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Wednesday, 12 December


Seeing the International Space Station through a lens The Shepparton Adviser

GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.GLIMPSE INTO SPACE A long exposure photo of the International Space Station taken by local resident, Jason Hayward when it recently passed through our skies. Photo: Allie James Photography.

A CHANCE occurrence took place recently for locals Jacqui and Jason Hayward, who just couldnt miss the opportunity to look to the skies and snap a long exposure photo of the International Space Station when it passed through the skies over Shepparton while a spacecraft was attempting to dock to it.

Travelling at 27,000km/h and orbiting roughly 400km from Earth, the International Space Station is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. Its first component launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date.

It is possible that Jacqui and Jason captured the moment that NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos joined Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), Serena Aun-Chancellor of NASA, and Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos aboard the International Space Station.


A fond farewell to Sue Nalder The Shepparton Adviser

GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.GETTING TO KNOW SUE Sue Nalder is this week stepping down from her role as La Trobe University Shepparton head of campus. Photo: David Lee.

WITH La Trobe Universitys outgoing head of campus, Sue Nalder bidding her role farewell this week, The Adviser sat down with her for one last chat about some of her favourite things in life, her time at La Trobe and what her plans for the future are.

What is your favourite food?

A really good barbeque with friends and family, but I am particularly fond of the many wonderful different salads.

What is your favourite football team?

Ill have to say the mighty TigersRichmond.

What is your favourite book?

Over the past few years I havent read too many books, mainly articles for the university, but I do love autobiographies.

Is there a particular person that has been your biggest inspiration in life?

I would have to say my mum. She is 92 years of age. I have always been inspired by her strong work ethic and how she makes the most of each day. She always supports and encourages her family and friends.

If you could holiday anywhere, where would you go?

Our favourite spot the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It has beautiful beaches and surf. I would love to go to Poland and explore one day though.

What has been your favourite moment at La Trobe?

It would be the turning of the sod of the new building at Fryers Street and its opening. It was symbolic of so many opportunities for our community in gaining a higher education. Its been a real community business where everyone has worked together to make it all happen.

What has been your biggest achievement?

With La Trobe it would be building up the school of business accounting department at the Shepparton campus. Personally, it would Ian and I having our five children and seeing them hap...


Sheed retains seat The Shepparton Adviser

SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.SEAT REMAINS INDEPENDENT Victorian Electoral Commission Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian congratulated the re-elected Independent Member for Shepparton, Suzanna Sheed when the results were announced last week. Photo: Supplied.

RESULTS were announced last week for the Victorian State Election for the seat of Shepparton, with Suzanna Sheed retaining the seat as Independent Member for Shepparton District for another term.

Following the announcement of her re-election, Ms Sheed said, Im excited to announce I have been re-elected as the Independent Member for Shepparton District and have been given the privilege of being your representative in the Victorian Parliament for another four years.

A big thank you to the community for entrusting me to continue to advocate and deliver the outcomes we seek for our wonderful communities.

Id like to thank the Shepparton election manager, Mick Bastian and VEC staff for their ongoing efforts over the past few weeks.

I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank my family, friends and volunteers for the great effort and support they have shown over my last term of parliament and the campaign period.

Running a campaign is a huge undertaking that requires an enormous amount of commitment and hard work. Id like to congratulate Cheryl Hammer, Peter Schwarz, Bill Heath, Murray Willaton and Nickee Freeman for putting up their hands and taking on the task.

While we may represent differing political views, I applaud all candidates who care deeply about their community and seek to make a positive contribution.

Liberal Candidate for Shepparton, Cheryl Hammer said, I congratulate Suzanna on being returned as the Member for Shepparton. I look forward to her delivering everything she has told us an independent could d...


Community Christmas display towers towards the stars The Shepparton Adviser

EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.EXCEPTIONAL ARCADE DISPLAY Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry CBD committee person, Wendy Crow admires the awesome Tower Arcade display. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

A BRILLIANT array of new Christmas displays has been expertly executed for all to enjoy in the Shepparton Tower Arcade. The gorgeous decorations, compiled by the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, utilises stunning window displays from local artists and community groups.

The Tower Arcade window displays are proudly submitted by Shepparton Textile Artists Inc., Goulburn Valley Quilters, Eastern Goulburn Country Womens Association and the Goulburn Valley Rail Club.

Also featured in the window displays is a unique textile design by local resident Ella Egan, titled Partridge in a Pear Tree. The delightful window display is an absolute eye-opener, made from Japanese maple wired and bent into shape, silk fibres, a felt trunk, homemade silk paper, hand-embroidered partridge and pears shaped out of fabric.

In addition to the window display, Wendy Crow from the chamber has utilised the glass roof by crafting star stencils that allow the skylight to pass through, to unique effect. There is also a stunning, enormous tree display on the western end of the arcade and bouquets and other displays utilised throughout.

The entire arcade showcases the spectacular efforts of many within the community and is absolutely worth visiting.


$5B for Future Drought Fund The Shepparton Adviser

THE Coalition Government recently introduced legislation to establish a new, secure, revenue stream for drought resilience, preparedness and recovery, which will grow to be worth $5B.

The fund will help give out farmers tools to prepare for, manage and sustain their businesses through drought and will deliver infrastructure projects, promote the adoption of new technology and help improve environmental and natural resource management on farms.

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud said the Future Drought Fund was a forward-looking policy which will pay off for decades to come.

Were guaranteeing long-term revenue to build drought resilience, Minister Littleproud said.

Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Mathias Cormann said the fund would start with $3.9B, growing to $5B over the next decade.

From July 1, 2020, $100M will be directed annually to fund a wide range of drought resilience projects, while the balance is reinvested the fund.

A predictable funding stream for drought resilience will enable Australias $60B agricultural industries to fulfil their potential.

The government will develop and publish the Drought Resilience Funding Plan to ensure a transparent and consistent approach to funding drought resilience projects.

The plan will be informed through public consultation and reviewed at least every four years to ensure it captures emerging priorities, Minister Cormann said.

More information on drought support is available at


Pre-Christmas appeal launched for drivers The Shepparton Adviser

VICTORIANS are being urged to keep each other safe on the roads this festive season with the Andrews Labor Government and road safety authorities launching a pre-Christmas appeal to drivers, knocking on doors.

The devastating death knock that police make when a person is killed on Victorian roads is at the heart of a new Transport Accident Commission (TAC) campaign and road safety plea.

While the 195 lives lost so far this year is a record low for the start of December, it is no comfort for the families and friends facing Christmas without their loved ones.

With almost one person killed every day between the start of December and Christmas last year, drivers are being urged to slow down, plan their trips and make safe choices when hitting the road these holidays.

The campaign was developed to remind people about the tragic outcomes of risk-taking behaviour on the roads and urges people to think about the ripple effect of the choices made.

Last year, 23 people died on Victorian roads from the start of December to Christmas Day, and six people lost their lives between Christmas and the New Year.

The police and the TAC will have a strong presence across the state these holidays, with extra police shifts and community information campaigns to curb the number of people being killed on country roads.

TAC lead director road safety, Samantha Cockfield said, The festive period is a busy, high-risk time on Victorian roads with people taking longer trips, and attending social events, so our message is to avoid fatigued driving, drink and drug-driving, distractions, and slow down.


Community Connect The Shepparton Adviser

For more information on how to register for your Community Connect listing contact The Adviser via email at Please note listings are to be fewer than 55 words.


MUSIC FOR HOSPICE will be held on Thursday, December 13 at the Cricketers Arms Hotel, Mooroopna with guest artist Marke Kelly.


THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE CONGUPNA TALLYGAROOPNA LANDCARE PROJECT at the former Tallygaroopna Railway Station Site will be held on Saturday, December 15. Commencing at 10am with a look around the park and morning tea before the opening. Note, the Seymour Heritage Train will also be coming through around this time. For more, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.


NEW YEARS EVE DANCE NIGHT will be held on Monday, December 31 at the Sir Ian McLennan Centre, Mooroopna. The dinner dance will run from 6pm to 1pm. A two course cold buffet and dessert will be held at 6:30pm. The cost including tea/coffee is $26. Entry after 7:30pm is $10. Tickets must be pre-booked and paid for by Sunday, December 15 with through Trish on 5412 6744. The music will be by guest artists, The Kendells, Joyce Yates, Merri Winter and invited guests.


SHEPPARTON PRESBYTERIAN PARISH will have Christmas Day services on December 25 in Shepparton (168 Hayes Street) from 9:30am and in Kyabram (Church Street) from 9:30am.


MONDAY EVENING AUSSIE CROQUET will be held at the Shepparton Croquet Club, 37 Winston Street, Shepparton commencing from Monday, January 7, 2019 from 6:45pm for a 7pm start. Cost per person for each day of play is $6 for members, $10 for non-members and school children free. All equipment is provided. Wear flat soled shoes. For enquiries, phone Gwen on 5821 546.


ROTARY CLUB OF MOOROOPNA would like to introduce the developing Rotary Satellite Club of Mooroopna which, when fully formed will be the Rotary Club of Kialla. The club meets each Wednesday at 6:30pm at McGuire College, Wilmot Road, Shepparton (no dinning). You are welcome to visit and get to know the members.



ESHCOL DAYLIGHT LODGE meets from 10:30am on the fourth Monday of every month. New and unaffiliated members are welcome to join and partners are welcome for lunch. For further information or enquiries, phone 5824 1274 or 5825 2142.


SHEPPARTON SOROPTIMIST CLUB meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Peppermill Inn, GV Highway in Kialla from 6pm for a 6:30pm dinner meeting with guest speakers. If you are interested in joining a service club, helping the community and making new friends, contact Jeanette 5823 1985.


HOLISTIC WELLBEING HUB is open from 9:30am to...


Prepare and plan ahead with GMCU The Shepparton Adviser

HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.HERE TO HELP From left, GMCU Shepparton loans manager, Rob Chaston and branch manager, Dallas Moore are encouraging everyone to plan ahead for the new year. Photo: Katelyn Morse.

CHRISTMAS is a great time of year for spending time with family and friends. It is also the perfect time to reflect on the year that has been and to begin planning for the year ahead, something GMCU Shepparton are experts in assisting with.

If you are planning to buy your first or next home in 2019, starting now is a great way to ensure you are well prepared and ready to buy when you find the ideal property.

When looking at possible purchases, make sure you have researched the area you are buying in. How are the surrounding suburbs expected to grow in value? Are there any proposed developments that may impact the area? Look at the comparable properties in the area to work out how much youre prepared to pay.

Another important first step is to think about how much you might need to save for your deposit, or to understand how much equity is available in your current home. Talking to your financial institution early is a good way to make sure you are on the right track. They can also help you understand the different finance options available and the best ways to boost your savings.

GMCU Shepparton branch manager, Dallas Moore said, At GMCU, we recognise that buying a home is much more than the process of getting a home loan. Supporting our members throughout the whole buying experience is an important part of what we do, right from the earliest stages of planning for purchase.

Our team are always only a phone call away if you have any questions at any step along the way.

GMCU has ten branches located throughout the region, each with experienced lenders who can help homebuyers with their choices, including branches in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kyabram, Benalla, Echuca, Numurkah, Euroa, Seymour and Kilmore. Visit the website at or contact the Shepparton GMCU branch on 5821 903...


Join the 2019 headspace advisory committee The Shepparton Adviser

APPLICATIONS for the January intake for the headspace Youth Advisory Council (YAC) are now open.

The YAC Members do so much for not only the local centre, but also for our local youth and wider community audience. Youth members get to work on a number of different projects while learning to develop confidence, public speaking skills and to be a voice for youth mental health.

The YAC will have six volunteer positions, with each position offering a different skill set. The volunteer roles are perfect for young people who are looking to work in the helping people profession, events, and or, young people just wanting to be involved in helping other young people. People between the ages of 16-25 can now apply.

Applications are open until January 7, 2019. For more information or to apply, visit


Santa delights at Capeview Mitre10 The Star

WHILE some of the younger visitors to Santa Claus at Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha found the experience a little terrifying, most children were delighted to see him.

HitFM Gippslands Santa On Tour program was in Leongatha on Saturday and will continue on to various locations across the region to celebrate Christmas.

Visitors came to have their photo taken with Santa and do Christmas shopping while they were there.


Seasons greetings: from left, Santas elf Tiana Revill, Aidan and Kynan Staley and Santa Claus who visited Capeview Mitre10 Leongatha for HitFM Gippslands Santa tour across Gippsland on Saturday.


Christmas cheer in Korumburra The Star

THE Korumburra community is set to celebrate the Christmas season during the towns annual celebration Christmas In Korumburra on its main street on Saturday, December 15.

An initiative of members of the Korumburra Business Association (KBA) and supported by the Koringal Womens Service, Lions and Rotary clubs of Korumburra, the event caters for families and is free.

KBA president Noelene Cosson said the focus was for children to wander through Commercial Street and enjoy free activities including lolly jar guessing games, a CFA display and music.

Its not really a Christmas celebration without Santa Claus so children are welcome to have a free photo taken with him during the day, Ms Cosson said.

We are very pleased to be organising this free event and are very grateful for all the assistance from the community groups.

Not to be missed will be the South Gippsland Concert Band and the school choirs from Korumburra and St Josephs primary schools.

The event from 9am to midday is expected to draw a number of visitors to the towns centre on Commercial Street and unite the community to celebrate the Christmas spirit.


Tree cheer: Korumburra Business Association secretary Shirley Arestia and president Noelene Cosson welcome the community to the upcoming Christmas In Korumburra celebration.


Former MG chief Gary Helou to pay $200,000 penalty The Star

THE Federal Court has ordered former Murray Goulburn Co-operative managing director Gary Helou to pay $200,000 in penalties for being knowingly concerned in Murray Goulburns false or misleading claims about the farmgate milk price it expected to pay dairy farmers during the 2015-16 milk season.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission deputy chair Mick Keogh said, The penalty imposed against Mr Helou reflects his seniority at Murray Goulburn and involvement in misleading representations about the farmgate milk price.

Murray Goulburn admitted to making false or misleading representations in breach of the Australian Consumer Law when it represented to farmers in Victoria, South Australia and southern New South Wales on February 29, 2016, and subsequently until April 27, 2016, that it could maintain its opening milk price of $5.60/kg of milk solids.

South Gippslanders reacted to the penalty on The Stars Facebook page, with Darren McInnes writing, Disgraceful for a man who ruined the Devondale brand and Darren Eastwood saying, Petty cash for him.

Mr Helou has admitted he was involved in the misleading representations made by Murray Goulburn. This included not informing farmers of risks known to Murray Goulburn and making unfounded assumptions that Murray Goulburn could achieve its milk powder sachet sales targets.

Murray Goulburns misrepresentations meant farmers were not informed of the likelihood the final milk price would fall below the opening price. This was important information for farmers as it would have influenced the business decisions each farmer made, Mr Keogh said.

Farmers were denied the opportunity to plan for the impact of the reduced milk price on their businesses between February and April 2016, including implementing measures to reduce their exposure to a decrease in the milk price or shopping their milk around to other dairy processors.

The ACCC did not seek a penalty against Murray Goulburn because as it was a co-operative, any penalty imposed against it could end up being paid by the very farmers that were misled.

We were conscious not to seek penalty orders that would adversely affect farmers for the wrongs committed by Murray Goulburn, so we focused on obtaining appropriate orders against the individuals involved in the conduct, Mr Keogh added.

As part of the resolution of the proceedings, Mr Helou has undertaken to the court that he will not be involved in the dairy industry for three years.

In August 2018, the ACCC resolved its proceedings against Murray Goulburns former chief financial officer, Bradley Hingle, after he consented to an order that he pay a contribution to the ACCCs costs and gave an undertaking to the court that he wouldnt be involved in the dairy industry for three years.

The court also ordered by consent that Murray Goulburn and Mr Helou pay a portion of the ACCCs legal costs.

The farmgate milk p...


Leongatha turns on Christmas spirit The Star

By Trudy Murphy


OH, what a night!

Saturday nights Carols in the Drome in Leongatha was a carols to remember with amazing performances from local bands, Leongatha Childrens Centre, local schools, Lisa Pellin Dancers, Combined Church Choir, South Gippsland Brass Band and drummers, Ashley Geary, Jackson Patterson, Adrian Darakai, Kiarna Smith, Britt Lewis, Kerryn Lockhart, Jen Holm and Jessica Stein, who delighted the crowd with her warm and friendly compering of the night.

The morning began with the decision to go ahead with the hope reports of wet weather were wrong. That paid off with a little help from above!

The attendance was fantastic with more than 1000 people and the new location near the LDNA netball courts was a hit with everyone. The close proximity of amenities and the roads made moving around the site easy.

New carols committee member Claire Williams passion for the community and enthusiasm lifted the quality of the childrens activities with go-karts, jumping castles and mini golf, all free for children to enjoy.

The carols stall with glow gear, popcorn, ice cones and fairy floss was busy all night, with all profits going towards next years carols.

This event wouldnt be possible without the wonderful support and help from community members and businesses.

The committee wishes to thank volunteers who helped on the night, Leongatha Mens Shed, SES, stage manager Matt Saario and Neil Warren.

Sponsors were South Gippsland Shire Council, Chairo Christian School, Ezyas Car Wash, St Peters Church, The Star newspaper, Aldi, Michaels IGA, Woolworths, Freeza, Leongatha Business Association, Country Cart, Ryans Trucks, SAFE Scaffolding, Leongatha Lions and Lyric Theatre.

Thanks to 1000-plus people who joined us for our community carols. It was a wonderful atmosphere and its really special seeing everyone having a great time enjoying the talents and expertise of our local people, the committees Trudy Murphy said.


Young talent: Tegan Denbrok (front) and Meg Richards of South Gippsland Brass Band performed admirably at Carols in the Drome at Leongatha on Saturday. They are with Doug Appleton, Brian Foster, Masina Ahokava and Ralph Christensen. Photo: Trudy Murphy.



Concert impresses The Star

STUDENTS at St Josephs Primary School, Wonthaggi, wowed their friends and family with their annual Christmas concert on Thursday, December 6.

The Christmas concert was based on John Burlands Christmas Star.

Christmas Star is a collection of songs and narration that retells the events leading up to and including the birth of Jesus Christ.

The concert was performed by the whole school with each student given the opportunity to play a role.

They performed a matinee to warm up, which was followed by a night performance on the same evening.

The students have worked hard to prepare for the concert since the start of term four.


Very sweet: Grade 1/2 students Mia, Isla, Ava and Izzy were dressed as angels for St Josephs Primary Schools Christmas concert in Wonthaggi.


Santa spreads joy to the world The Star

IF ever there was a more important job than spreading joy to children the world over, Santa Claus is yet to have discovered it.

Mr Claus hails from the Nordic, snowy regions of the North Pole. Each year on Christmas Eve and early Christmas Day, he delivers toys, with the help of his faithful team of reindeer and elves, to millions of children the world over, filling empty stockings hung in homes.

It is by no measure a mean feat to reward the worlds children with festive season gifts; and to that end, he concedes the busy delivery schedule requires a team effort from all involved.

It might sound obvious, but steering reindeer can be a little tricky at times, especially in snowy conditions. Thats why I love visiting Australian children during their summer Christmas without snow, I get to deliver far more goodies for the Aussie boys and girls, Mr Claus said.

Times have changed a little and I admit that our sleigh could do with a few upgrades to its navigational and compass equipment to aid flying around the world at top speed. Sometimes Dancer gets a little antsy in cool conditions.

But I have to say my wife Mrs Claus makes everything possible. Without her reindeer care, toy preparation and not to mention cookie production with my trusty team of elves, none of this would be possible. Its truly a team effort.

We would all like to extend our warmest wishes of appreciation to all our reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. To all our elves that make toys at our North Pole factory and care for our reindeer, we thank you too.

Mr Claus always gives his time to all, and The Star notes that of all the people he waved to during our interview, each and every person reciprocated the joy.

Is there anything about Santa Claus you didnt know? Perhaps its his red pyjamas worn to bed and when he gets up in the morning, he awakens to Jingle Bells.

He also credits his energy levels to a daily hot chocolate with a sprinkling of elf dust.

All in all, he reiterates that Mrs Claus always keeps him on his toes, though his knees have received a good work out throughout the years.

It must be all the well behaved children contributing to that.


Tuesday, 11 December


Gippsland preps for 2019 footy season The Star

GIPPSLAND Football Netball League released its 2019 fixture last week.
Round one will kick off on April 6.
Leongatha and Wonthaggi will both host home games in round one against Maffra and Warragul respectively.
The first local derby will be battled out at Wonthaggis home ground in round three on April 19.
They will meet again in a Sunday match at Leongatha on July 14 in round 12.
The finals series will begin with the qualifying final on August 31 and will culminate in the highly anticipated grand final clash on September 21.
The venues will be announced as the season progresses.


Tough conditions for parkrunners The Star

WITH the mercury already exceeding 20 degrees by the 8am start time, it was shorts and singlet tops all round at Koonwarra parkrun.
Sultry conditions saw 53 participants form a steamy train of colour along the Great Southern Rail Trail for the 59th event and regular local Leo Argento summed it up nicely; The going was tough, but the tough kept going.
Nick Argento was first to finish in a time of 20.56 minutes with Sarah Lewis the first female across the line along with her super Parkdog Raven in 22.32.
Congratulations to Keiron Bryant, Jane Frith, Ben Cleary, Dylan Baido and Sue Best who relished the sticky conditions to record new personal bests.
First time Koonwarra parkrunner Jamie McColl reported that Heartbreak Hill was tough at the end but otherwise the course was very good, and he should know.
Hailing from Linwood parkrun near Glasgow, Scotland, Jamie is a vet who is eight months in to his two years travelling around Australia. He recently spent time in Perth and has completed a number of parkruns in the west.
Further back in the field a good spirited walk/run leapfrog battle developed when Kelly and Steve Fuery slowly overtook Pamela Derrick and Charmaine Clifford.
Their positions switched back and forth a few times along with a jovial exchange of banter before Pamela and Charmaine surged ahead and the Fuerys were happy to concede.
Light hearted competition aside, Koonwarra reinforced its reputation as the friendliest parkrun when Bob Robinsons car was found to have a flat tyre post-event and Steve Fuery, Mark Burns and Charmaine Clifford all kindly offered to change it for him.
Being the friendliest parkrun does have one drawback.
The dreaded Koonwarra jaw cramp struck again, this time afflicting Philomena Smith who talked too much and suggested that Helen Patterson may have been a contributing factor.
While Philomena will make a full recovery, unfortunately the innocent barcode that was accidentally binned by another runner along with a bag of dog poo will not.
No naming and shaming; the Parkdogs are loved at Koonwarra, but the parkrun directors must thank barcode number 25 for its service and apologise that they did not love it enough to go rummaging through the bags of dog poo in the bin to save it.
Thanks go to this weeks fabulous volunteers Amy White, Neil and Judy Langstaff, Joy Morrison, Cindy Smith, Heather Smith, Lisa Riley and Kelly Fuery.


Summer fun at the velodrome The Star

IT was a great summer Friday night for racing and the riders had a fun night of competition.
Zoe Reiter had her first night of racing and Tom Fitzgerald had a night where his casual job enabled him to have a race.
In the first event of the night the one lap time trial Tom Fitzgerald clocked one of his best times ever 32.80 sec.
Zoe at her first try rode a 40.65 sec.
Renee Hardacre clocked a new personal best at 45.00sec, just ahead of Tom Geary at 46.30sc.
Kate Geary had a time of 50.50 sec, just quicker then Emiley Hadicke 51.00sec.
The juniors raced a three lap scratch race as the next event.
In a spirited sprint finish, Tom Geary was first over the line followed by Renee and a determined Emily in third place.
The senior race over six laps saw Tom edge out Zoe for the win.
The riders had to front for a one lap handicap.
In the junior race, Emiley (45m) made full use of the mark and did not allow any riders to get around even though they ridged the handicap.
Renee (10m) was second whilst Kate (20) had to settle for third.
In the re-handicap, the riders gave the handicapper a hard time as Tom Geary, lifted from Scratch to 15m, bolted around the field to score an easy win with Emiley (35) holding on for second and Kate (20) again taking third.
The seniors had Tom Fitzgerald on scratch chasing 50m to Zoe.
He rode hard early and bridged the gap to cruise through for the win.
However, the handicapper lifted Zoe to 100m in the re-handicap and that saw her take the win.
The juniors were split into two teams for an Olympic sprint over one lap.
The team of Tom Geary and Emiley Hadicke won (45.26sec) by the narrowest margin over Renee and Kate (45.33sec).
By this time of the night, club coach Tony Smith had arrived with the motor bike.
This allowed Tom Fitzgerald and Zoe Reiter to do a 10 lap motor paced scratch race and Tom secured the win in a close finish.
The juniors all had the chance to grab a ride behind the motor bike and improve their pedalling efforts.
To finish the night riders were given a slow race on the grass.
This helps develop their balance abilities on the bike.
Tom Geary needs plenty of practice as he fell to the grass almost at the start.
After trying hard all night, Kate Geary was the slowest and hence had a win.
The club needs to see all the seniors who have come to training get organized for a Friday race night and boost the numbers. The Wednesday night training sessions all seem to have more riders than the Friday race night.
Next Friday is the last race night before the Christmas break; however there will be two more nights of Wednesday training.


Town hits crushing 255 run partnership The Star

FINE centuries to Sahan Perera and Amila Ratnaike have put Leongatha Town in a commanding position against Koonwarra/Leongatha RSL after day one.
The pair added 255 runs for the second wicket with opener Perera powering his way to 170 runs which included 22 fours.
His partner Ratnaike has now reached almost peak form and scored 118 runs which included 11 fours and four 6s.
Ratnaike was first to fall but Madura Madusanka took over where he left off, making 64 runs. With James Lloyd retiring hurt on 26 and Lahira Jayakody making 33, Town would go on to make 5/461 from 75 overs at a run rate of 6.15 per over.
To say Koony will have its work cut out would be a gross understatement.
Despite the carnage Tom Elliott still managed to pick up 3/89.
Top side Imperials could have the edge over foster in their clash.
Imps made 166 but importantly has Foster 4/18.
For Imperials Luke Rogers was the top hitter with 36, opener Gary Sauvarin made 24 while Kristian Gray was elevated to opener and made 19.
Harvey Griggs was the standout bowler for the Tigers claiming 5/36, taking wickets right through the order.
Imperials bowled Fosters Graeme Watkins out for a duck and is in the box seat for a win.
The match between bottom sides Miners and Poowong Loch sees Miners very much in the box seat.
After bowling Poowong Loch out for 157, the Miners are already 1/53 and looking good.
For Poowong Loch opener Jacob Bardwell scored 59 with eight 4s. Colin Knox chipped in with 36. But not enough in the middle and at the tail saw the team pull up short.
Yashas Alwis took 5/50 including opener Magnusson form a duck and Alan Jenkins for just eight.
Miners Dinesh Magana Arachchige started well with 26 before being dismissed but opener Cameron Thomas remains 13 not out so have a good archor for a win this Saturday. MDU has the bye.

Town terrific: Sahan Perera concentrates hard on this delivery. His focus was rewarded with a brilliant 170 runs.


Fishing adventure for South Gippsland Specialist School The Star

DURING term four, the Port Welshpool Working Group has been volunteering its time to support students from the South Gippsland Specialist School during a Duke of Education Fishing Program.
This is the second successful year the program has been running from the Old Ferry Terminal and the feedback from students and staff involved have been extremely positive.
The Duke of Education program supports the school in developing students experiences in four different areas; physical recreation, service volunteering, hobbies and skills, and exploration.
The Fishing Program has been designed to develop skills and technique when fishing as well as safety and regulations related to fishing in the local area.
During the program volunteers, from the Port Welshpool Working Group talk with students each week.
Discussions involved a variety of safety aspect including; jetty safety, rock safety and keeping the waterways clean and healthy.
Students also learn about the laws and regulations involved in fishing including licencing and fish bag and size limits. Students walk along the coastal areas picking up old fishing line and other waste left by irresponsible members of the public and discuss the implications of this litter to the surrounding wildlife and the recreational fishing industry.
The program includes a visit from the Port Welshpool Coast Guard.
This year Geoff Noad and Peter Carrolan from the Port Welshpool Flotilla spoke with students about the role they play in the local area, their current response systems and students had a tour of the boat used in sea rescues.
Students have not only been able to learn the skills involved in the rigging up of lines for different types of fish, but they also get the opportunity to speak with local commercial and recreational fisher people which assists students in gaining insights into possible career paths.
All fish caught throughout the fishing program which are regulation size, are kept until the last week of the program.
This year, the anglers Noah and Anthony caught some flatheads, William caught a silver trevally, Zack caught a small snapper and Barry, a staff member caught a squid.
Noah was super keen to catch a squid, so became very good at changing his tackle between a fish hook and the squid jig.
On the last day of the program, the Port Welshpool Working Group volunteers cooked up a hearty feast of fish, calamari and chips for all to enjoy.
Staff and students from the South Gippsland Specialist School would like to say a huge thank you to the Coast Guard volunteers Geoff and Peter for their time, knowledge and insights.
Their dedication and enthusiasm into their service is admirable and inspiring.
The school also thanks the volunteers from the Port Welshpool Working Group who make this program possible, Alma Mattingly, Vern Suckling and Ellen Ellis as without their time and dedication the program could not run...


Boxing a winner for Leongatha The Star

MORE than 400 people packed the Leongatha Memorial Hall on Sunday, December 9 to watch a full bout of matches lasting more than three hours.
Hosted by the Corner Inlet Boxing Club the event proved a winner with boxers from throughout Australia converging on the hall to watch some 20 fights and exhibition matches.
Lachlan Lewis enjoyed his fight, the Corner Inlet member having a solid win over Queenslands Austin Crossland.
The other Lewises, Jaxon and Regan, also won their fights.
There were 16 mens fights and four female bouts, local boxer Grace Patterson enjoying her contest in front of the crowds.
Treasurer of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club, Kristian Gray, said it was the first of its kind in Leongatha that he can remember.
It was a huge success, Boxing Victoria I believe was pretty impressed so hopefully we can put it on again and maybe make it an annual event, Mr Gray said.
Bass Coast Boxing in Wonthaggi was also represented in a few bouts as well although both Mark Quin and Josh Hughes were knocked out in their bouts.
The club netted about $2,000 in proceeds from the day.

21st fight: Lachie Lewis, left, from Toora and a member of the Corner Inlet Boxing Club was happy with his win in his 21st fight over, right, Austin Crossland of All Star Boxing in Brisbane.


Lyric tackles childhood anxiety The Star

GO Away Mr Worrythoughts was a book written and illustrated by Nicky Johnston from her experience as a mother of a child with anxiety.
A play was then created from the book, and tells of the boy Bayden being crippled by worries, spoken to him by the frightening puppet head Mr Worrythoughts.
This scary creature magnifies Baydens mistakes and suggests the many possible horrible things that might happen.
Bayden, with the help of his father, learns to say, Go away Mr Worrythoughts, your thoughts are not welcome here!
With the help of his friends Tara and dog Rocky, Bayden uses his imagination to give himself courage and hope. He creates a Worrybox into which he can post his worries so he can read them out later to himself or to someone else.
Leongatha Lyric Theatre will present the show at local primary schools this December.
Bayden is played by Max Duff, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz. Next year he will be in Year 12 studying singing and drama at Newhaven College.
Mr Worrythoughts is played by Chenneth Weeraratne from Foster who has performed with FAMDA in The Web and The Day they Shot John Lennon. He has also performed in school plays in the USA and Sri Lanka. He is at present studying law.
Tara/The Teacher is performed by Kaitlyn Gale who has performed in Leongatha Lyric Theatres the Wizard of Oz and A Midsummer Nights Dream. She has been dancing for 13 years at Care2dance Leongatha. Kaitlyn plays cornet in South Gippsland Brass Band. Next year she will be studying Year 12 at Chairo Christian College.
Martin, the father, is played by Ben Gibbins, who has performed with Wonthaggi Theatrical Group in The Cocky of Bungaree and The Boy from Oz, and he was a lead performer in Mary Mckillop Colleges High School Musical.
Ben studied acting in Melbourne at NIDA. He is looking forward to performing with Leongatha Lyric Theatre next year in Young Frankenstein, the Musical while studying Year 12.
Director Sue Lindsay has written and directed plays for primary and secondary schools, as well as community theatre.
She directed Our Countrys Good for Leongatha Lyric Theatre, The Web and the Day They Shot John Lennon for FAMDA and The Cocky of Bungaree for Wonthaggi Theatrical Group. She is rehearsing Song of the Seals, a family show, for performance on January 4,5,6,10 and 11 at the State Coal Mine, Wonthaggi.
Assistant director Laurie Martin has performed in Our Countrys Good, California Suite and Annie with Leongatha Lyric Theatre.
This play will be touring local primary schools on Wednesday, December 12; Thursday, December 13; and Monday, December 17.
The schools that have booked the production are Koonwarra Village School, Korumburra Primary, Tarwin Lower Primary and Inverloch Primary.
Further information from the dir...


Unwanted signs help SES The Star

STATE Emergency Service (SES) units in the electorate of Gippsland South are the beneficiaries of the end of the state election campaign, receiving used election signs from Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien.
He has donated the signs to the Leongatha unit of the SES after the end of campaign activities.
The large election corflute signs will be used by the units to help with emergency roof and window repairs, among other things.
Mr OBrien said it was a win-win situation.
Ive used these signs for both the by-election and now the 2018 election so no longer will have any use for them, but its important to recycle where we can, he said.
The SES unit was very happy to take these and is pleased they will now have a stock of material to assist with emergency repairs in the event of storm and other damage to local houses.
Our local SES volunteers do a great job and all local units are always looking for new volunteers.
I encourage anyone with some spare time to make contact with their local SES unit and sign up to help out.

Here you go: Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien hands over corflute campaign signs to Neil Warren of the Leongatha SES unit to help with emergency roof and window repairs.


Lennies story rides again The Star

AGE is no barrier to the energy and vitality of Beryl Ferrier who launched her book Encore Lennie the story behind the statue at Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday.
Launched to a full house of close and distant relatives of the famous Lennie Gwyther, Beryl Ferrier said she was overwhelmed and pleased to be part of such an occasion.
Mrs Ferrier travelled from her home on the Gold Coast in Queensland for the launch which saw more than 100 people attend.
Mrs Ferrier nee Gwyther is the sister of Lennie Gwyther who was nine when he rode 1000km on horseback to Sydney to see the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as a reward for caring for his familys farm at Koonwarra after his father was injured.
The book is a tribute to Ms Ferriers niece, Julie Campbell of Mardan, who encouraged her to meet the then mayor of South Gippsland Shire Council, Bob Newton, to discuss Mr Newtons proposal for a statue.
He drove the campaign to erect the statue, with a committee of dedicated volunteers.
A billboard with greater detail on Lennies adventure is being planned to be erected at the statue site and a blueprint of the billboard was on display at the launch.
I could not have done this without Julie Campbell, who if she was charged for all the hundreds of phone calls she made to organise this, it would have been thousands, Mrs Ferrier said.
Its fantastic how much support I have received throughout the whole process of this book and also to be able to launch it today.

New book: Lennie Gwythers sister and author Beryl Ferrier was at the Leongatha RSL Sub-branch on Saturday to launch her new book about the effort to build a statue in Leongatha, honouring her brother. She is in front of a diagram for a proposed information board at the statue in Anderson Street, Leongatha.


New centre eight years in the making The Star

THE new Integrated Primary Care Centre (IPCC) has now been officially opened at the Leongatha Hospital.
The initial application for funding was made to the Commonwealth Government back in 2011.
This new centre is now home to Leongatha Healthcares second premises with its other building in Koonwarra Road remaining as a clinic but the Jeffery Street site now closed.
Whilst one half of the new IPCC houses Leongatha Healthcare, the other half will eventually be home to a range of allied health and community services; already a podiatrist is soon to use one of the consulting rooms plus more private services will follow.
Some of the spaces can be used for educational presentations with projectors and screens in place.
Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann said at the opening on Monday, December 3, the opportunity will be there to expand the capacity of clinical training to undergraduate and post graduate nursing, medical and allied health students.
This facility is of an exceptional standard and was completed on time and on budget.
The builder was Becon Constructions Australia P/L.
The idea is to create a one-stop shop for the communitys primary care needs.
Having doctors from Leongatha Healthcare right at the hospital doorstep will help for a more seamless task of having a doctor readily available in an emergency. The on-call doctor will be consulting at the IPCC centre and can quickly get to the hospital from there.
On the same day as the official opening, a pop-up art show was set up with guest artist Laura Welsh and other NDIS participants displaying artworks.
The quality works were well received and viewed whilst Marty Thomass talk about the Art Development Project in Cambodia was also part of the opening event.

New building open: celebrating the opening of the new IPCC are, from left, Dr Leslie Chisholm (Leongatha Healthcare), Gippsland Southern Health Service board chairman Alex Aeschlimann and Dr Graham Toohill (Leongatha Healthcare).

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