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Cash Cowes bolts

Easter revolt: more than 4000 people rushed to sign the petition at Cowes over Easter in support of the Phillip Island Stand Alone groups push to secede from the Bass Coast Shire.

  THOUSANDS of people have backed Phillip Island Stand Alone group’s push to break away from the Bass Coast Shire by signing the de-amalgamation petition circulated around the Island during Easter. The Stand Alone group met at Pino’s Trattoria in Cowes last Wednesday to formalise plans for the campaign to secede from the Bass Coast […]

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Interchange launches disability service

Launching Interchange: from left, Bass Coast Shire mayor Cr Neil Rankine, Interchange president Peter Greenwood, Bass MLA Ken Smith and Interchange Gippsland CEO Debbie Knight at the Wonthaggi opening of Interchange Gippsland’s new Young Adult Service for people with a disability.

INTERCHANGE Gippsland unveiled its new office at 70 Watt Street, Wonthaggi, at the same time as it launched its Young Adult Service. The service aims to provide individualised and responsive services to young adults with a disability. “It’s about talking to the individuals about what their needs are and what their goals in life are,” […]

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Families tour Tarwin

Tour experience: Elizabeth, Zac and Beatrice Zagon are supporting their father (centre) Tom Zagon’s eighth ride in Tour de Tarwin.

CYCLISTS, walkers and joggers were welcomed to participate in Tour de Tarwin on Saturday. Tour de Tarwin is now in its eighth with participants at an all time high. This year, $15,000 was raised for the Tarwin Lower CFA. Dodging the rain, the turnout was good with an overall number of 1400 participants, approximately 100 […]

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Jumping in

Pool campaigners: Foster residents, from left, Dr David Iser, Narelle Iser, David Blake, Linda Giddy, Greg Cox, Rose Wathen and John Wathen call for the town’s pool to stay. They are with South Gippsland Shire councillors Mohya Davies (centre) and Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks (second from right).

THE Foster community and South Gippsland Shire Council will join forces to determine the future of the town’s pool. Council last week voted to explore options for the alternative management of the pool, now managed by the YMCA. A budget blowout and low attendances forced council to review the pool’s future. The pool will operate […]

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Tourism icon plans revealed

The stunning Agnes Falls.

A NEW viewing platform will showcase the majestic wonder of the Agnes Falls and gorge. The $400,000 proposal was unveiled to South Gippsland Shire Council last Wednesday. The new cantilever platform will protrude five metres into the gorge, offering visitors a 180 degree view of the magnificent attraction north of Toora and Welshpool. Visitors now […]

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News | 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 »

Island rebellion

Fresh start: long time Phillip Island resident businessman and former Phillip Island Shire Councillor Stephen Fullarton has helped formed the Phillip Island Stand Alone group to see break away from the Bass Coast Shire and re-establish a new shire on Phillip Island.

PHILLIP Island has dropped a bombshell on Bass Coast Shire Council, with the Stand Alone group reinvigorated in a bid to break away from Bass Coast Shire and re-establish its own local government body. Disgruntled Phillip Island residents are determined to make this work and group member, former Phillip Island Shire councillor Stephen Fullarton of […]

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

Divers saved

Airlifted: two divers were rescued from Wilsons Promontory National Park after their boat drifted away on Friday afternoon. Photo: Nine News Melbourne.

TWO scuba divers were rescued at Wilsons Promontory National Park on Friday. Three people set out in a boat from Inverloch towards Norman Island and Whisky Bay at 2pm. The two divers were in the water for 45 minutes, while a 65 year old man from Wattle Bank stayed in the boat. While the divers […]

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

Car torched

Rapid burn: a paddock bomb, grass and scrub were set alight in Wonthaggi on Sunday.

A CAR was set alight at Wonthaggi on Sunday. The car was used by children as a paddock bomb. They lost control of the car and crashed into the scrub, causing the fire to start. When crews arrived on the scene at Carneys Road, they found the car fully engulfed, and a grass and scrub […]

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

Internet win

Future plan: NBN’s Gary McLaren, Liberal candidate for the seat of Bass Brian Paynter, Thorpdale resident Kim Styles, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and McMillan MP Russell Broadbent at the NBN announcement.

THE MCMILLAN electorate will see big benefits from $34 million in funds for NBN’s Interim Satellite Service (ISS), McMillan MP Russell Broadbent said. The money will be used to expand capacity on the satellites, and subsidise extra services. Announcing the upgrade at Pakenham last Thursday with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Mr Broadbent said the extra […]

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

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