Gardivalia is back

Bringing back Gardivalia to West Gippsland in October are new committee members (from left) Claire McAll, Linda Filsell, Olivia Mioch, Ann Keating and Karen Meyers.

Garden lovers will rejoice as Gardivalia Festival returns from a one-year hiatus with new faces and fresh ideas. The celebration of all things gardening will return for its 11th event in October with open gardens, workshops and events. Olivia Mioch

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Jindivick gets “hands on”

Welcoming news of a grant to help build a bush tucker garden at Jindivick Primary School are students (back, from left) Hannah Leahy, Harry Collier, Zara Owen, Lewis Aubrey, Jacob Rees, (front, from left) Maya Ronalds and Lucy Collier.

An unused space, previously cleared of building materials, will be transformed into a bush tucker garden to promote interactive outdoor learning at Jindivick Primary School. The plan to build a native garden featuring edible native plants as well as those

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Abattoir expands

A $7.5 million expansion of Victoria Valley Meat Exports at Trafalgar will be assisted by state government funds through the Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund.

A $7.5 million expansion of a Trafalgar abattoir is set to expand export opportunities and boost employment with almost 90 new jobs. Victoria Valley Meat Exports at Trafalgar will invest $7.5 million to upgrade facilities to support growth in key

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Worst place for ambulance branch?

School buses and other traffic, typical at morning and afternoon peak times, in Burke St between the proposed site of a new ambulance station and the intersection with Coleman St.

“It would top the list of the worst places to locate an ambulance branch,” was the stunned reaction of a Warragul resident to the announcement Warragul will get a second ambulance station to be built in Burke St. Bill Smits

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Medal for Alan

Kellion Victory Medal recipient for living 50 years with Type 1 diabetes Alan Bransgrove, a long time Neerim Junction resident, with Diabetes Victoria’s program engagement officer Giovanna Taverna who made the presentation at Warragul last Wednesday.  Photograph: Isabel Ryan.

Rolling up for an Army medical examination proved a life-changing experience for former Neerim Junction man Alan Bransgrove but not the change he was expecting. Mr Bransgrove, now aged 72, planned to join the Army in 1967 during the height

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Morell leads C4G

New chief executive officer of the Committee for Gippsland Sophie Morell settled into her new office at Warragul last week.

The role of local government is as important as those of the state and federal governments in advancing the interests and economy of Gippsland, according to the new chief executive officer of the Committee for Gippsland (C4G). Sophie Morell took

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Opposition guarantee hospital

Opposition leader Matthew Guy and Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood (front centre left and right) deliver the news that an elected Liberal Nationals state government will include funding for a new hospital in its first budget next year to Where’s The Funding community lobby group members (front) Ormond Pearson and Kerry Elliott and (back, from left) Ray Derbyshire, Christine Holland, Glenys Derbyshire, WGHG board chair Jane Leslie, Anne Curtin, Erika McInerney, Joan Kinder, Colleen Tatnell, Liz Daniels, Brian Kennedy and Doreen Westwood.

A new West Gippsland Hospital on a greenfield site is on the horizon, but only if a Liberal National coalition wins government in November. Opposition leader Matthew Guy re-confirmed the party’s commitment to a new hospital on Friday but took

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Roller derby on show

Gippsland League team members (from left) Nat Elton (Harley Quinn), Jessica Pleydell (Massacre), Bethany Ellen (Smiling Assassin), Meleah Smedley (Wreck’d Em), Tab Bennett (Lady Justice), Kylie Fordham (Sk8r McGavin), Aby Collinson (Bricks), and Sarah Brandon (Maulin Brando).

The Gippsland Ranges Roller derby club hosted a state event at Lardner Park recently, showcasing the fierce action of more than 150 participants from around the state. The State-Wide Stampede attracted participants and officials from as far as Mildura, Albury

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Doorknock for Salvos

Warragul Salvation Army Captain Amanda Hart and Jeremy Van Boxtel will be shaking collection tins and giving up their warm beds to join the “sleep out” to raise funds for this weekend’s Red Shield Appeal.

A sleep out and doorknock will raise funds for locals experiencing hardship when the Warragul Salvation Army joins the Red Shield Appeal this weekend. Warragul Salvation Army Captain Amanda Hart said the local community donated $34,000 last year, including $4000

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Photography on show

At the presentation of awards are (from left): Gazette small print winners Diane Armstrong, Rebecca Diepenhiem, and Imogen Moyle, most successful local exhibitor Linda Keagle, national committee chairman Jane Woodcock, landscape print winner David Woodcock of Neerim East, VAPS representative Bert Hoveling, and Baw Baw Shire chief executive Alison Leighton.

The official opening of the Warragul Camera Club’s 45th National Photographic Exhibition on Sunday showcased a wonderfully curated exhibition of photographs selected from the 2018 competition. The competition, held at the Warragul Downtowner over the weekend, is one of only

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