News Archive

Inverloch welcomes $1.15m to fight coastal erosion

THE State Government has contributed $1.15 million to help solve Inverloch’s erosion problems, $700,000 of which will be going towards a pilot development of a Regional and Strategic Partnership (RaSP). The remaining $450,000 will be spent on short-term emergency works, with a geotextile sandbag

Inverloch divided over service station plans

LONG term residents, holidaymakers and tree changers at Inverloch are at odds on a service station development proposed for the outskirts of town, with some saying it’s exactly what the area needs, and others concerned it’s a “slippery slope” to losing what they love

Spreading the e-waste message in Leongatha

SOUTH Gippsland residents learnt about the proper disposal of e-waste at a pop-up information booth in Leongatha on Friday. Tammy Logan of Resource Recovery Gippsland was on hand to explain what e-waste was and how it should be disposed of in the wake of

Needle found in grapes from Cowes supermarket

TALIA Gunn, a nine-year-old girl from Cowes, had a nasty surprise on Tuesday night when she ate a grape and found a needle inside when it pricked the inside of her mouth. Her mother Amy had bought the grapes from Coles in Cowes the

Hallston road repair timeline reined in

GRIGGS Road, Hallston will be repaired in six to eight months following the declaration of a natural disaster. Although Griggs Road is South Gippsland Shire Council’s highest priority for landslip repair, council has confirmed the slip section will remain completely closed to traffic and

Bunnings’ $22m plan for a new warehouse in Wonthaggi

BUNNINGS has today (Wednesday, October 16) announced it has purchased land in Wonthaggi and has plans to submit a development application to build a new store to replace its current smaller format store. If approved, the new Bunnings Warehouse Wonthaggi would be almost double

Shires not dealing with complaints correctly

THE South Gippsland Shire copped 148 complaints last year, compared to just nine in Bass Coast. But the Victorian Ombudsman fears some complaints aren’t being properly classified and thus, not followed up or recorded as official complaints. The report by the Victorian Ombudsman (VO)

Cyclists’ plea for action on ‘deadly’ road shoulder

OVER two dozen Coastal Cruiser cyclists have shown their concerns for a “dangerously deformed” road shoulder that caused cyclist Ken Barnes’ bone breaking accident. Following Ken’s fall on Bunurong Road in July, cyclists have called on either VicRoads or Bass Coast Shire to fix

Heat still on council after golf course fire

“JUST like a big bonfire,” was how police and CFA volunteers described a deliberately-lit blaze at the Wonthaggi Golf Course last night (Monday, October 14), ruling out any risk of loss of life or property. Ten CFA units – from Wonthaggi, Inverloch, Pound Creek,

Whale carcass attracts sharks at Kilcunda

A SHARK warning remains in place at Kilcunda after a whale carcass was spotted roughly 200m offshore last night (Monday, October 14). There were reports of an increase in shark activity last night near the Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat, according to authorities. “While it

Mooney’s coming to town for Youth Hub fundraiser

ONE of Australia’s favourite comedians, Lawrence Mooney, will be coming to Wonthaggi this weekend to host the ‘YES to Youth!’ Mayoral Benefit concert. And it will be the show of the year, according to Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Brett Tessari. “The line-up includes

New Waterline library could expand, if there’s demand

FOLLOWING three community consultation sessions on the plans for the Waterline library in Grantville, West Gippsland Libraries (WGL) CEO Leanne Williams says that the replacement for the mobile library is a starting point for the community to get the bigger library service that some

Getting help to bring down the bills

FOR a man who lives off the grid, Leon Burgher spends a lot of time focused on the cost of energy. As a trained energy mentor, Mr Burgher volunteers at the South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Leongatha helping people to save on