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THE South Gippsland Shire Council’s bid to restore the
Poowong Cenotaph will be successful with the approval of
Victorian Government funding.
The project has been funded through an $11,000 council
contribution, $20,000 Victorian Government contribution
through the Restoring Community War Memorials and Av-
enues of Honour Program and a $5000 community contri-
bution. The project will include the relocation of the existing
cenotaph to a more appropriate location and restoration of
the cenotaph including cleaning and re-painting of lettering.
An additional stone with a plaque acknowledging those
conflicts not listed on the cenotaph will be installed within
close proximity to the cenotaph.
Relocating the cenotaph has been identified as a priority
to address safety concerns due to its current location in a
The new site will allow for commemorative events to be
held in a safer environment that may encourage more in-
dividuals to attend. Freeing the original site will also make
room for VicRoads to implement any works at the intersec-
tion if deemed necessary in the future.
South Gippsland Shire Mayor Ray Argento acknowl-
edged the importance of the Poowong Cenotaph for the lo-
“The Poowong Cenotaph holds strong community sen-
timent, particularly to the families of local soldiers who
served our country in times of desperate need.
“It is our responsibility to demonstrate our respect to
those who fought bravely to secure the safety of our country.
“Restoring the Poowong Cenotaph is one way we can
demonstrate our gratitude and maintain its significance for
future generations,” Cr Argento said.
to be restored
SUE Mitchell decided to
change her life.
Her father had just died and
a few things had gone haywire
and she just knew she didn’t
want to stay where she was.
After looking around for
just the right property she
settled on two and a half acres
in West Creek.
Sue, an architect, de -
signed her own house. It has
rammed earth walls and con-
crete floors to keep it cool in
the summer and warm in the
“I wanted something small
with minimum maintenance.
I took what I liked from the
previous houses I built so it
didn’t take long to design and
build it,” she said.
“I am surrounded by farm-
land,” said Sue. “It’s so per-
fect for me and my horses and
it’s nice and close to town.
“I love the energy and com-
pany of horses. My horse Tig-
ger had had a difficult life
when I got him. He’d had a lot
“People described him as
opinionated, arrogant and
rude but he’s incredibly tuned
into me. He’s very sensitive.
“He had a terrible accident
a few years ago and most
people thought he wouldn’t
survive. I told him if you get
through this you will have a
home for life, you’re not going
anywhere, ” Sue said.
Her love of horses took her
to the Pyrenees, on the border
of France and Spain, taking
an ancient breed of wild hors-
es up to the mountains for the
Sue knew she had to join
the trek after a friend sent her
a YouTube clip about it.
A Sydney woman runs the
horse led adventure in the
It is helping to keep this an-
cient breed, called merens,
from dying out.
They are jet black and stur-
dy and date back over 15,000
They have extraordinary in-
dependence but still connect
with humans on a deep and
true level, a bit like Brumbies
in Australia, according to the
People from all over the
world pay for the trip and that
helps the owners of the me-
rens to cover the enormous
costs of looking after them.
“All these years I had been
building houses and saying
I can’t afford a holiday, ” Sue
“I brought up my son as a
single mother and realised it
was time to do the things I
want to do. ”
It was a leap of trust for
Sue. After a few days in the
Pyrenees getting to know the
horses, her horse chose her.
Together they set off on a
huge adventure through vil-
lages, across rivers, over
mountains staying in a castle,
rustic homesteads and camp-
ing out along the way.
Now she is home in West
Creek working on the garden
and designing homes for clients.
“I really love it here,” says
a very happy Sue as she calls
He comes trotting over with
an air of arrogance and gently
rests his head on Sue’s chest.
An architect and horse lover
By Anne Tindall
Sue Mitchell with her horse in the Pyrenees, France. A090717
IT’S easy to be complacent; to think that your behaviour
won’t affect anyone else, but even the small act of throwing a
cigarette butt from your car makes you a butthead.
That’s the view of CFA Deputy Chief Officer Garry Cook
who says it’s foolish behaviour like flicking a cigarette butt
into roadside grass could result in significant fires.
“Not only is this foolish but it is a crime,” he said.
“Fires can start anywhere and at any time. In Victoria,
more than half of bushfires are deliberately lit or caused by
“One of the most common causes is inappropriately dis-
posing of cigarette butts. “Recklessly caused fires are often
viewed by the community as accidental, but in reality, the
potential for injury, loss of life, property damage and drain
on resources is the same as that caused by arson.”
In the last five years CFA has attended approximately 200
roadside grassfires, caused by cigarettes.
Don’t flick butts
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