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Marty makes a difference

Big thanks from the children: Marty Thomas, far right, celebrates the funds raised with the beneficiary children of the Opportunity for Development thru Art Orphanage in Cambodia’s Siem Reap district.

MEENIYAN’s own humanitarian Marty Thomas returns home this week after a month long visit to Siem Reap, Cambodia. After months of raising funds and collecting necessities for the children at the Opportunity for Development thru Art (ODA) Orphanage, Mr Thomas delivered the goods in person to 33 delighted children. Founder and director of ODA Leng […]

September 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Leongatha in bloom for festival

First rate flowers: Sue Thompson, president of the Leongatha Horticultural Society and secretary of the Victorian Daffodil Society, with flawless daffodils from her garden, some of which will be on display at the Leongatha Daffodil Festival next week.

WITH less than a fortnight until Leongatha Daffodil Festival and Australian National Daffodil Championships, the entire Leongatha community has banded together to produce what is set to be the biggest festival yet. This year marks the third time Leongatha has hosted the prestigious championships, with breeders from across the country descending on the town to […]

September 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Wonthaggi dad named best in state

A deserving dad: Abubeker Mohamed accepting his Victorian Father of the Year Award from Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.

EVERY child thinks their father is the best in the state, but the proof was in the pudding when Nusayba Mohamed nominated her father Abubeker for Victorian Father of the Year. Having relocated to Wonthaggi from Eritrea, Africa in 1996, Mr Mohamed and his wife Suad Derar moved to Gippsland to ensure their seven children […]

September 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Affair hotspots


  SOUTH Gippslanders are allegedly among those caught up in the hacking of affairs website Ashley Madison, with claims six account holders live in the Leongatha district. Australian demographics website NationMaster last week stated it had analysed the credit card transaction log leaked by hackers and revealed details about account holders residing in South Gippsland. […]

September 1st, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Art centres in spotlight

Young talent: from left, Phillip Island’s Emma Volard and Wonthaggi’s Jake Amy showcased the best of South Gippsland’s emerging talent by performing at the community consultation night for the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

  LEONGATHA is crying out for its own art centre as the Wonthaggi community seeks to revamp its theatre. Films, ballet, art, parking and drama were among the suggestions for enlivening the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, as raised at a public meeting held by Bass Coast Shire Council last Tuesday evening (August 25). The […]

September 1st, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Wrong way

Stepping up opposition: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien (centre) discusses the Leongatha South landfill proposal with Claire Crocker and Ron Wangman from Protect South Gippsland.

KOONWARRA residents may win a victory in the battle against a massive landfill proposed for Leongatha South. The company behind the proposal, Veolia, told The Star last Thursday the route rubbish delivery trucks would take to the Whitelaws Track site was yet to be finalised. The company had previously touted 20 trucks a day would […]

September 1st, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

SES ready to respond

Fresh ideas: from left, Ang Chiodo, former unit controller of Inverloch State Emergency Service, wishes new controller Scott Watson-Francis well in the role.

THE sinking fisherman was desperate for help. As his boat disappeared into Anderson Inlet, he dialled 000 to contact emergency services, only to be told by the operator he required the State Emergency Service (SES) and would need to call another number. Holding his phone above the water, he explained the urgency of his situation. […]

August 25th, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Arts centre to be revamped

To be remodelled: from left, Bass Coast Shire Council’s coordinator for recreation and culture Mark Lindsay and musical director Kirk Skinner are thrilled plans are development for refitting and renovating the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre.

  THE Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre is due for a makeover. An exciting public consultation session will be held tonight (August 25) to discuss the future of arts in Bass Coast. “We are undertaking a business study to find out what we can do to give the arts centre a lift,” Bass Coast Shire […]

August 25th, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Schools shine in national test

My school: from left, Adam Miller, Amber Sanders, Jack Kratzat and Tessa Anderson are the captains at the Mirboo North Secondary College, a small school doing well and planning on doing even better.

SECONDARY students in South Gippsland are achieving high, according to the results of the national education test, NAPLAN or National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy. A comparison of South Gippsland Secondary College in Foster, Wonthaggi Secondary College, Korumburra Secondary College, Mirboo North Secondary College, Leongatha Secondary College and Mary MacKillop Regional Catholic College, showed results […]

August 25th, 2015 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Council has faith in parks takeover

Results pleasing: reflecting on a positive first year for the caravan parks at Yanakie and Long Jetty were, from left, South Gippsland Shire Council’s caravan parks coordinator Jock Wilson, manager of sustainable communities Chris Van Der Ark and Danny McDonald, manager of economic development, tourism and customer services.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council is confident taking over two caravan parks will be a money-spinner for ratepayers, despite criticism from park annuals and the community. Council took over the management of the Yanakie and Long Jetty (Port Welshpool) caravan parks last year. Figures presented to council last Wednesday suggested the parks returned a profit of […]

August 25th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

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