Black Saturday tribute

Victorian Governor Linda Dessau (centre) and her husband Anthony Howard met with members of the Drouin West CFA who were in a now famous photograph of a tanker escaping the Bunyip Ridge fire on Black Saturday including (from left) Ian Maxfield, Reg Murrill, Gary Cheesman and Bruce Jewell.

Victorian Governor Linda Dessau paid tribute to the people who fought fires on their own properties and CFA firefighters at a commemorative service marking the 10th anniversary of Black Saturday on Friday. The service and community reception was held at

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Festival fills park

Taekwondo hits the streets during the Drouin Ficifolia Festival parade on Saturday.

Event organisers of the Drouin Ficifolia Festival party in the park believe Saturday crowds could have been better than ever before with thousands of people filling Civic Park well into the evening. While entertainment for the party in the park

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Hart is all smiles

A nervous six weeks wondering if he’d find a suitable new place to live ended happily for Gary Hart of Drouin when he was offered another unit close to the town centre.

It would have been difficult to wipe the smile off the face of Drouin identity Gary Hart last week. He’d just found a new place to live in Drouin ending a previously fruitless two-month search after being told the unit

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Hemp attracts interest

Six varieties of commercial hemp have been planted in a 2.5 hectare area on the property of Cathy Briant and Andrew Peart.  Cathy monitors the growth rates carefully in the first year of growing the crop which they hope will bring some exciting opportunities in the future.

With a beef farming background, Cathy Briant and Andrew Peart admit they have little expertise in cropping.  But, they have taken on a crop that is creating a lot of interest. Industrial hemp is an industry in its early stages

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Exceptional tennis

Alex Radcliffe wins the Baw Baw Junior Tennis Association’s under 18 girl’s singles championship from runner up Kyra Manukau.

Baw Baw Junior Tennis Association held its singles championship at Drouin on Sunday. The tournament’s first matches kicked off at 8am on a foggy morning. The tournament saw some exceptional tennis played across all events, with the sun breaking through

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Longwarry into decider

Scoring is tight and pressure is high as Longwarry’s Kenneth Towt bowls in Saturday’s semi-final against Traralgon at Trafalgar.  After a thrilling five-shot win, Longwarry is into the division two grand final. 

Longwarry Bowling Club’s division two team won through to the grand final in two weeks after a thrilling win over Traralgon on Saturday. Several shots down early in the day, Longwarry fought back for a five-shot win. Division two: Longwarry

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Walhalla rally

It was a lucky escape for this house located on the valley floor of Walhalla, with the fire spotting not far from the rear of the property.

The community of Walhalla is already beginning to rally following the fire which put the township under severe threat on February 3 with a meeting held last week to set out what needs to happen next to help the community

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Ficifolia fun ahead

The Drouin Skate Park will be a hive of activity when the bike and skateboard competition returns to the Drouin Ficifolia Festival program.  Jack Cross placed third in last year's intermediate event.

With Ficifolia trees in full bloom around Drouin, the town’s annual Ficifolia Festival is ready to come alive. Each year the week-long festival brings the town alive with colour, excitement and fun with many community groups and local businesses putting

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Riley offers relief

Riley McIntosh stands proud of his effort to deliver 37,500 litres of water to the community of White Cliffs.  Photograph courtesy of Gordy Parsons.

For all who have been helping the drought relief effort for farmers both locally and interstate, Warragul’s Riley McIntosh could very well be the youngest. The 14-year-old Warragul Regional College student has earnt several plaudits on social media following recent

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Double parked

One of the photographs sent to Janice Honey of Warragul by Baw Baw Shire used to prove a parking offence in the town on Christmas Eve when she got out of the car while traffic was at a virtual standstill in Palmerston St.

The spirit of Christmas soon disappeared for a Warragul woman when she opened a letter from Baw Baw Shire. It also contained an infringement notice stipulating a fine of $97 for a breach of the Road Safety Road Rules 2017.

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