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The regional Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) trapping program has detected a significant upsurge in fruit fly numbers during December and indications are that this increase will continue through January. A coordinated approach to fruit fly management has resulted in the deployment of several field officers across the Goulburn Murray Valley to assess and help manage hot spots as they occur.
Goulburn Murray Valley Regional QFF Coordinator Ross Abberfield said that under laboratory conditions, a breeding female can lay up to 2000 eggs. Offspring can potentially breed another generation in less than a month with suitable host fruit and ideal weather conditions, resulting in rapid population increases.
The appointment of field officers allows for a considerable bolstering of existing resources and is an important step in protecting the region from fruit fly through area wide management, he said.
In order to prevent our townships becoming breeding grounds for QFF, anyone who grows fruit trees and vegetables should inspect and correctly dispose of contaminated fruit and vegetables before the larvae turn into breeding adults.
Home gardeners are asked to apply a range of control methods such as the use of exclusion netting or fruit bagging, traps and insecticide or bait spray where it is considered appropriate.
The free Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program has been extended until the end of February and provides an opportunity for property owners in residential areas to have unwanted fruit trees removed free of charge. For more information about the program or control measures go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au
It is extremely disappointing for the hapless Greater Shepparton ratepayers to hear that the free timed parking trial idea for the central business district has been rejected. With a stroke of the pen, the council officers cited financial impact and a lack of evidence to squash this proposal by hundreds of consumers responding to Council public consultation over more than a year now.
It would seem that only Councillors Adem and Sutton have been seriously perusing and listening to the many submissions, suggestions and consultations relating to this long-winded saga.
The suggestion that costly pay and go technology be introduced will further inconvenience many shoppers who dont have the IT savvy to use a card (if they in fact have one). How is it that our sister cities in the North East do not rely on this income stream?
The threat by the owners of the unhygienic, underutilised multi-deck park eyesore to seek damages for loss of income if the trial did proceed is incredible. A business which should have provided the CBD businesses with paid parking bays, thus alleviating the alleged use of street parking bays, surely should have been on the agenda.
How much of the business income has been put back into making the car park accessible and user friendly over the past twenty years since it was sold off by Council. Once a public council asset, clean and maintained, it is now a disgrace in the central business district.
For the ratepayer it is a no win situation, and so the saga proceeds.
The problems of the Mall seem to be ongoing with no particularly good method of resolving them. In a recent letter there was a point made that we could do with another multilevel car park. A point worth considering, however, use of the multilevel car park above Target seems not to attract as much patronage as desired. The reas...
2017 was a monumental year for SAM. Amidst the announcement of funding for a new purpose built gallery, the art hub presented 19 exhibitions, commissioned 11 new works, printed 3 publications including the first collection book in over 30 years. SAM showcased the work of 145 artists, 60 public programs, and made big strides in education and public programming, including the development of the SAM Scholars program and an after school Art Club for primary school children.
Now that the hour hand has ticked over into the new year, SAM is set to create history with demolition works at the site of the new SAM to commence in the coming weeks along with detailed designs to be completed in March, construction designs by August and building works to commence in late 2018.
All the while, SAM will continue to showcase our best and brightest local, national and international artists with their first quarterly program for January to April now available, full of engaging and inspiring exhibitions and activities for people of all ages.
Shepparton Art Museum Director, Rebecca Coates said, Weve just announced a major collection rehang to open in March showcasing recent acquisitions Ever-present, with a focus on Indigenous work in the collection, and Intimate Realities, which will feature works that invite people to engage with them on a more intimate level.
Our current summer exhibition, Cover Versions will be running until Sunday 14 January, so do pop in if youre yet to see it! And in February, we are hosting a fun exhibition of soft sculpture Soft Core, developed for the whole family to enjoy.
Were also pleased to announce the SAM Education Lab, which will see students work with Melbourne-based artist, Masato Takasaka over the course of six weeks, as part of SAM Local in late March.
For more information on any of the programs available at SAM visit www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au/programs-and-events
THE Rotary Mooroopna New Years Eve Festival was another resounding success this year with organisers saying they believe that this was the 40th anniversary of the events beginning.
Rotary Mooroopna secretary, Pete Kelton said, We were unsure until we recently established how long Rob Wallace had been doing the electrical work for the event. To be on the safe side we had mentioned that the event had been running for 30 plus years, however 2017 was actually 40 years exactly.
Celebrations for the events newly discovered 40th anniversary may have been quite, but the event was certainly well patronised.
Mr Kelton said, Santo Varapodio did another great job this year with the procession. There were very good reports from those that watched it move along McLennan Street to the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.
Similarly Barb Joyce produced another entertaining package on stage, culminating with Smack to take us to the raffle draw and the fireworks.
The support within our Rotary Club to set up the event over two days and then clean-up on New Years day was just fantastic. Well done to all involved.
In terms of community involvement its great to see local service clubs attend and Scouts each year. We even had the Mooroopna Football Netball Club involved with the bar this year, the supplies for which were purchased from the Royal Mail Hotel in Mooroopna, making it an event where the locals truly do come together.
Thanks to the Mooroopna CFA for their assistance with access to the fire track and the CFA judges box.
Shane Armstrong from Mr Skye Candy, has been handling our fireworks display for some time and this years by all reports were the best yet.
Thanks to all the local Mooroopna businesses that are perennial spons...
SHEPPARTON parkrun will celebrate their 4th Birthday this Saturday, January 13 with a Superhero/Character themed event, which is sure to bring out the characters in these fun loving parkrunners.
Shepparton parkrun event director, Allan Connolly said, We have quite a few dedicated parkrun families involved each week and we thought a character or superhero theme would not only be fun for the kids, but for the adults as well.
Were encouraging parkrunners to bring their friends and family and come along dressed as their favourite character or superhero. If you know of someone who hasnt been in a while, invite them along, were planning on enjoying a really fun event and were hoping to see around 300 parkrunners turn out for the event.
Presentations for the celebration will start from 7:45am at the barbeque shelter behind the former Shell Service Station at Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton. All are welcome.
Simply register at and bring along your barcode to participate.
Sydney: At the stroke of midnight and in the early hours of Tuesday morning dozens of same-sex couples exchanged wedding vows across Australia as laws making the nation the 26th in the world to legalise gay marriage took effect.
It was just magical, Diana Ribeiro told Special Broadcasting Service television, after her minute-past-midnight marriage in Melbourne to her wife Deanne Ribeiro was solemnised before about 60 cheering guests.
For me Deannes always been my wife...
OVERWHELMED, shocked and excited is how Outtrim dairy farmers
Lyn and Les Hornby felt when one of their cows was awarded overall
champion in the eighth Leading Edge Genetics on farm competition
The three year old cow, sired by Dorcy, was one of 384 entries from 58 Gippsland farmers, and also won the three year old category.
Mr Hornby said she was a fine cow, with a good udder, confirmation and back end.
She is a placid cow as well. She stood really well for the judge, he said.
It was the first win in the challenge for the Hornbys and their herd manager Jess Stace.
Judge Matt Templeton spent several days visiting farms across Gippsland and said the Hornbys cow was one he just couldnt fault on the day.
For a young cow to carry an udder like thatand overall quality was impressive, he said.
The Hornbys have been in the dairy industry for 20 years and moved on to their Outtrim farm around six years ago.
They milk around 270 Friesians off 350 acres and supply Murray Goulburn.
Mr Hornby said over the past few years, they had been working on improving the herd overall, with a particular emphasis on teat length, as well as feet and legs.
We are always trying to breed a better cow, full stop, he said.
We have improved our herd a lot, particularly since we started using AI. We dont use any herd bulls and we mop up with Herefords.
When selecting genetics, Mrs Hornby said they look for low cell counts and are particularly keen on animals with good temperaments.
It is no good if you cant get the cups on them, she said.
Assisting with their herd improvement over the years has been Brad Aitken from Leading Edge Genetics.
He has helped us pick the bulls that fit our cows the best, Mr Hornby said.
After a wet October, the Hornbys cut silage late this year, but Mr Hornby said the yield was still good.
Jess had to spray the entire farm for army worms. Where we had cut silage, it wasnt greening up and all the bare spots were covered in caterpillars, he said.
They were eating the grass as fast as it could grow. I had never seen them that bad.
A DAIRY yard surface must provide confident footing for cows
under all conditions.
CowTimes Darold Klindworth said simple grooving in the cement can make a world of difference to cow flow into the dairy and safety for cows and workers alike.
Some dairy yards become very slippery when wet or worn. Injury is inevitable when cows (and even workers) slip. A slippery yard surface affects cow flow into the dairy because cows become fearful and hesitate. Its just not worth the risk because its so simple to fix, he said.
Concrete yards can have a number of successful treatments applied to reduce their slipperiness. Cutting grooves into the yard surface is a common solution.
A diamond pattern is easy to construct while providing good traction. For best results:
diamonds should be at least 12mm wide and 12mm deep; and
the points of the diamond should point up and down the slope to help with yard washing.
When doing a new concrete surface, use an experienced contractor with a good track record in cow yards. Many yards have been spoiled by inexperienced installers.
Make sure the surface is not too rough as this causes lameness. To test, walk on the yard in bare feet. If it is uncomfortable for you, its too rough for your cows.
There were approximately 570 export and 200 young cattle penned
representing a decrease of 1000 head from the last sale of
The usual buying group was present but not all operating fully in a sale which struggled to find any traction.
Quality was fair with the grown cattle consisting of mostly Friesian and crossbred manufacturing steers while the young run held a small proportion of trade suitable lots.
The limited selection of trade cattle sold firm while the secondary lots sold to little competition from processors with restockers picking up the slack.
The handful of grown steers and bullocks sold to solid demand while a better supply of dairy and crossbred manufacturing steers lifted 8c to 14c/kg.
Cows sold to softer demand with prices back 6c to 10c/kg for most. Heavy weight bulls were off 3c for the better shaped lots and 9c/kg for the dairy lots.
Vealers suited to butchers sold from 280c to 303c/kg. Yearling heifers to the trade made between 250c and 282c/kg.
Grown steers and bullocks sold between 265c and 271c/kg. Heavy weight dairy manufacturing steers made from 236c to 258c with the crossbred portion from 247c to 267c/kg.
Most light and medium weight cows sold from 170c to 216c/kg. Heavy weight cows made mostly between 206c and 235c/kg.
The better shaped heavy weight bulls sold between 235c and 275c with the dairy lots between 212c and 248c/kg..
The next sale draw January 10:
1. Phelan & Henderson & Co, 2. SEJ, 3. Rodwells, 4. Elders, 5. Alex Scott & Staff, 6. Landmark.
Sheep Sale Wednesday, January 10 at 12pm.
A GALLERY of lights may become a fixture in the Waterline communities.
Co-creative director of The Edge of Us a team of local artists in Bass Coast Jessica Wilson presented Bass Coast Shire Council with the concept of an art project called Luminous Galleries recently.
Luminous Galleries is the follow on project from the successful Luminous Streets project, which took place in April.
Taking place in five Waterline towns Pioneer Bay, Tenby Point, Grantville, Corinella and Coronet Bay Luminous Streets saw children and community members create light based sculptures that responded to the unique identity of each town.
In 2018, The Edge of Us hopes to see something a little more permanent.
What is proposed is the installation of permanent light fixtures arranged in constellation clusters. The community would then be asked to create their luminous artworks over these fixtures to create a night time gallery.
These galleries would be ever changing to promote community involvement.
The project was made possible through the Regional Arts Victoria Small Town Transformations Program.
We are heading into our second year, and we want to try to get people out of their homes and work together on this special project, Ms Wilson said.
There is a lack of connectedness between these towns, and this would be a permanent legacy. It would encourage people to drive through the towns and look at the new sculptures.
The constellation clusters have been carefully mapped and inspired by Indigenous Australian tradition of navigating the stars using story and song. With help from Indigenous artist Steve Parker, the constellations would be oriented towards the next town to encourage the journey.
The project is fully funded, but council assistance would be required to ensure the installations had access to power, are sensitive to the environment and are maintained.
IT was a massive day at the Stony Creek Racing Club yesterday,
Monday, January 8.
Not only were the children entertained with Chris Humfreys Wild Action Zoo, the ladies had a lovely day out as well.
The Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club organised this years Pink Roses Ladies Marquee, with major sponsor Sisterhood Womens Travel.
Around 70 women enjoyed the day in the marquee, and a percentage of the profits will go back into the surf life saving club for vital equipment.
It was a fabulous day. It was the first time weve been asked to do something like this and we were very excited, co-organiser Megan Watson said.
Kongwak artist Fiona Kennedy was thanked for having four artworks on display, which helped add an extra touch of elegance in the marquee.
Club CEO Sarah Wolf was thrilled with the outcome of the day.
People began queuing up at 11.30am to come in, so the club is becoming a great holiday destination for families, she said.
Chris (Humfrey) is always a real drawcard for children. They love coming along and seeing native animals they wouldnt ordinarily get to see.
The Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club did a great job with the marquee; its been a wonderful day.
Ms Wolf said there was a good field with 101 entries, and the track was in great condition, considering the club held a meeting very recently.
JUNIOR sailors took to the water in Inverloch last week.
Over three big days, 24 beginners or Tackers between the ages of seven and 12 learned the basics of sailing from scratch.
This coincided with the Start Sailing program for teenage and adult sailors.
The event was held at the South Gippsland Yacht Club in Inverloch, and is an initiative of the Boatshed Sailing Melbourne.
Qualified trainers journeyed to Inverloch for the week for the program, with South Gippsland Yacht Club member Grace Biram helping out as a qualified assistant trainer.
Day one was held on Tuesday, January 2, and the Tackers were towed through the water by the trainers, and learned about boat and water safety.
On day two, they learned some theory and played games before getting into the boats, and by day three most were sailing independently.
This was the first time the South Gippsland Yacht Club has held this event in four years.
We are excited to have the program back and hope to get some new members, Commodore Rob McNair said.
Mr McNair said the club hopes the program will become an annual event, and is looking to host it again this time next year.
The trainers told Mr McNair that last weeks conditions in Inverloch were challenging, the beginners did extremely well and showed great improvement.
ATTENDANCE at the Port Welshpool Sea Days Festival was severely affected by the heat on Saturday, but Sunday was a different story.
While the heat even kept some exhibitors away on the first day of the festival, Sundays cooler conditions saw them return to a huge audience.
Run by the Port Welshpool Working Group, the event was in its 13th year.
Working group secretary Alma Mattingly said the festival was closed down early on Saturday, due to a lack of visitors.
By about 2pm the only ones sitting around talking were the stallholders so we wound it up early, she said.
We had to cancel the come and try fishing on Saturday afternoon as well, but the boat rides and helicopter flights continued and were very successful.
I was disappointed sat, but there was nothing that could be done.
Ms Mattingly said on Sunday there were plenty of exhibitors on site and people everywhere.
We did really well on Sunday. I think because of the different exhibitors. They really drew the crowds, she said.
The childrens activities on Sunday were popular with visitors and the come and try fishing program saw lots of fishing rods put to use.
We went through lots of fishing rods and lots of food, Ms Mattingly said.
Sunday was brilliant. I heard a lot of the exhibitors who had never been before say they were astounded by the crowd coming through.
I said that was what it was normally like.
The Port Welshpool Working Groups next event is an indoor market, which will be held at the old ferry terminal on Sunday, January 13.
IN A riding display that finally rewarded her talent, local
jockey Sophie Logan produced a masterful performance on Sunday at
Woolamai picnic races to land a winning double.
While it was the first time Logan had tasted victory on her home track this season from the two meetings to date, it was just a matter of time before she broke through and may prove a catalyst for future success.
Woolamai and District Racing Club secretary Bev Carmichael said, The weather was ideal after the very hot Saturday and we were very pleased with the day even though the attendance was slightly down on previous years.
This was probably due to the fact it was a Sunday meeting and a lot of people were heading home after their holiday break and going back to work the next day, Mrs Carmichael said.
It was lovely to see a lot of families with children in the crowd. The children had a wonderful day of activities provided by Kelly Sports as part of the Kids Summer of Racing Program. They were also entertained by Pockets the Clown, face painting and the jumping castle.
Club president Robert Carmichael said, It was great to see so many families with the picnic rugs out and the Kelly Sports activities are proving exceedingly popular. Also local Bass Coast businesses are again supportive with sponsorship and all this sets up well for our next meeting.
In mild conditions with the gentlest of ocean breezes present, conditions were tailor made for an afternoon at the races and the on track action didnt disappoint. The opening event on the six race card saw the Cranbourne trained Mr Gogarty demolish his rivals by an ever increasing 12 length margin. Giving jockey Maddison Morris an armchair ride throughout, Mr Gogarty simply outstayed the rest of the field and a career over the jumps beckons for the seven year old.
Trainer Ray Caldwell was keen to point out the ability of his horse over hurdles and was adamant plans were afoot for this in the future.
Race two saw the first of Sophie Logans winning rides and was also an excellent result for the locals in the training ranks with Last One Laughing bringing up victory number four from just fourteen starts. The horse is trained at Corinella by Shae Eden, who is enjoying a superlative run with his charges of late. Recent wins at Moonee Valley and Flemington as well as the provincial tracks have again put the Eden stable in the spotlight, however Shae no doubt still derives great satisfaction from winning races at Woolamai. Last One Laughing was positioned well by Logan and proved too classy in the run to the post.
Race three went to Cranbourne trained four year old Mystyko, giving win number two to Sophie. In a polished riding display, the horse looked well balanced in the run and was given every chance of victory. Stride by stride Mystyko was able to gain the ascendancy over adversaries up the home straight and prevail in a tight...
THE Koonwarra Farmers Market is held, rain hail or shine and last Saturday was no exception, despite soaring temperatures before midday.
People did their shopping early to escape the heat and enjoyed a cool treat to help keep the summer warmth at bay.
The next Koonwarra Farmers Market will be on Saturday, February 3.
THE Gippsland Cricket Championships conducted by the Leongatha
and District Cricket Association were held last week. The six
cricket associations U15 and U14 teams played five games during the
week against each other over the first four days.
According to ladder positions finals were held on the Friday. 1 v 2, 3 v 4 and 5 v 6.
At the end of the successfully, organised week there were presentations of individual trophies and medallions to the teams announced Champions.
There was also the announcement of the All Gippsland Team in both divisions.
The Under 15 competition was conducted upon four turf wickets.
It was a great credit to the local clubs and curators that many high scoring games were played and that the talented batsmen had a chance to show their skills.
Top batsmen for Leongatha were Josh Williams from Inverloch and Evan Allaway from Korumburra who both made 159 runs for the week.
The top wicket taker was Jack Collins from Nerrena who had nine wickets for the week.
Evan Allaway had the glory of taking a hat trick in the game against Warragul.
Bairnsdale Cricket Association went through the week undefeated and also won the Grand Final.
Played on our synthetic wickets was the U14 competition.
Two players had exceptional batting efforts in making hundreds each. It was no surprise they finished top two in the Batting aggregate with local OMK player Ethan Lamers finishing second with 272 runs for the week including his 101 * in one game.
The winner though was Max Welsh from the Bairnsdale Cricket Association with a sensational 317 runs.
Both players look destined for higher honours.
The top wicket taker was Darcy Hume from Nerrena who had 10 wickets for the week.
The LDCA U14 team ended up on top of the ladder but unfortunately wasnt able to win the grand final game going down to the Warragul team.
It was a fantastic week with many individual highlights.
Leongatha and District Cricket Association results
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 5/215 (B Manicaro 46, J Whiteside 39, E Lamers 32, D Hume 27) def Traralgon DCA 72 ( D Hume 3/12, J Whiteside 2/7, L Gill 2/11)
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 2/173 ( E Lamers 70, D Hume 33*, J Whiteside 31) def Sale Maffra Cricket Association 6/157 ( T Niven 2/18)
Round 3 T20
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 7/115 ( E Lamers 56) def Bairnsdale Cricket Association 9/79 ( O Kenter 3/19, T Hanily 2/9 )
Round 4 T20
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 2/150 ( E Lamers 101*, D Hume 27* ) def Central Gippsland Cricket Association 5/101
Leongatha and District Cricket Association 88 def by Warragul and District Cricket Association 106 ( O Kenter 4/17, T Niven 2/20)
THE Venus Bay community is split over the proposed location of a new skate park for the town.
South Gippsland Shire Council is now advertising its intention to erect the skate park on the corner of Jupiter Boulevard and Centre Road, opposite the towns shops.
Supporters say that location is public, ensuring the skate park is easy to find and does not attract unsavoury activity.
But opponents say the site was bought by council with the intention of creating additional car parking to ease congestion during the summer holidays when the towns population swells to approximately 7000 people.
They want the skate park built behind Jupiter Park, in Jupiter Boulevard.
Opponents have initiated a petition calling on council not to build the skate park at the proposed site and retain it for parking.
The existing skate park is behind Venus Bay Community Centre, and is out of sight and outdated.
The new skate park will be a street style park with ramps and a flat section, catering for skate, BMX, scooter and blades enthusiasts.
Council has allocated $125,000 to the project, which was identified by the community as a priority for Venus Bay.
The site was proposed by the majority of people at a meeting in August 2017.
Leading the lobby for the proposed location is Sam Ennis, owner of Edge of the Earth Hair and Surf, which hires skateboards and scooters. He said he has a vested interest in the skate park going ahead where proposed, but believed it would benefit the community.
I feel its a fantastic location purely for safety and convenience because it is close to the shops and the toilets are 100m away, he said.
It keeps the park in the public eye which is smart because the crowd that skate parks can attract out of the public eye really is not kid friendly.
Mr Ennis believed there was adequate space on the site for a skate park and car park of a size that would double the existing parking available.
I dont want this block sitting here eight months of the year as a car park and not being used, he said.
Tom Turners family runs Agapi Fish and Chips and Venus Loves Gelato, and back the proposed location.
There are not a lot of things for young people to do in winter. The skate park would be used more than the car park during the rest of the year, he said.
Doug Don initiated a petition objecting to the proposed location. He said Jupiter Park was more suitable given it has public toilets, a playground, barbecue and ample space.
Felicity Kaye has a holiday house next to the proposed site and is concerned about her familys privacy if the skate...
POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing a Boolarra teenager.
Breanna Bourke, 16, was last seen on January 2, 2018 in the Boolarra area.
Police have concerns for her welfare due to her age.
She is approximately 150cm tall with brown hair and a petite build.
She is believed to be in Morwell, however she could also be in the other areas of Gippsland.
Police have released an image of Breanna in the hope someone recognises her and can provide information regarding her current whereabouts.
Anyone with information about Breanna is asked to contact the Morwell Police Station on 5131 5000.
SOUTH Gippsland could be in for hot and dry weather for the rest of summer, resulting in a dreadful fire season according to the Ruby Fire Brigade.
Captain Michael Guest said rain early in the season would result in grass and bush growing, and produce more fuel for fires.
Ruby CFA member Darren Hardacre said, The grass and bush areas have dried out really quickly and a lot of the bush is lacking soil moisture and is already dry.
Its really significant for us to make sure locals have prepared for the season. Whether theyre in town or rural areas, they need to have a fire plan.
We urge people to seek the knowledge and prepare a plan. If they dont know what to do, there is information on the CFA website or they can contact their local brigade.
Mr Guest suggested residents tidy around their properties, keep grass short, keep wood piles away from house, cut back branches and clear roof gutters.
The Ruby CFA trained once a month ahead of the fire season.
The training has included ensuring everyone is familiar with how the pump works, as well as tree hazard awareness, Mr Guest said.
Everyone needs to make sure they have a plan for their pets and farm animals on bad days, especially if they are away on the day, and to share the fire plan with everyone living at the house, the neighbours and family members not at the house.
Not only are fire fighters preparing, but so are the Ruby Reds, the voluntary CFA members who help at the brigade, organising events and catering for firefighters. There are 45 Ruby CFA members and around 20 active operational members.
POLICE are investigating an armed robbery at Korumburras Middle
Hotel early yesterday (Monday) morning.
At about 12.30am, an offender gained entry to the premises on Commercial Road and stole money.
The offender was chased from the hotel and apprehended, before
escaping down Radovick Street after a brief struggle.
Detectives from Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating the incident, as well as a burglary at Korumburra Car Company in Radovick Street, but were unsure what was stolen from that business.
A PROPOSAL to build a new RSL complete with upmarket accommodation in Leongatha could still proceed.
Last year, the Leongatha RSL flagged the possibility of building a new RSL on the corner of Smith Street and Michael Place in Leongatha.
The new complex was to include a restaurant, accommodation, function centre and on-site parking.
The RSL proposed to buy the former Carinos office complex now owned by South Gippsland Shire Council and sell the existing RSL site in Michael Place to council.
But the RSL withdrew its proposal in October 2017, despite the RSL and council entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to start talks about a land swap earlier that year.
The Star understands the Leongatha RSL withdrew its proposal after the complex did not receive unanimous support from the RSL committee, despite significant work already being undertaken to progress the project.
The Star understands committee members in favour of the new RSL are advancing their case for the project to advocate for the proposal to proceed, citing it would benefit Leongatha and broader South Gippsland.
Had council acquired the existing RSL site, it was likely the site would be included within a municipal precinct to include new council offices and a library for Leongatha.
Among those supporting the proposal is RSL president Steve Wisdom.
If it does not happen, it will eventually mean the death of the club, he said.
RSL members for the project believe it would help attract new members, young and old, as well as provide a diverse income stream by enabling the club to host large functions by offering extra space, as well as accommodation, to people attending those functions.
How the project would be financed was a point of conjecture, with significant capital raising in the order of many millions of dollars by the community required.
Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt welcomed the prospect of a new RSL.
We have been informed that the local RSL was not in favour or was not able to agree on moving forward on that project, but it would have been fantastic if they could have come to some sort of agreement on how to best move forward, she said.
If they cant come to an agreement, there is not much we can do. Im sure there is support from within council, if they do want to do something. It would be great for Leongatha.
Cr Brunt would not rule out a municipal precinct in the long term.
Councils existing offices are ageing and were not designed for modern municipal operations.
You have to think that over time you have to evaluate your office space, Cr Brunt said....
09:14 Seymour to SCS train is delayed by approximately 16 minutes [10:18 09/01]
A North Coast gay couple are among the first in Australia to tie the knot on the first official day of marriage equality in Australia, celebrating the result of a hard-fought campaign.
Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan got married at Tweed Heads overnight, timing their proceedings so the marriage would become official minutes after midnight.
The pair first met three years ago and said they fell in love straight away before Craig popped the question at Byron Bay in March.
Its a very surreal feeling, Craig told AAP in the lead-up to the event.
Same-sex marriage legislation cleared parliament on December 7, nearly a month after it was revealed 61.6 per cent of participants in a voluntary postal survey backed the change.
Amid scenes of jubilation same-sex couples across Australia were quick to lodge formal intentions to wed and while some were granted exemptions to the four-week waiting period, today is the first official day ceremonies can take place.
In Newcastle, 32-year-old Rebecca Hickson will marry her partner of nine years Sarah Turnbull, 34.
The pair said they wanted to be part of history and planned to also be one of the first couples to tie the knot in a ceremony from 8am.
Weve already had our big hoo-ha ceremony three years ago but now we get to declare our love for each other again and have it recognised as a real union, Rebecca told AAP.
She described the build-up to the postal vote deadline as a horrible time but said the two are now excited to move beyond it.
Melbourne couple Ron Van Houwelingen, 50, and Antony McManus, 53, echoed Ms Hicksons feelings about the postal vote and said no country should have to endure the same horrendous process to legalise gay marriage.
On Tuesday, the long-time activists will also look forward and tie the knot where they first met as performing arts students three decades ago at the former Prahran College of TAFEs David Williamson Theatre.
Im looking really forward to celebrating the victory, Ro...
1815 - First fleeter Augustus Alt, who was responsible for
laying out the first streets of the towns of Sydney and Parramatta,
turned up his toes at age 83.
1816 - Whaling captain and explorer James Kelly popped into Port Dalrymple whilst puttering around the coastline of Tassie...and was promptly arrested under suspicion of being a bushranger.
Yep, that's how we do things in Oz...see a bloke and reckon he'd like to be flogged while in chains.
1821 - Governor Macquarie issued further grants at Illawarra: Samuel Terry 2000 acres, Andrew Allan 700 acres, Thomas Davey 2000 acres, D'Arcy Wentworth 3150 acres, James Mitcham 700 acres, John Horsley 1200 acres, William Wentworth 1000 acres.
1826 - The ayes have it...The first Executive Council for Van Diemen's Land aka Tasmania was appointed.
1830 - The Sydney Gazette announced....
'The female prisoners by the Lucy Davidson' have turned out but a profitless shipment. Most of the Magdalens, were assigned to service in Sydney and by far the greater portion of those, we are told, have been returned by their masters to government as incorrigibly bad characters'
1854 - It's your money Ralph....The first branch of the English, Scottish and Australian Chartered Bank was opened in Melbourne by F.A.Walsh....and keep those pennies in the tea tin for now.
1862 - William Voss was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Moir at York.
1863 - First Post Office opened in Mackay.
1867 - The Clarke Gang of bushrangers constantly raided crops and livestock. Their gang, the Jerrabat Gully Rakers, were regarded as scientists in the art of cattle duffing and horse stealing. The Clarke gang of relatives and friends was well trained in bushcraft and were heavily armed.
They plundered publicans, storekeepers, farmers and travelers. They ambushed gold shipments from Nerrigundah and Araluen and the coaches that traveled from Sydney and the Illawarra. Till November 1866 they marauded virtually unchecked in a triangle through the Jingeras from Braidwood to Bega, and up the coast to Moruya and Nelligen. A party of special constables assigned to capture the Clarke GangJohn Carroll, Patrick Kennagh, Eneas McDonnell and John Pheganwere ambushed and killed near Jinden Station. They had been tied to a tree and then shot.
1868 - The last convict ship, the Hougoumont, arrived at Fremantle with 279 convicts. Their arrival brought an end to the transportation of prisoners from the UK.Somehow I don't think they got mints on their pillows during their voyage...
1869 - The fast clipper ship, 'Thermopylae', reached Melbourne after a record 60 days sailing from London.
Show off !
1870 - First issue of Australian Town & Country Journal.
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A new ingestable capsule may also make it easier for doctors to diagnose gut disorders Photo: RMIT University
Is your diet working? A new ingestible gas sensor may be able to tell.
An Australian team has developed the first gas-diagnosing intestinal pill ever to be tested in people. As the researchers report today in the journal Nature Electronics, this smart capsule reliably measured levels of oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide as it journeyed through the innards of six healthy volunteers, revealing the impact of dietary fiber intake on microbial activity in the small intestines and colon.
Not only might this electronic pill one day shape custom diets for optimal gut health; it could also help doctors distinguish between the early signs of different GI disorders, such as malabsorption syndrome, Crohns disease, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and even colon cancer.
At the moment, we have no tool to differentiate between these different things, says Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, an electronic engineer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, who led the research. A colonoscopy can only reveal inflammatory lesions or cancerous polyps that are visible with a cameraand by that point, people have often suffered with gut discomfort and without a diagnosis for years.
Thats too late, says Kalantar-zadeh, who envisions people popping a swallowable sensor once or twice a year to detect disease early on. If gas profiles around the norm change, he explains, then wed know we have a problem with the gut.
On its surface, the gas capsule looks like an over-the-counter supplement youd buy at any GNC or Vitamin Shoppe. But within its inch-long polyethylene shell are two gas sensors, a temperature sensor, a microcontroller, a radio-frequency transmitter, and button-sized silver-oxide batteries. The gas sensors are sealed within a special membrane that allows gas in but keeps out stomach acid and digestive juices.Kalantar-zadehs ingestible capsule would be the first to provide information about the chemical composition of the gut.
Image Courtesy of The Porch Sessions Once again Adelaides favourite indie-folk night The Porch Sessions is hitting the road this summer with a bunch of house concert dates through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. This years tour will feature some amazing music from Stu Larsen (QLD) & Natsuki Kurai (Japan), Tim Hart 
AFRICAN AUSTRALIANS ARE EVERYDAY AUSTRALIANS
Monday 8th January, 2018
The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) acknowledges that the vast majority of Australians from African heritage are everyday mums and dads who contribute to our society including our workforce. ECCV Chairperson Cr Kris Pavlidis explains Many African Australians have established and continue to nurture supportive families and community organisations where intergenerational groups celebrate their heritage culture and enjoy living a decent Australian way of life.
ECCV condemns unlawful behaviour and recognises that the issue of our states crime will be dealt with by the appropriate authorities. In light of recent incidents involving individual offenders, ECCV finds it unfair that the actions of a few are used to smear the reputation of particular multicultural communities.
ECCV is particularly concerned about the discrimination of young members of our community in the media with unnecessary emphasis on personal characteristics such as race and nationality.
Young Australians from diverse African communities have expressed concerns about the harassment and stigma they experience on a daily basis including when harmlessly going about their daily lives.
In an ECCV Submission on the Draft Victorian African Communities Action Plan (December 2017), the ECCV made key recommendations supporting diverse African communities which included intergenerational relationships, parenting and pathways training to support employment and career opportunities.
Kris Pavlidis says that the ECCV will continue the work with community and relevant authorities towards intercultural and intergenerational solutions to youth justice issues among Australian youth from African heritage.
The ECCV Chairperson Kris Pavlidis encourages media outlets and journalists to focus on its ethical responsibility to impartiality and reporting on the core issues affecting society rather than singling out ethnic groups.
For more information and/or media comment, please contact Leenie Fabri, Communications & Media Officer, email@example.com / 0422 480 319
17:20 Albury - Southern Cross will not run and has been replaced by coaches due to a train fault.
By Denis Bright The federal LNP refused visas to U-19 Teams from the DPR Korea to participate in qualifying events in Shepparton, Victoria. The transfer of these events to overseas venues was a disappointment to all involved in the development of Shepparton Sports City. The foregone events received financial support from all levels of
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Victoria Police have confirmed theyre investigating allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour by Gold Logie-winning actor Craig McLachlan.
Three cast members of the 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Picture Show have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that McLachlan, 52, inappropriately touched them or exposed himself to them.
McLachlan has described the allegations by Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi as baseless.
They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.
These allegations are ALL made up.
But Victoria Police has confirmed its investigating.Detectives from Melbourne SOCIT (Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team) are investigating allegations of sexual offences dating back to 2014, it said in a statement on Monday.
As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to make any further comment.
The actor is currently starring in another production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show in Adelaide.
He is also set to star in the return of the popular Doctor Blake Mysteries on Channel Seven later this year, and the network has been contacted for comment.
McLachlan is the latest high-profile man in the entertainment and media industry to be accused following the Harvey Weinstein scandal in the US.
Whelan Browne also appeared in the Channel Ten program The Wrong Girl alongside McLachlan in 2016 and 2017.
She told the ABC she was dismayed when she learned he had been cast but felt she had to continue to have a civil relationship with him for the sake of her career.
She said his behaviour towards her on that program was appropriate.
But she said during Rocky Horror that McLachlan, who played the transvestite Frank N Furter to her Janet, said he indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.
Scundi said McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.
She said when she confronted him about the unwanted kiss, he abused and threatened her.
I said, Dont you kiss me. Dont you do that ever again and he turned. I havent fe...
Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902 C.E.) was a Hindu monk and a patriotic saint of India. According to English calendar he was born on 12th January 1863 into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta. However his birthday is celebrated according to Hindu calendar and this day is known as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti. The Indian government has decided ... Read more...
The Turnbull government is set to announce a $110 million package to fight anxiety and depression among young people.
News Corp Australia publications report that the package, to be announced on Monday, will include a $46 million boost for beyondblues education drive.
Teachers will be given advice to identify mental health issues in the classroom.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said mental health was an important issue which touched Australians of all ages.
Keeping children and young people healthy and happy is good for them, their families and for the broader community, he told Melbournes Herald Sun.
These positive initiatives will help schools and communities to support the wellbeing and mental health of our kids and respond rapidly to personal and community challenges.
Other organisations to benefit from funding increases include Emerging Minds, headspace, ReachOut, Kids Helpline and Orygen.
Australian readers seeking support and information about depression can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).
Victorian frogs belong to two families: the Hylidae or Tree Frogs and the Myobatrachidae or Southern Frogs. The tree frogs are so called because they are mostly (though not all) good climbers due to the pads on the end of their digits. They can use their climbing ability to get into some unusual spots. We 
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