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THREE Leongatha firefighters raced up
28 flights of stairs wearing 25kg of fire-
fighting gear in Melbourne on Saturday,
in aid of children’s medical research.
Steve Burns, Ben Patterson and Mike White
competed in the Melbourne Firefighter Stair
Climb, a charity event run by the Firefighters
Charity Fund Melbourne.
Career and volunteer firefighters from all over
Australasia and the world took part in the event, at
Crown Metropol Hotel.
The event simulated the actions of a firefighter
entering a burning high rise building, so firefighters
wore full structural firefighting protective clothing,
including Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
comprising a face mask and oxygen cylinder.
The event aimed to raise $343,000 for the
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute to fund
research and improve outcomes for childhood
Goal reached: from left, Leongatha fire-
fighters Steve Burns, Ben Patterson and
Mike White after completing the Melbourne
Firefighter Stair Climb on Saturday.
Top choices: from left, Grade 2 students Nickyta, Lauren, Amber, Charley
and Ebony chose lots of contrasting book characters for this year’s National
Literacy and Numeracy Week at Leongatha Primary School on Friday.
Books come to life
School finished off an-
other successful National
Literacy and Numeracy
Week with a dress up day
Students and staff were en-
couraged to come to school
dressed as their favourite book
There was also a competition
for the best dressed students.
National Literacy and Nu-
meracy Week ran from August 29
until September 2.
As well as the dress up day,
the students enjoyed a Read
Aloud Day on Wednesday.
Students invited a special
friend - parents, carers, grand-
parents, community member- to
their classroom to hear them read
aloud for 20 minutes.
Colourful characters: from left, Kierrah as Little Red Riding Hood, Ga-
bie as a Minecraft character and Sienna as Wanda enjoyed the dress up day
for National Literacy and Numeracy Week at Leongatha Primary School.
Firies race for children
THIEVES stole two four wheel drives and
goods from two properties in Inverloch re-
Both vehicles were later located in Warragul and
Moe.The Toyota Klugers, both white, were stolen
overnight on August 24.
The offenders entered an unlocked house in
Messmate Terrace, taking the Kluger keys, the
Kluger and items from another vehicle at the prop-
The offenders then attended another address in
Surrey Place where a second Kluger was located. It
was locked but the keys were in a second vehicle at
the address and the thieves broke into that vehicle
to take the keys.
They then stole the second Kluger.
They later used a credit card stolen from one of
the properties to buy petrol and alcohol in the La-
The Kluger from Surrey Place was later found
dumped in Warragul.
The vehicle taken from Messmate Terrace was
involved in a police pursuit, which police called off
after becoming aware of the driver’s identity. Po-
lice later attended his address in Moe and found the
Kluger in the carport.
Both Klugers were found with new registration
plates. One vehicle sustained damage to the grille.
Three men from the Latrobe Valley have been
charged with theft of motor vehicles and numerous
deception offences. Morwell Police are investigat-
Police believe the Klugers were stolen coinci-
dentally, rather than being taken to fill orders.
“These instances are starting to happen and
people should not leave their keys in their cars and
make it easy for them,” Senior Constable Brad He-
ber of Inverloch Police said.
CAR owners are still not heeding police
calls to lock their cars.
In Leongatha last Thursday, thieves entered
11 vehicles overnight in Chamberlain Drive and
surrounding streets. All vehicles were left unsecured
by their owners and in eight cases, personal property
Senior Sergeant Steve Gibson, Wonthaggi
Police said, “There was not one report of entry to a
locked vehicle, so the message is clear.
“Please secure your vehicle at all times when it is
unattended. Without the support of the community
in taking basic precautions, we have very little hope
of reducing what is becoming a dominant crime
trend in both Bass Coast and South Gippsland.”
Sergeant Dale McCahon of Leongatha Police
said many of the vehicles were left unlocked in
“Random property including loose change,
sunglasses, tools and navigation equipment were
stolen,” he said.
“Police are very keen to hear from anyone who
may have seen anything suspicious in the area, and
are also asking residents in that vicinity to check
any security footage they may installed.
“Most importantly is the fact all of these cars
were unlocked. It is highly probable the culprits
entered many other driveways where the owners
had locked their vehicles and therefore prevented
themselves from becoming victims.
“It is timely to remember that although
Leongatha, and South Gippsland, is a wonderful
part of the world to live, there are and always have
been opportunist thieves who will take advantage of
those who don’t secure their vehicles.”
A MAN will face charges of evading po-
lice and traffic offences at Korumburra
Police alleged the 32 year old Narre Warren man
failed to stop for police when they tried to intercept
him at 4.30am on Friday in the Billson Street area of
Wonthaggi, after a suspicious purple Holden sedan
caught their attention.
A police vehicle activated emergency signals
at which the vehicle failed to stop and accelerated
away at speed, estimated to be 125km/h in a 60km/h
zone. Police did not pursue due to the dangerous
speed. The sedan continued onto West Area Road
which is a dead end road. Police patrolled the area
for the vehicle and located it at the dead end, where
it had collided into a metal fence and bushes and the
driver had fled.
Police located the man hiding in bushes. He
had received minor injuries to both legs. He was
assessed by ambulance paramedics as not requiring
AN INVERLOCH man was arrested for
drug offences and breaching bail condi-
tions after being found with drugs on Au-
Wonthaggi Police found the 27 year old with ice
and restricted tablets in Moyle Lane, Wonthaggi, at
11.20pm while patrolling.
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