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Where is the $40m winner?

Way to go: Peter Watchorn of Nextra Newsagency in Leongatha is delighted the winning ticket was sold at his agency.

THE winner of Oz Lotto’s $40 million jackpot prize could still be in the dark about their multi-millionaire status, as Tatts is still waiting by the phone to speak with them. The winning ticket from Tuesday night’s draw was sold by Nextra Newsagency Leongatha. Oz Lotto spokesperson Claire Taylor said customers of Nextra Newsagency Leongatha should […]

May 26th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Parrots wear down Gulls

Goal sneak: Brock Davidson scored valuable goals for Leongatha at the right time. Coming up from the two’s Davidson was right on target with five goals in a top game. More photos online at www.mdphotos.net

LEONGATHA was eventually able to conquer the young and talented Warragul team to take out an 86 point win at Parrot Park on Saturday. The Gulls were proving to be formidable opponents, especially in the first half, and the end result of the game is no real indication of the effort Warragul put in against […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

Evita to wow

Peron: John Black and Nina Barry Macaulay will bring the roles of Juan and Eva Peron to life in the upcoming Wonthaggi Theatre Group production of Evita. Photo courtesy of Foons Photographics.

MONTHS of dedication and hard work will culminate in the opening of Evita on May 28. Wonthaggi Theatre Group (WTG) promises yet another extraordinary production, discovery the deep and complex life of Eva Peron. Peron will be played by Nina Barry Macaulay, a returned WTG star. Set in Argentina, the story follows Peron’s steps to […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Livestock yards reach 10 year milestone

Onwards and upwards: VLE chief executive officer Wayne Osborne said the selling centre at Leongatha has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years.

THIS year marks 10 years since the Victorian Livestock Exchange (VLE) took over the saleyards in Koonwarra, now known as VLE Leongatha. VLE chief executive officer Wayne Osborne said when VLE purchased the yards, they were an open air, concrete floored facility, which was the conventional design at the time. At the same time, VLE […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Business,News,Rural News | Read More »

Shedders get together

Strong cluster: from left, Victorian Men’s Shed Association vice president Lindsay Oates, committee member David Mudge, Inverloch Men’s Shed president Julian Sellers and South Gippsland Shire Council community strengthening officer Barbara Look at the Men’s Shed cluster meeting last Tuesday, May 10 at Wonthaggi’s State Coal Mine.

MEN’S Shed members from across the region gathered at Wonthaggi’s State Coal Mine last Tuesday, May 10 for a highly anticipated cluster meeting. Victorian Men’s Shed Association vice president Lindsay Oates said the local organisations were proving to be a major success across the state, with new branches and projects cropping up in South Gippsland […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Long Street’s empty future

Road block: VicRoads contractors worked outside businesses on Leongatha’s Long Street for two days last week, causing further disruption to the Long Street businesses.

SHOP tenants on Leongatha’s Long Street have struggled to stay afloat with roadworks on the heavy vehicle alternate route causing major disruption to business. The landowner of the strip of shops, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had already lost one of three tenants due to the works. “We believe our commercial property on […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Dairy museum opens at Toora

Cute cows: Toora Primary School students Scarlet Robson, Tess Hollier, Adrian O’Loughlin and Ella Hollier were dressed up to look the part at the opening of a dairying museum last Thursday,  located in the grounds of the Viplus Dairy factory.

A DAIRY museum, located within the grounds of the Viplus Dairy factory in Toora, was officially opened last Thursday in front of a large crowd. Donated to the people of Toora by the owners of Viplus Dairy, the museum and community space will be managed by the Toora Lions Club. Viplus chief operations officer Peter […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Big seas prompt beach rush

Crowd pleaser: people watch the high tide roll in at Inverloch’s main surf beach last Wednesday. Photo courtesy of Raewyn Twomey.

CROWDS of people watched waves crash into the carpark at Inverloch’s boat ramp and further erode the town’s surf beach last week, as extremely high tides and strong winds combined to put on a show. The number of onlookers peaked last Tuesday and Wednesday, as waves swamped the ramp and jetty, and even entered the […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Harry drives to uni – in Darwin

Made it: after driving from South Gippsland to the Top End, Harry Baess is at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.

SOME people catch a bus to university or even drive up to Melbourne. Harry Baess of Wonga, near Foster, converted his Land Rover into a mobile study and drove all the way to Darwin – nearly 4000km. The agro-forester and his wife Grazyna run sheep, cattle, a nut plantation and a small automated sawmill. They […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Milk down the gurgler

Frustrated: from left, Mirboo farmers Kris, Macie and Amanda Thomas are feeling the stress of a downturn in the dairy industry.

DISHEARTENED farmers are taking extreme measures to demonstrate the adverse effects of poor milk prices. Mirboo’s Kris and Amanda Thomas are tipping their milk down the drain instead of sending it to milk processor Fonterra. “It’s not worth giving our milk to Fonterra, so why should we?” Mr Thomas said. “It’s more than that though, […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

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