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CHILDREN were invited to bring their
fuzzy friends to Korumburra’s Coal Creek
for a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Sunday.
Despite the weather, Coal Creek coordinator Ro-
wena Ashley was thrilled with the turnout, as people
steadily came through the door throughout the day.
“We saw a wide selection of postcodes come
through. There were plenty of locals but we found
the majority travelled down for the day,” she said.
Ms Ashley said the steam train was an excellent
drawcard, with many people choosing to tour the
park in comfort out of the weather.
Activities continued in the foyer with illustrator
and Coal Creek volunteer Lizzie Alger teaching the
children how to draw their own bears.
Children also enjoyed a bear hunt, had the op-
portunity to meet Captain Koala and the South
Gippsland Concert Band entertained guests.
There was also a special teddy bears’ picnic train,
on which children were able to have a photo with a
giant teddy bear.
Parents were encouraged to post their photos
on Coal Creek’s Facebook page for a social media
“We have been looking for fun ways to boost
our page and we’ve had a really good response,” Ms
A competition was also held for best teddy bear.
Korumburra’s Scarlett Van Dyk won the five years and
under section, Altona’s Holly Sullivan won the eight
years and under section, Kew East’s Laura Eigenraam
won the 12 years and under section and Korumburra’s
Kiera Witton won in the open age group.
Teddies’ day out
Adventure: from left, Bena’s Makenzi, Indigo and Quillan Letcher took their teddies for a
trip to Coal Creek’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic on Sunday.
All aboard: from left, Levi and Ava Privitera from Mardan and Elodie Tehennepe from Gar-
field North were excited to take their teddies for a ride on the steam train during the Teddy
Bears’ Picnic at Coal Creek on Sunday.
Cuddles: from left, Emmerson and Mackenzy Broadbent from Knoxfield and Charlie Hunt-
er from Berwick rugged up and took their teddies to the Teddy Bears’ Picnic in Coal Creek
THE Loch Food and Wine Festival at-
tracted another huge crowd to Lions
Park on Sunday.
Now in its ninth year, the Food and Wine Festival
showcased local food and wine with more than 50
While there were plenty of taste delights for ev-
eryone to enjoy, the festival was a fantastic event for
a family outing with children entertained by games
and face painting.
The Loch Community Development Association
comprised of around 40 local volunteers – planned
the event for three months and were thrilled with the
“Up until three years ago we had the festival up
in the street. Last year we had around 1700 people
come through and this year was just as massive,”
volunteer Steve Hickey said.
Funds from the festival go towards the upkeep of
Loch’s memorial reserve and other local projects. This
year, funds are expected to go towards a toilet block,
which will be a fantastic asset for marketgoers.
“Money also go towards the CFA and other local
charities,” Mr Hickey said.
Tastes tantalise at Loch
Fun and games: from left, Korumburra’s
Max Greenwood, McKenzie White and Ky
Gow tried out the mini golf at the Loch Food
and Wine Festival on Sunday.
Yu m : from left, Leongatha’s Macy Bruce, Carrie Bruce, Dylan Adams and Jessy Rees ex-
plored the Loch Food and Wine Festival on Sunday.
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“To create jobs and boost tourism, we need to
invest in public infrastructure,” he said.
In 2007, the Coalition Government made an
election pledge of $3 million to restore the jetty
but lost the election.
Mr Broadbent said a restored jetty would give
everyone access to fishing and the water, and
make Port Welshpool even more attractive.
“Once restored, the jetty will become a
structure of national significance. It will enhance
the opportunities for tourism for all of southern
Victoria,” he said.
Mr Broadbent was confident the current
government will be returned and the money
would be delivered quickly after the election.
It will then be up to State Government and
South Gippsland Shire Council to get the job
“I look forward to the turning of the sod,” Mr
Councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said to
have $11 million spent in the local area would be
an economic boost for South Gippsland.
“Major capital works like this are important
to the local economy, provided they use local
trades,” he said.
Cr Jeanette Harding said it has been 18 years
since campaigning to save the Long Jetty began
and she was thrilled the promise of funding had
Cr Harding was confident of a positive
outcome for the jetty this time around.
“It has happened at last. It is wonderful news,”
Community advocate Paul Macphail said
securing funding for the jetty had been a long,
“We had all just about given up when this
announcement came out of the blue. It is very
good news,” he said.
McMillan Labor candidate Chris Buckingham
said, “I will continue to advocate for a Labor
commitment to the jetty and I will continue to
work with the community to get the outcome they
so desperately want.”
Jetty rescue at last
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