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Maxwell William Sward 10/01/1940 -17/09/2017 Dearly beloved husband of Grace, father of Corinna, Craig, Lilea and Petina. Adored Grandad of James, Abbey, Mitchell, Jordan, Tomika, Petar, Ewan, Matilda and Thomas 
Phil Cantillon, the Baw Baw Shire's community assets director of five years, has resigned to take a position at Frankston City.
LEONGATHA will face Maffra in this Saturdays Gippsland League
grand final at Moe for the second consecutive year, hoping for
The Parrots finished on top of the ladder again in 2017, after also claiming the minor premiership in 2015 and 2016, but ultimate success has eluded the club since 2001.
Why will this year be different?
The Parrots have addressed areas that showed up as weaknesses in previous grand finals.
They have bigger bodies in the midfield, with Cam Stone and Pat McGrath giving Tom Marriott more help, while Josh Schelling provides relief for Ben Willis in the ruck.
The emergence of Jack Ginnane as a forward has released Cade Maskell into the midfield where his ball use is supreme.
The Parrots have a settled defence, led by Chris Verboon and Sean Westaway, thats capable of handling any combination.
Theres a good spread of goalkickers at the other end with Chris Dunne, Aaron Hillberg and Ginnane all capable of kicking a bag.
Theres also great depth across the board these days and thats due to a strong Reserves side that will also be in action on Saturday.
The depth has shown in the fact the Parrots had just three players in the team of the year announced last night; full back Sean Westaway, Tom Marriott in the centre and Chris Dunne in the forward pocket.
As far as injuries go, the Parrots will be almost at full strength. Young Louis Riseley had established himself in defence but a hamstring injury ended his season before the finals.
Theres a couple of Leongatha players who would have been glad to have the weekend off and should play, although Tim Sauvarin is among a couple of players on standby for a call up.
For Maffra, the Parrots will have to watch goal sneak Mitch Bennett while Daniel Bedggood is hitting form at the right time.
The Eagles also only had three players in the team of the year; Sam Pleming at centre half back, Bennett in the forward pocket and Danny Butcher on the bench.
The start will be crucial for Leongatha.
The Parrots have played catch up footy in the past two grand finals and havent been able to get back into the game.
But they now have as much finals experience as their opponents and should break though for a win.
Kelp Drying King Island
A recent Catalyst show on ABC TV featured Tim Flannery of the Climate Council put forward a silver bullet solution to climate change. Cultivating fast growing seaweeds would draw down the CO2 in the atmosphere thus mitigating greenhouse enhanced global warming. Flannery wrote about this in his Atmosphere of Hope (Text, Melbourne, 2015) when he said:
Seaweed is hugely productive, outstripping the fastest growing land-based crops many times over in its rate of growth and CO2 absorption. Globally, the potential scale of seaweed farming is 600 times greater than any other method of cultivating algae One study asserted that seaweed farming could produce 12 gigatonnes per year of biomethane, while storing 19 gigatonnes of CO2 per year directly from biogas production, plus up to 34 gigatonnes per year from carbon capture of the biomethane combustion exhaust gas. All of this would come from seaweed forests covering and area equal to 9 per cent of the worlds ocean surface. (p.41)
In the TV show Flannery emphasized the carbon captured by the seaweed dropping to the deep ocean floor where it would be permanently stored. He also outlined many of the problems facing such a massive project such as the problem of nutrients required for seaweed growth in the open ocean.
Personally although the optimism associated with Flannery is a breath of fresh air I have a problem with concentrating on a single solution the silver bullet. Washington and Cook in their Climate Change Denial (Earthscan, London, 2011) talked of the silver buckshot approach. They noted:
Climate change also impacts on almost everything we do whether its water use, food production, forestry, house building or industry. If we accept the reality of the problem how do we go about solving it? Hume refers to what have been called wicked problems, a term derived from cultural theory. Wicked problems have no simple solutionRather than just one silver bullet to solve the problem he suggests silver buckshot. No single solution is sufficient (Pittock 2009). The silver buckshot are the multiple solutions one applies to the problem. We agree that solving climate change and the underlying environmental crisis it is a symptom of will require several different approaches, a number of silver buckshot. (p.119)
THE Korumburra Branch of the Country Womens Association (CWA)
And if local woman dont answer the call, the 86 year old branch, one of the states oldest, may have to fold.
The handful of stoic women who presently make up the membership of the group say that wont be allowed to happen.
But with some of them in the super senior age bracket, time might be the final arbiter.
In the meantime, they plan to move heaven and earth to introduce a new generation of women to the group and with that in mind, they have organised an Open Day at Milpara Community House in Korumburra on Friday, September 22, starting at 1.30pm.
Everyone is welcome and you dont have to worry about taking office. Theyll simply be happy to see you.
Therell be a nice afternoon tea for any visitors who take an interest and come along.
And theres likely to be scones, jam and cream but as Group President of the Gippsland Hills Group of CWA branches, Jillian Matthies, is keen to stress, CWA is not just there for scones and cream.
Its about friendship, personal development and taking an interest in community issues but above all, its about families really, supporting women and children, Mrs Matthies said last week. We support the community and other service groups too including the local fire brigade, Red Cross etc, she said.
And were good at raising funds, acting president and secretary Norma Head contributed.
When people move to an area, they may not know anyone and if their kids have left school, there may not be an obvious way to get to know people. CWA is good for that, said Mrs Matthies.
We have guest speakers, craft and other activities including computer skills and the like and yes, we do have a lovely afternoon tea.
Whats not to like.
The members of the Korumburra Branch of the CWA have drafted Jillian in to help them breathe new life into the local branch and its all about attracting new members.
Next year CWA in Victoria celebrates its 90th year and Leongatha is going to host the Victorian Creative Arts Exhibition so we wouldnt want to see Korumburra close up in the same year, said Jillian.
That would be a bit embarrassing!
So come on Korumburra. Why not come along and see what you can make out of an established group with fantastic connections.
And be prepared to be challenged in various ways.
It might surprise you to know that CWA Victoria was one of the first community groups in Australia to come out in favour of Same Sex Marriage.
So, the truth of it is, CWA is not just about scones and cream.
Why not come along on Friday, September 22 to Milpara Community House and at least see what can be done to revitalise the group.
For further details you can email Jillian Matthies at: firstname.lastname@example.org
INVERLOCH Kongwak has ended its 31 year premiership
drought with a staggering 95 point thumping of Cora Lynn on
Saturday at Wonthaggi.
The Cobras, who had won the last three premierships in the Ellinbank league, were renowned for their performances in big games.
But Inverloch-Kongwak were like a well-oiled machine as they meticulously dismantled the reigning champs in a near perfect display of football.
The Sea Eagles won the toss and kicked with the slight breeze to the pool end of the Wonthaggi ground which evidently, would set them up for the rest of the afternoon.
Chris Johnson of the Cobras went straight to league best and fairest Andy Soumilas and the niggle began.
Tom Bartholomew registered the first score of the game with a stray kick for a behind which was...
WORK on the Port Welshpool Long Jetty is progressing well, with
contractor SMC Marine already installing concrete decking on the
The inshore 190 metres has been partially rehabilitated to retain the appearance of the existing piles, crossheads and beams, while the decking will be been replaced with precast concrete slabs.
From 190 metres onwards to a distance of around 572 metres, the existing structure will be demolished and replaced.
It will follow the same alignment, with a new structure comprising timber piles and crossheads with a composite steel beam and concrete deck.
The slipway approach will be partially reconstructed in a similar manner to the jetty and the existing winch shed will be restored.
The remaining section of the jetty will be demolished, with the piles being cut off at two metres below low water to be retained as habitat.
The $11 million project is expected to take around 18 months to complete, and the rehabilitated and rebuilt jetty is expected to have a lifespan of at least 40 years.
As the community representative on the projects working group, Welshpools Paul Macphail is pleased to see the project finally underway after campaigning for the works for so many years.
It has been a long, hard, slow and sometimes frustrating road, so it is fantastic to see it happening even though it took so long, he said.
What SMC Marine has done so far looks great.
Peter Rose from Port Welshpool said the restoration of the Long Jetty was positive for locals and tourists.
It is exciting to see it all up and going. We are already getting people asking us to let them know when it is open so they can come down and see it, he said.
Mr Rose said he is looking forward to seeing people on the jetty again, be they on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pram. He said it will be accessible to everyone.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento said the project was on track for an October 2018 completion date.
We look forward to ensuring the jetty attracting more visitors to the region, once the project is complete, he said.
It will give the area a big boost in tourism and will provide a benefit to the economies of the small towns in the Corner Inlet region.
Cr Argento said both locals and visitors are keen to see the jetty finished so they can go fishing again.
WOOREEN residents are concerned the approval of a broiler farm
proposed for their rural district will lead to more poultry farming
in South Gippsland.
South Gippsland Shire Council will consider a planning permit application to build a 400,000 bird farm in 10 sheds at 80 Pit Road at its September 27 council meeting.
The recommendation before council is to approve a permit, with a council officer report saying conditions to be applied will address amenity impacts.
The proposal has received more than 120 objections and one submission in support.
Objectors who have dubbed themselves the Wooreen Warriors will present at councils public presentation session tomorrow (Wednesday).
They are concerned about Boyle Creek will be contaminated by run-off, erosion, dust and increased truck traffic.
Dairy farmer Jackie Thorn urged council not to take the areas beauty for granted.
This is a creep of change and once the beautys gone, you cant fix it, she said.
Objector Kath Goller said, More than 12ha of that steep landscape will have to be reconfigured into an industrial landscape.
Its discordant with the character of the place and the current land uses.
She is worried about disease carrying dust landing on her roof and entering her water tank, and others believe such particles could affect the organic status of a nearby farm.
Isabelle Cooper said any contamination of Boyle Creek would end up in the Tarwin River Meeniyan and Dumbalks water supply.
We moved here because the council says to Come for the beauty, stay for the lifestyle and so we did, and now theyre going to stuff it up, she said.
Ms Goller is also concerned about the impact on wildlife in the waterways: freshwater crayfish, blackfish and freshwater mussels.
Tom Daffy and Deb Brown run Black Duck Farm bed and breakfast nearby, and believed the poultry farm would have negative impacts on their business.
Adele Upton and Mark Bradbury also run Waterfall Valley Retreat accommodation nearby and share similar concerns.
Ms Brown said, Were worried about the impact on the environment and also the noise and extra trucks on the road.
Mr Daffy said while the subject land may be zoned farming, he said broiler farms were factory farming.
They can call it rural but its an industrial complex, he said.
Objector Adele Upton said, There have already been landslips in the area because of all the rain.
It could be hard to enforce the conditions (on the permit) if there are any problems.
Peter Cooper believed the broiler farms location at the top of the Boyle Creek valley would amplify smell issues, saying the valley acts like a funnel.
The smell is going to come right down the valley, he said.
BASS Coast Health is looking to attract State Government support
to the tune of $10 million to relocate the emergency
Wonthaggi Hospital patients have had difficulty accessing the emergency department in its current location at the back of the building.
The need for a relocated emergency department is more critical than ever, with the hospital seeing a record breaking 1073 patients during the last peak summer period.
Although no election promises have been made, Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy toured the hospital last Tuesday, September 12.
Mr Guy said the emergency department needed to be relocated to the front of the building.
The emergency department is at the wrong end of the hospital and it is a rabbit warren. While it is a good hospital, they are doing a huge amount of work with limited resources, he said.
I really cant praise highly enough the staff of the hospital. They are obviously working as hard as they can and its difficult in some of the conditions when they have demand that doubles over summer.
With just six bays in the emergency department, they do the best they can with the resources available.
Mr Guy said the hospital now needs government support to keep up with the increasing population.
Id say Bass Coast is one of the fastest growing shires outside of Melbourne. It has got a huge population projection boom ahead of it. We cant ignore this area. If the services are not updated, we wont be ready for this growth, he said.
Thats why $10 million to do this job now is a better investment than paying $40 million in 20 years when the population wouldve increased exponentially. It makes better financial sense to back the hospital when theyre asking.
A spokesperson from Minister for Health Jill Hennesseys office said the State Government continued to work with hospitals to address demand and cost pressures.
Bass Coast Health alone received, in this years budget, $43.9 million up 14.1 per cent from last year or $5.4 million. Thats a whopping 36.6 per cent or $11.7 million more than they did under the former Liberal Governments last budget, they said.
Mr Guy congratulated the hospitals management and board for developing its master plan.
Theyve got a lot of land, so they have been able to optimise what they are going to do with the site, he said.
YOUTH unemployment in Gippsland is rising as the State
Governments regional jobs crisis continues, according to The
Nationals Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath.
Australia Bureau of Statistics data for June shows the regions youth unemployment rate is 15.8 percent, compared with the non-metropolitan average of 10.1 percent.
The ABS figures show that youth unemployment in Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley is rising, up three percent from June last year and 4.6 percent since Daniel Andrews came to office, Ms Bath said.
Ms Bath said the premier was failing the regions youth when he should be providing critical support so they could get a good start in the workforce.
Labors Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said, Youth unemployment rates often fluctuate. Theres no doubt there are many young people within our regional communities who need to overcome numerous barriers when it comes to finding and keeping a job.
The Andrews Labor Governments pipeline of infrastructure projects across, will offer opportunities for trainees, apprentices and cadets.
We have also invested $63 million in Jobs Victoria for support programs and employment providers to target young jobseekers, and our Jobs Victoria Employment Network is also helping young people from the final years of schooling to access the skills and training they need to land their first job, and set up a meaningful career.
Wendy Major, executive officer at South Gippsland Bass Coast Local Learning and Employment Network said when unemployment rates increase, young people were always the first to be impacted.
We need to build stronger communities from within that demonstrate young people are a valuable investment in our local economy, she said.
As a community we can support young people by giving them the opportunity to develop real skills through work experiences such as industry placements, school based apprenticeships and volunteering.
Construction, transport, agriculture, health, tourism, education and service industries are all areas of strong growth and youth employment potential across South Gippsland and Bass Coast.
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council spent $1.32 million on capital
improvements and operation of the Yanakie and Long Jetty caravan
parks in the past four years.
But a council report to the September 27 council meeting indicates council has incurred a loss of $335,827 over the past four years across the two parks, with the less popular Long Jetty park at Port Welshpool costing the most.
The report states a small return was prevented by extraordinary operational expenses: legal advice that cost $163,770, provision of bad debt that cost $163,706, and consultancy costs of $52,668 to develop a draft masterplan and business case for each park.
Council took over direct management of the parks in 2013, saying the parks were then in a state of disrepair and required investment to address electrical, fire and public safety compliance needs.
At the time, the parks were mainly occupied by annual siteholders with limited short stay options, and the majority of caravans were in a poor condition with compliance and safety concerns, a council report stated, with siteholders building unlawful structures.
Reportedly more than 150 siteholders left the parks, after council increased site fees and attempted to work with siteholders to ensure their caravans were compliant over two years.
That prompted the siteholders to take legal action against council in the Supreme Court, which was later settled and withdrawn, with both parties covering their own costs.
The council report recommends council now establish a caravan and camping park committee to provide strategic advice to council on the future management and investment options for the Long Jetty and Yanakie caravan parks.
Councillors now hold mixed views about councils involvement in the operation of the parks.
The decision to operate the caravan parks was a decision of the former council.
Cr Lorraine Brunt, who served on that council, said, The caravan parks have been a difficult process to get facilities in our shire that the community and visitors find acceptable.
Once we receive more information I will comment further, but I believe given where we have come from and where we are situated now, we can look forward to the future.
Cr Brunt said over the next three to five years, upgraded facilities would pay back councils investment.
She also expects an independent operator will be prepared to look at the parks as a great investment opportunity, with a lease that keeps the facilities in an achievable condition that meets visitor expectation.
Im rather positive that our investment will be repaid, she said.
Deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel said she would form an opinion when she has considered all options available.
Cr Meg Edwards is also yet to make up her mind.
I have certainly seen different perspectives over the time Ive been in council to date, she said.
Cr Don Hill said his view on the carava...
VICFORESTS still intends to log approximately 50 hectares of
Mirboo North forest despite community opposition.
A large portion of the Mirboo North community strongly opposed VicForests proposal to clear fell Mirboo North forest.
Around 374 people posed their concerned questions and comments to VicForests general manager stakeholders and planning officer Lachlan Spencer at the Mirboo North Hall on Thursday, September 14.
VicRoads still plan to clear fell three coups of remnant native forest identified to VicForests as the Oscine, Doug and Samson coupes.
This is a very extensive project that we are undertaking in good faith, Eastern Victoria Region MLC Harriet Shing said.
What I will do now is have a discussion with minister Lily DAmbrosio next week. Ill take the motion along which has been drafted and distributed by Coal and Coal Seam Gas Free Mirboo North group member Marg Thomas and what Ill do is provide a report back on that motion.
Our next steps as far as the government position on this, we will continue to work through the VicForests engagement.
Member of the Mirboo North Wednesday Warriors Grant ONeill said the meeting went very well and the community certainly got its message across.
The next step for the Mirboo North community is to elect a steering committee of people opposing to the proposal.
The committee will fend off any degradation of any of our bushland around Mirboo North, Mr ONeill said.
The group will have to see if they can get any financial assistance to conduct a survey.
The survey will find all of the living creatures and plants that are currently living in the coupes targeted for logging, as well as trees and plants.
Weve got people coming forward who want to be part of the committee. Were just putting names together now and next week we will announce the members.
These were the only untouched areas during the bushfires; these coupes have been responsible for repopulating everything because its unburnt.
We went spotlighting through all of the proposed logging coupes and we found a Greater Glider which hasnt been spotted since 2012.
Mr ONeill said the committee and community will have enough evidence that VicForests will be fools to even attempt clear felling the areas.
South Gippsland Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Maxine Kiel said she will give a report to council before taking further action.
Mr Spencer said that VicForests openly encourages input from the public into its operations.
We look forward to working together with the local Mirboo North community and developing our plans in a way that incorporates their feedback, he said.
Mr Spencer said no harvesting will be taking place before June 2018.
The meeting was organised in order to give us an idea of what things are most important to the community in the areas we plan to harvest and how we can work together to develop pl...
As our world gets smaller and smaller and we travel more we are always looking for something else to see. Huge cities such as London, Melbourne, Rome and Paris can cost you a small fortune to visit and as we all know we all try to get as much as we can from our money. We all want to see the most popular sites but there are some days that we are short of funds. You can wander a city and find free things where ever you go and I must admit I forget about the amazing street art that is now popping up all over the world. From city to city all different types are on show. From alleyways to whole sides of a building there is always something interesting to see and the best is that it is free!
So if you are looking for a free activity and to see some amazing free art here are some places that have brilliant street art that you should check out if you are visiting!
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