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AS MAYOR Mayor, I am fortunate to be in-
vited to many functions, large and small. Noth-
ing gives me more pleasure than to celebrate
with our communities as they mark significant
milestones and events.
Last week I had the privilege of attending the
125th anniversary of the Jeetho Hall.
If only the walls could talk: with over a cen-
tury of weathering good times and bad, playing
witness to many generations, they would have
some remarkable stories to share.
As I parked my car I wondered what life
would have been like for the people of Jeetho
125 years ago - if parking was an issue for all
those horses and carriages?
The hall must have been the location where
the emotions of war were revealed and shared;
childhood friendships made; many marriages
and birthdays celebrated; and where lives
passed were marked.
These scenarios have been duplicated through
the ages at all of South Gippsland’s community
halls, many of which are still giving so much to
today’s way of life.
The fact that they continue to be the hubs of
our communities is a credit to our local hall
committees. They play an integral role in creat-
ing social interaction within the halls they are
charged with managing, ensuring the continued
strengthening and growth of local communities.
There is more to the events that are held with-
in our community halls than meets the eye.
The many functions, that are often quite inno-
vative, provide a sense of belonging for people
who can socialise with like-minded neighbours
It was also great to see so many people at-
tend the 110th Foster Show. This was another
well organised event with lots of exhibits. The
dog high jumping continues to be a favourite.
Those who were there would have appreciated
the work done behind the scenes by many vol-
unteers in making it a memorable day.
As was the Toora Show and Shine event.
Again, the event was terrifically supported by
huge crowds and a large variety of trucks, trac-
tors and cars on display.
A highlight included helicopter joy flights over
Corner Inlet and a mock war with armoured
tanks and military vehicles. Congratulations to
all concerned on hosting such a professionally
run day and again for drawing on the many vol-
unteer groups to achieve experiences that will
live long in the memories of those lucky enough
to be there.
Cr Ray Argento
DOMESTIC wastewater disposal is one of
the most important environmental issues in
South Gippsland according to the shire’s act-
ing Environmental Health coordinator Kristy
She said poorly maintained onsite waste-
water systems can affect public health, the
environment, local waterways and the storm
“To help reduce the public health risk and to
protect our local drinking water supplies, the
council is introducing an onsite Wastewater
“The program will support the Domestic
Wastewater Management Plan which was ad-
opted by the council last September.”
Ms Kearney said she is confident that the
program will help protect the environment
without significant impact on local residents.
“The Compliance Program is not meant to
be onerous for land owners or residents. If an
onsite wastewater system is serviced regularly
and permit conditions are followed, then the
system should be compliant.
“However, when a wastewater disposal sys-
tem is not maintained there is a significant
risk to the public and this has to be addressed.
“We want to ensure our waterways are clear,
our drinking water is protected and our town-
ships are free from any unpleasant odours.
We hope that the Wastewater Compliance Pro -
gram will achieve this.”
Further information about the council’s Do -
mestic Wastewater Management Plan and the
Wastewater Compliance Program, including a
list of service agents, is available on the coun-
cil’s website www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au
or by contacting council’s Wastewater Compli-
ance Officer on 5662 9200.
The program will commence this month.
Septics put to the test
The South Gippsland Shire Council be-
gins its Onsite Wastewater Compliance Pro-
gram this month.
THE Survivors of Suicide bereavement group
(SOS) will host a two day training session to
help caregivers recognise when someone may
be at risk of suicide.
The SOS group offers a bereavement sup-
port service at Newhaven College on the second
Tuesday of each month, to support those living
with the effects of suicide.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
(ASIST) has saved and changed hundreds of
thousands of lives around the world, by teach-
ing people to apply a suicide intervention model.
It then explores how to connect with a sui-
cidal individual in ways that understand and
clarify that risk, increase their immediate safe-
ty and link them with further help.
More than 80,000 people in Australia have at-
Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to
reflect improvements in knowledge and prac-
tice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide inter-
Participants learn to intervene and help pre-
vent the immediate risk of suicide.
Studies have proven that the ASIST method
helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.
The two-day ASIST course, run by the Sal-
vation Army, will take place between 9am and
4.30pm on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday,
Cost is $70 for the two days, with lunch pro-
Training will be held at the Grantville Trans-
action Centre, corner of Pier Road and Bass
For more information about the content of the
workshop or to enrol, contact Hennie Lanting
on 0419 330 433 or email Hennie.lanting@aus.
Anyone who is affected by the issues men-
tioned in this article should contact LifeLine on
13 11 14.
ASIST in fight
THE LochRoch Tribute Festival 2017 is a
classic rock tribute festival for all ages.
It will be a rippin’ day of gourmet food
trucks and classic rock in the rolling hills
on Saturday, March 11 at the Loch Memorial
Relive the glory days with a stellar roster
of acts paying tribute to Led Zeppelin, INXS,
AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Divi-
nyls/Chrissy Amphlett, Cold Chisel, The
Doors, Joe Cocker and The Eagles.
It’s not a long way to Loch if you wanna rock
‘n’ roll,” says Kathryn, the event secretary.
Event organiser Keith Tonkins believes IN-
XSIVE will take us back to the 80s with elec-
trifying stage presence in their vibrant live
sound and performance.
Great food, wine and coffee will all be avail-
able. The event even has its own pub.
Whatever your preference, the food and en-
tertainment will satisfy all ages in the family,
so be there on Saturday, March 11.
Gates open 8am, and bands start at noon.
For more info go to www.lochroch.
TRYBOOKING>COM or tickets at the gate.
Loch’s ready to rock
INXSIVE have an electrifying stage presence that you’ll see at LochRoch on Saturday,
March 11 at Loch.
Inverloch Art Show
COME along to the 31st Inverloch Art Show.
Held on Labour Day weekend, there will be
a diverse range of art work, sculpture and jewel-
lery displayed and for sale. It is one of the few art
shows in Bass Coast which is part of the ‘Your Art
Collection’ competition and so attracts artists of
high calibre vying for this prestigious award.
All the proceeds from the art show go to The
Food Box Program, run by Bass Coast Health
Family Support Centre, to help families in short
term financial difficulties.
The art show will be held at the Inverloch Com-
munity Care Centre, 14 Rielly Street, Inverloch.
Opening night is from 7pm on Friday, March 10.
Rock Away on Labour Day
SPEND Labour Day kicking back and listen-
ing to some rocking tunes at the National Viet-
nam Veteran’s Museum this Monday, March
Bands include Rockhouse and The Shadows
with rock and roll dance display by Rosebud
Come along to watch, dance and sing along.
Standard entry fee includes the Holographic
Light & Sound Show and entry to the Museum.
This is a fundraising event for the museum
so all support is most welcome. No booking
It’s from 10am on Monday, March 13.
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