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Play smart these footy finals

Watch it: drivers are urged to monitor their alcohol consumption during the footy finals.

SOUTH Gippslanders who drink and drive have been put on notice ahead of a wave of Transport Accident Commission-funded police enforcement activity to coincide with the AFL finals. A TAC grant will enable Victoria Police to fund $1 million worth of overtime hours for road safety policing over and above normal police operations between now […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Cold splash for Bendigo Bank

Proud supporters: Leongatha Bendigo Bank’s Siaan Grinham and Brigitte Pearce were proud to complete the ice bucket challenge in support of motor neurotic disorder.

SEVEN daring Bendigo Bank staff from the Leongatha branch took the ice bucket challenge on Friday to raise money for motor neurotic disorder (MND). They were aiming to raise $1000 for the cause and had already received $850 before taking the challenge. MND Australia has received $700,000 from 14,000 supporters across the nation.

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Death trap

Taking action: from left, Leongatha North’s Nola and Bill Sweeney, Janice Sing, Chris Howard, Colin Littlejohn and John Fiddelaers gathered at the top of Crighton’s Hill on Friday and signed the new petition to fix the dangerous road.

THE State and Federal governments have been urged to fix notorious Crightons Hill near Leongatha in the wake of the second death there this year. Four people have died at Crightons Hill in the past four years and some 20 accidents have resulted in serious injuries. Last Monday, September 1, a 17 year old girl […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Dairy downturn

Dairy good: Leongatha South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg said dairy prices are being affected by the international market.

DESPITE posting a net profit of $29.3 million, Murray Goulburn Cooperative Co. Limited has revised its end of year forecast down as much as 30 cents. Its full year forecast for the southern milk region is now $6 per kilogram of milk solids – the current farmgate price. This is down from a range of […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Gas claims “cheeky”

No CSG here: from left, Robyn Callaghan, Tony Bodsworth and Wendy Davis from CSG Free Poowong helped organise the Korumburra meeting.

A STATE Government spokesperson has labelled claims the government would allow unsafe chemicals to be used in fracking for coal seam gas as “cheeky”. A spokesperson for Energy and Resources Minister Russell Northe rejected claims by Environmental Justice Australia that a government bill to limit rather than ban BTEX chemicals used in fracking was a […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

What a find!

Surprise, surprise: Peter Rhodes shows the ambergris he found on an Inverloch beach and the source of ambergris, sperm whales.

A RARE discovery was made on an Inverloch beach recently. Peter Rhodes found ambergris, a substance made by sperm whales and a valued ingredient in expensive perfumes. Rodney Webster of the South Gippsland Conservation Society said ambergris typically sells for up to $30 per gram but Australian law does not allow such wildlife products to […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Leongatha Primary celebrates 125 years

Boys group: back, from left, Sam, Zac, Liam, Matthew, Mitchell and Jake, and front, from left, Maarli, Josh, Jhett and Tom wore flannel shirts, vests and ties as their old fashioned gear at Leongatha Primary School on Friday.

LEONGATHA Primary School students stepped back in time to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary. They children were encouraged to dress up in old fashioned uniforms on Friday. The classrooms were set up to replicate a school from the past, with desks in rows and boys on one side and girls on the other. After lunch, […]

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Lyric show inspiring


BLOOD Brothers left the audience with stirred emotions on Friday night when Lyric Theatre completed its first performance of the award winning musical stage show. Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys separated at birth but connected throughout their lives by friendship, secrets and tragedy. The show’s lively scenes and potent emotion […]

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Fix Crightons Hill

Please sign: the petition to fix Crightons Hill was launched today by Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Peter Watchorn (left) and Star editor Brad Lester.

A PETITION has been launched in a bid to save lives on a major South Gippsland road.The community is urged to sign the petition calling for the State Government to fix the notorious Crightons Hills on the Strzelecki Highway at Leongatha.A young woman from Mirboo North died after a horrific collision there on Monday. The petition […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Kinder breakthrough

Lots of fun: Lila and Jillianne play with the puzzles in the refurbished children’s room at Wonthaggi’s White Road kindergarten in February this year.

  KINDERGARTENS will offer 15 hours of lessons to four year old students next year. The State Government today announced the Federal Government had announced it would commit to funding to extend the national partnership agreement on early childhood education. Wendy Lovell, Victorian Mininster for Children and Early Childhood Development, said the news came after […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

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