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Why are Gippsland men over 30%
more likely to die from Prostate Cancer?
Alarmingly, Gippsland men with prostate cancer are
30% more likely to die than their city counterparts.
Recent research shows Gippsland men with prostate
cancer are usually:
• Older when diagnosed
• More than twice as likely to have widespread or
advanced Prostate Disease when diagnosed and
• Often this diagnosis occurs incidently to other
The message is clear - Gippsland men leave it too late!
GET OFF YOUR BACKSIDE
If you are 40 years old with a family history, or 50 years
old or over, discuss testing options with your doctor
For further information phone 1800 220 099 or go
to the website at www.pcfa.org.au
Bookings for speaking times are essential, phone
Wed, 20 April
Wed, 27 April
ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING
Wed, 27 April - 2.00pm
RFT/102 PROVISION OF CATERING SERVICES
AT THE “PIG AND WHISTLE CAFE” COAL CREEK
COMMUNITY PARK & MUSEUM KORUMBURRA
COUNCIL WORKS THIS WEEK
Demolition & Construction:
Resheet Drain Maintenance:
Road & Vegetation Maintenance:
- Council Chambers, Leongatha
2.00pm; 7.00pm* (*by noon 19/04)
10.00am - Public Presentation
1. Notice of Motion (NOM): An alternative
approach to a $32 million municipal office
2. NOM: Rename Federal Government seat of
3. NOM: Coal Seam Gas and fracking in South
4. Report on Assembly of Councillors: 22 February
to 21 March 2016.
5. Documents sealed and contracts awarded,
varied or extended by the CEO: 20 February to
25 March 2016.
6. Councillor Expenditure Report: 31 March 2016.
7. Leongatha Streetscape Master Plan: draft for
8. Planning Application 2015-280 for use and
development of a Place of Assembly (Memorial
Tree Park) at 16 Miles Rd, Jumbunna.
9. Planning Scheme Amendment C65: Shingler
St/Gibson St - General Residential Zone 1 -
10. Proposed road discontinuance: part of Pound
11. Proposed road discontinuance: unused area of
the former road alignment of Sandy Point Rd,
12. Policy review: C65 Public Participation in
Meetings with Council Policy and C66 Councillor
Access To and Request For Council Information
13. Councillor Conduct Panel Report determination:
initiated by Cr Fawcett, Cr Davies and Cr Brunt
regarding Cr Hill.
South Gippsland Shire Council Citizenship Ceremony
4 May 2016 at 6:00pm
Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha
Council is seeking submissions from qualified
companies/applicants for the following Tender:
Tenders close 2.00pm Tues, 3 May 2016.
Documentation is available from Council's website.
John St & Princes St,
Leongatha Skate Park
Dollar Rd, Dollar/Carmodys
Parr St, Leongatha
Bass Valley Rd, Bena
Kerrs Rd & Summers
Rd, Fish Ck/One Chain Rd & Kardella Fairbank Rd,
Bena Kongwak Rd, Bena
Buffalo Waratah Rd, Buffalo/Bena
Sealed Roads Maintenance: All zones
9 Smith St., Leongatha 3953 (Private Bag 4) Ph: 5662 9200
Fax: 5662 3754
MOBILE phone towers at
Dumbalk and Strzelecki will be
built earlier than planned to im-
prove coverage in the areas.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said the
early construction of two mobile phone towers
in local black spot areas was “great news”.
The changes to Telstra’s expected rollout
schedule for round one of the Mobile Black
Spot Program means the completion date for
a mobile phone tower at Dumbalk and one at
Strzelecki have both been brought forward to
April-June this year.
The previous schedule for the Dumbalk
tower was July-Sep 2016, while the Strzelecki
tower is now more than a year ahead of sched-
ule, with an original completion date of Octo-
“Knowing how long the local communi-
ties have been waiting for better mobile cover-
age, and how hard they have worked to see this
through, it is really gratifying to know we’re
moving ahead of schedule,” Mr Broadbent said.
“Back in February 2014 we were fortunate
enough to have then Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister for Communications, Paul
Fletcher, make a special visit to Dumbalk at
“The local community told him all about
what they wanted their mobile service to be.
Now, after a lot of work by the government,
the telecommunications industry and the com-
munity, that plan is coming to fruition.”
An indicative rollout schedule of the 429
Telstra base stations is available on Telstra’s
Dialling up: McMillan MP Russell
Broadbent has welcomed news mo-
bile phone coverage will be improved
at Dumbalk and Strzelecki earlier
Phone reception boost on the way
By Brad Lester
THE man who caused a crash that
killed a man at Crightons Hill, Leon-
gatha in 2014 had a driving record rid-
dled with offences before the crash.
He then committed a speeding offence two
months after the Crightons Hill collision.
Daniel Irvine De Jong, 22, was sentenced in re-
lation to convictions of dangerous driving causing
death, dangerous driving causing serious injury and
reckless endangerment at Latrobe Valley County
Court, last Wednesday.
He was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment
and received a community corrections order of four
Judge Smallwood said that on February 22, 2014
at about 4.30pm, De Jong crossed into oncoming
traffic at Crightons Hill, on Strzelecki Highway,
north of Leongatha.
De Jong’s vehicle crashed into a vehicle occupied
by the Pruin family, driven by their father Uwe
Pruin. He died at the scene and his then 13 year old
daughter Izzie sustained serious injuries that resulted
in significant surgery.
His wife Wendy and then 15 year old daughter
Gemma also suffered psychological trauma, the
De Jong’s vehicle also hit another vehicle.
Judge Smallwood queried why De Jong deleted
content from his mobile phone soon after the crash,
saying he suspected De Jong may have been using
his phone around the time of the crash, but police
were unable to prove that.
Judge Smallwood said that during a second in-
terview, De Jong said he had spoken to his girlfriend
on the phone as he passed the Leongatha Football
“You said that that call had ended before you
passed the industrial area on the Strzelecki High-
way,” he said.
“That phone call would appear to have ended,
if the records are accurate and no-one is suggesting
they are not, at 4:32:06 and went for about 30 sec-
“The call directed by Telstra to the ambulance op-
erator, by a person who had come across the accident
and had not seen it, was at 4:33:38. That is obviously a
time lapse of some 90 seconds.
“Police investigated the timeframes involved
and the distances involved. If what you were say-
ing about that phone call was correct, it would have
been two minutes 54 seconds to arrive at the colli-
“There is no doubt that that phone call occurred much
closer to the collision scene than you are conceding.”
Judge Smallwood dismissed De Jong’s claim he
had swerved to miss a kangaroo or wallaby before
“The consequences, and this is important and al-
ways very important in a matter of dangerous driving
causing death, are that you have devastated a fam-
ily,” Judge Smallwood said.
On January 27, 2012, soon after receiving his
licence, De Jong was intercepted by police and
charged with exceeding the speed limit by in excess
of 45 kilometres per hour, in Bayswater, after reach-
ing 117 kilometres an hour in a 60 kilometre zone
before you were intercepted.
He had three peer passengers in the vehicles, de-
spite being legally required to have no more than one.
His vehicle was impounded for a month, until
February 27, 2012.
On March 8, 2012, De Jong was intercepted by
police doing a burn out in the car park at Ferntree
Gully railway station.
On July 31, 2012, those matters came to court
and De Jong lost his licence for 12 months.
On January 13, 2014, a month before the Crightons
Hill crash, he was intercepted speeding again by 15 ki-
lometres or more and attracted three demerit points.
On April 25, 2014, two months after the Crigh-
tons Hill crash, he was again intercepted exceeding
the speed limit by between 15 and 25 kilometres per
hour and received another three demerit points.
Driver offended many times before fatal crash
A TOORA North man was arrested by police in
Foster last week for driving and drug offences.
The 27 year old was intercepted after he was seen
failing to stop at a stop sign on Main Street, Foster on
Wednesday, April 13 at 5.50pm.
He was speeding through the township when po-
lice pulled him over, searched his car and found a
small amount of cannabis.
The man was interviewed and released pending
summons for failing to abide by road rules, driving
without a licence, and possessing and using cannabis.
POLICE caught a man in possession of meth-
amphetamine (ice) while on patrol in Port
Welshpool on Friday.
Police attended the boat ramp on patrol at
10.30pm with cause to speak to a 38 year old Tra-
The man was found to have a small amount of ice
on him at the time and has received summons to appear
THERE was no one injured after a two car
crash at the intersection of White Road and
McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi, on Wednesday.
Traffic was slow moving in the area after the
crash around 8.30am. No ambulance was required to
attend the scene.
OWNERS of a holiday house in Toora returned
to their property to find it burgled earlier this
Offenders forced entry to the Stanley Street ad-
dress through a side door between Friday, March 18
and Friday, April 8.
Offenders stole some household items from the
Police would like to hear from anyone who wit-
nessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time.
A NUMBER PLATE was stolen from a car in
Leongatha on Sunday.
A 1GF 2SA number plate was taken from a car
parked on the side of McCartin Street overnight.
Anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour
in the area at the time is asked to contact Leon-
OFFENDERS stole items from outside a house
in Leongatha last week.
Offenders entered a property on the corner of
Laura Grove and Parr Street overnight on Wednes-
day, April 13.
Thieves stole a circular saw from underneath a car-
port and a concrete Buddha statue from the garden.
POLICE believe a person has been trying to
siphon petrol from cars parked in Leongatha.
A number of cars were reported to have their fuel
caps opened while parked at the corner of Jeffrey and
One person reported stolen fuel from their car
while others believe somebody attempted to take fuel
from their unattended cars overnight on Wednesday,
Anyone who thinks they may have had their petrol
tank milked is asked to contact Leongatha Police.
LEONGATHA Tennis Club was broken into
Offenders broke into the building by forcing
open a sliding door sometime between Sunday, April
10 and Tuesday, April 12.
Thieves broke into a vending machine and took
money from inside.
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