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Smiling in the rain WHILE floods caused havoc in South Gippsland last week with the Wonthaggi Medical Group forced to evacuate, a home flooded in Welshpool, power cuts, motorists stranded and the Leongatha and Maffra football and netball games cancelled Inverloch Men’s Shed group had plenty to smile about with construction starting on its new home. The Inverloch blokes celebrated the turning of the first sod for their new shed last Tuesday, July 5 and are thrilled their new home could be complete by November this year. The $73,000 shed will be built at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve, to the right of the entrance with the help of the State Government’s $60,000 funding. ► See more on the oods on pages 4 and 5 and men’s shed It’s underway: marking the turning of the first sod in construction of the Inverloch Men’s Shed were, from left, Bass Coast Shire Councillor Neil on page 3. Rankine, Trevor Dando of Inverloch Bendigo Bank Community Branch, shed instigator Merv Riley and Bass MP Brian Paynter.

TIP ’EM OUT Calls to dump the council not the tip A HEATED meeting regarding the closure of the Inverloch transfer station left ratepayers adamant Bass Coast Shire Council could not justify shutting down the facility.

Not happy: Wonthaggi’s Kevin Griffin does not want the tip to close.

Council called for the closure of the transfer station last month, but was forced to defer the decision after an uproar from residents, who felt they were uninformed of the decision. Former Bass Coast councillor Ross Smith has said he would like to see a spill of councillors at October’s election. He added Friday’s community information session gave no more insight into council’s plans and left attending residents feeling angry and disgusted. “In most cases he (CEO Paul Buckley) was unable to answer questions but said he would get back to the questioners,�

he said. “Obviously council has not thought of all the ramifications when it just decided in a cavalier manner it would be a good idea to shut the Inverloch tip.� Mr Buckley said the potential closure was the result of environmental impacts such as mulch encroachment, storm water runoff and the migration of dust and litter into the nearby conservation reserve. “The transfer station has a legacy of contamination. If council closes the facility, it won’t officially shut down until September, 2017,� he said. “From then on, people could use Wonthaggi’s transfer station which is open seven days a week. From the feedback we’ve received, people have indicated they would not mind travelling the additional 15 minutes.� Continued on page 9.


FLOODS last week sent the Gippsland football netball league into a flap with the forced cancellation of the much anticipated clash between second placed Maffra Eagles and ladder leader Leongatha Parrots. With Maffra ground flooded and after a mad scramble for an alternative proved unsuccessful the league is now trying to reschedule the games for July 30. See Page 11.

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Blokes’ dream shed begins THE blokes of Inverloch could have a men’s shed by November this year and Merv Riley could not be happier. The Inverloch man instigated the proposal for a men’s shed four years ago and last Tuesday, July 5, he had the honour of turning the first sod. “It’s terrific. I’m that pleased the people of Inverloch will be able to come and enjoy themselves. It will benefit their health. The men have put the effort in and now they’ve got their results,” he said. “It’s something the town should have so men can get with the boys and have a yarn and do a bit of work.” Mr Riley is a keen welder and will be well catered for, with the new shed to feature metal and woodworking facilities for men to build projects, and also be a place for men to socialise. The Inverloch shed is the latest in Gippsland, with five now underway. The $73,000 shed will be built at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve, to the right of the entrance. The men’s shed’s 24 members raised funds by selling sausages at Bunnings Wonthaggi, and also undertaking community projects, including building tables for Inverloch Primary School and making toys.

The State Government gave $60,000 and other sponsors have been the Inverloch Jazz Festival ($5000), Inverloch Bendigo Bank Community Branch ($6600) and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal ($5000), together with Inverloch’s Lions and Rotary clubs. Donated machinery and furniture is now in storage, ready to be moved to the shed. Bass MP Brian Paynter said the men’s shed was one of the first projects he became involved with and confessed he was surprised the town did not have a men’s shed. He said the shed would enable men to build projects to benefit the community, while boosting their wellbeing through mixing with other men. “For many people, coming to a men’s shed is the highlight of their week,” Mr Paynter said. Committee president Julian Sellers was delighted to see construction underway. “Our logo shows an open door to members of the community and a pair of hands open to welcome the community into our shed,” he said. “Our aim is to work together for the betterment of men’s health.” Lindsay Oates, of Mirboo North, is the vice president of the Victorian Men’s Shed Association. He told the crowd, “Once your shed is built, I’m sure your numbers will grow and you will Major moment: Merv Riley, who first suggested a men’s shed for Inverloch, had the honour of turning the first sod for construction. want a bigger shed.”

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A FOSTER farmer lost $1000 worth of farm equipment stolen from his property after it was stolen between Friday, June 24 and Sunday, July 3. Thieves entered the property from the South Gippsland Highway and walked through paddocks before stealing floats and valves from 10 cattle troughs around the farm. The total loss is estimated to be $1500. Anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour around the time is asked to contact Foster Police.

WONTHAGGI Police Constable Jarrad Keefe has received a Victoria Police Divisional Commendation for his efforts in helping rescue stranded fishermen at Kilcunda earlier this year. The fishermen were fishing off rocks at the Kilcunda West Beach when they eventually realised the tide had come in and they were stranded and in danger. Police responded and Constable Keefe, a junior member, volunteered to swim across to the men with a rope. His actions resulted in the rescue of the men who were brought to safety.

Speeder caught A LEONGATHA man received a fine after he was caught travelling at 36km p/h over the speed limit in Foster. The man was caught by police on the South Gippsland Highway near Foster on Saturday, July 9. The 24 year old received a $311 fine and three demerit points.

Hoon caught A WELSHPOOL man has had his car impounded after he was caught doing burn outs in Toora on Sunday. The 24 year old did several burn outs in the Victoria Street and Stanley Street intersection around 4am. His car has been impounded for 30 days and he has summons to appear in court.

Slow down BASS Coast Highway Patrol will conduct a number of patrols around Wonthaggi over the next couple of days with the return of 40km p/h in school zones. Term 3 resumed on Monday along with 40km zones and police are targeting drivers over the speed limit who will be fined without warning.

Tractor close call A RYANSTON man was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital after he sustained serious injuries in a tractor accident last week. The 72 year old was on his rural property in Ryanston last Friday when he lost traction of the tractor on a hill at 5.45pm. The man was thrown from the cabin and the tractor slid down the hill and came to rest upside down by a tree. The man was able to contact relatives on his phone however they were unable to locate him. Family and friends joined police and SES in a search and he was found injured an hour and a half later. The man had serious chest and back injuries and was airlifted to the Alfred where he remains in a serious condition. Police would like to remind farmers to take extra care on tractors, particularly in wet weather.

Bones found POLICE were called to investigate some bones found in Cape Paterson as residents feared they belonged to human remains.

The bones were found on Surf Beach Road on Saturday, July 9 and police sent them to Coroners’ Court for further examination. Results found the bones belonged to an animal believed to be a seal.

Thursday evening in Leongatha South. The man was stopped and waiting for a car in front to turn onto Outtrim Road when a Wonthaggi woman on her green P plates drove into the back of his stationery vehicle. The Inverloch man in the impacted car was sent to Wonthaggi Hospital with minor injuries Theft from cars and the woman driving the second car was also POLICE are pleading with residents to ensure conveyed to hospital with minor injuries. they lock their cars and hide valuables to deter thieves taking property from vehicles. A recent analysis report for crimes in the Bass Coast identified theft from motorcars as higher than average in the area. The study showed that in 90 per cent of cases the cars were left unlocked and thieves have simply opened the cars to retrieve goods. Police are urging residents to lock cars and hide valuables when left unattended. Preferably, cars should be kept in a secure location or undercover in car ports to minimise the risk of theft.

Tools taken A KORUMBURRA man had expensive items stolen from his car after he left it bogged in Hallston on the weekend. The man got his car stuck around midday on Saturday and returned on Sunday at noon to find that several thousand dollars worth of tools had been taken from his four wheel drive. Police are asking anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time to come forth.

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Home flooded again By L B Lucy JJohnson h A WELSHPOOL couple has been forced out of their home for a month after it was flooded last Tuesday during severe weather. Mr and Mrs Demaria said they were not aware of the rising water in their home when the power went out at their Woorarra Road property around 7pm. “It was dark and we could not see the water coming in. We realised that water was starting to pool in the living room and it was already two inches deep,” Heather Demaria said. “We immediately left and travelled to Hedley to stay the night at our son’s home.” “Apparently the power did not come back on until 9.45 in the morning on Wednesday.” The couple returned to the property on Wednesday morning to

h water had h d drained, d i d findd most off the but damage had been done to their belongings and the couple now has to vacate the property for a month while it is repaired. “We are going to stay at our daughter’s house in Yarram while a team works on cutting out the damaged areas, replastering and painting the house,” Mrs Demaria said. “We are just grateful that it was covered by our insurance. I hate to think about the total costs of the damage.” Unfortunately this is not the first time the Demaria’s have had to leave their flooded property. “My neighbour said he has not seen South Gippsland Shire Council clean out the roadside drain in years and years,” Mrs Demaria said. “It has been blocked before. Seven years ago and we had water up to our ankles. Again in 2011 we had to come back from a trip in Europe because we were told our house was flooded.”

Helping hall: CFA fire fighter David Grylls stands outside Welshpool Memorial Hall where emergency services set up a relief centre for evacuating residents during last week’s floods. Mr and Mrs Demaria said Council came to view the property and help clean up the debris; however no responsibility has been taken for the drainage problem. “My son asked Council about the drain and he was told that the drains could not cope with more

that 70mm of rainfall in one day,” Mrs Demaria said. Nearby farm properties recorded 90mm last Tuesday. Welshpool CFA prepared for victims of flooding and set up a relief centre at the Welshpool Memorial Hall on Tuesday evening.

Saving home: Heather and Nicola Demaria had to leave their Welshpool home when it started taking in flood water last Tuesday evening. CFA firefighter David Grylls said a number of members went doorknocking to warn of potential flooding and opened up the hall as a refuge. “Everyone appeared to be okay

and nobody turned up to stay at the hall,” he said. “This is not the first time we have had flooding in the area, however it is probably the worst I have seen it in about 25 years.”

Medical group inundated By Lucy Johnson WONTHAGGI Medical Group was forced to close and evacuate when water started gushing through the building last Tuesday. The Murray Street clinic will be inoperable for at least two weeks as teams work to pull up the flooded carpet and ensure the building is structurally sound. Practice manager Gayle Bloch said its team is now seeing its patients out of a couple of temporary spaces. “Wonthaggi Hospital has given us some of its spare rooms and are accommodating our specialists there while a clinic space Sinclair Dermatology on 231 White Road also has a temporary specialist clinic there,” she said. Receptionists at Wonthaggi Medical Group worked “frantically” to inform patients of the change prior to their appointments.

Centre closed: Wonthaggi Medical Group was forced to close when flood water gushed into the Murray Street clinic on Tuesday. “We have been redirecting our patients and we are grateful that everybody has been so understanding and are working with us to get them to where they need to be,” Ms Bloch said. “We are also very thankful to have the support of the clinics who have helped us out.” The evacuation occurred last Tuesday at

2.30pm when the clinic was flooded in three inch deep water within the space of 10 minutes. “Luckily none of our equipment was damaged. We are just waiting to ensure the place is safe. We are just in dry out mode,” Ms Bloch said. “The water came in so fast. It was pretty intense.” “We are still fairly functional at the moment and our staff have been amazing.” Flooding also caused disruptions to other community events and services last week. Residents in Welshpool lost access to electricity at around 7pm on Tuesday and many homes were still without power until 9.45 the following morning. South Gippsland Shire Council was not immune to the wild weather which resulted in the postponement of its Community Grants presentation event which was supposed to be held at the Chambers on Wednesday. The event will now be held on Wednesday, July 20.

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Floods chaos By Lucy Johnson HOUSES were evacuated and roads were closed when South Gippsland experienced flash flooding as a result of heavy rainfall last Tuesday evening. Two of the hardest hit

towns were Foster and Welshpool where some 90mm of rain was measured in Foster overnight while Welshpool CFA prepared a relief centre for evacuating locals. Foster SES captain Rachael Nicolson said the unit received 13 call outs after the rain began to bucket down around 5.30pm.

Flood falls: Leongatha’s Ron Haenel stands by Agnes Falls near Toora on Wednesday afternoon. The Falls attracted many tourists as it roared at full capacity following the extreme rainfall of last Tuesday evening.

“We received a call from a person at Victoria Street in Toora. Their house backed on to an empty paddock and water was coming into the house,” she said. “From there, water was spread out at Point Franklin and Stockyard Creek where the banks were overflowing onto nearby properties.” Water rose so high in Foster’s Stockyard Creek that a footbridge behind the town’s central business district was completely submerged. “We spent about three hours assisting police with road blocks on the South Gippsland Highway between Toora and Welshpool,” Ms Nicolson said. “The Welshpool Memorial Hall was set up as a relief centre for those who wanted to evacuate and the Wilsons Promontory Motel was offered as alternative accommodation.” Foster deputy captain David Bartley said residents were lucky to have not been evacuated from the area. “We worked until 3 o’clock on Wednesday morning alongside Leongatha Police. We doorknocked at a number

of nearby residences to advise them of potential flooding,” he said. “The water level in Stockyard Creek was so high it ran through Foster, out and down all the way to Fullers Road.” Yarram’s SES unit also joined in the operation. Despite a number of recommendations, many trucks persevered through the dangerous conditions where water was completely covering parts of the South Gippsland Highway. “We always send out a key message to residents and drivers telling them not to travel in flood conditions,” Mr Bartley said. “Some people just do not listen.” Around midnight, a couple and their dog were lucky to escape injury after their car hit flood waters on a bend and veered into a drain near Pound Creek. In the case of a flood emergency contact SES on 132 500.

Top left: Rail trail under: land home to the Great Southern Rail Trail was completely underwater following severe weather last Tuesday evening.

Close call: CFA and SES attended a car crash around midnight on Tuesday during the floods. A couple and their dog luckily escaped after their car hit flood waters and veered into a drain near Pound Creek.

Stranded: A Korumburra man and two children managed to escape from their car with the help of a local farmer on a jetski when it got stuck in Orbost flood waters last Thursday.

Stuck in flood A KORUMBURRA man and two children were lucky to escape a car stranded in flood waters on Thursday morning.

Fighting floods: from left, Foster SES deputy captain David Bartley and captain Rachael Nicolson stand by a footbridge at Stockyard Creek which was completely submerged in water during floods last Tuesday evening.

The 47 year old Korumburra farmer was travelling with two children near Orbost when he ran into deep flood water on Marlo Road at 7am. Stranded, the man contacted his partner in Korumburra who called triple zero. Orbost Police S/S Matt Gleeson said a nearby farmer saw the distressed passengers and jumped to action. “A neighbouring farmer saw the

scene and jumped on his jet ski. He rescued the three passengers and took them to his property nearby,” he said. “From there they drove to the Marlo Caravan Park where they were met by emergency services. Fortunately nobody sustained any injuries.” The flood water was estimated to be one metre deep across the road. “The roadway was completely flooded and the driver did not have an appreciation for how deep the water was,” S/S Gleeson said. “The Orbost gauge was up at 5.4m. It is a common known area to flooding.”

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Lodge expansion planned By Tayla Kershaw ALTHOUGH Leongatha’s Woorayl Lodge bought land on Boags Road six years ago to redevelop a new facility, it may consider keeping its original McCartin Street home.

Exciting times: Woorayl Lodge committee chairperson Lindsay Love there were big things in store for Woorayl Lodge.

Currently in negotiations to buy 75 McCartin Street – meaning it will own properties right down to Young Street – Woorayl Lodge is evaluating its options and finding many residents would prefer to stay within walking distance of the town. Whatever is decided, the Lodge is looking at a cost of $8 million to develop a modern facility. “The times have changed. People used to come to Woorayl Lodge in their mid 70s and were relatively low care residents. Now people are coming in towards their mid 80s, which means they have more complex needs and we need to plan for an upgraded facility,” Woorayl Lodge committee chairperson Lindsay Love said. “We need to factor in shared accommodation for couples, which we haven’t had before, and some of rooms are too small in comparison to

newer buildings. Our resources here are limited so we need to consider moving on. “Having said that, we have people at different stages of care, which is not based on age, so it is not up to us to decide what people can and can’t do. Residents like being able to walk up the street and be part of the community. We can organise a bus but that’s a lot more restrictive. In the end, we are here to service the community.” If staying in McCartin Street is the right option, the four houses next to the Lodge down to Young Street will be removed, creating three extra acres to work with during the rebuild. Some of the style changes will include wider hallways for wheelchair access, 20 extra beds for residents and more independent living flats. “We are looking to organise surveyors to look at both properties next month,” Mr Love said. “It will take us about 12 months to get a design approved once we have considered our options and we are looking at a two year build. It will also require a substantial amount of funding and we are seeking charitable fundraiser status.”

Bass Coast fury sparks meeting RATE hikes and widespread dissatisfaction in Bass Coast Shire has resulted in a resident and ratepayers’ public meeting being called for Saturday, July 30 in Wonthaggi. Bass Coast resident Kevin Griffin will lead the meeting and facilitate discussions about the conduct and performance of Bass Coast Shire Council. Mr Griffin said excessive rate hikes, reduced council transparency, over the top executive salaries, lack of community consultation, and expensive special charge schemes being imposed on ratepayers are some of the issues that caused him to call the meeting. Like many others, Mr Griffin regularly attends meetings to ask questions, put in submissions and attempts to make a difference on issues that matter to the community. Mr Griffin said he had expressed concerns about over the top executive salaries and council transparency. “I am concerned about the increased secrecy and reduced transparency of Bass Coast Shire Council,” he said. “Historically community members had the opportunity to question council at the start of each monthly meeting, but that opportunity is now so heavily restricted as to be impractical. The community is now only permitted to ask general questions at 3pm in the week prior to council meetings. Most people are at their workplace at this time and council

neither minutes nor records the questions for publication to the community.” Mr Griffin said the recent State Government community satisfaction survey, which saw Bass Coast Shire Council results plummet, was a further indication things need to be addressed. “I believe that this is the current situation, and the latest Local Government survey results back up my view. The community satisfaction results have been declining in recent years, and this year they have fallen even further,” he said. Ultimately, Mr Griffin is looking to form a shire wide ratepayer group. “Within Bass Coast Shire there are several local ratepayer groups. Each of these groups does fine work for their local community, with a local focus,” he said. “However, I believe that we also need a shire wide ratepayer group to provide a single strong advocate for all ratepayers and concerned citizens.” Mr Griffin said he would’ve liked to stand for the council election in October, but personal circumstances have prevented this. The public meeting will be held at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on July 30 from 2pm to 3pm. The meeting will include a 30 minute presentation from Mr Griffin, followed by a question and answer session. If you would like to contact Mr Griffin prior to the meeting date, he can be contacted via email to or by post to PO Box 774 Wonthaggi 3995.

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Coverage rings true RESIDENTS in the Dumbalk community finally have their long awaited phone coverage after the town’s phone tower went active on Thursday, June 30. The service did experience some disruptions in its early hours. Mobile service was inaccessible for a couple of days due to a power outage, however Telstra worked to solve the problem and it was up and running on Monday morning. Dumbalk Village Store owner Ineke Veale said since the hiccup there have been no concerns. “The phone coverage was great for about five hours on Saturday and everyone was thrilled, before it went out and did not return until Monday,” she said. “That is not to worry though. It has been running perfectly since and I have full coverage ev-

erywhere in the store and in town now.” The phone tower is part of the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program, which invested a total of $8.51 million into improving mobile coverage in patchy rural areas. Ms Veale said Dumbalk was a deserving recipient of the new tower after locals “battled for years” to improve coverage. “It will certainly be of a benefit to all of us and it was well worth the wait,” she said. Jan Stirling, another Dumbalk local, said she is grateful for the work done by those who campaigned for the improvement. “Since the tower was turned back on I have full reception on my phone all over the house,” she said. “It is going to be a great change for everyone Dialling strong: from left, Jan Stirling, Andrew Hutton and Yolanda Vender Spek enjoy the in the area.” improved phone coverage now available in Dumbalk.

Panel supports land use strategy BASS Coast Shire Council has received the Planning Panel Report for Amendment C140 recommending Council adopts the exhibited amendment with some changes. In early April, an Independent Planning Panel considered submissions to Amendment C140, which seeks to implement the findings of the Rural Land Use Strategy and the Review of the Rhyll Wetland. The Amendment C140 Panel Report will be considered at the Ordinary Council Meeting on August 17. Panel Findings The Planning Panel complimented the process associated with Amendment C140 and Council’s responsiveness to community submissions, concluding that: “…the Rural Land Use Strategy and Amendment C140 have been through an extensive consultation process. As a result of the Hearing process, a number of changes have been proposed by Council in response to submissions. The Panel acknowledges and appreciates the responsive nature of Council’s considerations of submissions.” The Panel Report continues by stating that the Amendment provides: “…a planning framework that delivers on Council’s vision for the future of its rural agricultural land.” Minor Changes The Panel report recommends adoption of Amendment C140 subject to a number of minor changes. Notably, the Panel Report recommends that the proposed

Rural Activity Zone not be applied to the majority of land at The Gurdies. This recommendation responds to community submissions regarding the environmental qualities of The Gurdies area. The land is recommended to remain in the Farming Zone until further environmental investigations have been undertaken. New Zones and Policies The Panel Report recommends the majority of the Amendment be adopted as exhibited to implement the long-term vision for the Shire’s land use as identified in the Rural Land Use Strategy. This includes the application of Rural Activity Zones in Coronet Bay-Corinella and Inverloch-Cape Paterson; and the Rural Conservation Zone and Environmental Significance Overlay to the Rhyll Wetlands study area. The new zonings are proposed to support a range of different uses including rural-based tourism as well as protecting areas of significant environmental quality. The Panel Report also supports proposed new local polices that have been designed to give land owners and decision makers clear direction when seeking and assessing planning permit applications within the Farming Zone. The policies relate to Rural Subdivision, Rural Dwellings and Non-Agricultural Uses in the Farming Zone. The Report is available on Council’s website at at any of the Bass Coast service centres. For more information, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Nyora residents fined for livestock breach SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council’s Regulatory Services department has undertaken investigations at a property in Nyora and found the land owners in breach of Council’s Planning Scheme, Local Laws and a provision of the Impounding of Livestock Act. During the investigation the officers found several hundred chickens, ducks, pheasants, turkeys, pigeons and other birds in cages, pens and roaming on the land. Some of the birds were located on the property of an adjoining neighbour and were able to pass through the strand wire fencing at will. Prior to the investigation both the owner and tenants had been previously served a directions letter requiring that this behaviour cease and that the property be made compliant. The tenants failed to appear to answer the charges at the Korumburra Magistrates Court last week. In their absence they were fined a total of $9,000 and ordered to pay the prosecution’s costs of $376. These fines were in addition to other charges served at the Korumburra Magistrates Court in

February 2016. Council’s Manager of Regulatory Services Matthew Patterson said it was a continued process for a property that had received a number of complaints. “The property is situated in a Rural Living Zone and the number of birds they have on the property is a major breach of local laws and legislation. “Intensive animal husbandry is prohibited in this zone but a permit is necessary for any residents living in the area with more than two animals on their land. “Council will continue to work to ensure the residents bring the property in compliance,” said Mr Patterson. Individuals wanting more information on the issue or animal management can contact Council’s Local Laws team on 5662 9200. Council’s Planning Department is also available for more information on the Planning Scheme.

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Staying focused on the big picture THERE’S no shortage of hills and valleys on Dan and Cindy Knee’s dairy farm - and there’s been plenty of ups and downs during their two years as Focus Farmers.

Sharing ideas: from left, GippsDairy extension officer Donna Gibson with the Gardiner Foundation’s Aaron Gosling and Mirboo North Focus Farmer Bruce Manintveld at the Toora North field day.

The Toora North couple have just completed their time under the Focus Farm microscope and have been riding a roller coaster of events for the entire two years. Focus Farms are funded by GippsDairy and Dairy Australia using dairy service levy funds and provide an experienced farm consultant as a facilitator as well as a support group made up of fellow farmers and local service providers. A bumper first year was followed by the poor spring of 2015 and the subsequent milk price fall. Add in the birth of their daughter Lexi and another baby on the way, and it’s been a big 24 months for the Knees. Dan and Cindy took over the lease of the property from Dan’s parents, Bruce and Rae, at the start of the Focus Farm period. Since then, they have purchased an additional 43 hectares to create an effective milking area of 187 hectares on which they currently milk 420 cows.

Focus farm facilitator Matt Hall said the Focus Farm period had provided an invaluable insight into a farming operation in good and bad times. “Their first year was a reasonable to good milk price and a good season to go with it and they made a significant cash surplus - everything went right,� he said. “The next year the milk price opened at $5.60, which was a very workable price, which would have meant a cash surplus of around $130,000, but then we got one of the most difficult springs that I have ever seen, which brought a number of challenges around trying to get enough silage and planting additional crops, some of which failed because of the dry conditions. “In the end it resulted in a negative cash flow of around $50,000.� While the tough season and reduced milk price has tested many farmers, Matt said Dan and Cindy should be commended for keeping one eye on their long term goal of owning the farm in 10 years, while being able to adjust their farm business plan to suit current conditions. “The key insight that I have had from this Focus Farm is that you can plan all you like, but things out of your control can ultimately determine the outcome,� he said. “Dan and Cindy employed a lot of tactics that they had to, but I still don’t think they ever forgot the big picture. “Tactics are for the short term and they can sometimes lead you a little bit away from your long term goal, but they have not forgotten their main goal which is to buy the farm in 10 years, which is still very possible.� Speaking at their final Focus Farm field day, Dan and Cindy said that, despite the challenges that have confronted them, they felt more confident in running their business than they did two years ago. “We’re a bit more confident in what we are doing,� Cindy said. “It’s certainly helped me, because I started fresh two years ago and I’ve learnt a lot about finances in that time.� For Dan, developing his farm skills has gone hand in hand with improving his business acumen. He said the Focus Farm experience had helped him make better and more confident decisions. “We are definitely better business people,� he said. “There’s been a few things that people have suggested, like chicory and other crops, that we have tried that have

worked really well. “Even having the Support Group supporting our ideas has been really helpful.� GippsDairy extension co-ordinator Tony Platt said the Knee Focus Farm had offered an insight into a young farming couple and how they dealt with two very different years. “For all those following this Focus Farm – and we had very strong turnouts at all the field days – this has been a fascinating look at what it takes to build a dairy business and how to deal with the obstacles that are often in the way,� he said. “GippsDairy would like to thank Dan and Cindy for opening up their farm business and the Support Group for sharing their knowledge, experience and time during a busy couple of years.� The remaining Focus Farm field days will be held at the Macalister Demonstration Farm on Thursday, July 21, at Bruce Manintveld and Fiona Baker’s farm at Mirboo North on Thursday, August 11 and Tim and Grit Cashin’s farm at Leongatha South on Friday, August 19. The final Focus Farm field days will include information from the Tactics for Tight Times program, with an emphasis on winter and spring management strategies, as well as financial planning for 2016-17.

Opening eyes: from left at the Toora North Focus Farm field day were Scott Benton from Toora, Binginwarri’s Trent Crawford, Hedley’s Luke and Tate Jenkins and Russell Mann from Rabobank.

Aboriginal artefacts uncovered AN archaeological dig around Leongatha South has revealed a fascinating insight into the region’s indigenous heritage. The exploration was undertaken as part of archaeological investigations as part of laying infrastructure for the National Broadband Network (NBN). The dig resulted in the discovery of 493 stone artefacts and three pieces of ochre, according to Amanda Goldfarb, project archaeologist with ANZ Infrastructure and Environment, Melbourne. “The majority of artefacts were mostly made from silcrete, which is one of the most common raw materials used across Australia, however, crystal quartz, quartz and quartzite was also found,� she said. “Overall, five new Aboriginal archaeological sites were recorded as a result of the project, including two large artefact scatters.� Of the two large scatters, one contained 217 artefacts, and the other 233, with some artefacts found on the surface. “Excavation, however, revealed the majority of finds. The two large sites recovered were both knapping floors – the debris left over from the manufacture of stone artefacts – however, both sites had notable differences and were located some 1.3 km apart,� Ms Goldfarb said. “These sites indicate stone artefacts were manufactured both within close proximity to the Tarwin River, but also up on the high ridgelines surrounding the waterway. “Tools, such as scrapers, were recorded closer to the river, indicating that activities such as butchering took place at this location. This contrasted with the site located almost a kilometre from the river, which was a large artefact scatter containing almost no tools.�

However this site had a high number of cores and angular fragments, indicating the site was an early-stage knapping floor where stones were brought and crafted into primary flakes. “These were then removed, and reduced further into formal tool types elsewhere, possibly closer to the river,� Ms Goldfarb said. “Due to the rarity of these sites in Leongatha, the two large sites recorded during the project were considered to be of moderate to high scientific significance. Their Aboriginal cultural significance is high.� The artefacts were reburied after works were completed near where they were found.

Uncovering history: representatives from Boon Wurrung Foundation, Bunurong Land and Sea Association and Gunai Kurnai at work on the archaeological dig at Leongatha South. From left, Wayne Pepper, Tim Paton and Steven Compton.

2016 Hard Waste Collection Service

Council’s annual optional hard waste collection service will be conducted in October for all households who choose to book and pay for a collection. The service will be delivered on a ‘fee for service’ basis, of $94 per household. Pension Card holders can apply for a discounted rate of $32. You have until 31 August to book a collection through Council on  


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Cutting costs to break even By Sarah Vella AFTER drying off their herd more than a month early, Mirboo Fonterra suppliers Amanda and Kris Thomas plan to continue milking, despite a disappointing opening price. After milk prices were slashed in late April, the Thomas’ took a stand by tipping their milk out, rather than sending it to Fonterra. “It’s not worth giving our milk to Fonterra, so why should we?” Mr Thomas told The Star in May. “It’s more than that though, it’s about action. It’s about pushing people to speak up about what’s happening.” Since then, the farming family has been let down once again by a lower than anticipated opening milk price. Fonterra announced an opening price of $4.73 per kilograms of milk solids, which as spring calvers means an on farm price of around $4.30kg/MS for the Thomas’. “It is going to be a year of working for nothing. We might just get to the point where the emotional attachment isn’t enough anymore, that is all that’s keeping us going,” Ms Thomas said. Ms Thomas said while the milk price was lower than hoped for, compared to Murray Goulburn, Fonterra’s price was competitive. “We will continue milking and we don’t plan

on moving companies or anything,” she said. The Thomas’ have determined their break even milk price is $4.25kg/MS, but are not sure it can be reduced any further. “We will just have to look at what we are spending on,” Ms Thomas said. “You can do all the budgets you want for a nice, happy milk season, but I bet no one had in their budget what happened to us this year,” she said. Cutting costs is something South Gippsland dairy farmers will be aiming for, especially after many spent more than usual on fodder last season. “We didn’t have to buy any fodder. We have no silage now, but we had a fair supply of hay so we didn’t have to buy anything,” Ms Thomas said. “Kris is being cautious when it comes to fertiliser, but we haven’t cut it off completely. If you cut the fertiliser, you also cut your grass. “You have to decide whether to spend money on fertiliser, or fodder.” The Thomas’ have also taken advantage of record high beef prices, by offloading chopper cows. “Some cows have been culled because we needed to take opportunity of a good chopper price but we have been able to maintain our healthy herd,” Ms Thomas said. “We haven’t had to go to the extremes of some Frustrated: from left, Mirboo farmers Kris, Macie and Amanda Thomas have been less and cull our healthy cows.” than impressed with actions of dairy processor Fonterra in recent months.

Jewel thief foiled Inverloch fights to save tip

A LEONGATHA business was shaken after thieves attempted to rob the store by ramming a ute through its front window on Saturday, July 2.

Business owners captured security footage of the attempted burglary and police are currently investigating. The ram raid of Bair Street’s Hays Jewellers happened around 5.10am when a man reversed his white trayback ute into the shop’s front window. Police have released CCTV images of a man peering through the door of the jewellery store in Leongatha where he can be seen wearing a fluoro jacket, jeans, work boots and a hooded jumper. Business owners Brian and Sheryl Hogan said they were awoken by their security company that morning and attended the scene only 10 minutes after the attempt. “They did shatter the front window however the glass did not break into pieces and they could not get in,” Mr Hogan said. “The damage was mainly to the facade of the shop. The

tow bar of the ute shattered the glass, the tray hit the tiles in the front and shoved them inwards and a mirror was pushed inwards.” The shop’s insurance company has covered any costs incurred which are estimated to be in excess $10,000. Hays Jewellers was also the victim of an attempted robbery 18 months ago when burglars attempted to break in using sledgehammers. In a similar situation, the thieves failed to break through the glass and fled the scene. “Nobody has managed to get through and it is very tough, thick glass,” Mr Hogan said. “They are not very smart though. All of the expensive pieces are kept in safes so even if they did manage to get in they could only take some silver.” “It has not really impacted on the business as such, more on the building’s appearance. We only have half a window display at the moment.” CCTV footage shows eight cars passing the scene around the time of the attempted robbery. Detectives from the Bass Coast Crime Investigation Unit are appealing for anybody who witnessed the incident to come forth. Investigators have re-

leased images of a man that they believe may be able to assist with enquires. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at

Smash and grab: Police released CCTV footage of the man responsible for a recent attempted burglary in Leongatha earlier this month.

Continued from page 1. However, residents attending last Friday’s consultation meeting begged to differ, claiming there was no evidence of council receiving such feedback and not enough consultation prior to the closure becoming an agenda item at last month’s ordinary council meeting. “The report you’ve produced gives no evidence as to why the facility should be closed,” Wonthaggi’s Kevin Griffin said. “It’s good to have concerns but if you want to take this away from the community, you had better come up with some evidence.” Mr Buckley said it cost council an estimated $185,000 to operate the transfer station and the site was not running the best practice. However, council had not looked at any alternative sites for a transfer station in Inverloch. Residents challenged council to drive along the busy Bass Coast Highway from Inverloch to Wonthaggi with a full load of rubbish in tow, and claimed that

although Inverloch may become a cleaner town, Wonthaggi would be impacted by the excess waste coming into the town. “This is a prime example of lazy management – there’s many more options council could explore,” Mr Griffin said. “Ratepayers have not been satisfied with decisions council has made for the past four years and this is just more of the same.” Anderson Inlet Landcare leader Daryl Hook said although council could not allow waste seepages to get into Screw Creek, the transfer station should remain open. “They are going to have to fix it up anyway, so why not just keep it open?” he said. “I’ve spent time picking up illegally dumped rubbish in Pound Creek, so people won’t travel all the way to Wonthaggi. I think people who don’t like that they’ve bought land near a transfer station need to go watch the movie The Castle again.” The end of Friday’s

meeting had residents calling for the closure to be shelved until after the Council election, when a new panel of councillors could review issues.

Council will be given another opportunity to answer questions at a second meeting to be held this Friday from 4pm to 6pm at the Inverloch hub.

Solution needed: Anderson Inlet Landcare leader Daryl Hook discussed the closure of the Inverloch transfer station with Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale. While Mr Hook would prefer to see the transfer station left open, he believes council needs to find a way to stop waste leakages entering the conservation reserve.

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Lucy Johnson

Sarah Vella

Tayla Kershaw

Stuart Biggins

THE Cambodian ons will be providing into Leongatha. The MEENIYAN Red wishing tree is back the laughs with tickets driver almost caused a Koru- Cross raised great at Moo’s at Meeniyan available at the door or collision with another mburra Legacy Widows Club commemo- funds for the organisa- restaurant and cafe. The at Meeniyan IGA for overtaking vehicle. st rated its 21 birthday with a wonderful tion with a successful fundraiser aims to help $30. Residents are also reafternoon tea event recently. Pictured, winter solstice dinner children in Cambodia’s minded the return of MARY Poppins has school this week also Korumburra Legacy Widow Club mem- held at the Meeni- Siem Reap district. ber Lorna Moir was given the honour, by yan Hall last month. Guests are invited to been hailed by many as means the return of MC and Korumburra Legatee Perry Neil, Around 80 people at- donate goods to the tree Lyric Theatre’s best pro- 40km p/h zones in tended the event which which will be delivered duction yet. Having sold school areas. Please of cutting the cake in celebration of the offered diners a wide to the school in the fu- out its run, the produc- take extra caution in day. The yummy birthday fruit cake was range of international ture. tion has drawn audiences these zones. made and ably decorated by Bev Rowe, dishes and entertainfrom far afield and proSNOW is anticiment for the evening. A NIGHT of laughs vided quality entertainalso a Korumburra member. The group raised ap- is in store for those ment for families over pated to hit low areas in Gippsland today (Tuesproximately $1600 for who attend the Meeni- the school holidays. day) due to a cold snap. WONTHAGGI resi- research. With the help Red Cross with the yan CFA comedy night DRIVERS are re- If anybody manages to dents can help provide of around 2000 volun- support of the com- this Friday (July 15). Held at the Meeniyan minded to take extra capture a good photo of merchandise munity. meals to families doing teers, Hall from 8pm, the caution on the roads the snow we at The Star it tough this winter by will be available at 250 event is the second in the wet weather. A would love to hear from joining local efforts to street stalls across Vicof its kind to rraise Leongatha resident you. Send us a message raise funds for national toria. Those who volmoney for Me Meeni- observed a driver on on our Facebook page charity, SecondBite. unteer will be matched yan CFA. L Law- Monday who failed to at Between June 29 and with a site that’s conrence Moo Mooney, head check when go- TheGreatSouthernStar August 2, Coles at Won- venient to them. Ben Dar Darsow ing to overtake on the To volunteer, visit thaggi will raise money and Ciaran Ly- Bass Highway coming for SecondBite, a na- tional charity, which re- au or phone 1300 65 distributes surplus fresh 65 85. food to Australian famiSPENDING time lies in need. As part of the five- outside is a top way to week campaign, Wont- reduce stress, and what haggi residents can buy better way to help youra $2 SecondBite dona- self and the environment tion card at Coles to help than by getting involved to deliver the equivalent with National Tree Day. of five healthy meals to Nature has overwhelmsome of the two million ingly been shown to reAustralians struggling to duce stress, with just 10 minutes’ spent outside put food on the table. in a natural environment Brilliant blocks: from left, Leongatha’s Josslyn CANCER Council resulting in a significant Riding high: Caldermeade’s Zack Winkler and Leah Considine enjoyed the Lego is calling on Victorians reduction in blood pres- Condren managed to build a moving to help beat cancer by sure and an improve- Lego rollercoaster at the Leongatha workshop at Leongatha Library last Thursday. volunteering for the ment in mental health Library workshop last Thursday. organisation’s 30 year and wellbeing. Get inmilestone of Daffodil volved in National Tree Day on Friday, August Day on Sunday, July 31. 26. All money raised For more information YOUNG builders came will support those and to find your nearest together at the Leongatha affected by cancer Tree Day site, please Library last Thursday for through information visit treeday.planetark. the first ever Lego workand services, as well org or call the National as funding prevention Tree Day Hotline on shop. programs and cancer 1300 88 5000. The school holiday activ-



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ity was facilitated by Bricks 4 Kids, which visited libraries across the West Gippsland Library Network for two weeks. Coordinator Cath Stoney said the event has proven to be a success and would most likely continue to run in the future. “This was our first time in Gippsland and it has had a great response,” she said. “We run a number of workshops for older children which focuses on robotics and moving parts while younger children can play with the bigger building blocks.” Still one of the most popu-

Young engineers: from left, Leongatha’s Hugo, Levi and Eddie Sweeney got into the blocks at the Leongatha Library’s first Lego workshop last Thursday. lar toys in the world, Lego has maintained its track record in keeping children of all ages entertained. “It teaches children resilience as they have to be patient and learn how to manage

problem solving activites,” Ms Stoney said. “Children learn a range of different science, technology, engineering and maths based skills and concepts without even realising it.”

Back to school, back to 40km BASS Coast Shire Council and Victoria Police are urging community members and parents to be safe when driving around schools. “With local children returning to school this week we are encouraging all drivers to pay special attention around schools during drop off and pick up times,” Bass Coast Highway Patrol’s Sergeant Jason Hullick said. Drivers are reminded that when approaching school crossings, they should slow down to 40 km/h or less, watch for children and remember not to stop too close to the crossing. The crossing must be completely vacated of all pedestrians before proceeding. Council’s general manager healthy communities David Elder said it is really important crossing su-

pervisors have a clear field of vision in all directions around their crossing so they can spot approaching children and vehicles as soon as possible. “Because children are often very small, cars parked or stopped too close to crossings can completely obscure them from the view of supervisors and drivers,” Mr Elder said. “Coupled with children’s limited ability to identify danger, this can create a very hazardous situation.” It is also important drivers and pedestrians watch for and obey the instructions of the school crossing supervisor. Council and Victoria Police will be monitoring school crossings and driver behaviour generally around schools in coming weeks to promote safer behaviour around schools, particularly during drop off and pick up times.

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Footy in flap over floods By Stuart Biggins FLOODING caused havoc around the region last week and forced the cancellation of the Leongatha Parrots and Maffra Eagles football and netball matches on Saturday due to the Maffra ground being under water. While seniors ladder leader Leongatha was more than ready for its next encounter with second placed Maffra, the Parrots were very understanding and now await the outcome of a decision for the matches to be rescheduled on July 30. Speaking to The Star, the president of the Leongatha Football Netball Club, Mal Mackie was confident ahead of a meeting with AFL Gippsland on Monday evening the match against Maffra would be confirmed as re-scheduled for July 30. Yesterday the league was making every effort to re-jig the coming weeks’ fixture so the Leongatha versus Maffra match could be played at the end of the month in place of the Leongatha versus Warragul game, which is the only game set to be played on that weekend of the split round on July 30. Heavy rain overnight on Tuesday, July 5 left the Maffra football oval underwater and it was deemed unsafe for the Saturday’s game. Ground staff and Wellington Shire Council staff also decided that playing on the ground would cause severe long term damage to the surface. With the assistance of AFL Gippsland and the affected clubs, the Gippsland league board made every effort to have the games moved to an alternate venue, however, despite contacting various clubs, local councils and grounds committees and inspecting multiple potential venues, a suitable alternative was unable to be secured. The decision to cancel a fixture has far ranging ramifications for both clubs involved. For Maffra there is the major loss of revenue from match day gate takings. That will put a dint in the club’s coffers and possibly even force it to alter its plans for 2017. The Maffra FNC president Brett Millington said with second playing first on the ladder a bumper crowd was expected to bring a gate of around $5,000. With spins off from takings at the bar, coffee and

canteen the club expected to make between $9000 and $10,000. Mr Millington said the club’s Senior footballers were very keen to test themselves out against Leongatha, the benchmark of the competition. “We’re still hopeful that we might be able to and the club is working with AFL Gippsland towards a new fixture but it depends on the goodwill and other arrangements at other clubs.” He said, “We had the shire’s pumps working on Wednesday knowing how hard it is to get the water off it. “At the same time the ground was still being saturated from above and with water running back onto the ground. “We were trying from Thursday to find suitable alternatives.” For each team, coaching staff especially, the opportunity to get the other team’s measure with finals not all that far away, has been missed. You have to feel sorry for any Leongatha Reserves players who might have been working hard to gain promotion to the Seniors, once again with a view to being part of the peak finals action. This weekend the Reserves will not get a run either as Bairnsdale does not have a Reserves team and will wait until July 23 for their next game. Parrots Christopher Dunne (43) and Aaron Hillberg (30) and the Maffra Eagle Mitchell Bennett (28) lead the Seniors goal kicking table from Traralgon’s Lee Stockdale (27). While Dunne looks home and hosed, nothing is ever certain and placegetters somewhere down the line will change as a result of the cancellation of this fixture. A similar situation exists with the Reserves goalkicking table. The cancellation might even affect the outcome of the Gippsland League’s Best and Fairest vote. The netball ladder will also be affected and some teams which might otherwise have missed out could progress to the finals and vice versa. The president of the Parrots’ netball division was circumspect in response to the fixture’s cancellation. Renee Littlejohn said, “It is the middle of winter and these things happen. “We are a football netball club; we work hand in hand together. Littlejohn had no dispute with the decision result-

ing from a sodden football ground also affecting the netball. “We are one club, not two,” she said. Millington said, “It is disappointing for the netballers; there are a few sides jockeying for finals positions and the girls were really keen to get on court.” Gippsland league chair Greg Maidment was satisfied the proper process had been followed and all reasonable alternative arrangements considered. “The safety of our players is paramount and given the amount of rainfall in Gippsland this week we can appreciate few clubs are able to provide us with a suitable replacement venue,” Maidment said. “The board consulted the netball sub-committee throughout the process and they have agreed to cancel corresponding netball fixtures. “The board would like to thank all parties that have assisted us in reaching a fair and sensible outcome to a difficult situation.” Maidment said the league board retained the right to reschedule the affected fixtures, prior to the end of the home-and-away season. In the event an agreed date and venue cannot be secured, all effected football and netball matches will be declared draws, with each team issued two premiership points and no change to their percentage.

Clean sweep: Parrots’ speedster Josh Hopkins was just one of the exciting players to help the Parrots to its 10 goal victory in the seniors in the last match against Maffra in April. More photos at

Welcome back: from left, Emily, Charlotte and Holly were excited to return to St Laurence’s Primary School in Leongatha for Term 3 of the school year which commenced on Monday.

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Respect people

AT this national election, the issue of citizen feelings of frustration and alienation with our elected leadership is so disturbingly apparent. My initiation to politics in 1966 was as a 20 year old conscripted National Serviceman, coerced by a government threat of a two year jail term. Then after my traumatic Vietnam service, I waited nearly 30 years for any counselling and health services. It takes more courage and resilience to survive the bureaucracy of war service than to die in conflict! Veterans are regarded as a negative community cost, but political war monuments are essential, an expensive patriotic gesture, to divert the human cost of war. It is a disturbing historical fact that in war, so many have been put in harm’s way, without a public vote of Australians, then told their service and post war trauma will never be forgotten, and then forgotten. Young boy soldiers are now broken men, with broken families. The deficit we must be most concerned about is the moral deficit of our elected leadership. Most Australians, every day, given the chance, resolve both moral and financial issues and I am proud that I have been

in financial deficit most of my life, but through working hard, with a moral compass, I have achieved some great things. A well spent financial deficit can be put to good use, with community and nation building outcomes. I believe that too often the hard work and endeavour of so many Australians is patronised, under valued and unappreciated. As a South Gippsland Shire councillor to 2005, I was immediately made aware of the deficit of understanding between council, their State Government masters and the needs of their cost effective, hard working, action orientated citizens. In so many instances, consultants are employed to do expensive shire or regional planning, then not acted upon and put on file. If governments had empowered confidence in their citizens, they could achieve far more relevant, realistic and sustainable community outcomes. Do we need so much unnecessary, bureaucratic government? Last Tuesday, July 5, I drove home in heavy rain and the issue of VicRoads’ decision and budget making processes was so apparent. Millions of dollars have been spent on erecting armco and cable barriers on our main road verges, in the name of questionable road safety, yet


Tipped over SHUTTING tips, sorry transfer stations seems to be a speciality being served up by the Bass Coast Shire that is now trying to close the Inverloch tip and residents are outraged. One would have thought the Council would have learned its lesson from the debacle and ongoing problems caused on Phillip Island when the tip was closed on June 30, 2013. Island residents are forced to drive long distances to Wonthaggi or Grantville to dump rubbish or pay costly fees to have rubbish removed. Just so we are clear, the Bass Coast Shire does not allow rubbish dumps to be referred to as tips, no Cr Phil Wright corrected Inverloch resident Mohan de Run during Quetsion Time at the June 15 meeting and was adamant the tip should be referred to as a “transfer station”. Has the world gone totally mad, please excuse those of us who still call a spade a spade and try not to get caught up in this politically correct polly speak invading our lives. But while we are on the suggest of waste - let’s not waste time worrying about what a tip should or should not be called - let’s just get on with the major issue at hand and let the good people of Inverloch keep their tip. Don’t rob another community of another service like has happened on Phillip Island. Once the tip is gone you won’t get another and there goes another service to Inverloch. What we should be looking at is more services for our rates in Bass Coast Shire towns and not less. If Bass Coast’s CEO Paul Buckley would like to save money in the shire then here is a solution what about you don’t close the tip in Inverloch and address some of the waste in the shire administration. Mr Buckley thinks the shire would save $185,000 if the tip was closed but at what cost to Inverloch residents pocket and this really is pittance when you consider some of the top salaries being paid in the Shire. It is time our leaders started listening to the people and what the people of Inverloch wants is their tip to stay open! Letter guidelines: all letters should be kept to 400 words or less. The Star reserves the right to edit all letters for length and style. Writer’s details, including full name, address and phone number (not for publication), must be included.

Letters to the Editor

there was so much water sitting on the road that was more likely to cause an accident. Most people I talk to are convinced that a well maintained ‘old fashioned’ table drain is the best way to deal with excess, dangerous road surface water runoff, not the roadway. Disturbingly, if you now have to pull off many of our main roads, you are likely to be a road casualty, as there is minimal space for you get safely out of your vehicle. The ongoing infrastructure and accident repair cost are likely to be extravagant and we pay for the consequences. To restore credibility, governments must deal with our growing moral, social and economic deficit, with genuine community inclusion and participation, otherwise citizens will unnecessarily remain frustrated, burn out, give up or jack up. For governments, the age of entitlement and privilege is over. Let communities lead and help themselves. We and future generations can only benefit from realistic, long term investment in our stretched and aging social and economic infrastructure, together with realistic, essential political restructure and relevance. At this time, do we need more submarines or the best innovative, affordable regional economic, health and social infrastructure, like NBN Internet services. Now, that is equitable nation building. That is what Australians are hungry for. Richard Lester, Mardan.

Tip meeting farce I ATTENDED the so-called community information session on the closure of the Inverloch tip last Friday and what a farce this turned out to be. The briefing officer was continuously asked questions of fact from the large group of disgusted citizens, exceeding 100 angry residents and ratepayers. In most cases he was unable to answer them but said he would get back to the questioners.

To date he has not responded. So, near the end of a very heated meeting one of the audience put a motion saying the whole matter should be shelved and stood over until after the October local government elections, when new councillors would be elected. Although it was not an acceptable motion, it was almost unanimously carried by a show of hands with one dissenter. What a display of no confidence in this council, which was recently nominated the worst council in Victoria, according to the State Government’s local government community survey. I think the Premier should sack this incompetent pack of fools and appoint an administrator. As the manager of one of Inverloch’s most successful op shops told the large meeting, people are already dumping large quantities of rotting garbage outside her shop and to expect volunteers to take this muck to the Wonthaggi tip, supposedly 10 to 15 minutes away, is utterly outrageous. She said it was bad enough having to take it to Inverloch. And if Council is trying to disrupt viable businesses, they should be suggesting alternate means of rubbish collection for cases such as these, she said. Obviously BCSC has not thought of all the ramifications when they just decided in a cavalier manner, it would be a good idea to shut the Inverloch tip. Let me remind Inverloch citizens that there is another so-called information session this Friday evening at the Hub at 4pm and I remind them they should attend to add their voices to trying to stop this unwarranted move by BCSC. Ross Smith, Inverloch, former MP and local BCSC Councillor.

Why the secrecy? THE South Gippsland Shire Council elections are around the corner and I hope there are responsible candidates to successfully challenge existing councillors, in particular those commonly referred to as the ‘voting bloc’. We all know who

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they are. I still find it painful to observe this ‘voting bloc’and what I consider obstructive behaviour, noticeable dislike of the three not part of this ‘bloc’ and irreconcilable disagreements on important subjects such as the proposed $32 million expenditure on a precinct nobody I have spoken to wants or is interested in. I do not believe for one minute this magnitude of spending is consistent with community expectations. In particular the assertion by one councillor at a council meeting that “if you ask the person in the street what they think, they would say this is a good thing”, or words to that effect. You see, I am that person in the street and nobody has asked me and if anyone would, my answer would me an emphatic “no”. In particular when in my experience spending on a project such as this can easily blow out to $50 million or more. Accordingly, I urge all voters not to vote for any person considered to be part of the ‘voting bloc’ or anyone who will preference any such person. Time for a change and to vote for people who are willing to work on better provenance, management and who are willing to reduce the bloating bureaucracy and unnecessary expenditure such as the ‘propaganda unit’ and at the latest count, 24 fat cats. Enough is enough! To date I have failed in my attempts to obtain information related to the employee establishment, motor vehicle leases, basic financial general ledger details related to the 2016-17 budget, the disastrous defined benefits superannuation fund $5.5 million penalty, and profit and loss details related to the Coal Creek and caravan park operations which I suspect are more than disastrous, and others. Despite repeated requests made in person at council meetings and also made by email as part of the council’s obligations, I have only seen obstructions, blunt refusals or no response at all. I find that extraordinary, in

particular since the assurance of the mayor, expressed emphatically a number of times at the May 2016 council meeting that this council is transparent and open. I also have reminded councillors, in writing, of the fact this council is a public entity fully funded by rates and taxes. Noblesse oblige! Again, council: why don’t you provide the information requested and why the obsessive secrecy? Gus Blaauw, Venus Bay.

Sell Coal Creek Copy of Letter to South Gippsland Shire IT has been reported that you intend to sell the Riverside Crafts and adjoining land as well as some other parcels of land throughout the shire, supposedly because of under usage. Maybe the councillors should also include community centres, ‘men’s sheds’, swimming pools and, perhaps the biggest white elephant of all, Coal Creek. I feel sure that if you put these proposals to the councillors you may be surprised at the result. For your remaining tenure, how about you all think about what the ratepayers elected you for and not about hair brained schemes, such as running caravan parks and Venus Bay six month rubbish bins and then scrapping the scheme and the bins as well. I am sure you can find better ways of funding desired projects than selling community assets. Garry Dobbs.

Please explain! I REFER to the short article, “Determining rates bills”, The Star, Tuesday, July 5. The South Gippsland Shire Council’s director of corporate and community services, Jan Martin, said “Councils do not collect extra revenue as a result of changes in property valuations”. In the words of an infamous Queensland senator, may I ask – “Please explain”? Barry Gilbert, Walkerville.

VOXPOP! VOX Gippsland Libraries held a number of Lego workshops over the school holidays, so The Star asked “Why do you think Lego remains one of the most popular toys in the world?”

“I like it because I get to build Star Wars characters out of it.” Charlie Wallis. Mirboo North.

“My grandchildren want it every year for Christmas and it is great because it teaches them how to follow instructions and they can use their imagination.” Elaine Snell, Dumbalk.

“Because we can make all kinds of things out of it.” Leah Considine, Leongatha.

“It is simple, bright and it provides formats for all ages in a range of concepts.” Michael Hogan, Leongatha.

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Boaters look for new options By Tayla Kershaw A JETTY or floating pontoon may not be supported at Mahers Landing, with some ratepayers believing it will not produce value for money. Bass Coast Shire Council raised the idea of installing infrastructure at Mahers

Landing to combat congestion at the Inverloch boat ramp during peak periods. Workshops and drop in sessions –facilitated by consultants Belinda and Graham Ainsley of Ainsley Coast and Environment – were held at the Inverloch Community Hub, in which three infrastructure options were put forward for debate. Ms Ainsley said the works may include a wid-

ened boat ramp, and a floating pontoon had been favoured as a boat holding structure. The floating pontoon would be accessible for people of all abilities and would increase the tidal range for being able to launch and retrieve. However, some ratepayers believed building infrastructure would only cause hassles for council.

Wild hoon valley HOON drivers have been burning rubber at all hours of the day and are driving Wild Dog Valley residents to the brink of madness. South Gippsland Shire Council has received a number of complaints in relation to a property on Amiets Road where one resident has transformed a rural property into a race track. One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said he could not hear his television over the sound of revving engines from the property situated a kilometre away. “It is ridiculous and we are fed up,” he said. “He is more than welcome to hoon around his property during the daytime, however now he has been driving around with mates all through the night and it is not fair on the rest of us.” The complainant said he contacted Leongatha Police and has had no luck in resolving the matter. “We called Leongatha Police Station and one officer told us there was nothing that could be done about it because it is on a private rural property,” he said. “I feel like maybe the Police are just happy to have it out of sight and out of mind, rather than dealing with the matter in

the town.” A number of neighbours have complained to South Gippsland Shire Council who said it would investigate the matter further. “The property at Amiets Road, Wild Dog Valley is allegedly being used to store motor vehicles and as a motor racing track without the required planning permit. The investigation is close to being finalised,” a Council spokesperson said. The landowner could also be fined if Council sees fit, for having over 140 cars parked on the property. “The property is in the farming zone and therefore a planning permit would generally be required prior to using the land to store motor vehicles or as a motor racing track,” Council said. “The South Gippsland planning scheme does not nominate the number of vehicles that can be stored on a property without requiring a planning permit. Each complaint for storage of vehicles needs to be considered on a case by case basis to determine if a planning permit was required.” “Council can issue a $750 fine for breaches of the planning scheme. For breaches Council prosecutes, the maximum fine a magistrate can award is approximately $182,000.”

“I often go to Mahers Landing because it’s quiet so there are no headaches,” Cape Paterson’s Mark Robertson said. “However, Mahers Landing has mud banks and is an unsuitable spot to build new infrastructure. Council will forever be working to maintain it.” Leader of Anderson Inlet Landcare Daryl Hook said council should be considering the vegetation, and leaving Mahers Landing as it is. “I want council to choose the options that leaves the most trees. I would prefer there were no changes at all,” he said. “We need the shire to look after the environment. Without the environment, there’s no sense in going out in your boat in the first place.” Mr Hook was concerned all three diagrams showed the same amount of car parking. Ms Ainsley said a car park extension and upgrade had been suggested and may be discussed further, but it was unconfirmed whether or not this would go ahead. Inverloch’s Sharon and John Jarvis were in favour of new Mahers Landing infrastructure, as they find it hard to compete with the tourist rush during the peak season. “We sometimes take our boat out weekly and we need a better place to launch. Sometimes we have to go to Newhaven or Corinella just to use better facilities.”

Supportive: from left, Inverloch’s Sharon and John Jarvis support the need for upgraded boating facilities at Mahers Landing. They are pictured with Bass Coast Shire Council’s Cr Neil Rankine.

Workshop: from left, Cape Paterson’s Mark Robertson discussed the three options for Mahers Landing with Bass Coast Shire Council’s Cr Neil Rankine.

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Chamber’s new leader Dekkers share

By Lucy Johnson

BRENTON Williams will head the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry following his appointment at the group’s annual general meeting on Monday, July 4.

Leongatha Newsagency’s Peter Watchorn stepped down as president at the end of his three year term to hand over the reins to former vice president Mr Williams of BJ’s Earthmoving. The 2015-16 term has been a busy one and looking back on the challenging year Mr Watchorn reflected on the Chamber’s achievements in spite of rising concerns for vacant shop spaces and a strug-

gling dairy industry. “We were pleased to see the community signs put up on the entry to Leongatha, we have contributed funding to the Lennie Gwyther statue and look forward to further work on the Bair Street redevelopment project,� he said. “We have spoken with VicTrack about redeveloping the old rail yard at the train station to make it accessible from Bair Street with extended parking

New roles: from left, treasurer Sandra Fleming, new president Brenton Williams, outgoing president Peter Watchorn, new secretary Emma Smith and guest speaker Jeanne Dekker at the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual general meeting, held at Leongatha RSL.

spaces and a connection to the Great Southern Rail Trail.� “There have been some hard times in the past year and it can be hard to stay positive but we have seen some great progress of projects in Leongatha.� Mr Williams said he looks forward to taking on the role of president. “My family has lived in Leongatha for five generations and I grew up here, so it is home for me,� he said. “I want to push to continue the hard work done by Peter and the committee over the years and I want to work to make Leongatha a real tourist attraction.� Darryl McGannon of Edney’s Leongatha said the Chamber is looking to include more industrial businesses in the area, with 58 Chamber members currently on the books. “It is important that we get some fresh and new ideas,� he said. Emma Smith and Sandra Fleming will share administrative roles of secretary and treasurer as Kathy Smith has stepped down from the joint role.

Dancers return to competition PERFORMERS from across the state will descend on Leongatha’s Mesley Hall next month for the seventh annual Great Southern Star Eisteddfod. Set to be bigger and better than ever before, the Eisteddfod has extended to fill an extra evening of competition with the Classical Championship taking to the stage on Thursday, August 11. “We had such an overwhelming number of entries this year so we could not fit it

into a three day program,� Eisteddfod committee president Nella Mitchelson said. “The Classical Championship this year will now comprise of a one hour class with the adjudicator, followed by solo classical ballet performances further in the competition.� Tahlia Horsburgh, head of the junior school at the Ballarat’s Academy of Classical Ballet, will adjudicate the Championship and the following three days of competition. Amy Mete will also adjudicate regular competition entries on the Thursday. “It is a bit of a different set up to usual but we have received a lot of positive feed-

back when we shared the idea,� Ms Mitchelson said. The growing program reached full capacity within a week of registration, with a program boasting over 800 performances and 178 dancers. “We are seeing new names and schools that we have not come across before with many coming from Melbourne and beyond,� vice president Kerry Zuidema said. “There are a huge number of entries for a weekend eisteddfod and we are fortunate to have Lyric Theatre’s new tiered seating so plenty of people can come and watch.� The competition’s best and brightest young dancers com-

Shining stars: Lisa Pellin Dancers hip hop troupe after their fantastic performance in the 2015 Great Southern Star Eisteddfod.

pete in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary, jazz, tap, character, neo classical, and song and dance categories while vying for scholarships to the country’s greatest intensive dance workshops. Summer School prizes include tuition at the Australian Ballet School, Dance World Studios, MacDonald College, Ministry of Dance, National Theatre Ballet School and Dance Factory, with the help of major sponsors Bendigo Bank. Dancers can also reap the rewards of having all entries filmed during the competition. DV Productions is filming the entire event and entrants can purchase copies of their dances up to two weeks after the competition. Parents, teachers and families can feel free to stick around with session, day and weekend passes available at the door for admission as well as hot and cold food available from an operating deli. “We have dancers from the age of four up until 20 years old competing this year and the standard of competition is fantastic,� Ms Mitchelson said. “It is a great event for the whole community as it draws people to businesses and accommodation in Leongatha. It really benefits the whole town.� The Great Southern Star Eisteddfod will run from Thursday, August 11 until Sunday, August 14 at Mesley Hall, Leongatha.

knowledge LOCAL couple Frank and Jeanne Dekker shared their rich experiences as guest speakers at the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry annual general meeting on Monday, July 4. Speaking to some of the group’s 58 delegates at the Leongatha RSL, Mr Dekker shared his tips on running a sustainable community asset as secretary of the Leongatha Recreation Reserve for the past 13 years. “The reserve is a unique facility, home to 14 different sporting clubs. It is run by a committee of management which comprises of representatives from the sports clubs at the Reserve,� he said. Mr Dekker said the reserve’s most recent accomplishments include the construction of the new Leongatha Skate Park and potential funding from the South Gippsland Shire Council to seal the road around the main football oval and the car park at Woorayl Golf Course. “It has been a big ticket item on the agenda for a long time and it looks to be getting the go ahead from Council which is fantastic,� he said. “We are also looking to get the gates to the reserve replaced as they are really out-

dated and in need of repair.� Council has allocated $800,000 to the project with a further $150,000 put forth by Leongatha Recreation Reserve. Mrs Dekker also spoke to delegates about her experience as a member of the Murray Goulburn Supplier Development Program. Both she and Mr Dekker have supplied to Murray Goulburn for 20 years on their property at Grassy Spur. “The Murray Goulburn Supplier Development Program takes suppliers through the process of production so we can gain a better understanding about the ins and outs of the industry,� she said. “With the recent drop in milk prices we have to deal with the factors which are out of our control by budgeting as best as we can.� “Farmers now have to come to terms with what has happened and do what we can to make ends meet.� Mr Dekker commended his wife for sharing her industry knowledge and sharing support resources to struggling farmers through her Murray Goulburn newsletter columns. “Jeanne has always been very passionate about farmers’ health and their mental health. It has really been a double whammy this season with the drop in milk prices following a terrible dry season.�

Mayor’s message Cr Robert Newton

THE recent free barbecue for dairy farmers in Korumburra proved to be more than just an opportunity to socialise. The ‘Look over the farm gate – look out for them, look out for you’ event, organised by local resident, Katie Glassock, raised much needed awareness and provided training and support to those doing it tough. Held at the Korumburra Showgrounds, the event couldn’t have been done without the help of so many, including the Korumburra Lions Club, Milpara Community House, Rotary Club of Korumburra, Karingal Ladies Service Club, Korumburra Business Association, Evans Petroleum, Divas Tandoori Indian Restaurant, Commonwealth Bank, Anglicare Victoria, PFD Foods and Woolworths. Local suppliers included both town bakeries, Kelly’s Bakery and Burra Hot Bread, and the local butchery, P & P Butchers – who are doing it tough themselves with the front of their shop out of action and the owner being a dairy farmer himself. Gypsy Chickens, Murray Goulburn, Fonterra and Burra Foods also supplied food for the day and allowed dairy farmers to take home any leftovers. The event attracted the attention of Prahran based business, Alison’s Handmade Bread, which offered to help after reading Katie’s Facebook posts very early on expressing the idea of providing support to local dairy farmers. Local resident, Shane Black, volunteered to operate the jumping castle from AM Hire and Luke and Kim Facepainting and Balloon Twisting also looked after the kids. Local retired mechanic, Neville

Smith, donated $200 in supermarket vouchers, a group of ladies paid special attention to the wives of dairy farmers and free massages were offered to all. Young people from the local youth group entertained the teens and there were a number of other people who helped with advice and cash donations. My apologies if I have left anyone out. Your support was outstanding and I hope the farmers and their families enjoyed the break from the farm. As our farming communities are continuing through tough seasonal conditions, we understand the importance of making sure farmers and the communities they support look after themselves and ‘look over the farm gate’ to look out for their neighbours. I would really like to organise another similar event. Please share your ideas with me. Council is in the midst of the Section 223 process regarding its 2016/17 Land Sales Program. I realise there is some confusion around the process in the community and residents should know that when Council adopts the motion to put lots proposed for sale out to the public for comment, it is not committing to sell those lots. It is simply resolving to go out to the community to seek further information or to gauge the community’s attitude to the proposal. As part of Council’s 2015/16 Land Sales program 23 lots were identified for potential sale. After the Section 223 process four of those lots were withdrawn from the program. This is a clear demonstration of the process doing what it is designed to do. While the submission process is now closed, Council is convening this week to hear from the submitters. A decision about the sale – or not – of the parcels of land that have been the subject of submissions will come to Council later in the year.




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Panel supports land use strategy CHANGES were made to Bass Coast Shire Council’s amendment C140 following a planning panel report. Amendment C140 – relating to the rural land use strategy – was subjected to a number of minor changes. Most notably, the planning panel proposed that the rural activity zone will not be applied to the majority of the land at The Gurdies. This recommendation responded to community submissions regarding the environmental qualities of The Gurdies area. The land is recommended to remain in the farming zone until further environmental investigations have been undertaken. Overall, the planning panel recommended the

majority of the amendment be adopted to implement the long term vision for shire’s land use as identified in the rural land use strategy. This includes the application of rural activity zone in Coronet Bay, Corinella, Inverloch and Cape Paterson, and rural conservation zone and environmental significance overlay to the Rhyll wetlands study area. Southern adventure: exchange students will soon swap the vistas of Scandinavia for the The new zonings are proposed to support a Australian coast and bush as part of a high school exchange program organised by Southern range of different uses including rural based tour- Cross Cultural Exchange. ism, as well as protecting areas of significant environmental quality. The planning panel commended the community on its submissions through the extensive consultation process. Council will consider the panel report at its ordinary meeting on August 17.

Experience the world without leaving home

Fruitful Phillip Island MORE than 40 enthusiastic gardeners enjoyed the final event of the Future Homes series at the Phillip Island community orchard on Saturday, June 18. The rain stayed away for a day to allow presenters to walk, talk and demonstrate on the site. Rarely do you get a perfect 10 in feedback from event participants, but on this occasion the orchard venue, excellent presenters and a delicious lunch was enjoyed by all who attended. Composting and pruning techniques were the main topics, but inevitably the conversation moved beyond that and with two experienced presenters the questions flowed and the time flew. Four hours just wasn’t enough, so the pruning expert stayed for a short time after lunch to demonstrate on grafting fruit trees. Phillip Island personality Adrian James – long associated with both the community garden and the community orchard – is passionate about compost. He spoke to the group about the history and concept of the orchard and then gave everyone a comprehensive understanding of composting and worm farms. The group was also privileged to have Jarrod Ruch from the Mornington Peninsula to demonstrate pruning techniques. Jarrod’s charismatic enthusiasm and amazing depth of knowledge made it hard for everyone to drag themselves away, even for a well deserved lunch break. Over the year Bass Coast Landcare Network, in conjunction with Bass Coast Shire Council, has brought six events to the area under the Future Homes banner.

The opportunity to learn about sustainable building techniques, renewable energy for the home, water wise gardening techniques, food preservation, and pruning and composting techniques was enjoyed by 168 participants. Rural residents particularly enjoyed the session about keeping carbon on farms. The level of satisfaction from participants was outstanding, and they keep asking for more opportunities to learn about sustainable living options.

Learning experience: Jarrod Ruch from ‘The Briars’ on the Mornington Peninsula taught attendees at the final Future Homes workshop about pruning.

Unify announced By Jennifer Bals, work experience UNIFY recently announced its 2017, heavy music gathering will be held at Tarwin Lower, commencing on January 13, and finishing on January 15. This is Unify’s third year running and its popularity has already helped the expansion of the festival. Two massively successful and sold out years has lead to Unify running its show for two nights, three days for the first time. Its top three perform-

ers include the five-piece Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, Australia’s leading alternative rock band Violent Soho and Sydney’s metal core band Northlane. The area is set across a recreation reserve, enclosed by nature and is just a ten minute drive from one of the most dazzling beaches in Southern Australia. Unify features the diverse multi-cultural heavy music within our society, including licensed areas, full stage, production setup and an empowering atmosphere. Tickets are now on sale.

Headline act: Alexisonfire will head up acts for the 2017 Unify event at Tarwin Lower in January.

IS there a world without borders? There would be, according to famous Scandinavian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl who championed the ethos of ‘experiencing your world’. The famous explorer famously embarked on his 8000km Kon-Tiki expedition on a hand-built raft across the Pacific Ocean, and showed vast distances did not hinder people from reaching faraway lands and cultures. When it comes to bridging ‘different worlds’, Victoria based Southern Cross Cultural Exchange strongly believes that “a whole family, not just the individual, gains from the action of one youth living half a world away,” said Rob Lindsay, national director of Australia’s established pioneer in international educational student exchange. Can anyone of between the age of 15 and 18 venture from the comforts and known environment of his or her hometown to a vastly different part of the world while they are still in high school? The answer from Lindsay is they can. The educational exchange organisation has successfully linked curious, motivated and adaptable high schools students who not only had a sense of geographical adventure, but also a huge interest in knowing how their counterparts and families in a different culture live and learn. This ‘switch’ of cultures happens not just to the

exchange student, but the host family who voluntarily opens their home and welcomes the student to live with them for a while during their program, which includes attending a local high school close to the family. Lindsay said this month’s intake (July intake) of students have all been placed with wonderful families, all of whom who are helping to making the dream of the exchange student they host come true. For other families interested in the idea, there is still an opportunity to host a student from mid-August who is arriving later from France, Sweden, Finland or Germany. “Our wonderful volunteer host families all come in different shapes and sizes. Families often have similaraged teenagers of their own. As well, we have families with younger children who look forward to having a ‘big brother’ or ‘sister’ from overseas. We also have to empty-nesters keen to host a responsible and adaptable teenager from a different country,” Lindsay said. Voluntary host participants are well-assisted by SCCE. The not-for-profit organisation looks after student’s school enrolment, travel and insurance arrangements, and offers guidance and support. If you and your family are keen to experience your world, from your own home, and would like to know more about becoming a volunteer family to an overseas exchange student from France, Sweden, Finland or Germany, this is the time to get in touch with SCCE on 1800 500 501 (toll free) or email or website:

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Bike safety: bicycle riders gathered on a recent Monday to discuss ways of making the underpass on The Great Southern Rail Trail safer.

Riders discuss danger bend MEMBERS of the Easy Rider Monday bicycle group recently met to discuss what they feel is a danger bend at the underpass at Koonwarra on The Great Southern Rail Trail.

They say the highway underpass on the trail presents some problems at the Meeniyan end entrance by way of a blind right angle corner. Some suggestions from the group included a mirror to allow vision both ways; a white

Yanakie Station remembered THE Yanakie Station cemetery commemoration ceremony took place on Sunday. Forty-five people attended including ancestors of the deceased buried at the Yanakie Station cemetery, members of the Foster Historical Society, Friends of the Prom, Wilsons Promontory historian Ian McKellar and his wife Margaret and Parks Victoria staff. The event was hosted by Acting Parks Victoria District Manager (South Gippsland) Brett Mitchell. Michael Heal (Foster Historical Society) gave an introduction to

the history of the Yanakie Station pastoral run and, having travelled all the way from New Zealand, Bill McKeich, great great grandson of James and Mary McKeich (buried at the Yanakie Station cemetery) spoke passionately about the five people buried in the cemetery, in Maori and also in English. Five people are buried here in three graves, not far from the site of the old Yanakie Station homestead. Their deaths are largely attributed to the remote and harsh environment faced by early settlers on Wilsons Promontory.

line started inside the tunnel continuing around the corner and up the hill and keep left signs on both sides of the approaches painted on the trail surface as a warning to riders and walkers. Group member Sue Marriott said riders and

walkers hope all these suggestions will be taken seriously and implemented as soon as possible to make the trail a safer place to ride. “There have been some near misses with riders and walkers and between riders and riders,” Sue said.

South Gippsland roads boost SOUTH Gippsland roads are to benefit so everyone can get home safely,” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said. from a $3million road safety upgrade. “These safety treatments can make a differHarriet Shing Member for Eastern Victoria said the safety upgrades will address a high crash ence and help lower the number of deaths and history on Mirboo North-Trafalgar Road, Meeni- serious injuries on our roads.” Works are expected to begin on these projects yan-Mirboo North Road, Boolarra South-Mirboo North Road and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, later this year. Traralgon West Road, and Mt Baw Baw Road, Metung Road, Over the past five years, 84 casualty crashes have occurred along bends on these roads, with three lives lost and 36 people seriously injured. COUNTRY Fire Authority units atThe improvements will aim to reduce crashes tended a burn off in Ruby after it burned at these sites by up to 35 per cent. out of control last week. Works will include the installation of reflective CFA attended a rural address at Lows Road, guide posts, advisory speed signs, curve warning Ruby where a large tree caught fire with flames signs and some safety barriers. threatening to spread at around 2pm. The signs will help guide drivers along the road Leongatha captain Andy Kay said people and allow them to anticipate tight curves so they should plan ahead before conducting a burn off can slow down to an appropriate speed, while the and should attend the fire at all times. safety barriers will redirect vehicles that come off “If people are lighting fires they have to suthe road and away from roadside hazards. pervise them. Do not leave them alone and defiThe projects will be delivered by VicRoads nitely do not light them under trees,” he said. as part of the Safe System Road Infrastructure “Fires must be at least 3m from trees, inProgram, funded by the Transport Accident Comcluding tree canopies. Residents can be up for mission to support projects across Victoria that fines if CFA attends out of control burn outs, achieve specific and immediate safety benefits. regardless of whether or not fire restrictions are “Victorians are four times more likely to die on in place.” rural and regional roads compared to metropolitan Melbourne and we’re upgrading Gippsland roads

Trees on fire

On site: the McKeich family at the grave site of James and Mary McKeich includes from left, Bill McKeich (great great grandson of James and Mary McKeich), Milly McKeich (wife of Murray McKeich), Saul McKeich (4 x great grandson), Murray McKeich (3 x great grandson), Sybilla McKeich (4 x great granddaughter), Judith Holdsworth (2 x great granddaughter), Valli McKeich (4 x great grandson), Linda Dudley (4 x great granddaughter) and husband Johnathan and daughter Jamie.

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A decade of cancer care AFTER being diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago, Koonwarra’s Geoff Robson was put to the top of the list for the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre at Traralgon, and has reaped the rewards ever since. Mr Robson was first diagnosed with prostate cancer at 57. Without a comprehensive cancer service in Gippsland at the time, he was referred to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. “We talked about the new cancer centre being built in Traralgon with a radiotherapy service. They said there was no urgency so they put me on hormone therapy. I was put at the top of the waiting list and was the first to use the service when it opened nine months later,” he said. Mr Robson underwent 37 days of radiotherapy treatment at the centre, which over the years has been followed by continued hormone therapy and recent chemotherapy with visits to his oncologist. “The radiotherapy was not really painful, it was just more tiring than anything,” he said. “I still attend the centre for hormone therapy and bone injections on a regular basis to keep me going strong.” Mr Robson said his prostate cancer was a slow growing cancer, however it was “aggressive” in its

early years. “I had heart surgery only five years prior to my diagnosis so I have been through a fair bit,” he said. “I’m not battling anything. I’m just living it. One day it will get the better of me and that’s okay.” Mr Robson has not let his illness prevent him from exploring his passions, having last year studied his first year of a visual arts diploma through Open Universities online. The art enthusiast continues to craft works at his home workshop while occasionally volunteering at the Meeniyan Art Gallery. To keep fit, Mr Robson walks daily and has over the past decade completed a number of 50km bike rides to challenge himself. “I hate the word battle,” Mr Robson said. “If anybody at my funeral says ‘he fought a strong battle’, I will come back and haunt them.” The $21 million Gippsland Cancer Centre has successfully treated cancer patients across the state and continues to operate at Latrobe Regional Hospital in conjunction with the Alfred Hospital.

Fighting fit: Koonwarra’s Geoff Robson reads The Star’s article about his radiotherapy treatment at the Gippsland Cancer Care Centre when it opened in 2006.

Shape water prices WHAT matters to you when it comes to water? What is important when it comes to us taking care of your sewerage? Ever wanted to have a bit more of a say? Help influence and shape the future of the South Gippsland Water by joining our Pricing Review Advisory Panel. Be part of the corporation’s five-yearly review of its service standards, capital and operating expenditure, and the required prices charged to customers for the delivery of water and wastewater

services. South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said, “Every element of the business is open for discussion and examination including how the business operates, customer service standards, pricing, business strategies and major projects.” The advisory panel will be a significant voice in driving the Pricing Review and will meet approximately six times over the next 12 months, with members receiving a sitting fee and travel reimbursement from home or workplace for meetings attended.

Corinella crash A YOUNG man from Berwick was fortunate to escape a serious crash when his car flipped onto its roof on Monday, June 27. The man was travelling west on Guys Road,

South Gippsland Water is seeking feedback from Corinella at 8.30am when he lost control of his car individuals, groups, local businesses and industry on a straight stretch of road. regarding matters of significance. The driver over corrected the car and crossed “There will be a range of opportunities for custo the wrong side of the road, hitting a culvert tomers to learn more, have a say and feed into the review process, but a key component is the formation which made the car fly airborne into a fence. The vehicle flipped and came to rest against of our advisory panel,” Mr du Plessis said. Expressions of interest for panel membership a tree. The driver, a 19 year old man, managed to esare open. Please contact South Gippsland Water on cape with a sore leg. He was taken by ambulance 1300 851 636. If you would like to receive regular up-dates to Dandenong Hospital and was released on the about the Pricing Review, visit the projects page at same day. Police are investigating allegations of excessive speed at the time of the accident.

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Fromelles battle scarred region By Tony Moon, Korumburra AFTER the gruelling Gallipoli campaign, most Australians were sent from the Middle East to Europe and to the battles of the Western Front. Sometimes called the worst 24 hours of Australian military history, the Battle of Fromelles took place in France in the vicinity of the small village of the same name between July 19 and 20, 1916. The Australian forces involved took more than 5,500 casualties in a single night of fighting. Many of these losses were Victorian, with a considerable number from Gippsland. Most of the Australians had been in the front line for only a number of days and it was the country’s first real experience, other than trench raids, of the nature of warfare during World War One. The 5th Division moved into its attack positions before 5.30pm on July 19. The 15th Brigade, primarily Victorians under command of Brigadier Harold ‘Pompey’ Elliot, were on the right flank, the 4th in the centre and the 8th on the left flank. The Germans knew they were coming. Once the attack commenced, the 15th Brigade’s 60th and 59th Battalion’s four assault waves on the right flank, with more of no-man’s land to cover, came under attack. They were stopped by heavy machine gun fire well short of the German line, having taken heavy casualties. The 14th Brigade’s 53rd and 54th Battalions fared better, reaching the enemy forward trenches and capturing prisoners.

War casualty: from Korumburra, John Makeham of the 8th Machine Gun Coy died of his wounds on July 20, 1916. He is one of 11 local soldiers to lose their lives during The Battle of Fromelles. The 8th Brigade’s 31st and 32nd Battalions also managed to close the gap through heavy enemy machine gun fire from its front and its flanks, in particular from Delangre Farm. The assaulting battalions of the 8th and 14th managed, after difficult fighting, to capture their objectives and about 1000m of the enemy front line. The 8th Brigade pushed through the German lines and up to the German strongpoint of Delangre Farm, but planned secondary objectives proved to be unrecognisable on the ground. The remnants dug in and reinforcements attempted to make their way forward to them. Despite this situation, incorrect reporting of gains from the British 184th Brigade’s sector led to a request for the 15th Brigade to provide a supporting attack to the 184th actions around a

feature called the Sugar Loaf. Tragically, a later cancellation of this planned attack by the Corps Commander Haking was not received by the Australians in time. The 58th, along with some 59th Battalion men, attacked at around 9pm. The attack failed, with heavy casualties, the survivors withdrawing back after dark. Despite reinforcement by every soldier who could be sent forward, heavy enemy machine gun fire from around 3am from three locations supported a counter-attack by the Germans that split the forward battalion remnants, and forced the 8th Brigade’s eventual retirement. Enemy counter-attacks had by then got in behind the Australian withdrawal route. Many had to fight their way back to their start positions. By 9am, the remnants of the Australian battalions had returned. Many of the survivors owed their lives to a communication trench dug through the night at great cost by the 14th Engineer Company which provided some cover. Brigadier Elliott’s despair was to be matched and probably exceeded in homes all around Australia, including in Korumburra. The 5th Division lost 178 officers and 5533 men killed or wounded in just hours during the Battle of Fromelles. They also lost 400 as prisoners of war (POW). The 8th Brigade lost 2000; the 14th, 1717; the 15th, 1776; and the Divisional Engineers, 88. Of note, of Major Geoffrey McCrae’s 887 strong 60th Battalion, only one Officer and 106 men remained. The 32nd Battalion took 718 casualties. In addition, each of the 31st, 53rd, 54th and 59th Battalions lost more than 500 of their


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So young: Murdoch McLean lost his life on July 19, 1916 while serving with the 59th Battalion. He was just 20. His name is on the Korumburra cenotaph. diggers and 20 of their officers July 19, 1916 proved to be the worst single day of the war (indeed both wars) for South Gippsland. The Korumburra and district lost seven killed outright and four dying of their wounds. Leongatha lost another nine, and Wonthaggi, Foster and Mirboo North all lost similar numbers. Many more were wounded. Many of the local men lost their lives in the assault on the Sugar Loaf feature. After the battle, the Germans buried the Allied dead. Many were buried in mass graves at a location now known as Pheasant Wood – a location later lost to history at the end of the war. After relentless investigatory efforts over many years commencing in 1996, these sites were eventually lo-

cated by Lambis Englezos. His efforts did not end there. In 2005, after much lobbying, he and his supporters eventually gained the support of the Australian Army, the United Kingdom based War Graves Commission, and other authorities to conduct further investigation into the site. In 2007, a geographic survey was conducted and indications that it was a mass grave identified. An exhumation between May and September of that year uncovered approximately 250 Allied remains, 173 of which were identified as Australian. DNA processing continues to identify these specific remains, and soldiers identified receive formal recognition and re-burial at a new Commonwealth War Grave commissioned for those found at Pheasant Wood. As this process continues, for an increasing number of Australian families, decades of yearning for answers and searching for loved ones has ended. As part of the centenary of World War One program, the Korumburra RSL will be commemorating local loses at the Battle of Fromelles on Tuesday, July 19 at Coleman Park from 10.30am. The Korumburra Historical Society is hosting a special and fascinating presentation given by Lambis Englezos on Sunday, September 11 at the Korumburra Showgrounds Amenities rooms, commencing at 1.30pm. All are welcome to attend these events. Those died at Fromelles and listed on the Korumburra cenotaph are: Walter Garry, John Phelan, Hugh Prescott, Samuel Warren, Otto Kiellerup, Murdoch McLean, John Makeham, Charles King, Frederick Beard, George Statham and Thomas Cooper.

Official: Baw Baw Shire Council’s CEO Helen Anstis and South Gippsland Shire Council’s CEO Tim Tamlin signed the risk management business plan last week.

Shires join forces SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council and Baw Baw Shire Council jointly signed a risk management business plan last Tuesday (June 28). This document sets the future direction for the shared service arrangement that the two organisations entered into last November. The business plan stipulates the development of a common risk management framework, policy and risk registers for both council. It also provides for the opportunity to benchmark with industry sources and other local councils to determine those risks, which are common to local government. A comprehensive training program will be rolled out across both organisations. Baw Baw Shire Council CEO Helen An-

stis said the shared service made good business sense. “A key justification for shared services in risk management is the need for both councils to identify operational efficiencies, without compromising local autonomy and control,” she said. “Since commencing this shared arrangement, it has assisted both councils to identify other opportunities for collaborative ventures.” South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin is excited about the arrangement. “While many local government organisations are talking about shared services arrangements, South Gippsland and Baw Baw are simply getting on with business,” he said. “It is anticipated that sharing this service will save the two organisations somewhere between $70,000 and $100,000 per financial year.”

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Diabetes app to help teens L E O N G AT H A’ S Georgie Preston is continuing her mission to make the life of teenagers with Type 1 diabetes easier with her app Diabeteens. The former Leongatha Secondary College student came up with the phone app, having struggled with Type 1 diabetes over the years. “I felt a sense of isolation because I felt like my friends did not really

understand what I was going through. I wanted to develop something to connect young people with Type 1 diabetes and educate the community,” she said. Georgie entered her idea into an app development competition with Samsung and the Foundation for Young Australians. In December she won the competition and obtained $10,000 to further the project. “My brother works in app development and he is currently building on it now

while I handle the business end of things,” she said. “It takes a long time to build an app so I am hoping to have it up and running next year.” Georgie currently has a prototype of the app on her phone, which boasts a number of features sure to benefit young diabetics. “The app has a question and answer section where people can ask questions in a forum and get responses from other teenagers with Type 1 diabetes. Everybody has a profile and can share information and lifestyle

tips,” she said. “It also contains a number of low carbohydrate recipes, tips and information about the latest medical research.” The app also features important access to emergency contacts and an alert button if a user finds themself without required insulin. “I am also working on making a ‘map me’ feature, where if a user is overseas

ers, providing education to families and friends, and offering social scenarios and solutions,” she said. “I am also working with the Royal Children’s Hospital to expand on the app to include help for a range of chronic diseases, if the app is successful.” Diabeteens already has an active social media campaign which can be accessed on Facebook and Twitter @diabeteensapp.

New app: this new diabetes app will be launched next year.

Tackling Type 1 diabetes AN EXCITING new program at Gippsland Southern Health Service will provide support for people living with Type 1 diabetes.

Apptastic: Georgie Preston shows off the prototype for her Diabeteens app which she hopes to release in 2017.

or in a new location they can get information about the nearest hospitals and clinics for support,” she said. Currently in the middle of her gap year, Georgie plans to study a Bachelor of Nursing before pursuing further study as a diabetes educator. “I really want to be able to help people like me. The app really focuses on connecting diabetic teenag-

The FlexIT program has been developed by Baker IDI Heart and and Diabetes Institute, which is an independent, internationally renowned medical research facility. The program focuses on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy cells in the pancreas which produce insulin,” GSHS diabetes educator Karen Anderson said. “We do not know what causes this autoimmune reaction but we do know Type 1 diabetes is not linked to any lifestyle factors, so there is no cure and it cannot be prevented.” While Type 1 diabetes typically occurs in people under the age of 30, it can occur at any age and makes up about 10 to 15 per cent of

all diabetes cases. To support those living with Type 1 diabetes, GSHS jumped on the FlexIT program to help those managing multiple daily insulin injections. “It is a two day program and aims to teach participants how to best match insulin requirements to their food and lifestyle for a more flexible approach to diabe-

tes treatment,” Ms Anderson said. “It is a fantastic program and we are very fortunate to be able to now offer it locally.” The program is presented by both Ms Anderson, fellow diabetes educator Andrea Curtis and dietician Anita McMillan to offer individualised support in diabetes management.

The program covers a range of topics including insulin adjustment for food and physical activity, carbohydrate counting, diabetes health targets and checks, and hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and sick day management. For more information on upcoming programs contact GSHS Primary Health on 5667 5534.

Healthy help: from left, dietician Anita McMillan and diabetes educators, Karren Anderson and Andrea Curtis are helping people with Type 1 diabetes through the FlexIT program at Gippsland Southern Health Service.

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Sewing the seams to reduce plastic By Tayla Kershaw INVERLOCH is aiming to become a plastic bag free community. By the end of the year local shops – including Foodworks – will offer “boomerang bags”, which are an environmentally friendly alternative to use during the weekly shopping trips. These will be available in bins at the front of the shop. The concept behind the boomerang bag is to borrow it and then bring it back so everyone has the opportunity to phase out plastic bags. Foodworks store manager Brendan O’Leary said the supermarket will welcome the cloth bag donations when the boomerang bag initiative is officially launched at the end of the year. “We thought it was a good idea to have reusable bags available. We do have biodegradable bags available at the moment but they still take a while to break down,” he said. “We support the use of recycle bags and are happy to help. This will be the first time we’ve done something to support the environment with the customers, but we have put in place other measures like the biodegradable bags, installing solar panels on the roof, and replacing all lights with LEDs.” Travelling plastic campaigner Antho-

ny Hill from Plastic Pollution Solutions raised plastic waste awareness in Inverloch in 2015 when 200 people attended trivia night. Mr Hill returned to the area last month and officially form the Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast (PBFBC) group, and proposed the group start making hundreds of sewn cloth bags to be distributed in Inverloch’s shopping district in November. The project has been trialled over the school holidays, with children in the Inverloch school holiday program making their own tie dyed cloth bags to give to their families. PBFBC member Alleen Vening gave seven hours of her time to sew the 12 bags made so far, Now it’s the community’s turn to come together and to create and promote the bags. “There were 600 bags made in Mallacoota and we want to see a similar outcome in Inverloch,” childcare facilitator and In-Venure family day care worker Cynthia Marriner said. If you are interested in getting involved, contact Ms Vening on 0408 726 717 or, PBFBC coordinator Ed Thuxton on 0407 560 324 or, Clean Ocean Foundation’s Becky Banks on 0498 486 282, or for more information.

Saving the environment: from left, Inverloch children Georgia Cousens, Angus Cousens, Adam Forsythe, Thomas Courtney, Lloyd Coote, Millie Coote and Georgia Courtney worked alongside childcare facilitator and In-Venure family day care worker Cynthia Marriner to make cloth shopping bags during the Inverloch school holiday program. More of these bags will be produced and given to Inverloch’s shopping district in November to phase out plastic bags.

A year without plastic IT has been a year since Tammy Logan chose to eliminate plastic from her life

Waste collection: Tammy Logan was able to fit all of her plastic waste into a mason jar at the end of six months thanks to her plastic free lifestyle.

and the Poowong blogger has not looked back. The waste free guru now shares her tips on reducing waste and landfill through her site Gippsland Unwrapped and said there are a number small steps people can take as part of Plastic Free July. “I started the challenge in June of last year because I could not wait until July. It really stuck and it has been over a year now and my family have got into a groove with it,” she said. “My whole family is on board now and over the past year we have had our ups and downs, but I think we have encountered most challenges involving plastic now and we have solutions.” Mrs Logan and her family chose to measure

Tammy’s tips to make plastic free easy: SAY “no” to the four biggest plastic polluters: straws, plastic bags, plastic water bottles and disposable coffee cups. These can all be replaced with alternative carriers or not used at all. Look at what personal care products can be made from home. Tammy washes her hair with a shampoo bar sold at a local market. In between times she shampoos with bicarbonate soda and rinses with apple cider vinegar. Instead of using cling wrap, melt beeswax onto a piece of scrap cotton material and let it set. Use a rubber band to seal it to whichever produce or goods you wish to keep fresh. Get creative. Use scrap materials around the house to make material goods rather than purchasing new pieces of non biodegradable plastic.

how much plastic and non-compostable goods they go through. On New Year’s Day each family member started keeping all of their waste in 1lt mason jars to see what impact they are making. “Our houses are full of waste stuff so it takes a while to leech out. Anything that cannot be reduced, recycled, composted or rotted goes into the jar,” Mrs Logan said. “I managed to keep my things inside the jar and I was really impressed with everyone in my family for the efforts they have made.”

Mrs Logan has been invited to share her waste free tips at a number of environmental functions over the coming months and said she is excited to share her ideas with the community. “Each post on Gippsland Unwrapped is seen by between 10,000 and 30,000 people so the message is really getting out there now,” she said. “It has been really nice connecting with other people and receiving thanks from families who are looking to reduce their waste.” “A lot of local busi-

nesses have also responded and jumped on board by finding new approaches to offer unpackaged foods and goods. Some people are really trying to support this lifestyle.” For more information in how to reduce waste this Plastic Free July www.

Waste free expert: Tammy Logan has mastered a waste free lifestyle since she launched her blog Gippsland Unwrapped and opted to forego plastic a year ago.

Testing the limits of wheelchair hiking A passionate adventurer, who hasn’t let disability stop him from living life to the fullest, is helping Parks Victoria test new equipment that could be used in the future to help others undertake more challenging hikes in National Parks. Campbell Message, who became a paraplegic after a car accident when he was two, volunteered his time recently to test special adaptive equipment at Wilsons Promontory National Park to see if it would help people to undertake the difficult hike. Campbell tested an offroad handcycle with ultra low gears for steep hill climbing. It also has two

wheels at the front for extra stability and an extra steering system that can be activated by moving the chest on a panel attached to the steering. All camping gear needed to be carried and Campbell also had to tow his wheelchair on a trailer attached to the off road handcycle. He was accompanied by two wonderful friends on the hike from Telegraph Saddle to Oberon Bay; camped overnight then undertook the coastal route to Tidal River. Parks Victoria chief executive Bradley Fauteux said, “Victoria is home to many beautiful parks and it’s our goal at Parks Victoria to ensure everyone has the ability to access and explore these marvellous locations”. “We already have some

great equipment in place to make parks more accessible for people with a disability, and the handcycle that Campbell tested has good potential for people with a disability who are keen to take on more challenging hikes.” Campbell Message, leisure specialist/ client liaison, Victorian Spinal Cord Service, said “Experiences like this not only are fun, but can change people’s expectations of what is possible; with and without a disability”. View the video of Campbell and the team in action at the Prom https://youtu. be/lCqBgAxr7kQ

Trail blazing: Campbell Message tested an off-road hand cycle at Wilsons Promontory.

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Local hero retires The Inspector credited the support of his wife, Margaret for ensuring success and stability in his career. “She has supported me nonstop for 40 years and without support nobody would be able to get through a job like this,” he said. “It is a difficult job but it is extremely rewarding. It is a fantastic career and I would highly recommend it to anybody who is considering joining.”

AFTER 40 years of dedicated service to the police force, Inspector Graeme Sprague retired from his role at the Wonthaggi Police Station last week. The Bass Coast retiree said he always aspired to join the force and serve the community before he was sworn in on February 9, 1976. “I was always interested in police work. My brother was already in the force and he gave me great feedback and understanding of what the job required,” he said. “I trained for five months at the Police Academy just after it had moved to Glen Waverly. It was just a building with a dirt track around it back then.” Inspector Sprague first served as a Constable at the northern metropolitan stations before moving into criminal investigation as a detective. After hard work and further training he was promoted to a Sergeant role at City West in 1987. “I went through quite extensive training over the years and undertook a number of courses to move up through the ranks,” he said. Inspector Sprague noted his work in the counter terrorism coordination unit as a career highlight. After having attained an Inspector role in 2001, Sprague worked for the next six years in counter terrorism and travelled to London following the 2005 bombings. “I was granted an opportunity to work with the London Metropolitan Police and I was sent there as part of the Prime Minister’s delegation under Operation Kinship,” he said. “It was all about seeing the implications of the bombings firsthand. There was a lot of uncertainty but it was a pretty amazing experience because I got to meet and brief then-Prime Minister John Howard.” “It was certainly a career highlight.”

Stellar service: Inspector Graeme Sprague retired from the Wonthaggi Police Station last week after 40 years’ service in the force. Inspector Sprague returned to Monash to work five years as a local community commander before moving to the Bass Coast in 2012 for a sea change and to take on the local commander position. Technology in the force has changed over the years with upgrades from initial typewriter training to filming police interviews; however the Inspector said the approach to members’ health has been the biggest positive change.

“It has been difficult to guide members through their health and wellbeing while responding to critical incidents. Mental health resources were very limited when I first started out but now there is a different approach to caring for members,” he said. “There are now a lot of services available to ensure all members are taking care of themselves and are linked in with professional support.”

Wave of support for better pool PLANS for the replacement of the two smaller pools with a purpose built children’s pool and play area, new wet deck area and diving blocks around the main pool are just some of the key items put to the South Gippsland Shire for consideration . Other ideas put forward after community consultation and a summer survey conducted by the Friends of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool planning group included pool access for people with disabilities; installation a wheelchair hoist; and disability access to amenities with improved parking and buildings. The proposal also recommends the demolition of the existing kiosk and change rooms to be replaced with new purpose built amenities to incorporate a cafe quality facility and outdoor seating area designed for year round access while the pool is closed. A large number of submissions requested longer operating hours during the summer season and a new heating system in the pools. The future of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool is in the hands of South Gippsland Shire Council as the planning group takes into consideration community consultations for a master plan, due prior to Council elections in October. President of the redevelopment subcommittee Jodie Pincini said the survey received a large majority of positive feedback from the community with 250 formal submissions made. “We have put the proposal to Council which asks it to consider a range of things suggested by the community when drawing up the master plan,” Ms Pincini said. “We put a formal submission to Council which summarised all of the contributions made through the survey. We have asked for all changes to the

The project will be accompanied by $50,000 under the 20 Million Trees program for acquisition and planting of native tress with the Bass Coast Landcare Network. The Green Army provides opportunities for

Centre to stop addiction ONE local resident has come up with a bright idea in his mission to help young drug addicts in South Gippsland.

Pool plans: after extensive community consultation Friends of Mirboo North Swimming Pool sent a redevelopment proposal to South Gippsland Shire which will draw up a master plan by the summer season. facility to be incorporated into the one plan.” Council allocated $1.9 million to the redevelopment of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool after five years of community campaigning to redevelop the “vital” town asset. “If the plan incorporates the ideas raised in the survey it will cost more than what Council has budgeted for. We are positive that the community

will support the project and raise any extra money not covered by the budget,” Ms Pincini said. “The Mirboo North community is very passionate about the pool and has been strong in saying they will support it.” Friends of the Mirboo North Swimming Pool hope to obtain and adopt a master plan by next summer.

Green Army project backed Following a successful election, the Coalition Government will deliver a new Green Army project for the Bass Coast and Powlett River catchment.

Great graduate: Inspector Graeme Sprague of Wonthaggi Police Station retired last week after 40 years’ service to the community. Here he is pictured at his graduation from the Police Academy in 1976.

young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience, which will assist them in the future to find jobs while generating real benefits for the local environment. The project will create vegetation corridors in the Bass Coast and Powlett River catchment, assist in the creation and protection of a habitat for the threatened southern brown bandicoot, and remove priority weeds and replace them with indigenous plants.

“This project will help to ensure that Powlett River catchment is protect and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Mr Broadbent said. “The Green Army will work in partnership with the Bass Coast Landcare Network to deliver the projects.” The Green Army has been a huge success with 1145 projects announced nationally and more than 700 projects already rolled out in urban, rural and remote areas.

Mardan’s Tonny White said he has seen a number of young people in the region turn to drugs over the years and plans to put a plan into action to help those at risk. “I have helped a number of friends overcome drug addiction over the years and I think we need to be putting together resources to help with the problem in the area,” he said. Mr White has proposed the installation of a new Community Drop In Centre in one of the vacant shop spaces in Bair Street, Leongatha. “It would be a space for young people to go and talk about their experiences. There would be board games, table tennis and general lounge areas for them to socialise in a safe space,” he said. “The program would require a youth worker to be on hand for a couple of hours a week, so we would require support from an appropriate candidate to get the project off the ground.” Mr White said he plans to put a petition in local businesses to gain support for the project before presenting the plan to South Gippsland Shire Council. Council representatives agreed Mr White would need to first obtain substantial support from the community before the proposal is to be considered. Community strengthening officer Sophie Dixon said a petition may be a way to “get the ball rolling.” “Projects like this must have a need from the community, otherwise we cannot do anything to support it,” she said. “We would need to receive interest from the community and go from there. Council would then look into what it can do to support the project and then we could make a start.”

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Great choices at Wonthaggi Holden Every Holden also comes with lifetime capped TEST out your next car at South price servicing, providing convenience and value Gippsland’s premier Holden dealership, Wonthaggi Holden.

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With a full range of new and pre loved cars in all makes and models, there is something to suit every individual’s preference. For the month of July, Holden will also be offering 2.7 per cent p.a. comparison rate on all new Holden models, so it is the perfect chance to pick up an excellent deal. New Holden models are packed with modern features such as passenger and curtain airbags, Bluetooth, electronic stability control, five star ANCAP safety rating and much, much more. Holden’s range is proudly on display in the immaculate showroom, where friendly and professional staff will help point you in the right direction and provide reliable advice. The range comprises the Colorado for your 4x4 adventures or the iconic Holden Commodore, which is always a great choice for those looking for a spacious family passenger car. For those looking to downsize, the Barina and Spark handle extremely well, provide plenty of space for passengers and are zippy on the road. The Captiva 7 seater is ideal for large families to fulfil all their SUV needs. Wonthaggi Holden is one of the most award winning dealerships in South Gippsland, and with its mega sized service and parts building, it can help ensure you get the most out of your driving experiences. Both the showroom and the workshop are state of the art and fully equipped to guarantee you have a reliable and positive motoring experience. The workshop has received its own accolades over the years for its quality customer service and Quality customer service: from left, visit sales consultants Rob O’Neill and James Chetcuti at Wonthaggi Holden and receive reliable advice about the makes and models best suited for you. is managed by expert technicians.

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Rangers links to country at Prom PARKS Victoria ranger Luke Johnson has his dream job. He always wanted to work outdoors, and as a Gunai man he has a deep love and connection for his country. This began with his first visit to Wilsons Promontory National Park at the age of six months. Luke worked as a town planner and later in fire recovery before he successfully applied to Parks Victoria. He said those jobs taught him about dealing with people and stakeholders, as well as hands-on skills like using a chainsaw. Now he loves working on his country on the Prom, and gaining the skills to manage it. He said it’s hard to describe the feeling of connection to country. “It’s a sense of belonging and being in touch with a place; it’s both physically relaxing and mentally soothing, and much more,” Luke said. As the grandson of respected Elder Uncle Albert Mullet,who passed away a few years ago, Luke is passionate, knowledgeable and respectful about his people and country. He enjoys sharing his knowledge, particularly with the Indigenous groups of all ages who come visit. As well as visiting cultural sites, they learn traditional wood crafts such as making clubs and boomerangs, and stone knapping - shaping rocks to carve wood and meat or to use on spear heads. “The young ones will often stand around and

look disinterested, but if you get them out on country and engage them in practical hands on stuff, you know that what they’ve learned will stay with them,” Luke said. “In my role as a Parks Victoria ranger, I get talk to many people from all backgrounds, and they’re blown away by the long continual history of indigenous Australians and want to learn more and more. “I’ve even had home schooling families, travelling around the country going from community to community and having their kids taught by the different traditional owner groups about the stories within their landscape.” Luke enjoys working with his colleagues and the volunteer group The Prom’n’Aides. “They are an amazing bunch and we do a lot of knowledge sharing. I’ve learned a heap of botanical knowledge from this very experienced group, and I show and tell them about the indigenous food and medicine plants of the Prom,” he said. Cotters Beach is one of Luke’s special places on the Prom. Helping manage the re-location of the campsite away from the shell midden site there is one project he is enthusiastic about. He often feels he is continuing the work of site protection that his grandfather Uncle Albert and his uncle Ricky Mullet were involved with. A highlight for Luke was working with archaeologists after the 2011 floods, and discovering and identifying new cultural heritage sites. “I’m always learning new things, and more skills

Cultural roots: Parks Victoria ranger Luke Johnson with a team of novice boomerang throwers as part of the Junior Ranger program at Wilsons Promontory National Park. to help preserve the natural landscape of the Prom; its plants, animals, birds and its cultural history,” Luke said. “Working with an organisation that shares my

feelings for this place and where I can make a difference makes me feel fortunate.” Luke is now acting Aboriginal heritage coordinator for Eastern Region with Parks Victoria.

Youth hub flagged WONTHAGGI’S former CFA building in Watt Street may become a central hub for local youths. The initiative YES – standing for youth enterprise space – will provide a dedicated, safe and welcoming space for young people to have access to arts, meals, homework clubs, generalist youth workers and specialist mental health, drug, alcohol and family violence counselling. Inspected in July by Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale and council’s governance and property officers, it was determined the CFA building could be a potential youth hub site, but needed to be redeveloped. The requirements and funds needed to bring the

old CFA building up to scratch will be discussed at council’s August 19 meeting. “The need for a youth space has always been highlighted and was even a topic of discussion at the ministerial round table back in April,” Cr Crugnale said. Cr Neil Rankine said the old Coles building had been flagged as a potential youth space, but the CFA building would also be an adequate space. “This has been called for by the community for a long time. There’s some sense of urgency here, and when there’s a sense of urgency you know it is something that community really needs,” he said. Cr Crugnale said there would be a council hosted workshop forum in July to discuss potential funding.

Nature trail: Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula saw a koala and other sights during their exploration through the Tarwin Lower Flora Reserve recently.

Orchids, koala and friends MEMBERS and friends of the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula experienced a few surprises during a recent guided nature walk through the Tarwin Lower Flora Reserve.

Making a difference: volunteers planted along the Rhyll Foreshore last month.

The group set off mid morning meandering along forest trails, walking slowly and stopping frequently to take in the natural bushland setting. Guide Lorraine Norden shared her knowledge

and passion for native flora and led the group to discover at least four species of flowering native orchids. The group was delighted to find a young koala watching from the tall tree canopy. Visit the Friends of Venus Bay Peninsula website or Facebook page to see more images from the walk. To be informed about future events, feel free to become a member of the group.

Bass Coast seeks volunteers Council protects land

VOLUNTEER groups in Bass Coast are gearing up to get their hands dirty and do some much needed revegetation in the foreshores and bushland reserves.

The more the merrier this year, as there are 10,000 plants requiring planting. Whether you’re living in a townhouse in Inverloch, a beach shack in Cape Woolamai or a house on the hill in Rhyll, there is a volunteer group near you. This year, Bass Coast Shire Council is excited about the creation of two new groups – Friends of Scenic Estate Reserve and Friends of Smiths Beach Reserve. Council is currently in the process of forming a new group – Friends of Saltwater Creek Reserve – to undertake works within the Saltwater Creek Reserve in Ventnor. Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said the planting season is one of the busiest times of the year for volunteer groups. “Timing is obviously crucial for the plants to settle into a moist ground and establish themselves before summer sets in,” she said.

“While these next few months present a visual flurry of planting activity, our fabulous volunteer groups certainly do not hibernate thereafter but work year round on programs and projects including weed removal, litter collection, school holiday activities, themed talks, vegetation protection, undertake minor infrastructure projects and even apply for every grant imaginable and available,” Cr Crugnale said. “We thank them for their commitment and their vision to protecting and enhancing our natural environment that we all appreciate and enjoy.” For more details on the volunteer groups, please contact council’s coast and bushland management team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211. Alternatively, you can visit council’s website for contact information for each group. Working bees will be held across Bass Coast over the next few months. Make sure to confirm dates, times and meeting locations to avoid disappointment. These activities are weather dependant and may change at short notice. Times and dates for the working bees can be found on council’s website.

FOLLOWING concerns in the community about the encroachment of private landholders onto public land, Bass Coast Shire Council has been successfully reclaiming land over the past five years. Encroachment usually occurs when private landowners intrude into neighbouring public reserve, such as Crown Land foreshores and council owned bushland reserves. Council has the power under Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978 and its local laws to take action and apply fines. Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said moving into public land has a series of negative impacts such as loss of public land, environmental damage, spread of weeds and potential issues around public safety. “We are currently working with landholders to resolve over 20 identified encroachment issues, prioritising works in the higher public and environmental risks category,” Cr Crugnale said. Encroachment takes many forms including innocent lawn extensions which can easily be addressed

with education, weed control and revegetation with native species. Others can be more serious, such as fire pits, construction and storage of hazardous material; these can pose a threat to both the reserve itself and the community adjacent to the reserve. Another form is the erection of structures such as sheds, bungalows and fencing, which can be costly for council and the landholder to rectify. “Council is continuing to identify landowners encroaching on public land and asks for their full cooperation to resolve these issues,” Cr Crugnale said. “Please also make contact with council directly if you have knowingly moved into public land. Also, we have had reports of people dumping their lawn clippings and green waste onto public land and reserves adjacent to their homes. This is a littering offence with obvious weed spreading implications.” More details can be found on council’s website at, or by contacting council’s natural resources officer David Martin on 1300 BCOAST (226 278), 5671 2211 or

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Artists celebrate NAIDOC Week AN indigenous art exhibition opened at the Inverloch Community Hub in the spirit of NAIDOC Week recently. Six artists from Bass Coast and South Gippsland were presented in the exhibition: Lisa Kennedy, Patrice Mahoney, Melissa McDivitt, Steve Parker, Safina Stewart and Casey Sweetman. Bass Coast/South Gippsland Reconciliation Group’s Florence Hydon and Mary Mutsaers, and Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale officially opened the exhibition which was preceded by a smoking ceremony led by Steve Parker. “Reconciliation is an ongoing journey and art is a significant way we can all come together,” Ms Hydon said. “This is a chance for the local community to come together and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of indigenous Australians.” The turnout to the opening was successful, with plenty of people eager to marvel over the artwork and maybe even buy a piece to support the local artists. “Life in society is fast paced and the arts have an amazing ability to make you stop, think, imagine and feel connected,” Cr Crugnale said. “It is more than just a physical exhibition; it’s a partnership intent on bringing cultures together. Grand opening: from left, Luciano Finsterer, Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan It’s about respect – we all have a history and we Crugnale and Labor candidate for McMillan Chris Buckingham congratulated artists Safina all have a right to tell it.” The exhibition is scheduled to close on ThursStewart and Steve Parker on the opening of the NAIDOC Week indigenous art exhibition in day, July 28. the Inverloch Community Hub recently.

Flag raised for recognition THE significance of Dreamtime to Aboriginal people was commemorated at a NAIDOC Week event in Wonthaggi last Tuesday, July 5.

Inspired: from left, Inverloch’s Tiffany and Jessica Purvis admired the artwork at the opening of the NAIDOC Week indigenous art exhibition in the Inverloch Community Hub recently. Tiffany and Jessica are Bundjalung women from New South Wales, and Tiffany is an aspiring young artist.

Free tax help THE South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau in Leongatha can help wage-earners on low incomes with their tax returns. The service is free and confidential, approved by the Australian Tax Office, and runs until the end of October. “This year we will again be using tax time to help our clients transition to myTax,” said Nicholas Peck, the bureau’s Tax Help coordinator. “We will be assisting as many Tax Help clients as possible to create a myGov account and lodge a myTax return.” To make an appointment, ring the bureau on 5662 2111 to arrange a time, or you can drop in and arrange it in person. The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is located opposite the post office in the Memorial Hall complex, Michael Place, Leongatha. Call on 5662 2111 from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Fifty-five people gathered at the office of Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation to watch the raising of the Aboriginal flag, and a welcome to country and smoking ceremony conducted by Steve Parker. Among the guests were Bass MLA Brian Paynter and Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale and Cr Neil Rankine. Mr Parker explained the various types of trees used for smoking ceremonies and their significance to Aboriginal people. ‘Songlines’, stories based on indigenous stories and dance, is the theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, and the week raises awareness of the status and treatment BASS Coast Shire Council adopted its of indigenous Australians. “NAIDOC Week is the most important part of councillor code of conduct at a special indigenous culture,” Ramahyuck District Aboriginal meeting held on June 22. Corporation acting CEO Anne-Marie Frawley said. Observing the occasion: from left, Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation health proThis will set the standard of conduct for counWet weather resulted in a proposed family day motion worker Roban Ali and acting CEO Anne-Marie Frawley took part in the NAIDOC cillors elected in October. being cancelled. Week event in Wonthaggi last Tuesday, July 5. Although he voted in favour of signing the code of conduct, Cr Phil Wright argued the Municipal Association of Victoria document treated councillors like school children and would rarely be used. “It’s about not pulling each other’s hair or pinching the footy. In my 11 years in local government I have had more disputes with council staff SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will than with councillors,” he said. “I support it, it is necessary for councils to have remove two trees and vegetation from a code of conduct, but we have speeding signs and the median strip in Korumburra. The removed vegetation will be replaced with do people still speed? Yes, they do. Will councillors move outside this? Yes, they will.” low growing ground cover plants. Despite this, Cr Andrew Phillips believed signThe decision was made following ongoing ing the document was highly important. requests from the community and although coun“It’s a great thing to sign. In the case that council is reluctant to move trees, director sustainable communities and infrastructure Anthony Sea- cillors do have a dispute, it’s good to have an outbrook said there may be some visibility concerns line of the best practice on how to resolve it,” Cr Andrew Phillips said. for motorists turning down King Street. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the “Over a long period of time council has recode of conduct as it stood, and signed the document. ceived requests from drivers to improve the vision

Councillors set standard

Trees to be removed

when turning down King Street from the South Gippsland Highway,” he said. “Despite council pruning the vegetation quite regularly, the requests keep coming. The two trees and the low growing vegetation seem to be the problem.” Council understands the importance of tree preservation to ensure long term canopy cover and associated benefits to the community, and will only remove trees for renewal or safety reasons. Works are expected to take place mid July. The Visibility needed: two trees and low growing vegetation will be removed to improve vis- trees and vegetation will be removed within a day ibility for motorists turning down King Street in Korumburra. with minimal traffic delays.

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The Good Life

Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment

The Kroks are back FOLLOWING their sellout 2015 visit, The Harvard Krokodiloes (Kroks) are returning to Newhaven College for two performances as a part of their 2016 world tour.

Singing in harmony: a highlight of the 2015 Krokodiloes performance at Newhaven College was the stirring combined Kroks and Newhaven College Boys Vocal Group medley of Waltzing Matilda and I Still Call Australia Home that was rewarded with a standing ovation to close the show. The Kroks are returning to Newhaven College on July 16 and 17.

Lyric’s Mary Poppins sold out LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre’s major production for 2016, Mary Poppins, really does rise to the occasion.

So much so that all remaining shows are sold out. Theatre-goers have been amazed by Kerryn Lockhart’s flying antics as the leading lady and the all round

talent of Adrian Darakai as Bert. Held in Leongatha’s Mesley Hall, Mary Poppins follows the classical story of the magical nanny who wins over mischievous

Show stopper: Kerryn Lockhart has performed to a sold out Mesley Hall in her portrayal of Mary Poppins in Lyric Theatre’s latest production.

children Michael and Jane Banks, played by Coby Fowles and Jessica Geyer, and teaches the audience a few life stories as well. Superb acting, creative lighting, first class sets, talented dancing and a professional musical backing make Mary Poppins one of Lyric’s most notable productions. The final shows are this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm, and at 1.30pm Saturday.

Newhaven College is very proud to be hosting the only two Victorian performances. Harvard University’s oldest a cappella singing group, The Kroks comprise 12 tuxedo-clad Harvard undergraduate men who tour the United States and the world singing tunes from the Great American Songbook and beyond. In addition to performing in more than 150 domestic concerts during the year, each winter and summer the Kroks embark on tours that see the group perform at sold-out concert venues around the globe. On their 2015 Summer World Tour, the Kroks performed at the world’s finest hotels, such as the Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai and the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok; at the world’s finest restaurants such as the Grotto Bay Resort in Bermuda; and at some of the world’s finest venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The Newhaven College event is a rare opportunity to experience such talented professionals locally and it has been made possible by generous supporters including Adam Miller of AP Progressive

Plumbing, Helen Bowering, Greg Price, Wayne Moloney and Keith Ritchie. The Kroks will conduct workshops with Newhaven College’s Boys Vocal Group during their stay in preparation for the Boys Vocal Group to share the stage with them during their performances. A highlight of last year’s performance was the stirring combined Kroks and Boys Vocal Group medley of Waltzing Matilda and I Still Call Australia Home that was rewarded with a standing ovation to close the show. Two evening concerts will be held on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 at Newhaven College’s Middle School at the Phillip Island Road campus, 1770 Phillip Island Road, Phillip Island. The concert will start at 7.30pm and tickets are $30 per person, with limited seats available for each show. Tickets are selling fast and can be purchased online at www. Director of music at Newhaven College, Kirk Skinner, is ecstatic to have The Kroks returning for this special event. “I cannot stress how amazing this opportunity is. I first saw the Kroks on their 2005 World Tour, and then again in the States in 2009, they are just inspirational,” he said. “Please take a moment to view the Kroks website and see some their performances. I urge you to book tickets now to ensure you do not miss out on this rare opportunity.”

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Training restaurants open for business FEDERATION Training’s three training restaurants are now open for business, having recommenced a lunch service available to staff, students and the wider community. The training restaurants are well placed throughout Gippsland, with the Wildflower Café at Leongatha, Waratah Restaurant at Morwell, and the OakTree Restaurant at Bairnsdale. All food is prepared and served by Federation Training’s hospitality students. “With the training restaurants now fully operational, our students are able to put their skills into practice whilst connecting with people in the local community,” Mark Shelton, education manager – foundation at Federation Training, said. Offering a range of delicious meals, deserts and espresso coffees at a minimal cost, the training restaurants are an excel-

lent lunch-time option for the community, whilst also helping students to practise their skills. “The training restaurants at Morwell, Leongatha and Bairnsdale provide our hospitality students with a training environment that is reflective of industry, better preparing them for work in restaurants, cafes and other areas of the growing hospitality industry,” Mr Shelton said. Courses focus on back-of-house and front-of-house operations. The new Paddock to Plate program has been a key driver behind getting the restaurants operational again. Paddock to Plate allows students to complete their VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning), whilst gaining job-ready skills in either hospitality, horticulture or agriculture. The Paddock to Plate program has enabled front-of-house students particularly to put their skills into practice, supported

by the back-of-house cookery students who prepare and serve delicious lunches for the Leongatha community. Leongatha’s Wildflower Café has provided many students and apprentice chefs with the opportunity to train in an industry-standard 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, Leongatha based catering business, Brent Sinclair Catering. The Wildflower Café in Leongatha is open for lunch service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12pm to 1.30pm. For restaurant bookings or further enquiries call 5662 6800.

Ready to serve: from left, Courtney Spencer, Kirstie Scott and Corinne McLure at work in Federation Training’s Wildflower Café.

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Farming Insight Sprouting new business By Sarah Vella NEARLY 900 acres in Middle Tarwin is being developed into a vegetable farm and processing facility by family company, Schreurs and Sons. The third generation, 52 year old company grows celery, leeks, baby spinach and rocket. Originating in Clyde near Cranbourne, three cousins Chris, Adam and Ben Schreurs took over the business from retiring family three years ago. Adam had been working in the business for 25 years and together with his cousins has worked to grow the company. Currently operating on around 700 acres in Clyde, the pressure of housing development has meant the land is now surrounded by residential lots. Adam said the land will be developed into housing over the next few years. “We purchased 160 acres in Middle Tarwin in July, 2013. We then purchased 722 acres next door in February,” he said. “That will give us plenty of room for expansion into the future.”

Top Green thumb: Adam Schreurs from Schreurs and Sons with some of the celery planted at the company’s new Middle Tarwin property.

Above left and right Ground breaking: planting celery and other vegetables at Schreurs and Sons is done with a specialised machine.

In the ground now are 45 acres of celery, and 15 acres each of baby spinach and rocket, with a further 85 acres to be planted by the end of February. “We would then look to increase in size by 100 acres per year beyond that,” Adam said. Around nine tonnes of baby spinach has recently been harvested from the property, with more ready to be picked this week. Once picked, the produce is transported to the existing Clyde facility to be packaged. Adam said they don’t expect to be processing or packaging at the Middle Tarwin farm for at least the next four years. “Within the next two years, we hope to start construction of a packaging and processing facility, however it will take a few years to complete,” he said. In the long term, it is expected the Middle Tarwin property will become the primary facility for Schreurs and Sons. The company currently employs around 150 people, which Adam expects the Middle Tarwin property to exceed over the next 10 years. The property is close to the Tarwin River and the company had to purchase pre-existing irrigation licences to access water from the river. “We bought the water from licence holders before we bought the property. We were looking at climate and water availability first and foremost,” Adam said. They have also built a 180 million litre, 10 acre dam, which is now full. Adam anticipates the dam will provide water for the 160 acre farm over the drier months, so they don’t have to draw on the river. “We currently have 50 acres of irrigation and have completed some sub surface drainage as well,” he said. “We will continue to build water storages as the property expands. We want to be drought proof so we don’t have to worry about water, like we did this year. “We planned to start planting in February, but had to hold off until April due to a lack of water.” Schreurs and Sons use integrated pest management techniques to minimise use of pesticides on their vegetables. Adam said they employ an entomologist to inspect crops weekly to determine the quantities of good and bad bugs present. “If the beneficial insects outweigh the bad, we will generally let it go. It is not often we have to spray and if we do, it is targeted,” he said.

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reduction while the plentiful manufacturing cattle were heavily discounted off last week’s highs. Quality was good in the grown steers and bullocks for a mid-winter offering, while the young cattle and particularly cows were more mixed, Most of the usual buying group was present with many lacking finish. but not all operating fully in a cheaper market. Vealers and yearling steers to the trade sold Prime cattle were least affected by the price firm to a few cents cheaper while the suitable yearling heifers eased 13c/kg. Grown steers and bullocks sold from firm for some to 7c/kg easier for most. Heavy weight crossbred manufacturing steers slipped 30c/kg. The 1000 cows sold to a smaller field of buyThursday, July 7 ers and competition suffered, with prices generSteers: D.F. & T.M. Foat, Hunterston, 13 x $1850; ally 25c/kg cheaper. Heavy weight bulls fell 20c/ N. Roberts, Mirboo North, 16 x $1805; A. & M. Donkg. aldson, Leongatha, 10 x $1800; D.W. Handley, Jeetho, Heavy vealers to butchers sold from 325c 11 x $1780; A. & P. Brown, Wattle Bank, 10 x $1765; to 367c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between N.R. & S.S. Constantine, Buffalo, 6 x $1760. Heifers: Rivernook Past, 16 x $1270; D. Harris, 338c and 351c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade Tarwin Lower, 12 x $1240; B. & L. Jefferis, Korum- sold between 302c and 350c/kg. burra, 10 x $1235; B. & R. Cashin, Foster North, 3 x Grown steers made from 315c to 352c/kg. $1130; P.A. & L.J. Taylor, Toora, 7 x $1100; W.E. & Bullocks sold from 318c to 345c/kg. Heavy S. Jelbart, Jeetho, 2 x $1060. weight crossbred manufacturing steers made beCows: D. Smith, Tarra Valley, 4 x $1300; R.J. tween 262c and 306c/kg. McKenzie, Leongatha, 15 x $1200; P. & F. Cartwright, Most light and medium weight cows sold Allambee Reserve, 3 x $815. between 160c and 230c/kg. Heavy weight cows Cows and calves: T.R. & P.J. Dessent, Wonga Wonga South, 4 x $1590; J.K. & D.L. Hales, Narra- made mostly from 205c to 279c/kg. Heavy weight can, 5 x $1560; P. & F. Cartwright, Allambee Reserve, bulls sold from 240c to 288c/kg on most sales. 2 x $1400; C. Hempel, Koonwarra, 2 x $1290; P.A. The next sale draw - July 13: 1. Rodwells, Padula & J. Allott, Binginwarri, 5 x $1270; The Firs 2. Elders, 3. Alex Scott & Staff, 4. Landmark, (Vic) Pty Ltd, Korumburra, 1 x $960. 5. SEJ, 6. Phelan & Henderson & Co.

THERE were approximately 1,900 export and 300 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 300 head week on week.

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BULLOCKS 13 Von Pace Pastoral P/L 14 Barana Plains Pastoral, Waratah 10 Condolucci Produce, Leongatha 6 E.L. & A.M. Deppeler, Yinnar South 12 Graceburn Park, Jeetho West 9 D.J. Allan, Jumbunna East

600.8kg 575.4kg 571.0kg 569.2kg 566.3kg 661.1kg

352.0 350.0 350.0 348.0 345.0 345.0

$2114.71 $2013.75 $1998.50 $1980.70 $1953.56 $2280.83

STEERS 1 Illowra Cashmere, Dumbalk 1 S. Fairbrother, Boolarra 4 Condolucci Produce, Leongatha 1 Lloyd Hengstberger, Dumbalk North 8 E.L. & A.M. Deppeler, Yinnar South 9 Horsfield Farms, Thorpdale

400.0kg 485.0kg 518.8kg 420.0kg 545.6kg 415.6kg

356.6 350.6 350.0 349.6 348.0 346.6

$1426.40 $1700.41 $1815.63 $1468.32 $1898.78 $1440.32

HEIFERS 1 M.W. & D.E. Reynolds, Yinnar 1 S. Fairbrother, Boolarra 4 Illowra Cashmere, Dumbalk 1 L.W. & M.A. Barrett, Korumburra 1 A.M. & L.D. Callister, Koorooman 9 A.C. Trotman, Leongatha

365.0kg 325.0kg 350.0kg 460.0kg 330.0kg 353.3kg

366.6 362.6 351.6 350.0 340.0 340.0

$1338.09 $1178.45 $1230.60 $1610.00 $1122.00 $1201.33

COWS 1 M.V. & D.R. Dunn, Kernot 1 P.H., N.F. & D.P. Moore, Yarram 14 R.J. & C.M. McGill Family Trust, Kongwak 3 L.M.B. Timmins P/L, Meeniyan 1 J. Dean, Rosedale 6 C.W. Littlejohn, Mirboo

615.0kg 282.6 $1737.99 670.0kg 281.0 $1882.70 556.6kg 643.3kg 655.0kg 553.3kg

278.6 272.6 269.6 266.6

$1550.69 $1753.73 $1765.88 $1475.19

BULLS 1 O’Loughlin Pastoral, Tarwin Lower 945.0kg 1 Alamiste P/L, Tarwin Lower 950.0kg 1 R.F. & V.M. Dowel, Leongatha South 920.0kg 1 A.C. & L.A. Mitchell, Leongatha 905.0kg 1 A.J. & L.M. Dunkley, Yarram 755.0kg 1 S. & M. Cannon, Middle Park 935.0kg

287.6 284.6 284.6 283.6 283.6 280.0

$2717.82 $2703.70 $2618.32 $2566.58 $2141.18 $2618.00

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Farming Insight Left, Buying up: Dennis Bowen-Day and Sally Land from Officer were looking to restock their property with cattle from the store sale at VLE Leongatha last Thursday.

Holiday fun: from left, Katie, Alyssa and Hayley Blackshaw from Leongatha South and Tahlia McCormack from Mirboo North were enjoying some school holiday fun at the VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday.

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Above, Out and about: Lily, Nena and Chloe Caithness from Koonwarra were at the VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday, keen to check out some of the animals on offer. Right, Family outing: back from left Fiona Indian, Evelyn Indian and Chris Indian with children Ava Simon, T.P Simon, Matthew Indian, Mitchell Indian and Melanie Indian, from Tarwin Lower were at the store sale at VLE Leongatha last Thursday, for a look around.

DAMAGING winds of 50 to 60 km/h with gusts of 90 to 100 km/h hit parts of South Gippsland on Monday and the State Emergency Service was on full alert.

Tactics checklist for winter planning DAIRY Australia’s Tactics for Tight Times initiative has released a special checklist to assist dairy farmers in formulating a plan for winter. The farm advisory team at Dairy Australia has worked with dairy farmers and consultants to develop a comprehensive checklist that is broken down into manageable areas of the farm operation. With recent changes to the milk price in the south eastern states finance is a priority. Finances involve more than just budgets; they also include discussions with all those people and organisation with which the farm has financial relationships. This includes banks, suppliers, creditors and debtors. All have a part to play in helping to ensure the farm business continues to operate well. Many farms use a financial advisor whose support will be at a premium at this time. Others do their own budgeting. For many farmers DairyBase (www.dairybase. developed by Dairy Australia will be a useful additional tool when doing annual budgeting and analysing farm performance. “If farmers feel they need more support, they can register for Taking Stock through their local Regional Development Program,” Dairy Australia program manager Neil Webster said. “Taking Stock is delivered one-on-one, over the kitchen table, to assist farmers to identify where they are now and what the next, most important decisions are for them.” With the emphasis firmly on people, the checklist encourages dairy farmers to take positive steps to ensure they and their families and staff are being looked after.

Attending or joining a discussion group can help to find out what others are doing and how they’re coping. It is also a good way to see that no one is going through difficult times alone. “It’s important to make sure you have a social life,” Mr Webster said. “Sometimes when you’re under a lot of pressure it’s easier to avoid other people. But getting out and talking or having a meal with others gives you an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings. You find you have more in common with others than you think.” There is much more on people, on adjusting staffing arrangements and keeping your people informed. In addition, the checklist covers the many options for winter feeding including grazing rotations, checking pasture leaf stage as animals graze paddocks and using nitrogen effectively. For more information on managing through tough times, please visit the People in Dairy website. The hay and grain report commissioned by Dairy Australia provides an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year and is available free at Supplements/Hay-and-grain-report.aspx Other areas covered in the winter checklist include trimming costs across the business and managing your herd’s health and welfare. “The herd is the second largest asset on a dairy farm,” Mr Webster said. “Lost herd health can have detrimental consequences that may take many years to recover from.” Visit for more information.

Downpour fills dams WATER storage systems across South Gippsland are nearing full capacity after extreme rainfall filled dams and flooded roadways last week. After having been under Stage Two water restrictions for most of summer, Korumburra’s Coalition Creek received an impressive 72mm of rainfall between Saturday, July 2 and Friday July 8. The reservoir has reached full capacity along with Little Bass, which supplies water to Poowong, Loch and Nyora. Battery Creek is not too far behind at 99 percent capacity after having received the 46mm last week. Lance Creek is currently at a healthy 92 percent capacity after having received 71mm. South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe du Plessis said Ruby Creek and Deep Creek are filling at “a gradual rate” and would continue to rise with further rainfall. “With heavy winter rainfall in most of South Gippsland Water’s water supply catchments, all storages levels are on the increase,” he said. “Given the time of year, and with more winter rainfall likely, we should see these storage levels continue to rise over the coming months.” Leongatha’s David Shambook said he recorded

87mm which fell on 15 days in June, however July has so far received above average rainfall. “We had another 61mm in the first 10 days of July. We are well on track to receive average annual rainfall if we continue to get rain this month,” he said. “It is quite wet at the moment and we have good soil moisture. A lot of water is running off into the dams.” Meeniyan’s Lindsay Fromhold recorded 93.8mm over 17 days in June, three times the average rainfall for the month. “We also had three inches of rainfall in the first 10 days of July which is well above average,” he said. Mr Fromhold’s East Woorarra property received a whopping 160mm of rain in June. “It is pretty typical of properties in the hills. We often receive reports of areas like Foster North and the Strzelecki Ranges getting rainfall similar to that,” he said. Fish Creek’s Neville Buckland recorded 149mm over 18 days, well above the 102mm average for the month. “In May and June alone I recorded over 300mm and we had another 47mm fall last Tuesday,” he said. Stony Creek’s Barbara Dyke recorded 12 days of rain totalling 109mm in June with “heavy frost”. “We also had 51mm of rain in the first 10 days of July,” she said.

During high winds the State Emergency Service advises that people should: • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees. • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony. • Keep clear of fallen power lines. For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. The wet weather continues this week with more rain expected today, Tuesday, July 12 with snow forecast to fall above 1000 metres, lowering to 400 metres during the evening. There is chance of a thunderstorm and possible hail in the late afternoon and evening and winds will be northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h increasing to 30 to 45 km/h in the morning. Overnight temperatures are expected to fall to between 4°C and 9°C with daytime temperatures reaching between 7°C and 15°C. Wednesday and Thursday we can expect more of the same cold, wet and windy conditions so rug up and stay warm and drive carefully on the wet roads.

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OUR BUSINESS IS YOUR BUSINESS Help Shape the Future of South Gippsland Water Advisory Panel - Expression of Interest Open South Gippsland Water is embarking on a community consultation program that will influence and shape the future of the Corporation. Every five years the Corporation develops a plan that sets out proposed service standards, capital and operating expenditure, and the required prices charged to customers for the delivery of water and wastewater services. A Pricing Review Advisory Panel is being established to enable the Corporation and its Board of Directors to be well informed of community preferences and concerns. The panel will be a significant voice in driving the Pricing Review, members will be provided with the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the Corporation and the review process (6 meetings over 12 months). To find out more, visit or contact Ros Griggs on 03 5682 0422

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Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be the face of Leongatha Branch and will be given the support you need to do what you do best â&#x20AC;&#x201C; listening to customers and helping them achieve their financial goals. In return youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll become a key part of a diverse team in a rewarding work environment where you will have the opportunity to learn and advance your career.

The Battle for Fromelles The Korumburra RSL Sub Branch will conduct a Memorial Service for all the soldiers that were killed during the battle at FROMELLE at the Cenotaph located in Coleman Park, Queen Street, Korumburra on TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 All are welcome Form up time will be 10.30am Kevin Moon President

So if you think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got what it takes to be part of the Bendigo team, we want to hear from you. Visit to find out more or to submit your application, quoting reference number VIC911150. Or write to Mark Hoffman, Local Connection Coordinator, PO Box 698, Warragul 3820. Applications close on Monday, 18 July 2016. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited ABN 11 068 049 178. AFSL 237879. (309524_v1) (4/07/2016)

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Form B SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PLANNING PERMIT Pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 Any person who may be affected by the gaining of the permit may object or make other submissions to the responsible authority. An objection must: â&#x20AC;˘ be sent to the responsible authority in writing, â&#x20AC;˘ include the reasons for the objection and â&#x20AC;˘ state how the objector would be affected If you object, the responsible authority will tell you of its decision.      The responsible authority must make a copy of each objection available                                        application.

The land affected by the application is located at:

641B Lees Road Venus Bay VIC 3956 Being RES LP56446 Parish of Tarwin

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You may look at the Application and any documents that support        Responsible Authority. This can be         of charge. Applications are also available to be view on Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.

South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953

The responsible authority will not decide on the application until the 14 days after the Date of the Notice

Date of Notice: 12 July 2016

    Telephone: 5662 9200

Form B SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL NOTICE OF AN APPLICATION FOR A PLANNING PERMIT Pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 Any person who may be affected by the gaining of the permit may object or make other submissions to the responsible authority. An objection must: â&#x20AC;˘ be sent to the responsible authority in writing, â&#x20AC;˘ include the reasons for the objection and â&#x20AC;˘ state how the objector would be affected If you object, the responsible authority will tell you of its decision.      The responsible authority must make a copy of each objection available                                        application.

The land affected by the application is located at:

143B Inlet View Road Venus Bay VIC 3956 Being RES LP54175 Parish of Tarwin

The application is for a permit to:

Remove Reserve Status from Land

The applicant for the permit is:

South Gippsland Shire Council

The Application Reference Number is:


You may look at the Application and any documents that support        Responsible Authority. This can be         of charge. Applications are also available to be view on Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at www.

South Gippsland Shire Council Private Bag 4, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953

The responsible authority will not decide on the application until the 14 days after the Date of the Notice

Date of Notice: 12 July 2016

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SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE COUNCIL NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A PLANNING PERMIT Pursuant to Section 52(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 The land affected by the application is located at: 29 Davis Street, Nyora VIC 3987 being CA 26 S6 Parish of Lang Lang East. The application is for a permit to: Six (6) lot subdivision (existing building to be retained). The applicant for the permit is: Perna Pty Ltd. The Application Reference Number is: 2016/57. You may look at the Application and any documents that support the Application at the office of the Responsible Authority - South Gippsland Shire Council, Private Bag 4, 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953, Telephone: 5662 9200. This can be done during office hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm) and is free of charge. Applications are also available to be viewed on Council's Website at www.southgippsland. Any person who may be affected by the granting of the permit may object or make other submissions to the Responsible Authority. An objection must: â&#x20AC;˘ be sent to the Responsible Authority in writing â&#x20AC;˘ include the reasons for the objection and â&#x20AC;˘ state how the objector would be affected. If you object, the Responsible Authority will tell you its decision. Privacy Notification: The responsible authority must make a copy of every objection available at its office for any person to inspect during office hours free of charge until the end of the period during which an application may be made for review of a decision on the application. The Responsible Authority will not decide on this application until 14 days after the date of this Notice. Dated: 12.7.2016

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Williams and Burns Contracting is seeking an enthusiastic, well organised person to fulfil a fulltime Administration Assistant role, based at Archies Creek. To be successful in this position the candidate will need to possess: • Proficient computer skills – MS Office, Quickbooks/Reckon • Excellent organisation and time management skills • Be well presented Duties include: • Reception • Assistant to CEO, Project Manager and Service Manager • General office duties For more information, contact Sharon 03 5678 7463 Please forward your resumé to

We are seeking seasonal and casual tanker drivers to perform farm pick up work on a rotating roster, including nights and weekend work. You will need: • Clean and tidy appearance • Excellent time management • Good driving skills • Satisfactory reference checks • Good VicRoads demerit points and conviction record printouts Call Jason on 0438 513 905 for more information. To apply email your resumé to, quoting ref: L004.

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People & Culture Coordinator Wow! Great place, great people, great results. If you are a gun People and Culture professional we are thrilled to offer you an opportunity to build both your career and the future capacity of our people. With a recent staff promotion and a retirement, an ongoing leadership opportunity exists in the People and Culture team, to work closely with the Manager, to partner with directorates, and to expertly handle employee relations matters. We are positioning for the future, seeking collaboration with others, and building internal capability to make sure our great staff remain trusted and relevant to our internal and external stakeholders. Applications close: Monday 18 July 2016 at 5pm. Please refer to our website for a detailed position description and application details.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides assistance to primary producers, fishers, foresters and small rural businesses experiencing financial difficulties. The Executive Officer will lead the implementation of the Rural Financial Counselling Program in Gippsland. This 0.8 EFT position (negotiable) will be responsible for the overall management of the program reporting to a board of management and funding bodies. We are seeking a dynamic person who has business management qualifications (or equivalent) at a tertiary level or substantial and relevant business management experience. The position will be based at one of the service’s current offices in Gippsland and an attractive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant depending on qualifications and experience.

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

BENSON - Ian. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their flowers, cards, phone calls, visits and food on the passing of Ian. Your kindness and support was greatly appreciated.

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

Ph: 0427 598 218

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

from $199

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


Cnr Allison & South Gippsland Hwy, LEONGATHA Ph: 5662 2028 L.M.C.T. 2714 FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175.

Applications close Friday 29th July 2016.

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.

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Better health, Better lifestyles, Stronger communities 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.

ACAS - Assessment Clinician Wonthaggi, Permanent Part time, 0.6 EFT

An exciting opportunity currently exists to join the Gippsland ACAS team. If you are a Registered Nurse or Allied Health Professional or have another relevant health degree and are looking to gain experience in Aged Care Assessment then this would be a great opportunity for you. ACAS have recently transitioned to My Aged Care, and the position will involve training in order to be able to undertake ACAS assessments under the My Aged Care framework, in line with the Aged Care Act.

FIREWOOD - local messmate/stringy bark, cut/split, delivery available. 10 cubic metres $900, 6 cubic metres $600. Ph: 0437176187. GAS A.G.A. 2 door, Brunswick green, $2,000. Ph: 0409647216. HAY for sale. Top quality vetch oaten straw. Feed test available. For delivered price ring Greg 0429-822544. HAY - wheaten, oats, vetch and straw. Top quality, shedded, feed test available. For delivered price call Greg 0429-822544.

Whilst this position is based out of our Wonthaggi office, there may be a need to work in other areas from time to time. For more information please contact Selina Northover, Manager Gateway on 0400 838 631. Applications close 11pm, Friday 22 July 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.


We are a growing Australian based company, which produces a range of premium dairy products for the domestic & international market. Burra Foods is currently looking for an experienced Electrician to join our Maintenance Team. The Electrician is responsible for undertaking of repairs and routine maintenances of all electrical plant and equipment as required and ensure all work is carried out according to Burra Procedures. Knowledge of dairy manufacturing processes is preferred but not essential. Pre-requisites for this role include: • Electrical Trade Qualification and Licence for Victoria • Ability to work shift work • Ability to work unsupervised • Computing Skills • Ability to read Electrical Schematics • On Call requirements – Live within 50km radius of Burra Foods Highly desirable but not essential • Previous experience in a food manufacturing environment • Exposure with Rockwell PLC’s If you are looking for an opportunity to work for a friendly medium-sized business in Korumburra then apply via email Burra Foods Pty Ltd PO Box 379 Korumburra, 3950 or to Applications close: 19th July 2016

Milks up to 200 cows 20/50 with Larson stall gates 3 bedroom home

For a full job description and application requirements please contact the Chair of the Board, Richard Habgood on 0417 530 540 or

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for sale 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.

5X4 ROLLS Leongatha area, various quality. Call Warren for price 0429-350450.

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HAY - Grass hay, 5x4 netwrapped. Can load, Thorpdale $77. Ph: 0448-863104. HONDA lawn mower, Buffalo Buck. Good condition, $400. Ph: 0448-256196.

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MURRAY garden tiller, 5hp, Briggs & Stratton, $200 ONO. Ph: 56625075.

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PINE MULCH, suitable for calving, farm tracks and gardens. For delivered price call Greg 0429-822544.

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

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Garage / Relocation Sale SUNDAY JULY 17 1050 Ruby-Arawata Road, Ruby 8am start ALL MUST GO

livestock POULTRY / CAGE BIRD AUCTION Traralgon Showgrounds Poultry Pavilion, Sunday, July 17, 10.30am. Wide variety of poultry, hens, ducks, many breeds, fertile eggs. Open for sellers from 8am. Ph: 5197 7270, 0400 934 202. BULLS for hire or for sale. Friesian, Angus, Hereford, Limo or Jersey. All sound young bulls. Hire or sale. Phone 0447-331762.

lost MALE white Lab X, wearing blue collar. Last seen in Outtrim. Ph: 0400-551854.

used vehicles HYUNDAI IMAX, 8 seater People Mover. 2009, diesel, auto, 83,000km, reg to 24.05.2017, with RWC, tinted windows, towbar, front nudge bar, roof bars, dual zone climate control. Custom reg plates ‘STHGIP’ included, $19,900. Ph: 5682-1757.

work wanted HOUSE CLEANING, any day, Monday Friday. Reasonable rates. Please contact 0448-282613.

meetings Leongatha Community Garden Annual General Meeting TUESDAY JULY 19 at 5.30pm at ‘The Hub’ 3-5 Howard Street, Leongatha If you are interested in being part of the committee of management for the community garden; or just want to hear about the plans and future projects - please come along.


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thanks WE would like to say a big thank you to all those very kind people who sent us cards, phone calls, personal congratulations, messages, etc. to help us celebrate our recent 60th Wedding Anniversary. To the kind person who sent a lovely card with four little blue birds on the front, I hope you are reading this as you forgot to sign your name. Thanks everyone. Doris and Richards.


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births VERBOON (Cross) Andrew and Rebecca Verboon announce the birth of Riley Andrew (dec), lost but never forgotten and always in our hearts. Little brother to Amber 4 and Lana 2. To our beautiful Grandson RILEY ANDREW VERBOON Born 28.6.2016. A perfect little boy taken away from us. So happy to hold you. So hard to say goodbye. Devastated never to see your first smile, hear your first laugh. We will love and remember you always. Pop and Nan Cross.

Carolyn, Tony and Lisa, David and Aimee, Andrea and Owen and their families. VAN WAMEL - John. I wish to extend grateful thanks on behalf of myself and my family for the amazing love and care extended to us all on the passing of John and the preceding weeks when he was hospitalised. Thank you for the beautiful flowers, cards, phone calls, visits and food. Also thanks to all of the many caring people, friends, neighbours and community who attended his funeral. Thanks must also go to Dr Mike Fitzgerald, Dr Dirk Teuber and the amazing compassionate and sensitive nursing staff at the South Gippsland Hospital, Foster. Also thanks to the wonderful nursing and medical staff at the Latrobe Regional Hospital. My heartfelt thanks to you all. Avril van Wamel. WELSH - John. Kath Welsh wishes to thank everyone who attended John’s funeral, for flowers, cards and kind thoughts. To doctors and staff at Koorooman House. Many thanks. May he rest in peace.

in memoriam HEPPELL - Col. 11.2.31 - 14.7.07. Nine years have passed, but our memories of you are with us always. Love from Gwen and family.

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funerals BROADWAY - Annie. The Community Celebration for Annie’s life that was to be held at the RACV Inverloch Resort on July 24, 2016 has been POSTPONED until a later date. Please see later paper for further details.

deaths BANKS - Trevor. 1.7.2016. Special brother-in-law to Margie and Brian. Too young, too soon. Much love to Alison, Mitchell, Lauchlan and Madaline.

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CARLTON - Thelma May (nee Grigg, Anderson). Passed away peacefully at Leongatha on July 4, 2016 aged 97 years and 8 months. Devoted and loved wife of Arthur (dec), and Charlie (dec), sister of Lyla (dec). Best friend and loving mum of Jill Wigney and special friend to Barry. Adoring and very proud Nandy/Nellie of Lisa and Tony, Brad and Lyn, Trina, Stuart and Narelle. Loving Nan to her great grandchildren Cassie, Matt, Sean, Emily, Josh, Rhys, Jay, Charlie, Max and Ruby. Step mum of Terry and Kirsten, Cheryle and Linda, and Sandra. An elegant lady with a keen sense of humour who lived her life to the fullest. Now reunited with loved ones and fur baby Buster. Loving memories are ours to cherish. Bless you Mum.

Blair, You taught us how to look at life from a different perspective, that nothing on this earth is more important than the people you love, thankfully we were lucky enough to be some of those people. Love Rowdy, Shane and Eli. XXX

Private cremation according to her wishes. DONALDSON - Blair Peter. Passed away, with his family by his side, at the Austin Hospital on July 5, 2016. Dearly loved son of Ewen and Dorothy, adored brother of Wendy, Judy and Linda. Loved brother-in-law of Brett and Wayne. Loved by all his nieces and nephews, and great nephews. Flying High. There is no other love like the love for a brother. There is no other love like the love from a brother. Blair I miss you so much. Wen and Brett. Blair, My brother, my friend, my hero. Fly high. All my love Kiddo. 59 years young. You took it all and turned it to humour. Never with pity right to the end. So proud you are my brother. Always my hero. Miss you so much. Love Linny and Wayne. Adored uncle to Jake, Raigan, Lucas and Morgan, Katie, Nikki and Amika. Irreplaceable is what you are. Loved and respected always. Blair, Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, You are loved beyond words, and missed beyond measure. We love you Blair, fly high. Kallan and Holly. XXX

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Hollywood trip picture perfect FEW fans can claim to have met their favourite Hollywood stars.

was told I was the winner; it was pretty awesome.” The prize pack included the meet and greet, the painting when it was completed, the flights and two nights’ accommodation. Jackson – and his mother Cathy – flew to

LA in April and decided to push the adventure out into an 11 day trip and covered all the tourist must sees in LA including Disneyland and Universal Studios. However, there was no question what the highlight of the trip would be.

“Meeting James Franco was pretty cool and surreal. He was pretty chilled and we got to talk for about an hour,” Jackson said. The painting arrived in last week and is now hanging in the Woolan’s family living room.

San Remo’s Jackson Woolan can do that and more, after having been selected to fly to Los Angeles to not only meet Blair, You were one of the well known actor James most knowledgeable, Franco, but to have a kind and loving men in portrait painted by him our life. We are going as well. The opportunity to miss you and your funny sense of humour. came about when JackJack will be lost without son stumbled across a your high fives when he Facebook competition in visits. January. We all love you so “I follow James much. Franco on Facebook and Thank you for being it came up on my newssuch a wonderful uncle feed. The competition and great uncle for was through a company Jack. called Omaze. I donated Love always, Jaz, Chels $10 to James Franco’s and Jack. XXX charity (RED) – Fight DONALDSON - Blair. against AIDS. I was Our deepest sympathy shortlisted three weeks to Dot, Ewen and family. later,” he said. Brush with fame: San Remo’s Jackson Woolan (right) was flown A great mate sadly “I then had to go missed. through a Skype inter- to LA to meet Hollywood star James Franco in April after winning a An inspiration to all. view in February and Facebook competition. Davo, Karen, Ben, Tom and Adam.

Work of art: San Remo’s Jackson Woolan received the portrait painted by James Franco last week.

Naidoc celebrated in Foster

PEDRETTI - Woyna. 03.01.1923 - 05.07.2016 Woyna Pedretti passed away peacefully on 05.07.2016 at Koorooman House. On behalf of Karen, Branson and Dominic, we wish to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors and staff for their generous and caring support over the past seven years.

Coordinated by South Giipsland Shire Council’s Community Strengthening coordinator Ned Dennis the event proved a great success and participants said they loved seeing the films and listening to Uncle Herb playing the gum leaves, commenting on his wonderful bird calls which were quite realistic and the tunes a delight.



SOME 30 people attended the special Naidoc Week evening event in Foster last Thursday, July 7.

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The highlight film from the Deadly in Gippsland back in December last year was accompanied by music from Uncle Herb’s gum leaves as a backing soundtrack. There were people in the audience who had been to his workshops at the Deadly in Gippsland event.

Mr Dennis said, “There was a real appreciation by participants of the opportunity to learn new information about the indigenous history of the area.” Many said it was so nice to have this event held in Foster.

Welcome: South Gippsland Shire Council Community Strengthening coordinator Ned Dennis, and Foster’s Manna Gum Community House’s Bec Matthews opened the Naidoc Week event with official introductions.

Penguins spotted in Gippsland classrooms RANGERS from the Phillip Island Nature Parks’ education team were delighted to share their ‘Chirpy Chicks’ penguin program with 173 students in the Gippsland region recently.

“One of the student’s favourite activities is dressing up in a penguin suit, and discovering some of the features and

adaptations of a little penguin,” education coordinator Kim Dunstan said. “Along the way

they discover the many threats facing little penguins and they feel empowered to take action to help protect our

marine environment, which is one of the most gratifying outcomes of

this program.”

This innovative and immersive school incursion program takes students on a journey through the life of a little penguin. The ‘Chirpy Chicks’ incursion program immerses students in storytelling through the latest Nature Parks book ‘What Animal Am I?’ Students also take on the role of research assistant as they weigh, measure and scan penguin plush toys, as well as han- Learning: Phillip Island Nature Parks’ education team member Kim Noy talks to students dle taxidermy penguins. about the life of little penguins.

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• South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowls Association

Grand position won LAST week Foster Fishy’s battled it out with Mardan Purple for a position in the grand final. Firstly we all braved it and headed out into a very wintery, wet night hoping for a safe return home. It was great to see an excellent turnout of spectators who also braved the conditions.

The game began with a steady start for both teams before Mardan Purple slipped slightly ahead. Foster Fishy’s fought back and levelled the scores halfway, then jumped the lead with a five end winning streak. Mardan Purple stood its ground and finished the game with a five end winning streak

to take out the victory. Well done to all for a hard fought battle by both teams. Mardan Purple will now meet up with Korumburra Blue next week in the grand final. SGIBBA will be in for another great, not to be missed game.

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club SECTION D - 2016 TRV 20m Prone Pennant Round 8: MCC B 467.015 bye; Brunswick 472.013 defeated by Camberwell/Hawthorn 474.017; Lancefield 479.011 defeated Lilydale/ Warburton 461.004; and Leongatha 478.015 defeated by Albury 485.010. The best shooter for Round 8 was Richard Iz-

ard (Brunswick) scoring 100.006. Ladder: 28 Albury/24 Leongatha/24 Lancefield/20 Camberwell-Hawthorn/16 Brunswick/12 MCC B/4 Lilydale-Warburton. We shoot Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. For inquiries call Rob Spratt 5664 2358.

Solar savings to boost clubs VENUS Bay and Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs will have solar panels fitted to their roofs enabling them to generate their own power thanks to State Government grants. The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the clubs were among 42 lifesaving clubs across Victoria that would have five kilowatt solar systems fitted to their roofs. “Energy bills represent a large cost burden for many clubs across Gippsland and this initiative is helping clubs to drive down their power bills while working towards being more energy efficient for the good of the environment,” Mr O’Brien said. “The money that these local clubs save on their power bills can now be used to purchase equipment that saves lives or fund better training for volunteers. The funding for the systems was being delivered through the Community Renewable Solar Grants Initiative, which aims to increase the number of renewable energy projects delivered in communities.

Leading the way: there is a lot happening on the coast and it’s not just solar panels on the roof of the Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club. Club captain, Jameson Trainor left for Sri Lanka on Monday, June 20 to pass on knowledge to Sri Lankan lifeguards and to help in developing safety around the water for the country.

A well chosen artist

RONALD Edwards who designed the NAIDOC Indigenous Round uniforms worn by Mirboo North’s A Grade netballers and the Senior footballers on Saturday is not only a talented artist.

Fish Creek WEEK 30 and 34 on July 28 and August 25 respectively, winter triples will be played. On Friday, August 5, week 31 starting at 6pm there will be a casserole tea evening.

Inverloch WEDNESDAY’S mixed social bowls at Inverloch saw a hardy band of rugged-up bowls tragics roll up for their mid-week dose of bowling therapy, spread over two 12 end games in teams of three and four. Only one team won both games. Runaway winners with 37 points were Mick Yates’ team Rob Howard, Laurel Lee and Klaus Salger. The mysterious Hans Salger, who appeared in last week’s newspaper photo was, in fact, our friend Klaus, re-named Hans by an over refreshed correspondent who apologises for the error. Runners-up with 22 points were Linda Gallyot (s), Bruce Corrigan, Brian Growse and Allan Johnstone. The mixed social bowlers returned to the greens on Sunday to play two games of three bowl triples. Winners with 36 points were Robyn Dennis (s), George Scott and Marg Griffin. Runners-up, with 35 points were Joy Brown (s), Huie Nation and Joyce Arnold. Some minor disruption to activities at the Inverloch club rooms is likely for a few weeks whilst building work is under way to re-locate the bar, install a new entrance and extend the usable area. The Friday night meal scheduled for July 15 is not

Solemn rites: Ronald Edwards was the master of ceremonies as netballers and footballers from both Mirboo North and Newborough took part in the smoking ceremony to welcome all to country.

affected at this stage and early booking is recommended to secure a place.

Mardan AS the nights become more wintry, it’s good to see the backbone of the Mardan club turn out and keep the game alive. We had a smaller number than last week but all the same it was still a great night and the games played were tightly contested. There were teams of two by three and two by two so the number of bowls was reduced to six per game of 10 ends. This week the skips were made up by players who would normally play as a lead or second and I have to say they did a very good job. The outcome on the night was that all teams managed a win and the final result was decided on ends won, which in itself was very close across the board. There were only three ends between first and last and the final results were as follows: Winners with one win and 11 ends were Vito Serafino, Jeanette Grady and John Chadwick (s). Runners-up one win and 10 ends were Tony AllenClay and John McColl (s). Thanks to everyone who turned out and made the night a great night. The club’s team that made it into the preliminary final of the Pennant competition took line honours by winning a very closely contested game against Foster/Fishy. The team has won its way into the grand final on Tuesday, July 12 against Korumburra Blue. The club wishes the team well and looks forward to the possibility of it bringing home the trophy once again to Mardan Hall.

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.

In 2003 Mr Edwards graduated from the TAFE Mid-Valley Campus Gippsland with Certificate 4 in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Design. In 2005 he achieved Certificate IV Cultural Arts and in 2006 was awarded Student of the Year. In 2007 he entered traineeship in the Young Ambassadors programme at the LaTrobe Regional Gallery and in 2008 graduated from the TAFE Mid-Valley Campus Gippsland with Certificate III in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Languages. The 34 year old belongs to the Gunai/Kurnai clans from Morwell. He is starting to be recognised more widely for his artwork which includes several exhibitions in metropolitan Melbourne.

Talent: Ronald Edwards wearing the design he created for the Indigenous Round which attracted great interest in the match between Mirboo North and Newborough on Saturday.

• Indoor bowls

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Gracious in defeat: B Grade had a great day despite the loss at the Miners’ new home ground in Leongatha.

• Baseball

Miners history made ON a frosty and cold yet thankfully clear day the South Gippsland Miners Baseball Club played its first official home game at its new ground, Federation Training Oval, Nerrena Road, Leongatha. Also in Leongatha, the U13 team played at the Chiro Christian School. Small but interested crowds gathered for what was

to be a clear win for the new club/sport on the scene with two out of three wins on the day awarded to the Miners. The South Gippsland Miners Under 13s won their home opener 13 - 1 over the Sale Rangers. Playing their first home game in Leongatha at Chairo Christian School’s oval, Miners took an early five run lead in the first. Mitch McGrath started the rally in the first innings with a double that scored Ethan Davis. Then the tail end of the order, Cam Prosser, Tom

History: Mitchell Bowen is congratulated as he casually rounds third base by club vice president Tim Katz. Bowen had just hit the first ever homerun at the club’s opening day match.

Nicholas and Oscar Davis came through with hits that scored the rest. Ethan Davis pitched a shutout for two innings, backed with the solid defence of Matt Portelli, who took a nice catch in centerfield. Sale struggled to get base runners but played some solid defence behind the pitching of Anthony Smith and the play of shortstop, Aussie Bauer. The Rangers could not capitalise on their opportunities and the Miners added eight more with three runs scored on the day by Bailey Harvey. Cam Prosser had his debut as pitcher in the last inning. He gave up a run after a double by Bailee McEnzie led off the innings. South Gippsland Miner, Will Davies slowed the Ranger come back with a put out to first baseman, Corban Davis, but time ultimately ran out as the Miners took their 10th win from 10 outings this season. Next weekend the U13 Miners will have a bye as seven of the team will represent the Latrobe Valley Baseball League in the Under 14 Winter State Championships at Knox. Miners is proud to have contributed seven of the 16 players selected to play in the championships for the LVBA. The games start at noon and 2:30pm on Saturday, July 16. Awesome work from a brand new team which is playing baseball for the first

time ever. Well done to all our boys representing the club and the league. B Grade Sale 27 defeated South Gippsland 7 Unfortunately the team just wasn’t up to the task today going down to Sale in a great match. Everyone applied themselves giving 110 percent towards everything they did as shown by the seven runs scored. Their highest scoring game yet. Sadly the fielding let Miners down today. In a game of firsts young Annie Carter pitched and did a fantastic job. Brodie Cocks as per usual did his job pitching really well. Damon Ginnane also did a superb job not only on the mound but with a fantastic sliding catch in left field. Brian Osborne also got a go on the mound and did well as our last pitcher on the mound for the day. Sale put up some tough pitchers with Kieran Donoghue which only confirms that the B Grade side is improving at the bat, also scoring well with great runners. Scoring runs for the Miners today were Damon Ginnane, Michael Thomas, Bart Riyter and Brodie Cocks. A Grade South Gippsland 27 defeated Sale 3 Before the A Grade game both teams observed a min-

utes silence for Trevor Banks who sadly passed away on July 1. Trevor was a dearly loved member of the Morwell Cougars Baseball Club. And then Miners played a flawless game. With the first win in the club’s very first A Grade game at home the guys sure did turn up to play. Home runs, stolen bases, strikeouts and pitching, Miners had it all and from the

very outset were unbeatable. Mitchell Bowen from the Miners really had a day out with multiple hits including the club’s first home run on its home ground. To go with his impeccable defence he really had a massive day. Then there was the usual suspect in our pitching lineup, Stewart Mathieson, with another stellar effort today on the mound to finally get the win. Then came hard hitting

Proud: members of the South Gippsland Miners LVBA representative team competing in the Winter State Championships at Knox on July 16. From left, Mitchell McGrath, Cameron Prosser, brothers Ethan, Corbin and Oscar Davis, Bailey Harvey and Callum Buckland.

• Baseball Victoria - State Winter Championships

Miners set out for Winter UNDER 14s

Winners are grinners: the undefeated South Gippsland Miners U13s in front of the new clubrooms Miners now share with the Imperials Cricket Club in Leongatha.

Andrew Katz, obviously taking on board the challenge of Mitch’s homerun to produce a massive homerun; Kratz hit it miles over. There were solid performances from everyone on field today and now we know the bench mark for ourselves. Keep it rolling team. Impeccable playing from the Miners at their first home match left all three of our teams beaming at the close of the event.

Dates: Saturday, July 16 and Sunday 17, 2016. Location: Knox Baseball Fields, Gilbert Park, Knoxfield Teams competing in Under 14 seem to be as follows: Latrobe Valley, Sunraysia, Dandenong, Geelong Red, Ringwood Black, Diamond Valley, Geelong Blue, Ringwood Green and Bendigo. Latrobe Valley team will play matches as follows: • Saturday, 12pm v Ringwood Green • Saturday, 2.30pm v . Bendigo • Sunday, 9am v Sunraysia • Sunday, 1.15am v Geelong Blue • Finals1.45pm if they make top four. The top two teams play off for first and second places and third and fourth play off for third place. All matches are 90 minutes, including finals. Latrobe Valley is a Division Two team. Tryouts took place at Traralgon Baseball Club, Gathercole Drive under lights on May 27, June 3 and June 9 between 5.30pm and 7pm. The team was selected and training then continued each Friday night at Traralgon. Team Members

Officials Coach ......................... Will Hector ........... Sale Assistant coach.............Phil Lynch .. Traralgon Manager ...................Katrina Wass .. Traralgon Assistant manager ........ Colin Uhe .. Traralgon Scorer .................... Teresa Neilson .. Traralgon Players Club Age Cooper Orwin...Moe/Newborough .............. 13 Harry Austin .................. Traralgon .............. 13 Dash Hanratty ............... Traralgon .............. 12 James Lynch .................. Traralgon .............. 12 Josh Uhe ........................ Traralgon .............. 12 Brandan Wass ................ Traralgon .............. 13 Kane Watson ................. Traralgon .............. 11 Callum Buckland .........SG Miners .............. 13 Corban Davis ...............SG Miners .............. 13 Ethan Davis ..................SG Miners .............. 11 Oscar Davis ..................SG Miners .............. 11 Bailey Harvey ..............SG Miners .............. 12 Mitchell McGrath.........SG Miners .............. 12 Cameron Prosser ..........SG Miners .............. 12 Felicity Clissold ..................... Sale .............. 10 Olivia Hector.......................... Sale .............. 11 Bailee McKenzie .................... Sale .............. 13 Jaymz McKenzie .................... Sale .............. 12 The team and four families will stay at the Hotel Cavalier in Wantirna on the Friday and Saturday nights with activities planned for the evening.

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Awards end class season KORUMBURRA Volleyball Association’s summer/autumn season wound up recently with a vote count at the Leongatha RSL. Competition concluded a fortnight earlier in A Grade with Bugs defeating Champions and in B Grade with Chargers defeating Saints. The season’s most valuable player (MVP) award count created a lot of interest with many players securing votes. Kristen Sanders and Kevin McGavin dominated their respective divisions while Emma Long, despite missing half of the season when she left to travel overseas, managed to maintain the lead coming equal first with Charlotte Smith. Results A Grade MVP Male: 19 John Francis (Champions), 17 Roger Callister (Champions), 13 Russell Brown (Golliwogs), 13 Shane Foster (Golliwogs) and 11 Stuart Smith (Bugs); A Grade MVP Female: 14 Kristen Sanders (Bugs), 9 Jessica Sanders (Warriors) and 5 Mandy Fletcher (Bugs); B Grade MVP Male: 28 Kevin McGavin (Saints), 23 Shane Pouw (Chargers), 22 Patrick McCarthy (Saints) and 17 Phil Smith (Gems); and B Grade MVP Female: 12 Emma Long (Albatross), 12 Charlotte Smith (Knights) and 10 Emily Foster (Shark Bait). Special awards were made on the night to Kristen Sanders (Division 1) and Sarah Damon (Division 2) who received the prestigious All Star Six Awards in the Volleyball Country Championships held in Moe in June. Junior volleyball also finished two weeks ago

with People defeating Short Stuff 25:12, 25:19 in the grand final. Leah Foster received the president’s trophy and Phillip Smith was awarded the P Triple C Most Disciplined Player Award. Next season will hit off on Thursday July 14 with both Chargers and Saints promoted to A Grade. The Junior competition will take on a slightly different format. For more information contact Tom on 5658 1043.

The best: MVP award winners, from left, John Francis, A Grade Men; Roger Callister, runner-up A Grade Men; Kristen Sanders, A Grade Women; Jessica Sanders, runners up A Grade Women; Kevin McGavin, B Grade Men; and Charlotte Smith, equal B Grade Women.

Winners: All Star Six medal winners at the 2016 Victorian Country Volleyball Championships at Moe, from left, Sarah Damon, Division 2 and Kristen Sanders, Division 1.

People: premiers of the Junior volleyball competition, back from left, Ben, Mitchell, Caitlyn and Emily. Front from left, Alexandra and Alluh. Absent: Erik. Junior achievers: runners-up in the Junior volleyball competition, from left, Chloe, Mason, • Wonthaggi Table Tennis Kaleb, Phillip (MDP award winner), Che and Natasha. Absent: Annika.

Table tennis takes off Both played well and voted the experience as WONTHAGGI Table Tennis resumes being absolutely awesome. this week.

KORUMBURRA City Women’s soccer team owned the nets in Sunday’s Cup game. Tara Wallace and Nardz Rainsbury jockey for the ball against Lang Lang United which suffered an eight goals to one defeat. City displayed superior skill in controlling the ball all over the pitch with goals to Lucy Macpherson, Tara Wallace, Jo Allen and Nardz Rainsbury. Photo Credit David Hurst.

After a break for the school holidays it is all up and go at the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre this week with players looking forward to the resumption of coaching, social and competition play. Monday night will see the resumption of A Reserve Competition from 7pm to 9.30pm and on Wednesday night the new season starts for A Grade competition from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. If you are looking to keep fit and have some fun at the same time, Social Table Tennis takes place on Thursdays from 11am to 12.30pm prior to Access for All Abilities 1pm to 3pm, Junior coaching 6pm to 7pm (8 to 14 years of age) and B Grade competition (to commence soon) 7pm to 8pm. It is always good to see new Junior players. Just turn up at the Table Tennis Centre in Korumburra Road, next to the netball courts. Phone contacts for Juniors coaching are Bruce on 56 722130 or Nancy on 56 744628. The new season will be commencing soon for A Reserve. Anyone interested in playing in this competition please phone or message Nancy. The last match for the autumn/winter season is this week with the new season commencing immediately following the finals. Two of the club’s talented young junior players, Archie Paxton and Kenzi Gardner, have just returned from an exciting week at the Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships in Alice Springs.

This national event had never been played at Alice Springs before but the venue, administration of the event, accommodation and catering were all superb; Alice really turned it on. Victorian teams and individual players featured significantly in the presentation of medals.

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SPORT | GOLF Leongatha golf ON Saturday 71 golfers took part in a Stableford Competition with Bryan Sword taking the A Grade honours with 36 points. B Grade and the Super Comp were won by Nick Lafferty Snr with 38 points, whilst Bryan Roylance had an excellent round, scoring 40 points to win C Grade. NTPs were Geoff Tyson on the seventh hole, Andy Bassett on the 14th and Jason Dennerley on the 16th. Balls were won by Bryan Roylance, Ron Paice, Nick Lafferty, Geoff Tyson, Don Smith, Bryan Sword, Gary Sharrock, Malcom Gin, Michael Thomas, Tom Sorrell, David Child, Henry Sedelies, Merv Stubbs, John Dalton, Jon Smith, Gordon Morrison and Bruce Hutton. Tuesday’s competition was cancelled due to rain. Thursday’s Stableford competition saw the very consistent Geoff McDonald take the A Grade honours with 36 points.

Teenager Oscar Harry won C Grade with 37 points and Frank Gill took B Grade with 35 points. NTPs were Bruce Hutton on the fourth hole, Andrew Smith on the seventh, David Vorwerg on the 14th and Neil Mackenzie on the 16th. DTL balls went down to 33 points by countback and were won by Barry Stevens, Fred Debono, Jeff Brewer, Bruce Hutton, Antony Gedye, Norm Hughes, John Moor, Kevin Castwood, Ian Murchie, Bert Borg, Will Norden and Colin Bear.

Leongatha ladies ROUND one of the Mudrunner’s Plate was cancelled. Heavy rain the previous day played havoc with the field as many players thought playing conditions would be heavy. Surprisingly, the 12 women who played a stableford event enjoyed a wind and rain free round. Although the bunkers were out of play, the rest of the course was remark- ably good. The sponsor for the day was Kate Dwyer and Pat Pease. Jocelyn Howson (22) was the winner with 31 points. Down the line balls went to Coral Gray (24), Dot Stubbs (16) and Toni West (11) all with 30 points NTP: 14th Toni West. NTP: 16th Else Gedye , a very excited 45 marker. There was no nine hole competition. Saturday, July 9: A field of 10 ladies played a stableford event. The winner was the very talented 13 year old school girl Jessica Harry, handicap 43 with an outstanding score of 41 points. Jess played three competitions last week as she has been on school holidays. Look out next summer when she will have six weeks holidays. DTL balls went to Wendy Parker (15) with 31 points and Rebecca Wilson

(10) with 29 points.

Woorayl THE par event on Saturday had trophies provided by Panthers Mensland. Our A Grade winner with +4 was Geoff McKinnon, B Grade was Reece Stubbs with +1, and on a countback with -2 John Bolge took out C Grade. Balls went to Dale Burge, J. Howard, C. Gourlay, D. Symmons, B. Hogan, T. Charlton, K. Miles and J. Redmond. The only nearest the pin to Terry Charlton on the 8th. The ball raffle went to ‘Smuts Syndicate’. Next weekend is the 4BBB par championships with trophies provided by Carpet Court on Saturday, and South Gippsland Therapy Centre on Sunday. The 36 hole scratch championship will be presented on presentation night with trophies provided by Ryan’s Bricks. The 36 hole handicap will also be presented on presentation night with trophies provided by Jim Newton, Newtons Concreting.

Korumburra THERE were 29 players on Saturday, July 9 for a 4BBB stableford competition, with trophies supplied by Paul and Wally Hopkins Results: (3 hcp) M. Wrigley, M. Giles (15 hcp) 45 pts; runners-up L. White, D. Gow 42 pts; P. Johnson, B. Pope 41; D. Hislop, R. Newton 41. Missed out M. Wrigley, S.

Harland 41. Nearest the pin: 1st D. Van Rooye, 7th M. Giles, 10th I. Cash, 13th P. Johnson. There was no competition on Tuesday and Thursday’s winner was C. Clements 39 pts.

Wonthaggi OUR midweek nine hole event had eight players. The winner was N. Burne with 21 points. Balls down the line: J. McEachern 16 and K. Bayley 15. Our midweek 18 hole event had nine players and the winner was J. Wade with 33 points. Balls down the line: G. Linguey 32, G. Crawford 28. Nearest the pin 17th N. Burne. On Saturday we played a stableford event with a solid field of 78 players. A Grade winner was R. Vanagtmaal 38 points, B Grade G. Linguey 37 points and C Grade J. Brann 39 points. Balls down the line: H. Adams, P. Dynes 39; M. Scott, I. Baker, M. Johnson, D. Williams, E. Vanagtmaal 37; I. Baudonaro, B. Vanagtmaal, B. Howard, P. Studham, J. French 36. Nearest the pins: 2nd P. Dynes, 8th Matt Johnson, 13th A. Yann, 17th E. Vanagtmaal. Eagle 11th M. Scott. Have a great week and the weather is going to be great this Saturday so enjoy a great game of golf.

Foster TUESDAY, July 5: Stableford. No golf, washout.

Wednesday, July 6: No golf, washout. Thursday, July 7: Stableford. Winner: Peter Dight 35points. DTL: T. Jones (current medallist) 35, and D. Hutchinson 34. Friday, July 8: Nine holes / Chook Run. Winner: Lloyd McKenzie 23 points. NTP: 13th Lloyd McKenzie and 17th Lloyd McKenzie. DTL: Tony Vanin 19 points and Steve Reid 14 points. Saturday, July 9: 4BBB Stableford. Winners: N. Thompson/ G. Watkins 46 points. NTP: fourth T. Jones, sixth and 13th S. Rathjen, 15th C .Downing and 17th N. Thompson. DTL: K. Da Silveira / D. Hutchinson 45, J. Warren/ G. Buckland 45, R. Smith / C. Downing 44 c/b. Ladies Stab: G Reid 30. DTL: B. Britten 29 and B. Warren 27. NTP: B. Warren. Course update: The course has received its fair share of rain this week. However the course is quite playable, so it would great to see some golfers out enjoying the conditions.

Meeniyan SIX members started out to play on Tuesday, July 5, only to get to the seventh hole and gave it away. The heavy rain in Meeniyan on Tuesday led

to the course being closed for two days to allow the course to settle and be ready for Saturday’s competition. Sixteen players took on the course on Saturday, July 9, with Paul Robinson coming out on top with a great round of 65 net, defeating Daryle Gregg, last week’s medal winner, by three shots. The club wishes to thank Bruce Betts for his generous sponsorship for the day. Results: Saturday, July 9: Single stroke. Winner: Paul Robinson (19) 65 net. Runner up: Daryle Gregg (25) 68 net. Down the line: Phil Hutcheson (22) 69 net. Pro pin: Pete Wilson. Nearest the pin: Col Olden. Members draw went to Nick Buckland who unfortunately was not there today. Jackpot next week.

Paul Robinson: won Saturday’s competition and defeated last week’s medal winner by three shots at the Meeniyan Golf Club.

• South Gippsland Bridge Club On the green: from left, Ian Evison, Simon McInnes, Stan Evison and Mal Payne participated in Saturday’s competition at Mirboo North.

Mirboo North THURSDAY results: Competition: Stableford. July 7: Day winner: Jeff Hughes (16) 43 points. DTLs: Peter Chapman 37 and Richie Taylor 37. NTP 16th: Jeff Hughes. Saturday results: Competition: Stableford – Qualifying Round of the President’s Trophy – Sponsor Paul Woodall.

July 9: Day winner (A Grade): Andy Soplakow (8) 37 points. Winner B Grade: Richie Robbins (16) 35 points. DTLs: Simon McInnes 36, Steve Bickerton 34, Doug Taylor 34 and Paul Woodall 34. Second shot NTP first hole: Paul Woodall. NTP fourth: Mark Heiberg NTP sixth: Terry Bradshaw


NTP 13 \: Ian Evison NTP 16th: Terry Bradshaw Next Week Stableford – Presidents Trophy First Playoff: Simon McInnes vs Tom Whitelaw Richie Robbins vs Joe Kus Steve Bickerton vs John McFarlane Doug Taylor vs Chris Bracecamp Monday, July 18, is Vets at Mirboo North Two Person Ambrose.

Father and son take Pairs

IN the Pairs competition a Bridge movement system which assured that all pairs played each other led to first place in the Inverloch competition on July 8 being secured by the strong, capable father/son team of Philip and Neville Chapman with the wonderful score of 65.10 percent well ahead of all others.

Second place went to the constantly improving, relatively new team, of Clive Hope and Bron Sund with 59.26 percent. Third place was taken by Faye Rowlands and Jack Kuiper with 58.85 percent and fourth place was taken by the ever improving team of Beth Banks and Penny Loughran with a strong 55.21 percent. On Monday, July 4 at Meeniyan, first place in the Pairs was won by the very experienced and ca-

Social: from left, Andrew Soplakow, Ray Hoskin, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Whitelaw, Nigel Bracecamp and Steve Bickerton made the most of Saturday’s sunshine at the Mirboo North Golf Club.

pable pair of Faye Rowlands and Frank Arndt with a stand out score of 65.28 percent. Second place was taken by the ever consistent Clive Hope and Susan

Ruffin team with 56.94 percent. Third place went to Pat West and Barbra Axten with a very strong score of 54.17 percent. Fourth place was shared by two teams each

achieving the commendable score of 53.47 percent: Heather Bligh and Rachel Brown, along with Kathleen Dowd and Ellie McIntyre.

Improvers: winners of the Faye Rowland’s Novice Improvers Cup, Beth Banks and Penny Loughran, with Faye Rowland (middle) presenting the trophy on Friday at Inverloch.

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| SPORT • Leongatha Cycling

Leongatha riders excel at Eildon IN Cycling Victoria’s Eildon Junior tour event held over Friday and Saturday at Eildon Thomas Fitzgerald won stage two of the JM15B Grade, 22.7 kilometre road race and finished second in the stage three road race to finish on top in his grade general classification. Austin Timmins riding JM17A Grade finished second in the overall general classification after a string of third placings. In the Victorian Road Series, Bernadette Fitzgerald won the Women’s C Grade 60.3 kilometre road race and Harrison Mclean was fourth in the Men’s C Grade 85.3 kilometre road race. In a change to the regular schedule, racing was conducted on Sunday morning from Leongatha North racing twice around the circuit back into Leongatha via Wild Dog Valley Road and then back out the highway with the race starting and finishing at the Leongatha North tennis courts. There was a light breeze but tem-

peratures were just 10-12 celcius although I think the riders were much warmer than the officials. The Senior field saw 12 starters line up with the lone scratch rider, Austin Timmins, giving the lone limit rider, Dane Herbert, a 16 minute start. Dane had won this race last year and the handicapper was a bit more harsh this time around. At the 11 minute mark was the duo Mark Bensley and Brad Bouquet whilst there were quartets starting at six minutes and one minute. After the first lap it was still Dane leading although all the bunches had seen the handicaps reduced by at least half. Austin Timmins was just five seconds shy of catching the one minute quartet whilst it looked like Mark and Brad had Dane covered. With riders doing two laps the field ended up being almost altogether on the long climb up to Leongatha North. First there is the climb up to the intersection on the highway followed by a further two kilometre pull up to the finish. Mark Bensley and Brad Bouquet looked to be in with a chance but Aus-

tin Timmins chased hard up the climbs with only Will Lumby (one minute bunch) showing any semblance of matching the effort. Austin raced to the lead before the top of the climb and was able to solo in a clear winner in a very slick time of 53.41. Next home was Will Lumby just ahead of Mark Bensley. Fourth place went to Brad Bouquet. Then it was Cam Brown (six minutes), Gavin Slavin (six minutes), Steve Allen (one minute) and James Young a visiting rider from Melbourne (one minute), whilst in ninth was Leigh Stott (six minutes) and rounding out the top 10 was Chris Rowe, also from the six minute bunch. If the handicapper had left Dane on his same mark he may well have been right in the results. In the Juniors there were only two starters racing over the one lap: Jack Allen two minutes ahead of Kaleb Jans. Kaleb also found the long climb back the start point to his liking as he was able to catch Jack and then solo in for the win in a time of 37.30. Next week racing is again on Sunday, starting at Pound Creek at 9am.

Top of the climb: the winner’s group from Leongatha North on Sunday, from left, Will Lumby second, first and fastest Austin Timmins, third Mark Bensley and junior winner Kaleb Jans in front.

Welsh takes first ALEX Welsh continued to make a name for himself when he won the Para-cycling Individual Time Trial division of Cycling Victoria’s Eildon Road Race over 19.3 kilometres on Saturday. The handcyclist was up against rivals such as world champion tricyclist Carol Cooke and fellow 3H3 H3 class handcyclist Michael Taylor. Mr Welsh won 45 seconds ahead of his nearest rival although as it is a time trial he said, it is difficult to know how you

have done until the numbers are crunched after the race. He said, “The course had a bit of everything – uphill, downhill as well as a flat section.” Alex will compete in a dualthalon along the Yarra Boulevard in Richmond this Sunday. He will compete against non-disabled athletes who will compete on foot and cycle while for Mr Welsh it will be a five kilometre wheelchair leg, a 10 kilometre handbike leg and a further five kilometre wheelchair leg.

Champion: Leongatha Cycling Club cyclist Alex Welsh won against some of his keenest rivals in the Para-cycling Individual Time Trials at Eildon on Saturday.

Basketball boom in Leongatha THERE’S been a massive amount of interest shown in playing basketball as the Leongatha Basketball Association prepares for its Spring season set to begin on Monday, August 15 for both Junior and Senior competitions. LBA president Dan Monaghan said with the Aussies involved in the NBA play offs, the Olympics in Rio just around the corner and the Australian Under 17

Girls winning a gold medal at the World Championships, there’s never been a better time to play. “Online registration will open soon and our Aussie Hoops program once again will be available for young boys and girls as an introduction to basketball,” Dan said. “For any men or women interested in playing who don’t have a team, please register and inform us and we will endeavour to place you in a team. “See the website for contact details.” In other news, after a few incidents and many more

close calls, the association can no longer allow basketballs and footballs to be brought into the stadium during game time. “We have had too many incidents and it’s a real safety concern, hence a ban is to be enforced. “We also ask that if you are not a member of SG Splash, the $2 entry fee for players exists and is payable at the counter to the YMCA which manages the venue. “Everybody must have a duty of care in looking after our courts; by wiping your feet properly, changing into playing footwear before play-

Amigos: Stacy Giliam, Ash Giliam and Mikaela Witherow are proud to promote basketball in Leongatha.

ing, no skate shoes, no food or drinks all help keep the courts in good condition.” Meanwhile, an information session is planned for the Leongatha Lightning representative season which commences with tryouts for Junior age groups from Under 10 to Under 18 Boys and Girls. Everybody is welcome to hear about the program and process on Sunday, July 17 at 3pm. Dan said the referee class will recommence the week before the season starts. “If you’re interested in becoming a referee, please let us know. “All beginners (green/ white shirts) must be at least 12 years of age before officiating on the court. “This doesn’t stop younger children attending sessions.” A level ‘0’ class is being run at Poowong on July 24 at 10am. For details and to register, email Clint Newcombe at A current referee refresher session will also be held. Further details of a coaching course to be run in Leongatha will be announced shortly.

Get involved: the Leongatha Basketball Association is preparing for a big Spring season and club president Dan Monaghan said there has never been a more exciting time to play basketball.

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SPORT | FOOTBALL • Mirboo North v Newborough

Bulldogs MID Gippsland ladder leader and 2016 premiership favorite, Newborough, retained the Ron Skinner Memorial Cup when it defeated Mirboo North by 17 points at Tigerland on Saturday.

Ready to play: from left, Mirboo North Seniors Brent Harriage, Tom Reiske and Jeremy Salinger donned the new jumpers in celebration of NAIDOC Week on Saturday.

The much awaited clash between the top two teams in the competition was also the first indigenous recognition game held in the MGFL’s 81 year history. To mark the special NAIDOC Week occasion, a striking yellow and black jumper designed by respected Gippsland aboriginal artist, Ronald Edwards, was worn by the Mirboo North players. Beforehand, Mr Edwards carried out a poignant gum leaves smoking ceremony involving umpires, A Grade netballers and Senior footballers from both clubs, plus members of the public. Many fans fondly remembered the magnificent contributions of former Mirboo North indigenous stars, Peter Mongta and Anthony Bence, during their time at MNFNC. Mongta was a member of the 2006 and 2007 premiership teams, the latter as

playing coach, while Bence played in the Tigers’ narrow 2013 flag win against Newborough. Both defences were on top in the early stages, with most of the action between the 50 metre arcs. It was 10 minutes before Newborough brought up the first goal when Josh Pearce kicked truly after marking a tidy pass from Andrew Philip. Soon after, the Doggies booted their second major and ominous signs of no confidence began to emerge in the mighty Tigers’ sometimes erratic play. Whereas the visitors were linking up productively and marking cleanly overhead, the Tigers were fumbling, stumbling and bumbling their way into oblivion through uncharacteristic mistakes. Mirboo North’s interconnectedness lacked consistency, as first options weren’t always taken and far too many disposals ended up in opposition hands. Josh Hecker, Damon Hansen, Pearce and Thomas Wilson were all in dynamic form for the Bulldogs, as they took a firm grip on proceedings in a solid five goal second quarter. The Doggies’ synchronized, transitional and orga-

nizational flexibilities were providing structural and systematic teamwork successes, that drove their players to incredible levels of ingenuity and integration. By half time, Newborough held a comfortable 33N point lead and had restricted the home side to a single goal by Jacob Blair. The effervescent Bulldogs had outplayed the Tigers in all areas considered important in football - running, jumping, tackling, marking, kicking, handballing, initiative and composure. Thankfully, Mirboo North was markedly improved after some game plan adjustments and positional changes were implemented at the long break. Collective defiance, skill upgrades and sheer hard work, resurrected the Tigers’ self belief and quickly reversed the mysterious first half lapses. Suddenly Mirboo North was up and running and kicking goals, whilst at the same time limiting Newborough’s scoring to one major for the term. The Tigers’ pace was a real factor and a few of Newborough’s old grey stallions, were nearly ‘as slow as doing time’. Goals from Kallum Nash,

Footy fans: from left, Mirboo North’s Lucy Andrews, Lenny Gray, Tilly Gray, Max Andrews, Indi Eden and Jack Andrews got good seats for the Seniors match between Mirboo North and Newborough during the indigenous round.

Cheering: from left, Mirboo North’s Jakobi Eden, Mikaeli Hilliar, Meg Harris and Gemma McCormack watched the netballers take on Newborough during the NAIDOC Week indigenous round.

New dresses: back from left, A Grade Mirboo North netballers Aleisha Loh, Karli Densley, Jasmin Friend, Jess Le Page, Emily Loh, front, Alice Pratt, Jessie Holland and Shona Chila wore dresses designed by Morwell artist Ronald Edwards during the NAIDOC Week match against Newborough.

Special guest: Morwell artist Ronald Edwards was welcomed to the indigenous round between Mirboo North and Newborough on the weekend by the Mirboo North Football Netball Club president Paul Pratt. Mr Edwards watched Mirboo North take on Newborough, wearing the jumpers Mr Edwards designed. In his opening ceremony address to the large crowd, Mr Edwards commended the large crowd for turning out to see the match.



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rain on Tigers’ parade skipper, Damien Turner and Dwayne Gunn helped put the Tigers into overdrive, as the Doggies’ advantage was reduced to 25 points at three quarter time. Others involved in Mirboo North’s restoration were playing coach Clancy Bennett, Turner, Josh Taylor, Luke Palmer, Hudson Kerr and exciting ruckman Isaac Abas. The Tigers felt they were within striking distance of the tiring Bulldogs, but overtaking them proved too difficult. Nash, with strong marking and long accurate kicking, slammed through two goals to

lift Mirboo North’s hopes of an ongoing momentum shift. However, Joel Mitchell steadied the ship by marking and kicking Newborough’s ninth at the eight minute mark of the final quarter. Nash pulled down an excellent intercept mark and goaled again from 50 metres to give the Tigers a sniff as time on approached. However, several promising Mirboo North build ups were halted by the Bulldogs deep in their back half, thus denying the locals any further scoring.

SENIORS Newborough 9.12.66 d Mirboo North 7.7.49

THIRDS Mirboo North 5.11.41 d Newborough 5.8.38

Newborough goals: L. Fanning 2, T. Wilson 2, J. Pearce 1, J. Todd 1, A. Rosato 1, C. Hancock 1, J. Mitchell 1. Mirboo North goals: K. Nash 4, D. Turner 1, J. Blair 1, D. Gunn 1. Newborough best: J. Hecker, D. Hansen, J. Pearce, T. Wilson, A. Philip, P. Hicks. Mirboo North best: K. Nash, D. Turner, J. Taylor, L. Palmer, H. Kerr, I. Abasn.

Mirboo North goals: R. Lowrie 1, D. Allen 1, J. Mason 1, K. Abas 1, L. Swallow 1. Newborough goals: T. Downey 3, J. Beath 1, M. Sawyer 1. Mirboo North best: L. Swallow, E. Parker, R. Lowrie, D. Huynh, R. Kratzat, J. Hohmann. Newborough best: M. Sawyer, N. Somerville, R. Colgrave, L. Cordner, L. Michie, J. Ryan.

RESERVES Newborough 16.10.106 d Mirboo North 5.6.36

FOURTHS Mirboo North 8.5.53 d Newborough 7.9.51

Newborough goals: P. Frendo 5, M. Gelagotis 5, J. Grant 2, M. Rosato 1, A. Fanning 1, H. Robinson 1, J. Bowden 1. Mirboo North goals: N. Gervasi 2, C. Bland 1, P. Aveling 1, M. Green 1. Newborough best: W. Troy, A. Wilson, J. Grant, J. Bland, P. Frendo, B. Williamson. Mirboo North best: P. Doyle, Z. Porter, S. Pratt, M. Green, B. Stoertebecker, N. Gervasi.

Mirboo North goals: B. Rudling 2, S. Kennedy 2, L. Dight 1, R. Peter 1, J. Mason 1, R. Kratzat 1. Newborough goals: D. McColl 3, J. Beath 2, J. Humphrey 1, J. Robinson 1. Mirboo North best: R. Lowrie, R. Peter, A. Irwin, B. Rudling, C. White, A. Krausz. Newborough best: S. Vandersteen, J. Humphrey, J. Robinson, L. Fry, T. Taylor, P. Charles.

Reserves There wasn’t much for Mirboo North fans to cheer about following Newborough’s 70 point drubbing of the Tigers. The Bulldogs proved self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. The Tigers’ fractured defence simply had no way of combating the supremacy of Bulldogs’ forwards, Patrick Frendo and Michael Gelagotis, who both booted five goals. Unfortunately, Mirboo North’s loss almost certainly dismissed any chance it may have had of achieving a top three position on the ladder this year. Newborough’s dedication, desire and determination to win the contested ball, was exemplified by outstanding efforts from William Troy, Aaron Wilson, James Grant and Jake Bowden. Although offering small pockets of resistance and bravely hanging in there until half time, the Tigers were then completely blown apart by the Bulldogs who ruthlessly added 10.3 to 2.2. Despite all the strain and stress Newborough placed

OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Yinnar 19.14.128 d Yarragon 3.7.25 Morwell East 11.18.84 d Boolarra 8.4.52 Yall-Yall Nth 29.9.183 d Hill End 3.1.19 Thorpdale 35.11.221 d Trafalgar 4.3.27 RESERVES Yinnar 14.12.96 d Yarragon 3.1.19 Morwell East 8.5.53 d Boolarra 4.15.39 Yall-Yall Nth 23.7.145 d Hill End 2.1.13 Thorpdale 12.11.83 d Trafalgar 4.8.32 THIRDS Morwell East 9.8.62 d Boolarra 8.7.55 Hill End 10.12.72 d Yall-Yall Nth 6.9.45 Thorpdale 7.11.53 d Trafalgar 6.7.43 FOURTHS Yinnar 4.8.32 d Traralgar 4.5.29

on Mirboo North’s resources, Patrick Doyle, Zac Porter and Sam Pratt were able to break even with their respective opponents.

Thirds Reigning back-to-back premier, Mirboo North, hung on in the final few minutes to defeat the fastfinishing Bulldogs by three points. Liam Swallow, Ethan Parker and Ryan Lowrie, were the Tigers’ best players in their close victory.

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Newborough ......... 204.07 Yall-Yall North....... 254.68 Mirboo North ........ 183.95 Yinnar ................... 169.13 Morwell East......... 107.44 Thorpdale .............. 109.25 Yarragon .................. 61.83 Boolarra ................... 79.59 Trafalgar ................... 34.42 Hill End .................... 35.56

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Intruder: the Bulldogs had the numbers around the ball but that didn’t stop Cal Nash from making a claim for the ball.

RESERVES LADDER Newborough ......... 444.95 Yinnar ................... 269.57 Yall-Yall North....... 334.22 Mirboo North ........ 134.50 Thorpdale ............... 85.42 Yarragon .................. 63.55 Trafalgar ................... 60.92 Morwell East ............ 48.24 Boolarra ................... 45.34 Hill End .................... 21.53

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THIRDS LADDER Mirboo North ........ 329.82 Yinnar ................... 244.50 Hill End ................. 146.98 Newborough ......... 192.74 Yall-Yall North....... 110.11 Thorpdale .............. 102.42 Trafalgar ................... 67.86 Morwell East ............ 38.09 Boolarra .................. 21.22

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FOURTHS LADDER Newborough ......... 206.21 Mirboo North ........ 128.80 Trafalgar ............... 147.52 Yinnar ..................... 66.17 Yall-Yall North......... 36.78

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Supporters: from left, Mirboo North’s Jack Burgess, Connor White, Alex Krausz and Fraser Austin barracked for the Tigers during the NAIDOC Week match on Saturday.

Never give up: Damo Turner looked to have a paddock to play with but the pressure was intense on the Tigers to claw their way back into the game against the ladder leaders.

Leongatha Junior footy CGJFL ladders UNDER 10

W Hill & Rovers .....8 L’gatha Green.....7 Mirboo North .....7 Yinnar..............6 Trafalgar...........5 Morwell Royal ...... 4 Moe Blues ............ 4 Moe Maroons....... 3 Morwell Navy ....... 3 Newb Blues .......... 2 Newb Reds........... 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

L 0 1 1 2 3 4 5 5 5 8 8 8

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

CGJFL % % Won 1483 100 756 87 108 87 686 75 121 62 153 50 94 44 100 37 86 37 23 20 20 11 9 0

L 0 1 2 3 3 4 4 5 6 6 8

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

% % Won 520 100 252 85 285 77 200 62 162 57 81 50 76 50 95 37 30 14 23 14 23 0


Great coach: Mirboo North’s playing coach Clancy Bennett had been involved in the Wimmera Football Desperation: Josh Taylor got away from his Newborough opponent with time League’s Indigenous Round and he was instrumen- to assess his options up forward at a stage in the game where it was still possible for the Tigers to win with time rapidly running out. tal in seeing the idea taken up at Mirboo North.

W Trafalgar...........7 Mirboo North .....8 L’gatha Green.....5 Morwell Navy .....5 Yinnar..............5 L’gatha Gold ......... 5 New Reds............. 5 New Blues ............ 4 Moe Blues ............ 3 Moe Maroons....... 2 Hill & Rovers........ 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

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

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

Green goals: K. McGrath 2, M. O’Carroll 1, K. Arnason 1, R. Dal Pozzo 1, W. Brown 1. Best: K. Arnason, N. Occhipinti, B. Robb, R. Dal Pozzo, J. Brown, C. Richards. Newborough Reds best: O. Kalan, K. Ryan, E. Potts, C. O’Hea, B. Thomas, N. Briggs.

UNDER 12 Leongatha Gold 10.7.67 Morwell Royal 1.1.7

UNDER 12 W L’gatha Green.....7 Trafalgar...........6 L’gatha Gold ......7 Hill & Rovers .....5 Mirboo North .....4 Moe Maroons....... 4 New Blues ............ 4 Yinnar .................. 3 Morwell Navy ....... 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 1 Morwell Royal ...... 0

UNDER 10 Leongatha Green 6.5.41 Newborough Reds 0.1.1

% % Won 273 93 262 88 176 68 206 62 94 62 129 55 104 55 89 44 61 33 32 25 55 12 28 0

Gold goals: T. Burt 2, N. Beavis 2, R. Reardon 2, R. Checkley 2, P. Winmar 1, J. McRae 1, K. Scrimshaw 1. Best: N. Beavis, C. Stanley, J. McRae, R. Reardon, R. Checkley, M. Harry. Morwell Royal goals: S. Perham 1. Best: S. Perham, K. Walsh, R. Luxford, R. Jiath, N. Tobin, Z. Beer.

UNDER 14 Newborough Reds 8.6.54 Leongatha Green 4.9.33 Green goals: L. VanderZalm 1, T. Hanily 1, E. Lamers 1, J. Lindsay 1. Best: M. McGrath, N. Hanily, S. Cross, K. Clarkson, T. McRae, L. Vanderzalm. Newborough Reds goals: J. Puddy 3, S. Potts 2, R. Demczuk 2, C. Blackshaw 1. Best: H. Prestidge, J. Skinner, C. Blackshaw, W. Hester, R. Demczuk, J. Puddy.

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Under 16: the TRFM Gippsland League Under 16 team won the first leg of the double for its league.

Above, Medalist: all five teams that participated in the carnival named a MVP. Alberton interleague’s Under 16 player-of-the-carnival was Allies’ Jackson Nolan.

Team 16: Alberton FNL Under 16 interleague team won its first game against North Gippsland before playing Gippsland in the final. Gippsland handled the demanding conditions better to run out the Under 16 champions. Alberton finished third behind Ellinbank.

Team 18: Alberton FNL Under 18 interleague team finished runner-up of the Evans Petroleum Cup.

Mud caked: Alberton interleague’s Under 18 player of the carnival was Dalyston’s Michael Marotta.


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Cow paddock: captain of the star studded Alberton interleague team, Fish Creek’s Gareth Park takes part in a ruck duel in the Under 18s’ match against North Gippsland. The game was played on a heavy ground and trying conditions for the duration of the day saw the ground’s surface deteriorate markedly as the day unfolded.

Trophy holders: TRFM Gippsland League Under 16 captain Tom Murray who kicked the championshipp winning score on the siren, Evans Petroleum sales manager John Schelling and TRFM Gippsland League Under 18 champions’ captain Clayton Kingi at the victory celebrations following the Evans Petroleum Cup on Wednesday.

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Under 18: the TRFM Gippsland League Under 18 team made it a double and with the Under 16 team went undefeated at the carnival.

Siren seals the cup A BEHIND on the final siren from Wonthaggi’s Tom Murray sealed a championship double for TRFM Gippsland League at last Wednesday’s Evans Petroleum Cup at Traralgon. The Under 16 captain marked 40 metres out from goal with 10 seconds on the clock and while Alberton defenders got a hand to the ball as the siren sounded, they were unable to prevent it from crossing the line. A draw would have been enough for Gippsland to claim the title but the thrilling one point victory ensured the league won all five of its games for the carnival with its Under 18 team also finishing the day undefeated. Ellinbank was runner-up in the Under 16

competition having won two of its three games while Alberton’s win against North Gippsland was enough to claim second place in the Under 18 division. Alberton’s Under 18 interleague team (one of three league teams competing) won one and lost the other of its two 25 minute half games at the Interleague Carnival played at Apex Park in Traralgon on Wednesday. In the first game against North Gippsland on a heavy ground all players exhibited great team work. Alberton secured a 22 point win with Michael Marotta’s superior skills and Darcy Brosnan’s three goals stand outs in the game. The second game against Gippsland League

was played in shocking conditions. With two games already played on it the ground was extremely chopped up and mushy. Rain fell for the second half of the match. Alberton led by one point at half time and it was looking like an exciting finish. The team tried really hard to maintain the level displayed in the first half but Gippsland was too strong and managed the conditions better. The final siren couldn’t come soon enough with cold and mud-caked bodies the end result. The carnival involved seven representative teams from five football leagues with about 180 players taking part across the day. AFL Gippsland senior operations manager Tim Sexton thanked all participating leagues for

their efforts in trying conditions. “The weather wasn’t very kind to us but all volunteers were understanding and provided plenty of assistance throughout the day,” Sexton said. “The standard of football played was still quite high and all games were played in great spirit.” Alberton star Michael Marotta was named Under 18 player-of-the-carnival while Ellinbank ruckman Levi Munns scooped the award in the Under 16s. Each team named a player-of-the-carnival with Under 18’s Alberton’s Michael Marotta and Gippsland’s Clayton Kingi while in the Under 16’s Gippsland’s Tom Murray, Alberton’s Jackson Nolan and Mid Gippsland’s Ryan Lowrie were the recipients.

• TAC Cup - Gippsland Power

Power’s confidence builds

FOR over three quarters of its match against one of the TAC Cup’s best sides, Gippsland Power had Sandringham Dragons struggling to get its usually efficient running game going due to consistently applied physical pressure and a lot of hard work in contests.

The Dragons kicked eight goals straight in the third quarter to take control of the match and kill off any chance of an unlikely result. Since its clash with the Dragons earlier in the season when Power was destroyed by the Dragons’ midfield dominance the on-ball brigade of the Power has responded manfully to Leigh’s challenge to be super competitive and, consequently, have been more competitive in every match, regardless of the respective ladder positions. At the long break Power held a two point lead and importantly, had responded well to the Dragons’ attempts to take control of the match. It was in that third quarter, just when the coaches thought that the boys had the right mind set, that the Dragons went into overdrive and kicked themselves beyond Power in a very purple, match winning patch. Four goals up at the final change it was time for the Power to up the ante to avoid another torrent of goals. The Dragons finished 26 points up but had struggled for much of the game to break free of some determined and disciplined Power players. Closer analysis of the match statistics revealed that the Power had won three quarters in the match and had been highly competitive against a side who had the potential to dominate the game. Matt McGannon is one day off being eligible to play Under 16s but has showed that he is more than ready to take on the bigger, older boys. Despite his slight frame, he was able to be very competitive when the ball was at ground level and

then had the confidence to take contested marks and back himself to run and set up play. Diminutive on-baller Callan McKeon has never let his stature limit his ability to play an influential and highly competitive role in matches. He once again won over twenty, often contested, possessions and used his courage and pace to create running passages of play. He finished his stunning contribution off with his trademark, ten plus tackles. When his team mates needed leadership under intense pressure, Ben Ainsworth consistently stepped up to show what was required in terms of levels of total application and effective use of the ball. He was the team “quarterback” like old boys Rob Murphy, Dyson Heppell and Brendon Goddard did it with great style and poise. The Power now has a week off and hopefully, in that time will be able to have some of the regulars available after missing games due to injury. Players like Nick Hogan, Deven Costigan, Cody Henness, Louis Riseley, Kade Renooy and Ryan Hearn are automatic selections when fit and their availability will give the team a highly competitive edge for the remainder of the 2016 season. Adding to the reason for optimism for the Power and its supporters is the fact that several of the highly skilled Under 16 boys can also be put forward for selection. Names like Kyle Reid, Irving Mosquito, Xavier Duursma, Kyle Dunkley and Nick Lowden might be unfamiliar now, but they have the potential, skills and determination to be key players in the next two seasons. The youngsters played in the recent national championships and now train regularly with the main group so are physically and mentally ready for the challenges of successfully stepping up to the next level of football. Another possibility at the other end of the age structure is Leongatha’s top-ager Julian Patterson, who at 205cm in height, represents a highly skilled

Power: Trent Armour and his Sandringham Dragons’ opponent looked equally placed to claim this mark. At the ready, Aidan Quigley (6) and Nathan Voss (20) show the hallmarks of the experience of playing at the TAC Cup level with every fibre of their beings bent on following the football through the flow of play. ruck man as well as having the potential to be a very effective key position player. Whichever way the selectors go, the one certainty is that the Power will be highly competitive no matter who its opponents.

Far more importantly, they will continue to make the sort of learning curve development that has been so evident over the past month; the possibilities for 2017 and beyond are looking extremely positive as well.

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Gippsland netball Results - Round 12

Focused: Mirboo North’s A Grade netballer Karli Densley goes to put up a goal against Newborough on Saturday.

Advantage: Mirboo North’s goal keeper Jasmin Friend considers her options with Newborough goal shooter Danielle Davies out of play.

A Grade: Wonthaggi Power 62 d Sale 48, Bairnsdale 52 d Warragul 29, Drouin 46 d Traralgon 39, Moe 65 d Morwell 36. B Grade: Bairnsdale 61 d Warragul 40, Wonthaggi Power 35 d Sale 34, Morwell 38 d Moe 28, Traralgon 53 d Drouin 40. C Grade: Bairnsdale 33 drew Warragul 33, Wonthaggi Power 42 d Sale 37, Moe 37 d Morwell 28, Traralgon 44 d Drouin 39. Under 17: Warragul 31 d Bairnsdale 30, Wonthaggi Power 32 drew Sale 32, Moe 47 d Morwell 22, Drouin 40 d Traralgon 35. Under 15: Bairnsdale 49 d Warragul 15, Wonthaggi Power 43 d Sale 36, Moe 39 d Morwell 28, Traralgon 32 d Drouin 26. Under 13: Bairnsdale 31 d Warragul 11, Sale 51 d Wonthaggi Power 20, Moe 47 d Morwell 19, Drouin 33 d

Traralgon 26.

Ladders A Grade Drouin ........................155.76 Traralgon ...................139.05 Moe .............................142.45 Morwell ......................131.39 Wonthaggi Power ........99.81 Leongatha....................101.64 Maffra............................87.29 Bairnsdale .....................70.87 Sale................................70.42 Warragul ........................47.12 B Grade Traralgon ...................142.79 Maffra ........................126.64 Morwell ...................... 110.11 Leongatha ..................128.44 Moe .............................101.95 Drouin .........................100.77 Bairnsdale .....................92.77 Wonthaggi Power ..........86.63 Sale................................78.60 Warragul ........................63.68 C Grade Traralgon ...................130.34 Wonthaggi Power ...... 140.11 Moe .............................139.33 Sale .............................127.88 Maffra ........................130.66 Leongatha....................109.27 Drouin ...........................77.51 Morwell .........................81.95 Bairnsdale .....................55.26

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Warragul ........................52.52 Under 17 Moe .............................164.36 Drouin ........................148.75 Sale .............................166.23 Wonthaggi Power ......105.51 Traralgon ................... 114.11 Maffra............................91.60 Bairnsdale .....................85.93 Leongatha......................68.52 Morwell .........................58.59 Warragul ........................55.90 Under 15 Wonthaggi Power ......146.57 Moe .............................151.37 Maffra ........................163.58 Traralgon ................... 115.36 Sale .............................109.84 Bairnsdale ................... 118.04 Morwell .........................87.70 Leongatha......................81.28 Drouin ...........................64.27 Warragul ........................34.72 Under 13 Sale .............................266.99 Moe .............................141.84 Leongatha ..................139.84 Bairnsdale ..................129.96 Maffra ........................ 112.99 Drouin ...........................89.16 Wonthaggi Power ..........84.60 Traralgon .......................81.35 Morwell .........................40.93 Warragul ........................40.63

2 44 44 42 30 24 20 14 8 6 0 44 40 36 32 28 16 16 16 8 0 48 32 32 30 30 24 20 12 4 4

Mirboo North netball Storm celebrates its best Results Round 12

A Grade: Mirboo North 47 lt Newborough 53. Best: Jess Le Page. A hard fought battle against a tough opposition. Injury and illness meant we weren’t at our strongest, but let’s take what we can from the loss and come out bigger and better next week. B Grade: Mirboo North 45 lt Newborough 51. Best: Aleisha Loh, Stacey Harriage. Another well fought game. We came so close and you all continued to work hard and never gave up. Let’s learn from this defeat and keep improving each week. C Grade: Mirboo North 30 lt Newborough 36. Best: Tylah Wilkins, Kiara Gervasi. A hard fought game against physical opposition girls. Everyone put their heads up and pushed their hardest, well done.

D Grade: Mirboo North 25 lt Newborough 52. Best: Kelly McCarthy, Macey Alexander. A solid game against a tough opposition. We continued to work on our game and implement what we have worked on at training. Good effort. U17s: Mirboo North 25 lt Newborough 42. Best: Charlie Chila, Lucy Palmer. Awesome work girls. The improvement we’ve made since we last played Newborough is astounding and you should all be very proud of your efforts. Your coaches are! U15s: Mirboo North 45 d Newborough 39. Best: Jaime Chila, Mikaeli Hilliar. A fantastic win against a strong opponent. Everyone did their job brilliantly and worked hard for every ball despite a few lulls in the play. Let’s come out firing against Traf next week.

LDNA umpires Saturday, July 16 11am: Sam Anderson, Lauren Baudinette, Sue Ritchie, Anita Gourlay, Jess Arnason, Barb Challis, Sharnee MeadAmeri, Maria Evison, Jemma Caithness, Erin Baudinette, Tinisha Mills, Phil Smith, Maddie Brew, Melinda McLennan. 12pm: Britt Price, Angelique Dunlevie, Jess Arnason, Bridget Eldred, Anita Gourlay, Katrina Spark, Lori McKenzie, Bek Vagg, Sam Anderson, Tanya Hamilton, Pat Kuhne. 1pm: Nikki Stockdale, Sue Ritchie, Lauren Baudinette, Emma Smith, Erin Baudinette, Anna Patterson. 2.15pm: Nikki Stockdale, Pat Kuhne, Angelique Dunlevie, Sophie Clarke, Phil Smith, Barb Challis. Any queries, please contact Erin Baudinette 0448 487 492.

GIPPSLAND Storm Elite Development Netball, celebrated another successful autumn season at its annual Autumn Presentation Night held in Pakenham.

Winners: 17 and Under award winners, from left, Emily Zeuschner runner-up and Annaleise Hughes best and fairest while the shin-boner award went to Korumburra-Bena’s Shae Kyle.

Open Storm: open squad award winners, from left, Chloe Maas equal runner-up, Kelsey Buxton best and fairest from Inverloch-Kongwak and Stacey Lawry equal runner-up.

Head coach Simon O’Shanassy highlighted diverse talent within the club, both from a player and coaching perspective. In relation to player development Mr O’Shanassy made mention that during the joint training camp earlier this year some of the Storm Senior players had been talent identified by their sister club Monash University Storm for the VNL season 2017. “This is what it’s all about, to see our players flow into the VNL,” the head coach said. Four of the seven squads made the finals at the Waverley Netball Centre, matching it with some of the best Junior representative squads in the state. Storm’s Senior squad, 17 and Under, 15 and Under One and Two squads all made finals. But only one squad, the 15 and Under Two squad, coached by Lisa Pharaoh in her first season coaching at Storm, went through the whole season undefeated to win the grand final. This year, for the first time, Gippsland Storm ran with a third 13 and Under development squad, with tremendous results making finals in regional tournaments with some of the players as young as 11 years old.

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • Wonthaggi v Sale

Power shoots down Pies

PLAYING at home on Saturday, Wonthaggi was thirsty to beat Sale after the Magpies beat Power in the first round of the season.

In a true game of redemption Wonthaggi got off to a cracking start with Joe Magro kicking the first major for Power followed soon after by another score by Tim Gilliland. While Sale had a favourable breeze in otherwise good conditions, the visitors struggled to get off the mark and only managed one goal in the first term. Sale fought back in the second term and managed to put four goals on the board with the help of key forward John Gooch. Wonthaggi struggled to gain possession of the ball and fell three points short of the lead at half time. Back with a vengeance after the break, Power thundered forth and managed to put 50 points on the board in the space of the term. Troy Harley ran at full steam ahead from the second the siren went off and managed to kick five goals in the quarter, four of which were booted in the first 10 minutes. Harley kicked with supreme accuracy and managed to score six in the game with his final score in the last quarter. Sale fell 19 points behind going into the fourth quarter. The Pies worked hard to possess the ball. Ben Dessent kicked two goals throughout the game and offered some fierce competition while midfielder Michael Todd worked hard for the ball and helped to push the Pies and minimise the margin. Thomas Motlop played a stellar game for Power in the new recruit midfielder’s best game of the year. It was too late for the visitors though, with Harley kicking one more successful goal, accompanied by Adam Cook and Simon Bates, both of whom man-

aged to boot three throughout the game, Power had it won. Full time saw Wonthaggi victorious on 104 to 97, marking the team’s fifth win of its last six games. Wonthaggi will head over to play Moe this weekend in what is sure to be a tight competition with the sides consecutively placed fifth and sixth on the ladder.




Leongatha .. 11 0 1 283.18 46 Maffra.........9 2 1 154.79 38 Traralgon .....8 4 0 145.66 32 Warragul .....6 6 0 92.78 24 Won Power ...6 6 0 92.47 24 Moe................5 7 0 91.40 20 Drouin ............4 7 1 77.66 18 Bairnsdale ......4 8 0 68.15 16 Sale ................3 9 0 81.32 12 Morwell ..........2 9 1 61.56 10 GOALKICKERS C. Dunne (Leongatha) ......... (0) 43 L. Stockdale (Traralgon) ...... (6) 33 A. Hillberg (Leongatha) ....... (0) 30 B. Fowler (Warragul) ........... (4) 29 T. Harley (Won Pwr) ............ (6) 29 M. Bennett (Maffra)............. (0) 28 Z. Vernon (Leongatha) ........ (0) 26 J. Gooch (Sale) ................... (3) 26 B. Hughes (Drouin) ............. (1) 25 M. Rennie (Warragul).......... (4) 25

Right, Tough competition: from left Wonthaggi Power’s Dom O’Connor, Sale’s John Gooch and Jarrod Freeman and Wonthaggi Power’s Mark McCall fight to knock the ball in the right direction.


Left, Contested: Wonthaggi Power’s Joe Magro went up against Sale’s Tim Dimarco and Lachlan Heywood in a battle for the advantage. OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Maffra 0.0.0 drew Leongatha 0.0.0 Traralgon 21.15.141 d Drouin 7.8.50 Warragul 14.12.96 d Bairnsdale 9.17.71 Moe 13.16.94 d Morwell 6.11.47 RESERVES Maffra 0.0.0 drew Leongatha 0.0.0 Traralgon 19.8.122 d Drouin 7.7.49 Moe 14.9.93 d Morwell 10.5.65 UNDER 18 Maffra 0.0.0 drew Leongatha 0.0.0 Traralgon 23.14.152 d Drouin 0.1.1 Bairnsdale 19.16.130 d Warragul 2.3.15 Moe 16.16.112 d Morwell 2.4.16 UNDER 16 Maffra 0.0.0 drew Leongatha 0.0.0 Traralgon 14.25.109 d Drouin 0.0.0 Bairnsdale 13.8.86 d Warragul 2.3.15 Moe 19.15.129 d Morwell 0.0.0

Fast break: Wonthaggi Power’s Thomas Motlop makes a quick move with the aim of putting more numbers on the scoreboard.


Swift: Wonthaggi Power’s Troy Harley makes a quick grab for the ball before booting it through the goal posts. SENIORS Wonthaggi Power 15.14.104 d Sale 14.13.97 Wonthaggi Power goals: T. Harley 6, S. Bates 3, A. Cook 3, J. Magro 2, T. Gilliland 1. Sale goals: J. Gooch 3, B. Dessent 2, J. Mitrevski 2, J. Glenane 2, J. Lipman 1, K. Martin 1, J. Allison 1, O. Collins 1, L. Ronchi 1. Wonthaggi Power best: T. Motlop, D. O’Connor, T. Harley, B. Eddy, M. McCall, M. Coyne. Sale best: J. Gooch, A. Quirk, C. Laverty, J. Lipman, M. Todd, O. Collins.

RESERVES Wonthaggi Power 18.8.116 d Sale 4.6.30

Defence: Wonthaggi Power’s Adam Cook smothers Sale’s Christopher Laverty’s attempt to break away with the ball.


Wonthaggi Power goals: N. Jones 4, R. Lindsay 3, Z. MacDermid 3, M. Davey 3, N. Tucker 1, R. Tack 1, B.

Bayne 1, M. Howell 1, S. Pugh 1. Sale goals: C. Elliot 2, T. Dessent 1, Z. Sayers 1. Wonthaggi Power best: J. Membrey, R. Lindsay, B. Bayne, M. Davey, M. Howell, A. Pugh. Sale best: T. Dessent, C. Elliot, N. Flint, B. Blore, S. Chapman, D. Lewins.

UNDER 16 Sale 19.19.133 d Wonthaggi Power 0.3.3 Sale goals: J. Ziino 5, C. Comben 5, B. Nicholas 3, C. Doultree 2, J. McGuiness 1, J. McFarland 1, J. McLaren 1, T. Stephenson 1. Wonthaggi Power goals: Nil. Sale best: B. Nicholas, M. Reeves, J. McLaren, L. Jones, J. McFarland, J. Ziino. Wonthaggi Power best: F. Anderson, L. Ion, T. Murray, L. Gheller, J. Gilmour, P. Byrnes-Davies.

Round 15: July 16 Foster v MDU Dalyston v Stony Creek Phillip Island v Fish Creek I-K v DWWWW Tarwin v Kilcunda-Bass Toora v Kor-Bena


Leongatha .. 10 0 0 362.90 Traralgon .....8 3 0 193.16 Maffra.........6 3 1 254.60 Won Power ...6 4 0 157.11 Moe ...........6 5 0 100.00 Drouin ............5 5 0 92.39 Warragul ........2 8 0 33.22 Sale ................2 9 0 28.68 Morwell ..........1 9 0 48.66 Bairnsdale ......0 0 0 0.00 GOALKICKERS


42 32 26 24 24 20 8 8 4 0

J. Pellicano (Leongatha) ..... (0) 29 P. Yates (Moe) ..................... (2) 19 T. Mustoe (Traralgon) .......... (0) 19 C. Johnston (Leongatha)..... (0) 15 A. Burgiel (Maffra) .............. (0) 15 N. Quenault (Traralgon)....... (2) 13 A. Haymes (Drouin) ............ (0) 12 J. Ginnane (Leongatha) ....... (0) 12 A. Gould (Moe) ................... (0) 12 R. Horton (Moe).................. (5) 11 G. Fleming (Leongatha)....... (0) 11 B. Marshall (Traralgon) ....... (3) 11 C. Dunn (Traralgon) ............ (1) 11



Bairnsdale..11 0 Traralgon ...10 1 Moe .......... 7 4 Maffra........ 6 4 Leongatha ... 5 4 Sale ...............3 7 Morwell .........2 7 Drouin ...........1 9 Warragul .......1 10 Won Power ...0 3

0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0


362.58 325.48 252.74 172.71 187.35 46.86 29.14 29.60 22.61 0.00


44 40 28 26 22 12 10 6 4 0

GOALKICKERS L. Di Ciero (Traralgon)......... (6) 40 A. McLaren (Bairnsdale) ..... (3) 25 L. Farrell (Moe) ................... (2) 24 B. Bosman (Moe) ................ (2) 23 R. Livingstone (Traralgon) .. (3) 21 N. Pruscino (Bairnsdale) ..... (2) 20 B. Bassett (Bairnsdale) ........ (5) 17 A. McKenzie (Maffra) .......... (0) 17 L. Carman (Maffra) ............. (0) 16 J. Reeves (Maffra)............... (0) 15



Moe .........11 1 Bairnsdale .. 9 2 Leongatha ... 9 2 Traralgon .... 9 3 Sale .......... 8 4 Maffra ...........4 7 Warragul .......4 8 Drouin ...........2 10 Won Power ...1 9 Morwell .........1 11

0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0



540.09 210.25 309.74 402.03 172.80 60.76 60.23 40.69 12.01 12.72

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Round 13: July 16 Boolarra v Yarragon Thorpdale v Yinnar Hill End v Morwell East Yall-Yall Nth v Newborough Trafalgar v Mirboo North

J. Van Iwaarden (Trar)......... (4) 47 T. Baldi (Moe)...................... (5) 30 J. Ziino (Sale) ...................... (5) 24 J. Wykes (Bairnsdale) ......... (3) 22 H. Neocleous (Traralgon) .... (3) 22 C. Mein (Bairnsdale) ........... (0) 20 B. White (Traralgon) ............ (1) 20 O. Henry (Maffra) ................ (0) 20 J. Hastings (Leongatha) ...... (0) 20 G. Cocksedge (Moe) ........... (0) 18

GIPPSLAND Round 13: July 16 Moe v Wonthaggi Sale v Traralgon Morwell v Warragul Drouin v Maffra Leongatha v Bairnsdale

ELLINBANK Round 14: July 16 Koo Wee Rup v Garfield Poowong v Ellinbank Dusties v Lang Lang Cora Lynn v Buln Buln Bunyip v Longwarry Nyora v Catani Nilma Darnum v Neerim Sth Nar Nar Goon - bye

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