Flooding hits West Gippsland after wild storm

Malcolm Dickson (left) and Liam Dickson use mops and brooms to keep floodwaters out of Dicksons Mensland in Smith St, Warragul before sandbags arrive.

A wild storm dumped up to 90mm of rain on parts of West Gippsland on Friday. Hitting West Gippsland just after 4pm, Warragul residents reported up to 80mm of rain whilst one Yarragon resident reported 60mm in just 20 minutes

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Information session for proposed Longwarry saleyards

At the community information session at Longwarry on Thursday are (from left) Trevor Bramstedt, Allan Evison, Longwarry Saleyards director Jarrod Bennetts, Alex Scott and Staff agent Neil Darby and director Tom Gibson.

Supportive farmers and concerned residents came together last week during an Environment Protection Authority information session for the proposed Longwarry saleyards development. While farmers praised the development as a “must” for the shire, community members and neighbours to the Thornell

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Alison Leighton resigns as Baw Baw Shire CEO

Baw Baw Shire chief executive officer Alison Leighton has resigned, halfway through her five-year contract.

Baw Baw Shire chief executive officer Alison Leighton has resigned, halfway through her five-year contract. Ms Leighton is leaving to join Melbourne City Council as general manager – strategy, planning and climate change, a position she said was a once

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New kindergarten set to open in Trafalgar next term

Works on a new kindergarten facility at Trafalgar are expected to be completed for a term two opening.

A new $1.8 million kindergarten is set to open in Trafalgar next term but Baw Baw Shire has been left to fund car parking and internal fit-out costs after a shortfall in state government funds. Some councillors questioned where the

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McCoy family imprisoned by Longwarry saleyards development

Ben and Melissa McCoy feel like they are living a nightmare after a regional saleyards development was proposed just 250 metres from their Longwarry property.

The immediate neighbours to a proposed regional saleyards development feel like they are living a nightmare. The McCoy family has lived at their Sand Rd property for almost two years. Melissa and Ben had barely had a chance to settle

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Broadbent promises Bunyip fire victims equal treatment

Member for Monash Russell Broadbent said every Australian impacted by fires had to be treated equally when speaking in federal parliament.

Member for Monash Russell Broadbent has promised Bunyip Complex Fire residents will receive every government benefit being offered to the victims of East Gippsland and interstate fires. Tonimbuk, Garfield North and Bunyip North residents says they continue to battle bureaucracy

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Warragul has wettest January since 1991 with 116mm of rain

With above average rainfall to start 2020, local farmers are having a bumper hay season.

If history is any guide, the Warragul area could be in for an above average year for the amount of rain it gets. Last month’s rain gave a good start to the year; the 116.6 millimetres recorded in Warragul was

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Multicultural groups connect at Warragul Community House

Warragul Community House manager Rosemary Allica and Farhat Firdous are looking forward to helping new residents from overseas transition into Warragul with ease, thanks to the new funding that will allow the house to become a multicultural hub.

Warragul Community House has been awarded funding to help multicultural groups connect more with the community. About 18 months ago, the community house helped form the multicultural friendship group, which helps new residents from many backgrounds who have decided to

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Youth worker named citizen of the year

John van der Marel  Neerim Community and District Citizen of the year award 2020 presenter Jim Rae Chairman Australia Day Committee

Almost two decades of outstanding service to Neerim and district youth by John Van der Marel has been recognised with him being named the district’s 2020 citizen of the year. The award was presented during Australia Day celebrations at Neerim

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EPA calls for input into saleyards plans at Longwarry

The EPA is calling for community members to have their say on the proposed saleyards at Longwarry.

The Environment Protection Authority is encouraging community members to have their say on a proposed saleyards development in Longwarry. Longwarry Saleyards Pty Ltd has lodged a planning application with Baw Baw Shire for a $13 million saleyards development in Thornell

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