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Deck the homes

Silage man: Twila Cecil and Douglas Hanks constructed a giant snowman from silage bails on their Stony Creek property for Christmas.

  CHRISTMAS has come early with families in South Gippsland putting up Christmas decorations to mark the advent. Twila Cecil and Douglas Hanks have decked the paddocks of their property with festive cheer on the South Gippsland Highway near Stony Creek. Ms Cecil, a Canadian expatriate, said decorating the house for Christmas is done far […]

December 1st, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Students drive to live

Staying alive: left to right, facilitator for Road Safety Education Brian Aitkin with Leongatha Secondary College Year 11 students Krishia Sumalinog, Tilly Johnson and Dean Thorson, examine the treads of a tyre for wear at the day-long session which aimed to make young drivers safer on the road.

YEAR 11 students from the Leongatha, Mary MacKillop, South Gippsland, Wonthaggi and Korumburra secondary colleges and the Bass Special School were put through the RYDA program on Thursday and Friday at the Federation Training Leongatha Campus. RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) is an intensive day of six sessions – speed and stopping, hazards and distractions, […]

December 1st, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Flame tree stands proud

Upstanding tree: arboricultural consultant Nicholas Rivett, left and campaigner for the tree Richard Lester are pleased to see the Illawarra Flame Tree in the Aldi carpark in Leongatha standing on its own after its support straps were removed. 
Arborists in the tree, Peter Bateman, left and Sean McCrossan gave the tree a modest prune.

THE famous Illawarra Flame Tree in Leongatha is now growing solo. The tree was relocated around 15 months ago to make way for the Aldi supermarket. Recently, its stabilising ropes were removed and the tree is standing on its own. Arboricultural consultant Nicholas Rivett said root containment support straps would remain on the tree permanently. […]

December 1st, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Chalk talk helps beat violence

White ribbon: Bass Coast Shire Council staff showed their respect for White Ribbon Day by creating a giant white ribbon symbol at Wishart Reserve, Wonthaggi.

  FAMILY violence continues to linger on Bass Coast’s radar. To bring the hidden issue of family violence out into the open, Bass Coast Shire Council encouraged shopkeepers and residents alike to “chalk it up” and write messages of hope on their footpaths on Wednesday. Council’s general manager for healthy communities David Elder has been […]

December 1st, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Library all a flutter

All the colours: Celeste and Tomieka Petracca from Inverloch were enthralled by the hundreds of colourful butterflies on the windows of the Wonthaggi Library on Saturday.

THE Wonthaggi Library is covered in butterflies of all different shapes and sizes at the moment, as part of a community art project. The display was launched to the public on Saturday with face painting, storytelling and a drumming performance. The idea of Wonthaggi community VCAL teacher Tom Murray-White, the project to cover the library […]

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Locals feel for Paris

Beloved city: Fish Creek’s Daniel Ryan spent September in Paris for Fashion Week and said he was “heartbroken” to have heard of the recent terrorist attacks.

  FOLLOWING recent terrorist attacks in France’s crown jewel of Paris, people across the world have expressed grief for the bloodshed in the historical city. Fish Creek’s Daniel Ryan found himself in Paris mere months ago for Paris Fashion Week. The celebrity stylist was no stranger to the city, having travelled there many times before. […]

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Teens write from heart

Performing poets: Mary MacKillop College students, back, from left, Jennifer Bals and Ruby Reid, and front, from left, Jack Wilson, Bridget Akers and Mikayla Hallam were all winners at the annual poetry slam competition.

MARY MacKillop Catholic Regional College students put their prose to the test last Wednesday at the annual poetry slam competition. The slam at the Leongatha school showcased 12 original pieces of work written by students during the Readers and Writers Festival. Students workshopped and explored different forms of poetry over Monday and Tuesday with poet […]

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Park of pride

Hard working: the Wallace Avenue Community Park was brought to life with the help of many dedicated people, including from left, Judy Vradenburg with Tayla Wyhoon, Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale, Regional Development Victoria’s Laurie Paton and Bass Coast Shire Council recreation and open space planner Howard Scott.

  THE Wallace Avenue Community Park in Inverloch was officially opened last Thursday, in front of a park full of people. The park was one of several set aside as public open space to offset the loss of Apex Park for the location of the elderly units and community centre that exist there today. The […]

November 24th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Foster school celebrates 50 years

Jazz hands: practicing for a dance routine to be performed at the school concert are Foster Primary School Students from left, Darby, George, April, Phoebe, Harrison and Siobhan.

  FOSTER Primary School will be celebrating 50 years at its Pioneer Street site this week with a huge school concert and reunion. The concert will be held on Thursday, November 19 at 1.45pm. Former Foster Primary School principals Fiona Bull and Heather Stone will attend. The afternoon will be quite an extravaganza with French […]

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Cancer inspires relay walkers

All in it together: from left, Wonthaggi’s Darren Parker, Karen Wright, Lily Hakansson, Maureen Alford, Scott Hogan, Archie Leggett, Annie McIlvena, Neil Swainston and Lizzy Yates participated in Wonthaggi’s Relay for Life as Team DC and were awarded for their spirit.

  AN incredible $44,179 was raised at Wonthaggi’s Relay for Life on the weekend. Starting at 4pm on Saturday at the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine, 15 teams walked for 18 hours to raise important funds for cancer research through the Cancer Council. The event was bigger and better this year, with all teams getting in […]

November 17th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

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