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Wednesday June 21, 2017

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• Fiona Neuwirth and Jess Klar inspired and informed the 30 attendees.

BICYCLE Network presented to around 30 people at a community information night held at the football/netball club social room on Wednesday June 14.
It was an extremely informative session and left everyone who attended with a lot to think about.
This is a great opportunity for the community to hear about the event and to start thinking about how they might showcase their town,” said Danielle Todaro, Tourism Development Officer at the South Gippsland Shire.
“This 9 day event is simply a holiday for bike riders,” said Event Manager, Jess Klar. “We provide everything they need and get their luggage from A to B.”
The event will be happening from Sunday November 20 to Sunday December 3.
There will be overnight stays at Wilson’s Prom, Foster, Yarram, Seaspray, Bairnsdale, Maffra and Glengarry. The finish site is Trafalgar.
It’s the first time the ride has started at Wilson’s Prom. Foster will be the second stop.
Corporate Relationship Manager, Fiona Neuwirth, told the gathering just how important it is for their riders to feel welcome.
That will not be a problem if the last ride through Foster is anything to go by.
There will be anywhere from 3200 to 4000 riders as well as 350 volunteers and around 50 from the bicycle network team. There are also around 100 contractors.
“We have found that on average each person will spend $35 a day. That’s around $100,000 into the local community every day,” said Jess.
Adam Wallace from the Exchange Hotel has big plans, as do the various clubs in the towns.
Bicycle Network want to give back so there is the opportunity for a variety of fundraising activities.
Local identity, Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks plans to have the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band playing. Last time the ride came through they played and did very well out of it. They didn’t charge but simply handed round a hat.
Other activities suggested were sausage sizzles, market stalls, burgers, cake stalls, massage and hair washing.
The route opens at 6:30 am each morning and riders must be gone from the campsite by 8:30 am at the latest.
Bruce Beatson, a local who has done the Great Vic Ride 5 times, said that from experience he thinks the riders will start getting into Foster at around 1pm and that because of the fact it’s the first day they will be relaxed and will want quite a feed.
There’s really no campsite like a RACV Great Vic campsite – it’s a pop-up town with everything the riders need.
Campsites are typically located on recreation reserves including ovals and surrounding parkland. The local councils regularly maintain campsites as the local communities use them throughout the year. Specific campsite information will be available closer to the event.
“The food provided is very nutritious but we find that the riders love to eat at the local restaurants for a little variety,” said Jess. “They want to engage, they want to know who the local café owner is.”
The stats show that 74% of the riders say they will go back within 12 months and will bring their families with them. The long-term benefits are enormous.
Bicycle Network is looking for a local person to head up the community involvement and would also welcome volunteers.
They encourage community organisations to let them know what fundraising activities are planned so that they can let their members know.
They can be contacted on 1800 639 634









• Neville Clarke and Iain Duffus make a great team
NEVILLE Clarke and Iain Duffus make a great team. They are commercial fishermen at Port Franklin.
“My family go back over 100 years in Corner Inlet,” says Neville. “My father and his father before him were commercial fishermen.”
His parents weren’t keen for him to become a fisherman and he followed their advice and got into banking for 11 years then ran a motel business for 3 years.
“I eventually found my way back to Corner Inlet and fished with Dad in his later years. Here I am today 30 years later fishing with Iain. It takes two people to go out fishing, as the nets are very heavy,” he explains.
Neville doesn’t look like quitting any time soon. His father kept fishing until he was 83. He thinks he has a few more years left in him.
Iain is one of a new generation of commercial fishermen. He started out, as a dairy farmer but was always a keen recreational fisherman. He takes his son out fishing on his own boat.
“Working with Neville is a dream job,” he says. “It’s the thrill of the hunt.”
Neville explains that it’s not for everyone. “You have to love the water and the outdoors,” he says.
They have been out three nights this last week and it is freezing out there.
“It’s the thrill of the chase,” says Neville. “You never know what you’re going to catch.”
They catch a wonderful array of fish: King George Whiting, Garfish, Calamari Squid, Flathead, Silver Trevally and even Gummy Shark.
“Some of our nets target specific fish,” explains Neville. “They are called Seine Nets and have been developed specifically for Corner Inlet. We can work the net in slightly deeper water than the old- fashioned method where they filled the net on the beach. We stay in the boat. We can get rid of unwanted species and the juvenile fish, which is good for sustainability. They get away unharmed.”
There are 18 licences for the whole of Corner Inlet. It covers 50 km’s of water from Port Franklin, Port Welshpool, Port Albert all the way to McLoughlins Beach.
Neville goes out 2 or 3 times a week. “It’s very dependent on the weather. If it’s windy it is very difficult,” explains Neville. “It’s basically Monday to Friday. There are a lot of rules and regulations and we fishermen also have our own Code of Practice. We all got together and decided to restrict our shots to twice in one day. We can work day or night with the technology these days like GPS and depth sound,” he says.
Corner Inlet is a very important source of fish for Melbourne. Some fish does go to local fish and chip shops but most of it is transported immediately via refrigerated truck straight to the Melbourne Fish Market.
“You can’t get much fresher than that,” says Neville with pride.




• Michelle Gibson and Kerry Spokes respectively are re-opening and opening cafes in Fish Creek.

KERRY Spokes and Michelle Gibson both have grand plans for cafes in Fish Creek.
This is great news for so many reasons.
There will be jobs for locals and somewhere to go to have breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas.
“We will complement one another,” says Kerry.
She owns Gecko Gallery with her partner Michael Lester.
Their grand plan is to open a café, which will seat 20 people and serve cakes and coffee.
It will operate down the right hand side of the existing business and will be a wonderful addition to what is already a popular Gallery.
Michelle has taken over the Flying Cow, which will now be called Gibson’s.
Both women started out as locals then left the area before returning. They both came back and forward a couple of times. Kerry returned in the late 80’s and Michelle about 5 years ago.
The two feisty women have known each other since the 70’s and have both lived full and interesting lives.
Kerry left Fish Creek straight after high school and went travelling. She then attended art school in the La Trobe Valley before heading off to travel again before finally settling in Fish Creek.
She and Michael have recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Gecko Gallery.
Michelle’s background is in catering. When a makeup artist came into her work and said they needed a caterer on the film shoot she was working on, Michelle put her hand up.
The first film she worked on was a cracker of a film called Death in Brunswick.
She went on to do the catering for countless Australian films and TV shows.
Michelle says it’s all about how you want to live in the world.
“Food, coffee and art bring life and joy,” she says. “There is nothing to bring you down.”
“Everything I touch I really like it to be something that aesthetically pleases me then there’s a weight and a texture to it.”
These two forces of nature are embarking on a journey that will not only enrich their own lives but the lives of all who come to their cafes.
Gecko’s café should be up and running by the end of August and Gibson’s opening is planned for August 1st.



Elli selected in Victorian Pony
Club team

• Elli Clavarino pictured riding Money Muncher at state championships in March, on their way to 1st place in this event.

THE Pony Club of Australia National Championships are being held in Toowoomba this year from the 18th – 22nd September. Elli Clavarino, member of Corner Inlet Pony Club, has been selected in the Victorian team for showjumping. Along with 5 other riders from around Victoria, Elli and her thoroughbred Money Muncher (Dez) will make the long road trip to Queensland the week before the event.
The event will also host teams from around Australia in Dressage, Eventing, Mounted games and other equestrian disciplines.



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