A contentious community issue, a lively panel, an open-minded audience … welcome to Bass Coast's first hypothetical.
Over 50 years, Peter Brooks made a big mark on his adopted home town of Wonthaggi. Gill Heal recalls a man who valued music and theatre almost as much as medicine.
Tracey and Ross Denby want their new cafe to feed the soul as well as the body. Gill Heal reports
Gill Heal wonders if anything can stop humanity’s descent into a new Dark Age.
In a Kongwak garden, Carolyn Rowson learned to understand the seasons of her own life.
Little Shop of Horrors was the Wonthaggi Theatrical Group’s first blockbuster. This time it’s being performed as it was written, with a small ensemble, and in the group’s new home.
Director Josh Gardiner leaves us no place in hide in his production of The Diary of Anne Frank.
Zena Benbow (third from right, at Pioneer Bay’s
Aussie Day Bash) looked around Pioneer Bay and saw a clutch of houses and residents starved of opportunity to meet one another. So she did something about it.
The city fascinated the young Darren Talbot but when it came to setting up home it had to be within sight, sound and smell of the sea.
By Gill Heal
ELEVEN years ago, Mariamma Cheriyan arrived in Australia with little more than a passport and a certificate of nursing. She had limited English, almost no money, no job and she’d come alone. Left behind in India were her husband and three young daughters, the youngest just six and four years old.
Maddy Harford and Harry Freeman didn't expect their new lives to be so interesting, they tell Gill Heal.
Being an actor is a weird job, Rowena Wallace tells Gill Heal, because the boundary between acting and real life isn’t always clear.
There were a few nightmarish moments on the way to Wonthaggi Theatre Group’s dream-like production of Pippin, director Karen Milkins Hendry tells GILL HEAL.
Taking a year away from study between school and university is sometimes seen as a slightly dangerous diversion. GILL HEAL spoke to five local students who followed their own paths and found unexpected benefits
At their best, newspapers connect us to something bigger and better than ourselves, writes GILL HEAL.
GILL HEAL knows just how Ursain Bolt feels, thanks to her mother’s exquisite sense of timing.
After a lifetime of biochemical research, Dick Wettenhall is now mastering the mysteries of soil, yeast and oak. GILL HEAL meets the prize-winning vigneron.
It began as snippets scribbled on bits of paper in the depths of a mother’s worst nightmare: a daughter's mental breakdown. Gill Heal reports on Heather Murray Tobias’s new poetry collection, The Glass Staircase.
In uncertain times, the days of farmers blindly doing what their fathers did are long gone. The Post spoke to three who are responding creatively to new challenges.
Former Hong Kong chef Tom Liu delights in satisfying the rather strange tastes of his Australian customers. Gill Heal reports
Composer Larry Hills draws on his American heritage of choral singing to delve deep into the history of his adopted Australian community.
Cherie Smirl wanted to make a difference in the world but before she could do that she had to come to terms with her own place in it.
Paul Speirs realised he couldn’t save the world but he could help to save his own catchment, taking nature as his guide.
On Australia Day, GILL HEAL celebrated those who grasp the opportunity to make a difference.
GILL HEAL looks back at the first 18 months of the Bass Coast Post and sees democracy at work, with its rights and obligations.
Gill Heal likes to write and produce events that dramatise the spoken word.