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Subsidies available to bury overhead wires in high risk areas

If you have a private overhead powerline at your place, and live in selected high risk areas areas, including parts of Baw Baw, but NOT Latrobe, there are grants available to underground your electricity connection, the Victorian Government can help you.  To reduce powerline bushfire ignitions and increase community safety, the Victorian Government is fully… Continue reading Subsidies available to bury overhead wires in high risk areas

Erica Polling Booth – how we voted.

As was expected, Sitting Member Russell Broadbent was re-elected in our Seat of Monash and achieved a swing of +3.01% in First Preference votes made at the Erica Polling Booth. This was primarily at the expense of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the United Australia Parties who both saw a swing of more than -4%… Continue reading Erica Polling Booth – how we voted.

Is it Flu or COVID-19?

Gippsland Region Public Health Unit May 6 at 9:20 AM  ·  Respiratory illness can be dangerous, especially for people with existing medical conditions. The COVID and Flu vaccines help reduce the spread of these viruses. It is safe to have both of these vaccines just days apart or even on the same day.

Local COVID – forgotten but not gone.

On Friday Baw Baw Shire had 127 new and 763 active COVID-19 cases reported. That is 143 cases per 10k of population. Latrobe City had 186 new  and 981 active cases reported. 130 per 10k Postcode 3825 has 111 active cases per 10k. Those are REPORTED cases. There are suggestions that the real numbers are… Continue reading Local COVID – forgotten but not gone.

The only local place to vote on Saturday is in Erica

At the Erica Hall, 8.00am to 6.00pm. We can probably conclude Russell Broadbent (Lib) will be returned in our Monash Electorate, but the Senate outcome is likely to have a couple of surprises for us. Nationally, the seats to watch include NSW: Reid, Bennelong, Robertson, Banks Qld: Brisbane, Leichhardt, Dickson, Longman, Ryan SA: Boothby, Sturt TAS: Bass, Braddon VIC: Chisholm,… Continue reading The only local place to vote on Saturday is in Erica

We became a World leader, but that is NOT good.

It wasn’t for a feat of engineering or some sort of sporting achievement — it is an unwelcome title. According to global databases, if you ignore the tiny islands of Montserrat, Anguilla and The Falklands, Australia led the world in per-capita COVID infections. Saturday’s numbers moved the official seven-day average to more than 48,000 new… Continue reading We became a World leader, but that is NOT good.

Safer Canoe access at Thomson Bridge

One of the less convenient parts of exploring the Thomson by Canoe was getting the gear in or out of the water at the Thomson Bridge. Fixed! And something else to look at on your drive to or from Walhalla. Or are canoes one of the aquatic species the ‘fishway’ was created for? Photo and… Continue reading Safer Canoe access at Thomson Bridge

Rawson Switched on again

After more than three months of darkness and ignored requests to Ausnet Services for further information, Rawson’s street lights have now been repaired and the night wanderers can now wander around feeling a bit less nervous. To be fair to Ausnet, in March they did send the following response to a community member: Hi xxx,… Continue reading Rawson Switched on again

Rawson Switched on again

After more than three months of darkness and ignored requests to Ausnet Services for further information, Rawson’s street lights have now been repaired and the night wanderers can now wander around feeling a bit less nervous. To be fair to Ausnet, in March they did send the following response to a community member: Hi xxx,… Continue reading Rawson Switched on again

Erica Mountain Trail Bike Track is ready to ride

The Erica Mountain Bike Park is made up of two sets of trails carved out on either side of the highway at Erica. Starting in Erica, this thrilling park covers some 30km of trails with twists, turns, climbs and falls across moderate slopes. The south trail is Collins Siding, where the trailhead is on the… Continue reading Erica Mountain Trail Bike Track is ready to ride

Local Voting (the Election is less than two weeks away!)

ELECTION DAY: The ONLY local Polling Booth will be at the Erica Hall on Sat 21 May. Open 8am to 6pm. ++++++++++++++++++++ EARLY VOTING: Now available at the Moe Bowling Club, Cnr Saviges Rd and Waterloo Rd, Moe. (On the round-about opposite Supercheap Auto. Enter the car park from Waterloo Rd.) Mon 9 May –… Continue reading Local Voting (the Election is less than two weeks away!)

A4DE – where did they all stay?

A4DE, the Australian 4 Day Enduro Championship event is over, ‘Done and Dusted’, or perhaps, ‘Done and Mudded?’  Hundreds of competitors and supporters were involved, but where did they stay? The Caravan Parks were certainly full, as was most other local accommodation. There was much traffic up and down the roads to Moe and Traralgon… Continue reading A4DE – where did they all stay?

Trauma Teddies For Tots

One of things Red Cross Ladies do is knit Trauma Teddies. Thousands of them! Little cuddly friends for kids (and the occasional adult) that need something to hug when life is hard. The Teddies are given out in Ambulances, Hospitals and in disaster relief centres, always free and a great example of ‘little things can… Continue reading Trauma Teddies For Tots

Stringers Creek being restrained

Work on repairing the flood damaged roads and infrastructure near the “Wally Pub” in Walhalla is making great progress. The photo illustrates how much of the road was damaged. The new Post and Rail creek wall on the far right is designed to contain the water flow and prevent erosion. Similar work is taking place… Continue reading Stringers Creek being restrained

Parking Problems in Rawson

Rawson’s Pinnacle Drive and the adjoining Courts were packed with a (probably) Rawson record number of vehicles belonging to A4DE competitors and support crew attending a briefing at Bell’s Hall. The event, the Australian 4 Day Enduro, has attracted several hundred extra people to the Mountain Rivers District and will be keeping several local community… Continue reading Parking Problems in Rawson

PARC FERME

The 2022 Australian 4 Day Enduro is being held on the Micah family’s High Valley Homestead property in Thomson Valley Road, Amor, just North of Parker’s Corner. No admittance to the parc ferme (closed area). Apologies, we have not been able to obtain information about spectator access or remote event locations.

A4DE RIDES INTO TOWN

It starts today! The A4DE is Australia’s premier off-road motorcycle championship and will attract current Australian and World champions, and their teams of supporters, to the Erica/Rawson area to compete over 4 days. The A4DE will be made up of non-competitive daily transport sections through the surrounding bush to get to parcels of property where… Continue reading A4DE RIDES INTO TOWN

Baw Baw Approves Allowances for Mayor and Councillors

At its meeting on 27 April Council endorsed the payment of allowances to Councillors, the Deputy Mayor and Mayor in accordance with Section 39 (5) of the Local Government Act 2020 and the Victorian Independent Remuneration Tribunal and Improving Parliamentary Standards Act 2019 .  Councillors also elected to receive the entire allowance of $96,470 p/a for the… Continue reading Baw Baw Approves Allowances for Mayor and Councillors

Marie wins a Novel prize at Myli

Myli – My Community Library – visits Erica and Rawson each two weeks.   Last week, driver Keith headed off in the Northern Mobile library truck to attend the Rawson Information Day. Library officer Hannah ventured up to give Keith a hand, and they had an enjoyable time chatting to the community about all the… Continue reading Marie wins a Novel prize at Myli