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Farmers remain cautious


SOUTH Gippsland dairy farmers are feeling the benefits of a cracking start to spring and a recent lift in international markets, but are remaining cautious about the months ahead. International dairy commodity prices have staged a significant recovery in recent months, as global supply and demand slowly return to a more balanced outlook, according to […]

October 18th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Foster pushes for new school

New school please: Foster Primary School principal Lorraine Gurnett and students, from left, Luella, Becky, Taj, Brynley and Dominic are hoping their school can be replaced in the near future.

FOSTER is in need of a new primary school as its old buildings continue to deteriorate and cause safety concerns for students and staff. Addressing parliament last Wednesday, Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said the school was in a poor state and plans to rebuild must be included in next year’s budget. Built in 1965, […]

October 18th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Students escaped tram collision

Horror scene: a tram collided with a bus carrying staff and students from Bass Coast Specialist School last Wednesday. The bus driver and two students were taken to hospital but did not sustain serious injuries. Photo courtesy of ABC News.

  BASS Coast Specialist School principal Edith Gray said she was incredibly proud of the students who continued to stay on camp after a tram collided with one of the school’s buses in Melbourne last week. The bus driver was turning to park the bus outside the students’ accommodation on the corner of Collins and […]

October 18th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Candidates back rail’s return

Making a point: from left, Chris Cantlon, David Rasmus and Brian Hess of the South and West Gippsland Transport Group welcome council candidates’ support for the return of rail services. They are at the Korumburra Railway Station.

MOST candidates in the South Gippsland Shire Council election support the return of rail services to South Gippsland. That is according to a survey conducted by the South and West Gippsland Transport Group. Twenty of the 32 candidates standing took part in the survey, which also asked candidates if they supported the funding of an […]

October 18th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Candidates harassed


THE South Gippsland Shire Council election will finish on a sour note as the most controversial campaign in many elections ends when voting closes this Friday. Candidates have told The Star they have been subject to harassing phone messages, and have been stalked in the street and at their homes. They believe opposing candidates and […]

October 18th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Short staffed


  SOUTH Gippsland’s hospitals are facing a health emergency as they struggle to adequately staff urgent care centres due to shortfalls in government funding. The urgent care centre at South Gippsland Hospital at Foster has recently been on bypass after nurses from the ward were unavailable to service the centre. The Star continues to receive […]

October 18th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Candidate urges council to decentralise

New vision: South Gippsland Shire Council candidate Jeremy Rich believes council should decentralise council buildings and possibly create a community centre at Foster, as shown in the artist’s impression designed by architect Peter McIntyre.

A CANDIDATE in the South Gippsland Shire Council election is calling for new council offices to be spread throughout the shire. Jeremy Rich, a candidate in Coastal-Promontory Ward, said a new single council building, as mooted for Leongatha in the future by council, was not the best option for the region. “Well planned and designed […]

October 11th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Messy track for election race


SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council candidates are calling for those who have distributed an alleged ‘illegal’ election document to be disqualified from the vote. A satirical form guide circulating South Gippsland sparked the controversy. While many agreed it was cleverly written, others felt the form guide was nasty, derogative and trivialised the major issues in South […]

October 11th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

No dummies here

Dummy free: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council candidates Di Tod and Rosemary Cousin refuted claims they are dummy candidates in the council election.

  TARWIN Valley Ward candidates Rosemary Cousin and Di Tod protested ‘dummy candidate’ claims in the lead up to the South Gippsland Shire Council election. The candidates featured on a how to vote card which appeared to favour Cr Don Hill, which raised some eyebrows from the community about their legitimacy. Ms Cousin and Ms […]

October 11th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Cr Brown a no show

Meet the candidates: from left, Island and Western Port candidates Phil Wright, Geoff Ellis, Michael Whelan, Maurice Schinkel, Stephen Fullarton, Ruth Partridge, Pam Rothfield and Mikhaela Barlow with Phillip Island Conservation Society president Anne Davie and candidate Val Ogier attended a special candidates forum, organised by the Phillip Island Conservation Society on Friday night in Cowes.

  WHILE most of the candidates for the upcoming Bass Coast Shire election in the new Island and Western Port wards attended an informative Meet the Candidates forum in Cowes last Friday night, the only sitting councillor to attend was Cr Phil Wright. Cr Bradley Drew sent an apology and Cr Kimberley Brown was just […]

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