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Wednesday, 14 February


Local chosen to celebrate 30th drawing wall The Shepparton Adviser

Local chosen to celebrate 30th drawing wall

NEW INSTALLATION Local Nagambie based artist, Rosa Purbrick has been chosen as the artist to install her works to celebrate the 30th SAM Drawing Wall. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

IT was very fitting that a local artist be chosen for the celebratory 30th installation of the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Drawing Wall, and Rosa Purbricks piece certainly captures the imagination.

Based in Nagambie, Rosa draws on wetlands and waterways of her local environment to produce abstract visions of the landscape, and this piece is no different. The piece depicts a scene showing the Goulburn, its River Red Gums, billabongs and wildlife using vibrant tones and reductive shapes that are applied with adhesive vinyl on a painted ground.

Rosa said, The image represents the changing climate and its impact on the waterways of this region.

I chose the colours because I see these colours often out in the world.

Id never experienced using vinyl cut-outs before, so this was new to me. It peaked my interest though so I went exploring more about it. I spoke with Nagambie Signs, who helped me with the vinyl and helped to install the piece on the wall.

It all came together really well.

The 30th SAM Drawing Wall installation will be showing over the time of the SAM Local Exhibition.

To see more of Rosas work, visit


Swimming successfully through adversity The Shepparton Adviser

Swimming successfully through adversity

DAWS TAKES SILVER IN SPAIN After having a Kidney transplant at the age of 14, 20 year old Kilmore resident, Ethan Daws scored two silvers at the World Transplant Games in Spain last year. Photo: David Lee.

LIFE was tough at the beginning for Kilmore resident, Ethan Daws who before the age of one was required to have a kidney transplant, but now at the age of 20, following a transplant, he is now swimming successfully through adversity, having taken on the World Transplant Games in Spain in 2017.

Having been born premature with kidneys that were only one sixth the normal size, Ethans body managed to maintain enough kidney function until the age of 14, when, due to his kidney function dropping to just three percent, he needed a transplant to save his life. He was lucky enough to have been able to receive a kidney from his dad and on May 18, 2011 the operation went ahead, however, this wasnt the end of Ethans troubles. While his dad came through the operation fine, Ethan required a second operation and having gone through it successfully, has been talking life head on.

After competing at the Australian Transplant Games in Newcastle in 2012 Ethan today competes in 50m butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke, 100m backstroke and breaststroke and 200m individual medley events and took two silvers at the 2017 World Transplant Games in Spain.

Ethan said, Realistically the longest wait for a transplant is 40 years, so I was very lucky that my parents were a match.

I am so grateful for having this chance.

Organ donation is such an important thing to do and I encourage anybody who wants to be on the register, to do so.

Swimming is something I slowly learned to love, and its been great meeting all the people I have through it who have become good mates.

GV Healths specialist donation nurse, Natasha Pearson said, Only one to two percent of people die in a situation where they can donate organs.

One person can save up to 10 different people.

The big thing we ask is that people register. You must be over 16 and be sure to have discussions with your family so that they know your wishes.

Being able to save somebodys life or make their life better is an incredible thing to do.


Travelling con men warning The Shepparton Adviser

SHEPPARTON Police is warning residents to be aware of recent reports of travelling con men currently working the area.

Local police have been warned by Consumer Affairs Victoria of a report that came through on January 31 advising them that Travelling Conmen (TCM) have been in the Greater Shepparton area for several days/weeks.

The incident reported that two males of Islander appearance, driving a white Toyota Hilux and using the business name Liquid Amber Tree Works, had offered garden maintenance and tree lopping services, and engaged victims by door knocking and leaving business cards. Reports were also made that damage had been caused to neighbouring properties when trees were removed.

A police spokesperson said, If you suspect a travelling con man is knocking, do not answer.
If you do speak to them, ask them to leave. If they refuse, they are breaking the law.
If you want work done on your house shop around for the quote that is right for you, use established tradespeople who provide written quotes, ask for contact details of previous clients, so you can check references, do not sign any agreement until you are ready, ask for the tradesmans full name and registration or licence details (if applicable) so you can check these with their industry authority and ask for the businesss number, so you can call to confirm whether the tradesman works for them.

If you know of travelling con men in your area record as much information as you can, such as their name and vehicle registration and report them to the national travelling con men hotline on 1300 133 408 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays) and of course let us know.


Shepparton CFA searches for new home The Shepparton Adviser

Shepparton CFA searches for new home

EMERGENCY LAND NEEDED Shepparton Fire Station & Inner Shepparton Catchment officer in charge/operations officer, Peter Dedman is hoping to find a block of land that can house a new Shepparton Fire Station, due to the current facility not being large enough to house staff, equipment and vehicles. Photo: David Lee.

THE Shepparton Fire Brigade is on the hunt for a new home after volunteers and staff have outgrown the current facility on Maude Street.

Originally opened in 1968, the current station has undergone two major renovations as the service grew to house additional trucks and staff, but with new staff set to join and new trucks pending, land for a new purpose built facility is being sought.

Shepparton Fire Station & Inner Shepparton Catchment officer in charge/operations officer, Peter Dedman said, Over time as things changed, such as the town getting bigger and more staff being brought in, there is now the need for a new facility.

Adding to that is the streetscape proposal by council to beatify Maude Street. This will mean there will additional car parks out the front of the station and a medium strip and trees installed, which will impact on the ability to manoeuvre our trucks in the street. Currently we are the last integrated station in Victoria where we have to reverse all the trucks back into the station, which being close to the Maude Street Mall we have concerns for the safety of pedestrians.

Shepparton has been on the cards for a new station for quite a number of years. The money is sitting there available, but finding a suitable sized block of land in a suitable location is proving to be difficulties.

Wed ideally like to be around the High Street area a little further east from the CBD itself. We need a minimum of 7,000m2 and there are government policies that dictate where we can build and with Shepparton having a little bit of a flood overlay that limits us.

To have a brand new, purpose built, state-of-the-art facility would benefit the community greatly.


Growing plants and community partnerships The Shepparton Adviser

Growing plants and community partnerships

GARDENERS PUT GREEN THUMBS TO GOOD USE Shepparton Villages head gardener, Barry Curtis, Billabong Garden Complex supported employees, Daphne Crocker and Ben Grapentin and Billabong Garden Complex production supervisor, Lynne McCarthy. Photo: Supplied.

SHEPPARTON Villages has entered into a flourishing partnership with Sheppartons Billabong Garden Complex, which will see Billabong and around 30 supported employees grow 5,000 plants for our new 120 bed, $34M Shepparton Villages development.

Shepparton Villages head gardener, Barry Campbell approached Billabong Complex manager, Tracy Lamont to see if she and her team would be interested in tendering for the massive project, and Tracy was more than up for the challenge.

Barry said, It was about six months ago we started to discuss it as we are very interested in quality, we were keen to keep it local and being able to support Billabong who have always been good to us was such a great opportunity.

Tracy said the partnership was a win-win for both organisations.

Shepparton Villages has always supported us, with what we do and how we are so it is fantastic that we can be part of this new project. Weve been working on advanced trees and will also be doing seedling closer to the time, Tracy said.

The team at Billabong had to research and find the selection recommended by the consultants, then ensure they had the right numbers for the project before beginning the process of growing and nurturing over 5,000 plants.

Weve got the landscaping needs but also the courtyards within the development, Barry said.

The Billabong supported employees will also help plant the trees, shrubs and seedlings when the time comes close to the projects completion in mid-2018.

Shepparton Villages CEO, Kerri Rivett said she was thrilled to have yet another local community partnership.

Were all about community we have our own village life here but our residents are a part of the local community as much as anyone and it is so fantastic when we can involve groups and individuals locally in what we do. Were thrilled to be working with Billabong on this project, Kerri said.


Nominations open for The Nationals community preselection The Shepparton Adviser

NOMINATIONS opened last week for Victorias first community preselection, to be held by The Nationals in the seat of Shepparton.

Community preselection gives residents of the Shepparton region a say on who stands for The Nationals at the Victorian state election in November.

Prospective candidates can nominate until Friday, March 9 and voting day will take place on Saturday, April 14.

The Nationals state president, Neil Pankhurst said the community preselection gives locals the unique opportunity to have their say on who stands for them, in addition to who represents them after the election.

This is such an exciting opportunity for people from the Shepparton region to play a leading role in the democratic process, Mr Pankhurst said.

The community preselection is a testament to The Nationals tradition as a grassroots party focused on delivering for local communities.

The Nationals state leader, Peter Walsh urged potential candidates to visit for more information and to nominate.

People who live and work in the Shepparton region have a deep understanding of what matters to their community, Mr Walsh said.

Shepparton needs candidates who are prepared to be a strong voice for the region in State Parliament and fight for the communitys best interests.

Voting is open to anyone who lives in the Shepparton electorate and is registered on the electoral roll.


Community Connect The Shepparton Adviser



CENTRAL PARK ST BRENDANS CRICKET CLUB is holding a fundraiser to support breast cancer awareness on February 17 from 3pm to 6pm at the Shepparton Football Club rooms, Deakin Reserve, Shepparton. Cost is $10 per person and tables of 10 are available. Includes afternoon tea. Drinks at bar prices. The theme is bring your mum. All proceeds will be donated to The McGrath Foundation. For tickets, contact Felicity Butcher on 0428 231 410, Helen McMillan on 0413 845 799 or Sue Lau on 0408 054 233.


SHEPPARTON TOY LIBRARY will hold a free Stay & Play session on Wednesday, February 21 between 10am and 11:30am at the corner of Balaclava Road and Numurkah Road. The focus will be puzzles. Come and test the resources available from the Toy Library. A variety of membership options are available. For further information, contact Kim on 0403 179 873.


THE BUNBARTHA TENNIS CLUB 100 YEARS will be discussed at the clubs next planning meeting on Friday, February 23 from 8pm at the Bunbartha Community Centre. We welcome any past players and Community members. For further information, contact Trish Moss on 0427 298 288.


THE SHEPPARTON SENIORS CONCERT will be held on Thursday, February 22 at the Senior Citizens Centre, Welsford Street at 1:30pm. Guest artist is guitarist/singer from Euroa, Greg Dudley. Entry is $5 and includes afternoon tea. Everyone is welcome. For bulk bookings phone 5821 9580 or 5821 4921.


FREE TWO DAY WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS AND CARERS will be held on Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1 from 9:30am to 2:30pm (registration from 8:45am) at Mercure Port of Echuca, 465 High Street, Echuca. Morning tea and lunch is provided. Please advise any dietary requirements upon registration. Register at If you are not able to register online, call the Positive Partnerships Infoline on 1300 881 971 or email


A REUNION OF STUDENTS who attended St Colemans College Shepparton between 1951 and 1954 will be held at the GV Hotel, Shepparton on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 12:30pm. Please call Pat English on 0409 028 248 or Peter Parker on 0427 911 828 for more details, or just turn up on the day.


SHEPPARTON POLIO SUPPORT GROUP MEETING will be held on Tuesday, March 6 from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Milne Bay Room, Shepparton RSL, 88 Wyndham Street, Shepparton (order and pay individually). Guest speaker is speech pathologist, Melinda Jurd, (Rural Allied Health Team Safe Swallowing). RSVP by Monday, March 5 to GV Health Rural Allied Health Team physiotherapist, Rhonda White on 1800 222 582 (please select option 4).




Dance the night away The Shepparton Adviser

Dance the night away

GET ROCKING WITH COOL CATS Cool Cat Rockers can help you have a rocking time, with their beginner dancing classes for people of all ages. Photo: Supplied.

HAVE you ever wanted to learn how to Rock n Roll 50s and 60s style or are you looking at brushing up on your dancing skills? You can hit the dance floor with Cool Cat Rockers beginners lessons, just in time for the first of the big dances coming up on Saturday, February 17.

This year, beginners classes run on Tuesdays, from 7pm at Wesley Hall on Maude Street, Shepparton and even if you dont have a partner, the Cool Cats friendly social group of like-minded people will ensure a rocking time will be had by all.

Kaye Rossignoli from Cool Cat Rockers said, Rock n Roll is a pastime that combines the art of socialising, meeting new friends, having lots of fun and all whilst also keeping fit.

We have the first of our big dances for the year coming up on Saturday, February 17 from 8pm until late, which will be held at the Shepparton High School Hall and feature top Melbourne band, Phoenix. Tickets are now on sale and must be prepaid, Kaye said.

For further information, contact Kaye on 5821 5465 or drop into Wesley Hall at 7pm from Tuesday, February 13.


Letters to the Editor The Shepparton Adviser


Dear Editor,

Last week in Wyndham Street I saw a blue Hyundai Getz parked on the side of the road and inside of the car was four little dogs quite hot and distressed.

By the time I had parked my car the owner of the car and the dogs had walked back from her visit to the pharmacy and got into her car. To top it all off, she then proceeded to do an illegal U-turn in Wyndham Street and drove north.

I would like to remind the Shepparton community that not only is it extremely cruel but it is illegal to lock your dogs in the car, especially on hot days like that day (41 degrees).

It only takes a matter of minutes for your dog to literally be cooked and die in your car.

I rang the police and gave them her number-plate and I am hoping that they catch up with her.

Yours sincerely,

Scarlett McRae




Dear Editor,

I am just highlighting my recent positive experience at GV Health, Shepparton, being my first ever admission to this hospital.

All staff I encountered from the triage staff and emergency department team to the medical ward nurses and doctors were all caring, compassionate and helpful.

I would like to compliment all the staff and management of this hospital for helping to make a stressful time more bearable.

This hospital often receives negative feedback, so I felt it was important for me to detail the positive experience that I encountered.

Yours sincerely,

Margaret Sarkady




Dear Editor,

I have written to you once before on an issue that concerns me quite a lot, and I see it on a daily basisdrivers not using their indicators correctly, or at all.

I simply cannot believe that drivers dont know how to use their indicators correctly and I am putting it down to pure laziness. Too often I see a driver in front of me change lanes and turn into a turning lane but do not use their indicator until they are actually turning the cornerthat is if they do at all. There is absolutely no need to use it after you have already begun turning the corner as the sole reason to use the indicator is to alert other drivers on what you are doing, before you do it.

There is a reason it is called an indicator! they are designed to indicate to other drivers your intentions prior to completing this intention so as not only to enable you as a driver to do this safely, but to prevent unsafe issues for others on the road.

While we are on the topic of driving, I would like to point out that the new concrete island on the corner of Gilchrist and Fordyce Streets near the new Bunnings Warehouse is not that difficult to navigate, ye...


24 new participants to take on leadership program The Shepparton Adviser

GOULBURN Murray Leadership launched its flagship program at an event at Monichino Wines at Katunga recently, announcing 24 new participants in the Fairley Leadership Programs 22nd year.

The program now has more than 520 graduates who have developed leadership skills across the Goulburn Murray region, explored the main issues facing the region, and have assisted with positive local change.

Past graduates include Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell, Shepparton Festival chair and current program facilitator, Fiona Smolenaars and Committee for Greater Shepparton CEO, Sam Birrell just to name a few who have gone on to high profile positions in the region.

Recent research conducted by the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs secretariat, which covers the states 10 regional leadership programs, showed the great value of the programs to local communities. For example, leadership graduates volunteered on average, 15 hours a month in their local communities, which would cost $28.3M a year to replace with paid employees, based on the programs 3,500 graduates across the state.

Also, at the 2016 local government elections, 66 graduates nominated as councillors and more than half were elected.

Goulburn Murray Leadership CEO, Michelle Luscombe, herself a graduate of the Fairley Leadership Program (2007), said the cohort of the 2018 program was a diverse and interesting bunch. She said the group included a social researcher, a bank relationship manager, a milk factory production manager, a childcare worker, operations managers of a waste company and an engineering company, a council community development manager, a town planner, a family violence support worker, a communications adviser, a doctor and a landscape architect.

Michelle said, All of them (this years program participants) are involved with their local communities and are keen to make a positive contribution.

We hope the program will take their leadership skills and community engagement to the next level.


Spot the Rakali Focus On Fauna

Last Sunday evening Strath Creek Landcare held another Platypus/Rakali Group Watch for the Australian Platypus Conservancy. Group Watch aims to obtain a snapshot of the number of Platypus and Rakali (Water Rat) along a section of waterway in our case the King Parrot Creek. It involves stationing observers, suitably refreshed after a stream-side picnic, []

Tuesday, 13 February


School recognises leaders The Star

LEONGATHA Primary Schools captains and leadership students were presented with their official badges at assembly on Friday.
The students were honoured in a special presentation with guest speaker Tim Furlong visiting the campus for the occasion.
A former Leongatha Primary School student, Mr Furlong now works as a general and transplant surgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Mr Furlong gave a speech to the students about the importance of working hard and being kind.
Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey received the top honour of taking on the role as school captains for the year.
Mia, Sophie, Zavier and Cameron will be Johnston Houses captains while Herold House will be headed by Sienna, Rylan, Kyra and Sophie.
Lachlan, Lucy, Ross and Will are Wightman Houses new captains while Stzelecki house captains this year are Erica, Finn, Rylan and Sienna.
Olivia, Tyson and Ava will be leading the schools creative department as art advisors while ICT (information and communications technology) captains Hannah, Caetan and Tia will take over technology areas.
Music captains Phoebe and Zoe will keep things pitch perfect as Jorja and Kyran will do things by the book as library representatives.
Makayla and Leah are Leongatha Primary Schools new environmental leaders and Sally and Lachlan are taking on the roles of language captains.

School captains: back from left, principal Dot Coghlan and guest speaker Tim Furlong, with front, from left, Luke, Eden, Molly and Bailey, who were presented with their Leongatha Primary School captains badges at assembly on Friday morning.


Students to learn cyber safety The Star

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College is taking steps to ensure its students are safe online by educating all year levels and parents on cyber-bullying this term.
Author of Sexts, Texts and Selfies and public speaker, Susan McLean, will be visiting the Horn Street campus next Wednesday (February 21) to present a workshop to the senior year levels, while all parents are invited to attend an information session in the evening.
Deputy principal Kieran ODwyer said the workshops would provide resources to students, who spend plenty of time on social media platforms.
I liken the issue of cyber-bullying to the idea that we are caring for our students in an unsupported schoolyard, he said.
When the students are online, we and their parents are not there to support them, and that is where a significant part of bullying occurs. Students and their peers have the abilities to hide behind false pretences on their profiles.
Ms McLeans workshop will be delivered as part of Mary MacKillop Colleges wellbeing program Being Courageous which all students are required to participate in for 50 minutes a fortnight.
The aim of the program is to encourage students participation in enhancing their wellbeing and safety, Mr ODwyer said.
Having Susan as the frontline of the presentation will give our students and our wider school community an opportunity to be educated in matters relating to cyber-bullying and safety.
Mary MacKillop has a zero tolerance cyber-bullying policy in place to ensure any students harassing or offending others online are disciplined appropriately.
Students are not permitted to take their phones into the classroom, however they can be used over recess and lunch times.
Ms McLeans student workshop will focus on how young people can engage in safe behaviours online, while helping them to gain a better understanding about the impact of their digital footprint.
The parents-only workshop will aim to up-skill them following the theme How to keep your child safe in the digital space.
Ms McLean will give parents strategies and skills on how to best safe guard their children.

Cyber students: from left, Tomei, Simone, Elda and Molly will be attending Susan McLeans cyber safety workshop at Mary MacKillop Catholic College next Wednesday (Februa...


Italian Festa draws crowds The Star

UP TO 13,000 people gathered in Mirboo North for the Italian Festa on Sunday.
More than 40 food stalls offered a tremendous variety of cuisine and there were some 70 market and produce stores for people to enjoy.
Event organiser Rosie Romano said the day was fantastic.
We were absolutely overwhelmed with the crowd. It made me emotional, she said.
The feedback we had was incredible and Im very proud of the team and everyone in the community who helped us and supported us.
There were so many amazing Italian food stalls and people came from around the area and far away.
The festa was centred on Baromi Park in the heart of town and also included music, singing, dancing, comedy, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, cars and competitions.
Children enjoyed playing on a jumping castle, inflatable slide, face painting and more.
The festa was preceded by a celebration of the Feast of St Paul, which began with an open air mass in Baromi Park, followed by a traditional procession of the statue of St Paul through the park, just as occurs through villages in Italy.
Crowds gathered for the singing of the Australian and Italian national anthems, and a performance by Mirboo North Primary School children of an Italian item.

Great day: Caitlin McFarlane from Leongatha and Jess Jaworski from Mirboo North tried different foods at the Mirboo North Italian Festa on Sunday.


Council inspires future leaders The Star

BASS Coasts brightest young leaders met with councils top representatives to discuss their future ambitions at the annual Young Leaders Workshop last Tuesday, February 6.
Twenty-four students, two representatives from Grade 6 and two from Year 12, were elected from schools across Bass Coast as delegates at the Wonthaggi workshop in collaboration with YLab.
At the workshop, students partook in a number of activities focused storytelling and the role it plays in leadership, YLab facilitator Chelsea Lang said.
YLab is the social enterprise arm of Foundation for Young Australians, which seeks to provide skills and resources to prospective young leaders who show leadership aptitude both in the school and local community.
Members of the Bass Coast Shire Council attended the workshop to partake in a quick minute session where students had one minute to come up with a bunch of questions which had to be answered as quickly as possible, Ms Lang said.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield, deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari and chief executive officer Paul Buckley responded to students questions.
Cr Rothfield drew from her past career experiences to share her advice when asked about her journey to local governance.
When I was sent overseas to work in the film industry, my boss told me I was going to make mistakes but, in order to avoid big ones, I should listen to both the left and right sides of my brain, she said.
I have doubted myself countless times. But be sure to follow what the right side of your brain says sometimes and follow it with confidence.
Cr Tessari expressed to the young leaders about how important it is to share their opinions in order to enact change.
My dad always said that if you are not going to be quiet, then put yourself out there, he shared.
You do not need an official title to be a leader. It is about how you present yourself to others that makes you a leader.
Mr Buckley agreed and said attitude is the key to his success after having failed Year 12.
I realised that it takes a lot of good attitude to move forward in life, he said.
When you wake up in the morning, the only thing you have control over is your attitude.
The young leaders will work on community leadership projects within their respective schools and will be presented with their award at the Young Leaders Awards at Inverloch RACV later in the month.


Korumburra Show results The Star




Max Griggs

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 29. Vegetables. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Krista Evans

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 30 43. Fruit. Trophy donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra

Geoff Trease

Class 45       Collection of Vegetables

1st Prize $15Max Griggs

2nd Prize $5Rhonda Street

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra


Class 46         Collection of Fruit

1st Prize $15 No entries

2nd Prize $5

Donated by Ricks Hairdressers, Korumburra




Margaret Brown

BEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 17.  Donated by Margaret Brown

Margaret Brown


Prizes: 1st $10Ross Crawford

2nd $5Maisie Brooks

Donated by Syd Whyte






Prizes: 1st $30 Koringal Womens Service Club

2nd$10   Bena CWA

3rd  $5  Yarra Valley Bakers

BEST PRESENTED ENTRY $5 Donated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Yarra Valley Bakers

Classes 1-8     BEST INDIVIDUAL ENTRY  TrophyDonated by Korumburra Lions Club, Korumburra

Natalie Oprey


Prizes: 1st $30    Ross Crawford

2nd $20     Jessica Ekins

3rd $5Anne Hopwood

Prizes Donated by Kellys Bakery, Korumburra


SECTION V                           PRESERVES


Dawn Wylie

Class 10            Jam, 2 kinds 1stPrize    $10Donated by Korumburra Lions Club

Dawn Wylie

Class 16           Collection Sauces       1st Prize    $10Donated by Korumburra Lions Club

Dawn Wylie

SECTION V (A)     HOME BREWBEST EXHIBIT from Classes 1 4 Trophy donated by Grand Ridge Brewery, Mirboo North

Murray Leech


The Evelyn Carfrae Memorial Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor

from Classes 1 33   Donated by the Carfrae Family

Carol Summerfield




Carol Summerfield



New owner plans expansion The Star

NEW owner of Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota, Warren Stewart, aims to grow the business during his time.
Mr Stewart purchased Wonthaggi Toyota and Holden in August, and since then has kept all current staff and employed five new staff.
Were planning on growing Leongatha but also keeping all of the current staff. We have already hired two new staff since Ive been here, he said.
I plan to grow the business through community engagement, sponsorships, staff engagement and best practices.
Mr Stewart is in a partnership with James Bergmuller and their company is called PM Regional.
Mr Berguller is also the owner of Preston Motors.
Moving to Inverloch in July last year, Mr Stewart has been playing cricket for the Inverloch Stingrays and said he believed in strong community engagement.
The new owners are strong on used vehicles, with more than 500 used vehicles available for customers to select from at any time.
If its not in stock, we can get any used vehicle through our networks, Mr Stewart said.
Were very fortunate to have all of the top selling vehicles in Australia such as the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger.
We also have a great range of all commercial vehicles, all at great prices.
Mr Stewart said he was committed to looking after current customers and new ones.

New start: Warren Stewart recently took over Leongatha Ford, Leongatha Mitsubishi, Leongatha Honda and Leongatha Toyota and is planning on expanding the business further.


Edneys has a deal for you The Star

IF you are in the market for a new vehicle, then Edneys Leongatha has some great deals on offer.
The reputable dealership is offering significant savings on all 2017 plated vehicles from Hyundai and Nissan, with a variety of quality new and demo models on offer for February only.
Just look for vehicles with a star sticker in this massive clearance sale.
If you buy a car in February, you will go into a draw to win a $1000 travel voucher from Leongatha Travel and Cruise, Edneys dealer principal Darryl McGannon said.
There is limited stock available and among them are Nissans Navara dual cabs, X-Trails and runout Qashqai, and from Hyundai, there are the i30, Kona and Tucson.
All demo models have low kilometres and the 2017 plated offering includes vehicles in a variety of colours.
Both Hyundai and Nissan offer driveway deals on many vehicles, with Hyundai even including a five year warranty.
This is the time to buy a new or demo car. There are good deals to be had, Mr McGannon said.

Price is right: Edneys Leongathas sales consultant Heather Walker and dealer principal Darryl McGannon with a Hyundai i30 that is among the 2017 plated vehicles on offer in the special clearance sale for February only at the Leongatha dealership. Just look for vehicles with star stickers.


Martys successful hospitality journey The Star

MEENIYANS Marty Thomas has made a huge impact on the small county down since opening Moos at Meeniyan nine years ago.
Mr Thomass journey started in Melbourne when originally, his dream was to become a chef.
I wanted to become a chef because my mum was one, but then I decided I wanted to be around people more and socialise with guests rather than the be in a kitchen, he said.
He studied Hotel Management at William Angliss Institute at age 18 and from there decided he preferred small businesses whilst working in restaurants and bars.
Mr Thomas ran a nightclub in London for a few years and the came back to Melbourne for the cafe scene.
He was in Mornington Peninsula running vineyards for a little while before making the move to Meeniyan to start his venture with Moos.
Mr Thomass role involves running duties, customer service, making coffee, ordering stock, training staff and menu planning, to name a few.
Its a very rewarding job but its hard work and the hours are unsocial, he said.
My main passion for owning a restaurant is to train young locals. My restaurant is a training ground for locals to learn communication skills.

Successful man: owner of Moos at Meeniyan Marty Thomas has been in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. Nine years ago he settled in Meeniyan to start his own restaurant.


Your help is needed The Star

SOUTH Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau is on the lookout for new volunteers.
Now, 27 people volunteer at the Leongatha centre.
Were always looking for new volunteers to join our nice little family of people here, volunteer Jan Byrne said.
You dont have to be from Leongatha to volunteer. You can be from anywhere in South Gippsland to volunteer. You learn things along the way.
Volunteers are required to complete a six week community support work course one day per week through the Salvation Army.
The course will start on Wednesday, April 4 and finish on Wednesday, May 16.
The role requires helping the community as well as tourists navigate throughout South Gippsland, helping people send faxes and using the photocopier, and giving people the appropriate flyers.
You will be required to volunteer a minimum of three hours per week.
If you feel like this is something you might be interested in, call into the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau at the Leongatha Memorial Complex, Michael Place between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday to obtain an application form.
Applications close on February 28.

Time and effort: Jan Byrne and Jenny Draper volunteer as often as they can at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau in Leongatha.


Facial eczema warning The Star

SOUTH Gippsland farmers are being urged to consider zinc oxide supplements with reports of alarmingly high spore counts that could quickly lead to facial eczema outbreaks.
One farmer in the Macalister Irrigation District reported 55,000 spores per gram of pasture a number that should have every farmer across Gippsland talking to their vet or feed supplier about prevention options.
In other recent counts from MID farms, there were several reports of 20,000 spores per gram of pasture, while one topped 30,000 and another was above 35,000. In West Gippsland, a Yannathan farm reported 25,000 spores per gram of pasture.
These figures suggest conditions are ideal for facial eczema outbreaks. Above 20,000 is worrying above 30,000 (let alone 55,000) means it is time to act.
Farmers are being urged to do their own pasture monitoring to ensure any localised rise in spore counts is quickly identified. Recent warm weather and rainfall have combined to create ideal conditions for spore growth.
Farmers can view spore counts on each of the 31 sentinel farms at
Spore counting commenced in December 2017 on sentinel farms across Gippsland and the Bega region.
The facial eczema webpage has current spore counts for your area and allows you to sign up for alerts.
Remember early intervention is critical to prevent facial eczema as there is no effective treatment. Seek expert advice on prevention programs from your vet or feed supplier.
The project is funded by Dairy Australia and is managed by GippsDairy.
Any enquiries about the Facial Eczema pasture spore count monitoring program should be directed to Karen Romano, regional extension officer, GippsDairy at or on 5624 3900.

Up close: spores in ryegrass litter can cause facial eczema when digested by cows and other grazing animals.


The Waifs make magic The Star

THE Waifs played on a perfect summers day at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on Sunday, February 4.
Predictions of catastrophic weather forced the Lyrebird Arts Council to postpone this event originally scheduled to take place on December 2, but the forecast weather never eventuated.
A near capacity crowd of 2500 people danced and swayed and made a joyful celebration of a superb summers evening in one of the most picturesque setting in Australia.
Months ago, The Waifs organised their national tour to end in their hometown Perth on Saturday, February 3. The Lyrebird Arts Council was humbled by The Waifs and special guest Yirrmal agreeing to fly back for this one performance.
Feedback from the audience has been both overwhelming and ultimately touching, with such comments as, Thank you for this gift of an experience and What a great easy, relaxed event.
The audience ranged in ages from children through to a lady in her nineties, who was offered a seat while dancing and responded, God no, just give me a guitar.

Memorable show: The Waifs performed to 2500 people at Mossvale Park at Berrys Creek on February 4.


Beef prices low on last year The Star

WHILE beef prices are not what they were this time last year, local agents hope a wet autumn will change the dynamic in the oversupplied market.
Leongatha Landmarks Terry Ginnane said many factors pointed to why beef prices are low.
Beef has less demand on the world market right now. In New South Wales it has been very dry so there are a lot more cattle on the market than we have seen, he said.
One of our major abattoirs in Murray Bridge, South Australia also recently burnt down, so the killing capacity has been reduced. There are many more factors though.
Store market prices have eased through the month with steers making $2.90 to $3.30 per kg.
Heifers are currently selling at $2.60 to $2.70 per kg while the best vealers are making at most $3 per kg.
Phelan and Henderson and Cos Simon Henderson agreed dry conditions in NSW had had an impact.
It has been dry up there and if we could receive some monsoonal weather it could turn a lot of sellers into buyers, he said.
The market is being oversupplied by more cow beef than our suppliers can handle, hence the drop in price.
Mr Henderson said while beef prices have dropped an average of 10 percent, the annual influx of bullocks has already started at Leongathas Victorian Livestock Exchange.
We have gone from having about 400 bullocks yarded to about 800, he said.
We had a very kind December which prolonged the spring grass, so farmers have the opportunity to hold their cattle a little longer before moving them on and replacing them with suitable restocks.
Mr Ginnane said while the extra grass was welcome, farmers had to ensure cattle did not gain excess weight.
The higher supply of cattle currently on offer has cut back the potential for price increases and it does not look like we will see the same high levels we have had over the past two years. There has been a big correction on the market, he said.
Mr Henderson said prices did not live up to January 2017s record figures, and the discrepancy between store and fat prices was making it difficult to trade.
Store prices are currently high while fat prices are low so it is tricky. The most successful breeds constantly making $3 per kg are the prime European crosses and British bred or crossed prime bullocks, he said.
Friesians and Friesian cross bullocks are currently quite cheap, as is the cow market at the moment.
Export orders have brought in some money to local farms, with offers on steers and heifers reaching up to $3.40. Unjoined Angus are faring the best with 250kg heifers going for around $1100.


Emily receives life changing gift The Star

THE South Gippsland community has rallied around eight year old Emily Rainbow in order for her to receive expensive but lifesaving surgery this month.
Emilys family had been concerned about a tumour in her throat for more than a year and were told she would need $15,000 surgery in order to have it removed.
Emily had a biopsy on her tumour 12 months ago and it was left inconclusive for the past year. We took further tests and last Thursday we were told it was stage three cancer, family friend Stephen Bover-Groen said.
Monash is trying to get a specialist to fly in from the US to perform Emilys surgery by the end of the month, however if they cannot get him to come over, we are going to have to go to Sydney to see a specialist.
Either way the surgery is going to cost a fortune, so Jim Pickersgill and Associates Leongatha generously donated $1000 towards the medical costs yesterday (Monday).
It is always more we than I, where we as a group can achieve so much together. We instil that and it is our mindset here, Mr Pickersgill said.
The Long Street business also bought a toy bunny, named Jimmy, for Emily.
This hit close to home with me due to some personal experiences. But when I saw Emilys picture in the paper and read her story, it struck my heart, Mr Pickersgill said.
She looks so much like my granddaughter and I thought how would I feel if this was happening to my granddaughter. It is so obvious that right now we all need to do what we can to help Emily.
Mr Bover-Groen said he was impressed by the communitys support.
Emilys mother and I have been applying for Make a Wish and when I asked Emily the other day what she wanted, all she said was to stay alive, Mr Bover-Groen said.

Generous gift: from left, Jim Pickersgill Associates Karen Newton with Stephen Bover-Groen, Emily Rainbow and Jim Pickersgill yesterday (Monday) when the Leongatha business gave $1000 towards Emilys surgery.


Breakers enjoy first training The Star

THE Bass Coast Breakers first training session went really well with more than 30 there.
There were a mixture of existing players, new players who have never played before and girls who have moved up from youth girls.
As the Breakers push for two teams, they are still looking for more players and we encourage anyone who has ever wanted to play footy to come to training and give it a go.
Just come as you are, no boots required and youll be supplied with a warm- up singlet featuring the team sponsors.
To cater for players from all over the shire pre-season trainings will move around.
Trainings will be at Dalyston every Wednesday and Friday, sessions will alternate between Inverloch and Newhaven Rec Reserves.
Training is this Friday, February 16, at Inverloch and all sessions start at 6pm.
At the end of training coach Steve Kenny said; I was really impressed with the turn out for our first session.  There was a good mix of new, existing players and youth girls.
The girls hit the track at a high level with many playing AFL 9s before Christmas and competing in events like the Cape Aquathon and Tetrathlon over summer.
During preseason, the team is focusing on recruiting new players, coach and support staff, sticking together and supporting each other and having fun and improving.

Growing team: youth girls recruit Jaz Garry joins senior players Chelsea Connell and Tess Angarane in the Breakers this year.


Beach battle The Star

A BRING Back the Beach campaign has been launched in Port Welshpool, initiated by town planner Roger Harvey.
He believed the beach has been degraded over the years and wants improvements.
Mr Harvey has owned a holiday house in Port Welshpool since the early 2000s and has also developed land in the area for houses.
He has been long been involved with the campaign for the reopening of the Long Jetty, and designed a poster campaign that became well known in and around the town.
The recent marina proposal prompted him to write a detailed submission to South Gippsland Shire Council objecting to the proposed location next to the Long Jetty, which he believed seemed a most poorly conceived location, duplicating the marine precinct already available at the eastern end of the town.
After so many years of campaigning, Mr Harvey holds the view that the Long Jetty should be allowed to tell its own story and form a passive recreation area, free of the ugliness and disturbance a marina and car park brings.
Now he is concerned about the Port Welshpool beach.
The ugly material deposited there by Gippsland Ports following a dredging exercise is now most visible, he said.
The sand has been eroded such that the drop from the seawall is now quite marked, presenting a dangerous situation.
I know the beach is artificial in the sense that the area used to be mangroves, but I really dont see the relevance of this.
Mr Harvey said a sandy beach was a beautiful place for people to enjoy passive recreation.
From the time my family first started visiting in the early 2000s, the beach has been eroded and ruined, he said.
The best value improvement to the town is to reinstate and maintain the beach.
Given the beach area is Crown land in the control of the State Government, Mr Harvey wrote to Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien, setting out some of his ideas.
Within the letter, the stand out, non-contestable idea was to reinstate the beach.
It be could assisted by beach groynes to resist erosion, he said.
It would provide a wonderful complement to the Long Jetty when it is reopened, and surely, it cant be that hard to do.
A revamped beach would be a great attraction and also complement the Long Jetty.
I hope the petition will demonstrate local community and visitor support.


Woolamai hosts big Cup day The Star

Woolamai Cup Day was a huge hit on Saturday with crowds larger than anticipated.
Woolamai Races secretary Bev Carmichael said the day was hectic.
It was probably a bit bigger than what we expected and slightly larger than last year, secretary Bev Carmichael said.
Overall everything went very well and I was very pleased with the crowd.

Great achievement: from left, Woolamai Cup winner Courtney Pace with horse trainers Heidi and Paul Kramper from Garfield at the Woolamai Races on Saturday.


Councillors to be investigated The Star

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has confirmed it is conducting an investigation to determine who leaked an internal email to councillors to the public.
The email, from chief executive officer Tim Tamlin, explained the reasons for a delay in council finding a suitable consultant to test noise levels produced by the Bald Hills Wind Farm at Tarwin Lower.
The email explains that two months after an order from the Supreme Court to do so, he requested an investigation plan from an independent expert in the field.
Mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt recently used her Mayors Message column in the press to say she was disappointed a councillor may have leaked the email. Mr Tamlin said council was now looking into why the email was leaked.
The mayors statements were criticised by some councillors, who said she used her column inappropriately, with suggestions she should resign.
But Cr Brunt said she would stand firm in her role.
The Mayors Message is the mayors message, she said, noting concerns were raised by a minority of councillors and their allies in the community.
I intend to lead from the front with strong leadership.
Neighbours of the wind farm claimed turbine noise was affecting their health and engaged law firm DST Legal to call for council to act. Council is responsible for monitoring wind farm noise.
In August last year, the court ordered council to undertake a proper study after council officers initially assessed noise levels by using their ears only.
Mr Tamlin will now face the Supreme Court on March 20 to explain councils actions in complying with the courts order from August.
Speaking to The Star on Friday, Mr Tamlin said he had hoped to have a costed investigation plan to the December council meeting for council to approve, but the consultant was unable to give that information due to previous work commitments.
He said the investigation plan would now come before the February 28 council meeting for council deliberation.
We have to establish if the wind farm is causing a nuisance and if that nuisance is adversely affecting peoples health and wellbeing, he said.
Mr Tamlin said he believed independent auditors appointed by Bald Hills Wind Farm as per its planning permit requirements had found no noise issues, apart from one turbine that was located away from houses.
The CEO said he did not see the value of calling an extraordinary meeting of council in January to discuss the investigation plan, saying councillors needed to have time off. He was also on leave then.
Mr Tamlin said he was concerned about the cost to ratepayers of the legal action, but said had council found noise to be a problem, Bald Hills Wind Farm would have likely appealed, also resulting in legal costs to ratepayers.

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