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Website wonder

Fantastic achievement: celebrating the highly commended award for community websites were, from left, Jaci Hicken, Maxine Kiel and Heather Butler of Mirboo Country Development Inc., with judge Graham McDonald.

MIRBOO North’s community website has been highly commended in an international competition. Mirboo Country Development Inc. (MCDI) has been operating the website www.mirboonorth.vic.au for the last six years on the community’s behalf. MCDI members Jaci Hicken, Maxine Kiel and Heather Butler recently travelled to Crown in Melbourne to be guests at the Australia and New […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Newhaven triumphs

Switched on: Newhaven College’s maths engineering and social science teams celebrate their Tournament of Minds triumphs. 
Back, from left, Darcy Keating, Nicholas Mehes, Isabelle O’Neill, Callum Chisholm, Cameron Fieldew and Jazmin Petrusch. Front, from left, teacher Holly Marr, Anthony Car, teacher Simon Furniss, Sage Goldsbury, Ruby Stubbles, Mia Stratmann, Sophie Henderson and Xander Broadbear.

TWO teams of talented Newhaven College students triumphed in their sections of the regional Tournament of Minds (TOM) competition held at Federation University in Churchill recently. Newhaven College has a history of success in the highly regarded competition, with 10 teams reaching the state finals during their 12 years of involvement. Six weeks before the […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

RSL backs Vietnam museum

Thanks a million: Sonia Hogg of National Vietnam Veterans Museum thanks Leongatha RSL president Peter Carruthers for the sub-branch’s donation of $2000 towards new chairs at the museum.

LEONGATHA RSL president Peter Carruthers coincidently visited the National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island when 28 new chairs were delivered recently. The smart black wicker and silver chairs will be used in the Nui Dat Cafe, replacing outdated chairs. The purchase of these chairs was possible with the generous donation of $2000 from the […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Teens try out wheels

Wheelchair basketball: from left, student Tegan Wilson tries out a basketball wheelchair with WheelTalk speaker Gary Connor and student Brock Hastings at Leongatha Secondary College.

SPEAKER Gary Connor got Leongatha Secondary College students into wheelchairs and onto the basketball court last Tuesday (September 2). The annual program, called WheelTalk, aims to raise awareness of disability. Mr Connor, who has paraplegia and uses a wheelchair, came from Disability Sport and Recreation to visit Year 8 students during their physical education (PE) […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Change for the better

Opening doors: Mirboo North Secondary College school captain Dana Flahavin is bringing inspirational speakers to her school.

IN November 2013, the Halogen Foundation hosted a National Young Leader’s Day to develop strong leadership values amongst young Australians. Mirboo North Secondary College student Dana Flahavin was there and left feeling empowered. Now school captain, she wants to ensure her experience at the leader’s day spreads to the school community. Almost single handed, although […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Be dystonia aware


IT MAY sound like an eastern European nation, but, in fact, dystonia is a painful medical condition with no known cure. Ruth Le Serve of Leongatha suffers from the condition and is trying to raise awareness of it, particularly among medical professionals. “Most people get misdiagnosed,” she said. “Some people with the condition go without […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Tessa crowned top journalist

Deserving winner: Tessa Hayward shows off her Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year trophy. Photo courtesy Yuri Kouzmin, The Weekly Times.

A FORMER Koonwarra woman has been named the best young journalist in country Victoria. Tessa Hayward won the Ray Frawley Young Journalist of the Year title at the Rural Press Club of Victoria’s awards night in Melbourne on Friday. The daughter of Linda and Wayne Hayward has worked as a journalist at the Hamilton Spectator […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Cool for a cause

Dress rehearsal: preparing for the Ice Bucket Challenge are Bendigo Bank Leongatha staff, from left, Christine Murray, Ken Lester, Siaan Grinham and Jemima Wilson.

STAFF at the Leongatha branch of the Bendigo Bank will have buckets of icy water poured over them to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease Australia. The branch has set a target of $500 ahead of the event at 3pm on Friday, September 5. The Leongatha branch would appreciate an audience so come by and […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Love wrapped in a box

Thinking of others: Tarwin Lower Primary School students, front, from left, Luci, Patrick and Ryan with Johanna Haasjes, and shoeboxes packed with gifts for children in the Asia-Pacific region. Back, from left, Riley, Oliver, Tess, Indy and Lexi.

THE children’s reactions make the effort worthwhile for Johanna Haasjes. Each Christmas, boys and girls in the Asia-Pacific region receive shoeboxes packed with gifts from kids in South Gippsland. And with those boxes comes a photo of the South Gippsland youngsters, signed by each child. “It is that photo that they most treasurer,” Ms Haaasjes […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Chip your pet

Register your pet: Bass Coast Shire Council’s senior animal management officer, Lukretia Szova, with an impounded cat that was later reunited with its owner.

LOSING your beloved animal companion can be upsetting, but if your pet is registered and microchipped, your dog or cat has a much higher chance of being returned to you if it ends up in an animal shelter or vet clinic. In the last 12 months, two out of three animals impounded with Bass Coast […]

August 26th, 2014 | Posted in Community | Read More »

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