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FOUR people were hos-
pitalised after a collision
on the South Gippsland
Highway at Korumburra
on Monday, October 31.
Police are investigating the
cause of the crash on the bends
near Coal Creek Community
Park and Museum about 7pm,
which closed the highway for
Police said a green Holden
Commodore lost control while
travelling towards Korumburra
and collided with an oncoming
white Ford Fairlane.
The Commodore was driv-
en by a Foster man aged in his
thirties, with two female pas-
sengers from Toora, aged in
their late twenties.
The Fairlane was occupied
by a woman and two children,
aged 10 and seven, from Fish
A Toora lady was airlifted
to the Alfred Hospital. The
man from Foster and the other
passenger were uninjured.
The Fish Creek people were
conveyed by road ambulance
to Latrobe Regional Hospital
Traffic was diverted via Ko-
rumburra South Road, and also
via Kardella and Outtrim.
Fire brigades from Koru-
mburra, Loch and Ruby at-
tended, as well as police from
Leongatha and Bass Coast
Police continue to investigate
the circumstances surrounding
the collision and anyone with
information can call Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or
submit a confidential report at
Crash lands four in hospitals
Downward trend: stock agent Simon Henderson said beef prices traditionally drop at the
start of spring, which was delayed this year partially due to plenty of rain.
By Sarah Vella
LESS cattle and less competition at
recent prime sales at VLE Leongatha
have seen beef prices ease significantly
after a recent high.
At last Wednesday’s sale, numbers were af-
fected by the Melbourne Cup public holiday,
with just 880 cattle yarded, a decrease of 760
week on week.
The usual buying group was present but not
all operating fully in a firm export sale and a
cheaper trade run.
Trade cattle eased 10 to 15 cents with a lim-
ited selection of vealers up to 50 cent per kilo-
Phelan Henderson and Co stock agent Simon
Henderson said a drop in beef prices was not un-
“Meat companies are suffering from a sus-
tained period of very high prices and possibly a
lack of profitability,” he said.
“The first chance they got to make prices a
bit cheaper, they needed to.”
Mr Henderson said beef prices had remained
high for longer than expected.
While falling short of predicting a collapse,
he said there would be an adjustment before
prices levelled out again.
“We are all operating in a competitive envi-
ronment. People need to make money,” he said.
“The whole eastern seaboard, from South
Australia to Queensland has been very wet. I
don’t ever recall a time when so much of the
nation was so wet.
“The rain has affected the flow of cattle,
which normally starts in the north in August.
It has all been delayed. Prices normally get
cheaper early September. This year, it has been
a month later.”
Even as prices for beef cattle began to ease,
Mr Henderson said cattle were still providing a
“What we saw at a recent store sale was pric-
es going up to a level we hadn’t seen before,
with steers making up to $4.50 per kilogram live
weight,” he said.
“Then the following week, the fat market
was back 10 to 20 cents. There is a significant
variance per kilogram between fat and store
Mr Henderson said greater competition at
store sale markets has continued to drive the
price high, which the prime market lacked.
He said it would “depend on whether or not
buyers decide the store market is too dear, or if
the ‘grass fever’ persists and they keep buying
cattle”, as to whether this trend continues.
Mr Henderson said he was not predicting a
lack of cattle on the market anytime soon.
“Australia is a big paddock, you can always
find them. It is just a matter of what they are go-
ing to cost,” he said.
As rain continued across the region, Mr Hen-
derson said after last season’s El Nino, no one
“It has gone back to winter. There is no ab-
sorption, the water is all running off, but now we
are guaranteed good grass growth,” he said.
“But when it does warm up, it might do it
very quickly, which is not what we want.”
by Tayla Kershaw
INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club
will continue to defy an order from
Bass Coast Shire Council to remove the
club’s patrol tower at Inverloch’s main
Council said the tower must be removed
within the month, but the club will appeal coun-
cil’s order with the Victorian Civil and Admin-
Club president Fiona Hughes said she be-
lieved the tower could withstand another season,
and a more informed decision could be made
“Council has admitted there is no immediate
risk of the tower collapsing.” she said.
“There is no due cause for this process.
Council should be supporting the community,
not putting up roadblocks.
“Inverloch is tired of being treated poorly.
We are not radicals and we are not asking for
anything outrageous. Our club provides an im-
portant service to the community and we need
Although council said it had been in discus-
sion with the club for a year and a half about the
future of the tower, council’s order to remove it
came as a shock to surf club members, who only
received a month’s notice.
According to Ms Hughes, council would not
allow the club to replace the sand bags that have
been used to protect the structure of the tower.
“By not allowing the club to protect it, the
tower’s future was determined,” she said.
“If we can’t reinstate the sand bags, the ero-
sion caused during storms will continue to dam-
age the tower. It’s demolition by neglect.”
Ms Hughes said the club wanted to put up an
eco wall – essentially giant sandbags – but this
was another project denied by council.
Council said the product was considered but
not supported due to ongoing erosion issues and
wave energy being dispersed elsewhere along
the Inverloch foreshore.
Ms Hughes said without the tower, the club
faced increased risks over summer.
“Council said it’s worried about insurance,
but who is libel if the tower is removed and a
tragedy happens during our patrols? We don’t
want anyone to be left unprotected. We have a
duty of care,” she said.
“In deciding its future, council needs to con-
sider our youth, community, and the comprehen-
sive safety issues.”
Ms Hughes said the club is sourcing a mo-
bile tower, but was struggling to find one at short
“We will continue our patrols to the best of
our ability. The club is here for public safety,”
“I would like to highlight that our Nippers
program will be going ahead (starting Boxing
Day) and the beaches will still be patrolled.”
The patrol season starts on November 26.
Club fights: although Bass Coast Shire Council has issued a building order for the removal
of the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club tower, the club will appeal the decision with the Vic-
torian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Beef prices ease
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