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Airport plan could sink in swamp, they say

NOT everyone was pleased about the announcement last week, by the Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, that an area between Lang Lang and Koo Wee Rup will be investigated as the site for Melbourne’s third airport. Some local landowners and farmers, with homes and

Bald Hills Wind Farm to ‘ramp up’

IT’S all about to happen. Developers of the $300 million Bald Hills Wind Farm project are gearing up for the most intensive phase of the construction process. From next month, until July 2014, there will be up to 150 workers on site at Tarwin

When the going gets tough, Tough Titties will be there

IT ALL started as a low-key party fundraiser with The Bodyshop at Home for inspiring Wonthaggi paramedic and athlete Deb Rielly who’s attacking her latest fight with cancer with colossal force. Due the response to that recent event (100 people attended), and the ideas

Still a place for a public meeting

CUNNING public service groups and large industry bodies have worked out how to avoid one of their nastiest tasks – the open public meeting. When a contentious decision is made, there’s now a new way to tick the “public consultation” box and it’s called

Former Leongatha RSL president a false hero

‘Deeply ashamed’ By Danika Dent SITTING on a worn leather armchair, David Edwards shakes his head slowly. “Why’d I do it? I just don’t know,” he says. David Edwards has been outed as a fraud – a wannabe Vietnam War veteran. Dr Edwards fessed up

Our oils are the best in the land

SOUTH Gippsland olives oils were rated as Australia’s best at the 17th National Extra Virgin Olive Oil awards held in Hobart last week. Grassy Spur Olives, a small, boutique olive grove at Stony Creek, scooped the pool to be awarded three gold medals and

Amazing Inverloch home a grand design

A RECENTLY constructed Inverloch home was the feature property on the LifeStyle Channel’s program, Grand Designs Australia, last week. The Inverloch ‘Sand Dune House’, located along the Inverloch-Cape Paterson Road, belongs to Glen and Kate Morris and was constructed by local builder, Martin Builders. 

Small Business Day offers $2000 prizes

THE hope is that ‘Support Small Business Day’ will eventually become a big celebration of what really makes this country tick. But, as the name suggests, Victoria’s first-ever Support Small Business Day, on Saturday, October 19, is likely to start out small! An initiative

Ride safely this October

LOCAL police will this month be involved in a state-wide proactive campaign aimed at reducing bicycle trauma. Starting last week and running through unil the end of October, Safe Cycle Month is the longest running road safety initiative in Australia – now in its

CSG licence renewed

AN exploration licence for coal seam gas (CSG) and tight gas, covering from Bairnsdale through to Foster and up Turtons Creek has been renewed for another two years. It borders another similar licence (EL5337) by Mantle Mining that covers Mirboo North which is set

Bingo! Phyllis hits 100

PHYLLIS Holyoake celebrated her 100th birthday in style last week, marking the occasion with two separate celebrations. Ms Holyoake turned 100 on Saturday, but kicked off the festivities at the weekly 3MFM Bingo at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club on Wednesday. The Inverloch resident has

You could get lucky with ‘loyalty card’

WONTHAGGI businesses are aiming to reward their loyal customers with prizes at Christmas simply for shopping locally. Under the auspices of the Bass Coast Business and Tourism Partnership and the Wonthaggi Business Association, they are offering customers and loyalty card program that operates pretty

Island car ferry gets a boost

GIPPSLAND’S $2.8 billion tourism sector has thrown its full weight behind the establishment of a car ferry service between Stony Point and Cowes as its number one ‘regional priority project with high tourism potential’. The controversial project is listed among four regional priorities in