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Huge support for equestrian centre

I am extremely disappointed with the shire’s decision to walk away from the Stony Creek Exhibition and Equestrian Centre. It shows a huge lack in understanding of the communities’ need for such a facility in our rainy shire. You only need to see how

Whale carcass attracts sharks at Kilcunda

A SHARK warning remains in place at Kilcunda after a whale carcass was spotted roughly 200m offshore last night (Monday, October 14). There were reports of an increase in shark activity last night near the Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat, according to authorities. “While it

Mooney’s coming to town for Youth Hub fundraiser

ONE of Australia’s favourite comedians, Lawrence Mooney, will be coming to Wonthaggi this weekend to host the ‘YES to Youth!’ Mayoral Benefit concert. And it will be the show of the year, according to Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Brett Tessari. “The line-up includes

Giliam sets Red Caps up for victory

• C Grade, Division 1 WINNING the toss and electing to bat, luck was on Nerrena’s side, who went on to set the considerable total of 158 for Koonwarra L/RSL to chase down. Gavin Giliam top-scored, with an unbeaten 81, his score included nine

Farmer confidence on the rise

VICTORIAN rural sentiment has staged a strong rally, with the state’s farmers now among the most confident in the nation, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found. Dairy farmers were behind much of the upswing, with 45 per cent expecting conditions to improve

New Waterline library could expand, if there’s demand

FOLLOWING three community consultation sessions on the plans for the Waterline library in Grantville, West Gippsland Libraries (WGL) CEO Leanne Williams says that the replacement for the mobile library is a starting point for the community to get the bigger library service that some

Getting help to bring down the bills

FOR a man who lives off the grid, Leon Burgher spends a lot of time focused on the cost of energy. As a trained energy mentor, Mr Burgher volunteers at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Leongatha helping people to save on

Locals take out premiership

RANI Sunderland and Annie Dempsey played in the winning U14s soccer team in the Women’s National Premier League in Melbourne. Rani and Annie both started playing soccer at an early age with the Phillip Island Breakers. For the last two years they have played

High rainfall, productive country

‘WAIHOLA’ has been in the same family ownership since 1887 and boasts stunning views from the 100-year-old-plus renovated homestead and other parts of the property. An excellent balance of gently undulating rolling and hill country, the property is currently being run as a dairy

State won’t provide rates relief for farmers, says MP

VICTORIA’S Agriculture Minister has, for the first time, definitively ruled out state government intervention to relieve the rate burden on the state’s farmers. On ABC Gippsland radio last Wednesday morning – ahead of the official announcement of a $31 million drought assistance package for

Pollute the environment and risk $3.2m in fines

LEONGATHA’S farming community is preparing for the roll out of new environment laws. The Environment Protection Authority said the attendance of farmers and small business operators at an information session in Leongatha last week was encouraging. EPA Gippsland Regional Manager Jessica Bandiera said the

New ‘ambassadors’ will help boost tourism on the Island

A NEW tourism ambassador program will teach Phillip Island workers and residents about the history and varying attractions of the local area in the hopes of providing a better experience for visitors. It’s important, according to tourism experts, because 91 per cent of customers

Wightman doubles down for Nerrena

• A Grade, Division 1 WINNING the toss and electing to bat, Inverloch started well but with runs hard to come by and an efficient Nerrena side, the visitors were eventually outdone. It was slow and steady for Brett Debono and Yasir Jan, who