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COLIN Willmott’s farm had been in the
family for 80 years when he sold it two
Initially he ran the property as a dairy
farm and in the latter years for cattle,
however his deteriorating vision pushed
him to finally make the decision to sell.
“Moving from the farm was hard to do,
but you get to that stage in your life. ”
“We have four daughters and they all
went their different ways, two of them are
still farming and I wanted one of them to
take it on but she’s married and her farm
has her going 100 miles an hour.
“A business man bought it in the end.
He’s doing well and I’m always welcome
Having lived on the land all his life,
Colin and his wife Pam were determined
that their new home would have a sense
They settled on an acre block in Won-
thaggi and, being a keen gardener, Colin
quickly turned his attention to the outdoor
“The house we bought had a reasonable
garden on it, but we increased the size of
the native garden.
“I put in raised garden beds and my
grandson built a large greenhouse. The
main thing I wanted was a water feature
outside the kitchen. ”
Although macular degeneration has sto -
len much of Colin’s sight, he had sufficient
peripheral vision to plan the feature then
called on a friend to help with excavation
“I got a spray can out on the lawn and
marked up a reasonably large pond area
with a garden around it.
“Now we’ve got a pond that measures
20m x 10m with a rockery planted out
with native trees, ferns, bananas and air
plants – things that are a bit different.
“We’ve added small sculptures of emus,
kangaroos and koalas; and my brother-in-
law has built me a table and chairs out of
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of spending
Keen to allow others to enjoy their
beautiful garden, Colin and Pam recently
opened the garden for a Lions Club of
Wonthaggi fundraiser, with raised funds
going to macular degeneration research.
A committed participant in the local
community, in addition to his Lions Club
activities, Colin is a member of the local
orchid club and still attends meetings at
the Glen Alvie Community Centre which
he has done since 1972.
Pam said Colin’s low vision has not
stopped him from getting on with life.
“I help Colin with his pills and reading the
mail, and our children and grandchildren
help out with the garden when they can.
“But Colin’s very determined and insists
on doing everything he can himself.
“I watched him the other day. He was go-
ing fishing and he was sitting at the table,
threading a hook.
“He couldn’t see it but eventually he got
the line through. ”
A keen fisher, Colin said while giving up
his boat was one of the hardest things he
has had to do, at least he’s still able to go
fishing with his mates.
“People say to me you’re legally blind –
and I am but I can still get around without
a stick to guide me.
“I feel there are a lot of people far worse
off than me. ”
Pam and Colin Willmott in their Wonthaggi garden.
Ex-farmer’s garden a vision
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is seeking
community feedback on the Draft Domestic Ani-
mal Management Plan 2017-2021 after it was en-
dorsed at its meeting last week.
The plan reflects what the council does and in-
tends to do in relation to animal management and
explores ways to improve current practices and
Some of the intentions within the plan include
• introduce an online animal registration appli-
cation system for new registrations
• investigate the introduction of a ‘leash order’ to
reduce the incidence of wandering dogs
• provide advice and guidance to dog owners re-
garding restricted breed dogs and dangerous dogs
• expand the council’s cat trapping program to
reduce feral and stray cat numbers
• provide Domestic Animal Businesses with ed-
ucation material to ensure they are kept informed
of all new developments and changes to legislation
that may affect the operation of their business
• undertake a review of pound service to deter-
mine the direction of the council’s pound service
post June 30, 2018.
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Manager Regu-
latory Services Matthew Patterson welcomed feed-
back from the community on the plan.
“There are currently 5559 registered dogs and
1419 registered cats in South Gippsland.
“The Draft Domestic Annual Management Plan
not only ensures compliance with registration but
includes educational and preventative programs.
“We encourage everyone to have a read of the
draft plan and let us know if they have any further
suggestions or feedback,” Mr Patterson said.
The draft plan is open for public comment until
Wednesday, June 28.
Copies of the plan are available on the council’s
website, council offices and at libraries across
Submissions can be made to council@southgi-
ppsland.vic.gov.au or in writing to Regulatory Ser-
vices, Private Bag 4, Leongatha 3953.
STUDENTS studying VCAL at ECG College
Leongatha have shown their creative side trans-
forming old wooden pallets into rustic planter
stands complete with home grown seedlings
The students have been learning skills with a
range of hand and power tools this term as part
of their work-related skills unit of study.
They have also been learning how to propa-
gate plants and undertake landscaping.
ECG College, Head of School, Jamie Rob-
ertson, said some of the students had themed
their planters stand to create gifts in time for
“The work-related skills unit in VCAL is a
great way for students to get involved in hands
on projects. They learn a range of skills work-
ing with tools, wood and various materials.”
He said the VCAL program at ECG College
at Leongatha had a focus on providing real life
learning to build industry pathways and work-
“Students still learn core literacy and nu-
meracy as part of their VCAL study as well as
“They are encouraged to develop and run ac-
tivities and set up small businesses to develop
skills in planning, organising, team work, and
“This year students are running a small busi-
nesses making and selling homemade body
scrubs and a recycled sculpture business mak-
ing trophy boards out of old bicycle seats and
ECG College is a registered independent sec-
ondary college established to provide an option
for students to complete their senior secondary
ECG College is located at Community College
Gippsland’s Howard Street Leongatha campus.
For more information on EGC College’s VCAL
program phone 03 5622 6000 or visit http://
ECG College VCAL students have built planter stands from old wooden pallets. From left
are Ethan Benzon-Ryan, Sophie Hicks, Matt Bull and trainer Yvonne Clothier.
From pallets to planters
Feedback sought for
pet management plan
BOYS love their toys and men are no different
Men’s Sheds are always looking for new tools
and equipment to add to their collections.
Round 15 of the National Shed Development
Program is now open for applications until July
7 for grants of up to $10,000.
These organisations play an important role in
our community, keeping men active and provid-
ing an outlet where they can use their skills while
socialising with other like-minded individuals.
Men’s Sheds help to reduce social isolation
and mental health problems, particularly for
older men and men who may not have a large
The Federal Government has committed
$800,000 in 2017-18 to allow Men’s Shed
groups to apply for funding to support a range
of items and services.
Flinders MP Greg Hunt said the Federal fund-
ing will enable groups to maintain their shed,
buy new tools or equipment, engage in training
or start new projects.
“This is great news for the sheds and the men
who use them and I hope local groups will put
in their applications.”
All Men’s Sheds are eligible to apply for fund-
ing under the National Shed Development Pro-
gram, with priority given to sheds in disadvan-
Applications close July 7 and can be made
Funding available for local Men’s Sheds
Gardening and Produce
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