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TARWIN Valley Pri-
mary School hosted
a special event re-
cently, as part of its
resilience project and
building a better con-
nection with the com-
Locals gathered at the
Meeniyan Hall to listen to
guest speaker, Leongatha
Football Club’s senior
coach, Beau Vernon.
The school’s wellbeing
officer Kath Gilbert want-
ed to hold an event that
promoted positive mental
wellbeing, and brought the
school and the community
“One of our teachers,
Peter Helms, coaches with
Beau at the Leongatha
Parrots and suggested him
as a great guest speaker on
resilience,” she said.
During the day, Beau
spent some time with se-
nior school students, talk-
ing about gratitude and the
outcomes of having a posi-
“The students were re-
ally receptive to that,” Ms
It was the first time the
school had held an event for
the greater community and
the response was positive.
“The event was a bit
of an unknown to us, so it
was excellent to see such
a good turnout including
On topic: Tarwin Valley Primary School principal
Brett Smith, wellbeing officer Kath Gilbert and
guest speaker Beau Vernon were pleased with the
turnout at an event hosted by the school in Meeni-
School reaches out
past students and current
parents,” Ms Gilbert said.
The school has recent-
ly opened a community
room to further build its
connection with the local
Ms Gilbert said the
school will be hosting a well-
being expo on August 10 for
parents and the public.
“It will help us to let
the community know what
we are doing and it gives
us another opportunity to
work together, so we are
looking forward to that,”
BASS Coast Shire Council will
create the Bass Coast Whale Trail
between Phillip Island and Inver-
loch thanks to funding from the
The Whale Trail will see the installation
of educational and interpretative signage at
several well known whale watching loca-
tions, giving both locals and visitors alike
the opportunity to watch for majestic whales
during their annual migration at the best
viewing locations around the coastline.
This re-scoped project has seen several
discussions over an extended period of time
and reflects the preferences of the commu-
nity, including Watershed Victoria, which
was identified during development of the
Kilcunda Foreshore Management Plan.
Bass Coast mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale
said whale watching is an obvious and amaz-
ing eco tourism opportunity in the shire.
“It’s screaming out to be accentuated and
links in beautifully with our coastal walks,
trails and outdoor experiences,” she said.
“Having these points of interest along
our stunning coastline adds to the deepen-
ing of our narrative, gives us insight and a
new appreciation of these incredibly large
creatures and their migration. Being in the
off-peak season is an added bonus.”
The new project started in July and will
involve planning and cooperation between
land managers and stakeholders, includ-
ing Watershed Victoria and Whalewatch
“This has been a long time coming, so
thank you to both the local groups involved
for their passion and tenacity in advocating for
this project to be realised,” Cr Crugnale said.
This project is supported through fund-
ing of $25,000 from the Australian Govern-
ment’s National Landcare Program.
For further information, contact coun-
cil’s Sustainable Environment Team on
1300 BCOAST (226 278) or 5671 2211.
Up high: a Bass Coast Whale Trail will be created to highlight well known
whale watching spots. Photo courtesy of Wildlife Coast Cruises.
New Whale Trail
for Bass Coast
THE Mirboo North
Playgroup and Toy
Library held its annu-
al Choo Choo Market
at the Mirboo North
Shire Hall recently, a
hugely popular event.
The market featured
mainly hand crafted prod-
ucts from South Gippsland
and surrounding areas.
Choo Choo commit-
tee chairperson Lorinda
Campbell said this was the
fifth year the market had
been held to raise money
for the playgroup and toy
Funds collected will
be put towards the re-
placement of rubber mat-
ting at the playgroup’s
“We already received
a grant from the Mirboo
North and District Com-
munity Foundation and
the South Gippsland Shire
for the project which is
expected to cost around
$10,000,” Ms Campbell
“We would be really
happy if the Choo Choo
Market raised around
Ms Campbell said the
market is only made pos-
sible with the support of
local businesses, sponsor-
ship and the hard working
Fun at Mirboo
Market must haves: Sharn and Heather Downing from Hello Sweet Mae in Foster had a stall full of
beautiful handmade creations at the Mirboo North Playgroup Choo Choo Market, held in the Mirboo
North Shire Hall recently.
Family fun: Kylie Cannizzo from the Mirboo
North Playgroup and her nephew Tex Metselaar
from Inverloch were enjoying selling raffle tickets
to all of the visitors to the Choo Choo Market, held
in the Mirboo North Shire Hall recently.
Cr Bob Newton
RESIDENTS of Poowong, Loch
and Nyora are now benefitting from
a state of the art, more environmen-
tally friendly sewerage system.
I attended the official opening of
the new reticulated sewerage scheme in
Loch by Member for Eastern Victoria,
Harriet Shing MP, and you may wish to
thank former National Party leader, Peter
Ryan, for all his hard work in bringing
this scheme to fruition.
There is also little doubt the dedicat-
ed community campaign to get residents
connected to a quality sewerage system
is what got the project over the line.
The $20 million sewerage scheme is
a win for these communities. This project
shows small towns are still in fact enti-
tled to the same level of amenity and util-
ity irrespective of distance and size. I am
sure we will see the populations of these
towns grow as a result.
On Wednesday I had the pleasure
of touring the new Karmai Community
Children’s Centre and what a thrill it
was to see such a quality, modern facility
within our midst.
Again, this project would not have
been possible without community initia-
tive. It was a group of driven represen-
tatives with the support of council who
planned this multi-use facility to meet
the critical need for children’s services in
Korumburra and surrounds.
The centre will provide 120 new
places for child care, kindergarten, out
of school hours care, maternal and child-
hood services and specialist children’s
It will co-locate current services that
are unable to meet increasing demand
and have no capacity to expand.
Funding was contributed by all levels
of government and the local community,
making this a truly collaborative proj-
ect. The centre should be operational by
On the topic of council’s capital
works, it seems that again I am having to
redress the misinformation being put into
the public realm.
At last week’s council meeting there
was an inference made to a ‘honey pot’
from which councillors could pluck proj-
ects at random. What a furphy!
A quick browse of council’s website
will show the dozens of plans and strate-
gies that have been developed to ensure
all our communities are properly sup-
ported by council.
From the Social Community Infra-
structure Blueprint to the Asset Manage-
ment Policy to the many individual town
plans, there has been much consultation
and research put into the decisions coun-
By the way, did you know where the
term “it’s a Furphy” came from? A fur-
phy is a rumour or a yarn that picks its
way through facts and fictions.
Originating in the 1800s, the stories
told whilst standing around the Furphy
water tank were considered to be com-
pletely detached from fact and became
known as a Furphy.
Another furphy is the term ‘discretion-
ary’ that is being bandied about. All council
capital works spending is discretionary.
As a collective we vote on whether
to spend money on Project A or Project
B. We exercise our discretion. Take Mir-
boo North for example. To claim that no
money has been or will be spent in Mir-
boo North is ridiculous.
There has been more than $2 million
spent in and around Mirboo North be-
tween 2003-04 and 2015-16 including (to
name just a few) new footpaths, improve-
ments at Baromi Park, new facilities at
the recreation reserve, upgrades at the day
care centre, new solar heating at the pool
and works at the elderly citizens’ centre.
There is $2.1 million slated to be
spent at the Mirboo North pool plus the
$400,000 that will be spent on capital
works next financial year according to
the wishes of the community.
I am an experienced councillor – as I
like to say, I’ve been around the block a
few times. I understand politics and the
argy bargy that comes with it.
Respectful debate about policy is one
thing; deliberately playing our towns off
against one another using cherry-picked
statistics really is beyond the pale.
We are a community, not a collection
of un-connected towns and hamlets. This
sort of politicking serves to divide, not to
build pride and cohesion.
I attended the opening of Macqueen’s
Hairdresser and Tobacco at Coal Creek
Community Park and Museum. What a
privilege to have four generations of the
Macqueen family attend the ceremony.
Lachlan Macqueen and his wife Hannah
(Tootse) raised eight children in Korum-
burra and surrounds, all of whom served
in the armed forces in World War Two.
What’s more is they all came home.
The Macqueen family story is one South
Gippslanders should all be proud of.
Initially a grocer, Lachlan turned his
hand to barbering and with a natural tal-
ent for singing he soon became known as
the Singing Barber. It is fitting that his
legacy and that of his family is now pre-
served at Coal Creek.
With the Rio Olympics now in full
swing, I would like to wish all athletes the
best of luck, especially South Gippsland
high jumper, Eleanor Patterson, who joins
422 other Australian athletes at the Games.
What an amazing feat to have made
it this far. Eleanor’s high jump qualifying
event is scheduled on day 13 (August 18)
of the games, which we know is a lucky
number for some.
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