth

Disease (FMD). The program selects veterinarians, industry personal and farmers to be trained in better recognising the disease and applying appropriate biosecurity measures should a country have an outbreak. Now back in Australia, Tony wants to spread the word to ensure the disease can never spread through one of the world’s most productive agri-

cultural nations. The GippsDairy extension co-ordinator is offering to talk to any interested group in a bid to raise awareness of the biosecurity threat posed by FMD. Tony’s experience in Nepal, where farmers have to constantly endure the economic cost of outbreaks, has reinforced his belief that biosecurity measures need to be respected by every person crossing Australia’s borders. “Our quarantine measures are the only thing stopping us from getting this and we all have a role to play in keeping it off our shores,” he said. “The main thing for people entering Australia is to respect our quarantine laws. Declare everything, even if it’s just to be safe rather than sorry, and clean anything that may have mud or dirt on it.” “By talking about FMD and raising awareness about biosecurity in the wider community, it reduces the chances of people inadvertently breaching our

quarantine laws.” A highly contagious viral disease, FMDis characterised by fluid-filled blisters and erosions in the mouth, nose, teats and feet. Although not usually lethal in adult animals, it causes serious production losses and has the potential to cost Australian farmers billions of dollars. Endemic in some parts of the world, FMD has not been recorded in Australia since 1872, when an outbreak in Werribee was controlled more by good luck than good management. Keeping Australia free from the disease, which only affects cloven-hooved animals including cows, sheep, pigs and goats, is one of the biggest priorities of the nation’s agriculture and biosecurity sectors. Tony is available to speak to community or industry organisations about the lessons learnt as part of his EuFMD training program. Contact Tony on 0477 440 339 or

Tony Platt (second from left) with the European Commission for Foot-and-Mouth Disease team and a local farmer near Kathmandu in Nepal.

Big loss no biggie for Burra BURRA FOODS is not concerned by the loss of the Bland Milk Supply Group, which will now send its milk to Fonterra. The Bland group included several farms in the Foster and Toora area. CEO Grant Crothers said the company has an active list of suppliers who wish to join them. “We don’t see that the discontinuation of the Bland Milk Supply Group will inhibit our ability to achieve our target milk intake for the next 12 months and beyond,” he said. In a statement on the Burra Foods’ website, Mr Crothers said the Bland groups’ commercial arrangements with the new factory surpassed anything Burra was prepared to meet. “The Bland Milk Supply Group joined Burra six years ago when we were in commissioning phase of the (then new) dryer and Burra has very much en-

joyed the relationship from that first day until now,” he said. “We look forward to being able to welcome some or all Bland members back to Burra at some time in the future and feel confident that they will continue to prosper, as well managed dairy farming enterprises in South Gippsland so often do.” Mr Crothers said he remains confident Burra Foods will meet its expected farm supply volume. “We are looking to grow our supply base to greater than 350 million litres in the short to medium term,” he said. “We will continue our policy of paying a premium and providing a transparent revenue model to all our supply partners. “Our unique initiative to pay 40 cents per kilogram of milk solids as a commitment bonus has been well received as a source of working capital available to our supply partners to enable them to run a more profitable enterprise.”

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Dairy is in the blood AFTER growing up on a dairy farm and heading to the big smoke to study and work, Kate Bland returned to the area around 15 years ago to work on the family farm. Since then, she has carved out her own business, which she runs next door to her sister Hannah’s farm in Foster. Hannah also returned to dairy farm life after studying law in Melbourne. “Growing up, I never really wanted to be on the farm, so I went to Melbourne, studied hospitality and worked in hotels,” Kate said. “When the family decided to buy this farm, I said I would come home and help run it. I got sick of Melbourne and wanted to be my own boss. “I now have the freedom to do what I want, look after the cattle and grow the business. I have something to be

proud of.” Kate’s herd peaks at 800 milking cows, which live on around 900 acres. The farm runs a 60 head rotary dairy and produces just over eight million litres of milk annually. The Blands have recently started supplying Fonterra. Hannah and Kate run very similar operations, just on different scales. Some of the challenges Kate has faced since taking over the farm include drought and years of low fodder production, the Murray Goulburn price drop in 2016 and keeping the herd as healthy as possible. “We have had a few problems with cow health over the last few years, but we are getting on top of everything now,” she said Kate’s father Les Bland said attention to detail is what successful farming is all about. He said a happy working environment is important to maximise the efficiency of

the cows. Kate said feeding the cattle good quality feed, concentrating on their health and learning from mistakes also helps create an efficient milking herd. “We watch the litres and inputs, notice any drops and react when something happens. You have to be there every day,” she said. Kate also works hard on improving her herd from the ground up to ensure she has the best breeding possible. Any “ordinary” calves and yearlings are exported from the milking herd to minimise the need to cull further down the track. “We rear more cattle than we need, so we have the ability to choose only the best cows,” Kate said. Around 10 per cent of Kate’s herd calves down at the start of April, while the remainder calve around July 21. This way, the bulk of the herd has access to spring pasture, when growth is at a maximum and it allows any

Large scale: Kate Bland’s dairy farm in Foster carries around 800 cows which are currently in the middle of calving. empty cows to be joined earlier. Having some of the herd calve in autumn also takes the pressure off the winter calving period and keeps the cash flow flatter. Hannah’s herd of 400 milking cows are also calved down on Kate’s farm. One of the big advancements in the dairy industry in recent years has been the

implementation of computer management programs. In Kate’s dairy, the computer system knows each individual cow, what she needs to be fed while she is on the platform and where she needs to go after she is milked. Each cow that comes in to be milked has a different feed requirement, which is where the computerisation really shines.

“It has saved us a lot on feed. Our ration contains seven different feeds, so each cow gets exactly what she needs,” Kate said. The auto draft function also saves a lot of time and effort in the shed. One of the benefits of having the whole family involved in the same industry is that there is always someone to talk to when needed.

“I am too busy running my own show to get out and see how other farmers do things, so it is helpful to learn from within the family,” Kate said. Mr Bland said in the dairy industry, there is always something to learn. “We have guys coming to our farms to see how we do it here now, so they can learn from us,” he said.

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High hopes for dairy code we can start working together to benefit the whole dairy industry in Australia,” Mr Murphy said. Murray Goulburn (MG), Fonterra and Burra A NEW dairy code of practice has been Foods have welcomed the release of the code of introduced, developed by United Dairy- practice. farmers of Victoria, Australian Dairy “MG has been involved in the consultations Farmers and other state dairy farming leading to the development of the code and is pleased to be a signatory to the new code,” a comorganisations. The code of practice for contractual arrange- pany spokesperson said. “Our commitment to improved contract and ments between dairy farmers and processors in pricing transparency is a continuous process. This Australia will create balance and transparency includes MG recently being the first along the industry supply chain, with processor to provide an...opening farmers to gain more control during price for the 2017-18 season. contract negotiations with proces“Our 2017-18 milk supply terms sors. are fully compliant with the code.” It also includes provisions to enFonterra Australia managing disure pricing mechanisms such as rector René Dedoncker said the comprice variations and loyalty payments pany is already taking steps to imare managed openly and fairly. prove pricing signals so farmers can Dumbalk North farmer and UDV have more certainty and plan with policy council member Damian Murconfidence. phy said the code was needed to re“We are committed to ensuring build confidence and trust in the dairy Australian dairy is sustainable and to processing sector. working collaboratively with all those He said in April 2016 some farmers found out they were exposed to First step: Dumbalk involved in it,” he said. Burra Foods CEO Grant Crothers all the risk associated with not only North dairy farmer said the company fully supports the producing milk, but processing it as Damian Murphy said code. well. “It will not change our practices in “The code shares the risk profile the new dairy code of the commercial relationship with our practice should help in a transparent way and is helped by the new unfair contracts law that to rebuild trust be- supply partners,” he said. “The code is an opportunity for all came into effect in November 2016,” tween suppliers and dairy farmers to have a more transhe said. processors. parent and standardised commercial “It is important to note processors relationship with their factory.” can still step up and step down but step downs UDV president Adam Jenkins said it is imporshould never be made retrospectively.” Mr Murphy said in order to move forward, tant contracts are fair, simple, realistic and easily the industry had to learn from the events of 2016 understood by both farmers and their processor. “For too long there has been a take it or leave and put in place steps to ensure it doesn’t happen it mentality when it comes to negotiating supply again. He said the new code is the first step towards agreements, and the code aims to fix this attitude as part of our plan to rebuild trust and confidence rebuilding trust, which will take time. “The development of the code gives me hope that within the dairy industry,” he said.

By Sarah Vella

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Gendore farewells Kevin AFTER 16 great years, sales consultant Kevin Smith retired from Leongatha’s Gendore Tractors and Machinery last Friday. On his last day, Mr Smith was greeted with a massive send off and a lot of gratitude for his years of hard work. Mr Smith gave 41 years to the machinery industry in Leongatha and has been selling New Holland agricultural products since the late 1970s. His expertise in the industry made him an excellent asset at Gendore, and the team were appreciative. He began working at Gendore when the business was in Young Street, and moved with it to its current location in the Leongatha industrial estate. “What I like about Kevin (Mr Smith) is that he is someone you could trust. He was fair to the farmers and we will certainly be hard to replace,” Gendore’s Tim Burgess said. “We wish him all the best.” Mr Smith said Gendore had provided him with an excellent job opportunity, and he had enjoyed seeing technology evolve over the years. “Some of the changes have been enormous and the progress has been really interesting to watch,” he said. Mr Smith will continue to do general work at Gendore one day a week during his retirement. He thanked the staff at Gendore, and said he enjoyed his time in the business.

Most photos that appear in The Star can be purchased by calling 5662 2294.

Farewell: a large party turned out to Leongatha’s Gendore Tractors and Machinery to say goodbye to sales consultant Kevin Smith (front) who retired on Friday, July 5. 16 years of commitment: sales consultant Kevin Smith announced he was retiring from Leongatha’s Gendore Tractors and Machinery on July 5, and was bid farewell by workmates Derek Genoni, Colin Graeme, Peter Fleming, Bronwen Russell, Hudson Malkin, Jodie Smith, Ben Comber and Tim Burgess.

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Farming Insight Prime cattle cheaper There were approximately 1130 export and 200 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 190 head week on week. The usual buying group was present and operating in a mixed market with prime cattle cheaper and another buyer operating on lighter and leaner cows pushing these grades upward. Quality was mixed with fewer cows and a better selection of yearling trade cattle. Most trade cattle eased 5c to 15c while the heavy yearling heifers declined 28c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks sold from firm to 5c/kg easier. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers were 4c to 6c/kg cheaper while the crossbreds held firm. Heavy grown heifers eased 5c/kg. Well finished heavy weight cows sold firm while lighter and leaner grades lifted 5c to 15c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold firm. Vealers to butchers sold from 320c to 342c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 280c and 307c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold mostly between 270c and 310c after a top of 345c/kg. Grown steers made from 290c to 306c/kg. Bullocks sold from 302c to 314c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made between 240c and 275c with the crossbred portion between 270c and 295c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers sold between 250c and 284c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 182c to 225c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 215c to 268c/kg. Heavy weight bulls made between 275c and 319c/kg.. The next sale draw - July 19 & 20: 1. SEJ, 2. Alex Scott & Staff, 3. Rodwells, 4. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 5. Elders, 6. Landmark.

Prime Sale - Wednesday, July 12 BULLOCKS 14 E.J. Charlton, Lower Plenty 9 Holt & Perry 2 D. & M. Robertson, Tarwin Lower 12 G. Molino, Wollert 12 Woodleigh Park, Woodleigh Vale 12 S. & B. McLaren, Woodleigh Vale

671.1kg 686.1kg 735.0kg 683.8kg 720.8kg 683.3kg

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$2107.16 $2148.90 $2302.02 $2133.30 $2234.58 $2118.33

STEERS 1 P. Van Heerwaarden, Bena 8 A. & L. Callister, Koorooman 1 Z. Redpath, Waratah 2 The Pines Grazing Co, Giffard West 1 The Firs (Vic) P/L, Korumburra 2 P. & S. Fahey, Tyers

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$1111.50 $1234.63 $1162.50 $1297.92 $1240.66 $1613.56

HEIFERS 1 The Firs (Vic) P/L, Korumburra 1 P. Van Heerwaarden, Bena 1 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora 1 The Pines Grazing Co, Giffard West 1 A. & L. Callister, Koorooman 3 P.A. & L.J. Taylor, Toora 1 S. & L. Harrison, Giffard

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$1293.75 $1008.90 $1045.32 $1263.88 $1363.32 $1153.83 $1237.68

695.0kg 695.0kg 655.0kg 665.0kg 670.0kg 647.5kg

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$1859.82 $1859.82 $1752.78 $1779.54 $1792.92 $1726.24

Long service: members from the Tarwin Lower CFA gathered to congratulate John Harris (fifth from the left) on his 50 year award on Saturday night at the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Club annual group dinner.

CFA members recognised NATIONAL medals were awarded to five members of the Foster Urban Fire Brigade at the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Club annual group dinner on Saturday night, July 15.

Congratulations: Foster CFA member Paul Austin was awarded a National Medal and first Clasp by South Gippsland CFA operations manager Bill Johnstone on Saturday night at the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Club annual group dinner. He also received his life membership of Foster Fire Brigade on the evening.

The dinner was held for the 13 brigades of South Gippsland. The medals recognise the service of James McIntyre, Kaylene Jones, Paul Raymond, Ronald Fischer and David Jones. This award recognises prolonged exposure to hazard in the service of the community. It is available to operational members in approved organisations that protect life and property at some risk to their members. This includes government agencies such as ambulance, correctional, emergency, fire and police forces, and voluntary organisations such as lifesaving and search and rescue groups. The National Medal is Australia’s most awarded civilian medal. The awards for service to the CFA awarded on the evening totalled 1040 years. These awards were spread over 53 volunteers on the night. Their milestones are highlighted by Edgar Truscott from Toora brigade for making a difference over 60 years, Bryan Duffus and Mick Dorling from Fish Creek brigade, Tommy Marshman from Dumbalk brigade with 55 years’ service, Alan Coulter from Dumbalk brigade for 50 years service, John Harris from Tarwin Lower brigade and Daniel Morgan’s from Yanakie brigade for 45 years contribution and many others were recognised. Operations Manager Bill Johnstone was the guest of honour who presented the National Medals, service awards and a life membership to Paul Austin from the Foster brigade. Paul’s award was received by the audience with a standing ovation in honour of his award. Bill Johnstone spoke of the need to meet challenges of restructures in a positive and strong manner. He congratulated South Gippsland group’s focus on serving the community while cooperating in a supportive and focussed manner.

Awarded: Fish Creek CFA member Bryan Duffus received his 55 year service award from South Gippsland CFA operations manager Bill Johnstone on Saturday night at the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Club annual group dinner.

55 years: Dumbalk CFA member Tommy Marshman celebrated his 55 years of service with South Gippsland CFA operations manager Bill Johnstone on Saturday night at the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Club annual group dinner.

COWS 1 1 1 1 1 2

J, M, C. & J. Moscript, Leongatha Sth R.J. & M.J. Bowron, Sandy Point N. & R. White, Kongwak N. & L. Smith, Pound Creek Jasmel Nominees, Tarwin South T. & G. Cashin, Leongatha South

BULLS 1 1 1 1 1 1

Melaleuca Pastoral, Meeniyan 980.0kg 318.6 $3122.28 D. McCaughan, Pound Creek 830.0kg 310.0 $2573.00 R.F. & V.M. Dowel, Leongatha Sth 1055.0kg 300.0 $3165.00 D. & M. Chalmers, Leongatha 915.0kg 295.0 $2699.25 Conisbee & Co., Glengarry 1055.0kg 295.0 $3112.25 Jasmel Nominees, Tarwin South 935.0kg 291.6 $2726.46

Recognition: Yanakie 45 year CFA member Daniel Morgan with South Gippsland CFA operations manager Bill Johnstone on Saturday night at the Meeniyan Dumbalk Football Club annual group dinner.


Gem-Brae-Ag, Lang Lang D. & M. Chalmers, Leongatha

482.5kg 280.0 $1351.00 430.0kg 242.6 $1043.18

Young leaders needed THE Young Agribusiness Professionals (YAPS), the youth group of the Victorian Farmers Federation, is calling on dedicated young people working in agriculture to help shape the group’s policy direction for the next year. Nominations have now opened for people wanting to serve on the group’s executive for a twelve month term. YAPs co-ordinator Julia Waite said the experience would give successful applicants an opportunity to de-

velop their policy, management and leadership skills. “We’re looking for people who are passionate about developing policies that will help advance our agricultural industries, and are keen to help us build strong social and professional networks,” Ms Waite said. “Victoria is Australia’s largest producer of food and fibre exports, and it is vital that the YAPs group finds representatives who are able to channel their enthusiasm in a way that promotes our state as a national leader in agriculture. “Youth are the future of agriculture, and it’s important that they are retained in agribusiness, educated and trained appropriately, and stay engaged in the government policies that affect them.” The YAPs Committee forms one of the seven policy committees within the Victorian Farmers Federation that advises the Policy Council. The Committee is made up of one Chair, a Vice-Chair and six Members and currently focuses on issues affecting young primary producers and agribusiness professionals. To be considered for a YAPs committee position you must be a financial member of the VFF, either as a YAPs member or as a member of your relevant commodity. You must be aged between 18 and 35. Guidelines and nomination forms are available on the VFF website and must be returned, along with your current CV, via email to Nominations close on Friday, July 28, with the first meeting for successful candidates to be held in the first week of September.

Where have all the nurses gone? THAT’S the question being asked by a Venus Bay family in need of support. Peta Cope said her son has very high support needs and a number of medical issues to be monitored, but the family has been unsuccessful in its search for a nurse. “Having just transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, we are gathering together a larger team of support workers and need a registered nurse to lead the team. That, however, is only one of the anticipated roles. As a trained nurse myself, I had no idea just how much I was using my training just to keep my son healthy with as few complications as possible; that is, until I wrote the job description for a nurse,” she said. “As he has no speech and complex communication issues, it is very difficult to keep track of

his general health. There are constant questions about what might be having an impact and causing some sort of reaction. He often needs new medication for different things, including epilepsy, and introduction of these needs a trained eye for monitoring. “There is also need for numerous charts so that trends can be recognised and acted upon. Frequent doctors and specialist visits require a medically trained person for liaison, interpretation and an understanding of procedures.” From Mrs Cope’s point of view, this is an ideal job for someone wanting less pressure in the field or slowing returning to the profession. “Many nurses, I’m sure, would relish the chance to treat a person as a whole, rather than a disease,” she said. “We only require about 12 hours per week at this stage – that is, one eight hour shift with

hands on care to get to know my son well, and four hours for administration, liaison, meetings, training of staff and such like.” Finding a nurse will help Mrs Cope resume her role as a mother rather than a nurse. Taking a step toward this goal has been made possible by the National Disability Insurance Scheme, but has proven more difficult than anticipated. “If you are a registered nurse and live within cooee of Venus Bay, please consider applying for the job,” Mrs Cope said. “If you have a friend who fits this description, please bring this article to their attention. I look forward to being able to step back with confidence.” For more information, or to apply, please email or phone Peta Cope on 0438 684 579.

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Pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 The land affected by the application is located at: 33 Victoria Road, Loch VIC 3945. Being L1 TP259246H Parish of Loch Township. The application is for a permit to: Buildings and works for a retail premises, the use and development of a dwelling and a reduction in car parking requirements. The applicant for the permit is: P & J Milkins Building Designers. The Application Reference Number is: 2016/366. You may look at the application and any documents that support the application at the office of the Responsible Authority - South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953, Telephone: 5662 9200. This can be done during office hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. Applications are also available to be viewed on Council's Website at www.southgippsland. Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must: • be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing • include the reasons for the objection and • state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will tell you its decision. Privacy Notification: The responsible authority must make a copy of every objection available at its office for any person to inspect during office hours free of charge until the end of the period during which an application may be made for review of a decision on the application. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: 19 July 2017

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FARM HAND Part time position farm hand on dairy farm in Allambee South. For more info please call John on 0407-687205.

CASUAL MILKER REQUIRED FOR ROTARY DAIRY 5 minutes from Korumburra. Required for every second weekend. Please phone 0419 369 455

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

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

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

Psychologist Allied Health Range 3- Part Time (0.6 EFT) - Ongoing Salary Range: $78,773-$89,375 (Plus Super) Location: South Eastern District – Leongatha Psychologist An exciting opportunity exists for a highly self-motivated team player to provide a comprehensive psychological service to schools in the Inner Gippsland Area based in South Gippsland by providing high-level professional advice to principals and school networks that strongly influence student wellbeing policy within a school network. The successful applicant will initiate, develop and implement student wellbeing programs within a school network, as well as provide leadership within the Student Support Services team. This will include managing service delivery across the network and contributing to professional supervision and direction to other members of the team. The successful applicant will be able to provide advice that will influence the development of teaching and learning strategies, prepare policy advice for consideration by the school network leadership team, as well as possess sound written and verbal communication and analytical skills. For further information/position description please contact Donna Riseley – Phone: 0409 182 932 Department of Education and Training is committed to diversity. The Department places considerable effort and resources into responding to the needs of staff with a disability. People from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply for this position. Information about the Department of Education and Training’s operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following websites: and Applications close 28/07/2017 ZO760112

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PROPOSAL TO INSTALL NEW MOBILE PHONE BASE STATION AT 275 Clear Creek Road, Mirboo VIC 3871 (Lot 1 TP126894) and 15 Worths Road, Trida VIC 3953 Telstra plans to install a telecommunications facility at 275 Clear Creek Road, Mirboo VIC 3871 and 15 Worths Road, Trida VIC 3953 The proposed installation at Mirboo will involve the following: 1. The proposal consists of the installation of one (1) new 40 metre monopole; the installation of four (4) omni-directional antennas on a standard triangular headframe and ancillary equipment; the construction of a Telstra equipment shelter to house electrical equipment associated with the facility; and the installation of ancillary equipment. The proposed installation at Trida will involve the following: 2. The proposed facility will comprise of the installation of one (1) new 30 metre monopole; the attachment of six (6) panel antennas on a standard triangular headframe and ancillary equipment; the construction of a Telstra equipment shelter to house electrical equipment associated with the facility; and ancillary equipment associated with the operation of the facility including cable trays, cabling, safe access methods, earthing and electrical works. 3. Telstra regards the proposed installations as a Lowimpact Facility under the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997 ("The Determination") based on the description above. 4. Further information can be obtained from Sean Brien, Town Planner at Visionstream Pty Ltd on behalf of Telstra, (03) 9242 8878, and at and 5. Written submissions should be sent to: Sean Brien, Town Planner Visionstream Pty Ltd Locked Bag 4001 Heatherton VIC 3202 By 8 August 2017

Koorie Education Co-Ordinator VPS5 Full Time (1.0 EFT) - Ongoing Salary Range: $92,253-111,619 (Plus Super) Location: Inner and Outer Gippsland An exciting ongoing position is available in the Department of Education and Training for a Koorie Education Coordinator in Gippsland in the South Eastern Victoria Region. This position plays a key role in the coordination and provision of support to the regional Koorie Education workforce and multidisciplinary Area teams within the Region. The occupant of the position will have a high level understanding of the current education and early childhood development reform agenda, particularly as it relates to Koorie children, young people and the broader Koorie community. The Koorie Education Coordinator will be an active member of the multidisciplinary Area Service Support Team and is required to develop strong relationships with the regional Koorie Education Manager, schools, early years service providers, central and local consultative groups, other community and government agencies and stakeholders. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career and to have an impact on the Victorian education system. This role is identified as available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only. For further information please contact: Jenny Leggatt ph: 5144 9164 or mob: 0439 930 367 Applicants are required to respond to the key selection criteria outlined in the attached Position Description. A current resume and details of two referees also need to be provided. For more details regarding this position please see attached position description. Department of Education and Training is committed to diversity. The Department places considerable effort and resources into responding to the needs of staff with a disability. People from disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply for this position. Information about the Department of Education and Training’s operations and employment conditions can be obtained from the following websites: and Applications close 25/07/2017


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Recovery Support Assistant within Australia (formerly SNAP Gippsland) delivers innovative, person centred Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery programs to adults with a severe and persistent mental illness, their families and carers. Our programs and services support individuals to self-manage, live well with their symptoms and are founded on the principle that living with a mental illness should not preclude a person from leading a meaningful and fulfilling life. Position descriptions are available on our website. Applications addressing the key selection criteria including a resumé and 2 professional referees should be submitted to Monique Cunningham, Acting Business Services Leader, within Australia, P.O. Box 635, Bairnsdale, VIC 3875, or via email to businessservices@withinaustralia. by 5pm Monday 24 July, 2017. We are an equal opportunity employer.


FISH CREEK HOTEL Phone 5683 2404 and ask for Karyn Or Email:

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Full-time (1.0 FTE) Leongatha

Resumés to: PO Box 319, Leongatha 3953 Or

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TRAINEESHIP • Looking for a career in a dynamic industry? • Want nationally recognised accreditation, yet stay based in your local region? South Gippsland Water is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are treated with respect and feel valued and supported. We are currently seeking an enthusiastic trainee to work primarily in the plumbing section of our Customer Service Team in our Foster office. This is a 12 month fixed-term position. Applicants seeking flexible working arrangements are encouraged to apply. A willingness to complete a Certificate 3 in Business Administration, and good communication skills coupled with competent computer skills and proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Outlook or alternative applications will be highly regarded. A trainee wage is applicable. All training costs will be covered by South Gippsland Water. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit for a copy of the Position Description and for a full outline of the application process. Please contact People and Culture on 03 5682 0471 for enquiries relating to employment at South Gippsland Water, or Kerry Mooney on 03 5682 0402 for specific information on this role.

Be part of the leadership team contributing to …a measurably healthier Gippsland For further information go to

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

Currently we have two Coordinator level opportunities available in Gippsland: Coordinator Vulnerable Communities This non-clinical full me role will coordinate a team with porolio responsibilies of Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug, Indigenous Australians Health and other programs supporng communies experiencing vulnerability. This important role will build the capacity of the primary health sector to deliver excellent health outcomes in the community.

Coordinator Suicide Prevention This non-clinical, full me role will lead the implementaon of the Gippsland Place Based Suicide Prevenon Program. Working with local community stakeholders to contribute to the reducon of suicide rates. This important role will plan, monitor, evaluate and report on all aspects of the program.

Applications Close 5pm Tue 25 July 2017. To apply: Visit our careers page online.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER Koonwarra Village School provides an alternave school environment from Prep-Grade 6. We are looking for an energec, experienced & inspired Early Childhood Teacher to fill a key teaching role (0.8 FTE) overseeing the academic, social and emoonal development of students working at Foundaon to Level 2 at Koonwarra Village School. Please visit the News page of our website for a posion descripon Inspire us with your applicaon on or before 23 July, 2017 0409 172 812 Fiona McKenzie (School Coordinator)


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LEASE or agistment wanted for dairy cattle in Korumburra or surrounding areas. Please call Don Harris on 0417-547660.

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Procurement Manager Full Time Fixed Term Role - (2 years) 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. Located in Foster (Depots in Wonthaggi and Leongatha), with beautiful beaches and National Parks on the doorstep, you will have the best of the South Gippsland and Bass Coast region to hand. Reporting to the General Manager Corporate Services this role will be responsible for the effective and efficient purchasing and procurement of goods and services across South Gippsland Water. This role is critical to a decentralised purchasing model and will develop procurement capability and skills within the team and wider organisation. Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit for a copy of the Position Description and for a full outline of the application process.

FIELD SERVICE TECHNICIAN Gendore Tractors & Machinery is a well-established, progressive and leading farm equipment dealership providing sales and service of agricultural machinery throughout Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula. The company has major franchises including New Holland, McHale and Pottinger. Our Leongatha branch is seeking a Field Services Technician to join its team. The successful candidate will be involved in servicing and repairs to a broad range of tractors and agricultural machinery, whilst providing exceptional support to our customer base and sales team. The key skills required for this role include: • Relevant diesel trade qualifications with experience in agricultural machinery • Ability to carry out service, repairs and diagnostics • Excellent customer service and communication skills • Ability to work well within a team and independently • Existing experience with CNH branded products would be beneficial This is an excellent career opportunity for the right person. Gendore offers a friendly and motivated environment, ongoing training and a competitive experienced based remuneration package. If you are motivated and would like the opportunity to work in a friendly team environment, please forward your resumé to

Please contact People and Culture on 03 5682 0471 for enquiries relating to employment at South Gippsland Water, or Jessica Armstrong on 03 5682 0409 for specific information on this role. Applications close Monday 31 July 2017 at 9:00 am.

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

A mid-winter discount of 10% until July 31 at New Beginning Christian Bookshop, 40A Bair Street, Leongatha, 5662-0999 DOG hydro bath, suit all sizes, $475. Ph: 0412290962. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175. FIREWOOD - local messmate/stringy bark, cut, split, dry. Discounts on bulk loads. Free delivery available. Pick up or delivered. $100 per cubic metre. Ph: 0437-176187. HAY small square bales, $6, Meeniyan. Ph: 0400131917.

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for sale HAY - small squares, new season, shedded, no weeds. Can deliver, conditions apply. Produced for horses (quality), $8 each. Ph: 5664-1320.

meetings Koonwarra / Leongatha RSL Cricket Club


HAY - $6 per bale, small squares, this season’s, good quality. Suit horses or cattle. Hallston 56685281.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 7.30pm Upstairs room at the RSL

SANDBLASTING equipment, too much to mention, all in good working order, approx $20,000. Contact Dick 0408-304850.


SECONDHAND steel for sale, 10 x 310 UB shed rafters, 12 metres long, $500 each. Ph: 0408-593748.

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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.

livestock BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762. EXPRESSION of interest: Pure bred Kelpie pups, working. Dog and bitch from great studs. Enquiries Rob 0409-425880.

used vehicles HOLDEN 2009 VE Commodore Omega ute (WYP569), with $3,000 hard lid, silver, excellent condition, RWC, $9,000. Ph: 5664-0037. MAZDA 2600 ute, 2005, 100,000km, manual, air, p/steer, towbar, RWC and reg, (TLP247), EC, $10,500. 0447-580996. TOYOTA Landcruiser Sahara, 200 Series, 2009, twin turbo diesel. Only 86,000km, $8,000 worth extras, silver grey, RWC, as new condition, $75,000. Reg GN660. Ph: 5664-0037.

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



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Plenty to celebrate for the Poowong Loch youth girls

DAVIS - Kevin Richard. 1918 - 2017 Born at Korumburra and passed away at Morwell. Loved son of James and Christine and much loved brother of Vin, Mary, Les, Frank, Alice, Maurie, Joe, Pat, and Jack (all dec). Loved and loving husband of Kathleen for 69 years. Wonderful father of Jim, Mary, Peter, Leo, Carmel and John (dec). Loved father-in-law of Anna, Karen, Merle and Peter. Loving Pa to Cecilia and Steve, Nicholas, Louise, Tom, Matthew, Madeleine, Rebecca, Michelle and Lawrence. Great Pa to Jackie. May he rest in peace.

Beloved wife of Trevor, adored mother of Brent and Katie, loved motherin-law to Nadine, and doting grandmother to Eva, Trevor, Brent and Katie.

THE strength and determination of the Poowong Loch Bulls youth girls’ football team led to its first win of the season in round eight.

DEERING Gary Russell. Passed away at home July 11, 2017. To all of Gary’s wonderful circle of family and friends, those who have called, messaged or visited him since his diagnosis last September, we want you all to know how much he appreciated your support and friendship. To those of you who were able to make it to the funeral, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Gary would have been so happy to know that so many of you were able to come along. We feel comforted in the knowledge that Gary will live on in the hearts of family and friends and through his music forever. Thank you all. Pauline and family. LESTER - Henry Brown (Lal). 9.7.2017 Loved brother of Bill (dec), brother-in-law of Blanche and Jean (dec). I will always cherish you and the memories we shared. Our world was a better place with you in it. Love Blanche. LESTER - Lal. A special cousin to Dot Storr (dec). Loving memories for the remaining family. Stuart and Sue, Dianne, Marion. RICHARDSON Rowland (Ian). 19.7.1929 - 12.7.2017 Loved husband of Shirley (dec) and Margie. Loving father of Rowland, Gregory (dec), Kay and Rob, Leonnie, Rhonda, Rodney and Heather (dec) and Chris. Loved father of Leonnie, Pa of Ryan and Emma, Jarrod and Meghan, Kate and Josh. G. Pa of Elliot, Blake, Coen and Archer. We will miss you forever Dad. “Go Pies” SMITH Margaret Beatrice. Passed away peacefully at Maroondah Hospital on July 13, 2017 at the age of 61.

Hand in hand we started our life together, and 24 years later, still holding your hand as you left, reminded me that my love for you was not because of who you are, but because of who I am when I am with you. Thank you for all your love. Your devoted husband, Trevor. x Peacefully sleeping, resting at last, the world’s weary trouble and trials are past. Not a day will go by where your presence won’t be missed, or the memory of those days when we were all together. Your loving daughter, Katie x. And whilst she lies in peaceful sleep, her memory we shall always keep. Phil, Heather, Colby and Kate. TAYLOR (nee Hutchison) - Fae. Loving wife to Michael. Much loved mum to Amy and Jay, Roy and Kate, and Katiepops. Loving Gran to Harry and Ollie. You gave us everything we could have asked for and then some. Now at peace. TAYLOR - Fae. MDU Football Netball Club send condolences to Michael, Amy, Roy and Kate on the passing of Fae, longtime supporter of MDU.

funerals RICHARDSON The funeral service for Mr Rowland Ian Richardson will be held at the Yarram Country Club, 322 Commercial Road, Yarram on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 commencing at 12pm. Private cremation will follow. SMITH - A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mrs Margaret Beatrice Smith will be held at St Andrew’s Uniting Church, Peart Street, Leongatha on Friday, July 21, 2017 commencing at 11.30am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery.

TAYLOR - A funeral service to celebrate the life of Fae Taylor will be held at the Meeniyan Town Hall on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 commencing at 1pm. Private cremation.

It was a big day for the Bulls, facing off against Inverloch Kongwak and celebrating Georgia Lightowler’s 50th club game. Before joining the youth girls’ side, Georgia played in the juniors. She was the first girl to reach this milestone for the Bulls. The Bulls won 6.3.39 to 3.3.21, and has spurred the girls on to become an indomitable force. The Bulls’ youth girls is a fairly new side, involving girls aged 13 to 18. This is the first year the girls have played com-

petitively, after playing in a friendly season last year due to low numbers. These low numbers turned around at the start of the season when 20 full time players put their hands up for a game. The girls train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and recently participated in a special drill session with Collingwood women’s captain Stephanie Chiocci. They have enjoyed the experience of the Southern Gippsland Junior League and work together well. “We started the season off slow as we struggled with numbers, but as interest grew we were lucky enough to get 20 girls,” team manager Dayna Lightowler said. “As the season progressed, so did our skills and our passion for foot-

Winning smiles: Katie Cronin, Tara Wilson, Simone Notman, Taleiya Brown, Maddison Cavigan, Tiah Cavigan and Emily Lesjakk from the Poowong Loch Bulls youth girls’ team were thrilled to secure their first win recently. ball. We managed our first win in round eight; all our hard work paid off and you couldn’t wipe the smile off the girls’ faces.” The Bulls are always looking for new players, especially with many girls going up into the women’s league next year.

Their home ground is the Nyora Recreation Reserve, and interested girls are invited to come down and check girls’ football in preparation for next season. For more information about recruitment, call Dayna Lightowler on 0400 778 743.

Storming home in finals GIPPSLAND Storm Elite Development Net- in the autumn season at the Waverley Netball ball Club had another successful finals series Centre just before the school break.

Local achievement: Storm’s U13 two was a grand final winning squad, coached by Mardan’s Holly Monaghan. Pictured back from left is Lacey Pedersen, Ella Tevaga, Holly Monaghan (coach) Mikayla Phillips, Keeley Burgman, Amelie Mucic and Holly Turner, front from left, Holly Van Der Loop, Jamie Mackinder, Sasha Williams and Shae O’Connell.

Storm had five squads in the finals series, U13 one, U13 two, U15 one, U15 two and the premier open squad, with three grand final wins. One of these winning squads was Storm’s U13 two squad, coached Holly Monaghan from Mardan. Holly, apart from coaching for Storm, also plays and coaches A and B Grade netball in the Ellenbank League. Holly was interviewed after the grand final win and asked what it was like to win as a coach against some of the best junior representative squads in the state. “Very proud, happy, excited, the whole gamut of emotions. Our goal as a team was the make the final and to win was a bonus,” she said. “It was a very close the whole game; we couldn’t break away from Frankston DNA. The lead changed by the minute, each team surged at different stages of each quarter, in the final quarter we got a turnover then a goal, winning a very exciting game by two goals. “I’m so very proud of the girls; I’ve never seen so much emotion both from the girls and the parents after the game. We now look forward to the start of the spring season at Waverley, which starts this week.”

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Goodbye: the club farewelled John Sullivan, foundation club member and Grand Bridge Master (middle). He is surrounded by his playing partners over his years at the club Dina Drury (left), John Sutton (back left), current partner Alan Johnston (back right) and Jack Kuiper (right).

South Gippsland Bridge Club INVERLOCH: Friday, July 14 – pairs’ competition Results: North/South First with a very competent 58.30 per cent was the consistent pair of Deb Anglim and Jack Kuiper. Second with 56.74 per cent was the solid team of Anne Williams and John Farr, closely followed by two other very capable pairs; Jean Barbour and Greg Nicholson in third with 56.74 per cent and fourth with 56.48 per cent were Matti Shrub and John Quayle. East/West First with the very strong score of 61.72 per cent was the rising pair of Bron Sund and Clive Hope. Second with 51.24 per cent were the ever reliable Viv Westaway and Maureen Stiles. Third with 50 per cent were Norman Hannay and Marj Freeman, and fourth were Bluey Aeschlimann and Dirk Jacobs with a

fine 49.91 per cent. Tarwin Lower: Tuesday, July 11 – pairs’ competition First with the runaway score of the week and a fitting farewell present for John Sullivan, were John and his partner Alan Johnston with a stunning 73.61 per cent. Second with 60.42 per cent were the very sound team of Clive Hope and Frank Arndt, and coming home with a close third with 59.03 per cent were the always reliable Katheryn Smith and Colin Cameron. Meeniyan: Monday, July 10 – pairs’ competition First with an excellent 63.19 percent was the skilled pair of Susan Ruffin and Clive Hope. Second with a commendable 61.11 per cent were Viv Westaway and Ineke De Graaf. Third with a very solid 57.64 per cent were Anne Williams and Rachel Brown.

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SPORT | South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls

Wednesday winners: Terry Seaward, Laurel Lee and John Thornton won the social bowls.

LAST Tuesday saw the grand final played at Dumbalk between Korumburra Blue and Mardan. A great game was played by both teams. Korumburra Blue came out well, holding the lead in the beginning of the match. Mardan then lifted its game and closed the point margin, to then finally increase their winning margin to take out the match. Well done to both teams for reaching the finals; a worthy match for both players and spectators alike. This Tuesday night bowlers play the association’s ladies’ and men’s Singles Championships. Good bowling to all the club players; hope to see you all there supporting them.

The presentation night will be held on Tuesday, July 25; a fun night of bowls followed by presentations of all association trophies.

Foster indoor IT was a very quiet night this last Saturday with only seven players. There were only two teams, so they decided to play one game of 16 ends. The winning team on the night was Ian Park, Ian Rogers and Gwenda Bevan. An enjoyable night was had by all. Venture out next Saturday night for a game of carpet bowls at the bowls club; please have your names in by 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. It costs $4 to play with a light supper to follow. Phone names in to the club on 5682 2061, or for further details phone Bev on 0408 369 298.

Mardan MARDAN had a good win at the grand final held at Dumbalk. The opposition team Korumburra Blue started out strongly with six shots on the board before Mardan scored on the seventh end. Once Mardan got control of the mat, it was relentless, scoring end after end. Korumburra Blue did not get a look in till the last third of the game and then found it difficult to hold onto the mat on turn over making it difficult to build on their score. Finally Korumburra Blue went down 10 shots, holding 19 shots to the victors Mardan with 29 shots. The euphoria of Mardan’s win was dampened somewhat by Mardan’s skipper choosing not bowl his last two bowls even though the team was 10 shots up.

Korumburra club can feel proud of its efforts as it had two teams in the finals and bowled strongly throughout the season. The winners of Mardan bowls was a two player team with president Ann Plowman skipping and Vito Serafino. They had two wins and 13 ends. The runner up team was skipped by Jeanette Grady with one win and a draw scoring 15 ends this was a three player team. Bert Bright played lead and Theresa Bateman played second. On the night, bowlers played two games of 12 ends using six bowls. Bowlers will be at Dumbalk on Tuesday evening for the singles final. Good luck finalists. That’s all for this week, RG.

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Cyclists race over Glen Forbes gorge Well done: Inverloch’s Mixed Social winners at Inverloch on Sunday were Peter Dalmau, Bob Davis and Harry Dunn.

Inverloch bowls WEDNESDAY’S social bowls was well attended, no doubt because the weather was fine. Two 12 end games in triples and fours were played, with two teams winning both. Winners, with 35 points, were Terry Seaward (S), John Thornton and Laurel Lee. Runners up, with 34 points, were Bob Davis (S), and Joan Clark. Sunday, July 16, was the second mixed social game for the week, and attracted the usual band of courageous cold and wet weather bowlers, plus Norman Price from Wonthaggi There was only one pair of two end winners.

Winners, with 34 points, were Bob Davis (S), Peter Dalmau and Harry Dunn. Runners up, with 32 points, were Carol Hughes and Stormin’ Norman Price. The pairs’ tournament, to be played on Saturday, July 22, has been filled, so no more applications please. Next Friday, July 21, is member’s lucky number draw night, with a substantial cash prize for the attending lucky member. There will be plenty of minor prizes and raffles as well.

Buffalo indoor Wednesday, July 12 AT Buffalo this week bowlers played two games of 10 ends

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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using six bowls. In game one Toni Heldens, Glenys Pilkington and Illene Tiziani had a narrow win over Bill Wolswinkel, Peter Tiziani and Carolyn Benson. Scores were tied after the ninth end but Toni’s team scored two shots on the last end to win 9-7. In the second game Toni’s team continued their steady bowling, winning seven of the 10 ends and finished with nine shots to Bill’s four shots. Overall Toni, Glenys and Illene were declared the winners (WW) and Bill’s team runners-up (LL). Social bowls Wednesday, 7.30pm at the Buffalo hall. All welcome.

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club 2017 20m Bench Pennant - Section G Round 5: Mildura C 585.013 (bye); Leongatha 588.016 defeated by Frankston B 598.018; Shepparton 584.010 defeated Numurkah 582.014. The best shooter for round five was Ebony Parker (Frankston) with 200.009, followed by David Rowe (Frankston) with 200.004. Congratulations to Ebony (again) and David on their 200s. Round 6: Leongatha 586.012 defeated Numurkah 582.009; Shepparton 587.010 defeated Mildura C 585.012; Frankston B 590.017 (bye). The best shooter for round six is Ebony Parker (Frankston) with 199.007. Round 7: Frankston B 596.017 defeated Shepparton 594.019; Numurkah 576.010 defeated by Mildura C 589.015; Leongatha 593.007 (Bye). The best shooter for round seven is Ruth Mulcahy (Shepparton) with 200.006. Congratulations to Ruth on her 200.


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CLUB racing started beside the Woolamai Race track on Saturday, and used what members know as the Glen Forbes gorge circuit. The course offers a variety with racing along the flats around Bass and Glen Forbes out to the Bass Highway before returning for the four kilometre climb up the Glen Forbes Road, and then back over Mill and Trews Road to Woolamai. Showers came through just before the start, but the actual race escaped without further showers. The A Grade field was just 10 riders with a four rider scratch bunch chasing two on six minutes, two on 12 minutes and a further two riders on 15 minutes. By the time riders reached the turn at the Bass Highway (Corinella Rd corner) the limit riders – Tony Giles and Morgan Barnes – had given up just 30 seconds to a hard working duo of Damien King and Brad Bouquet. The six minute duo of Leigh Stott and David Supple had also picked up 30 seconds but the scratch bunch had not made up the expected time. Up the gorge, Damien King

Leongatha golf TUESDAY (July 11) was a beautiful day for golf and trainee Pro Tyler Marotti took out A Grade and best score of the day with 36 points on countback from Geoff McDonald. Greg Ellt won B Grade with 35 points. DTLs were won by Geoff McDonald (36), Michael Thomas (35), Martin Edney (34), Michael Oliver (34), Jim Arnott (34), Michael Ellis (33), Joe Lowell (33), Andrew Smith (33), Jon Smith (32), Chris Leaver (32), John Dumont (32), Peter Horman (32) and Alan Kuhne (31). Nearest the pin winners were Joe Lowell on the 16th hole (1.75m) and Tyler Marotti on the 14th hole (1.0 m). Thursday was a chilly day with a good field turning up the heat with some spectacular golf, none better than Mitchell Elliot’s effort to score a gigantic 48 points, on a handicap of 28, to take best score of the day and C Grade. Life member Col Sperling was quick to claim credit saying the performance was all down to breeding (as Mitchell is his grandson).

Winners: from left, Morgan Barnes came in second, Damien King was first and Leigh Stott was third following a race on the Glen Forbes gorge circuit. They are pictured with junior event winner Kaleb Jans (front). showed he was the fittest as he dropped his co-marker and rode through to hit the lead. By the time the riders reached the Mill Road corner and the several climbs to the range top, Damien was sporting a 30 second lead to Morgan Barnes with still sizable gaps back to Brad, Tony, David and Leigh. Scratch was in trouble as Will Lumby was forced out with a puncture and Brett Franklin was not his usual driving force. With the downhill run at the racecourse it was a clear win to Damien. Next in was Morgan Barnes then Leigh Stott, Brad Bouquet,

David Supple, Thomas McFarlane sixth and fastest time – 66 minutes 19 seconds. Seventh went to Harrison McLean, eighth Brett Franklin and ninth Tony Giles. In the B Grade race over 22 kilometres, Callum Murphy reached the half way point still in front but Kaleb Jans was charging hard and by the time the riders had returned to Glen Forbes he had made the catch. The two riders swapped turns on the return across the Bass flats and Kallum Jans opened up a gap in the run up Trews Road to the finish line to take first and fastest. Next Saturday the club will

conduct the State Individual time trial titles at Kernot racing out and back on the Loch-Kernot Road over the afternoon. The club is expecting around 75 entries so there will be a constant run of cyclists on the road for the afternoon. On Tuesday night there is a club meeting at the RSL and final details will be sorted. The junior elite riders were racing the Bendigo tour over the weekend. Felicity Waddell, Thomas Fitzgerald and Oliver McLean were racing and there were around 120 entrants for the weekend including riders from South and West Australia.

A Grade was won by Geoff McDonald (38 points) who continued his recent good run of form, and B Grade won by Frank Gill with a steady 36 points. DTLs were won by Kristopher Mueck (37), Michael Thomas (36), Stuart Harry (36), Joe Lowell (35), Mark Warby (35), Andrew Smith (35), Adan Hewood (34), Ron Findlay (34), Michael Street (33), Greg Ellt (33), Alan Kuhne (33), Alan Sperling (33), John Dumont (33), Rebecca Thomas (33), Paul Luck (33), Peter Brownlie (32), Ray Burton (32), Peter Hart (32) and Bruce Cathie (31). Nearest the pin winners were Kris Mueck (0.63m) on the 14th hole, and John Simon (3.1m) on the 16th hole. A Grade winner Geoff McDonald included in his round of 38 points a very good eagle from out of the scrub at the top of the hill, to hole out on the second. Just to go one better, not only did Kris Mueck (-5) score 37 points and take out the NTP on the 14th with (63cm), he scored two eagles, the first on the par four third hole and the second on the par five 18th hole;

overall a great day out by both players. Saturday was the wettest Leongatha course had seen this year and with the morning golfers opting out the carpark was near empty at 11am for a midday start. The afternoon golfers certainly got the best of the day and had near perfect conditions for golf, apart from the soggy fairways and damp greens. But then again, golf is a winter sport. Peter Buttinger was the freestyle winner with the best score of the day (35 points) touching out in front of Bruce Hutton (35), by a fingernail on the block. DTLs were won by Bruce Hutton (35), John Belli (33), Ken Wardle (32) and Wayne Keen (31). Nearest the pin winners were Peter Buttinger on the 14th hole with a great shot (.43m) and Andy Bassett on the 16th hole (4m). The second round of the Esplanade Hotel sponsored Super League saw Team OOB’s and Bunkers once again scrape over the line with wins, to lead the way in the top four. Best and fairest winner this

week, receiving the Esplanade Hotel voucher with 35 points, was Dave Forbes on a count back from Neale Gillin.

Foster golf TUESDAY: Stableford. Winner: Paul Spencer 34 points. DTL: Peter Dight 33 and D. Summers 33. Wednesday: Stableford. Winner: A Grade: Deb Williams. B Grade: Diane Berryman. NTP: 17th Rae Knee. DTL: Margaret Blake. Thursday: Stableford. 18 holes: D. Hutchinson 34 points. NTP: sixth and 17th F. Tyers. DTL: F. Tyers 34 and P. Spencer 32 c/b. Friday: Nine Hole Chook Run. Not played. Saturday: Stableford washout. Course conditions are slow but reasonable for golf play. Ladies “Get into Golf” starts August 2. Junior Golf Series starts August 6. Both events are open to members and non members. Enquiries for either please phone 5682 2272.

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Stars go head to head with Mirboo North Senior

THE Stars arrived at Mirboo North refreshed after a bye last weekend. Starting strong, the Stars passed the ball around and opened up the Mirboo North defence. A well taken throw was instinctively volleyed to the back post by Pat Gilbert, where he knew San Oo would be waiting. Oo expertly beat the keeper to make it one nil to Inverloch. The Stars carried on pressing forward. Another quickly taken throw was well controlled by the irrepressible Gene Parini, who expertly found San Oo who laid the ball off to Gerson Pacheco. Pacheco took a blistering shot from just inside the box, finishing a beautiful Stars move. Mirboo North found some form, but every attack was well snuffed out by Denis Landron and Sean McCrossan in central defence. The Stars lifted again, and it was a piece of solo magic by San Oo that will be remembered. San Oo dribbled past two players and, with his back to goal, hit a magnificent shot from outside the area, straight into the top right hand corner - leaving the Mirboo North keeper with no chance. Mirboo North threw everything forward at the end of the game and managed a well taken consolation goal from a corner, the game finishing three to one in favour of the Stars.

Women’s AN undermanned Inverloch women’s team faced Mirboo North on Sunday. Both teams were strong early on but it was Mirboo North that made the first few attempts at goal. Inverloch’s keeper Elli Hutchison was strong and brave, going in for some gutsy saves. Inverloch was able to get it into the forward but wasn’t able to score. Orana Lynch soon changed that, scoring the first goal for the match to put Inverloch into the lead one nil. Not long after, Inverloch’s Emily Smith scored the away side’s second goal. At half time the score was

2-0. Mirboo North came out firing in the second half but Inverloch weren’t taking their lead for granted. Strong play from both sides saw many attempts at goal but it was Mirboo North that was able to put scores on the board with two goals midway through the second half to level the scores. Inverloch kept on fighting and was able to keep the ball in its attacking half for much of the end of the second half, desperately trying to score a match winning goal. But to no avail, the match was a draw two all.

U15 girls THE pitch was muddy for the U15 girls’ match, Inverloch Stars versus Mirboo North. The game began with a great defensive start by the Stars, with three great runs up the wing by Jess Challinor. However, a much stronger Mirboo North team managed four goals in the first half. Several great saves were made by goalie Tiff Matherson, including a great leap into the sky to punch the ball away and new player Sirahnn Barker went from strength to strength. In the end, Mirboo North was just too strong, winning the match nine nil.

U14 EARLIER this season, Inverloch went down to Mirboo North, but with finals in sight, the Stars were keen to turn the tables. Initially the cold morning seemed to subdue play at the start to the match; both sides were quiet and showed little run. Eventually, Inverloch managed to get its game going and started to dominate possession. Against the run of play, however, Mirboo North managed to score with a goal mouth scramble from a corner kick. At the restart, the Stars again managed to dominate possession as the first half progressed. Coach Riley Coleman was forced to play two of his biggest players Finn and Mav in the midfield to combat Mirboo North’s tall timber across their defensive line. This left Oscar, Tiff, Luca and Noah to hold the

Determined: Inverloch’s Stu Hutchinson tries stretching back in defense during the Senior men’s match up against Mirboo North. Star’s defense together, which they did admirably. With this new structure in place, the Stars now looked more threatening moving forward and Luca was able to notch a brace before half time. The second goal was a well taken opportunity from a Mav corner kick. The second half became an arm wrestle. Toby and Ben looked threatening up front, however, despite some good passes from Zack and Liam, the Mirboo North defense was able to hold firm. Eventually Liam was able to take an opportunity from a cross from Toby. Mirboo North showed the spirit it had in the previous game and surged in the latter stages of the match. Seb in the Star’s goal was forced into a number of strong saves. Mirboo North was rewarded with a late goal from a free kick that managed to find its way through the

crowd to sneak in. The last few minutes were tense as both sides tried to break down each other’s defenses. The final whistle blew with the Stars prevailing two to three to the relief of all of the Inverloch supporters.

U12 THE U12s impressed on Sunday with a balanced team effort. It was pleasing that they kept their shape extremely well all day and it paid dividends throughout the game. Special mention to Tyler Martin who found a new lease of life in the midfield and was regularly seen cutting through the opposition with great skill in the second half and Tyson Goldsmith, who was terrific in defence all day along with the wonder girls Alexis Van Oss, Charli Dellamina and Charlotte Febey who formed a near impenetrable wall. All in all it was a great victory.

City stumble against Lang Lang Seniors

KORUMBURRA City was keen to put on a good performance, lacking some key players. An early own goal set the scene for an uphill battle against Lang Lang United. Although having some disciplined play during the game, City was never 100 per cent in it. An outstanding passing run and shot on goal by Liam Cull was great to watch showing just what the Korumburra team is capable of. Phil Richards made a super human effort, out stretched in goals to save a fast attacking shot by Lang Lang. Greg Walker had plenty of the ball and avoided some heavy physical tackles. Jamie McNeill copped some nasty hits but soldiered on. It was a seven to one loss for the travelling Korumburra City side.

Reserves STARTING off superbly, City shocked the home side and played the ball skillfully around the pitch. Frustration started to show for the Lang Lang side as Korumburra slotted its second goal off the boot of coach Phil Richards; his first goal for Korumburra. A corner kick from Glenn Odgers would sneak over the line but was disallowed, as the linesman and referee did not see the ball go in.

United settled and found the net late in the first term to be trailing City one to two at the half time break. Lang Lang came out firing in the second term. Scores levelled and an own goal from City’s defenders under tough pressure contributed to Lang Lang’s four to two win.

Women AN early goal to the home side was the only score of the day for the women’s teams in a hard fought contest. Korumburra had plenty of opportunities but couldn’t find the net. Moving the ball quickly out of defense proved effective for City, but shots on goal cost it the game. Treen Halkett playing center forward passing the ball off with accuracy was impressive to see, and Siobhan Donnohue-Corr and Tori Martin were excellent in defence. It was a narrow loss to Korumburra one nil.

U16s AN outstanding game with lots of sideline encouragement would see this game of the day come down to a three all draw. With only a few minutes to go, United had the lead but a hard won goal by Peter Veltri would see the game end in a draw. Milly Hurst was fantastic in defence and Aidan Hall again playing a great game to score two goals for City.

U14s CITY couldn’t quite get it together when it could have. Coach Peter Jacques believed his team could have played a lot better and should have had the win.

Tough competition: Korumburra City player Amelia Downie in a physical tackle on a Lang Lang United player during the thrilling three all draw in the U16s game. Photo credit: Rose Hurst.

Lang Lang played a tough physical game on the smaller Korumburra side, the physicality taking its toll on City’s quick attackers. Goals went to Riley Olden, Curtis Gardner, Jaxon Checkley and Liam Richards. Cold and slippery conditions didn’t help either side. Lang Lang proved too strong, dealing a four to five loss for Korumburra City.

U12s KORUMBURRA City enjoyed a convincing win. Coach Graham Beech was extremely happy with

his team. “Well done U12s; a very impressive performance against Lang Lang,” he said. “11 nil with Patrick Morris, our usual goal keeper, scoring five. Liam Richards performed well as goal keeper in first half as did Cooper Simcock in the second half. Everyone did their jobs and we mixed things up in second half with many of our usual forwards playing back and backs up forward. “A special mention for Fern Hurst who, although feeling ill, played and showed why she is an integral part of our defence.”

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Grade winners: Karen Orford won C Grade and Toni West had a win in A Grade.

Medallist: Fay Quilford won B Grade Scratch, the handicap event and the Monthly Medal last Wednesday.

Leongatha ladies FAY Quilford had an exceptional day out in the July Monthly Medal last Wednesday. Playing off a handicap of 23, she had 98 off the stick to finish with a 74 nett; not too shabby in the heavier winter conditions. This earned her the B Grade scratch and handicap event, as well as the presti-

gious Monthly Medal. Toni West also had a commendable score, finishing with 85/9/76 to win A Grade. C Grade was won by Karen Orford with 80 net; another example of how trips away can enhance your score. Down the line balls were won by Marg Griffiths 77 net, Wendy Parker and Helen Mackenzie 78, Maxine Eabry 79, Dot Stubbs, Coral Gray and Julie Howard 82, and Pam Christensen and Libby Seebeck 83 net. Jocelyn Howson just made the green to win the nearest the pin on the 14th and Wendy Parker was a tad closer on the 16th. Marie Sands had a win in the nine hole competition. Saturday, July 15: Winner: Karen Bear 29 points. Down the line: Maryanne Gartner 27 points. Nearest the pin: Karen Bear.

Achievement: Heather Sullivan and Carol Johnson were the winners of Woorayl American Foursomes.

Woorayl ladies THERE were 12 ladies in the field on Wednesday, July 12, for a round of American Foursomes at Woorayl. It was drawn partners format which added to the intrigue of the day. Players were greeted with crisp white fairways but ended the round in glorious sunshine. The winners for the day with a fantastic score of (24) 69 net were Carol Johnson

and Heather Sullivan. They were one shot clear of Inge Giliam and Shirley Thomas also with a great score of (24) 70 net. NTP: eighth A. Grist, 11th S. Rayson and 17th S. Thomas. DTL balls: S. Thomas and I. Giliam. A reminder that the monthly counter tea (from 6pm) and lucky draws are on this Thursday, July 20, at the club – all welcome. This week: Stableford.

Big win: the 2017 Club Fourball Championships winners were Trent Walters (left) and Damien Symmons.

Woorayl THIS weekend saw golfers teeing it up on both Saturday and Sunday for the two rounds of the Club Fourball Championships played in the format of 4BBB Par. Plenty of players organised leave passes to spend the whole weekend on the golf course in an attempt to claim the prestigious scratch and handicap titles and see their names added to the championship board in gold lettering. Once again, the course was presented in fantastic condition with tricky pin placements and slick greens testing the putting skills of all players. The first round played on Saturday was sponsored by K.

B. Carpet Court who supplied some great trophies for the lucky recipients. The winners on the day were Matt Smith and Ash Hickey, who shot out of the blocks early to post an impressive first round score of eight up. Runners up, just behind the winners, were Woz Turner and Michael Grist with a fine score of seven up on a count back from the unlucky Graeme Winkler and Jack Howard. Balls down the line went to Graeme and Jack seven up, Geoff Mckinnon and Jason Redmond, Trent Walters and Damian Symmons six up, and Danny Dwyer and Matt Wilson five up, on a count back

Farewell: Marg Young is surrounded by a few of Korumburra’s past and current players, who were at the afternoon tea to wish her well in her move to South Australia. Pictured back from left is Gwen Evison, Kath Welsh, Heather Grist, Marg Clasby, Marge Barton, Lyn McIvor, Corrie George, front from left, Betty Connors, Dot West, Marg Young and Betty Yann.

Great effort: Pam Eyers and Barb Twite were Korumburra’s winners last week.

Korumburra ladies LAST Wednesday, 16 women played in the second round of the Gloria Burgess event. The third round is in October and the winners will be determined by the best two of three rounds. Barb Twite (23) won the daily event in Section 1 (0-240) with 32 points. Lyn McIvor (21) was runner up, with 31 points on a count-back from Julie Brannaghan (24). Section 2 (25-45) was won by Pam Eyers (38) with 29 points. Runner up was Jan Hewitt (25) with 25 points on a countback from Kath Welsh (31). NTPs went to Heather Grist

on the first, who received the Corner Garden Cafe voucher, Lee Clements on fourth, being the green course Par 3 hole, and Lyn McIvor on the 13th green. Next week’s event will be determined on the day. After presentations, it was lovely to have many past and current players attend the afternoon tea to farewell Marg Young, prior to Marg and her partner Leigh moving to South Australia. Marg worked tirelessly in the many years as secretary of the club and has made a huge contribution to the administration and many other areas. Marg said golf is the only sport she has ever played and that only came about by being encouraged to attend some

lessons at Korumburra when Marg and Leigh first moved to the area. Marg never looked back. She loved golf, became a regular participant and enjoyed playing at many of the surrounding courses. Marg said she had made wonderful friendships with the ladies and that Korumburra was a great social club. Marg will be greatly missed, on and off the course, and the club wishes them both all the best in their relocation. The dinner and auction was a great success on Saturday night with over 130 people attending and enjoying the delicious meal, as well as being involved in competitive bidding on many auction items. This was a wonderful community effort with so many people involved in the organisation leading up to the day, as well as so much help on the night in a variety of ways. It would not have run so smoothly without the support of so many people. Much gratitude is extended to the businesses and individuals who generously donated goods and services and to the people who purchased them. Please give back to the local businesses that help out so many sporting clubs and other community groups.

Top golfers: Nereda Scholte and Bob McGeary were Thursday’s mixed competition winners.

Meeniyan WET weather around tee off time, plus the likelihood of further rain on Saturday, resulted in the cancellation of Saturday’s competition. Good fields throughout the week and some excellent scores for the winners on both Tuesday and Thursday. Rob Gourlay came out the winner on Tuesday with 42 points and Bob McGeary trumped the mixed competition on Thursday with 41 points. Congratulations to both men on their games. Henry Meuller and Bo Fink played well on Tuesday with a best nine score of 22 points each, with Henry taking out the prize on a count back. It was also good to see Brad Wright back at the club on Tuesday. Some excellent holes were played on Thursday’s mixed competition with Nereda Scholte scoring a marvellous birdie and a two for five points on the eighth and taking out the nearest the pin. Bob McGeary also came away with a birdie on the hole and a two for four points. Nereda also picked up another par on the third and Marilyn McGeary a par on the fifth. They couldn’t come close

Rob Gourlay: won the Single Stableford event at the Meeniyan Golf Club on Tuesday. to Bob’s score however, as he continued to rack up pars on the day. Results for the week: Tuesday, July 11: Single Stableford. Winner: Rob Gourlay (11) 42 points. Runner up: Winston Reilly (25) 38 points. Nearest the pin: second Rob Gourlay, and 17th (eighth second time around) Brad Wright. Best nine: Henry Meuller 22 points. Thursday, July 13: Single Stableford. Winner: Bob McGeary (14) 41 points. Runner up: Nereda Scholte (35) 35 points. Nearest the pin: eighth Nereda Scholte. Best nine: Col Stewart 18 points.

Meeniyan ladies TEN ladies played off for the July Monthly Medal. The winner of the medal and Section One was Heather Poletti with 75 net. Susan Straw won Section Two with 78 net. The best nine was won by Irene Holm 37. Down the line balls went to Jan Trease Successful: Section One and July Monthly 76, and Faye LePage and Lyn Jennison both Medal winner Heather Poletti with Section with 79 net.

Two winner Susan Straw.

from Peter Rayson and Brendan Robjant. NTPs were a family affair with Brian Hogan claiming the eighth and Ty Hogan the 17th. The encouragement award was presented to captain Gary Young and John Bolge with a disappointing score of five down. Gary was heard to say it was the worst round of golf he has ever played, which the score would seem to confirm. The pressure of captaincy in a big tournament claims another victim. The winner of the ball raffle was the Brian Hogan syndicate. First round leaders in the championship scratch event were Damian Symmons and Wally Walters with a fine 70 off the stick. They started slowly with 37 on the front nine, but from the 10th Damien started with par, birdie, birdie, par, eagle to set up a solid back nine of 33 and take the lead with 70 off the stick, just in front of Danny Dwyer and Matt Wilson who posted a score of 73. Damien claimed the eagles nest with a dozen balls kindly provided by long time sponsor

Ian Smith and Elgas. In the championship handicap event, Matt Smith and Ash Hickey led with eight up, closely followed by Woz Turner and Michael Grist and Graeme Winkler and Jack Howard, both with seven up. You could taste anticipation in the air on Sunday morning as players milled around before their tee off time. The leaders were focused on building on the solid work they had put in on Saturday, while those of us who had some ground to make up, were hoping to turn things around and get off to a good start on the front nine. Fantastic trophies for the day were provided by South Gippsland Therapy Centre who always put on a great day and have supported the club over a long period of time. The winners on the day were Brett Stubbs and Ian Balfour who turned things around after a disappointing first round to take the chocolates with nine up, which was the best score of the weekend. Runners up were Brendan Robjant and Peter Rayson with

eight up, on a count back from Peter Burgess and Ross Winkler and Damien Symmons and Trent Walters. Unfortunately for Brendan and Peter, a score of one better would have won them the day as well as the overall handicap championship. Balls down the line went to Peter and Ross, and Damien and Trent with eight up, and Woz Turner and Michael Grist with seven up. NTP on the eighth went to Damien Symmons who rolled in another birdie and on the 17th Craig Gourlay hit one close. The encouragement award was claimed by a pair of chompers Geoff McKinnon and Jason Redmond with a very ordinary score of three up. After two days of intense competition and some fine golf on their part, the Scratch Fourball Champions for 2017 with gross scores of 70 and a fantastic 66 for a total of 136, to win by a lazy 12 shots are Damien Symmons and Trent Walters. Trent plays off a handicap of seven, so is no mug, but even he could just watch in awe at times as Damien (off

Top pair: winner Catherine Bolding with runner up Marg Johnson. scratch) rolled in 10 birdies and an eagle in the 36 holes of the championship, shooting four under on his own around the front nine on Sunday. Damien and Trent are also the Handicap Fourball Champions with their total score of 14 up, good enough to pip the unlucky Warren Turner and Michael Grist on a count back. Congratulations, your names will forever be etched in gold leaf on the honour board, adding another note to the history of the Woorayl Golf Club. The overall championship trophies will be awarded on presentation night, so mark the event in your calendar so you can be there to accept your accolades and to thank the generous sponsors of the Scratch Championship (Ryan’s Bricks) and the Handicap Championship (Jim Newton). Next week a round of American Foursomes will be played, so grab yourself a decent partner and have a crack. Popular member and gun card player Col Gillespie is the sponsor and the prizes will be well worth winning.

Wonthaggi ladies SIXTEEN players made their way through some of the wetter areas on the course last week, which has shown the effects of the recent rain. Even with preferred lies, finding a suitable spot was still a challenge. However the course is still playable and the day even had some late afternoon sunshine, which the Kangaroos were lazing back enjoying. After sunning herself up north recently, Catherine Bolding found her winter layers and managed the course to come in with the best score of (28) 31 points. The runner up prize was won by Marg Johnson (12) with 30 points. The NTP prizes had only one hole the second being claimed by Leonie Bentick; no one asks how close it was to the hole, on is on. BDL were awarded to Leonie Bentick 29, Irene Walsh 29, Pam Russell 27, Anne Tschiderer 27 and Robyn Wilkinson 26. More golf on page 42.

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Thrilling end to basketball season MIRBOO North Junior Basketball Association held its autumn grand finals recently. It was great to see the community support across all four grand finals and a great crowd for all games. The night ran smoothly with a big help from many volunteers. Thank you to Flynn Burgess-Pincini who was the DJ for the night. Thanks to the parents, grandparents and others that scored all season, as well as the umpires. In the U10 boys’ match, Green jumped out of the blocks early and rushed to a seven to zero lead. With Archie Woodall leading the way with two strong lay ups, he was supported by Lachie Poljak and Ollie Mahoney. Half time scores were Red four to Green 10. Red slowly pulled them back, with some strong moves by Max Sheahan. With three minutes to go the game was still very close and after a time out Red just pushed ahead. Unfortunately Green was in foul trouble and Red ended up winning a great game by 11 points. The U11 girls’ game was a thrilling grand final. Pink took the lead early on the back of some great defensive work and it looked as if it might run away with it, but to the credit of Orange it never gave up. As the Orange girls started to find their rhythm and their shots started to find the nets suddenly it was game on and with a few minutes to go it was all even and anyone’s game. Just when it looked as if Pink might finish the stronger, Orange found its mojo and scored the couple of crucial baskets that got it over the line. The final score was 20 – 14 with Maddi Smith for Orange been named the MVP. The U14 girls’ grand final was a close and hard fought out game and at half time there was only two points in it. Yellow had the slight lead 12 to 10. Charlee and Mia helped their team along with two points each. Gemma and Lucy combined well for the Red team and keeping them in touch. After half time Jakobi made some nice drives to the basket and was back up by Willow and between them they had 16 points in the second half to come home strong against an unfortunate injury prone Red team. Aimee for Red kept the

score ticking over and Olivia for Yellow scored the last points of the game Yellow secured the victory. The U14 boys’ game started off well with some great skills on display from both teams. Greens’ team work and good passing down the court got them out of the blocks early. Quinn scored some great goals. Blue caught up with some nice drives and fast break play from Jack Couper combining with Jack Rawlings and Jack Jagusch. Half time score had Blue just behind 19 – 24. Paul was holding up the Blue team and working hard with Josh and Jesse to peg the difference back in the second half. Unfortunately Blue got into a little foul trouble and Green stepped it up another level with some brilliant fast break play from Jordan, Tom, Darby, Beau and Liam they took control of the game and ran away eventual winners 53 to 29.

Great effort: from left, Jordan was the most consistent player and Ben was the most improved in the Mirboo North Junior Basketball Association.

Right, Excellent season: from left, Lucy Edmondson was named most determined and Meg was most consistent for the Mirboo North Junior Basketball season.

U14 girls: back from left, Lisa (coach) Olivia, Mia, front from left, Hayley, Charlee, Jakobi and Willow were the premiers. Jakobi was named MVP.

Close match: back from left, Boomer (coach), Dini, Ruby, Gemma, front from left, Aimee and Lucy were runners up in the U14 girls’ grand final.

U10 boys: back from left, Danny (coach), Xavier, Finn, Max, Tamara (coach), front from left, Seb, Emrys, Ned and Jaspa celebrated their premiership win. Max won the MVP trophy.

Runners up: back from left, Dave (coach) Ollie, Mitchell, Archie, front from left, Archie, Cruz and Lachie came in second in the U10 boys’ grand final.

U14 boys: back from left, Robyn Harris (coach) Beau, Tom, Quinn, Jordan, front from left, Liam and Darby gave a thumbs up after winning the grand final. Absent: Daniel.

Competitors: back from left, Jack, Josh, Jack, middle from left, Netty (coach), Paul, Jesse and Jack (front) fought hard in the U14 grand final but were beaten by Green.

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Leongatha finals go down to the wire U10 boys: coached by Rachel Cameron, team Denim (back) Josh Bowler, Jacoa Cameron, Tej Gaddam, Indie Cameron, Sam Johnson, William Wang and Benjamin Mills-Cutts won the grand final against Gold (front) Aron Bruce, Alec Francis, Nathan Wright, Aidan Treacy, Josh Popple, Bailey Brooker, Eamon Reardon, coached by Travis Bruce. The final score was Denim 45 to Gold 25.

U12 boys: back from left, Joel Langstaff (coach), Brayden Sellings, Connor O’Loughlin, Zac Langstaff, Fletcher McLennan, Rem Dal Pozzo and Hayden Bowler from the Black team were the premiers. The runners up from Red were (front) Klayton McGrath, Alex Johnston, Kyle Littlejohn, Ayden Williams, James Tuckett and Will Patton with Bree Littlejohn (coach). Ayden Williams (front, third right) from the Red team was the MVP. The final score was Black 31 to Red 30.

U14 boys: Maroon won the day with just two points over White. The Maroon team was, back from left, Matt Smith (coach), Jesse Burns, Josh Smith, Cooper Rickards, Hudson Martin, Will Croatto, Angus Kemper and Lachlan Gill. The White team was, front from left, Dayne Abernethy, Marli Burggraaff, Kade Jarvis, Jake Matheson, Josh Allen, Nash Beavis, Patrick Johnston and Nathan Johnston (coach). The White team’s Nash Beavis (front, third right) was the MVP. The final score was Maroon 44 to White 42.

U17 boys: Red had a good win the grand final against Black. The winners were (back) Dan Monaghan (coach), Riley Drysdale, Tom Pearson, Liam Johnston, Jordan Acquaro, Jacob Lamers, Mason McGannon and Ben Cantwell. The runners up were (front) Nash Jefferis, Ryan Gilliam, Dylan Hanily, Stuart Bright, Samuel Chadwick, Andrew Van Hamond and Melissa Hume (coach). Red’s Mason McGannon (back, second right) was the MVP. The final score was Red 54 to Black 34.

A Grade: the Rollers defeated the Pink Mustangs in the grand final. The Rollers were (back) Morgan Fisher, Matt Malloy, Cody Hulshof, Stewart Bentley, Clint Hulshof, Dexter Rodwell, Brock Thomas and Joel Langstaff. The Pink Mustangs were (front) Jack Stockdale, Nathan Trotto, Cameron Olden, Sarin Barnard, Lachlan Clark, Dylan Clark. The Pink Mustangs’ Cameron Olden was the MVP for the season and Nathan Trotto was the MVP for the grand final. The final score was Rollers 71 to Pink Mustangs 44.

U10 girls: Green defeated RACV Black in an exciting final. Coached by Lilly Hume (back left), the Green was (back from left) Matilda Hanily, Willow McGannon, Jada Burggraaff, Lucy Heber, Bree Reid, Mettea Riccardi and Tahlia Lafferty. Pictured front is the RACV Black team Bella Stefani, Anna Hutchinson, Hattie Jefferis, Freya Arnason, Daisy Soumilas, Gemma Meadley, Alana Donchi and coach Bree Fennell. The final score was Green 19 to RACV Black 16.

U12 girls: In another thrilling final, Green defeated Red by two points. The Green team (back) was Skye Munro, Sophie Kreutzberger, Bella Mackie, Anika Grabham Andrews, Leila Houston and Audrey McGannon with coach Marcus Kreutzberger. The Red team was Ella Lyons (coach), Sari Hickey, Krystal Arnason, Sienna Goldsmith, Amy Treacy, Alicia McGrath, Rose Hutchinson and Lara Gill. Anika Grabham Andrews (back, fourth right) from the Green team was the MVP. The final score was Green 23 to Red 21.

U14 girls: Royal Blue was crowned premiers after facing Red. The Royal Blue team was (back) Jemma Ennoss, Milla Fixter, Zara Littlejohn, Lara Stefani, Jakohbi Brewer, Georgia Challis and Shane Brewer (coach). The Red team was (front) Darlene Jones (coach), Zara Jones, Ella Littlejohn, Makenzi Gourlay, Phoebe Hinds, Ashleigh Gringhuis and Mia Bellingham. Red’s Makenzi Gourlay (front, fourth left) was the MVP. The final score was Royal Blue 42 to Red 30.

U17 girls: just one point separated Purple and Green, with Purple claiming the victory. The winners were (back) Elly Jones, Bella Grabham Andrews, Sidnee Martin, Jade Hamilton, Charli Fixter, Abbey Ennoss and coach Ben Grabham. The runners up were (middle) Morgan Fisher (coach), Niamh Martin, Katie Calder, Willow Bass, Hannah Potter, Lilly Walker and Ella Lyons (front). Green’s Hannah Potter (middle, second right) was the MVP. The final score was Purple 20 to Green 19.

B Grade: Team McGannon secured a narrow win over Mrs Carter’s Old Boys in the grand final. Team McGannon was (back) Josh McGannon, Tye McGannon, Mason McGannon, Harrison McGannon and Sam McGannon. Mrs Carter’s Old Boys were Tim Pedlow, Josh Gowers, Adam Johnston, Ben Croatto, Nathan Johnston, Brad Allen and Travis Bruce. Team McGannon’s Harrison McGannon (back, second right) was the MVP for the grand final. Will Lumby (absent) was the season’s MVP. The final score was team McGannon 41 to Mrs Carter’s Old Boys 39.

THE Leongatha Basketball Association hosted some epic grand finals held across two nights recently, with six of the 10 matches decided by three points or less. In A Grade, the Rollers were too big, strong and experienced for the Pink Mustangs who couldn’t repeat its three-point scoring rampage from the semi-finals. Top scorer for the Rollers was Stew Bentley with 16 points but the Hulshof brothers, Clint and Cody, and Dexter Rodwell were not far behind. Nathan Trotto scored 21 points and won the grand final MVP, but the Rollers won well 71 to 44. The B Grade men’s match was a nail-biter between Team McGannon and Mrs Carter’s Old Boys. Scores were locked at 39 each with eight seconds to go after Tim Pedlow drained a three pointer for the Old Boys. But Mason McGannon found some space on the paint for a goal on the buzzer. Tye McGannon scored 20 points for the winners and Harrison McGannon was the game MVP. The 17U girls’ match was also close one. Elly Jones put Purple in front by a point with the last goal of the match. She finished with 12 of her team’s 20 points. The U12 girl’s grand final went the distance. The biggest lead in the match was to Green by five in the second half. Red came back and actually hit the front before Sophie Kreutzberger and Audrey McGannon secured the win with some crucial late points. Green had led RACV Black all night in the U10 girls, but RACV Black levelled the score midway through the second half with a goal from Gemma Meadley. Lucy Heber steadied for Green with a couple of late goals in the 19 to 16 win. The U12 boys was an epic. All looked lost for Red after Black’s Rem Dal Pozzo had a purple patch to help his team clear out to a 30 to 20 lead with not long to go. James Tuckett and Aidan Williams clawed that back to one when the siren sounded. In the Under 14 Boys, White got off to a flyer but Maroon soon assumed control thanks to Jesse Burns and Angus Kemper and seemed to be cruising at 40 to 28 with only a couple of few minutes to go. But White went nuts led by match MVP Nash Beavis and Jake Matheson and almost pinched it, going down 44 to 42. Now with the autumn season out of the way, registrations for the spring season are already open. The season starts on August 14.

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Gippsland netball Alberton netball Results - Round 13 A Grade: Bairnsdale 50 drew Wonthaggi Power 50, Drouin 56 d Moe 54, Traralgon 70 d Leongatha 39, Warragul 58 d Maffra 40, Morwell 80 d Sale 33. B Grade: Bairnsdale 49 drew Wonthaggi Power 49, Moe 47 d Drouin 41, Leongatha 52 drew Traralgon 52, Maffra 46 d Warragul 36, Sale 47 d Morwell 45. C Grade: Wonthaggi Power 56 d Bairnsdale 21, Moe 40 d Drouin 36, Leongatha 40 d Traralgon 36, Maffra 34 d Warragul 32, Morwell 41 d Sale 31. Under 17: Wonthaggi Power 54 d Bairnsdale 40, Drouin 43 d Moe 41, Traralgon 40 d Leongatha 33, Maffra 61 d Warragul 19, Sale 31 d Morwell 22. Under 15: Wonthaggi Power 51 d Bairnsdale 35, Moe 48 d Drouin 34, Leongatha 49 d Traralgon 29, Warragul 44 d Maffra 43, Morwell 38 d Sale 31. Under 13: Bairnsdale 29 d Wonthaggi Power 18, Moe 44 d Drouin 6, Traralgon 33 d Leongatha 25, Maffra 43 d Warragul 8, Sale 45 d Morwell 10.

Maffra ........................127.15 Wonthaggi Power ......134.64 Traralgon ...................109.68 Moe ...............................94.00 Drouin ...........................84.71 Sale................................83.37 Morwell .........................84.98 Bairnsdale .....................49.61 Under 17 Maffra ........................181.96 Traralgon ...................121.55 Drouin ........................127.40 Sale .............................105.98 Moe .............................108.02

38 34 30 20 20 14 12 0 48 40 36 34 30

Leongatha......................96.89 Wonthaggi Power ........102.80 Bairnsdale .....................80.84 Morwell .........................57.98 Warragul ........................51.15 Under 15 Wonthaggi Power ......162.02 Leongatha ..................133.66 Sale .............................122.14 Morwell ...................... 112.78 Bairnsdale ..................131.75 Traralgon .....................106.10 Moe ...............................89.98 Drouin ...........................89.32

28 24 12 8 0 48 44 40 40 28 20 20 12

Maffra............................69.15 Warragul ........................44.87 Under 13 Sale .............................420.41 Bairnsdale ..................207.73 Maffra ........................135.81 Traralgon ................... 112.83 Wonthaggi Power ......142.76 Leongatha....................100.63 Morwell .........................82.90 Moe .............................106.69 Warragul ........................17.97 Drouin .............................8.59

4 4 52 48 36 32 30 20 20 18 4 0

52 46 42 30 26 24 16 14 6 4 48 46 36 34 22 20 18 18 12 6 48 44

July 15 A Grade: Fish Creek 48 d Foster 41, Tarwin 48 d Stony Creek 38, MDU 103 d DWWWW 5. B Grade: Foster 53 d Fish Creek 38, Stony Creek 47 d Tarwin 45, MDU 70 d DWWWW 9. C Grade: Fish Creek 50 d Foster 26, Stony Creek 25 d Tarwin 24, MDU 73 d DWWWW 10. 17 & Under: Foster 38 d Fish Creek 24, Tarwin 25 d Stony Creek 20, MDU 54 d DWWWW 15. 15 & Under: Fish Creek 32 d Foster 9. 13 & Under: Foster 23 d Fish Creek 10, Tarwin 36 d Stony Creek 1, DWWWW 28 d MDU 15.

Tarwin ........................362.60 44 Fish Creek ..................228.06 38 Toora ............................64.79 24

MDU .............................46.88 16 DWWWW.....................40.91 16 Stony Creek...................13.96 0


Ladders A Grade Traralgon ...................189.72 Drouin ........................147.73 Morwell ......................142.91 Leongatha ..................106.82 Moe .............................100.66 Warragul ........................87.35 Maffra............................82.37 Wonthaggi Power ..........81.95 Bairnsdale .....................59.23 Sale................................59.48 B Grade Moe .............................137.12 Leongatha ..................130.87 Drouin ........................106.99 Traralgon ...................124.25 Bairnsdale ....................91.25 Sale................................88.53 Morwell .........................92.59 Wonthaggi Power ..........78.99 Warragul ........................80.86 Maffra............................84.05 C Grade Leongatha ..................149.08 Warragul ....................139.35

Results - Round 16

Score: Leongatha’s Kate Sperling shoots for goal against Traralgon.

A Grade MDU ...........................325.77 Fish Creek ..................191.63 Foster..........................141.34 Tarwin ........................104.16 Stony Creek...................93.05 Toora .............................85.28 DWWWW.......................9.52 B Grade Toora ..........................192.82 MDU ...........................171.84 Fish Creek ..................171.05 Foster..........................125.92 Stony Creek...................67.20 Tarwin ...........................81.46 DWWWW.....................22.06 C Grade MDU ...........................257.19 Fish Creek ..................192.33 Foster..........................101.68 Toora .......................... 112.32 Stony Creek...................84.32 Tarwin ...........................87.00 DWWWW.....................15.90 17 & Under MDU ...........................363.95 Foster..........................144.72 Fish Creek ..................104.28 Toora ..........................109.91 Tarwin ...........................83.41 Stony Creek...................51.62 DWWWW.....................21.64 15 & Under Fish Creek ..................300.00 Foster..........................123.12 Tarwin ..........................69.63 Toora ............................72.87 MDU .............................50.42 13 & Under Foster..........................324.82

52 48 40 20 16 16 0 50 40 40 34 14 10 4 56 44 30 28 18 16 0 56 44 32 28 24 8 0 36 24 14 8 6 54

Mixed bag for the Tigers U15 Mirboo North 46 d Yallourn Yallourn North 27 Best: Lucy Edmonson. Coaches: Jasmine Woods. After a slow start, the Tigers came back for a fabulous win. There were lots of players in new positions. A big thank you goes to Talei and Mel for being the emergencies.

U17 Mirboo North 35 d by Yallourn Yallourn North 44 Best: Lucy Palmer. Coaches: Charlie Chila. A slow first quarter set the team back from the start. It was an awesome fight and the Tigers never gave up.

D Grade Mirboo North 29 d by Yallourn Yallourn North 53 Best: Dana Eaves. Coaches: Judy Neilson. It was a good game against a tough opposition. There was some great talking on the court and some great passages of play.

C Grade

Mirboo North 25 d by Yallourn Yallourn North 42 Best: Gregoria Castello. Coaches: Sienna Falkingham It was a good effort with a few injuries.

B Grade Mirboo North 56 d Yallourn Yallourn North 36 Best: Karli Densley. Coaches: Ashlee Hillliar It was a slow start with a six goal deficit at the first break. The girls settled well into a better second quarter that saw them up by one at half time. The second half was their best, going out to win by 20 goals; excellent composure by all.

A Grade Mirboo North 51 d Yallourn Yallourn North 44 Best: Rachel Vansittart. Coaches: Shona Chila Patience, goaling, accuracy and excellent defensive pressure saw the girls come away with another much needed win. It was great team effort to take into next week’s game.

Grab: Mirboo North’s Jordan Townrow gets her hands to the ball before the Yallourn Yallourn North goal keeper in the B Grade match.

LDNA umpires Saturday, July 22 11am: Anna Patterson, Angelique Dunlevie, Phil Smith, Sue Ritchie, Emma Smith, Barb Challis, Erin Baudinette, Bek Vagg, Anita Gourlay, Sam Anderson, Pat Kuhne, Kayla Lane, Lauren Baudinette, Jess Arnason. 12noon: Cayli Lane, Maria Evison, Jess Arnason, Sue Ritchie, Sam Anderson, Maddie Brew, Bridget Eldred, Lori McKenzie, Mitch Price, Jemma Caithness, Lauren Baudinette, Katrina Spark, Anita Gourlay, Natalie Young. 1pm: Maddie Brew, Phil Smith, Pat Kuhne, Leanne Garnham, Erin Baudinette, Lori McKenzie, Emma Smith, Angelique Dunlevie, Anna Patterson, Maria Evison. 2:20pm: Mitch Price, Nikki Stockdale, Katrina Spark, Jacinta Muhovics, Bek Vagg, Barb Challis. Any enquiries please contact Erin Baudinette 0448 487 492.

Clash: Stony Creek’s Jade Cashin competes for the ball against her Tarwin opponent. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

Parrots netball A Grade Traralgon 70 d Leongatha 39 Auction player - Nicola Marriott. Awards: Mika & Max - Lilly Scott, Rusty Windmill Sarah McCahon, Forage & Grind - Nicola Marriott. With three players still out, it was a hard game coming up against the top side. It was the basics that let us down. Next week we will come out firing.

B Grade Leongatha 52 drew Traralgon 52 Auction player - Zali Rogers. Awards: Rusty Windmill - Kasie Rump, Serafino’s - Zali Rogers, A.W. Smith & Sons Jackie Smith. A hard game with second playing third and still missing one of our goalers. The game was tight and we weren’t able to bring home the win. Thank you to Zali Rogers for stepping up and doing a great job.

C Grade Leongatha 40 d Traralgon 36 Auction player - Mia Allen. Awards: Rusty Windmill - Mia Allen, A.W. Smith & Sons Kath Reid, Serafino’s Ashlee van Rooy. Such a solid game girls, well done. Against a tough opposition we

played well all four quarters. Encouragement and support was fantastic and helped get us over the line. Enjoy the win girls, let’s go again next week.

Under 17 Trafalgar 40 d Leongatha 33 Awards: Sixty Degrees - Nikya Wright, Bair’s - Lily Scott, Baker’s Delight - Ash Giliam. Great game girls you played amazingly through the whole game. Let’s bring on next week.

Under 15 Leongatha 49 d Traralgon 29 Awards: Sportsfirst Taylah Buckley, McDonald’s - Belle Grabham Andrews, Baker’s Delight - Keely Price. Our goal was to go hard in the first quarter and we definitely gave it our all. We were all determined to get that ball and we worked well as a team. Good luck against Morwell next week.

Under 13 Traralgon 33 d Leongatha 25 Awards: Sportsfirst - Ada Hill, Baker’s Delight - Mia Deenen, McDonald’s - Alice Reid. Well done girls. Although we lost, we tried our hardest and were persistent throughout the whole game. Good luck next week.

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• Stony Creek v Tarwin

Lions make a dash for the finals STONY Creek claimed the points in a ‘make or break’ game against Tarwin on Saturday. Both teams were eyeing off the fourth position of the ladder, and the Lions – now a game ahead of the Sharks – have taken the seat. Stony Creek knew the


Stony Creek 13.11.89 Tarwin 5.5.35 Stony Creek Goals: K. Baskaya 7, J. Byrnes 3, D. Zuidema 1, B. Byrnes 1, W. Stewart 1 Tarwin Goals: C. Millman 1, T. Toussaint 1, R. O’Loughlin 1, N. McRae 1, D. Yawney 1 Stony Creek Best: K. Baskaya, B. Byrnes, S. Marriott, W. Stewart, A. Zuidema, J. Cameron Tarwin Best: T. Dobson, R. Brack, J. Pastura, D. Yawney, C. Millman, R. O’Loughlin RESERVES

Stony Creek 4.6.30 Tarwin 4.4.28 Stony Creek Goals: J. Byrnes 2, B. Renden 1, H. Funnell 1

game was a crucial one and acted accordingly, gaining a merciless lead from the first siren. Key forwards Kerem Baskaya and Jacob Byrnes paved the way to victory, with Byrnes kicking two goals in the first 10 minutes. Byrnes kicked three for the game, whilst Baskaya finished the match with a seven goal haul;

most of which were kicked in the first half.

Tarwin continued to fight, but its defence

Tarwin Goals: J. Carmody 2, K. McLean 2 Stony Creek Best: A. Scholte, J. Byrnes, R. McGrath, T. Jenkin, T. Gordon, W. Thorson Tarwin Best: L. Borne, E. O’Loughlin, R. Davey, C. Buxton, J. Pickersgill, N. Hardacre THIRDS

Stony Creek 10.13.73 M.D.U. 1.0.6 Stony Creek Goals: S. Barnard 3, H. Funnell 3, B. Martin 1, T. O’Connor 1, C. Cary 1, A. Stanley 1 M.D.U. Goals: J. Yates 1 Stony Creek Best: H. Funnell, S. Barnard, C. Cary, D. Williams, A. Dyke, C. Brown M.D.U. Best: J. Brown, M. Hoober, M. Wight, J. Gourlay, J. Yates, W. McDonald

Defence: Stony Creek’s Ash Zuidema was too powerful for his Tarwin opponent Dermott Yawney. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

could not match Stony Creek’s tall forwards. In the middle, Stony Creek brought Brenton Byrnes up from the Reserves for his first Senior game of 2017, and dominated in the ruck. Down in the defence, Andrew Logan, Nathan Brown and Jamie Cann worked hard to keep Tarwin out. By the end of the first half, the score was Stony Creek 9.8.62 to Tarwin 2.2.14. The second half saw less action in both forward lines. Some showers during the second hard made conditions slippery and both sides took time to adapt. By the fourth quarter, Stony Creek had the game well and truly won. Tarwin managed five goals for the day through Ricky O’Loughlin, Caleb Millman, Dermott Yawney, Nathan McRae and Troy Toussaint. The final score was Stony Creek 13.11.89 to Tarwin 5.5.35. Although Stony Creek has fourth position on the

ladder, it will not be resting on its laurels. With a bye still to come and a tough match against Too-

ra this weekend, it will be a battle for the ticket to finals right to the end. Tarwin will face a

tough game of its own this weekend, coming up against ladder leaders Fish Creek.

Representatives: Leongatha’s U14 footballers Alex Battersby, Haidyn Kewming, Flynn Materia and Darcy Hume, and Mirboo North’s Jacob Cairns were selected to represent the Central Gippsland Junior Football League in the Gippsland Junior Interleague Carnival at Sale on July 4 and 5. Playing five round robin games against Warragul, Sale, Traralgon, Bairnsdale and Southern Gippsland, they only lost one game by 11 points. Having qualified for the grand final, they played Southern Gippsland U14s on Sunday, July 9, winning the whole carnival. The score was Central Gippsland Juniors 9.8.62 to Southern Gippsland 4.3.27. Jacob was named best player in the grand final.

• Yallorn Yallorn North v Mirboo North

Tigers take a tumble By Rover


MID Gippsland ladder leader Yallourn Yallourn North decimated third placed Mirboo North by 73 points at George Bates Reserve, Yallourn North, on

Mirboo North’s poor performance bore no resemblance to the excellent form it displayed during its five match winning streak coming into this clash against YYN. Mirboo North’s dismal showing also sees it drop to sixth position on the ladder and eclipses its previous heaviest 2017 loss of 44 points against Trafalgar in round two.

Quick movement: Mirboo North’s Beau Ridgeway works to offload the ball, assisted by Darryl Mayman. Yall/Yall Nth 16.12.108 d Mirboo North 5.5.35 Yall-Yall Nth goals: T. Phillips 4, D. Shellcot 3, T. Brown 3, D. MacDonald 2, T. Hutton 2, D. Murphy 1, R. Reid 1. Mirboo North goals: M. Santo 2, J. Cattanach 1, C. Ketchen 1, B. Rotheram 1. Yall-Yall Nth best: B. Burnett, L. Little, T. Brown, T. Hutton, T. Phillips, R. Reid. Mirboo North best: D. Mayman, B. Wilson, J. Nash, C. Bennett, B. Richards, L. Palmer. RESERVES

Yall/Yall Nth 7.15.57 d Mirboo North 4.5.29 Yall-Yall Nth goals: J. Keyhoe 2, D. Price 1, D. Potts 1, J. Mathison 1, R. Byrne 1, S. Galea 1. Mirboo North goals: M. Green 3, D. Taylor 1. Yall-Yall Nth best: J. Keyhoe, A. Anderson, D. Bath, S. Galea, D. Price, J. King. Mirboo North best: P. Aveling, D. Taylor, A. Leach, L. Gervasi, B. Stoertebecker, B. Bradshaw

All afternoon, the Bombers’ overall height advantage was too tall an order for Mirboo North to overcome. YYN’s control in the air was paramount in its victory, as was its ferocious tackling, lightning fast handballs and effective field kicking. Evergreen champion rover Barrie Burnett and Lachlan Little together with superstars Tyler Brown and Tom Hutton were quality performers for the Bombers in their convincing victory. Hutton’s long accurate left foot, which landed him two goals, also set up many scoring opportunities for teammates on the end of his superb 55 metre passes. When Jake Nash scrubbed through Mirboo North’s first goal off the deck 12 minutes into the match, the Tigers held a hard earned three point advantage. Then, a major to Brown and another by Hutton on the quarter-time siren gave the home team a handy 11 point lead at the first break. Mirboo North’s woes


Newborough 7.10.52 d Mirboo North 8.3.51 Newborough goals: J. Humphrey 3, N. Caldow 2, B. Richards 1, L. Barry 1. Mirboo North goals: F. Austin 3, R. Peter 1, P. Lewis 1, L. Stothart 1, C. Pinkerton 1, C. White 1. Newborough best: J. Humphrey, J. Ryan, J. McGrath, J. Robinson, N. Caldow, B. Richards. Mirboo North best: C. Pinkerton, T. Melbourne, C. White, J. Burgess-Pincini, M. Fahey, F. Austin. FOURTHS

Newborough 13.18.96 d Mirboo North 2.1.13 Newborough goals: C. Michie 4, J. Robinson 3, B. Harding 2, M. Leicester 1, J. Beath 1, M. Devon 1, J. Mulder 1. Mirboo North goals: B. Peters 1, A. Newton 1. Newborough best: T. Mafis, S. Naumann, M. Leicester, K. Clerks, J. McMahon, B. Harding. Mirboo North best: J. Burgess-Pincini, S. Kennedy, L. Dight, P. Lewis, J. Cummaudo, B. Peters.

increased when leg injuries forced Josh Taylor and Jack Robertson out of the game and YYN slammed home six unanswered second quarter goals. Unfortunately, the giraffe kicks and hospital handpasses Mirboo North recently imposed on opposition teams, were now being forced upon the Tigers. A downcast Mirboo North supporter provided a penetrating glimpse of the obvious, remarking, “it seems everything is coming apart at the seams for the Tigers.” The Bombers’ work rate went through the roof, their confidence was sky-high and they were suddenly in full attack mode. Conversely, with only one Mirboo North interchange rotation available, self destruction of a most unpleasant kind was taking place for the visitors, as they fumbled their way into oblivion. As much as anything, Mirboo North was suffering from too much indecisiveness and a shortage of interconnectedness, because of YYN’s incessant pressure on its ball carriers. Severely down on resources, Mirboo North was making hard work of

everything and could only manage a behind from Brayden Wilson during the second term. With Darryl Mayman, Wilson, Nash and playing coach Clancy Bennett gritting their teeth and showing the way, Mirboo North bravely outscored the Bombers by a goal in a bruising third quarter. Two majors to Wilson, plus singles from Nash and Mayman were a result of successful build-ups brought about by increased work rates and ruthless endeavor from teammates giving their all. YYN subsequently regained its authority by completely owning the final quarter, where it added 4.6 and kept Mirboo North scoreless. There would be no fairytale ending for the Tigers, who couldn’t find a way to break YYN’s impenetrable defence. The Tigers were unable to push the ball past their half-forward line and most of the play was inside YYN’s scoring arc, where Mirboo North’s back line was increasingly under siege. Deep in the back 50, Ben Richards, Luke Palmer, Julian Blackford, Jacob Blair and Jayden Hohmann battled their hearts out attempting to

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Newborough 20.16.136 d Yarragon 7.8.50 Morwell East 13.7.85 d Yinnar 6.6.42 Trafalgar 17.15.117 d Hill End 4.8.32 Thorpdale 19.8.122 d Boolarra 8.2.50 RESERVES Newborough 22.11.143 d Yarragon 1.2.8 Yinnar 14.9.93 d Morwell East 49

Trafalgar 10.6.66 d Hill End 9.8.62 Thorpdale 12.11.83 d Boolarra 4.5.29 THIRDS Yinnar 23.20.158 d Morwell East 1.0.6 Trafalgar 17.5.107 d Hill End 6.6.42 FOURTHS Trafalgar 4.7.31 d Hill End 4.6.30 Yinnar 19.13.127 d Boolarra 0.2.2

halt YYN’s constant advances. Richards restricted renowned YYN spearhead, Dean MacDonald to two goals, which was a real feather in the young full back’s cap. Longtime dangerous forward pocket specialist Tim Phillips finished with four goals for the Bombers and Brown completed a fine day’s work with three majors. The final score was Yallourn Yallourn North 16.12.108 defeated Mirboo North 5.5.35.

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Yall-Yall North....... 178.78 Yinnar ................... 138.12 Trafalgar ............... 138.61 Thorpdale ............. 127.82 Newborough ......... 121.23 Mirboo North.......... 131.51 Morwell East .......... 119.06 Hill End .................... 64.25 Yarragon .................. 55.58 Boolarra ................... 32.55

48 40 36 36 36 32 32 12 8 0

RESERVES LADDER Newborough ......... 417.37 Yinnar ................... 298.00 Yall-Yall North....... 170.27 Trafalgar ............... 138.71 Mirboo North ........ 150.08 Hill End .................... 99.41 Morwell East ............ 80.08 Yarragon .................. 79.09 Thorpdale ................ 42.49 Boolarra ..................... 7.71

52 48 40 40 32 24 20 16 8 0

THIRDS LADDER Trafalgar ..............350.00 Newborough ........407.83 Mirboo North .......179.72 Yinnar ..................121.73 Hill End ................166.10 Yall-Yall North .........35.77 Morwell East .............4.55

83 81 66 53 41 25 0

FOURTHS LADDER Newborough ......... 233.33 Trafalgar ............... 213.54 Hill End ................. 159.57 Yinnar ................... 139.64 Mirboo North .......... 35.96 Boolarra ................... 25.02

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • Fish Creek v Foster

Fishy wins for the ‘Creekers’ FOSTER travelled over the Hoddle range on Saturday to take on the top side Fish Creek at Terrill Park. The ground was heavy after some solid rainfall overnight and the Kangaroos welcomed back captain Cal Park, his brother Gareth and their dangerous little forward Justin Smith. It was a big day for the Fish Creek club with its past players day bringing a lot of old faces back to the club on what is always a great day, run by their past players group “The Creekers”. The Tigers captain Brad Rooney won the toss and kicked to the Creek end but it was the Kangaroos that won the opening clearance and it


Fish Creek 16.17.113 Foster 8.5.53 Fish Creek Goals: T. Manne 2, B. Cooper 2, A. Seccull 2, E. Park 2, C. Park 2, B. Coates 1, J. Stefani 1, B. Harfield/Park 1, J. Blenkinsop 1, O. Straw 1, T. Cameron 1 Foster Goals: L. Galle 3, J. Toner 2, J. Bright 1, J. Hanlon 1, B. Rooney 1 Fish Creek Best: E. Park, B. Harfield/Park, J. Blenkinsop, T. Manne, T. Redpath, T. Cameron Foster Best: L. Globan, J. Toner, L. Galle, B. Cripps, J. Cook, M. Howell RESERVES

Fish Creek 15.16.106 Foster 1.3.9 Fish Creek Goals: A. Bright 8, A. Wilson 2, J. Standfield 1, L. Park 1, H. Pratt 1, J. Danckert 1, D. Devonshire 1

went into attack immediately through Tom Cameron, who was being tagged by Luke Globan. Cameron received some serious attention this year from opposition teams and sometimes the attention has been very physical but Globan planned to take on Cameron with hard work. Fish Creek scored the opening goal only two and a half minutes into the game through some very hard running from Bailey Harfield Park to get into position to get the ball 40 metres out directly in front. Foster was able to answer only a minute later when Brad Rooney marked the ball near the Fish Creek box and was awarded a 50 metre penalty after his opponent run over the mark. Fish Creek won the quarter adding a further five goals to

one and at quarter time it was the Kangaroos up 27 points. Ethan Park was at his silky best and he was well supported by Harfield Park, Coates and Cameron while for Foster John Williams was good as was Josh Toner and Luke Galle. Fish Creek started the second quarter well but Foster’s defence did very well to deny the Kangaroos a major until the 11 minute mark when Ethan Park broke the

goal drought. A few minutes later the Tigers found themselves a man down when Darren Grainger was yellow carded for swearing at the men in green, his side one down for 15 minutes. Whilst being a disadvantage, the Tigers were not put off and finished the first half full of running and went into the long break 33 point down. The Tigers continued one

man down for the opening five minutes of the third quarter but the third quarter would be its best. After weathering an early storm by Fish Creek attacking that resulted in three behinds to Andrew Seccull and another to Justin Smith the Tigers scored the opening three goals of the quarter to reduce the margin back to 16 points. The Tiger boys were up and about with Luke Galle

Foster Goals: D. Ford 1 Fish Creek Best: A. Bright, A. Thomas ireland, R. Nicoll, T. Price, R. Pruijn, J. Danckert Foster Best: J. Chaseling, D. Hateley, L. Cripps, L. Hulse, B. Campbell, D. Angwin THIRDS


Fish Creek 15.9.99 Foster 1.5.11 Fish Creek Goals: N. Denbrok 4, L. Howard 3, C. Buckland 2, J. Standfield 1, J. Haines 1, M. Harry 1, B. Hams 1, L. Thomas 1, L. Cocksedge 1 Foster Goals: K. Davy 1 Fish Creek Best: L. Howard, A. Denbrok, J. Haines, O. Schnoor, M. Harry, N. Denbrok Foster Best: J. Smith, B. Smith, M. House, R. Angwin, B. Prain, T. Moore

looking very dangerous up forward taking some strong contested marks. Youngsters Troy and Nathan Van Dyke and Brock Cripps were all involved and John Williams was also still getting his hands on the ball. Fish Creek settled however and with Jai Stefani again doing well in the ruck Travis Manne went forward and managed the last two goals of the quarter to stop the Tiger revival and put some breathing space back in the score line. At three quarter time the margin was back to 30 points. The final quarter needed a special performance from Foster to take the points but the Kangaroos had other ideas and early goals to Seccull, captain Cal Park and Tom Cameron had the game in safe keeping. A five goal to one final quarter completed a 60 point victory for Fish Creek. Next week Fish Creek head to Tarwin while Foster head to Meeniyan to take on MDU.


Pursuit: Fish Creek’s Jake Buckland protects the ball from two oncoming Foster opponents.

Round 17: July 22 MDU v Foster Tarwin v Fish Creek Stony Creek v Toora DWWWW - bye



Allies too strong for MDU ALTHOUGH the Allies was without several of its top line players, it came away with a solid win over MDU.

Kael Bergles had a one week suspension, Keiron Byers and Ben Mayers were rested, and full back Lucas McKenzie was out due injury. This meant a restructure of the goal to goal line and the players who stepped up

did the job in great fashion. Trav Walker and Jules Zahra took on the ruck duels and whilst they would be outreached by Michael Smith, the bore in tactics of Darcy Atkins and Chris McKay gave the home the advantage.

It also put the MDU backline under plenty of pressure and the Allies kicked the only five goals of term one. By mid first term, it was obvious that the clean handling of the ball and leg speed would be the telling factor. MDU went forward several times but big kicks to a contested target meant they were pot shots at goal for just 0.6 resulting. At quarter time, positional changes saw the centre line chop up a slow defence. Tait Sabec, Chris McKay and Max Homer did as they pleased and the delivery of the ball to centre half forward allowed Anthony Sigeti to score three goals and whatever came to turf Joey Spiering picked up as the home kicked a second term total of five. A long kick from the middle allowed MDU to at last get within range and Jason Kennedy scored its first. At the halftime break, the Allies held a valuable nine goals lead MDU was heading for a big defeat. MDU kicked the first second half goal through Cam Harris but the onslaught began. At the centre bounces,


DWWWW 21.10.136 M.D.U. 4.9.33

In flight: MDU’s Cam Harris worked hard to beat Allies’ ruck Julian Zahra to the ball.

DWWWW Goals: H. Spierings 4, A. Sigeti 4, J. Nolan 3, H. Egerton 2, S. Scott 2, J. Mentiplay 1, T. Sabec 1, C. McKay 1, M. Daoud 1, J. Arter 1, J. Nolan 1 M.D.U. Goals: S. James 1, C. Harris 1, M. Smith 1, J. Kennedy 1 DWWWW Best: D. Atkins, C. McKay, H. Egerton, H. Spierings, J. Nolan, T. Sabec M.D.U. Best: C. Harris, T. Corry, M. Harris, S. James, C. Ricardo,

Jules Zahra did all the heavy work and put the Allies into attack. Sabec, Homer and John Mentiplay set up the wall across the centre and MDU tried the big long kick trying to get close enough to goal. Shaun James and Jason Kennedy worked hard to keep the damage to a minimum but they were just over run. Jim Phillips was rested for the second half and Steve Scott and Jackson Nolan were give free rein in the forward half provided the mid field runners with handy targets. Two long shots by Scott from the boundary sailed through, then Jayden Nolan out ran the pack for two more. The last term was one of strong running and a desire to finish off the job and gain valuable percentage. While it was obvious that MDU could not keep up, it worked hard right to the finish. Cam Harris, Tom Corry and Matt Harris worked hard after the Allies kicked the first six then, taking the foot off the pedals, MDU scored two late goals in the final two minutes.


M.D.U. 14.13.97 DWWWW 13.5.83 M.D.U. Goals: N. Mathieson 5, M. Darmanin 3, J. Peach 2, Z. Cox 2, S. Mackie 1, D. Campbell 1 DWWWW Goals: N. Arney 5, J. Phillips 3, J. Arter 2, J. Mentiplay 1, M. Pretty 1, T. Robertson 1 M.D.U. Best: N. Mathieson, M. Darmanin, M. East, D. Campbell, S. White, Z. Cox DWWWW Best: N. Arney, G. Lay, M. Pretty, L. Butler, B. Gray, S. Bishop

Round 15: July 22 Mirboo North v Newborough Yarragon v Morwell East Thorpdale v Yinnar Trafalgar v Yall-Yall Nth Boolarra v Hill End

GIPPSLAND Round 14: July 22 Warragul v Sale Morwell v Leongatha Moe v Bairnsdale Wonthaggi v Maffra Traralgon v Drouin

WEST GIPPSLAND Round 14: July 22 Cora Lynn v Kor-Bena Nar Nar Goon v Dalyston Bunyip v Koo Wee Rup Kilcunda-Bass v Inverloch Garfield v Phillip Island


Fish Creek.... 13 1 Toora... ....... 10 3 DWWWW ..... 9 5 Stony Creek .. 7 7 Tarwin ............ 6 7 Foster ............. 3 11 MDU............... 0 14



0 262.29 52 0 167.68 40 0 171.48 36 0 98.37 28 0 85.06 24 0 65.32 12 0 23.44 0

GOALKICKERS K. Bergles (DWWWW) ........ (0) 93 L. Manders (Toora) ............. (0) 51 K. Baskaya (Stony Ck) ......... (7) 51 A. Seccull (Fish Ck) ............. (2) 46 A. Sigeti (DWWWW) ........... (4) 28 J. Weston (Toora) ............... (0) 28 B. Cooper (Fish Ck) ............. (2) 25 B. Coates (Fish Ck).............. (1) 23 J. Buckland (Fish Ck) .......... (0) 23 T. Toussaint (Tarwin) ........... (1) 20


Stony Creek .. 13 1 Fish Creek.... 9 5 Tarwin ........ 9 5 DWWWW ..... 7 8 Toora ... .......... 5 8 MDU............... 5 9 Foster ............. 1 13



0 223.26 52 0 158.59 36 0 139.90 36 0 99.70 24 0 92.19 20 0 64.12 20 0 33.14 4

GOALKICKERS A. Bright (Fish Ck)............... (8) 56 D. Devonshire (Fish Ck) ...... (1) 25 L. Anderson (Tarwin) .......... (0) 24 N. Mathieson (MDU) ........... (5) 24 M. Dyer (Stony Ck) ............. (0) 23 V. Pecora (DWWWW) ......... (0) 23 K. McLean (Tarwin) ............. (2) 21 B. Renden (Stony Ck).......... (1) 19 J. Byrnes (Stony Ck) ........... (2) 19 B. McKnight (Stony Ck) ...... (0) 17 W. Thorson (Stony Ck)........ (0) 17


% Won

Stony Creek ..12 1 0 MDU...........7 5 0 Fish Creek....6 5 0 Foster .........5 9 0 Toora ............. 2 10 0 DWWWW ...... 0 2 0

92.31 58.33 54.55 35.71 16.67 0.00

GOALKICKERS C. Preston (Stony Ck) ......... (0) 24 C. Cary (Stony Ck) .............. (1) 21 H. Funnell (Stony Ck) .......... (3) 17 B. Cripps (Foster) ................ (0) 16 B. Martin (Stony Ck) ........... (1) 15 C. Buckland (Fish Ck) .......... (2) 15 N. Denbrok (Fish Ck) ........... (4) 14 Z. Duursma (Foster) ............ (0) 13 L. Smith (MDU)................... (0) 13 A. Wilson (Fish Ck) ............. (0) 12 L. Lidstone (Foster)............. (0) 12

Leongatha Junior footy CGJFL ladders UNDER 10 W Yinnar..............9 Trafalgar...........9 L’gatha Green.....7 Mirboo North .....6 Hill & Rovers .....5 Moe Blues ............ 4 Newb Blues .......... 4 Morwell Royal ...... 5 Moe Maroons....... 4 Morwell Navy ....... 2 Newb Reds........... 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

L 0 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 8 9 10

D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

% Pts 1208.33 44 906.25 40 313.83 36 213.10 32 111.49 28 52.50 28 95.69 24 75.42 24 71.04 24 70.72 12 19.12 8 11.44 4

UNDER 12 W L’gatha Gold ......7 L’gatha Green.....6 Mirboo North .....6 Morwell Royal ....6 Moe Maroons .....5 Trafalgar ............... 3 Yinnar .................. 4 Moe Blues ............ 3 Hill & Rovers........ 2 New Blues ............ 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

L 1 2 2 2 4 3 4 3 6 7 9

D 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0

% Pts 182.51 40 252.67 36 210.96 36 160.26 34 141.32 28 80.61 28 97.87 26 90.31 26 57.92 20 28.71 16 35.48 8

UNDER 14 W Mirboo North .....9 L’gatha Gold ......7 Trafalgar...........7 Moe Maroons .....7 L’gatha Green.....5 Morwell Royal ...... 4 Yinnar .................. 5 New Blues ............ 4 Morwell Navy ....... 3 New Reds............. 3 Hill & Rovers........ 2 Yallourn Nth ......... 1

L 0 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 7 7 8 9

D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

% Pts 321.15 44 174.09 36 154.10 36 180.08 32 117.51 28 112.96 24 103.04 24 95.23 24 51.86 16 75.63 12 44.02 12 39.89 8

UNDER 10 Leongatha Green 3.12.30 Moe Blues 0.0.0 Leongatha Green goals: E. Pitts 1, A. McInnes 1, J. Brown 1. Moe Blues: Nil. Leongatha Green best: H. Scrimshaw, L. Scholz, S. Wayman, A. McInnes, A. Williams, M. Sheahan. Moe Blues best: A. Daley, T. Paltridge, R. Davis, M. Walker, J. Scott, B. Tipping.

UNDER 12 Leongatha Green 4.7.31 Moe Blues 2.2.14 Leongatha Green goals: T. McRae 2, T. Richards 1, X. Bolge 1. Moe Blues goals: H. Edwards 1, C. Wood 1. Leongatha Green best: B. Robb, L. Patterson, J. Wightman, E. Davis, H. Livingstone, O. Davis. Moe Blues best: X. Cox, B. Wolfenden, S. Shaw, C. Weir, A. Daly, A. Daley.

YOUTH GIRLS Newborough Blues 3.2.20 Leongatha 1.3.9 Newborough Blues goals: C. Bird 1, N. Xuereb 1, S. Ryan 1. Leongatha goals: K. Price 1. Newborough Youth Girls Blues best: M. Dyer, P. O’Hea, J. DonellyLynch , S. McConachy, M. Wilson, C. Abbott. Leongatha best: A. Dunn, B. Johnstone, Z. Michael , K. Price, A. Giliam, S. Giliam.

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• Leongatha v Traralgon

Leongatha nails tough win ROUND 13 SENIORS LADDER W L D



Leongatha ...11 2 0 186.93 44 Maffra........11 2 0 178.40 44 Traralgon .....9 3 1 159.13 38 Moe ...........8 4 0 124.36 32 Morwell ......6 6 1 113.96 26 Wonthaggi......6 7 0 89.34 24 Warragul ........5 8 0 78.77 20 Bairnsdale ......4 9 0 92.88 16 75.60 12 Sale ................3 10 0 26.48 0 Drouin ............0 12 0 GOALKICKERS M. Bennett (Maffra)............. (0) 38 C. Dunne (Leon).................. (2) 37 D. Cupido (Bairns) .............. (0) 35 D. Bedggood (Maffra) ......... (3) 33 D. Sheen (Maffra) ............... (7) 32 B. Fowler (Warragul) ........... (0) 32 L. Stockdale (Trar) .............. (0) 30 B. McDonald (Morwell) ....... (3) 30 A. Hillberg (Leon) ................ (1) 25 N. Paredes (Warragul) ........ (2) 25 J. Freeman (Sale) ................ (3) 25



Leongatha ...10 1 0 195.29 Maffra.........8 2 0 342.67 Traralgon .....8 3 0 267.71 Morwell ......9 3 0 228.39 Moe ...........6 6 0 168.19 Wonthaggi......4 7 0 37.83 Warragul ........3 8 0 47.91 34.62 Drouin ............1 11 0 10.85 Sale ................1 11 0 GOALKICKERS


40 36 36 36 24 16 12 4 4

N. Wozniak (Maffra) ............ (3) 28 L. Wright (Leon) ................. (1) 24 L. Durkin (Moe)................... (1) 21 M. Duncan (Morwell) .......... (0) 20 P. Yates (Moe) ..................... (4) 20 R. Loprese (Trar)................. (2) 20 B. Davidson (Leon) ............. (0) 17 L. Talbot (Maffra) ................ (0) 16 M. Webb (Morwell) ............. (3) 15 J. Piper (Morwell) ............... (0) 15


Leongatha ...12 1 Traralgon ....11 2 Moe ......... 10 3 Maffra.........9 4 Bairnsdale ...8 5 Drouin ............4 9 Morwell ..........3 10 Sale ................3 10 Wonthaggi......3 10 Warragul ........2 11

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


366.40 409.14 263.97 111.57 116.53 58.99 44.49 36.09 26.35 36.62


48 44 40 36 32 16 12 12 12 8

GOALKICKERS C. Olden (Leon) ................... (0) 41 R. Anderson (Moe) ............. (1) 34 A. McLaren (Bairns) ............ (7) 33 J. Van Iwaarden (Trar)......... (0) 26 L. Carman (Maffra) ............. (3) 24 L. Michie (Moe)................... (5) 23 H. Willaton (Trar) ................ (0) 22 H. Prestidge (Moe) .............. (3) 21 J. Wykes (Bairns) ................ (3) 21 L. Scott (Leon) .................... (1) 20


Moe ..........13 0 Traralgon ....11 2 Bairnsdale ...9 4 Maffra.........8 5 Warragul .....7 6 Sale ................6 7 Leongatha ......6 7 Wonthaggi......3 10 Morwell ..........1 12 Drouin ............1 12

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0



665.75 452.83 92.73 113.12 122.71 131.11 98.79 49.11 22.13 16.00

52 44 36 32 28 24 24 12 4 4

GOALKICKERS M. Luckie (Trar) .................. (1) 33 J. Ziino (Sale) ...................... (4) 32 B. Maslen (Moe) ................. (4) 28 H. Kellow (Bairns) ............... (4) 26 H. Neocleous (Trar) ............. (3) 24 B. Bundle (Warr) ................. (0) 21 R. Baldi (Moe) ..................... (2) 21 K. Noonan (Bairns) ............. (5) 19 R. Taws (Moe)..................... (3) 18 K. Simpson (Sale) ............... (1) 18 T. Baldi (Moe)...................... (4) 18

IN cold and wintry conditions Leongatha turned the tables on the previous contest by defeating Traralgon by nine points at Parrot Park on Saturday. Rain in the days leading up to the game saw conditions wet and slippery with the earlier games only serving to chop the oval up a bit more. The middle of the ground however, was pretty good due to covers being placed on this area overnight. Despite the showers, skills were pretty high and the ball for much of the game was dominated by both defences with the ball kicked between the two half back lines on many occasions. This led to both Leongatha and Traralgon finding it hard to score goals; in a low scoring affair the Parrots remain on top of the ladder winning

7.12.54 to Traralgon’s 6.9.45. The Parrot coaching staff was happy with the intensity and pressure all over the ground applied by the team. Leongatha started the game well and managed to slip away in the opening quarter making good use of the dry ball early. Louis Riseley had a brilliant opening term down back for Leongatha. The Parrots booted three goals towards the chook sheds end to lead 3.3.21 to Traralgon’s solitary one goal. Luke Bowman, Chris Dunne and Aaron Hilberg were the scorers of the opening goals for the Parrots. The Parrots continued to apply pressure all over the ground and allowed the normally good counter attacking Traralgon side little avenue to goal. The Maroons could add only one more goal in the second quarter while Leongatha led 5.7.37 to Traralgon’s 2.3.15 at half time. Jack Ginnane and Cade Maskell added goals for the



Leongatha 7.12.54 d Traralgon 6.9.45

Leongatha 6.5.41 d Traralgon 2.6.18

Leongatha goals: J. Ginnane 2, C. Dunne 2, L. Bowman 1, A. Hillberg 1, C. Maskell 1. Traralgon goals: J. Sandy 3, J. Neagle 1, J. McMahon 1, D. Loprese 1. Leongatha best: L. Bowman, C. Maskell, C. Stone, C. Dunne, L. Riseley, K. Cooper. Traralgon best: D. White, J. Hall, D. Loprese, J. Sandy, J. Neagle, H. Hector.

Leongatha goals: J. van der Pligt 1, L. Scott 1, J. Norton 1, J. Ballagh 1, J. Patullo 1, D. Garnham 1. Traralgon goals: T. McMahon 1, W. Broadbent 1. Leongatha best: N. Battersby, J. Norton, B. Perry, L. Scott, T. Evans, J. Hastings. Traralgon best: B. Cheetham, T. Northe, A. Achiek, W. Gaudion, M. Williams, J. Barnes.



Traralgon 9.3.57 d Leongatha 8.6.54 Traralgon goals: R. Livingstone 3, R. Loprese 2, A. Achiek 2, L. Phillips 1, L. Di Ciero 1. Leongatha goals: T. Harris 3, N. Trotto 2, B. Vanrooy 1, L. Wright 1, J. Pellicano 1. Traralgon best: T. Mustoe, B. Duve, J. Vucenovic, M. Burge, R. Livingstone, P. Brady. Leongatha best: J. Hickey, N. Trotto, C. Rump, J. Mackie, M. Chalmers, R. Kelly.

Traralgon 10.11.71 d Leongatha 1.3.9 Traralgon goals: H. Neocleous 3, I. Copland 2, F. Shields 1, M. Luckie 1, B. Deering 1, J. Cashmore 1, D. Evans 1. Leongatha goals: H. Kewming 1. Traralgon best: T. Hourigan, F. Shields, L. Deering, J. Cashmore, P. Strong, H. Neocleous. Leongatha best: J. van der Pligt, L. O’Neill, J. Battersby, H. Kewming, T. Vanderkolk, J. Hume.

Reliable: in the battle of the defences, Leongatha backman Tim Sauvarin gets the ball out to Luke Bowman. Parrots this term. Traralgon improved its position in the third term outscoring the Parrots two goals to one. Jordan Sandy was managing to get amongst the majors for the Maroons with Dylan Loprese providing an impact at centre half forward. Ginnane kicked Leongatha’s solitary goal this term. At three quarter time Leongatha led 6.11 to Traralgon’s 4.4. The Maroons were three goals down at three quarter time and it would need a big effort to get up from here. But Traralgon, as it is known for, won’t give the game up as it fought back, outscoring the Parrots; scoring 2.5 to Leongatha’s 1.1. Chris Dunne kicked a crucial goal for Leongatha in the last quarter to give the team some breathing space. Had Traralgon nailed one of its misses then the match would

have been pretty tight. Luke Bowman played a brilliant game for Leongatha not only having licence to run free but also watching Traralgon’s dangerous Mark Collison at stoppages. Cade Maskell at half back was again very useful with Cameron Stone returning from a week off and being damaging in the middle. Kyle Cooper in the forward line tackled well and presented front and centre to the incoming ball while Chris Dunne’s work rate was good with five tackles and two goals. Louis Riseley was also very consistent down back. One highlight of the game was the screamer taken by Hillberg in front of the Traralgon interchange bench. The Parrots head across to Morwell this week which went down to Sale, while the week after the league has a

Solid match: another product up from the Leongatha juniors Louis Riseley gave the Parrots plenty of run. bye round. The reserves suffered its first defeat of the season going down to Traralgon by just three points. The two’s are now under siege and are just one game clear of three

teams and have an inferior percentage. They will need to win their game this week against fourth placed Morwell or face toppling from top spot to third or even fourth.

• Bairnsdale v Wonthaggi

Door opens for Power A GOOD win on the road at Bairnsdale combined with the shock loss of Morwell has opened the door for Wonthaggi. The Power now sit just half a game away from grabbing fifth spot from Morwell with plenty of interest in this Saturday’s round before the bye.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Maffra 19.19.133 d Warragul 7.9.51 Sale 15.13.103 d Morwell 10.10.70 RESERVES Maffra 10.12.72 d Warragul 2.8.20 Moe 15.11.101 d Drouin 2.5.17 Morwell 14.20.104 d Sale 1.3.9 THIRDS Maffra 10.4.64 d Warragul 6.5.41 Moe 16.12.108 d Drouin 7.2.44 Sale 8.8.56 d Morwell 5.6.36 FOURTHS Maffra 8.9.57 d Warragul 4.10.34 Moe 24.19.163 d Drouin 0.1.1 Sale 15.9.99 d Morwell 1.6.12

This weekend’s games feature Wonthaggi hosting Maffra and Morwell hosting Leongatha. With the Power having defeated Maffra at home by a few points last year a win is not out of the question. If Power win and Morwell, as expected, lose to Leongatha; then Wonthaggi slips into the top five. Wonthaggi’s win on Saturday on a hard and dry deck

at Bairnsdale was set up with a five goal to nil second quarter. The Power showed more dare and skill; less turnovers and mistakes giving the Wonthaggi forwards a lot more opportunity to score. The goal kicking was ably lead by Lachlan Jones snaring four majors, and big men Troy Harley, three, and Jack Ridewood , two. Bairnsdale opened with

a 3.2.20 first quarter to lead Wonthaggi 2.2.14. But Wonthaggi’s second term blew the game open with plenty of drive out of the middle coming from Aiden Lindsay, Pat Ryan and Jack Blair. At half time it was Wonthaggi 7.4.46 to Bairnsdale 3.4.22 The Red Legs must have received a good old fashioned roasting from the coach at

half time as it came out a better unit in the third term booting four goals to Wonthaggi’s two. At three quarter time it was Wonthaggi 9.5.59 to Bairnsdale 7.5.47. An arm wrestle ensued for the last quarter with plenty of time for Bairnsdale to get up. But Wonthaggi held firm with a solid backline lead by the likes of Jarrod Membrey, Shannon Bray and Byron Dryden. The Power managed to lock the ball in to its forward line for the last five minutes

SENIORS Wonthaggi 12.7.79 d Bairnsdale 10.9.69 Wonthaggi goals: L. Jones 4, T. Harley 3, J. Ridewood 2, S. Bray 1, M. Kelly 1, Z. Gilmour 1. Bairnsdale goals: D. Somerville 2, S. Park 2, N. George 1, T. Bryan 1, R. Cowan 1, K. Vickery 1, C. Bryan 1, R. Tatnell 1. Wonthaggi best: J. Membrey, L. Jones, S. Bray, A. Lindsay, P. Ryan, B. Dryden. Bairnsdale best: A. Nelson, S. Mooney, K. Vickery, C. Timms, C. Walsh, B. Timms.

Pressure: Wonthaggi’s Byron Dryden gets a quick kick in before being caught by Bairnsdale’s Joel Campbell. Photo courtesy Bairnsdale Advertiser.

THIRDS Bairnsdale 17.15.117 d Wonthaggi 2.1.13 Bairnsdale goals: A. McLaren 7, J. Wykes 3, C. Mein 2, M. Dewar 2, Z. Kellow 1, K. Derbyshire 1, H. Preston 1.

with Michael Kelly kicking the sealer just before the siren after he received a free for a holding the ball. The ground was so hard that Aidan Lindsay received a nasty “gravel rash” coming off the ground at the end of play. The game was tough and physical with Wonthaggi showing some good glimpses of run on play it will need against the Eagles this Saturday. Get along to the Wonthaggi oval and see if the Power can pull off an upset.

Wonthaggi goals: H. Dawson 1, J. Barry 1. Bairnsdale best: A. McLaren, K. Derbyshire, C. Mein, D. Steed, J. Ray, B. Daniel. Wonthaggi best: J. Barry, L. Burns, J. Bates, J. Vuyst, R. Williamson, J. Roylance.

FOURTHS Bairnsdale 16.15.111 d Wonthaggi 3.4.22 Bairnsdale goals: K. Noonan 5, H. Kellow 4, B. Bryant 2, T. Rees 1, J. Richards 1, D. Marsden 1, J. Wheatfill 1, H. Cook 1. Wonthaggi goals: N. Anderson 1, J. Schulz 1, K. Benson 1. Bairnsdale best: H. Cook, T. Rees, R. Timms, W. Capes, H. Kellow, A. Jaeger. Wonthaggi best: H. Dawson, J. Schulz, B. Wingfield, M. Pier, K. Benson, C. Cummins.

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Skier selected for worlds Ashlee earned her place in Australian team afINVERLOCH’S Ashlee Cuff is bound for the USA to compete in the World Wa- ter competing in seven selection races, beginning in December. ter Skiing Racing Championships. Following the selection races, three women Held in Seattle on Lake Washington, Ashlee will

and a reserve were selected to represent the country. Ashlee will join two women from Sydney, and reserve from Melbourne Lucy Savona. Ashlee has been training hard with her family and Lucy for the past five weeks. Getting out on the water in Inverloch and St Kilda, they have braved the cold conditions to prepare for the championships. Ashlee has been water skiing since she was eight years old, encouraged by her family. She enjoys the sport because she likes being in the ocean, meeting new people and having her family involved. Ashlee’s family is going to Seattle to support her. Her dad will be her driver for the championship and her brother will be her observer. This will be the first time Ashlee has competed at this level. She was selected as a reserve for the World Water Skiing Racing Championships in New Zealand two years ago, but did not have to compete. “In Juniors, I made the Victorian team and competed against New South Wales a few times, but I have never done anything like this before,” she said. “It’ll be a good experience, and I’m looking USA bound: Inverloch’s Ashlee Cuff was selected to represent Australia in the World Wa- forward to representing the country and meeting In action: Inverloch’s Ashlee Cuff is taking her water skiing talents to the next level and will compete in the World Racing Skiing Championships in Seattle at the end of the month. ter Skiing Racing Championships in Seattle. new people.” compete in four races from July 27 to August 8.

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