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POLICE are investigating the circumstances
surrounding a fatal crash which occurred at
Cape Woolamai last Saturday morning and be-
lieve speed might have been a factor.
Investigators have been told a sedan was
travelling east along Phillip Island Road
The driver is believed to have lost control of
the vehicle which left the road and hit a tree.
The driver and only occupant, believed to be
a man in his 20s, died at the scene.
The State Coroner will continue the investiga-
tions to ascertain what else might have caused
Traffic diversions were put in place caus-
ing delays to motorists while investigations
Anyone who witnessed the collision is urged
to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or
submit a confidential report at www.crimestop-
The fatality took the number of deaths on our
roads to 55 in 2017, compared with 78 for the
same period last year.
Speed key in Cape
HUNDREDS of residents and children in the
five townships from Pioneer Bay to Coronet
Bay are busily making sculptures and other
light-things ready for Luminous Streets start-
ing on April 8.
The first event in the bigger project called,
the The Edge of Us, Luminous Streets will
link all five towns on the same night with
light powered galleries of beautiful communi-
The special opening of Luminous Streets
will take place on the Grantville foreshore
from 6.30pm and include a smoking cer-
The lights will turn on in every town also
There will be different foods available in
each town, a bar in Grantville, music, and
a fleet of small buses to carry those without
transport between the different galleries.
Parking in Grantville is at the Reserve and
the short opening ceremony takes place on the
foreshore between the Reserve and Pier Road.
People are encouraged to bring a torch and
the whole family and wander amongst the lu-
Artistic director Jessica Wilson said Lumi-
nous Streets is all about linking people to-
gether to build a stronger sense of community
within each town and between the towns.
“It is an especially ambitious idea - to stage
events in five towns on the same night. It is
because this is such an exciting idea that we
were granted Small Towns Transformations
Luminous Streets is a pilot for a bigger event
at the same time in 2018.
The galleries are nearly ready, but there is
still time to wander down to one of the Water-
line parks to help put them together.
“Come and enjoy the lights. Come and help
us make Luminous Streets an event we will all
Check the website and Facebook pages for
updates. Don’t miss this unique event that
could only happen here – in the Waterline
towns of Western Port.
Light up our parks
THE men believed to be responsible for
shooting up an occupied garage in Wonthaggi
in the early hours of Sunday, April 17 last year
are due to appear in the Latrobe Valley Magis-
trates’ Court later today.
The men, who allegedly donned balaclavas
and took shotguns to the White Road home and
discharged nine shots into the garage over a
drug debt will face the magistrate at a Commit-
tal Mention Hearing to see what course the case
takes from here.
The incident is believed to be linked with
the burning out of a stolen car, taken from the
premises and also a dramatic police chase,
over residential fences and through backyards
in north Wonthaggi later in the day.
White Road shooters in court
A MAN who allegedly stole number plates from
the Wonthaggi Holden car yard a few weeks ago
appears to have fallen into police hands.
While conducting a routine check of driv-
ers on the Bass Highway last Saturday, police
pulled over a driver that they now believe was
involved in that theft, including some or all of
the plates stolen from the local car yard.
Police say the man was travelling from Won-
thaggi towards Melbourne when stopped and
apprehended at Bass. He has been remanded
Police got thief’s number
Artists Jessica Wilson, Jeannie Haughton, Andreas Diesner and Mary Sullivan are light-
ing up the Waterline with the help of the community.
STILL smarting from the release of an email
he sent to new councillors last November, South
Gippsland Councillor Don Hill fired in a Freedome
of Information request to discover which council-
lor forwarded the email on to others.
According to Cr Lorraine Brunt, the FOI has
revealed that she forwarded the email, labelled
‘Open letter to Councillors’ to two former mayors,
Jim Forbes and Jim Fawcett for their feedback.
She denies, however, sending the email to the
The letter was published in part on page 3 of the
‘Sentinel-Times (November 15, 2016), and in full
on the SGST website, where it can still be read.
Cr Hill was asked for comment but did not
Cr Brunt denied any wrongdoing.
“I will bring to your attention the email was
particularly marked ‘Open’. As such, the open
document was not only available to Councillors
but being marked ‘Open’ revoked any notion of
confidentially,” Cr Brunt said.
“Yes I did send this document to two former
mayors of the SGSC that I respect and value
“After receiving this document I simply for-
warded the open document and sought their
feedback on what they thought of the rant con-
tained within the document that could have been
interrupted as an email of bullying and intimida-
tion directed at six new councillors,” she said.
It’s interesting to note that at last week’s
council meeting Cr Hill said South Gippsland
had one of the highest incidences of closed de-
cision making, and needed to be more open
and transparent with the community.
‘Smoking gun’ or backfire from Cr Hill’s FOI
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