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What’s the shire planning for your town?

IT’S a weighty document, the new South Gippsland Housing and Settlement Strategy, adopted in full last week by the South Gippsland Shire Council. And it might well be months, if not years, before people living in and around the 36 towns and settlements covered

Tourist rail stopped before the precipice

PRESIDENT of South Gippsland Tourist Rail, Tony Nye, said the group was saved from having to make “a very serious decision at its annual general meeting” on Saturday, October 5 by the announcement last week of a $177,000 support package. In Korumburra, on a

Pirates ambush Coal Creek

DAVY Jones’ Locker was unlocked on Sunday with hundreds of pirates, young and old, sailing into Coal Creek on Sunday for the annual Pirates Day.  Sailors from far and wide travelled for the fifth annual event, which was marked as the “most successful yet”

Where to now for Wonthaggi?

HOW do you think things are going along in Wonthaggi? Sure, we’ve attracted many of the big name retailers in recent years, with more on the way and there’s little doubt that we’ve managed to stop some of the customer migration to centres like

Livestock at risk from fracking

The gas industry’s practice of ‘fracking’ poses such a significant risk to the health of livestock that it should be halted until its impact on food safety can be further assessed, according to the UK’s ‘Independent’ newspaper (September 17), which cited a study co-authored

Does this council care?

In January 2010, my wife and I purchased a small house in Bridgeview Drive, Cape Woolamai to fulfil our dream to retire to the beach. We moved in the following May, at the end of the 10 year drought and very soon our dream

Potholes pose huge danger

The lack of maintenance of the Bass Highway is such that it poses a real danger to the lives of those who regularly travel its length.  The increasing number, size and depth of potholes and general road surface deterioration demands both remedial action to

Thanks for your heartfelt support

On July 5, my eldest sister Nicole Debra Lawrence (the eldest of six children) passed away at Leongatha Memorial Hospital.  She was just 42 years-old when her battle with cancer could no longer be fought.  We, her family, partner Jack and her two precious

Fight to save Toora PO

On Friday, September 27 I peddled my way around Toora delivering mail and dodging magpies.  A job I have happily and hopefully most would say, reliably performed rain hail or shine in conjunction with my colleagues, for the best part of the last 12

CEO responds to criticism

I refer to a letter from Charles Farquhar in last week’s edition of the Sentinel-Times (1/10/13 p28) and Phillip Island and San Remo Advertiser. In his letter Mr Farquhar was critical of council and some council officers based upon his perceptions and understandings of

Joining forces to grow cricket in Wonthaggi

ASPIRING young cricketers of all abilities are invited to come along to the Wonthaggi Cricket Gala Event at the Wonthaggi Recreation Reserve on Friday afternoon. The free event has been organised by a partnership between Glen Alvie Cricket Club, Wonthaggi Miners Cricket Club, Wonthaggi

Jed is Australian motocross champion

WONTHAGGI’s Jed Beaton is the new Australian Junior Motocross 125cc age group title holder after a brilliant performance at the 2013 Australian Junior Motocross Championships held at Horsham last week. Part of the Yamaha Junior Racing team, Beaton won the 13-15 year 125cc class

Our netballers win state titles

GIPPSLAND’S open netball team has taken out the 2013 V/Line State Titles, held over the weekend at the State Netball and Hockey Centre in Melbourne.Teams from Victoria’s 19 regions came together to compete in the Open, 17 and Under, 15 and Under and All