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A VERY successful celebration was held at
the Jeetho Hall on Saturday to mark the hall’s
125 year anniversary.
The hall’s history as the first chambers for
former Korumburra Shire is important, but
even more important is the sense of community
which has kept the hall still going in the long
forgotten town of Jeetho.
More than 100 people attended the occasion
which began at 11am and continued well into
Good country food complemented the unique
atmosphere created by the surrounding hills,
and inside the original Baltic pine walls, high
ceilings and polished floors.
Previous and present Jeetho community
members were able to ‘catch up’ and share sto -
ries long past.
Everyone also enjoyed the many historic pho -
tos that were displayed all around the hall, and
the continual photo stream on the computer,
which also included an old movie of the back-to
celebrations held in 1979.
The official part of the day was held after
lunch with former South Gippsland Shire may-
or and local historian Bob Newton the MC.
Hall committee president Greg McGrath wel-
comed everyone, followed by South Gippsland
Shire Mayor Ray Argento who spoke of the impor-
tance of small communities and their local halls.
Then Lorraine Knox and Jeanette McGrath
launched the book ‘Reflections of Jeetho –
A most interesting ‘Show and Tell’ followed
with the highlight being the Jeetho Hall’s only
life member Maggie Hunter bringing her hus-
band’s old accordion he played at many of the
dances held in the hall.
The Jeetho Hall Committee would like to
thank Mayor Ray Argento, Cr Maxine Kiel and
Cr Andrew McEwan for attending; IGA for a
grant which allowed supplied lunch to all as
well as helping with the book publication and
photos; all who contributed to the book with
their memories; and everyone who returned to
Jeetho to help celebrate this day.
hitmaker Kurt Vile made a
pitstop at Meeniyan Town
Hall on Sunday night, leaving
a sold out crowd completely
Vile – whose lackadaisical
swagger perfectly fits a coun-
try hall stage – fingerpicked
his way through a selection
of cuts from his six albums,
focusing mostly on his most
The show, presented by
Mistletone and Lyrebird Arts
Council, was part of Vile’s
first Aussie solo tour, which
also took in dates at Taronga
and Melbourne Zoos.
And whilst Sunday’s per-
formance was by far the
most intimate set in the tour
schedule, the few hundred
lucky punters in attendance
were also treated to an ex-
tra, exclusive surprise when
Courtney Barnett joined Vile
on stage to strum through
covers of Gillian Welch’s ‘El-
vis Presley Blues’ and Belly’s
The next gig scheduled for
Meeniyan Town Hall will be
award-winning vocalist Tina
Harrod on March 31, with
limited tickets remaining. Visit
au for more info.
WITH less than two weeks un-
til the final Relay For Life in Fish
Creek, teams have been busy
fundraising and getting organ-
ised, preparing to keep a team
member walking at all times for
the duration of the relay.
The relay will get underway
at Terrill Park with the Open-
ing Ceremony at 3pm on Sat-
urday, March 18.
Survivors and Carers will
complete a lap of honour be-
fore all walkers join them to
get the Relay happening.
Once the relayers are on the
track, the entertainment and
activities will commence at
3.30pm, followed up with the
Candlelight Ceremony at 8pm.
The placement of candle
bags around the walking track
is a very moving tribute to
those who have fought or are
still fighting cancer.
A mini fair will operate from
2 to 6pm where teams will sell
a variety of food as well as oth-
er activities that visitors and
walkers can enjoy.
The mechanical surfboard
is bound to be popular, as will
the giant slide and the bike
you can ride to make your own
Live bands and singers will
provide entertainment on stage
until 11pm as walkers continue
to trudge their way around the
track in the early hours.
A free healthy breakfast will
be available from 6am for those
not succumbing to the warmth
of their beds and then all par-
ticipants will be on track for
the final laps and countdown to
the Closing Ceremony.
With nearly 300 walkers
signed up and more than half
of the target of $40,000 al-
ready raised, the Relay For Life
is bound to be a huge success
Walkers can register on the
day as individuals or they can
join a team that has already
The cost is $25, which in-
cludes a rugby shirt promoting
Further details can be ob-
tained by contacting Irene Gale
on 0428 391 495.
Counting down to the relay
Cindy Byers and Marion Bowron enjoy their time on the
track at last year’s Relay for Life.
During his encore, Vile was joined on stage by Melbourne indie rock queen Courtney Barnett.
Photo: Gav Ross.
Kurt captivates Meeniyan
Kurt Vile took a seat for part of his mesmerising set to pluck a few tunes on his banjo.
Photo: Gav Ross.
Lorraine Knox and Jeanette McGrath launch the book ‘Reflections of Jeetho 125 years’.
MC for the day Bob Newton chats with local Peter Rolfe.
The grand old Jeetho Hall
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