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Police plea to drivers

Take care: police are calling for drivers to travel cautiously on Meeniyan-Promontory Road at Buffalo, where an accident occurred on Monday, May 16, one of many crashes along that section of road.

POLICE have urged motorists to heed road conditions after a car ran off the road at Buffalo last Monday, May 16. The car with a man and woman from Yanakie left the Meeniyan-Promontory Road near the Buffalo turn-off in the evening, while travelling north. Police said the car had spun out of control and hit […]

May 24th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Crunch time for Bair Street

Which one: South Gippsland Shire Council’s senior strategic planner Chantal Lenthall and planning manager Paul Stampton are asking the community for their feedback at two important meetings concerning Leongatha’s CBD.

THE loss of parking spaces in Bair Street, Leongatha appears to be the main sticking point of the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry ahead of crucial meetings tonight and next Tuesday, May 31. Business groups and the community are being sought for comments and input on the draft master plan created for the Re-Imagining […]

May 24th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Actors genuinely angry over trailer theft

Disheartened: Lyric Theatre Group’s production manager Mike Street was appalled to find Lyric’s blue tandem trailer was missing.

    LEONGATHA Lyric Theatre Group is appealing for the return of a missing tandem trailer. The large blue trailer was presumably stolen on May 9. “Normally we keep the trailer in the Lyric Playhouse but because we’ve been painting sets we had to keep it outside,” production manager Mike Street said. “It had a […]

May 24th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Premier hints at more relief

Step forward: Premier Daniel Andrews (centre) met with Nerrena dairy farmers Terry and Janine Clark to discuss additional funding for mental healthcare during the dairy crisis last Friday.

ALTHOUGH $1.5 million for additional mental health services was not enough to ease dairy farmers’ stress, Premier Daniel Andrews hinted there may be more funding to come. After announcing the assistance package at Terry and Janine Clark’s dairy farm in Nerrena on Friday, Mr Andrews said more funding opportunities may be announced in the coming […]

May 24th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

MG faces legal battle


FARMERS could once again be the losers if a class action against Murray Goulburn, MG Responsible Entity and a number of former and current directors is successful. Lead plaintiff John Webster, on behalf of a group of unit holders, is suing the company for misleading investors in relation to its expectations concerning its performance in […]

May 24th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Footy backs our farmers

Riding for farmers: from left, Hugh and George Nicoll make a milk smoothie on a smoothie bike ahead of the football match at Fish Creek this Saturday, when Fish Creek takes on Kilcunda-Bass.

FARMERS will be thanked by the community at a special football match at Fish Creek Recreation Reserve this Saturday, May 28. The dairy and grazing industries bring in more than $340 million, and are responsible for nearly one in five jobs in South Gippsland Shire. The Tarwin Valley Development Group will acknowledge the importance of […]

May 24th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Livestock yards reach 10 year milestone

Onwards and upwards: VLE chief executive officer Wayne Osborne said the selling centre at Leongatha has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years.

THIS year marks 10 years since the Victorian Livestock Exchange (VLE) took over the saleyards in Koonwarra, now known as VLE Leongatha. VLE chief executive officer Wayne Osborne said when VLE purchased the yards, they were an open air, concrete floored facility, which was the conventional design at the time. At the same time, VLE […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Business,News,Rural News | Read More »

Long Street’s empty future

Road block: VicRoads contractors worked outside businesses on Leongatha’s Long Street for two days last week, causing further disruption to the Long Street businesses.

SHOP tenants on Leongatha’s Long Street have struggled to stay afloat with roadworks on the heavy vehicle alternate route causing major disruption to business. The landowner of the strip of shops, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had already lost one of three tenants due to the works. “We believe our commercial property on […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Dairy museum opens at Toora

Cute cows: Toora Primary School students Scarlet Robson, Tess Hollier, Adrian O’Loughlin and Ella Hollier were dressed up to look the part at the opening of a dairying museum last Thursday,  located in the grounds of the Viplus Dairy factory.

A DAIRY museum, located within the grounds of the Viplus Dairy factory in Toora, was officially opened last Thursday in front of a large crowd. Donated to the people of Toora by the owners of Viplus Dairy, the museum and community space will be managed by the Toora Lions Club. Viplus chief operations officer Peter […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Milk down the gurgler

Frustrated: from left, Mirboo farmers Kris, Macie and Amanda Thomas are feeling the stress of a downturn in the dairy industry.

DISHEARTENED farmers are taking extreme measures to demonstrate the adverse effects of poor milk prices. Mirboo’s Kris and Amanda Thomas are tipping their milk down the drain instead of sending it to milk processor Fonterra. “It’s not worth giving our milk to Fonterra, so why should we?” Mr Thomas said. “It’s more than that though, […]

May 17th, 2016 | Posted in News,Rural News | Read More »

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