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BUYING a car is an exciting
time, but it can also be a time
consuming and expensive or-
deal if you purchase a ‘dud’.
Here are some ways you can pro-
tect your investment and peace of
mind, courtesy of the Victorian Au-
tomobile Chamber of Commerce.
Get the car checked thoroughly
by an expert before you buy. Small
problems, or wear and tear below
body can easily become big prob-
lems which can cost a lot of money
to fix. A pre-purchase inspection is a
small investment for peace of mind.
Buy from a Licensed Motor Car
Trader (LMCT), as they are obliged
by law to guarantee clear title on ev-
ery car they sell.
if the car is found to have been
stolen, rebirthed, or has a security
registered against it by a finance
company, the LMCT must ‘make
good’ the title or, if this cannot be
done, provide a full refund; and
the LMCT must provide a three
day cooling off period (in case you
change your mind), and a three
month or 5000km statutory warranty
for cars built less than 10 years ago
that have also travelled less than
When you buy privately, you
have none of these protections. And
if you buy trouble you are on your
A trader ’s LMCT number must,
by law, be prominently displayed on
For a comprehensive guide to
buying a new or used car read the
Better Car Deals guide. This guide
contains information on insurance,
licensed traders, registration, road-
worthy certificates, a list of useful
contacts and much more.
Check out: www.vacc.com.au
Don’t rush: the Victorian Auto-
mobile Chamber of Commerce
urges people to think carefully
to ensure buying a used car is a
pleasurable experience. Photo:
Buying a used car? Read on
By Brad Lester
A NEW way of improving
healthcare in the region is
being introduced in the
wake of health reforms in
the past year.
The new Gippsland Primary
Health Network will be informed
by clinical councils in each sub-
region of Gippsland to imple-
ment new government programs,
with one council to cover South
Gippsland and Bass Coast shires.
A community advisory group
will also be established.
The network works with the
community to identify gaps in the
health system and determine how
these needs can be met.
Top shape: Gippsland Primary Health Network chair Dr Nola Maxfield (left) and CEO
Marianne Shearer are pledging to continue to work to improve health services in South
Keeping South Gippsland healthy
The overall clinical advi-
sory council comprises chair Dr
Sinead de Gooyer, Julie Rogal-
sky, Mark Biggs, Dr Trevor An-
drews, Dr Letitia Clark and Dr
That group will be informed
by local groups, including the
Bass Coast and South Gippsland
Clinical Council of chair Dr
Trevor Andrews, Dr Sue Com-
erford, Paul Greenhalgh, Tania
Findlay, Anna Close-Mewett,
Gayle Bloch, Francis Sullivan,
Joanne Drury, Rhett McLennan
and Daniel Smith.
While the network has closed
its Inverloch office and relocated
it to Wonthaggi, CEO Marianne
Shearer promises health services
will not be affected by the office
“They are supporting the area
with health challenges they see in
the community, covering mental
health, education for health staff
and integrated care,” she said.
The network will also review
the level of cancer services of-
fered locally and consider lob-
bying for improvements if the
review proves such a need.
“We have got to have the data
behind us to support the extra ser-
vices and then try to encourage the
extra services,” Ms Shearer said.
The Gippsland Primary
Health Network commissions
health services funded by the
Federal Government, including
programs to address ice addiction
and mental health issues, with de-
tails of those programs yet to be
“Our aim is to make Gippsland
measurably healthier,” network
chair Dr Nola Maxfield of Won-
“We are in the process of pro-
viding an analysis of what the needs
are in Gippsland and that will come
through at the end of March.”
The network has three offices
in Gippsland: Wonthaggi, Moe
and Bairnsdale, with the Won-
thaggi branch covering South
Gippsland and Bass Coast shires.
A SPECIAL open day was
held at the Agnes Falls
Scenic Reserve to unveil
a new sign in the rotunda.
The sign commemorated the
first anniversary of the official
opening of the new picnic shelter
and toilet block.
Dan Garlick from the West
Gippsland Catchment Management
Authority, Gerard Delaney from
Parks Victoria and South Gippsland
Shire Council Cr Mohya Davies were
involved in the unveiling.
The event combined with a pub-
lic education day held by the Corner
Inlet Blackberry Action Group.
Many favourable comments
were made about the excellent
facilities and beautiful surround-
ings, especially from those visi-
tors who had never been to Agnes
The Friends of Agnes
Falls manned a display of infor-
mation and the variety of souve-
nirs proved popular. Funds raised
went towards further improve-
ments at the reserve.
Agnes Falls still grand
Unveiled: to commemorate the first anniversary of the official opening of the new picnic
shelter and toilet block at Agnes Falls, a new sign was recently installed in the rotunda. Rep-
resenting Friends of Agnes Falls was treasurer Werner Lange, who welcomed Dan Garlick
of West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Gerard Delaney of Parks Victoria,
and Cr Mohya Davies of South Gippsland Shire Council.
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