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Schools are breaking
down the barriers
Playtime: from left, students from Newhaven College and Bass Coast Specialist School
Tylah, Rachel Manning, Rachel Aitken, Ethan, Ross Pryor and Natalie get a lot of benefit
out of playing together on the playground each week.
LASTING friendships have been made
through Newhaven College’s Year 9
The program has allowed 20 students to visit
the Bass Coast Specialist School for 10 weeks in
term three, which has produced positive results
for all students involved.
“For six years we have been running this pro-
gram to get our Year 9 students involved with a
diverse range of people,” Newhaven College’s
head of Year 9 Ric Pearce said.
“We have been coming to the Bass Coast Spe-
cialist School for three years and it has become
so popular we have waiting lists. It has helped
our students develop a sense of empathy and un-
The students are given the opportunity to in-
teract on the outside and have lunch together as
part of the program.
“The social contact has helped teach our
students how to behave when they are out and
about,” Bass Coast Specialist School principal
Edith Gray said.
“We ask the Newhaven students to just go out
onto the playground and play with our students.
Learning how to play is a big thing and its cer-
tainly breaking down barriers.”
In the classroom, the Newhaven students help
out with hands on activities such as construction,
reading, art, gardening, games and lots of science
“It has become a permanent part of our term
three program,” Mr Pearce said.
“It has helped a few of our students realise
they would like to pursue an occupation in spe-
cialist education and child psychology. They
have been really moved by this experience and
are now asking themselves what they can do to
help, which is fantastic.”
of 1982-83 still involved with the Leongatha Horti-
The appreciations awards were given to members
who have been involved with the society for more
than 25 years. All have worked as office bearers and
deliver a big contribution to the community.
The recipients were Thelma Arnup, Jan Don-
aldson, Glenice Griggs, Margaret Stokes, Kath and
Brian Harris, Aileen Wightman, Beat Ollington and
The cake on the night was made by Glenice
Griggs and decorated by Marg Fox.
Rodney and Mavis, longest serving members had
the honour of cutting the cake.
Dedication: back, from left, Olive Laurie, Jose Rutherford and Joy Johnson, and front, from
left, Joan Michael and Mavis Wightman were presented with life memberships from the
Leongatha Horticultural Society recently.
Celebration: long serving Leongatha Hor-
ticultural Society members Rodney Emmer-
son and Mavis Wightman had the honour of
cutting the cake at the Daffodil Festival 60th
Horticultural society honours stalwarts
RODNEY Emmerson and Joan Michael’s
dad Ernie Emmerson had the vision to
begin a daffodil show in Leongatha.
His dream was realised and has been a feature on
the calendar for the past 60 years.
The Leongatha Horticultural Society held a din-
ner on Saturday, August 27, to celebrate the 60th an-
For the Daffodil Festival to continue, the horti-
cultural society needs more support from the com-
munity to run a successful event.
August 27 was a celebration of the daffodil
shows, much of which revolved around Rodney and
Joan carrying on Ernie’s dream.
Five life memberships and nine appreciation cer-
tificates were also presented.
Joan Michael has been associated to the Leon-
gatha Horticultural Society through her family. She
works behind the scenes to organise the festival and
has made an enormous contribution to the club.
Mavis Wightman has been a member of the soci-
ety since the 1970s and is well known for her floral
art. She is a cheery behind the scenes worker and, in
her 90s, still enters floral art in the shows and wins
Olive Laurie had three terms as society secretary.
She is an efficient, hard working member. Olive and
Joan started the open gardens in the 1990s, originally
as a competition which raised a lot of money for the
Jose Rutherford is widely known in all types of
garden groups and, through her contacts, has sourced
guest speakers for meetings for a long time, giving
the group a variety of interesting subjects for its
benefit and enjoyment. Jose also cooks for any oc-
casion; her jelly cakes, date scones and yoyos are
Joy Johnson has been a member for 60 years and
has been a tireless worker during this time. Joy and
Rodney are the only original judges from the show
BASS Coast Shire Council is seeking
community feedback on plans for Victo-
ria’s first wind blade installation.
This plan is in conjunction with the landscape
plan for one of Bass Coast’s most prominent open
space – the Wonthaggi Guide Park.
Earlier this year, council sought expressions
of interest from artists and design teams for an in-
novative and functional creative artwork using 42
metre long decommissioned wind turbine blade
donated by Senvion Australia.
A complementary landscape plan for the park
is also being developed in line with the art project
to ensure the long term functionality of the park
for years to come.
Council is now working the Orchard Design
to develop its concepts for both art and landscape
projects into a detailed plan, to be completed by
Funding for these projects was provided
through council’s public art allocation and capital
works renewal program.
Council offering drop in sessions for the pub-
lic to comment last week.
The feedback period for the concept designs
closes on Friday, September 16.
Bass Coast mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said
playgrounds and open spaces attract locals and
“This will be a big visual statement of Won-
thaggi transitioning from coal to carbon free us-
ing 42 metre long blades as a centrepiece and the
master plan, which will transform the site into an
energy park, makes sense for future allocation
and external funding applications,” she said.
For more information, visit www.basscoast.
vic.gov.au/windblades or contact council’s arts
and culture administration officer Rebecca Scott
on 1300 BCOAST (226 27) or 5671 2211, or
to be iconic
THE reasons why country motorists
pay more to fill up at the bowser than
their city counterparts are under the mi-
croscope after The Nationals proposed
an inquiry in the Victorian Parliament
The Nationals’ Gippsland South MLA
Danny O’Brien said the proposed inquiry
would examine the discrepancies in fuel pric-
ing across Victoria and the effects on regional
If approved by Parliament, it would be un-
dertaken by Parliament’s Law Reform, Road and
Community Safety Committee.
“This enquiry will be welcomed across the
electorate. I regularly have people raise the is-
sue of fuel pricing with me as I travel throughout
Gippsland,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Fuel prices and the disparity between towns
and from city to country are a constant frustration
for people, especially when price fluctuations fol-
low no logical pattern.
“Petrol is a cost of living problem for many
families and coupled with the current dairy crisis
filling up the family car can be a stressful experi-
ence for many in my electorate.”
Mr O’Brien said in areas like Korumburra
public transport was often not a viable option,
meaning many relied on the family car to get
“Also making filling up in the country more
painful is the fact that there’s little movement in
the price of fuel in regional Victoria, unlike the
constant cycle seen in metropolitan areas,” Mr
“We must clear up the lack of explanation on
price discrepancies between metropolitan and re-
gional, and even regional and regional areas.
“This inquiry would lift the lid on the pric-
ing and consider the real-life experiences of
Mr O’Brien said the inquiry would exam-
ine a number of areas, including the methods
used to price fuels, why pricing discrepancies
occurred between metro and regional, the best
ways to reduce prices, tools to compare prices,
the impact of costs on various groups in the
community and regulation and legislation that
effect fuel prices.
Mr O’Brien encouraged residents to enter
their cost of living estimates, including fuel
expenses, on the Coalition’s CostWatch web-
site at costwatch.com.au so that rural MPs have
more information to fight to a better deal for
Fuel watch sought by Nats
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