Utopia shut down

Utopia Pet Lodge will close and be converted to a municipal pound in a major overturn of a previous Baw Baw Shire decision.

Utopia Pet Lodge will close and be converted to a municipal pound in a major overturn of a previous Baw Baw Shire decision. Cr Danny Goss told councillors it was time to admit fault and fix the “mess the current

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Bomb hoax at police station

Police are investigating a threat to blow up the Warragul Police station on Wednesday night.

Police are investigating a threat to blow up the Warragul Police station on Wednesday night. Police are keen to talk to anyone who may have seen a male acting suspiciously in the Queen St Park area around 7pm. A male

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Crossing celebrates 25 years

Serving up egg and ham pie with chips, carrots and peas are volunteers Midge Watson, Pauline Ward and Kerry Gray.

The Crossing Drop In Centre Drouin will celebrate 25 years of serving the community with a special afternoon tea on Friday from 1pm until 4pm. The centre name originated from its original location on the former Ampol service station site,

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Leonard turns 100

Completing a plumbing apprenticeship for the second time was one of the many challenges faced by Leonard Sheppard, who celebrated his 100th birthday last week.

Completing a plumbing apprenticeship for the second time was one of the many challenges faced by Leonard Sheppard, who celebrated his 100th birthday last week. It is perhaps that attribute of persistence, along with enjoyment of a quiet drink every

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Pound costs soar

A new animal pound could end up costing Baw Baw Shire close to $2 million as costs associated with the facility continue to soar.

A new animal pound could end up costing Baw Baw Shire close to $2 million as costs associated with the facility continue to soar. And, councillors have been told the pet boarding facility purchased by council to offset the costs

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OAM for Peter Rowse

Warragul’s newest Member of the Order of Australia Peter Rowse relaxes at home after being informed of the award in recognition of almost six decades of service to the community through a range of church organisations.

Warragul resident Peter Rowse was taken completely by surprise when informed he was to be made a Member of the Order of Australia (OAM). The award announced in the Queen’s Birthday honours list yesterday was for Mr Rowse’s service to

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Trafalgar students rock

Trafalgar High School members of R.A.G.E (from left) Eva Istriaty, Alyssa Geiberras, Ruby Brand and Georgia Wyntjes took out the trophy for the best band in the junior section.  Ruby was also awarded best guitarist in the junior section.

Trafalgar High School bands will rock with the best in the state, progressing through to the state finals after taking out Gippsland heats of Rock Fest at Trafalgar Primary School recently. All-girl year seven rock band R.A.G.E will take to

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Hastings demolition

Heavy machinery was on the job last week at the former Hastings timber and hardware and Warragul Marine site at the corner of Howitt and Burke Sts, Warragul, as demolition of old buildings and a clean-up began for a proposed major retail development on the site.

Demolition and a clean-up of the former Hastings Timber and Hardware and Warragul Marine site in Warragul was in full swing last week. BFN Developments acquired the property at the corner of Howitt and Burke Sts on the town’s southern

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Ficifolia Festival under threat

Ficifolia Festival president Vin Bibby says the 30th anniversary event is in serious danger of not being staging after no nominations for committee office bearer positions were received at the recent annual general meeting.

People power is needed to save Drouin’s annual Ficifolia Festival. The 30th annual festival in 2018 may not eventuate if community members don’t stand up and help. President Vin Bibby said it would be sad to see the festival cancelled,

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Couple sleep through brazen burglary

Two diamond rings valued at $40,000 were stolen from a Drouin house while the occupants were asleep on Saturday night.

Two diamond rings valued at $40,000 were stolen from a Drouin house while the occupants were asleep on Saturday night. Offenders also stole the couple’s 2016 Ford Ranger utility, valued at about $45,000. Baw Baw CIU detectives said three youths

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