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Thursday, 16 November

23:16

Gauci returned for third term as Baw Baw mayor FPRESS.com.au network

Joe Gauci has been chosen as Baw Baw Shire mayor for the third year running, but this time with Danny Goss as deputy.

23:15

Thieves take Erica & District Fire Brigades new banner FPRESS.com.au network

A banner asking people to support the Erica & District Fire Brigade was stolen less than a week after its debut.

17:44

McMillan says yes, but Russell Broadbent wont support same sex marriage FPRESS.com.au network

Russell Broadbent has said he will not support a motion for marriage equality despite a majority of voters in his electorate wanting him to.

16:36

Warragul CFAs 2017 open day will be HUGE FPRESS.com.au network

Warragul Fire Brigade's open day is set to be huge, with demos, free food and coffee, a new tanker, and more!

13:11

Bushfire north west of Noojee; crews responding FPRESS.com.au network

Emergency services have advised there is a bushfire seven kilometres north west of Noojee.

07:05

Power strengthen coaching ranks South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

WONTHAGGI Power Football Club held its first meet the coaches night on Friday using the meeting to officially announce the signing of former St Kilda player Arryn Siposs as a playing assistant coach.
Siposs joins the Power with 28 games of AFL experience as well as spending the past two seasons playing for Williamstown in the VFL.
Also joining the Powers coaching staff is former Port Melbourne Development League coach Lee Rowe.
Rowe joins on as the director of coaching for season 2018, bringing a wealth of coaching experience at high levels of football.
Wonthaggi also welcome back former players Steven Scott from DWWWW and Aloysio Netto Ferreira from the Casey Scorpions in the VFL.
More signings are expected to be announced in the coming weeks with the AGM to be held Sunday, November 19 at 3pm at the rooms.

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Wednesday, 15 November

11:10

A non profit system for mountain huts? Mountain Journal

One of my key addictions in life is to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Wonderful mountains, fantastic snow, endless terrain, cool towns. And one of the best backcountry hut networks on the planet.

10th Mountain Huts is a non profit that owns and rents out backcountry cabins to skiers, hikers and mountain bikers (they also rent out a number of privately owned cabins). Most are fairly similar: they are based on a log construction and built on two levels, and they have everything you need for multiday trips: a kitchen with gas burners and all the gear you need to cook, a wood fired stove with large basin for melting snow, a small solar PV system for basic lighting, and even a small library (and mattresses sheer luxury!). It means you can do multi day trips without the need for tents, stoves and fuel, and cooking gear. Many of the huts are above 11,000 feet asl, in mind blowingly gorgeous locations. And because you need to book them, youre guaranteed of getting a bed.

Which, of course, gets me thinking about our hut system here in Australia. Im not suggesting we set up a similar network. But as a non profit, 10th Mountain fills an interesting gap in the network of backcountry huts that tend to exist in mountain environments.

The European Alps have a huge number of public and private lodges and refuges. Climbers and hikers who have visited New Zealand/ Aotearoa will know that country has an extensive network of huts run through the Department of Conservation. Here in Australia we have a mix of huts in the mountains:

  • Historical ones, associated with cattle grazing families, the hydroelectric schemes, hunters/ trappers, etc. These are often still maintained by the original families or groups who established them
  • Refuges, put in exposed or dangerous spots, often after people have died in blizzard conditions and sometimes managed by community organisations
  • There are also a scattering of private huts often owned by groups, such as the Rovers lodge on the Bogong High Plains, some of which are open to the public

In recent years, we have seen the first developments of private huts in backcountry/ wild areas by for profit companies (the private system of huts that are dotted along the Overland Track in Tasmania being a prominent example). The Victorian government is currently considering allowing a similar network on the route between Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.

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07:05

Sun shines on cycle challenge South Gippsland Sentinel-Times

First across the line in what was a challenging training ride for these experienced riders were, from left, Dwaine Weston of Traralgon, Jason Strickland Traralgon, Clem Fries Phillip Island, Ben Challis ex-Leongatha now Narre Warren, David Gafa Traralgon and Matt Vanint Melbourne. m734617

There was plenty to do at the 7th annual Bass Coast Cycle Challenge in Inverloch last Sunday with a number of running distances also offered for adults and children. m724617

Among the drivers in the billy cart racing at the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge were Emma, Simon and Erin. m844617

There was time to take in the coastal scenery for these two riders participating in the Bass Coast Cycle Challenge. m744617

06:58

A Climate Friendly Gippsland Business Black Rainbow Printing Gippsland News & Views Peter Gardner

Charley Daniel, proprietor of Black Rainbow Printing, has been an environmental activist for most of his life. A natural part of his activism leading by example was the establishment of his printing business in 1987. Originally located in Gelantipy the business is now located just north of Bairnsdale at Mount Lookout. It is little known that in 2008 Black Rainbow was acknowledged as one of the top environmentally responsible printers in the worldwide Heidelberg International Eco Printing Awards.

The business is climate friendly for a number of reasons starting with the impressive array of solar panels which powers all of Black Rainbows operations. Associated with this is the use of 100% recycled paper in all the operations as part of the protection of native forests. Charley was amongst those small group of heroes tirelessly advocating for the preservation of native forests long before climate change was even recognised. He is well aware of the value of these forests as a carbon store and through his management and protection of 100 acres of native forest in East Gippsland. As a carbon sink the business is carbon negative that is it sequests more carbon than it produces.

A selection from the long list of other climate friendly credentials on his website includes: Australias first green printers, still setting international benchmarks for environmentally responsible printing; specialising in the use of recycled, alternative fibre and reclaimed papers and environmentally responsible stocks; Thoroughly research(ing) the origin of paper and the authenticity of manufacturers environmental claims; Fully recycle 100% of all paper waste in our paper recovery program; Reduce, re-use, recycle in all aspects of our business operations and lobbying paper manufacturers (1980s) to supply responsible stocks resulting in first Australian availability.

Of his recent extra activities Charley is the retiring secretary of the Gippsland Environment Group. On a personal note he has done a number of small printing jobs for me pamphlets, posters, How to Vote and Business Cards for my political candidacy (mostly as a climate independent) in various elections over the last few years. In this he has been competitive and generous in his time and labour.

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