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Locals battle Rosedale fires

FIREFIGHTERS and tankers from at least 12 local brigades were deployed to control the Rosedale fires, on the January 4 total fire ban day. The District 9024 Strike Team involved tankers from Ruby, Berrys Creek and Pound Creek, along with a Toora big fill water truck. Local brigades involved in the operation included firefighters and […]

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Considine and Johnston stalwart retires

GARY Bullen has called it a day at Leongatha’s Considine and Johnston Builders (C&J) after an illustrious career there spanning just over 37 years. He began as a draftsman for C&J in October 1981, six years after the business started, and worked his way up toward project management. Prior to Leongatha, he undertook a three […]

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Thomas McFarlane selected in elite cycling race

LEONGATHA’s Thomas McFarlane, 20, will ride alongside the likes of Richie Porte and Luke Durbridge after being named in the national team for the 2019 Jayco Herald Sun cycling tour. This is a big feather in his cap with McFarlane saying it would be a fantastic experience. “This is the biggest event I’ll ever have […]

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Erosion threatens surf club

INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club fears its infrastructure is under threat as erosion continues to wreak havoc on the foreshore. The patrol tower has been moved further down the beach towards Wreck Creek due to the changing circumstances on the beach. Bass Coast Shire Council has stepped in to take action to prevent further damage […]

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Total fire ban activities spark concern

THE Star received reports from an anonymous Leongatha North resident who alleged people were mowing, chain-sawing and whipper-snipping on January 4 – a day of total fire ban. Although the use of chainsaws, plant and grass trimmers and lawn mowers are not restricted for use on total fire ban days, the CFA’s Can I or […]

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Shock waves

A MAJOR national report on earthquake hazards has revealed South Gippsland to be among the most hazardous earthquake areas in the country. An expert has warned a major earthquake beneath a town would cause damage and said the region could be due for such an event, with an earthquake of magnitude 4 likely every three […]

January 15th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Nippers crowd First Surf

THE Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club nippers season is off to a roaring start, setting another record turnout of new members this year, tipping the 200 mark of pink rashies on First Surf. This season 212 registered nippers are braving the weather and waves to enjoy some camaraderie while learning beach safety should they […]

January 8th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Weather record breaker in 2018

PRELIMINARY data from the Bureau of Meteorology indicates 2018 is likely to be in the driest 10 years on record and likely to be among the warmest 10 years on record for mean and maximum temperatures. A strong low pressure system, with embedded severe thunderstorms caused record heavy falls across the State in mid-December and […]

January 8th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Prepare, leave early and live

LAST week’s sweltering conditions served as a timely reminder for people to reduce the risk of bushfire on their properties. Fire restrictions now ban the lighting of fires in the open air without a permit. Restrictions are imposed on, but not limited to, barbeques and camp fires, burning off, incinerators, farming and road machinery and […]

January 8th, 2019 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Government silent on council’s future

THE State Government has refused to answer if South Gippsland Shire Council was not dismissed before the recent state election because of concerns doing so would impact the government’s reputation before the crucial poll. A government spokesperson avoided the question from The Star, only saying the new Victorian Local Government Minister Adem Somyurek will receive […]

January 8th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

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