A run for peace

Federal Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent welcomes Robert Benedale from London to Warragul when he arrived as part of the team of runners in the Sri Chinmoy Peace Run.

A run to spread the message of peace for the world made its way through Baw Baw Shire recently. A team of 14 men and women of nine different nations including Great Britain, Brazil, Portugal, Mongolia, Norway and Austria as

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One-way underway

Baw Baw Shire engineer and project manager Lee Yuill outlines the Smith St works to Cale Anderson of Warragul during a public information session at the Palmerston St kiosk on Thursday.

The $1.5 million controversial redevelopment of Smith St, Warragul is underway this week, with works to convert the southern section to one way traffic beginning yesterday. There has been a mixed response to council plans to convert Smith St, south

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Tourism boost

Knights Andrew McKinnon (left) and Phillip Leitch told guests at a Baw Baw shire tourism promotion in Melbourne on Thursday the many things to expect when the world jousting championships and medieval village come to Lardner Park in June. Shire councillors keen to find out more were, from left, Jessica O’Donnell, Michael Leaney, mayor Mikaela Power, Keith Cook and Tricia Jones.

Baw Baw Shire took its wares to town last Thursday as it ramps up its campaign to make city people more aware of the attractions of visiting the Gippsland area closest to their doorstep. The “closer than you think” tag

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Murphy promotes tourism

Baw Baw Shire executive manager communications and economic development Mark Kestigian, ambassador Bob Murphy and mayor Joe Gauci at the launch of the shire’s new Visit Baw Baw campaign on Thursday.

AFL legend and former Warragul resident Bob Murphy aims to “wake people up” to what Baw Baw Shire has to offer as a tourist destination. Bob was officially announced as Visit Baw Baw’s tourism ambassador on Thursday when Baw Baw

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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 be finally ready to stage its first show on November 1.

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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