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FREE FROM THE HOME OF YOUR LOCAL TRUSTED BRANDS EAST GIPPSLAND’S LARGEST CIRCULATING NEWSPAPER | EDITION 25 Next Edition: July 26 Go deep with Sailors Grave Immerse yourself on quality beer, mouth-watering food, smooth music and eye-catching art at Sailors Grave Brewery's Deep in the Weeds event. More page 6. TO&FRODamo with Epilepsy OP SHOP OPENS Page 4-5 Page 18-19 Twin Rivers Bream Classic Page 3 SATURDAY, JULY 20 5PM-MIDNIGHT | THE MARLO HOTEL, ARGYLE PDE, MARLO | BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW VIA EGWINTERFEST.COM.AU FEATURING LIVE MUSIC BY WATTY THOMPSON AND HIS TOTAL FIRE BAND SUPPORTED BY A LINEUP OF AMAZING ARTISTS. FEATURING WILD PIE BY JO BARRETT, THE AGE GOOD FOOD GUIDE CHEF OF THE YEAR 2023

2 East Gippsland News Weekend | July 2024 Hotham to host Australia’s first Freeride World Tour event Hotham Alpine Resort, Australia's premier powder capital, is set to make history as the first Australian ski resort to host Freeride World Tour events, featuring both qualifier and junior competitions for ski and snowboard. Scheduled for Saturday, August 3, these groundbreaking events will take place in Hotham's iconic Peach Bowl, nestled within the Heavenly Valley terrain area. "We are thrilled to bring the Freeride World Tour to Australia," Tina Burford, Hotham's vice president and general manager, said. "This event is a perfect opportunity to showcase our resort and its' amazing terrain. It also provides a valuable platform for Australia's freeride skiers and riders to earn important FWT points without leaving the country." "Freeride contests are about celebrating terrain features in their natural form, there's a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom – best run down wins," Benjamin Calmel, head of sports development at Freeride World Tour, said. "It's the ultimate expression of all that is fun and liberating about sliding on snow in wintertime and we can't wait to see the best freeriders in Australasia take on Hotham's legendary runs." Recognised as Australia's premier freeriding destination with its natural half-pipes, gullies, bowls, and cliffs, Hotham is an ideal location for the Freeride World Tour. The resort's unique terrain offers an exceptional venue for both competitors and spectators. The hosted competitions will include a onestar Freeride World Tour Qualifier for both open ski and snowboard categories, as well as a one-star Freeride World Tour Junior event for both disciplines. The event marks a significant milestone for the Freeride World Tour, especially following the recent recognition of Freeride Skiing and Snowboarding by the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS). This recognition is a pivotal step in the global development of the sport, enhancing athlete support and paving the way for potential inclusion in future Winter Olympic Games. Since its introduction in 2008, the Freeride World Tour has captivated the imaginations of freeride skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies alike. This aweinspiring tour showcases the most legendary and challenging alpine faces at renowned ski resorts across the world, providing a platform for the world's top skiers and snowboarders to showcase their skills and push the boundaries of what is possible in freeride sports. 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3 July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend Excitement builds for the 2024 Twin Rivers Bream Classic The eagerly anticipated 2024 Twin Rivers Bream Classic is set to reel in fishing enthusiasts from across Victoria on the weekend of July 19 to 21 in the picturesque East Gippsland. This annual family-friendly fishing competition draws approximately 700 locals and visitors who compete in the search for the longest bream in the rivers and lakes. Participants of all ages can look forward to an exciting weekend with incredible prizes up for grabs. Lucky anglers who pull in a large fish have the chance to win items such as Hobie Kayaks, Duff Rods, and Kings Camping Gear plus weekend getaways in the region. Additionally, every junior entrant is guaranteed a prize donated by Bass Strait Bait and Tackle, ensuring smiles all around. This year's competition is even more thrilling with the addition of two golden tagged bream worth $5000, organised by the Victorian Fishing Authority. This fantastic incentive adds another layer of excitement, offering entrants a lucrative opportunity to win big. Even if luck isn't on their side, ticket holders attending the Sunday 21 Major Prize Draw will be thrilled by the four major prizes on offer: 1. First prize: $25,000 Aquamaster boat package 2. Second prize: $3000 Waterfront week stay in Paynesville 3. Third prize: $1500 Off Shore Fishing Charter 4. Fourth prize: $550 two-night stay Waterfront Accommodation "The Twin Rivers Bream Classic is more than just a fishing competition; it's a celebration of community spirit and the natural beauty of East Gippsland," said the event organisers. "This weekend is a much-loved social event for many participants, some of whom have been attending and competing for over 25 years. "We are thrilled to welcome participants and their families for a weekend of fun, camaraderie, and, of course, fantastic fishing." The event not only promises competitive angling but also highlights the vibrant local culture and supports regional businesses, making it a win-win for all involved. For more information on the event and to register, please visit www.twinrivers.com.au. The Twin Rivers Bream Classic is an annual fishing competition held in East Gippsland, attracting hundreds of participants each year. The event is in its 26th year and has a strong following and community spirit. The competition supports youth fishing and prides itself as being the biggest family fishing competition in Gippsland. OFFICE HOURS Mon to Fri: 9am-5pm Ph: 5152 6533 Shop 2/70 Nicholson St, Bairnsdale www.cooperstravel.com 2024 & 2025 Gippsland Depatures are booking fast! EN20945 Ghan Northbound DEPARTING 1 - 10 OCTOBER 2024 10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS • Fully Escorted Gippsland Departure • Experienced Tour Escorts • Return Coach Transfers from Gippsland region • All Accommodation Gippsland Departures Tasmania Tour DEPARTING SATURDAY 19TH APRIL 2025 • Accommodation for 12 nights • Domestic airfares • Coopers Travel Escort • Return coach transfers from Gippsland • Gordon River Cruise (main deck window seating) includes lunch • Port Arthur Historic Site entry • Josef Chromy Wines, Lunch and Wine Tasting Canada/Alaska • International flights • Return airport transfers from East Gippsland • Coopers Travel Escort • Breakfast Daily • Transportation throughout • Accommodation & touring (as per itinerary). DEPARTING THURSDAY 29TH MAY 2025 12 NIGHTS 30 DAYS ENJOY multiple night stays. SMALL GROUP Gippsland Departure. GET IN QUICK! Final spots remaining.

4 East Gippsland News Weekend | July 2024 The Epilepsy Foundation's ninth Op Shop in Victoria opened yesterday (Thursday, July 11) with an official ribbon cutting ceremony and welcome to the Bairnsdale by Cr Tom Crook, mayor of East Gippsland Shire Council. The large format store is an important part of the foundation's fundraising efforts that contribute to the cost of providing muchneeded services for people with epilepsy and their families throughout the state. "Our Op Shops are an increasingly vital contributor of funds to our operation, as government funding is declining and we need to find new ways to raise funds to remain sustainable. In addition, demand for our services is increasing – we are servicing thousands of people with epilepsy each year, but we know there is still a significant unmet need," Graeme Shears, Epilepsy Foundation chief executive officer, said. "We expect our new Bairnsdale store will be embraced by the community in the same way in which our first large format store in Hastings was, with locals showing their support for the store, and our cause, in full force," retail operations manager, Steve Cassar, said. "We offer a unique type of store that has been warmly welcomed, with amazing donations from the public. Our team and I have heard so many heartfelt stories from our customers about how they, their families, or friends have been affected by epilepsy – hearing these stories is one of many reasons why I do what I do for the organisation. New BAIRNSDALE OP SHOP OPENS, supporting people with epilepsy Epilepsy Foundation retail ops and leasing manager, Steve Cassar, with shop manager, Kylie Boulton. Discover the relaxing retirement lifestyle you deserve Explore retirement living in Trafalgar and Paynesville. • Be part of a community within a community • Enjoy resort living everyday FOR THOSE 55 AND BETTER NEW VILLAGE OPENING IN 2024 91 Coast Avenue, Paynesville STAGE 5 SELLING NOW 2 Flagship Drive, Trafalgar (Enter via Hardy Drive) Paynesville Trafalgar Scan here to learn more 1800 362 673 encoreliving.com.au Images for illustrative purposes only. EL224873 EN22273

5 July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend "Our stores are vibrant community hubs in their respective suburbs where people meet, connect and share their love of thrifting while supporting our cause. We sell a wide range of merchandise including furniture, electrical, homewares, clothing, toys, books, manchester and more. "Also, our home pick-up service across Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and now Gippsland has delighted our donors. We strive to complete pick-ups within 3-5 business days." Epilepsy Foundation Op Shops not only raise funds for services but are a vital part of the organisation's awareness-raising efforts, helping to increase understanding of epilepsy and the importance of services for those with the condition and their families and carers. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition that affects the brain and results in recurring seizures. There are more than 60 types of epilepsy and everyone's experience with seizures is different. More than 260,000 people in Australia have epilepsy, with around 66,400 in Victoria. Epilepsy carries stigma, psychiatric comorbidities and high economic costs. It can impact on a person's education, employment, lifestyle, health, and social and family life. Donations to the Bairnsdale Op Shop can be dropped off at the store or call Darren for a pick-up on 0425 799 415. The store is also seeking volunteers, and opportunities can be found by visiting the website. The new Bairnsdale store is located at 176 Main Street. It is open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. Scan the QR code or visit curtisaustralia.com You’ll find original design jewellery collections, unique Curtis handcrafted solid gold watches and beautiful pen ranges. Your wedding ring Specialis Book in today for a consultation. For a bespoke design for your special day! EN20287

6 East Gippsland News Weekend | July 2024 It's time to entrench yourself in quality beer, five-star food, soul-moving music and a warming atmosphere - in other words, get Deep in the Weeds. Hosted by Sailors Grave Brewery, Deep in the Weeds has become one of East Gippsland Winter Festival's must-attend events and this year's edition will be no different on Saturday, July 20. Deep in the Weeds takes place on the final weekend of the festival at the iconic Marlo Hotel and it has something for everyone. "It's been really fun to push the boundary of what we offer every year with Deep in the Weeds. Music genres and food offerings, building trust with our audience is important so we can take risks and bring new things to excite and delight," Sailors Grave Brewery's Gab Moore said. "We are super excited to announce that Watty Thompson and his Total Fire Band will headline Deep in the Weeds Festival closing the festival with a bang. "As our new Dunetown venue at Marlo is a little way off, we are stoked to be collaborating with the Marlo Hotel, but you will be able to book Dunetown tours on the July 20 and 21. "Dunetown is still a month or so off but tourgoers will get a sense of the scale and scope of the venue and what will be on offer, areas for micro malting, cool ships and wild ferments, lager tanks, etc. There has been a lot of rain lately so make sure you have on appropriate footwear." Watty Thompson and his Total Fire Band provide "a reckoning of contemporary Australian country folk and baroque bush rock 'n' roll" (Post to Wire). Enigmatic powerhouse, Barmah-born Watty Thompson is emerging as a striking and entirely unique performersongwriter in Australia's storytelling tradition. A little bit country, a little bit folk, and 100 per cent heart, Watty's high-energy sets impress upon those in attendance an increasingly rare skill: the ability to lay bare and embrace the highs and lows of everything that makes us human. The Total Fire Band will supported by an amazing lineup of Harry Hook is Real, Fenn Wilson, Olivia Lay and Megan Kennedy. "Watty Thompson and his Total Fire Band have built a huge following with his live acts," Gab said. "Hailing from west Victoria this is their first time in Gippsland. I've had people asking me for a while to book him for Deep in the Weeds. After seeing him last weekend at the Iconic music venue The Tote, I can confirm that it's quite a show with up to 14 and members on stage. "The music is heartfelt, tender and very uniquely Australian. "We also have Fenn Wilson who is also part of Total Fire Band, but an incredible musician in his own right, very reminiscent of Tim Buckley. "Harry Hook is Real has been on my list for some time, so it is great that we could get him for this Deep in the Weeds. Another local talent is Olivia Lay who I'm a big fan of and emerging act Megan Kennedy who people will fall in love with I'm sure." While the music will be enthralling, Saliors Grave exceptional range of unique, artisanal beers will be complemented by culinary brilliance of some of Victoria'a best chefs, including The Age Good Food Guide chef of the year, Jo Barrett. "There will be lots of dark beers being winter. We have brewed a Black IPA especially for the event plus we will be launching a new mid strength called Skipper Mid," Gab said. "We're really thrilled to be one of the first places to have 'Wild Pie' by Jo Barrett, The Age Good Food Guide Chef of the Year 2023, to sample an exclusive taste of Wild Pie - the exciting new pie range from chefs and best mates Jo and Louise Daily (Little Picket - Lorne), Mark La Brooy (Three Blue Ducks) and wild game providore Discovered Wildfoods. "It's more than just seriously good artisan pastry, Wild Pie is driven by a shared passion for sustainably wild-caught ingredients that celebrate Australia while protecting it." Delving into the weeds (03) 5153 9700 294 Main Street, Bairnsdale Open 7 Days Monday-Friday: 9am - 5:30pm Saturday: 9 - 4 Sunday: 10 - 4 Optus dealer Local All your nance needs under one roof. Old fashioned face-to-face service from a local with over 45 years of experience in the nance industry. Robert Trewin Mortgage Broking Pty Ltd. Credit Representative Number - 391757. ACN 107465234 Credit Representative of National Mortgage Brokers Pty Ltd. ACN 093 874 376 Australian. Credit Licence 391209 We deal with the lender • Home loans • Renancing • Car loans • Commercial lending • Investment loans • First home buyers • Reverse mortgages • Equipment nance Ph: 5152 2800 | 63 Main Street, Bairnsdale | www.trewin.com.au Broker Business of the Year 1st XI 2018 - 2024 EN15210

7 July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend East Gippsland Winter Festival has reached its final week and there is no shortage of events to satisfy your social palette. This weekend is a feast of music and lights, while next weekend has something for lovers of food, wine, beer, entertainment and everything that is winter across East Gippsland. HIGHLIGHTS JULY 13 - White Night Dinner Party and Fundraiser, at Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club: A sumptuous three course white dinner will be prepared by famous local chef Jenny Boyle. There is mystery entertainment, secret raffles with great prizes, music and dancing. Guests will put on their best "White Attire" and help the Kingfisher Dragon Boat Club celebrate all that is wonderful in East Gippsland. - Metung Winter Market, on Metung Village Green: Head along to the Metung Winter Market from 8am to 12.30pm. Local stallholders will be in attendance with winter produce including fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and fungi, preserves, breads and baked goods, kombucha, handcrafted chocolates, ready-to-eat foods plus homemade clothing, woodwork and artisan made items. Wander the market, enjoy shopping in the crisp fresh air and spend time in beautiful Metung's waterfront village. - Songs from the East, at Bruthen Inn: A concert that celebrates the original music born out of East Gippsland. Join eight original artists for a special showcase of stories, songs and good times. Featuring: IO, Mike Elrington, Ally Row, Todd Cook & the Rufous Whistlers, Gerry Laughton, Raven & the Dove, Anna Scionti, Olivia Lay and Christine Watterson. - A Night of Blues: The Buddy Knox Project, at Mallacoota Mudbrick Pavilion: Buddy Knox, renowned blues guitarist, and Gomeroi Elder from Tamworth, presents a captivating night of blues alongside his band – The Buddy Knox Project. During 2024 NAIDOC Week as Buddy delivers soulful songs in both language and English, applying his genuine storytelling to past and present experiences. Known as a masterful guitarist, Buddy has earnt comparisons to legends like BB King. In this two-hour show, Buddy Knox will showcase his unique style by blending a mix of soul and blues favourites. Don't miss this opportunity to witness Buddy Knox, a true Australian icon, as he shares a night filled with soulful blues and heartfelt narratives. - Paynesville Water and Lights, at Paynesville Esplanade: Take part in the Lantern Parade along the foreshore and enjoy the stunning water and land-based light installations. The parade will finish at Gilsenan Reserve where there be food vans and a family outdoor movie night, including popcorn. JULY 14 - Omeo Region Kite Day, at Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve: The Omeo Region Kite Day is on Sunday, July 14, from 10.30am onwards, at the Swifts Creek Recreation Reserve. Join residents of the Omeo Region in a fun-filled day of kites, stalls and food. JULY 19 - Buchan's Christmas in July Closing Event, at Buchan Butter Factory: Deciding that one Christmas just isn't enough this year, Buchan is set to celebrate "Christmas in July" with three weeks of festive events and activities to warm you from the inside out. Friday, July 19 sees the end of the three-week celebration back at the Butter Factory with live music from Delsinki, festive fare, food trucks, warm mead, Sailors Grave beers and mid-winter fun from 5.30pm. JULY 20 - Deep in the Weeds, at Marlo Hotel: Join Sailors Grave Brewing for their infamous Deep in the Weeds Festival at a special venue in 2024 - the Marlo Hotel. Head along and celebrate the final weekend of the month-long East Gippsland Winter Festival in style with great tunes, delicious food and of course, Sailors Grave's weird and wonderful beers. - Bruthen Band Hall Bash, at Bruthen Mechanics Hall: Local acts from East Gippsland and beyond showcasing original Australian music. Your MC will be the one and only 'The Dusty Minstrel'. This guy has one of the biggest collections of milk crates in the southern hemisphere. There's rumour that the rare deep maroon coloured Loy's Milk Crate might even make an appearance on the night. Acts include: The Pegs, Electric Yeti, Snowy Jammers, Small Town Alien & The Dusty Minstrel Show. - Outdoor Movie Night, at Eastwood Oval: Go and enjoy a free outdoor movie night brought to you by the East Gippsland Youth Ambassadors and FReeZA crew. Remember to rug and keep warm this winter and join the team at the Eastwood Oval. JULY 21 - Long Paddock High Tea, at La Riva: Savour an unforgettable High Tea created by The Long Paddock at La Riva. A large range of Yarra Vally tea, accompanied by twists on classic sandwiches, homemade scones with clotted cream, jam and lemon curd, and a large selection of Long Paddock's best pastries. Final week of the festival

8 East Gippsland News Weekend | July 2024 Wine Dine EAST GIPPSLAND Members and guests are welcome to this venue, either as a bowler, croquet player or just to enjoy a delicious meal. This venue proudly presents 3 bowling greens, 4 croquet lawns and the magnificent Krakkerjack bistro and entertainment spaces. Great club and Bar facilities, join us for the Friday night raffles. Lunch: 7 days a week 12pm – 2pm Dinner: 7 days a week 6pm – 8pm Bairnsdale Bowls Club Corner of Grant & Pearson Streets, Bairnsdale 5152 3796 Bairnsdale’s only café & bookshop. Come in & see Charlotte and the team for a homestyle light lunch & coffee. Located at Schoolworks Supplies we have plenty of off street parking available. Come and try Bairnsdale’s best carrot cake! Inside dining with relaxing couches, outside dining under the trees or take it home to enjoy. The Book Nook Café 147 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale 5152 4086 www.schoolworkssupplies.com.au Our delicious pub-style & fine-dining meals are all chef- prepared from locally-sourced, seasonal produce – with GF, vegan & vegetarian options available. Great-value $18 lunches Monday-Friday. Open every day for lunch & dinner. We also have accommodation, gaming/tab, function rooms & a bottleshop. Mitchell River Tavern Open Lunch And Dinner 7 Days 59 Main Street, Bairnsdale 03 5152 4030 Our café provides excellent coffee, breakfast, house made cakes & sandwiches in a relaxed and friendly environment. Comfortable indoor seating with a wood fire in winter or enjoy our spacious outdoor garden setting in finer weather. We want you to enjoy your time in Marlo whether it’s catching fish or drinking coffee. Marlo Bait & Tackle Cafe Thurs - Tues: 7.00 am to 3.00 pm Closed Wednesday 4 Marlo Rd, Marlo 5154 8487 facebook.com/Marlo Bait & Tackle Cafe MARLO BAIT & TACKLE CAFE Bringing something new to Bairnsdale, specializing in Asian street food. Available for eat in or take away we have something for the whole family. Come in and try out delicious food and Bubble tea. Benjamin’s House Open Mon to Sat 9am – 9pm Sunday 9am – 3pm 142 Main Street, Bairnsdale 9119 0659 We offer casual, no pressure wine tasting, honest, heart warming, comfort food and a relaxed, rustic bush setting. Perfect for lazy lunches, cheeky afternoon wines, weddings, Christmas parties or even a leisurely cruise. Wyanga Park Winery Lunch: 7 days | Dinner: Fri to Sat. 248 Baades Road, Lakes Entrance 5155 1508 www.wyangapark.com Fresh seasonal produce featuring Indigenous flavours. Experience our culture. Drop in for a yarn and a feed, wander through the Aboriginal Art Gallery and take in the quiet bush setting. Bush Café & Aboriginal Art Gallery Open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm (closed weekends & public holidays) Forestec, 27 Scriveners Road, Kalimna West www.gunaikurnai.org www.facebook.com/glawac Bairnsdale Chickenland has been a staple in the community since the 1970s, delighting locals and visitors alike with its renowned chicken nuggets. Every bite is a testament to their commitment to freshness, as all their offerings are made in-house. It's not just about the nuggets; they also excel in a variety of other dishes, from crispy fish and chips to mouthwatering souvlakis and burgers. Bairnsdale Chickenland 17 Bailey St, Bairnsdale 5152 5511 MON – TUE 8:30am – 3pm WED – SAT 8:30am – 8pm - Closed Sunday Indulge in the vibrant flavours and rich aromas of authentic Thai cuisine crafted with care and expertise. Whether you're a fan of fiery curries, aromatic stir-fries, or mouthwatering noodle dishes, there's something to delight every palate. Eastwood Thai Open 7 Days Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Dinner 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm Shop 3, 30 Howitt Avenue, Eastwood (03) 4109 1010

9 July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend Café Chez Joe has been bringing live music and events to Metung throughout the East Gippsland Winter Festival, but there is much more planned for the rest of the year. Joe and his team have put together a range of events over the cooler months of autumn and winter and he hopes to carry that into the spring and summer time. On Saturday, August 17, Chez Joe will be hosting its first ever karaoke evening with talented musician and incredible host, Olivia Lay. "We at Cafe Chez Joe are fastly becoming the new music hub of Metung, and cannot wait for this special event because it's time for you, yes you, to get up and have a sing," Joe said. "Book a table today to secure your spot as it's only a small venue. "Share with your friends and family, let's get Metung singing. Olivia he's quickly become a prominent member of the local performing arts scene. The talented musician and singer takes inspiration from artists such as Newton Faulkner, John Butler and John Mayer. Olivia has busily been performing at numerous events throughout the winter festival, including Songs of the East at Bruthen Inn and previous Cafe Chez Joe event, Live and Local. Café Chez Joe Karaoke Chez Joe? or Nestled in next to the Ferry Café is Paynesville’s very own sweet shop. Stocking a huge range of lollies & ice creams they are sure to have what you need to satisfy a sweet craving. Ferry Cafe Sweets ‘n’Treats Monday-Sunday - 11am-6pm 85B The Esplanade, Paynesville 5156 6993 / 5156 7735 FB: The Ferry Cafe Paynesville Our chefs specialise in cooking exotic, more-ish flavours of traditional Thai cooking that all the family can enjoy. Cinnamon Thai welcomes anyone who wants a real tastebud tingling experience. Take away available. Cinnamon Thai Restaurant Lunch: Tue - Sat: 11:00am - 3:00 pm Dinner: Mon - Sun: 5:00pm - 9:30 pm 4 Wood Street, Bairnsdale 5152 2740 | 0433397009 Blue Bee Cafe is a funky little cafe and take away store. Inside, you’ll find a classic country-style menu featuring a range of house made cakes and slices. The café features a sunny outdoor courtyard where your beloved pets are encouraged to come and relax with you. Blue Bee Cafe Take Away 60 Main St, Bruthen 5157 5397 Mon-Thurs 6am-3pm, Fri 6am-7pm, Sat 8am-2pm Great country style pub meals with a twist, cold beer on tap, live music & raffles every Friday from 5.30pm with winners drawn at 7pm. The Wy Yung pub is sure to have a little something for everyone. Come on in and see the friendly team! Wy Yung Pub 120 Bullumwaal Rd, Wy Yung 5164 0000 Open daily from 11am. Nestled in the heart of Lindenow, the Farmers Home Hotel exudes old-school charm and tight-knit community spirit. Its warm atmosphere beckons locals and travelers alike, offering classic pub food crafted from fresh, local ingredients. Whether it's lunch or dinner, their bistro serves up hearty meals seven days a week. Lindenow Farmers Home Hotel 167 Main Road, Lindenow 5157 1210 Mon – Sun 11am – 11pm The most delicious variety of International Fusion Cuisine for breakfast, lunch & dinner, in the heart of Metung.We integrate Mediterranean, French and Asian inspired flavours, with Gippsland drinks/produce, to make your Wine & Dine experience the region’s most unique. Cafe Chez Joe Open Tuesday to Sunday 8.30am - 8.30pm 0478 648 464 | (03) 5164 5650 chezjoe.com.au Shop 2/57 Metung Road, Metung

10 East Gippsland News Weekend | July 2024 KENNY KOALA: This week it's a pleasure to welcome Sam Jarvis from one of Bairnsdale's iconic local businesses, Jarvis Sand and Soil. SJ: It's great to catch up Kenny, been looking forward to our chat. KK: Not as much as me Sam. How do you like your coffee? SJ: Lactose free flat white Kenny. KK: Do you have a preferred venue? SJ: I like to share it around, plenty of good spots in town, maybe Mr D's or the Stables are my favourite. KK: Have you ever had coffee with a koala before Sam? SJ: No, I haven't Kenny. KK: Do you like koalas? SJ: Who doesn't like koalas. KK: So, what do you do at Jarvis Sand and Soil? SJ: I'm the operations manager, running the logistics of the trucks. KK: How many trucks do you have? SJ: We have five trucks that bring product to and from the depot, which includes numerous deliveries around town. KK: What products do you specialise in? SJ: We do everything from sand through to mulch, which includes soils, gravels and pebbles. KK: Is plenty of your business the new house sector? SJ: We do a bit of everything, new job sites and old alike. KK: Where do you access your materials? East Gippsland Newspapers mascot, Kenny Koala, has been out and about in the community, enjoying a coffee with prominent local business people discussing their business, what it involves and what the regions requires in an ever-changing business environment. Coffee Kenny with SJ: From all over Victoria, including locally. We have our own sand quarry at Lindenow. KK: So that's where you source your sand - there wouldn't be any shells in it. SJ: Yes, no shells Kenny. There are numerous types of sands but a lot does come from the quarry. We stock packing sand, brick sand, wash sand and septic filter sand, just to name a few. KK: I had visions of you going down the beach and backing up the truck and loading up - that's a myth Sam? SJ: I'm not sure that sand would be overly popular Kenny. KK: What is the number one selling product? SJ: That's a good question. Probably packing sand, but that's because we do so many big slabs and that sort of thing for concretors and builders. KK: Does Jim run the quarry? He's a lovely man, he'd be the favourite employee? SJ: They are all favourites at Jarvis Sand and Soil. KK: So, what did you do before you came to Jarvis? SJ: I've worked here on and off since I was 12 years age. Had a few jobs and went off to university, but I ended up back here. KK: What did you study at university? SJ: Design at Swinburne, only lasted four months, ended up getting a job at Bowens Timber and Hardware in North Melbourne. Worked in their sales team for five years before coming back to Bairnsdale. KK: How's business at the moment Sam? SJ: Into winter it's slowing down a bit. I think everyone is starting to slow a bit, to be honest. The building industry is definitely back to where it was before COVID. KK: What do you do when you're not working at Jarvis? SJ: Four wheel driving, camping, fishing and boating. KK: What do you target when you fish? SJ: Bream and flathead. KK: Any good spots Sam? SJ: I've been fishing the mouth of the Mitchell and doing no good. Got anything for me Kenny? KK: Well, the koala grapevine says to try the Nicholson, some very nice bream on the bite, using lures. SJ: Lures aren't really my thing, I'm too lazy for that. KK: Have you have lived most of your life in Bairnsdale? How is the town going? SJ: It's definitely getting big, much bigger than when I was a kid. There are lots of new faces around. KK: How can Bairnsdale get better as a town? SJ: I think the infrastructure is struggling to keep up the population growth. We will need a bigger or new hospital sooner rather than later. Definitely needs some more entertainment and nightlife. There are some nice pubs, but they don't open late anymore. KK: Need to come party with the koalas, we light the trees up down by the river some nights. The bats don't like our music. SJ: Sounds like fun Kenny, I'll keep it in mind. KK: Who is the longest serving employee? SJ: Well apart from our owner/managing director, Trevor (Sam's dad), that would be Steve, who is coming up for 17 years. KK: How has the business changed in your time? SJ: I remember when dad started he had one truck, a tiny shed and a front end loader. These days we have five trucks and lots of machinery. KK: Let's finish with some quick questions Sam? SJ: Go for it. KK: Favourite food? SJ: Chicken schnitzel. KK: Speciality dish? SJ: Lasagna. KK: Does pineapple belong on a pizza? SJ: No. KK: Go-to pizza? SJ: Mexicana, as hot as I can get it. KK: AFL team? SJ: Essendon. KK: Favourite TV show? SJ: Historically NCIS and currently loving Peaky Blinders. KK: Favourite movie? SJ: Treasure Planet. KK: Who would play Sam Jarvis in a movie? SJ: Andrew Garfield. KK: I can see the resemblance, is he the Spiderman fella? SJ: Correct. KK: If you could invite three people to catch up for beer, who would you invite dead or alive, celebrities or family? SJ: I'd love to have a frothy with Bob Marley. Probably Tom DeLonge from Blink 182. Would you be interested Kenny? KK: Why not Sam. It's been a pleasure chatting, thank you. SJ: It was good Kenny, not sure why I was so nervous. WINNER OF THE 2024 PET COMPETITION! Thank you to everyone that entered! CONGRATULATIONS TO A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BEST FRIEND HOLIDAY RETREAT, GIPPSLAND GRAIN STORE & PLAYFUL PAWS FOR THE PRIZES.

11 July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend Own your anger Anger is as relevant a feeling as any of the positive feelings we experience. It exists for a reason and is an important part of the fight flight response to perceived threat. When presented with a threat our primitive brain makes a quick assessment. If we think we can win, or are cornered and believe we have no option, we will choose to fight. On the other hand, if we think we will lose and have the opportunity we will choose to flee, or freeze, which is a kind of internal fleeing. The important point is that even though we think we have no choice; in reality we always do. It is our perception of threat that determines which of the options we choose, and even though this is controlled in the first micro seconds by our primitive brain, everything we do after that is a result of our continuing to choose destructive behaviour. Make no mistake, fight is destructive, it is meant with Jeff Steedman MINDTALK to be as it is our defence mechanism, and while there is a place for that in a life or death situation, there is no place for it otherwise and never with those we care about. Because angering is such a powerful emotion, it often feels as though we have little or no control over it, but as we will see that is not really the case. Owning your anger is about recognising there is a difference between feeling anger and angering, the physical component of flight. Feeling anger is your system telling you there is something wrong. Most threats are not physical, but threats to who and how we see ourselves, becoming aware of this might be all we need to do. Our primitive brain can learn to recognise new threats and can also learn to remove things we no longer perceive as a threat. This means that we can consciously choose to change how we recognise threat over time and with practice no longer choose angering. Remember, nobody can make you angry, it is how you think about a situation that determines if you will feel anger, and you are in control of how you choose to think. When something outrageous occurs, it might be appropriate to feel angry, but unless there is an immediate physical threat to life, there should never be a need to choose angering or fight. It is not often bushwalkers come upon a birthday party feast atop a mountain. But that is what occurred on Sunday, June 30. The Ben Cruachan Walking Club celebrated its 59th birthday with a walk up to the summit of Mt Ben Cruachan. It was here in 1965 where the foundation members first came up with the concept of forming a walking group to be named in honour of this peak. Meeting in Maffra, hikers travelled in convoy to the junction of Ben Cruachan Road and Mt Margaret Road. The weather was looking a little ominous however with coats, beanies and wet weather gear they set off on the 2km uphill stroll to the car park at Ben Cruachan. This was a great heart starter for the day with glimpses of the magnificent views to come. Thanks to thoughtful catering, hikers were greeted at the car park with a boiling billy and a beautiful spread of sweet delights, including birthday cake. This was much appreciated in the cool conditions. After lunch, and the customary “happy birthday”, it was a short stroll beyond the post and rail fence, along a lomandra lined trail, to the summit of Ben Cruachan. Such a pretty natural wonderland with pops of pink heath found among the impressive lichen covered rocks. Hikers were rewarded with intermittent glimpses of sunshine and expansive views across the mountain range to the north. All agreed it was a magnificent place to have our group named after, and no better place to celebrate the anniversary. Ben Cruachan Walking Club has members from across much of Gippsland and provide an inclusive and friendly atmosphere, welcoming both experienced and fledging hikers. 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13 Den of Nargun WEEKENDDRIVE July 2024 | East Gippsland News Weekend The Bataluk Cultural Trail is a significant part of East Gippsland's indigenous history, following traditional routes used by the Gunaikurnai people for more than 30,000 years. The trail can be experienced in a number of ways; you can travel from one end to the other or you can select from the range of sites and activities to design a route which suits your own interests. White Woman's Waterhole Located at the Won Wron State Reserve, the White Woman's Waterhole is a commemoration born out of a tragic story. According to local legend in the 1840s, a young woman, the sole survivor of a shipwreck off the nearby Ninety Mile Beach was taken and held captive by the local tribe of Bratwoloong. The story of the captured woman developed a life of its own, spawning a number of myths. It's believed the story was used to justify a number of Aboriginal massacres at locations such as Nuntin, Boney Point and Butchers Creek. The Lagoon The Sale Common State Game Reserve is where you'll find The Lagoon, a wetland which was used as a supermarket for the Gunaikurnai people of the area. A walk around Lake Guthridge to the Sale Common boardwalks reveals numerous plants and birds which were sources of food and other important raw materials. The Knob Reserve Located at Stratford, the Knob Reserve was traditionally a common ground for the five clans of the Gunaikurnai. Aboriginal people would travel for days to meet and share information, food and trade goods. In recognition of its significance to the Gunaikurnai people, the Knob Reserve was chosen as the place where the 2010 Native Title determination was signed. Today, many family days and cultural festivals are still held at the site. Ramahyuck Cemetery Little remains of the Ramahyuck Mission Station at Perry Bridge, from a property of more than 2000 acres only the cemetery is left. The Ramahyuck Mission Station was established in the early 1860s by Moravian missionary Frederick Hagenauer on the Avon River near Lake Wellington. After 1886 Hagenauer was feared throughout Aboriginal Victoria for his role in the forced expulsion of "half-castes" from missions and reserves. Hagenauer encouraged nonGurnaikurnai Aboriginal people to move to Ramahyuck. From 1905 to 1908 when Ranahyuck was closed, Aboriginal people from this mission were moved, some against their will, to Lake Tyers Mission. Den of Nargun Located in the Mitchell River National Park, the Den of Nargun is a place of great cultural significance to the Gunaikurnai people, especially the women. Stories were told of how the Nargun, a female creature who lives in a cave behind a waterfall in the Mitchell River, would abduct children who wandered off on their own. The Nargun could not be harmed with a boomerang or spears. These stories served the purpose of keeping children close to the campsite and ensuring people stayed away from the sacred cave. Traditionally Gunaikurnai men were not allowed down the to the Den of Nargun or the Woolshed Creek Valley. Gunaikurnai men respected this traditional law and still do today. Please treat this place with respect. Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place The Krowathunkooloong Keeping Place in Bairnsdale is not a museum, but rather a place to understand and appreciate the living, vibrant and ongoing culture of the Gunaikurnai people. The Keeping Place was named during 1991 and officially opened in 1994, with the aim to raise the profile and awareness of the Gunaikurnai people's history of the Gippsland area and to facilitate greater community awareness, understanding and pride in Aboriginal culture, arts and crafts. The display at the Keeping Place includes traditional hunting and fighting weapons, bark canoes, baskets, fishing spears and art. Guided tours of the Keeping Place are available, however you are advised to call ahead to make sure there will be someone to welcome you at the Keeping Place. Howitt Park Located beside the Princes Highway at the eastern end of Bairnsdale, across the Mitchell River, Howitt Park is home to a scarred tree, which is believed the be around 170 years old. The four metre long scar was made when the bark was peeled away to make a canoe. The Howitt Park area was also used to harvest eels, some of the women wove baskets from cumbungi reeds which were also used for collection fruit, roots and mussels. Legend Rock The Legend Rock, a significant part of Gunaikurnai mythology, lies in shallow water by the shore of Bancroft Bay, opposite the Metung Yacht Club. As the story goes, some fishermen hauled in many fish with their nets and ate their catch around the campfire. The women, guardians of the social law, noticed the men had eaten more than enough but had not fed their dogs. As a punishment for their greed, the fishermen were turned to stone. Today, the Legend Rock is protected under the Heritage Act of Victoria. To find Legend Rock, turn off the Princes Highway at Swan Reach and follow the Tambo River Buchan Caves Archaeology has shown Aboriginal people have lived in the Buchan region for around 18,000 years. The Buchan Reserve is much-loved by the local community and is a vital contributor to the local economy. It's a popular place for tourists, many who come to see Victoria's largest cave system. The honeycomb of spectacular limestone formations were carved by an underground river almost 400 million years ago. For information and to plan your trip to the Buchan Caves, visit the Parks Victoria website. Burnt Bridge Reserve Located at Lake Tyers Forest Park, the Burnt Bridge Reserve was regarded as a busy pantry. The local plants and animals gave the Gunaikurnai people most of what they needed. Many different plants were used for food and medicines and to produce woven baskets and nets and in the manufacturing of tools and weapons. Located down a signposted turn-off from the Princes Highway between Lakes Entrance and Nowa Nowa, the Reserve is situated adjacent to land belonging to Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust. Salmon Rocks and Cape Conran Today, Cape Conran remains a special place for the Gunaikurnai people of the area to visit throughout the year. West Cape Conran contains an abundance of food for the Gunaikurnai, with many important sites all along the beaches of the Cape Conran area. Shell middens are important cultural sites to the Gunaikurnai and can be found throughout this coastal area. East Cape Conran is near the traditional border of the lands of the Gunaikurnai people and Bidwal and Monero people. The picturesque nature of the cape, along with an abundance of food and availability of ochre for ceremonies have made it an ideal meeting place for these groups. 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