Russel Northe MLA Member of Morwell – March 2020

Tom Curtain – We’re Still Here Tour

I was pleased to attend the Tom Curtain – We’re Still Here event at the Boolarra Community Hotel recently and what a great night it was – again!! It was terrific to have Tom and his entourage back again in Boolarra. Accompanied by his horses, dogs and original music, the singer-songwriter bought his Katherine Outback Experience to a large audience. It wasn’t all about fun and games though; the Golden Guitar winner has a serious message to share with his audience. Through his close relationship with the parents of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, Tom was inspired to write Speak Up, a single he released following the teenager’s sudden death after she was relentlessly bullied. This year’s tour was named after Tom’s latest single which recognises the hardships that country communities battle on an ongoing basis. Our district has certainly had its share of challenges in the past and I am very pleased that we can share Tom’s message of resilience and survival within the Boolarra and broader community. Thank you and congratulations to all those who helped organise and co-ordinate this wonderful event, and to businesses, sponsors and stallholders we appreciate your great support.

Sue Clutterbuck OAM

Congratulations to Sue Clutterbuck who was honoured with an Order of Australia Medal for her work helping deaf and hearing impaired people on Australia Day. Sue opened Gippsland Audiology in Morwell in 1983 and at the time it was the only privately-based audiology centre in the Latrobe Valley. Sue’s husband Neil went back to university in 1984 to become an audiologist and started working at Gippsland Audiology in 1990, where they worked together for the best part of three decades. The couple were even part of the committee in 1996 that founded the Australian College of Audiology. Sue retired as an audiologist in 2019 but continues to stay involved with projects that she believes are important. Sue’s passion for audiology and commitment to regulate the sector saw her awarded the Order of Australia. This acknowledgement is so well deserved and it was wonderful to see Sue and Neil at the Tom Curtain event in February. They are both regulars at many local events and whereby their volunteerism and commitment to the Boolarra community is well and truly noted.

Boolarra Primary School Leaders

Now that the school year is well and truly underway, I would like to take this opportunity to pass on my heartfelt congratulations to the Boolarra Primary School leaders for the 2020 year. To represent your school in a leadership role is a great honour and privilege and I am sure all appointees will do their school and school community proud as they fulfil their role. I would like to acknowledge the School Captains: Bree and Isabella, Irving House Captains: Christopher and Chelsea, Strzelecki House Captains: Kallarnie and Georgia, Penaluna House Captains: Claire and Sebastian, Morrow House Captains: Jasper and Alex and Junior School Councillors: Layla, Brendan, Jackson and Gage. Congratulations and well done for being elected to represent your School and the Boolarra Community in 2020. I’m sure you will all do a fabulous job and I look forward to catching up soon!!

Boolarra Folk Festival

Well done to Boolarra Folk Festival President Rick Teychenne and all the Folk Festival’s committee and army of volunteers for putting together a stellar and spectacular 2020 event. The 18th annual Boolarra Folk Festival saw streets in the town blocked off to accommodate the thousands of visitors who enjoyed performances in Centennial Park with much of the music coming from talented artists across the Gippsland region. The event once again brought people together to relax and enjoy the fantastic food, entertainment and activities including more than 100 market stalls in Railway Park. The event kicked off on Friday night with a gig at ARC Yinnar. Saturday provided free entertainment in Centenary Park, at night Boolarra Bowling Club opened its doors to buskers with the Boolarra Community Hotel hosting an evening of entertainment Saturday night along with a session on Sunday. This free event is just remarkable and little wonder it continues to be one of the most popular festivals in regional Victoria. Congratulations once again to all the organising committee, volunteers, sponsors, businesses, stall-holders and supporters for making the Boolarra Folk Festival what it is.