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By Sarah Vella A MASSIVE group fire exercise took place in Meeniyan on Sunday to coincide with Fire Action Week. Plenty of rain this month has made for a lot of grass and understorey growth which could make this fire season dangerous. CFA crews from Milford, Tarwin Lower, Welshpool, Inverloch, Dumbalk, Fish Creek, Foster, Pound Creek, Meeniyan and Toora all participated in the training activities. Continued on page 43.

All in yellow: from left, Ben Dormans and Mike Devine from the Fish Creek brigade worked together at the South Gippsland group of brigades training exercise on Sunday, held at Meeniyan.

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Fete shines despite rain THE decision to have all the fete stalls inside Leongatha’s St Laurence Primary School’s “big shed” on Saturday paid dividends for its fete this year. While constant showers and cold winds occurred outside, there was still plenty of fun to be had inside with lots of tempting stalls and games. Story and photos on page 42.

Sweet teeth: St Laurence O’Toole Primary School Grade 4 students, from left Charlotte Berry, Sophie Wright, Sandra Dyke and Stella McGannon had their chocolate fix at the school’s fete on Saturday.

Wonthaggi raises health bar At the moment, the Wonthaggi hospital – along with hospitals in Leongatha and Foster – is considered a small rural hospital, capable of taking care of generic, low complex situations. While in some areas the hospital is ready to step up to subregional level in the next few months, aspects such as the emergency department are holding it back. Moving up to subregional status would extend the hospital’s capabilities in all aspects, and would allow for the development of a high dependency unit, which would take patients that require more immediate care. “We’ve already started work by increasing the number of subacute beds,” hospital CEO Jan Child said. “Although the emergency department needs work, it already provides a great 24 hour service. The operating theatre is okay but it needs to grow so we can do more major surgeries.” To update the facility, a master plan must be developed. Once the plan has been developed, the hospital will be in a better position to gain funding. Ms Child said the hospital is working towards subregional status with the recruitment of more junior medical staff, which may be just six months away, as well as the hospital’s abilities to treat more complex cases such as high risk pneumonia. In the meantime, Wonthaggi’s capabilities may decrease for the time being following the recent release of the Duckett Report and the Capability Framework for Victorian Maternity and Newborn Services. “These reports describe the level of care we should be undertaking at the hospital,” Ms

Child said. “Wonthaggi can take in level three – or reduced risk – pregnancies. For the last few years Bass Coast Health has been operating above level three, which is not good. Although we are servicing the local community, people are more at risk.” The development of an operating capability framework for surgeries is also in production. “This will put parameters in so we can operate safely,” Ms Child said. “When I started here six months ago, we established that we should be working within these frameworks and have the right safety foundations.” Moving up to subregional status would extend the safety framework and strengthen the health service locally. Ms Child estimated it may be three years before the high dependency unit can be developed and five years before the hospital is operating at a higher level. “I think we will start to see things happening pretty quickly and soon we will be able to look after around 75 percent of the community. At the moment, we see around 50 percent,” she said. “This is a very exciting time and we are working towards increasing our capacity to share resources with other local hospitals.” Positive news for Bass Coast Health keeps coming, with the hospital closer to breaking even this year after suffering a $3 million debt. A finalised annual report showed the deficit has crept below $1million. Ms Child said there was a lot to be done – especially with subregional status in their sights – but a review of the hospital services would ensure the hospital retains its vision for long term growth, whilst always keeping the wellbeing of its patients a priority.

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Young model wows New York By Tayla Kershaw THE opportunity to model in New York has opened some amazing doors for 17 year old Korumburra teenager Jordy Knox. Although he had never considered himself a model before, a chance meeting with a scouting agent has set Jordy on a new pathway. Jordy was in Burke Street, Melbourne, for his birthday in December last year when he was approached by scouting agent Paul Roberts of Primodels, who offered him the opportunity to become a model. At first, Jordy and his family believed this offer was a scam. “We had the agent checked out and when we found out he was legit Jordy decided to give it a go. It has been an interesting journey,” Jordy’s mum Joanne Knox said. Mr Roberts offered Jordy classes, which he participated in for six months. He was then one of three young men selected to go to New York in August for two weeks. “It was fun. I was a bit nervous but I made a lot of friends,” Jordy said.

“Whether any agencies gave me offers or not, I was excited with the opportunity to have a go and see New York.” While in New York, he visited around 15 agencies and showed them his portfolio – all photos were taken by his sister Taneisha who is studying photography at the Photography Studies College in Melbourne. Of those 15 agencies, he received six offers and the opportunity to stay in New York and model on the catwalk for Fashion Week. Although he chose to return to his Year 11 studies at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, opportunities are still open to him at the end of this year. Jordy now has an agent in New York and there is an opportunity for him to return to New York and be on the catwalk for January Fashion Week, where he will be modelling big New York brands. “It’s (modelling) something I’ve never considered doing but I would like to pursue it now. I really enjoy the travel,” Jordy said. New journey: Jordy Knox will continue on his For now, Jordy’s job is to work on his social newfound modelling journey during the summedia – particularly Instagram – which may lead mer. For now, he is continuing his studies at to more locally based modelling jobs.

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New York bound: after impressing agencies in New York in August, Jordy Knox is looking to continue modelling in New York’s January Fashion Week next year. Photo by Taneisha Knox.

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Shire - spend money on fixing Tarwin’s street Too much: Michael Chizzoniti and Annie Roylance have shops on River Drive in Tarwin Lower, which in wet weather are impacted by a large puddle.

Missing on water: police are asking the public to help find missing kayaker Peter Cole.

Kayaker missing POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing kayaker Peter Cole.

Persistent puddle needs to go By Sarah Vella A LARGE puddle that accumulates in front of shops on River Drive in Tarwin Lower has been causing problems for tenants for many years now, made worse by recent persistent rain. Annie Roylance works at Terry White Chemist and said numerous calls to the South Gippsland Shire Council to have the problem fixed have resulted in the provision of two ‘watch your step’ signs. Ms Roylance said the council has allocated funds for capital works in Tarwin Lower in this year’s budget, but it is unclear whether this issue is earmarked for repair. “There is no drainage, it is just disgusting and when the water goes, we are left with mud that we have to sweep up,” she said. “They (council) should be the one’s coming down and putting the signs out every morning,

not us.” Michael Chizzoniti from Chizza’s Scizzors said council has indicated they would do something about the drainage issue, but not until after winter. “It is a mess, it should never have been allowed to get like this in the first place,” he said. “It has been an ongoing problem. It is a health issue and an occupational health and safety issue.” Mr Chizzoniti said negotiating the water can be hard for customers, many of whom are elderly, with the water often coming to within 30 centimetres of his shop entrance. “It is beyond a joke and something needs to be done. We are sick of hearing excuses more than anything else,” he said. “If it rains enough, people can’t even use the footpath and walk undercover, because it is underwater. I would hate to see someone fall over.”

Ms Roylance said as a Tarwin resident, she has seen the water so high in the past that people are simply unable to access the shops from the front. “If people are visitors to the area, or are coming down here to look at a house, the flooded shop front is one of the first things they will see,” she said. “It all needs to be redone. Our posts are rotting, the paving is terribly dangerous and the design is dreadful,” she said. Ms Roylance said people have reported the problem with the flooding as far back as 2005. “It is too long for something like this to go on. It is like the council doesn’t care about Tarwin at all,” she said. “The toilet block has recently been upgraded, but that isn’t for permanent residents, we don’t need to use the public toilets. “Our rates are so high and all we get is rubbish collection. That’s it.”

The 63 year old Parkville man went missing overnight on Sunday, October 16 and the matter was reported to police about 8am the next day. Police, including the Water Police, Air Wing and local police, along with the Coast Guard, State Emergency Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue personnel searched for Peter in Western Port Bay off Phillip Island for two days last week. His kayak was located with no paddles at Red Rock Point, Cowes, about 9.45am Monday, October 17. The paddle was later handed into police after it was located by a member of the public on October 17. Police have released an image of Peter and are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him before or while he was out kayaking. Police are no longer searching for him but anyone who sights Peter is urged to call triple zero (000) and any other information can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Ice charges A KORUMBURRA man will face court after police found ice and cannabis at a Korumburra home on Friday. Police from the Bass Coast Tasking Unit executed a warrant at the home and found methamphetamine and cannabis. A 33 year old man has been charged and bailed to appear at the Wonthaggi Magistrates Court at a later date. Police wish to remind the public of the dangers of ice, saying police see people start as casual users and become addicts within months, ruining their lives and causing their families anguish. If you or someone you know is struggling with ice addiction, you can find information and links to support online at

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Fashion raises awareness

By Tayla Kershaw

STUNNING fashion from Inverloch boutique Bliss was on show last week.

These door prizes included beautiful gift bags and toiletries. The major raffle prize was two tickets to the Elvis night, and was donated by the Inverloch RACV Resort.

The fashion showcase proved to be a fantastic success, and could’ve sold out twice. Organised by local ladies Debbie Kilpatrick, Rosemary Perry and Helen Arnold in collaboration with Bliss’ Sharon Bennetts and Maree BanStunning looks: from left, Rosemary Perry, Helen Arnold, Karen Orford, Mary Butcher and nister, the event raised awareness for Pink Ribbon Heather Dowson wearing the amazing range of styles available from Bliss in Inverloch. Day. “It was an amazing turnout,” Ms Bennetts said. “The show had been sold out for a couple of weeks. We were absolutely thrilled.” Five models – Helen Arnold, Rosemary Perry, Heather Dowson, Mary Butcher and Karen Orford, all of Inverloch – walked down the catwalk showcasing the beautiful new arrivals from Bliss’ summer and spring range. Covering all occasions, outfits for barbecues, the beach, parties, and formal outings were put on display and received a very positive reaction from show goers. All outfits were completed with stunning colours and accessories perfect for a bright, summery look. Event MC was Inverloch’s Mary Mutsaers and Gorgeous: from left, Inverloch’s Heather Dowson, Karen Orford, Helen Arnold, Mary door prizes were donated by local businesses and Formal wear: from left, Helen Arnold and Karen Orford wore outfits for all occasions Butcher and Rosemary Perry modelled outfits from Bliss in Inverloch in a Pink Ribbon Day individuals.

on the catwalk last week.

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Students take action on global issues BASS MLA Brian Paynter opened the inaugural Global Goals Youth Forum in Wonthaggi recently. The forum was hosted be the Asia Education Foundation in partnership with the Andrews Foundation and Bass Coast Shire Council. The Global Goals Youth Forum is an exciting new youth program designed to deepen students understanding of global issues and develop global competencies. The forum seeks to acknowledge the role of young Australians in taking action to solve the current global issues. The event was held at the Wonthaggi Union Arts Community Centre. Participants included 51 Year 9 to 11 students from Leongatha Secondary College, Newhaven College and Wonthaggi Secondary College. Issues explored on the day were defined by the

United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which include an end to all forms of poverty, inequality and solutions to tackle climate change. “This is a fantastic initiative that will help build students’ knowledge and understanding of global issues,” Mr Paynter said. “The students will be key to solving a big challenge of our future, so it’s great to see them getting involved in this space in their local and global community.” Distinguished experts including Committee for Gippsland CEO Mary Aldred and Harry Freeman from Bass Coast Waste Watchers shared their experiences in tackling global issues that impact the local community. A highly skilled facilitator then guided collaboration between students as they developed innovative solutions to these issues. Each group then pitched their big idea to realise one of the United Nations Global Goals, which was Tackling issues: Bass MLA Brian Paynter discussed global issues with local secondary colshared with Mr Paynter’s office. lege students in Wonthaggi recently.

Open gardens a treat The weekender will be opening its garden and cranking up the home made pizza oven. This low maintenance property is full of good ideas, including excellent management of a steep block and a no fuss garden and may even Visitors can enjoy a leifeature a home cooked pizza surely day in and around or two. Meeniyan learning about the The newly established award winning produce, beauMeeniyan community garden ty and lifestyle offered by the currently comprises raised vibrant community. garden beds all made from A number of local producrecycled materials by community garden members. Future plans for the garden involve establishing an orchard, installing a rainwater tank and construction of additional beds as required. “So as you can see, there is something here for everyone. Let the children come and play in their gum boots and get a bit dirty,” organiser Come and see: Robin Nottage is expecting this year’s Meeniyan Progress AsRobin Nottage said. sociation farm and garden open day to be a great day out for the whole family. “Whether you are interested in olives, honey, truffles, day go to the Meeniyan gourmet food and coffee and and 4pm. garden ideas, food produc- Progress Association which interesting array of shops. All owners will be on hand tion, agribusiness or just want to welcome you and discuss has been dedicated to benAdmission fee is $10 Plenty to see: this year’s Meeniyan Progress Association farm and garden to see exactly where your milk efitting its community for for adults, and children are all aspects of their property. open day will feature five properties, including an olive grove, a dairy farm, a comes from - take a drive to 100 years. Contact Ms Nottage on free. Tickets and maps will large productive garden, a weekender garden and the newly established Meeni- Meeniyan.” While in Meeniyan take be available at the Meeniyan 0409 564 945 for more inforyan community garden. All proceeds from the time to enjoy Meeniyan’s Hall on the day between 9am mation.

THE Meeniyan Progress Association is presenting its annual farm and garden open day on Saturday, October 29, which will feature five local properties.

ers are throwing open their doors, including an olive grove, a dairy farm, a large productive garden, a weekender and the Meeniyan community garden. Visitors to the olive grove can wander through the grove, soak in the amazing 180 degree views across the Tarwin Valley, check out the apiary and the truffiere, be shown the olive processing machinery and learn about starting their own Agri-business At the dairy farm, people

are welcome to meet some of the 400 Friesian and Jersey cows and hear about what is involved in running the enterprise. Visitors can even help with feeding the cows or sing along to the cows’ favourite easy listening radio as they are milked. The large, productive garden includes olive trees, a native garden and two large vegetable gardens all around a contemporary, award winning residence.

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Fun, then study MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College Year 12 students had a rare break from studies recently during the celebration day, the first of South Gippsland’s schools to do so.


After a barbecue breakfast and morning assembly it was back to the books as students prepare for tomorrow’s (Wednesday, October 26) English exam. ► More photos on all the schools celebration days on pages 13 and 45.

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By Brad Lester HOPES the State Government will realign a notorious section of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan are running high. In the lead-up to the federal election this year, the Federal Government announced $25 million for the realignment of the Black Spur, as well as other works along the highway, and called on the State Government to match the funding. Collision rates for the Black Spur section of the South Gippsland Highway are significantly higher than the state average. Australian Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester said negotiations with the State Government had been positive. “I am confident we will be able to come to an agreement in the coming weeks,� he said. “I look forward to delivering this project with my colleagues, Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, and Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, as soon as possible. “We are all aware the Black Spur bends are a dangerous section of the South Gippsland Highway, so by investing in this upgrade we can not only change lives, but also save lives.� Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien was hoping for not only the Black Spur funding, but

Cars hit THIEVES broke into three unlocked vehicles around Coronet Bay last week. Overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday last week, CDs were taken from a Holden sedan, and a dash camera and cordless drill were taken from a gold Holden sedan. Thieves broke into a white Toyota sedan but

also funding for extra work to be done on the only change lives in the community by helping to highway between Foster and Yarram, and possi- create jobs but will actually save lives in the community by improving road safety,� he said. bly another overtaking lane in that area. Shoulder sealing and road improvements could be included. “Particularly in the context of the Port of Melbourne sale where the State Government has nearly $1 billion available to it and there is no excuse for it not to deliver it,� Mr O’Brien said. About 10 percent of sale proceeds must be spent on regional infrastructure. Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said, “We continue to negotiate with the Federal Government in good faith to deliver vital projects that will make our roads safer. “VicRoads is developing a business case that will consider the cost of construction and safety, as well as the overall economic and social benefits of the project. “VicRoads is on track to have it finalised and submitted to government by the end of the year.� Mr Chester told parliament recently people travelling to Wilsons Promontory must endure travelling the highway, which was in a state of disrepair. He said the federal funding, coupled with matching dollars from the state, would help reduce the rising road toll in Victoira. “I urge the Victorian State Government to come on board, partner the Commonwealth on these important projects. These projects will not



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CEO warns: purse strings will tighten By Brad Lester SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is concerned about its ability to fund future projects in the wake of the State Government’s rate capping policy. In a message to Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins in council’s annual report, chief executive officer Tim Tamlin said the government’s Fair Go Rates policy would likely impact council in the long term. “South Gippsland Shire Council continues to deal with the pressures of balancing community needs and our capacity to raise the revenue required to meet those needs,” Mr Tamlin wrote. “With a small population in a large geographical area, the reality is that we are always challenged to manage the asset renewal gap, particularly as we framed the budget for the 2016-17 year in the context of your government’s Fair Go Rates policy.” Mr Tamlin said rates remained council’s only substantial revenue source. “While we have been able to successfully frame a budget for 2016-17, the implications for our community and its assets will be more pronounced the longer the policy endures. As a result of the policy we are forecasting a cut to our revenue by $38.9 million between now and 2030,” he wrote. “As a consequence of councils no longer being able to levy sufficient rates to provide

the services and asset maintenance their communities expect without seeking an exemption through the Essential Service Commission, competition for grants will intensify. “Thus far we have been quite successful in attracting funding to our municipality, but we fear that this may not be the case into the future.” Mr Tamlin said at the end of June 2016, council’s financial position remained strong with the operating result of $4.23 million in line with the forecast outcome of $2.50 million. The annual report states council has reduced rates under the State Government’s rate capping legislation through a restructure that reduced senior management and streamlined services. In the last official duty of the current council ahead of the new council being announced this Saturday, council last Wednesday adopted the report which purports council has listened to ratepayers’ requests to cut rates, made Coal Creek Community Park and Museum more financially sustainable by introducing cost saving measures, and distributed rates more equitably. Among other highlights were more road repairs and advocacy for major repairs to the South Gippsland Highway between Korumburra and Leongatha, and funding for the Black Spur realignment at Koonwarra. Seventy-seven percent of planning applications were decided within 60 days. “It tells the story in black and white of what

we have done this year,” Cr Jim Fawcett said. Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said South Gippsland council was widely respected beyond the shire for being receptive to public presenta-

tions and easy to deal with. “This council can be proud with the way it deals with the issues that come before it,” he said.

Retiring councillor calls for respect CR JIM Fawcett paid tribute to retiring South Gippsland Shire councillor Kieran Kennedy, who is not seeking re-election to the next council, at last Wednesday’s meeting. In particular, Cr Fawcett noted his contribution to formulating the Rural Land Use Strategy and improving council’s financial strategies. Reflecting on council’s annual report, Cr Kennedy observed library use had dropped with the rise of the internet and large rural shires continued to struggle to maintain services under increasing costs. He had this advice for the incoming councillors: “Council is not an easy club to be part of.

Last hurrah: Cr Kieran Kennedy addresses South Gippsland Shire Council for the last time last Wednesday. He is not seeking re-election.

It takes 18 months to get to know the new council. “Be sure to respect each other from the start and have positive, constructive debate because that is what the community of South Gippsland will be looking for.” Cr Fawcett also thanked Cr Bob Newton for his service as mayor in a “hard year” in resolving differences between councillors and wished him well in his bid for re-election. Cr Newton, a 24 year veteran of council, responded, “You can’t be all things to all people all the time but you can try and help people.” He thanked his fellow councillors, staff and family for the support and said while he hoped to return to council, if not, “I will fire up the motorhome”.

Here to help: from left, Jason Lawler from Lang Lang, Leongatha RSL Sub Branch secretary and resource hub volunteer Ken Wanklyn, Edwin Millett from Leongatha South, Leongatha RSL’s Wendy Wyhoon, Ian Rasmussen from Leongatha and Vince Campisi from Nerrena at the Leongatha RSL Veterans Resource Hub open day on Saturday.

Veteran’s hub gets tick of approval By Sarah Vella THE Leongatha RSL Veterans Resource Hub held an open day on Saturday, to give the local community an opportunity to see the new facility. The day was held in conjunction with Veteran’s Health Week. Wendy Wyhoon from the Leongatha RSL said the building on Bellingham Street was purchased late last year and has had a lot of work done on it since then. “The majority of the work was done by volunteers and volunteer hours,” she said. “The centre is a place for anybody in the community, not just veterans, to visit and enjoy a cuppa and a chat to help reduce the isolation often

experienced in rural communities.” The centre also provides a pension officer once a fortnight to help people cut through the bureaucracy of applying a pension. Ms Wyhoon said there was a fantastic turnout for the open day. “The day provided a chance for our volunteers to meet other volunteers and get familiar with the centre and for the community to see what is here,” she said. Leongatha RSL Sub Branch secretary and resource hub volunteer Ken Wanklyn said the centre is in place to help veterans of any age, as well as Australian Defence Force personnel and their families. “It is open on Thursdays and Fridays at the moment, but we want to make it as accessible as possible. Now we have more volunteers, that will be easier for us,” he said.

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Stars in our eyes

SPREADING the news to Poowong Consolidated Primary School The Great Southern Star’s Jane Gardner received a warm welcome from the Grade Two students who enjoyed hearing more about the local newspaper last Wednesday.

Teacher Michelle Lacanaria invited Jane to help her class learn the various roles within a newspaper office as this term the class hopes to produce its very own school newspaper. Jane was thrilled to be invited to give a talk on newspapers, in particular The Star and especially to the students at the Poowong school where she has family connections via her husband’s grandfather Jack Patten, who acted as head teacher from 1973 to 1976. Mrs Lacanaria said, “With a big smile Jane explained her role at the newspaper. She can go anywhere in South Gippsland. She never gets bored because she has lots of fun and loves meeting new people.” “Jane told us The Star newspaper is 126 years old this year,” she said. “To the children’s amazement The Star office produces three papers.” Jane told the class the local business produces The Star, Yarram Standard and the Tourist News -autumn and summer additions. She also showed the children some old editions including the 100 year centenary edition of The Star, and awards the paper has won over the years. Jane explained the process involved in producing newspapers and students were excited to learn the processes behind the scenes and heard a short history of the local papers. Some of the questions put to Jane by the students included, “How many staff work at your office?” and “How long does it take to produce one edition of the paper?” Jane said there were also some tough questions, “proving the children were already well versed in serious investigative reporting techniques”. “The delight and enquiring minds on display were wonderful,” she said. At the end of the afternoon session the students were excited to imagine a life in the media with Jane asking, “What role would choose?”

“Most children chose the job of editor but many chose the behind the scenes roles such as graphics designer, advertising consultant, and some even suggested they would like to be a comic satirist. Jane said she was impressed with the depth of interest in local newspapers from such a young audience. “It was great to see the next generation so interested in the future of our local newspapers with so many options for news available to them. Through the talk Jane encouraged the students to work hard on their spelling, grammar and research techniques to produce a quality newspaper in class for their school. Jane regretfully left the children to continue on with their day as the excitement was wonderful and she felt like a local star! Armed with a thankyou box of chocolates and a fond farewell, Jane and all the staff at The Star are looking forward to receiving their copy of the yet to be named school newspaper Star talk: Jane Gardner from The Great Southern Star newspaper in Leongatha loved her and thank the school for the invitation to speak to visit to Poowong Consolidated Primary School where she gave an informative talk to the Grade Two students last Wednesday. the students.

Ducks killed POLICE are calling on the public to help catch thugs responsible for slaughtering pets in backyards in Wonthaggi. Between last Tuesday and Wednesday, a person entered the backyard of a house in Wonthaggi and killed three ducks. This follows the deaths of three chickens and a duck in another Wonthaggi backyard the previous weekend, possibly by drowning in a small swimming pool. Police believe there is a strong possibility the incidents were committed by the same person or people. “This type of behaviour is extremely concerning to police and we ask anyone with information to call Wonthaggi Police or Crimestoppers,” acting Senior Sergeant Andy Boldiston of Wonthaggi Police said.

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Wonthaggi thefts THIEVES targeted businesses and a home in Wonthaggi last week. Between 11am and 2pm Thursday, a large solid iron wagon wheel was taken from the front yard of a house. Between October 15 and 17, offenders entered a secure yard of a business and smashed the windows of three vehicles and entered another five unlocked vehicles, stealing minimal property. Overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday, thieves entered another secure business yard and accessed the cabin of a truck and excavator, stealing various items. They also took tools from around the yard.

Bike stolen

Chainsaw theft

POLICE are searching for a mountain bike stolen from the bike shed at Wonthaggi Secondar College’s Dudley campus overnight between last Tuesday and

POLICE are searching for a Stihl chainsaw taken from the tray of a ute in Mirboo North overnight between Wednesday and Thursday last week.

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THE importance of communication for good mental health will be the subject of a presentation in Leongatha to help address depression. The session will be held on Thursday, November 10 at 7.30pm at Leongatha Uniting Church, 16 Peart Street. The speaker will be beyondblue volunteer ambassador David Corduff, an advocate for reducing the stigma of mental illness. He has experienced two bouts of major depression and shares his experiences of mental illness as part of his commitment to offer hope to those afflicted by mental illness and their family and friends. His mantra for addressing mental health issues is to seek professional help and not suffer in silence. No cost and bookings aren’t required. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Paul Bauer on 0400 853 868. The event is an initiative of the Leongatha Uniting Church of Australia. A BIG thank you to the men working at the intersection of Ogilvy Street and Koonwarra Road on Sunday, October 16. Sandra MacDonald of Leongatha was running late for the Melbourne bus and they had the road blocked off. Once she explained her situation within seconds they were waving her through. Sandra caught the bus and is very grateful for their kindness.

Ruston engine visit: members of the Giliam family enjoyed travelling to Glen Valley (near Omeo) on a recent weekend to an open day to celebrate the return of the running of the Maude and Yellow Girl Mine Ruston 12H engine. Ted, pictured second left, attended with his cousin, Jan , left, and brothers George and John.

ready to roll back into the iconic Fish Creek Memorial Hall, bigger and better than the last one, on THE Second Leongatha Scout Group is hold- Melbourne Cup weekend. The bazaar will be held ing a car boot sale on Saturday, November 5 at 13 on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, Alison Street in Leongatha, from 9.30am. The cost from 10am to 5pm both days. There will be up to for a stall is $15 outside and $20 for an inside stall. 15 stalls and who knows what you might find. For Food and refreshments will be available on the day. craft and sewing enthusiasts, a sale of hundreds of For bookings, or more information, phone Tania samples of materials will be available in the little brick building in front of the old Butter Factory. Frank on 0437 376 172. Proceeds will go to the upkeep of the hall. It’s a THE Australian Red Cross Blood Service would cash only sale. like to remind donors the mobile donor centre will THE 45th annual Leongatha Rose Spectacular next visit Leongatha from Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, November 4. Gippsland Southern health will be held over two big days on November 11 and building, Koonwarra Road, Leongatha (at Leongatha 12. Admission to the hall and the open garden is $5 Hospital). There are still 100 appointments available during each. For those wishing to enter, there’s an easy entry this visit for people to book to donate. Please call 13 system. Simply bring your roses on the day – or the day 14 95 to make an appointment or visit www.donatebefore – and the friendly committee will help you set for more information. THE second Fish Creek Collective Bazaar is them up for judging. The Red Cross will be catering for morning and afternoon teas, as well as lunches.

All funds will go towards Vision Australia, a fantastic charity helping the blind and the visually impaired. Drop into The Star office, Hays Jewellers or Harvest Laneway to pick up a schedule. SOUTH Gippsland bartenders will sport the attention-grabbing “I’m U.G.L.Y, I need help!” tshirt to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation by demonstrating their ‘Understanding Generous Likeable You’. Now in its 8th year, U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year is the hospitality industry’s pivotal fundraiser to support the work of the foundation. Local participating bartenders are Daniel Houston from The Esplanade Hotel at Inverloch, Hayden Pallot from The Caledonian Hotel at Wonthaggi, Ben McDonnell from The Wonthaggi Club and Rikki Roberts from Wonthaggi Hotel. The 2016 U.G.L.Y. campaign launched on Saturday, October 1, and concludes on Monday, November 14.

Beekeeping - all the buzz SOUTH Gippsland Beekeepers ran a very successful Beekeeping Field Day, called “Meet the Bees” last Sunday, October 23 at the Mirboo North Recreation Reserve.

Hive of activity: a buzzing audience at Beekeeping Field Day in Mirboo North last Sunday.

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The emphasis of the Field Day was to provide participants with demonstrations and expert information on bees. Tutorial sessions on the Lifecycle of Bees, Beekeeping Equipment, BioSecurity and handling Bee Swarms were conducted by expert presenters, along with a honey extracting demonstration. South Gippsland Beekeepers club president Peter Gatehouse said, “Last

Sunday’s event had well over 200 people attend; our new record.” “To our delight we also had many enquiries about joining our club, with several people signing up on the day,” Mr Gatehouse said. “Our large membership of around 100 individuals and families means we have the ability to partner new members with experienced members to gain knowledge and confidence.” South Gippsland Beekeepers meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at St. Peter’s Hall in Leongatha. More information can be found at or contact Peter on 0423 244 107.

Spring into Leongatha Community Garden TWO big events are planned for the Leongatha Community Garden. To gain a taste of what is on offer, the group is holding an open day – part of its local ‘Open Gardens’ program – on Sunday, November 6, from 10am to 1pm and everyone is welcome. There will be a range of activities for all ages as well as a beautiful morning tea - so pop in and find out what all the interest is about. Before this, you can join them for Melbourne Cup Day fundraising activities, on Tuesday, November, from 11.30am. For just $30 per person (bring some coins for sweeps on the day), enjoy the race that stops a nation in this wonderful setting. Prizes will be awarded for the best hat, and lunch is provided (BYO drinks). Early bookings and payment are essential. Contact Cheryl Lamb on or 0411 245 932 to reserve your spot today. Leongatha Community Garden now has more than 70 members - comprising both individual and family groups - and its membership is growing

steadily each month. The group welcomes both social members and growers to join them. On the junior front, our Kids’ Program is now being actively recruited for, with a local chef and experienced childcare educator leading the program. This venture represents the future of the garden, and it is an intention to support a weekend session for budding Junior MasterChefs, with plans for a school holiday program commencing during the Christmas break. From junior ranks to experienced participants, the group is working with everyone to learn more about reducing ‘food miles’, as well as growing and sharing healthy and inexpensive food, learning new skills, and developing a love of being part of a true gardening community. As spring gradually warms up, there is no better time to introduce yourself or your family and friends to gardening and all its associated delights. Leongatha Community Garden, 3-5 Howard Street, Leongatha (off Brumley Street).

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Traffic delays hit Leongatha CBD By Tony Giles TRAFFIC became a real headache for cars heading in to Leongatha last Wednesday, October 19. Major asphalting works were being undertaken at the crucial intersection of Anderson Street, Leongatha and the corner of Roughead Street. The work was necessary however people said it was a bit of a bolt out of the blue and not enough notice was given according to some. While works had been previously advertised in The Star for the Ogilvy Street/Long Street/ Koonwarra Road intersection; no such public notice appeared in The Star last week to advertise the proposed delays. Traders reported a very disrupted day as cars backed up along Bair Street, McCartin Street, Roughead Street, and the South Gippsland Highway. Whilst the works at Ogilvy Street were carried on a recent weekend, this time the asphalting was carried out during a normal trading day, seriously disrupting through traffic and possibly having an impact on businesses in town. Daniel Pearce of Fowlers Asphalting said the works were necessary and that seven traffic controllers were on duty that day to make the flow as smooth as possible. “We had about 20 crew working to ensure it was done as quickly as possible. There was always going to be disruption and we were trying to keep it minimal,” he said. Roads were a lot better on Thursday as Fowlers continued work but with less hold-ups and ensuring the Barry Sheene Tribute Ride had a clear path through town. One Star facebook reader commented, “Why did the works not happen at night?” But Mr Pearce said the type of asphalt used meant the road temperature had to be a minimum amount and it would be just too cold overnight

for it to be affective. Ruth Beeby commented on Facebook, “Try working on Long Street where we can no longer turn right to get out of the car park. Dealing several times per day with the debacle at the end of Long Street is already wearing thin. It used to take less than 10 minutes to drive to the post office and return – last week it took 15 to get there and then another 15 to get back-awful. I just hope things improve.” A number of readers have said it was totally unnecessary to have the “no right turn” out of A’Beckett and Jeffery Streets into Long Street as there would be no problem entering this road. Brett Kneale told The Star on Facebook, “ The shire has stuffed the town!!! There is no where to park a car and trailer or a car and caravan in and around the main streets and if they go ahead and change Bair Street car parking it will make it even worse.” Other Star Facebook comments: Faye Harris, “the overhead bridge traffic lights are a joke! Why no turning green/red arrow?” Donna Lancaster, “It would have been nice to know there were delays in the centre of town so we could avoid it- coming in from Inverloch to get to the swimming pool for lessons, I didn’t see any notification signs and got stuck there. Apparently we were not the only ones late for swim lessons. If I had known I would have gone a different way and avoided the delays. I don’t live in town so hadn’t heard of the delays till I got stuck in there.” Carrie Charles Bruce, “After getting stuck in road works, I purposely parked on a side street and easily walked to McCartin Street. It was just a bit further out of my way to avoid road works congestion. But I was happily still able to buy local easy.” Graeme Heath, “I may suggest their traffic management plan was not acceptable for today’s road work activity.”

Hard at it: Fowler’s Asphalting was hard at it trying to finish asphalting works which created the inevitable headaches in Leongatha last week. Some said not enough indication was given that delays would be so extensive.

Smooth finish: rollers flatten out the new “hot mix” surface near the post office and courthouse in Leongatha last week.

VicRoads hears Leongatha concerns VICROADS has altered new traffic signals in Leongatha in response to public concerns. Two cars collided at the intersection of Bair, Long and Ogilvy streets and Koonwarra Road on October 14. VicRoads Eastern Region manager operations Henry Lam said the new signals at the intersection improve safety for all road users, including school children and other pedestrians wishing to cross the highway. “VicRoads has received feedback from the community regarding the new traffic signals at this intersection which we have taken on board,” he said. “We have since have made some alterations

including increasing the length of time for traffic entering the intersection from either Bair Street or Nerrena Road. “We understand with this being the town’s first signalled intersection it may take some time for road users to familiarise themselves with the new intersection, and we ask they remain attentive and take care and drive to suit the changed traffic conditions.” Mr Lam said the works, as part of the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route would benefit Leongatha. “This project has been a strong partnership between the community, South Gippsland Shire Council and VicRoads and the traffic signals were added to the project through community consultation,” he said.

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Council seeks public’s ideas FOUR community workshops will be held in Foster, Korumburra, Mirboo North and Venus Bay to provide recommendations of additional capital works projects to be completed by South Gippsland Shire Council in 2017-18. These workshops have been implemented as part of the Community Capital Works Allocation project that is encouraging these communities to allocate an additional $400,000 in their towns for capital works. People are invited to attend to discuss the ideas raised in the online forums held in September and help provide a recommendation that will be presented to council in December.

The four community workshops will be held on the following dates and locations: October 26, Mirboo North Hall; October 27, Foster War Memorial Arts Centre; November 2, Venus Bay Community Centre; and November 3, Korumburra Italian Social Club. Registration for each event opens at 5.30pm with light refreshments provided during the sessions. Sessions will start at 6pm and run until 8pm at the latest. People wishing to attend can register online at or by contacting council on 5662 9200. The results of the online forums are still available for view at

Free Garden Mulch To assist residents to collect free garden mulch, Council will load it into trailers and utes at no cost at the following waste transfer stations: Foster: 29 - 30 October (12.00pm - 4.00pm) Council offers free garden mulch at all of its waste transfer stations year round (while stock lasts). If you can not attend the above mentioned stations during the designated times, or are collecting from a station other than those listed, then you are required to load it yourself. For more information on transfer stations and operating hours go to “I certify that the attached material is suitable for printing, publishing or distributing on behalf of South Gippsland Shire Council and that it is not considered to be “electoral matter” in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989 and permit this item to be produced for the purpose of allowing ordinary business to continue within South Gippsland Shire Council.” CEO – Tim Tamlin

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Get them back to fix it!

IT is good that Danny O’Brien saw fit to comment on the condition of the rebuilt section of the South Gippsland Highway on the Ruby straight. It needs comment. This is the worst rebuilding of a highway that I, and many others, have seen to date. For the road builders to have left it at that, suggests Vic Roads was happy with the standard of the finished work. The problem I see is that it is blaming the surface for the problem; the surface is only as good as the foundations and that’s what now needs to be remade. Why is the government chipping in another $2.5 million to remedy the problem? Why not call the builders back and make them fix it? It’s their bad construction work that has caused the problem, make them fix it. The same goes for the passing lane just outside Leongatha on the way to Korumburra, the inside running lane has broken down badly; it was only about 18 months ago when it was remade. Don’t we get some form of

guarantee from these firms or are they just suddenly liquidated at the end of each job. Danny, save the $2.5 million for some of the other bad sections of the highway (of which there is no shortage) and get the builders back to fulfil their obligations. It cannot be too hard to do, after all there would have been an initial contract and specifications to be met. Graeme Dell, Leongatha.

Tree worth saving IN 1991, I began to question and defend the indiscriminate removal of one of South Gippsland’s most distinctive native plants – Pittosporum undulatum, without adequate local, evidence, assessment, research or debate. Disappointedly it seems the policy of many South Gippsland ‘conservation organisations’ still sees our prominent indigenous plant as a threat, despite records and research that proves Pittosporum undulatum or Yellow Wood, has been a promi-

E D I T O R I A L Plan ahead for fire season VICTORIANS are being urged to prepare for the upcoming fire season with the launch of Fire Action Week this week. On the weekend our fire fighters are to be commended for running their massive group exercise at Meeniyan. It shows that, despite the amount of rain we have had, there is definitely potential for this to be another dangerous fire year. The last thing we, as a community can’t be, is complacent. Forecasts show potential for an above average fire season, despite the recent heavy rain and flooding in many parts of the state. Victorians are being urged to talk with family, friends and neighbours about fire risk and plan for what they will do on hot, dry, windy days in the upcoming fire season. A new campaign urging people to be fire ready gets underway this week, with advertisements in high bushfire risk areas to remind people to understand their fire risk now and plan ahead – not when a fire starts. Victoria’s emergency service agencies are well prepared for the coming fire season and the CFA are out talking to the community about what they can do be fire ready. The state government has also invested an extra $11.1 million to bring two of the world’s biggest fire fighting aircraft back to Victoria. Last summer, Victoria’s fire fighting aviation fleet was critical in stopping the spread of devastating bushfires at Wye River, Scotsburn and Barnawartha. The Large Air Tankers, named RJ and Hercules, will complete Victoria’s 48 strong aviation fleets, which also includes a fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and two 7500-litre air cranes that will be used to protect communities around the state. Making informed decisions is vital to your safety during a fire. On hot, dry, windy days, fires will start and spread quickly. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to leave early. Despite the recent wet weather our Forest Fire Management Victoria crews are out slashing, clearing fuel breaks and conducting planned burning where conditions allow to help reduce the risk of bushfires faced by Victorian communities. Fire planning and preparation is a shared responsibility between community members, the emergency management sector, business and industry and we need to work together to look after each other and to build safer and more resilient communities.

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nent feature of the Strzelecki Ranges before European settlement, from pioneer settler recollections, in the book Land of the Lyrebird to naturalist or Leon Costerman’s research in Shrubs and Trees of South Eastern Australia. Since 1991, there has been an hysterical call from some local ‘botanical ethnic cleansers’ that South Gippsland, as we know and love, will be invaded and destroyed by this conveniently or dishonestly called ‘foreign pest’ and ‘invader’, to be feared more than the blackberry. What a concocted theory or tall story. Likely a convenient plant scapegoat or diversion because of bureaucratic inertia on the reduction of declared noxious weeds? Wow! This shrill campaign of fear is scary and causing a knee jerk overreaction and encourages indiscriminate removal of pittosporum in South Gippsland. The South Gippsland Shire Council booklet Common Weeds of Gippsland lists many of more than 70 invasive, introduced weed species and almost 40 are listed as noxious. Why the preoccupation with the perceived threat of one indigenous species, while largely ineffectively managing the growing number and threat of more than 70 invasive, introduced species? Self proclaimed, preoccupied pittosporum pullers need to put their minds and hands to the real, growing, exotic weed problem. It is likely our indigenous pittosporum could be our most effective natural defence against the growing threat of introduced weeds and wildfire. I have visited an East Gippsland native nurseryman and CFA member who praises pittosporum for saving his house during a recent wildfire. I can only imagine how many of our declared exotic noxious weeds will claim the place of many indiscriminately removed pittosporum. Is that regarded as success ? In 2008, I shared a WGCMA report, stating that Pittosporum undulatum was protected as a listed species

in the endangered Strzelecki Ranges EVC and that it is also protected under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee, 1998. When questioned about the status of pittosporum, local authorities generally show inadequate and disappointing response or leadership. I treasure the Pittosporum undulatum, especially in my Landcare planting, to challenge relentless competition from exotic weeds and grasses. I manage their natural distribution like any other free seeding species, both native and exotic, that find refuge in my Landcare planting. Pittosporum seedlings are the easiest to manage, as many weed species are prickly, deeply rooted or poisonous. The SGAP, Australian Plant Study Group, book Grow What Where lists and recommends Pittosporum undulatum, for more than 20 environmental amenity plantings. Let us dig deep and honestly deal with the incredible and dramatic effects our European settlement has had on our natural ecosystems. Don’t look for convenient plant scapegoats; be honest, be part of the problem, the deliberation and the resolution. Most weeds play an important, dynamic and virtuous part in our changing and challenging man affected natural ecosystems. Richard Lester, Mardan.

Fund hospitals ADEQUATE health care is a vital foundation for a thriving country community. But under Daniel Andrews our country hospitals are struggling. Annual reports just released in parliament indicate 21 Victorian hospitals are currently operating in deficit – 19 of these are located in rural and regional areas (including Yarram and District, Bass Coast and Koo Wee Rup). Daniel Andrews promised to ‘fix our hospitals’, but it is clear things are getting worse – not better. Why is it that more often than not, when we hear of a hospital ser-

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vice facing cuts or struggling to retain doctors, it is in a regional area? If Daniel Andrews is serious about creating jobs and investment in country areas, he needs to make sure we have access to reliable and well supported health care. The Liberal-Nationals will always advocate for a fair share for country Victorians. After the windfall $9.7 billion sale of the Port of Melbourne lease there really is no excuse for Daniel Andrews to continue neglecting the health of country people. Mary Wooldridge MP, Shadow Minister for Health.

Election costs excessive I HAVE been informed the postal vote election we have just had was very expensive. Apparently a postal vote costs three to four times more than the normal system of voting at a booth on election day. This decision was made by the outgoing council. Why I wonder did they not choose the cheapest option. It is amazing the outgoing council should choose the expensive option, especially when last year income was down about $4 million from budget income and expenses $1.2 million greater than budget. I only hope voters did not make the mistake of electing the previous council candidates who did not meet budget targets for income, expenditure and asset renewal, which for the last four years was less than 50 percent of the council’s own target, which is a minimum of more than 100 percent asset renewal. I am looking forward to a new council which could have the knowledge and drive to improve Bass Coast Shire Council’s years of very poor performace. John Swarbrick, Rhyll.

Future hopes BY the time this letter is published, the election campaigns for those seeking a councillor role will have ended.

A recent national survey conducted by the University of Technology Sydney showed that despite its warts, local government was still the most trusted tier of government. This is because it touches the lives of people as they go about their daily routines. The three Rs - roads, rates and rubbish - were traditionally the core responsibility of local government. Still is today, with one addition - human services. This last one is almost a silent service but delivered diligently by local government, despite funding cuts from the State and Federal governments. There is no case for compromise in that space in any council I’m privileged to play a role. Our significant and growing proportion of elderly and disadvantaged depend on such services. So the people will make their final call on the nine councillors they want to represent them and declarations will be made by the Victorian Electoral Commission on November 2. During the last week in particular as I have trudged and travelled through just about every square kilometre of Bunurong, I have sensed a tone of calmness, hope and expectation from the community. A couple of months ago they were angry and anxious, now they are starting to lean back and relax. This augurs well for the future. The gap between council and community will be bridged. I’m confident several like-minded candidates with good skills will take their place as councillors in November. They will, in conjunction with the executive team, craft and deliver changes needed to lift ratepayer satisfaction to record levels. Therefore, now is the time to put aside the angst, talk up the spirit of cooperation and confidence and build relationships which can deliver inspirational results just as the ‘Doggies’ did. Mohan de Run, candidate for Bunurong Ward, Inverloch.


What are you looking forward to most about starting secondary school?

“Meeting new people and studying science.” Haylee, St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra.

“All of the hands on subjects like woodwork.” Liam, St Joseph’s Primary School, Wonthaggi.

“I’m looking forward to the new classes, especially science.” Dayne, Tarwin Valley Primary School.

“I’m looking forward to the woodwork and interchange equestrian classes offered at Mary MacKillop (Catholic Regional College). Jade, Leongatha Primary School.

Ruth leads community foundation THE board of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation has appointed a successor to Derrick Ehmke as foundation executive officer.

Leading way: Ruth Rogan, the new executive officer of Mirboo North and District Community Foundation.

Ruth Rogan has joined the team and ahead of Mr Ehmke’s retirement at the end of November. Originally from Ireland, Mrs Rogan moved to Mirboo North with her Australian husband and family in 2012. She qualified as a lawyer in 1999 and spent more

than 10 years working in industry, managing an in-house legal team and legal services for a multinational group of companies in manufacturing. Since living in Mirboo North, Mrs Rogan has redirected her energies towards community activities and was a founding member of the Artspace, and is president of Mirboo North Primary School Council. Mr Ehmke’s retirement comes after many years of working for the community, both as a volunteer and as foundation executive

officer. He is a former chair and vicechair of the Mirboo North Aged Care Committee (MNCC) which ran Mirboo North’s community owned aged care facility for many years. He and other committee members, and the community, went through a difficult period when financial and operational difficulties forced the sale or closure of the centre. The committee found a private buyer for the facility, which continues to operate successfully and

will be expanding bed numbers in 2017, and earned $5.1 million in proceeds for the community. Mr Ehmke has been a key contributor to: the creation of the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation and securing the $5.1million proceeds for the benefit of our community; operation of the Community and Strategic Grants programs which have distributed more than $500,000 to the community since 2010; and prudent stewardship of the

foundation’s investment policy, such that its investments are now valued at $7.4 million. The foundation has been considering feedback from the community received by survey and other research in June. Mrs Rogan noted she is delighted to be taking on the role as the foundation considers new approaches to community engagement and strengthening, as well as partnership building. She met the community at a get together last Monday, October 17.

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College dedicates school buildings ONE of the highlights of Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s 30th anniversary celebrations over the weekend was the dedication and official naming of two school buildings. At Sunday’s Mass former parish priest and former president of canonical administrators, Father Peter Kooloos dedicated Pioneer Hall, formerly known as the multi-purpose hall, in memory of all those with involvement in the college’s formation 30 years ago. There is also now a large honour board hanging in Pioneer Hall with the names of those who had a part in the establishment of the college including first families, people who worked on the steering committee, staff and students. Another special offering at Mass was the first performance of a new Mary MacKillop song; Walk me in your Pathways, written by the school’s music department staff. “It was sung by the college choir; a beautiful song which brings tears to

the eyes,” college principal David Leslie said. The commemorative song picks up on a number of significant sayings of Mary MacKillop herself. “The Mass was the first public performance of the song which will become one of the most popular songs about Mary MacKillop.” Current parish priest Father Aju Varghese dedicated the chapel which from now will be known as St Mary of the Cross MacKillop chapel. A commemorative tree, a Norfolk pine, was blessed and planted on the school grounds on Sunday alongside a plaque recognising the three school principals of the college spanning those 30 years; founding principal Ed Carmody, Michael Delaney and current principal David Leslie. “I am very proud to have stood by my two predecessors in honour of their work; my role now is to build on the great foundation they have made for this school,” Mr Leslie said. Following the ceremonies a barbecue lunch was enjoyed by all guests who were then able to wander about the school to witness the annual college expo which showcased students

work from across all faculties, activities and performances. Amongst activities was a performance of clowns and circus activities by members of the drama department, a display of old photos and the sales of Mary MacKillop callistemons in seedlings, or small or large pots. Estimates put Sunday’s attendance beyond 500. The previous evening, at Wonthaggi Workmens Club, a reunion dinner was enjoyed by more than 160 people, sharing great stories going back to the first years of the college. Many of the original class of 1986 attended the dinner along with Bishop Patrick O’Reagan. “The weekend was a great opportunity to gather and confirm a lot of information of past years, especially in the early days,” Mr Leslie said. “The entire staff was here for most of the weekend. I am so appreciative and have never been more proud of the staff than I was on Sunday. Their blood deserves bottling.” “I really thank the entire community for its fantastic support of our school throughout the 30 years.”

Grow tall: a special tree was planted for the Mary MacKillop College 30th anniversary on Sunday, which involved the school’s three principals, Ed Carmody, David Leslie and Michael Delaney.

Glory days: former Mary MacKillop College students Lisa Williams (Murdica) from Traralgon, Eliza Hughes from Leongatha and Tracey Van Kuyk from Toora caught up at the Mary MacKillop College 30th anniversary celebrations on Sunday.

Memories: parents of students who attended Mary MacKillop College in its first year, from left Mary Patterson from Leongatha and Rita and Tony Lamers from Outtrim.

Old times: from left, former Mary MacKillop College students Renae Littlejohn, Carmela Pallant (Raiti) and Vanessa Cowan (Raiti) had fun catching up on school news at the 30th anniversary celebrations on Sunday.

Generational: from left, Michael Dyer, Brylie Dyer and Joanne Dyer (Nesci) from Nerrena were at the Mary MacKillop College 30th anniversary celebrations on Sunday. Joanne was a student at the school from 1986 and Brylie is currently at the school in Year 7.

We made it: pictured is a collection of past students many from 1986, past and present staff and Board Members who attended Saturday night’s dinner at Wonthaggi Workmens Club. Back row: Renae Littlejohn, Matt Brosnan, Peter Piasente, Kristy Leys, Ed Carmody, Pip Compton, Barry Sibley, Rosa Materia. Middle, Josie Bleeser, Sarah Burke, Lizzy Yates, Sibby Wilson, Kate Young, Wil Pruyn, Jenny Shea, Lyn Mills. Front, John and Kerryn Katal. Kerryn McLennan and Sister Bridget.

Satirical: Anthony Argento and Bree McRae were excited to celebrate their last day of Year 12 at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College. Left, Last class: the Year 12 specialist math class celebrate with teacher Shaun Curtis at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College.

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Class of 2016: ninety Year 12 students graduated from Newhaven College last Thursday, October 20 after successfully completing 13 years of schooling.

Principal’s Prize: Newhaven College captain Alex Swan (centre) was awarded the coveted Principal’s Prize. He is pictured with his sister Tara, brother Charlie and parents Russell and Jenny along with college principal Gea Lovell.

Top award for Alex gathered on the lawn in brilliant sunshine where 50 white doves were released to symbolise the Taking flight: 50 white doves were released to represent the hopes students’ path forward. The doves represent the and dreams Newhaven College’s graduating Year 12’s hold for their hopes and dreams the futures. College captains Jaz Hendry, Jade Dalton, Duncan Hunt and graduating Year 12’s Alex Swan personally released doves as did Newhaven College prinhold for their futures cipal Gea Lovell, Chair of the Newhaven College Board of Direcand also the hopes and tors Greg Price, Bass House captain Connor Epifano, Clarke House dreams their teachers captain Rory Marshall, McHaffie House captain Oliver Collett and and parents hold for them as they venture Sambell House captain Lily Christopher. into the next phase of their lives beyond secNinety students and ondary school. College captains Jaz their families enjoyed a family breakfast be- Hendry and Duncan fore attending their final Hunt then addressed the House assemblies. Heads final assembly where of the college’s four Houses prepared special presentations honouring each Year 12 student including a ‘Personal Reflection’, a speech given by a fellow student, sibling or teacher to commemorate their time at Newhaven. Duke of Edinburgh: Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award recipients Caitlin At the conclusion of McAskill and Jessica Wain are pictured with their Duke of Edinburgh the House assemblies, families and students coordinator and Newhaven College teacher Ann-Marie McLean.

LEONGATHA’S Alex Swan, Newhaven College captain was awarded the prestigious Principal’s Prize during a special day last Thursday to celebrate the completion of 13 years of school for the Class of 2016.

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awards were presented to Year 12 students for outstanding achievements. College principal, Gea Lovell, presented the coveted Principal’s Prize to ‘an outstanding friend, mentor and student who espouses Newhaven College’s values’, college captain Alex Swan. The prestigious Papworth Prize is given in memory of Mr W.G Papworth, the founding Chairman of the Newhaven College Council, to a student who displays all round ex-

cellence and consistent and impressive commitment to the aims of Newhaven College. Chair of the College Board, Greg Price, presented this year’s Papworth Prize to a very deserving and popular choice, Emma Volard from Surf Beach. The Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award recognises students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within the school and local community and display strong Australian values such as

‘mateship’. This award, accompanied by a $500 cash prize, was awarded to Pippa Treppo of Cowes. Three students were recognised for achieving Duke of Edinburgh Awards with Caitlin McAskill and Jessica Wain receiving their gold certificates, and Jessica Colla receiving silver. The celebrations continued in the evening where students and their families attended the Valedictory Dinner at the Silverwater Resort.

Papworth Prize: the Papworth Prize winner, Emma Volard (third from left) and her mother Kate Volard, are congratulated by Chair of the Newhaven College Board of Directors Greg Price and Newhaven College principal Gea Lovell.

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Long Tan Award: the Long Tan Award was won by Pippa Treppo and she is pictured with her mother Karen, sisters Eden and Jasmine and Newhaven College vice principal Jason Scott.

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Europe is calling! WITH early bird flights and significant savings on escorted tours, car hire and cruising, now is the time to make your European dream holiday become a reality. Jill Carmody from Leongatha travel and Cruise believes the 2017 summer season is going to be popular with Australians wanting to travel, especially with the significant savings available for those who book early. “We have already had a strong start to the 2017 season with clients booking the many great deals available,” Jill said. Jill with her wide range of travel experience, understands why combining Coach and Cruising travel, has become a very popular method of travel for the discerning traveller. It is enjoying the relaxation, the discovery and the security of travelling. One such package has been put together by Creative Cruising. The 12 day European Spotlight Itinerary has all of those inclusions that make for an absolutely enjoyable travel experience. The itinerary begins with guests departing London via the white Cliffs of Dover arriving at iconic Paris, where they will see all the major sights, have the option to go to the Moulin Rouge,

and have free time to get out and explore on their own. Then travel on through France’s Burgundy wine region through to Geneva, Switzerland. This beautiful city is the home of the UN, Red Cross, and some of the most fabulous chocolate in the world. The famous Cote D’Azure, France is the next destination to explore, with accommodation in Nice for the next two nights. Leaving France sees the itinerary taking its participants to the Principality of Monaco, prior to travelling on to Tuscany, Italy to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is then on to the heart of the Renaissance, Florence, followed by two days in Venice exploring the famous canals, squares, and islands. The tour draws to a close in beautiful Rome where can be found most popular tourist destinations in the Vatican, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain. Additional nights in Rome would allow members of the group to take a trip to Orvieto and Assisi, learn the secrets of pasta making in a cooking class, or simply explore the many hidden laneways, piazza’s and ruins of Rome. Then it is on to the Cruise, boarding the ship at Civitavecchia, and the Norwegian Epic becoming the home base for the next seven nights.

Beautiful Rome: where you can find the most popular tourist destinations in the Vatican, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, and Trevi Fountain (pictured).

Rally for refugees THE plight of refugees in detention was raised at a rally in Wonthaggi on Saturday. South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees, with the support of the Philip Island Rural Australians for Refugees, held a rally and walk through Wonthaggi to show they support a compassionate, generous, welcoming Australia where everyone can live together in harmony. The groups joined thousands of people in simultaneous rallies throughout Australia. Reverend Ross Stanford from the Uniting Church gave a poignant speech expressing his pride in being Australian with the country’s history of a fair go and helping neighbours. “Our policies and actions attract criticism from the international community. Our border policy of locking up and punishing innocent people is

unjust and abhorrent.” Rev Stanford said politicians have turned the asylum seeker issue into political point scoring and he was lucky that his forbearers came by boat in the 1800s, because if they came now they would be called ‘illegal’ refugees and locked up on Nauru or Manus islands or sent home. The theme of unity, compassion and generosity are the core values of Christianity Rev Stanford Australia needs to promote. Several other speeches followed, as well as henna body painting by Gomathy Savasi, an asylum seeker, the singing of freedom songs by Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan before a walk of unity through Wonthaggi. All are welcome to join the Wonthaggi based South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees group by contacting Felicia Di Stefano via email on

Spreading word: 30 people gathered in Wonthaggi on Saturday to raise awareness of the challenges faced by refugees.

Epic at sea: the Norwegian Epic has been winning awards since its launch in 2010, and with its recent refurbishment completed, this magnificent ship has retained its exceptionally high standards throughout. The Norwegian Epic has been winning awards since its launch in 2010, and with its recent refurbishment completed, this magnificent ship has retained its exceptionally high standards throughout. After winning the best on-board entertainment award last year, nights on board The Epic are never boring with acrobatic style Cirque shows, the Broadway sensation, Pricilla Queen of the Desert, or experiencing the legendary Liverpool venue where the Beatles performed, the Cavern Club. While on board, passengers experience world class service and accommodation. During the cruise passengers visit the Mediterranean ports of Livorno (Tuscany), Cannes, Palma Majorca, Barcelona and Naples. The really magical thing about cruising is that you only unpack and pack once.

Jill points out that “as the flights are with Cathay Pacific, there is the opportunity to add in a stopover in either direction in Hong Kong”. Also for a solo traveller or travelling with a friend but like your own room, then single supplement rates are available. Jill said people wishing to maximise their trip to Europe may select to ‘add on’ one or two options. One option may be to arrive in London early and explore the sights of England and Wales, or perhaps after The Epic returns to Rome discover Southern Italy or visit the magnificent Amalfi Coast. To enquire about this or any one of the land and sea packages available through Creative Cruising, call Jill and the team on 5662 3601 to make an appointment.

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Healthy hearts at Wonthaggi North WONTHAGGI North Primary School recently participated in Jump Rope for Heart 2016. The school’s physical education program incorporated skipping skills and how to keep hearts healthy into its program for a number of weeks prior to the jump off. The jump off was held on Friday, October 7, and saw the whole school participate. Family members were invited to come along and join in, and then share in a picnic lunch and play bocce, quoits, lawn bowls and hopscotch.

Left, Break time: Wonthaggi North Primary School students Jessica, Lacie and Maddison stop to take a breather during the jump off recently.

In action: Wonthaggi North Primary School students Troy, Jarvis and Leah got some air during the Jump Rope for Heart jump off recently.

Foundation backs causes THE Robyn Holmes Foundation was pleased to be able to make two more grants last week. A grant was presented to Eric Zubcic by foundation chairperson Peter Biggins to help with expenses for him to participate in the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane in April 2017. Eric is in Year 9 at Korumburra Secondary College, and is dedicated to his swimming as well as his

studies. “We wish Eric all the best in the many months of training he has ahead, under the tutelage of local coach Dylan Muir,” Mr Biggins said. The foundation was also able to make a grant to Glen Reid, whose wife Nicole is battling a brain tumour. The grant is to assist with the education of their three children next year. “We wish Glen, Nicole and their children all of the best for the future,

knowing that all of the community is behind them,” Mr Biggins said.

Off the blocks: from left, swimmer Eric Zubcic receives a cheque from Robyn Holmes Foundation chairperson Peter Biggins to assist with his expenses to take part in the Georgina Hope Foundation Australian Age Swimming Championships in Brisbane next April.

Children take control of emotions STUDENTS at Toora Primary School have been learning how to manage their emotions and recognise emotions in others as part of the Friendly Schools program.

Get active: October is Walk to School month and the students at Toora Primary School will be doing just that, including Sunday, Maddison and Tyler.

Principal Andrea Penrose said the program fits in with the school’s social and emotional learning curriculum. “Friendly Schools is an evidence based program, which helps children to understand and manage their own emotions and understand and identify emotions in others,” she said. “It helps the students to regulate their emotions and behaviour and get them ready for learning and playing.” Students have been exploring themes such as who to talk to when they are worried and strategies to manage anger. They have also been writing poems in response to the Dr Seuss book, My Many Colored days. Olivia said, “On pink days I feel magical, like a unicorn dancing on a rainbow.” Ella said, “On aqua days

I feel calm, like the calm wind” and Sunday said, “On yellow days I feel happy, like I am at a beautiful beach and the sun is shining.” Walk to School is an annual event that encourages primary school students across Victoria to walk, ride or scoot to and from school as often as possible during the month of October. Toora students have been participating in the event, weather permitting. Students who are unable to walk the full distance to school will get an opportunity later in the month to get off the bus early and walk the rest of the way to school. All students will be encouraged to participate on the day, which will coincide with the healthy breakfast program. National Water Week is celebrated during the third week of October every year and as part of the week, South Gippsland Water participates in the annual Victorian Water Industry Association’s National Water Week poster competition. This year’s theme is water, life growth and students from Toora entered the competition.

The theme for water week fits in well with the

work students are doing on sustainability.

School shade sails covered SOUTH Gippsland Specialist School and Toora Primary School have received state funding to erect shade sails. The specialist school secured $6740 and Toora Primary School $24,320 They were among 11 schools in Gippsland to be share in $202,366 in government funding to create much needed protection from harmful UV radiation by installing sun shade around their school. Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the world and in 2014 melanoma was the fifth most common cancer in Victoria. It’s estimated 40,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Victoria every year. Childhood and adolescence are periods where overexposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer later in life. Shade is a simple and effective way to protect children from the sun and by doing so reduces the likelihood of deadly skin cancer. It is important to balance the risks of skin cancer from over exposure to UV radiation with maintaining adequate vitamin D levels and spending time outdoors keeping physically active as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Schools Shade Grant Program is complemented by the Community Shade Grant Program which provides grants for shade in community settings such as parks, sports clubs and playgrounds.

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Message from the Premier This summer is forecast to be a dangerous fire season. Fire Action Week is the time for all Victorians to begin preparing. Many communities throughout Victoria have been battling with persistent rain and rising flood waters. This rainfall has provided the stimulus for increased growth of vegetation in forested, bush and grass fire areas across the state. As summer intensifies, these regions will dry out quickly, increasing the risk of uncontrollable fires, especially over the Christmas and summer holiday period. Emergency services are working with communities, businesses, local councils and government to reduce the risk in your area, while

ensuring resources are in place to respond to all emergencies. However, it is up to you to understand the risk in your area, monitor conditions and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of your household. Taking steps to get prepared before summer means you know what to do when a fire starts. Talk to your family and friends about how you’ll know when to leave and where to go to stay safe. Leaving early means leaving before a fire starts – not when you can see flames or smell smoke. Leaving early means avoiding panic, being trapped and making the wrong decisions that could be dire.

cially if you live in bush and grass fire prone areas. Taking the right steps now will help make your decisions in an emergency easier and clearer. The steps to take are simple… • Talk to your household and neighbours about what you’ll do on high risk days and have a plan if fire threatens you and your home this summer

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documents, a first aid kit, medications, blankets, water and a battery powered radio – and keep it handy Planning and preparing for fire is everyone’s responsibility. Make it yours this week and help keep your family and the community safe this summer. For more information on how to get prepared, go to


1. Plan what you’ll do in the event of a fire, talk to your household and know where to access information on high risk days. 2. Keep grass short. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass. 3. Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home. 4. Remove or prune shrubs near windows and well away from branches of mature trees. 5. Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property – no branches within 10 metres. 6. Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter (if you are physically able to). 7. Remove all materials from around the home that could burn, such as boxes, furniture and woodpiles. I VicEmergency app - launching November Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne

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Fire Action Week the time to take steps FIRE Action Week 2016, held October 23-30, is Victoria’s annual fire planning and preparation week, signalling the start of the department’s annual Summer Fire Campaign in partnership with emergency services agencies. Launched following the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires, Fire Action Week is an ideal time to find out more about the fire risk where you live, to prepare your property and decide well in advance about what you’ll do if a fire starts. Last summer, Victoria experienced an early start to the season with significant fires in October and November, followed by the Wye River/Separation Creek fire in late December 2015. Across the entire season last year, there were:

• 21 Total Fire Ban days • ‘Extreme’ fire danger conditions forecast over five days • over 4,500 bush and grassfires responded to by emergency services • 28,000 hectares burnt • the loss of 145 homes. This year, despite recent heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding, forecasts show there is potential for an above average fire season with the prospect of escalating fire behaviour later in summer due to higher temperatures in Spring drying out high risk areas. Country Fire Authority’s around the state will also be talking to their communities about the local fire risk, how to prepare, and what to do to stay safe over summer. During Fire Action Week, follow some simple

planning and preparation tips to make sure you’re ready for the upcoming summer: Check the fire risk where you live. Download the FireReady/VicEmergency app to your mobile device. Start checking Fire Danger Ratings daily. Check warnings - make sure you understand the three levels of warnings and what they mean. Pack an emergency kit of essentials. This should include important documents, medications, a mobile phone, torch, battery operated

radio, money and clothes so you can leave easily before a fire starts. Talk to your household and neighbours about how you’ll know when to leave and where to go to stay safe. Do you have family, friends or neighbours who need help preparing to leave early? Talk to them about when they’re going to leave, where they’re going to go, and how you can help. Be prepared for power failure in extreme weather conditions.

SUMMER SAFETY IN YOUR COMMUNITY Fire alert: the Leongatha SES and the Leongatha CFA are on hand at car accidents to ensure the occupants are safety extracted as well as preventing fires being ignited by fuel.

Leongatha SES is recruiting now

We deliver electricity in your community To prepare for summer and its associated risks, AusNet Services invests more than $220 million annually into a range of initiatives designed to reduce risks from bushfires and severe weather events. This year we’ve implemented a range of innovative Government-mandated enhanced electrical protection programs to help prevent bushfires.

VICTORIA State Emergency Service (VICSES) Leongatha Unit is recruiting for new members to play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the community.

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Do your part It’s your responsibility to ensure that your overhead service line is clear of vegetation on your property. Contact a registered electrician or certified tree clearer if required.

its headquarters on Wednesday, November 16 from 7.30pm. Leongatha SES Controller Matt Saario said volunteering was a rewarding way of helping the community. “VICSES Leongatha Unit is a great place to meet new and interesting characters and the unit always welcomes newcomers,” he said. “The unit is operated by ‘unpaid’ volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and professions. One of the things that make SES units so great is the diversity of members. Current members range from young people through to retired residents, but the one constant is that they are all eager to use their skills to serve their local community.” VICSES volunteers receive accredited, recognised training as part of their role, which could include general rescue, chainsaw operations, community engagement or media training. The role of VICSES volunteers is to work with all Victorians to build greater awareness, involvement and self-reliance during emergencies. VICSES volunteers will also answer the call of the community and provide assistance in times of need. The Leongatha Unit is located at 12 Watson Road Leongatha and hosts evening training sessions every Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. If you would like to learn more about becoming a VICSES volunteer, please contact Leongatha Unit Controller Matt Saario on 0429 343 199 or visit

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Storm damage: wild winds can lead to damage to cars and property.

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Fire fighting needs found at Ace LEONGATHA’S Ace Industrial is helping locals get prepared for the coming fire season, with some great specials on generators, pumps and hoses from today (Tuesday). Ace stocks a range of Dunlite generators and pumps, as well as hose kits, just in time for what could be an above average fire season this summer. According to store manager Trevor Arnold

the business, which has been open in Leongatha since the start of 2016, has a real focus on customer service. “We have a really good knowledge base here, there are many years of experience across our staff. Being able to chase down the odd things is something we try to do as well,” he said. Ace Industrial can supply bearings, industrial supplies, hydraulics, power transmissions, fasteners and tools.

Do I need a bushfire plan? Fires can occur where the suburbs meet the bush or in urban areas where houses have grass, bushland or parkland around them. If you live near areas that have significant amounts of bush, forest, long grass, or coastal scrub, then you need to plan ahead for the fire season. Victoria is one of the most fire prone areas in the world and it is inevitable fires will occur every year in parts of the state. Fire – by its very nature – is unpredictable and difficult to control especially on hot, dry, windy days. On these days, a fire may start near you. Not

everyone thinks clearly in an emergency. A writ- On sale: Ace Industrial Leongatha store manager Trevor Arnold said the store has plenty of ten, and preferably well practised plan, will help generators, pumps and hose kits, ready for the upcoming fire season. you remember what needs to be done during a crisis. ‘Leaving early’ means being away from highrisk areas before there are any signs of fire. In other words, leaving early is a precaution you take just in case there is a fire – because in for natural disasters such as fires, by having a reliable some conditions, any fire that starts is likely to portable pump on hand. Protect yourself, your family and be uncontrollable. Leaving early does not mean your property against the approaching fire season by waiting for a warning or a siren. It does not mean waiting to see or smell smoke. And it certainly investing in a Honda petrol powered fire fighting pump. does not mean waiting for a knock on the door. For more information about bushfire plans 1.1/2” Honda GX160 Fire Fighting Pump and leaving early visit BONUS


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Industrial estate moving ahead LEONGATHA’S Industrial Estate continues to expand and grow and is at the heart of Leongatha’s service industry. This year has seen a number of businesses expanding their facilities while others are continually spending money on improvements. If it’s an exhaust for your car, a piece of farm machinery, rural supplies, some welding equipment or new pavers; you name it, you’ll find most of it in Leongatha’s Industrial Estate.

Free quotes: call South Gippsland Skip Bins today and compare the prices from this company operating throughout South Gippsland. Local and family operated, owners Ray (pictured centre) and Maria Evison along with their friendly staff, Rohan Taylor and Phill Dunlop urge you to give their local service a try.

You’ll be amazed: at red hot prices right now on Weldarc welders, welding equipment including rods and all gas cutting equipment be sure to head to BJ Bearings Leongatha. From left, Nick Cambridge, manager Dave Bernaldo and David Platt are some of the friendly team who are happy to get you sorted for all your requirements.

Experienced team: want reliable electrical repairs or installation? Make sure you call the team at McDonald and Roberts for all your requirements. Grant McDonald and his team have the experience needed for all your commercial or domestic electrical needs. You will find them at 15 Ashenden Street.

Stuart Slee Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Stu Slee says beat the rush and beat the heat, “I’ll come to you so call now to save time and money.”

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Stoitse Transport: Andy Wilson, Jason Hanks and Alan Satchwell of Stoitse Transport are here to help with all your transport requirements.

Savings plan: from left, Denis Holt and manager Trevor Arnold of Ace Industrial have the best deal available on bottled gas for your welding requirements. Get in store now purchase your own bottle and save huge dollars, pay yearly rental no longer.

Exhaust advice: give Michael Egan a call when you need to upgrade or repair your exhaust. With many great brands available, good advice is always on offer at South Gippsland Exhaust. Left, Worthy Automotive: Jayden Loos (left) and Jess Worthy take pride in their work. They are pictured restoring a 1956 FE Holden to its original glory. See the boys at Worthy Automotive for your next service.

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Happy customer: from left, staff member Cooper Gibbs-King is pictured with happy customers Rosemary and Arthur Symes from Shepparton and owner of Full Boar Fourbie Drawers, Dion Fox as they install their new 4x4 drawer system. Rosemary said they chose Full Boar as they were the highest quality system available at a great price and after exploring many options on the market decided that Full Boar was the only way to go.

Pavers galore: Call in and see Jenna at Ryan’s bricks to find out about the hugely popular Porcelain Outdoors pavers or the enormous range of products Ryan’s Bricks can offer such as sleepers or garden screens today. Right Need a great feed: call the girls at Leongatha Lunch Shop! Mary Downier and owner Lyn McCarthy are always ready to serve you a yummy breakfast or lunch, snack or coffee. They will also deliver to the office if you can’t get out for lunch, and with free delivery you’re guaranteed a great lunch deal.

New director: make sure you call Country Cart for all your waste disposal requirements. Alex Aeschlimann recently welcomed long time staff member and workshop manager Adam Wylie as a director after Adam purchased a share of the business. Alex and Adam are pictured in front of the great wall of cardboard! Country Cart can offer you many services including dumpsters, recycling, septics, grease traps and their new 15 and 30 cubic metre hook lift skips for large clean-ups.

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Plenty of potential New journey: SEJ Real Estate, Leongatha, has welcomed Irene Walker to the team.

Irene Walker joins SEJ G IPPSLAND farmer Irene Walker has hung up the gumboots and is beginning a new journey with SEJ Real Estate, Leongatha.

Irene brings with her plenty of rural experience, which will enhance her skills as an estate agent. Through her time in the agricultural industry, Irene has been a buyer and a vendor of properties and has a lot of understanding about what goes on behind the scenes. “It’s all about connecting with people and I love getting out and meeting people and focusing


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on their needs,” she said. “Whilst I am experienced in agriculture and farming, I also have great energy and enthusiasm for the residential side within my country community.” Through her 23 years of farming experience, Irene has become involved with the industry as a farm representative and is known for her saying “farmer profitability”. Growing up in the country, she relishes being a part of country communities, where people look out for each other. She has worked as a columnist for the Murray Goulburn Devondaler newspaper and then around two years ago completed her real estate licence. Irene’s involvement in real estate began as an interest and then grew from her own personal and business experiences. An interest in homes, people and importantly their stories puts Irene in good stead to share her passion on your journey. Whether you’re buying or selling, you can be assured of Irene’s communication, commitment and care. Outside of work, Irene loves nothing better than spending time with her son, friends, gardening and baking.


HIS 145 acre grazing property is just 15 minutes from Leongatha.

It is a well set up property, with a central laneway making for ease of access. The two stand shearing shed is complimented by excellent stockyards. Six dams and a semi permanent creek make for abundant water supply. This is an ideal beef and sheep grazing property with good carrying capacity. The vendor is keen to sell. SEJ Real Estate For more information please call Peter BellingLeongatha ham or Irene Walker at SEJ 5662 4033 Leongatha.


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Stunning retreat on 13 acres B ENBULLIN, a property of approximately 13 very picturesque acres, is in a location that has it all; peace, views and a friendly small community.

Wandering up to the residence set amongst the most spectacular gardens, an immediate reaction upon entering the home is how stunning it is too. Superbly renovated, the home incorporates three living areas. Highly polished floor boards flow through from the well appointed kitchen and family room and into a lounge/dining room, while large windows in the lounge and family rooms frame lush garden views. Decorative cornices, high ceilings, solid fuel heater with beautiful surrounds in one and electric log fire in the other are added features of these rooms. A frequently used, fully

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glassed sunroom is another stunning living space to relax and enjoy the peaceful indoor and outdoor garden atmosphere. A handy two- way renovated family bathroom can be accessed from the bedroom wing or through the laundry. Other retreat style accommodation for family or guests has been cleverly created in the converted garage, complete with mezzanine. This would also make a spacious rumpus room. A choice of three patios means outdoor living and entertaining is catered for at different times of the day, while alternative garden aspects can be enjoyed. European style gardens are a mix of ornamentals, natives, cottage plants and fruit trees. Several majestic Strzelecki gums are dotted throughout the property. There is shedding galore including a 9mx10m shed with carport, original ‘Fern Cutter’s Hut’, hay and wood shed, calf sheds and chook shed. The property is well subdivided into four paddocks with two more smaller calf paddocks; stockyards as well. This very impressive and appealing property is now reluctantly for sale, ready to be treasured and enjoyed by new owners.

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10 acres with inlet views


N 10 gently sloping acres, and with views across to Andersons Inlet, this property encapsulates all that’s best in lifestyle properties.

The brick veneer homestead has been renovated to provide two expansive living zones at each end of the house, with four bedrooms, two bathrooms (ensuite and main) and a study nook in between. Full height windows and sliding doors throughout make the most of the rural views to the north, and the water views to the south. Kitchen with stone bench top services the dining/lounge/family living area, while at the other end of the house there’s a huge rumpus room that will give the more active family members somewhere to

Abbey Park: 100 acres of grazing

do their thing. The landscaped gardens are a pleasure to wander through, and with a 6m x 6m lock up shed/workshop and a single car garage, there’s plenty of room for PON arrival to Abbey tools and vehicles. Park you can’t see Set back off the highway, the house is ideally what awaits you. positioned, and only around six minutes’ drive from Meandering down the driveInverloch, it offers a great combination of lifestyle way you will be entranced by the onvenience. and convenience. sweeping views and the amazing rural outlook. Set amongst a magnificent garden that has been so lovingly planted out you will appreciate the serenity and be in awe of how protected and private the setting Alex Scott and Staff is. Leongatha A quaint three bedroom, weatherboard house immediately 5662 0922 makes you feel like you are at home. The home is light and bright, and the surrounding outlook is serene. This secluded home consists of a cozy country kitchen supported by an electric oven and dishwasher. Settle into the lounge and be captivated by the most amazing views. Be warmed in the winter by a solid fuel heater, and cooled in the summer with a reverse cycle air conditioner. Fully appointed with quality fittings and fixtures, the home has also been completely re-stumped, re-wired and re-roofed. All the hard work has been done.



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A complete inspection of the property is a must. It boasts a four bay lock up garage, extensively planted shelter belts, and excellent fences throughout, all backed by electric fencing. The heavy duty stockyards, good super history and watered by ways of dams, all contribute to the quality of this property. Currently the 100 acre property is leased, so if you were just looking for a quiet country lifestyle retreat, that is income producing, then this is for you. Inspections are by appointment only, so we look forward to your call.

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Why build? O

NLY three years young and ready for you to move into or continue as an investment.

It is currently rented to an excellent tenant paying $360 per week. The home is set in an impressive 1200m2 parcel in a new subdivision with quality homes. Consisting of two separate living areas, the home includes an open plan family room opening onto a large covered deck with great views down

the Nerrena Valley. The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk in robe with the remaining three bedrooms having built in robes. The kitchen boasts a Caesar stone bench top with gas cooktop, electric oven and dishwasher. For the shed lovers there is a double garage with direct access plus a 20x40ft lock up garage with concrete floor and power. All in all, it is a great property.

LEONGATHA 2 Vale Court Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha 5662 5800





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Island paradise a big deal By Brad Lester THE wild waters of Bass Strait crash into the base of granite cliffs that rise 260m skyward, constantly changing this unique island that once was a mountain on the landbridge between mainland Australia and what is now Tasmania. This is not the dairying heartland that is King Island, nor the tourist mecca of Flinders Island, the two well most known islands in Bass Strait. This is Deal Island, a lesser known island in the strait but just as significant. Located between Wilsons Promontory and Flinders Island, Deal’s lighthouse, although no longer operational, offers a hint of civilisation to mariners - including trans-strait kayakers - seeking refuge in the island’s sheltered coves, far from more populated shores. As formidable as the island’s southern cliffs are, from their peak they transform into rolling hills and grasslands as one follows the island’s 1450ha to the north. Rufus and Bennetts wallabies graze in open areas and compete with the rabbits introduced to the island as a food source for ship wrecked sailors. Spanning six kilometres long and 4.5km at its widest point, Deal Island is the largest of Tasmania’s Kent Group of Islands, separated by Dover and Erith islands by Murray Pass. Explorer Matthew Flinders named The Kent Group of Islands after his friend Captain Kent, and the three major islands of the group were named after three major sea ports in the County of Kent in England. Since 2001, the islands have come under the boundary of Tasmania’s northernmost and most remote national park, the Kent Group National Park. It’s this natural paradise that Ros Holgate and partner Nye Evans called home for 12 weeks while they tended to the island’s solitary lighthouse recently. The keen bushwalkers did not

Handing over: from left, previous caretakers Stephen and Martina Honey (centre) greet recent caretakers Nye Evans (left) and Ros Holgate on the jetty at Deal Island. see another soul during that time. “It can get very wet and very windy, and it can get pretty rough,” Ros said. “We’ve been pretty busy and have done a lot of painting and reading. A lot of people go mad here after a week but we’ve been fine. We’re happy to just sit and watch nature.” The Tasmanians travelled to the island aboard the vessel The Strait Lady from Flinders Island and settled into Deal after a quick changeover with the previous caretakers. While the cottage is well set up, Ros said caretakers must be self sufficient, and benefit from having some mechanical and gardening skills to care for the island truck and vegetable garden that is prone to dying at the hands of salt spray. For recreation, they received one television station from Victoria, played cards and practised music on their tenor horns. “We blast away each night and no-one complains about the noise,” Ros said. Telephone calls came from Tidal River at Wilsons Promontory and they communicated with passing ships via radio. “You just do the job for the pleasure of being here. It’s just a little paradise really. We have free electricity here so it does not cost us other than our food,” Nye said. At 305m high, the lighthouse is the highest in Australia and the southern hemisphere, and possibly the second highest in

the world. While the lightstation was opened in 1848, for 40 percent of the time it was in cloud and fog, limiting its usefulness in navigating vessels to safety, despite having a range of 24 nautical miles. The keepers of the day at the Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse reported seeing the Deal Island light an average of six nights in 10. The light was decommissioned in 1992 after the Department of Transport installed unattended electric lights on South West and North East Islands of The Kent Group in 1987, rendering the Deal Island light superfluous. Volunteer caretakers have since cared for the lightstation site, staying in a compound 3.5km from the lighthouse that includes the 1840s commandant’s cottage, now a museum, and two houses: one built in the early 1930s and the other in the early 1860s. The island is also home to a weather station of the Bureau of Meteorology. The lightstation itself is listed on the Federal Heritage Register and the Register of the National Estate. The airstrip was recently deemed too dangerous and closed in 2004, and today the only access to the island is by boat from Flinders Island. Volunteer caretakers are selected on their ability to live in an isolated location

and manage the island through conservageese. tion, greeting and keeping an eye on visiSqually Cove, also known as Wreck tors, conducting fauna surveys and main- Cove, hosts the wreck of the steamship taining the island’s heritage buildings. Karitane that crashed on rocks in 1921. Transported on and off at the expense Garden Cove offers a stunning white of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Sersandy beach and the deep bay of Winter vice, and living in the former headkeeper’s Cove is frequented by dolphins, seals and house, the caretakers work with generated snorkellers, its protected waters providing power and bring their own food. safe haven for sea kayakers. Others are able to help preserve the Half of the island is covered by low euisland through the Friends of Deal Island calypt forest and shrubs, and the other half Wildcare group, which organises working she-oak woodland and tussock grasslands, bees, and helps Tasmania Parks and Wild- all sheltering the more than 300 plant spelife Service with building maintenance, cies recorded on the island. weed eradication, track clearing and scrub Most notable are two endemic Tasmaclearing to maintain firebreaks, often work- nian species and eight species now considing for 19 days at a time. Membership is ered to be threatened. open to anyone with an interest in the national THE Deal Island Volunteer Caretaker Propark. The island’s scenery gram is managed by the Tasmanian Parks is reminiscent of Wilsons and Wildlife Service’s Furneaux Islands Promontory’s granite Field Centre. outcrops but with sweepInterested people wishing to enquire or make applicaing vistas and stunning tion to this program should contact: ranger in charge, Tascoastline that are truly manian Parks and Wildlife Service, PO Box 41, Whitethe island’s own. mark, 7255. Visitors are lured to Alternatively, email, the island for a stop-over phone 03 63592217 or 0427 592 217. to enjoy its picturesque To learn more about the Friends of Deal Island Wildday walks and opporcare, see tunities for swimming, A major project currently is raising funds to go tocamping and watching wards the restoration of the lighthouse lantern room. for some of the more Tax deductible donations can be made through the than 100 species of birdWildcare website, life; flame robins, firetail finches and Cape Barren

World record: at 305m high, the Deal Island lighthouse is the highest in Australia and the southern hemisphere, and possibly the second highest in the world. Serene location: East Cove, Deal Island is a spectacular setting.

Snapping Inverloch’s secret animals MODERN technology will provide a fascinating insight into the animal life in a magical part of Inverloch. The South Gippsland Conservation Society received a Coastcare grant to discover the mammals, reptiles and amphibians that live in the Screw Creek Nature Park. The society’s project, Screw Creek Nature Park, Inverloch: Baseline Biodiversity Survey and Monitoring, will provide data about terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity within the Screw Creek corridor. Infrared and white light flash technology will be used to detect and identify animals. The project will also survey the presence and distribution of flora and fauna. Survey results will improve management of

the reserve centred around the Screw Creek estuary, on Inverloch‘s town boundary and popular with locals and visitors. Cameras and other hardware required for monitoring, retrieval, storage and anchoring, as well as reference materials and society members’ newfound skills, will be shared with other future projects. Society members continue to revegetate the understorey and open areas of former pasture added to the reserve. Members recently met at Melaleuca Nursery to set up three Reconyx cameras for a trial. Each is triggered by motion detection devices and can record more than 20,000 images. Two take coloured images using white-light flash and the other will not disturb wildlife as it operates covertly using infrared technology.

Testing technology: Megan Hewett of Melaleuca Nursery and South Gippsland Conservation Society’s Ed Thexton install cameras as part of a trial recording animals at the Inverloch nursery.

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Teens run pop-up shop THERE was a new shop in Leongatha but only for last week. Students at Education Centre Gippsland ran a pop-up shop in the former surfwear store at the corner of Peart and Bruce streets, with proceeds going to youth homelessness. Boys and girls sold artwork, upcycled furniture, screenprinted t-shirts and picture frames they have made or transformed, as well as records they turned into speakers and clocks. There were also clothes and shoes to buy. The students are VCAL Foundation intermediate and senior level students from the college in Leongatha, which is part of Community College Gippsland. Student Corrine Garton made a birdhouse, upcycled a chair, and made a clock

and jewellery. “I’ve learnt how to fix something instead of throwing it away,” she said. Classmate Elizabeth Hatherley said running a shop was not as easy as she thought. “We’ve been waiting trying to get customers to come in,” she said. Student Rose Dittrich painted an artwork of mandalas and a Buddha. She gained customer service and artistic skills from her experience.

Creative trio: from left, among the Education Centre Gippsland students selling goods in the pop-up shop in Leongatha were Corrine Garton, Rose Dittrich and Elizabeth Hatherley.

Newhaven College leaders announced NEWHAVEN College announced the 2017 Student Cabinet at assembly on October 14. The college captains for 2017 are Erin Gin, Callum Fisher, Maddy Comerford and Dominic Tran. They will lead a cabinet of 34 Year 12 students who will each take on a leadership role in their chosen area. Bass House captains are: Noah Lugt-Cole, Libby Hutchinson, Rebecca Woods and Kate Maxwell. McHaffie House captains are: Sophie Fletcher, Jessica Gysberts, Emily Kemp and Casper Hiatt. Sambell House captains are: Olivia Hughes, Jack Montgomery, Xavier Hughes, Jordan Patullo. Clarke House captains are: Brooke Anderson, Matthew Fletcher, Sam Duncan and Kai Lumsden. Music captains, Finnan Donohue and Byron Scothern, Sport captains, Amy Robertson and Lachlan Scott, Surfing captain, Sophie Fletcher, Equestrian captain, Kaitlyn McNaughton, Academic captain, Millie Thomas, Debating captain, Olivia Flower, Drama captain,Tom Barker, Events captains, Mairead Carlin and Hayden Vincent, Visual arts captains, Ruby Hibbins and Sinta Barlow and Public speaking captain, Saxon Taylor-LePage.

Guiding lights: Newhaven College’s captains for 2017 are, standing, Callum Fisher and Dominic Tran, seated, principal Gea Lovell, Erin Gin, Maddy Comerford and vice principal Jason Scott. The 2016 college captains Duncan Hunt, Jade Dalton, Jaz Hendry and Alex Swan hosted their final assembly and handed over the responsibility of leading Newhaven College to their successors.

They reflected on their time as captains, counting the $15,257 presented to Bryn’s School amongst their highlights for the year as this figure is a record amount fundraised for Newhaven’s annual charity.

Volunteer drivers thanked TWENTY-SIX volunteer driver mentors from Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre’s Bass Coast L2P Program enjoyed a recent lunch at Silverwater Resort, San Remo. The resort sponsored the lunch in conjunction with the program to thank the mentors for their tireless efforts in supporting local learner drivers to gain 120 hours of supervised driving. L2P assists 16 to 21 year old learners without access to a supervising driver or vehicle to gain 120 hours of driver experience prior to obtaining their probationary licence. “Many young people do not have the resources to gain their licence without the support this program offers, and the program would not exist if not for the dedicated volunteer mentors” said Leanne Tilley, newly appointed L2P program coordinator. Peter Mertens, a L2P volunteer mentor, believed mentors were critical to the success of the program, and commented on the satisfaction he gains from his experience in the program. “It is a very rewarding role. We are helping to reduce the road toll. But we need more mentors,” he said. In a recent interview the Minister for Road Safety, Luke Donnellan said, “The L2P program helps disadvantaged young Victorians get the skills and support they need to become safe and responsible drivers.” This support is only possible due to the volunteer mentors. The volunteer mentors undertake training prior to being matched with a learner and are provided with ongoing de-


Margaret left behind a legacy She seemed particularly perceptive of children with learning difficulties, having an eye for detecting problems early and providing the necessary help. Throughout her long teaching career she was well respected by the students, school community Her brother John was and her peers. In retirement 18 months older. she remained committed The family home was to education and helping Boorool and from there those less fortunate. Margaret rode her horse, The Presbyterian with her brother, to Boorool Church meant so much to State School. Many interests: Marga- Margaret. She attended In 1943 her mother be- ret Castle was a leader in Scots Church, Collins came gravely ill, which left Street, Melbourne and teaching and in broader her bedridden for many over the years held many society. years. A decision was made positions connected to the to sell Boorool and move the church. family to McCartin Street, Leongatha. In 1994 Margaret purchased the Scots Margaret spent three years at LeonPioneer Church at Mardan South. The church gatha High School and then became a was restored and services recommenced. boarder at Presbyterian Ladies College in To this day it remains a functioning Melbourne. church providing a place of worship as This move proved to be fortuitous and well as community celebrations. she maintained a strong appreciation of She leaves behind a faithful and dediand association with the school throughcated management committee to oversee out her life. her project. Margaret trained as a teacher specialMargaret married David Castle in ising in early childhood education and 1974, and became step-mother to Adrian, ended her career as principal of Cooinda Emily and Phillipa. Primary School, Glen Waverley. After David’s death, Margaret conHer school appointments saw her tinued her philanthropic work supportworking in both rural and city settings. ing many different organisations, some She also spent some time teaching overof which included PLC choir, Retired seas in Scotland. Principal’s Association, Royal Historical Eventually she became a principal Society, Taralye TEAR Australia and Sowhich was no mean feat, because at that roptimist International. time there were few female principals and Margaret will be remembered as a they had to work twice as hard as male woman of faith who contributed not only counterparts to prove their worth. to the church, but also as a committed and Margaret was dedicated to her profespassionate educator. Her generosity to sion of teaching and the education of all others was commendable. students was paramount to her. She died on August 1, 2016.

MARGARET Isobel Castle (nee McIndoe) was born in Leongatha on October 25, 1931, the second child of Janet and John. A. McIndoe, son of the pioneering family.

Milpara Community House news THIS year marks the second anniversary of Victoria Against Violence 16 days of activism, November 25 to December 10. Helping hands: from left, retiring L2P Program coordinator Veronica Dowman with mentor Daryl Pease and newly appointed program coordinator Leanne Tilley at the lunch at Silverwater Resort, San Remo. velopment in their role. At the Volunteer Mentor lunch guest speakers area manager Michael O’Keefe and Katie Stiller from VicRoads provided the mentors with an overview of the expectations of an applicant at a licence test and to help mentors prepare their learner drivers. Anyone interested in taking on the role of a mentor in the Bass Coast L2P program can contact Leanne Tilley at Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre on 5672 3731 or

Milpara invites you to join and take action and go orange. During the 16 days of activism Milpara is encouraging people to wear, decorate and embrace orange. Orange is the colour designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolise a brighter future without violence. The aim is to raise public awareness, prevent violence and bring about change. Start changing the story now, be a voice against violence. Speak out if you hear excuses against violence or victim blaming. Take note of the language and messages we send and challenge what we accept as ‘the norm’. Together we can make a difference. Help make gender inequality and disre-

spectful behaviour unacceptable. A fantastic video, Let’s change the story: Violence against women in Australia, can be found at watch?v=b62CU28ArPo Milpara is putting together an information pack so please let us know if you’d like one. On Saturday, November 8 we have Hobby Painting and Table Top Gaming. Bring your models and enjoy painting them in our friendly environment. We will be setting up a second room for an introduction to Dungeons and Dragons. Coming up in the next few weeks we have Crochet, Settlers of Catan, Sour Dough Bread Making, First Aid, Digital Photo Editing, Cup Cake Decorating, Rug Making, Reckon Accounts, RSA, Food Safety and Flower Arranging. For more information and bookings call 5655 2524.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Discovered objects transformed into art

JENNY Peterson investigates the art of collecting and using found objects as printing plates in the exhibition Find. Save. Keep at Meeniyan Art Gallery. Peterson aims to reveal and re-present something of the history of the objects, and they become a new collection of off-site markers. Peterson 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 signage techniques by gathering and printing words about collecting, the souvenir and the journey. The gallery is also showing the first exhibition by mother, daughter and grandaughter artists Joanna Schmidt, Mari Zirngast-Cause and Tahnee Cause – entitled Inspired by Gippsland. Joanna Schmidt studied and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree that she never had the opportunity to develop due to family commitments. In this first ever exhibition, Joanna is joined by her daughter Mari and granddaughter Tahnee. Each explores the influence of their move to South Gippsland and the environment that inspires them Searching for surprises: Jenny Peterson’s to express themselves creatively. exhibition Find. Save. Keep at Meeniyan Art The show continues until this Thursday, October 27. Gallery considers the art of collecting.

Standing out: a cappella group On Church Street impressed the audience during a concert at Wonthaggi Baptist Church recently.

Singers enchant ON Church Street’s Concert at the Wonthaggi Baptist Church on October 8 was a brilliant success. Although tenor Jonny Newton-Howes was ill and unavailable, the rest of the group continued on, singing a cappella and solos from Amy Horneman and Mel Searle, and accompanied by a very talented Andrew Bird on piano with vocals.

Halloween fun at Coal Creek BE ready for spooky fun at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra, this Saturday, October 29. Ghouls, monsters and things creepy crawly will take over the park for the annual Halloween event from 5.30pm to 10.30pm.

Be impressed by free activities, including a fire twirler, Disney villains, Spooktacular, apple bobbing, snake busters, monster bash disco, bonfire and spooky decorated buildings. Don your scariest outfit for the chance to win in the best dressed competition, with categories in five years and under, 15 years and under, best

female and best male – open age, best family costume (with a $100 prize) and best overall winner – open age (also a $100 prize). Trick or treat and ghost train tickets are on sale now at Coal Creek or via MOSHTIX. With an entry free of just $1 per person, this event is one not to be missed. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Food and drinks will be available around the park and this is an alcohol free event. To find out more, head to or ring the park on 5655 1811.

Dazzling entertainment: see fire twirler Aleisha Manion and other attractions at the Halloween celebration at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum, Korumburra, this Saturday, October 29.

The group played old favourites like Nature Boy, Misty and Amazing Grace. Drummer Andrew Horneman showed his talents. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon concert with requests for the group to return next year. The next church concern is on November 5 and will feature classical pianist Josh Hooke and vocalist Marie Rosa Gatto.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Celebrate Cup weekend at the Antarctic Journey

JUMP out of the gates this Melbourne Cup Weekend with a range of children’s activities at the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island. Join rangers and get into the Melbourne Cup spirit with some race day creations of your own. Fashion a fascinator or stylish hat, ride your own race as you design and build a hobby horse, or create some stunning floral accessories. All this and more as you learn about conservation and the art of creating recycled art. Activities will be held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 and are included in the Antarctic Journey entry

Last days for FAMDA comedy Official visit: Anthony Howard and Governor Linda Dessau meet penguins at Phillip FAMDA’s Australia Day by Jonathan Island. Biggins has been drawing rave reviews

Governor welcomed by Nature Parks IT’S a long way from Government House to Antarctica, however The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC enjoyed a virtual journey to the remote continent as they experienced the exciting new Antarctic Journey attraction at the Nobbies on Tuesday evening (October 17). Phillip Island Nature Parks chair Jeff Floyd and CEO Matthew Jackson were delighted to welcome the Governor and Mr Howard to the Nature Parks and share the Island’s newest nature based experience with them, before making their way to the iconic Penguin Parade. The new Penguins Plus and Underground ex-

periences provide outstanding, up close viewing opportunities in a world first facility where the penguins waddle straight past the viewing area along their most popular pathway. Breeding season is in full swing in the colony, so there were plenty of penguins on parade at eye level in front of the Governor as they returned from the ocean to feed their hungry chicks. Conversation soon turned from penguins to pandas as the Governor and Mr Howard recalled their recent visit to the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre in China. As recognised leaders in conservation and eco-tourism, both Phillip Island Nature Parks and the Giant Panda Breeding Centre are set to benefit from their landmark sister-park agreement signed in 2015 with collaborations on research, education and eco-tourism operations.

from laughing audiences. There are only four remaining performances at Foster War Memorial Arts Centre: 8pm on Friday October 21, 2pm on Saturday October 22, 8pm on Saturday October 22 and 2pm on Sunday, October 23. The best seats will go to those who book! You can book via Trybooking through au or visit Main Street Revelations in Foster, phone 0435 535 867. FAMDA has added extra seats for all remaining shows so there will be tickets available at the door each time even if you haven’t booked. Don’t miss this great opportunity to enjoy a new hilarious and very Australian comedy.

ticket: children (four to 15) $9, adults $18, family (two adults and two children) $45. Get the best value and see the best of the Nature Parks’ attractions with a 4 Parks Pass which includes the Antarctic Journey, Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre and Churchill Island Heritage Farm. Bundled tickets are available at all Phillip Island Nature Park outlets and online: or phone 03 5951 2800.

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Left, KYE Matthew James Whiteside was born at South Gippsland Hospital, Foster, on September 29. He is a son for Matt and Marnie Whiteside of Korumburra, and a brother for Arlie, 13, Bodhi, 10, Dayne, 11, Maia, 8 and Will, 11. Right, ARIA Florence Payne was born on October 10 at the Leongatha Hospital. Aria is the first baby for Josh and Jess Payne of Leongatha.

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Farming Insight

On board with GippsDairy JINDIVICK farm business management consultant Dan Armstrong and Maffra veterinarian Richard Shephard were appointed to the GippsDairy board at the annual general meeting on October 13. The meeting at Kardella South also saw Fish Creek dairy farmer Graeme Nicoll and Hallora dairy farmer Grant Williams reappointed as chair and deputy chair respectively, with Korumburra dairy farmer Sinead De Gooyer appointed as secretary. Mr Nicoll said both of the new directors were well respected throughout Gippsland, having spent decades building outstanding reputations in the dairy industry. “Adding Dan to the board will provide opportunities to further develop farm systems management which is particularly crucial in the current economic climate. He will also be able to provide the expertise to develop programs aimed at building wealth within the industry,” he said. “Richard has combined a veterinary career with his involvement with research and extension programs as well as farm consulting. This combination will bring

a unique insight to GippsDairy and will help broaden the knowledge base available to the board.” Mr Armstrong, who runs his own consulting business specialising in farm business management, said providing analytics for individual farmers and at an industry level would help him contribute to the development of GippsDairy programs. “I have fairly broad experience in the research development and extension area, so I will be able to contribute in terms of project development, delivery and evaluation,” he said. “I’ve worked in the dairy industry for about 20 years and it’s been a great industry to work in, so I thought this might be an opportunity to give something back.” For Richard Shephard, working as a clinical vet, farm management consultant and, most recently, an industry level consultant, made the GippsDairy board the right fit at the right time. “I’ve got some skills and abilities I thought would be able to help farmers on the board make decisions if they were looking for other ways of looking at issues and problems,” he said. “I’ve got a breadth of experience and I think I’m

Leading way: new GippsDairy directors Richard Shephard and Dan Armstrong (centre), with GippsDairy chair Graeme Nicoll (left) and regional manager Allan Cameron before the 2016 AGM at Kardella South.

Heavy vealers in demand THERE were approximately 1100 export and 170 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 360 head week on week. The regular group of buyers was present and operating more selectively in a cheaper market. Quality was mixed with fewer prime cattle on offer however quality played a minor role in the price reductions seen today with softer demand the driver. A handful of heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold firm. Trade steers were in very short supply while the heifers to the trade eased 16c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks slipped 24c to 32c/kg. Heavy weight crossbred manufacturing steers were off 24c/kg. Cows sold 15c to 25c/kg cheaper while the heavy weight bulls eased 14c/kg. Heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold from 370c to 390c/kg. A handful of yearling trade steers made between 325c and 340c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 306c and 338c/kg. Grown steers made from 310c to 331c/kg. Bullocks sold from 295c to 322c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish made between 282c and 315c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 268c and 277c with the crossbred portion between 276c and 310c/kg.

pretty good at understanding how farmers combine all their resources to make money.” Mr Nicoll thanked the two departing directors, Most light and medium weight cows made from Iain Stewart from Stratford and Inverloch’s Edwin 170c to 240c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly Vandenberg, for the time and effort they dedicated to from 218c to 277c/kg. Heavy weight C and B mus- GippsDairy. “During his two board terms, Iain brought with cle bulls made between 269c and 306c/kg. The next sale draw - October 27 & 28: 1. El- him the farmer knowledge and business expertise that ders, 2. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 3. Rodwells, has made him such a valuable contributor to the local community around Maffra and Sale as well as being a 4. SEJ. 5. Alex Scott & Staff, 6. Landmark. respected voice in the irrigation sector,” he said. Prime Sale - Wednesday, October 19 “Edwin Vandenberg brought his skills from busiBULLOCKS ness to the Gippsland dairy industry. His work in 13 Pearson Beef, Meeniyan 555.8kg 330.6 $1837.37 15 Rumridge Pty Ltd, Mt Eliza 664.7kg 321.6 $2137.57 helping farmers through the water shortages of 201512 8 12 2

Coolaman Pty Ltd, Bena Mrs C. McCullock, Moe P. Van Heerwaarden, Bena V. & F. Murdica, Leongatha

643.3kg 665.6kg 580.0kg 695.0kg

319.6 318.6 318.6 318.0

$2056.09 $2120.68 $1847.88 $2210.10

STEERS 1 L.G., L.A. & T.C. Calder, Meeniyan 1 M.W. & D.E. Reynolds, Yinnar 1 K. Trotman, Buffalo 1 Macaro Investments, Jeetho 1 G.E., R.I. & G.J. Baillie, Tyers 2 B. & A. Watson, Denison

385.0kg 320.0kg 440.0kg 335.0kg 420.0kg 355.0kg

390.0 390.0 380.0 370.0 340.0 336.6

$1501.50 $1248.00 $1672.00 $1239.50 $1428.00 $1194.93

HEIFERS 2 M.W. & D.E. Reynolds, Yinnar 1 L.G., L.A. & T.C. Calder, Meeniyan 1 M. & D. Marotti, Korumburra 2 V.J. Egan, Waratah 14 L.C. & L.G. Chowan, Trida 1 L. & G. Davies, Woolamai

350.0kg 340.0kg 435.0kg 255.0kg 358.9kg 415.0kg

390.0 390.0 352.6 350.0 337.6 330.0

$1365.00 $1326.00 $1533.81 $892.50 $1211.74 $1369.50

COWS 1 R. & J. Edwards, Fish Creek 3 A.J. & M.M. Roberts, Leongatha Sth 1 S.W. & B.M. McLaren, Woodleigh Vale 1 M.W. & D.E. Reynolds, Yinnar 1 R.K. & W.J. Horner, Inverloch 3 K.M. & G.A. Couper, Nerrena East

660.0kg 548.3kg 770.0kg 745.0kg 585.0kg 468.3kg

276.6 276.6 276.6 273.6 272.6 270.6

$1825.56 $1516.69 $2129.82 $2038.32 $1594.71 $1267.31

16 showed both the energy and intelligence that he brought to the board over the past two years.” The full board for the next two years consists of chair Graeme Nicoll, dairy farmer, Fish Creek; deputy chair Grant Williams, dairy farmer, Hallora; secretary Sinead De Gooyer, dairy farmer, Korumburra; Joanne Bills, food market analyst, Fitzroy; Lauren Finger, dairy farmer, Yannathan; Ross Anderson, dairy farmer, Denison; Brad Missen, dairy farmer, Denison; Brian Gannon, agribusiness manager, Leongatha; Richard Shephard, veterinarian, Maffra; Dan Armstrong, farm business management consultant, Jindivick; and Allan Cameron, executive officer/regional manager.

Expo inspires dairy farmers GippsDairy reported high numbers of farmers enquiring about extension programs that are currently being offered in the region. The ongoing Taking Stock program, which offers farmers fully funded three to four hour consultations as part of the Tactics for Tight Times program, was of particular interest to farmers. GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron said a year of trying circumstances had seen farmers looking to improve business outcomes in any way they can.

“We all know how tough it’s been over the past 12 months, but dairy farmers are certainly not sitting around waiting for the milk price to improve,” he said. “Judging by the number of people enquiring about GippsDairy programs like Taking Stock, Feeding Pastures for Profit, Cups On Cups Off or the many discussion groups we facilitate in the area, dairy farmers are making the effort to improve their knowledge and farming skills.” Mr Cameron said GippsDairy was proud to have been one of the sponsors of Thursday’s breakfast, which had been a highlight for many people who attended the expo.

Talking farming: GippsDairy director Brian Gannon caught up with Mardan dairy farmers Tanya Privitera and her mother Sue Allan at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.

Dairy chatter: GippsDairy’s Donna Gibson chats with Dumbalk dairy farmer Michelle Kenney, daughter Sophie (bottom right) and Meeniyan’s Kira Waldron.

DAIRY farmers from across the region have used the South Gippsland Dairy Expo to access information and resources to improve their farm business.

BULLS 1 K.J. & M.L. Fisher, Tarwin South 945.0kg 305.6 $2887.92 1 Kennington Park, Mount Martha 1020.0kg 293.6 $2994.72 1 R. & J. Edwards, Fish Creek 1070.0kg 290.6 $3109.42 1 L.G., L.A. & T.C. Calder, Meeniyan 800.0kg 286.6 $2292.80 1 K.W. & R.F. Battersby, Korumburra 825.0kg 277.6 $2290.20 1 M. & D. Marotti, Korumburra 775.0kg 276.6 $2143.65

Sharing ideas: GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron with Athlone dairy farmers Lindsay and Patrick Anderson at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo.

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Farming Insight

Thunder on a roll By Sarah Vella

SPECKLE Park bull Fish Creek Farm Thunderstruck L1 won the junior interbreed bull show against 55 other bulls at the Royal Geelong Show recently. Owned by Jason and Sarah Keays from Fish Creek, Thunderstruck is the first speckle park bull to achieve that feat at Geelong. Thunderstruck also won junior bull and grand champion bull in the all breeds class at the show. “He has now become a 10 time broad ribbon champion at 15 months old at royal shows which has included two interbreed and a supreme champion,” Mr Keays said. He has been declared champion in South Australia, Sydney and Melbourne and now, Geelong. “I took him to Total Livestock Genetics to get him collected on Sunday for our upcoming embryo transfer program in November,” Mr Keays said. “The judges all complimented on how complete he is as a bull with extraordinary carcass and would be a huge asset to both stud and commercial breeders. “Our stud manager Erin Grylls prepared and handled Thunder again and did a fantastic job. We really Cracking bull: Fish Creek Farm Thunderstruck won a slew of champion ribbons at the have appreciated what Erin has done for us. “He is one special bull to achieve what he has all Royal Geelong Show recently, following on from his recent success at the Royal Melbourne Show. He was handled by stud manager, Erin Grylls. over Australia at such a young age.”

MG car park Dairy support sale success and advice

THE Victorian dairy industry has been experiencing challenging economic and THE first MG Trading car park sale held seasonal conditions. in Gippsland was a success on Saturday, Agriculture Victoria is working with a number with plenty of customers visiting the of organisations to support dairy farmers through Korumburra store to grab a bargain and this tough period. A reminder about Dairy Farmer Central, a a sausage. website where you can find all the latest dairy

Good point: Ian Stead from Korumburra discusses the possibility of buying a new drill with Colin Lester from MG Trading, during the Korumburra store’s car park sale on Saturday.

MG Trading regional manager Gippsland Ken Lascelles said the day was off to a shaky start due to the wet weather, but things picked up as the morning went on. He said due to the success of the Korumburra day, more sales will be held across the region’s other stores in the future. “If anyone missed out on today they will have an opportunity to grab a bargain at Wonthaggi on November 13,” he said.

On Special: from left, Dean Fraser and Steve Riley from MG Trading, Julie Nicoll and Noah Oxley from Fish Creek and Warren Lawry from MG Trading at the Korumburra store’s car park sale on Saturday.

support information in the one spot. The website contains information on a variety of programs, including: • Dairy Australia’s Tactic for Tight Times and Taking Stock programs, which provide specialist one-to-one farm business support. • The Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides free financial counselling to farmers experiencing financial hardship. • Increased support is also focusing on ensuring the health and wellbeing of farmers and communities, including through: • The Look Over the Farm Gate program, which is providing extra community wellbeing workshops and community events. - Mental Health First Aid Training, which is giving the community valuable information about mental health issues and where to get help for themselves, their friends or family. • Lifeline on 13 11 14 • Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 Find out more at Dairy Farmer Central - http://

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public notice

public notice

public notice Scots Pioneer Church 1230 Mardan Road Mardan South

Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon October 30th at 2pm

public notice

WELSHPOOL MEMORIAL HALL Friday, October 28 1.30pm - 5pm

Saturday, October 29 10am - 4.30pm Plant Stall and Refreshments

Local Church History Presentation By: Robert Sage Organist: Sue Scott Special Musical Feature by: flautist Emily Chadwick. Devotions & Dedication of Plaque by: Rev Paul Bauer & Community Singing. AFTERNOON TEA IS SERVED

All welcome

MARINE LICENCE COURSE Vic. Boat Licence with Jetski endorsement

INVERLOCH Saturday, November 5 1pm - 5pm

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone Bob: 0417 524 005

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Spring Flower Show ‘Roses and Romance’

Will include Memorial Tribute to Margaret Castle

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MARCH 2017 Debutante Balls To register please contact Narelle between 6pm and 9pm on 5668 6246 Provide your name, age and contact details of yourself and your partner Cut off date for registration is Sunday 27.11.2016 Registration will be on a first in basis

Approved TSV course ABN 43080057923

UnitingCare Gippsland is a quality accredited community service agency. The Agency has a vision of a healthy Gippsland, where disadvantage and inequity are challenged. UnitingCare Gippsland are looking for:

Child FIRST Intake Worker Full Time (Part time negotiable) Based in Leongatha UnitingCare Gippsland is a leading provider in the children’s and family services field. We are currently seeking a highly committed and skilled professional to join our Child FIRST intake team at our Leongatha office. The role assists vulnerable families to find the right supports. Further information is available at: or call Carrie Jagusch on 5662 5150 Applications close Wednesday 9 November at 900am UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and wellbeing of children and young people

Bass Coast Children’s Centre Inc invites applications for the following position:

EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER Permanent Part-Time (22.5 hours) to Full-Time Commencing Term One 2017 VECTEA entitlements PROPOSAL TO UPGRADE AN EXISTING MOBILE PHONE BASE STATION AT KOONWARRA As part of a national coverage upgrade project Optus plan to upgrade the existing telecommunications facility at 155 Buckingham & Fowler Road, Koonwarra VIC 3954 (Optus Ref# M1076 Koonwarra) 1. The proposed upgrade will generally involve the following: x

The installation of three (3) existing panel antennas each measuring less than 2.8m in length, to the existing monopole;


The installation of associated ancillary equipment, including works within the existing equipment shelter and Remote Radio Units (RRU’s) to generally be installed behind the new antennas.

2. Optus regards the proposed installation as a Low-impact Facility under the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997 ("The Determination") based on the description above. 3. Further information including an EME Report can be obtained from – Ryan Moyle, Senior Planner at Visionstream Pty. Ltd. Ph: 03 8547 4207 Email: or and at Site ref: M1076 - 4. The proposed infrastructure will be in compliance with the ACMA EMR regulatory arrangements. 5. We invite you to make a submission. Written submissions should be sent to: Visionstream Pty Ltd – 25-37 Huntingdale Road, Burwood VIC 3125 by 5pm Wednesday 9th November 2016.

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

situations vacant FULL TIME ASSISTANT required for 550 cow dairy farm, 10km north of Leongatha. Experience with cattle and machinery preferred. Ross Berryman 0428595766. MANAGER, small busy post office South Gippsland. Minimum 5 years experience and current Auspost training, $26/hr. Closes November 14. Email resume cover letter mylocalpostoffice1@

WANTED INTERSTATE B DOUBLE TIPPER DRIVER Experienced preferred Excellent remuneration Contact 0419 319 261

Bass Coast Children’s Centre is a long established not-for-profit organisation with a strong commitment to the community. We provide a fully funded Kindergarten Program which is integrated into our Long Day Care service structure. Within this unique environment you will have the opportunity to build on relationships with children and families and collaborate with a friendly team of supportive and dedicated educators. The service is supported by a Coordinator and administrative staff to ensure that Early Childhood Teachers are provided with extensive opportunities to focus on creating a vibrant learning and supportive environment for the children. We support ongoing professional development and provide mentoring, leadership and an open and collaborative team and management structure. Our Centre prides itself on providing outstanding learning opportunities through our emergent curriculum. We are committed to sustainable practices which are exemplified through beautiful outdoor spaces with natural timber equipment and well resourced, wholesome and inspiring environments. Bring your passion for nature, the arts and community to our team, don’t miss this amazing opportunity! Mandatory requirements: • An Early Childhood teaching qualification. • Engagement and working knowledge of the National Quality Framework (NQF). • Knowledge and practice with the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF). • Current First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis and Asthma training. The service has a commitment to providing an exceptional level of quality education and care in a safe and nurturing environment. Detailed position descriptions are available on request. Applications close Friday 11th November 2016. Enquiries welcome (between 10 am & 4 pm) to: Ms Dina McMaster—Coordinator Bass Coast Children’s Centre Inc 244 White Road WONTHAGGI VIC 3995 Ph: (03) 5672 5151

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situations vacant

DIESEL MECHANIC/FITTER An experienced Mechanic / Fitter is required to service and maintain the company’s eet of earthmoving machinery and heavy vehicles in our Leongatha workshop Ph: 0408 595 305 Email:

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0.2 EFT Permanent Part Time (1 day per week) (Job Ref # ND1002) Contact: Ali Dobson, HR Manager PH: 5667 5503 or



Please direct CV and cover letter to to apply.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 OCTOBER To learn more, visit us online at:

within Australia (formerly SNAP Gippsland) delivers innovative, person centred Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery programs, Homelessness programs, Respite, Support Facilitation (Care Co-ordination) through the Partners in Recovery program, the East Gippsland Mental Health Initiative, and Recovery services to adults with a severe and persistent mental illness, their families and carers. Our programs and services support individuals to self-manage, live well with their symptoms and are founded on the principle that living with a mental illness should not preclude a person from leading a meaningful and fulďŹ lling life.

Team Leader (Full-time 38 hours per week) within Australia has an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualiďŹ ed person to lead our team in the Shires of South Gippsland / Bass Coast To succeed in the role you will be highly motivated and have tertiary qualiďŹ cations and experience in either mental health, health care and/or social work. The role will include: • Undertaking the comprehensive assessment of client need inviting and including carers and families in the development and review of Individualized Client Support Packages (ICSP) and Care Co-ordination. • Promotion and maintenance of the integrity and ďŹ delity of within Australia chosen models of service and care and outcome measurements • Ensure that risks are assessed and managed appropriately • Promote care co-ordination and collaborative practice • Effective management of workloads through caseload review, ďŹ le audits and other processes Position description are available from our website or call Chris McNamara (CEO) on 1300 737 412 for more information. Applications addressing the key selection criteria including a resumĂŠ and referees should be submitted to within Australia Inc., P.O. Box 635, Bairnsdale, VIC 3875, or via email to businessservices@ by 5pm Wednesday 9th November, 2016. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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CARER SUPPORT WORKER Youth Services – Leongatha PART TIME – Fixed term We are seeking a motivated Carer Support Worker to be responsible for providing direct support and supervision to accredited foster caregivers in the Home Based Care program to ensure that they are meeting Duty of Care responsibilities and continuing to develop and grow in their caregiving role. This position will also have a strong focus on the promotion and marketing of foster care in the Gippsland Region. Please visit for further information and to apply.

SWIMMING TEACHERS $24.70 PER HOUR South Gippsland SPLASH is seeking enthusiastic, motivating and suitably       






"  Email #$  to apply. APPLICATIONS CLOSE THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER CEMBER To learn more, visit us online at:

CASUAL Personal Carers, Enrolled Nurses and Registered Nurses We are searching for motivated, enthusiastic and caring individuals to join our care team at Foster in the roles of Personal Carer, Enrolled Nurse and Registered Nurse. If you are a team player with excellent interpersonal skills call us now for a position description. Applications close 5pm Tuesday 1 November 2016 All enquiries and applications to: Carina Ross, Quality Care Administrator T: 03 5682 0800 E:

Compensable and Private Patient Liaison OfďŹ cer

Team Leader positions South Gippsland Bass Coast (Full-time)

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Clerical Support / Ward Clerk

Full details, including the position description is available at Email applications, quoting reference number to no later than Monday, 7th November 2016.

South Gippsland SPLASH and the South Gippsland Outdoor Pools are seeking suitably qualiďŹ ed, experienced and enthusiastic lifeguards to join the team. Flexibility in shifts, a strong customer focus and excellent attention to detail are essential.

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Bass Coast Health is the major public healthcare provider within the Bass Coast Shire in South Gippsland. The service has provided quality service and care for residents of the Bass Coast Shire for over 100 years. It is an integrated health service providing emergency services as well as acute (medical and surgical), sub-acute and residential inpatient beds along with an extensive array of community and primary care services. Services are provided from a number of sites including Wonthaggi, San Remo, Inverloch and Cowes. The purpose of this role is to optimise returns for Bass Coast Health by encouraging patients to use their Private Health Insurance if adequate cover is available. This is to be achieved through ensuring all patients presenting to the Service, through both Inpatient and Emergency Admissions, are consulted and briefed on the beneďŹ ts of being admitted as a private patient. The role also includes the task of liaising with Private Health funds and collating all associated costs for private patients to ensure appropriate billing is completed. To be successful in this role you will have the following attributes: • Previous experience with a Private Health fund or within Hospital administration • A detailed understanding of Microsoft OfďŹ ce, in particular Word and Excel • Strong written and oral communication skills • A friendly and approachable personality • Enjoy working with people including staff members and patients Note that this position may be available as a job share opportunity for the right candidates and also may include work on weekends. Applications should include your professional resume, covering letter that addresses the Key Selection Criteria contained within the Position Description, and 2 professional referees. A position description may be found on the BCH website:

FACTORY POSITION Hi-Tech Powder Coating & Sandblasting, a small locally owned business, is looking for a conscientious hardworking person to ďŹ ll a full time position in our Leongatha factory. The position will suit someone who has a high work standard and good attention to detail, someone who is reliable, punctual, honest and friendly. The role is a physical, high energy position that requires a good level of ďŹ tness. Duties will include, but are not limited to, sandblasting, spray painting and general factory operations. Previous experience in the steel ďŹ nishing industry is not essential. For more information, contact Derek on 0400 009 546. Please send applications to by Sunday 30th October.

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RESEARCH AND EVALUATION POSITION Gippsland Centre against Sexual Assault (GCASA) has an exciting opportunity available based in Morwell, Gippsland. This is a result of organisational growth and planning for future sustainability. GCASA is funded to provide crisis intervention, individual counselling and group work, professional consultation, community education and community development activities throughout the Gippsland region. All positions come with a competitive, above award package. The Research and Evaluation role will support the Clinical Manager through contribution to clinical governance with a focus on quality improvement processes in research and evaluation for clinical practice and prevention focusing on; Workforce Development, Sector reform, research and Knowledge Exchange & Translation into Practice. This role is 0.8EFT for a 12 month ďŹ xed term contract. Applications close at 5pm, 4th November 2016 and should be emailed to Fiona Boyle, CEO:

Email your stories for sale

for sale


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.

We stock the largest range of New push and ride-on mowers in South Gippsland, including - Honda,Victa, GreenďŹ eld, 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.


Please address your application to Phillip Maddock, Acting Chief Financial OfďŹ cer – email:

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

Ph: 5662 2028

Applications close Friday 4 November 2016

mitted to The YMCA is com children of the safeguarding le. a and young peop

BILLIARD TABLE ž - 9’x4½’ slate based Harry Evans, complete set of equipment and light hood. Excellent condition. 5674-2929 or 0427-742929.

FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175. NEW HOLLAND 317 square baler in working condition, $5,000; 2 round hay rings $300 each; front end loader Burder soft hands, $1,000. Ph: 0447580155. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200 x 50 x 2.4 $12.10 each, 200 x 75 x 2.4 $16.75 each, 200 x 75 x 3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261.

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garage sales

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.

garage sales LEONGATHA 37 Shingler Street, Saturday, October 29, 8am to 1pm. Household items, books, plants, collectables etc.

The 2nd Fish Creek Collective


Saturday, October 29 Sunday, October 30 10am - 5pm FISH CREEK MEMORIAL HALL

garage sales

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



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

Falls Road, Fish Creek Collectables - 80s-90s cards & figures, clothing -designer, vintage, children, men & ladies, Swarovski crystals, books, records, bric-a-brac, furniture, spices, olive oil, plants, etc. and much, much more

There’s something for everyone CASH ONLY

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HUGE GARAGE SALE Sunday, October 30 8am - 3pm 5 WORTHY STREET LEONGATHA Furniture, household applicances, toys, homewares, lawn mower & garden equip, camper trailer

meetings STONY CREEK Combined Committee AGM, Tuesday, November 15, 7.30pm in dining room.

Leongatha Community House Inc ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday, October 26 11am 16 BRUCE STREET LEONGATHA All welcome!

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marriage celebrant

in memoriam




FOSTER - Jack. 30.10.1993. Loved and remembered every day. Noeleen and family.

BYATT (Ingram) Pamela Margaret. 18.07.1928 - 21.10.2016 Passed away peacefully. Dearly loved wife of John (dec), loving mother and mother-in-law of Joy, Colin and Barbara, Neil and Christine, Peter and Josephine, Heather and Graeme. Darling nanna and great nanna.

Treasured memories are ours to keep. R.I.P. Pete xxxx Go the mighty Pies!!!

5662 2553 0438 097 181

AGM To be held at


At 7pm on Wednesday, October 26 We are inviting newcomers to join our committed team of committee members. If you feel you could add to our great football netball club then come along to share the experience. All welcome

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

Wendy Rutjens

Weddings ~ Funerals ~ Namings

0429 688 123 e:

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

bereavement thanks HULSHOF - John Paul. Maria, Johanna, Peter, Tricia, Ann and their families wish to thank everyone for their help and support during this tough time. Thank you doctors and nursing staff at Leongatha hospital and Jenny and staff at Handley Funeral Services Leongatha. You were wonderful.

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

FRIESIAN heifer calves, minimum six weeks old. Ph: 0447-398822. QUAD BIKES, going or not. Try me before you trade. Cash buyer. Ph: 0427-554174.

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HAMILTON (nee Fyffe) - Judith. Passed away 24.10.2010. Fyffe - Linda Isabelle (husband Ray dec.) Passed away 14.9.2010. Your memories are ours to cherish, as we fondly remember your ways, Keeping you safely in our hearts, is where you will always stay, Missing you. Your loving family, Tony Hamilton, Graham and Sue, Ian and Isabelle, and grandchildren.

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In our hearts always! BYATT - Pam. Much loved aunt of Jeff and Pam Coulston and family. Many happy memories of time shared together. Resting peacefully now with Uncle John. BYATT - Pam. Long serving member and ladies president of Woorayl Golf Club. Condolences to family from Woorayl Golf Club committee and members. FAWCETT - Phillip John (Phil). 13.6.1945 - 17.10.2016 Loved and loving husband of Kate. Cherished dad of Kirsten and Tony, Shaun and Sally. Adored poppy to Emily and Lucas. Missed but not forgotten. The best dad in the world.

South Gippsland Landcare Network Coordinator Leongatha Part Time (12 month maternity leave contract) Want to join an organisation that supports your personal and professional environment? At the WGCMA we pride ourselves on providing an encouraging work environment that helps staff reach their potential. The South Gippsland Landcare Network in partnership with the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority are seeking applications to fullfil the role of the Landcare Network Coordinator position on a part time basis for a fixed term until January 2018. Working within one of the State’s most diverse and progressive regions, this position will bring about environmental change by providing operational and strategic support to the South Gippsland Landcare Network and its community. This role will provide leadership, strategic coordination, project management and technical support to the landcare network. It will require a passionate and skilled person with a general knowledge and understanding pertaining to the support and coordination of community based organisations as well as expertise in natural resource management and environmental issues. The remuneration range being offered for the position is $75,496 - $109,406 including superannuation. A copy of the Position Description can be obtained via our website or by emailing with the job title in the email’s subject line. Applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria, demonstrating their ability to undertake the role. For further information contact Belinda Brennan Partnerships and Engagement Team Leader on 0409 004 901 or via email: Applications addressing Key Selection Criteria should be marked; ‘South Gippsland Landcare Network Coordinator’ c/o Organisational Development and Support Coordinator and must be received by 4.00pm Friday October 28th 2016.

Recruiting Now! Workshop Administrator & Service Technician

South Gippsland

The CLAAS Harvest Centre network is a leading provider of agricultural machinery throughout Australia and New Zealand and enjoys brand partnerships spanning more than 40 years with premium manufacturers including CLAAS, AMAZONE and Seed Hawk.


A funeral service was held at Toora Catholic Church on Thursday, October 20.

We have some exciting positions available to join our busy Leongatha based team. Workshop Administrator Responsible for scheduling and planning of service jobs, ordering, receipting and invoicing machinery, Health & Safety and general administration. Service Technician We are looking for a qualified Diesel Mechanic, preferably with experience servicing Agricultural Machinery. For further information on either position please visit or forward your resume and covering letter to

Martin Fuller PO Box 1374, Traralgon Chief Executive Officer VIC 3844 | T: 1300 094 262 | F: (03) 5175 7899 E:

FAWCETT - Phillip John. June 13, 1945 - October 17, 2016. Much loved eldest son of Zel and George (dec) of Leongatha. Loved brother and brother-in-law to Greg and Gay, Jim and Joan, Kathi and Ian (Maddison) and their families. Loved by all his nieces and nephews. A super grandfather to Emily and Lucas. Special thanks to Kate for her love and care of Phillip over the past years. Rest in peace.

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McINNES Peter Graham. 01.03.1942 - 17.10.2016 Passed away suddenly at Leongatha. Beloved husband of Bev for 49 fun years. Precious dad of Sandra and Andy and Darren. Adored Pa of Emma and Dave (USA) and Stacey. Much loved youngest son of Ken and Dorothy McInnes (nee Michael) (both dec). Dearest brother of Ken and Gordon, sister-inlaw Marilyn and sister Joan (dec). Loved uncle of Ian (dec), John and Lisa, Joanne and Rod and their families. Great family times together...

Pete, you were my rock, my life, my all, we did everything together, for that I am forever grateful. I miss you more than you will ever know. Love you, your everloving wife. Bev xxxx “Sweet dreams my Pete” Precious and loving dad to Sandra, special friend to Andy. They say memories are golden, well maybe that is true, We never wanted memories, we only wanted you. A million times we needed you, a million times we’ve cried, If love alone could have saved you, you would never have gone away. Dad, thanks for all the precious times, they are locked in my heart forever, and forever they are ours to keep, never lose that awesome cheeky grin. “Gone Fishin” Keep playing those pokies “Another Hit”. Never thought I would say this... “Go Pies”. Catcha!! Pa, nothing says “I love you” like a packet of potato chips. I’ll miss our walks, car rides and silly photos. Beloved Pa of Emma and Aussie Dave. Goodbye old boy, Who is going to deliver the bread and pies, and wash the oven mitts for me now. We will miss the beers, the chats about our beloved Pies, cricket, horse racing and of course you were the boss of our punters club. Thanks mate, goodbye - Darren. “Go the mighty Pies” Loved son-in-law of Harry and Alice Thornton (both dec) Mirboo North. Loved brother-in-law of Carol and Terry, Rob and Barb, Shirl and John, Trev (dec) and Kerry, Greg and Pauline, Denise and Frank, Jackie and Shane, Russell and Bernie and their families. “Your shoes are safe now”. McINNES - Peter. Brother-in-law of Rob and Barb, uncle to Steve and Lee. You left us all with such fun memories. Bye Pete. McINNES - Peter. Wonderful brother-inlaw to Shirl and John, uncle to Geri, Terry, Sab and Matt (dec). Great uncle to Seth, Haileigh and Zaidyn. Condolences to Bev and family. See ya Bean.

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A day out at Lance Creek Reservoir deaths


McINNES Peter Graham. On October 17, 2016. Much loved brother of Gordon and brotherin-law of Marilyn, loved uncle of John and Lisa, Joanne and Rod, and families. Pete thanks for all the good times we shared together. McINNES Peter Graham. On October 17. Loved younger brother of Kenneth John. Never thought I would see you off Pete. Will miss Sat morn chats and coffee. Who’s better, Tiges or Maggies. Can we get a Hayes winner etc. bakery days. Bye young un, great memories. Love to Bev and family. PS. You got your wish, a quick drop.

BYATT - A Service to celebrate the life of Mrs Pamela Margaret Byatt will be held at the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 2pm.

McINNES - The Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mr Peter Graham McInnes will be held at the Dakers Centre, corner of Smith and Watt Streets, Leongatha on Monday, October 31, 2016 commencing at 11am. The funeral will leave at the conclusion of the service for the Leongatha Lawn Cemetery. Casual attire to be worn please. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ambulance Victoria would be appreciated. Envelopes will be available at the service.

McINNES Peter Graham. Much loved brother-inlaw of Carol and Terry, fond uncle of Michael and Caryn, Bradley and Rachael and Alyson and Daniel, and their families. A generous, kind and all round good Aussie bloke.


SOUTH Gippsland Water opened the gates of Lance Creek Reservoir to the public on Sunday, the final day of National Water Week for 2016. The day was a great success with around 60 community members braving the cold wind to take part in a tour of the treatment plant and reservoir. Lance Creek is South Gippsland Water’s largest reservoir servicing around 50 percent of the Corporation’s customers, millions of litres of high quality potable water is sup-

plied to the townships of Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson via this system. The treatment process uses dissolved air floatation filtration to remove impurities from the water by raising them to the surface on micro air bubbles. National Water Week raises the awareness of water across the region each year. The national theme for 2016 is ‘Water – Life - Growth’, encouraging sound water practices and investment to ensure we don’t exhaust our current sources in potentially challenging times ahead.

Hi Jinx at Leongatha seniors THE Hoffman’s, Heather and David, certainly gave value for money with their performance at the Dakers Centre on Friday October 21. Ninety members, plus visitors from Hill End, Drouin, Korumburra and Wonthaggi enjoyed a two course luncheon before the entertainment started. About 30 more swelled the numbers before Heather and David took the stage to provide a program that had fantastic music, singing and hilarious comedy. Heather’s “Marita” segment with a pool sausage had everybody rockin’ with laughter and David’s Irish segment of jokes brought many a wry smile, as many could re-

late to having committed some of the not so smart errors of judgement that he related. They have already been booked for a repeat performance next year. On Wednesday October 19, 24 members travelled to a Seniors Week “Function in the

Junction” at Neerim Junction to join another 130 senior citizens to enjoy a barbecue luncheon before being entertained by The Buskers. This was followed by a fantastic old style afternoon tea, cream sponges galore plus much more of that “health” food of old.

On Friday, November 25 at 1pm we will again have the pleasure of having the Howie Brothers and Wayne Horsburgh entertain us. Afternoon tea will be served after the

performance as usual and everybody is welcome to attend. More information is available from President Topsy on 5662 5950 or Secretary 5662 5578.

Students discover secondary school MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College opened its doors to 170 Grade 5 children from across the district yesterday (Monday, October 24).

Paul & Margaret Beck Proprietors

Pre-need Funeral Plans available

A lovely drive through the rolling hills and winding roads of South and West Gippsland and a special thanks to our driver Greg for getting all there and back safely.

Heather and David Hoffman: took the stage to provide a program that had fantastic Bus trip: some 24 members travelled to a Seniors Week “Function in the Junction” at Neerim Junction last Wednesday. music, singing and hilarious comedy.


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Reservoir full: South Gippsland Water Plant Operators Damien Stefani and Will Egan provide an explanation of the treatment process at Lance Creek. Lance Creek Reservoir at currently 100 percent capacity and spilling is providing a spectacular site to visitors.

Treats: back from left, Blake (Poowong Consolidated School), Aliarna and Mary (St Laurence’s Primary School), Mitchell (Leongatha Primary School), front from left, Jasmine and Christine (St Laurence’s Primary School) tucked into the delicious muffins they made during Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s discovery day.

Office and Chapel: 24 Anderson Street, Leongatha

This was an opportunity for students to discover secondary school, and what it will be like when they make the transition in two years. Students travelled from as far as Koo Wee Rup, Phillip Island and Foster to be part of the experience. The transition into secondary school can be daunting, and Mary MacKillop’s program helps to make the step easier for potential students. The students were invited to come along and be involved in coordinated ac-

tivities to become familiar with the college’s layout and facility. They were also able to mingle with students from other schools and meet new friends they might share classes with in two years time. Starting at 9am, students arrived at the college and attended several different classes. Because there wasn’t enough time for students to explore all the classes, they each received a passport, in which they could document the classrooms they discovered and the classes they experienced. The day ended with a family barbecue held at 5pm, followed by a student and parent information session in the College Chapel to give families an insight into the next step of their child’s education.

Left, Explorers: from left, Astrid (Tarwin Valley Primary School), Georgia (St Laurence’s Primary School and Jorja (St Laurence’s Primary School) checked off the activities they completed in their passports during Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s discovery day.


Push Start event goes off SATURDAY’S Push Start Regional Final at Leongatha’s Memorial Hall was an amazing showcase of the depth of talent in the Gippsland music scene.

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Council election results out Saturday THIS Saturday, October 29 is the day council candidates are expected to find out if their campaigning has been successful and they’ve become new councillors. At 5pm at the Victorian Electoral Commission offices in Leongatha

(South Gippsland Shire) and Wonthaggi (Bass Coast) candidates will get the good or bad news. Counting got underway on Monday, October 24 and is expected to continue until later this week. At 10am on Wednesday, November 2 at both shires there will be an official declaration of results.

Headline Act, One More Weekend kicked off the show with a great set, this is a very active and entertaining group – keep an eye out for them again in December! The judges were faced with a difficult decision as all the performers were so good, but finally chose Matt Bentley as the winner of the Push Start Regional Final. Matt now goes on to compete at Moomba 2017 at the Push Start Final and we wish him all the best – we see sold out venues in his very bright future. Well done to the FReeZA Committee, and special thanks to Dean for acting as MC, stage manager and all round excellent person on the day, and showing off some serious drumming skills!

Matt Bentley: the winner of the Push Start Regional Final.

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Dumbalk continues to progress

THE newly renovated Dumbalk Community Centre will be officially opened tomorrow (Wednesday) after years of hard work by the town and its progress association. The Dumbalk Valley Progress Association was formed in May 1980 to support the area, especially farmers who were continually facing poor seasonal conditions and low returns. The first committee involved Ed Hanley as president, Robert Ashenden as secretary, Darryl Demarte as treasurer, Geoff Robb as vice president, Gil Trease as second vice president and Ian Snell as public relations officer. The committee was soon into action. It removed dangerous trees at

the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve, planted trees with the aid of school students and built a shelter in Memorial Park. The progress association and the former Woorayl Shire Council coordinated a bus for seniors to run to and from Leongatha on a regular basis. At this stage requests were made to the council to improve the quality of water from the town supply and the association coordinated with the South Gippsland Water board for the installation of a water treatment plant. The council and the progress association investigated the realignment of Nerrena Road from the Tarwin River bridge to Dumbalk, which eliminated flooding over the road. A sub committee was formed to organise dinner dances, social nights, exercise classes and fun

Always helping: the Dumbalk Valley Progress Association has been working since 1980 to make Dumbalk a better place to live. nights for juniors. These events continued for many years and raised money for future projects and provided income for the Dumbalk Hall.

The progress association officially went into recess in August 1984. However, Dumbalk residents then worked in conjunction with the Ner-

rena Progress Association and successfully lobbied council to investigate the dangerous condition of Nerrena Road from the Nerrena Hall Road to

Knox’s Quarry. There were five accidents on this part of road in one day. Representative speakers expressed their concerns at the next council meeting. Sadly the death of local resident prompted a decision to be made. This was the last major road construction by the former Woorayl Shire Council. The council was able to rebuild a new road with the aid of funding from the State Government. About this time a drought relief meeting was held in the Dumbalk Hall. This allowed the farmers to express their feelings and of course socialise. Following a deputation to the shire council, two allotments at the corner of Farmers and Dollar roads were purchased by the council from the Van Tiggelen family.

This is now the Heritage Park at Dumbalk. Reformed as the Dumbalk and District Progress Association in 1998, the committee once again began to work hard to provide good outcomes for the town. In 2005 members constructed the walking track from the town to the recreation reserve and in 2008, held the successful back to Dumbalk celebration, which won the council best community event in 2009. The committee organises a number of annual community events. It supported and encouraged the establishment of Tarwin Valley Camp Draft Club at the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve, it initiated the Relay for Life event at Dumbalk and manages the council’s community bus service.

School fete beats weather

NOTHING was going to dampen the heart and spirit of this school community; the show must go on as they say.

The St Laurence O’Toole Primary School

fete was held on Saturday and plenty of fun was had by the hundreds in attendance. After a year’s hiatus, the key fundraising activity was put back on the calendar this year. The fete provided

an opportunity for the school’s families to come together, share their time, talent and treasures with the community. There were plenty of activities in the classrooms, fun games and stalls and spinning wheels

in the hall. The day culminated in an auction of some valuable items which boosted the fundraising total. The rides outside were

the only attractions affected but the Lions chips and coffee cart ensured everyone had what was needed to keep warm.

Great day: St Laurence O’Toole Primary School students Safron Kohlman and Chloe Battersby found plenty of things to keep them entertained at the school’s fete on Saturday.

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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All the floss: Chloe LePage and Olivia Cumming from St Laurence O’Toole Primary School thought their fairy floss was pretty good at the fete on Saturday.

Funny faces: Julia and Matthias Mahre from Mount Eccles enjoyed the St Laurence O’Toole Primary School fete on Saturday.

Market defies the rain

PLENTY of people braved the wet and wintery weather on Saturday morning to attend the Chairo Christian School’s annual car boot sale and market. With plenty of activities, sweet treats and bargains to grab, the day was enjoyed by all.

Yum: Chairo Christian School students Mercedes Wayman, Kaitlyn Gale and Chloe Schubert had a stall full of delicious treats at their school’s annual car boot sale and market event on Saturday.

Pink and pretty: Jazzy Ramsbottom enjoyed her pink fairy floss at the Chairo Christian School car boot sale and market on Saturday.

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Fire fighters prepare for summer Continued from page 1. South Gippsland group officer Walter Aich said around 50 fire fighters took part in the training day, with three strike teams, six tankers, two big fill vehicles, four support vehicles and a forward operations vehicle all involved. Junior brigade members from Foster and Meeniyan were also present to observe the exercises. “As a group, we run training exercises twice a year. This exercise was focussed on the skills needed during the summer season, either for local incidents or if we have to go away,” Mr Aich said. The strike teams rotated around a number of exercises, which covered water retrieval, running grass fire management, a burn over drill and a car fire scenario. Mr Aich said the intensity of the coming fire season is difficult to determine at this stage but the early signs are for a lot of potential fuel. “It will depend on when the rain stops and it starts to dry out. It will be a matter of what summer brings, how well things dry out and how aware people are,” he said. “The good thing is, in this area we haven’t got a strong fire history. There are certain areas at risk, including the plantations around Milford, the hills at Foster North and the coastal scrub around Yanakie and Inverloch. “The grazing land does not pose a big hazard, however if there is a lot of fodder we could have patches of tall grass which is potentially a risk.” All South Gippsland CFA brigades are staffed by volunteers, who give up their time to make sure they are prepared for the fire season. “We would like to encourage every-

one in the community to be prepared as well,” Mr Aich said. “There are a number of sources of information on how to be prepared for the fire season, but the main thing is to have as little fuel around the house as possible. “Don’t go somewhere at risk on a high risk day and pay attention to local conditions.”

Mr Aich said in the event of a large scale fire, there is no guarantee a tanker will make it to every house. “If people are going to stay and fight they need to be prepared and if they are going to leave, they need to do so early,” he said. ► See The Star’s Fire Action Week feature on pages 17-19.

Teamwork: from left, deputy group officer Chris Indian from Tarwin Lower, Peter McNair from Pound Creek and Nathan Castle from Inverloch were involved in the South Gippsland group of brigades training exercise at Meeniyan on Sunday.

Observing: Meeniyan junior brigade members Rachel Allamby, Hayley It’s out: crews simulated the best way to manage a running grass fire at the Young and Ella Dale-Haywood learnt lots at the South Gippsland group Stony Creek Racecourse, before going through a surprise burn over drill. of brigades training exercise held in Meeniyan on Sunday.

Whose hose: from left, Folkert Jannsen from Meeniyan CFA and Grant Hosking from Milford CFA were one the hoses during the running grass fire drill held as part of the South Gippsland group of brigades training exercise on Sunday.

Up front: from left, South Gippsland group secretary/treasurer Geoff Cooling, group officer Walter Aich and deputy group officer Justin Griffin were involved in the organisation of Sunday’s training exercise held at Meeniyan.

Over and out: manning the command vehicle were Joe Busittil from Pound Creek and Allan Williamson from Inverloch Learning: Foster junior brigade members Riley Hewson, On fire: brigades have to safely assess this car ‘fire’ before during the South Gippsland group of brigades training exer- Rachel Armstrong and Sarah O’Hehir were keen to learn at extinguishing the flames as part of the South Gippsland group the group training exercise held in Meeniyan on Sunday. of brigades training exercise held in Meeniyan on Sunday. cise on Sunday.

Water inspires Planting time celebrated at flower show children’s art SOUTH Gippsland Water celebrated National Water Week from October 16 to 22 with a poster competition. The theme of this year’s event ‘Water – Life - Growth’, encouraged sound water practices and investment in water sources to ensure the community does not exhaust these in potentially challenging times. The theme was taken onboard by teachers and students at primary schools throughout South Gippsland Water’s region. They created wonderful and thought-provoking artwork for South Gippsland Water’s annual

poster competition. The contest brings art, the environment, health and sustainability together by focussing on the importance of water quality and supply. This year the standard is extremely high, with students not only putting time and effort into their artwork but also thinking about the messages they wanted to convey to the public. Students from a number of schools participated in this year’s competition including St Joseph’s School, Wonthaggi and Korumburra, St Lawrence O’Toole, Leongatha, Toora Primary School, Welshpool and District Primary School, and Wonthaggi North Primary School. South Gippsland Water is yet to release the winners.

THE Welshpool Spring Flower Show will be something to behold. Not only will there be a hall full of the best of the best in blooms, the back room will be filled with a huge collection of well grown and often unusual plants for you to buy.

Now is the time to plant, especially as the weather is warming and the ground is moist, or sodden. The keepers of the plant stall say there will be a special on cannas, always a good backdrop for a garden. They also have both white and pink plectranthus, a delightful three metre shrub that flowers madly in autumn. You can choose from phlomus, and the popular big red geranium, plus gloxinias that grow well under trees and red hot pokers. You may even find some water

plants good for your pond, as they are great cleaners. Come and see what else is on offer. If cut flowers don’t float your boat, you can admire the pot plants, or the vegetables, fruit and herbs. Remember the stewards and the stall staff will happily answer any queries or suggest sources to help. Of course red is the theme colour and will dominate in many sections such as floral art. In the foyer of the hall visitors will be greeted with the photography display. The theme of the Show is The Romance of the Rose and it will feature in the public choice award. Here exhibitors are invited to create something expressing hearts and roses. Visitors to the show are invited to vote by gold coin donation and the resulting funds will go to the Welshpool Hall committee. The hall committee is catering for the show this year, so visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments with friends. The show is open to the public on Friday, October 28 at 1.30pm to

5pm. The official opening will be conducted by keeper of the beautiful council gardens Paul Robinson, at 2pm.

Saturday times are 10am to 4.30pm. Enquiries should go to show secretary Fran Grylls on 5184 1376.

Sweet smelling: Rosslyn McPherson and Fran Grylls from the Welshpool and District Horticultural Society with a beautiful display of roses, which will be a feature of the upcoming spring flower show.

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School brings Lennie legend to life By Brad Lester THE story of a young boy and his horse accomplishing a phenomenal feat touched Australians in 1932. Last Tuesday and Thursday, the same story moved South Gippslanders again when Leongatha Primary School per-

formed the musical production, Lennie The Legend: 600 Miles to Sydney in Leongatha’s Mesley Hall. Written by Roz Girvan and Janie Humphreys from Clifton Hill Primary School, the play told the tale of Lennie Gwyther, who aged nine, rode his pony Ginger Mick to Sydney from Leongatha – 1000km over 33 days - to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Among those impressed by the rec-

So cute: students of all ages were involved in the cast of Lennie The Legend: 600 Miles to Sydney.

ollection of the now famous story was Beryl Ferrier, sister of the late Lennie, who travelled from Tugun, Queensland for the show. “It was absolutely fantastic,” she said of the production. “It was expertly choreographed, and an absolute credit to the children and the teachers who produced it.” Ms Ferrier recalled with a hint of sentimentality the moment Leongatha student Piper Goldsmith, who played her mother Clara in the show, approached her. “I said ‘Hello Mum’,” Ms Ferrier quipped. “And I kissed the children who played Lennie and said ‘Goodnight brother’. “It was ethereal. It was like looking at a ghost. I cannot bring myself to the fact that is my brother is being portrayed. I cannot thank Leongatha Primary School enough for what they have done for the family.” The production was also attended by Lennie’s other sister Leta Gardenal of Cranbourne, his daughter Mary Gwyther of Emerald and niece Julie Campbell of Mardan. Ms Gwyther said of the show, “I’m absolutely amazed and so grateful the children played the parts. I think my father

would be amazed that such a fuss was being made because he rarely thought about the journey when he was alive.” The show was engaging and upbeat, with catchy music, and involved children of many ages. Narrator Thomas Burt set the scene with his captivating tone and smooth delivery. Teacher Jess Stein, who coordinated the production, was thrilled with the show. “The enthusiasm from the students is hard to describe, from the lead roles down to the youngest Prep student. Students are buzzing and have a real sense of accomplishment and pride in their achievement. It was a relatively quick process from beginning of rehearsal to show’s end but worth every second,” she said. “The staff have been amazing, just rallying together and making it happen. It’s very easy for me to receive the accolades because I am responsible for the finished product, the singing, acting, dancing. However I can’ make that happen without an army behind me, organising students, moving props, braiding hair, painting faces and building picket fences.” Mrs Stein said the tale of Lennie taught students about local and national history. “The links the children made between

Lennie, their parents or grandparents in particular who knew of Lennie and the excitement of having Beryl at the show was fabulous,” she said. Mr Gwyther died in 1993, aged 70.

Seeing two: Tahlia Arnason played Lennie Gwyther’s sister Beryl Ferrier in the show and was delighted to meet her in person ahead of last Tuesday’s performance.

In person: from left Lennie Gwyther’s sister Beryl Ferrier with Jess Stein, the Leongatha Primary Many Lennies: from left, playing Lennie Gwyther in Leongatha Primary School teacher who coordinated the production Lennie The Legend: All relative: from left, Hamish Box as Leo, Lennie’s father, and Megan School’s production were Sharni Campbell, Ashley Geary and Riley Har- 600 Miles to Sydney, bert. Absent: Megan Richards. Richards as Lennie.

Full house: some of the cast of Lennie The Legend: 600 Miles to Sydney with Lennie Gwyther’s sister Beryl Ferrier (centre). The students are Family interest: from left, Lennie Gwyther’s daughter Mary Gwyther Guiding the show: narrator Thomas Sharni Campbell, Tahlia Arnason (who played Beryl in the show), Louisa of Emerald joined her cousin Julie Campbell of Mardan at Leongatha Burt held the audience’s interest. Campbell, Ashley Geary, Keeta York, Piper Goldsmith, Riley Harbert, Primary School’s production about their father and uncle’s feat. Lilly Holm, Anna Hanily and Sam Duvoisin.

Udderly awesome dress-ups SCHOOLS in South Gippsland participated in a dress up fundraiser last Friday, for those dairy farmers doing it tough.

Out in force: students and teachers from Kongwak Primary School were big fundraiser supporters, back row from left, Gab Patterson, Shaye Brown, Brooke Hoult, Chelsea Brown, Indy Gibson-Goldsmith, Josh Brown; front row from left, Vicki Bainbridge, Lucas Rowson-Pickett, Warren Balfour, Tahlia Jefferies, Jayden Stephenson, Gus Fairlie, Isla Churchill, Isla McLean, Anna Wilson.

Cow cockies: back row students from Leongatha Secondary College Lizzie Harms, Maddie Brew, Will Collins, and Alice Howard dressed up in farmer or cow coloured clothes while at front are Patrick Eadie and Jesinta Eadie, children of organiser Katie Glassock.

Leongatha Secondary College, Kongwak Primary School and Korumburra Secondary College and Newhaven College all participated with many students dressing up in brown, black or white colours for Udderly Awesome Dress up Day. Funds raised on the day of at least $1,000 would be going towards the Need for Feed Disaster Relief Farmer Support Program. Most of the money raised was through a gold coin donation as well as other fundraising like a bake sale. The program has already distributed in excess of $110,000 in food shopping vouchers, via Rural Financial Counselling Services, to dairy farmers seeking help. The day was the idea of the program’s Katie Glassock who has already run a number of successful events in the area.

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South Gippsland’s Year 12 celebrations LAST week was a time for South Gippsland’s Year 12 students to let their hair down briefly to mark the end of school classes forever! Dressing up, an early breakfast and a procession to school was the order of the day which meant students re-

placed books for fun for a change. The celebrations (don’t mention the Muck Up words!) were enjoyed by all students but it is heads down again now as students prepare for the exams with the English exam on tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26. Best wishes go to all students.

Where’s Toto: Gemma Pruin, Jess Anstice, Libby Francis and Tilly Johnson were off to see the wizard at the Leongatha Secondary College last day celebrations last Thursday.

Exam ready: Leongatha Secondary College Year 12 students celebrated their last day of school before exams last Thursday, by dressing up and enjoying other activities throughout the day.

Bogan buddies: as Kath and Kim characters, Hannah Thorson, Elly Egan, Lauren Redpath and Tyla Riley had the look down pat at Leongatha Secondary College last day on Thursday.

Action hero: Evy Nye and Jazz Williams had fun at the Year 12 last day celebrations at Leongatha Secondary College last Thursday. Left, Jurassic park: Mikaela Cornelissen and Taylah Clark were the perfect combination at the Leongatha Secondary College Year 12 last day celebrations last Super group: from left, Chelsea Bennett, Natasha Lacy and Emma Thursday. Reeves dressed as famous heroes to celebrate their final day at Korumburra Secondary College last week.

Final day: from left, Angus Brown, Logan Brann and Dylan Wizard of Oz: from left, Hannah Darts, Eleanor McKenzie, Skye Twite Ghostbusters: from left, Tasha Cox, Billie-Jo Em- Wilson went all out with their costumes to see out their last and Jacinta Tipping chose to portray well known characters at Korummett, Lauren Hoskin and Tahlia Zinko (front) had ex- day of Year 12 at Wonthaggi Secondary College. burra Secondary College’s celebration day. cellent costumes for Wonthaggi Secondary College’s celebration day.

Lots of laughs: from left, Lily Geyle and Maddy Murray were all smiles as they celebrated their final day of Year 12 at Wonthaggi Secondary College.

Great costume: Liam O’Brien looked impressive in his Oompa Cheer squad: Korumburra Secondary College’s Cameron Trewin and Harrison Loompa costume for Korumburra McLean had plenty to cheer for as they celebrated their last day of school. Secondary College’s celebration day.

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Full house at Yooralla’s Community Cafe THE Community Cafe hospitality team from Yooralla’s Leongatha Community Hub hosted a special pop-up event at Moo’s at Meeniyan Restaurant and Cafe recently.

Cuppas for a cause: taking part in the Salvation Army’s morning tea during Anti-Poverty Week last Tuesday, October 18, were front, from left, SalvoCare Eastern staff Linda Huston, Veronica Ross and Chris Atkinson, and back, Michelle Rowe, Craig Lewin, Stacey Jones of Fish Creek, Cathy Camplin and corps officer Kerry Smith.

Salvos ease locals’ poverty battle SOUTH Gippslanders are turning to the Salvation Army as they continue to battle to live week to week. The army’s Leongatha corps, which services the region, has helped 377 families so far this year, assisting with groceries, food and petrol vouchers, small medical expenses, furniture and clothing, house fire disaster relief, and information and advocacy. The army’s Lieutenant Kerry Smith said clients face high costs of living from rent and utility payments through to mental health issues, substance abuse, gambling, medical concerns, family violence, single parent families, and trying to survive on government payments. “Poverty is not just about lacking financial resources. It can also cause individuals to lose hope that their lives will ever improve,” she said. The Leongatha corps held a morning tea last Tuesday during Anti-Poverty Week to raise awareness of the extent of poverty in Australia and the world. Nearly three million people live in pov-

erty in Australia, with the poverty line being considered a weekly income of $426 for a single adult and $895 for a couple with two children. “When you factor in the cost of living, groceries, fuel and all that, the cost of living does get difficult,” Lieutenant Smith said. The army’s Doorways Emergency Relief Centre at Leongatha includes a selfserve food pantry funded by the army and the Federal Government. People in need choose food donated by the community. “Whatever door people come through to get to the Salvos, we will help them whatever their circumstances,” Lieutenant Smith said. “People might own their house or have a mortgage or have a car loan but they get into circumstances where the cost of living is so expensive and they have no disposable income.” The food pantry is open Tuesdays and Friday, and food parcels can be left at the front desk of the Salvation Army at other times.

Restaurant owner Marty Thomas generously offered Yooralla customers the use of Moo’s at Meeniyan, providing them with access to a fully operational kitchen and the invaluable experience of working alongside a professional chef. The sold-out event featured a delectable menu sourced from a range of local produce, and diners came in droves to show their support. “We had around 90 people turn up to the event, which was a fantastic turn out,” said Yooralla community. “Many of our patrons were friends and family members of the people we support, and many of Moo’s regulars came along to show their support as well. We even had 17 members of the local Men’s Shed, which is situated next to our community hub in Leongatha. “One of the men who attends the men’s shed is the grandfather of one of our customers, so there’s a really strong community connection there. It was incredible, and it meant so much to the team.” Students acquired the skills required to host the event through the Yooralla Leon-

Tasty food: from left, Vanessa Holness, Dale Olierook, Sharon Peattie, Stephanie Murdoch, Moo’s at Meeniyan owner Marty Thomas , Mitch Price, Jessica Hill, Amber Betts (back), Lauren Potter and Jake Nicholls were among the Yooralla staff and students to take part in the pop-up event at Meeniyan. gatha Community Hub’s partnership with Federation Training and Local Learning Employment Networks. Each week, people with disability who make up the Community Cafe hospitality team have the opportunity to learn about the hospitality industry, and gain service and food preparation skills. The event received rave reviews from a group of happy patrons, who are eagerly awaiting the next Community Cafe event.

“The team from Yooralla were professional in the way they prepared the food, presented it to the guests and how they spoke to the guests. It was certainly worth doing again,” diners Ian and Julie Drysdale said. Service manager Sharon Peattie said, “The whole night was a huge success and now we’re hoping to do another one in the near future.”

Nationals to celebrate Leongatha’s own Sir Herbert Hyland THE contribution to South Gippsland and Victoria of Leongatha’s own Sir Herbert Hyland will be honoured at a dinner next month in celebration of 100 years of continuous service by The Nationals.

Local member: Leongatha’s own Sir Herbert Hyland will be honoured at a dinner next month.

Sir Herbert served as the Member for Gippsland South for an incredible 41 years from 1929 to 1970 and was instrumental in the post-war development of Gippsland. The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the dinner was part of centenary celebrations for The Nationals across the state and would feature Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan as special guest speaker. Mr O’Brien said Sir Herbert’s 41 years as an MP, winning 15 consecutive elections, was a testament to his service to The Nationals and the Gippsland com-

munity. “Sir Herbert’s contribution to Gippsland South was invaluable as far making the country voice heard among the big voices of the city,” Mr O’Brien said. “Sir Herbert Hyland began as a general store owner in Leongatha before moving into the dairy industry and ultimately politics. He was a popular member whose commitment to his community saw him knighted in 1952.” Mr O’Brien said The Nationals began as a small group of Victorian farmers who united because they believed regional Australia was too important for politicians to ignore. “For 100 years we have been providing a strong local voice for our regional communities. “Our unbroken representation over the past 100 years has resulted in great progress for our region and this will continue into the future.” Mr O’Brien said. Anyone interested in attending the dinner can contact Mr O’Brien’s office on 5144 1987.


Goannas star but match abandoned THE Gippsland Over-60 cricket team played its second game of the season on Sunday against the new team in the competition from Koo Wee Rup. The game was played at Maffra where a chilly wind was sending clouds around but the sun was out as the KWR captain won the toss and asked the Goannas to bat first. The pitch was in excellent condition and the outfield was slow due to the overnight rain, but the rain laden clouds were splitting and not affecting play. Kelvin Bond strained a thigh muscle going for the first run, and was eventually run out for 12. Fred Debono was joined by Ray Smith and at drinks at 20 overs they had advanced the score to 1/58. Realising that less than three per over was not enough,

the scoring rate was increased, and Fred was bowled for 39 and Murray Moore came and went quite quickly, but at 30 overs the Goannas were three for 117. Smith again retired, with 43 runs, and Alex Dowsett, 28 no, and Neil Meredith, 42 retired, pushed the score to 180, for four wickets at the completion of the 40 overs. After a hearty lunch in the warm clubrooms, Ian Southall had the opening batsman smartly caught at slip by captain Val Popov and Koo Wee Rup had as much difficulty scoring quickly as the Goannas. Kevin Lanigan came on and bowled the other opening batsman and KWR were two for 65 at the drinks break. Unfortunately six overs and 16 runs later the clouds eventually opened up over the MCG and play was suspended and the pitch covered. They were off for about 30 minutes, and play resumed for another six overs, when more rain came and forced the match to be abandoned.

Koo Wee Rup was 2/103 at the end of 32 overs and the result was calculated as a good win for the Goannas under the revised rules known as the KL method. Next week the five Goannas selected to play in the two Victorian Division one sides will be playing in a practice match at Elsternwick Park, while the Goannas team is drawn to play against Casey at Narre Warren North. Ian Southall and Kevin Lanigan will be in the Vic1 team in the National Championships in Perth, starting on November 5.

Ian Gibson will captain the Vic2 team, which will also play in Division 1. Murray Moore and Gordon Cowling join Gibbo in this team. Val Popov will be in a Division2 team, Rick Pask will be in a Division 3 team, while Graeme Freshwater, Peter Dell, Phill Higgins and Fred Debono will play in Over-70 teams. Congratulations to these Goannas on their selection to represent the state at the National Championships.

Complete washout CRICKET matches across the district were completely washed out last weekend. B and C Grade matches in the Leongatha and District Cricket Association were abandoned on Friday due to heavy rainfall. A Grade matches were called off on Saturday morning when conditions did not improve. GCL matches were also washed out.

The U/18s match was moved from Korumburra to the Leongatha West Campus in an attempt to play on a drier ground, but there was no luck and the game was called off. The U/16s headed to Rosedale to play Sale, but only managed to play four overs before the weather forced them off the ground. Batting first, the Leongatha side was 0/27 before the game was abandoned with Aaron Bardwell, 11, not out and Drew Herbert, nine, not out.

Boolarra netballers awarded BOOLARRA Football Netball Club was recognised at the 2016 Netball Victoria Community Awards, held last Saturday night. Boolarra – in conjunction with the Mallee Eagles Football Netball Club – received the WorkSafe Safety Initiative Award. The awards were held at the RACV City Club in Melbourne. The evening recognised the outstanding contributions to the sport of netball by individuals, groups, volunteers and community members. “We are delighted to be able to come together and recognise the outstanding achievements of the award winners and to celebrate being involved in such a long

standing and successful sport,” Netball Victoria CEO Rosie King said. In her short time at Netball Victoria, Ms King has found the netball community to be an incredibly hard working and committed group of people. “The spirit of support, collegiality, and the good will across all levels of contributors is an absolute credit to the sport,” she said. “I have met many people over the past several weeks who down play their efforts despite working with tight timelines, great pressure and increasing demands which most times require them to step up and go the extra mile.” Netball Victoria wishes to congratulate all the award winners.

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GOLF | SPORT Leongatha golf PERSISTENT rain over the week restricted fields and made good scoring difficult. Newly appointed club captain Andy Bassett had some mixed fortune for the week. On Thursday, after losing his ball on the par three 16th hole, he proceeded to put his next shot in the hole for an unlikely three. Unfortunately for him it is not counted as a hole-in-one and he did not even win nearest the pin. However he put the misfortune behind him to card a very good 38 points on Saturday, in difficult conditions, to win in the small field that braved the cold, wet and windy conditions. Balls were awarded to Stuart Harry, Frank Gill and Gary Sharrock and NTPs were Frank Gill on the fourth hole, Paul Ross on the seventh and Rod Hopcraft on both the 14th and 16th holes. The third round of the club championship was postponed and will be held next Saturday. Please check at the club for amended tee times for seeded players. The rain eased on Thursday to allow 47 players to contest a par competition. A Grade was won by the consistent Kevin Castwood with +1 and Brian Fennessy took out B Grade with -1 in a countback. DTL balls were awarded to David Forbes, Bob Smith, Chris Leaver, Russell Williams, Roo McRobert, Peter Waters, Antony Gedye, Peter Walsh, Colin Bear and Frank Gill. NTPs were Frank Gill on the fourth hole, Colin Martin on the 14th and Kevin Castwood on the 16th. There are only 12 days left in which to score better than par to force your way into the top 19 qualifying positions for the popular BJS Insurance Top Gun Shootout, which is to be held on Sunday, November 6. A couple of old Top Gun

hands Kev Castwood (37) and Andy Bassett (38) have finally come to the fore this week to squeeze their way into the final on current scores, which is now set at 37 points. Nine players are precariously poised on 37 points, only separated by countback with the minimum back nine score of 16 points. With the forecast of better weather for this week, it’s not too late to get out and play your best Top Gun round to qualify.

Woorayl golf THIRTY FIVE players competed in a stableford round. The A Grade winner on a count back from Robin Gourlay and Geoff McKinnon with 37 points was Peter Burgess. Ross Winkler was the winner in B Grade with 34 points. The C Grade winner was Kevin Riseley with 32 points. NTP on eighth was K. Riseley and 17th T. Lund. DTL on 37 was G. McKinnon and R. Gourlay, 35 B. Stubbs, 34 P. Rayson, and 33 B. Fiek, D. Clemann and Dan Dwyer. C/B from E. Poole. Ball raffle winner was “Twig” Synd. Next week is the October Monthly Medal.

Korumburra THERE were 22 players on Saturday, October 22 for a par competition, with trophies supplied by Brian and Marg Clasby. A Grade: (15 hcp) I. Cash +3, S. Harland +2, D. Vanrooye -2, M. Wrigley -3. B Grade: (18 hcp) R. Crawford -2 on countback I. Dixon -2, D. Hislop -3. Nearest the pin: 1st D. Sorrell, 10th no one, 13th D. Vanrooye. Tuesday’s winner was R. Spokes 36 pts and Thursday’s winner B. Hessels 35 pts.

Korumburra ladies THERE was an insufficient number of competitors to run

the Gloria Burgess event last Wednesday so this event has now been postponed. The three rounds will hopefully be played on October 26, December 21 and January 25. Although the course was wet, three girls gained some practice and completed 18 holes with Lyn Perks having the best score of 24 points; another two girls played nine holes. The poor weather on Saturday deterred any women from playing in the competition Members are requested to donate an item for the Christmas hamper raffle. The donations could be placed in the sleigh that Heather Grist has kindly donated back to the club after being the winner last year. There are still some vacancies for the 48ers on Melbourne Cup Day. Contact the club or Steve Osboldstone for more information.

Mirboo North THURSDAY results: Competition: Stableford. October 20: Day winner: Gary Renwick (15) 43 points. DTLs: Ian Evison 39, Jeff Hughes 37 and Joe Taylor 35. NTP 16th: I. Duncan. Saturday results: Competition: Stableford. October 22: Day winner: Ron Funnell (21) 35 points C/B. DTLs: Ray Matthews 35, Richie Taylor 33 and Mark Wales 33 C/B. Second shot NTP first hole: Paul Woodall. NTP fourth, sponsor Gippsland Solar: Chris Bracecamp NTP sixth, sponsor 1st Tee Motel: Ian Blencowe NTP 13th, sponsor C and D Earthworks: N/A NTP 16th, sponsor Ken Graeme Motors: Simon McInnes.

Golf crew: from left, Leongatha golfers Mick Herrald, Gary Young, John Hickey and Ted Martin braved the weather on Saturday and took to the course at Woorayl Golf Club.

Go green: from left, Julie Wilkinson, Brian Wilson and Jan Pope played a round of golf at the Woorayl Golf Club on Saturday, despite the chilly weather.

Mirboo North ladies Monday, October 17: Mirboo North Ladies Bowl. Sponsored by Drummonds Golf Traralgon. Winning team Leongatha: Trish Owen, Wendy Parker, Colleen Touze 84 points. Visitors team Meeniyan; Jan Trease, Faye Le Page, Heather Poletti 79 Points. Gold Winner, Wendy Parker, Leongatha; silver winner, Sue Traill, Mirboo North; bronze winner, Rhonda Evans, Mirboo North. Nearest the pin: 4th Sue Traill, Mirboo North; 6th Wendy Parker, Leongatha; 16th Trish Owen, Leongatha. Down the line: Chris Gunn, Cecelia Stewart, Warragul; Nick Tepaa, Morwell; Barb Stimson. Wednesday, October 19: Sponsored by Greg and Chris Gunn. 4 Ball Better Ball 36 hole winners: Nicole Allen/ Wendy Gervasi 70 points. 1st 18 hole winners: Rhonda Evans / Jill White. 33 points. 2nd 18 holes winners: Mary Beruldsen / Dot Kidd. Down the line: Chris Gunn / Lia Brent 65 points. Nearest the pin: 4th, 6th, and 13th holes Chris Gunn; 16th Maree Thompson.

Lang Lang golf DATE: Tuesday, October 18. Event: Stableford and 2BBB Stableford Field: 21 Winner: Keith Stockdale (15) 34. Runner Up: Ralph Stewart (20) 33C/B. 2 Ball Winners: David Chadwick (19) and Keith Stockdale (15) 44. NTPs: fifth: Noel Welsh 133cm; ninth: Keith Stockdale 350cm; 12th: Bob Sandiford 450cm; 15th: Colin Rangitonga 530cm DTL: Robert Scott 33; Michael Colley 32; Noel Welsh 31 Ladies –Wednesday, October 19 Par- 19 Players Div1- Ruth May (22) -1; Div2- Pat Randall (23) -1; Div3Kirra Moon-Curry (37)-2. NTP: 12th: Lee Andrews; fifth: Maureen Hams DTL: Cheryl Stockdale; Yvonne Trask; Anne De Leeuw; Mary Dwyer Date: Thursday, October 20. Event: Thursday Competition - 2BBSTB. Sponsor: N/A Field: 66 Winner: Tyler Marotti (2) 39 Runner Up: Wayne Kennedy 38 2BBB: Robert Walker and Vyv Bennison 44c/b NTP: fifth: Robert Walker; ninth: Steven Bray; 12th Ken Mooney; 15th Michael Fahey. 1 Ball Tony Ambrus 37; 1 Ball John Roberts 36; 1 Ball Michael Colley 35; 1 Ball Niel Zunneberg 34; 1 Ball Richard Schmieszl 34; 1 Ball Ken Mooney 33; 1 Ball Greg Baker 33; 1 Ball Noel Welsh 33; 1 Ball John Beere 33; 1 Ball Chris Clark 33c/b. Date: Saturday, October 22. Event: Saturday Competition -Stableford Field: 100 Grades A Buddha Harkness (13) 34; Grades A Vyv Bennison (8) 34; Grades B Brian Tollkuhn (18) 36; Grades B David Lovie (16) 33; Grades C Mick Insall (26) 30; Grades C Ray Dalrymple (28) 30 NTP: fifth Neal Birrell 215cm; ninth; Ray Zammit 101cm; 12th Ken Mooney 180cm; 15th Ben Phillips 605cm; 18th Steve Wedlock 220cm; ninth Cheryl Stockdale 500cm. 1 Ball Kevin Cresp 33; 1 Ball Terry Davis 31; 1 Ball Per-

ry O’Connor 31; 1 Ball Charlie May 31; 1 Ball Jack Ingram 31; 1 Ball John Hansen 30; 1 Ball Steve Wedlock 30; 1 Ball Duke Spierings 30; 1 Ball Will Christensen 30; 1 Ball Michael Colley 30; 1 Ball Tony Ambrus 30; 1 Ball Steve Fuller 30; 1 Ball Adam Simpson 29; 1 Ball Bill Merrigan 29; 1 Ball Jacob Taberner 29.

Meeniyan golf SIXTY TWO ml of rain did not deter golfers at Meeniyan during the week. The course is heavy, however carts are still allowed on course as long as they stick to the paths and high side of fairways. Players are continuing to play to their handicap or just below. Preferred lines are played throughout the course. A notable absentee for the week was Reg Hannay who has been crook in bed, just getting out to show Greg Willcocks and his son from the Meeniyan Hotel around on Thursday for a round of golf. Everyone hopes you get well soon, Reg. Daryle Gregg continues to consistently take out the nearest the pin award most weeks, one day it will turn into a hole in one Greggy. Bruce Betts also continues his excellent form just being pipped for a win on Saturday by captain Peter Riddle. Results for the week: Tuesday, October 18: Singles Stableford. Winner: Winno Reilly

Sunday competition results: October 23: Competition: AGM Stableford Players: 14 Winner: Peter O’Toole (24) 33 points CB. Runner Up: Chris Kelsall (16) 33 points. Nearest to the pins: fifth (30) 38 points. Runner up: Bob McGeary( 14) 36 points. Nearest the pin: eighth Daryle Gregg. Best nine: Col Stewart (26) 20 points. Thursday, October 20: Singles Stableford. Winner: Will Bullock (15) 37 points. Runner up: Daryle Gregg (23) 36 points. Nearest the pin: eighth Daryle Gregg. Best nine: Bruce Betts

Neil Stafford 500cm; ninth Henry Sannen 550cm; 12th Cheryl Stockdale 1500cm; 15th Grant Johnson 134cm. DTL: Gehan Peiris 32 and David Lovie 32. Ntp-12th Lee Andrews Ntp-5th Maureen Hams DTL: Cheryl Stockdale, Yvonne Trask, Anne De Leeuw, Mary Dwyer. (32) 20 points. Saturday, October 22: Singles Stableford. Sponsor: Craig Buckland the club wishes to thank Craig for his generous sponsorship. Winner: Peter Riddle (26) 35 points, on a countback. Runner up: Bruce Betts (32) 35 points. Nearest the pin: second Peter Riddle. Pro pin: eighth Graham “Truckie” Hughes. Nager award: Phil Hutcheson (21) 28 points.

Club captain: Peter Tuesday: Winston Riddle won Saturday’s “Winno” Reilly won Singles Stableford at the Singles Stableford. Meeniyan Golf Club.

Weekend fun: Paul Macphail from Beloka Kelpie Stud in Welshpool is looking forward to the 20th annual sheep, cattle and duck state championships, held at his property on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30.

Dogs show the skills THE 20th sheep, cattle and duck state championship trials will be held on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30. The trials are held at Paul Macphail’s Beloka Kelpie Stud, on the South Gippsland Highway at Welshpool. Mr Macphail said they have seen many of Australia’s greatest working dogs and their fantastic handlers competing in the trials over the last 20 years. The trials began life 20 years ago at the Yarram Show. When sheep were in short supply, Mr Macphail started Victoria’s first cattle dog championships. “Over the years the event has grown and we have had many different competitions and events on,” he said. “Trials of all sorts, flyball, frisbee, working dog auctions and novelty events. People love to come down and spend a great weekend with their dogs, no matter how good or not so good they are, it is all about having fun.” The Beloka trials are open to all levels of competitor, from strict beginners to the best dogs in Australia. “You won’t find that anywhere else,” Mr Macphail said.

The feature event of the weekend will be the top dog challenge, which will see dogs from all over Victoria and Tasmania competing. “Dogs capable of working sheep and cattle in the yards and in the field will battle out for the title of top dog,” Mr Macphail said. “It should be a great event.” To celebrate the 20th anniversary the dog trials will be looking for talent in any shape or form, for the comeback of the Aussie Dog’s Got Talent contest. “Competitors will have two minutes to do an act with their dog and will be judged by a panel of three people, a cross between the X factor and Red Faces,” Mr Macphail said. “This will be done Saturday night at 8pm.” Over the rest of the weekend there will be cattle and ducks trials, yard, utility and three sheep trials, city slicker trials and around lunchtime there are novelty events like the high jump and working dog race, farm agility, obedience challenge and puppy on sheep. “It is always a great weekend for the whole family, with or without your dog,” Mr Macphail said.

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SPORT | BOWLS Leongatha TUESDAY, October 18 saw our Division 1 ladies away to San Remo however I have not been left the results. Division 3 were home to Phillip Island and won 74 to 52 shots: Bev Thompson (s) won 23 to 17 shots, Marlene Rayson (s) won 27 to 12 shots and Mary Jepson (s) won 24 to 23 shots. The next round sees Division 1 at home to Inverloch and Division 3 are away to Mirboo North. Wednesday, October 19 social bowls saw Tas Haywood (s) and Glenda Trotman winners with two wins plus 21, runnerup was G. Drury (s), Raleigh Soderlund and Vito Serafino with a win, a draw plus two. Saturday, October 22 saw Division 1 men’s pennant away to the Seagulls Inverloch White and won 78 to 48 shots: R. Trotman’s (s) team won 21 to 14 shots, J. Hall’s (s) team won 38 to 19 shots, A. Easterbrook’s (s) team won 19 to 15 shots. Division 3 were also away to Inverloch and went down by three shots 66 to 69: A. Rayson (s) won 23 to 20 shots, J. Pendergast (s) won 29 to 19 shots

and L. Wilson (s) lost 14 to 30 shots. Division 4 were home to Wonthaggi and went down 65 to 74 shots: R. Symmons (s) won 29 to 21 shots, T. Haywood (s) lost 15 to 30 shots and team 3 G. Drury (s) lost 21 to 23 shots. Round four sees Division 1 away to Wonthaggi, Division 3 also away to the Miners and Division 4 are away to Inverloch. Well done to Rosa and Trish on winning the SGBD State Pairs. Reminders: Sunday, November 6 will see the Tiger Skins with power plays in action with a 9.30am start, BYO picnic lunch and $12 per member. Entry can be made by contacting the following: J. Pendergast 5662 0974, Bill Harry 5662 5579 or Lynee McIntyre 0407 453 912. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

SGBD Tuesday pennant bowls Round 4 - October 18 Division 1: Inverloch 12/65 (5 shots) d Wonthaggi 4/60 (J. Brown 31 d S. Smith 15, C. Hughes 16 lt P. Wintrup 25, L.

Bowl on: Leongatha division one bowlers Wayne Walker and Bill Fisher were keen to roll a few down the green on Saturday, while the sun was out at the Leongatha Bowls Club on Saturday.

Dowson 18 lt K. Simpson 20). San Remo 14/80 (14 shots) d Leongatha 2/66 (C. Thorn 25 d J. Miller 24, M. Forrest 39 d T. McCormack 11, S. Carvosso 16 lt R. James 31). Foster 14/75 (12 shots) d Corinella 2/63 (G. Facey 25 d M. Hoy 21, M. Climas 26 d C. Lincoln 14, B. Tyers 24 lt J. Carter 28). Korumburra 16/71 (16 shots) d Phillip Island -/55 (M. Goad 24 d R. Eames 19, J. Nicholl 21 d P. Francis 14, J. McVeigh 26 d D. Wagner 22) . Division 2: San Remo 16/93 (48 shots) d Lang Lang -/45 (J. Grindlay 31 d B. Kitchin 13, J. Farquhar 21 d J. Prowd 17, J. Blackwell 41 d R. Geyer 15). Inverloch 14/68 (2 shots) d Tarwin Lower 2/66 (M. Flett 24 d S. Browne 22, L. Marsh 28 d H. Twite 24, J. Arnold 16 lt H. Marshall 20). Meeniyan 16/73 (21 shots) d Wonthaggi -/52 (B. Dyke 27 d S.O’Donnell 15, B. Scott 22 d S. Hamilton 17, A. Maruzza 24 d J. Kellow 20). Toora v Port Welshpool wash out = 8 points each. Division 3: Leongatha 16/74 (22 shots) d Phillip Island -/52 (M. Rayson 27 d L. Waters

Out and about: Inverloch white division one bowlers Nick Van Grunsven and Andrew Rowe plated against Leongatha at the Leongatha Bowls Club on Saturday.

12, M. Jepson 24 d D. Reynolds 23, B. Thompson 23 d J. Chipperfield 17). Loch 12/64 (1 shot) d Fish Creek 4/63 (V. Kennedy 29 d N. McKenzie 15, H. Garnham 14 lt J.Cunningham 23, M. Cochrane 21 lt N. Van Dyk 25). Korumburra 14/80 (29 shots) d Mirboo North 2/51 (M. Hams 29 d M. Briscoe 12, C. Snooks 34 d L. Roberts 11, S. Martin 17 lt A. Plowman 28). Division 4: Inverloch 12/58 (20 shots) d Tarwin Lower 2/38 (M. Paynting 40 d V. Martin 16, P. Stoneham 18 lt M. Cridge 22). Phillip Island 12/44 (3 shots) d Wonthaggi 2/41 (D. Bateman 24 d T. Kavanagh17, I. Veizis 20 lt L. Stanes 24). Foster 2/41 (2 shots) d Corinella 2/39 (R. Riati 21 d E. Johnston 18, G. Giaccherini 20 lt J. Brown 21).

Ladders Division 1 Leongatha ........................... +43 40 Korumburra........................ -21 37 Wonthaggi........................... +66 36 Foster .................................... -13 32 Inverloch........................................31 San Remo .............................. -45 30 Phillip Island ......................... -38 27 Corinella ................................. +8 23 Division 2 San Remo ............................ +85 45 Port Welshpool ................... +20 42 Lang Lang............................ -21 36 Wonthaggi........................... +48 32 Toora...................................... -30 29 Meeniyan................................. -9 28 Inverloch................................ -31 27 Tarwin Lower........................ -62 17 Division 3 Leongatha ........................... +34 48 Phillip Island....................... +67 34 Korumburra....................... +12 32 Mirboo North ........................ -4 32 Fish Creek ............................. -22 26 Loch ....................................... -87 20 Division 4 Wonthaggi........................... +42 35 Inverloch ............................... +7 28 Phillip Island.......................... -8 28 Tarwin Lower...................... -37 28 Foster ....................................... -9 26 Corinella ................................. +5 23

SGBD Saturday pennant

Top trio: winners on Wednesday at Inverloch were Laurel Lee, Veronica Muir and Judy Parker.

Inverloch bowls WEDNESDAY social bowls was played as two games of two bowl triples. After the conditions that the players had to endure playing Tuesday Pennant, it was a pleasant outing. There was no team that won both games. Congratulations to winners with a win and draw, Judy Parker, Laurel Lee and Veronica Muir. Raffles were won by Pat Stoneham, Judy Parker and Carol Waters. Social Bowls continues on Wednesday, October 26, with names in by 11.30am for a 12.30pm start. The club welcomes the casual bowlers to join the game. Inverloch hosted the Turkey Triples competition last Thursday, October 20. Forty-eight players formed 16 teams to play two 10-end and two 12-end games in an event sponsored by local estate agents, Stockdale and Leggo. No team was able to win all four games. Winners with three wins and a draw and 63 points were Andy Robertson, Bill Dilg and Ken Cecil. Runners up, with 60 points were Bryan Hensley, Nic Van Grunsven and John Duthie. Best Last Game with 10

shots up, went to Mick Yates, Michael Raman and Steve Snelling. The next Turkey Triples will be held on Thursday, November 17. It is expected the newly laid surface on green one, now underway, will be ready for use. The club will be able to host a full complement of Turkey Triples teams (two greens). This will be confirmed closer to the scheduled date. Thursday Social Bowls returns to on October 27. Names in by 11.30am for a 12.30pm start. Saturday Pennant, round three: Division 1: Inverloch Blue 70 defeated Lang Lang 50. Best winning rink: Ron Burge, Glen Scott, Chas Buccilli and Norm Hughes. Leongatha 78 defeated Inverloch White 48. No Inverloch winning rink. Division 3: Inverloch 69 defeated Leongatha 66. Best winning rink: Trevor Scott, John Turner, Rob Howard and Steve Snelling. Division 4; Korumburra Maroon 70 defeated Inverloch 58. Best winning rink: Mal Marshall, Gary Scott, John Duthie and Bruce Corrigan. Division 5: Inverloch 92 defeated Mirboo North 42. Best winning rink: Keith Cousins, Bob Pritchard,

Richard Huntriss and Brian Growse. Josie from Travelling Jack will be at the club on Wednesday, October 26 at 4pm. If you require any additional bowls supplies, now is the time to see Josie. Josie will be visiting the club on the fourth Wednesday of each month to help with supplying your bowling needs throughout the busy season. The members’ night returns this Friday. The jackpot was won last time so it begins again. Don’t forget the Melbourne Cup event. Bowls start at 9.45am with a chicken platter lunch provided. Non bowlers are welcome to come along for lunch and join in the festivities of the day; names on sheet at clubrooms to assist with catering. Last Sunday, October 16, the club was entertained by the Queensland based entertainer The Bagman, who lived up to his reputation as a talented and versatile musician and raconteur. The Bagman performed from 2pm to nearly 6pm, with a rewarding afternoon tea break. He loves his work so much that he would have played on until the cows were milked. Don’t miss him and his act if the club is able to get him back at some future date.

RESULTS round three Saturday, October 22 Division 1: Leongatha 16/78(30 shots) defeated Inverloch (W) -/48. (R. Trotman 21 d R. Davis 14, A. Easterbrook 19 d. G. Butler 15, J. Hall 38 d. M. Yates.19.) Wonthaggi 14/71. (8 shots) defeated Phillip Island (W) 2/63. (G. Jackson 31 d. R. Taylor 20, R.Aitken 22 d. R. Poole. 17, R. Hogan 18 lt. S. Cunningham 26.) Phillip Island (B) 15/76 (23 shots) defeated Korumburra1/53. (D. Major 29 d. B. Dilg 14, D. Hanlon 23 d. A. Robertson 15, H. Olierook 24 drew S. O’Loughlan 24.) Inverloch (B) 16/70 (20 shots) defeated Lang Lang -/50 (R. Burge 26 d. S. Bencraft 17, M. Coram 25 d. G. Cobbett 17, F. Seaton 19 d. J. Williams 16.) Division 2: Toora 16/103 (54 shots) defeated Mirboo North. -/49. (A. Spooner 45 d. N. Whitelaw 9, D. Galloway 30 d. P. Stimson 14, T. Corcoran 28 d. T. Whitelaw 26.) San Remo 16/75 (18 shots) defeated Wonthaggi.-/57. (G. Cohen 27 d.A.Bolding17, R. Naylor 24 d. A. Sartori 20, B. Anketell 24 d. P. McBain 20.) Corinella 12/81. (22 shots) defeated Fish Creek 4/59. (S. Holmes 39 d. D. Christie 12, B. Edwards 22 lt T. McLean, 24, S. Bray 20 lt R. Mortlock.23) Tarwin Lower 14/71 (8 shots) defeated Loch 2/63. (S. Graham 25 d. G. Hodge 17, R. Griffiths 29 d. A. Center 20, R. Saunders 17. lt. F.Byrne 26.) Division 3: Port Welshpool. 12/68 (1 shot) defeated Wonthaggi 4/67. (M. Reilly 35d.K. Simpson 13, R. Greaves19 lt. R. Snooks 27, P. McPhail 14 lt. G. Clarkson 27.) Phillip Island. 14/74 (11 shots) defeated Meeniyan 2/63 (N. Waters 25 d. A. Hanks 20m

S.Farelley28 d. D. Kuhne 16, K. Gill 21 lt. M. Brown 27.) Foster 14/77 (8 shots) defeated San Remo 2/69.( F. Riati 28 d. G. Ryan 19, P. Facey 28 d. P.McWilliams15, I. Park 21 lt. D.Mulcahy 35.) Inverloch 12/69 (3 shots) defeated Leongatha 4/66 (T Scott 30 defeated L. Wilson 14, J. Thornton 20 lt. A. Rayson 23, N. Everitt 19 lt. J. Pendergast 29.) Division 4: Wonthaggi 14/74 (9 shots) defeated Leongatha. 2/65. (H. Woolfe 30 d. T. Heyward 15, L. Beaumont 23 d. G. Drury 21, J. Hedley 21 lt. A. Symmons 29.) Korumburra (M) 14/70(12 shots) defeated Inverloch 2/58. (L.Eastman.23 d. N. Nation 15, R. Lomagno 26 defeated R. Paynting 18, C. Underwood 21 lt. M. Marshall 25.) Korumburra (G) 13/74 (2 shots) defeated Tarwin Lower. 3/72 (E.Kealy 31d.P.Henwood 22, J. Coulson 25 drew. T. Biddulph 25, B. Peachey 18 lt. J. Fedley 25.) Phillip Island 16/83(29 shots) defeated Corinella -/54. (K. Lacco 27 d. P. Wright 11, D. Hoffman 28 d A. Hughes 23, T. Breasley 28 d. G. Rigby 20.) Division 5: Foster 16/72 (19 shots) defeated Phillip Island -/53. (R. Parsons 27 d. B. Foreman 15, J. Taylor 22 d.L. Waters 16, W.Thorne 23 d. K. Gray 22.) Toora 16/78 (25 shots) defeated Lang Lang -/53. (D. Pulman 27 d. I. Painter 16, N. Curram 25 d. I. Worthington 22, R. Low 26 d. R. Fullarton 15.) San Remo 14/82 (18 shots) defeated Loch 2/64. (J. Cohen 29 d. G. Barber 18, S. Carvosso 28 d. J. Garnham 19, R. Hill 25 lt. J. Kennedy 27.) Fish Creek 16/73 (23 shots) defeated Meeniyan -/50. (R. Barham 26 d.L.Godkin18, K. Flanders 25 d. M. Scott 15, J. Lindeman. 22 d. D. Harrison 17.) Inverloch 16/92 (50 shots) defeated Mirboo North.-/42. (M. Scott 30 d. B. Bright 14, K. Cousens 42 d. I. Potter 9, D.Turnbull 20 d. G. Roberts 19.)

Ladders Division 1 Leongatha ............................. 47+89 Phillip Island Blue ............... 32+17 Wonthaggi............................... 30+7 Phillip Island White................ 19-8 Korumburra............................. 19-12 Inverloch Blue......................... 16-13 Inverloch White ...................... 15-41 Lang Lang ............................... 14-39 Division 2 Corinella................................ 40+59 Toora ...................................... 33+78 Fish Creek ............................... 33+4 Tarwin Lower............................ 8-4 San Remo .................................. 21-3 Wonthaggi ............................... 16-29 Loch ......................................... 15-37 Mirboo North .......................... 6-117 Division 3 Meeniyan............................... 30+26 Foster ..................................... 30+12 Phillip Island........................... 30+9 Port Welshpool ........................ 27-4 Inverloch.................................. 25-17 Leongatha.................................. 20-6 San Remo ................................. 18+1 Wonthaggi ............................... 12-21 Division 4 Korumburra (M) ................. 30+30 Phillip Island......................... 30+14 Corinella................................... 30-4 Wonthaggi................................ 30-5 Korumburra(G ....................... 27+21 Leongatha................................ 20-22 Tarwin Lower............................ 19-3 Inverloch.................................... 6-31 Division 5 Toora ....................................48+132 San Remo .............................. 42+41 Foster...................................... 34+15 Fish Creek ............................. 32+53 Meeniyan.................................. 28+6 Inverloch................................. 18+13 Phillip Island ............................. 18-4 Lang Lang ............................... 16-36 Loch ........................................... 2-91 Mirboo North .......................... 2-129

Meeniyan bowls MONDAY, October 17, was Invitation Fours Day. Larraine and helpers did their usual great job with the ca-

tering and Andre Bokos will be on hand to present the trophies. The day’s winners were locals Alan Hanks, Jim Lyle (Leongatha), Col Densley and Chris Kelly. Runners up were another local team of Wes Logan, Daryl Sinclair, Kevin Robinson and Neville Meikle. Best last game went to Ted, Ross, John and Uri (Korumburra). Tuesday division two pennant finally struck it for a decent day. At home to Wonthaggi, they had a win on all three rinks. This week they were away to Port Welshpool. Saturday pennant saw both teams away on a windy drizzly day. Division three had a loss to Phillip Island with one rink getting the points. Division five played Fish Creek but went down on all rinks. Next week both teams are at home with threes playing Port Welshpool and fives playing Phillip Island. The next social event is the Cup Day bowls and lunch. Names on the board are needed for catering. Upshot 2.

Fish Creek bowls DIVISION 2 went down to Corinella on Saturday, but Division 5, playing at home, was fortunate to have a win against Meeniyan. On Saturday, October 29, Divison 2 will be playing Loch at Loch and Division 5 will take on Mirboo North at Mirboo North. Teams are as follows: Division 2 – playing at Loch – bus departs from the clubrooms at 11.15am. T. McLean (S), A. Kerr, R. Grylls (TM), and R. McKenzie. D. Christie (S), N. McKenzie, M. Heywood and B. Cooper. R. Mortlock (S), R. Knight, C. McGannon and B. O’Keefe. Division 5 – playing at Mirboo North – members meet at the club at 11.15am J. Lindeman(S), N. Buckland (TM), R. Poletti and J. Laurence. K. Flanders (S), D. Stefani, R. Constantine, and M. Angwin. R. Barham (S), C. Bell, Alan Atwell and Rob Staley. Although there will be no pennant teams playing at home, members not chosen to play are encouraged to be at the club, and are again invited to make up teams amongst themselves to play. Meet at the clubrooms at 12.30pm. Members are asked to take note that nomination sheets for those wishing to participate in club championship events are posted on the club events notice board –you have to be in it to win it. The deadline for entries will be Saturday, October 29, and no late entries will be accepted. If any members are unable to get to the club, they are welcome to call any one of the selection committee, or Colin Bell on 5683 2543. The field for the Turkey Triples to be held on October 27 is fully booked, but spectators are encouraged. A reminder that the Christmas dinner will be held at the Fish Creek Club on Saturday, December 10, and will take the place of the December casserole evening. A two course meal will be served and to facilitate catering and due to limited seating, admission will be per tickets sold in advance only. For further information or the purchase of tickets, kindly contact Chris McLean or Eileen


Buffalo indoor Wednesday, October 19 AN enjoyable night of bowling this week when it was decided to play four pairs. Six bowls were used giving all bowlers three bowls. It was good to see Glenys Pilkington join us. Two games of 10 ends were played with all teams having a win and a loss. In the first game Joe and Glenys scored a three on the last end to narrowly defeat Charlie and Carolyn 10-9, a good closely contested tussle. On the other mat scores were level with one end to play when Bill and Joyce scored three to beat Toni and Mary 11-8. The second game between Toni, Mary, Joe and Glenys saw another close result with Toni and Mary winning 7-6. Charlie and Carolyn found form and combined well to win their second game 22-3. The winners for the night were Charlie and Carolyn (LW) 13 ends, then Toni and Mary (LW) 10 ends, next Joe and Glenys (WL) nine ends, and fourth Bill and Joyce (WL) eight ends. Social bowls Buffalo hall on Wednesday night at 7.30pm, all welcome.

Tarwin Lower bowls ALONG with Fish Creek, Tarwin Lower hosted the men’s state pairs on Monday, October 17. Two men’s pairs from Tarwin won three games securing themselves a place in the next round to be held Monday, October 24, at Meeniyan. Congratulations and good luck to Paul Griffiths and Peter Tainton, and Tommy (Mark) Hamdorf and Arthur Newsome. On Tuesday, Tarwin Lower played against Inverloch with Section 2 at home and Section 4 away. Unfortunately both sides went down but reports indicate that great games were had despite the usual Tuesday conditions. Saturday Pennant saw both Tarwin Lower men’s teams at home. Section 2 played against Loch in trying conditions and came away with a win. Section 4 unfortunately went down by two shots in a hard fought game against Korumburra Gold. Wednesday Triples will be on this week; 9:30am start. The Barefoot Bowls competition starts at 6pm on Tuesday, November 8. Interested teams and individual players can contact Jamie O’Donohue for more details on 0412 749 468. The annual Melbourne Cup Day event will be from 12pm on Tuesday, November 1. The event is $25 per head and includes champagne on arrival and a sumptuous lunch. Come prepared for sweeps and the “Fashion on the Field” parade with prizes for best dressed lady and couple. All welcome. For individual or group bookings phone Mary Massier, 0419 600 263 or Pat O’Donohue, 0408 581 573. Tarwin Ladies are hosting a “Lorraine Lea linen party” on Tuesday, November 8, at 10am. It’s $5 per person including demonstration of fine linen, followed by morning tea and a chat. Bookings are not necessary, just turn up. For further information please phone Mary Massier, 0419 600 263 or Pat O’Donohue, 0408 581 573.

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Leongatha hosts regional swimming SOUTH Gippsland Bass Swimming Club, comprising swimmers from Phillip Island through

to Toora, hosted Gippsland Swimming Inc. meeting number two for the season at Leongatha’s Splash

Plenty of blue: starring at the Leongatha regional swim meet with plenty of firsts were Nathan Foote and Lily Robinson of Cowes who both swim with South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club (Snappers).

pool on Sunday, October 23. More than 100 club members were out in force for the “Snappers” as they competed against swimmers from Tra-

Competing hard: Amy Treacy, left, and Lydia Giles gave it their all for the South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club “Snappers” at Leongatha on Sunday. Amy was delighted to win a first in one of the freestyle relays.

ralgon, Sale, Warragul and Moe. Swimmers competed in all four strokes over varying distances with racers keen and interesting the whole way through with plenty of PB’s being smashed and a number of swimmings collecting a stache of blue, red or green ribbons. Swim meet three will be at Morwell Leisure Centre on Sunday, November 13. The SGB swim team offers a dynamic coaching program that caters for a wide range of swimming development, from an introduction to squad and competitive swimming, through to a State and National level program. The aim of the club is to provide an environment which enables each swimmer to develop to their maximum potential as swimmers and grow as a person. The club can achieve this by coaches, parents, committee and swimmers, working together with the shared objective of encouragement, support and team comradery. The club now has over 85 registered swimmers and has expanded its program to operate out of Wonthaggi and, as of this season, Leongatha.

Keeping warm: staying dry before their 10 and Under relay race are South Gippsland Bass members, from left, Oscar Dellamina (Wonthaggi), Tom Niven (Phillip Island), Thomas McKenzie (Leongatha) and Rhett Collins (Leongatha).

Lots to do: organising such a big team as South Gippsland Bass is no mean feat but these coaches did it all in their stride; from left are coaches Gemma Tschiderer, Dylan Muir and Lorri McKenzie.

• Allambee Mirboo & District Tennis

Some played, some abandoned THE weather dealt up wind, rain and hail at times but some results were made in Saturday’s tennis.

Girls relay: getting ready to take the plunge in their 12 and Under relay are from left, Freya Liepa (Fish Creek), Jaelina Kiley (Grantville), Hanna Simmon (Phillip Island) and Sophie McKenzie (Korumburra) of South Gippsland Bass.

• Mirboo North and District Junior Tennis Association

Fish Creek power through the weather THE first couple of washouts for the season occurred this week, with only matches at Fish Creek able to be played. Therefore, there were just a few changes to the ladders. Please note that even if no tennis is played (a washout) it is the responsibility of the home team to forward this information to the score secretary. Hopefully the nice weather returns this week. Results and ladders from round three: October 22 –

A Grade Mardan vs Fish Creek – washout Leongatha North vs

Djokovic-Leongatha – washout Wawrinka-Leongatha: - Bye Ladder Fish Creek ..................... 12.5 Leongatha North ............ 1.5 Djokovic-Leongatha........ 10 Wawrinka-Leongatha .... 9.5 Mardan ................................ 9

B Grade Mardan vs BaromiYellow – washout Williams-Leongatha four sets, 31 games defeated Fish Creek two sets, 23 games. Kerber-Leongatha vs Barty-Leongatha –washout Nadal-Leongatha vs Federer-Leongatha –washout Baromi-Black: Bye Ladder

Barty-Leongatha .......... 13.5 Mardan............................. 12 Williams-Leongatha ........ 12 Nadal-Leongatha .......... 11.5 Fish Creek ......................... 11 Baromi-Black ................. 10.5 Kerber-Leongatha .......... 10.5 Federer-Leongatha. ............. 8 Baromi-Yellow ................. 5.5

C Grade Fish Creek six sets, 28 games defeated TomicLeongatha zero sets one game. Berdych-Leongatha vs Tsonga-Leongatha – washout Murray-Leongatha vs Mardan – washout Ladder Fish Creek ........................ 20 Tsonga-Leongatha .......... .11 Murray-Leongatha ........ 9.5 Berdych-Leongatha........ 8.5 Tomic-Leongatha ............. 7.5 Mardan ............................. 5.5

Sailing season returns SOUTH Gippsland Yacht Club’s open day will be held this Sunday, October 30. Starting at 12pm, a lunch will be served and this will be followed by a sail

past at 1.30pm. The first competitive race of the season will be underway shortly after, weather permitting. Come along and help celebrate the start of the sailing season.

Section 2 has had a redraw as a team has had to withdraw, with players too hard to find as fill-ins each week. Clubs in this section please be sure to follow the new draw. Hopefully no club has been disadvantaged. The committee has done its best. Inverloch had a good win against Leongatha, winning men’s and ladies sets. Leongatha won the first two mixed sets. Koonwarra and Leongatha North were four sets all, Koonwarra was 13 games up so take the points; last set was shared at four games each way. Phillip Island had the bye with the motor bikes. In Section 2 Hallston and Koony were washed out before play. Baromi and Outtrim were three sets all when rain stopped play, with points being shared for remaining sets. Baromi team played Leongatha Gold and won by quite a few games, Maurita

and Emma Carlisle won the only set. Berrys Creek won well against Korumburra, Korumburra won a mixed set. In Section 3 Baromi and Hawks were washed out before play started. Mardan had the win by 13 games against Eagles. Eagles have all young players and will benefit playing in the senior competition. Mardan won the singles sets, Lydia Williams and Sam Bainbridge played a good set, Lydia 6/4. Noah McColl and Colby Michael played the other singles with a 6/2 win to Noah.

Results Section 1: Koonwarra 4/1/2, Leongatha North 4/1/2; Inverloch 7.67, Leongatha 2.42; Phillip Island - bye. Section 2: Berrys Creek 8.69 d Korumburra 1.27; Hallston v Koonwarra wash out; Outtrim 5/1/2, Black 5/1/2; Baromi 8.69 d Leongatha Gold 1.38; Leongatha Green - bye. Section 3: Baromi v Hawks - wash out; Mardan 6.48 d Eagles 1.35; Parrots - bye.

Korumburra volleyball ROUND 13 results: A Grade: Golliwogs defeated Champions (2:1) 25:16, 19:25, 16:8; Giants drew Saints (1:1) 25:20, 19:25, 19:19; Warriors defeated Nads (3:0) 25:9, 25:21, 20:15. B Grade: Falcons defeated Orsum (3:0) 25:21, 25:17, 25:15; HELP defeated Gems (3:0) 25:19, 25:8, 25:13; Panthers defeated Knights (3:0) 25:17, 25:12, 25:16; Hulls Angels defeated Albatross (3:0) 25:19, 25:18, 25:19.

Ladders Section 1 Phillip Island........................... 23.5 Inverloch ................................. 23.0 Leongatha North .................... 13.5 Koonwarra .............................. 13.0 Leongatha ................................... 9.5 Section 2 Baromi ..................................... 25.0 Berrys Creek........................... 23.0 Outtrim.................................... 22.5

Hallston.................................... 19.0 Koonwarra ................................ 15.5 Korumburra .............................. 12.0 Leongatha Green ...................... 11.5 Leongatha Gold.......................... 3.0 Section 3 Parrots ..................................... 17.5 Mardan .................................... 15.5 Hawks ...................................... 13.5 Baromi ..................................... 12.0 Eagles ....................................... 12.0

Leongatha District Cricket Association Umpire Appointments EVANS PETROLEUM Round 4 - October 29 Home team Grade A1 Won Club Inverloch Phillip Island Nerrena Grade A2 Poowong-Loch Foster Imperials Won Miners Grade B1 OMK Town MDU Kilcunda-Bass Grade B2 Korumburra Koon-L/RSL Glen Alvie Poowong-Loch Grade C1 MDU Won Club OMK Nerrena Grade C2 Korumburra Kilcunda-Bass Won Club Phillip Island

Away Team



v v v v

Kilcunda-Bass OMK Town Korumburra

Butch W Inv Turf Cowes Nerr

G. Laird G. Wightman G. Adams G. Goss

v v v v

MDU Glen Alvie Koon-L/RSL Bye

Loch Rec J. Curry FGC T. Rogers L Turf C. Salmon

v v v v

Inverloch Phillip Island Nerrena Won Club

Outt SP 1 Meen Bass 1

v v v v

Foster Imperials Won Miners Bye

Kor Rec I. Richards Koon Rec B. Bek GA K. Scrimshaw

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Town Inverloch Phillip Island Korumburra

Dmblk McMhn KSC Velo

TBA M. Wishart TBA TBA

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Glen Alvie Poowong-Loch Koon-L/RSL OMK

SP 2 Bass 2 WSC Newh


M. Heenan A. Jordan N. Barnes A. Stride

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

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Races back at Woolamai THE Woolamai and District Racing Club will again hold a meeting on the New Year’s Day public holiday in January 2017, which is welcome news.

Ready to run: races will be in full swing at the Woolamai and District Racing Club from Saturday, November 26.

After losing the race meeting in 2016, club secretary Bev Carmichael said it is nice to see it returned to the club. “Woolamai is very pleased to have the Monday, January 2 meeting this season. It is a public holiday and we should get a good crowd with all the holiday makers in the area,” she said. “I am sure the locals will support us, as everyone was very disappointed when they took the New Years Day meeting off us in 2016.” The club’s season begins on Saturday, November 26 which will again include the ladies bracelet race, sponsored by the Kramer Family in memory of their friend TJ. “It always proves to be very popular with female jockeys who receive a nice piece of jewellery for the winning ride,” Ms Carmichael said. Woolamai Cup day is on Saturday, February 4 and is once again sponsored by Alex Scott and Staff. “Sponsorship, at very reasonable rates, is still available at some of our race meetings,” Ms Carmichael said. “It is a great way to surprise a friend who is having a birthday, anniversary or getting married. We have even had a race as a wedding

proposal, and she said ‘yes’.” Ms Carmichael said since the last meeting on April 19, the race track was completely renovated and sown with new grasses. “It has been very wet but we have been able to keep it cut and hopefully with some fine weather, it will be in top condition for our first meeting,” she said. “We have six race meetings each picnic season and as far as we know this will stay the same for the next few years. The race dates for the picnic clubs generally stay pretty much the same for each season.” The Woolamai racecourse is situated in a very picturesque rural setting at the foot of the Woolamai Hills and boasts a lovely shaded area under the lovely old Elm trees. “People know if they come to Woolamai on a warm day they will be able to find a great spot under the trees,” Ms Carmichael said. “It is a laid back, friendly atmosphere with entertainment for the children and people enjoy being able to get close enough to watch the horses in the mounting yard and stall area. “The local sporting and community groups that run the kiosks and bars are well known for the wonderful job they do and the reasonable prices charged.” Entry fee for race days is only $10 and $15 on cup day, with children 16 and under free.

Christine burns around the track COMPETING for Leongatha Secondary School in the Secondary Schools Victoria Track and Field Championships on Monday, October 17, Christine Byrne won two events. Christine came first the 100m and 200m sprint for the 17 year old girls. Her 12.20 time for the 100m set a new SSV record and she won the 200 metres in a time of 25.06.

Worthy winner: Dawn Rasmussen, left, and Alan Odgers with the Greenlow trophy.

• Leongatha Table Tennis

Dawn awarded 2016 Greenlow LEONGATHA table tennis KeenAgers have presented this year’s prestigious Greenlow award to Dawn Rasmussen. Dawn was judged by award founder, Alan Odgers, to be the most outstanding member of the group who has excelled in their field of skills during the 2015/2016 year. The award was presented during the extended coffee break last Thursday morning. The Greenlow award began six years ago when Alan recognised that the special qualities displayed by Rob Green, the original recipient, should not go unrewarded. A Grade finals start next week. At the conclusion of the home and away matches top team Cheetahs are clear ladder leaders, with MTM in second place, and probably the only threat to the Cheetahs team. DKM has come flying home to jump up to third and push MBN down to fourth, the two team still has to play each other in the first semi final anyway. Milko’s and Hopefuls can pack their bats away until

February when it is expected hostilities will recommence. In this week’s matches DKM defeated MBN 7-4, with a great match between Frank Hirst and John McCarthy, long rally’s, some pressure mistakes on both sides, a few rash whacks and a lot of banter between players and Frank snuck home 11-7 in the fifth game. Cheetahs defeated Milko’s 7-4, with Kathy Campbell defeating Mike Bracecamp in the fifth game, 11-8. The match of the night was between Martin Stone and Kevin Dowling, with each player relying on an opponent’s mistake you could go and make a coffee, come back, and they are still playing the same point. Martin was tossing the ball up to the rafters trying to force an error from Kevin, but he just kept blocking, blocking, blocking as usual. By the way, Martin won 11-9 in the fifth game. The presentation night is on Tuesday, November 15 at 6.30pm at the Leongatha RSL. Please let president Kevin know if you wish to attend.

Gold presentation: pictured, centre, Christine Byrne was presented with two gold medals.

Pride: Leongatha’s Christine Byrne holds up her gold medals after competing in the Secondary Schools Victoria Track and Field Championships. Wonthaggi win gold: centre from left, Michael Ede, Igor Klaf and Mick Wright with their gold medals for the Over 70 teams’ event at the Australian Veterans Table Tennis Championships played at Sydney Olympic Park this week. Michael and Mick are both registered A Grade players with the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association.

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Big crowd: fans turned up in droves for Sunday’s thrilling racing at Phillip Island.

13th visit: our economy is all the better for the MotoGP on Phillip Island. Stopping by at Koonwarra last Thursday before heading to the MotoGP at Phillip Island were these riders from Canberra and Queanbeyan, from left, Stephen Flack, Tony Slater, Dave Richardson, Rod Brewer and George Dugandiz. They have already put money into towns like Toora where they stayed in the pub, enjoyed dinner there and had coffee the next morning in a little café before stopping again at Koonwarra.

Winner: first across the line in the MotoGP at Phillip Island, Britain’s Cal Cruthlow is all smiles on Sunday.

Podium trio: British Honda rider Cal Crutchlow (centre) celebrates his win in the Australian MotoGP on Phillip Island on Sunday with second placed Valentino Rossi (left) and third, Maverick Viñales.

Island racing ignites fans FANS roared off Phillip Island and back through San Remo, Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Leongatha and Mirboo North and South Gippsland late Sunday afternoon and Monday morning after a thrilling weekend of racing at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix that saw British Honda rider Cal Crutchlow the winner from Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales and Aussie Jack Miller,21, finishing in tenth.

weather last Friday and enjoyed the free community day at the Phillip Island circuit. They collected loads of great handouts and some even scored autographs from MotoGP rider Rossi. While the weather was cold, wet and windy for the first two days of racing the sun shone for the main event on Sunday and fans were rewarded with some spine tingling racing, laced with some high drama with accidents in all three races. In the main event race favourite and 2016

Residents excited: Woorayl Lodge residents wave to the procession of motorbikes in Leongatha last Thursday.

world champion Marc Marquez crashed out after nine laps. Crowd favourite Rossi, 37, gave the crowds plenty to cheer about when he charged through the field and finished second after starting at 15th on the grid. In the Moto2™ Thomas Lüthi (SWI) was first with Franco Morbidelli (ITA) second and Sandro Cortese (GER) third and in the Moto3™ Brad Binder (RSA) was first, Andrea Locatelli (ITA) second and Aron Canet (SPA) HONDA third.

A large contingent of Newhaven College students braved the wintery

What a day: the weather was magic for riders as they went along McCartin Street in the Barry Sheene Ride last Thursday in Leongatha.

Racing action: high speed racing during the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday at Phillip Island. Welcome riders: member of Woorayl Lodge ladies auxiliary, Marianne Pearce and resident Marg Curley were all smiles as they watched the motorbikes go through Leongatha last Thursday. Racing fun: even though Friday dished up some cold wintery weather at the Phillip Island MotoGP students from Newhaven College had a ball watching the racing practice sessions, checking out expo, sampling the delicious food and visiting the pits where stu- Lap of honour: Aussie MotoGP winner UK rider Cal dent Solomon Scarlett got his Crutchlow soaks up the applause after his win at Phillip hands on one of the race tyres. Island on Sunday.

Flag waving: complete with chequered flag Jaxon James, 2, was positioned perfectly in the back of a ute to wave to the riders as they went through Leongatha on the Barry Sheene tribute ride last Thursday.

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Young star: West Creek’s Grace McRae excels in basketball and netball, and has recently put in a lot of hard work to start coaching and refereeing.

Young sport idol inspires By Taylah Kershaw WEST Creek’s Grace McRae is a superstar out on the court. Whether she’s playing basketball or netball, or even refereeing McRae is known for her talent and sportsmanship. She has been playing basketball since she was seven years old. Now at 14, McRae has played in a number of Victorian Junior Basketball League teams – representing Korumburra and Latrobe – and most recently played at a national level for the Wonthaggi Coasters. The Coasters came 18th at nationals, but took the state title. “I like playing basketball because of my teammates. I like the people who are around

me,” she said. “For me, basketball is like a getaway from everything else that might be happening. I enjoy the game.” When she’s on the netball court, McRae plays for Dalyston Football Netball Club. After winning the premiership in U/13s last year, McRae stepped up and played for the U/17s side, as well as benching for A Grade. In her U/13s team, she won best in finals and the Alberton League best and fairest. This year, she was club best and fairest for the U/17s. McRae said she was motivated by her family to play netball for Dalyston, and she has enjoyed the experience. McRae has also represented her school – Wonthaggi Secondary College – playing netball at state level. “My school team won state twice – in Year 7

and Year 8. It’s the first time that’s happened at our school,” she said. McRae has also tried her hand at referring and coaching. She coaches the U/10 rep team for Wonthaggi and assists with the U/10 B girls’ side. She has undertaken a coaching course, which is offered by Country Victoria and aimed to improve the skills of coaches and referees. At the moment, she referees for the U/12 boys, U/14 boys, U/16 boys and A men domestically, but she had a chance to referee the U/12 girls in Echuca Basketball Victoria Country Jamboree. “I was invited to the jamboree after I umpired a domestic grand final,” she said. “I was in a green shirt then and after the jamboree I earned my stripes.” The green shirt means an umpire is in training. The striped shirt will show McRae’s qualifications.

The jamboree is all about development, and it was an opportunity for coaches and referees to improve with the help of experienced mentors over four days. “It was awesome. I like umpiring because it’s a lot different from being a player and you get to know all the other players in other grades,” McRae said. “I love watching the young players and there is a social side to it all. I am friends with a lot of parents and players through umpiring.” McRae has umpired a number of netball games for Dalyston as well. For other young people looking to excel in their sport, McRae encouraged them not to give up. “If you love what you do, go for it. Put in the hard work and don’t let anyone hold you back,” she said.

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