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AN ANIMATION about a couple break-
ing through the Berlin Wall has brought
national acclaim for a Leongatha Sec-
ondary College student.
Ruby Box, of Year 8, was named a finalist in
the Screen It competition run by the Australian
Centre for the Moving Image.
The contest is Australia’s largest moving im-
age competition for school-aged filmmakers, ani-
mators and game-makers.
This year’s competition received entries from
2521 budding filmmakers, animators and game
designers from across Australia, all based around
the theme ‘mystery’.
Ruby was named a finalist in the Middle (Year
5-8) Animation category for her entry, Escape
from the East.
Originally completed as a history project, the
animation tells how a man and woman drive un-
der a boom gate in the wall in search of a life free
of communism in West Berlin, Germany.
“I did not know much about the wall and it
was an important topic so I wanted to find out
more,” she said.
Her entry was a stop motion animation made
from paper drawings and hundreds of photos.
Finalist entries came from schools and inde-
pendent students in capital cities and regional
communities across Australia.
Ruby was one of many Leongatha students
who gave up their lunchtimes to produce a short
film for the competition.
The students met with teachers Marty Box
(Ruby’s father) and Kate Lafferty to film and edit
their short films for entry.
See Ruby’s entry online: http://leonsec.vic.
SUPERFAST broadband has arrived
in Inverloch as the nbn makes services
available to 2544 homes and businesses.
Residents in the area can now start ordering their nbn
service from a retail service provider.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said residents in
Inverloch should take full advantage of the opportunities
available in Australia’s new high-speed broadband era.
“The Australian Government’s National Broadband
Network will boost productivity and provide a platform
for innovation to ensure the economic and social ben-
efits of the internet are available to every Australian,” he
“The development of digital technologies has re-
duced business costs, changed how our children study
and learn, and created many more ways to engage so-
The nbn’s next generation connectivity is fast and
reliable, enabling households and small businesses to be
more productive and better connected for years to come.
Mr Broadbent said the rollout in McMillan was gath-
ering pace thanks to nbn’s simplified network construc-
tion and the company’s strong relationship with local
Under the Coalition, there are more than 3.2 million
homes and businesses able to order an nbn service, and
more than 1.3 million paying customers have connected.
It typically takes a couple of weeks to connect up to
the nbn after placing an order, and all residents will re-
quire new in-home equipment that is compatible with the
faster nbn service.
Under the Coalition Government’s broadband policy,
nbn has shaved years off construction time which will
see the nbn connect to three out of every four homes and
businesses in Australia in 2018.
More information on how to connect to the nbn is
available at www.nbnco.com.au
MOTORCYCLISTS dressed in cow
suits spread awareness of depression
and suicide prevention when they passed
through South Gippsland last Thursday.
The Black Dog Ride is an annual event, and
60 riders stopped at Korumburra RSL and Foster
to talk about the risk of depression and suicide
among the dairying community during the cur-
rent tough times.
They were hosted by Korumburra and Foster
Lions clubs before continuing to Bairnsdale.
The ridge began in Bendigo on Sunday, Oc-
tober 23 and ended in Shepparton on Saturday,
taking in Swan Hill, Halls Gap, Warrnambool and
Black Dog Ride Victorian coordinator Ric
Raftis said, “We’ve been getting a great reception
and have been highlighting the issues faced by
“Creating conversation is our first priority and
we’re always raising funds for Lifeline’s online
chat service and a mental health first aid program
to be delivered in schools.”
Korumburra Lions Club president June Ram-
say said, the club was happy to provide morning
“Lions always jump on board. They get the
call and they’re on,” she said.
The event also lifted the profile of another Li-
ons project, Need for Feed Disaster Relief.
Initiated by Pakenham Lions, the project
sources fodder for farmers in times of natural di-
saster such as bushfire and drought.
Project coordinator Graham Cockerell said
the project also initiated food vouchers for dairy
farmers in association with IGA supermarkets,
beginning with Michael’s Supa IGA in Korum-
burra. The vouchers are distributed by the Rural
Financial Counselling Service.
“We’ve raised $200,000 so far between IGA
and Lions,” he said.
“Lions put in $10,000 and Michael’s
matched it, and it’s grown from there.”
Korumburra Lions Club and Korumburra Leo
Club will host a barbecue for dairy farmers at
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum on
Sunday, December 11 from 10am to 2pm, with
Superfast broadband for Inverloch
Creative mind: Leongatha Secondary College student Ruby Box was a finalist in an Aus-
tralia-wide film competition with her animation about the Berlin Wall.
Ruby’s film wins
Major issues: Korumburra Lions Club president June Ramsay and Black Dog Ride Victo-
rian coordinator Ric Raftis join with motorcyclists at the Korumburra RSL last Thursday to
talk depression and suicide prevention. Rider Shane ‘Shaggs’ Taylor (left) shakes his tail.
Cows on bikes fly
flag for depression
AN ORGANIC farmer has criticised
South Gippsland Shire Council for spray-
ing weeds on her roadside, despite request-
ing council not to do so.
Rosemary Cousin of Allambee South said council’s
No Spray Register provides no guarantee that toxic spray-
ing will not occur.
Ms Cousin, an unsuccessful candidate in the current
council election, said her property was twice affected by
sprays: the first time in November last year when council
sprayed along Mirboo-Yarragon Road and the second time
“I received a hefty dose of those chemicals because
there was a breeze blowing in my direction. I immediately
asked the shire’s works department to stop spraying and
lodged a complaint with the shire’s director of sustainabil-
ity, communities and infrastructure; and asked to speak
with the CEO and mayor about the incident,” she said.
After the 2015 incident, Ms Cousin said a council
works manager visited her farm a week later and told her
about council’s No Spray Register, which she said was not
shown on council’s website or listed in any other council
“I had our property details recorded on the register by
the end of 2015,” she said.
“Just two days ago, I found our roadsides have again
been sprayed by the shire.”
Ms Cousin said residents do not receive notice of
council’s intention to spray roadsides and nor do they
know what sprays are being used.
“The shire works manager and the health officer, as
well as the shire staff doing the spraying, have all refused
to even let me know what chemicals were being sprayed
on me,” she said.
“The South Gippsland Shire’s actions and policies are
threatening our commercial viability as certified organic
farmers. For both residents and workers the shire is jeop-
ardising our health and our natural environment by their
reckless use of toxic chemicals.
“This is completely unacceptable when practical and
cost efficient non-toxic methods of managing roadside
‘weeds’ are available.”
A council spokesperson said council inadvertently
sprayed Ms Cousin’s verge while spraying neighbouring
“We acknowledge this was an error on the part of the
operator,” the spokesperson said.
“In the future the properties of people who have opted
out of council’s roadside spraying program will be linked
to council’s GPS system to ensure that such errors are
The council spokesperson said the Do Not Spray reg-
ister cannot be listed on council’s website as it contains
“Contrary to Ms Cousin’s claims that she has not been
contacted by council officers, she has in fact spoken to two
team leaders from the depot, the depot manager and has a
meeting scheduled with the CEO this week,” the spokes-
The spokesperson said council uses a herbicide that is
Ms Cousin said stopping the abuse of toxic sprays by
council was one of the reasons she is running for council.
Council sprays threaten organic farm
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