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Tuesday, 20 February


Channel Challenge honours inaugural winner The Star

SOME 470 San Remo Channel Challenge competitors and hundreds of spectators honoured the 1986 inaugural winner of the event, the late Michael Gordon, on Saturday with a minutes silence before the race started at 2.05pm.

Federal Member for McMillan Russell McMillan paid tribute to his good mate who died on February 3 after he suffered a heart attack while taking part in the Phillip Island Swim Classic event.

Mr Broadbent presented a floral wreath to two of the Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club volunteers who transported it out in the channel and laid it in the water as a final tribute to Gordon.

In perfect weather conditions with blue skies, warm weather and calm waters it was smooth sailing for the 33rd Channel Challenge that saw the 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner Mitchell Kibby first over the line again in a blistering time, a good stretch ahead of the strong field of competitors who took to the water for the 550 metre swim and two kilometre run aquathon event.

The hard working Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club and its volunteers do a fabulous job running this event , sponsored by the San Remo Branch of the Bendigo Community Bank and is the clubs major fundraiser for the year and also provides a welcome boost to the San Remo economy.

The daylong event saw San Remo bustling with childrens rides, market stands, various food vendors, a fashion parade, and live music.

Kibby won the event overall in a time of 12:06:04. Luke Plant of 12:58:06 was second and Mark Rowe was third 13:19.1.

Second overall across the line was junior womens competitor Rebecca Henderson 12:50.6, Overall Senior Womens winner was Ashlee Diston in a time of 14:14:6 from Kara Landells, second, and Georgia Key-Helmot, third.

The first place of the junior male returns to Linus Mayes.

The first three overall local males to cross the finish line were Luke Plant, Mark Rowe and Nathan Foote while Inverloch duo Kara Landells and Georgia Kaye-Helmot placed fisrt and second for the locals with Debbi Mahon third.

The swim started in San Remo on the mainland and crossed the Westernport Channel to Newhaven on Phillip Island.

After the competitors completed the swim leg they ran barefoot into the grassy transition area and after donning their running shoes they started the run back to San Remo.

The run back up over the picturesque Phillip Island bridge to the township of San Remo spread the runners out, and made for a spectacular sprint to the finish line in the main street where the large crowds urged the participants on.



Pink Stumps raises $10,000 The Star

OUTTRIM Moyarra Kongwak Cricket Club more than doubled its fundraising goal for the McGrath Foundation at its Pink Stumps Day event over the weekend.

The Club raised $10,400 when 105 ladies attended the luncheon event on Saturday.

The initial aim was to raise $5000. We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the local community, coordinator Amy White said.

We continue to grow bigger and better and on behalf of the OMK Cricket Club we are so proud to be donating this money to the McGrath Foundation.
Brent Sinclair Catering put on a two course lunch for the guests while McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse Catherine Enter spoke about her work with breast cancer patients at South Gippsland Hospital.
Korumburra resident and breast cancer survivor Tracey Goodwin gave a moving speech about her battle with cancer while raising three children as a single mum.
Jimmy Kyle from SEJ auctioned off 25 items which contributed to half of the money raised, Ms White said.

We managed to raise a huge amount between ticket sales, raffle tickets, spinning wheels and lucky dips. Local businesses gave cash donations and we also had an online fundraising page.

The Under 16s and A Graders had a chance to hit the Walker Electrical Hitting Breast Cancer for Six sign but although no-one came through with the goods, Walker Electrical donated $500 to the cause.

The Pink Stumps Day committee was made up of Annelise VanRooye, Alma Waetford, Heidi Greenwood, Kerryn Gow, Louise McMeekin, Brooke Elford, Ebony Knox and Ms White.
In three years we have raised over $20,000 and will continue to grow this amount in recognition of those affected by breast cancer especially those in our cricket community, Ms White said.

02 Guest speakers: from left, Catherine Enter and Tracey Goodwin delivered moving speeches at the OMK Pink Stumps Day.


Yanakie Campdraft roundup The Star

COMPETITORS this weekend at Yanakie Campdraft were treated to great weather and fierce competition with over 120 competitors and their horses coming together to compete in the seven events.

Saturday morning kicked off with the Maiden event.

After 130 runs, 18 horse and rider combinations made it through to the final.

Mat Holz and Grifter eventually came out on top, just one point ahead of Michael Kelly and One Moore Disappointment.

The 13 and under 17 event was won by Trinity McInnes on Action, while Charlie Goff and Maria came second, just one point behind.

The 8 and under 13 event was won by Zoe Adams and Moonshine who shot to the lead, with the closest competitors Cooper Rand and Donari seven points behind.

The Saturday Novice was another closely contested event, won by Mat Holz and Gracie, one point ahead of Charlie Hengstberger and Basalt.

The best of the best came out Saturday afternoon in the open for open event, won by Darren Towns and Bodene, two points ahead of Michael Hiscock and Tip Top and Ken Boulton and D-Max.

Sunday morning started off with the ladies event which was won by Jordi Stockdale on Serene, one point above Marni Hamilton and Blue Denim, Carol Tonkin and Judge, and Vicki Hiscock and Bamalam.

At almost 200 runs, the largest event of the weekend was the Sunday novice. This was won by Mel Towns and Mercury by two points from Lincoln Adams and Dixie.

The last event for the weekend was the Sunday open which ran late into the afternoon. Peter Boddy and Kumar were the winners of this, one point ahead of Darren Bowman and Jet.

With just three campdrafts left in the season before Championships competitors will next week be competing at Powlett River Downs Campdraft near Wonthaggi before a long awaited weekend off.

Camp buddies: from left, Charlie Adams, Zoe Adams and Ellie Bowman of Maffra enjoyed some downtime at the Yanakie Campdraft on Saturday afternoon.


Surfing opens doors The Star

SURFERS of all abilities gathered together on Saturday in Inverloch with support from the Disabled Surfers Association.

Inverlochs Jodie Cvetovac organised the event, now in its second year, and said it was great to see everyone out hitting the waves.

We ran one event last February and we are hoping that given the success of today we may run two events next year, depending on funding, she said.

We had 120 volunteers turn out to assist our surfers which was fantastic to see. There were about 75 surfers out on the water.

Members of the Disabled Surfers Association Mornington came down for the day which also saw the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club host a barbeque for participants.

Committee member Tanya Starkey said it was rewarding to see surfers of all abilities in the water supporting one another.

My husband and I have lived in Inverloch for years and he goes surfing all the time. We are lucky we have this beautiful beach and the opportunity to surf whenever we want. Not everybody has that opportunity, she said.

So it was really rewarding to share this experience with people from across the state. Seeing them feeling supported and safe on the water was fantastic.


Successful surf: from left, Kynetons Karen Hiam, Vivienne Shaw and Brandy enjoyed a day with the Disabled Surfers Association in Inverloch on Saturday.


Students compete at carnival The Star

STUDENTS of St Josephs Primary School Korumburra, St Laurences Primary School Leongatha and Leongatha Chairo Christian School participated in the combined school swimming carnival at the Korumburra pool on Thursday.

St Josephs Primary School congratulated team red house on first place with 437 points, gold house in second place with 415 points and blue house with 373 points.

Maia Whiteside was the junior girl champion and Callum Donohue was the junior boy champion.

Milli MacKay was the senior girl champion and Callum McLeod was the senior boy champion.

The Carmel Kennedy 200 metre individual medley medallion went to Callum McLeod.

Strong swimmers: from left, St Josephs Primary School Korumburra student Cecily and St Laurence Primary School students Lydia and Audrey participated and placed in the under 14 freestyle race at the joint school swimming carnival held at the Korumburra outdoor pool on Thursday.

Good effort: from left, St Laurence Primary School students Mitch, Jett and Reuben participated and placed in the under 11 freestyle race at the swimming carnival held at the Korumburra pool on Thursday.


Olympics support from Leongatha The Star

SINCE the beginning of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea on February 9, Leongathas Norma Bellingham has been soaking up the coverage of the games and its athletes.

The volume of the television is noticeable as Norma waits to see her grandson Phillip Bellingham at the start of the cross-country skiing race.

Its very difficult for me to know when my grandson will be on television as I do not want to miss it!  My technique is to let the television stay on all day to be sure to be there at the right time she said.

At just 26 years old, Phil is participating in his second Winter Olympics. Going in he is confident of his medal chances in the discipline.

On Normas coffee table, family photos are everywhere, in the middle are newspaper articles about her grandson.

Of course, I am very proud of him, and if my husband was still there, he would have been very proud too!  Immersed in old family albums, Norma remembers the beginnings of her grandson in the discipline.

Phillips father, Russell, is a instructor at Mount Beauty School Camp at the base of Falls Creek ski fields, Its thanks to his fathers job that Phillip was able to grow up in the mountains.

Russell has always done cross-country skiing, Phillips mother Anne too. Phillip started skiing at age 3, or even earlier!  We can really say that he has skied all his life she said.

After competing at his first World Championships in 2013, the athlete participated a year later in the Sochi Winter Games.

On Friday, February 16 while Bellingham missed a medal he was ranked 77th out of more than 120 athletes at the Mens 15km free.

Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie congratulated  Phil, who finished above his World Cup rankings in Fridays event.

We wish him the best for the future!

Huge support: Norma Bellingham, grandmother of Olympic Winter Games participant Phil Bellingham, was watching keenly as Phil competed in the mens 15km cross country free ski event.


Dairy industry on show The Star

THE Australian Dairy Conference tour travelled through Gippsland last week, with 30 farmers and service providers from around Australia enjoying insights into the regions production systems.

The tour took in some of the most productive and attractive farmland in the region as it headed towards Mondays first stop in the heart of the Strzelecki Ranges at Ellinbank, where the Victorian Governments National Centre for Dairy Research and Development is located.

From there, it moved into the rolling hills of West Gippsland where a visit to Tarago River Cheese offered participants the chance to see a working dairy farm combined with a specialty cheese production facility.  They also had the chance to taste some of their wonderful cheese.

The final stop of day one was at Willow Grove, where Ian and Kerry Cougle have set up a large herd dairy business, with an associated beef operation.

The tour dinner that night saw Macalister Irrigation District farmers Michael and Sarah OBrien share their journey through the industry. Agriculture Victorias Alexis Killoran also spoke about innovations in the irrigation sector.

Day two took participants through the heart of Victorias power generation industry to south east Gippsland where Won Wron farmers Paul and Lisa Mumford have a Jersey herd that is a showpiece of genetic investment

Later that day the tour moved to the property of Fish Creek farmers Graeme, Jenny and Shaun Cope, who run a large herd operation in one of the most reliable rainfall areas in Australia.

GippsDairy regional extension co-ordinator Tony Platt said the tour was a success, with participants eager to learn from successful farmers running unique farming systems.

The best indicator of interest in these sort of events is the number of questions being asked and it was often difficult to get the participants back on the bus because they were so engaged with the farmers they were visiting, he said.

Id like to thank all the farm businesses involved for sharing their stories and opening up their farms to a busload of complete strangers.

It was a really worthwhile exercise and a great way to kick off the Australian Dairy Conference.





Dairy industry students get training boost The Star

FEDERATION Training and GippsDairy have jointly announced that dairy industry training programs will be offered in Gippsland during 2018.

The announcement will provide certainty to former GOTAFE students after GOTAFE ceased its training delivery in Warragul and Leongatha at the end of 2017 to focus on northern Victoria.

Federation Trainings executive director, strategic engagement, Tim Weight, said Federation Training had the infrastructure and processes in place to offer a seamless transition for agriculture and dairy students who were enrolled in the GOTAFE courses.

We are delighted that Federation Training is helping to honour the original commitment to these existing agricultural and dairy students to enable them to complete their studies, Mr Weight said.

Federation Training is the local TAFE. We are fully committed to Gippsland and we are very keen to work with our agriculture and dairy industry connections to identify the future student training needs in the region.

Mr Weight said discussions would take place during 2018 with farmers, business groups and key training stakeholders in the sector to determine their needs and to plan future training accordingly.

GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron said anyone who had been enrolled in GOTAFE courses in 2018 would now be able to complete their studies with Federation Training.

Mr Cameron said GippsDairy and Dairy Australia are now working with other registered training organisations in the Gippsland area to further bolster the training options available to locals working in dairy.
With Federation Training locked in as a training provider for 2018, we can now work with all local registered training organisations towards building on existing programs and developing new training initiatives to grow the capability of everyone in Gippslands dairy sector, Mr Cameron said.

* GippsDairy regional manager Allan Cameron.


Track quality can impact cows feet The Star

AROUND 10 per cent of Australias dairy cows suffer from lameness each year.

Economically, the results of foot disease are much greater than the treatment costs. Reduced milk yield, lower reproductive performance, increased involuntary cull rates, discarded milk, and the additional labour costs to manage these cows accounts for the largest monetary loss.

Poor track maintenance and design can be a factor, but not the only one. A poorly maintained track does not guarantee you will get a high incidence of lameness.

In pasture based systems, a factor associated with an increased incidence of lameness is poor maintenance or condition of farm tracks. As dairy farms become larger, there is increased pressure on tracks, particularly those near the milking shed. Ideally, the milking shed would be located at a central point on the farm so as to minimise the distance the cows have to walk, but this is not always possible.

Many of the farm tracks used today were designed for herds that were much smaller than the current herd size; they are often too narrow, poorly drained and require excessive maintenance.

Cows would prefer to walk on a softer surface than a hard compacted clay-rock surface.

We can a better job of constructing practical farm tracks made of material that is readily available to us. Farm track construction is expensive, but it is better that the job be done correctly the first time so that subsequent maintenance costs are reduced and we build a surface that meets the needs of dairy herds.

Cow numbers will, in part, determine the type and extent of the work needed to build sound farm tracks. The bigger the herd, the greater the amount of work required to construct successful farm tracks.

When designing the layout of farm tracks, care should be taken to avoid right angle bends as these tend to slow cow movement. Similarly, gateways through which cows must pass, or culverts over which they must cross, must be of sufficient width so as to minimise any disruption with cow flow.

Steep gradients reduce the pace of stock movement. Excessive gradients also complicate design and construction of laneways, and increase the cost of construction and maintenance.

The layout of the farm track should be such that trees do not cause shading of the farm track. In such areas, drying does not occur and track breakdown is more likely.

Tracks require a relatively impermeable surface and transverse crown, so that rainfall is shed from the trafficking surface as quickly as possible. Table drains, culverts and bridges isolate the road surface from water flows. When the purpose of the track is to carry cows, an additional requirement is that it should not cause damage to the cows hooves.

Drains are required along either side of the farm track to prevent water seeping into the base from the surrounding ground. They must be correctly graded and the water must have somewhere...


MacKillop encourages courage The Star

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College students were inducted into their leadership roles at the Ash Wednesday mass last Thursday.
The commemorative mass saw students in years 8 to 12 celebrated for their roles in the school community, while the whole school took time to consider its values for the forthcoming year.
Principal David Leslie congratulated students who were receiving honours and said they are an asset to the school.
We have a student mission team which comprises of Year 11 and 12 students who come up with a theme for the college every year. This year they have chosen the theme let our courage rise, he said.
The wider South Gippsland community will also have an opportunity to gain an insight into the teachings at Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College at its open day on Friday, March 9.
We are inviting people to come into our environment and get a better feel for what it is like here at the college, Mr Leslie said.
Prospective students and parents can take a peak in the classrooms while our staff are at work and all are welcome.

Year 8 leaders: back, from left, Jordan Thomas, Oscar Plenkovich, Luca Bobe and Archie Brewer, and front, from left, Ella Tough, Jessica Harvey and Sandra Gibbins following Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional Colleges assembly and mass last Wednesday at the Leongatha school.


E mail addresses 2REM 107.3FM

Our system for e mails are made a lot simpler by the change in regard to e mails being posted.


Board Of Directors. 2REM 107.3FM

The Board Of Directors nominated the following for the current term
John Elias (Chairman)
Ian Page (Deputy Chairman)
Ian Page (Secretary)

Monday, 19 February


February 19 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Aartists"

1804 - David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1810 - Edward Luttrell Jnr, a ships officer and son of Surgeon Edward Luttrell, shot Pemulwuys son Tidbury (Tedbury or Tjedboro) in the face during an argument at Parramatta.

1836 - British Parliament officially proclaimed the colony of South Australia and formally defined its boundaries.
King William IV recognised the continued rights to land for Aboriginal people in South Australia's founding document, the Letters Patent. It was the first ever recognition of Aboriginal rights granted in Australia's colonial history. But the promise of legal entitlement to the land was never kept.

1852 - That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1856 - Exotic dancer (that's exotic NOT erotic you smutty minded people) Lola Montez - who was neither Spanish nor a trained dancer -was greatly displeased with a bad review written by the editor of the Ballarat Times, Henry Seekamp, about her.
So she took to him with a horse whip.
Totally justified, Your Honour...!

1863 - Thomas McGee was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Alexander Brown at Maiden Gully.

1865 - The tender was issued for work on Parliament House for the construction of the Legislative Council foundations.

1877 - A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building was laid.

1883 - Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1892 - Eileen O'Connor, the next possible Aussie saint, was delivered by the stork in Richmond (Struggletown), Melbourne.
She was yet another ballsy gal who took on Rome to establish Our Lady's Nurses For The Poor.

1894 - Steam trams began chugging their way to Bondi; getting a full head of steam up they could gallop along at 65km/ph, birthing the saying "to shoot through like a Bondi tram".

1894 - The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they?
Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes.

1912 - Royal Commission into the claims arising out of the contract entered into between Peter Rodger and the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the erection of Flinders Str...

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