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LEONGATHA Seniors foot-
ball coach and champion
hand cycler Beau Vernon
shared his words of wisdom
with students at the South
Gippsland Student Leader-
ship Conference in Korum-
burra on April 19.
One hundred student leaders
from 20 schools in the region came
together for a series of workshops
aimed at improving their leadership
skills and exploring the traits of
Speaking of his football injury
which left him a quadriplegic in
2012, Mr Vernon shared his inspira-
tional story about overcoming chal-
lenges and building resilience with
“I spent eight months in hospi-
tal and went from not being able
to feed myself or use my arms, to
now pushing myself around in my
wheelchair, driving a car and dress-
ing myself,” he said.
“I am slowly getting better and
better at everything I do.”
Mr Vernon said he has always
tried to maintain a positive attitude
in spite of the setbacks his accident
had caused him.
“We cannot always control the
things that happen to us, but we can
control our attitude,” he said.
“For me, attitude is the voice in-
side your head that says whether I
can or cannot do something. Some-
times we do not realise how power-
ful that voice is.
“A positive attitude will lead to
“Leaders are always trying to
help others around them to be bet-
ter. Being a leader is about what is
best for everyone and not just your-
Mr Vernon said he was “no
different to anyone else” and had
achieved great success in all areas
of life in the four years since his ac-
Mr Vernon and wife Lucy wel-
comed daughter Layla six weeks
ago. He has tried surfing, wheelchair
rugby, darts, became a national hand
cycling champion this year and last
year led the Parrots to a grand final
in his debut coaching role.
“I do not talk about my achieve-
ments to big note myself. I share
them because if you had told me
when I was hurt that I would one
day be able to do all of these things,
I would not have believed you,” Mr
“It has not been easy and I have
failed at my first attempt of every-
thing I have tried. But I tried again
and again until I could do it.
“With a good attitude and team-
work, anything is possible.”
The conference marked the
fifth in South Gippsland, organised
in conjunction with the Assistant
Principals Network and the South
Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learn
“The day promotes leadership
within schools in the area,” organis-
er Karena Kerr said.
“These students are expected to
take what they have learned and use
it in their roles, and also teach other
students about leadership.”
Leaders inspired: Beau Vernon (centre) met with Inverloch-Kongwak Pri-
mary School leaders Jack Butcher and Joe Soumalis at the South Gippsland
Student Leadership Conference on Tuesday, April 19 in Korumburra. Mr Ver-
non attended the school as a child.
Home comfort: from
left, Bass Coast Shire
Brown and Gill Hard-
man admired the beau-
tifully appointed master
bedroom of The Fitz-
roy, the first of the dis-
play homes launched
at Mitchell Rise, Leon-
gatha on Sunday, April
Display home launched
On site: from left, developer Bret Levenspiel from Wallis Levenspiel, Stock-
dale and Leggo Real Estate’s Jason Harris and principal of GJ Gardner Homes,
Garry Cox at the launch of the first display home at Mitchell Rise, Leongatha
on Sunday, April 17.
MITCHELL Rise Estate, a swathe
of land between Nerrena Road
and Parr Street, Leongatha has
taken off and is an indicator of the
growth of the town.
On the afternoon of Sunday, April 17,
GJ Gardiner Homes hosted a list of invi-
tees to the launch of the display homes on
the estate at The Fitzroy, an impressive four
bedroom home which is sure to lure many
would be home builders to the estate.
The official opening of the display
home to the public is this Sunday, May 1
from 11am -4pm.
The Fitzroy looked a picture on Sun-
day, April 17 in bright sunshine.
With the lovely views from the rear of
the residence across the town and coun-
tryside, guests were impressed by The
Fitzroy and the variety of upgrades within
the four bedroom, two bathroom plus
powder room home.
The house also features three living ar-
eas tincluding a spacious home theatrette.
GJ Gardiner franchisees Garry Cox
and Gill Hardman were on site along with
the developer Bret Levenspiel of Wallis
Levenspiel and Jason Harris from Stock-
dale and Leggo Real Estate which is mar-
keting Mitchell Rise, to point out the fea-
tures of The Fitzroy and Mitchell Rise.
Garry Cox is a fourth generation local
builder and The Fitzroy was built using
local tradesmen and suppliers.
Features of the house include a free-
standing bath, gas solar hot water, a se-
curity system, LED lighting, clipsal Zen
light switches and power points, bam-
boo flooring, a 5.5 star rated gas log fire,
black tapware, a mirror inside the en-
suite shower, Pete Evans sinks, Essastone
benchtops, soft close cabinetry doors and
drawers and German AEG appliances in-
cluding a double oven.
Mitchell Rise will be developed in six
stages with the second stage of 28 lots
now selling and priced from $120,000
with lots up to 905 squares.
The lots are level and the estate is
close to the Leongatha Hospital.
Mitchell Rise will be bisected by a
beautifully landscaped public reserve that
provides easy walking access to the town
centre and the education precinct.
The estate is also adjacent to the Lu-
cinda Estate Winery.
While the bedrooms are all carpeted,
Mr Cox pointed out the beautiful bamboo
timber floor which adds so much warmth
and character to the rest of the house.
He said, “Not only is bamboo flooring
beautiful, it is the second hardest timber
in the world.”
Rose and Kevin Hames from Wan-
tirna South who have recently moved
into a holiday/retirement house built by
GJ Gardner Homes at Cowes were at
the launch and Mr Hames said, “We are
unbelievably happy with the house. We
travelled down to Cowes a lot to monitor
progress of the building but we needn’t
have because Garry and Gill had it all un-
der control. They were absolutely fantas-
tic to work with.”
Beau inspires student leaders
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