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Businesses vie for online millions

SOUTH Gippslanders spent $84.1 million online during the 2018-19 financial year and retailers are fighting for shoppers to instead open their wallets in local towns. Local shoppers spent an average of $7 million a month online, with the peak reaching $7.5 million in November 2018 in the lead-up to Christmas. The trend towards online shopping […]

December 13th, 2019 | Posted in News | Read More »

New Wonthaggi school brings a dream to life

WONTHAGGI is rich in history, built on the foundations of its coal mining origins, but on the edge of town is a clear sign the town – and the broader Bass Coast – has entered the modern age. The $32.5 million new senior campus of Wonthaggi Secondary College is so contemporary, one could be forgiven […]

December 12th, 2019 | Posted in News | Read More »

Rev up your Christmas and win at Autobarn Leongatha

HURRY in and shop in-store at Leongatha Autobarn before December 23. Purchase any Penrite product and go in the draw. You could be the lucky winner. Peter McNiven and the team have an awesome Christmas present that one lucky winner will take home and the prize will be drawn at noon on December 23, just […]

December 12th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Total fire ban day declared for Thursday this week

A TOTAL fire ban day has been declared for across Victoria tomorrow, with extreme heat and wind forecast. The temperature is expected to reach 38 degrees in South Gippsland, with wind speeds of up to 26km/h. While the greatest risk of fire is in the Mallee and Wimmera, Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said if […]

November 20th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

South Gippsland Highway works to start as Black Spur contract finally awarded

  WORK on the realignment of the South Gippsland Highway between Koonwarra and Meeniyan is closer to starting. Governments have awarded the contract for the realignment at Black Spur to CPB Contractors. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the $115.2 million upgrade would see nine sharp bends […]

November 20th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Re-elected mayor off to Canberra to seek university funding

CR Brett Tessari will fly to Canberra tomorrow (Thursday) to advocate for a university presence in Bass Coast Shire, after being re-elected mayor this afternoon. He will meet with Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan in a final bid to secure $2 million in federal funding for a university centre in the shire. The centre will […]

November 13th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Council says it’s setting record straight on rail trail plans

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has said there is misinformation in the community about the future of the Nyora to Leongatha rail corridor. Here are some of the facts, according to council: There is no intention from the Victorian Government to return passenger rail services to South Gippsland. Any suggestion that the creation of a tourist […]

November 11th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Farmers to share tales over snags

FARMING can be a mentally challenging career. Farmers face unreliable prices, variable weather, expensive costs, often work in isolation, and don’t feel able to talk about the pressures of the job. This can lead to farmers experiencing stress and mental health issues at higher rates than those in other occupations. It’s a fact not lost […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

State Government protects Bass Coast from overdevelopment

  THE Bass Coast is now permanently protected from over-development after the State Government introduced strengthened planning controls. Victoria Planning Minister Richard Wynne was in Kilcunda last Thursday to officially declare the Bass Coast Shire including Phillip Island, the Bunurong coastlines from Inverloch to Point Nepean, the George Bass Coast and Bass Coast Hills, and […]

October 28th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

ACM takes share of milk supply

LONG gone are the days when Murray Goulburn and Fonterra were the main milk companies in South Gippsland. Now there are the likes of Saputo Dairy Australia, Burra Foods, ViPlus Dairy, Parmalat, Bega Foods, Lion Nathan and Australian Consolidated Milk (ACM), with the latter making major inroads into the region on the back of a […]

October 18th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

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