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THE Leongatha Gallery, part of the me-
morial hall complex, is a lovely place to
wander into; full of colour with objects
competing for attention, most for sale.
If you are in the market for a wedding, birthday, and
the arrival of a new baby or a house warming gift, there
can be few places in Leongatha, indeed anywhere, that
offer such arresting choices.
Taking in the traditional and contemporary art and
craft on display, it is remarkable too how much it rep-
resents the region.
Everything in the gallery which is one long room is
the work of local art and craft people.
The treasurer of the Leongatha Art and Craft Soci-
ety Inc., Patricia Hill, is herself a talented glass artist
with many of her striking works on display.
The gallery also features the work of one of
the original founders of the gallery 44 years ago, Pat
Dale whose work is strikingly modern in style.
Reg Marshall works with wood and one of his vin-
tage cars on display is quite exquisite.
There are woven baskets, ceramics, pin cushions
and toys, felted items, greeting cards, jewellery, knit-
wear, mosaics, leadlight, rugs, tea cosies, socks, silk
scarves and paintings.
The exhibitions are constantly changing in the well
lit, intimate space in its location in the heart of the
Admission to the gallery, open weekdays and Satur-
day (closed on Tuesday and Sunday) is free.
The Leongatha Gallery is managed and operated by
volunteers - Friends of the Gallery and members of the
Leongatha Art and Craft Society Incorporated (LSACS)
a non-profit organisation.
LACS is grateful to the Citizens Advice Bureau and
the South Gippsland Shire Council without whose assis-
tance the gallery would not be able to operate.
The gallery is also appreciative of donations of dis-
play stands by local businesses such as Leongatha
Take a wander through the gallery because you
never know what you will find.
Friends and fun: from left, Noelle Walker (president), Theresa Bateman, Reg Marshall,
Patricia Hill (treasurer), Lesley Marshall, Jenene Evans, Pat Dale and Elaine Stainkamph
in the Leongatha Gallery. Pat Dale was a founding member of the Leongatha Art and Craft
Society 44 years ago and is regarded as a cornerstone of the gallery. The fish you see on the
wall behind the group is one of her works.
Well worth the visit
Building for the community
LEONGATHA RSL has
30 volunteers it can call
upon to assist with the
delivery of the many ser-
vices it carries out in the
It is appreciative of any time that
anyone can give - provided of course
they meet basic requirements includ-
ing police checks - to help it carry
out this immensely important work
it does in the community.
When you register your wish to
become a volunteer with the Leon-
gatha RSL you also state your avail-
ability, however much or little it
is, all of it is valued.
You might be asked to drive
someone to an appointment.
You might be asked to deliver
Whatever your unique set of
skills, they can be put to use in
some way or other to make life
more pleasant for someone else.
There are many elderly clients
in the community who still live in-
dependently at home, but the gar-
den has become beyond them.
A couple of hours a week might
be all it takes of your time to keep
the garden neat and tidy.
Regardless of what form your
volunteer work takes, one of the
most important benefits is the way
it can combat social isolation.
You might be suited to tutoring
computer skills from basic to ad-
Online banking can be a chal-
lenge for an elderly person with no
Providing such people with the
knowhow and confidence to be able
to enjoy the wonderful convenience
of banking at home cannot be un-
There are ex-servicemen resi-
dents at both Koorooman House
and Woorayl Ledge who are col-
lected and taken to lunch - free -
once a fortnight at the RSL club.
There is a group of gentlemen
who travel to the RSL from Inver-
loch once a fortnight.
In short the RSL does an enor-
mous amount of good work in the
community and expanding its bank
of volunteers isn’t about making the
work lighter, it is about the RSL be-
ing able to increase the range of its
It is currently working on a
grant application to assist with the
purchase of a van with disabled/
The van will need drivers for
this transport which is to be made
available to service groups such
The volunteer services operate
out of the South Gippsland Veterans
Resource Hub on Bellingham Street.
The hub began operating late in
2015 and represents a significant in-
vestment in community on the part
of the RSL.
Wendy Wyhoon, Leongatha
RSL staff member and welfare co-
ordinator said, “It is also a place
where anyone is welcome to drop
biscuit, and of course a chat.”
Mrs Wyhoon said, “We started
small but the world is our oyster;
we can branch out now that we have
this wonderful facility.
The RSL operates a pension of-
ficer and advocacy service at the
building; bookings are required and
day to day affairs which can some-
times seem awfully complicated
and overwhelming can be quickly
sorted out for you. Or it might be
a question you have been unable to
find an answer to elsewhere – help
is at hand.
The centre will be officially
opened on October 22 at the begin-
ning of Veterans Health Week.
Welcome: Leongatha RSL staff member Wendy Wyhoon is
welfare coordinator based at the South Gippsland Veterans
Resource Hub on Bellingham Street, a facility for which she
brims with pride. She said, “People are welcome to drop in for
a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit, and of course a chat.”
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