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Underground profits that could change the climate

CARBON sequestering is a simple yet powerful way that’s enabling Gippsland farmers to enhance their farm’s productivity and receive a range of financial benefits. The benefits of Carbon Farming were discussed by Landcare, with scientists and a field full of keen to learn local

No challenge too steep for local builder

THE team at Hotondo Homes in Inverloch recognise land comes in all shapes and sizes, and can often have quite a slope on it, making it more challenging to build on. Rather than seeing a sloping block as a negative, local builder Trent Allen

Well-deserved recognition for our volunteer firefighters

LEONGATHA firefighters have gone viral with a video dispatch from bushfire ravaged New South Wales. A video posted to the brigade’s Facebook page last week from Rollands Plains, near Port Macquarie, racked up more than 800,000 views in just over 24 hours, attracting comments

Hospital loss after $3.5m wage blowout

A WAGES blowout of $3.5 million in the past financial year, at the Gippsland Southern Health Service (GSHS), which operates the Leongatha and Korumburra hospitals, has driven the health service to post an operating loss of $1.12 million. The poor result, according to the

Charles learns overseas

THE talent and dedication of Charles Joma has left a mark following recent Queensland boxing trips, so much so that the QLD team brought Charles to their three-week Philippines training camp. Charles took the expenses paid trip training under highly experienced international coaches. “Brenton

Jeremey Rich drugs case delayed till February

FORMER South Gippsland Shire Councillor Jeremy Rich was in court again last Friday, November 29, facing a host of drugs charges and firearms’ offences. But his committal hearing in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court did not go ahead as planned. The whole day was

Fire restrictions announced for South Gippsland

THE Fire Danger Period (FDP) will begin at 1am on Monday, December 16, in the South Gippsland and Baw Baw Shires. CFA District 9 Acting Operations Manager Emma Conway said low winter rainfall across most of Gippsland means there is less moisture in the

Around the Bay 3-12-2019

With Jim’s Bait and Tackle YOU could have been forgiven for thinking that Sunday was the first day of winter and not the first day of summer with the very cold and strong winds. As I have written a few times now it has

Urgent call for more public housing

By Michael Giles Every Victorian deserves the safety and security of a home. But for many, that’s becoming increasingly harder. A significant number of Victorians, particularly young Victorians, are struggling to break into the housing market. House prices are rising and upfront costs –

Give us a safe boat ramp

Phillip Island has the worst boat ramps in Australia! Even now plans have been drawn up [for Rhyll] to repeat what is already there and totally inadequate for the increasing use. We need a boat ramp that is safe in all weather! Facing to

Long fight to save forests

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell. Therefore, congratulations must go to the Preserve Our Forest Committee for their commitment, expertise and professionalism in their long fight to save our forests from logging. The

More costs for rural landowners

The South Gippsland Shire has proposed local law amendments that seriously erode the rights and safety of people living on rural land. Under proposed amendments, land zoned as Rural Living, Rural Activity and Rural Conservation will no longer have the right to own agricultural

More red tape for animals

Thank you to the many in the community who have warned of the impacts of the South Gippsland Shire Council’s proposed General Local Law 2014 (Amendment 1 of 2019). If this is passed all will be affected in one way or another as Australia