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Mock Olympics entertain at lodge
Olympics antics: torch bearer and Woorayl Lodge president, Marilyn Lewis
and Gail Truscott (Australia) have a bit of fun at the opening ceremony at
Woorayl Lodge’s Olympics last Tuesday, August 9.
LEONGATHA’S Woorayl Lodge
held its own version of the Olympic
Games last Tuesday, August 9.
There was an opening ceremony, a parade
of athletes, and finally competition itself.
Countries represented were France, Eng-
land and of course Australia with athletes
competing in high jump, weight lifting, shot
put, fencing, a walk, and finally gymnastics
There were plenty of laughs and applause
from lodge residents as some of the attempts
Well done to staff members Gail Truscott
(Australia), Debbie Bullock (Great Britain)
and visiting member of the French team John
Right, Big leap: Aussie high jumper Gail
Truscott attempts the high jump with suc-
cess at Woorayl Lodge’s Olympics last
Tuesday, August 9.
WONTHAGGI North Primary School
recently held a crazy sock day to raise
money for State Schools’ Relief.
State Schools’ Relief is unique; no other
Australian state has a similar organisation that
ensures every student, regardless of their back-
ground, can fully participate in education.
Having a uniform and looking like everyone
else ensures all students feel included and valued.
State Schools’ Relief has supported tens of
thousands of young Victorians and their families,
clothing one in 60 children for school each year.
Funky feet: from left, Wonthaggi North Primary School students Tenneil, Levi, Rikki,
Kirra, Freya, Tilly, Rosie, Leah and Niamh sported crazy socks in support of State Schools’
Crazy socks support families
THE Fish Creek Hall will
be refurbished thanks
to $15,000 in grants re-
The hall committee received
a grant for $5000 from the FRRR
and Gardiner Foundation and an-
other for $10,000 from the South
Gippsland Shire Council.
“The hall was built in 1930
and hasn’t had a lot of mainte-
nance done in the last 20 years,”
committee secretary Catherine
“We will start in the supper
room, which is the most used
part of the hall. The floor will
be polished, a new suspended
ceiling with acoustic tiling will
be installed, the heating and
cooling will be improved and it
will get a new coat of paint.”
Ms McLead said on the
outside of the hall, the facia is
rotting and will be replaced and
the eaves will be lined to help
exclude weather and birds.
“The steps up to the supper
room will be replaced with a ramp
to help make the hall more acces-
sible for everyone,” she said.
“In the front part of the hall,
we want to replace the floor, the
ceiling needs work and we need
to address things like storage.”
Renovating the front part of
the hall is included in the mas-
ter plan and more funding will
be sourced through Regional
Development Victoria to com-
plete those works.
Upgrades on the way
New life: Fish Creek Memorial Hall committee secretary
Catherine McLead and Clancy are pleased to see the hall
will receive some much needed upgrades after receiving
$15,000 in grants recently.
COUNCIL and the Leongatha RSL are hosting a
50th Anniversary Battle of Long Tan event this
Thursday, August 18 to honour those who served
Australia during the Vietnam conflict, whether in
Vietnam or within Australia, and their families
The event has been organised to create an oppor-
tunity for people who served and those who supported
them to talk about their experiences.
I must acknowledge the commitment by former
South Gippsland Shire councillor and Vietnam veteran,
Richard Lester, who was a catalyst for the event and
will be laying a wreath on behalf of council.
We are pleased our guest speaker is Barry Heard,
a Vietnam veteran who has written a highly regarded
memoire about his time in Vietnam and the difficult
years following his return to Australia.
The South Gippsland Shire Brass Band will be pro-
viding musical entertainment of the era and the Leon-
gatha RSL will supply light refreshments.
We can only imagine the gruelling conditions expe-
rienced by those who fought in Vietnam during the war
but it is our responsibility to listen to those who did and
demonstrate our gratitude.
It is vital we provide our respect to not only those
who bravely fought in the Vietnam War but in all wars
and conflicts as they have sacrificed to ensure our safety
and quality of life.
The event is open to the public and will be held
from 5.30pm to 7.15pm in Leongatha Memorial Hall.
Please contact council to advise your attendance for ca-
A free financial literacy workshop to help support
farmers is being held on September 2. The Southern
Gippsland Agricultural Climate Resilience Project,
which is a joint initiative of South Gippsland and Bass
Coast shire councils and the State Government, is mak-
ing this unique program possible.
It is being presented by Meridian Agriculture and
will cover business planning, financial skills, risk man-
agement and supporting profitable business.
With the pressures currently being experienced by
our agricultural sector, particularly the dairy industry,
this workshop will help farmers consider diversifying
their farms to produce other products that create sus-
tainability for their business.
The workshop will be held from 10am to 3pm at
Manna Gum at Broad Beach, Inverloch. Bookings are
essential by Monday, August 29. Any individuals want-
ing more information or to book can contact Council or
Finally, a little word of warning for those affected
by the floods early last month. As we now start to clean
up the streets and our homes, there are a range of health
issues we need to consider; some of which can also af-
fect those living outside the worst-hit areas.
The main things to be aware of include bacterial in-
fections, injury prevention, mosquito-borne viruses and
rising damp where household mould can make some
people quite ill.
It’s important to remove sources of moisture that
are allowing mould to grow. After flooding or rain dam-
age, you should notify your insurance company before
removing wet floor coverings to assist drying. If walls
have been affected then seek advice from your insurance
company in relation to how best to dry these areas to pre-
vent structural damage and longer term mould growth.
Council’s environmental health team is on hand to
answer any questions or concerns. If your house was
damaged by the recent floods, an assessment team can
visit your property to ensure you receive the best sup-
port and advice for your circumstance.
Cr Bob Newton
PRIMARY Health Network (PHN) is
encouraging people with an interest in
primary care and/or governance to nom-
inate for one of two vacancies available
on the organisation’s board of directors.
The Gippsland PHN Board is an opportunity
for suitably qualified individuals to help shape
the strategic direction of Gippsland PHN, to im-
prove the coordination of primary health care in
Gippsland PHN board chair Dr Nola Maxfield
said serving on the board was a great way to as-
sist Gippsland PHN to improve the community’s
“Individuals interested in the coordination of
Gippsland’s primary health care have an exciting
opportunity to make a difference in a board direc-
tor role,” she said.
“We’re looking for people who have expertise
in clinical quality and safety, and being inclusive,
strategic and familiar with board processes.
“It’s important potential candidates are able
to translate this experience into Gippsland PHN
business environment and priorities.”
Results of the director election process will be
announced at Gippsland PHN’s Annual General
Meeting to be held on November 16 at Traralgon
Further information on the application pro-
cess can be found on the Gippsland PHN website.
Applications close August 21.
Shape health services
THE principal of South Gippsland Sec-
ondary College Matt McPhee is confi-
dent the school’s name change will take
place before the end of the year.
He said the application to change the name of
the school to Foster Secondary College had been
submitted to the Department of Education’s re-
gional director of south eastern Victoria, which
“It now goes to the central office. I don’t
imagine they will oppose the RD’s wishes so I
think the change will take place. We just have to
wait before we have official word,” he said.
New school name likely
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