Home' The Great Southern Star : August 16th 2016 Contents PAGE 32 - “THE STAR” Tuesday, August 16, 2016
By Sarah Vella
BACK in 2006, 72 fish sculptures lined
the banks of the Yarra River in Mel-
bourne, as part of the city’s decorations
during the Commonwealth Games.
Two of those fish sculptures ended up in Fish
Creek and now, local artist Andrew McPherson
and metalworker Ray Jones are working together
to create a fish wind vane from the two fish.
It has taken some years, but the sculpture is
nearing completion and is expected to be erected
between the rail trail and the butter factory by
Mr McPherson said one side of the fish used
the back sides of road signs and is smooth and
silver, while the other side used the faces of signs
and is designed to look like colourful scales.
“When the wind changes, people will be able
to see the different sides,” he said.
“We are still looking for aluminium road signs
to finish the project. The South Gippsland Shire
Council gave us quite a number, but we have run
out at the moment.”
Mr McPherson said if anyone has some alu-
minium road signs they would like to donate to the
project, he would be happy to hear from them.
When finished, the fish wind vane will be
erected on a three metre high pole, making the
sculpture over six metres tall.
The project has not come without difficulties
and there was a chance it wasn’t going to be com-
pleted at all.
“It was always going to be a big project. We
had some site difficulties which was dishearten-
ing,” Mr Jones said.
“We feel like there is a bit more community
involvement with the project now, it feels a bit
Mr McPhershon said while there is still a fair
bit of work to go, he is confident it will be fin-
ished by the end of the year.
“It has been a couple of months constant work
for the two of us and there is probably about a
month left, once we get going again,” he said.
“We are happy to do it as our contribution to
Fish Creek Community Development Group
vice chair Tony Walker from the said the project
was made possible by the work of many.
He said past members of the development
group, Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, the Great
Southern Rail Trail committee of management
and members of the community are all to thank
for the project coming to fruition.
“The sculpture should be visible from both in
town and by passing traffic, so we hope it is eye
catching enough to be a feature of the town,”
SIX girls made their Guiding Promise
at the Lyrebird Guide unit in Leongatha
They were Georgia Lawry, Alya Jones, Rubyann
Kuffer, Erica Begg, Savannah Interlandi and Elana
They were welcomed by the other members of
Lyrebird Guides after promising to do their best to:
• be true to myself and develop my beliefs;
• to serve my community and Australia; and
• and live by the Guide Law.
This is a big ask from young girls, but the Girl
Guides at Leongatha are doing an excellent job of
living up to their Promise.
The girls have been having fun at Guides earning
their pets badge. This has entailed visits to the vet, bring-
ing their pets to Guides, making toys to cats and more.
While having fun, the girls are also living their
promise and developing their leadership skills.
The Lyrebird unit for girls from grades 1 to 4
meets on Wednesdays, from 5pm to 6.30pm. Un-
fortunately, the Lizard unit, for girls from Grade 5
upwards, is temporarily in recess.
Both Guide units are looking for new unit help-
ers or leaders. If anyone can help out in these units
or is interested in joining Girl Guides, please contact
Chris Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE than 2500 students from sec-
ondary schools across South Gippsland,
Bass Coast, Latrobe and Baw Baw shires
attended the biggest JobSkills Expo ever
staged in the region.
More than 100 exhibitors provided a showcase
of careers at Warragul’s Lardner Park with hands
on activities in areas such as bricklaying, carpentry,
hospitality, health, horticulture, agriculture, beauty,
retail, electrical, engineering, automotive, emergency
services and more.
The Gippsland Jobskills Expo was organised by
Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN and the South Gippsland
Bass Coast LLEN.
LLEN partnership broker Karena Kerr said, “This
year’s expo had exceeded expectations. It was a great
event with record numbers of students, schools, ex-
hibitors, parents and community members attending.
“The JobSkills Expo is a great opportunity for
young people to view training and career options
available and encourage them to start investigat-
ing their pathway. It also provides industry with a
greater understanding of the aspirations of our young
The JobsSkills Expo showed students career and
training opportunities available in Gippsland and fur-
With many young people electing to leave the area
after school, the event aimed to facilitate networking
between industry and education in Gippsland.
GippsTAFE hosted displays and hands on activi-
ties in areas such as sport and recreation, hospitality,
massage, and more, while Monash University show-
cased their nursing program.
Seven industry based seminars were also run on
the day. Guest speakers from each industry covered
career pathways, training and job opportunities.
The conference facility at Lardner Park was the
ideal location for the seminars, including the LEAP
into Health program that seeks to engage students
with universities and professional communities while
demystify the links between school, higher education
and professional careers.
Funding came from organisations throughout
Gippsland including councils, Monash University,
GippsTAFE, Community College Gippsland, EIV,
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority,
MEGT, Energy Australia, AusNAC, Lardner Park,
and Gippsland Trades and Labour Council.
Their sponsorship enabled the provision for free
transport to every student to and from the expo. This
significantly increased student participation and re-
moved any barriers students face because of distance.
Fishy’s famous fish
Fantastic fish: Andrew McPherson, right and Ray Jones are bringing two famous fish from
the 2006 Commonwealth Games back to life as one giant sculpture for Fish Creek.
Joining ranks: the growing unit of Leongatha’s Lyrebird Guide unit. Back from left, Char-
lotte Cashin, Kaydee Jones, Naomi Peters-Ellis, Erin Dooley, Olivia Helps and Pheobe
Helps, and front from left, Silvanna Interlandi, Ayla Jones, Rubyann Kuffer, Georgia Lawry
and Erica Begg. Absent, Elana Abicare.
Six new Girl Guides make their Promise
Teens open doors to jobs
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