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What would Cowes be like without cows?

BACK in Harry Cleeland’s day, when practically every farmer on Phillip Island had 20 acres and milked 20 cows, there were upwards of 50 dairy farms on the island. Now there’s just one left. The last dairy farmers on Phillip Island are the husband

New boss at South Gippsland Shire Council

THE South Gippsland Shire Council resolved to appoint Kerryn Ellis as its new Chief Executive Officer for the next five years at its Special Meeting this morning (Wednesday, February 5). Acting CEO Bryan Sword will revert to his previous role as Director of Development

Fresh faces lead Wonthaggi Salvos

THE Salvation Army’s Wonthaggi corps has welcomed a new captain who brings fresh ideas and a passion for helping country communities thrive. Amy Jones has spent the past few weeks settling into her new role at the McKenzie Street Wonthaggi headquarters, getting up to

Wonthaggi Club boosts Lions’ bushfire campaign

THE Wonthaggi Lions Club has expressed its thanks following a $5000 donation from the Wonthaggi Club for bushfire relief efforts. Presented last week in the form of a large cheque, the funds have gone into an account at the ANZ Wonthaggi branch created specifically

Phillip Island braced for Coronavirus impact

NATIONAL media has been reporting a “worst case scenario” for Victorian tourist attractions which rely on Chinese tourist groups, as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, after recording wholesale cancelations stretching through to midyear. It’s a double whammy after the negative publicity associated with

Less talk and more action for Bass Coast’s youth

BASS Coast youth are calling on Council to put their money where their mouth is and deliver real outcomes through their new ‘Living Young Plan’. The promise of the four-year plan, currently being developed with community consultation, is to “empower” and “connect” young people

Island locals stripped of their road surface

AN ongoing battle about residential roads between the Bass Coast Shire Council (BCSC) and residents of the Phillip Island town of Sunset Strip has been reignited by the council returning the surfaced roads to gravel. Late last year, council workers removed the primer seal

Lasting memorial for Bill Slade

FOREST Fire Management Victoria firefighter and Parks Victoria staff member, Bill Slade, played a key role in the eradication of Phillip Island’s foxes, we were told at his funeral last Wednesday, helping to protect the region’s famed Little Penguins. It’s a part of Bill’s

Prestigious award for saving Inverloch’s history

By Oscar Perri AT 93, Inverloch historian, conservationist and dedicated Girl Guide Eulalie Perry Brewster has certainly put the time in to deserve an Order of Australia Medal. Eulalie is being awarded the medal for her service to the community of Inverloch, where she

OAM for Wonthaggi legend John Lindsay

WONTHAGGI’S John Lindsay has received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the local community, including serving on several boards and committees, as well as teaching at the Wonthaggi Technical School. And his more than two decades at the school in building

Australian first for our kids – funded 3-year-old kinder

YESTERDAY it was the Leongatha Children’s Centre and today it will be Karmai Community Children’s Centre at Korumburra, along with the 11 kinders across the South Gippsland Shire which will be welcoming children for the first time in Australia to a funded, three-year-old kinder

‘Very High’ fire danger forecast for the next three days

A ‘VERY High’ fire danger has been forecast for this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday across our region. Temperatures in the mid 30s are expected with hot, dry north westerly winds peaking on Friday. Severe Heat Wave conditions have also been forecast for West

Patrice Mahoney honoured for flying the flag

By Kirra Grimes AFTER close to 20 years promoting awareness and acknowledgement of the Indigenous community in Bass Coast, Wonthaggi’s Patrice Mahoney has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). A woman of many talents – balancing raising a family