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WHAT a great business name – ‘Suck It Up’,
especially when it’s all about a no fuss way to
clean the guttering on your house.
For many people the thought of having to get
up a long ladder to clean the guttering around
your house brings a feeling of dread.
And, there is of course the fact that ladders
are one of the riskiest traps around your home.
Forget the worries and call one of the new-
est businesses in the local area, Suck It Up,
but the couple running the service are by no
means new to the area.
Ross and Sherrill Winkler have seen a need
and they’ve answered the call, not only offer-
ing to clean your gutters but going with the
times and cleaning solar panels as well, mak-
ing them much more efficient at converting the
power of the sun.
Their motto is ‘no mess, no fuss’ and they
mean it. Just give then a call and your prob -
lems, up around the roof area, are solved.
Ross and Sherrill have been operating the
business for about four months now, so it’s
very much full steam ahead now.
“Gutters and solar panels need to be cleaned
every 12 months at least to stop the build-up
of grime and mould, and also all the leaves,
twigs and sludge that fills up and blocks you
guttering,” said Ross.
“But it can be dangerous for people to get up
onto their roofs to get the job done. ”
As well as leading to ceiling damage and
flooding if blocked gutters overflow, poorly
maintained gutters are prone to rust as well.
With the high pressure vacuum, Ross is
able to clean the gutters on single and two
storey homes with ease, from the ground
ensuring safety while on the job. The vacu-
um has a reach of 4.5 metres and features a
camera on each end so Ross is able to see
As well as the gutters and solar panels, he
can also make sure your storm water pits are
cleared, another potential cause of flooding.
The Winkers’ business operates in the area
from Wonthaggi to Foster.
“I t’s amazing how much interest we’ve al-
ready received, which is great. People are es-
pecially interested in the machine and how it
works,” said Sherrill.
To book a service or to ask for a quote con-
tact ‘Suck It Up’ on 0409 198 685.
WONTHAGGI Electronics has been awarded
for its excellent customer service with the Jay-
car Stockist of the Year award for Victoria and
The award, which is primarily based on stock
sold throughout the financial year, was present-
ed to the store by Jaycar regional manager for
Victoria and Tasmania, George Alexandrakis.
Store owners Linda and Ross Langlois paid
tribute to their staff, led by store manager
“Our sales were up 67 per cent on the year
before and we’re looking to be on track again
this year so far,” Linda said.
“I put it down to the staff, who go out of their
way to help customers, especially Steve.
“If you come in and need something weird
and wonderful, he’ll go out of his way to find
it for you.
Since moving to a bigger store at 9 Murray
Street, Wonthaggi Electronics has expanded
Linda promises that the store will continue
to get bigger and better, and the next step is the
introduction of a sound room, which will allow
customers to test TV and sound systems in a
soundproof room before purchasing.
“With technology changing so fast you’ve got to
keep up with what’s out there and what’s going
on, there’s a lot of research that goes on behind
the scenes to try and keep up with everything
and all the new products coming in,” Linda said.
“We want to thank all the locals who continu-
ally support us.”
THE Disabled Surfers Asso-
ciation (DSA) will hold an in-
augural surfing event at Inver-
loch Surf Beach on Saturday,
The event will be held from
11am until 2pm, with regis-
tration on the morning from
The Disabled Surfers Asso -
ciation of Australia is a charity
run purely by volunteers and
has 16 branches across Aus-
tralia and New Zealand.
It has been in operation for
more than 30 years.
The Mornington Peninsula
DSA branch was formed in
November 2011 and averages
approximately 250 volunteers
and 130 surfers at its events.
The association has three
1. To “put smiles on dials” –
to provide a safe and enjoyable
surfing experience for people
with a disability.
2. To provide people with a
disability greater access to the
beaches all year round.
3. Through their events, they
aim to unite the local commu-
nity, schools, businesses and
The event involves taking
people with any disability for a
surf on broken waves in waist
depth water with a minimum
ratio of one surfer to six volun-
teers, although there are typi-
cally 20 volunteers on hand to
assist the surfer.
Surfers assume the most
comfortable position on the
board which is typically laying
or sitting and specially made
floatation devices are available
which sits on the board and
can also provide support.
Trained and experienced ‘Red
Shirt’ volunteers will be posi-
tioned on the back of the board
to provide support and safety
while on the wave, with another
20 or so volunteers forming a
human tunnel for surfers to
ride in between.
If you would like to volun-
teer, you don’t need to have any
All you need to do is head
down to the Inverloch Surf
Beach behind the Inverloch
Surf Life Saving Club from
10am on Saturday, February
11 and register with the volun-
teers on the day.
There will be land-based and
water-based roles to fill on the
day. You will be given instruc-
tions and guidance on the best
ways you can help.
All participants are welcome
no matter what your disability
or age is.
No experience is necessary.
Wetsuits, sand wheel chairs,
beach access and of course the
surfboards are provided!
“We will work with you to en-
sure your time in the water is
a great experience,” organiser
Stuart Yates said.
“Please bring your carer as
they must accompany you al-
ways. There will be ushers to
show you and your carer where
to go and how to get the most out
of your experience.
“There will be a free sausage
sizzle and music to make the day
a fun day for all the family.
“We would love to see as many
participants at the Inverloch
Surf Beach, where we will be
entering the water between the
flags with the help of the Inver-
loch Surf Life Saving Club.
“We want to thank them for all
their support of our event.
“We have had so much sup-
port and assistance from the
Bass Coast community and
businesses to make it a suc-
cessful day, however we do need
If you would like to register as
a volunteer for the day or as a
participant, please head to: www.
eventbrite.com.au and search
Inverloch, or see the Facebook
If you are a business and
would like to donate to the day,
or for more information, contact
Stuart Yates on 0411 476 478 or
Jaycar regional manager for Victoria and Tasmania, George Alexandrakis, presents Wont-
haggi Electronics Store Manager Steve Marks and owners Linda and Ross Langlois with the
Jaycar Stockist of the Year award for Victoria and Tasmania.
Ross and Sherrill Winkler have launched a new business cleaning guttering and also solar
panels. Give them a call 0409 198 685.
‘Suck It Up’ says it all
about gutter cleaning
Surfing for all
The Disabled Surfers Association will host an event at Inver-
loch next Saturday, February 11.
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