Farming improvements

Thorpdale potato farmer Stuart Jennings spends a lot of time thinking about water and energy.

Thorpdale potato farmer Stuart Jennings spends many an hour driving his tractor, thinking about water and energy. Stuart’s thoughts and concerns about climate risks and challenges are representative of what many farmers face and the issues that will be discussed

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“Purl” of an idea

Knitting blankets for the Utopia indigenous aged care facility in the Northern Territory are residents Doss Gran (left) and Isobel Smith with lifestyle manager Maddie Jones.

The Fairview Wool Group celebrated Wool Week in fine style as the group’s 40-strong membership showed off some of the fine work they have done in recent months. The Fairview Wool Group was founded by Fairview volunteer Betty Tocock more

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Theatres remain closed

Elective surgery lists at West Gippsland Hospital will continue to be cancelled over the next month.

Elective surgery lists at West Gippsland Hospital will continue to be cancelled over the next month. The hospital’s two operating theatres, shut down last month because of a contamination fear, will remain closed for all of June. On the flipside,

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Positive outlook

Administrators appointed to secure the future of Mawarra Centre in Warragul are confident of reaching a positive outcome, which could possibly be a merger with another service provider.

Administrators appointed to secure the future of Mawarra Centre in Warragul are confident of reaching a positive outcome, which could possibly be a merger with another service provider. Mawarra entered into voluntary administration last month. Administrators, Worrells Solvency and Forensic

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Song confronts issue

Warragul songwriter Adrian Darakai (centre) is joined by vocalist Britt Lewis and pianist Malcolm McCaffery to deliver a powerful message about family violence in his latest song “How Long” that was released on Thursday.

Adrian Darakai hopes his latest song release will remind the community that family violence is not acceptable. A powerful, poignant song, “How Long” tells a story that Adrian says reflects hundreds of families in our community.  Sadly, it is a

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Rocking towards finals

Trafalgar High School music students Josh Geiberras, Seth Benson and Grady Ruiter are three of the four “The Leftovers” band members.

Alternative, old rock band from Trafalgar High School “The Leftovers” has won the senior section of Rockfest. The Leftovers include students lead singer Ishy Lewis, drummer and backing vocalist Grady Ruiter, keyboard player Seth Benson and bass guitarist Josh Geiberras.

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TIMP faces closure

The Ice Meltdown Project founder and program director Janice Ablett (left) and TIMP secretary Megan Waddell have spent years building up a drug support program that could close without funding.

A drug support program that organisers believe has saved hundreds of lives could be forced to close its doors if it does not receive funding. The Ice Meltdown Project in Drouin will be facing D-day by the end of June

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New school for Warragul

Parish priest Father Peter Slater (left), Baw Baw Shire mayor Mikaela Power, Bishop of Sale Patrick O’Regan and director of Catholic education for the Diocese of Sale Maria Kirkwood joined forces to perform the symbolic turning of the first sod ceremony at the site of a new Catholic school in Warragul scheduled to open in 2021.

The first sods have been turned at the site of Warragul’s first new school in 20 years. The Saint Angela of the Cross Catholic Primary School will be at the corner of Copelands and Mills Rd on the north-east edge

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Alternative hospital entry

West Gippsland Healthcare Group chief executive Dan Weeks and board chairman Christine Holland look over the building works near the main entry doors at West Gippsland Hospital.

The main front entry doors to West Gippsland Hospital and Emergency Department will be closed until June 14. An alternative doorway entrance into the hospital during the works will be through the east end doors of the hospital located at

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Pub passed in

Auctioneer Kevin O’Connor of CRE Brokers calls for bids at the auction of Warragul’s O&H Hotel last Thursday. The property was passed in.

The O&H Hotel at Warragul was passed in at auction on a vendor’s bid last Thursday. The auction held on site attracted about 30 people but the only private bid made at $600,000 was quickly rejected and over ruled by

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