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Thieves stole $11,000 worth of equipment af-
ter breaking into the club’s machinery shed mid
Racing club vice president Graham Walsh said
the support of A.W. Smiths Home Timber and
Hardware was a tremendous help to the club.
The Leongatha business has replaced much of
the equipment stolen at cost, a considerable sav-
ing of many thousands of dollars.
“We’re a small club among the big clubs of the
racing industry and this is the kind of community
support that helps to sustain us,” Mr Walsh said.
“We greatly appreciate this support.”
Store manager Luke Smith said, “We are the
only locally owned hardware store in the region
and supporting any club, sporting or otherwise, is
our way of giving back to the community that has
kept us in business for 70 years.”
Racing club chief executive officer Sarah Wolf
said, “The theft was devastating and heartbreak-
ing at the time but the support of the kind offered
by AW Smiths is heart warming.”
Country Racing Victoria chief executive Scott
Whiteman said Stony Creek was a great example
of a community-based race club.
“The Stony Creek Racing Club has worked
hard to build strong ties to its local community
and this is a fantastic example of those ties,” he
“We want the people of South Gippsland to
see Stony Creek as their racing club, to feel a part
of the club and hopefully to get involved.
“All of our racing clubs rely on community
support. It is essential to their success.”
Community caring: from left, Stony Creek Racing Club chief executive officer Sarah Wolf,
AW Smith and Sons store manager Luke Smith, racing track manager Cindy Logan, club
vice president Graham Walsh and past president Paul Boag with some of the hardware AW
Smith and Sons supplied at cost and considerable savings to the Stony Creek Racing Club.
The equipment replaces some of the $11,000 worth of equipment stolen by thieves who
broke into the club’s machinery shed mid August.
Smiths back Stony racing
By Stuart Biggins
LEONGATHA business AW Smiths
Home Timber and Hardware has eased
the impact of a burglary on Stony Creek
Ms Wolf said the club focused on building
sponsorship last year and this year was intent on
The club’s recent survey found overwhelm-
ing member satisfaction with the annual $55 per
Memberships are now available online at
A DRIVER became unconscious behind
the wheel and ran into a rockery at Foster
Police said the vehicle was travelling north-west
on the South Gippsland Highway before turning
off the road into a business near Reservoir Street,
While doing so, the driver suffered an illness
causing loss of consciousness. The man then lost
control of his car and crashed into a rockery.
The driver, a 50 year old man from Abbotsford,
was taken to Latrobe Regional Hospital at Traral-
gon for assessment and admitted for treatment with
no serious injuries.
A FOSTER woman escaped serious injury after her
car flipped at Stony Creek on Friday.
The 37 year old was travelling on the South
Gippsland Highway towards Leongatha at 5.33am
when police said she left the road.
She entered loose gravel and over-corrected
back onto the road, causing the car to flip and land
on its roof at the intersection of the highway and
She was not seriously injured and declined med-
POLICE are investigating a two car colli-
sion in Korumburra on Friday.
Police said at 7.40am, a 64 year old Korumbur-
ra woman was driving her vehicle travelling west
along South Railway Crescent and went to cross the
intersection with Bridge Street.
Police alleged the woman collided with another
vehicle travelling north along Bridge Street, driven
by a 56 year old Korumburra woman.
This vehicle was found to be bearing false regis-
tration plates. Korumburra Police are making enqui-
ries regarding the false registration.
Neither driver sustained injuries.
A WOMAN was taken to West Gippsland
Hospital in Warragul with a head injury af-
ter a single vehicle crash at Nyora.
Police said at 12.26pm on Saturday, the Cam-
berwell woman, 31, was pulling out of a driveway
on Cornish’s Road, Nyora and mistakenly believed
the hand brake was stuck on.
She accelerated, causing the vehicle to lose trac-
tion as it left muddy grass.
The car collided with a tree, causing the driver to
hit the steering wheel. She was taken to hospital for
observation and later allowed to leave.
Bass Coast Highway Patrol deemed the incident
to be accidental.
A WOMAN has been issued with a penal-
ty notice for careless driving after running
into the back of a car in Inverloch.
At 3.10 pm on September 12, a vehicle travel-
ling east on Wonthaggi Road, Inverloch was mak-
ing a right hand into Sandy Mount Avenue.
Police said a second vehicle travelling behind the
first collided with the rear of the stationary vehicle.
The driver of the first vehicle, a 29 year old man
from Inverloch, was not injured and was complying
with turning laws.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 24 year old
female, was not injured.
THE Bass Coast Community Foun-
dation’s Performance Awards offer
talented local young performers an
opportunity to further develop their
talents with the ultimate aim of them
taking up a professional career in their
The 2017 awards are now open for
applications. Applicants should be senior
secondary school students, resident in Bass
Coast Shire, who are outstanding performers
in any performance discipline including music
(vocal or instrumental), dance or drama.
They need to demonstrate a willingness and
capacity to develop a career in this discipline
rather than as a hobby or interest.
Foundation deputy chair and Performance
Awards coordinator Kirk Skinner said, “We
all know that talented locals can develop
professional artistic careers. I’m proof of
that myself. “But we also know that coming
from a regional area where there are fewer
opportunities makes it harder.
“The Performance Awards can help to
make a difference by providing that bit of extra
funding that might open up an opportunity that
they might otherwise miss out on.”
Application forms are available now at the
Bass Coast Community Foundation’s website:
Applications close on
Friday, October 7.
On Wednesday, October 5, the foundation
will hold a Gala Performance to showcase past
recipients of Performance Awards, and raise
funds for the 2017 awards and the foundation’s
other community activities.
The Gala Performance will be held at 7pm
on Wednesday, October 5 at the Wonthaggi
Union Community Arts Centre, Graham
Tickets are $40 per head and available now
More information about the Bass Coast
Community Foundation and its activities can
be found at www.bccf.org.au
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