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Mirboo North wins while industry loses

Grace Griffith   THE battle is finally over for environmentalists, with Mirboo North’s forests being declared exempt from logging – effective immediately. The announcement came last Thursday as part of a wider move by the State Government to shutdown the native timber industry by 2030. But not everyone is happy, with the future of the […]

November 12th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Sandbags v rock walls: Inverloch debates how to fix erosion

Daniel Renfrey   AUTHORITIES are still advocating for sandbags to be installed at Inverloch to address erosion, despite residents calling for a rock wall instead. The Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) held a drop-in session in Inverloch on Saturday to give the public a chance to discuss their concerns about erosion […]

November 12th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Council says it’s setting record straight on rail trail plans

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council has said there is misinformation in the community about the future of the Nyora to Leongatha rail corridor. Here are some of the facts, according to council: There is no intention from the Victorian Government to return passenger rail services to South Gippsland. Any suggestion that the creation of a tourist […]

November 11th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Heather dives into channel challenge

Grace Griffith    A GRANDMOTHER of two, formerly of Carrajung, recently swam the English Channel – the body of water separating England from France. At 63, Heather Urie completed one of the most gruelling swims of her life as part of an Australian relay team dubbed the Tenacious Turtles. “I was swimming at the Traralgon […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Community,Featured,Sport | Read More »

Blaze in Leongatha South sparks fire warning

LANDOWNERS are being warned to take a cautious approach as the fire season nears. CFA brigades from Leongatha, Leongatha South and Koonwarra braved blustery conditions when they battled a blaze last Thursday at Leongatha South. About 15 personnel were in attendance, working closely with a smart operator in a bulldozer. In truth, things could have […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Local shoppers back state bag ban

Grace Griffith   IF you get handed a lightweight plastic bag with your shopping from now on, shop owners could face a whopping fine of up to $49,500. However, the single-use plastic bag ban – which came into effect last Friday, November 1 – hasn’t fazed local retailers or customers.   In fact, many businesses […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Sale of Leongatha building boosts property market

LEONGATHA’S commercial market has been buoyed by the sale of a first class building for $1.49 million last week. The property at 41 McCartin Street (Gippsreal building) was bought by a buying group from South Gippsland. The price tag will net the new owners a yield of approximately 7.86 per cent based on the $117,000 […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Schools need help: report

A PRODUCTIVITY Commission draft report recommending the appointment of “wellbeing leaders” for schools comes in the wake of two recent student deaths in South Gippsland. The report found country students are more vulnerable to suicide than their city counterparts. Across all age groups, the rate of rural suicides is 54 per cent higher than capital […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Inverloch Major shaped Long Tan story

Brad Lester   THE actions of an Inverloch man helped shape the Australian public’s knowledge of the most recognised battle Australian forces fought during the Vietnam War. Ross Smith was a major in the Australian Army and the head of its public relations unit in Vietnam. The former journalist was just five kilometres from the […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Farmers to share tales over snags

FARMING can be a mentally challenging career. Farmers face unreliable prices, variable weather, expensive costs, often work in isolation, and don’t feel able to talk about the pressures of the job. This can lead to farmers experiencing stress and mental health issues at higher rates than those in other occupations. It’s a fact not lost […]

November 6th, 2019 | Posted in Featured,Rural News | Read More »

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