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WITH only seconds to evacuate the
Mars Science Laboratory before being
swamped by lethal doses of radiation,
Tarwin Lower Primary School Grade
6 students barely escaped their first en-
counter with another planet.
The students visited the Victorian Space Sci-
ence Education Centre in Melbourne to learn
about the rewards of interplanetary scientific ex-
Fish Creek and District Primary School also
attended, and the schools formed the two groups
central to the mission: Mission Control (based on
Earth) and the Mars Science Laboratory (based on
After a 10 month flight to Mars, the Tarwin
Lower students were ‘woken up’ from an induced
deep sleep and immediately set to work in the sci-
ence laboratory, where they were each in charge
of their own unique research station.
Experiments included extracting DNA from
split peas, analysing Earth and Martian soil, op-
erating robotics, filtering polluted water, and per-
forming conductivity tests on various materials.
It was during this time on Mars that the radiation
After safely vacating the Mars Science Lab,
the schools swapped roles, with Tarwin Lower
students moving rooms to the Mission Control
facility on Earth.
An array of desktop computers faced two large
central screens, which displayed information
about the science lab.
Each student was responsible for monitoring
one part of the mission, such as fuel reserves, wa-
ter supply, radiation levels, communication sys-
tems and robot control.
Students performed well under the constant
pressure of alerts and malfunctions, repeatedly
restoring a safe working environment for the ex-
plorers on Mars.
UNIFY Music Festi-
val will return to Tarwin
Lower in 2017 bigger and
better after a massive suc-
cess earlier this year.
Festival director Rhett
McLaren said changes to the
event may mean a change of
venue next year.
“Next year is going to be
very exciting and we are look-
ing forward to announcing our
plans at the end of June,” he
He told South Gippsland
Shire Council of the success
of the festival when he spoke
at last Wednesday’s public pre-
This year’s Unify saw 5000
people gather at Tarwin Lower
for two days of heavy music
and camping at the second fes-
tival, which attracted people
from overseas and interstate,
and injected around $200,000
into the economy.
Many community groups,
such as the Tarwin Lower Foot-
ball Netball Club, and Venus
Bay and Tarwin Lower Men’s
Shed, also benefited through
Radio presenter Dan Carter
from England’s BBC1’s Rock
Show visited, labelling the
event on air as “One of the best
festival experiences I’ve ever
The first marriage proposal
took place at the festival (she
said “Yes”) and one festival-
goer even had a tattoo applied
referencing the festival.
In its first year, Unify sold
3000 tickets in three minutes
and reached full capacity, prov-
ing its potential to become a
large, successful event.
According to the application
to council, the 2017 festival
is set to commence on Friday,
January 13 and will sell 7500
tickets. At this stage the dura-
tion of the event is yet to be
The festival is expected to
require 500 volunteer staff and
will benefit local businesses,
with the average ticketholder
estimated to spend $30 locally.
The permit alludes to inter-
national acts with a line up yet
to be announced.
“The style of music is large-
ly hard-rock of a similar vein to
the Unified record label UNFD.
Performers will come from
Melbourne and both interna-
tional and interstate locations,”
the application read.
“In addition to live music,
various market stallholders, site
activities and art installations
will be located around the site
for attendees’ enjoyment.”
IN response to the recent challenges in
the dairy industry, GippsDairy is host-
ing an initial series of workshops to help
farmers through these tough times.
These workshops focus on ‘Finances, Feed
and Friends’ and assist farmers to develop spe-
cific strategies to help manage through the end
of this season and into next. These have already
been held in Korumburra, Meeniyan, Yarram,
Willow Grove and Labertouche.
The workshops have provided local farm-
ers withimmediate actions and calculation of
break-even milk prices, cash flow management
strategies, maximising home grown pasture and
feeding options, animal health over winter, panel
sessions with a consultant, banker and industry
representative, and, most importantly, farmer
health and wellbeing.
Council adopted the Korumburra Town Cen-
tre Streetscape Masterplan at its meeting on
The masterplan provides traffic and pedes-
trian safety enhancements and functionality
improvements along Commercial Street from
Bridge Street to King Street.
Minimal disruption to existing infrastructure
is expected through the changes to traffic move-
ment and parking.The project received a number
of submissions from the public initially and I
thank them for providing their valuable feedback
By increasing the functionality, safety and vi-
sual amenity of the area we invest in community
pride and provide a town centre that is welcom-
ing to both residents and visitors alike.
The project will now progress to the detailed
design phase prior to a final round of community
feedback. You can view the masterplan on coun-
cil’s website at www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/
Council is undertaking a second round of
community consultation following the design of
draft plans for Bair Street, Leongatha.
This project will be a catalyst for change in the
region. The community is being presented with
two options, both of which incorporate the top
themes from the community feedback: to make
Bair Street greener, more pedestrian friendly and
to improve connections from Bair Street to the
Great Southern Rail Trail and the VicTrack land.
The draft Leongatha Streetscape Masterplan
(Re-imagining Bair Street) is now available for
public comment until Friday, June 10.
An information session for the community is
being held on Tuesday, May 31 from 5pm to 7pm
at the Dakers Centre, Leongatha.
Investing in Leongatha’s CBD ensures we po-
sition the region for economic growth and pros-
perity for the future.
Considering the recent impacts on our local
dairy industry this work is vital to support our
community’s ongoing stability.The masterplan is
available to view on council’s website, at coun-
cil’s office and at 37 Bair Street. Anyone wanting
more information about the plan should contact
council’s strategic planning officer Chantal Len-
National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual
campaign that aims to encourage more young
Australians to read and enjoy books.
Now in its 16th successful year, it is a colour-
ful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the
value of reading and literacy, using an Australian
children’s book that explores age-appropriate
themes, and addresses key learning areas of the
National Curriculum for grades 1 to 6 and the
pre-school Early Learning Years Framework.
It was a pleasure to take part in National Si-
multaneous Storytime at the Korumburra Library.
The event is held annually by the Australian Li-
brary and Information Association.
Every year a picture book, written and illus-
trated by an Australian author and illustrator is
read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-
schools, childcare centres, family homes, book-
shops and many other places around the country.
The event is a unique way to promote the
value of reading and literacy in young children
and the book, I Got This Hat gave me the oppor-
tunity to wear one of my favourite hats from my
personal collection. My top hat was a real winner
with the kids!
Thank you to council’s director corporate and
community services Jan Martin for reading at the
Leongatha Children’s Centre.
MOUNTAIN View Leongatha residents
attended the morning with family and
friends to raise money for a worthy
cause at the village’s Biggest Morning
Terrific morning tea
Tea time: from left, Mountain View residents Margaret Cruickshank and Gloria Lahn tasted
some of the delicious treats on offer at the Biggest Morning Tea last Tuesday, May 24.
Village men: from left, Bob Pearson and Les
Smith of Mountain View, Leongatha enjoyed
a social morning at the village’s Biggest
Morning Tea last Tuesday, May 24.
Out of this world: Tarwin Lower Primary
School student Nelson McMillan pauses for
the camera whilst training to operate a robot-
ic arm on Mars at the Victorian Space Sci-
ence Education Centre in Melbourne.
However, during their time in Mission Con-
trol, an unknown virus entered the Mars Science
Lab and the mission controllers had to shut down
the laboratory mission and order an evacuation of
“It is extremely important to expose today’s
students to as many facets of science as possible,”
Grade 6 teacher Lindsay Bovill said.
“The children in primary school right now will
be amongst the first humans to explore Mars in
Tea last Tuesday, May 24.
Guests indulged in a wide array of morning tea
treats accompanied by live entertainment and ac-
tivities, with all proceeds going towards the Can-
Village general manager Rosa Sinopoli said
the event was a “major success” with residents
and their friends banding together to raise money
for the charity.
“We all know somebody who has been af-
fected by cancer and it is a disease that does not
discriminate,” she said.
Guests held a minute of silence to remember
those they had lost to cancer over the years.
“We have 32 residents at Mountain View at the
moment and judging by the attendance at the morn-
ing tea, it looks as though they have all networked
really well and made friends,” Ms Sinopoli said.
“We have new residents joining us this week
from Pakenham and it is great we have these op-
portunities for our residents to socialise and get to
know each other.”
Ready to play: Unify Music Festival’s Rhett McLaren (centre) and Brendan Ryder talk about
the festival’s success this year with South Gippsland Shire Councillor Mohya Davies.
Music to unite more
Cr Robert Newton
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