News in brief Archive

Bootcamp for young farmers

YOUNG farmers can access a free online business bootcamp next month – with prefence given to young farmers in the Gippsland area. But places are limited, so get in quick! Presented by Paul Blackshaw from Meridian Agriculture and supported by Agriculture Victoria, the bootcamp

Landslip roads must be reopened quickly: council

CONTRACTORS tendering to repair seven landslips in the South Gippsland Shire have been told roads must reopen  as quickly as possible. Six of the seven roads will be closed for the duration of repair works but council’s tender documents note the evaluation criteria gives

Grantville music event goes online

THE Grantville Community Music Victoria camp is going online. The annual event will be accessible for free online to music lovers across the state. It is designed for community music makers and leaders of all experience, all ages and all skill levels. The two-day

All quiet on the question front

THERE’S no question the coronavirus pandemic is affecting many areas of life, including a drop in questions and public presentations to South Gippsland Shire Council. Council moved quickly to close the public gallery and media attendance as COVID-19 took hold. Both the March and

Portrait prize postponed

THE second annual Archies Bald Portrait Prize, scheduled for May 22-31 at the Wonthaggi Town Hall, has been postponed due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Inspired by local paramedic Deb Rielly, who passed away in 2019 after a 15-year cancer battle, the exhibition invites

Stories brought to life online

WITH social distancing limiting opportunities for live readings, Bass Coast writers have responded to the theme of this year’s Neighbourhood House Week (May 8 to 15) ‘Loneliness: the solution is community’ through a series of short videos accessible online. Five members of the Bass

COVIDSafe questions answered

IF YOU’RE confused about the federal government’s CovidSafe app – what it is and how to get it – Bass Coast Adult Learning Centre (BCAL) has the answers you need. Head to a free information session at their White Road, Wonthaggi campus from 1pm-2.30pm

Connecting Bass Coast

A NEW Facebook group created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic encourages Bass Coast residents to combat social isolation by getting to know their neighbours online. ‘The Bass Coast Connection,’ founded by new Dalyston resident Faith Stanes in early April, aims to forge meaningful

Cow of the year call out

WITH this year’s International Dairy Week grand champion Holstein hailing from Tarwin, local farmers have another chance to vie for a top industry prize, in Holstein Australia’s 2020 Australian Cow of the Year competition. Entries are open now, and close on Sunday, May 31,

Farmers invited to online market

A NEW e-commerce initiative from Agriculture Victoria aims to provide a much needed boost in exposure to small scale producers struggling with the loss of local farmers markets due to COVID-19 restrictions. Launched on Sunday, May 17, the Victorian Country Market is a purpose

Catch up over a cuppa

IF YOU’RE missing connection with friends and colleagues, why not check in with them over a Virtual Country Cuppa? This free, online networking event, running from May 23 to 31, is a new spin on a successful initiative from the Victorian Rural Women’s Network,

How are you coping without sport?

DEAKIN University is seeking participants for a study examining how Australians are coping without formal sport and staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers are calling for volunteers aged 13 to 75 from anywhere in Australia to take part in the survey, which consists

Help community garden grow

BASS Coast Adult Learning Centre (BCAL) in Wonthaggi is seeking donations of seeds, seedlings and fertiliser to keep its not-for-profit community garden going strong. Produce from the garden goes to community members in need, including through the Wonthaggi Salvation Army food bank. To donate,
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