Duursma’s promising footy career built on Gippsland foundations
By Greg Allen-Pretty 9 April 2020 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 … Continue reading Duursma’s promising footy career built on Gippsland foundations
Gippsland’s musos won’t be torn apart
High profile Gippsland musician and music teacher Brett Glover has looked to what he knows best to raise our spirits and keep the region’s music community together. Brett’s idea of a music clip featuring singers and musicians collaborating from home on a classic Aussie hit has just gone online. More than a hundred of them contributed to a Gippslandesque rendition of INXS’s Never Tear Us … Continue reading Gippsland’s musos won’t be torn apart
Matthew Bentley: folk’n surf
A 16 year old boy took his 12-string guitar onto a hometown stage for a performance that led him to multiple recording sessions and two national tours over the following three years. MATTHEW BENTLEY’s musical growth has been as organic as the music he writes and performs. Everywhere the talented Victorian goes, from WA to QLD, his infectiously fun coastal music and his lovable personality … Continue reading Matthew Bentley: folk’n surf
Gippsland’s 90 years of radio
By Greg Allen Pretty* The residents of Gippsland were among the first in regional Victoria to have radio and television services. Television station GLV 10 (later GLV 8) was opened on 9 December 1961 from new purpose-built studios in Traralgon. Two years later, the ABC came to Gippsland when channel 4 opened on 30 September 1963 as a relay of ABV 2 Melbourne. It was … Continue reading Gippsland’s 90 years of radio
Ding dong merrily at Sue’s place: it’s a Christmas Wonderland!
Sue has been collecting thousands of Christmas figures and ornaments from around Australia and overseas for almost 30 years, and displays them each year in what she calls her Christmas Wonderland. Continue reading Ding dong merrily at Sue’s place: it’s a Christmas Wonderland!
Life after Koko: Unmasking Frank Bezzina
For 22 years, Frank Bezzina brought happiness to the lives of people of all ages as Koko the Clown. There was hardly a weekend when the power station worker wasn’t seen somewhere in the Latrobe Valley with his smiling face, corny jokes and clown props. I sat down with Frank for chat in Gippsland’s Gold and TRFM’s Gippsland Connected video series. During his career, Frank’s alter-ego Koko … Continue reading Life after Koko: Unmasking Frank Bezzina