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STUNNING weather made for early
interest in Meeniyan Progress Associa-
tion’s farm and garden open day on Sat-
Four unique properties in Meeniyan and Stony
Creek – and the Meeniyan community garden –
were opened to visitors throughout the day and
123 visitors had registered by 12pm.
On show was a flourishing olive grove and
award winning apiary owned by Peter and Helen
Wright of Stony Creek, a tidy low maintenance
weekender in Stony Creek, and a modern artistic
garden created by Meeniyan’s Doug and Sharon
A new addition to the schedule was a dairy
farm tour in Stony Creek, which allowed visitors
to experience milking time, see calves and look
Organiser Robin Nottage said all properties
looked fantastic and she was impressed with the
work that has been put into the Meeniyan com-
Meeniyan Progress Association’s Clive Hope
commended Robin on her work and endorsed the
inclusion of the farm tour this year.
“The open farm idea is fantastic. It gives pub-
licity to the farmers in our local community dur-
ing this changing climate,” he said.
“It gives people more understanding of the
importance of farmers in our community and in
our country. It also enhances South Gippsland’s
ongoing reputation as a food producer.”
Robin said the progress association was look-
ing to continue to run the event next year.
“People just love to wander and see the beau-
tiful gardens and get some new ideas,” she said.
“I think people are really interested in the food
production side. They like to see how things work
and where their food comes from.”
All proceeds from the open day will go to-
wards the Meeniyan Progress Association.
Artistic garden: Meeniyan’s Doug Merrit said he and his wife Sharon have enjoyed creat-
ing their garden together, which they opened to the public during Meeniyan Progress As-
sociation’s farm and garden open day on Saturday.
Farm tour attracts visitors
Children take on muddy challenge
WONTHAGGI was full of excitement
as children competed in the Kidz Mini
Mudda on Saturday.
Held at Wonthaggi Primary School, the event
attracted 265 children – a 10 percent increase on
The event has now been running for three
years and its popularity continues to grow.
Children love stepping up to the challenge of
running through the one kilometre long obstacle,
getting extremely muddy along the way.
Some children managed to complete the
course up to eight times.
Wonthaggi Primary School’s deputy principal
Vin Hally said the school reached out to many
other schools to alert families who might be in-
terested in the Mini Mudda, and the event was
well publicised locally, which helped to attract the
Mr Hally said the event was once again well
supported by the local community.
Farmers, Scouts, Tyrepower, CFA, South
Gippsland Water and Bass Coast Shire Council
provided the equipment that made up the obstacle
course, and sponsors helped make the day possible.
“We had beautiful weather and it was a lot of
fun for the families who came along,” Mr Hally
“This is an annual event, and we will review
it and have a much bigger and exciting event next
Good job: from left, Wonthaggi’s Callum
Verboon and Harvey Smith made it through
the Kidz Mini Mudda challenge on Saturday.
Over the line: from left, Wonthaggi’s Archer and Jaxon Wood completed the Kidz Mini
Mudda challenge on Saturday. This was Archer’s first attempt at the course, while Jaxon has
competed every year.
Superstars: from left, Wonthaggi’s Hayley Richards, Lily Ray and Jye Lavell-Christie were
strong competitors in the Kidz Mini Mudda challenge on Saturday.
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