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Cr Jordan Crugnale
LEONGATHA Secondary College
students got to hear firsthand expe-
riences from local business people
at the Beacon speed careers semi-
nar last Tuesday, March 22.
Year 10 students listened to 14 busi-
ness people share their experiences and
study pathways to gain a broader under-
standing of different careers in the com-
“This is the fifth year we ran the pro-
gram for our students. It is a workshop
recommended by the Beacon Foundation
to help expose the students to a variety of
career options,” careers coordinator Jenny
“The presenters spoke to groups for
five minutes about their experiences,
the subjects they studied in high school,
whether or not they pursued further study
and the different pathways they took.”
The workshop offers students an insight
into the diverse nature of the workforce
prior to their work experience applications
which will start later in the school year.
“It gives them a chance to see what is
out there and it may also help them for
when they get to subject selections for
VCE or VCAL,” Ms Goss said.
Presenters gathered from trade occu-
pations, design, catering, therapy, retail,
farming, customer service and medicine
Business leaders inspire teens
Food for thought: Brent Sinclair (centre) of Brent Sinclair Catering spoke to Leongatha Secondary Col-
lege students Jack and Jesse about his experiences in the workforce at the Beacon speed careers seminar
on Tuesday, March 22.
Fun locks: back, from left, Kasey and Elly-Mae, and front, from left, Hannah
and Chloe got dressed up for Chairo Christian School’s crazy hair day last
Crazy hair at Chairo
STUDENTS at Chairo Christian School Leongatha came with their
locks specially styled for crazy hair day on Tuesday, March 22.
Every student donated a gold coin with funds going towards the Leukaemia
The most creative hairstyle of each year level received a prize and the Chairo leader-
ship team was congratulated for organising the successful event.
Shire Council has in-
troduced a cashless
parking solution at
the Port Welshpool
The free Parkmobile
app can be downloaded on
all devices and will halve
the time it takes to pay.
The new system re-
places the ticket machine,
which has experienced
ongoing technical difficul-
ties and will eventually be
The service operates by
registering your vehicle’s
number plate and using
a pre-paid account. Once
the purchase is complete,
a text or email will be sent
to the user’s mobile phone
A reminder text is
also sent when the park-
ing session is due to run
out, reducing the risk of
receiving an infringement
notice. The Port Welsh-
pool car park is mainly
used by boaters heading
out into Corner Inlet for a
day on the water.
When they return to dry
land there are fish cleaning
facilities and wash down
areas all provided and
maintained by council.
“Like all of the services
provided by council, these
facilities, along with the
regular maintenance at the
car park and surrounds,
comes at a cost to the
community,” local laws
coordinator Bruce Gar-
“One of the ways these
costs can be offset is by
asking users of the facili-
ties to pay a modest fee
to park at the location.”
Some of the funds are also
donated to the Coast Guard
so that it can continue to
provide valuable marine
safety services from this
Modern way: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s acting operations
manager Colin Williams and senior local laws officer Graeme Peters with the
new sign explaining the cashless parking solution at Port Welshpool.
Boaters don’t need
cash to pay to park
“We believe Parkmo-
bile will lead to better
outcomes for users of the
facility because they can
be assured their vehicle
will be parked legally,” Mr
Signs explaining the
Parkmobile pay system
have been installed on site.
Customers can also contact
council’s local laws team
on 5662 9200 for further
Tickets are still able to
be purchased from coun-
cil’s customer service team
at the Leongatha office,
as well as from the Coast
Guard, Port Welshpool
General Store and Long
Jetty Caravan Park.
BREAST cancer patients can now
travel to Moyarra for rest and re-
laxation, after Rolling Hills Re-
treat opened its doors in March.
The secluded farm property has joined
30 other inns around Australia to offer com-
plimentary respite accommodation to cancer
patients through the OTIS Foundation.
Property owner Jennifer said she looked
forward to welcoming guests.
“I am so appreciative of where I live and
I wanted to be able to share that with other
people. We live in a beautiful part of the
world,” she said.
Jennifer and her family opened the prop-
erty for the OTIS Foundation which benefits
women suffering from breast cancer.
OTIS Foundation general manager Rachel
Mason said the latest addition to the charity
will be sure to offer guests the gift of a lifetime
in a relaxing and healing environment.
“Our guests tell us that a stay at an OTIS
retreat is often the pivotal turning point
when the series of negatives they have faced
start to change.” Mrs Mason said.
“This year we expect to offer almost
4000 night’s accommodation across five
states to people living with breast cancer
and their families and we continue to see de-
mand for our properties increase. It is only
through the generosity of families such as
the Lowe family that we are able to provide
retreat to Moyarra
LAST year, I wrote about a
myriad of grant opportuni-
ties from council’s own fund-
ing bucket through to some
themed external opportuni-
ties, including environment
and the arts.
One pearler to jump at was the
State Government’s Creative Victoria
Small Town Transformation Grant of
$350,000 administered through Re-
gional Arts Victoria and specific for
town populations under 2000 people.
The first round saw more than 70
expressions of interests statewide, in-
cluding two from our shire. I am abso-
lutely ecstatic to hear that San Remo’s
‘Tides of Change’ and the Waterline
communities of Grantville and sur-
rounds’ ‘The Edge of Us’ have been
invited to submit a full application for
funding. Six towns will then be chosen
for game-changing projects to be de-
livered within the next two years.
Champagne and a massive shower
of glitter to both communities, every-
one involved and I wish you all well in
this next stage.
Culture is not the fourth pillar of
the sustainability framework for no
reason! With school holidays now
here, it brings the intensity of things to
do, people to visit, and places to bike
There are library autumn readings,
school fetes, art shows in local halls,
cultural centres and artspaces, even
a Recycled Arts exhibition as part of
the Southern Gippsland Sustainability
Festival at Coal Creek.
There are so many non-traditional
outdoor spaces and places waiting to
be activated. A laneway can host read-
ings, music events and artisan markets;
grassed areas can be the seating for an
outdoor cinema experience; a dip in
the landscape can be an amphitheatre
for all sorts of creative ventures. We
have blank canvases on building walls
ready to burst into colour.
The role of council is to facilitate,
enable and support placed-based arts
and cultural events and activities, to
expand participation and to better link
artists, audience and community.
What better way of fostering a
sense of community, promoting mental
health and wellbeing and reducing the
pressures of a competitive, materialis-
tic society than by encouraging wide-
spread participation in the arts?
PEOPLE selling cars ille-
gally on roadsides can expect
a phone call from local laws
officers at South Gippsland
CEO Tim Tamlin said educating
people who park cars in the wrong
areas was the best way of addressing
the problem, despite Korumburra’s
David Amor telling council to adver-
tise the rules in local newspapers.
“It’s not fair because people do not
understand and do not know,” he said.
Mr Amor said locations once pop-
ular for selling cars by the roadside
had been turned into two hour parking
zones, but that had simply resulted in
cars being sold on other roadsides.
Mr Tamlin said erecting parking
signs was an effective way of ad-
dressing the problem, as was con-
tacting offenders via the phone num-
bers displayed on cars for sale.
Cr Don Hill said council’s me-
dia unit could write a press release
and issue that on council’s website.
Council’s media and communica-
tions coordinator Rick Rutjens
promptly said a release covering the
issue was issued on September 22,
2015, and was still displayed on the
Don’t sell cars illegally
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