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DRAWING on artists
who have exhibited in the
past at Gecko Studio Gal-
lery at Fish Creek, along
with a number of new art-
ists, The Gathering 2016
is the next exhibition to
open at this popular con-
temporary gallery in Fish
Opening Sunday, June 19,
The Gathering 2016 is Gecko’s
second annual winter/spring
exhibition which will run
through to November 19, when
they will kick off once again
with their monthly exhibitions
through the summer/autumn
The Gathering 2016 is an
extension of the Stockroom
at Gecko, which means if
you decide you would like
to purchase an artwork from
the exhibition, you can take
it away before the exhibition
closes, making this a fluid, ever
changing showcase of artists
for the five month duration.
Some of the artists in this
exciting exhibition include Kate
Zizys, Susan Purdy, Peter Cole,
Geoffrey Ricardo, Christine
Larsen, Leigh Fraser, Tommy
Pau, Dennis Leversha, Chris
Tuttle and Kerry Spokes, with
some surprise additions along
Gecko Studio Gallery is
open throughout winter five
days a week (Thursday to
Monday) from 10am to 4pm.
Gecko is the place to come
for a fantastic range of art
materials, high quality framing
and wonderful local artisan
jewellery and ceramics.
various disciplines are also on
offer throughout the year.
The Good Life
Your LOCAL guide to Art and Entertainment
THE Leongatha Centrelink Agency cel-
ebrated 10 years service to the people of
Leongatha and surrounds recently.
The agency marked the occasion with a small
party organised by Chris Cahill, community engage-
ment manager at Centrelink who congratulated the
The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau
and Community Information Centre auspice the
agency in Leongatha and South Gippsland Shire
Council provide the office located in the Memorial
An average of 380 cases a month are dealt with
by this agency, and this assists customers who would
otherwise have to travel to Morwell or Wonthaggi.
The agency is open from 9am to 1pm on week-
days, and customers can use the Centrelink comput-
er to register with MyGov and to update and report.
They can also use the Centrelink phones and can
be assisted with proof of identity by the staff. Medi-
care claims can also be forwarded from this agency.
COASTAL towns will be included in the
State Government’s project to transform
The towns selected to share Western Port’s
$350,000 were Pioneer Bay, Grantville, Tenby
Point, Corinella and Coronet Bay.
The project will connect the towns and create a
spectacular outdoor installation and arts event cel-
ebrating the local natural and built environment.
BASS Coast businesses are invited to en-
ter the 2016 Bass Coast Business Awards
until July 11.
Businesses registered to receive business mail
with Australia Post will receive an entry kit in the
Winners will be announced at the awards pre-
sentation dinner on Friday, August 19, at Silver-
water Resort, San Remo.
LEONGATHA resident Tom Parsons has
been presented with two masonic jewels
in recognition of 75 years of service to
The grand ceremony took place at a meeting of
the Outtrim Lodge at the South Gippsland Masonic
Centre in Korumburra.
The open meeting was attended by many non-
freemasons and ladies there to see 93 year old Mr
Parsons receive his two jewels.
Max Crawford from Loch presented the 75
years jewel for service to The Blue Lodge and Da-
vid Parossien from Inverloch presented the 70 years
jewel for service to The Holy Royal Arch Chapter.
The vacant chair ceremony was also carried out
during the evening.
This ceremony is traditionally carried out in
lodges during April to recognise the absence of free-
masons who went to war and did not return.
It was an especially poignant ceremony given Mr
Parsons’ distinguished World War Two service when
he joined the army, transferred to the RAF, trained as
a pilot and was sent to England to train other pilots.
Mr Parsons was later moved to the Pathfinder
squadron flying Mosquitoes.
It was during his time with the army as an 18
year old that he became a freemason.
Tom and his wife Hazel retired to Leongatha 35
years ago when he became involved with a number
of South Gippsland lodges, making friends with the
two men he chose as his presenting officers at the
Outtrim Lodge ladies provided supper, and Tom
entertained everybody with stories of his life and the
lighter side of his war service.
THE scripts have been put away and
Wonthaggi Secondary College’s thespi-
ans have embraced Shakespeare’s elo-
This year’s performance of A Midsummer
Night’s Dream will come to life at the Wonthaggi
Union Art Centre from July 22 to 24.
While there are 60 performers in the cast, a
further 23 students have been working hard be-
hind the scenes to create beautiful sets for the
The cast have been working hard to learn their
lines and are now in the processes of putting all five
acts together, rehearsing at least twice a week.
Director, drama teacher Danni Hradsky, is
well acquainted with the play and said she was
impressed by how well the students have adapted
to the language.
“The language is certainly beautiful but it has
been a challenge. I chose this play because it’s
iconic. It has everything in it: love, teen problems,
magic tricks and plenty of stuff in between,” she
“What the cast has really had to work on is
using big expressive movement, and some had to
learn dancing and singing.
“It’s also been great to see them work so well
together and become more comfortable with one
Tickets to the show will be available soon,
costing $15 each or $50 for a group of four.
Grand ceremony: from left, Past Grand Junior Warden, Hugh Hendry; Past Grand Senior
Warden, Tom Parsons and Past Grand Inspector of Working, Fred Sauvarin at the elaborate
jewel presentation ceremony at the South Gippsland Masonic Centre in Korumburra.
for long service
Party time: from left, Leongatha Centrelink agents Beverley Ellwood, Judy Holmes, Morwell
Centrelink manager Lisa Burridge, Jill Widmer and Chris Cahill, Centrelink community
engagement manager, mark the 10th birthday of the Leongatha Centrelink Agency.
Centrelink agency marks milestone
favourite business The mechanicals: from left, Dustin Britt, Jess Pavert, Shantelle Keogh, Sinead Griffin,
Caitlyn Allen, Hayley Frost, Miora Trainor and Sam Tedford will bring the Shakespearean
characters to life in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Unique piece: Peter Cole’s linocut, On Tour, will be part of
The Gathering 2016 at Gecko Studio Gallery at Fish Creek.
Artists unite at Gecko
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