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A MIRBOO North man was hospi-
talised after a car crashed into a tree
and was destroyed by fire at Mirboo
North on Friday night.
The 22 year old was a passenger
in the car. He was initially taken to
Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traral-
gon and was then transferred by road
ambulance to the Alfred Hospital
in Melbourne, suffering a fractured
Mirboo North Police are investi-
gating the accident that occurred on
Grand Ridge Road, Mirboo North,
about one kilometre south of Lanes
Road about 10.30pm.
Police said the car left the road and
collided with a tree, resulting in the ve-
hicle being destroyed by fire.
The passenger was sitting in the
rear, on the driver’s side, which col-
lided with the tree.
The driver, a 22 year old Trafalgar
man, was uninjured and is assisting
police with their enquiries in relation
to possible traffic related offences.
Leongatha Ambulance and CFA
volunteer units from Allambee and
Mirboo North attended.
Police believe two other vehicles
were travelling with the car at the
Mirboo North Police would like to
hear from witnesses as they investigate
whether speed, hoon driving or other
factors were involved. Call the station
on 5668 1444.
NAUGHTY drivers have been occupy-
ing the attention of Foster Police.
At 5pm Sunday, a 25 year old Fos-
ter North man was issued a penalty no-
tice for failing to stop at the stop sign
at the Main Street and Station Road,
Foster intersection. He was fined $311
and three demerit points.
On Friday at 10.30pm, a 25 year
old Kooweerup man was intercepted
while travelling along the South
Gippsland Highway at Toora travel-
ling 14km/h over the speed limit.
He was fined $311 and three demerit
At 4.40pm that day, police inter-
cepted a 45 year old Yarram man on
the South Gippsland Highway at Ag-
nes. He was driving at 11km/h over the
speed limit and received a $194 fine
and three demerit points.
Just 10 minutes earlier, police in-
tercepted a 23 year old woman travel-
ling at 11km/h over the speed limit on
the South Gippsland Highway at Fos-
ter. She was fined $194 and received
three demerit points.
A PROBATIONARY driver found with
an extreme blood alcohol limit has lost
his licence for 12 months.
The 20 year old Bairnsdale man
returned a blood alcohol reading of
0.123 when intercepted by Korumbur-
ra Police in Leongatha early on Friday
Probationary drivers must have no
alcohol in their system while driving.
The usual legal blood alcohol limit is
0.05 and the young man was more than
He was found in Anderson Street
and taken over the road to the Leon-
gatha Police Station.
Police served a notice for his ve-
hicle to be impounded and the driver
has since surrendered his car to Bairn-
His licence was suspended for 12
months, pending a court case.
A TELEVISION was stolen from inside
an unlocked car parked in the driveway
of a Leongatha home on July 23.
The crime, in Hughes Street,
prompted Leongatha Police to warn
thieves are opportunist and generally
only steal from unlocked vehicles.
“Police are again asking for people
to protect their property by locking
their cars, even if they are parked in
their driveway or carport,” Sergeant
Dale McCahon said.
Drink driver caught
A MEENIYAN man returned a blood
alcohol reading of more than twice the
legal limit on Friday.
The 63 year old blew 0.12 while
driving in Anderson Street, Leongatha
on Friday at about 7.30pm. He was is-
sued with a $661 penalty notice and
had his licence cancelled immediately
for 12 months.
Lost a case?
LEONGATHA Police are searching for
the owner of a pink case containing la-
dies clothing and handbags.
The case was handed to Leongatha
Police on Wednesday after being found
on the South Gippsland Highway.
The owner can claim it upon de-
scribing the case and contents.
TWO people were hospitalised af-
ter a three car crash at Kilcunda on
Police said an Inverloch woman,
23, was stopped on the Bass Highway
waiting to turn right into a beach car-
park leading to the caravan park about
A Hampton Park man, 48, travel-
ling behind in a Holden Commodore,
crashed into the rear of the woman’s
The impact forced her vehicle into
an oncoming Mazda CX-7 driven by a
44 year old woman from Newhaven.
The Qashqai driver was taken to
Wonthaggi Hospital with minor inju-
ries and the Commodore conveyed to
Dandenong Hospital, also with minor
The CX-7 driver was assessed by
paramedics at the scene.
All vehicles contained drivers
By Brad Lester
JUST months ago South Gippsland was
in drought but now farmers could be
forgiven for looking skyward and ask-
ing for the rain to stop.
July’s rainfall figures revealed well above average
falls, with Meeniyan receiving 148.mm on 17 days,
surpassing the July average of nearly 100mm, said
rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold of the Meeniyan
“It’s been pretty wet. The farmers are finding it a bit
on the soggy, boggy side,” he said.
“It’s gone a bit to the other extreme. The farmers
need a bit of sunshine to grow a bit of grass.”
At his Woorarra property, Mr Fromhold tipped
200.3mm out of his gauge for July – nearly eight inches
in the old scale.
“It’s been a few winters since we’ve had that sort
of rain,” he said.
The days have been equally wet at Neville Buck-
land’s Fish Creek farm where he recorded 149mm over
17 days – the wettest July since 142.5mm fell in July
The year to date figure for 2016 is 625mm, com-
pared to 483.5mm last year, but still behind the 2012
year to date figure of 816mm.
In Leongatha, David Shambrook tipped out
139.5mm over 24 days for July, ahead of the July aver-
age of 90mm.
“The year to date figure so far is 526.5mm so far, so
it’s starting to get up towards the average for the year
of 925mm,” he said.
“The red free draining soil will take every bit of rain
it can get but the heavier clay soil is probably getting a
bit on the wet side.
“We’ve got a lot more subsoil moisture than we’ve
had for a while so spring is looking pretty promising.”
Run-off has been filling South Gippsland Water’s
storages, with rainfall recorded from July 23 to 29:
Lance Creek 38mm, Ruby Creek 58mm, Coalition
Creek 10mm, Deep Creek 67mm, Little Bass 18mm
and Battery Creek 38mm.
Total rainfall figures for July were: Lance Creek
141mm, Ruby Creek 156mm, Coalition Creek 124mm,
Deep Creek 206mm, Little Bass 126mm and Battery
South Gippsland Water managing director Philippe
du Plessis said, “All catchments have had a solid soak-
ing over the past month, resulting in all water storages
being at or above 81 percent capacity.”
Water storage levels as at July 29 were: Lance Creek
(supplies Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Cape Paterson) 100
percent, Ruby Creek (Leongatha) 97 percent, Coalition
Creek (Korumburra) 100 percent, Deep Creek (Foster)
81 percent, Little Bass (Poowong, Loch and Nyora) 100
percent, and Battery Creek (Fish Creek) 100 percent.
“Given that the residents of Fish Creek, Korumbur-
ra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora were still on stage two
water restrictions in mid-June, these rainfall and stor-
age figures are very encouraging,” Mr du Plessis said.
South Gippsland Water continues to encourage
customers to use water wisely. Permanent Water Sav-
ing Rules remain in place across all systems and town-
Information regarding Permanent Water Saving
Rules can be found at www.sgwater.com.au or contact
South Gippsland Water on 1300 851 636 with questions
or concerns regarding smarter water usage.
Wonthaggi debs: Wonthaggi Power Football Net-
ball Club debutantes danced the night away at the
Wonthaggi Town Hall. Back row from left, Kyle
Garvie, Ben Wilson, Scott Pugh, Jason Riley,
Thomas Robinson, Callum Murdoch, Connor Em-
ery, Ryan Smith, middle from left, Kris Veerapen,
Brianna Magro, Danielle Flocas, Cassidy Bow-
man, Emmasyn Jones, Chloe Bannister, Louise
Finlay, Ethan Milkins, front from left, page boy
Cade Brown, Angelica Emery, Grace Burke,
dance instructors Bronwyn Williams and Shane
Gray, Wonthaggi Power netball club president
Lani Birkett, Wonthaggi Power club president
Brett Tessari , dance instructor Mariah Von Hagt,
Jasmine Garry, Emmagen Ferrisand and flower girl
Gypsi Schmidt. Photo courtesy of Foons Photo-
JUNIORS start on
Friday, August 5 with
Sections 1 and 2.
Draw: August 5: 4pm
Silver v Green, scorers Mc-
Millan, Webster; 4.40pm
Navy v Yellow, scorers Fish-
er, Lord; Red - bye.
August 12: 4pm Green v
Yellow, scorers Pedley, Sell-
ings; 4.40pm Silver v Red,
scorers Linke, Cousins; Navy
August 19: 4pm Green
v Navy, scorers Alexander,
Giles; 4.40pm Red v Yellow,
scorers Mackie, Hicks.
Teams: Silver - (coach
Danielle Mackie), Kye Mc-
Millan, Jack Linke, Tahlia
Lafferty, Bella Mackie, Sien-
na Musilli, Karlie Regester.
Green - (coach Gary Web-
ster), Sophie Kenney, Erik
Webster, Olivia Pedley, Angel
Alexander, Lachlan Hibber-
son, Riley Ladiges.
Red - (coach Pete Wal-
dron), Jade Cousins, Shanae
Hicks, Brody Smedley, Kira
Waldron, Charlie Robertson,
Yellow - (coach Michelle
Hibberson), Brayden Sell-
ings, Ava Lord, Ayla Lafferty,
Ruby Mackie, Caitlin Hibber-
son, Ostin Pedley.
Navy - (coach Elly Jones),
Jordan Fisher, Skylah Pedley,
Conor Sellings, Tim Hib-
berson, Zekhai Giles, Farrah
Draw: August 5: 5.20pm
Mid Blue v Black, scorers
Oliver, Pedley; 6pm Maroon
v Emerald, scorers Waldron,
McInnes; 6.40pm Yellow
v Light Blue, scorers Lord,
Mackie; Green - bye.
August 12: 5.20pm Light
Blue v Emerald,
Oliver, Starett; 6pm Black v
Yellow, scorers Moss, Elliott;
6.40pm Green v Maroon,
scorers Hibberson, Scott; Mid
Blue - bye.
August 19: 5.20pm Ma-
roon v Black, scorers Hib-
berson, Hicks; 6pm Green v
Yellow, scorers Allen, Bay-
ley; 6.40pm Light Blue v Mid
Blue, scorers Vanderzalm,
McEwan; Emerald - bye.
Teams: Black - (coach
Britt Roffey), Kye Davy,
Will Roffey, Eden Starrett,
Isobel Pedley, Jen Moss, Dy-
Yellow - (coach Dayna
Andrews), Beau G-Andrews,
Flynn Lord, Anika G - An-
drews, Aiden Elliott, Quillan
Bayley, Safron Kohlman.
Light Blue - (coach Col-
leen Herbert), Lucas Vnader-
zalm, Maddi Herbert, Harry
Herbert, Scott Mackie, Wade
Oliver, Kealey Oliver.
Maroon - (coach Gene
Vanderzalm), Liam Waldron,
Lexi Scott, Burke Vander-
zalm, Nelson Bayley, Ryan
Regester, Lily Gorman, Ben
Green - (coach Dar-
lene Jones), Josh Allen,
Zara Jones, Will Hibberson,
Fletcher Moon, Chelsea El-
liott, Aliarna Wright.
Mid Blue - (coach Tim
Bright), Conor Salmons,
Kirra Jones, Brody McEwan,
Zak Bright, Alison Oliver,
Emerald - (coach Matt
Darmanin), Sulli Herbert,
Ayja Starett, Tayla Hams,
Jedd Davy, Angus McInnes,
Section 4 play on a
Wednesday night and start on
the August 10.
Draw: August 10: 5.30pm
Dark Blue v Green, scorers
Redpath, Bright; 6.15pm Ma-
roon v Red, scorers Phillips
Martin; 7pm Black v Yellow,
scorers Potter, Darmanin;
Light Blue - bye.
August 17: 5.30pm Dark
Blue v Light Blue, scorers
Vanderzalm, Jones; 6.15pm
Maroon v Black, scorers
Scholte, Moore; 7pm Red v
Green, scorers Elliott, Cole;
Yellow - bye.
August 24: 5.30pm Ma-
roon v Green, scorers Thor-
son, Benra; 6.15pm Light
Blue v Yellow, scorers Bar-
nard, Mackie; 7pm Dark Blue
v Black, scorers Pedley, Tu-
dor; Red - bye.
Dark Blue -
(coach Lee Ballagh), Jack Bal-
lagh, Kayla Redpath, Adrian
Ballagh, Harry Vanderzalm,
Mikayla Pedley, Aaron Mo-
wat, Ben Cantwell.
Light Blue - (coach Leesa
Allcorn), Sarin Barnard, Elly
Jones, Travis Nash, Gemma
Drysdale, Riley Drysdale,
Ben Mackie, Tenika Roffey.
Red - (coach Tim Bright),
Jai Bright, Sam Bright,
Thomas Marrtin, Lachie El-
liott, Aaron Farrell, Luke
Green - (coach Troy
Palmer), Grant Cole, Stu
Bright, Sam Benra, Jake
Palmer, Dylan Clark, Nikki
Stockdale, Cody Palmer.
Yellow - (coach Doug
Hanks), Matt Darmanin, Rory
Hanks, Jasmin Mackie,Angus
Wright, Michael Mowat,
Rhys Lindsay, Jay Lindsay.
Maroon - (coach Rory
Harrington), John Phillips,
Zac Scholte. Grace Thorson,
Will McDonald, Beau Davey,
Hugh Elliott, Jayden Bat-
Black - (coach Steve Col-
lins), Will Collins, Hugh Col-
lins, Hannah Potter, Flynn
Moore, Ethan Tudor, Hayley
Meeniyan junior basketball
Rain music to farmers’ ears
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