Earthquake rocks Leongatha

Some Victorians were woken by a rattle on Tuesday morning as a 3.2 magnitude earthquake hit the state’s south east.

The quake struck near Leongatha at a depth of four kilometres about 5.40am.

It was reportedly felt as far as the beachside suburb of Brighton in Melbourne’s east.

By 7.30am, Geoscience Australia had received calls from more than 30 people who had felt the quake.

“The reports in general were that it was a short, sharp jolt and associated booming sound to go along with that,” senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said.

“People said they mistook it for a truck going down the road or a train going past and that’s quite common for an earthquake of this size.”

Mr Bathgate said 3.2-magnatude quakes usually lasted only several seconds.

“But it was certainly strong enough to wake up quite a few people in the area,” he said.

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More than 750 signatures have been gathered by a group of parents campaigning for the Yarram Primary School to receive funding in this year’s budget.

The petition is calling for funding to replace the main school building.

Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien will table the petition in Parliament.

The school was first earmarked for modernisation in 1996 and then again in 2007, but has yet to receive funding.

The rebuild is expected to cost about $4 million.

Charlotte Jaensch, who was a six year-old student in 1996 and now has a six year-old son at the school, said the school was told it was at the top of the funding list in that year and again in 2007, but somehow missed out each time.

“It’s crunch time now. We cannot wait another 20 months, let alone another 20 years and that is why I signed the petition,” she said.

Another parent, Marian MacDonald said parents had also started a letter writing campaign with at least 12 letters sent to Education Minister James Merlino in the past week.

“Eastern Victorian MLC Jeff Bourman will be visiting the school soon and we are calling on Mr Merlino to do the same,” she said.

The Yarram Standard


The Loch Sport Skate Park was officially opened last week.

Since its completion the park has become a focal meeting point for young residents and holiday makers in Loch Sport.

The project was driven by community members who saw a need for the skate park and worked together to get it built.

The project was funded by Wellington Shire Council, the State Government and Loch Sport businesses.