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Leongatha RSL nets vet grant
THE two-year trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting
on Snake Island commences on Monday, Febru-
ary 6 with a total of eight hunters permitted on the
island for five days.
The ballot and hunting periods will be strictly
regulated by the Game Management Authority
(GMA) and Parks Victoria.
Snake Island is situated within Corner Inlet and
is part of the Nooramunga Marine and Coastal
Park. Access to the island is by boat and is tide de-
pendent with the closest boat ramp at Port Welsh-
Current estimates of Hog Deer numbers on the
island are about 500 individuals. Since the an-
nouncement of the two-year trial by the Minister
for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily
D’Ambrosio, in August 2016, the GMA and Parks
Victoria have consulted with key user groups in-
cluding the Snake Island Cattleman’s Association,
Licenced Tour Operators, school groups, the Aus-
tralian Deer Association and Sporting Shooters’
Association of Australia.
The focus of the trial is on providing quality
hunting opportunities in a safe and controlled way
that coexists with current land use and visitors to
The Australian Deer Association conducted a
hunter education weekend at Port Welshpool on
January 21 and 22, 2017, and each hunter will
undertake a mandatory briefing by Parks Victoria
and the GMA prior to their hunting period.
There will be a total of seven hunt periods held
between February and May this year, scheduled
during the week days to avoid weekends and pub-
Each hunt period begins on Monday at 8am and
finishes on Friday at midday. Hunting is not per-
mitted at night. A hunter information package and
fact sheet for the program has been developed and
can be accessed from the Parks Victoria and GMA
This includes a map outlining the hunting exclu-
sion zones on the island. The ballot for the pro-
gram has been conducted by the Blond Bay Hog
Deer Advisory Group and the successful hunters
have been notified.
Gerard Delaney, Parks Victoria’s Area Chief
Ranger for South Gippsland and Bass has praised
the various groups involved.
“Parks Victoria has been extremely happy with
the professionalism of our stakeholders in dis-
cussing the detail of this program and thank them
for their time,” he said.
“We will be reviewing the program after the com-
pletion of the 2017 hunt and again in 2018 follow-
ing the completion of the trial, and will continue to
consult with the various user groups.”
Simon Toop, Director, Game Management Au-
thority reinforced the hunters’ responsibilities.
“Hunters will be well briefed on their responsi-
bilities and obligations, with a particular emphasis
on safety. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
for the selected hunters to enjoy free-ranging Hog
Deer hunting, and they will be wanting to make
the most of the experience and do the right thing,”
Thanks for telling us what you think will
‘Help shape a better Bass Coast’
Throughout January we engaged and listened to you through:
• Weekly advertisements in local newspapers
• 2,651 website page views
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• 10,880 Twitter impressions
• 855 Instagram impressions
• 3,000+ emails sent
• Over 850 surveys completed (online and paper)
• 6 radio show features on 3mFM and online
• Live Q&A Session on Facebook - 16 Jan
• 820+ conversations at 18 events across the Shire
So what happens next?
All your feedback will be collated and a draft Council Plan will be written.
We’ll then be looking for your feedback on the draft Plan in March/April so watch
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Snake Island deer
hunting trial begins
Parks Victoria is offering a total of seven
hunt periods on Snake Island between Feb-
ruary 6 and a date in May this year.
HUNDREDS of new foster carers are urgently
needed to care for vulnerable Victorian children
who cannot live at home.
Despite increasing numbers of children requir-
ing care, the total number of carers has declined
and is putting huge pressure on existing carers
and the system.
• Every year for the last five years total number
of foster carers in Victoria has declined
• Every night there are nearly 9000 children
requiring out-of-home care in Victoria.
• Nearly half of all children coming into care
are under five years old.
Berry Street is one of Victoria’s largest foster
care agencies and has launched a new campaign
urgently calling on all Victorians to consider
whether they could open their door to a child in
An icon from many Australian childhoods,
long-time Play School presenter, actor and chil-
dren’s welfare advocate, Noni Hazlehurst AM, fea-
tures as the voice of the campaign.
CEO Sandie de Wolf AM urges anyone who
thinks they might be able to provide care for a
child in need to get in touch.
“If you care about kids, have a safe home to of-
fer them and love to give, we urge you to consider
fostering,” Ms de Wolf said.
“All of the children have been removed because
of abuse and neglect or because they can’t be
cared for by their parents. Having an adult that
looks after them, and cares about them is what
they need the most.
“Our carers represent the diversity of our com-
munity. We have carers who are couples, single,
in same-sex relationships, working fulltime, rent-
ing, of all ages, religions and ethnicities, living in
remote country areas, inner city apartments and
everything in between.
“Helping children recover from traumatic early
life experiences is one of the best ways you can
contribute to making our community a better
place, and it’s a hugely rewarding role. Every
child deserves a good childhood.
“Foster caring doesn’t have to be a full-time on-
going commitment. We urgently need respite car-
ers who can give other carers a much need break
as little as one weekend a month, and many chil-
dren are only in care temporarily because they
are able to go home again after a period in care.
“You don’t need any particular parenting expe-
rience to be a carer. Berry Street has been pro-
tecting children for 140 years, so we have a lot
of experience supporting carers and will provide
training and support.
“We take a team approach and provide dedi-
cated on-call assistance, so you’re never really on
Ms Hazlehurst said she was pleased to have
been able to contribute to the campaign.
“If you care about children and can offer a safe
and nurturing home, please consider becoming a
foster carer,” she said.
“Your help is urgently needed, because all chil-
dren deserve a good childhood and a safe home.
You can literally change a child’s life for the better
by becoming a foster carer.”
To find out more information about fostering a
child in need visit www.berrystreet.org.au or the
Fostering Connections website.
Foster carers urgently needed
A GOVERNMENT grant confirmed last week
will support veterans and their families and ben-
efit the entire Leongatha community.
McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said the Leon-
gatha RSL would receive $35,744.55 towards the
purchase of a new vehicle for transporting veter-
ans to commemorative and social functions un-
der the Federal Government’s Veteran and Com-
munity Grants program.
“We honour the service and sacrifice of the men
and women who serve in defence of our country
in many ways and this grant program to help
improve the quality of life for veterans and their
families is an important one,” Mr Broadbent said.
“I congratulate Leongatha RSL on securing the
grant funding, which will go towards a valuable
local project, and I thank them for their invalu-
able commitment to improving the lives of our
veterans and their families.
“The benefits of this Veteran and Community
Grants funding will also flow on to our local com-
Mr Broadbent said local ex-service and com-
munity organisations, veteran groups and private
organisations were eligible to apply for funding
for projects that contribute to the health and wel-
fare of the veteran community through the DVA
Veteran and Community Grants program.
For more information about the Veteran and
Community Grants program or to apply, visit
the DVA website www.dva.gov.au/consultation-
andgrants/grants or contact your nearest DVA of-
fice on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional
TOM Burchell celebrated his 80th birthday
at Moos in Meeniyan on Thursday, February
2 with a close group of friends including fam-
ily, past work colleagues and South Gippsland
Gliding Club Members – with guests aging
from eight to 95!
Tom was born in 1937 at Leongatha Hos-
pital and spent his early years growing up
in Boorool before moving into the Leongatha
township with his parents Arch and Ilma and
younger brother Norm.
Tom went to Leongatha High School, played
trumpet in the Woorayl Brass Band for several
years and played in a local dance band called
Tom served his plumbing apprenticeship
with Blackley Brothers in Leongatha from
1952 and worked with them for 20 years.
Eventually Tom and Bruce Thomas bought
the business which was well known for years
as Burchell & Thomas, and then Burchell &
Wellard Plumbing. Many locals will remember
Tom for his heating and plumbing expertise!
Amongst Tom’s many community activities
and hobbies throughout his lifetime, he spent
over 25 years involved in the South Gippsland
One of the original members from the first
meeting of the club, Tom went on to become
a certified aircraft maintenance technician; al-
lowing him to carry out general maintenance
and repairs on the club’s gliders and sail-
Restoring Vintage Peugeots has also been a
lifetime interest for Tom, one he continues to-
day as a Peugeot Car Club member, along with
several outings and car pageants conducted
by the club.
Tom celebrates 80
Tom Burchell cutting his 80th birthday cake with daughter Jenni and son John.
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