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Riding for a cause

Life changing: Rebecca Slavin has found a new direction thanks to Teen Challenge. Her father Gavin Slavin of Inverloch will ride 1000km to support the charity.

FOUR South Gippslanders will take part in a 1000km bike ride in Western Australia in October, to support a rehabilitation centre that transforms lives. Rick and Mez Oldham of Archies Creek will join Deb Rielly of Wonthaggi and Gavin Slavin of Inverloch in the six day Kari’s Tour de Freedom 1000 event. Funds raised will […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Back local businesses, back your community

Stay local: South Gippsland Shire Council’s business liaison officer Renae Littlejohn encourages shoppers to shop at small businesses on Support Small Business Day, Saturday, October 4. She is pictured in Leongatha’s commercial strip.

SUPPORT Small Business Day takes place on Saturday, October 4, run by South Gippsland Shire Council and the Victorian Government. “We see it as a real celebration of what’s special about shopping locally, and that is supporting the people that support our community,” council’s business liaison officer Renae Littlejohn said. Ms Littlejohn praised local businesses […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Music festival to rock Tarwin Lower

Poignant message: In Hearts Wake will be one of the highlight bands of Unify: A Heavy Music Gathering at Tarwin Lower.

UNIFIED and The Hills are Alive are proud to announce the first year of a new event Unify: A Heavy Music Gathering. Unify is a two day boutique camping and music gathering set at Tarwin Lower Recreation Reserve at January 10 and 11, 2015. The concept is to create a community driven event of 3000 punters across the punk, hardcore […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Read More »

Leongatha icon comes down


    THE former Masonic Hall in Leongatha is now being demolished to make way for a townhouse complex. The building on the corner of Church and Bruce streets is on the edge of Leongatha’s commercial district.

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Rubbish swoop

Spreading word: Bass Coast Shire Council’s acting infrastructure director Jamie Sutherland with an example of anti-littering sign.

A HIGH amount of rubbish dumped on roadsides has prompted authorities to fight fire with fire. Signs have appeared along South Gippsland and Bass Coast roadsides, spreading an anti-littering message. The signs are a trial run by Bass Coast and South Gippsland shire councils, Sustainability Victoria and VicRoads, funded with a grant of $16,000 from […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

Here to help

Ready to serve: Bass Coast Community Foundation executive officer Kate Dwyer (left) and Mirboo North and District Community Foundation executive officer Derrick Ehmke urge their communities to contact them.

A SMALL gift can go a long way when those little gifts become one. Such is the benefit of donating to community foundations in South Gippsland. Through raising sponsorship for the benefit of locals, the Mirboo North and District, and Bass Coast community foundations are transforming the future for community groups and individuals. The foundations […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Sergeant awarded for bravery

Proud family: Sergeant Daniel Burgess is congratulated on receiving the Clarke Silver Medal (inset) by son Sam.

A POLICE officer who rescued a fisherman from wild seas off Philip Island received a bravery medal last week. Sergeant Daniel Burgess received the Clarke Silver Medal from The Royal Humane Society of Australasia at The Melbourne Town Hall. The award was presented by Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. On January 14, 2012, Sgt Burgess […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Loch CFA celebrates 60 years of service

Prestigious honour: Loch CFA firefighter John Kennedy (right) received the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Gold Star Award from VFBV member Bill Rodda.

THE members of the Loch CFA celebrated the brigade’s 60 year anniversary recently. Many deserving awards were presented to past and present volunteers for their efforts and achievements. Originally part of the Poowong and District Fire Brigade, Loch CFA was formed on September 12, 1954. Brigade volunteers have protected and educated the community for the […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Ryan rushes to top

Quick ascent: Mirboo group firefighter Will Ryan placed second in a race up Melbourne’s Crown Towers.

MIRBOO group firefighter William Ryan took part in a race up the 28 floors of Melbourne’s Crown Towers recently. The event is the first of its type in Melbourne. Members of fire agencies – Country Fire Authority, Metropolitan Fire Brigade,  Rural Fire Service, New Zealand fire services and other international organisations – faced off in […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Run, run, run


LEONGATHA Primary School students ran rings around their oval on Tuesday, September 16 during the school lapathon. During the fundraising event, all school students completed as many laps of the oval as they could in 30 minutes, earning sponsorship money generously provided to the school by family and friends. The money will go towards improved […]

September 30th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

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