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It’s official: Bass Coast now has 4 with virus

THE Department of Human Services (DHHS) has corrected an error made earlier in the day yesterday, Wednesday, April 8 and raised the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Bass Coast to four. That’s a doubling in the number published earlier in the day. “Due

Learn about Phillip Island’s Little Penguins in a new podcast

PHILLIP Island Nature Parks continues to roll out its podcast series with the latest episode now live on air. Episode three, titled Peter and the Penguins features the incredible story of Dr Peter Dann who started working on Phillip Island in 1980 and was

Government must clarify confusing directives: Nationals MP

THE Andrews government needs to clarify a number of the confusing directions it has issued in the last few weeks to deal with the coronavirus crisis, in particular allowing people to travel to holiday homes, according to the Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny

Shire CEO urges all to ‘please stay home’

THE following statement from South Gippsland Shire Council CEO, Kerryn Ellis, was released to the media yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, April 7):   Normally, at this time of year, my message to the community would be about staying safe over Easter. I would be encouraging

Good news – SESI investors get final payout

THE Korumburra-based financial group, South Eastern Secured Investments Limited (SESI), which was forced into receivership in 2009, owing 3000 investors more than $178 million is in the process of making its final payout. The latest distribution to investors, most of them South Gippsland residents,

South Gippsland counts four with virus

THERE are now four (4) people in South Gippsland who have tested positive to the coronavirus. The data was in the regional breakdown released by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) this afternoon, Tuesday, April 7. Cases by Local Government Areas (LGAs)

Bass Coast and South Gippsland beaches closed for Easter

ALL Bass Coast beaches will be totally closed to the public over the Easter break – with no access for anyone, to any beach, under any circumstance. That includes exercising on the beach – running, surfing, walking and swimming. Bass Coast Shire Council and

Fears raised as schools ‘go back’ April 15

THE decision to reopen schools for those kids whose parents have work commitments or who don’t have the technology has raised concerns in the community. Here’s what the Premier Daniel Andrews had to say today, Tuesday, April 7, about the “return to school” next

Gotta go? You can’t! Council closes 24 public toilets

THE Bass Coast Shire Council has temporarily closed 24 of its public toilet facilities, as well as all of its public barbecues and outdoor gyms. It follows the closure of council managed beaches, playgrounds and skate parks in March. The council said closing some

Gippsland wines driving the wow factor

DESTINATION Gippsland supports the government directives in place regarding non-essential travel to limit the spread of COVID-19. But ahead of what should have been a massive exodus from the city into regional area, the tourism authority has come up with a way to ensure

Wonthaggi serves a community in lockdown

WHILE ‘social distancing’ and ‘stay home’ provisions are still in force across the state, the shopping centre of Wonthaggi was still quite a busy place to be on Monday this week. But underscoring the seriousness of the situation, the Department of Human Services (DHHS)

Search for missing fishermen off Flinders coast

EMERGENCY services are searching for two men who failed to return to shore after going fishing in Westernport Bay on Sunday morning. The 20-year-old man and 33-year-old man set out on their vessel sometime before 6am on Sunday, April 5, from the Flinders boat

All systems go at Burra Foods, plus stricter safety guidelines

BURRA Foods is continuing to process and supply dairy ingredients across the globe in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, strict guidelines have been introduced to prevent the risk of transmission of the virus, and keep staff and the food supply chain safe.