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Fishy hosts touching relay

Courage: Meeniyan’s Amelia Piening shaved her head for a cure at Fish Creek’s Relay for Life on Saturday. Her hair was shaved by Meeniyan hairdresser Cathy Waldron.

THE inaugural Fish Creek Relay for Life raised an incredible $32,900 over the weekend. Terrill Park hosted 22 teams and 344 individual walkers over the 18 hour event. The opening ceremony was held at 4pm on Saturday. The ribbon was cut by cancer survivor Edith Gray, who is a highly respected member of the Foster […]

March 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Tractor rally pulls crowd

Working hard: Wonthaggi’s Jeremiah Evans watched on as his siblings Max and Brooke groom horse Bonnie at the Working Horse and Tractor Rally.

NYORA enjoyed one of the best Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rallies it has seen over the weekend. Organiser Peter Xuereb said the weekend celebration of historic machinery and bush skills was a raging success, with both the crowd and the exhibitors extremely happy with the outcome. “Everyone was having a great time,” he said. […]

March 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Shop for a cause

Sparkling bright: Marlee Greaves does not let Congenital Hyperinsulinism dampen her spirits. Mum Erin Greaves wants to raise awareness of the extremely rare condition and will hold a garage sale in Korumburra this Saturday, February 28.

ONLY one in 50,000 children is struck by the medical disorder Congenital Hyperinsulinism. Unfortunately for Marlee Greaves of Korumburra, her number came up. At just 18 months old, the toddler must take medication every eight hours in an attempt to avoid suffering life-threatening seizures and other complications. Her little body produces excessive insulin and the […]

February 25th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Two more candidates confirmed

byelection dinkus

Two more candidates have been announced for the Gippsland South by-election. Liberals have chosen Wellington Shire Councillor and funeral director Scott Rossetti. Greens have selected Andrea Millsom, who will campaign strongly against a coal seam gas industry in the electorate. They join The Nationals’ Danny O’Brien.

February 19th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Back to the polls


SOUTH Gippslanders will go to the polls on Saturday, March 14. Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Telmo Languiller today issued the writ for a by-election in the electoral district of Gippsland South. The by-election follows the resignation of Peter Ryan as Gippsland South MLA. The writ to the Victorian Electoral Commission outlines the key dates […]

February 17th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Stony Creek to miss out

Race alarm: Stony Creek Racing Club will lose vital funding under a plan opposed by Eastern  Victoria Region MLC Danny O'Brien.

STONY Creek Racing Club will miss out on training centre funding and lose a race meeting from 2016-17, under a plan released yesterday. The Nationals Eastern Victoria Region MLC, Danny O’Brien, has called on the Minister for Racing Martin Pakula to intervene to stop the downgrading of Stony Creek and other Gippsland racing clubs, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.  

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Danny O’Brien will contest Gippsland South

Danny OBrien

Danny O’Brien MLC (pictured) this afternoon confirmed he would contest The Nationals’ pre-selection for the Gippsland South by-election. Mr O’Brien announced his intention at the AGM of the Foster-Fish Creek branch of The Nationals in Foster today.

February 4th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Swans are back

Swan song: Harry Forrester and Col Stockdale are pleased to see the black swan design back on signs at the entrances to Koonwarra.

KOONWARRA once again has swans at the entrances to town. In late 2013, the large town entrance sign painted with the swan design on the Leongatha side went missing. Koonwarra locals Col Stockdale, Ken Caithness and Harry Forrester wanted to replace the missing sign, but were unsuccessful due to VicRoads requirements. The remaining swan sign […]

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

School shambles

SECONDARY colleges are still waiting for state funding to provide urgently needed new buildings, as a new school year resumes.
A petition has been launched calling for the State Government to provide $9 million to Korumburra Secondary College to upgrade outdated buildings.
Wonthaggi Secondary College desperately seeks a new senior campus as part of the Bass Coast Education Precinct.
Leongatha Secondary College is hopeful of funding to demolish old buildings and erect a new administration complex to be shared with Leongatha Primary School.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development said the government would consider the schools for funding, adding the government was committed to funding new schools and school upgrades.
"Funding for these as well as additional school upgrades will be considered as part of future budget deliberations,” he said.
The former Coalition State Government promised $1.25 million to continue the upgrade of Leongatha Secondary College if re-elected.
An announcement about that funding could be made within two to three weeks.
The Star’s sources said negotiations were underway and an announcement might be imminent about the funding the school needs to demolish superseded school buildings, which are deteriorating within college grounds.
In 2011, the State Government provided $10 million for new school buildings. These were completed in March 2014, but the funding fell short, leaving the community to raise funds to remove the defunct buildings.
Principal Wayne Chester did not wish to comment.
Eastern Victoria Region MLC Danny O’Brien is calling on the State Government to fund a badly needed redevelopment of Korumburra Secondary College.
The former Coalition Government allocated $5.6 million from last year’s state budget to complete a master plan and begin initial works. 
During the election campaign the coalition pledged an additional $9 million to the rebuild, if re-elected.
“Korumburra Secondary College desperately needs this funding to rebuild its ageing and deteriorating buildings. Many of the school buildings were built in the 1950s and are literally crumbling,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Despite the best efforts of the teachers and staff at the school, it’s not a conducive environment for students to learn in. I urge the Labor Government not to forget our regional schools and continue with the coalition’s plan for the redevelopment.”
The Nationals MP has drawn up a petition which calls on Labor to fund the college rebuild as a matter of priority.
“I urge all local residents to sign this petition and show the Labor Government how important this project is to ensuring our students can achieve their best educational outcomes,” Mr O’Brien said.
The petition will be available to sign at local businesses and Mr O’Brien’s offices at 36a Bair Street, Leongatha and 181 Franklin Street, Traralgon.   
KSC principal Abigail Graham was in Melbourne last week viewing the presentations of the four architectural firms who tendered for the job funded in the 2014-2015 budget.
Ms Graham said she would love a whole new school but the community had to work with the money that has been budgeted.
“If the community wants to agitate for more money and a new school, I am not going to stand in its way,” she said.

Minister to hear case 
for Wonthaggi school
by Tayla Kershaw

WONTHAGGI Secondary College leaders will meet with Victorian Education Minister James Merlino this Thursday to discuss the prospect of funding for a new senior campus.
In November, the previous Coalition Government promised the college $21 million towards a new school site in McKenzie Street.
College principal Garry Dennis and McBride campus principal Darren Parker will be meeting with Mr Merlino and Bass MLA Brian Paynter to discuss possible funding opportunities on Thursday.
“Brian Paynter has said he believes the decision should be non-party political,” Mr Dennis said.
“He believes the need is demonstrated. We will continue to lobbying with key personnel to push our cause.”
The school now holds 1250 students across the two campuses, with enrolments peaking this year.
Both campuses are facing problems with space and outdated facilities. 
“Our facilities are old but well maintained,” Mr Dennis said.
“We are happy with the way the facilities are kept in good shape. Unfortunately, however, it is not ideal for the 21st century.”

SECONDARY colleges are still waiting for state funding to provide urgently needed new buildings, as a new school year resumes. A petition has been launched calling for the State Government to provide $9 million to Korumburra Secondary College to upgrade outdated buildings. Wonthaggi Secondary College desperately seeks a new senior campus as part of the […]

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Charity trashed

Dumped: Salvation Army volunteer Wendy O’Neill went to work at the thrift shop in Leongatha on yesterday (Monday) to find someone had left rubbish by the back door.

VOLUNTEERS of the Salvation Army were disappointed to find rubbish left outside their Leongatha thrift shop over the weekend. Volunteers at the Bair Street shop now have to sift through the rubbish and spend up to $400 at the tip. “We do have free access to the tip through South Gippsland Shire Council,” Salvation Army […]

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

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