Fifty-three years and two halls for Charlie

Neerim Junction resident Charlie Bransgrove continues to serve on the town hall committee after 53 years of service.

“That’s been there for quite a while, it probably needs fixing up or replacing,” Neerim Junction resident Charlie Bransgrove said of the town halls’ grand wooden sign that adorns the entrance to the grounds. It’s that mantra that has seen

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Giving is in the blood for this Warragul family

Eliza Dyason, left, prepares to give her first blood donation. With her are her grandmother, Jeanette Dyason, mother, Kate Dyason and grandfather, Colin Dyason.

Seventeen-year-old Eliza Dyason is understandably nervous before she gives blood for the first time. But she doesn’t have to look far for reassurance: lying beside her in the blood donor mobile unit are her grandmother, Jeanette Dyason, her mother Kate,

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Gippsland group reviews momentous year

At the annual meeting of the Committee for Gippsland are directors, Sean Dignum, Rochelle Wrigglesworth, Harry Rijs, guest speaker US Vice-Consul Todd McGee, chief executive Mary Aldred and director Toni Wakefield.

The Committee for Gippsland held its sixth annual general meeting in Traralgon last week capping off a busy six years in operation. Committee for Gippsland chief executive Mary Aldred said that the meeting was an excellent opportunity to report back

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Pregnancy project wins praise

At the awards night are (from left): Allied and community health director Audra Fenton, dietician Ulla Schmidt, West Gippsland Healthcare Board chairman Jane Leslie, dietician, Nicole Robertson and West Gippsland Healthcare Group chief executive Dan Weeks.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group has received an Excellence in Women’s Health Award at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards. The award was received for the group’s Positive Pregnancy Program. The award was presented to dieticians Ulla Schmidt and Nicole Robertson by

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Water Warriors taste success

Members of the Warragul Swimming Club who competed at the recent Victorian State Championships back row (from left): Jo Ballantyne, Paul Meyers, Callum Halloran-Lavelle, Ben Francis, Jackson Clerks, Andrew Marks.  Front row (from left):   Mayah Cannon, Shani Ballantyne, Bianca Zurrer, Kealey Watson, Riley Griffin and Rhys Galvin.

Warragul Swimming Club swimmers recently competed in the Victorian State Championships held earlier this month at the Melbourne Swiming and Aquatic Centre. Six swimmers qualified through in nine individuals races, with seven of them resulting in personal best times. The

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Tree sales a Christmas bonanza

Warragul Regional College students help harvest some of the 1200 Christmas trees sold each year by Warragul Rotary Club (from left) Maddie McDonald, Steph Garlick, Emily Sheil, Peter Dell, Tegan O'Dea, Phoebe Graham, Vaughan Fox and Geoff Chilver.

Warragul Rotary Club’s Christmas trees may be only sold at the end of each year, but the sales have delivered more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of Christmas cheer to community organisations. Christmas trees sales is the

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Arts centre decision on hold


The complexity of works involved in the West Gippsland Arts Centre redevelopment has delayed the tender process. Baw Baw Shire Council expected to sign off on the tender at its December meeting. Mayor Joe Gauci announced last week the evaluation

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Work at standstill on Drouin estate

Weeds and blackberries take over on housing blocks in a Drouin estate where work on new homes stopped about two months ago after a building company went into administration.

There has been no building progress on a number of partly constructed houses on a new residential estate at Drouin. Safety fences are around about a dozen houses that are at various stages of construction, from a concrete slab to

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Minister hears Gippsland business woes

From left, Michael Grogan (chairman of the Baw Baw Business Advisory Board), Mary Aldred (CEO of the Committee for Gippsland) and Philip Dalidakis (Minister for Small Business) following last week’s forum in Warragul.

NBN problems and mobile phone blackspots were top of the list as the Victorian Minister of Small Business, Philip Dalidakis, met members of the Committee for Gippsland in Warragul last Wednesday. The Minister spent over an hour with about 25

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Warragul ironman shines in surf champs

Chris Kelly

Local athlete Chris Kelly has won a gold and silver medal at this year’s state Surf Life Saving Ironman Championships. The championships involved a 2km surf ski leg, 1km rescue board leg, 800m swim and a 4km run leg. Having

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