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By Sarah Vella
WHILE the dairy industry has been af-
fected by downgraded prices, strong
prices for beef cattle are injecting some
optimism into South Gippsland’s farm-
Simon Henderson from Phelan, Henderson
and Co said the current market for beef, both
domestically and internationally, was positive,
despite persistent dry conditions affecting quality
and sale yardings.
He said the international market had softened
slightly since the highs of last year and cows,
which are a good indicator for the overall market,
were selling a bit cheaper.
“It is still looking bright and even though the
Australian dollar has jumped up recently, it is far
from the peak it reached in 2012-13,” Mr Hen-
“The real issue is the ongoing dry season,
which is virtually affecting the whole east coast
of Australia. It is making it difficult to trade fat
Mr Henderson said cattle were just holding at
the moment, without putting on weight.
“Last year, as the price got dearer, the grass
kept growing. Even though we had a dry winter
and spring, the cattle performed well right through
until March,” he said.
“Now they are starting to show signs of the dry
weather, in both the fat and the store pens.”
Mr Henderson said the lower milk price could
also have an impact on the local beef market.
“The drop in milk price will put a signifi-
cant amount of pressure on dairy farmers, who
have been paying large amounts for fodder since
spring,” he said.
“Because of the dry season, a lot of cows
Run for mum
THE annual Mother’s Day Classic fun
run was held in Wonthaggi’s Apex Park
on Sunday, for the fourth year.
The threat of a wild, wintry day diminished
numbers slightly, but around 250 people took to
the track for a five kilometre walk or run around
Event organiser Caroline Donohue said while
numbers were down, there was still a lot of happy
faces at the event.
“I run the event to try to and raise funds for
breast cancer research and all the people are there
because they want to be,” she said.
So far, the event has raised at least $6000 for
breast cancer research.
“We will be back again next year. Hopefully
the weather will be kinder and the numbers will
come back up,” Ms Donohue said.
Well run: Faye Walker from Korumburra
and Alana Walker from Melbourne enjoyed
taking part in Wonthaggi’s Mother’s Day
Classic on Sunday. The event raises money
for Breast Cancer research.
Family time: the Mother’s Day Classic fun run was held in Wonthaggi on Sunday. From
left, Lynne Hodges from Leongatha, Richard Grealish from Dingley, and Geoff Hodges
from Leongatha were there to support Emily Hodges from Dingley, second from right, who
ran in the five kilometre event.
Still good: Simon Henderson from Phelan
Henderson and Co said cattle prices are re-
maining solid, even as the quality starts to
Beef buoys spirits
didn’t get back in calf. That in combination with
no feed and a low milk price will mean a substan-
tial number of chopper cows could come on to the
Around six years ago, cow prices dropped as
low as 15 cent per kilo. Mr Henderson is not ex-
pecting that to happen this year.
LEONGATHA Chamber of Commerce
and Industry remains firmly behind
South Gippsland Shire Council’s plans
to transform Bair Street once the heavy
vehicle alternate route is complete.
The chamber held a meeting last Monday,
May 2 to discuss the plans further with council
and iron out any concerns they may have had.
Despite the chamber endorsing the changes to
Bair Street, there was still discussion about the
loss of parking spaces and about whether option
A or B was best for the town.
Council’s planning manager Paul Stampton
explained the loss in car parking spaces by saying
Bair Street needed to be transformed into a loca-
Chamber ticks Bair Street revamp
There will also be much more greenery and trees
for the street.
The public and chamber members will have
more opportunities to have their say ahead of a
decision in July or August.
The next public consultation meeting will
be held on Tuesday, May 31 from 5pm-7pm in
tion people would be drawn to.
He said there were now empty shops along the
street and with the current changing retail trends,
he could not see those shops filling in the short
“We need to think about what retailing will
be in 20 years time; the landscape is constantly
changing,” Mr Stampton said.
He said by making Bair Street attractive, that
could have the desired effect of filling empty
shops in the future.
Chamber member Darryl McGannon said he
did not like the idea of losing car spaces as people
like to park outside where they want to shop.
Retailer Shirleyanne Wright said Bair Street
needed short term parking for people wishing to
visit the chemist for scripts or the newsagent for
papers, and she too was worried about parking
It was mentioned Leongatha has many older
people who value parking near businesses.
Mr Stampton explained the development as
being a compromise.
“We could simply angle park the whole of Bair
Street by just line marking which would cost us
very little. Or we can transform the whole look
of Bair Street and make it a place to be proud of,”
Mr Stampton hinted that should progress be
made on the VicTrack land at the rear of Bair
Street, this could create additional parking at the
rear in the future.
Council has some money in next year’s budget
to start look at the VicTrack land, as part of the
Leongatha Revitalisation project.
“We already hold a lease over part of the land
which is already in use as car parking. We’d try
to look at extended our land lease to have more
control over the areas behind the shops in Bair
Street,” he said.
“We may be losing parking spaces in Bair
Street but overall the CBD is well serviced by
parking, as shown by studies we have undertak-
Once the full public consultation process is
undertaken, council must vote on option A or B;
option A creates a wider medium strip however
both options allow for a much wider sidewalk and
plenty of pedestrian crossing points for shoppers.
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THREE men have been charged in rela-
tion to a shooting on White Road, Wont-
haggi on Sunday, April 17.
Police were alerted to the incident after a group
of men in balaclavas approached a White Road
address and fired bullets into the occupied garage
before stealing the resident’s car and driving off.
Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit ar-
rested a 31 year old Wonthaggi man and a 30 year
old Pakenham man who both appeared in court
They joined a 23 year old man from Tooradin
who was arrested the day after the shooting in
possession of the firearm.
All three have been charged with robbery and
endangering a life, and have been summoned to
appear at Latrobe Magistrates’ Court in August.
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