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Tuesday, 23 January


Locals flock to build scarecrows The Star

MEENIYAN Community Garden is gearing up for its annual Australia Day Scarecrow Competition this Friday.

Community members are invited bring along their best scarecrows or get together to build along with the group. The basic scarecrow necessities will be suplied but participants are encouraged to bring along something special to make their scarecrow a winner.

The competition is split into four categories being 11 and under, 12 to 16 years, open age and family divisions.

The scarecrow construction workshop will commence at 11am at the Meeniyan Community Garden behind Tanderra Park, following the Australia Day ceremony at Meeniyan Town Hall. Judging will commence at 1.30pm.

For more information, contact Peter on 0457 221 438.

Scarecrow contender: The Australia Day scarecrow competition is sure to have locals flocking to build a winner at Meeniyan Community Garden.


Geeks gather at Coal Creek The Star

GEEKS from across the region and beyond enjoyed a fun filled day at Coal Creek Community Park and Museums annual GeekFest in Korumburra on Sunday.

Guests came decked out in full costume with many in medieval, cosplay or steampunk attire.

Coal Creek par coordinator Rowena Ashley said the day was a huge success.

This years GeekFest was better than last year because of the guest speakers, she said.

We had a lot of people who have come in previous years come back and also a lot of new people come through.

A large percentage of the guests come from out of Gippsland which is great and its good to see the event grow.

Guests had the opportunity of role playing and desktop games, listening to guest speakers Craig Fison, Joe Italiano, Matthew Lee, Alexandra Tynan and Jennifer Windt, exploring market stalls and a gathering of Dr Whos.

Bow and arrow: Kellie Bolitho from Korumburra embraced the geeky atmosphere at the Coal Creek GeekFest in Korumburra on Sunday.


Family fun in the sun The Star

THE Cape Family Festival was a fun family day open to the community to celebrate Cape Patersons rich culture, environment, music and diverse food, with fun in the sun on Saturday.

Festivalgoers travelled from all over the region to also celebrate the Wonthaggi Surf Life Saving Clubs 80th anniversary.

The annual event is the clubs major fundraising event of the year.

Its really all about running an event everyone can enjoy, club president Mark Scott said.

We plan to raise funds to rebuild all of the old facilities and merge them all together into one multi purpose facility.

Sister fun: Maya and Zoe Ries from Wonthaggi enjoyed an exciting day at the Cape Paterson Family Fun Festival on Saturday.


Quality mixed in cheaper market The Star

There were approximately 1200 export and 230 young cattle penned, representing an increase of 124 head week on week.
The usual buying group was present, but not all operating fully in a cheaper market with one interstate exporter re-entering the sale after a short absence.
Quality was mixed with a lot of weight in the bullocks, fewer young cattle and cows making up half of the yarding.
Young cattle suited to the trade sold from firm to a few cents easier, while secondary and plainer young lots were harder to sell. Grown steers and bullocks eased 3c to 7c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers sold firm. Heavy weight manufacturing steers eased 3c to 5c/kg. Cows sold from 5c to mostly 10c/kg cheaper and more on some sales. Heavy weight bulls declined 10c to 15c/kg.
Vealers suited to butchers sold from 278c to 310c/kg. Yearling trade steers made between 266c and 290c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade sold between 255c and 274c/kg. Grown steers made from 256c to 270c/kg. Bullocks sold from 258c to 272c/kg. Heavy bullocks in excess of 750kg made between 253c and 270c/kg. Heavy weight grown heifers showing good finish sold between 245c and 265c/kg. Heavy weight Friesian manufacturing steers made from 215c to 234c with the crossbred portion from 225c to 261c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold from 142c to 215c/kg. Heavy weight cows made between 182c and 228c after a top of 235c/kg for a couple of younger cows. The better shaped heavy bulls sold between 210c and 266c after a top of 280c with the dairy lots between 190c and 220c/kg.
The next sale draw January 24: 1. SEJ, 2. Alex Scott & Staff, 3. Elders, 4. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 5. Landmark, 6. Rodwells.
Sheep Sale Wednesday, January 24 at 12pm.
Prime Sale Wednesday, January 17
15   SJC Farms, Thorpdale 628.3kg   272.0   $1709.07
10   Compro Solutions P/L, Krowera 646.5kg   272.0   $1758.48
12   G., S. & D. Churchill, Kilcunda 616.7kg   270.0   $1665.00
11   L. & M. Barrett, Korumburra 741.8kg   269.6   $1999.94
11   J. & V. Alicata, Thorpdale 790.0kg   269.6   $2129.84
14   N. Rowe, Outtrim 676.4kg   268.0   $1812.83
2     Formbuild P/L, Phillip Island 392.5kg   310.0   $1216.75
1     W.A. Rendell, Yarram 365.0kg   306.6   $1119.09
1     W. & N. Harley, Kardella South 340.0kg   297.6   $1011.84
1     L. Goodfellow, Mt Eccles 325.0kg   293.6     $954.20
1     J. Giardina, Mirboo 360.0kg   291.6   $1049.76
12   S.M. Davies, Outtrim 403.3kg   287.6   $1159.99
2     L. Goodfellow, Mt Eccles 347.5kg   293.6   $1020.26
1     P., D. & T. Vidamour, Toora 355.0kg   293.6   $1042.28
2     W. & N. Harley, Kardella South 315.0kg   285.0     $897.75...


Powerful women unite The Star


WOMAN from across the region united at the Inverloch Community Hub on Friday for a day of empowerment.

The I Am Woman event was held to inspire women to strive for the best and surround themselves with like minded beautiful women.

The event had five key note speakers and five amazing ladies from the audience shared their journey so far.
Guests speakers included relationship coach Leanne Potter, manifesting/intentions coach Alex Tripod, yoga and meditation specialist Katrina Archibald, therapist and life coach Erin Miller, and womens mental health therapist Kate Hocken.
The audience also heard from CPK McLaren Motorbodys Kris McLaren, local painter Lynn Fisher, bookkeeper Donna Pearce and Carolyn Turner from Inverloch Butchers.
Local artist Amanda Bier opened the event with a wonderful performance.
Masters of ceremony, local entrepreneurial duo Alex Welsh and Jess Harle, shared their passion to give back by opening the show together.

Great event: masters of ceremony, local entrepreneurial duo Alex Welsh and Jess Harle, offered an empowering show at the Inverloch Community Hub on Friday.


Farmers, protect yourselves from sun The Star

NEW data from a Cancer Council Victoria survey shows more than a third of Victorians do not know the correct indicator of sunburn risk putting themselves and their families at risk of sun damage and ultimately skin cancer.
Farmers are particularly at risk, given their profession entails outdoor work and often for long hours at a time.
The survey found 22 per cent of Victorian adults aged 18 to 39 incorrectly selected temperature as the most useful measure to calculate sunburn risk for the day.
Just 61 per cent were able to correctly identify the sun protection times or UV level as the best measure to determine sunburn risk.
SunSmart manager Heather Walker said it was important for people to think about UV not heat when it comes to making decisions about sun protection.
UV radiation is the major cause of skin cancer, but the problem is none of our senses can actually detect it. Its not like sunlight that we can see, or the suns heat, which we can feel. As a result, we usually dont realise how strong the rays are until the damage has already been done, she said.
By incorrectly using temperature as a gauge, you are unwittingly leaving yourself exposed to increased skin cancer risk.
A new app launched by SunSmart will use augmented reality to help address misconceptions about the cause of sunburn and encourage users to protect their skin.
Our new app seeUV uses augmented reality so that we can actually get a visual snapshot of our risk. Its an exciting and innovative way to engage people in the SunSmart message and hopefully help increase peoples understanding of an otherwise invisible danger, Ms Walker said.
The seeUV app also has a selfie mode, which uses augmented reality technology to generate the long-term consequences of UV damage on a persons skin, such as premature ageing, wrinkling and sunspots.
While a sunburn or tan fades, UV damage remains. With the seeUV app, were asking users to think about how that damage might present in five, 10 or 20 years down the track. Unfortunately the more UV damage you have, the greater your risk of skin cancer, Ms Walker said.
The latest statistics from the Victorian Cancer Registry show 2712 Victorians were diagnosed with melanoma the deadliest form of skin cancer in a single year. In the same year, 379 people lost their life to melanoma, while 137 people died of other skin cancers.
seeUV is available as a free download on Google Play and is coming soon to the App Store.


Keep an eye out for pinkeye The Star

AGRICULTURE Victoria is reminding cattle producers to be on the lookout for pinkeye.
District veterinary officer Jeff Cave said current conditions meant the risk of a pinkeye outbreak was high and farmers needed to be vigilant.
With the summer season will bring increased sunlight and dust, which can make the eye more vulnerable to the disease, Dr Cave said.
Pinkeye, or Infectious Keratoconjunctivitis, is a highly contagious, painful and debilitating disease that can severely affect animal productivity.
Pinkeye usually occurs in young cattle in their first summer. After this initial infection, cattle develop immunity to the disease but may remain carriers of the bacteria, Moraxella bovis, which potentially can lead to future outbreaks in following years, he said.
In a small percentage of cases, an affected eye may form an abscess and rupture, leading to permanent blindness.
Dr Cave said while most affected eyes completely recovered after three to five weeks, a number may be left with scarring on the surface.
Pinkeye can be treated with sprays, ointments, injections and patches or a combination of these treatments. Extra care should be taken when mustering cattle for the purposes of treatment for pinkeye, as factors such as dust and flies may enhance the spread of the disease, he said.
Attention should also be taken not to confuse pinkeye with other conditions of the eye, such as a grass seed in the eye, eye cancer and other eye infections.
An outbreak of pinkeye can be prevented through vaccination three to six weeks before the onset of the pinkeye season.
Other control measures include controlling fly numbers to limit the spread of bacteria from animal to animal, prompt segregation and treatment of pinkeye in affected stock and avoiding unnecessary yarding of cattle during periods where the risk of outbreak is higher.
For further advice contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria veterinary or animal health officer.

Be vigilant: keep an eye out for pinkeye this summer.


Circus set to soar The Star

DAMIAN Syred is returning to South Gippsland next week with his sensational Circus Royale, a high-energy family show featuring a new generation of vibrant young performers.

The big top boasts Mexican stunt riders, international stars, Swiss clowns and unique acts hailing from university trained Australian youth.

The largest circus to tour Gippsland centres in 2018 will arrive in Leongatha on January 30, bringing with it the dangerous globe of death, motorcycle daredevils, acrobats and glamorous showgirls, magic illusions, spinning cubes, slinkies, contortionists, trapeze artists and Swiss clowns.

Circus Royale is real circus, the way we remember it from our childhood. Its big, its exciting, its funny and its wonderfully traditional family entertainment, Mr Syred said.

Circus Royale will perform in Leongatha for two shows only on January 30 at 7pm and January 31 at 6pm with the big top set up next to the netball courts. Wonthaggi fans will also get to experience the magic, with the tent moving across to the Recreation Reserve for four shows across February 2 to 4.

Celebrating 47 years of continuous touring under the big top, Leongatha is stop 3 on a state wide tour that will see the Circus Royale stage shows in most Victorian towns and villages, Mr Syred said.

The steel Globe of Death is four metres wide. Motorbikes are maneuvered around the cage at speeds of up to 80km/h. Its nail-biting stuff. Siblings Brandon and Hugo Fernandez will risk their lives in the Globe of Death to put on a great show.

Throw in a colourful ringmaster, acrobatic artistry, and tail wagging dogs, along with dancing horses, gorgeous girls and funny clowns.

In another 2018 first, Circus Royal presents Magique, Mr Syred and girls with attitude showcasing their larger-than-life Las Vegas-style illusions.

For booking contact 0410 669 253 or visit Tickets are also sold at tent ticket office on circus site from 10am each performance day.

Flying high: Circus Royale will leave audiences spellbound with its wondrous acrobatics performances when the big top comes into town next week.


Local hockey stars bring home gold The Star

SIX young members of the Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club won gold in the 2018 Underwater Hockey National Titles held in Perth recently.
Captain Brad Peters, vice captain Kasey Hoskins, Darby Hoskins, Ben Robinson, Alexandra Dhar and Nathan Thatcher featured in the winning U15 Victorian team.
After a successful week long championship, the Victorian team came face to face with the Western Australia side, winning six goals to five in what was a tense and hard fought battle for the title.
Western Australia had won the U15 Division four out of the last five years, and Victoria was determined to spoil its pool dominance.
Victoria had not had a winning team since 2009.
We ended up playing Western Australia a number of times throughout the week, including the round robin games, semi final and then again in the gold medal playoff they are a very strong and well drilled team, Kasey said.
Darby said Western Australia had beaten them earlier in the week, and he was nervous to come up against them again. However, a good start from the Victorian team in the final led them to victory.
Victoria scored first, but Western Australia struck back quickly to even the score. It was a seesawing game with scores tied three all at half time.
The pressure was intense and the crowd was screaming for their respective teams.
We continued to push hard despite being down early in the second half. When we were penalised and a player down, it looked like Western Australia was going to swim over the top of us, however, we came storming back to win gold by just one goal, Kasey said.
All the games were filmed and live streamed, including the finals, and can be viewed via the Underwater Hockey Australia YouTube channel
The Victorian U19 team also stacked full with Wonthaggi players had a great week, playing some great team hockey.
They came in fourth, just missing out on the bronze medal to Tasmania.
Victoria also competed in the Elite Men and Women Divisions.
Several Wonthaggi players were subsequently selected for Australian Training Squads and will now be attending interstate training camps aiming for national selection in the Trans-Tasman teams, which will tour New Zealand later this year in October.
The Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club train each week at the Wonthaggi pool on a Thursday night.
The club provides a safe and supportive environment for interested players (juniors and seniors) to come and try the sport, including borrowing the required equipment fins, mask, snorkel, caps, gloves and sticks.
The juniors start at 7pm and the seniors start at 8pm.
Anyone interested in playing locally or checking out this fantastic sport should contact the club via the Facebook page.



Fire brigades reap rewards The Star

LOCAL fire brigades were rewarded for their consistent contribution to South Gippsland communities last Wednesday when they were presented their Community Chest cheques from Michaels IGA Leongatha.

IGA Owner Michael Lorenz said the program, now in its sixteenth year, has been an effective way for customers to donate to CFA Units while shopping.

In conjunction with our Community Rewards program we also participate in the IGA community chest program which is run nationally. The IGA Community Chest and associated programs have raised over $80 million for a number of local community groups, not-for-profit organisations, charities and other worthy causes, Michael Lorenz said

Each year we choose to give this money to our local CFAs. This year we have raised $5585 which means that Pound Creek, Ruby, Leongatha South, Leongatha, Koonwarra, Kongwak, Korumburra, Loch & Poowong CFAs will each be receiving $620.60 this year.

Mr Lorenz presented the cheques to CFA representatives at the IGA last Wednesday.

This round of fundraising marks the first year community chest funds have been split equally between the nine fire brigades since the community chest program started in 2001, he announced.

Brigade support officer Jodi Butler said the equal split was met with ready acceptance from larger brigades Korumburra and Leongatha, which usually received larger sums of funding.

Leongatha rewarded: from left, IGA owner Michael Lorenz hands the Community Chest cheque to Leongatha Fire Brigades Andrew Kay.


Quite a mouthful ! Focus On Fauna

As is their custom, our resident Grey Shrike-thrushes have again nested in the corner of our shed, and their three eggs have successfully hatched. The parents have been warily landing in a tree just outside the shed before going inside, and it is interesting to see the wide range of prey they are carrying to []

Sunday, 21 January


March with GV Pride Shepparton @ Pride March Victoria | Sun 28 Jan 2018 Goulburn Valley Pride Inc.

Jump on the 22-seater bus departing Marungi Street, Shepparton Library on Sun 28 Jan @ 9.00am sharp (returns approx. 9pm).
$25pp for members, $40pp for non-members BOOK NOW!
Contact Damien on or 0418 511 562 to lock in your seat MUST confirm your seat NOW! Cash payment MUST be received BEFORE boarding the bus.
Assemble for March @ 12pm (cnr. Lakeside Dve/Fitzroy St)
March 2pm
More info @
Come and join over 100 groups and individuals as we march down Fitzroy St in St Kilda. All the colour and excitement you have come to expect from Pride March Victoria with the added flavour this special celebration. See the original marchers lead us out again and celebrate our first timers.
When: Sun 28 Jan
Assembly: noon at cnr Lakeside Dr & Fitzroy St
March: 2pm
After march festivities til 7pm in Catani Gardens at completion of the march

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