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THERE was a lengthy traffic jam out on
the highway and those wanting tickets in the
Kilcunda Lobster Festival spinning wheel
were 30 and 40 deep at times, such was the
interest in this year’s event.
It was huge.
The weather was sensational, the Bass
Strait backdrop looked a spectacular pic-
ture, some typically tragic country music
was wafting over and there was plenty for
everyone to do; kids, couples, mums and
It was a great day.
And didn’t they come out to support this
important fundraiser for the Kilcunda Com-
munity Group and its various causes around
the town including the CFA and hall.
There were sideshow rides and stands,
the Kilcunda-Bass Football Netball Club did
a roaring trade with their burgers, sausages
and hotdogs, there were doughnuts and all
kinds of other food...
But it was all about the lobsters.
You could sit down for a lobster lunch or
try your luck at the spinning wheel where no
fewer than 200 crayfish were up for grabs.
And at the prices they are this year, it was
quite something if you were lucky enough to
take one home. Local MP Brian Paynter did
a great job, behind the microphone, drum-
ming up interest in the lobster spinning
wheel, perhaps missing his calling as a Car-
ny Folk employee, but it was all in good fun.
The event has become an eagerly anticipat-
ed part of local Australia Day celebrations
but they are going to have to do something
about the traffic jam, created in order to give
people a safe place to cross the road.
Westernport Water and the Bass Coast Shire
took their messages to the people at the Kil-
cunda Lobster Festival last Sunday. M590517
Lobster Festival volunteer, Jye Hart, of Kilcunda Community Association holds up one
of the 200 lobsters that went up for grabs at the centre of the annual Kilcunda Lobster
Festival last Sunday. m560517
Kilcunda’s lobsters in big demand
THE third annual Wonthaggi Automotive Show
and Shine Swap Meet, organised as a fundraiser
for the Wonthaggi Football Netball Club last Sun-
day was by far the best yet.
And it’s gaining serious momentum according
to club officials who were absolutely delighted
with the response from car owners and general
“It’s fantastic, isn’t it?” said Wonthaggi Power
stalwart Brett Tessari, a local Bass Coast Shire
“It’s easily the best we’ve had and there are
some seriously good cars and motorbikes here
today. Really worth the price of admission,” he
Right around the whole arena there were some
jaw-dropping examples of some rare, highly
valuable, often nostalgic and endlessly interest-
ing cars and bikes.
A Holden Torana with a big block Chevy mo-
tor on board, a real Ford GTHO, a classic VW
Kombi (also worth big bucks now) and an origi-
nal condition (apart from the respray) Holden
FJ from Poowong.
“I’ve had it 10 years now. Bought in the Latrobe
Valley,” said Stephen Halliday of Poowong
“Built in 1954, it was the 7948 car to come
out of Holdens and you can see, written on the
firewall, the handwriting Chiltern (cream) which
was the colour they were to spray it.
“As near as possible I’ve matched it and had it
resprayed for its own protection. Otherwise it’s
“It had 86,000 on the clock when I got it which
I’d say was original. It should go for quite a bit
The car has even had its movie debut (com-
mercial actually) when it featured in an advert
“I didn’t buy it through Carsales and I waited
around all day for a few seconds on the advert.”
But that’s showbiz!
The event was a real winner, offset by some
magnificent Australia Day Weekend weather and
will definitely be back again next year, they say.
Wonthaggi shining for big car show
Wonthaggi Power FNC stalwarts Geoff Jones, Brett Tessari and Tracey Jones were delight-
ed with the success of Sunday’s Show and Shine Day in Wonthaggi. m470517
Ash Britt of Wonthaggi checks out the display
of motorbikes including this 1920 Indian Scout
owned and restored by Les Dole. M480517
Stephen Halliday Poowong bought this iconic FJ Holden
in the Latrobe Valley about 10 years ago, and apart from a
respray in its original colour, it’s all in original condition and
running well. M490517
There really was a lot to see for your donation of $5 to the
Wonthaggi Power FNC at their show and shine event last Sun-
day including these choppers. M500517
A nice example of the Holden HR ute doing a lap of the oval
at the show and shine on Sunday. M510517
Rides for the kids and plenty to eat and drink; what’s not to like about the Kilcunda
Lobster Festival. M570517
Crowds of people at the Kilcunda Lobster Festival make their way safely across the Bass
Highway but it did cause a bank up of cars as people attempted to return after the school
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