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Deputy Premier praises Poowong CFA

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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 »

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 »

Lions ride for sight

Made it: cyclists Peter Hosking from Korumburra, Michael Stephens from Warragul and John Boag from Stony Creek were stoked to come into the Leongatha Football Clubrooms after the second day of Ride for Sight.

MORE than 50 cyclists and their support crew took part in a major charity bicycle ride last week. This was the 21st annual District 201V3 Lions Ride for Sight, taking cyclists through West and South Gippsland and Phillip Island. Cyclists spent Friday night in the Leongatha Football Club rooms, following afternoon tea in Outtrim. The […]

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Band praises duo

Love their work: from left, South Gippsland Shire Brass Band president Darryl Hunt, most improved player Jake Rockall, band person of the year Bruce Jarrett and South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett.

JAKE Rockall had every reason to smile when he was named the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band’s most improved player of the year recently. The Leongatha teenager has practised and persevered to hone his drumming skills and keep the rest of the band in time. Jake received the George Rayson Memorial Trophy, which recognises George’s […]

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Men seek help

On the hunt: the blokes behind the Inverloch Men’s Shed are seeking storage space so as they can accept an enticing offer of machinery. Front, from left, Owen Tyler and Kevin O’Brien. Back, Brian Williams, Ken Roberts, John Chinn and Glenn Cant.

AUSTRALIAN performer Paul Kelly sang some iconic lines about how from little things, big things grow, and those lyrics could well be used to epitomise the story behind the Inverloch Men’s Shed. What began as a gathering of blokes at the Inverloch Community House is progressing towards becoming a full working shed and a place […]

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

Inlet home, world focus

Socially aware: from left, St Joseph’s Parish’s Pam Ricardo, McMillan MP Russell Broadbent and president of the Catholic Women’s League Margaret Comrie discuss Australia’s foreign aid.

THE Federal Government’s announced cuts to Australia’s overseas aid budget was fiercely debated at the official launch of the Corner Inlet Social Justice Group at Fish Creek recently. More than 40 people attended and the guest speaker was McMillan MP Russell Broadbent. The chairman of the group, Peter Philp, said he was pleased to see […]

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Teens travel with trucks

Stay safe: truck driver Glen Schmidtke and Vicroads road safety coordinator Alan Pincott came to Leongatha to teach young drivers to interact safely with trucks on the road.

TRUCK safety was demonstrated in the Leongatha Safeway car park on Wednesday. The Australian Trucking Association set up its educational Pantech Safety Truck in Leongatha to educate young people about interacting safely with trucks on the road. This is the final leg of public awareness. The Light up my Truck campaign has been running for […]

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Time to renew your pet registrations

On the job: South Gippsland Shire Council’s biodiversity officer Chris Rankin and local laws officer Clare O’Callaghan are encouraging pet owners to register their animals.

SOUTH Gippsland residents can expect to receive their pet registration renewal forms, which need to be paid by April 10, in the mail. “First and foremost, registration assists in the speedy recovery of lost animals and reuniting them with their owners,” South Gippsland Shire Council’s local laws coordinator Bruce Gardiner said. “Your registration fees also […]

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

High tea feels good

Looking good: Sarah Maher, Natalie Burke and Zoe Williams from Inverloch.

A LADIES cocktail and high tea evening raised $3200 for the Jane McGrath Foundation on Friday night at the Inverloch Esplanade Hotel. Held upstairs in the Captain’s Lounge, the event was co-ordinated by Monique Densley, the functions co-ordinator and events manager at the hotel. Hotel publican Sue Clark was delighted with the result, and thanked […]

April 1st, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Launch helps you lend a hand

Celebrating those who give: rejoicing the launch of the Volunteering in South Gippsland brochure were South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jim Fawcett and South Gippsland Citizens’ Advice Bureau members from left, Virginia Bourke, Tina Bons and Susannah Martin.

FANCY helping out in the community? Then a new brochure launched by the South Gippsland Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Leongatha last Thursday could be for you. The Volunteering in South Gippsland brochure gives an overview of volunteering opportunities throughout the region: caring for people, wildlife and the environment, assisting during emergency situations, becoming involved with […]

March 18th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

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