Green light for Kmart

The $25 million development at the corner of Queen St and Hazel Drive in Warragul is expected to create the equivalent of 300 full time jobs once open.

A long-awaited major retail development in Warragul, spearheaded by Kmart and a full-line Bunnings warehouse, has the go-ahead after clearing the final approval hurdle. Spokesperson for developer Troon Group Pty Ltd Tom McInerney said it was expected the tender process

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Food Relief seek van

The small band of volunteers at Neerim District Food Relief have launched a community appeal to help purchase a $32,000 food transport van.  Urging donations are volunteers (from left) Bill Finch, Judy Gleeson, Chris Morrow, Irene Hore, Lee Quine and Barb Hill.

The urgent need for a van to transport donated food to the growing Neerim District Food Relief has become the focus of a community appeal. The food transportation currently falls to a small band of volunteers who use private vehicles

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Intersection on improve

Safety improvements are ahead for a Cloverlea intersection located at the Darnum-Allambee Rd and Parkers and Bona Vista Rds.

A call for urgent action to address safety concerns of a Cloverlea intersection will be answered with stop signs, rumble strips and advanced warning systems. Following a serious collision and public meetings, Baw Baw Shire Council assets and recreation manager

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Allans farewell Warragul West

The Warragul West community bid farewell to Phillip and Beth Allan at a recent afternoon tea.

Phillip and Beth Allan were recently farewelled following a long association with the Warragul West community. Following a long association with the area that dates back to the 1930s, Phillip and Beth have moved off the land to a villa

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Brenton’s national glory

Warragul cyclist Brenton Jones is all smiles after breaking through for an emotional maiden national championship in Ballarat on Friday.

Perseverance has paid off for Warragul cyclist Brenton Jones after being crowned Australian Criterium Champion at the 2019 Road National Championships in Ballarat on Friday. After one silver and three bronze medals over four years in the event, Jones broke

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Petition to change Smith St

Streetscape works are expected to begin next month oin Smith St, Warragul that will see the section south of Palmerston St converted to one way traffic.

  Almost 800 community members have signed a petition urging Baw Baw Shire to abandon plans to convert a section of Smith St, Warragul to one way traffic. The works are expected to begin next month after council awarded the

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More police at festival

Stephanie Canty, Mia Prestige and Zoe Purcell were amongst thousands of people who flocked to Lardner Park for this year’s Beyond the Valley music festival.

Police searches, foot patrols and the dog squad were part of an increased police presence at Beyond the Valley music festival at Lardner Park over the new year’s period. Baw Baw Highway Patrol also were active on local roads throughout

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Lower rainfall

Flooded roads and rainfall were less regular throughout 2018 with the annual rainfall total 100mm down on last year.

  The Warragul area received 100mm less rain last year. While rainfall levels varied across the West Gippsland region, rainfall recorded at the Bureau of Meteorology station at Nilma North indicated total rainfall for 2018 dropped from 873mm in 2017

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Dogs on the scent

Baw Baw police services area inspector Alison Crombie meets Passive Alert Detection (PAD) dog “Fury” on Thursday ahead of 15,000 people arriving at Lardner Park for New Year’s Eve festival “Beyond the Valley”.

“Do not take any form of drug whatsoever, it’s just not worth it.  It’s not worth risking your life.” This was the message from Baw Baw police services area inspector Alison Crombie on Thursday for the 15,000 people headed for

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Bunyip has talent

Flynn McCaghey lays down some energetic air guitar to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Students at Bunyip Primary School recently put their talents on show. With the school’s annual talent show a highly anticipated event, many students had decided on their act early and had practiced for much of the school year. The successful

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