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Sound shell stoush goes down to the wire

By Kirra Grimes THE dispute over the proposed Inverloch Sound Shell continues, with the local tourism association determined to delay construction, citing insufficient community consultation on the structure’s design. The Inverloch Lions Club is pushing ahead with a design chosen following community consultation in

Politicians have got their heads in the sand, they say

EXTINCTION Rebellion has staged their first protest in Gippsland with more than 250 people uniting at the Inverloch Surf Life Saving club to perform a ‘Heads in the Sand,’ protest on Friday, January 17. The action saw locals, children, adults and visitors bury their

French Island bushfire a ‘logistical nightmare’

By Oscar Perri TRYING to extinguish the out-of-control bushfire that burnt its way through the French Island National Park on Saturday was a logistical nightmare, according to CFA volunteers Although it is the state’s largest Island, French Island can only be accessed by plane

Sweet relief for bushfires

By Kirra Grimes AN ambitious eight-year-old has warmed the hearts of the Inverloch community with a bake sale raising funds for the bushfire relief effort. Newhaven College student Anna Crocker-Rose raised $517 for the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund selling homemade cupcakes around Inverloch last

Inverloch firefighters celebrate a milestone

INVERLOCH Fire Brigade celebrated its 75th anniversary on Saturday, January 11, with an open day and barbeque, and plenty of opportunities for the kids to get up close with the trucks and gear. Brigade captain Steve Forrest said it was a good thing for

All hands on deck as Army Reserve marches in

ALL resources are being brought to bear on the fires in East Gippsland and the High Country with the Army, Navy and Army Reserve joining all the usual emergency services in what is an unprecedented disaster. Last week these Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicles (PMV)

Korumburra pastors reflect on decade of service

RETIRING Korumburra Uniting Church pastors Sue and Gavin Sharp will continue to be part of the community they have helped to build for the past 10 years. The married couple finish officially at the end of January but are on leave after delivering their

Council overruled on San Remo subdivision

By Kirra Grimes A CONTROVERSIAL subdivision at San Remo will go ahead after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) overruled an earlier decision by Bass Coast Shire Council to refuse a planning permit. Sean Brown successfully challenged Council’s decision at a VCAT hearing

Bushfires bite into our local tourism sector

SOUTH Gippsland tourism operators are united in declaring the region open for business as the impacts of the East Gippsland bushfires takes its toll locally. Some operators have been hit hard with cancellations from concerned holiday makers while others are reporting little to no

Pedestrian hit in Inverloch crash

By Kirra Grimes AN elderly driver who crashed his car into a pedestrian and then a brick wall on the busy main street of Inverloch last week will “most likely” be subject to a medical review to assess whether his licence should be suspended

Busking permit cost stymies aid plan

FOSTER musician Janine Garvey wanted to use her talents to support people affected by the devastating East Gippsland bushfires. Janine decided she would busk in the community space laneway of her hometown and donate all the proceeds to bushfire aid. But wanting to do

Community mourns Parks Victoria firefighter Bill Slade

THERE has been an outpouring of emotion after the death of Parks Victoria firefighter and long-serving staff member, Bill Slade of Bass, at the weekend. Among the thousands of social media messages posted at the weekend, these were typical of the sentiments: “What an

Crowds flock to Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s Magic Monkey show

AN AUSTRALIAN take on the ‘80s ABC classic ‘Magic Monkey’ sees the junior cast of Wonthaggi Theatrical Group travel from Robe to the Victorian Gold Fields with wisdom, tribulation and play. Performed at the Shed Theatre at the State Coal Mine, the production shows