Sarsfield Community Association

19 May 2022

Sarsfield continues to be a hive of activity. Dinners, art sessions, music, concept plans, grant applications, the multi sports tennis court and plans for future events has ensured we are constantly working towards the vision of Sarsfield 2030!

The weather has been mild, the grass is still growing, and it is great to see Sarsfieldians out and about.

It is wonderful to see the range of community activities regularly taking place at the Recreation Reserve. The Play 2 Learn playgroup operates on Wednesdays from 10am -12 noon for all families with children 0-5 years.

Todays Snippets includes chats about the great April “Italian theme and Music Friday night dinner “, a few of the fantastic projects either underway or in concept planning stage, an update on the Sarsfield Great Alpine Road traffic safety issue, and an invitation to attend a conversation with Dr Rob Gordon and plans for the next Friday night dinners.

A Conversation with Dr Rob Gordon & the Pizza Truck

Flyer of Conversation with Dr Rob Gordon Image: SCA Facebook

Dr Rob Gordon Image: Culture Victoria


Kayak on the Nicholson River Image: Simon Hof

What is Planned:

The plan is to have Venture Out Australia take an absolute maximum of 30 people (aged 12+) kayaking down the Nicholson River from Sarsfield to the Nicholson River Boat Ramp BBQ area / carpark. This is a fair way to paddle and we anticipate it taking between 3-4 hours. If all goes to plan, there could be around 40 hungry people including Venture Out Australia supervisors and a few parents.


Sunday 29th May, weather permitting. The aim is to have the paddlers in the water by 9am so the bulk of the participants should arrive at the Nicholson boat ramp area around 12:30-1:00pm, give or take a bit.

If you’re keen to give it a go phone Helen 0417 720 408 and let us know, ! (also keep your eye out on Facebook)

Flexible Life Yoga

On Wednesday evenings from 5.30-6.30 Helen Wilson is facilitating ‘Flexible Life Yoga’ . Helen is an accredited supervisor and invites Sarsfieldians to join and practice together to stay grounded, flexible, strong and calm. There is no charge and no previous experience needed.

Flexible Life Yoga Image: SCA Facebook

The Colour and Creativity Workshops continue on the third Wednesday of the month from 1pm – 3pm. No experience needed, all materials provided, and an afternoon of creative fun guaranteed. These sessions have inspired some participants to continue their passion at home, purchasing their own materials and creating their own masterpieces. Eight people attended Wednesdays session with many more colorful creations.

A home masterpiece by a participant Image: Terry Maki

One of this weeks creations Image: Terry Maki

The Learn the Magic of Mosaic sessions began with an enthusiastic group led by Brooke Taylor. The class was fully subscribed and session two saw the group add the finishing touches to their masterpieces. The Mosaic experience is certainly a magical one.

Local artist Brooke Taylor sharing the magic of mosaics. Image: SCA Facebook

An example of mosaics work. Image: SCA Facebook

We are looking for a volunteer to support and lead the operation of our Sarsfield Community Association Website. We are hoping there is a local person with an interest or passion for Info Technology and the Web who could help us maintain a vibrant web page which is reflective of our vibrant Sarsfield community. This volunteer role would not involve meetings or set time commitments. We are looking for someone who enjoys surfing the web and would feed on the challenge of developing our page.

Please reach out to anyone who fits the bill and gently tap them on the shoulder. It could be a local teenager, a working from homer or any other person who has an interest. Please contact Simon (0472 838 149) or any committee member if you have any interest or ideas.

April Friday Night Feed

The Italian and Music themed Friday Night Feed was a great success. Fire pots were blazing, the big crowd in attendance were catching up on the local gossip, Warrick Munday’s music kept our toes tapping and the Italian themed food supplied by local caterer New Leaf was scrumptious. Lasagne, risotto, European gourmet salads, garlic bread, Italian pasta, and much more filled our plates served up by the ever-reliable Sarsfield volunteers. Jacob from Gippsport organised a range of fun games and activities for the kids.

The night was also an opportunity to formally thank one of the unsung heroes from immediately after the fires- Janine who was a “Rock of Gibraltar” over the fire recovery period, making cuppas, washing dishes and serving food all with a friendly smile on her face. SCA President Simon Hof, formally thanked her in front of the large crowd.

Simon presenting Janine with an appreciation gift. Image: SCA Facebook

It was also a window for Simon to inform the community of some of the plans and actions currently in place- the Recreation Reserve Redevelopment application, the toilet upgrade, the playground concept plan and the multi- sports court area which is now complete.

It was another great night and a credit to Cathy and all others that supported the night.

Based on the enthusiasm surrounding the fire pot areas at our dinners, the idea has been seeded to run a Sarsfield Fire Pot Festival – watch this space!

Music Man Warrick Munday Image: SCA Facebook

Janine and volunteers serving Image: SCA Facebook

Some of the crowd Image: SCA Facebook

Road Safety in Sarsfield

Trucks Travelling along the GAR Image: John Kinniburgh

Community feedback after the fires identified that Sarsfieldians had serious concerns about road safety along the Great Alpine Road. Pulling out of driveways, turning left and right into and out of any of the many side roads along which most of us reside, school bus drop offs and pick ups and the increased use of the road by through traffic, caravans and heavy vehicles all travelling at 100kph were cause for concern. Deputations to our local politicians and regular communication with “VicRoads” has kept the issue on the agenda and our “Near Miss” survey and anecdotes added to the case. Last week a group from SCA met with representatives from the Victorian Police to further discuss our concerns. Luke Banwell (Senior Sergeant) , Kerry Bourke (East Gippsland Highway patrol) and Kerry Wolfe (Victorian Police) met at the Recreation Reserve and listened to our concerns and explained their position.

Luke made a commitment to increase the Police road presence around Sarsfield to get a feel for hot spots, dangerous entries and exits and bus drop offs. They will also be on the lookout for traffic offenders, so beware! Hopefully their own anecdotal observations will further enhance our requests for reduced Sarsfield speed limits and safer roadways.

Luke also asked for summary reports of near misses in the form of who, where and date/time rather than in his words “War and Peace” like narratives! Watch this space!

Multi Sports Court/Toilet upgrade and amazing playground

Whilst we await a successful outcome for our Recreation Reserve/ Hall Redevelopment application things are still moving towards the grand vision for the Reserve. The toilet refurbishment designs have been approved and the next stages of planning, pricing and construction are underway. This project was funded by the East Gippsland Community Foundation who have been great supporters of Sarsfield and its future. The exciting Andrea Proctor guided Sarsfield Community Playground is well into the planning stages- concept drawings and ideas have been generated and are nearly at a draft stage for general comment. Very exciting!

One of the important aspects to consider when developing master plans, visions and submitting applications is that people want to see “stuff on the ground”. Whilst all parts of this process are time consuming and at times exhausting it has been a focus of the SCA to get something happening- activities for community and dinners at the hall are one way of doing this. The new Multi Sports Court is a recently completed project-Grassports were contracted and there was plenty of action over the past weeks and the final product looks enticing to young and old. This will provide a modern multipurpose play area on the old disused and dilapidated tennis court. It will be great to see people shooting hoops, bouncing balls, volleying, spiking and backhand slicing in a multitude of sports on this multi sports facility.

The formal opening and cutting of the ribbon will take place at our next Friday night feed on 27 May with representatives from East Gippsland Community Foundation in attendance and we again thank them for their financial commitment to this project.

The cricket net upgrade is near complete and the Sarsfield oval and pitch look spectacular. This Saturday there will be a working bee to install post, wire and mesh and put down the wickets. Any strong locals are welcome to lend a hand from 8am- relaxed morning under the supervision of Glen Wolfe.

Work underway on the courts Image: Simon Hof

Completed Court Image: SCA Facebook

Completed Court in use Image: SCA Facebook

May 27 Friday Night Feast

Our next Friday night feed is a Filipino Feast scheduled for 27th of May . Scrumptious delicacies will be cooked by PinOz and Weng Wengs. The night will start a little earlier from 4.30pm with the Grand Opening of the Multi Sports Court and a few hoops thrown and ‘candy shown’ .

Please book your attendance through the Eventbrite link and enjoy another great Sarsfield feed.

Link to Filipino Feast

June 24 the FIREPOT Festival!

Firepot Image: Cathy McLellan

We’ve all been warmed by some of the great Firepots Andy and Luke Van der Peet have made, who else has a great firepot they’ve created?

We’d love to keep warm and toasty between a few of the local creative examples! There will be a prize by popular vote! Wood supplied, you bring your firepot and take it away afterwards!

Please Phone Cathy 0488 051 408 to register your interest.

More Sarsfield goings on…

Security cameras have been installed at the recreation reserve and are up and running. Although the Snippets is a positive newsletter we were all disappointed to hear of “hoon “ behaviour in the Recreation Reserve area last week.

Look forward to another busy fortnight ahead in Sarsfield.

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