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Rate rise shock

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SOUTH Gippsland residents are facing a 7.5 per cent rate increase for the next financial year. The increase is to cover a $4.61m superannuation funding call and reduced grant allocation from the Victorian Grants Commission. Ratepayers are outraged by the hike. President of the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry Darryl McGannon said it will […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Ryan accepts roads petition

Here you are: Marg Denbrok and Lisa Burge hand the roads petition to Deputy Premier Peter Ryan. Ms Burge also gave him a Star “fix our roads” sticker.

THE South Gippsland roads petition with more than 4000 signatures has finally been presented to local MP Peter Ryan. Mr Ryan was in Leongatha last Friday and made time to meet Marg Denbrok and Lisa Burge who gave him more than 200 sheets with the signatures on them. Mr Ryan, whose roles as Deputy Premier […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Welcome back

Can’t wait: Minister for Education Martin Dixon, Deputy Premier Peter Ryan, TS Constructions’ Mark Patterson and Leongatha Secondary College assistant principal Greg Elt.

DEPUTY Premier Peter Ryan and Minister for Education Martin Dixon were welcomed back into schools last week, after the lifting of a long time Australian Education Union ban. The lifting of the ban comes with promises from new Premier Dennis Napthine to finalise the new teachers pay deal. Locally Mr Ryan and Mr Dixon visited […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Fastest in Gippsland

Winner, winner: Leongatha’s Dayn Bentvelzen took out the Gippsland Wingless Sprint Car Series recently. A Round 3 win at Nyora helped him to secure the series victory. He will be presented with the series trophy at a presentation night in the coming weeks.

“YOU reach about 100ks and then you throw them in sideways and hope you make it around the corner.” Seems like a crazy way to drive but that’s how Leongatha’s Dayn Bentvelzen took out the Gippsland Wingless Sprint Car Series. “Racing is an adrenalin rush. I get out of the car sometimes and I’m shaking. […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Sport | Read More »

250 for Cameron

Top effort: Travis Cameron being congratulated on his achievement by Tarwin coach Brett ‘Sticks’ O’Halloran.

Travis ‘Trucky’ Cameron celebrated his 250th game with the Tarwin Football Club on Saturday. This is thought to be a club record. Cameron joined the club as a Under 17s player and is in his 14th senior season with the club.

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Sport | Read More »

National Medal for Alan Price

Presentation: from left, Chief Officer of the CFA, Ewan Ferguson, presents Alan Price with his National Medal, with Alan’s wife Jill Price a long time ladies auxiliary member who received a 25 year’s service medallion.

CHIEF Officer for the CFA Ewan Ferguson has presented Pound Creek Rural Fire Brigade’s Alan Price with a National Medal. The presentation was made on Saturday, April 20 at Pound Creek’s annual dinner at the fire station attended by more than 100 people. It is the second time Pound Creek has had the honour of […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Community,Featured | Read More »

Hospital rally in Cowes – not a politician in sight

Not happy: some 700 people attended the Public Hospital rally in Cowes on Friday evening, many outraged no invited local politicians turned up.

PHILLIP Island’s cry for a hospital to be reinstated was heard loud and clear last Friday when a massive crowd of some 700 concerned residents turned out in force at the Public Hospital rally in Cowes. Chair of the meeting Greg Price said the group organising the rally was thrilled with the strong support but […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Foster’s tram art

Looking good: principal artists of the tram sculpture David Bell with his wife and project production manager Bec Matthews.

FOSTER is not a town you would normally associate with trams but lately some locals have been getting familiar with the transport icon. A team of artists and engineers have been had at work to construct the next public art piece to hit Melbourne’s CBD – a full size ‘stone’ tram sticking vertically out of […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Students learn how to lead

Tomorrow’s leaders: Grip Leadership presenter Mason Schrack (centre) with students, from left, Duncan hunt (Newhaven), Jacob Beckwith (Mary MacKillop), Jamaica Watson (SGSC) and Mackenzie Kerr (MNSC).

SOUTH Gippsland’s leaders of tomorrow converged on Korumburra last week to hone their skills. Tuesday saw students from 18 different primary schools in the region attend a conference while Wednesday 100 students from eight different secondary schools joined in the fun. These conferences are run by Grip Leadership and take students through fun ways to […]

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Community,Featured | Read More »

Ruby’s Star eyes big prize

Polished victories: Robert “Digger” McFarlane and Kerri McFarlane display the Stawell and Traralgon cups.

A RACEHORSE owned by a Ruby family could contest the prestigious Warrnambool Cup on May 2. King’s a Star won the Stawell Cup on March 31 and the Traralgon Cup on December 9, both worth $50,000. Now the five year old gelding is vying for a spot in the line up of the $200,000 Warrnambool […]

April 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Sport | Read More »

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