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Shop 1, Compass Arcade
16 McCartin Street,
Leongatha | 5662 3601
Leongatha Travel and Cruise has been in
business under family ownership and
managed by Jill Carmody for
over 25 years.
During this time the agency has won
numerous awards for excellence in sales
and service specializing in group tours
with renowned companies.
You can travel
when you plan
and book your
trip with the
is our business
THE Southern Business
Women Network hosted
its monthly dinner at The
Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club
recently featuring guest
speakers Dr Natalie Shepa-
rd and Sandra Martin who
run a business named ‘Wild,
Wacky and Wonderful Wom-
They spoke on ‘Cross
giving insights on how to
manage, sell to and commu-
nicate with people from mul-
“In business we can deal
with up to five generations
on any day, so it is essential
to understand and develop
skills in how to best com-
municate with each genera-
tion to get the results that
After enjoying a sumptu-
ous meal, women on the
night discovered what best
motivates each generation,
how to build rapport easily
with the varying generations
an explore how easily you
can establish long and last-
ing relationships based on
trust, with each generation.
Check out www.sbwn.com.
au for upcoming events.
Guest speakers Sandra Martin, left, and Dr Natalie Shepard, centre with Dana Hughes,
president of the Southern Business Women’s Network.
Talking about each generation
THREE beers won Mirboo North’s Grand
Ridge Brewery four medals against the best
beers in the world at the prestigious 2018 Aus-
tralian International Beer Awards.
Grand Ridge’s winners were their Cinnamon
Red Ale, Winter Warmer and Supershine.
After 29 years of brewing this brings the medal
tally for Grand Ridge to more than 270 for both
National and International awards.
“This year was an enormous win with 2178
entries from 359 breweries from all over the
world,” Grand Ridge owner Eric Walters said.
“It is hugely rewarding to be recognised in
this way from brewers all over the world against
such well-regarded competition.
“We are delighted with the wins, as it really
confirms that all the hard work is paying off and
our products really are of an internationally top
This was the 26th year of the AIBA, the largest
annual beer competition in the world conducted
by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.
Customers looking to purchase the award-
winning products are encouraged to visit the
brewery at 1 Baromi Road, or drop into their
local retailer, or via www.grand-ridge.com.au for
LEONGATHA Travel and Cruise, now in its
26th year, is a family owned agency built on pro-
fessional customer service.
The branding of the business may have changed
in that time, but the philosophy has remained
Leongatha Travel and Cruise provides the com-
plete travel service, whether it’s domestic or in-
ternational independent holidays, packaged holi-
days, coach touring, ocean or river cruising.
“We specialise in group departures as well,”
owner/manager Jill Carmody said.
The business has won multiple awards over the
years in recognition of service to clients and sup-
port for suppliers.
“We’re always grateful to hear feedback from
clients after their holidays.
“The best recognition is repeat clientele.”
Jill said many clients have been part of more
than one group departure.
Leongatha Travel and Cruise has taken South
Gippslanders on group tours of Canada’s east
and west, to Turkey and Greece, Israel, river
cruises to Prague to Paris, from Paris to Monte
Carlo. Italy (twice), Scandinavia and to European
A group took The Ghan to the Top End in 2016,
and later this year, local people will travel from
Australia’s east coast to the west on the Indian
Also coming up is Majestic Britain. Bookings
have closed on this top seller that, as a coinci-
dence, will have its last stop at Windsor.
“Everyone’s very excited particularly with all
the hype about the Royal wedding,” Jill said.
“But we planned this itinerary 18 months ago!”
There are numerous online traps for prospec-
tive holiday makers. To make sure you get the
holiday of your dreams, without the risk, it’s best
to stick with trusted experts.
“Technology has been a wonderful asset to the
industry,” Jill said.
“Online booking allows us to find last seats
available, last rooms or cabins available, etc, and
we can do all of that.
“Being an accredited agency has its benefits
because we have to meet the criteria set by the
Australian Federation of Travel Agents.
“We are sound financially, and abide by the Code
of Ethics to deliver our service and knowledge.”
Contact the professional and friendly staff for
an appointment. Phone 5662 3601.
The team at Leongatha Travel & Cruise, from left, Simone Bruns, Jill Carmody, Caitlin
Burge and Vanessa Roberts.
Customer service the key
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