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Dummy free: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council candidates Di Tod and Rosemary Cousin refuted claims they are dummy candidates in the council election.


SCHOOLS SET TO Election anger boils over in South Gippsland PARTY MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College will celebrate 30 years on October 22 to 23 and Korumburra Primary School will mark 125 years this weekend.

BITTER allegations have marred the South Gippsland Shire Council election, with an illegitimate how to vote card sparking outrage and candidates rejecting claims they are stooges for incumbent councillors.


A document likening the election to a horse race and listing each candidate in a form guide has an-

gered those candidates criticised in the report, entitled South Gippsland Quadrennial Cup Cup. Councillors Don Hill and Andrew McEwen believe their council opponents are behind the form guide, with neither councillor listed as among the “best four tips� in their respective wards. The report urges voters to choose incumbent councillors Lorraine Brunt and Bob Newton, as well as Jim Forbes and Aaron Brown in the Strzelecki Ward. Councillors Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks and Jim

Fawcett, and Maxine Kiel and Meg Edwards are named the “best four tips� in Tarwin Valley Ward, while the guide urges voters to choose councillors Mohya Davies and Jeanette Harding, as well as Alyson Skinner and Ray Argento in Coastal-Promontory Ward. Meanwhile Cr McEwen has refuted claims he has fielded dummy candidates in a bid to return to council. Read more on pages 4 and 5.


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School revolution $6 million new college underway By Stuart Biggins THE 21st century is about to arrive at the Korumburra Secondary College. Wonthaggi firm TS Constructions, which is building the Karmai Community Children’s Centre in Korumburra and has remodelled Mirboo North and Leongatha secondary colleges, began demolishing a section of the Korumburra school after all traces of asbestos was removed during the school holidays. Principal Abigail Graham said the new buildings – valued at up to $6 million - would form the centrepiece of the college, giving it a new heart. “The college will have a heart versus what we had, which was a hole in the heart,” she said. The building will have a central atrium, a senior study centre, a service kitchen/canteen, and class-

rooms for science, metal work, wood work, visual communications, art and food technology. The building works now underway have required the reorganisation of remaining learning spaces and the deployment of portable classrooms, but the works are expected to be finished within 12 months. To provide evidence of what Korumburra Secondary College students are producing in the current environment Mrs Graham proudly showed The Star Year 12 artwork. “This work is amazing!” she enthused. “Can you imagine what our students will be able to produce in a 21st century learning environment?” The principal stepped into a Year 12 classroom to commend the students on their work. Student Liiam Miller said, “It comes down to the quality of the teaching, miss.”

Creation: Korumburra Secondary College’s Year 12 Visual Communications class gather around student Liiam Miller, standing by his completed art project, his paint emblazoned car.

Destruction: TS Constructions has begun the demolition of a major section of Korumburra Secondary College. In its place will rise a centre of excellence. College principal Abigail Graham is looking forward to the benefits her students will gain from a 21st century learning environment.


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ANOTHER surge of ‘dummy candidate’ claims were brought to the fore after the release of a how to vote card for Strzelecki Ward in South Gippsland Shire. The card features five of the 10 candidates and they appear to favour incumbent councillor Andrew McEwen. The card is similar to the format of a Tarwin Valley Ward how to vote card featuring Cr Don Hill. Each candidate to appear on the cards put Crs McEwen and Hill at number two, suggesting they would be their preferred councillors. Cr McEwen said the candidates had been unfairly labelled, and nothing he nor Cr Hill had done was illegal. “Everyone in a democracy has the right to stand and preference anyone they like,” he said. “Preferences for Don and I reflect some candidates’ desire for us to be returned because we have fought for change.” Strzelecki candidate David Amor appears on Cr McEwen’s how to vote card, but he does not believe it will affect his position in the election. “Voters know who I am and they may put their

trust in me for the next four years. This is an opportunity for them to see my advice on how to vote,” he said. “I’m definitely independent. The option came to me on September 21 and I filled out my preferences without knowing what the others would put down. With the change of policy, this option was value for money.” Like Cr Hill, Cr McEwen said the joint how to vote card resulted in substantial savings for the candidates. For a candidate to issue their own how to vote card would cost around $3000. However, Cr Lorraine Brunt believed current councillors should not need a how to vote card at all. “It’s pointed, appalling and they should have more respect for people’s intelligence,” she said. “No incumbent councillor – if they have done their job – should need to doorknock or get five people to back them up. You should be known for what you’ve done during your term.” When asked if she thought the featured candidates were stooges, Cr Brunt said yes. Tarwin Valley Ward candidate Graeme Heath reported Cr Hill’s preference votes to the Leongatha office of the Victorian Electoral Commission, but no complaints about Cr McEwen had been made. “I was disappointed with it. Money is not an issue

Quashing accusations: Cr Andrew McEwen said his how to vote card was legal and candidates had a right to express their preferences. – I’m running with integrity,” Mr Heath said. “What bothered me was that it arrived in an official looking envelope, which I felt might confuse or influence people. “If the community has ethics, it should be able to see through this tactic and they will vote for people who represent them.”

No dummies here By Tayla Kershaw TARWIN Valley Ward candidates Rosemary Cousin and Di Tod protested ‘dummy candidate’ claims in the lead up to the South Gippsland Shire Council election last Friday. The candidates featured on a how to vote card which appeared to favour Cr Don Hill, raising some eyebrows from the community about their legitimacy. Ms Cousin and Ms Tod firmly stated they were independent candidates. “The reason the old school majority block in council has resorted to scurrilous personal attacks and accusations of ‘dummy candidates’ and ‘stooges’ being fielded is that they have no real policies, and no long term vision to take our communities forward in a tough global environment,” Ms Cousin said. “We are independent women and independent thinkers who judge each situation on its merits, and we care very deeply about the future of our shire.”

Ms Tod said neither she nor Ms Cousin spoke to the other candidates when they agreed to feature on the how to vote card. Both candidates stand for a safe environment, building resilience against global warming , fixing rate inequity and changing the culture of ‘bullies’ in council. “There is an unhelpful culture in the South Gippsland Shire. There’s no customer service. You go in looking for help only to feel like what’s happening is your fault. There’s a feeling of hostility,” Ms Cousin said. “It also seems to be some serious rate inequality. Charges and rates need to be given a closer look at.” According to the candidates, good values are the first step to change. “To turn our current predicament around will require restraint, a new vision and a return to some of the values that our grandparents espoused – the old fashioned values of selflessness, hard work and good economic management,” Ms Cousin said. “It does not need a culture of negativity and bullying in a vision free zone. A vote for us is a vote for you, our children, our grandchildren and our communities.”

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Messy track for election race By Tayla Kershaw SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council candidates are calling for those who have distributed an alleged ‘illegal’ election document to be disqualified from the vote. A satirical form guide circulating in South Gippsland sparked the controversy. While many agreed it was cleverly written, others felt the form guide was nasty, derogative and trivialised the major issues in South Gippsland. The document treats the election as a horse race, and describes each candidate’s likelihood of making it over the line. The front of the document also deters voters from voting for anyone who has appeared on a joint how to vote card. Strzelecki Ward candidate David Amor is one of the candidates calling for disqualification. “I’m appalled and annoyed that this has happened. It should never have happened,” he said. “At first I saw it as comical. You immediately look for your name and I found they called me a ‘windsucker’ and I might as well be a donkey vote. A small part of it is clever, but 80 percent of it strips candidates of their dignity. “I think the candidates involved should be disqualified. We should all be in the same boat in this election.” Incumbent councillors Lorraine Brunt and Jim Fawcett have been accused of being involved but have denied the allegations. Cr Brunt refuted claims she was caught distributing the document on a CCTV camera in

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Korumburra. “I am being accused because of a grainy photograph. It’s not me and I someday I will prove it,” Cr Brunt said. “I think someone was just being clever and has a big sense of humour, but I have received quite aggressive accusations.” Cr Fawcett agreed it was a bit of fun and denied accusations of placing the form guide in the window of his business. According the Victorian Electoral Commission, it is unlikely the candidates would be disqualified if they were caught with the document. However, if a formal investigation found the document to be unauthorised and misleading, dis-

tributors could be looking at a 10 penalty point fine per individual. One penalty point equates to $155, bringing the total fine to $1550. Strzelecki candidate Jim Forbes shared the form guide on Facebook, but was not approached by the Victorian Electoral Commission to remove it. “I thought it was witty. It’s a very clever piece of satire that covers all 32 candidates,” he said. “I don’t think it will have an effect on voters. I think how to vote cards are more likely to have an effect on the election. If a form guide was going to influence an election, there be one published for every state, federal and local government election.” However, other candidates felt the unauthorised form guide would sway voters. Cr Don Hill said the document was humorous, but found it strange that it favoured a group of councillors.

“I find the conduct of some of the candidates ludicrous and I have no problem with the Victorian Electoral Commission investigating the document,” he said. Cr Andrew McEwen the form guide was critical of anyone standing for change and reform in the shire. “A series of complaints about candidates displaying and distributing illegal and defamatory brochures has been lodged with the Victorian Electoral Commission. It is a sad day when some members of the majority group stoop so low, but it is consistent with them playing the man and not the ball,” he said. Although accepting it was a joke, Tarwin Valley candidate Graeme Heath also feared the form guide would have repercussions. “There are some underlying truths and people may take it as gospel. I’m hoping it is not used as a voting formula,” he said.


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Last Wednesday I received a group how to vote card for the Strzelecki Ward headed and authorised by Andrew McEwen. The format of the two cards is exactly the same except that Andrew McEwen has the support of four other candidates rather than five. At Korumburra on September 28 there was a question from the floor as to preferences. Candidates Jim Forbes, Lorraine Brunt and Bob Newton each said they were standing independently and not listing preferences. The other candidates indicated they were listing preferences. However neither Andrew McEwen nor any of the other four candidates on the group card stated they were participating in a group how to vote card. Why weren’t they open and frank about it? Those in attendance both the audience and other candidates deserved better. The other matter I find curious is the group how to vote card was totally overshadowed by the other contents of the envelope which were clearly designed

to grab the attention, namely the glossy full page (both sides) vibrantly coloured brochure demanding vote one for Andrew McEwen and a smaller brochure with colour photo of Frank Hirst. Ask yourselves, do the candidates Viv Pepper, David Wanless, Frank Hirst and David Amor seriously seek a number one vote as they claim when they allow their material to be so overshadowed or is there another motive? Ignore the group how to vote cards and make your own independent decisions as in previous elections. Clive Hope, Meeniyan.

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Founders keepers: some of the Tarwin Lower and District Community Health Centre’s founding committee members were at the event to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, including from left, David Marsh, Bron Ellen, Pamela Mercer, Jan Box, Nola Marsh, Tim Burggraaff, Una van Dillen, Bill van Dillen, Laura Barker and Alan Rose.

Centre still healthy, 25 years on THE Tarwin Lower and District Community Health Centre celebrated 25 years since its opening on Saturday. Some 50 people, including many past committee of management members, turned out for the event which included the unveiling of a new sign and the burying of a time capsule. The sign was funded by a grant from South Gippsland Shire Council. Committee vice president Dot Kennedy said the anniversary was celebrated to reflect on how it was established. “The whole process started in 1984 but it took seven years to get the centre off the ground, which finally occurred in September 1991,” she said. “It took a lot of hard work, commitment, en-

thusiasm and drive from the local community.” Ms Kennedy said the community’s hard work and commitment was celebrated on Saturday. “We also wanted to show people the centre is still going well, is well utilised and has a strong future,” she said. Clinical psychologist and committee member Debbie Birkett put together a history booklet for the celebration, which Ms Kennedy said could not have been done without the minutes of former secretary David Marsh. “The health centre now comes under the auspice of Gippsland Southern Health and we try to make sure what we offer is what locals want,” she said. “Our committee manages the centre at a local level and there are a number of volunteers who

assist with the day to day activities, as well as a number of health practitioners who operate out of the centre as well.” The celebration on Saturday also saw Tim Burggraaff and Terry Teylor awarded life memberships. “Tim, along with the late Jim Cope, was instrumental in lobbying the council to buy the land the centre sits on. He was also the builder of the place,” Ms Kennedy said. “Terry was on the committee for a number of years in more recent times and worked very hard.” The time capsule, which will be lifted on the centre’s 50th anniversary, contained the history booklet, some photos, a copy of The Star, as well as a DVD and other historical items.

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Meet the candidates: from left, Island and Western Port candidates Phil Wright, Geoff Ellis, Michael Whelan, Mikhaela Barlow, Maurice Schinkel, Phillip Island Conservation Society president Anne Davie, and candidates Stephen Fullarton, Val Ogier, Ruth Partridge and Pam Rothfield attended a special candidates forum, organised by the Phillip Island Conservation Society on Friday night in Cowes.


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and I refuse to believe our rates should be used to prop up Wonthaggi. “The CEO runs the Bass Coast Shire and it has to come back to councillors. I still support Stand Alone and want the Island to secede.” Pam Rothfield called for greater transparency, wants to see Wonthaggi Hospital developed into a sub regional facility, and a 24 hour medical facility on the Island, does not support rezoning of the Island airport or extensions to town boundaries, and wants to see a lot more work on the foreshore. Val Ogier would like to see big changes and suggested “throwing out” of some of the people employed on council and employing a civil engineer and also supported a hospital on the Island, but suggested going direct to the Minister for Health. She wants the Cowes main street revitalised and described it as “grooty and dreadful”. Completed ballot material must be in the mail or hand-delivered to the election office by 6pm on Friday, October 21.

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were strong words from some candidates on the night, including Mikhaela Barlow who referred to the Bass Coast council as “climate criminals” for failing to fix many of the environmental issues affecting the shire. Then there was Ruth Partridge who said, this current council “is in disarray”. “We are at the bottom of the satisfaction survey for councils and how do we get to the end of the year Cr Bradley Drew sent an apology and Cr Kimber- and be told there is an extra $2.5 million just sitley Brown was just a no show. ting around waiting to be spent. This is your money Those attending were left scratching their heads, and then the CEO (Paul Buckley) found $800,000 wondering why Cr Brown just didn’t turn up to this for three new executive staff. This is just staggering informative and well run forum, organised by the and definitely not good financial management,” Ms Phillip Island Conservation Society. Partridge said. After being welcomed by conservation society “I don’t think the councillors know what is going president Anne Davie, the forum was chaired by on. It is just shocking.” Sheila Johns, a teacher at Newhaven College. Stephen Fullarton, chair of Phillip Island Stand The forum was well structured and gave candi- Alone said, “Nothing has happened on the Island for dates present, including Island Ward’s Pamela Roth- 22 years. We need the airport extended, the tip reinfield, Val Ogier, Phil Wright, Ruth Partridge, Mau- stated, urgent works on the foreshore and beaches, rice Schinkel, Stephen Fullerton, Michael Whelan and Western Port’s Ashley Lamers, Geoff Ellis and Mikhaela Barlow, a three minute speech followed by question time. What came out loud and clear from many of the candidates on the night was greater protection, care and funding for the environment on Phillip Island and around the coast, with particular attention to foreshore erosion, to re-establish a hospital and build a new aquatic centre on Phillip Island, beautify the Cowes township, and invest more funds into better facilities and infrastructure on the Island. Apart from the obvious fact Cr Brown was nowhere to be seen, it was also evident this was a low key forum and everyone was well behaved, but there

WHILE most of the candidates for the upcoming Bass Coast Shire election in the new Island and Western Port wards attended an informative Meet the Candidates forum in Cowes last Friday night, the only sitting councillor to attend was Cr Phil Wright.

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Lennie legend comes to stage LENNIE Gwyther was just a boy when he made history by riding his horse to Sydney from Leongatha for the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Now the children of Leongatha Primary School are honouring his feat with a spectacular stage production to be held next week. Lennie the Legend – 600 Miles to Sydney will tell the story of Lennie’s epic ride on October 18 and 20, with performances at 12.30pm and 7pm, at Mesley Hall, Leongatha. Evening shows have sold out. Lennie’s sister Beryl will be flying from Queensland next week to be at the shows. Tickets are now available

at Search ‘Lennie’. Matinee shows are the only ones available now at 12.30pm. Children will this week work hard on polishing their lines and practising their dance routines. A total of 620 children are involved, with two casts of 310 children each. Volunteers raising funds to erect a statue of Lennie in Leongatha will be raising money in the hall foyer at performances. Taking shape: Leongatha Primary School students Heidi (narrator 3) and Sharni (Lennie 3) with Mickey and India (2 acrobats) clown around during rehearsals for the school’s production of Lennie the Legend – 600 Miles to Sydney.

Mother and son’s wild night A MAN and his mother alarmed police when their vehicle was intercepted during a random check in Korumburra on Sunday morning. The 20 year old man was a learner driver and found to be driving while drunk. His mother was asleep in the back of the car, intoxicated, on the foot well and not wearing a seatbelt.

The man returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.138. He was fined a total of $1590 for driving while unsupervised, not displaying L plates and driving while drunk, and his licence was disqualified for 13 months. His mother was fined $311 for not wearing a seatbelt. Police pulled over the pair’s red Holden Commodore in Mine Road at 12.45am. They were from Drouin.

Nominate a top Aussie NOMINATE a hard working community member for a 2017 South Gippsland Australia Day award. Australia Day awards provide recognition to people in the community who go above and beyond by donating their time, skills and energy into making South Gippsland great. Nominations are currently being received in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year and Youth Community Contribution. The Citizen of the Year award celebrates individuals who have made a significant contribution to their local community. Event of the Year helps to recognise the organisers of local events who help to provide cultural and economic benefits to our region. The Youth Community Contribution Award is a non-competitive category that aims to acknowledge the community contributions of young people aged 12 to 25 years.

All nominees will be honoured at the South Gippsland Australia Day Award ceremony on Wednesday, January 18 in Leongatha as well as at their local Australia Day event on January 26. An overall winner will be selected from the Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year categories. “We are fortunate there are so many people in South Gippsland who are happy to contribute so selflessly to our community” said Tim Tamlin, chief executive officer of South Gippsland Shire Council. “I’m sure we can all name someone who works tirelessly to help other people or to organise events or community activities. Submitting an Australia Day Award nomination is just a small way to acknowledge their hard work is noticed and appreciated.” To nominate someone for an Australia Day Award, please visit This year nominations can be made online. Nominations must be received no later than October 31.

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Candidate urges council to decentralise a few select sectors. “Appropriate and contemporary facilities need to be readily accessible to all within a reasonable distance, be it from their residential or holiday home.” Mr Rich called for council to increase the numJeremy Rich, a candidate in Coastal-Promontory ber of ratepayers in the region to increase the funding Ward, said a new single council building, as mooted required to modernise and expand council’s services for Leongatha in the future by council, was not the while relieving the pressure being placed on too few. best option for the region. “We need to be strategic in how we approach deal“Well planned and designed council precincts ing with and resolving the long established issues spread across a variety of our shire’s townships would which continue to hinder regional Victoria,” he said. reinvigorate our small and larger towns,” he said. “This can be done by sensitive and sustainable “I envisage purpose designed spaces which re- development policies that enhance the region’s faspond to the needs of current residents and allow for cilities, and attract new residents and visitors whilst future expansion when needs arise. ensuring that we do not impose problems for farmers “The proposed centralised council offices in Le- nor reduce the quality of life for our region’s people ongatha could be reduced in size to offset the cost and the wonderful livability and beauty of the reof multi-community hubs that house decentralised gion’s cherished environment. council services, libraries, meeting halls and market “I ask you to use your vote wisely and support places, including attractive spaces for public exhibi- candidates that have vision and policies that aim New vision: South Gippsland Shire Council candidate Jeremy Rich believes council should tions of our local artists or visiting exhibitions.” to address the current and future issues required to Mr Rich urged council to target strategic invest- make our region a better and brighter place for all.” decentralise council buildings and possibly create a community centre at Foster, as shown in the artist’s impression designed by architect Peter McIntyre. ments to deliver better and more accessible services, and help regain the trust and connection between council and its communities. “I believe that strong regional centres grow and develop from the strength of our smaller settlements and towns, which invariably require the services of a larger centre,” he said. “Healthy and happy settlements, hamlets, villages and towns will help restore and re-invigorate our ailing larger centres and make all of South Gippsland a desirable living location.” Mr Rich said the current council had been unsuccessful in making Leongatha the key focus of the region. “The impact of this failure is compounded by the fact that it was undertaken at the expense of our region’s smaller towns by directing the majority of council funding solely toward the development of Leongatha,” he said. “The additional fallout of all this is that, rather than ensuring its future prospects, Leongatha is now a shadow of the town it once was when I was growing up. “We deserve a council which places a high value on fairness and sensible distribution of services, facilities and investment across the entire shire so that everyone feels valued and included, rather than just

A CANDIDATE in the South Gippsland Shire Council election is calling for new council offices to be spread throughout the shire.

Trailers stolen POLICE are searching for trailers stolen from Outtrim and Corinella recently. A blue six by four trailer was taken from a rural property at Outtrim and a black six by four trailer was stolen from a home in Corinella. Both thefts occurred over the weekend of October 1 to 3. The trailers were visible from the road.

Man arrested A LEONGATHA man will face court in relation to thefts from vehicles in Leongatha’s streets last week. In four separate incidents, cars were robbed in Eleanor Court, Carr Avenue and Parkside Close - all in the same vicinity - during Sunday and Monday, October 2 and 3. Police arrested a 26 year old man and he will face Korumburra Magistrate’s Court at a later date. According to Detective Senior Constable Syd Hadley, the frustrating part for police was the vehicles were all unlocked. “Valuables taken from the unlocked cars were varying but included cash and tools,” he said. “It was pretty easy for the culprit who basically just walked around the streets checked car doors and stole from the ones which were open. “It is a timely reminder for people to lock their doors as well as take any valuables inside.”

Sex offender behind bars A CONVICTED sex offender was jailed after being convicted of abusing a teenage boy he met through a radio station in Korumburra. Daniel John Freeman appeared in the Victorian County Court yesterday (Monday) and was sentenced to a minimum of 22 months behind bars. He had been charged with two counts of failing to comply with his reporting obligations and another two of indecent assault of a child under 16. His total effective sentence was two years and eight months, with minimum of 22 months. The court heard Mr Freeman had access to children while working at the community radio station, including work experience students. The 40 year old had been convicted of previous sex offences against children.

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NEWHAVEN College captains Jaz Hendry and Alex Swan presented a cheque for $15,257 to Janine Hendry from Bryn’s School at a whole school assembly last Friday. The $15,257 far exceeds the $10,000 target set by the Year 12 Cabinet and they were excited and proud to present the cheque for this amount on behalf of the entire student body. Janine was overwhelmed to receive such a big cheque, “That is a mighty, mighty big number, thank you from the bottom of my heart. “I am extremely joyous because I know what this will mean to the children Bryn’s School supports”, she said. “This gift will act as a seeding fund to build a new school in Cambodia that will give 400 children the opportunity to have a school and receive an education. “From my family to the Newhaven College family, thank you.” Each year the College’s Year 12 Student Cabinet select a charity to support. Bryn’s School was chosen as the 2016 beneficiary because of the strong association between the charity and the college community. Many past and present students and families have been involved in the charity over a long period of time with many travelling to Vietnam and Cambodia as volunteers to work directly on the projects. Newhaven College vice principal Mr Jason Scott, is proud of the leadership shown by the 2016 Year 12 Cabinet. “This year the senior students have continued to build upon the strong culture of social justice and volunteering at the college. As college captains, Jaz, Alex, Duncan and Jade have led the Cabinet and the wider student body to achieve the impressive total in excess of $15,000.

Helping hand: the $15,257 raised by Newhaven College for Bryn’s School will help fund a new school in Cambodia for 400 children. Pictured standing from left Greg Price, Chair of the Board of Directors, Gea Lovell principal, Duncan Hunt, college captain, Jack McDonald, Middle School captain, Alex Swan and Jaz Hendry, college captains, Janine Hendry and Tad Hendry, Bryn’s School representatives and seated from left Heidi Driscoll, Amelia White and Archer Herbert, Junior School captains. Completing the final year of the VCE is a demanding and busy time for these students but they have risen to the challenge and dedicated their time, skills and energy for Bryn’s School. Most pleasing is the support they have received

from the leadership teams in the Junior School and Middle School that have worked very hard to inspire all students to support the charity. Social justice and community giving is certainly a foundation stone across our college community; well done!”

FOSTER Arts Music and Drama Association (FAMDA) has come up with a great flyer for its next production Australia Day, opening this Friday, October 15. On the front of its flyer there features some classic Aussie icons, including Vegemite, an esky, barbecue, Sherrin football, dim sims, VBs, lamingtons atop Uluru (Ayers Rock), a kangaroo, boomerang, take-away coffees, the Sydney Opera House, a Qantas jet, crocodile, hot dogs and of course the good ‘ol Aussie meat pie. THE Loch Primary School community turned up at the railway station yesterday (Monday) as students, staff and parents gathered prior to walking to school en masse. On arrival they were treated to breakfast supplied by South Gippsland Shire Council. VicHealth’s annual Walk to School Day encourages walking to school as a way for children to get the daily physical activity they need, reduce traffic congestion, parking difficulties and the associated environmental impacts. One in five Victorian children walk to school regularly and childhood obesity has risen to epidemic levels. LOCH Public Hall will celebrate 125 years on Saturday evening, October 15 at 7.30pm with residents invited to come along and participate in When the Lights Go On, stories from years gone by from the hall. This will be followed by a fun filled trivia quiz. Contact Sue Tonkin via email at

Life milestone: congratulations to Beryl Roberts of Leongatha who celebrated her 99th birthday at the weekend at her home with her daughters and son in laws, grand children and great grand children.

Sweet treats for Austin CHLOE Battersby and Braesyn Beavis, two students at St Laurence’s Primary School in Leongatha, recently organised a fundraising day at school for Austin Love. Austin is three years old and has Merosin Deficient Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. The girls wanted to raise money to help buy a walker for Austin to enable him to move around in an upright position like other children. They organised a casual clothes day and made cupcakes to sell at lunchtime. The students had a great time choosing which cupcake to buy, and their manners and generosity was wonderful to see. Austin’s father James and uncles attended St Laurence’s school in the late eighties and James attended Mary MacKillop in Year 7 before moving back to Melbourne.

Both Chloe and Braesyn would like to thank all the students, parents and parishioners for their generous contributions. The family is grateful for the donations and the awareness being raised to help Austin move forward.

Well supported: from left, Veronica Love, Braesyn Beavis, Chloe Battersby, Evelyn Stephens and Kerryl Battersby helped out on the special cake stall at St Laurence’s Primary School in Leongatha.

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Rotarians honoured with highest awards THREE special presentations were made at the Rotary Club of Korumburra’s meeting on Tuesday, October 4, with three of Rotary’s highest awards conferred on local club members.

Distinguished: Cheryl Glowrey, watched by Rotary Club of Korumburra president Peter Biggins, presented Euan Coutts with his Paul Harris Fellow award as his grandchildren looked on at the Rotary Club of Korumburra meeting on Tuesday, October 4.

Euan Coutts and Ken Sim received Paul Harris Fellow awards and Bill O’Neill – who received a Paul Harris Fellow award in 1994 – was awarded a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin. He became only the second recipient of the

High honour: Bill O’Neill, his wife Pam and their grandchildren at the Rotary Club of Korumburra meeting on Tuesday, October 4 where three special awards were made. In the 68 years of the club, Mr O’Neill is only the second recipient of the Paul Harris Sapphire Pin. Bill was delighted and surprised to have his three children, their spouses and all of his six grandchildren in attendance.

sapphire pin in the club’s 68 years. Rotarian David Child described Bill O’Neill as a living legend in Korumburra where he has lived and worked nearly his entire life. Epitomising what it is to be a Rotarian, Mr O’Neill has demonstrated a commitment to serving others above self with a long list of varied achievements. Euan Coutts’ long serving commitment to Rotary and the many areas he has contributed to in the club and the Korumburra community, was catalogued by John Shandley. Mr Coutts and his wife Kerrie’s two daughters and all of their six grandchildren were on hand to witness the occasion. Mark Holmes spoke about Ken Sim’s contribution to the Lions and Rotary clubs of Dookie, followed by the Rotary Club of Korumburra when Ken moved to South Gippsland 10 years ago. Mr Sim, thrilled to find two of his sons were in the audience, is renowned for taking on projects and following things through. Assistant District Governor, Cheryl Glowrey, was on hand to assist with the presentations and congratulate the three men on what was a wonderful night for the Rotary Club of Korumburra.

Significant contributions: from left, Euan Coutts, Bill O’Neill and Ken Sim at the Rotary Club of Korumburra meeting on Tuesday, October 4 were awarded high honours for their valued contributions to the club over many years.

Special occasion: Euan Coutts and his wife Kerrie surrounded by their grandchildren who were present at the Rotary Club of Korumburra meeting on Tuesday, October 4 to see Mr Coutts receive his Paul Harris Fellow award.

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Offices are in budget

SEVERAL candidates (majority block councillors and those supportive of their views) are saying the $32 million municipal office project is not in the budget. What an outrageous untruthful assertion. It is detailed in the budget document approved in June 2016 on page 8 where it is written “$24.72m funding for a municipal precinct”. The extra $7 million is interest charges and is detailed in the previous year’s budget. That is $32 million in anyone’s calculations. The link to the document is here so all can verify the accuracy of the statement. The $32 million munici-

pal office project is in this year’s budget document and it is destined to be constructed during 2022-23. h t t p : / / w w w. s o u t h g i p p s l a n d . v i c . g o v. a u / d o w n l o a d / d o w n loads/id/1361/annual_council_budget_2016-2017.pdf Ratepayers started paying towards this building last year and will continue to do so until the year 2039, so either get used to it or vote for its removal. The majority block councillor group all wish to retain it since it has consistently refused amendments to the budget to have it removed. If elected I will move a motion in November this year to have this project completely removed from the budget.

E D I T O R I A L Serve us something palatable SOUTH Gippsland has had enough of personal politics getting in the way of constructive council business. For four years the community has been subject to clashes between South Gippsland Shire councillors, consuming council meetings and wasting the time of council officers. The personal blues are now continuing into the election, with a mock form guide advising the community which way to vote, and councillors Andrew McEwen and Don Hill being accused of arranging dummy candidates. A good council requires many perspectives to ensure all options are considered but at the end of the day, the decision of council must be accepted. This has not occurred in the past and now the split between councillors McEwen and Hill and the other councillors restanding continues. The personality conflict has detracted from some candidates actually stating what they will offer ratepayers if elected. Will they be able to work with their new council colleagues? Will old grudges forged during the past council and new grudges formed during the campaign stick throughout the next four years? The fact 32 candidates are standing for this election shows the community has had enough of the divisiveness of the past council, but the outcome of this election risks serving South Gippsland more of the same. Few people like bitter tastes and that’s what South Gippsland diners have largely been served so far, when instead they deserve more of the sweet stuff. Voters are urged to choose their preferred candidates with thought, as we will be eating what they serve for four years.

Letters to the Editor

To ensure this is possible, voters need to choose candidates other than the majority block councillors or those who appear to support them. The second untruth is the statement from Ed Hanley (letter to editor), of last week’s papers in which he claimed that Cr Hill and Cr Andrew McEwen have used ratepayer funds to promote ourselves as candidates during this election. This is totally untrue. Neither of us have claimed any costs for producing electoral material or travel related to distributing any such material. We paid for the flyers to be produced from Officeworks and used Australia Post to deliver them. Nothing has been claimed or will be claimed from the shire. The facts are that I have claimed approximately $4000 less for travel expenses compared to all the councillors who have been using council cars over the last three years. My average claim has been around $6000 per year whereas all the other councillors using a council car have been around $7500 to $8000. Don Hill, candidate for Tarwin Valley Ward, Wild Dog Valley.

A policy free zone AN analysis of the candidate’s policy statements reveals a chasm between the new candidates and the majority group in the council. The former give people fresh choices, whilst the latter are running on their record, oblivious to the deep community concerns and mood for change. More of the same is their mantra. Rather than acknowledging the concern that has driven so many to choose, as is their democratic right, to offer themselves for election, they see conspiracies in the large number of candidates. There has been a 6.9 percent increase in candidates in Victoria standing for election, but for many councils where they are ‘on the nose’ there has been a rise of up to 300 percent (in South Gippsland, 246 percent). This is local democracy at work, not flat earth fictitious conspiracies. The current crop of councillors have had an average of 11 years on council. Their great ‘achievement’

has been to achieve the appalling customer satisfaction scores in the low forties; entrenching self interest and inequality in the allocation of new capital works projects as evidenced by the fact Leongatha and Foster are receiving 50 percent of these funds and 20 of the small towns and district have been allocated nothing in the next 15 years for new capital works. Many in the small towns and rural areas can’t see what they are getting for their rates. However the Old Guard want to carry on as before. Change is not only possible but essential. If we abandon the municpal office precinct and build a $5 million community hub for Leongatha like Korumburra, we can reduce rates rises below CPI. The long term capital works program in the current budget provides for the building in 2022-24 and we are paying $2 million annually into a reserve fund to pay part of its cost. We have one of the highest rates in Victoria and we can do something about it if councillors have the will. In the past 10 years the Old Guard increase rates by an average of seven percent per annum, significant higher than the cost of living rises. Rates have been rising on par with energy costs. The policy of the Old Guard has resulted in the allocation of $2.3 million this year to bituminising cemeteries, back of shops, and two recreation reserves, while ignoring high priority projects like having a footpath to Korumburra Secondary College, footpaths in the main street of Nyora to the primary school and many gaps in basic services. Leongatha centricity can be seen in the fact whilst Leongatha has been allocated $10 million for sporting and recreational capital works, Korumburra has got only $600,000 while the rest of the shire has got even less. Equity and fairness demands a more even distribution of the funds for capital works. That cannot be achieved whilst the Old Guard is on council. For the first time in many years voters have been provided with real choice in all the wards. Independent candidates provide an opportunity to the electors. They have a choice that is as stark as it is compelling.They can continue to endorse the culture of secrecy and behind closed doors decision making that has produced gross inequality in funding towns or they can elect people who will get on with the job of tackling the renewal of our towns, promoting economic development, delivering fairness and equity and developing a strategy to reduce rates in real terms, whilst protecting services over the next 10 years. I and many of the new independent candidates stand for real change and progressive reform. Use your vote wisely. Make a choice for real change or be prepared to put up with more of the same. Cr Andrew McEwen, candidate for Strzelecki Ward, Meeniyan.

Vote for change A BARRAGE of attacks made against myself and other Tarwin Valley Ward candidates deserve to be thoroughly refuted. Speaking for myself, I am absolutely an independent candidate. For anyone to suggest I am a dummy candidate or a stooge is a disgraceful slur. I have previously stood for council and spent substantial money campaigning and fighting for a better South Gippsland. I am spending money and time fighting once again. There isn’t a nice way to go about preferencing other candidates. At a previous election most opposing candidates preferenced me last. I didn’t sook about it. I just got on with business. A how to vote card is done by candidates to ensure that voters who

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support our respective campaign’s cast formal votes. With recent changes to the electoral laws, the likelihood of a high number of informal votes at this election is greater than at other elections. The joint how to vote chart is a guide for voters. Voters can read this chart in conjunction with official ballot papers. I will be paying my fair share of the bill for production and distribution. I have sought assurances that the brochure mailed and delivered to voters has not been done using council resources. I believe that any claims to the contrary are fabricated nonsense. I would have thought candidates who can collaborate, work together, show initiative and produce a cost saving measure are the sort of people this council needs. I applaud the State Government for removing preferences from the official ballot paper. I hope for future council elections they take the reform a step further and make council elections first past the post. All that preferencing seems to achieve at local elections is a degree of animosity. Logically, it’s unlikely any candidate getting a high enough quota on the first ballot. For me, it made perfect sense to swap preferences with a high profile candidate in Cr Don Hill. He has been pilloried by the press and other councillors. I am aligned to his thinking that our shire expenditure needs to be reined in. There will be other issues I am sure where we might disagree. Finally, when you read the many candidate statements, people talk about economic development. They talk about it but evidently have little idea what to do about it. I am a businessman with specific policies on how to improve our local economy. It’s high time our local economy is made front and centre. Philip Murphy, candidate for Tarwin Valley Ward, Mardan.

Positivity WHAT do you think of the 13 Tarwin Valley Ward candidate statements? There is a clear distinction: the seven independent candidates are involved heavily in our communities and promote our region with positivity. There is no resolution of council to build a $32 million office; if there were, I would oppose it. There is need for upgrading, for which cost and service delivery, effective, decentralised models should be considered. When first hearing the rumour, I went back through minutes and asked the council directly. Then in July I came across a petition, so again sought clarification and was provided with notations on relevant sections of the budget confirming the petition was misleading. There are funds being put aside for future infrastructure (unallocated) in the budget which was moved by Cr Hill and seconded by Cr McEwen and a study on possibilities for a municipal precinct which, if a future council resolved to proceed with, the option modelled is for $24.72 million, including a new library (the current building is leased) and community centre. We all make mistakes from time to time. If we aren’t making mistakes we aren’t doing much, and I believe a few good people (as people in the main are good) have been misled. Rhetoric is easy to believe, but verify I did, when it came to the claim of a $32 million decision for a council office, which Cr Hill’s team of candidates commonly repeat in their candidate statements. Sound governance and decision making on behalf of a broad community, with sometimes differing interests and perspectives, is no easy task.

The ability of councillors to seek, be given and verify advice and data in conjunction with community consultation and their own reflection is key to negotiating best possible outcomes for our region. How do I feel about being put as 11 on Cr Hill’s support ticket of six candidates? Delighted! Check out my facebook page website posts www. for further details. None of the candidates supporting Cr Hill know me or bothered to verify my background with myself, or discuss issues we may actually agree on, before their ‘random’ preferences were allocated. In conversation with one of them during the week, they admitted regret to being part of it and were ‘led to believe’ falsehoods about me. They suggested without preferences, voters wouldn’t be able to complete their ballot paper and increase the number of invalid votes. I value independence and believe in the intelligence of our community to be able to complete a ballot with every number. Cathy McGowan MP proved the alternative argument wrong by successfully being re-elected as an independent for the federal seat of Indi recently without allocating preferences and with others stacked against her. Another declined my offer of introduction to the mayor at a function we were both at, so that he could ask Cr Newton about the false $32 million. Budget papers and minutes are publically available online and I emailed this candidate the notated budget I was provided, to which I’ve had no reply (copy of email is attached). We live in an amazing part of the world. Life is short and I congratulate each of the candidates in standing for council. It’s a brave and learning experience. Regardless of who is at the table, if elected, I commit to independent, informed and consultative issue based decision making. Meg Edwards, candidate for Tarwin Valley Ward, Fish Creek

Have your say IN previous elections up to 20 percent of people haven’t voted in some wards. The only way to get the council you deserve is to vote. Don’t leave it too late. There is plenty of information in the newspapers. Almost all the candidates have been making themselves available so that voters know who shares their views and opinions. I can add to this discussion about my intentions, which include standing up for coastal towns, farmers and rural communities, if you email Geoff Ellis, independent candidate for Western Port Ward, Wattlebank.

Water levels conundrum THIS is the time to get the facts out to all. Stop the lies. Korumburra No. 3 dam is down 12 foot, over three metres, from the overflow. South Gippsland Water has not done any upkeep to the Korumburra reservoir as was told at the South Gippsland Water night in Leongatha six months ago. So every time you hear it’s full, it isn’t. Everyone should understand, the top quarter of the reservoir is equal to the bottom three quarters of it, so in summer our reservoirs are only at 75 percent at its best, as told to us by the gentlemen in charge of the night. David Amor, Korumburra.

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Prized auction inspired by educator THE Rotary Club of Korumburra is holding its Annual Dinner Auction starting at 6pm on Saturday, October 22. Funds raised from the event held at the Italian Social Club are committed to the Robyn Holmes Foundation. The late Robyn Holmes was a tireless early childhood educator at Korumburra’s Birralee Child Care Centre for 25 years. She was a community minded woman who loved to see children develop whether in

the classroom or on the sporting field. The foundation, established to honour the memory of a great and inspiring woman, helps South Gippsland families with children who need support. The annual dinner has become an increasingly popular fixture on the calendar and bookings are essential. Tickets are $35pp (pre-dinner nibbles and a two course meal with drinks at bar prices) and must be purchased from Auddino First National by October 14.

The major auction item this year will be a $3000 shopping spree at Hartley Wells, Leongatha. One of 20 envelopes auctioned will contain the major prize but all will contain a prize of some value. Other prizes include two tonne quantities of milk powder from Burra Foods valued at $600 and two tickets from Gippsland Global Travel valued at over $200 on the famous ‘Blues Train’ which runs from Queenscliff to Drysdale. It is a fabulous evening

which begins with dinner at the historic Queenscliff railway station followed by a moving feast of live blues music on the rails. Altogether around 120 lots will be auctioned by Eddie Hams and his team from South Gippsland Livestock. The Korumburra Rotary Club appreciates the large num-

ber of local businesses that provide such strong support for the auction. In 2015 almost $10,000 was distributed to 13 young recipients who were able to pursue further studies or tertiary education plus to the group of Korumburra Secondary College students who travelled on

exchange to China. This year five local primary schools each received $1000 grants to introduce special programs to assist student learning. A highlight of the night, by popular demand, will be entertainment from local teenage singing sensation, Kaylah Thomas.

Bass Coast squabbles over new money THE incoming Bass Coast Shire Council has an additional $2.495 million tucked away due to efficiencies found by the current council. Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew suggested this money should be used for the aquatic centre on Phillip Island. “We’ve always been a visionary council. In essence, all we are saying is we would like the next council to consider a review,” he said. This was endorsed by four of his fellow councillors – although they have no real power to persuade the new councillors – but it did not sit well with two other councillors. “This is electioneering and I am incredibly disappointed. This is using a community meeting for electioneering purposes and I find it appalling,” Cr Neil Rankine said. “There are other projects – like the education precinct – that are just as important. It’s important that we plan strategically. This is not the vehicle

for electioneering.” Cr Phil Wright disagreed with Cr Rankine, believing the idea to be forward thinking. “The incoming council could throw it out the door but I think it’s great,” he said. “It’s sad to hear that someone who plays politics as much as you (Cr Rankine) is calling the kettle black. It’s time the people of Phillip Island were respected.” Cr Andrew Phillips also voted with Cr Drew, saying it was great for the incoming council to have the option there. Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale sided with Cr Rankine on the issue. “There’s art centres, parks, libraries – there’s plenty of projects waiting to be funded,” she said. “It’s not our place to recommend anything to the incoming council.” The motion was won and the incoming council will consider funding the Phillip Island aquatic centre when it puts together its council plan.

Auctions alive and well JUDGING from last Friday’s auction of 70 Chamberlain Drive, Leongatha it appears auctions are alive and well. Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha sold the property in this mortgagee auction under the hammer for $477,000. Auctioneer Michael Hanily said it was a good result and a good turnout with four bidders. It came down to two bidders who slugged it out with $1,000 then $500 rises before it was sold.

Taking bids: Stockdale and Leggo, Leongatha auctioneer Michael Hanily, was kept busy with good interest in this Leongatha property at the auction last Friday.

Push Start begins in South Gippsland SOUTH Gippsland FReeZa Committee tact Council’s Community Strengthening Officer and Made in South Gippsland will host Sophie Dixon on 5662 9200. the 2016 Push Start Gippsland Regional Final this October. Previously known as Battle of the Bands, the Push Start competition has helped launch music careers since its inception. This year Gippsland has four contenders for the title of Regional Winner, who will battle it out for a spot at the Push Start Final at Moomba Festival in Melbourne, 2017 and a chance to win further prizes. All ages are invited to attend the free event on Saturday, October 22 from 1pm at the Leongatha Memorial Hall. Made in South Gippsland is a committee of young people that wants to ensure there are activities and events for young people to attend in South Gippsland. Push Start is the first event for the new 2016 committee, which is excited to provide a live and free event for the community. FReeZA has been operating in South Gippsland for 20 years with a number of different committees hosting events for young people. If you are a young person aged 14-25 and would like to be involved in creating new events for young people in South Gippsland please con-

A fine job: from left to, Finnish exchange student Miska, auctioneers Eddie Hams and Stuart Jenkin and Rotarian Wayne Blogg set about the task of preparing the generous donations made by local business to the cause of raising money for the Robyn Holmes Foundation. The donations will be auctioned at the annual Rotary Club Diner Auction on October 22.

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Welcome: from left, Victorian based Senator, formerly from Koonwarra, Senator Bridget Breaky time: from, Matt Hiriart from BJ’s Earthmoving, Brenton Williams, Leongatha McKenzie, guest speaker Federal Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack and Chamber of Commerce president and owner of BJ’s Earthmoving, and Peter Watchorn from Leongatha Newsagency attended the business breakfast. organiser Meg Edwards.

Leongatha hosts small business minister FEDERAL Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack MP was guest speaker at a Gippsland Business breakfast in McCartin’s Hotel, Leongatha last Thursday, October 6. 3D FEDERATION STAR





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Mr McCormack was introduced by Victorian based Senator Bridget McKenzie who returned “home” for the occasion. “Small business are the key drivers in our local towns and the community and our minister, from the town of Wagga Wagga, loves to talk to businesses big and small,” Senator McKenzie said. Mr McCormack said the country needed a vibrant small business sector to help stimulate the economy. “The Federal Government is playing its part and has reduced the company tax rate from 28.5 cents in the dollar to 27.5 cents in the dollar and eventually it will be reduced again to 25 percent,” he said. The eligibility has changed too with business turnover out from $2million to now $10 Million, opening up the tax break to a lot more small to medium outfits. Mr McCormack also encouraged the 50 or so small business people in the room to take advantage of the instant offset for goods purchased under $20,000 which is available up till July next year. Following the speech the issues most concerning guests came out in question time. Paul Ahern, who runs Ahern’s Fruit Market and Fine Foods in Foster, questioned the costs of country people accessing and using internet compared with much cheaper rates in Melbourne. The Skymaster 2 has just been launched and this will provide many more thousands in the bush access to the internet. “More and more people per month are being connected than ever before. But we as a government can do more on the costs and I will take this concern up on your behalf and forward this also to Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield,” Mr McCormack said. “Some $160 Million is being spent on a blackspot program for mobile reception. As we get more players in the market and competition you will see internet and mobile prices come down over time.” Adrian Harris spoke to the minister about the exhorbitant rates being paid by farmers in the country compared to what is paid in the city. “They have great flower gardens in the towns like Leongatha but will this shire come and clean out a table drain, hardly ever,” he said. “We see 10 gardeners working in the towns but no drains are being cleared, the land slips are not getting done, we aren’t getting service.” “We have 32 candidates standing for three wards in this election so I can tell you people are not happy.” Mr McCormack said it was very difficult to channel the money through from federal to state and then local governments in a timely manner. “There is a lag of delivery of services to the bush. It can also be related to different parties running governments in federal and the state,” he said. “I often encourage people to maybe make a run at council and try to have a say. Maybe get involved in a political party.” Glenn Wright of Leongatha asked the Minister about his view of struggling country towns with shops empty in most of them and the big supermarkets seeming to be the only ones surviving well. “How do you see the future of town in this light?” Mr Wright asked. Mr McCormack said, “The one thing about the duopoly in the supermarkets is at least it provides an avenue for thousands of small business suppliers to gain access for their products,” he said. “In regards to internet shopping next year from July 1 overseas traders will have to pay a 10 percent GST on goods coming in because we want to have a level playing field for our Australian businesses.” The breakfast was organised by Meg Edwards who thanked McCartins Hotel’s Phillip Botte for putting on such a great breakfast.

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School will shine on Saturday with people from a variety of age groups and backgrounds attending.” They will be impressive evidence of the first class quality of education available at the school. Unearthing the contents of the time capsule And what will the people attending the 150 year sealed 25 years ago at the school’s centenary celebra- anniversary in 2041 think when today’s contributions tions, however, reminded him of exactly how much are revealed and become items of interest? has changed in the course of just 25 years. Mr Pirouet said the aim has been to fill the time The item which best illustrates the changed nature capsule with input from every child in the school, of education to Mr Pirouet, is the 1991 newsletter. including their photographs. Its single black and white page stands in stark A huge display of photographic material, student contrast to the sophistication of the current day work and memorabilia will be a centre piece of the newsletter with its colour photographs and several school’s 125 year celebrations this Saturday, October pages of information. 15. Visitors to the school this Saturday won’t see any The formalities will include speeches by two past blackboards. students (Greg Twite was a staff member of the school Like the newsletter the whiteboards which re- and Nick Besley is the current Year 6 teacher) as well place them have a level of sophistication that will as a contribution from Geoffrey Roberts who was the astound those who haven’t been into a classroom for principal when the school turned 100 (he is currently the past 10 or so years. travelling overseas so will not be present in person). Interactive whiteboards can display the screen of These contributions will articulate the theme of any computer in the classroom in colour and the screen the day, where are they now? of the interactive whiteboard can be saved and printed. Other speakers will be the State Member for The board can convert the teacher’s handwritten Eastern Victoria Danny O’Brien, long standing asnotes into text for distribution – electronically of course. sistant principal retiring at the end of the year David Visitors are just as likely to be impressed by the Gray, and the principal. student leaders conducting tours of the school, lisThe 1991 time capsule contained a bottle of tening to them articulate their experiences of school, Brown Brothers Tawny Port and while Mr Pirouet their confidence and maturity. said, “I like my port!” he hastened to add that the Indeed, Mr Pirouet said, “I am looking forward bottle would be returned – full – to the time capsule to the interactions the school’s student leaders have for a further 25 years. The contents of the 1991 time capsule will form Above left, History unearthed: from left, Tay- an interesting display this Saturday including the VHS la Billing, Tahli Stoll, Braiden Woodman, Ja- tape recording of scenes from the 1991 centennial. Invitees include the student group from 25 years nae Billing and Rylan Bagley gathered around the time capsule to view its contents which will ago, past school captains, councillors and staff membut Mr Pirouet said, “Everyone is invited to come be on display at celebrations this Saturday to bers along and enjoy the celebrations.”

FOR Korumburra Primary School principal Nathan Pirouet things are rarely black and white.

mark the 125th anniversary of the Korumburra Primary School. The time capsule will be refilled, sealed and capped with a plaque until it is re-opened for the school’s 150 year anniversary in 2041.

Colourful changes: Korumburra Primary School principal Nathan Pirouet was struck by how different the 1991 newsletter is to today’s equivalent.

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Author tackles real issues REAL life issues are brought to the fore in Foster author Brownyn Clifton’s self published book The Devil’s Pinch. Published through Kindle and Amazon, Bronwyn wrote The Devil’s Pinch following the death of her young brother, aged 39, from alcoholism. With headlines screaming about domestic violence and ice use in the area, she felt the themes of the book were relevant to young people, parents and those who had suffered from addiction. Bronwyn is a member of the Foster writer’s group. The group was fortunate enough to have worked with Mirboo North author David Arnault in the past. She moved to the country from Melbourne in 1992 and is an English and health teacher at South Gippsland Secondary College in Foster. She has two teenage boys and is passionate about wellbeing. The Devil’s Pinch was written for young adults and is riddled with themes that are part of growing up including drinking, drug using and risk taking. It follows the story of a young couple Jed and Beth, who face hardship in their relationship while Jed struggles to overcome addiction and the devastation that follows. It begs the question of whether Jed will get his act together or become a statistic, and whether the couple’s relationship can survive the ordeal. The story begins in Melbourne, but there are a number of references to places in the Corner Inlet District including Fish Creek and Wilson’s Promontory. Bronwyn has received a lot of positive feedback about the value of the

setting and would love the support of locals. You can support Bronwyn by buying and reading her book, and even writing a review for her on the Kindle or Amazon website. Hard copies of the book can be purchased through the Amazon website or in local businesses in Fish Creek, Toora or Foster for $10. It is also available in iBook format through Amazon and Kindle for $4. Below is an extract from The Devil’s Pinch: Deep, unbridled shame ran through him. ‘I’m so sorry’, his voice broke as he started to sob. ‘I don’t remember. When? How?’ I explained the circumstances of my broken nose and all Jed could do was hang his head in his hands. This was it, he had gone too far. He sat at the kitchen table, humiliated, tears rolling down his cheeks while I went to pick up Josh who had begun to wail also, but for a different reason. ‘What do you want to do?’ He asked trying to calm down a bit. Once I had sorted the baby out with some food, I slowly replied choosing words carefully. ‘You have a problem.’ Jed could only nod in agreement. (...) yeah, he was in a dilemma. There was no doubt when faced with the evidence. ‘And you have to do something about it.’ I was trying not to begin sobbing, too. Jed could only agree – he had no choice. But deep down he knew he was not ready to change his life-style. He said ‘yes’ anyway. ‘Okay, alright. I know I need to do something. But what?’ He said, even

though he was struggling to keep his voice even. ‘You need to stop drinking so much,’ I said. ‘I know you always have done and it’s a part of the way you are.’ I wiped a tear from my face. The emotions sprang forth but I had to keep talking while I had the chance. ‘I will support you but I will not put up with being your punching bag. Imagine if my parents could see what you have done to me?!’ I exclaimed. ‘And,’ I added, ‘I will not put Josh in a situation where he is endangered.’ This was the time to look him in the eyes and lay down the law. My confidence was growing as Jed’s receptiveness increased. ‘If anything like this ever, ever happens again,’ I paused for emphasis. ‘I will go. I will have no hesitation in packing my bags and you will give up your rights to your son. That is the way it has to be. Get it?’ My voice wavered but I stared at him, pausing to give him time to respond. Jed’s head was spinning. I could tell that I had shocked him to the core. Finally, I had humbled him. Jed had to agree, what else could he do? Apologising again he tearfully made me the promises I needed to hear. He would cut down his drinking, avoid the pub and he would be home on time to help out with the baby. Jed was ashamed and found it difficult to look at me. How would we get past this? But, I could tell, Jed thanked his lucky stars that I hadn’t thrown him out on the spot. Jed was emotionally exhausted and Relevant: Foster author Bronwyn Clifton wrote The Devil’s Pinch for a with this came contrition. And, for a while, he kept those young adult audience to help them understand some of the struggles they may face as they grow up. promises.

Mental Health week on now MENTAL Health Week is a national event, held every October, this year it runs from October 9th to the 15th. The aim of Mental Health Week is to promote social and emotional wellbeing to the community, encouraging people to maximise their health potential, enhancing the coping capacity of communities, families, individuals and increasing mental health recovery. It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. ‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute

for mental health conditions – such as depression ,anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others. According to the World Health Organisation, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” So rather than being about ‘what’s the problem?’ it’s really about ‘what’s going well?’ Mental Health Australia is encouraging all Australians to make a personal promise to improve their own mental health.

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Founding principal reflects on college growth HARD work, a solid commitment in faith, and dedication to bring Catholic secondary education to families of South Gippsland resulted in the opening of Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha 30 years ago. What seemed like a challenging and adventurous task has well paid off, and the school has flourished into a well respected education provider in the town. Founding principal Ed Carmody said he was proud of the facility and gave due credit to the pioneer teachers and families of the first intake of students in 1986 and the subsequent early years. “Here we had Catholic parents spending a great

deal of money on a new uniform and committing themselves to enrolling their child in a college that really didn’t exist. In fact, two weeks before the college opened in 1986, there were still no works done on the temporary college site at the back of St Laurence’s Primary School, and no classrooms,” he said. “Parents would come to see me with their enrolled child and ask ‘can we look through classrooms?’ and I would say ‘well they are not here yet, but they will be’. There were just an amazing group of people.” Prior to Mary MacKillop’s opening, many of the Catholic families of the region had to send their children over to Marist Sion at Warragul daily by bus, or send them away to a Catholic boarding schools for

their senior school years. For decades, the Catholic families of South Gippsland had been pushing for a Catholic college for their children. It was under the direction and guidance of Terry Synan – the director of the Catholic Education Office in Warragul – and a dedicated group of interim board members that the college finally came about. Around 50 acres of land was purchased by the Catholic Church some years before the school was established, and was provided for the development. The major pressures in the first year was having the required number of students and having the facilities to run the curriculum. There was tight budget in the first few years with no extra money, so equipment was sourced from other schools. Old desks and equipment were sought out from other Catholic colleges, and then there would be working bees to repair and clean up what was very second hand. Mr Carmody recalled walking into Mazenod College in Mulgrave on one occasion, and the principal said loudly ‘here comes Carmody, bolt every-

thing down’. Prior to and in its early years, the building of the college was not without opposition. However, as time went on, it grew to become an accepted and valuable educational asset to the families of Leongatha and the South Gippsland region. Mr Carmody said one thing the college focused on from day one was a quality uniform. “The college has a magnificent uniform, especially when worn to a high standard. I loved that uniform and demanded that high standard,” he said. “Some of the students thought I was mad because I would turn up at bus stops as far away as Cowes to ensure students were wearing the uniform properly. I still feel proud today when I see the uniform worn well.” The college is now fully equipped with the most modern and up to date educational facilities and equipment. “The school has certainly continued to grow in physical numbers and size. The facilities are top of the range – the best you can get – with modern air conditioned classrooms and a magnificent indoor stadium.”

Wonderfully established: founding Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College principal Ed Carmody is very proud of the way this school has grown in the past 30 years.

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Mary MacKillop’s milestone weekend MANY former students and staff are expected to join the current Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College community to celebrate the wonderful 30 year milestone of the college. The weekend of celebrations will be held on October 22 and 23. An anniversary dinner will be held at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on Saturday evening to officially celebrate the fantastic milestone. Overseen by master of ceremonies Margaret Dekker, guests will enjoy the recollections of former principals Ed Carmody and Michael Delaney, together with former students Kate Lindsay (deBondt) and Courtney Blair, be entertained by the musical talents of current students, and be introduced to the inaugural group of MacKillop Achievers, recipients of a new award that recognises the accomplishments of selected former students. Twelve students who have attended the college throughout its 30 years will receive the award at this year’s dinner, and the college hopes it will create a Celebration: from left, Philippa Littlejohn, Jacinta Johnston and Billy Wilson are excited to celebrate Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s 30 year milestone with their families. Philippa and Billy both have parents who attended the school and Jacinta is the daughter of founding principal new tradition. “We want to honour our former students’ suc- Ed Carmody, while Philippa is his granddaughter. cesses and have them back at the school for significant occasions,” current principal David Leslie said. “These are students who have had achievements and contributed to society in a range of ways. They are not necessarily people who have achieved celebrity or excelled in a particular field, they are people who have achieved different kinds of successes. They are role models for our students and will give them something to aspire to.” Tickets are on sale for the gala dinner and are selling fast. Tickets must be purchased by the end of this week by contacting the college. The whole community is welcome to Sunday’s events. Sunday’s festivities start with a celebration of the Eucharist in the college multipurpose hall at 11am, followed by the official naming of various buildings at the college and a tree planting to commemorate the occasion. The community is then invited to share in a family barbecue provided by the parents and friends association. Coinciding with Sunday’s events is the annual College Expo, an exhibition from the wonderful and diverse learning areas of the college. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the college, view static displays, participate in workshop activities and attend various performances by students. The college warmly extends an invitation to all current and former students, staff, families, and anyone who has had an interest in the wonderful college. “We are hoping to see a lot of former students and staff return to have a look at the college. I think they will be pleasantly surprised by what they find,” Mr Leslie said. For more details, visit or contact the school on 5662 4255.

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Celebrating 30 great years MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College has proudly provided Catholic secondary education to the parishes of South Gippsland since its opening at the start of the 1986 school year. As far back at the 1950s, the Catholic communities of South Gippsland dreamed of having a Catholic secondary college within close proximity of their towns. At that time, students seeking Catholic secondary education

were forced to attend boarding schools in Melbourne and beyond, or to undertake long and tiring bus travel to schools in Latrobe Valley. Monsignor J Cunningham of the Leongatha Parish had the foresight to purchase some 50 acres of land on the town boundary as the site of the future college. However, it was not until the late 1970s that the vision became a real possibility with the setting up of a working party to oversee the establishment of a Catholic secondary college serving the

Dedicated: founding Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College principal Ed Carmody levelling out the College’s oval in 1989.

five parishes of Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster, Wonthaggi and San Remo. On the first day of school in 1986, the new college opened its doors in two portable classrooms behind St Laurence’s Primary School with 66 Year 7 students, three full time teachers, and a new and most enthusiastic principal Ed Carmody. The following year saw the college expand and re-establish on its present, permanent site with an old farmhouse as its administration and staff centre and a collection of portables as classrooms, library and central meeting place. In that year, the college was fortunate to establish a link with the Sisters of St Joseph, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s order, by securing the services of Sister Briege Buckley. Sister Briege subsequently stayed for the next nine years until her return to Ireland at the beginning of 1997. Michael Delaney started as principal in 1999 through to 2015 with the appointment of current principal David Leslie. In 1989, with the help of government funding, the first permanent buildings were erected and subsequent additions were made in 1991, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2010 and most recently in 2014/15 with the building of a trade training centre and a new administration complex. The official opening of the

1986: the original farmhouse used as an administration building for Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College when the School was first launched in Leongatha. College chapel was in 1996, funded entirely by the local Parish communities and the parents and friends of the college. A significant contribution to the multipurpose hall, built in 2005, was also made by the local Parish communities and the parents and friends of the college. In 2010, the college celebrated a special year of its life with the canonisation of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Eleven members of the college community made a pilgrimage to Rome to represent the col-

lege at this ceremony. The Josephite connection to the Sisters of St Joseph continues with the college involvement in the Association of Josephite Affiliated Secondary Colleges. In 2016, the college has truly come of age, celebrating 30 years as a vibrant learning community. Prising itself on the values espoused through the chasm of Josephites, the sense of hospitality and welcome permeates through the school community. “It is really quite exciting to be part of this celebration,” cur-

rent principal David Leslie said. “It is a privilege to build on the work of people before us. The college has a positive future. It is well established and well and truly part of the community.” The college, now with 560 students, offers a breath of learning experiences for its students across all learning areas, providing the best possible outcomes for each student, ensuring they are well equipped for their chosen post school pathway be it tertiary study, vocational training or employment.

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Opportunities: these model houses were built by students in Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s brand new state of the art trade training centre. Right, Year 12: from left, Alliza Miel, Matilda McNeil, James Scott, Luke Ollington and Anthony Argento will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha before graduating in just a few weeks.

Legacy: Sibby Wilson (nee Van Dillen) attended Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional Col- Yum: from left, Year 7 students Joey McNeil, Chloe Wilson, Brylie Dyer, Zara Littlejohn lege when it was first established in 1986. Her son Billy now attends the college. and Phoebe Davison cooked up a storm at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College.

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Opportunities aplenty at Interchange Gippsland

Green thumb: Interchange Gippsland’s Young Adult Service encouraged Barry Sampson to give a helping hand out in the garden.

INDEPENDENT living and reaching meaningful goals is made easy with the support of Interchange Gippsland’s Young Adult Service.

“We discuss their goals, ask them what they want to do and help work towards success,” manager of respite support Rebecca Massaro said. “The goals may include increasing community involvement or learning about budgeting so they can Interchange Gippsland has been operating out of live independently. They can also learn to cook, learn Wonthaggi for three years, and interest has continued how to pay bills and look for affordable housing.” to grow. Opportunities to volunteer in places such as Coal With no set timetables or scheduled to follow, Creek and Churchill Island have created excellent young adults in Bass Coast living with disabilities experiences, and activities can be arranged for those can access the service to fulfil their goals and help with higher needs as well. them become more involved with their community. “We went to Ripples ‘N’ Tonic on Phillip Island, There are now 15 participants using the service where participants got to explore the farm and play with a mix of high and low support needs. Inter- with the animals,” Rebecca said. change Gippsland caters to all and everyone who “We also run an L2P program, and we have volparticipates gets something out of the experience. unteers who can give driving lessons to help people get there 120 hours and go for their licence.” Interchange Gippsland has maintained close relations within the Bass Coast community, including with the Wonthaggi Men’s Shed, where participants have been able to try their hand at things like furniture restoration. “There are lots of opportunities for people around sport and recreation, or we can organise shopping and fishing trips,” Rebecca said. “We regularly take participants to the YMCA, which opens doors to swimming, water aerobics, the health club and pump classes. Everything is done mainstream so participants get a chance to interact and have fun with everyone. “The whole program is about making a choice and having a say in what we do day by day. There’s always flexibility for change and we are seeing real benefits.” To be eligible for the service, participants need to be over 18 years old. Activity times generally run between 9am and 3pm, and registration is required.

Hard at it: from left, Barry, Adam and Andy helped out at the Wonthaggi Men’s Shed as part of Interchange Gippsland’s Young Adult Service program.

Experience the Workmen’s Club THE Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club continues to offer members and guests an unrivalled experience with exciting entertainment. Don’t miss The Gold Chisel Tribute Band perform on Saturday, November 26. Doors open at 8.30 pm for the 9 pm show. Book now at reception, members $18 and guest $20. Bring the family and experience our bistro, featuring modern decor with a historic feel. The bistro represents our town’s mining history plus an Al fresco deck and two children’s rooms. The extensive menu is sure to suit everyone. In addition to great food, we have the perfect bottle of wine, carefully selected to compliment your meal or tastes. Making it an affordable outing for the whole family.

Enjoy a truly rewarding experience with full club membership. Our loyalty program is the ultimate way to do what you love - and be rewarded for it. Plus, as a Club member, you will receive member-only benefits so you can experience more that the club has to offer. It’s time to be rewarded. You’ll be amazed at how the Workmen’s Club creates such a special and unique experience for your next event. Whether you are organising of an intimate gathering or prefer a grand celebration, the Club will add a five-star sparkle to your next corporate event, conferencing or wedding. For more information please call 03 5672 1083 or visit our website The Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club Lots of fun: Gabby Sibly enjoyed a day out at the Toora pool through -supporting the local community! Interchange Gippsland’s Young Adult Service program.

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Nappy donations wanted BASS MLA Brian Paynter will open his Wonthaggi office doors to be one of the 380 workplaces Australia wide where people can donate their leftover nappies for the Nappy Collective. The Nappy Collective is a volunteer run, community based organisation established in 2013 with the purpose of redistributing unused and leftover nappies to organisations that support families in crisis or need. Mr Paynter will be taking donations from Friday, October 14, to October 28. “I am thrilled that my office is a drop off point for the Nappy Collective. It’s a great opportunity for the

community to clean out their cupboards and donate unused nappies to help those less fortunate,” Mr Paynter said. “I was amazed to learn that over 1.4 million nappies – approximately $630,000 worth – were donated in the last collective, which proves that every little bit helps.” In three years, the Nappy Collective has grown to be nationwide, collecting nappies in 39 cities and towns across Australia, and sorting and redistributing them to benefit over 150 organisations. “Babies grow out of nappies very quickly and parents, grandparents and carers are often left with smaller sizes in the cupboard,” Mr Paynter said. “Your spring cleaning efforts will benefit organisations that support vic-

Donations welcome: from left, Ann Selby, Olivia Giles and Bass MLA Brian Paynter invite anyone with unused, disposable nappies they no longer need to donate them at Brian Paynter’s Wonthaggi office during the next two weeks. The nappies will be donated to the Nappy Collective, which helps support victims of domestic violence and mothers in need.

tims of domestic violence, homeless mothers and mothers in need. Demand continues to increase with shelters and welfare agencies struggling to purchase for their clients on limited funds.” There is no need for full boxes or bags of nappies – individual nappies will be accepted. Director of the Nappy Collective Lisa Simon encouraged involvement in the initiative. “People who have donated tell us amazing stories of finding leftover

nappies stuffed deep in closets, in the boot of their cars, and at the grandparents’ house,” she said. “This is why we are encouraging everyone to start their spring cleaning now, and to donate any spare nappies they find to our Collective rather than adding to landfill.” Mr Paynter’s officer is open from 10am and 4pm and is located at 9 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi. A donation box will be provided in the foyer.

New in stock: a new range of Art Spectrum colourfix paper has arrived at the Wonthaggi Newsagency. Still stocking the original fine tooth colourfix paper from Art Spectrum, the newsagency has introduced the smooth texture range to the store. There are plenty of 10 pack options in cool and warm colours available in both textures, or there is a multipack with 20 sheets of different colours and both textures included. The range goes well when coupled with Schmincke or Art Spectrum pastels and would make a fabulous Christmas gift. Pictured is Fiona Fleming, showcasing just one of the options available with the pastels behind her.

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The MotoGP is on the way THE 2016 motorcycle racing season is nearing the business end and interest in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island is strong.

Mirboo North, Leongatha, Inverloch, Wonthaggi and Korumburra and any others towns along the way to the track will benefit from the influx of motorbikes starting from Tuesday, October 18 right through to the return on Monday, October 24.

With plenty of interest again this year expect a lot of crowds stopping off at cafes and eateries along the way and be sure to display your welcome flags too! The continued emergence of Australian rider Jack Miller in the MotoGP category and a great

Tourism hub: Cowes comes to life during the MotoGP.

series of racing have resulted in a significant increase in the presale of tickets and the organisers are hoping for a three day crowd of around 100,000. This event is one of the biggest in regional Victoria and the economic benefit it brings to Bass Coast Shire is in excess of $30 million. It is the cornerstone of the Bass Coast Shire events program and is a major driver of off season visitation and employment, with local accommodation providers reporting that interest is extremely strong. Phillip Island and Bass Coast will become busy during this period and to cope with this a significant traffic management plan is being developed to minimise the disruption to the community. Cowes will come to life during the event with free entertainment activities during the whole extended weekend. The bottom part of Thompson

Avenue will become a licensed festival zone on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Live music performances, rider interviews and a super screen in this area will be supplemented by the ‘Classic on Cowes’ vintage motorcycle display in the Esplanade. All activities are family friendly and the community is encouraged to come out and be a part of the fun. Bass Coast residents will again be offered free general admission when they present proof of residency at the gate one ticket box on either Thursday, October 20, or Friday, October 21. Local charity You Are My Sunshine will again be the official event charity. It has been the official event charity since 2012 and in that time the event has contributed more than $350,000 to the cause. Early interest in this year’s Barry Sheene Tribute Ride is

strong and around 500 riders are expected to make the annual pilgrimage from Bairnsdale to the track on Thursday, October 20. The timing of the ride will be earlier than previous years and is expected to arrive in San Remo at around 1.30pm. The Cranbourne GP Run on Saturday, October 22, again expected 5000 motorcyclists to participate with up to 2000 of those making their way to Cowes. Bass Coast Shire Council and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation have produced a community information brochure which will be delivered to all households on Phillip Island and San Remo. The brochure, which includes all you need to know about the event, will also be distributed to key outlets right across the shire. It can also be found on council’s website via the events calendar at events.

Wonthaggi North showcase talent WONTHAGGI North Primary School recently held a week long Performing Arts Festival. The festival was opened by Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale, followed by performing artist Bernard Mangakahia, who entertained the whole school with his storytelling and dancing. Each day was jam packed with a variety of exciting perfor-

mances and workshops, including drumming, Zumba, line dancing, puppetry, guitar, yoga, singing, tai chi, drama, fire dancing and ballet. Visiting performer Arch Ilias, a professional dancer and choreographer and one of the founding members of Wickid Force and director of Unitd Styles Hip Hop Movement Studio held workshops teaching students hip hop moves. Toshi and Noriko demonstrat-

Guitar lessons: from left, Wonthaggi North primary Prep students Taivan, Lachlan, Marley and Jonte enjoyed a sing along with guitarist and parent helper Karen Cross (centre).

ed drumming and showcased an array of Japanese musical instruments, providing the students with hands on involvement. Former local Elly Poletti, a Melbourne based Jazz singer who started her education in the small schools at Buffalo and Meeniyan and was encouraged to follow her dreams in music, talked to students about believing in yourself and following your passion. Wonthaggi Secondary College supported the festival with its students showcasing drama, dance and drumming. This enabled the students to see some of the wonderful programs that are offered at the college. The Newhaven College boys’ choir directed by Kirk Skinner performed for the Grade 3 to 6 students. Jenny Ellis delivered an entertaining detective story using her puppeteering skills. Students auditioned for the school’s talent show WNPS Rising Stars, which was held on Thursday afternoon. The finale on Friday was a concert compered by local talent and Wonthaggi Rock School founders Maureen Alford and Lee Owens and showcased some of their performing students (current and previous students from the primary school). The week provided all students with a feast experiences and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

Environment ignored WHILE hundreds gathered to protest the closure of the Inverloch transfer station at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve last week, others were left wondering why the natural environment did not attract a murmur. Leader of the South Gippsland Conservation Society Inverloch branch Ed Thexton raised concerns about the current location of the transfer station and asked why saving the environment was not essential to protestors. “The closing of the tip protest is loud and vocal. Why no protest, why no threats to tear down the council that allowed and deliberately facilitated the loss of what once was the spirit and nature of the place,” he said. People have been visiting Inverloch for years due to its stunning natural environment and are fond of its quiet, small town, coastal lifestyle, and Mr Thexton was astounded that suburban developments in the area were being quietly accepted while the closure of the transfer station received an uproar. Mr Thexton said this was just the start of a suburbanised Inverloch.

He also said he felt empathy for elderly residents, who do have access to cars and trailers to rid their gardens of green waste. He claimed the closure of the tip was a God send to these residents, who fully supported Bass Coast Shire Council’s green waste bin initiative. Mr Thexton said facts that would challenge the appropriateness of a tip on a Screw Creek had been ignored. Anderson Inlet is now internationally recognised for its water sport and environmental values, and the conservation society is concerned for its future if the transfer station is allowed to remain under the incoming council. “Perhaps it is disconcerting that something they (the protestors) think is ‘noble and good’ is nevertheless now disadvantageous,” Mr Thexton said. “Perhaps the reason is, that in accepting the tip is a community facility that may have passed its use by date, a wedge may be driven between them and their peers, hence driving a strong emotional predisposition to reject it. This kind of defensive reasoning helps explain the rise of emotional intensity that has surrounded the project of the tip’s impending closure.”

Musical group: students and teachers demonstrate a range of Japanese instruments under the guidance of Toshi during the Wonthaggi North Primary School Performing Arts Festival.

Funding boost for Mirboo North Co-op energy plan THE Andrews Labor Government has confirmed the first group of successful recipients of its $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund grants. Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing, recently announced that the Mirboo North Community Shed Co-op will receive $50,000 to fund a Community Energy Business Plan. This study will develop the business case for exploring the technical feasibility, financial viability and social desirability of a community energy project for Mirboo North and surrounding areas. The project will investigate renewable technologies including wind, small scale solar, hydroelectricity and battery storage. The aim of this study is to determine the most appropriate source, scale and mix, to ensure the best fit between energy supply and local community needs. “We’re proud to be rebuilding much needed confidence in the renewable energy industry following the neglect of Liberal governments at both

state and federal levels over recent years.” Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said. This is one of 24 grants which will be announced in the coming months, with Mirboo North Community Shed Co-op obtaining funding under the Community Business Case category. The Labor Government received a strong response to the $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund with applicants providing innovative ideas for projects that support a clean energy future and help position Victoria as a leader in new energy technologies. The fund is a key component of our $200 million Future Industries Fund to support high growth, high value industries, such as the new energy technologies sector that are critical to securing Victoria’s future as a competitive, innovative and outward looking economy. Member for Eastern Victorian Region, Harriet Shing said “I look forward to working with the Mirboo North Community Shed Co-op as it finds local opportunities for clean energy jobs and economic growth.”

Milpara Community House news WE hope that everyone has had a lovely spring break. We’re feeling refreshed and ready for an amazing Term 4. Last week we welcomed back a number of friendly faces. People were enjoying jewellery beading, evening mah-jong, Tai Chi, creative writing, Yoga and social singing. Milpara offers a variety of popular computer classes with students enjoying small class sizes. This term we are introducing Make a Website Using WordPress. Running over eight sessions it will commence Tuesday evening, October 18. We’re also trialling a different format for our class in MS Excel and or Word making it a more self-paced. It will be an evening class commencing Thursday, October 20. Computers for Beginners will start Tuesday, Oc-

tober 13. Computers Beyond Basics is to start the following Wednesday, October 19. We’re excited to again offer Violin for Absolute Beginners; this class is followed by our new Fiddle/ Mixed Instrument Session. Both commence on Thursday, October 13. Why not make the most of the bountiful spring flowers and learn to art of flower arranging. We have three workshops scheduled this term and the first is Saturday, October 15. With Christmas on its way, now is a great time for planning. So we have two information sessions planned. Online Shopping and Layby, run by Consumer Affairs Victoria on Tuesday, October 18. Christmas Budget Blowout, providing practical tips and strategies on Wednesday October 19. Rug Making workshop is on Saturday, October 22. For more information please call 56552524.

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ITH a desire to pass on their passion for permaculture the owners of Tallanbana, a delightful four bedroom cottage set on 3.8 acres, have decided to sell. This home has been tastefully renovated and retains many of its original features. The ‘country style’ kitchen features a Stanley combustion stove and red box timber bench tops. A lovely warm atmosphere has been created in the formal lounge, with feature gas heater is full of natural light with views of the permaculture garden. The bedrooms are all good sizes. The bathroom is newly renovated and another sitting room/office area is also available. To the rear of the home a courtyard leads to a two room bungalow which could be easily con-

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verted into additional accommodation for a bed and breakfast or AirBNB. Ample shedding is available including two car lockable garage, 12m shed with concrete floor and power, machinery shed plus a garden and wood shed. This property has had a complete renovation with a new roof, restumping, rewiring, insulation throughout, instant gas hot water and new ‘council approved’ Enviro Sand Filter septic system. The home is nestled in amongst beautiful permaculture gardens, with long established nut, fruit and citrus trees, garden beds, vegetable and herb patches, a permanent flowing creek and areas for enjoying nature and the abundant bird life. This is a rare and very appealing lifestyle property located only eight kilometres from the beautiful Walkerville Beach and 18 kilometres from the quaint village of Fish Creek.

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Locally built with magnificent views B

OASTING views across the rolling hills of Korumburra, this well presented home is worth a look. Locally built in 2011, the home offers four bedrooms; the large master with ensuite and walk in robe and the family bedrooms all have built in robes. There’s a family bathroom and separate toilet central. The hub of the home is open plan, with the kitchen offering all electric appliances, island bench with breakfast bar, and ample work areas and storage. Other features of the home are a formal lounge and sitting room, zoned ducted gas heating, hard wearing vinyl flooring to heavy traffic areas, carpets to bedrooms, reverse cycle air conditioning, a super sized laundry with loads of storage and double garage. The home has been kept chemical free and Enjo cleaned from new. Outside the block is 1200m2 approx. with a good size shed/workshop 6mW x 9mL x 3.4Ha that will accommodate a boat or van, there is also chook and garden sheds. The yard was designed with travel in mind and is extremely low maintenance so going on an extended holiday will be easy. Located at the end of a quite terrace with a children’s playground adjacent, this home will have appeal. For more information or to arrange an inspection please call Peter Bellingham at SEJ Leongatha.

KORUMBURRA Contact agent for location SEJ Real Estate Leongatha 5662 4033


$465,000 2





Location: Prime Bass Coast district, 1037 Loch-Kernot Road. Kernot. Approx 30 minutes Phillip Island and 90 minutes from Melbourne CBD. O O O O O

A stylish 5 B.R. residence of absolute quality in an immaculate garden area including asphalt driveway, sweeping lawns and in-ground swimming pool. Picturesque improved pasture country with extensive frontage to permanent creek. Excellent fencing into 14 main paddocks with laneway system Outstanding and permanent water supply. High quality outbuildings include; entertainment shed (ex woolshed), timber and steel cattle yards, all steel lock up machinery multi-purpose shed.

Expressions of Interest Friday 28th October at 2.00pm Melbourne (03) 9866 5588 0418 317 440 0408 576 582

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Left, ASTORIA Burgess-Mathew was born on September 27 at the Leongatha Hospital to Timothy Burgess-Mathew and Breanna-Jayde Underhill of Cape Paterson. Astoria is a baby sister for Arya Jayde aged two years. Right, WILLOW Winter Richards was born on August 21 at the Leongatha Hospital. Willow is the third child for Belinda and Warren of Boolarra and a baby sister for Dusty, 3 years and 11 months and Poppy, 2 ½ years. Below, ALIANA Grace Evans was born on September 18 at the Leongatha Hospital. Aliana is the first child for Joel and Mikaela of Wonthaggi.

Leongatha Red Cross THE Leongatha Red Cross Unit meets on the last Thursday of every month at Leongatha RSL at 10.30am and anyone interested in joining our group would be made most welcome. At our recent meeting, members were told that $1004 had been raised from our Father’s Day raffle, the prizes having been donated by Evans Petroleum and Leongatha RSL to whom we are very grateful. Due to the severe weather in many parts of Australia this year, Red Cross has been called on to help in several emergencies. Members have been involved in registra-

tion of those who have been evacuated from their homes due to floods and relief supplies have been made available to those in need. The funds raised by our Unit are therefore most important for the ongoing work of Red Cross to continue. Our next Project is a Raffle for a wheelbarrow, kindly donated by Peter Kerr, filled with gardening supplies. This will be drawn at the Rose Show in November when we will be supplying lunches and afternoon teas as well as a cake stall. Raffle tickets are available at supermarkets and at Leongatha Newsagency and we look forward and appreciate the support of our local community.

MILLIE Lacey Elford was born on September 29 at the Leongatha Hospital to Danny and Brooke Elford of Outtrim. Millie is a baby sister to Mahalia, 3, and Taylah, 2.

Cleaner Bass Coast EIGHT Bass Coast businesses supported Gippsland Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Group’s draft implementation plan recently. The plan was put together after extensive community consultation across

Better options: from left, Bass Coast Shire Council’s acting waste services coordinator Michael Spiller and Gippsland Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Group’s engagement and education leader Ian Needham discussed the draft implementation plan in Wonthaggi recently.

the region to help manage waste more efficiently into the future and reduce reliance on landfill. As one of the fastest growing shires, waste has become a topical issue in Bass Coast. In its final term, the current Bass Coast Shire Council widely discussed the introduction of a green lid FOGO (food organics garden organics) bin, which the Gippsland Regional Waste and Resource Recovery Group have supported. “We understand FOGO is an important part of waste management and we are on board with the direction it’s going,” group engagement and education leader Ian Needham said. The implementation plan proposed ways to improve Gippsland’s waste

management over the next decade. The objective of the plan is to effectively manage the expected mix and volumes of waste as shires grow, reflect the principles of environmental justice to ensure the impacts on the community, environment and public health are not disproportionately felt across communities, support viable resource recovery industry, and reduce the amount of valuable materials going to landfill. Gippsland’s priorities are drive greater accountability and transition to improved resource recovery by developing infrastructure to maximise materials, rather than letting them go to landfill. The draft plan can be viewed at

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Time to buy a Nissan at Edneys EDNEY’S Leongatha in conjunction with Nissan Financial Services are offering a great 1% finance rate on a huge range of new Nissan models.

Many Nissan models are included such as the Micra, Pulsar, Juke, X-Trail, Qashqai, Pathfinder and Navara so if you are looking to finance your next new car well now is the time. The sales team at Edney’s is happy to

discuss different finance options with you and show you its great range of Nissan vehicles. The 1% Finance offer is only on for a short period so be quick to get the right deal and best available finance option.

Top deals: Darryl McGannon and Ian Marshman are offering some great deals on a huge range of Nissan vehicles now.

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Romance of the rose NOW is the season to find the romance of the rose and where better than at the forthcoming Welshpool Flower Show. To be held at the Welshpool Hall on Friday, October, 28 and Saturday, October 29. Roses of all hues will be vying for the winning trophy, particularly the gorgeous red blooms. If you have roses growing in your garden, you too can join in the fun. There will be classes for Hybrid T’s, floribundas, minis and many of the popular modern varieties.

The schedule also has sections for general cut flowers, floral art, pot plants, veggies, home produce and photography. Many of the sections have places for the novices among us and there is also plenty of assistance available from the helpful stewards. The photography sections include classes for photos taken in your garden and outside, but will feature the colour red and of course, a favourite rose. Enquiries and schedule requests should be addressed to show secretary Fran Grylls on 5184 1376.

Left, Fabulous flowers: from left, Lesley McKay from Foster North and Ann Smith from Welshpool enjoyed the Welshpool Autumn Flower Show back in March, including these lovely roses.

Asphalting works will complete new Leongatha intersection ASPHALTING works to be carried out next weekend at the intersection of South Gippsland Highway/ Koonwarra Road and Ogilvy Street will help put the finishing touches on the new intersection. As part of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route, the new intersection, which now features Leongatha’s first set of traffic lights, will be completed once asphalting and linemarking works are carried out. VicRoads Eastern Region operations manager Henry Lam said part of the works would be carried out the weekend of Saturday, 15 and Sunday, 16 October which will have less impact on traffic travelling through the intersection. “The intersection will remain accessible while we carry out the asphalting works, but there will be some impact to traffic – we are trying to minimise that by carrying out the works over a weekend when we know we have less traffic,” Mr Lam said.

“There will be less trucks, but more importantly, there will be no school which means no impact to students’ getting to and from school. It’s a safer alternative for students both walking and catching a bus. “We anticipate some delays for traffic using the intersection, but will keep these to a minimum. We ask motorists to plan their trips to allow for delays, be aware of changed traffic conditions and to drive to suit the conditions.” Following this weekend’s work of asphalting, VicRoads’ contractor will carry out further asphalting works at the Strzelecki Highway end of the route, to be followed by linemarking. Mr Lam anticipated less impact to traffic while these works are carried out. “As this location is wider, our contractor will have more room and will be able to complete the works during the week. “At the end of this program of asphalting and linemarking, motorists will enjoy a new smooth riding surface with new pavement and linemarking.”

Agnes falls viewing platform on hold THE proposed cantilevered viewing platform for the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve is yet to be funded and will now be up to the new council to support. The South Gippsland Shire Council caretaker period means the current council cannot commit to an application for funding, despite the tourism demand driver infrastructure program grant submis-

sion period closing on November 10. “We are aware that the tourism demand driver infrastructure fund has just opened,” council’s grants/emergency management coordinator Penni Ellicott said. “However, as council is in caretaker mode we are not in a position to apply without knowing the intentions of the new council. “Once the new council is elected the councillors

will be briefed and if they are supportive an application will be lodged.” Friends of Agnes Falls secretary Kathy Whelan said the project is currently in limbo. “The guidelines have changed again and we believe it is now a dollar for dollar grant, which of course the soon to be elected new council would have to approve down the track,” she said. Ms Whelan said when and if a grant submission

is made for the project, the Friends of Agnes Falls hopes to have some input and will certainly be writing a letter of support. “As well as the cantilevered viewing platform itself, the future application may include funding for upgraded pathways and signage, and possibly, an enlargement of the car park,” she said. “Our friends group certainly hopes it will come to fruition.”

Concrete’s the go WHETHER your project is commercial or domestic, Shield Master in Leongatha is the one stop shop for all matters concrete. The long established family owned business recently marked the expansion of its concrete division by welcoming on board Nathan Millett, a locally born and bred concreter with 20 years experience. Some people can think concrete is beyond repair when it probably isn’t. Shield Master can do onsite inspections to discuss the treatments available. Cracking can usually be easily repaired or otherwise old surfaces can be re-levelled or overlayed. The latest top of the line equipment can be used to grind and expose unsuspected character, or why not apply a new look pebble coating for that designer look. From garden paths and driveways to factory sheds, it is worth entrusting the job to the experts

who know the incredibly diverse applications of concrete. If you had not considered customised concrete polished benchtops for your kitchen or bar, then perhaps it’s time you did.

Polish it up: Shield Master has 30 years’ experience in protective coating, including polished concrete and decorative coating.

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Give some thought into home planning THE thought of building a new home can be a daunting and overwhelming concept, even knowing where to start can be hard. Chat to your friends and they’ll tell you a story about someone who has recently built and who is eager to relay their experiences. Listening to stories from friends can be great, but try not to get too caught up in someone else’s experience as every build is different and will present its own set of challenges and hurdles. It’s not always smooth sailing, but its how you move through this exciting journey and how happy you are with the end result that is most important.

When considering your budget this will dictate where you need to begin your research. Do you look for an architect, a boutique building and design company or a volume builder? Just remember even if you’ve got a smaller budget you can still get a custom design and a superior level of service from a boutique builder. You will get an instant gut feel when you meet the right builder. The client / builder relationship is unique one; you’ll be spending every day with your builder and their team for six months to a year. Having a great relationship will be key when dealing with any aftercare on your home. You want to know that they’ll be there to rectify any maintenance issues that may pop up and that they value the quality of the end product.

Design imput: having a say during the planning stages will help guarantee you get the home of your dreams.

Know what you’re getting upfront. Be careful not to just go with the cheapest quote. Make sure the inclusions are clear and you’re certain of what you’ll be getting and that there are no hidden costs or exclusions like appliances, floor coverings, lower ceiling heights and porcelain tiles. When looking at design choosing someone who takes the time to get to know your family and understand how you live day to day is key. You want to ensure the design is going to work for your lifestyle and your specific site. Finally this is the time you have been waiting for, the construction of your home can begin. It’s a mind-blowing experience, as you watch your once empty block of land, transform to your

dream home. Throughout this transformation, you will be given regular building updates, to ensure your site is managed properly and to the highest standard. Last but not least time to pop the champagne, construction is complete! The time has come for you to move in. Just before you receive the keys, you will perform a final inspection. This is your opportunity to confirm compliance with your chosen house design and wishes. Building a new home is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences, so do your research, collect as much inspiration as possible, choose someone who your gel with and you’ll be in your dream home in no time.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Scary costumes: from left, Isabella, Alyssa and Alma Morrison and Ella Anthony, all of Korumburra, wore some fantastic costumes at Coal Creek’s Halloween last year.

Native plants steal the show THE Australian Plants Society South Gippsland Group’s annual native flower show is on again at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.

Halloween spectacular returns to Coal Creek GET ready for an exciting – and spooky – night at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra. Coal Creek’s Halloween extravaganza is on again, promising a night of fun and thrills. Trick or treating and the ghost train are as popular as ever and tickets are selling fast. Be sure to call Coal Creek and order your tickets so you don’t miss out. Starting at 5.30pm on Saturday, October 29, there will be plenty of activities including the reptile room, apple bobbing and the monster bash disco. Fire twirling, a bonfire, spooky decorations, Disney villains and two performances from Star Queen will set the atmosphere for the night.

Each year, the competition is hot to find the perfect scary costume. Prizes will be awarded to best dressed male and female in an open section and a best dressed in under five years and under 15 years categories. The best overall winner will receive a $100 prize. A $100 prize will also be awarded to the best dressed family. Food and drink will be available around the park on the night. The entry fee is just $1 per person, so come along to Coal Creek for another Halloween spectacular. Call Coal Creek on 5655 1811 to book your tickets today.

African drumming comes to Leongatha LEONGATHA Community House is delighted to host a workshop featuring performers from the acclaimed Melbournebased ensemble, African Drumming. The ensemble completes its 2016 Gippsland tour in Leongatha this Friday, October 14 with this interactive workshop for children aged eight to 13 years. Traditional African percussion instruments, including Djembe drums, combine with bass drums and shakers to create a truly exciting and uplifting sound rhythm. Janie, events coordinator with African Drumming, said “We work on creating a traditional African percussion ensemble. Starting with some

Held in the South Gippsland Historic Automobile Club’s rooms, the event will run on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 from 10am to 4pm. Flower show coordinator Coral Hughes said as usual, the show will feature a wonderful display of native flowers, all named, as well as a plant sale and a book sale. “The local wholesale nurseries bring in plants for sale and there is always a great range at reasonable prices. It is a good chance for people to buy quality plants, grown locally,” she said. “We will also have a floral display and a display on the Black Spur Wetlands project.” Mrs Hughes said the display at the flower show changes each year and was largely dependent on the weather and what is flowering at the time of the show. Any money the group makes from its annual show is often donated back into the community, to help develop native gardens. Last year, the group donated money for a garden at the newly built Leongatha Hospital and the year before that, for a garden in front of the Inverloch Primary School. The group has also taken on the responsibility of maintaining the Ellen Lyndon Reserve in Leongatha, which was first established by Ms Lyndon in the 1960s. “Ellen was probably the leading naturalist in this area and was pivotal in the establishment of the Morwell National Park and the Mount Worth State Park,” Mrs Hughes said. The group gets together monthly, with meetings often including an excursion or a guest speaker. Mrs Hughes said once upon a time, Australian native plants were out on the edge and not that common in gardens. She said now, they are becoming much more popular and people are thinking outside the box when it comes to planting out a garden.

Drumming fun: this interactive workshop is for children aged eight to 13 years. cultural and musical history, we then get to know the instruments and how to play them with correct technique. We have a brief warm up before getting into the polyrhythmic grooves that define West African Music.”

The workshop is scheduled for 4pm on Friday, October 14 at Leongatha Community House at 16 Bruce Street Leongatha. Cost is $25 per person, and bookings can be made by phoning 5662 3962.

Newest exhibition at Meeniyan MEENIYAN Art Gallery is currently showing two exhibitions side by side and will run until October 27. In the main gallery is the exhibition Find. Save. Keep. In this exhibition Jenny Peterson investigates the art of collecting, and utilises found objects as printing plates. Peterson aims to reveal and re-present something of the history of the objects, and they become a new collection of off-site markers. She collects broken road signs and other found objects during road trips in the local region. Scratched and dented metal surfaces are fixed as traces of memory into soft paper. She mimics sig-

nage techniques by gathering and printing words about collecting, the souvenir and the journey. Showing in the access gallery is Inspired by South Gippsland. Joanna Schmidt studied and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree which she never had the opportunity to develop due to family commitments. In this first ever exhibition, Joanna is joined by her daughter Mari Zirngast-Cause and granddaughter, Tahnee Cause. Each of them explores the influence of their move to South Gippsland and the environment that inspires them to express themselves creatively.

Colourful show: Australian Plants Society South Gippsland Group’s annual native flower show coordinator Coral Hughes is looking forward to showing people the range of native plants available at this weekend’s event.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

A colourful look at our national day AUSTRALIA Day, opening this Friday for FAMDA, is a celebration of our national identity but it does come with a dash of controversy. What exactly are we celebrating? European settlement or the multi-cultural nation we have become? Do we look to our history, our politics or to our geography? How can we better include our country’s first inhabitants? Is it time to throw off the British shackles and become a republic? For some Australia Day is just a welcome holiday to be enjoyed, preferably with a barbecue and a beer. Noted satirist, writer and comedian, Jonathan Biggins, has drawn on his own experiences as an Australia Day Ambassador to piece these ideas together into a play full of fearless wit, topical references and sharply observed Aussie humour. The wickedly funny result is Australia Day which Foster theatre company, FAMDA, is about to stage under the direction of Andrew Oldroyd. The play is full of lively debate and fierce squabbles as the local Australia Day Shire Committee in a fictitious country town struggles to decide on how to celebrate Australia Day in a multi-cultural way.

The colourful committee features actors drawn from far and wide. The politically ambitious mayor is played by Chris Pappas who comes from Foster as do Genevieve Moore, who plays a CWA lady, and Lloyd Morcom, the true blue Aussie tradie. The most conservative committee member is played by Luke Dearlove from Fish Creek. The two newest members of the rather dysfunctional committee are played by Leongatha based Jo Street and Yarram lawyer, Trevor Young. Australia Day will be staged at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre opening with a gala performance at 8pm this Friday, October 14. The performance season runs until October 23 with evening shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays plus a bargain night on Thursday, October Great gifts: Fairer World Bazaar event spokesperson Johanna Haasjes is looking forward to 20 and matinées at 2pm on both Sundays and Sat- the fifth event, which will take place on Saturday, October 15 from 9.30am at the Leongatha urday, October 22. Uniting Church Hall. Book your tickets now for this charming new comedy via, at Main Street Revelations in Foster or 0435 535 867. Be warned the play does contain some bad language and adult themes but if you want social satire and huge laughs at the expense of, well, just THE fifth annual Fairer World Bazaar pro- ica and Operation Christmas Child will be at this about everyone in our sun drenched country, Ausbazaar, either selling items or providing invides a great opportunity to do something year’s tralia Day is just the ticket. formation.

Feel good fair on again

positive and get a start with some Christmas gift shopping at the same time.

The bazaar will be on at the Leongatha Uniting Church Hall on Saturday, October 15 from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Hosted by the Leongatha TEAR Support and Make Poverty History action groups, the event is being run during Anti Poverty Week and aims to help fight poverty and hardship. The bazaar is an alternative gift fair, with charity stalls selling handcrafts from Asia and Africa, supporting projects that provide hope and dignity to many who may otherwise have none. Most stall holders have firsthand experience of the projects they support and are only too happy to talk about them. The bazaar has built a reputation for variety and quality and with up to 20 stalls expected, event spokesperson Johanna Haasjes is confident this bazaar will be bigger and better. Who are we: Lloyd Morcom, Genevieve Moore, Luke Dearlove and Chris Pappas in re- year’s She said aid organisations including Days for hearsal for FAMDA’s Australia Day, opening this Friday in Foster. Girls, Yakkity Yak, Mukti Mission, Only Just, Eth-

“The hall looks really good filled with stall holders,” she said. “People can buy items from the stalls in the hall and visit information stalls in the foyer, which help raise awareness.” Ms Haasjes said the charities involved with the bazaar in the past have always been appreciative of the support shown to them at the event. “It is also a good opportunity for the stall holders from the different charities to meet others doing similar things,” she said. Anti Poverty Week runs from October 16 to 22. “It doesn’t require much imagination to see the world is not fair, that resources are not shared equally and that too many people struggle to survive,” Ms Haasjes said. “We can ignore the unfairness, or feel sorry but helpless, or do something positive.” Entry to the Fairer World Bazaar is free and light refreshments are available. All proceeds from the kitchen are donated to TEAR, an organisation responding to global poverty and injustice.

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Take a walk to school this month BASS Coast primary schools and families are encouraged to take part in activities throughout this year’s Walk to School month funded by VicHealth. VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign encourages primary school students across Victoria to walk to and from school throughout October in a bid to get people living happier and healthier lives. The month highlights the benefits of walking for children, such as improving fitness, friendships, their confidence and the environment. Bass Coast Shire Council will coordinate walk to school activities during October, including running competitions for participating schools, supporting park and walk events with ranger patrols

to increase safety, supporting local primary schools to hold healthy breakfasts at their school and, in some locations, providing walking maps to help children walk to school safely. Council and Victoria Police will be monitoring school crossings and driver behaviour around schools in coming weeks to promote safer behaviour. Bass Coast schools can contact council’s community health and wellbeing department on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211 to find out more about local Walk to School activities, or visit

Fitness first: from left, Harvey, Anabelle, Jack and Jenson from Inverloch Primary School are ready to walk to school in October.

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Farming Insight • VLE Market

Prime cattle numbers drop THERE were approximately 1100 export and 200 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 220 head weekon-week. There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a mostly cheaper market. Quality declined with fewer prime cattle on offer. Trade cattle sold firm for most with a handful of medium weight yearling grass heifers improving 10c/kg due to the lack of veal on offer. Grown steers eased 12c while the bullocks slipped 20c/ kg with some Northern processor enquiry for the heavy lines. Heavy weight crossbred manufacturing steers eased 11c/kg. Light and medium weight cows sold mostly 5c to 15c/kg cheaper to processors with a little more demand for sound cows suitable to turn out. Heavy weight cows sold generally firm for most while the heavy weight bulls eased a few cents. Heavy weight vealers to butchers sold from 370c to 390c for a handful. Yearling heifers to the trade made between 325c and 390c/kg. Grown steers sold between 332c and 360c/ kg. Bullocks made from 328c to 346c/kg. Heavy weight crossbred manufacturing steers sold from 280c to 339c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows sold from 180c to 263c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly between 235c and 290c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold between 269c and 310c/kg. The next sale draw - October 12 & 13: 1. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 2. Rodwells, 3. SEJ, 4. Landmark, 5. Alex Scott & Staff, 6. Elders.

Prime Sale - Wednesday, October 5 BULLOCKS 14 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 595.0kg 6 Wilshire & McDonogh, Kardella 588.3kg 14 S.W. Scott, Inverloch 587.5kg 6 L. Truscott, Toora 594.2kg 9 R.M. & E.J. Blair, Fulham 643.9kg 2 D. & J. Morgan, Meeniyan 607.5kg STEERS 1 L. Hunter, Nyora 405.0kg 1 E.F. & R.M. Pocklington, Loch 395.0kg 1 M. & K. Hartnett, Corinella 370.0kg 1 J.C. & R.F. Piasente, Mount Eccles 335.0kg 1 R. & C. Daff, Yarram 540.0kg 1 B. Roberson, Yarragon 535.0kg HEIFERS 1 C.E. & C.A. Bye, Kilmany 370.0kg 1 L. Vuillerman, Foster 410.0kg 2 L. Hunter, Nyora 370.0kg 4 J.C. & R.F. Piasente, Mount Eccles 301.3kg 2 G.E., I., G.P., S.M. Johnson, Leongatha 392.5kg 3 E.L. & K.M. Dowling, Leongatha 401.7kg COWS 2 K.J. Hutchinson, Yinnar 635.0kg 1 J.D. & S.M. Humphrey, Nerrena 700.0kg 1 G.A. & B.L. Morrison 670.0kg 1 R.S. & A. Davie, Ventnor 525.0kg 1 D.D. Slade, Woolamai 640.0kg 1 D. & K. Speirs, Wurruk 825.0kg BULLS 1 B.M. & J. Best, Toora 1100.0kg 1 S. Jenkin, Korumburra 940.0kg 1 A. Williams, West Creek 925.0kg 1 V.J. Churchill, Woolamai 1035.0kg 1 R. Crouch, Welshpool 980.0kg 1 R. & C. Donat, Wonthaggi 920.0kg

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Making a difference to farmers’ lives THE National Centre for Farmer Health offer free health and lifestyle assessments at the recent South Gippsland Dairy Expo. The 20 minute health checks looked at blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, BMI and mental health. In addition the centre focuses on encouraging farmers to talk about bowel screening as well as protective equipment usage. Health professional with the centre Jeanne Dekker said, “We’re tracking really well with a lot of farmers coming through. We offer an opportunistic assessment to discuss overall lifestyle health risks. The partnership between Rural Bank and the National Centre for Farmer Health has created the opportunity for both organisations to invest in the health, wellbeing and safety of our most valuable asset in farming enterprises – farming men, women, families and agricultural workers. The provision of a free comprehensive health and lifestyle

check to farm men, women and agricultural workers to access and meet with health professionals trained in agricultural health and medicine whilst having a social

day out contributes to normalising a routine health and wellbeing check and increases the awareness of achieving a healthy farming and agricultural workforce.

Health checks: from left, programme and data coordinator Tracey Heatherell, Jeanne Dekker and Alan Lowe from the National Centre for Farmer Health were in attendance at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo to talk to farmers about overall lifestyle risk factors, specific to dairy farmers. Jeanne Dekker said, “A farm’s most valuable asset is its farmer, but it is often the thing that is neglected the most.”

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A fresh approach ALYSON Skinner does not claim to have all the answers but the candidate for CoastalPromontory Ward in the South Gippsland Shire Council election does make promises. She promises to listen and to represent the views, values and concerns of the community. She promises to take these to the council table and look for creative solutions, and to work with other councillors to create understanding and respect. “I have travelled, I have lived in other places, but I choose to live here. For the past eight years, I have lived with my family in Venus Bay,” she said. “My children have been educated here. I have a rich history of work experiences: events and conference management, costume design, training, hospitality, small business and community development. “For over six years, I have worked at the heart of the Venus Bay community

in my role as manager of the Venus Bay Community Centre. I understand this community, the challenges, the concerns, and the values that are important to us.” Ms Skinner said she understands what the community wants and needs. “Building and maintaining relationships with a range of local and district community organisations as well as key government and organisational stakeholders has provided a range of strategic alliances in relation to issues of concern for our unique Coastal-Promontory Ward,” she said. “Working closely with local government and other strategic groups like the Lower Tarwin Valley Project, Bald Hills Wind Farm community fund, the Community Reference Group, as well as local school councils and as the current chair of Koonwarra Village School Board, I have demonstrated leadership and provided representation for our community that aims to strengthen and develop both organisational and individual resilience

New start: CoastalPromontory Ward candidate Alyson Skinner is promising to listen to constituents if elected to South Gippsland Shire Council. and capacity. “ Working closely with committees/organisations, Ms Skinner has provided comprehensive reports, financial statements and briefing papers to enable informed decisions to be made. “Clear roles and guidelines, democratic governance and an ability to learn from each other are critical

to the success of any organisation,” she said. “I will enjoy developing further relationships both within our community and across other strategic areas to provide mutually beneficial outcomes for our region in a challenging political climate. “I believe our communities have the right to be self-determining; most communities know what they want and need. Let’s work together to achieve this. “We need to listen to each other, respect our differences and work together. “We need transparency and an open hearted attitude, we need shared information and sometimes we need to think outside the box.” Ms Skinner said the time was right to change the council, to short circuit the negativity and work towards common ground. “With an unprecedented number of candidates already declared across the shire, it demonstrates a strong message to our council that something needs to

change,” she said. “Of course there will be a lot to learn, but I am prepared to stand up and be counted for our community.”

Aiming for positive change PRESERVING the future of Phillip Island inspired Michael Whelan to stand for Bass Coast Shire Council’s Island Ward in the upcoming election. According to Mr Whelan, there is a bid to takeover council – led by Phillip Island Stand Alone and the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association – which is trashing the independence of councillors. Mr Whelan believes candidates need to step back and fight for what is important, including protecting the rural character of Phillip Island and the wider shire and preventing overdevelopment. As the secretary of the Parks Community Forum,

Independent: Phillip Island’s Michael Whelan is running in Bass Coast Shire Council’s Island Ward to preserve the rural and natural assets of Phillip Island. he was involved in getting people consultation on proposed beach access closures at the Surf Beach park reserve, and has many other community roles. “I am a community member of the Phillip Island Nature Parks Community Advisory Committee,” he said. “I convened the Bass Coast Acoustic Music Club and the music group the

Farming Insight Thunderstruck scoops show By Sarah Vella SPECKLE Park bull Fish Creek Farm Thunderstruck was declared supreme Speckle Park exhibit at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show. Owned and exhibited by Fish Creek Farm’s Jason and Sarah Keays, the 15 month old bull exceeded expectations and will go on to compete at the Royal Geelong Show this Saturday. Jason said Thunder was a standout calf and was chosen at a young age to become a show bull. “He was prepared for the 2016 Sydney Royal Easter Show in South Australia and as a warm up was taken to Mannum Show, where as an eight month old calf he won supreme beef exhibit,” he said. “Three weeks later at Sydney, as a nine month old calf, he became reserve junior champion bull. The animal that beat him went on to win best Speckle Park exhibit.” Once the Sydney show was over, Thunderstruck was sent to Erin Grylls in Warragul in preparation for the Royal Melbourne Show. “There were some pretty handy bulls in his class,” Jason said. “He was picked as supreme Speckle Park exhibit as a 15 month old. It was a great achievement.” Once his show season is over, Thunderstruck will be used for semen collection and in the Fish Creek Farm embryo program in November. “He will form an integral part of our breeding program into the future,” Jason said. The Speck Park is the feature breed at next year’s Royal Melbourne Show and Jason and Sarah are aiming to support the show. “Showing provides us with a benchmark as to where we are compared to other stud breeders, we are striving for perfection, which is hard work,” Jason said.

Speckle Parks have only been recognised as a pure breed since 2006, with its origins in Canada. The cattle were first brought to Australia in 2007. Since then, they have experienced a real surge in popularity. Jason said at the 2014 Melbourne Show, there were only a handful of Speckle Parks in the competition, by 2015, there were 36 exhibited and there were 32 at the show this year. With both Jason and Sarah having a passion for food, Jason a chef by trade and Sarah with a restaurant background, farming their own food was a natural progression. “Producing food and meat has always been our thing,” Jason said. “They are beautiful looking animals and we wanted something a bit special and boutique for our farm, which we purchased in 2013. “Speckle Parks were a breed with a point of difference and had been carcase winners at nearly every regional show in Australia. “We went on a search to find the best genetics from Canada and Australia to include in our stud.” The Fish Creek Farm breeding program includes 10 registered cows and there is another 10 heifers to introduce onto the program soon. They use “tried and true Australian genetics” as Spectacular: Jason and Sarah Keays of Fish well as the latest genetics from Canada in around 25 Creek were awarded supreme champion percent of their breeding herd. “We have a super solid base now, so we will Speckle Park exhibit at this year’s Royal Melbourne show with their bull Fish Creek bring in the latest genetics and see what results we get,” Jason said. Farm Thunderstruck.

Best beef: Jason and Sarah Keays from Fish Creek Farm are breeding Speckle Park cattle on their farm. Speckle Parks are a relatively new breed, only available in Australia since 2007.

Bass Coast Pickers. The Pickers perform at community functions, and run concerts and music jams with an emphasis on creating opportunities for community members to join in.” He was a CFA field officer for almost 20 years and undertook research into how agencies interacted with communities impacted by disaster during his Masters Degree. He also instigated a program for bushfires known as Community Fireguard, which had its 20th anniversary last year. Mr Whelan has run his campaign with a ‘let’s get positive theme’ to unite the community to achieve great things. Three keys issues have driven him to become a candidate – to enhance the rural and natural appeal of Phillip Island, develop Island infrastructure and provide an open government. “A Stand Alone shire is a threat to the existing town boundaries on Phillip Island and to the longer term eco tourism of the Island. The long term future of the en-

vironment is linked to the success of eco tourism; to sustain weed and feral animal projects and parks maintenance and enhancement,” he said. “There is funding in the budget for the Cowes activity centre plan, including a Cowes cultural centre. I want to see this project implemented and also contributions from the State and Federal governments secured. “But there needs to be more; we can sustain the case for the aquatic centre and other recreational facilities, including the aspirational pathways program.” Mr Whelan said five per cent of council decisions are made in closed meeting, which decreases community satisfaction. If elected, he aims to limit confidentiality, or present a strong argument as to why an in camera meeting is justified. He also has a plan in mind for a contracts database, so the public can easily search for contracts for full disclosure on council operations.

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will be undertaking works for VicRoads as part of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route

Help shape road safety improvements on the Princes Highway East: Sale to Bairnsdale

Asphalting works at the Intersection of SGH/Ogilvy Street / Koonwarra Road, Leongatha are proposed for SATURDAY 15th and SUNDAY 16th October Weather permitting

VicRoads is seeking community input into shaping road safety improvements on the Princes Highway East between Sale and Bairnsdale

Undertaking this type of work on weekends is considered to be a better alternative as there are lower traffic volumes than during the week. Apologies for any inconvenience.

This section of highway has been identified in the Towards Zero 2016-2020 Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan as one of the State’s top 20 highest risk rural road segments.

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South Gippsland Shire Council

Community Support Workers Casual positions Nyora, Toora/Welshpool areas Quality care & support to clients in their own homes $31.30 to $32.93 per hour

Ideas could include audio-tactile centre and edge lines, wide centre-line, flexible roadside barriers or centreline wire rope barriers. All ideas will be considered when it comes to road safety. VicRoads is also working with their road safety partners Victoria Police to support a region free of fatal and serious injury crashes into the future.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Inverloch Community House Inc Members, volunteers and other interested parties are advised that the Annual General Meeting of the Community House will be held on

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2016 Starting at 7pm sharp


Community members can provide feedback to VicRoads on email towardszerogippsland@ or by phone 0413 703 951

Submissions and comments will be received until 5pm Friday 21 October 2016.

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All feedback will be reviewed and considered in the development of a proposal for safety improvements that will be taken back out to the community for comment.

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Followed by an information session on community gardens

Venue: Inverloch Community House, Inverloch Hub, 16 A’Beckett Street, Inverloch (Entry via Reilly St) To receive the Annual Report, Financial Report, and elect the Committee of Management There are vacancies on the Committee of Management and nominations are welcome. Forms are available at the Community House

Enquiries to Client Services Team Leaders on (03) 5662 9200.

Intake and Assessment Officer Aged and Disability Services Casual position Comprehensive intake, holistic assessment, care planning & referral pathways Tertiary qualifications in health related field essential $49.86 per hour Enquiries to Sara Cox, Intake & Assessment Team Leader on (03)5662 9200. Please refer to our website for further information. All applicants must submit an Employment Application form and address the Selection Criteria within the position description. Applications close Friday 14 October 2016 at 5.00pm.

Help shape road safety improvements on the South Gippsland Highway: Leongatha to Meeniyan

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VicRoads wants community members to help shape road safety improvements on the South Gippsland Highway between Leongatha and Meeniyan*.

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Better health, Better lifestyles, Stronger communities

This section of highway has been identified in the Towards Zero 2016-2020 Victoria’s Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan as one of the State’s top 20 highest risk rural road segments.

Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is one of the largest community health providers in Victoria. We provide professional and career development, salary packaging, an employee assistance program, work life balance and much more.

Ideas could include audio-tactile centre and edge lines flexible roadside barriers. All ideas will be considered when it comes to road safety .VicRoads is working in partnership with Victoria Police to support a region free of fatal and serious injury crashes into the future.

Allied Health Assistant (22296) Latrobe Valley, Casual

Community members can provide feedback to VicRoads via email towardszerogippsland@ or phone 0413 703 951.

LCHS is one of the fastest growing providers of community health services in Victoria. Our Primary Intervention team consists of Allied Health, Nursing and Paediatric Services.

All feedback will be reviewed and considered in the development of a proposal for safety improvements that will be taken back out to the community for comment.

As an Allied Health Assistant in the Primary Intervention team, you will be expected to undertake all aspects of support including therapeutic support and a significant amount of administrative tasks. A high degree of computer competency is required.


*Please note that the realignment of Blackspur curves near Koonwarra is being considered separate from this project.

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GRADER OPERATOR & LABOURER A1 Civil Pty Ltd are currently seeking suitably experienced persons to fill the following positions for work in the Leongatha area: • Grader Operator • Civil Construction labourer/plant operator Applications by email to stating relevant experience, competencies, references and contact details.

To be successful in this role you will need to be passionate about improving the lives of community members, be highly organised and be willing to adapt to an ever changing dynamic health service environment. There may be future opportunities for ongoing employment dependant on funding. For more information please contact Stacey Beacham, Acting Manager Primary Intervention on 5136 5350. Applications will close 11pm, Sunday 16th October, 2016. • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply • For further information and copies of each position description visit our careers page • Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and lodge their application online. • No late or hard copy applications will be accepted.


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FARM WORKER Required for weed control for about 4-6 weeks PART TIME OKAY Mirboo area Good wages Phone Keith 0414 228 038

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FARM HAND required PHONE 0427 563 560

R.E.N. Machinery, a local Warragul company with a 65+ year history in offering market leading brands, including Massey Ferguson & Fendt, is looking to appoint a full time Farm Machinery Salesperson. ● Experience in agricultural machinery / practices is essential. The ideal candidate will have computer skills and hold a heavy vehicle licence. For further information, or to apply, please email: Justin Kay V9M001

Do you have passion in food?

1st or 2nd Year Apprentice Chef Full Time An excellent opportunity exists to join our busy Award Winning Venue for the State of Excellence Best Regional Country Bistro AHA 2015. You must be reliable, highly motivated and work well in a small team environment. Please email your cover letter and resumé to 81 Commercial street Korumburra

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G E N E R A T O R Powertech portable, 2 KVA electric start, 2 hours work, $700. 0418384468.

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.

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.

SILAGE PLASTIC, new and used, 200 um, plus free tyres. 5668-5250, 0439-685250.


Location: Warragul or Leongatha Full Time (76 hours per fortnight)/ Fixed Term (to 30.09.2017)

The Disability Client Services Team provides a range of case management and support services. A Disability Case Manager supports people with complex needs using a strengths based case management framework. Services include eligibility assessments for people with a disability, needs assessments and service planning, case management support for people with complex needs and outreach services. For further information on the position description and the selection criteria visit; Please contact Carmel Hennessy on 0439 613 535 or 03 5136 2504 for information. Applications close: Tuesday, 18 October 2016. For more information about the Department of Health and Human Services visit To apply online and for other DHHS and Victorian Government job opportunities please visit Police Checks form part of the Department of Health and Human Services recruitment process. The department promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment and is committed to a more diverse workforce. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant,or if you have a disability, and require advice and support with the recruitment process, please contact our Diversity Unit on

Saturday, October 15 8am - 4pm Books, household items, kitchen items, board games, bric-a-brac, furniture & loads more

South Gippsland Hospital (SGH) is recruiting an experienced Registered Nurse to lead the Perioperative nursing team. SGH’s operating suite provides elective and emergency theatre cases. Specialties include general, urology, gynaecology and endoscopy. The unit operates 5 days per fortnight. The successful applicant must demonstrate the following attributes: • Current AHPRA Division 1 nursing registration. • Minimum of five years’ experience in perioperative. • Excellence in team work and communication. • Management experience or additional qualifications in management (highly desirable). For a position description and selection criteria or for further information regarding the SGH Perioperative service please contact Marion Bowron (Acting DON) at or 5683 9713. Applications should address the key selection criteria and include a one page covering letter and current resume. Apply to: Sita Morton Human Resource Manager Email: Ph: 5683 9777 Applications close on Monday 24th October 2016 at 5pm

EVERYTHING MUST GO All reasonable offers will be accepted

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This is a great opportunity for a Grade 1 Physiotherapist to consolidate their clinical skills and expand their scope of practice. This position will suit those who enjoy a varied case load and are adaptable and flexible within their surroundings. This role will deliver physiotherapy services to the Latrobe Valley community at various LCHS sites.

Psychologist / Mental Health Social Worker Latrobe Valley, Private work

Seeking qualified, APS registered and experienced Psychologists or AASW accredited Mental Health Social Workers to work out of our state of the art facilities in Warragul, Sale and sites located in the Latrobe Valley. As a private contracted clinician you will deliver services to a range of adults and children experiencing psychological issues.

ICT Trainee Officer Morwell, Fixed Term Full time

An ICT Traineeship is available for a motivated and dynamic individual willing to undertake a Certificate IV in Information Technology. If successful you will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of IT related skills with the opportunity for further employment and study if proven commitment and performance is shown. This is a great opportunity for you to establish a career within IT and gain invaluable practical experience. For more information and copies of position descriptions please visit • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply • For further information and copies of each position description visit our careers page • Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and lodge their application online. • No late or hard copy applications will be accepted.

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13 Alison Street, Leongatha 9.30am until 2pm COST: $15 outside stall $20 inside stall Setup from 8.30am Food - Sausage Sizzle Cake stall Hot and cold drinks Bookings contact Tania Frank 0437 376 172

FAIRER WORLD BAZAAR Saturday, October 15 9.30am - 1.30pm LEONGATHA UNITING CHURCH HALL Peart Street ~ an alternative gift fair ~ Making a difference Queries: Johanna 5662 2494


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

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

Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is one of the largest community health providers in Victoria. We provide professional and career development, salary packaging, an employee assistance program, work life balance and much more.

Nurse Unit Manager (RN NUM)

TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261. TOWING MIRRORS, Milenco, the best, clip on, used once, $160 new, sell for $100. Ph: 5664-0037.

Advanced Case Manager (DHHS/SSD/00382037) Case Manager (DHHS/SSD/00382036) • •

Agricultural Machinery Salesperson

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


situations vacant WALL AND FLOOR TILER position available. We are looking for an experienced tiler with a minimum 4 years experience to join our busy residential tiling business working in the Warragul, Inverloch and Cowes areas. We are based in Korumburra. Applicant must have own work vehicle, driver’s licence and tools. Construdtion card essential. Subcontract position with hourly rate based on experience. The applicant must be able to work as part of a team. Applications close Friday, October 21. Email applications to

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

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livestock POULTRY / CAGE BIRD AUCTION Traralgon Show- grounds Poultry Pavilion, Sunday, October 16, 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270, 0400 934 202. BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762. CHAROLAIS BULL (Poll) 3 yo, medium frame, excellent temperament. Photo available. $3,000. 0408149802.

meetings Kongwak Community Group


TENNIS ROOMS RN Scott Park Kongwak

Monday, November 7 at 8pm All welcome

used machinery NEW HOLLAND 317 square baler in working condition, $5,000; 2 round hay rings $300 each. Ph: 0447-580155.

wanted to buy ANY OLD farm four wheelers, good or bad, 4WDs or trucks. Will pay cash. Phone Matt 0401194601. FRIESIAN heifer calves, minimum six weeks old. Ph: 0447-398822.

wanted to rent WANTED TO RENT I am an active pensioner seeking a house to rent long term around Fish Creek / Foster or Mirboo North / Dumbalk. Excellent references. Call Robert 0412 352 064

marriage celebrant PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

COMMUNITY CLINICIAN We are seeking an enthusiastic Mental Health Clinician with highly developed interpersonal skills and a commitment to excellence to work within the Continuing Care Team based at Korumburra. Applications are sought from Registered Nurses (with post graduate qualifications in Mental Health), Social Workers, Psychologists and Occupational Therapists to undertake this challenging role. The successful candidate will be required to carry out the full range of tasks required of a Community Clinician, including the provision of a comprehensive assessment of needs for each service user, their families and carers. You will be required to develop and maintain collaborative Recovery Plans. The position is for a fixed term period from the 24 November 2016 to 27 January 2017. For further details please contact Geoff King, Team Manager, South Gippsland Community Mental Health Service on (03) 5671 4500. The successful applicant will be required to have a National Police Check and Working With Children Check. Closing Date: 16 October 2016

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in memoriam JONES - Mardi. 17.8.24 - 12.10.15. One year has passed, but memories are ours forever. Loved mother of Sandra and John. Grandmother of Louise and Travis, Lauren and Phil, Ben and Mel. Great grandmother of Cameron, Aaron, Logan and Archer.

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THORNBY - Jennifer Mavis. Richard, David and Scott would like to express our heartfelt thanks to so many following the passing of our beloved wife and mother, Jennifer. We are grateful to Wendy Rutjens for conducting Jen’s memorial service. We profoundly thank Dr Mike Fitzgerald, all the staff at the South Gippsland Hospital, the Foster district nursing team, all our many family members and friends for their messages of support and practical help during this difficult time.

Grandpa, Daddy, Mummy and I are really sad and miss having you around. We are comforted to know that you and Grandma are together again. Please give Grandma a cuddle and keep an eye on all of us. Love always Hamish, Geoff and Tamara.

Grandpa A kindhearted man who shared the wisdom of his years. A man everyone turned to for guidance and advice. A man who was patient, understanding and kind. A man who was always needed, greatly admired and loved. We will always treasure our time together and the memories we have made. Knowing you are now with Grandma makes losing you a little easier. Forever in our hearts. Chloe and Haydn.

deaths COPE - James David. Passed away peacefully at Opal Seahaven, Inverloch on October 4, 2016, aged 84 years. Formerly of Middle Tarwin. Loved husband of Dawn (dec). Loved brother and brother-in-law of Elizabeth and Stan. Loved father and fatherin-law of Graeme and Jenny, Carol and Ernie, Geoff and Tamara, Rod and Lyndell, Andrew and Jo-Anna, Neil and Joanne, Dorothy and Justin. Cherished grandpa of Jason, Shaun and Sharna, Emma, Lachlan, Ethan and Katie, Alyssa, Hamish, Serena, Olivia, Sara, Beth, Chloe, Rebecca, Hughie, Aiden and Teagan. Cherished great grandpa of Brooklyn and Trey. Forever in our hearts. Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa, You were a loving and caring gentleman. Everyone used to love hearing your stories and looking at your many photographs. We will miss these special moments! A chapter completed; Another page turned; A life well lived; A rest well earned. A special person; A life embraced; A special someone; We cannot replace. Love always xxxxxxx Graeme, Jenny, Jason, Shaun and Sharna, Emma, Lachlan and Trey. Dad God looked around his garden and found an empty space, He looked upon the earth and found a tired face, He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest, The garden must be beautiful because he only takes the best. Thank you for a lifetime of memories, for your love and kindness. A true gentleman laid to rest. Reunited with Mum. Your loving daughter Carol, Ernie, Ethan, Katie, Brooklyn and Alyssa. A special thank you to all staff at Opal Seahaven Inverloch.

Dearest Dad, When we left you on Tuesday afternoon I had no idea it would be the last time we would speak to each other. Even though we have spent so much time together over the years, there still seems to be so much to talk about. A quiet, gentle man, wonderful father and friend. Together with Mum again. Love always Rod. Dad Cope At peace watching the cows walk by. Forever the farmer. Love Lyndell. Grandpa, there are so many memories that will be held close to us forever. As kids, playing the piano with you, cooking toast on the open fire, feeding the canaries and throwing hay to the bullocks off the back of your ute. To now as adults, listening to your stories of growing up and many times being in stitches of laughter from your hilarious one line remarks. We already miss you so much and know that you and Grandma will be watching over us together. Love Serena and Olivia. Dad, Grandpa, So gentle, so wise. We are all so blessed to have sat around the table with you and listened to so many stories. Laugh - gosh we laughed. Thank you for your support, wisdom and gentle love. You’re with grandma now. Give her a hug from us. Love you Dad. Andrew, Jo-Anna, Sara and Beth. Our Dearest Dad, Our hearts are heavy and with tears in our eyes. It is hard to explain the emptiness we are feeling over losing you. You have always been so important to us, always there to help out, to give advice and guidance when needed. You were an inspiration and role model to us all. The memories we have will remain with us forever and there will always be a special place for you in our hearts. There are so many things we will miss, your smile, Sunday night dinners, dropping in for a chat, but most of all, we will just miss you. Together again with Mum. Much love. Neil and Jo. xx

Today is the day we can no longer be together, but at least you are now reunited with your one true love forever. Thank you for your support and all those cheeky treats. You were such a wonderful man Grandpa and I’m so honoured to be your granddaughter. Love Rebecca. Dad it seems so unfair that you are gone, but we know that you are happy up there with Mum. We will always love you and you will forever be in our hearts. We don’t want to say goodbye, so we will say ‘catch ya later dad’ because I know we will see you again. You’ve been a fantastic grandpa, always caring and showing an interest in your grandchildren. A role model like no other. I will always be your little girl and we will hold the memories close to our hearts never letting go. Dorothy, Justin, Hughie, Aiden and Teagan. xxxxx COPE - James David (Jim). Only son of the late Jim and Lil Cope. Dearly loved brother, brother-in-law and mate of Elizabeth and Stan. Much loved Uncle Jim of Russell and Linda, Jenny and Craig, Fiona and Ben, Stephen and Joanne, and all their families. Remember the good times. COPE - Jim. Dear Uncle Jim, You will be forever in our hearts and memories. Love always Fiona, Ben, Liam and Rory. COPE - Jim. Deepest sympathy to all the family. A great man at rest. Great friend and brother to Alan and Ann Sinclair (both dec). Auntie to Daryl and Fay, Steve and Caroline, Greg and Tammy, Donna and Barry, and families. COPE - James David. Dear friend, neighbour and cousin of Noreen and David, and Margaret Perkins of Sydney. A true gentleman, sadly missed. Condolences to the Cope family. Reunited with Dawn.



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COPE - Jim. Stony Creek Football Netball Club would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Cope families on the sudden passing of Jim. Now at peace with Dawn.

VAN NOOTEN - Wilfred Graham. (PM7429) The President and members of Leongatha RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member and extend deepest sympathy to the family. Lest We Forget.

COAL Creek’s ninth Literary Festival proved to be a success on Sunday.

COPE - James David (Jim). Fond memories of a lovely gentle man, a caring and supportive cousin. Now at rest. Marjie Pearson, Tim and Angie. COPE - Jim. We will miss you mate. You have been a good friend for a long time. Graham and Muriel. HULSHOF - John Paul. 18.10.1933 - 3.10.2016. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Peter and Jenny. Loved Opa of Melina and Jason, Clinton and Kate, Cody and Kerrie. Beloved Big Opa of Charli and Taya, Mia, Imogen, Archie and Leni, Tyler and Mason. Forever in our hearts. Now at peace.

HULSHOF - Johan Paul. ( The President and members of Leongatha RSL regret the passing of their esteemed member and extend deepest sympathy to the family.

funerals COPE - A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mr Jim Cope will be held at the Uniting Church, Geale Street, Meeniyan on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 commencing at 1.30pm. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Meeniyan Cemetery.

LOGAN - A Funeral Mass for the Repose of the Soul of Mrs Teresa Margaret Logan will be offered at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Guys Road, Korumburra on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 commencing at 10.30am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of Mass for the Korumburra Lawn Cemetery.


It received the best response from readers and writers since Bert van Bedaf’s launch in the festival’s early years. Ten authors gave presentations throughout the day, sharing their experiences and answering questions from the public. This was followed by a panel discussion at the end. The short story and poetry competitions also received excellent responses, with people as far as the Australian Chilling: from left, authors of Invisible WomCapital Territory sending en, Kylie Fox and Ruth Wykes, spoke about in material to be judged. Around 80 percent what it’s like to write true crime novels at the of the competition appli- Coal Creek Literary Festival on Sunday. cants were local budding writers. The winner of the short story competition was Diana Cornwell from Sandy Point and the poetry winner was Jellie Wyckelsma from Inverloch. This year’s judges were Peter Sharpe, one of Australia’s most experienced book publishers, and award winning poet Julie Maclean. The next competition will open in November and submissions can be sent in online.

deaths Winner: Inverloch’s Jellie Wyckelsma was named the winner of the poetry competition at the Literary Festival on Sunday. Gavin van Eede presented her with a certificate.

Lest We Forget KEWMING (nee Bolding) - Dorothy Elva (Dot). 25.9.1925 - 3.10.2016. Passed away peacefully at Koorooman House, Leongatha. Late of Inverloch and formerly of Leongatha South. Dearly loved wife of Horrie (dec). Treasured mother of Bryan and Robyn, Les and Sue, Greg, Sue and Stuart, Tim and Sharyn. Loved Nan of all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. At rest with her beloved Dooks. Daughter of the late John and Marion Bolding. Loved sister to all her 12 siblings. The last generation.



LOGAN Teresa Margaret (Tess). Passed away at Villa Maria, Bundoora on Monday, October 3, 2016. Late of Ruby. Loved mother of Sheila, Phillip, John, Grace and Thomas. Loving grandmother of 13. Now resting peacefully. Reunited with Dad.

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Different techniques: Leongatha’s Dan Eddy and Star journalist Tayla Kershaw discussed the differences in writing nonfiction and fiction at the Literary Festival on Sunday.

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Little athletics attracts newcomers WONTHAGGI Little Athletics Come and Try Day was a great success on Saturday with many returning and new athletes coming to have a go and see what athletics is all about. Due to the wet track at the lower end the club ran a modified program with six events: shot put, discus, hurdles, high jump, a short sprint and long jump – which gave new athletes and families a feel for a wide variety of events. There was also a modified on track program

for the very young athletes so they could learn the events in an age appropriate way which was great fun. All athletes are given tuition as part of the program so it doesn’t matter if you have never done athletics before. Competition begins next Saturday at 8.50am at the Dudley Campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College. Athletes need to make sure they arrive before 9am ready for warm-ups. Registrations are made online through the Little Athletics Victoria website.

Track and field: Rachel Aitken’s first high jump of the season was promising and Sarah Lewis made Jumping well: Rachel Aitken, Alana Gibson-Wila good start to the season on the track as Athletics liamson and Georgia Burns got their athletics seaVictoria’s summer season began on Saturday. son on track with great performances on Saturday.

• South Coast Athletics

Athletics set to run ATHLETICS Victoria has commenced its summer season and South Coast Athletics Club was well represented on Saturday, October 8 at Frankston with some great performances on the track and in the field. Sarah Lewis competed well in the 200m and the 800m runs.

Georgia Burns was competitive in the 800m run and high jump and Rachel Aitken and Alana Gibson-Williamson put in great performances in the first high jump of the season. South Coast is having its come and try competition at the Leongatha velodrome on Tuesday, October 11 at 6pm and on Tuesday 18 at 6pm at the Wonthaggi Secondary College, South Dudley campus. Everyone , no matter what age or ability, is welcome to come along and have a go.

At the ready: returning and new athletes made it a good start for the Wonthaggi Little Athletics Club on Saturday at its Come and Try Day. Competition proper begins this Saturday.


South Gippsland pennant bowls Results Division 1: Leongatha 16/84 (35 shots) d Lang Lang -/49 ( J. Hall 24 d S. Bencraft 18, R. Trotman 24 d I. Alkemade 17, A. Easterbrook 36 d G. Cobbett 14). Phillip Island (W) 15/79 (16 shots) d Inverloch (W) 1/63 (R. Poole 24 d R. Davis 22, S. Cunningham 30 d G. Butler 16, D. Oakley 25 drew M. Yates 25). Korumburra 16/74 (16 shots) d Wonthaggi -/58 (B. Dilg 24 d L. Aitken 20, A. Robinson 24 d T. Hogan 22, P. O’Loughlin 26 d T. Marotta 16). Phillip Island (B) 16/76 (18 shots) d Inverloch (B) -/58 (D. Major 19 d R. Burge 16, D. Hanlon 28 d M. Coram 19, J. Newcombe 29 d G. Scott 23). Division 2: Toora 16/93 (36 shots) d Wonthaggi -/57 (A. Spooner 29 d A. Sartori 20, D. Galloway 26 d A. Bolding 19, T. Corton 38 d P. McBain 18). Tarwin Lower 14/76 (13 shots) d Mirboo North 2/63 (S. Graham 28 d P. Stimson 18, R. Saunders 28 d N. Whitelaw 21, R. Griffiths 20 lt R. Whitelaw 24). Corinella 16/86 (36 shots) d Loch -/50 (S. Bray 27 d G. Hodge 21, B. Edwards 26 d F. Byrne 16, S. Holmes 33 d A. Center 13). Fish Creek 14/76 (14 shots) d San Remo 2/62 (T. McLean 31d R. Naylor 15, R. Mortlock 22 d G. Cohen 19, D. Christie 23 lt B.Anketell 28). Division 3: Foster 12/79 (6 shots) d Leongatha 4/73 (I. Park 31 d J. Prentagast 16, P. Facey 30 lt L. Wilson 31, F. Riati 18 lt A. Rayson 26). Phillip Island 12/61 (1 shot) d San Remo 4/60 (N. Waters 25 d D. Mulcahy12, K. Gill 20 lt G. Ryan 27, S. Farelley 16 lt P. McWilliams 21). Meeniyan 12/69 (10 shots) d Wonthaggi 4/59 (B. Kuhne 27 d R. Thorn 13, M. Brown 24 lt J. Hedley 25, A. Hanks 18 lt R. Snooks 21). Inverloch 13/70 (7 shots) d Pory Welshpool 3/63 (J. Thornton 33 d R. Greaves 19, N.

Everitt 21 drew M. Riley 21, B. Hensley 16 lt P. McPhail 23). Division 4: Korumburra (M) 14/83 (23 shots) d Wonthaggi 2/ 60 (L. Eastman37 d L. Beaumont 13, C. Underwood 30 d H. Woolfe 15, R. Lomagno 16 lt G. Clarkson 32). Tarwin Lower 14/70 (8 shots) d Inverloch 2/62 (J. Fedley 23 d G. Scott 20, T. Biddulph 26 d R. Paynting 19, P. Henwood 21 d N. Nation 23). Corinella 16/69 (14 shots) d Korumburra (G) -/55 (A. Hughes 20 d E. Kealy15, G. Rigby 22 d R. Balment 19, P. Wright 27 d J. Coulson 21). Leongatha 16/79 (20 shots) d Phillip Island -/59 (G. Drury 32 d D. Hoffman 22, R. Symmons 25 d T. Breasley 16, L. Lancaster 22 d L. McGhee 21). Division 5: Meeniyan 14/ 93 (23 shots) d Foster 2/70 (L. Godkin 33 d B. Roffey 26, D. Harrison 34 d R. Parsons 16, M. Scott 26 lt W. Thorn 28). San Remo14/76 (3 shots) d Inverloch 2/73 (J. Cohen 24 d D. Turnbull 20, S. Carvosso 35 d.B. Pritchard 21, J. Blackwell 17 lt P. Dalmen 32). Fish Creek 16/105 (49 shots) d Loch -/56 (R. Barham 41 d G. Barber 13, J. Lindeman 36 d B.Tobin 18, K. Flanders 28 d J. Kennedy 25). Lang Lang 14/84 (9 shots) d Phillip Island 2/75 (W. Miller 36 d K. Linton 29, I.Worthington 32 d K. Lacco 16, J. Thwaites 16 lt K. Grey 30). Toora 16/109 (73 shots) d Mirboo North -/36 ( R. Low 29 d G. Roberts 10, D. Lawson 52 d I. Potter 10, N. Curam 28 d B. Bright 16).

Ladders Division 1 Leongatha...........................+35 Phillip Island Blue.............+18 Korumburra ......................+16 Phillip Island White ..........+16 Inverloch White....................-16 Wonthaggi ............................-16 Inverloch Blue ......................-18 Lang Lang ............................-35 Division 2 Corinella ............................+36 Toora ..................................+36 Fish Creek .........................+14 Tarwin Lower ...................+13 Mirboo North ......................-13

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San Remo .............................-14 Loch .................................... -36 Meeniyan .............................-36 Division 3 Inverloch ............................. +7 Meeniyan ............................+10 Foster .................................. +6 Phillip Island........................+1 San Remo ..............................-1 Leongatha ..............................-6 Wonthaggi .......................... -10 Port Welshpool ..................... -7 Division 4 Leongatha ..........................+20 Corinella ............................+14 Korumburra (M) ..............+23

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SGBD Tuesday pennant bowls Round 2 - October 4 Division 1: Wonthaggi 16/100 (65 shots) d San Remo 0/35 (K. Simpson 29 d M. Forrest 19, P. Wintrup 38 d S. Carvosso 7, M. McBain 33 d C. Thorn 9). Inverloch 14/69 (18 shots) d Foster 2/51 (J. Brown 23 d G. Facey 14, C. Hughes 29 d B. Tyers 13, L. Dowson 17 lt M. Climas 24). Korumburra v Leongatha (washout) 8 points each. Phillip Island 13/78 (19 shots) d Corinella 3/59 (R. Eames 39 d M. Hoy 10, P. Francis 24 drew C. Lincoln 24, D. Wagner 15 lt J. Carter 25). Division 2: Tarwin Lower 15/76 (10 shots) d San Remo 1/66 (S. Browne 29 d J. Farquhar 24, H. Marshall 23 d J. Grindlay 18, H. Twite 24 drew J. Blackwell 24). Port Welshpool 16/85 (27 shots) d Wonthaggi 0/58 (B. Crawford 24 d J. Kellow 22, M. McDonald 34 d S. Hamilton 14, L. McLaine 27 d S. O’Donnell 22). Toora v Lang Lang (washout) 8 points each. Meeniyan v Inverloch (washout) 8 points each. Division 3: Fish Creek 14/72 (12 shots) d Leongatha 2/60 (N. McKenzie 24 d M. Jepson 19, N. Van Dyk 26 d B. Thompson 18, M. Bath 22 lt S. Crouch23). Phillip Island 16/92 (40 shots) d Korumburra 0/52 (D. Reynolds 33 d M. Brown 16, C. Hoffman 31 d S. Martin 17,

L. Waters 28 d M. Hams 19). Mirboo North v Loch (washout) 8 points each. Division 4: Foster 14/63 (30 shots) d Tarwin Lower 0/33 (R. Riati 31 d M. Cridge 15, N. Jacobs 32 d V. Martin 18). Inverloch 14/52 (18 shots) d Phillip Island 0/34 (V. Muir 27 d C. Honkey 14, P. Stonehan 25 d D. Bateman 20). Wonthaggi 7/50 (0 shots) drew Corinella 7/50 (L. Stanes 28 d E. Johnston 19, G. Mitford 22 lt J. Brown 31).

Ladders Division 1 Wonthaggi .......................+73 30 Leongatha .......................+43 24 Korumburra ...................+10 21 Inverloch ...........................+8 17 Foster.................................-11 16 Phillip Island .....................-24 13 Corinella............................-27 5 San Remo ..........................-72 2 Division 2 Lang Lang .......................+18 22 Toora .................................+7 21 Port Welshpool .................+9 18 Wonthaggi .......................+32 16 San Remo .........................+11 15 Tarwin Lower ....................-49 15 Inverloch .............................-7 11 Meeniyan...........................-21 10 Division 3 Mirboo North .................+25 22 Phillip Island...................+15 18 Leongatha .........................+2 18 Korumburra ......................-7 16 Fish Creek .........................-21 14 Loch ..................................-14 8 Division 4 Wonthaggi .......................+32 21 Corinella..........................+18 21 Inverloch .................................14 Foster..................................-2 14 Tarwin Lower ....................-28 12 Phillip Island .....................-20 2

Young and free: from left, Jarrah Lowe, Sam Kreutzberger, Cohen Harrison, Jacoa Cameron, Blake Sherar, Tyson Tumino, James Riordan and Jed Matheson took a few minutes to sit still during the first day of Leongatha’s little athletics on Saturday morning.

Little aths off and running THE first meet for the Leongatha Little Athletics Club was held at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve on Saturday, with more than 130 children enjoying some exercise in the sunshine. The club’s outgoing secretary Sue Ritchie said the club runs an event every Saturday at the velodrome from 9.15am until around noon. Little athletics is for children aged five to 15. The youngest start off in the on track program, which develops their skills over 10 weeks and then they can join in the main competition. “The season runs from October to March, with a four and a half week break in the summer,” Ms Ritchie said. “Quite a few of our parent helpers are qualified officials and coaches, so it is a really good opportunity for children and families to get involved in sport together.”

Little Athletics is based upon track and field events. There is a wide range of sports from running, jumping, throwing and walking and each sport is modified to suit the age and ability of the children. “Last year, over 180 children participated. We welcome people to come and have a look and a try for a week and then they can join if they like it,” Ms Ritchie said. “If people want to do that, we need them to arrive by 8.30am.” The cost of joining little athletics is $110 for one child, $200 for two, $300 for three or $365 for four or more children. “We run 18 weeks of competition, but we don’t focus on who wins, but on personal bests,” Ms Ritchie said. “Each child gets to do the same event five or six times throughout the season and so we encourage them to look at how they did the last time and see if they can improve on that.” For more information on Leongatha Little Athletics Club, phone Linda Richards on 0417 821 482 or Ben Cruikshank on 0438 551 976.

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club GIPPSLAND Shield round 1 results for the 20 metre event held at Traralgon on August 7. First, Traralgon 803.1; second, Leongatha 795.1; and third, 3rd Sale 791.1. Scratch winner Bench, Angus Fraser (Traralgon) 198.008; and Prone, William Maginn (Traralgon)

191.006. Handicap winner Bench, Brendan Maginn (Traralgon) 201.9; and Prone, Jorjeana Anderson (Sale) 204.1. Round 2 for the 50 metre event held at Leongatha on October 2. First, Sale 809.0; second, Leongatha 806.2; and third, Traralgon 799.1. Scratch winners Bench, William Ross (Leon-

gatha) 197.010; and Prone, Daniel Croatto (Leongatha) 195.008. Handicap winner Bench, Mathew Eldridge (Leongatha) 203.5; and Prone, Peter Anderson (Sale) 208.0. We shoot Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. Any inquiries, please call Rob Spratt 5664 2358.

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SPORT | BOWLS Leongatha TUESDAY, October 4 saw our Division 1 ladies at Korumburra washed out, however Division 3 were away to Fish Creek and lost 60 to 72 shots: S. Crouch won 23 to 22 and Mary Jepson’s team lost 19 to 24. Congragulations also to Julia Sellwood on her first pennant game. Wednesday, October 5 social bowls winners were A. Rayson, L. Lancaster and A. Lye with one win, a loss and plus 13. Saturday, October 8 social bowls was an event called Tiger Skins and the winner was Jo Runciman and runner-up Jim Lye. Saturday, October 8 saw round one of men’s pennant under way and Division 1 away to Lang Lang and won 84 to 49 shots: R. Trotman’s team won 24 to 17, J. Hall’s team won 24 to 18 and A. Easterbrook’s team won 36 to 14 shots. Division 3 went to Foster and lost 73 to 79 shots: J. Pendergast’s team lost 16 to 31, A. Rayson’s team won 26 to 18 and L. Wilson’s team won 31 to 30 shots. Division 4 were home to Phillip Island and won 79 to 59 shots: L. Lancaster’s team won 22 to 21, R. Symmons’s team won 25 to 16 and G. Drury’s team won 32 to 22. Friday night, October 7 saw the first of the Kitty Club teas and a good number was in attendance. Reminder: Wednesday, October 12 at 12 noon the club will receive a visit from J. Lomagno ‘Travelling Jack’. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Mardan indoor IT was a packed house at the Mardan Hall on Wednesday

night. We had the pleasure of a number of Korumburra club members come along to play, but also to say farewell to Tony Allen-Clay who will be playing his final game of bowls with Mardan next Wednesday at Wonthaggi. There were a total of 24 players (including two Graeme Treases until Vito noticed that Graeme’s name was on two tags - mystery solved). Vito put himself in a team that was worthy of playing Pennant (funny how that happens to him a lot) and the night got under way with six teams of four doing combat for no other reason than to have a great night of bowls. There was a lot of hubbub in the hall, with lots of chit chat about many things from everyone and an occasional ‘woohoo’ from Kristy Rutjens which happens when her team gets the shot during a game. Everyone seemed to have a good night over the three games of eight ends and at the end of proceedings there were two teams with three wins on the card. As is the norm at Mardan, ends are counted before shots to decide the winners (not that it would have made any difference on this occasion if it was the other way around). The winners with three wins, 15 ends were Vito Serafino, Russell Grady, Mary Tummino, and Ian Hasty (s) and the runners-up with three wins, 13 ends were Kristy Rutjens, Bert Bright, Nick Rutjens and Lee Armstrong (s). It was a fantastic night with a great supper and the usual weekly joke from the inimitable Russell Grady. Tony Allen-Clay would like to thank Lee Armstrong

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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and Charlie Tummino for their kind words about him as well as all those players from the SGIBBA group of clubs who he has played both with over the past 10 years. Mr Allen-Clay said, “It has been a pleasure meeting so many wonderful people.” Mr Allen-Clay, a staunch supporter of the Mardan INddor Bowling Club, thanks all members at Mardan, both past and present, for 10 wonderful years of friendship, camaraderie, knowledge, competition and the trust placed in him in the various office bearer positions he has held at the club. He said, “It has been an amazing journey culminating in two club Singles titles, one association Singles title, a club 75Up title and a handful of Pennant winner and runner-up trophies some of which I was privileged to have skippered the team in. “It will be a time in my life that will be remembered always.” Next Wednesday, October 12 will be the Wonthaggi night.

Meeniyan THERE was plenty of bowling action last week. Tuesday Division 2 pennant was a home game against Inverloch. In the final stages heavy rain ended the game with the home side up but points were shared. This week was the big trip to Lang Lang. Thursday, October 6 was our second Monthly Triples with a full green of eight rinks. We thank our regular sponsor Fawcett and Pickersgill for their ongoing support. The winners were Roger Balment (Korumburra) with Trevor and Robin Henn (Mirboo North). Runners-up were Don Birks and Bert Bright (Mirboo North) with Doug Kuhne (Meeniyan). Friday, October 7 was Ladies Invitation Day with 16 teams participating. The day’s sponsor was Handley Funeral Services (Paul and Margaret Beck). The competition was played in superb conditions and the winners were San Remo (Jaqui Cohen, Jill Waters, Shirley Carvasso and Janice Blackwell). Runners –up were Leongatha (Sue Crouch, Jo Street, Glenis Emmerson and Gwen Williams). Best last game went to the Moe team. Lucky draws, raffles and bowling novelties were shared by a number of players.

Everyone enjoyed the lunch provided for by Larraine and her team of helpers. Saturday, October 8 was the first round of Pennant. Away to Wonthaggi Division 3 had a 10 shot win with one rink up. At home to Foster Division 5 had a 23 shot win with two rinks up. Our regular practice sessions are on Fridays from 5pm onwards. Next week Division 3 teams are home to Inverloch and Division 5 teams are away to Mirboo North. Our next major event is a catered fours day on Monday, October 17 with individuals and teams spaces available.

Tarwin THIS week saw the passing of Jim Cope, one of Tarwin Lower’s foundation members. Jim was a great supporter of the club and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts go out to his family. By all accounts last Tuesday’s bowls were played under extreme conditions. Tarwin’s Division 2 was able to hold on to its lead to win over San Remo but Division 4 went down to Foster. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to our teams this week when they play against Port Welshpool and Corinella. On a picture perfect day, Saturday Pennant commenced this week with both teams playing at home. Division 2 won against Mirboo North while Division 4 won against Inverloch. The boys enjoyed their bowls and are looking forward to next week’s challenge against Wonthaggi. 9:30am is the starting time for our Wednesday Wizz, October 12. Thank you to those who have filled in for this week’s competition so players can attend Jim Cope’s funeral. Organisation is underway for the start of our Barefoot Bowls competition. The first game is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 commencing at 6pm. Interested teams and individual players can contact Jamie O’Donohue re details on 0412749468. We are holding our annual Melbourne Cup Day event from noon on Tuesday, November 1. All are welcome but for individual or group bookings phone Mary Massier, 0419600263 or Pat O’Donohue, 0408 581 573.

South Gippsland Bridge FRIDAY, October 7 at Inverloch, a Pairs events was played as a round robin. First was the ever reliable and talented pair of John Sullivan and Alan Johnston with the score of the week, a truly impressive 61.48 percent. Second was the relatively new playing pair of Marie Sands and Carol Sowden with a fine 57.04. Equal third was the very consistent pair of John Sutton and Kaye Douglas, sharing 56.67 with Barbara Axten and our visiting player, Curt Fisher. On Monday, October 3 at Meeniyan Pairs also played a round robin with the very strong team of June Metcalf and Colin Cameron winning with a splendid 63.54. They were closely followed into second place by the often winning team of Susan Ruffin and Clive Hope with a lovely 62.50 and third was the family team of Sally and Brian Hoskins with 53.12 percent. The club will celebrate its annual birthday party next Friday, October 14 at the Inverloch Angling Club. The occasion will start at 10.30am and we will share lunch and play on in the afternoon. Bring a plate to share. All players welcome. Always a fun day.

Hardy souls: Judy Parker, Jean Burrows and Cynthia Hensley were the winners on a day buffeted by strong wind at the Inverloch Wednesday Social bowls.

Inverloch WEDNESDAY Social bowlers numbered 13 as they braved the wind to play two games of 10 ends. The winners were Cynthia Hensley, Judy Parker and Jean Burrow with raffles won by Gail Applin, Pat Stoneham and Jewel Huntriss. The first Monthly Triples will be held this Wednesday, October 12 starting at 10am. There will be a Ladies meeting held on Wednesday, October 19 at 11am followed by Social bowls. Thursday Social bowls was played in two 14 end games of two bowl triples. Thirty five bowlers enjoyed warm spring weather. John Thornton’s team, Rick Brevitt and Allan Johnstone, with 37 points, had the narrowest of victories over Malcolm Marshall’s team, John Sutcliffe and Allan Ward, with 36 points. Saturday Pennant season began on Saturday, October 8 with Inverloch fielding

five teams: two in Division One, and a team in Divisions Three, Four and Five. For the current Pennant year this column will provide match results and margins for each division, best winning rinks and possibly league ladder positions later in the year when finals possibilities become more interesting.

Round One Division 1: Phillip Island Blue d Inverloch Blue 76-58. No winning rink for Inverloch. Division 1: Phillip Island White d Inverloch White 79-63. Best rink (draw): M. Yates, T. Hancock, M. Raman and G. Scott. Division 3: Inverloch d Port Welshpool 70-63. Best rink: J. Thornton, J. Miller, B. Humphris and R. Dowling. Division 4: Tarwin Lower d Inverloch 70-62. Best rink: H. Nation, J. Archer, A. Moule and A. Johnstone. Division 5: San Remo d Inverloch 76-73. Best rink: P. Dalmau, B. Phillip-

son, M. Scott and W. Clark. Friday members’ night returns with the Members’ Jackpot climbing in value and definitely worth winning. Remember, you must be present to win. The annual ‘Try Bowls Day’ will be held on Sunday October 16 from 11am to 2pm. Coaching and club bowls supplied with our compliments as well snack food. Non-bowlers are invited to come along to the Bowling Club on Sunday to try their hands at lawn bowls and to get a feel for what it is about the grand old game that continues to attract new players every year, and hold them for life. Come on your own, bring a partner or a friend; give it a try. Following the Try Bowls Day, the club hosts The Bagman appearing from 2pm. Please put your name on the sheet if interested. Tickets are only $20 and include afternoon tea.

Club men: Dave Roberts, Glen Scott, Mick Bowman, Guilio Marcolongo, Wayne Parks and in front, Frank Seaton are hoping Fish Creek’s Pennant fortunes are full to the brim this season.

Fish Creek FRIDAY’s casserole night at the club rooms was once again a great and well attended evening. Tuesday was another blustery day of bowling but all the same an enjoyable one. The Fish Creek teams, playing at home, were overall winners with a three rink victory. Teams will be playing at Mirboo North this week. Members to meet at the club at 8.30am. Saturday players were more fortunate with the weather with both teams claiming victory in their matches. The teams for Saturday, October 15 are as follows: Division 2 playing at home to Toora. Members meet at the club at 12.15. T. McLean (s), A. Kerr, R. Grylls (team manager), and R. McKenzie; D. Christie (s), N. McKenzie, M. Heywood and C. Bell; R. Mortlock (s), R. Knight, B. O’Keefe, and B.

Cooper. Division 5 playing away at Foster. Members meet at the club at 11.45am. J. Lindeman (s), R. Poletti, Joe Lavarda, and J. Laurence; K. Flanders (s), D. Stefani, C. McGannon, and K. Loader; R. Barham (s and team manager), R. Staley, P. Deane and A. Masson. Members not chosen to play are encouraged to be at the club, in uniform, in the event of an emergency and are again invited to make up teams amongst themselves to play as bankers on the vacant rinks. Fish Creek was host to the South Gippsland Triples. The club was represented by Tim McLean, Dave Christie and Bruce Cooper. Fish Creek was, unfortunately, eliminated in the semi-finals by just one point, by Inverloch, who went on to be the overall winners. Ladies monthly meeting to be held at the club rooms on Wednesday 12 at 10.30am.

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| SPORT • Allambee Mirboo North & District tennis

Sun shines on season opener THE season began on Saturday with perfect weather.

Go girls: from left, Zara Littlejohn and Alicia Marshman were having a hit of tennis at the Leongatha courts on Saturday, as part of the opening round of the Allambee, Mirboo and District Tennis Association season.

Good to see all the courts being played on at Leongatha. Section 3 are young players and all so keen, and there was some very good tennis. Thanks to Mardan for playing its match at Leongatha. Transport with young players has to be organised with parents, as the season progresses this will settle. In Section 1 Leongatha North had a good win against Leongatha. Well done to Tom Dudley for Leongatha and Sarah Sauvarin for Leongatha North, taking a step higher, and

Match up: from left, Matt Minogue, Taylor Eady, Tracie McColl and Noah McColl were ready to take the court on Saturday, for the opening weekend of the local tennis season.

Taylia Tryant has played this section last season. Phillip Island had a win over Inverloch. The Krohn boys had a win, Connor moving into Section 1 this season. In Section 2 the scores for the three matches played were 6/3. Baromi Yellow defeated Leongatha Green by 20 games. Well done to the younger players. Leongatha Green girls did well to win the ladies sets. Koony won a ladies, men’s and mixed. Outtrim was the winner by nine games. Anthony Polato joined Jye Gourley at Hallston. the boys are lucky to

have Gristy as their mentor. What a great day weather wise at Hallston and a win as a bonus. No score was received from the Berrys Creek and Leongatha Gold game, scores will be adjusted next week. Hawks won by six games over Mardan in Section 3. Well done to Tracie McColl who has come back which helps the younger players. Parrots won by seven games against the Eagles who won four sets and are all young players. Marshman and Bainbridge, one in each team. The players are all

friends as well and it was such a good match. Alicia Marshman and Zara Littlejohn played a tiebreaker, Alicia was the winner. Be sure to have the results in by 8pm.

Results Section 1: Phillip Island 6.59 d Inverloch 3.44; Leongatha North 7.67 d Leongatha 2.31. Section 2: Baromi Yellow 6.64 d Leongatha Green 3.44, Hallston 6.64 d Korumburra 3.37, Outtrim 6.61 d Koonwarra 3.52, Berrys Creek v Leongatha Gold (no score), Baromi Black - bye. Section 3: Leongatha Parrots 3.45 d Leongatha

Eagles 4.38, Leongatha Hawks 4.41 d Mardan 3.35.

Ladders Section 1 Leongatha North ...................9.0 Phillip Island..........................8.0 Koonwarra .............................5.5 Inverloch ................................3.0 Leongatha................................2.0 Section 2 Hallston ..................................8.0 Baromi Yellow........................8.0 Outtrim ..................................8.0 Baromi Black .........................5.5 Koonwarra...............................3.0 Leongatha Green .....................3.0 Korumburra .............................3.0 Berrys Creek ...........................0.0 Leongatha Gold.......................0.0 Section 3 Hawks .....................................6.0 Parrots ....................................5.0 Baromi ....................................4.5 Eagles .....................................4.0 Mardan ....................................3.0

North wins: from left, the Leongatha North team of Jimmy Monaghan and Neil Langstaff took on the Leongatha team of Frank Dekker and Tom Dudley on Saturday, during the opening weekend of the Allambee, Mirboo and District Tennis Association season.

Tennis starts season THE Leongatha Tennis Club hosted the first round of the Allambee, Mirboo and District Tennis Association season on Saturday, with both juniors and seniors taking to the courts. Club treasurer Glenn Kleeven said the courts are all back in playing condition, after wild weather caused around $15,000 damage earlier in the year. He said on some courts, the lower layers of blue stone had been exposed. “We were very fortunate to have insurance, which paid the damage bill,” he said. The weather was a lot nicer on the opening day of the season, with plenty of keen tennis players out on the court from a number of different clubs, including Leongatha, Leongatha North, Berrys Creek, Mirboo North and Mardan. With 19 teams in the senior sections, and 12 teams in the junior section, Club president Frank Dekker said it was good to see the courts full on Saturday.

“We have a number of younger players coming up, which augurs well for the future of the club. It was a big effort to get all the courts up and running for the first round,” he said. The Leongatha Club has a number of events coming up including the club championships on Sunday, November 13 and the association tournament on Sunday, November 20.

Midweek ladies tennis Ladders Section 1 Phillip Island........................56.0 Inverloch Young Fillies .......52.0 Inverloch O.B’s....................39.0 Wonthaggi Turkeys .............34.0 Wonthaggi Chooks ................25.0 Section 2 Bena ......................................76.0 Inverloch Blue .....................44.5 Wonthaggi Owls ..................35.5 Phillip Island........................34.0 Nyora.....................................32.0 Inverloch Yellow ...................24.0 Section 3 Phillip Island........................60.0 Inverloch Pink .....................53.0 Fish Creek ............................38.0 Wonthaggi ............................32.5 Inverloch Jigger Diggers .......29.0 Grantville ..............................27.5

Mirboo North & District junior tennis A BIG welcome to all our junior tennis players and parents for our new season. It was good to see nice weather to begin the season. We hope you all have a lot of fun and enjoy a great season of tennis.

Results - Round 1 October 8 A Grade: Leongatha North 5 sets, 31 games d Wawrinka-Leongatha 1 set, 12 games; Fish Creek 3 sets, 32 games d Djokovic-Leongatha 3 sets, 27 games; Mardan - bye. B Grade: Kerber-Leongatha 4 sets, 29 games d Baromi-Black 2 sets, 23 games; Nadal-Leongatha 4 sets, 27 games d Williams-Leongatha 2 sets, 24 games; Fish Creek 6 sets, 36 games d Baromi-Yellow 0 sets, 1 game; BartyLeongatha 5 sets, 33 games d Federer-Leongatha 1 set,

19 games; Mardan - bye. C Grade: Murray-Leongatha 3 sets, 22 games d Berdych-Leongatha 1 set, 19 games; Tsonga-Leongatha 2 sets, 20 games drew Tomic-Leongatha 2 sets, 20 games; Fish Creek 6 sets, 28 games d Mardan 0 sets 0 games.

Fifteen and Under: back from left, Grace McRae, Chelsea Bowman, Gemma Thomas, Brylee Angwin, Zali Anderson, Jenny McRae (coach), and front, Lanni Prior, Chelsea Livingstone, Taylah Brown, Chloe Radford and Irene Thorson. The team finished on top of its ladder at the Netball Victorian State Titles but the stronger city finalists took the finals by storm.

Ladders A Grade Leongatha North ...................6.0 Fish Creek ..............................4.0 Mardan...................................3.5 Djokovic-Leongatha..............3.0 Wawrinka-Leongatha ..............1.0 B Grade Fish Creek ..............................7.0 Barty-Leongatha ...................6.0 Kerber-Leongatha .................5.0 Nadal-Leongatha ...................5.0 Mardan ....................................3.5 Williams-Leongatha ................2.0 Baromi Black ..........................2.0 Federer-Leongatha ..................1.0 Baromi Yellow ........................0.0 C Grade Fish Creek ..............................7.0 Murray-Leongatha ...............5.0 Tsonga-Leongatha .................3.5 Tomic-Leongatha ..................3.5 Berdych-Leongatha .................2.0 Mardan ....................................0.0

Seventeen and Under: back from left, Keighley Starrett, Taylah Turner, Jasmin Mackie, Kayla Redpath, Ellie Holmes, Ben Dixon (coach), and front, Jayde McLead, Dayle Egan, Amy Robertson, Brooke Anderson and Tiana Heylen. The team didn’t make the finals at the Netball Victoria State Titles but put in a mighty effort all the same.

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SPORT | GOLF Leongatha SMALL fields contested both Tuesday’s and Thursday’s competitions as a result of carts being banned due to the very wet weather over the week. Tuesday’s Par Competition was won by Gary Sharrock with a creditable score in difficult conditions of -1. William Warren received four balls as NTP on both the 14th and 16th holes. DTL balls were won by Chris Leaver, Andrew Smith, Mike Street and David Child. On Thursday, Norm Hughes took the A Grade honours with 34 points, B Grade was won by Craig Hams with 36 points and John Renwick took out C Grade in a countback with 37 points. NTPs were Martin Edney on the fourth hole, John Simon on the seventh, Robert Smith on the 14th and Andy Bassett on

the 16th. DTL balls were awarded to Peter Horman, Peter Walsh, Colin Bear, Frank Gill, Neale Gillin, Peter Buttinger, Brian Fennessy, Peter Brownlie, Paul Luck, Kevin Castwood, Andrew Smith and Jon Smith. The course had made a remarkable recovery by Saturday and the Monthly Medal and first round of the Club Championships were played in ideal conditions with the greens true and fast. The Monthly Medal and B Grade were taken out by Brendon Simon in a countback with net 70. David Elvins won A Grade with a net 73, Perter Hartigan took C Grade with a net 70 and Gary Sharrock won C Grade in a countback with a net 72. NTPs were Thomas Williamson on the fourth hole, Paul Ross on the seven, Anthony Sparkes on the 14th and Peter Buttinger on the 16th. DTL balls were

Terrific scores: Jenny Blackmore and Lee Clements enjoyed the sunshine on the golf course last Saturday. They were the runner up and winner in the women’s competition. awarded to Brett Windsor, David Vorwerg, Peter Jaspers, Denis Manners, John Feddersen, Nathan Wardle, David Forbes, Geoff Tyson, Peter Walsh, Russell Williams, Doug Clemann, Peter Hobson, Ian Murchie, Peter Waters, Rod Hopcraft, Frank Gill, Peter Brownlie, Bryan Sword and Jon Smith. After the first round of the Club Championships, Russell Williams leads A Grade with a gross 82, two strokes ahead of Tom Sorell and David Elvins. Brendon Simon leads B Grade with a gross 83 ahead of David Forbes and Nathan Wardle both on 85 C Grade is headed by David Vorwerg on 89 one stroke clear of Peter Hartigan on 90 and in D Grade’s Stableford event Denis Manners leads the way with 36 points. Saturday was also the final round of the McMicking Cup with Ian Murchie successful in a very close finish, winning by one stroke from Jon Smith. Ian and Jon were level before Saturday’s round but Ian was able to improve his combined score by one stroke with a net 75. Jon must rue the odd missed putt or mistake as he carded a net 76 to be pipped by one shot. Congratulations to Ian in winning this prestigious board event The new season of the Sunday nine hole competition has started with eight teams competing. The best gross for ladies was won by Wendy Brown with 40 off the stick. Well done Wendy after a knee replacement. Chris Lever won both the best gross and net for the

men with 50-13-37. With the heavy conditions there were only three handicap breaks. Chariots of Fire team won the day with 146 strokes. Kit’s Litter with 151 were second. 7UP was a close third on 151 and 1/2 while the Sharks on 159 were fourth. Thank you to the generous sponsors Kevin and Deborah Scott of the South Gippsland Kennels and Cattery. The next round is on Sunday, November 6. More teams and individual players will be welcomed.

Woorayl THE stableford saw A Grade won by Graeme Calder with 37 points, B Grade to Ed Poole with 42 points which would have been better if he could chip, and C Grade to Graeme Winkler with a fourball score of 44 points. We gave balls to G. McKinnon, R. Gourlay, G. Young, M. Herrald, J. Redmond, K. Miles, P. Wallace, D. Hunt and B. Wilson. Nearest the pins to Daryl Hunt and John Hermens. The ball raffle to ‘Slug syndicate’. Next week is a par event with trophies provided by Gendore.

Woorayl ladies WOORAYL ladies played for the Monthly Medal in cold and windy conditions on Wednesday, October 5. A Grade was won by Pauline Lancaster with 85 net on a countback from Shirley Thomas while

B Grade as well as the Monthly Medal went to Jo Fennell with 79 net. Balls down the line were won by Shirley Thomas and Elly Berryman. Nearest the pin on the eighth and 17th was won by Elly Berryman and on the 11th by Ann Poole. With 30 putts, the putting competition was won by Shirley Thomas.

Wonthaggi THE men’s nine hole midweek competition attracted 11 players. The winner was J. McEachern 18 points and balls down the line to S. Tiziani 18 and R. Hender 17. The men’s 18 hole midweek competition attracted 15 players and the winner was Hoots with 40 points. Balls down the line: G. Turner 36, I. Baker 35, C. Wilkinson 34. Pro pin R. Francis. Eagle 7th I. Baker. On Saturday we played the October monthly medal with a field of 68 players. A Grade winner and monthly medal winner was J. French 70 net, B Grade N. Burne 74 net and C Grade J. McEachern 71 net. Balls down the line: R. Geyer 71, G. Turner 73, S. Adams, L. Strosser 74; M. Loughran, H. Adams, A. Yann, B. Howard, H. Mackinder 75; S. Tiziani, A. Bowman, K. Loughran, A Wright, J. Jordan 76. Nearest the pins: 2nd B. Vanagtmaal, 8th N. Burne, 13th S. Adams, 17th M. Scott.Putting J. French 25 putts.

Korumburra ladies DUE to the recent consistent rain and the heavy course there was no competition last Wednesday, the schedule October Monthly Medal has now been abandoned. The Burgess Trophy will be played over the next three weeks in October. These are Stableford rounds where a player’s best two rounds, of the three, are added to determine each of the grade winners. Last Friday some of the girls joined in the fun at Woorayl’s Pink Day, alas no prizes but the money raised on the day was donated to Breast Cancer Research. On Saturday, five girls played in beautiful sunny conditions with the winner being Lee Clements (12) scoring a terrific 35 points. Jenny Blackmore (29) was the runner-up on 27 points. The nearest the pins went to Lee on the first, fourth and seventh, and Judy Webb was closest on the 13th green. A heartfelt thanks goes to many of the girls who have prepared and/or donated food for two successful catering functions over the last month. The postponed committee meeting will now be held this coming Wednesday after golf.

Stunning: from left, Woorayl Golf Club Ladies president Shirley Thomas, captain Heather Sullivan and treasurer Chris Perrett had the dining room looking an absolute picture for lunch as the club hosted golfers from Wonthaggi, Lang Lang, Korumburra, Phillip Island, Meeniyan, Welshpool Leongatha and Mirboo North to its pink day fund raiser for cancer, Girls’ Day Out. The day was sponsored (sadly for the last time) by Bi-Rite.

Woorayl ladies CONFORMING to the theme, the course and clubhouse was awash with pink with a capacity field of players from all over South Gippsland for the very popular annual ‘Girl’s Day Out’ teams event on Friday, October 7. The winners for the day were Faye Maynard, Wendy Parker, Carolyn Cripps and Chris Kent with 96 points. Runners up were Mary Whelan, Jeanette Diss, Mary Taylor and Wendy Hopkins, a team from Phillip Island with 91 points. Down the line balls were handed out to 16 players. The straightest drive competition in A Grade was won by Dot Stubbs from Leongatha, B Grade went to Marg

O’Halloran from Wonthaggi and Jo Fennell from Woorayl won C Grade. Nearest the pin on the eighth was Sharon Rayson from Woorayl, 11th Steve Piasente from Wonthaggi, and 17th Sue Wakefield from Woorayl. The club sent sincere thanks to the team from Kelvin Johns Bi-Rite, Kathy, Kelvin and Emma, for their generous sponsorship for the day. This was their last sponsorship since closing their McCartin Street store. Kelvin has generously supported many sporting clubs throughout the district for many years and the club would like to wish the Smith family best wishes for the next phase of their lives.

Just lovely: from left, Jeanette Diss and Mary Whelan from Phillip Island said they were having a great day with lovely ladies on a lovely course. It was Girls’ Day Out at the Woorayl Golf Course at the club’s annual pink day fund raiser for cancer.

Success: Sue Woods, Fay Quilford, Colleen Touzel, and Toni West were the Berwick/Montuna Bowl winners.

Leongatha ladies THE October Monthly Medal was played on a course that has held up well despite the exceptional volume of rain. Club member Jan Brownlie provided the trophies and the raffle for this event. Dot Stubbs had a day out. She won the Monthly Medal and A Grade with a 76 nett, playing off a handicap of 17. She also won the scratch event with 93 off the stick, on a count back from Wendy Parker. A very surprised Coral Gray won B Grade with 116/27/89. Balls down the line went to Wendy Parker 78 nett, Fay Quilford 79, Jocelyn Howson 81 and Trish Owen 86. Fay Quilford was the only accurate player on the

Reigning champs: from left, Mixed Scratch champions Mat Johnson and Marg Johnson with Mixed Handicap champions Leonie Bentick and Norm Burne.


Star pair: Coral Gray won B Grade and Dot Stubbs won the Monthly Medal, A Grade and scratch. day, winning the nearest the pin on the 16th. Marianne Leaver won the nine hole competition with 15 points on a count back from Maria Bell. Women’s captain Shirley Welsford congratulated Toni West, Fay Quilford, Sue Woods and

Colleen Touzel on winning the Berwick/Montuna Bowl last week. Saturday, October 8: Saturday Championships Stableford round one: Winner: Anna de Bondt (25) 36 points. Down the line: Dot Stubbs 26.

WITH the wild windy day forecast for last Sunday, captain Maree had very fortunately set a 9.30am start so it ensured the 18 pairs entered in the 2016 Mixed Championships for Scratch and Handicap straight foursomes were able to finish early enough to avoid the wind. It was lovely to see many old partnerships and some new ones and it made for a happy day and lots of adventures had by all. Mother and son pair of Marg Johnson (14) and Mat Johnson (2) was able to successfully defend their title and notch up a “four peat” with a fine 79 off the stick and were awarded the Mixed Club Championship trophy. The scratch runners up were a new pairing of president Norm Burne (14)

and Leonie Bentick (30) with 92 Gross. The Handicap winners and taking out the J and P Martin Trophy were Norm Burne and Leonie Bentick 92 (22) 70 net, closely followed by Mat and Marg Johnson 79 (8) 71 net NTP ladies second was Dot Garry, NTP men 13th Mat Johnson, Pro Pin eighth ladies Anne Walker, and Pro Pin 17th men Kevin Bayley. BDL went to Glen Turner and Catherine Bolding 75.5, Peter and Pam Hanley 76.5, Graham and Marg Ryan 77.5, Steve Kane and Maree Anderson 79, Willy and Helen Williams 80.5 Also there are “Ladies Come and Try Clinics” run by Professional Scott Adams starting Sunday, October 23, for five weeks. Contact the golf shop 5672 3697 for details.

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Miners share the love SOUTH Gippsland Miners Baseball Club held its 2016 club presentation night at its major sponsor’s venue, The Wonthaggi Workmens Club on Friday, October 7. The club would like to thank all its numerous sponsors and supporters for helping to create a brand new field, promoting the sport and we look forward to continued support in the years to come. The club is very grateful for the community’s willingness to help the club start up and welcome a great new sport to the district. A great night was had by all with entertaining stories shared of the season that was. Whilst the A and B Grade sides may not have

scored high in the LVBA league ladder standing for the season, many players proved their worth and were delighted with their club awards. All players expressed their thanks to club president Tim Katz, secretary Tim McGrath and treasurer Shane Osborne for organising a fantastic night that was enjoyed by all and a season that was full of great fun and team spirit. The club was playing in its second year and is looking forward to growing its numbers and invites all interested future baseballers from anywhere in the district to check out the Facebook page or website and express your interest now for the 2017 season due to start around April. A winning field: from left, John Long, best junior club person, A Grade winner Col Knox Baseball is for everyone, all ages, gender and for fielding and batting with a .351 average, Michael Thomas winning fielding award for B ability.

Grade, Jordy Knox winning most improved player in A Grade, Bart Ruyter taking out the batting award for B Grade with .419 average and Jane Gardner receiving the award for best club person. Absent: Stewart Mathieson, A Grade most valuable player; Brodie Cocks, B Grade most valuable player; and Damon Ginane, B Grade most improved player.

Miller has hopes on home track Taking

it up to the city

AUSTRALIAN MotoGP race winner and Marc VDS Honda rider Jack Miller, 21, from Townsville stunned the MotoGP world with his maiden premier class win in atrocious conditions at Assen in the Netherlands in June this year. He has since missed three of the past four races after suffering back, wrist and hand injuries after a heavy crash at the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix in August. Miller will tackle the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix at Motegi on October 16, which comes the week before the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on October 21 to 23. Speaking to the Australian Grand Prix Corporation’s official podcast, ‘Keeping Track’, Jack Miller said being able to compete in his home race was a priority with just five races remaining this season. “The hand is the main issue at the moment, but I’ve still got three broken vertebrae in my back as well,” Miller said. “Not riding 100 percent fit with all of the injuries I’ve got at the moment seems like an unnecessary risk. “We’re not fighting for the championship – we’re always fighting to be at the front, but if you’re not 100 percent fit it adds another element of danger into an already dangerous sport. “Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks and somewhere I believe we can be really good at.” Miller became the first rider for an independent team to win a Grand Prix in 10 years when he took victory at Assen, and said the breakthrough result in just his second MotoGP season has cemented his standing in the sport.

THREE Gippsland teams travelled to Eagle Stadium, Werribee, on the weekend to contest the Netball Victoria State Titles. Eagle Stadium is a fabulous new facility with 12 indoor courts, so the entire competition was inside, enabling the very best standard of netball to be played.

High hopes: bouncing onto the international MotoGP stage at 21 years of age this year with his maiden premier class win, Jack Miller is looking forward to competing at Phillip Island, “One of my favourite tracks.” “I think people understand that my work ethic is the same as the other guys, that we are working as hard as any other guy and we do deserve to be there in the class of MotoGP™, it’s not because I’m lucky.” In an extensive interview with ‘Keeping Track’, Miller spoke about his ‘shoey’ celebration that has since been emulated by the likes of Daniel Ricciardo and Valentino Rossi, the influence rival rider Cal Crutchlow has had on his career, and his hopes ahead of the Phillip Island round next month.

Wonthaggi coach scoops top gong

Games were 16 minutes each, with teams playing up to 18 games over the weekend. The 15s and 17s arrived on Friday night to prepare for an early Saturday morning start. The All Abilities team arrived on Saturday afternoon to watch the last few games of the day, joining the other teams at the motel and getting together for dinner, before their matches on Sunday. The best netballers in Victoria were there representing their regions. This was an important talent identification opportunity, with Netball Vic scouts doing the rounds looking to spot the most gifted players who will then be invited to try out for the Victorian State squad. Our All Abilities team had a wonderful weekend and played great netball to make the semifinal, but unfortunately went down in that game. Congratulations to this team and its wonderful coaches Rebecca Arnason and Lisa Kuhne. We thought we did well getting 35 netballers trying out at our 15/U selections, but a source reported that some of the metropolitan regions had over 150 girls trying out for one team. So this is an indication of the power we were up against in the junior grades. Our 17/U girls put in a mighty effort and

strived hard each game against incredibly strong, physical (and so very tall) competition, with two wins and a draw for the weekend. Well done to these talented girls and coach Ben Dixon. Our 15/U girls were amazing winning 15 out of their 17 matches and finishing on top of the ladder. They were the sole country region to make finals and although they bravely contested the semi-final they unfortunately lost by just one goal. To take it to the might of the city like they did is remarkable for a relatively low populated region and speaks volumes for their talent, commitment and clever coaching. Congratulations to these girls and their coach Jenny McRae. There’s a lot that goes in to organising teams to be able to compete at State level. Thank you very much to Gippsland regional liaison officer Janine Redpath and her small but dedicated committee for their months of work in organising. Thanks to fantastic coaches Bec, Lisa, Ben and Jenny, umpires Jess Moed, Vicki Riley and Kerri Besley and bus drivers Graham Birkett and Leonie McCluskey. Thanks to Deb Allott for organising accommodation and buses and to Trulli Pizza in Meeniyan that sponsored drink bottles for all players. The teams are self-funded for the tournament, and all roles are voluntary, so if any business would like to get on board as a sponsor for next year, please contact Janine Redpath 0437 093 503.

WONTHAGGI Power Under 14 coach Darren Brown has been awarded Gippsland football’s ultimate coaching honour at Friday night’s AFL Gippsland Community and Coaches Awards. Brown was named Coach of the Year by the Gippsland Australian Football Coaches Association at the presentation dinner at Morwell’s Italian Australian Club. As well as his team’s on-field success, the 47 year old was recognised for his role in developing junior football at a club that has previously struggled to do so.

All Abilities: back from left, Rebecca Arnason (coach), Damian Midwinter, Eva Ceretti, Best of the crop: Gippsland Coach of the Year Darren Brown from Mitchell Harry, Emily Drysdale, Amber Betts, Corran Djuric, Lisa Kuhne (coach) and front, Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club with VFL/AFL champion Brodie James and Mitchell Price, Mycalie James. The team put in a fantastic effort to make Robert Walls at the award ceremony on Friday night in Morwell. the semi finals.

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Get active at Splash THERE is no better time to sign up for a membership with South Gippsland Splash. Right now the centre is offering a free six month joining fee, which will continue to be an option for new members for the next two weeks. With normal fees costing $47, there’s significant savings to be had. There’s nothing more important than the health and wellbeing of the community, and Splash’s programs are all inclusive. Senior members can enjoy a range of fun group fitness activities including aqua movers, strong movers and water workout available throughout the week. “Aqua movers runs every weekday morning at Pumped: aqua movers instructor Emily Hughes leads a happy group of participants through 8.30am and is perfect for people to work at their a workout at Splash. own pace and have a bit of fun,” centre director

Adrian Paino said. Strong movers runs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am, and the centre is trialling water workout at 6.15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. The gym and the 25 metre lap pool are also readily available for all members. After each session, members can also head over to the cafe and enjoy a coffee or something delicious to eat in a friendly, social atmosphere. Upon joining, members will receive a passport to help them work their way around the centre. The passport entitles members to a number of discounts, including coffee and merchandise. If you refer a friend to the centre, you will also receive two weeks off your membership payments. For seniors, concession memberships are also available if you miss out on this offer.

Dalyston girl headed for Power BUILDING on a great season with the Dalyston Youth Girls team, Rose Coombs was judged best afield in the recent Gippsland Power Subway shield match in Moe, despite the team losing 2.3 - 11.6 to the Geelong Falcons. Rose played exceptionally well in defence reading the play and cutting off a lot of the Geelong forward’s attacks. Her decision making and work in one-on-one contests was outstanding all day. Still a bottom age player and eligible for two more years this is Rose’s second year playing

Subway Shield for Gippsland Power. Rose’s consistent play through the year for Dalyston has also caught the attention of Richard Dal Pos, three times premiership coach with Darebin Falcons Womens team, but next up for Rose is try-outs for Gippsland Power Youth Girls academy challenge to be played in early 2017. Dalyston Youth Girls coach Ella Angarane said, “Rose has a bright future in women’s football. “For her age and with her competitiveness I think she has what it takes to go all the way. “I could see her playing in the national league one day if she puts her mind to it.”

Fascinating: Lisa Coffey from Racing Victoria was the guest speaker at the Stony Creek Racing Club annual general meeting held at the Meeniyan Hotel on Tuesday, October 4.

Stony Creek racing ahead A fascinating talk by Lisa Coffey, an important player in the Victorian Racing industry as Racing Victoria’s workforce development officer was Best afield: Rose Coombs in action against the Geelong Falcons at Moe on the weekend. the centre piece of the Stony Creek Her coach believes she could play in the national league one day. Racing Club’s annual general meeting at the Meeniyan Hotel on Tuesday, October 4.

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Ms Coffey talked about her amazing career in racing, starting in Ireland as a jumps jockey and escorting the famous Coolmore Stud’s champion racing horses all around the world. After arriving in Australia she worked for the Peter Moody stable for four years, and now has dedicated her efforts to training and establishing career pathways for young people to enter the industry. Re-elected president of the club, Paul O’Sullivan told the 28 people in attendance at the dinner meeting that the 2015/16 racing season had been very rewarding for the club with attendances totalling nearly 7000 people for the five race meetings. Mr O’Sullivan said most race days were fully sponsored with sponsorship income up by 20 percent and reduced expenditure across all areas of the club helping to lead an excellent turn around in the club’s financial position.

He thanked the club’s many sponsors, in particular TAC, the Meeniyan Hotel and Cervus Equipment. One-off media rights funding from Country Racing Victoria has also helped to give the club a solid financial base on which to operate in coming years. The president acknowledged the wonderful efforts of Sarah Wolf and Cindy Logan in their roles as CEO and track manager, as well as Sandra Young who has finished her work as training track supervisor due to the current closure of the training facility. He said, “The club is proud to make a positive contribution to the local community in many ways. “Through its operation it provides employment and strong economic activity in the area as well as entertainment for locals and visitors. “It provides fundraising opportunities for local sporting and community clubs with some $16,000 being distributed for their race day help this year, and more than $600 was raised for the Foster SES on our Publicans’ race day.” The club elections saw two committee vacancies filled by returning member Rob Meyer and new member Jenny McFadden. John Cooper was elected as the vice president and Graeme Ward the treasurer.

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Kelsey storms ahead KELSEY Buxton is a young netballer playing for Inverloch-Kongwak in the Alberton league whose career in the sport is being enhanced by her involvement with the Gippsland Strom Elite Netball Club development program. Kelsey has had a very exciting 2016 playing for Gippsland

Storm’s sister club Monash University Storm in the Victorian Netball League. Kelsey’s netball journey began a lot later than she wished. She said, “My mum strongly believed the longer she postponed me playing high impact sports, the less injury prone I would be in the long run. “At the time I wasn’t too impressed but I’m quite grateful for this decision now. Kelsey first played netball

for Mt Eccles in the Leongatha and District Netball Association before moving to Inverloch-Kongwak Football Netball Club in 2009. In 2012 as a bottom age U17s player she played her first season as a Senior A Grade player and also made the Eastern Zone Academy squad. She was coached by Jesse Boyd and Kylie Debono who have been significant standouts in her journey and con-

Give it a shot: the Leongatha Croquet Club held a Come and Try Day on Saturday, which saw several potential croquet players take to the green, mallet in hand. From left, Leongatha Croquet Club member Ann Shandley, Geraldine McGrath from Nar Nar Goon, Charlie Crutchfield from Mirboo North, Leongatha Croquet Club member Nanette Meredith, Finley Smith from Mirboo North and Gus Rutjens from Mirboo North enjoyed getting to know the game. The croquet club runs club days each Wednesday and Saturday and everybody is welcome, flat shoes are essential. For more information on the club, contact president Merry Dyson-Holland on 5668 9207.

• Wonthaggi Table Tennis

Coach’s coup WONTHAGGI table tennis players Archie Paxton, 13, and Beau Allamby, 11, are both coached by Bruce Harmer. Playing on opposite teams one of the young table tennis players has to lose and it was the younger of the two, Beau, but his partner was their coach. It was a narrow 3–2 win to Archie Paxton and

Andrew Donohue. The grand final is on Wednesday. The Wonthaggi Table Tennis Club is encouraging Juniors with potential to move up to A Grade. The grand final on Wednesday will see another Junior, 15 year old Kenzi Gardner competing. He will partner Justin Licis.

Winners: from left, Andrew Donohue and Close second: from left, the runners-up in the Archie Paxton won the Wonthaggi Table Ten- Wonthaggi Tabler Tennis A Grade preliminary nis A Grade preliminary final 3-2 last week. final were Bruce Harmer and Beau Allamby.

tinue to be very supportive of her development. Boyd, in particular, a local sporting identity pushed the young netballer into furthering her netball which led Kelsey to Gippsland Storm. She said after academy and playing two games a week she never really wanted to pursue her netball any further and actually wanted a break but continuing has been really beneficial. “I find all the coaches at Storm bring something new to training and give you a different perspective or way of thinking.” Asked if the high standard of competition each week has improved her game Buxton said, “Absolutely! I was fortunate enough to get a call from Simon O’Shanassy, head coach for Gippsland Storm, in the middle of the 2016 VNL season, and asked if I would like to fill in for Monash University Storm. “From that one chance, I was able to be a part of its Division One squad for the rest of the season. “I even had the chance to play a few games with the top championship side for Monash. This wouldn’t have been possible without Gippsland Storm.” In the off season from the Victorian Netball League, Kelsey is back playing in the spring season for Gippsland Storm in its senior squad at the Waverley Netball Centre.

Standout: Kelsey Buxton in action on the court, presents a classic netballer profile. Seen here she positioned herself to block any opportunity of a pass to her opponent, the shooter.

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• B Grade Division 1

Strong start for Phillip Island ONLY two of four B1 matches were played out, resulting in close matches, on the weekend. Phillip Island has struck the top of the ladder straight off the bat – its percentage holding it just above OMK. Playing against Kilcunda Bass, Phillip Island stepped up to bat first. Captain Tony Hornsby was the Phillip Island’s leading batsman, who put 44 runs on the scoreboard. Some handy wickets from Kilcunda Bass’ Daniel Bettles and Chris Peckett – as well as three catches from Ray Gardiner – put the pressure on Phillip Island, but the Island managed to finish 40 overs with a total of 136. Kilcunda Bass stepped up to bat and was off to an impressive start with opening batsman Cameron Davidson making 27 runs. Gardiner was Kilcunda Bass’ top batsman, making 34 runs. However, some excellent bowling from Phillip Island’s Hornsby, Peter Cleary and Clint Wilson, as well as a collaboration of teamwork out on the field, stopped Kilcunda Bass in its tracks. Kilcunda Bass finished its innings with a total of 116 after 40 overs, surrendering the first match of the season to Phillip Island. By another close margin, OMK defeated Nerrena.

Stepping up to bat first, OMK’s best batsman was Adam Busana with 37 runs. Nerrena’s Jacob Beckwith showed some impressive bowling and took three wickets from his opponent. He continued his form on the field and took two catches. OMK finished its innings with a total of 140 after 34.5 overs. Nerrena began its innings strong. Opening batsmen Ashley Harrison and Beckwith set the standard, each gaining more than 30 runs each. However, OMK’s fielding side were in fine form, with Noel Creed and Dylan McMeekin taking two catches each. Bowler Justin Greenwood also demonstrated skill by taking three wickets, and Nerrena finished its innings with a total of 127 after 39 overs. Matches between Town and the Wonthaggi Workmens, and Inverloch and MDU were abandoned due to the weather. KILCUNDA-BASS def by PHILLIP ISLAND 1st innings Phillip Island S. Boyack b. D. Bettles ..............1 M. Parsons c&b. R. Duff............8 T. Hornsby b. C. Peckett ..........44 A. Finlayson c. R. Gardiner b. R. Duff ...............................7 C. Epifano c. C. Davidson b. C. Elliott .............................9 C. Wilson lbw. b. C. Peckett ....25 P. Cleary c. J. Rosenow b. C. Peckett .........................14 L. Keating c. R. Gardiner b. D. Bettles............................2

B. Quirk c. R. Gardiner b. D. Bettles............................4 J. Asbury r.o. ..............................2 B. Christopher n.o. .....................0 Extras ......................................21 Total .......................................136 Bowling: D. Bettles 3/15, C. Peckett 3/27, R. Duff 2/17, D. Blackney 0/24, C. Elliott 1/21, S. Tapscott 0/27. 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass C. Davidson c. P. Cleary b. T. Hornsby ........................27 D. Ferguson c. B. Quirk b. T. Hornsby ..........................7 R. Gardiner c. J. Asbury b. P. Cleary ...........................34 B. Joseph r.o. ..............................2 J. Rosenow c. S. Boyack b. B. Quirk............................ 11 S. Tapscott r.o. ............................1 R. Duff b. P. Cleary ....................2 C. Peckett r.o. .............................0 C. Elliott c. b. C. Wilson ............0 D. Blackney n.o..........................4 D. Bettles b. C. Wilson...............4 Extras ......................................25 Total ....................................... 116 Bowling: P. Cleary 2/15, B. Christopher 0/17, T. Hornsby 2/14, M. Parsons 0/6, B. Quirk 1/35, C. Wilson 2/16. NERRENA def by OMK 1st innings OMK A. McKinnon c. J. Beckwith b. M. Collins ..........................5 L. Jones c. M. Collins b. C. Dougherty ......................0 R. White r.o. .............................23 W. Dowel c. b. J. Beckwith ...... 11 N. Creed c. b. J. Beckwith .......19 J. Lamers c&b. J. Beckwith .......9 A. Busana b. N. Trotto ............37 D. McMeekin lbw. b. J. Kelly ...............................9 J. Greenwood c. b. J. Kelly ........3 N. Audino n.o. ............................1 R. Dixon b. C. Dougherty ..........4 Extras ......................................19 Total .......................................140 Bowling: N. Trotto 1/11, C. Dougherty 2/11, M. Collins 1/21, J. Beckwith 3/39, R. Baudinette

Setting the standard: Nerrena’s Jacob Beckwith was a clear contender for man of the match and gets a boundary to backward square leg. Photo by Mark Drury. 0/18, J. Kelly 2/31. 1st innings Nerrena A. Harrison c. D. McMeekin b. J. Greenwood ...................35 J. Beckwith c. N. Creed b. D. McMeekin ...................31

C. Baudinette r.o. .......................0 J. Kelly c. J. Lamers b. J. Greenwood .....................7 S. Helms n.o. ............................21 W. Telfer c. D. McMeekin b. N. Audino ...........................7

N. Trotto c&b. N. Audino ..........2 M. Croatto b. D. McMeekin.......9 M. Collins c. N. Creed b. J. Greenwood .....................2 C. Dougherty r.o.........................5 R. Baudinette b. R. White ..........0

Extras ........................................8 Total .......................................127 Bowling: R. White 1/24, R. Dixon 0/27, D. McMeekin 2/24, N. Audino 2/17, J. Greenwood 3/29.

• B Grade Division 2

B2 warms up POOWONG Loch accounted for Glen Alvie which had set it just 111 runs to chase.

Eyes on the prize: OMK’s Wes Dowell sprints after a catch. This one got away, but his team won the match. Photo by Mark Drury.

Jay Tiziani top scored for Glen Alvie with 39 not out but the team’s 111 was all it could amass from 40 overs and it finished with four wickets still in hand. Poowong Loch’s Neil Hancock took 2/9 off his eight overs. In other signs early on in the day that Poowong Loch was on top, Brian Knight also took two wickets from four overs and for only eight runs. Trevor Allen 35 and Brad Monson 30 top scored for Poowong Loch. Glen Alvie’s bowling was unable to mount an attack that matched its opponent’s earlier efforts with the ball. Ben McRae was its best 2/26 (8). Foster had a win over the Wonthaggi Miners. Miners batted first and managed an innings total of 7/126. Its opening batsman Rohan Todd had gone out and made 57 giving the side a superb start but his effort alone wasn’t going to be enough. For Foster Andrew Starret took 3/22. With the bat for Foster Dan Garlick made 82 not out. At close of play with its 40 overs faced, Foster had cruised to 9/157.

Imperials were beaten by Korumburra. Shayne Harland put in a strong performance for the Cobras with four wickets taken from eight overs for an economical 36 runs. Top scoring for Imperials was Tim Sauvarin with 48 runs not out. Sauvarin had taken his place at the crease at number five. Jye Celebrine opened for Korumburra and held his place for 65 runs in a very determined dig. Imperials’ best with the bat was also up there with the ball: Tim Sauvarin bowled seven over and yielded just six runs. Four of his over were maidens. Celebrine was supported with 35 runs mid innings by Jeremy Oxlee to get Korumburra to 5/160 (40) chasing the Imperials’ 144 (36.2). GLEN ALVIE def by POOWONG-LOCH 1st innings Glen Alvie R. Slade b. N. Hancock ............ 14 J. Burke b. G. Birnie ................13 J. Tiziani n.o. ............................39 I. Thorn b. N. Hancock ..............0 T. Tack c. N. Allen b. M. Allen ...........................25 J. Thomas b. B. Knight ..............0 B. McRae c. B. Nicholls b. B. Knight ............................1 B. Cox n.o. .................................5 Extras ......................................14 Total ............................. 6/111 (cc) Bowling: M. Allen 1/24, N. Allen 0/15, G. Birnie 1/1, N. Hancock 2/9, B. Monson 0/23, T. Allen 0/13, B. Hall 0/14, B. Knight 2/8.

1st innings Poowong-Loch B. Knight r.o...............................2 M. Allen c. J. Thomas b. B. Cox ................................7 T. Allen c. B. Cox b. B. McRae .........................35 B. Hall r.o. ..................................1 N. Allen c. T. Tack b. B. McRae ...........................8 B. Nicholls c. B. McRae b. T. Tack ..............................12 B. Monson r.o...........................30 G. Birnie n.o...............................1 A. Johnson n.o............................4 Extras ......................................14 Total .............................7/114 (cc) Bowling: T. Tack 1/15, J. Thomas 0/17, L. McRae 0/22, B. Cox 1/18, B. McRae 2/26, J. Burke 0/10. WON MINERS def by FOSTER 1st innings Won Miners R. Todd c. H. Buckland b. A. Starret ..........................57 G. Peters lbw. b. J. Pilkington .......................4 F. Andrighetto c. B. Cripps b. A. Starret ..........................15 S. Farrington c. S. Chaseling b. D. Lacasa..........................25 D. Beesey b. D. Walker ..............1 A. Zanella b. S. Chaseling .........3 P. Loos n.o. .................................9 C. Gooch b. A. Starret ................5 L. Granger n.o. ...........................0 Extras ........................................7 Total .............................7/126 (cc) Bowling: D. Walker 1/22, D. Lacasa 1/21, S. Chaseling 1/23, J. Pilkington 1/10, G. Tanner 0/25, A. Starret 3/22. 1st innings Foster H. Buckland c. S. Farrington b. G. Peters ...........................25 W. Davy b. D. Beesey ..............10 J. Pilkington b. D. Beesey ..........0 S. Chaseling b. G. Peters............0 D. Garlick n.o...........................82 A. Starret c. M. Donohue (sub) b. C. Gooch ............................1 D. Thornell b. P. Loos ..............26 D. Walker b. A. Zanella..............1

D. Lacasa b. P. Loos ...................4 B. Cripps b. A. Zanella...............4 G. Tanner n.o. .............................0 Extras ........................................4 Total .............................9/157 (cc) Bowling: R. Todd 0/9, D. Beesey 2/10, G. Peters 2/19, P. Loos 2/44, L. Granger 0/43, C. Gooch 1/16, A. Zanella 2/14. IMPERIALS def by KORUMBURRA 1st innings Imperials G. Sauvarin c. N. Amey b. S. Harland ........................16 R. McLennan c. J. Celebrine b. S. Harland ........................31 L. Rogers c. M. Patten b. S. Harland ........................10 R. Higgins c. P. Dunlevie b. M. Wrigley .........................0 T. Sauvarin n.o. ........................48 C. Mondal c. N. Arney b. S. Harland ..........................5 K. Cooper r.o. .............................1 J. Forrester b. N. Arney ............16 P. McCaughan c. N. Leppin b. D. Scott ............................12 H. McGannon b. D. Scott...........0 K. Gray b. J. Oxlee.....................2 Extras ........................................3 Total .......................................144 Bowling: M. Cozzio 0/24, M. Patten 0/15, S. Harland 4/36, M. Wrigley 1/4, N. Arney 1/35, C. Mileto 0/7, J. Oxlee 1/13, D. Scott 2/8. 1st innings Korumburra J. Celebrine n.o. .......................65 S. Harland b. T. Sauvarin ...........8 P. Dunlevie c. K. Gray b. J. Forrester..........................5 D. Scott b. J. Forrester ...............2 J. Oxlee c. R. Higgins b. P. McCaughan ..................35 M. patten b. K. Cooper.............14 C. Mileto n.o. .............................4 Extras ......................................27 Total ....................................5/160 Bowling: T. Sauvarin 1/6, R. McLennan 0/32, J. Forrester 2/26, L. Rogers 0/29, P. McCaughan 1/43, K. Cooper 1/1, H. McGannon 0/10.

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CRICKET | SPORT • A Grade Division 1

Ten sixes for Ratnaike TOWN’S Amila Ratnaike’s 132 not out on Saturday led the way for A Grade cricket with the bat while Charith Keerthisinghe’s 5/34 was the best with the ball and together signaled one thing: they’re back in town. You can’t deny the Sri Lankans are game winners when it comes to performances like these. Wonthaggi Club lost to Town at the Butchwest Oval where its 40 overs yielded 190 runs and a reasonable chance at victory. It was a close run match as it turned out, a real nail biter with Town making it past the post in just the last over bowled. Ratnaike’s 132 not out was not only the outstanding batting performance of the day – his innings included 10 sixes – he was also responsible for four of Club’s wickets falling, taking 4/31 from eight overs. His countrymen Madura Weerasinghe SIlva and Nithiyananthan Mahendrakumar between them bowled 15 overs with only the latter claiming a scalp and together they were beaten for 87 runs. Brandon Berry was the only other Town bowler to take a wicket.

Club’s best batsman was Ryan Thomas with 69. The story of the match begins and ends with Ratnaike though: the only other Town batsman to reach double figures was Weerasinghe Silva who was run out for 20. At Cowes, Kilcunda/Bass was all out for 143 in the last over of its innings. Opener Daniel Mock was its highest scorer with 42. It was Charith Keerthisinghe who damaged its stocks the worst with his 5/34 from 7.4 overs. Geoff Odgers wasn’t far behind for bowling honours with his 4/23 off 8 overs. Kilcunda/Bass had Phillip Island all out for 101 runs in the 32nd over. A good win away from home for Kilcunda/Bass. OMK took on Nerrena at home and restricted the visitors to 176 runs. David Trotman with 44 and Tim Wightman with 42 were solid with the bat. Jamie Dewel and Sam Jenkins took two wickets each but Jenkins’ came from only four overs and yielded 14 runs. Dewel’s came from eight and yielded 52. With 176 to get OMK reached 7/207 at the end of day’s play with its 40 overs faced. Tim Wyatt’s 84 was the outstanding innings. Korumburra batted first against Inverloch and finished 8/171. Luke Zanchetta’s 35 not

out was the top score. Kyle Dorman made 31, Ilan Osman 27 and Shane Dole 26. Three Inverloch bowlers took two wickets apiece. Inverloch came close with 162 but the Cobras had the edge. Zanchetta took 3/30 and Osman 3/44. Those two men were arguably the difference between the winning and losing sides on the day. WON CLUB def by TOWN 1st innings Won Club D. Britt c. J. Hume b. A. Ratnaike.......................31 S. Huitema r.o. .........................13 M. Thomas r.o. ......................... 11 R. Thomas c. S. Fixter b. A. Ratnaike.......................69 D. Turton b. A. Ratnaike ..........35 L. McLean c. L. Smith b. N. Mahendrakumar ............1 J. Sheerin c. S. Browne b. A. Ratnaike.........................1 R. Birkett lbw. b. B. Berry ..............................4 J. Thomas n.o. ............................6 K. Brann n.o. ..............................0 Extras ......................................19 Total .............................8/190 (cc) Bowling: N. Mahendrakumar 1/45, S. Browne 0/24, J. Hume 0/14, B. Berry 1/26, A. Ratnaike 4/31, M. Weerasinghe-Silva 0/42. 1st innings Town S. Fixter b. J. Thomas ................4 Z. Trease r.o................................2 A. Ratnaike n.o. .....................132 M. Weerasinghe-Silva r.o. ........20 M. Smith c. b. J. Sheerin ............6 N. Mahendrakumar b. Z. Macdermid.....................7 D. Burge stp. K. Brann b. J. Sheerin ............................9 S. Browne n.o.............................1 Extras ......................................12

Total .............................6/193 (cc) Bowling: R. Thomas 0/34, J. Thomas 1/41, M. Thomas 0/33, R. Birkett 0/36, J. Sheerin 2/26, Z. Macdermid 1/20. PHILLIP ISLAND def by KILCUNDA-BASS 1st innings Kilcunda-Bass D. Mock c. G. Odgers b. M. Wright .........................42 W. Markland c. J. Keating b. C. Keerthisinghe ..............23 A. Donohue c. G. Odgers b. C. Keerthisinghe ..............24 A. Larcombe lbw. b. G. Odgers ......................... 11 J. Dakin b. G. Odgers ...............23 P. Donahue b. C. Keerthisinghe ................2 J. Bastwrous c. J. Keating b. G. Odgers ...........................0 J. Tregear stp. J. Keating b. C. Keerthisinghe ................3 A. Wells c. L. Cleeland b. G. Odgers ...........................2 T. Smith c. M. Wright b. C. Keerthisinghe ................0 J. Mahood n.o.............................1 Extras ......................................12 Total .......................................143 Bowling: S. Kirton 0/23, G. Odgers 4/23, B. Johnston 0/25, J. Cox 0/24, C. Keerthisinghe 5/34, M. Wright 1/11. 1st innings Phillip Island L. Cleeland b. J. Dakin.............34 J. Keating c. b. T. Smith .............7 J. Black c. b. J. Mahood ...........12 B. Johnston b. J. Mahood ...........1 C. Keerthisisnghe c. b. A. Wells ..............................1 B. Insall r.o. ................................4 M. Kinghom r.o. .........................2 G. Odgers c. b. A. Donohue .......8 M. Wright c. b. D. Mock ............9 S. Kirton b. A. Donohue.............5 J. Cox n.o. ..................................4 Extras ......................................14 Total .......................................101 Bowling: A. Wells 1/33, T. Smith 1/19, J. Mahood 2/16, J. Dakin 1/13, A. Donohue 2/12, D.

Diggers’Den: Nerrena captain Gerard Murphy is clean bowled by OMK’s Jamie Dewell. Photo by Mark Drury. Mock 1/6. OMK d NERRENA 1st innings Nerrena D. Symmons c. A. Rose b. J. Cochrane.........................4 D. Trotman stp. A. Rose b. S. Jenkins .........................44 T. Wightman c&b. J. Dewell ....42 S. Lester b. S. Jenkins ................1 D. Baldi n.o. .............................35 G. Murphy b. J. Dewell..............9 P. Matheson n.o. .......................18 Extras ......................................23 Total .............................5/176 (cc) Bowling: J. Cochrane 1/23, P. Dell 0/28, N. Cant 0/32, D. Lloyd 0/15, J. Dewell 2/52, S. Jenkins 2/14. 1st innings OMK D. Lloyd c. T. Wightman b. A. Trotto .............................0 J. Van Rooye b. P. Matheson ....29 A. Rose b. J. Trease....................9 A. Miller b. P. Matheson .......... 11 T. Wyatt n.o. .............................84 D. Creed c. H. Funnell b. D. Symmons.......................5

J. Cochrane c. T. Wightman b. D. Symmons.....................21 J. Dewell b. T. Wightman .........21 P. Dell n.o. ................................14 Extras ......................................13 Total ....................................7/207 Bowling: A. Trotto 1/38, J. Trease 1/30, J. Hoy 0/28, P. Matheson 2/30, D. Symmons 2/26, T. Wightman 1/50, G. Murphy 0/4. KORUMBURRA d INVERLOCH 1st innings Korumburra I. Osman c&b. E. Cousins........27 M. Giles c. W. Taberner b. L. Rankin............................1 K. Rigby c. W. Williams b. L. Rankin............................0 S. Dole b. R. Thomas ...............26 K. Dorman b. R. Thomas .........31 P. Edwards r.o...........................20 L. Zanchetta n.o. ......................35 D. Salmon b. D. Newman ..........0 J. Richards b. D. Newman .........0 D. Wyhoon n.o. ........................12 Extras ......................................19

Total .............................8/171 (cc) Bowling: R. Thomas 2/15, L. Rankin 2/22, K. Rotthier 0/41, D. Newman 2/38, E. Cousins 1/49. 1st innings Inverloch W. Taberner c. K. Rigby b. S. Dole..............................27 B. Debono b. S. Dole ...............48 D. Newman r.o. ........................25 K. Rotthier c. B. Browne b. I. Osman ........................... 11 W. Rankin c. K. Dorman b. L. Zanchetta .......................8 L. Rankin c. S. Dole b. I. Osman ...........................19 W. Williams b. L. Zanchetta.......0 N. Brayley b. L. Zanchetta .........2 E. Cousins c. K. Dorman b. I. Osman .............................3 L. Anderson r.o...........................1 R. Thomas n.o. ...........................1 Extras ......................................17 Total .......................................162 Bowling: L. Zanchetta 3/30, B. Browne 0/32, D. Wyhoon 0/27, S. Dole 2/12, I. Osman 3/44, J. Richards 0/10.

• A Grade Division 2

Balls and birds flew in A2 THE cricketers had more than flying cricket balls to deal with at Mary MacKillop oval on Saturday. A territorial magpie set itself up on top of a goal post and terrorised any player who dared venture down to that end of the field. Koonwarra Leongatha/ RSL opened its account with 130 runs against the Wonthaggi Miners. Its top scorers were Jack Hughes 29 and Ben Perry 23. The only other Cougars batsman to make it to double figures was opener Sam Hughes (14). For Miners, Honeysett’s 3/19 off 6.4 made him the pick of his side’s bowlers. Three of his team mates had two wickets each. In reply, Miners were out in the 38th over for 123. Joel Piasente, batting with the tail, held up his team with 51 runs (the only tally worth naming) but it was new Cougar, Jayke Hoy with five wickets for 31 runs off his eight overs who really put the win out of the Miners’reach. Nick Arnup took 2/6 off eight overs with five maidens in the mix playing a key role in producing the Koonwarra Leongatha/RSL win. The Cougars will have to come up with some nick names quick smart, as three Jakes and two Jacks took to the field. Poowong Loch had a strong win over Glen Alvie. Its first innings 7/216 featuring Wilson Pollock’s 84 left Glen Alvie gasping and

able to summon only 168 in reply. Glen Alvie’s top scorer was Daniel Hales 59. For Poowong Loch, Colin Knox took 2/14 (8) and Jacob Bardwell took 2/32 (8). In the other match MDU defeated Foster. Foster was restricted to 132 runs despite a strong showing with 44 runs by its opening batsman Murray Lynch. MDU’s Mark Kewming took 3/27 and Darien

Mathews 2/13 were instrumental and when it came his turn to bat, Darien Mathews hit the boundary 18 times. He added 108 runs to his bowling figures and became the man whose presence was felt the strongest in this match. POOWONG-LOCH d GLEN ALVIE 1st innings Poowong-Loch C. Knox c. P. Palmer b. W. Luke ............................43 A. Bardwell c. J. Reid b. D. Hales..............................4

Bending the back: Cougars’ speedster Jason Kennedy sends one down against the Wonthaggi Miners on Saturday. Photo by Mark Drury.

W. Pollock stp. A. Hamilton b. J. Reid ..............................84 J. Bardwell b. W. Luke .............15 P. Dyer lbw. b. A. Ware ..............2 K. Miller n.o.............................35 R. Greaves b. D. Hales ...............1 A. Fisher r.o................................4 A. Jenkins n.o.............................7 Extras ......................................22 Total .............................7/216 (cc) Bowling: D. Hales 2/35, J. Reid 1/31, J. Reid 0/44, K. Simpson 0/23, P. Palmer 0/12, W. Luke 2/46, A. Ware 1/20. 1st innings Glen Alvie J. Reid c. K. Miller b. M. Loader...........................1 J. Reid c. J. Bardwell b. C. Knox ............................20 P. Palmer b. C. Knox ................36 A. Ware c. K. Miller b. J. Bardwell .........................5 D. Hales n.o..............................59 R. Slade c. K. Miller b. J. Bardwell .........................2 S. Watson b. A. Jenkins ..............6 A. Hamilton r.o. .......................12 J. Hull n.o. ..................................0 W. Luke c. A. Fisher b. R. Greaves ........................ 11 Extras ......................................16 Total .............................8/168 (cc) Bowling: A. Jenkins 1/25, M. Loader 1/27, C. Knox 2/14, R. Greaves 1/23, J. Bardwell 2/32, M. Hancock 0/41. FOSTER def by MDU 1st innings Foster M. Lynch c. M. Patching b. D. Mathews ......................44 M. Jones b. N. Eddy .................21 J. Toner b. J. Mason .................23 G. Watkins c. J. Mason b. M. Kewming ......................8 J. Chaseling c. M. Olden b. M. Kewming ......................1 O. Straw b. D. Mathews ........... 11 T. McWilliams n.o......................4 N. Clarke stp. M. Martin b. M. Kewming ......................3 F. Griggs n.o. ..............................4 Extras ......................................13 Total .............................7/132 (cc) Bowling: J. Mason 1/20, C. Harris 0/17, D. Mathews 2/13, N. Eddy 1/33, M. Patching 0/19, M. Kewming 3/27.

1st innings MDU G. Webster c. T. McWilliams b. N. Clarke ..........................38 M. Martin b. F. Griggs .............12 W. Prosser lbw. b. F. Griggs .......1 D. Mathews n.o. .....................108 N. Eddy b. N. Clarke..................0 M. Olden c. M. Jones b. O. Straw ...........................20 M. Olden b. O. Straw .................0 J. Mason b. O. Straw ..................0 C. Harris n.o. ..............................3 Extras ......................................29 Total .............................7/212 (cc) Bowling: F. Griggs 2/25, N. Clarke 2/35, O. Straw 3/46, J. Weston 0/52, H. Griggs 0/44, J. Chaseling 0/5. KOONWARRA L/RSL d WON MINERS 1st innings Koonwarra L/RSL S. Hughes c. C. Honeysett b. J. Piasente.........................14 J. Hughes c. D. Loos b. J. Honeysett ......................29 J. Guinan c. A. Honeysett b. J. Honeysett ........................8 B. Perry c. C. Thomas b. C. Honeysett.....................23 J. Hale c. A. Honeysett b. J. Rumbold .........................6 J. Moore lbw. b. J. Rumbold ......5 A. Rockall b. J. Piasente ............7 J. Kennedy b. J. Loos .................2 J. Hoy lbw. b. J. Loos .................4 J. Rockall n.o..............................0 N. Arnup b. J. Honeysett ............7 Extras ......................................25 Total .......................................130 Bowling: J. Loos 2/13, J. Rumbold 2/20, J. Piasente 2/26, D. Loos 0/7, A. Hall 0/28, J. Honeysett 3/19, C. Honeysett 1/15. 1st innings Won Miners G. Kent c. S. Hughes b. J. Kennedy..........................6 B. Andrighetto b. N. Arnup ........4 D. Loos c. J. Kennedy b. N. Arnup.............................3 J. Honeysett c. J. Moore b. J. Guinan ............................1 C. Thomas lbw. b. J. Hoy ...........7 A. Honeysett r.o. ......................19 C. Honeysett c. A. Rockall b. J. Hoy .................................0 J. Loos c. J. Hughes b. J. Hoy .................................0

J. Piasente b. J. Hoy .................51 J. Rumbold c. B. Perry b. J. Hoy .................................0 Extras ......................................32

Total .......................................123 Bowling: J. Kennedy 1/40, N. Arnup 2/6, J. Guinan 1/10, J. Hoy 5/31, J. Hale 0/29, S. Hughes 0/1.

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 2 - October 15 Home team Grade A1 Kilcunda-Bass Town Inverloch Nerrena Grade A2 Won Miners Glen Alvie Imperials MDU Grade B1 OMK Phillip Island MDU Won Club Grade B2 Poowong-Loch Korumburra Foster Glen Alvie Grade C1 Inverloch Nerrena OMK Town Grade C2 Won Club Phillip Island Glen Alvie Poowong-Loch

Away Team



v v v v

Korumbura OMK Phillip Island Won Club

Bass 1 SP 1 Inv Turf L Turf

T. Rogers J. Curry G. Goss L. White

v v v v

Poowong-Loch Won Rec G. Adams Koon-L/RSL Butch W G. Wightman Foster EC G. Laird Bye

v v v v

Town Inverloch Kilcunda-Bass Nerrena

Outt Rec Cowes Meen Rec McMhn

v v v v

Imperials Won Miners Koon-L/RSL Bye

Loch Rec B. Bek Kor Rec C. Salmon FGC N. Grabham

v v v v

Korumburra Won Club MDU Phillip Island

Inv Rec Nerr Rec KSC SP 2

TBA K. Scrimshaw TBA I. Thomas

v v v v

Korumburra Kilcunda-Bass Koon-L/RSL OMK

WSC Newh GA Poow

M. Wishart TBA TBA TBA

A. Stride A. Jordan I. Richards M. Heenan

Any person interested in umpiring contact Graham Laird 0408 454 741. Please note all games start at 1pm.

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Aaron Heppell reaps rewards FORMER Leongatha Senior footballer Aaron Heppell, 21, has capped off a brilliant year by winning the R.A Freeman Medal as the Essendon VFL’s best and fairest player, announced

on Friday night at the club’s formal presentation night at Fenix in Melbourne. Aaron’s parents Paul and Anne-Maree Heppell of Leongatha along with their elder sons Essendon player Dyson, the 2014 Crichton Medallist, Jamin

and their partners. Aaron led the count from start to finish to win the prestigious award with 296 votes, 67 clear of captain Dan Coghlan (222) and vice captain Ben McNiece on 209. Heppell, a vital member of the Bombers midfield,

Team Heppell: from left the Heppell family Paul, Jamin, Essendon 2016 VFL’s best and fairest Aaron, Essendon player Dyson and mum Anne-Maree were thrilled with Aaron’s success on Friday night.

played every game this year and averaged 20 disposals over the season, but that increased to 24 from rounds 18. He was also one of Essendon’s best performers in finals, logging 22 possessions and eight tackles in the club’s semi-final loss to Footscray and was also awarded the Jack Feain Best Clubman award, as voted by the players and volunteers. Aaron was the only Bomber named in the VFL Team of the Year, named in the back pocket at the recent J.J Liston Awards at Crown Palladium and was also shortlisted for the Fothergill-Round Medal as the most promising young player in the VFL. Proud mum AnneMaree said, “Our whole family attended (Essendon’s presentation night) and yes we are very proud of Aaron’s improvement this year and his awards. “Aaron plans to play with the Essendon VFL next year but he has nominated for the draft, so you never know,” she said.

All smiles: Essendon footballer Aaron Heppell, former Leongatha Parrot Senior footballer, winner of the R.A Freeman Medal as Essendon VFL’s best and fairest was congratulated by girlfriend Pheobe Linton at the presentation night in Melbourne last Friday.

SPORT | GOLF Mirboo North THURSDAY competition, a Stableford was won by Joe Taylor (21) 36 points. DTL: Jake Smith (Morwell) 34, Tom Traill 31 and Neil Whitelaw 31 C/B. NTP: on the sixth, George Bell (Traralgon). Saturday’s Stableford A Grade winner was Steve Bickerton (7) and B Grade, Scott Blencowe (24) 38. DTL: Mark Heiberg 38, Chris Bracecamp 38, Mal Payne 37, John Blunsden 37 and Mark Hales 36. Second shot NTP on the first hole: Jake Smith (Morwell). NTP: fourth Steve Bickerton, sixth Nigel Bracecamp, 13th Bevan Pinner and16th Terry Bradshaw. Next week is Stableford and on Sunday, October 16 Jock Bond Memorial Open Mixed Canadian. The club annual general meeting is on Monday, October 23.

Mirboo North ladies MIRBOO North’s Monthly Medal winner was Wendy Gervasi (93/14/79 nett). DTL: Sandra Hughes 86 nett. Putting: Sue Traill / Wendy Gervasi 31putts. Nearest the pin on the 13th hole was Nicole Allen and the Star Medal winner was Nicole Allen. The nine hole winner was Leanne Pennyquick with 11 points.

Korumburra THERE were 28 players on Saturday, October 8 for a stroke monthly

medal competition, with trophies supplied by Matt and Eddy Hams. A Grade: (9 hcp) S. Harland 69 net, T. O’Neill 74, M. Wrigley 75, D. Vanrooye 75, P. Johnson 76, G. Wilson 76. B Grade: (17 hcp) T. O’Neill 77, R. Newton 75, M. Webb 76, B. Clasby 76. Nearest the pin: 1st W. Hopkins, 10th B. Clasby, 13th M. Webb. Tuesday’s winner was M. Giles 31 pts and Thursday’s winner R. Rees 34 pts.

Foster THE course has responded well after the recent wet period. It played well on Saturday even though it was a little heavy. Tony Vanin won the Monthly Medal in a tight finish. Foster golfers Trevor Kiwi Jones, Norm Cooper, Dave Hutchinson and Cam Downing drove across the hills and won the Heyfield Plate with 107 points for the top three scores. Cam won the A Grade competition with 40 points and he and Dave had a NTP each. Well done guys. Members draw: Neither J. Town – Friday: $1100 or T. Reid – Saturday: $840 were here to collect.

Results Tuesday, October 4: no golf. Wednesday, October 5: Stableford. A Grade: G. Tyers. B Grade: A. Heywood. NTP: 6th G. Tyers and 4th second shot B. Britten. DTL: B. Curram and R. Knee. Thursday, October 6: Stableford. Winner: J. Mathers 34. NTP: J. Stone and F. Tyers. DTL: P. Spencer 33, F. Tyers 31 and P. Dight 31. Friday, October 7: Chook Run Stableford. Winner: Trent Price 22. NTP: N/A. DTL: Sam Davies and Gavin Price. Saturday, October 8: Stroke Monthly Medal. Winners: A: Tony Vanin 71 net. B: Kiwi Jones 72 net. NTPs: 4th T. Vanin, 6th P. Dight, 13th D. Cripps, 15th D. Hutchinson and 17th Kiwi. DTL: P. Spencer 73, N. Cooper 73, T. Price 73, C. Gray 74, D. Hutchinson 75 and G. Buckland 75 countback. Nin holes: Trevor Kiwi Jones 23.

Welshpool LADIES day on Wednesday, October 5 was an American foursomes format. The winners with a net 75 (28) were Trish Latch and Rachael Brown, with balls down the line to Anne Skan and Fran MacPherson 77½ (27½).

Friday’s nine hole chicken run winner was Brian MacPherson 16 points on countback from Pappy Pope. Ball down the line to David Lucas 15, nearest the pin 15th B. MacPherson and ladies nearest the pin 2nd shot on the 17th Jen Delaney. The men’s Saturday event was a two person Ambrose format where the pair of Graeme Brennan and Alan Hayes won the day with a net 62½ (9½). Balls down the line to Pappy Pope and Paul Delaney 69 (7). No nearest the pins. Other scores: R. Barwick, G. English 69¾; M. Roberts, B. MacPherson 71 (8). Sunday was the Welshpool Hotel 18 hole stroke event where not enough players turned up to have an event (I think the Bathurst race might have had something to do with it). Our next events are on Saturday, October 15 an 18 hole stroke, Mick Platt Day, and on Sunday, October 16 the mixed foursomes championship.

GCL Under 16 LEONGATHA and District Cricket Association’s Under 16 Gippsland Cricket League team is to meet at 9.15am, Sunday, October 16. The game is to be played at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve, Oval 1. All players are to wear white pants with green LDCA shirt and hat. Please ring Rob Geyer 0434676406 for any further information or if you are unavailable. The team: Alex Geyer, Jack Hume, Matt Allen, Aaron Bardwell, Brad Monson, Blake Christopher, Ryan Sparks, Josh Williams, Drew Herbert, Joel Brann, Keith Robinson and Jakob Lamers.

All Girls Cricket set to make runs THE Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL Cricket Club is fielding a team in the U/14 division of the LDCA competition. Training is from 4pm Wednesdays at Mary Mackillop College and Koonwarra at the new training facility. No experience necessary – free coaching sessions. Contact: Rob Wood M: 0408

820 582, email robwoodgcc@

All Girls LDCA Cricket Competition The popular girls only cricket competition is returning. Come ‘n Try days: Monday, October 17 at the Foster Cricket Ground (Golf Course) and Monday, October 24 at the Leongatha Primary School from 4pm to 5.30pm Sunday, October 23 at the

Leongatha Primary School 1pm to 2.30pm. Games are Monday evenings from 4pm to 5.30pm with the season commencing on Monday, November 7. Contacts: Greg Mattingley (Foster). M: 0419 546 015 or email: greg.mattingley@parks. or Rob Wood (all other areas) 0408 820 582 or email: robwoodgcc@outlook.

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All systems go: a huge crowd gathered at Voyage Fitness ion Leongatha on Saturday, to help officially open the gym’s extension, which has doubled its size.

Voyage offers more room to move VOYAGE Fitness in Leongatha officially opened its extension on Saturday, with the help of Leongatha Olympian Eleanor Patterson. The gym has effectively doubled in size, to cater for the growing interest in health and fitness from within the community. Leongatha manager Mel Meade said the new space includes a multifunction room, a spin bike room and a new group fitness room. She said as more and more people become health conscious, the need to expand their existing Leongatha facility became apparent. “We now provide a state of the art facility that meets the needs of the people in the community. The industry is changing all the time and for us to change with it is crucial,” she said. “People are looking for all different aspects of fitness, so we are listening to what our members want and we are providing it. “Our class timetable is based on what our members voted for and the same with the equipment. We asked them what they want and that is how we came to provide what we have.” Mel said the class timetable has increased from 19 to 30 classes per week, which is a massive amount for a town like Leongatha. “There is so much diversity on the timetable as well,” she said. “We pride ourselves on being a community gym that can cater to everyone’s needs. We want people to feel comfortable, like we are part of their family and their journey. “We want people to be able to get the best out of

Little fan: Korumburra’s Tarkyn TaylorWilton (right) was happy to have his photo taken with Olympic high jumper Eleanor Patterson at the opening of the Voyage Fitness Leongatha extension on Saturday.

themselves.” Currently, the fitness industry is focussed on multifunctional movement, which is also where Voyage Fitness is focussed. “We are always up with where the industry is at,” Mel said. “If conventional weight training is not for you, there are so many other options in the gym now, there is no reason we can’t cater for everyone’s needs.”

It’s official: from left, Anthony Alderuccio from Voyage Fitness with Commonwealth Games high jump gold medalist, Olympian and Leongatha local Eleanor Patterson and Jake Wright from Voyage Fitness cut the ribbon to open the new section of the Leongatha gym on Saturday.

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