Across Gippsland

Police have arrested a Sale man in relation to an explosion in Melbourne last month which injured three police officers and two firefighters.

Arson and Explosives Squad detectives arrested the 40 year-old man in Sale on Thursday around 8.30am over an explosion in a Middle Park flat on 4 January.

Police have laid 17 charges, including reckless conduct endangering life and recklessly causing serious injury. The man has been bailed to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 1 May.

Gippsland Times

Anti-gas sentiment flares in Seaspray

Community activists opposed to the development of an onshore gas industry developing in Gippsland stepped up their campaign in Seaspray, protesting at a Lakes Oil drill site on Friday.

While a State Government moratorium on ‘fracking’ remains in place, the company has sought approval to conduct horizontal drilling in the area to continue gauging gas reserves.

Lock the Gate spokeswoman Ursula Alquier warned the government community activists would “commence peaceful direct action” and blockade the company if drilling recommenced in the area.

Wellington Council snags HQ

Wellington Shire Council will permanently relocate its administration and customer service centre after the $3.95 million purchase of a recently completed office building.

“A number of our staff currently work in leased office spaces. It makes notably better long term business sense for us to own rather than lease all of our offices,” Mayor Scott Rossetti said.

The purchase comes after months of speculation surrounding the new building, which had been left in limbo mid-construction after the collapse of Macalister Constructions.