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Tuesday, 14 August

23:26

Seymour Line Notification: Service change "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

06:57 Seymour - Southern Cross will not run. train will not run. Customers are asked to board the 06:28 Shepparton to SCS with additional stops at Tallarook and Heathcote Junction. 

[07:26 15/08]

23:11

Seymour Line Notification: Train Delay - Seymour line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

06:57 Seymour to SCS train is delayed by approximately 15 minutes due to a train fault [07:11 15/08]

12:33

Seymour Line Notification: Service change - Albury line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

15/08/18 07:05 Southern Cross - Albury will not run and has been replaced by road coaches for the entire journey.

[20:33 14/08]

06:38

The fight for womens refuge "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The first womens refuge in Melbourne opened in 1974. According to the Womens Liberation Halfway House Collective (WLHHC), the need for a Halfway House had been discussed for a long time in the Womens Liberation Movement, as the Womens Liberation Centre constantly received calls from women needing somewhere to stay for awhile, often in desperate circumstances. In April 1974, a meeting was called to discuss the setting up of a halfway house a halfway point for women between their old lives and new ones.

06:03

Students set for magical musical "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

KORUMBURRA Primary School Students will be more than one jump ahead for their upcoming school production of Aladdin Junior.
As the junior musical of its Broadway elder, the show is based on the Disney film Aladdin and it is all the buzz among the busily rehearsing students at the local school.
Performing arts teacher Tanya Jackson has been coordinating the cast of more than 20 students chosen from an auditioning process that received a flood of entries.
It gives the children the opportunity to showcase their talents, not just through the traditional academics, she said.
A lot of students and families are putting an amazing amount of work into making this show a success.
At the moment we are working on some big dance numbers which is very exciting.
Mrs Jackson has her hands full preparing two shows this year, with the whole of school space concert preparations also underway.
The shows props are being created by students during visual art classes.
Two shows of Aladdin Junior will be performed on September 13 at the Korumburra Basketball Stadium at 1.30pm and at 7pm.

Star performers: from back left, Korumburra Primary School students Oscar Beachley as Jafar, Pallas Lamers as Iago, centre, April Reeves (in pink), Will Roberts as Aladdin, Alana Lopez-Freeman as Jasmine, Fern Hurst and Jacqueline Turton as Jasmines friends, rehearse for the upcoming school production Aladdin Junior.

06:02

Seymour Line Notification: Service update - Albury line "seymour IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

12:05 Southern Cross - Albury is delayed by approximately 45 minutes due to a train fault on a freight service. The cafe bar will be closing early at Seymour. [14:02 14/08]

06:00

School backs Montanahs fight "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

ST LAURENCES Primary School in Leongatha raised more than $850 towards the family of a girl battling a brain tumour.
St Laurences students Jayda and Braydi Simpson organised a coloured clothes day on Friday to raise funds for their cousin Montanah Dubignon, aged four.
The school community was incredibly generous and the funds will support Montanah and her family.
Montanah is the daughter of Jarrod and Sarah, formerly of Korumburra, and an identical twin to Dakota, and one of five children.
Donations can also be made online at https://www.facebook.com/donate/249922659168372
A fundraising market will be held at St Peters Anglican Church, Leongatha, on Saturday, August 25 from 9am to 1pm, with secondhand goods, cakes and a sausage sizzle, to further support the Dubignon family, now of Beaufort.

Batting for Montanah: from left, St Laurences Primary School, Leongatha, students Jayda and Braydi (left), with Montanah Dubignons brother Lane (centre), and principal Kate Dourley, receiving the proceeds of the schools fundraiser for Montanah, who is fighting a brain tumour.

05:56

Firefighters to take on Stair Climb challenge "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

FOUR members of the Ruby Fire Brigade are set to take part in the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb.
This event will take place on September 1 at Crown Metropol.
The four members involved are captain Michael Guest, Aaron Perks, and Darren and Nathan Hardacre.
The Stair Climb raises awareness and money to support Life Line and the Black Dog Institute.
These foundations seek to prevent suicide, mental illness and post traumatic stress disorder; something many emergency service workers are touched by.
This is the second year we will be participating. Last year, the memorial service held at the beginning of the day to remember all the fallen firefighters not only from the CFA, but also the (Metropolitan Fire Brigade) and New York Fire Department who didnt return home after 9/11 was very moving, Michael said.
The camaraderie between all those who are participating for a common cause no matter whether youre career or volunteer firefighters from Victoria or overseas was overwhelming.
For Nathan, this will be his first stair climb.
This is my first time participating in the Stair Climb. Hopefully I dont let the team down, he said.
Last year, the old boys did a great job and came back really excited about completing the climb, so they definitely encouraged me to have a go.
Unfortunately, I cannot make the gym due to university commitments, but Ive been putting in the hard yards so they dont beat me up the stairs.
The four members will be part of 650 emergency personnel from all over the world, who will be stepping up to climb 28 stories wearing full firefighting kit and breathing apparatus, weighing 25 kilograms.
They have been training hard at Voyage Fitness Leongatha.
Training has been hard; it hasnt gotten any easier, even though this is our second time. Hopefully we can do better than last year, Aaron said.
The crew from Voyage is great. Nothings too hard for them; its like a big family and they just want us to do the best we can.
Voyage has stepped up and is running its own fundraising efforts.
On Monday, August 27, it will be running nine classes from 5.30pm to 7pm.
The classes include spin, dance, kickboxing, step, power, boxing and HIIT.
The cost is $20, with all proceeds going to the Ruby Fire Brigade.
It is open to members and non members, but bookings are essential.
Those who cannot come along are welcome to make a donation at https://www.firefighterclimb.org.au/station/cfa/ruby.
Darren said he considers participating in the Stair Climb an honour.
To participate in such a worthy cause is an honour. Not only are we getting the discussion about mental illness happening amongst our firefighters, we get to work on our own physical fitness, which is critical for us as emergency responders, h...

05:53

WSC assigns leadership team "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI Secondary College established its leadership team this term.
For the past 18 months, campus and college principal positions have been temporarily filled.
Darren Parker was recently confirmed as college principal, with Marg ODonnell now the campus principal at McBride.
Marg ODonnell has been the acting campus principal for the past 18 months and will now continue the role officially, Mr Parker said.
(Ms ODonnell) has a wealth experience, particularly in the areas of student welfare.
Wonthaggi Secondary College has also developed two new assistant principal roles.
Leith Cummins is filling the post of assistant campus principal at Dudley.
Ms Cummins has joined the Wonthaggi Secondary College leadership team from Leongatha Secondary College.
At McBride, Phil Hughes will be the assistant campus principal.
This role means the assistant principals will be in charge of the curriculum. (Ms Cummins) has extensive experience in this from her time at Leongatha Secondary College. She has great knowledge in areas such as student management, support, and teaching and learning development, Mr Parker said.
(Mr Hughes) is in a similar role, and has long served Wonthaggi Secondary College on different levels. He has extensive experience in campus management, as he has been a year level coordinator for several years.
Ross Bramley will continue his role as campus principal at Dudley.
Mr Parker said the settlement of the leadership has come in perfect timing.
We have our new school on the way and our numbers continue to grow. We are currently sitting at around 1350 students, he said.
It is an exciting time for the college and we are looking forward to working together.
Business manager Steve Plumb, finance manager Ange Williams and HR manager Nancy Crishmanich round out the Wonthaggi Secondary College leadership team.

College leaders: Wonthaggi Secondary College recently settled on its leadership team. Pictured back from left is Dudley campus principal Ross Bramley and college principal Darren Parker, and front from left is HR manager Nancy Crismanich, Dudley assistant campus principal Leith Cummins and McBride campus principal Marg ODonnell. Absent: business manager Steve Plumb, finance...

05:51

Lennon story takes to stage "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

A ONE act play festival offers audience members a great variety of relatively short plays in a friendly theatrical competition with awards and cash prizes for the actors.
It also provides an opportunity for locals to see new works written and performed by emerging theatre-makers while sampling from a smorgasbord of wonderful theatrical talent.
There are usually about four plays in a session and people are welcome to come and go between the plays, stay for a whole session or see every play in the entire festival.
FAMDA will be hosting its eighteenth one act play festival at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre on Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26.
The South Gippsland One Act Play Festival has grown to become one of the biggest festivals of its type in Victoria thanks to sponsorship provided by the Toora Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.
South Gippslanders are invited to make the most of the chance to enjoy some or all of the huge variety of plays on offer at a friendly festival with great entertainment, good company, good heating and good old fashioned hospitality with seating in a combination of cabaret and concert styles.
The Young Players Festival will kick off proceedings at 10am Saturday with performers from as far afield as Phillip Island and Bairnsdale with extra local input from Koonwarra Village School and Foster Primary School.
The main festival offers 15 plays divided into four sessions with a program specially designed to have something local, something regional and a Melbourne play in each session.
One play featuring a huge amount of local flavour is called The Day They Shot John Lennon, set in New York on Monday, December 8, 1980 as thousands of people gathered outside Lennons apartment and in Central Park opposite to mark  the moment.
In this short play by James McLure we are reminded of the feeling and spirit of the times. Imagine all the people living life in peace and Make love, not war were the slogans of the day.
Nine characters on the street reflect on the impact of John Lennon and the Beatles on their lives, providing the audience with amusing and heartwarming conversations.
The local flavour comes with actors who have performed previously with FAMDA, Leongatha Lyric, Wonthaggi Theatrical Group and/or MoArtz from Moe.
Three teenagers, played by Danielle Strini, Will Thatcher and Kate Hayes, look to their futures, two single professionals (Julie Strini and Denis McGrath) are looking for love, a lonely old man, played by Chris Pappas, reaches out to a young black kid (Chenneth Weeraratne), while two damaged Vietnam vets (Mark Ebit and Carmelo Pereras) are making a living on the streets.
The Day They Shot John Lennon, directed by Sue Lindsay, will get an airing at the Anglesea One Act Play Festival on August 18 before its staging at the South Gippsland One Act Play Festival...

05:49

Burra brewing new business "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE Burra Brewery was officially opened on Saturday, drawing a huge crowd from near and far, all keen for a taste of what the new Korumburra business has to offer.
Bar manager and part owner Narelle Jones said the idea for the brewery was born on a golf trip around four years ago.
After a lot of planning, the building started and 18 months later, the brewery was officially opened for business.
We have 10 taps in the bar, including four of our own beers, local wine from Loch, coffee from Wonthaggi, Gippsland Jersey milk and we have kombucha here as well, Mrs Jones said.
Mrs Jones said the brewery also serves wood fired pizza and there are plans to install new ovens in the future, to enable them to serve other bar food as well.
The brewery was officially opened by Gippsland South MLA Danny OBrien.
I met with Danny around a year ago and asked him if he would open the brewery then. We just wanted to have a local representative here to do the honours, Mrs Jones said.
All the brewing of Burra Brewery beer is done onsite by head brewer Phill Dempster, who makes a light summer ale, a mid strength golden ale, a pale ale and a dark ale.
We have a 1500 litre, three vessel system with 9000 litres of fermenting space, he said.
In the process, we use Australian grain which we crush to develop different flavoured beers. We then boil the end product and add hops.
Mr Dempster said brewing time is around six hours, followed by around 10 days of fermentation.
We have our own beer on tap, as well as several guest taps, which we will use to support other craft breweries as well, he said.
The brewery is open Thursday to Sunday from 11am, in Commercial Street.

Now open: from left, owners of the newly opened Burra Brewery include Kim Nicholas, Luke Jones, Anthony Dempster, Narelle Jones, Phill Dempster and Ange Dempster, who were joined by Gippsland South MP Danny OBrien for the official opening on Saturday.

05:45

Tourism boost is music to Bass Coasts ears "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MUSIC is driving more people into South Gippsland.
For the last 12 years, the Hills Are Alive Group has generated tourism to the Krowera hinterland with music festivals, resulting in an economic boost.
Now the group is looking to take a step forward to target a new demographic of music lovers.
Operators of the Hills Are Alive Group Rhett and Aidan McLaren met with Bass Coast Shire Council at last Wednesdays community connection session to discuss ongoing support for new events.
Whilst the McLarens have a number of ideas in the pipeline, they pitched an idea for a single day sunset festival, which could showcase local wine, cheese and produce.
Hills Are Alive has been going for 12 years now. People who used to come out to it are older and might have children, but still love to come out and see live music. We think theres lots of potential here, Aidan said.
The McLarens said they would also like to work with council to boost its 2035 Visitor Economy Strategy.
Their festivals have been generating visitor numbers for years.
According to surveys collated by the group, 27 percent of patrons said they visited South Gippsland for the first time to attend a Hills event, and 71 percent of patrons said they would return to South Gippsland.
In 2017, 500 people travelled interstate for a Hills event.
Per year, an approximate total of $355,000 is spent within a 50 kilometre radius of the festival site the McLarens family farm over the two main events; the Hills Are Alive Festival and NYE on the Hill.
The McLarens also co-own and operate Unify a festival held in Tarwin Lower which has quickly gained momentum; the number of patrons has soared from 3000 to 8000 in the past three years.
Rhett and Aidan had former careers as an engineer and a teacher respectively, but have taken on music management full time in the last six years and have worked with some well respected artists on a global scale.
The Hills festivals have also given them a reason to move back to the area.
During its run, the festivals have attracted respected artists to South Gippsland.
I guess it (Hills Are Alive) has become known as a tastemaker event. Five artists who have played at the event have number one records and sell out stadiums around the world. It has become one of those special events they play through their careers, Aidan said.
Aidan said the festivals are backed with incredible community support, with many local groups pitching in to ensure success at the festivals, and around 300 volunteers across both events.
Council congratulated the group for its contribution to the community.

05:43

Erosion could cost tourists "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

INVERLOCHS erosion woes may impact its tourism economy.
More sand is being pushed from the surf beach end into the inlet, and the lack of rainfall means there is less water in the Tarwin River to flush the sand out. As a result, boating could become more difficult, affecting an entire tourism cohort.
Wonthaggis Aileen Vening said the issue points to sea level rise.
We are seeing more sand shifting and more rocks exposed over the Inverloch beach; its not going to stop, she said.
Its a big concern and it indicates the serious impact of sea level rise. However, government at all levels will not talk about climate change.
The Inverloch Surf Beach was hit with storm activity recently and resulting erosion forced the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Clubs patrol tower to be moved again.
There is a usually a beach berm here where people can stay dry. Theres no dry spot now, so people are going to go somewhere else. This is going to affect the tourists, Ms Vening said.
She suggested the patrol tower should be mobile, so the club could continue to patrol the beach if the beach was no longer a safe option. She is also concerned about unstable cliffs.
Bass Coast Shire Councils manager sustainable environment Deirdre Griepsma said, Council has organised for an excavator to chip the tops of the sand cliffs that have formed where possible to reinstate the access tracks to the foreshore area. In the short term, signs have been placed along the foreshore area and access tracks to warn people to not place themselves at risk and causing more damage, Ms Griepsma said.
Spring is a season of generally mild weather, which can allow a fair bit of sand to build back up and enable us to implement the sand re-nourishing project, reducing the risk before summer.
Council is working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to determine short and long term options for Inverlochs beach. Coastal monitoring works have commenced.
Council has identified coastal erosion as one of its top 10 advocacy priorities. This involves advocating for technical and financial assistance from State and Federal governments to install, renew and maintain coastal infrastructure assets to protect public assets.
The adoption of councils Natural Environment Strategy will be discussed at councils ordinary meeting on August 15.

05:38

Arrest turmoil "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AN INTERNAL police investigation is underway into the arrest of a man in Wonthaggi that left the man and police with injuries.
Police have been accused by a witness in other media reports of using excessive force during the arrest of the man, who became aggressive after an epileptic seizure.
The Star has been told the man was placed in an induced coma at Wonthaggi Hospital due to a medical condition before being airlifted to St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne.
The police unit responsible for investigating police, the Professional Standards Command, is now overseeing an investigation into how police conducted the arrest.
The Star has been told the Wonthaggi man experienced a seizure in Graham Street, Wonthaggi at 3.25pm on Monday, August 6 and became aggressive towards a motorist and punched the vehicles window.
He was then reportedly aggressive towards police who attempted to subdue him with capsicum spray, which did little to calm him. More police became involved and police eventually brought the man to the ground. He sustained a head injury during the arrest and the hands of police were bitten during the ordeal.
The man was taken to Wonthaggi Hospital by ambulance and later flown to St Vincents. He was discharged on Tuesday, August 7.
The Star has been told the man is known to police.
Police Media issued this statement, Police in Wonthaggi were called to a collision between a car and pedestrian on August 6 in Graham Street. On arrival they found a male acting aggressively, pounding on the car windscreen.
Police attempted to subdue the male and capsicum spray was deployed. The male was later conveyed to Wonthaggi Hospital. Professional Standards Command will oversee the investigation.
Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari became involved after initially thinking someone had been hit by a car. He described the incident as tragic.
I ran to see if he needed help, and there were four or five other people around as well, he said.
As it turned out, the man was having an epileptic seizure. I dialled triple zero.
His mother was there and said her son could become quite aggressive when he came out of these episodes. When he came to, he was agitated and disoriented. He got to his feet and became quite angry. He started punching cars, yelling and walking up the street.
The problem was it was pick up time from the schools. There were a lot of school children around walking home and some of them did become quite distressed.
The police arrived and had to detain him. They wrestled him to the ground, but I didnt see anymore. Thats as far as I followed the incident because I went back to work. I didnt find out until later that he was severely injured.
It was an unfortunate situation and I dont know if there was any other way the police couldve handled it; I wa...

05:35

Council eyes future of Coal Creek "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

THE vexed question of what to do with Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra returned to the council chamber last Wednesday.
South Gippsland Shire councillors took part in a workshop to discuss ideas for the future direction of the park, which people tend to either adore or believe costs council too much money, mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said.
Council will spend $412,994 on Coal Creek during 2018-19, towards keeping the park operating.
The park is a replica village of life in South Gippsland from the 1870s to 1920s, and is run by council staff and volunteers, used by community groups and houses a significant collection of artefacts.
In recent years, Coal Creek, through park coordinator Rowena Ashley, has held successful and unique events that have drawn visitors from across South Gippsland and beyond. The most recent such event, a heritage craft day on August 5, was well attended and featured rides on the steam train, Count Strzelecki.
Councillors are expected to receive a report about possible opportunities for Coal Creek from council officers at a future meeting.
Cr Brunt said while the current events and activities at the park were supported, she hinted at the prospect of change at the park.
When you stay stagnant, these places, they lose their appeal, she said.
Cr Brunt said the council officers report would put some options on the table.
Should we be doing more events or less events, or should we be looking at whether we back it up with more money or put in less money, she said.
The prospect of a school camp in the lower section of the park has been discussed for many years, but has not progressed further.
That is something Cr Don Hill would like to change.
It is possible to develop a school camp in conjunction with private industry and raise a sizable sum for ratepayers without cutting services, he said.
I believe there is support to investigate this proposal.
Cr Brunt said while Coal Creek was a service council provided, it was not a money making feature and volunteers, who run such attractions as a general store at the park, were stretched.
Its deciding what Coal Creek is, whether it is a park or a museum, she said.
A lot of our community uses it and it is a pleasant place. Its kept in such a pristine condition.
We have to get it known more as a community asset right across the shire and encourage people from across the shire to use it.
But with things like swimming pools, it does cost money.
As for the amount of funding council gives to Coal Creek, the mayor said, Weve pulled it back as far as we can without impacting the safety of the facility and keeping with occupational health and safety standards.

05:34

Virtual reality helps fight fires "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

VIRTUAL reality screens and equipment was set up at the Leongatha Fire Station on Sunday, to give volunteers the opportunity to try out the new training technology.
The equipment gave volunteers the opportunity to experience what it is like to combat fires in a range of scenarios, particularly beneficial to smaller, isolated brigades.
CFA computer simulation specialist Aaron Stockton said the virtual reality training tools gave volunteers an opportunity to experience training scenarios that werent easily replicated in a live environment.
Using virtual reality, we are able to replicate a scenario and put the volunteers into it and then use that as a discussion point, he said.
It really immerses the user in the scenario, which can be a more effective way of learning.
Mr Stockton said the technology allowed volunteers to be put in situations that cant be replicated in a live environment easily.
The other benefit is the training tools are portable. We can bring them to brigades, which you cant do with a live environment, he said.
Training officer from Yanakie CFA Mark Wrigley said having access to new technology like virtual reality could be a way to encourage more people to join the organisation.
South Gippsland Group of Brigades group officer Walter Aich said the virtual reality scenarios gave a level of realism to training.
He said the virtual reality training provided a safe way for volunteers to get a feel of what would normally be a more dangerous situation.
It is certainly a good way to introduce people to training, he said.
Mr Aich said the upcoming fire season could be impacted by relatively low levels of soil moisture.
He said East Gippsland fire restrictions could come in as early as September 1.
While the grass looks green, there is a very serious soil moisture deficit, particularly in forested areas and the northern slopes are likely to dry out quickly, he said.
Having said that, the last two seasons have been ordinary and we managed to get away without too many serious incidents.

Great tool: CFA operations manager Mick Harris and South Gippsland Group of Brigades group officer Walter Aich tried out the virtual reality training system, Flaim, at the Leongatha CFA Station on Sunday.

05:27

Respect women, demands MP "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

BASS MLA Brian Paynter is shining a spotlight on mens violence against women.
Bass Coasts family violence incident rate is 50 percent higher than the state average.
Following the murder of Cowes mother of three Samantha Fraser, Mr Paynter spoke about the prevention of family violence in parliament. Ms Fraser was farewelled by 400 people at a funeral on Friday.
Mr Paynter said whilst he wholly endorsed the establishment of agencies like Respect Victoria and more safe houses for women, the conversation about respectful relationships needs to start much early.
Its 2018, and here we are talking about mens violence against women, he said.
It saddens me that we are still needing to talk about basic respect for everyone in the community, and that we are still needing to talk about mens need for self control and their tendency to take out their frustration against women.
Mr Paynter said he has had to give his daughters unfair warnings to protect their safety.
I am a father in a society where I have to warn my daughters to be careful where they park, to be careful catching taxis, and be careful when out at night so they dont get their drinks spiked. We advised our youngest daughter not to go for an early morning jog; its too dangerous, he said.
I speak to my friends, and ask the ones who have sons if they have given them the same precautions. Of course, the answer is no.
Im actually tired of hearing it referred to as family violence. I think it covers up the real issue.
Mr Paynter said there are small things the community could do now, but only a change of attitude will end the problem.
We could put CCTV on the (San Remo) bridge. That could help police with tracking, but its not going to play a significant role in ending violence, he said.
A womens refuge would be greatly beneficial in emergency situations, but most would prefer to be in their own homes.
We need to find a new approach to address mens attitudes and behaviours. At a young age, they reach a point in their development where they learn a sense of entitlement, which can turn into violent perpetration over time. We need to develop ways to promote a sense of equality in men.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield and Mr Paynter would like to see the Together We Can initiative implemented in Bass Coast. This initiative is already used by Cardinia Shire Council.
From what we can see from Cardinia shire, there have been some pretty good results. It is a multi faceted approach, and wed need to do a bit more research, but it includes things like an education program, Cr Rothfield said.
Cr Rothfield said council is encouraging more local businesses to become White Ribbon accredited. She is also working with the Phillip Island/San Remo Rotary Club to develop community initiatives to help prevent f...

03:19

Driver avoids injury "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

AN 81 year old Berrys Creek woman was transported to Leongatha Hospital for observation after her car left the road and hit a tree last Wednesday.
Leading Senior Constable Ian Bruhn from Wonthaggi Police said it appeared the driver lost control of her car on a right hand bend, while travelling along Holmes Road near Berrys Creek.
He said the driver didnt suffer apparent injuries, but was taken by ambulance to Leongatha Hospital as a precaution.
The driver said she had no recollection of the incident, however did manage to phone 000 after the incident.
The vehicle was extensively damaged and was towed from the scene.
Dumbalk CFA and Mirboo North Road Rescue Unit crews also attended the scene.

Lucky escape: the driver of this car was lucky to escape serious injury last Wednesday. The 81 year old woman from Berrys Creek lost control on Holmes Road in Berrys Creek and hit a tree after going over an embankment.

03:16

Gatha cash chase "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

LEONGATHAS peak business group would welcome secretariat support from South Gippsland Shire Council, similar to the service council now provides to the Korumburra Round Table.

The newly rebadged Leongatha Business Association, formerly the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has rejected a process now underway by council to gauge the communitys interest in forming a round table type network in Leongatha, like the Korumburra Round Table.

Business association president Brenton Williams said, If they (council) gave us the secretariat support that the Korumburra Round Table receives, then we could do heaps more.

Council provides approximately one day per month of officer time to the role, equating to approximately $3600 over a year.

The business association was not represented at a council meeting held last Thursday night to consult the public about its interest in a new Leongatha network.

However its not just the association that is not interested, with just three members of the public attending, outnumbered by the five councillors and council staff present.

Mr Williams said a new network was not needed in Leongatha as the business association was already working with many groups and was integral to the Leongatha Daffodil and Dairy Street Festival on Saturday, September 1.

At the moment the daffodil festival is dealing with 20 different groups and the business association liaises with Rotary, Lions and all the other service groups as well, so it is pointless to do what we are doing, but with shire funding, he said.

Mr Williams pondered if a new network would erect Christmas decorations in Leongatha each year and run the daffodil festival roles now undertaken by business association and other volunteers. He said association secretary Jodie Clarkson dedicates at least three hours a week to her volunteer role.

The business association is going really strong at the moment. We are having our first networking meeting next month where we will invite people and put on food and drinks, and a guest speaker, Mr Williams said.

We are kicking a few goals at the moment.

Councils community strengthening coordinator Ned Dennis said council has provided secretariat support for the Korumburra Round Table since its inception more than three years ago.

This assistance has been provided as the round table was initiated by council, with the express advice to the groups invited to form the round table that council would provide this support, he said.

The expectation has been that the round table would take over this function once well established, and whilst the time required from a council officer to play this role has reduced significantly ov...

02:48

Excellence award for Wonthaggi builder "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

WONTHAGGI firm DAS Constructions has won the Regional Master Builder of the Year (Commercial) Award at the Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards held in Melbourne.
Their work on Newhaven Colleges Senior Learning Centre and Specialist Facility was completed to the highest level of accuracy, and within a short timeframe, requiring the coordination of trades to provide the complex fire-safety, data and electrical requirements and services.
The colleges Senior Learning Centre features classrooms, common and locker areas, a senior student lounge, lecture theatres, a lift and outdoor student areas at the front and the back of the new building.
The Specialist Facility features science laboratories and classrooms including an arts room, makers room, storage facilities staff rooms and special breakout areas.
Each building was constructed of steel with angled tilt panels to the base, Equitone cladding, and metal facade to fascias.
Metal louvers were also used at the front facade of both buildings and were designed for both aesthetic and shade purposes, produced off-site and assembled within a millimetres tolerance on site.
Its a project that reveals its many merits on the inside, leaving the exterior to play a supporting role to the sky and landscape, which are so much a part of the experience of living in that part of Victoria, Radley de Silva, MBAV CEO, said.
Dale Sartori, managing Director of DAS Constructions, and David Butt who was business manager at Newhaven College during the project, accepted the award on behalf of all contributors to the project.
We are very proud of this achievement, Mr Sartori said.
It was a massive journey to be able to deliver this project on time and on budget in just 13 months from when the project was awarded until its completion. David Butt from Newhaven College and also Vivek Matthews from Hayball Pty Ltd (project architects) were able to make quick decisions and provide timely answers to keep the project flowing.
A project like Newhaven College provides massive benefit to our local community. Significant local suppliers involved in the project included Plumbers Now, Williams and Burns (air conditioning), Shanks Electrical, Capeview Mitre 10 and Bowens Hardware and many of the contractors own children attend the school, including my own daughter.
DAS Constructions 17 year history with Newhaven College was acknowledged by college principal Gea Lovell.
We are very proud to be associated with DAS Constructions that has deservedly won this prestigious award, she said.
While it is significant that our Senior Learning Centre and Specialist Facility have been recognised for their design and construction, it is even more significant that they are meeting our expectations in providing students with outstanding environments in which to learn.

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02:43

Tourism boost is music to Bass Coasts ears "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn"

MUSIC is driving more people into South Gippsland.
For the last 12 years, the Hills Are Alive Group has generated tourism to the Krowera hinterland with music festivals, resulting in an economic boost.
Now the group is looking to take a step forward to target a new demographic of music lovers.
Operators of the Hills Are Alive Group Rhett and Aidan McLaren met with Bass Coast Shire Council at last Wednesdays community connection session to discuss ongoing support for new events.
Whilst the McLarens have a number of ideas in the pipeline, they pitched an idea for a single day sunset festival, which could showcase local wine, cheese and produce.
Hills Are Alive has been going for 12 years now. People who used to come out to it are older and might have children, but still love to come out and see live music. We think theres lots of potential here, Aidan said.
The McLarens said they would also like to work with council to boost its 2035 Visitor Economy Strategy.
Their festivals have been generating visitor numbers for years.
According to surveys collated by the group, 27 percent of patrons said they visited South Gippsland for the first time to attend a Hills event, and 71 percent of patrons said they would return to South Gippsland.
In 2017, 500 people travelled interstate for a Hills event.
Per year, an approximate total of $355,000 is spent within a 50 kilometre radius of the festival site the McLarens family farm over the two main events; the Hills Are Alive Festival and NYE on the Hill.
The McLarens also co-own and operate Unify a festival held in Tarwin Lower which has quickly gained momentum; the number of patrons has soared from 3000 to 8000 in the past three years.
Rhett and Aidan had former careers as an engineer and a teacher respectively, but have taken on music management full time in the last six years and have worked with some well respected artists on a global scale.
The Hills festivals have also given them a reason to move back to the area.
During its run, the festivals have attracted respected artists to South Gippsland.
I guess it (Hills Are Alive) has become known as a tastemaker event. Five artists who have played at the event have number one records and sell out stadiums around the world. It has become one of those special events they play through their careers, Aidan said.
Aidan said the festivals are backed with incredible community support, with many local groups pitching in to ensure success at the festivals, and around 300 volunteers across both events.
Council congratulated the group for its contribution to the community.

01:30

Audio reveals creepy details of UFO mystery "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Ally Foster

In 1966, over 300 children and staff from a Melbourne school reportedly witnessed multiple UFOs silently flying through the sky before landing in a nearby field.

It is the largest mass UFO sighting in Australia, yet hardly anything was reported on it at the time.

Over the years, there have been differing reports about the details of what happened on April 6 at Westall High School, such as people claiming there were three saucerlike objects, while some thought there was just one.

In the 52 years since, there has been wide speculation about what people saw, with some believing it was an alien encounter and others pointing the finger at the government testing new technology.

Throughout all the years of speculation, however, one particularly interesting piece of audio has been greatly overlooked.

An American physicist known for his research into UFOs, Dr. James E. McDonald, conducted an interview with a science teacher from the Westall school, Andrew Greenwood, who witnessed the event.

He then recorded himself describing their meeting and the creepy details Mr. Greenwood gave about his experience. Greenwood told me the UFO was first brought to his attention by a hysterical child who ran into his classroom and told him theres a flying saucer outside, Dr. McDonald said.

He thought this child had become deranged or something so he didnt take any notice, but when the child insisted that this object was in the sky he decided to go out and have a look for himself.

When he went outside, he noticed a group of children looking toward the northeast area of the school grounds and as he approached them he claims he saw a UFO hovering close to the powerline.

Mr. Greenwood described it as a round, silver object about the size of a car with a metal rod sticking up in the air.

According to Dr. McDonald, the teacher then told him five planes came and surrounded the object as more people began gathering to watch the scene before them.

He called it the most amazing flying he had ever seen in his life, Dr. McDonald said.

The planes were doing everything possible to approach the object and he said how they all avoided collision he will never know.

Every time they got too close to the object it would slowly accelerate, then rapidly accelerate and then move away from them and stop. Then they would take off after it again a...

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04:59

Inner city apartment construction halves "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Apartment construction drops

Handy stuff from the Bliebster at the AFR today, citing JLL's latest market report on apartment construction. 

In Sydney the number of inner city apartments under construction more than halved from 16,143 by the end of the June 2018 quarter from 39,621 a year earlier, he reports. 

In Brisbane the equivalent drop has been from 11,048 inner city apartments under construction to 6,877, which also comes as little surprise to readers here. 

This was always going to happen, but in the event it came about a few months later than I'd expected...c'est la vie.

As I noted in a recent free market report, only Melbourne of the eastern seaboard capitals has the requisite dynamics to sustain high levels of apartment construction at the present time.

In fact, Melbourne apartments under construction jumped 23 per cent in the June quarter according to the JLL figures, underscoring the point.

The latest ABS available figures relate all the way back to the beginning of the calendar year, so given that we're now in mid-August these are very dated, although they did confirm that the glut of unit completions was beginning to rain in for Sydney and Brisbane early in the year. 


Temporary spike in rental vacancies......

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