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Diamond studded festival DAFFODILS are in full bloom for Leongatha’s 60th anniversary Daffodil Festival that starts this Thursday, August 25 when all roads lead to the stunning floral display in the Memorial Hall and a fabulous line up of events around the district. From left students from the Leongatha Primary School Lily, Charley, Josh and Kitty are thrilled to be entering this year’s event with their freshly bloomed daffodils. See pages 20-22.



NO NEW landfills is the key recommendation of the draft Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan now out for public comment. This is bad news for French waste management giant Veolia, which proposed to develop a new landfill at Leongatha South. See story page 3.

Rubbish dump closure angers Inverloch residents

By Tayla Kershaw INVERLOCH was dealt a crushing blow after Bass Coast Shire Council voted to shut down the Inverloch tip at its meeting last Wednesday night. The closure of the tip will come into effect in September, 2017, and will mean the land will be rehabilitated into a reserve. However, Inverloch residents will lose a well used asset and will have to travel to Wonthaggi to dump their rubbish. To ease the pain, deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew added plans to upgrade

to the Wonthaggi transfer station to his motion, but it was not enough to appease furious residents – particularly with council elections just two months away. “The decision to close the Inverloch transfer station is just one more deplorable decision delivered by councillors against the Bass Coast community,” president of the newly formed Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association Kevin Griffin said. “I’m confident this decision will spur the community to action to have the decision reversed by a new incoming council after the forthcoming election. In a six to one vote in favour of the closure, only Cr Clare Le Serve stood

against her fellow councillors, believing there wasn’t enough evidence presented to justify the decision. However, other councillors felt the voices heard at the two community workshops held in July did not represent the community as a whole. “The transfer station is out of step with our values. We are lucky as a town to have our natural assets. We were given a mandate to review our services and the environment is our legacy. I don’t want to be looked at as a council that other councils needed to clean up,” mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said. “A vote against the closure is to keep it as a dump and not as a natural asset. A vote against is to be persuaded

by loud voices who do not represent the whole community.” Cr Andrew Phillips also felt there was strong support behind council’s decision to close the transfer station. “If we had a transfer station in Cowes, would we want one in Newhaven? I don’t think we would and it’s the same difference between Inverloch and Wonthaggi,” he said. “We’ve had several letters and emails in support of closing the transfer station, so it’s not as simple as it seems. When you close a service, people will be upset, but we have to think about the whole shire, not just Inverloch.” Continued on page 3.

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Mega dump relief for now NO NEW landfills is the key recommendation of the draft Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Implementation Plan now out for public comment. This is bad news for French waste management giant Veolia, which proposed to develop a new landfill at Leongatha South. A Leongatha South resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was eagerly awaiting the release of the draft plan and was thrilled the Veolia development is not likely to go ahead for now. The resident said the site is next to a quarry where blasting still occurs. “Good water runs through it and around in basalt aquifers which feed into the Woorayl groundwater basin. That water feeds into a lot of farms and is possibly also used for domestic water,” they said. “Farm and agriculture is sustainable going through generations, whereas this landfill only had an expected lifespan of 15 years. “Looking at it long term, it didn’t make much sense.” The draft plan said Gippsland’s existing landfills

run by local government have sufficient airspace to enough land space in existing landfills around the cope with the needs of the region for at least 10 years. Gippsland region,” he said. The plan said works approvals will be required to allow extensions of a number of the current landfills to meet future needs. Should these works approvals not be granted, or if councils decide to discontinue landfill operations for any other reasons, then a process of seeking interest from other providers may take place. The Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group is now seeking industry and community views on a draft plan Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Board chair Dick Ellis said they will be undertaking a series of sessions across Gippsland to allow interested groups and individuals to discuss the details of the plan, including at Leongatha last Friday. and Wonthaggi on Tuesday, September 20, and Phillip Island on Wednesday, September 21. Ian Needham, engagement and education team leader with Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group, said the report stated an assessment about whether landfills are required is based on community needs. “There is no demonstrated need for new landfills, given the resource recovery group believes there is

Inverloch woman dies in Cambodia

REDUCING landfill reliance is a priority for the Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GWRRG).

International tragedy: Inverloch’s Kristy Blackney died in Cambodia at the weekend. and studied beauty therapy. A crowdfunding campaign has begun to bring Ms Blackney’s body home and to help with her funeral costs. To support the campaign, go to www.

Tip trashed Continued from page 1. Cr Drew said the decision was not made lightly, but it was an effort to ensure Bass Coast remains a low rating shire. “We understand there will be some angst but there is a change coming to waste and the long term benefits will outweigh the short term pain,” he said. The coming change is the introduction of a green organic waste bin to be collected weekly in effort to cut down the amount of food scraps and organic kitchen waste going to landfill.

Feedback: from left, Leongatha South’s Ron Wangman gave feedback to Gippsland Waste and Resource Recovery Group CEO Matthew Peake about the draft implementation plan for future waste management at a consultation session in Leongatha last Friday.

Better future for waste management

SOUTH Gippsland is mourning the loss of an Inverloch woman who died in Cambodia on the weekend. Website reported Kristy Blackney, 24, was found floating in the river by the owner of a backpackers lodge, presumed drowned. A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the department was providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian woman who died in Cambodia. According to her Facebook page, Ms Blackney had previously being holidaying in Phuket, Thailand and visited a tattoo shop, before heading to Cambodia. The Star received a report to say the owner of Arcadia Backpackers at Kampot found Ms Blackney in the river around 10am on August 21 and notified authorities. Her Facebook page lists her as a beloved friend and the life of a party. The former student at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College owned a business, Earths Treasures, and had worked in hospitality in Perth and Fremantle, Western Australia, and in Melbourne. She had also managed property at PBE Real Estate

The draft implementation plan is now available online at

Although the decision was handed down almost unanimously, Mr Griffin said he will continue to fight for the people of Inverloch. “This decision flies in the face of the wishes of a clearly demonstrated majority of the community,” he said. “I can assure the people of Bass Coast that their new Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association will work alongside the community to ensure that every endeavour is made to have this appalling decision reversed.”

The GWRRG draft implementation plan was recently released for public consultation in Leongatha in an effort to better manage waste into the future. GWRRG engagement and education team leader Ian Needham said the group believed there was enough airspace in the five Gippsland landfills to appropriately service the community for well beyond 10 years. “We expect small landfills to close but there is no need for more landfill space unless things change dramatically,” he said. GWRRG CEO Matthew Peake said part of the plan is to identify sites where infrastructure can and cannot be built early to avoid troubling the community. “This is a proactive approach to ensure infrastructure – whether it be for composting sites or landfills – does not encroach on farming land,” he said. Education is another big part of the draft plan to build responsibility and accountability in the community. Leongatha South’s Ron Wangman suggested using a penalty system to stop illegal dumping and to move the public to do the right thing with their waste. “People often resist the cost of landfill and if they think the cost is too high, they will dump their rubbish anywhere. That’s something that needs to be looked at,” he said. “A point system or rebate could be used as encouragement to deal with waste properly.”

Mr Needham said hot spots would be monitored around tourism areas as part of the plan. “We are receiving new data on problem areas to identify the magnitude of illegal dumping, and reduce the cost for landowners and environmental damage,” he said. The GWRRG will have a similar session in Foster today (August 23) and in Wonthaggi later next month to discuss finalising the implementation plan.



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Everyday heroes rewarded By Sarah Vella ON December 16, 2011 four people came to the assistance of a Dumbalk man, who was unconscious in his burning house. Those four people have been commended for brave conduct and will officially receive their awards at Government House later in the year. Toby Paul from Dumbalk, Sergeant Deryn Ricardo, Alex Kuhne from Inverloch and Alexandra Lloyd from Dumbalk North all assisted to rescue the man. Toby said on the night, he was at home with his wife Sharelle putting together a bicycle for his daughter for Christmas. “A friend phoned to ask what we were burning, which was nothing, so we walked outside and the town was full of smoke,” he said. Toby said he realised there was a house was on fire and heard a dog barking inside, so he rushed in to get the animal out. Alex, Deryn and Alexandra were already inside the house, which was filled with smoke, causing poor visibility. “I had no idea there was a man in the house until a girl with a torch (Alexandra) started screaming there was a person on the couch,” Toby said. “That’s when my attention turned to him and getting him out of the house safely.” Once Toby and Alex located the unconscious man, they spent some time trying to wake him up. He eventually got up and Toby and Alex helped him out of the house. Once the man had been helped from the house, Toby made sure the dog was also safe. “I knew the house was on fire, I just thought going in there to get the dog out was something

Super man: Dumbalk’s Toby Paul has been commended for brave conduct, for the part he played in rescuing a Dumbalk man and his dog from a burning house in 2011. anyone would do,” he said. “It is what I would hope my neighbours would do for me. I knew the fire brigade was on its way but I didn’t know how long it would be and it could have been too late for the occupants.” On receiving notice of his bravery award, Toby said it was nice to be recognised for his actions. “I thought it was all gone and forgotten until I received the letter in the mail. At the time (of the fire) I didn’t even think about it, I just did what I thought I should do,” he said. “He was a lucky man, if no one went it, I am sure he would have died.” Sergeant Deryn Ricardo said the actions of the people involved in the rescue were impressive.

“People who receive these types of awards often say with great humility, ‘I did what anyone else would have done’, but this isn’t always the case,” she said. “My actions were a reflection of my training and experience, but the actions of the young people on the day, including Toby, were exemplary. “They were calm and collected and worked together to get the man and his dog out of the house, saving their lives.” Sgt Ricardo said they put themselves in harm’s way to save someone else. “And for that I can’t speak highly enough of all three young people involved. Their actions and bravery deserve the recognition of this award,” she said.

Tidy honours for Coal Creek COAL Creek Community Park and Museum has been announced as a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2016 Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards in three categories. The Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards encourage, motivate and celebrate sustainability achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia. To be recognised in three categories with three different projects demonstrates Coal Creek Community Park and Museum’s capacity to reach beyond tourism, according to park coordinator Rowena Ashley.

“The Tidy Towns name has always been synonymous with community pride and as a finalist, it demonstrates our commitment to cohesion and above all community action,” she said. “The awards encourage, motivate and celebrate the sustainability achievements at a grassroots level and Coal Creek’s dedication to education.” Coal Creek is a finalist in the following categories: • Community Government Partnerships - Coal Creek Professional Development Local; • History Network Cultural Heritage - The Story of the Dawes Brothers: Our Communities Anzac History; and • Environmental Sustainability - Interpretive

Self-guided History Tour. Ms Ashley attributed much of the park’s success to its committed volunteers, with Coal Creek joining other finalist communities representing an estimated 96,740 hours of community service from more than 2700 volunteers. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Horsham on October 15. “I am looking forward to celebrating with all the finalists,” Keep Victoria Beautiful Board chairman Dick Gross said. “There were outstanding applications in all categories for this famous awards program and this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the state’s amazing volunteers!”

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Brothers in arms: from left, Barry Heard from Bairnsdale, Col James from Leongatha and Hank Wolswinkel from Kardella at the cenotaph in front of the Leongatha Memorial Hall at the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Battle of Long Tan.

Honourable: Dr Bob Birrell at the wreath laying ceremony. He said it was a privilege to have served and is proud of what he did to expand a medical unit caring for sick children.

Leongatha marks Long Tan 50 years By Stuart Biggins THE mayor of South Gippsland Shire Bob Newton told those gathered to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan on its 50th anniversary that the 1926 Returned Soldiers Memorial Hall was a fitting venue for the event. There were so many medals pinned to veterans in the audience that the beautiful old building must have been close to creaking under their weight. Formalities began with a wreath laying ceremony at the cenotaph and the last post was played by Cr Nigel Huchinson-Brooks. Among those laying wreaths were Vince Campisi for the Leongatha RSL and Dr Bob Birrell who laid a wreath on behalf of the Medical Surgical Teams in Support of the Diggers. He took over a 20 bed children’s unit in 1967 from who he described as “a lazy American doctor.” Within weeks Dr Birrell, still with a 20 bed facility said he had increased the number being cared for to 60. Most of the children suffered from dysentery and malnutrition and some were so far gone that nothing could be done for them. “It was a privilege to look after those children,” the doctor said. So when Cr Newton welcomed “a terrific bunch of

people to a special place,” Dr Birrell’s story was one of dozens to inspire. The councillor himself gained an exemption from active service applied for by his father who was unable to milk his cows and needed his son on the farm. Hank Wolswinkel from Kardella was a tank driver who served behind the scenes at the Puckapunyal Army Base. The date of the legendary battle is now known as Vietnam Veterans Day and the camaraderie amongst those who served will in time become folk lore. Barry Heard with that classic Australian humour clarified Mr Wolswinkel’s ranking, “He was an officer,” but only so that he could add, “All the men who weren’t good enough to make soldiers were made officers!” Later, as the guest speaker, Mr Heard author of “Well Done, Those Men” said he grew up without television and very little radio and when war broke he had no idea where Vietnam even was. He spoke about the debilitating effects of war and how on returning to Australia he spent two days drinking and swearing with the local crowd of returnees but said, “I was petrified; there was no one but me and I left. He wanted to be alone. “I could not handle it. “That was a Vietnam Veteran.” Mr Heard said he was numb, he could not feel, had no feelings and he had another duty to perform. He went to see a woman who had stayed in touch with him, writing over and over again and said to her, “I never want to see you again.”

And he told the audience on returning home from the ‘unpopular war’, “No one supported us.” A copy of his book “Well Done, Those Men” is in the White House library. Cr Nigel Huchison-Brooks also spoke at the occasion and during the Vietnam era had not yet arrived in Australia. Cr Hutchison-Brooks was born in England into a military family and Sandhurst (the Australian equivalent of Duntroon Military College in Canberra) trained. He said, “The thing we admired about Australians was their field craft and battle craft. “We admired how Australians went about their business.” The councillor told the audience that the Battle of Long Tan is not just a piece of Australian history, it is History; the two hour battle at Long Tan is, he said, on a par with what is generally regarded as the greatest defensive battle against overwhelming odds of all time, the 1879 Battle of Rorke’s Drift between the British army under attack from a force of Zulu warriors. Cr Hutchinson-Brooks presented a framed triptych of photos titled “Against all Odds” to the people of South Gippsland which he personally bought at auction for display in the foyer of the memorial hall. The limited edition print includes the names of the 18 Australian soldiers who died at the battle along with the words “You are not forgotten” and was originally displayed in the Australian War Memorial. Entertainment at the event was provided by the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band.

Limited edition: Cr Nigel HutchinsonBrooks presented “Against All Odds” to the people of South Gippsland for display in the foyer of the Leongatha Returned Soldiers Memorial Hall. As well as depictions of the Battle of Long Tan and the names of the 18 Australian soldiers killed there, it includes the words “You are not forgotten.”

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Police plea for driver safety MOTORISTS are being urged to obey a new intersection configuration in Leongatha, after an elderly man was seen driving into oncoming traffic. A new intersection is being built at the junction of Ogilvy, Bair and Long Streets and Koonwarra Road, as part of the new Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route. An elderly driver recently turned right from Bair Street into the wrong lane of Koonwarra Road, and drove into oncoming traffic that gave way to him before he pulled into the correct lane. Roadworks have resulted in changes to which drivers have to give way at the intersection.

Traffic lights are to be installed at the junction and are expected to reduce potential confusion. Sergeant Dale McCahon of Leongatha Police said roadworks contractors had reported several vehicles had entered Long Street incorrectly and police had been monitoring the intersection. “The signs are compliant with road rules and motorists are obliged to comply,” he said. “I am hopeful that people have slowly come to the realisation that they cannot enter Long Street from Roughead Street, and that as the works continue the risks will minimise.” VicRoads eastern region regional director Scott Lawrence said VicRoads had not received any reports of near misses at the Ogilvy Street intersection. “VicRoads urges motorists using this intersection to be aware of the changed road environment and to drive to the

conditions,” he said. “It is important drivers take extra care when travelling in road works. We currently have 40km/h roadworks speed limit in place 24/7, as well as signage and bollards to guide motorists through the temporary intersection until the new traffic lights are installed. “The new signalled intersection will improve access for motorists travelling along the intersecting roads, with a more efficient single cross road intersection than the two staggered intersections that had to be negotiated. “The intersection upgrade also enhances pedestrian safety with protected crossing points. We are anticipating the traffic signals could be switched on as early as the end of this month.” Works are expected to be completed by the end of this year.

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Leongatha’s future rests with council By Brad Lester THE redevelopment of the heart of Leongatha is closer to becoming a reality – albeit still up to 18 months away. South Gippsland Shire Council will tomorrow (Wednesday) vote whether or not to adopt a plan outlining the revitalisation of Bair Street, one of Leongatha’s two main streets. A report before council recommends council adopt Option B of the Leongatha Streetscape Master Plan in the wake of strong community support for that option, one of two. The plan will guide road and footpath improvements, new landscaping, street furniture and other upgrades. Should council adopt the plan tomorrow, the next step would be to prepare detailed plans for construction.

Mayor Cr Bob Newton said actual works would not start for at least 12 to 18 months, and were dependent on State Government funding. “This project will revitalise Leongatha. Businesses are struggling at the moment and the same things are not working at the moment. People are buying online and we have to do things in a different way,” he said. “These works will encourage more shoppers, and hopefully more tourists as well, to spend more money in town.” The redevelopment of Bair Street is a priority project of council, which will take over responsibility for Bair Street once the Leongatha Heavy Vehicle Alternate Route is constructed. The top concerns council received from the public about the draft plan were: • trees in Gollers Lane possibly impeding traffic; • the need for public toilets at or near Horticultural Park;

• changes to parking in Lyon Street; • concerns of too many pedestrian crossings in Bair Street; • delivery access in Lardner Place; • insufficient weather protection; and • Queensland Brush Box trees were inappropriate for Bair Street. In response, council: • will replace Queensland Brush Box species with Magnolia grandiflora ‘Exmouth’; • make pedestrian crossing across Bair Street near Horticultural Park into a raised crossing; • propose signs saying "Leongatha" at the entrances from Korumburra, Mirboo North, Inverloch and Foster and signs saying "Bair St" and "McCartin St" in the town centre; • remove a proposed pedestrian crossing in Bair Street; • re-organise parking to retain angle parking in Lyon Street, redevelop the accessible car park-

ing space to meet current standards and ensure space is retained for planting and seating; • remove proposed in-ground trees from Gollers Lane and install removable planting beds on a trial basis; and • remove proposed trees along the footpath in Lardner Place. Council did not add toilets at or near Horticultural Park, saying there were adequate public toilets in town. “The Leongatha Railway Site Transformation project due to commence in 2016 will consider the status of the existing station platform toilets and the potential to improve connections to Bair Street and the Great Southern Rail Trail,” the council report stated. A consultants report estimated the works would cost about $4.8 million but the final cost will not be known until the detailed design is done.

Foster Arts Centre comes alive THE Foster Arts Centre was filled to bursting point on Saturday morning with an enthusiastic audience for the South Gippsland Young Players Festival.

Worthy winners: Michelle Neumann and Rebecca Parker from Bendigo Bank with adjudicator, Max Rackham, and delighted students from Koonwarra Village School which won best youth production. Photo by Robert Paragreen.

Koonwarra Village School was the popular winner of the trophy for the best youth production with its staging of a self-devised play called ‘Perfectly Normal’. Adjudicator, Max Rackham, praised the Riverbend Homeschool Group and Koonwarra Village School for “presenting complex ideas clearly” in creating new play and commended their coaches, Jim Lawson and Sarah Maclean, for mentoring the students so effectively through the process of creating their own plays. Students from Mary McKillop College and Foster Primary School also enjoyed their chance to shine and earn awards in the process. The Young Players’ Awards were presented by

Rebecca Parker and Michelle Neumann representing the local Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank who sponsor the festival. FAMDA was hosting its sixteenth one a play festival and this year the prestigious Bruce Crowl Award for the most outstanding production was won by The Hartwell Players for their staging of the drama ‘Me and My Friend’. The Hartwell Players had previously won the best production trophy back in 2010 with ‘Fur Better or Worse’. Llew Vale was on hand to present the trophies on behalf of the Community Bank® Branch with a fair spread of companies earning nominations and trophies. Many people made a special effort to ensure that they were in the audience to see Leongatha Lyric’s staging of ‘The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year’ and FAMDA’s locally written melodrama, ‘Flora of the Prom’.

Visitor services live on in Wonthaggi AFTER a long battle, the visitor information services will continue to operate in the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre alongside Wonthaggi Art Space and the Wonthaggi Business Association. Growing event: Bass Coast Shire Council was thrilled to have more entries than ever before in this year’s Bass Coast Business Awards.

This decision was finalised at the Bass Coast Shire Council meeting last Wednesday. The initial decision to close the visitor information service angered the Rotary Club due to its hard work to bring the Centennial Centre and its services to the town. Wonthaggi Rotary Club secretary Gary Sharrock said the joint consortium was the outcome the club selected during the consultation process and they are happy with the result. “Our interest was in keeping the visitor services open and available. This submission was the best opportunity to do so,” he said. Though Cr Clare Le Serve shared concerns about how the three groups would share start up costs and rent, her fellow councillors felt this outcome would best benefit the community. Cr Andrew Phillips said the art component will be excellent, with artists able to use some of the space to sell their work. “It was a difficult political decision but there are some fantastic opportunities here now. The volunteers can continue to be involved and we will have three groups coming together,” he said. Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew also showed support for this outcome. “It’s not about how you start the game it’s how you finish it. We had a rocky start in this journey but at the end of the day we brought Rotary Club in and we’ve come out with something workable and flexible that delivers on all fronts and delivers efficiencies,” he said. “We’ve kicked a goal here with this multipurpose centre.”

A Maze’N Things does it again BASS Strait Direct and A Maze’N Things have taken out the major awards at the 2016 Bass Coast Business Awards. Bass Strait Direct was voted most popular and awarded the People’s Choice Award, as well as the New Business Award. A Maze’N Things was judged Bass Coast Business of the Year for the second year running – the first time a business has won the top award two years in a row. Bass Coast mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said this was a significant achievement for both businesses. “I’d like to congratulate every business who entered and it is great to see these awards growing every year, with over half of the businesses in the awards entering for the first time in 2016,” Cr Crugnale said. “I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the sponsors for their support over the years.” More than 160 people attended the awards presentation dinner at Silverwater Resort, which was also attended by deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew, Cr Kimberley Brown, Cr Neil Rankine and Bass MLA Brian Paynter. Four businesses were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and for the first time, two businesses received the same amount of votes in the People’s Choice Awards with Cheeky Goose Cafe and the San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op named joint winner in the hospitality award. The 2016 Bass Coast People’s Choice Award winners were; health and lifestyle award – Wonthaggi’s Revive Beauty and Spa, hospitality award

– San Remo’s Cheeky Goose Cafe and San Remo Fisherman’s Co-op, professional services award – Sargeants Conveyancing Bass Coast, retail business award – Newhaven’s Bass Strait Direct, tourism/attraction award – Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, and trades and services award – Chase Computers. The winner of the business excellence zero to five employees was San Remo’s Coast Magazine with San Remo’s My 24/7 Gym runner up. A Maze’N Things picked up the business excellent six plus employees with Cowes’ Wildlife Coast Cruises runner up. Newhaven’s Bass Strait Direct won the new

business award with Cowes’ Cheeky Goose Cafe runner up. The winner of the environment and sustainability award was Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm and Wattlebank Park Farm was runner up. The good access is good business award winner was Grantville’s Maru and Koala Animal Park and the runner up was Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm. The Hall of Fame inductees were A Maze’N Things, Wildlife Coast Cruises, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm and Maru Koala Animal Park.

No action on Black Spur until 2017 THE long awaited realignment of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan is unlikely to occur until next year at the earliest. VicRoads is not due to finalise a business case for the realignment of the highway at the Black Spur until the end of the year. VicRoads eastern region regional director Scott Lawrence said, “VicRoads has been working closely with South Gippsland Shire Council, freight industries, tourism bodies and the community to prepare a strategic assessment regarding the South Gippsland Highway east of Koonwarra, known as the Black Spur. “This strategic assessment is helping us to

prepare a business case, which is due to be finalised by the end of the year.” Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien recently called on the State Government to get on with the re-alignment of the Black Spur after being informed the business case is still being prepared more than two years after it was first funded. The Federal Government has already committed funding to the project. Victorian Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said state funding for the Black Spur would be considered during talks with the Federal Government about reallocating $1.5 billion in federal funding previously provided for the East West Link project Labor withdrew from Melbourne.

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Club suffers: Stony Creek Racing Club track manager Cindy Logan indicates where thieves gained entry to a machinery shed.

Thieves race off with thousands SOME $11,000 in tools, gardening equipment and safety gear was stolen from the Stony Creek Racing Club last week when thieves broke into a big Colorbond machinery shed sometime between 3pm on Friday, August 12 and Monday morning, August 15. Leading Senior Sergeant John Hynd from the Wonthaggi Police is heading the investigation and police attended on Monday morning after the robbery was reported. According to Stony Creek Racing Club chief executive officer Sarah Wolf the club is devastated and left wondering how it will replace all the equipment stolen that is much needed now to prepare the course for the upcoming season. Ms Wolf said the offenders forced their way into the locked shed and stole all the whipper snippers, drills, hand lawnmower, the new eight drawer tool chest, valued at $1300, an air compressor, pruning and safety gear, batteries, storage tubs and even siphoned petrol from the ATV 4X4 motorbike. “We were just fortunate our track manager Cindy Logan had taken the tyre off the ATV to get it fixed, otherwise that may have gone too,” she said. Ms Wolf is quite upset as she said the committee, volunteers, family and friends all work very hard to ensure the club prospers now and well into the future. “We had a fantastic season last year and great crowds attending, we had 7000 people through the gates for our five meetings last season and that was

including the very disappointing Boxing Day meeting when we were 900 down.” Ms Wolf said this is a real blow to the club as they will not be able to make an insurance claim, as the excess would be more than the $11,000 stolen. “That is because we are a thoroughbred racing club, that comes under the very high claim and high risk insurance. We are just going to have to find the money somewhere else to replace all the equipment stolen,” she said. Ms Wolf and the Wonthaggi Police are calling for information from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious at the track around the time of the robbery. People can call Wonthaggi Police on 56714100. “We do rely heavily on support from the community, sponsors and donors and we do give back to the community . “Last season we gave back $16,000 to local groups who helped run the meeting including the DWWWW football netball club working the bars, Foster Netball Club, the ticket box, Meeniyan Pony Club, was in charge of the horse movement area, Foster SES, carparking, Toora Heated Swimming Pool, the gates and the Stony Creeek Football Netball Club, the divot work on the track following the races.” Ms Wolf said it definitely is not the ideal start to the new racing season at Stony Creek that gets underway on December 5 with horse trials and the first meeting scheduled for December 27. Looking ahead Ms Wolf said they are thrilled to see Noni the Pony coming back to Stony and are hopeful of an even better season this year.

Safety works on the way for Wattle Bank crash site VICROADS has been working with Bass Coast Shire Council and in turn, the community to investigate safety concerns at notoriously dangerous Lynne’s Road intersection at Wattle Bank that claimed a life and seen three others seriously injured in recent times. Council has made recommendations to VicRoads, which were implemented 18 months ago and included fresh line marking and installation of larger stop signs on either side of the road in the approach to the inter-

section. A safety audit was also commissioned at the request of Council and the results of that audit have now determined a need for further improvements at this site. These improvements include signage and line marking, raised reflective pavement markings (RRPMs), lighting and removal of some vegetation. This work will be considered alongside and prioritised against all other road improvement projects should funding become available. Local residents have been campaigning for some time to see safety measures put in place and are worried more accidents will occur unless remedial road works are undertaken in the near future.

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Record entries for art show

THE Rotary Club of Leongatha 40th annual Arts Prom Country, art and photography show is on from Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28 in Mesley Hall.

Held in conjunction with the Daffodil Festival for the first time in years, the art show has already has 450 entries, including a record number in the youth sections. The art on show throughout the show will have a total sale value of over $250,000. The art show entries from artists and photographers from across Gippsland, Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate. This year, the judge is Shelley McDermott who is the senior curator at the Latrobe Regional Art Gallery in Morwell. The prize pool for the show is around $6000,

with awards given out for various mediums, photography, 3D art, the junior sections and the new all abilities section. Awards are presented on opening night. The feature artist at this year’s show is well known Inverloch artist John Mutsaers. He is a highly awarded artist and his works have been collected by many galleries and famous people. Opening night is on Friday, August 26 from 8pm. The cost is $20 and includes finger food and drinks. Entry is free for entered artists. Tickets for the opening night can be purchased Making difference: from left, Olivia, Kaatje, Alice and Katelyn show Boomerang Bags made at the door. at Fish Creek and District Primary School. The show is open on Friday from 1pm to 5pm (official opening at 8pm), Saturday, August 27 from 10am to 6.30pm and on Sunday, August 28 from 10am to 3pm. Entry to the show is $5 per person. Each bag is made from donated fabrics and maCHILDREN at Fish Creek and District Primary School have been overwhelmed terials and is printed with the Boomerang logo ‘borand bring back’. by community support for their first ever rowThe bags will be spread throughout the Fish Boomerang Bag sewing bee. Creek community for the public to borrow and bring Run by the school’s Coastal Ambassadors and back instead of taking a plastic bag. Grades 5 and 6 children, the working bee was deThe students would like to thank all the wondersigned to reduce plastic bags in Fish Creek. ful volunteers, parents and friends who offered their Volunteers were busy stamping, ironing, cutting help. A special thanks to parent Natalie Oudyn who and sewing bright and colourful bags to distribute. Boomerang Bags is a nationwide community- organised the program. Maybe plastic bags will become a thing of the driven initiative aiming to reduce plastic pollution past in Fish Creek. across Australia.

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Boy cries for cat A LEONGATHA boy has been crying himself to sleep after his cat went missing from his Church Street home.

Heartbroken: a Leongatha family is desperately seeking its missing cat.


The cat, Puss, is a Himalayan desexed female. She is microchipped and registered with South Gippsland Shire Council. Her family moved to Leongatha at the start of August. Puss is mainly an inside cat, never goes far and always stays inside at night. “We are very upset and desperately waiting for her to come home,” owner Kate Perry said. “We have been through quite a bit over the last couple of years and moved here for a nice fresh start. “We love her so much and are just heartbroken over her disappearance.” If anyone knows her whereabouts, please call Ms Perry on 0499 574 957 or council rangers.


The older we get the quicker it goes By Helen Bowering HOW is it that the older you get the quicker the time seems to fly by? Here we nearing spring the Rio Olympics has ended and we are now are looking down the barrel, the footy finals, racing season and wait for it....... Christmas. While time seems to be flying past at the rate of knots, birthdays too seem to be rolling around quicker than ever. How did it happen I am now in my late 50’s and considered by most under 30, dare I say “old”. We don’t think we are old, “Hey isn’t 50 the new 40?” While 50 may not be old to all those over that magic half century milestone, to my 12 year old son and most teenagers 50 plus is definitely old. Who are we kidding 50 is no spring chicken, then again I think many of us would still give many considered young a run for their money. But it is true at 50 “something” you certainly do not feel anything like 20 or even 30. Life does change, exercise does get more arduous and constantly trying “not” to put on weight is real a drag. Why does the metabolism have to slow down with age, it just isn’t fair. I don’t know about you but the older I get the more I feel like doing less and eating more but the older we get the more we are meant to exercise and the less we are meant to eat. Hang on reality check, look in the mirror, Do you look as if you are headed for your pension? You don’t do you? Well maybe it is high time we turned our energies into staying in shape, keep updated on trends and hunger for challenge instead of food. Now reflecting back on that wonderful 18th year, having left school and perhaps now even legally licensed to drive there was a whole world out there and so many pos-

sibilities. Then 21 came and there was an endless round of parties and good times, hanging out with friends and oh yes study and part time jobs, because most of us didn’t have much money left after paying for rent, food and the must have jeans, Miller shirt and desert boots, oh yes and a few drinks at the pub. Then came 30 that went quickly into 40 and that was getting a bit serious , not exactly old but getting very near to that big 50 number. That was the time when most of us change from the reckless carefree lifestyle and adopt a more healthy and sedentary one. We can colour it up and kid ourselves 50 plus isn’t old, at least not to 60 and 70 year olds but to our children this age is considered old. It is the time of life when you do realise you become invisible, at least that is what a friend shared with me. “Yes she said, haven’t you realised when you turned 40 plus you become invisible, at least to most children and teenagers you are.” Well I did have a think about that and remembered back to when I was 15 years of age and being told by my mother, “Your uncle is going to be 50 and we are going to his party”. I do recall at the time thinking, how could someone be that old and why you would bother having a party at all and thinking, this is going to be really boring. Well has much really changed? No I suppose it hasn’t, children still think their parents are old and any words of wisdom probably still go by the wayside. But in the words of Victor Hugo, “Forty is the old age of youth; 50 is the youth of old age.” So best we take on the “glass half full” positive approach and believe at 50 plus, life can still be fabulous, interesting, funny and educational. While T S Elliot stated, “The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.” The fact is we are living longer and if that’s the case there is a whole lot of living still to do and so many wonderful experiences yet to have. The best thing we can do as we move into the autumn of our lives is to make every day a winner! Don’t wait until you really are too old to do those things you always wanted to do.

“THE STAR” Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - PAGE 9

Race for survival Mayor buoys craft shop hopes

Crafts. Council is also considering selling a playground in Sloan Avenue, Leongatha, and a reserve at 3-5 A CRAFT shop run by volunteers to Marine Parade, Venus Bay, but Cr Newton was unbenefit the Tarwin Lower and Venus Bay sure if those properties would be retained in public communities is unlikely to be sold by ownership. “There will be properties that will not be sold South Gippsland Shire Council. and there will be some that will be sold,” Cr Newton Mayor Cr Bob Newton told The Star he believed said. council would not sell the site, which had been “I’m sure Riverside Crafts won’t be sold. We among nine earmarked as surplus to council’s needs won’t put people out. The council may decide otherand recommended by council staff for potential sale. wise but I don’t believe it will be sold.” The matter will be considered at tomorrow’s If the shop is not sold, this will not be the first (Wednesday) council meeting and the recommenda- time council has worried communities unnecessarily. tion before councillors is to not sell the site. In the last round of land sales, council had considThe decision to list the craft shop infuriated the ered selling a park in Foster’s Berry Street, only to volunteers, who work under the banner of Riverside withdraw that land from the list following community opposition. Asked if the land sales process had become a public relations disaster for council, Cr Newton said council had a process to follow and there was no other way around the matter. “It’s a local law that we have to go through. We Cr Robert Newton can’t just pick one or two here and there, and say CONGRATULATIONS to Mikaela you’re not going to sell it,” he said. “There is a lot of land that is not sold because Cornelissen from Leongatha who is the people have concerns. You can’t blame people for Gippstar August ‘Open’ award win- getting uptight over a proposed sale and that’s how ner for her achievements in the pool. I you get the land off the list, but people don’t underattended the 56th Gippstar Awards in stand the process.” Riverside Crafts is at 29 River Drive, also the Traralgon where Mikaela was one of site of the popular town markets that raise funds to 24 athletes recognised for their sporting maintain the Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute. The pursuits throughout Gippsland over the shop has raised $9000 for cash strapped community groups in the district over the past nine years and is a past 12 months.

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venue for residents to socialise. Riverside Crafts treasurer Pamela Dunstan said the group presented a petition with 666 signatures opposing the sale to council. “The shop gives local people a purpose and gives money back to a community cause,” she said. “We do not just sit here and knit. We do that at home. This is our retail outlet. We were visited by councillors Jeanette Harding, Mohya Davies and Kieran Kennedy and they have all seen we are a professional outlet for people who do craft in the area. “Other towns are trying to set up something like we have got and what we have is under threat. It’s not sensible at all.” The Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula have op-

posed the proposed sale of 3-5 Marine Parade, Venus Bay, saying the site is public open space and wildlife habitat. Secretary Lorraine Norden said, “People have put a seat on it, planted trees on it and people use it, but the council says there is no evidence that people go there. “Council’s consultation is not consultation at all. We’ve spoken to the council in the past and you might as well have been speaking to a rock.” Other properties mooted for sale are Lot 7, Smith Street, Loch; 82A Victoria Street, Toora; Lot 16 and Lot 1, rear of Main Street, Welshpool; 13 Symmons Street, Leongatha; and Reserve 1, Warralong Court, Leongatha.

Council heeds dairy’s bellow for help SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will vote on a proposal to support the dairy industry at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) council meeting. A recommendation before the council meeting earmarks $22,220 to back dairy support programs and events this financial year, through community grants. A further $15,000 will be allocated to the fund once this sum is received from the State Government, as expected. The initiative comes in the wake of farm milk gate prices plummeting in April and then again in June this year, seriously impacting the short term viability of many farming businesses, as the cost of production exceeds returns for some farmers. Mayor Cr Bob Newton said council was left with no other option than to back dairying. “We rely on our farmers. If we have not got farmers, we have not got anything. They support our businesses and so we have to support our farming community,” he said. The dairy industry generates around $1 billion in economic growth in the shire and the shire’s 438 dairy farmers make it one of the most important dairy regions in Victoria. Dairy farming is the largest employer in the shire and employs an estimated 1700 people. The $22,220, from council’s community grants budget, could go towards community events, and health and wellbeing activities. A panel could assess and determine grants of up to $5000. Council is expecting to receive a further $15,000 from the State Government to add to the pool. Council has worked government and the private sector to coordinate a response effort so far. A report before tomorrow’s meeting states some farmers had sufficient equity or other means to survive the downturn, while the Federal and State governments had announced support packages to help the industry via psychological and social support, financial advisory services and local initiatives. “It is expected that the sector will continue to feel the effects of these changes for several years to come, during which time a well-coordinated response program will need to be maintained to help the sector return to a more sustainable financial environment,” the report stated. Farmers are dealing with the stress caused by their financial situation and the drought of last summer. “More broadly, many local suppliers such as veterinarians, feed suppliers and transport providers will also be facing challenging financial circumstances as their clients seek to wind back

input costs,” the report stated. “Some farmers have already, or will be faced with the prospect of having to lay off staff as they seek to reduce operating costs. The effects of these decisions include potential loss of em-

ployees, skills and knowledge, which could lead to future challenges for business as they seek to rebuild their workforces when milk prices are restored.” Council will meet at the Leongatha RSL.

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Mikaela is an inspiring young athlete who has the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in sight. She competed in the Victorian Country Championships where she won seven Gold and one Silver. She also smashed three Gippsland and two Victorian Country records. At the Victorian State Championships she won two Gold, three Silver and three Bronze, while breaking four Gippsland and five Victorian Country records. The Gippstar Awards have a long and proud history in recognising highly talented Gippslanders who have provided inspiration for others to follow in their sporting footsteps. Congratulations to all of the award recipients. I know I speak on behalf of all South Gippslanders when I say how proud I am of Eleanor Patterson. While she may have been disappointed in her performance, to represent your country at the Olympic Games is a wonderful achievement. There were a lot of very bleary-eyed folks on Friday morning! Thank you Eleanor. From sport to cheese and the gold medal state award winners for the 2016 Delicious Produce Awards were recently announced with Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese selected with its Riverine Blue. The team will now travel to Sydney to attend the awards dinner in September. Judges across the country deliberated over the best produce from each state and what an amazing recognition for the Fish Creek based business. Fingers crossed for them next month! Coal Creek is keeping Victoria beautiful! Congratulations to the staff and volunteers at Coal Creek after being announced as a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful 2016 Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities Awards in three categories. To be recognised in three categories with three different projects demonstrates Coal Creek’s capacity to reach beyond tourism. The Tidy Towns name has always been synonymous with community pride and as a finalist; it demonstrates Coal Creek’s commitment to cohesion and community action and education at a grassroots level. Coal Creek is a finalist in the following categories: Community Government Partnerships - Coal Creek Professional Development Local History Network; Cultural Heritage - The Story of the Dawes Brothers: Our Communities Anzac History; Environmental Sustainability - Interpretive Self-guided History Tour. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Horsham on 15 October. Good luck team! I joined dedicated SES volunteers from all over the region at the annual VICSES awards ceremony in Leongatha. Congratulations to this year’s National Medal recipient, Darryl Harrap, from the Yarram unit. The ceremony is an excellent opportunity to recognise the time SES volunteers commit to the service. They do their job so well, always with such precision and teamwork. The SES is made up of such a highly skilled bunch dedicated to our safety. Something you may not know is how committed local primary and secondary schools are in supporting various student exchange programs. In the last week alone I was made aware of over 10 international students who were staying with local families on a two week to 12 month exchange program. I would like to acknowledge this effort made by schools and local families for hosting these students and pushing the boundaries because experience is everything. Imagine living overseas as a teenager for anything from up to 12 months. I feel privileged when I hear that international students are living here in beautiful South Gippsland learning not only about this wonderful part of Australia, but learning a lot about themselves too. I would like to extend a warm welcome to those here on exchange and my best wishes to those heading abroad on their exchange adventure.

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THE Leongatha Historical Society will conduct a walk around the main town centre historic buildings at 2 pm on August 27 to officially launch the new heritage plaques. THE Department of Education has released funding to support dairy farming families. This funding

is available to families who own an operating dairy farm, are share farmers on an operating dairy farm, hold a lease for an operating dairy farm or work on a dairy farm. Parents can apply for the funding by completing an application form and lodging it with their child’s school

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GIPPSLAND Farmer Relief recently held its inaugural fundraising event at Boolarra Football Netball Club. The small community showed its true colours with a fantastic turnout to support the cause, with more than 120 people attending. Hosts John and Robern Lubawski set the night up for fun and laughter.

Winners were Denise and Mick Schiller, Chris Moore, Michael and Rhonda Clark, Anne Edwards, Scott Moncrieff and David O’Brien. They donated their hamper back to be auctioned. Boolarra Football and Netball Club sponsored the event. To donate, go to the gofundme page: https://www.gofundme. com/27t38ak

THE Inverloch Rotary Club inducted new member Linton Planner into the Club on Wednesday evening. Linton brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the club,

and has already joined the markets committee and drawn up a new arrangement for the stall inside the Hub on market days. Linton’s wife Janet was presented with a Partner’s Badge

and an invitation to join in with Linton in Club activities. President Rosa Turner is pictured with new member Linton Planner at Inverloch Rotary Club.

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Smart cookies: Denise and Mick Schiller, Chris Moore, Michael and Rhonda Watt, Anne Edwards, Scott Moncrieff and David O’Brien with the hamper they won at the Gippsland Farmer Relief trivia night at Boolarra.

Leongatha Secondary College students visited a trampoline centre in Traralgon recently. Year Seven students were itching to jump at the Jump and Climb arena, flying through the air and trying tricks of all kinds. Among the students were, from left, Nick Popple, Jack Allen, Kaleb Jans, Caleb Murphy, Tyler Chadwick, Mitchell Stivic, Bree-Anna Roy, Hayley Proudlock, Alahna Arnason, Shania Stewart-Taylor, Alexandra Scott, Nayantara Sunil and Chloe Nielsen.

A Star is born COOPER Dylan Mol was born on the 9th August at the Leongatha Hospital. Cooper is the first baby for Dylan Mol and Melony GrandCourt of Cape Woolamai.

SAM William Horkings was born on the 11th August at the Leongatha Hospital. Sam is the second child for Scott and Melissa of Koonwarra and a baby brother for Blake (19 months).

“THE STAR” Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - PAGE 11

Beef rises again By Sarah Vella BEEF prices have been on a meteoric rise for the last 12 months, hitting record highs in recent weeks and they could rise even higher in the lead up to spring. According to Meat and Livestock Australia, demand for cattle from restockers is currently driving the price rise. The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator hit 700 cents per kilogram carcase weight (c/kg cwt) recently. The EYCI is the general benchmark of Australian cattle prices and is a seven-day rolling average. MLA manager of market information Ben Thomas said the biggest factor influencing where the EYCI will eventually peak is the depth of restocker pockets. “Restockers have been the driving force behind the EYCI bolting through the 600s during June and July,” he said. With the dairy industry trending in the opposite direction, beef producers are saying this is the best they have seen the market in 10 years. Korumburra South beef trader David Whiteside said it was about time beef returned a “fair” price. He said the higher prices would allow farmers to invest in their farms, such as putting fertiliser on paddocks for the first time in a few years.

Landmark livestock coordinator Eddie Hams said prices, while good news for producers, are at “dangerous” levels. “It is alright if you are a trader and it is good for the producers. It is good to see them making money and money coming into the area,” he said. “But unless you are selling you could be in trouble. You wouldn’t want to be restocking at this point in time.” Bullocks were up at last Wednesday’s prime cattle sale in Leongatha, lifting five to 10 cents per kilogram on the week before. Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers sold up to 10c/kg dearer, with the better steers holding firm. Cows sold five cents to 15 cents dearer, while the heavy weight bulls sold firm to 10c/kg cheaper. Mr Hams said as recently as 12 months ago producers weren’t expecting prices to reach 300c/kg. He said prices are unlikely to stay at such high levels forever and will probably peter off rather than crash, but said it is hard to know when. Mr Thomas said three things typically happen to the EYCI from August to November. “Prices ease, restockers take a step back and processors purchase fewer EYCI cattle at the end of spring compared to the end of winter,” he Beef on high: from left, Landmark livestock agents Stuart Jenkin and Eddie Hams and Kosaid. “Whether or not these trends occur in 2016 rumburra South beef trader David Whiteside are keeping an eye on beef prices, which are remains to be seen.” hitting record highs at the moment.

Emergency equipment grants given LOCAL emergency service organisations, including the CFA, volunteer coastguard and surf life saving clubs have benefitted from the State Government’s volunteer emergency services equipment program. Under the program, the government commits $2 for $1 raised by the volunteer groups to help them buy equipment, or carry out facility upgrades. Six South Gippsland CFA brigades are among this year’s recipients and will share in just over $200,000 from the program. Foster and Loch Nyora brigades each received

Heat seekers: Paul Austin and David Jones from the Foster CFA are happy the brigade will be able to purchase a thermal imaging camera thanks to the State Government’s volunteer emergency services equipment program.

$7667 for a thermal imaging camera. The Inverloch brigade received $28,167 for a field command vehicle. Foster captain David Jones said the TIC will not only be a asset to Foster, but to all of the brigades in the South Gippsland Group. “There are not too many in the area. It will be a great asset to structural fires, as it can locate people, conscious or unconscious, in a burning building,” he said. “For bushfires, the thermal imaging camera can detect ‘hot spots’ and can reduce the chance of a fire reoccurring.” The Kernot-Grantville brigade received $33,333 to construct a turnout area and workshop storage and the San Remo brigade received $23,333 for a field command vehicle. The Tarwin Lower and District brigade received $100,000 for the purchase of a medium tanker. Captain of the Tarwin Lower and District CFA Mick Moor said the $100,000 will be put towards the purchase of a new tanker for the Venus Bay station. “We have three stations, the main one at Tarwin Lower, a satellite station at Venus Bay and another satellite station at Walkerville,” he said. “At Walkerville we have a brigade owned light tanker and Venus Bay has an old two wheel drive tanker.” Mr Moor said the landscape of Venus Bay means there could be times when the two wheel drive tanker cannot access a fire. “Because we have the coastal park and farmland down there, if there was a fire, we couldn’t let the tanker go out in the park or paddocks,” he said. The new tanker will be a 24C, a 2000 litre, four wheel drive crew cab. “We hope to purchase a new tanker as soon as possible, the fire season is only a few months away now,” Mr Moor said. Surf life saving clubs and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association flotillas also received grants under the program. The Port Welshpool Volunteer Coast Guard received $18,896 for upgrades to their rescue vessel. The Cape Patterson and Wonthaggi surf life sav-

Last chance to enrol ELIGIBLE residents and ratepayers are being urged to enrol to vote for the upcoming South Gippsland and Bass Coast Shire Council elections before it’ too late. Enrolment closes at 4.00 pm this Friday, August 26. Australian citizens living within South Gippsland or Bass Coast Shires who have recently turned 18 years old or changed their address can complete an enrolment form online at vec. or pick one up at any Australia Post or Australian Electoral Commission office. Paper enrolment forms must be received by the Victorian Electoral Commission by 4.00 pm on Friday,

August 26. Anyone on the State electoral roll for their current address and non-resident property owners are automatically enrolled for the elections. There are also additional enrolment categories for occupiers, company nominees and nonAustralian citizens who pay rates for an address in South Gippsland or Bass Coast Shires. People in these categories can apply directly to council to enrol. Further information on enrolment is available by calling 1300 805 478 or at au, where voters can also sign up to the free Vic Election Alerts service to be sent important election reminders by SMS and email.

New vehicle: from left, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien congratulates Tarwin Lower and District CFA captain Michael Moore on receiving a grant that will help the brigade buy a new medium tanker for Venus Bay. The brigade will contribute its own funds, much of which is raised through Easter’s Tour de Tarwin event. ing clubs received funds to help them replace rescue equipment, while the Venus Bay and Waratah Beach clubs received grants to replace patrol vehicles. Easter Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said the grants will provide a welcome boost to

Gippsland’s emergency services. “The State Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources,” she said.

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OPINIONS Heating up

Copy of letter to South Gippsland Shire council, I am forwarding a photo of an old hot water service together with the box of its replacement. It has been dumped along Hakea Street. As there are only 4 houses in the street, I have a suspicion as to whom it belongs but I am unable to prove it. It would very easy to prove that it’s not mine. I venture to say that if the Shire provided a hard rubbish collection as part of our rates this would not happen. It would be appreciated if Shire saw to its removal ASAP. Rita Raspa, Venus Bay.

Why I’m running for council I’M not out to turn the world on its head, not out to take an axe to anything, nor am I proposing to reform South Gippsland…. we live in a wonderful part of the world already. I don’t see the world as ‘them & us’ we can achieve far more by

recognising that we essentially want the same things; quality of life, creativity/purpose, peace, sustainable environment. That doesn’t mean we always need to agree on how to get there and can appropriately challenge the process, but if we can respectfully consider & empathise with each other’s positions and the impact that ideas and initiatives have on each other, we are more likely to at least understand, accept and achieve outcomes. While I welcome new ideas, I respect our foundations. As community member and candidate (not an existing councillor) my perception is that the council is not a perfect organisation but it’s not a terrible one either, every business or organisation can continually fine tune. The staff that I have had dealings with, in the main, has been extremely helpful, transparent and committed to their roles and the community, they are part of the community, they are ‘us’. We have more to gain by valuing the people we have and treating them with respect and they in turn will give their best. Last Sunday my family celebrated 90 years of farming

E D I T O R I A L What about dumping the Council? IT seems the Bass Coast Shire is dumping on Inverloch again and serving up another round of rubbish decision making and residents have every right to be angry with the Bass Coast Shire unanimously voting to close the town’s tip last week. Here is another service ripped out of one of the Bass Coast towns, just like the Council did at Phillip Island. That Council closed its tip back in 2013 and while there was a promise another site would be established, that never happened-another pork pie instead! Inverloch residents will now face a nightmare, just like the Island, of trying to dispose of their rubbish and it won’t be easy with the nearest tip at Wonthaggi. For those who don’t have a trailer, good luck with that and look out for all the rubbish you will start to see piling up along the roadsides as people will not want to travel all the way to the Wonthaggi tip and why should they? Bass Coast Shire views closing the tip as another cost cutting measure and saving some $185,000 per year but guess what? The ratepayers in Inverloch will be left to pay to have their rubbish removed. What exactly does Inverloch get for its rates anyway? You would have to wonder how much is being spent in one of the jewel towns in the Bass Coast crown- the other being Phillip Island where the Stand Alone group was formed because residents had a gut full of the inaction by the Bass Coast Shire. Yes, Phillip Island is not giving up the fight and is still pushing to break from this shire. So, is it any wonder Bass Coast has recently formed its own residents and ratepayers group. Well may outgoing mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale be proud of her four or so years serving the Bass Coast Shire and her achievements, but there will be those who vehemently disagree. Cr Crugnale and councillors could well be seen as the Council in charge of closing facilities rather than opening new ones. For example she helped close the wonderful Wonthaggi Information Centre, that seemed to be closed just as quickly as it opened, never given a real chance to thrive, it shut down the Phillip Island tip and now for the hat trick, the Inverloch tip. Oh and let’s not forget the debacle and furore when the Council closed the beaches to dogs at Inverloch and that went down like a lead balloon. One would not be surprised for thinking Inverloch is not feeling the love from the Bass Coast Shire. Well the council elections are looming in October and Inverloch and all the other towns in the shire will be able to send a clear message and either dump the standing representatives or vote for a fresh new team.

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in Gippsland, my children are 5th generation Gippslanders and my hope for them and other local children is that the future council / we work together, as community representatives with each other, be sound advocates with other levels of government, listen to our communities and together with council administration optimise opportunities and sustain what makes our region great. My professional (Agri Business Banking & Marketing) and community background has given me the experience (incl lessons at times) and skills, growing up actively working on a dairy farm instilled my hard work ethic and my passion for future generations of South Gippslanders gives me the heart to be a solid contributor on council. Are you with us? Meg Edwards, Candidate Tarwin Valley Ward

Support for strong Council team COUNCILLOR Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks in one of the local papers last week stated that some councillors don’t understand the meaning of TEAMS. Some history is illuminating. The first term under the leadership of Cr Kennedy Council did function as a high performance team with high levels of mutual respect drawing on people’s different talents. Under Cr Kennedy’s leadership, we achieved the funding of sewerage for Nyora, Loch and Poowong and made progress on a number of fronts. This progressively collapsed in the second year of council because in my opinion some councillors shifting to a ‘winner take all’ block voting pattern on policy matters. Such patterns are in contravention of the Local Government Act. Key fundamental principles of good teams are mutual respect, open mindedness, a willingness to listen to different opinions and cooperate. Much of the internal discussion and debate become fractious with little or no respect shown for differing opinions. Brute numbers ruled too often, rather than respectful dialogue. Sadly this has been marred in at times by poor behaviours directed at Crs. Hill, Kennedy and myself. Cr Hutchinson-Brooks displayed the behavioural problem publicly when he used 15 terms to describe me when discussing my Notice of Motion seeking exemption for CSG under the Mining Act. “Playing the man and not the ball”. Clearly he was not fulfilling his own principles of being a good team member. There has been at times a bloody minded approach, where opinions and initiatives from Cr Hill, Cr Kennedy and I have been rejected out of hand, rather than discussed their merits as a team.

The rejection out of hand of the Notice of Motion to, “calling an interest meeting on extending the rail trail’ and calling for a report for the new council on the potential for a “Small Town Capital Works Community Budgeting Program” is indicative of such destructive attitudes. Good teams function well when there is mutual respect, when there is a willingness to listen to differing opinions and in short being collaborative. In my opinion the majority block has failed to display these qualities and hence there has led to a dysfunctional team. I have always debated the issues with and evidence based approach and not ‘played the man’ as some of my colleagues have chosen to do. We do, as Cr HutchinsonBrooks says, need fresh new blood of independent councillors working collaboratively for the betterment of the shire, rather than a pattern of self-interested decision making that has led to gross inequality in funding new capital initiatives between towns. I look forward to a new council of independent councillors genuinely committed to building a high performance team and ensuring equity and fairness for the whole shire not just some favoured parts. Andrew McEwen, Meeniyan.

Money tree I REFER to an article that appeared in a local paper entitled ‘Wonthaggi’s future depends on you’. Bass Coast Shire Council is running a series of focus group workshops to “identify the place Wonthaggi has in the modern world”. Really? These sessions will be run by external facilitators. Again, really? Why on earth would council need to outsource asking residents what they think and noting down their responses? I’m baffled! Julian Brown, Inverloch. Candidate for Bunurong Ward

Top heavy COPY of letter to Mr Tamlin, CEO of South Gippsland Shire, and department managers, I write to you as you are all responsible to provide an efficient and economically managed shire council on behalf of its ratepayers pursuant to the Local Government Act. While the current sitting mayor and councillors have a responsibility under The Charter of the Local Government Act and generally take the brunt of ratepayers’ anger, especially in regards to the rating strategy, it is you who set the annual budget and rates and simply table them at council meetings for the councillors to approve. There is no prerequisite for incoming councillors to be learned

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in economic management and they and the ratepayers fully rely on your supposed skills in this area. There is a very strong current of ratepayers’ dissatisfaction with the way you are managing the finances, in particular the proposal for a new $32 million dollar shire office in coming years and which four per cent of the rate return is now being consolidated annually for this cost; the shire cannot afford this. I also raise the issue of the ‘vacant land’ rate which is 200 per cent of the general residential rate and also applies to farming zone small acreage; this is downright robbery. The Mornington Peninsula Shire, a similarly based mix of rural, farming and township zones, only attracts a 20 per cent differential rate above the general rate to vacant land. I drove through Korumburra recently and noticed at least five shops vacant, similarly in Leongatha. The biggest budget item is wages to council staff and I believe that a stop to further staff recruitment should be immediately put on hold or reduced until you can get the budget in order and reduce the rates. I am always hearing about the need to attract new residents to increase the rate revenue; what then when you also run over budget? Increase the rates further? Barry Gilbert, Walkerville.

Another tip botch-up COUNCIL’S decision at the August 17 meeting to close the Inverloch Transfer Station was based on an extremely biased report by Officers determined to effect the closure. Reference was made to the costs to upgrade the site to Best Practise Standards (Sustainability Victoria; Guide to Best Practise at Resource Recovery Centres, 2009.) Council have known of the Best Practise Guide since it was published in 2009. Council have ignored this guide for 7 years and only refer to it now when it suits its purpose. Furthermore if they had followed The Best Practise Guide, they would not have rezoned the area Rural/Residential.Why is it that the transfer station is not operating to the guide recommendations after 7 years? It should be noted that the guide is intended to promote Best Practise, it is not mandatory ! If Council Officers were aware of this surely a business case should have been prepared by the Officer responsible not a consultant, and included in the report that was prepared to close down the transfer station. There was insufficient information to properly consider the recommendation. Council was also responsible for rezoning the land to Rural Residen-

tial which “ ...has caused a number if unverified complaints regarding odours and green waste mulching” entirely due to as the officer stated to”...the continued encroachment of residential development” Was this decision to rezone the land made behind closed doors because a decision had already been made to close the transfer station? It was also mentioned that the site is located on top of a closed landfill “which will be the subject to a future EPA Victoria Pollution Abatement Notice requiring capping of the landfill”. This implies that Council did not properly cap the landfill before starting the transfer station so recapping will be required in any case and has nothing to do with the argument to close the transfer station. This would be the second time that Council has botched the capping of landfill. The old Rhyll Tip required recapping at considerable expense to meet the EPA requirements before being handed back. It should also be noted that if the closure proceeds then the Best Practise Guide referred to by Council Officers states in section 5 Rehabilitation. “The future use of the site should be determined in consultation with the local community, planning authorities and other relevant stakeholders.” This Council have failed to properly address the Shires Waste problems and do not deserve to be re-elected in October. John Swarbrick, Rhyll.

Keep historic building MR Auddino’s excitement about the secret sale and destruction of the Korumburra shire offices (“Star”, last week) may be what you would expect from a real estate agent keen on development. But developers should not be allowed to engage with councils in secret purchases of valuable land on which important community assets are utilised. The sale and destruction of the council chambers should be the nail in the coffin of the current dysfunctional South Gippsland Shire councillors. The redevelopment of an art gallery, library, historical society etc will cost millions of ratepayers’ dollars. What a waste when we have a large earthquake proof building at the entry to the town with historical significance dating back at least 50 years. There is plenty of room behind the council chambers for the construction of a supermarket if one is required. The current councillors must not be re-elected when they are so short-sighted and wasteful with ratepayers’ money. Alan McDonald, Bass.

Tournament of the minds success Walkerville foreshore funding

SOUTH Gippsland Secondary College’s tournament of the minds team was crowned regional champions over the weekend. Competing in the loaded Language and Literature division the team were terrific in their responses to the difficult questions posed to them in the final. Teacher/TOM Co-ordinator Jess Maguire was thrilled with their efforts on the day. “They were outstanding, working really well as a team and handling the pretty high stakes with ease. They’re a real chance to go well at the state championships next term,” Mr Maguire said. The team consisted of George Nicoll, Amy Tudor, Sam Lazaro, Ethan Burrow,

THE article which appeared in The Star, on Tuesday, August 9, ‘Boaters reject parking plan’, contained incorrect information.

Go team: the team consisting of George Nicoll, Amy Tudor, Sam Lazaro, Ethan Burrow, Ema Hodgson and Allie Lemchens from Years 7-9 were crowned regional champions on the weekend. Ema Hodgson and Allie Lemchens from Years 7-9. The school is really proud

of their efforts and can’t wait to see them go for it at the State Championships.

The article wrongly stated the Walkerville Foreshore project would receive $130,000 from VR Fish. The correct source of the funding is the State Government’s boating, safety and facilities program. VR Fish general manager Dallas D’Silva said the organisation was not responsible for funding boating infrastructure. The Star was supplied with the wrong information.

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Long jetty hangs on funding THE Port Welshpool Long Jetty could be restored and reopened to the public by the end of 2018, with work expected to start once all funding is in place. The jetty project is still awaiting funding from the Federal Government, promised in the lead up to the July 2 election. McMillan MP Russell Broadbent announced the commitment of $4.85 to the Long Jetty project, reliant on the coalition being re-elected. The Long Jetty project control group met recently in Port Welshpool to discuss the previous planning and project design with a view to commencing work as early as possible. The group was made up of Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport and Resources, Gippsland Ports, Regional Development Victoria, South Gippsland Shire Council and community representatives. PCG community representative Paul Macphail said the meeting was positive. “It is still one step at a time. It was good to get back together as a group in a more positive sense. We have to wait for the money to come through before we can start the process,” he said. “It is all set up ready to go, so once the money comes through work will begin.” A dedicated project manager will be appointed to the project and tender documentation is be-

ing finalised, which will necessitate an updated conditions report. South Gippsland Shire Council acting CEO Anthony Seabrook said the meeting provided a clear idea of how the project will evolve from here. “Council has written to the Federal Government to get a firm indication as to when the funding will be available,” he said. “The updated condition assessment will be undertaken prior to the project being put out for tender – and this can be done regardless of when the Commonwealth grant is forthcoming.” Mr Seabrook said an application for consent from Heritage Victoria prior to any works which may impact on the seabed being undertaken will now progress. “At this stage, when Federal Government funding is confirmed, we expect that tender advertisements will go out in towards the end of this year,” he said. “If everything goes according to plan we hope that works on the jetty should be completed by the end of 2018. “The Long Jetty is a strategic piece of South Gippsland’s Corner Inlet tourism offering and everyone at council is excited to finally be in a position to get on with the work to make the jetty Ready to go: Paul Macphail from the Port Welshpool Long Jetty project control group is keen to see work on renovating the South Gippsland icon start. available to the public again.”

Mayor criticises colleague By Brad Lester MAYOR Cr Bob Newton has accused fellow South Gippsland Shire councillor Don Hill of being “the voice of disruption”. His opinion came as Cr Hill used his most recent newsletter to promote his interpretation of a Council Code of Conduct finding against fellow Tarwin Valley Ward councillor, Jim Fawcett. Under the headline “Cr Fawcett found guilty” in the newsletter, Cr Hill wrote that Cr Fawcett “threatened and bullied the mayor between June 10 and 24, 2015”. The then mayor was Cr Jeanette Harding and Cr Hill said she was threatened after refusing to change her vote at the June 24 budget meeting that year. While the panel report upheld that complaint against Cr Fawcett, it did not refer to “threatening” or “bullying”. The newsletter does not mention that other claims against Cr Fawcett, all lodged by Cr Hill, were dismissed by the panel.

Cr Newton was less than impressed, saying, “Cr Hill has again shown he would rather be the voice of disruption and dissent than to work with his colleagues to achieve the outcomes that he wants.” Cr Newton said an information session for prospective councillors held by the Municipal As• Cr Bob Newton. sociation of Victoria recently emphasised that as an individual, a councillor has no power. “It is only by working with his or her colleagues that things get done,” he said. “Another thing that was spoken about at the MAV session was the need for councillors to be able to accept the majority decision in good grace

Open and shut case KORUMBURRA’S David Amor sparked a minor debate about closed sessions at last Wednesday’s South Gippsland Shire Council community presentation session. Mr Amor said in his opinion, over the last two to three years there have been more and more closed sessions of council. “There is criteria to go through before physically closing a session, some of those criteria are just a stroke of a pen,” he said. “I am not happy with that. Closed sessions are becoming more frequent and I can’t understand why.” Mayor Cr Bob Newton said in his 24 years with

council, he did not believe there were more closed sessions now than there have been in the past. “It is my belief all contractual matters are held within a closed session. That is what closed sessions are about,” he said. Mr Amor said once something has been decided in a closed session, the public should be notified. Council’s acting CEO Anthony Seabrook said once a decision in made in a closed session; it is made public in the meeting minutes. He said closed sessions are held because some items, particularly planning matters, where required to be kept confidential. Crs Don Hill Andrew McEwen both said there has been an increase in the number of closed sessions held by council. “No there hasn’t,” Cr Newton said.

Sexual assault case to return to court AN INVERLOCH man charged with sexual assault related offences will return to court in November. The 79 year old faced Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court last Tuesday, August 16, charged with one count of buggery and 14 counts of gross indecency by Central Gippsland Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team detectives. The matter will return to Latrobe Valley Magis-

trates Court on November 10 for a committal mention. The accused’s bail has been extended until then. The offences involve several victims and are alleged to have occurred in 1971 when the man was a teacher at a Dandenong high school. Anyone with any information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at

and to move on. “Cr Hill has consistently refused to do that.” Cr Hill said he published the statement in his newsletter as “people have a right to be informed about what is going on”. “From my discussions with ratepayers, many do not see what is written in the newspapers especially when the story is buried on page seven,” he said. Cr Hill vowed to take a “strong stand against”

what he described as “improper behaviours within council and councillors”. “When a councillor threatens another councillor to induce her to change her vote, that strikes at the heart of the democratic process,” he said. “If those poor behaviours were allowed to go unchallenged, we would have no worthy democratic process.” Cr Fawcett declined to comment for this story.

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Students impress at science fair

WONTHAGGI North Primary School science whizzes showcased their experiment skills at the school’s science fair last Wednesday.

While the junior school explored how toys worked, the senior school were given the opportunity to get creative and design a project on a range of interesting topics. Some of these topics included catapults, volcanos, wind turbines, recycling, optical illusions, the five senses, mechanics, forensics and cosmetics. “A lot of planning has gone into the projects and we are very proud of what the students have achieved,” Grade 5/6 teacher Loree-Lee Jamieson said. The students enjoyed a rocket launch at lunch-

time, which was followed by a talk on sustainability during the afternoon. The school has been working on becoming a STEM school, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Two science and mathematics coaches work alongside the classroom teachers to help steer the students’ way of thinking. However, while science and maths are incredibly important to the school, performing arts are just as significant and a performing arts week will be held in September. During that week, the school will be visited by 30 different entertainers including hip hop dancers, puppeteers from Melbourne and JapaOptometry: from left, Paige tested Grade 5/6 teacher Lisa-Maree Toner’s vision as her scinese buskers George and Noriko who appeared ence experiment at Wonthaggi North Primary School’s science fair last week. on Australia’s Got Talent.

Colour experiment: from left, Grade 3/4 students Lani and Maya showcased the cel- Wind turbines: Grade 6 student Jarvis studied Eruption: from left, Kyikyi admired the vol- Fun experiment: Sophie tested toys that spin ery and food dye experiment at the Wonthag- renewable energy for his science experiment cano Sophie designed for the Wonthaggi North for her experiment in the Wonthaggi North Priat the Wonthaggi North Primary School fair. gi North Primary School science fair. Primary School science fair last Wednesday. mary School science fair last Wednesday.

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In style: from left, Pippa Young and Grace Susa represented Traralgon’s Julie Ryan Dancers at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod recently.

Young dancers: from left, Foster’s Issy Callcott and Phoebe Tracey danced with the Lisa Pellin Dancers troupe at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod on Sunday (August 14).

Beautiful costume: Foster’s Isabelle Thorpe – who is a Lisa Pellin dancer – looked stunning in her tutu prior to her classical solo. Left, Modern troupe: from left, Tessa Zuidema, Georgia Anton, Chloe Adkins, Cleo Hogan, Morgan Mitchelson, Matilda Chalmers, Morgan Bolam, Maddy Krausz, Jonti Fairy cute: from left, junior Lisa Pellin dancers Daphne Van Hoorn and Piper Westaway and Jackson Patter- Holt charmed the judges at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod recently. son from Lisa Pellin Dancers take a seat in their hip hop costumes.

Dancers delight at Star Eisteddfod YOUNG dancers from more than 20 regional dance schools showcased their talents in the seventh Great Southern Star Eisteddfod recently. Over four big days – from August 11 to 14 – audiences were captivated by the dedication and hard work

the dancers put into the competition. With a range of dances including classical, tap and modern jazz, it was a delight for all involved. The dancers enjoy being a part of the Eisteddfod each year to show how much they have improved, rekindle friendships and challenge themselves to take out the top prizes.

Super troupe: from left, Maya Williams, Grace Patterson, Ruby Adkins, Matilda Chalmers, Kasey Stoops, Chloe Fox, (front) Morgan Mitchelson and Cleo Hogan were ready to give a show stopping performance at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod on Saturday morning (August 13).

Team work: from left, Lisa Pellin Dancers Laila Holt, Emily Bowcher, Emma-Kate Hill-Smith, Matilda Modern jazz: back from left, Lauren Vincent, Ella Curtis, Cassidy Carkeek, front Richmond, Claudia Leys, Taya Cameron, Alice Dell and Chloe Gilliam worked well together and were from left, Jayde Ryan, Shayli Gehlson and Gemma Paul from Berwick’s Andrea proud of their achievements in their U/10 troupe on Saturday. Catherine Performing Arts performed Rio at the Great Southern Star Eisteddfod.

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Students become emergency ready

Mayor bows out of election race

National honour

BASS Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale has announced she will not running in this October’s election. WONTHAGGI North be Standing SOUTH Gippsland Secondary College down from her position, Cr Crugnale is Primary School stu- looking forward to spending time with her family and students Brooke Zuidema and Georgia dents were recently thanked the community for its support during her term. Thornton represented the school and “With a diverse skill set gained over my eclectic visited by St John Am- working career, a number of opportunities have present- Ethiopia at an event in Canberra at the bulance through the ed themselves here and overseas that traverse various weekend. Seventy-five secondary students from 28 schools First Aid in Schools sectors including development, public policy and the arts,” she said. from around Australia gathered in Canberra for the program. “My family and I are taking a short break post Octo-

Trained St John presenters lead students through tailored sessions on the importance of first aid and what to do in the event of an emergency. The junior students learnt how to identify when there is an emergency, keeping themselves safe, and how to call for an ambulance. Senior students learnt Recovery position: a St John’s ambulance presenter teaches Wonthaggi North Primary School Grade 4 students Tyler and about delivering CPR (carLochie how to position people in need during an emergency diopulmonary resuscitation) and the things they can do to situation. assist in an emergency.

ber to consider our next adventure and direction. “I want to thank those that have been a support, those that have challenged and those that have encouraged me to think big, think today for tomorrow and continue to be active to bring out the best in the community I have served.” The council election will be held on October 22 and many candidates • Bass Coast Shire who are running in the Council mayor Cr Bunurong Ward have made themselves known. Jordan Crugnale.

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA). In teams representing their country of choice, they will debate contemporary global issues in the areas of peace and security, human rights, the environment and development. MUNA 2016 was the 20th consecutive year the Rotary Club of Canberra Sunrise has organised the event. It involved students in a hands-on experience of a UN General Assembly style debate to increase international understanding and goodwill. Students dressed in the national costume of the country they represented for the event in the historic House of Representatives Chamber of the Old Parliament House, home to the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Share your hearing aid experience MORWELL-BASED company, EARtrak, is marking Hearing Awareness Week with the launch of a consumer-based hearing aid user satisfaction survey.


More than 80 percent of shoppers research online before buying, according to recent market research. From choosing hotels, cars, smart phones, and even which Uber driver to get you home, consumers are increasingly looking to the opinions of others to help guide their choices. Manufacturers and retailers are quick to tell us the features of their product or service but it is user experience from people like ourselves that can really sway our final decision. It’s the same when it comes to addressing your hearing loss. However, as EARtrak chief executive officer Tracey Matthies explained, until recently there has been little opportunity for consumers to learn about the experiences of other hearing aid users except from their immediate circle of family and

friends and even then, many people simply don’t talk about their hearing aids. “That’s why we’ve launched EARtrak’s hearing aid satisfaction survey to coincide with Hearing Awareness Week,” Tracey said. “Now everyone with hearing aids can share their experiences and others can learn from them.” The journey to seeking help for hearing loss is typically much more complicated than buying glasses. People often look at features and manufacturers’ promises before even knowing if a particular brand or model of hearing aid would meet their needs. Tracey said it was important to understand you are not looking for a good hearing aid because what suits someone else’s needs may not suit yours. “You’re looking for a hearing care provider with successful client outcomes. They will advise the most appropriate hearing aid for your circumstances,” she said. Sharing your hearing aid experience is as easy as going to www.hearingaidsatisfactionsurvey. com and completing the survey. Two things happen when you complete the survey. You will receive a report on your overall satisfaction with your hearing improvement immediately upon completing the survey. You can print out your responses and results and take them to your next appointment with your hearing care professional as a guide in discussing your communication needs and expectations. In EARtrak’s experience, people also complete the survey because:

• they know they are giving unfiltered feedback to their providers; • they like to have a voice and read EARtrak’s reports on aggregated results; • it doesn’t cost them anything; and • they want to help others. People who are already using hearing aids understand the journey and want to use their experiences to help

others The second thing is that EARtrak makes your feedback available to providers to use in their continuous quality improvement programs. Talk about your hearing aid experience with fellow users by joining the Hearing Aid Users Australia Group on Facebook.

Hearing better with Bass Coast HEARING loss is precious and fragile. As technology advances, many people with hearing loss benefit from hearing aids and cochlear implants. These innovations have made a positive difference in the way they can communicate and enjoy their lives, but communication can be exhausting for a hearing impaired person, even with a hearing aid or cochlear implant. Consumer research shows that the lowest satisfaction levels for hearing aid wearers are in situations where the background noise is as loud or louder than what we are trying to listen to. Common situations are open plan offices, crowded shops and busy restaurants. Straining to hear voices in these circumstances requires prolonged concentration and is tiring. There are now revolutionary advances in technology to help make hearing in these situations easier and more enjoyable for the wearer. Advanced audiology technology provides functions capable of continuously monitoring what you are listening to and singling out the dominant speaker whilst reducing background noise.

Research and experience confirm that as our environment becomes louder, we naturally try to focus on our immediate conversation partner and advanced narrow directionality technology is proven to reduce distracting sounds from sideways and behind. Audibility can be tailored to the wearer’s individual prescription and be optimally balanced to enhance the users ability to understand conversation. Hearing Aids now have the capability to interface via blue tooth and near field communication to connect to other devices like remote microphones, streamers and mobile phones. Mobile phone apps to help control these technologies can be downloaded to enhance your experience. Braden has a love of technology and studied electronic engineering at Swinburne prior to studying audiometry so his knowledge and expertise comes from his technical background. Please contact About Bass Coast Hearing on (03) 5672 5598 for an appointment. Free trials are available.

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Walkies: Geoff Parkinson takes one of the dogs boarding at Somerset Kennels in Fish Creek for a walk, with the help of his own dog.

Fish Creek pet haven WHEN you have to spend time away from your four-legged friends, it’s important to make sure they still get all the love and attention they deserve. While your neighbours are probably perfectly nice people, having them pop round for five minutes a day to open a can isn’t going to cut it. If you’ve got cats and dogs that need looking after, you need Somerset Kennels in Fish Creek. Owners Meg and Geoff Parkinson have got many years experience handling dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, personalities and ages. “You can always be sure that our esteemed guests are in the best of hands when you leave them with us,” Meg said. “Just like their human friends, all pets are different and we are excited about getting to know the quirks and traits of every one we welcome.”

Somerset Kennels is equipped with everything required to keep your pooch or kitty happy, healthy, safe and comfortable. “However, we are of course happy for you to bring any favourite toys and comforts from home to help your mate settle in,” Meg said. “It’s our job to make sure every animal gets the individual, personalised attention it needs and we want to see them all having a wonderful time.” Somerset Kennels has a spacious exercise yard for your dog to run around and play in and each dog is taken for a walk every day, not counting exceptional circumstances. “If your dog is old or injured, we will follow your vet’s advice regarding diet and exercise and your dog will always be allowed to play with the other guests when appropriate,” Meg said. “We don’t want them getting lonely without you around.”

Pet sitting: Elise Manning from Leongatha Pet Sitting is the perfect choice for you next time you need to go away. Elise just loves all pets and will give the best care to your precious pets providing you with peace of mind. “I can ensure that not only is your most valued family member safe and secure in their own home but also happy.”

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Cash for the Helping out the locals MICHAEL’S Supa IGA gave out more than $77,000 last Wednesday, as part of its annual community rewards program big cheque presentation. Held in Leongatha’s Memorial Hall, this was the 15th year of the program, which has now distributed more than $1.4 million between local community groups, sporting organisations and schools. John Markham from Michael’s Supa IGA said there is no other business in South Gippsland which does anything similar. “It is Michael’s (Lorenz) benevolence that has got the program this far. We

Good grant: from left, Rural Financial Counselling Service board member Garry Van Sinderen, John Markham from Michael’s Supa IGA, Michael Lorenz from Michael’s Supa IGA and Rural Financial Counselling Service executive officer Peter Jennings accepted a cheque for $30,000, a donation from the IGA stores across south eastern Victoria.

wouldn’t be in business if it wasn’t for the community,” he said. Michael’s Supa IGA is also committed to a local grants program over and above the main rewards program. In the day, two grants were handed out. One for $500 to the Jeetho Hall for its 125th anniversary celebration and one for $2000 to the Ruby Fire Brigade, for the purchase of equipment. The day also saw $30,000 donated to the Rural Financial Counselling Service from all IGA stores across south eastern Victoria. “The $30,000 is thanks to the efforts of Michael Lorenz, if it wasn’t for him there would be any money going to the farmers from IGA,” Mr Markham said.

Grant goodness: vice president of the Jeetho Hall committee Paul Knox accepted a grant of $500 from Michael Lorenz from Michael’s Supa IGA and Ruby Fire Brigade 3rd lieutenant Tom Murdoch and captain Michael Guest accepted a grant for $2000 last Wednesday.

Thankful for funds: Kerrie Beauglehall from the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, Michael Lorenz from Michael’s Supa IGA and Richard Jones from the South Gippsland Relay for Life accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday. Help the helpers: from left, Ray Holloway from Kongwak CFA, Matt Saario from Leongatha SES, Hilco Zuidema from Leongatha South CFA, Tania Frank from Pound Creek CFA, Michael Lorenz from Michael’s Supa IGA, Tim Wettenhall from Loch CFA and Matthew King from Korumburra CFA accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

Student wellbeing: from left, Michael Lorenz from Michael’s Supa IGA, Nathan Pirouet, Poppy Clarke and Izaak Morrison from Korumburra Primary School, and Donna Muldoon from Korumburra Secondary College accepted Helping hand: from left, Kody and Lexi with parent Daniel Lawrie from Tarwin Lower Primary School, cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Toby Jobling, Dayna Lightowler, Gemma Forster and Haylee Junge from Loch Primary School accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday. Wednesday.

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community Great help: Jess Cruikshank from Carinya Lodge in Korumburra accepted the cheque as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

School’s out: accepting cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday were back, from left Wayne Chester from Leongatha Secondary College, Rob Higgins from Leongatha Primary School, Luca Riseley and Mitchell Bentvelzen from Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College. Front from left, Saxon, Jayden and Matthew from South Gippsland Specialist School.

Cheers for charities: from left, Glenn Smith from the Leongatha Salvation Army, Bob Dempster from St Vincent de Paul Korumburra, Jenni Keerie from Milpara Community House, Barbara Hoy from the Red Cross, Susan Cattle from Anglicare and Topsy Winkler from the Red Cross accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

Happy hearts: Bill Ross and John Grenon from Heart Support Australia accepted a cheque for $525 as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

Good and grateful: from left, Garry Van Sinderen from the Leongatha Lions Club, Alan Hoy from the Leongatha Men’s Shed, Pauline and Tony Kamphuis from the St Laurence Catholic Church and Frank Dekker from the South Gippsland Landcare Network accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

Supporting sports: from left, Andrew Newton from the Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club, Ruth Cashin from the Korumburra Croquet Club, Noelene Cosson from the Korumburra Swimming Club and Don Hislop from the Korumburra Golf Club accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

Ball boys: from left, Barry Davidson from the Leongatha Bowls Club, Josh Hall from the Leongatha Golf Club and Butch McGannon from the Fish Creek Football Netball Club accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

Hub helpers: Joan Hopkins from Friends of Coal Creek and Susan Davies from Grow Lightly Connect accepted cheques from Michael Lorenz as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

Lucky locals: from left, Brian Davies from the Leongatha Town Cricket Club, Frank Dekker from the Woorayl Golf Club, Ryan Treacy from St Laurence O’Toole Primary School and Tamara and Lily Treacy from the Leongatha Swimming Club accepted cheques as part of the Michael’s Supa IGA community rewards program last Wednesday.

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Diamond studded festival on the way LEONGATHA will be decked out with glitz and glamour this week as the Daffodil Festival celebrates its diamond anniversary. The diamond theme will resound right through the three day spectacular – Thursday, August 25, to Saturday, August 27 – with daffodil and diamond themed shop windows and special diamond shaped trophies for the best exhibits in the show. There will be a number of places to enjoy the excitement of the festival, including Memorial Hall, the gallery and the courtyard. Once again, the festival has brought together various community groups that will showcase a range of skill sets and craftsmanship. Leongatha Horticultural Society member Margaret Fox said the daffodil festival’s popularity continues to grow each year because of its constancy and the standard set by the organisers each year. “Each year we try to keep doing what we’ve always done but do it better than before,” she said. “The Daffodil Festival is one of our biggest events of the year. It has become quite well known and it attracts people to the town. It provides a lovely town atmosphere, which people really appreciate. People have nice afternoons strolling down the streets, browsing the stalls and catching up with people. It’s a social event and people often travel here in groups to enjoy the festival together. “It’s also fantastic that it’s not just for the Horticultural Society. It’s for all groups – that’s why the festival continues to be such a big event. The flower show is lovely, but it’s all the additional stalls and activities going on in town that makes the festival spectacular. Everything is so much better when everyone can be involved.” Ms Fox said the organisers are hoping for good weather this year and are appreciative of the South Gippsland Shire Council workers who put in time and effort to plant the beautiful daffodil gardens

around town. “It’s our best advertisement. The daffodils are bright and cheery and remind people the Daffodil Festival is on its way. The gardens are really lovely and we are so appreciative,” she said. The Daffodil Festival is an event for the whole family, with children’s sections included in the show and face painting available on Saturday. “The children’s section has been a great way to get the local school involved with the festival. The children are encouraged to put in entries for growing daffodils and broad beans,” Ms Fox said. “We had an early judging at Leongatha Primary School last week for children whose daffodils bloomed early and might not be suitable to enter in the festival in week’s time. Children whose daffodils bloom next week will have a better opportunity to enter their daffodil in the festival, but we wanted to ensure all children could participate.”

Lovely flowers: Leongatha Daffodil Festival is on again with plenty of things for the community to see and do over the three day event. From left, Hassett Street Preschoolers Noah Dunlop First prize: from left, Gippsland South and Zara Gannon got into the spirit of the festival with a lovely bouquet of daffodils. MLA Danny O’Brien celebrated with Glenice Griggs when she picked up first prize for her herbs at the Daffodil Festival last year.

Gardening expert Leongatha bound THE Leongatha Horticultural Society is excited to welcome well known television presenter, author and gardener Stephen Ryan to this year’s Daffodil Festival. Mr Ryan is best known for hosting Gardening Australia and his extensive horticultural knowledge. “He has travelled widely and is a well known identity. We are very lucky that he will be coming to Leongatha for the festival,” Leongatha Horticultural Society member Margaret Fox said. “He is very entertaining, has written many articles for a gardening magazine and has a lovely garden and nursery in Mount Macedon.” Ms Fox said the Horticultural Society asked

Mr Ryan to open the festival some months ago, and he was more than happy to do so. He will be officially opening the show at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon (August 25). “I know a lot of our local gardeners are very excited to meet him. He will be available throughout the show to any answer questions they have,” Ms Fox said. Don’t miss the exciting activities taking place throughout the this year’s three day Daffodil Festival, including the flower show, the open garden tours, the art and photography exhibition, the South Gippsland Woodworkers’ exhibition and the fantastic window displays. The festival will run from Thursday, August 25, to Saturday, August 27.

Thumbs up: from left, Jemma Rump and Keagan Koedoot from Hassett Street Preschool are prepped for this year’s Daffodil Festival.

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Diamond theme for 60 years THE Woorayl Country Women’s Association (CWA) will once again be contributing to the window displays during the Daffodil Festival. To celebrate the festival’s 60th anniversary,

the CWA’s display in A W Smith and Sons Gift and Homewares will include a diamond theme. The display will be made up of diamond crafts and a cake to celebrate 60 years. Don’t miss out on seeing this year’s fabulous window displays.

Fantastic floral foyer: Christine Corbidge designed a floral arrangement in the foyer of Leongatha Memorial Hall for the Daffodil Festival last year.

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E ready to experience the “wow” portico, and as you approach the large double entry factor upon entering this magnifi- doors, you know you are in for something special. Comprising four bedrooms, the master has a cent contemporary home. huge walk in robe, an en suite that would rival Designed and built by local Master Builder, Kyle Custom Building, it consists of 33 squares of living space and 56 squares in total of absolute luxury. Upon arrival you will be in awe of the grand

any resort, along with a private study. Stepping up the beautiful jarrah staircase into the spacious open plan kitchen you will see that no expense has been spared. Caeser stone bench tops, double drawer dishwasher, pyrolytic selfcleaning oven, 900mm appliances, large walk in pantry and savvy bi fold doors and a servery window that open onto a 12m x 6m outdoor entertaining area. If entertaining family and friends is your thing, then this is the home for you. The outdoor area features a brick fire place, a built in six burner natural gas barbecue, and another set of bi fold doors that open back to a cinema room, with a huge 130 inch projected televi-

sion screen, complete with tiered seating. The other three bedrooms all provide built in robes, the bathroom and the powder room are fitted out with exceptional fittings, and the rest of the home reflects quality workmanship with attention to detail. It has a 7.1 star energy rating, it’s connected to natural gas, with three phase six star ducted heating and cooling and all double glazed windows. This is an elegant home and really needs to be inspected to be appreciated.

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NDER construction and nearing completion, Number 15 is an upmarket three bedroom townhouse in a very impressive complex. Located in a prime central position, it is within easy walking distance to the shops, Dakers Centre and churches. A well thought out floor plan includes a large open plan family room incorporating spacious living and dining areas and a well equipped kitchen with natural gas cook top, wall oven, dishwasher, roll-out drawers and pull-out pantry. All bedrooms are of a generous size with plenty of storage, the main having a large walk through robe leading through to

a fully appointed en suite. Extras include a seven star energy rating, fully insulated walls and ceilings, private covered outdoor entertaining area, additional built in storage inside the unit and in the double garage and internal access from the secure double garage. Low maintenance landscaped gardens will complete this attractive package. This well designed townhouse represents an ideal opportunity for both owner occupiers and investors. Buy Number 15 and move in shortly, or choose one of the other townhouses available off the plan and save on stamp duty. Call in for further information. (Please note, photos used are for demonstration purposes only).

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Outstanding quality and style study and direct access into the house from the triple garage via a utility area. Three bedrooms, each with built in robes, sensibly fan out from the rear living area, main bathroom and toilet, making it a perfect children’s zone. Step inside to appreciate the This living area is made all home’s practical design and add- the more appealing by containing ed touches such as high ceilings, a large secluded walk in storage ducted vacuum, ducted gas heat- cupboard for toys and games and ing and the formal entrance with also has a reverse cycle unit for stylish bulk head and inset plaster added comfort. features along with the modern colour scheme and furnishings throughout. The spacious master bedroom is situated towards the front of the home and contains a walk in robe and sizeable en suite with twin basins and large double shower. The formal entrance leads past the main bedroom and into a well lit, open plan kitchen, dining and living room with direct access to the covered barbeque area. The kitchen layout is well set up with an island bench with stone tops, natural gas cook top, double sink, dishwasher and walk in pantry, all overlooking the family and entertaining area. Adjacent to the kitchen is the

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Adjacent to the private entertaining area is an excellent fully paved in ground compass swimming pool complete with glass fencing, solar heating and self cleaning. Other features include low maintenance gardens with great kids play areas, two garden sheds, solar hot water, and quality retaining walls and concrete paths. Inspection highly recommended, this property is an absolute gem.

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10B Shingler Street: open for inspection Saturday, August 27 at10-10.30am.

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HIS Saturday, Elders Real Estate is opening up some quality local homes in Leongatha for you to inspect. If you are looking to upgrade, expand or downsize – this Saturday’s open for inspections caters for all.

10B Shingler St, Leongatha – Saturday, August 27– 10-10.30am: To begin the day Elders will open to the public this near new modern and spacious townhouse which has been built by a quality local builder. It offers three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms. It also boasts an excellent private outdoor entertaining area, low maintenance garden (no lawns to mow), double garage plus enough space to park a boat or caravan. 42 Brumley St, Leongatha – Saturday, August 27– 11-11.30am: Sitting pretty in the middle is this beauty which has been renovated and is waiting for your finishing touches to make it your dream home.

Above, 11 Clinton Court: open for inspection Saturday, August 27, 12-12.30am Right, 42 Brumley Street: open for inspection Saturday, August 27, 1111.30am.

There are three spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas. 42 Brumley St will go up for auction on Saturday, September 17, at 11am onsite. Auction terms – 10 per cent deposit and a 30-day settlement. 11 Clinton Court, Leongatha – Saturday, August 27 – 12-12.30pm: And last but not least is this gorgeous four bedroom family home. Everything is fresh, modern and has already been done for you. Set on a 1500m2 block which is a winner with a great outlook and with plenty of space for the excellent shedding on offer. Elders look forward to welcoming you into these homes this Saturday. If these times don’t suit you and you would like to inspect these properties at a more suitable time, please contact Jean O’Loughlin at Elders on 0428 571 083. Jean at Elders looks forward to showing off these wonderful homes to you.

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Backyard Bl tz

Enjoy your great outdoors this winter

Garden unites Leongatha By Lynda Carroll WITH sun streaming through and a blue sky above, there really is no better place to be than the Leongatha Community Garden. Tucked away down the end of a court, part of the Community College Gippsland complex, the garden delights with its expanse and variety. The garden is a great mix of social interaction and communal growth. It encompasses everything from fruit and vegetables to native vegetation and chickens; and it appeals to all ages, as the cheerful playground area in one corner testifies.

Members are welcome and involved, taking in everyone from junior enthusiasts to family groups. Individual vegetable plots are a feature, giving a neatly embroidered detail throughout the garden. Beyond the garden, in the meeting room facility that sits quietly back from the stretches of growing area around it, there is a buzz of activity. It could be any day of the week; but most particularly the weekends. This is when workshops take place, ranging across everything from native plant propagation and food growing to the burgeoning cooking classes, taking in the full menu of possibilities from preserving and pickling to cooking handmade pasta. This success means ongoing expansion and improvement is needed. The current facilities are shaped from enthusiastic donations, and now stools, a microwave and extractor fan are on the agenda. Donations and creations are an extremely strong part of the garden’s life, from the stunning picnic table to the font like bird baths. The mould for the latter has been loaned, with more bird baths in the planning as a fundraising activity. All sorts of people come to the garden, all sorts of people contribute to the garden, and all sorts of people love the garden. It is a setting for those participating in the work for the dole program, many of whom retain their volunteer status past formal connections. Delightful setting: Peter Griffiths, a mainstay at the Leongatha Community Garden, enjoys Yooralla students take good care of the chickens, and the Leongatha Horticultural Society has started the popular place. propagating at the site. Volunteers maintain generation of the compost beds, and the poly house has hyIt’d have to be late summer. You have a glut of all sorts of vegies, and there’s a table on the verandroponics in it, full of flourishing berries. Hopes are held for establishment of a mushroom dah which we started at the end of last summer. It’s growing site in the future, and aspirations are also called the share table, and growers from outside and held for the entire facility to ultimately become a our own growers who had excess produce brought their own items in and put them on the share table. community Landcare group. “People started to come down and have a look Native vegetation is a mainstay of the garden, and serves multiple purposes besides providing vi- and share the produce. We want to maintain that. It sual interest. While some natives have found the works especially well at the end of summer when South Gippsland ground a little damp for their lik- everyone has got a thousand tomatoes!’ With that, Tim is back out in the garden. Nets ing, others have grown with a vengeance. Native plants and flowers attract birds and bees, are being placed across some of the beautiful raised creating a healthier ecosystem right through the gar- beds, nasturtiums sprawl nearby, and a small bird flits into the pink teatree flowers, their open faces den and surrounds. The Leongatha Community Garden is also inter- waving cheerfully over the front fence. The garden’s new committee is president Tim twined with a number of other organisations. Many of those who help out in the garden also head to the Howard, vice president Rogan Rhind, secretary/ treasurer Vivian Carroll and committee members local hospital, where the landscaping is a highlight. On Thursdays, produce from the garden finds its Scott Cameron, Melissa Bourke, Dick Lester, Shirway to a small market stall at the hospital, where the ley Egan, Gary Beard, Vanessa Holness, Yooralla representative Tracel Devereux, CCG representative freshness is appreciated by customers. Vegetables are also supplied for the Salvation and a representative of the culinary group, Cheryl Lamb, Janica Nichols and Kerrie Baker. Army’s Foodbank and to St Vincent De Paul. Outgoing president Dick Lester was acknowlEven in the depths of winter, the garden is a place of busy serenity. Asked his favourite time of the year edged by Tim for his enormous contribution to the there, Tim Howard – health promotion officer from garden and the development of the facility and the Gippsland Southern Health Service, and a mainstay partnerships that have been strengthened during Dick’s time as president. of the garden community – said, “

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Spring gardens set to bloom by Karen Haw from the Town Centre Nursery SPRING is just around the corner, when the garden comes alive with colour and scent. The delicate scents of blossom are one of the most delightful things about spring. However the season is short but there is a way to prolong the flowering time and this is with a variety of spring blooming trees and shrubs that vary with their flowering times. One of the first plants to bloom is the Chaenomeles or ornamental quince also known as Japonica. This is a very old fashioned shrub and very tough and long flowering. They love the sun but will also tolerate semi shade and are incredibly water wise once established. One minute there are bare branches then before you know it the same branches are full of blossom. The flowers are mostly single, with a boss of golden yellow stamens in the centre, but there are also a few semi-doubles. The colours are gorgeous too and make great cut flowers to bring indoors. Colours available are Nivalis which is pure white, Apple blossom, soft pink and white, Columbia, dark red, Vermillion which is orange and Winter Cheers with scarlet-red flowers on a lovely compact bush. The flowering quince is related to the edible quince and part of the Rosacae or rose family originating from China and Japan. After flowering they produce a small fruit, which is a bit quince like and as these ripen they have the most exquisite, sweet, quince like aroma. The fruit can actually be used to make a jelly or paste and is very high in pectin. Japonicas can be used as a specimen shrub and birds love them. Prunus mune or better known as flowering apricot is the next of the blossom flowering plants to display their beauty. Flowering apricots are available as small trees or weeping specimens. Prunus mune originates from China and is available in either pink or white however the weeping trees are generally always pink. The perfect tree to add colour to a bare winter garden with its masses of scented pink blossom weeping delicately along otherwise bare branches. In Chinese,

Pretty in pink: Alice Haw, 4, of Mirboo North shows off the stunning kalanchoe, a cousin to the Jade plant, the flowering Kalanchoe is a fairly low-maintenance succulent house plant and blossoms in a range of bright colours from the beautiful pink to bright oranges, yellow, red, and white. Japanese and Korean cooking, the fruit of the tree is used in juices, as a flavouring for alcohol, as a pickle and in sauces. It is also used in traditional medicine. As we move into spring there is huge selection of flowering trees and shrubs from which to choose and not only ornamental flowering trees but also fruiting trees. All fruit trees give a decent floral display. Almonds and quince are both very pretty trees when in

flower. Flowering cherries are renowned for their beauty especially weeping cherries and Japan is famous for its display of cherry blossoms. Elvins prunus is a delightful small flowering plum grown for an amazing display of white, changing to pink, flowers covering bare willowy branches. This tree is interesting in that the flowers are defined along the branches. It originated in Victoria around 1957 and thought to have parentage associated with Prunus cerasifera. It is smaller than most flowering plums only growing to around 3metres by 3 metres. Last of the blossom trees to flower that make Mirboo North well renowned is the crab apple Ionenis plena. At full bloom the tree is a floral mass. It is also available as a grafted standard making it a fabulous feature tree. However if you are wanting a crab apple for its fruit to make crab apple jelly it is better to choose others such as pioneer rose, floribunda or gorgeous. Crab apples are very hardy and flower longer than cherries, Another show stealer flowering at this time of year is the deciduous magnolia. Magnolia ‘Genie’ is famed for its spectacular flowers which adorn the plant in late winter and early spring and again in autumn. The deep coloured buds are striking in themselves and once they open to the goblet-shaped blooms you will experience ‘Genie’s’ true magic for yourself. It is a good performer and I personally planted one last year and even though still small it has lots of flowers. Succulents are a huge group of fleshy leafed plants. There are those that are upright like Euphorbia trigona (African Milk Tree) and then there are the prostrate varieties like the cascading String-of-Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) and the beautiful Sedum (‘Burrito’ donkeys tail). Some succulents grow as rosettes - like the Echeverias and there are also climbers and groundcovers. Succulents will often survive in a hot north-facing spot where other plants won’t, because they’ve developed a way of photosynthesising that helps conserve water. Some of the best hotspot plants are things like this Giant Jade or Crassula ovata (Jade Tree - Crassula ovata ‘Hummel’s Sunset’). They’re lush and green,

Stunning bloom: the magnolia genie provides beautiful spring colour. they’re tough as nails - this cultivar has these beautiful pink tips and what’s more, they do really well in pots. The powdery white leaves of Cotyledon orbiculata (Pig’s Ear) reflect the heat and are a traditional ‘go to’ for tough garden positions as are the senecio or chalksticks which give a lovely greyblue foliage to the garden. But not all succulents are sun worshippers. The classic medicinal Aloe Vera likes protection from afternoon sun in summer and Haworthias and Gasterias are happiest in dappled or filtered light. They have really interesting shapes and you can enjoy many varieties as indoor plants too. Some succulents have fantastic flowers and this is especially so for the kalanchoes which are flowering now. These make great indoor plants or on verandas or balconies and will flower for many weeks. Colours are vibrant with hot pink, red or orange or subtle as in apricot or pale pink or lemon. Succulents have many uses and are easy to propagate. They can be used in the garden, pots or baskets and in terrariums or fairy gardens. Another old fashioned favourite that has made a big come back. So its time to get out and add some Spring to your garden.

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relationships with our clients often working with multiple generations of a family.” Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs) have become an increasing focus at Cooper McGrath Accountants based on the experience of Mr Cooper, which has placed his services in this area in demand. He has extensive knowledge when it comes to the administration and strategies associated with these funds. “For example it is surprising how few trustees of SMSFs have given consideration to what will happen if a member either passes away or becomes incapacitated; how does the SMSF deal with this? How does this fit into the broader estate planning strategy? We are seeing this more and more,” Mr Cooper said. Cooper McGrath welcomes enquiries from any SMSFs affected by recent changes, or enquiries in general. “We actually provide a SMSF Healthcheck service. This is more or less a second set of eyes,” Mr Cooper said. “We review the SMSF and give an opinion on any potential or actual issues from either a compliance or strategic perspective. If nothing else Go to man: Justin Cooper of Cooper McGrath Accountants and it provides piece of mind and/or Advisors is experienced in his field. feedback.”

Conveyancing made easy WOORAYL Conveyancing specialises in all kinds of property transactions including residential and rural sales and purchases. Owned by Mary Brewis since 2010, the business aims to provide clients with quality conveyancing services at minimal cost and inconvenience. “We are a dedicated conveyancing practice, and therefore can focus on your particular matter, keeping you advised throughout the whole process,” Mrs Brewis said. “As buying or selling a home is likely to be one of the biggest financial decisions you will

ever make, it is important you use an experienced conveyancer you can trust,” Woorayl Conveyancing is experienced in all aspects of conveyancing in Victoria, and can help guide you through the process, advising on how different conditions may affect your transaction. From the initial consultation, the business can advise on your conveyancing matter with respect to your individual circumstances. Ms Brewis will ensure you are fully aware of all of your rights and responsibilities prior to any contracts being signed, or transactions taking place. The business has a good rapport with all real

estate agents as well as local solicitors. “As I can’t handle any matter to do with wills, power of attorneys or estate planning, I often refer clients to solicitors,” Ms Brewis said. “Technology is changing too and the next thing will be electronic conveyancing which will eventually be compulsory. Now with titles they are issued electronically instead of the paper version.” Woorayl Conveyancing has been operating for more than 20 years in Leongatha, servicing not just the local community but people from all over the state. The business shares its offices with Retire and Wealth Planners at 23 Bair Street, Leongatha.

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Suryan offers first class advice from new location A PROFESSIONAL with a diverse range of skills continues to service South Gippsland from his new location in Albury in New South Wales. Suryan Chandrasegaran is a solicitor, accountant and registered tax agent who moved his practice from Leongatha to Albury more than three years ago. “Even though we have moved, people still stick with me and I’m appreciative of these people because they have helped keep us going,” he said. “We communicate with our South Gippsland clients by phone, email and post. We do get on to matters quickly and we keep people up to date with what is going on with their matter.” With a diverse range of skills and experiences, Mr Chandrasegaran has gained a broad range of legal experience dealing with a variety of legal and tax matters for clients. He has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Courts of Victoria and Western Australia and the High Court of Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Public Ac-

countants and a registered tax agent. In the past, Mr Chandrasegaran has worked with a regional law firm, been employed by a large national law firm in Perth in Western Australia, and has also worked with the Australian Taxation Office. Most recently, he has moved his practice to larger premises at 596 Hume Street, Albury, and has employed a new solicitor in Joe Blackshield, who will handle court matters. Between them, the pair is able to provide services relating to conveyancing, criminal charges, commercial and leasing disputes, debt recovery, wills, asset protection and estate planning, probate and court challenges against a deceased estate. The team at Albury Legal are able to assist with matters at any level of court. Albury Legal solicitors pride themselves on being upfront, including with costs. The first interview is free, at which clients will receive a quote on a fixed price or can opt for paying for the time the job takes. Mr Chandrasegaran and his team can be con- Business grows: from left, new solicitor in Joe Blackshield has joined Suryan tacted by phoning 02 6041 2010 or emailing info@ Chandrasegaran is a solicitor, accountant and registered tax agent formerly of Leongatha in his expanding Albury Legal firm.

Helping you achieve your business goals WONTHAGGI’S Zun and Associates Pty Ltd offers professional and friendly tax and accounting advice to small businesses and individuals to help reach their financial goals. Cade Zun and Mairead Taylor of Zun and Associates have successfully been offering professional

advice for some two years since opening in McBride Avenue. Working in the tax and accounting industry for more than a decade Cade said they deal with all your accounting and taxation needs. They assist clients with personal and business tax returns; business services (GST, BAS and bookkeeping); self managed super fund set up and ongo-

Professional: Zun and Associates’ Mairead Taylor and Cade Zun offer a friendly and reliable accounting to service to help small businesses achieve their goals.

ing support; and advice and strategic planning in the areas of tax effective business structures and business development. Zun and Associates is proud to be a Xero partner. “Xero online accounting software is a really exciting development in the accounting industry. It is user friendly software, it streamlines many bookkeeping processes and has huge potential for productivity gains and compliance cost reductions in

business. Our clients are giving us great feedback about the functionality and ease of use of Xero software,” Cade said. For professional, qualified service or to find out more give the team at Zun and Associates a call on 56721 643, check out the website or have a look and send them a message on Facebook zunassociates.

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Soup’s aroma not the only drawcard year for what was intended to be a one off event, the program was so popuA SIMPLE bowl of lar, the soup kitchen has soup is bringing the continued over the cooler months to warm the souls Inverloch community of diners. together. Members of the community house’s groups serve the soup each month. “People may think it’s for homeless people but the soup kitchen is for the whole of the community,” community house coordinator Lisa Archibald said. “Inverloch is an active community. There are people who are willing to reach out to those people who are not active in the community. “The soup kitchen is a way for people to come together and do something different. Offering a bowl Yum, yum: from left, Inverloch Community House coordinator Lisa Archibald of soup is something simdines with Michelle Evans of the Department of Health and Human Services, ple to offer, and we want Wonthaggi U3A member Julie Jones, and the department’s Kellie Bertrand and to be open and friendly.” Tania Cake. Diners gather in the In-

By Brad Lester

Inverloch Community House is running a monthly soup kitchen on the second Tuesday of each month from May to October, and the response has been outstanding.

Volunteers dish up an average of 80 servings in return for gold coin donations to the program. The soup kitchen was first held during Neighbourhood House Week last

verloch Community Hub around a table to chat with friends or strangers who will soon become friends. “The soup kitchen is also a way for our community groups to promote what they are doing. They mix with people in the community and they learn new skills,” Ms Archibald said. “The men’s shed members have definitely enjoyed cooking and found out they have skills in that area.” The men’s shed volunteers recently offered three varieties of soups: pumpkin and leek, tomato and capsicum, and chicken and corn, and all met with approval. Among the diners at the event was Laura Sullivan of Venus Bay. “It’s a fantastic way to bring the community together. It’s open to people of all ages and from all walks of life,” she said.

On deck: John Chinn (left) and Julian Sellers of the Inverloch Men’s Shed were on kitchen duty during the most recent soup kitchen held by the Inverloch Community House. “I’m from Canada and wanted to meet people in the community.” Her neighour Andrea Bell was attending her first soup kitchen, joined by young son Hamish.

“The pumpkin and leek soup was lovely,” she said. Come along to the hub on the second Tuesday of the month for soup from 11am to 1.30pm.

Op till you drop SPRING is just about there and the perfect time for that clean out of all those wonderful clothes that either do not fit

any more or you perhaps you haven’t worn it for a year or more then it is time to off load and now is a great time to gather all those worn for a year or two.

They say it is the golden rule if you haven’t clothes together and drop off at your local op shop and this week is the ideal time being National Op Shop Week started on Sunday, August 21. St Vincent de Paul stores are celebrating All things Denim during this year’s National Op Shop Week so get along and donate or check out the great range in store in Leongatha or Korumburra. Donating to your local op shop is a great way to support the fantastic welfare programs they provide for the community. Clothes are sorted according to their wearability and marketability, so make sure items are clean and preferably wrinkle free. And it is a good idea to fold old clothing and put in a box or bag, don’t shove into a bag on a hanger - it can damage the other clothes. Attach any things that come in pairs to each other. For example, tie shoes together with the laces; stuff socks or gloves into one another. At the very least, make sure they go into the same bag. When you are considering donating your preloved clothing take a second look and make sure the garments are really in good order. You are then helping charity shops help the community, those in need and recycling so it is a win, win good feel deed.


Support Vinnies: St Vincent de Paul Leongatha store volunteer Geoff Hoghton says we should all support Vinnies. Geoff works at the shop two days a week and loves seeing his regular customers find that something special to brighten up their wardrobe or even a great bargain. Geoff is pictured with Vinnies Winter Warmer plea, “Remember a single winter woolly can make the world of difference” and urges us to donate today.

To celebrate Vinnies Leongatha is celebrating all things denim. With displays and plenty of stock – it’s the perfect time to visit your local Vinnies store You’ll find us at: 10 Peart Street, Leongatha

Helping hand: Anne Archer volunteers her time at both the Leongatha and Korumburra St Vincent de Paul stores. She usually works in the book section and knows you can find a really good selection of fiction and nonfiction books and also magazines, thanks to the many generous people who donate their goods to Vinnies. Vinnies really works hard to support communities, with many dedicated volunteers contributing valuable time and effort to support those in need.

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The Good Life

In the Quiet author at Coal Creek COAL Creek Literary Festival this October welcomes up and coming writer Eliza HenryJones, whose debut novel In the Quiet has attracted an enormous amount of positive reviews and nominations for numerous prizes. The festival takes place on Sunday, October

9, from 10 am. That Ms Jones’s book has created quite a stir is evident by the simplest of searches on line. “Uplifting and heart warming,” wrote one reviewer. “A quiet book about grief and loss that will reel you in, page by page, until you simply can’t put it down,” wrote another. “The story is equal parts beautiful and sad, and this is one of my favourite books of the year,” was a comment from another reviewer.

As a trained grief, loss and trauma counsellor, Ms Henry-Jones has been able to give an air of authenticity to her novel, which deals in part with the death of a mother. In the Quiet was shortlisted for the 2015 Readings Prize for New Australian Writing, longlisted for the 2016 Indie Book Awards for Debut Fiction, longlisted for the 2016 Australian book Industry Awards for General Fiction, and also shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary

Awards for the Glenda Adams prize for new Australian writing. Last year Ms HenryJones told a local newspaper that she’d been writing a novel a year since she was 14 and assumed she would continue to do this with little thought of one of her works being published. “It was always one of those things where I was just doing it,” she said of the writing process. “It was soothing and it was just a hobby for me”. As it’s turned out, a

major publisher has published In the Quiet, with the expectation of many more novels to come. For a debut novel to attract this many accolades for a writer still in her mid twenties is a fair indication of the quality of the writing. To find out for yourself what all the fuss has been about, come along to the Coal Creek Literary Festival at Korumburra.

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment Offering insight: counsellor and author Eliza Henry will discuss her writing passion at the Coal Creek Literary Festival this October.

Shakespeare’s rude mechanicals FIVE mechanicals (town’s tradesmen) feature in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Although they lack any acting experience, these tradesmen decide to enter a competition to perform a play on the wedding night of the Duke of Athens. Their unskilled performance of the romantic tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe provides much amusement for the assembled wedding guests. In this play within a play, Nick Bottom (Jeremy Curtis) plays Pyramus, Francis Flute (Rotary exchange student Maximilian Sutterluty) glams up as Pyramus’ star crossed lover Thisbe, Peter Quince (David Tattersall) represents the moon, Tom Snout (Barry Paterson) represents the wall which separates the lovers, and Snug the joiner (Bruce

Tradies on stage: from left, actors playing the Mechanicals in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from left, David Tattersall, Barry Paterson, Jeremy Curtis, Bruce Grainger and Maximilian Sutterluty. Grainger) plays a wimpy lion. The character of Nick Bottom also provides amusement earlier in the production when (thanks to some forest magic) he is romanced by Titania, Queen of the Fairies even though he has been transformed into an Ass.

The Mechanicals are one of several groups to feature in this Shakespearean comedy. With a cast of 31 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 can be bought online www.lyrictheatre.; at the box office that opens September 8 at Great Southern Outdoors at 1 Bair Street, Leongatha, from Thursday to Friday, 11am to 3pm, and Saturday, 10am to noon; or phone 0490 525 482

Ursula’s portraits turn heads WONTHAGGI artist Ursula Theinert will feature in a prestigious exhibition in Melbourne. Her portraits of now Guardian Australia editor Lenore Taylor and former federal MP Rob Oakeshott will be in the Hidden Faces, the 2016 Victorian Salon Des Refusés exhibition. The show features works by Victorian artists not included within such portrait prizes as the Archibald, Doug Moran, Portia Geach, Black Swan, Mortimore and Glencore Percival prizes. Hidden Faces will be held at Hilton Melbourne South Wharf until October 6. Mrs Theinert said, “My portraits strive for authenticity, to create a likeness without flattery. My portraits are personal, as I try to capture the ‘essence’ of the sitter. At the end of the day, it’s about giving it a go”. Hotel general manager Craig Bonnor said, “This year’s excellent collection of contemporary portraits on display here continues the tradition established by the hotel to present a showcase of Victorian artistic brilliance.” Hidden Faces follows in the long tradition of the French Impressionists of the 1860s who held a breakaway exhibition from the French Academy. The inaugural Salon des Refusés, held in 1863

by command of Napoleon III, included works by acclaimed artists Edmund Manet, Camille Pissarro and Paul Cezanne. The People’s Choice Award is a visitor’s favourite with prizes provided by the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf. The exhibition is free and open all day, every day.

Insightful work: Wonthaggi artist Ursula Theinert and her portrait of former federal MP Rob Oakeshott, part of the Hidden Faces exhibition in Melbourne.

POLYFACES FILM NIGHT Friday 26 August, Fish Creek Hall , 7:00pm RSVP Bec Matthews 5682 1101

Free Event

South Gippsland ShireCouncil

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Principal inspires Australia’s teachers WONTHAGGI Primary School principal Leonie Anstey is passionate about numbers. So much so, she was invited to be the keynote speaker at a maths leadership conference hosted by the Maths Teaching and Learning Research Centre in Melbourne recently, attended by 300 teachers from across Australia. Ms Anstey offered advice for teaching effectively under the pressure of busy school days, and working with families and children to ensure learning opportunities were maximised. “Teachers need to know what each child is currently doing and what they need to do in light of the curriculum,” she said. Ms Anstey advocates the ongoing training of teachers and ensuring children have access to

comprehensive knowledge, which is why Wonthaggi Primary School has specialist maths and science teachers and coaches in Karyn Thomas and Chris Terlich. “If a coach is good enough for (tennis player) Andre Agassi, then a coach is good enough for teachers,” Ms Anstey said. “If the teachers are the best they can be, then the kids are getting the best education they can.” Grade 5 student Alicia finds learning maths enjoyable. “There are always challenges and hands-on activities. I like targeted maths because there are challenges that we have to really aim for,” she said. “One challenge was if you went into an ice cream shop and there were 100 flavours, how many combinations could there be with three Deep thinkers: Wonthaggi Primary School principal Leonie Anstey loves maths and science, scoops. It’s about using algebra.” and sharing her knowledge with students such as Grade 5 children Kalani, Ania and Alicia.

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Farming Insight Landholders prepare for action on rabbits THREE workshops are being run to provide landholders with information about integrated rabbit control in the lead up to the release of a new strain of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, known as RHDV1 K5. The RHDVI 5K virus, due to be released in 2017, aims to boost the effectiveness of the current RHDV1 strain that was released in 1996. The workshops are designed to provide landholders with practical information about rabbit control techniques, and cross property planning that will increase the impact of the virus. Workshops are being held in Tarwin Lower on August 30, Seaspray on August 31 and Philip Island on September 1. See the advertisement below for times and locations. Regional Landcare Facilitator, Sam Shannon said for it to reach its full potential, land managers need to be alert, organised and informed about the release of the virus. “The workshops will explain how landholders can improve any advantage that RHDV1 K5 may provide in impacting rabbit populations” said Mr Shannon. “The K5 strain will not kill every last rabbit in the environment but rather boost the impacts of biological control

agents that are already in the environment” he said. “The release will be most effective if it is coordinated and supported with integrated rabbit management techniques, therefore land managers are encouraged to take advantage and follow up with conventional control to remove remnant rabbits and destroy their warrens.” Rabbits are Australia’s most destructive agricultural pest animal, costing $200 million in lost agricultural production every year, with a further $6 million expended on rabbit control measures. Rabbits also impact the environment, with less than one rabbit per hectare, enough to stop the growth of some native species and negatively affect biodiversity, leading to further loss of native species. “The new K5 strain should work better in cool-wet regions where the existing virus has not been so successful.” “K5 kills more rabbits and is a faster death than the current strain of RHDV. This leads to improved animal welfare and humaneness outcomes, as well as helping to lessen the impacts of rabbits on biodiversity and production.” Community Weeds Taskforce member and South Gippsland Landcare Network Coordinator, Kate McKenzie, said the release of K5 in conjunction with a community-led

response, using best practice rabbit management principles, is an opportunity to mitigate rabbit damage and assist to manage rabbits to low levels. “The impending release of the virus is building momentum for landscape scale rabbit control amongst the community. It’s generated significant interest and good-will amongst landholders, particularly in affected coastal areas across the Bass Coast and Gippsland, which is fantastic to see.” “Rabbits don’t stop at fences and where K5 reduces rabbit populations, a coordinated community-led response will be required to sustain a long term advantage. A response that the strong communities of Bass Coast and Gippsland are undoubtedly equipped and for.” The workshops are free and include light refreshments. For further information and to RSVP please contact Sam Shannon on 5613 5978 or This project is supported the Community Weeds Task Force, South Gippsland Landcare Network, Yarram Yarram Landcare Network, Bass Coast Landcare Network and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Victorian Government.

Rabbit Control Workshops Come along to one of the workshops below to hear information for landholders on rabbit control techniques and details of RHDV1 K5.

Cost: free.

RSVP essential.

Tuesday 30th August – Tarwin Lower Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm. Location: 85 T Boags Road, Tarwin Lower RSVP by 26/08: or 5662 5759

Wednesday 31st August – Seaspray Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm. Location: 194 Tip Road, Seaspray RSVP by 29/08: or 5613 5978

Thursday 1st September – Philip Island Time: 1.30pm-4.30pm. Location: Rhyll Hall, Lock Road, Rhyll VIC 3923 RSVP by 30/08: or 5678 2335

This project is supported the Community Weeds Task Force, South Gippsland Landcare Network, Yarram Yarram Landcare Network, Bass Coast Landcare Network and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australia Government’s National Landcare Programme and the Victorian Government.

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Trade yearling prices rise THERE were approximately 1050 export and 400 young cattle penned, representing a decrease of 300 head week on week. There was almost a full field of buyers present and competing in a dearer market in most places. Quality was mixed, with a similar run of bullocks and a lot of dairy heifers in the young draft. Yearling cattle to the trade gained 7c to 14c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks sold firm to 5c/kg dearer. Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers sold up to 10c/kg dearer, with the better steers holding firm. Cows sold 5c to 15c dearer, while the heavy weight bulls sold firm to 10c/kg cheaper. Yearling trade steers sold from 350c to 375c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade made between 320c and 376c/kg. The mostly lighter weight dairy heifers sold between 220c and 278c/kg. Grown steers sold between 330c and 374c/kg. Bullocks made from 324c to 365c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold from 285c to 310c, with the crossbred portion from 306c to 343c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made between 200c and 272c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly between 240c and 313c/kg. Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls made from 273c to 324c/kg. The next sale draw - August 24: 1. Landmark, 2. Rodwells, 3. Alex Scott & Staff, 4. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 5. SEJ, 6. Elders.

Prime Sale - Wednesday, August 17 BULLOCKS 16 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 6 D. & S. Howe, Warragul South 14 Rumridge Pty Ltd, Mt Eliza 16 O’Loughlin Bros, Meeniyan 2 W.A. & D.M. Joyce, Jumbunna 5 P. Van Der Zalm, Yinnar STEERS 1 R.D. Vosper, Narracan 1 L.P. & H.J. McRae, Buffalo 1 M.A. Kirk & M.S. Loader, Krowera 1 L.P. & H.J. McRae, Buffalo 12 D. & S. Howe, Warragul South

565.3kg 572.5kg 687.5kg 671.2kg 670.0kg 697.0kg

372.6 371.6 365.0 360.6 359.6 359.6

$2106.35 $2127.41 $2509.38 $2420.53 $2409.32 $2506.41

320.0kg 470.0kg 455.0kg 500.0kg 492.9kg

375.6 375.0 375.0 375.0 373.6

$1201.92 $1762.50 $1706.25 $1875.00 $1841.54

3 S. & R. Costello, Thorpdale 418.3kg HEIFERS 8 Melaleuca Pastoral, Meeniyan 464.4kg 1 T.J. & S.G. Cuff, Jumbunna 205.0kg 1 B.J. & T.L. McCormack, Mirboo North 310.0kg 2 Greenwald Past Co, Wonga Wonga 477.5kg 1 R. Boddy & Son, Woodside 470.0kg 1 M. & S. Windsor, Mirboo North 410.0kg COWS 1 A.C. Trotman, Leongatha 615.0kg 2 P. & G. Haymes, Devon 547.5kg 2 M.A. Kirk & M.S. Loader, Krowera 542.5kg 2 L.P. & H.J. McRae, Buffalo 612.5kg 4 W. Bateson, Hunterston 545.0kg 1 G. Anthony, Korumburra 530.0kg BULLS 1 S. Burns, Kilcunda 880.0kg 1 Melaleuca Pastoral, Meeniyan 835.0kg 1 A. & S. Turton, Korumburra South 915.0kg 1 Kevarl P/L, Allambee East 855.0kg 1 Scott Mattern, Tarraville 1175.0kg 1 A.P. & J.A. Grant, Lance Creek 705.0kg

370.0 $1547.83 342.0 341.6 340.6 338.6 338.6 338.6

$1588.16 $700.28 $1055.86 $1616.82 $1591.42 $1388.26

820.0 820.0 820.0 820.0 312.6 299.6

$5043.00 $4489.50 $4694.50 $5022.50 $1703.67 $1587.88

323.6 313.6 312.6 310.6 307.6 307.6

$2847.68 $2618.56 $2860.29 $2655.63 $3614.30 $2168.58

Store sale Thursday, August 18 Steers: Mark & Robert Hunt, Newry, 15 x $1920; E.A. & C.E. Farmer P/L, Traralgon, 16 x $1900; B.F. & D.M. Summers, Fish Creek, 11 x $1890; M.M. Lawless, Driffield, 14 x $1850; Northside Pastoral, Inverloch, 11 x $1820; M. Triantafyllou, Woodside, 11 x $1780. Heifers: J. Dean, Rosedale, 2 x $1540; JJF Holdings, Glengarry, 16 x $1380; C. Gregory, Crossover, 1 x $1350; Hoghton & Sharman, Jeeralang Junction, 5 x $1340; Stackhouse, Alberton, 20 x $1340; Burrabardoo, Tarwin, 20 x $1335. Cows: S. Newton, Mirboo, 1 x $1440; C. Gregory, Crossover, 1 x $1040; K.M.M. Costanzo, Woorarra East, 1 x $1000; E.A. & C.E. Farmer P/L, Traralgon, 1 x $940 Bulls: J.M.M. Costanzo, Woorarra East, 1 x $1680. Cows and calves: Whodeany Pty Ltd, Meeniyan, 1 x $2060; B. Fletcher, Woolamai, 1 x $1810; S. Anderson, San Remo, 5 x $1720; A.C. Trotman, Leongatha, 1 x $1720; S. Newton, Mirboo, 1 x $1620; F. & K. Jonkers, Yinnar, 1 x $1600.

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Farming Insight Dairy farmers aim higher BRUCE Manintveld and Fiona Baker were good operators when they started as Focus Farmers two years ago. Now they are even better. That’s the assessment of farm consultant Jeff Urie, who facilitated the Focus Farm for the Mirboo North couple. “They were very good to start with, but I think the two things that the Focus Farm has pushed for was in their young stock management, and I think Bruce has continued to refine his pasture management skills and probably done more formal monitoring than he used to do,” Jeff said. “That side of things has definitely paid dividends in the last season and will be critical in the coming season.” Focus Farms are funded by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia using dairy service levy funds and provide an experienced farm consultant like Jeff as a facilitator, as well as a support group made up of fellow farmers and local service providers. For Bruce, the rollercoaster of the last two years has shown where his strengths and weaknesses lie. “It’s been good, I’ve learnt a lot and I hope everyone else has learnt a lot too,” he said during Thursday’s final open day which attracted 60 people. “Probably the biggest change I’ve made is that I’m consciously taking more time to look at the young stock. “I’ve always got away with it in the past, but now I am consciously making sure that I’m doing a good job – that they are being looked after a bit better and we are onto things more quickly.” One of Bruce and Fiona’s main goals during the Focus Farm has been to make a solid start to a 10 year plan to wipe out their debt. When they bought the property in June 2013, they had $1.62 million in debt. The loan amount is already down to $1.1 million, despite the poor season that has restricted production from the 300 cows they milk on an effective area of 115 hectares.

“We’ve taken a hit this year, like everybody will, but we are still making progress,” Bruce said. “We should still be on track for the 10 year plan, presuming we get a decent price back in the next couple of years. Considering the year, we might have done a bit better than you would expect.” The climatic and milk price situation over the past two years has made the Focus Farm a fascinating and challenging exercise for all involved. “We had one really good year and one awful year, which makes it a good Focus Farm because it allow people to see the extremes and it also highlighted that Bruce and Fiona’s cost of production in both years was almost identical,” Jeff said. “One year yielded a better result because, season-wise, it allowed them to consume a lot more grass and covert it to milk. “The second season didn’t allow that, but they didn’t spend any more money. So the cost of production on dollars per kilo of milk solids went up, not because we spent more, but because we produced less. “And that was the choice of the Focus Farm, not to chase production in a bad season, but rather to minimise costs and inputs.” GippsDairy extension officer Karen Romano said the Mirboo North Focus Farm had put to the test Bruce and Fiona’s low input approach to farming, and had shown that it can work in both Talking tactics: Fairbank dairy farmer Stuart Haw and rural financial counsellor Wayne good and bad seasons. “I think everyone involved inthis Focus Farm Sanders at the Mirboo North field day. has been impressed with Bruce and Fiona’s farming philosophy and also their willingness to learn from the support group around them,” she said. “GippsDairy would like to thank Bruce and Fiona for being so open with their time and their financial situation, which made this a great Focus Farm to be involved with.” The remaining Focus Farm field day in this round will be held at Tim and Grit Cashin’s farm at Cashins Road, Leongatha South on Friday, August 19 starting at 11am. All welcome.

Input costs: Irwin Stock Feeds’ Katrina Galindo and Wonthaggi farmer Tara Selzler at the Mirboo North Focus Farm field day. Left, Sharing ideas: from left, GippsDairy extension officer Karen Romano caught up with Fiona Baker, Jeff Urie and Bruce Manintveld at the Mirboo North Focus Farm field day.

Hay and silage demo day returns REFLECTING the importance of fodder conservation and management for southern Victoria’s grazing businesses, the 2016 Hay & Silage Demonstration Day at Lardner Park has an outstanding list of industry equipment and new releases being activated on Wednesday, September 7. Real life conditions will challenge and complement the diversity in mowers, balers, tedders, wrappers, rakes, and loader wagons being demonstrated and on display from 10am to 2.30pm.

Well known and respected tractor and machinery dealers and manufacturers will be exhibiting including AGCO/Massey Ferguson, Alto Motors, Berrima Engineering, Claas Harvest Centre Gippsland, Gendore Tractors & Machinery, Glenmac Sales & Service, Kubota/ Krone, Kuhn Farm Machinery, Lely Australia, Poettinger/R.E.N. Machinery and William Adams. Specialists will be available for all your discussion and questions, and supporting the broader needs of the farming community will be static displays from Pakenham Isuzu UTE, Grevillia Ag, Bauer Trading, Commonwealth Bank, Evans Petroleum BP, Trac Mac Farm Equipment, Heritage Seeds,

Brown Wigg and Tapex. Whether doing buying research, ready to purchase or just want to be kept up to date with the latest in this equipment, don’t miss out as this event is only held every two years. Go to lardner-park-hay-silage-demonstration-day/ Entry via Gate 4 of Lardner Park with no cost for admission. Mowers and tedders are scheduled from 10am-12pm, with rakes, balers, wrappers and loader wagons from 12.30 to 2.30pm. Commonwealth Bank, Evans Petroleum BP and Baw Baw Shire Council are Lardner Park’s Strategic Partners

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Thursday, September 8


6.30pm for a 7pm start @ Milpara Community House 21 Shellcot Road, Korumburra All welcome For enquiries, phone 5655 2524 Light refreshments, tea and coffee provided

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Thursday, August 25 Friday, August 26 10am - 4pm Children's books 5 for $1 Adult books start at 50c

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EDUCATION SUPPORT POSITION College Operations / Compass Manager Seeking an enthusiastic & proactive staff member possessing excellent communication & problem solving skills, with comprehensive experience in the use of IT 12 month (Full Time) contract position Commencing October 3, 2016 Role description and selection criteria requiring response can be obtained by phoning Gabe Windsor on 03 5662 4333 Applications close August 30, 2016

public notice Scots Pioneer Church

TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY OF MEAT & SMALL GOODS Tenders are invited for the supply of meat and small goods to Gippsland Southern Health Service. Contract period for six months from 3rd October 2016 to 31st March 2017.

1230 Mardan Road Mardan South Ecumenical Pleasant Sunday Afternoon 28th August 2016 at 2pm

Memorial Tribute to Beth Dyall

Tender specifications can be obtained by emailing your interest to All tenders must be marked “Tender – Meat & Small Goods” 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 9th September 2016.

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Korumburra’s Community House

Annual General Meeting

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OFFICE ADMINISTRATION & SHOWROOM SALES PROFESSIONAL 32-40hr week (4-5 days neg.) It’s time to combine your skills into one fulfilling and challenging role. This exciting role will see you doing general administrative duties one minute and identifying sales opportunities the next. This unique opportunity exists in a supportive and friendly team environment. The successful applicant must be highly motivated, have strongly developed people skills and be passionate about delivering exceptional service to our valued customers. To be considered for this role you will need: • Proven office administration experience • Experience / strong interest in window furnishings • Knowledge and experience in Xero, payroll and BAS • Exceptional presentation All applications to: The Manager Invisage blinds, drapes & awnings pty ltd 54 Cashin Street, Inverloch Vic 3996 / email. Applications close Tuesday 30th August

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Featuring local artists Organist Ian Sullivan; Special Musical Feature by Robert & Hillary Harrison; solo artist Barry Harms; Community Singing AFTERNOON TEA IS SERVED

All welcome

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NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED nbn™ RADIO NETWORK BASE STATION FACILITY The National Broadband Network (nbn™) is a high speed broadband network designed to reach 100 per cent of Australian premises and provide the communications infrastructure to help us stop falling behind in an increasingly online world. nbn™ is committed to delivering leading edge broadband services to all Australians by leveraging the three types of technology available – fixed line, fixed wireless and satellite, depending on location. As part of the fixed radio (wireless) component of the Network, nbn is proposing to upgrade the following facilities to provide high quality wireless broadband services to customers in the surrounding localities: • 13-21 Royston Street MEENIYAN VIC 3956; • 290 Carmodys Road, LEONGATHA VIC 3953

Trainee Sales Representative South Gippsland Are you looking to kick off your Sales career in agriculture? We’ve got an exciting opportunity for a Sales Trainee to join our successful team. The CLAAS Harvest Centre network is a leading provider of agricultural machinery through Australia and New Zealand and enjoys brand partnerships spanning more than 40 years with premium manufacturers including CLAAS, Seed Hawk and AMAZONE. CLAAS Harvest Centre South Gippsland has got an exciting opportunity for a trainee Sales Representative to join their Leongatha based team. We are looking for someone with a background in the agricultural sector, an interest in farm machinery and a genuine drive for sales.

The proposed work will involve the upgrade of transmitting technology to provide additional service capacity, including the replacement and addition of new antenna devices and ancillary equipment.

As we will provide training, previous sales experience is not necessary, however you must possess a strong desire to succeed in a sales role. You will be trained on all aspects of a sales job, including, quoting and product training, product demonstrations, cold calling and recruiting new customers.

nbn™ regards the proposed installation as a Low Impact Facility under the Telecommunications (Low-Impact Facilities) Determination 1997. In the circumstances, it does not require planning approval South Gippsland Shire Council.

The successful applicant will need to demonstrate: t An affinity for the agricultural sector t A keen interest in (farming) machinery and mechanical components t Excellent communication skills t Strong IT skills t Full Driver’s licence

Further information on this specific proposal can be obtained from Visionstream by calling 1300 745 210. Submissions can be sent via email to

This is an excellent career opportunity for the right person. CLAAS Harvest Centres offer ongoing training and development opportunities and competitive remuneration packages. Our employees enjoy excellent working conditions in a supportive and friendly team environment.

The closing date for submissions is 2 September 2016. For general info on the nbn™, email, or visit our website at

Please forward your application to:

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INCLUDES DAYS AND EVENINGS Experience required in Asian cuisine and Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery. Apply to: Raymond, Leongatha Noodles Email:

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DAIRY MANAGER Hospitality Manager (Job Ref # HD0802) Contact: Vicki Farthing, Executive Director of Nursing PH: 5667 5507 or

Hotel & Domestic Services – Casual Positions (Job Ref # HD0801) Contact: Niraj Edwards, Hospitality Manager PH: 5667 5518 or

Experienced person required to work alongside owner and staff in 50 unit rotary, milking 450 - 500 cows, Goon Nure (Bairnsdale). Applicants will be required to liaise with the owner to manage all aspects of the dairy including monitoring the cows whilst calving, calf rearing, feeding stock, heat detection, pasture management, hay and silage making and farm maintenance. The successful applicant will be able to negotiate a salary package that includes on site farm accommodation . Written applications due by 9th September 2016 ( Call Rick 0400 100 035

Full details, including the position descriptions are available at Email applications, quoting relevant reference number to no later than 1st September 2016.

Clinical Care Manager

GARAGE SALE 26 Laura Grove Leongatha SATURDAY AUGUST 27 7am until 12pm Proceeds to South Gippsland Animal Aid

Haig’s k9 Cuts NEW LOCATION 66 Bair Street Leongatha (Next to Repco) DOG RUGS WEATHABEETA Clearance 20% off selected range

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Business Development Consultant SITUATIONS VACANT

Leongatha Do you want to make a difference to someone’s life? Do you need a change in your career to something more fulfilling? Do you want to apply your “life skills” and “business skills” daily?

Registered Nursing (RN) Staff and Endorsed Enrolled Nursing (EEN) staff required Positions for permanent part time and casual shifts at Banfields Aged Care Banfields Aged Care is part of a family-owned Australian Aged Care Group Pty Ltd (AACG), which prides itself on imagination and innovation in caring for the aged. We are located at 192 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, a short stroll into town for the local beach and shops. Set amongst beautiful landscaped grounds. Banfields Aged care is a 90 bed residential care facility which provides an extensive range of services. We are seeking motivated and dedicated Registered Nurses and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses to be part of our team. Your responsibilities will be to provide nursing care guided by the Director of Care including medication management, clinical practice and supervision, documentation, wound management, and palliative care; The successful candidate will have: l Registered Nurse qualifications and current AHPRA registration (RN only) l Current registration with AHPRA as an Enrolled Nurse with medication endorsement (EEN only) l Previous experience in residential aged care essential l Ability to lead, motivate & educate staff. l Strong communication skills. l Current Police Check. l Team player qualities. We are a non-smoking facility. If you believe you have the qualities and skills we are looking for please call the Director of Care, Denise Hunt on (03) 5951 2500 or forward your resume to JD4750

Senior Asset Planner Looking for a career in a dynamic industry? 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 a Senior Asset Planner to join our Infrastructure and Planning Team, based in Foster, gateway to Wilson’s Promontory. The successful person will oversee a small team of technical specialists, managing our assets planning and renewal strategies. FTE is negotiable from 0.7 – 1.0 FTE and applicants seeking flexible working arrangements are encouraged to apply. 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. Applications close Friday 26 August 2016.

South Gippsland Shire Council

Interpretive Guide and Demonstrator

Our client is an employment agency assisting people with disabilities or barriers to employment to become valued employees in the mainstream workforce. As a Business Development Consultant you will be responsible for all areas of employer engagement, marketing, job creation and the promotion of our client within the Business community. The position will be building strong relationships with employers to create employment opportunities for our jobseekers. You will need broad work and business experience and ties to the business community. To obtain a copy of the position description, please email quoting ‘Leongatha’. Applications should be emailed to hr@wsgipps. or forwarded to Luke Henderson, General Manager, Work Solutions Gippsland, Suite 1, 55 Grey Street, Traralgon VIC 3844. Applicants must address the key selection criteria and submit a CV no later than Friday 26th August 2016. If you would like further information please phone Luke Henderson (General Manager) on 5173 1600.

Coal Creek Community Park & Museum • $32.93 per hour • Casual positions • Be the front face of our guided tours Enquires to Rowena Ashley, Coal Creek Site Coordinator or Emma Fellows- Cooke, Education Program Leader on (03) 5655-1811. Applications close Friday 2 September 2016 at 5pm. Please refer to our website for a detailed position description and application details.


YMCA are seeking a fun, enthusiastic, community minded person to work across a range of outdoor pools in the South Gippsland area. Experience in plant room operations, recruitment, staff development and health and safety in an aquatic environment are essential.


Personal Care Assistants (PCA) Staff Required Positions for Permanent Part Time and Casual shifts at Banfields Aged Care Banfields Aged Care is part of the family owned Australian Aged Care Group which prides itself on imagination and innovation in caring for the aged, with a mission to excel in providing quality care services and accommodation.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 26 AUGUST For the position description and careers at the Y, visit rs

We are located at 192 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, a short stroll into town for the local beach and shops. Set amongst beautiful landscaped grounds. Banfields Aged care is a 90 bed residential care facility which provides an extensive range of services. We are seeking dynamic and exceptional PCAs staff to be part of our team. As a PCA your responsibilities will be to provide nursing care as directed by a Registered Nurse. The successful candidate will have: l PCA qualification l Strong communication skills l Current Police Check l Team player qualities We are a non-smoking facility. If you believe you have the qualities and skills we are looking for please call the Director of Care, Denise Hunt on 5951 2500 or forward your resume to:


Banfields Aged Care is part of a family-owned Australian Aged Care Group Pty Ltd (AACG), which prides itself on imagination and innovation in caring for the aged. We are located at 192 Thompson Avenue, Cowes, Phillip Island a short stroll into town for the local beach and shops. Set amongst beautiful landscaped grounds. Banfields Aged care is a 90 bed residential care facility which provides an extensive range of services. We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and experienced full time Clinical Care Manager, to assist the Director of Nursing in the clinical management and care of our residents. We also offer above award wages. This role requires a dynamic and highly experienced Clinical Care professional to manage and coordinate a team of nursing staff. This role has overall responsibility for the 90 bed facility, which includes a high care wing, a low care wing and a dementia unit. The successful candidate will have: • Previous experience as a Clinical Care Manager or equivalent role is essential • Have an Australian Division 1 Nurse registration with current AHPRA Registration • Be clinically sound and have a strategic focus to healthcare • Active staff management and development experience and focus • Demonstrated ability to lead, support and supervise staff, promoting a harmonious team approach to the delivery of resident care • Proven knowledge of the ACFI system, Aged Care Accreditation & relevant Legislation • Excellent Clinical Assessment, Care Planning and Documentation Skills • Previous experience in an aged care environment with strong focus on achieving contemporary best practice • Commitment to ongoing self-education and studies relevant to residential aged care. • Team player, have initiative, good time management and excellent interpersonal and communication skills • Good work ethic and demonstrated knowledge of working within a successful team • Advanced computer skills • A current Police Check • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence We are a non-smoking facility. If you believe you have the qualities and skills we are looking for please call the Director of Care, Denise Hunt on (03) 5951 2500 or forward your resumé to

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Browns Fertilisers is an established business, servicing farmers in Gippsland for over 30 years. We are seeking the services of a Spreader Driver at our Leongatha Depot.

SPREADER DRIVER Full Time Position Ideally with Heavy Combination Truck Licence as well as spreading experience and a working understanding of farming. Salary commensurate with experience, but all applications encouraged. Applications close: 2nd September 2016 Applications and enquiries to: Stuart McNaughton: 0407 301 380 PO Box 367 Leongatha Vic 3953 Email:

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for sale BARLEY HAY 11 bales 8x4x3, 500kg, $220 inc. GST. 5668-5250, 0439685250.

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BULLBAR to fit Toyota LC tray, polished alloy, $250. 5664-0037.

FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175. FIREWOOD: Split red gum, premium split red gum (small), ironbark hardwood mix. Pick up or delivered. Loaded and sold by weight. Utes, trailers or load your own boot. Ask about our shared delivery cost. 20kg bags to go. EFTPOS available. Open 7 days. Corner Charity Lane & SG Hwy, Foster. 5682-1508. HAY for sale. Top quality vetch oaten straw. Feed test available. For delivered price ring Greg 0429-822544. HAY for sale: Pea hay and lucerne hay. Expressions of interest in new season vetch hay. Contact Joe 0429138748. HAY for sale, Shedded 5x4 rolls, netwrapped November 2015 pasture hay in the Yarram area, 110 available, $88 inc. GST loaded. 0428795647. SLEEPERS, treated pine, 200 x 50 x 2.4 $12.10 each, 200 x 75 x 2.4 $16.75 each, 200 x 75 x 3.0 $ 20.90 each. Free delivery for pack lots. Phone Joe 0417530662. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261.

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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.



FIREWOOD - local messmate/stringy bark, cut/split, delivery available. 2 cubic metres $200, 4 cubic metres $400, 6 cubic metres $600, 10 cubic metres $900. Ph: 0437-176187.

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

BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762. FREE LEASE with option to buy 2 x miniature ponies, quiet, can be ridden, approx 9-10 HH. 0458-622613.

TRULINE post rammer. Ph: 0419-155360.

Leongatha Basketball Association

7pm SCORPION PARK Leongatha Town Cricket rooms

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

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

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

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

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Annual General Meeting

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

0437 465 399

TOYOTA Landcruiser, 7 seater wagon, 2005 model, maroon, 6 cylinder diesel, manual trans, 249,000km, 33” near new Cooper tyres, 12 months reg and RWC (TSP479), $23,500 ONO. Ph: 5668-7226.


Jo Fennell

used vehicles

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Wednesday, September 14

Horn Street, Leongatha All enquiries to:



bereavement thanks LARKIN - All of the Larkin and extended families would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest appreciation for the thoughtfulness presented to all of us and the love we have been given during our overwhelming grief at the loss of Frank. We appreciate the way many members of the Leongatha community went out of their way to provide support and comfort. We will always be indebted to you. Your words and actions have not only been a comfort but a source of strength. We want to express special appreciation to Father Janeesh Jose for his genuine compassion and to Ray Sullivan for his professional arrangements and caring service, members of the Leongatha Bowling Club, Russell Hemming and a special mention to Jamiee and to everyone employed at Gippsland Southern Health. Frank will be remembered for his positive attitude, warm smile and that twinkle in his eye. Please accept our heartfelt thanks.

deaths GLASGOW (nee Holloway) - Lois Isobel. 23.01.1931 - 21.08.2016 Passed away peacefully at Koorooman House, aged 85 years. Beloved wife of jack for 60 years. Loving mother to Ian and Lyndie, Graeme and Liz, and Faye and Glenn. Treasured Grandma of Andrea and Lachie; James and Ester; and Luke. To love and cherish and never forget. Memories bring us closer, we are never far apart. You will never be forgotten, you are always in our hearts. Love you so much Mum/ Grandma. We will miss you. Please see Herald Sun for funeral details. GRAYDEN Peter Thomas. 15.12.1926 - 16.8.2016 Passed away at Dalkeith Hostel, Traralgon. Formerly of Maffra. Dearly loved husband of Gloria for 67 years. Loved and respected father and father-in-law of Glenda and Bill, Lloyd and Noeline, Andrew and Valerie, Maurice and Jodi. Loved grandfather of 15 and great grandfather of 17. Resting with the Lord. GRAYDEN Peter Thomas. 15.12.1926 - 16.8.2016 Passed away at Dalkeith Hostel, Traralgon. Late of Maffra, formerly of Loch and Foster. Dearly loved husband of Gloria for 67 years. Loved and respected father of Andrew, respected father-in-law of Valerie. Loved grandfather of Rebecca and Aaron, Stuart and Tenneale. Loved great grandfather of Logan, Indyana, Shelby. Thank you for being you and we will remember you for being who you are and what you taught us. It was a privilege to work alongside you. Rest in peace with the Lord.



O ’ S U L L I V A N (Wilkinson) - Nellie Elaine. Aged 95, died on Tuesday, August 16 at Westernport Nursing Home, Kooweerup. Dearest mother of Pat, loved Nanny O of Kim, Tony, Darren (dec) and Shane Kemper, and their partners. Beloved great grandmother of Tom and Mia; Angus; Chandell, Keisha, Ashlyn, Cayedon and Kyzan. Caring, compassionate and resolute, she treasured her large family and they loved her dearly in return. Her friends and her garden were her constant delight. We will miss her very much.

VITETTA - Nick. Fond memories of a special long time friend to the late Barbara Bowtell and the Kuhne family. VITETTA - Nick (Mr V.) 28.10.1925 - 13.08.2016. A generous and hard working man with a big heart. Thank you always for giving me my first job and chance in life. Many special chats and stories in the tea room. Loved and respected boss and friend. Heartfelt sympathy to Tony, Josie, Nicholas, Nadia and the Vitetta family. Love Wendy and Terry. xx

O’SULLIVAN - Nellie. Nanny O, will miss you so much. Kim, Tom and Mia.

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O’SULLIVAN - Nell. Nan A remarkable woman who will be greatly missed. Love by all, forever in our hearts. Tony, Cathy and Angus. SHARP (Taylor) Merle. August 21, 2016 (unexpectedly). Much loved sister, sister-in-law, auntie and grand auntie of Jim; Marree and Eddie; Kristy, James, Samuel and Olivia; Matthew, Melinda, Edward and Amelia; Narelle, Luke, Abbie and Liam. Sleep peacefully.


funerals O’SULLIVAN - A Funeral Service to celebrate the life of Mrs Nellie Elaine O’Sullivan will be held at Lang Lang Memorial Hall, McDonalds Track, Lang Lang on Thursday, August 25, 2016 commencing at 10am. Following refreshments the funeral will proceed to Springvale Botanical Cemetery for a service for burial commencing at 2.30pm. Entry via Police Road.


Vandal wanted POLICE are appealing to the public to help find a vandal who attacked the Fish Creek Nursery. A vandal spraypainted a fence and sandwich board with the words “Skeet”, “FBS” and “Skoga” between closing time at 3pm Sunday and opening at 9am Monday. Cream and green paint was used. Anyone with information is urged to contact Foster Police on 5682 2407.

Thieves rob sheds THIEVES have been targeting sheds at holiday homes in Cape Paterson. They forced their way into two locked sheds between August 5 and 20; one in Anglers Road and the other in Seabreeze Parade. They stole a lawnmower, mountain bike and other items. Anyone with information is asked to contact Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit on 5671 4100.

Lock vehicles POLICE are urging people to lock their cars after a spate of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Korumburra and Leongatha. Opportunistic thieves are looking for unlocked vehicles parked in driveways at homes, even taking items of minor value. On Saturday, police received a report of a toolbox with tools being taken from a vehicle in Korumburra and about a fortnight ago, four thefts were reported in Leongatha. Senior Sergeant Glenn Parke of Wonthaggi Police said, “Even if the vehicle is parked at home, people should take the time to make sure it is locked up and everything of value is left out of sight.”

Lucky escape A KORUMBURRA woman was fortunate to escape after her vehicle rolled onto its side last Thursday. Korumburra Police said the lady, 72, was driving along the South Gippsland Highway near the showgrounds when her vehicle veered off the road, hit a concrete drain and then a steel post, before landing on its side. The lady, the sole occupant, was taken to Warragul Hospital for observation. No other vehicles were involved. Police are still investigating.

Drugged driver AN OAKLEIGH man lost his licence for three months and was issued a $455 fine after being found to be driving under the influence of drugs. The 23 year old was intercepted by Bass Coast Highway Patrol on the Bass Highway at Dalyston on June 29. His drug test returned last week. Police were unsure of the nature of the drug before going to press.

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A LEONGATHA man was fined $466 after police saw him driving while using his mobile phone on Friday. The 27 year old was seen by Korumburra Police travelling on the South Gippsland Highway at Ruby at 11.50am while talking on his phone. He also accrued four demerit points.

Naughty driver A KORUMBURRA woman received a $770 fine after driving an unregistered car in Korumburra on Friday. The 32 year was found by police behind the wheel of the vehicle in Bridge Street at 1.55pm, during a random intercept.

Milpara Community House news NEWCOMERS’ Afternoon Tea will be Tuesday, August 30. Please let us know if you’re attending. Milpara is excited to have Cindy Melsham facilitating two upcoming workshops. Cindy is an empowerment coach, EFT practitioner and energy healer. Creating Confidence and Calm Within is an adult workshop on Saturday, September 3. This powerful one-day workshop is designed to motivate, energise and inspire you to move forward with clarity. Learn strategies to improve your life in all areas. You will learn strategies to clear negative emotions such as stress, worry and anxiety. Create greater self-awareness, leading you to greater happiness. Make no-lose decisions so every decision is right. Create a balanced life. Overcome fear to experience the fullness of life. What a great workshop, being offered, right here in Korumburra. Mindfulness, Resilience and Gratitude - Life Skills for Kids is an excellent half day workshop being held on Sunday, September 11. The workshop is designed for children aged nine to 12 and will teach kids to have an awareness of their own thoughts. Negative thoughts can be changed with a little practice and children will learn how to choose thoughts that nourish them. Kids will learn emotional freedom techniques to clear negative emotions such as anger, sadness and worry, leaving them feeling calm and centred. If you would like more details or book a place in the workshop, contact Jenni, Belinda and Leisa on 5655 2524.

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Young leader steps up By Tayla Kershaw AS one of the youngest candidates to stand for Bass Coast Shire Council, Wonthaggi’s Ashley Lamers aims to inspire his community. The 26 year old will be running for Westernport Ward due to his background and interest in the agricultural sector. “Westernport is unique. It’s a huge ward and the farming community plays an important role in our shire,” he said. “I think it’s important to acknowledge how the dairy crisis has affected our farming families and work together on how best to develop this vital industry.” Mr Lamers has proven he has the community’s best interests at heart through his many volunteer roles over the years. “I have been lucky for the opportunities I have received and I think it’s important to give back to the community that has given so much to me,” he said. “I have been involved with the ag show society and this is my third year with the Rotary Club. I joined the board after my first year and I was elected president for 2017. “My family has lived here for more than 50 years and they all have strong community val-

ues. My grandfather was captain of the Wonthaggi CFA and worked in the same shop for many years, my mum was involved with the Pony Club and my dad has owned farming land in Inverloch. It’s been really encouraging.” If elected to council, Mr Lamers wants to capitalise on sports tourism in Council shift: 26 year the area, continue to old Ashley Lamers will support maintaining bring fresh ideas to the visitor services Bass Coast Shire Coun- in the Wonthaggi cil as one of the young- Centennial Centre est candidates to run in and vouch for the an election. He will be installation of traffic running in the newly lights at the McKformed Westernport enzie Street/Korumburra Road intersecWard. tion in Wonthaggi. He also believes in developing strong relationships and communicating appropriately with the community.

Foreshore project up for debate PLANS to formalise parking, rejuvenate the amenities and fix the ailing seawall along the Walkerville foreshore has caused dissension within the community. The development, proposed by the Walkerville Foreshore committee of management will be considered by the South Gippsland Shire Council at tomorrow’s (Wednesday) ordinary council meeting. At last week’s public presentations, three Walkerville residents raised their objections. Don Atkins said the plans restrict public access to a public beach and should only go ahead after consultation with all shire ratepayers. He said the foreshore committee was trying to “dictate what is good for the whole community”. “There is no record of accident or injury using the current parking arrangements,” he said. “I found it disappointing the council did not insist all ratepayers and residents were given the opportunity to have a say on the plan, as it is on a council road.” Alan Buck was also objecting on the basis of lack of community consultation. “I knew nothing about the plan (for the development) until a member of the Walkerville Blue Water Boating and Angling Club told me about it,” he said. “Consultation would have helped a hell of a lot, together we could have developed something that was more applicable to the area.”

Councillor Andrew McEwen said deferring the application into November would allow sufficient time for genuine community consultation. “The real issue is there should have been consultation in the basic planning stage,” he said. Mr Buck said he would rather council deferred the application. “So we can have a proper consultation period. Put it on hold for a little while in order to get a better outcome,” he said. Foreshore committee chair Bill Bray said the proposed project had been in the works for several years was approved by the planning minister two years ago. He said the committee held several meetings which were open to the public in order to promote and discuss the project. “We have been planning the project for some time and I believe we had good consultation,” he said. Mr Bray said the suggestion from Cr McEwen to defer the planning permit approval was not ideal. “If it is deferred, I am not sure how it will change the plan. We want to see it improved for everyone and we think we have a good plan,” he said. “I don’t believe deferring the application will change the outcome. The committee has spent $30,000 on design, we have got the funds for the project ready to go. “The objections have been addressed.”

“I think we need work on our customer service ratings. I have a background in retail and I believe in delivering quality customer service. At the moment, I believe we have one of the lowest ratings in the shire,” he said.

“Council isn’t listening to people’s needs, it’s listening to consultants. I think fewer decisions need to be made behind closed doors. They need to be justified and under public scrutiny to deliver a broader understanding.”

Community minded: Westernport Ward candidate Ashley Lamers firmly believes in supporting his community and is set to become president of the Wonthaggi Rotary Club in 2017. He is pictured on the right with Rotary exchange student Brooke Harmer and former Rotary president Graeme Sprague.

Calling Bass Coast youth WESTERNPORT candidate Ashley Lamers believes Bass Coast Shire Council needs to do more to generate interest from local youth. “There are not too many young people willing to be involved, and Bass Coast would have to be one of the greatest places to serve your community,” he said. “I think council is missing the mark and needs to hone its strategies to get young people interested.” Council recently developed its youth action plan, which has produced a number of projects to get local teenagers working on their leadership skills. Council’s general manager healthy communities David Elder said this action plan has opened up several doors for young people. “They’ve had the opportunity to go visit council chambers, they’ve spoken to the councillors and they’ve been to parliament. We are playing a part to help get young people interested in council,” he said. “We’ve raised our profile amongst the younger generation.” However, as a young councillor, Cr Andrew

Phillips believes it’s busy schedules that stop young people running for council. “I have a business and I have children. Being a councillor takes a lot of dedication to be a councillor and a busy work schedule quickly eliminates any free time,” he said. Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew agreed with Mr Lamers, and said many young people were unaware of the upcoming election. “We need to talk to our young people. They are the silent majority living in a busy society. We want to hear their voices – they are the voices we are missing,” he said. Mr Lamers, 26, is currently the youngest candidate running in this October’s Bass Coast Shire Council elections.

Man jailed A LEONGATHA man was sentenced to 10 and a half years imprisonment after he was found guilty of serious sex crimes. The 50 year old was tried on Friday morning at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court.


South Gippsland Bridge Club FRIDAY, August 19, Inverloch Pairs. A smaller group participated this week as several of our members attended a scoring training session followed by a weekend congress at Traralgon Bridge Club, Friday to Sunday. First with the excellent score of 64.88 were John Sullivan and Alan Johnston, capping off a strong week where they scored some brilliant results. Well done Bridge team, Sullivan and Johnston. Second at Inverloch were Faye Rowlands and Pat West with a highly commendable 61.31 percent, another pair with a stellar week of strong results. Third was the stalwart team of Dawn Jolly and Ruth Stevenson with a solid 50 percent. Tarwin Lower, Tuesday, August 16. This was the most populous venue this week. John Sullivan and Alan Johnston shone out from the rest with the best score of the

week and a stunning win with 70.71 percent, miles ahead of all others. Second were Kathryn Smith and Colin Cameron, a strong, reliable, pair with a great 60.74 percent. Third was the high achieving pair of Faye Rowlands and Pat West with a very fine 55.56 percent and fourth were the ever reliable Frank Arndt and June Metcalf with a lovely 55.19 percent. Meeniyan, Monday, August 15. Meeniyan is our only night venue for those interested in playing in the evening. First, with a very high 66.67 were Jack Kuiper and Susan Ruffin, second with a very skilful 59.38 were Viv Westaway and Ineke De Graffe and third was the irrepressible pair of Pat West and Faye Rowlands with another fine score 58.33. The club’s annual congress with be held on the first week of November at the Daker’s Centre in Leongatha and all are welcome. Check our website for events, venues and classes.

Korumburra Volleyball

• Wonthaggi Table Tennis


AVERIL Roberts (Zephyr) and Kenzi Gardner (Mustangs) battled through seven close games to see Averil win 12-10 on the seventh.

A Grade: Giants defeated Saints (3:0) 25:12, 25:12, 25:15; Nads defeated Warriors (2:1) 25:22, 18:25, 24:17; Golliwogs defeated Champions (2:0) 26:24, 25:20, 8:6. B Grade: Falcons defeated Orsum (3:0) 25:20, 25:16, 25:11; Hulls Angels defeated Albatross (3:0) 25: 23, 25:10, 25:17; Panthers defeated Knights (3:0) 25:11, 25:6, 25:11; HELP defeated Gems (3:0) 25:8, 25:14, 25:9. Juniors: Round 5 Black defeated Blue 25:20, 5:3; White defeated Red 25:12, 9:7.

Marathon A Grade battle

Shelby Cobra (Michael Ede, Archie Paxton) also had a close doubles and match win against Maxima (Case deBondt, Ashley Hewlett). A Reserve matches were equally close. Beau Allamby (Ponged) won two of his matches on the fifth in extremely close games against Malachy O’Flynn and Rowan Keating (Incredibles).

Only two of the nine sets played were won in three straight games with a final 5-4 win to Ponged. The match finally concluded half an hour after every other team had left the table tennis centre. B Grade top match was between rival junior players Jack Duff (Butterfly) and Jack Donohue (Porsche). There was no love lost in this high standard hard hitting decider between the two young players. Jack Duff sneaked over the line on the third to give Butterfly a 3-2 win.

Ladders A Grade Audi ............................ 16 15 (69)

GTS............................. 12 14 (64) Mustangs .................... 12 13 (71) T Model Ford............. 12 12 (56) Maxima ......................... 8 13 (75) Zephyr ........................... 8 11 (54) Shelby Cobra (bye) ....... 4 11 (55) Leading player: Bruce Harmer (undefeated). A Reserve Better than the Best..... 8 11 (40) Incredibles.................... 4 9 (37) Ponged .......................... 4 9 (33) The Best........................ 4 9 (30) Jetty Jumpers................. 4 8 (31) DMack........................... 0 8 (30) Leading player: Archie Paxton (undefeated). B Grade The Ones ...................... 8 7 (15) Indestructable.............. 8 6 (12) Mean Machine ............. 4 6 (14) Butterfly ....................... 4 5 (13) Porsche .......................... 0 3 (9) Fury ............................... 0 3 (7) Leading players: Jack Duff, Malachy O’Flynn (undefeated).

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SPORT | GOLF Leongatha golf SATURDAY’S Par competition was played in fine but very windy conditions with the course in excellent condition; a credit to Dylan, his staff and the volunteers. Malcom Gin took the A Grade honours with +1. Fred de Bondt finished

Square to take B Grade in a countback from Bruce Hutton who took out the Super Comp. Dav Goss won C Grade also with +1. Jon Smith had the irons working well to be NTP on both the seventh and 14th holes. Other NTPs were David Forbes on the fourth hole and

Place winners: from left, Lianne Adamson (runner up) Karen Bear and Marea Maher (winners) and Karen Orford (runner up) were thrilled with the result of last week’s 4BBB event.

Leongatha ladies THE Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research was the beneficiary of entries fees and raffle proceeds last week for the 4BBB event. This worthwhile organisation is the oldest research institute in Australia in which scientists undertake research in a range of areas, preventing and treating disease. Each year Golf Victoria and the Institute provide trophies for all Victorian clubs to hold this event. Both winners and runners up were extremely excited with their results. The winners of gold, on a count back, were Karen Bear (45) and Marea Maher (26) with 49 points, an excellent score for this time of the year. The silver award winners, Lianne Adamson and Karen Orford, both 45 mark-

ers who combined very well, also scored 49 points. Karen and Lianne both reduced their handicaps with this great score. Down the line honours went to Toni West and Vicki Milner 43 points, Pat West and Coral Gray, Bronwyn Debenham and Shirley Welsford, Colleen Touzel and Sue Woods and Julie Howard and Nan Meagher all on 42 points and also on a count back. Bronwyn Debenham was closest to the pin on the 14th (second shot) and Karen Bear on the 16th (second shot). Ev Indian was closest to the flag after one shot on the 14th and Dot Stubbs on the 16th. Saturday, August 20: Winner: Karen Bear -2 on a count back. Down the line: Helen Fraser -2, Anna de Bondt -2 and Coral Gray -3.

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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Peter Jaspers on the 16th. DTL balls went down to -3 by countback and were awarded to Bruce Hutton, Mark Anderson, Ron Findlay, David Forbes, Nick Lafferty, Ian Murchie, Stuart Harry, Tom Sorrell, Phillippe du Plessis, Peter Buttinger, Barry Attwood, Bryan McCorkell, Rob Martin and Andrew Henley. A 4BBB Aggregate Stableford event was contested on Tuesday with Bruce Hutton and John Payne scoring a combined total of 71 points to win in a countback from Bruce Cathie and Doug Clemann. NTPs were Norm Hughes on the fourth hole, Russell Williams on the seventh, Colin Bear on the 14th and Denis Wallace on the 16th. DTL balls were awarded to the teams of Geoff McDonald and Peter Hobson, Barry Stevens and Bob Birrell, Russell and Marilyn Williams, John McLennan and Peter Buttinger, Mick Oliver and Geoff Maher and John Eabry and David Forbes. On a day of low scoring on Thursday Peter Waters had the best score of the day by far to easily win B Grade with 40 points. Bruce Hutton won A Grade in a countback with 35 points and John Hassett took out C Grade with 34 points. NTPs were Grant McRitchie on the fourth hole, Russell Williams on the seventh, Bruce Hutton on the 14th and Anthony Sparkes on the 16th. DTL balls went down to 31 points by countback and were won by Jon Smith, Andrew Smith, Peter Buttinger, Jim Arnott, Peter Hobson, Allan Edney, Michael Thomas, Doug Clemann, Geoff McDonald, John Dalton and Fred de Bondt. After three weeks of the 12 week qualifying period in the BJS Insurance Top Shot

Meeniyan golf MEENIYAN golfers were pleased to be back on the entire course for the week, following the kind weather and prevailing winds. The course is looking a treat with some great mowing being carried out by Col Olden, Truckie Hughes, Col Graeme, Bruce Betts and Bob McGeary changing holes. Tuesday’s perfect golf weather attracted 17 players for a singles stableford competition. Daryle Gregg continued his fine form of the past few weeks and came away with a fine win by one shot from John Hyett. Frank Peile breaking his glasses and having to hold them together with duct tape, didn’t deter his golf on Thursday when he scored 34 points. Not good enough however to beat the up and coming Bruce Betts who took the win with 35 points. Bruce’s handicap has been steadily decreasing over the last month and is to be con-

Competition there have already been some impressive scores posted. At present Peter Waters leads the pack with 40 points, and you need 33 points to make it onto the leader board. The ladies are figuring prominently, with four of the 10 entered making it onto the leader board at this stage. It is not too late to enter as there are nine more weeks of the qualifying period to go and you only need one good round to ensure a place in the final shoot out in November. Entry is a reasonable $10 and there are some great prizes on offer and a lot of fun to be had if you make it to the final. The club’s AGM will be held at the Club next Friday, August 26, at 7pm. All members are encouraged to attend.

Woorayl THE trophies for our stableford were provided by Dale Burge, Michael Grist and Warren and Ash Turner. On a day remembered for the weather changes, Craig Gourlay won A Grade with 35 points from Michael Grist, B Grade went to Troy Williams with 35 points from Greg Fennell and C Grade also with 35 points went to Brian Collier from John Diaper. The nearest the pins to John Diaper and Craig Gourlay. We gave balls to G. McKinnon, A. Turner, P. Burgess, P. Wallace, R. Winkler and J. Hassett. The ladies event went to E. Berryman from Jan Pope. The ball raffle to Lim Syndicate. Our Thursday competition was won by Graeme Winkler with 46 points (almost a fourball score), with balls to Mick Herrald and Graeme Calder. Next week J.S.L. Light Engines will provide the trophies for our medal day.

Woorayl ladies WOORAYL Golf Club played gratulated on his good form. Saturday saw a good field of 20 come out and finished play just before the rain. Although cold, players again were challenged by the 18 holes and came away with close scores with 50 per cent of players scoring between 30 - 37 points. The Club thanks Brad Wright for his generous sponsorship of the day. Members were very happy to see Jimmy Cusack back at the Club after his stint in hospital. Best wishes are sent to Captain Peter Riddle for a speedy recovery from pleurisy. Thanks to Rod Matthews and Col Graeme for stepping in to help out and run the competition. Results: Tuesday, 16 August: Singles Stableford, Winner: Daryle Gregg (22) 35 points, Runner up: John Hyett (36) 34 points, Nearest the pin: 11th Peter Gornall and 14th Lloyd Hemphill. Best nine: Reg Hannay

a stableford round in fairly pleasant conditions; it was lovely to see a few more ladies turn up. The winner of the day and in fine form was Sharyn Rayson (13) with 35 points. DLB was Jenny Riseley 31 points and Anne Grist 29 points. NTP: eighth Faye Maynard, 11th Sharyn Rayson and17th Sharyn Rayson. The ladies would like to wish the “Country Teams” girls all the best as they play down town this week; especially the Woorayl representative Sharyn Rayson. Good luck, girls.

Date: August 20 Day winner: Terry Bradshaw (7) 36 points. Ladies winner: Amy Wilson (45) 24 points. DTLs: John McFarlane 31, Ray Matthews 30 and Gary Renwick 30 C/B. Second shot NTP first hole: Bevan Pinner. NTP fourth, sponsor Gippsland Solar: Jeff Hughes. NTP sixth, sponsor 1st Tee Motel: nobody NTP 13th, sponsor C and D Earthworks : Joe Kus NTP 16th, sponsor Ken Graeme Motors: Terry Brad-

shaw Next week is Stableford.

Mirboo North ladies A STABLEFORD Aggregate was played and sponsored by Dott Kidd. Winners: Toni Buxton-Bailey and Raelene Millsom with 48 points. Runners-up: Freda Nair and Mandy Kuhne with 47 points. NTP: fourth hole Sue Traill and 16th Jeanne St Ellen. Birdies: sixth hole Maree Thompson.

Korumburra THERE were 22 players on Saturday, August 20 for a par competition, with trophies supplied by Alan and Doug McIvor. A Grade: (9 hcp) D. Vanrooye sq, N. Spargo -2, P. Vanagtmaal -2. B Grade: (21 hcp) L. White -1, D. Gow -2, R. Newton -2. Nearest the pin: 1st P. Vanagtmaal, 7th no one, 10th A. Worthy, 13th W. Hopkins. Tuesday’s winner was M. Giles 36 pts and Thursday’s winner was R. Rees 32 pts. Notices: 4B at Lang Lang on Sunday, September 11.

Mirboo North Golf Club THURSDAY results: Competition: Stableford. Date: August 18 Day winner (B Grade): Ian Blencowe (19) 37 points. A Grade winner: Mal Payne (10) 36 points. DTL’s: Hal St Ellen 36, Jeff Hughes 35, Tom Whitelaw 34, Steve Bickerton 33 and Jake Smith 32. NTP 16th: Jake Smith. Saturday results: Competition: Stableford sponsored by Doug Taylor. (28) 21 points. Thursday, August 18: Singles Stableford. Winner: Bruce Betts (33) 35 points. Runner up: Frank Piele (35) 34 points. Nearest the pin: second Reg Hannay and 11th Bruce Betts. Best nine: Col Graeme (13) 17 points. Saturday, August 20: Single Stableford. Winners: A Grade - Will Bullock (15) 34 points. B Grade Rod Matthews (23) 37 points. Runners up: A Grade Phil Johnston ( 15) 33 points. B Grade - Pete Wilson (21) 34 points. Down the line balls went to Lloyd Hemphill (924) 33 points, Reg Hannay (25) 33 points and Col Stewart (26) 32 points. Nearest the pin: Daryle Gregg. Pro pin: Daryle Gregg. Members draw Mathew Darmanin. Jackpots to next week.

On the green: Beryl Brown (the day’s sponsor), Lynette McIvor and Sharon Adams from Korumburra Golf Club had an enjoyable round at Melaleuka Links last week.

Korumburra ladies THE visit to Melaleuka Links was relaxing and sociable and seeing the sun shine topped off the day. A big thank you is extended to the organisers and especially to Beryl Brown, who provided an array of wonderful trophies. Sect 1 (0-29) was actually won by Beryl, but as she was sponsoring the day, she graciously passed the winning trophy to Corrie George, who had a very good score of 20 points. Runner up was Heather Grist with 19 points. Julie Hislop had a brilliant 24 points to take out the Sect 2 (30-45) trophy, followed closely by Pam Eyers, who also had an impressive score of 23 points. Take into account that we played just eight holes, these

were excellent scores. NTPs went to Heather Grist first, Betty Thomson third, Julie Brannaghan fifth and Heather Grist on the seventh. Lucky draws went to Sharon Adams, Jean White, Viv Enbom, Chris Rickard and Janet Arrott-Watt. The raffles were won by Lorraine Knox and Lyn McIvor, and the guessing competition went to Pam Eyers. Twenty six women enjoyed the delicious lunch, thanks to the caterers at the Links. It was fantastic to have the company of some or our non-playing members and even some past members. Four girls from our club played at Lang Lang on Friday, and, unfortunately, rain put a dampener on the day. The club extends “good luck” to the South Gippsland players in the Country Teams matches his week.

Friendly play: Korumburra golfers Corrie George, Barb Walker and Lorraine Knox were ready to try their skills on the Melaleuka Links course.

Winners: from left, Jan Roberts and Belinda Angwin were the best of Wednesday’s nine hole, two person Ambrose at Meeniyan Gold Club.


Saturday winner: Rod Matthews had a good win in B Grade during the single Stableford competition.

Champion: Daryle Gregg was the single Stableford winner on Tuesday.

Over the line: Bruce Betts held on to win Thursday’s single Stableford competition at the Meeniyan Golf Club.

ON Wednesday, August 17 the Meeniyan Ladies played a nine hole two person Ambrose in perfect conditions. Sponsors for the day were Rita Wells and Marie McIntosh. Winners Jan Roberts (32)

and Belinda Angwin (35) with 36.25 points. Runners up Veronica Park (16) and Nancy Hammet (30) with 37.25 points. DTL: Heather Poletti (16) and Heather McCaughan (45) 37.325 points.

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GOLF | SPORT Foster Golf THE course is drying up nicely now and the Foster Golf Club is starting to see some good scores. Norm Cooper’s 42 points was excellent and on Saturday Owen Kindellan continued his good form, even if he was only allowed three sticks. The ladies had a good field on Wednesday for the American 4 BBB and Frances McGlead and Helen Fulton won by a stroke from Rae and Alayne. Unfortunately for Viv Reid she wasn’t there on Friday night to collect the $750 members draw. The draw will now jackpot to $800 for this coming Friday. Employment opportunity: talented wait staff might like to talk to John in the Bunker Bistro.

Wonthaggi THE men’s nine hole midweek competition attracted eight players. The winner was W. Williams 15 points. Balls down the line: R. Hender 14 and B. Howard 14.

Great Indian food is on this Tuesday night in the bistro. Golf Results: Tuesday, August 16: Stableford. Winner: Clackers 35 points c/b. NTP: fourth none and 17th none. DTL: J. Mathers 35 and P. Dight 34. Wednesday, August 17: American: Marg Blake Trophy. Winner: F. McGlead / H. Fulton 75 1/8. NTP: sixth R. Knee and 17th V. Williams. DTL: R. Knee / A. McKenzie 76 1/8. Thursday, August 18: Stableford. Winner: Norm Cooper 42 points. NTP: 15th N. Cooper. DTL: P. Dight 36, D. Summers 33 and C. Gray 31. The men’s 18 hole midweek competition attracted 21 players. The winner was G. Hewlett 35 points. Balls down the line: I. Baker 35, G. Callister 34, P. Young 34, D. Crellin 34. Nearest the pin 8th P. Young. Our Saturday competi-

Swing: Paul Spencer hits a lovely three wood up the seventh fairway. Friday, August 19: Chook Run No competition due to inclement weather. Saturday, August 20: 3 Stick Event. Winner: Owen Kindellan 36 points. NTPs: fourth Norm Coo-

per, sixth Kev Witheridge, 13th Norm Cooper, 15th Paul Spencer, 17th Simon Barwick and 17th Barb Britton. DTLs: Paul Spencer 35 points and Andrew Naylor 32 points. Thanks to Kiwi for donating the trophies.

tion was a stable event with a field of 56 players. A Grade winner was R. Bolding 37 points, B Grade B. Clark 36 points and C Grade B. Skinner 34 points. Balls down the line: K. Jamieson 36, S. Sartori 35, K. Bayley 35, J. Sartori 34,

M. Loughran 34, J. Grenville 33, A. Wright 33, E. Vanagtmaal 33. Nearest the pin: 2nd R. Yann, 8th J. Wade, 13th D. Williams, 17th J. Wade. Have a great week and hopefully the sun comes out.

Lang Lang to host district fourball golf championships THE South Gippsland District Golf Association Fourball Championship will be conducted at Lang Lang Golf Club on Sunday, September 11. The Championship (K. Macdonald Shield) for the South Gippsland Championship will this year be played over 18 holes and is expected to attract a good field of local talent. In addition to the 18-hole Championship, there will be various handicap trophies for A and B Grades. Entries are restricted to members of South Gippsland Golf Clubs, who comply with the Country Week eligibility rules. The eligibility rule for entrants having to belong

to the same club has been deleted, which now means that entrants now only have to be a member of a South Gippsland affiliated club. The entry fee for all District Championships is free. Entry for the event can be made online via the District website at and click on the online entry link or may be forwarded to the tournament manager Mr. Denis Stanes at18a Hagelthorn Street, Wonthaggi. Entries for the event will be accepted up until the event, but late entries will only be accepted depending on the capacity of the course, by telephone to 5672 2787 or 0419 887 396. Entry forms are now available at all South Gippsland Clubs.

Reigning champs: the team of Glenda Gorton, Sheilah Harper, Shirley Atchison and Robyn Dodge won the Lang Lang Golf Club Ladies Challenge Bowl- 4BBB Aggregate for the second year.

Lang Lang golf COMPETITION – Stableford. Field: 43. Winner: Ron Smith (14) 37 c/b. Runner Up: Les Anderson (19) 37c/b. Nearest the Pin: Fifth: Noel Zunneberg 280 cm. Ninth: Chris Clark 490 cm. 12th: Les Anderson 274 cm. 15th: David Pearson 410 cm. Down the line: Colin Rangitonga 37 Mick Colley 35 Alec Hamilton 35 Robert Stead 35 Ron Constantine 34 Lee Pearson 34 Geoff Barnes 33 Noel Welsh 33 Wednesday ladies: August 17. Stableford - 18 players. A Grade winner – J. Sullivan (13) 31. B Grade winner – A. Schellekens (29) 33 and August Silver spoon winner. C Grade winner – C. Owen (32) 30. NTPs: A. Schellekens C. Owen DTL: P. Sweeney R. May P. Randall D. Fraser Thursday, 18 August: Event: Drummond Week of Golf - 2BBSTB.

Sponsor: Drummond Golf. Field: 62. 2B winners: Bob Sandiford (15) 47. 2B winners: Nick Dryden (18) 47. Runners up: Wayne Kennedy 45. Runners up: Mark Daley 45. Individual: Wayne Kennedy (5) 39. Runner up: Jamie Harness 36c/b. NTP fifth: Steven Bray. NTP ninth: Ben Hall. NTP 12th: Leslie Anderson, NTP: Ralph Stewart One ball: John Roberts. One ball: Leslie Anderson. One ball: John Bolton. One ball: Greg Baker. One ball: Richard Schmeiszl 43c/b. Friday, August 19: Lang Lang Golf Club Ladies Challenge Bowl- 4BBB Aggregate. This successfully run bowl at Lang Lang was won by Berwick-Montuna with a score of 77 points. The ladies in the team were Glenda Gorton, Sheilah Harper, Shirley Atchison and Robyn Dodge. These clever ladies won the bowl last year also. Lang Lang ladies comprising of Lee Andrews, Cheryl Stockdale, Paula Sweeney and Marianne Hall battled well and also came in with 77 points but alas lost on a count back. There is always next year. Saturday, 20 August:

Event: Gary Oswald Cup – Stableford. Field: 141. A Grade: Clive Taylor (13) 36 c/b Fortress Waterproof Bag. A Grade R/Up: Tony Ambrus (12) 36 Umbrella. B Grade: Ralph Hendrich (17) 36 Fortress Waterproof Bag. B Grade R/Up: Bill Merrigan (14) 35 Umbrella. C Grade: Bert De Grandi (22) 41 Fortress Waterproof Bag. C Grade: David Taggart (24) 35 Umbrella. NTP fifth: Sean Henderson 39cm 1 Sleeve ProV1. NTP ninth: Jumbo 82cm 1 Sleeve ProV1. NTP 12th: Rod Cameron 305cm 1 Sleeve ProV1. NTP 15th: Andrew Dash 35cm 1 Sleeve ProV1. NTP 18th: Brenton Adams 146cm 1 Dozen ProV1. Ladies winner: Paula Sweeney (23) 32 points. NTP fifth: Lee Andrews 500cm. NTP 15th: Jennifer Sullivan 257cm. Ben Spierings 34 Michael Reilly 34 Dave Austin 34 Phil Conroy 33 Kevin Curtis 33 Michael Harmes 33 Gary Barker 33 Shane Sparks 33 Russell Wright 33 Trevor Robinson 33 Peter Sellers 33 Peter Caust 32

• Cycling

Gippsland tour to conquer Bass Coast THE Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland is returning to Bass Coast for the Paul the Pieman stage four on Saturday, September 3 After a hiatus in 2015, the Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland has returned to the National Road Series in 2016 and is shaping up to be the best edition in the event’s acclaimed history. Described as a ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Australia’s domestic road cycling calendar, the five day race will attract the best Australian teams and the cream of Australia’s elite domestic male cyclists. With a prestigious list of past winners such as Will Walker and Nathan Haas, the Tour of Gippsland is a pinnacle steppingstone for those ambitious riders hoping to forge a career in the professional cycling arena. Bass Coast will host the Paul the Pieman stage four of the race on Satur-

day, September 3, starting at Wonthaggi at 10.30am and finishing in Inverloch at 1.50pm. Bass Coast Shire councillor and mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale said the scenery for this stage is like no other and some of the best in the Gippsland region. “The final 40 kilometres includes two climbs over Mt Misery, a name which definitely lives up to its reputation!” Cr Crugnale said. “This will be one of the most challenging days of racing for the riders and will really test who is up to the task of battling the hilly terrain Gippsland is known for.” The Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland will be starting in Traralgon on Wednesday, August 31 and conclude in Traralgon five days later. The Bass Coast stage, after leaving Wonthaggi, will take in the LochWonthaggi Road, Archies Creek, Glen Forbes and Mt

Misery before concluding in Inverloch at the finish line in A’Beckett Street beside The Inverloch Hub. Cr Crugnale said Bass Coast prides itself on being a cycle friendly des-

tination with fantastic coastal and rural opportunities for riders of all ages and skills. “This event will help promote Bass Coast as a destination to visit and

generate short and long term economic benefits for Inverloch and the region,” Cr Crugnale said. Road Closures and Traffic for Saturday, September 3 are as follows:

Wonthaggi: Mc Bride Ave will be closed between Graham Street and Watt Street from 8am until around noon. Inverloch: A’Beckett Street will be closed be-

tween Alma Street and Reilly Street from 11am until around 3.30pm A rolling traffic management operation will accompany the riders at all times.

The tour: the Australian Paper Tour of Gippsland is spectacular viewing for those who come along to witness the great race which is returning to Bass Coast for the Paul the Pieman stage four on Saturday, September 3.

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SPORT | BOWLS Leongatha ONCE again the 2016/17 season is under way and the Leongatha club is up and running. Although the weather has on occasions not been kind, nevertheless some bowls events have managed to be played. The monthly triples did take place on July 27 and my sincere thanks to scribe Russell Trotman for placing the results in our local papers. Wednesday, August 10 saw the winter pairs in action with a smaller than usual field. The winners the pair of Alan Centre and Jenny Miller with two wins plus 37 points and the best last game went to Janice Sing and Lloyd Hemphill with plus two. Saturday, August 20 was social bowls again with only a small field, but also the weather cut short the event. The winners were Ken Williams, Tas Haywood and Raeleigh Soderlund. Leongatha members are reminded the opening night dinner will be held on Friday night, September 16 with a 6.30pm start. Also if you have not paid your fees the treasurer would be pleased if you would do so as soon as possible. Remember, no pay - no play. The next monthly triples will be held on Wednesday, August 24 with a 9.30am start and BYO lunch. Landmark will be the sponsor for the day. Until the next report, good bowling - ‘Jackhigh’.

Buffalo indoor ON Friday, August 19 Buffalo held the Peter Mac Charity Night with 36 bowlers and several spectators watching and having a chat.

Three games of eight ends were played with some mixed results and an enjoyable night for everyone. Results: Only two teams won all three games. The winners for the night were I. Plowman (s), Glenys Pilkington and Don Bright (WWW) 17 ends, they received a meat tray donated by Rod and Judi Spokes, narrowly defeating the runners-up Charlie Tyers (s), Cliff Smith and Dana Suckling (WWW) 16 ends. Encouragement award went to Arc Gammaldi (s), Josie Bohn, Peter Tiziani and Rod Jackson. Lots of lucky ticket prizes and thanks to all donors. Some bigger prizes offered to anyone interested in buying them. Once again a great effort by Toni and Peter Heldens to ensure another successful year for Peter Mac. Thanks to everyone for your help and delicious supper which conducted another good night of bowling. Social bowls at the Buffalo hall, 7.30pm on Wednesday. All welcome.

Mardan Indoor MARDAN Indoor Bowling Club is still going through the winter attendance slump. Those who haven’t felt the need to dash off to a warmer corner or a road trip around this wonderful country that we live in though are still turn up for a Wednesday night social session of bowls. Eleven players made up three teams of three and a team of two, and six bowls per team over two games of 10 ends. The standard of play was very good although not always turning out as it looked at first glance. However, all teams played well and as so often happens, the points are stolen with the last bowl of the end, as happened on a number of occasions. At the end of the night there were two two game winners and the outright winner was decided on ends won. Winners with two wins 14 ends were Jeannie Baker, Bev Greenwood and Vito Serafino (s). Runners-up with two wins 12 ends were Bert Bright and Tony AllenClay (s). Once again thanks to everyone who came along and for keeping the club alive.

Inverloch WEDNESDAY’S mixed social game was played as a ‘Scroungers’ event. There were three or four players vying with each other on each rink for maximum score on that rink to qualify for the sudden death play offs at the completion of 20 ends. Bowls scored a three, two and one representing the three bowls nearest the jack. Rink winners were Pam Sutcliffe, Jan Fraser, Sue O’Connell, Neil Everitt, Carol Waters, Jill Bateman and Harry Dunn. These winners played off in groups to determine the two bowlers who would play against each other in the final. In the final shoot out at the I.B. Corral, H.P. ‘Dirty Harry’ Dunn won by the narrowest of margins over P. J. ‘Wild Pam’ Sutcliffe. The last Open Pairs of the Winter Season was held on Saturday with 16 teams taking to the green in difficult conditions. Three games of 10 ends were played in a sectional

Happy in defeat: from left, Bryan Hensley and Neil Everitt were the runners up in the Open Pairs event held at Inverloch on Saturday. knockout format. After all games were played, the winners of a section played off. This saw Gary Scott and Rob Dowling play Neil Everitt and Bryan Hensley while Terry Seaward and Linda Gallyot were against Dave Roberts and Marg Radford. After four ends, Dave and Marg got through their section but Gary and Neil bowled to a draw. An extra end resulted in Neil and Bryan reaching the final of this event. After another four ends with spectators watching from the warmth of the clubrooms, Dave and Marg powered onto a win. Sunday Social Bowls brought 11 hardy bowlers to the green. There was only one team that won both games. Congratulations to Johnny Migs, Jill Bateman and Caroline Donohue on their win. Our Winter Season has only two games left, Wednesday, August 24

and Sunday, August 28. Games start at 11am and names by 10am. The Tuesday Pennant get together for all interested in playing Tuesday Pennant will be held at 11am on Tuesday, August 30. A light lunch will follow. Please put your name on the sheet on the noticeboard if attending. The opening of the club for season 2016-2017 will be held on Sunday, September 4 starting at noon. Our Ladies club champion, Carol Hughes and Men’s club champion, Mick Bowman will roll the first jack and bowl to welcome in the summer season. A light lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served prior to the official opening followed by a game of bowls. Please put your name on the sheet in the clubroom if attending. Friday is our meal night - names on the blackboard if attending.

Biggest scroungers: from left, in a shoot out worthy of the Wild West, Harry Dunn claimed the prize in the game of Scroungers at Inverloch with Pam Sutcliffe runner up in a close play off.

Congratulations: the winning pair of Marg Radford (Drouin) and Dave Roberts claimed victory in the last Open Pairs of the winter held at Inverloch.

• Miners Baseball

Dismal weather as Miners dig deep THE Under 13 Miner’s baseballers were amazing again in tough conditions defeating Churchill 9-0. The Miners wound up the home and away 14-0 with an 9 - 0 win over the Churchill Braves, who played some solid baseball in the field but could not get their bats going against the South Gippsland pitching. Bailey Harvey and Ethan Davis combined for the shut out, chalking up nine strike outs in the effort. The Miners scored early with runs scored by Cam Prosser, Bailey Harvey and Mitch McGrath in the first. Churchill’s Jacob Dickenson kept the Miners quiet for the next two innings allowing only one run, but a break out last inning saw the Miners add five more to their total. Top batters on the day were Prosser, Harvey and McGrath, who had eight hits, seven runs and five runs batted in between the trio. South Gippsland will have a week off before they take on the winner of the Traralgon and Sale game in the Grand Final in Sale on September 4.

B Grade Ethan Davis: playing for the Under 13 Miners, Ethan took it to the Churchill Braves in style.

Churchill defeated Miners 8-2 in Miners best game yet! With a couple of new faces playing with the club this week and real club spir-

it, B Grade had one of its best games of the year with Glenn Gardner back after an extended break through injury and coming up with a cracking shot down the first base line. Brodie Cox again worked hard on the hill pitching a great game. Annie Carter with a ripper of a catch and some great hits and plays throughout kept the game tight till the Miners had one bad innings costing six runs in the third. No doubt that the Churchill Braves had to be on its toes this week with the Miners pushing them all the way. There has been so much improvement this year it’s great to see, with a final score of Churchill 8, Miners 2.

A Grade The Braves breezed it in with Miners left at 0. Another tough day, Tim Katz on the mound struggled to stop the Churchill Braves hitting hard, and the Miners just couldn’t get our bats working, nothing went our way! Whilst the Braves scored consistently in the first five innings we were held at bay without a run. Jack Ginnane played his first A Grade game and showed that he is one for the future. Tim McGrath and Wayne Prosser again had great games. Just too many errors from the A Grade team saw the match close out at 18 – 0.

Brodie Cox: takes it to the Churchill Braves in B Grade.

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Eleanor’s Rio disappointment By Brad Lester ELEANOR Patterson was shattered by her first round exit from the 2016 high jump medal race at the Rio Olympics. The Leongatha high jumper has a personal best jump in the event of 1.96m, but hit the wall at 1.92m and failed to progress beyond the opening round of jumps. She finished 22nd overall, with a final jump of 1.89m. Speaking trackside on television afterwards, Eleanor said, “I’m very disappointed, there is no doubt about it.” After she exited the competition, she sat by the track, face in her hands in obvious disappointment at seeing her dream in pieces. “When I am out there, it’s just me, my coach, the high jump bar and God’s will, but today evidently I just couldn’t do it,” she said. “I have high expectations on myself I want to do well so it’s hard. Sadly it’s one of those ones that is a learning experience. “It’s never a smooth run but that’s what you deal with as an athlete, you just persist. “I feel like I have been jumping in training, going really well, especially with my coach David (Green). We are a great team, I am just so grateful for the support I have from everyone, especially my coach David, is brilliant and my family as well.

Not close: Eleanor Patterson shattered her own high expectations and surprised many more by bowing out so early in the Rio Olympics high jumping with a first round jump below what she is capable of. Image courtesy of Getty Images/Athletics Australia. “I have not thought about anything else but this, this is the end of the season, this is what was on my mind.” Eleanor said her failure to make the final made

Rio 2016 a learning experience. Despite her disappointment, Eleanor received uplifting support on social media, including from Australian hurdling great Sally Pearson OAM,

who tweeted, “Hold your head up #eleanorpatterson such a bright future ahead! We are so proud!!” Eleanor was supported in Rio by her mother Helen, and her mother’s friend Deanna De Bondt of Pound Creek and her daughter Sarah. Eleanor’s father Mark Patterson, also of Leongatha, said his family was just impressed his daughter made the Olympic cut. “She competed well but obviously was not good enough on the day but not near to where she could potentially jump,” he said. Mark said high jump was a highly technical event. “You can be feeling well and in good condition, but if your headspace is not there on the day, then that can have an impact,” he said. Mark did not rule out his daughter potentially making a bid to be part of the 2020 Olympic team. “She’s fortunate high jumpers do not mature until well into their mid to late twenties as a rule. Hopefully she’s got the endeavour to go on but that’s up to her in the end,” he said. Eleanor and her coach David Green, also of Leongatha, did not take a $30,000 grant in order to remain independent of Athletics Australia, but she has a sponsorship arrangement with Swisse. Eleanor competed in Europe, trained in England and attended a pre-Olympic camp in Florida, USA, before heading to Brazil.

Alberton’s Rising Stars DWWWW Allies Jackson Nolan AT 16 years of age Jackson Nolan is committed to making the most of every opportunity. Since the age of eight he has been a midfielder or forward player. He aims to make it to the top and his focus display this focused determination. Playing Seniors for the Allies has been a part of his journey towards a football career. Jackson loves the challenge of having to push himself at the Senior level. His football idol is Scott Pendlebury and a lot of people comment on the similarity of his play to Pendlebury. Jackson has been invited to try out for Gippsland Power which means the world to him as it provides him with a step up to a bigger stage and the opportunity to prove himself worthy.

Focused: Jackson has been invited to try out Foster Tigers Keighley Starrett for Gippsland Power, an experience he will A GRADE netball in the Alberton Football and Netball League showcases the take to with great relish.

skill, talent, determination and drive to be a successful netballer. Keighley Starrett plays for Foster and displays skill, talent and determination each week on the netball court each week. Since she put up her hand to play A Grade she has taken on the challenge of playing against smart and experienced netballers. A natural defender, Keighley embraced the opportunity to play through the midcourt, excelling in her new role. With a vertical leap that terrifies the opponent Keighley has become an integral part of the team and plays well in high pressure situations. Keighley plays with Southern Fusion and has represented Alberton from U13s in interleague and regional sides and has received individual accolades including Best on Court in grand finals, league and club Best and Fairest. No wonder everyone at Foster is so proud of her. Young and smart: Keighley Starrett is a The AFL Rising Star nominations are sponsored ‘latecomer’ to netball but is proving to be an important part of the Foster A Grade team. by the Korumburra Sports and Spinal Clinic.

Golden girl’s win DALLAS Loughridge is back at school after experiencing one of the highlights of her primary school year.

A great win: with the Under 14 champions gold medal around her neck Dallas Loughridge is back with friends, from left, Acacia Wallis and Beth Derrick at the Loch Primary School where she is in Grade 6. She will carry a wealth of memories from the championships, held in Terrigal, which are not just about basketball, for the rest of her life.

Representing Victoria at the School Sport Australia Basketball Championships is an honour achieved by an exclusive few, the state’s best and this 12 year old is most definitely one of the best of the best. The Under 14 team won all eight of its games, the grand final against South Australia a strong 62 to 39 points with a gold medal beckoning. Dallas wears her gold medal proudly around her neck and she it was all the reward she wished for. Victoria won all eight of its games and Dallas said she was pleased with her performance throughout the championships. She said it was a great experience to play at such a level, “I learnt a lot from going away; just having the opportunity to do it was really good.” The championships are not just about basketball but the opportunities that exist for cultural exchange. Traditionally the Victorian girls are buddied each year with the girls from the Northern Territory - with whom they also share an interest in Australian Rules football - which means they watch as many of each others’ games as they can and go out to dinner one night. Most of the girls on the NT squad were indigenous. Mum Tanya and Dad Matthew were with her to soak up the excitement and was quick to thank them for everything they do for her, but also the great support from the Loch community and the Loch Primary

School in particular. The purchase of raffle tickets, a sausage sizzle and sponsorship were all support the young girl whose basketball goal is to one day play for the Australian Opals wanted to publicly thank people for.

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Alberton netball Semi finals results Saturday, August 20

Long arms: Dalyston goal attack Jarney Thomas reaches for the ball ahead of Korumburra Bena’s Christie Hillberg in the A Grade second semi final played at Cowes Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

A Grade: Korumburra-Bena 34 d Dalyston 30. B Grade: Korumburra-Bena 51 d Foster 38. C Grade: Korumburra-Bena 25 lt Dalyston 38. 17 & Under: Dalyston 39 d KorumburraBena 15. 15 & Under: Inverloch-Kongwak 25 d MDU 23. 13 & Under: Inverloch-Kongwak 22 d Fish Creek 15. Sunday, August 21 A Grade: InverlochKongwak 60 d Phillip Island 38. B Grade: InverlochKongwak 49 d Toora 45. C Grade: MDU 40 d Inverloch-Kongwak 35. 17 & Under: Inverloch-Kongwak 39 d Fish Creek 26. 15 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 41 d Phillip Island 21. 13 & Under: Korumburra-Bena 25 d Phillip Island 11.

Eyes up: Parrots goal shooter Mia Deenan sizes up the goals as Chloe Brown moves for position. Photo by domamato.

Parrots netball A Grade Leongatha 32 lt Morwell 34

Auction player: Nicola Marriott. Awards: Rusty Windmill - Laura Higgins, Baker’s Delight Kasie Rump. What a wonderful game of netball to watch in freezing, windy Morwell. Our girls played so well and we were very unlucky not to take the win but we certainly matched it with Morwell who are sitting third on the ladder. Proud girl, proud of your game.

B Grade Leongatha 34 lt Morwell 45

Auction player: Maddie Kerr. Awards: Sports First - Georgia Riseley, Kate Rankin. Got off to a slow start

but as the game went on everyone fought hard until the end. Let’s get them next time.

fensive pressure the whole way down the court. Awesome work girls.

C Grade

Leongatha 23 lt Morwell 26

Leongatha 39 d Morwell 21

Awards: Bair’s Otago Hotel - Simone Dekker, Baker’s Delight - Keely Price. It was a rough game but we held up well in the end and only lost by three. Great game girls.

Auction player: Lucy Vernon. Awards: Evans Petroleum - Hannah Allen, Rusty Windmill - Pip Littlejohn. A game well played all round today, fought out right to the end. Bring on Drouin next week. Well done girls.

Under 17 Leongatha 37 d Morwell 33 Awards: Network Video Sara Riseley, Baker’s Delight - Chelsea Hofman.

It was a close game girls and everyone played four great, consistent quarters with amazing de-

Under 15

Under 13 Leongatha 33 d Morwell 21

Awards: Baker’s Delight - Zara Littlejohn, Baker’s Delight - Maeve Muldoon. Great job Parrots, we played a great game and came out with a win. Hopefully a win again next week. Good job Babes.

Gippsland netball Results - Round 17

Good defence: I/K goal attack Sophie Bolam prepares to shoot MDU’s Kasey Thorson.

Speccy: I/K sharp shooter Janelle Smyth channels her inner footballer to reel in this high pass. Photo by Mark Drury.

Mirboo North netball results Round 18 results Mirboo North v Yinnar

A Grade: Mirboo North 57 d Yinnar 51. Best: Jess Le Page, Jas Friend. What a great way to end our season and start our finals. Well done. Keep putting in all the hard work over the next month. B Grade: Mirboo North 51 def by Yinnar 54. (Fourth on the ladder - progress to elimination final Sunday v Trafalgar) Best: Mirj Geisler. Good effort girls, we just didn’t

get there. Next week finals start let’s go all the way. C Grade: Mirboo North 27 def by Yinnar 38. Best: Kiara Gervasi, Courtney Dykei. Bad luck today girls. Congratulations on a fun season. D Grade: Mirboo North 23 d Yinnar 47. Best: Macey Alexander, Sienna Falkingham. A fun match to end the season, well done everyone. 17 & Under: Mirboo North 23 def by Yinnar 51.

Best: Tylah Wilkins, Sienna Falkingham. Congratulations on your season girls. Each week you improved and it was a pleasure to watch. We are going to be a team to watch in 2017. 15 & Under: Mirboo North 50 d Yinnar 27. (Second on the ladder - progress to qualifying final Saturday at Boolarra) Best: Miki Hilliar, Abbey McColl. A great way to end a brilliant season with so much support for each other. Bring on the finals campaign.

A Grade: Morwell 34 d Leongatha 32, Traralgon 73 d Warragul 32, Wonthaggi Power 59 d Maffra 43, Drouin 69 d Sale 25, Moe 60 d Bairnsdale 31. B Grade: Drouin 55 d Sale 33, Maffra 45 d Wonthaggi Power 35, Moe 49 drew Bairnsdale 49, Morwell 45 d Leongatha 34, Traralgon 66 d Warragul 21. C Grade: Sale 46 d Drouin 26, Maffra 40 d Wonthaggi Power 35, Moe 52 d Bairnsdale 18, Leongatha 39 d Morwell 22, Traralgon 53 d Warragul 21. Under 17: Sale 46 d Drouin 27, Maffra 47 d Wonthaggi Power 27, Moe 42 d Bairnsdale 27, Leongatha 37 d Morwell 33, Traralgon 48 d Warragul 23. Under 15: Sale 42 d Drouin 23, Maffra 61 d Wonthaggi Power 40, Bairnsdale 33 d Moe 30, Morwell 26 d Leongatha 23, Traralgon 45 d Warragul 18. Under 13: Sale 41 d Drouin 18, Maffra 41 d Wonthaggi Power 20, Bairnsdale 38 d Moe 24, Leongatha 33 d Morwell 21, Traralgon 36 d Warragul 4.

Ladders A Grade Drouin ........................158.83 Traralgon ...................147.92 Moe .............................138.48 Morwell ......................133.93 Wonthaggi Power ......100.38 Leongatha.................... 114.33 Sale................................71.45 Maffra............................70.75 Bairnsdale .....................70.07 Warragul ........................48.14 B Grade Traralgon ...................147.59 Morwell ...................... 114.40 Maffra ........................ 118.48 Leongatha ..................125.37 Moe .............................101.94 Drouin .........................100.97 Bairnsdale .....................93.14 Wonthaggi Power ..........87.58 Sale................................74.33 Warragul ........................63.93 C Grade Traralgon ...................135.34 Sale .............................129.80 Wonthaggi Power ......135.06 Maffra ........................124.41 Moe .............................129.64 Leongatha....................121.21 Morwell .........................88.75 Drouin ...........................71.96 Bairnsdale .....................53.55 Warragul ........................51.55 Under 17 Moe .............................164.03 Sale .............................174.65 Drouin ........................135.17 Traralgon ...................121.40 Wonthaggi Power ........96.82 Maffra............................90.73 Leongatha......................72.00 Bairnsdale .....................78.96 Morwell .........................67.42 Warragul ........................56.70 Under 15 Maffra ........................177.46 Wonthaggi Power ......135.57 Moe .............................129.58 Traralgon ................... 114.10 Sale ............................. 114.31 Bairnsdale ................... 116.19 Morwell .........................89.98 Leongatha......................86.68 Drouin ...........................57.92 Warragul ........................38.21

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Under 13 Sale .............................257.47 Bairnsdale ..................137.40 Maffra ........................124.95 Leongatha ..................125.64 Moe ............................. 118.78 Wonthaggi Power ..........90.51 Drouin ...........................86.89 Traralgon .......................81.65 Morwell .........................44.15 Warragul ........................37.42

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LDNA results Preliminary final Saturday, August 20 13 & Under: Meeniyan & District 20 d St Laurence Maroon 13. 15 & Under: Mirboo North 24 d Meeniyan & District 21. 17 & Under / C Grade: Town Black 43 d Mt Eccles Navy 19 Open: Town Tangerine 46 d St Laurence Gold 23.

Grand final Saturday, August 27 11am: 13 & Under Court 5, Mirboo North v Meeniyan & District. 12 noon: 15 & Under - Court 5, St Laurence Blue v Mirboo North. 1pm: 17/C Grade Court 5, St Laurence v Town Black. 2.15pm: Open Court 5, MDU Demons v Town Tangerine.

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Top of the lot: Mt Eccles Netball Club best and fairest winners with runnersup, back from left, Belinda Whiteside, Rebekah Vagg, Charli Brewis, Chelsea Allen, Brooke Johnstone, Ariella Francis and Yahnika Mandemaker. Front from left, Ella Osborne, Hannah Kleevan and Zara Gardner.

Netball club give thanks MT Eccles Netball Club celebrated the completion of their 2016 season with a presentation night and supper at the Leongatha Primary School Performing Arts Centre. With the club fielding 10 teams in 2016 with 78 players (66 Juniors and 12 Seniors) each year the club has continued to grow and develop its juniors. The president’s report was delivered with thanks to all of the club’s committee, umpires, coaches and team managers, congratulations to the 17/C Grade team for reaching the preliminary final and most of all, everyone in the club for enjoying their year of netball. After a relaxed celebration everyone relaxed and mingled over supper. The committee would like to thank

Leongatha Primary School for allowing them to utilise the PAC and to everyone involved in Mt Eccles Netball Club for a wonderful 2016 season. U13 Purple: best and fairest, Charlie Brewis; runner-up, Chelsea Allen; and coach’s award, Maddi Kenzie. U13 Blue: best and fairest, Hannah Kleevan; runner-up Ella Osbourne; and coach’s award, Nevada Crimp. U13 Silver: best and fairest, Hanna McAliece and Yahnika Mandemaker; runner-up, Ariella Francis and Zara Gardner; and coach’s award, Jakohbi Brewer. U15 Blue: best and fairest Brooke Johnstone; runner-up, Charlotte Smith, and coach’s award, Hannah Perry. U17/C Navy: best and fairest, Cayli Lane; and runner-up, Sonia Fleming. Open White: best and fairest, Rebekah Vagg; and runner-up, Belinda Whiteside.

• Leongatha badminton

Frank inspires Tigers CLUB president Frank Dekker turned on a vintage performance to give his Tigers team a glimmer of hope to make the finals. By winning all his three sets, Frank set up this memorable victory which leaves the Tigers delicately poised in fifth position and desperate to clinch the fourth spot on the ladder. Great support was provided to the Tigers by Matt Patterson and Karsten Krohn who is back enjoying his badminton immensely. It was pleasing to see the ever popular Glen

Leongatha squash MONDAY night A Grade had the old stager Frank Bugjea take on one of the stronger number two players in John Jones. John who has been playing very well started slowly, dropping the first game 10-9 to the wily veteran Frank who has played all over Victoria, many events around Australia and Metropolitan Melbourne, so he has a wealth of experience to harang

Kleeven back in the stadium after a two week sojourn, while playing some good badminton, fitness appeared to be lacking in Glen’s game. The Eagles were best served by young Brae Byrnes and Matthew Oommann. The Bombers were again too strong for their opponents the Kangaroos. Leanne Wilkinson filling in, playing a top match for the Bombers as did Jim Newton. The Kangaroos had Steve Johnson filling in for them and he won his three sets to give the Kangaroos some credibility on the scoreboard. In the final match for

analysis the Hawks dominated the Magpies with only Nigel Grimes winning his singles to claim the Magpies’ only set for the evening. All the rest went to the ultra consistent Hawks’ Arthur Grabham, Ian Cole and Ken Griffiths, all playing beautifully for their team.

his opponent, his better shots include a flat boast from the back of the court consistently catching opponents watching the ball clear the tin. John loves a hard hit and has improved greatly, not surprisingly showing his speed and driving deep into the back of court easily winning the next two games 9-2 and 9-1, but the wheels started to get a little wobbly and as mentioned earlier Frank must be beaten as he will not give in. Whether John backed off after dominating those two games we don’t know, Frank again pinched the fourth which

forced John to respond, the shots that had won two easy games deserted him under the pressure he put on himself. Frank kept his game simple making good returns to tease out the errors from his younger opponent and won the fifth game 9-4. Frank used up some experience in winning three games 31, John gained some coming second, two games 38 looking forward to the coming matches this week. Anyone wishing to play at Poowong or Leongatha can call the club on 0418 998 222 or 0409 613 664. Check us on Facebook.

Results - Round 13 Hawks 7/136 d Magpies 1/84, Tigers 4/134 d Eagles 4/115, Bombers 5/128 d Kangaroos 3/85, Saints - bye.

Ladder Bombers ..................................93 Hawks ......................................86 Saints .......................................66 Eagles ......................................62 Tigers .......................................55 Magpies ....................................49 Kangaroos ................................42

All hands on deck: deck: Andrew Mackie, Darryl Sinclair and Wayne Cook inspected the state of the oval on Friday afternoon and were more than happy with what they found. With all the experience gained over the last two years the club is confident of staging another memorable Alberton Football Netball League Grand Final. See page 52 for the full story.

• Leongatha Cycling

Fitzgerald sprints home to win WINTER returned with a cold and wet Saturday for Leongatha Cycling Club racing starting from the Dumbalk Hall. With a reduced number of entries there was just one race with the riders riding out to the Grand Ridge Road at Limonite and return. There was a steady north wind bringing showers through and the temperature was just 10 degrees. The 12 starters were spread across 20 minutes with the two scratch riders, Brett Franklin and Will Lumby, chasing four minutes to a quartet, nine minutes to a trio, 14 minutes to a duo and limit. The course is lumpy as the riders head to Mirboo before facing a steep four kilometre climb to the turn. By the time the riders reached the Turtons Creek Road, some 13 kilometres from the start, the lead to the limit rider had shrunk to just seven minutes. However, Thomas Fitzgerald, riding from the nine minute mark had dropped his co-markers, Mark Bensley and Damien King, and had almost caught the riders from the 14 minute mark. Ahead he had a two kilometre descent and then the four kilometre climb to the turn and he is happy to tackle the hills. The climb to the turn saw the scratch duo round up

most of the field save for Thomas and Mark, however, by the time they rode back past Turtons Creek Road there was just Brett chasing. Will had ridden a cyclo-cross race at Warragul on Friday evening and found the legs were just a little tired. Thomas had a lead of one minute over Mark with Brett a further 1.30 behind but with 13 kilometres, a choppy wind and some hills still to go. Brett managed to chase down the leaders and in the sprint to the line it was Thomas Fitzgerald who took the honours with Brett second. Mark Bensley finished a further 1.45 behind for third. Damien King kept chasing all the way back to claim fourth. Will Lumby rode home in fifth, Chris Rowe sixth, Bernadette Fitzgerald seventh, Kaleb Jans eighth and Tony Giles picked up a few places on the way back to grab ninth whilst Zach Stubbs-Teylor rounded out the top 10. Next weekend the racing is scheduled for Sunday morning at 9.30 starting at Pound Creek. The Seniors will be racing for the McIndoe Cup which is a scratch race event.

Big sport: from left, third placed Mark Bensley with race day winner Thomas Fitzgerald. In third place and with the fastest time overall was Brett Franklin.

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• AFNL 2nd Semi Final

Kangas bound into grand final FISH Creek booked its place in the 2016 AFL grand final with a 10 point win over modern day rival Dalyston on Saturday. The Kangaroos’ win firms their favouritism for the flag, while the Magpies are coming out of the match with what looked to be a

couple of injury concerns. They went into the game without key utility Bret Thornton, who was rumoured to be missing due to injury, and his absence was critical. Playing coach Paul Brosnan said Thornton had been out with injury for a few weeks and would know if he would be returning to

play in the final later this week. All other Dalyston players will also be on deck during the finals season despite injury rumours. Dalyston will have to win in this week’s preliminary final for the chance to be challenging for the premiership against Fish Creek in two weeks.

With a heavy wind guessed to be worth a few goal advantages, Fish Creek winning the toss was a huge result for their chances. Fish Creek opened its account almost immediately after the first bounce, and Dalyston responded just as quickly. It was a hard fought midfield battle that kept the

Caught: Dalyston’s Logan West was tackled by Fish Creek’s Paul Tolongs and Justin Smith during Saturday’s semi final.

crowd on the edge of their seats. Ethan and Cal Park were a cut above for Fishy, distributing the ball efficiently to their teammates. The Kangaroos took full advantage of the breeze, and despite some wayward kicking they managed to own the first quarter. At the break, Fish Creek held a lead of 22 points and it appeared that a tired Dalyston was not going to keep up with its frenetic pace. However it was a different story in the second term, with the Magpies mounting a charge of their own. The reigning premiers were able to fight back into the battle by getting a sheer weight of number to the ball, and pressuring the Creek into uncharacteristic mistakes. This aided their own spread and the turnovers resulted in at least three goals for the quarter. Fishy was able to give itself some breathing room with a couple of goals, however. The rain started lightly before growing heavier towards the end of the first half, and with it brought a few Magpie goals. The wet weather did nothing to hinder their spirit, and by the main break they had reduced the margin to just seven points. Fish Creek coach Greg Hoskin warned his side that

their attitude needed to be harder in the third term, and that they play style would have to change as well. The stoppage game was even more significant in the third term, with the Kangaroos winning the ball and creating many opportunities. Fish Creek forwards Andrew Seccull and Matt Kreymborg presented well, while a few of their midfielders were able to slide down and add a goal to their name. A four goal to one stanza had the Kangaroos confident heading into the final change, but the Magpies were not done with yet. They rallied, sparked by a brilliant goal to Clay Tait from the midfield. Fishy bit back with two of their own, but while they started to take their foot off the pedal the ‘Pies charged again. Three late goals brought the margin back far too close for Fish Creek fans’ comfort, but they received a reprieve when the final siren sounded. They will take two weeks to prepare to face the winner of Dalyston and Inverloch Kongwak in the grand final. For Dalyston, it’s back to training this week to ensure the boys are fired up for the preliminary final. Reserves Dalyston v Inverloch


Inverloch-Kongwak Best: P. Jobling, B. Withers, W. Blundy, B. Huitema, S. Buxton, S. Fisher THIRDS

Fish Creek 13.9.87 Dalyston 11.11.77 Fish Creek Goals: A. Seccull 2, M. Kreymborg 2, C. Park 2, J. Buckland 1, E. Park 1, T. Fusinato 1, P. Tolongs 1, T. Hooker 1, T. Manne 1, M. Taylor 1 Dalyston Goals: M. Rosendale 4, B. Fisher 2, M. Harris 1, K. Butler 1, C. Tait 1, D. Brosnan 1, K. Schrape 1 Fish Creek Best: R. McGannon, M. Kreymborg, E. Park, C. McPhee, A. Seccull, B. Harfield/Park Dalyston Best: K. Butler, C. Tait, M. Rosendale, J. Ray-Angarane, T. Osbaldeston, M. Whittaker RESERVES

Top form: Dalyston’s Kyle Kirk boots the ball in the midfield.

Inverloch-Kongwak 8.9.57 Phillip Island 4.3.27 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: C. McInnes 3, H. McInnes 1, Z. Caughey 1, J. Pryor 1, J. Scott 1, L. Nunn 1 Phillip Island Goals: J. Sanna 1, M. Fletcher 1, T. Officer 1, C. Epifano 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: O. Toussaint, L. Nunn, L. Cairnduff, T. Heislers, O. Hutton, L. Scott Phillip Island Best: A. Duyker, D. Wilson-Browne, J. Keating, E. Hines, T. Officer, S. Stanley FOURTHS

Dalyston 8.12.60 Inverloch-Kongwak 6.6.42

Fish Creek 3.5.23 Phillip Island 1.7.13

Dalyston Goals: M. Schreck 2, J. Brooker 2, A. Wallis 2, A. Gennaccaro 2 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: S. Buxton 1, J. Cahir 1, B. Huitema 1, E. Storti 1, B. Withers 1, P. Jobling 1 Dalyston Best: A. Gennaccaro, H. Wright, A. Powell, N. Bainbridge, J. Legione, S. Coldebella

Fish Creek Goals: S. Flanders 1, Z. Clark 1, J. Standfield 1 Phillip Island Goal: C. Thompson 1 Fish Creek Best: S. Flanders, B. Mitchell, N. Denbrok, S. McGannon, K. Dorling, O. Schnoor Phillip Island Best: C. Thompson, M. Mattock, N. Anderson, T. McMillan, C. Farrell, B. Taylor

Shield: Dalyston’s Darcy Brosnan protects the ball from his Fish Creek opponent.

Kongwak A TURNOVER from the first quarter resulted in a close match but Dalyston was ultimately named the victors. Inverloch Kongwak left the first quarter with a three point lead but it was all downhill from there as Dalyston took control of the game. Some inaccurate kicking held Dalyston’s score back, but it was enough for the Magpies to come away as a clear winner. Andrew Gennaccaro, Jackson Brooker, Matthew Schrek and Andrew Wallis were Dalyston’s goal kickers with two goals each. Inverloch Kongwak shared the goal kicking around with several players – Shane Buxton, Billy Huitema, Barry Withers, Patrick Jobling, Ebon Storti and Joel Cahir – each contributing a goal. The final score was Dalyston 60 points to Inverloch Kongwak’s 42 points. Thirds Inverloch Kongwak v Phillip Island IT was smooth sailing into the grand final for Inverloch Kongwak. The Sea Eagles took immediate control of the game, leaving Phillip Island to fight for a score. By half time, the game belonged to Inverloch Kongwak, sitting 22 points ahead of its opponent. The leading goal kicker for the match was Inverloch Kongwak’s Cooper Mcinnes who kicked three goals. Phillip Island’s goal kicking was shared between Tom Officer, Connor Epifano, Matthew Fletcher and Jack Sanna, who all kicked a goal each. The final score was Inverloch Kongwak 57 to Phillip Island’s 27. Fourths Fish Creek v Phillip Island FISHY Fourths came out hard and were immediately off to a good start. A quick clearance from the first centre bounce and a snap that just hit the post put the first score on the board in under a minute. A strong mark from Sam Flanders was followed up by a great long kick to put Fishy up at the five minute mark. After that, Phillip Island settled and came back hard, but a really skilful passage of team play put the ball in the arms of Zayn Clark who bagged another goal before the end of the first term. The wind picked up in the second term making it difficult to judge the flight of the ball but a running snap from Josh Standfield solidified Fishy’s lead and was the only goal for the quarter and Fishy’s last goal for the game. The third term was a real grind and Fishy did well to keep Phillip Island goal less. Phillip Island scored its first goal near the end of the last term but was never in the game with Fishy coming away as the clear victors.

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • AFNL 1st Semi Final

Thriller and Sea Eagles remain perched INVERLOCH Kongwak is through to the preliminary final after narrowly defeating Foster in a replay of the Round 18 match when Foster managed to get over the Sea Eagles by one point. Foster bows out of season 2016 with its head held high after finishing third on the ladder and making it through to the elimination final. Inverloch-Kongwak will play Dalyston in the preliminary final at the Bass Recreation Reserve with the winner of that match waited for by Fish Creek which will be refreshed and eager to take charge after the coveted week off. This was a match of the highest quality with great tactical moves employed by both coaches. It had been a damp morning and while the ground was wet the surface was still in a good condition. It was the wind factor which influenced the momentum of the match most significantly. Play fluctuated in favour of one team and then the next and it was Foster which tore out of the blocks first with a good wind assisted start. It wasn’t just the wind powering the Tigers, but they are a visibly larger team then the Sea Eagles. Playing coach Nick Connellan was a penetrating player for Foster. IK put together a couple of running passages of play just prior to the end of the quarter which saw it bounce back with a couple of goals - Adam Cross’s was in flight as the siren sounded - to finish the quarter only seven points in arrears. That was an outstanding result given the influences working against it. Good coaching in the second quarter saw IK making the most of its turn with the wind to drive the ball relentlessly forward. Players linked up well and set the play up to advantage with the defence stretched up through the midfield and its quick midfielders outrunning the bigger bodied but slower Foster players. IK kicked 5.1 to Foster’s one goal to set up an 18 point half time advantage. The third quarter saw Foster isolate Bradley Tagg in the goal square with not another


Inverloch-Kongwak 11.11.77 Foster 10.9.69 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: W. Hetherington 3, A. Cross 2, T. Wyatt 2, E. MacPhie 1, T. McQualter 1, C. O’Reilly 1, T. Mahoney 1 Foster Goals: B. Tagg 5, N. Connellan 2, J. Hanlon 1, B. Bowden 1, T. Van Dyke 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: D. Clark, C. Mckenzie, B. Hender, W. Hetherington, A. Soumilas, D. Reid Foster Best: T. Van Dyke, B. Tagg, B. Rooney, M. Howell, B. Angwin, M. Clark RESERVES

M.D.U. 5.5.35 Phillip Island 5.4.34 M.D.U. Goals: N. Mathieson 1, T. Wightman 1, C. Ricardo 1, P. Harris 1, Y. Zorzos 1 Phillip Island Goals: C. McPhillips 2, A. Rodgers 1, B. Van Brummelen 1, J. Nicolaci 1 M.D.U. Best: B. Densley, T. Wightman, S. White, C. Harris, M. East, S. Horvath Phillip Island Best: R. McKenzie, A.

player within the 50 metre arc. Tagg dominated the first ten minutes of the third quarter and was fed the ball time after time and had four goals on the board. IK coach Ben Soumilas worked desperately to neutralise him and it was the third opponent he tried, Josh Clottu, who was eventually able to match and negate Tagg’s influence over the game. IK went into the final quarter five points behind and played Foster at its own game to itself firmly back into the game out to a 14 point lead half way home. Once again, Soumilas showed his brilliance and employed William Hetherington in the goal square, lone player in the forward arc and fed him the ball to achieve that advantage. And then, the twist: Foster kicked a flurry of goals and all of a sudden at the 20 minute mark it had come back to within three behinds. It was the dying moments of the game when IK brought relief to its supporters’finger nails. Reserves MDU versus Phillip Island This was one of those famous victories. MDU was staring defeat and season’s end in the face while Phillip Island was preparing to leap with joy. The siren had to be very very close didn’t it? It was close yes, but before it could sound the almost impossible happened. When Tim Wightman gained possession of the ball he turned and tore off in the direction of the goal posts and launched the ball from half forward on a slight angle. Not a difficult distance or angle to kick a goal from but on this occasion the pressure was immense. There was barely enough time for the ball to be bounced again before the siren sounded and there it was: victory to MDU. Every victory such as this where a core Alberton player takes on a team departing for the West Gippsland league seems to have added significance. Headlines like ‘Alberton sees off Island pretender.’ It is a great result for Alberton and a great result for MDU. MDU will play InverlochKongwak preliminary final at the Bass Recreation Reserve. The winner will play Dalyston in the grand final.

Thirds Fish Creek versus Kilcunda Bass On a cold wet Sunday, Fish Creek’s Thirds took a victory over Kilcunda Bass in the semi final. Fish Creek started out strongly, moving the ball quickly into its forward line. It had a couple of opportunities to goal, but was unable to convert. Kilcunda Bass got the ball into its forward 50 and looked dangerous, but the Fishy back line worked hard and forced the ball out. From there Fishy took control of the quarter, with Jai Stefani kicking one goal and Brady Mitchell marking strongly and kicking two goals. Kilcunda Bass rallied and got the ball back into the forward line, but Fishy’s back line was ruthless. Jasper Macri cleared the ball, which set up a beautiful passage of play resulting in a goal to Billy Rogers, giving Fishy a 26 point lead at quarter time. The second quarter was all Fish Creek. Brady Mitchell was again demonstrating his strong marking skills. He was well supported by Sam Flanders and Jasper Macri who were in everything. Fish Creek went into the half time break with a 42 point lead. The third quarter was wet and slippery. Brad Pulham and Toby Redpath worked hard in the packs, but Kilcunda Bass was not giving up and continued to work the ball into the forward line. Josh Standfield was intercepting well in the back line. Kilcunda Bass battled on and managed to goal from a 50 metre penalty. Fishy responded quickly with a snapped goal from Sam Flanders giving Fishy a 44 point lead at three quarter time. The final quarter was all Fish Creek, with goals to Jai Stefani, Billy Rogers and Jasper Macri. Fish Creek will play Phillip Island at the Bass Recreation Reserve.

Cook, A. Redmond, J. Nicolaci, C. McPhillips, J. Conder THIRDS


Fish Creek 10.13.73 Kilcunda-Bass 1.1.7 Fish Creek Goals: B. Rogers 3, J. Stefani 2, B. Mitchell 2, S. Flanders 1, J. Macri 1, B. Stefani 1 Kilcunda-Bass Goal: J. Rosenow 1 Fish Creek Best: J. Macri, B. Rogers, O. Straw, S. Flanders, H. Krause, J. Stefani Kilcunda-Bass Best: R. Taylor, M. Whitham, A. Brown, J. Lawrie, S. Casey, K. Condick FOURTHS

Inverloch-Kongwak 2.2.14 Kilcunda-Bass 2.1.13 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: T. Nash 1, W. Clarkson 1 Kilcunda-Bass Goals: W. Lindsay 1, B. Aldwell 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: W. Clarkson, M. Toussaint, J. Hutchinson, C. McLean, J. Pryor, J. Bates Kilcunda-Bass Best: J. Bastwrous, J. Rosenow, S. Bent, F. Homer, A. Honeysett, W. Lindsay

Desperate victory: Tim Wightman lines up in the dying moments of the game and snaps truly to bring about the MDU Reserves’ elimination final victory. Behind him team mate Alex Kuhne lends a shepherding hand.

Close call: IK’s Brad Hender goes up against his Foster ruck opponent as the midfield powerhouse awaits the fall of the ball.

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Preliminary Final Saturday, August 27 Inverloch/Kongwak v Dalyston at Bass Rec Res Qualifying Final Saturday, August 27 Mirboo North v Yall-Yall Nth at Boolarra Elimination Final Sunday, August 28 Yinnar v Morwell East at Mirboo North

GIPPSLAND Round 18: August 27 Warragul v Maffra Sale v Moe Wonthaggi v Bairnsdale Leongatha v Drouin Traralgon v Morwell

ELLINBANK 1st Elimination Final Saturday, August 27 Neerim Sth v Nar Nar Goon at Garfield 2nd Elimination Final Sunday, August 28 Koo Wee Rup v Nilma Darnum at Koo Wee Rup

Leaping lads: Tiger Joel Hanlon’s attempt to take this mark was matched by his Sea Eagle opponents, from left, Aiden Cuff and Rowan Clark who successfully spoiled. Indeed, the Seas Eagles spoiled the Tigers’party with a last minute one point win.

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• Yinnar v Mirboo North

Yinnar uprooted by Tigers’ reign MIRBOO North ended the Mid Gippsland home and away season in second position on the ladder when it defeated reigning premier, Yinnar, by 37 points at Yinnar on Saturday.

Although Newborough is a short priced favorite to win the 2016 MGFL premiership, Mirboo North remains hopeful of producing its fifth Se-

nior flag since 2006. After conceding three opening goals to Mirboo North, Yinnar bounced back tenaciously as Luke Linton,

The mighty Tigers now enter their 14th consecutive finals series and face Yallourn Yallourn North in the qualifying final at Boolarra this Saturday.

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Newborough ......... 276.14 Mirboo North ........ 204.07 Yall-Yall North....... 237.36 Yinnar ................... 153.24 Morwell East........... 96.78 Thorpdale ................ 86.35 Yarragon .................. 62.35 Boolarra ................... 74.20 Trafalgar ................... 37.41 Hill End .................... 39.30

68 60 56 48 38 30 22 20 10 8

Spring attack: Mitch Wightman created a lot of opportunities for the Tigers’ runners by getting in and under, and here he gets on top of his Yinnar opponent, Sebastian Famularo.

RESERVES LADDER Newborough ......... 486.72 Yall-Yall North....... 373.90 Yinnar ................... 314.65 Mirboo North ........ 193.72 Yarragon ................. 64.36 Thorpdale ................ 58.76 Trafalgar ................... 64.40 Morwell East ............ 37.64 Boolarra ................... 39.87 Hill End .................... 22.54

64 64 60 52 30 28 24 18 16 4

THIRDS LADDER Mirboo North ........ 361.50 Yinnar ................... 244.54 Newborough ......... 210.02 Hill End ................. 142.82 Yall-Yall North....... 108.60 Thorpdale ................ 86.14 Trafalgar ................... 64.44 Morwell East ............ 37.64 Boolarra .................. 19.87

68 60 52 48 36 36 36 16 8

FOURTHS LADDER Newborough ......... 216.11 Trafalgar ............... 139.82 Mirboo North ........ 121.73 Yinnar ..................... 76.05 Yall-Yall North......... 36.24

85 64 64 35 0

Emerson Hicks, Brandon Mahoney, Jaime Aitken and Kane Grinstead-Jones steadfastly willed themselves into the match. Young blond bombshell, Ricky Van Rooy, slammed home the Magpies’ first major from 40 metres, following an impressive overhead mark. Heavy midfield traffic and a concentration on tackling mania, made breaks to freedom extremely challenging for both sides. With scores gridlocked at 4.3 apiece, 16 minutes into the second quarter, Mirboo North centreman, Mitchell Wightman, passed superbly to Kris Berchtold, who slotted his second goal. The Tigers immediately followed up when Berchtold found Cameron Le Page close to the big white sticks, for their sixth major and a 12 point half time advantage. Under dark cloudy skies and with drizzle in the air, Mirboo North turned up the heat on the Magpies with resounding third term power and influence all over the

ground. Berchtold booted another three magnificent goals as the Tigers calculatingly and swiftly ran the ball into their forward arc with delivery exactitude. Tall defender, Dwayne Gunn, was swung into attack where his height and mobility resulted in a goal to him and plenty of spot fire problems for the Magpies. In the meantime Yinnar was restricted to only two behinds by Mirboo North’s motivated, skilful and vigorous defensive network. With playing coach, Clancy Bennett, Tristan Salerno and Alex Windsor uprooting, tearing down and destroying Yinnar’s forward structures, it was mostly 25 minutes of one way traffic going directly into Mirboo North’s scoring arc. Runners Josh Taylor, Luke Palmer, Hudson Kerr and Jeremy Salinger were having a field day streaming downfield from opportunities created by Wightman, Daniel Taylor and Dom Pinneri, in and under the packs. To pass the time, a couple of uninterested older Yinnar supporters were overheard discussing their childhood TV days watching The Happy Show, featuring Happy Hammond, Ron Barassi, Princess Panda, Parer the Magician and ‘Sylvester the Talking Sock’. Early last quarter goals from Riley Oddy and Berchtold helped push the visitors’ lead out to 47 points, to put the game beyond the Magpies’ reach. However, Yinnar hung in there with rearguard determination that produced a run of three goals midway through

No quarter: Yinnar’s Brandon Mahoney came in for some close attention from Matt Holland (28) and Clancy Bennett (12) as the Tigers tore down the Magpies in the last of the season’s home and away games.

Special moment brings joy MIRBOO North and Yinnar Football Netball Clubs have been arch rivals since 1955 with no quarter asked and certainly none given in more than 100 meetings.

Dream come true: Alec Kenneally is carried from the ground amid a sea of smiling faces following his debut with the Mirboo North Fourths.

However, on Saturday at Yinnar Recreation Reserve, both clubs, with full support from the Mid Gippsland Football League, joined forces in human kindness. An initiative by Mirboo North Fourths coach, Jack Oddy and embraced by club presidents, Paul Pratt of Mirboo North and Yinnar’s Peter Linton, resulted in 12 year old Down Syndrome lad, Alec Kenneally, playing his first official game of football. Shortly before quarter time, Alec, a devoted Richmond fan, received loud cheers and applause when he came onto the ground in a yellow and black Mirboo North jumper. To top everything off nicely, Alec kicked the last goal of the match for the mighty Tigers, with only eight seconds of play remaining. Players from both sides gathered near the goal square to congratulate Alec on his achievement before carrying him from the field amid a sea of smiling faces.

the final term. The burly Grinstead-Jones grubbed one off the deck in the 10-metre square, before Jesse Bird, Mahoney, Grinstead-Jones and Aitken combined to find Julian Blackford for another. Then Grinstead-Jones scored again from close range after marking strongly and receiving a 50 metre penalty to boot. Palmer closed out the day with his third and Mirboo North’s 13th major, courtesy of a free kick and a 50 metre penalty that placed him within scoring distance. The proof of Mirboo North’s dominance was in the pudding and also on the scoreboard. Berchtold and Palmer’s combined total of eight majors resulted from their teammates’ industrious, methodical and persistently pugnacious achievements in the scrimmages, through the corridor and out wide.

Reserves Mirboo North reversed its previous 32 point loss to Yinnar with a rock solid 35 point victory over the third placed Magpies in Jed Alexander’s 100th club game. The mighty Tigers, who completed the minor season with 13 wins and finished in fifth position on the ladder, will host Yarragon in the elimination final at Tigerland this Sunday. Mirboo North will start a clear favorite against the Panthers, but to make sure of things, it must pick the right man to play on Yarragon’s big hearted all rounder, Keith Clerks. Possible candidates for the big job are Brent Harriage, James ‘Bubba’ Stewart and Tom Bolton. Mirboo North’s ruthless desire to win the contested ball continually forced the Magpies onto the back foot, where their group dynamics were completely misaligned and fragmented. Time and again, the Tigers’ miserly defence led by Sam Pratt, Zac Porter and Ben Richards, turned back countless Yinnar forward flurries with dare, flair and dash. The Magpies only goal came from Marcus Webb in the third quarter and many of his fellow forwards were guilty of loitering without intent (to grab the ball). A feature of Mirboo North’s game plan execution was its forward press, where there was a distinct lack of

freedom given to Yinnar’s defenders. Adam Miller, Brendan Weston, Chris Bland and Jake Garde kept firing the ball into the Tigers’ scoring arc, where Steven Rogers scored two goals from accurate passes.

Thirds Following some tardy shooting at the big white sticks, reigning back-to-back premier, Mirboo North, found itself trailing by three points at three quarter time. However, the mighty Tigers finished the last quarter strongly by kicking five goals straight for a hard fought 15 point victory over the second placed Magpies. For finishing on top of the ladder, Mirboo North has earned a week’s rest before it plays the winner of this Saturday’s qualifying final between Yinnar and Newborough.

Fourths Mirboo North recovered from a slow start where it trailed by 13 points at quarter time to defeat Yinnar by 45 points. There was much excitement when, in his first game of footy, Alec Kenneally, kicked Mirboo North’s 15th goal, with eight seconds left on the clock. 2016 Mirboo North Football Netball Club, football best and fairest awards. Seniors: best and fairest, J. Taylor and runner-up, C. Bennett. Reserves: best and fairest, S. Pratt and runner-up, M. Green. Thirds: best and fairest, K. Wilson and runner-up, L. Swallow.

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Newborough 17.14.116 d Yarragon 4.5.29 Boolarra 9.10.64 d Trafalgar 4.8.32 Thorpdale 17.11.113 d Hill end 7.7.49 Yall-Yall Nth 20.5.125 d Morwell East 8.1.49 RESERVES Newborough 18.8.116 d Yarragon 2.2.14 Boolarra 19.11.125 d Trafalgar 4.5.29 Thorpdale 8.15.63 d Hill End 0.3.3 Yall-Yall Nth 21.14.140 d Morwell East 4.3.27 THIRDS Trafalgar 6.8.44 d Boolarra 5.11.41 Thorpdale 8.9.57 d Hill End 6.3.39 Yall-Yall Nth 15.9.99 d Morwell East 7.9.51 FOURTHS Newborough 13.17.95 d Yall-Yall Nth 6.0.36

SENIORS Mirboo North 13.7.85 Yinnar 7.6.48

THIRDS Mirboo North 7.12.54 Yinnar 6.3.39

Mirboo North goals: K. Berchtold 5, L. Palmer 3, H. Kerr 1, C. Le Page 1, J. Taylor 1, R. Oddy 1, D. Gunn 1. Yinnar goals: K. Grinstead-Jones 2, B. Wilson 1, J. Blackford 1, J. Winters 1, R. Van Rooy 1, D. Yates 1. Mirboo North best: J. Taylor, L. Palmer, K. Berchtold, T. Salerno, J. Salinger, M. Wightman. Yinnar best: L. Linton, E. Hicks, B. Mahoney, K. Grinstead-Jones, J. Mowat, M. Renwick.

Mirboo North goals: C. Alexander 2, R. Lowrie 1, D. Allen 1, D. Huynh 1, R. Kratzat 1, T. Joustra 1. Yinnar goals: C. Watson 4, C. Iorangi 2. Mirboo North best: T. Reiske, C. Rudling, J. Hohmann, C. Alexander, L. Swallow. Yinnar best: D. Mehran, R. Mayo, D. Schneider, H. Peavey, J. Hibbert, C. Iorangi.

RESERVES Mirboo North 6.11.47 Yinnar 1.6.12 Mirboo North goals: S. Rogers 2, C. Bland 1, A. Miller 1, D. Lockie 1, J. Graeme 1. Yinnar goals: M. Webb 1. Mirboo North best: A. Miller, B. Weston, C. Bland, S. Pratt, Z. Porter, J. Garde. Yinnar best: B. Taysom, M. Szkwarek, D. Giles, B. Ross, R. Malcolmson, D. Linton.

FOURTHS Mirboo North 15.8.98 Yinnar 8.5.53 Mirboo North goals: F. Austin 4, W. Kilpin 1, C. White 1, S. Kennedy 1, B. O’Loughlin 1, R. Kratzat 1, L. Dight 1, R. Lowrie 1, A. Krausz 1, J. Carnes 1, R. Peter 1, A. Kenneally 1. Yinnar goals: B. McCormack 2, C. Iorangi 2, A. Sheers 2, M. Smith 1, O. Doig 1. Mirboo North best: J. Mason, L. Oddy, F. Austin, T. Paterson, R. Kratzat, B. O’Loughlin. Yinnar best: M. Ounjit, A. Hendrikse, A. Drinken, M. Smith, C. Iorangi, T. Hutchinson.

“THE STAR” Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - PAGE 51


First in: big Parrot ruckman Ben Willis gets his hand to the ball in this ball-up as Leongatha’s Tom Marriott and Hayden Browne wait for the gather. Photo by domamato. ROUND 17 SENIORS LADDER W L D



Leongatha ..16 0 1 312.12 66 Maffra.......12 4 1 141.09 50 Traralgon ...11 6 0 137.47 44 Drouin ....... 8 8 1 85.50 34 Warragul .... 8 9 0 87.86 32 93.15 28 Sale .............. 7 10 0 Won Power ...7 10 0 90.30 28 Moe...............6 11 0 84.91 24 Morwell .........4 12 1 65.72 18 Bairnsdale .....4 13 0 54.54 16 GOALKICKERS C. Dunne (Leongatha) ......... (2) 64 A. Hillberg (Leongatha) ....... (3) 47 L. Stockdale (Traralgon) ...... (1) 43 M. Bennett (Maffra)............. (1) 39 B. Fowler (Warragul) ........... (2) 39 J. Gooch (Sale) ................... (4) 38 B. Hughes (Drouin) ............. (0) 36 Z. Vernon (Leongatha) ........ (0) 34 T. Harley (Won Pwr) ............ (2) 34 A. Cook (Won Pwr) ............. (0) 31


• Morwell v Leongatha



Leongatha ..14 0 1 491.37 Maffra.......11 3 1 268.55 Traralgon ...10 5 0 187.57 Won Power .. 9 7 0 128.44 Drouin ....... 9 6 0 111.88 Moe...............6 9 0 82.18 Morwell .........3 12 0 48.51 Warragul .......3 12 0 32.31 Sale ...............2 13 0 26.67 GOALKICKERS


58 46 40 36 36 24 12 12 8

Parrots forced to work hard MORWELL came out firing when it hosted Leongatha on Satur-

day and it took some time for the Parrots to come out on top.

J. Pellicano (Leongatha) ..... (4) 41 C. Johnston (Leongatha)..... (7) 32 P. Yates (Moe) ..................... (0) 22 T. Mustoe (Traralgon) .......... (0) 20 A. Burgiel (Maffra) .............. (2) 19 C. Dunn (Traralgon) ............ (5) 19 D. Seri (Drouin)................... (3) 19 N. Quenault (Traralgon)....... (0) 18 R. Loprese (Traralgon) ........ (0) 16 J. Somers (Warragul).......... (0) 15 A. Gould (Moe) ................... (0) 15 J. Ginnane (Leongatha) ....... (0) 15 T. Olden (Leongatha) ........... (2) 15

SENIORS Leongatha 14.15.99 Morwell 6.7.43

UNDER 18 Leongatha 22.14.146 Morwell 2.3.15

Leongatha goals: A. Hillberg 3, C. Maskell 3, C. Dunne 2, S. Hawking 2, J. Hopkins 2, L. Du Mont 1, B. Davidson 1. Morwell goals: D. Musil 1, R. Hearn 1, R. Tatterson 1, D. Hutchison 1, J. Jacobsen 1, J. Brown 1. Leongatha best: S. Hawking, T. Marriott, S. Westaway, L. Bowman, Z. Vernon, L. Du Mont. Morwell best: R. Hogarth, D. Musil, J. Soutar, Z. Anderson, M. Murphy, T. Hillier.


RESERVES Leongatha 24.12.156 Morwell 0.5.5

Leongatha goals: K. Reid 3, N. Trotto 3, J. Patullo 3, W. Graeme 2, L. Scott 2, T. Brew 2, S. Forrester 1, H. McGannon 1, J. Van der Kolk 1, T. Sauvarin 1, L. Riseley 1, J. Patullo 1, E. Smith 1. Morwell goals: B. Jones 1, B. Nikodemski 1. Leongatha best: L. Riseley, L. Scott, K. Reid, J. Patullo, N. Trotto, H. McGannon. Morwell best: W. Kennedy, H. Kimpton, R. Lewis, J. Maximiw, K. Hearn, B. Jones.




Traralgon ...14 1 0 384.42 56 Bairnsdale..14 2 0 303.54 56 Moe .........11 4 0 235.20 44 Leongatha ... 8 6 1 196.77 34 Maffra........ 8 6 1 158.53 34 Sale ...............4 11 0 46.05 16 Drouin ...........3 11 1 37.21 14 Morwell .........3 11 1 30.03 14 Warragul .......1 14 0 21.89 4 GOALKICKERS L. Di Ciero (Traralgon)......... (2) 46 A. McLaren (Bairnsdale) ..... (0) 36 L. Farrell (Moe) ................... (0) 30 N. Pruscino (Bairnsdale) ..... (0) 30 B. Bosman (Moe) ................ (1) 27 B. Bassett (Bairnsdale) ........ (0) 25 R. Livingstone (Traralgon) .. (3) 25 A. McKenzie (Maffra) .......... (0) 22 J. Reeves (Maffra)............... (0) 22 L. Carman (Maffra) ............. (0) 20


Moe .........15 2 Leongatha ..14 2 Traralgon ...14 3 Bairnsdale..11 5 Sale .........10 7 Maffra ...........6 10 Warragul .......5 11 Drouin ...........5 12 Morwell .........1 16 Won Power ...1 14

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518.01 331.86 481.27 167.51 141.18 73.13 57.45 63.98 13.39 11.51

60 58 56 48 40 26 24 20 4 4

GOALKICKERS J. Van Iwaarden (Trar)......... (6) 66 R. Baldi (Moe) ..................... (1) 41 H. Neocleous (Traralgon) .... (4) 35 B. White (Traralgon) ............ (2) 34 J. Ziino (Sale) ...................... (3) 32 J. Wykes (Bairnsdale) ......... (0) 30 O. Henry (Maffra) ................ (1) 27 C. Mein (Bairnsdale) ........... (0) 26 B. Cheetham (Traralgon) ..... (2) 26 T. Baldi (Moe)...................... (2) 22

Leongatha goals: C. Johnston 7, J. Pellicano 4, N. Argento 3, M. Borschman 2, G. Fleming 2, B. Fitzgerald 2, T. Olden 2, T. Pellicano 1, J. Harry 1. Morwell goals: Nil. Leongatha best: C. Johnston, T. Olden, B. Fitzgerald, J. Harry, J. Mackie, N. Argento. Morwell best: J. MacFarlane, M. Sloyan, S. Winters, N. Scurrah, J. Fossati, H. Maximiw.

UNDER 16 Leongatha 11.12.78 Morwell 4.1.25 Leongatha goals: B. Hastings 6, T. Sheedy 1, M. McKay 1, B. Perry 1, L. O’Neill 1, D. Garnham 1. Morwell goals: M. Pollutro 1, N. Williams 1, K. Hearn 1, H. Law 1. Leongatha best: B. Hastings, B. Motton, W. Littlejohn, J. Lamers, J. Hill, M. McGannon. Morwell best: J. Solomon, H. Law, L. Dal Pra, K. Hearn, E. Wightman, N. Williams.

The Morwell boys ran fast and booted the first two goals, immediately putting Leongatha on the back foot. The Morwell ground was in good condition, the temperature was cold and some showers fell throughout the match. Leongatha hit back though, the backline tightened and the midfield started to get the ball out with Maskell and Hillberg adding early goals. Defying its lowly position on the ladder, Morwell wasn’t intimidated as it matched it with the Parrots in the opening quarter, both sides scoring 3.4 apiece. But after quarter time the Tigers were only able to score three goals for the remaining three quarters as Leongatha added 11 goals to run out comfortable 56 point victors.

In term two the Parrots, led well by defenders Sean Westaway, Aaron Coyle and Joel Sinclair were able to keep Morwell scoreless while adding two goals itself. These defenders continued their dominance in the second half. But the standout for the Parrots were Shem Hawking and Tom Marriott. Hawking played a blinder on the wing and even snuck forward for two goals. Marriott is a key in the middle; if he’s on fire the rest of the team is on fire. The third quarter saw Leongatha’s best for the match as it piled on 7.3 to Morwell’s 1.2 to blow the game apart. Shem Hawking on the wing was having a big influence as was Tom Marriott in the middle with Zac Vernon having a commanding game.

Up forward Cade Maskell, three goals, Aaron Hillberg, three goals, Josh Hopkins two goals and Chris Dunne, two goals, were able to finish off the good work. At the last change Leongatha led 12.11 to Morwell’s 4.6. Luke Bowman was having a good game in the midfield and consistently gained possessions while Zac Vernon too had a good game. Vernon’s two big tackles in the last quarter had two Morwell players getting up very gingerly. The last quarter was again an even contest as Morwell fought the game out to the finish despite a few injuries, both sides scoring two goals apiece. It certainly wasn’t Leongatha’s best outing but it keeps the club’s unbeaten run intact.

The only injury concern would be Hayden Browne who came off the ground and was rested on the bench. The club believes the injury isn’t serious enough to miss games but will assess this week. The finals are fast approaching with Leongatha set to fine tune its game as it faces fourth placed Drouin at Leongatha. Leongatha will field all four football teams in finals with three of the four likely to gain the “second chance” and the week off; a magnificent achievement for the club. This Saturday is a great opportunity to see how Leongatha is going as it meets a finals aspirant in the Hawks. It is also the last home game for the club and a good chance for the public to see and support Leongatha in action before finals begin on September 3.

• Maffra v Wonthaggi

Power...oh so close Parrots Under 12s in grand final

WONTHAGGI came ever so close to pulling off a fantastic win at Maffra on Saturday, going down to the second placed Eagles by just 10 points. After a disappointing opening term Power slowly closed the gap and with a

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Warragul 7.15.57 d Traralgon 7.12.54 Sale 10.15.75 d Drouin 7.6.48 Moe 9.14.68 d Bairnsdale 3.10.28 RESERVES Traralgon 14.17.101 d Warragul 1.1.7 Drouin 14.16.100 d Sale 2.2.14 UNDER 18 Traralgon 21.13.139 d Warragul 0.0.0 Drouin 6.9.45 d Sale 5.2.32 Moe 9.5.59 d Bairnsdale 7.9.51 UNDER 16 Traralgon 23.17.155 d Warragul 2.2.14 Sale 12.10.82 d Drouin 4.7.31 Moe 12.10.82 d Bairnsdale 1.5.11

top third quarter trailed by just three points going into the last term. However Maffra just held on. Troy Harley booted two for the Power while the ever-reliable Jack Blair was best for the side along with Ben Eddy. The win would have virtually guaranteed a final’s spot for Wonthaggi but now they’ll have to fight for fifth position in the exciting climax to the season. The scenario for the fi-

SENIORS Maffra 9.12.66 Wonthaggi Power 8.8.56 Maffra goals: W. Gieschen 2, D. O’Brien 1, M. Bennett 1, J. Huts 1, T. Jolly 1, A. Petrou 1, D. Adams 1, D. Bedggood 1. Wonthaggi Power goals: T. Harley 2, J. Blair 1, A. Lindsay 1, T. Motlop 1, M. Kelly 1, S. Bates 1, B. Eddy 1. Maffra best: D. Butcher, D. Bedggood, K. Porter, J. Huts, S. Pleming, D. Adams. Wonthaggi Power best: J. Blair, B. Eddy, C. Gilmour, S. Bray, M. McCall, A. Lindsay.

RESERVES Maffra 16.8.104 Wonthaggi Power 5.4.34 Maffra goals: H. Nettleton 4, M. Allman 3, A. Ward 3, A. Burgiel 2, B. Rimington 1, J. Whelan 1, M. Dignan 1, R. Auld 1.

nal round sees Wonthaggi at home having to have a minimum 10 goal win over Bairnsdale to lift its percentage over Sale. Sale will most likely beat Moe at Sale. The Power will then have to hope Warragul at home gets defeated by Maffra which is the most likely outcome although Warragul did pull off an upset over Traralgon on Saturday. So any of Sale, Warragul or Wonthaggi could grab fifth spot on Saturday.

Wonthaggi Power goals: R. Tack 2, S. Pugh 1, E. Richards 1, T. Wells 1. Maffra best: K. Killoran, H. Nettleton, B. Rimington, A. Ward, R. Auld, B. Brunt. Wonthaggi Power best: E. Richards, L. Jones, Z. MacDermid, M. Ware, A. Pugh, J. Rocotas.

UNDER 16 Maffra 19.17.131 Wonthaggi Power 0.1.1 Maffra goals: J. Driffield 4, I. Mosquito 3, J. Allman 3, J. Edey 2, B. Peel 1, O. Henry 1, A. Smyth 1, B. Kearns 1, J. Ross 1, J. Lambourn 1, R. Fulton 1. Wonthaggi Power goals: Nil. Maffra best: J. Allman, I. Mosquito, J. Driffield, B. Kearns, A. Smyth, S. Shephard. Wonthaggi Power best: L. Ion, L. Burns, K. Brann, F. Anderson, J. Schulz, C. Batista.

LEONGATHA and Mirboo North junior football clubs had a combined six teams play in Sunday’s preliminary finals of the Central Gippsland Junior Football League. However only one of these teams, Leongatha Green in the Under 12’s has made it through to the grand final. Get along and support the local Parrots as they play Trafalgar at 10.45am at the Ted Sommerton Reserve in Moe this Sunday, August 28. In the Under 10’s it will be Hill End and Grove Rovers meeting Yinnar to fight out the premiership after Leongatha Green was defeated by Hill End and Grove Rovers. In the Under 14’s Trafalgar is up against Morwell Navy. Leongatha Gold succumbed to Morwell Navy by around

eight goals. While Mirboo North lost to Trafalgar by 21 points.

PRELIMINARY FINALS UNDER 10 Hill End & Rovers 1.0.6 Leongatha Green 0.1.1 Hill End & Grove Rovers goals: M. Hasthorpe 1. Best: M. Hasthorpe, W. Robinson, K. Mulley, M. Rolfe, J. Morgan, J. Garratt. Leongatha Green goals: Nil. Best: M. O’Carroll, R. Thomas, C. Richards, B. McRae, Z. Lamers, F. Dunn.

Yinnar 6.5.41 Mirboo North 0.1.1 Yinnar: H. Little 2, J. Dwyer 1, O. McColl 1, H. McCulloch 1, L. Cheffers 1. Best: F. Schill, H. Little, L. Cheffers, O. McColl, J. Dwyer, C. Thorburn. Mirboo North goals: N. Tobin 1, D. Tobin 1. Mirboo North goals: Nil. Best: J. Chila, S. Bradley, I. Hose, D. McQualter, J. Burnham, M. Woodall.

UNDER 12 Leongatha Green 7.4.46 Leongatha Gold 3.3.21 Leongatha Green goals: J. Burns 3, R. Weaver 2, Z. Scholz 1, T. McRae 1. Best: J. Burns, T. Cumming, L. Marshman, D. Ward, L. Gill, L. VanderZalm. Leongatha Gold goals: J. Matheson 1, T. Burt 1, N. Beavis 1.

Mirboo North’s other side in the Under 10’s lost to Yinnar.

Best: X. Bolge, R. Checkley, M. Harry, C. Stanley, N. Beavis, B. Bell (Smith).

UNDER 14 Morwell Navy 9.7.61 Leongatha Gold 1.3.9 Morwell Navy goals: J. Monacella 4, P. Carte 1, Z. Casey, N. Styles 1, B. Williams 1, N. Noblett 1. Best: P. Carte, G. Long, N. Styles, J. Monacella, B. Gillespie, L. Thorp. Leongatha Gold goals: J. Wrigley 1. Best: A. Battersby, J. Friend, D. Hanily, C. Michael , A. Ritchie, J. Wrigley.

Trafalgar 3.11.29 Mirboo North 1.2.8 Trafalgar goals: B. Humphrey 2, D. Gauci 1. Best: A. Connolly, S. Amarant, C. Burgess, J. Hart, J. McGrath, A. Templeton Mirboo North goals: T. Eden 1. Best: J. Carnes, T. Eden, A. Hetherington-Vale, B. Watson, J. BessellBrowne, L. Jowett.

GRAND FINALS Sunday, August 28 At Ted Sommerton Reserve Vale Street, Moe Under 10: Hill End & Grove Rovers v Yinnar at 9.30am. Under 12: Leongatha Green v Trafalgar at 10.45am. Under 14: Trafalgar v Morwell Navy at 12 noon. Under 18 Girls Exhibition Match at 1.30pm.

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Meeniyan grand final ready By Stuart Biggins EXPECT this year’s Alberton Football Netball League Grand Final venue to have the welcome mat out on Saturday, September 3. Meeniyan Dumbalk United FNC officials are delighted to be hosting the league’s ultimate event for the third year in row. While the league had designated Foster as the town to host the 2016 grand final, concerns arose given the chance Foster itself will be on the ground on grand final day and in line with the league‘s policy of allowing neither finalist a home ground advantage, the decision was reviewed. The official position was if one of the grand finalists is the host club, another club is given seven days notice. That might have worked in the past when the amount of food and beverages ordered and the number of outlets provided, the size of the army of volunteers required, the amount of parking needed and everything else that goes towards mounting a successful ‘show day’ was left to chance. Once upon a time too, a last minute run over with the mower might have sufficed; not anymore. Today, on such a special day out, people expect to find the ante has been upped and as the host club for the past two grand finals that is exactly what MDU sets out to provide. The grand final is a fortnight away but MDU’s curators, Wayne Cook and Darryl Sinclair, have been working overtime to ensure that the ground itself is in the best possible condition. Wayne Cook said, “The ground is shaping up well. There was a wet patch but we have dried that up and we have been lucky with a couple of weeks On your marks: Inverloch-Kongwak have looked like rising above the pack for most of of finer weather. the season; Louis Rankin takes a strong chest mark as the club continues its quest to leave “The ground should be in every bit as a good Alberton Football Netball League with one last premiership. Photo by Mark Drury. shape as it was last year.”

Mark Lafferty, who everyone knows has coached the Seniors for the last four years, is also the clubman – a qualified grass curator – who cuts the grass. What people don’t know is that in the lead up to the grand final Mr Lafferty will have cut the grass every day for four weeks so the surface will be criss-cross picture perfect for that one day in September. As well, on the day the boundary lines, goal squares, centre circle, 50 metre arcs and Senior finalists’ logos painted on the ground will all be his work. That is the kind of effort that makes MDU a great club and why grand final day will be another Alberton success story. Last year MDU was responsible for provision of both food and beverages and the volunteer roster was over 150 strong. With no bar staff required this year (KilcundaBass FNC is rostered in charge of beer) between 70 and 80 volunteers are required to assist with two hour stints to keep the masses well fed. Under the direction of the club president Andrew Mackie everything is under control but it is still one hundred and one odd jobs to bring it all together. Kind of like having guests for dinner and a long tick list to have all in place when the door bell rings. In this case the gates open at 7am but people will have been parked out since Friday afternoon or arrived as early as 4am to ensure a prime boundary viewing spot. Cars entering the ground are inspected by security provided for the league for alcohol and if you pass muster there, entry is $12 dollars per adult which must be one of the best priced days out anywhere. The police will make their presence visible at the ground in case of any rogue elements.

Girls get the taste

DALYSTON Youth Girls team has again stamped its authority on the competition with a grand final win 3.11.29 over Phillip Island 3.1.19

Coach Ella Angarane described the win as a real team effort. This is the Dalyston Youth Girls team’s second year in the competition. Traralgon won the flag but Dalyston has the taste of the sweet victory this year. Ms Angarane said, “We should have sealed it much sooner; we missed a lot of opportunities to score.” It was late in the game when Chelsea Wilson kicked the goal that sealed Dalyston’s win.

Sweet victory: the Dalyston Youth Girls team know how sweet it is to come out on top as they celebrate their 10 point win over Phillip Island

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