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enrolment forms must be received by the Victo-
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Anyone on the State electoral roll for their
current address and non-resident property owners
are automatically enrolled for the elections.
There are also additional enrolment catego-
ries for occupiers, company nominees and non-
Australian citizens who pay rates for an address
in South Gippsland or Bass Coast Shires. People
in these categories can apply directly to council
Further information on enrolment is avail-
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By Sarah Vella
BEEF prices have been on a meteoric
rise for the last 12 months, hitting record
highs in recent weeks and they could
rise even higher in the lead up to spring.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia,
demand for cattle from restockers is currently
driving the price rise.
The Eastern Young Cattle Indicator hit 700
cents per kilogram carcase weight (c/kg cwt)
recently. The EYCI is the general benchmark of
Australian cattle prices and is a seven-day rolling
MLA manager of market information Ben
Thomas said the biggest factor influencing where
the EYCI will eventually peak is the depth of re-
“Restockers have been the driving force be-
hind the EYCI bolting through the 600s during
June and July,” he said.
With the dairy industry trending in the oppo-
site direction, beef producers are saying this is the
best they have seen the market in 10 years.
Korumburra South beef trader David White-
side said it was about time beef returned a “fair”
He said the higher prices would allow farmers
to invest in their farms, such as putting fertiliser
on paddocks for the first time in a few years.
Landmark livestock coordinator Eddie Hams
said prices, while good news for producers, are at
“It is alright if you are a trader and it is good
for the producers. It is good to see them making
money and money coming into the area,” he said.
“But unless you are selling you could be in
trouble. You wouldn’t want to be restocking at
this point in time.”
Bullocks were up at last Wednesday’s prime
cattle sale in Leongatha, lifting five to 10 cents
per kilogram on the week before.
Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers
sold up to 10c/kg dearer, with the better steers
holding firm. Cows sold five cents to 15 cents
dearer, while the heavy weight bulls sold firm to
Mr Hams said as recently as 12 months ago
producers weren’t expecting prices to reach
He said prices are unlikely to stay at such high
levels forever and will probably peter off rather
than crash, but said it is hard to know when.
Mr Thomas said three things typically happen
to the EYCI from August to November.
“Prices ease, restockers take a step back and
processors purchase fewer EYCI cattle at the
end of spring compared to the end of winter,” he
“Whether or not these trends occur in 2016
remains to be seen.”
LOCAL emergency service organisa-
tions, including the CFA, volunteer
coastguard and surf life saving clubs
have benefitted from the State Govern-
ment’s volunteer emergency services
Under the program, the government commits $2
for $1 raised by the volunteer groups to help them
buy equipment, or carry out facility upgrades.
Six South Gippsland CFA brigades are among
this year’s recipients and will share in just over
$200,000 from the program.
Foster and Loch Nyora brigades each received
$7667 for a thermal imaging camera. The Inverloch
brigade received $28,167 for a field command vehicle.
Foster captain David Jones said the TIC will not
only be a asset to Foster, but to all of the brigades in
the South Gippsland Group.
“There are not too many in the area. It will be a
great asset to structural fires, as it can locate people,
conscious or unconscious, in a burning building,” he
“For bushfires, the thermal imaging camera can
detect ‘hot spots’ and can reduce the chance of a fire
The Kernot-Grantville brigade received $33,333
to construct a turnout area and workshop storage and
the San Remo brigade received $23,333 for a field
The Tarwin Lower and District brigade received
$100,000 for the purchase of a medium tanker.
Captain of the Tarwin Lower and District CFA
Mick Moor said the $100,000 will be put towards the
purchase of a new tanker for the Venus Bay station.
“We have three stations, the main one at Tarwin
Lower, a satellite station at Venus Bay and another
satellite station at Walkerville,” he said.
“At Walkerville we have a brigade owned light tank-
er and Venus Bay has an old two wheel drive tanker.”
Mr Moor said the landscape of Venus Bay means
there could be times when the two wheel drive tank-
er cannot access a fire.
“Because we have the coastal park and farmland
down there, if there was a fire, we couldn’t let the
tanker go out in the park or paddocks,” he said.
The new tanker will be a 24C, a 2000 litre, four
wheel drive crew cab.
“We hope to purchase a new tanker as soon as
possible, the fire season is only a few months away
now,” Mr Moor said.
Surf life saving clubs and Australian Volunteer
Coast Guard Association flotillas also received
grants under the program.
The Port Welshpool Volunteer Coast Guard re-
ceived $18,896 for upgrades to their rescue vessel.
The Cape Patterson and Wonthaggi surf life sav-
Heat seekers: Paul Austin and David Jones
from the Foster CFA are happy the brigade
will be able to purchase a thermal imaging
camera thanks to the State Government’s
volunteer emergency services equipment
Beef on high: from left, Landmark livestock agents Stuart Jenkin and Eddie Hams and Ko-
rumburra South beef trader David Whiteside are keeping an eye on beef prices, which are
hitting record highs at the moment.
Beef rises again
Emergency equipment grants given
New vehicle: from left, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien congratulates Tarwin Lower
and District CFA captain Michael Moore on receiving a grant that will help the brigade buy
a new medium tanker for Venus Bay. The brigade will contribute its own funds, much of
which is raised through Easter’s Tour de Tarwin event.
ing clubs received funds to help them replace rescue
equipment, while the Venus Bay and Waratah Beach
clubs received grants to replace patrol vehicles.
Easter Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing
said the grants will provide a welcome boost to
Gippsland’s emergency services.
“The State Government is supporting emergency
service volunteers to do their life saving work safely
and effectively by providing grants for vital equip-
ment and resources,” she said.
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