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Tuesday, 21 August

12:52

Southern Business Womens Network turns 20 The Star

THE Southern Business Womens Network celebrated a 20 year milestone on Thursday night.
In 1998, a small group of women developed an idea to support women in business.
This network would be based on similar trade associations.
Now it is 2018 and the network has 300 members.
The network is thriving. It truly was an idea that would flourish through time, network president Dana Hughes said.
Around 180 attended a celebratory dinner at the Inverloch RACV Resort on Thursday night.
As well as local business women, guests included South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt, South Gippsland councillors Ray Argento, Meg Edwards and Alison Skinner, Bass MLA Brian Paynter, Labor candidate for Bass Jordan Crugnale and sponsors of the network.
The network covers businesses from Phillip Island right through to Welshpool.
Ms Hughes said the network was about forming connections, developing opportunities and stepping out of comfort zones.
Often, members are inspired by guest speakers sourced by the networks leadership team.
We run 12 dinners a year and over the last 20 years we have offered 8000 opportunities to network, she said.
The network has grown steadily over the past five or six years.
On Thursday, those who attended the dinner were inspired by guest speaker Andrew Griffiths.
Mr Griffiths was a member of Richard Bransons Melbourne Dream Team.
He shared a story that started from humble beginnings to success in business.
I have been in business for 35 years. I am here to offer advice for entrepreneurs about how to survive and thrive in business, he said.
Through my story, I share strategies to take on and use in business. I have travelled extensively, recently to London and Iran, and observe what is happening in business internationally and provide advice in forums like these.
Ms Hughes said the network has also been largely successful in providing employment opportunities, and contributing new ideas and concepts for businesses across South Gippsland.

Special occasion: from left, guest speaker Andrew Griffiths, Southern Business Womens Network president Dana Hughes and Bass MLA Brian Paynter were thrilled to celebrate the networks 20 year milestone on Thursday at Inverloch RACV Resort.

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12:51

Gate closes on local produce The Star

A LOCAL fresh produce business has finished indefinitely in the face of challenging barriers to entering a market dominated by major supermarket chains.
FarmGate Online, a local food distribution company which operated from distribution points along the Bass Coast and South Gippsland, ceased operating recently.
Leaving no debtors in its wake, FarmGate Online owners Aladair Moodie and Karen Vincent said they went into the fresh produce industry committed to locally sourced, fair priced produce.
The economics were still tight to be playing a sort of equal game with the major supermarkets that bring stuff in from offshore, Mr Moodie said.
We are closing out of this operation knowing we will pay everybody we committed to. So ethically that sits well with me.
Its certainly not satisfying to walk away but there is a point where you have to say, If I keep doing this Im going to drain my bank account and we just had to make that call.
The end of local coolstores over the years limited options for growers who are limited to selling commercial quantities to supermarket giants who have distribution of scale, and delivery networks well-established and well financed.
Although a small scale operation, FarmGate Online operated on a delivery model whereby people purchased their food from the company website and it was delivered to a farm gate a collection point.
This allowed regional and rural customers to purchase Australian grown produce and a percentage of the purchase was donated to the not for profit farm gates.
This business closure follows a worrying trend in the industry with the sudden closure of Aussie Farmers Direct earlier this year which left franchisees and other debtors severely out of pocket.
Ms Vincent said she had been resistant to closing indefinitely because she could not bear to see that the business could not work.
I really enjoyed putting the boxes together and communicating with customers. I love going to market its a fascinating place to go, she said.
Unfortunately there are so many hurdles especially now with the wholesale market (in Epping) being so far away it proved too challenging, she said.
Mr Moodie said since their move into South Gippsland, the couple would continue to network and seek partnerships in the fresh produce industry.

12:50

Crowds rush to Burra Brewing Co. The Star

BURRA Brewing Co. has opened the doors to its brewery on Commercial Street in Korumburra, with its own craft beers on tap.
Burra Brewing Co. is owned and operated by locals Kim Nicholas, Anthony Dempster, Luke Jones, Narelle Jones, Phill Dempster and Ange Dempster.
All the brewing of Burra Brewing Co. beer is done onsite at the Korumburra location by head brewer Phill Dempster.
Currently, the brewery is producing a light summer ale, a mid strength golden ale, a pale ale and a dark ale.
The bar has Burra Brewing Co. beer on tap, as well as several guest taps, which will be used to support other craft breweries.
Beers on tap are Summer Sale, Pale Ale, Dark Ale and Golden Ale, with more speciality beers coming.
The brewery offers a great selection of pizzas, all day dine or take away. Functions are available for parties of 20 to 150 people, and bookings are required.
The beer hall can cater for up to 65 people on share tables, with bookings not required. Growlers and squealers available to take away beer made by Burra Brewing Co.
The brewery uses local suppliers: Gippsland Wine Co for wine, BEANd for coffee and Gippsland Jersey for milk.
Contractors involved in the construction of the brewery were Blogg Bros Plumbing, Wired Up Electrical Contracting, Kyle Constructions, Korumburra Cabinet Makers, ProCo, Taranto Windows and Doors, and Burra Garden Supplies.
All contractors mentioned they enjoyed working with Burra Brewing Co. and wish the brewery every success.
Many of these contractors are long established businesses in Korumburra and are happy to see the town going ahead.

Best beer: Burra Brewing Co. head brewer Phill Dempster was thrilled with the turn out to the official opening on Saturday, August 11.

12:46

Stronger demand at store sale The Star

YARDING of 1800 head was consigned to last weeks VLE Leongatha store sale from Cooma, Bombala, Bega, Sale, Giffard, Yarram and local areas.
The South Gippsland Stock Agents Association reported demand was generally stronger from local re-stockers and a few domestic lot feeders for a better quality yarding of cattle than the previous sale.
The yarding comprised more better bred types of weaner cattle and less crossbred and Friesian types.
Demand for the steers improved $30 and up to $80 in places. Heavy steers were in limited supply compared to previous sales and sold to firm demand.
Heifers sold to modest competition and were generally firm, however some well bred European cross heifers attracted strong competition from the domestic feedlotters and grass finishers .
Plainer lines were still hard to sell and met limited demand.
In the cow and calf section, young angus cows with autumn drop calves made to a top of $1580. A run of mixed aged Hereford cows with young calves at foot made to $1000.

Taking it in: from left, Kevin Morgan of Traralgon, Alan Fraser of Loch and Eddie Hams of Landmark Leongatha observed the proceedings at VLE Leongatha store sale last Thursday.

12:44

Equipment performance, longevity weigh in Gallaghers favour The Star

FOR Duaringa Station Grazing Co., detailed records on individual animals is a must.
The Donovan family has run the integrated cropping, commercial beef breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting business for decades, with Bruce and Beryl Donovan taking over in the 1960s.
The operation is spread across three properties in Central Queensland: a property at Gogango runs up to 1100 Droughtmaster breeders, with a backgrounding property north of Dingo, while Duaringa Station Feedlot is ideally situated between the two, just off the junction of the Mackenzie, Dawson and Fitzroy rivers.
Sarah Donovan, who is secretary at Central Queensland Carcase Classic Committee, manages the feedlot that her parents Bruce and Beryl set up in the late 1990s.
Duaringa Station is about 8000 acres (3240 hectares) of cultivation, or cropping country, 4000 acres (1620ha) of tableland country and a 3000-head feedlot. We produce a variety of coarse grains wheat, sorghum, corn and well as pulses, cotton and silage, she said.
My parents built the feedlot in the late 1990s. It was never part of the original plan for Duaringa Station, but when sorghum prices kept falling and went below $100 a tonne, it pushed them to diversify.
The accredited feedlot has a capacity of 3000 standard cattle units and custom feeding now represents, on average, half of their feedlotting operation.
Its our intention to grow enough grain to supply the feedlot, but being a dryland farming operation, the weather really does dictate whether we need to buy in more grain or not, Ms Donovan said.
Predominantly our ration includes dry rolled wheat, but it can also include other grains, such as sorghum and corn, depending on availability.
Running an accredited feedlot comes with a host of requirements.
Ms Donovan said, One particularly is recording the treatments each animal has received, including the dosage and their withholding periods. Administering the correct dosage of each treatment is made far easier by being able to use accurate weights. This, in turn, saves us money and allows the treatment to work well.
To that end, Ms Donovan said Duaringa Station Grazing Co. has used Gallagher weighing systems for many years.
Weve used a Gallagher W810 for quite a while. Its proven to be a very reliable, durable and highly transportable system, which has allowed us to successfully weigh and draft cattle across our three properties including our feedlot, Ms Donovan said.
But after many years of use, we finally needed to replace our W810 towards the end of last year. We didnt really consider looking outside the Gallagher product range, because we were already so pleased with the W810s performance and longevity. We saw the Gallagher TW-3, which looked really good.
The Gallagher TW-3 Weigh Scale and Data Collector is an advanced electroni...

12:41

Local volunteer wins state award The Star

THE most outstanding members of Life Saving Victoria have been recognised at the 15th annual Awards of Excellence night, with Kimberly Gee of Venus Bay SLSC picking up a prestigious honour.
Kimberly was awarded Volunteer Training Officer of the Year in her role as director of education and training at the club, something that came as a shock to her.
I was excited but also pretty surprised, Kimberly said. It was great to win but it was even better for the club to be recognised. The award was a really nice one for the team.
Kimberly was credited with fostering a positive environment that allows for personal growth and development. Its the second time in three years that Kimberly has taken out the award after previously being bestowed the same accolade in 2016. That year, Kimberly went on to win the national award, something shes looking to repeat again when she travels to Sydney for the Surf Life Saving Australia awards in October.
I hope I win. Our club did a lot of great things again this year and had some really good statistics.
Venus Bay SLSC president Craig Watson praised Kimberlys efforts during the 2018 season, saying her position is the most important aspect of the whole club.
Our job is to save lives and in order to do that we need our lifeguards to be properly trained, which is where our trainers and Kimberly come in, Mr. Watson said.
Kimberly is very committed and experienced, and we are very lucky to have her here. She was recognised as the best trainer in the whole country two years ago. She has initiated a lot of new projects that other clubs have built around.
In addition to her position at Venus Bay, Kimberly undertook a new role as the training and assessment officer for the Bass Coast in 2018. She was tasked with mentoring, overseeing, and implementing new training strategies across several clubs. Kimberly also worked closely with schools and other organisations to ensure proper beach safety training in the region.

Well deserved: Kimberly Gee of the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club accepts he...

12:39

Korumburras top guns The Star

KORUMBURRA Gun Club members Jack Stockdale from Koonwarra and Charlie Cook from Dalyston have returned from the NSW Clay Target Association state skeet carnival on top.
Jack, 18, won the overall 20 gauge skeet title, and came first in the AA grade skeet doubles and second in the AA 100 target skeet championship as well as the overall high gun championship.
At the end of the weekend, Jack also became the ninth person in Australia to achieve the grand slam.
To achieve the grand slam in skeet, a competitor needs to shoot 200 straight in 12 gauge, 100 straight in 20 gauge and 100 in doubles.
I had the 12 gauge and the doubles, and in NSW I achieved the 20 gauge section, he said.
Jacks skeet shooting skills will be tested even more in early October, when he heads to Texas in the United States to compete in the 2018 World Skeet Championships.
It will be Jacks second time competing in America, but his first time wearing the coveted greet jacket, only given to Australias top five skeet shooters.
I am looking forward to the competition and shooting for Australia. Making the Australian team is pretty incredible, they only take the top five people, he said.
My goal when I first started was to get the Australian shooting jacket. In skeet, that is really hard to do.
Jack is the third shooter from the Korumburra club to receive a green jacket.
While there are plenty of competitions between now and then, in November 2019, Jack will head to Christchurch in New Zealand as part of Australias Glenn Trophy team.
The Glenn Trophy is an annual skeet event between Australia and New Zealand.
Charlie, 16, competed in the junior competition of the NSW shoot, winning the junior 410 gauge championship and the junior high gun championship.
Charlie will travel to Tasmania and New Zealand later in the year to compete.
He said his major goal was the make the Glenn Trophy team once he turns 18.
I am also working towards making the open Victorian team next year and want to win the junior high gun championship this year as well, he said.
Charlie recently picked up a sponsorship deal from Perazzi.
He said it was great to have a gun from Perazzi to compete with for the next two years.
I would like to thank Perazzi and Leigh Roberts. Leigh has coached me along the way and helped me get to my best, he said.
I also want to thank mum and dad, Bill and Caroline.
Jack had sponsors Blaser, Briley, Remington and Mialls Gun Shop to thank, as well as his parents, Judy and Tim.
Korumburra Gun Club president Trent Tobias said it was imperative for competitive shooters to get support, because it was an expensive sport.
In a week, they could spend over $100 just in ammunition for practice. Add a competition on top of that and it would easily be doubled, he said.
The club is extremely proud of these two and their achievements. They are grea...

11:59

Giants win the flag The Star

THE Korumburra-Bena Youth Girls are the first Giants team since the change of club colours in 2015 to bring home a premiership flag after a tough match against Wonthaggi Power on Sunday, August 19.
A blast of winter couldnt hold back the determined, skilful Giants in a 4.4.28 to 4.1.25 victory.
Korumburra-Benas U14 boys team stood strong against its unbeaten Wonthaggi Power opposition.
Korumburra-Bena ranked third coming into the finals but fought their way to grab a spot on grand final day.
The Powers first-class skills were too much for the mighty Giants who were defeated 53:13.
The club returned to Korumburra to hold its annual presentation day to celebrate the endeavours of all its teams, volunteers and supporters.
In the past three years, the Korumburra-Bena Junior Giants have grown from two teams to four teams plus hosting AFL AusKick.
Player numbers have more than doubled to almost 100 players.
During the presentations, club president Gavin Furness pointed out that 50 volunteers were required to operate every home game.
From coaches, runners, trainers, managers to score-keepers, umpires and canteen staff, many hands make light work.
This demonstrates the enormous commitment that parents and supporters make to the communitys youth each week.
Coaches presented medallions and team photos to all U10 and U12 players.
In the Youth Girls, coaches Wendi Rahilly and Mick Whiteside presented awards to Seanan Trewin (best and fairest), Emily Lesjak (runner up best and fairest), Grace Matser (most versatile), Brooke Whiteside (most consistent), and MacKenzie Findlay (most improved).
In the U14s, awards were presented by coaches Craig Walker and Matt Whiteside to Kodie Walker (best and fairest), Joel Cuman (runner up best and fairest), Lachie Smith (most consistent), Luke Walker (best team man), and Alessi Green (most improved).
Korumburra-Bena Junior Football Committee will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, September 10, at 6 pm in the Amenities Complex.

Premiers: Korumburra-Bena Youth Girls won the flag after coming up against Wonthaggi Power in the grand final on Sunday.

11:56

Kangaroos through to a fourth straight grand final appearance The Star

FISH Creek have hopped into the grand final with a dramatic two point win in extra time on Saturday at Meeniyan.
The predicted weather held off and big game was underway under bright sunshine, Fish Creek took the early ascendancy kicking the first two through Hunt and Shaw.
Hargraves for Fishy was repelling Stony Creeks attacks, his ball use dynamite.
Hutchison for the Maroons was composed cutting off the poor entries from the Roos as they cut a path through the middle kicking there first and only goal for the stanza.
Fish Creek had plenty of inside 50s but could not convert.
Stony Creeks defenders in Sigeti and Logan stood tall marking the long bombs in from the Roos.
Fish Creek was up by 14 points at quarter time.
Zuidema v. Manne in the ruck was proving pivotal.
Fishy onballers through Harfield-Park and Ethan Park doing the grunt work seemed to be getting on top willing the ball forward and the Roos kicked goals from Cooper, Wilson and Hunt.
The other big match was Bergles v. Hayes.
Bergles, the five time leading goal kicker, had his ears pricked slamming on two for the quarter.
Fish Creeks inaccuracy at goal was preventing them from kicking away.
A strong Stony Creek defence only allowed the Kangas long shots at goal.
The Roos had Stony where they wanted them going into the second half, 18 points in front.
Its a big ground at the Meeniyan Recreation Reserve, however and Stony Creek were using it very well, stretching the Fishy boys from side to side.
The Maroons came out with a take the game on mantra and it worked with goals through Bergles and Byrnes that saw the margin trim up.
Hargraves into the middle for Fish Creek gave the Roos a bit more run.
Hutchison with his pin point ball use was setting up the Maroons at will.
The dreadlocked Atkins was becoming busy around the stoppages along with Marriott and Newton receiving a lot of outside ball.
A late goal to Bergles gave Stony a sniff and it was game on at three quarter time with the Roos up by nine points.
Fish Creek attacked time and time again, but Logan for Stony stood tall taking towering marks and with his long kicking set up goals for Bergles and Nolan.
Manne was intercepting everything across half back, but Stony Creeks ability to turn the footy over enabled them to attack kicking three for the quarter.
As scores drew level the bell rang and it was extra time.
Unbelievably this would be the second year in a row the second semi would be decided after normal time.
Harfield-Park received a free kick 60m out and bombed it long to the square where the big man Adlington took a mark and put the Roos a goal in front.
At the change of ends the next five mins would decide who went through to the big dance.
The Roos held a seven point lead.
The Maroons poured forward, a goal to Hutchison had the crowd on their feet. Bergles...

11:55

Phillip Island claim minor premiership The Star

AIDED with a strong wind in the opening term, Phillip Island opened up an early buffer that would never be bested in its clash with Inverloch-Kongwak to decide the minor premiership.
The Bulldogs managed to secure a 23 point advantage at the first break, with Jack and James Taylor breaking an early deadlock with goals midway through the first term. The Sea Eagles were content to head into quarter time down just two goals after going against the strong wind before a late goal from the Bulldogs via Zak Vernon broke the game open.
The Sea Eagles had opportunities to respond in the second term after locking the ball in their half of the ground but inaccuracies in front of goal cost them. Clint McCaughan got Inverloch on the board with their first goal but the side managed to kick just four behinds the rest of the half. Phillip Island poured on another three majors in the term to head into half time with a 33 point advantage.
With the rain coming down in intervals, the Bulldogs were buoyed by the play of Jarred Andreatta in the middle and Hayden Bruce off halfback. James Taylor kicked another two goals for Phillip Island as the Bulldogs got the opening four majors of the quarter to put the game away for good. Corey Casey was a shining light for the Sea Eagles on an otherwise dreary afternoon, winning the tough ball on the inside and laying an abundance of tackles. Kicking into the wind in the last term, IK managed to hold the Bulldogs to just two points, but managed to kick just 1.8 as the game lost its steam in the wet. Phillip Island went on to claim a 36 point victory and with the win, secured the minor premiership. Inverloch-Kongwak, who started the afternoon in top spot, were relegated to fourth heading into finals.
The day was also marked with a special ceremony remembering the life of Samantha Fraser, who lost her life in Cowes recently. More than 1000 participants from both clubs walked to the ground to raise awareness of domestic violence and shared a moment of silence prior to the match.

Tackle: Inverlochs Matthew Miller and Phillip Islands Alexandrew Redmond battled for the ball on Saturday.

11:52

Parrots crunch Bairnsdale The Star

A NEAR full strength Leongatha outfit went a long way to atoning for its recent shock loss with a huge win over Bairnsdale on Saturday.
The fired up Parrots did not give Bairnsdale a sniff as it went on a goal kicking rampage, kicking 25 goals to the Red Legs five to take out a 131 point win.
Cade Maskell played a brilliant match for the Green and Gold, marking and kicking well finishing with nine goals for the game.
Going into the match Leongatha welcomed the return of Col Sanbrook and Tom Marriott with only Jack Ginnane the only senior player still on the sidelines, but he is expected back as soon as this week.
The Bairnsdale oval was dry and hard. Conditions stayed warm until a big change came through, plummeting the temperature considerably with some rain passing through in the second half.
The Parrots were relentless and charged at the ball hard and entered the forward 50 with regularity.
In the opening term Marriott charged out of the blocks and booted the opening goal in under three minutes.
Julian Lockwood marked and goaled soon after which set the tone for a big afternoon for the Parrots adding further goals through Ryan Olden, Chris Dunne and a second to Julian Lockwood.
Maskell was getting his hands on the ball too but so far wasnt rewarded for effort with three behinds-that would soon change! At quarter time it was Leongatha 5.8 to Bairnsdale no score.
While Bairnsdale hit the scoreboard with three goals in the second term Leongatha showed no mercy bagging 10 goals of its own.
Maskell was awarded a 50 metre penalty and when he goaled it set the tone for the quarter as he kicked four more in a great individual effort.
Ben Willis was doing well in the ruck while Jack Lloyd was getting hands on the footy on the forward line, booting one this term. Half Time saw Leongatha 15.12 to Bairnsdale 3.3.
Brok Davidson was feeding the ball in well into the forward zone this term with Leongatha booting three more as Bairnsdale lifted to kick two even though the match was well and truly iced. Three quarter time Leongatha 18.17 to Bairnsdale 5.5.
The Parrots wanted to finish this game with a huge last quarter and this they did, hammering Bairnsdale seven goals to two behinds.
Leongatha had many good players across the board as the entire team lifted.
Pat McGrath did well across half forward, Brok Davidson linked well, Col Sanbrook across half back and Hayden Browne on the ball all in the play.
The only negative was the head knock suffered by Chris Verboon early in the game. It is expected the knock was minor but the club decided to leave him on the bench for the rest of the game; he should be fit for this Saturday.
The last match of the home and away season takes place at Parrot Park this Saturday in what should be a cracker of a contest which pits second placed Leongatha with third placed Sale.
The winner of this contest will be hoping for...

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