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Fire wall protects Koonwarra

In her element: Dianne Clark, another community minded individual, a volunteer from the Nerrena CFA, was one of two women among the 16 men keeping a close eye on the fire’s progress.

A THOROUGH planning process has been gone through before a flame is lit to get a controlled fuel reduction burn underway. On Thursday morning, soon after 11am, a carefully managed 1.9ha fuel reduction burn was undertaken in the Koonwarra Reserve on the corner of Swan Road and the Koonwarra-Inverloch Road, adjacent to the Koonwarra township. […]

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

“Bullying” rocks council

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INFIGHTING between South Gippsland Shire councillors exploded at last Wednesday’s council meeting, with claims of bullying, intimidation and calls for yet another panel hearing to investigate an alleged breach of the councillors code of conduct. Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks accused Cr Andrew McEwen of bullying over pressuring other councillors to side with his views over coal […]

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Highway crash

Crash course: A Phillip Island woman was involved in a single car collision on the Bass Highway at Leongatha South yesterday (Monday) when she lost control of her car and hit a drain.

EMERGENCY services responded to an accident after a woman flipped her car in a collision on the Bass Highway at Leongatha South yesterday (Monday). The woman, a 60 year old from Phillip Island, was driving to work in Leongatha when she veered off the road, hit the drain and crashed her car at the intersection […]

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Distressed farmers feel “betrayed”

High and dry: from left, Ava, Tanya and Levi Privitera have produced milk for Murray Goulburn their entire lives and said they feel “betrayed” following last week’s announcement.

  FARMERS across South Gippsland have expressed their distress after Murray Goulburn last week announced it would drop its milk price. Tanya Privitera of Mardan said her family have committed their lives to their farm which produces milk for Murray Goulburn, and have been left high and dry as a result. “Our family has been […]

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Top projects miss out

Next step: from left, Wonthaggi Secondary College school leaders Casey Jordan-Lelliot, Fergus McKittrick and Emily Semple were happy to hear their school would be able to plan for its future following the state budget announcement.

SEVERAL major projects in South Gippsland missed out on funding in the wake of the state budget announced last week. The government invested $78.2 million into the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island and the Northern Towns water project to link Korumburra, Nyora, Poowong and Loch with the Lance Creek Reservoir, and funding was allocated to […]

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Dairy shake up

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SOUTH Gippsland farmers could abandon the industry and rural businesses will be impacted after dairy company Murray Goulburn (MG) slashed its milk price last Wednesday. Farmers have been left feeling misled and disheartened by the sudden decision that comes on the back of high feed bills after one of the worst droughts in the region’s […]

May 3rd, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

‘Burra school budget hopes

Standing firm: The Nationals’ Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien and Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath with petitions signed by the community calling on the State Government to allocate funds to complete the rebuild of Korumburra Secondary College.

    EASTERN Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath has called on the State Government to fund stage two of the rebuild of Korumburra Secondary College in today’s State Budget. Speaking in Parliament on April 13, Ms Bath said the students were currently being taught in dilapidated classrooms that no longer met the needs of today’s […]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Leongatha Hospital to expand

Hospital visit: Eastern Victoria MLC Melina Bath, Shadow Secretary for Women’s Health and Rural and Regional Health Margaret Fitzherbert and Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien took a tour of Gippsland Southern Health Service’s Leongatha Hospital with chief executive officer Mark Johnson last Tuesday, April 19

MEMBERS of parliament heard of a plan to expand the new Leongatha Hospital when they toured the site last Tuesday, April 19. Eastern Victoria Region MLC Melina Bath, Shadow Secretary for Women’s Health and Rural and Regional Health Margaret Fitzherbert and Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien joined Gippsland Southern Health Service chief executive officer Mark […]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Council spends despite rate cap

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BASS Coast Shire Council residents will pay an average of $51.90 extra in rates and charges next financial year. Based on the median residential property, Bass Coast residents will pay a total of $1532.70 for fees and charges next financial year rather the $1480.80 paid in 2015-16. Council released its draft 2016-17 budget last Wednesday, […]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Road safety plea

Highway drama: the South Gippsland Highway at Ruby was closed for two and a half hours last Wednesday, after a three car collision resulted in three people being taken to hospital, including a Wonthaggi woman who was airlifted to Melbourne

ROAD workers have urged drivers to slow down and obey speed limits applying to road construction zones in the wake of a three car collision at Ruby on Wednesday. Police are still investigating the cause of the crash that resulted in three people being hospitalised. The accident shut the South Gippsland Highway for two and […]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

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