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Pollute the environment and risk $3.2m in fines

LEONGATHA’S farming community is preparing for the roll out of new environment laws. The Environment Protection Authority said the attendance of farmers and small business operators at an information session in Leongatha last week was encouraging. EPA Gippsland Regional Manager Jessica Bandiera said the

New ‘ambassadors’ will help boost tourism on the Island

A NEW tourism ambassador program will teach Phillip Island workers and residents about the history and varying attractions of the local area in the hopes of providing a better experience for visitors. It’s important, according to tourism experts, because 91 per cent of customers

Patient information is safe, says Bass Coast Health chief

PERSONAL patient information was not compromised during a significant cyber security incident that hit 23 public health services last week. Bass Coast Health (BCH) chief executive officer Jan Child said BCH isolated and disconnected technology services to quarantine the infection and protect patient information.

Winners and losers in ‘massive’ road blitz

EXPECT to see plenty of road works going on across South Gippsland and Bass Coast in the coming months, as the state government rolls out a multi-million-dollar “maintenance blitz” to improve safety and reliability for motorists. The Andrews Government is spending more than $870

‘Very Special’ fundraiser returns to Inverloch

IT’S on again, a very special day for Very Special Kids, a fundraising event for children living with a life-threatening illness, at the Inverloch Foodworks carpark this Saturday, October 5. It will be the 12th year in a row that the team at Inverloch

Gippsland set for tourism boom with new ‘roadmap’

SOUTH Gippsland and Bass Coast businesses are set to benefit from a new state government focus on regional tourism, but it’s up to them to maximise the opportunities opening up. That was the message of the Gippsland Tourism Forum held in Korumburra recently, which

Missing man John Jones found in Wonthaggi scrubland

MISSING Korumburra man John Jones has been located safe and well after a large-scale search operation in Wonthaggi. SES Search and Rescue volunteers found Mr Jones in scrubland 150 metres south of Wonthaggi Hospital at 2pm today. Police have told the Sentinel-Times the 67-year-old

Authorities promise to halt Inverloch erosion

WITH coastal erosion progressing at an unprecedented rate, despite recent mitigation efforts like wet sand fencing, residents and holidaymakers at Inverloch can expect to see harder engineering options coming into effect in the next couple of months. According to Bass Coast Shire Council’s Sustainable

No path to progress in Inverloch’s Powlett Street

A CONSTANT flow of traffic wizzes past at speed. Coming out of the roundabout at the intersection of Bass Highway and Korumburra-Inverloch Road, many of them are still easing down from the 80km/h highway limit as they enter Powlett Street, Inverloch, one of the

Shire takes Community Hub back to old kindergarten site

IT’S the right site and will revitalise the town centre. That’s the reaction of the Korumburra Business Association to the decision to build the Korumburra Community Hub in Victoria Street on the former kindergarten site. South Gippsland Shire Council last week voted to abandon

Police search for missing Korumburra man

UPDATE 03/10/19: Mr Jones was found safe and well at 2pm today. POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Korumburra man John Jones. The 67-year-old was last seen at a hospital in Graham Street, Wonthaggi, about 5.30am this morning (Wednesday, October

Tradies work utes targetted, police warn

IT’S a low act, stealing someone’s work tools to buy drugs or on-sell for cash. But that’s exactly what’s been happing in Leongatha in the past few weeks, and the problem is widespread. According to police there’s been a spike in thefts from work

Huge cyber health hack hits local hospitals

UPDATE – BASS COAST HOTLINE IF NEEDED: 56714207 In case of an emergency call – 000 WONTHAGGI Hospital, the Phillip Island Health Hub, and hospitals at Leongatha, Korumburra and Foster have been hit by a massive cyber security breach affecting all Gippsland hospitals and