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Firing up for CFA

Funding fiasco: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien is fighting for the State Government to fund Mirboo North, Foster and Yarram fire stations which he said are critically outdated.

SOUTH Gippsland fire stations have been denied upgrades from the State Government in the latest roll out of regional funding. Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said he wrote to the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett seeking funding for critically unmaintained stations at Mirboo North, Foster and Yarram. “The response that I have now received […]

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Premier heartens surf club

Bright start: Premier Daniel Andrews (centre) gave hope to Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club vice president Dean Manns (left) and president Chelsea Bowman (right) after promising them government architects would go over plans to revamp the clubhouse that is almost condemned.

CAPE Paterson Surf Life Saving Club is closer to receiving funding for a new clubhouse after Premier Daniel Andrews visited the dilapidated on Friday afternoon. Mr Andrews promised the club government architects, who will work pro bono, will assist the club with future upgrades. “The architects will help us draw new plans. They’ve worked with […]

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Wild hoon valley

Driving disaster: a Nissan Patrol was found wrecked on the roadside of Wild Dog Valley Road near Mount Eccles last Wednesday.

WILD Dog Valley north of Leongatha could rightly be renamed Wild Hoon Valley in the wake of reports of dangerous drivers speeding through the rural district. A crash on Wild Dog Valley Road last week prompted residents to raise concerns about hoon driving in the region. The collision occurred near Mount Eccles, approximately three kilometres […]

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Rates revolt

Information session: from left, Bass Coast Shire Council deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew and council’s general manager of governance and organisation development Mark Brady provided Inverloch’s Allan McLean with information to help him make an informed decision about rate capping in Bass Coast.

RATEPAYERS have rejected a possible bid by Bass Coast Shire Council to keep rates high by seeking an exemption from the Victorian Government’s rate cap. The 2.5 per cent rate cap was introduced by the government for this financial year and council has yet to decide whether it will apply for a variation. “From the […]

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Wonthaggi demands precinct

Precinct support: from left, Eastern Region MLC Melina Bath, Bass MLA Brian Paynter and Shadow Minister for Young Victorians, Apprenticeships and Training Steph Ryan visited Chisholm TAFE in Wonthaggi.
They stressed the value of having educational opportunities in the area.

    THE State Government has made no commitment to adding a Wonthaggi education precinct to this year’s budget. Premier Daniel Andrews said the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino would lead a group of ministers in a tour of the area to look at different educational hubs, including the local schools, TAFE, […]

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Bomb scare for schools

JESSICA, Maverick and Oliver Feather remained calm following a bomb threat at Wonthaggi Primary School on Friday. The news marred the start of the 2016 school year across South Gippsland.

  PARENTS have praised Wonthaggi Primary School’s reaction to a hoax bomb threat made on Friday – just the second day of school for the year. Wonthaggi, Cowes and other Gippsland primary schools receive phone calls threatening to explode bombs in the school grounds. For many Preps, Friday was their first day of school, but […]

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Cafe in flames

Well alight: firefighters worked to extinguish the fire at From the Ground Up Cafe Nursery at Wonthaggi on Sunday.

A POPULAR Wonthaggi meeting place was destroyed in a fire on Sunday when a fire spread from the kitchen of the White Road business. Wonthaggi CFA was called to a fire at the popular From the Ground Up Cafe Nursery at 6.30pm. The fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread to the rest of […]

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Crash hotspot demand

Not enough: Leongatha North resident David McAlpine said the current road safety works at Crightons Hill do not go far enough. He would like to see the speed limit permanently reduced.

RECENT safety works on the dangerous part of the Strzelecki Highway known as Crightons Hill will reduce the likelihood of fatalities and serious injuries when cars do leave the road, according to VicRoads. But not local residents believe the works do not go far enough in protecting the community. The accident hotspot at Leongatha North […]

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

Cliff rescue

Couple rescued: emergency services rescued tourists who called for help after finding themselves stuck near a ledge at Cape Woolamai on Sunday. Photo: Facebook.

EMERGENCY services responded after a couple found themselves stranded off a track at Cape Woolamai on Sunday. The couple called triple zero after they found themselves in danger at The Pinnacles off Cape Woolamai at Phillip Island at 11.30am. The pair from Eltham, aged 65 and 58, walked out on the makeshift track to take […]

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »

Bigger, better rail trail to open soon

Almost there: South Gippsland Shire Council projects officer Tony Peterson said the Black Spur section of the Great Southern Rail Trail should be completed in February.

WEATHER has delayed the construction of the Black Spur section of the Great Southern Rail Trail between Koonwarra and Meeniyan, but it is expected to be open to the public by mid February. The first two bridges from the Koonwarra end are in place, while the concrete deck of the third bridge needs to be […]

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,News | Read More »

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