Boost for production at Murray Goulburn’s Koroit factory

KOROIT has been given a vote of confidence by dairy co-operative Murray Goulburn which has announced it would double butter production at the plant.
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The investment decision comes only weeks after the south-west milk factory suffered its second round of job cuts in two months, bringing the total number of retrenchments from the site to 29 as part of the company’s aim to trim $100 million in costs this financial year.

High-tech equipment will be imported and installed next year to boost output capacity to 20,000 tonnes a year.

The company did not divulge how much the expansion would cost or if extra staff would be employed.

MG managing director Gary Helou said $200m would be invested in the next three years across the company’s sites in manufacturing UHT milk, butter/spreads and cheese.

“The board has approved the installation of a new butter packing line at our Koroit plant that will allow MG to become a leading supplier of butter pats to fill existing and projected demand,” he said.

“We have been approached by several Australian and overseas customers who want additional consumer butter and blends supply.

“To meet this demand we need to significantly increase our consumer butter capacity to 20,000 tons (sic) a year and rejuvenate our blends plant.”

Koroit is the company’s biggest milk throughput site and is expected to handle close to a billion litres this year.

Moyne Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Doukas welcomed the announcement.

“Hopefully there will be more good news to come,” he said.

“There was disappointment in the recent cuts, but it could have been a lot worse.

“This district has good milk production security and changes at the Koroit factory should mean better returns for farmers.”

Mr Helou said there would be further reviews of facilities for new butter blends and other new products from cream and excess milk in peak supply periods.

“Our goal is to produce the lowest-cost consumer butter and blends in Australia and tap into the strongly growing retail and food service markets in Asia and the Middle East,” Mr Helou said.

Murray Goulburn will invest in newer UHT facilities at Leongatha and Edith Creek Tasmania to double capacity to 500 million litres and will establish automated cheese production facilites in Victoria.

See your ad hereThe co-operative is Australia’s largest dairy food company and exporter, manufacturing about three billion litres a year – a third of the nation’s milk.

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Koroit and District Primary School

IT is hard to imagine Koroit and District Primary School principal Michelle Bickley Miller becoming more passionate about her job.
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But after an overseas trip at the end of last term that included visits to schools in South Africa and England she has returned overflowing with new ideas.

Last year Ms Bickley Miller won a High Performing Principals award, which funded the overseas trip.

Ms Bickley Miller said her visit to South Africa was an incredible experience. It included a visit to a school in Soweto as well to a youth project in the slum area of Kliptown.

“The school in Soweto had 500 pupils and 60 books in their library,” she said.

“But while it didn’t have the resources we have here it did have a great connection with the community. Families are very involved in what happens at the school.

“And the youth project was amazing. It is run by a 30-year-old man who grew up in Kliptown, which is a shanty town and he is running this after-school program to give the children those extra skills they need.”

Ms Bickley Miller travelled from South Africa to England were she attended a conference in Nottingham and visited a number of schools through the Midlands.

Again the focus was seeing how the schools interacted with the communities around them .

“I learnt an enormous amount and now the challenge is sitting down and going through everything and working out what we can apply here.”

Ms Bickley Miller said Koroit and District Primary School had a busy and dynamic time ahead.

On Tuesday, pupils got in the Olympic spirit when they took part in an Olympic-themed games day.

Next week grade 6 pupils will head to Warrnambool College to meet with teachers to work on their technology skills. Ms Bickley Miller said this visit was aimed at making the transition to secondary school smoother.

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Doukas challenges use of Koroit stadium

MOYNE Shire mayor Jim Doukas has challenged claims by fellow councillor Ken Gale that the Victoria Park Stadium in Koroit should be used solely for sporting purposes.
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In last week’s Koroit Times Cr Gale said the stadium was a multipurpose sports venue and he was happy with the amount of use it was getting.

Cr Gale also said while the Victoria Park committee of management was happy with the stadium’s use, it was looking for more sports to be played there.

This week Cr Doukas said he believed the stadium was being underutilised.

“Cr Gale was talking about getting more seats put in at the stadium but that seems a waste because at the moment not many people are using them,” Cr Doukas said.

“The first thing the committee should be looking at is getting a carpet to cover the floor so that any group in the community can use it for functions.

“It was built as a multipurpose stadium, so it should be able to be used for functions as well as for sporting purposes.”

Cr Doukas said he had received feedback from members of the public backing his call for the use of the stadium for purposes other than sport .

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Farley leads the Seagulls

Adam Farley (right) listens in to coach Bernie Harris last weekend. Picture: Martina MurrihyAt the start of the season when Port Fairy decided to place its faith in its home-grown talent, the choice of club captain was easy for coach Bernie Harris.
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Having appointed Nick and Michael Sheehan assistant coaches, the Seagulls selected another born-and-bred Port Fairy player, Adam Farley, as captain.

Farley was a decorated junior at Port Fairy, winning best and fairests in the under 16s and under 18s.

He made his senior debut at 16 and has gone on to play more than 40 senior games .

In a strong start to the 2012 season, Farley was selected in the Hampden interleague training squad, but an untimely injury meant he missed out on team selection.

Since returning from injury Farley has continued to lead from the front as he fills a number of roles for the club.

Twenty-year-old Farley, one of the youngest captains in the league, says he is not overburdened by the responsibility.

Despite the Seagulls not having won a game this season, the mood at the club is upbeat, he said.

“The club is going well at the moment. Everyone is getting along well and it is a good place to be around. It’s just the on-field success that is not coming our way,” Farley said.

“As players we all know we are having a real go, but we are just short of a couple of really top-notch players.

“It would be great to get a big full-forward and a couple more onballers, but we have some good young players and we are sticking together.”

Farley said the player group had talked about the club’s future , and while it was in the back of their minds, they were using it as a positive .

“We know there has been a lot of talk about what might happen, but we are going out there each week to represent the club and to show our supporters and the town that the future can be bright for the Port Fairy.”

Seagulls coach Bernie Harris paid tribute to Farley who, he said, led by example.

“He always trains hard and does extra stuff and wants to get better and is very team-focused,” Harris said.

“We have played him everywhere this season and he has played with injuries but he is always willing to do whatever is asked.

“Adam is very popular with all the blokes and I think while this year has been tough it is going to make him even better in the future.”

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Community halls get funding

Denis Napthine and Jim Doukas (front) with senior councill officers Dean Robertson (back left), Trevor Greenberger, Oliver Moles, David Madden and councillor Mick Wolfe at the funding announcement at the Port Fairy RSL Hall. 120807AB07
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COMMUNITY-owned halls in the Moyne Shire will get a helping hand thanks to a funding partnership between state and local government.

The state government has allocated $22,5000 to produce a plan and policy guideline to help maintain and support non-council-owned community meeting spaces in the shire. Added to this contribution is $7,500 from the Moyne Shire Council, taking the total amount for the project to $30,000.

Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said the plan would consider asset management principles, budget pressures and community demand for community meeting spaces.

“Many Moyne Shire towns have community meeting spaces at schools, recreation reserves, RSL halls, CFA facilities and community centres, which are supported by council other than by way of the Community Assistance Fund grant program,” Dr Napthine said.

“The project will consider support for community meeting spaces that may be owned or managed by other organisations, but still cater for the broader community.

“In considering support of any community meeting space, the council will be able to ensure that each Moyne community is afforded a quality space in which to meet that will also consider the most economically viable options.

“The project will also provide a future plan for the council’s support of community meeting spaces that will consider the sustainability of the facilities and appropriate financial contributions from the council.”

Moyne Shire councillor Mick Wolfe welcomed the joint funding announcement.

“There are a lot of halls around the shire and this is a good chance to help develop a plan to help the communities get the best use out of these facilities,” he said.

“Some of these halls may be able to have a dual or triple purpose with the pooling of resources, so I think having a close look at them through this program will be of great benefit.”

Dr Napthine joined Moyne Shire councillors and council officers to announce the funding on Tuesday at the Port Fairy RSL Hall.

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Giacoppo avoids crash carnage in opening stages of Tour of the Great South Coast 

WEST Australian Anthony Giacoppo survived a crash-marred opening two stages in the Tour of the Great South Coast to seize an early lead.
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The Genesys Wealth Advisers rider was second in stage one, a criterium at Portland, and backed up with fourth in the road race from Portland to Nelson.

He has an overall time of two hours, 52 minutes and four seconds, 13 seconds ahead of Queenslander Ryan Macanally (Budget Forklifts).

Giacoppo said he was rapt to have the leader’s jersey after day one.

He said he was lucky to avoid two crashes in the final five kilometres of the road race.

“The first one happened right next to me. I just managed to avoid it. I think it was about three or four kilometres to go,” he said.

“Then the last one happened just behind me. I was quite lucky to stay out of them.

“That all comes down to position. You ride good position you avoid crashing.”

Brenton Jones (Genesys) took out the 40km criterium, ahead of Giacoppo and Macanally, with the trio expertly avoiding a series of crashes on the waterfront circuit.

But Giacoppo entered the road race with a six-second advantage thanks to picking up more time bonuses in intermediate sprints.

Luke Davison (Budget Forklifts) won the 75.9km road race from Macanally and Jack Beckinsale (Croydon Cycleworks) after a bunch sprint.

Giacoppo, who increased his advantage from six to 19 seconds in the road race, said it was a difficult day of racing.

“The criterium this morning was on a fairly testing circuit, with the corners at either end,” he said. “Especially being wet it made it quite hard.

“To try and get the time bonuses necessary to win the tour we had to contest the intermediate sprints, which made it even more interesting in those conditions.

“In the road stage this afternoon the wind was up.

“We always knew it was going to be quite a difficult stage, especially with the direction changes.”

The last crash of the day hospitalised four riders, including New Zealander Dion Smith, who suffered a broken collarbone.

Smith was one of three Pure Black Racing team members caught up in the crash who are unlikely to ride out the tour.

Tour of Gippsland winner Will Walker (Drapac), one of the main hopefuls, has also withdrawn due to illness.

Giacoppo, a renowned sprinter, said he wanted to retain his lead in today’s fourth stage, a 94.2km road race from Heywood to Casterton.

“The road stage is quite difficult, a lot of climbs in it which will make life hard,” he said.

“That’s where having the lead comes in handy.”

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Anthony Giacoppo, Brenton Jones and Ryan MaCanally.

2012 Budget Forklifts Tour of the Great South Coast. Stage 1 Portland criterium pictured is Anthony Giacoppo who was second team Genesys Wealth Advisors.

Stage 1 – Tour of the Great South Coast.

Stage 1 Portland criterium – pictured front left to right no.78 Dylan Hately from team John West Cycling and no.42 Cameron Bayly.

Brenton Jones leading pack for team Genesys Wealth.

Rider Anthony Giacoppo.

Stage 1 Portland criterium heading along the foreshore area.

Portland spectators cheer on riders in the Tour of the Great South Coast.

Riders race by Portland’s Gordon Hotel.

Riders approach the tour’s Stage 1 starting area.

Stage 1 Tour of the Great South Coast.

Michael Cupitt from team Budget Folklifts.

Stage 1 Tour of the Great South Coast.

No.81 Josh Taylor from team GPM Wilson.

No.4 Johnnie Walker from team Drapac Professional Cycling.

Stage 1 Tour of the Great South Coast.

Stage 1 Tour of the Great South Coast.

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Profile: Port Fairy Theatre Group

Len McCall outside the Lecture Hall. 120807AB01
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Len McCall is the director of the Port Fairy Theatre Groups upcming production, It Goes Through Ya Like a Dose of Aussie Kulture. He tells the Moyne Gazette about the production and the Theatre Group as a whole.

WHEN the theatre group sat down to decide what our next show would be, we had in mind a show which had a strong Australian theme to it. But it turned out it was going to be too difficult to pull it off in the time span we had, so that is when we decided to put together It Goes Through Ya Like a Dose of Aussie Kulture. This show will feature the poems and short stories of some of Australia’s greatest writers. The pieces will not just be read out, but will be performed with members of the theatre group putting their own personal take on them. We have a great range of performers from all ages, and some classic pieces of writing including The Loaded Dog by Henry Lawson, The Triantiwontigonglope by C.J. Dennis and The Man from Ironbark by Banjo Patterson. The show will be held on the Ex Libris weekend and has been included in their program.

FOR the past 25 years I have been a member of the Port Fairy Theatre Group. It is something I have always been interested in, and I have read poetry in a number of places. My favourite poets are Australians such as Patterson and Lawson who both produced some incredible work. This is the first time I have directed a show and it wasn’t really a planned move. I went to one of our meetings and the committee thought I would be able to direct a show, so it went from there. We have been rehearsing for a while now, and it is exciting working with the other members of the group. It is coming along really well and people are really slipping into their roles in a very convincing fashion.

THERE is always a nervousness whenever you go out on stage, but once you are out there you do, in a way, become a different person. You are aware of the audience but more in a mass form than looking at the individuals. The focus is more on your own performance and getting that the way you want it. Each crowd is different so what works on one night may not work on another. I think the thing you want to achieve is to get the audience to identify with the performance; to feel that sadness or happiness that the show is trying to portray.

NEW members are always more than welcome at the Port Fairy Theatre Group. We would love to hear from anyone who might be interested in coming along and joining us for this upcoming show or for future shows. It is not only the on-stage stuff but there are opportunities to help backstage or in lighting or stage management, or even for someone who may want to write their own show. There have been cases in the entertainment industry where you hear about big stars who made their start in small country groups like ours, so it is a good pathway for anyone who wants to get into the theatre as a career.

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Finals at Orford Table Tennis

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A Grade-Orford Hall 8pm, Wednesday August 8th.

2nd Semi Final

St Helens v Vikings

After Vikings sound defeat of Winslow Nightowl reiterates last week’s thoughts; that though St Helens finished the season undefeated, finals are a different kettle of fish. Vikings have recruited well to replace the injured Richard Van Berjik, and has plenty of highly qualified reserves to step up to the plate. St Helens on the otherhand have only three qualified players. A close 6/5 match will decide who has the weeks rest before the grand final; St Helens will be down on match practice having received a forfeit in the last round and a bye the first week of finals.

2nd Elimination Final

Yambuk v Winslow

With this game starting at 7pm to allow Winslow to travel home early, the association may just be able to schedule the B Grade final on the same table the speed Yambuk will dispatch Winslow with.

B Grade-Colonial Stadium 8 pm

1st Semi Final

Broadwater v Tarrone


Preliminary Finals-Orford Hall, 8pm Wednesday August 15th

A Grade

All Nightowl can predict is that Yambuk will play who ever prevailed out of the nail biting Semi.

B Grade

Tarrone v Orford

Nightowl can’t see wooden spooner’s Orford getting up in this one, but can see a lot of future potential for the young Orford side.

Finals Results-A Grade

In finals the match finishes when the winning team wins six rubbers.

Both finals played this week consisted were of a high standard of table tennis reflected in the long games and rubbers played.

Elimination Final

Yambuk defeated Riverside 6.19/2.9

Though the score sheet indicates a one sided win a close look at the results show that with an ounce of luck Riverside may have forced the night closer to the eleven rubbers usually played.

Three of the rubbers went to four games while one went into the fifth game. The longest game of the night was 15/13 with a number of others going over eleven points, Riverside were unable to gain either of the doubles to aid their cause. Gordon Gunn won his two rubbers for Yambuk, while Ian Wortley and Daryl Dyson scored for Riverside.

Yambuk’s Tony Storer featured in two stand out rubbers of the night, Ian defeated Tony 11/5, 13/15, 13/11, 11/7 and Tony turned the tables to defeat Norbert Kraft 8/11, 11/8, 12/10, 11/5, 11/3

1st Semi Final

Vikings defeated Winslow 6.22/3.14

With four rubbers in a row consisting of five games Vikings worked hard for their win, even the three game rubbers had high scoring games, the highest in this match 14/12. Winslow’s David Cranwell played gamely after recovering from illness, he lacked match practice.

Robert Field Winslow won his rubbers the hard way, first defeating Roger Learmonth 13/11, 11/7, 14/12, he later in the night won 9/11, 11/7, 11/8, 7/11, 11/3 over Gordon Gray. Vikings combination Roger/Jarrod Vague defeated Winslow’s Robert/Brian Carey 8/11, 12/10, 11/8, 2/11 & 12/10, showing that all didn’t go the winner’s way. Jarrod won his three rubbers.

Come & Try

Nightowl is in strife from President David Rowbottom that the Come & Try nights aren’t restricted to youngsters only! Anyone interested in learning table tennis is most welcome. The last session for the year is on Friday August 10th, 7.30 pm in the Orford Hall cost is $2.

Minor League Tournament

This tournament will be played on the weekend of August 18 & 19th, the association is at present recruiting players to defend tittles they won in all four grades last year. Other associations are Colac, Camperdown, Terang and Portland.

Gordon Gray Shield

The annual Hamilton/Orford Challenge will be played on Friday August 31st at the Orford Hall at 8 pm. This is the last chance for the year that Orford players can use their bats to do the talking. After this August all players should be exhausted, Nightowl’s fingers are from recording it all!


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Dwyer wins Captain’s Cup

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Saturday, August 4. Stroke. IGA Captain’s Cup and Monthly Medal. ACR 72. 109 Players.

Winners: A. Luke Dwyer 74 (7) 67 from Trevor Richardson 80 (9) 71. B. David McCosh 78 (16) 62 from Peter Nyikos 87 (16) 71. C. Tony Hoy 89 (20) 69 from Greg Kelly 92 (22) 70. Women: Chris Hayes 103 (31) 72 from Carolyn Demeye 102 (26) 76. Juniors: Fraser Marris 96 (29) 67 from Noah Best 105 (34) 71.

Nearest the Pin: 4th Joe Sheehan. 8th Peter Nyikos. 11th Nelson Williams. 15th Dylan O’Keefe.13th (2nd shot) Jake Spada. 18th (3rd shot) Trevor Richardson. Superpin: Peter Nyikos. Eagles Nest: Jackpot. Ball Comp to 75Nett.

Wednesday, August 1. Pro Comp. Stableford. ACR 72. 92 Players.

Winners: Leigh Priest (11) 44pts from Bernie King (15) 42pts. Nearest the Pin: 8th Rod Maher. 11th J. Stuart. Superpin: Rod Maher. Ball comp to 34pts.

Thursday, August 2. Women. Anti-Cancer Day. Irish stableford. ACR 73. 42 Players.

Winners: Tania Dalton, Helen Rix and Chris Hayes 86pts from Kerry Bond, Helen Wake and L. Whitty 80pts. Nearest the Pin: 4th Jane Thompson. 11th Pam Nitschke. 15th Tania Dalton.

Riddell Cup. Handicap Stroke. Results after 2 Rounds.

Luke Dwyer 141, Andrew Dwyer 142, Tony Hoy 146, Darren Beks 147, Allen Shiels 148.

Chicken Runs

Wednesday, August 1: Phil du Guesclin 17pts. Friday, August 3: Ken Fenwick 16pts.

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Port Fairy goes down to Saints

Dean Dwyer made a comeback for the Port Fairy reserves on Saturday. Picture: Martina MurrihyPort ventured out to take on Koroit at Victoria Park and to everyone’s surprise, and mine, the ground was in pretty good condition.
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Recent Moyne Gazette photos showed the opposite, so well done to those involved in the upkeep of the oval.

Koroit were far too good in all grades. Our under 18s side was again short on numbers, but thankfully Billy Ryan, Dixon Murdoch and Jack Hearn fronted up for their second game in a row. Their much older teammates were very appreciative of their efforts.

We have had a lot of players this season, for some reason or another, decide they have had enough or just don’t show up. This puts enormous pressure on the club’s juniors. Yes, they are young, enthusiastic and fit, but they should not be put in that position.

The reserves game was very entertaining with Port Fairy taking it up to Koroit.

Jack Watson was terrific in the middle; he could have walked away with a recurring shoulder injury, but has toughed it out. Tom Johnson’s tackling was inspirational; when he tackles they stay tackled. Liam Finnigan is as hard as an axe; he just keeps putting his head over the ball and winning many possessions.

The highlight of the game was the appearance of league and club life member Dean Dwyer. His goal from inside the square brought the crowd to life. I must also make mention of two boys playing their first year of football in Chris Thorne and Tim Martin their improvement each week is worth noting.

The main game until half-time was very encouraging for Seagulls’ supporters, with Port winning the second quarter and going into half-time with optimism. But it was soon shut down with a barrage of Koroit goals in the second half.

Young Isaac Martin was a good performer, along with Jay Solomon and the Sheehan twins Jeremy and Nick.

Koroit 22.15 (147) defeated Port Fairy 4.4 (28)

Goals: Jake Hetherington 1, Benjamin Polson 1, Ashley Johnstone 1, Jeremey Sheehan 1.

Best: Isaac Martin, Jay Solomon, Jeremey Sheehan, Benjamin Polson, Nicholas Sheehan, Jake Hetherington.

Tomorrow night is our junior vote count and presentation night, starting at 6pm. Parents are asked to bring a sweet to share.

There are just two more home games left in the home and away season, this week against Cobden and the last game against Warrnambool on the 25th August. If ever we need your support the time is now.

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