News Archive

Fact: South Gippsland tourist rail is dead!

THE community of South Gippsland, and now, the South Gippsland Shire Council have had enough of nonsense around the chances of passenger rail services returning to the area anytime soon. It’s not going to happen anytime soon, and everybody, almost everybody agrees. And, in

Rodney Dobson’s got all that jazz in Chicago production

THE grandson of a coal miner, musical theatre actor Rodney Dobson is well and truly a Wonthaggi boy – he even still has an uncle who runs a dairy farm just out of town towards Cape Paterson. Rodney is in Brisbane in the middle

‘Go Fund Me’ support sought for Andrew McEwen

IT MIGHT not exactly be against the rules of the ‘Go Fund Me’ crowd funding platform, but in the context of people raising money for cancer operations, disaster response and community causes; surely it’s against the spirit. But you be the judge. Sacked former

Racing to save Inverloch’s Amazon shipwreck

A NEW volunteer committee has formed in an attempt to protect and preserve the historic Amazon shipwreck at Inverloch’s surf beach. Five local amateur maritime archaeologists have come together to form the ‘Amazon 1863 Project,’ with the aim of working with Heritage Victoria to

Coronet Bay locals fight plans for $42m hotel development

CORONET Bay residents are revolting against multi-million-dollar plans to develop a hotel in their “tranquil” community. The council, as of last Friday, have received 149 objections to the plans for 92 Norsemens Road – which are out on exhibition. Objections can be made up

Cape Paterson ratepayers push for review into storm response

THE Cape Paterson Residents and Ratepayers Association (CPRRA) has been pushing the Bass Coast Shire Council to play a greater role in the ongoing response to the freak weather event on Friday, May 10, that saw Cape Paterson inundated with heavy rain and hail,

Recreational motorbike riders to ‘suffer’ from proposed laws

BRAD Snell has been riding motorcycles since he was five years old, but he now fears South Gippsland youngsters will be denied the same pleasure. Mr Snell is taking a leading role in a campaign against proposed changes to South Gippsland Shire Council local

New marine and coastal park coming soon

THE marine and coastal park from San Remo to Inverloch is moving ahead, after the State Government today (Tuesday, November 12) introduced a Bill into Parliament to create the park. The government says it will provide more camping opportunities along Victoria’s rivers. “The Yallock-Bulluk

Disaster lingers – Cape Paterson residents still cleaning up after freak storm

MORE than six months on from the hail storm that ravaged the small seaside town of Cape Paterson, some residents are still living in temporary accommodation, unable to return to their homes and uncertain where they’ll be spending Christmas and New Year’s. Approximately 60

Follow your passion and success will find you, says CEO Ali Wastie

RECENTLY named one of Victoria’s best female leaders, winning a spot in the Institute of Public Administration Australia’s (IPAA) prestigious Top 50 Public Sector Women list, Bass Coast Shire CEO Ali Wastie has no hesitation in identifying herself as a passionate advocate for gender

Sheep dogs flock to Korumburra for trials

MORE than 100 sheep dogs will converge on the Korumburra Showgrounds this weekend for the 65th annual South Eastern Victorian Sheep Dog Trials. Among those working their dogs around the obstacle course to pen three sheep will be an Irish-born student vet, Conor McConnell;

Hot response to Powlett Street footpath petition

THE residents, ratepayers and voters of Powlett Street Inverloch have come together for a common cause – finally getting a footpath for their busy thoroughfare. It’s been an issue for more than a decade but this time people power has been activated in the

Boxers knocked out of Wonthaggi base

BASS Coast Boxing and Fitness is searching for a new home as their Miners Rest location has been bought and is set for redevelopment by Bunnings. Sustaining growth over the past 12 months, they’ve already been looking for a bigger Wonthaggi location all year,