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LEONGATHA Seniors football coach
Beau Vernon and Phillip Island’s Jude
Donahoo and seven other recipients
were awarded Pride of Australia Medals
In a moving ceremony before family and friends,
Beau and Jude were recognised for their contribu-
tion to communities.
Beau was awarded for being such an inspiration
after his accident in 2012 that left him a quadriple-
gic. He received the award for his determined fight
back to become a club leader, mentor and motiva-
He said, “There are lot of people worse off than
me. I just wanted to live the best life I could.”
Commenting on Facebook, Beau said, “I was for-
Aussie medals for Beau and Jude
Aussies winners: Beau Vernon, Leongatha’s Senior football coach (front) and Phillip
Island’s Jude Donohoo (fifth from left) are pictured with the other Pride of Australia Medals
recipients following the presentation in Melbourne last week.
tunate to be a recipient of a Pride of Australia medal.
Even though I don’t feel deserved, I am very honoured
and humbled to receive such a prestigious award.
“Thanks to my family and friends and particu-
larly my wife Lucy. I think she should have won the
award for being an absolute legend...nothing more
Aussie spirited than throwing your husband over
your shoulder and carrying him 50m down to the
beach so he can have a swim. The other seven win-
ners are amazing people doing great things.”
Jude earned her medal after establishing the
You Are My Sunshine Foundation to raise funds for
research for neuroblastoma — the childhood can-
cer that claimed the life of her granddaughter, Ne-
whaven College student Khalilla.
The charity has raised more than $1 million in
seven years, becoming an official charity partner
with The Australian Moto GP.
“I just see a little girl looking down at me wher-
ever she might be ... and her light continues to shine
through this foundation,’’ Ms Donahoo said.
Victorian Pride of Australia award winners in-
cluded CFA officer Paul Bannan, Michael Gallus,
Jude Donahoo, Neale Daniher, Jonathan Tarascio,
Kevin Costa, brother and sister Hayden and Stepha-
nie Rujak, and Beau Vernon.
A FIRE engulfed a house
and a shed in Kongwak on
The aluminium clad wood
house on the Kongwak-Bena Road
was about 100 years old.
The homeowners were out-
side the house when they noticed
something was burning.
CFA units were called to the
scene at 1.20pm, but the house was
fully ablaze when they arrived.
Fortunately, firefighters were
able to save two adjoining sheds.
No one suffered injuries and
minimal property damage was
done outside the house and shed.
CFA units were quick to
contain the fire and stop it from
Units turned out from Kong-
wak, Inverloch, Korumburra,
Glen Alvie and Wonthaggi. Pound
Fire destroys house
Ablaze: CFA units from Kongwak, Inverloch, Korumburra,
Glen Alvie, Wonthaggi and Pound Creek were quick to con-
tain a fire in Kongwak on Wednesday. However, a house and
a shed were fully engulfed by the time the units arrived.
Creek CFA brought along a pump
to supply water.
The cause of the fire is still
Police find drugs
WONTHAGGI Police have charged a 37 year
old man with drugs offences after he was found
growing cannabis plants.
Police executed a search warrant at a Won-
thaggi address on December 15 and located 39
cannabis plants being grown.
The plants were found in an area under the
house rigged to a system enabling them to grow
hydroponically out of the view of neighbours.
The 37 year old will appear at Korumburra
Magistrate’s Court in June next year.
A STATE-WIDE road policing operation is un-
derway in Victoria.
More police will be on the roads as part of
Operation Road Wise.
Leading up to the Christmas period and over
the New Year, police will be targeting drug and
drink driving offences, fatigue, mobile offences,
and speeding in an attempt to keep people safe
on the roads.
Local police will be supported by highway
patrol members from Wonthaggi and State High-
way Patrol members from Melbourne.
The operation began on December 16 and will
continue until January 8.
The road toll sits at 281 lives lost on Victorian
roads, an increase of 38 from 2015.
Police are requesting motorists remember to
drive to the conditions, slow down, and be patient
with other road users during this busy time on lo-
FOUR infringement notices were given out inside
Wilsons Promontory National Park in one day.
All offenders failed to adhere to speed limits
put in place to keep people and wildlife safe.
Within less than 45 minutes of patrolling the
roads in the park, Foster Police found four drivers
One driver was going 20km/h over the speed
The drivers were all male, ranged in age from
27 years to 59 years, and were visitors.
They all received fines of $311 and received
three demerit points.
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