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CHARLOTTE Lia Milne McInnes was born at Bass
Coast Health on February 24 to Victoria Milne and An-
thony McInnes of Wimbledon Heights. Charlotte is a
sister for Isabella, 5, and Liliana, 3.
AUSTRALIA’S war history took
centre stage at the Foster Show
Grand Parade recently.
Prom Coast Arts’ HorseArtsAnzac
collaborative community arts project
produced 16 horse rug artworks that were
shown in the 2016 Foster Show Grand
The rugs were displayed on horseback
and followed the lead of five riders
wearing the 8th Light Horse Regiment
Prom Coast Arts was awarded a grant
by South Gippsland Shire Council and
sponsorship by the Toora and Foster
Branch Community Bank Bendigo Bank,
Foster RSL, Meeniyan RSL, Korumburra
Rotary, local businesses and individuals
to make the event happen.
“The project commemorates the
role of the horse in theatres of war,
specifically focussing on the 8th Light
Horse Regiment,” Prom Coast Arts’ Kim
“Throughout this project we have
looked at the lives and experiences of
the men and horses who travelled from
South Gippsland to join the war effort,”
“Prom Coast Arts has worked with the
Foster Historical Society, the RSL and
community members to research the 8th
Light Horse Regiment, some of whom
were raised in South Gippsland in 1914.
“A significant part of the project has
been living history visits to schools in
our area by local horseman Laurie Park
dressed in the 8th
Light Horse uniform and
riding his horse Maybelline. The artworks
created by students in response to the
visits and by community members have
been assembled into art horse rugs.”
Ms McDonald said nothing like the
HorseArtsAnzac project had been done
“It has been uplifting to experience
the high level of support from the
community that exists for art and artists
who propose to do something that is a bit
different and out of the box,” she said.
Prom Coast Arts also commissioned
Ghost Horse gallery stands for the
exhibitions. The Ghost Horses will be
sculptural forms, suitable for permanent
outside display as public artworks, possibly
on the Great Southern Rail Trail.
The rugs will be on display, along with
documentation and artworks at Federation
Gallery, Korumburra from March 11–20,
11am–4pm; and at Stockyard Gallery,
Foster from March 23–April 26, 10am–
4pm, with an opening event at noon on
Saturday, March 26.
War history remembers: from left, Kaetche Park, Danielle Turner Tiziani, (back row) Tanya Jackson,
Calypso Ferrier Tuttle (back row) and Laurie Park (at front on right with flag) take part in the HorseArtsAnzac
event at the Foster Show Grand Parade.
Show honours Anzacs on horses
HARLOW Helena Renden was born on February 25 at Leongatha
Hospital. Harlow is the second daughter for Joel and Tegan of
Leongatha and a sister for Sadie, 23 months.
JACOB Charles Michael Bowen was born on February 28 at Le-
ongatha Hospital. Jacob is the first son for Bob and Krystal of Ko-
rumburra and a brother for Taya, 10, and Paityn, one.
WE recently welcomed Victorian
Minister for Environment, Climate
Change and Water, The Hon Lisa
Neville MP, to officially open the
Scenic Estate Conservation Reserve
on Phillip Island.
The minister ’s presence affirms the
State Government’s commitment to
the environment, its restoration and en-
hancement for our future generations.
I’d also like to note the bipartisan
support over the estate’s life. The sta-
bility of the funding program and the
department itself is a testament to the
priorities and needs of the community
being assessed on merit not the politics
of the day.
Scenic Estate is unique. It is more
than the sum of its parts. In its post-
colonial history, it has had a checkered
and often bleak past and has had a
myriad of incarnations.
A dairy farm in the 1950s, to a 337
lot subdivision in the 1960s, and in the
1980s, it became too swampy to build
anything. Council then began its buy
back and in those 30 next years, had a
visual semblance to scenes out of the
horror film The Cars That Ate Paris; it
became a dumping ground, as well as a
lively hang out and carry out of burn-
outs and dirt bike shenanigans.
The land itself has shown a remark-
able resilience and immense persever-
ance to still have standing the Moonah
Trees, rare native grasses with Whis-
tling Kites, Sea Eagles and Cuckoos
sounding healthily in its landscape – all
sitting with the backdrop of the world
heritage Ramsar declared wetlands in
The Scenic Estate Conservation
Reserve now is a key link in moving
towards the future vision of Phillip
Island as a connected series of nature
Access by car or, even better, by
bike, it links in with the nearby at-
tractions of Churchill Island, Forrest
Caves, and the Koala Conservation
Reserve and compliments the National
Surfing Reserve, Westernport Bay,
Sunderlands and the penguins.
The experience is easily extended
to the mainland to the George Bass
Walk, Bunurong Marine and Coastal
Park, Anderson Inlet and all our sig-
nificant waterways in between from
the Bass River to Screw Creek, and
around to Wilsons Prom.
Council is really proud to have
played an integral role in this part-
nership - to revive and accentuate the
natural life in this site.
Early in our term we set aside the
council owned land within Scenic Es-
tate for environmental conservation
purposes. It was an easy decision as it
was infinitely attuned to our Council
Vision, which is to be recognised as a
unique place of environmental signifi-
cance, and we often talk vociferously
that the environment is our economy
here in the Bass Coast.
A successful venture is one that
has many players, partnering together,
working well rolling up their sleeves
and as such, the relationship between
state and local government, communi-
ty, Parks Victoria, Bass Coast Landcare
Network, Phillip Island Nature Parks,
Phillip Island Conservation Society,
Boonwurrung Foundation and Friends
of the Scenic Estate Conservation Re-
serve have all brought us here today.
It brings more meaning to the area,
deepens the narrative and tells a wonder-
ful story of everyone working together.
We can see for ourselves the results
of this broad partnership: boardwalks,
interpretive signage, viewing plat-
forms, revegetation, tracks around and
access to the wetlands.
When we look at not only Phillip
Island topographically, but the entire
shire, it is a tad depressing; we are at
crisis point with only seven per cent
remnant vegetation left, made up of a
few pockets here and there, corridors
that abruptly stop nowhere and there is
so much more to do.
This is a partnership and model that
can be rolled out across the shire and
region. Just yesterday we were work-
ing on our bio links plan and we have
to lead by example on public land so as
to influence private landowners to join
with us to connect the dots, and realise
the value of vegetation and the role it
has in our lives and survival.
Council looks forward to a contin-
ued partnership with all of you here to
get that coverage into the 30 percentile
over the next 20 years.
UNFORTUNATELY, not every-
one is as nice as us at Milpara.In
fact some people are scammers
and target people in our commu-
nity, often at home.
While these home sales can be conve-
nient, there are traps for the unwary. Home
sales include visits by door to door salespeo-
ple, internet and mail orders as well as trans-
action over the phone and letters by mail.
We are hosting an information session,
Avoiding Scams, run by Consumer Affairs
Victoria (CAV) on Tuesday, March 8.
Do you think you might have been
scammed or you’re wary of a phone call? If
you’d like to speak to, or make an appoint-
ment with a CAV staff member, please call
5116 5701. They are regularly at the Koru-
mburra Court House.
We still have places in our Office Essen-
tials Package including Excel and Power-
Point scheduled to start on Tuesday, March
Do you have a website? Would you like
it to be more accessible and improve optimi-
sation? Then join our ‘Improve your Web-
site’ evening session on Tuesday, March 8.
Learn about how web browsers work
and demystify coding.
We are so lucky to have a wonderful
IGA right here in Korumburra. The Milpara
Foodbank is part of the Community Rewards
program which means you can choose to do-
nate your points. Then every time you shop
at Michael’s Supa IGA we receive cash to-
wards our FoodBank.
Do you have an idea of what you’d like
to see at Milpara? Let us know by phoning
Cr Jordan Crugnale
Milpara Community House news
THE Autumn Firewood Collec-
tion Season for 2016 started across
Victoria on March 1 and will close
on Thursday, June 30.
Department of Environment, Land, Wa-
ter and Planning (DELWP) operations direc-
tor Rachaele May said: “Once the firewood
collection season is underway, it’s important
that people collect firewood from designated
areas and stay within collection limits.”
“This includes taking a maximum of two
cubic metres per person per day and a maxi-
mum of 16 cubic metres per household per
“Designated collection areas are put in
place to protect sites of cultural and environ-
mental significance. Also, some households
rely on firewood for winter energy so con-
sider others when taking wood.
“People should check where designated
collection areas are in their local area. They
should also check local weather and forest
conditions to make sure it’s safe before col-
Victorians with a current Health Care
Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veter-
ans Affairs Gold Card can also access fire-
wood at the restricted sites.
For more information on firewood con-
cessions and DHHS Non-Mains Energy
Concessions call 1800 658 521 or visit
For more information go to: www.
delwp.vic.gov.au/firewood or call 136 186.
From March 1, maps showing designated
collection areas will be available through
Firewood season starts
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