Sharing their passion

COOTAMUNDRA Antique Motor Club members relished the opportunity to share their passion on Friday, showing their motor cars to Cootamundra High School students.
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A large number of students flocked to the antique vehicles which were parked in the high school quadrangle, asking questions of their owners and meaning through the impressive display.

Cootamundra Antique Motor Club member Barry Gavin said the aim of the initiative is to promote heritage motoring.

“To encourage interest so we can keep these vehicles going and in good condition for the future,” Mr Gavin said.

Mr Gavin commented that young people loved these vehicles.

He said it was a good opportunity to promote the club and hopefully attract new members and generate interest in younger people.

“We have a couple of young members but we’d love some more,” Mr Gavin said.

Mr Gavin added that members didn’t need to a “you beaut car” necessarily.

The club’s Father’s day Swap meet this Sunday, is also shaping up to be a massive event with 193 sites booked.

Swap Meet co-ordinator Lyn Gavin told the Herald that there will be “everything and anything” from jewellery, to craft, bric-a-brac and licorice to name a few.

Gates will open at 6am, with the Riding for the Disabled providing the catering.

HISTORY: Enjoying the display from the Cootamundra Antique Motor Club at Cootamundra High School on Friday was student Lachlan Cameron.

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Carrying on Don’s Legacy 

THE recent loss of Cootamundra High School teacher Don McLeod was felt by the wider community from its very foundations.
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Whether it was instructing kids on the finer points of drama or speaking at Rotary meetings, Don was committed to serving Cootamundra in any way he could.

His kindness and generosity was not kept exclusively in his home town but also touched people across the globe in India where he visited earlier this year with his wife Margaret.

Don was instrumental in not only raising money for a High School in India but also contributing to the cultural knowledge of his own students by organising a trip to the school itself.

The India Immersion trip 2014 will incorporate drama students from Cootamundra High School who, by furthering the foundation left by Don, will be bringing his vision into fruition.

Colleague Dr Lynne Vey said Don’s level of involvement in the project was inspiring.

“Don’s idea of a cultural immersion was to provide an experience of another culture which is deeper than that of an ordinary tourist,” she said.

“His legacy will live on in this India Immersion Trip as the old adage ‘to teach is to change a life forever’.”

The proposed itinerary is for 21 days – departing Sydney 31st December 2013 and return to Sydney 20th January 2014.

Highlights of the tour will be a trip to Mother’s Teresa’s House in Kolkata (Calcutta), a visit to the Taj Mahal, but more importantly make connections and developing relationships with the schools in Trichy and the opportunity for the students of Cootamundra High School, teachers and parents to work with the students.

Each school in Trichy has about 1700 students and they are run by the Marist Brothers. All the students are sons and daughters of tenant farmers who just about exist through hard work to keep rich landowners (from the north) rich. Most of the students are Hindus (96%) and the rest are Christian.

All the students are interested in learning English because it is their only passport out of Tamil Nadu and a job with the government.

While education is of the upmost importance to them classes are large, there are very few facilities to assist their learning. A good deal of the funding for the two schools comes through the Marist Brothers, from Australia.

Last Year the Year 10 Drama class at Cootamundra High teamed up with Rotary and proceeds from the evening was used to buy four new computers for P.U school in India, a gift they have put to good use.

Some of that class have also written to students at P.U.

Dr Vey said the whole idea of the India immersion trip was to give his students the opportunity to feel what he felt when he visited the school.

“Don’s aim was to make the trip open to Year 11 Drama students, who then would come back to Cootamundra High School and like he was, overcome with a passion to do more and make the event an annual one,” she said

The students are keen to ensure it becomes an annual event to keep Don’s dream alive.”

It is not the first time Don has orchestrated a trip within the school with drama students benefiting from trips to Sydney where they saw productions such as Jersey Boys and The Wizard of Oz.

Such was Don’s dedication to his subject that, on an occasion where he was forced to wait two hours for a train in Sydney, he spent the time writing a monologue for one of his students.

His hard work within the role is reflected by the fact the HSC results achieved by his students were always higher than the state average.

Year 12 student Chris Warren, who will be travelling to India, said Don always made his students realise their full potential.

“He was very empowering to everyone who he taught,” he said.

“When I was having trouble with drama, he took me aside and said ‘Chris you have a mindset that you can’t do stuff but you can do anything you want to do.’ He was very academic and a very inspiring person to be around.”

See page 3 for information on Cootamundra High School’s drama night.

HEADING TO INDIA: pictured (from left) are Cootamundra High School students Chris Warren, Ariah Holmes and Cassie Giles. The students will head to India as part of a cultural immersion trip organised by the late Don McLeod.

INSPIRATION: Don is pictured with students from the P.U. School at Trichy. It was from his visit in January 2013, that he decided to offer his concept of an Indian Immersion Trip to his Drama students.

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Truck carrying chickens rolls over near Goornong

HUNDREDS of chickens were killed in a truck rollover near Goornong early Monday morning.
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Police said they were still investigating why the driver lost control of the vehicle on the Midland Highway near Bagshot-Whirrakee Road at 3am.

The truck was travelling to Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm.

The driver was not injured in the incident.

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Tigers through to big day

Simon Bussutil (Mirboo North) hits the deck as Magpies James Dowling and Matt Dyke attempt to clear. Yinnar’s Daniel Webster tackles Mirboo North player Damien Turner.
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Yinnar’s Liam Visser and Jake Roe Duggan unable to contain Mirboo North’s run.

Qualifying final

Yinnar v Mirboo North

MIRBOO North secured its place in the Mid Gippsland grand final via a hard-fought win over Yinnar, 13.13 (91) to 8.4 (52).

After a goal-for-goal first quarter, Mirboo North took control of the game and got out to a 22-point lead at half-time.

Yinnar kicked to within a goal in the third quarter, but the Tigers were able to edge away and extend their lead in the last.

Coach Troy Hamilton said Tigers Jake Nash, Matt Holland and Donny Webb played “fantastic” in their returns to the side.

“Our first half was good, but we wasted a lot of opportunities in the first quarter I thought. Second quarter we really got on top,” Hamilton said.

“It was a tough game. A lot of guys were running out of gas in the last quarter I think from both sides.”

Yinnar now faces Newborough in a repeat of the qualifying final at Yallourn North next Saturday.

Mirboo North’s reserves also secured a grand final place.

Newborough’s unbeaten streak came to an end when it was unable to kick a goal in the second half, allowing Mirboo North to run out the game 9.7 (61) to 4.8 (32).

Mirboo North was two points up at half-time and came out hard in the last quarter to boot five goals and seal the victory.

Yarragon’s thirds were able to shake off challengers Thorpdale, 10.8 (68) to 5.6 (36).

In the fourths match Yinnar’s second quarter efforts ensured a win over Yarragon, 7.7 (49) to 3.6 (24).

Elimination final

Trafalgar v Newborough

NEWBOROUGH led the entire match to push Trafalgar out of the finals, 13.8 (86) to 8.6 (54).

The Bulldogs kicked the first goal of the match to be up by two at quarter-time and outplayed Trafalgar in the second quarter, leading 47 to 14 at half-time.

Despite Trafalgar’s improved efforts in the third quarter it trailed by four goals going into the final term, where it could not make up the difference.

Newborough coach Allan Chandler said after what felt like the “worst game” the Bulldogs played all season last week, his side “lifted to the required level” for the majority of this match.

“They threw everything at us throughout the day, but I think we probably had more contributors across the ground, which helped us,” Chandler said.

Trafalgar coach Chris Kyriacou said he was frustrated the side had not started well and was behind from the start.

“You can’t give a good team a head start like that… they deserve to go through. They’ve been second best team all year,” Kyriacou said.

“We didn’t execute the ball well into our forward line, they were executing well… (we) probably just got out played in general in the first half all over.”

In the reserves Yinnar pulled away from Boolarra at three-quarter-time to win, 10.11 (71) to 3.1 (19).

Newborough’s thirds held Yinnar to just two points in the second and third quarters, building up a big lead to run out the game, 15.7 (97) to 6.6 (42).

In the fourths Mirboo North had a comfortable victory over Newborough 10.14 (74) to 2.5 (17).

Netball

In an exciting second semi-final Boolarra just got up over Mirboo North 43-41.

On Sunday Morwell East knocked Yarragon out of the finals 51-34.

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Delay neglects health

Long term delays to a comprehensive air quality monitoring upgrade of brown coal generator emissions could have disastrous consequences for the health of Latrobe Valley residents, according to the head of a Senate inquiry.
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Victorian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale, who chaired the Senate inquiry into the impact on health of air quality in Australia, has labelled the current monitoring of microscopic particles emitted by the Valley’s power stations as “hopelessly inadequate”.

Last week, Mr Di Natale warned further inaction would be neglectful of public health.

“The committee accepts that coal, throughout its lifecycle, is a source of air pollution that is harmful to human health. Those harms manifest themselves in individual discomfort and at a cost to private and public purses,” the committee stated in its recently released report. The debate around air quality in the Valley has largely focused on the inability of local air monitoring stations to pick up ultra-fine particulate matter (smaller than 2.5 micron) which escapes a power station’s emission filtering processes.

“PM 2.5 particles are closely associated with coal combustion and can get very deep in lungs, and have been found to be responsible for asthma, emphysema and currently we are doing zero monitoring on that front,” Mr Di Natale said.

“We have got to start increasing the amount of testing we do, and it needs to be independent of current industry monitoring.”

The heightened concerns come after a European study released last month, funded by the European Union, found prolonged exposure at all levels of particulate exposure increased the likelihood of lung cancer.

The Latrobe Valley Air Monitoring Network, which is funded by the power industry, operates two air monitoring stations in Rosedale South and Jeeralang Hill, while the Environment Protection Authority operates a Traralgon station.

All monitor sulphur dioxide, particle matter and ozone.

However the monitoring stations are only capable of monitoring particles larger than PM 2.5

In an effort to address the knowledge gap, the EPA concluded a 12-month monitoring trial in February at a Morwell East site.

While the data is still yet to be made public, in its submission to the Senate inquiry, the EPA indicated preliminary results showed the data met air quality objectives and reporting standards set by the National Environment Protection Council.

However Latrobe Valley Sustainability Group’s Dan Caffrey said with no safe minimum levels for PM 2.5 exposure, the EPA’s preliminary findings would be of little comfort to local residents.

“We are calling for those details to be released as soon as possible – we want accuracy and transparency and we want to be assured that our health is not being affected adversely,” Mr Caffrey said.

Among its recommendations, the Senate inquiry report called for a dedicated health impact assessments process for all new coal projects, and a process assessing cumulative impacts of coal mine developments on local residents’ health.

However Mr Di Natale said it would be up to the incoming Federal Government to determine what degree it followed the report’s recommendations.

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CASA cops blow to funding

The efforts of a key local agency to support Gippsland clergy abuse victims suffered a critical blow with the recent news it missed out on expected Federal Government funding.
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The Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault this week vowed to continue supporting its local clients as they prepared to have their stories heard by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, but that task had been hindered.

In June Ms Boyle told The Express the Royal Commission – which held the first of a series of private sessions in Melbourne last week – had triggered trauma in local abuse victims and led to an increase in the demand on her organisation’s services.

She said GCASA had been “relatively prepared” for the response, expecting the hearings would result in more clients needing therapeutic care or, at the least, information on the inquiries’ processes.

A funding submission to the Federal Government, if successful, would have allowed GCASA to employ an additional part-time counsellor to deal with extra demand and implement a “host of other supports”.

Now, Ms Boyle said, it would struggle under the strain of that demand and she expected to see CASA’s waiting list escalate, which had only recently eased.

Mid last month about $45 million was allocated to “support survivors of sexual assault” but CASAs were “completely passed over”, despite being the state’s specialist service in this range of services, according to a CASA Forum spokesperson.

Ms Boyle said in Gippsland agencies including Relationships Australia and Berry Street received a portion of the funds while a significant sum went to Melbourne-based agency Drummond Street Services.

While she did not doubt the “fantastic” work of Relationships Australia, Ms Boyle said she was concerned about the “message” the government was sending to the community.

“It says this about relationships but it’s not, it is a crime,” she said.

The CASA Forum spokesperson said failing to fund CASAs showed “a concerning ignorance for the expertise that has been built up over three decades”.

GCASA would, nevertheless, continue to support clients as they readied to face the Royal Commission and Ms Boyle said the agency was keen to allay the concerns of existing clients.

She said GCASA intended to also meet with RA “to see how we can manage this together” and would explore any opportunity to tap into excess government funds.

One GCASA client, in a letter to the agency, said she was “very distressed” by the recent funding news.

She said she understood the “potential impact to all Victorian victims and survivors of sexual assault if CASA’s workload increased without an increase in funding”.

The sex assault survivor also wrote to the Federal Government, saying its failure to fund CASAs would “impact severely on Victorian victims and potentially put more victim’s lives at risk”.

“It is impossible to over-estimate how important it is to have access to specialist services when recovering from the trauma of sexual assault,” she said.

People affected by sexual assault in an institution can register to tell their story to the Royal Commission by phoning 1800 099 340 or emailing [email protected]

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NZ contractors flown in

RELATED COVERAGE:Mass walkout on hold
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New Zealand contractors have been flown in to work on Maryvale Mill’s major shut, to offset the threatened impact of industrial action by maintenance workers.

Australian Paper human resource manager Mark Nelson confirmed yesterday New Zealanders were contracted for specialist boiler work and were already working on the shut, which began on Thursday.

However Mr Nelson was unable to divulge the amount of workers flown in or the name of the contractor.

“It’s fair to say there were a number of local contractors that we would have preferred to use initially, but they weren’t able to guarantee how they would react to industrial action,” Mr Nelson said.

Heightened enterprise bargaining negotiations for about 170 in-house maintenance workers continued at the weekend, after unions agreed to suspend a mass walkout on Thursday.

The temporary moratorium has been extended until close-of-business today, pending the company’s response to an agreement proposal submitted by unions on Saturday.

However if an agreement is not reached today, unions have indicated they will action an indefinite walkout, and have flagged the possibility of forming a picket line.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union organiser Steve Dodd said local contractors lost the shut-work to the New Zealanders because they would not commit to crossing a potential picket.

“People are pretty upset about this – it’s a pretty provocative and disappointing move to bring in people from overseas,” Mr Dodd said.

He said the move contravened a commitment to employ local workers by Australian Paper made during a high profile industrial dispute with contractor Chelgrave earlier this year.

However Mr Nelson said that commitment was only made in relation to the ongoing construction of a $90 million recycling plant project.

He said Australian Paper had spent a month trying to negotiate a moratorium on industrial action during the shut period, however the unions did not agree.

“If they had agreed to the moratorium, we would have allowed local workers to be used, but they have told us that they want to go to war with us, so this is what happens,” Mr Nelson said.

“In this situation, what options do we have? We protect our business, that’s what we do, and keep this place going.”

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Mass walkout on hold

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A moratorium on a mass worker walkout at Maryvale Mill has been extended until close of business today, pending the outcome of Australian Paper’s response to maintenance unions “final” enterprise bargaining proposal.

Three days of last-minute negotiations between Australian Paper, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and Electrical Trades Union ended on Saturday, with the bargaining parties “coming to a position”.

Australian Paper human resources manager Mark Nelson has indicated the company wished to roll back “excessive” conditions within the existing EA, while unions said they had concerns about workforce security and manning levels.

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Moe wins League Championship

MoeUnited was crowned Gippsland Soccer League champion yesterday for the first time since 1989 in one of the competition’s most dramatic finales on record.
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Moe defeated Churchill in the title race. Pictured is Matthew Shearing. photographs mdr digital images

In need of a win to secure the silverware following Churchill’s loss to Fortuna on Saturday night, the Red Devils scored on the stroke of full-time to defeat Traralgon City 2-1 at Olympic Park, Moe.

Sam Lietzau was the hero with two second half goals, dragging Moe across the line after City went up 1-0 before the break.

Red Devils coach and defender Lee Dastey said the team and its supporters were overcome with “jubilation” when Lietzau’s last gasp winner sealed a championship which three weeks ago looked out of reach.

“It’s a fantastic feeling for us and a big relief. To leave it so late… the pressure built all day, we didn’t really have one of our best days, but to get the goal with two or three minutes to go was just a fantastic feeling,” Dastey said.

“I think we had that feeling (late on), deep down that maybe it wasn’t going to be our day and the goal (was) not going to come, and to be honest we couldn’t see where one was going to come from, but to get one so late on it was relief and jubilation.”

A resilient City unit, which thwarted a Moe penalty on the day, held out to the last, but the Red Devils never wavered from the plan that served them so well all year.

“We spoke about it before the game, regardless of the situation, not to panic,” Dastey said.

“We were in that position for a reason; we weren’t going to make wholesale changes or substitutions or positional changes no matter what was happening.

“We were pretty confident if we kept plugging away we would get the goals and we made a couple of forced changes and it did reshuffle us around a little bit but I guess it worked out in the end.”

Trailing the Rams by two points ahead of the final round, Moe had to endure an anxious week of waiting with their hopes hinging on a Fortuna victory.

Churchill rallied from 2-0 behind to level scores on Saturday night, and had a penalty cry turned down, before Fortuna netted to win 3-2.

Dastey said the focus on that clash had affected Moe’s mindset in the lead up to yesterday’s match, and the pressure intensified when the chance to win the league crystallised.

“All the talk and the thoughts were about what was going to happen Saturday night rather than actually trying to get their mind on the job,” he said.

“It was a different type of build up because it was a short turnaround (and) even though you knew it could have happened (Churchill losing) I think to get the mind on the job was a pretty quick job to do after (Saturday) night.

“That maybe explained the slow start that we had, it wasn’t a great performance to be honest but we got the win.”

Churchill seemed impervious in the first half of the fixture and appeared to be cruising toward another league title after round 15, holding an eight point lead over Moe with three rounds to play.

Losses to Olympians, Moe and Fortuna in the final rounds derailed the Rams’ defence who will now look for consolation in the finals series.

“It was a great feeling in the end, it did come down to the wire,” Dastey said.

“Three weeks ago we thought there was no chance this was going to happen and thankfully Churchill has probably had their bad period and things didn’t go to plan over the last three weeks and we contributed to that.

“It’s been an exciting finish.”

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Tigers striped by Sale

SALE has been crowned Gippsland League minor premiers after thrashing Morwell under lights at home on Saturday night.
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The reigning premier finished the regular season in style with a 122-point annihilation of runner-up Morwell to end the year with just one loss.

“I’m pretty proud of the way we played… we didn’t want to flirt with our form at all, we just wanted to kick a big score and it was good to get the win,” Sale coach Matt Ferguson said.

“We didn’t expect the match to be such a blow out… I guess we’re in good form. Ever since we were beaten by Maffra we have improved in every game and it’s good to see.”

After winning its first nine straight this year, Morwell ended the season in a different vein.

“Not a great result for us but we need to move on quickly and take what we can from the game,” coach Harmit Singh said.

Singh did not take the field for the match, along with a number of Tigers, and coached from the sidelines for the first time this year.

“It was really good to watch from the sidelines… they (Sale) were really impressive,” he said.

Morwell was without its number one ruckman Tom Crosby, while back up Luke Norder was also out on a week’s suspension for striking Traralgon captain Jaime Aitkin.

The Tigers also missed Jeff Ryan, Boyd Bailey and Tarkyn Lockyer, while former Collingwood star Anthony Rocca’s appearance for Morwell ended up being a one off.

The forward failed to qualify for the Gippsland League finals due to an Achilles injury.

“We really missed a couple of our on-field leaders,” Singh said.

Sale too was without some of its big guns.

Jacob Schuback was unavailable due to work commitments while Kane Martin and Ferguson were also notable absences.

They are, however, certainties to play when the Magpies open their finals campaign in a fortnight, but Kane Fraser has been ruled out for an extended period after rupturing his ACL in last week’s match against Drouin.

Sale led by 10 points after a closely contested opening term.

It was a different story in the second, which saw the Magpies slam on eight unanswered goals to lead by 56 points at the main change.

Sale continued its dominance with a five goal to one third term before finishing the Tigers off with six goals to one in the last.

Former Gippsland Power player Shannen Lange booted five for the flag favourite in a best on ground performance.

Morwell will now face Maffra in Saturday’s qualifying final at Moe while Sale will enjoy a well earned week’s rest.

Warragul v Maffra

MAFFRA secured third position on the ladder with a come from behind win over Warragul.

The Gulls got out to a good start, booting seven goals to three in the opening term to lead the Eagles by 25 points at the first change. Maffra was forced to work its way back into the contest in the second.

The visitor kicked five goals to Warragul’s three to trail by 16 points at the main change.

It was a similar margin at three-quarter-time after a term which saw a total of just four majors.

With the second chance on the line, the Eagles came out firing in the last. Maffra kicked five goals to Warragul’s one in the last to run out an 11-point winner.

Darren Sheen and Adrian Burgiel kicked four apiece for Maffra. At the other end Ben Drew’s eight majors was the biggest haul kicked by a Warragul player against Maffra since Simon Byrne in 1989.

Traralgon v Leongatha

TRARALGON finished the home and away season in fourth after recovering from last week’s loss to Morwell to beat Leongatha.

Traralgon opened up with a three goal to nil opening term.

The home team was narrowly outdone by the Parrots in the second as the Maroons led by 17 points at half-time.

It was a similar pattern in the third with 16 points separating the sides at the last change.

Traralgon kicked four goals to Leongatha’s two in the last to end round 18 as a 32-point winner.

The loss marked the end of Leongatha’s season while the Maroons will face an elimination final on Sunday against Wonthaggi.

Wonthaggi v Drouin

THE Power finished off the regular season with a win, and a big one at that.

At home for the final time this year, Wonthaggi kept the visiting Hawks scoreless in the opening term. By half-time its lead was out to 43 points. The Power piled on 10 goals to two in the second half to win by 102 points.

Moe v Bairnsdale

BAIRNSDALE took its 2013 record to nine wins and nine losses with a win over Moe, its best effort since re-joining the Gippsland League.

However its final round clash against the wooden spooner was far from a walkover.

Finishing the season on home turf, Moe matched it with its opponent in the opening half.

The Lions led by two points at the first change and trailed by just a kick at the main change.

Bairnsdale worked its way to a 26-point lead with a four-goal-to-one third term.

The Lions won the last quarter, albeit by two points, however the home team fell 24 points short of its second win of the year.

It marked the end of a disappointing 2013 for Moe, which managed just one win, over Drouin.

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