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Stories written by Mark Drury

Ahoy there! Pirate treasure discovered


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


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

Chopper crash

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 »

Boom times

Cr Veronica Dowman

THE strength of Bass Coast Shire’s economy ranks it among the state’s best. Industry and business generate an annual economic output of $2.1 billion, unemployment is low and the outlook bright. Business conditions are much better than the rest of Victoria and the economy is described as “resilient”. Apparently the people are resilient too. Every […]

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

Concert 120 years in making


BRASS combined with singing and bagpipes in Leongatha on Saturday night, as more than 300 people helped the South Gippsland Shire Brass Band commemorate its 120th birthday. The band performed a variety concert at Memorial Hall, ranging from the march Aces High and the favourite New York, New York, to the hymn Lloyd and the […]

August 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Community | Read More »

Jenny’s Kokoda bound again

Hero: Paddy O’Brien, Jenny Churchill, Rory O’Brien, Trent Churchill, Simone Ryan and Wayne Churchill with 103-year-old Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel Ovuru Ndiki.

JENNY Churchill is trekking the Kokoda Track again to raise awareness of bowel cancer. The Kilcunda resident is the arts and leisure manager with Bass Coast Shire Council and is a well known figure in the Wonthaggi and Kilcunda communities. She first trekked the Kokoda Track in 2009, after recovering from major bowel cancer surgery. […]

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

Six-figures raised for Beau

Proud parents: Kerrie and Daryl Vernon were humbled and thankful by the support shown by the entire community for their son, Beau.

OVER $140,000 was raised for injured footballer Beau Vernon at a community Bring and Buy Auction on Sunday. The Phillip Island Adventure Park was packed full with over 700 people as they bid for a range of great items.  Writer and comedian Bryan Dawe emceed the afternoon while local auctioneers from Landmark and Alex Scott […]

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

Leongatha retail hopes rise

Opportunity here: Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Darryl McGannon, in the overgrown former railway yards.

AN EYESORE in the middle of Leongatha could be transformed into a vibrant retail hub. South Gippsland Shire Council has engaged architecture students from RMIT University to create designs for the possible future use of vacant railway yards on the edge of the central business district. Developing the overgrown yards is a priority project for […]

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

Ryan MLA to open daffodil festival

Looking good: Ruby Whelan of Leongatha Primary School peers through daffodils. The whole school is getting excited about the festival, held this week in Leongatha.

DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan will open the 2012 Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Festival this Thursday (August 23). The Gippsland South MLA will perform the honour at the floral show in Leongatha Memorial Hall at 3pm. Daffodils will feature at the show, alongside other flowers and will be presented by the Leongatha Horticultural Society. Show doors […]

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

Born to speak

David McAlpine: the gifted orator will compete in the next stage of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award on September 11.

TO say Year 9 Mary MacKillop student David McAlpine is a well-spoken young man would be a major understatement. Truly, the lad is born to speak. Recently, the 15-year-old was awarded first place in the regional Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award. The gifted orator has been working with the Debating Association of Victoria, honing his […]

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

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