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THE Corinella and
District Community Cen-
tre Committee is holding
three special events on
the same date.
In a region first, they
will hold a Floral Art
Show, Lunch and Fair
with exciting market
stalls on Saturday, Feb-
ruary 20 from 8am until
designer Nicole Gibson
is volunteering her time
with a floral art demon-
stration at the Corinella
Industry expert and
florist veteran Lyndell
Parker is the coordina-
tor and facilitator of
the show, and is also an
award winning florist.
She will be making a
number of different flo-
ral designs for viewing
at the show, with Nicole
conducting the stage
Regarded as one of the
best in Australia, this is
a once in a lifetime op-
portunity for the local
Bass Coast community
to see her.
It’s free to view the
innovative displays of
fresh flowers, and the
junior and senior com-
Bookings are essen-
tial for the buffet lunch
and art demonstration.
It commences at 11am,
and is $30 a head.
The fair at Harold
Hughes Reserve will fea-
ture regional fine foods,
Nicole Gibson has been
a florist for 25 years.
“I originally started my
floristry career at Sau-
varin’s Flower Shop in
Leongatha, ” Nicole said.
“I volunteered for over
two years whilst still at
school, helping out at
busy times. Betty Sau-
varin was a great mentor
and teacher to me.
“I moved to Melbourne
at 17 to pursue an ap-
prenticeship in floristry,
and gained employment
with Gollings the Florist
in the Southern Cross
Nicole has managed
many florist stores dur-
ing her career.
She is now Head of
Floristry at Marjorie Mil-
ner College where she
trains floristry appren-
tices. The college is the
largest trainer of florists
For over 20 years she
has served on the Com-
mittee of the Australian
where she was awarded
Nicole’s many awards
include the 1997 Ap-
prentice of the Year for
Floristry, Bronze award
and first places at Mel-
Flower Show competi-
tions and Bronze award
in the Fusion Flowers
International designer of
Lyndell Parker’s suc-
cess in business has
come from running mul-
tiple retail businesses
over the past 30 years.
She has operated florist
shops in the Melbourne
In partnership with
Gregory Milner, Lyndell
operated one of the larg-
est bridal bouquet busi-
nesses in Australia.
Lyndell is a former
Interflora World Cup
competitor, boasting the
most impressive com-
petition portfolios of
any florist in the coun-
try. Her awards range
from a first place in the
Victorian Junior Bridal
Competition in 1969, to
numerous Victorian De-
signer of the Year, and
Australian Designer of
the Year awards. Her ac-
colades even take in the
Interflora World Cup, in
Lyndell retired from
competition work in
1986 and she has given
tions across Australia
“I ’m a fourth genera-
tion florist,” she said.
“My mother, Patricia
Kelly, is a former chair-
person of Interflora (Vic/
Lyndell is a long-time
visitor to her beach
house in Corinella.
such as the Corinella
and District Community
Centre, the Bass Valley
community continues to
work tirelessly to raise
the profile of the region,
and advocate for the
funds needed to make
growth projects a reality.
They look forward to
sharing their latest event
with the Bass Coast.
Phillip Island Landcare Group
Ph: 03 5951 3329
Activities? Before dinner: Rabbit control techniques presentation, while
children play ÔPin the tail on the rabbitÕ game.
Dinner: Sample rabbit recipe entries from competing Professional Chefs &
Home Cooks. (Non-rabbit eaters need to mention this when booking)
After Dinner: Prize presentation for winning dishes judged by the audience,
Rafße drawn with prizes donated from local groups and organisations.
Live local music Ð Rabbit poems, songs or stories from the audience.
ÔBunny Boiler ChallengeÕ
Phillip Island Landcare Group Fundraising
Dinner and Rabbit Control Information Night
Rabbits are our National disgrace Ð they also taste great!
This is another opportunity for professional Chefs and Home Cooks to present
their favourite rabbit recipes and be judged the winners for 2016
When? Friday 18th March 2016, 6pm until late
Where? Cape Kitchen, 1215 Phillip Island Road, Newhaven
Costs? $25 per head or $60 per family (pay at door),
Drinks at bar prices, no BYO.
Chefs register by Friday 4th March to enter your rabbit recipe.
Conditions of Entry: One entry per person. Entry is $10.00 with 2 rabbits for
each entry. Professional Chef and Home Cook competition categories with a
$50.00 prize to the winner of each category. Rabbits and pick-up details will be
available on registration. Dishes should be brought to venue heated and ready for
serving. No cooking on site. Facilities will be provided for keeping dishes warm.
Electric slow cookers are ideal to bring your hot dish in.
No unregistered dishes accepted on night
RSVP by Monday 14th March to attend this event.
Please respect RSVP aspect to ensure catering is to your satisfaction.
Registrations & RSVPÕs to Joel Geoghegan by phone on 0409 705 652
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels visit Cowes RSL
THE direct descendants of the famous Fuzzy Wuzzy
Angels from Papua New Guinea made their much an-
ticipated and now annual visit to Phillip Island re -
Their fathers and grandfathers were given this
name by the Australian soldiers sent to Papua New
Guinea to stop the advancing Japanese Army during
World War II.
While not knowing either the Australian or Japa-
nese soldiers who occupied their land, the natives of
the Kokoda Track gave their support to the Austra-
They in turn shared their rations and medicines
with the villagers, which was very different to the
treatment by the Japanese who burnt their huts and
killed their livestock.
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels helped carry food, ammuni-
tion and medical supplies to the front line troops who
occupied the high ground along the Kokoda Track.
They then made the return trip carrying our wound-
ed to safety and hospital in Port Moresby.
The name Fuzzy Wuzzy derives from their thick
black hair, and their kindness and assistance earned
them the term Angels.
Many an Australian soldier owes their life to these
angels of the Track.
Tour company ‘No Roads Expeditions’ operates
tours on the Kokoda Track and employs the local vil-
lagers to carry equipment for the walkers and assist
them in river crossings and the many steep climbs.
The steep terrain of the 96km long Kokoda Track
prevents vehicles from driving on it, so everything in-
When they come to Phillip Island, these porters look
forward to the thrill of two new experiences that await
them - to drive a go - cart at the race circuit and to
enjoy a restaurant meal in the Lone Pine Bistro at the
Phillip Island RSL.
These are highlights that they take home with them
and share with family and friends.
As a parting gift and to say thanks to their island
hosts, these Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels entertained diners at
the RSL with a selection of songs that they sing whilst
walking along the Track.
These porters performed their songs pitch perfectly,
without any musical accompaniment. Their delighted
audience showed their appreciation with a standing
ovation and with everyone looking forward to their
return next year.
Phillip Island RSL president Tom Mallaghan (left) welcomes the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels of the Kokoda Track and those associated with
the tour group No Roads Expeditions during a recent visit to Cowes.
Community floral art show a region first
Award winning floral art designer Nicole Gibson
is pictured with one of her favourite stunning floral
art pieces. In a regional first, the Corinella and Dis-
trict Community Centre will hold a Floral Art Show,
Lunch and Fair on February 20 with award winning
florists who are volunteering their time to attend.
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