Home' The Great Southern Star : January 4th 2017 Contents PAGE 8 - “THE STAR” Wednesday, January 4, 2017
IN an Australian first, pipis are being
tagged to better understand their short
and long term movement patterns in a
project funded by recreational fishing li-
Acting executive director of Fisheries Victo-
ria, Dallas D’Silva, said scientists from the Uni-
versity of Melbourne have tagged 2000 pipis at
“Every one of the 2000 pipis has been indi-
vidually numbered with a small plastic tag glued
to their shell,” Mr D’Silva said.
“Scientists have recorded release locations of
the tagged pipis so their relative movement can be
tracked over time.
“To help with the project, volunteers are be-
ing encouraged to join ‘The Great Pipi Hunt’ this
Friday, January 6.
“We want lots of people collecting pipis and
helping to find the tagged ones. There are even
prizes up for grabs.”
The event will be held from 10.30am to 1pm
at the Venus Bay Life Saving Club, beach one at
Register online via summerbythesea.vic.gov.
au, and for enquiries call 0429 842 142.
Mr D’Silva said people who could not make
Venus Bay in Australian research first
DETECTIVES from Central Gippsland
Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Inves-
tigation Team are appealing for informa-
tion in relation to allegations of histori-
cal sexual assaults in the Grantville area
in the 1980s and ’90s.
It’s believed the offences were committed against
primary school aged children by an adult male.
Investigators are keen to speak to anyone who
was a victim of a sexual assault in the Grantville
area, particularly at the designated Grantville
camp, around that time.
They are also keen to speak to anyone who has
knowledge of any sexual assaults taking place.
Victoria Police encourages all victims of sex-
ual assault and child abuse, and anyone who has
knowledge of such a crime, to make a report.
Victoria Police is committed to investigating
and bringing to justice those people who prey on
children no matter how many years have passed.
Anyone who was a victim of sexual assault or
has information relating to sexual assaults in the
Grantville area can contact the Central Gippsland
Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation
Team on 5120 0351.
Information relating to any alleged sexual as-
saults can also be provided to Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000 or submitted confidentially online
Police probe sexual assaults
A SPATE of damages that occurred in Michael
Place in Leongatha has ended in the arrest of five
A 20 year old from Korumburra, a 19 year old
from Kardella, and three men aged 20, 22, and 23
from Leongatha were all processed for multiple
criminal damages and have been released pending
their upcoming court date.
MIRBOO North Cricket Club was found in disre-
pair after vandals struck in the night.
At about 1.30am on Wednesday, December
21, a driver performed donuts in a vehicle on the
Police believe the vehicle was a four wheel
drive and said the attack damaged grass on all
cricket pitches and the outfield.
The club is run by volunteers who maintain the
grounds at no cost.
“We put all this effort in to create something
that benefits the community and these people
come over and ruin something everyone loves,”
lifetime member and groundskeeper John Mercer
Mr Mercer has been at the club for 50 years
and spends up to 35 hours each week maintaining
the pitches and he was devastated by the damage.
Police are appealing to anyone who might
have witnessed the incident to come forward.
CHRISTMAS lights were damaged in five streets
The same group of people is believed to be re-
sponsible for the damage that occurred overnight
on Wednesday, December 28.
Property owners on Glendale Court, Royal Pa-
rade, Queenscliff Drive, Honeyeater Circuit, and
Tamara Crescent all had their Christmas spirit un-
ceremoniously taken when they woke to find their
decorations damaged and in some cases, stolen.
If anyone has information about the damage,
contact Inverloch police station.
Hunt is on: pipi collectors harvest the prized shellfish at Venus Bay last Friday.
Pipis galore: Maiya from Melbourne found
pipi picking for the first time easier than she
thought at Venus Bay last Thursday.
it on the day, but did find tagged pipis during
the summer holidays, could report to pipihunt@
“We’d like anyone who finds a tagged pipi to
record the tag colour and number, along with the
location, date and time of capture,” he said.
“That information will help scientists map
movement patterns and understand much more
about this little bivalve shellfish, which is valued
by anglers for bait and by multicultural communi-
ties for eating.”
In conjunction with The Great Pipi Hunt, proj-
ect leader Dr John Morrongiello will present on
Victoria’s unique marine life at the life saving
club at 6pm, the night before on Thursday, Janu-
ary 5. Everyone is welcome to attend.
By Caroline Varrasso Crawford
ESCAPING the heat this summer might
make you the next target for local
More people flock to the beach to deal with the
heat during summer every year, but few look after
their possessions properly.
The crowds, abandoned belongings, and car
keys left in the open makes the beach an ideal
playground for thieves on the prowl.
Inverloch Police investigate between 20 to 30
thefts at beaches each summer.
People become targets by “using their phones
and being seen using them and tucking them away
when they go for a swim,” Leading Senior Con-
stable Sean Stirton said.
“Using anything of value can make you a tar-
get, that’s why we advise people to keep anything
of value at home or in a locked car.”
People can keep their personal effects safe by
ensuring they are kept out of sight.
Placing car keys in easy to find places such as
on a tyre or under a sun visor with the window
down allows would-be thieves an easy entry way
into cars, and to steal valuables.
“Keep your car locked and anything of value
must be locked away and hidden out of sight. Put
things in the boot,” Leading S/C Stirton said.
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