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Racing bicycles stolen
WONTHAGGI Police are appealing for help
to solve a recent theft of two distinctive road
racing bicycles belonging to a local elite ath-
The bikes were stolen from a garage in
Fincher Street, Wonthaggi on January 31,
and are valued at $25,000 .
The brands are: ‘Specialised’ S -Works
Venge and ‘Felt’ TT, used mainly by triath-
Any information can be passed on to De -
tective Acting Sergeant Condron of the Bass
Coast Criminal Investigation Unit on 5671
4100 or Crimestoppers 1300 333 000.
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Long Jetty job
goes out to tender
THE Long Jetty Rehabilitation project,
at Port Welshpool, reached a major mile -
stone on Monday this week, February 6,
with Gippsland Ports inviting tenders for the
With funding secured from all levels of gov-
ernment, the jetty will be rehabilitated from
the shore through to the section damaged by
fire in 2010. Many assessments, evaluations,
inspection and reports have been carried out
over recent years to assist with the proposed
Gippsland Ports’ staff are removing deck-
ing over piles to facilitate the best possible
inspection by prospective tenderers.
Tenders will be open until March 17, 2017
with the project still expected to be completed
by Christmas 2018.
South Gippsland Shire Mayor Councillor
Ray Argento was pleased that the project was
hitting a key milestone and was progressing
according to schedule.
“Council, Gippsland Ports and the commu-
nity have been advocating for the rehabilita-
tion of the Long Jetty for a number of years
so it is promising to see the first steps of the
project underway, ” Cr Argento said.
“Not only will the Long Jetty be an asset for
the community to enjoy but it will become a
tourist destination that will enhance the econ-
omy of the region.
“We look forward to the awarding of a suc-
cessful tenderer so the much anticipated
project can begin, ” s aid the mayor.
Individuals can keep up -to - date with the
project by viewing the information board
at the project site or visiting www.southgi-
ppsland.vic.gov.au/longjetty where informa-
tion will be updated as it becomes available.
Any organisations wanting more infor-
mation on the tender process can contact
Gippsland Ports on 5688 1303.
Make the switch at Coal Creek
SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council in partner-
ship with the Energy Innovation Co-Operative
is hosting a free community information ses-
sion on solar power and batteries.
The session will cover common concerns
about solar power and batteries including mon-
ey savings, practicality of systems and what
sort of systems to use.
Local guest speakers at the event include:
• Energy auditor, Rhys Freeman
• Resident and Grow Lightly Food Hub direc-
tor, Gil Freeman
• Installers Andy McCarthy and George Fair-
These guest speakers have a range of exper-
tise in green energy and can assist residents
with any questions or concerns they may have
about the systems.
The council’s Sustainability officer Heidi
Hamm said the workshop was a great oppor-
tunity for community members to come along
and ask questions about solar power and bat-
“We encourage all community members to
come and attend the community information
session to learn more about green energy and
how solar systems and batteries could be used
at their properties.
“Installing solar systems and batteries are
one way to reduce our impact on the environ-
ment while also gaining other benefits including
self-sufficiency and saving money.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to make sus-
tainable choices when it comes to using the
planet’s resources, so attending this commu-
nity information session could be one step to-
wards making better choices for our environ-
ment,” Ms Hamm said.
The free community information session will
be held on February 19 from 2pm to 4pm in
the Coal Creek Auditorium which will include
a viewing of a working solar battery system at
The Food Hub.
RSVP for catering purposes on the Sus-
tainability Gippsland website; www.sustain-
teries-in-practice or phone Energy Innovation
Co-operative board member Susan Davies on
Individuals wanting more information about
the session can contact the council’s Sustain-
ability team on 5662 9200.
Susan Davies is the secretary of the Energy Innovation Co-operative which is hosting
‘Small solar PV and batteries in practice’ session on Sunday, February 19. A140617
How to go solar
I HAVE been meaning to look into going solar
for yonks and now I know where to go for the
very latest information.
The Energy Innovation Co -operative has been
operating since 2009. Their mission is “work-
ing together towards a zero emissions commu-
They have regular activities. The next one will
be held at the Coal Creek Auditorium on Sun-
day, February 19 from 2-4pm. Afternoon tea
will be provided.
At this ‘Small solar PV and batteries in prac-
tice’ session you will have the opportunity to
speak to installers, happy customers and ar-
range for an auditor to look into your situation
and find out what will be right for you.
Bookings are essential as the last information
session in Leongatha attracted 200 people.
You can email email@example.com or phone
“Our big project at the moment,” said Su-
san Davies, the secretary of the Energy Inno -
vation Co-operative, “is to raise donations for
The Southern CORE (Community Owned Re-
newable Energy) Fund, so that we can give in-
terest free loans to community groups to buy
their own solar panels for community build-
ings across South Gippsland, Bass Coast and
“They pay the money back through savings on
their energy bills and then we can fund the next
The Energy Innovation Co-operative is apply-
ing for funding from the Victorian government.
But they need to raise funds via donations to
match the grant request.
The larger project is to become a ‘Commu-
nity Powerhouse’ based at the State Coal Mine
in Wonthaggi, providing renewable energy, com-
munity training and education, and displays of
renewable energy and energy efficiency technol-
“People can Google - Go Fund Me/ Southern
Core Fund - to make a donation,” said Susan.
“You can also like us on Facebook to help
spread the word. Every little bit helps.”
By Anne Tindall
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