About Town | Pakenham Gazette
This Kooweerup community garden for kids and parents has the perfect mascot, a resident bandicoot.
The endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot is rarely seen in the day, yet at the Kooweerup Community Toybox a particular local bandicoot has made the place his home and is seen sniffing around with his long snoot in the sunshine.
Kooweerup Community Toybox provides a space for family fun with community toy collection, a garden and a chicken coop for locals to tend to in collaboration with other groups like the Kooweerup Men’s Shed.
The new resident bandicoot has even been captured with a photo, apparently it is quite cheeky and enjoys venturing into the vegie garden for a snack.
Lang Lang local claims cash
A resident from Lang Lang has taken home $10,000 in cash after winning big in a popular radio challenge last week.
Melinda scored the cash on 101.9 The Fox’s morning program Fifi, Fev and Nick, competing in the popular Alphabucks game.
The challenge tests contestant’s alphabetical knowledge on a range of categories as they compete against a 30-second clock.
Melinda successfully named items beginning with an ‘M’ from 10 different categories to win the money.
Farrelly’s MP hopes fall
Former Pakenham candidate David Farrelly has again missed out on the chance to join the legislative assembly.
Mr Farrelly was one of nine candidates vying for the chance to be chosen as the Liberal candidate for the Warrandyte by-election.
The preselection spot was claimed by charity business developer Nicole Werner, who was voted in by more than 100 Victorian Liberal Party members on Sunday 18 June.
Mr Werner is the daughter of Malaysian-Chinese parents and contested the seat of Box Hill at last year’s state election.
Liberal Party leader John Pesutto congratulated Ms Werner in a statement.
“Nicole is a very talented young woman with a strong connection to the electorate and represents the future of the Liberal Party in Victoria,” he said.
“My colleagues and I look forward to campaigning with Nicole in what will be a hard fought by-election.
“I also want to thank all nine candidates who contested a vigorous preselection process.”
The preselection result will now go before the Victorian Liberal Party’s Administrative Committee, where the successful candidate will be formally considered for endorsement.
The seat of Warrandyte has been vacant since May, when former MP Ryan Smith announced his resignation after 16 years in parliament.
Warrandyte is held by the Liberals on a margin of 4.2 per cent.
The by-election is expected to be held in coming months, but no formal date has been set.
Full fibre hits South-East
About 18,000 residential homes and businesses in Berwick, Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield Upper, Guys Hill, Clyde North and Cranbourne North could soon benefit from faster internet speeds, as the rollout of full fibre continues across the country.
Residents can access full fibre when they order an eligible plan through their preferred phone and internet provider.
Full fibre is nbn’s fastest and most reliable residential connection on the nbn® network.
It can deliver wholesale download speeds of close to 1 Gbps or 1000Mbps, which can support things like simultaneous streaming of high-definition video, faster downloading and uploading of large files.
It will see eligible houses upgrade from current Fibre to the node (FTTN) technology, which used a copper wire for internet connection.
To see if you are eligible, check your address on the nbn website nbn.com.au/fibreupgrade to see if you are in an eligible area; contact a participating phone and internet provider and ask if you can order an eligible plan; and book an installation with your preferred phone and internet provider.