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SAVANNAH Rae Staley was born at Bass
Coast Health on December 19, 2016 to Ryan
and Kayla Staley of Wonthaggi.
well that is what her proud
family thought until she at-
tacked Santa. The Santa, mind
you was not of the human kind
but a much loved decoration
acquired some years ago at
AW Smiths gift ware store in
Leongatha that always has a
stunning array of Christmas
Anyway luckily Santa
was rescued, minus a few
adornments and prized away
to be given a new home atop
a table and out of harm’s way.
No sooner had we solved
that problem than there was
Miss Lola was again rep-
rimanded, albeit in between
secret laughter behind hands
for making her next attack
on the pile of Christmas gifts
under the tree.
At first there was the
noise of rustling of paper,
but a quick investigation
indicated a crime had been
The evidence a bedrag-
gled gift dragged from under
the tree and left forlornly be-
hind the dining table with a
variety of Lola’s toys.
She had ripped off the
gift card and ruined the
lovely black and gold bow
but was disturbed before she
could go any further. The gift
too was rescued just in time.
Lola is an indoor girl,
sorry dog, so short of bar-
ricading around the tree and
safe guarding all the festive
decorations we were left
pondering what to do next,
and we decided on nothing
and hope for the best.
These are the memories
that make Christmas so spe-
cial and after all Christmas
is about family and our dear
pets are very much part of
There you have it.
You may have a few bau-
bles missing from the tree, a
few gifts nibbled and Santa
not looking at his best but
you would never trade the
laughter pets bring to your
And now we have the
rest summer to look forward
to and our next celebration,
Australia Day and a chance
to make some more happy
MIRBOO North’s Grant O’Neill has appealed
to the community to clean out and unblock the
culverts located between Boolarra and Mirboo
“There are at least 18 culverts from Mirboo North to
Darlimurla. That’s 36 access points either side of the trail.
There are at least six that you could ride or walk through. It
is a wonderful piece of country,” he said.
“It is great local and indigenous history becoming lost –
it’s just sitting idle. It does belong to us. We have this space
so let’s use it.”
Mr O’Neill believes the area could be transformed into
an adventure trail, which would boost the tourism appeal in
Mirboo North. It would also enhance the other great assets
in the town including parks, cricket grounds and the public
“When the culverts are exposed, people will be able to
view the brickwork and be amazed that the whole railway
line was constructed by hand,” he said.
“Many could walk through and be amazed by the flora
and wildlife. After your walking adventure, you could take a
dip in Mirboo North’s magnificent swimming pool. We also
have the most awarded brewery in Mirboo North. We have
these assets, let’s show them off.”
With the area tidied, Mr O’Neill said there could be po-
tential for activities such as professional cycling races, horse
riding and extended walks.
He believes everyone in the community should get in-
volved in revamping the area, including the arts community,
which could create beautiful murals on the culverts.
Mr O’Neill also said wheelchair access could be pos-
sible, giving everyone the opportunity to explore the history
and the culture.
“Not one percent of people in the entire district know the
culverts exist. How can this story not be told?” he said.
“Darlimurla to Boolarra has not been explored well yet
only by my family.
“Since being a small child, I have had great fun exploring
the culverts and it hasn’t lapsed in 60 years. If the good Lord
gives us time and strength to see this project on its way for
another 200 years or more, I will be happy.”
WELCOME to 2017!
As we close the door on 2016, another
year of anticipation rolls forward.
My wish for the new year is that our dairy
farmers will not have to endure another year
of low prices and the seasons will become
favourable ensuring our local businesses re-
main vibrant; that our volunteer firefighters
although prepared - will not have to face
any major fires or incidents during our sum-
mer; and that our communities will meet the
challenges that may be ahead.
Whilst the new South Gippsland Shire
Council will be working towards meeting
our community’s expectations, our customer
service team in reception is always only too
happy to help. It’s the team that community
members deal with most frequently.
The customer service team works with
other council officers to provide relevant
and timely information to the community.
The team consists of two full-time mem-
bers, two part-timers and a trainee. There
are also six casual staff who can be called on
to work at the Leongatha Customer Service
Centre, Coal Creek, the visitor information
centres in Korumburra and Foster or at the
caravan parks at Yanakie and Long Jetty.
On average about 450 visitors call in to
the customer service centre in Leongatha
every week. The team also receives about
1500 phone calls a week.
Together that’s almost 400 customer in-
teractions a day, which is about one every
75 seconds between 8.30am and 5pm. And
that’s the average! At peak times the number
of calls across a month can peak at around
The areas customer service deals with on
a day to day basis includes rates, animals,
planning and building.
Staff also process many of the financial
transactions that come through council. For
example, in the first week of December the
team processed more than 350 transactions
for payments worth almost a quarter of a
Many people phone council when they
simply don’t know who else to ask. Ap-
parently some of the more interesting calls
the team has taken include one about a live
cockatoo stuck in the grille of a car and
another from a customer asking what they
should do with a fitted sheet that did not fit
Council offers many services, but I don’t
think that fitted sheet stretching is one of
Someone who I know would be more
than happy to help is my colleague, Cr Meg
Edwards, who seems to connect with every-
one she meets.
Cr Meg Edwards
My vision for South Gippsland is one
where our communities are brimming with
opportunities for everybody. We have a rich
history of industrious, innovative and pro-
ductive farmers who have carved both the
foundations of our region and continue to be
the backbone of our economy.
Before starting a family and working
with my partner, Carl Talbot, in our building
and farming businesses, I was an agri and
business banker for 10 years. My postgradu-
ate studies in business provided theory, but
growing up milking cows and playing sport,
like many South Gippslanders, is what
shaped my work ethic and values.
Encouraging a culture of entrepreneur-
ialism both within council itself and our
broader community, advocating for small
business (including agriculture), commu-
nity strengthening and the arts, balancing
the use of our public facilities so that all
users can enjoy them as safely as possible,
continuing to improve on council’s sound fi-
nancial management and the environmental
practices, consulting on decisions as much
as possible are some of my personal key pri-
orities. I welcome you to contact me.
Cr Ray Argento
for Mirboo North
Fine food lures market-goers
Tastes good: from left, Dakotah Verboon, Nadine Verboon and Hayley Ver-
boon of Wattlebank Park Farm offered cheese, beef, pork, lamb and small-
goods at the Inverloch Lions Club’s Twilight Community Farmers Market last
Support the cause: Inverloch Lions Club president Linda Aly (left) and sec-
ond vice president Dawn Rasmussen were selling tickets for a barbecue at the
club’s Twilight Community Farmers Market last Wednesday.
Cooked to perfection: from left, Casey Sim, Raewyn Petracca and Michelle
Sim, all of Inverloch, were sweating over a hot barbecue to raise funds for
Inverloch-Kongwak Primary School at the Inverloch Lions Club’s Twilight
Community Farmers Market last Wednesday.
UP TO 4000 people
enjoyed the smells,
sights and sounds of
the Inverloch Lions
Club’s Twilight Com-
munity Farmers Mar-
ket last Wednesday.
Held in The Glade in
Inverloch, the market fea-
tured food, drinks, plants,
knife sharpening, a jump-
ing castle and teas, among
The market was the
second twilight market
held by Lions in a week, as
the club seeks to make the
most of the bumper crowds
in the beachside town.
Priceless festive memories
PACKING up those
decorations and strip-
ping the Christmas
tree of all its wonder-
ful adornments is re-
ally a happy time for
some and represents
moving on, but for
Christmas fanatics it
symbolises the fun
and fantasy is over
for another year.
However if you were
lucky enough to have a love-
ly festive time shared with
your family and friends then
those wonderful memories
will hopefully keep you go-
ing for another year.
Some of those memories
would be that the Christmas
tree this year was the best
ever, the lights in the garden
were a delight but could be
improved on next year and
next Christmas I won’t mis-
place that wonderful Kris
Kringle gift purchased for
Some will be happy
Christmas has been wrapped
up for another year as this
time can come with a certain
amount of stress and some-
times arguments about where
the family spends Christmas,
and then there is the drama
that can occur with inside
In this case we are talking
about a miniature, long haired
daschund named Lola.
She is the perfect pooch;
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