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NATURE turned on quite a show
at Inverloch recently and photog-
rapher Claire Stribbles was there
to capture the moment.
The water off the iconic Eagles Nest
glowed blue with bioluminescence.
“The pretty blue glow is caused by
marine microbes called phytoplankton and
it’s not something I expected I would ever
see so close to home,” Ms Stribbles, of Cape
She was given another surprise as the
sky also gave a performance, with a stun-
ning Aurora Australis occurring too, making
for this beautiful photo.
The aurora was caused by a solar flare
and the aurora that appears white to the na-
ked eye was made more colourful by the
camera, as the long exposure intensified the
“The further you are away from the
poles, the aurora is more of a white glow to
the human eye,” Ms Stribbles said.
She captured the aurora by using a tripod
and a long exposure of 25 seconds, with a
wide aperture of F4.
“All you need is a basic camera capable
of doing long exposures,” Ms Stribbles
Eye-catching: Cape Paterson photographer Claire Stribbles took this impres-
sive photograph of a glowing sea and sky at Eagles Nest, Inverloch.
day in his new red caravan,
visiting Mirboo North, Le-
ongatha and Korumburra
to speak with residents.
workers on their lunch
break, pensioners and par-
ents have all stopped to
speak with us. We have
been listening to their
concerns and what they
believe are major concerns
in South Gippsland,” Mr
“Education and public
transport have been con-
cerns which have come up
a lot. People want better
access to communication.
would ensure all students
from all schools would
benefit from Gonski. It is
one of our highest priori-
ties and we believe it reso-
nates with a lot of people’s
concerns in the area.
“We will be running
more of these drop in ses-
sions in the future. It is all
about us being live and lo-
cal and being present with
the people of McMillan.”
Road trip: from left, Chris Buckingham, Liz Buckingham and South Gippsland
Labor branch cofounder Ben Corcoran on the campaign trail in Leongatha last
Tuesday, February 16 where they stopped to hear the concerns of local voters.
Candidate drops by
DEAN Duursma has been officially an-
nounced as the new assistant principal at South
Gippsland Secondary College, Foster.
He has had a successful career at the school and has
filled this role in the absence of Darren Cripps since term
four, 2014. His teaching career has seen him teach across
Victoria, including Yarram Secondary College before
settling at South Gippsland Secondary College.
Mr Duursma’s young family has been based in Foster
for many years.
Principal Matthew McPhee is eager to continue
working with Mr Duursma and expects to form a fruitful
partnership for the school.
“Dean’s been an integral part of our organisation for
a number of years. He is dedicated and passionate about
the role and about our ever growing school community,”
Mr McPhee said.
In other school news, 10 VCAL students and staff
travelled to the desalination plant at Wonthaggi recently
to learn about occupational health and safety issues.
They learned about the importance of employees’
safety and wellbeing, and toured the plant, that has
achieved a record of 977 days without a medical treated
Officially a team: South Gippsland Secondary
College principal Matthew McPhee (left)
congratulates newly appointed assistant principal
Dean joins college team
THE inaugural meeting of the
South Gippsland Arts Alliance
was held in Leongatha on Tues-
day, February 16.
The arts alliance has been formed as
a peak arts body to closely examine the
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Art and
Culture Policy, and to suggest ways it can
be best implemented to reflect the increas-
ing importance of the arts, culture and
creative industries in South Gippsland.
For more information about the South
Gippsland Arts Alliance, contact Michael
Lester, 0421 209 878 or Graeme Dale,
Arts united: the members of the South Gippsland Arts Alliance, clockwise,
from left, Peter Western (Leongatha Lyric Theatre), Anda Banikos (Prom Coast
Arts), Michael Lester (Prom Coast Arts), Peter Clyne (FAMDA), Tony Parisi
(Korumburra Arts Group), Bernadette Grainger (Leongatha Lyric Theatre) and
Graeme Dale (Mirboo North Arts Council). Absent: Ross Garner (Leongatha
Rotary Club) and Judy Barnard (FAMDA).
New arts body for
By Tayla Kershaw
brave are excellent
words to describe
11 year old Mathew
The Wonthaggi North
Primary School student has
had it tough, battling Acute
and Marfan Syndrome – a
connective tissue disorder
affecting his heart – since he
was four years old.
Now in Grade 6 and in
remission, Mathew is ready
to participate in the World’s
Greatest Shave to give back to
the Leukaemia Foundation.
Mathew has wanted
to do the World’s Great-
est Shave since he was in
Grade Prep and his Grade
6 buddy at Romsey Primary
School shaved his head on
Mathew’s behalf in 2010.
“Mathew was going
through chemo at the time
and it was something he’ll
never forget,” his mother
Inspired by his buddy’s
bravery, Mathew is thrilled
to have his chance to raise
money for the foundation
that has helped his family
through their hardship.
The campaign hits close
to home for the Stannard
family, who understand
the importance of keeping
regional families together
while undergoing blood
cancer treatment in the city.
The Leukaemia Founda-
tion went above and beyond
to help the family cope, in-
cluding supporting costs such
as food, parking and petrol.
Mathew’s shave will be
held in Wonthaggi North
Primary School’s gym at
3pm on March 11. Mathew
and his father Steve will
shave their heads by local
hairdresser Natalie Rose.
Kerry and his little brother
Shaun will colour their hair.
A funky hair day with a
gold coin donation will also
give his classmates a chance
to pitch in on the day.
Mathew aimed to raise
$2000, but with a couple of
Brave boy: after battling cancer since he was four
years old, Mathew is ready to give back to the Leu-
kaemia Foundation in this year’s World’s Greatest
Shave. His shave will be held at the Wonthaggi
North Primary School gym on March 11.
weeks to go he has already
raised a whopping $1500.
He has gained support
from the local community
with tins placed at Wont-
haggi North Primary School
and Amcal Chemist.
Bass Coast Shire Coun-
cil mayor Cr Jordan Crug-
nale will also be there to
support the event.
“I’m pretty excited. I’m
doing this because I want to
raise money to go towards
finding a cure for cancer and
other diseases. I know what it
feels like to go through it and I
would be very happy if no one
else had to,” Mathew said.
Kerry said Mathew was
inspirational as he endured
his illness, and has always
been the type of child who
wanted to support others.
“I’m so proud of him.
It’s nice for him to be able
to give back. It’s something
he’s always talked about and
he’s always been 100 per
cent willing to go through
with it,” he said.
If you want to help
goal, head to http://
make a donation.
took to the streets of
Leongatha last Tues-
day, February 16 to
hear the concerns of
The candidate for Mc-
Millan travelled around
the region throughout the
TWO near misses at school cross-
ings have caused Bass Coast Shire
Council to act.
Crossings supervisors in Newhaven and
Cowes were put in danger when motorists
either failed to stop at the crossing or accel-
erated too early while the supervisors were
on the road.
Council’s community safety rangers
now undertake regular patrols and issue
Mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale urged all mo-
torists to be more aware.
“Please take care when driving around
school zones, slow right down and keep
scanning the road and crossings as you ap-
proach them,” she said.
If a driver stops at a children’s crossing
for a hand held stop sign, the driver must not
proceed until the supervisor has indicated
the driver may go, or there are no pedestri-
ans on or entering the crossing.
Close calls spark action
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