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Gee, what a winner!

EIGHT-year-old Gee Whizzer took out the Alex Scott & Staff Woolamai Cup on Saturday by 2L to see jockey Maxwell Keenan record his second consecutive Cup win. And it broke a drought for Gee Whizzer, who last recorded a win at Pakenham in July

Farmers ‘ignored’, says MP

LABOR has failed Victorian farmers and the agriculture industry, according to Nationals MP Melina Bath. The Inquiry into the Impact of Animal Activism on Victorian Agriculture delivered its final report last week. The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said Parliament had

Is it all over for the Cowes carnival?

By Kirra Grimes A PETITION to “save the Summer Carnival” at Cowes has failed to attract community support, falling well short of its target of 10,000 signatures. The online campaign was launched by Phillip Island Web Radio’s Johnny Cantone on January 11 in an

Mat O’Donnell’s the mechanic for the stars

By Tom McNish WONTHAGGI Motorcycles mechanic Mat O’Donnell worked with Australian superbike rider Alex Phillis to help him claim two wins at the Island Classic, alongside a second and a third across the four six-lap races – to lead the Australian effort and be

Junior Surfing Titles to kick off at Phillip Island this weekend

THIS weekend, Victoria’s best up and coming junior surfers will descend on Phillip Island for the opening round of the 2020 Woolworths Victorian Junior Surfing Title, kick-starting a trio of events that will also head to the Mornington Peninsula later this month and then

Brodie’s bound for nationals

WONTHAGGI Secondary College student Brodie Mabilia is headed to the national junior basketball championships after winning a coveted spot in the 2020 Victoria Country under-18 men’s side. The 16-year-old impressed selectors at the recent Australian Country Junior Basketball Cup in Albury, where he averaged

Bird’s eye view

SET on eight acres of rolling green hills is a comfortable three-bedroom home which has had a renovation and is all ready to move in to. This is a fabulous property for entertaining with great outdoor living and all in a very private, quiet

Gippsland’s yummy honey

BEEKEEPERS across South Gippsland are hoping honey lovers will support local makers in the wake of the recent bushfires. President of the South Gippsland Beekeepers Club Bron Barton said many hives have been destroyed by fires this season. “Last spring, commercial beekeepers had taken

Best cheese in Australia is from Berry’s Creek Gourmet Cheese

BERRY’S Creek Gourmet Cheese has been awarded Grand Champion Cheese at the 2020 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Judged by a 12-strong panel of Australia’s top dairy judges, Berry’s Creek was recognised for their Oak Blue, taking out the highest accolade in the country. The

Neighbour kicks up a stink over Island tip

BASS Coast Shire Council’s decision to purchase land on Gap Road, Cowes for a new transfer station has not gone down well with the neighbours. The proposed transfer station site, purchased for $1.6 million in December 2019, sits between The Shearing Shed function centre

Donohue’s double deal

• A Grade, Division 1 IT came down to the last four balls, but it started with two impressive bowlers Lewis Rankin and Andrew Donohue who set Inverloch on track for an attainable score against ladder rivals Phillip island. It may come down to

Ten years of slogans

A CRUCIAL reminder, the silage sign leaving Leongatha as you’re heading towards East Gippsland is written by dairy farmer Mark ‘Sparky’ Dowling. This is Mark’s tenth year writing a slogan across his silage. “Sometimes it’s a joke or something a little more serious,” he

New South Gippsland Shire Council CEO to listen and question

NEWLY-appointed South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive Kerryn Ellis plans to listen and ask lots of questions in her early days in the role. Ms Ellis takes the reins on Tuesday, March 10 following a stint as the Director Corporate Services at Victoria’s Independent