Double honour

Drouin couple Vin and Judy Bibby were amongst yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Drouin couple Vin and Judy Bibby, yesterday awarded Medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, have reached across many community groups in the district over more than 50 years. Their voluntary work, mostly independent

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Special thank you

Eight-year-old Chelsie Smith of Drouin visited Drouin ambulance station on Friday to present a bag of 25 knitted teddy bears and say a thank you paramedic Justin Joubran.

The lot of paramedics is not always easy and often not fully appreciated. That’s part of the reason why a visit to the Drouin ambulance station last Friday by an eight-year-old girl really touched ambulance officer Justin Joubran. Mr Joubran

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Farming improvements

Thorpdale potato farmer Stuart Jennings spends a lot of time thinking about water and energy.

Thorpdale potato farmer Stuart Jennings spends many an hour driving his tractor, thinking about water and energy. Stuart’s thoughts and concerns about climate risks and challenges are representative of what many farmers face and the issues that will be discussed

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“Purl” of an idea

Knitting blankets for the Utopia indigenous aged care facility in the Northern Territory are residents Doss Gran (left) and Isobel Smith with lifestyle manager Maddie Jones.

The Fairview Wool Group celebrated Wool Week in fine style as the group’s 40-strong membership showed off some of the fine work they have done in recent months. The Fairview Wool Group was founded by Fairview volunteer Betty Tocock more

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French footy twist

Romain Georges (right) and Trafalgar reserves coach Brett Tonkin celebrate in the red and white jersey.

In French, a “coup de Trafalgar” or “Trafalgar strike” means to deliver a decisive and unexpected blow to your opponent. That’s exactly what Trafalgar reserves recruit Romain Georges gave to Morwell East last month, when he kicked a decisive and

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Hawks cause upset

Drouin players sense they are well on the way to an upset victory against Maffra on Saturday after a last quarter goal to Bailey Beck.

“This is the reason you play footy,” Drouin centreman Chris Robinson remarked as he accepted a pat on the shoulder, stretched his legs beneath the table in the social club and sipped on his first beer on Saturday evening. Robinson’s

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Theatres remain closed

Elective surgery lists at West Gippsland Hospital will continue to be cancelled over the next month.

Elective surgery lists at West Gippsland Hospital will continue to be cancelled over the next month. The hospital’s two operating theatres, shut down last month because of a contamination fear, will remain closed for all of June. On the flipside,

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Positive outlook

Administrators appointed to secure the future of Mawarra Centre in Warragul are confident of reaching a positive outcome, which could possibly be a merger with another service provider.

Administrators appointed to secure the future of Mawarra Centre in Warragul are confident of reaching a positive outcome, which could possibly be a merger with another service provider. Mawarra entered into voluntary administration last month. Administrators, Worrells Solvency and Forensic

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Song confronts issue

Warragul songwriter Adrian Darakai (centre) is joined by vocalist Britt Lewis and pianist Malcolm McCaffery to deliver a powerful message about family violence in his latest song “How Long” that was released on Thursday.

Adrian Darakai hopes his latest song release will remind the community that family violence is not acceptable. A powerful, poignant song, “How Long” tells a story that Adrian says reflects hundreds of families in our community.  Sadly, it is a

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Rocking towards finals

Trafalgar High School music students Josh Geiberras, Seth Benson and Grady Ruiter are three of the four “The Leftovers” band members.

Alternative, old rock band from Trafalgar High School “The Leftovers” has won the senior section of Rockfest. The Leftovers include students lead singer Ishy Lewis, drummer and backing vocalist Grady Ruiter, keyboard player Seth Benson and bass guitarist Josh Geiberras.

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