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Fix our roads plea

Poor surface: Trish Wight and some of the children in her family day care group, from left, Annabel, Cooper, Jackson and Chloe, do not walk along Carmodys Road at Leongatha frequently, due to terrible corrugations and potholes.

BOTH state and local governments are coming under fire from South Gippsland residents, sick and tired of poorly maintained roads. Moyarra’s Trevor Browning has been writing to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan, asking him to do something about the state of South Gippsland’s roads. He said it was disappointing to read in The Star recently […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Independents rush to join race

By-election candidates: from left, independent Gerard J. Donohue, The Nationals’ Danny O’Brien, independent Viv Pepper, Australian Greens’ Andrea Millsom and Liberals’ Scott Rossetti, six of the eight candidates standing in the Gippsland South by-election.

THREE independents have drawn the top spots on a ballot paper of eight candidates in the Gippsland South by-election. Several independents nominated in the days and hours before the deadline. The ballot draw, which took place at the electoral office in Church Street, Leongatha, on Friday, decides the order in which candidates appear on the […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

‘Burra residents deflated

Not happy: Korumburra residents give South Gippsland Shire Council’s approval of the Burra Foods overlay ‘thumbs down’. Front, from left, Thea Dent and Viv Pepper. Middle, Marie Gerrard-Stanton, Neil Olsen and Samantha Brown. Back, Marilyn Rodger, Mark and Sophie Olsen, Les Guilfoyle and Glenn Brown.

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council made a last minute bid to appease Korumburra residents when adopting the controversial Burra Foods’ buffer zone last Wednesday. Council approved the environmental significance overlay sought by Burra Foods to protect the factory from future high density residential development on its doorsteps and increase the likelihood of residents complaining about odour, […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Brave Varli honoured

Police star: Constable Varli Blake accepted her award from Victoria’s acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright last Wednesday, at an award ceremony in South Melbourne. Photo courtesy of Mark Stewart, Herald Sun.

FORMER South Gippslander, Constable Varli Blake, was honoured with a Victoria Police Star at the South Melbourne Town Hall last Wednesday. Const Blake, Sergeant Tony Scully and Constable Emma Quick were recognised for the sacrifice they made on January 4, 2013 when an apartment they were called to in Melbourne exploded. They suffered serious injuries […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Rates “rip-off” a disgrace

Overcharged: from left, former chairman of Bass Coast Shire Council’s audit committee John Swarbrick and former Borough of Wonthaggi mayor Alan Brown believe the community should mobilise if council strikes a rate rise exceeding three per cent in the next budget.

FORMER mayor of Borough of Wonthaggi Alan Brown said it’s time the current Bass Coast Shire Council stopped ripping off ratepayers. “Bass Coast Shire Council has been crippling ratepayers with vastly excessive rate rises over the past decade,” Mr Brown said. “People on low incomes are simply not able to make ends meet and in […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Vicious attack in Korumburra


THE Korumburra community has been shaken by two violent attacks on three volunteers of the South Gippsland Tourist Railway on Saturday night. Richard Davies of Korumburra is fighting for his life in hospital after being bashed with a baseball bat. Yesterday afternoon (Monday), he was not well enough for surgery, suffering two fractures to one […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Shop for a cause

Sparkling bright: Marlee Greaves does not let Congenital Hyperinsulinism dampen her spirits. Mum Erin Greaves wants to raise awareness of the extremely rare condition and will hold a garage sale in Korumburra this Saturday, February 28.

ONLY one in 50,000 children is struck by the medical disorder Congenital Hyperinsulinism. Unfortunately for Marlee Greaves of Korumburra, her number came up. At just 18 months old, the toddler must take medication every eight hours in an attempt to avoid suffering life-threatening seizures and other complications. Her little body produces excessive insulin and the […]

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

Transport driven agenda

On the move: SEATS executive officer John Duscher of Wonthaggi, deputy chair Sue Whelan, chairperson and South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jeanette Harding and past executive officer Chris Vardon at Port Welshpool for the SEATS quarterly meeting last Friday.

THE South East Australian Transport Strategy Inc (SEATS) held its quarterly meeting at Port Welshpool last Thursday and Friday. Around 50 delegates from New South Wales and Victoria attended the meeting chaired by South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jeanette Harding. The SEATS region links the NSW city of Wollongong to the north with the […]

February 24th, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Hunt for stolen 4WD

Missing: this Nissan Patrol 4WD with distinctive features and number plate was stolen from Leongatha football player and Thorpdale local Ben Willis during the Australia Day weekend.

LEONGATHA football player and Thorpdale local Ben Willis was dismayed to watch his Nissan Patrol 4WD being stolen from Dandenong South via a camera. Police are on the hunt for a group of men who are behind the series of brazen thefts at Ben’s workplace. “I was at home (in Thorpdale) but my car was […]

February 24th, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Synchronise swimming

Pool advocate: Sally Munn of Mirboo North, left, pictured with her daughter Marley Fawcett, said it would be a tragedy if the community lost Mirboo North Swimming Pool.

COMMUNITIES wishing to save their pools should form friends groups and work with the pool operators, the YMCA. That was the advice given by South Gippsland Shire Councillor Lorraine Brunt last Wednesday night. She was speaking after receiving a petition with 1900 signatures, calling on council to change pool opening times, resume temperature evaluation to […]

February 24th, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

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