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Cr Fawcett returns as mayor

Former mayors will return to the top jobs in council. Cr Jeanette Harding will be deputy mayor, supporting Cr Jim Fawcett during his one year term. They are with shire CEO Tim Tamlin. D034613. PREVIOUS South Gippsland Shire Council mayors Jim Fawcett and Jeanette

EDITORIAL: How councillors killed their golden goose

IF THE Bass Coast Shire Council had millions of dollars in spare cash sloshing around, why shouldn’t it accept more applications from the area’s local sporting clubs, and give everyone an annual allocation of $5000 for trophies, like it did some months ago to

Meeniyan couple injured in highway collision

The Loch CFA Road Accident Rescue Team didn’t have to go far to respond to this accident at the main intersection in Loch on Monday morning, October 28. Bass Coast Highway Patrol officers, Ambulance Victoria and CFA personnel go about their work assisting the

Local crews back after helping out interstate

Leongatha CFA volunteers Greg Clifford, Nathan Hawkins, Scott Cameron and Shaun O’Keefe wait in the shade of their truck for a call out. CFA VOLUNTEERS from Region 9, which included members from Leongatha, Tarwin Lower, Foster and Toora fire brigades, returned home on Saturday

South Gippsland Council told to keep up anti-mining fight

Anti-CSG mining campaigner Phil Piper from Mirboo North said the council must do more to reiterate its stance against CSG and unconventional gas mining. He is flanked by fellow members of the CSG Free Mirboo North group including Gayle Margaret, Suzanne Wightman, Marg Thomas

Childcare crisis in South Gippsland and Bass Coast

The new Phillip Island Children’s Hub in Cowes only opened this year, receiving a plaque unveiling just two weeks ago, and its operator, UnitingCare Gippsland, has announced it is pulling out. Other centres at Mirboo North and Foster are also affected. HUNDREDS of families

Big entries at 37th Leongatha art show

Selected as ‘the best in show’ at the Leongatha Rotary Art Show last weekend was Yianni Banikos of Waratah North for this photographic study, ‘Celebration No.1’. LEONGATHA Rotary Club President Kerry Pritchard was delighted to report that entries were up from 280 last year

Breast Cancer Challenge at the Plaza this Saturday

Wonthaggi Power president Brett Tessari, Megan Harris from CreativeEdge Media, Denni Slorach from PurpleX and Michael Wrigley from the Wonthaggi Plaza are supporting the Wonthaggi Plaza Breast Cancer Challenge. LOCAL Paramedics will go head to head in a fitness challenge with the Wonthaggi Power

Let the dogs run free

On lead or off lead? It’s a debate that never seems to end. As part of its Domestic Animal Management Plan 2012-2016, Bass Coast Shire will trial new off-lead areas in and around Inverloch. DOGS will now be permitted to run free off lead

Foster pool could be the first to go

FOSTER pool is the first pool in South Gippsland to have reached the critical ‘trigger points’. The ‘triggers’ were implemented by South Gippsland Shire Council as a measuring point to start a review of the five outdoor pools (Foster, Toora, Mirboo North, Korumburra and

Live successfully with low vision

LOSING your vision due to age related diseases such as Macular Degeneration can be both challenging and depressing. For many people it marks the end of many recreational and daily living activities that are central to an independent lifestyle. There are now many new

Register for a free $20 NAB cash card

Celebrate ‘Support Small Business Day’ on Saturday, October 19 and register for a free $20 gift card via a State Government and NAB sponsorship. The $20 can be spent at a range of participating retailers and businesses locally. See details at To register, simply

Foster Care kids need you

Foster Care Week might be over for another year, but for a range of reasons, children in this area are still in need of Foster ‘parents’ prepared to look after them, sometimes for a short amount of time sometimes longer. If you can help