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THERE was no bet-
ter place to stop on
the way to or from the
footy last weekend than
the Koonwarra Farmers
The monthly market once
again put on a fantastic show-
case of local goods, produce
and live music.
People started to spill
into the market early, keen
to check out what this month
had to offer.
Market-goers were en-
thralled by the promise
of hot food, coupled with
the delights of plants, de-
licious fresh fruits and
vegetables, and other nu-
VOLUNTEERS were celebrated dur-
ing National Meals on Wheels Day last
Meals on Wheels – operating out of the Le-
ongatha, Korumburra and Foster hospitals – has
brought out the community spirit, with many lo-
cal groups contributing to the cause.
“All schools – including the preschools – in
Leongatha volunteer with Meals on Wheels. We
also have volunteers from most church groups,
service clubs, Rotary and the Lions, the Woorayl
Lodge auxiliary, and of course individual volun-
teers. Residents in Leongatha are extremely gen-
erous when it comes to volunteering,” commu-
nity program team leader Bernadette Hulls said.
Ms Hulls said the Meals on Wheels program
was beneficial so that only elderly residents could
continue to live independently, but also for the
social contact it provided.
“People enjoy the visits and it means we can
monitor the residents and give them someone to
talk to,” she said.
“The volunteers love the program too be-
cause they get as much out of it as the recipients.
It feels good to give back to the community and
some volunteers will deliver the service for years
so relationships do form.”
The Meals on Wheels program runs five times
a week, preparing hot, cold and frozen meals to
recipients. These meals are prepared from hospi-
tals in Leongatha and Foster.
In Australia, more than 10 million meals are
delivered each year – either short or long term
to help people stay independent, healthy and
engaged with their communities.
The service saves millions of taxpayer dollars
annually by using volunteers and keeping people
out of hospitals and residential care.
There are up to 13,000 meals delivered to
people living in Leongatha, Korumburra, Mirboo
North and Foster, and by arrangement for resi-
dents outside these towns each year.
National Meals on Wheels Day is celebrat-
ed on the last Wednesday in August each year,
with the understanding the program provides
more than just a meal – it also provides care and
strength within the community.
The annual celebration recognises the work
of 78,700 volunteers in 740 branches around the
At a local level there are 230 South Gippsland
volunteers partnering with South Gippsland Shire
Koonwarra market entices
Fresh produce: Julie Riley from Korumburra’s Grow Lightly had a fine dis-
play of delicious fruits and vegetables at the Koonwarra Farmers Market on
Feast: from left, Leongatha’s Wilma McLennan and Gwen Macqueen had
their shopping bags ready to load up on Thorpdale potatoes from Mirboo
North’s Nick Mollison on Saturday at the Koonwarra Farmers Market.
Contribution: from left, South Gippsland Shire councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, South
Gippsland Specialist School Meals on Wheels volunteers Brandon Telfer, Blake Howard
and Barry Roberts, Gippsland Southern Health Service executive director of nursing Vicki
Farthing and Cr Jim Fawcett celebrated the importance of volunteers for National Meals on
Wheels Day last Wednesday.
for quality service
A FULL house at GippsDairy’s latest
Stepping Up, Stepping Back workshop
looked at the ‘marriage of convenience’
that is a share-farming relationship.
Held at Federation Training’s Leongatha cam-
pus, last Thursday’s session saw 25 farmers look-
ing at ways to successfully form a share-farming
GippsDairy workforce coordinator Leah
Maslen said people who attended were looking
to find the best way forward for the next stage of
Leah, whose family dairy farm is run day-to-
day by share-farmers, said there is a lot to learn
about developing a successful share-farming ar-
“It’s not unlike a marriage, where you have to
find the right person and work hard to make sure
both sides are happy with the way things are go-
ing,” she said.
“Days like this can point people in the right
direction about what they should bring to a share-
farming arrangement and even what they should
be staying out of.”
Facilitator John Mulvany took participants
through the whole gamut of share-farming ar-
rangements he has come across in his farm con-
He told the farmers some surprisingly sim-
ple things can put pressure on a share-farming
relationship if they are not considered at the
Having the ‘hands-on’ farmer bring his or her
own machinery, he said, is an example of where
needless stress can be avoided.
“If there are two areas of share-farming that
cause problems, it is calf rearing and plant and
equipment,” he said.
“You hear the farmers say ‘God, he’s hard
Farmers step in right direction
on that clutch’, which is why it can be good for
share-farmers to own their own tractor.”
Meeniyan dairy farmer Chris Kelly, who at-
tended with his son Rob and daughter-in-law
Corinne, said he knew first-hand how badly
planned succession can lead to poor outcomes.
“I’ve been through it all before with my par-
ents and we didn’t get a good result from that,”
“I’m determined not to pass that legacy on to
The Kelly’s current inter-generational share-
farming arrangement is “doing the job”, accord-
ing to Chris, but needed fine-tuning to ensure a
good result for all parties.
“From a business point of view, everything
we do in this area, we have to do it together,” he
“Today, we got a lot of good advice and feed-
back in the group sessions and John Mulvany was
an excellent facilitator.”
Stepping Up Stepping Back is funded through
the dairy service levy. Further session on plan-
ning for succession and retirement, as well as
share-farming and leasing workshops will be held
in coming months, with dates to be announced.
Dairy talk: Stepping Up, Stepping Back facilitator John Mulvany (second from left) has a
chat after the event with Meeniyan dairy farmers Rob, Chris and Corrine Kelly.
A DEER control program conducted re-
cently at Wilsons Promontory National
Park has resulted in the removal of 44 hog
deer, a slight increase on previous opera-
This latest operation also confirmed the pres-
ence of sambar deer within the park and the popu-
lation is now larger than previously thought.
Parks Victoria will be embarking on a strategy
to monitor and control this population as a prior-
Parks Victoria, in partnership with the Sporting
Shooters Association of Australia, the Australian
Deer Association and the Game Management Au-
thority conducted the deer control program while
Wilsons Promontory National Park was closed last
week to simultaneously undertake a major upgrade
of the power supply system at Tidal River.
Hog deer are hard-hoofed animals and trample
native vegetation and compact the soil, which pre-
vents seedling growth and encourages soil erosion.
Many native plants cannot survive grazing by these
District manager Brett Mitchell said the opera-
tion was successful, with a small increase in the
number of deer removed compared to the previous
operation in August 2015 which removed 42 hog
deer from the park.
“We were happy with the professionalism of
all teams involved to ensure a safe and streamlined
operation was undertaken. In particular, we would
like to acknowledge the efforts and assistance pro-
vided by the Australian Deer Association, Sporting
Shooters Association and the Game Management
Authority,” he said.
“We would also like to take this opportunity
to thank all involved, as well as our local tourism
operators and park visitors for their understanding
while the iconic Wilsons Promontory National Park
was closed to visitors for safety reasons.”
Hunters target Prom deer
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