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SOUTH Gippsland Mayor Cr Ray Argento
set the scene for a promising time ahead for
Korumburra businesses when he sent a mes-
sage, in his absence, to the annual meeting
of the Korumburra Business Association last
“The next couple of years will see significant
investment in the Korumburra business district
and we trust you will work with us in achieving
some great outcomes for Korumburra.”
The sentiments were well received and while
Cr Argento was unable to attend due to a prior
engagement, four other councillors were at the
AGM; Crs Andrew McEwen, Lorraine Brunt,
Maxine Kiel and Meg Edwards along with local
MP Danny O'Brien.
Following the presentation of last year’s min-
utes by secretary Shirley Arestia, president
Noelene Cosson got the show on the road with
her president’s report for the past 12 months,
praising the efforts of Mrs Arestia, her treasur-
er Trudi Mantell and vice president Brian Hess
“One of the things we have been focusing on
in the past year is how we can maximise the
benefits of tourism for Korumburra and we’re
now in the process of becoming an official RV
Friendly Town,” Mrs Cosson said.
“This will provide us with, among other
things, an opportunity to have an article in their
magazine to their 65,000 members.
“We’ve been very active on Facebook, we’ve
had an article in the Burra Flyer and we’re us-
ing the vacant shops to promote Coal Creek
and Korumburra in general to help add vibran-
cy to the commercial area.
“One of the achievements in the year has been
the development of a partnership with Prom
Country Regional Tourism, providing benefits
to members and also a higher profile for Ko -
rumburra in tourism publications and on line.
“During the year we fought the decision to
close the NAB bank, unfortunately to no avail,
but some of those services are still available at
the post office.
“We also opposed the closure of the visitor
information centre at Coal Creek and this has
been delayed until the council has alternative
arrangements in place.
“We decorated the town pre-Christmas and
we’re now looking at ways to decorate again,
despite not being successful in our application
for a grant for a Christmas tree.
“We have been successful in expanding our
membership to 67 this year (up from 52 with
growth a major goal starting the year).”
Mrs Cosson later encouraged as many local
business people as possible to join the business
The media was also praised for its support of
the KBA, including the local newspapers, radio
and WIN TV.
The announcement that Michaels IGA is pre-
pared to invest $12 million in a new supermar-
ket, the development of the streetscape plan,
the redevelopment of the railway precinct and
the arrival of several new businesses in the
town all makes for an extremely bright future
for Korumburra, she said.
Election of officer bearers
All positions were declared vacant and Cr
Lorraine Brunt took the chair for the election
of officer bearers and committee members.
There were nominations for all positions and
a steady-as -she-goes outcome.
Cr Brunt thanked the KBA committee as
"wonderful stalwarts of the community" and a
positive force for the town.
She also congratulated the KBA for the won-
derful pictures of the town it is putting out on
social media, the work of Shirley Arestia.
Cr Brunt made some general remarks about
the sale of the council land for the establish-
ment of a new supermarket and the challenge
of finding temporary and then permanent
homes for existing services.
"I'm sure that the opportunity to sell the land
for the supermarket development will start the
dominos moving in Korumburra’s favour and
will be the start of many good things for the
town," she said.
Elected were the following: president No-
elene Cosson, secretary Shirley Arestia, vice
president Brian Hess, treasurer Trudy Man-
tell, members of committee, Adrian and Kelly
Hughes, and Kate McDowell-Murphy.
"Thanks for your faith in us and I have really
enjoyed being the spokesperson for the business
people of Korumburra over the past year, which
I never thought I would be able to say,” Mrs Cos-
son said in accepting a second year at the helm.
“I've really enjoyed developing our relation-
ship with council and I've also met with Danny
O'Brien and realise it's most important that we
develop those partnerships.
“We haven't come back to you yet Danny but I
would anticipate doing that in the future.
“I would like to encourage people to become
financial members; $50 isn't a lot or $100 for
the full membership (including PCRT). It's re-
ally positive out there and we really need you to
be supporting the business association by be-
ing a member.
“You don't have to do anything. You can be
anonymous in that sense but having the num-
bers is really good for us.”
Mrs Cosson spoke about increased promo-
tion of the town.
“The Gippsland lifestyle magazine, coming
out in September, will have 40 to 50 pages on
Korumburra which will be really great. That
will be current for three months and available
for 12 months because it will be on the tables at
cafes right through Gippsland from Mallacoota
right through. So that should be really good.”
Mrs Cosson also noted some things coming
up including a ‘Facebook for Business’ day be-
ing offered by Milpara Community House on
Monday, September 4 for $25.
She also encouraged everyone to get the
shire newsletter 'In The Know' and spread that
around, “it's really good”.
“The shire does a lot of really good things but
maybe not a lot of people know about it. But
now that there is quite a lot coming up for Ko-
rumburra, we need to stay abreast of consulta-
tion sessions etc over the next few years. It's a
really good initiative,” Mrs Cosson said.
Dental Disease in Senior Pets
Dental disease is the most common illness in
dogs and cats. Research has shown up to 80%
of dogs and 70% of cats show some signs of
dental disease. These signs include bad breath,
red swollen gums (gingivitis), tartar on teeth,
pawing or rubbing at the mouth, difficulty eating
or excessive dribbling or loose teeth.
Unlike humans, pets can’t brush their teeth
daily. Over the years, plaque builds up and
eventually becomes a hard yellow/brown cover-
ing known as tartar over the teeth. In the wild,
animals would consume the bones of their prey
providing the abrasive motions required to
clean the teeth. In domesticated pets, we can
provide raw chicken wings or necks for cats and
small dogs; while raw shin, shank and rib bones
are suitable for larger dogs. Most butchers will
cut the bones to the required size. Never feed
cooked bones or chicken drumsticks as they
can splinter and cause problems to the gastro-
intestinal tract. Unfortunately bones may not be
suitable for all dogs, particularly if they have a
A good quality dry food not only provides the
nutritional requirements for your pet but it can
also assist in cleaning the teeth, as can com-
mercial dental specific treats. Formulated den-
tal specific diets are specifically designed to
help clean the tooth surface as the animal eats.
These also reduce the risk of tooth fractures that
can be seen with bone chewing.
Unfortunately once the tartar is present on
the teeth, it usually requires manual removal
using ultrasonic scaling. This process is simi-
lar to what you would experience in the dental
chair however pets generally won’t sit still with
their mouth open long enough to allow this to
occur. Therefore a dental scale for your pet will
require a general anaesthetic. For older patients
we may recommend a pre-anaesthetic blood
screen to assess organ function prior to anaes-
thesia. Use of intravenous fluids during the pro-
cedure assist in flushing the anaesthetic drugs
out of their system and improves anaesthetic
safety for your pet.
At the Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Phillip Island
Vet Clinics, we are committed to providing the
best possible health care for your senior ani-
mals. We have established a Senior Pet Club,
for regular check ups for our senior pets.
Membership of the Seniors Pet Club includes
regular blood and urine monitoring, 6 monthly
vet checks and 3 monthly nurse checks to pro-
vide the best monitoring, health care and early
intervention for your older pet. These can be
incorporated in with their annual vaccination.
Drop into one of our clinics to discuss the Se-
nior Pet Club for your senior pet.
We are holding our 4th Annual Senior Pet
Club Seminar on Monday, September 4, 2017
at the Wonthaggi Centennial Centre Meeting
Room from 6.30pm.
The Seminar is open for clients of the clinic
with senior pets and an interest in maintaining
their quality of life with early disease interven-
tion. The topic of this year’s seminar is dental
disease in senior pets.
If you are interested in attending the seminar,
please RSVP at any of our clinics by Monday,
August 28, 2017 as numbers are limited.
SENIOR PET CLUB SEMINAR NIGHT
Monday, September 4
Centre Meeting Room
1 Bent Street, Wonthaggi
Light refreshments will be provided
RSVP by Monday, August 28 at any of
our clinics or call Wonthaggi clinic 5672 1044.
Topics: Dental disease in senior pets: • What is dental disease?
• Anaesthesia in the senior patient
• Management of dental disease prevention
A town back in business
It was all smiles at the Korumburra Business Association AGM last Wednesday night with
such a positive outlook for the town. Chatting after their re-election are office bearers; presi-
dent Noelene Cosson, secretary Shirley Arestia, vice president Brian Hess and treasurer
Trudi Mantell with special guest, Gippsland South MP Danny O’Brien. m013417
Members of the committee of the Korum-
burra Business Association for the next 12
months are from left, back, Brian Hess (VP),
with local MP Danny O’Brien and Cr Andrew
McEwen, Kelly Hughes and Cr Lorraine Brunt
with Kate McDowell-Murphy, front, Shirley
Arestia secretary, Noelene Cosson president
and Trudi Mantell treasurer. M023417
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