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MARCH into Knights Mitsubishi,
Leongatha this month because big
discounts demand that you do.
The Mitsubishi Triton GLX and GLS
dual cabs are on the mark and the offer is
too good to refuse.
From $36,990 the GLX 4X4 dual cab
includes free auto transmission, alloy
wheels and a reverse camera.
The more fully optioned GLS 4X4
dual cab, also with free auto, alloy wheels
and a reverse camera, is from $39,990.
The Triton is a vehicle that gets the
tough jobs done and then, on the week-
end, it becomes a sheer pleasure craft.
It is unmatchable on the farm or the
building site and then with the family in
tow on the weekend, the dual cab and all
that space further back, it will take you,
plus the boat or the caravan or whatever
it is you have to pull along behind, where
you want to go.
With toughness like no other pick-up
on the Australian market, the hard working
Triton comes with impressive comforts.
Comfort begins with peace of mind
and that begins with Mitsubishi’s dia-
mond quality five year or 100,000km new
car warranty, plus four years or 60,000km
of capped price servicing plus five years
There is a generous array of accesso-
ries designed to enhance and personalise
the work and play capabilities of the vehi-
cle; these might include a snorkel, sports
bar or hard tonneau cover.
Metallic paint is $550 extra.
Comfort also comes with knowing a
vehicle has significant safety features and
at Mitsubishi safety is paramount. That is
why Triton has a star ANCAP rating.
There is trailer stability assist, elec-
tronic break force distribution, hill start
assist, seven airbags, ABS, dusk sensing
headlights and rain sensing wipers.
The Mitsubishi Impact Safety Evolution
(RISE) system means you and your passen-
gers are protected by the latest energy ab-
sorbing chassis design and technology.
In the event of a collision, impact ab-
sorbing crushable zones are designed to
dissipate energy away from the passenger
Triton’s double wishbone suspension
and extra reinforcement in the rear sub
frame enable Triton’s rear suspension to
be tuned for better traction and ultimately
better ride comfort for all occupants.
This durable design and robust con-
struction is driven by a 2.4 litre turbo die-
sel engines, among the quietest and most
efficient diesel engines on the market.
This is so much so that most people
find their expectations are exceeded; out-
standing power and performance is deliv-
ered with low fuel assumption and CO2
The Triton has exceptional manoeu-
vrability; its compact wheel base delivers
an outstanding turning circle of just 11.8
metres making parking and negotiating
tight spaces easy.
The Mitsubishi Triton might be tough
but it is anything but rough.
In the cabin you will discover your
comfort levels are complete; there is the
all important sense of space with refined
finishes and a smooth and quiet ride.
This is a vehicle more than capable of
holding five adults easily and functional-
ity is heightened by the multi communica-
tion system with Bluetooth, cruise control
and keyless entry in the Exceed model.
All of this and so much more too nu-
merous to mention here, make this the
best Triton ever.
Call in at Knights Mitsubishi, Leon-
gatha for a test drive and experience the
vehicle for yourself.
Trade-ins are most welcome and Greg
Challis and Gary Deering will be happy
By Sarah Vella
TOBY and Lyn Lep-
pin and their son
Nick were announced
as The Weekly Times
dairy farmer of the
The Bena family milks
up to 400 Aussie Red cows
off 140 hectares, surround-
ed by hills in what Toby
described as “blue gum
The award nomination
and eventual win came as
a bit of a surprise to the
“How they pick the
nominees and winners out I
do not know,” Toby said.
“It was exciting to be
nominated, but I didn’t think
we were much of a chance
so I was quite surprised
when we were announced
as the winners.”
Toby said the other
nominees for the awards
were all passionate about
what they do.
“I do not think it was just
out and out production that
decided the winners. All the
nominees were innovative,
efficient, getting top price in
their markets and getting the
most out of inputs,” he said.
Toby said receiving the
award also presented an op-
portunity to talk about South
“I tried to give the area
and Burra Foods a bit of a
plug, all with a focus on the
red cows. We are happy with
our herd and are passionate
about the breed,” he said.
“It was nice to get some
information and photos of
them out there.”
Toby has been farming
at Bena for 37 years. His
father started with red cattle
when they first came to Aus-
tralia around 30 years ago.
“When he was farming,
milk companies paid by the
Tope of the line: Greg Challis of Knights Mitsubishi, Leongatha with one of
the several GLX and GLS Tritons priced to sell.
Reds are best: dairy farmer Toby Leppin from Bena, along with his wife
Lyn and son Nick were recently named The Weekly Times dairy farmer of
Leppins cream of the crop
litre, but he always thought
it would change to solids,”
“He thought Friesians
pumped out too many litres
to get the solids and Jerseys
not enough, and so came
across the reds.
“As soon they were im-
ported from Sweden, my fa-
ther started using them.”
Toby said the theory be-
hind the Aussie Red is that
it is a cross bred animal. To
keep hybrid vigour, any red
genetics can be used.
“That is the basis of the
Aussie Red. You can out
cross to Red Friesians, Ayr-
shires, Illawarras and they
are still Aussie Reds,” he
“We have a little bit of
everything; all of our cows
are crosses. They are in-
between the Jersey and the
Friesian, we get good solids
out of them in less litres.”
From their herd, the
Leppins produced around
2.5 million litres of milk
and 220,000 kilograms of
milk solids last year.
This equates to around
1564kgMS per hectare,
which Toby said is the best
way to measure production.
“Production per hect-
are is what pays the bills.
Like any business, we try to
squeeze as much out of what
we cannot change,” he said.
“We have 140 hectares,
so we need to make that
work for us as best we can.”
Toby said while milk
price is down this season, it
is the lack of home grown
feed and having to buy in so
much fodder that is hurting
at the moment.
“We started feeding
out in November, when we
would normally start in Jan-
uary. It is worse now than
it was a month ago and we
will be buying in feed for a
while yet,” he said.
“It is not that we didn’t
get a good cut of silage, it
is just that we had to start
using it two months earlier
WITH the Labour Day long week-
end coming up, and the Easter
holidays soon after that, many
families will be towing a caravan.
The RACV said drivers should be
aware that towing increases the stress
placed on the safety limits of any car.
The RACV urges drivers to ensure the
car is in first class mechanical condition,
with special attention to brakes, steering,
suspension, tyres and most importantly
the cooling system.
If the tow vehicle is an automatic, it is
essential a transmission oil cooler is fitted.
When heading off on the first trip, an
early start is recommended, as this will
give you the advantage of light traffic
conditions and assist in developing the
feel of the caravan on the back of the car.
Ensure the coupling electrical con-
nection and chains are properly located
and secure. Have someone assist you in
checking that all the tail/brake lights indi-
cators and side marker lights are working
properly, including the rear number plate
Full details at www.racv.com.au
Tow safely these holidays
THE first rollout of Victoria’s
new mobile towers is under-
way with Telstra recently re-
leasing their schedule to fix
regional mobile blackspots in
Sandy Point and Gormandale
over the next six months.
The sites are some of the first of
the 109 new mobile base stations to be
constructed across regional Victoria
as part of a successful joint bid by the
State Government and Telstra under
round one of the Commonwealth Gov-
ernment’s $100 million Mobile Black
Over the next three years the proj-
ect will radically improve mobile
coverage and connectivity for up to
12,000 households and businesses
across regional Victoria, eliminating
communication blackspots and boost-
ing the state’s regional economy by an
estimated $120 million per year.
There will also be improved public
safety and access to emergency manage-
ment information in the event of natural
disasters, which were high priorities in
Victoria’s submission to the program,
backed by Emergency Management
Victoria Commissioner Craig Lapsley.
Harriet Shing, Eastern Victoria
Region MLC, said the Arawata, Car-
rajung Lower, Clear Creek Road,
Dumbalk, Dumbalk North, Ferndale,
Kongwak, Outtrim Leongatha Road
and Waratah Bay sites, which also
received first round funding from the
program, are not included in this roll-
out but Telstra will be releasing six-
monthly rollout schedules throughout
the next three years.
The State Government is now con-
sidering how Victoria will participate
to maximise on funding for round two
of the Commonwealth Government’s
Mobile Black Spot Program.
Ms Shing said, “This is a game-
changer for our communities in South
Gippsland. Improving mobile services
for regional Victorians will not only
connect us better, it will add signifi-
cant economic benefits to our commu-
nities and give peace of mind to those
living in areas prone to bushfires and
other natural disasters.”
Mobile blackspot fix for Sandy Point
LEONGATHA Secondary College
students braved a night out in the
cold recently as the Year 12 outdoor
education class took its first excur-
sion into the wild.
The class of students were equipped with
bicycles, woollen blankets and rope to carry
their belongings cross country in their first
excursion for the year.
The students pedalled to Koonwarra
where they slept at the Koonwarra Recreation
Reserve. There, teams erected shelters using
basic tarps and rope. All participants went
technology free as they learned to interact and
work as a team without mobile phones.
Students complained about the blanketed
bedding and being bitten by bullants how-
ever all young adventurers lived to tell the
Teens survive night in wild
Roughing it: Leongatha Secondary College Year 12 outdoor
education students were all smiles before their expedition.
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