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Cold splash for Bendigo Bank

Proud supporters: Leongatha Bendigo Bank’s Siaan Grinham and Brigitte Pearce were proud to complete the ice bucket challenge in support of motor neurotic disorder.

SEVEN daring Bendigo Bank staff from the Leongatha branch took the ice bucket challenge on Friday to raise money for motor neurotic disorder (MND). They were aiming to raise $1000 for the cause and had already received $850 before taking the challenge. MND Australia has received $700,000 from 14,000 supporters across the nation.

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

What a find!

Surprise, surprise: Peter Rhodes shows the ambergris he found on an Inverloch beach and the source of ambergris, sperm whales.

A RARE discovery was made on an Inverloch beach recently. Peter Rhodes found ambergris, a substance made by sperm whales and a valued ingredient in expensive perfumes. Rodney Webster of the South Gippsland Conservation Society said ambergris typically sells for up to $30 per gram but Australian law does not allow such wildlife products to […]

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

Leongatha Primary celebrates 125 years

Boys group: back, from left, Sam, Zac, Liam, Matthew, Mitchell and Jake, and front, from left, Maarli, Josh, Jhett and Tom wore flannel shirts, vests and ties as their old fashioned gear at Leongatha Primary School on Friday.

LEONGATHA Primary School students stepped back in time to celebrate the school’s 125th anniversary. They children were encouraged to dress up in old fashioned uniforms on Friday. The classrooms were set up to replicate a school from the past, with desks in rows and boys on one side and girls on the other. After lunch, […]

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Lyric show inspiring


BLOOD Brothers left the audience with stirred emotions on Friday night when Lyric Theatre completed its first performance of the award winning musical stage show. Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers tells the story of twin boys separated at birth but connected throughout their lives by friendship, secrets and tragedy. The show’s lively scenes and potent emotion […]

September 8th, 2014 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Featured | Read More »

Fix Crightons Hill

Please sign: the petition to fix Crightons Hill was launched today by Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Peter Watchorn (left) and Star editor Brad Lester.

A PETITION has been launched in a bid to save lives on a major South Gippsland road.The community is urged to sign the petition calling for the State Government to fix the notorious Crightons Hills on the Strzelecki Highway at Leongatha.A young woman from Mirboo North died after a horrific collision there on Monday. The petition […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Kinder breakthrough

Lots of fun: Lila and Jillianne play with the puzzles in the refurbished children’s room at Wonthaggi’s White Road kindergarten in February this year.

  KINDERGARTENS will offer 15 hours of lessons to four year old students next year. The State Government today announced the Federal Government had announced it would commit to funding to extend the national partnership agreement on early childhood education. Wendy Lovell, Victorian Mininster for Children and Early Childhood Development, said the news came after […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Floral show just spectacular

Lots of daffodils: Joy Dyson and Thelma Arnup surround themselves with daffodils at the show on Thursday.

SPRING was certainly in the air when the 58th Daffodil Festival was held in Leongatha last week. Starting on Thursday, the show featured displays, activities and – of course – daffodils. Leongatha’s Glenice Griggs once again took the title of most successful exhibitor in show. South Gippsland Shire Council’s deputy mayor Cr Jeannette Harding was […]

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

Gold to Leongatha!

Premiers: the Under 14s wearing premiership smiles and gold medals.

LEONGATHA Under 14s are the league 2014 premiers after a convincing six goal win against Trafalgar on Sunday. The coach Rowan Michael and assistant coach Adam Sheedy had the boys focused from the first bounce. After an even first half of the first quarter, Leongatha got a run on and established what was to become […]

September 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Featured,Sport | Read More »

Legacy helps families

Legacy week: from left, Legatee Tony Kamphuis of the South Gippsland Group of Melbourne Legacy with Lilian Young of Leongatha, whose husband served in World War Two.

LILIAN Young’s husband came home after serving in World War Two, so she never needed help from Legacy until he died a few years ago. “I was amazed the way Legacy help their war widows,” the Leongatha woman said. Tony Kamphuis of the South Gippsland Group of Melbourne Legacy visits Ms Young regularly, to help […]

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

Curtain raiser

Mesley Hall stakeholders: from left, Leongatha Secondary College assistant principal Greg Ellt and principal Wayne Chester, South Gippsland Shire Councillor Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks, and Lyric Theatre’s Peter McAlpine, Neil Warren and Peter Western all have an interest in the fate of Mesley Hall, Leongatha.

RENOVATIONS that could turn Mesley Hall into a top performing arts venue for Leongatha and South Gippsland are being stymied, Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks of South Gippsland Shire Council said. “There is no one who can or wants to take responsibility,” he said. His comments come despite management of the venue currently being provided by Leongatha […]

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

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