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MORE than 100 people gathered for the
first combined congregation of the five
local activity groups at the Leongatha
The activity groups from Leongatha, Mirboo North,
Loch-Poowong, Korumburra, and Tarwin Lower have
finally joined together for their first shared event after
20 years of individual activities being run.
Run by Gippsland Southern Health Services the
activity days aim to offer recreation, entertainment,
activity, fun, and food to help people with disabili-
ties, their carers, and the frail elderly to establish
“It’s the first time we’ve had them all together,”
planned activity coordinator Justine Kleeman said.
Ms Kleeman organises the events and activities to
provide people with an opportunity to re-establish or
initiate new social contacts within the community.
Local performers donated their time to entertain.
The choir from St Laurence’s Primary School per-
formed Christmas carols to enthusiastic applause.
A local ensemble and Ian Sullivan also braved
the stage throughout the afternoon. Random seat
prizes and raffles were drawn thanks to the generous
donations of local businesses.
By Caroline Crawford
EMILY Ardley has had a unique vi-
sion for 15 years to start a drama club
in South Gippsland that she could be a
She is no ordinary visionary; she has, unlike
many, succeeded in her dream while overcoming the
difficulties she faces with her intellectual disability.
“This has been Emily’s 15 year long pipe-
dream,” carer Stavroula O’Reilly said.
Ms Ardley has worked tirelessly with the help of
her family, friends, and carers to achieve her dream
and said she has had nothing but support and open-
ness from all levels of government in her search for
equal opportunities for the disabled.
“People with disabilities have passion and drive,”
Ms Ardley said.
It is with her own sheer determination that
the (It’s no) drama project to create a drama club
for people with disabilities can finally get off the
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent has announced
$5975 for Ms Ardley’s project in Leongatha.
“This Community Grant will help develop work-
shops and public performances with an ensemble of
performers with a disability,” Mr Broadbent said,
presenting a cheque to Ms Ardley last week, who
was supported in her application by South Gippsland
“It’s allowing more people to enter into the arts
space and giving them a new way of expressing
themselves. I love it.”
Ms Ardley had “had enough” of having to drive
down to Melbourne every Sunday morning just for
the opportunity to be a part of the drama activities
Having been involved in two disability friendly
drama groups with the Weave Movement Theatre and
Rawcus Company, Ms Ardley is using her vast expe-
rience to encourage rural people with disabilities to
pursue drama as a new avenue for enjoyment.
Initially having been giving state funding for
two theatre workshops to be held, Ms Ardley said
funding dried up and she had to abandon the steering
committee she had organised.
The new funding will allow the organisation to
become a more permanent fixture of the community,
with Ms Ardley excited and keen for the future.
Mr Broadbent agreed, saying “this is about a
long term vision for performers”.
“With the establishment of a steering committee
and strategy to help those people who are passionate
about performance, like Emily, to build something
that will continue to grow into the future,” he said.
Wish granted: McMillan MP Russell Broadbent (left) gave a $5975 grant to Emily Ardley
with the support of South Gippsland Shire mayor Cr Ray Argento (right).
Emily dreams of drama
Celebration sensation: St Laurence’s Primary School Choir serenades senior citizens at the
Christmas party in Leongatha.
COAL Creek Community
Park and Museum is ex-
cited to announce its an-
nual Christmas carols for
Celebrate the season in the
old fashioned village in Koru-
mburra, on Friday December 23
from 7.30pm until 9pm.
Food, beverages and LED
candles will be available for
purchase on the night.
The Korumburra Lions Club
will be attending with a barbe-
cue supplying sausages, soft
drinks and water.
Alfie’s coffee van will be
providing hot drinks and jam
Free Santa photos will be of-
fered by the Korumburra CFA.
There will be live mu-
sic performed by the South
Gippsland Concert Band along
with the Inverloch Primary
Enjoy carols at
The man himself: meet and greet Santa on the night at the
Coal Creek Community Park and Museum carols. Don’t for-
get to snap some pictures with him this Friday.
Feel free to grab a free song
book at the rotunda.
Come along with your
friends and family, bring a pic-
nic and sing along to your fa-
vourite Christmas carols.
Sing along: gather together with your family and friends by the rotunda for live music and
Christmas carols at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum this Friday.
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