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Wednesday July 20, 2016

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Cold snap brings snow to local hills

• Jojo Sriraksa, wife Shelley (nee Smith) and children Anda (1) and Rhama (4) enjoying the snow at Foster Lookout last Wednesday.

A LIGHT dusting of snow on high points across the district – the first for many years - made last week’s freezing temperatures almost bearable.
Wednesday was probably the coldest day of the lot. That was the day snow fell on land down to 300 metres, including on the Strzelecki peaks and at the Foster North lookout. Snow was reported on the South Gippsland Highway through Foster North and on sections of the Promontory Road south of Foster – although some people insisted that was not snow, but hail or sleet.
Certainly, it was cold, and the cold persisted, exacerbated by Antarctic blasts coming in the form of frequent squalls day and night. Wind speeds of up to 159 km/hr were recorded at Wilsons Promontory light station. Even at Yanakie the winds were fierce, with a top speed of 93 km/hr recorded at around 3am on July 13. Right across South Gippsland the wind howled and people shivered.
The worst winds brought down trees, branches and power lines. At Harmon Road, south of Foster, the power was out for 21 hours from 11pm on Tuesday, after a tree fell on power lines, and there were other outages around Yanakie, Leongatha and Mirboo North.
The sight of snow on Wednesday morning brought a smile to a few frozen faces. The last time snow fell in Foster was back in August 2005. It was heavier then, blanketing the hills around Foster. There was a very light dusting of snow in July 1990. Before that, you have to go back to May 31, 1977. ‘The Mirror’ reported then that the “heaviest fall of snow in the memory of most residents greeted South Gippsland on Tuesday when the countryside was a sheet of white right into the foothills all day long”.
Wilsons Promontory missed out on the snow this time, although Brett Mitchell from Parks Victoria said that snow had been seen on Mt Latrobe in the cold snap a few weeks earlier.
The snow didn’t last long, but while it was around a few hardy souls ventured outside for a spot of snow play.
Among the visitors to Foster Lookout was Thai-born Jojo Sriraksa, who was thrilled to see snow so close to where he and his family were staying in Foster. He and his wife Shelley were staying with Shelley’s parents, Colleen and Allan Smith, and took the opportunity to take their young children Rhama (4) and Anda (1) to see the snow at the lookout.
A lucky few people managed to make a snowman in their own back yard!








Post-flood update
on Foster bridges

• Following the damage to two local bridges when Stockyard Creek broke its banks on July 5, an independent Level 2 assessment, (organised by South Gippsland Shire Council) of the bridge at Pearl Park has determined that it is unsafe to use. Council is seeking advice regarding funding before any decisions can be made about the future of the bridge. Pedestrians can once again use the Boundary Road footpath however, following removal of debris and straightening of the fence by a Council contractor.



Countdown to Census night - August 9

EVERY five years the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) undertakes a Census of Population and Housing, providing a ‘snapshot’ of the nation. This year, the Census will be held on Tuesday August 9.
For each Census, the ABS relies on the co-operation of the Australian people to achieve a comprehensive and accurate count of the Australian population and their dwellings.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia’s national statistical agency. The ABS provides key statistics on a wide range of economic, environmental and social issues.
Data collected from the 2016 Census will support funding decisions for services and infrastructure including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals, and the environment.
Every person in Australia on Census night needs to participate in the Census - whether they live alone, with a spouse, live in a share house, a university dorm, with their parents, are staying in a motel for the night, or staying at a friend’s house - they still need to be counted on August 9.
If you live with other people and you want to keep your personal information private, the ABS can send you a personal Login for the online form or send you a paper form and a reply paid envelope in the mail.
“August 2016 will be the fourth time the ABS has offered an online completion option,” said Head of the 2016 Census Program, Duncan Young, adding that the ABS anticipates that over 65 per cent of Australian households will complete the Census online.
The changes to the Census won’t see the end of the traditional Census Collector or paper form. In 2016, Census Field Officers will deliver and collect paper forms in areas where there is limited or no access to the internet, and follow up with households that haven’t participated.
“The ABS understands that not everyone can do the Census online, so we’ll still be offering the traditional paper form and support and assistance where it is needed most,” Mr Young added.
Every person in Australia on Census night needs to participate in the Census - whether they live alone, with a spouse, live in a share house, a university dorm, with their parents or just happen to be visiting someone overnight - they still need to be counted on August 9.
“If you live with other people and you want to keep your personal information private, we can send you a personal Login for the online form or send you a paper form and reply paid envelope in the mail.
As part of new delivery and collection procedures, households will receive a letter from the ABS addressed ‘To the Resident’, which will include instructions on how to complete the Census online, and a form ID and passcode unique to the household or individual.
Completing your Census online is quick, easy, secure and can be done in around 30 minutes for one person and can be completed wherever you can access the internet - whether it’s on desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. You don’t need to use your home computer. You can use a dial-up, broadband, mobile or wireless internet connection. Online help is also available.
For further information, visit



Local dairy products shine at prestigious national awards

TWO of South Gippsland’s local producers have come up trumps at the 2016 Australian Food Awards (AFA).
Prom Coast Ice Cream is celebrating after winning a Gold Medal for their Blood Orange Sorbet and a Bronze for their Creme Brulee Ice Cream. They also gained a trophy for Best Sorbet.
This is the first time Prom Coast Ice Cream products have been entered in a competition and Hilary and Daniel are very happy with winning two medals from two entries.
“Our products aren’t like anything else on the market and we are delighted that this has been recognised by the judges. It’s not just a win for us, it’s a win for Toora and small-scale regional manufacturers,” they said.
Customers looking to purchase the award-winning products are encouraged to visit the website at to locate their closest stockist or visit Prom Coast Ice Cream on facebook.
Carolyn and Paul Pangrazzi of Pangrazzi Cheese are also celebrating their success, having been awarded two Silver Medals and a Bronze Medal at the Australian Food Awards.
Presented by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Australian Food Awards (AFA) is Australia’s leading national food awards program, and each of the medals equates to the placing of a National Brand Seal of Excellence upon the product.
It also provides the producers with the opportunity to showcase their award winning products to around half a million consumers over 11 days at the RASV’s Royal Melbourne Show in September.
Pangrazzi Cheese’s Cherokee Red and Hoddle Brie were each awarded a Silver medal and the Hoddle Camembert received a Bronze Medal. All three cheeses were in the same category and while Carolyn and Paul were not expecting to receive a medal, they are absolutely thrilled to have received three.
Their products were benchmarked not only against cheeses from Victoria but also from other states using strict criteria which addresses many aspects of the product including aroma, flavour and texture.
As commercial producers of organic cheese only since June 2015, this recognition of accomplishment comes just a few short months after they received a Silver for their Hoddle Camembert at the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show.
It is not possible to purchase Pangrazzi Cheese at the factory, however these fantastic products can be purchased locally in Foster at Aherns Fruit Market & Fine Foods and IGA, in Fish Creek at the General Store, and 9 Acres, and are on the menus of the Fish Creek Hotel, K O Bar & Grill and the Yanakie General Store. They are also available at Meeniyan and Tarwin Lower IGA, the Koonwarra Store and Paddlewheel. Pangrazzi Cheese is also represented by a Melbourne wholesaler and at the Sydney Cheese Market.
Paul and Carolyn purchased the family farm 29 years ago and it has been an organic dairy farm for just over 25 years.
Paul leant the basics of cheese-making 15 years ago at a community house class and was hooked, making cheese for themselves, their family and friends in the ‘cheese room’ of their home.
Continuing to make cheese over the intervening years, the couple nurtured a dream of having their own cheese factory and construction began in late 2014 of their 600 square metre factory.
“We used local electricians and plumbers, but other than those, everything was done by ourselves, our family and friends. We know every rivet!” said Carolyn.
It was a labour of love, and they are justifiably proud of the outcome of all that hard work.
Barry Charlton and Cheryl Hulls, creators of the highly awarded Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese, share the passion for cheese and lease part of the factory from Paul and Carolyn for the production of their products.
Paul worked for Barry for 12 months prior to their sharing the premises. “Barry is a wonderful mentor - he has so much knowledge,” said Paul. It has been a positive move for Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese, as Barry and Cheryl were not able to expand any further at their previous location.
Paul and Carolyn are grateful to have on board their only factory staff member, Belinda Reynolds. “Belinda is our angel,” said Carolyn. “She’s just fantastic - whether it’s cleaning, sanitising, wrapping, packing, more cleaning......she is absolutely wonderful.”
Paul and Carolyn fully appreciate where they live and work. “The people of the Fish Creek and Foster communities are marvellous. It’s great to have community support,” she said.
Their products are the epitome of ‘paddock to plate,’ as they personally begin with milking 80 to 100 head of cattle and then tend to their cheese. Their working day may then consist of actually making cheese or of the many other aspects of cheese-making, which could mean being involved directly with the product for anything from a few hours to 10 or 12 - and then returning to the many other duties concerned with the running of a farm.
“We love what we do,” said Carolyn. “We get up in the morning feeling happy and excited to be creating our products,” she added.
“We wake up happy every day; it’s great to know that people are enjoying the result of what we do,” said Paul.



Darcy’s a footy star in the making

• U12 footy star Darcy Berryman of Fish Creek.

YOUNG Darcy Berryman of Fish Creek is showing his football pedigree with selection in the U12 State Schools Victoria team to compete in next week’s Australian football carnival in Queensland.
Darcy, who attends Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College in Leongatha, is the son of Geoff and Kym Berryman. He is also the grandson of Peter Weidemann and nephew of Wayne Weidemann, who both played VFL/AFL football with Collingwood and Adelaide. Darcy hopes to emulate their feats by playing AFL himself one day.
Darcy went through a rigorous series of trials to gain the honour selection. He was one of 1000 boys to try out initially. He got through to Gippsland selection, then country Victoria selection, then country Victoria versus metro Victoria selection, and was finally one of the 23 players selected to represent Victoria. Foster boy Zane Duursma, a teammate of Darcy’s in the Corner Inlet Stingrays, was also selected (see Mirror, 15/6/16).
Darcy plays football with the Corner Inlet Stingrays and with Fish Creek Football Netball Club.
The Australian U12 Football Carnival will be held in Maroochydore, Queensland, from July 23 to July 30, starting with a game against NSW.
Part of the responsibility of representing Victoria is an expectation that all players will sell raffle tickets provided by State Schools Victoria. The money raised will go towards helping with costs associated with the trip to Queensland. Darcy would like to thank everyone who has purchased raffle tickets. He is also very appreciative of the kind and generous donations from Fish Creek Football Netball Club, The Creekers and the Corner Inlet Stingrays Football Club.
The very best wishes of the communities of Fish Creek, Foster and the Wilsons Prom district go with Darcy and with Zane as they proudly represent South Gippsland and compete in Queensland next week.

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