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Leongatha’s Nick Argento is focused on ultimate success for the Parrots this season.

STILL IN THE GAME DESPITE Saturday’s shock loss to Maffra in the second semi-final, Leongatha Seniors will regroup and come out all guns blazing against Traralgon at Traralgon this Saturday. The boys will leave nothing in the tank and should be confident in the knowledge they’ve been by far the best team in 2016.

Make good of the double chance boys, let’s see a big supporter turnout to cheer on all Leongatha teams. The Reserves are already in the big one and the club is hopeful of getting all four football teams in the grand finals with Under 18’s and Under 16’s engaged this week; also the B Grade netballers. Go Parrots.


Mural magic ANIMALS and athletes now adorn the wall of the technology wing at Leongatha Secondary College in a stunning mural created by students and a professional artist.

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The Year 9 Design students last week worked with Footscray artist Sam Jones – artist name Searious Jones – to create the mix of silhouettes and geometric patterns using spraypaint. See story on Budding artists: Leongatha Secondary College students Irene Thorson (left) and Alexandra Wildes with artist Sam page 9. Jones are impressed with the mural they and other students created at the school.

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By Sarah Vella HOPES of a standalone arts centre in Leongatha look unlikely according to South Gippsland Shire Council councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks. He said affordability and utilisation would be the main two drivers of whether a facility like this could be delivered. That doesn’t discount an upgrade of Mesley Hall into a better facility to present shows. Councillor Hutchinson-Brooks said the development of a standalone arts centre in the shire comes down to affordability. He said while it would be fantastic to see an arts centre built in Leongatha, it is an expensive commitment. “I am on the board of a Melbourne school which is currently building a 750 seat performing

arts centre. Excluding land, it is going to cost $14 million,” he said. “With only a few productions a year, the question is, can we justify spending that much.” Cr Hutchinson Brooks said a more feasible option was to develop Mesley Hall to its maximum capability, which would cost $1 to $2 million. “It can be done, the problem is getting the education department to play ball,” he said. “I was hoping to get further advanced in the past four years of council and will certainly keep pursuing it if returned to council in November. “I can’t see the community justifying a dedicated arts centre, it would have to be a multipurpose facility and it needs to be better than what we have currently got.” Regional Arts Victoria creative arts facilitator for Gippsland Tim Dakin South Gippsland shire has a vibrant arts community and around 27,000

residents who are lacking access to a professional venue. He said dedicated arts spaces give the community access to a potential one stop shop of arts experiences, information, resources and community. “They enable community members to participate as audience members, artists, staff, volunteers and visitors,” he said. “Arts centres can generate new income to the community through employment, income, sales and visitors.” Mr Dakin said programming in a dedicated venue can give the community access to a professional venue to perform, exhibit, play, and enjoy. “A variety of performances, exhibitions, workshops and events can enable all the community to engage in the arts, from the local dance school performing on stage, to older adults coming along to enjoy a musical matinee show,” he said.


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TWO people were taken to hospital after a car rolled on its approach to Leongatha last Thursday, September 9. It is believed the driver may have become disorientated due to dizziness and run off the road and up a small embankment on the corner of Anderson Road and the Bass Highway, Leongatha. The passenger was helped from the car but the

driver had to be released through the rear passenger door. Matt Saario, Leongatha SES controller, said a number of members were there to assist and described it as a good outcome. Police were there to help direct traffic around the scene and the fire brigade also responded but wasn’t required.


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Crash mystery AN Inverloch woman was lucky to escape with minor injuries after her car rolled at 100km/h at Leongatha South on Friday. Police said the 45 year old was heading towards Leongatha when her Ford Falcon sedan left the Bass Highway for an unknown reason around 11.30am. The accident occurred near the intersection of

Zotti and Dowels Road. Leongatha Police and SES attended the scene, as well as CFA units from Leongatha, Leongatha South and Koonwarra. Traffic was reduced to one lane while the accident scene was cleared. She was taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traralgon with minor injuries and later discharged. Police are continuing to investigate.

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Near miss: a woman escaped with non life threatening injuries when her car rolled in Leongatha South last week. Traffic was slowed while the scene was cleared.

Shire wide: Excessive rate hikes and wasted $100,000’s on failed schemes Pioneer Bay: Unnecessarily destroyed a sealed residential road Wonthaggi: Secretly decided to close the Visitor Information Centre Phillip Island: Closed the community’s waste transfer station and now the final straw... Inverloch: Last month councillors decided to close the transfer station despite the clearly demonstrated wishes of the community to keep it open! Come and hear four brief presentations by speakers from across the shire outlining how Bass Coast Shire Council has failed their community. Sign the petition and add your voice to tell Council that enough is enough.

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Food gets local focus By Sarah Vella FOODIES gathered at Leongatha’s Daker Centre last Tuesday, for a meet and greet and to encourage local food businesses to combine for the Prom Country Regional Tourism local dish initiative. Prom Country Regional Tourism executive officer Christine Legg said the aim of the day was to introduce the region’s food producers with the region’s menu makers. “It was for anyone in the local food industry to showcase their products, meet and network with others,” she said. “It was also to launch Prom Country local dish. We wanted to encourage local eateries to work with local producers and create a dish that is at least 60 percent local ingredients. “Participating restaurants will have their local dishes on the menu in November.” Dishes will be decided by the end of the month and then Prom Country Regional Tourism will promote the restaurants and their dishes throughout October. In November, the public will be encouraged to go the eateries that have a local dish on the menu and vote for their favourite. A mystery judge will also taste each of the dishes and award a best local dish. A people’s choice competition will be run concurrently. Ms Legg said the meet and greet day was successful, however it would have been nice to see a few more producers present. “This was the first time we had held such an event and depending on its success, we will try again next year,” she said. “It would be nice if it was the start of something

more.” Food and primary production has been identified as a key industry in an emerging market for South Gippsland. Ms Legg said there is a lot of interest in Gippsland produce from all around Australia and that now was the perfect time to drive the local industry forward. “Prom Country Regional Tourism does a lot of external marketing to get people to visit our region, for this promotion we will be crossing over to internal marketing as well,” she said. “South Gippsland has so much good produce and plenty of great eateries, we thought we would try something different to promote our fantastic food industry and what we can produce.” Ms Legg said she hopes the local dish initiative brings people together within the industry, as well as entices people to visit the region to taste the food. “Food is one of those industries that works for everyone, people visit for the food and they often stay as well,” she said.

Networking works: Brent Sinclair from Brent Sinclair Catering and Bev Schawalder from Herbit Herbs met at the Prom Country Regional Tourism foodie meet and greet in Leongatha last Tuesday.

Tasty treat: Diana Dan from The Rustic Cacao Factory and Cafe in Loch gives Paul O’Sullivan from Gippsland Food Adventures a taste of her chilli sauces at the Prom Country Regional Tourism foodie meet and greet last Tuesday in Leongatha.

Dine time: from left, Prom Country Regional Tourism executive officer Christine Legg, Paul Crock from Gippsland Natural Beef, Jason Zealley from the Tidal River General Store and Brent Moran from Parks Victoria were chatting over a bite to eat at last Tuesday’s food themed meet and greet in Leongatha.

Have your say on council spending SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is asking residents of Foster, Korumburra, Mirboo North and Venus Bay to have their say on how an additional $400,000 is spent on capital works in each town for the 2017-18 financial year. People have the opportunity to participate in an online forum where they can vote on projects identified from their community plan and the Long Term Capital Works Program or provide their own ideas. The forums are part of the Community Capital Works

Allocation project and will remain open until September 21. Mayor Cr Bob Newton said the Community Capital Works Allocation project will provide council with ideas to consider when allocating funds to capital works in each community. “We are encouraging everyone to be involved in the project so council can be adequately informed of the priority project each community identifies for Foster, Korumburra, Mirboo North and Venus Bay,” he said. “Participants should start voting and posting any new ideas as soon as possible as it provides everyone with more time to make comments and provide their support to

ideas that align with their own values. “Council is working with our community to meet its dynamic needs and we believe the Community Capital Works Allocation Project will assist with this.” People wishing to be involved with the forums can visit council’s website community capital works or check for updates on council’s Facebook page. Community workshops will be facilitated with these communities in late October/ early November to discuss forum results and form a recommendation for council to consider in December 2016.

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Death in the skies Wind farm kills birds, bats

By Brad Lester BIRDS and bats have been killed by turbines at the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower since the wind farm began operating in June 2015. Among them were seven young wedge-tailed eagles in spring 2015, prompting the wind farm to launch an investigation of eagle behaviour and risks posed by turbines, in line with State and Federal government requirements. The wind farm’s newsletter July 2016 newsletter stated, “This investigation concluded that the potential consequences of the impact were not significant as the species is common and widespread throughout much of Australia. “Notwithstanding this, the studies recommended mitigation measures to reduce the number of eagles affected.” Wind farm general manager Matthew Croome was “extremely disappointed” by the 19 bird and 13 bat deaths. “Bald Hills Wind Farm has completed a rabbit reduction program across the site before the start of spring 2016 to reduce the attractiveness of the site to sub adult eagles looking for new territory,” he said. The newsletter stated, “Most affected species are common and widespread species characteristic of agricultural landscapes in south eastern Australia.

“The mix of species was similar to that found at other wind farms monitored in the same way elsewhere in south eastern Australia. “As common species, the population consequences of such impacts are not considered significant. The required surveys for threatened bird species failed to record any threatened species using the site.” Wind farm critic Andrew Chapman of Inverloch said the newsletter did not mention the eagles discovered under the turbines were all dead. “Birds not killed but seriously maimed can move further away from turbines before dying so may not have been included in the tally,” the naturalist said. “The total number of dead birds would also be higher if the observation period was longer including the rest of spring, summer and autumn. Eagle kills at wind farms don’t just happen in the first year but go on and on.” Mr Chapman said when Bald Hills sought approval for the wind farm in 2004, consultants Brett Lane and Associates reported to the planning panel on the wedge-tailed eagle that “population impacts (were) therefore negligible.” “The seven wedge-tailed eagles killed at Bald Hills in a period of four to six months is not a negligible loss,” he said. “This mortality rate has an impact on a regional scale, creating a population sink. A population sink occurs when a new territory becomes available and birds move in to fill that space and are then

New buildings expand horizons NEWHAVEN College will be able to expand its facilities on Phillip Island thanks to a federal funding grant.

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Flinders MP Greg Hunt said it was terrific to be able to fund projects that directly benefitted local young people. “I am incredibly pleased to announce that Newhaven College on Phillip Island will be able to build new senior school facilities with the assistance of a $1.4million Commonwealth Government grant,” he said. “The funding, provided through the Capital Grants Program, will go towards the construction of new facilities for years 10-12, ensuring students have the infrastructure and resources they need to thrive at school.” Mr Hunt said Newhaven College, under the leadership of principal Gea Lovell, had done a tremendous job in gradually building its school on the new Phillip Island Road site to form what is now an impressive, modern school. “I remember coming to the site when it was just a vacant paddock. Watching it grow and expand over the years had been an incredibly rewarding experience,” Mr Hunt said. “What started out as the vision of a handful of board members has become a thriving learning space where students are realising their full potential. “I have visited the school many times but I cannot wait to visit it again once the senior school buildings are completed. “The students, teachers, parents and school community should all be immensely proud of what they have achieved and I congratulate them on reaching this milestone.” Ms Lovell said the funding would allow the school to continue to expand, providing further opportunities

for local students. “Newhaven College is thrilled with the continued support of the Federal Government through the Capital Grants Program,” she said. “Without this support, we would not be able to continue to develop our school facilities on this new site.”

themselves killed.” Mr Chapman said when seeking approval for the 70 turbine Yaloak wind farm, the proponent commissioned Charles Meredith and Ian Smales to assess risk to eagles. He said they found the turbines would kill up to 12 eagles per year, which would effectively create a population sink. “As a result that planning panel recommended the wind farm not be approved and the government agreed,” Mr Chapman said. “For the Macarthur wind farm, Brett Lane and Associates predicted a small number of birds would be killed. “However monitoring of the constructed wind farm over 12 months by Dr Matthew Wood of Australian Ecological Services revealed the reality. “He found that, when taking into account scavengers removing carcasses and surveyor efficiency, that annual mortality would be between seven and 13 birds per turbine of which approximately

In flight zone: wedge-tailed eagles have been found dead at Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower. 30 percent would be raptors. “The bird mortality at Bald Hills would, at the very least, be in the order of Macarthur which would put the total annual kill of all species in the many hundreds.”

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Dive in for Lennie SOUTH Gippslanders have the chance to win a wooden handmade wheelbarrow full of donated goods and help erect a statue to a Leongatha hero in the process. The committee of the Lennie Gwyther Statue Fund is now raffling the prize, crafted by Peter Kerr of Leongatha, with tickets available at Leongatha Newsagency. The raffle will be drawn at a fundraising evening at the Leongatha Grandstand Function Room (recreation reserve) on Saturday, November 19 from 7.30pm. The evening will feature singer and comedian Greg Champion of the Coodabeens of radio fame, plus Leongatha performer Jackie Van Velzen and

Leongatha Primary School students performing a skit from their play about Lennie. Raffles and auctions will be held, with the chance to win $1000. Entry tickets are $30 and tables of 10 can be organised. Drinks at bar prices. BYO nibbles. Donations of goods for the wheelbarrow raffle are welcome at the newsagency and tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased there too. In 1932, Lennie, then aged nine, rode his pony Ginger Mick, from Leongatha to Sydney to witness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Donations to the Lennie Gwyther Statue Fund can be made online at Friends and fruit: from left, Leongatha’s Leo Johnson and Korumburra’s Sophia Belveniegwyther or at the Leongatha branch of the dene, Hayden Bagley, Flynn Bagley and Madden Bagley shared morning tea together at Bendigo Bank. Mainly Music last Thursday.

Mainly Music returns By Tayla Kershaw MAINLY Music at Leongatha’s Salvation Army will officially be back in action in term four. The program was put into recess for safety reasons, as numbers were skyrocketing and were not maintainable with limited team members available. “We never knew how many people would be coming and we need to provide a safe environment for everyone,” Leongatha corps officer Kerry Smith said. Although this came as a disappointment to many families, the program remains as popular as ever. A registration and play day was held last Thursday, with plenty of numbers coming in to enjoy the morning. Some changes have been made to ensure numbers are manageable, including a marked out area of eligibility. Families who live in Leongatha, Loch, Mirboo North, Korumburra, Kardella, Berrys Creek, Kongwak, Tarwin and Meeniyan are eligible to attend Leongatha’s Mainly Music program. Other Mainly Music programs are offered in Fish Jump in: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Bob Newton and Peter Wa- Creek and Wonthaggi for those outside these towntchorn of the Lennie Gwyther Statue Fund committee and the handmade wheelbarrow that ships. Once term four starts, two sessions will be held will be filled with goodies and raffled. Tickets available at Leongatha Newsagency now. in Leongatha every Thursday at 9am and at 11.30am. The first session will be October 6. The sessions are for children aged zero to five years old and include 30 minutes of music and movement, followed by morning tea and play time. “Mainly Music helps with early childhood development and gets children ready for school,” Ms

Family fun: Korumburra’s Jessica and Declan Puncher enjoyed the social morning at the Mainly Music registration day last Thursday. Smith said. “It teaches children pre-reading skills, coordination, and fine motor skills.” For families who missed out on last week’s registration day, another one will be held from 10am to 11.30am this Thursday. Once term four starts, the program will be at capacity and registration will be closed. A waiting list will be put in place for new families.

Close friendships: from left, Leongatha’s Kayla Boyd, Indyana Grayden, Zeannha Harland and Olivia Johnson bonded at Mainly Music last Thursday.

Milpara Community House news IT’S the last week of term and we’re busy preparing for a wonderful term four. Milpara does close during school holidays and will open again on Monday, October 3. During the school break the Centrelink agency will still operate as normal. Our term four program will be available on our website by the end of the week at We are pleased to be offering a diverse range of activities and courses once again. To help prepare you for summer and Christmas we have some great sessions including Christmas Budget Blowout, Fruit Platter Demonstration and Cup Cake decorating. We also have a useful information session run by Consumer Affairs Victoria on

Online Shopping and Layby. If you’re thinking of gifting something homemade this Christmas we have workshops including a Blacksmithing Taste Tester, Flower Arranging and Rug Making. Also new for term four we have Photo Editing using open software, mixed instrument/ fiddle sessions, family history, sour dough bread making and creating a website using WordPress. I’m not going to give everything away, but there is more. We are always interested in what you think about our term program. Are we offering the courses you want? Is there something we are missing? Do you think we are doing a good job? This feedback is really useful so please don’t be shy. If you’d like to speak with our friendly staff, please call 5655 2524.

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Home straight for equestrian centre By Sarah Vella THE community has placed the need for a new equestrian centre at Stony Creek on top of the list in the South Gippsland Shire’s OurSay forum. The popular proposal aimed at bringing people into the shire drew 500 votes in the OurSay forum, 300 votes clear of the next suggestion. Council’s manager sustainable communities Chris Van Der Ark said the proposal for the equestrian centre at Stony Creek will go before council in December. “The OurSay responses are extremely useful. Council will use these to inform its decision making on future capital works programs and ap-

plications for funding,� she said. Stony Creek Exhibition Centre committee member Janine Bullock said many individuals and groups contact have contacted the committee with their support of the project. “We envisage this centre to be for any activity that requires an all-weather venue, including equestrian events, cattle shows, judging clinics, sheep dog trials, indoor archery, musical concerts, agricultural displays, school camps, the list goes on,� she said. Ms Bullock said the proposed centre’s proximity to Meeniyan and the Great Southern Rail Trail mean the benefits to the local and wider community could be significant. “Both state and national events draw many thousands of people to the north and west of Vic-

toria. We are losing these opportunities,� she said. “This project has great potential for employment and associated businesses, visitors and tourism providing economic benefits to the entire region. “We are confident that this would be a significant asset for the shire and a major contributor to the local industries.� Comments on the OurSay forum from the community regarding the proposal were positive, with many identifying a lack of similar infrastructure in the South Gippsland shire and neighbouring shires. The capability of the venue to be multipurpose was also identified. Rebecca Parker said at present, locals have to travel at least two hours to access a similar facility.

“We have...nothing of its kind in South Gippsland, Bass Coast or the Latrobe Valley. Stony Creek is a central location on the main highway, easily accessed by the public,� she said. “It would be able to accommodate not only equestrian events but also expos, markets, concerts, field days - the list is endless,� she said. Barbara Bullen said it was a wonderful idea. “As the secretary of the Koo Wee Rup Horse riders club with 70 members, this would definitely be within acceptable travelling distance for competitions and clinics,� she said. Marian MacDonald said, “I’m from the Wellington Shire area but would certainly use this facility and spend money in Meeniyan at the same time�.

Prom cheese named Australia’s best PROM Country Cheese has just been presented the Champion Australian Dairy Product award last Thursday at the Australian Food Awards (AFA) in Melbourne. This highly contested trophy for Champion Australian Dairy went to Prom Country Cheese in Moyarra, Victoria for its ewes’ milk cheese Venus Blue cheese. These awards compared the best of the best in a taste-off of gold medal products from the recent Melbourne show competition, where Venus Blue scored 95 points out of 100. What is remarkable is that out of the many categories, when all compared together the stand-out product that impressed the judges the most was made with ewes’ milk. Far from being an overnight success, this cheese has consistently been making an impression for some time now. Prior to receiving the trophy for ‘Best Sheep, Goat or Buffalo Cheese’ in July, ‘Venus Blue’ was named ‘Best Australian Hard Cheese’ in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide. Cheesemaker Burke Brandon said, “We were surprised to get this trophy but are very proud of our Venus Blue and how it has developed over the last few years. We really love to make it and are constantly inspired by how well it works out�. When asked what the secret was, Mr Brandon replied, “Our cheese is a reflection of the great South Gippsland grazing pastures. A clean pasture-based diet, healthy milkers and attention to detail are key. Bronwyn and I are both

involved in the entire process from early morning milking to serving our cheese in the cellar door. Having both the dairy and cheesery on the farm gives us the best opportunity to respect the milk at every stage. We simply guide the milk in a natural way to become what it is destined to be. “A pivotal development in Venus Blue has been the use of unique cheesemaking cultures isolated from our own milk. This exciting Australian-first project has given Venus Blue a wonderful delicate texture, deep color and complex rounded flavor, making it a distinctively South Gippsland product. It is the essence of the Prom Country region�. “Venus Blue� now joins other gold medal Prom Country cheeses from 2016; “Kongwak Reserve� and “Picnic Point� to qualify for the Grand Dairy Awards in October. Burke Brandon is joining the forum panel at the South Gippsland Dairy Expo on Wednesday 28th September at 11am. Prom Country Cheese is owned and run by the Brandon family on the fertile farm at Moyarra and here the focus is on producing sheep milk for cheese making in the small cheese rooms in the paddock above the dairy. The Brandons are involved in the entire process from growing the pastures, to breeding and milking, handcrafting the cheese, then proudly presenting the final products. On the Prom Country Cheese Facebook owners Burke and Bronwyn Brandon thanked everyone for their encouragement. “It has been back to business today

(Friday) drafting up the next group of spring lambing ewes, and making more cheese. “We are still in a daze about the award but feeling very proud of Venus Blue Cheese and how it has developed over the last few years. “We really love to make it and are constantly inspired by how well it works out using our home grown local cultures.� If you would like to purchase some of their award winning cheese head out to the cellar door. Thirteen Champion Trophies were presented to some of Australia’s finest producers at a presentation dinner for the inaugural 2016 awards conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV). The AFA is Australia’s leading national food awards program and celebrates excellence and recognises the best producers of premium food in Australia. RASV CEO, Mark O’Sullivan said the AFA judging panel was in awe of the exceptional talent and high quality products entered in the awards this year. “The calibre of entrants in this year’s AFA is why we at RASV are so passionate and committed to this world-class program. We are proud to recognise and reward home-grown Australian producers and provide opportunities for them to leverage their success locally and internationally through AFA’s national brand seal of excellence. “RASV congratulates all the AFA entrants, medal winners and trophy winners, and thank our esteemed panel of judges for their contribution in determining this year’s champions,� said Mr O’Sullivan.

Aussie winners: Burke and Bronwyn Brandon of Prom Country Cheese, Moyarra were thrilled to have been presented the Champion Australian Dairy Product for their Venus Blue cheese last Thursday. Photo courtesy of Lisa Mann Images.

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Leongatha goes blue for cancer BLUE September was bigger and better this year with Michael Place and the adjoining Autobarn and RSL car parks awash with 70 display cars.

The public turned out in droves again for a second year and the staff at Autobarn, led by Andrew Checkley, have got behind the cause to raise funds to fight cancer in men. This year the Leongatha RSL supported this impor-

Feeling blue: from left Leongatha Autobarn team Morgan Gale, manager Peter McNiven, Sophie McAlpine, Andrew Checkley and Gary Goodwin were thrilled with the success of the Blue September fundraiser on Saturday and urge people to get behind this campaign to fight cancer in men. Special Blue September merchandise is for sale in Leongatha Autobarn all this month.

Man spooks children POLICE are searching for man who scared children at San Remo Primary School on Friday. At 2.15pm, the passenger of a white station called out to children in the school playground, offering them lollies. The children became frightened and informed the prin-

cipal. Police described the man’s vehicle as a white station wagon with a dog grille behind the rear seat. He was one of two occupants of the vehicle that had stopped at the corner of Bergin Grove and Thomas Street, San Remo. The vehicle drove off along Bergin Grove towards Marine Parade. “Parents should reinforce with their children not to converse with strangers acting suspiciously, and to alert supervisors and police immediately,” Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson of Wonthaggi Police said. Any person who has any information regarding this occurrence should contact San Remo Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000 immediately.

Restaurant vandalised A LEONGATHA man will face court after breaking a window at McDonald’s restaurant in Leongatha last Thursday. Korumburra Police charged the 20 year old with criminal damage, alleging he smashed a window with a rock. He will be summonsed to appear at Korumburra Magistrate’s Court at a later date.

Shameful speedsters LAW-BREAKING drivers have been apprehended by police on Foster’s roads in the past week. A 27 year old Foster driver was fined $311 and received three demerit points for travelling at 113km/h in a 100km/h zone on the South Gippsland Highway at Foster at 1.35pm, Saturday. Last Tuesday, September 6, police intercepted three offending drivers within 30 minutes. At 1.24pm, a 40 year old man from Leongatha was caught driving without a seatbelt in Main Street, Foster. At 1.35pm, a 25 year old driver from Sandy Point was apprehended travelling at 117km/h in 100km/h zone on Promontory Road, Foster. An 89 year old man from Sandy Point was caught travelling at 119km/h in the same vicinity at 1.48pm. These drivers were also fined $311 and issued three demerit points.

Police dismay as thieves hit cars POLICE across Bass Coast and South Gippsland remain frustrated by vehicle owners failing to lock their vehicles or secure valuables. A vehicle left in the beach car park at Kilcunda was left locked while the owner was surfing. The owner left keys to the vehicle on top of a wheel.

tant Fighting Cancer in Men fundraising and awareness campaign and jumped on board to serve coffee and allocated its car park while the post office went blue with some decorations for the occasion and the staff wore blue t-shirts and sold Blue September wrist bands. Together with Spokes Leongatha Fresh Meat and Fish and Michael’s IGA who banded together to provide the necessities for the ever popular sausage sizzle and the South Gippsland Historic Automobile Club which cooked and served the food, there were many people to thank. Andrew Checkley wants to thank the local businesses and auto industry backers, some of whom had representatives in attendance on the day: Alpine, Kicker, Phillips, Valvoline, Penrite and Bowden. A grand total of $1870 dollars will go into the Blue September coffers. The best car in show, a public vote, went to Matthew Wilson for his Toyota Celica while his father Stephen with a Holden EK station wagon took out third place. Second prize went to Glenn Samson who displayed a Ford Falcon XY station wagon. The representatives’ choice was won by Malcolm Varcoe with a 1967 Chevvy Comaro SS. Manager of AutObarn Leongatha Peter McNiven said Blue September is Andrew Checkley’s baby.

A thief found the keys and entered the vehicle, stealing $140 worth of property, before relocking it and replacing the keys. A tradesman left his vehicle locked at Dalyston but left equipment in the unsecured tray of the vehicle. Thieves stole a $1600 Gentech generator. A resident in Roughhead Street, Leongatha, left his vehicle unlocked in his carport overnight and a thief stole $600 worth of camera equipment. Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson of Wonthaggi Police was less than impressed. “While the number of offences has dropped in recent times, criminals are still being gifted opportunities by owners failing to lock, or adequately secure their vehicles,” he said. “The police alone cannot overcome this problem. It is only by citizens taking basic security steps that they can protect their property. “In the past three months, 99 percent of thefts from motor vehicles have been perpetrated on unlocked vehicles. “Obviously victims learn from their mistakes because there have been no incidents where someone’s vehicle has been entered twice. “We urge vehicle owners to securely lock their vehicles and remove any tempting property from sight before leaving them. “Before retiring for the night, check your vehicle is securely locked. Doing so may save you loss and embarrassment.”

No screws loose here POLICE are urging the public to fit antitheft numberplate screws to their vehicles, The plea follows the theft of many number plates from parked vehicles, which are then used to disguise other vehicles used in such crime as evading police and petrol thefts. The anti-theft screws were a focus of a community crime prevention day held by Wonthaggi Police recently. The screws were fitted to vehicles as a police service, said Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson of Wonthaggi Police. “These screws are practically impossible to remove without specific equipment and serve as a great deterrent to thieves,” he said. “If you don’t have them, protect your number plates by coming into Wonthaggi Police Station and we will endeavour to fit them for you, free of charge. This could save you immense problems and costs in having to obtain new plates. “In the past seven days, there have been three instances where offenders have successfully stolen or attempted to steal plates in Grantville and Wonthaggi.”

Mr Checkley said, “It was an excellent day and Autobarn thanks everyone who contributed to the success of this important day given its number one purpose is to raise funds for the fight against cancer in men.” The Blue September campaign helps raise funds to end cancer by providing world class researchers with the equipment they need to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and to build Australia’s first robotic surgery training simulation centre.

Impressive: Michael Place, Leongatha was closed off on Saturday and an impressive display of 70 cars was admired by the many which attended the special Blue September event run by Leongatha Autobarn.

Prized cymbidium: Korumburra’s Pat Fell picked up a number of ribbons in this year’s Orchid Show including best novice cymbidium, best cymbidium in show and large flower cymbidium.

Orchids on show THIS year’s 27th annual Orchid Show was the biggest Wonthaggi has hosted so far. The long running event picked up more displays and interest from show goers this year during last Friday and Saturday. As well as orchids, the show boasts beautiful Australian natives, floral arrangements and potted plants to generate extra interest. A potting demonstration was held for people to receive advice from the experts and learn more about potted plants. For a fee, show goers could also have their plants repotted by the experts. Orchid Show marshal Julie Kilgour said the show continues to

be popular among those who share a love of plants, and attributed this year’s success to growing membership. “The show was very busy and we received interest in membership during the days,” she said. “This has certainly been the best show we’ve had since I started.” Held at the Wonthaggi Town Hall, Ms Kilgour said the show is held roughly at the same time every year but it all depends on how the orchids are flowering at the time. A large range of orchids and flower arrangements were for sale on the day. Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunches were made available throughout both days.

Best natives: Wonthaggi’s Enring Smith won first prize in the best Australian native in show section at the Orchid Show.

Korumburra Library site rumours THE South Gippsland Shire has clarified the future of the Korumburra Library site after rumours it had been sold. Contrary to those rumours the site has not been sold according to a shire statement. This site is identified in the Korumburra Town Centre Framework Plan as a potential site for a future supermarket. This plan followed extensive community consultation

and was adopted by Council in 2013. If Council is to transfer or sell land it must comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1989, which requires public notification and consultation. In addition any proposal to develop this land for the purposes of a supermarket would require a planning permit application which includes strict notification and advertising requirements under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Library and associated community facilities are

important assets to Korumburra and the broader South Gippsland Community. Any proposal to change the current arrangements would include a comprehensive consultation and engagement program. Council’s Acting CEO Bryan Sword said, “I strongly encourage anyone with a query about any aspect of Council’s operations to contact us directly so that we may provide you with accurate information and prevent unnecessary concern or unrest.”

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Meeniyan reaps finals rewards By Sarah Vella MEENIYAN retailers are over the moon by the spike in trade brought by the recent Alberton Football League Grand Final. The town has hosted the grand final for the past three years, with many retailers pleased with the benefits it brings to the town. There are calls for the new seven league competition to use Meeniyan as its permanent grand final base, such was the excellent organisation of the Meeniyan Football Netball Club. Extra trade, busy streets and full car parks were all by-products of the sporting event, held on Saturday, September 3. Marty Thomas from Moos at Meeniyan said this year’s grand final day was far better for trade than in previous years. Mr Thomas said the weather could have been an influenc-

ing factor on sending people into town to grab something to eat and have a break from the footy. “From our point of view, we had a great day from when we opened at 8.30am right through to about 3pm,” he said. “It was fantastic.” Francesco Laera from Meeniyan’s Trulli Pizza said the recent Alberton League grand final definitely made an impact on his Saturday trade. “This year was definitely a better day, there was a little bit of rain about so maybe that took people away from the sport and into town,” he said. Mr Laera said the day was busier than normal, however the fact it was also the father’s day weekend could have influenced numbers as well. “It was a busy weekend, with a lot going on, not just the footy final. Saturday night was very busy as well,” he said. Michelle Beaton from the Meeniyan Take Away said it is a huge benefit to the town to have the grand final played at

its recreation reserve. “I think it is fantastic for the town,” she said. “For people to drive through the town and not be able get a car park because it is so incredibly full makes the town look really busy, which is good.” Ms Beaton said Meeniyan and the local community should be proud the Alberton League has chosen to use its oval for three years running. “We had an excellent day, noticeably busier than a normal Saturday. We had a big rush between games, right on lunch time,” she said. “It was about the same as two years ago, when it was quite busy and a lot of people came across to town. Last year was less busy.” Felicity Jones from The Meeniyan Store said, “It was busier than a normal Saturday, I definitely noticed a few extra people through the door on the day.” Meeniyan Progress Association president Peter Twigg said the Meeniyan finals

Town value: from left, Tony Kemper from Leongatha and Rick Bowron from Fish Creek took some time away from the footy on grand final day to enjoy Meeniyan and grab some lunch. have historically pulled a big crowd. “It’s always a good crowd here which is good for the

town. People wander down the shops, not everybody watches the games the whole time,” he said.

“This is the third year in a row for Meeniyan, which proves it is a great ground and a terrific facility.”

Teens bring wall to life ANIMALS and athletes now adorn the wall of the technology wing at Leongatha Secondary College in a stunning mural created by students and a professional artist. The Year 9 Design students last week worked with Footscray artist Sam Jones – artist name Searious Jones – to create the mix of silhouettes and geometric patterns using spraypaint.

The mural was based on designs by students and enlivens the long wall facing a new recreation area. Animals such as a snail, antelope, dog, elephant, horse and dolphin have been created using colourful shapes. “The mural was based on the young people’s interests and the polygonal idea of transforming photos to get a three dimensional effect that is trendy at the moment,” Ms Jones said.

She has worked with schools, councils and community groups in the past, and was impressed by the Leongatha students’ artistic ability. “It’s not the easiest thing for beginners to do but for first time painters, they’ve been amazing,” Ms Jones said. Student Alexandra Wildes labelled the mural “awesome”. “We originally had a mural with all the sea-

sons so now we’ve got them represented in the colours,” she said. Classmate Irene Thorson added, “I love how we’ve mashed everyone’s interests and I like the colours”. The recreation area includes an undercover seating area that will be accompanied by table tennis tables, giant chess, basketball rings and a half soccer pitch.

End of an era for Kelvin Johns THE demise of the Retravision franchise several years ago has claimed another scalp. Kelvin Johns Bi-Rite Electrical in McCartin Street, Leongatha will close its doors at the end of the month. This is the end of a 41 year career in electrical sales for owner Kelvin Smith who has worked with Kelly Brothers, then Homecrafts before moving into his own business. For both Kelvin and Kathy Smith it is a sad situation and means the loss of their jobs as

well as two other employees including their daughter Emma and niece Stephanie, who will now be seeking new jobs. Despite their best efforts to trade out of a difficult situation and with many in the community very supportive unfortunately the business wasn’t trading well enough to continue on. The closure of the business will leave another large, empty shop in the town with already many vacant shops in Bair Street. After 28 years in business keeping afloat in today’s mar-

ket place has become too hard back to the community. even with the ongoing support He said he will miss seeing of loyal customers the business the store’s customers. said in a statement. The community will be the “The closure is regretful but worse off too because Kelvin with the decline of our local economy and the effects this is having on the community, we just can’t afford to keep going,” Mr Smith said. “This has been a very hard and emotional decision for us to make.” The store owner said he has loved being in business in Leongatha, servicing South Gippsland, making friends across the region and giving

Another empty shop: Kelvin Johns Bi-Rite Electrical will close at the end of September leaving another gaping hole in Leongatha’s CBD.

and Kathy were very generous to local sporting bodies and fundraising groups; giving generously to the likes of Meeniyan and Woorayl Golf

club’s. The donations were large and small; anything from hair dryers and toasters to televisions and washing machines.

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ARTIST Ann Todd Foulds is holding an exhibition at the hub in Fish Creek (between the general store and post office) daily until mid November, from 10.30am until 4pm. There will be a wine and cheese opening this Saturday, September 17 between 2pm-4pm. Ms Todd Foulds has been painting for nearly 35 years and joined the Fish Creek Art Group when she moved to this area from the Mornington Peninsula where she was involved in the Peninsula Art Society from 1982. Ann has attended many workshops and also belongs to the Leongatha Art Group. Ann said she travels throughout the magnificent area of rolling hills, pristine coastline, rainforest and bushland to enjoy painting and has experimented in all mediums including acrylics, oils, pastels and her favourite-watercolours. Call in and check out the exhibition.

GO PARROTS: Leongatha’s number one ticket holder Tim Mackie took a keen interest in all Leongatha matches over the weekend. Despite the disappointing loss in the seniors, Leongatha has all its football teams in and one netball team as well.


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SCOTS Pioneer Church, Mardan South presents its next Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday afternoon on September 25 at 2pm featuring Sue MacLeod presenting Fire & Ice in Iceland. See more details in next week’s Star. GRADE Four children at Korumburra Primary School had the time of their lives at Allambee Camp recently. Students tested their skills of persistence, resilience and stepping outside of their comfort zone by climbing the vertical challenge wall, swinging on the giant swing and screaming their way down the valley on the flying fox. WELL done to Sam Liefting of Inverloch Primary School who won two medals with his racer at an electronically controlled racing car competition at Wonthaggi Secondary College last Monday, September 5. Grade Six students from Inverloch and other schools attended the event as part of the secondary college’s transition program.

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WELL done to the Wonthaggi Citizens Band took out the C Grade Brass Band section at the Traralgon Eisteddfod over the weekend; beating Traralgon City Band by just two points, reversing the placing from the Ballarat competition last month. The band is

directed by Craig Marinus. HELP out the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band by voting for the group as it tries to secure a grant to buy more instruments for its learner program. The band is hoping for a grant of up to $1000 from the Bank West Easy Grants program. To vote, go to: in-the-community/easy-grants WELL done to Bass Valley Primary School student Tyson Masinovic who has been chosen by Basketball Victoria to represent the Phillip Island and District Basketball Association at the Basketball Victoria Country Jamboree at Echuca during the school holidays. He will be one of 240 under 12 boys and girls to take part. LOCH Primary School students had a great day participating in drills and skills and then playing mini games for the school’s annual footy day. There was a great range of footy team accessories, a huge range of teams represented and yummy food. Our Prep and Year 1 students enjoyed some glorious sunshine on the oval and had fun practising their ball skills, agility and team work. Students Years 2 to 6 joined Nyora PS and Poowong CS at the Loch Reserve and enjoyed a range of activities. They proudly walked back to school with a special cup presented to them by the Loch Poowong Bulls for winning the round robin games. Many thanks to the Loch Poowong Bulls and Korumburra Secondary students for assisting on the day and to Gippsland AFL for facilitating the clinic. LOCH Primary School opened its doors to the public who gained a wonderful showcase of the school at work. The school received positive comments about its curriculum, the grounds, classrooms and it was observed by several that the teachers seemed to be enjoying their lessons as much as the students. Guests were keen to hear about our literacy and numeracy programs, our Lorikeet Learning support programs, camps, sporting programs, art programs, music, cooperative learning groups, peer mediators, and play is the way.


BAR CHAT: Maxine Kiel is South Gippsland Shire’s citizen of the year and now the candidate for South Gippsland Shire Council is a barmaid – of sorts. Ms Kiel’s campaign poster was seen adorning the entry to McCartin’s Hotel in Leongatha last week. Talk about politics at the pub!

Wheels Workshop Get better acquainted with your car and its needs South Gippsland Shire Council is partnering with Edney’s Leongatha Hyundai to offer a Wheels Workshop for the community. The free workshop will cover a range of common tasks associated with car ownership. The course is open to all members of the local community.

Thursday 15 September 6:30pm - 9:00pm (Registration at 6:00pm) 1 Roughead St, Leongatha RSVP on 5662 2327 or

the South Gippsland Lapidary and Gemstone Club recently welcomed several new members in the last few weeks who participated in welcoming visitors to the club during open days and to get to know other members better. The club recently participated in the daffodil festival and Elizabeth Popple, Leongatha, proudly displays her hand made prize she won during a prize draw at the festival.

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Answers sought

I HAVE in the last three to four months at South Gippsland Shire’s Public Presentations, asked some tough questions, which the mayor has said, “David, we will take them on board.” Which means, within 21 days, the shire will reply – it’s

on their website. This hasn’t happened – why? The last time, on August 17, where I spoke to all councillors around 3pm, Cr Bob Newton said at the end of the month – that’s it for council to make decisions due to shire elections. This is incorrect by the shire

Letters to the Editor

again. As at September 21 the shire is in shut down mode, not the end of August. There is no reason why my questions have not been answered other than it hurts the shire! Cover up, again, again. Time for change! David Amor, Korumburra.

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E D I T O R I A L Get around the Parrots THE shock loss to Leongatha on Saturday in the seniors was very disappointing for everyone but that makes it all the more important for our community to get behind the team in this weekend’s do or die preliminary final. The irony of it all is that Leongatha seniors will be up against its old foes Traralgon and once again it will be on Traralgon’s home deck, the scene of last year’s grand final disappointment. That’s all the more reason to get over to Traralgon and support the Leongatha senior team as they fly the flag along with the Under 18’s, Under 16’s with the Reserves already winning its way into the grand final. The B Grade netballers are also readying themselves for a do or die battle this Saturday. Leongatha seniors have been the best team all season in the Gippsland League but come finals time, the work done to win the games is put aside as all sides lift a gear. Whatever happens this weekend the club has done an outstanding job so far with all four football teams still in the mix. Senior coach Beau Vernon and all the coaching staff should be commended for the amount of work both on and off the field and for the professionalism the club has shown. When the ball bounces on Saturday the seniors will have no time to ponder the future; the task at hand is to win against Traralgon first and that means scoreboard pressure from the first minute on. The Parrots have the team and depth to do it so lift your heads and show the football public why the wins continued to mount up all season. Go Leongatha.

Another business goes LEONGATHA will have another vacant shop and a large one at that with news Kelvin Johns Bi Rite Electrical will close at the end of the month. The main reason for the closure stems back to the collapse of Retravision some years ago. The large losses contributed to the difficulty faced by the business in being able to afford to stock the premises with the latest and greatest electrical goods. It is sad to see a businessman who has been in the caper for 41 years go out this way. Kelvin Smith and the family have been most generous to the community, giving away thousands upon thousands for clubs and sporting groups to fundraise. It is a timely reminder to groups that if you are prepared to put your hand out for money or prizes in a local store be prepared to think shopping locally and put your dollars back into the town. Because for every dollar you spend out of town or on-line for a cheap item from China, this could potentially be another nail in the coffin for another local business. And that goes for every town in South Gippsland.

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AS I see it, the issue of capital works is going to be one of the most important issues over the next term of Bass Coast Shire council. Simply put, capital works funding is the money that is spent building things within the shire. It provides for the construction of buildings, roads, footpaths and the like. It is an issue which is bigger than any one project. Capital works items are the things that get built for community benefit. They are the things that we can see and touch. They are tangible. Once they are made, they stand as a community resource. So how much does council currently spend on capital works? The 2016/17 budget lists the figure as 15.98 million. That is 22.1 percent of the total budget income. In comparison, if we look at say South Gippsland Shire Council, they are spending $20.81 million on capital works in the current financial year which is 30.45 percent of their total budget. One of my key priorities would be to fight to bring this part of Bass Coast budgets up towards large rural council average. Another point to make is that when you have a bigger pool of money sitting in capital works, the council can apply and receive more money in the form of grants from other levels of government. Such grants often function on a ratio of one to one. If we spend a dollar then we can receive a dollar. In essence the more you have, the more you can get. This would be a big internal and structural change to council

budgets. Let’s address it and let’s put future budgets on the right trajectory. Let’s spend money in ways that make a difference to the community as a whole. Julian Brown Inverloch Candidate for Bunurong Ward.

Reduce rates instead DO councillors live in an alternate universe? I have just received a letter from South Gippsland Shire Council proudly announcing it will spend $400,000 on capital works in Foster in 2017-18 and asking me to be involved in their online forum. I am not certain if this money is from taxes paid or rates paid; either way it is our money. I would have thought with Gippsland being Australia’s largest dairy producer, the downturn in the dairy industry and with farmers struggling to survive, now might be a time to stop spending in towns and assist farmers instead. Perhaps consider a $400,000 rate reduction instead. Harry Baess, Foster.

Election thanks I WOULD like to commend The Great Southern Star for its impartial coverage of the candidates for the council elections. This helps to overcome the tyranny of distance and budget. I am greatly encouraged by the interest shown by the general public in the actions (or inaction) of council and hope that the community can work together with the incoming council to create the Bass Coast we aspire to. We are going to make tough decisions to stay under the rate cap and we need to know what community expectations are. Change is obviously the foremost requisite. Geoff Ellis Independent Candidate for Western Port Ward McCraws Rd, Wattle Bank.

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Think before you vote FOUR years ago the community voted in six new councillors out of seven in response to the previous Bass Coast Shire Council apparently being asleep at the wheel. Mr Ross Smith, a councillor in that previous council, is now asking for this council to be voted out of office via a letter to the editor in The Star, September 6. Do you remember four years ago, at the end of that previous Council’s term; potholes everywhere, drains not functioning, our assets falling apart and the main streets looking shabby. Why was that? Well, in the last year of Mr Smith’s term on council just $4.65 in every $100 of your rates was going directly to asset maintenance, renewal, and well, there was nothing much available to build anything new. I know, I couldn’t believe it either when I got onto council. At the end of my term on council, that is now $16.23 out of every $100 of your rates being spent directly on maintenance, renewal, and money for matching government grants for new assets. That’s three to four times what it was at the end of Mr Smith’s term, now going to what the community wants to see, as opposed to a black hole of operational expenditure, mainly salaries. New assets include drainage of rec reserves, tennis and netball upgrades, surf life savers emergency access ramp, playgrounds and toilet blocks, bicycle paths, etc. Have you noticed the level of general maintenance - cracked footpath repairs, painting our assets, reroofing halls - and how many potholes have you seen on council roads recently? This council has a vision for the future, a 10 year plan, something we’ve never had before, and finally the ability to deliver on that. Adopted precinct plans and a commitment to only promise what we can deliver. Coming up: a shared path from Inverloch to Wonthaggi,

revitalisation of the Wonthaggi Union Arts Centre, a new aquatics and basketball courts complex, and a contract in place for a kitchen and garden waste bin to commence next year. While we can, and will do better than the $16.23, imagine where we would now be with the government rate cap if this council hadn’t addressed the structural problems we inherited. Please consider carefully before voting out all sitting councillors. Cr Neil Rankine, Bass Coast Shire Council.

Nats welcome ban UNCONVENTIONAL gas exploration is a source of concern for many Victorian farmers. So I am sure there was a collective sigh of relief recently for many who are on land in the sights of CSG companies. The former Coalition Government’s ban on exploration and extraction of unconventional onshore gas was given permanency, while a moratorium on conventional onshore gas was extended to 2020. Farmers have serious concerns on the detrimental effects of fracking on water quality and quantity, this ban brings them peace of mind for the future. The Nationals have always had the best interests of farmers and regional communities at its core. We were proud to be part of the former Coalition government who introduced Victoria’s fracking moratorium and who banned the use of BTEX chemicals. Our farmers and rural communities are one of the powerhouses of Victoria’s economy and The Nationals will always fight to ensure the land and water resources they need are protected. While the Coalition welcomes Labor’s continuation of the Liberal Nationals’ policy, Daniel Andrews must do more to provide relief from rising cost of living pressures hitting Victorian families. Peter Walsh, Leader of The Nationals, Member for Murray Plains.

50 years of history celebrated IT’S 50 years since the Korumburra and District Historical Society held its first

meeting on September 14, 1966. To mark the occasion the society hosted a function at

Book presentation: Dennis Conn vice president of the Korumburra Historical Society presented Lambis Englezos with a copy of the book, “The Land of the Lyre Bird” during the groups 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday.

the Korumburra Showgrounds Complex on Sunday, September 11 attended by some 100 people. Coinciding with the anniversary was another important milestone – the 100th year since the Battle of Fromelles which took place on July 19 and 20, 1916. It was most appropriate the society invited as guest speaker Mr Lambis Englezos AO who presented a graphic and emotional account of his quest to locate and identify missing Australian soldiers following Fromelles, who were buried somewhere behind German lines. Historical society vice president Dennis Conn was MC for the afternoon welcoming the guest speaker, members and visitors. He spoke of the people involved in the formation of the society as “building the blocks of our history”. Representing the Korumburra RSL, Perry Neil led a trib-

ute to the fallen in the Battle of Fromelles before inviting Shane Maskell to place a wreath on the symbolic memorial. Historian Doug Boston outlined achievements of the society in the past 50 years referring in particular to the establishment of Coal Creek. Mr Boston spoke of the volunteers and dedicated members over the years especially prominent members like Kath Ritchie, Brian Blake and Wallace Dunlop. Guest speaker Lambis Englezos said 100 years on we remember the Battle of Fromelles. There were 5533 Australian casualties in this battle, including 1335 missing. After a visit to Fromelles in 2002 Mr Englezos returned to Australia seeking answers to the question of these missing men. After meticulous research he discovered the “lost diggers of Fromelles” uncovering more than 200 soldiers who had been

hastily buried during the First World War. The remains were exhumed and buried with dignity, despite government resis-

tance. The Fromelles battle in July 1916 is believed to be among the “worst 24 hours” in Austra-

lian history. Mr Englezos received the Order of Australia (AO) for his Fromelles work.

Celebrating history: from left members of the Korumburra Historical Society with special guest speaker Lambis Englezos, Jim Brookes, Lambis Englezos, Doug Boston, Robert Harrison and front Wilma Walls during the group’s 50th anniversary celebrations on Sunday at the Korumburra Showgrounds Complex.

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Drink tap water Have you seen my cat? this September A THIEF with a fetish for cats is believed responsible for the disappearance of a beloved pet from a Leongatha home.

SOUTH Gippsland Water is joining a region wide push to promote healthy drinking habits throughout September, called Sip-tember! Gippsland’s four regional water corporations, along with GippSport and the four Gippsland primary care partnerships, are behind the move. “Tap water is good for your health, environmentally friendly and cheap so we’re delighted to announce this collaborative effort to promote the benefits of drinking tap water,” South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said. David Roberts, program manager with GippSport, said, “As the springtime begins, we thought it was a good time to encourage people to choose tap water; people are always surprised at how much more active they feel when they’re well hydrated. “It’s a much cheaper option than buying sugary drinks and the health benefits are enormous. It’s great that we’re able to form such collaborative partnerships with all four of Gippsland’s Water Corporations and all four PCPs to address the consumption of sugary and sweetened drinks.” The statistics are alarming with 16.4 percent of Gippsland adults consuming sugar sweetened soft drinks daily. “The Sip-tember campaign, with the backing of all Gippsland’s water boards, will help to raise awareness and change behaviours in the consumption of sugary drinks across Gippsland, said Megan Barnes, health promotion officer from Wellington Primary Care Partnership. Building on from last year’s Choose Tap for Oc-

Kate Perry is longing for her Seal Point Himalayan pedigree cat weeks after it vanished from her Church Street home. The animal is microchipped and registered with South Gippsland Shire Council, but is yet to turn up on council records. Ms Perry said the pet was a treasured birthday present. “She was treated like a cat but she was my precious, beautiful baby,” she said. “If she’s not fed the right food it does not agree with her and she will get sick.” The cat turned five recently and has been a part of Ms Perry’s life since she was an eight week old kitten. “She was bought from a breeder in Wonthaggi who is no longer breeding, so you can’t replace her, not that you can,” Ms Perry said. “I would drive to the other side of Australia to get her.” While the cat was inside for most of the time, she would often wander around the neighbourhood. “Himalayans are a Persian-Siamese cross they’re just fluffy Siamese. They’re actually quite little under their fur,” Ms Perry said. Her other cat, named ‘Troubles’, is missing his friend. “He has been waiting for her to come home,” Ms Perry said. She is pleading with anyone who has her beCool off: South Gippsland Water is encouraging people to stay hydrated by drinking tap loved cat to contact South Gippsland Shire Council’s local laws team or a vet clinic, and say they water. Tanaiya Lim of Foster shows how it found the cat, or ring her on 0499 574 957. No is done. questions will be asked. tober campaign, the Sip-tember campaign encourages people to drink more water, preferably from the tap, as it’s cheap, healthy and readily available.

Interested in water? HOW much should South Gippsland Water do in your community? What matters most to you when it comes to water? What is important when it comes to South Gippsland Water taking care of your sewerage? Help influence and shape the future of the corporation by having your say. An easy way to do this is by filling in a small survey enclosed in your upcoming account. South Gippsland Water is seeking feedback from individuals, groups, local businesses and industry regarding matters of significance. Managing director Philippe du Plessis said, “Every element of the business is open for discussion and examination including, how the business operates, customer service standards, pricing, business strategies and major projects. “Every five years the corporation develops a plan that sets out proposed service standards, capital and operating expenditure, and the required prices charged to customers for the delivery of water and wastewater services. “Our new plan will be submitted to the Essential Services Commission in mid-late 2017, but before we embark on developing a new plan, it’s important

we put community consultation at the front-end of our review process.” The survey, developed with input from the corporation’s customer-based Pricing Review Advisory Panel, will help inform South Gippsland Water of community preferences and concerns when it comes to service provision and future pricing. The current survey can be completed in a number of ways: • online at; • scan the QR Code in the ad featured in this paper; and • forward the paper copy to: Pricing Review Customer Survey, PO Box 102, Foster, Victoria, 3960. “Information will also be gathered via focus groups and more detailed phone surveys; this customer and community input will form the foundation for us to then embark on drafting the corpora- Still missing: have you seen this Seal Point tion’s 2018-23 Pricing Review submission,” Mr du Himalayan? Plessis said. There are opportunities for you to keep up to date with the Pricing Review: visit the Projects page at to register for community updates or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ SthGippsWater.

Internet costs hit pensioners By Brad Lester SOUTH Gippslanders may be forced to take up higher cost internet. Pensioner David Anderson of Leongatha contacted The Star to say he was informed by his service provider he would have to pay $54.95 for a 60GB plan instead of the current $39.95 monthly plan that provided 15GB of data that met his needs. “I can’t afford that price rise because I’m a pensioner,” he said. Internet service provider DSCI recently contacted customers to say TPG Group, which operate the government funded Broadband Blackspot services in the region, had decided to no longer deliver these services. The shutdown was effective from August 25. In a letter to customers, DCSI director Jacob Carr said, “We will do our best to seamlessly move your internet connection over without any noticeable changes at your end. “Unfortunately, the plan you are on with DCSI may need to change. We would like to apologise for this, however we will contact you individually to discuss your options. “For the vast majority of customers there will be minimal interruption to your internet service.”

Mr Carr wrote DCSI had already begun investing into the community by providing “an alternate and better avenue for internet services”. “We will do everything in our power to continue to be your service provider, providing the same level of excellent local support,” he wrote. According to the federal Department of Communications, another internet service provider, AAPT, had a contract to provide wholesale ADSL services in areas passed by the Federal Government-funded Regional Backbone Blackspots Program (RBBP). This contract is expiring and AAPT has since been acquired by TPG. “AAPT has taken a decision not to continue to offer these services where its obligations have expired. This is a commercial matter for AAPT,” a department spokesperson said. “There are other options for affected wholesale internet service providers to purchase broadband services now that this contract has expired, including wholesale broadband services from Telstra, or nbn services where available, or installing their own DSLAMs in the exchanges. “The good news is that construction of the NBN is due to commence in Leongatha in the first few months of 2017, so any inconvenience will be temporary as the nbn is rolled out.” Anyone with further queries can contact DCSI on 1300 66 55 75.

Please help: Kate Perry and her second cat ‘Troubles’ are desperate for their other missing cat, a Seal Point Himalayan, to be returned.

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Rugged yet refined-all new Colorado has arrived THE redesigned Holden Colorado, co-developed by Holden engineers in collaboration with international colleagues, boasts car like refinement and improved driveability. Fresh from its recent public reveal, the 2017 Holden Colorado is now on sale at Leongatha Holden. General manager Russell Hemming is very impressed with the all new Colorado and is inviting anyone interested to come and see for themselves and take a test drive. Holden engineers are confident the new vehicle will more than handle Australia’s distinctive driving conditions and customer requirements. Mr Hemming maintains the Colorado will




easily handle the wide variety of roads, both country and city and the variety of ways in which Gippslanders use trucks means the 2017 Colorado has to be versatile enough to handle everything thrown at it. Whether off-road or on unsealed roads Mr Hemming said the all new Colorado is ideal for all road conditions. Holden has focused on improving refinement and driveability with a range of chassis changes, including electric power steering as well as engine and transmission noise and vibration refinements. Holden also had the benefit of international experience, as the Colorado program was a codevelopment project between GM Brazil, GM Thailand and Holden – a great example of the type of engineering work Holden will be responsible for in the future. The 2017 Colorado has been developed to the highest safety standards with additional active and passive safety features ensuring Colorado is not only one of the most high-tech vehicles in Australia, but also one of the safest. Call in to Leongatha Holden and go through all the new specifications and features with the sales team.

Impressive: Leongatha Holden general manager Russell Hemming is thrilled with the all new 2017 Colorado that offers the power and performance of a rugged truck but car like refinement, perfect for town and country driving.

Focus on ‘Burra station By Stuart Biggins THE community came out in force last Monday night, September 5 with 42 people in attendance at the second meeting to hear ideas for the future of the Korumburra Railway Station.



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The redevelopment of the VicTrack land and building has captured the imagination of a broad range of people and a great deal of interest is being taken at a variety of level. The South Gippsland Shire Council’s community strengthening officer Barbara Look said people are engaged by the project and 10 people put their hands up without any need for anyone to be cajoled. The 10 have volunteered to examine ideas submitted as uses suggested for the precinct. Volunteers include Steve Bone, manager of the Commonwealth Bank and president of the Korumburra Business Association; Viv Pepper from the Korumburra Round Table; Jenni Keerie, the co-ordinator of Milpara House; Gil Freeman from Grow Lightly; and David Rasmus well known for his work with the South Gippsland Tourist Railway. The shire will assist the group administratively and with research. From what is described as a very long list of ideas to breathe new life into railway precinct is the call for a master plan for not just the building but the land as well. The removal of the large cream coloured goods shed will increase the open space and also make station visible from parts of Commercial Street. With these eye sores going several see an opportunity to create public open space. Within the building could be space used by start-up companies and a collective of small operators/producers. There might be a performance spaces dedicated to music and theatre. With a functional kitchen in place the opportunities for hospitality uses are also way up the list with potential for the main room to be used for community meetings and events. Ms Look said VicTrak has been helpful and is ready to play its role to part fund with one million dollars and assist with the removal of rails. The shire is grateful to the Korumburra Senior Citizens Club for hosting and catering for the meeting which got underway at 5.30pm and finished at 7.30pm

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Cheaper rates, better services Graeme has a vision Jim wants to achieve more CANDIDATE for South Gippsland Shire Council, Jeremy Rich, has rejected a claim by mayor Cr Bob Newton that he is single issue candidate. Cr Newton recently told The Star he thought Mr Rich was a not serious contender for council and was standing on a single issue: to advance the Rich family’s Walkerville Village residential Many ambitions: Jeremy proposal. Mr Rich dismissed the Rich is a candidate for Coastal Promontory Ward. claims. “Fellow residents and ratepayers know there are numerous issues that need to be addressed and for the incumbent mayor to think otherwise reveals that he has not been listening to my or other people’s concerns, which is part of the problem,” Mr Rich said. “We need change. We need proper vision, leadership and governance if we are going to make South Gippsland a better place for all residents and not just a select few.” Mr Rich will contest Coastal Promontory Ward at the October council election. He aims to: • reduce rates and improve the quality of services and infrastructure; • call for fairer distribution of public investment across the whole shire; • re-assess the planned new $32 million centralised council offices; • promote agriculture and businesses to create more opportunities for the future; • work with the community to identify what people value; • develop sustainable growth strategies that increase the rate base of the shire; and • support and grow a sustainable local value added economy, building on the strengths of agriculture, lifestyle, tourism, and the arts. Mr Rich called for elected councillors who lead and direct the shire’s executive rather than be led by unelected administrators, and a council that sets productivity and performance targets for senior staff and administrators. “This is not about me; it’s about all the other small people that have not been treated with common courtesy, let alone with the respect and professionalism that we all deserve and should expect from our shire council and leaders,” he said.

Community gardener vows to protect the coast PROTECTING Bass Coast’s natural assets is just one of the things Wonthaggi’s Jessica Harrison is passionate about. After running for Hovell Ward in the previous election, Ms Harrison has put her hand up once again to stand for the Bunurong Ward in Bass Coast Shire Council in the upcoming October election. “I was inspired to stand again by the ban of unconventional gas in Wonthaggi’s Victoria, announced last week by the Candidate: State Government. The successful Jessica Harrison will run for grassroots campaign was supported the Bunurong Ward in the by the Bass Coast Shire Council advo- upcoming Bass Coast Shire cating strongly for the ban,” she said. “I have lived in Wonthaggi for 13 Council elections. years, working from home as a campaigner against genetically modified food and crops. My children enjoyed their teenage years here and have left home to pursue their careers. I am very active in my local community and can bring my knowledge and understanding of local concerns to my councillor role. Ms Harrison is the volunteer coordinator of the Harvest Centre Community Garden at Mitchell House in Wonthaggi. She is an active member of Rural Australians for Refugees and the Bass Coast Art Society. She is a swimmer at the YMCA and looks forward to the planned improvements there. “As a councillor, I would like to see job creation – especially increasing the opportunities for youth and part time work during the holiday seasons. I support the initiatives of the youth centre in Wonthaggi,” Ms Harrison said. “I recently attended the first “Food Hubs” conference in Bendigo discussing local food solutions. Better support for on the Bass Coast is a priority, including more opportunities to showcase local produce.” As an electric bike rider, Ms Harrison is also aware of the increased traffic in the area and the need to look after pedestrians, bike and scooter riders by building safer paths and crossings. She also believes in full consultation before any major decisions are made on services and infrastructure in the shire. “Any planned closures – such as the Inverloch tip – must have support from the whole community before they are approved by council,” she said. “I will advocate for tight budgeting, with a cap on the hiring of consultants. I would like to see the appointment of a ‘complaints officer’ for each ward, who can respond to resident concerns and track outcome within a set time frame to keep residents informed of progress. Ms Harrison is contactable at or follow her campaign on Facebook – Jessica Harrison Candidate.

A DEDICATED community man who loves Leongatha will vie for election to represent Tarwin Valley Ward in South Gippsland Shire Council.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Councillor Jim Fawcett will seek re-election as a councillor for Tarwin Valley Ward.

“I have had the good fortune to represent the Tarwin Valley Ward Graeme Winkler was born in for the last eight years, including Leongatha and is proud to call three years as mayor,” the Leonthe town home, but plans to serve gatha accountant said. the broader ward and shire, if “I seek a further term to build elected. on the substantial advances council “I want to get out amongst the has either made or is progressing.” Track record: Cr Jim Fawccommunity and try to get a handle In co-operation with other ett wants to continue to serve on what the community wants,” Promising to serve: Graeme councillors, he said council has: South Gippsland. he said. • invested $900,000 towards imHe has pledged to advocate for Winkler wants to work for proving the Leongatha Recreation Reserve; cheaper rates, fewer empty shops the community he adores. • built the Leongatha Skate Park; in towns and improved control of council’s finances. • doubled recreation reserve maintenance grants across the shire; He proposed closer ties with the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce • built a rail trail from Leongatha to the sea; and Industry to lift the town’s businesses and a strong relationship with • allocated $400,000 to the Mirboo North community for a direct say on how those funds are to be spent. This is part of a shire wide commitVicRoads to address the region’s roads. ment of $1.6 million across four communities; As president of Woorayl Golf Club and a member of the Leongatha Recreation Reserve Committee, Mr Winkler said he knows the value • progressing towards revitalising the Leongatha CBD including the Bair Street streetscape, Leongatha entrance, railway land behind Bair of quality sporting facilities to the community and said he would conStreet and the heavy vehicle bypass which makes all this possible; tinue to advocate for improvements to those facilities across the shire. At Mirboo North, Mr Winkler proposes to continue to help the • secured funding for the Long Jetty; and community maintain and improve the swimming pool, and upgrade • attracted additional funding for arts and culture. “All of this has been done with this year’s budget projecting the lowthe road around the town’s recreation reserve and accessibility to the est rate rise for over 15 years,” Cr Fawcett said. second reserve. “I stand for sensible policy and planning outcomes, a stable motivated “There are still a lot of gravel roads around Mirboo North, and kerb and efficient organisation, a commitment to support a vibrant arts and and channeling and footpaths that need upgrading,” he said. cultural community which includes a dedicated performing arts centre in The former shift worker at Murray Goulburn spent his working South Gippsland. days committed to his family, job and community, and now retired, he “I will continue to work with other councillors to get things done and wishes to further serve the shire. not just talk about them.” “I’m looking forward to being involved with council because some For more than 30 years Cr Fawcett has held voluntary roles in a numof the councillors have been there too long and do not work as a team,” ber of community groups such as Gippsland Southern Health Service, Mr Winkler said. Leongatha RSL, SG Splash, Leongatha Football Club, Leongatha Scouts, “I would be one of nine councillors so you have to get councillors Leongatha Recreation Reserve and the former Latrobe Valley Football League, now Gippsland Football League. on your side to get motions passed.” “I have been a director of South Gippsland Water since 2007. I am a A self professed good listener and debater, Mr Winkler promised to Certified Practising Accountant and have conducted an accounting pracrespond to constituents’ questions. “I have one daughter and three grandchildren in the town and I tice in Leongatha for over 30 years,” he said. “My children and grandchildren live locally. I love and am heavily want a future for them,” he said. “I want them to be able to say their grandfather did some good invested in my community. I am not just passing through. “At election time I seek your vote to continue the good work. Workwhile he was on council.” ing with others to get things done.”

Ben stands up for fairness DISABILITY advocate Ben Corcoran is putting his hand up for Tarwin Valley Ward at the South Gippsland Shire Council election. Mr Corcoran said he would bring greater transparency and accountability to council. “There have been too many decisions made behind closed doors. I will be supporting an up front and straight forward approach, where council works with community to get robust decision making that people can Many matters: Tarwin Valley Ward candidate Ben Corcunderstand,” he said. Mr Corcoran was born in oran has named economic deMelbourne and lived in Korum- velopment, job creation, civic burra for 21 years before living infrastructure and community in Leongatha for the past seven services as his top issues. years. “Having grown up in South Gippsland, I have experienced the challenges that young people and people with a disability face first hand. We can do so much more to make our community safer and more welcoming and it won’t cost the earth,” he said. “Young people and people with a disability are underrepresented in our community and it is really important that we get greater diversity of views in the council chamber.” Mr Corcoran nominated economic development, job creation, civic infrastructure and community services as the top priorities for South Gippsland. “I think council has an important role ensuring our roads and footpaths are properly maintained. We should also be advocating for better public transport. I am not convinced we should be spending millions of dollars on new council offices,” he said. Mr Corcoran is a member of the Koonwarra CFA, studies politics and law at Victoria University, and volunteers with New Wave Self Advocacy. He is determined to make a positive difference in his community. “I am a big believer in a fair go for all, but I also think everyone should do their best to make a contribution,” he said. “South Gippsland will only go ahead if we work together and stay focused on the big picture.”

South Gippsland Shire Council candidates so far Coastal Promontory Ward Ray Argento Mohya Davies Jeanette Harding Frank Oostermeyer Jeremy Rich Matt Sherry Jill Wilson Strzelecki Ward David Amor Aaron Brown Lorraine Brunt Jim Forbes Frank Hirst Andrew McEwen Bob Newton

Tarwin Valley Ward Ben Corcoran Don Hill Meg Edwards Jim Fawcett Steve Finlay Graeme Heath Nigel HutchinsonBrooks Maxine Kiel Graeme Winkler

Bass Coast Shire Council candidates so far Bunurong Ward Julian Brown Mohan de Run Jessica Harrison Les Larke Neil Rankine Brett Tessari Max Wells Westernport Ward Mikhaela Barlow Bradley Drew Geoff Ellis Ashley Lamers Clare Le Serve

Island Ward Kimberley Brown Stephen Fullarton Pamela Rothfield Michael Whelan Phil Wright

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Teen pilgrims make spiritual journey By Tayla Kershaw ELEVEN students from Mary Mackillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha, joined three million people world wide who gathered for World Youth Day in Poland recently. World Youth Day – a Catholic event focused on youth and faith – was held in Krakow, Poland, and this year’s theme was mercy. The students accompanied by teachers Matthew van der Veldon and Courtney Blair flew in to Warsaw before heading for their destination, Krakow. “The experience made you step out of your comfort zone and meet new people,” student Kate Brennan said. Two highlights the students will never forget were visiting the Black Madonna and attending a candlelit vigil and mass in the Field of Mercy. “We walked for 25 kilometres in up to 31 degree heat. It was incredibly humid,” student Lisa Mildenhall said. “We walked from the place where we were staying to the Field of Mercy to celebrate mass, which was led by the Pope.” The students described the mass as aweinspiring and overwhelming. Around four million people attended. “It was a cool experience to be with so many people for the same purpose. Some people suffered heat stroke, but it was amazing how everyone came together to look out for one another,” student Harry McNeil said.

Life changing: back, from left, Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s Molly Clark, Ciara Ryan, Chelsea Tuckett, Julia Enter, Matthew van der Veldon, Lisa Mildenhall, Courtney Blair and Harry McNeil, and front from left, Hannah Charlton, Ziara Condoluci and Jennifer Bals share unforgettable memories after attending World Youth Day in Poland. Some students also attended the vigil the night before. “Candles were given out and the field went silent. It was peaceful and simple, but amazing,” Lisa said. Student Ziara Condoluci described the pilgrimage as a journey of self discovery and said the experience made her feel like she was part

of something bigger. The opening mass was followed by catechetical sessions, prayer, reflection and opportunities for reconciliation. Lisa said she was thankful the school gave the students the opportunity to share in the experience. “We are particularly thankful to Mr (David)

Fun galore at soccer ball Dancing night away: from left, immersing themselves in the theme of Dress as your Favourite Star were Gabby Harris as Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita and Paul Around 100 people enjoyed an Elvis show by Escreet as Groucho Marx, at the Inverloch Geoff Kennedy at the Inverloch Community Hub Stars Soccer Club’s inaugural fundraising and danced the night away to music by Copyrite. ball recently.

THE Inverloch Stars Soccer Club’s Inaugural Fundraising Ball recently brought the club’s lighting project at Thompson Reserve closer to fruition.

The night was supported by local businesses the Inlet Hotel, Foodworks Inverloch, Tomos Japanese and Drift Media. The club has raised $55,000 of the targeted Dolled up: from left, Shana Bremner and $70,000 so far. To find out more or to contribute, go to www. Mel Gibson Goldsmith had a ball as Princess

Fiona and Cyndi Lauper at the Inverloch Stars Soccer Club’s inaugural fundraising ball.

Will wins state water gong SOUTH Gippsland Water is proud to provide a number of employment opportunities and traineeships to school leavers across the region. Last week the benefit of this approach was confirmed when Will Egan, Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant operator, was presented with the Young Victorian Operator of the Year award for 2016. Starting with South Gippsland Water as a trainee treatment plant operator in 2014, Will has completed Certificate II and III in Water Industry Operations. With the corporation’s assistance, he is now planning to commence a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) degree in 2017. Upon completion of his traineeship, Will gained a permanent position with South Gippsland Water and is now plant operator for South Gippsland Water’s largest water supply system, Lance Creek. Will at times is also required to operate multiple water treatment plants, manage treatment plant alarms and respond to relevant customer complaints. Managing director Philippe du Plessis said, “The corporation aims to employ a range of staff that support the key principles of excellence, respect, equity and diversity. The success of this strategy is evident with Will receiving recognition for his hard work.” The Young Victorian Operator of the Year award was presented by the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) at its annual industry event held in Bendigo each September. The award is designed to provide encouragement to young water industry employees by recognising excellent performance, initiative and all round attention to detail. Mr du Plessis said, “Well done to Will and to all the supporting staff who have helped him along the way.”

On the ball: Will Egan, Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant operator, the Victorian water industry’s 2016 Young Victorian Operator of the Year. “South Gippsland Water is the second smallest water corporation in Victoria,” he said. “Awards such as these are recognition for the commitment and strong staff ethos that enable a smaller organisation to continually punch above its weight and to be highly regarded within the industry.”

Leslie whose initiative allowed us to send such a big group,” she said. “We had one of the biggest groups of students from the one school. Some schools only had one or two students there.” The next World Youth Day will be held in Panama in 2019.

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Quality homes built to last SOUTH Gippsland Homes brings together all the best ingredients for the best possible outcome: flexible floor plans, quality building products, fixtures and fittings, master builders, the best local tradesmen, and supervision at every stage of the build. The brainchild of highly respected local builders Brent Casbolt and Steve Vuillermin, the South

Gippsland Homes showroom opened in December 2015 at 8 Roughead Street, Leongatha. Between them, Mr Casbolt and Mr Vuillermin have 60 years of combined building experience. The showroom represents a one stop shop. It houses, under one roof, everything the new homebuilder needs from the 28 adjustable floor plans, through the building materials including the bricks, mortar, tiles and windows, and all the options for the look of the garage doors to the kitchen benches, ovens, tap ware, floor coverings

Employing locals: from left, Brent Casbolt, Steve Vuillermin and Tyrone Zukovskis at the South Gippsland Homes showroom which occupies a prominent location in the heart of Leongatha.

and more. Indeed, as the manager of South Gippsland Homes, Tyrone Zukovskis said, “You can actually see all the products available to choose from in the one room. “All of the requirements, everything needed, is here to inspect on site.” Mr Zukovskis, with a sales background in the building supplies industry, Meeniyan born and bred and educated in Leongatha, is like everything else about the company, a local company employing locals. This is a must visit showroom for anyone who

is building a new home. Its compact layout is perfect for comparing, and mixing and matching and making the right choices. Call into South Gippsland Homes showroom where Tyrone will be your first contact with a company where quality craftsmanship is the name of the game and priority number one. A company that has been produced by a pair of master builders with such long standing reputations in the building industry, makes South Gippsland Homes the right choice for people who like to choose right.

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Newhaven winners: three teams of Newhaven College students competed in the State Tournament of Minds finals at La Trobe University recently after winning the Gippsland regional competition at Federation University in Churchill last month.

Newhaven College praised at State awards NEWHAVEN College followed its success in the Gippsland regional Tournament of Minds (TOM) competition at Federation University in Churchill last month winning high praise from the judges in the recent State finals at the La Trobe University. Three of the five Newhaven College teams won through to the State finals and a bus load of excited students worked hard all day leading up to the final judging. Students, while weary were pleased to have competed in the State competition. The Tournament of Minds is an international competition that gives students a chance to show

off their creative problem solving skills. Teams of seven students from a mix of year levels spend five to six weeks preparing a solution to a problem set by the organisers, then present their solution to a panel of judges. The solution is presented in the form of a play, and students have to write their own script, prepare their own props and costumes, and build their own sets from cardboard, paper plates and simple materials. Some 36 dedicated Newhaven students were involved in the Gippsland competition at Federation University, Churchill on August 20 and all teams performed brilliantly. At the end of the day, three of the school’s teams including Primary Social Science, Secondary Social Science and Secondary Science Technology were

Mayor’s message Cr Robert Newton

CONTRARY to rumours, the Korumburra Library site has not been sold. This site is identified in the Korumburra Town Centre Framework Plan as a potential site for a future supermarket, which was developed following extensive community consultation in 2013. If Council is to transfer or sell land it must comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1989, which requires public notification and consultation. Any proposal to develop this land for the purposes of a supermarket would require a planning permit application which includes strict notification and advertising requirements under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Library and associated community facilities are important assets to Korumburra and the broader South Gippsland community and I strongly encourage anyone with a query about any aspect of Council’s operations to contact us directly so we may provide you with accurate information and prevent unnecessary concern or unrest. Council is working with local primary schools to coordinate Walk to School activities after receiving funding for the VicHealth Walk to School program for the third year running. I can’t stress enough the importance of encouraging students and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school to nurture healthy travel habits that can lead to good health for life.

Walking together as a family can also lead to better relationships and bonding time, something we’re finding harder to achieve in this day and age. I would love to see every South Gippsland primary school register for the Walk to School program and track their achievements throughout October. Nominations are now open for the South Gippsland Australia Day Awards in the categories of Citizen of the Year, Event of the Year and Youth Community Contribution. This year, the category of Achievement Award for a Person with Disability will be run separately with a presentation on the International Day for People with Disability on December 3. The winning recipient will be acknowledged at the Australia Day celebrations. It really is an exciting time because the awards give us the opportunity to recognise and acknowledge the ‘above and beyond’ efforts of nominees. Winners in the Citizen and Event of the Year awards will appear on the Australia Day Honour Board in the Leongatha Memorial Hall. The Youth Community Contribution Award is a non-competitive category which aims to acknowledge the community contributions of young people (12 - 25 years) in the shire and all will be presented with a Community Contribution Certificate. The nomination process is quick and easy, and can be done online via or a printed version can be mailed to you. Nominations must be received no later than October 31.

declared winners. The Language Literature challenge always draws the largest number of competitors, and is the most hotly contested division. The Primary

Language Literature team, that placed second from a field of nine, is to be congratulated for its efforts as is the Secondary team that performed very well on the day.

Animal cruelty law enforced ACCORDING to the RSPCA there were 105 reports of animal cruelty in South Gippsland last year and 102 in Bass Coast. Welfare concerns for cats, dogs and horses continued to make up the majority of cases reported (11,840 state wide). The CEO of RSPCA Victoria Dr Liz Walker said, “Even one cruelty issue is one too many.” She said the geographic analysis of the cruelty reporting data would support the RSPCA’s efforts to target prevention activities to those areas where it is needed most.

Lost but not hurt: this Jack Russell Terrier, age unknown, has the look of a dog that has been well cared for. The figure for cruelty to animals for Bass Coast and South Gippsland compare favourably with other areas and neither local government appears in the list of the top 15 that received above 300 animal cruelty reports in the last 15 years.

Of the 105 reports received in South Gippsland 24 related to dogs and to one puppy, seven related to cats and one kitten and 39 related to horses. Of the 102 reports received in Bass Coast 39 related to dogs and to two puppies, seven related to cats or kittens and 31 related to horses. Issues reported were similar in both local government area there being 33 concerns with hygiene, grooming and house conditions; 47 reports of underweight animals, 24 issues involving sick and injured animals not receiving vet treatment29 reports of animals with insufficient food, 27 with insufficient water and q9 with insufficient shelter; 13 abandoned animals; and three concerns about animals being beaten or wounded. Dr Walker said, “What is particularly disturbing is the fact that many of the issues reported to us involve very basic animal welfare matters, such as the way the animals are housed and fed. “RSPCA Victoria wants to partner with communities to find practice ways to boost animal welfare by improving local knowledge and support for animal owners, and will continue to enforce the law and rehabilitate those animals that have suffered harm. Matthew Patterson, manager of regulatory services with the South Gippsland Shire said that people who call the council to report cruelty to animals are directed to call the RSPCA. Mr Patterson said in the last year 244 dogs were impounded by local law officers, dropped off by members of the public or surrendered by owners who could no longer care for them. “The majority of these were reunited with their owners or rehoused,” he said. There was a decrease on the previous year of the number of dogs euthanized and a high proportion of those were not suitable for rehousing because of temperament or for health reasons. Of the 59.32 percent of the 180 cats impounded, a high proportion were ferral and euthanized immediately at the animal shelter. The RACV identified 15 council areas that received above 300 animal cruelty reports last financial year. Neither South Gippsland or Bass Coast is among them. The top three were Casey City, Geelong City and Melbourne City.

Inverloch welcomes preventative dentistry to the family INVERLOCH families now have access to a powerful weapon in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease, with the recent introduction of dental hygienist Chiranjib Mondal to the friendly team of experts at Inverloch New appointment: expert Family Dental. dental hygienist Chiranjib Mondal brings 13 years of experience and passion for preventative dentistry to his new role at Inverloch Family Dental.

With 13 years experience in preventative dentistry, Mr Mondal said it was his passion to help families identify and stop painful oral diseases before they began. “Dental professionals know how to recognise and stop oral health problems

before they can cause widespread illness, and painful and potential costly procedures down the track,” Mr Mondal said. “As a dental hygienist, its my passion to educate families on the benefits of oral disease prevention. Education and early dental hygiene check ups are the first line of defence against painful and sometimes debilitating dental problems.” “There is no barrier between the mouth and the rest of the body, so infections and other disease processes that begin in the mouth may spread illness to the rest of the body. Mr Mondal’s role as a dental hygienist includes the following preventative treat-

ments: • Delivering periodontal therapy (gum care) • Scaling and deep cleaning • Taking intra oral radio graphs (x-rays) • Fluoride applications • Fissure sealants to prevent the formation of cavities • Delivering oral hygiene instructions tailored to individual patients Mr Mondal’s appointment to the friendly team at Inverloch Family Dental comes after spending two years educating Leongatha families on the importance of preventative dentistry at South Gippsland Dental clinic.

Mr Mondal is also trained to perform Zoom whitening, one of the leading whitening products available, as he believes beautiful white teeth can greatly boost personal confidence. “A dental hygienist will also work to protect patient’s mouth and teeth in a way that improves overall health and well being, it’s all part of the holistic approach we take in delivering dental care.” For more information or to book an appointment call (03) 5674 2691, drop in at our friendly clinic at – 2a High Street, Inverloch or visit

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It’s a long way to Bairnsdale...from Perth Natural wonder: Jesse Boyd and Colin Boyd at The Great Australian Bight along the Nullarbor Plain.

Cycling Australia By Brad Lester IT’S a long way from one side of Australia to the other, especially on two wheels. But for an Inverloch family, cycling from the Western Australian capital of Perth to Bairnsdale in East Gippsland was an ideal way to celebrate a relative’s 50th birthday. Col Boyd and Yolande Field, together with their son Jesse Boyd, completed the epic 4000km journey after nearly five weeks’ riding, averaging 150km a day and reaching speeds of up to 65km/h. Col’s second cousin Tim Hack of Bairnsdale was keen to celebrate his 50th birthday with a major achievement and so arranged the adventure with a group of family and friends. “You don’t appreciate how brilliant it is and the variety in Australia. It goes from beautiful fertile agricultural land to desert,” Col said. Jesse added, “Doing it on your bike is one of the best ways to see the countryside.” Family farewelled the party from the Perth Post Office on July 24 and Tim’s grandmother left her nursing home to welcome the group at the Bairnsdale Post Office on August 26. The cyclists followed the road eastwards to the gold mining centre of Kalgoorlie, then headed south to Norseman, the official start of the vast Nullarbor Plain. Long days of long road lay ahead. “It’s a pretty historical road and to spend time on it was extraordinary. You could meet people and stop at places and get a feel of the history of the Nullarbor,” Col said. An easterly headwind stayed with the group as they traversed the famous 90 Mile Straight, a 146km stretch of straight highway, on the Nullarbor, and without a corner to seek relief from the wind, the riders faced a challenging pedal.

“On the Nullarbor, a truck would overtake us and 10 minutes later it was still a dot on the horizon. It’s just amazingly isolated. The sky is so massive,” Jesse said. The Nullarbor route took them to Eucla, a settlement of little more than a motel and campground just west of the South Australian border and then onto Ceduna, the first major town since the group left Norseman. Through sprawling wheat country, they rode to the service centre of Port Augusta at the top of Spencer Gulf before taking back roads over Horrocks Pass in the Flinders Ranges to Jamestown and Renmark on the Murray River. Their route continued to Mildura – followed by a day of rain - Swan Hill, Echuca and south to Melbourne, then on to Traralgon and finally Bairnsdale. Inverloch friends Gavin Slavin, Tim Barlow and Rod McGregor joined the ride from Renmark to Echuca. “Riding through Victoria was like a Garden of Eden,” said American rider Rob ‘The Cowboy’ Rowley, a cycling friend Col and Yolande made while cycling across China in 2014. Jesse was taken by almond orchards in full bloom around Swan Hill and the mass scale of citrus orchards. Keen cyclists around the Bass Coast, the Boyds are no strangers to long distance rides. Col and Yolande rode the 12,500km Silk Route from Shanghai in China to Istanbul, Turkey, in 2014 and in 2012, cycled 11,500km throughout South America. “That was the good thing about riding in Australia; the food and the language was something you knew,” Col said. Jesse and Col typically rode ahead of the peloton, alternating the lead every five kilometres while the following rider took advantage of the slipstream. “Dad and I had ridden together so much and we knew what each other was going to do,” Jesse said. Cyclists communicated with their support crews and approaching truck drivers via UHF radios to ad-

Go team: gathering at Elizabeth Quay in Perth, Western Australia, were supporters and riders, from left, Renee Pilkington, Rob Rowley, Jesse Boyd, Yolande Field, Lenny Boyd, Kelly Boyd and Colin Boyd. vise them of their presence. “Perth to Kalgoorlie was quite busy with trucks and even the Nullarbor, but the Nullarbor was such a wide road and had a great surface. There were many days where we did not see a pothole,” Jesse said. The cyclists camped in tents and caravans along the way, and sat down to hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners each evening.

Rest days were scheduled for every seven days, taking in such locations as Kalgoorlie, Eucla, Port Augusta and Swan Hill. Bush camps were a highlight, with a sheet stretched between two trees becoming a makeshift movie screen on which a projector beamed Australian favourites such as Red Dog and Last Cab to Darwin.

Island school to grow FLINDERS MP Greg Hunt visited Phillip Island Village School recently to announce funding for a masterplan for the school.

Only way is forward: from left, celebrating Commonwealth Government funding for the Phillip Island Village School were school coordinator Fiona McKenzie, Flinders MP Greg Hunt, and students Neo, Willow, Jack, Jasmine, Tate, Abbey, Georgia, Sebastian, Amelia and Aerin, and back right, teacher Anthony Collins.

“I am incredibly pleased to announce that Phillip Island Village School in Ventnor will embark on a masterplan for the future development of the school with the assistance of a $25,000 Commonwealth Government grant,” Mr Hunt said. “This funding, provided through the Capital Grants Program, will allow the school to plan for its future expansion as its enrolments and needs grow, which is incredibly exciting. “Phillip Island Village School has gone from strength to strength since opening at the start of this year with 22 students now enrolled from Prep through to Grade 4. “It offers an alternative education experience for children on the Island and the support it has received from parents and the broader community has been phenomenal.” Mr Hunt said the school’s success showed what could be achieved when community members came together with a shared vision. “Opening a school from scratch is no mean feat and the students, teachers and parents are to be congratulated on what they have achieved,” he said.

“I look forward to sharing in this journey, I think the best is yet to come for this thriving community village school.” Phillip Island Village School coordinator Fiona McKenzie said the funding would allow the school to continue to grow and meet the needs of students. “We are thrilled to be the recipients of this grant, which will allow us to develop our masterplan,” Ms McKenzie said. “This will help us to develop an educational environment that responds to our community’s vision and ensures we make the most of our lovely Ventnor site.” Mr Hunt said the program provided funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they may not otherwise have had access to sufficient resources. “This record investment in school funding is allocated according to need and is tied to a range of evidence based initiatives to improve outcomes in literacy, numeracy and science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school,” he said. “The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of education in schools and ensuring students have access to the resources they need to succeed in a competitive world.”

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Welcome home.

Wednesday 12noon - 3pm and Saturday 2pm - 4.30pm or by appointment 5952 2150 113-115 Parr Street, Leongatha


Charm of yesteryear with the comforts of today T

HIS is a home that is sure to appeal to those looking for a house with a bit of heart.

Period features throughout the property include a weatherboard facade,, decorative fret work and cornice, ceiling roses, claw bath and polished floor boards. There are


21 Higg Street

Stockdale and Leggo Leongatha 5662 5800

$489,000 4



four bedrooms with the option of the master bedroom being either upstairs or downstairs. Upstairs boasts a spacious room with walk in robe, ensuite and view from the dormer window, making it completely separate from the hub of the house. Downstairs features a formal living area with gas log fire place, adjacent to the front bedroom with built in robe and walk through bathroom, the remaining two bedrooms also contain robes and there is good storage under the stair case. The Blackwood kitchen also has lots of storage,

stone bench tops, twin sink and a butler’s pantry with dishwasher, sink and cupboards and is well appointed to the family and meals area. There is central natural gas heating plus reverse cycle air conditioning. The family area opens up onto a sizeable deck and large back yard with vegetable patch. A double garage has remote doors and access to the back yard, ideal for gardening. Situated towards the end of a no through road on a generous 1600m2 block, this is a home sure to delight.

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House flexibility O

FFERING a multitude of possible uses, flexibility is the key with this ideally positioned house.

It provides dual access with frontage to both Roughead Street and Hughes Street at the rear. Among Leongatha’s earliest houses, this home has been restored and operated commercially as consulting rooms. It could easily be converted back to a residence, or continue to be used commercially, or even a combination of the two. A 6m x 9m garage/workshop at the rear, with access from Hughes Street, presents added opportunity for multiple uses. Currently offering five separate rooms, plus a bathroom and kitchen and reception area, with four reverse cycle air conditioners meaning each

room will be comfortable. There’s plenty of onsite parking via the Hughes Street entrance. It is located across the road from Smith’s Home Hardware, and also Westaway Ford and Knights Toyota, and only 200 metres from the Leongatha Post Office and the central business district. It is also within the South Gippsland Shire’s mixed use zone. With position, access and flexibility of use, this property offers Alex Scott and Staff an opportunity for the astute inLeongatha vestor, owner operator or residential purchaser to acquire a quality 5662 0922 property in the centre of town.


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Mardan’s Mediterranean treasure O

N approximately five acres, Springbank offers a unique combination of stunning master builder home, designer landscaping, environmental sustainability and breathtaking views across gardens, the Tarwin Valley and Hoddle Range in the distance.

With a definite Mediterranean feel, this all equates to a piece of paradise. A bespoke entrance door opens into a wide entry hall, ending in a huge picture window-wall that stops visitors in their tracks. Moving into the open plan family room, large windows and views produce the same mesmerising effect. This spacious room incorporates a very well equipped kitchen, adjoining meals area and elegant lounge section. The master bedroom, a room of grand proportions features a walk in robe, semi ensuite and access to a two way bathroom. One of the other two bedrooms upstairs is currently used as a study. A large store room downstairs or the separate studio (toilet, sink and hot water service) could easily be converted into bedrooms or guest accommodation. Some of the many extras on offer include the

peppermint gum flooring, ducted vacuum system, double glazed windows throughout, insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling, wine cellar, workshop and plenty of under house storage. An under house carport, separate double garage with workshop and carport attached provide plenty of parking. Outdoor living and entertaining options include an upper terrace off the dining area and lower terrace complete with a classic Tuscan fountain. Beautiful sheltered gardens designed by Melbourne landscape gardener Robert Boyle, are composed of various “rooms” defined by hedging. Extensive parkland of mature birches, maples, magnolias and conifers provides contrast and shelter for the prolific bird life. A small pinot noir vineyard, vegetable beds, fruit and nut trees aid self sufficiency. Signature properties such as this with all its features and possibilities only come up once in a while. Inspection is strictly by appointment only.

MARDAN 30 O’Malley’s Road Insight Real Estate Leongatha 5662 2220

$699,000 3



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Hidden gem behind a red door T

HIS modern country style home tucked behind well established gardens is now ready for its new owner. Beautifully renovated, this three bedroom, two living zone, two bathroom weatherboard residence offers a wonderful warm and inviting atmosphere. Original rooms feature 3.6m ceiling heights, with period cornice, timber floors and ceiling detail. North facing living areas have been renovated to include a ‘masterchef kitchen’, with stone bench tops, classic travertine floor tiles, quality appliances and cast iron sink, just to mention a few. From the light and bright kitchen/family area step up to the dining room that leads to a comfortable and cosy snug/sitting room which opens out to a private courtyard. A well manicured exterior features a timber deck entertaining area along with a lock up garage. It is located within close proximity to the sporting precinct and only a short easy walk to town.

LEONGATHA 7 Turner Street Landmark Harcourts Leongatha Glenys Foster 0477 622 297

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Endless opportunities O

N the market and priced to sell, this property presents as a great lifestyle opportunity.

Nine acres in two titles with a current planning permit are on offer. The block offers great house sites, plus a mix of pastures and bush.

Power is connected to the block, and the phone line runs past. With spectacular views back towards the coast, this property could be the opportunity to escape town and build your dream home. For more information contact Peter Bellingham at SEJ Leongatha office.

HALLSTON Contact agent for location SEJ Real Estate Leongatha 5662 4033


Country delight S

ET on an acre property is this five bedroom family home that is perfect for young families.

The country homestead is located directly across from the park and the primary school in the centre of Kongwak. There are multiple living areas, two bathrooms and four bedrooms, with a study that can easily be transformed into a fifth bedroom. There are timber floors throughout and also features an open fire place and pellet heater which will keep the home comfortable during the colder months.

Outside there is plenty of room for entertaining guests with an undercover north facing deck. There’s plenty of storage with a high clearance four bay y shed,, lock up p ggarage g and car pport. This prop-erty is a mustt have and willl be put up p for auction n on Saturday,, September 17, on site att Alex Scott and Staff 12pm.


1434 Korumburra Wonthaggi Road

Inverloch 5674 1111

AUCTION September 15, 12pm, on site 5



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Hyundai Tucson ‘30’ Special Edition EDNEYS, Leongatha is excited to have been allocated one of the newly released Hyundai ‘30’ Special Edition models and it’s sure to turn some heads for all the right reasons. The Star took the Tucson ‘30’ out for a run recently and the first impressions from the outside were good; for starters there’s the 19 inch Rays black alloy wheels and the matte grey side steps given the car that sporty edge, the distinctive ash blue exterior paint, dual outlet

left and rear mufflers and rear diffuser and the flashy Hyundai grille. Under the bonnet there’s plenty to like with a 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine meaning the pick up going out of Leongatha was excellent. Despite the power the fuel economy is good with an average fuel consumption of 7.71 litres per 100 km. The 30 Special Edition has gained all-wheel drive, a six speed dual clutch transmission and swapped its 2.0 litre petrol naturally aspirated four cylinder engine with a 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol unit, now delivering 130kW of pow-

er and 265Nm of torque (up 9kW and 62Nm). Stepping inside and what immediately is noticed is the standard all leather seats on this model and leather steering wheel. The seats are comfortable, the interior is spacious and practical and there’s every gadget you need for the 21st century as far as infotainment is concerned. The second row offers two ISOFIX child seat points and a ton of space for two large adults or three if necessary. Despite being a ‘medium’ SUV, families of four would have no problem with the cabin room. The 488 litre boot space is great for fitting several large cases, the week’s shopping or a pram. You can fold the rear seats down and it expands to 1478 litres. Insert and turn the key and the 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine comes to life. The engine response is immediate and the torque delivery across the rev range makes the Tucson feel sporty and dynamic. The seven speed dual clutch transmission

helps extract the available power and torque from the engine without a hitch. One of the best things about the Tucson is the ride which is genuinely

very good. The Hyundai Tuscon remains the third best selling medium SUV in the country and with its value for money proposition and

extensive powertrain and package offerings, it’s also one of the most diverse. Only 300 are available in Australia so call in and check the one only avail-

able at Edneys, Leongatha. The price drive-away is $41,490. And, yes, they’ll even throw in the carpet mats!

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Truck swap new Colorado WONTHAGGI Holden is inviting people to come on down and truck swap at its location and take out the new Colorado for a test drive. The Holden dealership is focusing on newly released Colorado this Wednesday to Friday, September 14 to 16 and invites anyone to bring in their vehicle, have it valued if you wish, take out the Colorado and work out what a changeover might be. With the new Colorado, Holden has reinvented the truck swap! “We just want to show people why Colorado

is really making serious traction in the market. We also want people to come down and see what they think of the new vehicle” sales manager James Chetcuti said. “The Colorado is great for any age group; for the young, for the tradie, for the family and for retirees. It has an easy turning circle, a 3.5 tonne towing capacity and some serious grunt.” Colorado is available in single cab, space cab and crew cab and the soon to be released trail blazer 7-seater wagon. Call in to Wonthaggi Holden and you can see Take a drive: James Chetcuti, left, and Rob O’Neill invite you to Wonthaggi Toyota from what all the hype is about.

Wednesday, September 14 to Friday, September 16 and experience the new Colorado.

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The bigger picture: Jarrod Witherow and his ute have featured in the upcoming film Spin Out, opening nationally this Thursday.

Man and machine make the big screen SINCE the last time Jarrod Witherow and his beloved ute were in the spotlight for their television appearance things have been busy. The ute has been in the Feed Downunder 2016 Nude Charity Calendar which raised money for farmers doing it tough, however this time the ute and owner Jarrod, formerly of Leongatha, take up a role on the big screen in the new movie Spin Out. It’s an Australian movie co-written by Tim Ferguson, based on the friendship turned romance of two ute drivers and their weekend at a B and S (Bachelors and Spinsters) Ball. Spin Out was filmed entirely in Shepparton during August and September last year. ute owners like Jarrod were asked to give up their pride and joys for six weeks while filming took place. The film used both ute drivers and locals in shots requiring a large crowd. “Every weekend I could manage it I would go

up to be a part of the filming, and try to get in as many scenes as possible. It was great how the film company and locals embraced the film being shot in their own backyard,” Jarrod said. Jarrod and the ute were lucky enough to head up to Shepparton on Wednesday, August 31 for the sold out first screening of the film, where the red carpet was rolled out as cast, crew, ute owners and locals got to see all the hard work pay off. “It was awesome the film could premier right where it was made. I got to catch up with friends, old and new from the set of the movie including cast members and Tim Ferguson,” he said. “I saw the ute and myself in many scenes throughout the movie which got me excited, I can’t wait for friends and family to see it. My name’s even in the credits if you can spot it.” The movie is expected to be a box office hit, both here and around the world. A trailer for Spin Out can be found online and the movie will be released in cinemas nationally this Thursday, September 15.

Gippsland high risk area for animal collisions ROAMING kangaroos, wombats and dogs in the Gippsland region are more likely than some other regions to be involved in accidents with a motor vehicle, according to RACV Insurance data. Across Victoria the frequency and cost of accidents involving animals increased more than five percent in 2015-16. RACV received nearly 15 animal collision insurance claims each day in the last financial year and paid out more than $24 million to members involved in more than 5300 animal collisions. The average cost of claims was 2.1 percent higher than the previous year. Kangaroos were involved in 82 percent of all animal collisions resulting in an RACV claim. Wombats were the second most common animal involved in collisions, accounting for 240 claims, followed by dogs with 218 claims. RACV general manager Motor Insurance Mark Geraghty said most animal collisions happened near dawn and after dusk. “For kangaroos, the greatest risk periods are around 6am and 6pm. Collisions with wombats peak about 9pm and incidents involving dogs are fairly evenly spread throughout the day from 8am to 10pm,” Mr Geraghty said. RACV’s community partner Wildlife Victoria is helping to create awareness of how to live sustainably

with wildlife. Chief executive officer Karen Masson said kangaroos and other animals will often feed beside roads, where the grass tends to be fresher from water run-off. “These areas are attractive to wildlife but it unfortunately creates a heightened risk for the animals and for road users, so it’s important to always be on the lookout for them,” she said. Mr Geraghty said while animal collisions could happen at any time during the year, the number of collisions involving kangaroos spiked in autumn and 30 percent of wombat accidents occurred in winter. Mr Geraghty said motorists should always drive at a speed suitable for the conditions and remember rapidly expanding urban areas increasingly bring us into contact with wildlife when we may not expect to. “Whether a collision happens on a country road, highway or urban street, colliding with an animal can be heartbreaking. It can put you and your family at risk and also prove costly if your vehicle needs repairing,” he said. “While avoiding collisions is always best, motorists should hold adequate comprehensive insurance coverage to ensure costs associated with a collision are recovered.” Motorists are advised to call 1300 094 535 to report injured or sick native animals to Wildlife Victoria, which can treat injured animals or, if the animal didn’t survive check for young.

Gippsland* animal collisions 2015-16

Kangaroos highest risk: 418 kangaroos were struck by a motor vehicle in Gippsland during 2015/16.

Animal Kangaroo Wombat Cattle Dog Deer Fox Horse Bird Koala Cat Rabbit Emu Other

Collisions 418 103 23 22 14 10 3 3 2 2 2 1 1

*Baw Baw, Latrobe, Bass Coast, Wellington, East Gippsland, South Gippsland

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

Windy Day joins Bass Council’s art collection URSULA Theinert’s piece Windy Day was judged the winner of the 2016 Your Art Collection award at the exhibition opening recently. The artwork will now join Bass Coast Shire Council’s art collection. Judges Penny Teale, Deb Milligan and Laurie Collins announced the winner at the opening of the Your Art Collection exhibition at Corinella and District Community Centre. Judging took place during the afternoon and the three judges – after some difficult consideration –

were unanimous in their final choice. Speaking on behalf of the judges, Ms Milligan said they had shortlisted each artist and considered every piece. Of Ms Theinert’s work Windy Day, she said they were impressed with the technique and the way in which the painting captured the feeling of the wind in the trees. The evening was enjoyed by more than 40 guests. Music was provided by No Strings Attached and friends, with many comments made about the high quality of the art.

In character: from left, rehearsing their parts for Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, were Melita Tough (Hippolyta), Michael Hogan (Lord Mayor/The Duke) and Leanne Crimp (Egeusse).

Lord Mayor in Shakespearean comedy LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be set in the 1970s Australian rural town of Athens, where the locals affectionately refer to their Lord Mayor, Theseus, as “The Duke”. Prized artwork: Ursula Theinert with her winning piece Windy Day, which will be added to Bass Coast Shire Council’s Your Art Collection.

Print milestone celebrated These printmakers include exhibition curator PRINT media exhibition ‘Arts-Print’ is coming to the Wonthaggi ArtSpace Gal- Susan Hall, Mandy Gunn, Jenny Petersen, Janet K. Howard, Amanda Thompson, Karen Barnes, lery. Marie Gullock, Bob Hickman, Karen Sanders, This year is the Print Council of Australia’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, there have been many print exhibitions, workshops and print exchanges held across Australia – the inaugural exhibition at ArtSpace is just one of them. Opening on September 25 and closing on October 17, the exhibition will feature 12 well known Gippsland printmakers.

In action: ‘Arts-Print’ exhibition curator Susan Hall creating masterpieces in her studio.

On display: print art will be celebrated at Wonthaggi ArtSpace during a month long exhibition.

Angela Newberry, Kerry Spokes and Laurel Billington. Each printmaker will be given a section of the gallery to display their work for exhibition goers to admire. Printmaker, master and lecturer at Monash University Marian Crawford will open the exhibition at 2pm on September 25. “The year of print is quite prestigious and we thought celebrating would be a perfect way to bring print to the public eye,” Ms Hall said. “Print has been around since the 15th century and now there is a strong community of friendly printmakers who exist in the Gippsland area, sharing facilities, ideas and workshops.” For those interested in printmedia, more information on the subject can be found at the exhibition. The Artspace Gallery is located at 5-7 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi.

A group of tradesmen decide to present a play as part of the Duke’s wedding festivities. While he is preparing for his wedding to the beautiful Hippolyta, he is asked by a concerned mother (Egeusse) to intervene in what she considers is an inappropriate marriage proposal to her daughter. This daughter becomes entangled in a love ‘quadran-

gle’ with her three young friends and they venture into the forest one moonlit summer night. After taunting them, a forest creature called Puck applies magic drops and the four young lovers happily pair off, marry and presumably live happily ever after. Add to this a squabble between Oberon and Titania (the fairy king and queen) and you have a multi-layered and very amusing comedy. With a cast of 30 talented actors of all ages, this show is sure to entertain the whole family. There will be five evening and four matinee performances from September 23 to October 2. Tickets are $25/$15 and available online at www. or the box office (now open) at Great Southern Outdoors, 1 Bair Street, Leongatha, from Thursday to Friday, 11am to 3pm, and Saturday, 10am to noon. Phone 0490 525482.

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Paintball attracts all ENJOY a high intensity experience – without the fear of bruising – at Bass Coast Paintball. With more hens parties and birthday groups becoming attracted to the allure of paintball, the local company responded by introducing SplatMaster equipment – the same game with softer markers. No one wants to be showing off bruises on their wedding day, so this is a perfect option to give the bride to be a fun and exciting day out without any wedding day worries. Children over the age of nine are permitted to play Splatmaster with at least one adult supervising. After a session out on the field, a barbecue is available for groups to use, which is perfect for birthday parties. Operating for nine years out of West Creek – 10 kilometres out of Wonthaggi – Bass Coast Paintball’s popularity has continued to grow. The game is set on 20 acres and includes bushland, forts, junk yards and open fields. There are 20 different games available and Bass Coast Paintball owner Pat Wishart said no one has managed

to complete them all in a session. A minimum of four people per group is required and sessions have no time limit but generally last for two hours. The gear – including overalls, markers, padded vests, goggles and masks – are supplied and there is no entry fee at the gate. The only cost to the groups is the paintballs they buy, costing $25 per 100 paintballs. For SplatMaster, paintballs

are unlimited and the cost is $50 per person per hour. Bass Coast Paintball plays host to club days once a month. To keep up to date with club days, head to Bass Coast Paintball’s Facebook page For more details on bookings, go to Bass Coast Paintball’s website

Lego fans: Wonthaggi North Primary School students Osama and Sam are eagerly awaiting the Lego Expo, which will be held on the first weekend of the school holidays.

Lego mania hits Wonthaggi WONTHAGGI North Primary School will once again play host to an exciting weekend of fun packed Lego mania. Worry free: SplatMaster at Bass Coast Paintball gives women at hens’ parties the option to play a high intensity game without the added stress of covering up bruises on the big day.

Inside the Brick is a Lego Model and Play Expo, which will be held in the school’s gymnasium. The expo will be running on September 17 between 9am and 5pm and September 18 from 9am until 4pm. Inside the Brick is even more interactive than ever before, with more play, regular build challenges and other fun activities for children of all ages. Not only will guests have the opportunity to see fantastic original Lego creations on display, but they will have the opportunity to create some of their own in the massive hands on Build Zone. The Build Zone is now even bigger. More bricks and more activities equal more fun. You can build your favourite minion, create a Minecraft world, or join the white Lego architectural challenge. Fans will have the opportunity to build Lego creation vehicles and test them on the race ramp, and help

build some cargo for the trains to carry. Not forgetting the smaller builders, there will also be a Duplo construction zone that will keep toddlers captivated. The exhibition has staggered entry sessions to avoid overcrowding in the venue and to give everyone a chance to see the displays. Sessions start every hour and once inside you can stay and play as long as you wish. Inside the Brick is proud to offer the option of a sensory friendly session to families impacted by autism spectrum disorders. The Sunday 9am entry time during the Lego fan expo is sensory friendly, providing a supportive environment with low volume music and announcements and reduced visitor numbers. Proceeds from the ticket sales with go towards Inside the Brick’s work with children with autism spectrum disorder. Wonthaggi North Primary School’s parents and friends association will also be running a barbecue with food and drink available for purchase.

Libraries have it for free school holiday fun THE West Gippsland Regional Library Age friendly: children nine years old and up can enjoy the fun of Paintball with the Splat- Corporation will offer a host of free school Master package at Bass Coast Paintball. holiday activities at libraries across South Gippsland Shire this September. Some of the highlights include Origami at Leongatha Library, poetry classes and craft sessions. Coding classes are back by popular demand at Leongatha Library, offering children the chance to learn how to animate using basic computer coding skills. Special AUSLAN inclusive Story Time sessions will be offered on Monday 19 and 26 September at Poowong Library from 1.30pm – 2pm and Korumburra Library from 10.30am – 11am. Regular Story Time sessions at Mirboo North, Leongatha, Korumburra and Foster Libraries will also continue throughout the break so young library members don’t miss out on the fun.

The events follow on from a successful series of activities held during the winter holidays across the region, adding to the growing number of early literacy programs offered by the Corporation. Library membership is free and offers access to over one million items including DVDs, magazines, CDs, eBooks, free music downloads and more. Join online today at and when you join your children, they get a special children’s monster bag and card to make borrowing books just that little bit more fun. Free Wi-Fi for all your devices and access to public PCs also available. For more details about school holiday activities, pick up a What’s On guide from your local library, visit or call 5622 2848 for assistance. Please note: libraries will be closed for the Grand Final Public Holiday on Friday, September 30.

FREE school holiday fun at your library this September Make Springtime Sun Catchers Korumburra Library 19 September 3.30pm - 4.30pm Foster Library 23 September 10.30am - 12.00pm


Poetry Writing Fun

Leongatha Library 26 September 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Leongatha Library 29 September 10.30 - 11.30am

Explore the amazing world of Japanese paper folding. All materials are supplied.

Foster Library 29 September 2.30pm - 3.30pm Suitable for children aged eight and over.



Bookings essential To reserve your place for these free programs go to Pick up a copy of our What’s On Guide from your library for more great holiday activities.

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Calling all superheroes IF you have a budding superhero at home, you can take them down to the Antarctic Journey for some superhero training these school holidays. Children can join Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Superhero Rangers and save Antarctica by completing a SuperKids training mission. After collecting their SuperKids passport, the trainees begin by making their own superhero mask then set off to hunt for the Thermal Villains hiding in The Lab. They can then test their aim at the Kryptonite Toss before completing their training by blasting their way through the Obstacle Course and receiving a reward. Come along from Monday, September 19 to Sunday, September 25, from 10am to 4pm at the WWF Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies. The cost for an Antarctic Journey entry ticket is adult $18, child (four to 15) $9, family (two adults and two children) $45. For some action that’s a little more down to earth, rangers are running a series of free activities right across the Nature Parks throughout the holidays. • Churchill Island Quest. Young nature and history lovers will enjoy making all sorts of discoveries as they follow the clues and explore Churchill Island, map in hand and eyes on the lookout for the answers to this quest. This runs from Monday, September 19 to Monday, September 26, 10am to 1pm at Churchill Island. • Bush Creatures. Families visiting Phillip Island’s Koala Conservation Centre these school holidays can join a range of fun, nature inspired craft activities and take home their

arty creations to treasure. This activity is on Wednesdays, September 21 and 28 from 10am to 12.30pm at Koala Conservation Centre. • Koala Prowl. A night time discovery of the magical world of the Koala Conservation Centre, venturing into the night for close encounters with resident wildlife. Bookings are essential and children must be at least five years of age to participate. This event is held on Fridays, September 23 and 30 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Koala Conservation Centre. Bookings essential by phoning 5951 2800. • Wacky Water Bugs. Local rangers will guide families on a wetland investigation which uncovers the many weird and wacky creatures that live in Phillip Island’s surrounding wetlands. It’s on Tuesday, September 27. Location to be advised at time of booking. Bookings essential by phoning 5951 2800. • By popular demand, Phillip Island Nature Parks is hosting its inaugural Mums ‘n’ Kids camping weekend, featuring a couple of fun filled days of safe, supervised camping on Churchill Island with a whole bunch of great activities including a night-time Koala Prowl, a barbecue dinner, arts and crafts, games and farm activities. It’s on September 24 and 25 at Churchill Island and the cost is $170 all-inclusive (barbecue dinner, breakfast, activities for one adult and one child). $70 per extra child. To book phone 5951 2802 or email schoolbookings@ There’s plenty to do on Phillip Island during Island fun: children will have a ball taking part in the Churchill Island Quest from Monday, these school holidays so take the children down September 19 to Monday, September 26. for some excitement, fun and adventure.

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Youth inspired to find wellbeing WORLD renowned youth health psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg presented the socially challenging topic, ‘Building Wellbeing in an Online World’ to more than 140 parents, students and the public at a recent evening hosted by Newhaven College recently. The event was made possible through a partnership between Newhaven College and the Bass Coast Shire Council. It is a fact children are growing up in a very different technological environment to that which adults experienced in their youth. Dr Carr-Gregg explained to the audience how important electronic devices are to young people, with the average 18 to 25 year old checking their phone 56 times a day. For children: • their real world is both off and online; • it is how they communicate;

• they have never known a world without computers; • it provides them with flexibility and confidentiality; and • it removes geographical, attitudinal and financial barriers. Having open access to quality online resources presents an unprecedented opportunity to provide realtime, standardised health and wellbeing information and treatment directly to young people in their natural environment using their smartphones. Dr Carr-Gregg showed the audience a number of websites and apps based on sound research to help with a variety of concerns including worrying, depression and anxiety, exercise, lack of sleep, drug use and even suicide prevention. Newhaven College has collated a page of Dr CarrGregg’s recommended apps that can be found attached to the Dr Michael Carr-Gregg news post at Dr Carr-Gregg also recommended that for advice, adults and students could refer to the Office of the Chil-

dren’s eSafety Commissioner website, where there are many suggestions in relation to specific issues around the dangers surrounding eSafety. With cyber bullying high on the agenda of online issues, Dr Carr-Gregg suggested parents have regular open discussions with their children to increase their awareness of what cyber bullying is, and to prepare them with strategies to implement if it happens to them or to their friends: • talk about it before it happens; • work out strategies to address any potential issues; • do not reply; • block the person; • save the evidence; and • report abuse. Parents should talk with their children every day to show them how to look for the positives in everyday life situations. When it comes to the online world, a smart parenting strategy is to teach children how to use technology to seek support and advice from creditable sources.

Offering ideas: world renowned youth health psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, gave a free presentation at Newhaven College discussing Building Wellbeing in an Online World.

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Horticultural society honours stalwarts of 1982-83 still involved with the Leongatha Horticultural Society. The appreciations awards were given to members who have been involved with the society for more His dream was realised and has been a feature on than 25 years. All have worked as office bearers and the calendar for the past 60 years. deliver a big contribution to the community. The Leongatha Horticultural Society held a dinThe recipients were Thelma Arnup, Jan Donner on Saturday, August 27, to celebrate the 60th an- aldson, Glenice Griggs, Margaret Stokes, Kath and niversary. Brian Harris, Aileen Wightman, Beat Ollington and For the Daffodil Festival to continue, the horti- Sue Thompson. cultural society needs more support from the comThe cake on the night was made by Glenice munity to run a successful event. Griggs and decorated by Marg Fox. August 27 was a celebration of the daffodil Rodney and Mavis, longest serving members had shows, much of which revolved around Rodney and the honour of cutting the cake. Joan carrying on Ernie’s dream. Five life memberships and nine appreciation certificates were also presented. Joan Michael has been associated to the Leongatha Horticultural Society through her family. She works behind the scenes to organise the festival and has made an enormous contribution to the club. Mavis Wightman has been a member of the society since the 1970s and is well known for her floral art. She is a cheery behind the scenes worker and, in her 90s, still enters floral art in the shows and wins her share. Olive Laurie had three terms as society secretary. She is an efficient, hard working member. Olive and Joan started the open gardens in the 1990s, originally as a competition which raised a lot of money for the society. Jose Rutherford is widely known in all types of garden groups and, through her contacts, has sourced guest speakers for meetings for a long time, giving the group a variety of interesting subjects for its benefit and enjoyment. Jose also cooks for any ocCelebration: long serving Leongatha Horcasion; her jelly cakes, date scones and yoyos are ticultural Society members Rodney Emmerrenowned. Joy Johnson has been a member for 60 years and son and Mavis Wightman had the honour of has been a tireless worker during this time. Joy and cutting the cake at the Daffodil Festival 60th Rodney are the only original judges from the show anniversary recently.

RODNEY Emmerson and Joan Michael’s dad Ernie Emmerson had the vision to begin a daffodil show in Leongatha.

Dedication: back, from left, Olive Laurie, Jose Rutherford and Joy Johnson, and front, from left, Joan Michael and Mavis Wightman were presented with life memberships from the Leongatha Horticultural Society recently.

Schools are breaking down the barriers LASTING friendships have been made through Newhaven College’s Year 9 community program. The program has allowed 20 students to visit the Bass Coast Specialist School for 10 weeks in term three, which has produced positive results for all students involved. “For six years we have been running this program to get our Year 9 students involved with a diverse range of people,” Newhaven College’s head of Year 9 Ric Pearce said. “We have been coming to the Bass Coast Specialist School for three years and it has become so popular we have waiting lists. It has helped our students develop a sense of empathy and understanding.” The students are given the opportunity to interact on the outside and have lunch together as part of the program.

“The social contact has helped teach our students how to behave when they are out and about,” Bass Coast Specialist School principal Edith Gray said. “We ask the Newhaven students to just go out onto the playground and play with our students. Learning how to play is a big thing and its certainly breaking down barriers.” In the classroom, the Newhaven students help out with hands on activities such as construction, reading, art, gardening, games and lots of science projects. “It has become a permanent part of our term three program,” Mr Pearce said. “It has helped a few of our students realise they would like to pursue an occupation in specialist education and child psychology. They have been really moved by this experience and Playtime: from left, students from Newhaven College and Bass Coast Specialist School are now asking themselves what they can do to Tylah, Rachel Manning, Rachel Aitken, Ethan, Ross Pryor and Natalie get a lot of benefit help, which is fantastic.” out of playing together on the playground each week.

Wind blades to be iconic BASS Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback on plans for Victoria’s first wind blade installation. This plan is in conjunction with the landscape plan for one of Bass Coast’s most prominent open space – the Wonthaggi Guide Park. Earlier this year, council sought expressions of interest from artists and design teams for an innovative and functional creative artwork using 42 metre long decommissioned wind turbine blade donated by Senvion Australia. A complementary landscape plan for the park is also being developed in line with the art project to ensure the long term functionality of the park for years to come. Council is now working the Orchard Design to develop its concepts for both art and landscape projects into a detailed plan, to be completed by October. Funding for these projects was provided

through council’s public art allocation and capital works renewal program. Council offering drop in sessions for the public to comment last week. The feedback period for the concept designs closes on Friday, September 16. Bass Coast mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said playgrounds and open spaces attract locals and visitors. “This will be a big visual statement of Wonthaggi transitioning from coal to carbon free using 42 metre long blades as a centrepiece and the master plan, which will transform the site into an energy park, makes sense for future allocation and external funding applications,” she said. For more information, visit www.basscoast. or contact council’s arts and culture administration officer Rebecca Scott on 1300 BCOAST (226 27) or 5671 2211, or email

Fuel watch sought by Nats THE reasons why country motorists pay more to fill up at the bowser than their city counterparts are under the microscope after The Nationals proposed an inquiry in the Victorian Parliament recently. The Nationals’ Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said the proposed inquiry would examine the discrepancies in fuel pricing across Victoria and the effects on regional communities. If approved by Parliament, it would be undertaken by Parliament’s Law Reform, Road and Community Safety Committee. “This enquiry will be welcomed across the electorate. I regularly have people raise the issue of fuel pricing with me as I travel throughout Gippsland,” Mr O’Brien said. “Fuel prices and the disparity between towns and from city to country are a constant frustration for people, especially when price fluctuations follow no logical pattern. “Petrol is a cost of living problem for many families and coupled with the current dairy crisis filling up the family car can be a stressful experience for many in my electorate.” Mr O’Brien said in areas like Korumburra

public transport was often not a viable option, meaning many relied on the family car to get from A to B. “Also making filling up in the country more painful is the fact that there’s little movement in the price of fuel in regional Victoria, unlike the constant cycle seen in metropolitan areas,” Mr O’Brien said. “We must clear up the lack of explanation on price discrepancies between metropolitan and regional, and even regional and regional areas. “This inquiry would lift the lid on the pricing and consider the real-life experiences of Victorians.” Mr O’Brien said the inquiry would examine a number of areas, including the methods used to price fuels, why pricing discrepancies occurred between metro and regional, the best ways to reduce prices, tools to compare prices, the impact of costs on various groups in the community and regulation and legislation that effect fuel prices. Mr O’Brien encouraged residents to enter their cost of living estimates, including fuel expenses, on the Coalition’s CostWatch website at so that rural MPs have more information to fight to a better deal for rural motorists.

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Lions spread the love LEONGATHA Lions gathered at the Leongatha RSL recently to install its new committee for the coming year. Outgoing president Fred Morrison thanked his active team for the year’s effort, regardless of their particular role in the club, and encouraged the group to maintain the enthusiasm into the coming year. Ron Campbell, as the installation officer, ensured individuals comprising the new committee were scrutinised as to their willingness to carry out their duties and were duly sworn in. New president Lyn Robertson was formally sworn in during the evening and he reminded the group that sustained teamwork across the year would be crucial in successfully supporting the needs of the region. The Lions helped the community in many ways during the past year and distributed $16,089

to at least 26 individual separate needs, as well as provide in-kind support to these and other groups in the district. Lion assisted Koorooman House, the Daffodil Festival and the Mossvale Music for the People, Carols in the Drome and cooking for Australia Day. The group also helped the Tayeton Damman fund, Licola House and Camp and the Youth Access Clinic in Leongatha. Lions also look to aid local schools, along with some needs outside of the region, a number of which are identified by local school children. Two new members, Ken Becher and Sue Van Sinderen, recently joined the Leongatha Lions, maintaining the “two more hands” slogan of support to the community. If you are thinking of serving the community, why not become a Lion and make a difference?

Doctor to speak DR Bob Birrell will speak at the Leongatha Historical Society’s annual general meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, September 14).

Looking forward: the excited new president of Leongatha Lions, Lyn Robertson, thanks outgoing president Fred Morrison and welcomes the challenge ahead.

The meeting will be held at 8pm at the Leongatha Mechanics’ Institute. Dr Birrell will speak about his distinguished career. The society is recording the history of the businesses in the town centre now and in the past. The society would like members of the public to contribute photographs and memories of this project. The first of the society’s heritage plaques are now in place on McCartin’s Hotel, Bair’s Hotel, Nickolina’s Florist and Gift (Gollers) and Great Southern Outdoors (Edney’s). There is also a plaque on Bill’s trough at the recreation reserve.

Looking back: one of Leongatha Historical Society’s plaques at Great Southern Outdoors, formerly Edney’s Garage.

Support after suicide SOUTH Gippsland Support After Suicide has formed a support group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group will operate under the auspices of Support After Suicide which is based in Richmond and managed by Jesuit Social Services. For those people experiencing such a traumatic loss, the forum of a support group can be beneficial. Hearing other people’s experiences and feelings following this significant loss, greatly assists in the healing, understanding and recovery. Sharing experiences breaks down the isolation and brings about feelings of acceptance and understanding. Those in the community sometimes feel unable to provide adequate support to those bereaved by suicide. They may struggle to know what to say or do and feel awkward and uncomfortable and so bereaved people can feel isolated and alone. Any grief can be difficult to respond to and discuss

but the stigma still attached to suicide makes this even harder. The facilities at the Grantville Transaction Centre are central and directly on the highway, and quite accessible from far-reaching townships from Phillip Island through to Korumburra, Leongatha and Inverloch. To provide more information to the community, an information session will be held on Thursday, September 15, from 7pm to 8.30pm to promote the South Gippsland Support Group. The South Gippsland Support After Suicide group meets monthly, from 10am to noon on the third Thursday. The day and time will be reviewed, and an evening group will be considered if there is a need. There has been greater promotion regarding the effects of suicide in recent years, but there is no doubt the stigma of mental health issues is still prevalent in the community, and this adds to the grief and distress caused to those left behind.

Walk to school this October WALK to School 2016 will kick off in South Gippsland in October after the South Gippsland Shire Council received funding for the program from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) for the third year running. Council is now working with local primary schools to coordinate walk to school activities encouraging students and their families to walk, ride or scoot to and from school to nurture healthy travel habits that can lead to good health for life. Primary schools and students can register via the Walk to School website to track their achievements throughout October. Almost 109,000 students participated in the Walk to School program last year from 620 Victorian primary schools, notching up a massive 1.2 million kilometres walked. Council’s social planning officer Vicki Bradley said October was a great time to start walking, because the spring sunshine made it a pleasure to get out of the house, and the car. “Less than one in five Victorian children walk to

school regularly, at a time when childhood obesity is rising to epidemic levels,” she added. “Since 2006, VicHealth’s Walk to School has aimed to tackle this worrying trend by encouraging primary students to walk to and from school more often. “Walking time is also talking time for parents and children: when the stress of driving and keeping your eye on the traffic is taken away, it’s easier to talk to your children about what’s happening at school and in their lives.” Walking also benefits the community and the environment by reducing traffic congestion, parking difficulties and associated environmental impacts. “Recent research indicates that for older children, there are many benefits to gradually travelling more independently, including helping children develop motor skills, increase coping skills, self-esteem and social skills,” Mrs Bradley said. “We’d encourage parents to consider these benefits when making decisions about their child’s journey to school.” For more information about Walk to School contact Vicki Bradley on 5662 9200 or go to

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Coming along: the large warehouse is recently inspected by Mark Chapman, left, and Luis Castagna from locally based business Lumel Pty Ltd.

Almost finished: from left, electrician Greg Neal, formerly of Leongatha, Doug Taylor of D.E.Taylor Industrial Coatings, based in Foster, and Mark Chapman review some last minute details about the project.

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Huge expansion for Chapman’s CHAPMAN’S Machinery Service has or email or phone the office 5662 3973. cause for a double celebration. Not only has the company just notched up 25 years in business but it is also set to celebrate the completion of a massive new warehouse adjacent to its Yarragon Road business in Leongatha. The company is inviting anyone who would like to attend to celebrate its milestone 25 years and the opening of the new warehouse on Friday, September 23. The warehouse will be opened up for inspection from lunchtime through to the early evening. Inside there will be a display of tractors and machinery, food and drinks will be served throughout the afternoon and there’ll be a chance to talk about the upcoming silage and hay season with the sales team and company representatives who will be in attendance throughout the afternoon. Dealer principal Mark Chapman said the expansion had been a necessity as the business was continually evolving and growing. “We needed more space basically and we have been looking for a large allotment of land for a fair while now,” Mr Chapman said. “The land we required was not available elsewhere so when the land adjacent to us came up we decided to purchase it and expand on our current site.” The construction work has been organised by project management company Lumel Pty Ltd, owned by Luis Castagna of Leongatha North. Mr Castagna said it was great to do some work locally and he appreciated the efforts of all the local contractors who have been involved in the job. He also thanked Mark for appointing him for the work. “We do a lot of this type of work all over the state but it’s great to be able to work locally this time.” The warehouse will be used to store and assemble incoming tractors and machinery and have the ability to store some of the more delicate machinery out of the weather; including any new and used machinery current at the company. “We’ll be able to take in more bulk orders and any saving can be passed onto the farmers. The used machinery will also benefit from being housed under cover to better protect its quality and value so it’s a win all ‘round,” Mr Chapman said. The warehouse is 1500 metres square under roof and features triple roller doors, a wash bay area and a triple interceptor. Mr Chapman thanked Mr Castagna for taking on the project as the workers have been going really hard last week and this week in time to finish the job before the opening day. “The South Gippsland Shire has been most helpful to us on a number of counts. The planning permits came through in timely fashion. They’ve also completed asphalting the road through to the new entry gate, done the crossover and curb and channelling so it’s all starting to come together now.” For catering purposes those wishing to attend the event on Friday, September 23 are advised to please RSVP to Mark Chapman 0428 872 979

Good progress: dealer principal at Chapman Machinery Service, Mark Chapman, takes a look at the progress of the massive new warehouse.

Focus on farming: Chapman Machinery Service is a family business run for 25 years by, from left, Marita and Mark Chapman and in more recent times, son Cameron has joined the administration/marketing side of the business.

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Going strong for 25 years LEONGATHA’S Chapman Machinery Service started trading in September 1991, three months after Elliot’s Marketing Group closed its doors. Opening initially with Kubota-Krone and Iseki dealership, this was more than enough to keep Mark and Marita and their second year apprentice Danny Beavis busy. With the merger of Massey Ferguson Australia and Iseki tractors, Chapman Machinery Service added Massey Ferguson to its complement of tractors with Massey Ferguson/Iseki later becoming AGCO P/L. Opening in the old Elliot’s premises in Young Street Leongatha, Chapmans later moved to a new rented shop in Horn Street – but again outgrowing it in three years. So in 1996 Chapman Machinery Service purchased its current site on Yarragon Road. This building is where Leongatha Toyota was located and also where Mark had worked as a mechanic and later as a service manager.

Chapman Machinery Service operates currently with a staff of between 10 and12 people whichcan vary depending on seasonal conditions. South Gippsland’s strong farming community keeps Chapmans very busy. The business won top state dealer for AGCO/PL in 1996 and is part of AGCO five star dealer program, as well as being a very active Kubota dealer and one of the top Krone dealers in the country. In the past 25 years Chapmans has consolidated a product range offering the best possible quality and serviceability from available suppliers with a long term future. Heading up the sales team is Mark Chapman, a motor mechanic by trade who started selling farm machinery in 1985. This included Kubota, Krone, Massey Ferguson and Iseki, manufacturers that he continues to represent after starting the business in 1991. Mark grew up on a dairy farm and lived in South Gippsland his whole life and has an extensive knowledge of the area and its agricultural diversity.

Gavan Stewart has more than 11 years experience as a product trained service technician and moved into the sales department two years ago. Gavan’s diesel mechanic qualifications, his in-field service experience and life involvement in farming and

agriculture, gives him an excellent understanding of machinery technology. His knowledge of equipment application and operation ensures the right machine for the customer requirements.

Sales force: Gavan Stewart, right, who has been with the company originally as an on-farm service mechanic has for the past two years been involved in sales, assisting dealer principal Mark Chapman (left).

Massive machines: from left, Gavan Stewart from Chapman Machinery Service in Leongatha, Chris Dalton from AGCO and Mark Chapman from Chapman Machinery Service demoed several machines at the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday, including this Fendt 927 tractor and Krone Comprima Xtreme baler.

Count down: Marita and Mark Chapman go over some last minute details with Luis Castagna of Lumel Pty Ltd ahead of the opening of the huge warehouse next week.

Bricking it in: John Mackie and his team from Mackie Bricklaying of Korumburra work hard to complete the administration area of the new warehouse at Chapman Machinery Service.

Great for grass: from left, Chris Dalton from AGCO, Paul Morris from AGCO and Mark Chapman from Chapman Machinery Service were happy to show people the Massey Ferguson RK762TRC rake at the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday.

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Farming Insight • VLE Leongatha

Mixed quality across the yards There was a full field of buyers present and operating in a mixed market. Quality improved in the grown steers and bullocks however was limited in the young draft and cows. A handful of heavy weight vealers suited to butchers gained 10c/kg. Yearling trade cattle sold to firm demand with prices fluctuating in places due to quality. Grown steers and bullocks sold mostly 5c to 7c/kg easier. Heavy weight crossbred manufacturing steers slipped 12c/kg. The cows started off softly however competition kicked up as the sale ran to finish mostly firm to 10c/kg dearer with only the heavy weight dairy cows averaging a few cents easier. The limited selection of well covered heavy beef cows improved 22c/kg. Heavy weight bulls held firm. Heavy weight vealers suited to butchers sold from 376c to 399c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 350c and 370c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 330c and 388c/kg. Grown steers made from 342c to 370c/kg. Bullocks sold from 320c to 360c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made between 264c and 310c with the crossbred portion between 300c and 335c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows sold between 190c and 246c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly from 235c to 295c/kg. Heavy weight bulls sold from 279c to 310c/ kg. The next sale draw - September 14 & 15: 1. Rodwells, 2. Landmark, 3. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 4. SEJ, 5. Alex Scott & Staff, 6. Elders.

Prime Sale - Wednesday, September 7 BULLOCKS 15 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 18 O’Loughlin Bros, Meeniyan 10 Peterson Past Co, Yarram 13 R. Kilpin 12 Rumridge Pty Ltd, Mt Eliza 10 D. & F. Stefani, Fish Creek STEERS 1 K.L. & C.E. Baird, Glengarry West 1 G.T. Cummaudo, Mirboo North 2 B.G. & J.M. Taylor, Mardan

562.7kg 741.1kg 600.5kg 638.1kg 660.2kg 665.5kg

369.6 360.2 358.0 358.0 357.6 357.2

$2079.62 $2669.48 $2149.79 $2284.32 $2360.91 $2377.17

400.0kg 394.6 $1578.40 375.0kg 390.0 $1462.50 415.0kg 370.0 $1535.50

15 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 1 A.J. Scott, Inverloch 1 J. & J. Manley HEIFERS 1 G.T. Cummaudo, Mirboo North 1 P. Van Heerwaarden, Bena 1 B.G. & J.M. Taylor, Mardan 1 Murroka Pty Ltd, Foster 1 T.R. & I.R. Harrison, Milford 3 A.J. Scott, Inverloch COWS 12 P.F. & K.J. McLaren, Krowera 1 B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora 1 N. & G. Stollery, Hallston 1 Woodland Springs Angus, Ryanston 1 R.K. & W.J. Horner, Inverloch 1 J. Hobson & A. Jones, Yarram BULLS 1 D.A. Jerram, Leongatha 1 D.M. & M.F. Chalmers, Leongatha 1 K. & S. Breen, Buffalo 1 Oasis Collection Centre, Glen Alvie 1 P.L. Lang, Glengarry 1 Matthew Jackson, Hallston

543.3kg 369.6 $2008.16 335.0kg 365.6 $1224.76 490.0kg 360.0 $1764.00 350.0kg 295.0kg 355.0kg 290.0kg 355.0kg 308.3kg

398.6 389.6 387.6 372.2 367.6 365.6

$1395.10 $1149.32 $1375.98 $1079.38 $1304.98 $1127.27

599.6kg 590.0kg 585.0kg 605.0kg 530.0kg 560.0kg

294.6 293.0 292.6 292.6 292.6 289.6

$1766.37 $1728.70 $1711.71 $1770.23 $1550.78 $1621.76

840.0kg 645.0kg 895.0kg 885.0kg 810.0kg 755.0kg

309.6 309.6 309.6 307.6 307.6 305.6

$2600.64 $1996.92 $2770.92 $2722.26 $2491.56 $2307.28

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ON PROPERTY SALE 1545 Princes Hwy, Flynn Friday, 23rd September 2016

@ 2pm 32 Bulls 16 -18 mths 30 Females with Spring Calves Kevin Morgan: 0419 917 510 Ray Attwell: 0428 836 136 Neville Kelly: 0417 359 637


THERE were approximately 1300 export and 160 young cattle penned representing a similar overall number week on week.

Graeme and Joy Stuckey: 0429 992 683 Email:


YANCOWINNA ANGUS Breeding Quality Beef

Farmers back ACCC’s mobile roaming inquiry AUSTRALIAN farmers have moved one step closer to gaining greater mobile phone coverage and competition. Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an inquiry into declaring wholesale domestic mobile roaming services. “ACCC declaration of domestic inter-carrier roaming would open up the nation’s mobile telecommunications market to true competition,” Victorian Farmers Federation vice-president Brett Hosking said. Once the ACCC declares a service, it is subject to regulation and the provider of a declared service must supply it to other carriers when requested. Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and other mobile carriers would be forced to offer each other access to their networks, with the ACCC overseeing the process. “It’d mean as you travel around your mobile would tap into the nearest tower, no matter who owns it, as part of these mobile inter-carrier roaming agreements,” Mr Hosking said. Domestic inter-carrier agreements already exist in many overseas nations – US, Canada and New Zealand, with mobile users unaware that their phone is seamlessly shifting from one carrier’s tower to another. (Note: domestic inter-carrier agreements are not to be confused with international mobile roaming charges). Mr Hosking said rural and regional Australia were yet to enjoy the benefits of true competition,

due to Telstra’s market dominance. “Poor connectivity and high costs are one of the biggest issues our VFF members raise with us. “Our survey of 533 VFF members, last year, found 91 percent used Telstra as their mobile carrier and 85 percent used Telstra Bigpond as their Internet provider, mainly because they had little choice. “We need competition, which will help break Telstra’s monopoly, end the duplication of the rural mobile network,” Mr Hosking said. In order to declare a roaming service under the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) the ACCC must be satisfied it’s in the long term interest of consumers. That is it: • Promotes competition in markets for listed services (i.e. carriage services, and services provided by means of carriage services); • Achieves any to any connectivity in relation to carriage services that involve communication between end users; • Encourages the economically efficient use of, and the economically efficient investment in, the infrastructure by which telecommunications services are supplied. The VFF and other state farmer organisations are also calling for immediate guarantees that the towers constructed under the Mobile Black Spot Program are accessible to all telcos, not just those who build them.

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Farming Insight Oxygen barrier film now available as bale wrap SILOSTOP Bale Wrap Film is a world first new generation bale wrap film

using oxygen barrier technology. It is a thin (25 micron) im-

permeable film that prevents the entry of oxygen into the silage bale. It can be used in exactly

the same way as conventional silage wrap, with the same level of stretch and the same basic handling and storage rules. Dry matter analysis following storage using Silostop Bale Wrap Film has shown a reduction in DM losses of over 40 percent per bale. Combined with better palatability and animal intake, lower risk of disease caused by mould and yeast and lower labour costs, this translates to a significant saving for the producer. Recent independent laboratory testing to international accredited standard ISO 15105-2 / DIN 53380-3 by Innoform, Germany, has proven Silostop Bale Wrap Film to be almost 100 times more of a barrier to oxygen than leading conventional silage wrap brands. It has an oxygen transfer rate (OTR) of just 20 cm3/m2/24hrs, compared to nearly 2,000 cm3/ m2/24hrs of conventional silage films. The Innoform tests also replicated the “real life” scenario by stretching the films to 70 percent, and Silostop Bale Wrap Film maintained its thickness and strength significantly better, and because it is more resistant to stretching it will better maintain its thickness on the bale. Because the oxygen barrier in Silostop Bale Wrap Film reduces the rate at which oxygen permeates through pre-stretched film it reduces aerobic spoilage during storage. Benefits of Silostop Bale Wrap Film:

Versatile: the new bale wrap film can be used on all types of bale wrappers to wrap both round and square bales. • Reduces dry matter losses by more than 40 percent per bale during storage. • Less risk of diseases from accidental ingestion of mouldy silage by animals. • Yeast counts are reduced. • Better palatability and animal intake. • Less film per bale results in time saving and lower recycling costs. • Designed to be used in all bale wrapping systems, with round and square bales. • Almost 100 times more effective at stopping oxygen than conventional bale wrap films of the same thickness. Lallemand is the Silostop

distributor in Australia and and it says the new bale wrap film can be used on all types of bale wrappers to wrap both round and square bales. It is strong and durable and can be used to wrap any type of crop. Lallemand says in four years of testing Silostop Bale Wrap Film has worked on every machine used to apply it, including round and square balers, in-line wrappers, combo bale wrappers, and machines with one, two or more dispensers. For more details contact Lallemand on 1300 247 448 or Debenham Australia on 1800 424 630.

Maize workshop at Foster DAIRY farmers wanting to optimise their maize crops are invited to Gippsland Maize Workshops at the Exchange Hotel in Foster next Tuesday, September 20 from 11am-1pm. The workshops will assist farmers to plan and manage their maize crops over the season, picking up on opportunities and risks each step of the way. Farmers from across the region have expressed interest in growing these crops as a way of driving higher water use efficiency on farm and as an option to rehabilitate badly pugged pastures. The workshops will focus on: • Why grow maize? • Setting your yield goals • Optimising your inputs and costs • Planning and preparation • In-crop management issues and solutions • Fertiliser requirements • Harvest management and, • Critical issues

Peter Notman who works closely with farmers said in a tight year it was important not to cut corners and to plan to succeed from the start. He said it was important to arm yourself with information from the start about how to set your crop up properly and what to expect over the season to make sure you got the most from your investment. The workshops have been developed by Notman Pasture Seeds, Gibsons Groundspread and Pioneer Brand Products. Farmers are encouraged to come armed with questions for workshop facilitators. The workshop will be useful for farmers who are thinking about growing summer crops for the first time, as well as existing growers. At the Foster workshop lunch is provided and there are door prizes up for grabs (Esky, $50 BWS voucher and more) A workshop will also be held in Maffra at the Maffra Football Ground on Wednesday September 21 at 11am. For more information contact Adam Fisher on 0437 512 015 or email adam@notmanpasture.

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Farming Insight

On show: a Kubota M110GX tractor demonstrated the capabilities of a Krone tedder at the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday.

It’s got class: Claas Harvest Centre’s machinery got a good workout out the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday, including this tedder.

Demo done: Gendore Tractors and Machinery showed off a Taarup tedder behind a New Holland tractor at the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday.

Hay and silage how to LARDNER Park was mown, raked and baled last Wednesday, as part of the hay and silage demonstration day, attended by several local machinery dealers. Tim Burgess from Gendore Tractors and Machinery said they had “virtually a bit of everything” to demonstrate to visitors on the day. It is the first time Gendore had attended the day, after recently opening a branch in Warragul. Claas Harvest Centre South Gippsland had a large range of Claas machinery on display and running demonstrations on the day. “It was a beautiful day, with perfect weather and there were quite a few people around,” dealer principal Anthony Blackshaw said. “The Lardner Park facility is one of the best in Australia. The demonstration day gave people an opportunity to see the machinery operating and compare equipment. “They are not distracted by anything else, they just come to see the machinery working which makes decision making easier.” Mark Chapman from Chapman Machinery Service said they were running the Krone Comprima baler on the day, with the new film bale wrap. “It is really innovative, particularly when recycling because it is all plastic, the bale and the silage wrap,” he said. Mr Chapman said the Krone Comprima baler and Fendt 927 tractor used for the demonstration were provided by contractor Tony McGarvey from Inverloch. He said the baler is a new machine and the first in the district, so it was fantastic to be able to use it for the demonstration day. “There was a reasonable turnout on the day. It is always a good start to the season and it gets people out for a social day as well,” Mr Chapman said.

Round talkers: Keith Couch from Bass and Robert Know from San Remo were chatting to Tim Burgess from Gendore Tractors and Machinery, centre, about the New Holland RB150 baler at the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday.

Big rake: from left, Scott Sellings and Anthony Blackshaw from Claas Harvest Centre South Gippsland and Greig Barry from Loch look over the Claas Liner 2700 rake at the Lardner Park hay and silage demonstration day last Wednesday.

Keep restocking options open John Bowman, Livestock Extension Officer, Agriculture Victoria

WITH the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI) at an all-time high and the price of young stock in the Victorian store markets at record prices, it may be an option to rear dairy cross or Friesian bull calves to restock your beef farm this spring. The export demand for bobby calves is low; the dairy milk price has unfortunately dropped and the dairy heifer export market for Friesian heifers to China has reduced, thus making the on-farm prices for dairy bobby calves lower than previous years. Combine this with the peak calving time for dairy cows generating a good supply of bobby calves, and it is possible to purchase five day old Friesian bull calves for $60 to $80 depending on their live weight and Friesian / beef cross calves for $120 to $200 direct from farm. Friesian dairy heifers are still a bit scarce and the China export protocols are a specialist area, so bull calves or beef-cross calves are the best option for the beef re-stocker. Friesian / beef cross (F1) heifer calves are also an option but are variable in price and difficult to source. However if you have the contacts you can purchase quality F1 heifer calves priced in the $100 to $200 range depending on size, live-weight and breed, direct from the dairy farm. Purchase direct from the dairy farmer if pos-

sible and isolate calves on farm to avoid introducing any bacterial scours to your beef herd. Ensure they are five days old or older, have been fed colostrum, have been National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tagged, and you are supplied with a current vendor declaration before the calves leave the property of birth. It is very important to maintain the calves’ lifetime traceability, minimise the disease risk and ensure the welfare of calves during transport to your farm and reduce any stress when they arrive on your farm, which will lead to healthier calves. Before introducing dairy or dairy cross calves onto your beef property, take steps to ensure you have addressed any possible biosecurity issues so the health and disease status of your beef farm is not compromised. More information - The final part of the purchase is to transfer the newly purchased calves’ NLIS tag numbers from the dairy farm Property Identification Code (PIC) to your PIC. This can be done either by the vendor, the purchaser or your livestock agent using the NLIS database account, however it is your responsibility to ensure that the transfer occurs. NLIS animal transfer is a simple, no-cost task once you register as a user and learn the basic NLIS database skills. See the following link to the NLIS login page: &exp=1&ReturnUrl=%2fHome.aspx

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CHA public notice

public notice

TENDER FOR THE INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PANELS Tenders are invited for the supply of two 99kW solar panel installations for the Leongatha & Korumburra Hospitals. A separate system will be installed on each hospital situated at Koonwarra Road, Leongatha and Bridge Street, Korumburra. Request for quote documentation can be obtained by e-mailing your interest to All tenders must be marked “Tender – Solar PV Installations” and forwarded by email to or via mail to: Mr Mark Johnson Chief Executive Officer Gippsland Southern Health Service Private Bag 13 LEONGATHA VIC 3953 Tenders are to be submitted no later than 5pm Friday 7th October 2016.

public notice RED CROSS raffle results: 1st prize Mrs Lois Scott, 2nd prize Mrs Pat Rodwell, 3rd prize Mrs Joan Michael. Thank you to everyone for their support.

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

public notice FREE HOUSE FOR REMOVAL/ RELOCATION 3 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME AVAILABLE NOW FOR REMOVAL On stumps - should transport as is Inverloch Call Ian 0417 540 958 or Christine 0401 802 622


Fowlers Asphalting Pty Ltd wish to advise that the Strzelecki Highway at the McCartin Street level crossing will be closed in order to undertake road works. THE CLOSURE WILL COMMENCE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 AND IS EXPECTED TO RE-OPEN BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 TRAFFIC IS TO DETOUR VIA BAIR STREET AND LONG STREET Fowlers Asphalting P/L and VicRoads apologise for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience whilst these important road works are being undertaken. Additional information can be found on South Gippsland Council’s Website or Facebook page.

public notice

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OUR client is one of Australia’s largest personal care and home help service oganisations operating for close to 30 years. They employ over 3,500 people nationwide who provide a diverse and varied range of in-home care solutions for those in-need, helping them to live their lives their way. We are seeking Support Workers for a large NFP organisation in the areas of Leongatha and Korumburra region. Please contact Catalina on 1300-131022.

MILKING POSITION, casual initially, rotary dairy, experience required. Korumburra South. Ph: 0427667114.

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situations vacant


FARM HAND required

PHONE 0427 563 560

Gardner Electronics Installation, Repair & Sevice Commercial & Domestic

TV, antennas, data, phones, satellite, Security, home-theatre, PA & optic fibre Gardner Electronics is seeking an

ELECTRONIC TECHNICIAN OR AN APPRENTICE Applicants must hold a current driver’s licence.

Ph: 5662 3891 11 Sparrow Lane, Leongatha 3953

DECLARATION OF SERVICED PROPERTIES In accordance with Section 144 of the Water Act 1989, notice is hereby given that the lots listed below have been provided with water and/or sewer services and are now liable to be rated as serviced properties from the dates also given below. 81 Wentworth Road, Wonthaggi PS637110R as from 7th July 2016 60 White Road, North Wonthaggi PS714773L/S2 as from 25th July 2016 16 Lavington Street Inverloch PS728724W as from 11th July 2016 2 Inverloch Parade, Inverloch PS738995G as from 1st August 2016 5 Hopetoun Street, Inverloch PS741704D as from 8th August 2016 18 High Street, Inverloch PS748687M as from 31st August 2016 2B Louise Simon Court, Leongatha PS800517B as from 3rd August 2016 Springs Estate Stage 3, off Tarwin Ridge Boulevard, Leongatha PS739971R as from 17th August 2016 18-34 Cornishs Road, Nyora PS702481S as from 10th August 2016

MAINTENANCE / HANDYMAN Reticulation Sewer Upgrade

Part time or Casual – 20+ hours per week

South Gippsland Water has an ongoing program of upgrading the Corporation’s reticulation systems. The program replaces older or at risk areas of main to ensure reliability over the long term.

Reliable and experienced Handyman wanted to undertake room renovation work over several months. After that work has been completed there will be regular ongoing motel maintenance work of approximately 5 to 10 hours per week (with more required occasionally). Hours can be flexible. Varied duties, including installing shower screens, tiling and grouting, minor plumbing, carpet tile laying, weatherboard replacement, and small painting jobs. Please phone Leongatha Motel on 5662 2375

The sewer reticulation main located beneath the footpath of Ramsey Boulevard Inverloch has been identified as a section requiring replacing. Details of the works include:


14 September – 31 October 2016 RAMSEY BOULEVARD INVERLOCH

Start Hours

Wednesday 14th September 2016 7am-6pm weekdays and 7am-3pm Saturdays Finish Monday 31st October 2016 Location The road reserve of Ramsey Boulevard to the east of the Rotary Centenary Park Affected residents have been notified and disturbances will be kept to a minimum. For safety reasons, a short section of Ramsey Boulevard will be closed and through traffic diverted via Abbott and Venus Streets.

1 Duke Street, Port Albert PS749431U as from 11th July 2016

We recognise these works are disruptive to the area and will be in place for the upcoming school holidays. Your patience is appreciated.

Philippe du Plessis Managing Director

Should you wish to obtain further information visit or contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 851 636.

Local Contracting Business is seeking expressions of interest from people to be available on a CASUAL BASIS TO CARRY OUT THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF WORK Competent operation of Excavator, Grader, Dozer, Tip Truck & Dog Trailer, Loader, Tractors & Harvesting Implements

Applicants must be have an ABN, Construction Induction Card, relevant licences and a minimum of 5 years genuine experience with references. Allens is a smoke free work place Please email applications to:

Are you a

Sales Professional Do you want a career where you make the difference? Do you believe in equality for everyone? As a sales professional you will build strong business relationships and be happy representing people with a disability. Work Solutions Gippsland is an employment agency assisting people with disabilities or barriers to employment become valued employees in the mainstream workforce. In this role you will be responsible for all areas of employer engagement, marketing, job creation and the promotion of Work Solutions Gippsland within the Leongatha Business community. For a 5 minute telephone discussion about this role call Daryl on 5173 1600.

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for sale

CHAINSAWS We stock the largest range of chainsaws in South Gippsland, including - Stihl, McCulloch and Husqvarna

from $199

Professional repairs and services to all makes of chainsaws. We also have a large range of secondhand chainsaws available.



Cnr Allison & South Gippsland Hwy, LEONGATHA Ph: 5662 2028 L.M.C.T. 2714

CEMENT MIXER, electric motor, $250 ONO. Ph: 0409-947203. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175.

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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.

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.

HAY for sale. Top quality vetch oaten straw. Feed test available. For delivered price ring Greg 0429-822544.

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

HAY - wheaten, oats, vetch and straw. Top quality, shedded, feed test available. For delivered price call Greg 0429-822544. HAY for sale: Pea hay and lucerne hay. Expressions of interest in new season vetch hay. Contact Joe 0429138748. 2 MARY MACKILLOP summer dresses, size 12. Never worn. Accidently bought wrong size. Were $84, selling $75 each. Ph: 0428-308844 AH. Or text any time.


livestock POULTRY / CAGE BIRD AUCTION Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavilion, Sunday, September 18, 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270, 0400 934 202. BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762.

Do you have passion in food?

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

AGM THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22 at 6pm All positions vacant. Prior nominations by post to: Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute PO Box 142 Tarwin Lower 3956 by September 19

thanks THANK YOU to anyone who bought pumpkin from Lunds Auto Electrics, Murray Goulburn Trading Dumbalk, Mirboo North Market, and from us personally, $1 from every pumpkin sold is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Robert Gray and family.

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

SEBAGO - Wednesday Cattle Market, 1pm. Ph: 5634-6208.

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Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute

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Duties include: animal husbandry (sheep and cattle), vineyard, tractor, fencing, record keeping and general farm duties. Future opportunities exist as we expand into ‘gate to plate’ food opportunities. Wages commensurate with experience. Written applications with references to Daryl Travers Email: Phone 0410 006 964




We are seeking an energetic and experienced individual to join our friendly team to provide financial counselling to clients at our Leongatha site. The Financial Counsellor will provide direct casework and one-on-one intensive support, including the provision of information advocacy, and/or negotiation; referrals to other services; community education; and networking/liaison with relevant service providers. For further information and a copy of the position description please visit

Customer Service Officer Credit Controller


HOGAN Dennis Phillip. Sarah, Brett, Nadine, Milena, Evelyn, Allan, Greg, Colin, Kathy and their extended families would like to express our appreciation for the sympathy and kindness shown to us on Dennis’ passing by all his relations and friends, in particular Nick Kelly for his lifelong friendship. We would also like to thank the caring professionalism of the paramedics, doctors and medical team and Monash Medical, Ray Sullivan from Handley Funeral Services, Pam Herrald and the members at the Leongatha Footy Complex. Dennis will be remembered for being a loving and responsible father, his fun loving nature, antics and cheeky grin. We live on in memory.

Weddings ~ Funerals ~ Namings

0429 688 123 e:

Jenny Milkins All areas - 5672 3123

garage sales


Car Boot SalE and market day Book your parking spot or Market stall - $15

SATURDAY OCTOBER 22 Strictly 8.30am to 1pm CHAIRO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 101 Horn Street, Leongatha Numerous stalls of new and old wares and food Please contact Wendy/Karen 5662 4355

McCAUGHAN (Atkins) Don and Heather Atkins of Inverloch welcome with love their first grandchild, a beautiful baby girl “Harper Jean”, born in Geelong on August 5. An amazing day to remember. Congratulations and thank you Cazz and Craig for bringing her into the world.

in memoriam KEE - James Victor (Vic). Passed away 11.9.1997, and KEE - Rodney John. Passed away 30.4.1958. Always in our hearts and minds. Thelma, Bill, Greg, and families. MARSHMAN - Tony. 1968 - 2000. Remembered and missed always. Mum, Suzi, Peter, David and Jai. PEACH - Lydia Hilda. 16.9.1915 - 13.9.2007. Darling Hildy, remembering the good old days when we were all together. Barb, Peter, Nat, Rory and Paul, Paul, Vicki, Steele and Bede.

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

$27.50 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $33.00)

POLATO - John. 23.12.1967 - 14.9.2011. John, thoughts of you yesterday, today and tomorrow. In our hearts loved forever. Mum and families.

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

bereavement thanks

engagements SCHENK - MISSEN Darryl and Kirsten Schenk, along with Steven and Lynn Missen, are excited to announce the engagement of Kayla and James. Congratulations.


bereavement thanks

Wendy Rutjens

• 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

Leongatha Doorways PART TIME - Ongoing

marriage celebrant 5662 2553 0438 097 181

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

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FINANCIAL COUNSELLOR Experienced Assistant Manager/ Senior Station hand required

wanted to rent

ALLEN - David. Moya and family would like to thank all our friends who attended David’s Memorial Service and for all the cards and flowers. A special thank you to the Rev Tim Fletcher, Dr Graham Toohill and all the kind and caring nurses at Leongatha Hospital. Rest in peace MY HUSBAND, MY ROCK, MY BEST FRIEND.


South Gippsland Water is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are treated with respect and feel valued and supported. We are currently seeking an experienced Credit Controller to join our Customer Service Team based in Foster. The successful person will be responsible for handling debt collection procedures as well as responding to general customer enquiries and complaints. This position is part time with FTE negotiable. Applicants seeking flexible working arrangements are encouraged to apply. Well-developed communication skills, coupled with extensive debt collection experience, and competent computer skills with proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook and email will be highly regarded. A position description and further information on how to apply, including the requirement to address key selection criteria, is available on our website or by calling Paula Smith 03 5682 0403 or Kerry Mooney on 03 5682 0402. Applications close 9am Monday 19th September 2016

KOONWARRA SPECIAL DAIRY SALE Monday 26th September 11.00am KOONWARRA VLE Selling: 100 Head of fresh calved Holstein and Xbred Cows & Heifers


deaths LANDRY - Don. Goodbye to a gentleman and true farmer. Your kindness, loyalty, conversations, and the little things you did, will always be remembered dearly. Deepest condolences to Stuart and Sue, Michael and Clare, Cheryl and Craig, and children. Margi Dekker Jayme Edwards.


LANDRY - Don. CFA District 9 volunteers and staff wish to express their sincere regret on the passing of their respected colleague and member of Leongatha South Fire Brigade. Heartfelt sympathy is extended to Don’s family. NEYLAND - Graeme Linden. 12.12.1936 - 11.09.2016. Passed away at Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon. Late of Dumbalk. Dearly loved husband of Val. Loving memories are mine to keep. Loved Dad and Pa of David and Noelene, Kye and Jorgia. Words are few, thoughts are deep, memories of you are ours to keep. Leanne and Pete, Bre, James and family, Daniel and Alysha and Milly, Ben and Georgie, Kasey and Chris and family. Forever in our hearts. Karen and Ed, Tiahn, Amy and Alyssa. Forever in our hearts. Xxxxx Jen and Brian, Tom, Libby, Holly and Wil. Peace perfect peace. Xxxxxx

Paul & Margaret Beck Proprietors

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

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

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Life member: Peter Carew was honoured with a life membership of the Dalyston Football Netball Club at the presentation evening.

Reserves: the premiership football team which includes Michael McCoy best and fairest, Michael Harris runner-up best and fairest, Dale Brown most consistent, Andrew Gennaccaro best in finals, Jake Coldebella club award and Lee McRae most reliable.

Seniors: back from left, Joe Ray-Angarane most improved, Shannon Coldebella club award, Chris Graham Best and Fairest, Matthew Whittaker most consistent, Clay Tait most reliable, Kristian Butler most valued player, Michael Marotta best first year player and Dean Wylie runner-up best and fairest.

Dalyston celebrates successful year DALYSTON Football Netball Club held its annual presentation evening recently at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club. Two hundred people attended to celebrate what has been a very good year for the club. Frank Angarane introduced the night saying he believed the club is in a very healthy a position at the moment. In the last two to three years Dalyston has won premierships almost all grades of football and netball. It currently fields eight football teams, seven grades of netball as well as having a Netta and Auskick program. In 2015 the club introduced a youth girls’ football team, now in their second season as premiers and the club is also well on the way to having a senior women’s football team in 2017. In the late 1950’s and early 60’s Dalyston had

great football success off the back of the family of McRae brothers. It is no coincidence that the grandchildren of those brothers are very prominent in the successful footy and netball teams it currently has. The club is in a very strong position thanks to a very hard working and dedicated committee, coaches, volunteers, sponsors and members. It was only been a little over 10 years since the club was struggling to field teams and close to folding. Angarane said the leadership shown by Paul Dunlop and members of his committee has played a big part of where the club is today and cannot be understated. The club believes it faces an exciting future with its move to the West Gippsland League next year.

B Grade: back from left, Jade Ray-Angarane coach’s award, Laura Williams best and fairest, Jarney Thomas coach, Jess McRae coach, Dayle Egan and Melissa Beveridge equal runners-up best and fairest.

Under 17: the premiership team, back from left, Anna Kirk, Hannah Carew coach’s award, Gemma Thomas runner-up best and fairest, Alana McRae best in finals, Mea Pitts, Hayley Busana, Grace McRae best and fairest, Abby Kirk and Chloe McRae coach.

Girls shine: Michael Scott from Bendigo Bank was on hand at the Dalyston Youth Girls presentations to present Rose Coombs the runner-up best and fairest, and Emma Volard best and fairest with their awards.

Special awards: from left, Deb and Paul Dunlop received Club Persons of the DePast, present and future: Clare and Noel cade recognition while Kevin Francis (and McRae after Noel received the best clubman Bob Dowson - absent) received recognition award. The McRae name has long been at the for the work they do as trainers. heart of the club.

A Grade: the premiership team, back from left, Alana McRae, Tess Angarane best in finals, Britt Thomas runnerup best and fairest, Jarney Thomas best and fairest, Jess McRae, Hannah McRae coach’s award and Alyce Wylie coach. Absent: Ang Marotta.

Thirds: back from left, Shaun Speed club award, Kale Wilson best utility, Charlie Magro most consistent, Paul Magro coach, Cody Loughridge most improved, Luke Legione best and fairest, Zac Sprie runner-up best and fairest and Fred Angarane coach.

C Grade: Jennifer Krause coach’s award, Gemma Thomas best in finals, Emma Ton best and fairest, Emma Phillips and Sarah Blundell equal runners-up best and fairest.

Youth Girls: the founding girls’ football team, from left, Rose Coombs runner-up best and fairest, Sinead Griffin most improved, Melody Notley best first year player, Ella Angarane (holding Vincenzo) coach, Ally Kershaw captain, Hayley Balmer most couregous and Emma Volard best and fairest. Absent: Daisy Filippi most disciplined.

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Golden Whistle rewards standout HAMISH Beecroft has scooped the prized Golden Whistle as South Gippsland Umpires Association’s most promising umpire. The SGUA held its awards at the Wonthaggi Golf Club on Saturday night following the Alberton Football Netball League Grand Final. The Golden Whistle - provided by AFL Victoria – is awarded to the young umpire with the most potential to umpire at a higher level. Seventeen year old Beecroft was recognised for his work as a field umpire in Junior age groups and a boundary umpire at Senior level in the Alberton Football Netball League and the Gippsland League. SGUA director of um-

piring Gary Scholz said Beecroft had enjoyed a standout season. “Hamish has improved a lot with his confidence and leadership ability,” Scholz said. “We have a young boundary group and he

has been a good leader for them this year. “Hamish has been doing field umpiring in the Juniors in the morning then running the boundary for Seniors in the afternoon and has picked up the Senior grand final

Above and beyond: Graham Laird, the SGUA president won the Ideal Member Award.

for the Gippsland League for his performances.” Best Performed Boundary Umpire was Harrison Marshall, Best First Year Boundary Umpire was Liam O’Neill, while brothers Doug and Mark Mancarella

received the Most Improved Boundary Umpire Award and Coaches Award respectively. Paul Bauer won the Alf Wilder Memorial Best Performed Goal Umpire Award, while Len Staff and John Hep-

pell collected the Best First Year Goal Umpire Award and Coach’s Award. Finally, association president Graham Laird was presented with the Ideal Member award for his “above and beyond”

contribution throughout the season. “That award goes to a member who puts in a lot of effort and personal time and Graham has definitely done that this year,” Scholz said.

Deserving: from left, Coaches Award, Murray Lynch; The Bill Pollock Memorial Award for the Best Performed Field Umpire was presented to long serving member Paul Carter; Most Improved Field Umpire, Scott Wilson; SGUA Director of Umpiring, Gary Scholz; Golden Whistle, Hamish Beecroft; and The Best First Year Field Umpire, Alex Dixon.

Umpires go Downtown THE Gippsland Umpires Association has announced a new major sponsor for the next three years, the Warragul Downtowner. “We are very pleased to partner with a local business that shares similar community values to the GUA,”

In agreement: from the left, GUA secretary Davyd Reid, GUA president Chris Behrendorff, GUA committee member Terry Stroud, Warragul Downtowner general manager Jenny Smith, AFL Gippsland senior operations manager Tim Sexton and AFL Gippsland umpires coordinator Nick Cullis at the announcement that the Downtowner is the new major sponsor for the South Gippsland Umpire’s Association.

Behrendorff said. “The Downtowner is a fantastic venue and we look forward to returning its support over the next three years.” “A significant sponsorship deal such as this allows our association to dedicate resources to attracting and developing umpires which in

turn benefits local football on the whole.” Warragul Downtowner general manager Jenny Smith said the Downtowner was thrilled to be the major sponsor and looked forward to “a very successful relationship over the coming years.”

Pick of the Junior Parrots awarded LEONGATHA Junior Football Club held its presentation night last Friday to cap off a year that saw the Under 12 Green team make it as far as the grand final. Many deserving players were rewarded with trophies.

Under 12 Gold: back from left, the most improved Xavier Bolge, runner-up Nash Beavis, best and fairest Tom Burt and the most disciplined Mitch McGannon. Front from left, encouragement awards recipients Kayden Scrimshaw, Josh Wight and Jacob McRae.

Right, Under 10: encouragement awards were made to Bayley Robb, Raph Jefferis and Nathan Occhipinti.

Under 12 Green: back from left, encouragement Lachie Gill, most disciplined Zac Scholz, runner-up Tait Cumming, best and fairest Jesse Burns and Adrian Burns (coach). Front from left, most improved Rhys Weaver and encouragement awards to Dustin Ward and Brayden Stewart.

Mid Gippsland’s best Third MID Gippsland Football Netball League Junior best and fairest, winner of the Norma Jacobs Medal was Newborough’s Liam Michie. Michie polled 30 votes from Matt Powell of Thorpdale 27 and Kyle Wilson of Mirboo North 18.

Under 14 Gold: back from left, Rohan Michael (coach), most improved Kyle Eyres, the Dyson Heppell best and fairest award Cade James and encouragement Riley Drysdale. Front from left, encouragement awards to Dylan Hanily and Luke Boyle, most disciplined Jacob Wrigley and runner-up Colby Michael. Absent: Flynn Materia winner of the Jarryd Roughead most dedicated player award.

Under 14 Green: back row from left, encouragement awards to Noah Clark and Sean Coleman, most disciplined Kyah Clarkson and the Dyson Heppell best and fairest award Reegan Kemp. Front from left, runner-up Ned Hanily, encouragment Matt Portelli and the Jarryd Roughead most dedicated award Tom Collins. Absent: most improved Harry Sheedy.

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South Gippsland district excel at All Gippsland Championships THE All Gippsland Foursomes and Singles Championships were played at Leongatha Golf Club last week. Eighteen clubs were represented at this two day event in which players from West Gippsland, East Gippsland and South Gippsland converged to compete for these coveted trophies.

The Championship began with a Foursomes event to allow players to familiarise themselves with the course for the singles competition the following day. The winners of the Foursomes Scratch Silver Salver, with a score of 85 were Andrea Thorson from Meeniyan Golf Club and Rebecca Thomas from Leongatha Golf Club. This combination of South Gippsland players has

Foursomes handicap winners: Julie Howard and Fay Quilford from Leongatha Golf Club received the shield.

been successful in this event in previous years. The runners up, also from South Gippsland and representing Leongatha Golf Club, were Toni West and Helen Fraser, with a score of 94. Julie Howard and Fay Quilford combined very well to win both the Foursomes Scratch Bronze division and the overall handicap event with 99/75 nett. Phillip Island combination, Rhonda Boyd and Jenny Bilson, also from the South Gippsland district, were the runners up in both the Foursomes Scratch Bronze division and the overall handicap event, with 103/78.5. The perfect weather continued the following day for the Singles Championship. The Gippsland Pearson Perpetual Trophy was won by Rebecca Thomas, 81, playing off a handicap of two. Rebecca has won this coveted trophy, which was first struck in 1912, five times over a seven year period. Andrea Thorson, from

Champs: Maxine Eabry (Minor Champion Scratch), Rebecca Thomas (Championship of Gippsland Pearson Perpetual Trophy) and Helen Mackenzie (C Grade Scratch) took the spoils at the All Gippsland Foursomes and Singles Championships.


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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ON Saturday Grant McRitchie won A Grade and the Super Comp with 36 points in a countback. B Grade was taken out by Mark Anderson also with 36 points and Barry Hughes won C Grade with 34 points. NTP’s were Michael Thomas on the fourth hole, Andrew Smith on the seventh, Peter Hart on the 14th and Barry Stevens on the 16th. DTL balls went down to 33 points by countback and were awarded to Michael Thomas, Brendon Simon, Andrew Henley, Merv Stubbs, Peter Buttinger, Peter Walsh, Bryan Sword, Peter Hartigan, Peter Hart, Barry Stevens, Gary Sharrock and Gordon

Leongatha ladies THE heavy golf program plus many still away on holidays impacted on the field for the September Monthly Medal. Those who did play enjoyed a well presented course, even though the greens were scarified that morning and

Meeniyan Golf Club was the runner up with 88. The winner of the Minor Scratch Championship was won by South Gippsland district President Maxine Eabry with 96. Ruth May, also from South Gippsland and representing Lang Lang Golf Club was the runner up with 101. Helen Mackenzie from Leongatha Golf Club was the winner of the C Grade scratch event with 114. Helen also won the C Grade handicap

event with 86 nett. The A Grade handicap winner, from Leongatha Golf Club was Colleen Touzel with 96/18/78. Merryn Dear, from Churchill/Monash Golf Club was the runner up with 79 nett, on a count back. Maxine Eabry won the B Grade handicap section with 77 nett and Tracey Potter from Sale Golf club was runner up with 81 nett. Rebecca Thomas was closest to the flag on the 14th

and Sue Hoskin, from Meeniyan Golf Club was the nearest the pin winner on the 16th. Down the line balls were awarded to Toni West 80 nett, Irene Holm Meeniyan GC 80, Marg Johnson Wonthaggi GC 80, Heather Cameron Traralgon GC 80, Shirley Roberts Pakenham GC 81, Kay Feaver Drouin GC 82, and Anne Renehan and Denise Mulcahy Maffra GC 82 on a count back.



Great contribution: Ian Balfour has been elevated life member status by the South Gippsland District Golf Association for an almost encyclopaedic list of golfing achievements.

Merit rewarded Balfour


Grade winners: Maxine Eabry (B Grade handicap), Helen Mackenzie (C Grade handicap) and Colleen Touzel (A Grade handicap) were the handicap winners in the All Gippsland Foursomes and Singles Championships.

Top golfers: Andrea Thorson, Rebecca Thomas (Foursomes Scratch A Grade), Julie Howard and Fay Quilford (Foursomes Scratch B Grade) were the scratch winners. Morrison. With the All Gippsland Ladies Championship being played at Leongatha on Tuesday morning last week a Stableford competition was held on Tuesday afternoon for members. A Grade was taken out by Ian Murchie with the best score of the day of 37 points. Peter Waters continued his good form by winning B Grade with 33 points. Russell Williams had the irons working well to be NTP on both the fourth and 14th holes. Other NTP’s were Nathan Wardle on the seventh hole and John Simon on the 16th. DTL balls were won by Colin Martin, Andrew Smith, Russell Williams, Da-

vid Forbes, Andrew Henley, Frank Gill, Nathan Wardle and Jon Smith. On Thursday 15 teams of four contested an Ambrose competition with the team of Peter Brownlie, Chris Leaver, Frank Gill and Peter Hartigan successful with a net score of 57.125. DTL balls were awarded to the teams of Craig Hams, Wendy and Rod Brown and Norm Hughes, Warren Dummett, Colin Martin, Peter Buttinger and John Dalton, Ray Burton, Peter Hobson, John Eabry and Geoff McDonald. David Forbes continued his excellent form to be NTP on both the seventh and 14th holes with Keith Finney closest on the 16th.

lovely sunny weather. Thanks go to Marianne Leaver, the event sponsor for the day, and Marg Griffiths, who provided the prizes for the raffle. The Club appreciates your generosity. The Monthly Medal and

B Grade were won by fast improving Sue Bowler 108 – 33 net 75 on a count back from Barb Miller. This is the second time Barb has lost a medal on a count back in the few years she has been playing. Your turn will come. Colleen Touzel, handicap 18, followed on with her good form in the All Gippsland Championships the previous day to win A Grade with a net 76 on a count back from the ever reliable Dot Stubbs also net 76 The B Grade scratch was won by Shirley Welsford with 105. Down the line balls went to Barb Miller net 75, Shirley Welsford and Dot Stubbs net 76, Alison Strong net 77 and Toni West net 78. NTP 14th Colleen Touzel 13.14m NTP 16th Toni West

Winners: from left, Sue Bowler was the medal and B Grade winner, and Colleen Touzel was the A Grade handicap winner.

Thursday is the first of three rounds of the Thursday championship with the best two rounds to count so with the weather improving and the course in excellent condition book in and enjoy the challenge.

Mirboo North Ladies MONTHLY medallist was by Freeda Nair with 76 net. DTL: Sue Traill 78 net, Wendy Gervasi 81 net and Jeanne St Ellen 81 net. NTP: 16th hole, Jeanne St Ellen. Birdie: 6th hole, Chris Gunn. Putting: Sue Traill, 31 putts. 12.23m NTP 14th (second shot) Shirley Welsford (in the hole) NTP 16th (second shot) Marea Maher 0.50m Seven women played in the nine hole stableford competition. The winner was Pat Pease (20) 16 points on a count back. Down the line ball went to Gwen Chapman 16 points and Marion Chalmers with 14 points. Saturday, September 10: Eleven women played a stableford competition. The event was won by a very new golfer Coralie Baker (43) 31 stableford points on a count back. DTL balls: Lynne Hart (39) 31 points, Marea Maher (28) 28 points and Gerri Hastings (45) 26 points c/b. NTP 16th Alison Strong 2.83m.

IAN Balfour, like many champions, commenced his golfing life as a Junior in the 1960’s. He immediately showed promise winning the B Grade championship at Woorayl Golf Club in 1971. It was only two years later that this early promise came to fruition when he won his first Club Championship at Woorayl Golf Club in 1973. He showed this was no fluke when he followed with a second title the following year. In the following 35 years he has won the club championship a further 21 times making a total of 23 club Singles titles at Woorayl Golf Club. In addition to his achievements at Woorayl Golf Club he has won a further 19 club Singles championships at Korumburra Golf Club. He has also won five Fourball Championships at the Woorayl Golf Club and 10 Fourball Championships and two Foursomes Championships at Korumburra Golf Club. Ian served on the Woorayl Golf Club committee for nine years including two as vice president, two as treasurer, two as vice captain and three years on the general committee. In addition to his personal achievements he has represented both Woorayl and Korumburra golf clubs in Pennant where he has always been regarded as a very fierce competitor. At the South Gippsland District level he has won a total of 13 titles, including two South Gippsland District Singles Championships, four Fourball Championships, four Foursomes Championships and three Mixed Foursomes Championships. He represented South Gippsland District Golf Association at Country Week for just over 30 years, captaining the team on many occasions. When a person such as Ian Balfour has achieved the success he has it certainly cannot be considered as a fluke that he has had as much success as he has had and this great game has provided him obvious enjoyment. In recognition of his outstanding service to South Gippsland he has been elevated to life member status and this was recognised at a presentation on Sunday at the Fourball Championships.

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GOLF | SPORT Woorayl THIRTY EIGHT players ventured out for a two man ambrose to confront a fine day with the course drying out and the grass coming back. This was kindly sponsored by Edney’s Nissan. Runners up with 66.5 nett left early and were not around for presentations. Congratulations go to president Graeme and sponsorship manager Jack. These guys play together a lot and recriminations are usually the flavour of the day. However they obviously gelled this week and took home a trophy. Maybe Jack will say something nice to his partner this week? The winners this week had a great score of 64 nett. Trent Walters travelled back from Sunbury to play with Jim Newton.

Korumburra ladies THE spring season was at its best last Wednesday and was a nice welcome for many of the members back from their winter travels. Eleven pairs played in the Canadian Foursomes event and all enjoyed the sunshine and firmer conditions underfoot. Sharon Adams (36) and Merrissa Cosson (30) combined well to win with 31 points and Pam Eyers (40) and Jan Hewitt (26) were close behind with 30 points. NTP winners were Lyn Perks, first, and Heather Grist on the 13th and with the closest second shot on the seventh. Thank you to Dot West for sponsoring the day’s event and appreciation goes to Barb Walker and Corrie George who missed out on golf to coordinate lunch for everyone. The auxiliary members AGM followed the tasty meal, and the committee, which will take effect from January, is as follows: president Kath Welsh; vice president Beryl Brown; captain

Trent had not played for several months. Jim played like he has not played for several years. Well played Trent. NTP on eighth was T. Walters and 17th G. Salmon. DTL went to B. and T. Hogan 67.5, J. Gill and G. Young 67.75, B. Wilson and G. McKinnon 68.5, and G. Price and G. Calder 68.5 C/B from 2 others. Sunday saw the annual SGDGA 4BBB championships held at Lang Lang Golf Club. A feature of the day was a life membership awarded to Ian Balfour for his many years of service playing country week and pennant. Ian’s achievements in local golf are second to none he holds 22 club championships at Woorayl Golf Club and almost as many at Korumburra Golf Club Congratulations to Balf on a stellar career. A well deHeather Grist; vice captain Marg Young; secretary Jenny Blackmore; treasurer Lyn McIvor; handicapper Lee Clements; publicist Chris Rickard; golf entries Betty Thomson; Sharon Adams and Barb Twite. Judy Webb, Joan Peters and Norrie Little decided not to renominate and their expertise on committee will be greatly missed. Thanks to Judy, especially for the hours she has put in as lady captain in this time consuming and demanding position. The club’s appreciation gpes to Joan for her input on committee, and, in particular, all the catering she has supported and organised for many years. Thank you to Norrie, who filled nearly every position on committee over the years. As well, many people regularly and willingly assist with the running of events and fundraising activities and it all could not be possible without this combined effort and involvement. Next Wednesday, is the Monthly Medal event, followed on September 21 with a timesheet for the Do-

served award. Next week is a 4BBB sponsored by Frank and Jeannie Dekker Grab a partner and see you there.

Woorayl ladies ON Wednesday, September 7, the A Grade and monthly medal winner was Jenny Riseley with 71 nett. The B Grade winner was Lois Young with 76 nett. Balls down the line winners were Sharon Rayson, 72 nett, Shirley Thomas, 73 nett and Chris Perrett with 75 nett. Nearest the pin on the eighth was Sharon Rayson, 11th was Jenny Riseley and on the 17th was Shirley Thomas. The putting was won by Ann Poole with 27 putts. Next week choose your partners for an American foursomes Stableford. ris Chambers Foursomes event. Deb Wrigley was the RB Stroke winner on Saturday, with a good score of 103(26)77. Deb was also the scratch winner and NTP on the first. Marg Harper was runner up, 111(31) 80 and was NTP on the 13th. The All Gippsland Championships were held at Leongatha on Monday and Tuesday, with two of our members played in the Foursomes and four competed in the Singles. Unfortunately, no wins were accomplished, but the company was great and the weather was ideal for golf.

Golf success: Deb Wrigley was the RB Stroke winner at Korumburra on Saturday.

Top teams: Sharon Adams was part of the winning team with Merrissa Cosson (not present for photo) at Korumburra, last week, with Pam Eyers and Jan Hewitt who were runners up.

Korumburra THERE were 33 players on Saturday, September 10 for a three man Ambrose competition, with trophies supplied by Ray Ludenia. Results: D. Van Rooye, M. Belvedere, M. Webb 602/3; G. Wilson, A. Worthy, W. Hopkins 61½; T. O’Neill, P. Hopkins, R. Gallagher 631/6. Nearest the pin: 1st I. Cash, 7th D. Van Rooye, 10th A. Worthy, 13th W. Hopkins. Tuesday’s winner was M. Webb 36 pts and Thursday’s winner was R. Rees 36 pts.

Foster GAYLE Tyers has returned to golf with a vengeance, taking out the Monthly Medal. Barb Britten has been playing some great golf but has become the bridesmaid. Robyn Galloway had a good day on Saturday winning the competition and a nearest the pin on the 17th. Neil Chandler burst out of the pack this week (a bit like the Bulldogs) with two great wins. The Righties had a great win over the Lefties with Andrew Naylor coming home with an excellent nett 69. He won the chocolates and Graeme (Paddy) Watkins nett 69 had to take home boiled lollies after a count back. Fred Tyers won the Lefties prize. Friday members draw: $900 Phil Shellcott – not present. Saturday members draw: $760 Melina Wilder – not present. Golf results: Tuesday, September 6: Stableford. Winner: Neil Chandler 37 points. NTP: fourth Darren Summers and 17th Norm Cooper. DTL: Paul Spencer 35 points, Peter Dight 33 points and Robin Smith 33 points. Wednesday, September 7: Monthly Medal winner: A Grade: Gayle Tyers 76 strokes net. B Grade: Frances McGlead 83 strokes. Scratch A: G Tyers 90 Scratch B: F McGlead 110. Putting: F. McGlead 29 putts. NTP: 17th Barb Warren. DTL: Barb Britten net 79 and Barb Warren net 82. Thursday, September 8: Par. Winner: Neil Chandler + 1. NTP: sixth Paul Spencer and 13th Peter Dight. DTL: Darren Summers – Square, Fred Tyers -1, Trevor Jones -1, J Hassett – 2. Friday, September 9: Chook Run (front nine). No competition (rolls to next week). Saturday, September 10: Lefties vs Righties. Winner: Right: Andrew Naylor 69 c/b, Left: Fred Ty-

Meeniyan ON Wednesday, September 7 in wonderful conditions the Ladies played off for the monthly medal. Sponsor for the day was Nancye Hammet. The winner of Section A and the monthly medal with a great score was Veronica Park (16) with 71 net. The winner of B Grade was Jan Roberts (32) with 82 net on a countback from Faye Smallman (32) also with 82 net. Best Nine went to Dot Christie (8) 38 net who also won putting with 28 putts. DLB: Tanya Thorson (25) with 78 net and Irene Holm (13) with 81 nett.

ers 75 c/b. NTPs: fourth S. Barwick, sixth N. Cooper, 13thSteven Reid, 15th A. Naylor and 17th Trevor Jones. DTL: G. Watkins net 69, S.

Barnes net 71, Rathjen 71, P. Spencer 72. Nine holes: P. Spencer 13 points. Eagles nest remains at 10 balls.

Ladies: Stableford. Winner: Robyn Galloway 31 points. NTP: 17th R. Galloway. DTL: Barb Britten 30 points.

Country Week golf team named THE 2016 Country Week Golf series will be played in Melbourne between September 26 and 28. The District will be competing in Division 3 (Bowl Division). The District is grouped with Dalhousie District; Northern District; Wimmera District and Kara Kara District. The full draw is as follows: Monday, September 26 – Settlers Run Golf Club commencing at 7.30 am (10th tee) South Gippsland District v Wimmera District

Wonthaggi ladies HOLIDAYS do wonders for your golf; missing all the very worse winter conditions you come back refreshed. This was borne out today in the September Monthly Medal where all three winners have recently returned from holidays and cleaned up the daily competition. We had a huge field of 25 players on a bright, sunny day where shorts made their appearance for the first time in many months. The best round on the day was from Irene Walsh who won A Grade and the medal (that’s three monthly medals so far this year for Irene) with 93 (18) 75 net. B Grade was won by Sev Piasente 98 (22) 76 on count back from her playing partner Delores Harvey 98 (22) 76. C Grade was won by Susan Jagoe 113 (36) 77 net. Marg Johnson won the best scratch score 90 and the putting with 27 putts.

Monday, September 26 – Settlers Run Golf Club commencing at 12.30 pm (first tee) South Gippsland District v Dalhousie District Tuesday, September 27 – Cranbourne Golf Club commencing at 7.30 am (first tee) South Gippsland District v Northern District Tuesday, September 27– Cranbourne Golf Club commencing at 12.30 pm (10th tee) South Gippsland District v Kara Kara District Wednesday, September 28 – bye. The South Gippsland team is as follows: Paul Wagner .....................................

NTP: 17th Jan Beaumont. BDL: Marg Johnson 76, Delores Harvey 76, Robyn Wilkinson 77, Sharon Patullo 80, Ivy Ruby 81, Jacqui Loughran 82, Annie Tschiderer 83 and Chris Yann 84. August Running Comp results: winner Wendy Jordan 28 points, BDL Marg Johnson 26, Marg Ryan 23 and Marg Ryan 22.

Phillip Island (captain) Matthew Thompson .. Phillip Island James Fowler............. Phillip Island Drew Pearson ................ Lang Lang Brett Mottrom ............... Lang Lang Wayne Kennedy............ Lang Lang Tyler Marotti ...............Korumburra Beau Van Agtmaalb......Wonthaggi Dean Williams ..............Wonthaggi Denis Stanes manager and selector James Cusack ....... selector - liaison officer Eric Van Agtmaa ................selector

With a mixture of youth and experience from previous years, the District is looking to win this year’s Country Week ‘BOWL’ Division and be promoted to the ‘PLATE’ Division for 2017. Congratulations to the Wonthaggi team of Ivy Ruby, Marg Ryan, Chris Hamilton and Delores Harvey for their success at the recent Leongatha Spring Fiesta Event and congratulations to the many South Gippsland representatives who were winners in the recent All Gippsland event held at Leongatha - what a great result.

Wonthaggi Winners: from left, C Grade Susan Jagoe, A Grade and the monthly medalist Irene Walsh, and B Grade Sev Piasente were the winners on a day that saw the reappearance of shorts for the first time in many months.

Lang Lang triumph in district fourball SUNDAY saw the South Gippsland District Golf Association conduct its annual Fourball Championship at Lang Lang Golf Club. A total of 36 pairs greeted the starter in absolutely picture perfect conditions. This was the best field to have entered the event in the last five years, and the Lang Lang Golf Course was in a picture perfect condition. With the championship now reduced to an 18 hole event Lang Lang pair of Brett Mottrom and Drew Pearson returned an excellent two under par 68 to win by one shots from Beau

Van Agtmaal and Daniel Crellin. The B Grade scratch event was won by Lang Lang Golf Club’s Keith Stockdale and Tony Andrews returning an excellent 77 off the stick to win by a comfortable four shots from Bryan Hogan and Tyler Hogan, and Rod Brown and Ryan Thomas both on 81. The results of all other event were: Event No 1 18 Holes Scratch (K.MacDonald Shield) Brett Mottrom, Drew Pearson .............................. 68 Event No 2 18 Holes B Grade Scratch Keith Stockdale, Tony Andrews............................. 77

Event No 3 18 Holes A Grade Handicap Peter Rayson, Tom Ryan ......... 67 (On countback) Event No 4 18 Holes B Grade Handicap David Lucas, Jamie Welsh ................................ 62 Event No 5 Nine Holes A and B Grades Handicap (Out) Wayne Kennedy, Colin Casey ...... 27 (On countback) Event No 6 Nine Holes A and B Grades Handicap (In) Gary Young, Anthony Clemann ....................... 26 Event No 7 Nearest the Pin fifth Hole James Fowler Event No 8 Nearest the Pin ninth Hole Keith Stockdale Event No 8 Nearest the Pin 12th Hole Beau Van Agtmaal Event No 8 Nearest the Pin 15th Hole Damien Symmons

Great play: from left, Jan Roberts the B Grade winner with monthly medallist Veronica Park and Dot Christie who was on the spot with her putting and played the best nine.

Closing in: Pam Witheridge chips to within one putt distance on the nine.

18 holes: from left, Lang Lang’s Drew Pearson and Brett Mottrom took the fourball title.

Ball competition Down the Line 1. D. Lucas/ J. Welsh ................ 62 2. K. Stockdale/ T. Andrews .... 64 3. D.Pearson/ B. Mottrom ........ 64 4. M. Colley/ K. Mooney ......... 64 5. R. Hopcraft/ B. Windsor....... 66 6. W. Kennedy/ C. Casey ......... 67 7. P. Rayson/ T. Ryan ............... 67 8. B. Van Agtmaal/ D. Crellin.. 67 9. T. Marotti/ N. Perks .............. 68 10. P. Wagner/ P. Cochrane ....... 69 11. S., Laing/ R. Pascoe .............. 69 12. B. Wilson/ G. Salmon........... 70

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SPORT | BOWLS Mardan Indoor WITH another big turnout this week Mardan Inddor is almost back to normal numbers. We had a total of four teams of four and a great night playing two games of 10 ends. Competition was as hard as usual and everyone played their hardest for bragging rights. Both games were reasonably close and apart from one game the scores had only one or two shots in it. Robert Campbell steered his team to two wins and the result for second place came down to shots with a negative shots score costing Vito his fifth win in a row.

Inverloch THE first game of Wednesday Social Bowls for the season was played in fine and sunny conditions. There were two games played in triples and fours. Honourable mentions went to the two teams - Judy

Winners with two wins were Bert Bright, Theresa Bateman, John McColl and Robert Campbell (s) and the runnersup with one win, 10 ends plus seven were Jeannie Baker, Bev Greenwood, John Chadwick and Tony A-C (s). Next week will see us playing on Tuesday at Dumbalk hosting our annual tournament so watch this space for the results of that night.

Fish Creek IN spite of the weatherman having warned of bad weather the clouds stayed away and a great time was had by those who attended the social after-

Parker, Carol Waters, Nellie Martin, and Gail Applin, Pat Stoneham, Yvonne Kee and Cynthia Hensley - that finished the day with a win and a loss and finished on 21 points. The runner up, also with 21 points and 4 shots up, was Nell Van Grunsven, Marg Griffin and Carol Hughes.

Two on top: winners of first Thursday social bowls of the season at Inverloch were, from left, Steve Snelling and Bryan Hensley.

Almost: runners-up at the opening round of Thursday social bowls at Inverloch were Brian Phillipson and Doug Muir. noon at the club. Overall winners were Tim McClean and his team, Jan Portbury and Mark Angwin. Ladies are reminded of their meeting which will take place this Wednesday, September 14 at 10.30am. For any club members interested in buying or replacing any bowling apparel, Josie Lomango from Travelling Jack will be at the club on Monday, September 19 between 9am and noon to take orders and assist with correct sizing. All members wishing to be considered for Pennant selection are reminded to be at the club in uniform on Saturday, Congratulations to the only team that won both games: Kathy Heaphy, Pam Sutcliffe and Marg Flett. With the Pennant season rapidly approaching, Ivy Sheppard will conduct a practice session on Monday, September 19 from 1pm for interested bowlers. Bryan Hensley and Gary Hardy will also conduct training sessions on Friday starting at 4pm. Monthly Nominated Triples will be held the second Wednesday of the month starting in October. Please get your teams organised for the first Triples game on October 12. This year’s Thursday social bowls got away to a great start with a large field taking advantage of the improving spring weather. Four teams won both of their 12 end games with three on 33 points. The teams of Wayne Parks and Bruce Corrigan, and David Roberts and David Turnbull earned an honourable mention with Doug Muir and Brian Phillipson taking runners-up. Outright winners with 35 points were Bryan Hensley and Steve Snelling. Social bowls on Wednesdays (organised by the Ladies Match Committee) and Thursdays (organised by the Men’s Match Committee) are the staples of the summer bowling

Stand alone: the only team that won both games in the first Wednesday social bowls held at Inverloch: Kathy Heaphy, Pam Sutcliffe and Marg Flett.

September 17 for a practice game against Tarwin Lower. Committee members please be reminded of the next meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm.

Leongatha WEDNESDAY, September 7 saw the midweek social bowls in action. Winners were Russell Trotman (s) and Chris Richardson with three wins plus 18. Runners-up were Jenny Miller (s) and Raleigh Soderlund with two wins, a draw and plus 19. Saturday, September 10 social bowls saw the winners Ken Williams (s) and Susan Crouch

program with names required by 11.30am for a 12.30 start. Casual bowling members are most welcome to play. Bowls attire is optional for Wednesday social bowls and mufti is the dress code for Thursday social games. Regular social bowlers are reminded that the Turkey Triples event replaces social bowls on the third and fifth Thursday of every month beginning next Thursday, September 15. Fifty two Saturday Pennant players travelled to Hastings to contest the annual Battle of Hastings” a signature event in the preseason schedule. Once again we enjoyed the hospitality of this friendly club. After the usual delightful lunch provided by the hosts, Hastings president welcomed the guests and Inverloch president Ron Burge responded in kind. On this occasion, Inverloch secured a narrow 74/71 victory from the 21 end game a highlight of which was a rare eight on one end by ‘The General’ Trevor Scott and his team. The return journey in Burgie’s Bus was as usual, quiet and uneventful. Saturday Pennant players will bowl an All Inverloch preseason match this coming Saturday, September 17 to be followed by an Inverloch/Mulgrave event at the Mulgrave Country Club the following Saturday, September 24. Members are reminded that the closing date for entry into the various club competitions is September 23. Forms are available in the clubrooms. All competitions are to be completed by early March. Josie from Travelling Jack will be at the club on Wednesday September 14 from 10am if you need any bowls gear.

with three wins plus 28. Runners-up were Marlene Rayson (s) and John Richards. The club’s opening dinner will be held at the clubrooms on Friday, September 16 with a 6.30pm start and is $25 per head. If you intend to take part please put your name on the sheet as soon as possible. Also the treasurer has pointed out there are still a number of affiliation fees not paid, if you are one of the outstanding then please submit your fees as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 13 is pennant practice and Saturday, September 17 is social bowls. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Buffalo indoor September 7 BOWLING at Buffalo this week saw two games of 10 ends played, with Peter, Rod and Andrew chatting and watching the action. Two teams of three were selected and Toni Heldens, Joe

Occhipinti and Mary Tumino got off to a flying start against Charlie Tumino, Carolyn Benson and Peter Tiziani leading 8-1 after the fourth end. However a fight back saw the final score a 15-11 win to Toni in the second game. Toni’s team bowled well to claim victory again with a 12-1 win. There will be no bowls at Buffalo on Wednesday, September 14. Social bowls Wednesday 7.30pm, Buffalo hall, all welcome.

Premiers: the Bombers, from left, Tim Bright, Joel Langstaff, Tracey Ryan and Jim Newton. The Bombers took down the Hawks in the Leongatha Badminton Club Grand Final.

• Leongatha badminton

Thrilling grand final AS predicted, the Leongatha Badminton Club’s 2016 grand final was an absolute cracker of a match. It had everything, with more twists and turns than a snakes and ladders game. Tim Bright and Joel Langstaff began the match magnificently winning their first doubles set 21-7. Joel’s smashing a feature of this set. Then enter Ian Cole and June Knott who won their respective set 21-7 to level the match and the crowd knew they were in for an enthralling encounter. Gary McGrath and Tim Bright had a tight singles battle, Gary at one stage looked the

winner however Tim dug deep and using his height and experience claimed the set 15-11. Joel Langstaff who was having an inspired night was too strong for Arthur Grabham but then Ian Cole got involved in the best set for the evening defeating Jim Newton 15-8 who absolutely tried his guts out. He certainly would have had a sore back in the morning. Tracey Ryan then produced a solid singles win over June Knott 15-9 and the match was going the Bombers way, but the Hawks had other ideas. Gary McGrath and Ian Cole combined beautifully to win their doubles 21-8, leaving the Bombers holding onto a two point lead going into the last set, but then the Joel Lang-

staff show began again, his smashing was devastating as was Tracey Ryan’s net play. These two got out to a commanding lead and withstood a late comeback to win the set 21-17 and ultimately the premiership by a mere six points. It was an enthralling night of badminton fitting for a grand final. Our presentation night was held on September 10 with a delicious meal at the Leongatha RSL which was well attended. Ian Cole got some revenge as he took out the most sets award for the season. We have a break until next year when we will do it all again. Results: Bombers 5/110 d Hawks 3/104.

Runners-up: the Hawks, from left, Gary McGrath, Arthur Grabham, June Knott and Ian Cole.

Students become road responsible BIKE safety is a priority at Wonthaggi Primary School. The students have been participating in a bike education program to ensure bike riders are safe near roads. “Learning the road rules is hugely important and a practical study to have in schools,” Grade 5 teacher Chris Terlich said. “For many students, riding their bikes to and from school is their first time out on the roads by themselves and we need to show them how they can be responsible. “In four or five years, some of these children will be driving cars, so it’s good for them to get a good, clear grasp of

what the road rules are now and how their actions can affect other people.” The students have loved the program and are working up to some big events coming up in the next few weeks. “We will finish off the program with a bike ride to Harmers Haven,” Mr Terlich said. “We will also have a bike ed day where students will have a choice to ride the local trails, in the wetlands or to Kilcunda at the end of the year. There will also be a bike ed challenge in Newhaven, where the students will get to compete against other schools at the end of the term.” The program runs for five weeks, amounting to 10 hours of lessons.

Geared up: from left, Grade 5 students Lilly, Maya and Frankie to start their bike ed lesson in the school gym at Wonthaggi Primary School.

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| SPORT • Leongatha Knights

A good year ends Women IT was with great trepidation that the Leongatha Knights took on the Wonthaggi Wolves. Traditionally slow off the mark, the Lady Knights put up a tough fight in the first half but were unable to starve off two great goals from Wonthaggi. Leongatha’s midfield of Mimmie Ng, Annemieke Enter, Beth Milkins and Kathy Zacharopoulos kept Wonthaggi on its toes and were well supported by a solid defensive lineup of Emily Cotterill, Kim Kirkus, Jess Burrows and speedy newcomer Kaitlyn Hermann. Leongatha goalie Reen O’Connor put on a superb performance in goals. Some great plays were set in motion by wing players Jordan Rintoule and Karli Blunden almost resulted in a score for Leongatha but Wonthaggi’s defence closed in. Jem Milkins and Bree Ross provided some energy as subs in the wing, rarely getting out run by the Wonthaggi defence. A rousing pep talk from Coach Milkins saw the Lady Knights return to the pitch with a renewed fighting spirit despite being two down to the ladder leaders of the Women’s league. The second half was all Leongatha as Wonthaggi fought hard to retain its advantage. A smooth goal from the leading goal scorer of the league Zachy brought Leongatha back into the game. Leongatha’s Izzie Kennedy on the wing sent some great passes down the line and was mirrored by Susie Babos’ solid kicks on the other

wing. Though the majority of the second half was spent in Leongatha’s offence and some great plays were initiated, the Lady Knights were unable to equalise. A free kick granted to Wonthaggi saw a brilliant goal from the GSL’s Womens best and fairest player Brusa that was wonderful to witness but dashed Leongatha’s hopes for victory. Well done to the Lady Knights for another excellent season and congratulations to Wonthaggi on a well played game of Women’s soccer. Wonthaggi 3 defeated Leongatha 1.

Under 16 THE Leongatha Knights travelled to Drouin for their semi final against Phillip Island. Knights had levelled their encounters with the Island over the season as Phillip Island won the first encounter 4-3 but Leongatha had their own win in the return game 3-2. Both teams were looking at winning and moving on to the grand final. Leongatha started with Sean Villasevil, Caleb Chatelier and Hayleigh Bashaw in attack and was able to make some good runs forward but couldn’t get a shot on goal to count. In reply Phillip Island was able to make its forays count. Nicholas Bongers, Curtis Rintoule, Adam Watchorn and Jordan Rintoule were under pressure and the Island with Angus Van Der Zwet up forward was able to score a number of goals by beating the offside trap. Phil Smith in goal was throwing himself into every ball that came

into his area but the sheer number of attacks made it hard to stop. Sam Bainbridge, Ali Lacanaria and Will Barker were controlling plenty of the ball in the midfield but the Island defence was standing strong and able to work balls out from deep in its defence up to Angus who was able to release other Island attackers and with his good decision making the Knights were left shell shocked at half time with a 0-4 score. A change in line up saw an injured Curtis move up field and Ali drop back to combat the speed of the Phillip Island attack. Tom Roberts came on to rest Jordan for her Women’s game and these changes combined to settle the Knights’ team. When Sam took a free kick in its attacking half he placed the Island defence under pressure and a failed clearance by head fell to Caleb for him to score and provide some respectability to the Knights. This was his 23rd goal for the year. The dominant Island team was able to score only two more goals in the second half to win the match 6-1 and the Leongatha Knights bow out of the season. Knights has had a great season and the players have bonded well. It is sad to see the season finish and to think that Hayleigh, Sam and Jordan will be moving on to higher levels of competition. We will be in attendance to see the Leongatha Knights Reserves team play Lang Lang in the grand final next week and then the final hurrah is our presentation night on September 24. Drouin 6 defeated Leongatha 1

ROUND 9 A Grade: Giants defeated Nads (02:1) 25:17, 20:25, 22:19; Champions defeated Warriors (2:1) 25:19, 25:19, 6:17; and Golliwogs defeated Bugs (2:1) 25:16, 25:17, 9:14. B Grade: Gems defeated Knights (3:0) 25:15, 25:8, 25:21; Hulls Angels defeated Orsum (3:0) 25:15, 25:17, 25:17; HELP defeated Panthers (2:0) 25:20, 25:17, 21:20; and Falcons defeated Albatross (3:0) 25:14, 25:11, 25:21. Juniors Black defeated Blue 25:20, 25:9; and Embers drew Clouds 25:22, 7:14.

• Inverloch Seniors versus Phillip Island

INVERLOCH Stars faced their old rivals, Phillip Island, in a semi final that pitched second versus third.

MARY Mackillop Catholic Regional College’s intermediate netball team are third in the state following the state finals at Waverley Netball Centre last Friday.

Korumburra volleyball

Arm Wrestle: The Inverloch Stars Men’s soccer team is in great shape after beating Phillip Island 3 nil and is ready to prove itself the year’s ultimate team in next weekend’s final versus the Drouin Dragons.

The Stars are set to rule

Local netballers third in the state Training since May with coach Colleen Herbert, the girls made it to state level by competing in the South Gippsland level in Leongatha and the regional level in Traralgon. The girls were undefeated in the first two stages and were a force to be reckoned with at state level. They came up against Rowville Secondary College in the first match. Unfortunately the girls were still warming up and by half time the Rowville side had picked up some steam and pulled away in the by the second half. The girls lost 30 to 13. Mary Mackillop came up against Mentone Girls’ Secondary College in the second match. A few position changes were just the ticket and the girls had a win by one goal. Point Cook Senior Secondary College was Mary Mackillop’s third match and the girls took out another win. This saw the girls through to the semi finals, where they faced St Josephs Secondary College from Mildura. It was a tough match but ultimately Mary Mackillop fell short, with a final score of 20 to 34. The school congratulated the netballers on their efforts and hard work, which resulted in a massive achievement.

Knights’ end: No amount of team work from Izzy Kennedy and Bethany Milkins could stave off the Wonthaggi Wolves who ran out victors and ended the Lady Knight’s season.

Amazing team: back from left, Brooke Materia, Taylah Brown, Ellie Holmes, Kayla McGannon, Shae Kyle, middle from left, Lisa Mildenhall, Simone Dekker, Grace McLean, front from left, Abby Forrester and Bianca Phillips were proud to come third at the state netball finals last Friday.

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club 2016 TRV 20m BENCH Pennant Section F Round 9: Frankston Peninsula B 576.017 defeated Leongatha 559.003; Ballarat East C 572.013 defeated Wangaratta B 556.011; and Oakleigh B 567.011 bye. Round 10: Wangaratta B 565.005 defeated Leongatha 550.005; Ballarat East C 563.006 bye; and Frankston Peninsula

B 573.017 defeated Oakleigh B 567.0 7.

Ladder (Bench) Frankston Peninsula B .....40 Oakleigh B .......................32 Ballarat East C ................24 Leongatha ........................12 Wangaratta B .....................12

Members shoot Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. For any inquiries please call Rob Spratt 5664 2358.

Inverloch Stars had only lost one game in the league this season and felt confident that this could be their year to reach their first Men’s senior final. It was Phillip Island that started strongest with some powerful running and a couple of early shots that were well taken by Stars keeper Owen Saul. The Stars soon found their rhythm and were starting to play some good football. Oscar Price and Pat Gilbert were firing up front, the partnership showing great potential with Gilbert hitting the post on two occasions. And it was some great link up play from the two forwards that led to the first goal. A shot from the Stars was hand balled in the area by a Phillip Island player and the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Barry Farrell stepped up for the Stars and slotted home the Stars’ first goal. With the score 1-0 at half time it was all to play for in the second half. Phillip Island again started strongly but their forwards were well marshalled by Gene Parini and Denis Landron. The two central defenders tidied up everything at the back and worked really well with defensive midfielder Stuart Hutchinson. The Stars started finding some attacking form again with some magic by Gerson Pacheco linking up well with Eli Cousins down the right hand side, leading to a great goal by Oscar Price. Phillip Island pushed hard, throwing everything at Inverloch’s defence but some quick thinking from Adam Bell on the left set up another opportunity for Price. He did well to shoot past the Phillip Island goalie to make it 3-0 to Inverloch.

Inverloch did well to hold on to a clean sheet with some great attacking play by Phillip Island who battled on valiantly until the final whistle. Inverloch will take great spirit from a fantastic team performance and will feel that it has what it takes to win the final next week. Reserves INVERLOCH Reserves team has had a fantastic season and it met a strong Lang Lang side in the semi final. Al Starkey, player/coach, has done well to bring out the best in a team that contains a couple of first season debutants as well as some experienced players and some energetic youth. The first half was a tough affair with the physical Lang Lang team making its presence felt. The Stars kept to its game plan and played some great football to open up a number of chances. Eddy Halajuan did well to find space and then turn and shoot to score for the Stars and with a goal from Lang Lang it was 1 - 1 at half time. Lang Lang started strongly and scored two quick goals to put the Stars on the back foot. Up stepped Oscar Price for the Stars scoring a sublime free kick and a sweetly taken shot to bring the game to three a piece. The game looked to be heading to extra time but with both teams still searching for the decisive goal a cross was drilled in from the right that was bundled past the Stars keeper in to goal by a Stars defender. Lang Lang finished up winning the game 4-3. The Stars Reserves can take comfort from knowing that they have had a great season and played some quality football and will take lots of confidence into next season.

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Tigers Reserves hopes dashed MIRBOO North’s 2016 season came to a grinding halt with a demoralising 27 point preliminary final loss to Newborough at Trafalgar on Saturday. Like many a failed oil company, Mirboo North’s gusher didn’t come in. Both sides went in hard during the opening term where opponents bounced off each other in hard hitting, body on body, gladiator style football. Newborough booted five behinds before Jake Bowden scored its first goal and Michael Green replied for the mighty Tigers on the quarter time siren. Early in the second quarter the Doggies attacked incessantly with three consecutive behinds and it was only a matter of time before they gained a winning break. The Bulldogs’ fervor brought further opportunities to develop integrated pathways along the corridor. Playing coach Brent

Harriage, skipper Sam Pratt and full back Patrick Doyle, bravely held Newborough at bay, but Mirboo North’s dam wall eventually fractured. By half time Newborough’s 14 scoring shots yielded 3.11 and the Tigers hadn’t added to their quarter-time score of 1.1. Around the ground, the Doggies had clear winners in Mitchell Neal, Joshua Bland, Rowan Williams and Lachlan Fanning. Newborough used a game plan that its players fully understood but only a few Tigers could comprehend. Conversely, Mirboo North was unable to find a formula that worked and appeared to be making up a script as it went along. Although there was no doom and gloom in the Tigers’ huddle at the main break, a vast turnaround in form was needed for them to become competitive. Alas, with mistakes galore and turnovers by the dozen, Mirboo North continued to flounder under the Doggies’ unrelent-

RESERVES Newborough 8.15.63 Mirboo North 5.6.36 Newborough goals: L. Fanning 3, J. Bowden 2, J. Bland 1, M. Neal 1, B. Young 1. Mirboo North goals: J. Richards 2, M. Green 2, M. Stewart 1. Newborough best: M. Neal, J. Bland, R. Williams, L. Fanning, D. Drowley, M. Dennison. Mirboo North best: B. Harriage, S. Pratt, A. Miller, T. Bolton, B. Stoertebecker, P. Doyle.

THIRDS Mirboo North 11.13.79 Newborough 0.5.5 Mirboo North goals: R. Lowrie 4, B. Thomson 2, C. Rudling 1, C. Alexander 1, R. Oddy 1, B. Van de rydt 1,

ing pressure. Close to three quarter time, Jordan Richards goaled from long range and Mitchell Stewart kicked another major early in the final quarter that raised the Tigers’ hopes for a miraculous win. Although Mirboo North outscored the Bulldogs in the last term, a season ending defeat was inevitable for the struggling Tigers.

Thirds Reigning back to back premier, Mirboo North, kept Newborough goalless in its compelling 74 point preliminary final victory at Trafalgar on Saturday. Nobody could remember the last time, if ever, a Newborough thirds’ side didn’t score a goal in a match. At issue were the Doggies’ lack of authority at the stoppages and a limited interconnectedness with each other in defence, through the midfield and up forward. Mirboo North’s dominance was established through a tight defence,

T. Joustra 1. Newborough goals: Nil. Mirboo North best: L. Swallow, J. Hohmann, H. Kerr, L. Barry, R. Lowrie, D. Huynh. Newborough best: L. Michie, J. Bright, J. Dworznik, R. Winkelman, M. Sawyer, L. Cordner.

FOURTHS Mirboo North 7.5.47 Yinnar 6.5.41 Mirboo North goals: R. Kratzat 4, F. Austin 1, L. Dight 1, J. Carnes 1. Yinnar goals: P. Kearns 2, E. Foley 1, T. Sevenson 1, C. Iorangi 1, A. Sheers 1. Mirboo North best: R. Kratzat, L. Oddy, T. Paterson, A. Irwin, A. Krausz, J. Mason. Yinnar best: A. Hendrikse, M. Smith, S. Findlay, J. Bugeja, B. McCormack, C. Iorangi.

• Wonthaggi table tennis

Duff stands tall

Down and out: Adam Millar takes a tumble as his team mate Brent Harriage is left to create some kind of miracle with the ball as the Tigers Reserves’ hopes of reaching the biggest game of the came asunder against Newborough in Saturday. plus plenty of pace, precision and purpose everywhere in the arena. Liam Swallow, Jayden Hohmann and Hudson Kerr were unstoppable for the Tigers and had great back up support from teammates Lachlan Barry,

Ryan Lowrie and Dean Huynh. Lowrie was especially dangerous in the forward line and finished with four goals for the winners. A grand final appointment with Yinnar awaits the Tigers who will be try-

ing to win their third Mid Gippsland flag in a row.

Fourths Mirboo North won its way into this Saturday’s grand final with a goal in extra time over Yinnar. The mighty Tigers held a handy 19 point advan-

tage at half-time before Yinnar staged a determined comeback to draw level at full time. Mirboo North meets Newborough at the Morwell Recreation Reserve to decide this year’s Mid Gippsland premiership.

The town’s pride to own MIRBOO North’s A Grade will go where the Tigers’ Senior footballers won’t when it represents the club in the grand final this Saturday. The Tigers’ Thirds and Fourths football team will carry the club’s hopes with the Sherrin. It appears on the strength of its semi final victory 45 – 37 victory over Newborough on Saturday, September 3.

MALACHY O’Flynn and Jack Duff went in to the last round of B Grade competition undefeated. At the end of the much anticipated match Jack remains the undefeated player and has his goal set on reaching the end of the next round with his status intact. Malachy plays with Kindilan Hallett (Indestructable) and Jack plays with his sister Poppy (Butterfly). The result of the match was 3-2 to Butterfly with Jack and Poppy winning the vital doubles in a tense three gamer 11-9, 5-11, 12-10.

No hard feelings: from left, Malachy O’Flynn and Jack Duff shake hands after their B Grade match at Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre on Thursday, won by Jack who remains undefeated at the end of the first round.

Wonthaggi table tennis CONGRATULATIONS to all of our players who did so well at the Geelong Senior/Junior Championships on Saturday and in the Veterans Championships yesterday. There were some big changes in the A Reserve and B Grade ladders after last week’s matches. A Reserve team Jetty Jumpers (Brad Scott, Leonie Anstey, Siobhan Paxton) jumped from 6th place

to third. B Grade team Fury (Ben Kent, Callum Martin) jumped from sixth place to third. It is proving to be an interesting season.

Ladders A Grade Mustangs .................. 24 25 (122) Audi .......................... 24 22 (104) GTS........................... 16 20 (92) T Model Ford........... 16 19 (90) Shelby Cobra............... 8 18 (93) Maxima ....................... 8 16 (92) Leading players: Justin Licis 15 (63), Bruce Harmer 15 (60). A Reserve

Better than the Best 29 28 (101) The Best.................... 16 28 (92) Jetty Jumpers ............ 8 21 (78) Ponged ........................ 8 19 (75) DMack......................... 4 21 (75) Incredibles ................... 4 18 (78) Leading players: Archie Paxton (undefeated), Brad Scott 7 (22), Max Duff 7 (21) . B Grade The Ones .................. 16 20 (37) Indestructable.......... 16 14 (31) Fury ............................ 8 12 (27) Butterfly ..................... 8 12 (30) Mean Machine ............ 8 10 (23) Porsche ........................ 4 9 (22) Leading players: Jack Duff (undefeated), Malachy O’Flynn 9 (18).

Absolutely mine: Dani Hilliar shows the brawn that powered Mirboo North Football Netball Club’s A Graders into the Mid Gippsland League grand final this Saturday.

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Sea Eagles celebrate success INVERLOCH Kongwak Football Netball Club cel- Amazing netballers: from left, C Grade’s coach’s award reebrated another successful year at a presentation eve- cipient Jodie Truman with runner up best and fairest Clare Unstoppable: from left, U/17s best and fairest Abbey McPeterson and best and fairest Alli Hayes. Caughan with runner up best and fairest Brooke Anderson ning last Friday. and coach’s award recipient Tanika McCaughan.

The club congratulated its players and coaches on a fantastic season, in which all sides were finals contenders. In particular, the club celebrated its Thirds and U/13s, which took out premiership wins. The club also acknowledged its members, volunteers, sponsors and parents in true club spirit. Inverloch Kongwak will be moving on from the Alberton League into the West Gippsland League in 2017.

Top guns: from left, the Reserves’ most determined player was Simon Zammit, best and fairest was Shane Buxton, runner up best and fairest was Josh Truman and best team man was Ben Miller. Absent: most consistent Bill Blundy and Best players: from most improved Ebon Storti. U/13s’ runner up best fairest Ella Sadler with and fairest Holly Van Plight. Absent: most proved Charli Igoe.

left, and best Der im-

Club spirit: Siobhan Griffin and Jordan Teakle were named Inverloch Kongwak’s junior club people of the year.

Best in B: from left, B Grade’s Bec Hawking received the outstanding team player award, Kasey Teakle was best and fairest, and Katherine Jackson was runner up best and fairest. The girls were coached by Rach Millar (second right). Above, Footy legends: from left, Senior’s best team man Tom Wyatt, runner up best and fairest Craig O’Rielly, and equal best and fairest Corey Casey and Dylan Clark with coach Ben Soumilas. Absent: Dan Reid, also equal best and fairest.

Netball greats: from left, A Grade’s runner up best and fairest was Renee Pilkington, best and fairest was Janelle Smyth, and the coach’s award recipient was Emily Azzopardi. The girls were coached by Rebecca Wright.

Premiers: from left, Ryan Sparkes (coach’s award), Jarvis Pryor (coach’s award), Zane Javier (most determined), Lachlan Scott (runner up best and fairest), Ollie Hutton (most consistent), Oscar Toussaint (best and fairest), Shane Bertacco (coach) and Paul Taranto (assistant) celebrated an incredible season. Absent: Louis Paxton, most improved.

Fourths champs: assistants Tom Cannon and Brian Roylance and coach Phil Benson congratulated Jake Benson (most determined), Chris McLean (most consistent), Ryan Sparkes (runner up best and fairest), Aiden Box (best team man), Ty Scarce (most improved) and Josh Bates (best and fairest) on an outstanding year.

Outstanding effort: Sindy Presidents’ awards: were received by Bruno Toussaint and Boyd received the senior net- Dave Teakle. Dale Lawton picked up the Steve Fisher Club ball club person of the year Culture Award. trophy.

Honoured: Peter Butcher received the Brian Archibald Memorial Award for senior Stars: from left, U/15s’ runner up best and fairest Ella Morfootball club person of the com and coach’s award recipient Rahni Mann with best and year. fairest Lanni Pryor.

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Panthers celebrate 2016 season KILCUNDA Bass Football Netball Club wrapped up its 2016 season with a presentation night last Friday. In its last year in the Alberton League, Kilcunda Bass’ Seniors football side fell short in the elimination final against Inverloch Kongwak. The club celebrated the end of the season with a din-

ner held at the clubrooms and congratulated the players and coaches on another great season. Volunteers, sponsors, helpers, parents and members were thanked for their contribution throughout the season. The club is looking forward to its shift into the West Gippsland League in 2017.

Achievements: from left, C Grade’s runner up best and fairest was Tayla Kershaw, best and fairest was Annabelle Townsend and the coach’s award was presented to Angel Horvath. Rhiannon Grinham coached C Grade this year. Top players: from left, the U/17s best and fairest was Kahlee Lean, Ingrid Nunn received the coach’s award and Jen Bals was the runner up best and fairest. The girls were coached by Keely Scott.

B Grade’s best: from left, Leah Burston picked up the coach’s award, Jasmine Wilson was runner up best and fairest and Ashleigh Verdon was named best and fairest.

Young guns: from left, the U/15s coach’s award was presented to Tannah Lean, while Juliette Townsend received runner up best and fairest and Georgia Burston received best and fairest. The girls were coached by Leah Burston this year.

Footy stars: back from left, runner up best and fairest was Joel Bastwrous, most determined was Ned Bradley, Brett Jones was most improved, Seth Bent was most consistent, middle from left, the best and fairest was Jack Rosenow, the coach’s award was received by Martin Graham-Edden, front, and Cooper Logan was the best team player in the Fourths this year. The boys were coached by Dale Rosenow (back centre). Absent, best utility Adam Honeysett.

Netball stars: coached by Brylie Wilson (centre), Lisa Steel (left) received the most improved award and Laura Robbins received runner up best and fairest. Absent, best and fairest Bonnie Griffiths. Reserves’ finest: coached by Bradley Drew (centre), from left, Christian Elliott received best utility, Gavin Wallace was best and fairest, Jake Born was most consistent and Matt Toft received the coach’s award. Absent runner up best and fairest Anthony Jerrard.

Footy greats: from left, Seniors’ leading goal kicker Kael Bergles, most consistent player Danny Wells, coach and best and fairest Chris Endres, and most valuable players Daniel Mock and Dale Crawford were celebrated at Kilcunda Bass’ presentation night last Friday.

Great season: from left, most determined Robbie Taylor, coach’s award recipient Riley Cousins, most courageous Taylor Burgess, coach Dean Pipicelli, best and fairest Sean Casey, runner up best and fairest Sam Watson and most improved Jaymes Lawrie celebrate the Thirds’ season at Friday’s presentation night.

Newhaven surfs ahead NEWHAVEN College has celebrated another first for its Surfing Academy with the launch of a set of handbooks on Wednesday, August 24.

It’s academic: back from left, representing Island Surfboards and past Newhaven College student Sandy Ryan, chair of the Newhaven College Board of Directors Greg Price, surfing coaches Mal Gregson and Geoff Owens (also from the National Surfing Reserve). Front from left, Phillip Island Boardriders Club president Bill Yusko, National Surfing Reserve Eleanor McKay, Cr Phil Wright, Head of Newhaven College Surfing Academy Andy Neal, Newhaven College principal Gea Lovell and Member for Bass Brian Paynter gathered at Newhaven College to mark the launch of a set of handbooks on surfing.

The college’s Surfing Academy was the first of its kind in Victorian schools. The academy was developed to provide students with a structured program and pathway for developing skills that could lead to elite performance or employment opportunities in the surf industry. Four handbooks have been developed by the head of the Surfing Academy, Andy Neal and recently retired head coach, Mal Gregson. Titled ‘Have A Go’, ‘Out the Back’, ‘Over The Edge’ and ‘The Next Level’, the handbooks provide students of all

abilities with focussed goals to help them progress from a complete beginner to a competitive surfer. As students complete each level they receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement and recognising their mastery of the set skills. Both Andy and Mal thanked college principal Gea Lovell for her support when they came to her five years ago with the idea of starting the Surfing Academy. Cr Phil Wright, chair of the Newhaven College Board Greg Price, member of the board Melanie Hibbins), local surfing VIPs and Newhaven College’s elite surfers also attended the launch. Guest speaker and Member for Bass, Brian Paynter, complemented Gea and Newhaven College for its forethought and innovation in offering surfing as part of a diverse curriculum that keeps students engaged and at school for as long

as possible. Sharing his own experience as a beginner surfer, Brian said he learned a lot through reading the handbooks that he will implement on his next surf. He was ‘blown away’ to learn of the success that Newhaven College has recorded in competitive surfing in its short history. The college has amassed 21 State School Individual Championships, six National Pairs Titles and four School Team Title wins. Brock Jeffrey-Warren and Sophie Fletcher have become Victorian Champions, Joe and Nikki van Dijk have Australian Championships to their name, and Nikki is now on the world tour and was the ASP World Junior Champion in 2012 when studying Year 12 at Newhaven.

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Giants march on Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club marked a famous year at its annual presentation and awards night. It is a year that has not been without its ups and downs but there is one thing for sure, historically, 2016 was a turning point for the

Thirds: from left, runner-up best and fairest Matt Kennewell, best and fairest Jesse Harris, coach Mario Arestia, most consistent Alex Walker and best team player Kurt Cosson. Absent: most determined Poaki Ahokava, coach’s award Josh Hill and most improved Travis Jones.

Seniors: back from left, runners-up best and fairest Luke VanRooye, most improved Zack Walker, best team man Cam Trewin, best and fairest Ben Fitzpatrick, coach’s award Jye Celebrine and coach Dean Hendricks. Absent: most determined Will Jeffs and most consistent Sam Edward.

club as it moves on to become a founding member of the West Gippsland Football Netball League. Absent on holidays, Andrew Newton was named the best club person and the club would like to acknowledge the great work he has done throughout the year for the club.

A Grade: from left, best and fairest Christie Hillberg and runner-up best and fairest Kim Hillberg. Absent: coach’s award Gemma Dixon.

Special awards: newly inducted life member Karen Sorrell, club president Ross Besley and newly inducted life member John Myors. Absent: best club person: Andrew Newton.

Under 13: from left, most valuable player Erin Trewin, most improved Zoe Patterson and coach’s award Ellie Newton.

Reserves: back from left, coach Eddy Edwards, most consistent Pete Kyle, best and fairest Jimmy Kyle, most determined Jamie Walker, coach’s award Matt Whiteside, runnerup best and fairest Ben Shultz, most improved Blake Walker. Front: encouragement award Chris Wall.

Netball milestones: from left, Amy White 150 games, Lou McMeekin 250 games and Alanna Besley 100 games. Absent: Cheryl Nicholas 150 games.

C Grade: from left, joint runner-up best and fairest Tenae Dixon, best and fairest Amy White, coach’s award Brianna Harper. Absent: joint runner-up best and fairest Cheryl Nicholas.

Under 11: the littlest of all the club’s netballers received medallions to mark a fun year. Fourths: coach’s award Tom Anthony, runner-up best and fairest Tristan Halliday, coach Nick Besley and most improved Kelson Lia. Absent: best and fairest Josh Hill and most consistent Trav Whiteside.

Under 17: from left, coach’s award Alana Hanegraaf, best and fairest Shae Kyle and runner-up best and fairest Ellie Holmes.

B Grade: from left, most consistent Jude Reynolds, best and fairest Zoe Archer and runner-up best and fairest Jaimie-Lee Jeffs.

Under 15: from left, coach Alanna Besley, best and fairest Seanan Trewin, runner-up best and fairest Esther Evans, coach’s award Sophie Walker and coach Shelley Snooks.

Football milestones: from left, James Fowles 100 games, Matt Whiteside 300 games and Jamie Walker 300 games. Absent: Nick Besley 100 games.

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Parrots Reserves fly into final THE Parrots Reserves only just scraped home.

Wrapped up: Mitch Dennison (57) has his Traralgon Reserves opponent trapped as team mate Jess Hickey stands ready to lend assistance.

Up by nine points at three quarter time and then with Traralgon coming out and kicking the next two, it required the team to dig deep. And dig deep it did and with the last two goals of the match gained a position in the grand final in a fortnight’s time by the skin of the teeth. It wasn’t an attractive game of football to watch and why, well that is a hard one to explain. Perhaps it was the swirling breeze which led to inaccurate kicking. It was a low scoring affair and in the third quarter there was not one solitary goal kicked by either team; eight behinds, no majors.

Matt Davies thinks it is one of those games that is hard to explain. It was a game that wasn’t easy to prepare for from the beginning as the teams had only met once and that was in the first half of the season. It was difficult for each team to load the cannon with the right amount of fire power because you didn’t know what to expect. The pressure of the game was also a factor and created skill errors you wouldn’t expect to see from players you wouldn’t expect to find making them. There were things the match committee will consider when it comes to selecting the team to play its grand final opponent (Traralgon or Maffra).

• Thirds

• Fourths

Parrots steal win in nail biter LEONGATHA’S Thirds pipped Moe at the post in the semi final clash on the weekend. The ‘never die’ attitude of the young Parrots got them over the line, despite Moe overpowering them in the first half. With a 24 point margin separating the two teams, the Parrots rose up and fought back in the second half. By third quarter they had narrowed the margin to just four points, then something clicked and the team worked together to take home the

Traralgon’s full forward Tyler Mustoe was a worry for the coaching team. He had four goals on the board but after half time Ben Chalmers was successful in shutting him down. Half forward Brent Fitzgerald was named best on the ground and Jack Ginnane was good all day. Jake Mackie kicked one goal four for the day and marked everything that came his way. Five guys didn’t get a guernsey in semi so anyone who was a passenger might find they have played their past game for the year. It all comes down to match up of course. The match committee will decide on the fire power and which guns are firing.

win by 12 points. The final score was Leongatha 79 to Moe 67. Kaj Patterson was the Parrots’ best player on the day. Playing down both ends, he was lively and had an influence in every position, and put three majors on the board. The Parrots will come up against Traralgon in the preliminary final. Traralgon defeated them on both occasions during the home and away season, but the Parrots are determined and up for the challenge.

RESERVES Leongatha 6.10.46 Traralgon 6.7.43 Leongatha goals: J. Ginnane 2, B. Fitzgerald 2, C. Johnston 1, T. Olden 1. Traralgon goals: T. Mustoe 4, H. Akram 1, J. Bishop 1. Leongatha best: B. Fitzgerald, C. Rump, B. Chalmers, J. Mackie, C. Salmon, C. Johnston. Traralgon best: J. Bishop, J. Symons, D. Pearce, N. Quenault, H. Akram, T. Mustoe.

Parrots glide into preliminary L E O N G AT H A’ S Fourths have sailed into the preliminary final after a solid win over Sale last weekend.

The Parrots established dominance in the game early, kicking seven goals in the first half. Kyle Reid put the first major on the scoreboard, and contributed one other

UNDER 18 Leongatha 12.7.79 Moe 10.7.67 Leongatha goals: K. Patterson 3, S. Forrester 1, J. Patullo 1. Moe goals: J. De Virgilio 2, S. Van Dyk 2, N. Lee 1, L. McKay 1, J. Murphy 1, B. Bosman 1, J. Simpson 1, A. Young 1. Leongatha best: K. Patterson, T. Sauvarin, J. Van der Kolk, S. Forrester, J. Patullo, W. Graeme. Moe best: T. Fleming, J. De Virgilio, C. Staff, M. Pearce, L. Carrodus, A. Skinner.

UNDER 16 Leongatha 10.9.69 Sale 3.3.21

United we stand: Parrots, from left, Kyle Cooper, Eddie Smith, Jesse Patullo (27) and Wes Graeme flock to the cause as the ball goes begging.

Leongatha goals: B. Patterson 2, K. Reid 2, J. van der Pligt 1, B. Perry 1, L. Scott 1, D. Garnham 1, B. Motton 1, B. Hastings 1. Sale goals: T. Stephenson 1, C. Doultree 1, L. Jones 1. Leongatha best: B. Motton, L. Scott, D. Garnham, B. Hastings, J. Lamers, M. Bentvelzen . Sale best: J. McFarland, M. Reeves, K. Dunkley, J. McLaren, D. Sclater, W. Mayne.

Go team: Ben Perry and Mitch Bentvelzen get in front of Sale and play their part in winning the Parrots Fourths a place in this Saturday’s preliminary final.

goal on the day. The back line applied just as much pressure, keeping Sale to just one goal before the half time siren. Working man on man, the defence was a lot more stable and effective, showing definite improvement going into the finals series. A few position changes and injuries caused a rocky second half for Leongatha, but it still maintained a strong lead. The final score was 69 points in Leongatha’s favour to Sale’s 21. The Parrots hope to be back to full strength for the preliminary final against Traralgon, with one concussion still under investigation. Leongatha was defeated in its last meeting with Traralgon but hopes to continue the man on man defence seen in last weekend’s game to ensure the opponent doesn’t get away from it.

Parrots girls fly in finals LEONGATHA B Grade came through a tight semi-final match against Morwell at Moe on Sunday. Results A Grade: 1st semi - Moe 44 d Morwell 43, 2nd semi Traralgon 45 d Drouin 44. B Grade: 1st semi - Leongatha 47 d Morwell 43, 2nd semi - Maffra 33 d Traralgon 31. C Grade: 1st semi - Moe 42 d Sale 35, 2nd semi - Trar-

algon 36 d Wonthaggi 31. Under 17: 1st semi - Drouin 39 d Traralgon 27, 2nd semi - Moe 35 d Sale 28. Under 15: 1st semi - Traralgon 38 d Moe 36, 2nd semi - Wonthaggi 45 d Maffra 42. Under 13: 1st semi - Maffra 36 d Leongatha 30, 2nd semi - Bairnsdale 31 d Sale 25.

Left, On the ball: Kate Sperling controls the ball ahead of her Morwell opponent as the Parrots won to earn a berth in the preliminary final this weekend.

Passion: U13 netballers show the emotion that comes with finals as Makenzi Gourlay (WD) and Milla Fixter (C) contest the ball with a Maffra opponent.

Cycling teams through to regionals POOWONG and Korumburra Primary Schools will head to regionals next month after competing in the Bike Ed Challenge last week.

Bike ed stars: Poowong Primary School’s A and B bike ed teams – comprising back from left, Rylee, Summer, Blake, Henry, Mackenzie, Charlie, Owen, Harry, Sterling, front from left, Alexis, Summer, Ben, Jake, Tyler and Meg – were victorious in the bike ed challenge at Korumburra Primary School last week.

Hosted by Korumburra Primary School, the Bike Ed Challenge saw four schools compete in a range of road safety challenges, all on two wheels. Eight students competed on each team and completed a series of 10 tasks; a bicycle roadworthy check, the balance beam, the slow ride, checking and screening, riding out of driveways, traffic lights, the slalom, the minefield, the figure eight, and riding with cars and signals. Points were lost if cyclists hit any cones and the school with the highest amount of points at the end of the day was the winner – this was Poowong Primary School. Roadsafe’s traffic safety educator Don Turner and

Wonthaggi Police’s Brendan Horrocks were there to educator the students on the day. Mr Turner said the bike education program starts in the classroom, where students learn the road rules. They are then given the opportunity to hone their bike riding skills in the schoolyard, where intersections and traffic are simulated. Once these skills have developed sufficiently, the children are taught how to ride safely in the road system. “It’s all to do with road safety and ensuring children are safe when they are riding their bikes,” Mr Turner said. “Ideally, students should be getting 10 hours of bike ed practice per year over three years.” Mr Turner has assisted with four Bike Ed Challenges this year, and works alongside Wellington, Bass Coast and South Gippsland shire councils.”

Fun and safe: Foster Primary School’s Zarli and Tayla demonstrated how to safely ride a bike at the Bike Ed Challenge at Korumburra Primary School.

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • Gippsland League Second Semi-Final

The loss Parrots had to have UNDEFEATED Leongatha came in as red hot favourites but went home without the win as the business end of the season hit home on Saturday. The Parrots lowered its colours to Maffra by 11 points in the second semi final at Morwell in a major upset but unlike last year Leongatha has a chance to atone for its ordinary game on the weekend. Finishing on top of the ladder fortunately has its benefits, with the double chance, but the Parrots will need to bring its “A” game as it is now having to play Traralgon in the preliminary final this Saturday at, guess where, Traralgon. The grand final loss to Traralgon at Traralgon last season is still very much in the back of Leongatha’s minds and they’ll have to work extra hard now to make the grand final. Some would say Saturday was the loss Leongatha had to have. Given that it hasn’t played much hard football in the last month Leongatha’s match on Saturday at least gave it match practice in finals conditions and an idea of where it needs to improve.

The early part of this match wasn’t pretty with the ball tied up in scrimmages. It took a long time for goals to be kicked as play oscillated between half forward lines and neither side able to score more than behinds. Maffra seemed to have the edge but it wasn’t until the 20 minutes mark that it managed a major and then two minutes later its second and no one could deny that the lead was their reward for having more of the ball. Inside fifties were significantly in favour of Maffra who looked more dangerous as a team passing the ball more purposefully and cleanly. The Parrots were handling the slippery ball less deftly and frequently turning it over making hard work if it for the defenders who were holding up well. Nerves were playing a big part in the opening; Tom Marriott mishandled the ball into the hands of his opponent and the Parrots paid as the ball was delivered to an Eagle unmarked in the pocket who goaled. The game was played in cool conditions with the wind sock indicating a strong cross ground breeze which, mercifully for Leongatha fans, may have contributed to Maffra’s inaccuracy in a seven to three scoring shots

Clear run: Joel Sinclair has clear space as he moves the ball on for Leongatha.

quarter containing the deficit to just nine points. Light drizzle throughout the match saw those at the front of the grandstand making for cover further back in the stand. At quarter time Beau Vernon asked his players to do what neither side had clearly managed: own the corridor. The standard of play lifted. Direction from both coaches had set the game on a new trajectory. Cade Maskell snapped a lovely goal to bring the Parrots back to within two points and soon after he scuppered his second through after playing on from a mark in the pocket. Things were suddenly brighter and Aaron Hillberg had a chance to goal from a free kick but scored a behind. Hayden Browne was tackled bringing the ball back into play after a Maffra behind and was lucky to only give away a behind but the ensuing play resulted in a goal anyway. Browne, playing very well generally, gained 50 metres from a mark at centre half back, and had the opportunity to make amends but the kick was offline for a behind. At half time the game was poised on a knife edge with a three point lead to the Eagles; 4.9 to the Parrots 4.6. Less than two minutes into the third and the Parrots had the lead for the first time in the match with a lovely pass from Maskell to Hillberg who goaled. The lead was short lived when Maffra replied from a goal constructed from possession football working the ball forward to players finding space. Hillberg had a chance from close range but kicked the ball into the man on the mark. Another chance for Hillberg saw him loft the ball high into the goal post. Zac Vernon marked the Maffra back’s kickout and passed it to Hillberg in the pocket and another behind to level the scores. Another chance to take the lead was squandered when Browne passed to Maskell who passed to Vernon who marked then missed from 45 metres. The chances were there but narrow misses were not converting them to majors. The Parrots had managed to maintain play in their 50 metre arc but the series

Looking forward: Lochie Du Mont takes a clear possession as he looks for options, Tom Marriott, left, and Matt Borschmann, right, both provide assistance. Photo by domamato. of opportunities resulted in little gain and finally the ball swung to the other end of the ground and an unlucky free against Lochie Du Mont was thankfully only a behind. From the kick in the Maffra big man Trent Knobel with the lion’s share of clearances, edging out Ben Willis, intercepted a pass and Maffra scored the easy goal to go to a six point lead at the 15 minute mark. From the middle it worked the ball forward into the hands of Maffra’s Kade Renooy 15 metres out, directly in front, and a 12 point lead. The tone of the quarter had been set; the Parrots had dithered and squandered chances and when its turn came the Eagles stamped its authority on the game. Three more goals and it turned the home straight with a five goal lead to the Eagles in a horror period of the third quarter for Leongatha. Vernon made an impassioned address asking his players to dig deep. “Show me how much you want it,” he implored his men. Too many at the contests he said; more spread. “We need a lift out of a lot of blokes, we need to dig deep.” He told them to get their heads up and take the game on. It was the last roll of the match dice and he couldn’t

In possession: Brock Davidson gathers the ball for Leongatha as Pat McGrath awaits at the outcome. Photo by domamato. have rolled it better. It was a coach’s six; it was big and it was strong. But was there enough belief in the camp? This felt like Maffra’s day; it had felt that way from fairly early in the game. Whenever the play had flowed it had seemed to flow the Eagles’ way and when they took a 35 point lead with the first goal of the last quarter it was soul destroying for the Leongatha faithful. The cheers from the Maffra followers grew louder and more confident. A late rally saw Leongatha pull the lead back with four unanswered goals.

Verboon, Maskell and Hillberg - no three players had done more to produce a different result to the one played out. Maskell’s was the third of the four and reduced the margin to 17 but it came with a Bronx cheer at the 27 minute mark. Hillberg’s second goal was sailing through at the 29 minute mark as the siren of defeat rang out across the ground. The team will rally ahead of this weekend’s preliminary final. There weren’t too many Dunstall moments in the match of players throwing caution to the wind to risk life

and limb with hunger for the football. Maffra went in harder - few would doubt it did - it was the team with the initiative and the pennies fell its way.

Maffra 11.11.77 Leongatha 9.12.66 Maffrra goals: S. Pleming 4, T. Jolly 3, M. Coleman 2, K. Renooy 1, K. Porter 1. Leongatha goals: C. Maskell 3, C. Verboon 2, A. Hillberg 2, J. Hopkins 1, Z. Vernon 1. Maffra best: K. Porter, D. Butcher, S. Pleming, M. Coleman, S. Walker, D. O’Brien. Leongatha best: B. Willis, H. Browne, A. Hillberg, C. Maskell, S. Westaway, T. Marriott.

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