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New citizens hail from across the globe

New Aussies: from left, citizenship candidates at South Gippsland Shire Council’s ceremony were Diana Dan, Richard Burton, Shayan Siddique, Sabiha Zafrin and Mohammad Siddique, with mayor Cr Ray Argento.

PEOPLE from Estonia, Kenya and Bangladesh are now calling South Gippsland home. Twelve people became Australian citizens at a ceremony held by South Gippsland Shire Council at the Uniting Church Hall in Leongatha last Wednesday. They were George and Catherine Rettie of Foster (formerly of UK), John Gatundu of Binginwarri (Kenya), Graham and June Knott […]

November 29th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

State accolade for Gemma

Victorian honour: from left, Chris Wardlaw, chairman of the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority; Russell Ogden, senior school leader at Leongatha Secondary College; Gemma Martin, recipient of a Victorian 2016 Senior Secondary Leadership Award; and Julie Jacobs, student wellbeing and pathways support at Leongatha Secondary College.

GEMMA Martin of Leongatha Secondary Collage was one of seven Victorian students presented with a Victorian 2016 Senior Secondary Leadership Award in the Queens Hall of Parliament House recently. The awards are presented to students who made a significant leadership contribution to their school and community. Over the last two years, Gemma raised more than […]

November 29th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Fish Creek’s newest fish

Fish is flying: from left, Ray Jones, South Gippsland Shire Council councillor Meg Edwards (with Alex), South Gippsland Shire Council community strengthening manager Ned Dennis, Andrew McPherson, Ian Bracegirdle, Peter Wilson and former South Gippsland Shire Council councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks at the launch of Fish Creek’s newest fish sculpture on Saturday.

THE sculpture made from two fish that lined the Yarra River during the 2006 Commonwealth Games was officially launched in Fish Creek on Saturday. The sculpture, which was designed and made by Fish Creek’s Andrew McPherson and Ray Jones, had been under construction for many years. The fish is located between the Great Southern Rail […]

November 29th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Fete a big hit

Dynamic duo: Woorayl Lodge ladies auxiliary president Kaye Warren and 103 year old resident Evelyn Nunn, who was modelling a hat, made for the craft stall at the Woorayl Lodge fete on Saturday.

THE annual Woorayl Lodge fete was held on Saturday, with plenty of, handmade craft and cooking, plants and other great quality items up for grabs. Woorayl Lodge ladies auxiliary president Kaye Warren said it was a great day, despite the threatening weather. “Everything sold really well, we had Devonshire tea in the front room and […]

November 29th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Water crisis in the spotlight

Important topic: Water Aid campaigner Johanna Haasjes (right) discusses the initiatives of Water Aid with Leongatha resident Pat Spinks.

LEONGATHA pooled its spare change to raise money for Water Aid last week. The initiative was led by Leongatha’s Johanna Haasjes, who worked to raise awareness about poverty stricken countries at IGA and Safeway. She also put up a display of toilets in the window of New Beginnings, which were decorated by Yooralla, the Men’s […]

November 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Inverloch-Kongwak embrace Spanish life

Musical fun: from left, Inverloch Primary School students Rosita and Amalia loved listening to the performance by Jose Diaz and Michel Bestrin from the band Inka Maka. Jose is from Bolivia and Michel is from Chile. The students also have connections to the Hispanic culture; Rosita’s mother is from Chile and Amalia’s dad is from Spain.

EXPLORING cultures is an important part of the curriculum at Inverloch Primary School. For the past two years, the students have been discovering the Spanish language and the heritage of Spanish speaking cultures. This is particular important for the school because several of the students have Hispanic backgrounds. Students from Prep to Grade 6 all […]

November 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Rail trail to reopen with fishy twist

Flying fish: Andrew McPherson, left and Ray Jones with the Commonwealth Games fish installed at Fish Creek. The fish will be officially recognised this Saturday, after the official relaunch of the Great Southern Rail Trail in Fish Creek at 11.30am.

THE Great Southern Rail Trail is complete and will be officially relaunched this Saturday at Fish Creek. The day will also include an official opening of the Commonwealth Games fish which is now installed in the town, between Ride the Wild Goat and the Butter Factory. Taking place at the Fish Creek station site, the […]

November 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Donation to save lives

Life saver: Leongatha Rotary Club president Don Bruce presented a defibrillator to Woorayl Lodge president Mark Pearce, manager Jo White and personal carer Kathy Ingles.

  IN Victoria, 1500 die from out of hospital cardiac arrest each year. In effort to reduce the statistics, Rotary Clubs Australia wide are working to distribute defibrillators in local organisations. Leongatha Rotary Club presented Woorayl Lodge with a $2500 defibrillator last Tuesday (November 15). The defibrillator was supplied by Tasmania’s Phil Brumby, who travelled […]

November 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

SES calls for members

The team: back from left, Josh Adamson, Jarrod Hargreaves, Maddi Patullo-Tonkes, Chris Barnes and deputy controller of training Ashley England, and front, Heather Andrews, James Patullo-Tonkes and deputy controller of administration Victor Wood at the Wonthaggi SES Open Day on Sunday.

ONE of the primary purposes of the Wonthaggi SES Open Day on Sunday was to encourage people to join the unit, said Maddi Patullo-Tonkes the Wonthaggi controller. The unit currently has 12 members and is in need of more operational day and night time response members and associate members. The open day was an opportunity […]

November 15th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Girls getting it done

Happy grads: graduating from the Enabling Women Gippsland leadership program recently were from left, Laura Welsh from Leongatha, Amber Betts from Korumburra and Marnie Hughes from Wonthaggi, with program facilitators Rachael Walters and Debbi Gray.

A PROGRAM for women with a disability was run across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires recently, culminating in a graduation ceremony. The Enabling Women Gippsland leadership program was a regional initiative supported by the Enabling Women in Gippsland Partnership Group and the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires. The program graduates Laura Welsh […]

November 15th, 2016 | Posted in Community | Read More »

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