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GUESTS were treated to barista made
coffee and gourmet treats last Thursday
at Yooralla’s Community Cafe.
Held in conjunction with Federation Train-
ing, the cafe drew in 56 guests and gave students
an opportunity to showcase their newly obtained
Community development worker Vanessa
Holness said the course improves students’
chances at gaining employment in the hospitality
”We host a community cafe on the second
Thursday of every month and we have been
building up the program in different training cen-
tres for six years now,” she said.
“As a result of the cafe, Yooralla now has a
catering group which works at a number of com-
munity events and functions.”
Diners were treated to a choice of chicken pie
or zucchini and haloumi cakes, with baked pota-
toes followed by wagon wheel brownies for des-
sert. They chose to pay what they felt the meal
was worth, rather than paying a fixed price for
“The students obtain amazing skills and also
receive their responsible serving of alcohol cer-
tificate, barista training and a food handling cer-
tificate,” Ms Holness said.
“This is a major advantage to them when they
look for employment and as a result, many have
gone on to work in hospitality.”
By Lucy Johnson
LOBBYISTS rallying against coal seam
gas exploration in South Gippsland
came together after the State Govern-
ment chose to defer its decision on the
subject last Tuesday, June 7.
The State Government was set to come to a
final decision on the four year old moratorium,
however the verdict has been postponed until Au-
gust when Parliament reconvenes.
Fergus O’Connor hosted a rally on his Berrys
Creek farm and said he would continue to sup-
port the Lock the Gate Alliance until a total ban
on onshore gas exploration had been made.
“It is incredibly disappointing to be left in
limbo once again and it really stuffs us up for the
next couple of months,” he said.
“We cannot make any plans for the time being
until they have come to a decision.”
Mr O’Connor was dissatisfied with the State
Government’s choice to appoint former police
minister Wade Noonan as Minister for Energy
on Monday, May 23, replacing Lily D’Ambrosio,
just prior to the moratorium deadline on June 8.
“The fact the government chose to change its
Minister for Energy at such a late date does not
help the situation as it means we now have to ne-
gotiate with a new minister rather than the one we
have been lobbying with,” Mr O’Connor said.
“We will continue to do whatever we can to put
a total ban on coal seam gas in South Gippsland
and until we have the outcome we want.
“My farm’s water supply comes from a spring
which feeds into a dam, supplying water to
Toomey Creek and then the Tarwin River. It is a
hugely important water source and I will do all I
can to protect it.”
Mr Noonan defended his deferral of the mora-
torium, which received more than 1800 submis-
“I take these issues seriously and therefore will
take more time to meet with industry, farmers and
other community representatives,” he said.
Lock the Gate Alliance coordinator Ursula
Alquier said she could not see the reasoning be-
hind the postponement.
“I understand the new minister will need time
to become familiar with the moratorium, how-
ever I think it is pretty clear how the community
feels about onshore gas exploration,” she said.
Labor Candidate for McMillan Chris Buck-
ingham echoed the concerns of his electorate and
said that if elected he would represent the views
of Lock the Gate Alliance, and Coal and CSG
Free Mirboo North accordingly.
“It is very clear that we do not want onshore
gas exploration here,” he said.
ON Tuesday, June 21 we have Level One
for Basic Food Handlers. It is nation-
ally recognised for the hospitality, retail,
community and health services, and food
This accreditation is ideal for those seeking work
or working in the hospitality industry, intending to start
their own restaurant/take away business, working with
children/ aged care workers, school canteens and peo-
ple selling food at markets.
We are also able to provide food safety supervisor
On the evening of Tuesday, June 21 we are running
our Responsible Service of Alcohol course. All people
serving alcohol in Victoria need this certificate, which is
approved by the Director of Liquor Licensing Victoria.
The term three program should be available by the end
of this week at milparacommunityhouse.org.au
Our newcomers’ afternoon tea was a great success
this term so we will be running a newcomers’ welcome
dinner in August.
If you have any other suggestions or feedback, con-
tact Jenni, Leisa and Belinda can be contacted on 5655
INVERLOCH residents may have to
dump their rubbish at the Wonthaggi
Transfer Station from September 1, 2017.
Bass Coast Shire Council is considering shutting
the Inverloch Transfer Station, leaving residents with
no option but to travel 15 minutes to Wonthaggi.
Council said the closure would coincide with the
introduction of the green waste bin service and allevi-
ate the need for green waste to be dumped at a transfer
Council will consider the closure of the Inverloch
Transfer Station at its meeting on June 22.
Closure of the transfer station was recommended
in the Bass Coast Shire Waste Management Strategy
Council CEO Paul Buckley said the Inverloch fa-
cility was not operating at best practice.
“The waste management strategy recommended
the closure for a number of reasons, such as having to
invest significant funding, and then further operational
budget, to upgrade and maintain the site to standard,”
“The cost to council to run and maintain the Inver-
loch Transfer Station in its current condition for 2015-
16 is $180,000, while funding allocated in the draft
2016-2017 budget is $185,000.
“Residential development to the north of the trans-
fer station has also resulted in a number of unverified
complaints regarding odours and noise associated
with green waste mulching, and if the facility is no
longer able to accept green waste, it may no longer
“Continued development will further decrease the
buffer around the facility, exacerbating these issues.”
The waste management strategy also identified
the facility as posing a risk to the local environment
through stormwater discharge and fire, potentially
impacting on nearby residential properties and Screw
Council and West Gippsland Catchment Manage-
ment Authority want to improve the health of Screw
Creek, with the transfer station and former landfill site
considered an ongoing threat to the waterway health
Closure of the transfer station would provide an
opportunity to rehabilitate the site and extend the natu-
ral reserve, while also removing environmental risks.
SOUTH Gippsland received a well de-
served dumping of rain throughout May
with some areas receiving higher rain-
fall than average.
Leongatha’s David Shambrook recorded 127mm
over 17 days last month, with the average for May set
“We had almost 40mm over the average but we are
still a little bit behind the progressive annual rainfall so
far,” he said.
“It does look promising for farmers whose pastures
can grow now. We will be needing more rain however
to ensure there is plenty of runoff for the dams.”
Meeniyan rainfall recorded Lindsay Fromhold not-
ed 148mm over 17 days and said he was relieved to see
rain returning to the region after a dry year in 2015.
“We usually receive 80mm in May so we had
almost double what we would usually get this time
around,” he said.
“The weather is mild and the grass is growing so
we have had a great start to winter so far.”
Mr Fromhold also recorded 15mm in the first week
of June, an average start to the month.
Meanwhile, Fish Creek’s Neville Buckland re-
corded a whopping 150mm, 42 more than average for
“We had rain over 18 days in May and we have
also had over 40mm so far in June, which is great to
see,” he said.
“This week looks to be good weather until Friday.
If we do not get too much rain in June it should be a
South Gippsland Water Storages are also looking
healthy, with managing director Philippe du Plessis
stating there is “a high possibility” that water restric-
tions may be lifted in the near future for Korumburra
“The gradual increase in water storage figures over
the past three weeks is encouraging,” he said.
“Equally promising is that storage levels are likely
to have increased further over the long weekend,
however, those rainfall figures have not been included
in our totals just yet.”
Lance Creek is currently at 63 per cent capacity
while Ruby Creek, responsible for sourcing water to
Leongatha, is sitting below at 36 per cent.
Little Bass and Battery Creek recipients at
Poowong, Nyora, Loch and Fish Creek are still under
stage two water restrictions with the reservoirs at 45
and 52 per cent respectively.
Barista trained: Mitch Price showed off his
superior coffee making skills at the Yooralla
Community Cafe last Thursday.
Good cause cafe
Gourmet cafe: Leongatha’s Ava Ceretti
showed off the chicken pie and the zucchini
and haloumi cakes on offer at the Yooralla
Community Cafe last Thursday.
Ban sought: members of Coal and CSG Free Mirboo North, Lock the Gate Alliance and Friends of the Earth met with fellow farmers
and protesters at a rally in Berrys Creek last Tuesday, June 7, after the State Government announced it would not make a decision on the
moratorium until August.
CSG wait infuriates
Rain a welcome change
POLICE are investigating an incident
involving theft and deceptions at San
Remo last month.
Investigators have been told a man parked his
car on Punchbowl Road at 3.30pm on Tuesday,
May 28 and went for a walk on the beach with
When he returned to the car he found the tail-
gate had been forced and a hammer was stolen.
The hammer was used to smash the passenger
windows and two mobile phones, three wallets
containing cash and credit cards and house keys
Witnesses have told police that they saw a
white VNVS Holden Commodore station wagon
in the area at the time of the incident.
The credit cards were used a short time later in
Lang Lang, Koo Wee Rup and Pakenham to pur-
Anyone with any information is urged to contact
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to submit confi-
dential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au
car at beach
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