Chairo Christian School opens $6 million theatre for performing arts

At the official opening of the Chairo Cultural Centre are (from left): architect Warren van Damme, business manager Roger Simons, principal Judy Linossier, builder Sam Broccio, Chairo chairman Jeff Calway and Chairo executive principal Simon Matthews.

Chairo Christian School recently unveiled its new $6 million Chairo Cultural Centre performing arts space. In addition to a 400-seat theatre, the new building now houses a drama, dance room and other offices. Previously, students used the campus’ Tyson Hall

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Drouin drug bust as crop house shut down

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More than 250 cannabis plants were seized when police shut down a sophisticated crop house in Drouin on Thursday night. Divisional Response Unit police executed a search warrant at the Summerhill Bvd home. Police said the warrant unveiled a sophisticated

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Drouin’s own Father of the Year

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Drouin father Chris Youngman was shocked and humbled to be announced Victorian Father of the Year on Friday. Chris, 36, gave up work to keep his family together after his son Lucas was diagnosed with leukaemia just days after his

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Drouin secure finals place

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It was a hard, relentless slog but Drouin got the job done and with some other results falling in its favour locked in the fifth place in the Gippsland League finals. The Hawks won 3-8 to 2-3 against one of

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Drouin business fire

A fire that consumed the workshop area behind Stihl Shop Drouin on Thursday morning has been deemed non-suspicious by investigators.  Photograph by Peter Eshuis.

Investigators have ruled out any “foul play” in a fire that destroyed the workshop area of a Drouin business last week. Drouin CFA members had to force entry to Stihl Shop Drouin in Princes Way after a passer-by noticed a

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Spartan success

Celebrating the completion of a challenging race are, from left Raffi Van Venrooy, Winter Van Venrooy, Willow Major, Harlan Van Venrooy, Hudson Delaney and Haydn Major.

Baw Baw Shire received a significant economic boost last week with more than 3700 children taking part in the Spartan children’s race held across two days in Drouin. With previous Spartan races held predominantly in metropolitan areas, its first foray

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Festival fills park

Taekwondo hits the streets during the Drouin Ficifolia Festival parade on Saturday.

Event organisers of the Drouin Ficifolia Festival party in the park believe Saturday crowds could have been better than ever before with thousands of people filling Civic Park well into the evening. While entertainment for the party in the park

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Hart is all smiles

A nervous six weeks wondering if he’d find a suitable new place to live ended happily for Gary Hart of Drouin when he was offered another unit close to the town centre.

It would have been difficult to wipe the smile off the face of Drouin identity Gary Hart last week. He’d just found a new place to live in Drouin ending a previously fruitless two-month search after being told the unit

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Ficifolia fun ahead

The Drouin Skate Park will be a hive of activity when the bike and skateboard competition returns to the Drouin Ficifolia Festival program.  Jack Cross placed third in last year's intermediate event.

With Ficifolia trees in full bloom around Drouin, the town’s annual Ficifolia Festival is ready to come alive. Each year the week-long festival brings the town alive with colour, excitement and fun with many community groups and local businesses putting

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Celebration of diversity

Official guests at the Drouin breakfast (from left) Baw Baw Shire mayor Mikaela Power, MC and organising committee member Pauline Maunder, Drouin Rotary Club president Merv Deppeler and guest speaker Gazette editor Carolyn Turner

The annual Drouin Australia Day breakfast was a full house as community members came together to celebrate and reflect on their heritage.  It was the 40th year of the breakfast at the Drouin Anglican Church Hall. Gazette editor Carolyn Turner

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