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LEONGATHA Primary School
students brightened up the campus
this term when they constructed
two colourful wall murals.
Art teacher Katrina Hodges said the
students worked hard to produce the pub-
“All of the Year 6 students worked to-
gether during term one to make the murals.
One is in the front office as you walk in and
the other is in the office of principal Rob
Higgins,” she said.
School art captains Georgia, Louisa and
Heidi worked with Ms Hodges to help or-
ganise the project which consisted of eight
separate wooden panels being separately
painted and drawn before being assembled.
“It is our job to help organise school art
activities,” Louisa said.
Next term students will be learning
about mosaics using pieces of tile to create
more public art.
“We also have an Easter egg design
competition which is pretty exciting,”
The murals are now up on display at
Leongatha Primary School.
Art attack: from left, Leongatha Primary School art captains Louisa, Georgia
and Heidi with art teacher Katrina Hodges and the school’s newest art addition
in principal Rob Higgins’ office.
THE thirteenth annual general meeting of Coal
Creek Probus took place at Korumburra Golf
Club on Tuesday, March 15.
The meeting was attended by Graeme Begg, Rotary
9820 Probus chairman, and Korumburra Probus Club
president Noel Walker and Corrie George.
Outgoing president Peter Hosking reported the club
had a successful year, despite two changes of venue.
He thanked the outgoing committee for its hard work
and dedication over the past year.
Mr Begg presented badges to new incoming president
Cheryl Routley, secretary Helen Taylor and treasurer
Barbara Hosking (who also received a special award for
her valuable contribution to Probus), welcoming them
Steering ship: from left, the leaders of Coal Creek Probus, Lois Jackson, Jude Watson (sitting), Pat Fell,
Graeme Begg (Rotary), president Cheryl Routley and secretary Helen Taylor, Marie Balment, Di Schelle-
kens (sitting), Shirley Reeves, treasurer Barb Hosking, David Conabere, past president Peter Hosking and
vice president Barrie Ingwersen (sitting).
Probus turns 13
IN only six months, endangered
Eastern Barred Bandicoots have
successfully established them-
selves on Churchill Island in
Phillip Island Nature Parks,
marking a positive start to an
ambitious trial release designed
to save the species from extinc-
tion in Victoria.
Twenty Eastern Barred Bandicoots
were released onto the 57 hectare island,
which is free from foxes and feral cats.
Sixteen were released in August 2015
with a further four female bandicoots re-
leased in October.
The animals came from the Mount
Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Cen-
tre and the Zoos Victoria captive breeding
Churchill Island is the only site where
breeding Eastern Barred Bandicoots, con-
sidered extinct in the wild since 2010,
have been released beyond their known
historic range and the release is being
closely monitored by Phillip Island Nature
Parks’ research staff.
“We are encouraged as the population
continues to do really well. In the latest
round of monitoring, we had 59 captures
of 23 individual bandicoots over four
nights,” explained Dr Duncan Sutherland,
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ deputy re-
“So far all the females we’ve cap-
tured have had young in their pouches
and we’ve captured seven new bandicoots
born on Churchill Island that have reached
adulthood. Of these new animals, one was
found to be carrying two pouch young of
her own, so the third generation of Church-
ill Island bandicoots has arrived.”
This breeding success and excellent
health condition demonstrate that the is-
land environment is suitable for Eastern
Barred Bandicoots – one of the many fac-
tors being assessed during the first two
years of the trial.
Monitoring results on Churchill Island
will also inform potential releases of East-
ern Barred Bandicoots onto larger fox-free
islands, such as Phillip Island and French
Island, in the future.
“This is an exciting step towards large,
self-sustaining populations on islands
where this species can be secure and flour-
ish. It will demonstrate that we can save
our threatened species like the Eastern
Barred Bandicoot,” Dr Sutherland said.
The project is being managed by Phil-
lip Island Nature Parks and supported by
Zoos Victoria and the Eastern Barred Ban-
dicoot Recovery Team, including members
from Conservation Volunteers Australia,
Department of Environment, Land, Water
and Planning, Mt Rothwell Biodiversity In-
terpretation Centre, National Trust of Aus-
tralia, Parks Victoria, the University of Mel-
bourne and Tiverton Property Partnering.
Bandicoot banter: from left, Wendy and David Henry of Cowes with Dr
Duncan Sutherland, deputy research manager at Phillip Island Nature Parks
with a taxidermied Eastern Barred Bandicoot at the recent Community
Bandicoots relish new home
THE battle against
illicit drugs took an-
other step in State
when the Nationals
supported tough new
laws to combat the
growing ice scourge.
Gippsland South MLA
Danny O’Brien said the
Drugs, Poisons and Con-
trolled Substances Amend-
ment Bill 2015 introduced
new offences and gave
police additional powers in
the fight against drugs.
“I, along with my Na-
tionals colleagues, was
pleased to support these
amendments, in particular
those which target people
who deal ice or other drugs
to children in or around
school premises,” he said.
“The bill introduces
new offences that deal with
trafficking drugs of de-
pendence to children and
each new offence imposes
a higher penalty for the
particular criminal conduct
when it occurs at or near a
Mr O’Brien said the
new offence of trafficking
in a drug of dependence to
a child at or near a school
carried a penalty of up to
25 years imprisonment and
the new offence of traffick-
ing in a drug of dependence
at or near a school carried
a penalty of up to 20 years
“This is another piece
of a jigsaw that is extreme-
ly important in the continu-
ing battle against drugs in
our rural communities,” he
“It sends a message to
dealers that we are serious
about drug issues, and that
when our schools are tar-
geted, we will not tolerate
“Through my discus-
sions with local doctors,
nurses, paramedics and
police, I am well aware of
the significant impact ice
is having on users and our
“Ice is causing signifi-
cant harm in our local com-
munities and I will continue
to work for ways to address
A copy of the legisla-
tion can be found online at:
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has imple-
mented a new Geographic Information System
(GIS) that improves service delivery.
GIS officer Gordon Simpson said GIS is becoming an
essential part of council’s services.
“Now when there’s a fireworks display we can map how
far the noise will travel and make sure residents with pets
and livestock are notified. It’s an intuitive visual tool that
turns data into easily understood maps,” he said.
Council’s manager innovation and council business Va-
nessa Adams said the technologically advanced GIS system
provided council with cost savings resulting from greater
efficiency and would support better decision making, im-
proved communication and better geographic information
“Intramaps will help our customer service officers re-
spond to a wider range of queries without having to forward
a call and it requires minimal training to use,” she said.
“Council staff will gain greater insight into service needs
through widespread use of GIS on many types of devices.”
Council’s new GIS system is being implemented in stages.
Stage one saw the replacement of the old system in Octo-
ber last year. This has set the scene for the introduction of
a hosted Public Facing Web Map, which is compatible with
smart phones and tablets, by the end of this calendar year.
and all other members of the incoming committee.
All members and guests enjoyed a special thirteenth
birthday cake while enjoying the big screen showing
nostalgic photos of the members enjoying themselves
over the past 13 years.
Tougher ice laws backed
Technology steps up
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