Learners give back

Baw Baw L2P participant Emily Humme gives back whilst working towards her probationary licence by delivering Meals on Wheels to Lorna Morris.

The Baw Baw L2P program is continuing to assist young learner drivers gain safe driving practises. Since beginning the program in 2009, 115 young people have gained their Ps, giving them the opportunity to search for and gain further training,

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No vote from Broadbent

Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent will stand by his personal beliefs and not support same sex marriage legislation.

McMillan may have delivered a convincing “yes” vote in the same sex marriage survey, but Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent will stand by his personal beliefs and not support legislation. When same sex marriage legislation is presented to the House

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Excellence award for Gazette

The Gazette’s editorial team including journalists and photographers with the overall newspaper excellence award (back) Paul Cohen and Yvette Brand, (front, from left) Lauren Murphy, Emma Ballingall, editor Carolyn Turner, Davyd Reid and Michael Robinson.  Absent: Keith Anderson.

The Warragul and Drouin Gazette won the Victorian Country Press Association’s major award at the annual photography, advertising and journalism awards in Melbourne on Friday. The Gazette won the overall newspaper excellence award (circulation over 6000) and was runner up

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Emma’s success blogging

Thorpdale’s Emma Steendam was named “Bupa Blogger of the Year” for her rural living and community pride blog “She Sows Seeds”.  She is pictured with daughter Eleanor.

In days of old it may have been a personal diary or journal that grabbed people’s attention but today it’s the modern, digital version that is engaging thousands of people who follow their favourite bloggers. Thorpdale’s Emma Steendam is inspired

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Coloured silage for charity

Frank Elliott with grandchildren Alisha Elliott and Oscar Stewart at the silage stack on their Williamsons Rd property at Nilma North.  The stack features about 180 bales, carefully placed to create a rainbow of silage bales on the landscape. 

Rainbows of colour are not unusual on the West Gippsland horizon but a Nilma North dairy farm has transformed its paddocks into a colourful landscape. The carefully planned and coloured coded silage stacks on Frank and Janice Elliott’s farm are

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Thousands remember

Trafalgar High School year 11 students (from left) Nicole Faltum, Nathan Balfour and Stephanie Paul laid a wreath at the Trafalgar service.

More than a thousand people gathered under blue skies on Saturday for Remembrance Day services across West Gippsland. The day commemorates the signing of the Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11 the month of and originally honoured those

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Building site crime

Police and building contractors met on site at Waterford Rise last week to discuss increased security initiatives at construction sites.

Building contractors and local police are appealing for residents in developing estates to be their eyes and ears for crime at construction sites. Residential estates in Warragul and Drouin have become hot spots for crime over the past 12 months

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Writing shared

Estelle Eade shows her mum Sonya Eade some of her work at the Darnum Primary School writer’s café.

Darnum Primary School combined national bandanna day with its annual writer’s café recently. Students had spent the year working on a variety of writing topics, themes and stories before inviting guests including parents, grandparents and other relatives to share their

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Unusual walk to school

Enjoying a stroll around the farm are Ellinbank Primary School students (from left) Olivia Thorne, Harriet Etherington, Jim Thorne, Eli Twining, Archer Thorne, Thomas Moser and Erika Reynolds holding baby Everly.

October was ‘walk to school’ month and Ellinbank Primary School had an unusual way to walk to school. Every student from the school participated, along with several parents and the teachers. Baw Baw Shire Councillors Mikaela Power and Peter Kostos

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Siblings win half marathon

Peter Cutler crosses the line and sets a course record for the half marathon.

The Geoff Watt Memorial Fun Run had another distinct family flavour to it, with siblings Peter Cutler and Emily Barkley taking out the half marathon events. A local dairy farmer from Buln Buln, Peter has now won the Geoff Watt

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