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Event of the year
19th Gippsland Scouts
The event was held at Nyora
during Easter 2015. It is held ev-
ery three years at a different loca-
tion in Gippsland.
It is a four night camp for
scouts aged 11 – 14 years with a
full program of activities designed
to promote independence, self-re-
liance, teamwork and leadership
skills among youth, whilst con-
tributing to their social, physical,
intellectual, character, emotional
and spiritual development.
Around 350 scouts from through-
out Victoria (more than half from
Gippsland) and 65 volunteer lead-
ers camped during the event.
Participants took part in a range
of adventurous and challenging ac-
tivities including canoeing, abseil-
ing, rock climbing, mountain biking
This event is seen as integral in
providing local youth with leader-
ship development opportunities
that will enhance the communities
in which they live for years to come.
Preschool Easter Fair
Five hundred parents and chil-
dren from Leongatha, Foster, Ko-
rumburra, Inverloch, Mirboo North
and Meeniyan visited the inaugural
Community Preschool Easter Fair.
This event is now seen as a cata-
lyst for bringing together young
families throughout the region.
The event, although focussed
on bringing local families togeth-
er, was also an opportunity to
raise much needed funds for the
Profits from the Easter Fair will
pay for new outdoor equipment.
The inaugural event was well
organised with support from lo-
cal businesses and plans are to
host in annually.
Leongatha Fun Run
The Leongatha Fun Run raises
money for the Good Friday Appeal
while encouraging participants to
live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Over 400 people participated in
the event with eager runners travel-
ling from around Victoria.
Along with 5km, 10km and
15.5km fun runs, participants
enjoyed a jumping castle, raffle,
free Easter egg give-away and re-
There are plans to include a
Half Marathon into next year’s fun
run and organisers are consider-
ing hosting the event at different
locations throughout Gippsland
in the future.
Food and Wine Festival
This event was originally de-
vised eight years ago to boost the
economy of Loch Village during
the winter season.
The concept was to showcase
local produce, involve and sup-
port local community groups and
provide business opportunities
for retail outlets.
Over the years, it has become
apparent this event is held at the
gateway to Gippsland for tourists
and gives visitors an insight into the
benefits of living in the region.
A record crowd of around 2000
attended the event in June 2015.
Loch community organisations
are offered free exhibitor sites dur-
ing the event and the estimated
gross business takings for the festi-
val were $60,000.
Profits from last year’s event were
directed to the Loch Memorial Re-
serve for a building project, Loch
Primary School, Loch Preschool,
Strzelecki Lions Club and Duke of
South Gippsland at War
1914 – 1918 – Exhibition
at Foster Museum
The exhibition, on display until
the end of January 2016, is being
hosted by the Foster and District
Historical Society and was launched
in April 2015 to tie in with national
Two years in the planning, the ex-
hibition relied on extensive research
being undertaken by volunteers,
including students from South
Gippsland Secondary College.
The exhibition is seen as the per-
fect example of the type of commu-
nity engagement schools should be
trying to engender.
This was the 61st annual Hand-
crafts, Arts and Home Industries
exhibition, held at the Meeniyan
Its purpose is to showcase the
skills and talents of Country Wom-
en’s Association (CWA) members.
It is a competitive event with priz-
es awarded in 218 sections.
It also publicises the work of the
CWA in the community and encour-
ages community participation in or-
der to further the work of the largest
women’s organisation in Australia.
Last year’s event was attended by
almost 400 people over two days.
The exhibition raised $700,
displayed over 1000 items in 17
classes, appraised by 12 qualified
Gippsland Hills CWA consists
of members from Bena, Inver-
loch, Kardella, Korumburra,
Leongatha, Leongatha Twilight,
Meeniyan, Mirboo North Night
Owls and Woorayl branches.
Leongatha Lyric Theatre
The Lyric Theatre’s 50 year cel-
ebrations included a number of
events throughout the year.
In February, a costume and pho-
tographic exhibition was held fea-
turing items from 50 years of Lyric
performances and two concerts
presenting songs and performers
from past musicals.
50 Years of Theatre, written by
Life Member David Tattersall,
was launched during the exhibi-
tion. The book details the history
of the group.
In April, as part of Anzac Day and
the Gallipoli centenary, Lyric hosted
the cantata ‘They went with songs’,
written by local composer Larry
Hills and performed by singers
and musicians from all over South
Gippsland and Bass Coast.
‘The Catafalque Party’, written
by Edwin Coad of Foster and per-
formed by South Gippsland Sec-
ondary College, was also part of
In July, the year’s major perfor-
mance was the musical, ‘Gypsy’.
This involved a cast of over 40 per-
formers from seven to 70 from all
over South and West Gippsland.
Attracting rave reviews, the mu-
sical was seen by 2200 people
during 20 performances.
Lyric rounded out the year’s
celebrations by hosting the
Awards in December.
Many months of skilled volunteer
work went into display and set con-
struction, backdrop painting and
50th Year Celebrations
The Association marked 50
years of providing netball to Le-
ongatha and district.
The two days of celebrations
kicked off with a round of netball
watched by a large number of
This was followed by an after-
noon tea provided by Red Cross.
A formal dinner at the Leongatha
Grandstand Function Room capped
off the first day of events, which was
filled to capacity with 230 people.
An impressive list of guest speak-
ers at the dinner included Austra-
lian Diamonds coach, Lisa Alexan-
der and Netball Victoria President,
Jenny Sanchez. Association Life
Member, Pat Kuhne, launched her
book about the history of the club.
The event provided a unique
opportunity for past players to
Some hadn’t seen each other
since their playing days in the
A commemorative plaque is
now featured in the clubrooms as
a permanent reminder to signify
the 50 year milestone.
Relay for Life
A massive community effort
raised more than $32,000 for the
Fish Creek hosted the South
Gippsland Relay for Life for the
Hundreds of people attended
the event at Terrill Park with
most setting up camp and staying
through to the closing ceremony
18 hours later.
The event featured 22 teams of
This event was organised in a very
short amount of time with a new
committee that had no prior experi-
ence with Relay for Life.
Fish Creek is set to host the event
for another two years before the ba-
ton is taken up by another South
Mirboo North Idol
– 10 Year Anniversary
Originally a talent show for people
of all ages, Mirboo North Idol has
grown to be a celebration of the lo-
cal community’s much treasured
venue, the Mirboo North Pool.
Over 25 acts took part in Mirboo
North Idol in three categories; Pri-
mary, Secondary and Open.
The event gives young people the
opportunity to demonstrate their
creative individuality, develops self-
confidence and connects partici-
pants with like-minded people.
All of the money raised from
the event goes to the Friends of
the Mirboo North Pool to help
maintain a facility considered the
‘heart’ of Mirboo North.
events will be held across
South Gippsland on
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South Gippsland Shire Council would like to congratulate
all nominees in this year’s South Gippsland Australia Day Awards
You’re invited to join us in honouring the people and events that help make our community great!
Wednesday 20 January, 7:30pm at Memorial Hall (followed by light supper)
SOUTH GIPPSLAND SHIRE NOMINATIONS
Matt Perks, Korumburra
Matt (17), first joined 2nd Korum-
burra Scout Group as a Youth Helper
when he was in Year 9.
For such a young person, Matt is an
outstanding role model for the scouts
aged between 10 and 15 years.
He has a strong work ethic, will give
any job a go and always shows great
patience as a teacher.
He has a remarkable way with chil-
dren and managed to organise 20
scouts riding around a BMX track
without crashing into one another.
He is also a vital part of the lead-
ership team and has completed 12
months training with the Ruby CFA
where he attends bi-monthly meet-
ings and contributes to discussions
over complex issues.
This is an outstanding effort for a
young person who, while managing
a part time job, is willing to give his
time to the community.
award for a person
with a disability
Steven Canning, Leongatha
Steven (32), has been living inde-
pendently for eight years and has
been working at Woolworths in Leon-
gatha for 13 years.
He is a passionate artist, having had
two successful art exhibitions and
won many awards.
He entered the Rotary Prom Coun-
try Art Show 2015.
He also plays guitar and the drums
at a music program at the Uniting
As an employee, Steven is a friendly,
helpful, approachable and conscien-
He walks to work – rain, hail or
shine – is always on time and always
He is admired by his colleagues for
his commitment to his job given the
personal challenges he has to over-
come to function in society.
Steven gives generously and never
uses his disability as an excuse to
do nothing or needing any special
He is an example to others – the word
‘can’t’ is not part of his vocabulary.
Korumburra’s Matt Perks.
Leongatha’s Steven Canning with
The 19th Gippsland Scouts Corroboree
held near Nyora attracted well over 350
scouts to the region.
The South Gippsland at War 1914-1918
exhibition at the Foster Museum involved
local historians, school children and com-
The CWA exhibition was held at the
Meeniyan Hall and showcased the women’s
skills in arts, craft, cookery and more.
Life members of Leongatha and District
Netball Association celebrate the group’s
The South Gippsland Relay for Life raised
more than $32,000 for the Cancer Council
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