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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,

Salvos’ digital doorknock

THE Salvation Army has followed the lead of other charity campaigns during the COVID-19 pandemic, moving their major annual fundraiser from the streets to a screen near you. Run over the months of April, May and June every year, with a national doorknock traditionally

Free business webinar

IF YOU want to find out how to stay open for business during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, don’t miss the next free webinar from local workshop facilitators Hello Business on Tuesday, May 19. The online event will feature an interview and Q&A session

Landcare youth meet online

LOCAL youth environment group Gippsland Intrepid Landcare is finding new ways to keep its members connected and inspired during COVID-19, with plans to host its first online ‘retreat’. The Intrepid Online Retreat will take place over the last weekend in May, kicking off with

Demolition tenders close

TENDERS for the first stage of demolition of the Cowes Cultural and Community Centre close this Wednesday, May 13, with works expected to begin in late-July or August. The centre’s main building, containing Bass Coast Shire Council and visitor information services, a gallery, meeting

Draft budget due in June

WITH the release of the draft budget delayed due to the health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic, Bass Coast Shire Council expects to adopt its final budget for 2020/21 in August, two months later than usual. The draft budget is expected to

COVID-19 grants coming soon

BASS Coast businesses, individuals and community groups struggling with the economic fallout of COVID-19 will be able to apply for a share of $700,000 in local government grants from the end of this month, if all goes according to plan at the next ordinary

Online tea cosy exhibition opens Saturday

IT’S almost time to brew a cup of tea and settle in front of your computer for the Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival. Organisers pivoted quickly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to take the popular festival online and with more than 90

49 fines issued

VICTORIA Police conducted 841 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services over a 24-hour period to ensure people were following COVID-19 rules, as part of Operation Sentinel. In the 24 hours to 11pm on Saturday, May 9, police issued 49 fines. Since March

More fines for rule-breakers

VICTORIA Police conducted 854 spot checks at homes, businesses and non-essential services over a 24-hour period to ensure people were following COVID-19 rules, as part of Operation Sentinel. In the 24 hours to 11pm on Friday, May 8, police issued 61 fines. Examples of

Search for the best original musicians

GIPPSLAND Live is a digital search for Gippsland’s best original musicians. The competition is a collaboration of five performing arts centres across Gippsland: the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre in Wonthaggi, The Wedge in Sale, West Gippsland Arts Centre in Warragul, Latrobe Performing Arts

Reading at home

LEONGATHA Primary School is making sure students have the books they need for their remote learning. Grade 5 teachers donned gloves to sort books and place them into named ziplock bags in class tubs in the office foyer. Families were then asked to use

Wipe the bench

THINK twice before touching or using park benches or other outdoor furniture in the South Gippsland Shire Council area. A council spokesperson said it was not taking extra measures to sanitise public infrastructure because “as the current stay at home measures require people to