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GIANT LEAP Korumburra Bena win appeal

By Stuart Biggins AFTER AFL Victoria upheld an appeal by Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club, the Giants will now form part of the new 10 team West Gippsland league for season 2017. The decision leaves the Alberton league gutted with just seven teams, a decision that has left that league extremely disappointed. The jubilation was evident on the faces of all players and supporters on Saturday at Korumburra as the club can now look to the future after facing the possibility of sitting out the season next year.

The sense of relief around the club is palpable with everyone at the club insisting commonsense has prevailed. To many, the club’s future was in the balance. Secretary Andrew Newton said, “We didn’t think we would have a club next year. Our Junior Committee has worked really hard to get Juniors to the club and we were afraid we would lose them all.” The club is in the envious position of having 90 Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 players.

With several Alberton clubs either struggling or unable to field Junior teams, Giants’ Juniors were faced with intermittent games if the club remained in Alberton.

Continued on page 6.

FRENCH for a day STUDENTS at St Laurence’s primary school in Leongatha turned French for a day last Friday with a host of themed activities. French has been the language of choice for the last four years at the school and the students gave the day 11 out of 10 on the fun scale. Grade Six student Bella Kent, pictured, was one of many statues in Le Louvre display at the school. See more on page 11.

Uplifting: the Giants netball club president Merrissa Cosson with the outstanding A Grade team which will again lead the premiership hopes of the Korumburra Bena Giants in 2016, from left, Tarli Hillberg, Annelise VanRooye, Kim Hillberg, Christie Hillberg, Emma Kyle, president Merrissa Cosson, Gemma Dixon, Jacquie Snooks, Shae Kyle and Ellie Holmes. The team is hoping for another flag in Alberton before moving into West Gippsland in 2017.

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Crash chaos sparks warning Rain, animals, driver error cause carnage By Brad Lester POLICE have urged drivers to take extra care in the wake of a horrific week on South Gippsland’s roads.

Battering: Stony Creek and Toora players scatter for the sidelines after large hailstones hammered players on the netball courts at Stony Creek. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning@

Heavy hail storm scatters netballers They say it’s a winter sport but players had to contend with hail storms, sleet and howling winds

leaving some teams having to exit the courts in a number of netball venues on the weekend. In the Yarram versus Traralgon Tyers United (TTU) football match at Tyers on the weekend, the TTU team was forced to forfeit the match when a number of thirds players required for the seniors left the field with hypothermia.

saws and a tractor. At about 8.10am Saturday, a Ford Festiva sedan travelling south along Strzelecki Highway, Berrys Creek, collided with a tree that had fallen in high winds and was blocking the road. A 70 year old woman from Mirboo North was conveyed to Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traralgon for observation and released after receiving treatment. The tree was cleared and the road re-opened. At 5.45pm Wednesday, a blue 2008 Toyota Aurion was parked facing west on Settlement Road, Cowes on the nature strip, on the correct side of the road. An unknown vehicle side swiped the driver side of the vehicle, damaging the rear quarter panel and smashing the driver side mirror. The vehicle did not stop. Senior Constable

Greg Dutton from Cowes Police is investigating and wants to hear from anyone who has information about the identity of the offending car and driver. On Monday, July 18 at 6.30pm, a vehicle travelling south on Inverloch-Kongwak Road collided with a cow on the road. The cow had been following her calf that slipped through fence. A 57 year old Inverloch woman was transported to Wonthaggi Hospital emergency department for observation with nonlife threatening injuries. Earlier that Monday at 10.15am, a ute travelling south-east on a winding section of McDonalds Track, Lang Lang, collided with a kangaroo on the road, causing extensive damage to the front of car. The driver, a 25 year old man from Poowong, was not injured.

CONDITIONS have been described as the worst seen for people playing Saturday sports on the weekend including football and netball.



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Eight accidents were reported from Korumburra to Delburn, and Inverloch to Cowes, but fortunately no fatalities were among the incidents. Two accidents were caused by collisions with animals wandering on the road, while another was caused by a tree blown down in high winds. With more adverse weather forecast this week, police are urging drivers to take care, with water over the road and high winds common over the past seven days. Sergeant Jason Hullick of Bass Coast Highway Patrol said drivers needed to pay more attention. “People need to slow down and drive to the conditions and take more care,” he said. On Sunday at 6.35pm, a blue Holden Barina driven by a 63 year old Leongatha woman travelling east along Commercial Street, Korumburra, mounted a concrete median strip for an unknown reason. Police said she travelled a short distance along the median strip before going onto the wrong side of the road and collided head on with a Holden Astra travelling west along Commercial Street. The Astra was driven by a 37 year old Korumburra woman. An 11 year old male passenger from Korumburra in the Barina was injured and conveyed to Monash Medical Centre for treatment. Bass Coast Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. On Saturday at 4.05pm, a silver Honda car travelling south at Smiths Beach failed to stop at a stop sign with Back Beach Road. The Honda collided with a white 2013 Toyota 86 car travelling east on Back Beach Road in rain. Police issued the driver of the Honda, from Berwick, with a penalty notice for failing to stop at a stop sign. The driver of the other vehicle, from Cape Woolamai, was not injured but the woman passenger sustained a broken sternum and was conveyed to the Wonthaggi Hospital. At 12.40pm on Saturday, a man travelling north on Strzelecki Hwy, Delburn, lost control of his Holden sedan after taking a right sweeping bend about a kilometre south of Ten Mile Creek Road. His vehicle crossed the oncoming lane, hit an embankment and trees, and landed on its roof on the south bound lane. The driver from Yinnar South was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital with serious arm injuries. Bass Coast Highway Patrol is investigating. Also on Saturday, two men escaped uninjured after their vehicles crashed into a fallen tree at Nerrena on Saturday. One vehicle, driven by a 66 year old Krowera man, collided with the pine tree on Nerrena Road, near Denleys Road, about 10.30am. The second vehicle crashed into the first car and then the tree. It was driven by a 61 year old man from Nerrena. One vehicle was towed from the scene. Inverloch Police attended, assisted by the State Emergency Service, Country Fire Authority and local farmers, who cleared the tree using chain-

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Glass artist pays tribute to police By Stuart Biggins KORUMBURRA glass artist Peter Lindt’s creations honour the Victorian Police. Prior to retiring Mr Lindt worked in the Melbourne City Council’s CCTV department. One of the department’s main clients was Victoria

Police that often attended to review footage. From working in close proximity to police Mr Lindt developed great respect for the police and their often thankless work. As a mark of his regard, when Mr Lindt retired he began his project of providing every police station in the state with a framed copy of the police badge created using his unique form of art. When he was 21 years he undertook to repair a glass topped tea tray his mother-in-law had cracked. It was then he discovered behind the scene on the tray of a Dutch boy and girl wearing clogs by a windmill, the technique of scrunched cooking foil beneath painted glass. He dabbled in the art form as a young man making many tea trays of his own, but it has been in his retirement that Mr Lindt, who lives in a unit at Carinya Lodge with his wife Erica, has taken up his unique form of glass art with a passion. He has delivered framed police insignia to 80 police stations and aims to have increased that to 100 by Christmas. He has delivered framed copies of the Ambulance Victoria insignia to 16 ambulance stations and has also presented Korumburra Senior Citizens Club, Milpara House, the Korumburra Football Netball Club, Korumburra CFA and Korumburra Bowling Club, and six shires in Gippsland including Casey and Bass with his work and all from the goodness of his heart, asking nothing in return. He donates his work to be raffled for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, has created mementos for people who have lost pets and after delivering a framed Collingwood magpie to the Channel Nine studios received a thank you phone call from Eddie McGuire. Mr Lindt clearly loves the joy he sees on people’s faces when they see their organisation honoured in

such a remarkable way. Seventy eight years ago he was born on the kitchen table in the family home in what was then the working class suburb of Fitzroy North. His father was a fitter and turner and also worked as a blacksmith at the Fitzroy Pony Club on St Georges Road – hard to imagine one being there now. His father invented a horse shoe weighted to prevent trotters’ heels from knocking against each other and this became standard in the industry. Later the family moved to a double fronted house next door to Curtis the Plumber, now a NAB, on the corner of Elgin and Rathdowne Streets. You don’t see children riding billycarts down those streets these days but back then horse drawn deliveries of milk and ice were made and his father would send his Peter out into the street to collect the manure for the garden. He did three months National Service at Puckapunyal to become one of what were then known as

Menzies Cowboys. Her left school at 13 years of age, a year before what was the legal school leaving age, to work as a page boy at the The Plaza Theatre, The Regent Theatre and The State Theatre (now known as The Forum). Today we have access to live news from the furthest reaches of the planet but when Mr Lindt was a child the general population indulged in the popular pastime of visiting the three newsreel ‘picture theatres’ in the CBD to get their moving news fix. After working as a pageboy Mr Lindt was a newsreel runner, running the newsreels between the three cinemas. He worked at the Goddfrey Phillips cigarette factory feeding tobacco leaves into the processing machine and recalls how the sweepings from the floor were used to produce a budget priced brand of cigarettes, Grays. While Peter Lindt’s art may be a treasure in many ways, the man himself is a treasure worth framing.

The force: Peter Lindt’s goal is to present every police station in Victoria with a glass art version of the police badge. He recently Local treasure: from left, Korumburra glass artist Peter Lindt presented the Federal Mempresented Senior Sergeant Diane Wilson with ber for McMillan Russell Broadbent with a coat of arms to adorn his electoral office earlier a copy for the Glen Waverley Police Station. this year.

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Broadbent to commit on promises “The South Gippsland Highway funding will be cleared by September or October and then it will be up to State Government to run the program.” Other ongoing funding programs will continue to benefit the electorate, including small equipment grants and community development grants. Mr Broadbent said he would like to get some money for regional sporting facilities over the next three years and is expecting a positive response for Leongatha’s Lennie Gwyther statue project soon. A member of the Liberal party since 1980, Mr Broadbent unsuccessfully contested the 1984 and 1987 elections for the now defunct

seat of Corinella. He ran again in 1990 and won and then lost the seat in 1993. He contested the seat of McMillan in 1996 and won, lost the seat in 1998 and won it back in 2004. He has retained the seat ever since. No other member of parliament in history has lost four times and remained in politics, which speaks volumes for Broadbent’s dedication to the electorate. He said the reason he keeps running for the seat is to provide effective representation for his community. Despite the 5.2 percent swing towards Labor at the election, Mr Broadbent was happy with the result.

Making it official: from left, Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) division returning officer Darren McNair, McMillan MP Russell Broadbent, and AEC’s Jane Atherton, Kate Schultz, Jodie Moyle-Burke, Di Gunther, Karen Blanch and Jeanette Griffin, gathered for a declaration of the polls ceremony at the AEC office in Warragul last Thursday. With around 2700 votes to count, Mr Broadbent received 48,041 votes (47.9 percent) to Labor’s Chris Buckingham’s 29,305 (29.2 percent).

Local projects: McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said pre election funding promises will be delivered on as early as August. He is pictured with Max Wood, from the Leongatha Men’s Shed.

RUSSELL Broadbent is ready to make good on his funding promises for this electorate as he resumes his fifth consecutive term as McMillan MP. In the lead up to the election several funding promises were made by the Mr Broadbent and the Coalition Government for the McMillan electorate. These included $4.8 million for the restoration of the Port Welshpool Long Jetty and $25 million for improvements to the South Gippsland Highway. “Funding for Long Jetty will be made available from August, when it will be up to the state and local governments to get on with planning,” he said.

“In 2010, the seat was at 4.1 percent. We had a miracle win in 2013 by 11.8 percent, which made it one of the safest seats in the state,” he said. “It is now back to 6.6 percent or more.” In 2013 the seat of McMillan was safe, however with the swing against Mr Broadbent in the recent election it is once again a marginal seat. “To me marginal is two or three percent, it is great to have such a tremendous support base at 6.6 percent,” he said. When asked by The Star if he planned to see out the full term, Mr Broadbent’s answer was resolute. “Absolutely,” he said.

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McMillan name may change The electorate name change also has the support of recently re-elected McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and the candidate for the Labor Party at the election, Chris Buckingham. Bass Coast’s Cr Neil Rankine moved the motion and reflected on the weekend prior when he accompanied the South Gippsland Reconciliation Group on a trip to East Gippsland. The group went to learn more about the indigenous massacres conducted by early settler Angus McMillan, whom the electorate is named after.

Cr Rankine read out a letter which was on display at the Stratford Knob Reserve to clarify the severity of Mr McMillan’s actions back in 1846. “I think the letter brings home the significance of how terrible these times were and why it is so important we rename the electorate,” Cr Rankine said. The historical letter said “the aborigines will very shortly be extinct. It is impossible to say how many have been shot, but I am convinced that not less than 450 have been murdered all together.” Cr Kimberley Brown seconded the motion. “It baffles me the electorate was named after him in the first place,” she said.

Cr Phil Wright agreed McMillan was an inappropriate title. “From what I have heard, McMillan was the worst of the worst so he should definitely be off the electorate title,” he said. Council unanimously supported the recommendation to provide a letter of support to South Gippsland Shire Council and the Gippsland Local Government Network’s advocacy campaign for the renaming of the federal seat of McMillan. The Australian Electoral Commission will conduct a review of Federal electoral boundaries next year in which time alternative names will be considered.

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Police praised POLICE have been praised for their support of an indigenous football event.

Island collision: wet and wild weather on Saturday was not the cause of this Smiths Beach crash.

Four injured in Island crash LSC Carlson said there were six people in the car that went through the stop sign and of those three were injured and taken to the Wonthaggi Hospital. They were treated and later released. He said in the other car there were two people from Cape Woolamai and the woman passenger According to Leading Senior Constable Nick sustained a broken sternum and had to be taken to Carlson of the Cowes Police driver error was the hospital by ambulance. cause of the accident at the intersection of Back LSC Carlson said the fire brigade attended but Beach and Smiths Beach roads on Phillip Island no one was trapped and assisted in removing oil when one driver failed to give way at the stop and fluids that had leaked onto the road. sign coming out of Smiths Beach. He said the weather conditions were poor but “One car failed to stop at the stop sign out of it was driver error in this case that caused the Smiths Beach and this is the third accident of this accident. kind I have had to attend since Christmas,” LSC He said, “It was fortunate there were no Carlson said. fatalities.” Street, Leongatha, between and Police hunt sling July 2 and 23; • Seventh Day Adventist shot bandits Church, 26 A’Beckett Street, VANDALS have been smash- • Treacy Real Estate, 9 Mine Road, Korumburra between Leongatha, between June 25 ing windows at businesses, a July 14 and 15; and 30. charity op shop and a church in Leongatha and Korumburra • Friends of Hillside, 36 Commercial Street, throughout late June and July. Statue misses home Korumburra between July 12 Police believe the crooks LEONGATHA Police still have and 13; are firing marbles and other a concrete garden ornament of • Dog Topia, 21 Mine Road, projectiles at business windows, Korumburra between June 2 a girl. possibly using a sling shot or The statue can be claimed and 6; other devices. Businesses targeted so far • Alex Scott and Staff, 36 on proof of ownership or by Bridge Street, Korumburra providing a detailed description include: • a vacant shop at 32 Bair between June 30 and July 1; at the station.

COWES Police, Phillip Island fire brigade and local paramedics attended the scene of a two car collision on Saturday that resulted in four people being transported to the Wonthaggi Hospital.

Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson, officer in charge of Wonthaggi Police Station, was last Wednesday presented with a framed certificate of appreciation by John Murray, the coordinator for Aboriginal Community Engagement with the Department of Education. The certificate recognised Bass Coast police personnel’s involvement in the planning and successful implementation of the Indigenous Football Round for 2015-16 and the ceremonial Long Walk to recognise Michael Long’s historic walk to Canberra 11 years ago. The event has been successful and continues to receive state and AFL support and funding. Bass Coast Police are keen to maintain involvement with such a great event and look forward to being a part of assisting in developing Indigenous relations in years to come.

Thanks a million: Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson, officer in charge of Wonthaggi Police Station, with a certificate of appreciation thanking police for supporting an indigenous football celebration.

Storm sparks phone frenzy FALLEN trees and wandering animals kept South Gippsland Shire Council staff busy after wild weather hit the region last week. Council received four calls about flooding on Leongatha North Road, Leongatha North (between Palmross’s and Smirls roads) on Friday, ahead of attending to 30 calls on Saturday. Twenty-eight of these related to fallen trees in Berrys Creek, Foster, Fish Creek,

Koonwarra, Mirboo North, Nerrena, Turtons Creek, Korumburra, Stony Creek, Woorarra East, Meeniyan, Pound Creek, Walkerville, Hallston, Sandy Point, Koorooman and Waratah Bay. Minor flooding and storm damage was reported on the Koonwarra–Inverloch Road, Toora, Nerrena, Stony Creek and Pound Creek. Twelve calls were lodged on Sunday concerning wandering and lost animals, while four calls about fallen trees in Leon-

gatha were received yesterday (Monday). Bass Coast Shire Council installed water over roads signs on McCraws Road, Wattlebank and Loch-Wonthaggi Road, Wonthaggi. Council also attended to fallen trees in the hills of Glen Alvie, Almurta, Kernot and Woodleigh. On call staff were kept busy over the weekend with calls for localised flooding around Wonthaggi, which quickly subsided, as well as a few trees down.

Korumburra-Bena wins appeal to join West Gippsland Continued from page 1. Mr Newton pointed out the club will have all of its netball teams in the finals this year. The Under 12s played Phillip Island in Sunday’s first semi final, the Fourths will play in the finals and the Thirds will too if they win their next two games. If the Seconds win their last three matches they are also in the finals. “Not bad for a club regarded as struggling,” he said. In a statement released on Friday AFL Gippsland expressed disappointment at AFL Victoria’s decision to overturn a key aspect of AFL Gippsland’s Senior Leagues Review Recommendations and uphold Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club’s appeal. The statement said AFL Gippsland

had devoted a significant amount of time and energy collecting and analysing relevant data and consulting with clubs and leagues to determine the final recommendations. With its financial position the strongest it has been for in for a long time, the Korumburra-Bena FNC is cashed up and ready to embark on a recruitment to build a Seniors’ team that will make its presence felt in the new league in the near future. The Seniors’ poor performance is regarded to have had too much influence on AFL Gippsland’s commission’s decision to ultimately exclude Giants from the new league. Being a netball as well as a football league club, Korumburra Bena’s appeal urged the case of the club’s mighty netball team, with its four pre-

mierships in a row. Korumburra Bena’s netball team is unrivalled and its president Merrissa Cosson is excited at the opportunity of the club joining a new competition alongside traditional rivals with more strength. Ms Cosson said it was time to move forward and be challenged. “There are exciting times ahead,” she said. “It is a move forward with added challenges for our netballers stepping up a level. The most important thing, she said, given that many players would not have remained in the weakened Alberton league, is that the club retains its players. “We didn’t know which way the appeal was going to go,” said Mr Newton. “But the basis of our appeal

was around being able to keep our Juniors, Seniors and importantly out netballers. “Korumburra Bena is a football netball club and we have many families that have been involved for generations.” He said it is a great decision for not only the club but the community and went on to say that his and the club president Ross Besley’s phones have been going nuts with congratulatory phone calls - and emails - including those from the other clubs which will make up the new West Gippsland Football Netball League. AFL Gippsland believes its review process was conducted thoroughly and in the best interests of football in Gippsland. While the decision to include Ko-

rumburra Bena FNC brings the number of West Gippsland FNL clubs to 10 and removes the need for a bye each round, the picture is less rosy at Alberton where the withdrawal of Giants from Alberton results in a seven club competition. The president of Alberton FNL Barry Stride is holidaying in Queensland and unavailable for comment. When Korumburra Bena announced its determination join West Gippsland, Mr Stride said he had assurances from AFL Gippsland that Alberton would never be reduced to seven sides. “Three games and a bye each week is not viable,” Mr Stride said last month. Alberton will survive but it will never be reduced to seven sides.”

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Festival brings Sounds of Summer EVENTS by Kate plans to amplify the summertime vibes in a new way this December when it launches the inaugural Inverloch Sounds of Summer festival on December 28, 2016 at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve. Visitors and residents alike will enjoy the ‘sounds’ of local and national musicians and the ‘tastes’ of festival fare and local wine. The event will showcase the natural beauty, creative talents and unique character of the Bass Coast and broader Gippsland region. The festival has been thoughtfully curated to attract families and to enjoy the cultural delights on our doorstep. The festival lineup includes the likes of nationally touring singersongwriter Taylor Henderson, as well as independent radio staple Clare Bowditch, country songstress Sara Storer, rustic duo Fidel and Sarah and Melbourne’s indie electronic twopiece Private Life. “When selecting our artists it was important they appeal to all ages and walks of life,” said Kate Adkins, director of Events by Kate. “The type of music needs to fit with the atmosphere we are trying to create. Inverloch is so fortunate to host such high caliber musicians.” Local artists Janie Gordon, duo Emma and Jake and Alliza Miel will also perform during the festival as the opening acts. “It will be great to showcase our local talent and give them the opportunity to shine in front of a big crowd,” said Kate. ”There is other fun entertainment planned for the day but we would like to keep some element

of surprise.” With a goal of 5,000 attendees, Kate and her husband Mick hope the festival will increase awareness of the Bass Coast region and surrounding areas as well as enhance the overall experience for people who visit the area during the holidays. It is estimated 20,000 to 40,000 people visit Bass Coast during the festive season each year. “Organising an event on this scale has been on our radar for quite some time,” said Kate. “Mick and I are very passionate about our region and what it has to offer. We are so grateful we have the opportunity to put this event on for the community.” “We are looking forward to working with local groups, service clubs and businesses to help bring this event to fruition. We would like a real sense of community spirit behind the festival making it something we can all contribute to and be proud of.” Though the festival has been curated to attract families, the event will offer full bar facilities as well as local wineries. Concertgoers are asked to leave their eskies at home, however, as outside alcohol is strictly prohibited. Tickets went on sale through Eventbrite two weeks ago and are priced at $55 for adults and $25 for students aged 13 to 17. Children under the age of 12 get in free. Anyone who purchases before September 28 can save $10 per ticket by using the promo code “Earlybird” when ordering. Further information about the festival including sponsorship packages can be found on the event’s website au.

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Behind the Scenes: Kristy Leys, stallholder liason, and festival organiser Kate Adkins, director of Events by Kate, work behind the scenes to bring the inaugural Inverloch Sounds of Summer festival to life. Photos courtesy Inverloch 3996.

All in the family: Charlie, Mick, Chloe, Ruby and Kate Adkins pictured in Inverloch where the inaugural Inverloch Sounds of Summer festival will be held on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. As director of Events by Kate, Kate Adkins said her family has been extremely supportive as she endeavors to highlight the Bass Coast region with the festival.

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Garbage service a winner By Brad Lester VENUS Bay residents will still have a compulsory six month rubbish service, after South Gippsland Shire Council hailed the first such collection a success.

The service was introduced to counteract the problem of household rubbish being dumped at public litter bins in Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower – “the cheap and easy way out” said council’s waste management supervisor Peter Roberts. As a result, less household rubbish is now being dumped in public bins and also at the Venus Bay

transfer station, reducing waiting times and the need for council to cart rubbish to the Koonwarra landfill. Despite the success of the service, council has vowed to keep the Venus Bay transfer station open and operating at existing hours. Cr Kieran Kennedy said the transfer station was well used year round by people clearing properties to reduce fire risk. The compulsory service for the 2016-17 year will start on Monday, November 7, 2016 and end on Monday, April 24, 2017. The six month service will cost a household $145.25 and residents can choose the optional year round service for $227.

“If you are someone who puts your bin out every week, it will provide value for money. If you are someone who puts your bin out every few weeks, then not so much,” Mr Roberts said. The first compulsory six month service occurred from Monday, November 2, 2015 to Monday, April 25, 2016, collecting 101 tonnes of garbage and 46 tonnes of recycling from Venus Bay. Bagged household waste dumped in public litter bins has since dropped from up to 80 percent of bins’ contents before the service was introduced to less than 20 percent. More than 40 property owners have opted to take up a full year service.

Artists may transform bins SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council encountered opposition to its compulsory rubbish collection service at Venus Bay. People complained about it being compulsory, the cost and also the colour of the bins - green, yellow and red – coded to indicate six or 12 month collection. During a council briefing last Wednesday, Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said residents believed the colour of the bins was “jarring on the landscape” and asked if they could paint the bins artistically. Council’s waste management supervisor Peter Roberts responded, “As long as we can see if they are 12 month or six month bins, then we have no problem with people decorating them artistically.” Council officers patrolled Venus Bay to ensure bins were not being left out for too long after being emptied. Another problem was collection weeks not aligning with Labour Day, Easter and Anzac Day, and the final collection for April not aligning with recycling week. In 2017, the recycling week will align with Labour Day and the final collection week, but not Easter. In

2017, Anzac Day falls after the final collection. Council will inform people of the final collection date for April by advertising in local newspapers, Venus Bay newsletters and signs at the Venus Bay transfer station. “If we extended the service, it would come at a cost to council and would be passed on in the rates,” Mr Roberts said, adding extending the service by a week could cost up to $10,000. Despite increasing the number of public litter bins and how often these were emptied, illegal dumping persisted. In July 2013, council introduced optional kerbside garbage and recycling collection for Venus Bay properties. While more than 200 Venus Bay property owners took up the service, the problem of illegal dumping continued as more than 1400 properties were without a service. The problem compounded when Parks Victoria removed public litter bins from beaches two, three, four and five in August 2015.

In the running: from left, eager to learn more about grant opportunities available from South Gippsland Shire Council were Judith Whatley, Meryl Agars, Yvonne Ralph and Janet Smythe, between them representing Toora Hall, Mount Best Hall, Toora Pear Orchard, and Toora and District Family History Group.

Grants now open COMMUNITY groups are now sharpening their pencils ahead of apply for grants from South Gippsland Shire Council. Group members discovered how to improve their chances of receiving a community grant at

workshops at council’s chambers in Leongatha last Tuesday, July 19. They learnt how to apply online via council’s SmartyGrants application process. Round one of council’s 2016-2017 Community Grants program opened on July 1 and closes on August 31, 2016.

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Nyora to transform

By Brad Lester

NYORA will become a more attractive place to live under a plan to prepare the town for the future. The township is the closest town in South Gippsland Shire to the rapidly expanding southeastern suburbs of Melbourne and could experience unprecedented population growth. A draft council plan for Nyora moots more trees and extra footpaths for the town centre, as well as further tree plantings along Yannathan Road and the industrial area to create a grand entrance. The possible return of passenger railway services is also planned for. These were proposals outlined in the draft Future Nyora Strategy presented to South Gippsland Shire Council recently by planning consultant James Larmour-Reid of consultancy Planisphere. Cr Lorraine Brunt said Nyora would not remain as people now know it, but council wanted to ensure ad hoc subdivision did not take place. “We need to talk about Nyora having 5000 people there,” she said. The report also suggested: • Cornishs Road – a link around the town’s southern boun dary –not be sealed, but remain as an access road for bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the primary school and residential areas; • subdivision of properties from Patman Drive through to Hatchs Road not occur at a greater

density for at least 30 years; and • a cycling and pedestrian pathway be built along Hatchs Road, and another pathway along Follett Drive. Funding for public works will come from rate revenue, developer contributions, government grants and special charge scheme for footpaths, but only with the support of the majority of residents. “There is concern among residents about what is it is going to cost and who is going to pay,” Cr Jim Fawcett said, noting special charge schemes could be as far away as 2028. “We need to start talking now with the community about how this is going to be paid for.” Such financial details will be supplied in the final report to council, but the schemes could cost up to $12 million, with a lot of that to come from developer contributions. Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said Nyora needed better crossing points over the railway line and raised the prospect of a rail trail linking Nyora with Leongatha and the Great Southern Rail Trail. He also called for a pedestrian path from Follett Drive across the railway when subdivision north of Lang Lang-Poowong Road begins. Deborah Kemp, secretary of the Nyora and District Development Association, was pleased council had a vision for the town. “The whole process (of developing the draft strategy) has been great,” she said.

Petition inflames council tensions By Brad Lester A PETITION against the municipal precinct project mooted by South Gippsland Shire Council has been labelled as based on wrong information or distorted facts by mayor Cr Bob Newton. Cr Don Hill confirmed he initiated the petition calling for the municipal precinct – comprising new offices, Leongatha library and community meeting rooms – to be removed from the council budget and the $32 million allocated returned to ratepayers by way of lower rates. Cr Hill said many people were unaware of the project, “and especially that it costs $32 million and they are paying for it in their rates now”. “An alternative solution at around $5 million could be investigated instead,” he said. Council has previously said no funding has been allocated to the project, but it was rather listed in a general pool of unexpected expenses. “This statement is just utter nonsense. The whole project has been costed out,” Cr Hill said. “It costs $32 million which includes $7 million in interest charges. It is being accumulated now from rates monies. Ratepayers have effectively contributed four percent of this year’s rates payment towards this project.”

The petition will remain open until Cr Hill said he has sufficient responses before tabling it to council. Cr Newton said contrary to the petition’s inference the project will be – and already is being – wholly funded by ratepayers, the project would largely be funded by government grants. “The Leongatha library should be a showcase facility and it has the potential to be. At the moment there are four distinct worksites for council staff,” he said. “This presents security issues, reduced customer service, lack of clarity for customers regarding which site to go to for what services and poor proximity to colleagues, which presents another whole set of issues.” The existing council office in Smith Street, Leongatha, opened in 1973. The mayor said council’s capital expenditure program for 2022-23 and 2023-24 included $24.72 million for a municipal precinct proposal. Council has modelled borrowing $13.6 million in 2023-24 to provide funding for the proposed municipal precinct and said the general reserve’s primary purpose was to accumulate funding for likely future funding calls made for defined benefits superannuation liabilities. In 2023-24 and 2025-26, council has modelled to draw down on some of the capacity of the general reserve ($2.5 million and $3 million respectively) to reduce the borrowing and finance costs associated with the municipal precinct proposal.

Forward thinking: from left, South Gippsland Shire Cr Lorraine Brunt and mayor Cr Bob Newton discuss the draft Future Nyora Strategy with Deborah Kemp, secretary of the Nyora and District Development Association, and consultant James Larmour-Reid of consultancy Planisphere. Main image: an artist’s impression of how Nyora’s Mitchell Street could look in the future.

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MIRBOO North Library Playgroup and Toy Library will host a Choo Choo Market on Saturday, July 30 at the Mirboo North Shire Hall from 9am to 2pm. There will be some 30 stalls of locally made items including ceramics, jewellery, clothes, giftware and more. Enjoy great activities for children, face-painting, yoga sessions, mini photo shoots and balloons. Coffee, a barbecue, vegan food options and cold drinks will be available. All proceeds will go to the playgroup program. KORUMBURRA Primary School’s breakfast club to support students who come to school not having had breakfast is getting off the ground. The program has received sizeable donations from

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PROSPECTIVE council candidates for Bass Coast Shire Council are urged to take note that South Dudley is in the Bunurong Ward, not Western Port Ward as incorrectly noted in The Star last week. SCHEDULES for 60th Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show are now available and can be collected at The Star office, Hays Jewellers, Leongatha Library, CAB and Harvest Laneway Nursery, all in Leongatha. The show will run from August 25 to 27.

NEWHAVEN College’s Year 12 Cabinet will present the Bryn’s School Trivia and Auction fundraiser on Friday, July 29 in the Middle School. Students are aiming to raise $10,000 to help the organisation fund, build and support schools in some of the world’s neediest countries. Doors open at 6pm and trivia starts at 6.30pm sharp. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or prepurchased via the events tab on the college website. If you would like to book a complete table please contact Amanda Bill who will assist. The night includes trivia, games and an auction with guest auctioneer David Hynes.

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the Department of Education and Training and the Korumburra Rotary Club as part of their Robyn Holmes Foundation. The club will offer a range of healthy options for breakfast at the canteen Monday and Wednesday from 8.15am to 8.45am.


STADIUM Cinema, Leongatha and The Star hosted around 30 farming families on Sunday afternoon to a movie followed by afternoon tea. The event was organised to lift farmers spirits at a time when the milk crisis and work pressures are making life on the farm very difficult. The movie, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, was touted as a hilarious generation gap comedy, not to be missed. Wooreen dairy farmers Mick and Jackie Thorn with their two children Abigail and Megan recently moved to the area from the Macalister area near Sale. With the low milk price not what the couple had planned for, they said things are “pretty ordinary” and

added their focus was on a tight budget and leading a quiet life. Spending money on the farm has been put on hold except for the necessary cost of fertiliser and feed. Kelly and Jason McRae from Middle Tarwin with their children, from left, Lacey, Ava and Jack attended the movie and an upbeat Mr McRae told The Star during the complimentary afternoon tea that despite the milk price the season was going well. “It’s a good July with the pasture growing nicely and plenty of water flowing into the dams. It is all about cutting costs with fertiliser cut back to a minimum,” he said. Mirboo North farmers Leonie and Chris Daley and Judith and Phillip Johnston attended the free farmers event and Mrs Johnston said, “It was a great comedy. You were wondering what was going to happen next.” Mrs Daley said, “ It was absolutely brilliant. Thank you to The Star and Stadium Cinema for hosting the event.” The Daleys run a beef cattle stud at Mirboo North. Mrs Daley said although beef prices were up, “We have to spend a fortune on hay.” Mrs Johnston agreed. “We’re not really better off. It’s a vicious circle,” she said.

Upbeat: Kelly and Jason McRae from Middle Tarwin with their children, from left, Lacey, Ava and Jack at the afternoon tea following the Free Movie for Farmers at Stadium 4 Cinema in Leongatha on Sunday afternoon. Among friends: from left, Leonie and Chris Daley and Judith and Phillip Johnston after Hunt for the Wilderpeople at the Free Movie for Farmers at Stadium 4 Cinema in Leongatha on Sunday afternoon. Left, New arrivals: having recently moved from the Sale area Wooreen dairy farmers Mick and Jackie Thorn with their two children Abigail and Megan enjoyed the free farmers movie event on Sunday at the Stadium 4 Cinema in Leongatha.

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French Day was tres bon! THERE was no need to spend $1,500 Cup for 12 months. has been the language of choice for the flying to Paris; all activities were there lastFrench four years at the school and the students gave to see at St Laurence’s primary school’s the day 11 out of 10 on the fun scale. It was a eventful fourth annual French Day last Friday.

magnificent effort by all involved. Organiser of the day was French/librarian/art teacher Marg Gatehouse who had plenty of help from all staff and students.

The day began at assembly with a parade of French attire from each classroom then the school choir sang Frere Jaques. The school then broke into coloured groups with a host of activities like the Madagascar room where you could pose as a Lemur. Madagascar is a French speaking country, some of the classes have chosen to study this year because of its strange animals. Using their Euros students could purchase lemonade, try a scoop of ice-cream or buy from the handcraft stall featuring items made by the grade five/six class. Tickets were issued for Le Louvre featuring live statues, the Metro train, the cinema, the Eiffel Tower and the Catacombs, which were a bit on the spooky side! Last but not least was the snail race beamed live into the classrooms using Apple Air Play. The Cone a glace: tucking into their ice cream are, from left, Julian, Elizabeth and Thomas from secretaries won the day and now hold the Snail Prep/1 at St Laurence’s primary school, Leongatha.

Looking the part: back row, French girls Ruby and Amelia with mime artist and teacher Ben Dixon at St Laurence’s primary school, Leongatha.

Real life statues: Christine, Rachel, Zalia, Holly, and Bella (multi coloured) formed part of French berets: donning their newly made French hats are, from left, Emily, Lochlan and Connor at St Laurence’s primary school, Leongatha. the statue exhibition at Le Louvre.

Three bins full for Bass Coast BASS Coast Shire Council awarded contracts for the Shire’s Waste Collection Service and Waste Facility Management and Operation Services in the closed session of the July Ordinary Meeting in Cowes on Wednesday. Both contracts have a combined value of approximately $6.6 million per year for a 10 year period. The commencement of the new contract will introduce two new services, the first being a resale shop at the Wonthaggi transfer station, and the second, being the introduction of a three-bin service. Current service provider and local Bass Coast business, Wonthaggi Recyclers Pty Ltd, was awarded the contract for waste services (kerbside collection, litter bins and hard waste collection)

and operations of Council’s transfer stations at Wonthaggi and Inverloch. Ace Environmental Pty Ltd was awarded the contract for the operations of Council’s Grantville landfill and transfer station. The decision was made in a closed session of Council due to confidentiality around contractual matters. The commencement of the new contract in September 2017 will include the introduction of a three bin system made up of a 240 litre weekly kitchen food and garden organics collection, a 240 litre fortnightly recycling collection and a 120 litre fortnightly residual waste (garbage) collection. The additional cost to ratepayers of $51 means the service will be less than $1 per week for each household.

Council will undertake an education campaign leading into the three-bin service to teach residents how to use the system, and options to responsibly dispose of items such as medical waste and nappies. The introduction of an organics and green waste bin will reduce Council’s annual Environmental Protection Agency Landfill Levy costs by over $127,000 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 2600 tonnes of CO2 every year. It will also reduce landfill space by approximately 5400m3 and over 4000 tonnes of organic waste will also be removed from kerbside garbage per year. Bass Coast mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale was pleased to see the tender outcome reflected a rigorous process and resulted in good value for the community with a local business appointed.

“The tender submitted by Wonthaggi Recyclers Pty Ltd will provide Council with the best value for money offer, and it has demonstrated its capacity and capability to undertake the service required under the contract,” Cr Crugnale said. “Although the successful tender was highly competitive with its pricing, it is also pleasing that as a local business, there will be local investment and economic flow-on benefits into our community. “This is also the case for Ace Environmental Pty Ltd. A competitive price was submitted and it has the knowledge and capacity to undertake the works required at the Grantville landfill site, with many of the contractor employees also living locally in Bass Coast.”

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Keep the tip

A copy of letter to Bass Coast Shire mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale (cc to the council CEO Paul Buckley). Dear mayor, I am writing to express my great concern the council is considering closing the Inverloch transfer station. Firstly, it was said council conducted a consultation process. Well, my wife and I have not been consulted by anyone. The first we learned of it was on the cover of the local paper last week. I understand it was notified in

one of the papers, on one occasion, last year but I think this is inadequate. The council could have notified ratepayers by letter or, at the very least, put up a sign at the transfer station asking for comments. And what of all the holiday house owners who flock here in the summer months. Has anyone notified them and will there be a procession of trailers full of garden clippings rolling through the main street of Wonthaggi during the busiest months of the year. We moved to the area 18 years ago and in that time our rates have


Footy fiasco KORUMBURRA-Bena Giants may not be kicking too many goals on the footy field this year in the Alberton Football Netball League (AFNL) but it has certainly won its big battle to move to the new West Gippsland Football Netball League as announced last week. While this is viewed by the Giants as a huge win after the club fought tooth and nail to leave the AFNL after first failing in its attempt the major changes have seen the guts pulled out of the Alberton league, left now with only seven teams. It has to be remembered over the years the Alberton league has opened its arms to teams including Phillip Island, Dalyston, Kilcunda Bass and others from the defunct West Gippsland and Bass Valley leagues. These drastic changes have in effect left a very much depleted and now struggling Alberton league. You could say AFL Vic has really not looked at the bigger picture or planned for the future. If there was a big picture plan the decision to let Yarram follow Woodside to the North Gippsland league a couple of years ago may not have been approved. Now with the new look weakened Alberton league, Yarram does not have the arguments - the Alberton league changed when the Bass Valley teams were allowed to join in 1996 or that it is too far for the club to travel to Dalyston, Kilcunda-Bass and Phillip Island. It does appear there wasn’t appropriate planning structures and these massive changes to the leagues seem to benefit the new West Gippsland league to the detriment of the Alberton league. Maybe if Yarram was party to these major changes years ago it would have been happy to remain in the Alberton league. After all there were those in the club who were saddened by the move to the North, especially when Yarram boasts such a proud history in the Alberton league, being Yarram was a founding member of the league in 1946 and has hosted and won many grand finals. It does seem there is no real plan for the poor Alberton league and while there is so much excitement surrounding the new whizz bang West Gippy league, Alberton has been left high and dry to pick up the crumbs. Quite frankly this rather ad hoc decision making process is not good enough. A solution calling for Yarram to return and see an eight team competition could be the likely fix. Over to you AFL Vic!

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risen rapidly, much faster than the CPI, and yet the council is now considering cutting our services. I don’t understand the logic that says we should pay more money for a worse service. I find myself asking the question, “What is the council spending all the ratepayers’ money on?� In my opinion council’s primary function should be to provide essential services for its residents. We live eight kilometres from the Inverloch transfer station, a round trip of 16 kilometres. I have measured the distance from our place to the Wonthaggi tip. It is a round trip of 56 kilometres; 40 kilometres more. Not only will this be difficult, costly and time consuming for us personally, it is also environmentally unfriendly because of all the extra petrol used. I noticed in the council submission, justifying the potential closure, it was stated the green waste pile could be an environmental threat to Screw Creek. I’ve spoken to my neighbour who has been a long time Landcare member and a passionate advocate for Screw Creek and he doesn’t believe the green waste is a problem for the creek. However if the council is still concerned then surely the simple solution is to move the green waste pile to the other side of the depot where it is another 100 metres away. You could also use a bulldozer to push up an earth bund to trap any potential run off. There is one very major consideration I think may have been overlooked altogether in the council review. On country roads we already have a significant problem from illegal roadside dumping of things like lawn and garden clippings, bags of rubbish, and even old tyres. We frequently pick up garbage dumped along our road and take it to the transfer station at our expense. If the council closes the transfer station, a lot of people simply won’t bother going the extra distance and illegal dumping will increase dramatically. Does the council have a plan to cope with the extra roadside garbage and can you please let me know who at the council we need to call to come and pick it up? I’ll need to stick that number on the fridge. Finally, I would like our council, that after all is the representative of the residents, to understand the Inverloch transfer station is an important facility for us and many, many others. It has operated efficiently in rain, hail or shine for a very long time. If there is, as has been stated

by council, a need to make some changes surely there is no need to go to the extreme option and “throw the baby out with the bath water�. Surely the council could work with the EPA to implement some sensible and cost effective solutions that don’t cost the earth. Perhaps someone at council could open a dialogue with their EPA counterparts along these lines. I hope the council will consider these words carefully and realise that closing our transfer station is not progress but a very backward step for the many residents who really need and rely on this service. Chris O’Reilly, Pound Creek.

Spotlight on rates THANKS must go to the South Gippsland Shire Council for attempting to explain/remind ratepayers that a 2.5 percent rate increase doesn’t mean your rates will increase by 2.5 percent. Hoping to divert ratepayer anger I guess. We are reminded, although I’ve never heard the explanation before (including writing to my local Labor MP), that the total rates income shire receives will not be more than 2.5 percent more, although the article in last week’s Star later says “the overall amount of rates council receives will not increase...�. Fairly confusing so far, but it seems waste charges and Fire Services Levy may increase by more than 2.5 percent. Why doesn’t the government and our shire at least fix this situation? While the State Government fixing ‘maximum rate increases’ gives some rate relief, more, yes, more ‘efficiency’ measures need to be implemented by our council. Steve Finlay, Leongatha.

Rate increase unjustified MY husband and I have just received our South Gippsland Shire Council rates due February, 2017. Our rates have continued to increase and this year have gone up yet again from $5200 to $5700 which equates to a 10 percent increase. This is not OK. It is not OK for our council to keep putting up rates every year on our property when we do not get any extra services, and very little services at that. Perhaps it is time the council started putting off staff and cutting costs in the office. Perhaps it could

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communicate with other shires in the area to cut costs and work together. Perhaps council needs to be externally audited. Perhaps we, the ratepayers, are sick of inefficiency in an office with office staff having phones and cars in a government job that will just continue to increase rates to cover poor management within the office. It is not OK. We the ratepayers need to take a stance and request answers. Our rates are on a 250 acre dairy farm. From the rates increase over the last 15 years I could easily believe we are being rated out. It would also be very easy to believe council has no interest in supporting farmers. It is also very easy to believe council is not aware that local dairy farmers have just been through a very dry and difficult season. It is not OK. The CPI is not 10 percent so why are our council rates rising at such a significant rate? Why should dairy farmers, and other farmers pay more than $100 per week for the privilege of putting food on your table. It is not OK. I have started a petition about the issue: south-gippsland-shire-councilratepayers-are-sick-of-rate-hikesand-want-answers Bianca Joyce, Outtrim.

Councillors, take control FINALLY, the penny has dropped! Councillors have a “duty of care� to ensure the Council Plan delivers appropriate services in the most efficient and cost effective way. Councillors appear to be sitting back and allowing the bureaucracy to call the shots. As a past local government employee with in excess of 25 years experience, I have observed the corporate ‘takeover’ of local government by highly paid bureaucrats. This process has been occurring gradually over time since council amalgamations in the mid 1990s. While CEOs have extensive powers to hire and fire staff, the CEO does not have the power to decide what services will be delivered or to set council’s budget. Having personally witnessed the infighting and bullying that is happening amongst councillors of the South Gippsland Shire, I wonder how the ratepayers of this municipality will view their individual performances in the upcoming Council elections.

While attending a recent council briefing session, I assessed the total cost of the bureaucrats that were in attendance. My very subjective estimate was in excess of $1 million per annum. The only interaction these bureaucrats had on the day was to berate a ratepayer for trying to raise a subject that had not been previously notified. Bureaucracy at its best! During the last four years this council has done nothing to reign in management costs or in fact take back control of the ship. The ship is slowly sinking. Until the community elects a council that is committed to change, it will be the same old story of waste, higher executive wages and bureaucrats running the show. Ian Nicholas, Outtrim.

Candidate to be own man THE culture displayed by some councillors at South Gippsland Shire Council is disgusting. This is not democracy, but autocracy, where anyone with a differing view is maligned by the majority. Might is right! I have been going to council for over six years on my own behalf, representing the views of many people in Korumburra. Council needs to tighten its governance and respect differing views as legitimate as per the shire’s own code of conduct – a code, in my opinion, that has been regularly breached with impunity by the majority. The most important thing is that I am an independent and beholding to anyone else. I have not have in any conspiratorial meetings with councillors or prospective councillors in the last four years. I will be standing as and independent councillor for the Strzelecki area. Council desperately needs independent councillors, who cooperate with each other, who respect when people have differencing views and should resolve issues on their merit. David Amor, Korumburra.

Fromelles service WE wish to thank the Korumburra RSL Sub-Branch for organising the 100 year commemorative service last Tuesday, July 19, marking the loss of Australian lives at the Battle of Fromelles, July 19 to 20, 1916. The bugler was a wonderful addition. Lest we forget. Dave and Marianne Clarke, Leongatha.




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Cash for Lennie Council boosts statue fundraising tally A FUNDRAISING campaign to erect a statue honouring a boy who rode his horse to Sydney and back is gaining momentum. A community committee is driving the effort to collect funds to create a bronze statue of Lennie Gwyther and his horse Ginger Mick in Leongatha. In 1932, Lennie, then nine, rode Ginger Mick from Leongatha to Sydney and back to witness

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being driven by the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The statue was proposed by mayor Cr Bob Newton, an avid historian. “I’m going to get this done. I’m really passionate about this,” he told the crowd gathered for the presentation of council’s community grants in the Leongatha council chambers. Council’s community strengthening coordinator Ned Dennis said the grant was a sign of counthe opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. cil “showing faith in the project”. South Gippsland Shire Council last WednesThe project committee has applied for $11,500 day granted $10,000 towards the statue project, from the Federal Government and while that grant has been endorsed, it is yet to be approved. With a fundraising target of $43,000 to pay for the cost of making the statue, transporting it to

Paths pave the way BASS Coast Shire Council is constructing three pathway links in Grantville, Inverloch and Wonthaggi after requests from the community. Construction will begin soon on pathways along Pier Road in Grantville, Cashin Street in Inverloch and McKenzie Street in Wonthaggi. In all three towns, the construction of a 1.5m wide concrete path will provide pedestrians with a safe pathway from the existing path network to the commercial and shopping precincts. The Pier Road works will include the construction of a path from 10 Pier Road to 18 Pier Road, and will also include the installation of a safe crossing at Paul Street, which is compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act, and complete the connection from the foreshore. This will cater for residents and visitors of the Grantville Caravan Park, as residents and visitors in this area currently have limited safe off road options. Alternatively, pedestrians can access the foreshore walking track without having to walk on the road. The Cashin Street works will involve the construction of a path from 69 Cashin Street to Diane Place, and include a safe, compliant crossing to the Dixon Street

footpath network. This will complete the final gap from the Opal Seahaven aged care facility and connect with the existing path at Dixon Street. Currently, able residents have limited alternatives to venture beyond the facility due to its location on Cashin Street, with the street becoming a main thoroughfare for traffic and posing a potential risk to the elderly attempting to cross to the footpath on Dixon Street. Once completed, Dixon Street residents will also have the ability to travel to Inverloch’s CBD entirely off-road. Construction will also commence on a new pathway link and safe, compliant crossing along Mortimer Street in Wonthaggi from 7 Mortimer Street to Korumburra Road. The path will provide an alternative safe off-road connection for the residential area in the north west area of McKenzie Street. Currently, residents in this area have limited safe off road options apart from McKenzie Street which adds considerable distance to their journey. All path projects are expected to be completed in two weeks. For further information or any concerns please contact Bass Coast Shire Council at 1300 BCoast (226278).

Taking off: Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry past president Peter Watchorn (left) and new president Brenton Williams receive a community grant from South Gippsland Shire Council mayor and project initiator, Cr Bob Newton, last Wednesday.

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Changing hands: from left, Matt Saario took over the role as controller of the Leongatha New leader: Leongatha SES Unit’s new controller Matt Saario said he is keen to take on the challenge in leading the team of over 40 volunteers. SES after Tony Lindhard stepped down from the position on July 1.

Matt Saario takes control of Leongatha SES LEONGATHA’S State Emergency Service has a new controller leading the unit

after its official changeover saw Matt Saario step up to the plate last week.

With almost 14 years of service in the unit, Mr Saario said he is “nervous but excited” to be taking on the leadership position.


“I started volunteering with the SES when I attended Leongatha Secondary College as part of the cadet program and I have been here ever since,” he said. “I am looking forward to running and managing the unit from volunteering to the financial aspects of the job. It is basically like running a small business but within a volunteer capacity. I am open to the challenge.” Mr Saario started the role on July 1 after Tony Lindhard stepped down following 13 years as controller. “The official ceremony was held on Wednesday. We also handed out service awards to members who have been with the SES for 15, 20 and 25 years,” Mr Saario said. “Everybody has been really supportive and Tony has offered his time to help me get my head around the various regulations and operations.” Mr Lindhard credited Mr Saario’s leadership skills and said the young controller is already adapting to the position. “You have to have strong communication skills and Matt definitely has that,” he said. “As a controller you cannot simply boss people around. You have to let your own personality shine through to be respected and Matt has the respect of the volunteers.” In his time as a volunteer member for the SES Mr Saario said he has gained a plethora of new practical and life skills. “SES is all about teamwork. It plays a huge role in everything we do and we always work together,” he said. “In order to be a successful SES volunteer you have to be a good team player.” The information technology worker said his time so far with the SES has proven to be a “rewarding” experience and he looks forward to leading the unit in the future. “Everybody gains a sense of pride in giving back to the community, especially when we have a chance to help people in some of their most difficult times,” Mr Saario said. “The skills we have gained can be used outside of the SES in a number of ways. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers so if anyone is interested they should definitely get in touch.” The three remaining foundation members are Mr Lindhard, Chas Baillie and Ian Lester.

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BASS Coast businesses and community organisations are improving access for all abilities thanks to a grant from the RuralAccess program in partnership with Bass Coast Shire Council and the Department of Health and Human Services. Successful applicants in the 2016 Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations funding will receive $500 each to make access and inclusion improvements. They are: • Surf Beach Community Park Committee – purchase of a nest swing for installation at the community park; • South Gippsland Bass Coast Swim Club – purchase of swimming equipment, specifically starter packs for young people with disability; • Wonthaggi Bowls Club – purchase of equipment to enable improved access to and from the bowling green; • Bass Valley Community Group Inc. – purchase and application of anti-slip surface paint to ramp to main entry of Bass Hall; • Bass Coast Adult Education Centre Inc., Wonthaggi – purchase and application of anti-slip surface paint to ramp entries; • Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL), Cowes – installation of concrete pathway from existing parking bay to main pathway to entry; • Ocean View Hotel, Kilcunda – installation of handrails and widening treads on existing steps from main building to rear outdoor area of hotel, and install signage for accessible side entry; and • Kilcunda General Store – installation of ramp to front entry. This funding program has been offered by RuralAccess since 2011 and intends to continue in 2017. For more information or to register your interest for the next opportunity, please contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

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Dive in with P&O Cruises THE cruise industry is booming in Australia and every year there are more and more passengers embarking on their floating hotels to explore exotic parts of the South Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. Cruising has become the hassle free way to travel with an ‘unpack once’ mentality and with all your major costs such as meals, transport and on-board entertainment included, it’s near impossible to find a better value for money holiday. The introduction of beverage packages and pre paid gratuities on cruises departing Australia, as well as the ability to pre-book your shore excursions, means passengers can pay the vast majority of their holiday before they depart. What may be surprising to many is that P&O has been cruising in Australia for more than 80 years, but with new ships, new destinations and eight home ports, P&O is determined to remain Australia’s much loved ‘home-brand’ cruise line. The 2015-2016 season saw the beginning of P&O’s very exciting re-invention with the launch of its two boutique cruise ships, the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, which underwent multimillion dollar refurbishments prior to joining the fleet. These mid-size ships each have a capacity of 1500 and passengers enjoy an atmoshpere more akin to a floating boutique hotel than an international cruise ship. “The Eden and the Aria are a new and exciting product for the Australian market,” Vanessa Roberts from Leongatha Travel and Cruise said. “These smaller more boutique ships have a

feel of modern elegance which along with their variety of dining spaces and a multitude of entertainment options give passengers a cruise experience Like No Place On Earth.” Continuing on its reinvention, P&O has announced it is expecting the newly renovated Pacific Explorer to join its fleet in June 2017. This spectacular ship will boast stylish cafés Time out: meander along the beaches of Mystery Island, Vanuatu during a visit as part of and intimate bars, on-board waterslides and mulyour P&O Cruise. tiple dining options, including Luke Mangan’s Salt Restaurant. As your local P&O specialist, Leongatha Travel and Cruise will be holding its Cruise Sale Week from August 1 to 8. Book any P&O cruise during this week and receive not only the best available rate, but additional on-board credit and half price deposits. The Cruise Week also coincides with P&O’s launch of the 2017-2018 season, which sees discounted cruises offering a $1 deposit, free upgrades and additional on-board credit on deparures to New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific throughout the 2017-2018 season. While there are multiple offers in the market, all of these are subject to availability at time of booking. Hence the need for one of our friendly and professional travel consultants to check live availability of all options to assist you in making your final decision about your cruise holiday. Either call ahead or come in and see the team and let the friendly staff help you find the best value cruise holiday and discover for yourself Stunning vessel: sailing P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria is a wonderful way to enjoy a holiday. P&O Cruises Like No Place On Earth.

Welcome party: members of the Friends of Agnes Falls catered for a visit by the Classic Motorcycle Club of Victoria recently.

Motorcyclists ride into falls MEMBERS of the Friends of Agnes Falls held a successful open day, on Saturday, July 16. A steady stream of visitors viewed the falls throughout the day. The friends sold souvenir merchandise and refreshments, in readiness for the visit by members of the Classic Motorcycle Club of Victoria later in the afternoon, and other visitors coming and going throughout the day. The motorcycle club members arrived around 3pm. They had been on their Penguin Run midwinter ride, staying at the Wilsons Promontory Motel in Foster, and enjoying lunch at Yarram and Port Albert before arriving at the falls. A ride to Wilsons Promontory was planned for the following day.

After stretching their legs with a walk through the picturesque grounds, and viewing the falls, the members ordered their cuppas, with many members tempted to purchase souvenirs of their visit. Items bought included postcards, greeting cards, fridge magnets, pens, mugs, T-shirts, tote bags, and even jigsaw puzzles. Friends secretary Kathy Whelan spoke about the friends group, the shelter, toilets and new picnic tables, how the reserve was being looked after, future plans and current visitor numbers. The Parks Victoria Pedestrian Counter has shown more than 30,000 visitors have been to see the falls over the past year. If you belong to a group and would like an outing to the Agnes Falls, contact Ms Whelan on 5688 1400 or email

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Security systems and home safeguards AS well as thinking about installing a security system, take a good hard look around your home as there are a few simple, low or no cost measures which will significantly deter a would be thief from targeting your home. Choose a coming weekend and go over these steps which range from low effort, no cost chores to more involved, pricier projects to improve your home’s security. 1. Hold a household meeting. Make home security a habit, with every memPeace of mind: a security system is one good way of monitoring and protecting your home ber of the household including children agreeing and valuables. to a routine that should include such simple rules as: Use door and window locks. It costs nothing and takes little energy. Make it a habit to lock every door and window when leaving, after entering, and before bedtime. Do not open the door to uninvited or unwelcome visitors. Close and lock the garage door. Secure your home even if you’re doing work around the house and yard. Use your alarm system all the time, even when you take a quick trip to the store or visit nextdoor neighbours. (Learn about important alarm contract clauses.) 2. Organise a burglary. This is a fun, useful exercise to do with a trusted neighbour or friend: Allow your neighbour to roam through your house for three minutes, find as many small valuables as possible, and remove them from your house. Let the pretend burglar demonstrate how easy it is to find valuables. Then hide them from real burglars. That might mean buying a small safe that bolts to the floor, renting an off-premises safety deposit box, or stashing jewellery and cash in unorthodox places. You can return the favour for your neighbour. 3. Be smart with your keys. Remove the ‘hidden’ house key. The key under the mat, inside the mailbox, beneath a rock—everybody hides a house key. The problem is, burglars know your hiding places. Instead, give it to a trusted neighbour. 4. Place keys and garage door remotes in a smart spot. Don’t leave car and house keys and remotes near the door or otherwise visible inside your house. Secure them inside a cabinet or a drawer to keep them hidden. 5. Add foreboding signs. Post security company signs or window stickers near all entry points whether you have a security system or not. Maybe you have signs or stickers on hand from a previous contract with a security firm, or maybe you can get some from a

friend. In addition, post a few “Beware of Dog” signs in visible spots, say at the front of the house or on a gate to the backyard. 6. Lock up the ladder. Don’t store a ladder outside. A burglar, perhaps posing as a handyman or contractor, could use it to gain access to a second floor window or balcony. 7. Light up the outdoors. If you don’t have them already, buy and install outdoor lighting with infrared motion sensors and install one near each point of entry. Replace any burned-out lightbulbs and put your porch lights on timers. 8. Install timers. When you leave for work or appointments or go on vacation, you can create a “someone’s at home” look using timers on lights and TVs. 9. Secure air conditioning units. Unsecured window air conditioners could provide an easy entry point for a crook. Use an air conditioner bracket, sliding window lock, or corner braces. 10. Eliminate hiding spots. If your shrubbery is too tall, bushy, or not well spaced, you’re providing a nice hiding spot for a potential burglar. Trim and prune plantings. 11. Check windows. Are the window locks operable? If not, get them fixed or replace them. Also consider installing aftermarket window locks, which let you open the window a few inches while still keeping it secure. Another alternative is to use inexpensive window break alarms. 12. Assess doors. Okay, so you’re probably not going to be able to install new doors by yourself over a weekend. But you can inspect your front, side, and back doors. Replace hollow (read: low quality and easy to breach) doors with solid core (made of wood or metal) or metal clad doors. Sliding glass doors have a latch to close them but are often an easy point of entry for burglars. To make one more secure, place a wood dowel cut to size or an adjustable safety bar in the interior floor track, or consider adding a floor bolt. Electric garage doors are not a common point of entry as long as they are closed. You can drive down almost any street in the area and probably find a garage door that is open and the inner door is unlocked. Don’t let this be you. 13. Replace weak locks. Locks are the weakest point on a door. Make sure you have a grade one or grade two dead bolt lock that penetrates the door frame. It’s not necessary to get one at a specialty locksmith; these can be purchased at a big box home store. The strike plate—the stationary piece the bolt enters—must be heavy duty, made of solid metal or brass, with six three inch long screws that penetrate the door jamb and the door frame.

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McLarens feature in business awards CPK McLaren MotorBody is a finalist in the 2016 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards. The winners will be announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner at Traralgon on August 26. Hot on the heels of the VACC finalist award for best body repairer, the business is totally thrilled with the news it is also finalists in the 2016 Gippsland Business Awards. The point of difference from other vehicle body repairers aside from quality proper motor vehicle and prestige motor vehicle repairs is the company’s equipment level, products, knowledge, expertise, service and the highly specialised systems it has in place. In this age of sophisticated vehicle electronics and many more air bags than ever before, it’s essential to also have the new technology equipment. Every repair application is carried out according to Vehicle Manufacturers Specifications, using only genuine brand new Australian delivered and complied parts and accessories. The McLaren company is not price driven and never takes cheap short cuts or quick fixes. At CPK McLaren MotorBody some of its lat-

est specialised equipment includes GYS Gyspot PTI inverter fully automated Prestige Manufacturer approved spot welders, Autorobot alignment stations, Prestige vehicle and Wielander and Schill riveting and punch riveting equipment, manufacturer approved diagnostic equipment as well as fault discovery and safety restraint equipment, ensuring every vehicle repaired by McLaren Motorbody is reinstated properly and back on the road correctly and safely. More than ever it is imperative to equip its employees with correct, latest vehicle body repair knowledge, methods and skills, ensuring the business is a complete vehicle repair specialist. All its staff are highly qualified technicians in the vehicle body repair industry constantly evolving with best practice vehicle repair methods. Business qualifications include Automotive Vehicle Body Painting, Panel Beating, or both; high strength steel welding qualifications, and numerous I-Car Australia advanced certifications including ICar Australia Individual Platinum certification. CPK McLaren MotorBody has worked hard at prioritising an environmentally responsibleworkplace plan and have completed the first stage of the facility redevelopment with a second new state of the art refinish station and temperature

Leading the way: CPK McLaren MotorBody staff member Ryan Wickham is pictured using the latest technology G Scan diagnostic fault discovery tool. Ryan says “Your family’s safety is the first priority in our repairs, nobody wants their airbags not deploying after a repair is done! We are one of only a handful of repairers state wide that has this technology and we use genuine parts in all our work.”

controlled contamination free mixing room, powered by natural gas. Having used waterborne spray painting technology now close to three years, it has recently upgraded to Glasurit waterborne vehicle refinish systems as a significant next phase of development. Glasurit products and product systems have been factory approved by Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Daewoo/Chevrolet, Daihatsu, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Geely, General Motors, Great Wall, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lancia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mahindra, Maybach, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi,

Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, RollsRoyce, Saab, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo. Glasurit provides a safer work place for staff, and the environment, as waterborne technology is non-hazardous andnon- flammable. CPK McLaren MotorBody is a leader in the vehicle body repair industry, with numerous initiatives already in place to operate an environmentally responsible business in an industry traditionally not. CPK McLaren Motorbody look forward to continued business growth as it services and protects its customers and their motor vehicle value with correct vehicle body repairs and safety.

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Council funds volunteers

Helping hand: Meg Edwards of Fish Creek Community Development Group was presented with $1000 for equipment, by Cr Nigel HutchinsonBrooks.

Grand vision: Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club’s Nick Auddino received $10,000 from mayor Cr Bob Newton towards a new Outtrim sports oval.

CULTURAL events, sporting groups and hall committees were among the beneficiaries of $137,950 worth of community grants presented by South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday evening. Round two of the 201516 Community Grants Program offered funding for projects, equipment, events and planning studies. Mayor Cr Bob Newton said the Community Grants Program delivered opportunities for volunteer groups to further extend their services to the wider community that may not have been possible without additional funding. “Volunteer groups provide a great service for our community and the Community Grants Program helps support these well deserving groups that expect very little for the great work they do,” he said.

“We have seen a number of successful projects go ahead from the grants presented in round one the year, so we look forward to the projects implemented from this round of funding.” The 2016-17 Community Grants Program is now open. Applications for round one close on August 31, 2016 and for round two on March 31, 2017. Community groups are also eligible to apply for quick response grants and small emergency grants throughout the year. Community groups wishing to make an application for a council grant can apply through council’s website. Grant recipients were: $10,000 to Fish Creek Memorial Hall for the Let’s Start With Supper project; $1000 to Fish Creek Community Development Group for equipment;

$1200 to South Gippsland Concert Band for the purchase of a saxophone; $2225 to Leongatha and District Netball Association for a feasibility study; $700 to South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club for a Gippsland swimming event; $3020 to Leongatha Horticultural Society forb the Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Festival; $3350 to Mirboo North Playgroup and Toy Library Inc. for the Make our Space Safe project; $2500 to Dumbalk andp District Progress Association Inc. for the Community Rooms kit-out; $5000 to Stony Creek Football Netball Club for the netball coaches boxes; $1550 to Prom Coast Singers for Sing South Gippsland 2; $1500 to Prom Coast Arts Council Inc. for the

Growing good: from left, Lillian Brittain, Joan Michael and Sue Thompson of Leongatha Horticultural Society secured $3020 for the Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Festival, presented by Cr Jim Fawcett.

Young focus: Cr Don Hill presented Rachel O’Connor and Dani Calafiore with $3350 towards the Mirboo North Playgroup and Toy Library’s Make Our Space Safe project.

Building a future: Doug Bovill, Toine Bovill and Greg Trease of Dumbalk and District Progress Association were presented with $2500 for the community rooms kit-out by Cr Don Hill (second from right).

Steaming hot: Eddie Fowler (left) and Alan O’Neill received $950 towards replacing the failed hot water service at Welshpool Memorial Hall from Cr Jeanette Harding.

Moving forward: Steve Lovie, Bronwyn Barton and Colin Goodwin of South Gippsland Beekeepers were presented with $2185 from Cr Kieran Kennedy to buy a trailer.

Batter up: Cr Lorraine Brunt (second from right) gave Poowong-Loch Cricket Club’s Hayley Evison, Shaun McKinnon and Geoff Birnie $2000 towards repairing the club’s wicket.

Powering up: Alison Webb (left) and Katrina Benson of Meeniyan Pre-School received $4600 from Cr Andrew McEwen towards a solar power system.

Building big: RSL Meeniyan and District Men’s Shed’s George Fairweather, John Hattam and Kevin Robinson (front) were presented with $10,000 by Cr Andrew McEwen (back, right), to build a larger workshop and renovate the existing scout building.

Sounding fine: Robert Huntley and Em Barton of the South Gippsland Concert Band received $1200 to purchase a saxophone, from Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

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to make dreams happen More: Things of Wood and Stone project; $1000 to University of the Third Age Prom Coast Inc. for the purchase of two printer/copiers; $5000 to South Gippsland FM Radio Inc. for the replacement and repair of aerial and transmission tower; $10,000 to the Toora Community Hall and Library Inc. for the Toora Hall upgrade; $3240 to the Port Franklin Public Hall Inc. for heating and cooling; $950 to the Welshpool Memorial Hall for the replacement of a failed hot water service; $1500 to the Outa

Metro Indigenous Footy for the Indigenous Round (AFL Gippsland) of the Gippsland League; $4550 to the Tarwin Football Netball Club for the replacement of two spotlights; $2185 to the South Gippsland Beekeepers for the purchase of a trailer; $3000 to the Poowong Recreation reserve Committee Inc. for the partial oval surface upgrade; $10,000 to the Poowong Pre-school Parent Enrichment Group for the all-weather access deck and ramp; $2000 to the PoowongLoch Cricket Club Inc to repair the wicket surface;

$2300 to the Loch Recreation Reserve Committee for the replacement of the gas hot water system; $8000 to the Loch Public Hall for upgrading the hall toilets; $4600 to the Meeniyan Pre-school Inc. for the Meeniyan Pre-school Goes Solar project; $10,000 to the RSL Meeniyan and District Men’s Shed for the Meeniyan Men’s Shed Marching On project; $3000 to the Poowong Football Netball Club for the social room refurbishment; $2180 to the Korumburra Community Development and Action Inc.

for the Welcome to Korumburra Town App; $5000 to the Korumburra Cricket Club for the Korumburra Cricket Club deck; $2400 to the Loch and District Bowling Club Inc. for the Loch and District Bowling Club Strategic Plan; $10,000 to the Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club for the new Outtrim sports oval; $5000 to the Lions Club of Strzelecki for the Poowong Family Festival; and $10,000 to the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the Lennie Gwyther statue.

Forward thinking: Leongatha and District Netball Association received $2225 for a feasibility study to review the prospect of new courts. The association’s Philomena Smith (left) and Anna Patterson received the grant from Cr Jim Fawcett.

Gathering point: Merrin Wilde of Fish Creek Memorial Hall, which received $10,000 for the Let’s Start With Supper project. She is with Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks.

Cultural experience: Cr Kieran Kennedy (left) gave John Murray of Outa Metro Indigenous Footy $1500 towards the Indigenous Round (AFL Gippsland) of the Gippsland League.

Out loud: Cr Mohya Davies (centre) gave $1550 to Andrew and Lyn Jamieson to Prom Coast Singers for Sing South Gippsland 2.

Doubling up: Peter Wingett of University of the Third Age Prom Coast will put $1000 from Cr Mohya Davies towards two printer copiers.

Fun and fitness: Cr Lorraine Brunt gave $3000 to the Poowong Recreation Reserve Committee’s Clint Newcombe towards a partial oval surface upgrade.

Community hub: Cr Jeanette Harding (centre) gave Judy Whatley and Janet Smythe of Toora Community Hall and Library $10,000 to improve the hall.

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Highway to natural beauty THE sublime beaches of Inverloch, the delightful shopping hub of Wonthaggi and the natural beauty of Phillip Island. What do they have in common? The way to reach each attraction is via the Bass Highway, a scenic driving route through coast and country, alongside sea and bay, and with many highlights along the way. The highway begins at the junction with the South Gippsland Highway at Lang Lang, and heads south through farmland and bush to the popular stopover point of Grantville. On the way to Phillip Island you can call into the other Waterline towns of Coronet Bay and Corinella, each has its own unique character. Here travellers will find food and other comforts, plus the opportunity to drive to the shores of Western Port Bay and experience the stunning coastline. Further on, visitors pass through Bass, the township on the river of the same name and the centre of the Bass Valley. Heading south still, Island bound travellers leave the highway and in doing so, are offered remarkable views across Western Port Bay from up high.

Those continuing on to Wonthaggi and Inverloch should stop at Kilcunda for a break at the playground, a spot of whale watching from the carpark or to meander along the private beaches. Dalyston is the next destination along the road before the road meanders towards Wonthaggi. Wonthaggi offers a diverse variety of shops and services meeting the needs of travellers and locals alike, while Inverloch is a tranquil coastal town offering surf and inlet beaches, quality dining and intriguing shops. What a way to conclude your Bass Highway journey, one of Victoria’s most scenic drives. The place really comes alive between September and April but is equally as beautiful rugging up and taking a walk along this rugged coastline during the cooler months with many walking and bicycle track options.

Above left, All year ‘round: the Bass Coast Rail Trail meanders from Anderson through Kilcunda, Dalyston and finishes at Wonthaggi. The gravel path is very safe and suitable for all standards; it is mainly flat with a few undulations.

History book repeats EIGHTEEN years since it was first printed, Bill Hayes’ book The Golden Coast History of the Bunurong celebrated the launch of a reprinted edition on Saturday at Wonthaggi Library. Re-released by the Wonthaggi Historical Society, the late Hayes’ historical book was first published in 1998 and has been hailed as one of the most comprehensive history books of the region. “We decided to reproduce the book because we feel a need for this publication in the community,” Wonthaggi Historical Society president Fay Quilford said at the event’s opening in front of a packed audience. “The book was first supported by conservation groups and contains a range of photos and extensive history, covering Indigenous histories, European settlement and a history of the mines in the area.” Bill’s daughter Lesley Hayes travelled from Melbourne to give an insight into Bill’s life and his affinity with history. “Thank you very much to the Wonthaggi Historical Society for reprinting dad’s book,” she said. I know how excited he was when the Conservation Society wanted to first publish it so I know he would be thrilled to know people still feel his book is relevant today.”

Reprint rejoice: from left, Bill Hayes’ daughter Lesley Hayes commemorated the reprint of her father’s book with son Will at the Wonthaggi Library on Saturday.

Regional champions again INVERLOCH Kongwak Primary School has once again claimed the title of Regional Champions in Mixed/Boys Netball. This is the fifth year in a row the school has come away with a win at this level. Congratulations to the team of Tyson Bolam, Jayla Morcom, coach Clare Peterson, Gus Murdoch, Joe Soumalias, Molly Turner, Lucas Harmer, Bailey Sylvester, Jack Butcher, Asha Body and Jak Spinks. The team travelled to Sale to compete against four other teams from the region. The first game against St Mary’s Sale was very competitive with the team having to produce some of its best netball to come away with the win 16 - 6. From that point on the team never looked back winning its

next three games against Lakes Entrance, Latrobe Valley and Trafalgar.

The next step for this talented team is the State Championships in September.

Five in a row: back row from left, Tyson Bolam, Jayla Morcom, Clare Peterson (coach), Gus Murdoch, Joe Soumalias, Molly Turner and front, Lucas Harmer, Bailey Sylvester, Jack Butcher, Asha Body and Jak Spinks.

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Another day done: all in a day’s work for Wonthaggi’s marvellous lollypop lady Glennis Anderson. Job satisfaction: with a smile on her face Happy on the job: Wonthaggi Primary School crossing supervisor Glennis Anderson was Glennis Anderson guides students safely presented with flowers and a special certificate last Tuesday, July 19 to mark 25 years of across the busy road. service not before she saw all the children safely across the road including Max, Ellie and Carmelena Karnatz and Miley and Rubi Oxley.

Lollypop lady notches up 25 years SEEING students and families safely across the road for 25 years has been an absolute delight for Wonthaggi Primary School’s school crossing supervisor Glennis Anderson. On Tuesday the school congratulated Glennis on her milestone 25 years of service and more than one million safe crossings and she was presented with flowers and a certificate. Talking to The Star on Tuesday Glennis said the best part of the job was the children. “I have seen two generations of children safely across the road to school and after this long in the

job I would have to enjoy what I do,” she said. Glennis is taking some time off for a hip operation but she hopes to be up and about in six to eight weeks and back to work after that time. Acting principal Leonie Anstey said it was estimated that for more than 25 years, Glennis has helped children, their families and the community make over one million safe crossings. “With your famous double whistle blow, that means that you have blown your whistle over two million times. The smile that she has through rain, hail and shine, extreme heat and freezing cold, is absolutely amazing. She has always taken an interest in children and I know they look forward to her smile.”

Stunning: take a walk along the magnificent Kilcunda railway bridge and while you’re there stop at one of the great cafes in town.

“We are so fortunate to have such a committed ‘lolly pop’ lady in Billson Street. We look forward to the next years with us. You are an icon of the values our school believes in and we appreciate all you do for us.”

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College answers call for help SOUTH Gippsland teenagers aim to raise at least $15,000 for local charities and causes, and walk 10km to boot. Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College students and staff will undertake the college’s annual

walkathon along the Great Southern Rail Trail from Koonwarra to Meeniyan on Monday, August 8. “It’s quite a unique event. We are not aware of any school that runs a walkathon and we feel it supports the ideas of social justice we try to push at Mary MacKillop,” teacher Patrick McCa-

rthy said. “We just feel there are a few people in the community who need our support at the moment.” In the lead-up to the walkaton, the college community will raise funds for the beneficiary causes, as nominated by college staff: • $3000 for Days for

Rising to challenge: Stephanie Hulls, pictured with husband John, will receive $3000 from Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College’s walkathon. The former college student suffers from MS and needs her bathroom altered to live as independently as possible.

Girls. A small group of local volunteers who sew reusable hygiene kits for women worldwide to use when menstruating. All donations fund the purchase of fabric and materials to construct kits; • $2000 to Ella’s Ear. Ella Morgan requires surgery in the USA to restore her hearing and money raised will contribute towards this; • $2000 for Aylah Hengstberger, a seven year old with multiple medical needs. Money will be used to buy a hoist lifter for her wheelchair; • $3000 for Stephanie Hulls, a MS sufferer and a former student of Mary MacKillop. She needs her bathroom altered to live as independently as possible; • $3000 for South Gippsland FOCAS (Focus on Care and Support). This money will support people with mental illness in Bass Coast Shire; • $1000 for the MacKillop Foundation to support the work of the Josephite Sisters in Australia; and • $1000 for the Trin-

ity (Bishop’s Family) Foundation to help families throughout Gippsland, irrespective of background or belief. Any surplus funds will be allocated towards these projects and presented at a future ceremony.

Thanks a million: Kate Adkins speaks about the plight of her niece Ella Morgan. Ella requires surgery in the USA to restore her hearing and Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College has pledged to donate $2000 to her procedure.

Battles claim local lads IN July 1916, the British High Command planned a major offensive to try and break the deadlock on the Western Front and send the troops straight through to Berlin. The Battle of Fromelles on July 19 was the first action of this offensive but the major battles along the Somme Valley would occur in the

weeks following. For Leongatha and district this offensive was to bring great sadness. Many local men were killed at a place called Pozieres. The Battle of Pozieres was a two week struggle for the village and the ridge of high ground it occupied. British troops were involved at Pozieres but it is remembered mainly Orlando Edwards, as an Australian battle. Australian official Meeniyan, 5th Bathistorian Charles Bean talion, killed in acsaid the Pozieres Ridge tion, August 18, “is more densely sown 2016. with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth”. News of the loss of our local men gradually came through to South Gippsland and they were mourned by family and the community. In a few short weeks the Western Front became a place of sorrow. The men of Woorayl Shire who died at, or as a result of, the Somme Offensive 1916 were: • Hubert Thompson, Krowera, 8th Battalion, killed in action at Pozieres, July 25; Duncan Phillips, Leongatha, 8th Battalion, killed in action at Pozieres, July 25; • William Colvin 8th Battalion, killed in action at Pozieres, July 26. Jock Patterson, Mir- He had been a woodwork teacher at Leongatha boo, 24th Battalion, High and was originally missing in action at from Rutherglen; Mouquet Farm, Au• Charles Gallop, Hallston, 5th Battalion, gust 25, 1916. killed in action, July 28; • Alex Le Maître, Ruby, 22nd Battalion, killed in action at Pozieres, August 5; • Henry Spargo, killed in action, August 15 at Armentieres; • William Guthrie of the tunnel company was killed in action, August 17; • Dennis Chillingsworth with connections to Mount Eccles, 1st Battalion killed in action, August 18; • Orlando Edwards, Meeniyan,5th Battalion, killed in action, August 18; • John Sparks 8th Battalion, Dollar and Duncan Phillips, Wonthaggi, killed in acLeongatha, 8th Battion at Pozieres, August talion, killed in ac18; • Thomas Johnston, tion at Pozieres, July Leongatha,23rd Bat- 25, 2016. talion, killed in action, August 25; • Jock Patterson, Mirboo, 24th Battalion, missing in action at Mouquet Farm, August 25; and • Leonard Smith, his parents were from Toora, 22nd Battalion, went missing in action on the Somme, August 26. More information about the men from our area who died as a result of World War One can be seen on the Leongatha Historical Society’s website, www.

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ter bedroom with ensuite and private deck area. The beauty continues outside with gorgeous weeping cherry trees and rose beds. There is an off street caravan facility and a fresh water tank and solar panels to keep you environmentally responsible. Call us today to inspect this unique property!

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EW REIV data shows house prices remained stable across the state in the June quarter, up almost one percent to a median of $347,000. Despite a stable regional market, multiple towns recorded significant quarterly growth in the three months to June 30. Capital growth was recorded in Gippsland with the median house price in Trafalgar up 8.8 percent over the quarter to $303,000. This increased from $278,500 in the first three months

of 2016. Morwell in the Latrobe Valley experienced similar growth, up 8.2 percent with a median of $165,000. Other regional areas performing well in the June quarter included Drouin, up 6.5 percent to $362,500. For more information on median house prices by town, visit the REIV website at property data Geoff White, Chief Executive Officer, REIV

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HIS ideal rural property is located on the town boundary of Leongatha.

The residence is a quality brick home set on a perfect 3.8 acres. Inside the home offers three large bedrooms, master with a full ensuite and walk in robe, plus an office space. There is a wonderful north facing formal lounge with a feature wood heater and stunning views across the property. The main family room is adjacent to the din-

ing room and kitchen which features a walk in pantry, dishwasher and breakfast bar. A large carport easily doubles as a great entertaining area for family gatherings. A full verandah envelopes the home and protects the quality feature cedar windows. The property also offers three paddocks, river frontage, beautiful gardens and more. With sealed road frontage, town water and three minutes drive to the centre of town, what more could you ask for! Call today to arrange an inspection.

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This impressive brand new brick home is a private oasis in the middle of town. Upon arrival the stunning feature façade instantly catches your eye. Situated in a quiet cul-desac, this home is builder designed and crafted with attention given to the smallest of details. This outstanding home features three large bedrooms, a study, two stunning living areas, and a large designer kitchen with an enormous walk in pantry. The home reflects top quality workmanship with quality fixtures and fittings and a welcoming colour scheme. It has been designed with absolute privacy in mind and maximises

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privacy and the landscaping has been thoughtfully planned to enhance colour whilst providing low maintenance for those with a busy lifestyle. There is also a remote controlled double car garage with internal access and a utility shed. This unique property surpasses the requirements of the most fussy of buyers and is a must to inspect. Such a stunning family home of this class, function and style rarely comes along. Don’t miss the upcoming open for inspection on Saturday, August 6 from 11am to 11.30am. Make your way along to the open for inspection or if this date doesn’t suit, give Jean O’Loughlin a call on 0428 571 083 to organise a more suitable time.

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Leongatha Men’s Shed helps children overseas A PARTNERSHIP between Leongatha Men’s Shed and humanitarian aid organisation Samaritan’s Purse has entered its fourth year.

Made from scratch: Jim Geary (front) cuts wooden tyres for the toy cars while Rodney Nelson (back) sands them down to be painted during the Leongatha Men’s Shed gathering Wednesday 20 July. Geary says he often cuts out 150 tyres in a single afternoon.

As part of Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse recruited help from the Men’s Shed three years ago to build wooden toy cars, which are packaged with other items in specially ordered shoeboxes and sent to disadvantaged children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Fiji. With an October deadline just three months away, the men are hard at work once again – cutting out and painting the cars every Wednesday. In the three years the men have been involved in the project, they have made a total of 836 toy cars – 164 the first year, 307 the second year and 365 in 2015. The boxes Samaritan’s Purse sends out can be ordered online at People who order them fill the boxes with various gifts, such as clothing, school supplies, toiletries and toys, which are sent to children who have often never received a gift before. The cars made by Leongatha Men’s Shed are sometimes added to these Christmas boxes in order to fill any gaps. Member Ken Reid designed the cars. When they are not working on the cars, Leongatha Men’s Shed also builds other toys for children. Members meet every Wednesday at 2pm at the old Leongatha Primary School on Horn Street. Information brochures about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child can be found at New Beginnings Bookshop, Bain St. Leongatha. Samaritan’s Purse aims to provide emergency relief and developmental assistance to suffering people around the world and has been doing Operation Christmas Child for more than 20 years.

For the children: Leongatha Men’s Shed member Fred Bellingham paints wooden cars last Wednesday, July 20, which will be sent to disadvantaged children overseas through the Operation Christmas Child program organised by Samaritan’s Purse.

Rhyll farewells tree Swell result for surf competition

BASS Coast Shire Council is removing a Cypress tree from near the Rhyll jetty after it was damaged by strong winds this week. The tree, estimated to be around 70 years old, was split down its trunk. Council’s manager sustainable environment Deidre Griepsma said council officers and an arborist assessed the tree on Thursday. “The damage was deemed so major that the tree could not be saved by any maintenance works, such as pruning or bracing,” Ms Griepsma said. “The tree is located in an area of high public use, where many foreshore users walk and park vehicles, and was at risk of falling on the historic Rhyll jetty shed. “This building has heritage value to many in the community and coun-

SURF will certainly be up in Phillip Island next year after Bass Coast Shire Council agreed to financially support the Phillip Island Pro QS 1000 at its meeting on Wednesday.

Damage works: Bass Coast Shire Council is removing an old Cypress tree from near the Rhyll jetty after it was damaged in strong winds this week. cil has recently invested in restoration works to the shed. “Due to the tree’s condition and risk to public safety, the only option was to remove the tree.” Council will now work with the

local community to identify suitable replacement shade trees. For more details, contact council’s coast and bushland team in 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.

Celebrate National Tree Day NATIONAL Tree Day has come around once again, so why not take part in the country’s largest community tree planting and nature care event right here in Bass Coast? National Tree Day is a great opportunity to get outdoors and do something positive for our environment. Cape Woolamai Coast Action Group will be hosting an event this year in Bass Coast on Sunday, July 31.

“We will be planting in the foreshore reserve south of the Woolamai House development, starting at 10am and meeting at the northern end of the Esplanade,” Cape Woolamai Coast Action’s secretary Kate McLaughlin said. “Together we will be planting 700 indigenous plants at this site, with tools and equipment provided.” The Cape Woolamai site continues on from last year’s National Tree Day plantings. This section of the foreshore re-

Cr Phil Wright put forth a submission for Council to allocate $40,000 of funding as a primary sponsor of the event which is set to take place on the Melbourne Cup Day weekend 2017. “Surfing symbolises freedom, creativity and an opportunity to be your own person. This is a great opportunity for Phillip Island and it will be a great story,” Cr Wright said. “It is a brand new event and there is a level of uncertainty about how it will be received, however Council can seek to work with as many sponsors as it likes to partner in funding the event.” Cr Wright put forth an alternative submission to employ a working group of local stakeholders to share in organising

the event. “We can ensure the culture of surfing is embodied in the event if we include local groups like the Bass Coast Board Riders and other interested parties,” he said. “We have so many young people who would like to get involved and it is a great opportunity for us to give them a chance.” Cr Neil Rankine seconded the motion and agreed the event would most likely prosper as it grows in the future. “I can envisage the Bass Coast becoming a surfing location to rival the Surf Coast with an event like this,” he said. Council agreed to hold the four day event on Melbourne Cup weekend and will work with Surfing Victoria to negotiate the categories of the event with provisions for junior competition categories. Council also agreed its officers will continue to work with relevant stakeholders to finalise a budget of up to $40,000 and employ local and national sponsors. The motion was carried unanimously.

serve has recently been reclaimed through realignment of a property fence. The planting will help increase biodiversity within the area, with the foreshore acting as part of a wildlife corridor which runs north to Newhaven, and south to the actual Cape and beyond. For more details, contact council’s natural resources officer David Martin on 1300 BCOAST (226 278), 5671 2211 or email d.martin@basscoast.vic.

Red Rocks growth under scrutiny PHILLIP Island’s Sue Saliba feels scenic Red Rocks will turn into a concrete jungle if vegetation is cleared to make way for 12 townhouses. “I am concerned the decision makers are not familiar enough with the area. These are large blocks that are completely out of character and a lot of vegetation will be removed,” she said. “What will the visitors see? At the moment the area is treed. If you remove that and put in 12 townhouses it will certainly become a concrete

jungle.” Ms Saliba was also concerned about the safety of residents, believing 12 townhouses near the rise in the road in Red Rocks would cause a fatal accident. “Thinking this through carefully is important environmentally and for safety,” she said. “Red Rocks is really special. If it were in Cowes, maybe it would be considered as a better idea, but in Red Rocks no way. There’s so much land in Cowes, there’s no excuse for this.” Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew

said he sympathised with Ms Saliba but also had the population boom in mind. “Some good points have been raised but the challenges are ever present,” he said. “We need to be mindful and get the balance right between the environment and growth.” Ms Saliba asked when this plan would be advertised. Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said it was being assessed, but it would be published on council’s website and there would be signs on site.

Gnarly result: Cr Phil Wright was happy with the outcome of Bass Coast Shire Council’s Wednesday meeting where councillors unanimously agreed to support the Phillip Island Pro QS 1000 event to be held next year.

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Safe space for survivors By Tayla Kershaw MEMBERS of volunteer group Survivors of Suicide (SOS) appealed for a facility to help those in need at Bass Coast Shire Council’s community question time recently. Group member Koula Dimopoulos said suicide was a pronounced topic in Bass Coast. “We’ve (along with fellow group member Tanya Warden) have been residents in Bass Coast for around 20 years and we have heard of one too many suicides,” she said. “We – along with (deputy mayor) Cr Bradley Drew and his wife Jillian – commenced this group to offer a crisis support service. We envisage more face to face consultations and immediate support for people directly after a crisis. As a group, we are looking to grow and get more people on board.” Cr Drew said the concept of SOS had stemmed from the community, when a resident wrote to the council about limited options in Bass Coast following the loss of a loved one. “The support has not come from us, it has come from the community,” he said. “We’ve led the charge and we are hoping to make a footprint in Bass Coast. The figures are alarming.” Ms Warden said a permanent SOS space would

empower the community to talk about and reduce the stigma of suicide. “At one point, the average rate of suicides was higher than the rate in the whole of Victoria,” she said. “Suicide is dominant. The amount of energy we put into decreasing the road toll is not being put into helping people who are at crisis point.” Ms Dimopoulos said the group was passionate about the cause and would ideally like to have three locations set up as the group expands – in Grantville, Wonthaggi and Phillip Island. “At the moment, we are only looking at one building, preferably with two or three private consulting rooms and a meeting room for educational programs.” Cr Neil Rankine said it was a big ask, but council could consider if SOS was open to allowing other groups to use the building. “We are happy to speak with any groups if it’s for the greater good,” Ms Dimopoulos said. “We need this space because sometimes it can take up to three months for people to see a counsellor, which is far too long. Some counsellors won’t talk about suicide at all, because they believe if you talk about it you make it happen.” Cr Phil Wright suggested the use of the Phillip Island Medical Hub. Acting CEO David Elder confirmed there would be several empty rooms available. Support: from left, Survivors of Suicide (SOS) volunteers Tanya Warden, Bass Coast Shire “The medical hub will not be filled to capacity immediately. Discussions would need to happen Council deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew and Koula Dimopoulos are pushing for an SOS facility to be set up in Bass Coast. with the medical hub to find availability.”

Korumburra RSL remembers Battle of Fromelles IN REMEMBRANCE of the “worst 24 hours in Australian Military history,” the Korumburra RSL commemorated local losses incurred at the Battle of Fromelles at 1.30pm on Tuesday, July 19 at Coleman Park.

Remembering Fromelles: Korumburra RSL member Tony Moon (left) and RSL president Kevin Moon (right) help honour the Gippsland residents lost at the Battle of Fromelles during World War One during a centennial commemoration held at 1.30pm Tuesday, July 19 in Coleman Park.

Milpara Community House news

In the course of one night, Korumburra lost for each of them before the cenotaph. Students seven men and Leongatha lost nine, whilst from Korumburra Primary School placed roses Wonthaggi, Foster and Mirboo North all lost on each of the crosses after they were hammered similar numbers. Another four men from Ko- into the ground. rumburra died later of wounds they sustained Wreaths were placed on the cenotaph afterin the battle. ward and Reverend Jenny Ramage led the crowd During the ceremony, a role of the fallen sol- in prayer. The ceremony concluded with the singAs part of the centenary of World War One diers was called as RSL members placed crosses ing of Australian National Anthem. program, the ceremony was held exactly 100 years to the day after the battle, which claimed the lives of many Victorian Australians and South Gippsland residents. Kevin Moon, president of the Korumburra RSL, introduced the ceremony before turning it over to his son and fellow RSL member Tony Moon, who detailed the battle. Starting at 7.15pm local France time, the battle began as an effort to pull German troops away from the Somme offensive – and later resulted in staggering casualties. “Many of these losses, particularly those from the 15th Brigade, were Victorian,” said Tony Moore. “Most of the Australian forces had been on the frontlines for only a few days before this action and it was their first real experience with the true nature of trench warfare.” More than 5,500 men were killed in the single night of fighting. This included men from the 59th Battalion, which was comprised entirely of Gippsland residents. “July 19, 1916 proved to be the worst single day of the war, indeed both World Wars, for Getting involved: Korumburra Primary School students assist with Korumburra RSL’s commemoration to area soldiers lost during the Battle of Fromelles in World War One. Gippsland,” said Tony Moore.

MS Word and MS Excel are common computer packages used by many businesses but are often not used to their full RESIDENTS of Korumburra and the potential. surrounding areas will be taken on a trip We offer classes for these programs but would like to extend the learning opportunities. Introduc- back through time on Sunday, Septeming Ms Word and MS Excel - The Next Step will be ber 11when the Korumburra and District held on seven Tuesday mornings starting July 26. Historical Society celebrates 50 years of In Excel, learn to create complex formulas, use a range of functions and create effective charts. In Word preserving local history.

Korumburra historical society celebrates 50 years

learn time saving techniques for business documents including templates and mail merge. The Computers Beyond Basics class is scheduled to start Wednesday, July 27. Saturday, July 30 is your opportunity to get creative at our Mandala Art Workshop. Crochet is a wonderful pastime. We have a class for those who have the basic skills but would like to develop them further. Crochet Beyond Basics will start on August 1 and run over five Monday evenings. Violin for Beginners, is as its name suggests, is a new course commencing Tuesday, August 2 and will run over seven weeks. Also new this term is our Introduction to Chakras Workshop on Saturday, August 6. Learn about the subtle energy system connected to our body and how they work. The workshop will cover how to work with chakras to improve your sense of self and an empowered life. Did you know Korumburra has a youth group? It has recently relocated to Milpara, is for secondary school aged youths and meets on Wednesday afternoons. For further information call 5655 2524.

At the Korumburra Showgrounds Amenities Complex commencing at 1.30pm, the celebrations will explore events throughout history and include an afternoon tea. The main highlight of the event, however, is a featured presentation by guest speaker Lambis Englezos, who will share the details surrounding his discovery of a once lost mass grave in which Australian diggers from World War One were buried fol-

lowing the Battle of Fromelles. “I think it’ll be a fantastic presentation,” said Tony Moon, Korumburra RSL member, who recently worked with the historical society on a commemoration of the Battle of Fromelles. “He’s a gentleman who, for years and years and years, battled with bureaucracy to uncover a mass grave in a place called Pheasant Wood.” Though the grave itself does not include soldiers from the Gippsland area, several men from the Gippsland area lost their lives in the battle. Englezos located the mass grave at Pheasant Wood after relentless investigatory efforts into the location of the site commenced in 1996. Once it was discovered, he and his supporters lobbied for 10 years to conduct further investigation into the site before eventually gaining all the neces-

sary support in 2005 from the Australian Army, the UK-based War Graves Commission, and other authorities. Existence of the mass grave was confirmed following a geographic survey in 2007 and an exhumation of the site was conducted between May and September of that year. About 250 allied remains were uncovered – 173 of which have been identified as Australian. The process of identifying these remains still continues today. Once the soldiers are identified, they receive formal recognition and re-burial at a new Commonwealth War Grave commissioned for those found at Pheasant Wood. The historical society encourages everyone to attend the event, but a $10 cover charge is required for entry.

Spotlight on invasive animals GIPPSLAND South MLA Danny O’Brien is encouraging people to make submissions to a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the control of invasive animals on Crown land. Mr O’Brien said invasive animals such as rabbits, foxes, deer, feral pigs and goats could have devastating effects on the environment, property

and livestock if left unchecked. “The committee needs to hear from our local people who face issues with invasive animals and this inquiry is an opportunity to have your say on how issues can be addressed on your land,” he said. The inquiry will consider the use of properly trained community hunting groups and individuals to control pest animals in places such as national and state parks. “I believe we need to be creative and flexible to tackle pest animals on Crown land

and this inquiry will examine the best ways we can do this, including through the use of appropriately trained shooters,” Mr O’Brien said. “This has already been trialled in my own electorate at Wilsons Promontory National Park and the inquiry will consider the success of this trial.” Submissions can be made until August 8 and more information, including how to make a submission and the terms of reference for the committee is available at

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Backyard Bl tz

Enjoy your great outdoors this winter

Winter’s not the time to relax By Karen Haw, The Town Centre Nursery HERE we are in the middle of winter and no one feels like going outside in the cold and gardening but this is the time of year when there is a huge choice of trees, shrubs, vines and roses available as bare root specimens that are not readily available at other times of the year. The advantage of bare root trees is they are generally much cheaper than potted trees. This is especially true for ornamental trees such as weeping maples and forest pansies. Fruit trees, now is the time to buy. Just about every variety is available and the trend is dwarf trees that only grow to around 2.5metres. Dwarf trees mean less maintenance and the range of dwarf trees increase every year. Take a look: Isla Haw with new hellebore This year there are apricots, called Sophies Delight. plums, pears, cherries, peaches, almonds and nectarines. Citrus are very popular and are also available as dwarf trees but these are available year round in pots. When it comes to a feature tree the general choice is an ornamental tree such as a capital pear or maple but sometimes it is worth considering a fruit tree. The four season peach trees ticks all the boxes. Also known as Silvan Sunset this is a new release for

What a flower: new floribunda camellia called It’s Gorgeous.

2016. This is a very different variety of peach as it has something to offer in all seasons beginning with a large amount of high coloured blossom in spring, followed by medium sized, golden, clingstone fruit with firm flesh which is juicy with good flavour in late summer. Golden autumn foliage is also a feature and extremely high colour branches in winter makes this variety a great all-rounder. This is also a dwarf tree to around two metres and also a prolific bearer and the peaches eat well fresh or can be cooked or canned. When it comes to planting fruit trees it is always important to check whether a pollinator is required. Stone fruit like peaches and nectarines are self fruitful whereas most plums, apples and pears need pollinators and European plums do not cross pollinate Japanese plums. Apricots will fruit with one variety but will fruit more with another variety. If space is limited you can buy a double grafted tree but we find it is a much better option to plant two trees in the one hole (called duo planting). When two trees are planted together they each grow on their own rootstock but with double grafted trees the stronger variety generally takes over and unless you are an expert on pruning they are not always successful. It is important to remember to spray stone fruit during winter and at bud swell with copper or lime sulphur to help prevent curly leaf in the spring. Roses also benefit from a spray with lime sulphur over the winter months. Lime sulphur is an ideal winter clean up spray. It kills pests and diseases such as powdery mildew and mites and also removes spores so spray the plant and around the ground. Winter is also an ideal time to plant strawberry runners and they are also much cheaper but if you want something different there are some new varieties that will be available

Try this one: Isla Haw with new floribunda camellia. in nurseries from July. United Nursery has introduced three new strawberries Pineberry, Bubbleberry and Strasberry. Pineberry Strawberry is a hybrid-cross variety with fragrant, white flesh fruit, red seeds and white blooms. Beautiful in appearance, with flavour notes of strawberry and pineapple. Pineberries are actually the oldest strawberry variety. Originally strawberries were white in South America and red in North America (known as scarlets). Pineberries are grown from vegetative stock, producing superior fruit when compared to seeded varieties. Bubbleberry strawberry is a high yielding, heirloom variety with fragrant, soft pink strawberry fruits. It is sweet tasting in flavour, with a bubblegum or mixed berry undertone. This heirloom variety , was popular in the 19th Century and referenced in Jane Austin’s novel ‘Emma’.

Best consumed when pink, the Strasberry strawberry produces plump, juicy deep seeded fruit. Raspberry like in appearance, Strasberry is a sweet tasting, hardy strawberry with a mild raspberry flavour. Pineberry and Strasberry require a pollinator of one quality red strawberry in order to fruit. Bubbleberry does not require a pollinator and can act as a pollinator to the Pineberry and Strasberry. The pollinator is very important without this the strawberries will not bare any fruit. These new varieties are only available in pots and not as bare root runners as are other strawberries over the winter period. These strawberries are a result of natural crossings and definitively not a mixture of different fruit species or genetically adapted fruit as some people might think. They are new to Australia and an ideal present for that person that has everything.

Much ado about mulch MULCHING your garden beds improves soil health and prevents water loss through evaporation. Mulching is the number one rule for water conservation in your garden. Adding mulch to your garden beds can prevent water loss by up to 25 percent, reducing evaporation rates and increasing the water storage capacity of your soil. Soil is the starting point for life in the garden (and in the forest, bush and grassland). It is continually being made in one of nature’s great cycles. We can’t make it - the plants and animals do - but we can assist the process by regularly returning organic materials to the earth. Mulching also suppresses weeds, which compete with your plants for nutrients and water, pro-

Important: your garden will do much better if mulch is applied regularly. vides a stable soil temperature to promote plant growth and, of course, saves water.

Gnome away from home A LEONGATHA resident awoke earlier this month to find a decapitated garden gnome sitting in her front garden. Zoe Baillie opened the curtains of her Watt Street home on Sunday, July 10 to find what she thought was her neighbour’s pet sitting on the front lawn. Upon further inspection Ms Baillie realised it was in fact a small concrete statue. “Somebody had obviously stolen it from another person’s garden because I had never seen it before,” she said. “Two days later my neighbour came over to tell me he had found the gnome’s head in his gar-

den amongst some bushes. It was very strange.” Ms Baillie said she is happy to hear from anybody who has recently lost garden ornaments in a bid to return the gnome to its home. “It would be lovely to see it reunited with its owner,” she said. “They can come retrieve it if they can describe it to me over the phone. My number is 0447 752 487.” The strange occurrence followed a spate of garden ornament thefts in Leongatha with a number of users on the Leongatha Buy/ Swap and Sell Facebook page taking to social media to share their found decor.

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Minister hears councils’ plight THE challenges faced by local councils were expressed to Victorian Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins when she visited South Gippsland last Wednesday. The minister heard from South Gippsland Shire Council CEO Tim Tamlin of his concerns about the ongoing sustainability of local government. Rate capping has reduced councils’ revenue, while cost shifting from State and Federal governments to councils was placing pressure on councils’ already stretched finances. Mr Tamlin and mayor Cr Bob Newton represented the council at a meeting of the Gippsland Local Government Network with the minister in Yarram.

“It was a general discussion in the lead up to the review of the Local Government Act and gets us on the radar,” Mr Tamlin said. The government is now talking with councils about the directions paper: An Act for the Future – Directions for the New Local Government Act. A draft bill of new legislation for local governments could be released by the State Government later this year, with a bill introduced to parliament in 2017. New legislation could take effect from 2018. Network representatives at the Yarram meeting also came from Baw Baw, Latrobe, Wellington and East Gippsland shire councils. Other issues raised were funding for libraries, planning and litigation risks related to climate change, rail services in Gippsland and the future of the Latrobe Valley.

Long term dreams: Nyora Recreation Reserve president Brett Hume with Michelle Harris of Hands On Community Solutions, who helped prepare the reserve’s updated master plan.

Nyora makes dreams happen

Hearing views: Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins met with South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive officer Tim Tamlin and mayor Cr Bob Newton in Yarram last Wednesday. They joined with representatives from three other Gippsland shires to discuss local government issues. THERE may not be a pub in town but

that does not stop the people of Nyora from getting together. The town’s recreation reserve is Nyora’s social hub, with a commercial cook employed to create up to 100 meals some nights to unite residents over a chat and feed. Meals after football and netball training are popular on Thursday nights, but the reserve committee also runs community nights on Fridays, opening the doors to the broader public as a way of building a sense of community. Reserve president Brett Hume last Wednesday told South Gippsland Shire Council of the committee’s successes and future ambitions when he briefed council about the updated reserve master plan that provides a vision for the next 10 years. “The master plan is something we will use aggressively to ensure we have the best reserve in the

community,” Mr Hume said. The plan lists the need for an electricity upgrade, new $90,000 cricket net, and an overhaul of the main oval that will entail irrigation improvements, the planting of drought tolerant grass, new lighting and an al fresco dining area at the clubrooms. Other initiatives include a new scoreboard, public toilets, men’s shed projects, landscaping, storage upgrades, speedway works and the prospect of a second playing field in the next 10 to 15 years, all possibly valued at around $3 million. The reserve has been transformed over the past eight years, with new netball courts, a men’s shed building, and carpark and drainage improvements. A memorial garden was established to honour the late Dick Carrigy, who undertook significant volunteer work at the reserve. Walking trails, tree planting, a new security system, seating, upgraded kitchen and landscaping were among the goals achieved by the reserve committee.

Mayor’s message Cr Bob Newton Science minds: from left, Jasmyn, Lily, Sarah, Logan and teacher Marissa Cashmore are ON Wednesday, council’s waste management team presented a report on the implementation of looking at a wide range of topics in science during 2016. new technology at council’s landfill.

Excitement aplenty at Wonthaggi North THERE is plenty of excitement in store for students at Wonthaggi North Primary School during term three. The fun begins from August 1, when students in Grades 3 to 6 will participate in the bike education program. This will be followed up with whole school first aid training, with professional instruction from St John Ambulance. August 15 will bring an excursion for Grades 3 and 4 students to the National Gallery of Victoria and science week, which will culminate in a science fair to be held on August 17. The fair is a day to showcase the science learning from across the school. The end of August will be busily filled with book week thrills. A dress up day will be held on August 26 with a parade to be held in the gym, and the books will be available for purchase throughout the whole week. On September 5, Grade 6 students will be off to Wonthaggi Secondary College for Fantastic Racers day. Fantastic Racers Day is a chance for students to get used to

Tech savvy: from left, Wonthaggi North Primary School students Jasmine, Charlee, Matthew and Zavier looked over the pieces of the robot they would be creating during the school’s lunchtime coding club. the high school, meet new people and have a fun day racing homemade cars. The week of September 5 will also be arts week. During arts week, the students will be able to experience a plethora of music, dance, puppeteering, drama and more. The week’s activities will include both international performers as well as local performers. During the week’s activities, the students will attend a multitude of performances. There will also be an extended focus on technology throughout the whole of term three.

The school has introduced a coding club, which will run once a week during lunchtime for students from Grade 2 to Grade 6. The children will be given the opportunity to construct and program a robot, and create websites using HTML and Javascript. “Students who are interested in technology and coding are nominated by teachers to get involved with the club,” teacher Sean Webb said. “Last year, we asked the Grade 6 students what they would like to see happen in the school and they suggested coding, so this is an idea that has come from our students.”

Peter Roberts, Geoff McKinnon, and the council team at the Koonwarra Landfill site investigated ways to save time and airspace at the landfill and came upon Tarpomatic. This system had never been approved for ongoing use at any other landfill in Victoria when Pete and Geoff suggested it to council. They were passionate though, convincing us to invest more than $200,000 in this new piece of equipment. They also convinced the EPA to approve its ongoing use. Standard practice at landfills is to cover each day’s waste with 300mm of soil to prevent rubbish blowing away, to reduce odours and to reduce the likelihood of vermin infestation. The Tarpomatic spreads weighted tarps over the waste instead. The tarps are then retracted the next day, saving time, soil and – most importantly – airspace within the landfill cell. The outcomes have been extraordinary: the life of the cell has been extended by five years and the airspace savings in the first year are within a bull’s roar of a million dollars. Well done to Pete and Geoff. This sort of innovation often goes unheralded as our very talented officers strive to find new and more efficient ways to do the work we task them with. Last week’s community grants were – as always – a wonderful celebration of the plans and achievements of various groups from across the whole shire. It makes me so proud to speak to the people who provide the passion and drive to make their communities better places to live, work and play. Council is honoured to support these groups in their endeavours. It’s that time of year again – rates time. I know none of us enjoy getting our rates notices, but it is a necessary part of living in a vibrant and supported community. I want to point out rates are not imposed as a fee

for service the way that a power bill is. Rates are a tax, levied by local governments to provide services to the whole community. And as with the other levels of government (which, by the way, collect 96.6 percent of Australia’s total taxation revenue, leaving local governments with just 3.4 percent of tax to provide an extraordinary range of services) the services that you as an individual receive may not be immediately commensurate with the tax you pay. We contribute in the knowledge that those who need services and infrastructure will have access to them. This is one of the more complex roles of all levels of government – balancing their ability to raise revenue with the competing demands of their communities. It is also important for all residents to be aware of how their rates notice is calculated. I want to ensure residents are mindful of how the rate cap will affect their rates notice to avoid any misunderstanding. Council charges rates equitably by using property values to fairly distribute rates charged across the municipality. Rates revenue provides council with the income to undertake more than 150 services for our local community and is vital in maintaining community quality of life. A common misconception is that the 2.5 percent rate cap is applied universally to all rate notices. However, the rate cap applies to the overall rate revenue collected by council, not individual properties. Waste charges (charged by council) and the Fire Services Property Levy (determined by State Government) are exempt from the rate cap. This year rates notices will also be affected by property revaluations as council is required by law to review valuations every two years based on market movements and recent sales trends. The overall amount of rates council receives will not increase but the percentage residents pay of the overall general rates may change if your property has increased or decreased in value. Any individuals needing more information about their rates can visit Council’s website.

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Police inspire learners to drive safely ON a cold and wintry night, police officers were surprised to see 55 people arrive at Autobarn Wonthaggi to learn about keeping vehicles safe and roadworthy. L2P learners, their families and volunteer mentors watched on as vehicles were raised on the Autobarn hoist and discussion ensued. They met with Acting Sergeant Allan Piening and Leading Senior Constable Scott Simcock of the Bass Coast Highway Patrol. The group then walked next door to Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre to talk with police about road rules and safe driving skills. This was followed by a pizza supper sponsored by Bass Coast Shire Council. Acting Sgt Piening said, “I find it very fulfilling attending and participating in these events. It gives the community a chance to get to meet us and find out we are no different to

them. It also gives the community a chance to ask those questions they might never get much chance to do.” While the Bass Coast L2P Program for 16 to 21 year old disadvantaged learner drivers receives funding from the TAC via VicRoads, it is dependent on the sponsorship and good will of local businesses and organisations. “Bass Coast Community Foundation, the Cowes, San Remo, Grantville and Inverloch branches of the Bendigo Bank, Watersure, Dandy-Premix Concrete, Inverloch Rotary, Wonthaggi Lions Club, Autobarn, Connell’s Bakery, the Wonthaggi Club and the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club all contribute and by doing so they’re helping to save young lives on our roads,” said L2P coordinator Veronica Dowman. For more information on the Bass Coast L2P Program call Veronica on 0467 590 679 or Listen up: Bass Coast L2P Program learner drivers learn about car mechanics at Autobarn email Wonthaggi from staff, including Gavin Coyne, far right.

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Firefighters reward excellence LEONGATHA’s firefighter of the year, third lieutenant Ben Patterson, was recognised on Saturday, July 9. Country Fire Authority (CFA) operations manager Michael Owen joined Leongatha Fire Brigade at the annual presentation dinner at Leongatha RSL to celebrate the camaraderie of the CFA, present awards and recognise the contribution of the

families. The firefighter of the year is chosen by his or her peers for outstanding service and commitment to the brigade. Lieutenant Patterson, aged 22, has been a member of Leongatha Fire Brigade for three and a half years. He is qualified to use breathing apparatus and attend both wildfires and structural fires; has attended incidents including fires and motor vehicle accidents; and has taken on a leader-

ship role in the brigade. Captain Greg Clifford also presented firefighter Laura Gibb, the brigade’s community engagement officer, with the Jack Rayson encouragement award, which recognises a new member for excellent service and a significant commitment to the brigade. Former captain of Leongatha Fire Brigade Tristan Morton-Pedersen received a 15 year service medal and a national emergency medal from the 2009 fires.

Two medals: at Leongatha Fire Brigade’s annual dinner at Leongatha RSL, CFA operations manager Michael Owen, centre, and captain Greg Clifford, right, present former captain Tristan Morton-Pedersen with a 15 year service medal and a National Emergency Medal for the 2009 Victorian fires.

Encouragement award: captain Greg Clifford of Leongatha Fire Brigade, left, presents firefighter Laura Gibb with the Jack Rayson encouragement award at Leongatha RSL.

Firefighter award: Leongatha Fire Brigade captain Greg Clifford, left, presents 3rd lieutenant Ben Patterson with the 2016 firefighter of the year award at Leongatha RSL.

Carole Carruthers accepted a 15 year service medal and a CFA bible on behalf of her late husband, Peter Carruthers, who was a brigade member and president of Leongatha RSL. Four of Mr and Mrs Carruthers’ five children were present. The brigade also acknowledged 60 years of service by former communications officer Peter Atkins, who was unable to attend. Mr Atkins joined the CFA in 1956, when the CFA itself was only 11 years old. He started at the Leongatha brigade in 1971. Captain Clifford said Mr

Posthumous medal: Carole Carruthers, centre, accepted a 15 year service medal on behalf of her late husband, Peter Carruthers, from Leongatha Fire Brigade captain Greg Clifford, left, and CFA operations manager Michael Owen, right, at the Leongatha RSL.

Atkins was firefighter of the year five times and his loyalty to the service endured through many tragedies and many changes. “Peter grasped the challenge of change,” Captain Clifford said. “His CFA mates are proud of him.” The brigade also acknowledged the contribution of brigade members’ partners and families by providing each member with a rose they could give to someone special. The brigade thanks Leongatha RSL and many other businesses for supporting the annual dinner.

A Star is born Left, TYLAH James Weston was born at Bass Coast Health on July 13 to Leigh Weston and Jennie Boyle of Inverloch. Tylah’s siblings are Mia, nine, Jobe, six, and Sass, four.

Sweet teeth: The Nationals Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien and Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath met Dalliance Chocolate Shop proprietor Elliyah Salinger during Mr O’Brien and Ms Bath’s mobile electorate office day at the Mirboo North store on Monday, July 18. Mr O’Brien and Ms Bath met with constituents on the day who raised issues including disability funding, road safety, education, planning and housing. In addition, Mr O’Brien conducted a street walk in the town to speak with business owners about issues affecting them. “It was great to visit business owners in the main street and hear how business is in Mirboo North. I regularly stop in Mirboo North and I know local business people are proud of their town, and the goods and services they offer,” he said.

Pot with a pollie: Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and MLC for Eastern Victoria Melina Bath met up with some members of the Leongatha business community last Thursday night to discuss local issues in an informal setting, pictured from left, Trevor Riseley, Yvonne Lindsay, Wayne Lindsay, Danny O’Brien, Stuart Evans, Melina Bath and Andrew Newton.

Bottom left, MAYA Isabella Brown was born on July 3 at Cabrini, Malvern. She is the second child of Dallas and Silvin Brown of Pound Creek and a sister for Annika, two. Below, ILA Naomi Rose King is the first child of Matthew and Della King of Korumburra. Ila was born on July 16 at Warragul Hospital.

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Environmental award shared with town COAL and CSG Free Mirboo North shared its environmental award with town of Mirboo North in a small ceremony at the Mirboo North library recently. The award was presented by Marg Thomas from Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North and accepted by Phil Piper as a member of the Friends of the Mirboo North library and hangs proudly on the wall opposite the main counter for all to see. Last October Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North received the award for its outstanding contribution to our environment by the state’s peak environment not-for-profit body, Environment Victoria. Environment Victoria CEO Mark Wakeham at the awards ceremony said, “We’ve awarded Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North for its tireless efforts to ensure its community’s ‘coal and coal seam gas mining-free’ declaration is respected and upheld.” “The 2015 Community Environment Recognition Award recipients are all leaders in their community, and have led gutsy and persistent grassroots campaigns to protect nature and stand up for the places they love, often with very limited resources.” In a speech before the presentation Phil Piper (who changed his hat) from Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North said, “The reason our group decided to give this award to the town was because in 2009, 96.6 percent of a survey of the town and surrounds said they did not want Coal and CSG mining in or

Proud: from left Cr Don Hill, Marg Lyn, Mary Baker Denyse Menzies, Anna Hall, Fergus O’Connor, Suzanne Wightman, Phil Piper, David Arnault. Front: Marg Thomas near Mirboo North” “Since 2009 our group has been actively working against the threat of new coal and CSG Mining by demonstrating outside politicians (including

the Premier’s) offices in the guise of Knitting Nannas (and Popas), supported the locking up of other towns,”, Mr Piper said. “We were on the steps of Parliament House with

representatives from around the state on September 20, 2015 when we declared Victoria Gasfield Free, have had meetings with Lily D’Ambrosio, former state Minister for Energy, Resources and Industry and last week had a meeting with her successor Wade Noonan.” “In reference to the current Coal exploration license by Mantle Mining over the Mirboo North area which also covers some of the Latrobe City and Baw Baw Shires, we have successfully lobbied the South Gippsland, Latrobe City and Baw Baw shires for them to take a stance against this license.” “In fact when the Baw Baw Shire voted to support us on this matter recently the councillors thanked us for alerting them to the fact they actually had this license over part of their shire, they did not know.” Poowong was the first community in Victoria to lock themselves up against coal and CSG mining and in 2009 Mirboo North followed suit. Since then another 71 communities across Victoria have followed suit, resulting in the current moratorium on fracking. “It is heartening to see communities working together can influence government in its decision making when it comes to protection of our precious land and water,” Mr Piper said. “We are eagerly awaiting the government’s response to The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into unconventional gas, Wade Noonan has promised us an answer early in August, let’s hope they announce a permanent ban on unconventional gas.”

Food fun in Foster LOVE Food, Hate Waste was the theme of an interactive food education program for children, hosted at Manna Gum Community Centre and Garden. More than 25 children attended the event where they enjoyed a tour of the community garden and learnt about the value of leftovers and what food grows in winter. Activities involved children squeezing their own orange juice and preparing drop scones using local produce, including apple jam made by the Foster Primary School. Experiencing the taste of a cumquat, skin and all, was a highlight of the day along with a ‘leftovers’ roast vegetable soup which was

prepared with food supplied by local growers through Grow Lightly Connect. The soup used beetroot as a key ingredient which gave the soup a pinkish hue, much to the children’s delight. The Love Food, Hate Waste event was coordinated by the South Gippsland Shire Council, Sustainability Victoria and the Manna Gum Community Centre and Garden to help build food awareness. “The children were taken on a journey from growing food to preparing it and eating it,” said Skye Radcliffe-Scott, Council’s environmental officer. “They observed the energy that goes into food production which, in turn, helped them to develop an appreciation of food and an understanding of why left-

overs are important”. The event coincided with the launch of a new promotion, I Love Leftovers aimed at helping Victorian’s see the value of leftovers. The campaign aims to encourage people to take a fresh look at leftovers by getting creative - transform last night’s roast into tomorrow’s pasta - or simply by appreciating the financial savings that using leftovers can bring. By introducing these themes to our community’s youngest citizens, it is hoped the Love Food, Hate Waste message will live long and strong in South Gippsland. “It was fantastic to work with so many people who were keen to support sustainability principles and

practice in our community” said Ms Radcliffe-Scott. “We would like to thank everyone involved for their time and effort in making this educational children’s event such a success.” The I Love Leftovers promotion hopes to help address global food waste issues by raising awareness and presenting realistic alternatives. It is estimated that currently one third of the world’s food is wasted. More information on the I Love Leftovers promotion, including quick tips and recipes to help you love your food more and waste less, is available at Love Food, Hate Waste website www.lovefoodhatewaste.

Jacican takes on media studies intern BESPOKE Food Studio Jacican, based in Mirboo North, has taken on Federation University Media Studies student Alexander Houston as an intern in cooperation with the university’s Industry Placement Program.

Orange time: students have fun squeezing oranges.

Food discovery: Juneen Schulz from Manna Gum Community Garden and some of the children in the garden inspect a finger lime.

“We see this as a great opportunity to bring a fresh perspective into our business” said Jacinta Hicken, owner and operator of Jacican. “Whilst with us Alex will be designing a Communications and Public Relations campaign to coincide with Jacican’s current marketing direction”.

During his time at Jacican Mr Houston will work towards creating a portfolio of promotional materials and building networks within the hospitality industry and wider community that will assist Jacican in the pursuit of new business opportunities. Mr. Houston’s placement was organised through Federation University Gippsland and its Industry Placement Program, which provides local businesses with early access to quality undergraduate students who suit their strategic needs. “Organisations who partner with the Industry Placement Program make an important contribution to further education and training

in their region” said Joanne Matthews the Industry placement coordinator. “By utilising the program, organizations get first access to our best graduates and the students they take on gain vital employability skills to complement their degrees”. Jacican offers its customers with a complete experience within the hospitality industry. From regular café hours for lunch and high tea through to professional cooking classes, corporate days and private functions. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Alexander Houston at 0356 682 475 or email at au.

Mirboo North scout returns from Swiss Alps AS the only person from South Gippsland accepted to be a part of the first Australian Contingent to go to Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) in Kandersteg, Switzerland, Mirboo North’s Lucas Wilson counts himself lucky. Bound for KISC, where he joined 207 other Australians, Lucas departed from Melbourne on Saturday, June 25. After arriving in Zurich, it took him another couple of hours travelling by train before he reached the small town at the base of the alps

– where the scouts would spend the next two weeks camping. Whilst there, Lucas said he met and made friends with other scouts from all over the world. Together, they enjoyed campfires, international nights, survival activities, and some delicious chocolate and cheese. At one point during their stay, Lucas and the others were able to spend a day sightseeing in the north of Italy. There, they experienced snow on the alps, swam in blue lakes and even walked along glaciers. Lucas found the hike to the top of Bunderspitz, which extends to 2546 m above sea level, particularly challenging, but rewarding nonetheless. Whilst at the top, he managed to do

a little rock climbing and a spent the night in a cabin. Now home, Lucas would like to thank everyone who helped him raise money for the trip. He says it was an amazing experience for him and he cannot wait to return and help out at the centre.

Trip of a lifetime: Lucas Wilson from Mirboo North gives a thumbs up in front of the Swiss Alps during a two week camping trip in Kandersteg, Switzerland as part of the first Australian Contingent to travel to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC).

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Farming Insight Elizabeth flies with scholarship A BOOROOL student has been granted a scholarship to pursue a career in audiology as she completes her first year of studies at university. Elizabeth Kemper was one of four students from country Victoria to receive the Give Them Wings scholarship, provided by the Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria in conjunction with Rural Health Workforce Australia. Elizabeth, who is currently completing her first year at La Trobe University, said she wants to work in rural Victoria once she graduates. “Personally, I like living in the country and the community feel of town life,” she said. “That makes me passionate about helping

people access the specialist medical services they need within their own communities.” Elizabeth is particularly interested in paediatric audiology and the role it can play in helping children develop socially and overcome learning difficulties while boosting self-esteem. She has also joined the LARHC Rural Health Club at La Trobe, looking to connect with other students who share her commitment to rural health. Elizabeth’s transition to university has just been made easier with a 2016 Give Them Wings scholarship, provided by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia. The $2500 scholarship, targeted at Victorian country students interested in health careers, will help cover the cost of Elizabeth’s first year university studies.

“I want to thank those volunteers for all they have done for this scholarship,” she said. “The money they have raised will definitely help me and the other Give Them Wings winners.” Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria chief executive officer Scott Chapman congratulated the Give Them Wings winners and described the recipients as role models for other country students interested in health careers. “We’re delighted to give these students a flying start at university in that crucial first year of study,” he said. “They represent the future of rural health.” “We need more nurses and allied health professionals in the bush. They have a critical role to play in caring for country people.”

Winning grin: Boorool’s Elizabeth Kemper was the recipient of a $2500 scholarship to assist with her studies of audiology at university.

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mostly 5c to 15c/kg dearer while the heavy weight bulls sold firm. Heavy vealers to butchers sold from 335c to 368c/ kg. Yearling trade steers made between 340c and 362c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 330c and 366c/kg. Grown steers made from 340c to 380c/kg. Bullocks sold from 345c to 374c/kg. Well finished heavy weight grown heifers made between 310c and 340c/ kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers sold between 262c and 290c, with the crossbred portion between 290c and 354c/kg. Most light and medium weight cows made from 190c to 255c/kg. Heavy weight cows sold mostly from 238c to 290c/kg.

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Prime Sale - Wednesday, July 20 BULLOCKS 12 C.T. Ferguson, Longford 11 E.W. & H. Anderson, Denison 5 O’Loughlin Bros, Meeniyan 17 E.J. Charlton, Lower Plenty 11 C. & J. Carter, Tarwin 12 J. & A. Schellekens, Wonthaggi

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Store sale market Thursday, July 21 Steers: G. Goldsworthy, Tyers, 2 x $1870; G.W. Charlton, Leongatha, 9 x $1820; K.M. & G.A. Couper, Nerrena East, 5 x $1810; B. & A. Hollonds, Sale, 11 x $1800; G. & K. Cooper, Woodleigh Vale, 1 x $1700; K.W. & H.L. Jones, Wonga Wonga, 3 x $1700. Heifers: Oztrust Grazing Company, 13 x $1490; M. Patterson, Mardan, 1 x $1390; YQ Australia Pty Ltd, Tarwin Lower, 17 x $1300; B. & R. Wolfenden, Hernes Oak, 2 x $1270; A. Smolcic, Budgeree, 1 x $1240; D. Nicholls & G. Macnee, Stradbroke, 7 x $1220. Bulls: B.S. Cantwell Lstk, Toora, 1 x $2500. Cows and calves: S. Boucher, Leongatha, 1 x $890.

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Teens reflect on life YEAR 12 students at Leongatha Secondary College were fortunate enough to work with local identities Jamin Heppell and Beau Vernon at their Year 12 Retreat. The retreat was the brainchild of the college student leadership team, Hayley Norton, Madi Wight, Louis Riseley and Gemma Martin, who also organised the event. Jamin presented students with tools and strategies that will assist them to move successfully through the challenging exam period ahead. He discussed issues around stress, relaxation, time management and motivation. Students were also encouraged to establish a ‘relationship with the future’, meaning they should look beyond ATAR scores and school outcomes, and to envisage the possibilities of their lives as adults. The group benefitted from practical advice, and enjoyed participating in Jamin’s repertoire of energetic team building games. Beau asked students to look at their personal circumstances and to realistically assess the challenges life presents. Students were encouraged to expect highs and lows as they move through the coming VCE/VCAL examinations, and as they move into life beyond school. Beau reinforced the notion that what often defines people is not only their achievements, but the manner in which they overcome adversity. Their engaging personalities, and the powerful messages delivered by Beau and Jamin, ensured all students left the Year 12 Retreat with higher levels of motivation, and a more reflective approach to their studies.

Changing: back, from left, Xander Beach, Emily Sherriff and Annie Cook, front, from left, Rocco Tripodi, Claire Glasgow, Anthony Mott, Cassidy Chipperfield and Amarli Muranty have everything from the Melbourne Zoo to the Rio Olympics to look forward to in another busy term at St Joseph’s primary in Korumburra.

Questioning students learn ENQUIRY based learning is the driving force at St Joseph’s Primary School, Korumburra for the largest part of term three.

Inspiring talks: from left, guest speaker Jamin Heppell, student Ethan Stephenson, guest speaker Beau Vernon and student Alyshia Zotti at Leongatha Secondary College’s Year 12 Retreat.

Foundation students’ enquiry focus is Change and the school’s littlest students are getting excited about their looming excursion to the Melbourne Zoo. The zoo trip is planned as an immersion day which will plunge the students into the world of change in the animal kingdom. They will emerge with a greater understanding having considered

habitat, adaptation, life cycles and more. Grades 2/3 focus is Curiosity and their immersion has been a day of science experiments – metaphorically looking into a microscope and asking questions about what is found there. Outsourced by a science group brought in by the Department of Education and Training, the fascination stirred has led to students setting up eight of their own experiments as well as investigating Australian scientists. In the next few days, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 will listen to a guest speaker talk about

refugees as they continue to look at their enquiry focus, Care for Kids. Students across all levels will be focussed on the Rio de Janerio and the 2016 Olympic Games from mid-term onwards and the term will culminate in an Olympathon. Parents will be invited to what is planned to be a special day. Students will be divided into four groups, each representing a country. Given what the students will have gained from enquiry based learning, parents might expect to see something of a cultural extravaganza.

Farming Insight Record setting year at VLE Leongatha AUSTRALIAN trade beef cattle prices hit an all time high last Wednesday, when Thomas Foods International, the largest family owned meat processing company in Australia, paid 379.6¢ per kg liveweight for a pen of 12 Angus steers at the Leongatha VLE Saleyards.

Subsidy to reduce quad bike danger THE State Government is taking strong action to tackle the numbers of deaths and serious injuries on Victorian farms caused by quad bikes. Addressing the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) conference, Premier Daniel Andrews last Friday announced a $6 million subsidy scheme for farmers to make their quad bikes safer. The scheme provides rebates to farmers to either fit rollover protection devices on existing quad bikes or help them purchase an alternative safer vehicle. Last year, 22 people tragically lost their lives in quad bike incidents in Australia. In Victoria, two farmers have lost their lives on farms in the past three months after being crushed when their

quad bikes overturned. The rebate supports a recent decision by WorkSafe to include appropriately fitted rollover protection devices on quad bikes to its list of approved safety measures to help drive down workplace fatalities and injuries. WorkSafe will also be shortly releasing a major public awareness campaign in regional Victoria on the risks associated with using quad bikes on farms. Eligible farmers will be offered up to $600 each for up to two quad bikes to fit rollover protection (known as an operator protection device or OPD), or $1200 towards the cost of buying a more appropriate work vehicle. It is estimated that more than 5000 farmers

Averaging 555.8kg, the cattle were sold by Rodwells in Leongatha on behalf of Courtney Ferguson and her family at Longford. Rodwells auctioneer Damien Minogue said the record setting price was partly the result of strong competition that day, with buyers coming to the saleyards from across Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. “The market is very strong at the moment and the buyer just really took a shine to them,” Mr Minogue said of the cattle sale. Wayne Osborne, CEO of the Victorian Livestock Exchange, said the record setting price was consistent with a recent overall increase in trade beef prices, but those prices likely would not last long term. “I think there will be a price correction,” he said. “It’ll probably come down to being 310¢ per kg or 320¢ per kg. It’ll still be a very good price historically, but it just won’t be the super high we’re having at the moment.” In addition to the record setting price, VLE may have set a record for the number of cattle being sold through the yard in a financial year. With 150,000 head of cattle sold throughout the year, Mr Osborne believed it made VLE saleyards the biggest yard in Victoria. “We know that we sold 150,000 head of cattle through the yard for the financial year and we believe that makes us the biggest yard in Victoria, but we haven’t had it confirmed yet,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anyone else who’s sold as many this financial year, so that’s quite a pleasing thing.” Though VLE will not have confirmation until the official figures are released, Mr Osborne was Danger reduced: the State Government is hoping to reduce deaths and injuries caused by quad happy with how well the yard has done this year. bikes by introducing a subsidy scheme to encourage the fitting of rollover protection devices.

will receive the rebate over the two-year life of the scheme, which will be managed by WorkSafe Victoria and the VFF. Mr Andrews said, “Too many Victorians have died or have been seriously injured using quad bikes and that’s why the Labor Government is taking action to protect our farmers. “This is about saving lives and we encourage every eligible farmer to make use of this rebate and stay safe.” The news was welcomed by the Victorian Farmers Federation, which had lobbied for the rebates. “We applaud the commitment from Premier Daniel Andrews to provide rebates for farmers wanting to fit rollover protection devices on their quad bikes or buy a safer vehicle, such as a sideby-side,” VFF outgoing president Peter Tuohey said. “This funding is a major breakthrough in protecting farmers’ lives.”

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Saturday, August 13 1pm - 5pm

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United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, the dairy arm of Victorian Farmers Federation, is seeking enthusiastic individuals, passionate about the dairy industry to take on 3 newly created roles to engage and retain existing members and attract new members. Knowledge of the dairy industry and an ability to communicate with dairy farmers are essential. 12 month contract with attractive salary and company car. Positions based in Warragul, Tatura, and Camperdown. For more information visit or call 1300 442 481

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Thelma May

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL Phone Bob: 0417 524 005


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CARLTON Friends are respectfully informed that a gathering to celebrate the life of Thelma will be held at the RSL Club Leongatha on Friday, July 29 at 3pm Afternoon tea will be served.

Vic. Boat Licence with Jetski endorsement

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The land affected by the application is located at:

35B Callaway Crescent Leongatha VIC 3953 Being RES1 LP148282B Parish of Leongatha Township

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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.

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TRAINEESHIP Looking for a career in a dynamic industry? Want nationally recognised accreditation, yet stay based in your local region? South Gippsland Water is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees are treated with respect and feel valued and supported. We are currently seeking an enthusiastic trainee to complement our existing Customer Service Team in our Foster office. This is a fixed-term position. Applicants seeking flexible working arrangements are encouraged to apply. Upon completion, the successful applicant will have a nationally recognised qualification in Business Administration. Desired Attributes: • Sound written and verbal communication skills • The ability to provide excellence in customer service • Experience in Microsoft Office Suite and an aptitude for learning new systems and processes • The ability to relate to a diverse range of people.

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Start a career with The Star as a

CADET JOURNALIST You will be paid on the job as you train with us for a cadetship. This is a great opportunity to begin your career and work and live in South Gippsland. An interest in being part of a vibrant community would be an advantage. The position will commence immediately. All enquiries can be directed to: Helen Bowering, manager on 5662 2294. Resumés to: by next Monday, August 1. The Star will contact only those applicants required for an interview

A trainee wage is applicable. All training costs will be covered by South Gippsland Water. A position description and further information is available at or by calling Paula Smith 03 5682 0403.

Project Support Worker Part time – 16 hours per week Provide project support to meet the needs of a small team working in an education environment. Strong computer literacy is a must for this role as you will also be responsible for generating unique and inspired ideas for extending and creating new digital media platforms. 5662 5500 for position details South Gippsland Bass Coast LLEN Applications close August 4th

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FIREWOOD, redgum & local wood, Ph 0408980-711, A/H 56625175.

FIREWOOD: Split red gum, premium split red gum (small), ironbark hardwood mix. Pick up or delivered. Loaded and sold by weight. Utes, trailers or load your own boot. Ask about our shared delivery cost. 20kg bags to go. EFTPOS available. Open 7 days. Corner Charity Lane & SG Hwy, Foster. 5682-1508.

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

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FARM HAND REQUIRED FOR A 450 COW FARM AT MIDDLE TARWIN Experience in milking, calf rearing and tractor operation a must. Must have current driver’s licence

Contact Mick 0417 821 803

Applications close Friday 5th August 2016 Email: Mail: Human Resources Coordinator South Gippsland Water PO Box 102 Foster Vic 3960

South Gippsland Are you looking to kick off your Sales career in agriculture? We’ve got an exciting opportunity for a Sales Trainee to join our successful team. The CLAAS Harvest Centre network is a leading provider of agricultural machinery through Australia and New Zealand and enjoys brand partnerships spanning more than 40 years with premium manufacturers including CLAAS, Seed Hawk and AMAZONE. CLAAS Harvest Centre South Gippsland has got an exciting opportunity for a trainee Sales Representative to join their Leongatha based team. We are looking for someone with a background in the agricultural sector, an interest in farm machinery and a genuine drive for sales. As we will provide training, previous sales experience is not necessary, however you must possess a strong desire to succeed in a sales role. You will be trained on all aspects of a sales job, including, quoting and product training, product demonstrations, cold calling and recruiting new customers. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate: t An affinity for the agricultural sector t A keen interest in (farming) machinery and mechanical components t Excellent communication skills t Strong IT skills t Full Driver’s licence This is an excellent career opportunity for the right person. CLAAS Harvest Centres offer ongoing training and development opportunities and competitive remuneration packages. Our employees enjoy excellent working conditions in a supportive and friendly team environment.

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HAY - 100 square bales, will separate, $11 each. Ph: 5659-2087. HAY - Grass hay, 5x4 netwrapped. Can load, Thorpdale $77. Ph: 0448-863104. HAY - wheaten, oats, vetch and straw. Top quality, shedded, feed test available. For delivered price call Greg 0429-822544. HOT water service, double element, 315 litres, 14 months old, as new, $450. 5664-0037.

Full-Time Permanent Physiotherapist Grade 1 Full-Time Permanent Physiotherapist Grade 2

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

An opportunity currently exists for a qualified and enthusiastic Grade 1 Physiotherapist and Grade 2 Physiotherapist to join our supportive team of 6 Physiotherapists. Services are delivered from the Community Rehabilitation Centre at Wonthaggi Hospital and in San Remo and Cowes as well as home visits. As a Grade 1 you will rotate through acute inpatients, short-term rehabilitation for conditions such as stroke, fractures or following surgery, Geriatric Evaluation Management (GEM) and Aged Care. You will also gain experience in musculoskeletal outpatients and have the opportunity to be involved in delivery of groups such as cardiac and pulmonary rehab, falls prevention, joint replacement group, strengthening groups and hydrotherapy. The Grade 2 position will also work across several areas however there is flexibility with respect to previous experience. To be successful you will need to have a recognised degree in Physiotherapy, hold registration with AHPRA and have a current Police Check. Salary packaging is available. A Position Description is available on the Bass Coast website. Enquires may be directed to Martin Allen, Chief Physiotherapist on 5671 3314, or via email: Written applications including a cover letter with CV and two professional referees may be sent to: Applications close Friday 5 August 2016



South Gippsland Hospital is recruiting an experienced Theatre Nurse for a permanent part time position. SGH is a 16 bed rural hospital with one operating suite that provides elective and emergency theatre cases. Specialties include general, urology, gynaecology and endoscopy. The unit operates 5 days a fortnight and applicants will be required to work in all roles across the perioperative suite. The successful applicant must demonstrate the following key attributes: • Theatre experience with a theatre qualification being desirable • Current AHPRA registration • A commitment and demonstration of organisation values. • Demonstrated team work and communication • Evidence of professional and personal development pertaining to the Peri Operative nursing. For a position description please contact Shianne Murray 5683 9777. For further information about the SGH Peri operative department please contact Jeni Chandler, Nurse Unit Manager Peri Operative department. Applications shall be addressed to: Shianne Murray Human Resources Manager Email: Applications must include a current CV and address the above key attributes as above. Applications close on Tuesday 9 August 2016.

PINE MULCH, suitable for calving, farm tracks and gardens. For delivered price call Greg 0429-822544. 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. TASMANIAN oak and glass topped coffee table - newly restored, $110. 5664-2430. TEGAR lounge suite, five seater, blue leather, built in Queensland, $420. 5662-3055. TIMBER Kiln dried blackwood, silver wattle, cypress, celery top pine, most sizes for furniture and craft, also slabs and structural pine. Ph: 5681-2261. 5X4 ROLLS Leongatha area, various quality. Call Warren for price 0429-350450.

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

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.



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

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



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


will be held

Thursday, August 18 6pm at the RACV Resort Inverloch


Monday, August 1 at the clubrooms commencing at 7.30pm Contact Frank Dekker 5668 5285

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THURSDAY JULY 28 Meeting Room Leongatha RSL at 10.30am All welcome

garage sales MJA Accounting has a full time position at our Leongatha office for an entry level Administration Assistant to join our team of hard working professionals. We are seeking an enthusiastic, versatile and team orientated person to cope with a busy work environment. Your duties will be varied and include: • Filing, scanning and other document management tasks • Preparation of files for client appointments • General office and administration duties as required. Future advancement and promotion will be available for the successful applicant. If you are interested in applying for this role please send through your resumé and covering letter to: Email to: Post to: Administration Assistant MJA Accounting Level 1, 16 McCartin Street, Leongatha Vic 3953 Applications close: 1 August 2016

Maintenance Fitter We are seeking a qualified Fitter and Turner for a full time position within a fast growing dairy company. The position is on a rotating roster with on call & weekend requirements. To be successful in this role you will require: • Excellent fault finding skills • A High Level of Mechanical Aptitude • To be a team player with a proactive attitude • Metal Fabrication Skills (TIG) • Good Written and verbal communication skills • Strong commitment to safe work practises • Dairy Experience Preferable • Live within close proximity to Korumburra or willing to relocate

Handy Man We are seeking a Handy Man who will be responsible for the completion of repairs and general maintenance within the factory. To be successful in the role you will require: • Trade background in either carpentry or plumbing, this is preferred but not essential • Demonstrated pride in workmanship • Strong commitment to safe work practises • Ability to work well in a team environment If you are looking for an opportunity to work for a friendly medium-sized business in Korumburra then apply via email or post: Burra Foods Pty Ltd PO Box 379 Korumburra, 3950 Or to Applications close: 5th August 2016

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

$27.50 GARAGE SALE KIT KIT INCLUDES 5cm x S/C advert (valued at $33.00) • 2 x A4 Garage Sale Signs • Garage Sale Tips (dos and don’ts) • Sheet of Price Stickers • Star Carry Bag

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

Classified advertising closes 12 noon Mondays

births COUSINS (Stockdale) - Friday, July 1. Michael and Jackie welcomed twins, Philippa Grace 4lb 12oz and Ivy Clementine 4lb 5oz, at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Fitzroy.

engagements MARTIN - THOMSON Graeme and Robyn of Ballarat, together with Ian and Carmel of Fish Creek, are thrilled to announce the engagement of Erica and Richard. We wish them a wonderful and a happy life together.

in memoriam WHITE Royston Charles. 5.9.1945 - 23.7.2006 Ten years since we said our farewells. We all love and miss you and your honest, happy and cheeky nature. From Mum Mary and Dad Eric (both dec), your twin bro Gary, Leila, Bruce, and all the family.

marriage celebrant


Jenny Milkins

WITHEROW (nee Williamson) - Clarissa Margaret (Marg). Born October 23, 1935. Went to be with her Lord and Saviour July 23, 2016. Aged 80 years. God given, loved and devoted wife of George for 59 years. Loving and wonderful mother of David, Ian, Peter and Graeme. Loving mother-in-law to Carla, Janine, Peta and Cath. Loving Grandma (Granny) to Jarrod, Mikaela, Matt, Liam, Paige, Joshua, Harrison and Jackson.

All areas - 5672 3123

Jo Fennell 0437 465 399

deaths BAILEY - Irene. Passed away. Dear friend of Nancy and Colin. Enjoyed our golfing days together. Sleep peacefully. ELLEN - Annechiena Jacoba (Anneke). Passed away peacefully at Inverloch on July 21, 2016 aged 69 years. Loving wife of Harm. Much loved mum of Jolande and Wim, Harko and Marleen, Renee and Laura. Beloved Oma of Gary, Naomi, Wim, Rylie, Corey, Abbey; Mekaijla, Isaak, Daniel, Tomas; Samuel, Lachie, Rebecca. Till We Meet Again HAYNES Merilyn (Buchanan). Passed away peacefully July 22, 2016 at Frankston. Loved and loving wife of Graham, mother of Hayley, Tim and Kate. Daughter of Keith (dec) and Joyce, dear sister of Rodney, Rhonda and Ross, Jeanne, Heather and Graham, and families. Too soon, so cherished, so talented, now at peace. John 14:2.

Council gives groups a sporting chance SPORTING groups were among those to receive community grants from South Gippsland Shire Council at a presentation ceremony in Leongatha last Wednesday evening.

Till we meet at Jesus feet - 1st Thessolanians 4 verses 14-17. Please see later Herald Sun for funeral details.

funerals BROADWAY A Community Celebration for Annie’s life will be held at the Panorama Room, RACV Inverloch Resort on Sunday, August 21, 2016 commencing at 2pm. ELLEN - A Graveside Burial Service for Mrs Annechiena Jacoba (Anneke) Ellen will be held at the Leongatha Cemetery on July 29, 2016 commencing at 1pm. A Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the life of Anneke will follow the above service at the Christian Reformed Church, corner of Peart and Brown Streets, Leongatha commencing at 2pm.

Viewing area: from left, mayor Cr Bob Newton gave the Korumburra Cricket Club $5000 towards a new deck. The club’s Jeremy Oxlee was delighted.

They were: Leongatha and District Netball Association, South Gippsland Bass Swimming Club, Stony Creek Football Netball Club, Outa Metro Indigenous Footy, Tarwin Football Netball Club, PoowongLoch Cricket Club, Poowong Football Netball Club, Korumburra Cricket Club, Loch and District Bowling Club and Outtrim Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club. Full report on pages 18 and 19.

Left Magpies fly: Cr Andrew McEwen (left) gave Ted Attenborough of Poowong Football Netball Club $3000 to refurbish the club’s social room. Below Sporting chance: Steven Martin and Pam Jackson of Stony Creek Football Netball Club secured $5000 for netball coaches boxes from Cr Don Hill.

Paul & Margaret Beck Proprietors

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

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

Batter up: Cr Lorraine Brunt (second from left) gave PoowongLoch Cricket Club’s Hayley Evison, Shaun McKinnon and Geoff Birnie $2000 towards repairing the club’s wicket.

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| SPORT • Soccer

Round 12: Leongatha versus Phillip Island Women

DUE to the weather that battered South Gippsland the day before, the Leongatha Knights FC pitches were looking significantly worse for wear during Round 12. Determined not to abandon their game, both Leongatha and Phillip Island Women’s teams agreed to move their game to the Knights’ training pitch which, though smaller in size, was thankfully much firmer ground. Both teams started strongly with some clumping of players occurring on the reduced size pitch. The Lady Knights quickly found their momentum and were able to slot three goals into the net before half time courtesy of Kathy Zacharopoulos. Leongatha’s defensive line-up of Kim Kirkus, Jess Burrows, Pauline Graewe, Emily Cotterill and Jordan Rintoule played brilliantly and continually frustrated Phillip Island with their deflections. A consistent wind and working uphill proved a greater challenge in the second half for the home team. The always speedy Karlie Blunden managed to send another goal in for Leongatha but Phillip Island took advantage of the wind and scored two goals. However, solid play from Leongatha proved too great for Phillip Island and the game concluded 4-2 Leongatha’s way. A fantastic start to the second half of the season

for the Lady Knights. Under 16 Phillip Island made its third trip up the highway to Leongatha in four weeks. Phillip Island is equal top on the ladder whilst Leongatha Knights sits third. On a wet pitch it was going to come down to the team that pressured and played the more controlled game. With Under 14 players drafted to make up the team (Phil Smith in goal and Tom Roberts filling the defensive position and no subs) it looked like it would be too hard for the Knights to compete with the Island team. The game started with both teams looking to pressure the opposition defences and shots were initially taken from long range, which only allowed both keepers to get an early touch of the ball. It was the Knights who scored first with an attacking run from Ali Lacanaria who when he combined with Caleb Chatelier was able to draw the Island defence out of position and Ali was able to put in a pass to Will Barker stationed at the back post for him the score. This seemed to spur the Island team on and it replied when it won a corner and the ensuing kick was headed in for a well structured goal. It was the Island team that took the lead when it was able to get behind the Knights players in Tom, Curtis Rintoule, Jordan Rintoule and Adam Watchorn. Phillip Island look to construct plays with a view to drawing opposition players out of position and it

was by passing the ball between themselves outside the penalty box that saw the Knights defence breakdown and allow a quick ball through to an unmarked Island player to score. The balance of the first half went back and forth and was only broken when the Island gave away a penalty with only minutes to go. It was duly taken by captain Sam Bainbridge and the half time score was 2-2. It seemed the Knights young team came out in the second half with a belief they could take it up to the ladder leaders and they had plenty of chances but couldn’t get the ball into the net. Similarly the Island looked to make counter attacks but was well kept out by Phil in goal. Sam, Will, Hayleigh Bashaw and Sean Villasevil all looked to put pressure on the Island last line and when Sean put in a run down the left wing he was able to get the ball behind the defence and cross it to Caleb who evaded one player and scored to put the Knights ahead 3-2. Island wasn’t finished and its competitive spirit saw it push forward time and time again looking for the equaliser. It looked like it would find this elusive goal when it won a penalty late in the game, only for Phil to work his magic and see the Island

shooter blast it over the top bar. Knights were able to withstand the final attacks and get a much deserved win. Knights 3 defeated Phillip Island 2 Under 7 It was a beautiful but cold day at soccer in Leongatha with four a side and seven subs. Jacoa, Shayan, Neka, Noah, jarrah, Sam, Taj, Logan, Heath and both Mitchells were all there with lots of parents cheering along. it was good to see Jake there today watching his little brother and his team play and we wish him a speedy recovery from his injury.

Water sport: Adam Watchorn and his Phillip Island opponent find the run of the ball difficult to manage in the conditions left behind by the recent spate of wet weather.

Possession: Hayden Clark at the ball for Leongatha Knights but under attack from his Phillip Island opponent.

Fit Football has arrived Leongatha baseball FIT Football, a new group based soccer fitness program for people who don’t have the time or commitment to play competition, is coming to Inverloch.

This exciting new initiative is a partnership between Football Federation Victoria, GippSport and local club the Inverloch Stars. The timing is designed to coincide with completion of the school drop off from 9.15am every

Friday at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve beginning this week with a wet weather back up plan at the Inverloch Hub. The Stars Women’s coach Kathy Lagoudis, who will run the sessions, is urging anyone to come along and give it a go.

Workout: Kathy Lagoudis is the coach of the highly successful Inverloch Star’s Women’s soccer team and has recommended the Fit Footy program as a great way for time poor people to stay fit.

Ms Lagoudis said, “It is more fun than a workout and, whatever your fitness level, you’ll see improvement in no time. The sessions will be short and sharp (30 - 45 minutes) with a focus on socialising with likeminded people as well as getting physically active.” GippSport’s program coordinator Gene Parini said, “Fit Football makes sense because not everyone can commit to the traditional ways we have played sport in the past so programs like this which offer flexibility, low cost and focus on fun are certainly winners.” The cost is $5 per session and you can pay as you go. The proceeds of the program will go to the “Light Up the Stars” campaign which will provide sports floodlighting for Thompson Reserve in Inverloch. To register or to find out more about the program contact Kathy Lagoudis, on 0407 520 085 or kathy.lagoudis@gmail. com

U13 NO local games were played for the South Gippsland Miner U13 division, but three U13 players – Mitch Mcgrath, Bailey Harvey and Cameron Prosser – went on to represent the Latrobe Valley Baseball Association (LVBA) at Bendigo on the weekend. The LVBA had a great showing against Sunrasia, winning its game against it by a single point. Overall, though, the competition proved too much for the LVBA team, which finished last on the ladder. Congratulations are in order, however, for Leongatha local Mitch McGrath, who won the MVP for Latrobe Valley at the U12’s Winter State Championship in Bendigo – a great achievement in the first year playing baseball. B Grade South Gippsland Miners hung in there despite tough 23-2 loss. The Miners did well in their game and hung on till late – with the last innings reflecting the scoreline. The Miners scored their runs in the 5th innings after keeping Moe to only 10 runs. That changed in the 7th inning when Moe really

brought it home, scoring another 13 runs. Brodie Cox did well for the miners on the mound with 25 first pitch strikes and Damon Ginnane had two good hits. Trent Job with the Moe Dodgers did some damage, however, topping the game with five strikeouts. With regular players not taking the field, the Miners did well with several fill-ins and are determined to meet the Traralgon Redsocks with some stick next week at the ground in Leongatha. A Grade Running low on players this week, the Miners had their work cut out for them and the Moe Newborough Dodgers took it out 6 – 1. Great pitching by Moe on the mound saw it take the lead, with the bats unable to sing for the Miners. Moe’s pitcher Nathan Simpson, with 13 strikeouts, took them to the lead in a tough battle. There was not a lot in it with Stewie Mathieson for the Miners taking six strikeouts on the mound. Though John Long and Stewie Mathieson got a couple of good hits for the Miners each, and Michael Thomas with an RBI, the Miners just

couldn’t convert it to the scoreline unfortunately. The Miners also suffered in the field with catches being lost and runs attained. Overall, it was a short game – lasting just two hours – with Moe proving the victors on the day.

Smiling MVP: Mitch Mcgrath was all smiles as he held his U12 MVP award medal at Bendigo on the weekend.

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SPORT | BOWLS Inverloch

Winners: the biggest prize of the day at Wednesday’s mixed social bowls at Inverloch went to, from left, Linda Gallyot, Allan Johnstone and John Thornton (s)

WEDNESDAY’S mixed social bowls attracted 33 players competing in two, twelve end games producing a pair of two game winners. The winning team, with 38 points, was John Thornton (s), Linda Gallyot and Allan Johnstone. Runner-up, with 34 points was the all girl team of Joyce Arnold (s), Marg Griffin and Chris Gillman. Sunday’s mixed social game lured 18 players away from their heaters to play two, twelve end games of two bowl triples, with two teams winning both games. Winning with 36 points were the Wonthaggi raiders - Alan Bolding (s), Johnny Migs and Rae Haines. Runners-up on 32 points were John Arnold (s), Mike Applin and Jan Fraser.

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Runners-up: Wednesday’s mixed social bowls at Inverloch saw the trio, from left, Joyce Arnold (s), Marg Griffin and Chris Gillman finish second.

Sunday best: the winners of Sunday’s mixed social game at Inverloch were Alan Bolding (s), Johnny Migs and Rae Haines.

TIDES Here is an easy guide to tides in your area. To determine tides for a particular area, add or subtract periods of times as shown below. Earlier Minutes Apollo Bay ...........................25 King Island (Grassy) ...........10 King Island (Surprise Bay)....40 King Island (Franklin) ...........40 Lakes Entrance .................... 170 Lorne ...................................... 20 Mallacoota Inlet.................... 158 Rip Bank ................................ 15 Snowy River Entrance ......... 170 _______________________ Cape Schanck, Flinders, Mornington Ocean Beaches, Seal Rocks, Venus Bay, Waratah Bay, Woolamai ....... nil _________________________ Later Minutes Altona ................................... 195 Barwon Heads Bridge ........... 15 Carrum ................................. 195 Corinella ................................. 68 Cowes Pier............................. 50 Dromana .............................. 195 Frankston ............................. 195 Geelong ............................... 210 Hastings ................................. 66 Hovell Pile ............................ 195 Inverloch Pier ......................... 15 Melbourne ............................ 200 Mornington ........................... 195 Newhaven Jetty ..................... 30 No. 1 West Channel (Annulus)........................... 50 No. 2 South Channel Light .... 70 No. 8 South Channel Light .. 150 Port Albert Pier ...................... 90 Portarlington Pier ................. 190 Portsea Pier ........................... 80 Port Welshpool (Rabbit Island .................... 10 Queenscliffe Pier ................... 30 Rhyll ....................................... 60 Rosebud............................... 195 Rye Pier ............................... 170 St. Leonards Pier ................. 190 Sandringham ....................... 195 Sorrento Pier........................ 130 Stony Point ............................. 40 South Channel Pile Light ..... 190 Swan Island Dock ................ 120 Tooradin ............................... 105 Warneet.................................. 84 Williamstown ........................ 200 Welshpool Pier....................... 90

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Leongatha squash MONDAY night squash started with Michael Foote versus Craig Chadwick and it turned out to be a long tussle with Craig taking the first game after a fast start. The pace slowed up in the second with both players catching their breath and the length shots starting to tighten up the shots and the score. At one all Craig began winning consecutive boasts which had Footey stretching and winning the third 10-9. In the fourth game it was Footey who chased down the boast with great lobs and volleys, taking the game 10-8. In the fifth the hard drives began to drop off, with high cross court lobs winning more of the rallies. Chady taking the match in a tight one 10-9, Craig three games 42 points, Michael two games 40. Con Privetera has started the season really well and carried on from last week’s win pushing inform Darren Lavarda into the fifth game. Con’s speed around the court and great reverse boasts kept Darren guessing but it was Darren’s steady game which saw him take the match three games 40, Con two games 31 in a very good match. With B Grade about to start names are being taken now for the comp and those wishing to play can contact the club on 0418 998 222 or 0409 613 664 or find us on Facebook.

ONLY a dozen members turned out this week but with the heaters blasting out copious amounts of warm air there was no lack of enthusiasm for an enjoyable night of bowls. We managed to play three games of eight ends this week with the teams of three playing against each of the other teams. As is the norm there were some high scoring games and some close results where the last end was the decider. All in all it was a good night and there was little or no contest when it came to the overall winners on the night with two very big wins and a game in the middle where their opponents had a runaway start and then failed to win any of the next four ends, it was a very easy night for them. Winning with three wins were Jeannie Baker, Bev Greenwood and Vito Serafino (s). Runners-up with one win, 12 ends were Kristy Rutjens, Bert Bright and Cliff Smith (s). A big thank you to all who

The South West Gippsland midweek competition will be played this week at Inverloch on Thursday, August 4 and players are asked to enter their names on the noticeboard to ensure a place in this popular event. Names must be in before 10am on the day for an 11am start. Next Wednesday, July 27 the mixed mufti social game will be played as a ‘scroungers’ event using a scoring format similar to 100 up. This novelty event has attracted some interest so intending players are advised to register their names well before the normal close off time of 10am on the day for an 11am start The next meal night will be Friday, July 29. came along to partake in a great social evening.

South Gippsland Indoor Bias Bowling Association TUESDAY night last week saw us play our Mens and Ladies Association Singles’ event. Representatives from all six clubs played a challenging night of bowls. There was excellent bowling seen all round. At the end of the night the Men’s Champion was Charlie Tyers from Foster and the Ladies Champion was Toni Heldens from Buffalo. They were congratulated by the association president on their achievement, great bowling and a job well done. Next week is our presentation night tournament at Dumbalk. There are now only a few events left on the indoor calendar for this season so check your fixtures sheet and we hope to see you all there. As always, good bowling to you all.

• Leongatha badminton

See the Bombers fly up THE Bombers are the inform side of this season’s Leongatha badminton and they continue to win each week, rewarding them with top position on the ladder. This week the Bombers accounted for the battling Tigers. Joel Langstaff and Tracey Ryan have been excellent players all season for the Bombers but Roger Callister has come into the side and turned the magic on. For the Tigers, Frank Dekker won two of their only sets for the night including a good singles victory over Tim Bright. The rest of the Tigers just need to lift or as the great John Kennedy once said, “Just do something.” The match between the Hawks and Kangaroos was all the Hawks. Arthur Grabham and Ian Cole were superb in this emphatic victory. For the Kangaroos Greg Marshman competed hard all night, still struggling with a severe case of man flu. Rhonda Newton

also had some top results for the Kangaroos on the night. The best match of the evening was an even contest between the Eagles and the Saints. Shaun Helms and Brae Burn were on fire for the Eagles while Jason Richards and Dave Noble produced some great sets for the Saints. In the end the leadership of Mike Timpano was enough to steer the Eagles to a great victory and pre cursor for these teams who will meet each other in finals action. The season is really taking shape and it appears the top four is quite settled and the club thanks those players who have assisted in filling in when we have been short on numbers.

Results Bombers 6/123 d Tigers, Eagles 4/118 d Saints 4/98, Hawks 6/140 d Kangaroos 2/81, Magpies bye.

Ladder Bombers ..................................66 Hawks ......................................62 Saints .......................................48 Eagles ......................................41 Magpies ....................................36 Tigers .......................................31 Kangaroos ................................29

South Gippsland Bridge Club THE North/SouthPairs event held at Inverloch on Friday, July 22 was won by Anne Williams and John Farr. They won with a very fine score of 60.67 percent while second with 58.58 percent was the improving pair of Matti Shub and Barbara Axten. Third was the consistent pair of Julie and Ian Mcphee with a steady 53.58 percent. East/West First was the reliable and ever strong pair of John Sullivan and Alan Johnston with 56.93 percent. Second, the rising pair of Mavis Park and Malcolm Aeschlimann, making steady progress with a solid 54.57 percent and third was the experienced and sound performing pair of Hannah Martin and Margaret Munro with 51.57 percent. Pairs held at Tarwin Lower on Tuesday, July 19. First with the best score of the week was the ever high performing pair of

Clive Hope and Frank Arndt with 70.14 percent - an outstanding effort. Second, with another highly skilled performance and a great score of 68.75 percent were John Sullivan and Alan Johnston and third with 56.25 percent were Viv Westaway and Maureen Stiles (the latter, a pair starting to really make their mark). Fourth, were Kathryn Smith and Colin Cameron with 47.22 percent. Pairs event held at Meeniyan on Monday, July 18. First with the prime score of the night was the evergreen partnership of Clive Hope and Susan Ruffin achieving 59.38 percent well ahead of the field. Second with a very fine 53.12 percent were Pat West and Barbara Axten and sharing third place were two pairs sharing the very commendable score of 52.08 percent, Kathryn Smith and David Baggallay, and Faye Rowlands and Frank Arndt. Visitors are always welcome to play at the club.

Volleyball Korumburra ROUND Two A Grade: Champions drew Warriors (1:1) 25:17, 23:25, 12:10; Golliwogs defeated Bugs (3:0) 25:22, 25:19, 24:20; and Nads defeated Giants (3:0) 25:10, 25:21, 25:18. B Grade: Hulls Angels defeated Orsum (3:0) 25:15, 25:19, 25:16; Gems defeated Knights (2:1) 17:25, 25:22, 25:14; Panthers defeated L S C 1 FORFEIT (3:0) 25:0, 25:0, 25:0; and Falcons defeated Albatross (3:0) 25:14, 25:14, 25:17.

Leongatha Small Bore Rifle Club 2016 TRV 20m Bench Pennant - Section F Round One: Wangaratta B 365.004 (bye); Oakleigh B 560.007 defeated Leongatha 551.008; and Ballarat East C 563.010 defeated by Frankston Peninsula B 576.020. The best shooter for Round One was Colin Nunn (Frankston Peninsula) scoring 195.009. Round Two: Frankston Peninsula B 576.012 defeated Wangaratta B 552.007; Ballarat East C 559.006 defeated by Oakleigh B 564.008; and Leongatha 557.012 (bye). The best shooter for Round Two was Colin Nunn (Frankston Peninsula) scoring 194.005. Round Three: Frankston Peninsula B 570.010 (bye); Ballarat East C 560.005 defeated Leongatha 558.007; and Oakleigh B 566.013 defeated Wangaratta B 542.005. The best shooter for Round three was Jesse Bollen (Ballarat East) scoring 193.006. Round Four: Oakleigh B 567.010 (bye); Frankston Peninsula B 573.011 defeated Leongatha 563.007; and Ballarat East C 557.005 defeated Wangaratta B 542.003. The best shooter for Round four was Colin Nunn (Frankston Peninsula) scoring 195.006

Round Five: Frankston Peninsula B 575.012 defeated Oakleigh B 565.007; Ballarat East C 577.013 4 (bye); and Leongatha 554.002 defeated Wangaratta B 545.004. The best shooter for Round five was Dayle Marchant (Ballarat East) scoring 196.006. Round six: Frankston Peninsula B 574.015 defeated Ballarat East C 562.008; Wangaratta B 553.007 (bye); and Leongatha 558.004 defeated by Oakleigh B 573.013 The best shooter for Round six was Leslie West (Oakleigh) scoring 193.004. Round seven: Leongatha 557.005 (bye); Wangaratta B 555.010 defeated by Frankston Peninsula B 572.014; and Oakleigh B 573.014 defeated Ballarat East C 571.013 The best shooter for Round 7 is Thomas Baker (Frankston Peninsula) scoring 193.006 Ladder 28 Frankston Peninsula B 24 Oakleigh B 12 Leongatha 12 Ballarat East C 08 Wangaratta B We shoot Wednesday nights at 8pm at the rifle club on the Leongatha Recreation Reserve. Any inquiries, please call Rob Spratt 5664 2358.

“THE STAR” Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - PAGE 43

| SPORT • Leongatha Table Tennis

Table tennis springs to life PLAY hhas now resumed d after f the h school h l holiday break.

with the main difference being in the Doubles which were both on by TMM. A big welcome back to club stalwart and past Players are refreshed and this resulted in some very close matches being contested in B Grade. club champion Geoff McKenzie who has had some A Team defeated Don’t Know in a long and en- health problems. tertaining doubles rubber that decided the eventual Cheetahs defeated MBM& 8-3 with the battle of winner. Meeniyan honours going to Cam Dowling when he Losing the first two games 9-11, 6-11, A Team defeated Michael Holwerda; bragging rights until fought back to take the next three 11-9, 13-11 and next time. 13-11. Cheetahs won both doubles in tight five game Lauchie and James are still laughing at having matches. got out of jail. In the closest match of the night between Milko’s In the other B Grade match it was again the Douand Hopefuls, Kevin Dowling upset the hero of the bles that decided the winner and Mathew and Katrina Autumn Competition final, Dom the Dominator, to copied the above result to claim a win for the Mini level the score at five all. Pies 11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 12-14, 11-7 over the top team Milko’s Neil Chilver then played Michael BraceSmashers. The ladder sees Smashers on 10-21-71, A Team camp in the decider in which he proved to be too 8-17-61, Mini Pies 6-18-66 and Don’t Know 4-14- classy all round and cruise to a 3-0 win and take the match. 63. Mathew is aggregate leader on 11 wins, Michael Being clear: on Friday the Nationals Mem10, James 9, Tim 8, Katrina 5, Geoff 4, Lauchie 1, ber for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien and Liam is still to break the ice. delivered a sign that promotes good sportsA Grade has now started the Spring Competimanship among junior players to Leongatha tion. MBM& have notched up two wins, eight rub- Table Tennis Association’s secretary, Ian bers and 27 games, TMM 2-6-20, Cheetahs 2-6-18, Rasmussen. Mr O’Brien said it was imporMilko’s 0-5-21, GKM 0-5-16 and Hopefuls 0-3-16. tant to encourage a positive and enjoyable In this week’s matches TMM defeated GKM 7-4 environment for young sportspeople.

• Wonthaggi Table Tennis

Finals full of Wonthaggi zing A Reserve semis are being played this week IT has been a super busy week for table quires a particular skill. Blake Richards defeated Max Duff in the fi- with the final next Monday. tennis in Wonthaggi. nal. The B Grade grand final was held recently with Demon Destroyers (Jack Donohue and Jett Orpin) defeating Minions (Malachy O’Flynn and Billie 0rpin) in a thrilling match. The new B Grade season commences soon and new players are welcome. Just turn up at 6pm to the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Centre on Thursdays. B Grade is a Junior competition (8 to 16 years of age). Junior coaching is from 6pm to 7pm - contact Bruce on 56722130. The A Reserve Championships had a great turn out with some interesting results. Kenzi Gardner and Archie Paxton had clearly benefited from their recent competition at the Australian Junior Championships in Alice Springs. Kenzi and Archie played off in the final of the Open Singles event with Kenzi coming out the winner in the closest match of the night. Sean Michael and Daniel Chetland were the semi finalists. Leigh Allamby won the Handicap Singles and Nicholas Gilmore was runner-up. Ashley Hewlett and Siobhan Paxton were the semi finalists. The favourite event of the night (Jumbo Ball Handicap) was keenly contested and certainly re-

The new season will commence the following Scott Gardner and Archie Paxton contested the Monday, August 8 and intending new players have semis. only one week to contact Nancy on 56 744628. A Grade has commenced the new season and is in to the third week with seven teams.

Demon Destroyers: from left, Jack Donohue and Jett Orpin were the Wonthaggi Table Tennis Association B Grade winners in a Jumbo boys: from left, Max Duff was the thrilling grand final. Jumbo Ball Handicap runner-up and Blake Richards the winner.

Pinnacle: from left, Leigh Allamby won the Hot bats: from left, Kenzi Gardner was the A Reserve Handicap Singles and Nicholas winner of the A Reserve Open Singles and Archie Paxton the runner-up. Gilmore was the runner-up.

Great effort: from left, Billie Orpin and Malachy O’Flynn – Minions. The B Grade runners-up might not have taken the crown but they were anything but disgraced pushing the winners to produce their very best in a thrilling match.

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SPORT | GOLF Leongatha

Out of the house: from left, the winner with the help of as some lucky putting Marg Johnson and runner-up Pam Russell after a bun fight on the course at Wonthaggi.

Wonthaggi WHAT a relief to report the Wonthaggi Ladies were able to enjoy a round of golf, catch up with mates and get out of the house. Numbers are down but for those 15 players it was a pleasant and at times sunny day. With the small field only a winner and runner-up vouchers were awarded. The winner was Marg Johnson (13) 32 points. At presentation Marg remarked on the lucky putting day she had.

There was a bun fight for runner-up and Pam Russell (24) 31 points won the countback from Leonie Bentick (30) 31 points . On the 13th Robyn Wilkinson converted a lovely pin high drive for a birdie two (worth four points on her card). The pro pin eighth was elusive and the balls went into the BTL awards which were awarded to Leonie Bentick 31, Betty Bowmar 29, Robyn Wilkinson 26, Pam Hanley 26, Anne Poulton 26, Chris Hamilton 26 and Irene Walsh 26.

Meeniyan Ladies ON Wednesday, July 20 the Ladies played off for the monthly medal. The conditions were wonderful and the course was excellent. The sponsor for the day was Grace Benson. The winner of A Grade was Heather Poletti

ONLY 11 dedicated golfers braved the elements on Saturday to contest a Stableford competition. Winner was Andrew Henley with 31 points in a countback from Anthony Sparkes, who received a ball, along with Trevor Rickards, who had 28 points. NTP’s were Andrew Henley on the 7th hole, John Feddersen on the 14th and Bruce Hutton on the 16th. On Tuesday, Geoff Maher and David Vorwerg combined well to win the Pairs Stableford Aggregate event with 73 points. This was five points clear of their nearest rivals Andy Bassett and Peter Buttinger who finished with 68 points. NTP’s were Chris Leaver on the 4th hole, Michael Thomas on the 7th, Jeff Brewer on the 14th and Grant McRitchie on the 16th. DTL Balls were won by Andy Bassett, Peter Buttinger, Michael Thomas, Norm Hughes, Bruce Hutton, Grant McRitchie, Mick Oliver, Barry Stevens, David Forbes, Peter Hobson, Garry Sharrock, Barry Hughes, Denis Wallace, Allan Edney, Andrew Smith and Peter Walsh. On Thursday, with the

(16) with a great score of 77 net. The winner of B Grade was Grace Benson (32) with 79 net. Putting (29) and Best Nine (13) 35.5 net went to Irene Holm. DLB: Veronica Park (16) 79 net Jan Trease (20) 80 net Sue Hoskin (22) 83 net Faye Le Page (20) 83 net Lyn Jennison (37) 83 net.

Born to win: from left, Irene Holm, Grace Benson and monthly medal winner Heather Poletti were the pick of the mid winter crop in lovely conditions at Meeniyan on Wednesday.

Meeniyan A WEEK of mixed weather consisting of rain, hail and shine confronted the Meeniyan golfers. During Tuesday’s Single Stableford, 23 players battled it out with Daryle Gregg (23) and Bruce Betts (33) continuing their great form. Gregg eventually proved victorious with 39 points, while

Continued performance: Bob McGeary (15) continues his great form with a 38 point win on Thursday at the Meeniyan’s Single Stableford competition.

runnerup Betts followed close behind with 37 points. It was also great to see Bill Pratt hit some form again, getting a DTL ball and being NTP on the 8th hole. No one hit the green for an NTP on the 14th hole. At Thursday’s Single Stableford, Bob McGeary (15) continued his great form, winning with 38 points and

Victory on the green: Daryle Gregg (23) proves victorious with 39 points during Tuesday’s Single Stableford at Meeniyan.

getting NTP on the 8th hole. Frank Piele (35) was runner up with 35 points on a count back from Bill Pratt. Pratt got Best 9 with 22 points. On Saturday, only 10 turned out to have a chat and watch in dismay as Phil Hutcheson decided to go out and practice his putting during one of the hail storms that blew through. Travellers and golfers alike needed to take

course in great condition considering recent rain, there were some good scores recorded – none better than Paul Luck who had 44 points including two wipes to win B Grade. Peter Brownlie also did extremely well to win A Grade with 42 points. NTP’s were Michael Thomas on the 14th hole and Paul Luck on the 16th. DTL Balls were awarded to David Forbes, Andrew Smith, Geoff McDonald, John Dalton, Ted Bruinewoud, Peter Jaspers, Merv Stubbs, Michael Thomas, Colin Martin and Fred Debono.

Leongatha ladies TWENTY five women played a stroke round for the July Monthly Medal that doubled as the Silver Spoon playoff. Wendy Parker (15) had an impressive day out winning A Grade with a nett of 73, as well as the Monthly Medal, the Silver Spoon playoff and an NTP on the 16th hole. To cap off a great day, she holed the 5.8m birdie putt on 16th. With July being her third medal for the year, Wendy is to be congratulated for her consistent medal play. Winner of B Grade was Anna de Bondt (26) with a net score of 73 on a countback. Sue Bowler (33) won C Grade with a net score of 78. Scratch player Nancy Sperling, playing B Grade this month, scored 100. DTL balls went to Marg Berry, net 74; Nancy Sperling and Louise Schache, net 78; Joc Howson, net 79; Coral Gray, net 80; and Colleen Touzel, net 82. NTP’s were Sue Bowler on the 14th, Wendy Parker on the 16th, and Marg Griffins on the 16th. Twelve women also played in the nine hole Stableford competition. The winner was Marion Chalmers (40) with 17 points on a count back. Down The Line balls went to Noreen Williams with 17 points and Jan Bissett and Pat Pease with 15 points. There was no women’s competition on Saturday as the gale force winds and heavy rain badly affected the early timeslots. Our thanks to Else Gedye who was the sponsor for the day. The club appreciates the generosity of our sponsors.

foursomes that Col Gillespie provided trophies for. The winners with 71 were Ash Turner and Brett Stubbs from the father and son combination of Brian and Tyler Hogan, with balls to P. Burgess, G. McKinnon; C. Hall, G. Calder and G. Winkler, J. Gill. Nearest the pins to Zac Trease and Brian Hogan. The ball raffle went to No Luck Syndicate. The Thursday competition went to Kev Riseley with 35 points and a ball to Graeme Calder. Next week is medal day with trophies provided by Bendigo Bank.

Woorayl ladies AFTER several weeks of unplayable conditions because of rain, we were finally able to complete the July Monthly Medal. The winner of the medal was Paula Ennoss with 76 net. Paula also won B Grade and was very excited with her first medal win. A Grade winner was Heather Sullivan with 77 net. The putting competition was won by Chris Perrett with 30 putts on a count-back from Jo Fennell. BDL: Jo Fennell, 77 net and Anne Grist with 78 net. NTP: eighth hole Heather Sullivan, and Marg Tuckett took the honours on the 11th and 17th.

Korumburra THERE were eight players on Saturday, July 23 for a stableford competition, with trophies supplied by Athol Worthy. A Grade: (10 hcp) T. Fowles 34 pts, B. Pope 30, P. Hopkins 29. B Grade: (16 hcp) P. Vanagtmaal 33 pts. Nearest the pin: 1st D. Van Rooye, 7th P. Hopkins, 10th T. Fowles, 13th P. Vanagtmaal. Tuesday’s winner was P. Vanagtmaal 42 pts and Thursday’s winner was L. Sharp 35 pts.

Korumburra ladies THERE were 16 very happy women out on the course last Wednesday. After weeks of wet, freezing and windy weather, the day was calm and mild and ideal for golf. With many of our members away travelling for part of winter, numbers were lower than usual. South African Modified Pairs was the game of the day with a range of scores submitted at the end of play. Div 1 was won by Lee Clements (12) and Merrissa Cosson (31), finishing with a fantastic 51 points. Carie Harding (22) and Jenny Blackmore (29) won Div 2 with 37 points. The only NTP went to Lee Clements for the closest shot on the 1st green. Next Wednesday, the type of competition will be decided on the day, with women asked to arrive at the club-house between 9am and 9.15 am. The hail would have been enough to deter golfers on Saturday. Spring is around the corner! The golf trip at Melaleuca Links, near Inverloch, is planned for Wednesday August 17. Nine holes will be played on the Par 3 course prior to the meal. Those who do not wish to play golf are very welcome to just attend the lunch. Please ensure your name is on the list for golf and/or lunch for carpooling and catering purposes. Last year, many past and present players attended this ‘Dayout’ and it would be great if we could have another good gettogether.

Mirboo North ANOTHER Stableford competition was held Thursday in between playoff games for the President’s Trophy. Steve Bickerton (10) would seize the day and win the competition with 41 points. NTP was Joe Piper on the 4th hole. DTL balls went to Garry Shandley, Paul Woodall and Ed Dudek.

Braving the weather for Saturday’s second playoff of the Stableford President’s Trophy, Mark Hales (24) proved victorious with 44 points. NTP’s were Nigel Bracecamp on the 1st hole, Simon Duff on the 4th hole, Mal Payne on the 6th and 13th holes and Joe Kus on the 16th hole. DTL balls went to Nigel Bracecamp and Simon Duff. Tom Whitelaw and Steve Bickerton will battle it out for the President’s Trophy next week during the Stableford final.

Foster DURING Tuesday’s Stableford competition, Dave Hutchison proved victorious with a top score of 45 points, as well as an eagle on the 12th hole with 10 balls. NTP’s were Robin Smith on the 6th hole and Peter Dight on the 16th. DTP balls went to Dight and N. Thompson. On Wednesday, Alayne McKenzie played well enough in B Grade to win the Stroke Medal with 74 points – just two points better than A Grade winner B. Warren who had a nett score of 76. NTP’s were B. Warren on the 6th hole and S. Wylie on the 17th. DTL balls went to B. Britten and V. Soderlund. Putting went to B. Britten. In the scramble game, B. Warren won A Grade with 85 points while B. Britten won B Grade with 100. Winner of Thursday’s Stableford game was Trevor Jones with 40 points. NTP’s went to Peter Dight and Robin Smith, while DTL balls went to Dave Hutchinson, Peter Dight and Robin Smith. Friday’s Chook Run and Saturday’s Person Ambrose competitions were both washed out by the weekend weather.

Woorayl WEATHERWISE it wasn’t much of a day for the American

care on the roads with trees down along the way. The storms overnight caused Billy Creek to overflow and make the bridge over the 2nd hole impassable. By 12 noon, it had subsided again and the sun was shining. That’s weather in South Gippsland. Earlier in the week, players took to the entire course - what a difference 30 mls in 48 hours makes.

Hell or High Water: Phil Hutcheson continues to practice on Saturday at the Meeniyan course despite an impending hailstorm.

Green day: from left, Jack Howard, Graeme Winkler, Brett Stubbs and Ian Balfour had a great day of golf at the Woorayl Golf Club recently.

Good game: from left, Rod Goodwin, Graeme Calder, Gary Young and Craig Hall, all of Leongatha, enjoyed a round of golf at Woorayl Golf Club recently.

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Young Dallas aims high By Stuart Biggins LOCH Primary School Grade 6 teacher Mark Hunter describes Dallas Loughridge as a “natural born leader.” She is a peer mediator, a member of the Student Representative Council, a house captain and is involved in the peer mediation program at the school. Mr Hunter said she is organised, intuitive, good at seeing the big picture and a great thinker. It is not too hard, then, to see why Dallas has been selected in the 12 years and Under Girls Basketball State team competing in the School Sport Australia, Australian Basketball Championships being held at Terrigal from August 6 to 12. The 12 year old school girl started playing basketball when she was six and dreams of one day playing for the Opals and representing Australia. After the long and nerve wracking selection process knowing coaches were watching her every move, Dallas said when she received confirmation, “I was really excited, I rang everyone!” Her selection is no accident as this is a girl

who has put in the hard yards since she started playing as a six year old. She plays basketball for Warragul on Thursday nights and for the Dandenong Rangers on Friday nights. Training for the Rangers is Monday and Wednesday night. On Saturday the 12 year old plays netball for Dalyston where her father, Chris is the playing coach of the Reserves. “I just love basketball,” she said. Already the training, at Maribyrnong and Keilor, has been intensive. On court her role is point guard and Dallas said she has had to learn a whole set of new plays at the higher level. “I couldn’t ask more from my mum and dad because they drive me to all my games and support me in all I do.”

Worthy ambassador: Dallas Loughridge is a natural and unassuming girl and has a maturity that befits the numerous leadership roles she has at the Loch Primary School. Of her own selection to the School Sport Victoria State 12 and Under team she said, “I was really excited.”

AFNL announce June rising stars Lions auction a winner KORUMBURRA-Bena netballer, Ellie Holmes is currently playing netball with the Korumburra Bena 17 and Under and A Grade netball teams.

THE annual Stony Creek Gala Auction cilities at the Stony Creek Football Netball Club. Rob Browne opened the mystery lock to win was on Saturday night, July 16 and was $2000. More than 90 items were auctioned, from once again a huge success. a Gold All proceeds will go towards new netball fa-

She has played representative netball for Alberton Football Netball League for the 15 and Under and 17 and Under age groups. Ellie was selected in the 2016 17/U Alberton Interleague side, 17/U Association side and has also represented Gippsland Region in 15/U. She is part of the Eastern Zone Academy Squad which is a pathway into possible State selections. She plays in the 17/U Southern Fusion Development Squad which can lead into VNL opportunities. Ellie is an athlete with a strong commitment to her netball and will be a leading player of the future for the Korumburra-Bena Football Netball Club.

Netball to benefit: from left, club president Steve Martin congratulates mystery lock winner Rob Browne, with Cindy Winkler of the club’s social group. Future champ: Will Collins has already come a long way in football for someone in his age group and is known for blistering pace and determination to get the ball.

STONY Creek footballer Will Collins is a great young man who lives near the club where he has played all his Junior football.

Committed: Ellie Holmes has a long list of sporting associations that would outstrip most adults.

Will’s parents are a big part of the club and also his younger brother Hugh plays in the Fourths. Will has taken part in leadership programs such as Captains’ Camp and he won the 2015 Thirds best and fairest as well as the best junior club person. Will has represented Stony Creek in interleague matches and been part of the Gippsland Power squad. It is extremely exciting to watch Will’s blistering pace and determination to get the ball ahead of his opponent and the forecast is that he has a bright future. The Rising Star Award is sponsored by Korumburra Sports and Spinal Clinic.

Coast holiday to ladies’ hampers. The club would like to thank all local businesses for their support. Special thanks to Wayne Reid for volunteering his time as auctioneer for the evening.

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Parrots netball A Grade Leongatha 41 d Sale 26 Auction player: Nicola Marriott. Awards: RSL - Nicola Marriott, Rusty Windmill - Kasie Rump. It was a very slow start for us but we got it together to come away with a great win. It was very hard to pick best on court. We worked really hard with many intercepts and everyone contributing. What a wonderful team effort, congrats ladies.

B Grade

Sharp: Toora’s Kate Jenkins has Stony Creek’s Hayley Phillips under pressure in this play for possession. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

Options: Jamie-lee Jeffs, the Giants goal attack, looks to get herself out of a tight spot in an opening half beset by a hail storm and freezing conditions.

Alberton netball Results - Round 16 July 23 A Grade: InverlochKongwak 56 d Phillip Island

Rain, hail: the conditions were challenging to say the least but the most impressive thing of all was how undaunted players were by the hostility of the elements. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

38, Kilcunda-Bass 44 d DWWWW 9, Korumburra-Bena 42 d Foster 18, Dalyston 65 d MDU 15, Toora 47 d Stony Creek 27, Tarwin 26 d Fish Creek 15. B Grade: InverlochKongwak 48 d Phillip Island 36, Kilcunda-Bass 39 d DWWWW 16, Korumburra-Bena 45 d Foster 39, MDU 47 d Dalyston 40, Toora 48 d Stony Creek 23, Tarwin 31 d Fish Creek 19. C Grade: InverlochKongwak 40 d Phillip Island 23, Korumburra-Bena 32 d Foster 11, Dalyston 34 d MDU 32, Toora 46 d Stony Creek 20, Tarwin 33 d Fish Creek 5. 17 & Under: Phillip Island 43 d Inverloch-Kongwak 38, Kilcunda-Bass 18 d DWWWW 16, Korumburra-Bena 39 d Foster 11, Dalyston 39 d MDU 13, Stony Creek 29 drew Toora 29, Fish Creek 26 d Tarwin 10. 15 & Under: InverlochKongwak 38 d Phillip Island 15, Korumburra-Bena 30 d Foster 9, MDU 37 d Dalyston 14, Toora 31 d Stony Creek

Gippsland netball Results - Round 14 A Grade: Traralgon 45 d Bairnsdale 27, Warragul 35 lt Wonthaggi Power 50, Morwell 51 d Maffra 18, Leongatha 41 d Sale 26, Drouin 56 d Moe 50. B Grade: Traralgon 40 d Bairnsdale 38, Leongatha 45 d Sale 24, Morwell 38 d Maffra 35, Wonthaggi Power 41 d Warragul 31, Moe 37 d Drouin 31. C Grade: Traralgon 41 d Bairnsdale 16, Sale 31 d Leongatha 28, Maffra 23 d Morwell 21, Wonthaggi Power 39 d Warragul 19, Moe 36 d Drouin 31. Under 17: Traralgon 35 d Bairnsdale 19, Sale 48 d Leongatha 20, Maffra 24 d Morwell 18, Wonthaggi Power 36 d Warragul 13, Moe 36 d Drouin 26. Under 15: Traralgon 26 d Bairnsdale 23, Sale 28 d Leongatha 25, Maffra 54 d Morwell 12, Wonthaggi Power 48 d Warragul 22, Moe 35 d Drouin 23. Under 13: Bairnsdale

35 d Traralgon 6, Sale 47 d Leongatha 18, Maffra 18 d Morwell 6, Wonthaggi Power 30 d Warragul 11, Moe 20 d Drouin 15.

Ladders A Grade Drouin ........................157.39 Traralgon ...................142.39 Morwell ......................141.26 Moe .............................134.23 Wonthaggi Power ......101.94 Leongatha....................108.05 Maffra............................76.67 Sale................................69.00 Bairnsdale .....................68.83 Warragul ........................48.60 B Grade Traralgon ...................143.93 Maffra ........................124.75 Morwell ...................... 111.40 Leongatha ..................127.42 Moe .............................102.23 Drouin ...........................97.52 Bairnsdale .....................94.01 Wonthaggi Power ..........90.05 Sale................................74.20 Warragul ........................65.04 C Grade Traralgon ...................134.57 Wonthaggi Power ......140.34 Maffra ........................134.27 Moe .............................134.02 Sale .............................121.97 Leongatha.................... 112.71 Morwell .........................86.42

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Drouin ...........................75.33 Bairnsdale .....................53.71 Warragul ........................52.54 Under 17 Moe .............................162.82 Sale .............................164.36 Drouin ........................142.34 Wonthaggi Power ......105.94 Traralgon ................... 114.78 Maffra............................90.26 Bairnsdale .....................84.12 Leongatha......................68.67 Morwell .........................63.15 Warragul ........................56.53 Under 15 Moe .............................145.94 Wonthaggi Power ......144.89 Maffra ........................181.42 Traralgon ................... 117.38 Sale .............................106.05 Morwell .........................85.62 Leongatha......................83.41 Bairnsdale ................... 114.55 Drouin ...........................60.95 Warragul ........................36.57 Under 13 Sale .............................260.96 Bairnsdale ..................138.21 Moe .............................137.27 Maffra ........................ 119.78 Leongatha .................. 119.58 Wonthaggi Power ..........90.45 Drouin ...........................84.88 Traralgon .......................71.84 Morwell .........................44.92 Warragul ........................41.61

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12, Fish Creek 18 d Tarwin 13. 13 & Under: InverlochKongwak 29 d Phillip Island 15, Korumburra-Bena 14 d Foster 9, Dalyston 22 d MDU 3, Toora 10 d Stony Creek 5, Fish Creek 20 d Tarwin 6.

Ladders A Grade Kor-Bena ....................290.69 Dalyston .....................229.07 Inv-Kongwak .............189.94 Phillip Island..............147.92 Toora ..........................140.41 Foster............................91.39 Stony Creek.................104.08 MDU .............................88.13 Kil-Bass.........................60.91 Tarwin ...........................60.45 Fish Creek .....................66.80 DWWWW.....................17.98 B Grade Kor-Bena ....................283.54 Foster..........................204.09 Inv-Kongwak .............170.75 Phillip Island..............145.22 Toora ..........................150.38 MDU ...........................125.20 Dalyston ......................101.29 Tarwin ...........................63.94 Stony Creek...................85.56 Fish Creek .....................75.12 Kil-Bass.........................36.62 DWWWW.....................13.41 C Grade Kor-Bena ....................222.76 Dalyston .....................162.90 MDU ...........................153.72 Toora ..........................142.82 Inv-Kongwak .............130.61

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Tarwin ........................ 119.79 Phillip Island ...............100.38 Foster.............................85.45 Fish Creek .....................69.50 Stony Creek...................70.73 Kil-Bass.........................31.12 17 & Under Dalyston .....................293.04 Kor-Bena ....................237.17 Phillip Island..............144.78 Inv-Kongwak .............194.74 Fish Creek ..................121.78 MDU ...........................124.17 Foster...........................122.92 Kil-Bass.........................52.10 Toora .............................50.86 Stony Creek...................54.36 Tarwin ...........................54.80 DWWWW.....................24.85 15 & Under Inv-Kongwak .............369.10 MDU ...........................225.95 Kor-Bena ....................180.08 Phillip Island..............140.54 Fish Creek ..................106.76 Toora ..........................103.76 Tarwin ...........................67.12 Foster.............................74.25 Stony Creek...................54.97 Dalyston ........................63.68 Kil-Bass.........................47.39 13 & Under Inv-Kongwak .............472.36 Fish Creek ..................224.12 Kor-Bena ....................255.70 Foster..........................162.26 Phillip Island..............209.57 Tarwin ........................ 117.43 Dalyston ......................141.06 MDU .............................75.17 Toora .............................34.23 Stony Creek...................23.26 DWWWW.....................17.19

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Leongatha 45 d Sale 24 Auction player: Kate Rankin. Awards: Bairs Rach Cameron, Rusty Windmill - Abby Dowd. In a battle of the birds the Parrots proved to be the stronger species. Big improvement from last week, finding space and great play down the court. Each player played their role well, time to finish the year off strong.

C Grade Leongatha 28 lt Sale 31 Auction player: Kathy Reid. Awards: Serafino’s Hannah Allen, Rusty Windmill - Phillipa Littlejohn.

It was a tight game and everyone stayed together and fought to the end. Great attitude and teamship, so proud of your effort.

Under 17 Leongatha 20 lt Sale 48 Awards: A.W. Smith & Sons - Nikya Wright, Baker’s Delight - Zali Logan, Serafino’s - Chels Hoffman. It was a tough game girls but we pulled through. Great job considering we had players out and all girls adjusted well into different positions. Well done girls.

Under 15 Leongatha 25 lt Sale 28 Awards: RSL - Stacey Giliam, Baker’s Delight Molly Kent. Great game and we tried hard but unfortunately we lost. Go Parrots.

Under 13 Leongatha 18 lt Sale 47 Awards: Network Video Mia Deenan, Baker’s Delight - Milla Fixter. It was a good game but unfortunately we lost. Everyone played exceptionally well and we all tried our best. Well done girls.

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LDNA netball Results - Saturday, June 23 11 & Under Section 1: Games abandoned due to weather conditions. 11 & Under Section 2: Games abandoned due to weather conditions. 13 & Under: Mirboo North Gold 23 d Mirboo North Purple 6, Mt Eccles Purple 9 d Parrots 7, Town Tangerine 25 d St Laurence Yellow 9, Town Black 19 d Mt Eccles Silver 12, Meeniyan & District 19 d Mt Eccles Blue 3. 15 & Under: Meeniyan & District 27 d Mirboo North 7, St Laurence Blue 17 d Mt Eccles Blue 7, Town Green 15 d St Laurence Maroon 8. 17 & Under / C Grade: St Laurence 25 d Town Black 22. Open: Town Black 32 d St Laurence Gold 24, Meeniyan & District 41 d St Laurence Maroon 27, MDU Demons 48 d Mt Eccles White 17.

LDNA umpires Saturday, July 30 11am: Sue Ritchie, Sharnee Mead-Ameri, Lauren Baudinette, Angelique Dunlevie, Maria Evison, Jemma Caithness, Tinisha Mills, Phil Smith, Maddie Brew, Lori McKenzie, Barb Challis, Jess Arnason. 12pm: Bridget Eldred, Jess Arnason, Amy Smith, Britt Price, Katrina Spark, Barb Challis, Pat Kuhne, Mariah Grant, Julie Grant, Tanya Hamilton. 1pm: Sophie Clarke, Phil Smith, Angelique Dunlevie, Lauren Baudinette, Bek Vagg. 2.15pm: Mary Gourlay, Pat Kuhne, Lori McKenzie, Julie Grant, Barb Challis. Any queries, please contact Erin Baudinette 0448 487 492.

Tall timber: Town Under 13 goal attack Phoebe Clarkson has a height advantage over her opponent, Hanna McAliece from Mt Eccles.

Mirboo North Results A



North 29 d Hill End 10. Best: Alice Pratt, Karli Densley. Great half game. The weather was terrible but there were still some good passages of play despite the conditions. Great sportsmanship shown by Hill End. B Grade: Mirboo North 51 d Hill End 22. Best: Christina Stoertebecker, Ashlee Hilliar. Great team effort. Everyone worked hard for turnovers and to win back lost balls. Excellent defensive pressure, great drive from the mid court and goalers finished off well. C Grade: Mirboo North 31 d Hill End 27. Best: Amy Louise, Tegan Bell. Awesome effort girls. Kept fighting all day against

both the opposition and the weather. D Grade: Mirboo North 35 d Hill End 25. Best: Mikaeli Hilliar, Kelly McCarthy. A great game in poor conditions. We all worked well together to come home with a good win. Let’s keep putting in the effort to train as a team. U17s: Mirboo North 35 def by Hill End 25 Best: Charlie Chila, Monique Giardina. 15s: Mirboo North 33 d Hill End 27. Best: Mikaeli Hilliar, Abbey McColl. A good win in terrible conditions. Great to see the defenders using more of their new skills from training and everyone putting in despite the terrible conditions.

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • Mirboo North v Hill End

Tigers’ win Antarctic clash SECOND placed Mirboo North defeated bottom team Hill End by 32 points in bitterly cold, wet and windy weather at Tigerland on Saturday. With every player giving his all, there was no aspirational gap between the two sides. The mighty Tigers’ Mitchell Wightman, continued his recent excellent form with another top performance in, under and around the packs. Other sturdy workhorses for the winners were Josh Taylor, Kallum Nash, play-

SENIORS Mirboo North 6.11.47 Hill End 1.9.15 Mirboo North goals: Z. Kilgower 1, M. Holland 1, C. Bennett 1, J. Taylor 1, M. Wightman 1, T. Salerno 1. Hill End goals: K. Harper 1. Mirboo North best: M. Wightman, J. Taylor, K. Nash, C. Bennett, D. Turner, M. Holland. Hill End best: D. Briggs, J. Warren, K. Harper, M. Van Tilburg, J. Cassar, J. Duncan.

RESERVES Mirboo North 10.19.79 Hill End 0.1.1 Mirboo North goals: J. Giardina 5, T. Bolton 1, J. Robins 1, S. Pratt 1, S. Rogers 1, M. Green 1. Hill End goals: Nil. Mirboo North best: J. Graeme, B. Jackson, J. Garde, J. Giardina, J. Robins, S. Pratt. Hill End best: A. Cochrane, J. Hammond, M. Mather, D. Gannan, L. Cervi, H. Oatway.


ing coach Clancy Bennett and never-say-die skipper, Damien Turner. After seven 2016 shellackings in excess of 17 goals apiece, Hill End’s application, determination and vigor followed a similarly respectable loss against Morwell East the previous week. Loyal long suffering Hill End supporters were delighted with the way the team married vision and purpose with an enduring work rate. Standout performances by the Hillmen came from Dylan Briggs, John Warren, Kristian Harper and Matthew Van Tilburg. On a day where the

Mirboo North 10.16.76 Hill End 6.0.36 Mirboo North goals: L. Swallow 2, R. Lowrie 1, R. Peter 1, J. Hohmann 1, A. Irwin 1, D. Allen 1, R. Oddy 1, B. Thomson 1, R. Kratzat 11. Hill End goals: J. Hammond 2, J. Baker 1, N. Hammond 1, J. Hudson 1, R. Richards 1. Mirboo North best: K. Wilson, B. Thomson, L. Swallow, D. Allen, B. Van de rydt , J. Hohmann. Hill End best: J. Hammond, B. Stansbury, J. Paulet, J. Hudson, J. Anderson, J. Harrison.

FOURTHS Newborough 7.10.52 Mirboo North 3.5.23 Newborough goals: D. McColl J. Robinson 1, J. McGrath 1, Beath 1. Mirboo North goals: R. Kratzat R. Peter 1, J. Mason 1. Newborough best: L. Flahavin, Humphrey, P. Charles, D. Ryan, Lodge, B. Richards. Mirboo North best: D. Fahey, Hart, R. Peter, B. O’Loughlin, Oddy, A. Irwin.

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temperature barely reached seven degrees and 42 brave players pulled on their boots to enter an arena of mud and slush, no one was more gallant than Hill End coach, Paul Smit. Just two weeks shy of his 48th birthday, the former Melbourne Reserves full back came out of a lengthy retirement, to save a Thirds or Reserves player enduring a second game of footy in the horrible conditions. This was a near freezing afternoon where every footballer’s kinesthetic awareness and functional movements were tested to the limit. From the terraces and inside cars, or the warm club rooms, spectators struggled to identify anyone from either side - even technicolored tattoos were indistinguishable after 10 minutes of play. When one worried mother said she couldn’t spot her boy on the field, a friend reassured her he was sitting on the interchange bench. With endless hard hitting body on body contact and energy resources stretched to the limit, it was fortunate no one was stretchered from the ground. As the ball became heavier and kicking legs grew wearier, some miskicks were shorter than shipboard romances. After Mugzy Mooka booted Hill End forward

with the first kick of the game, the ball didn’t approach the visitors’ 50-metre scoring arc until the second quarter. With the wind at their backs and every Hillman stationed in Mirboo North’s forward half, the Tigers only managed 2.5 in the opening term. Stern defence from Hill End and overuse of the football by Mirboo North, severely limited the Tigers’ goal kicking effectiveness in the early stages. With the Hillmen’s unrelenting harassment, the Tigers’ excessive handballs became unproductive missiles of self destruction. Hill End’s defensive structures were holding up well, with strong intercept marking a feature. During the second quarter, Zac Kilgower and Matt Holland each sneaked goals home for the Tigers after teammates worked feverishly to push the ball from the backline towards the big white sticks. Holland was on the end of a pass from Jeremy Salinger, following a constructive build-up involving Kilgower and Nash. Hill End squandered several opportunities with crucial misses from short range and also forced the Tigers’ defenders to rush some behinds through under pressure. The result was seven

points on the scoreboard for the Hillmen and a deficit of 23 points at half-time. As the rain kept falling and the breeze strengthened, Mirboo North put the game to bed with two third quarter goals, whilst keeping Hill End scoreless. At the last change, both coaches enthusiastically urged their men to keep fighting hard. After two near misses and seven minutes of perseverance, the hard-working Harper finally registered Hill End’s only major, when he marked Tristan Salerno’s kick-out and slammed the ball high over the goal umpire’s head. The Tigers were restricted to a behind for the term and when the final siren sounded, nobody could leave the ground quickly enough.

Reserves Mirboo North restricted current cellar dweller Hill End, to a behind in the Tigers’ efficient 78 point victory in rain, wind and occasional hailstones. Star senior goal sneak, Jesse Giardina, booted five goals on his return through the Reserves, following a stint on the sidelines with a broken leg. The mighty Tigers were superb in the intensity department and enjoying the fruits of their labor. On the other hand, Hill End’s ineffective game plan

• Leongatha Cycling

Conditions define the trial THE Leongatha Cycling Club held a round of the State Individual Time Trial series on Saturday. It was a windy, cold and sometimes wet day for the riders. The temperature was only in single figures but the gusty wind and occasional hail showers were not pleasant for riders or officials. To start the day the club held racing for club riders only, with the State series starting at 10am In the club event, a time trial over the 20 kilometre

course, Will Lumby was the winner with a great time of 29.9min, just six seconds clear of second placed Brett Franklin whilst Austin Timmins came home third in 30.03. The average speed for Will was 41.17kph. The course which was out and back had a substantial tail wind on the outward journey but a solid headwind for the return run. Austin Timmins was riding on his restricted Junior gears so lost a little on the tail wind run. In the Juniors Oliver McLean was the winner

with a time of 36.25. He was followed by Thomas Fitzgerald and Kaleb Jans. The club had intended to run a hill climb championship after lunch but the squally weather and bleak conditions at the top resulted in the climb being cancelled. In the State series races, the number of riders shrunk from the 76 entries to just 55 hardy souls. The paracyclists – most riding a sled and hand pedalling, were all in attendance and braved the elements with an early start.

Local cyclist Alex Welsh put in a great effort in his division with a time of 38.41. Our only other rider was Bernadette Fitzgerald in the Women B Grade division but she was hampered by the new tri-bars on her bike that had slipped over the journey. She finished in seventh place with a time of 36.17 which was plus 1.35minutes on the winners’ time. The former National Women’s time trial champion, Bridie O’Donnell raced home in a great time of 30.07. Best time of the day

went to the Masters’ A Grade winner, Nich Squillari (Geelong) in a time of 26.27 which is an average speed of 46.3kmph which was fantastic for the conditions. That was a time which was better than the elite men riders who ventured out for the challenge. Next week end the racing is at Korrine for the Sprag trophy. The club Juniors will be keen to keep driving their fitness before the State Titles scheduled for the first weekend in August.

was a riddle wrapped inside a mystery. The Hillmen’s serious lack of resources meant they were barely able to break out of a trot, much less run the gauntlet against their more qualified opponents. A grand finalist last year, Mirboo North has now won nine of its 14 games and has assured itself of a 2016 elimination finals berth. Joel Graeme, Brendan Jackson and Jake Garde adapted to the challenging conditions like ducks to water. The Tigers were able to ward off their opponents and consistently maintain possession of the ball throughout large chunks of each quarter. Andrew Cochrane, Josh Hammond and Mitchell Mather were the Hillmen’s best performers on a dismal day for the visitors.

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North, recorded a comfortable 40 point win over Hill End in a solid display of disciplined wet weather football. Trivia buffs across the MGFL will note Hill End’s six straight goals follows seven majors without a miss, in its round five clash against the Tigers earlier this season.

Mid Gippsland League SENIORS LADDER Newborough ......... 217.70 Mirboo North ........ 203.36 Yall-Yall North....... 230.50 Yinnar ................... 157.60 Morwell East......... 109.16 Thorpdale .............. 104.90 Yarragon .................. 62.51 Boolarra ................... 78.12 Trafalgar ................... 34.10 Hill End .................... 37.00

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OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Thorpdale 1.14.20 Yarragon 3.2.20 Yall-Yall Nth 9.9.63 d Yinnar 3.1.19 Newborough 12.9.81 d Boolarra 0.2.2 Trafalgar 5.6.36 d Morwell East 2.18.30 RESERVES Yarragon 3.4.22 d Thorpdale 2.1.13 Yall-Yall Nth 1.10.16 d Yinnar 2.3.15 Newborough 16.14.110 d Boolarra 2.0.12 Trafalgar 9.27.81 d Morwell East 4.2.26 THIRDS Yinnar 8.16.64 d Yall-Yall Nth 0.4.4 Newborough 9.20.74 d Boolarra 0.0.0 Trafalgar 8.12.60 d Morwell East 6.4.40 FOURTHS Yinnar 5.18.48 d Yall-Yall Nth 7.3.45

Newborough ......... 400.84 Yall-Yall North....... 306.35 Yinnar ................... 293.64 Mirboo North ........ 143.71 Yarragon ................. 75.00 Thorpdale ................ 71.31 Trafalgar ................... 70.11 Morwell East ............ 47.16 Boolarra ................... 39.28 Hill End .................... 25.54

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THIRDS LADDER Mirboo North ........ 314.89 Yinnar ................... 268.81 Newborough ......... 214.09 Hill End ................. 148.61 Thorpdale ............... 93.50 Trafalgar ................... 69.67 Yall-Yall North .......... 92.65 Morwell East ............ 38.37 Boolarra .................. 20.02

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FOURTHS LADDER Newborough ......... 221.41 Trafalgar ............... 145.65 Mirboo North ........ 115.56 Yinnar ..................... 69.32 Yall-Yall North......... 38.57

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Leongatha Junior footy CGJFL ladders UNDER 10 W Hill & Rovers .....10 L’gatha Green.....9 Mirboo North .....8 Yinnar..............7 Trafalgar...........7 Morwell Royal ...... 5 Moe Maroons....... 5 Moe Blues ............ 4 Morwell Navy ....... 3 Newb Blues .......... 2 Newb Reds........... 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

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

% % Won 1466 100 602 90 205 80 592 70 159 70 173 50 106 50 73 36 75 30 20 18 19 10 9 0

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

Green goals: R. Jefferis 1, W. Brown 1. Best: R. Collins, R. Thomas, Z. Lamers, B. McRae, E. Smith, C. Richards. Mirboo North goals: M. Woodall 1. Best: M. Dawson, M. McQualter, J. Chila, C. Crutchfield, S. Bradley, L. Mitchell.

UNDER 12 Leongatha Green 2.3.15 Mirboo North 1.5.11

UNDER 12 W L’gatha Green.....9 Trafalgar...........8 L’gatha Gold ......7 Hill & Rovers .....7 Mirboo North .....5 Moe Maroons....... 5 New Blues ............ 4 Yinnar .................. 3 Morwell Navy ....... 1 Yallourn Nth ......... 1 Morwell Royal ...... 0

CGJFL UNDER 10 Leongatha Green 2.1.13 Mirboo North 1.1.7

% % Won 360 100 277 88 285 77 258 70 167 55 94 55 69 44 86 33 25 11 24 11 25 0

Green goals: T. Richards 1, R. Weaver 1. Best: D. Eastwood, D. Ward, F. Moon, M. Burggraaff, B. Stewart. North goals: A. O’Loughlin 1. Best: C. Pinkerton, T. Bishop, B. Melbourne, J. Carnes, E. Woodall, B. Peters


UNDER 14 Mirboo North 9.6.60 Leongatha Green 0.0.0 Mirboo North goals: M. Porykali


Headwind: Bernadette Fitzgerald comToughing it out: Oliver McLean was the peting in the Cycling Victoria Individual Junior Individual Time Trial Club winner Time Trial event in tough conditions on on Saturday morning with a time of 36.25. Saturday.

Trials of winter: Will Lumby was the Senior Individual Time Trial Club winner on Saturday morning with the temperature in single figures.

W Trafalgar...........9 Mirboo North .....9 L’gatha Green.....6 Morwell Navy .....6 L’gatha Gold ......6 Yinnar .................. 6 New Reds............. 5 New Blues ............ 4 Moe Blues ............ 4 Hill & Rovers........ 3 Moe Maroons....... 2 Yallourn Nth ......... 0

L 0 1 3 4 4 4 5 6 7 7 8 11

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

% % Won 284 95 296 90 133 65 186 60 143 60 87 60 88 50 89 40 73 36 71 30 27 20 26 0

2, J. Carnes 2, T. Eden 1, T. Wilkins 1, P. Lewis 1, C. Johnson 1, L. Smith 1, L. Menary 1. Best: N. Smith, P. Lewis, J. Hillman, B. Watson, B. Peters, T. Wilkins. Green best: N. Hanily, N. Clark, R. Kemp, M. Portelli, T. Collins, L. Hickey.

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• Allies v Kilcunda-Bass

Allies conquer Killy Bass AT the first bounce Mother Nature said ‘Welcome to Kilcunda Bass’ and proceeded to unleash one hell of a hail storm. Not to be denied, the Allies fired up quickly and Brandon Nolan had the team’s first goal inside one minute. From the restart Ben Mayers sent the ball into attack and Hayden Egerton repeated the dose. In the heavy rain KBass went forward and a kick from a pack brought up its first. Nearing quarter time a free in the middle allowed the home side an easy shot on goal

for Burgess and at the first change the Allies held a slender four point lead. Term two saw the home side have the scoring end but a point scored gave the ball up and long kick down the ground by Matija Sigeti set the Allies into action. From the wing position Nick Pollock and Shaun Buttegieg fired the ball long and it cleared all but allowed Hayden Egerton an easy shot on goal. With the wind the home side appeared to fiddle around with handball and at times four or five in a row would come unstuck and give up the ball. In the middle KB’s Mock and Endres were gaining many possessions but couldn’t penetrate the

half backline where DWWWW’s Ryan Marriott and Matija Sigeti took several strong marks. A relayed free allowed Kyle Bergles an easy goal and by half time the Allies still lead by just three points. Term three was a very important one as both teams dived in hard for the ball on the deck. Frees in the midfield saw Bergles with two more goals. In general play the Allies played the better football and when wet weather skills were needed the play by Darcy Atkins, Justin Marriott and Dan Batson was very noticeable. Against the run of play and a kick from the darkness, the ball landed in DWWWW’s Trent

Robertson’s arms and he kicked truly. At the last change Killy/Bass led by a goal and again had the scoring end. In a smart piece of positioning Allies coach Scott Anderson placed his left footers on the dead flank and whilst Killy/ Bass played the positive flank the Allies ran the ball around the boundary via Atkins and Justin Marriott then allowed noted wet weather players in Batson, Max Homer and Hoppner to run and carry the ball. Once the ball got to half forward the explosive acceleration of Jim Phillips took over and changed the game. A long shot by Phillips was marked in the square by Wright of Killy/Bass,

however, his kick was chopped off by Jackson Nolan who goaled in spectacular fashion to really inspire the team. With scores level a huge effort was needed by both teams as rain and darkness took over but the Allies responded better. Chris Endres and Braithwaite put their team into attack, however, strong marks at halfback by Sigeti, Jayden Nolan and Ryan Marriott stopped the run. Again the ball was shot sideways to Justin Marriott and Max Homer who quickly passed it onto Phillips who just shot clear to find Batson for a goal to again give the visitors the lead. At the bounce only a

minute or two remained and Mayers sent the ball square to the flank where Atkins again found Phillips all alone in space. Phillips long shot scored a point, however, it made the lead seven points and Killy/Bass needed two goals to get the lead back. From the kick in Killy/ Bass needed to take the ball the full length of oval and Endres and Mock sent them deep into attack only to see Doug Combridge take a big mark and deny them and in turn kept them goal less for the term. His kick wide found Atkins however the siren rang giving the Allies a well deserved win.

Allies 6.10.46 Kilcunda-Bass 6.4.40 Allies Goals: D. Batson 2, T. Robertson 1, J. Nolan 1, J. Phillips 1, B. Nolan 1 Kilcunda-Bass Goals: K. Bergles 3, J. Burgess 1, M. Edwards 1, T. Keating 1 Allies Best: H. Egerton, R. Marriott, M. Homer, B. Mayers, J. Nolan, J. Phillips Kilcunda-Bass Best: M. Edwards, B. Vague, S. Braithwaite, D. Mock, M. Cochrane RESERVES

Kilcunda-Bass 5.3.33 Allies 5.3.33 Leading Goalkickers: all singles KB Best: L. Smith, A. Brown, B. Egeberg, G. Wallace, S. Watson, K. Condick Allies Best: not submitted FOURTHS

Kilcunda-Bass 16.13.109 Allies 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: W. Lindsay 4 KB Best: W. Lindsay, L. Alford, J. Rosenow, M. Graham-Edden, D. Blackney, S. Bent Allies Best: L. Biemans, A. Dean, L. Sketcher, D. Vicino, Z. Cook, M. Hoppner

• Fish Creek v Tarwin

Kangas own the gale to win TARWIN welcomed Fish Creek to Shark Park on an horrific day for football, with

a 6-8 goal wind favouring the town end, but the ground was nevertheless in per-

fect condition. Fish Creek got out of the blocks early and made the most of the wind, with its on ball brigade getting

first use of the ball in setting up the game during the first quarter. The rain made the ball slippery but class shone

No chance: Ethan Park displays his trademark strength as he shepherds teammate Joe Brooks.

through and the Kangaroos were able to move the ball through the middle and on the ‘fat’ side of the ground, utilising the wind. The Kangaroos kept the Sharks scoreless whilst getting themselves out to a 37 point lead by quarter time. In the second it was the Sharks’ opportunity to make merry with the wind. In contrast to the 5.7 kicked with the wind by Fish Creek, Tarwin could only manage 1.2, the goal coming thanks to a class finish by John Kilsby. Meanwhile Fish Creek managed to score two goals into the gale that was howling up the ground; some kicks literally floating backwards after a high kick heading into the breeze. Once again Fish Creek’s on ballers were getting plenty of it; they were setting up a lot of their forward attacks from their half back line and Fish

Creek’s Thomas Cameron was cutting the Sharks to bits on the wing. Fish Creek went into the half time break with a considerable advantage of 43 points – massive given the conditions. The second half was a more even contest with the Sharks matching it with Fish Creek on the scoreboard. With a top two, second chance spot on the line, Fish Creek’s coach Greg Hoskins had warned his team not to give up the fight. Matthew Taylor was playing a great game in the ruck along with Travis Manne giving Fish Creek first use all day. John Kilsby was doing his best to get the Sharks back in the game, finishing the day with four goals. Nathan McRae went down early in the third quarter with what looked to be a serious knee injury, and withTom Williamson doing his shoulder early

in the game this meant the Sharks found it hard to bridge the gap. In the end, Fish Creek ran out 47 point winners over the Sharks in what was a cold and bitter affair. Both sides will be looking to finish the season well with Fish Creek looking for a top two finish.

Fish Creek 13.14.92 Tarwin 7.3.45 Fish Creek Goals: T. Hooker 4, M. Taylor 2, P. Tolongs 2, T. Manne 1, G. Park 1, J. Smith 1, R. McGannon 1, T. Cameron 1 Tarwin Goals: J. Kilsby 4, L. Thwaites 1, B. Slater 1, S. Kilsby 1 Fish Creek Best: E. Park, G. Park, R. McGannon, T. Cameron, T. Manne, M. Taylor Tarwin Best: J. Kilsby, R. Houston, R. O’Loughlin, P. Hinkley, R. Brack, N. Browne RESERVES

Fish Creek 6.13.49 Tarwin 5.3.33 Leading Goalkickers: D. Britton 2, K. Byers 2, L. Anderson 2, P. McRae 2 Fishy Best: P. Mueller, W. Lomax, B. Pulham, T. Redpath, K. Byers, I. McCallum Tarwin Best: L. Weston, M. Holm, J. Bell, L. Anderson, S. Clark, J. Giliam

A good cause draws winners STONY Creek hosted the Mental Health awareness round on Saturday. The day was very well attended even though the weather conditions were at their worst. All footballers wore blue socks and netballers wore blue bibs to promote awareness for mental health. A player from each match who best displayed courage, determination and team work on the field was awarded a medal. Stony Creek president Mr Steve Martin said the football club was honoured to be allocated the mental health round as he strongly believes this is an important issue we all need to be made aware of in our community.

A good cause: Representatives from AFL Gippsland, AFNL and Mental Health were there to award players medals, also to present a trophy to the club who had won the most games throughout the day. From left, Steve Martin (president of Stony Creek FNC), Dean Cashin (AFNL), John Schelling (AFL Gippsland), Craig Jenkins (president of Toora FNC), Marie O’Connor (Mental Health Awareness representative) and Andrew Logan (Senior medal winner).

A good shepherd: Fish Creek’s Gareth Park, ever fearless, looks to intervene on behalf of his teammate Justin Smith, who is about to pick up the ball.

“THE STAR” Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - PAGE 49


Magpies up the ante on depleted Demons THE scoreboard showed Dalyston was easily the dominant side during Saturday’s encounter with Meeniyan but did not say why. The Magpies controlled the game in the middle, in the offensive half and the team’s backline was like a fortress, but the final figures failed to tell anyone who was not there of Meeniyan’s teamlist troubles. The depleted MDU Seniors are without 12 quality, experienced players, leaving it to the side’s younger, lightly built players to shoulder the load. And when that burden must be carried against the big boys of Dalyston, whose cumulative footy experience tallies many years, the challenge was clearly laid down from the outset. The Demons are without the likes of Jack Hughes, Jake Laskey, Tom Harley, Tom McDermott and Charlie Ampt, all out due to injury, and when the missing players are the likes of

defenders, midfields and forwards, coach Mark Lafferty has a tough job on a Saturday. Ben Thomas strained his hamstring in the opening term of the Dalyston clash, placing more responsibility in the hands of younger players. From the opening bounce, Dalyston’s ruckman Kurt Thomas controlled play from the middle and his teammates did not let him down, swiftly converting possessions to results on the scoreboard, aided by a favourable breeze. By the first siren, the Magpies had booted 5.2 to MDU’s single major, which was to be the home side’s only score until the final term. Both sides were hindered by hail, rain, cold and wind in the second quarter, as reflected by the ladder climbers Dalyston managing just one goal three. The visitors more than made up for that in the third term, seizing control of the ball and MDU was unable to restrain their opponents’

vigour. Dalyston’s Brad Fisher, Bret Thornton and Kristian Butler combined to make a tight outfit across their respective positions of centre half back, centre half forward and middle. The Magpies booted eight goals two and Glen Parker was unstoppable as he kicked his way to a game haul of seven big ones, with Dalyston leading 14.7.91 to MDU’s six at the final change. The fourth quarter was a repeat of the third, and despite efforts by MDU’s Tom Corry and Matt Harris in the centre, the Demons were

unable to push the Sherrin further than Dalyston’s Fisher. Thornton injured his hamstring and his loss may hinder the Magpies’ finals campaign. Dalyston ran away with the game, 20.10.130 to MDU’s 2.1.13. MDU is now hoping to welcome McDermott and Ampt back this weekend as the Demons turn their attention to Tarwin. With MDU sitting 10th and Tarwin 11th on the ladder, the Demons may have a chance of singing the team song in the changerooms.

All aboard: Ryan Olden appears to have his name on the ball but will have to beat off two Magpies, from left Joe Ray-Angarame and Kainen Schrape , to claim it. Matthew Harris is there to lend his team mate some weight. Dalyston 20.10.130 M.D.U. 2.1.13 Dalyston Goals: G. Parker 7, M. Rosendale 3, M. Marotta 3, C. Graham 3, K. Schrape 2, K. Butler 1, B. Thornton 1 M.D.U. Goals: T. Harris 1, J. Swift 1 Dalyston Best: K. Butler, G. Parker, B. Fisher, C. Graham, M. Rosendale, K. Kirk M.D.U. Best: T. Corry, M. Harris, R. Olden, M. Olden, M. Smith, M. Laskey RESERVES

Dalyston 12.8.80 M.D.U. 0.7.7 Leading Goalkicker: A. Wallis 4 Dalyston Best: M. McCoy, L. West, A. Gennaccaro, H. Wright, K. Kerr, C. Loughridge M.D.U. Best: J. Forrester, H. Sinclair, R. Livingstone, C. Harris, B. Densley, J. Bolge

Big business: MDU ruckman Michael Smith beats two Dalyston opponents on this occasion, from left, Kurt Thomas and Michael Marotta.

• Foster v Korumburra Bena


Dalyston 11.7.73 M.D.U. 3.0.18 Leading Goalkickers: L. Burns 2, W. Forsyth 2, L. Harris 2 Dalyston Best: T. Robinson, C. Loughridge, K. Wilson, L. Legione, A. Dowson, K. Brown M.D.U. Best: C. McInnes, L. Harris, J. Hoy, J. Clifford, C. Dyke, D. Thorson FOURTHS

Dalyston 21.11.137 M.D.U. 1.0.6 Leading Goalkicker: C. Ohalloran 8 Dalyston Best: J. Loughridge, L. Ion, C. Ohalloran, B. Lewis, L. Ibrhaim, D. Gardiner M.D.U. Best: S. Chadwick, J. Tom, M. Hoober, M. Scrimshaw, J. Yates, J. Ewing

• Toora v Stony Creek

Foster too strong Stony secure final’s berth

KORUMBURRA Bena faced a big bodied Foster team close to its peak and likely to play a significant role in finals football this year.

It did so not only with seven Thirds players but also Joshuah Hill from the Fourths. Michael Cooke on the Foster forward line kicked three goals; more than the Giants entire score. What makes the situation even more interesting is that Cooke is an ex Giants’ player. Maybe he will be back. In recruiting for its new mach The Giants will be looking to redress the imbalance that has so obviously beset its progress this season. And they will. Giants came out of the blocks with a burst almost as strong as the hailstorm that hit and had 2.2 on the board

at the end of the first term and level pegging with its opponents. That was it for the Giants. While they - and the weather did its part too – contained Foster’s scoring, they weren’t able to score again Cameron Trewin, as a young player out of the Thirds this year who has been up and down a bit this season, played his best game for the year. He made a significant impact on the half back line and is an indication of the latent talent ready to be plumbed and mentored once it has the role models around it. Dean Hendrikse was more than pleased with his young side for having a crack. The scoreline doesn’t provide the evidence, but they held up and didn’t give up; the side showed plenty of spirit. Indeed, to be out their on an afternoon like we had on Saturday you had to have

spirit; it was bone chilling. At the end of the game, it is reported that almost everyone was close to hypothermic and made a mad dash for the showers. Foster 9.12.66 Korumburra-Bena 2.2.14 Foster Goals: M. Cooke 3, B. Tagg 2, S. Chaseling 1, L. Mann 1, J. Toner 1, B. Bowden 1 Korumburra-Bena Goals: Z. Walker 1, N. Wylie 1 Foster Best: N. Connellan , B. Bowden, S. Chaseling, M. Cooke, B. Tagg, S. Lyon Korumburra-Bena Best: C. Trewin, L. Van Rooye, B. Fitzpatrick, D. Robbins, Z. Walker, N. Besley RESERVES

Korumburra-Bena 9.5.59 Foster 2.5.17 Leading Goalkicker: J. Kyle 3 KB Best: J. Kyle, B. Schulz, R. Muir, M. Kennewell, P. Kyle, D. Lloyd Fos Best: N. Clarke, L. Cripps, S. Brett, D. La Casa, J. Sparkes, C. Barker FOURTHS

Korumburra-Bena 16.20.116 Foster 0.0.0 Leading Goalkicker: J. Beckwith 6 KB Best: J. Beckwith, J. Hill, B. Walker, J. Anthony, K. Lia, J. Felton Fos Best: M. House, L. Lidstone, N. Van Dyke, F. Cashmore, O. Cox, A. Ginnane

Giants: Foster’s Darren Grainger out muscles two Giants, from left, Darcy James and Jesse Van Rooye.

IT was win at all costs for Stony Creek on Saturday and win it did, guaranteeing a final’s berth for the club. With games coming up against tough teams Foster and Fish Creek, Stony Creek saw Saturday’s win as a must against Toora. Like everywhere else the wind played its part

with the ball travelling out on the full at least 30 times in the match. Stony had the slight wind advantage in the first quarter but its wasteful nine behinds cost them a probable guaranteed win. Halfway through the second quarter extremely heavy rain and hail fell midterm then a couple more storms came in the second half.

Players decided to battle through the conditions whilst at one stage the netballers had a short break in the coach’s box. The Maroons lifted a cog in the second quarter and actually scored two into the tricky end with Toora also matching it with two goals of its own. Cam Stone had a brilliant, attacking first half before receiving a heavy knock which had him sprawled on the ground with an ambulance called; fortunately he is okay. The club will assess his likely concussion and will not risk him this Saturday if he is suffering any effects. Cam went off just before half time with a knock to the head and on the ground for quite a while and taken to hospital by ambulance but is fine now. Stony Creek’s Andrew Logan was best in defence all day at centre half back while Josh Schelling probably beat his opponent in the ruck, Tim Allott. Jake Brydon on the half backline was consis-

High flyer: Toora’s Michael O’Sullivan takes a screamer over Jacob Byrnes. Photo courtesy Gerard Bruning-@

tent all day while Jacob Byrnes played a pretty good second half on the forward line. Ash Zuidema on the ball also provided plenty of drive for the Maroons. Weston and Grant were the best of the Magpies who fought the game right out. Stony Creek have Foster and Fish Creek over thenext two games which will be a really good workout. Toora has its last two games at home and will be hoping to win at least one of the Kilcunda Bass or DWWWW matches.

Stony Creek 4.11.35 Toora 3.4.22 Stony Creek Goals: C. Mackie 1, E. Taylor 1, K. Baskaya 1, J. Schelling 1 Toora Goals: J. Weston 1, P. Grant 1, L. Manders 1 Stony Creek Best: A. Logan, J. Schelling, J. Brydon, J. Byrnes, A. Zuidema, K. Wille Toora Best: J. Weston, P. Grant, M. O’Sullivan, B. Osborne , J. Griffin, B. East RESERVES

Stony Creek 12.8.80 Toora 0.1.1 Leading Goalkickers: A. Verboon 2, R. McKnight 2, M. Dyer 2, B. McKnight 2 Stony Best: B. McKnight, T. Gordon, G. Gray, A. Scholte, S. Cope, T. Zukovskis Toora Best: T. Need, C. Hilder, L. Grylls, M. Stone, B. Stone, N. Nicholls THIRDS

Stony Creek 7.8.50 Toora 1.4.10 Leading Goalkicker: H. Funnell 3 Stony Best: H. Funnell, K. Newton, J. Phillips, S. Barnard, L. Harrington, H. Collins Toora Best: T. Koolen, J. Vening, K. Morgan, L. Ireland, P. Doran, O. Cashmore

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Inv-K’wak.....14 2 0 241.01 Fish Creek....14 2 0 191.09 Dalyston ......13 3 0 184.75 Foster .........13 3 0 183.42 Kil-Bass ......10 6 0 130.06 Stony Creek ..9 7 0 94.86 DWWWW ...... 6 10 0 75.02 Toora... .......... 5 11 0 85.47 Phillip Is ........ 5 11 0 81.68 MDU.............. 4 12 0 68.05 Tarwin ........... 2 13 1 66.54 Kor-Bena ....... 0 15 1 16.61 GOALKICKERS K. Bergles (Kil-Bass) .......... (3) G. Parker (Dalyston) .......... (7) K. Baskaya (Stony Ck) ........ (1) L. McMillan (Inv-K’wak) ..... (3) L. Manders (Toora) ............ (1) J. Swift (MDU) ................... (1) B. Runnalls (Phillip Is) ....... (0) T. Mahoney (Inv-K’wak) ..... (0) J. Hanlon (Foster) .............. (0) T. Wyatt (Inv-K’wak).......... (0)


56 56 52 52 40 36 24 20 20 16 10 2 83 48 47 45 39 38 38 37 35 33



Dalyston ..... 16 0 0 719.53 Inv-K’wak.... 15 1 0 361.08 MDU.......... 11 5 0 191.68 Fish Creek... 11 5 0 188.92 Phillip Is..... 10 6 0 190.41 DWWWW .... 6 9 1 72.24 Kor-Bena .......6 10 0 47.79 Kil-Bass.........5 10 1 52.02 Tarwin ...........4 12 0 50.15 Stony Creek...4 12 0 46.26 Toora ... .........4 12 0 36.53 Foster ............3 13 0 41.00 GOALKICKERS A. Bright (Fish Creek) ......... (1) A. Wallis (Dalyston) ........... (4) R. Butler (Inv-K’wak).......... (0) J. Brooker (Dalyston) ......... (3) M. Schreck (Dalyston) ....... (3) J. Maurilli-Pullin (Toora) .... (0) D. Brown (Dalyston) .......... (0) D. Pruysers (Dalyston) ....... (0) M. Wright (Phillip Is) ......... (0) L. Anderson (Tarwin) ......... (2)


64 60 44 44 40 26 24 22 16 16 16 12 54 51 43 38 37 32 27 27 24 22


Inv-K’wak.... 11 Phillip Is..... 9 Fish Creek... 7 Dalyston ..... 9 Kor-Bena .... 6 Kil-Bass ..... 5 Stony Creek...4 MDU..............2 Toora .............0

1 0 3 0 3 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 9 0 10 0 12 0



734.3 275.4 194.6 182.3 91.1 138.6 16.9 35.0 20.3

91 75 70 69 54 45 30 16 0

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

34 30 26 25 19 17 16 15 15 14


Fish Creek... 12 Phillip Is..... 11 Inv-K’wak.... 10 Dalyston ..... 8 Kor-Bena .... 7 Kil-Bass ..... 7 DWWWW ......3 Stony Creek...3 Foster ............2 MDU..............1

1 0 2 0 3 0 5 0 5 0 6 0 9 0 10 0 10 0 12 0



353.6 407.1 328.7 273.8 192.0 230.5 31.9 15.1 45.3 13.4

92 84 76 61 58 53 23 23 16 7

GOALKICKERS C. O’Halloran (Dalyston) .... (8) C. McInnes (Inv-K’wak)...... (2) B. Taylor (Phillip Is)............ (1) L. Howard (Fish Creek) ...... (0) L. Alford (Kil-Bass) ............ (2) N. Anderson (Phillip Is) ...... (1) W. Lindsay (Kil-Bass) ......... (4) M. Freeman (Phillip Is)....... (0) J. Beckwith (Kor-Bena) ...... (6) J. Standfield (Fish Ck) ........ (0)

47 40 28 24 21 21 19 16 14 14

A happy bunch: IK’s Under 12s were totally pumped to be in the grand final in two weeks time against the winner of this weekend’s preliminary final, Korumburra-Bena or Corner Inlet.

Corner Inlet’s Under 14 are through to a preliminary final this Sunday against Wonthaggi Power. The winner of that match will play Phillip Island in the grand final.

Alberton Juniors launch finals INVERLOCH Kongwak’s Under 12 won the second semi final of the Alberton Junior football finals at the Inverloch Recreation Reserve 7.7.43 to Corner Inlet, no score.


The prize is a week’s rest and a berth in the grand final to be played on Sunday, August 7. The boys’ excitement was so high that they

ALBERTON Round 17: July 30 DWWWW v Kor-Bena Dalyston v Phillip Island Fish Creek v I-K Stony Creek v Foster MDU v Tarwin Toora v Kilcunda-Bass

had virtually finished singing the club song before they reached the rooms where they and team officials were joined by a large crowd of their families and supporters. Korumburra-Bena 1.2.8 defeated Phillip Island 0.3.3 to win the first semi final at the Cowes Recreation Reserve and will play Corner Inlet in the preliminary final next Sunday

at a venue to be announced. In the first week of the Under 14 finals, Corner Inlet 5.5.35 defeated Inverloch Kongwak 0.1.1 in the second semi final to win its way through to a preliminary final against Wonthaggi Power. Phillip Island 6.9.45 defeated Power 3.3.21 to win its way into the grand final.

• Inverloch-Kongwak v Phillip Island

Sea Eagles toughen up for Roos clash

MID GIPPSLAND Round 15: July 30 Trafalgar v Yarragon Yinnar v Morwell East Boolarra v Yall-Yall Nth Hill End v Newborough Mirboo North v Thorpdale

PHILLIP ISLAND went down to top of the ladder InverlochKongwak at Inverloch by 69 points.

GIPPSLAND Round 15: July 30 (Split round) Warragul v Leongatha August 6 Moe v Maffra Wonthaggi v Traralgon Bairnsdale v Sale Morwell v Drouin

ELLINBANK Round 16: July 30 Ellinbank v Dusties Neerim South v Cora Lynn Buln Buln v Nar Nar Goon Lang Lang v Nyora Poowong v Bunyip Catani v Koo Wee Rup Longwarry v Nilma Darnum Garfield - bye

The windy wet and icy cold conditions were the talk of the weekend and few people envied the mettle of the sportsmen and women who had to don their uniforms to confront what can euphemistically best be described

as character building element. What can be said is that tough conditions make for memorable moments. The outcome of the game was of little consequence to the Bulldogs but winning was important for IK to maintain its place at the top of the ladder and minor premiers’ crown at the end of the home and away season. Not a season in the bal-

ance kind of game but one that was not without its significance. The Bulldogs had the breeze in the first quarter but couldn’t take full advantage of the assist, only managing two goals for the quarter. Kicking into the strong breeze the Sea Eagles matched the Bulldogs and actually went into the first break up by one point. In the second term IK took complete control. While Phillip Island had been unable to use the wind with its fresh legs to open up a lead on its

opponents, IK added six unanswered goals for the quarter and stretched its lead to 39 points at the half time break. After the main break, with the wind again, Phillip Island still couldn’t take full advantage and was only able to score a single goal. However, the Bulldogs harried the feathered creatures enough to keep them goalless for the quarter and reduced the margin to 31 points. IK replicated its second quarter in the last, displaying superior fitness to kick

six goals to its opponent’s nil, to run away 69 point victors. Phillip Island heads to Dalyston next week for its last away game for the season while Inverloch Kongwak and Fish Creek will present one of the season’s blockbusters in what could be a grand final preview. William Hetherington and Lachlan Williams kicked six of the Sea Eagles majors between them (three apiece) with Hetherington named amongst the best on the ground.




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


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


On song: Mark Griffin was popping up all over the ground and despite the greasy conditions was proving to have a trusty pair of hands in both contested and uncontested marking situations. He scored one of Phillip Island’s three goals for the match and his being named one of his team’s best on the ground would have met with wide spread approval.

Trapped: Bulldog Rory Marshall had no way of escaping the vice like grip of IK’s Christian Terlich showing the kind of skill and menace that has the Sea Eagles ruling at the top of the Alberton FNL ladder.



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


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

Inverloch-Kongwak 14.11.95 Phillip Island 3.8.26 Inverloch-Kongwak Goals: W. Hetherington 3, L. McMillan 3, C. Terlich 1, D. Lawton 1, L. Rankin 1, A. Soumilas 1, J. Clottu 1, D. Reid 1, B. Hender 1, A. Cross 1 Phillip Island Goals: S. Seddon 2, M. Griffin 1 Inverloch-Kongwak Best: A. Soumilas, D. Clark, W. Hetherington, B. Hender, L. Rankin, A. Cuff Phillip Island Best: S. Seddon, M. Griffin, H. Moore, B. Kimber, N. Anderson, J. Taylor RESERVES

Inverloch-Kongwak 3.7.25 Phillip Island 2.5.17 Leading Goalkickers: all singles IK Best: S. Buxton, E. Storti, W. Blundy, S. Burns, M. Miller, B. Withers PI Best: C. McPhillips, A. Behre, H.

Shawcross, A. Redmond, J. Hamilton, M. Mattock THIRDS

Inverloch-Kongwak 7.7.49 Phillip Island 3.1.19 Leading Goalkickers: H. McInnes 2, Z. Caughey 2 IK Best: O. Collett, Z. Javier, J. Scott, Z. Caughey, T. Heislers, L. Nunn PI Best: J. Keating, J. Sanna, D. Wilson-Browne, A. Farrell, C. Farrell FOURTHS

Inverloch-Kongwak 3.3.21 Phillip Island 2.7.19 Leading Goalkicker: C. McInnes 2 IK Best: R. Sparkes, J. Pryor, M. Toussaint, J. Benson, C. McInnes, J. Bates PI Best: C. Thompson, B. Anderson, W. Semple, C. Farrell, M. Mattock, Z. Bennett

Audience: one of the Bulldogs’ best, Mark Griffin wasn’t going to miss this mark given the play’s proximity to the bench while IK’s Dale Lawton would do his best to spoil the attempt.

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FOOTBALL | SPORT • Sale v Leongatha

Parrots beat plucky Pies ROUND 14 SENIORS LADDER W




Leongatha ..13 0 1 323.16 54 Maffra.......10 3 1 145.33 42 Traralgon .... 9 5 0 144.09 36 Warragul .... 7 7 0 93.23 28 Won Power .. 7 7 0 92.45 28 Drouin ...........6 7 1 83.26 26 Moe...............5 9 0 90.89 20 81.86 16 Sale .............. 4 10 0 Bairnsdale .....4 10 0 55.81 16 Morwell .........3 10 1 63.71 14 GOALKICKERS C. Dunne (Leongatha) ......... (1) 54 L. Stockdale (Traralgon) ...... (0) 36 A. Hillberg (Leongatha) ....... (1) 34 Z. Vernon (Leongatha) ........ (1) 34 M. Bennett (Maffra)............. (3) 32 B. Fowler (Warragul) ........... (0) 32 T. Harley (Won Pwr) ............ (0) 30 B. Hughes (Drouin) ............. (0) 28 J. Gooch (Sale) ................... (0) 28 M. Rennie (Warragul).......... (0) 26




Leongatha ..11 0 1 392.06 Traralgon .... 9 3 0 200.18 Maffra........ 8 3 1 259.34 Won Power .. 8 5 0 153.48 Moe .......... 6 7 0 95.68 Drouin ...........6 6 0 89.84 Morwell .........3 10 0 56.45 Warragul .......2 10 0 32.60 Sale ...............2 11 0 27.19 Bairnsdale .....0 0 0 0.00 GOALKICKERS


46 36 34 32 24 24 12 8 8 0

IN howling winds and arctic temperatures at Sale, Leongatha finally managed to overcome Sale to win by 53 points. Sale at home played a lot better than its match against the Parrots earlier in the season and really kept pace with the Parrots in the first half. The Parrots were coming off a pretty soft win over Bairnsdale and this workout would do them good. With a strong wind gusting across the ground this wasn’t a day for forwards and high scores. Despite Sale playing good football it still managed only one goal after quarter time against the

once again very solid Leongatha backline. The Sale groundskeepers had pumped a lot of water from the ground earlier in the day and despite it being a bit wet and slippery on one side of the ground, the oval held up pretty well. At the first change Sale and Leongatha were locked on 2.1 apiece. The second quarter was also tight with Leongatha’s ruckman Ben Willis having a great tussle with arguably the best in the league, Lipman. Tom Marriott was noticeable and his disposal of the footy was excellent under harsh conditions. At half time Leongatha led 4.5 to Sale’s 2.3. The backline for Leon-

J. Pellicano (Leongatha) ..... (3) 32 P. Yates (Moe) ..................... (0) 21 T. Mustoe (Traralgon) .......... (0) 19 C. Johnston (Leongatha)..... (2) 17 N. Quenault (Traralgon)....... (0) 17 A. Burgiel (Maffra) .............. (0) 17 A. Gould (Moe) ................... (0) 15 R. Horton (Moe).................. (1) 14 J. Ginnane (Leongatha) ....... (0) 14 C. Dunn (Traralgon) ............ (3) 14

Pep talk: Leongatha Seniors coach Beau Vernon talking to the Parrots at quarter-time in the match against Sale on the Magpies home ground on Saturday. Photos courtesy Gippsland Times. gatha led by Joel Sinclair and Hayden Browne kept Sale to a very low score and Marriott’s three goals in trying conditions were like gold. Sale on-baller Kane Martin was again prominent and busy for the Magpies. In the third term Leongatha stamped its authority on the contest with a five goal to one term and it was Leongatha well on top now at 9.8 to Sale’s 3.4 Sale would add only

two behinds to the final scores as the Parrots added two goals to come out solid winners. Leongatha can look forward to another good match against the improving Warragul that managed to upset Wonthaggi on the weekend. Being played at Warragul this young and enthusiastic side will be giving it all to try to shock the Parrots after a bold showing at Leongatha two months ago.



Traralgon ...12 1 Bairnsdale..12 1 Maffra........ 8 4 Moe .......... 8 4 Leongatha ... 6 5 Morwell .........3 8 Sale ...............3 9 Drouin ...........1 11 Warragul .......1 11 Won Power ...0 3

0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0


345.78 302.51 194.53 267.76 168.64 31.87 43.27 29.29 23.92 0.00


48 48 34 32 26 14 12 6 4 0

GOALKICKERS L. Di Ciero (Traralgon)......... (0) 44 A. McLaren (Bairnsdale) ..... (0) 27 L. Farrell (Moe) ................... (1) 25 B. Bosman (Moe) ................ (2) 25 A. McKenzie (Maffra) .......... (1) 22 R. Livingstone (Traralgon) .. (0) 21 N. Pruscino (Bairnsdale) ..... (1) 21 B. Bassett (Bairnsdale) ........ (0) 20 J. Reeves (Maffra)............... (5) 20 L. Carman (Maffra) ............. (2) 18



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

0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0



634.39 321.80 406.06 158.78 137.83 74.89 71.36 44.60 14.20 13.22

52 46 44 40 32 24 22 12 4 4

GOALKICKERS J. Van Iwaarden (Trar)......... (1) 52 R. Baldi (Moe) ..................... (1) 36 O. Henry (Maffra) ................ (3) 26 J. Ziino (Sale) ...................... (0) 25 H. Neocleous (Traralgon) .... (2) 25 J. Wykes (Bairnsdale) ......... (0) 22 C. Mein (Bairnsdale) ........... (1) 21 B. White (Traralgon) ............ (0) 21 J. Hastings (Leongatha) ...... (1) 21 T. Baldi (Moe)...................... (2) 19 G. Cocksedge (Moe) ........... (0) 19

Strong tackle: Sale’s Lachie Heywood tries to tackle Leongatha’s Joel Sinclair on Saturday.

Safe hands: Leongatha’s Josh Hopkins marks in front of Sale’s John Gooch in the match at Sale on Saturday.

Good kick: Leongatha ruckman Ben Willis helped his team to another win against Sale on the weekend. SENIORS Leongatha 11.11.77 d Sale 3.6.24

UNDER 18 Leongatha 8.10.58 d Sale 5.3.33

Leongatha goals: T. Marriott 3, C. Maskell 3, C. Dunne 1, A. Hillberg 1, B. Davidson 1, Z. Vernon 1, L. Bowman 1. Sale goals: S. Fyfe 1, B. Dessent 1, J. Lipman 1. Leongatha best: J. Sinclair, T. Marriott, L. Du Mont, L. Bowman, B. Willis, H. Browne. Sale best: C. Henness, A. Quirk, J. Sweeney, K. Martin, L. Ronchi, J. Lipman.

Leongatha goals: K. Cooper 2, S. Forrester 2, E. Smith 1, W. Graeme 1, J. Van der Kolk 1, T. Sauvarin 1. Sale goals: J. Tatterson 3, J. McLindin 1, C. Morrison 1. Leongatha best: K. Cooper, S. Forrester, T. Sauvarin, T. O’Halloran, W. Graeme, J. Van der Kolk. Sale best: M. Thacker, J. Tatterson, C. Wicks, J. Wegener, A. Schenk, B. Collins.

RESERVES Leongatha 12.16.88 d Sale 0.4.4

UNDER 16 Leongatha 6.11.47 d Sale 1.7.13

Leongatha goals: J. Pellicano 3, J. Ginnane 2, T. Pellicano 2, C. Johnston 2, L. Wright 2, N. Argento 1. Sale goals: Nil. Leongatha best: M. Dennison, J. Pellicano, O. Kerr, B. Vanrooy, C. Johnston, J. Ginnane. Sale best: B. Jones, S. Chapman, N. Dippolito, J. Farquhar, N. Flint, C. Oliver.

Leongatha goals: D. Garnham 2, B. Patterson 2, B. Perry 1, J. Hastings 1. Sale goals: J. Gray 1. Leongatha best: J. van der Pligt, B. Patterson, C. Olden, J. Hill, M. Bentvelzen , T. Hanegraaf. Sale best: L. Jones, L. Scott, T. Griffin, J. Gray, D. Sclater, B. Nicholas.

• Warragul v Wonthaggi

Power stumbles at Warragul WONTHAGGI Power has left its position on the ladder vulnerable after failing by 11 points to Warragul on Saturday. OTHER MATCHES SENIORS Traralgon 10.18.78 d Bairnsdale 0.4.4 Maffra 4.6.30 d Morwell 1.6.12 Drouin 5.8.38 d Moe 3.5.23 RESERVES Maffra 8.9.57 d Morwell 1.3.9 Drouin 8.3.51 d Moe 4.9.33 UNDER 18 Maffra 12.21.93 d Morwell 0.1.3 Moe 13.17.95 d Drouin 2.2.14 Traralgon 6.6.42 d Bairnsdale 2.4.16 UNDER 16 Maffra 11.6.72 d Morwell 1.5.11 Moe 9.10.64 d Drouin 0.3.3 Traralgon 6.16.52 d Bairnsdale 3.4.22

In atrocious and freezing conditions with hail and sleet falling at times there was only one goal kicked by either team after half time. The arctic conditions

SENIORS Warragul 4.9.33 d Wonthaggi Power 2.10.22 Warragul goals: N. Paredes 1, D. Giardina 1, S. Russell 1, L. Smith 1. Wonthaggi Power goals: J. Liddle 1, T. Murray 1. Warragul best: L. Sheehan, C. Carey, B. Scalzo, N. Paredes, B. Fowler, B. Sheehan. Wonthaggi Power best: A. Lindsay, K. McCarthy, S. Bray, B. Eddy, J. Miles, J. Liddle.

RESERVES Wonthaggi Power 7.16.58 d Warragul 1.1.7 Wonthaggi Power goals: R. Tack 3, R. Lindsay 1, Z. MacDermid 1, N. Jones 1, D. Tiziani 1. Warragul goals: J. Dawson 1. Wonthaggi Power best: T. Landells, M. Ware, N. Jones, L. Membrey, R. Lindsay, C. Jones. Warragul best: J. Somers, J. Costa, W. Cole, M. Moseley, J. Bloink, B. Mackie.

UNDER 16 Warragul v Wonthaggi Power Warragul won by foreit

and howling wind meant the forwards were up against it while the backmen had the easier job with the ball drifting out of play or easily rushed over the boundary line or for a behind. Wonthaggi will rue a few gettable set shots in the third quarter that all missed which may have paved its way for a win. The day started off well enough for Wonthaggi when it scored two goals to Warragul’s two behinds and it was Wonthaggi 2.3.15 to Warragul 0.2.2 But the young Gulls on the rebuild, now pushing for a final’s berth, asserted its influence on the game in the second term with three goals as the Power scored just three behinds. At the half time break it was Warragul 3.4.22 to Wonthaggi 2.6.18. The game had decended into a real slog as both teams were desperate to score the goal that would matter. But neither side could register a major, just three behinds apiece and at three quarter time it was Wonthaggi 2.6.18 to Warragul 3.7.25

With just four points separating the two sides at the final change it was still anybody’s game. Warragul kicked the one that counted to take away the win. There are some positive signs for Wonthaggi however with ruckman John Miles in only his fourth game having a good outing. Young Tom Murray, 15, playing his first senior game was solid and booted one goal. The backmen in Shannon Bray and Ben Eddy also performed their roles well. Kane McCarthy, in his first game back after a broken arm in round two, also did well in the middle as did on ballers Aidan Lindsay and Joel Liddle, who booted the first goal of the match. Wonthaggi will take a well earned rest and look to bringing back some of the seven players currently on the sidelines due to injury. After this Saturday’s week off it faces a must win game against Traralgon on August 6 at Wonthaggi.

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