Home' South Gippsland Sentinel-Times : April 11, 2017 Edition Contents THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND SENTINEL-TIMES, TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017 - PAGE 25
IT LOOKED all doom and gloom
for the opening of Luminous Streets
on Saturday night with thunder, rain
and lightning in the afternoon.
But just half an hour before the
opening, the sky cleared and turned
a beautiful shade of gold.
It then plunged into darkness and
the lights came on along the Waterline
towns. And what a beautiful site it was.
The damp night certainly didn’t
dampen visitor’s spirits, with hun-
dreds turning out for the opening.
The path along the foreshore at
Grantville was lit up with light boxes
that local children had coloured in.
The opening at Grantville, while
postponed a few minutes, ended up
running ahead of schedule. It began
with a Welcome to Country, with Steve
Parker, a descendant of the Boonwur-
rung people, creating a smoking cer-
emony to help cleanse the land and
the people on it.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor
Cr Pamela Rothfield said Luminous
Streets is a wonderful project that
connects the five Waterline towns.
“The Waterline towns, to me, evoke
a feeling of lingering light. We’re fac-
ing the west and it’s the last place that
actually has the light shining on them
before it goes to sleep at night.
“On behalf of Bass Coast Shire
Council; well done and congratula-
tions on achieving this and I think we
will all enjoy it greatly.”
Over at Coronet Bay, there were
stunning artworks made by children,
created with recyclable items such as
Duplo, vinyl records, string and wood.
And if you looked out on to the bay
you would’ve seen brave locals stand-
ing up on glowing paddleboards.
Visitors can view the galleries at Co-
rinella, Coronet Bay, Grantville, Pio-
neer Bay and Tenby Point each night
from 6pm to 10pm, until Thursday,
Band president Natalie Stewart noted successful
performances on Australia Day, Anzac Day, Daffodil
Festival, and Carols in the Drome in the past year.
“This past year also saw us playing at some
other major events in the community, being
the grand opening of the Toora dairy museum,
Long Tan Day and Stony Creek races.
“We will look to proactively approach more
community groups this year for more play out
opportunities at local events,” she said at the
band’s annual general meeting recently, where
she was re-elected to lead the band.
Ms Stewart thanked musical director Rod
Coughran-Lane, and helpers Darryl, Judy and
Penny Hunt, Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, and
training band helpers Bruce Jarrett, Darryl
Hunt and Greg Wright.
“My number one objective of this year was to
start up a training program and thanks to my help-
ers we have been able to do that,” Ms Stewart said.
“The training band has come a long way in 10
months and I am excited to see them grow and
eventually join the senior band.”
Ms Stewart also thanked the band’s two main
supporters: South Gippsland Shire Council
and Leongatha RSL Sub-branch.
“Both have been very generous for many years
and we hope to continue these partnerships for
many years to come,” she said.
“Their sponsorship ensures the band’s future
and enables us to get out in the community and
do charitable performances.”
Awards were presented to Stacy O’Malley
(most improved in senior band), Melissa Den-
brok (most improved in training band) and
band person of the year, Don Stanton.
The people’s band
South Gippsland Shire Brass Band named Stacey O’Malley (second from right) as the
recipient of the most improved in senior band award recently. She is with band president
Natalie Stewart, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento (left) and Leongatha
RSL Sub-branch president Steve Wisdom.
Melissa Denbrok (second from right) received the most improved in training band award
at the annual general meeting of South Gippsland Shire Brass Band recently. From left,
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, band president Natalie Stewart and
Leongatha RSL Sub -branch president Steve Wisdom.
Waterline towns light up
The path along the Grantville foreshore was shining with light boxes. mm311517
Kelsey (left) and Tamsin Watson enjoying the colourful artworks at Coronet Bay. mm321517
Steve Parker performing a smoking ceremony at the opening of Lumi-
nous Streets. mm331517
Bass Coast ‘SUP Sisters’ heading out into the water on their glowing
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