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Calamities cause 35% hit to local businesses

THE largest international market for tourism locally is China so it’s inevitable that the coronavirus outbreak will impact the economy here. To a lesser, but significant effect, the bushfires in East Gippsland have also taken their toll with some people staying away. Tourist operators

Give us the funding for Agnes Falls, he says

A PETITION signed by more than 1000 people calling for funding for a cantilevered viewing platform at Agnes Falls was tabled in state parliament last week. Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien said the community had identified the Agnes Falls development as a priority

Is it all over for the Cowes carnival?

By Kirra Grimes A PETITION to “save the Summer Carnival” at Cowes has failed to attract community support, falling well short of its target of 10,000 signatures. The online campaign was launched by Phillip Island Web Radio’s Johnny Cantone on January 11 in an

Mat O’Donnell’s the mechanic for the stars

By Tom McNish WONTHAGGI Motorcycles mechanic Mat O’Donnell worked with Australian superbike rider Alex Phillis to help him claim two wins at the Island Classic, alongside a second and a third across the four six-lap races – to lead the Australian effort and be

Junior Surfing Titles to kick off at Phillip Island this weekend

THIS weekend, Victoria’s best up and coming junior surfers will descend on Phillip Island for the opening round of the 2020 Woolworths Victorian Junior Surfing Title, kick-starting a trio of events that will also head to the Mornington Peninsula later this month and then

Best cheese in Australia is from Berry’s Creek Gourmet Cheese

BERRY’S Creek Gourmet Cheese has been awarded Grand Champion Cheese at the 2020 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Judged by a 12-strong panel of Australia’s top dairy judges, Berry’s Creek was recognised for their Oak Blue, taking out the highest accolade in the country. The

Neighbour kicks up a stink over Island tip

BASS Coast Shire Council’s decision to purchase land on Gap Road, Cowes for a new transfer station has not gone down well with the neighbours. The proposed transfer station site, purchased for $1.6 million in December 2019, sits between The Shearing Shed function centre

New South Gippsland Shire Council CEO to listen and question

NEWLY-appointed South Gippsland Shire Council chief executive Kerryn Ellis plans to listen and ask lots of questions in her early days in the role. Ms Ellis takes the reins on Tuesday, March 10 following a stint as the Director Corporate Services at Victoria’s Independent

Mystery surrounds death of young Leongatha man

THE body of a man, believed to be that of missing, former Leongatha resident Jarrod Davies, 27, has been found today by police in Hobart. Davies was last seen in the Hobart waterfront area in the early hours of Sunday morning. CCTV cameras captured

Ex-councillor Jeremy Rich to face 11 counts

– Case stays in magistrate’s court JEREMY Rich had a win of sorts in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court last Thursday. The former South Gippsland Shire Councillor was appearing to face 11 charges arising out of a drug bust at his family’s Walkerville grazing

Naked ambition pays off for Beach Bums

By Chris Petrie THEY said it couldn’t be done! That was enough to get Coronet Bay local Levinus Van De Neut rallying the support of local residents, who modelled in, photographed and designed the inaugural Beach Bums 2020 (nude) Calendar. Sales of this cheeky

Outpouring of support at the Inlet Hotel

THE Inverloch community has opened its hearts and wallets to support the people of East Gippsland affected by bushfires. The Inlet Hotel’s Kirby Ireland and a group of friends decided they had to do something – and that something all came together on Sunday

Big year ahead for Specialist School

BASS Coast Specialist School students will benefit from a strong focus on independence and community connection this year, with a new leadership team to oversee a range of projects and educational initiatives designed to build skills for life. After three years at the school,