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By Stuart Biggins
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has
facilitated community meetings to gain
ideas for the Active Retirees Advisory
Committee (ARAC) to consider.
The committee is also receiving input via online
and hard copy surveys, with the deadline for submis-
sions June 30.
Sessions recently held at Leongatha, Mirboo
North, Loch, Venus Bay and Foster were all well
attended and council’s social planning officer Vicki
Bradley said, “Between retirement and getting old,
there is a considerable amount of time where people
are still active members of the community.”
The committee aims to produce as comprehen-
sive an active ageing plan as possible.
One of the many issues raised was the lack of
seating in the commercial heart of Leongatha and
how vital it is the redeveloped Bair Street includes
adequate consideration of this need.
Further discussion focused on how seating could be
more imaginatively arranged to allow people to hold
conversation other than simply being seated in rows.
A favourite activity of retirees is walking the dog
and yet there is not one officially designated place
in Leongatha where the elderly feel able to let their
dogs off the leash without fear of being fined.
The velodrome, or a similar place, was suggest-
ed as the kind of fenced venue where, during certain
hours, dog owners could be permitted to exercise
Mrs Bradley pointed out that in the shire, dogs
are allowed to walk free provided they are under
control. There is no by-law to say residents cannot
walk their dogs off leash.
Because of improvements to battery technology,
charging stations for electric scooters are no lon-
ger an issue but parking of these vehicles remains
Where this is a serious concern is the bus sta-
tion in Leongatha, which has no parking for electric
scooter users, let alone secure parking for their ve-
Better promotion of council’s community cars
in Foster and Leongatha are needed. These vehicles
help people with no other options but public trans-
port to attend doctors’ appointments, sometimes in
places as far flung as Larobe Regional Hospital,
The shire’s website has undergone an overhaul
and the process of modernisation continues to better
service elderly residents.
Small group, big ideas: from left, Active Retirees Advisory Committee member Jean Car-
nell, South Gippsland Shire Council social planning officer Vicki Bradley, committee mem-
ber Joan Turner and Leongatha resident Susan Hanson at the sessions recently.
Seniors canvas ideas to stay active
STUDENTS from Wonthaggi North Pri-
mary School (WNPS) and Wonthaggi
North (White Road) Kindergarten cel-
ebrated the national simultaneous story
Grade 3 and 4 students from WNPS travelled to
the kindergarten with their own handwritten books.
Once they had read their stories, they gave the
books to the kindergarteners as a gift to take home.
This project aimed to promote a love of literature
and reading at home, as part of the Prep transition
Also a part of the program, Grade Prep teacher Lin-
da Pellizzer – along with the school captains and their
buddies – will be visiting local kindergartens soon.
The transition will include future visits in term three,
followed by a 10 week pre-Prep program to ensure chil-
dren are well prepared to start school next year.
Good book: from left, Wonthaggi North Pri-
mary School’s Jamie and Wonthaggi North
Kindergarten’s Lachlan read a handmade
book together as part of the Prep transition
GIPPSLAND scientists have charted a re-
markable decline in the intensity of meth-
ane emitted by dairy cows in Australia.
The researchers, led by the team at Ellinbank and
including researchers from the University of Mel-
bourne, found the improvement was due to increased
per-cow milk yield.
In 1980, Australian dairying produced around
185,000 tonnes of enteric methane and total enteric
methane intensity was around 33.6g methane/kg
In 2010, the estimated production of enteric
methane was 182,000 tonnes but total enteric meth-
ane intensity fell around 40 per cent to 19.9g meth-
Measured emissions from 220 forage-fed cows
indicated an average methane yield of 21.1g meth-
ane/kg dry matter intake. The findings were pub-
lished in the latest edition of CSIRO’s Animal Pro-
duction Science journal.
A MEETING was recently held in Le-
ongatha to discuss the possibility of
refugees from the Middle East settling
in South Gippsland.
The group of about 30 people from four Le-
ongatha and Korumburra churches met with John
Carroll of The Barnabas Fund at the Leongatha
Mr Carroll is the co-ordinator of Operation
Safe Haven, which facilitates the settling of
Christian refugees who have been displaced from
their homes due to the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
“Many world leaders are now recognising that
a genocide is being perpetrated by ISIS against
Christian and other minority groups,” Mr Carroll
“Christians are not safe and often do not have
access to the normal refugees pathways, which
may be controlled by Islamic militia.
“Barnabas Fund has strong links with the
Christian churches in Syria and Iraq and works
with the church to identify genuine, persecuted
Mr Carroll reported that about 25 Australian
churches, including the Korumburra Baptist
Church, the Leongatha Anglican Church and
many others from regional areas, have expressed
interest in sponsoring Christian refugees to settle
in their area.
Refugees under the Special Humanitarian Pro-
gram are given full Centrelink support services.
Sponsoring refugees involves picking them up
from their point of entry, helping them find ac-
commodation, access services such as schools,
healthcare and banking, and being friends as they
settle into Australian culture, learn English and re-
cover from the trauma of severe persecution and
displacement from their home and livelihood.
Discussion at the meeting included practical
issues of providing language support, finding
suitable housing and the possible limitation of
jobs available in the area.
Pastor Ian Wilkinson of the Korumburra Bap-
tist Church reported initial meetings had been held
with McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and South
Gippsland Shire Councillor Andrew McEwen to
discuss government and community support.
“The initial support for the proposal to settle
Arabic Christian refugees in the area is very en-
couraging,” meeting convenor Gordon Dowth-
“It’s quite a challenge for our churches and
the community to do more than just sign petitions
and lobby government. We have much to offer
and I’m sure our lives will be enriched by wel-
coming those in real need to our lovely area.”
Arms opened to welcome refugees
Dairy low on gas
A NYORA farmer says he
can save farmers substan-
tial money on their energy
Wayne Lording, a Blonde
d’Aquitaine cattle breeder, horse-
man and olive farmer, also has a
family farm in Glenburn near Yea.
He has set up his property at
Glenburn as a showcase to educate
farmers and governments about
saving energy costs with little cap-
ital investment, using renewable
“Farmers continue to battle the
everyday costs of farming while
trying to continue to make profits,”
With an engineering back-
ground and many years’ expe-
rience in green and renewable
energy, he was an advisor to the
State and Federal governments on
ground source heating and cooling
Mr Lording said geothermal
ground source heating and cool-
ing plants could save dairy, pig and chicken farmers
thousands of dollars every year in hot water produc-
tion and LPG/electric heating costs.
“Unlike other technologies that need sun and
wind to produce energy, the ground has a constant
temperature in Victoria of around 16 degrees,” he
In trenches 1.8m deep, Mr Lording has run Class
12 Poly pipe, circulating water through a closed
loop system which, by heat absorption, transfers the
heat, either hot or cold into the ground, and returns
the water to the house at a constant 16 degrees.
“This means that in turn, the heating and cooling
system is not affected by outside air temperatures
like traditional heating and cooling air-conditioner
systems, therefore running extremely efficiently,”
“It is not affected by the outside temperature
changes, where a standard heating and cooling sys-
tem’s efficiency is severely affected on very hot and
Mr Lording said the output of the geothermal
unit can be used to produce either hot or cold air or
hot or cold water.
“To help in the understanding, imagine a hot day.
Water at 16 degrees when pumped through a floor
slab will keep the house cool,” he said.
“If you have a big heat load, a small heat pump
in the geothermal unit can drop the water tempera-
ture even further to maintain a perfect indoor tem-
“Conversely, on a cold day, the 16 degree water
can be heated to 20 degrees by the same heat pump
to keep the indoor temperature perfect.
“In these cases the geothermal is only raising
the temperature four degrees, or dropping it a few
degrees on a hot day, which is quite different from
an air conditioner that is trying to cool the house to
20 degrees by pumping heat out into 40 degrees -
a temperature difference of more than 20 degrees.
This requires three to six times the energy.”
Mr Lording said a dwelling can be heated or
cooled either through ducting or
hydronics in slabs or via radiator
“The other by-product of the
geothermal system is that it can
also heat your potable hot water,
delivering huge cost savings.
Output temperatures can vary
from minus temperatures right
up to 60 degrees,” he said.
Mr Lording said geothermal
pipe loops can be installed in a
water course or storage to elimi-
nate digging trenches for the
“Putting the heat exchange
piping in damp ground like a
creek river valley increases the
efficiency further through better
heat exchange with the ground,”
Mr Lording has also installed
eight kilowatts of solar PV panels
to further reduce his energy costs
and also solar evacuated tube hot
water system that produces large
amounts of hot water straight
from the sun.
“The unique benefit of solar vacuum hot water
systems is they work on radiation, thus the system
always produces hot water even on a foggy day,”
Mr Lording said his farm’s electricity and gas
bill averages $19 per quarter.
“This includes the running of large water pumps
required to water the olives in summer, heating and
cooling of the dwellings, potable hot water and gen-
eral lighting and running costs of the household,”
Mr Lording said Melbourne University was
undertaking PhD studies on the cost savings of the
geothermal system and have an online monitoring
system that sends data back to university labs to be
To fi nd out more, see a video series on Mr Lord-
ing’s website www.lordingestate.com.au under the
sustainable farming tab.
He can also be contacted on 0419 308 020 or
Head underground to cut energy bills
Forward thinking: from left, Eric Lording, Victorian Shadow Minister for
Energy and Resources David Southwick and Eildon MP Cindy McLeish
chat with Wayne Lording about his money saving geothermal heating and
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