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THIS week has seen a further 27mm rain
falling into the Westernport Water catchment
following up on the previous week’s falls of
61mm – it’s roughly three times the rain com-
pared to same period this time last year.
The reservoirs’ level remains steady with
small inflows from Tennent Creek and sur-
The catch is that it's now the winter period,
so environmental flow releases are now in
place and daily inflows up to 5ML are released
as per management agreements.
This means the reservoir only gets net gains
from Tennent Creek when receiving a daily in-
flow over 5ML during the winter period.
So think water, think rain...and lots of it.
The reservoir is now sitting at 2539ML (56.9
per cent) compared to 1807ML (40.5%) last
Similar totals were recorded in South
Gippsland catchments, although Ruby Creek
(Leongatha) with 9mm and Little Bass (Nyora,
Loch, Poowong) with 5mm seemed to miss
Philippe du Plessis, Manager Director for
South Gippsland Water said for the second
week in a row, storages have held steady or
“This follows rainfall received the previous
week which wetted catchments allowing runoff
into reservoirs and stream flows. Customers
of Korumburra are reminded that Stage 1 wa-
ter restrictions remain in place and to please
ensure they are following the rules.”
Any customers who have questions or con-
cerns regarding their water supply can contact
South Gippsland Water’s friendly Customer
Service team on 1300 851 636.
Water starts to flow
TWELVE new Australian citizens took their
oath of allegiance in the South Gippsland
Council Chambers last week but not all of them
are new to Australia.
In fact one of their number, Jim White, is
about as local as you can get after arriving in
Australia in 1948.
“I’ve been here for 69 years now but when I
arrived in Australia I thought I was automati-
cally an Australian citizen but as it turned out,
I missed the cut-off by two years,” said Jim last
“I was the only family member not to be a citi-
zen so I thought I better remedy that.”
Lkwinder Dhillon of Leongatha and formerly
of India now operator of two Subway restau-
rants in Leongatha and Wonthaggi, Matthew
Baldwin of Korumburra and formerly of the
UK arrived in Australia with only a suitcase to
join family in 2010, Bindhu Lonappan and her
daughters Vismaya and Isobel of Leongatha,
Gaurav Rai of Korumburra who came here in
2008 for an education, Joe O’Meara of Ireland
now Leongatha, Adriana Van Leeuwen and
daughter Julia of Mt Eccles formerly of Holland
and South Africa, Thi Tran of Vietnam who
married a local builder and Adele Sterland who
arrived in Australia from the UK in 1967; they
have all officially joined the fold.
And they received a certificate and some gifts
of a copy of the bible, a plant and an Australian
It was an important occasion last Wednesday evening for 12 new Australian citizens who
took their oath of allegiance. They are, with shire and government officials, from left, back
Joseph O’Meara, Cr Ray Argento, Gaurav Rai, Ikwinder Dhillon, Adele Sterland, Danny
O’Brien MLA, Jim White, Cr Don Hill, Matthew Baldwin and Cr Lorraine Brunt, front, Adri-
ana Van Leeuwen, Julia Van Leeuwen, Vismaya Biju, Isobel Biju, Bindhu Lonappan, and Thi
Tan Tran m221917
New citizens one and all
Formerly from the Netherlands and South
Africa, Adriana Van Leeuwen and daughter
Julia Mahne of Mt Eccles are welcomed into
the Australian citizenship fold by South
Gippsland Mayor Cr Ray Argento. m231917
LEONGATHA SES volunteers were put to
the test on Saturday during an assessment
exercise at their unit’s depot in the industrial
It was a simulated extraction watched by
assessors from the Metropolitan Fire Bri-
gade, the SES regional office and a controller
from another unit.
“Nobody gets failed,” Leongatha SES Unit
veteran Tony Lindard said.
“If there are any issues, you are just pro -
vided with a list of things that may need to
be improved on.
“It’s not timed either. The volunteers need
to show that the unit has the equipment we
need and people know how to operate it.
“Showing that we work well as a team is
also a big thing.”
The testing happens once every three
years, but the unit is always interested in
practising more regularly, provided people
are kind enough to donate a vehicle of rea-
sonable quality, rather than sending it to the
Leongatha SES volunteers were put through their paces on Saturday at the depot.
Leongatha SES put to the test
THE Leongatha Twilight Branch
of the Country Women's Association
hosts its fourth annual speed craft
evening next Wednesday, May 17 at
the Uniting Church Hall from 6pm.
Branch president Lynn Missen, in
explaining the concept of speed craft,
said that you have to think of it as
speed dating for craft, but instead of
swapping partners you swap crafts.
Over the course of the evening those
present will get the chance to learn
how to bake scones, knit or crochet,
make jam, grow a succulent - each in
four 30 minute blocks.
Lynn said that, apart some initial
confusion, those present at previous
events have quickly grasped the con-
cept of moving from activity to activity
and that over the past few years there
has been a warm buzz and delightful
People have learnt the secrets be-
hind a good Anzac, the tricks to flower
arranging, the magic of a good sponge
and how to spin wool!
This year will be no different and
if you are keen to join in the fun of
learning something new, why not
come along. The evening is open to
anyone over the age of eight.
The Leongatha Twilight branch has
the support of the Gippsland Hills
branches of the Country Women's As-
sociation, who not only come along to
take part, but also offer their exper-
It is a great evening, a light supper
is provided and you will get to take
home your scones and a baby succu-
RIGHT: Lynn Missen demonstrat-
ing how to spin wool.
Speed dating for craft
THE South Gippsland Action Group recently
held its inaugural meeting at Leongatha RSL.
Members of the steering committee welcomed
those attending and gave an outline of the
group's activities, purpose and desire to work
with the new South Gippsland Shire Council.
Former Mayor, David Lewis, was then invited
Mr Lewis spoke of his 12 years as council-
lor and former mayor outlining the experiences
and frustrations he encountered.
In his view the culture of council should
change from one of “spending” to one of “sav-
He said council should stick to the basics and
questioned council's involvement in services
and activities which are, or could be, provided
He also mentioned the high salaries council
Mr Lewis was able to advise SGAG in a num-
ber of areas and offered his support and en-
couragement to the group.
The meeting was then opened for questions,
comments and issues, with most of those pres-
ent having input.
Mr Lewis then conducted the election of office
bearers with the results as follows: Steve Fin-
lay was elected president, Otto Ippel is the vice
president, Lindsay Love the secretary and Gus
SGAG will hold monthly meetings and wel-
comes enquiries from the community at sgac-
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0413 966 603.
The South Gippsland Action Group’s office bearers, from left, Lindsay Love, Gus Blaauw,
Steve Finlay and Otto Ippel.
Time for action
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