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More snow on the way, they say

THERE’S snow in them thar hills… and more on the way this afternoon and tonight we’re told by the Bureau of Meteorology. A complex low-pressure system east of Tasmania is directing an icy southerly wind into West Gippsland, Bass Coast and South Gippsland, coming

Stay home: new crackdown on isolation breaches

MORE Victoria Police and Australian Defence Force personnel will be out in force ensuring Victorians are abiding by the directions of the Chief Health Officer (CHO), as the next stage of restrictions is supported by stronger enforcement and increased penalties for those who repeatedly

Community transmission is here, BCH

Let’s work together to stop the spread The Victorian Government’s current strategy has so far avoided the Victorian hospital system being overwhelmed. And to date, Bass Coast Health (BCH) has had no COVID inpatients and no staff members have tested positive. “We are ready

Saleyards up ante with spotlight on processors

OPERATIONS at the VLE Saleyards at Pakenham and Leongatha are already at a high level of COVID-19 compliance but they’ll upgrade measures to segregate staff, stock agents, buyers and processors as the spotlight is turned firmly on the processing sector. Especially so after the

AFL Gippsland calls time on junior footy

GLORIOUS sunshine greeted the teams in the South Gippsland Junior Football Competition last Sunday. And didn’t everyone enjoy it; kids, coaches and parents, despite the strict protocols at play. And in the spirit of junior footy, Phillip Island provided some of the players to

Corner location in Wonthaggi

TWO adjoining properties in central Wonthaggi have hit the market. This could be a unique corner development opportunity (STCA) at 178 Graham Street and 180 Graham Street. There’s a charming and spacious three-bedroom residence at 178 Graham Street on a 930m2 block with a

Wearing a mask isn’t that bad

SENTINEL-TIMES COMMENT …unless you’re a construction worker! Even after a day of wearing a mask, you start to get quite used to it. In fact, you begin to forget you’ve got it on at all. But then again, I’m not working in construction. From

Stand up for the natural wonder

Meryl Brown Tobin’s letter last week, rightly, praised the beauty of grass trees, which she noted are under threat from the sand mining. Australia has often been criticised for a “dig it up and sell it off” mentality, which has seen us extracting minerals,


Perhaps some people in the Waterline community should take stock of their reactive behaviour(s) during the current COVID-19 circumstances. Please note that there are those among us who have every legitimate right to visit our properties in the Bass Coast Shire (BCS) during the

Burst of colour

Congratulations to the wonderful team of gardeners who provide such outstanding displays of colour at our roundabouts in Wonthaggi. We are blessed here to have acres and acres of wonderful native bushland so it provides a great visual contrast to see these beautiful annuals

Hot off the press

It is very exciting having the local paper in our town, to read the local news and all that’s on track and around. I have really missed what’s going on around the towns, it keeps you up-to-date on the news and with ups and

Bridge looks good as new

Thanks goes to those that cleaned the walking bridge over Ayer Creek last week. But BIG shout out to the lady that took the time to open up between the boards to let water out when it rains with a wire coat hanger. Great


In a recent letter to this newspaper I published statements on my personal view of the behaviour of Councillor Michael Whelan during Council meetings, and on my personal view of his public comments regarding the demolition of the Cowes Cultural Centre. I also published