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Nearly ninety year old yodeller
to sing mariachi
PHILIP Chapman was born on April 20, 1927.
That makes him 90 years of age in a few weeks’
Many locals have heard him singing and yo-
delling. A few days ago he asked, “Where are the
words to that song?”
Daughter Alison replied, “What song?” “Aye,
aye, aye, aye...” and he went on yodelling a tune
she had heard since a child. Thanks to the in-
ternet, they discovered the song is a favourite
mariachi number called Cielito Lindo.
Philip has yodelled at Tamworth, where he
won an amateur competition. He has sung and
yodelled at many golf club dinners around the
state, birthday parties and forever in his trudg-
ing round the hills of Glen Alvie on the family
For the past eight years he has yodelled young
people to breakfast on the Sunday morning of
The Hills are Alive festival at Krowera.
“I’ve always been able to sing,” Philip says.
It’s hard to tell what upcoming event has more
importance in his life, singing at the Krowera
festival at the end of March, turning 90 and
celebrating with his family, friends and commu-
nity at a Sunday afternoon tea on April 23, or a
reunion of the Glen Alvie Football and Netball
Club that will happen later in the year.
Philip sings most days and often from early in
“He’s a pretty cheerful soul and takes that at-
titude out with him wherever he goes,” said Ali-
Day to day, Philip can be found doing exer-
cises at The Hub in Inverloch, competing in
the South Gippsland Bridge Club at Inverloch
or Newhaven, playing table tennis at Warrawee
Senior Citizens or playing golf at Wonthaggi two
days a week. No wonder he has the energy to
And why not this mariachi tune? It is popular
and lively and a lot of fun.
Ian Leslie Chapman, Philip’s twin, and grand-
father of the organisers of The Hills are Alive,
was also a well-known local musician.
He was killed in a tractor accident about 60
“I often wonder where I would have been if
my brother hadn’t been killed. It will be Ian’s
90th birthday too. There are so many things
in life you have no control over; they just hap-
pen,” Philip says in a reflective moment. Then
he’s out the door to do his “fitness class”, Living
Longer, Living Stronger at the YMCA before a
quick salad for lunch then off to Bridge at the
Philip has a smattering of French in his vocab-
ulary. His mother, Dorothy Felton, was raised in
the French-speaking Channel Islands in Britain.
The mariachi song Cielito Lindo is in Spanish.
He laughed and shook his head when he first
saw the words. Philip will manage it. Sure he
will. Yodelling mariachi at 90.
COUNCILS have the chance to get local bridg-
es in poor condition fixed with the help of direct
funding from the Federal Government.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said a new
round of funding under the $360 million Bridg-
es Renewal Program is now open.
“This is a great opportunity for state, territory
and local governments to apply for funding to
have ageing bridges fixed, with up to half the
cost met by the Australian Government.
“This will be the third round of funding under
the program, which is continuing to keep com-
munities connected and local industries profit-
able,” Mr Broadbent said.
“Our councils can get on board by nominating
local bridges that need upgrading or replace-
“Residents who might like to put forward their
ideas should get in touch with their council to
find out about any plans they have to nominate
local bridges, or put forward suggestions.
“Better bridges improve safety and access
for communities, and keep businesses and the
road freight sector powering on – delivering
dollars into the pockets of local businesses and
“By working together with governments at all
levels – particularly local councils which often
need a hand to get big-ticket projects underway
we are upgrading and repairing bridges in all
corners of the country.”
Mr Broadbent said “serious dollars” had al-
ready been put into fixing bridges in the region,
with five upgrade projects getting support un-
der Rounds One and Two of the program.
“Since Bridges Renewal started in 2014-15,
around $211 million has been invested in 204
projects across the nation.
“That’s why it is such popular program – it
helps councils tackle big-ticket upgrades they
might not otherwise be able to take on,” Mr
“State, territory and local governments are
eligible to apply for up to $5 million in Austra-
lian Government funding per project – that’s a
significant sum of money for any organisation.”
Nominated projects will go through a compet-
itive merit-based selection process, with suc-
cessful applicants eligible to receive up to 50
per cent of project costs, or $5 million.
Proponents should discuss priorities with
their local communities, industry stakeholders,
Regional Development Australia committees
and relevant government road agencies early in
the process of compiling their proposals.
Round 3 is open for applications until May
15, 2017. Guidelines and proposal forms are
now available on the Bridges Renewal Program
website at www.infrastructure.gov.au/bridges
THE West Gippsland Regional Library Corpo-
ration is offering Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors
training at six libraries throughout the region
until the end of June, including Warragul, Dr-
ouin, Inverloch, Wonthaggi, Phillip Island and
The training sessions will be provided by ex-
perienced library staff and will cover a different
topic each week, including cyber safety, email,
shopping online and social media.
“Our libraries have so much to offer,” said
Leanne Williams, West Gippsland Regional Li-
brary Corporation CEO.
“Being able to offer more tech sessions to
seniors throughout the region will mean more
people are able to communicate with their fam-
ilies, save time and energy by banking online
and importantly, decrease the likelihood of be-
coming a victim of cyber theft and scamming.
“Our experience has shown that more and
more seniors are interested in learning how
to use tablets, smart phones and the web for a
number of activities.
“Banking, socialising, accessing government
services and conducting business is considered
mainstream and with the combination of public
PCs, Wi-Fi and our knowledgeable library staff,
we can offer a comfortable environment to use
the internet safely,” Ms Williams said.
Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors is designed to
give older people, particularly those in regional
and rural areas in Victoria, the opportunity to
develop skills to use technology for socialising,
accessing important services, or conducting
The program is supported by the Victorian
Seniors Card Program and Telstra.
Bookings are free but essential. Call or drop
into a participating library for further informa-
tion or book online at www.wgrlc.eventbrite.
Be a tech
A WORLD-FIRST clinical trial involving more
than 500 participants in the South Gippsland
region may determine whether daily aspirin im-
proves quality of life in old age.
Details of the potential benefits as well as
the risks of aspirin were presented during an
update on the progress of the ASPREE trial in
Wonthaggi on Thursday, attracting more than
150 local trial participants and guests.
ASPREE (ASPirin in Reducing Events in the
Elderly) is the largest primary prevention aspi-
rin study in healthy older people and the largest
clinical trial ever conducted through Australian
ASPREE is studying whether daily low-dose
aspirin prolongs good health by warding off
age-related disease, such as cardiovascular dis-
ease (heart attack and stroke), dementia, de-
pression and some cancers and if the benefits
outweigh the risks, such as bleeding.
The international trial, which commenced
in 2010, has 16,703 participants across south
eastern Australia and 2411 participants from
ASPREE regional manager, Dr Sharyn
Fitzgerald, was born and bred in Wonthaggi
and was pleased to return home on Thursday.
“I’m very proud Wonthaggi Medical Group
has the highest amount of participants of any
clinical group in Australia and it’s a huge credit
to the participants,” Sharyn said.
“I think it shows a level of social engagement
participants have in Wonthaggi; people in Won-
thaggi have always shown social commitment.”
Principal Investigator of the ASPREE trial,
Professor John McNeil, met participants at
He said findings from the trial would be rel-
evant to all Australians.
“The ASPREE study is investigating aspirin’s
potential to preserve quality of life free from
physical and cognitive disability, something
that is increasingly important in an ageing pop-
ulation,” he said.
Professor McNeil credits regional GPs for
contributing to the trial’s success.
“GPs and their older patients have embraced
the opportunity to participate in an aspirin
study of international significance,” he said.
“Study findings will be applicable to doctors
around the world.”
The presentation included an update on the
progress of 15 ASPREE sub-studies.
In Australia, these include studying the effect
of aspirin on diseases such as depression, age-
related macular degeneration, cancer, osteoar-
thritis, bone fractures, severe infection, sleep
apnoea, age-related hearing loss and microvas-
cular changes in the brain.
ASPREE participants, who are all aged over
70, take 100mg of aspirin or a placebo tablet
daily and undergo annual study health checks
for an average of five years.
Researchers, participants and their GPs will
not know who is on which tablet until the end
of the trial.
The trial is expected to conclude in December
2017, with early results expected in 2018.
Anyone considering taking daily aspirin, or
altering their aspirin regime, should always
speak to their GP beforehand.
ASPREE regional manager, Dr Sharyn Fitzgerald, centre, returned to her hometown on
Friday to speak with local participants involved in an aspirin trial, including Wonthaggi’s
Margaret Eskildsen, Wonthaggi’s Bessie Lamers and Cowes’ Bob Bakewell. rg061217
Aspirin trial numbers soar
Ian, Philip (front) and little sister Ella
Chapman on the farm ‘Belgrano’ at Glen
Alvie, c. 1933.
Alice Linehan was born at the Leongatha Hospital on March 6. She
is a daughter for Sean and Anna of Korumburra.
Baby Riley was born at Casey Hospital on March 6 to parents
Robyn and Adam McNally of Wonthaggi. Riley is a little brother to
Jack, 11, Liam, 9, Finn, 7, Jude, 5 and Ethan, 3.
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