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Out, about: Bass MLA Brian Paynter (right) discusses State Government matters with James Archibald in Wonthaggi.

WONTHAGGI Theatrical Group’s recent production of Pippin wowed its South Gippsland audience. So much so that Bass MLA Brian Paynter thought the show – and the theatrical group – highlighted the opportunities young people have in Wonthaggi and the Bass Coast. “I believe we need to support all forms of talent. Pippin was just something […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Dinosaur’s just child’s play

Past meets present: Judy and Norman Vradenburg (far right) with Gerry Lonergan of the Inverloch Rotary Club, with the Koolasuchus sculpture at the Wallace Avenue Park in Inverloch. They are joined by the Vradenburgs’ grandchildren, from left, Archie Johnstone, Indi Johnston and Tayla Wyhoon.

A DINOSAUR is lurking in an Inverloch neighbourhood, but the local children are far from terrified – in fact, they’re delighted. A vacant block in Wallace Avenue has been transformed into an attractive park as a result of a community campaign to save the block from development. The centrepiece is a dinosaur – a sculpture […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Lions dance with elegance

All together: having a fun time at the Stony Creek Football Netball Club Mid-Year Ball on Saturday were, back, from left, Kaila Hutchison, Jenna Browne, Brett McKnight, Scott Browne and Caitlin Burge. Front, Ashleigh Browne and Ryan McKnight.

GLAMOUR and glitz filled Leongatha Memorial Hall on Saturday night, when 150 people had a memorable time at the Stony Creek Football Netball Club Mid-Year Ball. The event was held under lights designed by Events by Kate, and kicked off with an amazing happy hour and finished with great music by Luke Matthew’s band The […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Community,Featured | Read More »

Zambia calls teacher

So long: Tarwin Lower Primary School teacher Stephanie McDonald prepares to farewell her students, from left, Georgie, Alivia, Tyler and Ryan ahead of departing for Zambia, Africa, this Sunday.

THIS Sunday, June 28, Stephanie McDonald will board a plane and fly to the place of her dreams: Africa. The Tarwin Lower Primary School teacher will spend seven weeks teaching in a school in Zambia. Based in the city of Livingstone, population around 137,000, she will teach classes of up to 50 students – a […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Featured | Read More »

Keep rates low

Be heard: Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath is urging South Gippslanders to voice their views about rate capping. She is pictured in the Victorian Parliament.

EASTERN Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath is encouraging ratepayers and local councils to have their say on the State Government’s proposed cap on rates. Ms Bath said rates should be kept down and the Liberal-Nationals Coalition had always worked hard to lower the cost of living for families. “But it is important the cap does […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Up in arms

Hands off: Mirboo North residents raised placards in favour of a coal and gas free environment last week.

THE State Government has failed to ally the shock of Mirboo North residents’ in the wake of a new coal exploration licence being granted last week. Mantle Mining received the licence to explore for coal around Mirboo North. Mantle Mining is a small Melbourne based mining exploration company with interests in two coal exploration projects […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Car flips after cough

Sideways: this car ended up on its side in the heart of Leongatha near the CFA fire station last Wednesday afternoon, after the driver had a coughing fit and closed his eyes.

A FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE ended up on its side in the centre of Leongatha last Wednesday, after the driver allegedly closed his eyes while coughing. The driver, a 44 year old Leongatha, man and the 21 year old passenger of the Mitsubishi Pajero received minor injuries as a result of the crash on Bair Street around 1.35pm. […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Grants given generously

Here you go: Promontory District Finance Group director Irene Spooner (left) presented Dianne Cooper from the TP Taylor Reserve committee of management with a grant of $2000 at the Toora and District Community Bank and Foster Branch grants presentation night last Tuesday at Tuesday.

MORE than $28,000 was given to community groups by the Toora and District Community Bank and Foster Branch last Tuesday night. The bank held a grants presentation night at the Toora Football Netball clubrooms. Funds were distributed among eight community groups, committees and sporting clubs. The Promontory District Finance Group is the board of management […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Featured | Read More »

History explored

Guest speakers: guest speakers at the family history seminar were, from left, Meg Bate, Beryl O’Gorman and Robbie Stockfield, being welcomed by Helen Ebery of the South Gippsland Genealogical Society.

ANXIOUS to escape lives of poverty in Ireland especially during the famine, women sometimes even committed crimes, like arson, hoping to be transported to the colonies in the 1800s. An expert in Irish history, Beryl O’Gorman, chairperson of the Irish Ancestry Group examined reasons why these women immigrated to Australia. They left to gain better […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Sorrows bring joy

What a gig: the energy from Joe Camelleri, of The Black Sorrows, was high at The Caledonian Hotel in Wonthaggi on Friday. His sweat drenched leather jacket was evidence this man puts his absolute heart and soul into every performance.

BACK in April this year, word hit the street The Caledonian Hotel in Wonthaggi was bringing Aussie music icon Joe Camelleri and his band The Black Sorrows to town for a concert. Word spread fast and when tickets went on sale, the show sold out within three weeks. Anticipation was high and come last Friday, […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

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