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Thursday, 11 January


Hazelwood Health Study releases 2017 Annual Report News Hazelwood Health Study

The Hazelwood Health Study 2017 Annual Report is now available. The report provides a summary of progress made since the second Annual Report was submitted in November 2016, and includes a forecast on developments that are expected over the next few months. Click here to download a full copy of the report. For a copy []


January 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1800 - Convict transport Minerva arrived at Port Jackson with 188 convicts. Also on board were Catholic Priest, Father James Harold, 'General' Joseph Holt and Lieut William Cox. 
On the same day, Thynne, under charter to officers of the NSW Corps, arrives from Bengal with a large quantity of spirits for sale in the colony.

1830 - Thomas Finley was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of overseer Edward Walsh at Bathurst.

1830 - John Mayo was Hanged at Hobart Gaol for the murder of James Bailey at Port Macquarie.

1837 - Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide...or rather, what was about to become Adelaide, once he'd surveyed her credentials rather closely and laid her out, so to speak.

1840 - Murderous bastard Angus McMillan and his party set out from Tambo River, Vic, to explore previously unknown areas of what is now known as Gippsland. They discovered the Gippsland lake system including its major tributary rivers when not busy killing GunaiKurnai people.

1841 - Opera glasses to the fore, ladies ! The Queen's Theatre opened in Gilles Arcade in Adelaide.

1857 - Land goes on sale in Nowra, NSW.

1858 - Lasting a mere 5 months today witnessed the first issue of the Melbourne Evening Mail.

1865 - In Ballarat afire on  Main Road  destroyed 60 premises.

1865 - Charleville, Qld, was gazetted as a town.

1866 - SS London, en route to Melbourne from Britain, sank in the Bay of Biscay; 244 passengers and crew drowned, including actor GV Brooke.

1867 - Northern Territory's Escape Cliffs settlement was abandoned; its inhabitants returned to Adelaide.

1867 - Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson, first Premier of NSW, died, age 54.

1874 - Colonel Peter Warburton completed his gruelling nine-month crossing of the Great Sandy Desert.

1887 - Unemployment reached its highest ever level in the midst of an economic depression.

1896 - Today saw the end of the horrific 13 day heatwave that had swept over NSW, averaging temps of 47 degre...


Summer series just around the corner South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

The New Year has begun, which means the annual Cape Paterson Aquathon is right around the corner.
The first leg in the three-event series, its your first opportunity to gain valuable points in the Bass Coast Summer Series.
The event starts on Cape Paterson First Surf Beach for a 400m surf swim, followed by a run back to the clubhouse where you don your shoes for a 4.4km run along the scenic clifftops, north on Brown Road, west on Surf Beach Road towards Second Surf, then a loop through The Cape estate and back to the finish line at First Surf carpark; a new route for the popular event.
So get behind the Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club as they host this fantastic event which is a major fundraiser for volunteer surf lifesaving services.
And of course, the surf club has a major new building project ahead of them as well and everything they can raise themselves is a big help.
The series will again boast over a $3000 cash pool, with each of the 16 category winners taking home $250.
The Cape Aquathon is then followed by the Cowes Classic on Feb 3 and the Channel Challenge on Feb 17.
Being held on Sunday, January 21, keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details or check out the Cape Paterson SLSC website.

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Wednesday, 10 January


Why did the chicken cross the road? Foster Community Online

BECAUSE it was safe to do so. The streetscape in Foster is complete and the final flourish was the addition of paved crossings throughout the main street. The problem is []

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Gurneys Cider the taste of South Gippsland Foster Community Online

ITS been years in the making and well worth the wait. Brothers James and Tom Gurnett have done something very special indeed up on top of a hill at 343 []

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Summer book sale raises $3,142.50 Foster Community Online

FRIENDS of Corner Inlet Libraries drew good crowds to their summer book sale on Friday. On Saturday five or six hundred people usually turn up, but this was down to []

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Mountain Journal turns eight Mountain Journal

Another year has zipped by. We had a great winter, mild summers without big fires, and lots of changes going on in the mountains. Heres the annual reflection. Thanks for coming along for the ride.


Some Excerpts from a DEA fact sheet on bushfires Gippsland News & Views Peter Gardner

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) recently released a fact sheet on bushfires and health in Australia. The following are excerpts from that publication relevant to all Gippsanders. Note for references go to the original.

Extreme fire weather has increased in Australia over the last 30 years. Our fire-prone continent is at particular risk from the impacts of climate change, and we are experiencing more extreme heat events, an increase in severe fire danger days and a longer fire seasonThe south-east and south-west of the country is especially vulnerable to bush fires. Modelling of weather projections across these areas show increasingly hot and dry conditions for longer periods over the coming decades.

Destructive fires generally occur when a period of hot dry weather with strong winds follows a season of high rainfall that has created a large fuel load. Accidental ignition, lightning or arson can start a fire which spreads rapidly, becomes fast moving and difficult to control. The health impacts of bushfires can be severe and long lasting, but can be reduced through bushfire prevention, preparation and education

Bushfires can have profound and devastating consequences. They can also place significant pressure on communities that will only worsen with climate change.

Climate change is increasing the severity and frequency of bushfires in Australia, exposing more people, especially the most vulnerable, to sickness and death. There will be increasing demands on our communities, fire-fighting resources and health services.  An urgent response is required to protect communities and human health

People exposed to radiant heat while fighting fires are vulnerable to heat stress from very hot and dry conditions, potentially compounded by the necessary use of heavy protective clothing. Heat stress occurs when the body is unable to reduce its temperature adequately. Heat related illness can be mild to severe. Early signs of heat stress may include dizziness, weakness or fatigue. More severe illness may progress to include confusion, altered behaviour, hot dry skin, vomiting or rapid breathing. The most severe form of heat stress is heat stroke, which can be fatal.

Doctors for the Environment Australia calls for: Urgent action to mitigate climate change, by reducing Australias greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including our usage and reliance on fossil fuels. Austral...


Successful new year at Woolamai South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

A BEAUTIFUL Sunday afternoon brought out all the local punters for the first Woolamai picnic races meet of 2018.
With six competitive races on the day and a good vibrant crowd, the beauty of country picnic racing was on display.
Kids were treated to the usual antics of Pockets the clown as well as the Kelly Sports marquee offering the young ones fun sports based games teaching them the basics of hand eye coordination.
With four local businesses sponsoring races as well as the The Korumburra High School Class of 1980 Cup the races kept punters on their toes as well as the other races across the big screens.
The next meeting for Woolamai is Saturday January 20 followed by the 2018 Alex Scott and Staff Woolamai Cup on February 10 which is sure to draw a huge crowd.
To book tickets go to or got to the Woolamai picnic races Facebook page for more information.

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