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Stories written by Mark Drury

Robbery deflates retail business

Had enough: Graeme O’Connor from Great Southern Outdoors in Leongatha is incensed by the robbery that took place at his store last Tuesday night.

A BRAZEN burglary at Leongatha’s Great Southern Outdoors last Tuesday night has left owner Graeme O’Connor feeling a little bit fed up. According to Mr O’Connor unknown offender(s) forced entry through the front door of the Bair Street premises and took between $10,000 and $15,000 worth of stock. All of the glass cabinets were emptied, […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Fire station ready for fit out

Almost complete: from left, Ross Considine of builders Considine and Johnston with Leongatha CFA members Peter Atkin, secretary Gary Burns and captain Tristan Morton-Pedersen at Leongatha’s new fire station.

BUILDING firm Considine and Johnston has completed the construction of Leongatha CFA’s new station but there’s still plenty of work to be done on the fit out. Keys to the building have been handed over to corporate CFA in Melbourne so it can prepare for the local fire brigade to move in at the end […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Hospital gains a country man

Hand over: Mr Johnson is well acquainted with taking over the reins of large organisations. Gippsland Southern Health Service is in experienced hands.

MARK Johnson, the new CEO of Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS) describes taking over the reins of the organisation as a steep learning curve. Getting to know how an organisation works and the people within it interact, is a big part of stepping onto any new job, particularly when the organisation employs 400 people. Mr […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Featured,News | Read More »

Residents fed up with rate rises

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THE heat is starting to build on the South Gippsland Shire with residents angry over hefty gains in rates in the last two years. Rates and the upcoming budget are current hot topics and the Shire is not the flavour of the month either, rating poorly in the recent customer satisfaction survey. After recently seeing […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

CSG rebuffed by council

Photo courtesy Shelley Price SJP Studios.

COAL Seam Gas (CSG) protestors were outraged by the South Gippsland Shire Council’s decision not to exempt the shire from CSG mining and exploration on Wednesday. Protestors filled council’s gallery during the ordinary meeting and were disappointed with the outcome. Mayor Cr Jim Fawcett said he would not vote for exemption at this time because […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Featured,News | Read More »

Open gardens at Jumbunna

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Jumbunna is staging open gardens this coming Sunday, October 26, from 10am till 4pm commencing at the Jumbunna Hall. Cost $10 for adults. All the proceeds will go to help cover the high overheads of the Jumbunna Hall where the market is held on the first Sunday of the month as well as hosting other […]

October 24th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Featured | Read More »

AFNL Grand Final Day

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MEENIYAN really turned it on for the staging of the Alberton Football Netball League grand finals on Saturday. The weather was perfect and a bumper crowd of 5000 people paid $32,075 at the gate, just down on last year’s record gate of $33, 350 at Wonthaggi. As the Meeniyan ground filled to capacity with cars, […]

September 16th, 2014 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Ahoy there! Pirate treasure discovered

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TREASURE hunts, sell out magic shows, pirate battles and prizes were just some of the highlights of the fabulous Pirate Day hosted by the Coal Creek Community Park and Museum at Korumburra on Sunday. People came from Melbourne and all around Gippsland to attend. Coal Creek turned on a great day out and while rain […]

September 25th, 2012 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Going Global rocks Newhaven

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TRAIL blazing in the performing arts, Newhaven College is celebrating another triumph with its latest junior school production, Going Global. Combining 200 enthusiastic, budding thespians bedecked in stunning, colourful and imaginative costumes, simplistically brilliant sets, wonderful music, singing and movement Going Global had the perfect recipe for another winning show for Newhaven College. The college […]

September 13th, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Community | Read More »

Men survive helicopter crash

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TWO Kongwak men escaped with their lives after a dramatic helicopter crash on Sunday afternoon, at about 3.20pm. Pilot Don Brown, 69, and his nephew Ian Brown, 43, were a little over a kilometre from landing their Hughes 500 when it suffered engine failure at about 500ft. The aircraft plummeted swiftly to ground – guided […]

August 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

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