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Top class education grows LEONGATHA Children’s Centre is one of the key education providers in the local region where learning is a whole lot of fun. Some 90 children from newborn through to five years of age are expertly cared for five days a week by the professional staff who work hard to make sure the children are challenged by an inspiring range of programs including the popular Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden project. Like many youngsters around the country from left, Noah Wynne, Eve Hanson (back), Eden Roberts, Cindy Williams and Indie Roberts from the children’s centre are rolling up their sleeves and learning to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, organic, seasonal food. They are looking forward to the arrival of spring and when their kitchen garden will become a focus of more and more activity. The Star features an excellent range of education providers in a special feature inside. See pages 17 - 29.


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FED up with the current Bass Coast Shire council, more than 100 people have voted unanimously to form the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association.

An initiative of Inverloch’s Kevin Griffin, the meeting on Saturday went beyond all expectations. Mr Griffin was overwhelmed by the attendance at the meeting held in Wonthaggi and said the group will aim to raise the standard of accountability, transparency, community consultation and fiscal discipline at Bass Coast Shire Council. “Any new group must lead by example, I am looking for something that has structure and discipline behind it,� he said. “We need a community group that will hold council’s feet to the fire at all times.� Continued on page 16.


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State and Federal governments urged to help Coal Creek…


By Brad Lester

MORE government funding and interactive attractions would inject new life into Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra and boost visitor numbers to reduce the tourist attraction’s drain on South Gippsland ratepayers. South Gippsland Shire Council will spend $656,422 on the park this financial year, including $67,000 on replacing the atrium at the information centre located within the park entrance. Council’s adopted 2016/17 budget for Coal Creek Community Park and Museum is $271,596 in revenue and $656,422 in expenditure, resulting in a net cost of $384,826. Revenue is derived from the Education program, Sales, Grants and Donations. Expenditure consists of operational, maintenance and capital expenditure. Friends of Coal Creek president Syd Whyte has called on State and Federal governments to invest more in the village and in turn create spinoffs to the region’s tourism sector. “They are going to pour millions into the Long Jetty…They would be better off putting $2 million into Coal Creek because it involves a lot more people in the district and brings more people,” he said. “There is room for improvement (at Coal Creek). The State and Federal governments could give some more funds to make it happen.” However council has advised The Star it does not have any current projects to provide new attractions at Coal Creek, however if this became

a priority, Council would investigate Grant funded opportunities. Mr Whyte’s comments come as council officers finalise an end of financial year report about Coal Creek to be presented to council to decide the next step in the future of the community park and museum that replicates a nineteenth century coal mining village. He urged council to take a leaf out of the book of Ballarat’s famed Sovereign Hill heritage park and “activate” the park with interactive attractions. Mr Whyte suggested reopening the coal mine and timber mill, returning horse and cart rides, and even an attraction linked to the region’s dairy history. “If they can open the other mine at Wonthaggi, surely they can open the one here,” he said. Mr Whyte also believes council should do away with free entry to the park or make a stronger push for gold coin donations from the public to lift the park’s income. Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said Coal Creek was an icon of South Gippsland. “I’m very conscious the shire has had challenges over the years with its ongoing funding. If a clear plan to improve the facilities and attractions was put forward to help make Coal Creek more sustainable in the long-run and it needed capital funding from the State Government, then I’d be happy to lobby for the necessary funds,” he said. A spokesman for Victorian Regional Development Jaala Pulford said the State Government would discuss any formal funding applications from the friends group. McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said

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improvements to Coal Creek would be a welcome addition in the local community. “The first round of the Building Better Regions Fund – which will focus on projects in regional, rural and remote areas – will open towards the end of 2016. The fund replaces the National Stronger Regions Fund,” he said. “Organisations seeking funding will lodge written submissions to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.”

Council eyes Coal Creek review

Savings included leasing the Pig and Whistle Hotel (saving $40,000 a year), improving the education program (saving $10,000 a year) and reducing administration costs (saving up to $15,000 a year). Income was mooted to be increased via visitors hiring tour guide

tablets (up to $10,000 a year) and increasing revenue from the General Store (no estimate given by council). The August 2015 report opposed re-introducing an entrance fee as “this would be contrary to local community expectation and require a number of changes to signage and advertising campaigns. Changes to the park operations will provide greater encouragement for gold coin donation.” The same report said council had invested approximately $499,000pa on average over the last four years, which has been estimated to benefit the economy to the tune of $1.4 million through more visitors.

The Star asked council’s director of development services Bryan Sword for an update about the success of those initiatives. He said that information could be revealed at the

August council meeting, when council receives an updated report. Council has been urged in the past to consider opening a school camp at the park, but this proposal has not ad-

vanced. Friends of Coal Creek president Syd Whyte welcomed the tablet tour guide initiative as a way of giving visitors more. He called for coun-

cil to consider engaging Work for the Dole participants or people on community based orders to undertake maintenance at the park, to lessen volunteers’ workloads.

Ten occupants crammed into car POLICE are pursuing a Cranbourne teenager after he evaded officers at Jeetho early on Sunday morning. The 17 year old boy was driving a station wagon with 10 people on board. The vehicle had seating for five occupants. Police intercepted the vehicle on the South Gippsland Highway with two people in the front, four in the middle and four in the rear compartment. The boy pulled over when intercepted by police but abandoned his mates, with whom he had been drinking at a party.

He ran away into bushes and despite a search, police were unable to find him. Korumburra Police know the boy’s identity and will be in contact with him. Police on night shift had been told to watch for the vehicle after it evaded police earlier in the day in Richard Street, Korumburra. Passengers in the car not wearing seatbelts were each fined $311. All occupants were from the Cranbourne area and aged in their late teens to early twenties. The car was impounded due to be overloaded.

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SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has not considered a formal report about Coal Creek since August 2015 when it voted to undertake a raft of changes that were to save $250,000 over three years.

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Art forms from nature

ARTIST Chris Robson is taking her artwork to new dimensions inside her Koonwarra studio.

touched it in years and wanted to get into it again and try something different,” she said. “I trained in clothing design and production at The skilled embroiderer started her craft in 2003 Canberra Institute of Technology before working when she moved to South Gippsland from Canberra for a clothing manufacturer and opening my open screen printing business so I knew bits and pieces five years prior. “I had always enjoyed sewing but I had not but I was looking to challenge myself.” Ms Robson drew from her surroundings on the

Great Southern Rail Trail and started producing detailed bird and native fauna illustrations on her sewing machine. “I have always had an interest in birds and life in the garden from the very beginning of my work,” Ms Robson said. “Living where I do is great for my work because I am always coming across beautiful inspiration and

ideas in nature.” Always looking to push herself in her craft, the former teacher recently started turning her works into three dimensional vessels. “I took part in a workshop with an artist who created vessels and I adapted it to my works and changed my approach,” Ms Robson said. “I hand dye a lot of my fabrics and I enjoy playing with colour which I find pretty instinctive.” Ms Robson first quilts her hand dyed fabric onto thick felt before machine embroidering images of native wildlife and flowers onto the panels. She often appliqués the animals to make them appear three dimensional, popping out of the panels. From there Ms Robson stitches the panels together to form vessels in various shapes resembling vases and pots. “It is a very tactile activity and I enjoy working with my hands. It is really intense work and I can spend long hours on each piece. Often it takes a couple of months to complete a vessel,” she said. “I have based my recent vessels on ceramics so I have used a sheer organza to make it shine like a ceramic pot.” Ms Robson is currently completing her first six sided vessel which she hopes to enter in an art exhibition in Castlemaine.

Home studio: Chris Robson produces extraordinary embroidered vessels in her studio in Koonwarra.

South Gippsland Shire briefs Council takes over THE Sandy Point public amenity facility will cost around $150,000 to $180,000 to replace, a cost the Sandy Point foreshore committee of management is unable to afford. If the facility is to be replaced, it would have to be funded by the council. The council currently spends $1000 to $3000 per year maintaining the facility. Council has therefore resolved to negotiate with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the foreshore committee for it to become the committee of management for the section of Sandy Point foreshore that comprises the public amenities facility, including the barbecues and picnic tables. The project to replace the amenities block will go out to tender in the next fortnight, and is expected to be completed in time for summer.

Corrections welcomed PLANNING scheme amendment C100 proposes to correct around 60 zone and overlay mapping anomalies in the South Gippsland Planning Scheme. The South Gippsland Shire Council has resolved to prepare the amendment for formal exhibition. Following the completion of the formal exhibition time, the council will request the Minister for Planning to

consider and submissions to amendment C100 that cannot be resolved be negotiated between the council and submitters.

Blair praised COUNCILLOR Lorraine Brunt praised the work of the late Blair Donaldson, who was an active member of the council’s disabled advisory committee. Cr Brunt said on behalf on council, she would like to acknowledge the contribution Mr Donaldson made to the community, for the betterment of people with a disability.

Audit policy passed THE South Gippsland Shire Council has adopted a revised audit policy which determines how council approaches review and audit processes. Several minor edits were made to the policy, which was originally adopted in June 2013. The policy will be reviewed again in July 2019, or earlier, depending on proposed changes to the Local Government Act 1989.

Transport stays THE Community Transport Policy provides frame-

work and guidelines for the provision of the South Gippsland Shire Council’s community transport service. The policy has been reviewed and revised and was adopted by council at last Wednesday’s meeting. The revised policy does not require an increase or change to the council budget. The service will be reviewed again before the cessation of the existing agreement in 2019.

Cenotaph saved THE South Gippsland Shire Council will fund the Poowong Community Consultative Committee’s project to restore the Poowong cenotaph. Council will provide $11,000 for the project and apply for a $20,000 grant through the restoring community war memorials and avenues of honour grants program. The community will provide $5000 towards the project. Councillor Lorraine Brunt said the cenotaph needs to be moved to address safety issues caused by its current location. “We need to move it to where is can stand tall and proud and honour those who didn’t come home for the next 100 years,” she said. “The community is over half way there raising its contribution to the project. It is doable.”

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Festival saved by falling fees the hall for a full week, but it is only open to the public for two days.” Mr Grainger said to get 342 visitors through the doors in two days was not feasible. “The art show is not really viable, but it provides an opportunity for weekend artists to display their work. We do get some funds, but are returned to the community,” he said.

A new schedule of fees and charges for private functions has also been adopted by the South Gippsland Shire Council at last Wednesday’s meeting, while commercial booking rates have not changed. President of the Leongatha Horticultural Society Sue Thompson said the Daffodil Festival was looking for an alternative venue in 2017, due to the high cost of hiring the Memorial Hall. She said following lengthy talks with the council it is great to see something has been done about the issue. “It is a community hall and so it should be used by the community,” she said. “We always run the show to cover costs, we don’t charge for the bus or the gardens, entry is free for children and we keep entry fees as reasonable as we can as well.” The Daffodil Festival is one of the town’s longest running annual events, this year celebrating its 60th year. It has been held in the Memorial Hall for the past 30 years at least. “The hall is a wonderful space, it really shows up the flowers. To hold the festival in the main hall in the centre of town is important to us,” Ms Thompson said. Bruce Grainger from the Rotary Club of Leongatha said while the club supports the reduction in fees for hire of the hall, the cost is still Pleased: Leongatha Horticultural Society president Sue Thompson, right, and Daffodil Fesprohibitive. He called on the council to increase the dis- tival committee member Margaret Fox are thrilled the festival will continue on in Memorial Hall, after the South Gippsland Shire Council agreed to reduce fees for community groups. count to 80 percent.

Councillors-it’s time to move on By Sarah Vella TENSIONS are still high within the South Gippsland Shire Council chamber, following allegations of bullying and misconduct by councillors. In June, a panel hearing found councillor Jim Fawcett was in breach of the councillor code of conduct, for one of five allegations brought against him by Cr Don Hill. Cr Hill has since referred the matters which earlier went against him to VCAT, which will be heard on August 18 and 19. The panel hearing report was noted unanimously at last Wednesday’s council meeting, but not before more back and forth between those involved. “Four of the allegations relating to my behaviour have been dismissed. I could have appealed the matter, but I have not,” Cr Fawcett said. The allegation Cr Fawcett did not “support Cr Jeanette Harding in respect to matters affecting her ward with the intent to...change her vote” was substantiated by the panel. Cr Fawcett released a public statement apolo-


Councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said every community needs a hall where it can hold meetings and events. “Not for profit community groups need some relief so they can go on using the hall,” he said.


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gising to Cr Harding, who has also publically expressed her views on the matter. “I am sorry it has come to this. Jim and I lost our cool, we were both to blame,” she said. Cr Harding said both she and Cr Fawcett now aimed to “get on with the job”. Not quite ready to let it go, Cr Andrew McEwen joined in the discussion and said a council should be functional and respectful. “We need independent councillors who don’t resort to abuse, you can differ in views and do it in a respectful manner,” he said. “Council needs to be more open and more transparent. We have to start to work together for the betterment of our community, which is supposed to be our fundamental role.” Cr Hill said the report provided by the panel hearing should not be kept confidential and when the VCAT appeal is complete, he would like to see the full report tabled at council. “We need nine independent councillors who don’t just speak, but do. Everyone in this chamber needs to be accountable for their voting patterns,” he said. Cr Mohya Davies said much of the disunity within the council was caused by motions put forward by councillors Hill and McEwen.

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HIRE charges for the use of Leongatha’s Memorial Hall will be reduced by up to 51 percent for non-commercial community groups, possibly saving the Daffodil Festival.

The Rotary club primarily hires the hall for its annual art show, however this year will be using Mesley Hall which is free to hire. “The problem we face, even with the reduced fees is that we are forced to hire the hall for a week, which costs $1710,” Mr Grainger said. “To recover that cost, we require 342 full fee paying visitors. For the art show, we need


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Rift flares over town funding

By Sarah Vella

A NOTICE of motion claimed Leongatha, Korumburra and Foster received more than their fair share of capital works funding over the next 15 years, while smaller towns missed out. A claim of disquiet in the community led to a rift in opinions in the South Gippsland Shire council chamber last Wednesday, as the motion regarding community budgeting was brought forward. Submitted to the meeting by councillors Don Hill, Kieran Kennedy, Jeanette Harding and Andrew McEwen, the motion was fiercely debated before being voted down. Cr Hill said spending on new capital works across the shire was not based on an equitable model and 24 South Gippsland towns were underfunded. He said the council needs to look at how future funding is distributed to ensure money goes to areas currently underfunded, or not funded at all. The motion stated “Foster, Korumburra and Leongatha account for some 31 per cent of rates collected, but receive 94 per cent of currently allocated discretionary capital works over the long term capital expenditure”.

Cr Hill said the motion was “calling for a report” for the new council and did not affect the current budget. Cr Moyha Davies blamed the notice of motion for creating disquiet in the community. “As councillors we are supposed to be leaders not agents of creating division between towns, we should not be doing that,” she said. “This notice of motion misrepresents the truth and has created a lot of concern. The numbers are being manipulated and disjointed. “I could just say it was rubbish. That is what I would like to say.” Cr Davies said the council works hard to provide funding for all of South Gippsland’s communities and was outraged misinformation had been made public. Cr Harding supported the motion, as she believed the council has a responsibility to support its small towns. “I am quite surprised there has been such a strong push against the motion. It was wise of the two councillors to bring it up,” she said. “I would like the new council to be aware we don’t just support the big towns.” Cr Jim Fawcett said if a small town requires a facility, it would be built regardless of the population or rates revenue from that town and branded the motion “codswallop”.

“Do not be seduced by the figures in this report. I find the figures upsetting,” he said. Cr Fawcett said the intention of the motion was to “create envy” and that it achieved very little. Cr Lorraine Brunt said the motion misrepresented the facts and formed a shallow and narrow report. “It was meant to cause angst, to upset people,” she said. Cr McEwen said the motion simply suggested a

report goes to the next council dealing with equity. “The most common comment that comes back to me in small towns is that they are the rear-end of the shire, they don’t get much,” he said. “What we are saying is that in the next 15 years, around 20 towns and districts get nothing.” Cr McEwen said the aim of the motion was to address the “significant disquiet”, not create it. “It had nothing to do with envy, it was about equity,” he said.

Community speaks up AT LAST Wednesday’s community presentation session, two community members spoke for the motion put forward by Don Hill, Kieran Kennedy, Jeanette Harding and Andrew McEwen. The motion called for the council to prepare a report for the new council on the “potential benefits, costs and design of a new small town discretional capex community budgeting program”. Matt Sherry from Port Franklin and Teven

Reinisch from Hallston were concerned about the figures presented in the motion. Mr Reinisch said the figures represented a funding bias by council. “Without this motion, I would have been unaware. I shouldn’t need to be unaware. This is the sort of thing I like my elected councillors to deal with on my behalf,” he said. “The council needs to represent everyone and deal with the inequity this motion is trying to address.” Mr Sherry also felt the apparent disparity needed to be investigated by council.

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Mayor’s message Cr Robert Newton

I RECENTLY attended the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) information session for prospective councillors.


One of the things that was emphasised was that an individual councillor has no power – it is only by working with his or her colleagues that things get done. 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 and to move on. Disappointingly, within this council it seems that for some bitterness reigns and accepting a majority decision in good grace is passed over in favour of misinforming and wilfully distorting facts to garner community support. One of the issues being heavily misreported at the moment is Council’s Municipal Precinct proposal. If the project does come to fruition – and I say ‘if’ – it will not be fully funded by $32 million of ratepayers’ dollars as is being reported. As taken directly from this year’s publicly available council budget, the total cost of the proposed Municipal Precinct, which would include a new library and community centre, is $24.72 million. Council has modelled borrowing $13.6 million in 2023/24 to provide a funding source for the project, with the remainder to come from government grants and Council’s General Reserve. It has been modelled to draw down two portions from the General Reserve: $2.5 million and $3.0 million in 2023/24 and 2025/26 respectively. This last point is most important – that’s a total of $5.5 million (certainly not $32 million) almost a decade from now. The decision to plan for a Municipal Precinct was not taken lightly. It was made following an extensive, unbiased community consultation process with key stakeholders. Sir Rupert Hamer opened the current Council building in Smith Street in 1973 – 20 years prior to Council amalgamations and two generations ago. The

role of local governments has changed markedly in that time, as have community expectations regarding access to services and facilities. Sometimes the role of a council is to imagine a future and to plan for it: that’s what our forefathers did with the current building, but it is time for us to again have the foresight to provide this community with the facilities it deserves. There seems to be some confusion within the community who have received rates increases in excess of the 2.5% they were expecting. The 2.5% rates cap applies to the total rate revenue collected and does not apply evenly to individual rates notices. Some ratepayers will pay less than the 2.5% cap and others will pay significantly more, but the overall rates collected by Council won’t exceed the rates cap of 2.5%. To add to the confusion, this year was a property revaluation year and rates paid will depend on the valuation compared with other properties within the municipality. Revaluation doesn’t impact on the total amount of rates collected by Council. It does help us work out everyone’s share of rates, which is based on a property’s capital value. The aim of the general revaluation is not to provide values for property owners to use for marketing, sales or any other purposes. The general revaluation helps us set and allocate rates. We are required to do this every two years, by law. A change in your property’s capital value as part of the general revaluation does not automatically mean your rates will increase or decrease. Of the 19,384 rates notices issued by Council, 7,137 (36.82%) had a rates decrease, 3,466 (17.88%) had an increase between zero and 2.5%, and 8,781 (45.30%) had an increase over 2.5%. Many of you would have received your rates notice by now. Our rates team is on hand to answer any questions you may have, including information about payment plans and the Hardship Policy.

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Surf tower under siege HIGH TIDES and big swells at the Inverloch surf beach are again posing a threat to the surf life saving patrol tower, precariously teetering on the edge of the dunes. Inverloch’s Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) is concerned for the future of its patrollers’ tower threatened by high tides and continued erosion of the dune system. Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club secretary Chris Malan said, “The the club is very concerned about the ongoing viability of the tower that is being threatened by continued erosion of the dune system.� As to what action can be taken, Mr Malan said, “The club is working with Bass Coast Shire and DELWP to determine both immediate and long term options. “The club is a volunteer emergency service which relies entirely on generous public donations, grants and government funding. Once we have determined the appropriate course of action we will look at every available avenue to assist with funding.� As to plans of relocating the tower, Mr Malan said, “No, not currently however we have not discounted any options to address the issue.� Mr Malan said, “Power and data services have been disconnected (at the tower) as they had become exposed over the last few days. The club is working with Bass Coast Shire and DELWP to determine if additional immediate actions are required.� Bass Coast Shire’s manager sustainable environment, Deirdre Griepsma, said, “We’ve had some significant weather events – some high tides, some high swells and some storm surges – which have caused erosion.� “This occurred around Sunday or Monday (July 30 and 31 ). We inspected a lot of the coastline knowing that we had some pretty significant weather events. Over the weekend, we had some high tides and high swells, which is the combination that causes severe erosion. “It’s a natural process. We live in a dynamic environment and we can’t hold back the tide. “The surf life saving club erected some sand bags around it, which has helped prevent further erosion around the base of the structure. “Obviously, it’s not a permanent solution. We’re working with the club and with DELWP to figure out

Tower watch: Bass Coast Shire manager sustainable environment, Deirdre Griepsma inspects the damage, with Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s patrol being threatened by high tides and big swells of late. a way forward and to assess public risk. At the moment, the structure is quite safe. It doesn’t pose a public risk. Council has had its municipal buildings surveyor come out and assess the structure.� Bass Coast Shire Council is inspecting the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Observation Tower and associated infrastructure as well as the beach access track daily after large tides and swells caused further erosion to the area. Council’s Municipal Building Surveyor and a structural engineer assessed the structure and surrounds on Monday afternoon, August 1 for public risk and safety, and will make a further assessment later in the week. Ms Griepsma said, “Any services to the tower have been secured as well. The club organised for those to be removed so they don’t pose a public risk.� “Where it is eroding, it also cuts out and forms these sand cliffs, which is why we have blocked the

track to the beach.� “The risk with this type of path – where there is some gravel surface – is that the erosion cuts in underneath and when you’re standing on it, you can’t see what is solid and what is not. “At this point in time, we’re asking the community and any visitors to assist us by staying away from the sand cliffs that have formed. “We’re assessing it on a day to day basis depending on the weather events that are occurring. Council is also seeking some funding under DELWP’s coastal risk program for the access track to have it reopened for the summer period.� “Repair may or may not be an option. It depends on the coastal processes. We know that this volume of sand that has been moved is not going to redeposit in a four month period. “There had been a previous structure that experienced erosion and was removed a number of

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New beginnings: Newhaven College principal Gea Lovell and students from left Charley Logan, Amaia Beaumont, Kobey Carlson and Tamika Poustie attended the opening of the award winning library last year and look forward to the new Senior School starting next term.

Newhaven College senior school set to start WORK on the new multi-million Newhaven College Senior School on Phillip Island is set to start in term four. Principal Gea Lovell said, “The College is almost at the tender stage for our new buildings which will be a new Senior School and a Science, Arts and Technology wing. The new Senior School will accommodate Years 10 to 12 students and Mrs Lovell said, “We hope to commence building in Term Four, for completion at the end of Term 3 in 2017. It is expected all our students will be at the Phillip Island Road site by the end of 2018. “These are exciting purpose designed buildings created by our new architects Hayball Architects.� The award winning Melbourne firm has designed for many schools in Melbourne including Caulfield, Ivanhoe, Yarra Valley, Carey Grammar, Camberwell Girls Grammar schools, a number of primary schools and for Monash University. Mrs Lovell said, “The new buildings will include state of the art facilities for all the specialist subjects, a lecture theatre, Year 12 common room, general classrooms with operable rooms, the latest technology, discussion areas and performance areas, break out spaces and quiet study nooks.

“The new school will have the look and feel of an adult learning facility, much more in line with age level of our senior students. There will also be a strong connection with the environment, and part of the plan incorporates an outdoor science facility.� Mrs Lovell said, “The school has a master landscape plan, and as part of this plan, another 1000 trees will be planted over the next few weeks.� Mrs Lovell is thrilled to be part of an award winning designed college for the region and said the latest Masters Builders Award won by local builder DAS Constructions is just recognition for the its great work . “This is now the third award DAS has received for buildings at our Phillip Island Road site: The Year 9 Environmental Centre, The Trades Skills Centre, and now the Library Administration Building. “It is definitely great for Newhaven College, but more so for our wider community. To have a builder and buildings of this calibre in our community is great for the Bass Coast Shire. “The team at DAS constructions was great to work with. They were flexible, understood our vision and were willing to offer suggestions and to make adjustments.


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years ago. When this current structure was built, it was built very differently than the previous one. It certainly wasn’t predicted to experience this level of erosion along the coastline. “The structure was designed to be portable. It can actually be craned out of there. “Council has had discussion with the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning (DELWP), and is in contact with the (Inverloch) surf lifesaving club to determine the future of the tower.� The public access track to this area beside the life saving club building has been closed to the public until works can be undertaken to make this safe. “We are expecting more severe weather in the next few days, including high tides and swells, which will continue to erode the area around the tower, coast line, and access track,� Ms Griepsma said. “We have a dynamic coast line that is constantly changing. We live in Bass Coast because we love the environment; however, it also presents us with ongoing challenges and we can’t hold back the tide. “When consent was given by DELWP and Council for the observation tower to be placed in its location in October 2014, this extent of erosion was not foreseen.� The tower was designed to be removable, was craned in and bolted onto concrete pylons, meaning if required, the structure can be removed in the same manner. The club has removed and made safe the infrastructure services connected to the tower, being power and telecommunications. Council’s immediate priority is public safety, however, the track it will remain closed until the works can be done to make it safe.

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Eisteddfod overwhelmed by entries THE annual Great Southern Star Eisteddfod showcasing more than 800 performers and almost 200 dancers reached capacity within a week of registration. The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod will run from Thursday, August 11 until Sunday, August 15 at Mesley Hall, Leongatha. Classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary jazz, tap, character, neo classical, and song and dance styles will compete for scholarships to the country’s leading dance workshops. Summer school prizes sponsored by Bendigo Bank include tuition at the Australian School of Ballet, Dance World

Studios, MacDonald College, Ministry of Dance, and the National Theatre Ballet School and Dance Factory. Nella Mitchelson, eisteddfod committee president, said there was such an overwhelming number of entries this year they could not be fit into a three day program. The eisteddfod has been extended to fill an extra evening of competition with the Classical Champions on Stage on Thursday, August 11. The championship plus the other three days competition adjudication will be led by Tahlia Horsburgh, head of junior school at the Ballarat Academy of Classical Ballet. Eisteddfod vice presdient Kerry Zuidema said the huge number of entries

included not just new names and schools but many entries from Melbourne. Those wishing to attend the competition can do so in Leongatha’s Mesley Hall where they will benefit from Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s comfortable new tiered seating. Session, day and weekend passes are available and hot and cold food will be available from an operating deli. “We have dancers from the age of four up to 20 years competing this year,” Ms Mitchelson said. Ms Mitchelson expects the standard of competition to be fantastic and said the event benefits the whole community. “It draws people to businesses and accommodation in Leongatha,” she said.

Talent hits: like the Junior classical ballet entries the eisteddfod guarantees the audience colour, movement and creativity with high standard performances across categories. This was typified by last 2015’s Rising Star Award place getters, from left, Missy Krillic, Katie Roberts, Abbey Van Rossum, adjudicator Kellie FishwickRoscoe, Blayke Sheean and Morgan Mitchelson.

Franklin fix up: South Gippsland Shire staff was hard at it earlier this year at the Franklin River Reserve working on drainage improvements.

Campers stay, with conditions By Sarah Vella THE South Gippsland Shire Council will continue to allow free camping at the Franklin River Reserve, even after costs ballooned during the peak season. An additional $31,000 was spent on the site in 2015/16 compared to the previous year, due to a marked increase in usage of the area. Most of the extra money was spent maintaining the existing toilet block and on the management of the reserve’s trees, which were damaged by compaction and firewood collection. Rachel Brown from the Toora Tourist Park is against free camping at the reserve, due to its impact on her business. Ms Brown said the existing caravan parks could handle the number of people using the free area, however acknowledged some campers would simply not pay for camping sites. “Why should ratepayers subsidise free campers to the tune of $50,000 per year? It may be free to users but it is not free for the ratepayers,” she said. “The free camping area at the Franklin River Reserve is a threat to my business.” While council will continue to allow free camping, it will no longer provide $180,000 in the budget to replace the amenities block.

Instead, it will focus spending on fencing, gates and bollards to limit access and define camping areas. It will also review the levels of services at the reserve in conjunction with a review of the council’s RV strategy and put up additional signage which mentions the local caravan parks. Councillor Mohya Davies said it was difficult to find the correct balance when deciding what to do with the reserve. “It was a fine line balancing what was appropriate (for the reserve), but I believe this might help resolve some of the issues,” she said. Cr Lorraine Brunt said the area had become a bit of a “free for all” and questioned the cost of it to ratepayers. She said restricting people to a 48 hour stay and not allowing campfires or solid fuel barbecues should reduce usage rates and in turn reduce damage to the reserve. “It has created a few problems, but I think what we have put forward will make it less attractive than it was,” she said. Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said there is a lack of tourism infrastructure in the shire and compared to other councils, has very few free camping spots. “I’d like to see more. We have got to have a broad range of offerings (for tourists) around the shire,” he said.

Meeniyan name changes TWO sections of Meeniyan’s McIlwaine Street could be renamed, to reduce confusion for the general public, transport and emergency services. Currently, the street is in three sections with different access points due to no through road access. Further public consultation will be called

for in order to rename two sections of the street, while the third section will remain McIlwaine Street. Some of the alternative names suggested include Hewett Street, Baldwin Street, Gumtree Rise, Rosella Lane and Tween Lane. Nugget Lane was also proposed, but was deemed inappropriate.

Spending standardised A REVIEW into the South Gippsland Shire Council councillor support and expenditure policy has been undertaken and was adopted at last Wednesday’s council meeting. The policy was last reviewed and adopted in March this year. In April, council resolved to review and update the policy to better clarify acceptable levels of resource use.

The revised policy contains a number of new inclusions. The councillors ‘tool kit’ has been rearranged to comply with mandatory requirements. The policy now includes the standard tool kit, along with additional resources to formalise levels of acceptable use. Councillors are required to seek approval from the mayor, the CEO and/or the council if their requirements are likely to exceed the standard tool kit.

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Lions rush to benefit Inverloch By Brad Lester

with autism, Australian and Victorian Lions foundations, and Lions Licola Wilderness Village. Inverloch Lions have replaced the roof on the club’s house at the Licola village and this month will return there to complete painting. The five Lions clubs in Zone 8 (Bass Valley, Inverloch, Phillip Island, San Remo and Wonthaggi Lions clubs) have also provided equipment to Bass Coast Health through the Lions Christmas Cake Allocation Fund. The fund accumulates funding from cake sales and the Zone 8 clubs made a joint submission along with Bass Coast Health Ladies Auxiliary to cover the remainder of cost of $11,146.50 for a proximate monitoring system. The hospital advised Lions this system was a priority as it enhanced staff’s ability to achieve their zero fall tolerance. The system monitors people at risk of falling or wandering, and gives staff the earliest warning of people trying to walk unsupervised.

INVERLOCH businesses will reap an economic bonanza from an influx of Lions to town in October. Up to $300,000 could be injected into town when Inverloch hosts some 220 visitors, all attending a district convention of the Lions service organisation. Inverloch and District Lions Club will host the annual event in conjunction with Lions clubs from Wonthaggi, San Remo and Bass Valley. Sixty-five clubs from the Melbourne suburb of Sandringham through to Mallacoota in Victoria’s far east are expected to attend. Inverloch past president Klaus Edel said some accommodation is already booked out in Inverloch, and he expects other accommodation providers, including house owners, to benefit. “We’re expecting up to three or four delegates per club so we’re expecting about 220 people,” he said. “Those 220 people should leave about $250,000 to $300,000 in the businesses in town, as some of them will come on Thursday and won’t leave until Tuesday or Wednesday to make the most of it.” The event from October 14 to 16 will be centred around the Inverloch Community Hub. The convention will kick off on Friday evening with a welcome barbecue and informal reception hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale. District Governor Anita Culpitt is a New Zealander and as such has arranged the performance of a haka by Maori dancers, along with a welcome to country and smoking ceremonies to be staged by an indigenous Australian. On Saturday it’s down to business with the Lions district annual meeting and other district matters, followed by a cabaret and three course meal that evening. Breakfast on Sunday will be at Paul the Pieman Bakery, then followed by speakers at the hub and a remembrance ceremony to acknowledge district Lions who have died. A decorated Lions Christmas cake competition will follow and then the Norman McLeod

Helping hands: Inverloch CFA captain Allan Williamson holds the brigade’s existing defibrillator with Inverloch Lions Club’s Klaus Edel. The Lions club will give the brigade $3000 to buy a second such life saving device. Parade of Cheques, in which all clubs will offer donations to fund holidays for children with disabilities at Lions’ Licola Wilderness Village. There, the children will enjoy outdoor activities and other fun for four days. “We’re hoping to aim for $32,500 this year and that will send nearly 30 kids up there,” Mr Edel said. A closing ceremony and a barbecue lunch, prepared by Leongatha Lions Club, will be enjoyed at the Anderson Inlet Angling Club. “This is the first time that Inverloch has hosted the Lions convention and it’s an honour to do so,” Mr Edel said. “To think of all the clubs that could host it, we have little Inverloch punching above their weight.”

First aid INVERLOCH and District Lions Club has the wellbeing of the community at heart. The club will soon present the Inverloch Country Fire Authority with the $3000 the brigade needs to buy a second defibrillator to help save lives. The CFA has one defibrillator on a tanker but needs a second heart reviving device for another vehicle. The Lions club has dispersed $20,000 throughout the community, with beneficiaries including Inverloch Historical Society and the Anglican Church in Wonthaggi to run community meals. The club has also given to an autism centre in Mansfield that is improving the lives of children

Council rejects ‘secrecy’ allegations FORMER Member of Parliament Alan Brown has accused Bass Coast Shire Council of unacceptable secrecy after being denied information about the number of senior officers – and their pay – council employs. Council CEO Paul Buckley said information about remuneration brackets for all senior staff was published in the financial statements of council’s annual report, with the 2015-16 report available to view in October 2016. Mr Buckley said the 2014-15 report was on council’s website. Last year, Mr Brown said he was provided with a list of senior council officers which showed the number of senior officers employed had risen from nine to 14 over the past three years, resulting in higher costs. Last year, their remuneration brackets ranged from $130,000 to more than $300,000 per annum,

he said. He said senior officers are rated as those in remuneration brackets exceeding $100,000 per year and Mr Brown said last year all 14 senior officers exceeded remuneration bracket levels of $140,000 per annum. “These 14 senior officers cost Bass Coast rate payers millions of dollars each year so I thought would again obtain the information to see how much the cost of employing them had increased over the past 12 months and if any new ones had joined the $140,000 plus list,” Mr Brown said. “To my amazement, my request was denied totally with the lame excuse that ‘councils no longer have an obligation to maintain a senior officers register’.” Mr Brown said he then asked how many senior officers were employed at a cost exceeding $100,000 per annum and said he was again denied details. “This level of secrecy is clearly unacceptable and puts this council in a league of their own regarding cover up and secrecy,” he said.

Mr Brown believed many senior officers travel long distances to work each day in a ratepayer provided car using vast quantities of ratepayer funded fuel. Mr Buckley said council staff pay for private use of vehicles according to their place of residence. “Mr Brown is entitled to his opinion, however the facts are that changes to our financial outlook have resulted in effective savings in staffing of $1.9 million over the last two years, with actual cost in 2016-17 being some $258,000 lower than the previous year’s budget,” he said. “Staffing numbers have also reduced by 20 since 2014-15, with senior management positions reducing from 22 to 16.5.” Mr Brown had a clear message for Bass Coast residents and rate payers. “The resolve is in your hands. In less than three months time you will be asked to vote to elect new councillors for the next four years. Find out who your sitting councillor is and when you vote, put them last.”

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Bass Coast Shire council held a citizenship ceremony last Tuesday, July 26 at the Old Post Office in Wonthaggi; pictured from left, Moira Van Deur (from Scotland, now living in Cape Paterson); Robert Perry (from England, now living in Cowes); Steven Terrill (from New Zealand, now living in St Clair); Ravinder Mansfield (from England, now living in Woolamai); and Li Deng (from China, now living in Wonthaggi). THE sea is coming to Wonthaggi Library, in a tsunami of artwork that will fill Wonthaggi’s number one community space with colour. The brainchild of local artist, musician and educator Tom Murray-White, By the Sea will be an art installation with a difference, when local schools, families and artists will come together to turn the library into a blaze of colour. “We want everyone to produce at least one piece of art,” said Tom. “It can be anything to do with the sea, from a ship to a wave, a fish . . . or whatever.” Launch day for the project is Thursday, September 1, when there will be special stories, music, competitions and much more, from 12pm onwards. This library is already ready to receive the expected flood of art, without which it can’t work. The final words go to Tom—“Come on Wonthaggi, get painting!” BRYAN Sword, the Director of Development Services at South Gippsland Shire Council (SGSC) was along to a recent Rotary Club of Korumburra meeting to speak on the proposed Korumburra Library-Art Gallery site development.The SGSC is seeking input on the proposal from all affected parties. The future of the club’s Federation Art Gallery is of concern to it should the project proceed. The club expressed its opinion that the preference at this stage would be for the Art Gallery to be attached to the library on its present site.

THE three lieutenants of Leongatha Fire Brigade are going to do the 2016 Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb, “Climb for the Kids” on Saturday, September 3. All money raised at a recent IGA barbecue was donated to the Murdoch Children’s Resaearch Institute, to go towards researching “Healthier Kids and a Healthier Future”. Brigade members in the photo are, from left, 2nd Lt. Steve Burns, 3rd Lt. Ben Patterson and 1st Lt. Mick White. Details of how to make donations are on the Leongatha Fire Brigade’s Facebook page. It is hoped across the country some $343,000 can be raised. WELSHPOOL and District Primary School’s Grade 6 students want to makeover ‘Mooovie Star’ the cow and are looking for someone within the local community who would like to help oversee the process. All supplies would be covered by the school. The students are after someone with some artistic flair and time to spend with them to finish the project. The helper would need a current working with children check. Please contact the school if you are available to assist the Grade 6 students in transforming the cow. DURING August, Loch Primary School will have a focus on protective behaviours. Students will participate in a sequence of three lessons, teachers will participate in professional development and we will host a parent workshop. All of these sessions will be facilitated by Margie Buttriss from Hush Education. The program encourage all who participate in it to • Assert their right to feel safe; • Listen to what their body tells them; and • Follow up by taking action to either solve problems on their own or to seek assistance from other people.

THE Australian Red Cross Blood Service would like to thank donors from Leongatha for their generosity when the mobile donor centre visited recently. You gave 178 donations, saving an incredible 534 lives. Thank you! One in three Australians will need blood or a blood product in their lifetime, but only one in 30 currently donates. The mobile donor centre will next visit Leongatha from Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, November 4, 2016. Please call 13 14 95 to make an appointment or visit for more information. LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre’s entry in the Victorian One Act Play Festival circuit this year is the comedy, The Loveliest Afternoon of The Year, directed by Marg Tattersall and performed by Jo Street and David Tattersall. It was performed to audience acclaim at the Dandenong Ranges Festival hosted by Gemco at Emerald recently, and received encouraging comments from the adjudicator, including a nomination for David as best male actor for the weekend. The play will be performed next at the South Gippsland One Act Play Festival at Foster on the weekend of August 20 and 21.

ON September 19 Foster Rotary Club will hold its 50th Anniversary dinner in the Foster War Memorial Hall.

LEONGATHA Fire Brigade was called to Longwarry on Friday to flare off a leaking gas tank on a 4WD at the Caltex service station. This was after the two nearest flare-off brigades were unable to respond, meaning a round trip of over 160 km.

Art gets new push A REVISED arts and culture policy was adopted by the South Gippsland Shire Council at last Wednesday’s meeting. Following months of consultation with members of the arts community and the South Gippsland Arts Alliance (SGAA), the revised policy received unanimous support. After attending the council

meeting SGAA spokesperson Michael Lester was fulsome in his praise for the support of all councillors for this new initiative. “Arts alliance members are thrilled the council believes the arts to be an integral part of South Gippsland life and worthy of financial and administrative support,” he said. “We will continue to work with arts organisations and coun-

cil to ensure the development of an implementation strategy for the new policy benefits all South Gippsland residents.” The SGAA was recently formed to act as an independent ‘peak body’ for all arts organisations and practitioners in South Gippsland. The revised policy will provide a platform for a diverse range of arts and cultural activities and to support new and expanded economic activity in the arts sector across the shire. The newly adopted policy can be downloaded from the council’s website.

Art support shows: South Gippsland Shire Council community strengthening officer Ned Dennis and Michael Lester from South Gippsland Arts Alliance shortly after SGSC adopted the revised arts and culture policy last Wednesday.

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Rail trail extension cut short

By Sarah Vella

A CALL for a public meeting to discuss the potential of extending the Great Southern Rail Trail from Leongatha to Nyora and beyond has been shot down.

pensive proposal to put a rail trail adjacent to the existing train track. “We need to advocate for the return of rail and if that doesn’t happen then we can advocate for a rail trail,” he said. Cr Fawcett said the last thing council should do is send a message to the State Government it is wavering in its support for the return of rail. Cr Hill said there is no reason the council cannot advocate for both the return of the rail and a rail trail extension. He said it was disappointing the motion received little support from councillors who have already benefitted from the GSRT development. “Now it is going the other way, they have lost all interest,” he said.

Councillors Andrew McEwen and Don Hill sought to move a motion at last Wednesday’s council meeting, to convene a public meeting on the subject. They were outvoted, six to two. Cr McEwen said the meeting sought was to simply get together relevant stakeholders to discuss the possibility of an extension. “It was not about saying we should do it, it was just a matter of getting people together,” he Tourist magnet: the Leongatha to Meeniyan said. Cr McEwen said if a rail trail was developed section was opened to great fanfare in March between Leongatha and Nyora, it would preserve this year. the existing track to allow for the return of rail, should it happen. He said both VicTrack and Public Transport Victoria were aware there was some interest in #MyCensus the development. “If we can increase the length of the GSRT to 100 kilometres of more, it could become nationally significant and only add to the benefit and attractiveness of the area,” he said. “I wouldn’t be raising this idea if it was an impediment to the return of the rail.” Cr Lorraine Brunt opposed the motion and said it was a premature proposal. She said to be strongly advocating for the return of the rail and a rail trail was contradictory. “There is no room for a rail trail and a train track. Until such time VicTrack says what it wants to do with the rail we are getting excited (over the proposal) before time,” she said. Cr Mohya Davies said the council made a significant investment to develop the GSRT, which it is proud of. “It is still being finished off, the branding and signage is soon to be rolled out. It is pre-emptive to set up a public meeting,” she said. Cr Davies said maintenance of the existing trail was a significant cost and was stretching the GSRT committee of management. “We need to ensure we can do that adequately before we make any decisions for expansion,” she said. Cr Jim Fawcett said it would be a hugely ex-

Roads win SOUTH Gippsland roads will share in more than $20 million worth of upgrades by the State Government. The funding will fix unsafe and deteriorating roads across Gippsland by investing in road safety upgrades and resurfacing. Roads Minister Luke Donnellan and Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said the works would rehabilitate sections of road to make them smoother and resistant to further damage. Almost 18km of roads in Gippsland will receive over $10 million in upgrades including the Princes Highway, Bass Highway and Hyland Highway, and other rural roads including: • Fish Creek-Foster Road at Fish Creek and Foster; • Waratah Road at Fish Creek and Waratah North; and • Tarra Valley Road at Yarram and Tarra Valley. The works will reduce the level of deterioration of road surfaces and will support farmers to get their products to the market or to the factory, as well as support local residents as they travel to work and school. These road improvements will not only create smoother and safer roads for all motorists, but also help preserve the longevity of the roads. While interim measures such as asphalt patching works over winter will ensure roads can continue to operate safely in the short term, the works will ensure their ongoing, safe operation into the future. The works will be delivered by the Eastern Region Alliance, a partnership between VicRoads and Fulton Hogan and will start in October. Ms Shing said, “These roads are not only key roads for locals, but they are the gateway to a number of regional areas that are used regularly by visitors, so we want to make sure they are as safe as possible for everyone.”


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How dare you, mayor

I WENT to South Gippsland Shire Council on Wednesday, July 20 to talk to all councillors and the CEO. My time was at 2.35pm. There was still one hour and twenty-five minutes left for the public to talk about anything on that Wednesday. I sat down and said, “Hello all and thank you for my chance to talk.” One point was about the MAV session on Monday, July 18 and the other matter which I thought about waiting for my time to talk. The MAV session was one and three-quarter hours of good information about, if you wish to become a councillor and a lot better than the one four years ago. It was about how councillors should behave. I asked if the presentation session could be recorded like the council meeting, so facts and debate can be readily available. The mayor Bob Newton shut me down and so did the CEO. This is a public meeting and since I only spoke to the lady that books you in, she came to me in chambers and asked if I had anything I had not booked in. I said “yes”, only if there is time, as on the Tuesday before I was in Melbourne and was unable to advise of my extra topics. My understanding and by the shire’s own information, was that I was able to do so. For the next four to five minutes Bob and the CEO shut me down. I didn’t abuse anyone, or talk out of school, didn’t bully. I was told, “Stop now”. “No. No. No.”. This was in a public meeting, freedom of speech wasn’t allowed. Why! David Amor, Korumburra.

Changes are garbage The new garbage system is a crazy system, myself and a lot of people I know already have a compost system for kitchen scraps that is returned to the garden to improve the soil and feed the plants, and you don’t have meat scraps when you have a dog. Also we have mulchers so garden trimmings are mulched and again returned to the garden. In the Nillumbik shire north of Melbourne they have the same crazy system and for families it is a total disaster as people have to pay extra if they need a second garbage bin and most do to save a buildup of

garbage waiting for a fortnight for the bin to be emptied. So as I see it the Bass Coast Council wants to charge me extra for a scrap bin that I don’t have a use for and at the same time give me a reduction in service with fortnightly garbage collection. If the scrap bin is collected once a week I think a lot of people will be putting normal garbage in the scrap bin to stop the stockpile of garbage around the home. Let’s hope there is a loophole in this contract so our new councillors after October can add this to their very long list of things to repair that our councilors seem to stuff up. Robert Scott, Inverloch.

Wages growth too high RECENTLY I attended a Community Engagement Session of Bass Coast Shire Council and I asked the following question, “Why was the increase in employee costs in the budget for the next 3 years 3.2 percent when the EBA (Enterprise Bargaining Agreement ) was for 2.5 percent per annum?”. The answer was there was also an increase of 0.8 percent per annum due to the increases in employee grades. Apparently Local Government employees get an increase (obviously 0.8 percent per annum ) because they have gained another year’s experience. I am unsure whether this was part of the EBA negotiations or not. The fact remains that Council employees will get wage increases of 3.2 percent per annum for the next three years. So my question now is did the executives responsible for negotiating the EBA really try to negotiate an EBA for the lowest cost to ratepayers bearing in mind the following information which was available during negotiations. Wages growth for December Quarter 2015 to March Quarter 2016 was 0.4 percent which makes the current annual figure 1.6% per annum. CPI increase from March Quarter 2015 to March Quarter 2016 was 1.3 percent per annum. So how on earth can an increase of 3.2 percent per annum be considered a reasonable outcome? I wonder if any of the executives who negotiated this EBA live and pay rates in the shire. Were they aware of the wages increase in March Quar-

E D I T O R I A L Commonsense at last COMMUNITY groups are the very foundation of our towns and it’s refreshing to see commonsense prevailing on this occasion. The users of the Leongatha Memorial Hall are pleased the shire has distinguished between commercial rates and community groups when setting hall hire costs. The Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Festival is celebrating its 60th birthday this year and feared this may be the last if they were forced to pay hall commercial rates. At last week’s South Gippsland Shire meeting however council decided to reduce fees for groups like this by 51 percent. As pointed out by the festival committee, the event is run on a shoestring, all by volunteers and entry fees are kept to as little as possible to allow the majority of the population to attend. The hall will get more utilized, the visitors will come and the retailers will have smiles on their faces.

Letters to the Editor

ter making the annualised figure 1.6 percent per annum? And also that the CPI to the end of the March Quarter was 1.3 percent for the year? The employee cost for the year 2016/2017 is $90,418 for each employee, extracted from the 2016/2017 budget. John Swarbrick, Rhyll.

CEO gets large pay rise I AM dumbfounded at the conversation that I overheard last week. I am sure that the ratepayers of the South Gippsland Shire would be happy to know that as you are asked to pay higher rates and the fact that the shire scored poorly in the Government Community Satisfaction Survey the CEO Mr Tim Tamlin was awarded a pay rise to take his pay to around $300,000. As a resident of the South Gippsland Shire I am appalled at the way in which this shire works where they tell you that they can’t deliver services and the Government Community Satisfaction Survey is bad yet somehow he deserves a pay increase. James Watt, Foster.

Parking fine fury THIS should serve as a warning to other potential visitors to the South Gippsland Shire. My partner and I attended the Kongwak markets on Saturday, July 16. We parked by a sign that was facing away from the direction of travel so we presumed it was a continuation of the last sign we saw regulating parking to two hours. Wrong! It was a no parking sign resulting in a $150 fine from the revenue collector. This is what could only be considered a cynical cash grab by South Gippsland Shire Council. If they do not want to support the efforts of those attracting visitors to the shire to spend money they should close the market. Let Kongwak return to the mouldy, decaying ghost town of the past. A response from council states that the no parking regulations near the markets are to protect pedestrians. What a lot of old codswallop. It is an obvious revenue decision, probably emanating from complaints from the local residents. There is parking for about 25 cars, much of which would be taken up by the stallholders. Go figure (cha-ching!) My message to the shire is you have lost more than the $150 you screwed from me. I will not be spending a cent in your area again and will spread the word. Keep an eye on social media. Arthur Lumpkin, Neerim South.

Bass Coast’s new pressure group THE Public Meeting held in Wonthaggi last Saturday was a resounding success for the citizens and ratepayers of Bass Coast Shire.

I had anticipated an attendance of between 50 and 100 people, but on the day there were approximately 180 community members in attendance. Many people travelled from Inverloch, Cowes and other parts of the shire. There were also a good number of people who made the journey from Melbourne in order to attend, and to participate in the public meeting. At the public meeting community members unanimously endorsed the formation of a new shire-wide body, the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association, whose aim generally is to seek to raise the standard of accountability, transparency, community engagement, and fiscal discipline at Bass Coast Shire Council. I’m tremendously pleased with the calibre of community members who have stepped forward to serve with me on the Association’s management committee. All of these people are highly skilled and qualified, and they are all passionate about improving our Bass Coast community. The community can have every confidence that this Association will represent the broader interests of ratepayers and residents across the width and breadth of the shire. Residents like the long suffering people of Kallay Drive in Pioneer Bay who are merely seeking a proper road surface, right across to the embattled residents of Inverloch, Pound Creek, Wattle Bank and other hamlets in the area who have clearly told Council that the transfer station is an essential service that must be retained for the good of the community. As recently as Saturday morning I received communication from a councillor in regard to the Inverloch transfer station. And unfortunately, from that communication, it appears to me that these councillors may be determined to shut down this essential community service regardless of the community’s wishes. There are many examples of serious community concerns that this Council has failed to adequately address. For example, the need for a transfer station on Phillip Island. It’s now some years since the residents of Phillip Island have had a functioning transfer station. Such a facility must be regarded as an essential service for the benefit of residents living in that part of our shire. And of course there is the appalling situation in regard to the neglect that this Council has shown to the essential maintenance and upkeep of the Wonthaggi cemetery. This is another example of failure by this Council to provide appropriate governance and oversight of an essential part of the community infrastructure. Council only attended to this problem following the worthy and determined efforts of Mr. Les Larke of Wonthaggi. And there is a plethora of elementary community matters for which this Council has no clearly detailed plan. For example, the severe lack of residential footpaths across the shire. There are numerous residential streets across the shire, where residents have been paying rates for more than half a century, and yet Council has still

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not constructed footpaths along these streets. Young children, mothers with prams, the elderly and infirm, how can these people move safely and comfortably around their local community without properly constructed footpaths along their residential streets? This fundamentally basic matter is another example of where Bass Coast Council is seriously failing to meet an acceptable community standard. Our councillors are happy to pat themselves on the back for having expended more than a million dollars on the colloquially named ‘footpath to nowhere that is used by no no-one’, but they’ve missed the bigger picture that impacts many people across the shire everyday. It appears that this Council has developed a severe disconnect with the community that it is meant to serve. Led by an Executive that appears to me more in charge of the councillors than are the councillors in charge of the Executive, Bass Coast Council seems to be unable or unwilling to efficiently manage our money. Our Council seems to have adopted an attitude that it knows best, and that the community should stand aside and not get in Council’s way. From what community members had to say at the public meeting, taken together with the results of the recent State Government community satisfaction survey, I am in no doubt that Bass Coast Council has lost the confidence of a substantial majority of the community. I’m calling upon our councillors to in effect bring forward the election period, and thus to not make any major policy decisions at the scheduled August Ordinary Council, including the closed session. A decision regarding the future of the Inverloch transfer station is a major policy decision. As our new association embarks upon its mission, the committee looks forward to keeping the community informed of progress, along with matters of interest and concern that come to our attention. And we very much look forward to hearing feedback from the community. As the Association is still brand new, we’ve yet to set in place dedicated communication points and contact details for the community to access. These will be established shortly. However, if in the interim you would like to ask a question, register your interest in being a member, or to share a point of concern about Bass coast council, then feel free to send an email to Kevin Griffin, President, Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association.

Rate fear I WOULD like to support the letters in last Tuesday, July 26 of The Star, by Bianca and Ian from Outtrim, regarding the increase in rates and asking councillors to take control.

We give councils a lot of exposure in our local papers, much more than they deserve. Without committed community involvement, working together, to pressure the council to direct rates in the interest of ratepayers, we are always going to be exploited for council interests. With major national concerns like the abuse of children in detention in the Northern Territory, our government’s treatment of refugees that seek asylum here from the trauma of their countries and the underpayment and in some cases no payment for the labour of students and exploitation of individuals who are not made aware of their rights – I have a bigger picture to focus on and council is insignificant in that big picture and not worth my time, effort or money. Dilene Hinton, Leongatha.

Congratulations Kevin I WISH to comment on how pleased I felt when I attended Saturday’s Meeting at the Wonthaggi Workers Club when likeminded people from the community got together and formed a rate payers association. Like many others I have felt quite disheartened with the attitude of this council towards Bass Coast residents and the performance of some of the councillors. I am particularly disappointed at the lack of respect shown towards prominent community groups who have worked so hard in fund raising for the good of our community and despite all their hard work have been bullied into something that seems entirely in keeping more to the councils wishes than the community. That Bass Coast Shire Council is at the lower end of dissatisfaction of all Victorian Shires is not OK. I strongly object to the CEO of any Shire being paid more than this country’s Prime Minister. I strongly object to any community meeting being shut down before all residents who wish to speak are given the opportunity as happened at the last meeting for discussion to close the Inverloch Transfer Station. This is not being open and transparent. This is exclusion and disrespectful. I don’t understand how our rates increase way above CPI rates for the services we can expect when compared to the exorbitant salaries that Management are paid. For example Property Valuation is now outsourced since all the Valuers were made redundant. I would urge all ratepayers who are interested in a satisfactory performance of our Shire that they join and make this a strong lobby group on our behalf. Surely this is for the betterment of all who live here. Realistically, I know that not everyone will be satisfied with outcomes all the time but if the majority happens we should be reasonably content with that. J C McDonald, Inverloch.


Do you do any volunteer work within the community? Where and why?

Stop the bickering COUNCILLORS the community is becoming tired of the disruptions which have become commonplace at South Gippsland Shire council meetings. The community is hoping the recent spat between Cr Hill and Cr Fawcett which went all the way to panel hearings and cost considerable expense to the shire is now going to end. Why not get some heads together and do something which serves the good of the whole Shire. Yes, question and debate by all means, but when it becomes personal it can serve absolutely no purpose except become a distraction to the real cause and that’s to the Shire’s ratepayers and residents. Bass Coast council is a case in point and if councillors aren’t listening, the pressure will increase for change.

“I have not joined anything yet. I only moved to the area about a week ago.” Heath Mastin, Korumburra.

“I have always been involved with Red Cross and I still contribute to that whenever I can. I used to be active in a number of community groups but not so much anymore.” Maureen Hayes, Inverloch.

“No. I spend my free time playing model aeroplanes.” Ian Robinson, Leongatha.

“I am not part of any groups at the moment however I do donate blood. I actually donated blood on Thursday.” Graeme Cope, Fish Creek.

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Here’s to 50 years of good health By Tony Giles LEONGATHA Health Care, formerly Leongatha Medical Group, this week reached a milestone of 50 years of providing medical services to the district. On Sunday, July 31 doctors, nurses, staff, friends and family gathered at the current site which has stood the test of time to celebrate with afternoon tea and the cutting of a cake for the occasion. Current partners of Leongatha Health Care are Drs Hugh and Lesley Chisholm and Dr Graham Toohill. The clinic, originally called Leongatha Medical Group, was formed by an amalgamation of two clinics into one in 1966. The first practice, operated by Dr Mario Croatto and Dr Michael Bourke joined with the late Dr Ron Eagger and the late Dr Alec Bennett to form the one practice. Prior to the amalgamation, on August 1, 1966, the first thing the doctors set out to do in 1965 was to buy some land on which to construct a purpose built medical clinic, as one practice operated in makeshift offices on the corner of Smith and Peart Streets (Drs Croatto and Bourke) with the other equally inadequate facility on the corner of Long and Ogilvy Streets (Drs Bennett and Eagger). The land was purchased in Greenwood Parade/ Koonwarra Road and a permit to build was sought. Despite some objections about provision of parking and with the help of Woorayl Shire councillor Jim Haw the permit was granted. Leongatha’s Bill Tilson built the practice and for

Happy birthday: celebrating 50 years of Leongatha Health Care are, back row from left, Dr Sinead De Gooyer, Dr Roz Giles, Dr Chris Perry, Chris Chiam, Dr Hugh Chisholm, Dr Graham Toohill, Dr Chris Webster, Dr Chris Ford, middle row from left, Linda Tiernan, Dr Kee Chiam, Leonie Croatto, Dr Lesley Chisholm, Dr Raghav Nara Venkata, Dr Tim Mulherin, Dr Karen Liang front row, Dr Mario Croatto, Dr Michael Bourke and Therese Bourke.

some years the medical clinic paid Mr Tilson rent before it was finally bought outright. That building remains today as the current facility although there have been a couple of extensions. Leongatha Health Care has another location in Jeffrey Street, Leongatha as well as having a practice in Inverloch. The increased demands, growing population and the need to train new and overseas doctors coming into the area have required more doctors, nurses and staff to manage the business to support the three locations. In the past the practice has also had outlets in Mirboo North and Meeniyan although the clinic still receives patients from these towns. Dr Bourke recalled to The Star back in the early days there were only four GP’s and no specialists with most people being referred to Melbourne for surgery. “The amalgamation was a necessity as basically we were all working seven days a week; providing first and second on calls over the weekends.�Dr Bourke said. “We basically had to stay at home in case we needed to assist and our home phones were ringing day and night. We couldn’t have done it without our wives as we had growing families as well to take care Party time: back row Dr Sinead De Gooyer, of,� he said. clinical nurse manager Robyn Butler, pracFriendships developed whilst the four doctors tice partner Dr Lesley Chisholm and front were in “opposition�. Ties were strengthened when Lydia Giles and Cecily De Gooyer. one of the four doctors dreamt up a new partnership

arrangement. “When we joined up it made an immediate difference as we could get some time off.� Dr Croatto too said he was hardly ever home and would just turn up once the work load was finished. “Leonie used to say I was never home and she was right.� Dr Croatto said. Dr Croatto was born in the area and returned to work as a doctor after completing his studies at the University of Melbourne. He assisted Dr Frank Donohue for six months before being made a partner of the Peart Street practice. “Not long after we joined forces it was still very busy. It was nothing for us to each see 60 patients a day; sometimes you even saw 25 before lunch.� Dr Kee Chiam came in as the fifth partner in 1977, moving from Scotland with his wife Chris.

“We had a phone hook up to Scotland for an interview and he accepted the job over the phone. Kee had been a registrar in Scotland for a number of years and his cardiology experience was most welcome,� Dr Bourke said. The next partner was Tim Lowe who answered an advertisement and he was largely responsible for bringing Drs Hugh and Lesley Chisholm to town as they are friends. The Chisholms had a hand in recruiting Dr Graham Toohill and Sue Toohill from Nepal and soon after Drs Tim and Joy Linton also came in from Nepal. Dr Croatto ceased with the partnership in March 1995 but worked another nine years part time. Dr Bourke left the partnership in 2002 but has continued to work up until recent days. “The staff has been tremendous over the years; one former practice manager Linda Tiernan revolutionized the clinic. For a start she got us starting at the clinic at 9am sharp which meant we had to get to the hospital at about 8am to see patients. Before we drifted into the clinic at varying times and just started seeing patients when we left the hospital.� Dr Bourke also mentioned Dr Bob Birrell who came to live in the area, around Stony Creek, in the 1970’s “He provided pediatric services over many years and was very much appreciated; nothing was too much trouble,� Dr Bourke said. Associates include Dr Roz Giles who joined the practice in 1995 and Dr Chris Perry who has been with the clinic for a number of years apart from a short stint in Western Australia with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In more recent days the clinic has been lucky to have attracted several more doctors with the total of principals, associates and GP registrars now numbering 20 doctors, a far cry from the number in the 1960’s.

Welcome faces: former practice manager Linda Tiernan and husband Brian, chat with current practice principal, Dr Graham Toohill.

Supported always: the doctors in the early days relied heavily on their partners, and in this case, wives to handle a lot of the domestic duties as well as answer late and weekend phonecalls. Two of the living partners out of the four who started Leongatha Medical Group, Dr Mario Croatto with wife Leonie Return: Dr Tim Lowe, second from left, with partner Jenny, catch up with Dr Chris Webster and Dr Michael Bourke with wife Therese with the 50th birthday cake. and Dr Michael Bourke.


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Solar battery storage information session A FREE Solar Battery Storage Information Session is being jointly organised by Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sustainability team, the Energy Innovation Cooperative and the Mirboo North Community Energy Hub to provide participants with expert advice about solar battery systems, affordability and accessibility. Sustainability Officer, Heidi Hamm, said a solar powered system coupled with battery storage could provide electricity to homes or businesses 24 hours a day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But this system wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suit everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situationâ&#x20AC;?, she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why an information session like this is so valuable.â&#x20AC;? Industry experts have predicted battery storage technology would be installed at a rate four times quicker than Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incumbent energy industry expects, with the market for battery storage to grow from about 2,000 Australian homes to one million by 2020. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The solar market will remain strong, electricity tariffs will remain high and consumers will be attracted to the battery storage technology, with battery storage installation costs expected to fall by 40 per cent within two years,â&#x20AC;? Ms Hamm explained. As well as offering more flexible, reliable and efficient energy use for consumers, storage is also an effective way to smooth out the supply of variable forms of renewable energy such as solar and wind power. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives consumers greater control of their power use and enables them to take full advantage of the solar energy they generate themselves,â&#x20AC;? Ms Hamm said. The information session will be held on Tuesday, August 23 from 7.00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9.00pm at the Dakers Centre, 23 Smith St, Leongatha. Supper will be provided. Participants must RSVP before August 18 via the Sustainability Gippsland website at or by phoning Heidi Hamm on 5662 9815.

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Jobs stoush looms THE latest figures show there are 9731 fewer people employed in full-time work in the Latrobe-Gippsland region than before Labor came into government, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data indicates the region’s unemployment is at 8.2 per cent – 2.1 per cent higher than December 2014. Labor said the problem was in part due to the former Coalition Government reducing TAFE college funding. Mr O’Brien said Labor was failing on regional jobs. “I have recently been visiting local business in the main streets of our towns delivering business surveys and there’s no doubt business conditions remain tough for some, particularly those in retail,” he said. “Coupled with the downturn in the dairy industry there is no doubt parts of Gippsland are hurting. Labor should be doing more to build local infrastructure like our roads which are in dire need of work and funding, yet Labor has cut the roads maintenance budget. “Unfortunately there is little that Melbourne Labor is doing to help grow jobs in our region because Labor thinks regional Victoria consists

of Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.” Yet more concerning is the rising unemployment rate among local youths, Mr O’Brien said. Gippsland’s youth unemployment rate has steadily increased since late 2014 and was 12.8 per cent in June. This equated to 3551 fewer jobs since the change of government in December 2014. Labor’s Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said Mr O’Brien “loves to play politics”. “It was his Coalition Government that forced the closure of TAFE campuses and failed to invest in the education and skills development for older workers that is so crucial to employment,” she said. “Across regional Victoria, unemployment has dropped to 5.7 percent, the second lowest regional rate in our nation, with an extra 16,300 people in full-time employment from when the Coalition was last in power in November 2014. “There’s a lot of work to do in Gippsland and that is why ministers Wade Noonan and Jaala Pulford came to the Latrobe Valley last week with a $10 million announcement to attract investment, export and market opportunities and jobs for the future. “This is what Labor Governments do - we are investing in TAFEs, new and upgraded schools, better hospitals and healthcare and, as we’ve just Listening to locals: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien has been visiting local busiannounced, dedicated funds to get our state back nesses across the electorate to deliver business surveys and recently caught up with Jan to work.” Parry, from Parry’s in Korumburra.

Council to discuss use of Korumburra Railway precinct SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will hold discussions with local community groups in Korumburra to consider how to utilise vacant space in their local railway building. Currently the Korumburra station building is not occupied and could provide an opportunity for a mix of commercial and community uses. The South Gippsland Tourist Railway previously leased the Korumburra station building and volunteers are working to hand back the land, buildings, infrastructure and rolling stock to VicTrack.

This could take several more weeks to complete. The station building may be made available for public use subject to the development of a suitable proposal and business case to VicTrack. Funding from VicTrack may also be made available to redevelop the building depending on the strength of application. The project would complement works currently being undertaken by VicTrack to remove sheds that were previously used by the South Gippsland Tourist Railway. The removal of these sheds will restore panoramic views of Korumburra. If successful, the project will revitalise the railway precinct while providing a broad community benefit for Korum-

burra and the wider community. Council’s Manager of Sustainable Communities Chris Van Der Ark said the vacant station building in Korumburra provides a great opportunity to create a vibrant community space. “This is an innovative VicTrack program that we have seen successfully implemented in other areas of Gippsland such as Trafalgar and Yarragon. Fifteen buildings have been reactivated across Victoria in recent years to become community, arts and culture, tourism, business and health hubs. “We want to support the community to get involved to restore the station building and create beautiful new spaces that respond to identified com-

munity needs. “Korumburra is part of the rail corridor from Leongatha to Nyora that VicTrack would like to see activated within the community again. This also includes the Nyora Goods Shed and Leongatha station buildings which are also vacant. “Introducing a community space alongside VicTrack’s work to remove the former tourist railway sheds will produce an exciting community space that will benefit the whole of Korumburra,” said Ms Van Der Ark. More information on the project will be distributed to local community groups who will be invited to discuss their thoughts on the project with Council.

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Power to the people Continued from page 1. On the newly formed committee is Mr Griffin as president, Judy Lawrence as secretary, Gary Simmons as treasurer, and Pago Sampson, Jamie Moresco and John Swarbrick as ordinary committee members. The vice-president’s position is to be confirmed. Graeme Bell from Ventnor attended the meeting, because he was concerned about rate rises and the inefficiencies in the council. “For any work to get done on Phillip Island, the New committee: the newly formed Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association com- crews come across from Wonthaggi and there is very mittee includes from left, Pago Sampson from Cowes, Judy Lawrence from Rhyll, and Kev- little time actually spent doing anything,” he said. “If you drive around the Bass Coast shire, the roads in Griffin from Inverloch. on Phillip Island are the worst. The Island is the shire’s biggest money earner, and its roads are terrible.” Mr Bell said the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association was an excellent initiative. “It is exactly what we need. We need a voice,” he said. After moving to Phillip Island around two years ago, Honey and Peter Spence already feel right at home in their community. “It is a great community, but we would like to see the local government more transparent and accountable,” Ms Spence said.

Mr Spence said the council needs to engage more effectively with the community. “An organisation cannot afford to let public opinion of that organisation decline like it seems to have done here. It is most disturbing and we deserve something better,” he said. John and Bernadette Forster from Inverloch said they hold a lot of concerns about the council, including rate increases and the behaviour of the council itself. “The lack of community consultation is a concern. Paying outsiders to do consultations is a waste of taxpayer money,” Ms Forster said. “I don’t believe in wasting money.” Ms Forster praised Mr Griffin’s initiative in forming the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association. “It is a great idea, we need a group to be a spokesperson for the whole community, to approach council so we can get better value for our rates,” she said. Max Wells from Inverloch will be running for a seat on council in September and said the community shouldn’t be in the place it is at the moment. “People want to live here, it is a fabulous place so we need good quality people making decisions on behalf of our community,” he said. “We don’t need to get angry, we need to get proactive and use the resources we have got.”

Education creates opportunities EDUCATION is at the core of what the team at Milpara Korumburra Community House do.

The ayes have it: attendees at a public meeting convened by Kevin Griffin in Wonthaggi on Saturday voted unanimously to form the Bass Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association.

Expressions of Interest for land management projects open Expressions of Interest for individuals, landholders and groups in the West Gippsland region are now open for projects to revegetate land, fence off waterways, conduct land trials, protect remnant vegetation and more. If you’re interested in undertaking and receiving support for a land management project please submit an EOI as part of the 2016 Regional Landcare Grants Program. Applications close 30 September 2016. For more details contact:

1300 094 262


Former South African leader Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years on Robben Island where he was confined to a small cell, the floor his bed, a bucket for a toilet, and he was forced to do hard labour in a quarry. He was allowed one visitor a year for 30 minutes. Not an easy journey, but throughout this time he continued to learn. He never gave up despite all he endured. A favourite quote from this journey is particularly relevant especially when it comes to the choices we make about education. “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” Education can make a real difference. Education choices are many and varied. Most people associate learning with formal education at school, college or university, etc. ‘Schooling’ is only one type of learning. There are many other opportunities to further knowledge and develop skills. Milpara Community House offers many different options for learning, skill development, personal development, health and wellbeing, and professional development. The reasons are as many and varied as the experiences of the people enrolling in courses and classes at Milpara. The house staff are aware not everyone has had positive experiences in education, and so what they offer is always based on the individual and what they want to achieve.

Lifelong learning is what staff promote and encourage. Learning in whatever context boosts confidence and self-esteem, makes us more resilient and adaptable to change when it happens, helps us to achieve a more satisfying personal life, it challenges our ideas and beliefs and it can be fun. Milpara offers fantastic learning choices: learning guitar, violin, tai chi, yoga, embroidered cards, jewellery beading techniques, computer skills, language and literacy, numeracy, blacksmithing, first aid, food handling, mah-jong, creative writing, photography, flower arranging, crochet, social singing, work skills, and so much more. By attending classes, participants learn more than just the topic of the course. They also further develop their soft skills like communication, team work, selfmanagement, planning and organising and other valuable employability skills. Milpara has a variety of Learn Local Pre-accredited training available. Thanks to recent changes these courses now meet funding requirements for Job Search Agencies. This opens new doors for educational opportunities. Be pro-active and take your education into your own hands. Why not suggest to your provider courses you fell may benefit you. There is a common view that continuous learning and having an active mind throughout life may delay or halt the progress of some forms of dementia. Keeping the brain active does have advantages and it can keep people connected so reducing the risks associated with isolation. With this in mind Milpara is offering a free session ‘Worried About Your Memory’: a session that provides information about how the brain works, common memory changes that occur with ageing and factors that can impact on memory. If you’d like for information about this session or our Learn Local courses, please call the house on 5655 2524.

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Imagine, play, learn NEWHAVEN College’s Junior School playground is anything but a monkey bars and bench seats environment. Stimulating playspaces encourage students to ‘choose their own adventure’ to stimulate little

imaginations and encourage creative free play outside the classroom. There are declining opportunities for children to participate in outdoor play and, in particular, play in challenging outdoor natural settings. An increasingly urbanised-

Inspiring imaginations: tee pees are one of several popular new play spaces that have been created to stimulate free play for junior students at Newhaven College.

society means few children now have the freedom to roam the neighbourhood and ‘come home when it gets dark’ like generations past. Play is of vital importance for physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. It increases social skills by encouraging children to be creative, flexible and adaptable, therefore it is also essential for learning. With 82 acres of grounds, Newhaven College students are spoilt for space to play. Teacher Diane McAskill is particularly passionate about play and has initiated the construction of a number of simple stimuli throughout the playground to inspire young imaginations. “Our children enjoy space. Space to be themselves and also to participate in fun, shared experiences with others,” she said. Popular playspaces include the teepees, boat, mining club, shop, sandpit, piano and cubbies. Even the chooks have a new cubby! Diane’s next projects include a tinkering table and a fairy garden that will be designed by Junior School students. A limited number of vacancies are available in Prep and Year 7 for 2017 and enrolments for Prep and Year 7 in 2018 are well underway. To visit Newhaven College or for enrolment enquiries, please contact Belinda Manning, on 5956 7505 or visit to take a virtual tour.

Pam Gaskell: president committee of management, stands in front of the Leongatha Community House. Mrs. Gaskell has been involved with the Community House for 28 years.

Leongatha Community House continues to serve LEONGATHA Community House is celebrating 35 years of serving the community with a photo exhibition examining The Way We Were. Held in conjunction with Seniors Week, the exhibition will be on display at the Community House from Monday 3 October until Friday 7 October, with a special morning tea held at 11am Monday. Members of the community are encouraged to contribute any pictures of family, buildings or anything else of historical interest to the exhibit. Photos can be delivered in person at the Community House, where copies will be made and the originals immediately returned to their owners. Pam Gaskett, president committee of management, asks community members who contribute photos to include a written description of what each

photo is about and, if known, the year it was taken. The Leongatha Community House was officially opened in June 1981 at 3 Church Street. In 1990, it moved to a new location at 16 Bruce Street, where it has been ever since. In its current location, the Community House offers two main meeting rooms, a computer room and a private room at the rear of the property. With about 15 different community groups all using the space, the facility hosts various meetings, provides training in many different areas and offers computer courses. Overall, the function of the original house has remained the same throughout its history – providing a relaxed atmosphere where people can gain confidence through learning, or simply have a coffee and a chat. Membership application forms can be picked up at the house.

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Mary MacKillop College celebrates 30 years AS MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College turns 30 years old this year, the school is inviting all students, staff, families and friends – both past and present – to help celebrate the monumental occasion through a series of commemorative events.

Role model: students from Mary MacKillop College stand with Father Rob Galea (middle) after the Saint Joseph’s Day Mass held in March at the college.

On Saturday, October 22, the college will host an anniversary dinner at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, featuring musical entertainment from current students. At $45 per person, tickets can be purchased at “We will also bring back some past students and recognise them for their achievements,” said David Leslie, college principal said. “I suppose there are two things there, one is to celebrate them and what they’ve achieved and the other is for them to be

demonstrated as examples for our current students.” The following day, Sunday, October 23, there will be a celebration mass at 11am at the College’s multi-purpose hall, which will include a family barbecue lunch, a college expo, memorabilia and a few dedication ceremonies. “I suppose a twin theme of the 30th anniversary is we want to look back at what’s been achieved over the 30 years – we want to honor the pioneers and those who have gone before us – but we also want to show the students who are here now and who are still to come that they’re going to be following in some pretty good footsteps,” said Mr. Leslie. Other celebratory events have been held throughout the year, including the St. Joseph’s Day Mass led by Father Rob Galea, who sang with the students. Founded in 1986, Mary MacKillop College held its first classes in temporary structures at St Law-

rence’s Primary School while the college was under construction in a plot of former farmland. With no physical presence, students who were enrolled that first year were essentially enrolled in an idea. Students from all over

the region attend Mary MacKillop College, where they are brought together to form a single, tightknit group. This, Mr. Leslie said, was the tone the pioneer group of students and educators set for the school.

Lighting the candles: Father Rob Galea performs during the St. Joseph’s Day Mass held in March at Mary MacKillop College, which was included in its 30th anniversary celebrations.

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Opportunities aplenty THE teachers at Inverloch and Kongwak primary schools understand education is not restricted to the classroom.

Fun, games: from left, Inverloch Primary School Prep B students Chelsea, Jenson, Millie and Riley enjoy sharing activities.

With that in mind, they ensure students have ample opportunities to discover the world around them through a diversity of subjects and experiences. This term, grades 3 and 4 students of Inverloch are joining with all Kongwak children to take part in a swimming and water safety program at South Gippsland SPLASH leisure centre in Leongatha on Mondays and Tuesdays for four weeks. Grade 6 students from Kongwak and Inverloch enjoyed a camp at the property Narmbool, an environmental camp south of Ballarat. They experienced the MADE Museum at Ballarat and the Eureka Stockade, before spending two days at Narmbool. They learnt about composting, energy, indigenous archaeology, different farming techniques and astrology with staff from Federation University at Ballarat. On Thursday, students returned home via the Scienceworks museum in Melbourne. “The relationship between the Inverloch and Kongwak schools is perfect because the Kongwak children get the advantages of a large school,” principal Wendy Caple said. “They get the little classes and the family environment but they are not isolated, and get to take part in a

lot of activities that Inverloch offers.” These programs include physical education, Spanish, MARC mobile library services and school band. More students are welcome at Kongwak and prospective families are invited to contact the school for information. Students are excelling in sporting endeavours, with Inverloch’s mixed netball team progressing to the state championships later this year and a boys team invited to take part in Netball Victoria’s schools championship in Sale on August 11. Preps celebrated their 100th day at school last Wednesday with their Grade 5 buddies and this Thursday, they will travel to Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra to discover life in a bygone era. Grades 3, 4 and 5 students will be taking part in a public speaking competition run by Lions while Grade 6 children will participate in a similar program run by Rotary in October. Parents of prospective Prep students are invited to the Prep information night in the Prep classrooms tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3. The school has welcomed Nigel Kilpatrick as acting assistant principal while regular assistant principal Andrea Penrose works as acting principal at Toora Primary School. Mr Kilpatrick was previously teaching at Korumburra Primary School.

Experience your world through different eyes WHETHER it is explaining the name behind Mount Fatigue to a puzzled young student from overseas, or sharing in his or her excitement whale watching at Waratah Bay, Gippslanders are urged to lend support to the dreams of a young student from a different country wanting to see and experience the real Australia. “With Australia being a continent, we often take for granted all our amazing geography, flora and fauna – that is until we allowed ourselves the chance to see our country and community through very different eyes,” said Rob Lindsay, national director at Southern Cross Cultural Exchange (SCCE). Gippsland families of all sizes are being urged to seize the opportunity to play an unassuming but significant role as a family by hosting a high school exchange student from Europe from France, Germany, Finland or Sweden. The student lives and gets along as a member of their family, goes to a local school, and shares in their life, sport or other activities. No matter how brief the sojourn is, there is the potential to experience change and adapt to it, to share and to compromise, not only for the

Up close: young people from overseas enjoy learning about Australian nature, animals and wildlife. student but also the host family. Families who have hosted an international exchange student, generally aged 15 to 17, liken it to having an ‘international son’ or ‘daughter’, ‘brother or sister’. “You develop long-lasting ties to your ‘extended’ global family, even after the student has returned to his or her own family and country,” one host mother said. Mr Lindsay added, “Families have visited one another and hostsiblings have attended weddings. “If you want to learn more about

another culture first-hand without going overseas, be more fluent in your French or German, understand what makes the Swedish and Finnish tick, what’s different about their education systems, why not get in touch with us?” Mr Lindsay said SCCE takes of school and other program arrangements. Exchange students come insured with their own pocket money. For more information please call 1800 500 501 or email info@scce. or enquire online at www.

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Recognition for Begin Bright KATE Foster and her small team of three at the Leongatha chapter of Begin Bright decided to

apply for the Gippsland Business Awards a few short months ago, despite having never applied for

Bright beginnings: Kate Foster (middle) instructs students Micah Helps (left) and Sophie Jans (right) at the Leongatha Begin Bright Centre.

any such awards before. When Mrs. Foster learned she was a finalist in the ‘New Business category,” she almost couldn’t believe it. “I was really surprised,” said Mrs. Foster. “To be told you’re a finalist for the first award you try for, that’s quite a big achievement.” All the finalists will have the chance to meet during a finalists’ breakfast held in Traralgon on Friday, August 5. The awards will be announced during a gala dinner on Friday, August 26. There are currently about 30 Begin Bright centres across Australia. Founded by Tina Tower, Begin Bright endeavours to prepare young children for the challenges of beginning and continuing their education by providing school readiness classes and tutoring services. Mrs. Foster, a former primary school teacher and mother of three, decided to launch the Leongatha

chapter after she saw an interview with Ms. Tower on television, wherein she explained the need for school readiness programs. What she said made sense to Foster. “They’re trying to cushion the blow,” said Mrs. Foster of Begin Bright’s mission. “We’re not trying to push the kids. They’re ready. They’re eager. They want to learn – you can see that.” After getting in contact with Tower, Mrs. Foster launched Leongatha’s Begin Bright last year with 17 students. Since that time, however, progress has been slow for the new centre, which now has 36 students. “In this town, people take a little bit of time to warm to a new idea,” said Mrs. Foster. “Once people get involved, they stick around.” Despite the rate of progression, Foster is passionate about her work and has even enrolled her own children at Begin Bright.

Down to business: students planted some 3600 trees last Friday.

Building community links ST Joseph’s Primary School Grade 4/5/6 students last Friday attended the farm of Hilco and Kate Zuidema to assist with planting 4000 trees. This was done in conjunction with Landcare. The children worked hard and planted 3600 of the trees in two hours. St Joseph’s is working hard to build links to the community and its students learning.

Proof is in the pudding SCHOOLS today seem to think they can make an impact with impressive buildings – and they do. We all know one of life’s major truths: what is on the inside counts most. So, when it comes to schools, it is the human environment behind the fancy veneer, where you learn the most about the institution and whether you would be happy for your own children to attend it. The Korumburra Primary School principal Nathan Pirouet, chooses to talk about one of the school’s key values - resilience - as his Education Week focus. Megan Vuillermin, a personal coach and human behaviour expert, has been to the school for one of several planned visits working on resilience. Her message to the Year 5/6 students was based on the idea that what you focus on is what you get. If you focus on the negatives, you get negatives. She coached the students about the importance of focusing on the good. Mr Pirouet says resilience is the awareness that at any point in time we are going to experience hardships, at times unexpectedly. “It is a lifelong challenge to deal with

those challenges as they arise and bounce back to a positive state of mind,” he said. Having set the scene Mr Pirouet suggested a chat with some students for their understanding of resilience. And so to the true test of the school’s worth, its product: it is a test the students passed with flying colours and high distinction. Three children enjoying their intelligence, expressing themselves confidently, observing the conventions of good grammar, listening, taking it in turns and more and more of the qualities you want evidence of to form a judgement about a school. Without realising it is even an agenda, they build a strong impression of the school as a place of learning activity. They talk about resilience and Poppy says Megan Vuillermin’s message was to see all the colours in the room, not just the one that is causing the problem. Resilience is not just seeing the problem, getting fixated on it and making it bigger, but looking around at the options for overcoming it. She said, “Resilience is a strategy of finding ways to deal with your problems.” William said he needed to use his re-

silience when choosing the best secondary school for next year came with a huge negative: none of his friends would be going to the same school. In a classic case of focusing on the positive side, he decided that didn’t mean he would be losing his friends. He said, “Resilience is when you get into a problem, you bounce back and don’t have the problem anymore.” Isaac talked about the family group escaping hard and unpleasant times which sheltered with his family for a while. Given their situation these people didn’t always give off the most positive energy. Isaac maintained a balance in his life by making sure that he did plenty of the things which made him happy such as riding his bike and sport. Isaac said, “Resilience is when you keep on moving forward. It is when every time you have a problem you find multiple possible solutions.” Mr Pirouet told his students that whenever he has a day get off to a bad start, he leaves his office and visits a few classrooms. He said, “That always leaves me feeling happy.”

Good heads: from left, Isaac, William and Poppy admired the artwork on display in the Korumburra Primary School foyer. As always it is captivating and right now features an amazing beanie series. The three Year 6 students are the kind of children who leave you feeling confident about the future.

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Mirboo North students help the community STUDENTS at Mirboo North Secondary College have taken it upon themselves to clean up the community. About 50 students from both of Kay Chandler’s Year 8 science classes have started their own initiatives to improve their com-

munity after working on the UN inspired “Water is Life” project with schools in Tunisia and Taiwan earlier this year. A “Clean Up Mirboo North” is currently being organised by students in one of her classes. The effort will see 150 students from Year 7, 8 and 9 go out on September 14 and pick up rubbish in a designated part of town. Ms Chandler said the

Promoting safe water usage: Kay Chandler (centre), junior school leader and science teacher, promotes the movie night at Mirboo North Secondary College held last Friday, July 27 with students Alissa Adams and Ashleigh Poland.

students have been organising the event entirely on their own using student-driven committees. The class working on the clean up day has also taken it upon themselves to draft a letter to the council requesting more bins be added to the local skate park. Kay’s other class went in a different direction with its initiative. Focusing on how efficiently the school itself uses water, they have decided to raise funds for another water tank at the school. Through student-committees, the class is determining the overall cost of purchasing the tank, delivering and installing it, and also installing the pump and fencing. The class intends to pay for the tank through a series of fundraisers and grant applications, which the students are working on themselves. With a fundraising goal of $2,500, the students held the first fundraiser for the tank last Friday, July 27, which consisted of a screening of the animated film Zootopia at $5 per person. The students also sold popcorn, lollies and drinks during the events. For more information regarding the initiatives, contact Ms Chandler at 5667 9000.

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School makes leaders CREATING leaders of the future is a focus of St Laurence’s Primary School in Leongatha. The school has student leadership teams rather than school captains to offer more children greater opportunities. It’s a point not lost on Grade 6 leader Patrick, who said, “The amount of responsibility that every Grade 6 at the school has isn’t too much or too little. It’s perfect.” The teams work in the areas of: • Specialist: responsible for helping the art, music and French teachers; • Prayer and liturgy: responsible for preparing prayer each week for Friday assembly and representing the school at community events; • Assembly: students are responsible for organising Friday assembly; • Junior: responsible for assisting in the Prep to Grade 2 classrooms with reading, small group work, educational games. Prep teacher Christy Roberts praised this team, saying ‘they work with small groups and help in many ways; • Sport: and • Information and Communications Technology: student leaders assist teachers by mentoring junior students. St Laurence’s motto is ‘Love in Action’ and members of the school community do this by demonstrating care, compassion and love for others. The school is now developing a master plan that will guide future building works, possibly as early as 2017.

Leading the way: student leaders at St Laurence’s Primary School, Leongatha, include, front, from left, Tayissa (specialist team), Charlie (prayer and community service team) and Patrick (specialist team), and back, Samuel (information and communications technology team), Sandra (prayer and community service team) and Chelsea (specialist team).

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Country school with many advantages TARWIN Lower Primary School offers all the benefits of a small country school, plus more. Grades 3 to 6 students last week joined with their counterparts from Welshpool Primary School to attend a three day adventure at Malmsbury Camp. Staff and students at Tarwin Lower regularly interact with other schools in the Corner Inlet Learning Alliance, undertaking

excursions, activities and professional development. Arts and exposure to city life in Melbourne are a part of life at Tarwin Lower. Last Friday, students in grades Prep, 1 and 2 visited the Arts Centre Melbourne to watch the stage show Pete the Sheep. The arts centre sponsors the school, and so covers transport and show entry fees. “Just seeing the traffic and the trams, and pressing a button to

Making magic: music teacher Ian Chambers and acting principal Jenni Cox lead students, from left, Island, Ryan and Georgie through a song at Tarwin Lower Primary School. The children are in grades 1 and 2.

‘Small school, big opportunities’ Co-operation, Kindness, Resilience, Respect Tarwin Lower Primary School

cross the road encourages confidence in the students and they see that the arts encompass a large band of activities,” acting principal Jenni Cox said. “Our students get so many opportunities and experiences because we have lots of flexibility in our curriculum. We try to make sure the kids don’t miss out. We go on lots of excursions. “The grades three to six classes have been to Melbourne three times already this year.” Students will soon raise their own chickens in an incubator and continue to enjoy the school’s breakfast club on Mondays and Wednesdays, free of charge, and prepared by community volunteers. Teacher Ian Chambers inspires students with creative music lessons, and the children are enjoying art classes this semester as well as mobile library sessions. This term, boys and girls are learning hockey, discovered Australian Rules Football in term two and enjoyed swimming lessons during term one. The school now has three classes: Prep, 1 and 2; 3 and 4; and 5 and 6, creating a family like atmosphere. “The school’s values are kindness, co-operation, resilience and respect,” Ms Cox said. “Everyone is welcoming and knows each other’s names, so we all feel and respected. It’s a fantastic school and everyone who comes here comments about how lovely the school and the children are.”

Artistic bunch: Leongatha Secondary College Year 9 art students are looking forward to creating a street art piece on an old wall. Front, from left, Grace Allen and Lizzie Harms, and back, from left, Ryan Hayward, Emily Bayer and Aiden Masterson.

Teens embrace arts STUDENTS are leaving their mark on Leongatha Secondary College in more ways than one. Year 9 art students will soon transform a wall on the technology wing into a street art masterpiece. They are working with professional graffiti artist Samantha Jones (SEARious Jones) from Footscray to create a design featuring hybrid creatures on a wall facing the new recreation area. The area was created late in second term and includes an undercover seating area that will soon be accompanied by table tennis tables, giant chess, basketball rings and a half soccer pitch. Student Grace Allen said, “The wall looks a bit daggy now.” Classmate Lizzie Harms added, “The mural will make the old wall look more young and vibey.” Arts is a major part of the curriculum at the school, with a variety of VCE subjects available

to prepare students for possible further study and courses in design, and visual and performing arts. Students can choose from Year 12 visual communications, art, studio art – photography, media, dance, drama and music. The college offers a dedicated photography laboratory and other purpose-built rooms. Work from past students was selected in the state-wide VCE art exhibition Top Arts in 2014 and shortlisted for the same prestigious event in 2015. Teacher Tarryn Boden, who taught at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and holds an architecture degree, prides herself in teaching students how to use computer programs to create art such as logos and three dimensional elevations. “The students are developing these skills before they enter uni,” she said. “With all VCE arts subjects, students get to work on their own idea for a semester and we just teach students the skills to be able to do that.”

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Bridging the gap WONTHAGGI Primary School continues to improve the relationships between educators and parents through the Linking Learning program, which is now entering its third year.

Aussies in Japan: students studying Japanese at Wonthaggi Secondary College explore sister school Hakui High School during a two week trip to Hakui, Japan.

Japan trip a highlight WHILE most students have since recovered from the school holidays, some students at Wonthaggi Secondary College find themselves readjusting to the area after a recent trip to Japan. Over the recent holidays, 18 students studying Japanese at Wonthaggi Secondary College took a flight with two faculty members to Hakui, Japan, where they studied at sister school Hakui High School. The students spent two weeks overseas, having departed on Thursday June 30 and returning Thursday July 14. While in Japan, the students had the opportunity to explore the country and experience the new culture first-hand, which helps with their studies. Facilitated by Wonthaggi Secondary’s Kenji Misao and his colleague Jess Bretherton, the sister school program has been operating for over 10

years. In that time, the college has sent six groups of students to study in Japan. Additionally, students from Japan have also travelled to Australia, where they were given the chance to study at Wonthaggi Secondary and experience Aussie culture first-hand. More information about Wonthaggi Secondary College can be learned during the school’s upcoming information nights in August and September. An information night for VCE/VCAL level students will be held at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on Tuesday 16 August, while information meetings for Year 10 students and middle school children will be held on the Dudley Campus Wednesday 24 August and Wednesday 7 September. The events will cover the process for enrolling in school and provide tips for current students and their parents, as well as potential students and their parents.

In the interest of providing students with the best possible learning environment, the school plans to focus on oral language and numeracy in this next year of the program. “We actually work really closely with the Bass Coast Shire Council to make sure we’re facilitating learning for all children in Bass Coast – particularly for our school – from birth through to 12,” said Leonie Anstey, principal. “What that looks like is the educators and the parents working together to be able to create the best learning environment.” As part of the program, the school has trained coaches to work with every teacher to ensure they use the most amazing practices based on current research. The teachers have a coaching session every week. “I think what the coaching does is it really reinforces that at this school, we’re all a community of learners,” said Wendy Bradley, assistant prin-

Reading for everyone: Wonthaggi Primary School students Rhiannon and Codi read a book to the school’s newest addition Harlow. cipal. “Our students are learners and our teachers are learners as well.” Another program was recently launched at the school with the purpose of developing more primary math and science specialist teachers. These teachers work around key mathematics and science content both in their own classrooms and the classrooms of others in the

interest of ensuring that math and science occurs for every child as soon as they enter the school. “The student outcomes are amazing because we’re all focused on what’s a student’s current knowledge and what’s the next thing they need to learn,” said Mrs. Anstey. “That’s for every child regardless of where they’re currently at.”

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Wildflower Cafe opens for business FEDERATION Training’s Leongatha restaurant Wildflower Cafe opened for business last Tuesday and Wednesday; having re-commenced a lunch service, which is available to staff, students and the wider community.

h time: Lucy Hemphill, student waitress delunch to customers.

All food is prepared and served by Federation Training’s Hospitality students and will be available every Tuesday and Wednesday for lunch until early September. “With the training restaurants now fully operational, our students are able to put their skills into practise whilst connecting with people in the local community,” said Mark Shelton, Education Manager – Foundation, at Federation Training. Offering a range of delicious meals, deserts and espresso coffees at a mini-

mal cost, the training restaurants are an excellent lunch-time option for the community, whilst also helping students to practise their skills. The training restaurants help prepare students for work in the fast-paced Hospitality industry, with courses focused on a combination of both back-of-house and front-of-house operations – providing students with a ‘taste’ for a career in Hospitality. Located within the Leongatha Campus, the Wildflower Café has provided many students and apprentice chefs with the opportunity to train in an industrystandard environment and engage with the local community. Leongatha local Brent Sinclair realised the benefits of training in his home-town, and now owns his own highly successful, Leon- Meet the team: from left, Teana Price, student waitress; Migatha based catering business – Brent chelle Derrick, restaurant manager; Kaitlyn Kennedy, student bartender; and Lucy Hemphill, student waitress. Sinclair Catering.

Federation Training leads the way FEDERATION Training provides unprecedented opportunities for local students and an exciting learning environment for those seeking a regional education experience. With 10 campuses from Chadstone in Melbourne’s outer east, across the state to Lakes Entrance, Federation Training offer a diverse range of programs and specially designed learning environments, providing students with the opportunity to get hands on and develop real skills and experience in the industry of their choice. Federation Training has a variety of courses from pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships

and traineeships, to certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas. You can choose to study courses in business, health, general education or trades. Flexible study options mean you can complete your course in a way that best suits you and your lifestyle. You can study full time, part time or online with confidence that you will be equipped with the skills you need to get ahead in the workforce.

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Chairo cares for children CHAIRO Christian School’s mission is ‘to tion in partnership with families within a provide excellence in Christ-centred educa- caring Christian community’, but what does that actually mean in terms of the day-today running of the school and how Chairo goes about educating young people? At a recent Probus meeting in Leongatha, Chairo’s secondary music students performed some items and campus principal Anthony Collier spoke about some of the distinctive features of the school. He said, “Being a Christian school is more than merely praying in the morning or being kind to one another. These things are great, and they certainly happen at Chairo, but Jesus is at the heart of everything we teach and do.” He emphasised this approach does not compromise in any way the determination of Chairo teachers that every student be given the opportunity to achieve excellence in their learning. The curriculum is academically rigorous and teachers encourage students to strive for their personal best in all of their endeavours. Partnership with families is also vitally important at Chairo. Mr Collier said student academic outcomes improve when the school and parents are on the same page. “We work hard to partner with families because kids thrive when they have consistency in their lives. Parents have the opportunity to be involved in school life in a range of ways. In the end, it’s parents who have the primary responsibility to educate their children and Chairo supports them in that task,” he said. Mr Collier and his wife Kerry are also Chairo parents. He remarked, “I love the fact that our boys are part of a community of students who look out for one another. It’s not uncommon to see younger students playing with older students. “Every secondary student has a junior primary buddy and they spend time together regularly. It’s nice to know that our younger students have someone caring for them and making sure they’re feeling safe at school.” One of Mr Collier’s responsibilities as principal

Students first: Chairo Christian School’s Leongatha campus principal Anthony Collier takes a strong interest in students’ education. From left, Years 9 and 10 students, John Gobel, Harmony Coldebella, George Beilby, Chloe Schubert and Lucas Wilson. at Chairo’s Prep to Year 10 campus in Leongatha is to ensure all programs are aligned with the school’s mission statement. He also reflected on the fact the mission statement provides the school community with a firm understanding of “who we are and what we believe about education”. “We have a mix of Christian and non-Christian

families within our school community,” Mr Collier said, “and it’s fantastic to be part of a school where there is clarity about what we’re trying to achieve.” Families interested in learning more about what Chairo Christian School has to offer are invited to contact Mr Collier, deputy principal Christine Hibma or office manager Wendy Nyhuis to ask questions and book a time for a personal tour.

Children play, learn and thrive TUCKED away in a quiet corner of the town Leongatha Children’s Centre is one of the key hubs of the community. If it weren’t for the socialisation, let alone the education, that takes place here, Leongatha would be a very different place. From 7.30am through to 6pm five days a week 90 children aged from birth to five years pass through the doors of the centre into the care of 30 mostly full time staff, some of whom have worked at the centre for over 20 years. There are fully qualified educators in each of the three day care rooms, and the three and four year old kinder rooms. Programs at the centre are guided by the children’s interests with one guarantee: every day is a fun, never a dull moment day. Activities switch from indoors to outdoors across the groups every day. The children created a permanent fire space where damper is cooked and fire safety is learned. The fire space also becomes part of the visit by Murrindindi clansmen when boomerang throwing is demonstrated, dreamtime stories are told, artefacts are exhibited and children

Growing fun: from left, Liam George, Noah Wynne, Eve Hanson (back), Eden Roberts, Cindy Williams and Indie Roberts are looking forward to the arrival of spring and when the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden will become a focus of more and more activity. are given a taste of indigenous dance movement. Kindergarten children are given a reptile and marine life demonstration and experience the hatching of chickens. Two of the teachers at the centre have attended training in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program which is set to become an important focus of interest when it can be planted out once spring arrives.

Teacher, Cindy Williams said the gardening program will provide the children with answers to key questions such as “Where does our food come from?” and “what is the connection between the kitchen and the garden?” The Leongatha Children’s Centre runs at full capacity with a two year waiting list; expectant parents are advised to make sure they join the list at the earliest possible time.

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Discover trade skills training at open day THE South Gippsland Trade Skills Alliance will be opening its doors to provide an opportunity for students, parents, employers and the local community to explore the many opportunities available at these state of the art training facilities. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to become an electrician, motor mechanic, carpenter, plumber or work within the dairy, horticulture or agriculture industry, then come along. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an employer and looking to take on an apprentice or have hired an apprentice and are looking for a top quality training centre, then the South Gippsland Trade Skills Open Day is for you. Come and see and experience the centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing resources: â&#x20AC;˘ multi-level Plumbing Training Centre; â&#x20AC;˘ Interactive Hybrid Car Centre; â&#x20AC;˘ Automotive Workshop; â&#x20AC;˘ Carpentry and Electrical Workshop; â&#x20AC;˘ Interactive Solar House; and â&#x20AC;˘ Common Rail Diesel Training Centre. Apprenticeships Group Australia, Community College Gippsland, GOTafe, The National Centre for Dairy Education and Federation Training will all be there hosting information sessions, workshops and facility tours, displays, demonstrations and trade activities. Star FM will be broadcasting live onsite and will keep visitors entertained with big wheel giveaways. The open day on Monday, August 15 will be held from 10am to 5pm at two big locations: Federation Training, Nerrena Road, Leongatha; and AGA, 1 Kurrle Street, Korumburra. Local employers, parents, community, come and have a look and a barbecue on the centre. For further information contact John Cargill, South Gippsland Trade Skills Alliance, on

0427 468 540. The Alliance is a partnership between four local Registered Training Organisations and all secondary colleges in southern Gippsland. The partnership is a ground breaking example of local schools and training organisations combining cooperatively to provide a diverse range of programs in skill shortage areas for students to improve job prospects and to meet the needs of industry in South Gippsland and Bass Coast. The vocational training in secondary schools program offers students an opportunity to gain credit towards a future apprenticeship while still in school. The programs are available to secondary students from Year 10 and above who will be able to undertake nationally accredited programs as part of their secondary education. The programs can be undertaken as part of VCE or VCAL. For example, one day per week over two years as part of this program can give credit for the first year of an apprenticeship. Students who take up this option have a head start and significant advantage in getting an apprenticeship and gaining employment. Heavy automotive and agricultural equipment training will be available in Leongatha for the first time anywhere in Gippsland. The carpentry workshop at AGA Korumburra has been upgraded and for the first time electrical and plumbing training, including apprenticeships, is available in South Gippsland. New facilities for agriculture and horticulture, including hydroponics, are also be available. Extensive research and consultation into future economic development in South Gippsland identified the programs on offer as being those with the best employment prospects into the future. Practical learning: from left, South Gippsland Secondary College students Lachy Petersen, Students, parents, community members and Max Meyer and Cael Green are undertaking a Certificate Two in Automotive Studies at Fedindustry welcome.


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Team work: Mark Patterson from TS Constructions and Koonwarra Village School coordinator Fiona McKenzie are very happy with the work completed at the school recently.

New school ticks all boxes THE project took around six months to and a brand new toilet block. Mark Patterson from TS Constructions said complete and the result is a new look, the school was great to work with and accommofunctional and attractive Koonwarra Vildated the construction team very well. lage School. “We would like to pass on our thanks to the

Utilising the existing buildings where possible, school for their cooperation throughout the buildTS Constructions has provided the school’s 45 ing process,” he said. students with a new multipurpose and arts space, “We would also like to thank site foreman undercover decking, more junior classroom space Maurice Jagoe, who controlled the onsite works as well as worked with the local contractors.” Mr Patterson said the construction included some renovation and redevelopment of existing rooms, which meant the school was often compressed while building work was done. “There was a big emphasis on using natural material and products which were either recy-

cled or had good environmental qualities,” he said. “That is becoming more common, especially for government and education based facilities. People are becoming very conscious of their waste and ecological footprint.” TS Constructions is currently working on the Karmai Community Children’s Centre in Korumburra which is on schedule for completion in time for the 2017 school year. “There has been a lot of input into that project from user groups and the project manager, South Gippsland Shire Council,” Mr Patterson said. “Site manager Tim Trail has been working in conjunction with both parties to achieve a good outcome for the facility.”

Great co-operation: Mark Patterson from TS Constructions said the school was great to work with and accommodated the construction team very well.

School zone: drivers are being urged to slow down as they go past Koonwarra Village School and observe the 60 kilometre per hour limit. School coordinator Fiona McKenzie said they had noticed cars often travel quite fast past the school. She said the school wanted to gather some data to see if further steps are needed to ensure safety for the school’s students. “It is down hill, but people also speed going up the hill. We just wanted to see if it is actually happening before we did anything further,” she said.

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On the menu: an important aspect of the Koonwarra Village School is the kitchen garden Outdoor outcomes: learning outdoors makes up an important part of life at Koonwarra Vilprogram, where students including Tahlia and Charlie spend time working each week. lage School, exposing students to the connection between people and their environment.

Koonwarra’s school expands THE new look Koonwarra Village School has reached completion and provides the students with more learning space and a brand new toilet block.

Back to nature: Minna and Rubylou enjoy working outdoors as part of their education at the Koonwarra Village School.

Fancy free: Koonwarra Village School’s new toilet block will be the envy of many, with its beautiful detail and carved door handles. Students Erin and Mila love the new facility.

New and improved facilities at the school include a new arts and multipurpose area, which is used for meetings, whole school functions and as a learning space. The room includes a stage, which can be opened up to the outdoors during the warmer months. School coordinator Fiona McKenzie said the students are working on their performances for the one act play festival in Foster, which the space is excellent for. “We use the area every day, it has made a huge difference to our lives,” she said. Created by extending and renovating an existing shed on the site, the multipurpose room also includes plenty of room for storing classroom resources. “We wanted to use what was here already, we kept our shed and our classrooms and developed around them,” Ms McKenzie said. “The undercover area and decking around the school classrooms is new and we now have two learning spaces for the junior students.” Ms McKenzie said the renovations are very luxurious and help to keep everything at the fingertips of teachers and students. “We have opted for all natural finishes, our pin boards and carpets are recycled PET bottles, the decking is made from radial cut timber and finished with natural oils,” she said. One of the most impressive parts of the school’s recent transformation is the “beautiful” new toilet block, which was designed to have a residential feel, rather than a commercial one. The door handles were hand carved by Andrew McPherson at Fish Creek and the stone basins are beautiful. “We really got a lot of bang for our buck out of the project,” Ms McKenzie said. “The improved classroom accommodates our

Staged: Koonwarra Village School students Tajeusz and Samina test out the stage area in the schools newly renovated multipurpose room and arts space.

younger years more appropriately for our model to be fully utilised in the spaces we have got.” The project was originally designed by a school parent and then the project was overseen by a school parent.

Ms McKenzie said it was nice to have the school community involved in the project. “TS Constructions were great at working around our school program. We are really happy with the outcome,” she said.

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Creative minds: Anne Roussac-Hoyne and Terry Peavey of Prom Coast Arts received $1500 from Cr Mohya Davies for the More Things of Wood and Stone project.

Kicking goals: Tarwin Football Netball Club received $4550 from Cr Kieran Kennedy (second from right) to replace two spotlights. From left, Doug Grigg of Grants Only Group, and the club’s Doug Don and Nick McRae.

Up with times: Korumburra Community Development and Action Inc received $2180 for the Welcome Korumburra Town App. The group was represented by Syd Whyte and Peewee Lewis, and presented with a cheque by Cr Andrew McEwen.

Council backs volunteers SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council gave away $137,950 worth of community grants recently. Round two of the 2015-16 Community Grants

Fun galore: Lions Club of Strzelecki’s Frank Hirst (right) was given $5000 from mayor Cr Bob Newton towards the Poowong Family Festival.

Program offered funding for projects, equipment, events and planning studies. Mayor Cr Bob Newton said, “Volunteer groups provide a great service for our community and the Community Grants Program helps

support these well deserving groups that expect very little for the great work they do. “We have seen a number of successful projects go ahead from the grants presented in round one the year, so we look forward to the projects

implemented from this round of funding.” The 2016-17 Community Grants Program is now open. Applications for round one close on August 31, 2016 and for round two on March 31, 2017.

Royal flush: Irene Hunt of Loch Public Hall shows off the $8000 she received from Cr Lorraine Brunt to upgrade the hall toilets.

Focus on children: from left, Lisa Bodman of Poowong Pre-school Parent Enrichment Group received $10,000 from Cr Lorraine Brunt towards an all weather access deck and ramp.

Many hats: Cr Lorraine Brunt presented $2300 to Geoff Birnie of Loch Recreation Reserve to replace a gas hot water system.

Milpara Korumburra’s Community House news THE world is becoming increasingly digital, don’t get left behind, we’re here to help.

Way ahead: mayor Cr Bob Newton (centre) gave John Kennedy (left) and Alan Center of Loch and District Bowling Club $2400 towards a strategic plan.

HEIDI Beth Hamilton was born at South Gippsland Hospital, Foster, on Friday, July 8, weighing 8lb. 8oz. (3.85kg). She is the second daughter for Katie and Andrew Hamilton of Fish Creek and a sister for three-year-old Brylie.

Go Digi is a national digital literacy program. We offer face to face learning with a volunteer mentor available every Wednesday. We are also a Broad Band for seniors kiosk. Please call us to book a time with our volunteer, other days can be arranged. Successfully exiting a business takes just as much planning as getting started. We are hosting a Successfully Exiting Your Business

Small Business Victoria Workshop on Tuesday, August 9. Maximise the value of your business and the financial return for all those years of hard work. The workshop also includes a free follow-up one-onone mentoring session. Winter weather can mean we spend a bit more time inside. We have a great idea on how you can brighten your space. We have a DIY Eco Flower Workshop Thursday evening, August 11. Come and learn how to create non-living flowers to decorate your home using economic and resource

able materials. You’ll love the bottle brush. This term we are trialing a Newcomer’s Dinner as we understand day time doesn’t suit everyone. It will be held on August 17. We’ll also have our afternoon tea on August 30. We do need you to RSVP for catering and Korumburra Community Development and Action Group also prepare a Welcome Pack. Don’t forget we offer Beginners Yoga on Thursday morning and evenings. Enquires please call 5655 2524.

DUSTIN Neville Joyce is the second child for David and Terri of KALANI Davies was born at Bass Coast Leongatha. He was born on July 9 at the Warragul Hospital. He is a Health on June 28 to Sharnie Davies of little brother for Hannah aged 2 years. Wonthaggi.

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AGLE’S Rise, a sensational life-style property sits majestically on top of a rise with unsurpassed views across hills and valleys as far as the eye can see. Sited to capture the ever changing landscape, Dumbalk, The Hoddle, Tarwin and Koonwarra are in the distance, while closer in, views overlush river flats and Meeniyan are completely mesmerising. A driveway meanders up through the 8.6 acre property to this modern masterpiece. Entry into the home leads to wings on either side or straight into a massive open plan living room. Almost floor to ceiling windows line two walls, bringing the outdoors in. A quality crafted kitchen comprises large walk-in pantry, high end stainless steel appliances and Caesar-Stone benchtops. Heating and cooling in the adjoining dining and lounge areas is controlled by an R/C air conditioner and large solid fuel heater. A perfect room for family life and entertaining, it also has direct access from here out to the covered outdoor living space, another terrific place to soak in the views. A second lounge or rumpus room situated along one of the wings provides handy additional

living space. Along with a large family bathroom and the biggest of laundries, there are two bedrooms in this part of the house. In the other wing, there are two more bedrooms plus access into the huge double-bay garage (heaps of space and storage.) The main bedroom suite off the family room features spacious W.I.R and luxury en suite, including separate bath. Big both inside and out and in a central location to towns and beaches, this property will suit those looking for something very special on a few acres and in an idyllic setting.

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Detox your home from toxic chemicals BASS Coast Shire residents are being urged to ‘Detox your Home’ – a safe, free and easy-to-use service to dispose of common, highly toxic household chemicals without harming your health or the environment. The household chemical collection program is coming to Wonthaggi on Saturday, August 13 from 10.00am to 1.00pm and Bass Coast Shire Council, in partnership with Sustainability Victoria, is encouraging residents to take the opportunity to get rid of unwanted – and potentially dangerous – items like pesticides, detergents and weed killers. “Household chemicals can cause harm and be the protagonist of a serious unintended bad accident in and around the home,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale said. “Not just potential direct harm to children, family and pets but the chemicals release fumes, pollute the environment and increase the fuel load in and around your house. “We are asking our residents to continue acting responsibly by disposing of chemicals appropriately.” Cr Crugnale said putting them in with the regular rubbish collection could ignite, explode, leak or mix with other chemicals and also contaminate the landfill cell itself once deposited by the truck. ‘’Sometimes we don’t think it through and realise that by pouring them down the drain they could pollute waterways, harm animals and vege-

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Spirit of Anzac prize THE Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is encouraging local students to submit entries for the 2016-17 Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize with the chance of winning a study tour. “The Spirit of Anzac Prize is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I encourage all year nine and 10 students across the region to consider applying,” Mr O’Brien said. “Recipients of the Spirit of Anzac Prize get a unique opportunity to travel to significant wartime sites where Australians have served. Mr O’Brien said students must submit an entry based on one of two topics. The first ques-

tion focuses on the impact wartime had on women and young people, including the expectations and responsibilities placed on them. The second topic focuses on the experience of the Anzacs themselves during the First World War. “Students can choose from a range of formats including essay, poem or short story, audio or visual presentation, musical composition, webpage or artwork,” Mr O’Brien said. “The prize is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn more about the men and women who have served in past conflicts and the sacrifices they made.” There is also an opportunity for secondary school teachers to travel on the study tour as chaperones. For more information visit

Go ahead for tourism venture By Sarah Vella THE South Gippsland Shire Council will allow the development of four holiday cabins on a property in Pound Creek, despite questions about its suitability. The development required a permit in the farming zone and the initial proposal, which included provision for a trout farm, large car park and office, as well as the cabins and received nine objections from seven objectors. The original application was revised to include just the holi-

day cabins, however none of the objections were withdrawn. Lyons Court resident Jill Muir opposed the development. Ms Muir said her property is zoned farming but rated residential, which already puts her and her neighbours at a disadvantage. She said the proposal to build four new dwellings was unfair to surrounding properties. Ms Muir said if the cabins fail to attract holiday makers, there could be a possibility of the owners turning them into permanent dwellings, which could attract “undesirables”. Councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said the council considered all of the views, both

for and against the proposal. He said the proposal fills a gap and supports the need for more tourism infrastructure in South Gippsland. “I think this proposal is quite appropriate and should be supported. We need to bring more tourism into the community,” he said. The applicant, Chris Smith said the project promotes tourism and would provide employment once established. A former local, Mr Smith has been living in Melbourne for the past 20 years and this project was his plan to move back to the area. “This project will complement existing accommodation

New Pilates classes added SOUTH Gippsland Therapy Centre (SGTC) has long been established as the go-to clinic for all natural therapies in the Gippsland region, offering a range of professional therapists for treatment of a vast array of conditions. SGTC’s approach has always to been to be as thorough as possible with their treatment approaches, not just treating symptoms and aches and pains, but effectively assessing the cause of the presenting symptoms, and planning for their prevention and therefore the ongoing relief for patients. One of the more recent additions to services available at SGTC has been Pilates classes. This is proving to be the perfect approach for improving postural weaknesses such as poor core strength. SGTC has a dedicated studio at the rear of the main building in Peart Street. As word has spread about the great results people are achieving through Pilates, classes have had to be added, and a new timetable has just been updated to include more options for clients. On offer are studio groups with a maximum of three participants which utilise various Pilates apparatus’ as part of the session. These sessions are very personalised to cater to individual strengths and weaknesses. Also available are various mat Pilates classes which allow a maximum of eight participants. These classes suit all abilities and with the small numbers are still very personalised. Specialty classes include Mums and Bubs Pilates and prenatal mat classes. Pilates is the perfect exercise for all fitness levels and all abilities. It improves strength and general fitness in a very functional way, teaching participants how to use postural muscles better in their

Improving posture: core strengthening in various positions is a feature of studio Pilates at South Gippsland Therapy Centre. daily lives. This makes Pilates the perfect adjunct to treatment services available at SGTC. All staff work closely together, and great improvements in patient’s pain have been seen through regular attendance at Pilates at SGTC by the Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Myotherapists, Osteopaths, and Acupuncturists also available at SGTC.

Never too late to act HEALTHY Bones Action Week has been empowering Australians to talk about the issue of bone health and osteoporosis since its inception in 1994. This week (August 1-7) is Healthy Bones Week and a time to remember you are never too young – or old – to act when it comes to protecting your bones. No matter what your age, actions can be taken to help your body build and maintain strong bones. It starts in childhood, this is the biggest opportunity to lay the foundation to build strong bones for life. The teenage years are a major growth period because at this time teens’ bodies build one-quarter of their adult bone mass. Peak bone mass is reached when you’re in your late twenties, and, after this it is vital to continue to get adequate calcium, exercise and vitamin D in order to maintain the bone you have built. Healthy Bones Action Week calls on Australians of all ages to take the three actions to build and maintain healthy bones: 1. Increase daily serves of calcium through milk, cheese or yogurt; 2. Go for a walk or committing to some new

form of regular exercise; and 3. Spend time outdoors to get more vitamin D.

What is Osteoporosis Genes and lifestyle impact how strong bones are. While you can’t change your genetics, you can adopt a ‘bonefriendly’ lifestyle which includes adequate calcium intake, exercise and sufficient vitamin D. Osteoporosis occurs when bones lose calcium and other minerals, making them fragile and more likely to fracture. In Australia, osteoporosis affects 1.2 million people. This number is expected to increase as our population grows older. Osteoporosis affects more than 1 in 5 women over the age of 65 years, compared with around 1 in 20 men. Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because of the rapid drop in the hormone oestrogen during menopause. In men, testosterone levels decline more gradually. As a result, bone mass in men usually remains adequate until later in life. By age 65, both men and women lose bone at the same rate. It is never too late to start looking after your bones and take steps to reduce the risk of fracture in the future.

options in the area. We will be mindful not to negatively impact on the area and will be respectful to the environment and our neighbours,” he said. Mr Smith said there is no intention to reapply for the trout farm and the car park or to increase the number of cabins in the future. Cr Andrew McEwen said he expects it will be a quality development with a good design that is environmentally sensitive. “It needs to be remembered that with the dairy industry under the hammer, we need to be looking at proactive ways to increase local employment,” he said.

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Chamber pushes for Leongatha PROMOTING everything that’s good about Leongatha is what the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry is all about. But the role of the chamber is far more diverse than that and if the town is going in the wrong direction or a particular business has any concerns then the chamber can often step in to help. Recently elected president Brenton Williams is inviting people to have an input into the group and express any issues, good or bad, at one of the meetings. The chamber meets with its members on the first Monday of every month at Meeting Room Two at the Leongatha Memorial Hall from 6pm.

“We invite anyone with a business in Leongatha to come and join; you don’t have to have a premises in the town or the industrial estate as long as you operate in the town and surrounds.” “Don’t wait to be asked to join just approach me or past president Peter Watchorn at the newsagency.” Mr Williams, who operates BJ’s Earthmoving, said he can be contacted with any membership enquiries on 0433 033 347. “We can only help if people are willing to come forward and have an input; there’s no point complaining after the event,” he said. “If the business owner can’t always get along to meetings they are welcome to send an employee along.” The chamber has had a busy 12 months with discussions taking place on the heavy vehicle alternate route followed by a lot of meetings about how Bair Street is going to be revamped. New town signs have also gone up recently. “I’d like to see us establish some events in Bair Street once it ceases to be VicRoads’ responsibility and becomes a local road. “We used to have lots of events here like the cycling carnival and the agricultural show so I’d like to see some events coming back. Fortunately we still have a number of events that are gaining a foothold. Three events that spring to mind are the Leongatha Daffodil Festival, The Great Southern Star dance eisteddfod and the Rotary Club’s Show ‘n’ Shine to name a few. This year Leongatha holds the 60th daffodil festival coming up later this month which the chamber has contributed to financially and with manpower over the years. The chamber also organises a number of promotions through the year including the big Christmas Carnival, Father’s Day and Mother’s Day. A big thing this year has been the Lennie Gwyther statue project and the chamber launched an

Chamber has clout: new Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Brenton Williams, welcomes any new members to come along to meetings and have a say about the future of their town. appeal for funds to help have the bronze statue built. The Shire has now tipped in $10,000 grant money to the cause. Mr Williams said the next thing he’d like to see is the Shire and VicTrack negotiate a deal that would see the land at the rear of Bair Street transferred to the Shire. “We can then create something there like a

park with the start of the rail trail, more parking and having access into Bair Street. “We have a good working relationship with the Shire and they have often come to our meetings so it is always good to get their perspective on things,” Mr Williams said. “The town is vibrant but there’s still more work to be done.”

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Seniors countdown to half century TUCKED in their cosy home, the Dakers Centre, some 60 members of the Leongatha Senior Citizens Club gathered to celebrate the successful completion of another year on Friday, July 22. President Topsy Winkler opened the meeting and welcomed special guest, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien and all members. The annual meeting is not only to elect a new committee but to thank the members of the outgoing committee for all their work to run activities over the past year. The entertainment group led by Coral Gray has entertained members a few times through the year, even though its numbers have dwindled. She welcomes anyone who can play a musical instrument sing, dance, read poetry, tell tall stories or do anything to help the group provide entertainment for the Friday afternoon functions. The advertisement on page 41 of this issue has the acts for the next month while looking further ahead there is some fabulous entertainment to mark in your diaries. Peter Denahy is well known in Tamworth and tours overseas. He has a big following and the club has secured a visit for September 30. Then on October 21 the humorous Hoffmans, Heather and David, will be back with their unique brand of humour that has proved so popular at the club in their past three visits. Mrs Winkler thanked entertainment organiser Mavis Harrison for entertainment over the year and acknowledged the input of Jan Stewart in providing fun and laughter at special days: St Patrick’s Day, Christmas in July and Melbourne Cup Day to mention a few. Thanks were also given to newsletter editor Jeanette Chalmers for producing a monthly letter to keep members informed.

Leading the way: the new committee of the Leongatha Senior Citizens Club. Back, from left, Coral Gray, Jan Stewart, Kay Cook, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien, Phil Benson and Geoff Harrison. Middle, Jean Sharwood and Mavis Harrison. Front, Ian Rasmussen, Topsy Winkler, Dawn Rasmussen, Vera Derrick, Eileen Elliott and Wilma Coates. Absent, Jeanette Chalmers, Phil Carter and Mary Jepson. The monthly luncheon continued to be popular and is great value, with a two course meal plus entertainment for $10. Members still receive afternoon tea and a cuppa on this day, thanks to kitchen workers. A lot of this is only possible because of the money raised by weekly stalls selling almost anything of value and specialising in surplus vegetables and eggs.

The indoor bowling group enjoy the relaxed social atmosphere. There’s no competition, only bragging rights for a week, and the group would welcome newcomers. Just turn up at 1pm Mondays. Cost of $3 includes tea and bikkies. Mr O’Brien took the chair for the election of the officers and committee for 2016-17. The previous officers and committee were all returned plus three new committee members: Coral Gray,

Eileen Elliott and Jean Sharwood. The club celebrates its 50th birthday on Friday, May 12, 2017 and would appreciate information, documents, photos or stories that could be used to complete the history of the club that is being compiled. Any photos etc supplied will be scanned and returned. If you have items then contact secretary Ian Rasmussen on 5662 5578.

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Business women get set for AGM WANT to hear what the big trends are that are transforming the world, and how to embrace them? Want to learn what makes someone successful? Then come along and join South Gippsland Busi-

ness Womens Network (SBWN) for its gala event of the year, its annual general meeting. It really is the group’s night of all nights, and this one will be no exception, as it welcomes Ernst and Young’s Managing Partner, Annette Kimmit as its guest speaker with the topic, What does it take to be successful in this fast-paced, modern world? Artificial intelligence, robotics and ‘The Internet of Things’ (IoT) are reinventing the workforce. Drones and driver-less cars are transforming supply chains and logistics. And, changing prefer-

ences and expectations – most notably in the millennial generation – are altering consumption patterns and demand for everything from cars to real estate. Technology, globalization and demographic shifts are fundamentally disrupting and changing the way the world works. So, how can we make it work for us? Annette will explore how business and individuals are responding to these shifts, which seemed unimaginable even a few years ago, and what it will

take to be successful in this new world. Here’s a hint...It’s not the degree and it’s not the piece of paper! Annette speaks with 1000’s of high powered executives globally on a regular basis, SBWN are so privileged to have her spend the evening with us. THE AGM is on Thursday, August 18 at the RACV resort in Inverloch from 6pm-9.30pm but registrations close later this week so if you wish to attend, now’s the time. Check for other details.

Want to plan parties? SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is pleased to have been successful in receiving a grant from the Victorian State Government to deliver the FreeZA program Made in South Gippsland over the next three years. Guest speaker: Annette Kimmitt

Following on from the success of Uniting Care Gippsland delivery of the project for the past six years, FReeZA offers young people the opportunity to become a part of a local committee to plan and deliver music and cultural events to people aged between 14 and 21 in their local area. FReeZA is unique in that it gives young people control over the types of events they want to provide to other young people in their own local area. Committee members plan, create and deliver these events with the support of South Gippsland Shire

Council, community mentors and organisations. Being part of FReeZA gives young people the opportunity to build confidence in event planning and delivery, helps create and develop professional relationships, and provides the possibility of exploring various employment pathways in the entertainment and event management industries. FReeZA also provides important performance opportunities for local musicians and emerging artists to showcase their talents through statewide competitions such as the annual FReeZA Push Start Comp. The other types of events that can be provided by the local FReeZA committee includes staging live band gigs, BMX/skate comps, hip hop showcases, art and short film competitions, DJ dance events, theatre productions and local community, music and youth festivals. To ensure all young people in South Gippsland are given the op-

Foster band: Rockenspiele’s Kate Facey, Maddie Barker and Taliya Barker have featured at past FReeZa gigs. portunity to participate in the FReeZA program, four FReeZA committee groups will be established in the four largest towns: Leongatha, Korumburra, Foster and Mirboo North. Each committee will provide at least one event each year in their region, and combine to provide one re-

gional event per year. If you are aged between 14 and 21, and would like to be a part of FReeZA in South Gippsland, please contact Sophie Dixon at South Gippsland Shire Council: phone 5662 9202 or 0418 949 860, or email

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Building for the community LEONGATHA RSL has 30 volunteers it can call upon to assist with the delivery of the many services it carries out in the community. It is appreciative of any time that anyone can give - provided of course they meet basic requirements including police checks - to help it carry out this immensely important work it does in the community. When you register your wish to become a volunteer with the Leongatha RSL you also state your availability, however much or little it is, all of it is valued. You might be asked to drive someone to an appointment. You might be asked to deliver food. Whatever your unique set of skills, they can be put to use in some way or other to make life more pleasant for someone else.

There are many elderly clients in the community who still live independently at home, but the garden has become beyond them. A couple of hours a week might be all it takes of your time to keep the garden neat and tidy. Regardless of what form your volunteer work takes, one of the most important benefits is the way it can combat social isolation. You might be suited to tutoring computer skills from basic to advanced Online banking can be a challenge for an elderly person with no background skills. Providing such people with the knowhow and confidence to be able to enjoy the wonderful convenience of banking at home cannot be underestimated. There are ex-servicemen residents at both Koorooman House and Woorayl Ledge who are collected and taken to lunch - free once a fortnight at the RSL club.

Welcome: Leongatha RSL staff member Wendy Wyhoon is welfare coordinator based at the South Gippsland Veterans Resource Hub on Bellingham Street, a facility for which she brims with pride. She said, “People are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit, and of course a chat.”

There is a group of gentlemen who travel to the RSL from Inverloch once a fortnight. In short the RSL does an enormous amount of good work in the community and expanding its bank of volunteers isn’t about making the work lighter, it is about the RSL being able to increase the range of its services. It is currently working on a grant application to assist with the purchase of a van with disabled/ wheelchair access. The van will need drivers for this transport which is to be made available to service groups such as Probus. The volunteer services operate out of the South Gippsland Veterans Resource Hub on Bellingham Street. The hub began operating late in 2015 and represents a significant investment in community on the part of the RSL. Wendy Wyhoon, Leongatha RSL staff member and welfare coordinator said, “It is also a place where anyone is welcome to drop in for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit, and of course a chat.” Mrs Wyhoon said, “We started small but the world is our oyster; we can branch out now that we have this wonderful facility. The RSL operates a pension officer and advocacy service at the building; bookings are required and day to day affairs which can sometimes seem awfully complicated and overwhelming can be quickly sorted out for you. Or it might be a question you have been unable to find an answer to elsewhere – help is at hand. The centre will be officially opened on October 22 at the beginning of Veterans Health Week.

Friends and fun: from left, Noelle Walker (president), Theresa Bateman, Reg Marshall, Patricia Hill (treasurer), Lesley Marshall, Jenene Evans, Pat Dale and Elaine Stainkamph in the Leongatha Gallery. Pat Dale was a founding member of the Leongatha Art and Craft Society 44 years ago and is regarded as a cornerstone of the gallery. The fish you see on the wall behind the group is one of her works.

Well worth the visit THE Leongatha Gallery, part of the memorial hall complex, is a lovely place to wander into; full of colour with objects competing for attention, most for sale. If you are in the market for a wedding, birthday, and the arrival of a new baby or a house warming gift, there can be few places in Leongatha, indeed anywhere, that offer such arresting choices. Taking in the traditional and contemporary art and craft on display, it is remarkable too how much it represents the region. Everything in the gallery which is one long room is the work of local art and craft people. The treasurer of the Leongatha Art and Craft Society Inc., Patricia Hill, is herself a talented glass artist with many of her striking works on display. The gallery also features the work of one of the original founders of the gallery 44 years ago, Pat Dale whose work is strikingly modern in style. Reg Marshall works with wood and one of his vintage cars on display is quite exquisite.

There are woven baskets, ceramics, pin cushions and toys, felted items, greeting cards, jewellery, knitwear, mosaics, leadlight, rugs, tea cosies, socks, silk scarves and paintings. The exhibitions are constantly changing in the well lit, intimate space in its location in the heart of the town. Admission to the gallery, open weekdays and Saturday (closed on Tuesday and Sunday) is free. The Leongatha Gallery is managed and operated by volunteers - Friends of the Gallery and members of the Leongatha Art and Craft Society Incorporated (LSACS) a non-profit organisation. LACS is grateful to the Citizens Advice Bureau and the South Gippsland Shire Council without whose assistance the gallery would not be able to operate. The gallery is also appreciative of donations of display stands by local businesses such as Leongatha Newsagency. Take a wander through the gallery because you never know what you will find.

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• Bass Coast Shire

Glade road no more COUNCILLORS unanimously agreed to discontinue the road at the Glade in Inverloch where existing barbeque areas and parkland are situated. The motion was moved after council first appointed a committee of management for the area back in August 2015. The committee agreed the area in question was not suitable for a road use. Cr Neil Rankine passed the motion stating, “It should be part of the reserve and it should be managed as such.” In approving the discontinuance of the road, Council also agreed to write to the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning to request reservation of the land for public purposes and agreed to become a Committee of Management for the area.

Volunteers buoy brigade INVERLOCH residents can rest assured they are in safe hands. The town’s fire brigade, the Inverloch CFA, is experiencing a membership boom, with 47 willing volunteers – up from 38 this time last year. So great is the membership rise, the brigade has had to build another turnout room to accommodate the extra uniforms needed. Captain Allan Williamson could not be happier. “That’s the most we’ve ever had,” he said. He attributes the increase to successful recruitment campaigns and the brigade’s presence at Inverloch Community Farmers Markets run by the Inverloch and District Lions Club. The brigade received a grant from electricity network operator AusNet to buy a marquee that will be erected at future markets to hopefully attract further support. Firefighters meet at the fire station in A’Beckett Street at 7pm Tuesdays and more members are welcome; not just as firefighters but also as communications operators, fire operations vehicle staff and brigade support members fundraising.

Many hands: Inverloch and District Lions Club past president Klaus Edel with Inverloch Country Fire Authority captain Allan Williamson in the well equipped turnout room at the station, one of two. The Lions Club is a supporter of the brigade.

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Council’s landfill savings standout by Brad Lester SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and extending the life of the Koonwarra landfill by four years, all thanks to the humble tarp. Landfill operators used to cover waste with 300mm of soil at the end of each day to reduce windblown litter, minimise odour and deter vermin, but that consumed valuable landfill airspace. Now council is using the Tarpomatic landfill cover system, that entails laying a tarp over the landfill at the end of every day and removing

this the next day ahead of receiving more waste. Council is the first landfill operator in Victoria to gain ongoing approval to use the system. The system uses a motorised spool that hooks on to the landfill compactor, and deploys and retrieves large weighted tarps over the rubbish. The system also sprays a deodarising solution – scented cherry – over the rubbish to reduce odours and has saved 6400m3 of airspace by the end of July compared to the previous system. That amount of airspace is valued at $962,000 and the system cost $219,000. Council’s waste management

supervisor Peter Roberts said, “It costs a substantial amount of money but compared with the money it has saved us, it is money well spent.” The tarps last three to five years. Contaminated rainwater from the landfill is pumped and transport to Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.

Smart move: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s sustainability coordinator Geoff McKinnon, Koonwarra landfill supervisor Neil Ingram and waste manager supervisor Peter Roberts are impressed by the success of the tarp system that is preserving the life of the landfill.

Wine lovers toast a master A KEEN group of wine enthusiasts had fun avoiding the winter blast on July 23, with a wonderful afternoon spent with local wine maker and national wine judge, Marcus Satchell. The wine appreciation class was organised by

Gippsland Food Adventures in conjunction with Marcus and Lisa Satori of Dirty 3 winery at Leongatha South. The participants, some of whom travelled from as far as East Gippsland and Bendigo, were given an introduction to a range of South Gippsland white and red wines. Whilst everyone wanted to learn about the styles

and how to appreciate wine more fully, Marcus started by making the point, “the most important thing to do when tasting wine is enjoy yourself. Wine is a pleasurable experience and is ultimately made to drink, ideally with food.” He explained how the colour of the wine can be a guide to the age and variety of the wine, best assessed

Here’s cheers: participants enjoy the master wine class at Dirty 3 winery, Leongatha South recently, organised by Gippsland Food Adventures.

against a white background. And a lot of time was spent picking the aroma of the wines with glasses that narrow at the top end concentrate these aromas. Marcus provided a list of possible aromas people might detect from each of the varieties, and with careful guidance and tuition from Marcus most participants learnt to identify key characteristics of the wines by day’s end. Many participants commented on the knowledge and passion Marcus has for wines, as well as his enthusiasm for the Gippsland wine industry. Gippsland has a special strength for producing cool climate wines such as riesling, chardonnay and pinot noir, with limited pockets of good quality shiraz and cabernet sauvignon grapes also grown. Marcus explained the nuances required for producing good wines and how to select appropriate wines for cellaring. A second wine master-

class is scheduled for August 6 at Dirty 3 winery. This will highlight the wide range of styles of riesling

available from across the globe as well as a vertical tasting of Dirty3 Pinot Noir from 2011 to 2015. Lim-

ited places still available. Contact Jenny O’Sullivan, Gippsland Food Adventures on 0419 153377.

Speaking their mind: participants and officials in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. Back from left, Gordon Archer of Melbourne Legacy and South Gippsland Legacy president Peter Fraser. Middle, Ashton Westwood of South Gippsland Secondary College, Charlotte Brewis of Newhaven College, Phoenix Milner of South Gippsland Secondary College, Hugh Nicholl of South Gippsland Secondary College, and judges Anne Looney and Paul Andrews. Front, Jazmin Petrusch of Newhaven College, Emily James of Leongatha Secondary College, Kasey Herrington of Newhaven College, Alannah Dean of Wonthaggi Secondary College, Teisha Damman of Wonthaggi Secondary College and judge Anna Dockendorff.

Teen speakers inspire HOW do you cope with post-traumatic

stress disorder? This was the topic chosen by Charlotte Brewis in her prepared speech in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award held in the Bass Coast Shire Council Chambers recently. Charlotte, representing Newhaven College, was awarded first place for this and her impromptu speech, “Rainy days, happy days”. Phoenix Milner, South Gippsland Secondary College, was awarded second place. Charlotte will now progress to the Victorian Preliminary Finals to be held in Dandenong on September 6. The national finals are being held in Adelaide in

November. Ten students from four of the eight South Gippsland secondary schools participated in the event, presenting a diverse range of speeches, from “Art therapy for veterans” to “The dream they sold you”. President of South Gippsland Legacy, Peter Fraser, said, “The high standard of this year’s speeches reflects the thorough preparation of the students and the support of their teachers.” South Gippsland Legacy supports more than 400 war widows living in the westeast region from Cowes to Corner Inlet, and in the north-south region from Mirboo North to Cape Paterson.

Major event: Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services and Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing officially opened the extension and handed over the keys to the new $360,000 fire truck recently at Corinella CFA. She is with brigade members.

New fire tanker protects CORINELLA Fire Brigade members can better keep their growing community safe with a new fire truck and an extended station to accommodate it. Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Services and Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing officially opened the extension and handed over the keys to the new $360,000 fire truck recently. “This new tanker and station upgrade will ensure the Corinella Fire Brigade can continue protecting the expanding local community,” she said. “The station expansion will not only house the new truck, but provide better facilities for brigade members now and into the future.” “I want to thank all the members of the

Corinella Fire Brigade for the sterling work they do in keeping their community safe.” The new truck caters for firefighter safety with spray protection around the entire vehicle, fire curtains and an external roll-over bar. It also has Class A foam with a high-pressure pump so that fires can be extinguished from a safe position. The tanker can carry up to five firefighters along with their equipment and will primarily be used to tackle wildfires. While the previous station built in 1978 was adequate for the old fire truck, the new tanker would not fit, so expansion works were undertaken by a Gippsland-based construction firm using local suppliers.

The $110,000 station extension has been designed with the future in mind, providing space for the new tanker, prospective brigade members and more vehicles if required. Meeting facilities have also been refurbished and more space has been added for members to get changed and train safely. The state of the art vehicle and station extension will help current members,who attended around 45 callouts in the past year, continue the brigade’s almost 40 years of service to their community. The tanker was funded through CFA’s Tanker Replacement Program and the extension works through CFA’s Tanker Station Modification Program, with $10,000 in contributions from the brigade and the community.

Well done: Peter Fraser, president of South Gippsland Legacy, presents Charlotte Brewis of Newhaven College with her first place certificate.

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Time flies for dentists in Korumburra IT’S now been 18 months since Doctors Sean How and Shalmain Chan set up a new dental business, Korumburra Dental Clinic, on Commercial Street in the heart of Korumburra.

Dr Chan said the pharmacy next door works closely with the dental clinic and pharmacy staff have made the dentists welcome.

Dr Chan, who offers general dentistry and orthodontics, while Dr How performs general dentistry, said the community had welcomed its services. Their services include cleaning, crowns, implants, bridges, dentures, fillings, braces, surgical extractions such as wisdom teeth and Dr How’s special interest is root canal treatment and implant dentistry. He has the additional skill of making balloon animals, and stickers for children are available. The clinic is also able to see patients on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) dental scheme. The staff set aside time every day to perform emergency treatment, should someone need it. “When patients are in pain, we’re usually able to New equipment: dentist Dr Sean How, left, and Barb Daymond of Korumburra Dental sort them out on the day,” Dr How said. He said the new clinic was spotlessly clean and Clinic, where dentists use state of the art equipment during dental procedures. fitted out with state of the art equipment. Dr How said staff take hygiene extremely seriously. “We are very strict with the hygiene. Everything’s perfectly clean,” he said. Dr How said because the business was independent, the patient’s welfare was at heart. This year Dental Health Week is focusing on THIS year’s theme for Dental Health “It’s a family owned and operated business,” he said. the signifi cant way that hormones can play havoc Week which takes place this week (Au“All treatment options are in the patient’s best ina woman’s oral health, an especially imporgust 1-7) is women and oral health-how with terest, not dictated by corporate policy.” tant topic in light of a recent study that revealed

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Above, Top class: Newhaven College provides excellence in education and also is proud its impressive administration and library wing has just been awarded a 2016 Master Builders award. Right, New library: Newhaven College’s award winning library provides a world’s best practice learning environment for its students. Right below, Thrilled: from left John Lovell, wife Gea Lovell, Newhaven College principal, and award winning builder Dale Sartori, managing director, DAS Constructions, Wonthaggi are so proud another prestigious award has been awarded to DAS Constructions for the impressive library and administration wing. They are pictured at the opening of the award winning building last year.


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Tick of excellence for DAS Constructions THE awards keep rolling in for Wonthaggi based DAS Constructions picking up another prestigious Master Builders regional award for the second year in a row. After taking out the 2015 Master Builders award for the $3.2 million Newhaven College Trade Training Centre last year DAS Constructions has now won the award for Commercial Buildings $3 to $6 for the $3.4 million Newhaven library and administration complex that opened its doors for term four last year. DAS started work on this award winning educational project that comprises a new library, staff room, administration offices, boardroom, toilet facilities and storage facilities in late 2014 and completed the project in July 2015. The set-out of the building was a challenge due to the curved radial design and the sloping site. The joinery and timber beams manufactured and installed are of a high standard in the library and staff room, complemented by the blockwork and engineered timber on the outer walls. The construction works were completed and handed over for occupation on time and within project budget. With more than 25 years DAS Constructions founder and managing director Dale Sartori has overseen the completion of many major projects in the region for the Education Department, Bass Coast Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, Rose Lodge Nursing Home, Wonthaggi, Wonthaggi Secondary College, Korumburra Secondary College, Southern Gippsland Regional Health and Phillip Island’s Newhaven College.


What is perhaps the jewel in the stunning contemporary and cutting edge, architecturally designed Newhaven College’s crown, the impressive administration building commands an elevated position at the school, close by to the Trade Training Centre, middle and junior schools. Mr Sartori is thrilled his company has been awarded another prestigious award and maintains it is confirmation of the quality work, skill and efforts of builders in the local region. Standing back and taking a look at the magnificent, award winning buildings providing excellent education to more than 800 students at the Newhaven College Mr Sartori is proud to part of Award presentation: DAS Constructions managing director Dale Sartori receiving the 2016 Masters Builders regional award for the Newhaven College administration and library the college’s history. “The college is just so great to work with, al- building at the recent gala presentation night from Jim Johnstone of Incolink. ways very supportive and very hands on through the whole build”, Mr Sartori said. “I am very proud of this building, it’s such an unusual shape and being curved it did provide a real challenge and construction was quite tricky. But it really is a beautiful building.” Whilst focusing strongly on Commercial building projects in the region, including aided care facilities, retail shop fit outs, medical and leisure facilities, DAS Constructions is equally dedicated to building and renovating beautiful homes.

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Farming Insight

Farmers want MG direction lack of open communication between the board, management and suppliers and the failure of the board to monitor and control the reporting process for the implementation of the new value added strategy. “Suppliers have, as yet, not received a full and open explanation of what led to these Hazel Park dairy farmer Kelvin Jackson and events,” Mr Lubitz said. Leongatha farmer Bernhard Lubitz are two of four “Without openness MG will never be able to candidates eligible for the Gippsland vacancy. regain the trust of its farmers. For me the co-op Mr Jackson said he has never seen a more has always been about the strong supporting the pressing need for a change at board level for Murray Goulburn. “Now is the time to elect someone that has had extensive experience as a board member. None of us can afford to let the current conditions continue,” he said. “I had eight years with both Bonlac and the Bonlac Supply Company and nine years at Dairy Australia. I have developed a tremendous insight and knowledge of the workings of our industry and Murray Goulburn.” Mr Jackson said his years of board level experience means that if elected, he can hit the ground running. “Understanding the risks and opportunities around inventories, currency, international and national markets, factories, competition and milk flows to name but a few has been my life’s work,” he said. • Kelvin Jackson. “The relationship between the board, management and the supplier shareholder base needs to change. “I will be a passionate advocate for all suppliers and my focus will be to return our farmers back to profitability and to restore the trust that THERE were approximately 1370 exhas been damaged in recent times.” port and 250 young cattle penned repMr Lubitz said the Gippsland election provides an opportunity for suppliers to reassess the resenting a decrease of 370 head week role of directors on the MG board and the role of on week. There was a full field of buyers present and the board as a whole within the co-op. He said at the core of the recent events is the competing in a mostly dearer market. Quality prime drafts were more limited than last sale. Manufacturing cattle lifted significantly while prime cattle were closer to firm. Trade cattle were fairly scarce with most being yearling heifers which sold firm. Grown steers and bullocks sold 5c/kg dearer for most. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers improved 16c/kg while the crossbreds held firm on most sales. Cows sold 10c to 20c/kg dearer for most. Heavy weight bulls sold from 5c to 20c/kg dearer. Yearling heifers to the trade sold from 318c to 366c/kg. Grown steers made between 333c and 372c/kg. Bullocks sold between 346c and 380c/ kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from 292c to 296c with the crossbred portion from 299c to 355c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows sold from 200c to 264c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly between 240c and 295c/kg. Heavy weight C and B muscle bulls sold between 270c and 316c with the dairy lots between 256c and 277c/kg. The next sale draw - August 3 & 4: 1. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 2. Landmark, 3. SEJ, MID4730022 4. Elders, 5. Rodwells, 6. Alex Scott & Staff.

TWO South Gippsland farmers will be vying for the position of Murray Goulburn director, made available by the resignation of the late Max Jelbart earlier in the year.

weak until they themselves become strong, and so the cycle continues. “In many respects MG has lost sight of this in the structures and processes it employs. This situation must be turned around if we are going to regain some balance and fairness.” In last year’s Gippsland elections, only 44 per cent of the available votes were cast. “Now is not the time to be complacent or apathetic,” Mr Jackson said.

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Boost for young farmers THE State Government will provide funding grants to help young farmers boost their skills and become better equipped to face the farming challenges and opportunities of the future. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to farmers and farm workers under the age of 35 to help them boost development and career progression in the industry. The funding consists of $5000 towards study backed by a further $5000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice. The scholarship program is designed to be flexible to fit in with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers. Examples of eligible courses include a Diploma in Agriculture, Human Resources training, Business Management, a Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a range of on-farm technical training.

Young people with an interest in agriculture are also encouraged to contribute to the conversation that will help shape future programs and activities, supporting the development of our next generation of food and fibre producers. More information about the Young Farmer Scholarship Program and the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council is available at www.vic. Applications for the Young Farmers Scholarship Program close on August 26, 2016. Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said, “The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the future of farming by helping upskill our young people working within the industry. “The outlook for farming is very positive with growing export markets on our doorstep and a world-class food and fibre sector already punching above its weight – this is why we need to ensure we have the agricultural leaders of tomorrow getting the right support today.”

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MG loses out to Bega MURRAY Goulburn will take a $108 million hit to its revenue annually, after losing its contract to provide a range of private label products to Woolworths. MG will no longer be contracted to supply Woolworths with cheese, UHT milk, adult milk powder and cream. The cooperative has retained the contract to supply private label shredded mozzarella and private label butter to Woolworths. Bega Cheese has reportedly picked up the cheese contract, while Woolworths has awarded the other contracts to a range of dairy companies, including Fonterra, Freedom Foods and Bulla. This blow comes after a tumultuous 12 months

First class: the South Gippsland Sub-Branch of the Holstein Friesian Association of Australia held its annual meeting last week. President Stuart Mackie, secretary Les White and treasurer Andrew Mackie were re-elected for the coming year. The President’s Cup this year was presented to the White family, the breeders of Dilee Esquire 433, who won both the local Semex on Farm Challenge and state award for the champion four year old Holstein cow. From left, president Stuart Mackie with Les White (centre) and Russ White of the White family, with the President’s Cup.

Dairy Levy Poll invite THE newly formed Levy Poll Advisory Committee is calling on dairy farmers to nominate for levy payer representative positions. The Levy Poll Advisory Committee (LPAC) will determine if a change to the level or structure of the levy should be recommended – and a poll held as a result. Newly appointed chair of the committee, John Lawrenson, has written to all levy payers asking if they are prepared to consider an opportunity to play a role in ensuring dairy farmers’ interests are brought to the table in considering the dairy levy. “This is an important leadership role,” Mr Lawrenson said. “I invite dairy levy payers to apply for one of up to nine levy payer vacancies on the committee.” He acknowledged that the dairy industry is currently experiencing significant challenges and that the request to take on greater industry responsibilities comes at a difficult time. “This committee will play a vital role in determining what level of funding will be required to support the long term research, development and extension strategy for the industry,” he said. “Its decisions will have broad-reaching implications for the Australian dairy industry.” In late 2015, dairy levy payers supported the removal of the compulsory requirement for Dairy Australia to convene a levy poll at least every five years. Instead, legislation has now been passed to effect this change. “The committee is seeking up to nine members who can represent the views of a broad range of levy payers and I urge dairy farmers to read the LPAC information and ask themselves if they are willing to nominate,” Mr Lawrenson said.“If not, I would encourage them to urge other levy payers who can bring the required leadership and capability to put themselves forward.” Levy payers can apply by filling in the online form located at Please note applications close this Friday, August 5. The website also contains more detail about existing committee members, the application and selection process, and the requirements of Committee members. To discuss the process further, please contact Emma Braun at Dairy Australia on 03 9694 3719.

for the farmer owned cooperative. Since MG listed its unit trust on the stock market last July, it has downgraded profits, slashed the farmgate price, lost key executives and attracted a class action over alleged misleading statements. The company said due to the timing of contracts, the impact on this financial year will be limited. MG will adjust future manufacturing planning to redirect this capacity to other markets, limiting future revenue and earnings impacts. MG interim chief executive officer David Mallinson said in a statement, “MG continues to enjoy a strong ongoing relationship with Woolworths and they remain a valued partner for our

cooperative.” “Devondale and Liddells branded products are not impacted by this decision and will continue to be available at Woolworths nationally.” Hazel Park dairy farmer and Murray Goulburn supplier Kelvin Jackson said it will take time to realise the full impact of the contract loss on the cooperative. “As I understand it, it’s next year that MG loses the cheese contract to Bega, so I guess they have some time to replace it,” he said. “I think export to Japan would be their first choice. Time will tell what impact it will have, depending on what other markets they can secure.”

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You will be paid on the job as you train with us for a cadetship. This is a great opportunity to begin your career and work and live in South Gippsland. An interest in being part of a vibrant community would be an advantage. The position will commence immediately.



PROGRAM LONG TAN Commemorative Service commencing 11am WONTHAGGI CENOTAPH Soldiers Park - McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi Form up in Watt Street in front of Cenotaph No marching involved. Wreaths to be laid for each Service and Civilian Medical Teams Followed by: DEPARTED COMRADES LUNCHEON Commencing 12noon Wonthaggi RSL Hall - Graham St, Wonthaggi 2 course meal with coffee and cheese drinks supplied. Cost $15pp (subsidized by the Wonthaggi RSL and others) No formal booking but advise numbers attended by email or calling Wonthaggi RSL and leave a recorded message. Phone: 5672 4226 Email: This is a function arranged for veterans by veterans

INVERLOCH Saturday, August 13 1pm - 5pm BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone Bob: 0417 524 005 Approved TSV course ABN 43080057923

situations vacant SATURDAY CASUAL Desired attributes: Clean and tidy appearance, excellent time management, good customer service, barista skills, work well in a team environment. To apply email your resumé to thorntonsbakery@

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Tarwin Valley Primary School is seeking the interest of CASUAL RELIEF TEACHERS in the area who would like to offer their services as relief teaching staff. If you are interested, please contact the school. 5664 7382

All enquiries can be directed to: Helen Bowering, manager on 5662 2294. Resumés to: The Star will contact only those applicants required for an interview

PROPERTY MANAGER Our Inverloch office is expanding rapidly and we wish to appoint a dynamic experienced Property Manager to become a full time or part time member of our progressive rental department. You should possess excellent customer service and communication skills, as well as qualification and experience in property and real estate management. Proficient computer skills, the ability to multi-task, and a passion to grow the business are essential. Excellent package and above award remuneration. All enquiries strictly confidential. APPLICATIONS BY EMAIL TO: or contact Jo Ginn on 0417 552 642. 7 a’Beckett Street, Inverloch, 3996

Better health, Better lifestyles, Stronger communities

Social Worker Grade 2 or equivalent 0.4 EFT position Applications are invited from experienced professionals with a relevant Bachelor Degree to provide counselling to victims of family violence within a supportive team environment. Remuneration will be negotiated in accordance with qualifications and experience. Salary packaging is available. Enquires, including Position Description, should be directed to the Community Support Services Manager, Noel Sibly, or the BCH Counsellor Team Leader, Nikki Stanes, on 03 5671 3278. A Position Description is also available on the BCH website. Applications, including a cover letter, a separate statement addressing the selection criteria and a current CV, including 2 professional referees, should be directed to: Applications close 12.00 noon, Tuesday 16 August 2016

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

Accomplished Project Managers x 2 Idyllic South Gippsland location – a great place to thrive! 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 offer flexible working arrangements, with FTE negotiable. Both positions are fixed-term, approximately 2.5 years with the possibility of extension or ongoing. Both positions are responsible for the provision of project management within an infrastructure and planning environment. Exposure to major projects, preferably in a leadership capacity, will be highly regarded. The positions will be based out of Foster and Korumburra. Interested applicants can view the Position Descriptions at and are encouraged to contact Nikki Drummond (03) 5682 0442 or Paula Smith (03) 5682 0403 for a confidential discussion. Positions close 9am Monday 8th August 2016.

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

Administration Assistant (22264) Permanent Part time – 45.6 hours per fortnight

This position will involve providing administration and support services to the Manager AOD and Counselling services working within a large multidisciplinary team. Duties involve preparing and producing correspondence, minutes and reports. The successful applicant will need to be enthusiastic and highly motivated with the ability to handle pressure to meet deadlines.

Assistant Manager – AOD & Counselling (22263) Permanent Part time 60.8 hours per fortnight

Working within a large multidisciplinary team of health professionals and reporting to the Manager AOD and Counselling this role is essential in providing operational and administration support and oversight of the AOD and Counselling program. If you are keen and enthusiastic and have experience and/or qualifications in a health related field and/ or extensive experience in the AOD and Mental Health Sector or in leadership or management, this is a great position for you to further develop your management skills and gain greater exposure within community health.

AOD Counsellor & Care and Recovery Clinician (22265) Permanent Full time 76 hours per fortnight

2x AOD Counsellor This position aims to support positive behavioural changes in AOD clients through the delivery of therapeutic counselling interventions to individuals and their families in a recovery orientated framework.

1x Care & Recovery Clinician This role seeks to implement and support integrated treatment and care pathways for high risk, complex client within AOD treatment services. If you have an undergraduate degree (or near completion) in Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, Social Welfare & Counselling, Social Welfare or other Health related degree, this could be the position for you! For more information on all positions please visit All applications will close 11pm, Friday 12 August 2016. • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply • For further information and copies of each position description visit our careers page • Applicants must address the Selection Criteria and lodge their application online. • No late or hard copy applications will be accepted.


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

2 x Child FIRST Intake and Assessment Worker (short term positions)

from $199

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



1 x 24 hours per week 1x 30 hours per week Based in Leongatha Further information is available at: or call Carrie Jagusch on 5152 9600 UnitingCare Gippsland interviews in the interests of safety and wellbeing of children and young people

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

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Discharge Planning Project Officer Fixed term position 12 months PART TIME POSITION 0.4 EFT (32 hours per fortnight) This is a dynamic project to develop and support the Discharge Planning team at South Gippsland Hospital. The role will provide specific assistance to the Acute Care team in providing leadership and co-ordination of the Discharge Planning process. The successful person will have skills to liase with patients and familiies, staff and external agencies. Knowledge of Referal pathways, Aged care placement , Pastoral care and Advanced Care Planning to implement successful and safe discharge. Qualifications Relevant degree in health sciences – Nursing, Social work, or equivalent. • 5+ years professional experience in an Acute setting • Experience in aged care case management or placement • Experience with relevant technologies in health care eg. Referral pathways, My Aged Care platform Responsible to: Director of Nursing.

Clinical Governance Project Officer (Nursing) Fixed term position 12 months PERMANENT PART TIME 0.4EFT (32 hours per fortnight) South Gippsland Hospital invites suitably skilled and experienced Registered Nurses to apply for this position. The role will develop supports for senior nurse managers in implementing and maintaining clinical best practice and quality activities. Duties involve clinical audits, writing and reviewing policies, creating spreadsheets and reports, plus liaison with health industry organisations. The successful applicant will demonstrate key attributes associated with the position: • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to influence people • Change management skills • Experience in quality improvement • Working knowledge of relevant software and agency databases and information systems, for example PROMPT • Organisation, prioritisation and time management skills Both Vacancies Closing date: Tuesday 16 August 2016. Applications shall be addressed to: Shianne Murray Human Resources Manager Email: For further information please contact Shianne Murray, Human Resources Manager, SGH. Applications should discuss and address the key responsibilities as listed in the Position Description available from Wendy White on 5683 9712 or

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

ARMCHAIR, converts into single bed, inner sprung steel frame, never used, chocolate coloured suede cover, $450. Ph: 5663-5366. BELLINI wall oven, fan forced, good order, $150. Ph: 5663-5366.

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FIREWOOD - local messmate/stringy bark, cut/split, delivery available. 10 cubic metres $900, 6 cubic metres $600. Ph: 0437176187.

OATEN HAY for sale, 18 bales 8x4x3, 725kg per bale, $220. Ph: 56685250 or 0439-685250.

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. FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175. GLADIOLI BULBS, 10 for $5. Ph: 0411439856. HAY for sale. Top quality vetch oaten straw. Feed test available. For delivered price ring Greg 0429-822544. HAY - 100 square bales, will separate, $11 each. Ph: 5659-2087. HAY - Grass hay, 5x4 netwrapped. Can load, Thorpdale $77. Ph: 0448-863104.

RINNAI gas heater with remote control, $50. Ph: 5663-5366. 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. WESTINGHOUSE small freezer, very good condition, $70. Ph: 5663-5366. 5X4 ROLLS Leongatha area, various quality. Call Warren for price 0429-350450.

livestock BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762.

garage sales


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The 2nd Leongatha Scout Association


marriage celebrant PAM HERRALD 5662 2553 0438 097 181

Wendy Rutjens

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

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Jenny Milkins

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

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

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

Thursday, August 25 at 6pm Followed by election. Secretary & committee members positions are vacant. Prior nominations by post to: Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute PO Box 142 Tarwin Lower 3956

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MIRBOO NORTH 15 Porter Lane, August 6, 8.30am - 1pm. Moving house, furniture, chest freezer, antiques, brica-brac.

There is no need to be alone when our successful matchmakers know so many wonderful women & men all seeking love & happiness. You don’t need a computer, all you need is a telephone. Call & see who is waiting to meet you today. Ph 1300 856 640 or txt 'meetupvic' to 0450 345 300


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

Weddings ~ Funerals ~ Namings

Tarwin Lower Mechanics Institute

KOONWARRA 319 Old Koonwarra-Meeniyan Road, Saturday, August 6, 9am. No early birds.

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MARSHMAN - Isabel. My beautiful Mum, not a day goes by that I do not think of you. You are forever in my heart and in my thoughts, and always by my side. I was so blessed to have you as my mum. Loving you always. Thel and family. xx SMITH - Aileen. 31.7.2003. It has been 13 long years without you in our lives. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about you with heavy hearts and a tear in our eyes. Love and miss you terribly. Coog, Gary, Leanne, Janny, Greg and families. STUBBS - Trevor. 21.2.1932 - 31.07.2003 Can’t believe it’s 13 years since you’ve been gone. Miss you and love you always and forever. Jen.


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. 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. 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 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.

Please forward your application to:

Community Development Worker Grade 2 0.2 EFT position – Limited term contract until 30 June 2017 Applications are invited from experienced professionals in partnership facilitation and community based project work. The Green Book Project position involves assisting relevant stakeholders in the health and community sector to work collaboratively to improve health outcomes for young children in the region. The project worker will work with the partners to design, deliver and evaluate an initiative to increase participation in health services targeting children aged 0 – 4. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field such as community development, early childhood, health, welfare or related field are desirable. This project is coordinated by the South Coast Best Start program. Remuneration will be negotiated in accordance with qualifications and experience. Salary packaging is available. Enquires, including Position Description, to the Manager, Community Support Noel Sibly on 5671 3278 or the Best Start Facilitator on 5671 3510. The Position Description is available on the BCH website. Applications, including a cover letter, a separate statement addressing the selection criteria and a current CV, including 2 professional referees should be directed to: Applications close 12.00 noon Tuesday 16 August 2016

MINNS - Cheryl. Highly respected and much loved workmate, friend and mate, you’ll be sadly missed Cher. Pam, Col, Russell, Tracy and families. MINNS - Cheryl. A beautiful, gentle, honest lady. Sorry I couldn’t answer your call when needed most. Remembering you is easy, I will do it every day. Missing you is a heartache it will never go away. May the wind blow softly and whisper in your ear how much we love and miss you, and wish you were here. From your best mate Alan. MINNS (Bath) - Cheryl. Loved and courageous niece of Stan (dec) and Meree Bath, cousin of Glenn and Melina. A gentle footprint on the earth. Our love to Val and her family. MINNS (Bath) - Cheryl. With our deepest sympathy to Cheryl’s family, friends and Alan on the sudden passing of Cheryl. Laurie and Melva.

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MINNS (nee Bath) Cheryl Janine. Passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital on July 26, 2016, aged 59 years. Dearly loved youngest child of Jack (dec) and Valerie. Loved sister and sisterin-law of Grant and Lyndon, Don, June and Geoff. Much loved aunty of Craig, Tania, Denise, Roslyn and Jeanette, Michelle and Greg and families. Much loved friend of Alan.

Always so loving, thoughtful and kind, what beautiful memories you leave behind. You may have left this world behind but you will never leave our hearts and mind. Rest in peace Auntie Lol lols. Denise, Anthony and even more special great aunt to Ripley, Millie and Blaze. xx

To us you were someone special, someone loving, kind and true. You will never be forgotten, as we thought the world of you. Always in our hearts. Always so loving and kind, What beautiful memories you leave behind. Mum. I remember you buddy, you were such a pest! But as we grew together, you were the friend I loved the best. Our childhood adventures, the laughter and the pranks, Always there for me, never expecting thanks. Now a part of whatever I do, I’ll never forget a Sister like you! Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace. Grant and Lyndon. A laugh, a grin, a joke or two, That’s the way I will remember you. Go Cats. Rest in peace Auntie Lol lols. All my love Craig. To my Auntie Lol lols. This brings a special thank you for the things you’ve done for me. The times when you were patient when you didn’t have to be, For the days that you made brighter with the sunshine of your smile, The words of warm encouragement that made each dream worthwhile, And while I’ve left out many things for which my thanks are due, These things are always in my heart next to my love for you. To my beautiful Auntie with the cheeky smile, You will be sadly missed. All our love, Tania, Jason and Lily. xxx It’s not what we write or even what we say, But how much we remember you in our own special way. You were more than just an auntie, we cherished you so much, as long as there’s a memory in our hearts you stay. Auntie Lol lols you were a wonderful auntie who will always be loved and greatly missed. Always in our hearts, Roy, Dave, Molly, Jack and Harper.

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We were ever so blessed with a beautiful soul. Sadly missed along life’s way, lovingly remembered every day. No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts you’re always there. So wonderful to think about, but so hard to be without. We miss you ever so much and love you dearly. Rest in peace Auntie Lol lols, Jeanette, Matt and Kipton. Life is not measured by the years you live, But by the love you gave and the things you did. You had a smile for everyone. You had a heart of gold. It’s all good, Don. Loved sister of June (Eddy), sister-in-law of Geoff. Fond aunty of Michelle and David, Greg and Vicki. Great aunty of Joshua and Lucy, Alana and Cyril. No longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts you’ll always be there. June and Geoff. A loving aunt who adored our children. Aunty Cheryl you will be missed but never forgotten. All our love, Michelle, David, Joshua and Lucy Rowlands. A wonderful aunty and playmate for Alana who will be sadly missed. Greg, Vicki, Alana and Cyril. RUCK - Nola. A dear friend for many years. Deepest sympathy to Roly and family. John, Phyllis, Ron, Gail, Gary, Wendy and families. Our thoughts are with you. SMITH - Murray. Of Bentleigh, Victoria (deceased) on July 26, 2016 at home in Bentleigh (Journalist). Brother to Geoff, brother-in-law to Helen Smith, uncle to Erini, Marieke, Patrick and Trevor, and partners Matthew, Stephen, Kasia and Reema. Great uncle to James, Sage, Summer, Morgan, Rowan, Ariya, Lucien, Elizabeth, Willow. Rest in peace. WITHEROW - Mary. Our most heartfelt sympathy goes to George and his family for their sudden loss. Marg has been a true neighbour and a dear friend over many years to Merle. All our love, Merle, Glenda and Maree.

• Obituary Johannes Leonardus (John) Van Wamel, April 11, 1930-June 26, 2016


A passionate resident of Meeniyan WITHEROW Margaret. The members and families of the Koonwarra Fire Brigade are saddened at the passing of long serving CFA and brigade member Margaret Witherow. Sincere sympathy to George and family at this time. WITHEROW (nee Williamson) - Clarissa Margaret (Marg). 23.10.1935. Passed away suddenly on 23.07.2016. Very dear and close friend of Tenielle, Stewart, Louise, Jaylen and Kellum, Ben and Olga, Robyn and Rob. You have been a true blessing in our lives and we will miss you deeply. ‘Thank you for always being there for us.

funerals MINNS - A funeral service to celebrate the life of Mrs Cheryl Janine Minns will be held at the Daker’s Centre (Cnr Smith and Watt Streets, Leongatha) on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 2pm. A private family service for burial will precede the above service.


JOHN Van Wamel was born in the Netherlands in the town of Lisse in the heart of the bulb growing area in 1930. He was the eldest of 3 children to Henk, who was an electrician and Alberta. His formative years were carefree and happy with plenty of friends, some of whom he remained in contact with until his death in June 2016. He was a bright student and school was always a happy experience. In May 1940 Holland was invaded by the Germans and for a boy of 10 years old it was all very scary and confusing spending time under the kitchen table for 4 days with his mother and sister and then it was all over. Later German troops came into the town and for the inquisitive boys this was both exciting and adventurous. All of his teenage years were spent in the occupied country with foreign soldiers around, his school being used for a bivouac for the troops and lessons being held for the students in various other places around the town like the auction room of a large bulb sale house, the scout hall and a room at the back of one of the pubs (this was his favourite). As the war progressed food became very scarce and families relied on a central kitchen and when that was not available, tulip bulbs were cooked and mashed with potatoes and crocus bulbs were dried and ground into flour and mixed with ordinary flour if available. In late 1944 John was picked up by the Germans to be transported to work in Germany. He was only 14 and after his mother produced his birth certificate and went to the Town Hall, they eventually released him.

After the war, John joined the soccer team, loved skating on the frozen canals and lakes especially in the really cold winter of 1947. At age 18 military service was compulsory and he was accepted into the Dutch Air Force where he made life-long friendships and also met his first wife Francisco (Sue) on a blind date and they were married in November 1953. Two children were born (Betty and Nick) and John worked as a laboratory assistant with a chemical company. The stiff formality in Holland at that time and the weather were factors for the family to make the big decision to migrate to Australia in 1962 coming by ship and taking six weeks around the Cape of Good Hope. He proudly became an Australian citizen in 1967. John got similar laboratory work in Melbourne and after a few years his second daughter, Kim, was born. Very sadly Sue passed away in September 1974 at the young age of 46. John met Avril in 1975 and they were married in May 1976, celebrating their 40th anniversary in true van Wamel style only four weeks before his death. He became a step father to Alison, Sallie, Bradley and Michelle but he truly was their father and they became his own. In 1980, looking for a change of lifestyle, the family moved to Meeniyan where John and Avril ran the Supermarket/General store for 17 years. They immediately became involved in the community, the Meeniyan Progress Association (treasurer), Hall Committee (secretary) and Meeniyan Art Gallery (treasurer). John could see the potential for the small town and his contribution to the community was immense and far reaching. For years he printed the town’s monthly

Newsletter on a photocopier at his home which was a mammoth job. He designed stands for the Annual Art & Craft Show and was one of the main instigators in both the design and the fund raising for the Hall restoration. His Christmas decorations each year for the town were legendary and the envy of other towns because of their individuality. He was always looking for something to do for the town like the table in Tanderra Park, the leadlight window at the Art Gallery and the Meeniyan logo above the hall and the barbecue in Tanderra Park to mention just a few. John was granted life membership of Meeniyan Progress Association in 2002 and was Meeniyan’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year in 2012. John was a thinker and a ‘doer’ and did everything quietly and without fanfare. In his later years he enjoyed being a member of the Meeniyan Men’s Shed and the current affairs group at Foster U3A. He was a very proud Australian, a proud South Gippslander but most of all he was a proud Meeniyanite. A service to celebrate John’s life was held in the Meeniyan Town Hall July 1st.

College trivia night raises $10,700 NEWHAVEN College’s Year 12 Student Cabinet members are celebrating the success of their


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

A long standing tradition at Newhaven is for the Year 12 students to select a charity to support each year. Bryn’s School is the 2016 charity and has a local connection to Newhaven College. Janine Hendry founder of Bryn’s School to honour the life of her son, Bryn, who took his life at age 16. Out of grief and

despair, Janine decided to create something good and the Hendry family came together with a shared purpose to build a school because Janine believes that, “every mother wants her child to be educated, and have the opportunities it brings…in my own way I wanted all the mothers of the world, regardless of circumstance to be given the chance to be able to provide an education for their children.” Thirteen years and six schools later, Bryn’s School now edu-



Trivia and Auction Night that raised over $10,700 for Bryn’s School.

cates 1000 to 1200 children each day. Year 12 Newhaven College captain Jaz Hendry is Janine’s niece and along with fellow captains Jade Dalton, Alex Swan and Duncan Hunt, they took on the high pressure task of scoring at the trivia night. Jake Amy and Michael Coghlan were the entertaining hosts with fellow Year 12 Cabinet members collecting answer sheets, selling tickets, organising the auction and running fundraising games. Teacher David Hynes conducted a good spirited and high energy auction of donated goods to boost the fundraising total. After six rounds of brain teasers, music, and laughter ‘The Tuft Flushers’ team led by Misha Say won the night by just one point. Team ‘Wonderland’, earned a well deserved win as the best dressed team. Each member of the team dressed as a character from Alice in Wonderland and went to a great amount of

effort to put on a splendid Mad Hatter’s tea party. Vice principal, Jason Scott, praised his students for their outstanding effort. “The 2016 Year 12 Cabinet has surpassed its expectations and raised an impressive amount of money for Bryn’s School. The success of the evening was entirely due to the students selfless giving of time, energy and the leadership skills they have developed. Young people have busy and complicated lives balancing their academic, sporting, part time employment and family commitments. However, they also recognise the unique position they have to help other people who live in less fortunate and prosperous circumstances. They have dedicated their time and talents to plan and run this event and I know that they will be extremely proud when they present a cheque to Bryn’s School for the year’s total fundraising on October 7.”

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Hosts: students Michael Coghlan and Jake Amy were the host quizmasters at Newhaven College’s Trivia Night.

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Exciting night for debutantes Wonthaggi debs: Wonthaggi Power Football Netball Club debutantes danced the night away at the Wonthaggi Town Hall. Back row from left, Kyle Garvie, Ben Wilson, Scott Pugh, Jason Riley, Thomas Robinson, Callum Murdoch, Connor Emery, Ryan Smith, middle from left, Kris Veerapen, Brianna Magro, Danielle Flocas, Cassidy Bowman, Emmasyn Jones, Chloe Bannister, Louise Finlay, Ethan Milkins, front from left, page boy Cade Brown, Angelica Emery, Grace Burke, dance instructors Bronwyn Williams and Shane Gray, Wonthaggi Power netball club president Lani Birkett, Wonthaggi Power club president Brett Tessari , dance instructor Mariah Von Hagt, Jasmine Garry, Emmagen Ferrisand and flower girl Gypsi Schmidt. Photo courtesy of Foons Photographics.

Rain music to farmers’ ears By Brad Lester JUST months ago South Gippsland was in drought but now farmers could be forgiven for looking skyward and asking for the rain to stop. July’s rainfall figures revealed well above average falls, with Meeniyan receiving on 17 days, surpassing the July average of nearly 100mm, said rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold of the Meeniyan Post Office. “It’s been pretty wet. The farmers are finding it a bit on the soggy, boggy side,” he said. “It’s gone a bit to the other extreme. The farmers need a bit of sunshine to grow a bit of grass.” At his Woorarra property, Mr Fromhold tipped

200.3mm out of his gauge for July – nearly eight inches in the old scale. “It’s been a few winters since we’ve had that sort of rain,” he said. The days have been equally wet at Neville Buckland’s Fish Creek farm where he recorded 149mm over 17 days – the wettest July since 142.5mm fell in July 2012. The year to date figure for 2016 is 625mm, compared to 483.5mm last year, but still behind the 2012 year to date figure of 816mm. In Leongatha, David Shambrook tipped out 139.5mm over 24 days for July, ahead of the July average of 90mm. “The year to date figure so far is 526.5mm so far, so it’s starting to get up towards the average for the year of 925mm,” he said. “The red free draining soil will take every bit of rain

it can get but the heavier clay soil is probably getting a bit on the wet side. “We’ve got a lot more subsoil moisture than we’ve had for a while so spring is looking pretty promising.” Run-off has been filling South Gippsland Water’s storages, with rainfall recorded from July 23 to 29: Lance Creek 38mm, Ruby Creek 58mm, Coalition Creek 10mm, Deep Creek 67mm, Little Bass 18mm and Battery Creek 38mm. Total rainfall figures for July were: Lance Creek 141mm, Ruby Creek 156mm, Coalition Creek 124mm, Deep Creek 206mm, Little Bass 126mm and Battery Creek 133mm. South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said, “All catchments have had a solid soaking over the past month, resulting in all water storages being at or above 81 percent capacity.” Water storage levels as at July 29 were: Lance Creek

(supplies Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson) 100 percent, Ruby Creek (Leongatha) 97 percent, Coalition Creek (Korumburra) 100 percent, Deep Creek (Foster) 81 percent, Little Bass (Poowong, Loch and Nyora) 100 percent, and Battery Creek (Fish Creek) 100 percent. “Given that the residents of Fish Creek, Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora were still on stage two water restrictions in mid-June, these rainfall and storage figures are very encouraging,” Mr du Plessis said. South Gippsland Water continues to encourage customers to use water wisely. Permanent Water Saving Rules remain in place across all systems and townships. Information regarding Permanent Water Saving Rules can be found at or contact South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636 with questions or concerns regarding smarter water usage.

Meeniyan junior basketball JUNIORS start on Friday, August 5 with Sections 1 and 2. Section 2 Draw: August 5: 4pm Silver v Green, scorers McMillan, Webster; 4.40pm Navy v Yellow, scorers Fisher, Lord; Red - bye. August 12: 4pm Green v Yellow, scorers Pedley, Sellings; 4.40pm Silver v Red, scorers Linke, Cousins; Navy - bye, August 19: 4pm Green v Navy, scorers Alexander, Giles; 4.40pm Red v Yellow, scorers Mackie, Hicks. Teams: Silver - (coach Danielle Mackie), Kye McMillan, Jack Linke, Tahlia Lafferty, Bella Mackie, Sienna Musilli, Karlie Regester. Green - (coach Gary Webster), Sophie Kenney, Erik Webster, Olivia Pedley, Angel Alexander, Lachlan Hibberson, Riley Ladiges. Red - (coach Pete Waldron), Jade Cousins, Shanae Hicks, Brody Smedley, Kira Waldron, Charlie Robertson, Tyler Laing. Yellow - (coach Michelle Hibberson), Brayden Sellings, Ava Lord, Ayla Lafferty, Ruby Mackie, Caitlin Hibberson, Ostin Pedley. Navy - (coach Elly Jones), Jordan Fisher, Skylah Pedley, Conor Sellings, Tim Hibberson, Zekhai Giles, Farrah Vanderzalm. Section 3 Draw: August 5: 5.20pm Mid Blue v Black, scorers Oliver, Pedley; 6pm Maroon v Emerald, scorers Waldron, McInnes; 6.40pm Yellow v Light Blue, scorers Lord, Mackie; Green - bye. August 12: 5.20pm Light Blue v Emerald, scorers

Oliver, Starett; 6pm Black v Yellow, scorers Moss, Elliott; 6.40pm Green v Maroon, scorers Hibberson, Scott; Mid Blue - bye. August 19: 5.20pm Maroon v Black, scorers Hibberson, Hicks; 6pm Green v Yellow, scorers Allen, Bayley; 6.40pm Light Blue v Mid Blue, scorers Vanderzalm, McEwan; Emerald - bye. Teams: Black - (coach Britt Roffey), Kye Davy, Will Roffey, Eden Starrett, Isobel Pedley, Jen Moss, Dylan Hicks. Yellow - (coach Dayna Andrews), Beau G-Andrews, Flynn Lord, Anika G - Andrews, Aiden Elliott, Quillan Bayley, Safron Kohlman. Light Blue - (coach Colleen Herbert), Lucas Vnaderzalm, Maddi Herbert, Harry Herbert, Scott Mackie, Wade Oliver, Kealey Oliver. Maroon - (coach Gene Vanderzalm), Liam Waldron, Lexi Scott, Burke Vanderzalm, Nelson Bayley, Ryan Regester, Lily Gorman, Ben Hibberson. Green - (coach Darlene Jones), Josh Allen, Zara Jones, Will Hibberson, Fletcher Moon, Chelsea Elliott, Aliarna Wright. Mid Blue - (coach Tim Bright), Conor Salmons, Kirra Jones, Brody McEwan, Zak Bright, Alison Oliver, Brodie Laing. Emerald - (coach Matt Darmanin), Sulli Herbert, Ayja Starett, Tayla Hams, Jedd Davy, Angus McInnes, Mack Gorman. Section 4 Section 4 play on a Wednesday night and start on the August 10. Draw: August 10: 5.30pm Dark Blue v Green, scorers Redpath, Bright; 6.15pm Ma-

roon v Red, scorers Phillips Martin; 7pm Black v Yellow, scorers Potter, Darmanin; Light Blue - bye. August 17: 5.30pm Dark Blue v Light Blue, scorers Vanderzalm, Jones; 6.15pm Maroon v Black, scorers Scholte, Moore; 7pm Red v Green, scorers Elliott, Cole; Yellow - bye. August 24: 5.30pm Maroon v Green, scorers Thorson, Benra; 6.15pm Light Blue v Yellow, scorers Barnard, Mackie; 7pm Dark Blue v Black, scorers Pedley, Tudor; Red - bye. Teams: Dark Blue (coach Lee Ballagh), Jack Ballagh, Kayla Redpath, Adrian Ballagh, Harry Vanderzalm, Mikayla Pedley, Aaron Mowat, Ben Cantwell. Light Blue - (coach Leesa Allcorn), Sarin Barnard, Elly Jones, Travis Nash, Gemma Drysdale, Riley Drysdale, Ben Mackie, Tenika Roffey. Red - (coach Tim Bright), Jai Bright, Sam Bright, Thomas Marrtin, Lachie Elliott, Aaron Farrell, Luke Boyle. Green - (coach Troy Palmer), Grant Cole, Stu Bright, Sam Benra, Jake Palmer, Dylan Clark, Nikki Stockdale, Cody Palmer. Yellow - (coach Doug Hanks), Matt Darmanin, Rory Hanks, Jasmin Mackie,Angus Wright, Michael Mowat, Rhys Lindsay, Jay Lindsay. Maroon - (coach Rory Harrington), John Phillips, Zac Scholte. Grace Thorson, Will McDonald, Beau Davey, Hugh Elliott, Jayden Battersby. Black - (coach Steve Collins), Will Collins, Hugh Collins, Hannah Potter, Flynn Moore, Ethan Tudor, Hayley Phillips.

Fiery crash A MIRBOO North man was hospitalised after a car crashed into a tree and was destroyed by fire at Mirboo North on Friday night. The 22 year old was a passenger in the car. He was initially taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traralgon and was then transferred by road ambulance to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, suffering a fractured neck. Mirboo North Police are investigating the accident that occurred on Grand Ridge Road, Mirboo North, about one kilometre south of Lanes Road about 10.30pm. Police said the car left the road and collided with a tree, resulting in the vehicle being destroyed by fire. The passenger was sitting in the rear, on the driver’s side, which collided with the tree. The driver, a 22 year old Trafalgar man, was uninjured and is assisting police with their enquiries in relation to possible traffic related offences. Leongatha Ambulance and CFA volunteer units from Allambee and Mirboo North attended. Police believe two other vehicles were travelling with the car at the time. Mirboo North Police would like to hear from witnesses as they investigate whether speed, hoon driving or other factors were involved. Call the station on 5668 1444.

Drivers misbehave NAUGHTY drivers have been occupying the attention of Foster Police.

At 5pm Sunday, a 25 year old Foster North man was issued a penalty notice for failing to stop at the stop sign at the Main Street and Station Road, Foster intersection. He was fined $311 and three demerit points. On Friday at 10.30pm, a 25 year old Kooweerup man was intercepted

while travelling along the South Gippsland Highway at Toora travelling 14km/h over the speed limit. He was fined $311 and three demerit points. At 4.40pm that day, police intercepted a 45 year old Yarram man on the South Gippsland Highway at Agnes. He was driving at 11km/h over the speed limit and received a $194 fine and three demerit points. Just 10 minutes earlier, police intercepted a 23 year old woman travelling at 11km/h over the speed limit on the South Gippsland Highway at Foster. She was fined $194 and received three demerit points.

Car impounded A PROBATIONARY driver found with an extreme blood alcohol limit has lost his licence for 12 months.

The 20 year old Bairnsdale man returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.123 when intercepted by Korumburra Police in Leongatha early on Friday morning. Probationary drivers must have no alcohol in their system while driving. The usual legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05 and the young man was more than twice that. He was found in Anderson Street and taken over the road to the Leongatha Police Station. Police served a notice for his vehicle to be impounded and the driver has since surrendered his car to Bairnsdale Police. His licence was suspended for 12 months, pending a court case.

TV nabbed A TELEVISION was stolen from inside an unlocked car parked in the driveway of a Leongatha home on July 23.

The crime, in Hughes Street, prompted Leongatha Police to warn thieves are opportunist and generally only steal from unlocked vehicles. “Police are again asking for people to protect their property by locking

their cars, even if they are parked in their driveway or carport,” Sergeant Dale McCahon said.

Drink driver caught A MEENIYAN man returned a blood alcohol reading of more than twice the legal limit on Friday.

The 63 year old blew 0.12 while driving in Anderson Street, Leongatha on Friday at about 7.30pm. He was issued with a $661 penalty notice and had his licence cancelled immediately for 12 months.

Lost a case? LEONGATHA Police are searching for the owner of a pink case containing ladies clothing and handbags.

The case was handed to Leongatha Police on Wednesday after being found on the South Gippsland Highway. The owner can claim it upon describing the case and contents.

Coastal collision TWO people were hospitalised after a three car crash at Kilcunda on Thursday. Police said an Inverloch woman, 23, was stopped on the Bass Highway waiting to turn right into a beach carpark leading to the caravan park about 5.20pm. A Hampton Park man, 48, travelling behind in a Holden Commodore, crashed into the rear of the woman’s Nissan Qashqai. The impact forced her vehicle into an oncoming Mazda CX-7 driven by a 44 year old woman from Newhaven. The Qashqai driver was taken to Wonthaggi Hospital with minor injuries and the Commodore conveyed to Dandenong Hospital, also with minor injuries. The CX-7 driver was assessed by paramedics at the scene. All vehicles contained drivers only.

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SPORT | BOWLS Inverloch bowls

Scroungers: Allan Johnstone (right) and John Thornton (left) share a moment after competing as finalists in Inverloch’s “Scroungers” event on Wednesday 27 July. Johnstone later won the event.

EACH player at the Inverloch social bowls event Wednesday 27 July competed in a “Scroungers” game, which saw them vie for maximum individual scores and winners from each rink later compete in a play-off to establish two finalists. Rink winners were John Thornton, Gary Scott, Roy Riege and Marg Griffin in the first group and Peter Dalmau, Allan Johnstone and Steve Snelling in the second group.

Teamwork: Sue Smith, Mick Yates and Marg Griffin celebrate their victory after winning at Inverloch on Sunday 31 July.

Runnerups: Steve Snelling, Jill Bateman, Rex Thorn and Joy Brown take a moment after competing at Inverloch on Sunday 31 July.

If the name Roy Riege sounds familiar, it’s because this is the same Canadian Roy who was introduced to lawn bowls at Inverloch about eight years ago, when he spent a year living in Inverloch as an international exchange school teacher at Foster, and is currently visiting Australia as a tourist. Welcome back, Roy. Thornton and Johnstone were the two finalists who competed in the sudden-death play-off. The winner of the playoff was Inverloch Evergreen, Allan Johnstone – also known as “The Man With the Golden Arm.” Another “Scroungers” game will be played later in August. Watch this column for details. On a more promising day, Sunday’s social bowls attracted 37 bowlers, forming 10 teams of three and four to contest two 12-end games. Only one team won both matches – the team of Mick Yates, Sue Smith and Marg Griffin – with 33 points. Runners-up, the best of nine onewin teams, were Joy Brown, Rex Thorn, Jill Bateman and Steve Snelling. Wednesdays and Sundays through August will continue to offer mixed social games, with the usual 10 am sign-on for an 11 am start. On Friday 5 August, a Members Lucky Draw night will be held with a $90 prize to the winning member – if present to collect. Our next meal night will be Friday 12 August.

• Leongatha badminton

Tigers avoid wooden spoon IT’S been a tough season for the Tigers and

the Kangaroos, they played off to decide

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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which team would claim the bottom spot on the ladder, and the Tigers came through with a narrow 10 point victory. For the Tigers Glen Kleeven was back to his mysterious best, Matt Patterson turned on his best match for the season and his friend Ken Griffiths and new player to the club also had a top night. The Kangaroos’ best player all night was again the great Greg Marshman winning all his three sets emphatically and leaving club president Frank Dekker a shattered man after getting a total bath. Perhaps he needs to buy a few bars of soap. The Bombers had yet another convincing win, this time accounting for finals’ aspirants the Hawks. Tim Bright had an excellent night as did Roger Callister and Tracey Ryan. The Hawks’ Ian Cole played two top doubles sets but it was never going to be enough.

The final match for review was a strong performance from the Saints who have gun player Steve Johnson back from holidays, along with Matthew Oomman and Gail Beer who has also been away for quite a while, and she defeated Simon Perks in their singles clash 1512 which would have pleased Gail greatly. The Magpies’ best player was Alan McEachern who did get good support from his team-mates. We only have three rounds to go before our finals begin and the season can still alter within the top four.

Results Saints 5/132 d Magpies 3/96, Bombers 6/121 d Hawks 2/103, Tigers 4/116 d Kangaroos 4/106, Eagles - bye.

Ladder Bombers...................................... 74 Hawks ......................................... 64 Saints........................................... 55 Eagles .......................................... 46 Magpies ....................................... 39 Tigers ........................................... 37 Kangaroos.................................... 33

South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association THE South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association held its Presentation Night Tournament Tuesday 26 July with an

excellent turnout of 41 players. Three new season bowlers were welcomed on the night and we hope to see them around the clubs again before the season ends. After a fun night of bowls, we presented the prizes for the

Bowling Blue: Arc Gammaldi, Sally Gammaldi, George Bentley and Joe Occhipinti, pennant winners from the Korumburra Blue team, stand with their trophies Tuesday 26 July following the Presentation Night Tournament at South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association.

Purple Players: Tony Allen-Clay, Theresa Bateman, Denyse Menzies and Andy Plowman, pennant runner-ups from the Mardan Purple team, stand with their trophies Tuesday 26 July following the Presentation Night Tournament at South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association.

Leongatha bowls WITH winter well and truly upon us and many nomads caravanning up north, we saw a small number of teams participate in our Larkin Printers’ monthly triples. A visiting team from Morwell were the winners on the day standing up well to the cold and windy conditions.

The team of Joanne Michaels, Nosha Michaels and Maurie Gardiner were successful with four wins and 26 shots. Runners-up were Ollie Crouch, Kevin Watson and Andy Robertson with four wins and 16 up. Best last game winners were Les Wagstaff, Bill Thorne and Ian Park.

night of chicken drumsticks to the Runners Up team of Vito Serafino, Glenys Pilkington and Sally Gammaldi and the lovely meat packs to the Winners team of Tony Allen-Clay, Kay Cook and Allan Odgers. It was then time to do the official trophy presentations for our 2016 Pennant Season to the Runners Up of the ‘Mardan Purple’ team – Tony Allen-Clay, Theresa Bateman, Denyse Menzies and Andy Plowman. After that, the Winners of the ‘Korumburra Blue’ team – Arc Gammaldi, Sally Gammaldi, George Bentley and Joe Occhipinti. The President announced it was a great season and congratulated all the teams that played on a job well done. It was the end of another great Indoor season. The Association Men’s and Ladies Singles Champions were also further congratulated and presented with their individual trophies. Don’t forget, there are still some events left on the Indoor calendar for this season: Buffalo’s Peter Mac Charity Night on Friday 19 August and Dumbalk’s Charity Night on Monday 29 August. There are also a couple of other club events and club social evenings coming up, so we hope to see you all there. That is the end of my reporting for the year but as always, good bowling to one and all. With the return of members in August we will commence social bowls on Saturday, August 20 starting at 12.30pm. The season opening dinner is to be held on Friday, September 16. New member applications have been received from Vito Serafino and Jenny Miller and we welcome Marj Pearson as a full member.

Volleyball Leongatha squash MONDAY night saw were, Trav is very competitive hits a hard ball as often as Korumburra a very cold night to and he can but tight play against the ROUND 3 A Grade: Champions defeated Saints (2:0) 25:22, 25:20, 19:18; Golliwogs defeated Giants (2:0) 25:19, 25:12, 14:13; and Bugs defeated Warriors (2:0) 25:18, 25:20, 16:15. B Grade: Albatross defeated Knights (2:1) 22:25, 28:26, 25:22; Hulls Angels defeated Gems (3:0) 25:18, 25:20, 25:15; HELP defeated Orsum (3:0) 25:6, 25:9, 25:15; and Falcons defeated L S C 1 Forfeit (3:0) 25:0, 25:0, 25:0.

play a game of squash, cold, wind and rain but this is squash, we play all year round in any conditions being inside, just put the heater on and have a game.

MOTW saw John Payne step up against Travis Strybosch and it was a very hard and close match. Having John back this comp is pleasing, and being so competitive always keeps him in with a chance, and so it was with Trav starting and winning a tight first game 10-8. But it was John’s pressure that was the tell and he fought back to take the second 10-8, and it seems was enough to keep Trav at bay taking the next two games 9-7 and 9-5. Although the score did not show how tight the games

wall restricted his swing and power, and I would say look out next time John. Tom Ryan was in the box seat to have a win against the wily Frank Bugjea. It was a great feat to come back from two games down as Frank is a great front runner and Tom had him making unforced errors, but in the last game at 8-all a decision had to be made to play safe and play two points to 10 or take a risk at match point playing to nine. It was Tom’s call to play to nine and it was Frank winning the match 9-8 in the fifth and it was a great game. Poowong squash at the recreation centre has just started its spring competition. Anyone wishing to play at Poowong or Leongatha can call the club 0418 998 222 or 0409 613 664. Check us on Facebook.

Parkinson’s will move you THOUSANDS of Victorians will celebrate and support people living with Parkinson’s at A Walk in the Park setting out from Federation Square on Sunday, August 28 at 11am.

Living with Parkinson’s: Ester Gardner, one of more than 27,000 Victorians living with Parkinson’s disease, with her husband and daughter at last year’s Walk in the Park.

In its eighth year, A Walk in the Park is Australia’s largest community event dedicated to improving the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. Currently, more than 27,000 Victorians (approximately 80,000 Australians) are living with Parkinson’s, a chronic and progressive neurological condition that affects movement. With a target of $350,000 to raise, the funds will go towards increasing services and funding research to improve the lives of those living with

Parkinson’s in Victoria. A Walk in the Park is a poignant reminder of the simple joy of walking that people with Parkinson’s fight to maintain. Participants will take a leisurely, non-competitive 4km (return route) walk - or a 2km shortcut – from Federation Square along the picturesque Yarra River. Anne Atkin, Parkinson’s Victoria A Walk in the Park ambassador said, “By being a part of this great community event, you are supporting people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. Get on board today and make a difference.” To register to walk and fundraise go to Register online at or on the day from 8.30am, on-theday - prices apply.

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| SPORT • South Gippsland Miners Baseball

U13 – Still the ones to beat! SQUARING off against the number two team on the ladder, the Miners took on Traralgon over the weekend and won the day 11-1 against a Traralgon team that came to play. Mitch McGrath took the mound and only gave up one in 2 innings. Bailey Harvey then took control of the game pitching a shutout for 2 innings. The Miners plugged away, scoring runs in all the innings except for the third, where Red Sox pitcher Jamie Lynch put the Miners down in order. Corban Davis had the biggest hit of the day with a Triple to end the second inning. The South Gippsland Miners kept their unbeaten streak alive at 11- 0, moving 3 clear of Traralgon. Next week, we are at home again playing against Morwell from 9am. B Grade Traralgon Redsox defeated the Miners 18 – 6 over the weekend, despite strong efforts from the Min-

ers. Wild pitching from Traralgon saw Annie Carter take two hits to the body with Lachie Thomas and Damon Ginnane also injured – resulting in a few good walks by the Miners. Brodie Cox for the Miners did a great job on the Mound, pitching 14 first pitch strikes and 4 strikeouts. Aaron Holwerda also had a successful day taking over from Cox and achieving 12 first pitch strikes. Michael Thomas, Bart Riyter, Geoff Birnie, Aaron Holwerda, Michael Adams, Lachie Thomas and Damon Ginnane all had hits, but only a few converted to runs. Overall, it was a great effort for the Miners against the Traralgon Redsox, who had to work harder this time around against the Miners. With 6 runs scored and zero errors made, it was a much improved effort by all. Stand outs for today were Annie Carter and Jordan Gardner, with a massive 3 walk game and 1 run scored. Geoff Birnie and Michael Thomas each collected two hits with 2nd gamer Lachie Thomas showing his speed by running plenty of fly-

balls down. See the team play the Morwell Cougars next week at Leongatha from 11am. A Grade Although the score and extremely quick pace of game may not show it, South Gippsland played a very good game against Traralgon over the weekend with solid defence all day. Unfortunately, though, any hit we got just didn’t seem to fall for us, and Traralgon won 17 – 0. Among the stand outs for the day was Tim Katz with another solid outing on the mound, holding them down for as long as possible with 18 first pitch strikes for 5 innings. Michael Thomas and coach Michael Adams provided our only hits for the day. Bart Riyter, meanwhile, collected two walks along with one each for Stewie Mathieson and Col Knox. The Miners just couldn’t get a run, however. Traralgon scored runs in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and did real damage in the 6th with 7 runs – leaving the Miners to enjoy success only on the mound.

Reach for the sky: A grade player and coach of the South Gippsland Miners U13’s John Long leaps high to take a catch from first and take out number 62 from Traralgon over the weekend.

Stars run hot Stars outed by City Seniors IT was a perfect day for soccer on Sunday and the Korrumburra pitch had stood up well to recent rain. The stage was set for some fantastic football and the game did not dissapoint. The conditions provided for some great team play from both sides and the match produced two contenders for goal of the season! City started the game at a frenetic pace and pushed the Stars back in the opening minutes with some strong forward runs and a couple of decent long range efforts. The Stars held on under the pressure and eventually found their rhythm and started playing a passing game which opened up some chances. Two goals from the Stars and lots of possession and opportunities left the Inverloch side feeling in control, however that was about to change. A powerful City attack saw the ball headed out of defence, the ball dropped to the City number 12 who volleyed in a superb shot from outside the box. The sweet, swerving, dipping effort left the Stars keeper with no chance and City went in to the break back in the game. The second half, however, was all about the Stars. Inverloch came out with the desire that has helped them win some big games this season, and they started playing some wonderful football. Pat Gilbert, back from injury, was at his best playing up front for the Stars and it was his skill that finished off a wonderful move for the Stars.

Playing the ball from defence the Stars strung a series of perfect pinpoint passes together to slice through the City team. It was Gilbert on hand to finish off a fine team goal by audaciously flicking the ball past the keeper with his back foot. Gilbert ended the game with a hattrick and with further goals to Tim Thornby, Gerson Pacheco and Oscar Price, and with a brace to San Oo meant the Stars ran away with the game. Korrumburra showed great commitment to play out the game and will be proud that they gave it their all to the final whistle. Korrumburra City 1 Inverloch Stars 8 Reserves Inverloch Stars fielded a strong team for their Reserves match against Korrumburra. Hot off the back of a big win last week the Stars started strongly and their first goal came from an unlikely source. Simon Gibson-Goldsmith has been a massive contributor to the Inverloch Stars since the club’s inception. From helping set up and maintain the ground and pitches to selling sausages to raise funds for the ‘light up the stars’ campaign he is recognised as a key contributor to the success of the club. On the pitch his heroics in defence and in goals as keeper have been legendary and it is fitting that his first goal for the club should be one that will be long remembered by those who were lucky enough to see it. From inside his own half Gibson-Goldsmith saw the City keeper off his line and when presented with a half

volley let fly with an excellent effort. His teammates new it was good off the boot and the on target shot bounced once leaving the City keeper with no chance. The Stars took inspiration from this bit of football magic and pushed forward at every opportunity. Eddie Halaijian worked tirelessly up front setting up several chances for his teammates including having a hand in Mark Farmers first goal for the club in only his second game. Two goals for the Stars Arron Fraser proved his fitness after he had already played for the Stars under 16’s team. Adam Bell got on the score sheet and San Oo and Oscar Price also chimed in with two goals each and the Stars were cruising. The second half saw Joe Licciardi move from goalkeeper to show what he could do outfield with the ball at his feet, or rather on his head. Licciardi scored a magnificent header from a massive throw from Al Starkey and slotted away clinically two further chances to finish with a hattrick. He even had chance to unselfishly set up James Bremner who finished another flowing move from the Stars. Eddie Halaijian finally got on the score sheet with a powerful, towering header which left the spectators applauding and he managed another deft finish to finish with two goals. Korumburra never gave up and worked hard for each other throughout the match but the Stars were just too strong on this occasion. Korumburra 0 Inverloch Stars 16

KORUMBURRA City hosted Inverloch Stars this past Sunday in what turned out to be a thrilling two nil win to the home side. This is the Korumburra side’s first win of the inaugural U15 Girls season. New coach, Rose Hurst managed to keep her team focused and settled, her recent coaching course paying off. Novena Peterson found the back of the net on two occasions, attacker Estelle Rosse had some close misses on goal as did center midfielder Milly Hurst. In only her second game, Laura Brennan is showing signs of developing into a strong striker. The young midfield including Abbey Nicholls, Zhi Xia McNeil, Fern Hurst, Grace Adams and Audrey Lamers continued to move the ball forward when needed, delivering some great crosses to their attacking forwards. Korumburra’s goalie Chloe Bryant was kept

very busy as Inverloch made numerous attempts to score, however, Korumburra’s defence was too strong with sisters Tahlia and Cassie Jones and cen-

ter defender Jordan Egan clearing the ball away from the fast Inverloch attackers. The game was played in great spirit by both

teams with some excellent displays of soccer skills all round. Korumburra 2 defeated Inverloch 0.

On the ball: Korumburra’s Abbey Nicholls moves the ball through midfield with three Inverloch stars in pursuit. Photo credit: David Hurst.

Leongatha Knights Soccer Club Women Round 13: Leongatha 8 defeated Lang Lang 5 THE Gippsland Soccer League’s newest women’s team Lang Lang surprised Leongatha Knights with a strong start that saw them take the lead with two goals.

Boosted by new recruits and a positive attitude, Lang Lang proved a formidable opponent for the reigning premiers. Though it took a little time, Leongatha regrouped and thanks to a solid defence led by fill in goalie Pauline Graewe, turned the tables on Lang Lang to produce a 4-2 lead at half time. Kaitlyn Hermann made a fantastic return for the Lady Knights

and Reen O’Connor had a wonderful game outside of goals. Kathy Zacharopoulos brought her magic boots for the day and scored seven goals for the Lady Knights, with a determined Jordan Rintoule succeeding in adding another to bring Leongatha to a game winning score of eight to Lang Lang’s five. Well done to both teams for a great game.

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SPORT | GOLF Leongatha Golf On Saturday, 78 golfers contested a Stableford with Bruce Hutton having the best score of the day with 36 points to take the A Grade honours and the Super Comp. B Grade was taken out by Peter Buttinger with 35 points and Denis Wallace was successful in C Grade with 34 points. NTP’s were Russell Williams on the 4th hole, Peter Buttinger on the 7th and David Lowie on the 16th. DTL balls went down to 31 points by countback and were awarded to Shane Sparks, Peter Hart, Malcom Gin, Grant McRitchie, David Forbes, David Barrack, Barry Stevens, Andrew Westaway, Barry Attwood, Nathan Wardle, Rod Mackenzie, Rod Brown, Rod Hopcraft, Colin Bear, Barry Hughes, Trevor Rickard, Gene Van Der Zalm and Keith Stockdale. Tuesday’s Stableford Competition was dominated by Geoff McDonald who had 39 points to win the A Grade event – a massive 7 points from his nearest rival. B Grade was taken out by Ted Bruinewoud with 32 points. NTP’s were Peter Hobson on the 4th hole, Chris

Meeniyan THREE great days of golf were played at Meeniyan this week, with Col Stewart proving to be the standout golfer after taking out two wins from the three events held. It must be the new cart. Stewart seized the day Tuesday 26 July with 39 points, while runnerup Lloyd Hemphill followed behind with 33 points on a count back from Brad Wright. Claiming Best 9 that day was Brad Wright with 18 points on a countback. Daryle Gregg was NTP on both the 8th and 17th holes. Thursday’s Stableford comp saw Reg Hannay take the day with 34

Leaver on the 7th, Denis Wallace on the 14th and Geoff McDonald on the 16th. DTL Balls were awarded to Bruce Hutton, Denis Wallace, Greg Paine from Foster Golf Club, Barry Hughes, Gary Sharrock, Ian Barlow, Ian Murchie and Andy Bassett. On Thursday, 54 Golfers contested a 2 Man Ambrose event with Michael Thomas and Col Sperling carding a nett 63.75 to win by the narrowest of margins from Josh Hall and Brian Fennessy who finished with a nett 64. NTP’s were Russell Williams on the 4th hole, Chris Leaver on the 7th, Keith Godridge on the 14th and Peter Buttinger on the 16th. DTL Balls were awarded to Norm Hughes, John Payne, Barry Attwood, Bruce Hutton, Chris Leaver, Peter Walsh, Andrew Smith, Ian Murchie, Kevin Castwood, Ray Burton and Geoff McDonald. The qualifying rounds of the popular BJS Insurance Top Gun Competition begin today. The entry fee is $10 and is payable to the club before scores will count. The top-ranked 19 players will participate in

points – barely edging out runnerup Bob McGeary with 33 points. Congratulations must be given to John Hyett who played a fantastic front 9, looking like he could not be caught. Unfortunately the back 9 took its toll on his game, but he still came away with a best 9 score. Well done, John. NTP was Will Bullock on the 2nd and 17th holes. Members were pleased to see a good turnout of A Grade players for Saturday’ single par comp, which was won by Phil Johnston with a very credible +3 score. Phil and Bob McGeary teamed up to play a match against Peter Wilson and Frank Piele, and were the Top Gun shootout to be held at the club on Sunday 6 November.

Leongatha Ladies A STABLEFORD round in the Annual Mudrunners Plate was held Wednesday 27 July with 20 women turning out to compete. True to the event’s name, some mud was encountered during the day, but the course was in excellent condition considering the amount of rain there had been prior to Wednesday. Usually this event is played over 36 holes, but due to bad weather the first round was washed out. The Plate was therefore decided on Wednesday’s 18 hole results. The A grade winner and also winner of the Mudrunners Plate was Dot Stubbs with 35 points. Dot plays consistent golf every week so it was a well deserved win. B grade was won by a delighted Lynda Bassett with 32 points and Best 9 holes went to Marg Berry with a great score of 21 points. DTL balls went to Marg Berry, Pat Pease, Toni West, Colleen Touzel and Louise Schache. NTP were Toni West on the 14th hole and Fay Quilford on the 16th. successful, moving on to the next round of this knockout event. B Grade winner was Col Stewart with +4. NTP was Col Graeme on the 2nd. Up the line balls went to Graeme Hughes, Paul Robinson and Frank Piele. President Paul Robinson was happy to finish the 18 and get to the 19th, but was smiling again as he took out the pro pin, 2nd shot on the 13th. The members draw went to Reg Hannay.

Only 2 women played in the 9 hole event. The winner was Marie Sands with 12 points. A big thank you goes to mother and daughter Pat Pease and Kate Dwyer, who sponsored both the daily event and the Mudrunners Plate. Pat founded this event many years ago and has generously sponsored it since its inception. On Saturday 30 July, 12 women competed in a Stableford round that saw Dot Stubbs continue her winning streak for the week with a score of 31pts on countback. Well done, Dot. DTL balls went to Karen Bear, Linda Shannon and Marg Berry. Berry was also NTP on the 16th hole.

Woorayl THE trophies for Saturday’s medal were provided by Bendigo Bank. At least the players didn’t have to fight the wind. Our medalist and winner of A Grade was Peter Rayson with a net 69, B Grade to Ross Winkler with a net 72 and C Grade to John Hickey with a net 71. Down the line balls to Dale Burge, D. Clemann, B. Stubbs, Damian Burge, B. Hogan, J. Gill, G. Young and J. Diaper. Nearest the pins to Brett Stubbs and Zac Trease. The least putts 27 went to Jim Newton. The ball raffle to Jack Howard syndicate. Next week will see a stableford with trophies provided by Gavin Maisey Painting.

Korumburra THERE were 18 players on Sunday, July 31 for the two man Ambrose championships, with trophies supplied by Nick Betts. A Grade: (3 hcp) M. Wrigley, S. Harland 61½; R. Spokes, R. Rees 64½; P. Vanagtmaal, D. Gow 65¼. Nearest the pin: 1st T. Herbert, 7th P. Vanagtmaal, 10th T. Marotti, 13th M. Wrigley. Overall winners: scratch M. Wrigley, S. Harland 135; handicap M. Wrigley, S. Harland 129½.

of the golf club’s future. Have a great week and I will see you all on Saturday for our August monthly medal.

Foster Golf Wintery conditions plagued Foster for much of last week and no competitions were held on Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday’s Stableford, however, saw some reasonable scores as Greg Paine played to his handicap on a wet track, winning the day with 36 points. Peter Dight also had a good game on Thursday, getting a down the line ball and being NTP on both the 6th and 17th holes. Dave Hutchinson also got a DTL ball. The weather returned once again and no competition was held for Friday’s 9 Holes Chook Run. The golfers came back to superb conditions on Saturday, though, and the scores reflected the weather, not the wet track. A great 41 points by A Grade winner Peter Dight was almost matched, with

many other scores being better than handicap. With 38 points, S Barnes went home the B Grade winner. NTPs were A McGrath on the 4th hole, J Simpson on the 6th hole, Barnes on the 13th, T Vanin on the 15th and Hutchinson on the 17th. NTP for the Ladies was R Galloway on the 17th hole. A terrific Jam session on Sunday kept the social scene buzzing and many are looking forward to next Saturday’s Trivia Night. With Brooke – who placed 3rd in the S.E Melbourne District apprentice chef cook-off – helping, John is serving International Food twice a week to keep the taste buds interested. In an effort to continually improve, more works are being planned for the course this spring. Members should look to the notice board for information about what is going to happen.

Mirboo North THE FINAL President’s Trophy Stableford round was played on Saturday 30 July, with Steve Bickerton

proving victorious and taking home the Trophy. In A Grade, Bevan Pinner was declared winner with 38 points. Rob Clark was declared winner in B Grade with 38 points on a countback. DTL balls went to Simon Duff, Gary Renwick, Terry Bradshaw and Stan Evison. Tom Whitelaw was NTP on the 1st hole after his second shot. Nigel Bracecamp was NTP on the 4th hole, sponsored by Gippsland Solar; Richie Robbins was NTP on the 6th, sponsored by 1st Tee Model; Russell Pentland was NTP on the 13th, sponsored by C & D Earthworks; and Ray Matthews was NTP on the 16th, sponsored by Ken Graeme Motors. The previous Thursday, Jeff Hughes was declared winner of the day with 36 points following a Stableford comp. DTL balls went to Ian Evison, Neil Whitelaw and Tony Tomada. NTP was Ian Evison on the 16th hole. Next week is the monthly medal comp.

It’s a golf: from left, Leongatha golfers Ken Wardle, Bruce Hutton, Darrell Prior and Nathan Wardle were at the Leongatha Golf Club on Saturday for a round.

Wonthaggi Dominating the course: Col Stewart smiles after winning the Singles Stableford on Tuesday, July 26 and winning B Grade of the Single Par comp on Saturday, July 30.

Seize the day: Phil Johnston takes a moment on the green after winning A Grade at Saturday’s single par comp.

Happy Hannay: Reg Hannay enjoys his victory after the Singles Stableford on Thursday, July 28.

ON Saturday we played a par event which attracted a field of 66 players. The course was remarkably good considering the amount of rain we had during the week. A Grade winner was M. Johnson +3, B Grade I. Johnson +2 and C Grade M. Loughran +1. Balls down the line: S. Gheller +3, R. Sheean +3, J. Grenville +2, I. Murrells sq, D. Williams sq, D. Crellin sq, P. Dymes -1, B. Clark -1, K. Bayley -1, I. Baudonaro -1. Nearest the pins: 2nd B. Clark, 8th P. Hanley, 13th R. Yann, 17th D. Crellin. Eagles: 10th M. Johnson, 11th R. Sheean. Do not forget there is a golf club information day on August 14 at 2pm. All members are welcome to attend to discuss all aspects

Good golfers: Inverloch golfers, from left Rod MacKenzie, John Dalton, Barry Stevens and David Child had an enjoyable round of golf at the Leongatha Golf Club on Saturday.

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club 2016 TRV 20m BENCH Pennant Section F Round 8: Frankston Peninsula B 575.015 (bye); Leongatha 555.006 defeated by Ballarat East C 568.013; and Wangaratta B 562.009 defeated by Oakleigh B 573.011. The best shooter for Round 8 was Colin Nunn (Frankston Peninsula) scoring 196.005. Ladder (Bench): 32 Frankston Peninsula B/28 Oakleigh B/16 Ballarat East C/12 Leongatha/8 Wangaratta B. 2016 TRV 20m PRONE Pennant Section D Round 9: Camberwell-

Hawthorn 480.017 defeated by Albury 486.014; Lancefield 481.012 (bye); Brunswick 481.021 defeated Leongatha 476.015; MCC B 485.012 defeated Lilydale/ Warburton 433.006. The best shooter for Round 9 was Richard Izard (Brunswick) scoring 100.005. Round 10: Lilydale/Warburton 367.008 (bye); Camberwell-Hawthorn 478.011 defeated by Leongatha 483.010; MCC B 473.012 defeated by Lancefield 475.010; and Brunswick 472.013 defeated by Albury 488.022. The best shooter for Round 10 was Trevor Jones (Albury) scoring 100.007. Round 11: MCC B 477.008 defeated Camberwell-

Hawthorn 467.013; Lancefield 472.012 defeated by Leongatha 483.018; Brunswick 474.010 (bye); and Lilydale/ Warburton 376.011 defeated by Albury 478.015. The best shooter for Round 11 was Richard Izard (Brunswick) scoring 99.005. Ladder (Prone) 40 Albury 32 Lancefield 32 Leongatha 24 Brunswick 20 MCC B 20 Camberwell-Hawthorn 8 Lilydale/Warburton We shoot Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. Any inquiries, please call Rob Spratt 5664 2358.

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Netball trophies carried away LEONGATHA and District Netball Association held its annual Junior Netball Tournament on Sunday, July 24. The wind blew cold but under sunny skies. Teams from 44 local, Latrobe Valley and eastern and southern Melbourne clubs enjoyed the challengers a long day of netball. Frankston and District Association brought 11 teams and made the grand final in all sections. Frankston Diamonds dominated the 17 and Under Section, winning all its games in the rounds and doing just enough in the grand final to win over Waverley Association, 9 to 8. Inverloch Kongwak Football Netball Club missed out on a finals game by percentages. Waverley Association was ladder leader going into the finals after six games of netball in the 15 and Under Open Section. Top of the ladder gave them an advantage to remove fourth on the ladder - Mornington Peninsular from the finals but it was Frankston Diamonds who performed when it counted most to win the grand final. Frankston Diamonds 11 to Waverley Association 8. Waverley Association continued its success in the 15 and Under Reserve Section dominating the

games during the rounds. Frankston Sapphires came from third on the ladder to win a place in the grand final but was not able to get over the talented Waverley team. Waverley 12 to Frankston Sapphires 6. In the 13 and Under Open Section, Mornington Peninsular had good healthy wins in the rounds with the only scare coming from Berwick Phoenix which caused a draw half way through the day. Mornington had a good win in the semi finals and just enough left to keep ahead of Frankston Diamond in the grand final. Mornington Peninsular 10 to Frankston Diamonds 8. Frankston Opals were

clear favourites in the 13 and Under Reserve Section. It would have taken a mighty effort to come close to this team. Leongatha and District, fourth overall, played Frankston Opals in the semi final. But the match of the day came in the semi final between second and third, Bairnsdale and Berwick Phoenix respectively, only separated by percentages, for the honour of a berth in the grand final. Frankston was too strong for Leongatha and went on to win the grand final from Bairnsdale. Frankston Opals 13 to Bairnsdale 2. The 11 and Under Section was the largest sec-

tion of the competition with nine teams playing throughout the day. This section has no trophies to win on offer. Instead it focuses on the development of skills and sportsmanship. Frankston and Mornington Peninsular were the most successful but all teams were congratulated and received a show bag of goodies for their participation. Raffle prizes were won by Angelique Dunlevie, Glen Nicolls and Ella Kavagnah. Many thanks to sponsors Bi-rite Leongatha, Bairs Hotel and Network Video Leongatha and the support from Considine and Johnson Builders and Rotary Leongatha.

LDNA’s 11 and Under: the team played in the association’s tournament attended by 44 clubs on Sunday, July 24. Back from left, Jakobi Eden, Chloe Caithness, Alannah Reid, Harry Hoekstra and Livinia Mandemaker. Front from left, Sophie Kreutzberger, Mia Burt and Zara Kreutzberger.

LDNA 15 and Under: back from left, Jessica Rowe, Sophie Allen, Lisa Whiteside, Taylor Eady (Mitchell), Jemma Caithness and Nena Caithness (Coach). Front from left, Maddie Brew, Olivia O’Shanassy and Lillian Worsfold.

LDNA’s 13 and Under: the team made the tournament semi finals but was beaten (13 – 2) by the team that went on to win the grand final, Bairnsdale. Back from left, Kasey Sumalinog, Jade Hamilton, Jessica Harry, Alahna Arnason, Ellen Kavanagh and Zara McKenzie. Front from left, Flynn Burgess Pincini and Alex Ritchie.

• Wonthaggi Table Tennis

Up skilling all abilities WONTHAGGI Table Tennis has a great Access for All Abilities Program happening on Thursday afternoons at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre from 1pm to 3pm. This is a fun program for adults (over 18) There are currently 16 participants currently registered with Table Tennis Victoria. The table tennis standard of players has improved dramatically. One of the most noticeable and valuable benefits to players has been greatly improved hand/ eye co-ordination. Table tennis is recognised worldwide as being the top sport to benefit from this. The afternoon is facilitated by Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association veteran player Nancy Pattinson who admits to enjoying the Access for All Abilities program as much as the participants. Players from connecting Skills Australia, Interchange and South Gippsland FOCAS are involved. Some support workers also participate. For further information phone Nancy on 56744628 Ten year old Beau Allamby played his constant rival 11 year old Jack Duff to win the Wonthaggi B Grade Table Tennis Championship recently. Malachy O’Flynn and Ben Kent were the semi finalists. Beau went on to win the Handicap Singles also in a close final against Malachy. Jack and Poppy Duff were the semi finalists. The favourite event of the night (the Jumbo Ball Handicap) was won by Malachy in a battle of wits against Jack Duff. Semi finalists, Ben Kent and Charley Donohue played out their matches to very close results.

No-one was missing on the night and there was very keen rivalry amongst all of the young players. Bruce Harmer the Juniors’ coach facilitated the tournament. A Grade has taken off with three matches played so far. Audi (Andrew Donohue and Steve Anstey) is in the lead with GTS (Bruce Harmer, Max Duff) in second place. The A Reserve grand final is being played this week between Wallabys (Archie Paxton, Beau Allamby, Blake Richards) and Possums (Nancy Pattinson, Leigh Allamby, Jack Duff). The new A Reserve season commences next Monday (August 7). We are looking for two new players to make up the teams. New Juniors (8 to 14 years) are invited to come along on Thursdays from 6pm to 7 pm for coaching. Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre is located next to the netball courts on Korumburra Road, at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve. An exciting and busy year continues for the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association. For further information phone Nancy on 56744628.

Right, Battle zone: from left, Jack Duff gets ready to play Beau Allamby in the final of the Wonthaggi B Grade Table Tennis Championship. Jack’s spin serve and Beau’s smashes had the spectators on the edge of their seats with the lead constantly changing. Beau got over the line three games to two in one of the toughest clashes between these two young players this year.

Bats up: some of the 16 Access for All Abilities program players and support workers at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre last Thursday.

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Parrots netball A Grade Leongatha 54 d Warragul 25 Auction player: Kelly Gannon. Awards: Rusty Windmill - Sally Trease, Serafino’s - Shannon Danckert. A very solid effort by all team members, and a special mention and thanks to Sara Riseley on her first A Grade game.

B Grade

Cousins: Tigers Zara Prain and Lions Ally Martin’reach for the ball in a contest with the outcome impossible to predict in the fast moving game of netball. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

Alberton netball Results - Round 17 July 30 A Grade: Dalyston 54 d Phillip Island 29, Korumburra-Bena 95 d DWWWW 10, Inverloch-Kongwak 91 d Fish Creek 15, MDU 58 d Tarwin 40, Foster 31 d Stony Creek 30, Toora 59 d Kilcunda-Bass 18. B Grade: Dalyston 43 d Phillip Island 38, Korumburra-Bena 103 d DWWWW 7, Inverloch-Kongwak 56 d Fish Creek 16, MDU 68 d Tarwin 40, Foster 62 d Stony Creek 30, Toora 97 d Kilcunda-Bass 25. C Grade: Dalyston 50 d Phillip Island 36, InverlochKongwak 52 d Fish Creek 9, MDU 53 d Tarwin 30, Stony Creek 43 d Foster 28, Toora 61 d Kilcunda-Bass 4. 17 & Under: Dalyston 49 d Phillip Island 25, Korumburra-Bena 80 d DWWWW 11, Inverloch-Kongwak 32 d Fish Creek 18, MDU 57 d Tarwin 19, Foster 45 d Stony Creek 24, Kilcunda-Bass 24 d Toora 16. 15 & Under: Phillip Island 27 d Dalyston 19, Inverloch-Kongwak 42 d Fish Creek 14, MDU 48 d Tarwin 9, Foster 37 d Stony Creek 20, Toora 38 d Kilcunda-Bass 18. 13 & Under: Phillip Island 17 d Dalyston 12, Korumburra-Bena 54 d DWWWW 6, Fish Creek 25 d InverlochKongwak 20, Tarwin 16 d

MDU 8, Foster 36 d Stony Creek 5.

Ladders A Grade Kor-Bena ....................309.91 Dalyston .....................226.17 Inv-Kongwak .............201.92 Phillip Island..............139.87 Toora ..........................147.05 Foster............................91.99 MDU .............................91.07 Stony Creek.................103.74 Tarwin ...........................60.99 Kil-Bass.........................58.49 Fish Creek .....................61.39 DWWWW.....................17.49 B Grade Kor-Bena ....................304.23 Foster..........................204.24 Inv-Kongwak .............175.84 Toora ..........................161.16 Phillip Island..............140.97 MDU ...........................127.94 Dalyston ......................101.97 Tarwin ...........................63.54 Stony Creek...................82.39 Fish Creek .....................71.43 Kil-Bass.........................35.63 DWWWW.....................12.91 C Grade Kor-Bena ....................229.17 Dalyston .....................160.95 MDU ...........................155.22 Toora ..........................155.50 Inv-Kongwak .............139.82 Tarwin ........................ 113.38 Phillip Island .................97.92 Foster.............................83.78 Stony Creek...................74.04 Fish Creek .....................64.92 Kil-Bass.........................29.31 17 & Under Dalyston .....................284.90 Kor-Bena ....................254.29 Inv-Kongwak .............194.00 Phillip Island..............135.21 Fish Creek .................. 116.97 MDU ...........................131.28 Foster...........................126.32

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Kil-Bass.........................54.56 Toora .............................51.49 Stony Creek...................54.30 Tarwin ...........................52.95 DWWWW.....................23.87 15 & Under Inv-Kongwak .............364.06 MDU ...........................236.16 Kor-Bena ....................187.74 Phillip Island..............140.63 Toora ..........................109.07 Fish Creek ....................98.69 Tarwin ...........................62.37 Foster.............................79.16 Stony Creek...................54.90 Dalyston ........................64.13 Kil-Bass.........................47.39 13 & Under Inv-Kongwak .............406.08 Fish Creek ..................215.07 Kor-Bena ....................279.27 Foster..........................175.12 Phillip Island..............205.50 Tarwin ........................120.08 Dalyston ......................135.71 MDU .............................73.89 Toora .............................39.62 Stony Creek...................22.53 DWWWW.....................16.64

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Under 17 Leongatha 25 lt Warragul 34 Awards: Baker’s Delight - Evie Dekker, Network Video - Simone Dekker. A good effort girls. A physical game but you all ran the whole game out. Well done to our U15 girls for stepping up once again. Heads up for next week.

Under 15 Leongatha 47 d Warragul 29 Awards: SportFirst - Alicia Marshman, Baker’s Delight - Simone Dekker. An amazing game girls, we came out hard at the start and fought well to the end.

C Grade

Under 13

Leongatha 47 d Warragul 24 Auction player: Elise Dowling. Awards: Rusty Windmill - Lucy Vernon, Bairs - Kathy Reid. On a lovely day for netball we all put in a great game. All

Leongatha 50 d Warragul 18 Awards: Baker’s Delight - Maeve Muldoon, RSL Phoebe Davidson. A good job Parrots. Great teamwork for an outstanding result.

Results A Grade: Mirboo North 38 def by Thorpdale 63. Best: Alice Pratt, Jas Friend. Great effort against a tough opposition. B Grade: Mirboo North 77 d Thorpdale 32. Best: Janet Bradley, Steph St Ellen. Another great team effort as we continue to improve every week. C Grade: Mirboo North 28 d Thorpdale 25. Best: Laura Poole, Amy Dyke, Lexie Andrews. Great work at the defence end this weeks girls. D Grade: Mirboo North 27 def by Thorpdale 35. Best: Emma Harrison,

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Gippsland netball Results - Round 15 A Grade: Leongatha 54 d Warragul 25. B Grade: Leongatha 62 d Warragul 32. C Grade: Leongatha 47 d Warragul 24. Under 17: Warragul 34 d Leongatha 25. Under 15: Leongatha 47 d Warragul 29. Under 13: Leongatha 50 d Warragul 18.

LDNA umpires

THE Gippsland League board has approved a request from the Maffra and Leongatha football netball clubs to reschedule their washed out netball games from Round 12.

Saturday, August 6 11am: Sue Ritchie, Sharnee Mead-Ameri, Maria Evison, Jemma Caithness, Tinisha Mills, Phil Smith, Maddie Brew, Lori McKenzie, Jess Arnason, Erin Baudinette, Tanya Hamilton, Anita Gourlay. 12pm: Bridget Eldred, Jess Arnason, Amy Smith, Britt Price, Pat Kuhne, Mariah Grant, Julie Grant, Lauren Baudinette, Erin Baudinette , Sophie Clarke. 1pm: Lauren Baudinette, Bek Vagg, Emma Smith, Katrina Spark, Pat Kuhne, Lori McKenzie. 2.15pm: Mary Gourlay, Nikki Stockdale, Anita Gourlay, Julie Grant, Sue Ritchie, Phil Smith. Any queries, please contact Erin Baudinette 0448 487 492.

Free pass: Leongatha’s Shannon Danckert gets her throw away as her Warragul opponent Chiara Mulqueen is penalised for contact. Photo courtesy Warragul Gazette.

Mirboo North netball

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Washed out netball games rescheduled

The original matches were cancelled due to severe flooding at Maffra Recreation Reserve on July 9 and will now be played at Agnes Brereton Reserve netball courts in Traralgon on Sunday, August 14. President of the Parrots’ netballers Renee Littlejohn said the 2016 premiership prospects of some of the teams are in the balance and to give them the best possible chance they need to play as much netball as possible. The request to reschedule the games was discussed at Wednesday night’s Gippsland League board meeting. “The girls really want to play,” Mrs Littlejohn said. “It is not just a game. “It’s a big part of their lives and they are really committed. “I will support them 100 percent.” Despite the best efforts of the board and clubs, the corresponding football matches were unable to be rescheduled and will continue to be classified as draws, with each team issued two premiership points and no change to their percentage.

Leongatha 62 d Warragul 32 Auction player: Jaclyn Smith. Awards: Sports First - Jaclyn Smith, Serafino’s Kate Rankin. It was great to have all nine players back and a good strong game to get everyone playing well to prepare our run to the finals. A strong finish by all players.

our work is coming together nicely so keep working as a team and enjoy every minute. Go Parrots.

Kelly McCarthy. A hard game against a tough opposition. Great to see skills used at training being put into practice. U17s: Mirboo North 23 d Thorpdale 11 Best: Charlie Chila, Chelsea Loh. A well fought game by both sides. It was nice for the girls to get the win that all their hard work deserved. Awesome effort on court 17s. 15s: Mirboo North 47 d Thorpdale 18. Best: Chloe Palmer, Elissa Barry. A wonderful team effort. Great improvement every week. Top defensive pressure and lovely feeding into the ring. Keep it up girls.

In the air: Mirboo North goal keeper Laurie Bier attempts to stop a goal from Thorpdale shooter Robyn Savige during their D Grade match on Saturday.

Leongatha District netball results Results - Saturday, June 30 11 & Under Section 1: Town 12 d Mirboo North Purple 7, St Laurence 13 d Mt Eccles Silver 5, Parrots 16 d Mt Eccles Pink 10, Mirboo North White 12 d Meeniyan & District 10. 11 & Under Section 2: Mirboo North 12 d St Laurence 1, Mt Eccles 6 drew Town 6. 13 & Under: St Laurence Yellow 23 d Mt Eccles Blue 7, Town Black 14 d Mirboo North Purple 8, St Laurence Maroon 25 d Mt Eccles Purple 19, Mirboo North Gold 47 d Mt Eccles Silver 13, Meeniyan & District 19 d Town Tangerine 10. 15 & Under: Mirboo North 35 d Mt Eccles Blue 8, Meeniyan & District 24 d St Laurence Maroon 16, Town Green 24 drew St Laurence Blue 24. 17 & Under / C Grade: Mt Eccles 41 d Town Black 32, St Laurence 35 d Town Tangerine 22. Open: St Laurence Gold 38 d Mt Eccles White 29, MDU Demons 50 d Town Black 22, Town Tangerine

60 d St Laurence Maroon 26, Meeniyan & District 81 d Mirboo North 56.

Ladders After Round 13 13 & Under Mirboo North Gold ..........389.47 Meeniyan & District .........146.77 St Laurence Maroon ........133.83 Town Black ........................146.67 Town Tangerine ..................124.34 Mirboo North Purple ............ 95.21

25 20 20 17 17 16

Mt Eccles Purple.................100.00 Parrots ................................... 68.39 St Laurence Yellow............... 55.76 Mt Eccles Blue ..................... 29.82 Mt Eccles Silver ................... 31.63 15 & Under Meeniyan & District .........172.49 Mirboo North ....................127.31 St Laurence Blue...............131.44 St Laurence Maroon .......... 73.90 Mt Eccles Blue ..................... 58.72 Town Green .......................... 67.88 17 & Under / C Grade

13 11 7 6 4 23 19 17 8 8 3

Mt Eccles Navy .................144.97 St Laurence .......................133.60 Town Black ........................104.00 Town Tangerine .................. 49.74 Open MDU Demons....................146.94 Town Black ........................137.16 Town Tangerine ................127.01 St Laurence Gold ..............146.15 Meeniyan & District ............. 77.21 Mt Eccles White ................... 79.41 St Laurence Maroon ............. 72.07 Mirboo North ........................ 61.28

20 18 14 0 20 18 18 16 10 7 5 2

On the ball: Town’s Maddie Brew was looking down the court during her 15 and Under game against St Laurence Blue on Saturday, in the Leongatha and District Netball Association competition.

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • Mirboo North v Thorpdale

Dynamic Tigers win with ease Mirboo North’s superior organizational mobility, monitored logistical capability and consistently solid work rate, saw it run out an easy 87 point winner over Thorpdale at Tigerland on Saturday. Mirboo North FNC also retained the 14th annually contested Bright/St Ellen Memorial Shield for most wins in the 18 footy and netball matches played between the clubs in 2016. Afterwards, playing coach Clancy Bennett, told his men Mirboo North was the better side on the day as it strives to become Mid Gippsland’s best

team of the season. The mighty Tigers now have 12 wins from 15 matches and remain second on the ladder, a game clear of Yallourn Yallourn North. Thorpdale’s structures, systems and teamwork were on song early in the first quarter when it opened with plenty of spirit and moved the ball cohesively into its forward 50. The Blues were playing with dash and putting plenty of heart and soul into their endeavors. However, all Thorpdale had to show after seven minutes of constructive play, was a behind to Josh Collie. Chiming in frequently across half back for Mirboo North and returning the ball from whence it came were Bennett, Tristan Salerno and Dwayne Gunn. After successive unan-

SENIORS Mirboo North 18.15.123 Thorpdale 5.6.36

THIRDS Mirboo North 16.11.107 Thorpdale 4.4.28

Mirboo North goals: Z. Kilgower 5, J. Giardina 4, M. Holland 2, D. Taylor 2, C. Le Page 1, I. Abas 1, J. Blair 1, K. Nash 1, H. Kerr 1. Thorpdale goals: M. Powell 1, R. Gilliatte 1, M. Gorman 1, Z. O’Connell 1, D. Martin 1. Mirboo North best: K. Nash, M. Wightman, J. Taylor, Z. Kilgower, T. Salerno, D. Gunn. Thorpdale best: J. Atkinson, K. O’Connell, J. Collie, N. Brown, B. Leach, D. Hammond.

Mirboo North goals: C. Rudling 4, B. Thomson 4, R. Lowrie 3, L. Swallow 2, D. Allen 1, J. Mason 1, K. Wilson 1. Thorpdale goals: W. Allan 1, T. Potter 1, T. Melbourne 1, R. Goodwin 1. Mirboo North best: C. Rudling, J. Hohmann, R. Oddy, L. Swallow, R. Lowrie, B. Thomson. Thorpdale best: M. Powell, T. Melbourne, C. Beale, C. Earle, C. Millsom, J. Van Tienen.

RESERVES Mirboo North 18.11.119 Thorpdale 3.9.27

FOURTHS Mirboo North 10.12.72 Yinnar 7.5.47

Mirboo North goals: M. Green 10, P. Aveling 3, M. Stewart 1, Z. Porter 1, J. Richards 1, J. Stewart 1, B. Richards 1. Thorpdale goals: P. Jenkins 1, M. Eccles 1, M. Howard 1. Mirboo North best: M. Green, J. Salinger, P. Doyle, Z. Porter, B. Richards, S. Pratt. Thorpdale best: M. Dyke, M. Kelly, S. Nardone, M. Hughes, C. O’Connell, I. Pinkerton.

Mirboo North goals: F. Austin 3, B. Rudling 3, J. Mason 2, B. O’Loughlin 1, R. Lowrie 1. Yinnar goals: E. Foley 2, T. Hayes 2, B. McCormack 1, T. Sevenson 1, A. Sheers 1. Mirboo North best: B. Rudling, R. Lowrie, R. Peter, D. Fahey, L. Oddy, C. White. Yinnar best: P. Kearns, T. Sevenson, A. Hendrikse, C. Iorangi, E. Foley, M. Ounjit.

swered goals by Jesse Giardina, Zac Kilgower, Isaac Abas and Kilgower again, the Tigers took a handy 25 point advantage into the first break. Then, a powerful second quarter from Mirboo North saw it boot 4.7 and limit the Blues to 2.2. An impressive build-up involving Zac Brown and Collie gave Thorpdale its first goal through Zack O’Connell, and two minutes later, a second major followed. Jake Atkinson and Kayne O’Connell, along with Collie and Brown diligently put their noses to the grindstone and shoulders to the wheel, in their attempts to maintain momentum for the Blues. However, too often when the chips were down, the Blues took a spud bag half full approach, by not knowing whether to play attacking footy, or hit the defend-at-all-costs button. A similar pattern of Mirboo North’s authority and Thorpdale’s lack of continuity continued in the third term, when the home side piled on another four goals with relative ease. Combined with their adventurous run and carry, the Tigers’ relentless wraparound tackles were like prison cells closing in on their opponents. The visitors added two third quarter majors, but despite lots of enthusiastic instincts, they fell further behind on the scoreboard. Sometimes, the Blues were also aeronautically naughty by flying for marks from behind, rather than fisting the ball away. Kallum Nash thrilled the crowd with quality overhead grabs and long kicks for Mirboo North and Mitchell Wightman continued his rich vein of form with creative handballing and pinpoint passes to teammates out of tight situations.

kicking options, placed Thorpdale on the back foot and severely restricted the Blues’ opportunities to go forward. Jeremy Salinger, Patrick Doyle, Zac Porter and Ben Richards had adrenalin pumping through their arteries and did their chances of recalls to the Mirboo North seniors no harm, with outstanding performances. Veteran sharp shooter, Pat Aveling, showed there was still plenty of football life left in his long career, with three quality

OTHER MATCHES Well won: Mirboo North Thirds vice captain Tom Reiske boots one forward during his team’s dominant display over Thorpdale on Saturday. Josh Taylor, Abas, Daniel Taylor, Hudson Kerr, Dom Pinneri, Jacob Blair, Shane Peters and Cameron Le Page were other Tigers racking up multiple possessions, as they oscillated between the arcs with dynamic line-breaking diversity. Following Bennett’s request for Mirboo North to finish the game strongly, the Tigers obliged with another six goals and restricted Thorpdale to one major in the closing seconds. Kilgower completed a productive afternoon’s work up forward with five majors, the last two coming at the 20 and 22 minute marks of the final term, for a season’s tally of 40. Giardina, who kicked four goals, was also dangerous around the big white sticks in his return to the seniors, after breaking his leg in a workplace accident. This Saturday, Mirboo North is holding reunions for its 1956, 1966, 2006 senior and 1956 Reserves premier-

ship teams, during and after its clash with Morwell East at Tigerland.

Reserves Mirboo North was smartly out of the blocks with a five goal first term that set up its decisive 92 point victory against Thorpdale’s under resourced combination of strugglers. Although Mark Dyke, Mark Kelly and Steve Nardone enjoyed some fleeting moments of high achievement for Thorpdale, reliable support from their teammates was in short supply. Try as they might, the Blues’ defenders were unable to contain Michael Green who booted 10 magnificent goals for the mighty Tigers. Mirboo North’s swift ball movement through the corridor and around the flanks forced Thorpdale’s runners to pull out of several high speed pursuits for fear of ripping their hamstrings. The Tigers’ firepower everywhere and plethora of goal

• Leongatha Cycling

No one catches Welsh THE Leongatha Cycling Club was able to enjoy a good day for racing at Korrine on Saturday although at the start time there was a strong northerly blowing. However, over the course of the race (two laps) the wind dropped substantially. There were 17 starters for the Senior race including hand cyclist Alex Welsh. The trio on scratch Thomas McFarlane, Austin Timmins and new club time trial champ, Will Lumby - had two riders on three minutes, six riders on seven minutes, three riders on 10 minutes and single riders at 13 minutes and 16 minutes all chasing Alex. The handicapper had a reasonable day although some riders were perhaps impacted by the six strong seven minute bunch.

This group was able to chase down all but Alex and whilst the older riders tried to shake the young tyro – Oliver McLean – on the downhill runs and sections with a tail wind by virtue of more suitable gearing compared to his restricted gears, Oliver was able to chase them down on the climbs, especially the steep run up to the Glen Alvie corner. However, their efforts were not enough to catch Alex who finished one minute clear in a time of one hour, 16 minutes and 36 seconds. Oliver led home the sprint for second place just ahead of Kevin Feely, Chris Rowe and Leigh Stott. New rider Karen Hill, also from the seven minute bunch, was next home with a great ride for sixth place. Another 20 seconds back saw the sprint for seventh and fastest time with Thomas McFarlane taking the honours in 56.20 just ahead of Austin

Timmins. Ninth place went to Harrison McLean and rounding out the top 10 was Will Lumby. Rod Cheyne, just back from riding around France and being pretty fit after riding up lots of mountains including the legendary Mt Ventoux, found the pace of the seven minute bunch a bit too hot and his times suggest the 10 minute bunch was more to his pace. In the B Grade race over one lap there were seven starters and this race produced plenty of action out on the road. On the long climb up the McGraw Road hill, the lone scratch rider, Thomas Fitzgerald, basically had all the field stretched out in his view. Sulli Herbert (seven minutes) was finding the hill a grind but Jack Allen had dropped co-marker Greg Bradshaw (three minutes) and was flying, catching Harry Herbert (five minutes).

Also going well was Kaleb Jans (two minutes) who had caught Zach StubbsTeylor (2.30) who was overheating with a warm up jacket still on. Shortly after this Zach came to a sudden halt when his jacket caught in the wheel as he was trying to take it off. This allowed Thomas to go steaming past. Through the roundabout and up the next climb, Kaleb Jans also came to a halt with a puncture just when he looked like hitting the front. This left Jack desperately trying to stay ahead of

Thomas but the climb up to the Glen Alvie corner brought him undone. Thomas went sailing by and on to a clear win in a time of 34.18. Jack finished well to hold second and Harry Herbert persevered to take third. Zach recovered his momentum to finish fourth, Greg fifth, Kaleb sixth after a tube changeover, and Sulli seventh. Next Saturday club racing will start at Leongatha North, however, a large number of riders will be away competing at the State Titles.

SENIORS Yarragon 14.14.98 d Trafalgar 13.8.86 Yinnar 13.16.94 d Morwell East 8.14.62 Yall-Yall Nth 16.15.111 d Boolarra 5.2.32 Newborough 30.12.192 d Hill End 5.2.32 RESERVES Yarragon 7.9.51 d Trafalgar 3.10.28 Yinnar 23.17.155 d Morwell East 3.3.21 Yall-Yall Nth 20.19.139 d Boolarra 0.3.3 Newborough 16.13.109 d Hill End 0.3.3 THIRDS Yinnar 10.8.68 d Morwell East 9.6.60 Yall-Yall Nth 19.13.127 d Boolarra 6.0.36 Hill End 8.12.60 d Newborough 6.7.43 FOURTHS Trafalgar 10.4.64 d Yall-Yall Nth 4.7.31

Leongatha hosting Junior finals ON Sunday Leongatha will host the elimination and qualifying finals of the Central Gippsland Junior Football League. Games will be played on both the top (Seniors) and lower (velodrome) ovals. Times should be available on Fox Sports Pulse by the end of today (Tuesday).

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Newborough ......... 237.62 Mirboo North ........ 210.26 Yall-Yall North....... 235.89 Yinnar ................... 157.10 Morwell East......... 105.27 Thorpdale ................ 96.62 Yarragon .................. 66.03 Boolarra ................... 73.82 Trafalgar ................... 37.09 Hill End .................... 34.80

56 48 44 40 34 26 22 16 10 4

RESERVES LADDER Newborough ......... 427.86 Yall-Yall North....... 339.04 Yinnar ................... 315.35 Mirboo North ........ 154.75 Yarragon ................. 78.32 Thorpdale ................ 65.19 Trafalgar ................... 69.32 Morwell East ............ 42.80 Boolarra ................... 35.39 Hill End .................... 23.78

52 52 52 40 28 24 20 16 12 4

THIRDS LADDER Mirboo North ........ 320.17 Yinnar ................... 247.99 Hill End ................. 148.02 Newborough ......... 197.00 Trafalgar ................. 69.67 Yall-Yall North ........ 105.73 Thorpdale ................ 83.93 Morwell East ............ 40.96 Boolarra .................. 20.75

56 52 44 40 32 28 28 12 8

FOURTHS LADDER Newborough ......... 221.41 Trafalgar ............... 149.78 Mirboo North ........ 118.57 Yinnar ..................... 68.88 Yall-Yall North......... 39.25

81 66 66 36 0

CGJFL ladders UNDER 10 W Hill & Rovers .....11 L’gatha Green.....10 Mirboo North .....8 Yinnar..............8 Trafalgar...........8 Morwell Royal ...... 6 Moe Maroons....... 5 Moe Blues ............ 4 Morwell Navy ....... 3 Newb Blues .......... 2 Newb Reds........... 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

L 0 1 3 3 3 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

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

% % Won 1688 100 658 90 188 72 672 72 160 72 185 54 85 45 73 36 65 27 20 18 17 9 11 0

W L’gatha Green.....10 Trafalgar...........9 L’gatha Gold ......8 Hill & Rovers .....7 Moe Maroons .....6 Mirboo North ....... 5 New Blues ............ 4 Yinnar .................. 3 Morwell Royal ...... 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 1 Morwell Navy ....... 1

L 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 9 9

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

% % Won 406 100 314 90 323 80 258 70 105 60 120 50 57 40 79 30 35 10 22 10 22 10

W Trafalgar...........10 Mirboo North .....9 Morwell Navy .....7 Yinnar..............7 L’gatha Gold ......7 L’gatha Green ....... 6 New Reds............. 5 Hill & Rovers........ 4 New Blues ............ 4 Moe Blues ............ 4 Moe Maroons....... 2 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

L 0 2 4 4 4 4 6 7 7 7 9 11

D 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

CGJFL UNDER 10 Leongatha Green 5.0.30 Morwell Navy 0.1.1 Green goals: Z. Lamers 2, R. Jefferis 1, R. Dal Pozzo 1, L. Scholz 1. Best: L. Stewart, E. Smith, J. Brown, H. Livingstone, B. Robb, M. O’Carroll.

UNDER 12 Leongatha Gold 10.6.66 Newborough Blues 1.0.6 Gold goals: N. Beavis 4, W. Croatto 2, B. Peace 2, R. Sturtevant 1, B. Bell (smith) 1, R. Reardon 1, H. Martin 1. Best: W. Croatto, L. Patterson, X. Bolge, B. Bell (smith), B. Grabham Andrews.

Leongatha Green 9.6.60 Morwell Navy 0.0.0 Green goals: T. McRae 4, J. Burns 3, L. VanderZalm 1, R. Weaver 1, T. Cumming 1, L. Marshman 1. Best: L. Marshman, T. Cumming, J. Burns, T. McRae, L. VanderZalm.

UNDER 14 Leongatha Gold 8.12.60 Newborough Blues 0.0.0


Fast moving: Alex Welsh as he approached the turn at Glen Alvie on Saturday. The champion hand cyclist finished first, one minute clear ahead of the rest the field.

Thirds Mirboo North’s commitment, dedication and skill overwhelmed Thorpdale in its convincing 79 point win over the Blues. Cody Rudling and Brock Thomson each kicked four goals for the mighty Tigers, who also had wonderful contributors in Jayden Hohmann, Riley Oddy and Liam Swallow.

Leongatha Junior footy


Winners’ group: back from left, second Oliver McLean, third Kevin Feely and the B Grade winner Thomas Fitzgerald and, in front, Alex Welsh winner of the Sprag trophy, following racing at Korrine on Saturday.

goals for the winners.

% % Won 272 95 250 81 210 63 89 63 160 63 114 59 83 45 77 36 77 36 73 36 30 18 26 0

Gold goals: R. Drysdale 2, H. Kewming 2, D. Hanily 1, C. Michael 1, A. Ritchie 1, F. Materia 1, A. Battersby 1, J. Wrigley 1, J. Friend 1, R. Giliam 1. Best: H. Kewming, F. Materia, C. Michael , C. Riseley, R. Patterson, D. Sturtevant.

Morwell Navy 9.6.60 Leongatha Green 0.0.0 Green Best: N. Hanily, H. Sheedy, A. Van Hamond, K. Clarkson, Z. Scholz, R. Kemp.

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• Stony Creek v Foster

Tigers show their finals prowess SOME may say Foster was the simply the better side while others would observe Stony Creek was conserving its players for a possible re-match in a fortnight, the first week of the Alberton finals series. Either way, Foster clearly outplayed the Lions with a more enthusiastic second half during the sides’ clash at Stony Creek on Saturday. That was despite both sides remaining close Foster 17.8.110 Stony Creek 12.6.78 Foster Goals: B. Tagg 3, D. Granger 2, T. Holman 2, B. Bowden 2, M. Clark 2, M. Cooke 2, L. Mann 1, N. Van Dyke 1, D. Vandyke 1, C. VanDyke 1 Stony Creek Goals: J. Cann 4, D. Zuidema 2, K. Baskaya 1, J. Stuart 1, J. Stone 1, C. Mackie 1, J. Byrnes 1, R. Saunders 1 Foster Best: M. Clark, C. VanDyke, B. Rooney, R. Moor, B. Tagg, M. Cooke Stony Creek Best: J. Byrnes, J. Cann, A. Zuidema, R. Saunders, J. Monaghan, W. Collins RESERVES

Stony Creek 7.5.47 Foster 3.2.20 Leading Goalkickers: A. Verboon 2, D. Preston 2, S. Brett 2 Stony Best: D. Preston, A. Verboon, B. McKnight, A. Scholte, R. McKnight, G. Gray Foster Best: J. Chaseling, J. Aldersea, C. Barker, J. Sparkes, L. Cripps, S. Brett FOURTHS

Stony Creek 9.6.60 Foster 3.5.23 Leading Goalkickers: J. Bright 2, C. Cary 2, J. Phillips 2 Stony Best: C. Cary, C. Brown, L. Elliott, C. Preston, J. Battersby, A. Dyke Foster Best: O. Cox, L. Lidstone, L. Wake, R. Angwin, F. Cashmore, M. House

throughout the opening half, with Stony in front at the first two breaks. “Both sides realised the result did not matter too much and nobody wanted to get hurt in the next couple of weeks,” Stony vice-president Bill Pratt said. “To Stony Creek, the game was of limited value because we would get to finish sixth whatever happened. “It was more important to Foster because they were fighting for a top two spot.” Both sides opened strongly and played tight contests that did not always result in points on the scoreboard, leading to Stony being up by just three points at quarter time. The second term was neck and neck, despite neither side appearing to be excited, with the ball rarely moving into the forward 50m for either team. The game was a tussle in the middle, with congested, scrappy play. “It was a bizarre game of footy to watch and the scoreboard told lies. It ended up being a far higher scoring game than it looked,” Pratt said. The Lions booted 3.1 for the term to finish on 40 at half-time while the Tigers added 20 to sit on 38. Foster’s even side stood out against Stony’s,

with the Tigers’ Todd Holman on the ball, Bradley Rooney across half back and ruck Nicholas Connellan standing out. A mistake by Stony soon after half-time gave Foster two easy chances at goal they did not waste. The Tigers scored a few majors early in the third quarter to open a several goal lead and that’s how the game stayed, with Stony playing an ordinary term. The Lions booted two goals late in the third term courtesy of Jamie Cann and Kerem Baskaya to make some impression on the scoreboard, but Foster was clearly in front with a 26 point lead at threequarter time. Dylan Zuidema gave Stony some late hope with two goals in the final term, with Jacob Byrnes performing well across forward and the centre half back line and young Will Collins outstanding at half forward. Still, Foster took advantage of the drop in pressure applied by Stony and made the most of a superb ground and little wind to run away, driven by enthusiasm in the lead-up to this week’s all important match against InverlochKongwak and a place high on the ladder. Final scores: Foster 17.8.110 defeated Stony Creek 12.6.78.

Above, Flying tackle: Foster’s Rhett Moor lays a tackle as Stony’s Troy Sinclair takes the ball. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @ Right, Loose ball: Foster’s Matt Brown and Stony’s Jack Stewart both have eyes for the ball. Jamie Cann attempts to lend assistance. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning @

• Dalyston v Phillip Island

Dalyston dominates underdogs DALYSTON still remains in contention for finals success after overcoming Phillip Island with an undermanned side on Saturday.

Tough nuts: Dalyston’s Chris Samargis looked to have Phillip Island’s Beau Runnalls accounted for. Runnalls kicked one goal in the match to take his season tally to 39.

The Magpies were tipped to win the clash and now sit at third on the Alberton league ladder, below Fish Creek in top spot and then InverlochKongwak at second. The match showed why Dalyston won last year’s premiership and could well be a contender for back to back flags this year despite sitting third. The Bulldogs bounced on to the Dalyston ground for a flying start, using the strong breeze to their advantage. Beaumont Runnalls and Matthew Jones both scored for the Island to see the visitors in front at the first break by 13 points - Phillip Island 2.3.15 to Dalyston 0.2.2. The Magpies must have talked up some magic in the quarter-time huddle as they returned to the ground to put in a splendid second quarter to turn the

game on its head. The home side booted six unanswered goals for the quarter as the Island went scoreless, and could do little but let Dalyston now take a 27 point lead into the long break. Dalyston surged ahead to 6.6.42 while Phillip Island languished on 15. Despite having the advantage of the wind, the Islanders could not exploit the opportunity. The Bulldogs may have outscored Dalyston for the quarter but they should have scored more than just their two goals through James Taylor and Hayden Moore. The Island reduced the margin to 20 points, trailing Dalyston 29 to 49. The Island played their best quarter for the match

in the final term but now kicking into the wind, they found it hard to score. James Taylor booted Dalyston’s only score but the Magpies booted sharply to add two more goals and walk away with a 31 point victory.

At the final siren, Dalyston had defeated Phillip Island 9.12.66 to 5.5.35. This weekend, Dalyston should easily account for Tarwin, while Phillip Island would be hoping to win over Korumburra Bena at home.

Dalyston 9.12.66 Phillip Island 5.5.35


Dalyston Goals: B. Fisher 4, M. Rosendale 2, G. Parker 2, C. Graham 1 Phillip Island Goals: J. Taylor 2, H. Moore 1, B. Runnalls 1, M. Jones 1 Dalyston Best: K. Butler, C. Samargis, M. Whittaker, B. Fisher, D. Wylie, L. West Phillip Island Best: S. Seddon, B. Kimber, M. Griffin, J. Taylor, J. Taylor, H. Moore RESERVES

Dalyston 15.14.104 Phillip Island 3.8.26 Leading Goalkicker: A. Wallis 6 Dal Best: D. Belsten, A. Powell, K. Kerr, J. Brooker, J. Legione, N. Bainbridge PI Best: C. Thomas, A. Redmond, J. Nicolaci, A. Rodgers, B. Caile,

Phillip Island 7.11.53 Dalyston 5.7.37 Leading Goalkicker: J. Keating 4 PI Best: J. Keating, D. WilsonBrowne, C. Farrell, J. McFee, M. Fletcher, E. Hines Dal Best: J. Waite, L. Legione, T. Robinson, C. Magro, S. Speed, C. McCoy FOURTHS

Dalyston 5.3.33 Phillip Island 4.9.33 Leading Goalkicker: J. Wade 2 Dal Best: J. Barry, L. Burns, J. Loughridge, J. Wade, D. Gardiner, L. Gheller PI Best: C. Thompson, L. WilsonBrowne, R. Weinzierl, M. Freeman, W. Semple, B. Taylor

• AFL Gippsland tribunal

Unbecoming conduct AS a result of a tribunal hearing on July 27 the charge of unbecoming conduct by Bret Thornton of Dalyston FNC for choking Callan Park of Fish Creek FNC was

upheld. The incident took place in the Seniors match on June 18. The charged player was found guilty and suspended for two weeks (expiring on August 7, 2016).

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • Fish Creek v Allies

Roos takeover Sea Eagles roost FISH Creek has moved to the top of the Alberton ladder thanks to a 15 point win over second placed InverlochKongwak on Saturday. The Kangaroos capped off a brilliant dozen win stretch with a hard fought victory over the then top placed Sea Eagles. It moves them a game clear on top, and with only one game left in the season, should guarantee them a top two finish and a week off come finals time. The win was not without its challenges however, with a tough and committed visiting side to get over first. Inverloch-Kongwak jumped out to an early lead thanks to some slick work through the middle, however, Fishy were able to peg a couple back in quick succession. It would have been more if not for some wasteful kicking. The last 10 minutes of the first quarter was all one way, but the Kangaroos ended the term with seven behinds. A few scuffles broke out in what everyone knew would be a hard fought contest, but luckily most of the

Fish Creek 12.11.83 Inverloch-Kongwak 10.8.68 Fish Creek Goals: J. Smith 4, A. Seccull 2, B. Cooper 2, T. Cameron 1, M. Taylor 1, C. Park 1, P. Tolongs 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: D. Reid 2, C. Casey 2, L. McMillan 2, A. Cross 1, T. Wyatt 1, T. Lomax 1, C. O’Reilly 1 Fish Creek Best: J. Smith, B. Cooper, R. McGannon, A. Snooks, M. Taylor, T. Hooker Inverloch-Kongwak Best: D. Newman, C. Casey, D. Reid, D. Clark, L. Rankin, A. Soumilas RESERVES

Inverloch-Kongwak 7.7.49 Fish Creek 4.6.30 Leading Goalkicker: R. Butler 5 IK Best: S. Buxton, R. Butler, W. Blundy, P. Jobling, T. Whelan, L. Johnson

aggression was focused on the football. The second quarter was a tight one as well, with plenty of players following the ball around ready to spread when the opportunity arose. Fortunately for the home side it was their way a few times early and they kicked truly to give themselves some breathing space. But, as they will become accustomed to in the finals series, good sides come again and the Sea Eagles certainly did that. They snared a couple of their own back and reduced the margin to nine points heading into the major break. The visitors lost their skipper Dale Lawton to what looked like an ankle injury and it certainly affected his side’s defensive structure after that. Neither side missed a beat after half time, hitting the ball hard and creating run through the midfield both ways with three goals apiece and an even share of the football. Justin Smith was creating havoc up forward for Fish Creek, booting four goals all up and having a massive third term. Inverloch-Kongwak shared the goals around, but none more impressive

FC Best: K. Byers, C. McPhee, A. Ireland, J. Potter, T. Goss, I. McCallum THIRDS

Fish Creek 7.8.50 Inverloch-Kongwak 5.8.38 Leading Goalkicker: S. Flanders 3 FC Best: B. Pulham, D. Ryan, S. Flanders, B. Rogers, T. Redpath, O. Straw IK Best: L. Paxton, L. Nunn, K. Gruen Barber, Z. Javier, O. Toussaint, O. Collett FOURTHS

Fish Creek 10.17.77 Inverloch-Kongwak 1.0.6 Leading Goalkicker: O. Schnoor 3 FC Best: A. Wilson, L. Howard, E. Clark, J. Stefani, A. Farrell, B. Mitchell IK Best: A. Box, M. Toussaint, J. Bates, E. Purnell, C. McLean, T. Scarce

than Craig O’Reilly’s finish from the boundary line in the second. The last change could not come quickly enough for some tired players who looked to regain their focus and take on one last challenge. The pressure from both sides approached hostile as the players had no time to compose themselves for long. Fishy bagged the first two goals but they were answered in due course by a fantastic Todd Lomax finish to bring the score back to less than a kick. But when Smith kicked his fourth the game was all but over and Fishy ran out winners. Next week his side will take on Stony Creek while Inverloch-Kongwak will have to fight it out against a rampaging Foster.

Turning circle: Fish Creek’s Tom Cameron had plenty of the ball against IK on Saturday.

Golden era celebrated ON a weekend when Korumburra/Bena Football Club was rejoicing in its successful appeal to be accepted into the West Gippsland Footy League for season 2017, the club hosted a reunion celebrating a golden era for the Korumburra Football Club. Premierships in 1975/1976 and runners up in 1977 in the West Gippsland Football League under the coaching of Russell Motton, saw the Saints win an extraordinary 37 games in a row across two seasons. Motto was a tough coach who brought a hard edged discipline to a very talented group of locals, in addition

A weekend to remember: players, support staff and coaches from the 75/76 era, back from left, Roger Wittingslow, Terry Maskell, Robert Hogan, Peter Spaull, Robbie Hughes, Trevor Wilson, Ed Hams, Ian Hughes, Ray Cruickshank, Shane Earl, Joffa Holland, Merv Trewin, Chris McConnell, Peter Smart and Bill Jeffs. Front from left, Ian Dixon, Warren Burgess, Greg Graham, Kev Goodall, Jack Harris, Russell Motton, Danny Anthony and Shane Butler. to some excellent and experienced recruits. Seventeen of the premiership players enjoyed the weekend with a day at the footy on Saturday, while around 60 attended the Aus-

tral Hotel for a luncheon and an afternoon reminiscing about those great times. Unfortunately eight of the group were away travelling, and two popular members of this era utility

Ian Hughes and tenacious rover Peter ‘Red Dog’ Anthony have passed, but never forgotten for their contributions. Thanks to the Korumburra Bena Football Club

and the Austral Hotel for their support, and to all those who made the effort to help celebrate the ‘Russell Motton’ Era. A great weekend catch up was had by all.

• Allies v Korumburra-Bena

FOOTY DRAWS THIS WEEKEND ALBERTON Round 18: August 6 Tarwin v Dalyston Fish Creek v Stony Creek Phillip Island v Kor-Bena Kilcunda-Bass v MDU Foster v I-K Toora v DWWWW

MID GIPPSLAND Round 16: August 6 Yall-Yall Nth v Yarragon Yinnar v Boolarra Hill End v Trafalgar Newborough v Thorpdale Mirboo North v Morwell East

GIPPSLAND Round 15: August 6 (Split round) Moe v Maffra Wonthaggi v Traralgon Bairnsdale v Sale Morwell v Drouin

ELLINBANK Round 17: August 6 Koo Wee Rup v Neerim Sth Nar Nar Goon v Catani Dusties v Poowong Cora Lynn v Lang Lang Garfield v Buln Buln Nyora v Longwarry Nilma Darnum v Ellinbank Bunyip - bye

Milestone match points to Allies THE all important game between the Allies and Korumburra Bena had plenty of significance as its the last game at home for 2016 as well as the last game between the two clubs with Korumburra Bena moving on to compete in a new league next year. In a complete change of weather this weekend, conditions at the Devon Oval were excellent for football. The western flank had some muddy areas however overall the surface was just right. Leyton Sketcher was promoted for his Senior

debut and Harley Hoppner played a big part in the game. The home side began in strong fashion and with Brandon Nolan and Jim Phillips controlling the forward line, the Allies put the first three goals on the board. The visitors worked hard to get forward but spilt marks and poor disposal robbed them of scoring chances. Finally Will Jeffs was able to register a goal but the visitors trailed by 21 points at the first change. Term two was fairly even as the visitors tried hard to keep the ball in their half. Josh Hill and Luke Van Rooye picked up possessions in the midfield but the full forward line was just over whelmed by the Allies

backline. Ryan Marriott, Nick Pollock and Trent Robertson did a magnificent job and whilst Giants kicked the first goal the Allies responded smartly. Across the middle Max Homer, Jackson Noland and Justin Marriott ran unchecked and set up scoring chances. Anthony Sigeti, Shaun Buttegieg and Jim Phillips marked strongly and goals resulted. At half time the Allies held an important five goal advantage but Giants weren’t giving up with a fight. The third term would determine the outcome and the Allies responded with vigor and goals came easily. Ben Mayers and Darcy Atkins cleared the ball out and Phillips, Buttegieg and

Sigeti finished off the good work. The term would see the Allies pile on seven goals to three to extend the lead. Korumburra Bena was relying on defensive skills to limit Allies’ scoring chances and Cam Trewin and Luke Van Rooye worked hard against the Allies’ stronger style. Across halfback Jayden Nolan and Ryan Marriott just ran straight down the middle and this allowed Pollock, Atkins and Batson to set up goals. Coach Scott Anderson sent his tall players to the forward line and this gave the midfield, tall targets to aim for. Nolan, Buttegieg and Ben Mayers relished the high ball and strong marking saw the score progress. Suddenly the lead had

blown out to ten goals as the Allies asserted their influence. The last term was really poor for the visitors and they could score just one goal whilst the home side continued on with its good work. For ninety percent of the last quarter the ball was in the Allies’ forward half and Giants appeared to concentrate on limiting the damage. Ben Fitzgerald, Josh Hill and Edwards worked hard to keep the scoring down however the taller Allies players just barged through to score. Mayers took the ball from a boundary throw in for a clever goal then Anthony Sigeti barged through to score a second. At full time the home had recorded an important win.

Allies 17.17.119 Korumburra-Bena 7.3.45 Allies Goals: J. Phillips 4, A. Sigeti 3, S. Buttigieg-Clarke 3, B. Nolan 3, B. Mayers 2, D. Batson 1, D. Atkins 1 Korumburra-Bena Goals: W. Jeffs 4, P. Hicks 1, R. Dixon 1, T. Sorrell 1 Allies Best: A. Sigeti, J. Phillips, J. Nolan, J. Nolan, D. Atkins, D. Batson Korumburra-Bena Best: B. Fitzpatrick, J. Hill, W. Jeffs, C. Trewin, L. Van Rooye, J. Kilpatrick RESERVES

Korumburra-Bena 10.8.68 Allies 9.8.62 Leading Goalkickers: B. Walker 3, M. Hancock 3 KB Best: M. Kennewell, J. Caporale, R. Muir, B. Walker, M. Whiteside, B. Schulz Allies Best: L. Anedda, A. Garland, J. Crapper, K. Hanning, J. Turnbull, J. Lamont FOURTHS

Korumburra-Bena 16.13.109 Allies 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: R. Treacy 5 KB Best: J. Hill, W. Little, L. Fievez, J. Grabham, R. Pattison, T. Newton Allies Best: R. Harvey, L. Biemans, M. Hoppner, H. Smith, D. O’Keefe, K. Vicino

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• MDU v Tarwin



Fish Creek....15 2 0 185.99 Inv-K’wak.....14 3 0 223.93 Dalyston ......14 3 0 184.89 Foster .........14 3 0 179.56 Kil-Bass ......11 6 0 127.83 Stony Creek ..9 8 0 92.48 DWWWW ...... 7 10 0 80.86 Toora... .......... 5 12 0 86.30 Phillip Is ........ 5 12 0 80.23 MDU.............. 4 13 0 69.22 Tarwin ........... 3 13 1 68.77 Kor-Bena ....... 0 16 1 17.74 GOALKICKERS K. Bergles (Kil-Bass) .......... (3) G. Parker (Dalyston) .......... (2) K. Baskaya (Stony Ck) ........ (1) L. McMillan (Inv-K’wak) ..... (2) J. Swift (MDU) ................... (4) L. Manders (Toora) ............ (3) B. Runnalls (Phillip Is) ....... (1) T. Mahoney (Inv-K’wak) ..... (0) J. Smith (Fish Creek) ......... (4) J. Hanlon (Foster) .............. (0)


60 56 56 56 44 36 28 20 20 16 14 2 86 50 48 47 42 42 39 37 36 35



Dalyston ..... 17 0 0 693.81 Inv-K’wak.... 16 1 0 346.25 MDU.......... 12 5 0 212.15 Fish Creek... 11 6 0 180.20 Phillip Is..... 10 7 0 167.81 Kor-Bena .... 7 10 0 50.73 DWWWW ......6 10 1 73.28 Kil-Bass.........6 10 1 53.79 Stony Creek...5 12 0 49.52 Tarwin ...........4 13 0 46.20 Toora ... .........4 13 0 38.41 Foster ............3 14 0 41.07 GOALKICKERS A. Wallis (Dalyston) ........... (6) A. Bright (Fish Creek) ......... (0) R. Butler (Inv-K’wak).......... (5) J. Brooker (Dalyston) ......... (4) M. Schreck (Dalyston) ....... (2) J. Maurilli-Pullin (Toora) .... (5) A. Kuhne (MDU)................. (8) D. Brown (Dalyston) .......... (0) D. Pruysers (Dalyston) ....... (0) L. Anderson (Tarwin) ......... (1)


68 64 48 44 40 28 26 26 20 16 16 12 57 54 48 42 39 37 30 27 27 25


Inv-K’wak.... 11 Phillip Is..... 10 Fish Creek... 8 Dalyston ..... 9 Kor-Bena .... 6 Kil-Bass ..... 6 Stony Creek...4 MDU..............2 Toora .............0

2 0 3 0 3 0 5 0 5 0 6 0 9 0 10 0 13 0



584.0 261.8 187.8 171.3 91.1 168.2 17.0 35.0 18.8

84 76 72 64 54 50 30 16 0

GOALKICKERS A. Busana (Dalyston) ......... (1) Z. Caughey (Inv-K’wak) ...... (0) C. McInnes (Inv-K’wak)...... (2) T. Officer (Phillip Is) ........... (2) K. Cosson (Kor-Bena) ........ (0) D. Dight (Dalyston) ............ (1) H. McInnes (Inv-K’wak) ..... (1) D. Brosnan (Dalyston)........ (0) A. Toussaint (Inv-K’wak) .... (0) J. Bastwrous (Kil-Bass)...... (1) B. Aldwell (Kil-Bass) .......... (0)

35 30 28 27 19 18 17 15 15 14 14


Fish Creek... 13 Phillip Is..... 11 Inv-K’wak.... 10 Kor-Bena .... 8 Dalyston ..... 8 Kil-Bass ..... 7 Stony Creek...4 DWWWW ......3 Foster ............2 MDU..............1

1 0 2 1 4 0 5 0 5 1 6 0 10 0 11 0 11 0 12 0



375.3 367.8 261.7 225.5 257.6 230.5 20.4 28.2 44.9 13.4

92 82 71 61 60 53 28 21 15 7

GOALKICKERS C. O’Halloran (Dalyston) .... (1) C. McInnes (Inv-K’wak)...... (0) B. Taylor (Phillip Is)............ (1) L. Howard (Fish Creek) ...... (0) N. Anderson (Phillip Is) ...... (1) L. Alford (Kil-Bass) ............ (0) W. Lindsay (Kil-Bass) ......... (0) J. Beckwith (Kor-Bena) ...... (2) M. Freeman (Phillip Is)....... (0) S. Flanders (Fish Creek) ..... (2)

48 40 29 24 22 21 19 16 16 15

MDU rues lost chance

THE match between Tarwin and Meeniyan-Dumbalk United was an encounter of two sides evenly placed towards the lower end of the Alberton ladder.

With no hope of a finals berth for either, the game was about each club trying to find a positive towards the season’s end. Tarwin ended up accounting for an undermanned Meeniyan-Dumbalk United on Saturday, with the Sharks’ accuracy winning them the match despite the Demons’ hunger for possessions. MDU welcomed Charlie Ampt back in the fold but still the Demons were without 11 quality players, issuing coach Mark Lafferty

with a next to impossible task. The Sharks scored the first three majors of the match to set the tone as MDU played catch up from thereon. Paul Hinkley was superb in the middle for Tarwin and Blake Slater was impressive at centre half forward. MDU found success in half forward-line players Nick Hillam and Michael Olden, with both putting boot to ball for a return on the scoreboard. Joshua Swift opened MDU’s second quarter in style with three goals from full forward and Ryan Olden fed the Sherrin well from the middle. Tarwin, however, was equally hungry for the ball, with big bodied Matthew Swenson outstanding at full forward and in the ruck.

The third term was low scoring, with both sides playing poor footy, making mistakes and fighting over the ball in the middle as both teams’ forward-lines were looking for something to do. The scoreboard at threequarter time was less than impressive, but Sharks bit hard in the final quarter, scoring the first goal and pushing the lead out to some 17 points at one point, before MDU found momentum and kicked a major followed by several points. Demons’ fans’ hopes were rising before the Sharks snatched the ball from within MDU’s forward 50 and ran away to kick a goal, slowing MDU’s momentum. Tarwin won the match, 12.4.76 to MDU’s 10.9.69. “It was a pretty disappointing from MDU’s point of view because it was a

game we should have won,” coach Lafferty said. “It has been the story of our season. It was the fifth game we have lost by under two goals.”

Tarwin 12.4.76 M.D.U. 10.9.69 Tarwin Goals: M. Swenson 3, J. Kilsby 2, B. Slater 2, B. Ellen 2, P. Hinkley 1, N. Browne 1, R. Davey 1 M.D.U. Goals: J. Swift 4, B. Thomas 2, C. Hutcheson 1, T. Corry 1, N. Hillam 1, J. McMillan 1 Tarwin Best: N. Browne, P. Hinkley, R. Houston, M. Swenson, R. O’Loughlin, D. De Luca M.D.U. Best: R. Olden, T. Corry, C. Hutcheson, N. Hillam, J. Swift, M. Olden RESERVES

M.D.U. 22.13.145 Tarwin 2.3.15 Leading Goalkicker: A. Kuhne 8 M.D.U. Best: A. Kuhne, T. Harris, C. Ricardo, H. Sinclair, M. Bartlett, S. Horvath Tarwin Best: K. Robinson, J. Giliam, N. McRae, L. Keily, V. Van Dillen, P. O’Meara

Desperation: Tarwin’s Luke Thwaites worked hard to stop a determined MDU’s Jack Hughes getting away with the ball.

Juniors kick off finals THE Alberton Junior Football League 12 and Under Grand Final will feature Korumburra-Bena Giants and Inverloch-Kongwak at Phillip Island on Sunday 7 August at 9:30 am. In the 14 and Under Grand Final, Phillip Island will play Wonthaggi Power at 11am. Power, 72 defeated Corner Inlet, 7 to advance to the grand final. The games will take place at the Cowes Recre-



Phillip Is..... 11 0 1 447.95 Won Power .. 10 1 1 293.30 Inv-K’wak.... 6 6 0 117.38 Corner Inlet .. 6 6 0 86.71 Dalyston ..... 5 7 0 78.59 Kor-Bena .... 3 9 0 74.08 2.50 Kil-Bass.........0 12 0 GOALKICKERS H. Dawson (Inv-K’wak) ...... (0) C. Scott (Won Pwr) ............ (2) J. Kilgour (Dalyston) .......... (0) T. Nash (Inv-K’wak) ............ (0) J. Wilson (Phillip Is)........... (1) J. Lawson (Won Pwr) ........ (0) N. Anderson (Won Pwr) ..... (0) K. Robinson (Phillip Is) ...... (3) C. Smith (Won Pwr) ........... (0) K. Fuller (Phillip Is) ............ (1)


46 42 24 24 20 12 0 20 17 15 13 13 11 11 10 10 10


Closing in: the Giants 12 and Under team through to the grand final after a win over Corner Inlet in the preliminary final on Sunday.

• Kilcunda-Bass v Toora


ation Reserve. The 12 and Under Korumburra-Bena Junior Giants secured their spot in the 2016 Grand Final with their first win over Corner Inlet for the season. The Giants have worked hard and followed the direction of coach Craig Walker to make tremendous improvements in recent weeks. After placing fourth on the ladder at the end of the regular season, Giants snatched games against Phillip Island (8-3) and Corner Inlet (16-3) to earn their place in the final.


Inv-K’wak.....11 1 0 467.35 Corner Inlet ..10 2 0 254.86 Phillip Is......7 5 0 108.71 Kor-Bena .....6 5 1 144.77 Won Power ...4 7 1 100.37 Kil-Bass ......3 9 0 54.60 1.52 Dalyston ........ 0 12 0 GOALKICKERS Z. Duursma (Foster) ........... (0) J. Cuman (Kor-Bena) ......... (0) J. Butcher (Inv-K’wak) ....... (0) T. Kleverkamp (Phillip Is) ... (0) D. Berryman (Foster) ......... (0) A. Reid (Inv-K’wak) ............ (1) B. Silvester (Inv-K’wak)...... (3) R. Moresco (Won Pwr) ...... (0) O. Dawson (Inv-K’wak) ...... (0) J. Soumilas (Inv-K’wak) ..... (0) J. Willliamson (Won Pwr) .. (0) B. Senior-Gibson (Won P).. (0)


44 40 28 26 18 12 0 11 10 10 9 9 9 8 7 7 6 6 6

Panthers quash Magpies’ dream ASK Toora fans if they would have envisaged this scenario a few seasons back and most would have dismissed it. But on Saturday, the Magpies, one of the success stories of the 2016 season, nearly toppled former triple premiers Kilcunda-Bass for the second time this year. After defeating the Panthers by three points in the sides’ first encounter of the season, Toora was eager to repeat the story, but a fiercely contested last term, and a little bad luck, put that dream out of the Magpies’ reach. Toora co-president Craig Jenkins said Saturday’s match at Toora was simply “fantastic” and described by many footy fans as one of the best games of country footy they’d seen in a long while, with 26 goals kicked for the match.

Former Demons player Russell Robertson headed Toora’s tally on the scoreboard, booting five from full forward, with two of those coming in the opening term. While Kilcunda-Bass was just as hungry, Toora proved the more accurate side, kicking four straight to the Panthers’ 3.3. The second quarter continued to be close, with the Panthers making a resurgence. Luke Manders proved ever reliable throughout the match and earned three goals for his efforts, while big Lukas Jenkins retained his form by taking control of contests from centre half forward and being rewarded with two goals. Jayden Attard in the mid-field and Michael O’Sullivan at centre half back drove the ball forward for Toora, while for Kilcunda-Bass, Mitchell Cochrane booted four and

Kael Bergles three, to further secure his reputation as a leading goal kicker. Panthers coach Chris Endres was on top of the ball throughout the midfield, while Ryan Fitzgerald at centre half back and Danny Wells on the wing were also solid for the visitors. The last quarter, in Jenkins’ words, was a “ripper”. Kilcunda-Bass nudged to a two goal advantage and looked like running away with the game, but Toora returned fire on the scoreboard. The Panthers booted a major to take the lead with just five minutes to go and seized the Sherrin again, running down the wing before Toora regained play. Magpies coach Jack Weston took a flying mark deep from within the pack to line up for a chance to goal from 60m out. Weston booted big and

straight but the ball clipped the top of the post, almost landing on top of it, to give Toora a solitary point. Some 30 seconds later the siren sounded and Kilcunda-Bass claimed victory and redemption for its loss to Toora earlier in the season. Final scores: KilcundaBass 13.11.89 defeated Toora 13.9.87. “We’ve been playing well for the last six or seven weeks and just had a narrow loss to Stony Creek. All year we’ve only lost games by just under two goals,” Jenkins said. Toora is aiming higher in season 2017, with finals in sight. That bid has been boosted by the re-signing of all players, including Robertson, with many of the other players hailing from Chelsea in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League, through player Ben Osborne. Robertson, a musician

as well as footy champ, entertained some 150 Toora faithful at a gig at the Welshpool Hotel on Saturday night.

Kilcunda-Bass 13.11.89 Toora 13.9.87 Kilcunda-Bass Goals: M. Cochrane 4, K. Bergles 3, R. Scapin 1, B. Law 1, B. Sibosado 1, D. Wells 1, K. Rigby 1, A. Jerrard 1 Toora Goals: R. Robertson 5, L. Manders 3, L. Jenkins 2, J. Weston 2, L. Toner 1 Kilcunda-Bass Best: M. Cochrane, R. Fitzgerald, S. Braithwaite, C. Endres, J. Wilson, D. Mock Toora Best: J. Weston, J. Attard, M. O’Sullivan, J. Pintus, L. Ferguson, B. Scarcella RESERVES

Kilcunda-Bass 7.9.51 Toora 7.4.46 Leading Goalkicker: J. Maurilli-Pullin 5 KB Best: G. Wright, G. Wallace, A. Brown, J. Born, K. Cook, L. Lawrie Toora Best: J. Grant, S. Benton, O. Cashmore, T. Crawford, C. Teuma, J. Platt THIRDS

Kilcunda-Bass 19.13.127 Toora 1.2.8 Leading Goalkicker: J. Bastwrous 7 KB Best: J. Rosenow, J. Bastwrous, J. Bastwrous, N. Bradley, M. Whitham Toora Best: C. Walker, L. Ireland, J. Vening, J. Cecchini, K. Swart, O. Cashmore

“THE STAR” Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - PAGE 63

FOOTBALL | SPORT • Warragul v Leongatha

Parrots run away from Gulls ROUND 15 SENIORS LADDER W L D



Leongatha ..14 0 1 311.56 58 Maffra.......10 3 1 145.33 42 Traralgon .... 9 5 0 144.09 36 Won Power .. 7 7 0 92.45 28 Warragul .... 7 8 0 88.04 28 Drouin ...........6 7 1 83.26 26 Moe...............5 9 0 90.89 20 81.86 16 Sale .............. 4 10 0 Bairnsdale .....4 10 0 55.81 16 Morwell .........3 10 1 63.71 14 GOALKICKERS C. Dunne (Leongatha) ......... (6) 60 A. Hillberg (Leongatha) ....... (6) 40 L. Stockdale (Traralgon) ...... (0) 36 Z. Vernon (Leongatha) ........ (0) 34 B. Fowler (Warragul) ........... (2) 34 M. Bennett (Maffra)............. (0) 32 T. Harley (Won Pwr) ............ (0) 30 B. Hughes (Drouin) ............. (0) 28 J. Gooch (Sale) ................... (0) 28 M. Rennie (Warragul).......... (1) 27



Leongatha ..12 0 1 446.03 Traralgon .... 9 3 0 200.18 Maffra........ 8 3 1 259.34 Won Power .. 8 5 0 153.48 Moe .......... 6 7 0 95.68 Drouin ...........6 6 0 89.84 Morwell .........3 10 0 56.45 Warragul .......2 11 0 28.83 Sale ...............2 11 0 27.19 Bairnsdale .....0 0 0 0.00 GOALKICKERS


50 36 34 32 24 24 12 8 8 0

J. Pellicano (Leongatha) ..... (4) 36 C. Johnston (Leongatha)..... (6) 23 P. Yates (Moe) ..................... (0) 21 T. Mustoe (Traralgon) .......... (0) 19 N. Quenault (Traralgon)....... (0) 17 A. Burgiel (Maffra) .............. (0) 17 J. Ginnane (Leongatha) ....... (1) 15 A. Gould (Moe) ................... (0) 15 R. Horton (Moe).................. (0) 14 C. Dunn (Traralgon) ............ (0) 14


Traralgon ...12 1 Bairnsdale..12 1 Maffra........ 8 4 Moe .......... 8 4 Leongatha ... 7 5 Morwell .........3 8 Sale ...............3 9 Drouin ...........1 11 Warragul .......1 12 Won Power ...0 3

0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0


345.78 302.51 194.53 267.76 186.03 31.87 43.27 29.29 23.23 0.00


48 48 34 32 30 14 12 6 4 0

GOALKICKERS L. Di Ciero (Traralgon)......... (0) 44 A. McLaren (Bairnsdale) ..... (0) 27 L. Farrell (Moe) ................... (0) 25 B. Bosman (Moe) ................ (0) 25 A. McKenzie (Maffra) .......... (0) 22 R. Livingstone (Traralgon) .. (0) 21 N. Pruscino (Bairnsdale) ..... (0) 21 B. Bassett (Bairnsdale) ........ (0) 20 J. Reeves (Maffra)............... (0) 20 L. Carman (Maffra) ............. (0) 18



Moe .........13 1 Leongatha ..12 2 Traralgon ...11 3 Bairnsdale .. 9 4 Sale .......... 8 6 Warragul .......5 9 Maffra ...........5 8 Drouin ...........3 11 Morwell .........1 13 Won Power ...1 11

0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0



634.39 352.62 406.06 158.78 137.83 66.84 71.36 44.60 14.20 13.22

52 50 44 40 32 24 22 12 4 4

IT took a quarter to finally “warm up” but after that Leongatha came away solid winners over Warragul by 67 points. The game at Warragul was played in almost ideal conditions. In stark contrast to last week; there was no wind or rain and the oval, apart from a piece in the centre, was in good nick. Leongatha called up Jason Tomada, Blake Van Rooy and Kyle Cooper for the Saturday’s match. The Parrots however lost Joel Sinclair in the first five minutes and despite trying to come back on, the corked thigh he sustained meant he was off for the game. Unlike most of this season, Leongatha was slow to start with Warragul thumping on three goals in quick succession to danger forwards Fowler and Carey. Warragul’s big ruckman Chris Carey was have a blinder of a game and his tapouts were giving the Gulls the first use of the footy. The early loss of Sinclair may have also had an effect on the defenders. Leongatha defenders this time were caught a bit off guard with the ball coming quickly into the forward line. Leongatha applied the brakes and managed three of its own in the first quarter and at the first change it was Warragul leading 4.1.25 to Leongatha 3.4.22. Coach Beau Vernon no doubt wanted to see how the Parrots would react after being tested early and they reacted well. Aaron Hillberg was on fire for the Parrots and he brought up five majors in the first quarter and a half, picking up plenty of marks and firing accurately in front of goal. Where Hillberg left off, Chris Dunne and Cade Maskell also took up the cause in the second term as the Parrots banged on eight goals to Warragul’s four to take control. At half time it was Leongatha 11.7.73 to Warragul 8.6 54. While Warragul was not

out of the contest, the Parrot defence led by Westaway and Verboon had tightened up, so much so the Warragul forwards were unable to goal in the third term as the Parrots added two goals. At three quarter time Leongatha 13.11.89 had a winnable lead over the Gulls on 8.8.56 but the home side had again tried hard against the ladder leaders. Shem Hawking had played a good, consistent game all day for the Parrots whilst Luke Bowman did a lot of the in and under grunt work. Zac Vernon at half forward does one thing particularly well and is prepared to take the opposition on with his pace.

As the game wore on the Parrots got better and the Warragul onballers were starting to tire. The defence was on top and Rennie, Fowler and Scalzo couldn’t keep up the same tempo. The last quarter saw Leongatha score 5.5. to Warragul’s one behind to run away easy winners in the end with Dunne adding more to his tally and missing a few as well. Leongatha now has the week off and can watch or wait for the other games to be decided like the big match at Wonthaggi against Traralgon. After the break the Parrots have two homes games against Drouin and Moe before the last game away to Morwell.

SENIORS Leongatha 18.16.124 Warragul 8.9.57

UNDER 18 Leongatha 16.14.110 Warragul 2.6.18

Leongatha goals: C. Dunne 6, A. Hillberg 6, C. Maskell 3, B. Davidson 1, J. Hopkins 1, P. McGrath 1. Warragul goals: B. Fowler 2, N. Mulqueen 2, M. Rennie 1, C. Carey 1, J. Proctor 1, S. Russell 1. Leongatha best: S. Hawking, L. Bowman, C. Dunne, Z. Vernon, C. Maskell, A. Hillberg. Warragul best: C. Carey, N. Paredes, B. Fowler, J. Hughes, N. Mulqueen, T. Axford.

Leongatha goals: H. McGannon 3, J. Van der Kolk 3, S. Forrester 2, N. Trotto 2, E. Smith 1, T. Sauvarin 1, N. Battersby 1, J. Patullo 1, T. Brew 1, J. Patullo 1. Warragul goals: M. O’Halloran 1, J. Whibley 1. Leongatha best: H. McGannon, T. Sauvarin, J. Van der Kolk, J. Patullo, S. Forrester, N. Battersby. Warragul best: R. Hefford, W. Cole, K. Drew, B. Stewart, M. Boyles, M. O’Halloran.

RESERVES Leongatha 20.16.136 Warragul 0.0.0 Leongatha goals: C. Johnston 6, T. Olden 5, J. Pellicano 4, B. Moscript 2, J. Ginnane 1, K. Materia 1, N. Argento 1. Warragul goals: Nil. Leongatha best: T. Olden, N. Argento, C. Johnston, J. Mackie, N. Moore, J. Ginnane. Warragul best: J. Somers, J. Lane, T. Brady, D. Quaife, W. Cole, J. Bloink.

Out of defence: Tim Sauvarin gets a possession for the Parrots in the thirds. Leongatha safely holds down fifth place.

UNDER 16 Leongatha 15.16.106 Warragul 0.0.0 Leongatha goals: B. Perry 3, M. Bentvelzen 2, J. Lamers 2, B. Patterson 2, C. Olden 2, J. Gourlay 1, L. Scott 1, K. Reid 1, B. Hastings 1. Warragul goals: Nil. Leongatha best: L. Scott, B. Patterson, C. Olden, T. Hanegraaf, M. McGannon, J. Lamers. Warragul best: B. Quaife, F. O’Reilly, L. Giliam, J. Axford, C. Robbins, S. Hatley-Smith.

Not a good look: the progress score late in the reserves game.

Moving forward: Leongatha’s Brock Davidson looks for the next option in the senior contest as Zac Vernon looks on.

Long kick: Jack Van Der Kolk drives the ball forward for the Parrots in the Under 18’s big win over the Gulls.

Winter ball success DRESSED to the nines the Leongatha footballers, netballers and supporters enjoyed a fabulous night at the Winter Cabaret at the Memorial Hall in Leongatha. The ball committee turned on some fantastic decorations, the music provided by Gary Eastwood was a huge hit and the photo booth added to the fun on the night.

GOALKICKERS J. Van Iwaarden (Trar)......... (0) 52 R. Baldi (Moe) ..................... (0) 36 O. Henry (Maffra) ................ (0) 26 J. Ziino (Sale) ...................... (0) 25 H. Neocleous (Traralgon) .... (0) 25 J. Wykes (Bairnsdale) ......... (0) 22 C. Mein (Bairnsdale) ........... (0) 21 B. White (Traralgon) ............ (0) 21 J. Hastings (Leongatha) ...... (0) 21 T. Baldi (Moe)...................... (0) 19 G. Cocksedge (Moe) ........... (0) 19

Parrot play: Fraser Kelly, Nick Kelly, Tegan Renden and Rhett Kelly ham it up at the photo booth during the Leongatha Parrots Winter Cabaret on Saturday night at the Memorial Hall.

Glamorous gals: stylishly dressed Annabel Jones, Josie Caile, Rebecca Argento, Leonie Davidson and Bridget Argento enjoyed their night out at the Leongatha Parrots Winter Cabaret at the Memorial Hall on Saturday night.

Right, Fun night: Bridget Hall and Nick Argento were all smiles at the Leongatha Footbal Netball Club’s Winter Cabaret on Saturday night at the Memorial Hall.

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Tableau: Tarwin had a narrow win over MDU but the Demons won big all the same. The Demons wearing pink was part of an initiative for the round which raised a substantial amount of money for breast cancer research. Charlie Ampt appeals to the umpire who lets play continue. From left, Tarwin’s Jace Butler and Ricky O’Loughlin attempt to spoil Matthew Harris’s kick. On the ground, David De Luca has missed his chance and given MDU the advantage with Michael Smith about to end O’Loughlin’s attempt to spoil.

One round to go POSITIONS might change but the six teams to play finals football in the Alberton Football Netball League for season 2016 are in place. Next season three of the six – Inverloch Kongwak, Dalyston and Kilcunda Bass – will be out of the picture and part of the newly formed West Gippsland Football Netball League. With the mighty Kangaroos now favoured to

take out the flag, Alberton is on top of the ladder. Fish Creek this weekend won its 12th game on the hop with a 15 point win over Inverloch Kongwak to replace the Sea Eagles at the top of the ladder. While MDU has finished well out of the finals this year, the great club is never idle in one way or another and this round wore pink as a fund raiser for cancer research. This was initiated by player Tom Corry, in honour of his mother Helen who died of breast cancer two years ago.

With the $1500 cost of the special edition jumpers generously covered by Sportfirst Leongatha, Stockdale and Leggo, S. McRae Engineering as well as the club, and later raffled off at a post match function at the club, $4200 was raised. The club president, Andrew Mackie, described it a great effort. Foster is the venue hosting this year’s grand final but Foster itself has a better than good chance of actually playing in the grand final.

Venus Bay achieves top awards ON Saturday, July 30 Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club members attended the 2016 Life Saving Awards of Excellence held at The Glasshouse in Melbourne. Venus Bay went into the night with two nominations: Club of the Year and Trainer of the Year (Kimberly Gee) and were thrilled to win both categories. Kimberly Gee was awarded Trainer of the Year in recognition of the time and work that she has put into the club over the past 15 years. Kim has contributed enormously to the success of the club in her role as chief instructor, and this year gained 150 awards for Venus Bay’s volunteers. Another member of the club, David Cumming will be recognised and awarded a meritorious citation at the National Awards for Excellence Ceremony in Sydney in October.

On December 4, 2015 David rescued four people whilst on his lunch break at Venus Bay. These four people went home to their families due to David’s heroics. A meritorious citation is one of the highest accolades a surf lifesaver can achieve in relation to a successfully performed rescue. Thousands of hours go into the running of a volunteer organisation and for a club with a small community in comparison to other clubs in the state, it is a great achievement for Venus Bay to be awarded Life Saving Club of the Year.

Proud moment: Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club members accepting their award of Victorian Life Saving Club of the year at the 2016 Life Saving Awards of Excellence held at The Glasshouse in Melbourne on Saturday night.

The Alberton FNL has a policy of the grand final being played on neutral territory and although it can provide seven days notice of a change of venue, MDU which has hosted the grand final for the last two years, says it is simply not enough notice to give a club. Anyone around MDU who had anything to do with hosting either of the last two grand finals to a standard befitting the event, will tell you that it was the culmination of many weeks’ work.

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