A model of accuracy: Walhalla pair recreates the UK’s Woody Bay station

By Greg Allen-Pretty A hobby being pursued during the Covid-19 lockdown is gaining national and international attention by model railway enthusiasts. Proprietors of Walhalla’s Star Hotel and Greyhorse Cafe, Russell Wright and Michael Leaney, have been quite creative by building a very accurate re-creation of the Lynton & Barnstaple narrow gauge railway and the Woody Bay station. The project actually began when Russell bought two … Continue reading A model of accuracy: Walhalla pair recreates the UK’s Woody Bay station

3TR and the music of 1967

By Greg Allen-Pretty Gippsland has a colourful radio history, beginning with 3TR*, 3GI, then 3UL. Since the 1930s, the stations have changed greatly in sound and technology, which we briefly covered in the story Gippsland’s 90 years of radio. Four of the 1240 Music Men at 3TR in 1967 were George “Groover” Wayne, Sam Galea, Keith Wells and Laurie Miller (later Joe Miller), all of whom went on … Continue reading 3TR and the music of 1967

BJ Currie: a country kid with dreams and guts

Ben Currie’s return to the British Supersport Championship has been delayed thanks to the coronavirus lockdown. Two rounds should have already been completed in the 2020 season, but no one knows when racing will commence. 24 year old Currie from Glengarry in Gippsland was born to race motorbikes, as you’ll discover in his three-part video series. But how he ended up racing in Britain came as … Continue reading BJ Currie: a country kid with dreams and guts

Getting the right Covid info for us Victorians

A scan of social media shows some of us are confused about what restrictions apply here in Victoria, particularly as some states and territories move towards relaxing some of their rules. Some states will soon have students returning to school in various limited forms, and there may be some easing of rules around things like family outings. As we hear of these looming changes around … Continue reading Getting the right Covid info for us Victorians

Blogger provides things to learn and cook while shut in

One of Gippsland’s most famous bloggers, John Munns, has been helping us through our coronavirus home lockdowns with some great Boredom Busters and simple yet tasty recipes. His blog is Out and About with John – and while he is certainly keen to get out and about again when restrictions are eased, he has been awfully helpful with imparting knowledge and cooking tips to keep us occupied. John’s Munns’s Munchies has … Continue reading Blogger provides things to learn and cook while shut in

Duursma’s promising footy career built on Gippsland foundations

By Greg Allen-Pretty With only one AFL round played so far this season, a second year Port Adelaide player from Gippsland is keeping himself fit and match-ready for when a resumption of the season is announced. Meet the impressive Xavier Duursma who excelled at Gippsland Power and with Vic Country, and is now making his mark in the AFL. He’s smart, he’s loyal, he’s his … Continue reading Duursma’s promising footy career built on Gippsland foundations