Trees group fear development

Members of the Friends of Drouin’s Trees group fear development of 22 dwellings on land between Monica Drv and McNeilly Rd could spell the end to a precious stand of trees listed on the town’s significant tree register. 
 They are (from left) Jeff Smythe, Wes Dobson, Elaine Ferguson, Helen Timbury, Judy Farmer, Jenny Date and Kerry Date.

A stand of trees, some more than 300 years old, needs to be protected from a proposal to develop 22 townhouses in Drouin, according to community members. Members of the Friends of Drouin’s Trees group fear development of 22 dwellings

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New pound opens

Baw Baw Shire’s new animal pound is up and running at Longwarry North.

Baw Baw Shire’s new animal pound is up and running at Longwarry North. Seven impounded cats and five dogs were relocated from the old pound in Galloway St, Warragul, to the upgraded premises, formerly the privately run but now closed

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Vicious attack kills dog

Warragul pensioner Werner Schutze has been matched with a new bull terrier “Bully” after having to put down his “best friend” Rex following a vicious dog attack three months ago.

A Warragul pensioner who had to put down his “best friend” is now facing crippling veterinary bills after a vicious dog attack three months ago. Werner Schutze still misses Rex, who after 14 years together, he says was “man’s best

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Retail plans on the table

New “sketch plans” have been presented for possible development of the former Bonlac site.

Future development plans for Warragul’s former Bonlac site have been laid on the table with Baw Baw Shire. New chief executive officer Alison Leighton last week met factory site owner Warren Turner to discuss the site’s current status and future

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Alison takes on challenge

Alison Leighton is ready to take on the challenges as Baw Baw Shire’s new chief executive officer.

A strong sense of community and helping people is what Alison Leighton loves about local government. A qualified engineer, for the past 13 years she has been building a portfolio of experience at Mornington Shire Council. Now, with that experience,

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“Warrigal” art purchase

“Warrigal” by Kenneth Jack has been purchased by Baw Baw Shire to add to its public art collection.

A Kenneth Jack painting depicting an abstract view of Warragul’s central business district has been purchased by Baw Baw Shire. The artwork, titled “Warrigal” will be added to council’s public art collection. The painting is currently on display in a

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WGAC demolition complete

The popular graffiti wall backstage at the arts centre has been sectioned off to be protected throughout redevelopment works.

Works at the West Gippsland Arts Centre upgrade project have reached another milestone with first stage demolition works completed and internal construction works underway. The $13.4 million redevelopment project is well on track. Mayor Joe Gauci said the project was

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Ian walks away from desk

Engineer Ian de Bruyne has been project managing the redevelopment of the West Gippsland Arts Centre in Warragul as his final job before pre-retirement leave after 37 years with Narracan, Warragul and Baw Baw shires.

Some big changes – most for the good, some so-so and others not so good – are inevitable over a career with local shires spanning 37 years. That has been the story for civil engineer Ian de Bruyne who will

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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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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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