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Play smart these footy finals

Watch it: drivers are urged to monitor their alcohol consumption during the footy finals.

SOUTH Gippslanders who drink and drive have been put on notice ahead of a wave of Transport Accident Commission-funded police enforcement activity to coincide with the AFL finals. A TAC grant will enable Victoria Police to fund $1 million worth of overtime hours for road safety policing over and above normal police operations between now […]

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

Death trap

Taking action: from left, Leongatha North’s Nola and Bill Sweeney, Janice Sing, Chris Howard, Colin Littlejohn and John Fiddelaers gathered at the top of Crighton’s Hill on Friday and signed the new petition to fix the dangerous road.

THE State and Federal governments have been urged to fix notorious Crightons Hill near Leongatha in the wake of the second death there this year. Four people have died at Crightons Hill in the past four years and some 20 accidents have resulted in serious injuries. Last Monday, September 1, a 17 year old girl […]

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

Dairy downturn

Dairy good: Leongatha South dairy farmer Gordon Vagg said dairy prices are being affected by the international market.

DESPITE posting a net profit of $29.3 million, Murray Goulburn Cooperative Co. Limited has revised its end of year forecast down as much as 30 cents. Its full year forecast for the southern milk region is now $6 per kilogram of milk solids – the current farmgate price. This is down from a range of […]

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

Gas claims “cheeky”

No CSG here: from left, Robyn Callaghan, Tony Bodsworth and Wendy Davis from CSG Free Poowong helped organise the Korumburra meeting.

A STATE Government spokesperson has labelled claims the government would allow unsafe chemicals to be used in fracking for coal seam gas as “cheeky”. A spokesperson for Energy and Resources Minister Russell Northe rejected claims by Environmental Justice Australia that a government bill to limit rather than ban BTEX chemicals used in fracking was a […]

September 9th, 2014 | Posted in News | 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 »

Life savers wrapt

New tower on way: Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club’s patrol tower was torn down being damaged by a king tide.

INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club has received $70,000 from the State Government towards building a new patrol tower. The grant will go a long way towards the estimated total cost of $100,000. The new was announced by Bass MLA Ken Smith last week, after the old tower was removed due to storms washing away beach […]

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

No postcode untouched by stroke

Persisting still: Nicholas Peck continues to live his life, despite suffering a stroke. He is a volunteer at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau, Leongatha.

EVERY 10 minutes, someone in Australia will suffer a stroke and there are a thousand cases each week. It 2014 it is predicted there will be 867 strokes in the Flinders and McMillan electorates. Stroke survivor Nicholas Peck, of Trida, said the stroke he suffered 14 years ago forced his early retirement from teaching. He […]

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

Poo disgrace

Yuck!: Kiersten Allen shows her distaste for dog poo on the footpath in Leongatha.

“I’M so angry!” said Kiersten Allen upon discovering a trail of well trodden dog poo on a Leongatha footpath last Thursday. The incident occurred outside Bargains Plus on McCartin Street. “The owner of the dog would obviously have known,” she said. “People need to be fair and show consideration for others.” Dog walkers can be […]

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

Dog bites boy

Confined: Rowan Treacy with his mother Cara. He told her that if the dog comes back he won’t ever go outside again.

KORUMBURRA boy Rowan Treacy suffered serious injuries when he was attacked by a dog. The 13 year old was injured by the neighbour’s American Staffordshire/Pitbull Terrier over the side fence on Saturday afternoon, August 23. Rowan’s mother Cara Treacy was shocked. “No one expects to be attacked on their own property, especially on a Saturday […]

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

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