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The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau (and Community
and Visitor Information Centre) in Leongatha is currently looking
to increase its team of committed volunteers.
New volunteers will be required to attend an orientation course
(with an option to complete an additional component) designed
to provide the skills to be an effective Bureau and Visitor
Information Centre volunteer.
Participants will need to be available for training on
March 4, 11, 18 and April 1, 8, 15
Full details of the course will be finalised after the level of
interest in the course is gauged.
If you are interested please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau
to arrange a meeting with the training coordinator before
You can contact the Bureau (opposite the Post Office) in person
or call 5662 2111, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.
South Gippsland Citizens
Advice Bureau Inc.
and Visitor Information Centre
Memorial Hall Complex
Michael Place, Leongatha
Plenty of space to help
DID you know that people who vol-
unteer their time and energies for the
benefit of others experience greater
happiness and better health?
Volunteering Australia conducted
research into the well-being and hap-
piness of a cross-section of people
and found that 95 per cent of those
who volunteer are happier, healthier
and sleep better than people who
They have less stress; they are bet-
ter adjusted to life; and, they have
fewer feelings of hopelessness.
They have better coping skills and
a longer life expectancy.
There is also a reduced risk of de-
Research by the Royal Australian
College of General Practitioners sup-
ports these findings.
Do you have skills you would like to
use to help the community in a volun-
The South Gippsland Citizens Ad-
vice Bureau (which provides infor-
mation to clients regarding benefits,
pensions, concessions, youth issues,
consumer affairs, health, referrals to
social workers, and legal services
and more) is currently looking to in-
crease its team of committed volun-
New volunteers will be required
to attend an orientation course with
the option of attending an additional
You will need to be available for
training on March 4, 11, 18 and April
1, 8, 15.
The bureau is also the body over-
seeing the Community and Visitor
Information Centre in Leongatha
which provides tourism information
to travellers passing through South
The bureau might just be the right
place for you, if what you’ve just read
seems a fulfilling way to help people
in our community.
If you are interested please contact
the Citizens Advice Bureau to arrange
a meeting with the training coordina-
tor before training commences.
You can contact the bureau on
5662 2111 from Monday to Friday,
between 10am and 4pm for further
details and to register your interest.
Dorothy Potter has been a volunteer with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Leongatha for 10 years. If she doesn’t
know the information you’re seeking straight away, she knows where to find it to assist you. D080216.
Volunteer Jan Byrne puts out the
sign indicating the Citizen’s Ad-
vice Bureau is open for business.
STONY Creek Racing Club CEO Sa-
rah Wolf is enjoying her first racing sea-
son in the top job after stepping into the
role in April.
Ms Wolf moved to Meeniyan in 2010
and was the club’s business manager
for five years.
When the CEO position became avail-
able, she jumped at the opportunity to
utilise her years of experience in busi-
ness and event management.
“I’ve built up relationships with Coun-
try Racing Victoria in my time as busi-
ness manager so this year stepping up
as CEO I’ve got a good understanding,”
“I was congratulated after the first
race meeting on Boxing Day for having
an incident-free meeting.
“There is awful lot involved and if it
wasn’t for people volunteering and the
committee we wouldn’t be in this posi-
“For example, my partner Glenn Rob-
inson is a graphic designer who had
donated time to do race books and
everything like that, and we’ve always
got volunteers in the bars on race days
which helps a great deal.”
The club has also seen Adam Warren,
John Cooper and Jenny O’Sullivan join
the committee this year.
Ms Wolf said they all bring different
skill sets which are important to a com-
“Committee members are the back-
bone, they’re the people down here on
weekends fixing a fence, coming here
early on racing mornings - it’s a team
effort,” she said.
This racing season has been well
supported by sponsors so far, with the
Boxing Day meeting sponsorship sold
out months in advance, and a full bill of
sponsors at Tuesday’s meeting.
The Stony Creek Cup Day on Sun-
day, March 13 (Labour Day weekend)
is only in need of a major sponsor and
is shaping up to be a huge day at the
The next race meeting is Tuesday,
February 9, which will be Publican’s
Eight South Gippsland pubs are em-
bracing the day of friendly pub rivalry.
A publican’s area will be introduced
to the bookmakers ring and guests will
be able to purchase tickets for $25 per
head which includes admission, a race
book, seating and finger food.
New Stony Creek CEO
reflects on season
THE Pink Roses Marquee at the Stony
Creek Racing Club was the place to be
Around 100 ladies enjoyed lovely food
and wine as part of the Girls’ Day Out,
curated by Jessica Odgers of Eventful
Horizons Wedding and Event Decorat-
Jessica has had a long association
with the racecourse, working as secu-
rity on race days before completing her
university placement at the club.
It was her first year organising the la-
dies marquee and she enjoyed the expe-
“It’s been a fantastic day, the turnout
is better than we actually expected,” she
“I’ve always wanted the races to do
well; this is actually my first ladies day
event in the tent, not only co -ordinating
but also as a patron.
“It’s been a great opportunity for me to
experiment with different looks.”
Planning for the event was put on hold
when Jessica’s best friend Natalie El Ali
died in a car accident at Koonwarra on
The event went on in Natalie’s honour,
with Stony Creek Racing Club CEO Sa-
rah Wolf stepping up to help.
“Sarah’s been great the last week and
she asked me I still wanted to do it and I
said ‘of course’.
“My best friend always helped me with
these sorts of things so I still wanted to
“The roses were definitely in honour of
Natalie; Natalie absolutely loved roses so
when I bought all the flowers I specifi-
cally wanted roses, not only for the name
of the marquee but also in her memory.”
Guest speaker for the day was Judy
Travers, who spoke about her experi-
ence in public relations and marketing
and how she, along with husband Neil,
have turned the Waratah Hills Vineyard
into a successful business venture.
Girls’ day out
at the races
Organiser of the Pink Roses Marquee at the Stony Creek Races on Tuesday, Jes-
sica Odgers, is flanked by Vee Koltsveld and mother Glenda Conlan. Rg040216
Girls’ Day Out fashions winners at Stony Creek were Kaila Hutchinson, Judy
Stone, Sasha Holderhead and Lauren Malone. rg090216
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