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IN A quiet Wonthaggi street lives a world fa-
mous man and his lovely wife Susan.
According to everybody in the woodturning
world Guilio Marcolongo is a truly accom-
plished and entertaining demonstrator.
Paul Brinkley, who describes himself as a
woodturning tragic, has worked alongside
Guilio at symposiums held all around Austra-
“At our last Turnfest event held at SeaWorld
Resort in Queensland, Guilio was by far the
most popular demonstrator,” said Paul.
“He loves teaching and passing on his skills.”
Guilio has been to America 11 times and is
heading back there this year.
“I am going to Washington, Utah, San Fran-
cisco, Sacramento, San Diego and LA.
“On the way home I am dropping into Hono-
lulu where they want me to do a couple of work-
shops,” he said.
“The American people are polite and gracious
and very patriotic. They love wood. It is a true
art form for them.”
There are Youtube clips of Guilio’s demon-
strations and lots of information about him on-
line. They are really worth checking out.
He first got into woodturning after buying a
lathe in Mitre 10. He wanted to spend more
time with Susan so they did the markets to-
gether selling his creations.
He started doing woodturning in 1995 and by
1997 he was already teaching in America.
Very few people have reached the standard he
“You can succeed if you really want to do
something,” he said encouragingly.
“It gives people a reason to get up in the
morning and it’s great to get out and meet peo -
ple who share the same interest.
“I started 20 years ago and I wish I had start-
ed earlier,” he said. “Don’t wait too long to do
what it is you want to do.”
His wood creations are stunning and so var-
ied. There is even a turned cowboy hat and a
beautiful piece that he cheekily says is magnetic
wood. He has actually imbedded magnets in it
somehow and it is a lot of fun.
He came across the idea when he put magnets
onto his lathe to attach his tools to.
“An idea can turn into something different
and some of the best things in the world start
out as mistakes,” he said.
SOUTH GIPPSLAND WEATHER
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Tuesday January 10
Wednesday January 11
Thursday January 12
Friday January 13
Saturday January 14
Sunday January 15
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WELCOME to 2017! As we close the door
on 2016, another year of anticipation rolls
forward and my wish for the New Year is
that our dairy farmers will not have to en-
dure another year of low prices and the sea-
sons will become favourable ensuring our
local businesses remain vibrant; that our
volunteer fire fighters - although prepared
will not have to face any major fires or in-
cidents during our summer; and that our
communities will meet the challenges that
may be ahead.
Whilst the new South Gippsland Shire
Council will be working towards meeting
our community’s expectations, our Custom-
er Service team in reception is always only
too happy to help.
It’s the team that community members
deal with most frequently.
The Customer Service team works with
other council officers to provide relevant
and timely information to the community.
The team consists of two full-time mem-
bers, two part-timers and a trainee.
There are also six casual staff who can
be called on to work at the Leongatha Cus-
tomer Service centre, Coal Creek, the Visi-
tor Information Centres in Korumburra and
Foster or at the caravan parks at Yanakie
and Long Jetty.
On average about 450 visitors call in to the
Customer Service centre in Leongatha every
The team also receives about 1500 phone
calls a week. Together that’s almost 400 cus-
tomer interactions a day, which is about one
every 75 seconds between 8.30am and 5pm.
And that’s the average!
At peak times the number of calls across a
month can peak at around 10,000 . Amazing.
The areas that Customer Service deals
with on a day-to-day basis includes rates,
animals, planning and building.
It also processes many of the financial
transactions that come through council. For
example, in the first week of December the
team processed more than 350 transactions
for payments worth almost a quarter of a
Many people phone council when they sim-
ply don’t know who else to ask. Apparently
some of the more interesting calls the team
have taken include one about a live cockatoo
stuck in the grille of a car and another from
a customer asking what they should do with
a fitted sheet that did not fit their bed.
Council offers many services, but I don’t
think that fitted sheet stretching is one of
Someone who I know would be more than
happy to help is my colleague, Cr Meg Ed-
wards, who seems to connect with everyone
Cr Meg Edwards: “My vision for South
Gippsland is one where our communities
are brimming with opportunities for every-
body. We have a rich history of industrious,
innovative and productive farmers who have
carved both the foundations of our region
and continue to be the backbone of our
“Before starting a family and working with
my partner, Carl Talbot, in our building and
farming businesses, I was an agri and busi-
ness banker for 10 years.
“My postgraduate studies in business
provided theory, but growing up milking
cows and playing sport, like many South
Gippslanders, is what shaped my work ethic
“Encouraging a culture of entrepreneur-
ialism both within council itself and our
broader community, advocating for small
business (including agriculture), communi-
ty strengthening and the arts, balancing the
use of our public facilities so that all users
can enjoy them as safely as possible, con-
tinuing to improve on the council’s sound fi-
nancial management and the environmental
practices, consulting on decisions as much
as possible are some of my personal key pri-
orities. I welcome you to contact me. ”
By Cr Ray Argento
South Gippsland Shire Council
Guilio Marcolongo: Master woodturner
Guilio Marcolongo with his exquisite works of art. A040217
By Anne Tindall
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