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of Country Fire Author-
ity brigades from across
South Gippsland cele-
brated their first year as a
new entity, with a special
function at the Meeniyan
Dumbalk United Football
Clubrooms on Saturday.
On the night, 37 members were
presented with awards recognising
a total of 665 years of service to the
CFA and their communities.
The 13 brigades comprising
Hedley, Inverloch, Milford, Yanak-
ie, Toora, Welshpool, Foster, Fish
Creek, Meeniyan-Stony Creek,
Pound Creek, Dumbalk, Tarwin
Lower and the Port Welshpool
Coast Guard held their inaugural
annual group dinner.
The occasion was attended by
110 members and guests. Group
officer Walter Aich has overseen
the formation of the new South
Gippsland Group which comprises
brigades from three groups.
“The evening is an opportunity
to celebrate the first year and the
successful operation of our new
group,” he said.
The CFA Board and manage-
ment were represented by Michael
Freshwater and David Chugg.
There were a variety of awards
presented on the night, which in-
cluded a CFA life membership, 11
National Emergency Medals and a
National Medal with clasp.
The National Emergency Med-
als are given to members who ren-
dered sustained service during de-
clared National Emergencies such
as the Black Saturday bushfires.
The National Medal-Fire Ser-
vice is presented to members of a
range of emergency services who
have given 15 years of diligent ser-
vice to their organisation.
John Classon of Tarwin Lower
Rural Fire Brigade was awarded
the National Medal and Clasp, and
his CFA life membership by CFA
Board member Michael Freshwa-
Neil Hiho from Hedley Rural
Fire Brigade was presented with
his 55 year service award.
Others to receive significant
awards include: Tim Burggraaff
(50 years), Neil Hamilton (45
years), David Grylls and Eddie
Fowler (40 years), Mary Trease,
John Elliot and Paddy Eldred (35
years), Craig Buckland, William
Bennett, Greg McGarvey, Neil
Comben and Michael Heal (25
years), James McInytre and John
Hattam (20 years), Terry Williams,
Darren Harris and Chris Indian
(15 years), Graham Francis, Doug
Aucterlonie, Justin Mould, Alan
Antwell, Geoffrey Gair and Brett
Tay (10 years), Jared Moon, John
McKay, Tiffany Wightman, James
Wilkinson, Jodie Anderson, Robyn
Langford, Michael Moore, Bob
Morris, Rachel Leighton, Paul
Leighton, Andy Dinsburgs and
Elaine Black (five years).
THE Berrys Creek Hall marked its 60
year milestone on Sunday and people
gathered from near and far to celebrate.
It was a day full of memories for those present
and it was not only the hall that stirred memories
from the past as many attended the adjacent pri-
mary school and lived on nearby properties, some
across the road.
Past president Don Paterson recalled, “We had
a great community here.”
He said he remembers clearly the day the hall
site was leveled by council graders and men-
tioned the hall was built by Leongatha builder
and identity, the late Jack Miles.
Thel Scoble of Leongatha pointed out a pho-
tograph of herself wearing a ‘Belle of the Ball’
sash and a photograph of her sister and new hus-
band at their wedding reception in the hall.
The day was a great opportunity to catch
up with old friends and reminisce over a lavish
country style afternoon tea.
On song: from left, Daniel Hansen, Christine Skicko, Adrian Darakai, Jessica Geyer, Steve
Howe, Leanne Horn, Coby Fowles and Kerryn Lockhart get into the spirit of Mary Poppins prior
to performing with the South Gippsland Singers on Sunday afternoon at the Dakers Centre.
Above, Committee: the current committee
of the Berrys Creek Hall, back from left, Cor
Koedoot, Allister Dowling, Trevor Henn,
Les Hutchinson and South Gippsland Shire
Cr Don Hill. Front, from left, president of the
committee Kevin Dowling, Jody Dowling,
Robyn Henn, Ian Rasmussen, Dawn Ras-
mussen and Marj Hutchinson. They gathered
outside the Berrys Creek Hall on Sunday for
Hall memories: from left, Tom Burchell from Trafalgar, Thel Scoble from Leongatha, her
mother Marjorie Jarvis and brother Cliff Jarvis from Leongatha reminisced over photographs
of family marriages posted as part of the Berry Creek Hall 60th anniversary celebrations on
Sunday. Ninety five year old Mrs Jarvis, the only surviving member of the original Berrys
Creek Hall committee, was 35 years of age when the hall opened in 1956.
Left, Deep roots: from left, president of the
Berrys Creek Hall Kevin Dowling, and past
president Don Paterson and his wife Evelyn
in front of the liquid amber donated by Don
Paterson and planted by Jock Dowling, the
current president’s father.
Thanks a million: award recipients gather at the dinner for the South Gippsland Group of
Country Fire Authority brigades at Meeniyan on Saturday.
CFA rewards own
A fair crew: Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s latest production, Mary Poppins, premieres on stage
at Leongatha’s Mesley Hall on Friday, July 1.
In the midst of a weekend of rehearsal, the large cast performed a spoonful of songs, at
the South Gippsland Singers concert at the Dakers Centre in Leongatha on Sunday after-
noon. Following their contribution, it was back to rehearing, this time with the orchestra.
The South Gippsland Singers performed mostly ’40s music from the stage and screen.
By Tayla Kershaw
AN $8.9 million expansion of Newhaven
College was approved by Bass Coast
Shire Council at its meeting last Wednes-
day (May 18).
The development will be built in three stages and
includes a new senior school; specialist science, art
and technology facilities; an early learning centre;
sporting facilities including a gymnasium and aquatic
centre; a boarding school; performing arts and music
building; and an extended administration building.
Once complete, the college will employ an addi-
tional 92 people and support 1100 students.
“This is a great investment. Newhaven College
certainly brings a lot of benefits to the Island,” Cr An-
drew Phillips said.
“It’s great for education and great for the econo-
my. It will benefit a lot of young families who plan to
send their children to the school.”
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crug-
nale said Newhaven College is an established and
well respected school that complements the educa-
tion needs of Bass Coast and surrounding areas.
“The expansion of Newhaven College will en-
hance the educational reputation of Bass Coast that
will service both the existing community and future
residents,” Cr Crugnale said.
Education was further supported with the adop-
tion of a planning permit to develop a primary school,
chapel and early learning centre in Cowes.
The Catholic primary school, to be located on
Cowes-Rhyll Road, will enrol 180 students with 22
additional students in the early learning centre and
will create 17 new teaching jobs.
The $3.5 million development also includes
sporting facilities, such as a hard court, football oval
and play equipment.
However, Cr Phil Wright said he did not see any
additional benefit from the development.
“Our environment is our economy. This has no
economic advantage,” he said.
Cr Crugnale said these developments were valu-
able investments to the shire and would cater for both
the growing population and increasing number of
visitors to the area.
“The two educational developments are also a
significant social investment for the future of our chil-
dren and indicate there is growth, a need and a holistic
staged plan to support quality learning,” she said.
Green light for Island schools
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