Kinder gains funding

Celebrating a $1.1 million funding boost on the future site of the early learning centre at Warragul Primary School are (from left) Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent, Baw Baw Shire CEO Alison Leighton and mayor Joe Gauci.  It is hoped the centre, which will create about 132 kinder positions, will open in mid-2019.

A further $1.1 million in federal government funding was announced yesterday for the new early learning centre to be developed on the Warragul Primary School site. The funding is additional to a previous federal commitment of $800,000 as well as

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Arts centre blowout

The West Gippsland Arts Centre will not open in September as hoped with two community-run events forced to move to Lardner Park.

Costs for the West Gippsland Arts Centre redevelopment have blown out by more than $750,000. As the project nears completion, Baw Baw Shire has been hit with a bill for additional works that will cost council $759,000. Council was notified

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House acquired

A Tarwin St resident has supported Baw Baw Shire’s proposal to acquire his home to improve a dangerous intersection, but he wants to be adequately compensated.

A Tarwin St resident has supported Baw Baw Shire’s proposal to acquire his home to improve a dangerous intersection, but he wants to be adequately compensated. Glenn Kimm told council he has spent about $100,000 on his home to provide

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Intersection concerns

Traffic lights planned for the busy Queen and Napier Sts intersection will be part of ongoing streetscape works undertaken by Baw Baw Shire.

Plans to install traffic lights at a busy Warragul intersection may allay community concerns about the intersection. A recent two car collision at the Queen and Napier Sts intersection ignited concerns that the intersection is dangerous for motorists and pedestrians.

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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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