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SOUTH Gippsland’s water supply
systems continue to maintain healthy
storage levels of above 96 percent
Over the past week, slight drops were recorded
in the Lance Creek (Wonthaggi, Inverloch and
Cape Paterson), Ruby Creek (Leongatha) and
Coalition Creek (Korumburra) systems influ-
enced by seasonal fluctuations not uncommon for
this time of year.
Information and graphs depicting water stor-
age levels can be found in the services section of
South Gippsland Water’s website www.sgwater.
South Gippsland Water encourages custom-
ers to always use water wisely. Permanent Water
Saving Rules continue to be in place across all
Victorian systems and townships.
Rainfall was recorded at South Gippsland
Water’s storages from November 11 to 18: Lance
Creek 17mm, Ruby Creek 14mm, Coalition Creek
25mm, Deep Creek 19mm, Little Bass 16mm and
Battery Creek 20mm.
A ROAD rage victim has been released
from hospital in Melbourne after an as-
sault in Korumburra last Wednesday.
Police said an altercation between two men
from South Gippsland resulted in a 53 year old
man, a pedestrian, being knocked to the ground
and sustaining head and other injuries.
He was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital for
treatment and was later released.
Police said the alleged offender drove away
from the scene. Police have since spoken to the
man and are investigating further, including how
the victim was knocked to the ground.
Police believe the men were unknown to each
other and had an altercation further up the road be-
forehand. Charges are yet to be laid.
The incident occurred at the intersection of
South Gippsland Highway and Korumburra-War-
ragul Road about 2pm.
Detectives from Bass Coast Criminal Inves-
tigation Unit are investigating the incident. The
driver was in a silver station wagon.
Anyone with information should contact
Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
A HIGHLY successful Lennie Gwyther
Statue Fundraiser in Leongatha on Satur-
day night has netted the appeal $7,000.
This has boosted the funds raised so far to
$35,000, just $10,000 short of the $45,000 approx-
imately needed to have the statue of Lennie and his
horse Ginger Mick struck into bronze.
Members of the Leongatha Chamber of Com-
merce and Industry, which organised the night,
were delighted with the turnout of 160 people,
including many members of the Gwyther family.
Chamber member Peter Watchorn said money
was raised through sales of tickets on the night,
sales of the Lennie Gwyther history book, an auc-
tion of four items, plus the sale of 10 keys, one of
which opened a lock for $1000.
“The $1000 was won by Kath Clark ,” Mr Wa-
The night started with a performance by four
members of the Leongatha Primary School who
sang two songs from the recent Lennie the Leg-
end school play.
The play tells the tale of Lennie Gwyther, who
aged nine, rode his pony Ginger Mick to Sydney
from Leongatha – 1000km over 33 days - to wit-
ness the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Local singer Jackie Van Velzen then sang four
songs before the auction of goods. Finally it was
the turn of Greg Champion of Coodabeen Cham-
Lennie fundraiser makes $7000
Encore: Beryl Ferrier, centre, (Lennie Gwyther’s sister) catches up with Leongatha Primary
School students who performed two songs from Lennie the Legend. From left, Hamish Box
(Leo, Lennie’s dad), Piper Goldsmith (Clara, Lennie’s mum), Sharni Campbell (Lennie) and
Ashley Geary (Lennie).
Great help: handling the sale of tickets and raffles at the door are, from left, Leongatha
Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Brenton Williams, Emma Smith, and Shir-
Coodabeen champ: Greg Champion, middle, catches up with Inverloch residents Barbara
and Bob Williams.
IN Victoria, 1500 die from out of hospi-
tal cardiac arrest each year.
In effort to reduce the statistics, Rotary Clubs Aus-
tralia wide are working to distribute defibrillators in lo-
Leongatha Rotary Club presented Woorayl Lodge
with a $2500 defibrillator last Tuesday (November 15).
The defibrillator was supplied by Tasmania’s Phil
Brumby, who travelled to Leongatha to demonstrate to
the Woorayl Lodge staff how to use the device.
“A lot of people don’t appreciate just how many
people die from out of hospital cardiac arrest,” Mr
“Around 8600 die from out of hospital cardiac ar-
rest nationwide, and 6000 of those people could have
survived if someone had performed CPR and used a
“Rotary’s initiative to get defibrillators into local or-
ganisations is happening because they understand that
these vital minutes can save lives.”
The defibrillator will not only help the residents of
Woorayl Lodge, but it will help the staff and visitors
The technology is simple for untrained people to
When in use, automated voice prompts give instruc-
tions to ensure the device is used correctly.
The defibrillator monitors the condition of the pa-
tient and will turn itself if the patient doesn’t need it.
“One of the main problems is that people won’t op-
erate defibrillators for fear they will hurt someone. That
can’t happen with this defibrillator,” Mr Brumby said.
The defibrillator can also be used on patients with
pacemakers without harm.
Woorayl Lodge is the second organisation to re-
ceive a defibrillator from Mr Brumby and the Rotary
Club. The first organisation was Woorayl Golf Club 12
Life saver: Leongatha Rotary Club president Don Bruce, left, presented a defibrillator to
Woorayl Lodge president Mark Pearce, manager Jo White and personal carer Kathy Ingles.
Donation to save lives
Man airlifted after road rage
The gut man: speaking in Leongatha last
Wednesday night was Don Chisholm, at an
event organised by Suzi Bath from the Leon-
gatha Health Food Store.
Spotlight on gut health
INTERNATIONAL speaker and bestsell-
ing author Don Chisholm, also known
as The Gut Man, was in Leongatha last
Organised by the Leongatha Health Food
Store, the talk was focussed on Don’s book Have
you got the guts to be Really Healthy?
Around 40 people attended the talk.
Suzi Bath from the Leongatha Health Food
Store said it was a fantastic night.
“People just wanted to know when he was
coming back and everybody learnt things they
didn’t know. It was a really good evening,” she
pions fame, to entertain the crowd with many
songs, mostly of AFL footy flavour.
“The night was fantastic. We much appreci-
ate the efforts of the primary school children, our
wonderful local singer Jackie, and of course Greg
Champion, who told me later the audience were
great and very receptive,” Mr Watchorn said.
“Thanks to the Gwyther family who came
along for the night including Lennie’s sisters Ber-
yl and Lita, Lennie’s daughter Mary and grand-
daughter Sally. Thanks to everyone for turning
out and supporting the night and to the chamber
helpers too for backing this event.”
Chamber member Glenn Wright worked hard
on the night keeping things moving as MC and
also running the auction.
With a couple of surprise announcements of
more funding about to come, the magic $45,000
is not too far away.
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