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Stories written by simoneshort

Hello China

I DON’T know where to start this story. The usual rule is that an introduction should be 25 words or less, with pretty much everything encapsulated in that tight and punchy summation. But this is a story I’ve lived and one that has immeasurably changed me. It’s not something that is easy to whittle down. […]

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

Relay passes $32,000

THE Dumbalk Relay for Life, held last weekend, will raise more than $32,000 for cancer research. One of the organisers, Walter Aitch, said the event, the seventh Relay in South Gippsland had been a great success, with 20 teams and a total of 385 people registering. About 140 of those did so on the weekend. […]

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

Aldi a hit

WHEN The Star exclusively broke the story ALDI will open in Leongatha last Tuesday morning on its website and Facebook, the news went viral. The story created so much interest that by Monday afternoon, The Star’s Facebook page had received almost 10,000 hits. Leongatha has been given a desperately needed economic shot in the arm […]

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

Give us answers – Outrage over fire escape

RESIDENTS and fire fighters have expressed anger and disbelief at DSE’s handling of a controlled burn that razed 625 hectares of land around Hallston. The blaze threatened houses, burned grazing land, destroyed haysheds and fences. It also forced 46 residents to evacuate their homes, fleeing to the safety of relatives and friends. DSE refused to […]

April 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

No excuse for fire

INDEPENDENT fire expert David Packham said there was no excuse for a controlled burn getting away, as had happened with last week’s Hallston fire. The planned burn was to be done by April 30, subject to suitable weather conditions. But Mr Packham said that “nobody has to get a burn done by a certain date”. […]

April 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Intervene minister – “Third World” conditions plague shire

THE Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has been called on to step in and break the impasse surrounding the development of a sewerage scheme at Nyora, Poowong and Loch. South Gippsland Shire Councillor Andrew McEwen said the minister should intervene on the grounds of public health, six years after the former Minister for Water ordered […]

April 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Water limits mooted

LEONGATHA will be placed on stage one water restrictions by the end of this month, or early May, if the dry weather continues. “We plot all the levels and we look at all the demands and forecast on the worst case scenario. The worst case scenario we know about is that 2006-7 period,” South Gippsland […]

April 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Vandals poison trees

VANDALS have been poisoning native vegetation along the Inverloch foreshore. The vandalism came to the attention of community members after they noticed the death of multiple indigenous trees, shrubs and understorey species along Ramsey Boulevard. Bass Coast Shire Council environment manager Alison Creighton said vegetation at Pensioner’s Point had suffered recurring damage for a number […]

April 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Ryan spikes squad spot

SOME people are just built for a sport. In Alek Ryan’s case his sport is volleyball. The Inverloch teenager has recently been selected for the Australian Youth Volleyball Squad. As part of this he and 11 other young volleyball superstars will be heading to Thailand next month. “We’re competing in a junior championship over there,” […]

March 27th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Sport | Read More »

Bushlea offering’s ‘udder promise’

THE Bushlea Farms sale at Koonwarra attracted a big crowd last Wednesday, as the breeder’s prized Jersey stock went under the hammer. Founded in 1945 by Norman Kuhne, the family-owned enterprise at Koonwarra has a simple philosophy: “Find the most profitable cow and learn to like her.” One thing was clear at the sale: a […]

March 19th, 2013 | Posted in Rural News | Read More »

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