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South Gippsland Shire Council would like to congratulate
all nominees in this year’s South Gippsland Australia Day Awards
You’re invited to join us in honouring the people and events that help make our community great!
Wednesday 18 January, 7:30pm at Memorial Hall (followed by a light supper)
events will be held across
South Gippsland on
For details visit:
STANDOUT community events will be
acknowledged at South Gippsland Shire
Council’s Australia Day Awards next
Wednesday, January 19.
The winner of the Community Event of the Year
will be announced during the ceremony at Leongatha
• 2016 South Gippsland Relay for Life, Fish
The event raises money for Cancer Council Victo-
ria to support those affected by cancer, prevention pro-
grams and research into cancer cures.
The South Gippsland event raised a record $78,000
for cancer research, prevention and support.
The South Gippsland Relay for Life had more than
530 walkers registered for the event with teams from
Korumburra, Leongatha, Fish Creek, Foster and Toora,
along with many community members who came to ex-
perience the supportive, emotional atmosphere.
All participants worked as a team, organising ac-
tivities and encouraging each other through the mas-
sive 18 hour relay which is planned to run overnight to
symbolise the cancer journey and to be reminded that
cancer never sleeps.
The event was the perfect opportunity for people
who have been touched by cancer to come together
with a common goal.
Moving ceremonies were also conducted, giving
participants the chance to remember those we have lost
to this disease and to remember the carers and survivors
currently fighting the disease.
A special afternoon tea was held for cancer survi-
vors and carers, and opportunities were given for par-
ticipants to share their story and to support each other.
This annual event has been held in Fish Creek for
the second year running with the committee working
for seven months to organise it.
• Leongatha Primary School - Lennie the Leg-
end, 600 miles to Sydney – Leongatha.
The musical production presented a memorable
and entertaining tribute to one of the country’s greatest
young Australians: Leongatha’s Lennie Gwyther, the
nine year old boy who travelled to Sydney and back
on his horse, Ginger Mick, to see the opening of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The story of the young boy and his horse accom-
plishing such a phenomenal feat touched the hearts
of Australia in 1932 and the same story moved South
Gippslanders again in this year with more than 1000
In excess of 600 students participated in the play
with more than 80 teachers, family and parents assist-
ing. Everyone involved was privileged to have some
special guests in the audience; Lennie’s sister, Beryl
came from Queensland, his other sister, Leta, came
from Cranbourne, his daughter, Mary came from Em-
erald and Lennie’s niece Julie, from Mardan.
Profits made from the performance will be directed
towards the construction of covered areas at the school.
The event was invaluable in giving students and resi-
dents alike an insight into local and national history.
A new generation now understands and appreciates
the enormity of this local boy. The links the children
made between Lennie, their parents or grandparents in
particular who knew Lennie, was priceless.
• Mirboo North Italian Festa, Mirboo North.
The event successfully promotes community en-
gagement, social cohesion and cultural awareness of
the contributions of the Italian community to the area of
Mirboo North, through celebrating all things Italian in a
fun filled family festival of food and entertainment.
Some 6000 people attended the event from all over
Gippsland and Victoria including Shepparton, Bendigo,
Melbourne, Geelong, interstate and overseas (Italy).
Donations were made to local charities and organisa-
tions including Mirboo North CFA, the ambulance ser-
vice, Mirboo North Primary School, the Thorpdale Hall
Restoration Project, Latrobe Valley Cancer Centre and
Royal Children’s Hospital.
An event like this has long term benefits including
the strengthening of social cohesion within the commu-
nity, enhancing mutual respect, harmony and apprecia-
tion of cultural diversity, promoting the understanding
and links to Italian culture for students learning the Ital-
ian language at school and increased tourism to Mirboo
North and South Gippsland.
The event is a continuation of the traditional Feast
of St Paul festival which has occurred for the past 50
years. Organisers of the Mirboo North event hope to
become self-sufficient and host the event bi-annually
• The official opening of the Dumbalk Commu-
nity Centre, Dumbalk.
The official opening of the Dumbalk Community
Centre attracted around 100 people from Dumbalk,
Sale, Warragul and Inverloch.
This event was unique in that it was an awareness
raising event as opposed to a fundraising event.
The centre is the perfect example of bringing a
dream to reality and of reinventing the building to cater
to a growing community. The centre demonstrates that
a can-do attitude works.
The newly refurbished building now comprises a
meeting room, split system air conditioner, reception
area and waiting room, cleaning room, kitchenette and
two consulting suites which the committee hopes will
provide much needed healthcare services to the people
of Dumbalk and surrounds.
These suites are connected by a hallway and dis-
abled toilet and shower, as well as a regular unisex
toilet. A generator inlet has been installed so the cen-
tre can function in the event of a power failure in
The vision for the Dumbalk Community Centre
is to provide a welcoming multipurpose hub for indi-
viduals and groups from across the region to meet and
access services. The centre will also house Dumbalk’s
rich collection of historic artefacts and photos.
• Meeniyan Garden Walk.
The 2015 Meeniyan Garden Walk attracted keen
gardeners from across South Gippsland, Latrobe and as
far as Footscray. Organised by the Meeniyan Progress
Association, the event involved identifying the gar-
dens, collating garden information, developing a gar-
den location map and event marketing.
On the day, progress association members were
busy selling tickets, manning gates and erecting signs.
Organisers sold 161 tickets, raising $1610 for the
Profits were used to help establish a community
garden, and to upgrade sound equipment and lighting
at the local hall. They also assisted with the running of
Christmas carols by Glo-light and the ongoing mainte-
nance of Tanderra Park.
As well as providing financial benefits to the
Meeniyan community the event also helps to showcase
the South Gippsland region and gives local residents a
strong sense of community pride.
First time visitors remarked they were “impressed
with the quality of the area” and “may return to holi-
day.” Regular visitors were impressed with the gardens
and the hard work of the participating gardeners.
The first Meeniyan Garden Walk was held in 1988.
In the last 17 years, more than 90 gardens have been
involved in the event which has generated countless
amounts of benefits for the local community.
Events showcase the community
Cultural event: the Mirboo North Italian Fes-
ta is a celebration of the contribution the Ital-
ian community has made to Mirboo North.
cancer survivor Cath-
erine Matthews cut
a ribbon at the South
Gippsland Relay for
Life at Fish Creek last
Artistic garden: Meeni-
yan’s Doug Merrit and
wife Sharon took part
in the 2016 open garden
run by the Meeniyan
Sharing history: Leon-
gatha Primary School’s
production of Lennie
the Legend, 600 miles
to Sydney involved more
than 600 students.
Significant moment: the
official opening of the
Centre fulfilled a dream
for many people in the
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