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Wart affects everybody

Act now: Sharyn Allott of Welshpool points out some ragwort growing in South Gippsland. To learn more about ragwort, contact Landcare.

WHETHER you’re new to land management, a long time farmer or a public land manager, no one is immune to the threat of ragwort. Having persisted in high rainfall areas of Victoria since the late 1800s, ragwort is unequivocally a tough plant to beat. One plant may produce up to 250,000 seeds each year which […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

’Burra’s bright future

Standing tall: from left, Korumburra Football/Netball Club vice-president, Troy Patterson; major project co-ordinator, Don Olden; Matt Walker of Walker Electrical; grants officer at the South Gippsland Shire, Penni Elliot. 
The U15s train in the background.
Penny Elliot says the coming to fruition of this project is “a really good example of cooperation between community and local government, working together to bring about a major upgrade to an important community recreational facility.”

THE night of Saturday, April 12 is an important one for the township of  Korumburra. The Ian Hillberg Shield fought for annually between Korumburra and Dalyston and hosted annually by the home team year about, will be contested under lights for the first time. The four new light towers that ring the Korumburra showground, and […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Cycling to remember

Family affair: from left, Sue Sauvarin, Sarah Sauvarin, Lyn Cameron, Melissa Cameron, John Cameron, Fred Sauvarin, Tim Sauvarin, Alan Sauvarin, Adele Sauvarin, Barb Sauvarin and Krystal Sauvarin at the John Sauvarin Memorial Ride on Sunday.

THE annual John Sauvarin Memorial Ride was held on Sunday for the eighth year, raising money for the Heart Foundation. Riders could choose from a 40km road course, or a 16km mountain bike course along the Great Southern Rail Trail, beginning at the Koonwarra Recreation Reserve. Event organiser Tony Smith said around40 people participated in […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Jean Depot joins sale

Welcome all: Shan’s Lingerie and Leisure’s Shirleyanne Wright and Panther’s Mensland’s David Panther are thrilled to have Stacey Redmond from Jean Depot (right) join the Easter Hall Sale.

THE Easter Hall Sale has a special treat this year. For the first time, Jean Depot will participate in the sale with plenty available to be sold. The staff at Jean Depot will be joining Panther’s Mensland and Shan’s Lingerie and Leisure at Memorial Hall in the lead up to Easter. “We are really pleased,” […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Paul Battersby joins Gibsons

New to team: Paul Battersby will represent Gibsons throughout South Gippsland.

GIBSONS Groundspread has recently added to its South Gippsland team with the appointment of Paul Battersby as a fertiliser sales representative. Paul began in the first week of March and brings with him nearly 16 years experience in the fertiliser industry and has been in the agricultural sector all his working life. He has also […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Deputy Premier praises Poowong CFA


POOWONG’S new fire station was officially opened by Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan on Sunday. Brigade captain Malcolm Blight said the station has been finished for around 12 months and was a great community asset. “We have 27 members, with 10 to 15 active members and turnout to around 60 fires per […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Organic, local and delicious

Meat makers: Sally Ruljancich and Colin Trudgen with their boys, Patrick and Jacob, farm their Dollar property organically, producing lamb and beef for a blossoming market.

DOLLAR farmers Colin Trudgen and Sally Ruljancich are certified organic and will this year be adding beef to their blossoming meat business for the first time. Colin comes from a rural background, and has been interested in the philosophy behind organic farming ever since he had the idea of buying a farm. “We were always […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

Farmers upbeat at last

Picking up: Barry Svenson from Landmark in Leongatha said farmers are starting to spend money on their farms again, particularly renovating pastures.

VICTORIAN farmers have recorded the most positive sentiment in Australia according to a recent survey, largely underpinned by continuing positive outlook in the dairy sector. And it seems that optimistic spirit is flowing in South Gippsland. The latest Rabobank rural confidence survey has found dairy farmers are particularly upbeat about the year ahead, with farmgate […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Community backs Varli

Good time: back from left, Scott Williams, Ian Barnes, Lochie McLean and Sam Little and in front, Kylie and Kalahni Barnes from Wonthaggi were enjoying the atmosphere at the fundraiser on Sunday.

A COMMUNITY event was held at the Wonthaggi Bowls Club on Sunday to raise money for three police officers injured in an explosion in January. One of those police officers was former local, Constable Varli Blake. Organised by Wonthaggi police officers, the event attracted plenty of people keen to help support the cause. On January […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Broadbent opens Middle School

Plaque unveiled: from left, school captain Mitchell Gin, Russell Broadbent MP, school captain Kellie Frilay-Cox, Gea Lovell and school captains Nicholas Hakansson and Zoe Reed were thrilled to attend the official opening of the Newhaven College Middle School on Wednesday.

YOU Raise Me Up, the song performed beautifully by the Newhaven College Boys Vocal Choir at the opening of the school’s new Middle School last Wednesday, personified the elation shared by the college community at the occasion. McMillan MP Russell Broadbent declared the new school officially open. “Where music thrives in a school, you will […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

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